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Your move, Big Biz is a poor loser
Your move, Big Biz is a poor loser
TitleYour move, Big Biz is a poor loser
Date of Original1916-05-25
CreatorBaer, John Miller, 1886-1970
Creator RoleArtist
DescriptionMan, labeled 'N.Dak. Farmer', smiling and looking over checker board at man perspiring, labeled Big Biz. Over checkers by farmer won from Big Biz is label 'Labor & Local Businessmen's Votes.'
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectPolitics & Government
Subject (LCTGM)Checkers
Game boards
Board games
Political cartoons
Periodical illustrations
Personal NameBig Biz (Symbolic character)
Organization NameNational Nonpartisan League
LocationNorth Dakota
United States
Item NumberHD1485.N4 N66
Format of OriginalDrawings
Dimensions of Original25 x 20 cm.
Publisher of OriginalNational Nonpartisan League
Place of PublicationFargo (N.D.)
Transcription"Big Biz is a Poor Loser. Take a good look at Mr. Baer's cartoon above. We invite your particular attention to it today. There's a reason. Well thought out and well drawn, isn't it? The player entitled Big Giz is in a bad hole, isn't he? Worse than that, he's stuck. He's all through. Anybody can see the game is practically over. But this player in the picture hates to admit defeat. See him sweat and scratch his head. So cleverly has Mr. Baer depicted him that you can almost see him wriggling in his chair. What's the reason for all this sweat and worry over a little game of checkers? Here's an idea: maybe he had SOMETHING BIG AT STAKE. Maybe he stands to lose a great deal if he loses this game. Bet his last dollar on the game perhaps, and so he just can't stand it to acknowledge defeat. The most interesting thing about this cartoon is not that it's funny and well drawn, but that it is THE TRUTH, as all good cartoons should be. That's the reason it's worth dwelling upon.
Big Biz is in a tight place right now in North Dakota. He sees the game slipping away from him. It's practically over. He's defeated, AND THE STAKES ARE HEAVY. That's what makes him sweat. The costly machine he has spent years in building up is going to smash. He is about to lose political control of the state, which has carried with it the exploitation of the farmer, which has made riches for him and kept the farmers poor. No wonder he is frantic. No wonder he is doing foolish things. No wonder he will not admit defeat.
The cartoon expresses, graphically the fact that THE FARMERS' CAUSE IS WINNING. News of that glorious fact is coming in from every corner of the state. The farmers, whether members of the League or not, are SOLIDLY BEHIND LYNN J. FRAZIER, THE FARMERS' CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, and the whole list of state and legislative officers indorsed by the League.
The sure signs of VICTORY FOR THE FARMERS' CUASE naturally explain the increasing venom and subtlety of the attacks being made upon the League. They explain the reason for that crafty effort of the newspaper agents of Big Business to FOOLD AND SCARE THE FARMERS by the false story that they are individually liable for any debts that may be contracted by the League officers and organizers. This fake has been well shot to pieces by the opinions of prominent attorneys, printed in this and the previous issue of the Leader, which shows plainly, over these attorneys' own signatures, that the story had not a vestige of truth to it. The Leader has challenged the editor who gave currency to this canard to offer some proof that it was not a deliberate falsehood, devised with the intent to injure the League, but there has been no response. No reputable attorney has been willing to stand sponsor for the story. Every attorney who has given an opinion declares it to be ridiculous.
This attack is only one of the many sneaking, indirect assaults upon the League. It follows personal attacks upon the officers, charges that the conventions were ‘bossed, ' cowardly insinuations against the character of the men indorsed and a whole long rigmarole of ‘charges' intended to prove that the farmers of the state are too ignorant and too stupid to know what they want or what they are trying to do. Every one of these attacks can be traced to the outside business interests who have long dominated North Dakota and their corrupt political agents in this state.
But the members of the League are not daunted and its officers are not a bit discouraged. The reason is that THESE ATTACKS HAVE FAILED, EVERY ONE OF THEM, FROM FIRST TO LAST, HAS FIZZLED OUT. The League is a mighty army that grows stronger every day. It is stronger today than it was yesterday; it is stronger yesterday than the day or the week or a month before AND IT WILL BE STILL STRONGER TOMORROW. Every knock is a boost; in every battle we make a gain. Let the enemy rage. We should worry." Article with image.
NotesCaption and article title.
Illus. in: Nonpartisan Leader, May 25, 1916, p. 3.
Bibliographic Reference"The Nonpartisan League is not a 'Partnership;' Its Individual Members can not be Held Liable, Read this Signed Opinion by a Man You Can Trust, M.A. Hildreth, United States District Attorney." Nonpartisan Leader, May 25, 1916. p. 10-11.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionNonpartisan Leader periodical collection HD1485.N4 N66
Collection Finding Aid
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (HD1485.N4 N66)
Rights ManagementIn public domain.
Digital IDNPL00063
Original SourceNonpartisan Leader, May 25, 1916
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