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JJjjj^lPaper of the City of Plentywood
yOl. VII, No. 13_
Continuing P lentywood Pioneer Press, Vol. 9, No. 45
Continuing the Outlook Promoter
___ County News & Dooley Sun
Democ ratic Natio nal Con vention Deadlocked
Sur ety C ompanies Pay Sheridan Co. $46,500
I ballots fail to show any sign
Convention Adjourns Amidst Shouts of "Oil, Oil, Oil,
Bryan Finishes Plea for McAdoo; Two New York Dele
gates Go to Californian.
Madison Square Gardens, New York, July 2.—At the
end of the 38th ballot and a riotous session 1 in Which William
Jennings Bryan declared for William Gibbs McAdoo amid
roars of "oil, oil, oil, the Democratic national convention
adjourned its day session to reassemble at 8 o'clock tonight.
Standing of the Democratic Candidates at the close of
the 38th Ballot;
McAdoo 444; Smith 321; Underwood 39*4; Salisbury
6; Ralston 32; .1. M. Davis 3; Ritchie 17 1 / î> ;'
Glass 24: J, W. Davis 106; Walsh l l / 9 ; Owen 24.
Cox oo;
Wheat Growers Take Steps
To Protect Organization
Cresap and Strawman Forced to Call Election of New Board
of Directors—Cresap Offers to Resign Presidency for
Sake of Harmony.
Allahs with the Montana Wheat Growers Association
badly mixed. But in spite of the activities of Pres. Cresap and
Manager Strawman of that Association, which because of the
inefficient, and wanton and traitorous policy which they have pur
sued. has brought that once
the verge of ruin, definite steps have been taken by those hon
es tly advocating co-operative marketing, which promises the
ing ol the Association, and the establishment of a new and corn
promising organization onto
aient management for that orga
nixation, guaranteeing its successful
operation in the future.
Clair Stoner, the director of this
district, who is leading the fight on
the present management,
to Plentywood Wednesday,
Ooard meeting at Lewistown, and a
speaking trip, and he reports the
cent meeting of the Board of Direc
tes as an unusually stormy one, and
tnat Cresap and Strawman had the
present Board under their influence
or.d control, and that the entire time
■as spent hearing Cresap denounce
se who are not in harmony with
door-locking policy, and liis be
eayal of the farmers. Mr. Stoner
V^ts large public meetings and
?reat interest among the membership
ant ' sentiment for a change in man
from a
. , 4 - Cresap, who draws a salary
snout $5,000 per year, and an ex
' '■ a< *ount of probably twice that
; oiuit. who puts in his time travel
net ween Montana and Washing
an <I hither and thither over the
:■ west, dabbling in poli
an u promoting his personal can
f - *or the United States Senate,
Pulling chestnuts out of the fire
or, befoi
ate and th<
and Manager
au obscure and hungry
un , e became connected
on a U " ^ e - Montana Wheat Grow
f a L, "^dation, who also draws
accr'nu' sa , ary< ^vith a nice expense
"ho seems to be more
®tereste<l in the
"fapohs Chamber
success of the Min
ne 1 « °f Commerce than
wG f* ; ^ farmers of Montana have
Bew k° rC j < to oa ^ 1111 e-lection for a
their iif/ 1 ot directors, in spite of
qtiL. S m, ü atio n t0 wrock and li
lo aiw - Association rather than
their v!.' ! ts con tvol to pass out of
fleer, f v n !f a P (1 into the hands of of
toinatJii! the ability and courage
A£ nture a success.
c all tL i an< • Strawman decided to
Consiitm; tlcn , as Provided in the
they wpr ° n a, ] ( ^ B y-Laws only after
native nf e ^fronted with the alter
forcino e!t " er railing the election
the diet* a man< lamus proceeding in
ers jJj. F* court. When the wreck
Ve< i that their bluff was
that re*ni«\ turnin £ locks in doors;
ril ation • ^TtL ( î is | olv , in P th e orga
fïooks à« ^ na i resort of all
fiat, the," ,f tta fk upon the reds, fell
and f ac • * ecu .l«d to call the election
*in be J, mev >table. So there
new J t an el wtion, there will b e a
officers, a new manage

Boycott The Boycotters!
ment, a new policy, calculated
make th e organization a success in
augurated immediately after the new
Board assumes control. And there
will be an audit—the big thing which
Cresap and Strawman are fighting
with all their might and main.
The candidates nominated by peti
tion, the nomination of whom upset
Cresap and Strawman, will stand as
candidates, but Strawman and Cres
ap and those supporting them
will be allowed to now come in with
candidates, and use the money of the
organization and the organization's
publication, the "Wheat Grower," in
a futile effort to save themselves from
impending disgrace and exposure.
But they will lose—lo.se because the
members of the organization have had
more than enough of their betrayal
and incompetency. In order to de
feat the candidates, nominated by the
farmers, those who would save the
Association from ruin, Cresap and
Jewett have already spent a huge
sum of money traveling over the
state speaking to the members, try
ing to whitewash themselves and at
tract attention away from their own
mismanagement of the Association by
attacking the motives of those who
are trying to save the Association.
They are saying that the reds, the
communists, the farmer-Iaborites, are
trying to capture control of th e orga
nization for nefarious purposes—that
these people want to put new men
in office, but they are not saying a
word about their own incompetency,
their betrayal of the wheatgrowers of
Montana, their friendly alliance with
the Minneapolis Chamber of Com
merce which .has been so profitable to
the grain gamblers and dealers and
so costly to the farmers of Mon
tana, which is the real issue involved,
in the election and the controversy.
They don't care to talk about that.
They don't talk about their inability,
the tremendous overhead expense, the
incompetent handling of grain—Pres.
Cresap and Mgr. Strawman, like
Daugherty and that ilk, having some
thing to hide, talk about reds and
It is hoped that the Wheat Growers
Association will be in new and com
petent hands in plenty of time to
handle the fall crop which promises
to be a bumper.
It is reported that Cresap has of
fered to resign in the cause of .har
mony, if the rebels would agree to
retain Strawman as manager, in or
der probably to prevent an
but the proposition fell upon
1 ears.
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N. ?

Tlie Fourth of July is the birthday of the American republic. It was on July 1th. 1776, that the great
patriots having read and approved the resolution epibodying the Declaration of Independence, affixed their sig
natures thereto.
It is probably one of the most revolutionary documents ever passed by a representative body at that
tune—it has remained one of the revolutionary documents ever penned since that time. It is a document written
and published to the world by radicals. In its sentiments one can feel the heart throbs of free men, of lovers
ot liberty, of those who believe in and are willing to fight for the rights of man.
To read the Declaration of Independence by every democrat, is to rededicate himself to the ideals which
it predicates. The document is so red, that if it
were introduced today it could not muâter a dozen votes in
either the republican or democratic party conventions: it would only get out of Committee in a Farmer-Labor
party convention, while the tories of the country would cry red until they were blue in the face.
The radicals believe in every word of the declaration of Independence—that it is as true now as it was
when passed. '
The Fourth of July is a cherished memory of the down trodden and the oppressed.
It is a revolutionary holiday—a red holiday!
It stands for liberty. It stands for humanity.
T ii £ n r .1 rv* . r\ a * t v»r*n* .
1 ells or Reason tor the Dispute Over Account—is Willing to
Make Adjustment When Ever Lang Meets Obligations
ii/l • i fj a j if ft rv « ff ; a if j
Which He Assumed When Deal Was Made.
Sheriff Salisbury in the following letter effectively ans
wers Ray Lang's, the local Ford agent, who spends so much of
his time denouncing the farmers as crooks, raving about round
headed Norwegians and fighting the farmers' administration at
his little old Ford plant, recent letter in the Farmerine.
Mr Lang is particularly venomous because of the recent
exposure of one of his numerous crooked deals last week, when
it was disclosed that he had collected money in payment for sev
eral cars and pocketed same,
moved on him.
Lang is one of those who raves
about reds and communists and what
nc.ts; about alleged dead beats, and
tax dodgers, and no-goods, but who
himself is notorious as a person who
never pays a bill unless he has to,
who pays the very lowest wages to
his help, who resorts to all sorts of
tricks to avoid .his taxes: who resorts
to contemptible and cheating meth
ods both in repairing cars and pad
ding bills, and in nearly every case
has trouble in settling up an account,
July 2, 1924.
Producers News,
Plentywood, Mont.
Dear Sirs:
An old Quaker was once hauling
hay. Noticing that it was about to
rain he tried to drive too hurriedly
with the result that his load upset
three times. Patiently reloading each
time he finally reached home. Just
as he thought the worst was over
loud peal of thunder frightened ibis
team. They became unmanageable
and ran away,
trouble came out.
His wife seeing the
Marie," he said,
"go back! I'm about to express my
I too have found ample reason for
expressing myself in the false state
ments and misrepresentations con
cerning me in the Ray Lang article
in the last issue of th e "Farmerine."
In justification of myself and for
those who may be interested in such
a minor matter as Ray Lang and my
(Continued on page 8)
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,iel 1 H <V el 1 in " s 1 °"J. c ou P*» " hlch
"' as , stolen D 1 ™ About Five
Weeks Ago—Mr.- Mp^kuson of Doo
l p y Gets Stung With a Hot Car.
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Vvestby, June 2 i . Last Sunday
n if s .? me ,. m Dooley,
Bert Hoel of this city, discovered his
rord coupe x'nich was stolen from
him about five weeks ago. The ca r
was m possession of Mr. Markuson,
storekeeper of Dooley, who stated
he had purchased it from an elevator
man at Medicine Lak e for a consid
eration cf $oo0.00, but that he had
only paid $l 00.00 down.
Ihe sheriff was summoned from
Plentywood. but said he was unable
to take the car away from Mr. Mar
kuson without the necessary replevin
papers and a bond being given. The
next day, Monday Mr. Hoel, accompa-j
med by P. G. Anderson and Walter
Olsen motored to Plentywood and
Dooley to make the necessary ar
rangements to tak e oyer the car. Mr.
Markuson, being loathe to believe he
had a stolen car, was rather reluctant
to turn over the auto, but on being
shown unmistakably that the car be
longed to Hoel, he turned it over to
!ts rightful owner without due course
of law.
Mr. Hoel had his car marked in
j about five or six places and all were
; found on this car as he described
I them which was verified by Walter
Olsen, the man from whom the car
I was originally purchased. There can
j be no possible doubt that it is Mr.
( Heel's coupe and steps will be taken
to apprehend the thieves and recover
I the other coupe, belonging to Ole
Grytness, which was taken the same
night that Mr. Hoei's was taken.
. lt A s c,e . a \ that *f r * Markuson
uOU^nt 3. St0l6Tl C3F 311(1 Will HO UOUbt
be willing to aid the authorities in
getting these thieves. Mr. Markuson
j states that he bought the car from
j Ed, Rankin, who has run an ele
vator at Medicine Lake for a number
of years, but who is at the present
time visiting relatives in Minnesota.
Arrest Three at Medicine Lake and
Tuesday, July 1st, Sheriff Salisbury
and Undersrieriff Aldrich raided two
bootleggers at Medicine Lake. Sher
iff Salisbury searched Andy Holm's
j pool hall and found four gallons of
whiskey. While Sheriff Salisbury
was searching the Holm pool hall, Un
dersheriff Aldrich was searching
Brown's Restaurant, owned by C. T.
Brown and Tony Trowbridge, where
he f 0U nd one gallon of the joy juice,
Two in the Dagmar Country—Bind
All Over to District Court.
Both Brown, Trowbridge and Holm
wer e arrested and brought to Plenty
wood where they were araigned be
' f ore Judge Olson, pleaded not guilty
* an( i were bound over to the district
court for trial this fall. Trowbridge
ant j Brown, unable to get bonds
\ s till in jail on $1,000 bcaids.
* On Wednesday acting upon infor
mation received at Medicine Lake,
Sheriff Salisbury and Undersheriff Al
■ drich went to the Dagmar-Brush Lake
j coun t r y, and after a day's search and
investigation, caught Paul Peterson
; an d Harry Griffin, both noted moon
shiners with 10 gallons of whiskey in
their possession. They reside on the
; j a fce Anderson farm. Both were ar
r ested an( j brought to Plentywood.
, Both Peterson and Griffin plead not
guilty before Olson, and were bound
over to the district court under $1,000
bonds for trial. Both, having not yet
secured bonds, are in jail,
j Th e Sheriff also raided Albert Ror
vig's pool ball at Reserve, but after
; careful search did not find anything,
ft reported that Griffin and Pet
erson, who were arrested in 1922 for
(Continued on Page Five)
, are
Three Surety Companies Paid Sheridan County Last Week on
Failed Bank Bonds, Thus Releasing Large Amount of
Frozen Money for Use.
Three Surety or Bonding companies
paid Sheridan County, through Coun
ty Treasurer Olson $47,000 in cash,
liquidating obligations incurred by
the failure of the First National
Bank cf Plentywood, and the Securi
ty State Bank of Medicine Lake, the
past week. Added to the $47,000 was
; several hundred dollars of accrued i
' Thus it is seen, that because
I the careful and competent manage
i ment of County Treasurer Olson, the
large sum of money which has been
frozen in the banks for the past three
years, is now available for county
use, and will be used immediately to
retire six per cent warrants, thus re
I ducing the county's outstanding debt
I another $50,000 and saving another
! $3,000 per year in interest.
All of the money except $9,201.76
in trie First National Bank has been
j paid.
The money was paid by the differ
crp . Special to th e Producers N ews
or. PAUL, Minn., June 25.—Under the heading
National Farmer-Labor Convention Successful," the
current issue of the Minnesota Union Advocate, edited
by William Mahoney, chairman of the arrangements
committee and a member of the national executive com
mittee of the Farmer-Labor forces organized at St. Paul,
an editorial lauding the achievements of the great
unity convention of workers and farmers.
It the enemies of the National Farmer-Labor par
ty, including the yellow press, had hoped to get any corn
tort from Mr. Mahoney, they will be sorely disappointed
in this editorial, registering as it does unqualified approv
al of the achievements at St. Paul.
The Minnesota Union Advocate is owned and con
trolled by and is the official expression of the St. Paul
Trades and Labor Assembly. It is also the official organ
of the Minnesota State Federation of Labor. Unusual
significance is therefore to be attached to what Mahoney
has to say when he writes :
From the Minnesota Union Advocate, June 19
The National Farmer-Labor-Pro
gressive convention has been held and
its work is a matter of history.
No like undertaking ever encoun
tered greater opposition, or more vi
cious and unfair attacks. From the
day it was decided to hold a national
third party convention until it ad
journed sine die it met with increas
ing malignity.
But in spit of this volume and va
riety of hostility, the convention ac
complished its purpose in a most sat
isfactory way. An excellent plat
form has been adopted, able and rep
resentative candidates have been
nominated for president and vice
president, and the foundation has
been laid for a great national Farm
er-Labor party.
Surely the character and purpose
of the convention should have evoked
the commendation of every farmer,
worker and the other elements who
are the victims of the present ini
quitous industrial conditions; and it
should have received the support and
those promoting it should have had
the co-operation of every intelligent
worker who must recognize the ne
cessity for unity and harmony if the
common people are ever to escape
from their present wretchedness.
It was to be expected that the old
parties would fight the idea of a con
vention of farmers, workérs and pro
gressives; but when organized groups
representing the working people join
ed in the attacks, success was made
doubly difficult. As a last and su
preme stroke Senator LaFollette was
pressed into the service of the oppo
sition and employed his powerful in
fluence to kill the convention.
Tlie last stroke, without doubt,
seriously affected the attendance, and
cut the size of the convention to
fifth of what it would have been with
out Senator LaFollette's denunciation.
The character and spirit of the con
vention was likewise influenced by
the perpetual hammering of its ene
But the delegates were finally
brought together and a spirit cf de
ent companies as follows:
The American Surety Company
paid on account of the First National
Bank of Plentywood deposit $25,000
on the principal and $149.24 interest.
June 25th, 1924.
The Fidelity and Deposit Co. of
Maryland paid on account of First
National of Plentywood $12,500 prin
cipal and $155.13 interest. July 1st,
The National Surety Co. paid
$9,689.51 principal and $119.10 inter
est on account of Security State Bank
of Medicine Lake whichM settles the
county deposit in that bank in full,
June 30 1924.
This leaves $9,201.76 in the First
National Bank of Plentywood which
is secured by a personal bond and
trust deed to the County Treasurer
for about 800 acres of land.
Yours for p
the Boycotters.
free press—Boycott
pression and distrust prevailed at the
outset. This feeling was aggravated
by the local newspapers, which did
their utmost to destroy the morale of
the delegates by seeking to differenti
ate and array one set of delegates
against the other.
As the convention proceeded and
the delegates began to get acquaint
ed with each other their mutual con
fidence increased until finally there
was the utmost good faith and
animity among them. Aside from a
few unimportant outbreaks of suspi
cious individuals, it W'as an extreme
ly harmonious and constructive gath
It was charged that the "Commun
ists" were in control and would
away with t.he convention. In the en
tire period cf the convention there
was not at any time
strength, and on practically every
important occasion the vote was al
most unanimous. The convention did
not divide on Communist and
Communist principles.
If the "Communists" were in the
majority, they did not show the least
inclination to employ their power in
putting across any one of the out
standing views they hold, either in
matter of principles or tactics.
The leaders showed a disposition to
go the limit to lay the foundation
for a great Farmer-Labor national
party, and deserve the most unquali
fied praise for their moderation and
good sense in subordinating theoretic
al principles to practical accomplish
ments. Mr. Foster and Mr. Ruthen
berg both employed their vote and
counsel to promote the purposes for
which the convention was called, and
have given the lie to their traducers.
We believe the convention accom
plished in the highest degree the
great work for which it was intended.
It has laid the foundation for a great
national party of the common people;
and it deserves the confidence and
co-operation of all other
seeking the emancipation
who live by labor.
a test of
of those

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