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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - April 12, 1917, Des Moines, IowaMore than 145.000 circulation vol. Lxii. No. 15. Des m01nes, Iowa april 12, 1917. 3105 memory Iowa s state printing the last they say Here is sorrow and gloom in the hearts of the friends and beneficiaries of Iowa s old monopoly state printing system with its Long history of waste and graft for its final doom was sealed last week when both houses of the legislature passed almost unanimously the substituted and amended Bill introduced by Hon. Otto a. Helming of Alla Makee county abolishing the offices of state Printer and Binder on january 1, 1919, and establishing the competitive contract system for doing this work. This is the beginning of the end of a system which has been a source of Public scandal for Over Twenty years and which has had the Polit ical Power and influence to defeat All former efforts to bring about Reform. State printing was doomed As soon As people knew the facts. The Iowa Homestead believes that it May add without immodesty that the action of the Leris lature is a direct result of the Campaign of publicity which we have carried on among the farm ers of Iowa during the last two years for the purpose of exposing the wastefulness and vicious Ness of the monopoly system. However we would not minimize the part which those Nio Neera in the fight played in the final outcome by their courageous attacks nor the credit due men like governor Harding speaker Piu sad tributes of Loyal that they enjoyed the ceremony. Representative helming representative Rogers. Of Carroll county representative Mcferren of Hamilton county senator Chase of Hamilton county senator John Foster of Guthrie county and others who were leaders in the final assault upon the Well entrenched Citadel of special Privi lege and political rottenness. It is always Nec Essary to make a beginning sometime with the certainty of temporary defeat when fighting so powerful a combination and it always requires leaders with courage to direct the final charge. But in the end the outcome is certain for the truth is mighty and will prevail As soon As the people understand the real situation. Present state administration entitled to great credit. So the Iowa Homestead says All Honor to the men who fought a losing fight against the state printing system during the past Twenty years and Honor to the men who carried it through to final it is something that no other state administration has Ever had the courage to undertake and governor Harding fnp6tahkper their Are entitled to the gratitude of the taxpayers of Iowa for behalf 6y have at last accomplished in their legislature did not do its whole duty the state when postponed the taking effect of the change for two years longer does not alter the fact that the main purpose has been accomplished and that it has taken a Long Long time to get this far that most of the distance has been travelled in the past two years is evident when one recalls the history of the fight against state printing waste and graft. In 1897, during the special code session of the Twenty seventh general Assembly a special investigating committee headed by Hon. Thomas Lambert of Sabula now member of the state Board of attacked the system Chare. My Gross irregularities on the part of the state Printer and showing the wastefulness of the monopoly system. But the matter was Side tracked in the usual manner of politicians. Some milestones in the pathway to final Victory. The following session of the legislature sex governor Clarke fresh from the clean political Rallas before a Alliance the Des Homes Register school of Politi a Viiu system is a the work out to the lowest bidder Effort was backed by such splendid men As Hon. John Cownie and of members of the state Board hey were buying printing for state institutions from the lowest bidder under a Rul ing from the attorney general that they were not concluded on Page 6. V

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