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The Sisseton weekly standard. (Sisseton, Roberts County, S.D.) 1892-1929, August 26, 1921, Image 2

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^101 TWO
Qotcnor DeUmiMR to Take Action
to Decide Constitutionality
ftt Law .......
Pierre, Aug. 25.—After a confer
ence with state officers, Governor
McMaster sent the following state
ment to Attorney General Payne:
'The state auditor announced some
time ago that he would refuse pay
ment of vouchers of members of the
legislature for certain additional ex
pense allowances authorized by re
cent legislative enactment, as the
auditor desires the validity of such
enactment tested in the courts.
"I feel that it is Just and proper
that the auditor refuse payment of
certain expense allowances of con
stitutional officers, of house rent for
the "governor, and additional expense
allowance for the supreme court, as
well as expense allowances of the
Judges of the circuit courts, in order
that the legality of those allowances
may be tested in the courts.
"I therefore direct you, as atter
ney general of the state, to begin ac
tio* to enjoin the state, auditor from
the payment of the above enumerated
allowances, in order that the legal
ity of same may be definitely settled.
^Also the constitutional validity
of .the additional salary granted to
superintendent of public instruc
tion as executive officer of the state
board of education, and the salary
granted the atorney general for work
in .connection with the securities
commission should be tested.
"Inasmuch as these two salary al
low§nces are somewhat similar in
nature, and in view of the fact that
the governor cannot direct the attor
ney.general to begin action against
himself, I will take such action as is
necestry to have these matters test
"Notwithstanding the fact that
these allowances were duly author
ited.by the legislature, still I feel
'that'this meets with the hearty ap
proval of all concerned, for the rea
son that no state officer desires to
receive an allowance granted by leg
la lailve enactment
there is the
slightest question as to its constitu
Newliules Passed
for Classification
of No. Dak. Land
Bismarck, N. D., Aug 24.—Rules
for the classification of lands for the
purpose of taxation, which accord
ing to the new law effective July 1
must b^ done by county commission
er upon petition of not less than
twenty per cent of the free holders
of the acreage property, have been
.issued by Tax Commissioner Wal
.lace, iiw.
vfinlng agricultural lands, the
c6mpontion, nature and fertility of
the soil will represent 70 per cent of
the valve the topography 20 per
cent, and proximity to market 10 per
In determining value of gracing
land, soil poductivity will represent
per cent of the value and acces
sibility to water 25 per cent.
in the
deliotous Burloy
tobacco flavor. 4-
It's Toasted
We will
sell for
surgent movement of unexpected
strength, led by James A. Frear of
Wisconsin and former Republican
house leader, "Jim" Mann of Illinois,
temporarily defeated President Hard
ing's plan to give a bonus of about
$350,000,000 to the war profiteers by
making retroactive to January 1,1921,
the repeal of the excess profits tax
and the reduction of the higher sur
taxes on individual incomes.
Backed by nearly all the progressive
middle western congressman, includ
ing Sinclair of North Dakota and Kel
ler of Minnesota, the Republican mem
bers of th«house, in caucus last week,
turned down theways and means com
mittee's recommendations to this ef
fect by a vote of 95 to_87.
Practically all other provisions of the
bill reported by Chairman Fordney of
the ways and means committee were
left unchanged, and, under a special
rule which allowed only two days of
debate and made it almost impossible
to amend the bill item by item, the
revenue measure passed the house
last Saturday by a topheavy majority.
The Fordney revenue bill retains
most of the inequitable provisions
which have been criticized in my pre
vious letters. By repealing the ex
cess profits tax and reducing the
higher income surtax from a maxi
mum of 65 per cent to 32 per cent, it
relieves less than 5,000 millionaires of
taxes aggregating more than $600,
000,000 and throws an additional bur
den upon small merchants, manufac
turers and jobbers by increasing the
corporation income tax from 10 to
12% per cent.
The bill does, however, increase the
individual exemption for a head of a
family from $2,000 to $2,500 and the
additional exemption for dependents is
raised from $200 to $400. The sav
ings accomplished by these twp
changes only aggregate $70,000,000
and will not begin to offset the great
reductions made jn (he tax burden pf
the wealthy. Thebill also repeals the
transportation tax, a thoroughly mer
itorious move, which will reduce the
country's annual transportation bill
by $262,000,000. ,,
Republican leaders are claiming
that the Fordney revenue bill will re
duce taxes $193,640,000 for the pres
ent fiscal year $377,790,000 for the
fiscal year 1922 and $790,000,000 for.
the fiscal year 1923 but these savings
are purely problematical and only
have been accomplished on paper by
very obvious juggling of figures.
AugWt 4 Secretary Mellon reported
to the ways and means committee that
the treasury department estimated
the expenditures for the current year
6ttIE"on August 10 Secretary Mellon
issued another stateMeat that govern
mental expertises would be only $4,
034,000,000, of which but $3,075,000,
000 must be raised by taxation.
Administration Wanted to Date Abolition of Excess Prof
its Tax and Reduction of Big Income Taxes Bade to
January I, 1921—5,000 Millionaires Relieved of More
Than $600,000,000—Extensive Borrowing Secret of Ad
vertised Tax Reductions—Labor Officials Barred From
$500,000,000 Railroad Loan Inquiry.
at $4,550.000,000j of which $3,830,000,- kota and Kellogg and Nelson of Min
000 must be provided by taxation. I nesota were not asked to join because
This was considerably higher thgnihs rf their strong prp-administration at
ftw3eiiy Chairman F6ran£? tftutlSr
and"Seated consternation in Republi-
Secretary Mellon's first report
stated that "the estimates which the
treasury has represented may be re
garded as conservative" and after
pointing out that the actual money
paid out for July was $55,000,000 more
than for the same month a year ago,
added that "if expenditures are to
continue at anything like these rates,
the estimates will be greatly exceed
ed." In view of these strong state
ments his sudden drastic reduction—
evidently made under presidential
pressure—lays considerable doubt ui
on the accuracy of his "revised esti
mate." Secretary Mellon's "revised
figures" depend largely upon the sal
vage of war materials, collection of
back taxes and increased revenue from
the tariff. In the opinion of experts
none of these souses will yield any
thing like the revenue Mellon. esti
mated in his "revised" report, and,
this be tonus, there will be a deficiency
of several hundred million dollars at
the end of the year which will have
to be met by borrowing..
Representatives of labor organiza
tions were prevented from" testifying
before the senate interstate commerce
committee on the Townsend bill which
allows the railroad administration to
tell $600,000,000 of govertimeht 'secur
ities and $1,000,000,000 of railroad se
rcritiesto.be turned over to the trans
portation companies.
The- railroad ...corporation® were
given two montha in which to present
evidence showing that they iwejtad re
lief, but when organised labor came
to oppose this plan to p»y out enor
notts sums to (he carriers, Senators
Watson of Indiana add Kellogg of
Kinneaot* engineered a bold coup
which abhiptly closed the hearings.
Tke railroad brotherhoods intended
to Mrti that th« railroads Had squan
millions of doHars through re
Hit in whidk railroad offi-
cials were interested and they also in
tended to show the hollowness of some
of the preposterous claims made by
railroads against the government.
William H. Johnston, president of the
International Association of Maehin
ists, denounced the gag rule as "un-!
American, tyrannical and autocratic"
and added that "this is only on* qpore
evidence of 'railroad ownership Of jgov-j
eminent' as contrasted with our de
mand: -for public ownership of rail
The Townsend bill will be reported
favorably, but Senator La Follette-has
announced he will filibuster, if rtteft
sary, to: beat it and the administration
is expected to let it go over until-afW
the recess, although this bit of high
financing -is Harding's ace card ia his
long overdue "return to normalcy."
Seventeen Republican senators from
western agricultural states have form
ed a new "farmers' bloc." The new
bloc will fight for adequate, tod? pro
tection for farm prodiicii. Each sena
tor will list the farm products f*om
his state which he thinks require pro
tection, with the tariff expected, and
this will be scaled down by an execu
tive committee. When definite sched
ules are agreed upon, all members of
the bloc are pledged to stand together.
Senator Ladd is a member of the bloc,
but Senators McCumber of North Da-
bi rt^n bloc
S V* ed almost as many Democrats as Re
ences at the White House an* al a re-
publicans W88
J, fei.
The United States Chemical founda
tion w^s OrganizecLby a little syndi
cate vUjigeh purchased at a forced-aale
the patents sefeedfrom German manu
facturers under the alien custodian act.
Franlc -Gal-vin, alien custodian, and
four of his assistants are members of
the syndicate which purchased, .these
patents at a ridiculously low sum.
The whole proceeding was question
able and ought to call for a congres
sional investigation, but instead of
that the chemical foundation, not sat
isfied with the excessive duties of the
Fordney tariff bill, is asking for an
embargo on all foreign dyestuffs.
This would give the chemical founda
tion an absolute monopoly and allow
it to charge American consumers ex
orbitant prices for inferior goods.
This outrageous proposal was voted
down by the house of representatives,
many Republicans joining the Demo
cratic opposition, but President Hard
ing recently wrote Nicholas Long
worth urging that the dye embargo
clause be reinserted in the tariff bill
which is being rewritten by the senate
finance committee. Thanks largely to
the energetic effort&of Representative
Frear this proposal haslieen defeated,
temporarily at least, although it is
possible renewed efforts may be made
by the administration to put it
deliberately disrupted
by the administration. Harding op
posed the Norris farm export bill and
wanted to "aid the farmers" through
the War Finance corporation, because
this would enable him to couple up
the farmers with the railroads and
permit the $500,000,000 appropriation
for the carriers to go through without
too much opposition.
In pursuance with this plan, Eugene
Meyer Jr., director of the War Finance
corporation, approached certain south
ern senators and informed them that
if they would vote for the administra
tion bill large sums of money would be
loaned by the government to' cotton
exporters of their state. The southern
ers allowed themselves to be influenc
ed by these questionable tactics and as
a consequence the Norris bill was side
tracked and the bipartisan bloc dis
Representatives of all the states
west of the Mississippi river, which
are asking for reduced railroad rates
on farm products, have been pi iing up
an amazing array of evidence before
the interstate commerce commission
showing that' agriculture can not stand
the existing transportation charges
and continue to produce. More than
150 economists, rate experts/ farmers
and members of state railroad com
missions have gathered in Washington
for the hearings and the railroad^
have their brightest attorneys on the
job to becloud the issue.
The evidence conclusively shows
that the farmer has been deflated
mont,rapidly than other classes that
the prices of farm products are below
pre-war levels that railroad rates in
some cases arc 240 per cent above the
1914 level, and that as a consequence
of high carrier charges producticn and
distribution costs exceed the prices the
farmer gets for his crops.. Witness
after' witness asserted farmers could
not continue to produce without sub
stantial relief and the deplorable con
dition^ existing ambnjj the farm popu
lation was demonstrated in a way that
defied contradiction.
Beresford Republican: The courts
better hurry up and decide whether
the members of the legislature are
to have that extra expense money.
Some of the members are trying to
decide whethr they can afford anoth
er term or not and the ruling may de
cide matters.
If you need any
thing in the way
of furniture this
spring, don't fail
to look over our
stock and get our
The Second Hand Man
It Takes AU Kinds!
Gossip: I saw your wife out riding
yesterday with a strange man!
Husband (wearily): He must have
been a strange man,!—Cartoons Mag
We would
have vou know
That this is a bank lor the people,
for ALL the people, where the small
est wage-earner receives the tame
attention, the same service, that has
proven so beneficial to the heads of
large corporations.
This is a bank whosfe officer* are wil
ling and eager to be of service to its
patrons, today, tomorrow, any time.
Evetythind for QUAII17
Henry Helvlg, President J. W. Barrington, V. P.
Leo J. Lukanltsch, Cash. M. O. Bikum. Asst. Cash.
R. Thompson, Teller
THAT'S OUR IDEA in making
CAMELS—the Quality Cigarette.
Why, just buy Camels and look at the package!
If the best packing science has devised to keep
cigarettes fresh and full flavored for your taste.
Heavy paper outside—secure foil wrapping inside
and the revenue stamp over the end to seal the pack
age and keep it air-tight
And note this! There's nothing flashy about the
Camel package. No extra wrappings that do not
improve the smoke. Not a cent of needless expense
that must come out of the quality of the tobacco.
Camels wonderful and exclusive Quality wins on
merit alone.
Because, men smoke Camels who want the
taste and fragrance of the finest tobaccos, expertly
blended. Men smoke Camels for Camels smooth,
refreshing mildness and their freedom from ciga
retty aftertaste.
Camels are made for men who think for them
Fort Snelling, Gopher, Moccasin and Del Monte brands are reliable
and good enough for the most fastidious. Try t'«em und be con
you are satisfied. We want you to be satisfied.
Flour, Sugar, Dried Fruits, etc., at money-saving prices. Your
Butter and Eggs are good as cashV Bring them here.
Indian Cash Store Company
Geo. 6. Selkirk, Manager Sissenton Indian Agency
Both Cheap
Bannon: I wonder what they call
the stage-door Johnnies at a movto
Shannon: "Celluloid callers,"
probably.—Cartoons Magailne.

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