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Loyal People of Idaho Will Not Stand for Candidates Who Are Under the Thumh of LeSeuer
Overpowering Proof of the Connection of Non-partisan League Leaders With the I. W. W. Forces Some Admissions—Effort to Give Standing in Idaho to a Notorious I. W. W. and Sedition-Breeder Who was Kept in the Background Until I Tore off the Mask. The Non-partisan league leaders have been smoked out as to Arthur LeSeuer. The proof 1 have presented has been more than they could stand. IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THIS PROOF THEY WOULD HAVE GONE ON TRYING TO FOOL THE FARMERS OF IDAHO ABOUT THIS I. W. W. LEADER BY KEEPIING HIM IN THE BACKGROUND READY TO SPRING AS IDAHO'S LEGAL ADVISER FROM NORTH DAKOTA IN CASE THE NON-PARTISANS WIN IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION. These Non-patisan league leaders now admit LeSeuer's connection with the league but deny he was ''national secretary," but documentary evidence (see his letter on this page) shows that he signed himself: ''Na tional Non-partisan league by Arthur LeSeuer, executive secretary. • * THESE NON-PARTISAN LEAGUE LEADERS IN IDAHO BRA ZENLY ATTEMPT TO DEFEND LE SEUER AND TO GIVE HIM SOME CHARACTER AND STANDING IN THIS STATE. These Non-partisan league leaders of Idaho express their pride in Arthur LeSeuer, but the loyal people of Idaho do not and will not. THE LOYAL PEOPLE OF ID AHO DO NOT WANT THEIR PUB LIC SERVANTS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF SUCH A PERSON AS— Arthur LeSeuer, comrade of Bill Haywood, who wrote Haywood a seditious letter against the government, even going so far sis to urge op position to legislation to curb German spies in this country. Arthur LeSeuer notorious I. W. W. agitator, LEADER OF THE ORGANIZATION THAT HAS HELD UP FARMERS WHEREVER THEY HAVE OPERATED, AND PRACTICED SABOTAGE OF THE MOST DAMNABLE VARIETY—THE SAME GANG THAT THE FARMERS OF IDAHO WERE COMPELLED TO ORGANIZE AGAINST FOR SELF PROTECTION. % Arthur LeSeuer, who ,in another letter signed himself ''Yours for , the revolution." Arthur LeSeuer, who, with other I. W. W.s' was arrested and jailed at Minot, N. D., where they sang, "To Hell With the Government." Arthur LeSeuer, who, with Townley, has been branded by Roose velt as being as dangerous for America as Lenine and Trotzky were for Russia. Arthur LeSeuer, who sent Horace Mann to Idaho to preach sedi tion and Socialism to the farmers of Idaho. Arthur LeSeuer, who directs the political campaign of the Non-par tisan league leaders of Idaho as part of a conspiracy to set up a form of Bolsheviki government in this state. THE TRUTH ALWAYS HURTS Of course the truth hurts. You talk about loyalty, McKaig and Scholtz. You have the same quality of loyalty as your masters, Town ley, and LeSeuer. Read about their loyalty on this page. You brought the Townley brand of ''loyalty" to Idaho, Ray McKaig. I will see that you do not divert the minds of the people from the real issue. You act in the capacity of secretary of the Non-partisan league in Idaho; a \V;w position was created for Scholtz, who is called the Manager of the campaign, IS IT NOT TRUE THAT YOU REPORT TO THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, LESEUER ONCE A WEEK? Is i't not true that you could be dismissed by Townley without a moment's notice? You and Schojtz are but mere puppets, employed by the most dangerous men this country has known. ever TO THE FARMERS OF IDAHO I want to say that I am making your fight. I am making a fight for every good loyal citizen in this state. No one knows the farmers better than I do. Ninety-five per cent of them are as true and loyal Americans as can be found on earth. Five per cent of them are rank Socialists. I am not addressing my remarks to them. Loyal citizens of Idaho, this government has paid oult millions of dollars for tracts, scattered in practically every state in the Union, with the exception of Idaho and two others. If we keep our state clean, capital will be seeking investment along every line in this state. New settlers will be seeking] homes in this great commonwealth of ours. If Townley is successful in Idaho at the coming election, not a dollar of outside capital will come to this state. war con DO YOU WANT TOWNLEY GOVERNOR OF IDAHO? BfcAR IN MIND, ALL THE TIME, THAT TOWNLEY HAS ELECTED HIMSELF FOR 12 YEARS AS THE MASTER AND THE CZAR OF THE NON PARTISAN LEAGUE IN THIS COUNTRY AND THAT HE WILL BE IDAHO'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE, DICTATING ITS POLICY THRU HIS REPRESENTATIVES, ~ McKAIG AND SCHOLTZ. Many are asking the question why if Townley is a traitor, he is still at large. This ques tion was asked by Senator Sherman. Read his remarks in the Congressional Record of May 8, page 6716. I leave it to yoq why_Townley is at large. I do not know. Here is what Sena tor Sherman said: Townley, the man who, on the eighth of July, 1917, at Buffalo Lake, in Sargent county, N. D. delivered himself of these sentiments, AT HEART WAS NOT A GOOD CITIZEN, whatever promises he may make now, however plausible may be his denunciation of others, however much he may accuse others of falsehoods. Mr. Townley^ts on record not only in this extract from his speech, BUT IN MANY ,OTHERS AS A SEDITIOUS CHARACTER HIMSELF. As I started a few days ago, he was five times on the platform with Frank Little in the state of Montana. HE WAS THERE FOR SEDITIOUS PURPOSES. He was caught in the company of the I. W. W.'s in that state. They were engaged in disturbances of the public peace. What they did is well known in that state." DON'T FORGET THIS Every legislative candidate of the Non-partisan league is pledged to vote only for such legislation as is approved by their executive committee, which means Townley and Le Seuer. Are not the candidates of the Non-partisan league for state offices similarly pledged as to their duties? u (( FRANK R. GOODING I Am Fighting Disloyalty in Idaho and the Agents of Disloyalty Are Fighting Me."-Frank R. Gooding " READ, THE FOLLOWING FACSIMILE LETTER WRITTEN TO GOVERNOR BURNQUIST OF MINNESOTA BY ARTHUR LE SEUER, NOTORIOUS SOCIALIST AND I. W. W. AGITATOR, AND EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE NATIONAL NON-PAR TISAN LEAGUE. LE SEUER IS THE MAN WHO SENT HORACE MANN TO IDAHO TO SPREAD SEDITION. LE SEUER IS THE MAN WHO WROTE BILL HAYWOOD A SEDITIOUS LETTER AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT. YOU WILL NOTICE LE SEUER SIGNS HIMSELF ''EXECUTIVE SECRETARY" OF THE NA TION NON-PARTISAN LEAGUE. I HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH OF THIS LETTER SENT ME BY THE GOVERNOR OF MINNESOTA. NATIONAL NON-PARTISAN LEAGUE ST. PAUL MINN. National Headquarters A. C. TOWNLEY, President March 6, 1918. Hon. J. A. A. Bumquist, State Capitol, St. Paul, Minnesota. Dear Governor Bumquist: The Minnesota Branch of the National Non-partisan league in co-operation with Organized Labor of the Twin Cities will hold the first Non-partisan Campaign Rally at the St. Paul Auditorium on March 19th, 20th and 21st. I am authorized to extend to you,as Governor of this State, our cordial invitation to attend this Rally and address the meeting for such time and upon such subjects as you may desire. We would like an early response in order that our Program may be com pleted and adusted to the Speakers who will be there. If possible give us the subect of your address and the specific day and time of day most convenient to you. We expect to have a very large attendance at this Rally and will appreciate your attendance and address should you find it possible to honor us with your presence. Very respectfully yours, . NATIONAL NONPARTISAN LEAGUE. BY ARTHUR LE SEUER. Executive Secretary. AL MA Read Governor Burnquists Reply to Arthur Le Seuer, Executive Secre tary of the National Non-partisan League. Do not Miss a Word of This Letter. It States Many Important Truths. Arthur Le Suer, executive secre tary, the National Nonpartisan lea gue, St. Paul, Minn.: Dear Sir—Your invitation to ad dress the Nonpartisan campaign rally is declined by me for the fol lowing reasons: The name of your league implies that it is non-partisan, but In fact there is no organization more parti san. At this time, when other politi cal parties are trying to put aside, for the good of the country, any fac tional spirit that might exist, your organization Is doing everything within its power to increase it. At the time of our entrance into the European conflict your organizers condemned our government for en tering the war. When it became ap parent that this course would result in disaster for their organization, they changed their coarse and made an eleventh-hour claim to pure loyal ty, bat, notwithstanding this claim, the National Nonpartisan league is a party of discontent. It has drawn to it the pro-German element of our state. Its leaders have been closely connected with the lawless I. W. W. and with the Red Socialists, pacifists and peace advocates, whose doctrines are of benefit to Germany, are among their numbers. Those In charge of the league have catered to that faction of labor which haB violated the law and been op posed to compliance with just orders of duly constituted authority. Yon, who sign yourself as the ex ecutive secretary of the league, were connected with the People's Peace council, which through my proclama tion of August 28, 1917, was barred from holding meetings In this state, and thereafter in Wisconsin and Illi nois, but which was invited to North Dakota by Its governor, who was elected through the efforts of your league. The cheering and the ap plauding of the unpatriotic utter ances of Senator La Follette at your last convention put a stamp of dis loyalty on it that can never be erased. Your present publicity agent lost the position he held at that time because he supported La Follette's unpatriotic ideas, and after .his dis charge by his employer he was em ployed by your Nonportlsan league. Another of your leaders, Joseph Gilbert, called a director and mana ger, I believe, has been convicted by a jury because of his disloyal ut terances. He, together with Mr. Manahan, an attorney of your or ganization, unpatriotlcally used a strike situation here to advance the political interests of the league. These two men have maliciously slandered public spirited members of the public safety commission, in an attempt to bring together the far mers and wage earners for the poli tical purposes of your political par ty's self-constituted leaders, who are neither real farmers nor real labor ers, but self-seeking demagogues, who, the actual farmers and the ac tual laboring men of our state will sooner or later find, are nothing but pretended friends, wolves parading in sheep's clothing. You, who appear to be the execu tive secretary of this organization, were the attorney who defended the murderers In the I. W. W. trouble on the range two years ago, and who has assisted the I. W. W. organiza tion, which has publicly announced that It is its intention ultimately to take the farms from the farmers, whose headquarters since the com mencement of the war have been raided by the federal government, and whose members are now taking refuge In such organizations as the National Nonpartisan league. How, under such circumstances, the farmres of Minnesota, who have been threatened with the lose of their farms, who have time and time again been compelled to appeal to peace officers for protection against the members of this lawless anarch istic organization, can now join a league with promoters whose sympa thies have been with this lawbreak ing Bolshevik element in our society, is well nigh incomprehensible. Another reason for declining your invitation is the possibility of con struing my presence at your partisan campaign rally by some as an in dorsement of your propaganda. It Is, of course, the duty of the gover nor to be fair to all classes and to oppose any program which is apt to result in a division of our state into classes. against class would be welcomed by the enemies of our republic, for such a course will tend to defeat our na tion In this war and will eventually mean the dissolution of our form of government and the undermining of the economic and political freedom of our people. In declining to speak at your party's rally I wish to say further that for me there are, during this war, but two parties, one composed of loyalists and the other of the dis loyalists. The only party whose cause I shall strive at this time to advance is the party composed of those Americans who, heart and soul, are loyal to their country. The only issue that to me is paramount at this time is the winning of this war, and that cannot be done if our house Is to be divided against Itself through raise accusations on the part of poli tical agitators such as those who head your organization. The only party and politicians whom I am in this campaign going to oppose are that party and those politicians who, for party purposes, by Innuendo or otherwise, are dis couraging our people by claiming this is a wnr begun by the rich,, or that the burdens of the conflict will Such arraying of class fall more heavily on one class than another, who make statements which in some way or another will lengthen the conflict by creating dlsatisfactlon at home and thus Indirectly cause the death of additional thousands, If not millions, of our fellow citizens on European battlefields. We all agree that war profiteers should be dealt with as drastically as It is possible to deal with them. But it cannot be said that this is a rich -man's war, for those who have gained most from it would have made great er profits if the United States had not entered it. I hold no brief for any class, but to make the farmers or laboring men believe their sons are discriminated against In this war, as implied in your statement of prin ciples, Is treasonable conduct, for the rich man's sons are conscripted proportionately to a greater extent than some of the farmers and labor ers. Your leaders are continually at tacking what you term ''big busi ness." Personally I am as strongly opposed as anyone to what Is known as government by big business. I would be equally opposed to a gov ernment by any particular industrial class. The public official who would allow himself to be controlled by the self-appointed guardians of some element of society would thereby render himself unfit to hold public office. If I, as governor of this state, would permit myself to be put in a position where I could be com pelled to cater to any particular set of men, I could not be fair to organ ized or unorganized labor, to far mers' organizations, to big business or to little business. Knowing, as I do, the political am bitions of your organization and the false charges that some of its leaders and agents have made through your official newspapers against honest and patriotic public officials, I can not believe that back of the invitation you have sent me is any sincerity of purpose. The failure on the part of anyone to turn over the state gov ernment to those of your officers who have assumed the organization of the alleged Nonpartisan league and the control of the millions of dollars collected from Its members, will un doubtedly create opposition, but I know that such men, pretending to be friends of some particular class and deceiving some well-intentioned people, cannot long continue their policy of deception, for the patriotic farmers In the country and the loyal laboring men in the city know that their true friends are among those who strive for the maintenance of law, order and justice, especially In this, the most serious hour of our history, for that unity of the Ameri can people essential to the successful termination of the war. Very truly your. J. A. A. BURNQUIST.