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The Sisseton weekly standard. (Sisseton, Roberts County, S.D.) 1892-1929, July 16, 1920, Image 3

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and Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated
by the D#|i.''Mrtus at San Francisco
the two old pa are now fairly on
record as to their iuiautions.
One must search hard, and we
think in vain, for any outstanding
sensible suggestion for meeting the
zeal problems before the people.
Rather all indications point to the
assumption that things will run
aionug as they have except that pred
atory business will have still greater
opportunity to acquire the wealth of
Other people.
James M. Cox. presidential nomi
nee, represents a victory of the old
Tammany-Sullivan machines, which
met in special session with other no
torious bosses previous to the San
Francisco convention. He has been
governor of Ohio for three terms, with
little or nothiug in his record to dis
please the large interests. In private
life he is the owner and manager of a
kept press.
The vice presidential nominee
served in the New York senate before
liis appointment as assistant secretary
of the navy in 1913. He ran for the
senate on a platform catling for stand
ardized apple barrels and this is about
the limit of his progressiveness. In
the convention he nominated the Tam
many governor of New York for presi
dent. He Is a relative both on his side
and by marriage of the late Theodore
Those who want to see greater pro
tection given the wage-earner and his
family those who want to see the
farmers provided with less expensive
marketing systems, with cheaper farm
supplies, with adequate rural credits,
can iiad in neither platforms nor can
didates any. reasonable ground for
Both platforms are essentially alike
in their treatment of the railroad ques
tion. of civil liberties, of profiteering,
of labor's right to organize of foreign
policy, ami of the much discussed Irish
In view of the notorious character
of the discrimination practiced against
the farmers by the bureau of markets
in the department of agriculture, and
by Secretary Houston and liis succes
sor. Secretary Meredith. farmer
spokesmen in the national capital are
laughing at this paragraph in the Dem
ocratic platform:
"To the great agricultural interests
of the country the Democratic party
does not find it necessary to make
promises. It already is rich in its
record of things actually accom
And then this gem of sincerity:
"We favor comprehensive studies
of farm production costs and the un
censored publication of facts found in
audi studies."
That would scund well from some
one else than the very men who sup
pressed the facts found in the cost
studies made by Doctor Spillman,
and who drove him from the govern
meat service because he stood for the
The itch is in their palms—these
resource-grabbers. Not satisfied with
the coal and oil and waterpower leas
ing schemes which they have enacted
-into law by the joint aid of Republican
and Democratic members of both
houses of congress, atld with the still
more active aid of the secretary of the
interior and the president, they are
now reaching out to the forbidden coal
lands of Alaska.
The Democratic platform says: "We
declare for the modification of the
existing (Alaska) coal land law. to
promote development without disturb
ing the features intended to prevent
monopoly." That means the repeal of
the Alaska coal land leasing law.
which gives the government the pre
ferential right to gain the benefit of
producing coal in that territory from
public lands. It means that' the Cun
ningham coal claims, over which
Taft's cabinet was upset, are again to
be seized by the Guggenheim or Rock
efeller interests.
Moral bankruptcy in the Democratic
.party this year is formally testified to
in this passage in the San Francisco
.platform. which may possibly
cause Secretary of Labor Wilson and
Assistant Secretary Post to renew
'their offers of resignation:
"We resent the unfounded re
proaches directed against the Dem
ocratic administration for alleged in
terference with the freedom of the
press and freedom of speech.
"No utterance from any quarter
-. has been assailed and no publication
{has been repressed which has not
,been animated by treasonable pur
pose and directed against the nation's
peace, order and security in time of
"We reaffirm our respect for the
great principles of free speech and a
free press, but assert as an indis
putable proposition that they afford
no toleration of enemy propaganda
or the advocacy of the overthrow of
the government of the state or nation
fcy force or violence."
Cox and Roosevelt Represent Victory of Old Guard—Pretend to Fa
vor Studying Farm Production Costs Now—Would Open Way to
Seize Alaska Coal—Democrats Attempt to Squirm Out of Blame
for Gag Rule—Papers Follow Old Tricks in Reporting North Oa
kota Elections—New Law Gives Military Power Over Civilians.
This part of the platform Is so
grossly false ami defamatory, and is
so closely imitative of the Republican
attitude on the same issue, as to give
into the hands of the third party move
ment one of the most powerful
weapons that can be wielded in this
campaign. It indicates, moreover,
that Palmer and Burleson, and the
militaristic dictatorship for which they
have come to be knowu as the sym
bols. were the controlling force at San
Francisco. No statement of any
nominee who accepts such a platform
can overcome the inherent shame of
this defensive lie. It will plague them
from now until November.
In accordance with established cus
tom. the Associated Press sent out to
the Kast from Fargo a series of daily
reports of the progress of the count
of ballots in the North Dakota pri
mary election. As usual, it reported
the candidate of the enemies of the
Nonpartisan league fanners to be
running in the lead, at a ratio of two
to one. in the first precincts reported.
This item got on the front pages of
the big newspapers. "Nonpartisans
Beaten." was the tone of the head
Next day the report was that
Lunger was running ahead of Gov
ernor Frazier by many thousands, al
though his lead was less in propor
tion than at first. On the third day
there were brief items on the inside
pages, indicating that the state was
in doubt. And on Saturday afternoon
there was published on the fourth
page of the inside section of the Wash
ington Star a brief item announcing
that the anti-League forces conceded
the nomination of Frazier by 5,000 to
7,500. Even at that late hour the As
sociated Press persisted in making
Gronna hold a lead of 2.10i) over Doc
tor Ladil for the senatorial nomina
In this "unbiased" style the coun
try is permitted to learn, as often as
the Nonpartisan farmers win an elec
tion. that they are "beaten" or "run
ning second" for two or three days.
And then the doubtful readers who
are willing to search the advertising
sections of the papers may finally
glean a hint that the farmers were
triumphaut as usual.
A prize should be offered for the
first Associated Press report of an
election in North Dakota which gives
warning that the returns from the
first precincts to report will favor the
big business candidates, while the
farmers will roll up their usual ma
jority afterward."
Edward Doheny. the California and
Tampico oil magnate, who is in charge
of one of the most powerful of the
Rockefeller subsidaries, was promi
nent in the San Francisco convention.
Doheny is the employer of Franklin K.
Lane, who labored for seven years in
the Interior department as secretary,
to earn the oil lands leasing law.
Lane now draws $75,000 a year from
the Sinclair Oil concern—related to
the Standard group. Mark L. Requa,
who was oM administrator under the
war regime, is also employed by Sin
clair Oil at a fat stipend.
Punishment of civilians for "con
tempt" of a military court in time of
peace is made possible by the new
army reorganization act, which was
jimmied through congress In such
haste that nobody knew until the last
moment that it was heavy with jok
ers that violated the people's liber
ties. It was this legislation which
originally provided for general peace
time conscription, then for general and
automatic conscription in time of war,
and then a few other Prussianisms
that one by one were caught and
smashed by the aroused public, for
whom the American Union Against
Militarism acted as a sentry. But
even the American Union Against Mi
litarism failed until too late to dis
cover this joker which makes a civil
ian liable to punishment for "con
tempt" of a military tribunal.
Article 14 of the old articles of war
limited the jurisdiction of military
courts in contempt cases to those
"subject to military law." Article 32
provided: "A courtiuartial may pun
ish at discretion, subject to the limi
tations contained in article 14. any per
son who uses any menacing words,
signs or gestures in its presence or
who disturbs its proceedings by any
riot or disorder."
Senator Wadsworth and Represen
tative Kahn. framing up the army
reorganization scheme under the di
rection of the general staff, dropped
from this language the words "sub
ject to the limitations contained in
article 14." That leaves anybody
farmer, wage-earner or other person
—who offends a military court, to be
punished arbitrarily and without ap
peal to a civil tribunal.
Prussianism is certainly here.
New York—The Swiss government
has decided to raise a loan of from
$20,000,000 to $30,000,000 in the Unit
ed States. The rate of interest is to
be from 6 to 7 per cent. The date of
issue of the loan has not yet been fix
ed. ...
Field Agent HcrbriuuNon, Burenu
Crop Estimate*, Report* South
Dakota Conditions Good
Watertown. S. D.— the monthly
report of H. O. Herbraadson of this
city, field agent in South Dakota of
the bureau of crop estimates. I'tii-!
ted States department of agricut- I
ture, made public today, sets forth
present crop conditions in South Da
kota and shows crops generally to
be in good condition. The report is
as follows:
Corn— weather conditions, no
doubt, were a contributing factor
in causing a substantial increase it
acreage, to be planted to this crop.
However, there were other import
ant reasons why the corn acreage
increased to the detriment of other
cereal acreage: chief among these!
were the unprofitable returns from
the wheat in 1919 and the fre
quency of damage occurring to
wheat in recent years. The farm
labor situation had considerable to
do with the iucrease toward corn
as did also the price of corn on the
O i*i«
S*lsct your tiraa ac
cording to the roada
they have to travel:
In sandy or hilly coun
try, wherever the going
in apt to be heavy—The
U.S. Nobby.
For ordinary country
roads—The U. S- Chain
$ or Usco.
For front wheels
The U. S. Plain.
For best results—
everywhere—U. S.
Royal Cords.
market. .Many farmers also
growing cultivated fields of foul
In the southern-most counties
corn has been better cared for than
throughout the Central and north
ern portion, where rain ami stand
ing water have prevented cultiva
tion. West of the Missouri river,
moisture has been abundant but not
detrimental and as a result the pros
pect for corn and other crops also is
excelleut. This is the greatest acre
age devoted to corn South Dakota
has ever planted.
Spring Wheat—with aa acreage
materially below that of one year
ago, the prospect now is for a pro
duction of spring wheat above that
of 1919, although the July estimate
of. 1919 was 12,000,000 bushels
greater than the prestit prospect.
Very great changes frequently take
place to this crop in South Dakota
during July, sometimes materially
improving the crop but in the morf
recent years July has frequently
greatly reduced the harvest. This
year the situation is not yet known.
The fields are now generally headed
out. the stand on the ground very
thick while the plants are rank in
growth and more than usaually ten
der and susceptible to iujury by dis
sease or storm.
Oats—The state situation is quite
similar to that of spring wheat ex-
I tltat mare of the oat crop is
grown in the southern section where
the best conditions obtain.
Barley-—This crop wus planted
later sad is. as a consequence, clean
er than other crops. The promise
is very good.
Rye—The condition is only fair:
the crop is thiu on the ground and
fields are foul. The unfavorable
condition in time of sowing was th?
chief cause of the reduced promise
Potatoes—The extremely high
price of seed and the general sacr
city of farm labor were the major
causes for a reduced acreage. Tit*
prospect at present is for rathet
good yields, although precipitation
has hindered cultivation when need
ed most
fHast—-the abundant moistutv
The bills are getting too
big these days in both cases.
And the man who is feeling
it most with respect to tires
is the man who owns a
moderate"price car.
The idea that the smalt car
owner doesn't need a good
tire is rapidly going the way
of all mistaken ideas.
Having bought the Maj. Bailley building, have start
ed a tailor shop. Will do repairing, cleaning, press
ing and alterations. Your patronage will be solicited,
How mani| miles
summer Cleveland
was nominated
the time
the first automobile
parade was organized? Even
the good old torchlight pro
cession had to give way
before the advance of prog
Tires are often sold the
same way politics are.
The last people to wake
up to what they are getting
are the people who pay the
United States Tires
Will J. Thomas
He needs it more than
anyone else. It's part of our
job, as we view it, to see
that he gets it.
Our tire service starts with
good tires—U. S. Tires. All
sizes made to a single stand
ard of quality—none graded
down to the price of the car
they will go on.
U. S. perfected the first
straight side automobile tire
—the first pneumatic truck
The U. S. guarantee is t'Or
the life of the tire, and not
for a limited mileage.
When we recommend and
sell U. S. Tires we do so in
the interest of greater tire
economy. It is our experi
ence that that is the best
way to build up a sound and
sizable business.
which favored breaking of sod bat
which discouraged planting of wheat
increased the acreage to bs devoted
to flax. The prospect at this time
is excellent.
The Luther League invites' the
congregation and all friends to par
ticipate in the annual outing next
Sunday. The outitig wr.l be held at
Bonanza. Service will be held at
Iu case of inclement weather there
will be Norwegian service at th«
church at~10:30, Sunday school and
Bible Class at noon. Luther League
at 6:45, and American service at
8 o'clock. Everybody invited.
C. S. VANG, Paator.

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