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THE PRODUCERS NEWS
A PAPER OP THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, POR a E PEOLE Continuing the OUTLOOK PROMOTOR PEOPLES PUBLISHING COMPANY, PUBLISHER Enteredias Second CIvs Matter, October 18, 1912, at the Poetoffice at Plentywood, Montana, Under the Act of March 3, 1879. CHARLES E. TAYLOR, Editor and Manager. Advertising rates on ap- Communications' should plication. Subscription be addressed to-The Pro one year, in advance, ducers News, Box 587, $2.00; six months $1.25. Plentywood, Montana. Quack, fraudulent and irresponsible firms are not knowingly advertised, and we will take it as a favor if any reader will advise us promptly should they have occasion to doubt or question the reliability of any firm which patronizes our advertising columns. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 1918 Some Differences Clair Stoner, farmer, of Outlook, candidate for the office of State Sena tor from Sheridan county on the National ticket, in the recent pri maries received 89 votes in his home precinct, while his opponent, Mr. Henry Lowe, vice-president of the First National Bank of Bainville, re ccived but four. This was in Mr. Stoner's home pre cinct where the farmers know him best. Let us now go to Mr. Lowe, the banker's home precinct, where Mr. Stoner, the farmer, is totally unac quainted, where Banker Lowe is the best known, and what he stands for is familiar to all. Mr. Lowe, banker, Patriots and Loyalty The '`.ept press" of this county has had a great deal to say during the past summer in regard to loyalty and patriotism. People have been ~rrested and forc ed to· stand trial. Been forced to stand before the courts for alleged .ffenses. Many men have been called from their work to appear before the coun ty council of defense to have their loyalty investigated. All of the minor and trivial things have been well attended to, but the big things seem to have been neglect ed. Last spring, our great President called for the people to plow and to sow to the limit. Sheridan county had suffered two crop failures. The land was here but there was no money for seed grain. The county, was bonded to provide.. the farmers' with seed grain. One would, have thought that in a time like this that there would have been no profiteer ing in seed grain. But no, nothing is too sacred with some people not to be made a means of profit or graft. We understand that 20,000 bushels of the finest kind of seed grain was offered to the county for $2.10 per ;:ýushe'. This offer was turned down. The patriotism of the man offer ing this seed grain was attacked and he was shamefully calumied and slandered by the "hireling press" of the county. He was called beXore the Council of Defense :to have his loyalty investigated. " t he county commissioners bought the seed grain from the Montana & Da kota Elevator Co. for $2.30 and 18 cents per bushel was added for the c_:pens.. of administering, which in the opinion of most people was very high cost. It is even alleged that the men composing the board of county com missioners went to Minneapolis and h!:ad a private conference with Mr. Dunn, the manager of Dakota & Mon tana Elevator company, and met him in the Great Northern depot in Min neapolis where the grain deal is al leged to have been made. It seems that it took a trip to Minneapolis to pay twenty cents more for dirty seed wheat than clean wheat was offered for right here. Also there are many farmers' elevators in the county which had hoped to handle some of this wheat and were prepared to do it at $2.10 per bushel. They did not g.t a chance-and the voters can draw their on conclusions. Those who got seed from the coun ty paid $2.48 for it and patriotically nlanted to the limit. This was a mat tor' of food to win the war. The Producers News has called attention to the alleged "seed grain" transac tions, but no one has been called be fore the Sheridan County Council o~f Defense at the time of this' writing to explain. It seems to us that thei above body could well look into this matter. And again these same farmers wie have done so much to meet the needs of the nation, have bad their gras eaten up by wandering herds* et eo t tl' and it seems that no real eto 1as been made to brig efaders te jistiee. And some dt theo woefski· fenders have bees the ao*s bltaste b~ their deaselatih~uscl t api. whoe osly nId ds 7a w bees *.1n I5 26 votes; Mr. Stoner, farmer, 23 votes. Where Nr. Stoner is the best known, he gets the most votes, where Banker Lowe is the best known, he gets the least, outside of his own click of course. The bankers are working for' Bank er Lowe to a man. The bankers have a League of their own and they don't have any trouble about "sticking." They are so used to sticking to gether-and the farmers, that it has got to be a habit with them. They like anything that will bene fit the farmers with the same raven ish appetite that your pussy cat has for hot soap. These are examples of conditions that exist in many instances. Then to make things still more ri diculous, a number of has-been poli ticians, whose. names are coupled at every turn with questionable business connections with the county, whose *acts compromise their own patriotism and loyalty, together with the sa loon element and the blindpiggers and other questionable characters meet and organized themselves into a so-called Loyalty League and have the nerve to endorse a ticket. And who was endorsed ? Henry Lowe,- banker of Bainville, for state senator. Jac` Duggan, drayman of Plenty wood for sheriff. J. F. Redmond a played-out poll tiFian from Glasgow, for county audi t-r,i and others of the same ilk. This "Lunacy League" hoped to get heir :"gang" by, on the "loyalty and patriotic" issue. Henry Lowe says that he stands for pure Americanism. But he has not said or written one word that we have ever heard of about this seed grain proposition and his opinion on the subject. His "Americanism" here might be exem plified. He has never published his opinion on the county printing contract; al instance where the taxpayers are be ing mulcted out of many thousand dollars, during war times when the people are going the limit in buying bonds and saving stamps. Here is an opportunity for a thesis on "Americanism" and making "Americanism" and a belief in fair play, measure up in deeds to service of the lips. Henry Lowe might explain in what manner J. F. Redmond who is con nected in the way he is with court house scandal is more patriotic than Beatrice K. O'Grady, who has milked the cows all summer out at the farm and followed the binder during har vest, raising wheat for our 'soldier boys. Henry Lowe, being such an authori ty on "Americansim" and being such a champion of it might explain in what manner Jack Duggan is more loyal than Jack Bennett, the present sheriff, or tell us what is the matter of H. B. Hill, JRex Movius, C. E. Cor yell, or any of the candidates not honored at the hands of this "Luna cy League." Henry Lowe might tell us why all of the saloon element is supporting him and the "Lunacy Ticket," as well as the Sheridan County Bankers' As sociation. He might tell us in what manner that Clair Stoper, whom the patriotic farmers who are furnishing the money to support the war and the boys to fight it, are going to send to .he state senate next winter, is not just as much of an "American" as he is. ILAnry Lowe, the beakedr' 'Amer can" eandkite fiQ s enste might gp luto detpa ant sea us right now hpt e c sosass %eceusary or Oh wa~Yijl~ ~lb Mob Leaders n Court THE 1)BSTh'RS IN MINNESO TA -WILL/BE BROUGHIt r'O:JUS TICE AND- THE LAW AND' OR -DR' WILL Bi;: VINDICATEz 1. On big moral questions such as this the people of America are souad. Next November, Minnesota. will ELECT A MAN to the oflke of at torney general who knows what an oath of office means. Had the state had such I man as Tom Davis at the state hou e the first instigators of mob violence -to aid the Burnquist nomination would now be behind the bars. But even though justice sometimes moves slow ly in a democracy, because of the oc casional necessity of getting the wrong men out of office, still it does move and it pays to wait for the legal methods of righting wrongs. Mr. Davis, when he gets into of fice, will be able to start the criminal ýroceedings at once because there is abundaht evidence at hand as to who participated in the mob activities, and this evidence is now being addeix to by the civil suits for damages brought by the victims of the mobs. In some cases the political gang was shrewd enough to choose men 'with little property to do the dirty work, but the courts may be able to get at the men higher up. THE LATEST CIVIL CASE IS THAT BROUGHT IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURf AT DULUTH BY RUPERT KENNY, A SOLDIER AT CAMP GRANT, IN BEHALF OF HIMSELF AND HIS WIFE FOR $130,000 DAMAGES. On June 15, when he was an orga nizer for the League, a mob of 18 Pine county men entered his farm The ,Insatiable Profiteers THE FIGHT NOW BEING WAG ED IN CONGRESS AGAINST A VERY MODERATE TAXATION OLf WAR PROFITS IS PRACTICALLY INCREDIBLE TO THE COMMON PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY DO NOT REALIZE FULLY HOW THE OD OR OF WAR PROFITS IN HAND CAN TRANSFORM HUMAN NAT PURE INTO THE BEAST. The administration and House Leader Kitchin are fighting an up hill fight for an 89 per cent tax on war profits. WHY DO THEY HAVE TO FIGHT? l-'he mild plan of taxation which has been proposed allows the com pany to keep its average pre-war pro_ fits, or 8 to 10 per' cent--on invest ment, whichever is the lower; aifd" td Jeep AT 'LEAST 20 PER CENT OF THE REMAINDER. The 80 per cent tax on the remain der that is talked of so much is only the highest rat%, vhich most of the companies will escape. THE PLAIN AMERICAN CITI ZEN WOULD THINK THAT IN WAR TIMES, WHEN EVERYONE IS SUPPOSED TO BE SACRIFIC ING, A 10 PER CENT RETURN WOULD SATISFY. It means doubling the capital in 10 years. BUT IN ADDITION TO THIS THE ADMINISTRATION PLAN ALLOWS AT LEAST 20 PER CENT OF THE ADDITIONAL PROFITS, Watch Russian Situation WATCH RUSSIAN SITUATION, THE MUCH HOPED FOR PLAN OF GIVING ECONOMIC AND AD VISORY AID TO RUSSIA HAS BEEN ABANDONED. The state department in Washing ton announces that it has not been able to overcome the difficulties in se curing able men to undertake the work. The attitude of the farming and working classes in Russia also prob ably has a great deal to do with the situation. It has evidently proved impossible to help a people who do not want our help. Their reasons for not wanting it may be foolish, but that does not al ter the fact. Again we see only our side of the fence and news from Russia appear ing in our big city dailies has been of a very doubtful character. There never yet was a pig who was willing to .:, pulled out of the mire by the VW.terte-r the reasons, the atvD idonm.~ r of :he big re~as. n .v, -2. sian intervention PLACES A SPE CIAL RESPONSIBILITY ON THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THEY MUST BACK UP, EFFEC TIVELY OUR. NATIONAL WAR AIMS AS ANNOUNCED BY PRUB A GO VRNMENT OF AND "Y iE EOPI3 CAN ACT QUºikL C NiORt" DAR44 GAVR'f ITS Fs house at Willow River and,. after brutally'. attacking Kenny and .his wife, they covered him from head to foot with tar and feathers. Several of the defendants in this case are wealthy men. AJYTIER THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT IS THROUGH WITH THOSE GUILTY OF THE OUTRAGE, ATTOREY GENERAL DAVIS WILL BE ABLE TO SEND THEM' TO THOSE PLACES WE HAVE ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR PERSONS WHO WILL NOT KEEP WITHIN THE LIMITS SET BY AMERICAN DEMOCRACY. AS IN NORTH DAKOTA NOW, GUILTY MILLIONAIRES AS WELL AS GUILTY MEN WITH OUT A BANK ACCOUNT WILL GO TO JAIL. And we have men right amongst us, here in Sheridan county, Montana, who while proclaiming their loyalty and patriotism from the high places, have at the same time covertly, and publicly, advocated 4 "lynch kultur," against those who have stood be tween them and the' accomplishment of their own low and mean political purposes. In these local instances, these "lynch kultur parties" were promot ed to - discredit the Nonpartisan League in order that truly patriotic people, who look askingly at the profiteers and those who are piling up huge profit out of business activi ties incidental to the carrying on of the war, while their own dear ones are dying for the cause of humani ty, might be persuaded not to join the organization. AND THE WAR HOGS ARE NOT SATISFIED. Tale, for instance, this example or the Republic Iron & Steel company. On an investment, including wat ered stock, of $80,000,000, this 'com pany is expected to have taxable earnings of $26,000,000 in 1918. Eight million dollars of this will be ex empt. The war tax will not take more than $14,400,000, leaving a bal ance of $11,600,000 for the stock holders. Preferred dividends will take $1,750,000 of this and the bal-' ance will give over 35 per cent on the conipany's $27,600,000 of common stock. THIRTY-!IVE PER CENT, HOW AtVER DOES NOT SATISFY THE *AR HOG WhEN THERE -IS 50 PER CENT OR MORE IN THE TROUGH. In the three years 1916-1918 the common stock of the Republic Iron & Steel company, will clear, in spite of all taxes, not less than $125 a share. A 100 PER CENT TAX OF THE WAR PROFITS BEYOND THE 8 10 10 PER CENT SHOULD ,BE OUR MINIMUM OF WAR TAXA TION DECENCY, BUT IF THE PROPAGANDA OF THE PROFI TEERS HAS BEEN TOO STRONG TO PUT THIS ACROSS, WHY NOT FORCE THE PROFITEERS TO SET ASIDE THE DIFFERENCE FOR LIBERTY BONDS? IDENT WILSON lest our promised aid to Russia degenerate into an ex pedition to force concessions for our capitalists and for those of allied countries and to force Russia to make payments on her foreign debt which she may not be in a position to make at the present time. Unfortunately there are powerful private interests in our own and i: allied countries anxious to do just these things, AND OUR RIGHT MINDED CITIZENS 1JUST BE MORE THAN ALERT TO KEEP THESE BARGAIN HUNTERS AND CAMP FOLLOWERS OFF THE iBACK OF THE PRESIDENT AND FROM INTERFERING WITH THE EFFICIENT PROSECUTION OF THE WAR FOR OUR DEMOCRAT IC IDEALS. THESE IDEALS DO NOT PER MIT OF THE USE OF FORCE FOR INTERNATIONAL D E B T COL LECTING AND DEMOCRACY IN RUSSIA SHOULD BE FREE TO INVITE IN AMERICAN CAPITAL ON ITS OWN. TERMS. - Unless we stick t6 these ideals we may, instead of aiding the Russian peole to eestablish the . asten front against Germaay, force tthemr into a protectie allisacs with our 'el e er's voee will' ever 'e mil i n tihe legisl ature htil gets titerq sad `Ir his - owa Af - (Cotntioed from Page' One, rected sua of $230 in the second place? Didn't the "efficient" county auditor know that county funds can not be legally paid out without a "CLAIM TO SUPPORT THE WAR RANT?" If there was,. who signed the claim? And was it signed with a pen or with a "rubber stamp ?" If it was necessary to have * the claim supported by a warrant in the second instance, was it not also ne cessary to have the warrant support ed by a claim in the first place ? It is evident that the holder of seed grain warrant No. 631 .did not sign the claim supporting the warrant be fore the first warrant was issued or the mistake in reference to the price that Peter Westerlund was to receive for the grain could not have been made. Now, right here, we will ask "Effi ciency Jim" a question. When the Seed Grain contract was made out between the county and C. E. Lind quist, was he charged at the rate of $2.10 per bushel plus 18 cents for handling or the net sum of $2.28 per bushel, or was he charged the sum of $2.48 per bushel for his wheat and if he was charged with the latter sum, which we understand he was, who was to get the difference be between 2.28 and $2.48. Again, when the mistake was made as to the price Westerlund was to receive for his grain, was there a corresponding mistake made as to the price Lindquist was to pay the county for the seed grain? Now read the second paragraph of the first letter. "You state that we sent you a war rant in the sum of $210.00, we un doubtedly misunderstood the appli cant as to the price you charged for the grain, therefore if you will return the warrant of $210.00 in payment thereof, we will issue a warrant in 'the sum of $230.00." It seems from the above that the first warrant was supported by what "Sunny Jim" heard from Lindquist which was the cause of the blunder. However, if Westerlund had made out his own claim in support of the first warrant, instead of having it sup= ported by what J. F. Redmond under stood Lindquist to say, there could not have been such a blunder and "Sunny Jim" would not have had to write such an "efficient" letter. Now go to the last paragraph of the first letter. .Read-the followinghr~utioat to how to make out the claim for fear a second mistake might be made. "Have the claim subscribed and snworn to either before a Notary Pub lic or a Jubtice of the Peace, attach seed grain order No. 631 to this claim and kindly return it at your earliest convenience, so that we may complete our records in connection with this matter. Yes, the record must now be care fully completed. If this mistal:e had not been made probably the records in this matter would never have been completed. "An ill wind that blows someone no good." How carefully Mr. Westerlund is instructed, and what a marvelous de monstration of "efficiency." Now we can go to the second let ter. It was written on June 4th, the first one on May 24th. Eleven days elapsed between the letters. "Hand you herewith seed grain warrant No. 49 in the sum of $230.00 in payme t of seed grain furnished." You will note that this letter calls attention to the warrant number which is No. 49. The first warrant in the first letter was not named by number. Now read the second paragraph again. "Kindly acknowledge receipt of payment on the form enclosed, re turning same to this office. When re turning the Receipt, also enclose the County Claim Blank, which I am sending you, to be executed in sup port of seed grain warrant No. 49 in the amount of $230.00." Notice that the "efficient" county auditor got in such a rush to pay Westerlund that he. did not wait for the CLAIM which he insisted that he must have to SUPPORT THE WAR RANT, and without which it is ille gal to issue warrants, and which claim he had so carefully instructed Westerlund how to make out, and sent Westerlund seed grain warrant No. 49, together with a receipt to be sined. and returned wich he seems to have neglected to do when he sent the first ant, along with whidc he sut a claim blpdk to Westerlmd bobe swra to, sad which swern tatent should bave ,been led be foe rdths or the warrats were is .il aa&· there were other seed grain tions going' on in the Dagma "' try. c For instance, Jens Jensen ol 4 county a little seed grain. eld paid off at $2.10 per bushel, e tried to get $2.30 per bushel the as the Montana & Dakotae Me Company, but it seems that he atr unable to "cut it." h as . Then there was another interesti little transaction that aroused 0t9 siderable interest in that same dlag mar country.e Da Andrew Larson sold some fine wheat to the Montana & Dakot Ele. vator Company. He got $2.00 . e bushel for it. A neighbor seed grain from the county and go~ an order on the Montana & Dakog Elevator Company. Larson had not yet delivered his wheat to the ele. vator. Larson's neighbor was edi rected by the Montana & Dakota Ee vator to go to Larson's place and get the grain and the elevator man gae an order on Larson for the grs Larson got $2 per bushel for the wheat, the Montana & Dakota Eleva. tor Company got $2.30 per bushel and Larson's neighbor got stuck for $2.41 per bushel for his seed. The Montana & Datota got 30 cents per bushel for the handling of the grain which they had never handled. This is where the "efficiency" comes in. Undoubtedly our "Efficient" Cou. ty Auditor will want to explain the above, and after he has done which we have more examples of "efficien. cy" in which the public i: interested in which we will only be too glad to publish for the benefit of the taxpay. ers and that splendid "sometime. will-be" citizen of Antelope, Mr. Bur. iey Boyler. The I loducers News would hav; publihiled this line of testimonials be fore, but ,ve wanted to present them to a ;ran1d Jr. ry as clues for further inve -eigation, and we were afraid that the information might lead to the co el ing of cracks. HIOLDAL-MOREY NUPTIALS AT PLENTYWOOD THURS, Miss Ethel May Morey and Mr. William Holdal, both of Plentywood, were united in marriage by Rev, Fridley at the parsonage here on Thursday of this week. The young couple are very well known in this city, both having resided here for several years, Mr. Holdal being em ployed at the Zeidler hardware store. Mr. and Mrs. Holdal will make their home with the Holdal seniors during the winter months at least. Thi --lyweds have a host of friens who join with The Producers News in wishing them everything success ful in life's long journey. NO LAST MINUTE XMAS SHOPPING GOES THIS YEAR As a war measure all business es tablishments have been asked to commence selling holiday goods dur ing October, November and Decem ber. This is to prevent the usual holiday rush during the last three weeks before Christmas and the em ployment of additional help. No holi day goods, with the exception of children's toys, will be sold just be fore Christmas. Shoppers will be able to help with this measure to a great extent by doing their shopping fJnytime now. THRESHING IN COUNTY ABOUT COMPLO The season's threshing in Sheri dan is about completed and the crops over most of the county has been above the average. The threshing weather this fall ha' been ideal and very little time has been lost. The recent contagion of la gripP has interfered with opertions ore than any other one thing. n northern part of the county near. every threshing rig is idle be t such a large percentage of the crews are sick. However, in most cases, onlY a fe days' threshing remain to be done. PROGRESSIVE FARMERS' CLUB INSTALLS LARGE MOTOR The Progressive Farmers' heb, which operates elevators here Plentywood and at Midby and Ah er, installed a seven and a half hoe power electric motor at the plen wood elevator the first of tie with (This improvement is in keeping.1 the policy of the Progressiu e 1e ers' Club whose motto is, . _nothing to good for the farersn _ which club is always plan1iI "better service for the produe . This line of elevators is . a very prosperous Patrone year, in fact it seems that tdey eceiving the bulk of the trd hdicates that the farmers ..T tug how to effectively cooper The voters of Idaho hve , Ys the second Nofnpars~ . SeMth Dhkta and Minre"n' mad the ben d.