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Dakota Can Come In

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lue Hillsuale Leader has been looking up the law, and bas satiglied itself Dakota can be adraltted into the union witbout the sanction of the house of representatives. Here are the fucts : North Dakota is indifferent to admission wbile south Dakota desires It. The southern section bas an area of 80,000 square miles and a population of nearly 3í0,000. A memorial has been presented calling for a convention of the section to fonn a state eonstitution and government without waiting for an enabling act, and such action is justified by precedent, by congressional endorsement and by the decblons of the Supreme Court of the United States in other cases. Thirteen states liave been admitted muler constitutions formed without enabling acts, and their right to take such action was afflmied by Congress and declared by the Supreme Court. A special right also exists in the present instance, for by an ordinance of 1786 and by a lutter act of Congress in 1836, all the rights under which Michigan formed lier state government prior to admission, were granted to the territory of Wisconsin, Uien including Minnesota and Dakota, and one of these was as foilows: " Whenever one of the state [meanlng any State to be formed out of that Territory 1 shail have 60.000 free tnliabltanta thereln, such stütH Hliall bu ailrnltted by ltn delegales Into the Congress of Mie United States ou an eqaal footlng wilh the original states tn all respects forever. and shall be at llberty to form a permanent CoDstitutlon and State Governmeut." L mier tliis grant southern Dakota is entitled to form u state government and deniand admission to the Union under it. There is. no necessity for subinitting to the efforts of the democratie house to keep her out in the cold because of lier republicanism, as she has in her own hands the means of defcating such efforts. Xorthern Dakota too, with her population of 175,000 can take tbo same action at her pleasure, and both can be states whether it pleases their political opponents or not. The attempt to throttle a would be state because of its politics is a shanie and a disgrace to its authors. It is the desperate effort of a desperate party to strengthen its hold upon power obtalned by fraud and outrage of the laws, hut ueither its representatlves in Oongress nor the party, can resist the people aud the Supreine Court. If Dakota's demand is unheeded, if her unquestionable and inalienable rights are rcfused recognition.the people will reckon with the democratie partv for tuis fresh outrage in a way that will be far vvorse for it in the end.


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