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Enterqd as Second Class Matter, December 18, 1917, at the PostoffIle o at Butte, Montana, Under Act of March 8, 1879. 2PaHONES: BUSINESS OFFICE, 52; EDITORIAL ROOMS, 292. BUSINESS OFFICE AND EDITORIAL ROOMS, 101 S. IDAHO ST SUBSCRIPTION RATES: Ond Month --......--.....1... $.00 Six Months --.. $.---. .. 00 Three Months .... ........... 2.75 By the Year 2....-... ..... .50 d OFFICIAL -ORGAN OF THE 0 [Montana State Federation of Labor; Metal Trades Council of Buttel -G Silver Bow Trades and Labor Assembly; State Metal Trades Cou,4 N THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1920. r ti Covered Threats and Intimidation for n Employes in Montana A 'There has come to the office of the Bulletin an infamous and a direet attack upon the political libotrtics of those who work for t any member of the Montana Dc velopment asociation. It is nothing more or less than a covered threat to every ian or woman in Montana wholt is working for wages for alny member t of this infamous and scurvy gang of profiteers and destroyers a of our political rights and liberties. This in itself should be il sufficient to donvince the union mncl and laboring men of any V and all shades of political opinion that there is but one plan to ' defeat these common cheats-charlatans, jury bribing, slayers i of men, postage stamp thieves, obtainers of money under false pretenses, defaulters in public office, and just what ever else a one can think of to call them--there is bill, one plan for the s worker, and that is to 1ury the whole darned outfit in "flaming 1: coffins." Read this daring attempt to coerce and threaten the voterxs of Montana and then go after the thieving outfit from ' stem to stern on the 2nd day of next November. Digest this,, c if you please : Mr. Butte, Mont. Dear Sir:--As president of the Montana Development association I feel at liberty to write you, an employeetof E a member of the association, regarding the coming elec tion. The reason I am writing you is because I know from experience how hard it is for an employer to take up with his employees the subject of their voting, and the coming election Is of so much importance that I feel it my duty to call your attention to the serious situation confronting our state. The employee of today is the employer of tomorrow. By that token, the men who are on the salary lists at present will become the merchants, bankers and business men of the future. At the head of all the most importast com mercial institutions of Montana are men who "c me up from the ranks," as a merited reward for faithful service and the fruits of their own efforts. You have your own ambitions, and are looking to the day when you will either be in business for yourself, or become one of the dominat ing factors in the business you are affiliated with. In this campaign, there are men who would make politl cal capital out of unfavorable business and crop condi tions, promising a legislative remedy which is both Im practicable and impossible of fulfilment. Such principles can no more be-applied to the, business of the state of Montana than they can to the business of the firm or in dividual. Every man and woman who is engaged in any commer cial pursuit and has the welfare of the state at heart, should use every effort from now until election time to see that this radical element is defeated. There was never a time in the history of Montana when the vote of the sound-thinking citizen was so important. Montana is a young state with a great future, and to install in the seat of government principles which cannot possibly endure will only stay the progress and delay the ultimate pros perity of this wonderful state of ours. Vote against the so-called Democratic State Ticket, nominated by the Nonpartisan League at Great Falls-not for your employer's sake but for your own sake. Yours very truly, W. A. SELVIDGE, President. This man Selvidge, is the president of the Montana Develop merit association, he is n1o dloubt obeying the instructions of the lmasters of thire bread in Moutnna, which is the Anaconda; whose slimy coils would destroy the last vestige of the rights r and liberties of the people of this coiinnoiwealth, and whose u "Flaming Coffin" .lohn and the equally famous tax-dodger, n Con, will dare to dictate to the free American citizen whom ' he shall vote for. This letter canme to the secretaries of other unions. No more brazen attempt to force men to vote against the dictates of their conscience has come to light during this whole political campaign. It shows the desperate situation 1 that the plunderbund find they are in. If the ticket that the t worke.rs are asked to vote for in this scurrulous epistle was comnposed of anything but "black" republicans, they would I denounce openly this attack upon the rights of the frdemnen of America---the word freemen is used because there are a few sneaking slaves who would do anything that their masters told them to do. B3ut thanks to the good Lord, they are not the men who have the nerve to conic out inl the open and attack this bunch of vipers who are assuming an attitude of the Pharasce, who said, "I thank ,Thee Lord, that 1 am not as other men are." Are you, Mr., Mrs. and Miss Voter going to support the pro gram of the bankers and the merchants who are using such tactics to force you to-vote for a lot of confidence men? Or are you going to be one of those to vote for the farmers and workmen's program? The workers are in the majority and the sneaking bunch of hypocrites who would steal the pennies off your dead grandmother's eyes as she laid-in her coffin, -ask you to support the republican ticket, which is' iuade -up of a lot of confidence,men and defaulters in public office. The work ers are in the majority, therefore, their combined interests are • greater than this small group of postage stamp thieves, who have the audacity to come out in letters to honest men and tell them what to do. Will you stand for it? Will you stand for this kinfd of stuff? Have you, honest citizens, spirit enough to resent this attack upon your political rights? We feel con fident that you will, and in a way .that will make the criminal bunch think twice before attempting again such unwarranted abuse of the mails. Let t-he lying papers lie, excess defeats itself. al 14; "The Priuary i Without the primary law, the pooplel111 ,filn6lde mo be pow erless in the hands of a political gang is: ubsoiu,.pulous as it is merciless. The attempt to hide this importda n, measurc back of a lot of tommy-rot is being made by the kopt press. This tremendously important question has been receivinrg what is known in the 'prostitute' press as "the sil'ent itreatnment." Dy this method it has been hoped that the prirnary. law could, be side-tracked and forgotten. If this ballot is neglected qn the day of election and the gang get their way, :the.priluary will be a thing of the past and the people will once more find them ~selves the puppets ofRJyarn of New York an QChilc, of Kelley of ,cNinW York and Sonora, of the Anaconda company, of the Mon iania Power company, of. tie Montana Devel6ipment associa Lion, of the Associated Industries, and of the Chamber of Com mercc; ' Now all this grafting gang of highwaymenl and plun derers are composed of the same mess of rattlesnakes. The worms who are acting for this organized bahditti a.n, such men as Dick Kilroy of the Anaconda Standard,' who wits editor of the Butte Evening News, that fought with all its might for Heinze against the Amalgamated; old man Durston, 20 years the chief editor of the democratic Standard, and now chief edi tor of the republican Evening Post, a man -who ought to be ashamed of himself at his time of life, who does not know any better than to make such a sorry spectacle of himself as to be wr'iting democratic editorials for so many years and then be forced to turn his coat inside out for the mo.re-sake of serving his masters. These are the men who want the primary law knocked out and have been stealthily digging in to destroy this good law for some time and latterly, mentioning it only after the Bulletin had broiught the matter before the public. This shows how helpless the people are if the avenues of news are closed to the voters. The scarlet editors who do the bidding of the Ana conda do not want the constitutional right of self-governmentto exist in the state of Montana, but want the rule of an oligarchy of which they are the guide posts.. They point out the way for he people and endeavor to land them in the pit of confusion The Bulletin, nbt daunted by the bitter attacks of the scarlet editors, again calls the attention of the citizens to the great danger that is laid for them in the referendum measures which are to be voted upon on the 2nd day of November, and which have been Jo carefully shunned in the pages Of the kept press. Save the primary. SAVE IT NOW while. you have the chance. To do this make no mistake. Vote AGAINST Refer endum Measure No. 15. Vote AGAINST Referendum Meas ure No. 16. Vote AGAINST Senate Dill No. 124. The primary law of Montana permits the people of a com munity to control political parties, instead of the political par lies controlling the people. The purpose of the proposed AMENDMENTS to this law is to DESTROY TIHE SECRET BAL LOT. For the love of Mike, look to this, or the whole works are wrecked an'd the ground gained will be lost for many years. EVERYTHIING .IS LOST IF THE PRIMARY LAW IS KNOCKED OUT. The public is sure easy. It isn't enough that you are at tacked by signboards, newspaper ads of the full-page type, but when you enter a place of amusement, which it usually worth about one-half the admission price, you have to sit through the tiresome and insulting procedure of the advertising faker who 4 has no sense of decency. The movie house that had a grain of regard for its patrons, should not permit this bore to continue. Just another method of graft at the expense of the suffering people. Do away with it. half a million dollars appropriated for the purpose of carry ing the state for the A. C. M. seems to indicate the fact that Wheeler knows what he is talking about when he says: "I will not put the Anaconda out of business, but I will put them out of politics." The people must first elect Wheeler as governor and then hie will get busy on the Anaconda. On the occasion of some particularly flagrant incident in connectionl with the slave trade, Thoreau was thrown inito jail for speaking'about it. Emerson came to see him and sale, "Henry, why are you here?" Thoreau replied, "Waldo, why are you NOT here?" Thoreau was in jail only over night. Debs has beenl in jail for a good many months. Mark a copy of the Bulletin and send it to tihe friend you have in Gallatin county. Nelson Story, jr., may not be doing much in the way of spreading the news that he was thrown out of office for defalcations as a county commissioh.r. He is run ning on the same ticket as Jloe Dixon, whoml everybody knows wbon't stay bought. The drylanrder works from dark to dark, but gets no pay. The drylandbr also gets no play. Managers of loan com panics receive as high as $500 a month--for loaning money to the drylander, who has to pay the loan sharks 12 per cent for his services. This is gre.at wisdom on the part of the dry j lander. Another shadow is looming up over Butte. Knock it in the head next Tuesday at the ballot box. The gumipen who are seen on the street these days have an anxious look on their faces. They have an idea that they may have to go to work or go to If Stewart is'elected. the government will have to send post age stamps by freight to Helena. How many postage stamps does it take to buy a piano? Ask Sears, Rloebuck & Go., or ask Stewart, he knows. :Nelson Story. jr., of flozeras, has consented to let Wheeler carry that city by rea'on oftliis'aetivities in the office of county commissioner. Another question is how can a judge who has thrown Nelson Story, jr., out of office, vote for him? The republican politicians are on the run in the county, along with the postage stamp thieves of Helena and the de faulters of Bozeman. The Anaconda is supporting a fine bunch of crooks. Ah, well; what can one expect? Some mossbacks are still living in the days of Nebuchad nezzar when it comes to the time to vote. This is the year of our Lord 1920. Wake up, Mr. Mossback. At what i't:d itftertestdoes a wrong hlomearight? ATENTIONVOTERS! VOTE AGAINST REFERENDUM MEASURES NOS. 13, 15 AND 18. These measures are intended to destroy. the existing direct primary law. If not.defeated the politicians will control the nomination of candiddtes and nriot the people. Vote against them. VOTE FOR REFERENDUMI MEiASURES 48-AND 19. :r These measures will do mn..o, a4 the1 sti i a iiiversity out of -6ljtic,.by .maklng it fl nowtia independent, -it will also make itposlible for the poor i gW.a~i6 19 & asons ad daugh ters a higher education fight herein Montana. The -rich send their offspring east anyway. VOTE FOR 1'8 AND 19. VOTE FOR REFERENDUM MEASURE NO. 20. . This is an irrigation measure which makes it possible to Ir rigate several million acres of arid land. The cost of irrigation is paid'by the districts benefitted andnot.by the state. VOTE FOR NO. 20. Who Stole the Democratic Party Senator Myers, in his speech at the Coliseum on Tuesday night, ac cused the Nonpartisan. league of I stealing the democratic party of 1 Montana. Let us consider h" mo-. ment. Before a tlibft can be corn mitted someone must own the thing 'taken. Does Senator Myerls, and a few other corporation lawyers, own the democratic party of Montana? Probably they thought they did. Are the yowned by a gang of politicians? Are they owned by men whose chief source of income comes from the tills of mining companies, rail road companies, light and . power companies "or other allied corpora tions? No. Political parties are the crea tures of the people. of the state. They are organized by the people and are for the use of the people. These are fundamental 'principles of our system of government.' The democratic party, the' repub lican party, the socialist party or' any other party, is. simply a piece of, machinery created and owned by the people of a sovereign state. Did 35,000 of the people. of the state of Montana on the 24t1' of last August "steal" the democratic party? Assuredly not. They simply regained possession by peaceable means of some of their own prop erty. For years the people of Mon tana have been deceived' by false leaders who, like Senator Myers', have eulogized ' the party name but have forgotten the high ideals for which that name once stood. The democratic party of Montana has for years been controlled by interests 'in' the state who care noth ing for the fundamental principles or ideals of democracy but have been seeking to serve only themn selves at the expense of the people GILDED COPPER CROWNS B. A. D. ST'ILIMAN. "Whilst some with cunning gild their copper crowns, 1 With truth and plainness I do wear E mine bare. t Fear not my truth; the moral of i .my wit is 'Plain and true'; there's all the reach of it." -Trolius and Cresida. I have been asked to place in plain, every day, common folks' language, the provisions of the va- 4 rious laws and constitutional amend ments to be voted on at the gen cral election. Not one of these measures was asked for, or even proposed, by the farmer or labor producing people of Montana, or by anyone engaged in any useful or productive occu pation. When some $40,000,000, state in debtedness, evidenced in bonds' that will bear interest 20 to 50 or 100 years, is proposed by groups of pol iticians that have battened on the public, for lo these many years, and when that tremendous burden is advocated by the financial masters of the state-there must be a rea son. When the parasite interests in side, but more outside, the state interests that grew. fat on wartime necessities but that never chanced the drouths or other dangers that stalked with farm production---sud denly spewed up proposals that would add $40,000,000 in bonded indebtedness to the back-breaking burdens already borne by the faram ers of the state-there must be a reason. When interest alone on, those, bonds will amount to nearly $3, 000,000 each year, to be taken. from the products of our daily toil and the daily toil of our children and our children's children--there must be a reason. T-hat reason may be a torch to light our way throught the laby- 1 rinth of those bond issues,. The reason is not in the world war, because not by the widest stretch of imagination can anyone of these bond measures aid in a war that no longer exists or in any. way remove the scars of the war that did exist. Thet reason cannot be to provide labor for an idle wdi'king 'popla tio,' fdr no idle population exis the war slaughter of milltoni.f useffil Workers and the crippling b still other millions have takensdar of that. There is a parasite population that would, out of these meapures, undoubtedly find pBy for time spent in easy chairs and on automobile cushions, but it is not needed that this graft be worked for them, be cause there is' plenty of good, square productive work upon which their time and energies could be spent with profit to the whole people. In truth and in fact, we may find the reasons for those. bond measures in the reforms started in North Dakota. After two years -of -preparation four years ago d4iarnal8i et :ortl Dakota deve'eapr tUMt.lodon4're form in (the --oeoT.:'-lnt '_sctem of of the state. They have used the democratic machinery until they have come to believe that unlawful possession for many' years had rip ened into absolute ownership. And it was a rude shock to them when the people on Aug. 24 repudiated, their false leaders and again tdok possession of the party machinery that has always belonged to them. Did the Nonpartisans "steal" the democratic party? No. They just helped the people of Montana recover possession of stolen property that Senator ?Myers and others of his kind had taken from them years ago. In his speech Tuesday night, in response to a question 'submitted to him before the meeting, Sena tor Myers admitted that he did not know that the state government of Montana was $3,000,000 in the "red." Probably he had. not read Joe Dixon's keynote speech at the republican state convention held in Helena Sept. 11, 1920, a copy of which has been mailed to most of the voters of the state. In 'that speech Dixon admits that "the cost of. state government (in Montana) this year approximates $2,000,000 in excess of th'e,revenues." Senator Myers admitted from the platform his ignorance of conditions in Montana, admitted, in effect, that he had not read Dixon's keynote speech which is about the only 'thing the republicans have for a platform to stand on this fall, and yet he presumes to advise the peo ple of Montana to vote for Dixon and the whole republican state tickdt this fall. Will the voters of the state ex cuse such ignorance? Can they stand for such collosal gall?--Ex change. that state and inaugurated a reform so simple and far reaching and so effective that,. over there it took the "profit" out of profiteering and is bringing the producer close, oh, very close, to the consumer. It is taking the plunder, if you please, from a horde of financial pirates who took impartially from the pockets of the farmer-workers of North Dakota, and the labor pro ducers of other states who must cat the products of those farms. It pushed from their gilded thrones the greedy, consciousless and corrupt political kaisers, czars, kings, dukes, and other lords of North Dakota, who were fairly wal lowing in the rich plunder they drew from the taxpayers of, that state. Not onl was that tremendous program inaugurated, but the farm er-labor °government of that state held the rate of tax increase below that of either Minnesota, Nebraska, Washington or Montana. more es pecially Montana, where the rate in tax increase has outrun any other state. Not only that, but the North Da- F kota state government for 1920 has actually lowered valuations and rates and reduced the total tax col lection. Yes. an actual reduction of amount collected, by 22' per cent, the same being an actual re duction of $828,853, and that, too, after providing a soldier bonus greater than any other state in the union as against Montana's none whatever. All that means profit and plunder taken away from the professional politicians and parasites of the Hen ry L. Myers, E. C. Day, Sam V. Stewart type. Be not deceived by the lying declarations concerning North Dakota taxes that with "cun-" ning seeks to gild the copper crowns," nor by the petty local politicians who seek gilding for their little copper crowns in re peating these lies. Two years ago, the farmers of Montana were preparing the way for important reforms in Montana for years they had lived and toiled and borne the hardships and pover tycof their lives under the .party lash of politicians. They had voted ttreir-party ticket" ihd "voted her aigt" S ;woere growing to e the. folly f at fettish jnd ire 'bi'nolf nd' .t.plessly trying tpiclc'.g.o. e ocl' >. ".At 'lat.l<tt .a pparent that even. "good men;'. 'lected at ran Sdonm, were helpless in the presence of the closely and perfectly organ t ized "program" of the allied in teyrest of plunder controlling the political trusts in Montania--the in surance trust, the grain and mill ing combine, the meat trust, the r wool and sugar trusts, and all the t other combines, big and little, that functioned politically in Montana Y through the most vicious of them a all, the copper trust, whose head a and front in this state is the A. C. M. company. - It -is easily seen by those not ) mentally blind that "good- mnen;," could prevail against that perfectly: ' organized system only wheni . they, too, should stand for a "prdgram" that made. for the benefit of the useful productive people of the state --those by whose toil it is that the necessities apd comforts of life are produced and whose lives and homes are the strength in war time and in peace of the state and nation. It is now the "program" of all the people-of those whose toil is necessary to the state-against the "program"' of the kaisers, kings, and dukes and lesser lords of those trusts ard combines that plunder but do not "produce." It is the "program" of the Non partisans against the old "program" of the bi-partisans. , Before going further into the $40,00,0,000 of proposed bonded in debtedness and some other trim mings >proposed by the bipartisans and their satellites and stool-pigeons let us take -a good, square look at -both "programs." If you doubt there is a "biparti san progi;am," read the speeches. such as they are, of Joe Dixon., re publican, hIis appeal to "good demo crats," and "good republicans," to vote for Dixon. Still we'may not forget that it was Joe Dixon, who was national, chair man of the Bull Moose party, a fun gus that grew and flourished for a time on the republican party that de feated Taft, republican, and gave the presidency to Woodrow Wilson, democrat. Read'also the rabid mouthings of Senator Myers, democrat, pleading for "the better element" to draw away from the over 35,000, who vot ed in the primaries for Wheeler, and his associates and vote for the re publican Joe Dixon, and his associates Galen and Story: Of course, one cannot' aspire to high political society in Montana un less his name and record are in Mon tana's political "blue book,"-that report of the United States senate committee that examined ' into the election to the United States senate, of W. A. Clark, by a Montana bi partisan legislature and in which it appears that Myers is higher classed socially than even E. C. Day, for that whereas Clack paid Day only $5,000 for his services in the house-; Myers signed with his initials an en velope that he saw and knew con tained $10,000, to be delivered to him when he merely voted for Clark. It is interesting to note in this con nection that just at this time the present bi-partisan state government of Montana, one democrat, the rest all republicans, is placing an ex pensive bronz memorial of that same W. A. Clark, in,the rotunda of the state capitol building-to be viewed with becoming reverence and with bats off by the rising generation and moistened with the tears of the old hi-partisan gang of the "blue book." Again, note the "good" democrats that organized themselves under the leadership of Senator Myers and E. C. Day and E. C. Day's partner in the parlor of the Placer hotel at Helena, and pledged themselves to Cox. for president and 'the entire republican state ticket. Pledged themselves to do their best to put Galen on the su preme bench carrying with him the stench of his conviction of debauch ing a jury in the federal court--a ,conviction :-affiarmeod by,, theq ederal court .of appeals-pledging them selves to give. equal support to Nel son Story, Jr., republican candidate for lieutenant-governor and William Holloway, for supreme judge-alike to the criminal and to the judge who concurred in the judgment, of the su preme court finding, that Story had been corrupt in his, office as county commissioner of Gallatin county, in taking to himself illegal fees and ousting him from the office of county commissioner. It is democrats, like Myers, E. C. Day, and their following, lining up behind A. J. Galen, Nelson Story, and Joe Dixon and their kind, that sym bolizes the "program" of the bi-parti san political machine in Montana. (Their "program" is to maintain this old order of plunder and political corruption at all hazards. Opposed to this is the Nonpartisan Farmer and Labor organization and their "program." Nowhere, no time, does Myers, or Dixon, nor any of that bunch dare discuss the economic re forms demanded in these Farmer Labor programs. Dixon yells the Nonpartisan pro gram will "Sovietize America." How ridiculous? Read them and see. That they "will change our foriu of government." Read them and see. That they spell "Red revolution." Read them and see. The Montana Constitution declares that the legislature shall provide for liberal homestead exemptions and the legislature has never obeyed that mandate. That constitution was adopted over 25 years ago and the Nonpartisans are now demanding that this provision be made effective. Rural credit banks operated at cost is typified in the National Farm Loan law. A state terminal elevator was pro vided in the, Stinmpert bill and en dorsed by a vote of the people of the state, and approved by a decision of the suplreme court. But that ele vator alone is of benefit only'to the Royal Milling Co., and will be of benefit to the people of the state only when a state owned flour mill is built alongside of it,, as demanded by the Nonpartisains.. State hail insurance is already a Montana statute. "Equal. taxation of mines, and I public service corporations, etc." Aye, there's the rub. That the mines'of the copper company should be taxed I like other property and money and .bonds.jaxed on the same basis as farm.nJands and household goods. TiW, ,IEASURES MUBMITTED. 2..THIE IPRIMARY LAWS. There" is the. referendum on the bill passed by that special session of the legislature, called 'by governoi Stewart, to aid the drought-stricken 'armers by repealing the primary law. That as its- twin passed at the regular session, we can pass up--. the bi-partisan politicians can get out of these but little gilt for their copper crowns. Those having no copper crowns to gild will vote "no" on both of these. THE STATE SCHOOL MEASURES. Initiated measures 18 and 19 touch the universit,. oiaonwhbt ire aotely to.be sure; bt enougl to pro (Continued on lage ,ive.)