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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - May 9, 1912, Des Moines, Iowa no. 19. Moines Iowa May whole no. 2848 spectacle is presented in Iowa this Spring which should cause the Blush of shame to Mantle the Cheek of every Farmer who is a Lover of bigger better and greater Iowa. A Man is coming be fore the Farmers of Iowa As a candidate for the High office of governor claiming their support on the ground of being their greatest Friend and Benefactor. The methods by which his is being carried on appear to us and we believe equally so to every patriotic citizen who considers the welfare of his state above everything else lamentably reprehensible. Personalities Are being indulged in vilification misrepresentation and even false affidavits Are being used in the attempt of this Man and his Small coterie of ambitious politicians to secure the reins of state government in their hands. Will the Farmers of Iowa Sanc Tion such a Campaign will they place the stamp of approval upon such underhanded methods in our Issue of March 28th, we told the Story in detail of prof. P. G. Holden s Idaho desert land transactions. The facts in the Story were obtained by one of the editors of the Homestead who spent a week in Idaho going Over the situation examining court records and state land Board records visiting the desert land tracts boomed and endorsed by professor Kolden and inter viewing settlers investors and impartial authorities. The Homestead s Story in every de Tail stands absolutely a contradicted today. Professor Holden together with the self serving clique of Des Moines newspaper men and clubhouse politicians who Are his chief supporters and advisers Nave confined them selves to maligning vilifying and insulting the publisher of the Homestead hoping thus to divert the attention of the Farmers of Iowa and cause them to forget the details of the Home Stead s expose. In this Campaign of vilification and misrepresentation the publisher of the Homestead has no interest. He has the utmost contempt for such reprehensible methods of political campaigning and newspaper edit ing. The Homestead has been under its pres ent management for almost Twenty eight years past. Never once in All this time has the pub Lisher of the Homestead knowingly allowed a misstatement or perversion of facts to appear in his columns so far As lies in human Power no such misstatements or perversions Ever will appear in these columns. For a style of journal ism which not Only permits but connived at such reprehensible practices we have Only the greatest contempt. In publishing the detailed Story of professor Holden s Idaho desert land deals the publisher of the Homestead is Actu ated Only and solely by the desire to serve the interests of the Iowa Farmer by pointing out the unfitness of the Man who claims to be the Farmer s candidate. The latest step in this Campaign of dust throwing and vilification is the publication of what purports to be an affidavit made by or. Peter f. Gorman of grand View Idaho printed in. The Des Moines Register and Leader of monday May 6, in the course of which or. Gorman is made to swear that certain state ments he made to the Homestead in his own handwriting Over his own signature were never made by him. If or. Gorman did in fact make this affidavit we would like to know what inducements or representations were made to procure the same. Perhaps the fact that at the time the Homestead s detailed expose was published or. Gorman held an unpaid claim against professor Holden s grand View land and irrigation company May be pertinent in connection with the securing of what purports to be an affidavit duly signed and sworn to by or. Gorman. The men who induced him to swear to statements contrary to those he had already made both by word of Mouth and in his own handwriting Over his own signature must stand pilloried before All decent Law abiding honorable citizens As men who will Stop at nothing Short of Subo nation of perjury to Advance their own selfish inter ests and plans. In or. Gorman s claimed affidavit he swears that he did not know the purpose of the Homestead editor s visit to Idaho that he was greatly surprised to find the letter he had written to the Homestead printed in these columns after having himself repeatedly made the offer to write for publication and giving his name and address for this and that his letter was materially altered by the addition of certain striking sentences which somebody has induced or. Gorman to swear he never wrote. Our readers will re member that in publishing the facts with reference to the condition of professor hol Den s grand View land irrigation company particularly with reference to the manner in which the fruit Trees were set out on the Des Ert lands or. Gorman stated among other things that wages were reduced and children ranging from five to nine years were hired and men who understand such work took employ ment elsewhere. Also that engineers were More numerous than Labouring men in the great undertaking which was to develop the desert lands and make Iowa investors immensely Rich Etc. We therefore in order that each of our readers May understand the matter thoroughly print the material Para graph of or. Gorman s affidavit and his oath herewith such statements As the following Are not mine and Are not True wages were reduced and children ranging from five to nine years were hired and men who understood such work sought employment elsewhere engineers were More numerous than Labouring and Money which the Home seekers figured on being spent improving land which they had bought was spent for individual purposes Peter state of Idaho county of Owyhee is on this the 20th Day of april. 1912. Before me. Otto or. Bolen a notary Public in and for said county personally appeared Peter Gorman to me known who upon oath being duly sworn deposes and says that he has written and read the above statement and knows it to be True. To Peter Gorman. Subscribed and sworn to before me this 20th Day of april 1912. Otto a Bolen notary the Homestead has in its Possession the original letter of eight pages written by or. Gorman in his own and will furnish a photographic copy of the same to any interested party. We herewith set Forth portions of this letter exactly As they appear in or. Gorman s own handwriting in order to show that or. Gorman made each and every one of the statements which he is now induced to swear he did not make. Concerning the manner in which professor Holden s grand View land irrigation company managed its affairs we herewith give or. Gorman s exact words copied from his Handwritten letter first summer they the company under the management of j. W. Jones started operations Here in grand View promises were like the Sand on the Banks of the Snake River and Apple Trees flourished to such an extent Here and also in Iowa from the outcome of their operations up More forty five thousand five Hundred Apple grafts were set out in an old Alfalfa bed and the out was six Trees lived month. Wages were reduced and children ranging from five to nine tears of age were tired and men who under stood such work took employment elsewhere. Monet which Tou Home seekers Fig ured on being spent improving land which Tou bought was spent for individual purposes instead of tour expectations. I think the cause of your sorrows Are that you like ourselves were deceived by the men who when Given a Chance to show their honesty failed. Temptations got the Best of not Only did or. Gorman make the state ments above set. Forth but did so knowing that the letter was for publication and in his letter offered to write full particulars to anybody who would write and enclose a stamp for reply. He said i will also write to All those who have hold Ings Here if a stamped envelope is enclosed stat ing to them the condition of their grounds and How Many Trees Are living if they Send the Sec Tion township and lot which they have bought but let me say that the tracts known As the shoo Fly and the 130 have no Trees to be seen and none in sight for 1912." if or. Gorman did in fact make the affidavit which is credited to him it is so utterly at variance with the statements made in his own handwriting in the letter now in the Possession of the Homestead that we Are moved to again ask what inducements or representations were made to secure such affidavit. In so far As this paper is concerned or. Gorman has never questioned nor retracted one thing he said in his letter to us. We submit that his voluntary statement made to us in fulfilment of his of Fer to write for publication would come More nearly to the truth As it exists than would any subsequent on Page 29

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