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HUMAN VALUES IN LEGISLATIVE WORK
CONGRESSWOMAN RANKIN, BROAD OF VISION AND KEEN IN SYMPATHY WITH MEN AND WOMEN WORKERS, ALWAYS ALIVE TO OPPORTUNITIES FOR
WORK IN THEIR BEHALF-A VIGILANT, UNCOMPROMISING FOE IN CONGRESS OF ALL SCHEMES TO EXPLOIT THE PEOPLE BY MONOPOLISTIC CONTROL OF
THE NATION'S NATURAL RESOURCES. (From Washington, D. C. "PlatePrinter.")
Outstanding features of the work
of Congresswoman Rankin in the
House of Representatives were her
instant readiness to work for cdn
structive measures in the interests of
all men and women workers; her in
stinctive ability to detect measures
intended to confer special privileges
upon combinations formed to exploit
national resources, and her ready and
forceful opposition to all such legisla
tive schemes. If the voters of Mon
tana knew of these things as well as
do we here in Washington, they would
be as much gratified as we have been,
and her promlotion to the Senate
would be assured.
The Federal Farml Loan Bill is an
instance in point. This measure was
strongly urged by the farmers' or
ganizations of the country, but just
as strongly opposed by the banking
and farm mortgage brokers. Miss
Rankin's clean-cut analysis of the
great benefits of the proposed mea
sure to the farmers of the country,
and her powerful plea that Congress
Popular Att'y Forced to
Quit Spite of People
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the man, and stand fore-square again
st the corruption, bribery and intim
idation of the powers that be in Mon
tana and come with clean hands out
of a hard fought battle. He chose
the latter and for that he was written
up on the sixth floor as an undesir
The Strain of War.
With the outbreak of the war a
great trial was put upon the stamina
of men. There were many who saw
in it a favorable opportunity to extend
their already strangling grip upon the
producers and who did not hesitate to
use this great and terrible occasion
for just those sordid and disgusting
purposes. Men who hated organized
labor formed themselves into various
.'committees of safety and under the
guise of patriotism waged unremit
ting war on the workers. They sought
to turn the inflamed public mind in
the direction they desired and hurled
the stigma of anti-patriotism and se
dition at all who opposed their will.
They sought to use the espionage act
for the purposes of private revenge or
to drive away people who were hold
ing desirable portions of land which
they coveted, they tortured some and
others they deported violently, or was
this all, the work of fight suggestion
of the government they flagrantly
violated and used its provisions for
supplying cheap labor on their ranch
es and farms. Against these abuses
few men could be found to take a
stand and amongst these are the
names of Federal Judge Bourquin,
Attorney General Ford, and B. K.
Wheeler. B. K. Wheeler was ap
proached time and again by copper
agents to issue federal warrants on
no pretex whatever for the arrest of
strike leaders, on strike against the
appaling conditions in the mines, but
it was his appearance before the Co
operators Congress and the speech
he made there which added the last
flambeaux to the seething rage of his
enemies. His castigation of these
people and his frank expose raised a
storm in the kept press, and no won
der, here in part is what he said:
"Now I want to tell you, my friends,
I would like to go on and I would
like to tell you some experiences that
I went through this summer, and it
is a long story and I can't go ahead
and tell you all of them; but suf
fice, it to say that, because of the
fast that I would not put credence
in every detective's report sent into
the office against every man and ev
ery community of the state, that a
lot of the big interests went to Wash
ington and have been there time and
again and have got some of the prom
inent Democratic politicians to send
in protests and say I was an I. W.
W., because of the fact that I would
n't be influenced and let the office of
the United States Attorney be used as
a mere tool for the big interests of
the state. (Great Applause). And I
don't know what they think about
it down in Washington, and I don't
particularly care excepting, of course,
that I do not like to have anybody get I
a wrong idea of my motives or of
do its duty by them, aided greatly in
securing the favorable action that
Water Power Development and Con
In line with her constructive work
for this measure, was her bill for gov
ernment development of water power
sites, and its control over the prices
charged private companies for light,
heat and power. All of the northwest
states, and Montana in a special
sense. are interested greatly in this
matter. The importance of water
power development, 'and the proper
control of costs to consumers, farm
ers as well as manufacturers and city
patrons. can scarcely be over-estimat
ed. That importance is immediate,
too, for winning of the war purposes,
and as well, it must be a vital partl
of the constructive policies of the gov
ernment for after the war conditions.
Farmers Vitally Interested.
The farmers of the Northwest'
must soon come to the liberal use of
fertilizers if its marvelous produc
any intentions; but I haven't the mon
ey to run down to aWshington every
few days or to send some of my farm
ing friends or laborers down there
to contradict the stories that they are
constantly peddling down there; but
I say to you one thing, as I told them
in Washington, that, as far as I am
concerned, that when they canme and
tell them I am an I. W. W. or unpa
triotic or anything else, that I want
those men to point to some specific in
stance where I have ever been derelict
in my duty, and I challenge them or
anvbody else to show anything of the
"But when I think about the dirty,
lbw-down, contemptible methods of
some of the big interests and some of
the newspapers of Lois state in their
tactics, it makes my blood curdle to
thirqk how, while they are talking
about fighting for bemocracy---and
these isn't any qaestion bur, what the
people in this country are fighting
1t9r Deniotracy, ",'-h'€ Lig'lting for a
real Democracy, wr.ile they are fiulbt
ing for Democracy and de-Prassian
izing Germany-we don't want to let
the big money powers of this country
to grasp the people of the United
States by the throat that they are
going to Prussianize the farmers and
laborers and crush them out of exist
Warns Against Devision.
"They will try to get the Farmers'
Equity and Nonpatrtisan League and
Grange to fighting among themselves.
What for? For the purpose, gentle
men of the jury (laughter), ladies and
gentlemen, of simply destroying your
power as a fighting power for right
eousness and justice in the state of
Montana. (Applause.) And they try
and they know that if they can con
vince you farmers out through the
state of Montana that the working
men of Montana are a bunch of I. W.
W.s that they can never get you to
line up with them at all, and they
know if they can convince the labor
ing men that the farmer is dead
against them, that then you cannot
accomplish anything at all. Their
purpose is to keep you separate as
much as they possibly can;; and what
you need your organization for is to
hold meetings, take papers, study po
litical questions, and study the men
in the state of Montana, and do not
vote for some man for Governor or
United States Senator or anything
else just because he is a good fellow
or because he happens to be a good
looking man. Vote for him because
he stands for the people.
The fight has been bitter and long,
Wheeler has been victimized for his
splendid administration of the office
of U. S. Attorney but by that act, by
failure to maintain in office a man
who has done so well and who is the
choice of the vast majority of the
citizens of this state, Senator Walsh
has signed his own "resignation" Had
he stood like a wall and said Wheeler
has done his best to administer his of
fice and if he must be victim to the
autocracy of the sixth floor I also
will go down with him, Senator
Walsh's name would have been as re
vered as of yore. But it is not so.
The Nonpartisan league takes the
stand that those who are not for us
Sare against us, Senator Walsh has de
Iclared against us.
tion of grains and grasses is to con-i
tinue. Through government owner
ship and operation of water power
plants, fertilizer could be supplied in
Montana in practically unlimited
quantities, and at prices so low as to
permit of their general use.
With cheap power, Montana could
also manufacture its enormous crops
of wool into various forms of cloth
ing, and from its great output of
hides, make shoes for all its people,
and for export to other states.
As indicating the quickness with
which Congresswoman Rankin detect
ed the hand of special privilege. the
i oil lands leasing bill proposed by Sen
ator Walsh may be noted. As a mem
I ber o6 the House Committee on Pub
lic Lands, she entered vigorous and
effective opposition to the provisions
of this bill that gave great and profit
able privileges to the oil companies
in utter disregard to the people's
rights. In this instance, obstructive
tactics against the greedy grabbing
of the oil companies was in fact con
SCHEDULE CALLS FOR INTEN
SIVE CAMPAIGN OVER PRAC
TICALLY ALL COUNTIES
OTHER SPEAKERS INVITED.
Below is given the revised list of
the meetings at which Miss Jean
nette Rankin, candidate for the Uni
ted State senate will make ad
The schedule calls for meetings
practically every day until election.
There 'will be a number of other speak
ers at many of the meetings and
the inquiries which have reacher the
office of the Montana Leader indi
cates a deep interest in the campaign.
Look over the dates, find out when
the meetings are to be held in your
vicinity and be sure that you and
your neighbors attend. The women
of the state should take particular
interest in these meetings.
Fort Benton, October 19th,
Court House .. 8:00 p. m.
Big Sandy, October 19th,
Opera House ........2:00 p. m.
Harlem, October 20th, at 8:00 p. m.
Poplar. October 21st, at 2:00 p. m.
Wolf Point, October 21st, 8:00 p. m.
Fairview, October 22nd, 8:00 p. m.
Glendive, October 23rd. 8:00 p. m.
Baker, October 24th, at 8:00 p. m.
Reed Point, October 26th, 2:00 p. m.
Columbus, October 26th, at 8:00 p. m.
Foster, October 27th, at 11:00 a. m.
Hardin, October 27th, at 2:00 p. m.
Bellentine, October 27th, 8:00 p. m.
Laurel, October 28th, at 3:00 p. m.
Billings. October 28th, at 8:00 p. m.
Pompeys Pillar Oct. 29th, 11:00 a. m.
Custer, October 29th. at 2:00 p. m.
Hysham, October 29th, at 4:00 p. m.
Forsyth, October 29th, at 8:00 p. m.
Ingomar, October 30th, 11:0 Os. m.
Melstone, October 30th, at 2:00 p. m.
Gage, October 30th, at 4:00 p. m.
Coalmiles, October 30th, at 8:00 p. m.
Waldheim, October 31st, 11:00 a. m.
Lavina, October 31st, at 3:00 p, m.
Broadview, October 31st, 8:00 p. m.
Great Falls, November 1st, 8:00 p. m.
Helena, November 2nd, at 8:00 p. m.
Hamilton, November 3rd, 8:00 p. m.
Missoula, November 4th, 8:00 p. m.
-RANKIN FOR SENATOR
The war aims and policies of Presi
dent Wilson and the progressive mem
bers of his cabinet have won the
united support of the masses of the.
people of the West. The mention of
his name never fails to bring wild
cheers from the farmer-labor audien
ces-much more so than comes from
the business elements. The people,
despite the "kept" press, are coming
rapidly to understand the reasons
for the attacks upon Baker, Daniels.
Creel and others-and they RESENT
THEM AS ACTS OF DISLOYALTY.
--BISMARCK PUBLIC OPINION.
--COOPER FOR JUSTICE
I structive work in the interests of a
square deal for the people of the
Her resolution to authorize the
President to take over and operate!
the metalliferous mines was also a
constructive and patriotic measure.
Its passage would have saved to the
government tens of millions of dollars
in reduced costs for copper and the!
other metals indispensible for wart
winning ends. The proposed tax on
excess war profits will only be a par
tial relief from excessive costs. .Miss
Rankin's regulation would have af
forded a real remedy.
Breadth of Vision on Big Questions.
These were big questions before the
Congress, and upon them all, the
stand of Congresswoman Rankin was
in complete harmony with that of the
biggest and most forward-looking
members of the Congress. This
breadth of vision on the big issues
was at all times supple mented by
keenest sense of human values. The I
conservation of the nations really
S'1ITATIIMEN'r OF" OVNERIItI I. 31IAN
At.EMENT. t. I.III('IcTIEON. ETC'.. HiE
tt IIIlEill Y THE ACT 01"O ('ONtIIIES
OF" ALUGIS''T 21. 1I1..
of tntVrnoless News (Slontatlla Leader),
publishedl weekly at (treat Falls. .lont.,
for tiLoler 1. 191S, state of lMonltana,
county of Cascade. before me, a notary
public ill and for the state anll county
aforesaid. personally appeatlred ii. F.
MlcTPllaerson . who, having been duly
sworan accordinlg to law, tdeposes lnd
says that he Is the editor of the In
verlner;s News (SMontana Leader), and
that the following is, to the best of his
klinowledgte anlll belief, a true stat(lltlletnt
of the o(wlnership, tnanagemnllt (and if
a daily Iapr. the circulation), etc., of
tile aforesaid publicatiot for the datO5
shown ihi the above ('aptitn, rtiquilred
by the Act of .ugust 24, 1912, emnlslied
in section 443, Postal Iltaws anttl Ilegu
lation, lirillted on the reverse of this
folrn, to wit:
1. That the names andll addresses of
the publisher, editor, malnaging editor..
and business managers are: Publlisher:
Miontalta Leader, (treat Falls, .\lont.,
Box 1625. lditor, (l. F. lMcPlhersoln,
Great lFalls, Mtont., Box 1625. Mlanaglng
Editor, none. BIusiness mnanager, nonle.
2. That the owners are: (tlive names
andi adldresses of inlividual owners, or,
if a cortoriatlon, give its talnae anld tlhe
nanmes and addresses of stockholders
ownilng oir lholding 1 per cenlt or more
of the total alnount of stock. Co-part
nerlthip, Albert J. Fox. St. Pattul. M innt
sota: Edwin F. Wood, Deering, North
3. That the known hondholders.
molrtgagees. and other security holders
owning or holding 1 per enit or more
of total amount of boands, mortgages,
or other securities are: IIf thlere are
none, so state): none.
4. Thllt the two paralralphs ntext
above, giving the nanmes of the owners.
stockholders, and security holders, if
anly. contain not only the list of stock
holders as they alppear upon the books
of the company hut also. ill cases where
the stockholder or security holders
appelars upon the books of the com
pany as trustee or in any other fidu
inary relation, the name of the person
or corporation for whom such Itrustee
is acting, is given; also that the sahi
two paragraphs contain statements
embracing affiant's full knowledge and
belief as to the circumstances and non
ditions under which stockholders anod
secturity holders who do not apllear
upon tihe books of the colmpany as
trustees, hold stock andi securities in
a caapeity other than of a bona fide
owner; and this affiant has no reason
to helieve that any other iperson, as
socation., or corploration has any in
terest direct or indirect in the said
stock, bonds, or other securities than
as so stated by hihi.
5. That the av\'erage number of Iopies
of each issue of this publication sold
or distributed, through the unails or
otherwise, to paid subscribers during
the six months preceding the date
shown above Is (This Information is
required from daily publications only).
(Signed), (I. F. McPherson, editor.
Sworn' to andi subscribed hefre me
this 7th day of October. 1918. G. (G.
Harris. notary public for the State of
.Montana. residing at Great Falls. Mon
tana. My commission expires the 4th
day of t'arch, A. D. 1920.
An organizer being sent into Sheridan County to re-enroll members if
they were desirous of continuing the organization for another two years,
he had no luck, he says; he called on sixty-three and only sixty-three
AND YET MORE.
We are glad to know that the community war labor boards have agreed
that junk peddlers are non-essential, the gentlemen who collect the bric-a
brac for "The best editorial of the day" and similar rummage sale effects,
will shortly be doing something useful and we hope less dreary.
AND MORE AGAIN.
After hearing Roosevelt at Billings sixteen farmers in succession
sought out one organizer that day and re-enrolled. Go to it, Teddy!
'reatCst of all possible asscts--men
andl women and children-was never
lost sight of in her legislative activi
Even down here in Washington,
far remote from Montana as it is,
we have anl occasional echo of the cor
ipora'tion press howls against Con
Cgreeswoman Rankin. We wonder if
that sort of thing is really fooling
the men and women workers of the
Treasure state. It doesn't fool the
workers down here a little bit. And
we sometimes wonder, too, if the real
human folks out in Mlontana realize,
as we do on the groundl, how much
overdone in the Senate is the repre
sentative of hig lawyers, big bank
ers and big business men-all solely
intent upon making Big Business
bigger, regardless of the toll taken
in human lives. If they could realize
the truth, what a big majority they
would give their broad-visioned, big
hearted Congresswoman, who asks
to serve them in the United States
OVER Two Hundred Meetings .....
The big outstanding feature of the
fall campaign which has been a'rran
ged at the Montana state office of
the National Nonpartisan league is
the avalanche of meetings with which
it is expected to cover the state be
tween October 18 and the day of elec
Speakers have been engaged, halls
hired and all arrangements made up
to the present time for over two hun
dred gatherings and more are being
scheduled every day. Every possible
means is being taken to give proper
publicity to the meetings and mem
bers of the League are urged to :task
about the meetings with their neigh
bors, post up the bills sent to them
and in every way possible add to the
publicity work (lone from the state
If the instructions from the head
office are carried out every meeting
will be a huge success, and victory
will follow their efforts.
Following is a, partial list of the
meetings as they have been announ
ced up to the present time:
Yates, Oct. 19, 8:00 p. m.
St. Phillip, Oct. 22, 8:00 p. m.
Jordan School, Oct. 24, 8:00 p. m.
Hay Creek, Oct. 26, 8:00 p. m.
Edgehill, Oct. 29, 8:00 p. m.
DAWSON PRAIRIE AND FALLON
Intake, Oct. 21, 8:00 p. m.
Bloomfield, Oct. 22, 8:00 p. m.
Circle, Oct. 23, 8:00 p. m.
Watkins, Oct. 24, 8:00 p. m.
Jordan, Oct. 25, 8:00 p. m.
DeGrand. Oct. 26, 8:00 p. m.
Ex-Station. School, Oct. 27, 8:00
Terry, Oct, 28, 8:00 p. nl.
(Continued on Page Three)
Boosters and friends who
have time to distribute county _
campaign cards should com- =
municate with the State Office, =
Box 1625, Great Falls. -