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HISTORICAL OF MONTANA, HELENA. 5tot ,vcoN •ao THE PRODUCERS NE LIBERTY IS NOT HANDED DOWN FROM ABOVE ä I I THE PRODUCERS NEWS GOES INTO EVERY HOME IN THE COUNTY. published Weekly VOL. VIII, No. 6 A PAPER OF THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE Plentywood, Montana, Friday, May 15, 1925 Official Newspaper of Sheridan County Entered as Second Class Matter, October 18, 1912, at the Postoffice at Plentywood, Montana, Under the Act of March 3, 1870 Sub. Rates • U. S. $3.0o per Foreign $3.75 year per year Pub. Weekly TATE SUPREME COURT HANDS JOLT TO HIP BOOZE FIELD OF OPERATION OF BOOTLEGGERS NARROWED OF HOOCH FOR DISTANCE OF ONLY 25 18TH MOVING FEET CONSTITUTES VIOLATION OF AMENDMENT'S "TRANSPORTATION" CLAUSE. MAY PREVENT OFFICERS FROM MOVING Helena, Mont., May 14.—Montana's supreme court handed the rum traffic another jolt in an opinion handed down Wednes day, defining- "transportation" of liquor and declaring that the moving of intoxicating beverages even for â few feet becomes pun ishable under the statute. Associate Justice Galen delivered the opinion, all justices concurring, in affirming judgment of the Madison county court in the case of Ed Redmond, who was fined $300 and sentenced to 60 days in the county jail after carrying a bottle of liquor about 20 feet. The opinion is regarded as one of* the most interesting in the history of liquor prosecution. On March 1, 1924 E. R. Small, a state prohibition en forcement officer, was investigating conditions at Sheridan, Madison coun ty, where he introduced himself as "Mr. Ross," according to the opinion. Under the assumed name he met Milton J. Murray, who introduced him to the defendant, Ed Redmond at the Jasper Cox pool hall about 9:30 that night. Small asked Redmond if he "could get a bottle" and Redmond replied in the affirmative. Redmond went around the corner of the build ing followed by Small, the prohibition agent asking Murray to wait. Red mond then told Small not to go furth er and to send Murray back. Small followed Redmond around two corners of the building. Redmond went into the rear of the building and procured a bottle of whisky. The building from which the liquor was taken to where Small was standing was about 20 feet distant. Small paid him §2.50 for the bottle after an ar gument, the entire transaction requir -1 ing about five minutes. Based on Amendment. "By the eighteenth amendment to the oon.-tittuion which was ratified by the people of Montana, the 'sale or transportation of liquor' is prohibit ed," reads the opinion. Continuing, it reads; "Transport" is defined Webster to mean 'to carry or convey from one station to another; to trans fer; as to transport goods, to trans povt troops. The supreme court of the United States, in interpreting the meaning of the word "transportation" as used in the eighteenth amendment and na tional prohibition act says that it "comprehends any real carrying about or from one place to another. It is not essential that the carrying be for hire or by one for another nor that it be incidental to a transfer of (Continued on last page) , __ , r O • wy Popular Plentywood Citizen Retires rrom Business Because of Failing Health—Has Been in Business Since Town Started. HELLAND SELLS BIG HARD. WADE 1« SCOBEY PARTIES M. NELSON BUYS UNDERTAKING BUSINESS ■ ' + The past week has been an event ful one for Plentywood in the way of 'airiness changes. Tuesday. Ed Holland, proprietor of the Heiland Hardware Store, one of the most sue cesriul business enterprises of Plenty ood, sold that business to a syndi cate of Scobey, and Detroit, Minn.. business men, which business will in the future be known as The Peterson Company. The deal was a quick one as a fortnight ago, Mr. Heliand had rot even thought of selling. The Pre.ent organization of salesmen, composed of Ralph Lund and Martin NeLon will stay with the new firm: the members of the party buying the business ar e E. W. Battleson, O. B. Egeland and E. T. Peterson of Sco bey and A. M. Peterson of Detroit, Minnesota. Mr. A. M. Peterson will manage the business. Mr. Heliand bas already retired from the business and the new firm has taken it over, The new management expects to con duct the business along the same lines as heretofore and assure the public that thev will appreciate their busi ness and" will earn their trade through service Mr. Heiland was motivated into nmking the sale because of his con tinuod poor and failing health. Mr. Heiland will maintain an office to collect outstanding accounts in the building which he recently purchased from the receiver of the Sheridan County State Bank, back of that bank building and which was formerly oc cupied by Dr. Ed. York. i ( * "NIGHT SHIRTIES" * side some place in the jungles in * j * Sheridan county, threatening to * ; * do something awful to some one * j * if some one don't behave and * * quit drinking all tire moonshine * i * up so that they can't., get., any * [ * when they come to town. * * These morons most all of * j * whom have a racy record of then * ' * own as is disclosed when their * * own private lives are investi gat- * * ed, came to Plentywood the other * * night and burned one j * of a local Mary Magdalene, just * in order to show their Christian * * charity; before the home of a * * poor woman without friends or * * pull of any kind; a poor woman * * who does not belong to any lodge * * or travel in social circles of our * | * best people; one whom this brave * i * outfit dared to make an example * j * of without any fear of conse- * j * * SECRET ORDER OF MORON NO. 606 SEND NOnCETO SINNERS * Threatens to Get Awful Naughty * * and Tough Unless People Be- * * have Themselves. * * ON RAMPAGE * * The Producers News today re- * * ceived a letter and a dollar bill * * from an outfit of nuts who re- * of their. * fiery crosses" before the home * ♦ a * Of course this poor woman is * * not the only one engaged in the * * occupation to which these "holier * * than thou" crowd take righteous * * exception to, for let the fact be * (Continued on Page Four) quences. The price named for the business was $25,000, which was paid for the ! most complete stock of "-tana" funutur e in northeastern Montan , and one of the best business institu taons in this section of the state. , ^ r * el^la^nd s arted i - Heiland Hardware Store ginning of the citj of with a ™ known as the HeUand-Strand Com pany, and the business grew from the beginning, until a couple ol years, ago when Mr. Heliand took it^ oxer, entirely and until it becanre the lead ing harness house of Plentywood, with the most eomplete stock chandise m this section of the coun try. Mr. Marvin Peterson of Shelby, will arrive in Plentywood this week to assist in the store, Mr. Heiland, and the Heliand fanu ly have a host of friends in this city, who will regret ME Helland's retiring from business and feel that the eventual departure of Mr. Heliand and his affable wife will be a distinct loss to the community, that cannot be asily filled. Mr. Heliand has al ways been an ideal business man and a citizen and the business which he has just disposed of is the very best testimony of his virtues and talents. The Heliands, owing to Mr Hell and's health, will eventually dispose cf their home here and move to J more lenient and a lower climate, but for the present will remain in A«**' J wood. Federal Probe of St Paul Smash Urged by Ledger FORESTRY SERVICE CHARGES NORTHERN PACIFIC WITH VAST LAND FRAUDS — * * ♦ ♦ ♦ * * HELLAND THANKS i feat for his opponent if he is not on j his guard. ' Ferguson and Garner have been in | the eyes of the boxing enthusiasts ev j er since Ferguson defeated Red Bol j ster of this city in the fourth round j by a knockout and since Gamer has [ shown that he is capable of swapping i punches with the best of them, efforts ; have been made to get the two boxers ALL CUSTOMERS * * Having sold out my stock of * * Hardware to Peterson Company * * 1 take this means of thanking * * each and every customer of the * * Heliand Hardware for the patron- * * age and good will extended dur- * * ing these past years. * * 1 trust our business relations * * have been as pleasant to you as * * they have been to us. * * . E. C. HELLAND. * * I ! ; j j Fighters Are All Set for the Battle of ; Their Lives Tomorrow Night—Lo- i ineir ones lumurrow n.gm Tomorrow (Saturday) night will be a big event in the lives of the fight fans cf Northeastern Montana, when Battling Garner of Raymond meets Chick Ferguson of Wolf Point. GARNER MEETS WOLF POINT BOXER TOMORROW NIGHT cal Boy In Best Condition of His Boxing Career. Fight fans are coming from every section of Northeastern Montana to see these two clever boys fight for the championship, in their division, of this section of the state. Both boys are tough customers and both are trained up to the minute, | They are both clever and each carries \ a punch in either mitt that spells de-> I in their climb up the ladder of pugi lism. It is rumored that promoters I will he here Saturday night to take jin the fight and the winner may get 'an offer to. appear in the big show I if he displays championship calibre. Several good preliminaries will also ! be put on by the American Legion fChSS a HgTanîe , ^ on af the Farmer T ahnr P American T , i ^ipie^ by the Amenom I toward furnishing club rooms for the buddies ^ when they comeT Plentv wood and for regular meetings Ev ^body ahoiLd StendTd hffn the chib îooSL P j ™ys get tneir ciub looms, _ mT/Vm/ir T«A AUDI 1A IUiUdLIL i,VUVL UUUIV * .- * * I hereby give notice to all my * * customers, and the general pub- * ♦ lie, that I have sold my store, * ♦ the "Weiss Cash Store" to * * Messrs. O. A. Moe and A. J. * * Moore, who took possession last • * Monday. I am quitting business in * * Plentywood, after an eight year * * sojourn, I wish to thank my * * many customers and friends, * * some of whom have dealt with * ♦ me ever since I started my busi- ♦ al- * ness, and to bid them bon voy- * * age and good luck and prosperi- • he * ty and I take this occasion to • • bespeak their pa^tronage for the * new firm, which is worthy, • which will render the service with * * ""S*** yS J # characterized the business. but ^ Sincerely, # * * * * ED.^WEISS^ together in the ring with the result , that Ferguson and Garner finally j came to an agreement and the sports I men of this portion of Montana are looking forward to the best match ev er witnessed here. Ferguson is of the boring in type of boxer and Garner likes this style of boxing. Tough as nails and train ed to the minute the local lad is pre pared for a gruelling battle against jhis more experienced opponent. The fans who are expecting to see I lots of action will no doubt have their desires fulfilled and with the Clever j boxing, foot work and hard infight I ing displayed will be kept on their j toes the whole route of the fight: that 1 is unless one of the boxers slip \ & sleep P roducer before the end. Gamer and Ferguson are evenly | andboth real over and * * Railroad's Attempt to Grab Timber Reserves Provokes Coun ter Attack—Government Alleges Promoters Got Twice As Much Out of Grant As Road Cost to Build. STAKE WAS WORTH 50,000,(1(10 DOLLARS The Iorest service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the Northern Pacific Railroad are engag- 1 ed in a struggle before a joint con gressional committee for a prize val- * UaÄ l betWeen $30,000,000 and $50,- * 000.000. ,, * For some reason the newspapers ; * are paying very httle attention to the ; * case, although the testimony submit- j ted is of the most sensational char- ! * acter. The government, too, shows a dis- j position to put the soft pedal on all suggestions looking to publicity. "Railroad influence," is the terse explanation of those wtio are supposed to know what is going on behind the scenes. GREATEST OF LAND GRANTS On July 2, 1864, the Northern Pa cific Railroad Company received the most extensive land grant ever given to any corporation on this hemi- ! sphere. Twenty years later a con gressional committee described it is "the most munificent of all the OA ., ., . 80 miles wide, 40 miles in Minnesota, Oregon and part of Wisconsin, and 80 miles in the then territories of North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and | Washington. From this grant the Northern Pacific is known to have gathered in profits totalling $136,000,000. Many more millions were made, but can not be traced. The cost of constructing the road is estimated by the government at. $70,000,000. Thus the known profits of the \ Northern Pacific amount to practical ly twice as much as the cost of con struction. * ; princely donations in the era of liber a iity to aid in the construction of railroads." The grant gave the Northern Paci fi c every odù -action of laud in a strip 1200 miles long and from 40 to | Invading National Forests : Now the Northern Pacific is at- • tempting to invade the national for-! ests. Under a decision of the Su preme Court, it claims 3,933,000 acres of the finest timberland in the forests. The Forest service values this, land and timber at $50,000,000. j (Continued on last page) — ' Packcd House Greets Play Presented By Senior Class of Plentywood High School. -J Through an error this important news item was overlooked last week but this paper is giving it now with apologies to the Senior class which £ave such a splendid exhibition. °* ^ent^od' Hi£h ! ScKooî p^entll^Ä" pS£ t "The Goose Hangs High," to a packed ; house, in the Orpheum Theatre in | city The play was full of mirth and the llrge crowd nearly went into hys terics with laughter as different stages of the play presented them selves while in the background was a de feeling played which struck down deep into the hearts of the spectators, who witnessed the play. ' P £ would be hard to pick out the starts in the play as each individuali played his or her role in a manner which would do credit to many pro fessionals. The verdict of the large audience was that the class play put on by the Seniors of Plentywood high this year was among the best ever pre sented by a Senior class in this city, which is a very .high tribute. The members of the faculty who had charge of the training of the young actors are to be congratulated for the manner in which they brought out the talent of the young men and GOOSE HANGS HIGH WAS A SCREAM << women. The i^embers of the Senior class wish to express their thanks for the hearty cooperation given to them by the public in attending their per formance and thus showing them that they appreciate the hard training which they went through in preparing * the drama for the good of the school. HOODED HOARD OF UOClfYI 1IMQ PI IT ON rH-HJLJL.UIVIO rU I UIN ANOTHER SHOW * * Th€ local order of Ku Klux * * Klan crawled out of their holes * ; * j on en0 ugh last Wednesday ev- * ; * en > to burn a j * ! * j * * * * ! * * * cross in the * street in front of the home of * Mrs. Gus Olson, frightening a * * couple of small children nearly * to death. * The cross was light about 9:30 * by two nities dressed in white * who stood and watched the cross * burn before returning to Ante- * lope in a car—both men were * * thought to be "well mooned. Alderman Joe Kavon going * * home at this- time, saw the fire * set by the incendiarists and rush- * ed up and kicked the holy warn- * ing to the ground and called the * fire department which put out * j the fire and perhaps saved a seri- * * ous conflagration. * The incident accorded an even- * ing's entertainment for an other- * * * * * : -Baseball A heavy rain fell Thursday even ing soaking the ground and causing gra j ns 0 f a q k i nds to shoot out of the earth in rapid growth. | \ * ; * * * »» * * * wise colorless night. ******* ÂT Dï FMTVIUAAU AI rLrJNI YWIJIIÜ ni I üljUi l ÎIUW Last Monday evening about 30 | prospective members of Norwegian : descent met rt the Farmer-Labor • Temple in Plentywood for the pur Pose of deciding upon whether or not Jo organize a lodge of the Sons of Norway. _ , Mr. Peterson of Largo, N. D., who has been one of the organizers of the Sons Norway opened the meeting j with a speech on the purposes of the lodge and the reasons why Plenty-, ! wood would be a good place in which to have such an organization. He ex plained that in organizing lodges ! throughout the country it was for mutual protection for all its mem bers such as life insurance and sick benefits and that it was an organiza tion for good fellowship and broth erhood. He emphasized the fact that ! the organization was a non-political j aff . air . and that its members should ^ aln fr ° m a11 discussions in | their meetings and in dealing with 4RY : IVERSON TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN ectecTtemporarv chairman °of 'the m^ting ïïd it w^^Sd by the j Semtefs Sat a sST o"ay\dge . should be organized in Plentywood in and committees were appointed to Perfect arrangements for the organi zation and it was further decided that Sunday, May the 17th, Norway's Na tional holiday shall be the day for the organization of the lodge and the committee on organization were bi structed to have refreshments served of to the new members and the Farmer Labor Temple was engaged for that ' da Y LODGE AT ANTELOPE The delegation from Antelope ex pressed a desire to also organize lodge and some cf the prospective members in the vicinity were so en by thusiastic about it that they went out and in one day had nearly sixty prospective members signed up. Only twenty-five are required for the or ganization of a lodge, so Antelope will undoubtedly have one of the largest the lodges in the Northwest in the near future with the passible exception of the Plentywood lodge. A committee of five were appoint SONS OF NORWAY TO ORGANIZE LODGE ed to secure new members and all those who are desirous of joining the Sons of Norway lodge should com municate with A. C. Erickson or Louis Moe at Plentywood, who will be glad to give the necessary blanks to the prospective member so that ap plications may be filled out and filed for action by the charter members. the by ♦ Philadelphia Paper Makes Sensational Charges About Biggest of Bankruptcies—Seven Hundred Rail Systems ' 4 Wreck ed" in 30 Years; Excuses Which Fail to Excuse. FAVORITES GOT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PLENTYWOOD TO PLAY DOOLEY NEXT SUNDAY i i ! i i Opening Season Game Will Be Played With Dooley at Herald Ball Park In Plentywood Next Sunday, J y 17th—Fast Game Expected. The first game cf the season for the Plentywood ball team will take i place Sunday with Dooley as its op* ponent at the Herald Ball Park in this city. ! The Plentywood team has a full organization and are now at practice with Captain Gullickson putting the pep" and "ginger" into the boys and they are responding 100 per cent, The Dooley team is said to be rem forced for this first game with Plen tywood and when Dooley comes to Plentywood it generally is no man s game until the last inning. If the weather permits a large at * * * * * * * j tendance will be present to witness * this game between these two ancient * opponents in the base ball world, * The Dooley team has always been * supported by a large number of faith * ful backers and rooters and the Plen * : tywood fans will be out en masse. fans are coming from all ,over the county to look over the two teams and get a 4me-up on them for of future use when their home teams will meet them on the field. .. Every indication points to. a real baseball season this year. Crops have been planted early and recent rains ami weather give promise of a bum per crop and with good crops comes a desire to have a litle of the fun in tins old world. The Plentywood te '' m 18 ® cheduled to meet s "' n e fasti ? Ut th ? 1 C c °, Unt> ; teams and when they do all Sheridan county is going to support their county seat team, 30 The various games played between Plentywood and other Sheridan coun ty teams will be full of rivalry and l each team will be supported by its respective band of rooters and every of baseball fans should get out to these S^mes. Support your respective ! teams. Drive them to victory with the your support and root and root, and then root some more. the j ED. WEISS SELLS STORE TO MOE AND MOORE New Firm Will Continue Business Under Old Name—Expect to Expand Business and Develop Into One of Big Enter prises of This Section of Montana. NEW FIRM TOOK OVER BUSINESS MONDAY a A deal was consumated Monday noon whereby a combination com posed of Ole A. Moe and Ashton J. Moore, bought out and took over the mercantile • business of Ed. Weiss, known as the Weiss Cash Store. Mr. Moe who came to Plentywood in the spring of 1920 to work for the Pro ducers News and who was deputy county treasurer under Dan Olson from March, 1921, until November, 1923, and who has been with the Pro ducers News for the past year and a half as bookkeeper and manager which position he has competently and efficiently filled, resigned his po sition with the Peoples Publishing Company and immediately took pos session of the business. Mr. Moore who has been the efficient linotype op erator on the Producers News for the past seven years almost since the pa per started will remain in his pres ent position, and Mr. Moe will the business, Mr. Moore acting only in an advisory capacity. Mr. Weiss will stay with the new firm until the first of June to assist them in getting onto the ropes and acquainted with the stock, when Mr. and Mrs. Weiss will leave for Minneapolis where Mr. Weiss will become active in the run ! agment of the Radium Remedies j Company. Robert Van Hee will be 1 continued as clerk, which position man Philadelphia, May 12.—The Phila delphia Public Ledger, owned by the Curtiss interests which also control the Saturday Evening Post, is run ning a series of articles by Louis Sei hold giving some inside history of the wreck of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad. The Ledger describes the break down of the St. Paul as "the great est bankruptcy in history," and asks. " did it. collapse because of natural "x 0 wba £ ex tent did possible bad judgment, inefficient management and lack of sound business principles force ithis great transportation system, val ued at $800,000,000 into the hands of receivers ? RECEIVERSHIP UNNECESSARY The Ledger intimates that it was unnecessary to appoint a receiver, and that the great system was thrown in to the Federal courts because the bankers and other "insiders" wanted to handle the proposition in that way. "Many members of Congress g ard as suspicious the fact that the a ppRcation for receivership was held back until after the adjournment of the last session," says the Ledger. "They predict that at the next ses ; sion the affairs of the St. Paul will come in for a complete raking over. j In summarizing the reasons for the St. Paul failure, the Ledger cites the following: Loss to stockholders of large sums 0 f mouey alleged to have been ex- pended to obtain political, state, coun ty and municipal favors in the pro mot i 0 n of the Puget Sound extension. re Excessive cost of construction and electrification of the Puget Sound ex i tension, Manipulation of the securities of j the St. Paul through which stock holders are known to have lost many | millions. ; Lack of competent and economic j management in the last ten years . J t is charged that officials of the St. Paul entered into contracts with ! relatives and business associates at j extravagant prices. "RAKE-OFFS" RUNNING INTO MILLIONS "Certain companies engaged in the man pfacture of railway supplies are said to have made from $15,000,000 ; to $20,000,000 through the favor of j the st. Paul officials; 99 is one charge. When the St. Paul endeavored to (Continued on last page) that amiable young man has filled so well in the past. Both Mr. Moq and Mr. Moore have resided in Plentywood and Sheridan county a number of years and have made a host of friends which will be a big asset to them in their new venture, besides they are taking over a business already established and which has been one of the most suc cessful and prosperous of Plentywood for the past several years. The new firm will-continue business under the old name and plan on ex panding the busines as capital and conditions will permit until it becomes one of the large institutions of Sheri dan county, which it will no doubt become in the fullness of time. Mr. Weiss and Mrs. Weiss in the eight years that Mr. Weiss has been in business in Plentywood, have been successful, and he has been one of the leading businçss men of the coun ty seat of Sheridan county and has been an active factor in the commu nity life of the city, and both have made a.host of friends in business and social circles here who sincerely regret to see them leave this section of the country. Mr. and Mrs. Weiss were married and both of their child ren were bom in this city after Mr. Weiss entered business here.