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One of the most Influential republi
can newspapers in the Seventh dis
trict contained the following editorial
leader in its issue of April 19, 1900'
republic and its people enjov all th»
It rights and immunities of Ameri an cit
izens, if the sovereignty of this gov
!i*T ornment wa* by them recognized and
I acknowledged That *he pledge was
regarded as an obligation, was recog
nized when President McKinley pointed
out the "plain duty" of congress to-
THERE IS NO ESCAPE.
-If You Vote For Eddy You Confess that You
Place Partisanship Above Good Citizen
ship. Read What Your Own Editors
Said Before the Party Lash
Whipped Them Into Line.
Opposition to Congressman Eddy's
renomination is not as a rule based
on either personal or factional grounds
it is founded on broader lines, namely,
those of principle. There are several
reasons for the wave of adverse senti
ment, which if it does not prevent his
nomination will surely defeat him at
the polls, and t*ey are in part as fol
lows: His vote on the Por Rican tar
iff bill aroused antagonism, not alone
because the measure violates a na
tional promise or that it establishes a
dangerous precedent, but because Mr.
Eddy ignored and refused to recognize
"the majority sentiment of his constitu
ency. The Porto Rican bill involves
moral as well »s governmental, polit
ical as well as economic princicles.
Jhe moral principle which the measure
violates is the solemn promise of this
nation (made to the Porto Ricans by
General Miles under the sanction of
the president and with the approval of
the administration) that Porto Rico
should become an integral part of this
ward granting untramm led trade priv
ileges to Porto Rican products. In
-adopting the Porto Rican measure and
imposing a tariff on the principal pro
ducts of the island, congress has
broken faith and diregarded promises,
for the practical effect of the bill is to
place this possession in the position
of a colony instead tf a territory.
Besides the menace of establishing
policy antagonistic to the traditional
principles on which the republic is
founded, the measure is regarded as
establishing a dangerous precedent.
It is looked upon as an entering wedge
for further aggression by those great
end unscrupulous trust industries
which thrive on tariff protection.
Hence the opposition to Eddy's course
based on the question of right prin
ciple and proper policy, the measure
being regarded as indefensible on the
ground of the right, just or beneficial.
Mr. Eddy's course in not only ignoring
N but defying the sentiment of his dis
triet h«s intensified the feeling of
opposition to his renomination, |and
has raised the question as to what
interests or influences are controlling
The following are statements from
republican newspapers in Regard to
the Porto Rican tariff bill, for which
Congressman Eddy cast bis vote:
Poor Porto Rleo is neither a state,
nation, territory nor oolony. It is a
sort of congressional laboratory, where
experiments in legislation can be tr.ed
on the dog.—Minneapolis Journal.
To impose upon them a tariff after
such promises is worse than criminal.
Mr. Eddy's last vote defied public
It is good policy to do our plain duty.
—Tbe North American.
It is an unpardonable outrage.—New
York Evening Telegraph'.
It will be to the discredit of our peo
This is imperialism in the worst
form.—Albert Lea Timea.
It looks as if the trusts had gained a
It is a poor record made in a bad
cause.—St. Peter Free Press.
It is not fair, humane, or politically
This crime against the constitution
of the United States.—Jackson County
If wrong, why allow it an hour? If
right, why limit its duration?—Litch
field Ne*,s Ledger.
It is your plain duty to vote for
M. J. DALY for Congressman.
The beneficiaries of it are the to
bacco trust and the sugar trust.—
It is a bill for the benefit of the to
bacco and sugar interests.—Manches
ter (N. Mirror.
The people should defeat the men
who are responsible for the bill.—Bat
tle Like Review.
The people are right and the repub
lican congressmen are wrong.—Orton
In voting as they did, these men de
fied the common sentiment of their
party.—( hicago Inter Ocean.
President McKinley cannot afford to
assist in passing that very unpopular
A policy condemned by most of the
lea' ing republican papers of the coun
Some of our congressmen will have
reasons for regret if they support that
The tariff line marks the boundary
where republicanism becomes imperi
alism.—Chicago Times Herald.
The tariff is an outrage, and con
grass must choose between plain duty
and plain perfidy.—The Chicago Inter
ghoul and to sadden the heart of every
man who reveres our flag.—Minneap
Its passage it a blow in the faee to
Porto Rioo, a premium on insurrection,
a repudiation of promises.—Minneap
'its passage has caused a storm of
indignatiqit, and many a congressman
will hear something drop with a dull.
SPECIAL EDITION. Willmar, Minnesota,. November 2. 1900.
sickening thud when the votes are
counted next November. Chippewa
The country will not tolerate the
idea of skinning Porto Rico for the
supposed benefit of highly protected
Piesident McKinley will throw him
self open to the suspicion of being
closely associated with the tobacco
and sugar trusts.—Redwood Gazette.
To limit the tenure to two years
does not mitigate the inherent wick
edness of the project. It is as bad for
two years as for ernity. Lyoa
The author is ashamed to father the
bill, and it stands today without a
sponsor. It has been damned by
nearly every republican paper in the
state.—Litchheld News Ledger.
Republican policies cannot safely or
successfully be turned away from the
instinct of right and justice involved
in the demand for free trade.—Cleve
If the voters of the United States
think that protected interests should
cont ol the policy of the United States
toward its new possessions, then a
refusal of free trade to Porto Rico is
good politics.—Milwaukee Sentinel.
We commend to the people of Kan
diyohi county toe following editorials
taken from the Willmar Argus:
"More than ever are the American
people looking to the republican party
as the party to regulate toe trusts or
annihilate them if poss-ib'e. There is
full control of the lawmaking machin
ery of the government by the repub
licans and if 1 hey do not at least at
tempt to do something for the prot"C
tion of the people they will have a time
telling the people why during the next
campaign."—Willmar Argus, Feb. 15,
"Trusts are still Increasing in num
ber and shoving up tbe prices of their! opponent is that he
commodities. The republican party
owes it to the people to prepare and
put into law some measure that will
discourage the formation of trusts and
so regulate them as to make it impos
sible for them to advance and control
prices If the party fails in this dur
ing the present session of congress
there is no doubt but tt\at the anti
repubiicans known as fusionists will
attempt to make political capital oitt
of the failure And we want to sav
as a republican that such capital will
cause many a man to vote against the
republican party in the next election
If the republican party with all the po
litical machinery of the government at
its back does not enact stringent anti
trust laws while it has a chance it will
undoubtedly be called upon to say why
it did not."—Willmar Argus, Jan. 11,
The Argus is right. The republican
party is "having a time" telling the
people why they did not pass anti
trust laws, and they have failed to
make an impression so far. Plain,
honest, fearless John Lind told the
people of Kandiyohi county what he
knew about the trusts. The people be
lieve him. The republican bosses are
desperate. They have arranged to
have Moses E. Clapp at Willmar
Monday night to try and counteract
the wave of enthusiasm which was
started by the governor's visit. We
do not know much about Clapp No
doubt he is a good campaigner or he
would not have been sent for at such
a critical time. But the files of the
Willmar Aigus come to our reli.
again. We found the following edi
torial which tells us plainly what
kind of a man Clapp is:
"Gen. Moses E Clapp is as good a
man from point of ability as the re
publicans ha^e to put up for gover
nor. There is only one objection wc
can find to him and that is his asso
ciates. He will mingle with the trusts
and big corporations and tbe people of
Minnesota would not tolerate that
kind of a man for governor no matter
how ahlp otherwise."—Willmar Argus,
Kind voter, don't you think that the
republican bosses are "having a time"
when they have to rely on a man who
''mingles with the trusts and big
corporations" to expliln why their
party did not kill the trusts?
Remember that Gov. Lind paid his
own fare when he came to Willmar to
address you. Remember that Mo-es
E Ciapp will come to you on free
transportation furnished "bv the cr-
An act to mike greed grin like atporations H*w do w« know? Simp
ly because we overheard Darius
Reeae say that if their state centra]
committee had not been so liberally
furnished with transportation from
the railroads they could not have
sent out so manv speakers. And we
also have the word of tbe passenger
agent of one of tiie big roads to the
effect that John Lind had. never both'
erod them for transportation for hin
slplf or his friends.
The farmer who oorrlos
honor off Most* C. Clapp will bt lioklng
tho boots of the trusts.
WHY THE SWEDES SUPPJRT UNO.
A Reply to the Slur at the Swedes in
the Gazette the Writer of which
is Ashamed of His Name.
Swedish vote for Lind, the following:
1. Mr. Lind was a Swede by birth,
and they very naturally took pride in
seeing one of their own nationality,
governor of our great commonwealth,
2. He had made a good record in
congress and was known as the friend
of the common people, as 'honest John,'
and they naturally cherished the con
viction that he was the very man to
rule over the state, honestly and well."
3. He was then no outspoken demo
crat, populist or anti-republican, only
a "political orphan" and a "free silver
man," and they naturally thought
that these peculiarities of his would
not interfere with his conducting of
the official duties as governor in an
The second reason given tells the
whole story. Tnat was the reason why
the majority of the Swedes in company
with the majority of the other nation
alities voted ior John Lind in 1898,
and that reason is stronger now, for
to his record in congress her as added
his record as governor. But if he had
not had such a record back of him, is
there anyone so reckless as to insult
the Swedes by claiming that they would
have voted for him anyway?
The majority of the Swedes, along
with the majority of other nationali
ties, are .going to vote for Lind this
year because he has shown by his
every action that he considers his of
fice a sacred trust to which he must
devote himself with all the earnest
ness and ability in him. They are
going to vote for him because he has
tried to force the corporations to share
the burdens of taxation because he
has forced the railroads to equa'ize
and reduce rates because he is fight
ing to rescue the remnants of the state
lands from grasping corporations.
In short, they will vote for him be
cause they know he is the friend of
the people, and all they know of his
never dared to
vote whenever a measure in favor of
the people was before the legislature.
The Gazette writer himself accidental
ly tells the truth when he says: "The
Swedes are American citizens and
vote for a man because of his sound
principles,fitness"for office, and per
sonal worth without regard for his
He also tries to prejudice the Swedes
against Lind by saying that he has
not given the Swedes a fair share of
the offices. He say-: He has hast
ened to turn Swedes out of office and
jobs in order to put in men of other
nationalities Isn't that playing
the nationality racket with a venge
ance? Tbe statement is not true, as a
look at tbe appointees from this coun
ty will plainly show. "Fitness for
office and personal worth" have been
the chief objects sought in an ap
pointee, but as the Swedes do not lack
those qualifications they have not
been neglected by any means.
Then be trips to sV»*re the Swedes
from voting for Lind by stating that
it would be taken for granted that it
was done for nationality's sake, and
therefore neop'p of other nationalities
would tnencpfnith vote against Sw d
lsh candidates. That is, if the Swedes
want office they must not vote for
Swedish candidates, when any are
Just compare these statements from
the article and note the consistPnr y:
The Swedes voted for Lind because
he was a Swede, but the Swedes vote
for a man on account of his fitness
and personal work, without regard for
He has been unable to carry out his
proposed reforms because he had re
publican officers and a republican
legislature to contend with, but''h has
done the best he could under tne cir
cumstances." Ther fore, the Swedish
republicans will vote against him and
"vote unanimously for gallant Capt.
Van Sant," who represents "pure re
If LiDd did the best he could under
the circumstances, but wash niered by
republican officers and a republican
legislature, wouldn't it be more reason
able to re-elect Lind and elect officers
and legislators that will not hinder
him in his reform work?
Information has reached us from a
reliable source that thirty hired heel
ers have been sent out to work all
over tbe county aga nst Axel Hedin.
As the time is too short to allow Axel
an opportunity to foliovv them up,
they will probably not be very careful
about what they say. Look oat for
them. Remember they are hired to
run down a man when he can't de
fend himself. You have known him
for years and know he is a good man
for the place. Show those hired work
ers that you can't be fooled by them,
but that you do vour own thinking.
A. W. Strand pours out his little
vial of wrath over John Lind through
the columns of the Argus. Strand is
one of the men discharged from the
weighing department by the Lind ad
ministration. This accounts for his
wrath and his reckless statements
ftoroh 1n\ and abuse of Lind, Wherever Strand
is known his effusions will cause a
The Arc us' Slur at Bosch.
It tbe last issue of his paper the
Argus man poses before his readers as
a candid m«n This must be a great
relief to his readers, as they must
have known there was somethit lack
ing in his mental makeup but they
probably did not know where the
An anonymous writer in the Gazette
takes ihe Swedes to task for having
elected John Lind two years ago. He
gives as the reasons for the larger known Bosch, our candidate for repre-
As a candid man he says he has
sentative, for two years, and knows
nis views on public questions. The
truth of the matter is he has met Bosch
twice in his office during that time and
the only question discussed there was
about the trusts. Our car didate says
that Mr. Wharton spoke so radically
then about those combinations and
especially about the paper trust, that
it would make good campaign material
for a people's party stump ^psaker.
As he depends for his living on re
publican patronage and has a family
to support, we will not reproduce his
words till after election.
As a candid man the Argus editor
says: "Mr. Bosch i9 out of joint with
the times and unprogressive in mat
ters that pertain to the advancement
of the affairs of the nation." Let us
Mr. Bosch has been a producer all
his life, and even this year has added
ten times more to the wealth of this
nation than Mr. Gandrud and Mr.
Wharton put together.
As a land-owner he has a bigger
stake in the county than the repub
lican scribblers in Willmar, and as
such he would work for the oest inter
ests of his brother farmers.
As a sensible man he is pessimistic
enough to believe that every egg will
not hatch a chicken, especially when
placed a republican incubator.
The Argus man, unused to play the
role of a candid man, exposes only
his ignorance. He states that Mr.
Bosch is against the government.
Now Mr. Wharton ougnt to know
that government finally rests with the
Why does the republican adminis
tration make such frantic efforts for
re-election? Why does Mr. McKinley
go home to Cantjn to vote tor him
self? If the real power of government
rests whh him, if he is the govern
ment, wny doesn't he estaolish him
self in power for life?
It is a bad sign for a man that
whenever he becomes candid he ex
poses his ignorance. To pretend to
mould public opinion, and then to
need correction on a point that every
American schoolboy knows!
If Mr. Wharton's man Gandrud i*
as wtll posted on the fundamental
principles underlying our government,
a course of study in our common
schools would be beneficial to him.
Governor Lind and the Populists.
The Argus tries to prove tha* John
Lind is a democrat by stating th *t he
has almost ignortd the populist
organization and distributed xhe ap
pointive Offices among the democrats.
This is not true. In tnis county all
appointments were made upon the
recommendation of the people's
county committee, and that was ti ue
in every county where the organiza
tion is strong. Among the mure im
portant offices, the populists hold the
places of lailaoad commissioner aad
chief grain inspector. Both Lind and
Bryan give full credit lo the people's
movement. Tnis is what Bryan said
in his speech acceptit the populist
nomination for president, at Topeka,
Kan.: "in accepting the presidential
nomina ion which you tender on be
half of the populist par y, I desire to
give emphatic recognition to the edu
cational work done by your party.
The populist party as an organiza
tion, and the tarmers' alliances and
the labor organizations from which it
sprung, have done much to arouse the
people to a study of economic and
industrial questions. Believing, as I
do, that truth groars, not in seciusion,
but in the open field, and that it
thrives best in the sunlight of full and
free debate, I have confidence that the
discussion wnich your party nas com
pelled will aid in rea hing tnat true
solution of pending problems toward
which all honest citizens aim."
Governor Lind says in his speeches
that every time he did something that
pleased the republicans, they would
say, "Lind used to be a republican
whenever he did something which they
did not approve of they would say,
"Lind is a democrat but whenever
he did something which hit some tax
dodger or big corporation pretty hard
they would exclaim, "Look at the pop
The Wheat Grades at Spicer.
The Peavy elevator agent at Spicer
has ueen busy at work trying to in
fluence the farmers against the wheat
inspection. He exhibits sample No.
1 wheat and claims he cannot rV ^ove
No. 2 or 3 for it. He bases tnis cia
on the fact that he shipped one car
that was graded No. 3. When asked
to .give number of car he said he
shipped it as No. 2. The Cargih agent
at taat place states that he saw a part
of the wheat in that car and that it
was of rejected grade. Pretty small
business. Out ol S3 cars of wheat
shipped from Spicer last crop year,
only sevt cars fell below No. 1, and
they were graded No. 2. The dockage
in all cases was light.
The Foot Lake DUMBO is an Issue.
The Republican-Gazette does not be
lieve that the Foot Lake jdump is a
folitical issue at all. Of course not.
knows that every word the TRIBUNE
says in the matter is true, and that
the best policy for the republicans
under the circumstances is to keep
quiet about it. The TRIBUNE did not
attack tne commissioners who were
deceived oy a bad law and its promot
ers, but attacks those who wish to tax
the people of the county to pay for
the job. The people's county con
vention pledged their candidates to
oppose this, and therefore it is a po
litical issue. If the republicans ignore
it, so much the worse for them.
Vol. 6 No.
lo UniuslU Disci
Evidence which Shows that Cer-*
tain Elevator Men Have Graded
Farmers' Wheat Low, Although
They Themselves Have Re
ceived Good Grades for Same—
If You Have Had Cause for
Complaint at Your Station, Look
the Matter Up and Help Expose
the Guilty Persons.
Complaints have been received from farm
ers in certain quarters of the state of unjust
grading of wheat by certain buyers, who
have graded fine-looking wheat way down,
on the plea that the state inspection had.
stiffened. Such is not the case, however.
The state inspection has maintained abso
lutely uniform grades and holds it at the
same point at one time of the year as welL
as at the other, when the wheat goes into
the terminal elevators as well as when it
goes out. Certain elevator companies do
not appreciate Jhis strictly impartial sys
tem, however, and are doing everything
they can to bring discredit upon the inspec
tion department, in order to prevent ihe
election of the present railroad commission,
and thus again obtain control of the inspec
tion department as they enjoyed it under
Clausen. Thus it seems that they withhold
the true grades from their buyers and com
pel them to grade down the wheat of farm
ers on the plea that former shipments fell
short. They in turn tell this to the farmers
and blame the state inspection. This not
only serves the political purposes of the
wheat ring, but the grade thus stolen goes
into it-• pockets. They rob the farmers and
then ask the farmers to vote for the crowd
that robs them.
Any person who has the initials, number
and date of shipment of a car can obtain a
certificate of the grade given such car by
application at the inspection department.
Anyone interested and, who believes that the
fair thing has not been done at his station,
should get a list of the cars and date of
shipment and ascertain what grades were
given these cars by the state inspection. If
the general average of grades and dockage
givtn the cars from your town by the state
inspection were better than the average
grades and dockage given the farmers, the
liaud ia, proven. The following letter ex«
No. of Car.
Duluth, Oct. 25, 1900.
Hon. H. Plowman,
Fergus Falls, Minn.:
DEAR SIR.—When our county last, sev
eral farmers in the vicinity of Underwood
and some near Battle Lake complained,
about the inspection this year, stating that
the buyers gave them nothing but No. 2,
with a heavy dockage, ihe buyers claimed
they did not get any better grade. I looked
at some of the wheat, and as it looked all
right for No. 1 wheat, it struck me that
something was wrong, and I obtained a list
from the railroad agent at Underwood of all
wheat cars shipped from that place since
Out. 1st to date, andfindhere in the inspec
tion office that every car but one has grade
No. 1. Here is a list of the cars:
From the above you will see that the in
spection department is all right, but the*
wheat buyers are misrepresenting the same
and I think this is done all along the line.
It not only works against the inspection
department but against the present admin
istrat on, warehouse commissioners and all,
and for self-protection this matter ought to
be shown up. Yours respectfully,
H. P. BJORGE.
It behooves every honest man who is ro.
tent on preserving the integrity of the grain,
inspection to assist in running down this
fraudulent practice and warn their brother
farmers of the imposition being made upon
them, in order that they may not be de
ceived into voting to advance the interests
of the very crowd that is using these dishon
orable methods against them.
S. M. Owen, T. J. Knox and P. M. Ring
dal deserve the votes of every farmer and
independent shipper and if oleetod will so*
that justice is done.
The brazen attempt of the elevator com
bine to prejudice the voters against the
grain inspection department, by giving un
just grades just before election, should bo.
rebuked by the farmers in the most effective
way—by voting for John Lind and Messrs.
Bingdal, Knox and Owen. Those are the
men the elevator companies want to defeat,
in order to get back the Clausen system oc
wheat grading. The elevators do not try
this scheme of reducing grades in towns
where there is an independent elevator.
We have a case in point right here. Farm*
ers near Pennock are hauling wheat to
Willmar because they ean get just grade*
here, as N. O. Nelson is not controlled bj
the Peavy ring. Those farmers are told by
the elevator men in Pennock that it is im
possible to give No. 1 as the state inspec*
tion is too severe. They come to Willmar
and get No. 1. This shows plainly to*
falseness of the elevator man's claims.
Don't leathern fool you.