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LABOR DAY CROWD LISTENS
TO TAX OUTRAGE STORY AND H. C. L. BY FORD-BUDDEN Immense Crowd Cheers Speakers As They Discuss Questions and Urge As the Only Remedy the oint Action of the Farmers and Organized Labor In Ousting Big Bis Servants. The Labor Day celebration in Great Falls was a big success and following a splendid parade in which scores of banners advocated the tripar con trol and operation of the railroads un der the Plumb plan, a great crowd gathered in Gibson park to listen to the addresses by Attorney General Ford of Helena and President Alf. Budden of the Cascade Trades and Labor Assembly, Harry Hudson, pre siding. Both addresses were fre quently punctuated with vociferous applause indicating hearty sympathy with the remarks of the speakers. The addresses were not of the spread eagle type. They were brief, earnest discussions of vital problems which the people of Montana are fac ing-evils which can only be corrected by concerted action by the people who work whether on the farm, in the mine, smelter, railroads or on the farm. It was plainly shown that the only hope was the presenting of a solid front by people who produce. The Tax Scandal. Attorney General Ford devoted his time to an exposition of the tax out rage perpetrated on the people of this state to the detriment of farmers and laborers and the ordinary business men, by the State Board of equaliza tion, Which, while assessing the prop erty of the farmers, wage earners and ordinary business men at full value, purposely permitted a few big cor porations of the state to escape with out paying a cent in taxes on property worth over $105,000,000. The most flagrant instance was shown in as sessing the property of the Montana Power Co. which, by their own sworn statement is worth over $80,000,000, but which the State Board assessed at only $80,000,000, or about one third of its value. Attorney general Ford went on down the line showing the favoritism shown all the the railroads, the fig ures he quoted being practically the same as the Montana Nonpartisan se cured as a result of the deliberations of the State Board of Equalization which will be found on the first page of this issue. Only One Remedy The Attorney General concluded with a statement to the effect that the only way the people could secure justice was to elect men to office who could not be dominated by the big in terests of the state, but who would serve all the people faithfully as pub lic servants are sworn to do-but do not. The H. C. of L. Remedy Mr. Budden spoke briefly. He made reference to the numerous investiga tions, probes, promises of investiga tions, and even to possible investiga tions in Montana relative to the High Cost of Living, but noted that real re lief had failed to arrive. He also predicted that relief would continue to be a thing only to be talked, dreamed and wrote about as far as investigations and alleged pres ecution of profitieers and hoarders was concerned. He contended that there was but one remedy and that was FOR THE MAN WHO PRODUCED TO RE CEIVE A GREATER PORTION OF THE WEALTH HE PRODUCED, whether he was raising wheat, fruit, potatoes, making over-aIls, producing coal or working on a railroad or in a smelter or building a house. The worker, he said, must secure a bigger proportion of what he pro duces and the man who does not pro duce, but lives off the sweat of others must be eliminated-there must be no such animal as the profiteer. The great crowd was in close sym pathy with the speakers and evidenced a readiness to get into action political ly to eliminate the domination of the professional politician who serves the vested interests, devoting all his time to protecting capital while the people have to shift for themselves and exist on the crumbs. AN OPEN LETTER (Continued from Page 1) short life for your Loyalty league. You had better come in, the water is fine; be with the people once. Of course, there may not be quite as much money in it for you, as there is this way, but it will be honest money. Why All This Fear? The real matter with you people is, in my mind, that you know the com mon people have learned what they want and how to get it, and that is by organizing. That is what every other class has done, if you want to call it class. You always have said, "Oh, well, the FARIMERS NEVER WILL STICK TOGECTHER." Then why are you so afraid they are going to get away with anything? And you seem to be so afraid there are going to be such rotten laws! Well, if we get strong enough to make laws and find they are not just what we want, they tell me that we can amend them, ha, ha! I am told that laws are amended and some repealed right now, in the year of our Lord, 1919! Seiame Gang That Persecuted Lincoln You put me in mind of a lot of lit tle kindergarten kiddies. Do you re member, years ago, when our dear old Lincoln was put up for president, that there were some who wanted to ride him on a rail, and that today his rame and picture is in every home in the union, as one of our very dear est presidents in the good old U. S. A? They did take his life after all the good work he had done. And there are several today who would take the life of A. C. Townley, if they were not afraid to do it--if they could get some poor fool to do it for them. But don't worry about us poor fool S farmers, we are going to stay by the good old National Nonpartis d an League, and don't you forget it. After the next election in .1 November, 1020, your lips will hang down as bad as they did in North Dakota, Amen. A Farewell Shot I would have rent your dirty panm s phlet back, as I lave done before, but y that would only save you stamps or .,nother book to send to some honest e farmer and I don't want to be guilty of helping your Loyalty league. Yours for disappointment. I remain, as ever, a Nonpartisan. H. J. FOOTE. FARMERS WIN SUIT AGAINST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GAMBLERS Speaker Belden of the Lower House of the Montana Legsla-. ture was one of the attorneys defending the Minneapolis gam blers. An interesting case was tried in the District Court of Missoula County, re cently, involving the right of a com mission firm in Minneapolis to com 1 pel the payment of a note given by a 1 farmers elevator company to such commission firm. I It appears that in October, 1919, the t Reservation Farmers' Grain Company - of Ravalli, Missoula County Montana, a made, executed and delivered its promissory note to Benson-Stabeck I Company, a commission firm of Min 1 neapolis, for the purpose of being used as colatteral security to the ac count between the Grain Company and the commission company. In the spring of 1917, the commis sion company brought suit against the Reservation Farmers' Grain Com pany and several indorsers upon the Snote, to enforce its payment, in the district court of Missoula County. ° The defense set up by the farmers' company and the indorsera was that if they were indebted to the commis e sion company, that such indebtedness was created solely through gambling transactions on the Board of Trade of - Minneapolis and were, therefore, il h legal and void, and that by reason thereof, the note was without consid eration. l The case was tried in the District e Court at Missoula upon that defense a and after a trial lasting some eight days before Judge Lentz and a jury a and the question having been submit ted to the jury, a verdict was re t turned in favor of all the defendants. It was a great victory for the far mers in that community and has opened the people's eyes to the abus es of the gambling feature of the Minneapolis markets. The commission firm of Minneapol is was represented by Messrs. Mul e roney & Mulroney and A. N. Whit .lock and O. W. Belden, speaker of the House of Representatives in the a Montana Legislature., from Lewis o town. The defendants were represented Sby Madeen & Russell, John P. Swee Sof the firm of Madeen & Russel - and William Wayne, all of Missoula. e Mr. Russell, of the firm of Madeen e & Russell, was formerly from Super e ior, Wisconsin, and for a number of e years prior to coming to Montana in 1915, conducted a number of cases against the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce involving gambling trans WHO IS EXTRAVAGANT St' -.V-. /TF ING SPOSE FOa THE unR-NOT T Ct H.!.OF . 7/0/. .OMNMT 4N 0 'I MR.GOTROX- SURE TIIING.THE 'lORUIN CLASS IS TOO EXTRAV(GANT -THE F' S. '" COST OF NIGH LIVING 15 RESPONSIBLE FOR RLL THE UNREST-NOT THE H.C.OF L. It is just such fat, over-fed and under-worked moral lepers as the Butte Bulletin cartoonist pictures above who are eternally harping about the "extravagance" of the farmer and laborer. "They spend too much money foolishly" is a remark often heard where the present unrest is being discussed by a group of well groomed, sleek-faced real gentlemen(?). And yet any one of these smug lordlings spend more every week, than a whole township of farmers or a block of laborers in any city, all put together, spend in a year-and in some cases in a life-time. "High living" indeed, the question with many of the workers presented every day is how they are going to live at all. actions and at one time wa seia counsel for the Minnesota Legisla ture in the investigation of the Min neapolis Chamber of Commerce along the lines involved in the law-suit. JUDGE DEAN A sketch of the man who presided at the recent trial of A. C. Townley. Judge Dean has also presided at a 'number of anti-farmer meetings and made speeches against the League. Recently he gave a "buttermilk" party at Jackson, inviting his pets who hate farmers and laborers, and was presented by them with a beauti ful diamond pin. His work as presid ing judge in the Townley trial won recognition among his friends and also made him more or less notorious in various parts of the United States. REFUSAL OF SOLONS TO AID FARMERS TO BRING HOUSECLEANING Farmer Says Special Session An ties Will Serve To Rouse Farm ers To Action. League Victory In 1020. Mink, Mont., Aug. 22, 1919 Editor Montana Nonpartisan, Since 1917 I have been a member of the Nonpartison league. The Mon tana Nonpartisan has been coming regularly to me. I have watched with interest our contest to secure legis lation to help the common people free themselves from the lethargy that has bound them so securely in Montana. Hoped For Relief. When the special session of our State legislature convened recently, I had hoped that our drought condi tions would be considered and that State aid to those in need would be granted, but our hopes and confidence ,were brushed aside. Our cry. for " help at this particular time was un I heeded. Our demand as a people concerning the Primary was ignored. Our one ray of hope has faded away " in the gloom of dark and direful con ditions that threaten to destroy what we have labored to acquire. Needs Fixing Politically. Montana as a tract of land is all right, but as a political divi sion of our nation, it needs fix ing. These drought conditions will change to an abundance of mois ture, and we will get back on our feet agriculturally, but so long as we stand by and permit class legislation, just that long will we be paying tithes to those who have no just claim to a portion of our earnings. Will Awaken People In my opinion the last session of our legislature will prove to be of great value to Montana because those of us who remained in the background peacefully watching and waiting, will awaken with a fighting spirit, and become active for the establishment of a state law-making body that will eventually transform class legislation into just legislation for all. Sees Victory In 1920. Montana will go Nonpartisan in 1920. We farmers and stockmen can't stand the actions of the present en cumbrances longer. We'll come out of it all, if we can stay. Yours truly, CAUSTIC ARRAIGNMENT OF THOSE WHO DESERT FARMERS IN DISTRESS Tragedies Predioted This Winter On Lonely Farms Where Many Are Penniless and Miles from Supplies. Van, Mont., Aug. 30, 1919 Editor, Montana Nonpartisan. As a member of the League, I take the liberty of expressing my opinion in regard to the drought situation. It 'is not necessary to discuss the rotten deal that was given us at Helena. We know what the extra session was called for, we know the main point at issue, that of the relief of the pres ent agricultural depression a condi tion that none but God alone could have foreseen. The farmers have striven nobly to feed the people, they have borrowed money at 12 per cent to buy liberty bonds and yet they are without appreciation in their own country. The gaunt spectre of starvation and want stalks abroad. Will the ones who have denied relief, meet the farmer when he has no fire and his children I cry for bread and his stock lows for provendor? When the rigid carcasses of horses and cattle and perhaps hu man beings, lie frozen, stark and stiff on the bleak prairies? I am not I guessing impossibilities. I have been 33 years in this state and I know what may come. I have seen snow so deep right in the drought zone, that no man could travel any distance and in con nection with that 40 below zero for seven or eight days in succession. Many of those farmers are 25 miles from any source of supplies. My ear nest advice to them is to leave before it is too late that they and their fami lies may be safe from what is now staring us all in the face, viz., star vation and death from exposure. It is not a subject that can be lightly spok en of. The vicious propaganda that farmers can live in comparative com fort if they but get work is as far from the truth as the poles are apart, as far from the truth as the rotten . mass of legislation that we have been inflated with in the recent pow-wow at Helena. Yours for better service, J. A. V. B. GOOD WINTER JOB FOR MAN AND WIFE. Editor Montana Nonpartisan. I understand from our last pa per that there are Montana dry farmers who may go out and work s during the winter. I can give steady work to a good man and wife. Dairy work and general r farm work, three in family and no children. Will pay from $75 to $100 and board, according to their ability and willingness to work. Yours truly. SJohn L Norris. Phillipsburg, Mont., Aug. 26, 1919 THANKS CAMPBELL (Conutinued from Page 1) tained in its contorted partial quotations of sections of the laws, are the worst kind of lies. Keep up this good work for the Nonpartisan League, Mr. Camp bell; it shows to what dire ex tremities the tool of the so-called "Loyalty League" of Montana is driven. Yours truly, W. W. Cadle. P. S. Will A. Cambpbell? Yes A. Campbell will descend to any depth of immoral lying to extract a few more dollars from decom posing business interests the stench of which already arises to high Heavens. W. W. C. Wants All Road Work Done By Day Labor Three Forks, Mont., Aug. 25, 1919 Editor Montana Nonpartisan. I want to make a suggestion to the Fergus County farmers and to every body who works and lives in the state and especially to the taxpayers, no matter what may be their occupation as long as they work. I would like to suggest to the workers, if they would get together right now and stop the contract proposition and make both the counties and state have the work. done by day labor, $5.00 for eight hours, single hand and $8.00 for men with two horses and not allow any body on the job to have more horses than they can drive themselves. Everyboy could buy horses if they wished to work with horses and so that would give everybody a chance to make the same amount of money. I would like to suggest not to hire men to boss the job and pay them from $500.00 to $5000.00 a month, IIIlIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIllIIIIIIIIIIIIIhIlH When in town et at the NEW MODEL I CAPE TABLES FOR LADIER SBRIJ.AIAT 200 UP I DINNER 36e UP J. D. SELBY Prop. Cor. First Ave. S. and Third St. IIIIIlHlIIIIIIIIHIIIIIEIHIlIIIII[1111 'WHY NOT ask your dealer to handle FARGO BRAND Hams, Bacon, Sausage and Lard Our products compare with the highest standards on the market. EQUITY CO-OPERATIVE PACKING CO. WEST FARGO, N. 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Complies It has prOve, it e~l· thtenttlooko e.r with pure food laws. Price 'of full smte pric otl `, e t1und treatment, $2.75. Our book "A' tells stan. I do not wan your monq maee a.perfrerly ultned io send It i.st et why you should NOT use tobacco or fat wr aser ter mles tn w mt isq. snuff. It is FREE, FREE. Send right a h. ffere Pas o "rieer Daa'ý ei . now. Cut this advertisement out. Address. Mtark H. Jackson, No. 674F Gurney Bldg.. Syracuse, ::. Y. INLAND CHEMICAL CO. . a g k .s.. .r.paa aa soy BISMARCK, N. D. went true. DROUTH GET=YOU? I You cannot stay unless help comes. Help yourself and your organization. by Organizing in Other States = The League needs you and you need the League. If you can or must get away write Box 495, St Paul, j Minn, for particulars. S IINHHMIMmIIIItIIIIII MIIHMIIIIfIIIflIIMHHIUNlmIIIHJHINIIIIlmNMII NMM iiIu which is not necessary and I believe a man should be paid what is right for his work, but I do not believe in aying one who does all the work 00 and the one who bosses the job 25.00 or $50.00 as has always been done, hnd they will do this right along if we will allow them to have their own way. Yours very trulD. Cured His Rupture I was badly ruptured while lifting a trunk several years ago. Doctors said my only hope of cure was an op eration. Trusses did me no good. Fi nally I got hold of something that quickly and completely cured me. years have been passed and the rup ture has never returned, although I am doing hard work as a carpenter. There was no operation, no lost time, no trouble. I have nothing to sell, but will give full information about how you may find a complete cure without operation, if you write to me, Eugene M. Pullen, Carpenter, 702 F Marcellus Avenue, Manasquan, N. J. 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