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"The farmers are honest men,"
says P. V., I trust them implic-
itly." This implicit trust is con
spicuously shown in the fact that he
demands cash in advance for his mis
named farm paper.
"They should manufacture dyna
mite, as well as twine, for the farm
ers at the Stillwater penitentiary,"
says an exchange. In that case we
would suggest that Doe Dumas be
placed in charge of the works.
"Seventy-two silver dollais were
found in the bottom of an empty oil
tank in the Minneapolis railroad
yards," sa\s a news item. The tank
had probably been used for shipping
in the Minnesota portion of the
Roosevelt campaign contribution.
The Kicaraguan revolution is prac
tically at an endfor a few days, at
least. General Mena, who, with 700
of his insui rectos, surrendered to the
American authorities, has been re
mo\ed to Panama, which probably
meanb exile. I should mean death.
There are just 1.3 varieties of bull
moose trekking over the state of
Minnesota and 12 of these are oprequiring
posed to the selection of P. V.
Collins as a gubernatorial candidate
and aie not disposed to give him ac
tive support. The thirteenth variety
consists of P. V. Collins in peisonam.
The Hutchinson Leader last week
published a souvenir number in mag
azine form in commemoration of the
fiftieth anniversary of the Sioux mas
sacre and defense of Hutchinson.
The number contains some very in
teresting reading, is well edited and
profusely illustiated with halftones.
In his Browns Valley Tribune Sam
Goidon says anent the gubernatorial
result at the primaiies: "The editor
of this paper, who was a candidate
for governor, felt that he had a rec
ord as lieutenant governor of
promises all fulfilled that should
commend him to the best element of
thepartv." Ye gods, Sam has been
Candidate Wilson explains that he
favors the initiative and referendum,
as well as the recall of administrative
officers, but that he is unalterably
opposed to the recall of the judiciary.
This declaration will probably mean
a rush of many radical, fire-eating
democrats of the so-called "progres
sive" faction into the fold of the
irascible Teddy.
Here is a fac simile of the good roads amendment as it
will appear on the little pink ballot, and as it should be
voted, at the election on the 5th day of November:
Constitutional Amendments to be voted for by the people
FIRSTAmendment to section (16) of article nine (9) of the
constitution, establishing the road and bridge fund, and
authorizing the legislature to levy an annual tax for the
purpose of constructing and improving roads and bridges
within this state. NO
Published E-very Thursday
Soilness Manager.
[Newspapers friendly to the cause of good roads, please copy and keep standing at head of
editorial columns until the day of election. It is up to the newspapers to secure the adoption
of this amendment R. DUNN.
Peevy Collins has opened his cam
paign for governor of Minnesota. He
enters the race a moose and will
emerge a goat.
At any rate, under its revised
rules, football this season can scarce
ly be expected to claim as many vic
tims as aviation.
A press dispatch from Chicago
tells us that McCormiek of the har
vester trust is devoting a great deal
of his time to "uplift" work. Try
ing to lift Teddy upon his coveted
A copy of the Zephyrhills Colonist,
a paper published in Pasco county,
Florida, has been received at this
office. Among its advertisements
is one which calls attention to
'Summer Bargains in Land.'' We
presume that in the winter time
this ad is changed so as to read,
"Winter Bargains in Swamps for
Duck Hunters."
Owing to a defective catch on an
elevator gate in the pathological
building at the state university
Ruth Burns, a stenographer, lost her
life by falling dowrr a shaft. I is
said that the elevators in the univer
sity buildings are never inspected.
If this is true the state should be
compelled to pay dearly for its
criminal carelessness.
Roosevelt is quoted assaying: "All
I am trying to do in this twentieth
centuiy is to apply the old injunction
to do unto others as I would have
them do untorne.'' Upon the face
of it the veriest hypocrisy stands out
prominently. What did Roosevelt do
unto Taft? Did he not play the pait
of a traitor? Did he do unto Taft as
he would have Taft do unto him?
He cannot fool the people with such
transparent humbuggery as the above
bombastic declaration.
What shall we do with Cuba? It
treasury is empty and it is in debt.
The "patriots" at the head of its
government, and at the tail, too, for
that matter, have been industriously
feathering their nests with the coun
try's revenue. "Shall we take Cuba
back?" asks a Chicago paper. To
take it back, annex it permanently,
would be all light if we could run it
at a profit. But there's the rub.of
Why not return it to Spain and let it
go to the demnition bowwows?
Anent the attempt by congress to
harass the newspapers of the coun
the New York Herald pei tinentlv.
remarks. ""A ciaqk-biained congiess
has placed the government in a
thorough muddle regarding the
clause in the postal appropriation bill
'pubilcitj' oi the private
concerns of newspapeis. The mea
suie is a meddlesome, inquisitive,
socialistic and unconstitutional at
tempt to bring newspapeis under
conrtol of the government.''
It happens that the greatest pros
perity this country has ever seen is
here light now,under the Taft ad
ministration,and jou can believe
us or not, but this will constitute a
might} influence in shaping presi
dential election results. The fanners
are satisfied, the manufacturing and
commercial industries are satisfied,
and the average workingman is satis
fied. So that rather than risk the
possibility of a change for the wdrse
in the situation they will naturally
vote to return Taft to office.
After carrying ori operations for
the promotion xt wildcat mines I in
Oregon and Idaho for oyer eight
years and cleaning up a million dol
lars thereby, two brothers named
McNicholas, of Cleveland, Ohio* will
now be prosecuted for using the mails
to defraudsecret service men have,
just discovered their little game.
The promoters must have been par
ticularly slippery fellows to evade de
tection for so long a time or the gov
ernment sleuths were lacking in the
qualifications which they should pos
Former Lieutenant Governor Gil
man is talked of as an independent
candadate for the house from the
47th district (Benton county and St.
Cloud). If he becomes a candidate
he should be elected.
George F. Authier, the political
editor of the Minneapolis Tribune, is
an optimistic cuss. He places Eber
hart's plurality at 100,000. We
inclined to believe that the governor
would be satisfied with 50,000.
After the final elimination Gover
nor Eberhart's first and second choice
votes totaled 66,557, and the next
highest candidate was Wm. E. Lee,resolution
who had 49,113. Julius Schmahl had
a handsome majority of all the first
^hoice votes for secretary of state.
There ought to be something doing
politically in this state from now
until the polls close on the 5th of
November. Ed. Smith will head the
republican campaign committee
while the guileless Frank Day will
manage things for the democrats.
Although C. A. Smith is virtually
a resident of California he still con
tinues to act as a member of the
board of regents of the state univer
sity. If Mr. Smith has nqt the de
cency to resign the governor should
remove him and fill his^place with a
better man.
C. M. King, the strenuous good
roads advocate and head of the
Northern Minnesota Development
association, was defeated for lieu
tenant governor on the democratic
ticket by Wm. Powers, a St. Paul
politician. The democratic nomina
tion for that office is an empty
honor but Mr. King was entitled to
In consequence of the fact that
the so-called socialist-labor party
failed to poll in the primaries 10 per
cent of the vote cast by the party in
the last general election, it has lost
its legal standing in Minnesota. The
party had but one candidate in the
field, C. W. Brandborg, for governor.
To put this one man on the primary
ballot cost the state thousands of
Mis. Pethick Lawrence, a militant
suffragist leader recently released
from a London jail, where she had
been confined for window smashing,
declared in New York the other day
that as soon as she returns to Eng
land the dogs of war would again be
turned loose. By dogs of war shepublicans
means the brick-hurling, fire-setting
militant suffragettes, who have al
ready maliciously destroyed hundreds
thousands of dollars' worth of
property. I is a pity that such
agitators as the Lawrence woman are
permitted to run at largethey are
as great, it not a greater,, menace
than the notorious Emma Goldman.
P. S. Morrison, a Wyoming patri
arch neaily a hundred years old, who
was stranded in Minneapolis the oth
er day in consequence of having been
robbed on a train, and who was cared
for by the Salvation army until he
could obtain money from home, said
that his rules for longevity were to
avoid excesses in all things, to take
daily exercise in the open air, and
to retire at 9 p. m. and rise at 5 a.
m. Mr. Morrison has chewed tobac
co since he was 14. smoked 34 yeais
and drank liquor from youth. He
read without the use of spectacles
until recently and says he feels "like
a kid yet." If he doesn't look out
the whiskey makers will run his pic
ture in their advertisements. 4
Unless the municipal authorities of
Minneapolis can induce the city" hall
clock to amend its ways barkeepers
wha'sett liquor aftef hours are likely
to escape' punishment. One instance
of this sort has already occurred.
Two detectives in Judge Montgom
ery's court swore that they pur
chased beer at 11:12 p. m., but theconclusive!j
defendant, contended it was 10:53
when the plain clothes rn^en boughtf
the bottle. 'What did you set your
watch by?" asked the judge. "The
eityhall clock." replied the defend
ant. "Discharged!" roared his hon
or. It1
is a matter of record that the
old clock's inaccuracy has caused
many a rustic to miss his train and
fall into the hands of the Philis
In resigning from the progressive
committee of fifty, James T. Larson,
assistant secretary of state, pays his
respects to Hugh T. Halbert. I
seems that Mr. Halbert is the whole
"works" in this state. Caswell and
all the others who led the successful
fight for the colonel last spring have
been relegated to the rear and Mr.
occupies the center of the
Here are the concluding paragraphs
of Mr. Larson's sarcastic interview:
"Early last spring at a meeting of
the state central committee, I en
deavored to secure the adoption of a
calling for a preferential
primary. After it had been turned
down Governor Eberhart called a
special session of the legislature and
a statewide primary law was passed.
A state-wide primary election was
held and candidates were nominated,
and as I am one of the thousands
who took part in that primary elec
tion I believe it my duty and the
duty of every voter who took part
and voted at that primary, to sup
port the candidates nominated.
I have been disappointed to find
that some of the so-called pro
gressives have a new method of nom
inating candidates and I was sur
prised to find that you assume abso
lute dictatorship, and if a commit
tee, of which you are chairman, fail
to do your bidding, vou immediately
assume full authority and name can
didates at will.
"If a political boss undertook to
do some of the things that you aretheir
doing a protest would go up from
all parts of the stale and it would be
so loud that the so-called boss would
be driven into oblivion.
I bPlieve in the square deal. I
am opposed to misrepresentation. I
believe that the people should rule.
I am opposed to dictatorship in every
manner and in every form, and such
being the case, I resign from
committee of fifty and trust
my resignation will be accepted 1m
Hon. Wm. E. Lee made a gallant
fight for the republican gubernatorial
nomination and, as the Union pre
dicted, was a close second in the
race. Had it not been for the mul
tiplicity of candidates Mr. Lee would
have won. Mr. Rudolph Lee, a son
of Hon. Wm. E. Lee, is the editor
and publisher of the Long Prairie
Leader and, in the issue of that pa-
per for September 27 he manfully ac
quiesces in the veidict rendered at
the primary election in these graces
ful words:
"Governor Eberhart was nominated
at the primaries on the 17th. He
is entitled to the support of the rethe
of the state and the Lead
er will support him.
"In a primary election in which
the issues were clean cut, well under
stood and in which every man had a
full, fair and tree opportunity to
make himself heard, the people de
cided the} wanted Mr. Eberhart and
the fundamental principle of progres
sive politics is that the people should
"It might be said that Mr. Ebxer
hait did not receive a majority of
the votes cast and that the divided
onlv a minority vote. This is beg-!
paper believes that what the people
after mature deliberation decide they
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the $100,00n 0 whici. Joh Archbold
other,wise. But ,e,ven should it be
was a willing paitv to the transac- "f
tion, what good will result from the
palgns have been and are being
spite senate investigations, the prac
tice will continue.
Farmers, Attention.
The Princeton Produce Co. will
open its warehouse for the purchase I Te"
of potatoes on Mondav next. lt
Senator Dominating Figure at
Meeting of Nominees.
P. A. Pike of St. Paul Choice forChair-
man of the Democratic
State Committee.
(Special Correspondence.)
St. Paul, Sept 30.That United
States Senator Nelson, Minnesota's
"Grand Old Man," is still a dominat
ing figure in North Star state politics
was evidenced last week when, at the
gathering of Republican nominees
called for the purpose of naming a
state central committee, his presence
alone saved the organization and Its
standard bearers from a nasty fight
and, what was better, the time hon
ored right of naming those who should
handle the campaign. Senator Nel
son did not plead, nor did he argue.
He was made one of a committee of
seven to evolve a plan for the forma
tion of a state central committee and
the selection of a state chairman and
the moment he stepped upon the plat
form with the completed draft in his
hand and started to read it the fires
of the opposition were drawn and
machinery rendered helpless.
First there was a slight ripple of ap
plause, then prolonged hand clapping
and lastly vigorous cheering. It was
a reception to be proud of and Sen
ator Nelson showed his appreciation
The plan as outlined left to the state
central committee, as named, the se
lection of a state chairman, but con
fined the selection to
committee of named by the nine
state candidates. This practically
I^J u*. *.u J.- -^.v. 1 Nelson at the Republican conference
fled gave him the nomination with I
tn 6 eace
Smith,an the presen
Republican chairman, or J. A. O.
Preus the only material from which
a selection couldb made. The oppo
sition saw in it all a victory for Gov
ernor Eberhart and the organization.
It wanted to fight, but the sturdy fig
ure of the "GrdBd Old Man," as he
stood awaiting thgf putting of the mo
tion adopting plan, awed them.
Then came the adoption of the plan,
and it was -unanimous. The senator's
presence and the abiding faith of the
nominees in his leadership had saved
the party from a nasty snarl and, as
I pointed out, had retained for the
candidates at large their time honored
right of those who tflepicking
mana S
ging the question. The people had a that the Bryan and anti-Bryan forces
simple, direct and easily understood
method of meeting this condition,
but they preferred not to see it.
The primary lesults show clearly
that the republican voters want Mr.
Eberhart. as their leader^,and this
campaign. Governorshould Eber
hart was a prominent figure in the
gathering and it was claimed by some
that his presence and influence was
responsible for the harmonious end
ing, but I give it to the senior senator.
It was he who dominated.
4. 4. 4.
The meeting of the candidates of
several parties which participated
in the late primaries for the purpose
of naming a central committee is re
quired under the new primary act and
it was with mingled feelings of pleas
ure and distrust that the leaders in
both the Republican and Democratic
camps watched the candidates gather.
They wanted to see the candidates
personally, especially the legislative
nominees, and yet they realized that
there might be trouble. They were
glad when adjournment came. P. M.
Ringdal, the party nominee for gov
ernor, was the central figure at the
Democratic meeting and like Senator
want, they ought to have." crowd -would prefer D. Daly of
Tomorrow is the day set for the
appearance of Roosevelt before the I There is a story going the rounds
to senate committe. investigatin6 cam- t.
Thep only difference here was
contested for the mastery and the
former won. It was a case of the
B. Lynch organization against the
Bryan faction, led F. A Pike, a St.
Paul lawyer, and though the former
were in the majority they gave way
jOUt of deference to Mr Ringdal He
a aLynch
i be chosen The
4* 4* 4*
the effect that the "PeerlesseLead- ,er has kept touch for th past
paign expenditures, and he will be montth the situation in Minnesota
asked to tell what he knows about a
declared had been put into his 1904 at the meeting of the Democratico nom-
campaign by the Standard Oil com-
through selected agents he
Bn responsible in the main for the
Ll lboard
-T,, anite
^advocating the
nees i
A 14. v. UVJ I*. selection of F. A Pike as state chair-
panj. Ro6sevelt has had amnle time
ctho to manufacture a plausible story and dal madea argument that as the
will probably contend that the kynch forces had thDea committeeship
_.,_. in the national organization it would
Standard Oil company's contribution
organization. This, h
was made cdntrary to'his' '^specific knownm Bryan''mang making up
wish, and1
it will be difficult to prove
hitntthrec eogniz
thought, woufd tendls-tao promote har-
mony Associat eH with Mr.-Ringdal
shown that Roosevelt on thtet of control is E. Vasaly
Bstandard disclosure? None whatsoever. I is ocratirb bearer take the
a well-known fact that political cam-
the.V storlyy is that he acted
ook I
ryanfin persuadintg the Dem-
tave always been at swords' polntl
financed by the interests, and, de- figured ats oppositese
nalona I gam
E. E. Smith of Minneapolis, it is said
has expressed the opinion that he does
not care whether he is re-elected state
chairman or not but i""Tl
^l is a good bet
euec selected at the gather
that he will named when the execu
C. H. Berry, Manager.
In S
la{ mU. J. A. O. Pww,
W^Mzm^^Mi^i ^i.&^^^iM^^' fitfuftt
jtate ineurance commissioner and Sen
itor Nelson's representative In th*
state organization., is spoken of as a
substitute and even should the sub
stitution be made Mr. Smith will be
the controlling3
influence just the same.
Governor Eberhart wants him at the
head, as does Mr. Ringdal, the Demo
cratic nominee, desire F. A. Pike for
j|he party's guide in the coming strug
gle. George S. Loftus of Minneapolis
las been mentioned to succeed Mr.
Bmith, but that it will happen is too
far fetched to even comment upon.
What many throughout the state
may think of E. E. Smith and his al
leged connections and the criticism in
dulged in regarding his methods is not
bothering Governor Eberhart and his
backers. They know Mr. Smith has
delivered the goods in the past and
that is a pretty good argument in his
favor. He has the capacity for or
ganization, knows how to harmonize
warring interests and, what is more
to his credit, he plays fair. Ed may
not be in sympathy with the modern
idealist as to bandwagon methods in
the conduct of a campaign, but as I
pointed out he makes good, and that
is what the average candidate for of
fice wants in the person of a manager.
Ed has been painted as wearing horns
and to be past master of all that is in
opposition to clean politics, but he is
not so classed down here. He is about
as mild mannered, retiring and jolly
a fellow as you ever saw.
Chief Justice Start's declination of
the nomination given him at the re
cent primaries, and which was con
tained in a letter written by him to
the secretary of state last week, is
taken as a slap at the nonpartisan
feature of the new primary law. Judge
Start, who has held public office for
forty-one years, assigned as the cause
for his retirement that he did not care
to make a campaign fight which would
be necessary if he remained on the
ballot. In the recent contest for the
nomination of chief justice Judge Start
had as opponents C. M. Stanton of
Bemidji and F. Alex Stewart, a young
attorney of Minneapolis. Stanton ran
strong and for an unknown the Min
neapolis man pressed Judge Start
hard. The finish showed a fight for
election, -with possible defeat, and
this Judge Start would not stand for.
Had the convention system prevailed
no one would have had the nerve to
contest him, but the primary opened
up away for opposition. Judge Start's
retirement will put Stewart on the bal
lot as Judge Stanton's opponent. Stew
art has less than five years' legal ex
perience and, it is said, never had a
case in the supreme court. The name
Stewart and the fact that many con
fused it with Start is held by some to
be responsible for the big vote he re
If any one thinks that the Minneso
ta "Bull Moosers" are not working he
should drop into the Merchants hotel
in St. Paul, where the Roosevelt and
Johnson committee have headquarters.
A big working force is maintained
there and also at the office of H. T.
Halbert, who has taken on the general
ship of the movement. And what is
more those in charge seem to be well
supplied with funds. Several high
priced publicity men ere emplored.
The money used is being received
the shape of subscriptions and the
leaders say that Minnesota admirers
of the colonel are coming across hand
somely. W. W. Rich has an office ad
joining, but he is confining his activi
ties to the colonel's campaign oaly.
He refuses to stand for the third state
ticket which Halbert and his foll6w
ers put over.
In striking contrast to the activity
of the Bull Moosers is the apath.v and
apparent disinterestedness on the part
of those concerned with the success or
President Taft. No central headauar
ters have been opened, no literature
is being distributed and if anj speak
ers have been assigned to the state
those in ch?rge are keeping the fact
silent This inactivity is credited to
the unwillingness of Governor Eber
hart to have the national campaign
tacked on to the state campaign.
Practically all the Taft leaders of any
prominence are in his camp and v,ith
the knowledge that the president is
anything but popular in Minnesota
they naturally side with Governor
Eberhart. It is^ expected though that
something in the way of a state cam
paign for the president will be-started
shortl}. It will De apart from the state
4. 4. 4.
While there may be some declara
tions of principles on the part of the
head of the ticket the Republican,
party will go before the \oteis this
fall without a platform. Xo platform,
was proposed at the meeting of the
candidates last week, and perhaps it
is better so. With the party badly
split up on candidates and issues a
platform would be almost an impossi
bility. Even endorsement of the na
tional candidates was refused. On the
1 other hand the Democrats have de
clared what they stand for and the
declarations adopted extend from the
1 initiative and referendum to the cre
ation of a* public utilities commission.
1 The other'parties have readopted the
'platforms agreed to at the conven
tions held before* the new statewide
primary law was passed.
Speaking of the public utilities com
mission plank adopted by the Demo
crats, P. M. Ringdal, the party stand
ard bearer, is going to make it a lead
ing issue in hie appeal for voteci.
Whether he lands or not the issue
will come up in the next legislature.
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