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The Idaho scimitar. [volume] (Boise, Idaho) 1907-1908, January 11, 1908, Image 5

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Republican Doctrine.
During its brief career as a molder of opinion,
The Scimitar has endeavored to impress upon the
voting public the importance of making the ballot
count against the control of the Mormon church in
politics and in government and'has urged the voters
to pass over party considerations and unite for the
common good.
It has held that people of every political faith
owed it to themselves and to their State to destroy
polygamy, that the defense of that institution might
no longer render it necessary for the organized Mor
mon church, holding the balance of power, to ally
itself with the Republican party, or any other party,
that it might dictate terms of government to all
the governed.
Especially has The Scimitar addressed its appeals
to those members of the Republican party who are
free from the dominating influence of the machine,
urging them to exercise conscience first and attend
to party matters afterwards, to remove an infamy
from their State and then settle the question of its
governing influences upon a legitimate party basis.
It has found the machine-controlled press of the
Republican party to be arrayed in opposition to the
reform it has suggested, found it everywhere in al
liance with the Mormon church, openly denying that
the church is an influence for evil and that its sup
pression as a political and governing factor is some
thing to be desired.
It is with a sense of pleasure that The Scimitar
takes notice of the fact that the machine-controlled
press of the State was not always under the corrupt
ing influence of Mormonism, that it was once honest
with the people whom it addressed as the advocate
of the right side of a high moral question. It takes
pleasure in reproducing an editorial extract from the
Boise Statesman of June 8, 1904, in which that paper,
the leading representative of the Mormonized Repub
lican machine of today, said :
To this end the Republican party should adopt
resolutions at its coming convention similar to those
adopted by the Democrats. It should go a little far
ther, demanding that our emasculated election laws
be amended to harmonize with the constitution on
the subject of the exercise of the right of franchise by
Republican citizens should take this matter in hand,
make themselves heard in every way possible, in
cluding primary action, and see to it that the reso
lutions adopted by the State convention of the party
shall ring true on this great question.
Let it go forth this fall that the people of Idaho
are preparing to force the Mormon church to keep
its promises ; that they have taken the control of
political and legislative action out of the hands of
the agents of the Mormon church and, as one peo
ple, though differing on party questions, are deter
mined to bring the church to a realization of the
duty it owes to the general public and to its own
If this is to be accomplished, nothing can be taken
for granted. Nothing but persistent agitation and
tireless work can accomplish the result.
Had the Republican party followed the advice of
the newspaper that then so strongly proclaimed the
right, the people of Idaho would not now be con
fronted by the menace that threatens to destroy their
citizenship rights. The question would have been
settled and the Mormon church would have been
forced out of politics and out of government.
The resolutions referred to in the opening para
graph of the foregoing extract from the Boise States
man were the resolutions of the Democratic party
of the State. They referred to polygamy and the
constitutional denial of the suffrage right to polyga
mists. One of the resolutions said:
We demand the extermination of polygamy and un
lawful cohabitation within the State of Idaho and the
complete separation of church and State in political
Such was the declaration of the Democratic party
that the newspaper organ of the Republican party
advised the convention of that party to adopt, with
certain additions that would more strongly empha
size the opposition of Republicanism to Mormon in
terference with the governing affairs of the people.
Had the Republican party at that time joined with
the Democratic party for the suppression of church
control the question that is today as much alive as it
then was would not now be an issue. But an alliance
between the Republican machine and the Mormon
church ensued and the church was so strengthened
that it will be more difficult to dislodge it in 1908
than it was in 1904.
In addressing itself to voters within the Republi
can organization, The Scimitar takes pleasure in em
ploying their own party argument of less than four
years ago, asking them to remember that the Mor
mon menace is no exclusive invention of its own—
that the doctrine it espouses was good Republican
doctrine three and a half years ago and would now
be good Republican doctrine but for a trade made
by a few party leaders, through which the honor
of every Republican voter was bartered away.
Contrary to its own belief, the party was commit
ted to a vice that is a standing disgrace to the man
hood and womanhood of the State. It was sold by
its managers, that they might attain their own sel
fish ends, and the voters, with singular docility, con
firmed the iniquitous bargain.
It was upon that bargain and sale that Governor
Gooding and his associates built the machine that is
leading the State into complication after complication
and making a scandal of the name of government.
It was not worth while for the party to consort
with a sin it had so eloquently declared against that
it might achieve triumph for the individuals who
now sit upon the throne of control. The party itself
has not received even the mess of pottage that was
the consideration in an old-time disreputable trans
action over a birthright.
That the Republican party permitted its bosses to
barter away a principle dear to its heart and con
science, The Scimitar is able to demonstrate through
the language of its newspaper representative, ut
tered before its defilement—before the enemy of man
had taken it upon the high mountain of corruption.
Dry Farming Congress,
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On the 23d, 24th, 25th and 26th days of the cur
Wherever irrigation is practicable, irrigation will be
employed as speedily as water can be placed on the
rent month there will be held at Salt Lake City a
dry farming congress. There is already widespread
interest in the meeting and many men of experience
will relate their experiences to the congress. They
will attend from far away and from near by and
scientific societies and expert organizations will be
What the future has in store for the vast semi-arid
domain of the far West under a fully developed sys
etm of dry farming is beyond present calculation.
land. But wherever irrigation cannot be employed,
the land will remain idle unless it can be subjected
to dry farming processes.
It is promised by experts that, wherever the rain
fall aggregates from twelve to fifteen inches in a
year, profitable crops can be grown every season by
following newly found processes for conserving the
moisture that is in the soil. That quantity of mois
ture is enough to develop and mature the ordinary
farm crops of the temperate zone if its escape
through evaporation is prevented.
Those in attendance on the Salt Lake will
be told how to do it, and of course there is great
interest among the occupants of the semi-arid belt
in so fruitful a topic.
Although Idaho is magnificently equipped for the
irrigation of the plains on a grand scale, it possesses
vast tracts of land that cannot be touched in the dis
tribution of the water of the rivers that flow down
from the mountains. The obstacle of natural for
mation is ever present. But if this waste land can
be rendered fruitful through the operation of the
genius of man, a general reclamation of the State
will ensue and the dry tracts will be made to pro
duce along with the irrigated tracts—not so pro
fusely, but in abundance sufficient to make their cul
tivation profitable.
The importance of the Salt Lake gathering of the
current month cannot be overstated,
discussion of methods for conserving the deposited
moisture, the congress will deal with the selection
of food plants best adapted to the region of partial
The National Department of Agriculture has cov
ered the earth with its experts in a search for plants
of that character and it has found something for al
most every condition within the wide range of the
United States. The results of these researches will
form a portion of the information given out by the
Besides the
For Coast Defense.
Military representatives of the general Govern
ment have in their intentions the instruction of the
militia of California, Oregon and Washington
coast defense tactics. The Adjutants General of the
three States have been called to Washington to
fer with the War Department on the subject.
The general Government has been viewing with
apprehension the defenseless condition of the Pacific
coast, especially since Japan became a power to be
reckoned with, and the general Government finds it
difficult to procure men enough to carry out the full
scheme of the Federal army establishment, especially
in the department of coast defenses.
The service is almost entirely in the heavy artillery
line, in which the instruction differs from that of
the infantry, the usual arm of the State militia. It
is the plan of the War Department to drill the militia
organizations of the west coast States in the tactics
of thè heavy artillery arm and the consultation it has
asked with the Adjutants General of the three States
named will be devoted to a discussion of that sub
The War Department has asked the Governors of
California, Oregon and Washington to assign the
companies of the several militia organizations per
manently to designated coast positions. If this is
not practicable, it asks the Governors to interest the
citizens of fortified cities in the organization of
panies for home service.
These preparations seem to.involve a possibility of
attack beyond the rumors that come and go of the
hostile intentions of the brown men of the island
During the drill period of last summer a portion
of the National guard of the Pacific States
structed in coast defense maneuvers and the
ment was deemed so much of a success that the
department feels warranted in extending practice in
the defense service.
was m
A Small Johnson Boom.
A relic of the Cleveland administration, F. C.
Robertson, of Spokane, has started a little Presiden
tial boom for Governor Johnson, of Minnesota, in
his neck of the woods. Being a Cleveland Democrat,
the Spokane boomer cannot well be a Bryan Demo
crat, but that does not explain how he can be a
Johnson Democrat, when the latter belongs to the
radical school.
The fact that Mr. Johnson, as a Democrat, can
carry the strong Republican State of Minnesota does
not make him logically a winner in the country at
large. Minnesota is controlled politically by the
Scandinavian element and, while it is generally Re
publican, it can be led into almost any political camp
by the candidacy of a popular countryman.
Mr. Johnson stands high in the esteem of the
Scandinavians of Minnesota and is probably in the
Spokane sphere of political influence, where Norse
men abound. But in the United States at large,
racial prejudices do not open the doorway to
Harry Thaw is again in the public eye, his second
trial for the murder of Stanford White having
opened in New York on Monday. The ground of
the defense is that Thaw was legally insane at the
time of the commission of the crime, though he is
now sane.

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