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- 1915 May 21 (Creation)
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R.F. Pettigrew writes to H.L. Loucks concerning the Richards Law and current referendum in the State legislature. Pettigrew believes that Richards must go alone while still arguing for Primary Law. Pettigrew also mentions the continued desire to buy a newspaper though expresses his inability to do so with current funds.
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R. F. Pettigrew
Sioux Falls, S. D.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, May 21, 1915.
H. L. Loucks,
Watertown, S. D.
My Dear Friend:-
I have been away about a month and on returning I find your letter of April 19th, and do not know if I have answered it or not.
I do not know whether Richards has gone into court with regard to the Primary Law or not. I received a letter from him saying he would be glad if I would assist in a financial way in carrying on a suit. I had written him that I wanted to assist. Richards really has at issue now. The question whether the legislature can defeat or ignore the constitution & defeat the referendum or not is to be determined. Of course I care nothing about the primary law, I really voted against it when it was adopted.
I do not believe Richards will come to us. He has set notions. He is opposed to the single tax, and as far as I am concerned he will have to go it alone, if he insists upon sticking to his one issue the primary law. I am going to try and have a talk with him, however, and see what can be done.
Of course we must have a newspaper. The newspaper editors of this state are as rotten a lot of brainless asses as it would be possible to get together. I am afraid I am not going to get Scripts to come in.
I think you had better accept Hampton’s proposition, providing he has backing so that you are sure of your compensation. You can do splendid work from that standpoint.
Now with regard to the buying of the newspaper, it is impossible for me to do it at the present time. I have all that I can take care of and have been hoping conditions would change so that we could accomplish something.
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