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- 1915 December 23 (Creation)
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H.L. Loucks asks R. F. Pettigrew to read a copy of an address he gave at a meeting in St. Paul. Loucks states that he will not take part in the primary elections and that he cannot be part of the Progressive Party with Roosevelt and Perkins leading it. He feels that the Socialist Party's views are too narrow for him to join them. Loucks suggests that there is a good prospect in South Dakota for the rise of an independent party.
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My dear Pettigrew
Under separate cover I am sending you a carbon copy of an address prepared for the big St. Paul meeting, the latter part of which I am advised created quite a sensation. I am sorry that it is dim, but I think perhaps with a little time that you can make it out.
The last 8 page were too hurriedly completed, and will need some revision and development, but the address on the whole was rather long.
However they divided it, and made two of it, The Chairman reading the last part. I think I will revise and develop it and prepare it for a leaflet for publication later.
The part I wish you to read more especially is from page 24 on.
I wish it were so, that you could come up some day before you go east and remain between trains to go over the situation, in hopes that you might get in touch with the right parties while in New York.
I see no hope in the Democratic party, and Wilson will no doubt be nominated, and I think defeated.
The Republicans will nominate a reliable reactionary. I will not register or take any part in the primary. I see no hope in the Rep.
There is nothing in the Progressive party for me under the leadership of Roosevelt and Perkins.
The Socialist party is conducted on too narrow a plane to make much progress. But there are big issues now up around which a plurality should and might rally. I sent an article on “preparedness” to The Press for publication in todays issue. I was pleased with yours.
I think still that there is a good opportunity for an Independent movement in this state, but who can and will make the start?
I wish you and yours a Happy Christmas, and success during the coming year. Let me know occasionally what you learn in the east?
H. L. Loucks
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