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IN THE INTEREST OF A SQUARE
DEAL FOR THE FARMERS Batered as second-class matter at the postoffice at Minneapolis, Minn., under the act of March 3, 1879. Publication address. 427 Sixth avenue 8., Minneapolis, Minn. Address all remittances to The Nonpartisan Leader, Box 2075, Minneapolis, Minn. Arates HOMESTEADERSthe 0 YEAR ago the kept press of the country was calling for the return of the railroads to their stockholders—first, because under government operation service was poor second, be cause had been increased third, because in spite of increased rates a big deficit had been accumulated. At that time the Leader predicted that if the roads were turned back there would be the same complaints as to service, "rates will be just as high, if not a little higher the deficit will be just as great, or perhaps a little greater." Now every prediction we made has been more than verified. Deliveries of freight can not be counted upon at all shippers from one end of the country to the other are calling for cars and failing to get them. The roads are demanding that the interstate com ern Pacific land grant (an 80-mile strip, 40 miles on each side of the railroad track from Lake Superior to Puget sound) have been made victims of one of the most barefaced grafts in the history of our country. More than one year ago, in April, 1919, the supreme court of the United States decided that homesteaders should pay only $1.25 an acre for such land, though $2.50 had been charged and collected by the department of the interior. In December, 1919, eight months later, the general land office sent out a notice to local land offices announcing this new policy, but saying nothing about a refund to those who had paid $2.50 an acre. But in the meantime "shark" lawyers, who knew that a re fund was due the homesteaders and could be collected by the mere filing of a claim, were busy signing up the farmers to "collect" their claims with a 50 per cent fee. In April, 1920, a year after the original decision of the supreme court, and after nearly all homesteaders had assigned their claims to the sharks, the Bismarck (N. D.) land office has announced publicly that homesteaders are entitled to a refund of $1.25 per acre, or $200 per quarter section, that no legal action is necessary and that all that is needed is to fill out blanks that will be furnished by local land offices. Alexander T. L. Vogelsang, first assistant secretary of the interior, called upon to explain why this graft on the homesteaders was permitted, handed out this lame excuse: It is impossible to send a special notice to each person interested because the department does not know names and addresses. Where, then, did the shark lawyers get the names and ad dresses? Where else but from the department's own files? The North Dakota Leader, first paper in the United States to expose this monumental graft, offers this advice to homesteaders affected: If you haven't already as signed your claim, don't assign it but make application direct to -MX your local land office for refund. LAWYER If you have signed a con- ate^ tract assigning your claim, re voke it and make direct appli- —li cation for refund. •JULiai^ Official Magazine of the National Nonpartisan League—Every Week OLIVER S. MORRIS, Editor. VOL. 10, NO. 20 MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, MAY 31,1920 WHOLE NUMBER 243 Private Railroad Operation Is a Failure BML&oad AAA&/VCR5 on odd-numbered sections in the North Let's Have Honest Government! Wof PAGE THREE A MAGAZINE THAT DARES TO PRINT THE TRUTH One year, In advance, $2.50 merce commission allow them to increase their rates 25 to 40 per cent and declare that if they are not given these increases congress will have to appropriate millions, if not billions, to make up their deficits. We stated, when we made our prediction, that "if the return of the roads to full private operation (they never have been under complete government operation) accomplishes all the miracles that Wall street claims (as to bettered service, reduced rates, etc.) the Nonpartisan Leader offers to withdraw its fight for public owner ship." Well, we're still in the fight. Private railroad operation is a proved failure. The sooner the public realizes this the better it will be. But there is one more important bit of advice that we would like to add. This is: PUT HONEST MEN IN STATE AND NATIONAL OFFICES SO THAT NO FUTURE GRAFT OF THIS KIND EVER WILL BE POSSIBLE. FREEDOM OF SPEECH HILE lovers of liberty in all lands have urged the necessity freedom of speech, none put the case more pointedly than Voltaire when he said: "I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it." MR. PALMER'S MAY "REVOLUTION* RIOTINGrevolutionUnitedupDAY and the blowing of public men with bombs, if not actual and the setting up of a Soviet regime, were due in the States May 1, international Labor Day. This great event was scheduled by Mr. Palmer, United States attorney general. Newspapers throughout the country were filled for days with his predictions. He claimed to have a list of public men who would be blown up by anarchists. He said he had wind of several big "red radical" plots. He ordered a lot of "agitators" jailed he warned public functionaries to have troops and home guards under arms in readiness. May 1 came and went. We confess to getting up early Sunday morning to read in the papers what the casualties were. The first paper we got didn't have a word about the "revolution" happening, or failing to happen. Perhaps the revolutionists had cut down a.!l the telegraph wires! We anxiously bought another paper. Noth ing on the front page. Nothing anywhere in the paper—no, here it is, a little item on page 16: "May Day marked by quiet and orderly demonstrations by labor." BIX But what does Palmer say about it Anxiously we read. Here it is^ "Attorney General Pal mer a statement said that the vigilance of his department, to gether with the full warning he gave to the public and federal and state peace officers, prevent ed any outbreaks." months, $1.50. Clas sified rates on classified page other advertising rates on appUcauon. Member Audit Bureau of Circulations. 8. C. Beckwlth Special Agenw, advertising represen tatives, No* York. Chicago, St. Louis. Kansas City. Well, well! What will Ms next "red radical" fake be?