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L. I. Purcell States His Position
Straightforward and Manly Answer to His Critics By First
for Congress.
District Candidate
Cambridge, Idaho, October 9th, 1916.Iby
Mr. L. I. Purcell, Weiser, Idaho.
Dear Friend:
an at tide in. the \\ eisor
My attention has been called to
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American containing some Gooding dope in which Samuels!
and yon are asked if you agree with LeSouer's statement and if
You are further
you are opposed to the spy hill and draft law. Y ___
asked if you claim to he superior to the heads of the organiz
ation which nominated
Not that I, or any ol your friends, believe you are m svm
pathy with disloyalty, hut because we feel that your position i
known I hope you will tell them a few things. ' •
Yours truly,
Mr. Purcell's Answer
Weiser, Idaho, October 12, 1918.
My Dear Mr. Gladlmrt
My position in support of our government in the great crisis
through which we are passing, and my uncompromising at
titude in favor of the prosecution of the war until the kaiser and
his military followers are brought to t hoir knees in the most
abject supplication for mercy—a mercy not shown others—is so
'.veil known in this community and over the first congressional
District that the very suggestion that I might be in sympathy
with disloyalty in any form, or countenance unpatriotic utter- j
ances, is too absurd for notice. I have not shouted my every
act of loyalty from the housetops for political purposes, as j
some have done and are doing, but the local committees in
charge of war work will undoubtedly testify that I have not
only "paid until it hurts" to every branch of war service, but
have given space in the Signal until week after week news and
editorial matter have been crowded out. However, as your
courteous letter w r as written in friendly spirit, and not with the j
intent to cast reflections or to do injury, I will most gladly ans- j
wer it in the same spirit.
I am most assuredly not opposed to the draft or spy bills.
I think the draft law the most equitable that could possibly
have been passed and its fairness to the rich and poor, high
and low has been proven beyond cavil, while the spy bill is not
and could not be too stringent to suit me. Y r ou may also be as
sured that I am not in sympathy with the statements of Arthur
LeSeuer contained in the letter made public by F. R. Gooding,
regardless of the fact that the letter was written before the U.
S. actually entered the war against Germany; that he claims to
have supported the government since we entered the war, and :
that it stated he is not and never was national secretary of the
Nonpartisan league. I
There is, one thing however, our opponents very cleverly
avoid telling the public, and that is that neither Mr. Samuels j
nor myself were nominated by Arthur LeSeuer or anybody else
beyond the boundaries of the state of Idaho, and that we are in
no way obligated to such. I was endorsed by a convention of
Idaho fanners representing nineteen counties in the first con
gressional district, and I was nominated by those-farmers, rep
lesentatives of organized labor and progressive Democrats in
the cities who believe a change in our economic conditions is
necessary to the preservation of our free institutions.
I have not been asked if elected to take orders from A. C.
Townley or any other person connected with either national
or state headquarters of the Nonpartisan league, or to consult
with Arthur LeSeuer concerning what I should or should not
do, and do not expect to do so. I expect to consult and take
orders from the people of this congressional district, and I have
been informed by Mr. Townley, national president, and Mr.
Scholtz, state president, that it is their business to organize
farmers and it is the business of the farmers' organization to
select candidates and see that the candidates do not betray tin*
v voters into the hands of the special interests after they are
elected. I accepted the league endorsement with this under
As to whether I am superior in principle to the heads of the
organization which nominated me, allow me to repeat that the
organization which nominated me was the voters of this district
and to them only do I expect to look for guidance and counsel,
From the standpoint of niv duty as a congressman, if elected, 1
am superior ttf any other man or set of men. I might also add
that I am superior in principle to any other man, or set of men,
who sought endorsement or nomination at the hands of the far
mers of tke state of Idaho and on failing to get it have been
trying ever since to brand them as pro-German and disloyal,
LeSeuer may be all they claim him to ho, hut he is one against
twenty thousand league farmers and twenty thousand league
farmers' wives in Idaho w r ho have given their sons as a sacri- !
fice for freedom and democracy and who are a thousand times
more loyal than any man who tries to ride into office on his
loyalty record whether he is running for United States senator,
governor or some other minor county office. It is with these,
and the lovnl members of organized labor in the first congress
ional district th'" I have cast my lot an rl T will continue to ficht
for their ame' ration and deliver f mi the nation's <• "
'ùenceless po-.uct-i . „io long ns *t*x g»v* me the stiengio i
do so. j
The interests accusing the Nonpartisan league of, disloyalty
are not afraid of any damage that such men as LeSeuer can do,
and they do not believe for a moment the farmers and laboring
men of Idaho lack in patriotism, or that a single candidate
nominated by the league and the Democrats of the state loves
his country less than they do—in fact they love it a thousand
fold more,—but they know President AVilson has thrown down
the gauntlet to big business and proposes to see that wealth
stands its full share of the burden of the war and also pays its
full share of the debt after the war is over. They know that the
nominees for congress, indorsed by the league and nominated
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■mocrats, will stand by the President to a man in the
furtherance of this program, and that is what is hurting.
The full
t measure of hypocrisy in the attack against the
Nonpartisan league on the grounds of disloyaltv may he gauged
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by the fact that only tl
y three weeks ago Thomas T. Kurl, a pro
minent republican of north Idaho, and a candidate for tin 1
publican nomination for congress a few years ago, was arrested
on a charge of sedition and the dispatches did not even hint at
his politics, if he had been a leaguer tin* front page of every
newspaper from Portland to Chicago would have been scare
headed witli the
There is scarcely a county in the state that has not had its
cases of disloyalty, hut in only one, the case of Mann in Gooding
county, have they been able to fasten anything on a member of
interesting developments in this case to come to light which
may change its aspect. To brand the republican party as a
party of disloyalists because Kurl has been indicted would bo
no more absurd than to brand th** Nonpartisan league as a pro
German organization because LeSeuer lacks patriotism. If I
believed for a moment that one-tenth of one per cent of the
members of the organization wen* not rich, red-blooded, 100 per
cent Americans I would repudiate the indorsement before this
letter could reach you and inform tin* leaders of the Democratic
party that I had been deceived and they had been betrayed into
the hands of unsafe and undesirable citizens.
j Another matter which you did not touch upon in your letter,
but concerning which my opponents have shown considerable
j worry, it might not he amiss for me to mention at this time. I
have been charged with sacrificing my political honor to secure
office. There are those who have remained silent who could
have answered this as well as I hut as they have not seen fit
to speak, and to set me right, I will answer for myself. As early
as hist March S. D. Taylor, chairman of the republican state
j committee, came to my office and said he wanted my help and
j advice. I told him frankly that I had espoused the cause of the
farmers' organization and that unless the republican party in
Idaho shook itself loose from the big interests and adopted the
program of the farmers and laboring people I would not sup
port its nominees. He stated that lie was in favor of doing so,
and until the platform conventions met and the league had de
cided which party ticket to file on I would not be justified in
severing my relations with the organization. I finally agreed
with him to await developments. Later, in response to a letter
from Addison T. Smith, I wrote him to the same effect. Then
to sometime the latter part of June Miles Canon who was being
: considered as a League candidate for governor told that in a
conversation with W. G. Scholtz the possibility of the League
I convention deciding to file on the democratic ticket was sug
gested and ho asked what Pucell would do in such a contin
j gency. Mr. Canon informed me that he replied that he was not
authorized to speak for me, but that I had been the first news
in paper man in Idaho to take up the fight for the farmers' or
of ganization and that he was satisfied that I would stay with
them. To that I replied that Mr. Cannon had spoken correctly,
All of this happened before the League convention met and
in when it was thought Air. Cannon of this county might he the
League nominee for governor and before there was a thought
of my being endorsed for congress, hence the assertion that I
changed my views to get office is maliciously false. Had some
one besides myself been nominated and received my support,
they would have said "Oh, well, Purcell never was a good Re
publican anyway," hut now it is amusing to note how hard the
react ionary Republicans and a few Democrats of the same type
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are trying to prove my intense Republican partisanship,
The fight is on between the people and the profiteers, and!
progressive Republicans with whom I have fought in the past,'
to progressive Democrats with whom we are aligned in this fight, j
I have nothing in com-1
are going to stand together and win,
mon with the corporation Republicans in Idaho, and as a naan
her of that party tried earnestly and sincerely to get tin* lmn
est men in the organization to stand together and repudiate)
them. In this 1 failed, and to have continued submitting yearj
in and year out to a leadership as repugnant as kaisorism!
would have been dishonest and absolutely unpatriotic. A\ ith
the progressive Republicans lined up with the progressive'
1 Democrats for a housecleaning there was hut one honest course j
open to me and I have chosen it without regard to consequence
to myself or the slightest mental reservation. My country is EE
greater than any party and so long as AVoodrow AVilson is ==
guiding us to a glorious victory against tin* Huns in Europe, j =
and promises to lead us to just as important a victory against .==
the commercial Huns on American soil 1 am willing to follow i ==
his leadership. And I might add that a thing which worries the ==
! enemy most is that they know the people* will not have to wait |
for a package of garden seeds, or a letter about campaign time, ;
his to find out that 1 am on the job and looking after their inter- 1
j have lived in AYeiser eight years and if there is a single in
dividual who can honestly sav I have in that time owed an ob
fixation I have failed to meet; that l have betrayed a single!
" i rus i. doit f have not stooA squarely for good citizenship and
i c ] ean politics, or that 1 have intentionally a ul* d any citizen
j I am willing to withdraw from the race for congress and ask
the Democratic committee to seleet a candidate more worthy of |
do, the trust. There are those who differ with me as to the best
method of obtaining tin* results 1 am after, but there are none,
who can honestly say 1 am not now advocating the same prin
ciples I have advocated from the hour 1 set foot on Idaho soil
and have advocated all my life. The success or defeat of Mr.
Samuels or myself, as individuals, would lx* of little conse
quence, as we are hut the instruments chosen to carry out tin
its platform against grafters and profiteers, hut the defeat of the,
the principles we stand £pr means that the people of this country {E=
must continue to.remain beasts of burden upon whose hacks

the idle-rich and political parasites will continue to ride.
These statements are made, Mr. Gladlmrt, without consulting
the power trust, the timber trust, the mining trust, the packing
trust, the insurance trust or the Minneapolis milling and ele
vator trust, and the signature hereto will be my own, and will
I be appended without the least mental reservation, and 1 will
I not deny after you receive this letter, or at some future date,
! that 1 signed it.
With a consciousness that the man who fights for a righteous
■ cause must endure misrepresentation and suffer abuse, and that
j tho pathway to victory is never strewn with roses, I remain,
Most Sincerely,
Signed, L. I. PURCELL.
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