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~i*» ci Nonpartisan League Pledged to Liberty loan and 1 it? s*., 1. W -r HE governor of Minnesota re cently made his first public admission that 'law and order have not been enforced in his state. This admission, how ever, was accompanied by a statement of the governor's in which he excused the lawless ness which has prevailed. He declared that no one has as yet been killed! As a further "explanation" of the Minnesota outrages against citizens who differ with him in political beliefs, the governor's statement says that the "self-control" of "wide-awake" citizens (mobbists) :has been "challenged," and the mobbings have not been "grave'.'! This statement was, of course, an affront to President Wilson, who had just issued the splendid ^proclamation denouncing mobbists and demanding that governors enforce law and order. But if the ,'governor's excuse for the conditions which have existed in his state is an affront to the president, jit is equally an insult to the people, AND HAS Here is David Evans, the can-^ didate of the farm era, and the work- vj. Red Cross speeches. V. ijl MENT OF LAW AND ORDER THE CHIEF ISSUE OF THE MINNESOTA $£« POLITICAL CAMP AIG N, WHICH Vr WILL, END. IN THE ELECTION OF A GOVERNOR IN NOVEMBER. MUST MAKE MINNESOTA SAF*E FOR DEMOCRACY ,'j \Burnquist's ill-advised excuse for the mobbings and intimidation, jl* which obtained for him the Re y^J^publican nomination, & jfe- waB fol THE MATTER, and which have been SUPPORT MG THE. .FIGHT ON THE, NONPARTISAN .&EAGUE !|®|J|^ JBut the big thing whic& iollowea Governor Burnquist's defense of tar and yellow-paint par ities, wag. the recent placing in jfche field of a third, ^independent candidate for governor by the. organ rJ ized farmers and organized labor. This candidate, David Evans, .of Tracy, .Minn., farmer and hard ware merchant/ is running'on a platform DE MANDING THE ENFORCEMENT OF LAW AND Law and Order Candidate in SUCCEEDED IN MAK ING THE ENFORCE- DAVID EVANS of Tracy, Minn. '"c men of the cities for governor of Min nesota on an independent ticket. The at titude is one familiar to the' people of -Lyon comity who have heard him deliver lowed by editorials CONDEMN ING MOB VIOLENCE, which ppeared in papers HERETOFORE SILENT ONs§t| in the state and the railroad brotherhood^ rTIhe Official Magazine of the National Nonpartisan League VOL. 7, NO. 11 ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, SEPTEMBER 16, 1918 WHOLE NUMBER 156 ORDER, and including the political and economic demands of the Nonpartisan league and union labor. Governor Burnquist and his friends have been drunk with the victory they obtained this spripg in the Republican primaries, through the suppres sion of meetings of their opponents and through mob intimidations, but an aroused people has now made LAW ENFORCEMENT the chief issue, not only by a formal political plank, but by indorsing for the chief office of the state A MAN WHO HIMSELF WAS A VICTIM OF THE BURN QUIST GANG DURING THE PRIMARY CAM WJ1 During the primary campaign, Mr. Ev&is, who is "a leader in war work in his county. Organized Labor Put Up David Evans for Governor Out Nonpartisan Policies and Subdue Rioters PAIGN REIGN OF TER ROR. David Evans was unanimously indors ed for the chief of fice in the state by the Nonpartisan league convention recently assembled at St. Paul." He was also unanimously indorsed by a dele gate convention of organized labor, representing every labor union !and owner of $15,000 worth of Liberty bonds, sup ported Comstock for governor. fComstock, a pro gressive Democrat, ran against j^heaton, the cant'lf didate of the Democratic machine, and was beaten in the primary. The present farmer-labor candi date took no formal part in thfe Republican priV^many mary campaign. But he attended a.Nonpartisan league meeting, at Tracy as a spectator. Before the meeting broke up he was awed to addressthe PAGE THBEB. the ir K^^sS-it:^1::-^^r^'/i^i.^-'.'.v".?\ A v\:•:"•••. audience. He was well known to the League farm ers,, through his 40 years or more residence at Tracy. He DID address the farmers, and took occasion TO EXPRESS HIS VIEWS IN REGARD TO MOB OUTRAGES, which were then sweeping over the state. The next morning Mr. Evans found his hardware store painted yellow, with insulting inscriptions daubed on the windows. At another time during the primary campaign, Mr. Evans invited 4,000 farmers to his farm to, hold a League meeting, after the farmers had been driven out of town by town and county officials and the defense council. id he in do of a vi E an governor, the organized farmers and union la bor of Minnesota have so far decided to contest at least one other office in the fall election— the office of attorney general—for which they have indorsed Tom Davis of Marshall, lawyer and member of the last legislature. Mr. Davis has a splendid record in" the legislature on farmer and labor legislation and, like Mr. Evans, will oppose the regular nominees of the Republican and Democratic parties. NOW FOR A FARMER LABOR VICTORY In the Minnesota primary campaign farmers and union men also co-operated. In that campaign, however, the battle was a straight out-and-out one between the farmer-labor candidates and the pres ent officeholders, for the Republican nominations for state offices. In the present campaign the workers of farm and city have virtually form ed a third party, and are contesting with nom inees of both of the old parties, with more than a good chance of success in the three cornered fight. :^-''-:J'A. In the primary campaign organized la bor participated through the action of trades and labor assemblies of the prin cipal cities, and through various indi vidual unions and labor leaders. In the present campaign, labor's par ticipation is more formal and unit ed. For the first time in the his tory of the state organized labor called a state political conven tion, to which every union in the state sent regularly elected dele gates. This convention met at St. Paul and seated delegates from the railroad brotherhoods, ••:",'iy*as well as from all the unions af filiated with the American Fed eration of Labor. It was this con vention of labor which agreed with, the farmers on the candidacy of David Evans and Tom Davis, and indorsed them for governor and attorney general. The action of organized labor in thus entering politics in a formal and effective manner in co-operation with the farmers was caused through the general realiza tion of union men that the. success of unionism depends in a substantial way on favorable political conditions. The unions of Min nesota have found by bitter experience that they can not prosper and their demands can not be -car ried out successfully without the election of men to office who are favorable to their cause, Almost all Americans love a square deal. Only "the few are profiteers or special privilege pirates,. V_4The lineup in Minnesota is clearly that of the hottest men against the few dishonest mag' fenatea and "'corporations. When the Votes aire ^T-tounted, this I5|w, despite their wefdth,will, find Many,hfcve overwhelmed them.