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EIDITORIAL PAGE OF THE MONTANA NONPARTISAN DEC. 20, 1919
OFFICIAL ORGAN OF NONPARTISAN LEAGUE IN MONTANA
" h.hshed W',ekly at Great I'alls, Montana, by the Montann Nonpartisan.
Entered as second class matter. November 30, 1918, at Great Falls, Mon
tana. under the act of March 3, 1879.
Place of Publication, Great Falls, Montana,
All communications should be addressed to the Montana Nonpartisan, Box
1625, Great Falls, Montana. The Montana Nonpartisan will accept advertise
ments of reliable firms desiring to do basinss with the people of Montana.
Advertising rates will be furnished on applieation.
PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR
THE GANGSTERS FEEL "SHAKEY"
Never in the history of Montana did the copper collared politicians
feel themselves slipping as they do right now. They are flounder
ing about, trying to find something to anchor themselves to.
Within their own ranks they are snapping and snarling like wolfish
canines over a dead carcass that has been kicked bare. In making
this statement we apologize to all self respecting dogs.
The copperites are each blaming the other fellow for the condi
tions existing in this state. They know that they will be repudiated
the first time the people get a chance to go to the polls.
Ths gang of money worshippers are looking in vain for some Moses
to lead them out of the wilderness. They are prepared to spend
money like water to retain control.
But among themselves they admit the future looks dark. Through
President Selvedge of the Montana ])evelopment Association they
had hoped to get the merchants of the state all lined up for the
Copper Company. Selvedge has been a faithful catspaw for those
interests in the past.
But there are many merchants who are backing up in the breech
ine. They do not like the idea of being bled for political conitribu
tions when the money is to be spent electing copper minions. This
eromned out at the meeting at Helena this week. Many of the Re
publican merchants do not propose to give up their good coin to elect
or try to elect some nondescript for governor of this state.
Neither do they like to have their money spent by the copper
hirelings that are responsible for "order No. 4" being promulgated.
And the joke of it is that Order Number 4 was issued because the
Copper Crowd could see no other way to get the merchants to or
ganize thoroughly in order to resist the order to display the whole
sale cost as well as the selling price on every article offered for sale
in their stores.
Now that they are organized,-to fight a copper company order
the copper company steps in and thru President Selvedge tries to
steel the organization.
Will the merchants fall for it ?
Some of them may-but a lot of them will refuse to black boots for
even the most cunning politicians.
And that will cause some snarling and snapping. In the mean
time the organized farmers and organized labor will take either the
Republican or Democratic machinery, which ever suits their con
venience, nominate a complete state, judicial and legislative ticket
and proceed to elect their candidates from top to bottom.
Just now 'he politicians are trying mighty hard to find out what
the League hd Labor proposes to do. Well, we predict they will do
u t le choose and they won't consul-,tJohn D. Ryan, Con
l e ly or Roy Alley aboti` it alall--.ata.T'n
RIDDICK'S COLLOSAL GALL
The Producers News of Plentywood ,and other papers in the same
congressional district recently published a telegram from Congress
man Riddick stating congress had "passed Congressman Riddick's
measure granting homesteaders on the Ft. Peck Indian reservation
an extension of time for making payment on land." Ye gods, such
collosal gall. Congressman Riddick had nothing to do with the bill!
The bill passed was Senate Bill No. 183, and the Congressional Re
cord shows that Congressman Evans of Montana of the Committee
on Public lands did most of the fighting, aided by a strong speech
favoring the bill by Congressman Mann. All Congressman Riddick
had to do with it was to vote for it as EVERY OTHER CON
GRESSMAN PRESENT DID EXCEPT ONE. This extravagant
claim of Congressman Riddick that it was IIIS BILL, is only equal
led by his claim at the recent Irrigation meeting in this state when
he said he believed his irrigation bill would pass WHEN HE KNEW
IT HAD BEEN SIDETRACKED ALREADY, as were all other bills
excepting the OMNIBUS IRRIGATION MEASURE, which provided
$250,000,000 to take care of the irrigation projects in all the western
states. Riddick should go one step farther and claim credit for keep
ing the coal mines in operation in North Dakota during the strike.
When the truth comes out perhaps it was Riddick-or Bill Camp
bell of Helena, who told Governor Frazier of North Dakota to take
over the coal mines of that state and keep the people from freezing!
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- LOYALTY LEAGUE IS SPENDING
THOUSANDS SPREADING LIES
Probably the greatest avalanche of lies that ever packed
a full page in a newspaper is contained in a full page adver
tisement published by the Montana Loyalty League the past
5 week in the Record Herald, Helena, the Great Falls Tribune,
Great Falls Leader, Helena Independent and other liokspittle E
- papers of the Copper Crowd, relative to taxes in North Dakota.
5 The absolute truth of the matter is that the farmers' taxes are
5 not increased as much in North Dakota as they are in Mon-.
But of more importan is the fact that THE FARMERS OF -
- NORTH DAKOTA ARE GETTING SOMETHING FOR -
THEIR MONEY, while Montena farmers are getting next to
- nothing. For instance, the pay that North Dakota farmers
Sget for THEIR DOCKAGE will pay all their state taxes FIVE
TIMES OVER. Montana farmers get nothing for their dock
age. Thru the State Bank of North Dakota farmers borrow
money at 6 per seat thus saving 21/ per cent on their interest.
_ This saving amounts to more than ALL THEIR TAXES. They
saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on their hail insur
ance preimums, and the State Bank made a NET PROFIT in
three months of $85,000. That page of lies will be answered
soon in detail.
1ides, Furs, Pelts, Wool
Realize Highest Market Price by Shipping to
WALKER & AN)ERSCH
P. 0. Sex 226 GREAT FALLS. poor' Phone 6205
5,000 Tons Free Coal. Offered Great Falls And
Vicinity But Dr. Longeway and Martin Balked
Read the Story of How Miners Tried to Give Great Falls and Vicinity
an Abundance of Coal Free But a Few Great Falls High
Brows Prefer Letting People Freeze Rather Than
Treat Miners With Decency. h
WHY THE BAND COULEE MINERS DID NOT RETURN TO
THE MINES SUNDAY, DEC. 14, 1919. t
Editor, Montana Nonpartisan:
The following communication, which was sent by the Mill and g
and Smeltermen's Union of Great Falls, to the U. M. W. A. of Sand
Coulee and Tracey, was the initial step which causes the printing and
circulating of this complete statement showing that the Cascade
County Trades and Labor assembly co-operating with the Mine
Workers of Sand Coulee and Tracey offered to furnish 5,000 tons of
coal by Tuesday, Dec. 16, and more if needed for free distribution
in Great Falls and vicinity but was prevented from doing so owing
to the stiff-necked attitude of Dr. Longeway, chairman of the citizens
"U. M. W. A., Sand Coulee and Tracy, Montana.
"Brothers: At our regular meeting Monday, December Sth, 1919,
a resolution was passed by this organtization assuring you of our
full moral supports in your fight for better working conditions and
wages. I have also been directed to offer to you any financial aid
you might need, and wish to assure you that this organization will
back you to the limit.
"A committee was appointed to confer with you in regard to the
situation, and if you think it advisable. the committee will go to
Sand Coulee for that purpose; or you can send a committee here.
This organization will bear all the expense connected with the meet- a
"Please wire me, upon receipt of this letter whether the com- c
mittee should go to Sand Coulee. or your committee will come here. I
Scc.-Treas. Mill & Smeltermen."
The miners of Sand Coulee. upon receipt of the above letter, im- c
mediately wired the Secretary of the Mill and Smeltermen to send c
their committee to Sand Coulec.
The committee hired a taxi and dug their way out to Sand Coulee t
and back, thru the snow. Upon their arrival in Sand Coulee they
were taken to the miners hall where the miners had come and in the
meeting, the miners of Sand Coulee and also of Tracey re-affirmed
their action unanimously, taken the day before, in which they offer
ed as follows:
Would Furnish Coal Free.
That the miners of Sand Coulee and Tracy offer to go into'
the mines and work free of charge one, two or more shifts to pro
vide coal to be distributed to those in need of same tho unable to
pay for same, in Great Falls and vicinity, and provided further
that the mine owners and operators would furnish use of the
mines for such purpose without charge, or cost to them; and pro
vided further, that the coal be distributed by, and only by, the
Cascade County Trades and Labor Assembly. That the miners
were to produce the normal daily output per shift, and the coal
was to become the property of the Cascade Trades and Labor As
sembly the moment it was loaded upon the cars at the mines:
No miner to receive any comp'nsation whatsoever for his labors
and the coal was to be distribTted to every one in need, whether
he or she be white, black, rich, poor, union, or Non-union.
Next the committee, in conjunction with the committee selected by
the miners, interviewed Mr. Sederholm, Superintendent of the A. C.
M. company Mines, and submitted their proposition to him. Mr.
Sederholm immediately stated that his company would grant the re
quest, provided that ten cents per ton, be paid, for each ton moved,
which charge must be paid to the IT. S. Government; for each ton of
mineral recovered from the earth; and provided further, that the
parties going into the shafts, do so at their own risk, and under their
old foremen and bosses and work just the same as under normal work
ing conditions. If the miners consented to those terms, they could
have the coal to do with as they pleased, but, he suggested that the
committee get in touch with Dr. Longeway, whom he understood was
a member of the CITIZEN'S COAL COMMITTEE, acting as its chair
man, and which he also believed to be a part of the City Fuel Ad
ministration, which latter body would likely handle the distribution
of the coal. Any arrangements which the committee should make
with the Citizen's Coal Committee or the Fuel Administration, would
be entirely agreeable to him.
Proceeded To Act.
Friday evening, Dec. 12th, the committee from the Mill and Smelter
men's Union, reported their action to the Cascade Trades and Labor
Assembly, in conjunction with the Miner's committee, who spoke at
some length. The Assembly, laboring under the impression, after
four and one half hours of strenuous debate, that there would be no
objection, hindrances, or interference on the part of the Citizen's Coal
Committee or the Fuel Administ:ation, proceeded to elect a committee
to "HANDLE THE COAL SI'TUATION AS OFFERED BY THE
MINERS WITH FULL POWER TO ACT."
Saturday, December 13th. the committee so elected, telephoned to
the State compensation Board, at HIelena, and ordered a blanket in
surance policy, to cover and protect the men who entered the mines
of those places, to dig coal for the above purposes. Next, they com
municated with, and arranged for the handling and distributing, of
the entire output of those two isys, with W. R. GRAY, a local coal
dealer, with the understanding that the committee was to retain en
tire supervision of the distribution, and as compensation to Mr. Gray,
he was to receive the sum of $1.25 for each and every ton or part
thereof which he should deliver. upon the written order of the com
mittee, and that all such compensation was to he paid by the com
mittee direct to Mr. Gray. A charge of twenty cents per ton, for nn
loading the coal from the cars to the bins of Mr. Gray was also to be
borne by the committee .and the freight charge of 93 cents per ton, I
From Sand Coulee, as well as the ten cents government tax was to also
'"e borne by the committee .which Mr. Gray was to pay, and render
hill to the committee for. This would have laid the coal down, in
`he bins of the needy of Great Falls and vicinity at the nominal sum
of $2.48 per ton.
$4 Per Ton Maximum.
Allowing that a large portion of the coal would be distributed free,
and knowing that many families were in need of coal, but who were
"inancially able. and willing to fpay for same, the committee estimates:
'hat the coal delivered to those able to pay. should be laid in their
t'ins at, not to exceed $1.00 Tper ron. The $1.25 heing the same pl-ioe
.iow being paid by the F'uel \Administration. to all the coal dealers
in the city for distributing.
Wanted Complete Harmony.
The connmmittee then vii',, ',, "- offi.',e of the Fuel Administritor.
ntl informed him of the proposition, and requested to know whether
,ri not that office would ohie,.-t to such an arrangement. and stratetl
'hi' they wished to work in full harmony and aeeord with the Fuel
dinlinistration. in this crisis They were informed that they had
'letter first ascertain to whom th- coal then being dug, would be con
signed to. as the Fuel Admlinistretion office was quite positive it
would he consignedl to the CITI/EN'. COAL COMMITTEE. in which
,veont we hard better obtain coun,ent and relinquishment, or permis
sion from that body to handle the ioal.
Further we were informed, that no coal would be distrib"ted
free thru the Fuel Administration office, nor would any coal be
sold for less than the present retail price of $8.00 per ton.
At 2 P. M. the Committee from the Assembly met Dr. Longeway in
his office in the Ford Building, and after about two hours of dis
cussion, offered in a desperate attempt on the part of the Committee,
to gain consent and release by Dr. Longeway, of the coal then being
mined, to the Assembly Committee, for distribution, no apparent pro
gress was made.
It was clearly explained by the Assembly's Committee that this
coal was being mined, free of any charge by the miners, to be
donated to the Assembly for free distribution, to those in need of
coal, in Great Falls and vicinity, regardless of where he might be
located, and whether he or she be white, black, old, young, rich
or poor, a union or a non-union man or woman.
Unable to influence Dr. Longeway, the committee retired to the
Carpenter's Hall where a telegram, which had been waiting there for
some time, wPs received, which read as follows:
"Sand Coulee, Montana, 3:37 P. M., Dec. 13, 1919.
"T. A. Woodruff, Carpenters Hall, Great Falls, Montana.
"Coal produced today. Tomorrow all mines in operation for
needy ones in Great Falls and vicinity, free of charge. Men walk
out to-night unless your Committee handles distribution. Answer.
David Fairfull, President, 3:46 P. M.
Longeway Starts Four-Flushing.
When the Assembly Committee left Dr. TIongewavy's office he sug
gested a meeting at 8 P. M. with his entire CITIZEN'S COMMITTEE,
and, after receiving the above telegram, the Assembly's C'ommittee
telephoned Dr. Longeway to call the meeting at 8 P. M. and also re
quested that Dr. Longeway invite the mayor to be present. Dr.
Longeway consented to this.
Promptly at 8 P. M. Saturday night the committee from the As
sembly met in the Ford Building and were informed that the three
cars of coal which had been gotten out and shipped that day were
consigned to their dealer, Mr. W. R. Gray. In an attempt to verify
the above statement it was learned that the coal had been consigned
to the Citizen's Coal Committee.
Longeway Refuses to Discuss Matter.
Dr. Longeway was then communicated with and he replied that he
was unable to get his committee to-gether and the matter therefore,
stood just as he had left it at the former afternoon meeting. He
stated however, that he might get them together the next day. but
did not. He was informed by Mr. J. E. Winsby the Chairman of the
Assembly's Committee that unless the matter was adjusted before
9 P. M. Saturday, December 13th., whereby the Assembly's committee
could handle the distribution of the coal, that the miners would not
return to work the following morning. That this was imperative and
that the miners were awaiting a telephone call at the appointed hour.
Dr. Longeway refused to discuss the matter that night.
Again Offered Free Coal.
Next the committee telephoned to Sand Coulee and informed the
miners as to the condition of affairs and were told in reply. that
there were at that particular moment. some 240 or more miners await
ing the message then being delivered to them. Further, that if the
Assembly's committee was allowed to lha.l;;dl:th di;trti!;ntcr oe.*---
coal, every mine in the district at Tracy and Sand Coulee would open
up full force on Sunday, Dec. 14th and produce the normal output
in the neighborhood of 5,000 tons, for free distribution.
Longeway Continues to Sulk.
The committee from the Assembly, then prepared a statement of
the affair and presented it to the Great Falls Tribune requesting its
publication, that everyone might be informed as to why the coal was
not offered as planned. The Tribune refused-to publish it, itnt malde
an attempt to settle the controversy, and Mr. Bole, the editor and Mr.
Curry, also of the Tribune staff, attempted to secure a meeting of Dr.
Longeway and the Assembly's Committee of five, to be hehld in the
Tribune Building within the next hour. After three quarters of an
hour, Mr. Curry informed Mr. Winsby, chairman of the Assembly's
Committee, by telephone, that Dr. Longeway was unable to get his
committee together before Sunday, and that he would not meet the
committee alone. Then the Tribune consented to pnl)lish the state
ment as presented and signed by the Assembly's Committee. Aware
of the above detailed facts, the Assembly's Committee decided to pre
pare and submit, thru other mediums, this statement to the people.
The committee had no desire to usurp, supercede or assume the
duties or office of the Fuel Administrator, nor of the Citizen's Coal
Committee. Their prime object was to relieve the distress brought
about thru shortage of coal and finance, and to perform a service to
the community, the city, State and Nation, which was needed, and
seriously needed, at this time. Every effort available was used, to
work in harmony, and to avoid friction, between the Fuel Administra
tion, or the Citizen's Coal Committee and the Assembly's Committee.
"Get From Me or Freese" Longeway Attitude.
The donation from the Miners was such that the Assembly's
Committee was forced to insist upon handling the distribution of
the coal being then mined, and to be mined, and, had it not been
for the stubborn and defiant attitude of Dr. Longeway, in insist
ing that his committee retain the coal and that if there was to
be any free distribution, it must be given either by the City or
County officers selected to handle such affairs, and further, that
if any reduction of coal prices were made it would tend to confuse
and disrupt the work of the Fuel Administration, the Assembly's
Committee maintains that the sane and logical way to do was to
grant the request of distribution to the Assembly's Committee.
Will Stiok People Up $8.00 per Ton For Coal Donated.
The failure of the Assembly's Committee means that the Coal
mined free of charge, and which was to have been distributed free
to those in need, and to those able to pay, at a price of not to exceed
$4.00 per ton in the bin, will now be sold at the market price, thru the
Fuel Administration, thq the miners dug it for nothing.
THATS WHY THE MINERS OF TRACY AND SAND COULEE
DID NOT RETURN TO THE MINES SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14th,
A. T. WOODRUFF,
R. J. McPECK,
J. E. WINSBY, Chairman.
CRE iA WANTED
Shipping TI gs S.ent on Request.
(REAT ýAiL.IS DAIRY PRODUCTS. O0.
Great ralls, Montana