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The nonpartisan leader. [volume] (Fargo, N.D.) 1915-1921, July 19, 1920, Image 10

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Many States I
HAIN. lumber companies oper
ating in North Dakota are en
gaged in the task of sabotaging
—throwing/bolts in the thresh
ing machine,, as it were—the North
Dakota Home Building- association,
which is actively operating in Fargo
and Grand Forks. In several in
stances managers of the local lumber
yards have approached workmen and
threatened them with the blacklist un
less they quit working for the -state.
Propagandists have also tried to stir
up discontent among members of the
local home building leagues. W. J.
Prater gives as the reason for this
attack by the lumber, interests the
fact that the state is paying from 45
to 50 per cent less for every one
of the 21 items of lumber it puts into
its homes than the price being chargr
ed by the trust.
Cities, municipalities, villages and
towns which increased taxes more
than 10 per cent ab6ve the maximum
for 1918 must refund the excess to the
taxpayers* according to a unanimous
decision of the supreme court last
week. Acting on Attorney General
Langer's opinion that the tax limit
law did not apply to cities as "sub
divisions" of a county many of the
cities of Ihe state-boosted taxes :$he"
limit, in an attempt to discredit thfe forrthe candidates on the Nonpartisan
state administration. In Bownmn league state ticket, beaded by John J.
for instance, the taxes that, should
have been levied were $18,000, but the
I. V. A. city board levied $56,000.
The question was decided on a case
brought against the city of .Bismarck
for increasing taxes 30 per cent over
the 1918 limit when the increase
should have been but 10 per cent.
Victor Kosakavich, a civil engineer,
has been sent to Grand Forks by the
republic of Ukraine to watch the state
mill and elevator now being built.
Ukraine is entirely without grain
gathering facilities although it -is the
center of the wheat fields of Europe,
says Mr. Kosakavich.
E. E. Rimbach, purchasing agent of
the board of administration, put one
over on the sugar profiteers the other
day when he bought 80,000 pounds of
sugar for the state in
stitutions direct from
the refinery at 25 cents
per pound. Wholesalers
wanted 30 and 31 cents
for the stuff.
Governor Frasrfer has ff
tent his efforts to aid
Bottineau county to Se
cure federal aid to.fight?
the grasshoppers by urg-l
ing the secretary.*of ag-W
riculture, E. T. Meredith,
to appropriate $100,000 |gf
toward the extermina
tion of the pests
The monthly report
of the state treasurer
shows $1,079,887 in the
state general fund aiid a
total cash worth of the
state, in all funds, of
$22,661,326. In- contrast,
sr Montana, adjoining to
I the west has: a $1,000,000
S THIS is written,
Leaguers in Ida
ho are preparing
for the big state
convention scheduled for
July 17 in Boise to draft
t, a state platform for the
1920 campaign and to in
^tdorse.-^ candidal
Blaine, present attorney general, for
Reactionary. Republicans,' fearful
lest the ticket nominated and platform
adopted by the Nonpartisan, league,
and supported generally by organized.
farmers and organised workers, will
so unify those forces as toresult-iii,
an old gang .defeat, have called a con
ference for July 14 -in Madison, at
which an effort will be made to bnite
all reactionaries upon a platform and
a state ticket!« It is
state offices. The state executive com- The Legion, wnich accused the League
mittee of the Nonpartisan league also
is to be elected'for a two-year term.
County-conventions have been in prog
ress "since July 10, at which legisla
tive tickets, and local county candi
dates were indorsed and delegated to
the State convention selected. Idaho
Leaguers optimistic over the outr
look. 1#
OLITICS in Wisconsin is in
somewhat of a state of sus
pended animation,. waiting "till
Bob gets home." Senator Rob-
Mayo hospital at Rochester, Minn., for
a serious operation, but is recovering
even faster than had been, hoped. Be
is the dominant political individuality
in this state, and the campaign will
not take on form until after his return
to his headquarters in Madison, which
is expected soon. There are two or
three candidates for governor who are
asking support as progressives, and'
there is a fear in some quarters that
unless La Follette indicates his pref
erence as among those aspirants for
the votes of his friends all progres
sives. will lose. There is a^ strong be
lief in many quarters that Senator La
Follette will indicate his preference
ert M. La Follette has been in the the voters, declared null and void by
this move is a part of the scheme of
big business to nominate Governor
Philipp for a fourth term.
At the American Legion state con
vention, the first week in July, bitter
attacks were made by a number, of
speakers on the Nonpartisan league.
No wonder the loan, sharks, profiteers, food gamblers and crooked iioliticlans are crying and wailing about
"onpartisan league, fotr»itv..ju9 beginning to make the country too yarra for these classes of parasites.
f-x ?,(
uviioi ^&vgAoni| niuv.u una oujki^n/Aw
of all forward-looking^ eleme^ts^ the
state. J|^V^
vT——,K— the courts, in the hope of being able
to hang onto his job for another two
STEAD, through friends, is
seeking to have the election, in
which he was jarred loose "by"
years. Suit was filed by .43 Volstead
voters in the seventh district in Swift
county to nullify the election on the
ground that O. J. Kvale, the victeri-,
ous Leaguer, misrepresented "Vol»'
stead's attitude on the infamous "se^-*".
dition" bills and on religious beliefs.
Kvale denies having accused Volstead
of being an atheist, as Volstead
charges, but even if true the accusa
tion appears insignificent in the face
of the storm. of slander and lies di
rected at Kvale ^ind-all other League
candidates during the campaign by
the opposition. The voters heard the
charges of both sides and" as a jury,
married to the polls and returned
their verdfcfc, and their verdict was a
decisive majority for Kvale ariS not
for Volstead.. Probably realizing hip
certain defeat agptin if he filed as an
independent against KVale' iii phe fall,
which" would have been the only manly
way to continue the fight Volstead,
through his, friends, hopes to find &
cbdEft frietidly enbugE to'saVe his jofc
for tiim.on a technicality of the:law.
That Volstekd credits his defeat to
the showing uji of his record on the
"sedition" bills is indicated by the
fact that the main grounds in the con
test are on the question of the,
virtues or «vils of the so-called sedi
tion billsj which he supported. His
stalking horses .append copies of both
the Grahain and Sterling bills as ex
hibits A and of the suit.
WRTlSftM 1.6^
feis^-Drawn expressly, for the Leader By W. C. Morris^
'A. 1..A
IHE choice of .Charles A. Mc
Cloud, wealthy banker of York
and defeated candidate for Re
publican national committeeman
gat the spring primaries, to head the^t
campaign committee
of defending stackers, actually
ported as one of its speakers Dan
Richter of Minneapolis. At the same
time, however, the Legion indorsed, as
a part of its Americanization pro—*
grim, a splendidly democratic 'edocn^seiniblican
tional program, wluch has the support ^Nebraska created an open breach^
in the party ranks in that statefpn'
disapproval ,of the methods or the
management are to be cast out of the
party." After warning the Republi
can machine that "the boodle furnish^
ed by electric light companies, private
waterpower monopolies and bank com-^SJ,
bines will hot be welcome in Nebras-f5'
ka," he .closes with the following
threat: "It will not do for the reor-*
/ganized committee to be too bold in its.
display of power
ANKERS, insurance' firms am
bonding companies are being
asked to contribute $1,000 each
to aid in a campaign against
the Nonpartisan league. *A circular
Well Stick and
Well Win
is being sent out to tKem
warning the recipients,
that the League is likely
to control the next Colo
rado legislature unless a
big campaign is waged
against its ticket. The
Colorado Retail Coal
Dealers' association is
likewise conducting a vig
orous campaign of slan-
derand misrepresentation
against the League's
program in North Dako-,
,^ta and other states. An
oi^anization of business
interests, camouflaged as
"The United Americans,"
is sending out propagail
da yery similar to that
used by other anti-
League organizations in
other states.
AUilES in nearly
every section of
the state are
bringing enthusi
asm for the victory tick
et of the Nonpartisan
which has enter
ed the campaign as an
independent party in
this state, to a high pitch.
Great crowds are attend
ing these meetings.
Frank A. Harrison, Hiram .Johnson's^
campaign manager in Nebraska and
a leading progressive Republican, de£^
clares in his paper, the Lincoln Her
ald, that "the recent move in Nehras-^x
ka indicates that hard cash may ,b^
the platform and all those who yoic^gV
year, for such^
power is built on a volcanic founda-^-
tion. If necessary the people of Neg ."
braska, furnishing the expense mainey
from their own pockets, can smash ang.
such arrogant machine until- its sponrftv
son will be unable to recognize it!""
Edgar. Howani, leading Democrat
and former lieutenant governor.of Ne
braska, has indorsed Mrs. Marie
Weekes, the Nonpartisan league candi-.
date for congress from the tlurd dis-v
trict. In a signecf article appearing in"'
$he Columbus Telegram Mr. Howard
declares that-neither of her opponents,
"is any more qualified to represent an
agricultural district in congress than
the daughter of a Vanderb&t is quali
fied to become a. helpfol wife to an
honest American man whose name
does not appear on the roll of the fouc
hundred'iii New York."

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