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Created game and fish commissioner with full power over
department, superseding former commission of five.

Submitted amendment increasing supreme court to seven
members.

Passed a stringent law governing the sale of narcotics.

Abolished fees for inspection of weights and measures by
state.

Amended Cashman distance tariff law, making Twin Cities
one terminal.

Created an interim commission on efficiency and economy.

Reduced the state tax levy.

Appropriated $17,910,000 for various purposes.

Eliminated supreme court from new historical society
building and permitted selection of new site.

Legalized 10-round boxing contests under supervision of
a state athletic commission.

What the Legislature Spent.

Compilation by the state auditor shows the following
total for 1915 appropriations, covering the two years ending
July 31, 1917:

State departments $5,523,796

Charitable institutions 4,783,533

Educational institutions 7,124,760



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Miscellaneous 477,911



Total $17,910,000

Total of 1913 session 19,094,168

Total of 1914 session 17,662,308

Estimated receipts from special taxes for the next two
years are $14,180,000, leaving $3,730,000 to be raised by the
general property tax. The maximum levy fixed to raise this
is 1.4 mills, compared with 2.3 mills in 1913. The state will
raise $1,800,000 a year for its revenue fund from real and
personal property tax the next two years, compared with
$3,100,000 a year provided in 1913.

CHAPTER XII.

THE RECORDS OF THE MEMBERS.

The way a man votes on important bills is a pretty fair
method of judging of his fitness as a legislator; but not a
perfect measure of that fitness.

In the legislature of 1915 were many men who were
elected on one side or the other of the question of county
option.

These men are worthy of credit in so far as they kept
their pledges and met the expectations of their constituents;
but the man who violates his pledges and misrepresents his
constituents is worthy of the most severe condemnation;
and what shall we say of the man who votes for a bill because
he does not dare do otherwise, but works on the quiet against
it and does all he can to kill it?

The true test of a man's honesty, independence and real
democracy, comes when he is confronted with some new
and unexpected question that goes to the roots of our
institutions.

If he is a true democrat he will line up right. If he
is a plutocrat, an aristocrat or a champion of privilege, he
is pretty sure to get on the wrong side.

I have not used the word "progressive" in characterizing
members. It has ceased to mean much.

IN THE SENATE.

The following are perhaps the best tests:

I. County Option to submit to the people of each
county the question "Shall the Sale of Liquor be Prohibited
within the County."

II. Road house bill Here the test came on the amend-
ment to permit the County Board to license on recommenda-
tion of the Town Board, the Sheriff and the County Attorney.

III. The vote on both Constitutional and Statutory Pro-
hibition is here included, though neither can be regarded
as a vital test, for neither was much of an issue before the
people; yet there is the fundamental question "Shall an evil
be legalized or prohibited?"

IV. The same question is involved in both the boxing
bill and the Mayo proposition: "Shall the State enter into
partnership with private enterprises especially those of
doubtful merit or morality?"

V. The question of Easier Amendment of the Consti-



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tution, as presented by the -Sullivan amendment to the
Initiative and Referendum bill.

VI. Equal Suffrage Shall the voters of the state be
allowed to determine whether or not women may have the
ballot?

VII. Repeal of the Elwell road law; yet in the three
large cities the question had not been given much discussion.

VIII. The Civil Service Repeal bill involves an important
principle.

IX. The Semi-Monthly Pay Day hinged upon the right of
men to get their pay from Public Service Corporations within
a reasonable time after they had earned it.

X. The Street Railway bill has been included, though
whether it is a very dangerous measure, now depends upon
the city council and the voters of Minneapolis. The company
was eager to have it. ,

XI. The patronage deal and election of president pro tern,
are here included. They are worth considering.

CHARLES E. ADAMS, Lake, Cook and East end of
Duluth. Lawyer; for Sullivan for president pro tern., but
supported county option; was against prohibition, but voted
to prohibit all road houses; was against equal suffrage, though
his vote was expected to be for it; voted against easy amend-
ment of the Constitution, but was for the initiative and refer-
endum on final passage; for the semi-monthly pay day and
opposed the repeal of the civil service; voted for the boxing
bill, but against the Mayo affiliation; for street railway
franchise; against repeal of the Elwell road law.

J. T. ALLEY, Buffalo, Wright Co. Lawyer; member of
the House in 1901 and Senator 1903-5; opposed the patronage
deal; voted for Benson for president pro tern.; for county
option; constitutional prohibition and against all road houses,
but voted against prohibition by statute; for equal suffrage,
easy amendment of the constitution, initiative and refer-
endum, semi-monthly pay day and repeal of the Elwell road
law; opposed the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation, and
the repeal of the civil service; for street railway franchise.

JOHN W. ANDREWS, Mankato, Blue Earth Co. Physi-
cian and -Surgeon; member of the American Medical Associa-
tion; for Benson for president pro tern.; for county option,
and prohibition, and against all road houses; for equal suf-
frage, civil service, easy amendment of the constitution, in-
itiative and referendum; opposed Mayo affiliation, but voted
for the boxing bill, the street railway bill, and against repeal
of the Elwell road law; against semi-monthly pay day.

JOHN H. BALDWIN, Frazee, Becker Co. Lawyer; for
many years a prominent Republican politician; from a wholly
dry district; for Sullivan for president pro tern.; against
county option, and all temperance laws, except that he voted
for the anti-road house bill on final passage; against equal
suffrage and easy amendment of the constitution, but was
for initiative and referendum on final passage; against civil
service, semi-monthly pay day and repeal of the Elwell road
law; for street railway bill and boxing bill, but opposed
Mayo affiliation.



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HENRY N. BENSON, St. Peter, Nicollet and Sibley Go's.
Lawyer; Senator in 1911-13; opposed the patronage deal, can-
didate of the progressive forces for president pro tern.;
for county option, constitutional prohibition, and against all
road houses, but oopposed prohibition by statute; for equal
suffrage, easy amendment of the constitution, initiative and
referendum, repeal of Elwell road law, semi-monthly pay
day; favored street railway franchise, repeal of civil service,
and Mayo affiliation, but was against the boxing bill.

THEODORE C. BLOMGREN, Cambridge, Isanti and
Anoka Co.'s Banker; for Benson for president pro tern.; for
county option, anti road house bill and statutory prohibition,
but against constitutional prohibition; for equal suffrage
and initiative and referendum, but against easy amendment of
the constitution and the semi-monthly pay day; for repeal
of Elwell Road law, and against both the boxing bill and the
Mayo affiliation; voted for the street railway bill.

H. H. BONNIWELL, Hutchinson, McLeod Co. Lawyer
and blooded stock farmer; comes from a district strongly
opposed to equal suffrage and county option; was for Ben-
son for president pro tern., refused to go into the patronage
deal; against county option, equal suffrage and prohibition,
but for the anti road house bill; for initiative and referendum,
easy amendment of the constitution, semi-monthly pay day
and repeal of the Elwell road law; favored the boxing bill,
but opposed Mayo affiliation; against street railway bill,
and did not vote on civil service repeal, regarding it as a
Minneapolis matter; made a strong fight for the rural schools,
and against imperialism in education.

R. T. BUCKLER, Crookston, Polk Co. Farmer and large
land owner; for Sullivan for president pro tern., and against
county option, and prohibition by statute, but was for the
anti road house bill and for constitutional prohibition; against
equal suffrage and easier amendment of the constitution,
but for initiative and referendum; for semi-monthly pay day
and repeal of ' Elwell road law; for the street railway bill,
boxing bill and Mayo affiliation; refused to vote on the
repeal of civil service, regarding it a Minneapolis local matter.

J. G. CALLAHAN, represents a district comprising both
sides of the river from the steel arch bridge north to Minne-
apolis city limits. Lawyer; for Sullivan for president pro
tern., and against county option, and all the temperance laws;
for initiative and referendum, semi-monthly pay day and
against the Mayo affiliation; but was for the boxing bill,
street railway bill, and repeal o'f civil service; against repeal
of the Elwell road law, and easier amendment of the con-
stitution.

A. S. CAMPBELL, Austin, Mower and Dodge Counties
Flour miller; for Sullivan for president pro tern., and against
county option, all temperance measures, and easy amend-
ment of the constitution; favored the street railway bill,
the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation; for initiative and
referendum, repeal of Elwell road law, and for semi-monthly
pay day, and against repeal of the civil service; voted against
equal suffrage, (See chapter on Equal Suffrage).



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WM. A. CAMPBELL, 11 and 12 Wards, Minneapolis
Traveling salesman. Member of the House in 1909-11-13;
opposed the patronage deal; for Benson for president pro
tern., and for all temperance measures except statutory pro-
hibition, for equal suffrage, easy amendment of constitution,
initiative and referendum, repeal of Elwell law, semi-monthly
pay day, and against the street railway bill; for repeal of
civil service, after his efforts to amend the law had failed;
for the boxing bill, but against the Mayo affiliation; tried to
extend state insurance to county buildings, but was out-
voted.

JAMES A. CARLE Y, Plainview, Wabasha Co. Lawyer,
former County Attorney, member of the House in 1909; for
Sullivan for president pro tern.; against county option, and
all temperance laws, but was for equal suffrage, easy amend-
ment of the constitution, initiative and referendum, repeal
of the Elwell. road law, and against repeal of the civil service ;
for street railway bill, and against semi-monthly pay day; for
the boxing bill and against Mayo affiliation; author of the
resolution establishing an efficiency and economy committee
to report to the next legislature.

E. B. COLLESTER, Waseca, Waseca and -Steele Counties.
Lawyer. Member of Senate in 1895-7 and in 1903-5; for
Sullivan for president pro tern.; against county option, and
all temperance laws except the anti-road house bill; against
equal suffrage, repeal of Elwell road law, and semi-monthly
pay day; for repeal of civil service, the street railway bill
and the Mayo affiliation, but opposed the boxing bill; voted
for easy amendment to the constitution and initiative and
referendum.

JAS. D. DENEGRE, Fourth and Seventh Wards, St. Paul.
Lawyer, elected unopposed, Senator in 1911-13; for Sullivan
for president pro tern.; against county option, and prohibi-
tion, but voted for the anti-road house bill; the only member
of the senate labor committee to oppose the bill requiring
public service corporations to pay their employees semi-
monthly; for equal suffrage and initiative and referendum,
and against repeal of civil service; for the street railway bill,
the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation, and against easy
amendment of the constitution and repeal of the Elwell law.

R. C. DUNN, Princeton, Mille Lacs, Sherburne and Kan-
abec Counties. Owner Princeton Union and former State
Auditor, member of the House in 1911 and 13; for Sullivan for
president pro tern.; supported county option, the anti-road
house bill and equal suffrage; opposed initiative and referen-
dum, easy amendment of the constitution, and semi-monthly
pay day; voted for repeal of civil service, for the street rail-
way bill, the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation; was excused
from voting on Elwell road law.

W. W. DUNN, Second and Third Wards of St. Paul and
Ramsey Co. east of Rice St. Lawyer, Vice President and
Attorney for the Hamm Brewing Co., elected unopposed, has
been in House or -Senate since 1896; for Sullivan for president
pro tern.; voted for the semi-monthly pay day; against all
temperance laws, equal suffrage, initiative and referendum,
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favored repeal of civil service, the street railway bill, the
boxing bill and opposed the Mayo affiliation.

F. A. DUXBURY, Caledonia, Houston and Fillmore
Counties. Lawyer, Senator 1911-13; for Sullivan for presi-
dent pro tern.; voted for county option and the anti-road house
bill, but opposed prohibition, equal suffrage, initiative and
referendum, easy amendment to the constitution, and semi-
monthly pay day; against repeal of civil service and the box-
ing bill, but for the Mayo affiliation and the street railway bill.

WM. S. DWINNELL, Fourth Ward, Minneapolis. Lawyer,
member American Bar Association, officer and director of
various corporations, Senator in 1911-13; for Benson for presi-
dent pro tern., and for county option and all temperance laws
except prohibition; for equal suffrage, initiative and referen-
dum, easy amendment of the constitution, semi-monthly pay
day; opposed the repeal of the Elwell law, and favored
street railway bill; favored the Mayo affiliation, but made a
strong fight against the boxing bill and repeal of civil service.

P. A. GANDRUD, Sunburg, Kandiyohi and Swift Counties.
Merchant and Banker, opposed the patronage deal; for
Benson for president pro tern.; for all temperance laws, equal
suffrage, initiative and referendum, easy amendment of the
constitution and repeal of Elwell road law; against repeal of
civil service; for street railway bill and against semi-monthly
pay day; opposed the boxing bill, voted against the bill to
prohibit the Mayo affiliation.

GEO. H. GARDNER, Brainerd, Crow Wing and Morri-
son Counties. For Sullivan for president pro tern., against
county option, against forcing licensed saloons on dry terri-
tory, if county should vote wet; a faithful supporter of all
reasonable labor laws; author of the semi-monthly pay day
bill; against prohibition but for the anti-road house bill; for
equal suffrage, initiative and referendum, easy amendment
of the constitution, and repeal of the Elwell road law; for the
boxing bill, but against the Mayo affiliation and the street
railway bill; refused to vote on repeal of civil service, regard-
ing it a local Minneapolis question.

C. W. GILLAM, Windom, Cottonwood and Jackson
Counties. Banker and merchant, opposed the patronage
deal; for Benson for president pro tern.; for county option
and all temperance laws, equal suffrage, initiative and refer-
endum, easy amendment of the constitution, repeal of Elwell
Road law; favored semi-monthly pay day "bill, but was absent
and did not vote; opposed the repeal of civil service, the
street railway bill, the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation.

OLUF GJERSET, Montivedeo, Chippewa and Lac Qui
Parle Counties. Lawyer; opposed the patronage deal; for
Benson for president pro tern.; for county option and all
temperance laws, equal suffrage, initiative and referendum,
but opposed easy amendment of the constitution; favored
repeal of the Elwell road law; opposed repeal of Civil service
and both the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation; voted for
the street railway bill and against semi-monthly pay day.

FRANK L. GLOTZBACH, Faribault, Rice Co. Druggist ;
for Sullivan for president pro tern.; opposed all temperance



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laws, equal suffrage and easy amendment of the constitution,
but voted for initiative and referendum; favored repeal of
civil service and the street railway bill, and opposed semi-
monthly pay day; voted for the boxing bill, but against the
Mayo affiliation; voted to repeal Elwell road law.

O. H. GRIGGS, Virginia, N. E. Dist. of St. Louis Co. Law-
yer, former owner of Light and Power Co. ; elected unopposed ;
opposed the patronage deal, but voted for Sullivan for presi-
dent pro tern.; voted for county option, but opposed all other
temperance laws; for equal suffrage, semi-monthly pay day,
initiative and referendum, but was against easy amendment
of the constitution and repeal of the Elwell road law; favored
repeal of civil service, the street railway bill, the boxing bill
and opposed the Mayo affiliation; senate leader in favor of the
boxing bill.

THOS. J. GROSE, Seventh and Thirteenth Wards, Min-
neapolis. District Manager Brotherhood of American Yeo-
man; for -Sullivan for president pro tern.; against all temper-
ance laws except the anti-road house bill; opposed equal
suffrage, the repeal of the Elwell road law and easy amend-
ment of the constitution, but voted for initiative and refer-
endum and semi-monthly pay day; favored repeal of civil
service, the street railway bill, the boxing bill and opposed
the Mayo affiliation.

JAS. HANDLAN, Eighth and Twelfth Wards, St. Paul.
Meat dealer, member of the House 1909 and Senator 1911-13;
for Sullivan for president pro tern.; against all temperance
laws, equal suffrage, repeal of Elwell road law, and easy
amendment of the constitution, but did vote finally for in-
itiative and referendum, and favored semi-monthly pay day;
-favored repeal of civil service, the street railway and the box-
ing bill and opposed the Mayo affiliation.

A. L. HANSON, Ada, Norman and Mahnomen Counties.
Senator 1911-13, Banker, elected unopposed; opposed the pat-
ronage deal, and was for Benson for president pro tern.;
for county option and all temperance laws, equal suffrage,
easy amendment of the constitution, semi-monthly pay day,
repeal of the Elwell road law, initiative and referendum;
opposed the street railway bill, the boxing bill, the Mayo
affiliation and repeal of the civil service.

JOHN A. HEALY, Hibbing, N. W. part of St. Louis Co.
Hotel Keeper; was a supporter of Sullivan for president pro
tern., but was not present and could not be found to vote.
Against county option, and all temperance laws, equal suf-
frage, easy amendment of the constitution, initiative and refer-
endum, semi-monthly pay day, and repeal of the Elwell road
law; voted for the street railway bill, the boxing bill the
Mayo affiliation and the repeal of the civil service.

N. S. HEGNES, Argyle, Kittson, Roseau and Marshall
Counties. Banker; opposed the patronage deal, but was for
Sullivan for president pro tern.; was for county option and
all temperance laws, easy amendment of the constitution, in-
itiative and referendum; but opposed equal suffrage, semi-
monthly pay day, and repeal of Elwell road law; favored
repeal of civil service, the street railway bill and the Mayo
affiliation, but opposed the boxing bill.



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PIERRE A. HILBERT, Melrose, West end of Stearns
Co. Physician; elected unopposed; for Sullivan for
president pro tern.; opposed all temperance laws, equal suf-
frage, semi-monthly pay day, easy amendment of the con-
stitution, but voted for initiative and referendum and to
repeal the Elwell road law; was for the street railway bill,
the boxing bill, repeal of the civil service and opposed the
Mayo affiliation.

N. J. HOLMBERG, Renville, Renville Co. Farmer, mem-
ber of the House 1907-9-11-13; against the patronage deal;
for Benson for president pro tern.; for county option and all
temperance laws except statutory prohibition; voted for
equal suffrage, easy amendment of the constitution, initiative
and referendum, but was against semi-monthly pay day; was
for the street railway bill, but against both the boxing bill
and the Mayo affiliation and also against repeal of the civil
service.

JOSEPH A. JACKSON, N. E. part of St. Paul. Lawyer,
member of the House in 1899-1901-2; for Benson for president
pro tern.; for county option and all temperance laws except
statutory prohibition; against equal suffrage but favored initia-
tive and referendum, easy amendment of the constitution and
semi-monthly pay day; opposed street railway bill, civil serv-
ice repeal and Mayo affiliation, but voted for the boxing bill.

JAMES JOHNSTON, Bertha, Todd and Wadena Counties.
Farmer and stock raiser, member of the Senate 1907-9-11-
13; for Sullivan for president pro tern.; opposed all temper-
ance laws, equal suffrage, and easy amendment of the con-
stitution, but voted for initiative and referendum, the repeal
of the Elwell road law and the semi-monthly pay day; favored
the street-railway bill, the boxing bill, the Mayo affiliation
and the civil service repeal.

RICHARD JONES, central portion of Duluth. Lawyer,
youngest man in the Senate; on a radically progressive plat-
form he defeated Pugh, the oldest man in the last four ses-
sions; refused to enter the patronage deal; for Benson for
president pro tern.; for county option and all temperance laws
except statutory prohibition; for equal suffrage, easy amend-
ment of the constitution, semi-monthly pay day, initiative and
referendum, but opposed repeal of the Elwell road law;
favored both the boxing bill and the Mayo affiliation, but was
against the street railway bill and did not vote on civil service
repeal.

SAMUEL M. KNOPP, Winona, Winona Co. Farmer,
member of the House in 1913; for Sullivan for president pro
tern.; opposed all temperance laws, equal suffrage, easy amend-
ment of the constitution, initiative and referendum; but
favored tbe semi-monthly pay day bill and repeal of Elwell
road law; against the street railway, but for civil service re-
peal; for the boxing bill, but against the Mayo affiliation.

OLAI A. LENDE, Canby, Yellow Medicine and Lyon
Counties. Lawyer; member of the Senate 1911-13; opposed
the patronage deal and was for Benson for president pro tern;
was for county option and all temperance laws, equal suf-
frage, easy amendment of the constitution, initiative and



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referendum, repeal of Elwell road law; against the street
railway bill and repeal of civil service; against the boxing
bill, but for the Mayo affiliation; did not vote on the semi-
monthly pay day bill, had been excused and was absent.

E. E. LOBECK, Alexandria, Douglas and Pope Counties.
Farmer, leader of the prohibition forces; refused to enter
the patronage deal and for Benson for president pro tern.;
for county option, author of the state-wide prohibition bill;
for all temperance laws, equal suffrage, easy amendment of
the constitution, initiative and referendum, semi-monthly pay
day, repeal of Elwell road law; against street railway bill,
boxing bill, Mayo affiliation and civil service repeal.

P. H. McGARRY, Walker, Cass and Itaska Counties.
Member of the House in 1909-1913, proprietor of a summer re-
sort at Walker, original owner of Walker town site; for
Sullivan for president pro tern.; against county option, all
temperance laws, equal suffrage, Elwell road law repeal, easy
amendment of the constitution, but favored initiative and
referendum and semi-monthly pay day; for the street railway
bill, civil service repeal, the boxing bill and the Mayo
affiliation.

JAMES M. MILLETT, Hastings, Dakota Co. Lawyer,
formerly County Attorney; for Sullivan for president pro
tern.; opposed all temperance laws and equal suffrage, but
favored easy amendment of the constitution, initiative and
referendum and repeal of the Elwell road law; against the
street railway bill, and semi-monthly pay day, but did not
vote on civil service repeal; for the boxing bill, and against
Mayo affiliation.

-SAMUEL B. NELSON, Luverne, Rock and Nobles
Counties. Leading merchant of Rock Co. for many years,
one of the Minnesota delegation that nominated Woodrow
Wilson for president; for Benson for president pro tern.;
for county option and the anti-road house bill, but against
prohibition; against equal suffrage and easy amendment of
the constitution, but for initiative and referendum and repeal


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