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Gathered Th ugh Varrious Sources From
\rts.of the Surrounding.
Interesting Communications From Brooklyn,
Nurey, Worthing, and Other Points
in the State.
BROOKLYN Sept. 30.—Special Corre
spondence: Probably the liveliest and
most exciting political meeting ever held
in Brooklyn township, took place at the
Millbrook school-house last Thursday
evening. The meeting was addressed by
J. M. Wahl, independent candidate for
register of deeds and J. E. Holter, candi
date for, tlijjfegislature, on behalf of the
indepMjB^and wild John Imlay and
the poct^Knjamine, on the part of the
republicans? Mr. Whal spoke for about
an hour and devoted his attention closely
to .the explanation of the independent
platform from a national standpoint. He
made an able effort and his speech will
make votes in this locality. Mr. Imlay
responded, or rather- attempted or im
agmed he responded to Mr. WhaFs
•.,V speech but THE LEADER representee
fails to find a person who could see where
the responsive part came in. Mr. Benja
mine, uriMgial, had somethingto say and
Mr. Ho$M^£lthough lie «|kke-bttta
moment, took home with him the credit
:r of being the first man who ever brought
Benjamin down to the point where, he
was compelled to acknowledge hii defeat.
Mr. Holter is not an eloquent man, but
forcible and to the point. He.aeemsto
b?amanof wide literary and general
.—Independedts are wide
this township and will give
Tyler is attaining much popularity as
teacher in the Millbrook school. Miss
& .'Tyler has given good satisfaction wher
^ever she has taught and she is loosing no
ground at Millbrook—Mrs. Emma L.
DeVoe, of Huron, state organizer of the
,J Equal Suflragc Association, will address
our citizens on the subject .of woman's
suffrage, jpt the Millbrook school house,
f.e.vehing, Oct. 15. She will
y. We^n
An Interesting Budget of News From the Hob
WORTHING, Sept. 29.—Special Corrc
spondeaee: Business is booming at the
Hub city grain coming in so rapidly that
all the ware houses are full and the supply
is so enormous that the railroad company
,}V". have found it impossible to supply thede
S'-'-f mand for cars. The farmers warehouse
js paj
Leavitt a good majority—
eitaid county ticket also—
erett has sold his farm in this
township and will soon take his. depart
ure for Oregon. He is one of our oldest
settlers and one of our best citizens and
his leaving here will be a matter of much
regret to his large circle of warm friends.
His salewill come off some time next
week—Ruphs Munsel, son of A. F.
Munsel, has gone to Yankton to attend
the fall term of Yankton College.—Al
bert Carlson, son-of A. Carlson, left
recently for Vermillion to resume his
studies at the state University, and
Sfc' Samuel Nelson has gone to Mitchell to
M"' attend Dakota University—Miss Mide
top prices and is doing an im-
mense business.—Mrs. Baumgardner has
,been very sick th^ past week. The nature
of her illness is unknown but its symp
toms much resemble those of dyphtheria.
Quite a number of people are suffering
from the same desease. Medical authority
express the opinion that it is a form of
malaria.—Mrs. C. W. Hastings, of Ruth
ven, Iowa, wife of grain dealer Hastings,
Kof this place, is here visiting her worser
half.—Supervisor Frank Clark is making
I important improvements' on the public
highways. Clark is a good man for the
position he so well occupies.—E. W.
is shipping a splendid lot of hay,
i^\*ogw of the finest that ever left this mar
kot. orth ing is doing its share toward
Bk JgoodnHU'd&UCc at the Sioux City Corn
.mm Pal JbTMfWs astonishing at the number
f.f^of people who are going.—P. H. Devitt is
at work moving his dwelling house from
west of town to his farm over east. Phil
carries the nomination for representative
on the democratic ticket with great credit
and if elected he would make a good leg
islator.—Hon. F. A. Leavitt is putting in
full time now, working in the interest of
the independent party. Advices received
Vindicate that he is gaining very rapidly
land there is now no question as tohiselec
tion. He will not only carry his own
y«ounty, but he will run ahead of his tick
et in the state. This is encouraging news
for the farmers and laborers of this state.
Leavett is not a man who can be bought
.or led around by the nose and will make
-one of the best men Dakota has ever sent
'jto congress.—Our people are well disposed
toward the candidates on the independent
ticket and they will all poll a good vote.
Henry Bralsliaw and E. W. Owens are
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both making an extra good run here.—
There is quite a fight among the republic
ans in this locality, one faction ^trying to
kill .Donahue and the other faction trying
to hang Madden's political chances. The
prospects are at this writing that there is
a deal put up against Madden and that as
the ring has endorsed Donahue foi repre
sentative, Madden's aspirations for office
will be consigned to "innocuous desui
tude".—The Lennox paper need not be
troubled over the name of F. A. Leavitt
on the independent ticket. There is not
a more hard working and deserving man
on any ticket than he. The Lennox
paper, a whiskey organ, would not be ex
pected to have a good word for a pro
nounced prohibitionist like Leavitt while
a drunken sot like Gamble is up for office.
Fortunately, however, the Lennox paper
is on one side of this question and the
people of South Dakota on the other, the
people will do the voting and elect Leavitt
while the whiskey organ will blow for
whiskey and help defeat Gamble.
Little Left of the Republican Party—The Indepen
dent Meeting Saturday.
NUREY, Sept. 29—Special Correspond
ence: The independent party folks of
Norway township held a public meeting
at the Rise school house in .the .north
eastern part of this township last Satur
day ex'ening and considering the fact that
the Nurey Alliance held its regular meet
ing at thelRommereim fchool. hou« in
the southwest .part of the township the
same evening, the attendance was very
good. The school house, was filled and
all the appointed speakers were prompt
ly on hand besides two or three others.
A. R. Jamieson, candidate for states
attorney, made the opening address. He
spoke about half an hour, and devoted
most of his speech to a review of the
financial history of the country, pointing
out'the evils arising front the several
acts of congress relating to the money of
the country. He pointed out very clear
ly wherein the country was seriously
injured in the course of legislation pursu
ed by the old political parties and out
lined to some extent the remedy in the
platform of the independent party. Mr.
Jamieson's speech was brief but to the
point and showed that he fully under
stood the financial condition of the
country and that he is not alone .compe
tent to fill the particular office for which
he is a candidate, but any other for
which he could be nominated. Hon. H.
H. Bradshaw spoke next and made one
of hjs characteristically strong speeches.
-He devoted considerable time to a dis
cussion of the public finances, and state
and country issues. Following: Mr.
Bradshaw. J. E. Holter, the" Stirling
"Norwegian candidate for the house of
representatives spoke for a few moments.
He said he did not pretend to be a public
speaker and he came out more to get ac
quainted. He left a good impression.
Asa Forrest, the candidate for clerk of
the courts, also spoke for a few moments
•during which time he explained very
satisfactorily the reasons for his con
nection with the Sioux Valley News. He
said he was msrely working for wages
as a news writer and compositor, realized
that he was nothing but a laboring man
and had no other means of support. J.
M. Walil, our candidate for register of
(feeds spoke for about an hour and did
himself credit. Mr. Wahl will make a
big run here. The meeting lasted until
after midnight and was interesting from
begining to ending.
Miss Cora Nelson, who has the agency
for "Earth, Sea and Sky" a popular sub
scription book, is making delivery of a
large number of books she has sold in
this township and will probably resume
teaching again soon.
•orthveetern Edn Towaahip Will Have Sen*
,#».* /7 y^ 'fliipl
for Indepmdmti.
MOE, Sept., 30, Special Correspondence.
This part (northwestern) of Eden town
ship was treated to an Independent rally
last night at the Millett school house.
Jere Gehon, independent candidate for
representative in the state legislature and
J. F. Cooley, editor of THE FARMERS
LEADER did the speaking. The meeting
opened at shortly after nine o'clock and
was presided over by H. French. Owing
to the factthatthesewere three threshing
machines in close proximity to the place
of meeting, the attendance was not large
but enough were present to indicate that
there will be considerable encouragement
for the independent ticket herein spite of
all that has been said to the contrary by
the opposition. Each one of the speak
ers occupied about an hour and distribut
ed some sledge hammer blows among the
old political parties for placing this coun
try in the present unsanisfactory financias
condition. Uncle Jere is maintiaining his
usual degree of popularity in this locality
and we hope to see him elected.
E. E. Carpenter and son Eddie, went
up to see Earnum's circus at Sion.v Falls
The Worse Lot of Office-Sceking Political
Wrecks and Numb-Skulls Ever
Resolutions Favoring More Protection, and
a Stab at the Norwegians Followed
by a Bear Dance.
State senator W. F. DUNHAM.
Representatives, .. .R. O. DONAHUE.
On motion the chair was instructed to
appoint committees of five delegates each,
on permanent organization,. on resolu
tions and on credentials.
The committees selected were as fol
Brown,- Albert Kinsley, Martin Abbott
and A. M. Parker.
Resolutions—D: F. Benjamin, W. H.
Shindlar, L. Boad, G. H. Wiggins, It. H.
Permanent organization—L. L. Red
field, A. B. McFarland, AV. IC. Slade, F.
Arnold, George Woodley.
After the appointing of committees, a
recess of 30 minutes was taken to give
the committees time to prepare their re
.ports. At the expiration of the allotted
30 minutes tl»e committee on credentials
made their appearance and their report
was, according to motion "accepted.'"
The report showed full delegations from
aJl but one or two townships.
The report of the committee on perma
nent organization was theu presented by
the chairman of that committee, recom
mending that the temporary organiza
tion. so far as it related to the temporary
chairman, be made permanent and that
Laf. Bond be made secretary and E. S
Beck, assistant secretary and the report
was "accepted."
A motion to take a recess until the
committee 011 resolutions could report
was then made and somewhat debated
but before it came to a vote the commit
tee came in with their report.
express renewed adherance to the repub
lican party and concurrance in the last
state and national platform. They con
tain several lengthy planks on the tariff
and the love of the party for the laboring
man and the farmers also commending
the action of the republican party for the
passage of the silver bill which had
materially increased the volume of the
circulating medium in-the county, there
by stimulating business of all kinds and
giving the fanner better prices for his pro
ducts. They arraign the demo«fratic party
for its continuous opposition to the prin
ciples of protection to American institu
tions and denounce that party for its
opposition to the Blaine reciprocity pro
positions to the McKinley bill, and lastly
they call upon all good republicans in the
county to yield support to the ticket
nominated by this convention.
On motion an informal ballot was then
taken for state senator which resulted as
Shannon 33
Dunham 31
Wait 6
Williams '. 11
Frank 1
After taking the informal ballot. Mr.
Graham, of Norway, moved that candi
dates be named to the convention before
they were voted upon.
Big Austin Olson suggested that no
deaf or insane men be placed upon the
ticket, but he himself afterwards dis­
Faithful LEADER in the Cause of Economy and Reform, the Defender of Truth and Justice, the Foe of Fiaud and Corruption.
County judge A. G. STEINER.
Clerk of courts H. H. DELONG.
Sheriff R. A. PIERCE.
Treasurer... JOHN ALLIBONE.
Auditor J. A. FOWLES.
Register of deeds. GEO. OLSON.
Superintendent D. E. GARVER.
States attorney A. R. BROWN.
Surveyor.. A. C. HUETSON.
The republican county convention for
the nomination Of county officers was
held in the opera house in Canton last
Tuesday, Sept. 30, at which time a full
county ticket'was nominated.
The convention was called to order in
the old court house bv G. W. Palmer, of
Lennox, .chairman of the county central
committee. Immediately after tHfe-'^all,
W. F. Dunham, of Lincoln township
moved to adjourn from the court) house
to Bedford's hall, and the motion was
carried unanimously. The anxious mul
titude then proceeded to the newly chosen
though previously arranged place of
the meeting was again called to order by
Chairman Palmer,' after ample time had
been given the delegates to assemble, and
the call for the convention was read.
W. B. Wait, of Lennox,, was then
chosen temporary chairman and G. S.
Millett, of Eden, temporary secretary.
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The second formal ballot gave the
nomination to Dunham by a vote of 40 to
Shannon's loyal 39.
Ed. Moscript, of La Valley, R. O. Dona
hue, of Lynn and A. Shermau, of Nor
way, were the only candidates mentioned
for the three seats in the house of re
presentatives, and on the first formal
ballot the vote stood as follows:
Moscript....!.'.'. 28
Donahue..,. ..'. 18
Sherman..., S3
The second ballot nominated Sherman,
With 45 votes against 19 for Moscript and
15 for Donohue. The latter two gentle
men were then nominated, under a sus
pension of the rules, for second and. third
candidida,tes for the house.
Work was immediately commenced on
the county ticket amid considerable con
fusion and uneasiness among the visitors
and on the floor of the convention. Bal
lots w$re taken for candidates for each of
the offices of the county ticket with the
result indicated at the head of thisarticle.
Whenvthe office,ofdshierriffi was reached
E. S. Beck nominated Ole Hokenstod and
big Austen Olson seconded the nomina
tion on behalf of the Norwegians, but he
was promptly informed by the Chairman
that there was no such thing as Norwe
gians in this convention they were al!
Americans here, weich probably accounts
for the fact that the chair failed to recog
nize Norwegians in making up the var
ious committees and selected Americans
for evry one of them.
After the nominations had all been
made, C.. B. Kennedy arosefrom his seat
and surprised the convention by the state
ment that he had had an understand
ing with Mr. Brown, the nominee for
county, attorney, by which the latter gen
tleman was not to come up as a candidate
for thepbffice and it was under this ar
rangement that Mr. Rudolph and himself
KadXijijp&d the contest for-tlie nomina
tion and it.was in justice to Mr. Rudolph
and incidentally to himself, that he should
explain the situation. He wanted Mr,
Brown to come before this convention and
either accept or decline the nomination for
states attorney, and if accepted after the
understanding existing between them, he
(Kennedy), wanted to have it understood
that he would not be bound by the nomi
Mr. Brown was called in after Mr. Ken
nedy had finished his explanation, and
after hearing what Mr.,Kennedy had said,
stated that the latter had told the truth,
that Kennedy came to him early in the
spring and asked if he would be a candi
date for county attorney and he answered
"No." Mr. Kennedy had several times
during the summer asked him the same
questions, and always with the same re
sponse. He had acted in gobd faith and
maintained his position before this con
vention, for if he was rightly informed,
a member of the Canton,delegation had
stated to the convention, that he
(Brown) was not a candidate and it was at
his request that the statement was made.
He had also told Mr. Dunham and others
the morning before the convention,
that he
was not a candidate and he was
not a candidate now. Mr. Kennedy
had desired him to make his position
known through the press but he had re
fused to do so for only one reason and he
wanted to tell what that was. Whenever
a man makfs an announcement declining
a nomination that has not been offered,
it always implies that he immagines that
people a& awful anxious to noninate him
and he did not want to appear in that
light before the people of this county.
(Great laughter)
But notwithstanding his protestation, he
learned that he bad received the nomina
tion today, and tfeat being true, he would
consider it most -ungreatful if he should
refuse it. Yet, if the convention deemed
it expedient to nominate Mr. Kennedy or
Mr. Rudolph or any one else, he was pet
fectly satisfied and he would do anything
to help elect anyone nominated. Mr.
Brown retired amid great applause.
A county central committee was then
appointed and the convention adjourned
sine die.
The resolutions will be published in full
next week.
Chamberlain Register: There is no
doubt but what Pierre has the best of it
in even' county east of the Missouri river,
save in Beadle county, and she will come
out a winner by at least 15,000 majority.
Wolsey will cut no figure in the contest,
as everybody knows it has no chance of
winning, and votes would be thrown away
by favoring her.
", J» H/ I ,,^
«ftfc **Vi **«f
obeyed this proposition in his support for
county superintendent.
Mr. Ashley moved to take a formal
ballot for state senator, which motion
prevailed and the roll of townships was
called with the following result:
Shannon. 89
Dunham 35
Wait 4
Williams. 1 1
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A Touching Letter by Hon. W. H. Curtis,
On the Importance of Irrigation in
How Republican Thugs and Pretenders
Have Neglected the People's Plea
For Bread.
DEAR SIR: The gravity of our material
condition is such that it pains me to
the heart to see the farmers in this part of
the state, who have so faithfully labored
for the past eight or ten years to break
up the prairie sod, and spent their all in
cultivating their lands, building their
houses, barns and other buildings, and
then finding themselves without feed for
their little stock, without flour for
their bread and without seed grain to
plant or sow for the next year's crop, and
without the products of their labor for
all these years, to buy fuel for winter's
cold and shoes and clothing for them
selves and their devoted wives and
children, with heavy hearts gathering up
the little from the desolation, not covered
by the infernal mortgage, and putting,
their all with family and little ones into
one old wagon and then turning their
backs upon the farm and home they had
worked so many years and so hard to,
save, wend their way wearily back to the
states from whence they came, never to
return! Don't say this picture is over
drawn, for the truth is I have drawn it
but mildly. Not a day passes in which
some of our best, as well as our poorest,
farmers are now abandoning their homes
and farms never to return. And all sre
for what? I answer—water, and the
want of suffiicient intelligence (or
ambition for office, have it which you
please) to comprehend the situatien on the
part of our governor to provide a way by.
which it might be obtained. This latter
I grant is a serious charge, but it 'is too
true for me to remain silent. And
for one who was in the first convention
held west of the Mississippi river that
organized one of the grandest parties
known to American history—the republi
can—and one who has been zealously de
voted to its yery life and has cheerfully
helped fight all its battles up to the present
year and will willingly do so still if it
will only subserve to the interest of my
country as it did so heroically in former
years. I will not consent to disregard the
local interests and welfare of the people
of my country and state, and blindly fol
low the dictation of my party which
spurns every vital demand made by the
farmers of this state. The democratic
and republican parties of our state seem
to be far more interested in putting
certain ambitious gentlemen in place of
power and honor than in removing the
burdens from our people, and so improve
the country by irrigation as to render it
possible for our present population to
maintain their existence here with reason-'
able prosperity. It was only the other
day the republican party insisted that the
same should continue to be our governor,
who but a few .weeks ago had it in his
power to call a special session of our legis
lature and let the people's representatives
provide amendments to our constitution
to so change its terms, that our legisla
ture of next winter could provide for the
raising of all the funds necessary by
state0 coun^ or township, to construct
a general system of irrigation through
out the state next summer, if the people
should approve of such amendments at
our next November election as they sure
ly would. But he would not although,
as you well know he was urged and
actually supplicated by the farmers of
this state to do so. I want to give you
few facts.
After his excellency vetoed the only bill
passed by the legislature last winter, that
would seem to give any .real substantial
aid in irrigation to the farmers, I called a
county irrigation convention of this
(Brule) county. The question was, what
can we do to save our present population?
Artesian wells must be constructed to
irrigate this country and that too soon or
our people would have to abandon their
farms and the country. It was thorough
ly discussed. The only relief I could
suggest was: As our present constitu
tion was (in my judgment) an absolute
bar to any aid from or by the state for
irrigation purposes, and so limited the
county and township liabilities that they
could not enter upon any extended sys
tem the constitution must be changed by
amendments so that the state, counties
and townships might be permitted Jo raise
and appropriate all the money the peopfcp
thought necessary to accomplish this
beneficient undertaking, I stated further
that the quickest way to amend the
constitution was by the legislature sub
mitting amendments to be voted upon by
the people at a general election, aud that
as the last legislature had failed to sub
mit any such amendments, we must have
posed increase? Can it be possible that
the management of this state is so vicious ,v
as to deliberately plan to force the present
population of farmers from this state,
that the money loaners and othercapital- rj
ists may come in and occupy and
possess our cultivated fields? I cannot
believe it, I rather believe this misman
agement has resulted wholly from the
want of proper statesmanship, an in
telligent, active understanding of the
condition of our people and the absolute
need of irrigation to put this country
into a suitable condition to make.
agriculturl reasonably profitable.
If ever in the history of. a people a time
came when the farmer should assert his,
power it is such a time as this. There, 1
should be no division in their ranks. For ,.
farmers not to stand by each other at
such an hour as this is almost a crime—
at all events, not to do so means continu
ed depression and ruin in the material
industries of the country.
$1.00 PER ANNUM.
a special session of that body by the- first
of August that amendments mav be sub
mitted in time for us to vote on at the
election in November, as notice of any
amendments must be published for
twelve weeks before the election day, and
that if such social session was not held,
we could make no change in that consti
tution until the November eleciflon, 1892, V1
or in other words, that practical irriga
tion could not be accomplished by state
aid until the summer of 1893, and this V-
condition could not be endured by our v/
people for three years to come. At that
convention our people determined to take
Yours very respectfully,
KIMBALL, S. 1)., Sept. 6. 1890.
A Sabbath school was organized at the
Methodist church here last Sunday, with
a good membership. The following per
sons were elected officers for the ensuing'
year: Prof. Lingo, superintendent Wm.
Donoho, Assistant superintendent: Miss.
Cora Ingham, secy Mrs. H. Coffleld, treas
urer Mrs.Lomen, organist.
Miss Nellie Keep came home from
Yankton to spend Sunday with her par*
Rev. A. Jamieson occupied the pulpit,
of the Methodist Church last Sunday.
Frank Starr is doing up the sights of
Jefferson this week.
Mrs. N. Guinter, of Vermillion is visit
ing her parents for a few days.
Several of our people are taking in th*
Corn Palace this week. A
John Hutchinson was up from Hr
den doing business this week.
Mrs. R. Sulliven, of Sioux F
visiting friends last Tuesday. jSfc,
D. Herman received and
loads of soft coal on Tuef four car
day of this week.
Miss. A. Lysnes
visiting friends
F. P. Dean
ing after h:
last MOP
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steps at once to set the governor to con
vene a special session of the legislature. •.
A committee was appointed to call a state
irrigation convention at Woonsocket On
June 4th, last. A few days alter this I
met the governor at this city and statfed
to him the desire of this people. He was ..
opposed to call a special session.
The Woonsocket convention was called
and prior to its being held I wrote to the
governor requesting him to be present.
He never made his appearance. That
state convention filled the court house
aud was unanimous for the call and a
committee was appointed to secure a call
for a special session if possible. At the
Independent convention of farmers held
at Huron in July, the same anxiety for
irrigation was manifested and a com- .S
mittce was appointed to urge the "gov
ernor to call this special session. He was
waited upon by this committee and J»e
refused to call spch sessions. Now comes
the irony and taunting resolutions of the
republican convention at Mitchell on irri
gation the changing the constitution to
accomplish it and so heartily endorsed by
Governor Mellette within three weeks
after he had made it. impossible to amend
the constitution for nearly three years to
come! What a commentary upon the
stupidity of the management of the af
fairs of this state. Large portions of our
people have got to be helped by publie
charities the coming winter. Many
farms will have to be sold for taxes, and
notwithstanding this we are told by
public atthority that the revenues of the
state will not pay the expenses of the
state into $300,000. That the state
equalization board made up of some of"
these public officers lias raised the assess
ment of our farm valuations 25 per cent,
and other property still more, with no re
duction in the rate of levy. In the iiame
of Heaven if our people have already
been burdened with taxation more thiiii
they can bear, how can they pay the pro-
a fcW
spending a few dtvy.
ritv was up' looV
is near tow*
.a farming
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