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Feeling Running High Thai
TowJileyism in Burleigh
.Will be Defeated
Anti-Townleyites in Burleigh coun
ty are confident that with the organ
ization started here Tuesday with the
formation of the Burleigh County An
ti-Townley club, all candidates on the
Nonpartisan ticket will ibe snowed un,
der at the November election. Htera
tofore the county has returned a ma­
jority in favor, of th*p league.
With the election of H. P. God
dard as general chairman of the club
the voters feel they have the man
who will guide, them out of the wil­
derness. Mr. Gpddard is considered
•the foremost organizer and director
of efforts in this part of the state,
his reputation have been greatly en­
hanced by the splendid manner in
which he. directed the successful
Liberty loan campaigns in Burleigh
The Burleigh' County Aitfi-Townley
clulb nominated a complete county
ticket, with the exception Vf sheriff
and clerk of court, generally con
ceded to be composed of the strongest
possible material. Since the result
of the convention and prganization
of the club have become known re­
publicans, democrat's, I, V. A.'s ant
in fact eVery faction opposed to the
league have expressed their satisfac­
tion at tfcp ticket named and the plain
of action outlined.
The stand of Rolin Welch and Char­
les Fisher, candidates for sheriff and
clerk of court respectively on the
Nonpartisan league ticket, in refus­
ing to appear before the anti-Townley
convention and repudiate the league
indorsement is generally deplored
Theseoffjcials claim that because
they refused to appear, before the
League copventionthey could pot ap­
pear (before the anti-league .conven
tion. Because of this attitude, the
anti-Townley convention -refused
endorse eithe^ Welch or Fisher.
Mr.,fjoddard. the general chairman
of the A^i-Townley dub, a!nd. thje
other members, of the committee
named to select iheLoflic^
ous coinftfyee cbairthe'n ofthe cltib'
are at wdr$ on thti mitter^and
,1 1
.j: 'l
Organization to Combat Nonpar
tisan Ticket Being Welded
^/y Togethei
pect to announce' their selections in
a few days,
They Will Dcdde If "Gct-Rich
Quick" Qfan Must Stand
N. E. A. Staff Correspondents
New York. April 9.—The fate of
William H. Moffit, "gfet rich quick''
real estate operator, rests with ihe
men ond women who were left "hold
iug the bag" when that dapper gentle
man suddenly left the city.
This arrangement .probable one of
the most Surprising in the annals of
"Justice, ihas 'been announced by As­
sistant District .Attorney Theodore L.
Moflit's creditors will be
asked to.meet in some hall and
listen to all address by the man
who got their money and who
was brought back here from
California.^ Then they 'will vote
whether or not to permit Moffit
to return to San Jose, Cal., and
endeavor by legitimate means to
earn money enough to make good
the losses his creditor?) suffered.
If the latter vote "thumbs down"
there is an indictment for fraud wait­
ing for the "get rictf quick" expert.
If the creditors are in a relenting
mood the indictment will be shelved
and Mofflt will get the1permission of
the court to leave the state. Under
the* terms 'of the f5,M0 bond which
"admitted 'Mtofllt to bail he may not
now leave the state.'
Moffit in 191-8 was one of the
best known men in thfe New York
realty market and was commonly I
thought a millionaire.' He dealt ex­
tensively in suburban property. His
.downfall came when he sold lots
without payment of a blanket mort­
gage which covered the 'tract on
which they were situated.
It is sought that some TOO persons
will be sufficiently interested in iMOf
fit's fate to attend the meeting th^t
is beihg arranged.
Meanwhile Moffit himself is betray­
ing no uneasiness a'bout his fate.
When h$' was brought back to this
city he refused to have anything to do
with, his wife or children.
C. P.
Examination for the certified public
account degree will be held at the
University of LXorth Dakota May ,4.
5 and 6, it was announced here today.
The examination has been arranged
•by Dr. E. T. Towne, of. the depart­
ment of political science at the Tuni
versity, who is president of the state
board of accountants. The examina­
tion was announced to meet the de
I inand of graduates of courses prepar­
ing for this degree.
•i m&cw-
Bedspread Rope
Fatal to Guest
Escaping from Fire
Grand Porks. April 9.—F. J. S(tpn»
berry. Minneapolios, Minn., was killeav
shortly after 4 o'clock this morning
Wh'env he attempted to escape fronl a
room on the thirdifioor of a hotel dur­
ing a small basement fire. Bedqheetu.
which he bad roped together and lied
.ct the window, broke tender the weight
of his body and hj# plunged three
stories down striking head first on a£
iron grating.
The fire was confined to a siiiull
storage room in the basement. The
electric light meters in this room wore
quickly burned out plunging the hotel
'hto darkness which made it difficult
for people to get out. There were no
signs'of & panic, however
Democrats and Republican^ Will
Select Tickets to Oppose.
Committee of Twenty-one Gath­
ers at Fargo to Outline
Fargo, N. D., April-9.—Republican
and democratic conferences to "nomi­
nate candidates for the state primary
election. June 30 will be held in Mino."
on May 12 and 13 in accordance, with
the recommendations of the "commit­
tee of twenty-one" comprising seven
republicans, seven democrats anu
seven representatives of the Inde­
pendent Voters' association wjiich
met in Fargo' yesterday afternoon and
evening an4 concluded its labors
shortly after 1 o'clock this morning.
The conference of the major politi­
cal parties will be restricted to party
men' opposed
the Nonpartisan
Harmonious action in alL legisia
tive districts to the end that all anti
league voters may unite on a single
ticket of legislative candidates bit
posed to the league candidates is
urged by the committee of tweiu
JR'. A. Nest6s it' tyUoot, and Atvu
^ey General William Langer liave ui
peady announced that they will abi^ue
by the- deeisioa 'pf this. anti-Townle:
convention Just what position Jofv
Steen will take is not publicly knowi
but from friends of Steen it is under'
stood that, he will take similar action
Announcement of the anti-Towniey
convention probably precludes tne
holding of any Independent Voters'
association mass meeting to select a
state ticket, but that, that association
as well as the Citizens Economy
league are co-operating with hoia
parties to down Towleyiam in the No­
vember election.
Various counties have held anti
Towley conventions and elected dele­
gates to the state convention, which
will be held at Minot next month.
The delegates from Burleigh county
have been instructed to work for the
nomination of Langer for governor
"to the best of their ability and judg­
Women Voters Plan
Bismarck Leagi^e
A 'League of Women Voters is un­
der consideration in Bismarck and
the preliminary meeting will be held
in the Commercial Club Rooms at
three o'clock Saturday, April 10.
Cali has been sent out to officers or
representatives of every organization
of women /in Bismarck for this pre­
liminary meeting, at 'which time, the
matter of a mass meeting will be
taken up. It is hoped that the mass
meeting can be called for' the date
upon which the regional oruinlzec
from Minneapolis, 'Miss Koba, will be
in the city to adress the meeting and
explain the object and advantages of
the League of Women Voters.
San Francisco, Cal., April 9.—Hoo­
ver is considered far from a "spell­
binder" by Californians who know him
well and he is expected to make a few
public appearances. His boom was
born in San Francisco as quietly and
with as little fireworks aB any in the
political history of the state.
A mass meeting was called with
slight preliminary arrangement. In
the meeting rooms were to be foynd
many Johnsonit'es. Political flip-flops
became fashionable.
The names of husbands were to be
found on the list of one candidate and
their wives on' another.
Hoover had a machine waiting for
him—in fact two machines were_wait­
ing for him, a Democratic and a Re­
publican. Until his announcement ol
Republican preference, hastened pre­
sumably the nearness of the pri­
maries, there were reasons to believe
that either party might get him.
Vublican supporters had- however,
gone aggressively along with the for­
mation of an organization and with
the intention of pointing the way to
the rest tf their party members.
In case he should fail to get the Re­
publican nomination in this state
,.'1 ,. i,'
.-* &>
11) Letters to Press States His
Attitude Toward Guberna
torijal Situation
Willing to Stand for Best Inter
ests of State, Against Red
R. A. Nestos ofMinot in a letter
to' the Fargo Forum has made clear
his attitude toward tHe gubernatorial
situation. He suggests the calling of
a convention by the I. V. A. There is
some objection to this procedure by
those who believe that action should
be take^ though members of the Re­
publican party opposed to Townley­
ism'. The Tribune reprints Mr. Nes­
tos' 'letter in' fyll:
The Letter.
"A friend ha$ just suggested that
possibly an answer was expected ol
me to the editorial in your paper of
March 27 entitled 'His Cards on the
Taole.' In view of the. statement
made in the .opening paragraphs of
my. announcement as to what my at­
titude had been, an answer now seems
necessary, but in order to avoid, the
possibility that the evident attempt
in some speeches and editorials to
ignore my. statement and to misrepre­
sent my, position, may deceive some
good people who really wish to know
the truth and to view the present sit­
uation sanely and dispassionately. I
shall hevertheless make the request­
ed reply and statement.
"It would seem to me that ydur edi­
torials and Langer's statement are
both unfair to other candidates, an­
nounced or prospective. You would
make it appear that Langer is the oply
candidate who has volunteered to sub­
mit hiy candidacy to a propose^ con­
vention. This is decidedly not' true.
Ever since last fall when guberna­
torial possibilities commenced to be
considered In talk and press and
when friends commenced to ask me to
enter the race, I declared in each in­
stance that in my opinion the anti
Socielist forces of our state must seek
unity upon some common basis ot
principles and then arrange for some
statewide representative gathering
for the purpose of adopting a plat­
form embodying such principles, and
selecUhg the candidates to be sup
(jky Itheee .united, and organized
Was a4delegate to the 1. V. A. con­
vention' in Qrand Forks and at that
reljtresehtatiye meeting of about 900
litem,bers of the Independent Votes'
association from all over the state, a
plan of procedure was unanimously
adopted, and this plan provided for a
state convention to be held in the
spring under the auspices of the asso­
ciation for the purpose of indorsing
8end Word to Langer.
"During the winter, after it be­
came known that I might become a
candidate I sent word tol Langer by
a couple of his workers and close
friends suggesting that inasmuch as I
had refused to announce my candidacy
and declared that a representative
convention in the spring should by a
majority vote select the man who was
to represent the anU-Soclalist forces
as candidate for governor, that he
should do the saihe and make a pub­
lic declaration to' the effect that he
would abide by such convention.. The
information bfought back to me.was
that while Langer himself favofed
usch a course, his-close friends and
advisers were insisting that he must
under all circumstances be a candi­
date and that therefore he could not
follow the suggestion made.
Hi* Attitude.
"When Langer made his formal an­
nouncement and in' it reaffirmed his
allegiance to the league platform ol
the last two campaign^, I felt that it
would then be fviser for all probablo
candidates to enter the race, to per­
mit the people to study their records
and platforms and then at the stale
wide meeting later on. after careful
(Continued on Page Two)
leading Democrats stand ready to
fight for him. The Democratic dele­
gation goes to the convention unin
structed, but for months the office of
Sydney Van Wyck. prominent on the
Democratic state committee, has been
the scene of Hoover activity. Hoo­
ver's declaration of Republican sym­
pathy has disturbed them not one
whit. Before the war California
knew little of Hoover although he
claimed the state as his- home. It's
different now. -The food administra,
tion came into close touch with the
California farmers and housewives
during the war and the name^of Her­
bert Hoover "moved into a conspicu­
ous place.
Hiram Johnson was meanwhile
in Washington and in the ruth of'
war activity all but lost touch with
the sentiments of his constituents.
This was exemplified by the storm
of protest that arose fr6m dwell­
ers in Johnson's own camp over
his League of Nations stand.
So when the Hoover boom was
launched, what was more natural than
that'Ralph Merritt, comptroller of the
University of California and former
(Continued on Page Two.)
Tells Hope Audience Farmers
Have Right to Organize
for Protection
'Declares Movement Has Been
Smothered in Socialism and
Hope, N^, D.V April Attorney
General William Langer. speaking
here this afternoon tQ a large audi
fnce from.- Steele^.TtolU .and,.
co\intics, declared his entire readiness
to submit his candidacy to a republi­
can convention, his only condition' be­
ing .that it be "fairly constituted."
The speaker contended that the mat­
ter of ^candidates ought to be left to
the chosen representatives of the Peo­
ple, and that in a fairly-constituted
convention their qualifications and
political strength ought to be carefully
weighed and. the best-possible candi­
date chosen. The speaker pmphatic
ally declared, "I will abide by the re­
sult of that convention." He made it
perfectly, clear that he would submit
his political fortunes to any conven­
tion which' was fairly representative
of the antl-Townley element! of the
In discussing his recently publishe
platform. Attorney General Langer
declared that he stood squarely upou
that platform and that it was the plat­
form. as he understood it, of the orig­
inal Nonpartisan league movement.
He suggested that if there were men
in the ^tate who thought the farmers
ought not to organize for their own
self-protection and for the promotion
of their interests that such men ought
to make It plain, that the same rights
were denied the farmers to organize
were exercised by bankers, lawyers,
merchant^ and almost all lines pf
business and professions. .He declar­
ed that the farmers' nonpartisan
league moveme4it^originated in the ef­
fort of the farmers to secure better
marketing conditions for their cropj.
and that it was self-evident that if the
farmers was well treated in this re­
spect that it made for the prosperity
of everybody and that its original
platform embraced but one idea which
is in
in the present con
on p»e Seven)
Dunn, Oliver and Mercer Coun­
ties Will Back Attorney
There is ap almost unanimous sen­
timent in favor of Attorney General
William Langdr for candidate on the
anti-league ticket for governor in
Oliver, iMercer and Dunn counties,
according to E. Dreveskracht.
editor Golden Valley Americafi, who
was Jn Bismarck today.
'"The league has been steadily loos­
ing votes in Oliver, Mercer and IDunn
counties," said Mr. Dreveskracht,
"since the farmers there ibecame
famili&rtjwith the policy of th4 league
leaders. These men, realizing that
the league leaders are' not thinking
as much of the so-called 'farmers
movement' as they are of socialism
atid the probable ultimate confiscation
of all farm' lands as the coal I^nds
were confiscated at the whim of Gov­
ernor Frazer. are swinging away from
the league.
"The farmers in those counties be­
lieve that William Langer can defeat
Governor Frazfer for the office 'of
chief executive. Like Langer, their
sympathies have turned from the
league leaders toward those men who
condemn and abhor socialism, free
love, ultra-red radicalism and the
other manifestations of Bolshevism.''

N E. A. Staff Correspondent.
Pawhuska, Okla., Aprii 9.—The
richest people in the world, the Osage
Indians, are facing proverty—10 years
The government "trust period" ends
In 1®ai until which time they receive
the Income from gas jand oil rights on
lands allotted them, whether they will
own the lands or not.
The Indians bought the la.nd-—wild,
rock-ribbed arid tracts—tor $1.2o an
acre. When oil was discovered they
promptly sold it. Later the govern­
ment decided that they had sold only
the surface iand by act .of congress
the governihent now' leafses'oil rights
to the highest bidder and turns the
money over to the Indians!
-Tote--iH0ftey pours
fund, for according to Osage law the
tribe takes "pbt luck.'' Whether there
is oil on an Indian's, land or., not, he'
Is wealthy now. 4
Braves Wear Silks, Drive Aiitosi
Girls Sometimes "Buy'*
I Husbands
So it, happens that many a young
brave wears silk shirts and drives
his automobile, and many a girl whose
creamy skin is barely tinged with
copper buys imported party gpwns
ahd .diamonds, or possible even a
white husband,, with the big quarterly
checks. Ai^l if the mineral rights
under farrier \_sage lands revert to
the surface owners in 1931, as they
presumably will unless the trust
period is extended, then their big in­
comes from nothing at all will end
too for comparatively few Indians
still own oil-producing land.
Old Chief Bacon Rind says:
T'Wtei have lived the life of the
white man only a little whil£. It is
still strange. Our children will not
be ready in 10 years to take cars
of themselves in the white,1 mttn's
world. In 25 years nrjore they will
have grown up and can manage their
own affairs. 'We ask the white man'i
government* »to go on taking care of
them until then."
At"the last quarterly payment
of oil and gas money, they .re­
ceived a total of ,$L,7()0,M}0. 'Last
week they received $700 apiece.
Payment during 1920 probably
will total $10,000'apiece.
A' family of five Osages will
have $50,000 to spend during the
year—$•50,(MM) in cash, $i4,166 a
month, $138 a day—without work
and without risk.
Pawhuska, capital of the Osage na­
tion, seat of the government Indian
agency and the nearest spending-point
for the big. checks it hands out, is
half primitive, half ultra-modern.
Osages Ride in "Lizzies?" Better
Not Suggest It
PawhuBka's streets, and all the dus­
ty roads that wind toward it through
the Osage hills, are bright with the.
blankets of the Indians and congested
with their high-powered cars. An
Osage will not ride in a "Lizzie"'
There are banks instead of saloons
here, otherwise Pawhuska is a typical
frontier town.
It is under the "million dollar tree-'
beside the agency that auctions of
oil and gas leases are held. The bid­
ders that gfther for these sales
represent the biggest oil interests in
the world. A lifted hand or a nod of
the auctioneer's head may mean a
deal of a half million. A single lessee
at the auction paid $620,000 for the
right to drill^
Only about 50?,000 acres of Osage
oil ,land have been leased. More than
1,000,0000 acres remain.
The social register of "the Osage"
is considerably with Indian blood.
And as a sixteenth or a thirty-second
or a sixty-fourth part of Osage blood
is almost, undetectable, strangers do
well to avoid careless allusions.
The pleasant, well-dressed young
business man. or the shrewd, suave
political power with whom you arc
talking probably is descended from
or married into the "first families."
For the story of the Osages is, in
one respect, like that of less fortunate
tribes they are a vanishing race.
Only, they are not dying off, tout'mar­
rying off.
Before oil made the Osage Indiana
wealthy all the little tots wore ln
aian areas, now that tneyre ricn
and intermarried many of the young
•terg are togged, out in clothes just
ise wif wime
Strike, However* Not Broken,
But Situation Gradually
(Improving in Chicago
Chicago, April 9.—Switchmen who
vhave been on strike here for nine'
days began! returning to WQrk tti
Jitytfherhiciod $ officials who hav*
"^efen"fighlTijg the'^ineigftl" walkout of
their men do not clafm the strike ia
broken but wer6 much encouraged by
reports from several roads that th3
men fn small grdups were reporting
for work.
The Chicago Junction railway, tno
belt line connecting the stockyards
and packing plants with the trunk
lines was one of the first to report.
Eleven engine crews were at woi
this morning the rieport said as com
pared with three yesterday.
whiie the switching and freight sit­
uation showed improvement the con­
gestion in the yards grew so great
that seven of the eight railroads cen­
tering the Dearborn street station
were unable to run passenger trains
downtown. They were discharging
passengers at suburban stations to
complete the trip on elevated and sui-*
face car3.
Onl.V the Santa Fe was running in­
to the station this morning. Reports
today showed railroad centers from
coast to coast either partly or com­
pletely tied up by the spreading
strike. From cities which reported
this morning, it was estimated a total
of 25.437 railway men were idle. To
this number must be added hundreds
of thousands of men and women
forced out Of employment indirecti)
by the-railroad walkout.
Factories in many cities, were clos­
ing down because of lack of coal and
raw material-
Washington, April 9.—Without a
discordant vote the senate adoptcu
Senator McCormick's resolution di­
recting the interstate commerce com­
mittee,to inquire "respecting any cx
isting strike of any interstate railway
employes not conducted or authorized
by any recognized organization of
railway employes" and submit a re­
port to the senate.
The Rev. C. F. .Strutz, of Bismarck,
has been named county representative
of the Stewardship of the .Interchurch
World Movement.
The appointment is announced by
Dr. G. LeRoy White, state director of
the department, whose headquarters
are at Jamestown, N. D.
The enrollment of the league of ten
million Christian stewards, "acx
nowledging God's ownership and
man's obligation to set apart a definite
portion of his income for the exten­
sion of Kingdom upon earth." is one
of the aims of the movement, bu^
money is not the chief objective.
"Life itself is a trust from God, and
our spiritual and mental riches should
be placed at His disposal as freely as
our material wealth." Mr. Strutz
points out.
He intends to revive the Biblical
custom of the tithe-giving, but says
that while a tenth of his income may
he as much as the average man can
itpare for religious and humanitarian
purposes, the proportion should in­
crease with the income.
Officer Lost Head and Turned
Machine Gun Upon
Parisian Press Denounces Lloyd
George as Demagogue
Viewed as Bitter Bill
Frankfort, April 9.—Assertion thai
there was no intension to five machine
guns into a crowd here Wednesday
and that the incident was really a
mishap is made by a French officer
who witnessed it. Fear pri a part of
a French ^soldier that the crowd in­
tended to rush the patrol in the
streets led to the tragedy.
Fired Whole Belt,
This man it is declared put a belt
of cartridges into the gun for the pur­
pose of firing one shot to disperse the
crowd. The explosition of the gaa
a us I a of I
lose his head and the whole belt was
Inspection of the 30 machine guu^
brought to Frankfort by French
troops has been made and it 16 said
none of them-was found defective or
to show a tendency t» fire upon in­
sertion of the cartridge belt. Accounts
of the incident have stated the safety
cap of the gun was' defective and taat
it began to fire automatically as soon
as the belt was placed in position.
Two Proclamations.
Two new French proclamations ap-'
peared here today one denying yea
terday's rumor that the troops would
be withdrawn and the other forbid
ding the people to jeer and agitate
against the troops and instructing the
(iitizens to obey all Ftench military
The ban on the publication of news­
papers was removed, today and sev­
eral printed editions 6f paper will noc
be subje&ecjr to censorship French
officers declare if they refrain from
printing articles pending to incite the
people to disorder.
A Bitter Pill.
Paris, April 9.—Great Britain's at­
titude relative to. the advance of
Planch :troQ]Ms into German territory
east of the Rhine as defined In press
Jispatches from London is viewed by
newspapers here as: a,, hitter pill for
Frantee and ft is^pnjMered the action
of Belgium supporllnit'the policy of
Franc# hardly 6oiti0eiMqtes for it.
"Artinax." the political editor of
the Echo de Fasls, writes an unusual­
ly savage article attacking Premier
Lloyd George, whom he calls a "dem­
agogue." He says in conclusion
"Mr. Lloyd George never has for­
given the policy adopted by France
since January of being independent
within the entente. He has bided hi~
time and he thinks it has now comc.
Such an evolution was to be expected
of him. He has taken up and dropped
every doctrine and could the entente
cordiale escape under this rule? Tne
English people well know how to
torCe him to make an exception in this
St. Brice of the Journal with other
foreign specialists is more impartial
and blames all the allies of France in
more measured terms.
Serve Demand on.Germany.
Paris, April 9.—Demands that Ger­
many disband her army and retain
only 200,000 men with the colors pre­
sented at Berlin on Wednesday bv
General Nollet, president of (he inter­
allied commission of conjtrol. have
been sent to the government of vari­
ous German states by the minister of
the interior says a Berlin dispatcn.
The minister also asks the states tu
give assurances that the civil guards
are dissolved adding that the' Prus­
sian minister of war has already de­
cided on such a step.
To Open Conversation.
Paris. April 9. The British atti­
tude regarding the French occupation
of Frnkfort will cause the opening of
a diplomatic conversation 'between the
powers of the entente concerning the
whole subject of action with regard to
Germany it was said today in official
Berlin, April 9.—The German regu­
lar trdbps which had crossed the
River Ruhr were withdrawn yester
day to the northern bank of that
stream it was announced.
The burgomaster of the cities of
Barmen and Elberfeld it is stated re­
quested the minister of defense not to
allow the troops to enter those towns.
Great excitement prevails in Dues
seldorf in view of the threatened en­
try of the regulars.
The majority socialist newspaper
Vorwaerts has advices from iDuessel
dorf which declare that a general
strike is impending in which all
parties will unite.
The number of persons who have
crossed the liae from the Ruhr
region into occupied territory is in
excess of 1,000 according to the Brit­
ish authorities.
Linton, April 9.—Emmons county
will soon be in the best of shap£ to
carry on the fight against Townley­
ism in the coming elections. A coun­
ty organisation is being perfected
with representatives in every pre­
Delegates have already been chosen
in practiaally every precinct to at*
tend this meeting, which will be held
at Linton on Saturday, April 17th, at
2 p. m.
v?l'." W. f"w'-'r

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