m THE NON
PARTISAN LEAGUE LEADERS
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
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
I Stand on My Record of 12 Years in
Idaho—I Ask Comparison With the
Records of the Nonpartisan League
Leaders and Their Candidates.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Affidavit of M. E. Hughes.
In the matter of Free Service by the
Idaho Power Company to D. W.
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
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
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
this power company until May 1,
1917, at which time I took up other
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
F. F.' JOHNSON,
Idaho Liberty Loan State Central Committee.
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.
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