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Official Magazine of the National Nonpartisan League—Every Week
Entered -aa second-class matter September 3, 1915, at the postoffice at St. Paul,
Minnesota, under the Act of March 8, 1879/
B. O. FOSS, Art Editor
Advertising rates on application. Subscription, one year, .in advance, $2.50 six
months, $1.50. Please do not make checks, drafts nor money orders payable to indi
viduals. Address all letters and make all remittances to The Nonpartisan Leader,
Box 675, St. Paul, Minn.
York, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit, Kansas City.
Quack, fraudulent and irresponsible firms are not knowingly advertised, and we will
take it as a favor if any readers will advise us promptly should they have occasion to
doubt or question the reliability of any firm which patronizes our advertising columns.
HE article in this issue of the Leader, disclosing secret cor
respondence indicating the source of the money with which
the renegade Maxwell was paid for his treason to the or
ganized farmers, completes the discrediting .of this traitor to the
farmers' cause. Since the article was written, further proof of the
identity of Maxwell's paymasters was furnished by a St. Paul
newspaper, which published a front-page item stating that Max
well's articles, in book form, have been published for circulation
among League enemies by the "On the Square" Publishing com
pany, the company financed by big business, which paid him his
original selling-out price, according to the secret letter published
in this issue. Leader readers should read the Maxwell article on
page 10 of this issue to learn just what big interests are back of
"On the Square," Maxwell's alleged paymaster.
These disclosures of the persons and interests responsible for
buying Maxwell to betray the League certainly reflect seriously on
the honesty and integrity of the St. Paul Dispatch, which originally
^.published the Maxwell stuff and declared it to be an "original and
exclusive" feature of that paper. The Dispatch was permitted to
copyright the articles and syndicate them to several other big daily
papers fighting the League to further conceal the real interests
who acted as paymaster of the renegade.
It appears from the evidence, however, that the Dispatch and
other papers so foolish as to fall for the articles were merely tools
of wealthy politicians and representatives of big business enter
prises anxious to discredit the League and pay any price necessary
to buy off a minor League employe for the purpose. These inter
ests bought Maxwell—the price is said to be $10,000—and the
Dispatch and other anti-farmer organs obligingly acted as mediums
to exploit the "purchase" before the public. Certainly this is some
commentary on the big daily press and its use by anti-farmer in
terests with axes to grind.
I HERE is published at Sglina, Kan., a paper called "The Farm
ers' Union." It is edited by M. McAuliffe and purports to
be the official publication of the Farmers' Educational and
Co-Operative union, Kansas branch. "The Farmers' Union," how
ever, does not reflect the views of the Kansas members of the F. E.
and C. U., judging from numerous letters from them_we have re
ceived. The fact that Editor McAuliffe takes particular delight in
misrepresenting and lying about the farmers of North Dakota and
the state administration and legislature they have elected there,
is evidence that he does not represent or speak for any kind-of
farmers, let alone members of the F. E. and C. U.
Several correspondents call our attention to an article in'Mc
Auliffe's paper for August 29, entitled, "The Nonpartisan Program
as Outlined by Themselves." This article states that the Nonpar
tisan league in North Dakota favors state ownership of farms, farm
lands and personal property of farmers. It is alleged by McAuliffe
that the Nonpartisan league backed this proposition through action
It was nevei*'§veh discussed or considered, directly or indirectly,
PAUL GREER, Associate Editor
Advertising Representatives, New
of a North Dakota county Republican central committee controlled The League candidates^itfso indorsed by the labor unions of ^^jTj
by League members. the state) appeared oh the ballot in the recent nrimarv election on "4..
ifc by League members.
'J, Farmers' union members in KaiiSas should call Mr. Mc^uliffe's
^attention to these facts: The article he printed is a lie throughout.
^Neither the Nonpartisan league or any of its members, supporters:
\or officers evey supported or advanced such an absurd proposition.
pro or con, by the League, or any of its members or officers or sup
porters. The story is a hoax pure and simple. The hoax originated
in this wise: Opponents of the League in Adams and Bfettinger
framed up and gave out to some country papers a resolution de
manding state ownership of land, declaring it was passed by the
county Republican central committee, on which League members
predominated. A couple of country newspapers hostile to the or
ganized farmers published it as true, also as a joke. The minutes
of the Republican committee in question show that no such reso
lution was adopted or even considered. It was nevertheless widely
copied in the big-city corporation press opposed to the' League,
from one of which papers McAirtiffe copied it.
In an editorial last week the Leader showed the origin of this
story. Enemies of the organized farmers have long openly threat
ened that if the organized farmers continued to insist on state
ownership of terminal marketing machinery, such as grain ele
vators, etc., the market monopolists would force state ownership
of farm land to get even with the farmers. This, of course, is a
bluff, but nevertheless the proposition for state ownership of farm
land originates with League opponents and not the League. It is
not a part of the League program, never was and never will be, as
McAuliffe well knows. Will he be honest enough to retract his lie?
We will be pleased to have Kansas farmers inform us whether he
is or not.
NE of the most contemptible tricks that enemies of the Non
partisan league have worked has been the poisoning of
army and navy men as to purposes of the farmers and
their leaders, and then attempting to use the statements of some
of these boys as propaganda against the League, This kind of
dirty work reached a climax recently at Boise, Idaho, wherfe prom
inent citizens taught a speech against Mr. Townley to an itinerant
showman, who specialized in climbing the fronts of buildings and
taking up collections afterwards from' the curious crowds that
gathered. They then got marine recruiting officers to stage a re
cruiting stunt at one of this man's exhibitions, in which he made
a vile attack on the president of the League.
Federal authorities are on the trail of the showman and he
faces indictment, in spite of the fact that he made a full confession
implicating some of the leading citizens of Boise. The most en
couraging part of the whole incident, however, is the fact that the
marine recruiting officers are the most indignant parties in the
transaction since they discovered how they had been used by
scheming politicians.
Idaho newspapers published a disgusting story of the show
man's exhibition and speech against "Mr. Townley, and, of course,
made much of the fact that it was a marine recruiting meeting.
This story was copied by papers throughout the country. It was
given prominent space in the Fargo Forum, among others, and the
Forum has to date failed to publish the confession of the showman
and make amends for circulating the untrue and damaging story.
NE of the few magazines in the United States contributing
to calm thinking and intelligent criticism of world affairs
during these strenuous times is The Public of New Yorkr
which accurately describes itself as "a journal of democracy," The
Public is edited by a group of liberal thinkers, of whom George P.
West is perhaps the best known. Louis F. Post, now assistant
secretary of labor, one of America's leading liberals, was editor of
The Public for, 15 years. He established a standard for the maga
zine that has been sustained by his successors. The Public is one
of the few magazines of general circulation that from the start
has understood the great farmers' movement of the West, anrf it
has been a powerful influence in dissipating many of the false no
tions *about the Nonpartisan league in states where the only other
information about it has been spread by the poison press.
EADERS of the Leader are familiar with the platform and
candidates of the Nonpartisan league in Idaho. We have
devoted considerable space to the Idaho fight of the farmers
to wrest the state from the waterpower monopoly and the political
gang. The first test of the strength of the organized farmers
took place a few days ago. Elsewhere in this issue you will find
the report of the result—a complete and smashing victory for
..the League.
the state) appeared on tjteballot in the recent primary election on
the. Republican and D^cicratic bi&llots, mostly on the latter, al
though the candidates for some of the mpst important offices sought'
nomination as Republicans. EVERY CANDIDATE INDORSED
RALITIES. Samuels/ League candidate for the Democratic nomi-
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