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Q) Ely Ell 'bf l£ ri' jun11 The l4 20 STAT p/ / 1 The Idah& 'w- ^ No. 22 BOISE, IDAHO, SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1908 Vol. I. Bryan and Polygamy. The last National Democratic platform, adopted by the convention that nominated Judge Alton B. Parker, held at St. Louis, contained the following expression : We demand the extermination of polygamy in the jurisdiction of the United States and the separation of church and state in political affairs. There is a club in existence in the city of Boise that pretends to be a Democratic club. It is con centrating all its efforts upon the task of discredit ing the foregoing utterance of the National Demo cratic party. It deals with nothing else. It says the Democratic party of the Nation and of the State is interfering with a religion in an unconsti tutional way. Yet it pretends to be a Democratic club. It pre tends to be solicitous for the nomination of Mr. Bryan and affects the purpose of clearing the way for him by eliminating the fight against polygamy and inviting the polygamists to help nominate Mr. Bryan. That portion of the history of the transactions of the last National Democratic convention that relates to the committee discussion over the platform states that Mr. Bryan was a member of the committee that prepared the platform. It then says : It was a foregone conclusion that Senator Dubois would command the situation. When the subject of polygamy was reached in the course of deliberation on the platform, Mr. Bryan, Mr. Hill and other members of the committee declared themselves in favor of a resolution demanding a constitutional amendment for the suppression of polygamy. Senator Dubois explained that he had agreed with the Utah delegation that there should be no mention of a constitutional amendment and he could not, in good faith, agree to any such resolution as would include After the sub-committee ad such amendment, journed, the members who had interested themselves in the matter personally said the agreement made between the Utah delegation and Senator Dubois had been the only obstacle to the passage of a spe cific declaration calling for a constitutinal amend ment. Mr. Bryan, therefore, was in favor of a much stronger anti-polygamy plank than the one adopted, than the one favored by Mr. Dubois under his agreement with the Utah delegation. Yet this pretended Democratic club of Boise pre tends further to favor the nomination of Mr. Bryan, with his ultra anti-polygamy convictions, with his desire to place a clause in the Federal Constitution prohibiting polygamy in all the States and terri tories and giving the Federal authorities jurisdiction for the prosecution and punishment of all polyga While opposing Mr. Dubois' milder views the subject under discussion, this club says it is mists. on willing to accept the extreme views of Mr. Bryan. It is sending literature out among the people in which it declares that the fight on polygamy is in juring the chances of one of the most pronounced anti-polygamists in the last National Democratic con vention—Mr. Bryan, whom it pretends to adore. Two or three weeks ago, Mr. Bryan personally notified the public, through his newspaper, that the interests in conspiracy against his nomination had secretly planned to secure the election of delegates the Denver convention who would be presumed to be for him, but would, in reality, be against him. They were to be chosen in as many States as pos sible under false representations and even if in structed for him were to abandon their instructions to after one or two ballots. The warning sent out by Mr. Bryan can be ap plied, without any stretch of imagination, to lleged Democratic organization created for the pur an a pose of defending and protecting a crime that Mr. Bryan conspicuously says ought to be destroyed by the strong arm of the general Government. The Democrats of Idaho will guard their own in terests and the interests of Mr. Bryan if they keep watchful eye upon the pretended Bryan Democrats of the Boise club. A Mormon Threat. During the last session of the Legislature a num ber of the Solons took a trip up North, and were the guests of the State University at Moscow. At a banquet, Bishop Kilpack, of the Mormon church and a representative from Fremont County, made a speech which dismayed his hearers and hosts. Every one in and around Moscow is proud of the State University. It is their joy. Bishop Kilpack, addressing the University folks, I will be in the Legislature again in two said : years, and will introduce a bill to separate the agri cultural college from the State University and locate it in South Idaho. I am sorry the Agricultural building is going up here now, but it can be used for some other purpose." As the Agricultural College receives something like $50,000 a year from the general Government, it is an extremely important part of the State University. The Moscow University people understand fully that if Bishop Kilpack spoke with authority, if he repre sented the intention of the Mormons, the Agricultur al College is in great danger of being removed. We wonder if Congressman French will be com pelled to endorse the design of Bishop Kilpack, as the price he must pay in order to continue to en joy the favor of the church and to retain his seat in Congress. Congress on His Hands. While the plan of government for the republic of the United States provides that there shall be a legislative department and an executive department and that the former shall make the laws and the latter execute the laws, the man now at the head of the executive department is not exacting from himself compliance with the rule that would confine him to a single sphere of action. Observing that a policy of non-action is the dis tinguishing trait of the Congress he now has on his hands, Mr. Roosevelt has assumed the legisla tive function so far as to prepare and formulate a program for the concluding months of the session and to notify the "coordinate branch" that now is the time to become busy. Under his direction, Congress is expected, before the adjournment of the session, to enact such amendments to the Sherman anti-trust law as shall throw a sop to the railroads and a sop to organized labor. The railroads will be authorized to enter into traffic agreements, commonly called pooling, and some steps will be taken to relieve organized labor from the effects of a recent judicial decision cutting off the privilege of the boycott. Legislation to modify the injunction power of some of the courts is on the program and an em ployers' liability law is within the executive inten tions. Not the least important of the requirements of the executive head is the passage of the Aldrich financial bill. Finally, the country is to be informed that the executive and legislative leaders have again per fected their just-before-election agreement to revise the tariff some time after election. An elastic date has been applied to that important transaction, the 'some period of tariff manipulation being fixed at time after March 4th, 1909." Congress is not disposed to do anything on its own initiative, beyond the completion of the ap propriation acts, and that is why the President has resolved himself into a steering committee, placed himself in the saddle and is spurring the unwilling charger of legislation along the highway of activity. It is just before election and the administration finds it necessary to propitiate complaining labor, subdue the rancor of railroad corporations and take the farmer by the hand and promise him some mitigation of the tariff tax. It has been the plan of the leading members of Congress to adjourn the session about the middle of May, leaving undone many things the President would like to have done. But with the big stick over their heads, the unwill ing members of the legislative body may lengthen the session into the month of June. The program formulated by the President is the outcome of conferences, participated in by business men, labor organizations and civic associations, or, at least, it is based upon their representations. The Organ Clears It Up. ^°* se has only a portion of the Deseret News foi * ts organ is wrong. Ihe Salt Lake edition of the Mormon Mouthpiece devotes all the space called for to the literature and oratory of the club, and in the harem homes of Idaho and Utah it is building up quite a reputation for the writers and orators of the organization. The Salt Lake edition states editorially that Hon. Karl Paine disposes effectively of the silly charge that the church is playing politics in Idaho." The Salt Lake edition then explains how the silly charge was disposed of by Hon. Paine, saying: As his reason for doing so (opposing his party) The presumption that the alleged Democratic Club he stated that the agitation of the Mormon question would split the democratic party from center to cir cumference at a time when unity is most needed. Of course there was nothing left of the "silly charge" after Hon. Paine was through with it. Even the shreds were reduced to threads. A school for feeble minded that could not grasp the illuminating logic of the Deseret News, Salt Lake edition, would not be deemed worthy of the taxes paid for its sup port. Equally difficult problems will be solved on application, while you wait, by the Deseret News (either edition). Happily Employed. polygamous supporters a few years ago that a strong argument for them was the ex-reverend s Some said then that the Judge was on the wrong side. It is quite likely that his presen; calling and associates are much more congenial and to his liking. Speaking from an intellectual standpoint the ad vent of Flenner into the columns of the Mormon The ex-Reverend J. D. Flenner has been em ployed to espouse the cause of the open advocates of polygamous practices. It was claimed by the opposition, ized Capital News makes a great improvement in that paper in a purely literary sense. The moral tone of the paper has not been changed at all. It remains the same. What a magnificent opportunity the Judge lost in not embracing the polygamous side earlier in life. However, the good people of Boise and the State will enjoy him in his new role, even if they are slow to accept his guidance.