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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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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