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CHAMBER OF COM
In Debate With Equity Speakers at
Garrison, Chas. L. Boy land and
Geo. J. Smith Suffered Defeat.
On October 18th, at Garrison, N. D.,
there was a debate between represen
tatives of the Equity Co-operative Ex
change and representatives of the
Chamber of Commerce. This, in our
opinion, will be the last debate of its
kind ev?r held in the Northwest.
The audience was composed of a
large crowd of farmers and business
men from Garrison and vicinity, even
though the weather was bad at the
The Chamber of Commerce was
represented by Chas. L. Boylan, for
merly employe of the Equity Ex
change but discharged from their em
ployment on account of gambling ir
options, and Geo. J. Smith, the late
candidate for Governor of North Da
kota, who tried to hold the Equity
support while receiving money at the
same time from members of the Cham
ber of Commerce. A fine pair, indeed,
to represent an institution that has
been for so many years skinning the
farmers of the Northwest by the many
devices used by the Chamber of
Commerce that are at this time so
well known to the farmers through the
efforts of the men that are backing the
Equity Co-operative Exchange and
putting up the battle for an honest
grain market. There were other rep
resentatives of the Chamber of Com
merce present and among them was
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the notorious "Bundy," so well known
to all of the old time Equity workers
as the manager of the Farmers Eleva
tor at Voltaire, N. D., who tried his
level best to put the Equity Co-opera
tive Exchange in bad with the farm
ers but who was defeated at every
turn and asked as a special favor that
no reference be made to him by the
representative of the Exchange, if he
attended the debate at Garrison.
The time will no doubt come when
both Mr. Smith and Mr. Boylan will
want to attend some farmers meeting
without having the fact thrown up to
them that they were at one time in the
past, faithful servants of the Cham
ber of Commerce and traitors to the
farmers in their battle for an honest
This meeting was called by Mr. C. J.
Jansen, president of the Farmers Ele
vator Co., at Garrison, N. D., and was
called by reason of the fact that Smith
and Boylan had been boasting to the
farmers of Garrison and vicinity that
President J. M. Anderson of the Eq
uity Co-operative Exchange did not
dare to appear before them at Garri
son and face the charges that the
"would-be politician" and "ex-em
ploye of the Equity" were ready to
At the beginning of the debate Mr.
Boylan made it clear that he was com
pelled to make a living for himself
and family. Mr. Smith said he was
there because of his deep interest in
the farmers of North Dakota, which
lie evidently did not show when he was
a candidate for governor and bidding
for the support of the Equity mem
bers and at the same time hob-nob
bing with members of the Chamber of
Commerce and receiving from them
checks at the rate of $400.00 a clip.
Mr. Smith began by stating that the
Equity Co-operative Exchange was
bankrupt and to prove this, cited the
fact that they had borrowed at one
time the past year, $75,000.00. He al
so charged that the Exchange was run
by grafters, and a bunch of nine pins,
evidently referring to the Board of
Mr. J. F. Diefenbach was present
and spoke for a few minutes answer
ing charges that had been made
against him and offering to produce
any proof necessary that the business
of the Equity Co-operative Exchange,
as far as he knew, had been conduct
ed in an honest and upright manner.
In Mr. Anderson's remarks, he re
viewed carefully the circumstances
that led up to Mr. Boylan's discharge,
for the reason before stated. He also
reviewed carefully the fact that Mr
Smith had received a check for $400.00
from a Chamber of Commerce firm,
at the time he was a candidate for
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governor and stated very carefully thc
facts connected with Mr. Boylan's ef
fort to graft from the farmers $5,000
before his discharge by the board of
directors of the Equity Co-operative
In going over the recqrd of Mr.
Smith as a friend of the farmers, he
took occasion to ask why Mr. Smith
had opposed so bitterly the candidates
which the farmers of North Dakota
had chosen for state offices.
In regard to Mr. Smith's charge
that the Exchange had borrowed $75,
000, he stated that Mr. Smith was
wrong in his statement as the Ex
change had borrowed $1,250,000.00,
and that the banks of the Northwest
were satisfied that the Exchange was
not a bankrupt firm or they would not
have loaned this amount of money to
During the course of Mr. Smith's re
marks he had referred to Mr. Ander
son as incompetent to fill the position
he was holding but this remark tended
to make Mr. Smith the "laughing
stock" of the farmers. Mr. Anderson
has been President of the Equity Co
operative Exchange since its organiz
ation and it has grown in the short
space of time that it has been in ex
istence to be one of the largest grain
commission houses in the world.
In this connection it might be noted
that the institution which Mr. Smith
is at the head of would probably have
more difficulty in borrowing $75.00
than the Equity Co-operative Ex
change would have in borrowing $75,
At the close of the meeting, Boylan,
evidently not realizing how badly he
was beaten, asked for an expression
from the audience in regard to which
way they stood, but was hissed and
hooted at by the farmers present in a
manner that gave him to understand
without any further expression what
the farmers thought of his charge
against their own organization.
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