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I/Îî b' £ JiJ N 1 1MS The Liîj S ci mita r. 17 O -■ t;jm: i BOISE, IDAHO, SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 1908 Vol. I. No. 21 Achievements of Agitation. The question is sometimes asked by professed Democrats what good has been accomplished by the fight made by the Idaho Democracy on Mormonisin during the past four years. If the question were asked of these same professed Democrats what good has been accomplished by the fight which has been made by the Democrats of the Nation in their platforms under the leadership of Mr. Bryan, what would their answer be ? Undoubtedly the answer would be, they have compelled the Republican party to adopt their policies; and they would call to wit ness the utterances of President Roosevelt and some partially accomplished legislation along the lines of the demands of national Democratic platforms. If you would ask these same professed Democrats, if, on account of these utterances of President Roose velt and these feeble but ineffective attempts for reform legislation, it would not be the part of wisdom for the Democratic party to abandon the policies of the national party because the Republi cans had partially recognized their demands, in or der to harmonize a few Democrats in New York and elsewhere, who had persistently refused to endorse these policies or vote for Mr. Bryan, they would jeer you. The professed Democrats of Idaho, who What has the Democracy of Idaho accomplished by the Mormon agitation? Speaking in a sordid sense, it has saved the State one-half a million dol lars. The Legislature of Idaho during Governor Hunt's first administration, passed a sugar bounty bill, giving a flat bonus of $20,000 to sugar factories to be erected, and one cent per pound for the first year and one-half a cent per pound for the second year on all sugar manufactured. The Legislature was Democratic, but both parties were bidding for have not supported their party for the past two campaigns, are urging this identical program on the Idaho Democracy. the Mormon vote and members of both parties sup ported the measure. Governor Hunt vetoed the bill. Governor Hunt was renominated. The beet sugar factories in Idaho are Mormon institutions. The polygamous president of the Mormon church, Joseph F. Smith, is president of every one of them, and polygamous apostles are directors. The Mor mons refused to support Governor Hunt for re election both in convention and at the polls. It was in this campaign, 1902, they made their deal with the Republican party. Governor Hunt was defeated and a Republican This Legislature passed the Legislature elected, sugar bounty bill which Governor Hunt had ve toed, it was signed by the Governor, but the Leg islature overlooked an important item and failed to make an appropriation of money to meet the re quirements of the act. Some time after the Legislature adjourned, the Mormons made a demand on State Auditor Theo dore Turner for a part of the money due them un der the act. He refused to draw the warrant. The Mormons promptly refused in the following Republi can State convention to renominate him. For other and much higher considerations than the sugar bounty bill the Democracy of the State, commenced their fight on Mormonism in Idaho. Among other things they attacked the sugar bounty bill, and no Legislature has dared to carry out the trade and vote the half million dollars which the law as it stands today says shall be paid the Mor sugar factories. A Democratic Legislature would repeal the law and not allow it to stand as an unfulfilled political bargain. It may be that some of the professed Democrats mon hope for Mormon support on the pledge to the Mormons that they will vote them the money claimed by them under the sugar bounty act. The Demo crats demanded in their State platform a change of venue law, in order to try cases of polygamous living in non-Mormon communities. The Mormons and their Republican allies undertook to meet this demand and allay agitation, by passing a change of venue law, leaving it within the absolute discre tion of the court officers in the control of the Mor mons, whether or not a change of venue shall be granted. The Mormons and their Republican allies met this demand by passing a law, which is cumber some, but which might be made useful in locating polygamous children, but the Governor nullified it for the time being by appointing a Mormon and an alleged new polygamist, president of the board, and the law surrounds him with machine Republican of ficials. The president of the board of health, Dr. Hyde, lives in Rexburg, the heart of Mormondom, The Democrats demanded in their platform a vital statistic law, which should provide for a registra tion of births. and will carefully see to it that the demand is not met, that polygamous children shall be registered. The Democrats have demanded a law against un lawful cohabitation. The Mormons will not allow the passage of such a measure. With the aroused public sentiment which has compelled the Mormons and their Republican allies to attempt to fool the people by ineffective legislation, there is every en couragement for the Democratic party to press the fighting. The Democrats demand that the constitution of the State shall be lived up to. They insist that the constitutional test oath be made effective by legislation. Nineteen Republican members of the last Legislature voted -with the Democrats to make it effective. The Republican party is hard pressed. It has exhausted every effort to deceive the people on the Mormon question. The Mormons are in absolute control of the Republican party. They have abandoned one position after another, and now must make a stand for another battle. Their Mor mon allies, on whom they have relied for victory heretofore, are now their weakness. They cannot hold the rank and file of their own army and at the mons. They cannot free themselves from Mormon dictation so long as the machine and Mormons con same time submit to the domination of the Mor trol the party. On the other hand, the Democratic party is full of the courage inspired by high purpose. It is mak ing its fight against a lecherous and criminal or ganization, misnamed a church, against the union of church and state and for the purity of the Amer ican home. Filled with high resolve and without fear or misgiving it is ready to do battle for high principle against its demoralized enemy. The Republican newspapers are commenting quite fully on the remarks of John F. Nugent before the Democratic Club of Ada County concerning his part in the last campaign. What startled them was this statement by Mr. Nu gent : "I have freely spent time and money for the success of the Democratic ticket. During the last campaign I spent more money for the success of the ticket than was ever spent by any man in the Not a Party Influence. state before." Some of these newspapers try to make political capital against the Democratic party on account of Mr. Nugent's utterances. It is fair to say, how ever, but few of them do this. Mr. Nugent was the attorney for the Western Federation of Miners before and during the campaign. Mr. Nugent was opposed to the policy of the Democratic party then, as he is now. At that time, as now, he wanted the Mormons and the Democratic party to combine. Mr. Nugent did not represent the Democratic party during the last campaign, nor does he claim that he did. He is very careful in his language in that regard and avoids giving an impression that he spent his time or money by direction of, or with the sanction or approval of, the Democratic party organization. The consensus of opinion is that Mr. Nugent spent his money to defeat Governor Gooding and Judge Smith, and that he was successful in great ly reducing Governor Gooding's vote in this and Canyon and other counties, and in encompassing the defeat of Judge Smith, fitted at all by his activity. The candidate for Gov ernor on the Democratic ticket and the candidate for Judge on the Democratic ticket in the Caldwell District, may have profited by his expenditure of money, but the Democratic party and Democratic candidates on the State, County and Judicial tickets Mr. Nugent did not, as a matter of fact, represent the Democratic party in any official capacity what ever, nor spend money for the success of the Dem ocratic ticket. The Democratic ticket was not bene certainly did not. Mr. Nugent wanted an alliance of the Democrats and Mormons. Mr. Nugent represented the West ern Federation of Miners. Mr. Nugent wants now a combination between the Democrats and Mormons. There is no escaping the plain inference that what Mr. Nugent desired during the last campaign and what he desires now, is a combination between the Western Federation, the Mormons and the Democratic party. This is precisely what those who stand with Mr. Nugent and Judge Perky in demanding that the Democratic party abandon its fight on Mormonism intend. The Demo cratic party did not receive the Mormon vote nor the Western Federation vote at the last election. The Democratic party would stultify itself beyond any hope of future redemption, should it compromise its present attitude in the slightest degree in order to secure the Mormon vote and the Western Federa tion in the next election. Mr. Nugent is always frank and manly, and when he made his utterance in the club he acted de liberately. He no doubt is perfectly content to stand by his speech and by his action in the last campaign. The Democratic party, however, is not responsible for what Mr. Nugent did during the last campaign or said at the club. The Democratic party has refused, up-to-date, to subscribe to Mr. Nugent's views as to the party policy, - Senator Tillman paid his respects to the President, the Senate and the House last Monday, reading his speech from manuscript, a precaution that elim inated much of the dynamite with which his ex temporaneous utterances are charged. There was enough left to render the senator effectively em phatic. President Roosevelt asks Congress to enact a law giving him a year's time in which to reinstate colored soldiers discharged on account of the Brownsville affair. He begins to suspect that he may have committed an act of injustice, his appreciation of the situation becoming keener as election day approaches.