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DODGE COUNTY MORTGAGES. Register Gates Lets the Gas Out of The G. 0. P. Defense, and the Punctured G. 0 . P. Collapses . Editor Great West: Ever since the publication of the result of the mortgage investigation which showed the surprising and fearful increase of the mortgage indebted ness the crew who have the management of the ship called g. o. p. have had all they could do to keep the worn out and useless old hulk afloat. The officers and crew have had repeated consultations to devise some plan, or to discover some expedient whereby they could overcome the ef fects of that'investigation. But all in vain. Those ominous figures stand unrefuted, uncontradicted, and they have found that it is utterly impos sible to contradict them. The records have been searched in vain to find data whereby they could successfully break the force of them. But no such data exists. The records everywhere sustain them. But something had to be done or the old craft would surely sink before November 8. As a dernier resort they summoned Valesh to their aid. And the captain thus addressed him: “Valesh, what do you know about the amount of mortgages being re corded and the amount of discharges being made?” “Nothing at all, your honor; my investigation did not lead me in that line; it was thought best that the people should be kept in blissful ignor ance.” “But don’t you know something about the records that will have the appearance of sound data whereby we can divert the attention of the peo ple from those ugly, horrid figures and thus keep afloat till after election?” “Yes. I have it. I have noticed that in 1881 there were a great many more foreclosures than in 1891.” “Good!” cried the captain. “Fix it up. Fix it up in a great balloon and we will fasten it to the g. o. p. ship, and it shall keep us afloat—per chance we shall reach the shore.” In hot haste Valesh goes to work and brings out his foreclosure report, and with flourish of trumpets it has been attached to the old ship with the vain hope to keep it afloat. Now 1 propose to puncture that balloon, let out the gas and sink the ship. And this is the way Ido it: Ist The year 1881 was the year in which there was the greatest num ber of foreclosures of any one year in the history of the state, and in 1891 the least number, hence those two years were selected. 1881 was preceded by three very poor crop years, namely 1878, total failure; 1879 and 1880 poor years; hence mortgages had increased to a great extent. Money loaners and their agents were in the habit of exacting bonuses in various ways, and in order to obtain them every year were drawing mortgages due in one year from date, so that if these bonuses or commis sions for doing business were not forthcoming they could foreclose. We had then no enforced usury law. In 1881 the farmers generally made up their minds that they would not pay these bonuses, for it would be cheaper to stand the cost of foreclosure and redemption than to pay what was demanded of them. Therefore the most of the foreclosures of 1881 were simply attempts to enfoi ce payments of bonuses and were permitted by the farmers to take place because it was cheaper for them. Redemptions then were common. Now the redemptions are few. In 1891 in this county there were but two. Now we will give the record for these two years compared. What was done in the way of paying off mortgages? In 1881 the mortgages discharged, including foreclosures, amounted to $313,136; in 1891 the mortgages discharged, including fore closures, amounted to $125,945, making a difference in favor of 1881 and against 1891 of $187,191. Verily the county is all the while becoming more prosperous with a vengeance. And further the mortgaged indebtedness of the county was decreased in 1881 $25,533, while it was increased in 1891 $74,234. That is the record of this county of Dodge and a similar record will be shown in any county where investigations are made. I have the honor to subscribe my name as the register of deeds in and for the county of Dodge, one of the most prosperous counties in the state of Minnesota, D. 0. Gates. Gov. Donnelly Sues the “Skandinaven" for $50,000 for Libel. The Chicago Skandinaven, Norwegian, is being used to disseminate libels broadcast through this state against Mr. Donnelly. It charges in its issue of Sept. 7th, that the investigation of the affairs of the Union Pacific Railroad Company shows that Mr. Donnelly received a bribe of $2,000. The paper has a branch establishment in Minnesota, and claims the largest circulation in the world. As there is not a word of truth in the statement Gov. Donnelly has begun an action for $50,000 damages against the pa per and will also institute criminal proceedings against the editor. He pro poses to prosecute every newspaper in Minnesota that publishes a libelous article against him. That’s right. He has been slandered long enough. The worst of it is that the Skandinaven charges that Knute Nelson is a party to the circulation of this libel, and it is probable that he will be in cluded in the suit. The paper says: “The report, (of the investigation of the Union Pacific R.R. Co.), makes a thick volume which Knute Nelson carries in his satchel.” “If you meet Nelson you can read it with your own eyes if you doubt the truth of the accusation.” Mr. Donnelly’s name is not mentioned in the investigation of the Union Pacific Bribery case. He was not. in congress at the time. Bill King rep resented the district at that time, and was charged in that report with re ceipting $125,000 of corruption money; and Bill is now supporting Knute Nelson and fighting Donnelly. The Red River Dalen was put into the field by a company composed of peoples party advocates. Almost a total of that company are strong peo ples party men. But a few who are a majority of the executive committee of the paper, are “in the swim.” Seven hundred dollars of Jim Hill’s money is a mighty strain upon some men’s conscience. The Dalen has not paid. It has a moderate subscription list, but is issuing not less than 3,000 copies. How it issues the extras is not clear, but it is surely poisoning the minds of the weak by defending the g. o. p. under the guise of a peoples party paper. Its defense of Belshazzar’s Feast was a wonderful display of depravity. In speaking of Dr. Fish’s address in Crookston, it said: “He spoke in the forenoon at the court house and in the evening at Mc- Kinnon Hall. * * * In the forenoon about forty people assembled to hear him. In the evening a few more, mostly people from town.” Now, the editor of the Dalen, if faithful to the cause, should have been at the meetings—and should have brought more than “40” persons there by his own efforts! But without him there were exactly 74 present, by straight eount of one of the county officials! And, besides, the meeting was not in the forenoon at all, but in the afternoon! The editor of a peo ples party paper bragging up Knute Nelson, and calling those who object to the Belshazzar Feast with Jim Hill “baboons,” does not even know when a party meeting is held, and then falsifies the number by a half! Then he says there were a “few more” present in the evening. By actual count of chairs there were 298 chairs in the hall—and not twenty were vacant— until many of the republicans withdrew. After the doctor had talked an hour and a half a few farmers withdrew, as it was very late. At the close the doctor had more than Frank Nye, republican, and Dan Lawler, demo crat, had at their two meetings put together! Our opinion is that in supporting the Dalen the peoples party men are nourishing a viper whose poison fang is loaded and ready for action. Just to see whether the g. o. p. leaders know anything of the history of their own party, we offer the following statement: 1. We,defy any one to show that one dollar of U. S. bonds were ever issued to raise money to carry on the war. 2. We deny that the national banks ever uttered any money to carry on the war or which in any way aided therein. 3. We aver that at the close of the war (to the last year) only 603 millions of bonds were issued—but that in five yeard of peace that 603 mil lions became 2,300 millions. The Red River Dalen. We herewith present to the readers of the Great West a portrait of the next congressman from this district, Mr. James J. Daugherty, who was placed in nomination by the Fourth district peoples party convention last Saturday. Mr. Daugherty is by occupation a printer, and is in the employ, not as falsely stated by the Pioneer Press, of this office, but of The West Pulish ing Co. (law book publishers) of this city. Mr. Daugherty is a clear-headed, clean-handed populist—an earnest and capable advocate of the rights of the great common people in their contest with the money power, which, through a thousand avenues pro vided for its use by the legislation of the two old parties, is taxing the in dustrial population of the nation to death and, out of the ill-gotten spoils, building a plutocracy that menaces the republic. The convention did well when it chose Mr. Daugherty as its nominee. When great issues arise like the free coinage issue, whose effects will reach even into humblest homes in the land, he will be found every time on the side of the people, and will not be found, as was his democratic opponent, Mr. Castle, when that great struggle was on,—in the enemy’s camp. Mr. Daugherty has long been prominent among the labor organizations of this city, and his great popularity among the organized industrialists gives him a prestige that at the very outset makes him a formidable an tagonist to Mr. Castle. The republican nomination was a “straw bid”— the contest is between Mr. Castle and Mr. Dougherty, and we do not believe this constituency will again place its interets in the care of the man who betrayed them into the hands of the gold bugs in the last congress. The Standard Bearers of the Peoples Party are Coming to Hon. H. E. Taubeneck, Chairman of the National Peoples party Com mittee, writes to Hon. Ignatius Donnelly, that General James B. Weaver, peoples party candidate for President of the United States, will speak as follows in Minnesota. He will be accompained by Gen. James G. Field, of Virginia, our candidate for vice president; and by Mrs. Mary E. Lease, of Kansas the most famous female orator in the world. Winona, Monday, October 10, 7:30 o’clock p. m. Minneapolis, Tuesday, October 11, 7:30 o’clock p. m. Duluth, Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 o'clock p. m. Fergus Falls, Thursday, October 13, 7:30 o’clock p. m. St. Paul, Friday, October 14, 7:30 o’clock p. m. Fairbault, Saturday, October 15, 7:30 o’clock p. m. Austin, Monday, October 17, 7:30 o’clock p. m. The State Executive Committee requests the local committees to see that these meetings are made the greatest ever held in the state. No such galaxy of talent has ever before appeared in our borders. Arrangements should be made to run special trains for all quarters, at reduced rates, and to meet the next president of the United States and his associates, with music, bonfires, rockets and the sound of cannon. Campaign Work. Mr. Donnelly’s Appointments. Saturday, Sept. 17, 8 o’clock Rothsay, Wilkin county. Wednesday “ 21, 1 “ Hutchinson, on fair grounds. Thursday, “ 22, 2 “ Bird Island, Renville countv. _ “ “ 22, 8 “ Renville, Renville county. Friday, “ 23, Granite Falls, Yellow Medicine county. Saturday “ 24,7:30 “ Montevideo, Chippewa Co. Monday, “ 26,7:30 “ East Minneapolis. Tuesday, “ 27,7:30 “ Delano, Wright Co. Wednesday “ 28,1 “ Cokato, Wright Co. Wednesday,“ 28,7:30 “ Litchfield, Meeker Co. Thursday, “ 29, 7:30 “ Willmar, Kandiyohi Co. Friday, “ 30,7:30 “ Benson, Swift Co. Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 “ Morris, Stevens Co. Monday, “ 3,1 “ Glenwood, Pope Co. Tuesday, “ 4,7:30 “ Herman, Grant Co. Wednesday “ 5, 8 “ Brown Volley, Traverse Co. Thursday, “ 6,11 “ Graceville, Bigstone Co. “ “ 6,7:30 “i OrtonfUle, Big Stone Co. Friday, “ 7,7:30 “| Appleton, Swift Co. Saturday “ 8,7:30 “ Dawson, Lac que Parle Co. Monday, “ 10,7 “ sharp, Elk River, Sherburne Co. Tuesday, “ 11,7:30 “ Ada, Norman Co. Wednesday “ 12, 7:30 “ Hallock, Kittson Co. Thursday, “ 13, 7:30 “ Warren, Marshall Co. Friday, “ 14,7:30 “ Crookston, Polk Co. Saturday, “ 15,11 “ sharp, Mclntosh, Polk Co. Monday, “ 17,7:30 “ Hawley, Clay Co. Appointments of Dr. Fish. Crookston, Polk county, Saturday a.m. and p.m «... Sept 10 Fertile, Polk Co. Thursday Eve. and Friday a. m. and p.m. “ 15-16 Barnesville, Clay county, Saturday a.m and p.m “ 17 Wheaton, Traverse county, Monday p. m. and evening “ 19 Ortonville, Big Stone county, Tuesday evening “ 20 Bellingham, Lac qui Parle county, Wednesday p. m., 2to 5 *« 21 Marshall, Lyon county, Thursday, 3:30 p. m., and evening “ 22 Tracy, Lyon county, Friday p.m. and evening “ 23 Lake Benton, Lincoln county, Saturday a.m. and p.m “ 24 Cazenovia (by teams), Pipestone county, Saturday evening “ 24 Pipestone, Pipestone county, Monday a.m. p.m.and Eve... “26 Luveme, Rock couny, Tuesday p. m. and evening “ 27 Adrian, Nobles county, Wednesday p.m. and evening... “ 28 Worthington, Nobles county. Thursday p.m. and pining «29 Heron Lake, Jackson county, Friday p. m. and evening “ 30 Windom, Cottonwood Co., Sat. a. m., p. m., and evening October 1 Bt. James, Watonwan Co., Monday a. m., p. m. and Ev “ 3 Good Thunder, Blue Earth county, Tuesday a.m. and p.m “ 4 Delavan, Faribault Co., Wednesday a.m., p.m.,and evening “ 5 rairmont, Martin Co., Thursday a.m., p.m., and evening.. “ 6 Albert Lea, Freeborn county, Friday p.m. and evening “ 7 Waseca, Waseca county, Saturday a.m., p.m. and evening “ 8 Blooming Prairie, Steele county, Monday p.m “ 10 Dexter, Mower county, Tuesday a.m., p.m. and evening “ 11 Spring Valley, Fillmore county, Wednesday a.m., p.m., and “ 12 Rushford, Fillmore county, Thursday a. m., p.m. and Evg.. “ 13 Caledonia, Houston Co., Friday a.m., p.m., and evening “ 14 LaCreseent, Houston county, Suturday p. m. and evening.. “ 15 James J. Daugherty. Weaver and Field. Minnesota . Attention Nominee■. The state central committee urges upon the local nominees of the peo ples party the imperative necessity of having their petitions signed. This matter is imperative, and each congressional, legislative, and local condidate must give id early atten tion. There was an Bth ward peoples party club meeting held at 537 Rice St., on Wednesday evening, Sept. 14. Brown county, this state, has held her county and legislative conven tion. Jessie Palmer is the legislative nominee. Mr. Horace Cole, of Rolling Prairie, Dodge county, Wis., sends us a club of 30 subscribers and accompanies his order with the observation that it is the result of less than half a day’s effort to “spread the gospel.” The Mankato Journal, in speaking of J. T. McCleary’s speech recently made in that city, says: “The speak er touched upon the finance question, and before he got through answering the questions propounded by some of the populists present, he began to wear a ‘Where am I at’ expression.” The professor was evidently out of his element,—confused, confounded and comfuddled. On the Wing. At Ada it was 5:30 p. m. before any bills were issued, the morning and evening meetings being omitted, for want of advertising. Fifty men as sembled at the court house and lis tened to us for two hours. They were almost all business men from town, and they told us afterwards that the speech did good work. The collection showed this, for it amount ed to $8.90. At 5 a. m. we were called up to catch the train for Crookston. Here the committee had advertised. So, in the afternoon we had the court house hall comfortably filled, scarcely any vacant seats. In the evening Mc- Kinnon hall, seating four or five hun dred, was filled. We spoke two hours again, not with usual spirit, being worn out. But we hope that good work was done. Our friends need not fear about this section. It is all right, even if Glyndon and Ada were apparent failures. There are townships where even the postmasters vote the peo ples party ticket. One of them says: “I shall vote the p. p. ticket; if they can find some other postmaster let them do it—l don’t wan’t it!” Hastings, Sept. 17, ’92. Editor Great West: The peoples party county conven tion for Dakota Co. was held here to-day, Sept. 17. A large number of delegates were present, 52 being en titled to seats in the convention. C. P. Carpenter was elected chairman and J. C. Davison and J. B. McSher ry secretaries. A full county ticket was nominated, as follows: Representatives, Michael John ston, Ara Barton; county commis sioners, Ist diet. H. C. Lovejoy; 3d dist. James Callan; sth dist. W. A. Parry; coroner A. A. Finch; county surveyor, D. F. A km; superintendent of schools, T. B. McKelvy; judge of probate, Thos. P. Moran; county attorney, C. P. Carpenter; sheriff, James Dwyer; register of deeds, W. H. Smith; treasurer, L. C. Simmons; auditor, Geo. Washbish. The chair was authorized to appoint a county committee and the campaign will be prosecuted with vigor. Granger. Peoples Party County Convention. A peoples party delegate conven tion for Le Sueur county is hereby called to meet at the court house in the village of Le Sueur Center on Saturday, the Ist day of October, 1892, at 11 o’clock a. m., to nomin ate candidates, pledged to reform and a reduction of taxes, for the follow ing county offices, viz.: County audi tor, treasurer, register of deeds, judge of probate, sheriff, county at torney, superintendent of schools, court commissioner, coroner, county surveyor, two representatives to the legislature, and candidates for county commissioner for Ist, 3rd and sth districts. The towns will be entitled to the following representation: Lanes bourgh, 3; Derrynane, 3; Tyrone, 3; Le Sueur, 3; Ottawa, 3; Sharon, 4; Lexington, 4; Montgomery, 4; Cor doya, 3; Cleveland, 3; Kilkenny, 3; Kasota, 4; Washington, 3; Elysian, 4; Waterville, 4. In addition to those, one delegate from each (live) alliance, labor or ganization and peoples party club will be admitted. All delegates must be in full sym pathy with the reform movement. The committee suggest that lead ing men in each township call and designate time and place of meeting to elect delegates. P. Shippman, Ch. Co. Committee. Le Sueur Center, Sept. 12,1892. Flora, Minn., Sept. 11, ’92. Editor Great West : Please allow me a little space in the j Great West to make the report of Flora alliance Renville county, No 932. At a special meeting held Sept 7th, officers were elected, and dele gates chosen to attend the county convention Sept. 24. , Our out-runners report: J. W. Schroeder $ 50 B. Quigley 1 0 0 J. Gunter 25 Aug. Raum ' 25 S. Stillmaker ”... 25 Wm. Foster 1 qq Joseph Fisher 1 ko P. O’Brien I” 100 For the Lecture Fund $5 75 r The prosecution fund of $5 now in the hands of state treasurer was voted to be turned over to the cam paign fund. Also $2.50 were raised for 25 copies of the Great West for campaign, all of which you will please find enclosed. All is well. ’Rah for Nov. 8 th! * F. M. Shoemaker, Pres’t Flora All. Campaign Contributions. ' ' Mr. Donnelly reports the following contributions to the campaign fund, taken up by him at meetings at which he spoke. Mr. Donnelly pays his own expenses and does not take a dollar of the contributions so made. Sauk Centre, Sept. 14th sl3 93 Alexandria,. “ 15th 20 00 Evansville, “ 16th 739 Rothsay, “ 17th 14 47 7 Out of this he paid: Rent of hall at Alexandria.... $6 00 Rent of hall at Evansville 5 00 To Dr. Fish for his expenses at Rothsay 5 00 sl6 00 ; Total Receipts s6l 79 V Disbursements.. 16 00 Sept. 18th, paid over to the State Central Committee $45 79 Railrod Discrimination. Editor Great West: There is a man now in the lunatie asylum, by the name of English,— who came to the R. R. wheat buyer, at Ghent with a load of wheat which he had previously weighed at home, and the R. R. Wheat Thief, attempt ed to beat him out of about 7 pounds on the bushel by R. R. weights and the price of the remain ing 53 lbs. was not up to the market quotations. Mr. English stated that he would go to Minneota and sell. This harpy wheat buyer of Ghent, gets onto the first train to Minneota and gives the partner at Minneota the weights and figures at Ghent, and the consequences was the grain weighed the same to a dot as it did at Ghent; the price was also the same, whereupon the man English resolved to try Marshall as a wheat market and upon his arrival there, the same conditions existed. The Ghent buyer had been there and fixed things, and the farmer was shut com pletely out of the matket, he could not either ship or sell his wheat; or if he did sell, was compelled to loose seven pounds to the bushel. Is it any wonder that the asylums are filling up, when the law of the land will sustain such systematic robbers. Thomas Hanson of Minneota was denied elevator privileges at Min neota but was given a permit to have a shed near the R. R. track and handle salt, lime, hair, etc.; but was not, and is not allowed to buy wheat. Deutz & Smith, of Ghent, are in the same boat, they cannot buy or lease property from the R. R. Co. upon which to build an elevator;—they t cannot have cars when needed for shipment of which they have bought and stored at a distance from the track. They are forced to pay the price as dictated by the State Wheat Ring, or go out of business, thereby confining the farmer to but one pur chaser for his products. Is it any wonder that such whelps, grow rich and arrogant. They buy the wheat J at their own price and sell it at their , |/ own price. Observer. Robert Schilling will speak as fol- * lows: j i' Sept. 19, Willmar. / “ 20, Benson, f “ 21, Morris. ] “ 22, Glenwood. “ 23, Alexandria. j “ 24, Elbow Lake. “ 26, Fergus Falls. l~ “ 27, Barnesville. 1 1 “ 28, Detroit. , * Sept. 29, Perham. \ People* Party Representative Con vention* Pipestone, Aug. 17,1892. * _ At a meeting of the peoples party ' j: legislative committee held here it was I j decided to hold the legislative con- J j vention at Edgerton, Sept. 23rd, at 11 1 o’clock p. m., to place in nomina- / f 4ion three (3) representatives. Each , county will be entitled to the follow- / __ ing representation: I / Murray and Nobles, two from each / voting precinct and six at large. j Pipestone and Rock, three from each voting precinct and seven at j( ' large. / By order of committee. _ A. D. Ferris, Chairman. J. B. Johnson, Secretary.