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HIS drawing does not represent things as they are, but as
they should be.
Fourth o' July, spread-eagle orators, eloquently in
form us that the "farmer is the most independent man on God's
dearth." Political spellbinders unctuously tell us that £Re "farmer
vis the backbone and sinew of the country." Loquacious editors
earnestly assure us that the "farmer feeds the world."
All of which makes us fell very happy, and much of which
is as true as gospel. Most of it is a just and deserving tribute.
Indeed and in truth the farmer is king. But he is uncrowned.
has not ascended his throne and taken up his sceptor.&r^yi
He feeds the world and is the back-bone and sinew of the
country alright but he is not independent afld free.
He is the servant, if not the slave, of all. He serves the
rest of the world and serves it well He serves the railroads,
the machinery trust and the grain combine, and serves 4hem well.
He serves all the great corporations.
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Things As They Should Be
FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA, NOVEMBER 11, 1915 Number 8
Corporations are said to be soulless things
The farmer is admitted to have a soul.
And yet the farmer with a soul must serve a thing without
These soulless trusts, combines and corporations are very
necessary things. They include public utilities and common neces
sities. But that men should serve them is horrible beyond ex
These soulless things should serve the. farmers^—should serve
all the people. Those things with nerves of steel, muscles of
iron and "fists of cast should be the slaves of the peoplg, not
their masters. •.
When justice and right shall reign this will be so.
When the people rule, then justice and right will reign/
Then will the farmer mount his^throne, take up his scepte^^
and be crowned king of the land. iV
The farmer is king! Long live the farmer! #1
-the law says it.
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