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unities, to H'oni a n acceptance speech characterized
rovincial ignorance ot the economic forces which are today
, the destinies of nations. His pledge to private monopoly
iationship between the nation and its basic econ
nir.e reia
|*I favor i Amu ican sjs em 0 m lV1 l a en eiprise and
A ns ' on 0 ^ oveinmen o.-neiship.and con
does not en o a concen ration of wealth,
.countr.' wumd not )e a an o °PP 1 unity if the people
'. r .hackled by government inonopo les.
i nie tacts aie a t e individual enterprise
ha? pi°<b "1 tlie ? lant P^ lva e monopolies of the steel,
, lood, ,!aimpoitation an. powei industries of economic
theh .mds o' a tew bundled veiy lien men. The existence
!th combined peisonai income over $45,000,000 and
Mt.' iui) shown in the government income tax re
he lie to Coolidge s denial of concentration of wealth,
handling of international relations show r s the
., r ranee ot economic forces. Wilson at least understood
• e process of financial penetration is a process of conquest
, investment is aggression and that wars are commercial in
i to . ny
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iq uith ovei
dm Wall Street Davis Peddles Piffle About Our Liberties
J. Louis Engdahl
T,,day, John "Wall Street Davis, democratic candidate for
tent. is out west in the grain belt preaching the bunk that
thinks will land him in the White House after the November
étions. Any intelligent human being cannot consider his ut
jices anything else but bunk. But that is what is expected
0 d party candidates, trying to bunk the voters into cästing
But this strike was
:al of all the rest. It was an example of the brand of czarist
: ranny meted out to workers, anywhere in the state of West Vir
: iia. the home state of Mr. Davis, whenever the workers sought
: enjoy the rights that Mr. Davis speaks of so glibly in address
J"? the western farmers.
Jots for the Morgan candidates.
* * *
Davis would not dare utter, in his native state of West
y a r. n ia. the brand of piffle that he is peddling to the western
f : - The workers in the steel mills and coal mines of West
V would only laugh at him. They would laugh so uproar
they might be heard over the entire country, much to
ieasly that
Lie discomfiture of Mr. Davis.
* * * *
Take this little gem, for instance, uttered at Omaha, Ne
• When the constitution of the United States was
written, we gave to the Americans of that day, and all
*ho might come after them, certain fundamental rights
that could never be taken away. We gave them freedom
of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of the person.
\\egave them what was perhaps more sacred than any
thing else—freedom of religious worship, not to be dis
turbed or threatened, or taken away by any set of men
or any government.
* * * *
I went through one coal strike in West Virginia, in the
Paint and Cabin Creek districts, in 1913.
* * * *
Freedom of speech, proclaims Mr. Davis.
Vet this same Mr. Davis knows that anyone caught talking
cienism, through the unorganized industries of that state, im
"General Dawes has gone right to it hammer and tongs to
r ■ hell. He has named La Follette the enemy and has denounc
S and the workingmen who support him as révolu
i le calls it j.. batt e between the red flag and the Ameri
id cue way and another works himself up to a fine
n io re dangerous, a more foolish, a more unstatesman
h ; , not been made in our time. The country is threat
most embittered sectionalism it has known for
Commenting on the Dawes speech of acceptance the New
iork World says :
!d w
Ti p C\c
regarding the
"TU World is quite right. The speech was dangerous, fool
; ' d uns! itesmanlike. Also it was impudent, for Dawes preach
; r ' ,; u ivm f or j aw j s a u ou t as appropriate as an essay on celi
I UlC - v by Solomon.
\v;,s Dawes whose bank flagrantly violated the banking
1 luinois and made possible the fleecing of 4000 depositors,
Press has the following to say
may not remember the story,
hack iq 1896 Dawes worked for Mark Hanna to line up
for McKini
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* anks and Icing Equip- i
J 1 stalky By Railway at Di
T,8 »«n Point.
^ °int. Sept. 9.— Extensive
^ üeas i n
necessitated by mod
facilitating transporta
of jv r " l ' ir c °mpleted at the yards
F 0r t L ,r ' at Northern railway here.
the r cr ude oil for _
cil-buming locomotives
100 000 gallon overhead and under
ground pump tanks are being con
structed near the round house.
houses of the Western
At the ice
icing platform
Fruit express
equipped w ith electric powder, has been
completed and is now' in use.
platform, which stands slightly high
than a refrigerator car, extends
the full length of the icehouses
be spotted on each side for
than 1,100 feet.
cars can
icing at one time.
A power driven conveyor takes the
cakes to any desired point and they
skidded into the ice compart
ments of the cars. The ice cakes are
gravitated from the upper parts cvf
the houses onto the platform down 13
origin. But to Coolidge "the foreign policy of America can best
described by one word—peace. We covet no territory; we sup
- - array; we harbor no hostile intent."
Is he ignorant of the activities of Standard Oil backed by
Hughes in the near east oil fields, or of American capital in Mexi
co, Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, China and
. one word—peace,
port no threatening military
_ a score of other regions?
^ that * n the last war American capitalists increased the conn
tiy s gold from $1,904,694,000 to over $4,300,000,000, made New
York the financial capital of the world and increased the country's
foreign investment to almost $20,000,000,000?
How does he understand the situation of the country's real
producers? He talks about a great revival of industry, no com
plaint of unemployment, no deflation of wages. But when he
wrote this the iron and steel industry was operating at less than
50 per cent capacity, automobile plants at about 42 per cent, the
cotton industry, the boot and shoe industry, foundries and ma
chine shops and men's clothing shops at less than 60 per cent and
agricultural implements at about 60 per cent. Factories had laid
off over 1,100,000 workers within a year, railroads and mines
hundreds of thousands more. *
So also the worst wage deflation in history came in the Re
publican administration while a new wave of wage reductions is
now T spreading. Steel workers, for instance, are today averaging
mediately takes his life in his own hands. Many a union organiz
er has been found dead along the railroad tracks or the highways
of that state, thrown from a passing train, or caught making his
way on foot from one coal camp to the next,
The only freedom of speech the West Virginia workers
have is the freedom to say the servile things the bosses like to
hear. For instance, "Vote for Davis!" "Vote for Coolidge!
They had had a visit
The special train of the "open shop" mine owners, that
consisted of two baggage cars with rapid firing guns sticking their
muzzles out of the doorways, and a coach filled with heavily armed
mine guards, was called the "Bull Moose Special," because Roose
velt's candidate for governor had been elected in 1912, although
the "Bull Moose," himself, had been defeated for the presidency,
But the candidate of Mr. Davis, Woodrow Wilson, was in the
White House. * •
But the "Bull Moose Special," in the dead of night, with
lights out, carefully made its way up Cabin Creek, silently as
possible, until it came abreast of the Miners' Tent Coloney. Then
the murderous fire was turned loose from high powered rifles
> •
* * *
Freedom of assembly, proclaims Mr. Davis.
Virginia coal miners, held on a Sunday afternoon, in a deserted
sawmill. The workers in their underground organizations in Rus
sia under the czars did not observe more secrecy in arranging their
That reminds me of a carefully planned meeting of West
meetings, in the out-of-the-way places, than these Amrican coal
miners, practically all American born, West Virginian mountain
eers, did in preparing for their gathering.
Freedom of the person, proclaims Mr. Davis.
There comes back to me the picture of the mother, sitting
in a rocker, her foot bandaged; thei;e in a coal miners' cabin on
Paint Creek. The strike was on. Most of the miners had been
evicted from their company-owned shacks and lived in the neigh
borhood in tents. Up along the side of the mountain range there
was the railroad running along the creek,
from the "Bull Moose Special.
and rapid fire machine guns. The bullet that pierced the foot of
this mother of the coal mines had already passed through the
McKinley, being elected, appointed Dawes comptroller of
currency. That is, he was the keeper of the conscience of all the
national banks. He was their mentor and adviser.
Then Roosevelt became president and Dawes went out of
He started a bank in Chicago called the Central Trust Com
Later Lorimer was thrown out of the United States Senate.
So he started a bank in Chicago, too.
Under the state law it is necessary to show the state offi
cials the cash that has been paid into capital and surplus before
a new bank can open its doors for business.
Lorimer claimed to have $1,250,000 capital and surplus.
He wrote a check for that amount on the Dawes bank. The
check wasn't worth the paper it was written on but it was part*
of a scheme to keep inside the letter of the law while actually
breaking'the law to smithereens.
The state banking officials called on Lorimer and asked to
see the $1,250,000 in cash.
It's over in the Central Trust vaults," he said.
They went over and in the vaults big packages of currency
were exhibited, counted and verified.
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Th e superintendent's office and a
wailing room for the crews is built
at the end of the platform.
Point is icing headquarters for the
Montana division and a largo crew of
men is employed. The cost of these
recent additions to the terminal plant
exceeds $50,000.
Wheeling, W. Va., Sept. 4.—At the
scene of his last race, a crowd of 50,
000 Thursday paid eloquent tribute
to the memory of Edward E. (Pop)
noted harness driver and
"grand old man of the trotting turf,"
who drove to his death Wednesday at
the West Virginia state fair when his
horse stumbled and caused the old
driver to he thrown from his cart in
front of the horse and stepped on by
the racing animal.
At the hour of 2:00 o'clock,
Geers had been scheduled to drive
Peter Manning in an attempt to low
er the half-mile track record, the
horse w^as led onto the track in front
of the grandstand. It was draped in
black in memory of the man who had
driven it to victory many times.
A hush fell over the great threug
as the horse was led slowly down the
track while a funeral dirge was be
ing played in the grandstand. As the
£27 a week compared with $30 a year ago and $38 in 1920.
railroad labor board has cut unskilled railroad labor 25 per cent,
shopmen 16 1 /? per cent and other railroad labor from 8 to 12 per
cent since 1920.
For the farmers he wants prosperity and equality with in
dustry. But in the same paragraph he favors a protective tariff
although it is well known that a protective tariff accentuates the
inequality between agriculture and industrial capital. Protection
means nothing to t he farmer, whose return depends on the price
of his product in the world market, while it enables the industrial
monopolist to maintain artificial prices which farmer and worker,
must pay. Under the protective tariff the buying power of the
farmer's dollar is still under 80 cents, the value of his land has
fallen from $90 tor $65 an acre since 1920 and failure has knocked
at the door of a quarter of the grain farmers, with thousands
keeping their farms only on the sufferance of creditors.
As a result the recent rise in grain prices means little more
than money flowing to eastern bankers in payment of the hund
reds of millions of dollars in farm debts. Republican Secretary of
Agriculture Wallace gave away the real administration attitude
when he said that England in a similar crisis decided to sacrifice
agriculture to industry and that history proved the wisdom of her
wall of the house, and also penetrated the family Bible lying on
a table, besides which she was sitting,
is a ghastly joke coming from
Freedom of the person,
the lips of the West Virginian, John "Wall Street" Davis, candi
date for president on the democratic ticket. He has his answer in
the bullet holes that pierce the walls of West Virginia's coal
Freedom of the press," was something that Davis forgot
,, I . .. . ttt i T 7 * * * i
During the 1913 coal strike m West Virginia, the only
workers' press, turning out the only fighting working class pub
lication in the district, was wTecked by the agents of the mine
owners. Labor papers coming in from the outside, thru the mails,
were quickly confiscated by servile postmasters in the mining
camps. This is all retold in the report of the Senate Investi gat
ing Committee that "investigated" the strike in 1913. But the
report is no doubt submerged in dust in the mouldy archives of
the Congressional Library, in Washington, D. C.
Let the farmers of the west know these things when Davis
addresses them. Let them question Davis about these conditions
in his ow r n state. Davis will not answer them. But the farmers,
like the workers in big industrial centers, can make their answer
by casting their votes for the progressive candidates. Crush the
miners' cabins.
* * * *
fields are usually mere nests of mine guards, the hired killers of
the mine owners,
Freedom of religious worship," echoes Davis. That's am
other good joke. The Y. M. C. A. buildings throughout the coal
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The churches throughout the mine fields are usually erected
with money furnished by the mine owners, on company property,
The preacher or priest usually looks to the mine owner for his
livelihood, and the mine owner looks to his religious hirelings to
preach the doctrine that will best conserve his interests, the doc
trine of slave obey your master,
to mention,
capitalist dictatorship that parades fake "constitutional
ties as a lure to win the support of the oppressed.
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So Lormier's bank was started on wind and when it went
busted, 4,000 depositors were skinned.
For 10 years the lawyers of the Dawes banks wiggled and
twisted as court after court decided that if it said the money was
Lorimer's it must make good.
By a curious coincidence the Illinois Supreme Court finally
decided against the Dawes bank and in favor of the Lorimer de
positors on the very day that the Cleveland convention pinned its
twice-spurned vice-presidential rose on the Dawes lapel.
And Dawes says obedience to law is the ehief issue in this
Does this belong to the Lormier bank?"
No, thanks.
We are willing to take lessons in morality from most any
body. We realize that we are all poor critters and miserable sin
ners but we just can't sit still and be lectured on the sacredness
of law by Hell and Maria Daw r es.
Roxie Stinson and the other boys and girls of the late
campaign !
P. S.: You remember it was the Dawes family's Pure Oil
Company stock that was so greatly fancied by Jess Smith and
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draped horse stood before the thous
ands of spectators Howard M. Gore,
assistant secretary of agriculture,
mounted the judges' stand and paid a
glowing tribute to the late reinsman.
The body of "Pop" Geers was tak
en aboard a train Thursday for the
journey to his old home at Memphis,
Tenn. A few minutes later the train,
bearing relatives and friends of the
famous driver, left for the south.
Sidney, Sept. 6.—Prank Swiss, a
Richland county farmer living a
few miles north of Richy, was sever
ly injured Wednesday evening when
he jumped from the top cf a separator
onto an unseen crowbar which had
been left standing in a vertical posi
tion. It had been driven into the
ground and left so as to he able to
quickly locate when wanted.
The force of the jump drove the
man's bowels.
handle well into the
Mr. Swiss was taken immediately
to the Deaconess hospital at Sidney,
some 60 miles, and an operation
His condition is considered
critical with but little hope held for
his recovery.
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~ Hele ^ a > s< - pt - Sainuel J * *
f^the^mocratic 0 nomination
governor at the recent primary, but
who failed to make the grade in that
mer '} a ' \ r party tor lieutenant gover
^ or ,- in * ° general election > anless ,ke
jthe ballots. 1)611111 S name ° g °
Under the "writing-in
Mr - Hampton was made the nominee
of tke farm er-labor organization for
lieutenant governor, that fact being 1
brought out in the canvass of the elec
race, will be a candidate of the far
tion returns by the state canvassing
board Friday.
Sheridan County, where the heavi
est farmer-labor vote was cast, gave
Hampton 167 votes for lieutenant gov
that this vote was the result of a de
liberate movement engineered by some
°t bhe farmer-labor leaders. Wether
it was done with the sanction of
Hampton is nc.t known here.
The total vote for Mr. Hampton has
not yet been ascertained for the rea
son that the clerks in the office of the
secertary of* state who are engaged
in tabulating th e scattering vote are
considerably behind the progress
which has been made by the state
board in canvassing the returns of th e
regularly nominated candidates as
shown by the county abstracts.
It has also been demonstrated that
through this "writing-in" method, the
democrats have been provided with a
I candidate for clerk of the supreme
! court, for which no filing had been
matle P nor t0 th e primary.
This candidate is L. E, Chopuette, of
'Havre, who received about 200 votes,
j insuring him nomination . That Mr.
! Choquette will accept the nomination
and make the race for election is evi
dent » as it is understood here that
stlcker£r bearing his name were issued
f 10111 Havre for 1186 in the P rimar y.
C1 vims
John McKay, the former socialistic
state senator from Sanders county,
who fiIed for the democratic nomina
tion for congressman from the first
(ilstrict * _ claims to have received the
fo™that°office ^though' ïieated^or
t h e democratic nomination.
Tabulation of th e scattering 'vote
has not reached a stage which will
prove his nomination, but McKay, who
was in Helena, Friday, endeavoring
vainly to get a seat in the party con
vention, states that he received about
100 votes which would give him the
nomination. McKay states that he
abandoned his campaign for the demo
cratic nomination about six days be
fore the primary and thereafter de
voted his efforts to obtain votes on the
farmer-labor ticket.
The canvassing . boarcl on Friday
completed the checking of the ab
struct from various counties, with the
exception of those from Cascade, Car
bcJ1 aml Swe€t Grass counties, which
htUe n0c been received -
Great Northern Block Is Converted
to Ui
ccrs Moving Into New Quarters.
Wolf PcJnt, Sept. 12.—The altera
tions necessary to make the Great
Northern office building ready to
serve as a court house have been al
most completed and the clerk of
court, sheriff, county surveyor and
county commissioners hav e moved in
to their new home.
The judge's chambers and
room will be ready for occupancy in
a few days. The removal of the of
fices of the clerk and recorder, the
treasurer, the assessor will await the
finishing of the vaults, which the
Great Northern company will
The commissioners, in session this
week, will advertise for bids for the
construction of a jail building at Wolf
Point, in which to install the cells
and other fixtures from the jail
ot Roosevelt County—Offi
The man who hollers down a well
about the goods he has to sell, won't
reap as many golden dollars as the
man who climbs a tree and holiers.
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