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CROOKEDNESS IN CHOTEAU CO.
GIVEN LIE DIRECT BY RECORDS
Gangs "Investigating Committee" Exposed
P. J. WALLACE, LEAGUE CANDIDATE FOR STATE SENATOR
FROM CHOTEAU COUNTY LIBELED BY GANGSTERS OPERATING
UNDER HIGH SOUNDING TITLE. SO CALLED CITIZENS INVESTI
GATING COMMITTEE NOTHING BUT OLD GANG TAR-BRUSH DE
PARTMENT. RECORDS SHOW WALLACE'S STANDING IN COMMUNI
TY AND AT BUTTE EXCELLENT. B. K. WHEELER, J. SPEED SMITH,
CHIEF NATURALIZATION EXAMINER, AND MAJOR GENERAL LIG
GATT TESTIFY TO HIS PROBITY.
They accuse Wallace of being a disturber and a menace to the country,
while he worked in Butte and in order to prove this they bring forward
an alleged facsimile of the enrollment records of the I. W. W. propaganda
League.. The United States District Attorney B. K. Wheeler, gives them
hth}rliidirect and he is the one man who is really well informed as to what
has gone on in Butte these last few years, here is his letter.
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
OFFICE OF UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
Butte, Montana, September 24, 1918.
Mlr. J. G. Crites,
Big Sandy, Montana.
With reference to Mr. P. J. Wallace, who formerly lived in Butte,
Montana, I can say that I was acquainted with him during most
of the time that he was in Butte. and so far as anything that I
ever knew he was an absolutely loyal, patriotic, hard-working man,
and I believe that if he is elected to the State Senate that he
will well and faithfully represent his constituents of Choteau County
as well as the people generally throughout the state. I feel con
fident that he will not be "handled" so to speak, by the big interests
of this state, and trust that he may be elected.
B. K. WHEELER.
The gang then sprung the absolute falsehood that Wallace was not a
citizen, nailed again-read this:
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR-NATURALIZATION SERVICE
Office of Chief Examiner.
Room 404 Federal Building,
Mr. Patrick John Wallace,
Big Sandy, Montana.
Call upon the clerk of the District Court at Fort Benton,
Montana, and sign and receive your new certificate of naturalization
issued out of the UI. S. Districts Court at Butte, Montana, in lieu
of the original which appears to be lost beyond recovery.
When you call upon the clerk at Fort Benton be prepared to de
liver to him a postal money order in the sum of $1.60 to pay the clerk
his fee for issuing this new certificate. The money should be made
payable to the Clerk, U. S. District Court, Butte, Montana.
Very truly yours,
JNO. SPEED SMITH,
S. Chief Naturalization Examiner
As a matter of fact Wallace's father was naturalized as early as
1876 at St. Regis, Ohio, and Wallace himself six years ago, in June 1912
to be exact, before Judge Bourquin and the present secretary of the Butte
Engineers was his wintness. Ed Lawlor can tell you all about it. A fire
consumed Wallace's effects hence the gang thought to put one over, no doubt
expecting that Wallace had not taken the precaution to obtain another
copy of his papers.
And'now for the final dispicable lie, principally circulated by Wal
lace's immediate opponents. They accuse him of being a slacker. Well,
take a good look at the deadly parallel below and find WHO is the slack
er. Wallace offers himself to Uncle Sam freely, our friend Lewis.
his opponent, is summoned to appear and INSISTS THAT HE SHALL BE
PLACED IN CLASS FIVE. Lewis follows the strictly non-essential em
ployment of an Abstractor. Wallace Farms.
Headquarters Western Department
16th August. 1917.
From: Department Adjutant.
To: Mr. Patrick J. Wallace.
Subject: Notice of non-acceptance for
Second Series Reserve Officers'
Your application for admis
sion to the second series of Re
serve Officers' Training Camps
has been transmitted these head
quarters by the Examining Offic
er charged with selecting the
quota of your State. and you are
informed that you were not ac
cepted for attendance at the sec
ond Presidio Officers' Training
Camp commencing August 27.
1917 and that you have have in
curred no obligation for service
in this connection.
It may be of interest to state
that in the Western Department
some eight thousand made appli
cation while only fourteen hun
dred and"forty could be author
ized to attend the second train
The Department Commander
takes this occasion to convey to
you the War Department's ap
preciation of your loyalty and
patriotism in making this appli
cation for this War service, and
to thank you for the desire you
have shown to serve your coun
By command of Major General
M. W. POWELL,
Lieutenant Colonel, Cavalry D. O.
L.. Asst. to De artment Adiotantn
Verily the lie factory of the old gang must be working top speed these
Local Board for Choteau County
State of Montana.
Fort Benton, Mont., Oct. 11, 1918
To: J. G. Crites, Big Sandy,. Montana
Subject: Inquiry as to Vernan E.
Replying to yours of the 9th
isnt. in which you ask, whether
S'or not Mr. Vernon E. Lewis was
classified in Class IV-A and de
manded that he be placed in Class
That Mr. Lewis, at the time of
filing his questionaire made claim
of Class IV-A. that is manl with
dependent family; also for Class
V-A, as a Legislative officer,
member of the State Legislature.
In making his classification,
this Board placed him in Class
IV-A. and upon receipt of no
tice of such classification, Mr.
Lewis called the attention of this
Board to his claim for deferred
class as a Legislative Officer, and
INSITED THAT SUCH CLAIM
BE CONSIDERED BY THIS
BOARD. WHICH WAS DONE,
AND HE WAS PLACED IN
The ouestionnaire cover upon
which claims were noted by him
for classification is a record of
this office: and I believe Mr.
Lewis will admit the above con
dition if asked.
HUGH S. McGINLEY. Chairman
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSION,
ASKED TO GIVE SAME SPACE
TO LESUEUR'S ANSWER THAT
WAS GIVEN TO HIS LETTER.
The Nonpartisan league has made
a demand on the Minnesota Public
Safety commission that that commis
sion give the same circulation to Ar
thu- LeSueur's statement that it or
iginally gave to a letter written by
Mr. LeSueur to William D. Haywood.
The letter was written at a time when
Mr. LeSueur was acting as attorney
for accused I. W. W., before the war
and before his connection with the
League as one of its attorneys.
As a political move against the
League the commission spent taxpay
ers' money to have hundreds of cuts
of LeSueur's letter made. These, to
gether with a very unfair statement
regarding the letter, containing in
sinuations that LeSueur was an I. W.
W., disloyal and "dangerous," were
sent for publication throughout the
state at, public expense. For this
"reasbn", the commission implied, the
Nonpartisan league, which employs
Mr. LeSueur on its legal staff, is al
so disloyal and "dangerous."
IMr. LeSueur answered these charg
es by the public safety commission.
IHis statement, was published in the
Minnesota Leader. The League pub
Ilicity department then demanded, in
the following letter, that the public
safety commission give the same cir
culation to LeSueur's reply that it
originally gave to the charges against
him. The public safety commission
has to date refused to give Mr. Le
Sueur the fair deal demanded, for
the reason that if his reply was pub
lished in the same papers as the orig
inal charges and insinuations, the lat
ter would he completely destroyed and
the incident would rflect. on the com
mission rather than on Mr. LeSueur.
LETTER MAKES REQUEST
Foliowine is the League's letter.
September 19, 1918
Minnesota Commission of Public
State Capitol, St. Paul, Minn.
Gentlemen: We note that the pub
licity director of the Minnesota Com
mission of Public Safety, Mr. Charles
W. Henks. has sent to editors
throughout Minnesota for publica
tion facsimile reproductions of a let
tIor wiritten hvy Mr. Arthur L"Sueur to
" P!!-. . F!ny,-"cd. W n"o that.
the conmission culu'ts Lthe pul"iica
tion of this letter throughout the
press of Minnesota.
In the footnote on the LeSueur let
ter and in an item for publication ac
companying the letter, the commis
sion makes'reference to the fact that
SMr. I.-Sueur is eonneuted with Non
partisan league. We therefore have
come to t1,e conclusion that the com
mission. :n spending the taxpayer's
money in an effort to obtain publica
tion of this attack on Mr. LeSueur,
also intends it as an attack on the
Nonpartisan league. It is also im
nossible to escape the conclusion that
the conmission is taking this action
for political purnoses, in an attempt
indirectly- t.o reflect upon candidates
indorsed for office in Minnesota by
the Nonpartisan league and organiz
ed labor. and to promote the interests
of the opponents of these candidates:
POINTS OUT DISTORTION.
We desire to call your attention
to the fact that in your comment up
on the LeSueur letter you fail to state
several important facts regarding the
letter. which you have given out for
publication, and this, together with
the insinuations and inuendoes which
you have asked newspapers to pub
lish, constitute a very unfair attack
on a citizen of this state as well as
an organization which numbers over
50,000 members in Minnesota. It is
a very serious matter when a public
body supported by public funds takes
it upon itself through the vast powers
that it exercises to attack citizens of
the state in his manner without giv
ing these citizens an opportunity to
state their side of the case.
ASKS 50-50 DEAL
We art, therefore, inclosing in this
letter a copy of Mr. leSueur's answer
to and explanation of the matter you
have sent to newspapers for publica
tion. It is incumbent upon you, as a
public ,body supported by public
funds, to give Mr. LeSueur's answer
to your charges and insinuations the
same circulation that you have giv
en your charges and insinuations. We
are, therefore. requesting that Mr. Le
Sueur's statement be sent by you to
all editors to who.n you originally
sent yov :ohar.ge aainst Mr. Le
Sueur, and to all other persons to
whose attention you have called the
charges against Mr. LeSueur.
Your failure to give Mr. LeSueur's
statement the same circulation that
you gave to your charges against him
would not only be unfair to Mr. Le
Sueur, would not only deprive the
people of Minnesota of both sides of
the question to which they are en
titled, but would reflect very serious
ly on the motives of the commission
in sending out the original charges,
and would, warrant the conclusion, al
ready unavoidable, that the com
mission has made these charges for
political purposes, using the taxpay
ers' money therefore.
Will you please let us know what
disposition you make of the state
ment of Mr. LeSueur?
PUBLICITY DEPARTMENT OF
THE NONPARTISAN LEAGUE
. . . . . . . , . . .
(By C. F. Turner)
He was elected mayor and Presi
dent of the commission of Minot, N.
D., while I was a resident of that
city, on the platform "Clean up Min
ot". Did he do it? In less than three
months the tinhorn gamblers silent
ly stole away. The sporting houses
were closed, a bunch of negroes of
the lower type without visible means
of support vacated the hovels
then directly across from Lexington
Hotel and that black cloud varnished.
Even dice boxes and dice were placed
in leather caskets inside the cigar
cases and the "bones" rattled no more
Of course there was a private game
going on here and there at least such
was the report and here is one in
stance, for sure, in which Art showed
his hand and showed the kind of stuff
he is made of, The stuff that makes
. The heretofor big political Boss
(Big Jim) was in the game, he and
his confedrate worked all of a Great
Northern Employees pay for the prev
icus month $8o.00 instead of the usu
al one-half. All this time he
had not yet been home to divide with
his good wife. Hence she having
nothing to pay grocery bill-could
get no more provisions for the child
ren, husband and self. She went to
LeSueur and told her story between
sobs and tears.
LoSueur was mayor for :ll the
people, lhe called on Big Jihl at once
and here is the talk
"Jim! You and your friend have
$85.00 of Mr.--- - money and
his little wife is over to my office
crying because she can not get bread.
Jim "Any your d--- business?"
LeSueur "Yes that's all the busi
ness I have just now and you are
loosing valueable time."
Jim-"Well y------- what are
you going to do abou't it?"
LeSueur--"Issue a warrant of
course, your loosing time .lim. val
Well there is a little more to it but
it would not look well in print.
Anyhow that was one month the
little wife got the entire 1885.00 and it
did not take 'L. 40 minutes to collect
it from Big Jim and hand it over to
the lady. Such was LeSueur, sacri
ficing his big law practice and inci
dentally his property to make Minot,
a decent place to live in, much better
than it was previously. I know, and
it has been since if reports be true.
A BUSINESS MAN
(Con"tinued fronl Page Six
n't get through. And shortly the de
puty's car roared past from the coun
try-seat, bound toward the scene of
HOSE TURNED ON I.EAGUERS
It seems that the fire hose. in fact
all available fire hose had unlimbered
immediately after out successful pas
sage of the main street. The other
cars had pulled i nand their occupants
were just preparing to buy a liberal
amount of candy and soda water when
the local patriots got busy.
Do you know the pressure behind
the nozzle of the usual fire hose ? Do
you know the iciness of that" water
after its deep caverns have been
drawn upon by a little runnin. . Doi
you conceive a group of nlen, armed
with axes, shotguns, and clubs. ranim
mini those powerful streams of icy
water into the faces of perspiring men
and women and children, of women
with babies in their arms, until they
" TEN MINUTE TALKS TO TOILERS
FEATURE OF RAPID-FIRE CAM
PAIGN. AUTOMOBILE PARADES,
BANNERS AND BANDS TO
GREET LEAGUE CHIEF.
A. C. Townley, president of Na
tional Nonpartisan league is to come
into the state for a brief but rapid
series of campaign speeches. It is
expected that this tour will be epochal
in its nature as Mr. Townley's ap
pearance amongst the people of Mon
tana has always been a signal for
great gatherings and the display of
tremendous interest and enthusiasm.
His last appearance here in the east
ern and southern portions of the state
was more in the nature of a triumph
al procession. People drove seventy
and eighty miles to hear the most
loved and the most hated man in
thirteen states. This visit promises
to be even more encouraging and
vast numbers of people will hear the
message of the League from the
League chief himself. The parade
feature is to be exemplified by the
Kalispell committee who are arrang
ing a monster procession from the
city, to Missoula. Every auto-owner
in the western counties should join
this parade and accompany President
Townley to the end of the trip.
Following are the list of Townley
Brush Lake, Sheridan county, 2 p.
m., Sunday, Oct. 27,. Havre, Hill
county, 12 noon- Monday, October 28.
Arrive at Kalispell 11:40 p! m. Speask
at Kalispell Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 11. am.
Leave Kalispell 11:00 a. m. reach
Poison 1:00 p. m., speak at Poison,
1:30 to 2:30 p. m., leave Poison at
2:30 p. m. arrive at Ronan, 3 p. m.,
thirty minute speech, leave Ronan at
3:30 p. m. reach Missoula at
5:30 p. m. arriving at Butte at 10:40
p. m., October 29. Leave Butte at
7 a. m. ect. 30, arrive at Idaho Falls
at 2 p. m.
Don't forget, attend these meetings
in force. The opportunity to hear
A. C. Townley does not come every
day, and besides it will prove beyond
a shadow of a doubt that the mobsters
and tar and feather artists are for
ever silenced. Townley comes to
demonstrate Democracy. It is your
duty to support him.
were fairly suffocated, drowned while
the women screamed vainly and chil
dren gasped and turned their heads
down any place to escape the fright
ful deluge? That's what happened.
OLD MEN AND WOMEN AT
An ex-constable, in the performance
of his duty as representative of the
law. attacked an old man, who was
attempting to retreat into his car,
attacked him with the butt end of an
axe, until the old fellow was knocked
almost senseless. Then our district
manager, unarmed, jumped to the res
cue, and the guardian and defender
of the peace, went after him also bent
on simple murder.
The district organizer's wife leap
ed from the car "with a gun to protect
her husband. ,d both of them were
promptly arrested for carrying con
cealcd weapons! Our local paper
(servant ,.f truth that it is) would
hat'e it that the lady was under the
influence of drink, and threatening
to blow up an innocent anti harmless
town. Ilad not this man been remov
ed from the Inc?: jail to the country
prison he would undoubtedly have suf
fered the extreme penalty mobs in
WOMAN TORN FROM CAR
One woman was torn from a rapid
ly moving car and fell to the pave
ment on her knees before her hus
hand could stop. And while she lay
there helpless and faint the townsmen
called her names unimaginably foul.
HIer husband went for the crowd
with his tool hammer, and got her in
to the ear again.
..Another old man was outside the
protection of the cars was tortured
by the water; they played it on him
like boys will do with some small
beast, until he got behind a telegraph
pole amd could stand up again.