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Des Moines Iowa Homestead (Newspaper) - May 30, 1912, Des Moines, Iowa
Tol. Lvi. No. 22. Des modes Jowa May 30, 1912. Whole no. 2851 s manager refuses records the Iowa governorship Campaign now drawing to a close the Homestead has been obliged on three prior Occa Sions to go somewhat fully into the qualifications of one of the candidates prof. P. G. Holden. We believed that the excessive Zeal displayed by professor Holden in endorsing tracts of desert Idaho lands and in during Iowa banners to buy the same with the result that hundreds of thousands of dollars of Iowa Money have been invested therein had a direct bearing upon the Iowa governorship Campaign because of the fact that professor Holden had been draw ing a salary from the state of Iowa during All the time he was visiting endorsing and seeing desert land tracts in Idaho receiving pay for these activities from the private corporations which were profiting in immense sums through his operations among the Farmers of Iowa. Accordingly we sent an editorial representative to Idaho to investigate the Merit and outcome of the desert land projects with which professor Holden had been and still is so closely associated. After a thorough investigation covering almost two weeks the Homestead s representative returned to Iowa and in our Issue of March 28th we published the result of his trip disclosing to our readers certain important facts As follows first professor Holden recommended in the most flattering terms and urged upon Iowa Farmers the great desirability of investing in a desert land project which in almost four years time has failed to make Good in practically every detail and which is nothing More nor less than a graveyard of dead Hopes and unfulfilled promises. Second professor Holden himself organized and promoted another Idaho land project which became bankrupted in two years time and is now in the hands of a receiver with an indebtedness of nearly and with the serious charge made in court that the concern was deliberately wrecked by the management thereof. Third scores of Lowans have been induced almost wholly through pro Fessor Holden s recommendation printed in the form of an interview in the Des Homes Register and Leader and elsewhere to Migrate to Idaho where they Are unable to live upon the tracts recommended by him be cause of the Lack of water while hundreds of thousands of dollars of Iowa Money have been invested in desert projects which in Al most four years time have not re turned one Penny on the investment. The disclosures thus briefly outlined stand absolutely a controverted to Day not a single material detail of president of West end twin Falls irrigation company who paid prof. Holden for booming his desert Idaho lands withdraws voluntary offer of free Access to All the company s books and affairs. The truth would Hurt. E. T. Meredith principal financial contributor to Holden Campaign makes admissions damaging to candidacy of the Man whom selfish business interests brought out and masqueraded As Farmer s candidate. Farmers Are imposed upon old line Grain elevator companies promoters of desert land projects i far West and other self serving Busi Ness interests attempt to foist Holden upon Farmers of Iowa on a platform of greater Iowa. A Democrat dictates Campaign although prof. Holden is running on a Republican ticket the Man who is paying the Bills arid managing the Campaign is a lifelong Democrat whose activities in the democratic party i Iowa have been Long apparent the Homestead s expos Al having been questioned or denied. The Only answer of professor Holden his Campaign managers and his associates in the desert land projects has been a Campaign of personal vilification and abuse directed at the publisher of the Homestead or. James m. Pierce. During the past two weeks events have transpired which not Only prove conclusively the truth of the Home Stead s disclosures but which also Point out the widespread extent of the disappointment and despair which have come to the unfortunate invest ors in professor Holden s desert land projects instead of the immense profits assured them. The Des Moines daily capital of May 16th published a lengthy report of the suicide of a citizen of Des Moines who had been prominently connected with the West end twin Falls irrigation company the desert land project which had profited to the extent of hundreds of thousands of dollars by reason almost wholly of professor Holden s paid in the daily capital attributed the suicide to the unfortunate outcome of the connection of the de ceased with the Idaho desert land company. The publisher of the Home Stead knew from
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