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THE O" ORGANIZATION OF FARMERS IS RIGHT HE Nonpartisan League has been criticised because they charge a fee. Newspapers have scoffed at them because they charged the voters for "telling them how to vote." These criticisms have had no effect upon its members or the farmers of the state. The farmers know that every other trade and profession has a similar organization they know that the bankers charge $25.00 a year, that the newspaper men pay $3.00, that the hardware men and merchants, physicians and law yers pay a large fee to maintain their organization. This money is used to pay for a trade paper, to send lobbyists to the legisla ture to influence legislation, etc. These trades and professions be lieve that their organizations is a benefit to them, they know it. The farmer has been the last man to organize and because of this he has had nothing for him in the line of legislation except to reduce his exemptions has been discriminated against, organized against and his property has been divided among robbers. The newspapers which oppose the Nonpartisan League want the farmer to continue to run wild, so that they can get so much per for telling the farmers through their papers just whom to vote for. They know that with the N. P. Leader in the field that they are going to be largely eliminated from politics unless they fall in line. There is nothing but good in store for the farmers if they stand by this League and help to run .it properly every farmer in the state should be vitally interested in this League and from what we have heard most of them are.—Ryder News. 1910 census is now five years old and becoming less valuable every day. Some of the most valuable sub jects covered in that census were unemployment, marital conditions of persons engaged in gainful occupa tions, countries of birth of foreign born gainful workers, age distribution of. gainful workers by five or ten year periods and class of workers—that is whether the worker was an employer, an employe or was working on his own account. When the. reports of these subjects-are tabulated and pub lished we will then.be able to know how many fathers and how many mothers there are in this country. We will also know how many mothers 5&re struggle to help support their families. We will know how many people there are unemployed and also how many capitalists and owners of industries there are as compared with wage workers. We would also be able to learn why the average annual death rate of babies in 134 out of every 1,000 in the congested industrial centers, as against only 80 babies out of every thous and in the choicest residential sections. But five years have passed and these reports have not yet been tabulated and published. The department reports that funds for this purpose are lacking. No funds were lacking to tabulate and publish the reports on the manufacturing industries. No funds are lacking for pork purposes. No funds are lacking for battleships battleships, which after ten years are ready for the junk heap. Note who is running the country, if you want the answer to this question. WATCH THE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE N another page of this issue the Leader presents an article giving the substance of the new law creating a board of HHISli regents to govern the eight principal educational institu tions of the state and giving personnell and business of the five men appointed on this board. So far as the farmers of North Dakota are concerned the vital work of this board will have to do with the future of the State Agricultural college which is above all the educational in stitution of the state in which the farmers have a keen and un wavering interest. In a state in which agriculture is the chief and only great industry and where farmers pay nearly 80 per cent of the taxes, it is unfortunate that no actual, bona fide farmer will have a voice in the future of an institution so closely allied to the great busi ness of agriculture. The farmers got the usual deal here—the board consists of business and professional men, with the possible exception of one member, who is classed as a "farmer and banker." Farmers of North Dakota should watch every move of this business and professional men's board of regents, at least so far as it concerns the fate of the agricultural college. There has been no indication as yet that it is intended to develop other educational institutions at the expense of this farmers' institution, but it is within the power of the new regents under the program outlined for them in the legislature's act to make or break the college as an efficient asset to farmers and agriculture in this state.. The Leader will report fully the acts of the regents concern ing the college during the next few months, when important matters are to be decided. ATTENDING TO THE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS IT HAS ALL COME TO PASS obliged to enter into the industrial THE NONPARTISAN LEADER SEVKM DR. LADD VS. CEf EAL PLUNDERERS HE breakfast food companies are making anonymous at tacks on State Food Commissioner E. F. Ladd because USUI he has dared to tell the people what these socalled1 "health cereals" are composed of and the outrageous prices charged for them, and there are subtle forces at work to get Dr. Ladd removed from the agricultural college and as food commissioner. Well, when these opposition forces come into the daylight, the farmers of this state will show them where they stand as between Dr. Ladd and the cereal plunderers. No wonder the breakfast food bunco game trembles for its life, when Dr. Ladd shows up its lack of food values, worms and weevils, short weight and the high cost. The Dr. said: "Wheat at- a maximum price of $1.80 per bushel is being retailed as a cereal food in package form to the public at the rate of not less than $27 per bushel." And the farmer got less than 80 cents per bushel for the wreat. "Does it cost 1500 per cent* to transfer a bushel of wheat into such a food as puffed wheat?" asks Dr.. Ladd, and then the crooked cereal makers howl. Let 'em howl, the farmers of North Dakota will take Dr Ladd's word and stand by him. Politicians are true—true to the fellow who pays their cam* paign bills. S^^~J EVERAL weekly papers thruout the state, which seem to be endowed with more prejudice than demand for a fair Siai deal, have made the accusation that the Nonpartisan League is nothing more than the socialist party under anew name. Having absolutely no other way to attack the League they resort to party prejudice. Being unable to produce logical argu ments against the farmers' organization they resort to misrepre sentation. Being opposed to the farmers', organization they try by little partisan trickery to disrupt the organization and then wail that "farmers can never stick together." It is fitting to remark that we knew all this would happen. We told you it would in the second issue of the Leader. Just to refresh your memory we quote from the Leader of September 30, 1915, as follows: "Hardly was the ink dry on the first issue of the Leader when the papers of the state commenced their mud-slinging****We knew this would happen. That is why we advised you to "sit tight.***It (the gang) will set up scare-crows, bugaboos and hobgoblins along the road side and try to frighten you.****It will burst its gas-pipe throat trying to warble sweet music under your window. It will mercilessly swing the party lash and ruthlessly slam down the boss's big stick." All this, and more, has come to pass. It hurts those who have enjoyed some measure-of power over the farmers to feel that power slipping from their grasp. It disturbs their slumbers to know that they can no longer lead farmers around by their noses. The Nonpartisan League does not.care what a man's past party affiliations have been as long as he votes for the nonpartisan candidates. There is not a politician in the state who would ob ject to receiving a socialist vote. Why should the League object? The mission qf the League is to unite the farmers of this state—regardless of past party affiliations—into an organization that will stand apart from every political party, every political machine and free from every political boss and put men in office who will legislate in the interest of the members of that organiza tion. Why should we exclude-the members of one party any more than any other party? The interests of the farmers of this state are identical. Di vided by party lines they get nowhere. United as farmers they can get what they want. And therein is the cause of the "holler." The League is composed of ex-members of all politicial parties and is therefore strictly .nonpartisan. It is only by such nonpartisan organization that the farmers of this state can save themselves from the defeat that comes from division into parties. CALL FARMERS RUBES AND SUCKERS RACTICALLY half of the farmers of this state have been! classified as "suckers" and "rubes". This classification H£| has been made by alleged farm papers and others whici boast' of their friendship for the farmer. The reason for these slurring names is that the farmers of this state showed enough independence and backbone to attend to their own political interests instead of leaving it to these "friends" of theirs. Some of the small country papers, but by no means all of them, took up the refrain and repeated the vile slander. And yet these little country papers could not last over night if the farmers did not subscribe to them.