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PUBLISHED MONTHLY. By the Prohibition State Central Committee. GEO, F. WELLS, editor and manager SUBSCRIPTION PRICE, Twenty-five Cents. 5 Copies, 12 “ 20 44 86 44 Address: BACKBONE, 1514 Capitol Avenue, Cl. Paul, Minn. OUR PAPER. A new paper? Yes. Why? The saloon must go. It can only be destroyed through the agency of a political party committed to that purpose. Yet millions of men who mean to do the right thing are ignorant of the foundation prin ciples of the prohibition movement, and other millions who abhor the saloon and the license system know little of the alms and spirit of the Prohibition party. We must reach them, teach them, win them. This is why !ti published. We aim to reach every Prohibitionist in Min nesota. But still more do we desire to reach thousands of candid men who hate the saloon as much as we, but who In their blindness are perpetuating it by giving the support of their ballot to parties committed by their platforms or record, or both, to the license policy. OUR PLAN. The Prohibition State Central Committee could publish a paper of the usual size and issue it weekly. But if this were the case, it would go to only a few thousand —prob- ably two or three thousand-persons, most of whom are Prohibitionists. But we are determined that the Prohibi tion vote of Minnesota shall be increased, and in order to do this, we must influence thousands who would not pay a dollar for a paper, and many of whom would not read a full sized weekly even if it were sent to them gratuitously. We have therefore decided to put the energy and money which would be njSceaaajy. to .the .Publication of a full sized weekly into the,*ex<tehsiveJ cifeirtatSifi Jc/f; ;j jrmnll monthly. The prie»;i«.2s jsepts per year.**Yt>u*a?reJ intit£d to become a subscriber. Proftibittoflint* in. Jthp.stqte to subscribe *for*seveVaTebjjie*s ailtlie’cJivblralhe liajnetf* I Iffiiis is our plan for securing an extensive circulation* The ptrb llcation of BACKBONE is the first step in a more system atic arid thorough-going campaign in the state than has ever yet been made. Those who pay for several copies may sell them again at either the full or club rate. Or they may send us the addresses of friends to whom they would like them mailed. Or vve will furnish the addresses of an unlimited number of “hopefuls.” Or they may sell some and give away some. In any case they will of course want at least one copy sent to their own address. BACKBONE $ 1.00 -■ 2.00 8.00 6,00 DEFECTIVE PAGE THE CAMPAIGN OF 1896. Another campaign is over, and the saloon goes on. Even as an economic issue, there was no question involved at all comparable with prohibition. The saloon drains our resources, and the politicians charge the stringency to whatever it best suits their interests to have the people consider the cause thereof. The parly’s lack of means with which to urge the importance of our issue, and the unfor tunate bolt in our own ranks with which the campaign opened, alone prevented a splendid increase in our vote. The strength of our position was generally admitted by thoughtful men. The untoward conditions were aggravated in this state by the fact that we had no paper in the Eng lish language to champion our cause or even to put our loyal workers in touch with each other. Yet, despite these and other difficulties, our vote was not cut down so seriously as was generally expected. Lev ering has polled about 130,000 votes. Two years ago our vote in this state was from 6,800 for Hilleboe to 9,300 for Way. This year Dean comes within 1,600 of Hilleboe’s vote, and both Wedge and McConkey exceed Hilleboe. The Prohibitionists of the state were never better satis fied with their vote, considering all the circumstances. And they were never, at the close of a campaign, more confident —we can almost say enthusiastic —as to the future. The campaign has brought many good omen|. The ease with which men of all parties have changed their politico! affilia tions is pregnant with good to our cause. Other hopeful signs might be named. But even the discouraging features have brought us help. As men and classes from whom we have a right to expect aid have failed us, many of our .. ill*.. iwjolrod to lici-cciftcr <io>n>fco a oti)i larger share of their time, energies and means to our cause. The effect of this new purpose is already seen in the work of the campaign of 1898, now under way. Yes. the saloon will go on for another administration. The nation’s wealth will be wasted, hearts will ache and break, and unnumbered thousands will hurry on to the des truction of health, wealth and manhood. But those who voted for Levering, Johnson and Dean will not be responsi ble for all this carnage. Thank God for that! And others will awake to the enormity of the liquor evil and of con doning it through the license system; Our cause will not forever be in a minority. The saloon goes on, but the war against it also goes on, and will not cease until it is hurled into the hell in which it was born. KEEP PEGGING AWAY. “What next?” —was the question which an intimate friend of Lincoln"asked him at the close of a not encourag ing conversation during the dark days of the rebellion. “What next, Mr. President?” “Oh, we’ll keep pegging away,” said the man whose strong heart was accustomed to heavy burdens. “Keep pegging away.” What better plan can the enemies of the saloon follow, as they emerge from the smcke of another conflict in which the saloon won? Our cause is right. Intelligence and conscience and patriot ism will yet come to our aid. Let ns “keep pegging away.” Among the topics discussed on the Sunday before elec tion, by Twin City ministers who —from an imperative sense of duty, no doubt—voted with one or the other of the license parties, were the following: “Recognizing God in Human Affairs,” “The Courage of Faith,” “Some Present Day Heroes and Heroines,” "The Light of the World,” JAN.