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Did the populists rally last night?
Well, we should most emphatically
say they did. Of course, we had pop
ulist weather. That is needed to show
the enthusiasm of our people. The
republicans can do fairly well in nice
weather, but a few raindrops uampen
their ardor completely. But Jupiter
Pluvius is powerless before genuine
populistie enthusiasm. The crowd was
simply immense.
Governor Lind arrived on the Sioux
Falls train and was met at the depot
by a vast crowd. The Svea band fur
nished music for the occasion, and a
salute of one hundred guns was fired.
Later in the afternoon a reception was
held in Bonde hall, where a large
number of people shook hands with
the governor.
The way-freight from the east
brought in a delegation from Litch
field, Grove City, Atwater, and Kan
diyohi. They brought with them the
splendid Litchfield band, which after
wards led the parade and delighted
the audience at the opera house. The
freight from the west did not come in
until the parade had started, and only
a few of them joined the line. Al
though these delegations numbered
nearly 300, they disappeared like a
drop in the vast ocean of humanity on
our streets.
When the time for the parade came
the streets were one mass of people.
We were swamped, that is the long
and short of it. The 250 torches were
grabbed in a minute. Four times that
number needed. Five hundred flags
were caught up a few moments, and
then the demand was not half sup
plied. Many fell into line without
either torches or flags, but the greater
part of the disappointed ones hastened
to the opera house to be on hand
when the doors opened. When the
parade was lined up the ranks were
opened and a carriage containing
Uncle Sam and Columbia drove
through to the head of the procession.
This was followed by the governor's
carriage, and as Lind passed through
the lines he was greeted with deafen
ing cheers.
Greatest Political Demonstration
Ever Held in Kandiyohi County
Took Place at Willmar
Last Night.
Threatening Weather and Drizzling Rain Can
not Dampen the Ardor of the Enthusi
astic Hosts of Political Reform.
The procession was the longest and
most enthusiastic one ever seen in*
Willmar. It was one vast river of fire
and flags sweeping through the streets.
Greek fire illuminated the line of
march. Four bands discoursed music
at different points in the parade. It
was an inspiring sight to the reform
forces and one that struck terror to
the hearts of the republican office
seekers and shouters. They were
simply dumbfounded.
At the opera house men had been
stationed to reserve places for the
marchers, but when the doors were
opened the guards were swept off their
feet and carried forward with the
crowd. They were powerless before
that resistless human tidal wave. The
committee regret very much that they
were unable to keep their promise to
the marchers, but they had not counted
on any such deluge as that. With the
weather we had and the condition of
the roads, they figured that they would
be fortunate if they could comfortably
fill the two halls. As it was, only a
small part of the crowd could get in
at either place. Preparations had
been made to have an open-air meet
ing in case of fine weather, but it was
given up in the afternoon because it
was figured that the threatening
weather would keep the crowd away.
When, it was seen that the crowd could
not'get into the halls, word was sent
to one of the speakers to address the
people in the street, but just then the
rain began to pour down and the plan
had to be abandoned.
Governor Lind made a short ad
dress at the Bonde hall, and was
given an ovation which showed that
the scurrilous attacks on him had not
diminished his populaiity with the
voters in this county. He then, pro
ceeded to the opera house, where he
was given the .most enthusiastiCvrecep
tiorf ever given a public man. Al
though his vocal organs were badly,
affected by his long speaking tour, he
spoke for about an hour, and dis
cussed the issues as only John Lind
can do. His straightforward, clear,
and decisive language and his deep
earnestness carried conviction to the
hearts of his hearers and strength
ened the cause of the reform forces all
along the line.
A diappointment awaited the crowd
in the fact that neither Daly nor Neary
was present. Daly had been billed
for Breckenridge on the 30th and for
Willmar on the 29th. When word of
Lind's coming was received, Daly was
asked to get the dates changed, and he
told the committee that there was no
doubt the change would be made, and
that they could advertise it that way.
But the Breckenridge committee re
fused to give up their date. The local
and congressional committees made
every effort possible but it was una
vailing. Neary spoke in Duluth the
previous night, and could not make
connections to reach here. However,
the committee was fortunate in secur
ing Rev. John Johnson, who made a
short address in Swedish at the opera
house and made the principal speech
at the Bonde hall, using the English
language at the latter place. He is a
powerful orator, clear, logical, and
eloquent. We feel sure that those
who heard him felt well repaid for
having come.-
This monster demonstration, under
the most unfavorable circumstances,
proves that the people's party is
stronger and more enthusiastic than
ever. The republican politicians have
'buried'' us time and again. Afterthe
Knute Nelson rally they felt sure they
had us buried face down, and they
were walking around with their faces
wreathed in a grin of triumph. That
grin disappeared last night. They felt
that their own funeral was at hand,
and although some of them whistled
to keep up their courage, most of them
had their faces so lengthened that
they could not screw them into the
proper shape for whistling. The re
form forces have taken new courage
from this inspiring gathering and will
sweep the county like a whirlwind.
The Svea boys look nobby in their
new suits, and they play well. They
furnished the music during the day.
The Bryan and Lind clubs of Kan
diyohi, Spicer, and Mamre turned out
in full force and with their usual en
Roseland had a splendid representa
tion. That town has about as many
genuine, live populists to the square
mile as any part of the county.
Litchfield has reason to be proud of
its band, and the populists of Kandi
yohi county owe the Litchfield people
a debt of gratitude for bringing that
There wasn't a neighborhood in the
county that was not represented, and
the enthusiasm inspired by this tre
mendous gathering will reach every
nook and corner of Kandiyohi county.
Another gang of wild Sulus sur
rounded the governor's carriage at
several points and hurled insults at
him. Of course, Lind took no notice
of this slum gang. There are no
Roosevelt manners about him.
Another far-away town that loomed
up in splendid shape was East Lake
Lillian. The flies get no chance to
roost on the populists down there,
and the boys are not pinned to Doc
Johnson's coat tails by any means.
The republicans made a great ado
about the cheering of the Filipino
flag. What do they think about a
hoodlum gang that will throw mud at
a lady representing the goddess of
liberty, wrapped in the flag of our
The Norway Lake populists are
hummers. Though they had from
twenty to twenty-eight miles to come
over muddy roads, there were twenty
five of them in line. They were chock
full of enthusiasm, and it wasn't of
the blind pig variety, either.
The Willmar band also enlivened
the march with some excellent music.
But the boys were so intent on their
playing that they marched straight
on down Litchfield avenue instead of
turning on Fourth street, thus break
ing the procession in two at the
There were no hired paraders in the
line last night, as there was in the
Knute rally. Three, of the men who
marched that time were in our lines
this time. When asked about this
they rerlied: "That time we were
hired this time we do it because we
belong to the party."
The Edwards band is another or
ganization of farmer boys that is get
ting to the front. It takes a good deal
of work for boys Hying so far apart
to get together for enough practice to
play so well. It also reflects great
credit on their leaders. Hegstrom
and Hanson, the instructors of the
Svea and Edwards bands respectively,
have done excellent work.
The behavior of the hoodlum ele
ment of the republican party at the
rally last night was a burning shame
and disgrace to the city. Bands of
young ruffians assaulted participants
in the parade with stones and clods of
earth. Every transparency was
pierced by flying missiles. A lady
on the sidewalk was badly hit with a
stone. The young lady who represen
ted Columbia was stricken on the
cheek. *"Uncle Sam" was subjected
to many indignities. Some of the dis
turbers were old enough to know bet
ter and the list so far reported looks
bad. The high-handed conduct of
these fellows simply emphasized the
truth of the charges made against cer
tain republicans of Willmar on the
minds of the country people, and the
former will suffer at the polls.
..OF THE..
The following resolution intro
duced by Rev. J. O. Lundberg, of
Svea, was turned down bj the repub
lican county convention at Willmar
Sept. 5, 1900:
"Whereas, It is the purpose of the
republican party to at all times pro
mote the general welfare and to espe
cially protect the weak, and believing
the saloon traffic to be one of the
mam evils of society, and
"Whereas, The republican party of
this county has heretofore repeatedly
passed temperance resolutions and
thereby committed the party to the
cause of sobriety in this county there
fore, be it
"Resolved, That this convention
again affirm those principles, and
pledge its efforts to banish the saloon
and the liquor traffic from every town
and village in this county, and the
nominee of this convention to the
state legislature hereby stands pledged
to use his best efforts to carry these
principles into effect, and that he
work and vote for county option.
The following resolution was sub
"We recommend that our member of
the legislature use all honorable
means to further temperance legisla
tion and work and vote for county
If the first resolution had passed as
introduced, the republican county
organization would have repudiated
the stand taken by the Willmar
whisky ring. Why did it not pass?
At the people's county convention,
held Sept 29, 1900, at Willmar, the
following resolution was, unanimously
"We favor temperance reform, and
our candidate for the office of repre
sentative, nominated here today, if
elected, stands pledged to vote and
work for the passage of a county op
tion law, and also to secure the
passage of an effective search and
seizure act which will enable any law
abiding community to suppress ille
gal liquor selling without the expense
necessary to secure the evidence
needed to convict under existing laws,
by simply electing men for executive
officers who desire to enforce the law."
$100 REWARD.
will pay one hundred dollars reward
for proof that a postmaster has illeg
ally held back a copy of the TRIBUNE
or any part thereof from the party to
whom it was addressed. There have
been some high-handed proceedings
in certain localities and the cases will
be closely investigated.
for Superintendent of Softools.
Is Still a Very Lively Political
Issue in This County*
Leading Republicans Have Advised the
County to Pay for ltr ia Order to Get
It Out of Politics Before Election—
The People's Candidates are Pledged
to Opposo tho Saddling of the Gigan
tic Piece of Jobbery on to Kandiyohi
County—Hundreds of Dollars Have
been Spent by Private Parties in
Order to Keep the Road Passable—
The Supreme Court Has Hold That
the Law Under Which the Road was
Established is Uneonstitutional
Hence There is Legally No Road—If
Elected, the People's Candidates for
County Commissioners and Repre
sentative Will Vote to Have It Remain
So—If You are Opposed to Paying
Thousands of Dollars of the County's
Funds for a Dead Road, and Do Not
Want the Same Resuftoitated to Drain
the County Road and Bridge Fund
Perpetually, You Must Vote For the
People's Candidates*
The Foot lake dump was one of the
greatest schemes ever perpetrated upon
an innocent public. The promoters of
the same, whose private interests in
establishing the road were great,
managed to establish the same by de
ceiving the people and public officials,
before whom the petition was brought.
The dump was first filled in 1897.
In one shoit da» the following spring
the whole road washed out, showing
the impracticability in attempting to
make an earth dump stand through a
quarter of a mile of clear lake. Notb ing
daunted, the promoters, by making
promises to the contractor and by a
large private outlay managed to fill
the dump again. This time piles were
driven along the sides and a double
thickness of boards placed on the
sides to protect the dump. In October
in 1898 the TRIBUNE first published
the cut which appears on- this page,
showing the effect of the waves on the
sides of the dump after a hard wind.
The TRIBUNE has strenuously opposed
this scheme from its inception. In
1898 we predicted that,,tnVe'Ost of the
dump would finally be demanded from
the county, to be paid from the general
fund, but this claim was ridiculed by
the county gang. Our prediction has
proven true. The law whi had been
juggled through the legislature, under
which this road was laid out, was de
clared unconstitutional as the TRIBUNE
had predicted it would be, thus leaving
the*road without a legal existence.
Samuel Porter, the main legal ad
visoi of the board on this bridge
matter, as well as the leading attorney
among the republican lawyers of Will
mar and who will undoubtedly be
relied on for advice if Charles Johnson
is elected county attorney, was retained
to argue for the dissolution of the in
junction against the issuance of bonds,
because County Attorney Frye was
known to be opposed to the bridge.
After the supreme court had declared
the law unconstitutional, Mr. Porter
made a report to the county commis
sioners regarding the same and in the
same makes this significant recom
"I understand that there are orders
still outstanding that have been issued
by your honorable body ih payment of
the construction of the road, and it
seems but fair and honest that some
way ought to be provided for the pur
pose of paying the orders So outstand
ing and unpaid."
It will be noticed that the learned
counsel does not say that this money
now called for to pay forlfcis iniquit
ous scheme MUST be paid by the
county. He simply voluntarily made
the suggestion that it would be fair
and honest to do so. 'Did the people
of Kandiyohi county pay him for that
opinion? The people the county
would be glad to be able, to escape
paying for this dump, particularly as
the parties who are responsible for the
road have themselves, cashed the
orders. They raised, or promised to
rai&e, about thousand dollars to as
sist in getting the dump in shape after
it was washed out they have been
spending a large amount of money to
keep the road open and passable they
engineered the deal through on the
plea that the people who were interest
ed in the road would pay for it. Now
the people of the county will make
them a present of the whole thing and
let them do their own paying. If they
don't like it, let them do their worst.
But the people will not thank anybody
for saying that fairness and honesty
demands that the public go down into
its pockets for several thousand dollars
to pay for this dead road.
JBut the above words from a leading
republican is not the only straw that
shows which way the wind will blow
if you elect the republican bounty com
missioners, representative and county
attorney.* The leading republican boss
Ihi th« countr approached one of the
popuUst commissiotersat the July
session and asked htgfe|gd£« woul& not
aoqulesoo la am ami
4? £&& icWrW'
From a photo taken Oct. 15, 1898.
From a photo taken Oct. 27, 1900.
$3,000.00 COUNTY
May Go to Join $1,489.45 Already Lost, That
Has Been Paid By the County for the
Bonded Road No. 1 to Date.
of Kandiyohi County.
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Lost Its. littery Supreme Court Decision.
Order issued and paid by county, 754.25
Order issued and paid by county, 93.90
Amount shown in financial statement, $853.15
Samuel Porter, attorney's fees, 250.00
Judgment District Court, 3 6 3 0
Costs in Supreme Court, 350.00
Total amount paid out by the county to date, $1,489.45
Order issued to Geo. D. Recor, taken up by promo
ters of the road, $3,000.00
that dump then. This boss is one who
believes that the dump is impracticable
and cannot be maintained permanent
ly, but his object was to get the matter
settled so that it would not be in
county politics any more. He was
willing to have the dump paid for
without protest simply to help him
re-elect the county gang. And it is
also possible that there was some
favor promised in ordtr to 'restore
harmony." The commissioner replied
to the republican boss that he would
never consent to vote for voluntarily
paying those orders obtained in the
manner in which they were. That is
the position that the people's county
convention took when it passed this
"We are opposed to the county pay
ing a single dollar upon the bonded
road No. 1 (Foot lake dump) orders
issued with the understanding that the
people benefited were to pay for same,
unless the courts after a fair trial
shall direct that the same must be so
paid. The road has now no legal ex-
istence, and our candidates for repre
sentative and county commissioners
stand pledged, if elected, to not allow
the same to be saddled upon the
county as a perpetual source of an
noyance and expense to the taxpayers
of the county."
The people's candidates for county
commissioners and representative are
thus pledged to oppose payment of
the dump orders. The republican can
didates have said nothing, but their
bosses have spoken for them. He
member, therefore, that if you are op*
posed to the county footing the bill
for the dead Foot lake dump, vote for
Jerry Loary, A. J. Smithson, or Chas.
E. Johnson for commissioner, John B.
Bosch for representative, P. H. Frye for
eounty attorney, and P. R. Sletten for
What has the representative to do
with the matter? The TRIBUNE will
tell you. Nothing short of a legis
lative act can give a legal existence
to the dump and bridge. The 'town
ship of Willmar will not consent to
the laying put of a road to cover it,
because they, do not wish to become
responsible for the cost of maintaining
the same, which would use up a big
share of their road and bridge fund for
many years to come. The Tribune is
quit* sure that the county will not sub
mit to a perpetual outlay, if the peo
ple understand It Therefore, the only
hope of the schemers is to get a bill
through the legislature, legalizing the
road and thus foisting it upon the
county to take care of. John B. Bosch
is pledged not to become a party to
such a scheme. The other fellow has
said nothing about it, to the knowl
edge of the TRIBUNE, but he owes his
nomination and postoffice to the par
ties who are interested in che dump.
It will be noticed by the latest pict
ure of the road that the supporting
piles are giving way. When the pro
tecting boards become loose, a long
continued windstorm or an ice crush
in the spring might easily do serious
damage to the road, if not entirely
obliterate it.
Strong Words for Sletten.
To the Voters of Kandiyohi County,
We, the undersigned, would recom
mend P. R. Sletten, of the town of St.
Johns, candidate for county auditor
on the people's ticket, as an honest
and competent man. He has strong
moral convictions and has always
been a worker against the liquor ele
ment. He has contributed to the local
papers appeals to the good judgment
of the voters and others to assist to
banbh the evil from us.
Abuse Rebuked.
Dr. Johnson went to Grove City
Saturday to speak. He denounced
John Lind in his most virulent man
ner in his speech. When he had ex
hausted his stock of abusive epithets
the republican candidate for repre
sentative arose and told the people that
he considered John Lind the best
governor Minnesota ever had, and
the audience cheered him to the echo.
Doc. must have felt like a counterfeit
one cent piece.
Personal Mention.
Ohas Allen, a representative of the Pioneer
Press, was in the city Thursday
Miss Mary Hazelberg of Granite Falls spent
Sunday with Willmar relatives
J. Rykken returned Saturday evening
from a trip to Montevideo
Miss Lina Gjems is home from her trip to
Jens Larson Stevens is enjoying a visit with
Hutchinson relatives,
Dr E Twitchell spent Sunday in Litch
Mrs Curry and son arrived last Satur
day for a visit with relatives
Prof O Omlie left on Monday for St.
Paul to undergo treatment for his eyes.
Editor Foland, of the Benson Times, called
on the newspaper fraternity here Wednesday.
Miss Hattie Hall, of Atwater visited Will
mar relatives last week
Fred Thatcher came up from Menasha, Wis.,
this week for a visit with old friends
Mrs Woodward, of Chicago, spent a couple
of days last week with Mrs E C. Huffman
Miss Alice Roberts spent last week in the
Miss Hannah Norman, of Minneapolis, is the
guest of relatives in Willmar and vicinity
Mrs Wise of Browns Valley, is visiting with
her daughter, Mrs Blake,
Miss Flora Wise returned on Monday to her
home in Browns Valley
Herman Halvorson made a business trip to
St Cloud on Monday
Mr and Mrs Olof Olson of St Paul were
guests of Willmar relatives the past week.
Mrs James Lambrecht returned to Minneap
olis this week from a visit with her mother,
Mrs L. Gjems
Mrs S A Richardson and Mrs A Getch
ell, of Minneapolis are guests at the home of
S E Stansberry
Miss Lena Pritchard, of Woods, Chippewa
county, is the guest of her sister Mrs A O
Miss Mabel Tomlinson arrived here last week
from St Cloud to assume a position in the
public schools
Mrs W Peterson and Mrs. Michael
Wheeler, of Atwater, were visitors in our vil
lage last week
Emu Lundquist of Minneapolis, came up Fri
day to officiate as groomsman for his cousin,
Aug Norman
Messrs Lewis Mohne and Lawrence Rodlun
and Misses Tilda Larson and Tilda Moline
spent Sunday in Svea
O Bnen is home from his trip to Alaska
He passed through Willmar last Thursday
enroute to Graceville
Misses Tiihe and Louise Blomgren came up
from Minneapolis Friday to attend the Nor
man-Moline wedding,
William and John Wenberg were among the
Monday arrivals from New London They
were en route to California, where the for
mer goes for the benefit of his health
Rev. Strand, of Albert Lea, spent several
days the past week with Willmar and Norway
Lake relatives He left on Monday for the
Rev Father Malloy received a visit last
week from Rev Father Romoyne, of Marys
burg, Le Sueur county, and Rev. Father
Cunningham, of White Bear
Mr Barton, who has been for some time
past employed on the Gazette force as city
reporter, has resigned his position and gone to
the cities. His successor is Morey
Among the numerous visitors in attendance
at the Lind rally we noticed these newspaper
men Editors Peterson of the Litchfield Inde
pendent Rearick of the Grove City Times,
Covell of the Atwater Republican-Press, and
Archer of the Kerkhoven Banner.
Geo Thompson of Choklo was to the vil
lage the past week renewing old acquaint
ances. He informs us that he and his brother
Charles have disposed of their banking busi
ness there to a Waseca party, Charles
Thompson and family have removed to Min
Commend Sletten.
Before the close of the campaign I
would, with your permission, Mr.
Editor, have a word or two with the
voters of Kandiyohi county in regard
to our candidate for county auditor,
Mr. P. R. Sletten. While I have no
serious objection to the present in
cumbent, as to the management of the
office, I will say that Mr. P. R. Slet
ten would fill the office with no less
ability, as he has had the training
that would make him a first class
auditor. Being a steady attendant of
our public schools while a boy, and
later attending the well known institu
tion of learning, the Northfield col
lege, and lastly the St. Cloud normal
school, from which he graduated with
honor, he has acquired a knowledge
so much needed in the management of
that important office. So gentlemen
and fellow citizens, when you go to
the polls on Nov. 6, and vote for
other good men placed on our ticket,
put a strong after the name of P.
R. Sletten.
Sincerely yours,
Wioklund Recommends Bosoh.
To the many republican friends who
expressed their intention to vote for
me if I had not declined the nomina
tion, I wish to say: Do not hesitate
to vote for John B. Bosch, of Hoi*
land, for representative, as he is a
man that will see to the farmers' in
terests of this county and of the state,
And you will not regret it six months
from now, if we elect him to repre
sent us in the next legislature. He is
a farmer and knows the wants of farm
ers. He is a Christian, and therefore
I am confident that bribes will not
carry him off from duty. I congrat
ulate the county central committee on
having appointed such an able and
well qualified man as you will find, in
John B. Bosch. Accept thanks for
the faith you all had in me. Respect
The Gazette in its two column notice
of our Anti-Military edition says, it
contained eight pages of plate matter.
Which proves that Sterngucker .wrote
the comment. A printer would not
have made the mistake. The edition
was paid for by private subscription.
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