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Official Publication oi the National Nonpartisan League in the State of Montana
THE MONTANA NONPARTISAN VOLUME 3 ,, O GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, .ATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 1119 NUMBER Z LG U EERS "STICK'" .PITE OF COPPER CROWD'S GANG LEAGUE DELEGATION FORGE AHEAD LEAGUE'S WAY I RATTLES GANG Kept Pre Sets Up Feariul Howl. The Helena Independent and its followers in the newspaper world have made a terrible howl about the alleged failure of the Laegue delegation to stick to- 1 gether. They have devoted headlines and captions galore to the circumstances surrounding the League nightly caucuses. They have been abusive to the point of libel and nothing seems to be too coarse or too rank for them to attempt to foist upon the reading public. League members and friends know of course that this is noth ing but the howl of a disappoint ed enemy. The very fact that so much noise is made about the al leged splitting of the League simply conveys to the mind of the reader that the gang press are making the wish, the father of the thought. If they only could split the League delegation up into powerless individual units how they would rejoice, if the League caucus was a failure how they would dance in glee, but the facts are that the League is ful filling its purpose and its legis lative delegation working togeth er in splendid style. er In splendid style. Gang Press Says Un-American The discipline and order that pre vails amongst the Leaguers is the worst pill the old gang have to swal low and that the nightly meetings, open and above board for the discus sion of legislation are a splendid suc cess has pretty nearly reduced Big Biz to prostration. Here is an of fice where men and women, farmers and labor men meet with such of the interested citizens as are present to go over the needs and desires of the public. Un-American yell the Cop per Crowd, where do we come in? This altogether wrong it's not done that way. Secret Diplomacy Shot to Pieces. What worries the Copper Crew is that instead of getting together be- I hind closed doors and plotting some thing which shall fasten the shackles of exploitation on the people tighter than before, the Leaguers gather in the open and go over what they in tend to do. The copper politician knows from experience that publicity is the last thing the rulers of this state desire. That in the white light of public scrutiny it is impossible to pull off any of the skulduggery for which they are famous, so they af fect to scorn the Rubes who are act ing in daylight and instruct their press to turn on the most turgid line of abuse possible in order to discredit these newcomers who insist upon dis cussing in the open. League's Open Forum. That any set of legislators should be so lost to the rules governing poli tics heretofore, as to invite all and sundry to confer with them and hold an open forum for the discussion of popular measures has almost brok en the hearts of the Copper steerers' It is an outrage upon the perogative of the Gang and they are full of gall. An Open Forum to bring before the public the meaning of legislation be fore it is passed or introduced into the house or senate does not go with the Old Gang at all. The Way the Gang Do It Frightened out of their wits at this new thing they are busy trying to head it off so they have cooked up something of which even a child in politics would be ashamed and which is nothing but a standing Insult to the people at large and the farmers In particular. They now hold "meet ings" in the the lobby of the Placer for all those who are "interested in farm legislation," but when any real farmer attempts to get into these precious affairs they are rather im politely refused admission. A case in point came to light the other day when a well known farm er who is not an elected member of the house or senate but is nevertheless vitally interested in the affairs of the state as are all citizens, attempted to get entrance to one of these gang meetings he was told to beat it. The man was sore all through and with good reason. However, that's how the gang are working and it behooves all Farmers and Wage Workers to rally around the League delegation who are conducting their affairs in the open, above board and with the clear knowledge that they have noth ing to hide. PRETTY SCANDAL BEING PROBED I Put on Your Gas Mask Press dispatches carry the infor mation that a pretty scandal is devel oping around the contested election of some of the Butte delegation. The Republican central committee having found that an honest man can not apparently be discovered within their own fold, have engaged the ser vices of Wellington Rankin who will present the case for the Republicans and it is whispered that the revela tions will even outdo anything of the kind that has ever been ventilated in this corruption ridden state. It seems that there is a great deal of evidence to show that those cham pion election manipulators who are known to exist in Butte, and whose ac tivities have in the past nauseated even the heelers, have outdone them selves. Wholesale charges of fraud and deliberate stealing of ballots are being made and with good reason ap parently. The Nonpartisans and Labor men of the state who have suffered for years under this form of brigandage, of course, are not surprised for it has been so open and flagrant in the past that they are pretty well used to it, but in this case it is not a Socialist administration of Butte from whom the election has been stolen, but from real honest-to-goodness, dyed-in-the wool Republicans, hence the noise. Those in the know assert that Doc Lanstrum is properly outraged by the manner in which oodles of votes were e. stolen from Miss Rankin and feels oe that something ought to be done 1- about it. The doctor ,of course, is s, not loosing any sleep about the Lady a- from Montana but is pretty sore him e- self and is out with his hatchet for Lg the bunch who were so clumsy as to - pull the deal and not get away with rs it. ie Progressives all over the state how eo ver, feel a little encouraged by the Ie development and are expecting a rev. 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This promise did not lay as the gang press said in what was foreshadowed by the governor's speech, but in the fact that the Nonpartisan league del egation were present for the first time in the history of this state. The governor's speech tinged as it was with pompos phrases and half hidden threats showed plainly the apprehension and ner vousness with which the Copper crowd are filled and indeed there is every reason for their feeling for the presence of sixteen far mer-labor members pledged and determined to make good their pledge to the League member ship, brings no comfort to the mind of the professional politi clian. The gang press also has de voted a large portion of its space and a great deal of black-faced type in an endeavor to persuade the general public that the Lea gue delegation went to pieces the first day of the session and that it exists no more. It does not matter that these stories are ab bolutely false, they merely show the desperate straits which the copper crowd find themselves in, and it must give them a great deal of pain to realize that in spite of all their treacherous ink spilling, the League caucus is held every night in a proper busi ness like manner with minutes kept by the recording secretary and open to the suggestions and discussion from all who are in terested. Introducing Bills. The governor's speech foreshadows a good deal of legislation which the Copper -crowd hope to get through and against which a good deal of op position is expected. He for in stance, told the legislature in so many words that county divisions by legis lative enactment would not be tol erated. He further stated that po lice force should be enlarged and em powered to do all sorts of things the Copper company desire and under the spacious excuse of combating an archy recommended legislation for the purpose of destroying the princi pal weapon of organized labor in strike periods. The response to this demand was so sudden that it is said, notoriety hunters fairly swarmed around the door of the committee room in order to be first to present this bill. The welcome task (from a poli tician's point of view) fell to Wash ington J. McCormick of Missolula, who gave notice of introducing a bill which would even make, if the origi nal draft is not modified, the wear ing of the "We'll Stick" Button a criminal offense punishable by one year in the penitentiary. Gang After Supreme Court. Since the election of Chas. H. Coop er to the supreme court, the Copper crowd have felt that they were not likely to receive any favors in that direction and that cases coming be fore the chief tribunal would be ad Judged on the merit involved and not with an eye to pleasing the sixth floor of the Hennessy Building. They now therefore give notice of the in troduction of a bill intended to en large the supreme court by two, hop ing thereby it is suspected to upset the present status by electing some one more favorable to Copper than to the administration of justice. Memorial Introduced. The house ,nd senate both voiced their sorrow 1ir the sudden demise of Colonel Roosevelt by adjourning for the day and by the introduction of resolutions and memorials comment ing on the same. The women mem bers also gave notice of introducing memorials to the United States Con gress supporting the woman's suf frage amendment while someone from Butte put forward the idea of the freedom of Ireland, at which the house laughed. The League Delegation., The moment that the League delegation appeared at'. Helena, the gang press began its campaign of abuse and villification. It en deavored to create the impression that the League had failed. It pictured D. C. Dorman as a ring master cracking a whip and holding a hoop and whose vic tims refused to jump through. It seized upon the death of Col onel Roosevelt and did not scru pile to use the fact of his de mise to further their end. The Helena Independent print ed in full his Billings speech in which the unfortunate man weak ened and nearing at his end, turned spitefully upon the Organi zation which would not do his bidding or promise him its sup port for president and abused it like a fishwife. It conjured up from the foul imagination of the Associated Press distorters of current events, the most vicious inventions they have so far pro duced about the Russian situa tion and published them side by side with the most infamous lib els about the League. The Lobbyist. Or were they less inactive in and around the lobbies of the house or the hotels. Their agents were everywhere, weasel-faced and soft-tongued, cajoling, flat tering, lying, backstabbing, abus ing, . complimenting offerang bribes, threats or rewards as the occasion served, or the principal in question appeared to need. So keenly do they realize the threat to continued copper rule which lies in the eighteen good men and true who make up the League delegation and so much are they concerned to annul the very evident power which these eighteen wield, that they have en deavored to form a rival group whose business shall be to be fool the electorate and confuse the issue by introducing fake bills about the time and under the same title as the genuine Lea gue bills. This new formation dominated as it is by rival poli ticians need not alarm anybody, but since it is to be used by the gang press for the purpose of be clouding what is going on at Hel ena, the League members would be well advised to form no con clusions until the Nonpartisan reaches them. The League Headquarters. The League management have opened offices in the Pittsburg block in Helena where the League dele gation meet nightly for the discus sion of all bills to be presented to the legislature and after a thorough going over of whatever matter is be fore the meeting, action is taken only by a majority vote. These meet in which the general public partici i nwhich the general public partici pate and where many valuable sug gestions and ideas are put forward. It is this open establishing of Demo cracy in a department of public buai ness previously looked upon as the individual concern of some Copper at torney, which shocks and horrifies the gang press and which they call un-American and unpatriotic. How ever the Leaguers have shown them selves to be adamant to either the blandishments, the threats or the abuse of the opposition and are now busy formulating the legislation which shall, if passed through the house and senate translate the Lea gue program into reality. Bills to Be Presented. Among the measures which the League will father or assist in pass ing are the following: A real herd law; an election act making it pos sible for candidates to be nominated without enduring the misery and ex pense of such a primary and general election. A mine license tax. A bill providing for the appointment of a manager of the state elevator of Mon tana and providing for the expendi ture of money appropriated by law for the building of the elevator. An act for amendments to the constitu tion of Montana exempting farm im provements from taxation. A com pensation act with generous pay ments to injured people and cover ing vocational diseases. A Hail in surance act with proper provisions for a fund to sustain it. A bill calling for a constitutional convention and a fortnightly wage bill which the rail way workers are introducing.