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- 1916 May 12 (Creation)
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R.F. Pettigrew congratulates H.L. Loucks on his call to action in reference to a conference, one in which Pettigrew is most happy to attend. Pettigrew continues in speaking boldly of his dislike for the party system and their operations of disrepute.
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Please return Cable Address:
Michigan Boulevard and Congress Street
J. J. Calvey,
Chicago, May 12, 1916.
Mr. H. L. Loucks,
Watertown, S. D.
My dear friend:-
Your call to action is excellent and I will attend a conference wherever you may call it; and whenever you may call it; and I am going to leave the time and place to you and the others whom you consult. I am heartily with you, and your letter on this subject is full of hard common sense. There is no more difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party than there is between two speckled sow pigs of the same age. They have proven this by the infamous currency law which they have enacted. The present banking law will exalt the banking business at the expense of all other business, and through it the banks will be enabled to appropriate to themselves the product of everybody’s toil. I wonder how long we are going to endure the infamy? Are we going to continue as we are now doing until the power of resistance is destroyed? My observation is that instead of remedying these things the people endure them until their power of resistance is destroyed, and I don’t expect to bring about, in my lifetime, any change.
Did you see my letter to Egan with regard to the present state government? It was published in the Argus Leader as an advertisement, in which I arraigned the legislature and the courts and the governor. I am going home next week and then I am going to take up and read your manuscript with care.
R. F. Pettigrew