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OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF "TH NATIONA.aNONPARTISAeN LeAGUe p 'THE oTAT' OF tr"A lAA
fOLUMN 8 GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1919 NUMBER 41.
ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES AND
DELUGE HEADQUARTERS WITH
50,000 SIGNATURES IN 30 DAYS
Drop a Regular Barrage of Names To Show The Gangsters In Mon
tana That You Do Not Propose To Be Robbed of The Open
Primary. Compensation Law Initiated At Same Time.
Letters are still pouring in by the hundreds from all over the
State, in response to our call for help to circulate referendum peti
tions, those who are responding are not all League members either.
Organized jabor and many women in the towns have offered to help
defeat the contemptible efforts of the politicians to destroy our open
From the way the letters keep coming in we should have no diffi
culty in rolling up 50,000 signatures this time.
There are, however greater obstacles to overcome than we en
countered in the last referendum drive, and for this reason it is nec
essary before we start that everything be as clear as crystal to those
circulating petitions, in order that the petitions be signed up and re
turned in the short space of time available.
To save the necessity and expense
of sending an individual letter of in
structions to each booster we are run
ning in this issue of the paper clear
and concise instructions as to what is
necessary to be done to successfully
complete the referendum fight. We
will continue to run these instructions
of seven important points in each suc
ceeding issue of the Nonpartisan.
Read them over carefully and then if
there is anything further that is not
entirely clear to you send in your
question to the Referendum Secre
tary, Box 1625, Great Falls.
Let us take just two minutes and
go over carefully each "point" as
we have them outlined, and then we
can better understand the necessity
of conforming to these essential re
1. All signers must be duly quali
fied electors. This means that if you
failed to vote at the general election
last November you are not now
a qualified voter unless you have
since that time registered before ei
ther the County Clerk or a deputy
registrar, justice of the peace or a
'NJtary public. If you have moved
from one precinct to another in the
; ante county since last November you
must notify your couniity` clerk of the^
change, either by mail or in person.
If you moved from one county to an
other since you last registered or
voted you must register over again.
If you are in doubt about registration
take no chances, REGISTER AGAIN!
2. Each person must sign their
own name.....Not only this, but the
signature must be the same as it ap
pears on the registration card at the
County Clerk's office. Many hun
dreds of good signatures were counted
out on the last petitions because of
just this one technicality. Remember
it is signatures they check off, not
names. If your name appears as
'J. W. Smith 'on the registration card
sign it the same way on the petition
and not 'John W. Smith'. The women
should also be careful to sign their
own given name, 'Mary L Smith' in
stead of 'Mrs. John W. Smith.'
3. Each petition must be confined
to one county. In other words, no
two signers on any one petition should
live in different counties, as the
County Clerks cannot certify to the
names of voters in other counties.
4. The fourth point should be clear
to all. Write out in fall the County
under the word "Residence"; tthen
your Post Office Address, and under
the heading "Street and Number"
write in your section ,township and
range. Don't omit the number or
name of your voting precinct as this
is the most important of all.
5. The fifth point needs no com
ment. When you run out of petitions
send in for more.
6. We wish that all boosters would
heed especially this request to send
all signed petitions into this office
by registered mail, instead of taking
them direct to the county clerk. This
is the only way we can gain an accu
rate estimate as to how many signa
tures have been obtained. In our
last referendum we at first asked our
boosters to deliver the petitions to
their County Clerks and send a dupli
cate list of the names to this office.
Many failed to send in their dupli
cates so that we were continually in
the dark as to how many signatures
we had. We also know that quite
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More Farmers Swinging
To Support Of League
Lothair, Mont., Sept. 28, 1919
Great Falls, Montana.
Just send a couple of those pe
titions and I will do my best to
get them filled from top to bot
Your paper is getting better
every week, just ordered a car of
hay from your classified ad.
Would liked to have taken in the
conference at Glasgow on the 29, but
as I am alone on the ranch at pres
ent, I was not able to go. The farm
ers around here are sure changing
their views towards the League. I
have spoken to a number of farmers
that are going to join and get the
paper. I am always boosting the
best thing on earth that is the Non
Yours for Victory in 1920.
S. J. MYHRE.
THE TYPE OF MEN
BEHIND THE LEAGUE
Slayton, Mont., Sept. 23& 1919.
Editor Montana Nonpartisan,
I am leaving here about the
first of next month and I am
not worried about the League
doubling up on me this fall on
dues, as that would be rather
hard on a poor dry-lander who
never raised a bushel of grain,
I know you are right, if I had
not thought so I would not have
let loose of that barrel of flour
which I could have bought for
that $16.00 roll I sent you.
Well here is hoping for a 1920
clean up of the "powers that be"
JUDGE URGES ALL TO
REGISTER AT ONCE
Can Neither Vote at Next Elec
tion Nor Sign Petitions Soon To
Be Circulated. Are You In The
Sam E. Button, Prop.
Larchwood, Sept. 25, 1919.
Editor Montana Nonpartisan,
Great Falls, Mont.
Some time ago I wrote a short let
ter on "What the Farmers DON'T
THINK" and you were good enough
to publish it. It was very much sur
prised when I saw it in print, and
must confess that I am emboldened to
try my luck again, not so much for
trying out my literary ability (?) as
to call attention to a fact that is so
very apparent throughout the coun
It has been my good fortune (?) to
be appointed to serve as election
clerk at every election, excepting one,
for the last fourteen years. At the
close of each election as soon as the
last form is signed, the last envelope
sealed, the claims made out, etc., I
take a solemn oath that I shall not
serve again-But around comes elec
tion time, special or general, and I
am on the sucker list. Then my per
sonal desire to see the different
phases of human nature acquires the
"balance of power" and I am on hand
like a sore thumb.
Now at IVERY election time,
there are SOME who can not
VOTE because they HAVE NOT
REGISTERED. The election
judges and clerks are regularily
bawled out", because-"Why,?
(and some times worse), you all
know me. Why can't you let
The laws of this sovereign
State plainly say that in order
to vote, the voter MUST be a du
ly qualified elector and their
NAME MUST BE UPON TIE
Prior to the elections, there are
always several notices posted, warn
ing the people of the time of CLOS
ING the registration books. It costs
the individual NOTHING to register
and it may be done before ANY NO
TARY, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE,
OR ANY OTHER OFFICIAL WHO
MAY BE DULY APPOINTED FOR
Must Register to Sign Petitions.
It is also necessary that one be
registered in order to sign certain pe
titions, and when one it NOT regis
tered and signs the petition, their
o names are crossed out.
In these days of "emergency legisla
tion", it behooves EVERYONE who
has the welfare and interest of the
commonwealth and themselves at
heart, to REGISTER and if they miss
voting at a general election, REGIS
In counting the ballots, the judges
and clerks ALWAYS find some of the
Things to Remember
1. Every person signing a Petition must be a duly quali
fied voter. (If you voted last November, or have since regis
tered, you are a qualified voter, even if you failed to vote at
- the recent county election).
2. Each person must sign their own name and sign it as it
appears on the registration cards at the court house. No one
can sign for another. (Married women must sign their own
ChzAstian names and not their husband's.)
3. All signers on the same petition must be voters IN THE
SAME COUNTY, altho they may live in different voting pre
4. Don't use ditto (") marks. Fill each space out in full.
5. When petition is full don't paste on a sheet of blank E
paper for more signatures. Start another petition.
6. After you have obtained every signature possible ON
ALL THREE petitions, send them to Referendum Secretary,
Box 1625, Great Falls, Mont. and NOT to your County Clerk.
As added precaution, we suggest that you send them BY REG
ISTERED MAIL, writing your name and address on the en
7. All petitions should be in the hands of the Referendum
S Secretary by November 8th, 1919. SOONER IF AT ALL POS
Below is a sample of how a petition should be signed and
properly filled out.
I Nar e Residence P.O. If in city Vot =
,IAddi Street and Number Pre E
1 I Ole K. Olson I Cascade Countyl Belt I Sec. 5 Twp 20 Rng 4E I 12
21 Annie B. Olson I Cascade Countyl Belt I Sec. 5 Twp 20 Rng 4E I 12
3 I James Smith I Cascade Countyl Ulm I Sec. 9 Twp 19 IRng 2E I 8
4 1 Martha Moore I Cascade Cdantyi Belt I 421 Second Ave. No. I 1
It is most importarit that the "Voting precinct" be prop
erly filled in as all registration cards at the Courthouse are
filed according to precinct. If you can't give the number give S
the NAME of the precinct.
Address all further questions to Referendum Secretary,
Box 1625, Great Falls, Mont.
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votes, NOT VOTES. The voter has
put his X in the WRONG square, or
in all squares, or has not made a
MARK OF ANY KIND UPON the
Some one has well said that "the
welfare of the Country is in NO dan
ger from the bolshevik, socialist, I.
W. W., republicans, or democrats,
BUT the great menace of human lib
erties is the INDIF1'ERENT aind
sometimes ignorant voter."
I have heard men "talk politics"
and give advice (?) how to vote and
then whet. they were in the booth,
call for a judge to enlighten them as
to "What does this mean?" "What
am I to do with this?
Now think it over and see if you
don't agree with me and say, "What
a shame, and in FREE America too."
Let the farmer or laboring
man ask ANY business man
they know if THEY are regis
tered. The answer is invariably
SAM E. BUTTON.
NOT MEMBER OF LEAGUE
BUT IS ON OUR SIDE
Lehman, Mont., Sept. 28 1919.
Dear Sirs: Please send me one
of your petitions for the Refer
endum of the Primary and for a
new Compensation law, providing
that no one else from this neigh
borhoed has been sent one. I
am not a member of the League
but am thoroughly in sympathy
with its policies.
HARRY D. BURNS
GETS BIG RETURNS
FROM ADVERTISIING IIN
FRANK R. WEISGERBER
Sept. 20, 1919.
Great Falls, Mont.
Gentlemen:-As I ant begin
ning my fall and winter adver
tising campaign, I am start
ing with the Nonpartisan League
papers. THEY HAVE MADE
ME MORE MONEY FOR THE
AMOUNT SPENT THAN ANY
OTHER CLASS OF NEWSPA
Please insert the attachedl
display advertisement and run
1usr ty 1 sulre II easEI t Anuj ru11 U j j"'l at IU .
Big N. D. Concern Received
Splendid Returns From Ad
GEO E. DTUI CO.
Grand Forks, N. D., Sept. 27, 1919.
N. S. Davies, Editor
Great Falls, Montana.
Will say I have had a very large number of inquiries to the
advertisement which I had in the Montana Nonpartisan. S y
GEO. E. DUIS.
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N. D. Leaguers Offer
To Aid In Getting Hay
Orrin, North Dakota
Editor Montana Nonpartisan,
Seeing your advertisement
'or hay in the North Dakota
Leader would state that you can
buy about 500 tons of hay
right close to my place. I have
50 tons for sale.
There is a hay press here but
help is scarce, but if you could
send men down to run it and
some one to buy up the hay
the Montana farmers could save
considerable money. The hay
is all within from 2 to 4
miles from the railroad and
there is a good loading platform.
Any buyer who comes repre
senting the farmers, I will be
glad to drive him around to
the farmers who have hay for
Write or wire
Joe J. Hamers, Route 1, Box
61 A. Orrin, N. D.
We'll Stick, We'll Win.
Promises TU Do Much
Better Than Before
Editor Montana Nonpartisan:
Please send me a petition and
whatever may be necessary to
work with. I am in a position to
Po round and do better than I
d last spring and if need be I
will turn the petition over after
I have done my bit. I have more
time and hope to do much better
Yours for victory,
every week until I send you new
FRANK R. WEISGERBEIR.
(Ed. Note-This manufacturer
Ias advertised with the Montana
Nonpartisan cver since it started
and knows what he is talking about.
The Montana Nonpartisan can sell
•nything you have for sale if it has
,!!erit. We will refuse to run any
kind of fake advertising. Those
buying things advertised in this pa
.er, who do not get a square deal.
i ill please report same to this pa
per at once.)
HOW STATE COl L ON IS
OPENLY FLOUT j GIVING
GANG LEGISL~u...u FAT JOBS
Illegal For Law-Makers To Be Given Appointive Jobs But They Get
Their Berths Just The Same Regardless of The Sacredness (?)
of the Constitution In Eyes of Loyalty Leaguers.
Since the farmers and laborers of Montana have begun to realize
that there is a big economic and political future before them, and having
demonstrated by 40.000 signatures on petitions, holding up the rotten
vicious primary law put over by a Copper b1ound Legislature that they
are alive to the fact, that Montana uceds a political clean up, this fact
has been penetrating slightly, the "Bone and Copper" which control
Legislative Assemblies at the "Main Graft House", at Helena.
The above fact has also been the reason that when any legislation
has been introduced for the benefit of "All the People", or legislation
that would put the crimp into the "Special Interests" four flushing po
U;tical pirates like smiling Dan Kelly of the A. C. M. Beldon of Fer
gus, \Wash McCormick of Missoula, Gibson of Park, Eddie Booth of
I Fallon and Gum Shoe Donlin wnull
HE WANTS THE PAPER
THAT PRINTS THE TRUTH
ALL OF THE TIME
Livingston, Mont. Sept. 19, 1919.
Editor Montana Nonpartisan,
Great Falls, Montana
Having seen a copy of your pa
per this week. I think I need it
to find out what is doing in the
field: Enclosed find check to
pay for same. Don't be afraid
to shoot the truth at all times and
we common folks will yet win
if we can only keep the politi
clans out of our ranks. Am glad
to see at last some of the lab
oring men are waking up. Keep
after them. Hope we can get
a daily some day that will print
the news also.
A. B. CARLETON.
ALLRIGHT TO ORCAN[7E
BUT WANT FARMERS TO
HAVE GANG__ LEADERS
Rook Springs Member States a
Few Facts As To How Profes
sional Politicians Would Wreck
Rock Springs, Mont. Sept. 29, 1919
Editor Montana Nonpartisan,
Great Falls, Montana.
Since Big Biz sees that the farmers
are bound to organize and Stick, they
are coming out with their smiling
way saying that the farmers should
organize, but not in the Nonnertisan
League, and they also admit that the
farmers are not getting a fair deal.
Isn't it the very same Big Biz that is
not giving the fair deal Why didn't
they give the farmers and laborers a
fair deal in the first place, then there
would be no need of us poor fellows
spending those $16.00 which we sure
ly need these days.
Was it Fair?
If the Nonpartisan League was an
organization having Big Biz men as
officers, then there would be no
wrong in it, but Big Biz knows that
the Nonpartisan League is shaking
the very foundation of corruption.
Let's see how fair Big Biz deals. A
grain buyer of Miles City bought
flax at $3.60 per bushel and sold it
to a farmer the same day for $4.60,
but this farmer did not use this flax
as intended so he returned it and was
three pounds short per bu. and re
ceived the regular market price only.
Was this a fair deal?
Grain Gamblers Hate League.
No wonder the grain gamblers hate
the Nonpartisan League, so please
Mr. Farmer contribute $16.00 to the
Nonpartisan League and help remedy
the cause of the scales looking down
on your load and up at your wagon.
Big Biz also claims our Organiza
tion is bad because it includes I. W.
W.'s. I say we have no I. W. W.'s
in our Organization for the reason
that it is claimed that I. W. W. means
I WON'T WORK and do the capital
ists work ?
Yes they work the public only.
To Whom Is He Loyal?
SMr. Campbell of Helena also
preaches of a Loyalty League, and to
whom does Mr. Campbell show they
most loyalty? To that whi:h his em
ployers give him for agitating it.
"This organization is supposed not to
cost the members arythinrg. Very
fine isn't it? But who is paying 31r.
(amnphell for his literature on this
-ubject? Sure he is n:ot doing it for
accommnodations sake. It is the ran
behind the mask that is paying for it
and works the public for its return
and the ignorant ones don't catch
ion, most people do.
'ananda, Mont., Sept. 2.5, 1919
Dear Sirs:-You may send me
a petition with full instructions,
Yours to Win.
C. F. ERICKSON.
Fallon and Gum Shoe Donlin would
all come to their feet and in floods of
would-be oratory attempt to define
the "Sacred (?) Constitution" and
declare that the people were trying
to defile the same..
Such actions viewed by the public
who don't know the "Galvanic Copper
Mixture" that inspires them, seem.
very laudable, but to those on the
inside, the bunch looks like "Whited
Sepuchres" and in comparison Ju
das Iscariot and Benedict Arnold
were patriotic gentlemen.
Much used oratory and printer's
ink has been wasted in discussing the
Sacred (?) Constitution of Montana.
All good citizens have respect for the
parts of it that are useful under pres
ent day conditions, but it is some
what in many instances like a boy's
first pair of pants, a good fit at that,
period of his life, but let him try
those same pants "30 years" later,
and he will find them "shy" in more
places than one on his anatomy.
For political and utterly selfish
reasons the Copper Barons, Big In
terests and Political Poo-Bah's of the
State will not admit this fact, but the
mass of the. thinking eitizens of the
that reason in the near future are go
ing to call a Constitutional Conven
tion and make many amendments to.
And when this is done, there wilt
be a few sections in it that no doubt
will make "The punishment fit the
How Does This Look?
The office holders sitting is the
"Main. Graft House" at Helena, con
strue from time to time the "Sacred
(?) Constitution" to suit the needs of
the particular case in question and
for the second time, the men eompis
ing our R. R. and Public Service Com
mission and who now also consti
tute the "Montana Trade Commis
sion" have practically said "D-
the Constitution". We intend to do
as "We" please, and are doing so aa
Read This carefully.
"Article V. Sea. 7 cantal
"No Senator or Representative
shall during the term for which
he is elected.-Be appointed to
any civil office under the State."
And forthwith the "Sacred (?)
Constitution" is slapped in the face
and in direct defiance of the above
Sec. 7, but strictly in accordance
with the wishes of "Big Business"
comprising the profiteers, the Sena
tor from Ravalli County with anoth
er term to serve, Mr. Frank Cone is
appointed as Market Director, under
the law passed during the very "Ex
Outdo Von Hindenburg.
Talk about the "Imperial High
Command" of Berlin, this Montana
Trade Commission could give the
German autocrats all the cards in the
deck and then "Beat them at their
The Sacred (?) Constitution is
about as sacred to them, as a sick
pup with a broken hind leg. This is
their second joke on the Sacred (?)
Constitution, the previous prostitu
tion o fthe S. C. being after the ad
journment o: the 15th session when
the Hon (?) Cotter of Broadwater
County was appointed to a lucrative
position in the ,office of the "High
A Record of Betrayal.
These men elected by the
pieole to fulfil a public (trust,
Iumake a jest of it. prostitute the
law and betri'ay the people. Is
tariot was a gentllc'eman along
(Conltinuel d onl I'ae -
Copper Paytriots To Get
Lesson In Democracy
Kalispell, Mont. Sept 26, 1919
Editor Montana Nonpartisan,
Great Falls, .Montana.
Yessirree! We fIlatheaders
and FIlatfooters are Johnny on
the spot. Send along those peti
tions about three or four of them
this time. The one I had the
last, lime had names written all
over the margin, so send plenty
this time and we will give Big
Biz, the hired press and Willie
('ampbell and the rest of the
gang of copper patriots a lesson
in Democracy with the dollars
Yours for the hide of a camel.
A. S. HOWARD.