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The Sisseton weekly standard. (Sisseton, Roberts County, S.D.) 1892-1929, April 23, 1920, Image 1

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ahA, N, I). W ltll polit
Cbttis all over the Northwest as well
:.*Sg$tii'Nartti Dakota rushing into print
v. with the news that they are opposed
•toTownleyism, the question "'Wivit
IsxTownlevism?" becomes important.
I '"'^To answer it Director F. W. Cathro
otthe Bank of North Dakota has pre
pwred a concise statement of wLü
these gentlemen are on record a-
By checking it over ,t!u
«ptiier can easilymake up his mind
illi' to what is bad and as to whether
•^|e0i"bad is sufficiently bad to warrant
ipporting those whose virtue con
ifts of hating every line of it..
EBSB'-Ys-äThe statement, in full, reads as t'jl
'fi!'"l^'Tlie I. V. A. has gone ,on record
1§ being opposed to 'Townlelsm' and
resolved that 'Townleyism' muil
stamped out. iV
"What is Townleyisnt?
••^f..t(*"Bank deposits guaranteed,
grain grades, based oil m:V
and baking values.
'•Pay for dockage or its rteurn to
|he farmer to be used as feed for In'
6*M51fi|niitials. ........
I Local Industry.
The milling of wheat in the state,
thereby preventing a. double haul a
by-prpducts for use in tho
M^^Mtate, increasing business and indua
conserving oil fertility.
"The täte owned bank, whereby the
|:lunds that' belong to all the people
glare made available to finance the ac
(-tivties that belong to all the people.
"A state owned coal mine to supply
|iat least the state's own buildings.
"An industrail commission charged
I- with the management of the state's
Inducstrial activities, elected by and
responsible to the people.
"Hail insurance at cost. -i
"Fire insurance on bublic build inj,:,
at cost.
"State bonding of public officials
at cost. '''•*&
"State aid to drough sufferers.
"State aid to drought sufferers.
'•Rural credits.
"Reduction of the spread between
the prices paid to producers and the
prices charged to consumers.
"A state of home owners (as the
liomestad act was the "most benefi
cient piece of legislation ever enacted
by the federal congress so may the
home building association act prove
to be the most beneficient piece of le
gislation ever enacted by a state le
••Exemption of farm improvement!
from taxation.
"The redistribution of .taxes mors
in accordance with privileges enjoy
ed and ability to pay.
"Uniform warehouse receipts find
a uniform sales act.
"Encouragement "of improvements
and discouragement of speculation.
"Simplified court procedure.
"Equitable assessment of property
for taxation:
"Thirty days notice before morl
garge foreclosure.
'•A soldieA' compensation law, the
first and most liberal enacted by any
A moratorium act, effective until
one year after peace is declared.
"The lowest draft cost per soldier
of any state in the Union,
Real Labor Laws.
"Workmen's compensation,' tli*
most liberal in existence.
"Benefits to dependents of employ
es killed.
'«Beneficial and Just labor laws
"Women suffrage, with provisions
enabling all women entitled to tlu
ballot to cast their votes.
"An eight-hour day and a mini
Vmum wage for women.
'•y$ "Stringent regulations as to em
•ployement of minors.
•'Pure drugs and sanitation legis
"Night schools and enlargement of
nchoi facilities.
ks '•Stringent and effective morality
"Rural School Betterment.
"Recalt of pubic officials
"A full line of repairs to be carried
j,'. by dealers of machinery sold in the
••Loyalty to the state and obedi
ence to its laws.
"Patriotism and love of country.
Free speech and free assemblage.
"Fairer railroad rates. :'A:
2' "Flood control.
"Encouragement of co-operation.
''The realization of democracy, as
& ^written in our constitution and pro»
MWerved in our traditions.
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."Each and every one of the tore- are invited.
•4-' iiiM
going planks of the 'Townleyism' I
platform (execept the coal mine) iiiis
been confirmed, enacted into law
carried into effect by the present ad
ministration. Which of these planks
is so dangerous that the whole pro
gram must be defeated?"
Have you noticed how all the pa
pers that lay claim to be conserva
tive, all American, tailor-made
friends of the farmer, are participat
ing ill another of those natloii-viüe
campaigns to rob the farmer undci
the guise of protecting him? Lest
you haven't given it the attention it
deserves we wish to point out it
main features.
The great interests are short cl
cheap labor, We haven't had any
immigration to speak of or four
years. The publicity agents for h
Du Pont interests tell us that tlu
country is short about 4,000,000 un
skilled workers. The only other
source of this much wanted cheap la
bor is our rural sections. So for
over a year we have been treated to
stories of silk-sliiTt street cleaners,
carpenters in top hats, machinists
going to work in six cylinder car.
and railroad employes rolling
This is not all there is, however, to
this greatest publicity drive undeiv
taken by the dark forces in* America
since the war. The same stuff, ir
face of the market drops which the
farmer has experienced, tends to lead
him into thinking that in some way
the city labor is to blame for hard
conditions and thus to interfere witl?
the growing alliance between the fur
nier and workingman against the
common enemy.
The controlled press is advertising
the farm workers away from the farm
by lying storfes and statements. At
the same time it is cleverly trying, to
deprive the farmer of his one hope of
improving his condition. This pa pet
has not participated in the campaign
to "defend" the farmer in this style
because it is not drawing its susten
ance from special privilege. :j:i
Even it city labor were really pros
perous, a paper that was working for
the farmers would keep qtiet about it.
It would not constitute itself an em
ployment agency for city employers.
On iMarcty 31st, at the naval sta
tion at Mare Island, California, oc
curred the death of Francis Frandson
son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Frandson,
of New Effington, caused by bronch
ial pneumonia.
Francis Frandson was eighteen
years, ten months and seep days old
of .his death. He was
born at the farm home of his parents
near New Effington, on April 24th
1901. After- having spent most of
,his life there, he enlisted in the .V.
S. ,navv. A brother who is also a
member of the naval forces on Mare
Island accompanied the remains to
Sisseton. Interment was made in
the Sisseton cemetery, Rev. Austin
officiating. The Standard extends
heartfelt sympathy to tlie bereaved
Some fine Improvements are being
made by Mr. Mahoney on his place
of business. The entire back por
tion of the City Bakery building is
to be enlarged and modernized. From
the rear of.
.the present building a
new construction of brick Will be
built, and will be equipped with the
most modern and practical machinery
used the bakery business. A larg
er and more complete oven is to be
installed and ramifications to pro
duce every thing in the line of bak
ery goods. The building fever,seems
to have taken hold of Sisseton. This
said fever is brought on by public
spirited men. D. B. happens to be
in that class.
There will-be a basket social ir:
the Keopke school House, district No.
One, in Minnesota township, Satur
day May 1st, for the lieefit of the
World War Veteran celebration. AH
wealth for almost no work at all.
This is the bait for the rural suckers,
for when the rural worker, goes to
the city he gets the wages and the
conditions, not of the skilled worket
but of the immigrant.
FatherRyan Scores Press Serv
ing Big Biz by Slandering
Labor and Farmers.
In a rccon! issue of the Catholic
Charities Review, Father John A.
Ryan, its editor, spenlis pliilnly, as In
nls custom, in au editorial captioned
'Insidious Propaganda."
Speaking sii dearly that he who
runs may understand' he pays his re
spects to newspapers that lie. lie
declares that' caliu-thlnkiiig persons,
unaware of the control exercised over
the average of the metropolitan dally
papers liy powerful interest* are daily
puzzled by the enormous publicity em
plufsis given i« alleged plots against
the government by Reils, Bolshevists,
revolutionists, foreigners, etc. He says
emphatically that there is no danger
of revolution and that the real motjve
of this propaganda is a desire to His
ere„dit (lie cause of labor and progres
sive •social industrial movements of
every character.
Discussing ,ii. vicious propaganda
circulated against the coal and steel
strikers he adds this paragraph:,
"Perhaps the most contemptible fea
ture of the general campaign Is the
studied effect to Inveigle the soldiers
who fought or saxv service in France
or Flanders. The object is to asso
ciate resistance to the aspirations of
labor (and organized farmers) with
Americanism and patriotism. If the
ex-service men can he convinced that
the labor unions are attempting to
overthrow the government, they will,
of. course, lie, quick to take action.
When they are seen participating ac
tively. whether by orderly methods ot
by such violent performances as as
saulting labor agitators and seizin#
their literature, the Impression will
easily and quickly gain currency that
the country is witnessing a conflict be
tween real Americanism and the doc
trines and projects' of revolution. The
'100 per cent Americanism' can
pressed into the service of an un
scrupulous industrial autocracy, and
Dr. Johnson's epigram. 'Patriotism Is
.the last refuge of a scoundrel,' will he
temporarily justified. Will the diabol
ical scheme succeed? Probably not.
Happily the great majority of the ex
service men are too intelligent and toe
closely associated with the fortunes ol
honest, labor to he drawn In great
numbers Into this vile and sickening
A great many people have beer
thinking along the same lines ai
Father Ityan in tills matter. They
Include scores of the ex-service met
the interests are attempting to exploit
in the manner he has Indicated.—
Itlcliland County Farmer.
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What\the Committee of 48 Stands
Public ownership of transpor
tation, including stockyards, large
abattoirs, grain elevators, term
inal elevators, terminal ware
house, pipe lines and tanks.
Public ownership of other public
utilities and of the principal nat
ural resources such as coal, oil,
natural gas, mineral deposit*,
large water powers and -large
commercial timber tracts.
NO land (including natural re
sourts*s and no patents to be
held oyt of use for apeculation to
aid monopoly. We favor taxes to
foiee Idle land into use.
Equaj economic, political and
legal rights for all, irrespective
of aek or color. The immediate
and' absolute restoration of free
speech, free press, peaceable as
sembly, and all civil rights guar
anteed by the Constitution. We
demand the abolition of injunc
tion* in labor case. We indorse
the .effort of labor to share in the
management of industry and la
dor's right to organize and bar
gaiji. collectively thru representa
tives of its own choosing.
-$• "This document expresses the
thotight "of over ."(10 men and
$ women assembled at St. Louis
fro|jn öS states on December !)th,
lOlSlj They sought not to present
the Aliivnciin people with a polit
'5 leatireeilgir dogma, but rather to
5 proMIe some means by which the
$ people may express themselves
$ and thus through democratic ac
tion create a movement initiated
•fc lty the people themselves."—Ofl'i
cialt. ill a lenient of Committee.
Seattle—D. ('. C'oates, formerly
lljt'Ul enaii I -governor of Colorado, has
been elected state chairman and gen
eral organizer of the state Triple
alliance at the first annual convention
just closed here. The Triple alliance
was formed for political purposes by
the three great progressive forces of
the glitte—-organized labor, farmers
and fijUfcoad workers. A state central
comnlttrep of 15, five from each of the
three groups, was elected by the con
vent (on. The state central committee
is launching a campaign for the or
ganization of every voting precinct in
the stiile, S:
It costs money to convict a profiteer
In England.' Captain Wedgwood Bonn
In the British house of commons, an
nounced that: of the 1.03Ö profiteering
ea^es heard by 1.900 tribunals only 24
convictions had been obtained. And
each one of these cases cost $"».000!
The captain says the II. C. L. Is still
Tolllg up.
On A Box Of
indicates tlie highest quality
and an atmosphere of refine
SYMPHONV is made in many
styles and sizes suitable for all
purposes and ooeasions, and is
always in gocd taste. Altho
it is the finest quality that can
be produce is sti 11 very mo
erate in prl» •.
Allq,w us the pieasun of show
you the various mber.s of
SYMPHONY wh i. ve carry
in steCkf
ftta^taJUL st*m
Sisseton, So. Dak.
Test Your Seed "i
Many farmers are reporting that
their seed corn dones not grow well
as expected. Have you tested yours?
How about a ps-ice of flint corn tc
hog down this year? We may not have
such a late fall next year. It ripens
about 20 days earlier than the dent
Farm Labor
A survey of South Dakota has jiist
bei made which shown only a slight
shortage pf farm help. A few
counties report more than needed.
The average wage paid in the various
counties range from $65 to $75 per
month for the spring and summer
months. Employment agencies are
advertising men at $75. Anyone
needing rarm help should get in touch
with this office at once..
Hog Vastuiw.
Are you sure you have a piece of
alfalfa or sweet clover for hog pas
ture, this year? If not, would it not
be a good plan to sow two or three
acres of .rape with a Uttel oats and
rye mixed? Fall rye sown in, the
spring stays green for some time and
furnishes lots of pature. The rape
will come-on and furnih succulenec
after the grains are gone.
How Ab°ut Seed Potatoes?
Seed potatoes are very scarce and
glgli in price. For that reason every
one should plan to treat their seed to
preent disease, such as scab and other
fungus diseases. Formaldehpde in
the same strength as used for whest
will prevent cab it they are thorough
ly soaked in It for two huors. Cor
rosive sublimate is better for it will
also Kill other- diseases. It can be
purhaeed from the drug store in a
powder form and is diluted In the
ratio of 1 to 1000. It is a deadly
poison and the container should be
destroyed and no animals should be
allowed to eat the potatoes after ^hey
are treated. About four ounces of
mercuric chloride (corrosive sub
limate) to 30 gallons of water is the
usual strength to use. Soag from
one half to two hours. Then spread
out to dry in a clean place.
Mr. O. J. Nelson has just returned
from a trip to Washington, Oregon,
and California and is again speaking
in the state. Mr. Townley has pro
mised the state management that he
will take' time from his other press
ing duties to make a speaking tour
of the state In the near future. Wal
ter Thomas Mills, who is now cam
paigning in Washington will make a
lecture tour in the state this summer.
This is good news to the farmers and
many others who realize that they
are not capitalists. But this, with
the embarresing position Norbedk
has gotten into as a result of Ayres'
challenge and the South Dakot| tax
situation has thrown a bomb into re
publican- headquarters.
The office of Judge H. M. Knight
has been moved away, and a new
brick building is to be erected in Its
place. The new building is to be a
'one story brick. As soon as possi
ble, work will commence on the new
building. This will be another big
addition to the ctyi. It will consist
of offices for carrying his work in
loans, real estate, insurance and the
work of the County Judge. All of
us who take pride In cur city can
thank Judge Knight for the bflost
he is giving.
Until the present time, compari
son of tax figures have ben made ac
cording to figures from the state with
the general understanding that the
taxes made public would be suffici
ent to meet the expenditures. But
now comes the sad news that a spe
cial session of the state legislature
must be called and additional tax
levies to be made to met the unpaid
•bills. 'Lately, the politclians have
been real qute about North Dakota
taxes. We are leaning that there
was a reason. -More of the truth is
coming to light. Norbect and hi?
associates have done a nice job o-i
camouflaging just to ''get by" in the
primaries, but the camouflage 1
withering away. As a result, the re
publican camp is in ,consternation.
Norbect is face to face with two pro
blems, South Dakota taxes and Tom
Ayres' challenge to debate.
No. 44
As I am about to leave Sisseton to
take up a new position, I feel obli
gated to the peoplfe of Roberts coun
ty to extend to them a farewell of
good cheer. In order to curb any.
feeling, that may arise that I am
through with the farmer movement.
I will say that I am even more en
thusiastically a supporter of the
movement than when I first entered
upon my duties here. My only reas
on for making a change is purely a
personal matter.
To the people of Sisseton, in gen- i'
eral, 1 wish to express my thanks for
the courtesy and business methods -1
which I have come in contact with
during my stay in their city.
I wish also to extend my thanks,
and appreciation to the board of di
rectors, especially J. M. Hanson and
Morris Eggen, for the co-operation
that has been given by them in tht
work, and for the fair treatment I
have been accorded by them.
Having accepted the management
of another farmer-owned .paper, I
will be engaged in similar work. Be
ing fully convinced that the destln
ies of the great majority cannot be
trusted to men who by heritage and
environment are not In sympathy
with the common people, I have cast
my lbt with those of my own position -y
and I am glad to see theforces for
economic reform steadily progress
ing within South Dakota and Ro
berts county.
Mr. Bowers, who Is myetao etataa
1s a man of good character and an ex
pert printer, far above the average,
and merits your good will and pa- 'J
tronage. He was formally with the'
People's Press, a farmer-owned pa- .-.vi
per of Webster, and comes highly re
commended. The Standard Is tor tu-/ fi
liate in securing a man like Mr.- 'vt
Bowers. 'C
The case of H. G. Holz, who wrote
the following letter to the St. Paul
Dally News, is typical:
"Editor Dally News: The follow
ing-is a tax list on property owned by
me at Flaxton, N. D. If you want to
pay taxes like the following state
ment, vote for Townleyism. This
shows my taxes for three years:
"1919—$621.08 under the Town
ley reglrm..
"To' the voters of Minnesota: I
beg of you not to allow A. C. Town
ley to rule your state as he la ruling
North Dakota. It Is a one-man gov-'?.
ernement. ours for a square deal,
"H. ,C. Hpltz,
"Flaxton, N. D.
Records show his figures for total
taxes correct, but that nearly all tho
Increase is in county, township and
school taxes, over which neither the
Nonpartisan league nor state officials
have any control.
State Taxes Are $58.04
In 1917 Mr. Holtz paid $26.03
state taxes. In 1918 he paid only 61
cents more, or $26.64 and in 1919 lie
paid $55.04. The ncrease in his
state taxes was thus 136 per cent, as
compared with an increase of 136 per
cent levied on general property for
state purposes In Minnesota.-
The one point on which Mr. Holtz
might be considered to have any com
plaint at all as compared with tha
farmer "enjoying" a different kind
of state government such aq, Minne
sota has, would the compulsory hail
insurance tax of 3 cents an acre. This
cost him a total of $30 in 1919.
It he had taken advantage of the
state hail insurance he could have se
cured insurance of $7 an acre for only
20 cents an acre more, instead ot for
70 cfents or more which he would
have had to pay for private company
insurance. And if he had done this
the saving at least $126 on 300 acres
would have paid all his statetäxes,
including the flat hail tax, and left:"1®'
him with $40.96 which he might have
regarded as reward for political
dependence. "s*
.-KAROO, N.. D,-—Reports^of those'
wiio have sounded tlie alarm about
the great increase of taxes in North
Dakota because of the "Socialistic",
state government do not stand up ua
der investigation at county auditor
rt„ ,i
The ratio of the state taxes paid toy--S
Mr. Holtz in 1919 to' his total
of 13 6 cents in the d«U»r.
farmer government ca»j
Responsible, as h®

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