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PAGE TWO THE MASON COUNTY JOURNAL " ..... FRIDAY, OCTOBER" 8; 1921 A. C. Townley, the Dreamer, Promoter and Boss Politician By J. W. Brinton, Townley's for-mer Private Secretary and Personal Representative. (Copyrighted. All rights reserved) A_naerica has produced many dream- era, she has produced many promot- ers and many boss politicians since the days of her declaration of inde- Phendence, but none have attracted e attention of the nation nor been more successful in gaining power and financial support than Arthur C. Townley, president of the so-called farmers' National Nonpartisan league. In five years he has built a per- sonal organization with a following of 250,000 dues-paying members, cap- tured one state government which he has absolutely dominated, has threat- ened the overhrow of the three ad- joining and has stirred to alarm the population of at least ten other states. The initial activities of his organi- zation in a state are well known. His activities are centered principally up- on e.tting money and' members, or- gamzmg newspapers and creating general dissatisfaction with organized society as it at present exists, laying the foundation for future campaigns to be waged upon promises of polit- ical and industrial reform through legislation. This is in line with all radical political organizations aml therefore does not cause alarm nor give an insight into the real dreams of Townley the dreamer, the hopes of Townley the promoter or the am- bitions of the Townley the boss pol- Itician. So the writer will take you to North Dakota, where the dreamer has realized his dreams, the promoter has organized his schemes and the boss politician has perfected his political machine. Activities of Townley, the Dreamer. First we will relate to you the ac- tivities of Townley, the dreamer and sanding the passage of a law, and the appropriating of money, to build a state-owned terminal elevator, sim- ilar to the terminal at New Orleans sand those in Canada. It had been voted upon by the people, but the legislature, as it often happens, did not heed the wishes and demands of their constituents. The Equity so- ciety leaders had called a mass meet- ing in protest against the legislature. This meeting was held at Bismarck while the session was on--and while Townley, the dreamer, looked on, and dreamed. 1 Here was his'opportunity to begin his career as a pohtician. He was a socialist. The state-owned elevator appealed to him. Here was a chance t work for a socialistic political en- terprise and at the same time join hands with republicans and demo- crats. Here was a chance to promote not real estate sales, but political action and a political organization. True, he had never been interested in the welfare of farmers and their roblems, but he had taught school, ad debated on socialism with its opponents and was well posted on state ownership. Was not a state- owned terminal a part of the socialist program ? So Townley secured permission from the Equity meeting to address the gathering, but not being a pol- ished speaker, then he engaged a brother socialist to address the-farm- ers assembled, and there A. E. Bow- en, Townley's friend, and at one time a candidate for governor on the socialist ticket in Nofi Dakota, out- lined a proposed farmers  organiza- tion with dues, with an official news- paper, with state headquarters, antl 'organizers and speakers in the field. It was enthusiastically endorsed by promoter before he became a politi- the disappointed lashers who had clan.. He was born and schooled in been denied their demands. Minnesota. Finishing his school days ! Dreamer Townley had not dreamed at Alexandria, he went to Beach, in vain. He was to be a political North Dakota, then a frontier town, boss. He silently left Bismarck and boomed by real estate companies that i gathered around him a working force were opening up the adjoming terri- i of organizers, naturally the socialist tory to homeseekers. Townley, the I with whom he had become acquainted dreamer, went to Beach and was soon lwhile a member of that party and a trying to outdo the entire neighbor- candidate for office under their ban- hood as a developer of land. It was t her. It was not long before Tomley here that he became a promoter. He broke up the socialist organization of discarded the  slow horse-method of North ]kota. Its state paper was zarming. He bought a big traction discontinued because of employment eiagine to do his plowing; He plowed, by T0wnley of its business manager, for others and dreamed of greater}its bookkepper and its editor, tle activities in plowing, sowing and lemployed practically all its organiz- reaping, l ers. So embittered did the members It was here that the activities ofof the socialist organization become the real estate promotion companies, that they openly repudiated Townley attracted his attention. One real es- anti his activities--and expelled him (ate man, with engines, had put in a from their organization. But in a 2,-000-acre crop and netted $30,000 short time every socialist in the state profit in a single year. Townley, the withdrew their opposition ami joined dreamer, wante d to do more. He the Farmers Nonpartisan league un- til today there is not a prominent knew the real estate men wanted their lands developed, so, Townley, the promoter, Joined with them and took contracts to plow, sow and reap their acres. He bought engines and machinery, oil and seed. He plowed, sowed, but he did not reap. He was a failure in his first at- tempt, bu the game was attractive to Townely, the dreamer, and fasci- nating to Townley z the promoter. He made llew deals wth other real estate "lromoters. He went to Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. With others he ac- quired another vast tract of land at very low price and then to attract uyers at a higher price he and his associates planned on great develop- ment and grain growing activities. While salesmen were bringing land seekers to Cheyenne Wells Townley, the promoter, bought engines and machlnery, seed and oil. He plowed and he sowed but again he did not reap. His dream proved a nightmare madhis promotion scheme a financial failure. He returned to Beach, North Dak- kota, and there entered into another promotion with real estate rnenthis ime larger than ever--like the pro- meter and gambler he is--doubling his bet every time he lost. This time Townley ind his new real estate as- sociates planned on a 12,000-acre flax crop. And again Townley plowed imd sowedand /gain he failed to .reap. His failure was so great this time that he was unable to make new attempts as a power-farmer and real estate promoter. Townley, the pro- moter, for a short time lost his cun- ning and his ab!lity to get new asso- ciates. His fa,lures had been too socialist in North Dakota who is not a worker and supporter of Townley, and most of them are on the payroll of the organization at high salaries. In the first election, Tonle: suc- ceeded beyond his own dream% as- sisted by the indignation of the Equity element in the state because of the legislature's refusal to estab- lish the terminal elevator which they had demanded and which the people had voted for. He elected the entire state ticket, with one exception, a majority of the lower house, a major- ity of the supreme court and was only prevented from capturing the senate by the law which provides that half of that body hold over, their term being four years instead of two. It must be remembered, however in this campaign that Townley had :the support of the progressive repub- lican workers of the state as well as the support, because of the presi- dential campaign, of the stalwart fac- tion of the republican party known as the McKenzie organization. This initial success of Townley was due to the fact that at that time he surrounded himself with republicans and democrats and kept the socialists in the background. He was taken at his word. He was nonpartisan. He was only fighting for a state-owned elevator, a rural credit bank and tax reforms. He had been repudiated by the socialist party, He had been en- dorsed by the farmers state Grange, the Equity society and the Farmers Union. Although Wilson carried the state, Frazier on the republican ticket won by 67,000 majority, with a total vote of about 100,000 in the umerous. His activities had sttrac*.- state. ed attention and Crew pages in the And here, following this great vic- widtst-re,,d publications in America tory, Townley, the dreamer, dreamed ---hie plowing and sowingnot his new dreams, planned new promotions :failures. But he had not gained his!and immediately assumed the role of ambitionmoney. So he turned his boss uolitician l-le attacked and dis- raoveclfailures over to his creditors and i credited,or 1 wthl the-ocml" pa'p.er of his "" " "" n "ha ..... i gan'zat'on and a large daffy whlch ..  was me t . "town. my, me jh e acquired, the president of the areamer, became acuve agam. Town-[state Eouitv society and read out af " th r m " "" " .... "-  ....  ................ Icy, 3 e  o oer, had been a fmmre, i hls organization several elected offi- ce nan or a tme los steres( in cials because the,, disagreed ,tth M real estate p.romotion. He now and refused to lo his' bidding. "',:e dreamed.of po|itlcs and the power of tried and tested his strength. He ne poncan, ana, memenmlty nOnow knew his power. He owned the aouoz, oI zne easy money,...aiways at ldaily ' and the official paper of his zne commana oI me pOlitical poss. or,anization with the larr, ht elrenla- ownley, the dreamer, forgot his tions in--the stat'e.'--I-le-owned'-thern debts. Debts never worry a politician. They didn't worry Townley. through a secret agreement with two socialist friends--under a trusteeship onowing nis financial failure he He was getting $8.00 per year from became a candidate for the state 50,000 farmers in North Dakota leslature---on the socialist ticket, alone. He had moved the organiza- Inn his early life--like many dreamers tion into Minnesota, Montana and he had read Carl Marx and others South Dakota. He established other of that school, and was.now a pro .... official" state papers and a national ltouncea so cmns, ne me noz maow maazine all uncler his imm,i o*o then, but later realized he could never control ad ownership Seven ]o'ils be a boss politician following the from each member went into his pub- Carl Marx school of politics. He was lishin company The members had defeated but his ambition to enter nothi to "say'about the Leame's olitical life was only . sh. arpenecL He I managment. They only endorsed reame np omy o vemg ee.ceu o l candidates for office and Townley saw e. msmmre bu oconromng me Ito it that his close friends were en- enmmUare ot orm Dakota. . I dorsed. He dominated the orgamza-" January, 1915, he went to Bm, ]tlon. marck and attended the legislative I And again Townley, the dreamer, session as a visitor. There a bitter[dreamed new dreams. He dreamed of fight was being waged between two Imore material enterprises. He dream- factions of the legislature, one de-led of more material enterprises. Of he in desperation attacked and re- pudiated a number of his close asso- ciates in self defense, and the recent primary election this year brought defeat to two of his congressmen, his candidates for secretary of state, state treasurer, state superintendent of schools, judge of the supreme court and railroad comnfissioner. Over half of the officials elected by him two years ago have repudiated his leadership and he and his associ- ates have been openly charged with embezzlement and misappropriation of funds of the League. And the present manager of the State Bank chain newspaper organizations, of is under like accusations, while the chain banks, of chain stores, and of president of Townley's largest bank- vast acreages of ]andand of the i ing institution stands convicted of development and wealth which apo- I criminal management of that insti- litical organization could not give tution, q ownley, the boss politician. him. The organization had grown !is now fighting with his back to tim into several state. His membership wall; his promotion schemes all fail- grew by leaps and bounds. His sub urea and his former friends repudi- lishing company showed thousands of ating his leadership. surplus from subscriptions of League t In subsequent articles the writer members the subscription beingwill give the details of Townleys compulsory and the income auto- I newspaper organization, his bank matlc, l scheme, his Florida enterprise, his A promoter from Miami, Florida, t stores promotion and his political heard of Townley and his organiza-,corruption of the State Bank of tion. He came to Fargo, North Da- i North Dakota. J. R. Waters, fmTner kota, and painted a glowing picture manager of the North Dakota State of Sunny Southern 1;orida, of vast Bank, will follow with two articles, plantations of orange groves and dealing with Townley's chain bank fruit orchards---and of sisal growing scheme and the State Bank, giving sisai to make twine for the farm- particular transacations which led up ers. He pictured how the binder to his resignation and repudiation of twine trust was robbing the farmers; the management of the institution. how easy it would be to get the The writer will show the llacy of farmers interested in such an enter- a personally-owned farmers organiz- prise. Townley, the dreamer aml ation, the fallacy of allowine, one promoter, took possession of Town- man to dominate any polltical or- my, the boss politician, and he enter- ganization and the necessity of bay- ed into a contract with the Florida ing a democratic control over the or- gentleman; paid over money and sent ganization's official papers and funds. the writer, then his personal repre- I An organization with such false seats(ire, to MiamL Florida. to in-and autocratic management cannot spect, investigate and repot't. Town- long survive. Such autocratic pow- ley's ohl real estate promotion and ers in the hands of its leaders always development fever took possession of lead to corruntion and dishonest- hlm. Hh dreamed g( engines, e ! The American Federation of Labor b'ggest t e Cse pr lucel--hke e[the Farmers Union, the Equity and one now standing on his 22,000-acre lull other organizations and move- Fnrida tract: he dreamed of $15 and ments would be powers for evil in- $20 an acre land being sold for fruit stead of good, if they were so dotal- orchards at $100, $250 and $500 per nated and controlled. The acre. of the North West must assert them- Townley the dreamer, couldn't selves, as they are doing in North wait for the necessaw funds to pro- Dakota, to rid themselves of such mote such an enterprise to come from a false leader as A. C. Townley has League membership subscriptions, or proved himself to be--and take pos- dues. Townley, the promoter, must session of the organization if they have large sums of money. He must wish to preserve it---and make it a have banks, large financial institu- power for good in American politics. tions, many of them, and he dreamed of a $100,900,000 state-owned institu- (Copyrighted.) tion, with all the public money on deposit therein, to finance and build Volcano I| a Llghthse. up this chain o banks. And Town- The city of San Salvador, capital of ley, the dreamer, dreamed on. He dreamed of a chain of stores, a pro- the republic of Salvador, may be called motion scheme to gather in more a city of earthquakes, for it has seen money and to get in more direct disasters as a result of many erul> touch with the wealthy farmers of tlons, and even today the many vol- the Northwest. canoes that surround the little city But Townley, the promoter and which has been shattered so many boss politician, knew that he must times again threaten it. Rumblings keep his political organization intact; and grnmblings are heard coming, it he must keep control of North Da- Is snpposed, from the Izalo volcano. kota, the governer, its prominent This cinder-covered peak, nearly officials, its blue sky commissmn which already inspected and reported 5,000 feet high, has gradually built favorably his Florida enterprise, un- itself up from what was a level plain tier another name and proported own- at the base of the Sa:,ta Ana vol- ership. The time was not ripe for cane. I{ has long perloas of Inactlv- the harvest. He must wait his time lty, throwing up clouds of smoke and and in the meantime building up a l steam in great puffs, and at times chain of newspapers to support and] belching flames. Sometimes a flash- defend him from attack; to-keep his[ ing effect can be seen far out at sea, officials in office and to add to his l an d the. volcano has become known political power and prestige, along the coast as the lighthouse of The control of the legislative sea- Central America.--DetroR News. sion of 1919 and the re-election of his personally selected state officials was ' ., ,, ....... gained after the most expensive and vicious campaign in the history of THE PROPER COURSE the state. The big, new state-owned bank was created and $30,000,000 of the public fund by law were turned Information of Priceless Value to over to it, under the excuse that it Every Shelton Citizen. was to be a rural credit bank as How to act in an emergency is promised. A newspaper law yas passed to subsidize League papers knowledge of inestimable worth, and already established and others to be this is particularly true of the dis- established. In the meantime chain eases and ills of the human body. If stores had been established and over you suffer from kidney backache, ur- $1,000,000 collected for that enter- inary disorders, or any form of kidney prise; chain banks were being organ- trouble, the advice contained in the ized by Townley himself and state following statement should add a funds were turned over to these valuable asset to your store of knowl banks and then loaned out to enter- edge. What could be more convin- prises of Tbwnleys creation, in har- crag proof of the efficiency of Dean's many with the dreams of Townley, Kidney Pills than the statement of a the dreamer. earby resident who has used them But Townley, the boss politician, sad :publicly tells of the benefit de- had overplayed his hand. He had [ved been too autocratic in his dealings .M.M. Thein, retired carpenter, 721 vth the banking board, the attorney E. 2rid St., Aberdeen, Wash., says: gffneral and other state officials; They "Dean's Kidney Pills are all right openly attacked his program; the and I recommend them to anybody manager of the State Bank, J. R. who needs a kidney medicine. I have Waters, refUsed to co-operate with taken Dean's Kidney Pills on several Townley's banking scheme; his close oc'casior when I have thought it nec" associates rebelled against his wild essary and they have always done me promotions. Townley was put on the good." defensive. He had to abandon his Price, 60c, at all dealers. Don't chain bank scheme and necessarily simply ask for a kidney remedyget his Florida enterprise. His activities Dean's Kidney Pills--the same that in Florida were threatened with pub- Mr. Thein had. Foster-Milburn Co. licity; his private financial secretary Mfrs., Buffalo, N. 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