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CLEAR THE WAY!
Lo! a cloud’s about to vanish From the day! And the brazen wrong to crumble Into clay. Lo! the night’s about to conquer, Clear the way! With the Right shall many more Enter smiling at the door; With the giant Wrong shall fall Many others, great and small, That for ages long have held us For their prey. Men of thought and men of action, Clear the way! —Charles Mackay. “ORGANIZATION” DEFEATS THE PEOPLE. (Continued from page 1.) only at the end of a riot which would have been disgraceful but for its pur pose. If the people of Minnesota want any thing in the way of respectable, de cent legislation, it can be had only at the hands of a political party which stands, as an organization, for respect able and decent things, and to this fact the people are certainly waking up. No one questions that a legislature composed of Prohibitionists would do its duty in relieving the state of the moral, political and financial incubus of the saloon; and the record of the Prohibitionists at the legislature this year, together with their platform, ought to be sufficient proof of the cap acity and intelligence of the Prohibi tion party on such questions as con front the state. On the other hand, no legislature that will refuse to allow the people of the state the right of self government can be trusted by the peo ple on any other question whatsoever, for it should be remembered that the County Option bill and the Prohibition constitutional amendment bill were neither of them measures essentially hostile to the liquor traffic, but simply provided that the people by their sovereign will might determine what attitude the government of the state should maintain toward an institution that is recognized by all to be inimical to the fundamental purposes of gov ernment —namely, the protection of the life, liberty, happiness and well being of the people. PERPETUATED THE SALOON. Among the anti-saloon measures de feated by the Legislature were: The County Option bill; a bill prohibit ing the transfer of liquor licenses and requiring the licensee to have been a resi dent of the county for one year next pre ceding the issuance of the license; a bill making the liquor bond of some actual value instead of a legislative lie; a bill providing for the submission to the peo ple of a constitutional prohibition amend ment; a bill prohibiting a saloon within one mile of any public school in unorgan ized territory and within 500 feet in mu nicipal organizations incorporated under other than a city charter; a bill extend ing local option to towns of all classes, and a number of minor measures. Stood by the Machine. There were a number of attempts to materially modify the primary system; some by extending it; others by re stricting it, and others making such alter ations in it as to increase its burden some nature, especially upon minority parties. Probably the most important of these in its beneficial effects was the bill introduced by Mr. T. E. Noble, one of the Prohibition representatives, pro viding for the non-partisan election of merely clerical and administrative offi cers, who have nothing to do with the development or carrying out of a party policy, such as county treasurer, county register of deeds, county superintendent of schools, and all judicial offices. All of these, however, were sandbagged by the ever watchful political machine, which recognized them as threatening the prestige of the dominant political party. A Populist for the People. The one election bill in the interest of the people, which became a law was in troduced by Senator Sageng, the only Populist member of the session, and pro vides that no fee shall be required for placing upon the general election ballot the names of any candidates nominated at the primary election. This means probably not less than S9OO to the Prohi bition party in this state, and the old system was entirely unjust. Candidates filing for primary election will still be required to pay a fee of $lO if the dis trict is all confined to one county, or S2O if it exceeds the boundaries of one coun- ty. Mr. Lobeck’s bill throwing certain safe guards about boys under eighteen years of age was enacted into law, and is a wholesome and important measure. All the political parties had put them selves squarely on record for the elec tion of United States senators by popular vote. Early in the session, Mr. Higgins, Prohibitionist, introduced a bill calling for a constitutional convention under ar ticle 3 of the constitution of the United States, for the purpose of effecting this reform. Despite smooth tactics in the Elections committee and on the House floor by the “organization” to delay the measure, it was passed, but in the Senate it was put to sleep. This is an illustra tion of the infidelity of the old parties to their platform promises. While both Democratic and Republican parties go on record in their platforms for this exten sion of popular government, it is very clear that the organizations themselves are against increasing the power of the people as against that of the politician. THAT APRIL SPURT. As April opened, we had between 1,400 and 1,500 of the 5,000 new self paying subscriptions which we desire paying subscriptions which we desire to place on our books between last November and next November. As the first half of the year would close April 30th, we made an earnest ap peal to our friends to get us the 1,000 subscriptions necessary to put us half way through our big and splendid job. The office force worked like beavers to accomplish this result. We mailed thousands of appeals separately to our friends, enclosing subscription blanks and return envelopes. We also mailed thousands of sample copies. 'All these things cost us a big bunch of money. We didn’t get the 1,000 subscriptions. We are not discouraged. Far from it. We are nearing the 1,700 mark and are moving steadily forward to our goal. Our blood is up. We simply must have the 5,000 new subscrip tions. But somebody will have to hurry. Time is passing. In our last issue we told how the job could be divided up into clubs of all the way from 100 down and of the splendid work which could be done by even a large number getting us one subscription each. We don’t feel like ringing the changes on this idea this month. We are willing that one person should get the whole bunch or that some thousands of our subscribers should send only one sub scription each, but the 5,000 new sub scriptions we must have. You are saying “Amen” to that, are you not? And you will help, won’t you? You determined to do so months ago but just hadn’t got to it, that’s all. We want to hear from you this month. Our eye is still on that 2,500. Two thousand will be a sort of a half way house. Our hundreds will be mile posts which we will not pass as rapidly as on the railroad but we will pass them. Mark that! The saloon must die! It ought to die quickly. It would, if its enemies would get out and hustle. The saloon cannot bear the light. Give the people the facts, circulate our papers and you will have a check for a reserved seat at its funeral. STATE HAS NO RIGHT TO LICENSE SALOON. By section 1 of the bill of rights it is declared that the state of Indiana was founded for the peace, safety and well being of the people, and by sec tion 1 of article 8 of the state constitution it is made the duty of the general assembly to en courage, by all suitable means, the moral and intellectual im provement of the people. It would seem to follow logically that this imperative duty cannot be discharged by delegating, for a monthly consideration, to an inherently unlawful and im moral business the right to ex ist and subject the citizens of the state to its baneful influen ces. * * * THE LOGIC OF ALL THIS MUST LEAD TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE STATE CANNOT, FOR A LICENSE FEE, GIVE THE SALOON BUSINESS A LEGAL STANDING. —From Decision of Judge Sam uel R. Artman of Indiana, Feb. 13, 1907. PROGRESS IN NORTH DAKOTA. Gov. Burke and Geo. Murray, the new enforcement commissioner, are doing business. One of the new laws under which they operate requires all persons holding federal liquor license to register the same with the county auditor, advertise for three weeks in local papers the name of the person to whom the government tax receipt is issued, etc. Another provides for the seizure and confiscation of liquors shipped into the state contrary to law. Another prohibits the soliciting of orders for liquors. Another holds the leaser of a building which is used for the sale of intoxicating liquors equally responsible with the man who sells. Still another provides that a search warrant shall be issued upon affidavit of any person that intoxicating liquors are being kept on the premises in un usual quantities or for the purpose of sale. Nearly every time we visit Stone’s School of Watchmaking, we see new evi dences of growth. This splendid school occupies large space in the Globe Build ing, St. Paul. THE PUBLIC WEAL. «!» HOME BAKING ej s • • 712 Hennepin Avenue REPUBLICAN PARTY WARNED. The Western Christian Advocate, a Methodist Journal of discrimination and influence, said: “We believe that the seating of Mr. Smoot will be as great a w'rong as was the Dred Scott decision and will have as grave consequences to the moral and so cial welfare of the nation. Reed Smoot as an individual is of small consequence, as Dred Scott as an individual was of small consequence, but Smoot, like Scott, is the central figure around whom center great issues. Upon his case the indica tions are that the decision will be by a party vote as the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Dred Scott was by a partv vote. AND THE DECISION IN SMOOT’S CASE, AS THAT IN DRED SCOTT'S CASE, WILL HAVE IN OUR OPINION FATEFUL POLITICAL RE SULTS.” A FAIR FIGHTER. The liquor interests may thank their stars that Representative Higgins was not selected to lead the movement for county option. His one star play was absolute prohibition for the state, and he came so near making good that he had the enemy frightened. Mr. Higgins has that one quality so foreign to the average white ribboner —some regard for the other fellow’s opinion—and this spirit of fair ness has stood him well in the measures he has been fathering. He is generally well liked. “Among the new subscriptions which I have recently obtained are those of three young men who are just coming on the stage of action.” So writes one of our club-getters. What could she do more likely to add stability and strength to our movement? The Hon. C. W. Trickett, who wiped out the 165 joints of Kansas City, Kan., and paved the way for the enforcement victory of April 2, 1907, says: “Eight months ago I believed in high license and local option, especially for the larger cities, but today, after living in the larg est city in Kansas under enforced pro hibitory law and having seen the advant ages flowing from it compared with the results of high license just across the line in Missouri, I am opposed to re submission and in favor of the Kansas prohibitory law. It is a good law and can be enforced in every city and coun ty in the state, and if this law is as sailed or put in question, I would feel called upon to lend my humble services to defend it upon the stump from one end of the state to the other.” If any of our subscribers ever hear a person declare that he has tried, but without success, to stop his copy of The Public Weal, as is sometimes said of other papers and, it may be, of ours also, they will confer a favor upon us by stat ing squarely that one of the easiest things in the world is to stop one’s copy of The Public Weal if he writes us to that effect and pays up his subscription to date. When subscribers notify a postmaster of their desire to discontinue their paper, the postmaster sometimes overlooks noti fying us. The only safe way is to write us direct. If the subscriber is paid to date, we strike his name at once from our list. If he is in arrears, we write him, advising him of the amount due and stating that on the receipt of the same his name will be stricken from the list. We do not intend to force our paper upon any one. We are trying to make such a paper as the enemies of the saloon will want in their homes for their own perusal and that of their children until the end of the fight. OLIVER W. STEWART’S DATES. As we go to press Mr. Stewart is starting a ten-days’ strenuous engage ment with the State Committee. He spends the 10th and 11th at White Bear, Kellogg and Lake City. His further appointments are: SUNDAY. May 12th. Winona. Fore noon, First Baptist Church. Afternoon, Y. M. C. A. Evening, First Congrega tional Church. MONDAY. Afternoon, Stewartvllle. Evening, Spring Valley. TUESDAY. Af ternoon, Rich Valley. Evening. First Christian Church, St. Paul. WEDNES DAY. Afternoon, Afton. Evening, First Baptist Church, Minneapolis. THURS DAY. Afternoon, Maine Prairie. Eve ning, Clearwater. FRIDAY. Elim Church. Gordon township. Evening, Sauk Center. SATURDAY. Afternoon, Deerwood. Evening, Brainerd. SUN DAY, Mav 19th. Duluth, Forenoon, Da nlch M. E. Church. Afternoon, Y. M. C. A. Evening, to be announced. Not an ache in a barrel. —Street car advertisement. There’s a lie in every letter of that statement. ■ IAIIFII Finest quality Clover lillllL V honey in 30 lb. cans, one nnr I can 10 ets. per lb., 2or 11 Villa I more cans 9V& cts.; 12 lb cans. 72 lbs. to a case. 9Mi cts. per lb. Amber honey % cent per lb. less than Clover. Address. M. V. FACET, Preston, Fillmore Co., Minn. DORSETT’ ELICIOU ELICACIEwJ CATERING —St. Paul Dispatch, ICE CREAM Minneapolis LAMBERTVILLE “SNAB-PROOF” Robber Boots Not lowest priced, but are cheapest because they wear long est. Ask your dealer for “Lambertville Snag-Proof.’* If he does not have them —or will not get them for you—apply to Goodyear Rubber Co. ST. PAUL, MINN. North western Distributers. 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