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Letter from H. L. Loucks to R.F. Pettigrew about a the creation of the Progressive Party in South Dakota. The back of the letter is a copy of an article written by Loucks called 'The Grange and the Farmers' Problems,'; which discusses the European system of farmer cooperation and advocates its adaptation in the United States.
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Proposition No. 3:-
I wrote you sometime ago in re what action we should take towards the organization of the new political party. The progressive party has vanished in this state, and the Independent-progressive party, which I suppose we organized, when they changed the name, is not much better.
VanHeter has I think left the State, and anyway he was not the man for the place, but he has done nothing. Richards, Wright and Jones have no doubt all gone back to the Republican party. Basford has gone to N. Dak. And Sutherland has no doubt also gone back.
I suppose as the one Independent candidate that it would not be out of place for me to call a conference, diplomatically worded to meet some time in June at some central place to organize for a state campaign. I would like to have you join in that call.
I will prepare the call, if you will have it published.
I have in mind having Holter call a meeting of the State Rural Credit League, say for a Tuesday, and we call ours for Wednesday.
I would like if our State should be the FIRST, and then help in the call for a National Conference, or convention, say the week after the Democratic.
Our call should go out next week, advising those if favor of the new movement to keep out of the Primary.
I do not look for a very large primary vote, and we could make some capital out of a moderate primary vote.
I think the foregoing is enuf for one Sunday’s work.