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The Butte daily bulletin. [volume] (Butte, Mont.) 1918-1921, September 06, 1919, Image 1

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\V1.I 2.-NO. -(. I 1r'-rI I 1:T'I'. i xi ( ANA, sATuIm.\Y. ~I"; Tl.:M7F I.;I {ti. . tilt PRICE FtIVE
I lf the A. ii,( ia (oI I)ei M\ inin. e()n -mn,. ti , t it g'l its
IIi le i r I s ihe .l tile h1 oor of e.quaizlitin.. i s hli tin i. the
ltnjlle of the sIant( olf Montana of Iihnulvetds of thousands of dol
In,5 e0i(. eli ii tihrtili doldgiig iutjilahile taxes oni its sulisili ryu
lip.!ertlies, ha.s (1i1e Ifn light hrI tl Oi inivestig. atiorn of ci par-lili
oliVe iligires sti\'ing tlie assessedl \allationls placed .\y the
,lI llization 1 oard it the A. L M. prop rties -and those inoclud
edI in lie reliu l.s nion t e by the siihsitiaries to the stale pillic
seri'vi(ce corn il issiui lfor the Jipurpose of having their riates 'or.
seirvice adjusted. I
A perusal of the figures showing
th, assessed valuations placed on the
Montana Power company, the Great
Falls Power company, the Thompson
Falls Power company, the Montana
Reservoir and Irrigation company
and the Butte, Anaconda and Pa
cific Railway company, all of which
ur1 owned by the Rockefeller inter
ests through the Anaconda Copper
Mining company, shows that these
compllanies are paying taxes on only
40 per cent or approximately 20 per
cent of their actual physical valua
In oirder that the public may know
1he real facts which show that, while
the Great Northern railroad, the
Noirtleri Pacific, the Billings and
Northern and thootkler big corpora
lions of the state whiich are not af
filiated with the Anaconda Copper
Miing company are assessed on val
ui.Itiois, which while not nearly their
actual valuations, are still within
reOlsl, the c:ompanies owned by the
.\Anaconda companly are favored by
exc'ptional cuts in their assessed
v' alatiol S.
F'or instance. in making its report
to the sate publlic service cominis
sion, on which report the rate for
:service which may he charged the
public and which is demanded in or
derl lhat., the company maly seculre a
fatir return on its imonetary value,"
lihe Montana Power company report
ed that its actual physical valuation
on June 30, 1918, was $50,609,
473.11. Since that time, more than a
year ago, it is to he assumed that
the property valuation has greatly
But for purposes of taxation the
val , tion on all its physical prop
orly as returned to the sltate hoard of
equalization by the Montana Power
(Continued on Page Two.)
Hulet Wells Facing Slow
Death in Prison While,
Wilson Talks Democracy
Seal tie. Sept. 6.---While President d
Woodrow WVilsou is addressing the i
peoplel of Seattle on September 12-13 t
oni the league of nations, "world .e- I
inlocracy" and the "peace treaty," he e
will be confronted with a "silent pro- s
lost." of unionists and an open letter t
addressed to him informing him that t
llnlet M. Wells, one of the victims of f
the reign of civic rights suppression, I
is suffering untold torture in the
"lblack hole" at McNeil's island fed- i
eral prison.
A special committee reported to t
Ilhe Central Labor council Wednes- c
day night the results of their find- t
ilgs; in an investigation of Wells' c
condition. The committee had se- t
cured admittance of Dr. Joseph L. -
Lane, a private physician, to the pris
on to investigate the rumor that .
Wells was being slowly tortured to
death. Dr. Lane was admitted and
lupon reporting the findings of his
examination, said:
In Weakened Condition.
'I was informed that Wells re
ceives but 14 ounces of bread dur
ing a period of 24 hours. I then ex
amlined Wells thoroughly. and while
I did not find any definite organic
tr'ouble he was in a weakened con
dition, having lost five and one-half
pounds recently. During the first
two months the work of cutting cord
wood. which had been assigned to
Alr. Wells, was comparatively easy,
but it gradually became harder, un
til at last he was ordered to cut a
cord of wood each day, and inas
much as Mr. Wells is clerical and is
naturally frail, the task was more
than he could stand. He wrote a
letter to the warden asking that he
be assigned lighter work, and after
waiting for a period of four days and
receiving no reply he again wrote the
wafden, stating that he would" not
continue at a task which he was in
capable of performing.
In the Dungeon.
"As a result of such refusal on
.the part of Mr. Wells he was or
Attack of Local Paper onl
Unionists Brings Quick
and Energetic Action
Against Paid Patriots.
That the action of Jerome Locke.
publisher of the Livingston Enter
prise, who severecly attacked the
loyalty of the thousands of union
men and women who listened at
tentively to the speech of WV. F.
D)unn of Butte at the Livingston La
bor day celebration, has aroused the
workers in that thriving city as they
never have been aroused before, is
evidenced from the number of let
ters being received by the Bulletin
from the railroad town.
Among the letters received this
mornting is one containing an ac
count of a mass meeting attended by
600 union men and 40 union girls
on Thursday evening, called to pro
(Continued on Page Five.)
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dered by the warden to be placed
in the prison dungeon with his hands
tied to iron bars above his head. He
has been in this dungeon since Tues
day, August 22, and it is my profes
sional judgment that unless summaryx
action is taken by the government
to remove himn from his preselnt con
finement in the prison dungeon his
health will be greatly impaired."
Dr. Lane refused to accept the
usual fee for his professional serv
ices in the case, considering it a hu
manitarian work, and instead donat
ed the amount of the usual fee to
the family of Wells. The labor coun
cil extended a vote of hearty thanks
to the physician.
(Continued on Page Two.)
YOU--Have You Donated to a Free Press?
You contributed liberally to every "drive" during the late unpleasantness" to get "democracy" over there;
now if you want democracy over here, you must first have a free press. Donate now-it is the cheapest and
best investment the worker can make. Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 shares of the capital stock of the Bulletin
remain unsold-buy a few shares and YOU WILL HAVE A VOICE in the management of the Bulletin.
Previously Collected . . . . . . . . $4,874.40
Friday,' in Butte . .2.00
Total . . . . . $4,876.40
Balance to Be Raised . . . . $ 123.60
Campaign 'f Propaganda
Being Conducted by In
terests Being Exposed in
Spruce Camp Probe.
Portland, Ore.. Sept. 6.--Charging
that a callmpaign of propaganda was
being conducted to (iisi redit the
work of the congressional sprlce in
ve stigation co mmlittee. Congressman
James Frear, preliminary to cailling
the committee into session Friday.
outlined the purposes of the investi
gation and declared the committee
would proceed to get the facts re
gardless of any influences that might
be brought to bear on it in its de
liberations. The charges p.earipitat
ed a tropical debate between. Con
gressman Frear and Congressmau
Clarence F. Lea, the democratic
(Continued on Page Two.
If you are single men and have any small surplus earnings do not be caught by
stock jobbers. Butte Miner publishes story of fabulous merger of mining interest;
probably fake, perhaps to enthuse public and enable stock jobbers connected with
paper to float worthless stocks on earnings of labor.
(Special United Press Wire.)
Washington, Sept. 6.-----With the
senatorial opponents to the treaty
and the league of nations planning
a tour over the ground now being
covered by Wilson, the leaders of the
various senate factions are "count
ing noses" in an effort to determine
their voting strength.
Leading denlocratic senators de
clare that 20 democratic senators
will vote for reservations to the
treaty and 20, will vote for unquali
fied ratification. "Mild reserva
tionists" and the Lodge group are
trying to compromise their differ
ences over wording of the reserva
tion in article 10 in the league cov
enant, which is now the real issue
among those favoring reservations.
Lodge's proposal, which was
adopted by the foreign relations
committee, is for the reservation
which assumes the United States will
stay out of foreign wars over terri
torial invasions, except of the most
extreme provocations. "Mild reser
vationists" would allow the United
States t to go to war, if it was a plain
case of unlawful aggression. Both
proposals leave the United States
free to decide through congress, as
to when it will go in and to what
(Continued on Page Five.)
There were no new developments
in the strike of the metal trades in
the past 24 hours.
The strike committee yesterday
handed to Thomas Cholpe, A. '. M.
labor commissioner, the same three
propositions given to the Clark pmeo
ple, but so far no reply has been
It is the understanding at present
that in case no ImiOVe is made by the
Anaconda. company looking to a
oettlenient of the strike, the mine.
nmlill and smlelterlnen of Anaconda
- will walk off the job Monday noon,
I in sympathy with the striking lmmetal
trades craftsmen.
And unless a settlement it arrived
at shortly, it is more than probalble
that other labor units, both in Butte
and elsewhere in the state, will be
(Continued on Page Six.)
Butte is in the midst of a "mining
boom." The high prices of copper.',
zinc and silver are stimulating mine
activities in all of these metals.
Beyond a doubt some companies well
financed. judiciously managed and
favorably located will earn profits
for their stockholders; others will
e(Ak out a miserable existence for
years on lower grade deposits and
will eventually end up in the hands
of the sheriff. and their machinery
anld egqauiplment. be sold to meet labor e
claims and other debts; others are
nothing but absolote faking schemies
put forth by cunning manipulators 1
withlout iany c.ha llce on earth to evr t
pa y a dividend, are fraudulent in
fact, and have no purpose but to fool
and trap the unsiuspecting out of
their hard earned savings.
Yesterday morning the Butte
Miner in a flare head article an
nounced a mllatillt1oth mllerger of the c
independent ining conllpanies in
(Continued on Page Five.)
(Slpecia I nited Press Wir'e.)
Scranton. Pa., Sept. 6.-Nineteen
thousand mine workers in 20 col
lieries of the Hudson Coal company,
between Forest ('ity and Plymouth,
will strike Monday unless the em
ployers agree to meet a committee
of the emnployes before then.
Members Told They Would
Have to Build Their Own.
Allege Mayor Stodden
Protects Commission Meni
The (sConsumers' leagtiue, at its
mewling in the city hall. last nightL
went on record in favor of opening
up negotiations with fruitgroweirsi
anld s 'r.mers. to secure foodstuffs forl
th il i:y market.
Application for stalls for the Con
ssumers' league have been made to
I Mayor ltodden; these stalls will be
used to reach the consumer direct-i
I from the growers. This has beens
considered necessary because of thLe
I numerous complaints lmade lastl
night by the members. One Inemi
tlier who bad arranged with a farmer:
-to takeI charge of his products was
(Continued on Page Two.)
Huntington. W. Va.. Sept. 6.
Over 1I000 coal miners of the Kana
wha county coal fields went into)
camp np1ear Winfred J.unction, Kana
wha county, last night, where thePy
will await the arrival of reinllforce
nellts for a march across the mnol.
tains to the Guyan coal fields. It is
reported that all the men are well
armed and will attempt to force the
operators to consent to the union
izing of that field.
All previous methods have failed
to unionize the miners of these
camps, duoe to the fact that the oper
atorls rftuse to allow the organizers
t( work among their employes and'
when one tdoes show ulp ha is either
thrownr in jail or deported by coam
tlany gun ten.
Washington, Sept. 6.-Ilntroduc
lion of a bill creating a "permanent
cost of living" commission is being
considered by Senator Ransdell. It
would pitt representatives of produc- I
ers. imnnlufaicturers, jobbers, retail
ers and cousumers on a body, letting
them govetl themselves.
Fair and cooler. 1
Through the seizlure Iby Ifederal o'l'icials at Spokane yester
tdiy ,- .I'ii3i IlI unds 1)0f poultry hic. h had been. stored in the
lHeing'se ])rl(ldnee .ýluflanl '' cohl st.orag'e plant there for
inearlly a. .ear. alid adlliiissiins by Fred A. lIenningsen of Butte
ihliat the llanyll has n equallill atlllont in storage in its Butte
warehouse. pis,.ive prod if what the Bulleti has repeatedly
alleged---tliat the leniiiiiiisen comlpan was hoarding food in
rder to hold up prices l--has developed.
News ol' he seizure of thie i3A,4 i pounds held in Spokane to
the credit i tie Butte branchI o the Henningsen produce trust
BY 159
" rrected" Returns Make
hýhange of 66 Votes-In
vestigation Being Con
ducted for Contest.
As the result of the official can
vass of the votes cast in Tuesday's
bond election by the county board
yesterday, announcement was made
that the bond issue had carried by
a majority of 159 votes, instead of
the 227 unofficially announced Tues
day night.
Following the Bulletin's expose of
Wednesday. in which it was charged
that Ih l returns from precinct. 12
had been padded by 66 votes. thus
a showing that 77 votes had been cast
I in favor of the bond issue and 29
againt,l instead of a vote of 29
Igainst the proposal to 11 for it, the
board yesterday verified the Bulle
Lin's charge by cutting dlown the
(Continued on Page Five.)
Dealers Refuse to Deliver
Materials to Employers
Who Are Fair to Workers
Seattle, Sept. 6.-As the strikes of t
building tradesmen and job printing
trades entered their third day, strike
committees in both industries were
gathering evidence of a huge conspir
acy on the part of the dealers in ma
torials to boycott building contrac
tors and job printing shops which
have agreed ~o the union demands. In
both industries the union commit
I tees will. when the evidence is coin- I
plete'. present it to the proper au
thorities for prosecution on charges
of illegal conspiracy to boycott in re
straint of free trade, they declare.
The strike of carpenters p.laster
ers, lathers and laborers in the build
ing industry continues to tie up a
large percentage of building opera
and of the seizure of other thousands
of pounds held in the Spokane plant
for other branches and subsidiaries
of the Henningsen company was re
c. ived over the press association
wires, and has caused considerable
comment over the failure of Mon
tana officials to make similar seiz
ures at the Henningsen company's
Butte warehouse.
In interviews given to the press,
Fred A. Henningsen, vice president
of the Henningsen Produce company,
admitted that the poultry seized in
Spokane by the federal authorities
had been purchased end placed in
storage in the fall of 1918.1:A Mr.
Henningsen attempted to just} the
continued hoa,' ,, of ,la4t ar's
poultry, by -T
kot for Boui ' n te id not
been active since the food was stored.
When asked if it was not true that
the prices maintained for poultry
were high and that were the chick
ens to be placed on the market at
reasonable prices, the market would
have been more active. He dodged
the issue by declaring that the "pub
lic will only consume so much" ponl
try anyhow." Henningsen admitted
that, despite the great quantities of
chickens held in storage in his Butte
and Spokane warehouses, poultry
was now selling on the Butte mar
ket at the prohibitive price of 40
cents a pound.
1-enuingsen assertedth at the 45,
464 pounds held in Spokane for the
Butte trade would be cleaned up
here before November 15, were it
placed on the market. He also ad
mitted that there was a month's sup
ply on hand in the Butte warehouse
at this time, which indicates that
some 40,000 pounds alto are hoarded
Although Henningsen's admission
(Continued on Page Two.)
tions in the city. However, accord
ing to a statement issued by the ex
ecutive board of the district council
of carpenters, work continues on the
port commission and other public
work jobs under the assumption that
these jobs will pay the $10 a day for
carpenters, plasterers and lathers
and $7 a day for laborers as the
"going wage."
A considerable number of con
tractors are breaking away from the
Master Builders' association and re
suming operations, declares: the un
ion committee. An increasing num
ber of carpenters are returning to
work on jobs which have promised
to pay the scale, they contend.
Material Refused.
The boycott in building materials,
it is declared at union headquarters.
has thus far confined itself to plas
ter materials. Numerous instances
of large material firms refusing to
deliver plaster material to union jobs
have been reported. The firms 'of
Galbraith-Bacon, W. F. Jahn and
Sam Hunter are named as the chief
conspirators. Wednesday morning
the Jahn company refused material
to the contractor erecting a building
under union conditions at Third and
Pine. The same company openly
avowed to the superintendent on the
job in West Seattle for a banker
named Campbell that no materials
would be delivered as long as the job
was recognizing the unions' side of
the present wage controversy.
Campbell instructed his superinten
dent to truck the materials needed
from Tacoma if necessary.
The Galbraith-Bacon firm refused
materials to a home owner erecting
a new residence at 321 HIghIa.nd
Drive Wednesday morning, offering
no reason for the refusal, it is said,
The residence is being built by uni.
labor under the new scale, Dozens
of similar instances are being ?r
(Continued on Page Five.),

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