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FARMERS ORGANIZE UNION TO
Six million American farmers are
going to organize a union. They are
after collective bargaining. They've
grown tired of being told what was
the matter with them by a bunch of
bankers, editors, professors and
commission men who meet every
year under the auspices of the Nat'l
Conference on Marketing and Rural
Just before the conference closed
a few days ago Myron T. Herrick,
former ambassador to Prance, said
the real source of the financial trou
bles of the farmer lay in his lack of
organization. They took his tip arid
15 minutes after his speech they be
gan to organize.
The new organization will be
called the Agricultural Organization
society and will represent a federa
tion of all true organizations of the
8,000,000 American farmers.
"What the farmer needs is co-operation,"
said Herrick. "Unorganized
farmers have been victimized and'
swindled. If you organize you will
make yourselves independent and
"The present' Sherman law should
be amended. It should permit com
binations of agriculture and small in
dustries. Big trusts are wrong, but
small trusts and co-operative organ
izations are a benefit to the nation."
The bankers, professors, editors,
conservationists, rural credit men
and co-operative experts were
stunned by Herrick's speech. They
figured the convention would turn
-out as many others have; a lot of
steam would be blown off, recommen
dations made and resolutions passed
and an adjournment .would take
place without anything actually be
ing done to relieve the situaiton.
A few minutes after Herrick fin
ished the real farmers present got off
by themselves in an ante-room.
C. D. Resler, a farmer of Chanute,
Kan., took the chair.
"That is a hot air clearing house in
there," he shouted. "They have made
a patient of us and have gathered
here to discuss our ills. Not a prac
tical farmer has had a chance to
throw a word in edgewise for four
days. I want about 40 of you fel
lows to get together and we'll organ
ize a real farmers' ass'n, wherethe
real farmers can get together to do
the talking and advising."
A body of speakers will go about
the country preaching organization.
The committee will handle the cam
paign and next year the farmers
hope to have an organization to tell
the bankers, professors, commission
men and editors just where they can.
SOME CHICKEN! IT HAS A VALUE
OF $100,000, TOO
"Lady Eglantine" appears to be
an ordinary chicken. If you saw her
crossing the street to get to the other
side you would pay less attention to
her than to a fly if it should settle
on your nose. That, of course, would
be due to the fact that you did not
know that "Lady Eglantine" was
"some chicken." She is a little White
Leghorn hen which has laid just 314
eggs in 365 days, thereby winning
the world's championship. Her home
is at Eglantine farms, Greenboro,
Md., and her owner, A. A. Christian,
values the hen at $100,000.
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