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Officiai Newspaper of Sheridan County
Q..U Rafpc> Foreign, $3.76 per year
oud. rxaies. (n u s , 3 00 per
Plenty wood. Montana, Friday, January 22, 1926
Entered as Second Class Matter. October 18. 1912, at the Post
office at Plentywood, Montana, Under the Act of March 3, 1870.
Gréât and atriau
Petitions for a referendum vote '
f 1 (.ii whether the present
1 l/uihition law should be re
■ tat , e ,P ,'re now being circulated in
^ e 'utV While it is proper that;
JE neoplo should be given an oppor- j
lh „f t, vote on this subject we fear,
tu v ,v will he much confusion as .
'fX* reasons for the failure e.f the j
10 Mmv people ccjulemn the;
!a % eif instead of the predisposing
[ for it- failure. There is noth
• ;iU wron-' with the State and. Federal
1 MhitiJn laws hut these statutes (
KÏ tin brought into contempt and ■
riSîule because of the manner in
>h thev have been made to. serve
L purpc-ww of corrupt officials ami
politinans^ The sta ^ d< J! s tbe pro-1
Sion laws of the state and nation
ni wishes to see them continue on
T statute books. More than any
Ser agency in the state this paper
K by^bnwkiïg up k the Stephens booiej
monopole in Daniel-county. ^
Montana imitators of
theScobey B<. behind the bars of
«Âv"at' SZm Sî«t
carpetbaggers of the type of Mar-1
whn ever used this state as a
S"groun.l while f«.cïin E at
the public trough.
11 \\ M \I)F
I* the law has failed to accomplish
• ' rood results claimed for it at the.
out-et it is not because the law is
i-icallv ad but because of the
T. : low grade politicians, crim
i. thu g- frame-up artists and
'u i 'K wickers" who have been
«ployed by the federal government
to •enforce'* it. Instead of putting
•ho f, oral Prohibition Department
^Jr c^O SculaSSSr Sa
Âr«tUn E émpK a"
j efficient a- tho-e of the postof
«■ Tren-urv or other governmental
euirtment-i " this arm of the law is
Ä" lunnin."™,,nn, fo? dï
pendents of the politicians in power.
The result is that branches of the
National Department are frequently!
used for political persecution instead
of for the detection and conviction of 1
violations of the Volstead Act. Pub
lie money is ruthlessly squandered by
■o-called prohibition agents and the
law which was intended to uplift the
oral fiber of American citizens is
made a mockery, a delusion and a
HA( THAN \ 1,1 AN
Right under the no-es of Cal Cool
idee and his cabinet in Washington, !
tho law is being flagrantly violated !
by men hired to enforce it. Public
|ir ,, !K-v i - heintr wa sted in bacchanalian
so-called Prohibition
Agents. Just how the money of the
popie is being spent was I'ecent! y
disclosed in Congress by Congress
man Tucker of Georgfa.' ?dr. Tucker
tells about a federal stool pigeon who
»as sent to the Mayflower Hotel in
Washington, last June, to find out if
liquor was sold there. The expense
account of this stor,l who registered
* the above hotel on June 1st under
j name of Theodore Burton, dis
doses the following information:
daily report
June 1 . Getting acquainted I_■
piepannsr to get the evidence. Break
ti ,ilnner ?2 - 9 ?' supper $3.50,
•&. total' $ 14 . 20 ! $ °' 00, telephone
June 1 Got acquainted with head
I 4 Wn- M a .d?"a k rrlSmäE U to g r le l
i ' ) , a *ÎÜ to . n 1 the 17th. Dance and
'9 ay^s* ;r>()^ cost for the
I June Fooling around and not
■ "? f '
I to be steel magnate $13.40.
f ^cr$l9.40." Had la<iy compan >' aml
ü r„, T |-" n ^ Une 17 came the "ban- !
1 lt t J- here wt>rp 13 Persons pres
o Say event, 12 of whom
1 tLL er ? ment men> Besides gorg
u five d th ^ bou P ht
I tw„ rouT'.î" ^ ° i juggler" and
M thS/hSâ£.°îv.^ 0C 2 rta l Ul to appease
Wbt" : . lfter which thev
f«tb bottle to take with j
carfl- f ,f, n . CP " The invitation
•He w ,; t r thls blowout" cost $10.00,
r M nf ' ,' vere tipped $30. The
On J„!!roT n :i Uet Was
ith thl ' dined again
for ai„.t a,1 . es he P ai(1 Sl300
MC tn to tbem joyriding
*t back h ntr vl ; ^ b f Government were
C; o h / b, \ h ''l that day $32.60.
■a, , ' Bad two ladv friends for
^ an 'l two agents. Mv bill for the
T ' biski y was *1100 '
^ h fad waiter was given a $5
I! ( >?ars on June 25th
■ %% ,his *!&«« left the
I J th !' ne bottle of whiskev
did not consume, and his
U, the government for «îe
r expense« wa« SnT?! Ri
"hieher ups*' o k d the hill'
" rraSm -
*** Admbal mUl ° eri
C0 »nt of thJ
and Hk , e 1 m . one >* sperrt by himself
^Pigeons, while engaged
ill be countv.
°P*n the A e D Q hlic. The cost will
i* , 0 ^. tbe People to the
■dilute in t a ^ 1C ^ be yooney thev con
th ; "nertries *7« beint? s P ent - Wbil e
of taxeater. „ * Iar sters and his gang
a Vair > *tte * e ? bem?r expended in
EricvJü Pt ^ "set" Salisbury
trade ' . rum ninners plied
^ding W fc2i ewhere unhindered.
Border ; ey across the Cana
k" of no i^ R0 ea? y in coun
^ stored ^ b , a J ^ be bootleggers
are now ^ P '- r b i^h-powered cars
traffic S'? les in tbe B*
ecKKl JS? C °i- Marsters
*- i„K c motley to stcip. We
that contributions
s News is thru
Marsters, a detailed ac
in k
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°n Page Four)
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Railroads Fail To Get Raise In Freight on Wheat
Montana Wheat Rate Stays Despite Effort of Roads to Saddle
Producers With Increased Wheat Charge—Commission
Denies Roads Permission to Cancel Charge on Grain for
Washington.—Montana producers of hard wheat have
been saved approximately $300,000 annually in the uphold
ing of export wheat freight rates as the result of a decision
banded down today by the interstate comipercè commission
Washington, D. C. according to authoritative estimates. It
i s regarded as one of the most notable rate case victories in
recent years.
Railways Are Balked
, ^ be following dispatch received
, from the national capital announces
| th f 4 "Uon of the commission:
"Acting upon protests of the Mon
; tana > Oitgon and(Washington rail
; roa commissions, the interstate com
; merce commission today refused to al
1ùW northwestern railroads to raise
, export rates on gram and grain pro
i moving from western Montana
t0 .,^ e Dauhc coast ports.
The commission also held taut do
i WMȊc rates on grain and grain prod
moving out of Montana to Min
1 nea P°hs and the east, Seattle on the
west an(l other principal marketing
venters were reasonable and dis
which asked a re
"The majority decision explained
that the rates to Pacific coast
Hold For Growers
ports from western Montana general
y were seven cents per hundred
pounds lower than on products in
tended for domestic consumption. The
railroads proposed on April 23, last, to
abolish the difference, but the corn
mission held that the low export rate
allowed them.
"Montana also sought adjustments
•which would allow its grain to move
on a parity either to western
eastern markets. But the coramis
sion held that the domestic rates com
plained of as a whole were not un
reasonable. It was suggested, how
ever, that in its general investigation
of railroad rates as they affect agn
cultural production, undertaken,at the
behest of congress, the question might
again be considered."
On every 100 pounds of Montana
(Continued on page 4)
Rates Mean Saving
Scobey Oil Concern President Pulls Master Stroke of Business
i Strategy in Shutting Out the Continental Price Said to
Be $8,500—Purchased Concern Caused Price War When
Incorporated Last Summer.
The Westland Oil Company consumated
gest deals in the history of the Scobey Oil Corporation last !
week, when it acquired possession or the Farmers rennsyl
vania Company, having its head quarters in Plentywood. |
of the big
Coughlin Pulls Master Stroke
The stock of the Farmers Penn. ;
Company, invoiced $8,500 and it is un
derstood that the Plentywood Com- ;
pany was bought by the Westland at
this price. The reason for the pur
chase on the part of the Westland
is not disclosed but it is believed that
j| r . Coughlin, president of, the Sco- j
Company, effected a master
stroke of business strategy in se- j
cur ing control of a comer lot that
the Continental Oil company were'
understood to be negotiating for
with the intention of erecting an-j
other oil station in Plentywood.
(- omDanv Organized Last Summer.
The farmers Pemi. Company tanks
, , . «ind have nine
are UP ÂÏ»v B
^ eS ^ ld 1° outride
Th . e ^ al . so have S p^J,oïd Redstone
points including Raymo , do
?" d ÄT The company
a ® ^ w 4,,mmer bv Joe
^ as or £ am ?, e d , r „
ÎÂJîie^dB Tindiey. llidsey
iF a y Bradley • • v .
for a time aC ? d "
| ä^" m e S aT em When the VS
isrhave "-r.i £
Standard Oil Company. A .P ric ® ,
was waged for a time during which
the Westland made ^»"rwes?!
cuts. It is beheved that theWest
land will use its newly {J
perty for wholesale distribution p
_-, 1
... .
Olav Ormbreck will «flhe
recital this Saturday evemn„ .
Farmer-Labor Temple at 8.00
o'clock. He will present a P OP*
of classical as well as JJJJT
bers. He has won many ^motions
as a violinist To hear him i.
ical treat. * , ,
An old time dance will tak
after the concert. . and
Ormbreck will play tne viuii
he will be assisted by Harold John
of Froid with his """T" fa
the dance. There will K ;
melodies aplenty. The aumi
25 and 50 cents.
.t»« « r>F1M T*A A DDF A D
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IM D W(|(|n TnllRSllAY
Ill I ffVVU lllUlVOUrtl
1 alented Violinist WUl Give Recital
at Farmer-Labor Temple January
" ' P* •
Nils Rem werid famous Violinist,
assisted by Norma Kognhe, talented
pianiste, will render a musical P ra -
gram at the Farmer-Labor Temple
next Thursday evening, January 28th,
at eight o'clock
Mr. Hem s interpretation of the
classies is remarkable He seems
to understana the minds of the mas
ters and his audiences sit spell-bound
till the last note is finished.----!
In his appeal, Mr. Rein is some- ■ L ■- » unr m m j ttt— i i i !
thing of a Commoner. He pleases f ^ § O Cl 1^1 g 13 É %
the general run cf people. His reach ^ 1*1% . S' 4 B :
the emotions is deep, whether of i JL JüJL-i# ^ ^ i
humor or of tragedy. . , ■
Nils Rem and Norma Kogme ap- <©• -—— '
peared in Plentywooct a few month- r T ... j «. j d C£_ "J I
ago and gave a splendid program be- p re Ji m Jp 3 ry epeuort of Investigation Conducted By bnendan |
fore a large audience. The perform- j p Cnuncil of Action Into Alleged IrregU
ance was highly spoken of by all j County j armers council or Acuon iniO Aliegea irregu
present who will be glad of another | ar ities Concerning the Enforcement of the rrohlbltion
opportun^ to headr the wonderfu! I Ättemnted Frameuo of Sheriff Salisbury
music rendered by these talented mu- Law and me AttempiCQ rramtup ui oiicim y !
sicians. ant j County Attorney Erickson.
Monday night, Donald Moore, the
9 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. A.
J. Moore of this city was taken to
the Outlook hospital where an opera
tion for appendicitis was performed
by Drs. Steele and Fawcett, ^.t this 1
I writing the young lad • is getting |
'along nicely.
We the Farmers Council of Action, representing
the organized farmers of fevery precinct in Sheridan
Countv, herewith submit a preliminary report of al
leged violations of the Prohibition Laws in this county
and the attempted frame-up of Sheriff Salisbury and
Attorney Erickson by forces having their base
\,ULUI\Eil/ lUiillJ i ilLLu
fltlVt JAlNUAui t)U
| a0ca i Talent Under Auspices of De
gree 0 f Honor Drill Team to Put on
a n ea | Scream at Farmer-Labor!
Temple Saturday Night, January!
30th—Dance After Show,
Say 'Liza Jane, am you all go in to
that minstrel show that coming? Yes,
suh, Rastus, I sho am. That am my
night off. . . ; . |
The Degree of Honor lodge is put
ting on a Minstrel Show at the Far-,
mer Labor Temple Saturday night,
January 30th, under the supervision ;
of "Swede" Ewert who is an artist in |
Ski. Itae of work. I
The caste is a large one and the
program is varied with dialogues,,
jokJs eonge, jigs, inetrnmenta piece.;
* inf i other forms of amusement which,
will amuse all those who are fartun- j
! i
of s- od «' best ever put ° n
T , p ] ay ers are now practicing ev
I d P la I: d perfecting a program
oh wilfmt&e Se Tome &kf be
me ^ are down in Alabam, and |
it j® said that some of the local cele
bri ^ eg 0 f the town come in on some
! of the jokes. .
I There will be a matinee in the at
! ternoon of Saturday, the 30th, for the
children at which a price of 16 cents
doU» for P those under 12
vears c£ age High school students
J.,, b charged 35c at the matinee
^ b fo ^ a c n "~^ du its will be charged
j^ e u?ua j admission of 50c, which
1 :n be the regular price both after
i noon and evening. A straight admis
sion price of 50c will be charged to
- " th eve ning performance.
all for ^ eve ^ pe w put on
' fo ; t heTnefit of the Degree of Hon
; „ Dri „ Tea m, which is raising money j
Continued on page 4)
The Farmers Council of Action of Sheridan County,
which has been conducting an investigation into alleged irregu-1
larities in the enforcement of the Prohibition law in the state
and COU nty, released for publication a report of its findings to
. .
tailed t. Bring Charge *-. .. ..
In weighty and dignified language language, which_ gives it the dignity
this imparital body' of représenta- °f a great public document. The re
five farmers declares that the s0 - percussions from this document will
called Pro hibiÜon Enforcement De- make themselves Jelt far beyond the
Partment and the politicians in Hel- confines of the State, ud may re
ena have failed to bring a single sult m import<mt changes of the per
cha rge of corruption against any of fennel of theFederal and State_Pro
the elected law officers of the Farm- ; hibition Enforcement departments.
ers Government of Sheridan County. ! Hearing Thursday, January 28
The report signed by thirty repre- The hearing demanded by the De
se ntativ^ farmers will be forwarded fendants in thei action by Agent Wei
to Washington where a searching in- liver against the County officials will
quiry will be demanded into the con- take place at the Court of Commis
duct f of alleged Federal men located sioner Belanski Thursday, January
| in Helena a » d other acting to con .i 2 8th. Wclliver must take the stand
junction with them. The report is and show how justice was obstructed
J pu b lish e d in this issue and deserves by the arrest of "Three Fingered*
Th serious consideration of every' Brown on a warrant charging the
maI1 who has in mind the civic bet- commission of a serious crime. At
terment of the state. Giving an tomey Harlow Pease, of Butte, will
unbiased ver sion of the facts it ends i be present and appear for the < le
; u with find{ngs C0U ched in judicial ! fendants at the hearing. ,
F i X
Council of Action Metres
Report of Investigation
Finds No Evidence to Sustain the Published Threats of Mar
Finds Olson Kept County Funds
sters and His Lakey
—Weighty Document Denounces Use of Enforcement
Departments for Purposes of Political Reprisal and De
mands Congressional Investigation of Affairs in This
State. ■
in Helena, working with certain politicians in Plenty
wood and Scobey.
With reference to the enforcement of the State
find that the County Attorney
Prohibition Law, we
and Sheriff, have arrested and convicted a larger num
ber of liquor law violators in this district than any offi
cers holding similar position in any of the nearby
counties. At the present moment the jail is filled to
capacity with men who were convicted of violating
the state law and their places of business are closed by
injunction. On investigation we found that some Fed
eral Prohibition men, working in conjunction with
Sheriff Lawence of Scobey, made a thorough search
for violators of the liquor law in this county two
months ago and only succeeded in finding one farm
er, 77 years old, who had a gallon of alleged
shine in his possession. The fact that these officers
searched several farm homes, on illegal search
secured before Mr. Commissioner Crumb of
acting without the know
war- •
Scobey and that they were
ledge of Sheriff Salisbury and Co. Atty. Erickson, is
sufficient proof, to our minds," that violations of the
state or national laws are extremely rare in Sheridan
We discovered that Sheriff Salisbury applied to
Rev. Wade and Atty. General's office in November
for persons commonly described as "stool-pigeons to
be used for the purpose of securing evidences of viola
tions of the liquor laws here. Although this county
contributes to the support of the State Prohibition En
forcement Department, the salaries and expenses of
these men were demanded and Sheriff Salisbury,
behalf of the county offered to pay $600.00.
not, however, supplied by either the Attor
Generals' office or by Mr. Wade.
About the middle of December a
Brown was sent into this county by the F ederal Prohi
bition Director, operating from Helena, Montana.
This man did not report to the County Attorney
Sheriff or offer to cooperate with them in any way.
Instead he was found to be acting in collusion with
local anti-farmer politicians named Ray Lang, Jack
O'Grady, Oscar Collins, Jim Wagner and several per
sons who are accused of being members of the Ku
men were
Klux Klan.
Accompanied by Lang he called
bootleggers, who have been prosecuted to conviction
by Messrs. Salisbury and Erickson and endeavored to
get evidence from them against the aforementioned
County officers by threats and by promising immuni
on numerous
(Continued on page 4)
constitution been flouted and defied by the executive as it
been m tbe le J st * ew y ear f* Senator Wheeler, Democrat,
Montana declared yesterday in an address at the Baltimore
open forum.
" ~ ~ . . . . .
Napoleons of rmance Call on and Direct Activities of
Cal In Open Light of Day—He Declared Government
Departments are Used for Intimidation and Federal Em
ployes Manufacture Fake Charges Against Political
Baltimore.—Never has the legislative power under the
Government By Blackmail
"Instead of a Rovemment of the
by the people and for the ^ !
le> , „ wheeler said, "we 1
have a government by propaganda!
an(f b executive order, transmitted,
through the me dium of lame-ducks |
and otber serv ji e app cdntments nam
; ed b the pres ident to positions of ;
enormous power in the departments I
and bureaus.
,, w , governments bv intimi- I
;^ whi ^ member g 0 f congress
an ^ eovernmen t employes who have
i i f raud or inefficiencv are pun-!
Sbt ostî-acïïm^disSsaf KSn
S eVriS ^Thave govemnïS
, blacksmail for the details of which
T y rt , fer t the experience of Senator
r<ouzens of Michigan
Political Enemies
We have government bv which
' ! Federal offleefs are used for the pur
^ J ^ ying blackmail by manu
I£r_J __
.trrS^ arrn of
is frenuen^lv used :
-to put down organizations and indi-i
vîdSals who are dangerous to the po
Rtical oligarchy in control. Illegal
efforts are made to smear the pro- j
' »»ressive elected representatives of
I the people by stoolpigeons paid out
| 0 £ ^be public treasury.
Dominated By Financial interests, j
<<The executive branch of th e gov- j
ernment in the contest for supremacy '
|for the legislative branch is domin-,
! ate d»today by the great financial, in
idustrial anc{ commercial interests.
There was a time when the NapcJeons ,
! of finance and the captains of indus
try came to Washington by night and
held secret conferences with the||
White House.
i "That day is past. They now
(Continued on Page Four)

Judge Paul Disooses of Much Litigation During Brief Session
_Many Bootleggers Sent to Jail—Juries Disagree in Big
Cases— Mathis Case Draws Big Crowd; Jury Disagrees
After 14 Hours ^liberation—Amstutz Acquitted In
Case Where Jury Was Out Twenty-five Minutes.
Judge Paul discharged the jury Wednesday after dispos
ing of over forty cases in the term of District Court just ended.
The fairness and dispatch with which this term of court was
conducted evoked expressions of satisfaction from litigants,
lawyers and the public.
Several Disagreements *
Owing to lack of space this week t
we find it impossible to give a list of j
the cases disposed of and the judg- j
meats rendered but will do so next ■
week. There were several disagree- !
ments in cases coming before juries ;
and it is understood that some cf |
this litigation will come up ae a se*
cf court which is ex pen ed to ■
be called in March. The following ;
cases attracted much atten'mn when j
tried during the end of last week ami «
the beginning of the present one:
Mathis Case
In this case the defendant, Arthur
Mathis, was charged with stealing
about 42 bushels of wheat from the
grain bin of Mrs. Hattie Foss,, the
complaining witness, sometime around
7 o'clock on the evening of October
31st, 1924. The witnesses for the
State were Mrs. Hattie Foss, Uscar
Rose, Bruce Smith and P. E
quist, grain buyer for the Lase Mill
ing Company at Medicine Lake. Wit
jess Rose testified he was coming
home with a load of coal on the ey
ening in question and saw the lights
of some vehicle coming down the road
from the east, going west, and when,
about opposite where the bin wa »»
turn off the read and go over there,
turn off the lights and stay there
about twenty minutes, when he saw
the lights come on and start bacK on
" '
the party driving it
the defendant.
Witnesses for the defendant testi
fied that the grain which they hauled
to to^that ovening was Ipad^at
the Mortensen p\*ce,
meyer, one of the witnesses tci tne,

'east of where bin is located). The
started on Thursday, January'
(Continued on page 5)
w M Bim j ■ f Glentana
and hanker of
Northeastern Montana passed away
TSy Ä Œrl
^ 11 ^ w as iU onlv a short
and to the sStev
Sectors fcS®^ weS teloZ he
Th»y were however, unable to
* e ' urn rc 0 \
save ,.. h . is J lfe because of hls weakened
C0 ^ )t, " n - . . .
_ ^ r - J arvls was a rancher ui the
Culbertson country when he first
came to Montana. He then moved to
Plentywood where he entered the
mercantile busmess with Mr. Fibh
b « ck - Branching out the ac ^"'
i ed much land in Scobey-Opheim
country and Mr. Jarvis moved to
Glentana to look
holdings änd open a bank,
His home was at Glentana at the
time of his death, where Mrs. Jarvis
'still resides,
Although on the opposite in poli
tics from thôi paper, he always react
^be Producers News. When he was
] a st in Plentywood he called at the
0 fnce of the Producers News and vis
jted for half an hour. He engaged
in much good natured banter and in
vited the staff to visit him in Glen
tana Amongst other things he said:
"You cannot pan us any more on the
linking Machine,' we have sold it
out Although 1 don't agree with
fellows' politics, I admire your
The Producers News joins with the
friends of the late Mr. Jarvis in
pressing scjow at his death.
Arrangements have been completed
for a wres tling match between Nels
Moe< formerly of Archer but more re
cent j y of Canada, where he has gain
ed considerable notoriety, and Tom
Alley, who has been winning all his
matches in Northeastern Montana.
About two weeks ago House and
bad a ma toh in which Alley
a fall an({ H ouse go t none,
^ f ew days ag0 Alley and Moe
wrestJer Q * ne bour and ten m i nu tes,
hen won the fa n w itH his
famQSU he kdlock.
ma t c h Thursday afternoon,
January 28th, will be fought with
the ^dio^ bar red. This is a fav
or ^ e bo j d Ci f Alley's and one with
wb ^ cb be ge nerally wins his matches,
Tbe ma t c h Saturday afternoon
sbou j d be a good one as Nels is in
exce |j en f shape and with the danger
QUs ^diodc bar red, Alley will be
be forced to change his regular style
; ^ wrestling,
bou ^ w jjj ta k e p i ace a f the Or
pbeum Theatre at 4:00 sharp,
t _
; ^ Wednesday evening,
; m «'s basketball team of Reserve will
tbe men's team at the
-th, th..
*£ of the ,iw,iest scraps of
the eason -
Sid Jordan was over from Raymond
last Tuesday afternoon.

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