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Is the Pot win Gang Grafting from Perkins County The law of South Dakota under Sec 2194, Art. 12, of the Political Code, provides sub stantually as follows: A printer who prints the delinquent tax list shall receive ten cents for each tract or lot so advertised. Treasurer Aldrich has give the publishing of these tax lists each year to Tom Ptowin, as publisher of Tie Perkins County Signal. In 1909 there were 470 tracts on the list published, for which publication, Potwin was entitled to reccive $47.00. He charged and collected instead $196.00. Overcharge— Sraft—paid by the county, $149.00. In 1910 there were 806 tracts on the de linquent list, for which Potwin was legally entitled to receive $80.60. He charged and received $87.40. Doubtless his nerve had for the time being forsaken him, but even at that his overcharge—graft—was $7.40. And Aldrich paid the bill. Thus the total graft from Perkins county for the delinquent tax publishing for 1909 and 1910 was One Hundred Fifty-five Dollars and 80 cents. Who got it? Did the gang split It? How many deals of this nature have been forced on the public unwary public? But listen more, Mr. Voter: The gang, evidently considering themselves safe in control and absolute in their power to "press the button," Potwin's bill to the tax payers for printing the delinquent list of 1911 was the "best ever." A bill was presented to the county commissioners by Tom Potwin for $300.00 for his little service. The com missioners, not aware of the provisions of law in such cases, had already allowed the bill and the chairman had even affixed his "O. K." thereto, then it occured to Mr. Lemmon to call a printer, to assist him in determining the the validity of the bill and charges made. 1 hen it was shown him that instead of $300 that bill should have been only $87. Forth with Mr. Lemmon returned the bill to Potwin personally, with request to revise it in accor dance with the law in such cases made and provided. There was a sceme, and it was amusing, to see his behavior on being "called" his game. Needless to say that after a while Tom decided to revise his bill, and it was presented and allowed at a later meeting at $87.00. Whereas the amount originally asked was $300.00. Who wanted to profit by that intended graft of $213.00 on that one bill alone? Honest Officials Means Low Taxes. What makes your taxes §0 high, Mr. Farmer? With taxes at the flood tide and hard times upon us, so that the honest farmer can hard ly make ends meet or even pay his taxes. .Grafters are feathering their own nests at the expense of the taxpayer and the farmer. Will you stand for it Mr. Voter? Do you want this gang of reformers for revenue only to run the county? It is reported and we are inform that the following are members of the gang—and it is for the voters to say if this report be correct, as we do not vouch for it: Judas Potwin, little C. D. Smith, he with the itching palm, who has a handsome mortgage on Potwin's plant Coleman in the land office giving out final proof lications where they will do the most good. It is the opinion of many that they seek to build up a poli tical trust, thereby seeking control of the county revenue. Another one of them is the many times in dicted Smalley, also our $1500.00 Tscharner, Potwin's candidate for representative and 0. C. Olsen, of Oakes, N. D. fame II. H. Aldrich, Potwin's candidate for clerk of court and lastly,one who is Pot win's candidate for state senator. Mr. Voter, do you think it is to your advantage and for the best in terests of the county, to assist this gang to secure control of the politi cal affairs of Perkins County? Can you vote for their candidates? Will you trample under foot your best interests to build up any gang, to "loot the county?" Would you vote for candidates standing upon a platform of Graft? Turn on the Search Light. The county commissioners have an expert accountant checking over the county's books which shows that our commissioners have the coun ty's welfare at heart, and further, that they deem it advisable for the best interests of the county. We believe it high time the affairs of the county were in vestigated and offices filled by men who are beyond con trol of a grafting gang. Should not the states attorney compel my grafter to pay back any money that may haye been unlawfully paid into any member of their combination? This gang opposes 4'GANG according to a sign that was posted on the U. S. Land Office building last election day. DO THEY? NO THEY WANT ABSOLUTE CONTROL. It was sim ply a trick to crmh opposition and mislead Voters. RULE," This was fully demonstrated immediately after last dty election when the "gang" held -star chamber ses sions" eliminating some of their best workers from being invited to attend these sessions. They were satisfied as to your merit* up to election dav but after that our ser vice and advice was undesirable. Are you going lo vote into their pockets again? It is reported to us on pood authority, that the Aid rich family will have taken out of the county funds up to January 1st, 1913, when H. H. Aldrich's present term of office expires, figuring his salary at $2,000 per annum at that of Mrs. Aldrich at $600 and $900 per annum, the neat sum of about Ten Thousand Dollars Not content with this splendid salary, paid himself ami family by the taxpayers of this county, it is reported that he bought a desk for $20.00, and sold it to the County for $40.00. Do you wish to continue this state of affairs? NO ONE SHOULD HOLD OFFICE CONTINUALLY. You Newspaper Men of Perkins County: Will you be induced to support members of such an org. anization, or their candidates, on account of the "Rig Stick" swayed by Coleman in the U. S. Land Office? The law states what lie must do if he will abide b\ it. Do not allow yourselves to trample upon the interests of your neighbors, your farmer friends, your liberties, and your rights of suffrage, through any "Big Bluff." Help your subscribers get what they deserve, "a square deal." In the words of Lincoln: "Stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." The gang has gone wrong. Tart with them. Beware of the Cloven Hoof Politician! Remember, Mr. Taxpayer, gang rule is the bane of any community, and these free prairies, your realm, should never be allowed to become subject to the dictates of a bunch who have only theirper sonal gain in view. Mr. Voter: When you go to the polls on Tuesday, June 4th, vote for your rights, and do not cast away your liberty and your taxes, by voting for any member of such a gang, or their proteges or candidates. You have the right to help order a "House Cleaning," at the court house, and in the can didatures for legislative honors. We need it-we must have it —in order to secure justice for the taxpayer.