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BY CHESTER C. PLATT (Editor of the Wisconsin Leader) ANUARY 3 in Wisconsin was an event ful day, particularly to farmers and wage-earners, for the inauguration of John J. Blaine as governor marked the passing of the state' from reac tionary control and the taking of a lew place by the side of North Dakota as a Non partisan league state. While the celebration of the nauguration was unostentatious, damocratic in the extreme, and devoid of large expense, yet all agreed that it was imposing, dignified and called out a much larger assemblage than ever before gathered on such an occasion. Representative farmers and Nonpartisan league leaders from all parts of the state were present. Emil Pladsen, state manager of the League, with Mrs. Pladsen, and Senator and Mrs. W. C. Zumach were members of the reception committee. Sena tor Zumach is the office manager of the Wisconsin branch of the League. The inaugural address was delivered by Robert C. Siebecker, chief justice of the state supreme court and an old-time La Follette progressive leader. Democracy, love of justice, hatred of despotism and tyranny, and denunciation of special privileges and immunities were the dominant notes in the speech. The chief justice paid eloquent tribute to the inde pendence and the love of freedom which character ized the pioneer founders of the state. GREAT THRONG CHEERS THE SPIRIT OF THE WEST The University regimental band furnished music for the afternoon celebration and for the dance in the evening. There was besides a mighty chorus choir, drilled and led by Professor E. B. Gordon, and composed of the Madison Woman's Club chorus, the Catholic Woman's club, the Mozart club, the Mad rigal club, and the Madison Choral union. A tre mendous cheer went up from the throng in the capitol rotunda and gallaries when the choir closed the singing of "The West," by Douglas Malloch, with the chorus: "Men look to the East for the dawning things, for the light of the rising sun But they look to the West, to ths crimson West, for the things that are DONE, are DONE!" After the oath of office had been administered the great silk flag of the battleship Wisconsin was un furled from the center of the dome of the capitol and the audience joined in singing: "On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Dost thou hear that call, Marshalling thee to noble duty In the fight for all? On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Battle for the right With standard flying, God will give thee might." The state officials inaugurated wtere: Governor, John J. Blaine, Boscobel lieutenant governor, George P. Comings, Eau Claire secretary of state, GOVERNOR BLAINE TAKING OATH OF OFFICE AT MADISON Blaine Takes the Helm in Wisconsin Five Thousand People Sing "On, Wisconsin!" as New Nonpartisan League Governor Goes Into Office at Madison Elmer S. Hall, Green Bay state treasurer, Henry Johnson, Madison attorney general, William J. Morgan, Milwaukee. The three first mentioned received Nonpartisan league indorsement. Mr. Johnson was friendly to the League, and in the Republican platform con vention voted against the anti-League plank cham pioned by Morgan. The inaugural ceremonies began at noon and from 3 to 5 o'clock in the afternoon there were re ceptions by the newly elected state officers. Five thousand persons thronged the capitol and many hundreds attended the receptions. Senator Robert M. La Follette acted as the hon orary escort for Governor Blaine, coming from Washington on purpose to attend the inauguration. Inauguration day brought a happy ending to the senator, of a stormy and bitter period during which he has been- persecuted, perhaps more venomously than any other man in public life, his foes threat ening his impeachment in Washington, while in Wisconsin every effort was made by the reactionary forces to besmirch his name and drive him from public life. During 1920 in two primary elections and in one general election Senator La Follette has won a pronounced vindication, and he recognizes that in no small measure this vindication has been due to the active organization work of the Nonpar tisan league. Those who took part in the cam paign to destroy. Wisconsin's greatest son have had Governor John J. Blaine of Wisconsin. PAGE! SIX HB control of the state offices for six years. Their utter and complete overthrow was one of the main causes of the joy and enthusiasm of the inaugura tion. An informal dance at night brought the festivi ties to a close and was attended by thousands. A general invitation w&s extended to the public. When the arrangements for the inauguration were being made a reporter asked Governor Blaine: "Do you really mean that there will be no invita tions, no tickets, and actually ALL citizens invit ed?" "Yes," said Governor Blaine, "and it doesn't make any difference whether they are CITIZENS or not. EVERYBODY is invited." To c^rry out the plan of achieving absolute sim plicity in the entire day's program the governor's secretary requested every one planning to attend the ball to come in informal dress. During the afternoon progressive and Nonparti san women held a meeting and perfected a perma nent organization, with Miss Ada James of Rich land Center president, Mrs. Granville Trace of Dodgeville vice president, and Mrs. R. L. Siebecker secretary and treasurer. Miss James is a very en thusiastic friend of the League and made a speech in which she expressed her gratification with the friendly co-operation between the League and the progressive Republicans. NEW GOVERNOR A FARMER AS WELL AS A LAWYER Wisconsin's new governor is a farmer as well as a lawyer. With H. E. Austin of Boscobel he owns a 284-acre farm. A ^rtew modern barn built by Blaine and Austin is one of the best in the state. It has a concrete feeding floor for the hogs, and a running water system to all parts of the barn and the feed lots. Since buying the farm the land has been greatly improved by extensive fertilization. Mr. Blaine has been a representative of his town on the county board of supervisors, mayor of Bosco bel, state senator and for two years past attorney general. He was an independent candidate for gov ernor in 1912. Mr. Blaine was born on a farm jn the town of Wingeville, Grant county, and graduated from the Montfort high school and from the law department of the Northern Indiana university at Valparaiso in 1896. 'Hie legislature, which convened January 13, con sists of 100 assemblymen and 33 senators. Twenty four assemblymen- elected had League indorsement and a number of those who were not indorsed by the League are progressive La Follette Republicans from parts of the state where the League was not organized. Governor Blaine, in his message, recom mended the legislation demanded by the Nonparti san league platform, and Leaguers are confident that many of the reforms demanded by present-day conditions will be accomplished under the leader ship of the new governor. Governor Blaine's inaugural address will be print ed in the next issue of the Nonpartisan Leader.