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Official Publicajtion oi the National Nonpartisan League in the State of Montana
THE MONTANA NONPARTISAN VOLUME 3 GREAT FALLS, MONTANA, SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 1919 NUMBER 10 N. West Millers Control State ____ (Set People's Will at Naught ... . .. -. ., . ... . .. . . . . . HIGH COST OF LIVING PRObL PLOT TO ELIMINATE SMALL Ib,.. LOWER PRICE GRAIN AND LABOR Booth's Bill Mere Blind The high cost of living probe has petered out. It was in fact 1 what we charged it with being, nothing but an attempt on the part of the Copper Crowd to ac- l complish several rather unpleas- 1 ant things. Senator Booth's bill would show this to any one who cared to investigate for it was drawn and designed to afflict the small man with the continual lia bility of going out of business or breaking the law. The Investigation Committee The investigation committee went up and down the state gath ering the evidence, and a good deal of valuable matter they got 1 together, most of which will be I smothered, it seems, but still enough survives to show that the profiteers were gouging the pub lic to the limit. This part of the work was good, but the real de 'sign was quite different than what appears on the surface. The Price of Wheat; It is well known that the sale price of goods rests at bottom upon the cost of production and it was known to the investigators or at least to the instigators, that this also applies to labor. The farmers were demanding that the government fixed price upon wheat should remain until after next harvest, and this did not meet with the approval of the millers, just as the present price of wages galls the big employers throughout the state. Now it was planned that if a few reductions in various articles such as gaso line, which is extensively used by farmers could be accomplished, an excuse would be manufactured to make an attack upon the price of wheat, and a demand would be started that it come down, be cause the price of raw materials in the production of grain were reduced. Then as to Labor. Labor, of course, would meet the same fate. Reduce the price of butter even, or let the hens re spond to their age-old habit of laying plenty when it does not cost much to feed them, and the employers are out with the cry that the cost of living is going down, therefore so must wages. Senator Booth's bill was design ed to that end, an& many people fell for it, some going so far as to wire the senator their congrat ulations. His friends were not so jubilent, hords of petty merchants Business men of Great Falls and vicinity have been greatly stirred over the action of their represen tatives at Helena in voting against the mill-elevator. This construc tion work would have meant nearly a million dollars spent in wages and construction and at this time when business is slack would have been a god-send to them. This should wake them up to the rea lmeaning of the various or ganizations to which they sub scribed so generously and let us hope that that will learn a les son bought is such a costly man ner. It is said that they subscrib ed $20,000 to the campaign funds of the Loyalty League and cer tainly they fought most bitterly to defeat the Nonpartisan League nominees at the last election, who's election would have meant so much to the industry of Great Falls. descended upon Helena and we had the misfortune to hear one of them declare in a heated manner, so that most of the people in the lobby could understand that "he hoped Booth would choke with his bill." Small Business. It was a sad day for the small merchant who had spent his mon ey to defeat the Nonpartisan lea gue, because he feared that it would take his business away from him, when he realized that this was just the design hidden behind the Booth bill, so far as he was concerned. He could stand the reduction on the price of wheat, or did he mind the beat down of wages, he rather liked both, but when it came to putting him out of business, his cup of misery was full. Hard on the Business Man. This was gust what would have happened. Those who instigated the move were thinking of Big Biz and they knew that great in stitutions could do business on a comparatively small margin of profit, where the small man could not. The fine for breaking the law was $300 or a month's suspen sion from business. How many times the small man, compelled to sell at a higher rate than Big Biz, could stand such a course of treat ment only he knows. But then he works hard against the League so must expect such treatment from those whose pawn he is. _AA_ - Healthy Sort Anywhere Healthy Sport Anywhere Home Protective Association Latest Device to Fight League Look out for him. He wears a beaver hat and a fur-lined coat. He is a tall man with a good presence. He goes about selling admis sion to the "Home Protective Association," which is another name for the Montana Loyalty League, the National Security League, and other organizations of a like stripe. i He charges 15 dollars admission; and you get several acres of lit erature mostly devoted to romantic and untruthful accounts of Rus sia. He visits merchants in the small towns and tells them a tale of terror about the Nonpartisan League and what it did in North Da kota. S t r -.......Some merchants have donated their 15 dollars to this person's or- a ganisation, and if they get no more out of it than the deal handed the t merchants of Great Falls and the state by way of the elevator and mill bills and the Hight Cost of Living Bill, we wish they joy of it. It must be a great life to be forever digging up to some bunch a who peddle bugaboos to extract coin from credulous persons. i 1 Of course the organisation'"protects no homes," save perhaps those of its manipulators. - But~ t does that matter? Its against I the Nonpartisan League, so pay lp gentlemen, for the A. C. M. is out to destroy the Nonpartisans and you must foot the bill. The A. C.. .I will not succeed, the Home Protective Association will land where 1 other affairs of that stripe have finished ,and progress will go on. Look out for a gentleman in a beaver hat and fur-lined coat. He is hooking suckers. ELEVATOR DEAL STARTS ROW MILLING TRUST GAINS CONTROL PRACTICALLY KILL BOTH BILLS Nearly $1,000,000 Lost in Great Fails The closing hours of the Leg islature left the Mill Bill in doubt but rumor has it that the govern or has it before him, for signature and is being deluged with tele grams asking that he do not sign it. The whole Milling Trust is working on the job and the small merchants and business men who so confidingly contributed to the expenses of fighting the Nonpar tisan League are beginning to realise that they have been used as mere pawns in a game of which they are not the benefactors. The Mill bill, it will be remem bered, was introduced by the Lea gue in order to make the State Elevator a paying proposition and to avoid having the elevator stand as a monument to the "in i efficiency" of management by the state. Needless to say the Mill ing interests who are forever fighting any move which will benefit the people exerted every pressure possible to kill both propositions. Their agents camp It ed at Helena and eracked- the it whip over the heads of the dele L gation from Great Falls, and al e though the building of such a pro position as a mill-elevator would have in itself meant a great in crease in the business of the city, as well as the circulation of much cash incidental to the construc * tion, totalling in all nearly a mil lion dollars, they voted against it almost to a man. The elevator bill was in the na ture of a referendum calling for the sale of $250,000 dollars worth of bonds, which have already been floated and it was therefore almost impossible for the politici ans to refuse point blank to pro ceed with the business of mak ing arrangements for the erec tion, but after a bitter struggle a joker was inserted in the bill, by the creation of a board of man agers who shall proceed with the project in 60 days IF they have evolved a workable plan for the successful operation of the eleva tor. The managers are to receive a salary of $10 per day until they have worked the thing out. By this plan the erection of the eleva tor may be postponed forever if the powers that be are prepared to go so far. The storm already stirred up may however, compel them to find a "workable plan." The Mill Deal. This they have tried to guard against by arranging the man agement of the mill-should they decide to build it-on a political basis and as a separat -affair - from the elevator which is to be conducted by farmers and the bonds floated upon the agricul I tural lands of the state while the mill is to be managed by political pull and is to be directly classi fied as taxable property of the - state. The League is alive to this how ever, and will not lay down until the complete mill-elevator is erected at Great Falls and wher ever else such an institution is needed in the state. The milling trust has shown great power, but the farmers and wage workers have a greater, and it is being or ganized rapidly for the conquests of the houses of legislature in 1920. McKAY OUSTER FALLS DOWN Amongst the futile and child ish things done at a session where such activities were the normal order of the day, perhaps the persecution of Senator Mc Kay stands out in bold promi nonce. McKay earned the hatred of the gang by his unflinching at tacks upon the exploiters and they banded themselves together to vote against everything he in troduced; good, bad and indiffer ent, on general principals. The senator out-generaled them sever al times, in one case calling upon them to appoint a committee to have a United States flag hung in the senate chamber as at the time there was not one there. They did not vote against his proposal that time. The worst deal they tried to hand him however, was calling for an investigation into this war record, so that they might find something upon which to pin an excuse for his expulsion from the senate. The investigation committee found what everybody knew already, that the charges brought against the senator were unfounded, as all such political "Disloyal" allegations are. The instigators of the charge, accom plished nothing beyond raising McKay in the estimation of the public and lowering themselves.