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The Idaho Scimitar.
VOL. I. BOISE, IDAHO, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1008. No. 49 The Case Reviewed. The supreme court of the state, composed of three republicans, one of whom in the opinion of The Scimitar, was not qualified to sit in the case, rendered a unanimous opinion last Monday, that the Alexander, or Mormon ticket, should be placed upon the official ballot as the democratic ticket of the state. There has been a determination among the genuine democrats of Idaho that unelss the Mormon people would support the party platform, they should not participate in party conventions. The real democrats of the state insisted on pledging , , . , ... . ,, the party by resolutions, that tf given the power they would enforce the const,tutton of the state relating to the franch.se and to polygamous l.v.ng, The Mormons and their allies insisted that if the constitution was made effective, many Mormons holding , high ecclesiastical positions would be sent to the penitentiary, and that Mormon people would be disfranchised. The Mormons made their fears and their determination plain, by repudiating the party platforms in the 1904 and 1906 campaigns, and refusing to support the party candidates. More than this they denounced the leaders of the demo cratic party and cast their votes for the republican candidates. The genuine democrats refused them seats in their conventions of 1906 and 1908 . The republican supreme court has decided that the Mormons had a right to elect delegates to the 1908 convention of the democratic party and that the convention had no right to deprive them of seats. Stripped of all verbiage the court denies the right of the democratic party of Idaho to determine the qualifications of delegates to its conventions, party said at Cœur d'Alene in 1906 , by refusing to allow three Mormon delegates from Bear Lake county to sit, that Mormons were not eligible. The party could not have made it decision more plain, because there was no one to contest, even the seats of these three Mormons from Bear Lake county to the Cœur d' Alene convention of 1906 . The conven tion said, from the fact that they were Mormons, they could not and would not support the platform or the candidates of the party, therefore they should not be allowed to participate in the framing of the plat form or the naming of the candidates. The party not only said this, but made it plain that it intend ed to recognize in the southeast only those who sup ported its contention against Mormon practices. The party in 1908 at Twin Falls and again at Wallace, re-affirmed its position by seating as delegates those who were in full accord with its determina tion to rid the state of Mormon domination in poli tics and of polygamous practices. The supreme court says the party had no legal right to prevent the Mormons from sending delegates from the southeast. If they elected delegates under the form of law they were qualified to sit. The democratic party in convention and through their attorneys before the supreme court, took the position that the party had a right to protect itself, and that the court had no right to question its decision. In these Mormon counties where the contesting delegations came from, i.e., Fremont, Bear Lake, ai.d Oneida, the Mormons are in such a tre mendous majority in joint of numbers that the non-Mormons, the American democrats, could de pend only on their state party to protect them in their rights. The supreme court says the party could not legally afford this protection to the minority in these Mormon counties. There is no higher tribunal to appeal to. The decision of the court is final. The Alexander-Mormon ticket will be officially recog nized as the democratic state ticket. It is not allowable to question the rightfulness of the decision of our highest court. The Scimitar recognizes the authority of the court and bows to it and does not impugn to the court any but the purest and loftiest of motives in reaching its verdict. Having said this much The Scimitar claims the right and will exercise it, of stating the effect of the decision on the people of the state. The republican party of Idaho is under the com plete domination of the Mormon church, a lecherous law-defying organization. This party received prac tically all the Mormon votes at the last election, Qwing to the contest the democratic , was mak . jng against the practices of the Iaw _ defying organ _ ization Goverllor Gooding was , he Mormon cl f oice an( j candidate for The governor two years ago. people of the state were in rebellion against Mormon dictation, against Gooding's candidacy, and against the corruption which attends and must accompany this Mormon rule. Gooding lost nearly every Gen tile county in Idaho in the election and was beaten 3,000 votes when he reached the Mormon belt. On account of the attitude of the democratic party, because of their unmistakable declarations and in tentions to destroy the political power of the Mor mon hierarchy and to suppress polygamy, the Mor mons rallied to the support of their candidate and voted solidly for him. This gave Gooding a majority of something like eleven thousand in the five Mor mon counties, and re-elected him governor. The legislature which followed was the most wretched the state ever witnessed. One republican pledge after another was broken and scoffed at. At the end of the session, the people were more deter mined than ever to put an end to Mormon domin ation and its consequent corrupting influences. Mr. Jas. H. Brady was chairman of the republican state committee during the campaign and during the session of the legislature, He was an important factor in making the party pledges, and must bear his full share of the odium attached to the breaking of them. Mr. Brady was in full accord with the Mor mons then as now. Mr. Brady was not the choice of the Gentile republicans for governor. He is not their choice now. He was the choice of the Mor mons, and his election will mean a repetition of the disgraceful politics of the past few republican state convention which nominated Brady and his associates was not controlled by one lofty or ennobling ideal. It was a mass of trading delegates, who gave no thought or care to the good name of the state. Not one utterance was made by any mem ber of the convention in condemnation of the dis graceful trafficking which characterized the meet years. The ing from the beginning to the end of its Each trader and party to a trade, consoled him self with the openly expressed thought, that matter what was done, the Mormons would elect their ticket. The Mormons were in full control. The polygamist Walter Hoge was much in evidence, so was President Parkinson, nauseating to the people of Boise and the state, yet no one uttered a word of reproval. The self-respect ing people of Idaho would like to repudiate the Mormon controlled party and its unworthy candi dates. They would like to rebuke the entire out sessions. no The spectacle was fit. The supreme court, by its decision, gives the peo ple no choice. They cannot place the ban of their disapproval upon the republican-Mormon machine party without endorsing the Mormon-democratic trolled party. The strife now between Brady and Alexander is to secure Mormon votes. The Mormon republicans con will point to the record, will show how subservient they have been. The Mormon-democrats will prom ise to be more subservient. The Mormon-republi cans will say, "We have not enforced the constitu tion of the state against you. We have rendered the test oath a dead letter. We have not attempted to punish any one for living in the polygamous relation. We have always defended you when attacked." The Mormon-democrats will reply that the republi cans have not given the Mormons recognition for v gh office. "Look at us, we place a Mormon on our first state ticket—we will do better next time, if you will elect us, and give you a senatorship o v thc governorship, we will treat you as brothers and divide evenly with you." In addition to that the Hon. Mose Alexander will exclaim, "The republican say they have not enforced the constitution against you. Look at me, I have proclaimed openly that I will change the constitution if elected governor, and take out of it those ions which are obnoxious to you." dicker and trade for Mormon votes. provis It is now to be In addition the people are deeply stirred over the liquor question. The decision of that question with two Mormon tickets in the field is left entirely to the Mormons. One Mormon ticket has Mr. Brady at its head, who has for his chief lieutenant and ad viser, Mr. Bob Hays, the president of the brewers association, while the other has the Hon. Mose Alexander. The Hon. Brady stands on a county local option plank in his state convention. Mr. Brady and his Mormon associates are adepts at breaking pledges made by the party in state platforms, How and where do the Hon. Mr. Brady and his Mormons really stand on the liquor question ? put faith in their statements, if they were to make any? The Mormon platform on which the Hon. Mose stands is silent on the liquor question and he and his Mormon associates are supposedly against local option of any kind and against prohibition. Hon. Mose is depending for his votes on the Mor mons and the liquor interests. The Hon. Mr. Brady is depending for his election on the Mormons and the liquor interests. Would anyone The Hon. Brady will appeal to the people in the name of his great national party and the high char acter of Mr. Taft. The Hon. Mose will appeal to the voters in the name of the great national demo cratic party and the magnificent character of Mr. Bryan. The people understand that there is now no op portunity for them. They must sustain by their votes, either a democratic or a republican organiza tion controlled by the polygamist Mormon hierarchy at Salt Lake. The Scimitar has endeavored to vent this situation. pre It has labored earnestly to persuade the people of Idaho to throw off the Mormon yoke. Apparently they will have no opportunity to do so in this cam paign. The Scimitar cannot tell what course the people will choose to follow. So far as the publisher of The Scimitar is con cerned he will not support either the ticket of Mr. Brady or Alexander. A democratic-Mormon tick et is as objectionable to him as a republican-Mormon ticket. It was quite remarkable, that within an hour after the decision of the supreme court the Hon. Mose Alexander was on his way to Rexburg, Marysville, St. Anthony and Rigby, where arrangements had already been made for his campaign. He must be a mind reader, for his business affairs adjusted that he will not return for sometime. were so