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rre ' ■ m THE NON PARTISAN LEAGUE LEADERS 99 - 4A» Falsity of Statements Circulated by Them Shown by Official Declaration of the Idaho Liberty Loan Committee—Affidavit Shows that D. W. Davis Received No Free Electric Service I The leaders of the Non-partisan League are adopting the foul means they have practiced everywhere they have operated. With the tactics of the porch climber they have 4 ■n V I Stand on My Record of 12 Years in Idaho—I Ask Comparison With the Records of the Nonpartisan League Leaders and Their Candidates. m The affidavit on this page correctly and truthfully states my connection with the late Senator Brady and explains the receipt of electric service by me at my home in American Falls. The statement over the signature of the Liberty Loan Committee leaves no question as to the deliberate malice and untruthfulness of the statement that I profited person ally by reason of my connection with the Liberty Loan Committee of the State of Idaho. LEGITIMATE AGREEMENT. The contract which I entered into with Senator Brady was fair. The services performed by me for the Senator and the Company consisted in securing of rights of way and sales of property for his company. I have known for many months that the unscrupulous leaders of the Non-partisan League would endeavor to connect me with the so-called Power Trust, BUT KNOW ING THAT THE CONTRACT WHICH I HAD MADE WITH SENATOR BRADY WAS FOUNDED ON A VALID CONSIDERATION, WAS FAIR, JUST AND 1 HONEST, I MADE NO EFFORT WHATEVER CONCEAL THE SAME, BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, IN VIEW OF THE ACTION OF THE POWER COMPANY IN DISCONTINUING THE SERVICE SINCE THIS ATTACK HAS BEEN MADE UPON ME, I HAVE INSTITUTED SUIT TO VINDICATE MY CONTRACT RIGHTS. MERELY CREDITOR OF THE COMPANY. As the report of the auditor shows, I have never had any dealings with the present Power Company other than receiving from them that which Senator Brady owed to me, the payment of which obligation they assumed when they purchased the plant. I am merely a creditor of the Company. ANYONE WHO WILL EXAMINE MY RECORD SHOULD BE SATISFIED THAT I WOULD NOT SELL MY INDEPENDENCE FOR SO PALTRY A BRIBE AS A LITTLE ELECTRIC SERVICE IN MY HOME, AND ALL WHO KNOW ME AND KNOW MY RECORD FOR TWELVE YEARS IN THE STATE OF IDAHO SHOULD BE CONVINCED THAT IN MY DEALINGS WITH SENATOR BRADY I WAS HÖNEST AND ABOVE BOARD AND HAD NO DEALING WHATSOEVER WITH THE PRESENT SO-CALLED POWER TRUST. NORTH DAKOTA PORCH CLIMBERS. I am not surprised that the gang of North Dakota Porch Climbers, who are now operating in Idaho under the name of the Democratic Party, which name they stole at the primaries, should endeavor by trickery and subterfuge to smirch my name as well as make an unscrupulous attack on the late Senator Brady, whose lips have been stilled by death and who cannot make an explanation in his own behalf. . I trust that this showing will clear the situation as far as the charge of being connected with the Power Trust is concerned, especially when considered IN CONNECTION WITH THE FACT THAT THE SAME UNSCRUPU LOUS GANG OF POLITICAL PIRATES HAVE ATTEMPTED TO CREATE THE IMPRESSION THAT I PROFITED PERSONALLY FROM MY POSITION AS CHAIRMAN OF THE LIBERTY LOAN COMMITTEE OF IDAHO WHEN THEY WELL KNEW THAT THEIR STATEMENT THAT I DID SO PROFIT WAS A DELIBERATE LIE, AS IS PROVEN BY THE STATEMENT OF THE LIB ERTY LOAN COMMITTEE ON THIS PAGE. I take it that at this late .date the voters of Idaho will not be deceived by malicious falsehoods emanating from such unsavory and disreputable sources. D. W. DAVIS. L burglarked the Democratic party of Idaho — a party of responsibility and standing—and carried it off as an organi zation, but not its members, to their cave of irresponsibility, Their "Foul Strike" 1 These Non-partisan League leaders, who in their disloyal acts and their exhibition of malice are not supported by the loyal and hard minded members of the league, reproduced a letter I had written asking the support of farmers and laboring men. I still ask that support and exp,cct to receive it as I have in the past, but as I have plainly stated, I have not wanted the support of the Non-partisan League leaders. I am ashamed to think they deceived me even for a moment, but I recall that they even deceived Roosevelt for a time, and that they have deceived temporarily many other honest citizens. This "foul strike one" at me is typical of the methods adopted by the Non-partisan League leaders wherever they have operated. Their "Foul Strike" 2 Again, with characteristic malevolence and wolf-like cunning these Non-partisan League leaders attempted to discredit me because as a builder of Idaho I gave my services to aid a struggling electric light Others did the same thing. The company could not pay us company. cash and we further helped them by entering into an agreement for electric service. In my case this was to cover my residence only and other service, although I used pknver elsewhere. ■ This agreement was to be in full force and effect until 1921. was not in any sense a free service, but something for which I had paid in advance. no It I shall insist in court on the company that has succeeded to the" business 6f the original company, and which assumed this agreement as it did all other liabilities of the old company, living up to that agreement. I ask you to read the following affidavit, and without further comment on this purely personal and legitimate transaction, I leave it to you : BEFORE THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF IDAHO. Affidavit of M. E. Hughes. In the matter of Free Service by the Idaho Power Company to D. W. Davis. STATE OF IDAHO, ) County of Ada. )SS. M. E. HUGHES, being first duly sworn, deposes and says: I am now a resident of Pocatello, Idaho, but carry on my business at Mountain Home, Idaho, where I am the president of the Community Farms company and in that capacity am managing the cultivation, farm ing and improvement of about 1000 acres. I am also acting as secretary of the Mountain Home Co-Operative Irrigation company, a private irriga tion system irrigating about 6000 acres of land in the vicinity of Moun tain Home. To these enterprises I now give my sole time and attention. I am in no way employed by or in terested in or with the Idaho Power company. I was the vice president and gen eral manager of the Idaho Consoli dated Power company, witht its gen eral offices in Pocatello, Idaho, from 1908 to September, 1912. This power company generated electricity at Am Falls and distributed it encan throughout southeastern Idaho, in cluding as one of its markets tne town of American Falls. The company was owned by the late Senator Brady, and I was closely associated with him from the year 1907 until his death. The Idaho Power company is now the owner and operator of the American Falls generating plant and the sys» tern of transmission and distribution connected therewith. I acted as the for southeastern Idaho for manager this power company until May 1, 1917, at which time I took up other employment. I know D. W. Davis of American Falls, Idaho, and have been acquaint ed with him ever since I became con nected with Senator Brady. Davis was running a bank at Ameri Falls when I became acquainted with him, and was engaged exclusive ly in carrying on business enterprises. He was associated with Senator Brady in business, and was his close personal friend prior to Mr. Brady's election as governor of the state of Idaho. I know that Mr. Davis gave considerable attention to looking after the business interests of Senator Brady while he was absent in Boise acting as governor of the state of Idaho, and while the senator was ab sent in Washington in the United States senate. Mr. can It was not an uncommon thing for Senator Brady to authorize the fur nishing of free service, and I now re call that a number of firms in Ameri can Falla received free service, among them being Philbrick & Greenwood, company, which had five years' free service for its city waterworks pump ing plant; the Remington hotel, which was furnished free service for a num ber of years for a large electric sign; Campbell & Stebbins, who had five years' free service for their large mercantile institution, as did also their successor, the Evans Mercantile company. Not only was free service furnished to the American Falls Tan ning company, but also a building site was donated. There are others that 1 cannot now recall. D. W. Davis was also furnished electricity at his home only, and he probably had less elec tricity furnished to him than the others whom I have mentioned. Service was granted to him in 1911, under a special contract with Senator Brady himself. My first notice of it was the receipt of a letter from Senator Brady, who was then living in Boise after his term of office as gov ernor had expired. It seems that he had recently purchased an interest in the First National bank of American Falls, of which Mr. Davis was presi dent, and he was also elected as a director and as vice president of the bank. Mr. Davis had rendered con siderable business service to Senator Brady, and in consideration therefor and for, as I understand, further at tention to be given by Mr. Davis to Senator Brady's business interests, electrical service at his home for a period of 10 years was granted to Mr. Davis. Accordingly, from the re ceipt of that letter on, no specific charge was made against Mr. Davis. I never raised any question about the right of Mr. Davis to receive this service, and never took the matter up with the officials of the Idaho Power company. Even after I be came manager of southeastern Idaho for that concern I took it for granted, and 1 still believe, that Mr. Davis was under a valid contract and agreement with Senator Brady; that he had ren dered valuable business services which, to my knowledge, were worth a great deal more than any electrical service that could be furnished to him for a greater period of years than Mr. Davis could possibly live, and that this contract could not be evaded by the power company simply because Senator Brady had sold his interests. It never occurred to me that any question whatever could arise that Mr. Davis was receiving anything that he had not a clear right to receive under his contract with Senator Brady. I cannot yet see why the power company should be especially favored at the expense of Mr. Davis by being allowed to evade performance of the contract that was made fairly and openly before the public utilities com mission existed. Further deponent sayeth not. M. E. HUGHES. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 23d day of October, 1918. CHARLES M. KAHN. Notary Public for Idaho. J Residence, Boise. Idaho. malice, cunning, deceit and disloyalty. They have followed this up by foul personal attacks on all Republicans and Democrats who oppose them. It was natural that I should be included in their "foul strikes. yy Their "Foul Strike" 3 As all citizens know, I was Chairman of the third Liberty loan drive, and gave it all my time. The Treasury Department allowed $6600 to Idaho for the expenses of this campaign, but less than $2000 was expended. Oregon, in con trast, spent $16,000.00, with the approval of the national government. Now these Non-partisan League leaders are repeating the libelous statement that I personally profited by the drive. This outrageous false hood zoas circulated bv the Non-partisan League leaders during the fourth Liberty loan drive, and the Idaho loan committee, feeling that the circulation of this false report was interfering with the drive, made a statement which dissipated the suspicions being aroused against the loan campaign, and also completely exonerated me. The committee stated that I had not received a cent for "personal services." I append the statement of the committee. Boise, Idaho, Oct. 10, 1918. Hon. D. W. Davis, American Falls, Idaho. Dear Mr. Davis : Referring to the article published in the Power County News under date of Oct. 4. In justice to the state Liberty loan committee and to you as chairman of the committee during the second and third Liberty loan campaigns, we believe a statement of facts is due from us. We do not care to dispute nor deny the figures given in the above mentioned article, but will confine our statement to the actual facts and figures. The expense incurred during the second campaign was $1999.10. This was the exact amount expended by the committee and for which the Federal Reserve Bank at San Francisco reimbursed the committee. f r OFFICIALLY REFUTED. The items of "personal" and "traveliug'i* t?o whrch the writer of this article seems especially critical: and which he endeavors to create the impression was money actually paid to you for your time, do not represent the facts, as these items were for expenses incurred by the authority of the whole committee. The system of accounting adopted by the treasury department, specifically provides that accounts be rendered by the chairman and dbstritmted under a num ber of various heads. All checks issued by the Federal Reserve Bank for »reimburse ments for these expenses are made payable to. the chairman of the state committee as a safeguard against improper distribution and is done under a ruling of the treasury department. RECEIVED NO PAY. The writer of this article is mistaken when he infers that this money was paid to you for your .personal services, which he esti mates at about $20 per day, as you were not paid one cent for your services,which you loyally and patriotically gave in carrying both the second and third Liberty loan campaigns to a complete and suc cessful conclusion, as all of the people of Idaho are well aware. RESIGNATION LIE NAILED. We further desire to confine our statement to facts and not "rumors" regarding your resignation as chairman of the committee. You were not asked nor requested by the officials of the Federal Reserve Bank at San Francisco to resign as chairman. On the contrary you were requested and urged by them to remain as chair man. You, however, voluntarily requested the committee to accept your resignation as chairman, which after due consideration, it did, and unanimously indorsed Monte B. Gwinn for chairman to suc ceed you and he was duly and formally made chairman by the governor of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Trusting this statement of facts by the committee, all of whom attach their signatures hereto, will be given proper consideration by the writer of the article referred to, and that he will be fair enough to correct any wrong impression his article may have given, we are, very respectfully yours. (Signed) MONTIE B. GWINN, G. R. HITT, CRAWFORD MOORE, F. F.' JOHNSON, Idaho Liberty Loan State Central Committee. i I am perfectly willing to leave these matters td the fair-minded people of Idaho, and I court any comparison with the records of the Non-partisan League leaders or their candidates. D. W. DAVIS.