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National Secretary Gives Outline Proposed for Minnesota BY FLORA THOMASON National Secretary Women's Nonpartisan Clubs HILE North Dakota still holds the lead yMM 'in the number of Women's Nonparti- Ll san clubs other League states are or ganizing rapidly, getting ready for this fall's campaign. Minnesota is in second place now. We have dozens of letters from Montana, however, which indicate that organization work is proceeding there actively and if the women of Minnesota do not look out Montana may pass them. In South Dakota and Idaho there is also great interest and activity in the move ment. Nebraska and Colorado have each organ ized two thriving clubs and promise many more. The following outline for club work has been suggested for Minnesota and might be of interest to clubs elsewhere: Political—(1) Brief study of rules of order. (2) Origin, purpose and program of the Nonpartisan league. (3) Local and state government, lessons in civics. (4) Study of suffrage in United States and other countries. (5) Practical use of ballot, absent ballot, etc. (6) Study of new progressive laws. Educational—(1) Get League library started (books available at national office). (2) Study of farm economics. (3) Study of co-operation in United States and other countries. (4) Study of state-owned industries and public ownership gen erally. (5) Study of railroads and the Plumb plan. Social—(1) Social programs (League songs available at national office). (2) Charitable and beneficial work. (3) Luncheons (at discretion of individual clubs). THE MONTANA SPIRIT Women's Nonpartisan Clubs: I reacl in the Non partisan Leader about your organization and was wondering if it could be extended into "other states. You probably know the terrible conditions of Mon tana. How I wish and hope that all will be well with the Nonpartisans this fall! I was wondering, with spring coming, if there could be a little stim ulus of some kind. Any suggestions you could make of anything you think I can do I would gladly do, for I do so much want the Nonpartisans to win. I think it would be encouraging to the farm ers if their wives were more interested. I am a farmer's wife now, but also am a New York graduate nurse. When the snow is deep in winter here I am called on for physician's duties MRS. D. A. ROBERTSON. Bozeman, Mont., R. 1. PRICES AND POLITICS Editor Nonpartisan Leader: I am just a common ranch woman. I live in the "jungles" 60 miles from Glasgow, our nearest postoffice, quite happy and en joying improving a new ranch. I am neither a society dame nor a tramp, but Mrs. C. has aroused me to air my opinion of the woman's page. I am tired of discussions of how to cook and care for kettles and pans. Every woman has a cookbook and the discussion of caring for babies and their food-is a,wornout topic. I have always taken an interest in pol As a child I got my ears boxed itics. by my grandmother for riding in a. del egation wagon and wearing a banner that said "Hurrah for Blaine" (my peo ple were Democrats). I drove 40 miles alone and held my baby in my arms when I was in Canada because I was a liberal thinker and wanted to hear Wilfrid Laurier. I shook hands both with him and Hon. Walter Scott—they kissed my infant and weren't ashamed to write, in THE FARM WOMAN'S PAGE OF NEWS AND OPINION a periodical, of the American w.oman and her baby and her faith in their la.ws. Now I want to do all in my power to help our men change the laws responsible for this high cost of living. Look at the prices of footwear, calico and sugar! I am making a pair of wooden shoes and if they prove successful in stamping out the rattlesnakes from public office I'll cheerfully donate them as an exhibit of the results of the luxury tax. Many of us country women are wearing trousers. I have rigged up an old discarded pair of high-top boots as well as trousers.' I will cut my own wood, raise bees and boycott the sugar trust. I will vote for the right man in the right place, be he Republican or Democrat. I expect to run the mail route this spring and when our Nonpartisan speakers come to organize they will find me one of the co-workers, true to the core of my heart. MRS. L. B. STEARNS. Saco, Mont. THE FARMER'S PRAYER Dear Lord, who know'st thy child so well, Help me in trials to be a man, Help me to do my work each day, And help my neighbors when I can. Make me to keep a smile, dear Lord, If thou should'st send us too much rain, Make me to understand, our loss May be the other farmer's gain. Let me have strength to go about To see my neighbors here and there, And make them to forget their woes, And lay aside their nagging care. Make me glad for what I have, Thankful for strength thou'st giv'n me too, And thankful that we have a farm With much of healthful work to do. And thankful for this quiet peace, This wondrous beauty everywhere. Let me bring to those whose wondrous youth Needs of my help a little share. Dear Lord! Ah, once again I cry, Help me in trial to be a man, To do my duties cheerfully And farm the very best I can. Brattleboro, Vt. MRS. MARRIAGE INSURANCE as well as nurse and I wonder if I played at another ure to marry, receiving a weekly payment if they for February 9 prompt me to say a few words., role if it would not be just as readily accepted, are not married at the age of 40. Every Leaguer knows that the League is not trying I hope you can understand what I am driving at and can show me that I can be of some use to our people, politically as well as medicinally. LEAGUE WOMAN DRIVES TRUCK "Sure, women can drive trucks," says Lester B. In Denmark, women can be insured against fail- their own sex, but the verses on the Woman's page D. tonville, Wis., who sends this picture of his wife, Mrs. Mildred Sawyer, at the wheel of their three-tonner. Mrs. Sawyer was one of the dem onstrators at the recent Twin Cities auto show. Bioth of the Saw yers were brought up on the farm and are good Leaguers? PAGE EIGHT Sawyer of Clin- Men Demand a Corner Appreciating Best Page in the Leader, They Ask Space in It The Farm Woman's page is getting so popular that we are getting a number of letters from men who wafat space on this page and nowhere else. This week we are giving men a small portion of the page though it means that a few women's letters will be crowded out. DITOR Nonpartisan Leader: I am not a lady. I belong to the opposite sex, but I would like to get this where it will be noticed. I see the ladies ask the department of agriculture to get them a laundry for their wash. Why not do it yourselves? Select a committee to study the question and then incorporate a co-operative company. Let every woman take out a $10 share and go out and sell one to every man until you have enough. Find competent help, work them eight hours a day and pay a living wage. When one laundry is established don't hide your light under a bushel, but have a detailed report of your committee printed to hand out to other locals so they may profit by your experience. After your laundry is established study the packer game, shoe factories, housing, etc. Build up your small towns—the workers will be company for you and will eat your eggs and springers. Then set the stage for a canning factory—why eat Maine cor* in St. Paul, Maryland peas and strawberries in Minneapolis and California beans in Fargo? The'" M. of W., a railroad workers' union, bought two knitting mills and supply their members with socks at 26 per cent less than trust prices. But the big item, as I see it, is that they give the girls new hours, changing from 60 to 44 hours per week, and found an improvement in the work. What a relief to the thousands of women workers, that 16 hours off a week for the "pursuit of happiness." Ladies, there are a thousand different jobs you can find that will help God make this good old United States a better place to live in. Who am I Just a worker with a wife and three little ones to feed these high-priced times, with a salary that has not kept up with living ex penses. There ate 60,000,000 of us city renters and we all face a 33 per cent increase in our pres ent rent rate. What is the answer? We are going to try it through the ballot this fall. McKees Rocks,. Pa. J. W. HANCE. UPHOLDS CITY GIRLS Editor Nonpartisan Leader: Perhaps some will say men shouldn't criticize what women say about to set class against class, but Mrs. Kraft says things that tend to open a chasift between farm and city girls. A bad city girl isn't worse than a bad farm girl, and a good farm girl isn't bet ter than a good city girl. We can not get along without cities and cities can not exist without girls. Let us not create class hatred by disrespectful allusions. Such intimations give the gangsters rea son to say that farmers are against townspeople. ALFRED KARLSON. R. 1, Bismarck, N. D. (We do not believe Mrs. Kraft intend ed in her verse to allude disrespectfully to city girls, nor did we take the allusion in that manner. Every Leaguer, of course, will a*ree with what Mr. Karlson says along general lines—THE EDITOR.) MISS ALLEN RIGHT Editor Nonpartisan Leader: I see Miss Allen has resigned from the Woman's National Democratic committee as a pro test against Secretary Baker's compul sory training bill. This is the sentiment among both Democrats and Republicans in Kansas. General public feeling is "No militarism." The majority will chuck all militarism—party cuts no figure. Lindsborg, Kan. CHARLES FERM.