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Murder At Midnight
Murder At Midnight
TitleMurder At Midnight
Date of Original1917-03-15
CreatorBaer, John Miller, 1886-1970
Creator RoleArtist
DescriptionNorth Dakota capitol at night with 'Farmer legislation' lying on front steps in pool of blood. Man, labeled 'Old Gang, ' with dagger in hand, running away from scene with text bubble "I'll blame this murder onto the Rube legislator.' Other man, labeled 'Farmer, ' emerging from beyind tree with text bubble "Oh no! You won't blame our men, I am a witness to this affair." Another man in foreground with label 'Nonpartisan Legislator.'
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectPolitics & Government
Subject (LCTGM)Farmers
Political cartoons
Grain elevators
Personal NameFrazier, Lynn J. (Lynn Joseph), 1874-1947
Organization NameNational Nonpartisan League
North Dakota. Legislative Assembly
LocationNorth Dakota
United States
Item NumberHD1485.N4 N66
Format of OriginalDrawings
Dimensions of Original18 x 26 cm.
Publisher of OriginalNational Nonpartisan League
Place of PublicationFargo (N.D.)
Transcription"Twelve o'clock on the last day of the legislative session" - Caption below image.
"The Old Gang on Guard and How Frazier has disappointed Them. (Editorial) It's too bad about Governor Frazier having vetoed Senate Bill 84, the 'terminal elevator' bill, passed by the North Dakota Legislature in the final hours of the Fifteenth assembly. It must have been a good bill. We know that because the Grand Forks Herald says so. So does the Mandan Pioneer. So does the press agency which Big Business has established at Bismarck for the purpose of sending out news of 'the right kind' regarding what happens at the state capitol. All of these friends of the people were shocked and grieved at the governor's veto of the bill. So were the Old Guard senators who had fought so loyally, so earnestly and so faithfully to get this bill through, who had wept tears of joy and hugged each other when the house conferees agreed to the passage of the bill. We haven't yet heard from a single enemy of the farmers' cause in North Dakota who had anything to say against the bill. Not a single Old Gangster is willing to speak a word of praise in favor of the governor's action in vetoing it. This is sorrowful state of affairs, isn't it? Haven't we any friends left among the Old Gang?
No Friends But Farmers. Of course, on the other hand, Governor Frazier has been receiving a lot of letters and telegrams from farmers who praise him for his action in vetoing the bill. They point out that they have always been suspicious of anything framed up by the old political gang as 'farmer legislation.' They confess that they were uneasy at the indication that the Old Gang had 'slipped one over' on the Leaguers in the house. They want the League program enacted, not according to the specifications laid down by the men who told them to 'go home and slop the pigs', but along lines which have some prospect of success. But then farmers, as all Old Gangsters know, are ignorant about such matters and don't know what is best for them. But we'll have to admit, too, that President Ladd of the North Dakota Agricultural College, who discovered the facts about how the farmers were being cheated on 'Feed D' wheat, breathed a great sigh of relief when he heard that Governor Frazier had vetoed the bill. President Ladd immediately after the legislation adjourned had let it become known that he wasn't at all pleased with Senate Bill 84. He said he wanted the state to succeed with the terminal elevator project and he thought a $300, 000 elevator, all alone, without a flouring mill to go with it, would be a serious mistake. After the governor's veto, President Ladd expressed himself as follows: 'I doubt the wisdom of this measure that would establish such a terminal elevator. With the $300, 000 appropriated not much could be accomplished. The capacity of the elevator would be too small and it would have but very little effect upon the market situation. No provision was made for a flour mill to be operated with the terminal elevator and therefore there would be no chance to experiment to show what could be done with state-owned industries along this line. I question whether the plan proposed is carrying out the wishes of the people.'
The Queerness of Dr. Ladd. Now what do you mean by that, Dr. Ladd? Do you mean to insinuate that the 'wishes of the people' of North Dakota have anything to do with the matter? Would you have the nerve, if you were governor, to veto a bill accepted by the Old Guard, accepted by the Grand Forks Herald and all its little satellites and hired claquers, accepted by the Chamber of Commerce and the railroads, framed in the ante-chambers of Big Business? 'Yep, ' says Dr. Ladd, 'I would.' Queer character, this Dr. Ladd, isn't he? Queer like Lynn Frazier and the rest of that bunch of men who were loyal through thick and thin to the farmers who sent them to Bismarck" - Only a portion of the accompanying article, lengthy article continues onto next page in issue.
NotesTitle from caption.
Ill. in: Nonpartisan Leader, March 15, 1917, p. 3.
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 IDNPL00086
Original SourceNonpartisan Leader, March 15, 1917
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