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In their effort to befog Issues and to
mislead and misrepresent for the purpose of gaining and keeping poli tical control, the leaders of the Non partisan League have applied these tactics not only to the grown people of our day. They have set out de liberately to mold the minds of the coming generation in their favor by Weans of our public school system. Truths that the children should know are kept away from them. Claims of achievement under liuzy economic theories are being put for ward as facts. When the mind is given falsehoods for facts we are in a bad way. No one can arrive at sound conclusions if he reasons from a false premise. Tyrants Fear Honest Education. The government which we now have In North Dakota is a tyrannical gov ernment, not a democracy. Unlimited concentration of unusual power in the hands of public officials is tyranuy. It matters not whether such powers are voted Into the hands of elective or appointive officers or if they are arrogated by the rules themselves. Tyrants have always recognized en lightenment and. education as their mortal enemy. The political gang In control of our state government also recognizes that just as soon as the people get the facts with reference to all the League claims and theories there will be wholesale desertion from the Townley ranks. Regulation, Control and Pollution. An honest effort has always been made to teach facts and how to get at facts in our schools. The leaders of the Nonpartisan League realize, of course, that political control based on misrepresentation and misinforma tion cannot last long with our public school system and educational institu tions functioning normally. Therefore, the schools must be gotten at some how in order to attain the desired end. Political regulation, control and pollution has been resorted to. Teach ers' certificates are issued by ap pointees of the gang instead of by the elected superintendent of public Instruction. School boards are put in such positions that they must be "friends" of the administration or be embarrassed financially in the hand ling of the schools In their charge. Our school libraries are being filled with books and magazines that pro' pound the doctrines of socialism, syndicalism, anarchy and radicalism In all forms. The books that defend the fundamental principles of popular government are thrown out and maga zines of the same type are stopped from coming to the reading rooms. Local school boards are prohibited by a 20 per cent limit law from vying enough taxes to take care of necessary current expenses. (Everything that goes to make the schools, from cost of chalk to cost of teachers, has in creased. A steady growth in the num ber of children demands more room and more equipment.) Political Control Through Money Control. In the juggling of our tax system to smuggle in single tax ideas, such laws and rules have been made that many of our well-to-do school districts are now compelled to operate largely on outstanding warrants. The Hatton school district, Traill county, one of the richest school districts in the state, will have between seven and ten thousand dollars worth of its paper on the market. In the state bank, did someone say? N'o, sir! Neither can the Hatton school district borrow from its local banks as it has done for thirty years, without per mission from the Bank of North Da kota. All of our public school nunify Is now placed In the hands of the Townley gang instead of remaining in the hands of the people that raised It by (laying their taxes. Local bunk ers have always arranged to take care of the schools during the short sea son. Not so with the Bunk of North Dakota, that now has charge of the school funds. It evidently has friends nearer and dearer that must be taken care of. "SOMEBODY LIED" "Twelve million dollars saved on grades in 1919 crop, (estimate made by Ladd)." This statement is pub lished as a fact in the "claims" col umn of the Townleyized press. Also "$7,000,000 saved in 1919 crop on dock age claimed by Ladd." Farmers are «xpected to swallow both statements. Examine Claims. Let us examine these "claims." If the rest of the Townley gang's "claims of savings" are as truthful as these, and we take It for granted they are, then the gang's nerve in trading on the farmer's gullibility has "reached a new high water mark. The 1919 crop was about 55,000,000 to 60,000,000 bushels. The claims of savings total 19 million dollars. Nineteen million dol lars on fifty seven million bushels amounts to 33% cents a bushel. Two lines of market stations line the Red river, one on the North Dakota side and one on the Minnesota side, Wah peton-Breckenridge, Christine-Wol ver ton, Fargo-Moorhead, Grandin-Hen drum, Hillsboro-Halstad, Buxton-Nlels vill®, Grand Forks-East Grand Forks, and so on to the Canadian line. Claims Would Bring Minnesota Wheat If True. If the North Dakota markets men tioned paid 33% cents more a bushel for wheat, why did they not get the Minnesota wheat which was adjacent and common territory? Why did farm ers such as Mr. Nesvig of Fargo and many others all along the- line haul their wheat to Minnesota where they •figured they got a better deal under federal grades and rules than here where their "farmer friends" boss the roost? Are these farmer simpletons? Before any tax can be levied for taking up outstanding warrants, these must be registered at Bismarck in the Bank of North Dakota. This places the control of the school district's financial affairs under the thumb of the industrial commission and the po litical gang that controls our state government. If the school board hap pens to be a "friendly" one, a way can perhaps be fouud to accommodate it. If not, it will have to find its own way with no credit at the bank where its money must be deposited, and, of course, no credit at any bank with which it can not do business without the consent of the bank that handles the money. Teachers Leaving—Officers Resigning. The best of our teachers are leaving the state because of being compelled to court favors from an unscrupulous radical political gang. The best peo ple in every community are resigning as school officers because of the un usual and unnecessary reports and reports that are required by the Bank of North Dakota in order to keep its accounts with the school district straight. Our public schol system is being paralyzed because of the injection of partisan politics. The people of each school district who in thirty years have been able to build up our schools so that our state was rated as fifteenth in the Union, cannot now be trusted with the management of their o.wn schools. The higher institutions are being piloted into the seas of social ism. They are being Tottenized. The heads of our state institutions must bark for socialism or out they go. (Continued on page 4) Or is Ladd and the rest of the socialist gang, talking through their hat. com monly speaking, lying? Hud such prices prevailed, Breckenridge, Wolver ton, Moorhead, Haistad, Hendrutn, East Grand Forks and all similarly situated Minnesota elevators would have been closed for lack of business. Even a difference of 5 or 10 certs a bushel would have brough the Minne sota wheat to North Dakota, but It stayed at home, and much North Da kota wheat crossed the Red to get a better market in Minnesota. Such barefaced lies will come home to roost. A gang that resorts to such balderdash must be In the last ditch. It's a pity that Professor Ladd's name should be used as a cloak for such falsehoods. Only the hope that a lie spread thick enough will always leave some stick ing. especially among those who either do not read at all or do not read any thing but the claims and arguments of one side, could give even the Townley ized with its gall and nerve, courage enough to put such a fantastic and untruthful claim In print. Forgot to Tell About Melon Patch. A farmer hauling a 100 bushel tank of wheat to Breckenridge. Moorhead or East Grand Forks, could, according to this claim, have hauled it across the bridge, and less than a quarter mile, and received $3.1.:! more for the tank of wheat, but didn't do it. Evi dently money is no object to Minne sota fanners. Townley must have for gotten to inform even his friends on the Minnesota side about the melon patch across the Ited river in North Dakota. RO Be Sure To Vote And Vote Right On June 30th. PARALYZING OUR SCHOOLS WHAT THEY ARE The leaders of the Nonpartisan league and many of their local henchmen are not "friends of the farmer" nor of labor as they claim, but radical agitators for selfish purposes operating at the expense of the honest farmer and labor unionist. This is proven by their own action to-wit: First—By the enactment of the industrial commission law, which is a politcal grapple-hook with which to centralize power and furnish jobs for selfish political manipulators at a tremendous expense. It is a needless middleman. It serves no good public purpose. Every insti tution and industry over which it has charge can operate as efficiently by being made self-operating and Independent of the industrial com mission. The industrial commission is an unnecessary public burden and a menace to popular government. Legislators who ijre responsible for such a law are not friends of either the farmer or the laborer. Set®nd—By the anti-Injunction law favoring the I. \V.' W. and other disturbers of the peace as against the farmer, the property owner and the loyal peace-loving wage-earner. Third—By the labor compensation law which Is taking the money away from employers of labor in excess of what it costs to protect labor a?»inst accident. This increases the cost of goods and service and th idded expense falls in the end on the consumer. In practice It amounts to an arbitrary tax levied on employers by a board appointed by the governor. This law is represented to be a benefactor of labor when as a matter of fact It Is a scheme for gathering political power In the hands of those in control of the state government. It is a scheme for political grafting at the expense of the public and iu the name of labor. Fourth.—By the homebullders law and extension of eminent domain, both of which are a burden and a threat against landowners anc. of little value to the public as c.vnpar-d to its cost. This is a scheme for political grafting in the name of the home-seeker. Fifth—By using a great part of the $200,000 immigration fund to keep men and women on the state payroll for the purpose of develop ing and spreading socialism, which neither the average laborer nor farmer believes in. Sixth—By creating a large number of expensive political jobs for socialist henchmen, many imported from other states. The farmer pays the greater part of the cost of maintaining these jobs been use under the "New Day" in North Dakota, lie is made to pay 70."G per cent of all taxes by direct levy and another 15 per cent indirectly by other tax schemes that hit the farmer the hardest. Seventh—By an unfair hail Insurance law which in fact compels farmers who do not want hail protection to carry this protection for themselves and to help to pay for it for others. This is tyranny and a clear case of unjust taxation. Eighth—By their open and secret trafficking with red radical socialists and labor agitators of the extreme type sum as Debs, Mills and Kate O'Hare, all of which have undermined our standard of morals, our homes, our schools and our ideals of government. People who are guilty of this are not friends of the people of North Dakota. No man or set of men responsible for such laws and deeds as those enumerated above can claim to be "farmer friend" or a friend of the honest and respectable laborer. They are self-confessed radical agita tors and enemies of the farmer who is a capitalist, an employer of labor and a producer. They are stumbling blocks for the laborer who believes that the humun family Is better off when the individual can earn, save and spend according to his own notion, merit and capacity. Any person who believes in a God and that the ownership of property and the possibility of acquiring property stimulates the thrift and contentment that is needed for the maintenance of popular govern ment and the perpetuatiou of the human race, has not and canuot have anything in common with socialists or socialism. Even if you think that state-ownership and operation of all indus tries will cure all ills of which man complains which is the materialist philosophy of life on which socialism is based, you will have to admit that you do not KNOW how it will work our. It must also be admitted that a fair "try-out" of publicly owned mlils and elevators can be had with the sum of $2,000,000, which is positively promised in the platform upon which all Anti-Townley candidates for office in North Dakota are now seeking nomination and election. Why, then, if you are not a radical socialist should you vote for the re-election of a political gang that is guilty of all of the foregoing and all of the following: Ruination of the credit of our slate and thousands of its people. Almost complete destruction of our state constitution. Attempted pollution of the minds of our youth and paralyzing of our school system. A taxation scheme which will, If further developed, lead to con fiscation, in the name of the state, of all real property. Public grafting by means of fake stores. Political grafting by means of an attempted monopoly of the public press. Trying to paralyze our county enforcing machinery by urging the approval of the state sheriff law: Trying to do away with honest elections by urging approval of the absent voters law Planning a reign of political terrorism as a means of perpetuating themselves in office by urging the approval of the smelling committee law To cap the climax they are now cowardly evading the red flag Issue and sneakingiy trying to confuse the voters as to how to vote on the anti-red flag law, so as to get them to unintentionally vote to approve of the display of the red flag in our midst. WNL£"SO O N I N IS A S Only 7 left r~ 2 3 S 6 7 8 9 10 tl /(, 19 xs 26 THE I. V. A. AND THE SLUSH FUND The leaders of the Nonpartisan league are apparently relying more than ever on their ability to play on the passions and prejudices of the voters instead of convincing them by reasoning. They are charging with more vehemence than ever that the Independent Voters association (I. V. A.) is maintained financially by some corporation, individual or set of In dividuals that are "enemies of the farmer" and that the tilings that are done by the I. V. A .are suggested by some sinister influence that has any thing but the welfare of the common people of North Dakota at heart. The leaders of the Independent Voters as sociation have challenged the makers these charges time and again to produce a single fact to prove their charges hut none lias come and none can be produced. The Independent Voters association makes its plea for financial support open and above board. The support comes in the form of membership fees ind voluntary donations and special campaign fund apportionment among those who are opposed to Townleyism and willing to help to get the facts shout, it to the average voter who has been misled by people who have had his confidence under the guise of be ing his friends. Beginning of I. V. A. "Slush Fund." The first money for the Independent Voters association came in the form of a number of $5.00 payments made by citizens from Steele and Griggs counties. Later this was augmented by the organization of the association for a statewide campaign and the establishment of two membership fees. A regular membership fee which was $10.00, and included a year's sub scription to The Independent. The other was a development membership fee of $25.00 or more which included a subscription to The Independent to the member for the period off his membership and a six months' sub scription to one other person for each $5.00 paid in the form of a develop ment membership fee. In order to get the association launched on a statewide scale, loans of $100.00 per individual were asked for in February 191!), among those who were already awakened to the dangers that lurked in Townleyism, Eighty-five persons responded to this call for loans. These loans were paid hack by setting aside as a loan repay ment fund, $5.00 out of each develop ment membership fee that was paid until the amount so set aside was suf ficient to pay back all such loans. 1919 Referendum Fund. When it was decided that for the The cheap and childish talk about grading and dockage indulged in by •the socialist press is simply ridiculous in view of the actual facts surround ing this difficult matter. good of the state, a number of tha most far-reaching laws that wer» passed by the regular session of tha legislature in 1919, should referred to the people, it became the task of ttoa Independent Voters association to in augurate that referendum election. A special campaign fund was solicited among the supporters of that move ment which amounted iu all to less thau $40,000.00. Self Sustaining Campaign. As soon as the harvest season was over in the fall of 1919, an active campaign against Townleyism was in augurated. Speakers, tieldmeu and literature were seut into county after county to call the people to arms, as it were, against this political dragon that had fastened itself upon our hacks. The expenses of this cam paigning were cared for by the mem bership fees that, were collected as the campaign moved oil und on into territory where people were being aroused out of their political lethargy. Special Campaign Now. For the purpose of defraying tha expenses of the special campaign In which the Independent Voters asso ciation's now engaged, a special cam paign fund is being raised by asking the anti-Townleyltes in each county to chip in according to their financial ability and desire to help. Political Independence the Privilege of All. Thousands of voters, the majority of them farmers, have contributed to the coffers of the Independent Voters association from time to time and thus helped to make it possible for it to carry on the campaign of agitation, organization and education which has been conducted by this organization since it was founded shortly after the last general election. GRADING AND DOCKAGE Honest Grades Wanted. There is hardly a man in North Dakota outside of the insane asylum who does not desire and believe in a just and correct standard of grades, just as well as he believes in sound money and honest weights. The great difficulty is how to find a standard method of grading that will enable seller and buyer of grain to grade fair ly the varying crops from year to year. One year large plump wheat, the next year kernels shriveled by drought or rust. Even in the same year the dif ferent zones of the state frequently demand different grading methods. Present System Faulty. The present state grading system, which on account of the litigation as to whether any one state can demand that Its grades be recognized by the general expert market is suspended by the federal courts, probably tempo rarily, Is very far from perfect. Equal quantities of three certain lots of wheat grading respectively No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, if mixed will all grade No. 1. Were the grades perfect, this could not lie done. To find (he bread value and feed value of a varying crop will require the careful experi ence of many years to come. The present rules on dockage have not produced the great money gains for the individual farmer, or farmers in general, that is claimed, as every farmer who raises wheat knows. Much of the crop does not come under the rules on account of the 3 per cent limit in some the cost of cleaning ex ceeds the feed value of matter separ ated in many places the market is lowered when dockage is paid for. While in practice it has worked some hardship for farmers' elevators in Every honest farmer and other citi zen will admit that it is the privilege of those who do not agree with hi in politcall.v to un'te for political action in opposition to him and to help cre ate the necessary funds to wage tlis various campaigns that may be un dertaken from time to time. A farm er or other citizen who is a member of the I. V. A. has a right to con tribute to the treasury of this organi zation without being accused by his neighbors of being their enemy or a traitor in their midst or a tool of some mysterious sinister influence somewhere. That is political liberty guaranteed to every citizen. Produce Proof or Be a Liar. The leaders of the Nonpartisan league should either be put down as (Continued on page 3 handling the crop, the principle that a man should get what his grain is worth, whether it is fit for bread or for feed or for both is sound and will in due time be worked out. In some states the fanning mill and feed grin der on the farm has practically elimi nated the problem. Grading and Dockage—Neither State Nor Partisan Problems. Neither grading nor dockage are par tisan problems. They are everybody's problem in this state. In the long run neither buyer nor seller can be gouged or cheated In this matter, and an hon est and practical method of establish ing grades and disposing of foreign matter or partially damaged grain Is of equal importance and value to both parties concerned. A Just and correct solution can be found only through honest and persistent study of the problems involved, not by false charges and lying claims put forth for selfish political purposes. It Is sheer folly to talk or think that any law or set of laws that we in North Dakota can enact with refer ence to the grading of grain can he of any material value to the farmers of the state. Every bit of North Dako ta's wheat and flour except what little is needed for food at home is sold and must be sold in other states and coun tries, and In competition with the grain and grain products produced in other states and countries. We can not Increase the value of North Da kota wheat or compare it with the value of other wheat In the public market by designating some new grades or grading standards or making some rules about how to handle dock age. The problem of grain grading so far as North Dakota is concerned is an Interstate one. Therefore legislation, so far as It can be made use of in solving it, must be enacted by co» gress.