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UNCLE SAM. TO
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC 'IN
FORMATION CHOOSE INDORSA
TION OF MARK P. BATES FOR
GOVERNOR OF SOUTH DAKOTA,
BY LEAGUE, TO SHOW EURO
PEAN PEOPLE THAT DEMOCRA
CY IS A REALITY IN UNITED
St. Paul, Minn.-The fact that
South Dakota farmers have indorsed
for governor of the state an actual
on-the-soil farmer will be explloited
throughout the press of Europe as
evidence of the free and democratic
political machinery of government
which exists in America.
The United States committee on
public information, consisting of the
United States secretaries of state,
war and navy, has requested of the
Nonpartisan Leader a picture of Mark
P. Bates, League candidate for gov
ernor of South Dakota, together with
a write-up concerning Mr. Bates.
According to a letter that the Non
partisan Leader has received from the
foreign propaganda bureau of the
committee on public information,, this
picture and material concerning Mr.
Bates is for use in publications reach
ing the agricultural population of Eu
rope, and is to convince them of the
fact that in America farmers are per
mitted to organize, frame political
platforms, indorse candidates for of
fice and attempt to elect those candi
dates and enact that program, by ob
taining a majority vote at the polls.
Nothing is more important to the
cause of the allied nations than to be
able to show that in American, which
bas been extensively advertised as the
home of unshackled plutocracy there
exists a powerful organization whose I
purpose is to give into the hands of I
all people the government of this 1
country. For many years the work
ing people of the older democracies
have taken a leading part in the elec
tlon of representatives to the various
legislative bodies. The information
that we are also at work upon this
vital problem will serve to cement a 4
real friendship between the various ,
groups and ourselves.
"Mr. Oliver S. Morris, Editor,
The Nonpartisan Leader,
St. Paul , Minnesota.
"We have loted in the Septem
ber 23rd issue of The Nonpar- ]
tisan Leader a striking photo
graph of Mr. M. P. Bates, can
didate for Governor of South Da
kota. We are anxious to include
this picture in the news service
that this Bureau is sending to the 1
Allied and neutral countries with
the idea of keeping their people
informed as to the activities of 1
this nation, and also of helping to I
maintain their morale. 1
"We learn from our agents, i
through whom this material is
distributed to the foreign press, I
that facts and information about
American farmers and farming 1
are of particular interest to for- 1
eign peoples, especially the agri
cultural populations. It seems 1
to us that this illustration of a 1
candidate for high office who is P
obviously "one of the people"
will make an excellent impression
"Can you therefore co-operate d
with us to the extent of supply
ing us with a print of this photo- .
graph, preferably a black (not
sepia) one with glossy finish?
.We will be glad to return it after
having the requisite number of
copies made. If this is not pos- t
sible, can you get in topch with
the photographer and have him
send us a print at the earliest f
"Furthermore can you supply I
us with a short, newsy sketch
of Mr. Bates, calling attention to
his connection with practical far
ruing, reviewing the salient feat
ures of his career, especially in
connection with his interest in the
farmer's welfare? A note of two
hundred words, full of facts rath
er'than prophecies or economiums
would be just the thing.
I sincerely hope that you can
afford us this assistance, and
that I may hear from you in the
very near future.
Very truly yours,
E. L. D. SEYMOUR"
J. H. MOREHEAD
LEAGUE CANDIDATE FOR STATE
SENATOR CASCADE COUNTY
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 pt 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.
Reed Point. October 26th, 2:00 p. m.
Absorkee, October, 26th, at 8:00 p. m.
Foster, October 27th, at 11:00 p. m.
Hardin, October 27th, at 2:00 p. m.
Bellentine. October 27th, 8:00 p. m.
Laurel, October 28th, at 3:00 p. is.
Billings. October 28th, at 8:00 p. m.
Pompeys Pillar Oct. 29th, 11:00 a. m.
Custer, October ?9th, 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 Oa. m.
Melstone, October 30th, at 2:00 p. m.
Gage, October 30th, at 4.00 p. m.
Coalmines, 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 fariner-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-
RALLY FOR RANKIN
The Billings Gazette takes a fall
out of the Butte Miner which we
take pleasure in publishing below.
We are always glad to see candid
publicity from the gang press, it is
so refreshing, and so infrequdat.
CONSISTENCY OF THE BUTTE
It is really amusing to read the
comment in Senator W. A. Clark's
Butte Miner on the cost of electing
United States senators. It would
appear that a resolution has been in
troduced in the senate authorizing
the appointment of a committee to
investigate expenditures in recent
senatorial primaries, it having been
charged that one candidate expended
upwards. of $100.000 to encompass
Naturally the Butte Miner cannot
be very outspoken concerning the
expenditure of money in senatorial
elections, recalling as it must a cer
tain $30,000 episode in Montana
legislative history and the famous
observance of its owner's son that
he would either "elect or break the
old man." He did not break the "old
man", but all conceded he was pretty
It is apparent, however, that the
Butte paper wishes to convey the
impression that it is a very wicked
practice to spend money in senatorial
campaigns. Manifestly, none is in
better position than the Miner to
judge of such affairs, when it is uni
versally acknowledged that its owner
still has the world's record for such
expenditures, and atop of that was
virtually thrown out of the chamber
after the matter had been investi
In other words, the resignation of
Senator Clark followed the most sen
sational exposure known to political
history and would have resulted in
his being kicked out6 bodily as was
Lorimer had he not frustrated it in
the manner indicated. It was also
quite generally accepted that Gover
nor Smith very conveniently left the
state under 'a pre-arranged plan,
whereunder the acting governor
might reappoint Clark as his own
successor. This deal was so nauseat
ing that even Clark frowned upon it.
Recalling all these facts.. which
served to give Montana, an undying
reputation so far as political corrup
tion is concerned, it strikes this
paper that the least the Butte Miner
has to say on the use of money in
electing United States senators, the
better off the state will be. It hopes
the Miner will remain silent on the
subject because of the unpleasant
recollections it recalls.
One reason why you should sup
port the candidates indorsed by the
Nonpartisan League is that they are
appointed by the people and are not
self-appointed. They have tihe in
dorsement of the farmers because
taey have investigated their charac
ters and found them good. They have
found in them men they can *rust,
that will work for the cause of "equal
rights to all and special privileges
to none," whereas other candidates
have only the indorsement of the
"Big I am."-GRANT COUNTY (S.
. ; TRIBUNE.
The profiteer doesn't care how
many harsh words are said about him
or how many denafnciatory 'resolu
tions are passed by conventions. If
he could be reached through his
humanity or his regard for the public
welfare he wouldn't be a profiteer.
It is only when a man steps forward
with a program that will improve
marketing facilities and eliminate
useless middlemen that he sits up
and takes notice and sends out his
political missionaries begging people
not to do anything to "interfere with
the winning of the war."-COLFAX
(WASH.) COMMONER. ,
--RANKIN FOR SENATOR-
C. C. DAVIS
LEAGUE CANDIDATE FOR STATE
SENATOR, TETON COUNTY
We have received the follow.
ing pathetic and manly letter
from a leaguer of Chouteau
county and we give it publicity
because it throws a flood of light
upon what seems to be a curious
oversight on the part of those
who drew up the arrangements
for the recent fedleral aid to
drouth stricken farmers. Surely
the offigials responsible have
overlooked this phase of the situ
ation and we suggest that some
thing be done immediately to
alter the present ruling, as if it
is not altered thousands of acres
will be left unseeded and the
county suffer in uonsequence. A
shortage of grain crops consti
tute the gravest menace to which
any nation can he exposed and
every effort should surely be
made to remedy any defects
wlhk.h may appear in existing
Hopp, Mont., Sept. 25, 1918.
National Nonplrtisan League,
Great Falls, Montana.
I am writing you in regard to the
seed proposition. My application was
turned down by the agent at
Great Falls because I am handling
the land that belongs to my boys
who are in France. The agent says
that I cannot get grain for these
lands because I cannot give a first
lien as I am not the owner of the
land on which the crop is to be sown.
He says in his letter to me that this
is purely a business proposition and
so I can't get the seed. I shall not
try to sow any winter wheat now, as
it is getting too late but would ask
your kindly assistance so that some
arrangements can be made to get.
spring seed. By drawing this matter
to the attention of the government
you will greatly assist not only myself
but many hundreds who are in a like
unfortunate fix. I have given my
boys that grew to manhood and upon
whom I looked for some assistance
in my declining years, they were ai
refuge for my old age; but the coun
try called and they answered that
call. They are now in France anti it
may be that all I shall have of them
will be a picture and a memory. I
can only say they are there to do
their duty and I, old as I am, and
here to do mine, if it is possible.
Surely my boys leaving is not to be
regarded as a business proposition by
me, why then should business be
allowed to interfere with me doing
my share toward the end we all hope
for? Yours, etc.,
Ever since the supreme court of
Minnesota threw out the case against
Mr. Townley and Mr. Gilbert, the kept
press, including most of the big maga
zines, has been working around to
the position that the Nonpartisan
league would be all right it it did
not "stir up class against class". The
wrong side of the "loyalty. issue"
which they had been trying to hold
up against the League had become
too heavy and stupid for further use.
How much is there to the new reas
on for abiding hate?
In the first place the Nonpartisan
league has never attacked any class.
It has attacked the packing trust, the
milling combine, the usury practiced
by some members of the banking fra
ternity, the monopolists of transpor
tation and basic natural resources,
but these are not business. The most
imaginative person could not find in
the special interests attacked by the
League program more than a small
fraction of what we call business.Yet
these papers declare that the Nonpar
tisan league is an enemy of business,
and associations of business men can
be induced to go on record against the
League. What in the name of com
mon sense can this mean except that
the business is organized, or class
conscious, if you please, and practic
ing the class struggle to the extent of
defending any of its members no mat
ter how vicious their domination of
farmers and city. workers? Why, for
instance. does the United States
Chamber of Commerc rush to the de
fense of the packers in the face of a
conclusive government report if it is
not arraying class against class?
Why do nine-tenths of our big papers
carry the packers' slush and lying
in their news and editorial columns
if they are not lined up with preda
tory business as a class against pro
ducers and consumers? The business
world, led around by the nose by the
practicing what it accuses the League
of doing and which the League is dis
tinctly not dor.g.
SPITE 'F CITY CZARS
RANKIN BOOSTS LOAN
leannette .Rankin, congiresswomn.l
from Montana and candidate for
United States senator in the coming
election spoke before a large and
enthusiastic audience at the audito
rium last (Tuesday) night. M1iss
Rankin devoted her efforts to the sal(,
of the Fourth Liberty loan and also
spoke for some time on the perpetll
ation of our democratic institutions.
'rThe Miles City Trades and Labolr
assembly under whose auspices and
at whose invitation Miss iankin
spoke, had mtany difficulties plDnit.d
in their path while perfecting Ith.
arrangements. On Saturday, Sept. -2S.
the day of the Fourth Liberty L.nan
drive the committee visited sonll
members of the Council of DIef.ens
to inquire if a permit was neotssiiry
for public speaking, incidentally nrun
tioning that Miss Rankin's tilk
would boost the Liberty Loan dri\v'.
They were politely informed that
Miles City had "gone over the top"
then (8 p. m.) Saturday, Septeint
ber 28, and the Liberty Loan would
not need any further boosting. O()I
Tuesday morning, Oct. 1. three days
later, the Daily Star announced that
Miles ('ity was stiill $1000.00 shotl
on her quota. The Council of Dlefensi'
stalled the committee off until Mon-,
day and finally informed them that
the mayor and council were 111(
parties to see. The Trades' committee
then visited the mayor but he was
not in a position to give his answer
until noon. thus delaying advertising
and publicity again. When, however,
all the time possible had been cola
sumed and as much delay as thle
could get away with accomplished.
the mayor finally decided that nil
permit was necessary. Thus does the
cause of democracy slowly reassert
itself while petty autocracy seeks
more and more the artifices of delay
and of throwing sand into the ma
chinery of that, which however much
they are minded, they dare not no"
attempt to suppress. Miss Rinkin's
meeting was a glorious success.