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1 _ M ° fJT v^ ,Çrfv ^ • OP THE PRODUCERS NEWS All«--. ,, ;Ci L-ur^ry r liberty IS NOT gA SPEP from above p olished Wg *!L r^tTvin—* N °. 21 NEWS GOES INTO EVERY HOME IN THE COUNTY. f DOWN A PAPER OF THE PEOPLE. FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE Plenty wood, Montana, Friday, August 28, 1925 Official Newspaper of Sheridan County SnK Ratpc* Foreign, $3.75 per year oud. rvaies. ln u. g. t $ 3.00 per year Entered as Second Class Matter, October 18. 1912. at the Post office at Plentywood, Montana, Under the Act of March 3, 1870. •asr foTmnp ândjyenfs of Great and Small Concern. \L ir editor' article -fcoNOMi ial columns will be how the howing "economy" bunk The figures au advertise« •»ut in practice, th.- article specifically refer They tell a very Let us now turn e & prairies of North Dakota of yi ashington, D. C., "Dumb Cal" who seems to the political copyright 'Economy." North UaKota. ■ story. • , We hate to of the little strikebreaker, who now sits in ' "iaen.ial chair like a frog in . Atlantic ocean. But for the sake * education ox the public it ha? Cal has just come for the budget of government ,r the next financial year, expenditure of nearly million dollars which is . of over 300 per cent over government spent ten years WOUl the hypocracy pre ie done with expei lor an It cal four an in the tVhat i? the reason for ail this in , a . e - hi 1D10 government ex amounted to $639,502,470, not the Postal Service ami sev other self-supporting depart ) c l.- of government. Of that amount two-thirds, §432,376, <82, went o pay for wars past and to prepare for wars of the future. The last budget pre cared by President Coolidge calls for expenditures of $3,115,8 <4,151. -*-his joes not include the postal service re cuirements. Of that amount $2,680, f25,150 will be spent to pay war deb.s and to prepare for future wars. Outside the ever-increasing army swivel chair artists, who including eral decorate government olfices and chase | about the country, where does this vast ium money go . u y ou ever i to think where the fat beys o put up Cal s campaign expenses 1 . T • if von «olve this ■ vnu will see ' through the • ? ue! X mi ; on pipu anything economy old party voting column next Talking about parties, the depar-1 ture of the spirit of Bryan for parts unknown, has lifted a great weight) from the back of the democratic c'onkey. Every year that the man from Nebraska did not get the nomi nation he succeeded in turning the Democratic Convention into some thing resembling a menagerie of wild animals with the cages open. With Bryan out of .he way the democrats are looking forward to harmony and rotherly love and another opportu-1 nity to feast at the public trough and another president who will a"ain bask in the sunshine of the fat rs and the patronage of the house of Morgan. We under? and that Mr, McAdoo i? already casting longing eye- on the .-oft job in the White House. He hope? the people will for get that $100,000 fee he got from Do r.eny shortly after he quit his job as Secretary of the Treasury. We are afraid the public memory i? too long to allow Mac to MacAdoodle the Unit ea States. He better move to Eng land where he can buy a title a la William Waldorf Astor. •top but an election. DEMOCRATS LOOK FOR "HARMONY" :o 101 KING BERRY'S UQU1U MUSIC In another part of the paper a story appears about how an old time hang w-on of Berry Stephens' resort was lamennng the strange way the boss h noting lately. Evidently afraid of a visit by Federal men His Majesty of Scobey is using his famous back piano as an icebox. The old box that regaled the patrons of tbe palace of the wet goods King with cheerful jazz is now grinding c.ut the stuff ihat cheers at 75 cents a throw. ^Ms expensive music ought to be ex j Mlarating. The old timer thinks that I Berry is r<v £ 01 ] He getting queer lately, mav dr/anerate into a soda pop ped he thinks. If Bern,' ever did at we would expect to see him don a black suit, buy a prayer book and to Sammy Nyquist's Sunday school «s?? regularly. Farmers wheat "profit" »'II I, NOT PAY TAXES (By Alfred Knutson.) r;jrgo. N. D.,—The state agricul college here has Het^rmined bv identifie investigation that it cost ■■f North Dakota farmer this year j p 1 - 12 to raise a bushel of wheat, • h 'Ti bis it is interesting to figur% ' hat the approximate earnings of wheat farmer are. 1 he average primary market price wheat his fall is not likely to exceed $ 1.45 pc r bushel, so that the 7 tn ? er in North Dakota will earn Wont? of 33 cents per bushel The jetage yield per acre for the state . not go above 12 bushels. On a ^ eat crop 0 f 100 acres, therefore, Jt „earnings are $396: on 20(1 wps $.92. The average farmer in of ' vil1 scarcely earn net profits hls wheat ' lt should be •ed that m North Dakota wheat er« rL Pn j Cipal cr °P- and many farm . i'-epend entirely on this crop for income. the C <uS K to the estima te made by W , epart ment of agriculture at NÄr D C„ the 3 wheat crop in 134 L K k °^ for 1925 wül yield 102, b tts ff> shel s. and at 33 'cents per trs of n. e nei earnings to the farm Thi s ne state will be $33 704.220. the halw nt is not sufficient to pay that tv? k ) axes an( i the back interest fact lg If_ rmers ow e, and from this the f ar ,„ may ,get some idea of what ers here are up against. "An 'oil'ï? »ESS OPINES boss * Jrom °ter called on I'll h«t h w **° was 80 crook totitg n -tas ..to ..unscrew., his GAS WAR DROPS PRICES FIGHT AGAINST CROP GRABBERS ATTRACTS WIDE ATTENTION * Shares Report Failure in Sheri dan County to Their Masters Blame Producers News for Determination of Farmers to De fend Their Rights—Farmers Mercilessly Robbed in Other North Montana Counties. CROP STRIKE THREATENED FOR NEXT YEAR Farmers May Refuse to Put In Crop They Cannot Reap— Native Bankers and Business Men Aroused to Danger— Tenant Farmer Serfdom Looms as Loan Companies Be come Overlords of State. . , . , , . - - ^ 1 he Following article, which is reprinted from a L*reat p a U s paper, shows in an illuminating way what is transpiring , r rxri , r 8 i on the farms of Northern and Eastern Montana today. W ould appear that crop sharks have descended on the state like r i . , 'i . .. a swarm of hungry locusts bent upon eating up every green an d living thing the farmer raises. it . , men, to this campaign to take the money ou. of the state, as outlined h n article, is interesting. Even the b ankers w p, G reside in Montana have bannen mat, ini view oi wnat is nappen mg now, the farmer will refuse to put ' n a cr °P this spring that he has no assurance of reaping in the fall. The references to ihe fight against the sheridan | ount % hould be read by everybody. The action of the 1 farmers here in first finding out their ! rights and then maintaining them is i admired by people throughout thei*' state. The Producers News has many | inquiries from people in other coun- ! ties for the issues in which articles ; | appeared showing the way in which to 1 defand the farm homes from greedy i j shylocks. The letters to the editor 1 i show that the old American spirit of resistance to tyranny and wrong still ! survives. The article from Town 1 Topics, which states facts in a con- i 1 servative way, is as follows: | Gi'eat Falls.—Reports from the Tri angle and the northeastern part of tb e state would seem tc. indicate that representatives of eastern loan com p an j e3 are trying to get the farmer's crop by hook or by crook. There are crews of what have come to be known as "crop grabbers" operating out of j every county seat. Their method of | operation is simple and nearly uni ; form in every instance. After a fore Article Causes Furore The reactions of the small business closure sale has taken place they serve a notice on the farmer that they have acquired possession of the land. This notice is usually gotten up in legal form and the impression is sought to be conveyed that it was is sued from the local district court. Their next move is to approach the farmer and ask him to sign a con tract giving them one-fourih of the crop. This is usually accomplished by gmng the farmer the confidence man rush act. Once they have seemed the signature of the unfortunate farmer their whole demeanor change!* and they proceed to exact their pound Continued on page 4) McKEE AND LANGER SUED IN DISTRICT COURT Complaint by Karlson Claims Three Notes Endorsed by De fendants, Were Not Paid as Agreed—Complaint Alleges Defendants Took Crop Off Patterson's Land, Which Was Mortgaged by Karlson. , , „ , . ,. , . , A suit has been filed in the district court in which Karl J. Karlson. of Outlook, makes McKee & Langer de fendants in an action concerning t h r ee notes which the plaintiff alleges should be paid to him but which he says he did not receive. The defend ants, according to the complaint, were guarantees of the notes to Karlson over their signature. Tire notes were first made out by George H. and Margaret Patterson to Karlson. They were subject to a mortgage on the lands of Patterson, which was in turn subject to a first mortgage. It is alleged in the com plaint then that Patterson abandoned the land and that McKee took P°sses sion of it and started to ? rab . "^, d J d grab the crop. McKee is alleged to have taken the crop from these lands for a long time and when pinned down by Karlson is alleged to have entered into an agreement with Wm that in consideration of him (Karl son) not foreclosing his mortgage against said lands, McKee is all eged to have entered into an agreement to P»ÿ the notes in question and to guar antee their payment with his endorse ment in writing on the back thereof, Karlson alleges that he demanded payment of the notes from at "divers and various times before the commencement of the action but that defendants would not pay. As a result of the failure of McKee and Langer to pay the notes this ac tion is instituted and judgment is de manded from the court. There are two notes for five hun dred dollars and one for $30.00 to gether with interest. * Delc.ra Roslyn Anderson, 3 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Anderson of Dooley, passed away Thursday morning after a few days' ... US. ..... . , , , . , m, „ , The hltle girl was taken sick Tues with influenza and thelittle bo y 'vas unable to withstand the ravages of the disease. . funeral wdl be held today (Fn ^ay) at 3.00 ©clock at St. John. church, and burial will be in St. 0 ;'.! 18 c€1 T ie ,^ rjr ' A , , Mr ' and ^rs. sympathy of all in the loss of their lltlle äau ^ F ier : Mr._ McElroy of .Minneapolis ar rived in Plentywood yesterday 7 to visit his brothers here. He is now stay ing with John McElroy of this city . He states he saw Sen. Taylor and other Montanans in Minneapolis and reports th at they are doing well. 30,000 LESS FARMS IN U. S. The number of farms in the United States decreased 30,000 ast year, while cropped <l|nds decreased 1,200, 000 acres, according to a survey just completed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture. Idle acreage, exclus ive of summer fallow land, was es timated at 25,000,000 acres. ANDERSON BABY DIES AT DOOLEY - Plot To Discredit Sheriff Salisbury Fails ) former residents of this community but wbo have been living at Terre Haut Indiana ^ past four years , arrived in the city £ his week * for a tbe p rank Guenther home, H W that he doestn't think f Ir ? diana and ex ts to make Ms future home some £ here in this section of the little old green earth. —* HERE FROM INDIANA Mr. and Mrs. Harold Guenther, A law in Virginia requires pedes trians to walk on the left hand side of highways where they may watch ap proaching danger instead of being run down from behind. Sounds reasonable. [ A Warning! ;iW, ■■ * - , 3® w I*: I % . m 'A-, M lip ËmÊè S •; m w T^'jtoo.vt fcRj i This boy, Everett Adams, 17» °f Wilmington, O., confesses murder of A. R. Clawson, Lodi, N. Y., who gave him a lift in his in Missouri. The boy, 'broke, shot Clawson and threw the body in a ditch. Now he faces tnal at Sedalia, Mo. 'Shake up in Montana Prohibition Forces Elias Marsters, Enforcement Director of Idaho, to Rule Mon tana, Wyoming and Idaho District With Headquarters in Helena — Idaho Was Dry as Bone Under His Adminis tration. Denver.—Elias Marsters, appointed as prohibition direc tor for district 19 with headquarters at Helena, Mont., at pres ent is federal prohibition director for Idaho. His new post will be the supervision of federal prohibition enforcement in Wyoming. Idaho and Montana. The new director is well known in* Idaho where he broke up several old time bootleg rings. He is totally im mune from politics. In fact he has been known to jump on republican politicians who sought to use their in fluence with him faster than anybody else. As a result of his operations in Idaho that state is as dry as the pro verbial bone. liquor cases. liquor also was hard to get at Salt Lake City, while at Anaconda, like Scobey, "anybody could get it. War on Bootlogger in a statement announcing the ap pointments, Assistant Secretary An-1 drews said the new prohibition forces' energies, will be directed along three Dry Idaho The mayor of Anaconda, who tour ed thi-ough Idaho, and part of Utah to Salt Lake, upon returning to his own home town, made report that Idaho is so dry that liquor cannot be obtained in some of its towns, in cluding Idaho Falls ami other import ant places, and that a man who was in possession of a bottle of liquor at Pocatello was fined $500. The mayor, who was accompanied on the tour by his wife and the fire chief and the latter's better half, brought the glad news to the city council, to whose members he is reported to have said: "Certain laws are not openly violated in the cities we visited as they are in Anaconda." The mayor seemed to think that the effectiveness cf Idaho city enforce ment was due to xhe fact that the police and city courts handle the The mayor said that YOU CAN'T BLACKMAIL ME, SHERIFF TELLS GANG EMISSARY u jy Amazing Story of Treacherous Attempt to Besmirch Charac ter of Man Gang Cannot Control—Conspirators Cower in Terror as Daniels County Farmers Become Enraged at Ne farious Plot. PENDING LAWSUITS WORRY AL LAWRENCE Williams Alleges Wright to Sue for False Imprisonment Lawrence Solicited Bribe While Lawrence Says It Is the Other Way—Funny Scobey Mixup to Be Aired in Court. Driven to desperation by the terrific exposures of the many sinister recent happenings in Scobey and angered by the publication in the Producers News of the intention of the Federal district attorney to prosecute Berry Stephens early in September, the old gang in Daniels county pulled another katzenjammer stunt last week. The Frame-Up Like all the frame-ups emanating from a dive the people saw through it at once to the intense chagrin of its perpetrators. This time the venom of the gan£ was directed at Sheriff Salisbury. The first inkling that something raw was to be pulled at Scobey was conveyed to residents of this city when Berry Stephens put in several calls for Sheriff Salisbury Thursday evening of last week. The sheriff was busy mopping up wet places at Outlook at the time and driving Goldbrickers who had landed there to fleece the farmers, in the general direction of Scobey, which is a rendezvous for underworld charac Next morning he ters at this time, was visited by an individual who told him that he better go to Scobey and fix things up with Berry Stephens at and thereby prevent a big ex once posure. "They Cannot Blackmail Me" The sheriff, who knew he did no wrong, laughed in this emissary's face and remarked, "Why let them expose all they want to, they cannot blackmail me." Speculation was then rife as to whether they would accuse the sheriff, who takes his orders from the farmers of Sheridan county in stead of from a Scobey bootlegger, of the theft of the Crown Jewels, or the dynamiting of the Welland Canal or (Continued on last page) an, Jack McGowan and YVilliam Mc Clammy. The liquor was taken to | Wolf Point for evidence. definite lines of attack — smuggling, illegal manufacture and illegal diver sion. Poplar, Aug. 25.—Assistant Coun . ' night marshal of Poplar, raided the house, a lodging For many weeks the selection of this staff of officiajs has been the stumbling block in placing into oper ation the sweeping reorganization program that has practically shorn Roy A. Haynes of his power as pro hibition commissioner. ARREST POPLAR PROPRIETOR ON LIQUOR CHARGE ty Attorney Arlie M. Foor, Under sheriff Charles Council, Ford Monroe city marshal, and Warren Vasko Poplar rooming house kept by Steve Deal, arrested Deal and seized a quantity of moon shine whiskey and beer Thursday. Deal was taken before Justice of the Peace Fred Turner, who held him un der $2,000 bond for a hearing. His bond was furnished by Felix McGow 'Way Overweight < .» ». When Jack Dempsey appeared before the N. Y. Boxing Commis» $ion» immediately upon return from his honeymoon nip to Eur 0 pK he was plainly overweight ^ facing an ordeal in training down if he is to meet Tunney and Wills, as he promised tbe**C 0 » mish" to do. r WESTLAND MAKES ANOTHER 2 CENT CUT Scobey Concern's Latest Move May Force Continental to Follow Suit All Over Montana—Lowest Price in Plenty wood Is Now 27Vz Cents Retail and 25 Cents Wholesale, INDEPENDENTS AND STANDARD OIL CUSH battle for Supremacy Rages While Consumer Gets Gas at Prices Ranging From 13.9 Cents at Wichita to 23 Cents at Rapid City, S. D.—Montana People Pay Highest Price in Country. The repercussions of the terrific gasoline war now raging throughout the United States between the Independents and the Standard Oil Company are beginning to be felt in Sheri dan County. Closely following the editorial published in ast week's Producers News, showing the cut in prices in South Dakota and other points, the Westland Oil Company slashed prices two cents per gallon Wednesday. Price Drops A Westland station at Plentywood was selling gasoline at 27^ cents per gallon retail shortly after the rep resentative of that company made the announcement of the reduction of prices to a Producers News reporter. At the same time the retail prices in all but one of the local garages was 32% cents per gallon. The whole sale price of gas sold by the West land was reduced to 25 cents per gallon. Continental Expected to Follow. Westland As this price brings the price of gasoline lower than the price charged by the Continental Oil stations in Montana, outside of Butte, it is con sidered probable that there will be a further reduction by the Continental which is the Standard Oil Company in this state. While the price of gasoline is be j n g revised downwards in Montana there is a bitter fight between the various c.il interests throughout the United States with the result that consumers are getting gas at some thing near fair prices. Pr5rp In Minot Dron* 2 Cents The price S gasohSn Mbtto ine p k , ,, day was reduced1 t. Jjt?; a gallon ? nd a °" e m the pnee of kerosene^ J. P. Beaton, m ag . .. - (Continued on page 4) Wants To Get Away From High Taxation William E. Endersby and R. N. Endersby of Whitetail, Daniels coun ty, called at the county assessor's of fice Wednesday. They have land on both side of the Sheridan and Daniels county line. In a conversation with Deputy As Olson, William Endersby stat sessor IDLE HOUR" FIGURES IN COURT ACTION « Poolhall Is Target in Abatement Proceedings Started by Erick son—Alleges Sale of Intoxicating Liquor. County Attorney Erickson made out and filed a complaint asking that tjre frame building, now occupied by George Wright in the city of Plentywood, be abated as a nuisance with the clerk of the district court last Tuesday. This is the second shot taken within* a few days by Sheridan county offi cers against places where liquor is al leged to be sold. The complaint is directed at Lena R. Ford, owner of the building as well as George Wright. The place run by Wright is called the Idle Hour Poolhall and is situated on Main street, Plentywood. The complaint alleges: "That the said defendant, George Wright, is now using and keeping said last described premises as a common nuisance, to-wit: as a place where intoxicating liquors are kept for sale, sold and otherwise disposed cf in vio lation of law, and not for sacramen tal, scientific or manufacturing pur poses, and that the keeping for sale, and otherwise disposing of intoxicat ing liquors in violation of law is the principal business done and carried on therein. "That said defendant, Lena R. Ford, administratrix of the estate of J. A. Ford, deceased, now has, and at all times herein mentioned has had full knowledge that the said defend ant, George Wright, was and is using, occupying and keeping said premises last described for the purpose of keeping, for sale, selling and other wise disposing of intoxicating liquors therein in viciation of law as herein before set forth. "That the said last described prem ises is a common nuisance of great At a hearing before Judge Paul in Chambers a divorce was granted Ger trude Johnson of Plentywood, from her husband, William Johnson last week. The plaintiff charged desertion cruelty and non support. The com plaint upon which the decree of di vorce was founded alleges: "Said defendant has treated the plaintiff with extreme cruelty by the infliction of grevions mental suffering upon the plaintiff by said defendant, by a course, of conduct toward the plaintiff which justly and reasonably is of such a nature and character as to destroy the peace of mind and hap piness of plaintiff and to entirely de feat Proper and ligitimate objects c£ carriage and to render the contin uance of marriage relation between ^ plaintiff and defendant perpetual ly unreasonable and intolerable to the plaintiff in that dm ing all of said period of time defendant addressed and used towards plaintiff vile, pro fane, abusive and insulting words and epithets and has called the plaintiff obscene and abusive names and other vile profane obscene and insulting language." - . There were no children involved in this marriage. JUDGE S. E. PAUL GRANTS DIVORCE Decree Separates Gertrude Johnson From Her Husband—She Charged Him Viles Profane and Abusive and Failed to Provide for Her Support. ed that the taxation on the land he had in Sheridan county was much lower than he had to pay in Daniels He expressed himself in county. favor of annexing a strip of Daniels county to Sheridan county. "The taxes up there are out of rea he said. "If I cannot get away " son, from them any other way I will have house moved on to the land I own my 99 in Sheridan county. 8 th. injury to the public, which injury is irreparable and cannot be compensat ed in damages. The complaint then goes on to re quest the judge to issue an order to abate the place as a common nuisance and directing the sheriff to close up same. hearing at the next term of the dis trict court. ff The matter will come up for FIGHT CARD AT F.-L. TEMPLE SEPTEMBER 8 Eastern Montana fight fans are looking forward with much anticipa tion to the coming 10 -round bout be-, tween Harry Blivens of Grand Forks and K. O. Harrington, local ring ar tist. . The American Legion has secured the F.-L. temple for the battle which will be staged Labor day—September Both men are in excellent condi tion and since each has several feath ers in his scalp lock the hattle prom ises to give the fans all they are look ing for. Ift addition to the main event there will be some interesting preliminaries. Blivens is matched for a 10-round fight with Battling Gamer at Outlook Saturday night, which probably will have some bearing on the Labor day bout.