Mike Mansfield Papers: Series 21, Box 38 , Folder 71, Mansfield Library, University of Montana.
tateme t of enator Ute anefleld (D. on • )
bliaber De!enc:la Montana
r. Prealdent, the article "The American Welt: Perpetual
iraaeu appearing in the June iatue of Harper'• Ma1aslne hae created
conaid ra le diacueaion throu bout the Weat. Walter Preacott ebb'•
concept f the ett, what lt h and why lt la haa,brou1ht many eaternera
to the defense of their eritaae.
everal ol. my dbtinaulehed eollea1uea here in the enate have
taken exception to many of Profe11or Webb'• findings a!Ul more rec:eutly
one of Montana•• molt capable weekly newapaper eclltor1, Dan Whetatone
of Cut Bank, Montaaa baa come forcefully to tb defense of ontana in the
editorial column• of the Cut Bank Pioneer Prela.
Mr. Whet1one, a hietorlan of the Welt in hie own rtaht. provide•
ample proof tn hi1 edttorW columna that Montana thould net be included
amona the deaert et tee. He cite• Montana'• record ae one of the Nation'•
top producer• of tho hilh quality graine, llveltock and vatt timber auppliet,
t addition to ttl vaet natural re1ource1.
I believe that r. Whetaone'• ccmcludtn phraee h deeervtn1 of
c:onttderable thouaht in apprahtna the value of the Harper'• article, "Growth-of-
the-toil at tilt1c1 dlaprove it", tn•olar at the Treasure ~tate il concerned.
The May 4th i11ue of t e Great Fall• Tribune al1o takea alter
reec tt ebb to talk for maltanina the character and culture of the people
of t e 17 e a tern tate 1.
Mr. Prealdent, 1 allo aek. that thta editorial be printed at the co -
clu1ion of my remark• in the Record.
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