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Verona, N. Dak.
Banker is Slain Body Found on Vault Floor After Citizens Break Into Build ing—All of Institution's Funds Believed Missing. Verona, N. D., March 1.— H. C . Bjone, cashier of the Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Verone, is dead, the victim of some instrument with which plundering marauders .beat him into insensibility so that they might rob the bank. This is the belief of LaMoure County Officials, called here from LaMoure to investigate the death of the cashier, discov ered when residents of the city forced their way into the bank vault and found the slain cashier on the floor of the disorder ed vault. Dr. B. G. Riddle, county coroner, who arrived here shortly after 2 p.m. immediately began an autopsy, and ordered a coroner's jury drawn, is aiding Sheriff N. J. Cruden to in vestigate the crime. Officials presume that bandits in vaded the bank late Monday evening where Bjone was working, ordered him to surrender funds of the insti tution. When the cashier refused he was beaten to death, hurled into the vault an the combination of the vault door jammed sufficiently to throw the combination off so that force to author ities believe. All funds in the bank are gone, al though a complete checkup cannot be made for some time, following the arrival of Sheriff Cru den from LaMoure a telephone net was spread throughout North Dako ta, South Dakota and Minnesota, but incomplete information and an almost entire lack of clues as to the identi ty of the perpetrators of the crime leaves the officials with little to work Immediately however, the combination on the door was forced and the vault opened. No immediate seach of the vault was made, Sheriff Cruden closing it s on. Rear Door Open I According to the story told to the ; sheriff by residents of Verona who • forced their way into the bank about : 11 a. m. today, after the proprietor 7 of the hotel here, where Bjone, a single man, lived, told them that the cashier had not been at the hotel Monday night, the front door of the institution was locked and nailed shut. The rear door of the bank was standing wide open. The searchers immediately at tempted to open the vault by working the combination, but it failed to re spond and they immediately began to dig their way through more than a foot of brick vault wall. Before they had completed their efforts, andf calling Dr. Ribble, coroner to in vestigate the death. Checkup Not Made A definite check of the bank's funds to determine how much was ob tained by the bandits will not be made until an examiner can reach the town. on WHITETAIL OIL BOOM RESUMES ( anadian Farmer Reports Discovery of Crude Oozing From Spring His Ranch Just North of Border. Scobey, Feb. 27.—A revival of the which stirred the little town of Whitetail last summer when oil was discovered in a well in the town, occurred last week due to re ports brought in by a farmer living about seven miles north of the town, across the Canadian border, of the finding of crude oil on his farm, | which he said oozed from a spring. | His land lies near a farm owned by ; James Dixon, who also states that some time last fall he found oil in a well he was drilling and that he stop ped the drilling and suspended all work. awaiting developments in the VWhitetail field. Both these men are familiar with oil fields and assert that the fluid found is crude oil. . It is quite sure that with the com ing of summer Whitetail and vicinity will witness a good deal of activity in that line, as a good deal of money has already been expended for leas ing and organization work, and two companies have been formed for testing out the territory. LUTHERAN CHURCH A. M. EGGE, Pastor. Sunday school at 10 a. m. Divine Worship at 11 a. m. English services at Antelope at 3 p. m. Confirmants meet Saturday at 10 a. m. at Plentywood. iniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiHiiii i niii iiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiinininiiiiiiiniiiniiiiiiiiiiininiiiinimt iSSMST £3yiiiiiiiin»iiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniitii>niiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiiiiu«ii •E 3 'B:E 3 ;ES X tvv S5 ;-X Just let this thought sorter sink m/o your soul: r X x -X The mummy ain't had no fun for mor'n five thousand years . n -X Keep your business out of the mummy class! Advertise! -X R-— — i. * * * * 11 * 111 « linnitiii'iMiiiiinininiiiim iiniiiniinimmmmmmmuinininin iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiii Gasoline Report of Legislative Committc« Shows That Oil Was Shipped to North Dakota Points By One Montana Company and Sold Cheap er Than In This State. "It is our opinion that if competi tion was unrestrained in the state of Montana that gasoline would be low ered to the consumer,the joint gas oline investigating committee said in its report filed with the sonate to day. ly eliminated the consumer must pay the established price," the committee commented. Where competition is entire No Comment on Tax. With reference to the nonpayment of state tax the committee says "the contention of the refineries is they did not collect this tax and the contention of the state is that the tax was collected and not returned. We refuse at this time to comment on this proposition because a ques tion of law is involved which will re quire the determination of the courts. We do know this, however, that those refineries which did not pay the tax sold the gasoline at approximately the same price as other retailers ex cepting in the city of Butte. If they didn't collect the tax, then the two cents was an additional profit which they have been collecting and which the people of Montana have paid and which your committee thinks was an excessive charge in view of the fact that the public thought or had the right to think that this extra two cents was going to the state to be ex P emi |; ( l ? n . th p *' oa< 2 „ Freight Rates Handicap. Handicapped by unfavorable freignt ra ^ s and . by f, he custom of Montana refiners in following prices fixed by 'an outside competitor which distri buted 50 per cent or more of the gas oline used in Montana, consumers of gasoline in this state, outside of Butte, are charged more than con sumers of neighborly nonproducing states, the committee found. Retailer's Bit Too Small. that "The retailer," says the report, "does not fix the price at which he buys nor does he fix the price at which he sells. * * * The price to the retailer is fixed by the jobber or i refiner. The retailer is allowed by j the jobber or refiner a two cent mar I gin but does not have the privilege of fixing this margin himself." Commenting on this condition, the report expresses the opinion that "the margin to the retail dealer of two cents a gallon is too narrow' for the retail dealer to make any profit unless his business is of enormous volume." Commenting on testimony that the jobbers have been permitting them selves to make a charge of iVz cents a gallon, approximately, as a handl ing charge, the committee expresses a belief the amount is excessive and says "this 4Vz cent jobber's charge could be divided up so that the re tailer could have more margin than two cents and the consumer pay less and still leave the jobber a sufficient margin." It declares that "the job ber and refiner in many instances are the same concern or affiliated corporations and therefore get a re fillers' profit, a jobber's profit and, if retailing their own gasoline, also get the retailer's two cent margin." Butte Is Favored, With the exception of Butte, the report declares, "the production and refining of crude oil and crude oil products in the state ^>f Montana has not resulted in a material reduction in the price of gasoline to the con sumer in this state and has only re sulted in the refineries of the state meeting the price that outside refin ers can import and resell gasoline in the state of Montana." The committee found, the report says, that "a freight rate charge is being made by all the refineries sell ing gasoline locally in their respec tive communities, with the exception of the Silver Bow Refining company in Butte. * * * Your committee is of the opinion that this freight charge should be eliminated in all cities where refineries are located. Crude Cheap, Gas High "The testimony shows," the report says, "that in recent months, crude oil was cheaper in the Kevin field than anywhere else in the United States and gasoline was selling at and near the Kevin field at the high est price in the United States." "During 1926," it continues, Montana refinery shipped three mil lion gallons of gasoline to North Da kota and paid a freight rate of over four cents per gallon anil sold it at North Dakota prices. This company the people of North Dakota the while one gave benefit of cheaper gasoline, they were getting the higher Mon tana price from Montana people. If the company had sold its gasoline in Montana it would not have had to pay as much freight to ship its gaso line to Montana points and could therefore have sold to Montana peo ple at North Dakota price and have But the witness The evi made more money, said they had to move it. dent purpose was not to disturb the Montana retail price by putting this product on the Montana market.'' Members of the senate committee were W. J. Paul of Deer Lodge, chair man; F. W. Delaney of Prairie and Thomas Kane of Ravalli. House mem bers were L. E. Bretzke of Valley, W. B. Leavitt of Custer and R. S. O'Day of Cascade. Home Industries Meeting to Be Held In Plentywood (Continued from page One) No. 5. Talk by M. P. Ostby, County Agricultural Agent. No. 6. Talks by representatives of commercial clubs and other civic or ganizations from the following towns Outlook, Medicine Lake, Reserve, Antelope, Westby, Redstone, Dooley and Plentywood. Towns where the organizations are not functioning will be represented by individuals. No. 7. Reports of committees on Home Industries. No. 8. The Good and Welfare of Sheridan County—open to discussion for all present. No. 9. The women's committee will serve luncheon of Home Industries produce. The meeting will be held under the auspices of The Home Industries Committee of the Civic Betterment Club of Sheridan County. The public is invited. Committee: H. Krogman, Chairman, A. M. Peterson, Martin Toftness, Harry Hilyard, Andrew Hansen, Secretary. Rose Gibson Died at Kenmare Last Sunday (Continued from pagre One) orders to which she belonged. The following sermon was given by Her man Krogman: The Funeral Oration Dear friends: We are here on a sad mission, a mission which none of us care to carry out. But it is the way of humanity. Some day all of us will go this route and will have to perform the ceremony I am endeavoring, in a weak kind of way, to perform here today, women at whose graveside standing today was woman. some one The we are no ordinary The fact that she left the lap of ease and civilization in Minneapolis and' came out here wdien this was a frontier settlement is proof of this I act. She was one of the rapidly passing away pioneers who blazed the trail for the people who are here today. When these P^^I^^I^^^^Vpraines were hke endless seas of grass, Rose Gib came here and started to make a home. At first she started a stop !TÄ he ?Ä m on the: road, bhe: had a light high at night for Ses^ Manv 866 ' traveler stonneH a* twfS f r K\ is the tradition all amnn aiU - lt miles that he Mafien by Rose if he had m mev în pockets as well as if he had' 1 She did not do this work fm- Mit VnLL she made out of it as Tr the service she rendered tn her -r i low man! render ed to her fel If anv of fhp „ -i Rose was there! if Lny were ta watt she helped them. She could alwavs observe the good old mlp of Lt lèt ting the left hand know what the right was doing "Shp li.l or.i i k ■stealth tnd bTJhed to fin, I i t.?' Many a homesteader in his haftlp with the forces of nature and in his endeavor to turn this raw laml int« a garden, was listed SrÄÄ hour by the woman whose bodv noL rests in the earth from which wp • vi sprung Ther J^ are Toide who long for riches, who ÄCwrite a g ori name on the pages of ' historv who want to shine in the social world or DiaVp MnyviA i. Jr afntts^the fCeTou^ett the money you make that you, at the evening time of life, look back at and are proud of. It is the service vou render to humanity. And if there ever was a woman who had a ri^ht to look back with proud satisfaction on the good deeds she has done that woman was Rose Gibson. " This brave and tender woman in every storm of life was oak and rock; but in the sunshine she was vine and' flower. She was the friend of all heroic souls. She climbed the heights ai ^ d ^ e ft all superstitions far below, whde on her forehead fell the golden dawning of the grander day. She sided with the weak, the poor, 2rLu' r ^° ng f d ,' and lovin î?ly grave alms. With loyal heart and purest hands she faithfully discharged all public trusts. She was a worshipper of liberty, a f ™n d of the oppressed. She believ ed that happiness was the only good, reason the only torch, justice the only worship, humanity the only be lief. on mis Life is a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two etem ties. We strive in vain to look be yond the heights. We cry aloud and the only answer is the echo of our wailing cry. From the voiceless lips of the lying dead there comes no word; but in the night of death, hope star and listening love hear the fluttering of a wing. She who sleeps here, when dying, mistaking the approach of death for sees a can the return of health, whispered with her last breath, "I am better now." Let us believe in spite of doubts and dogmas, of fears, and tears, that these dear words are true of all the countless dead. Speech cannot contain our love, There was, there is, no gentler, stronger, womanly woman. A woman_in so far as she beholdeth Here one Beloveded's face; A mother_with a great heart that enfoldeth The children of the race; A body, free and strong, with that high beauty That comes of perfect use, is built thereof; A mind where reason- ruleth over Duty, And Justice reigns with love; A self poised, royal soul, brave, wise and tender, No longer blind and dumb; A Human being, of an unknown , _ _ i«i ated Library Bldg. March 1 which closed its doors during the bank crashing days, leaving sorrow' and suffering in many a Sheridan county home. As the wrecking of this bank may yet be the subject of an investigation by the Comptroller of the Currency and possibly a Unit ed States Grand Jury, we will not touch on its ramifications here. As illustrating the way bankers worked when the sun shone on both sides of the fence for them some years ago, splendor Is she who is gone—farewell. McKee-Langer Co. Evacu / (Continued from page One) we publish an affidavit which Gust I Olson of Dooley filed in the office of the Clerk and Recorder early this wee ^* . Tho Olson Affidavit B^ath the legal terminology of cé ° * a /, fldaVlt Can , be read a t ' V °+ ™tf enn g and wrong, a f*° ry ° f clever scounderhsm on the Hip 81an ° p' u f tmg ' confidence on SL* >ther V, u Pe ? h 5 P % ÎT enty SUC c cauld f? ld °* th ® ways of nie« 6 " m Sher ' dan County Gust son was an honest Scandinavian who toiled for years in the city of ?nmnpfr° 18 w that ^ c ? uld .f" 1 . a nf bi TU f m T?T the Pi ?n f ïlînnîS f ^u^ lu^cf W °, rk - ed ^ Minneapolis and by thrift and in dustry'saved up a little bank account. • ey sp °k? of their coming mar Zl wiîflH w U ulTL a r Wnen boss OV li'vp fhp t L!-n! k i 0r iu! alarm nln 1 1 i te I£ ^ f . tbe nîo tunn/ uf *u r mmd i the railrn ail n■ oU^.i/tuL free land that T 7 m-lo W m .„vin, awav Tn the S LIT Ï e-et 'marri pH and «nnn i A, locating on tho harron _ ,. , what is now thp Lit P f n n f 3 * Thev built nn a rno-o-p I u ° j • * shack and starts! tî u«mf the wilderness Cost felt rUat ! +■ V a he had a home nf VH« from early dawn to dusk turning the îTv SÎJÂ th % laml ""' lay fallow since the dawn of creation used U up & Ms a saving 0 buvin^ ra wae-nntf harness horses plows and all the dif ferent kinds * of f a Vm imnlcmont] needed to make smh a nla.P » Naturallv when the time for nrnvinff up came he was running hfvt ^ cash Then came aTtter m! Kee askimr him to r ill if he money. This ™ the first "Come into my parlor said the snider to the fly" note that Gust lot TTe HiH Im fall for the bait it oneê hm w i; : Anally calf ami get a loan fr.™ Mel Kee. ' From that -lav to . . . left the clutches of the wilv hnnlr shark ' c The Spider's Web Some there are who will read this affidavit and that Gust present a p C redfcament e waT?hil h tn ^H business transactions thot h T not sign the notes thL't^hn h shou ! d hand of the foxv bankl^hnwi hfil^se wWte L ÄÄ 'Ä and Mrs. Olson had the honesty of the pe °P Ie raised on the Scandinavi an.peninsula in their veins. They! believed in the Golden Rule and thot i ev f rybody wa * as honest as them- j selves - Their state of mind made it con f ldence nian who £i sbed to l ake adva ntage of them, ^ TZ McKe , e ' wel1 g ™>med.. a man honest looks and pleasing personality. He came to them in the guise of a good Samaritan, holding ! tat H'î° ked J" 1 ! » ^ «?h h ^ a J n ] t be a banker upon u bad earned to look as i R 6 , backboae °. f the community." Wa ?t a c burchman and a patriot, P Wa ked » s '™t?tiou S ly to the ,1-! tar S ° n Sunday and looked to Ward ven . w . lth . the expression of ° ae t° f tbe samts in Hie stained glass * 1 P dow , s ' <"■ his He sold liber ^ y ., bonds and delivered "four minute" ta ks and waved the flag as the boys ^ ° ff t0 the War * He was the Pf s ? nificati ™ of solid citizen-I 8hip; ° f T th ® man who would do Guslis * T ^ onder . tba J hon f st vjiist Olson änd othors foil for his Wi ' eS? T ,T STev- dr W °l S kt'; P S Whe P ence folts d!^^ CU? ° f eXPen ' 1 . dr f T gs ' Worries Udhmge His Mind, - T ^ affidavi t tells a story of pyra miding of the first loan that would make the financial schemes of Ponzi look bonest in comparison. It shows how 016 craft y Shylock got back the sam he originally loaned several times over. It shows how the man wbo want ed to escape from the boss and t ke alarm clock became the slave ** no r i i Will Help Prevent Loss From Blackleg A Germ-Free Vaccine of The Highest Standard FUld Tested Active Potent Scientifically Prepared by Parke, Davis & Co. Ask us for free booklet on blackleg prevention. SEE US WHEN YOU NEED AQGRESSIN « TEN CENTS A DOSE MILLER'S PHARMACY of a system ten times as heartless and cruel. It shows how worrying over his financial involvement weak ened his bodily strength and caused his mind to give way. He was sent to Warm Springs. Did this catas trophe cause the hard heart of the Banker to melt with compassion at the wretched lot of his client? No. He saw another opportunity to get some more money out of the Olsons and had Mrs. Olson have Gust sign over the insurance policy to her so that the debts owed to McKee could be paid if Gust never came back from the "crazy house," without the neces sity of going through a probate court. McKee took the premium; he took the proceeds of the sale. But the Olsons _ ta mine but McKee followed there and had them sign again on the dotted line. Instead of getting out of debt Gust got deeper in every day and after the First National f aded > collectors came from St. Paul with notes against Gust that he thot j were paid. The affidavit is a mov ; ing story of how an honest haref i working man and his wife gave the ( best that was in them to make a j home for themselves and build up the j community in which they lived; of how they were reduced to ruination | and beggary under a system that had all the appearance of square dealing i and legal sanction. Gust Olson, tho yet comparatively young in years, has now the appearance of a man in the j decline of life. His wife also bears . visible marks of the terrible struggle j of suffering she had through, saw no return. Slaved In North Dakota. One time Gust Olson and his wife wanted to pay interest and both of them went to work in a North Dako them Her hands are big and twisted from hard work on the farm. They are living in the shack they started life in on the homestead, too poor to move to a "milder clime where gent 1er manners reign" too old to start H , fe anew ' They are the victims of those who Entrenched in law and largess And the vested wrong of things Cloaking a fouler treason Than any faithless kings He takes our life for wages He holds our land for rent He sweats our little children To swell his cent per cent; S lth secret gr ÿ and levy 2° ^ ry crumb We eat ' He dTnves our sons to theiving Our daughters to the street." j p aras |tes Live Good While the Poor starve I And while misery is the lot of hardworking folk like the Olsons their wen fed exploiters live in soft carpeted mansions. They are a liv * ng em bodiment of the rule that it is not the hardworking honest people that tbrive in thls banker-ruled coun try but the parasite and the schemer, Rut the continuation of this policy where the robbery of people like the Olsons is allowed to take place is not I productive of good results for the coan i ;r y; friends of truth, ye statesmen,! i w j 10 survev The rich man's joys increase, poor's decay i yo . urs to J udge how wide the lim » ltS staad . , Between a splendid and a happy land. I Yet count our gains; this wealth is: bu ^ 3 narne I That leaves our useful products still I ,, the same ' S0 tbe * oss; tbe man wea ^^ 1 T o ^ prMe . t . ^ akes U P a space that many poor ««PP 1 *«!; 1 T* 16 rfd,e that wraps his limbs in „ s " kin doth '. tins robbed the fields of half their tu n growth. I "I fares the land to hastening ills a Where wealth accumulates and men decay." the prey, The Affidavit The following affidavit of Gust 01 son teds a story ^ at: sa id but typi cal of conditions in many a farming community - Read R and pass it along to some one who is «till blind to how the system WOTks - •* AFFIDAVIT State of Montana ) j County of Sheridan) GUST OLSON being first duly ; sworn on oath, deposes and says: Tlint he and Mrs. Olson came to Mon tana from Minneapolis, Minnesota, id 1913 a « d entered on a homestead of 120 acres near Dooley, Montana in the same year. He bought a relin quishment from Blaine Williams in P™«" «■> «" ««« - well as the original 120 acre homestead, Mhai affiant had his notice of final proof published in the newspapers he he recived a letter from John McKee, the cashier of the First National Bank of Plentywood offering to lend him money when he obtained his pa tent. This was the first time affiant heard of McKee and from the read ing of his letter considered said Mc Kee an honorable banker desirous of helping tho farmers id their struggle to improve their homesteads, )ss Affiant negotiated a loan of $1500 from the Bank of Dooloy on ob taining patent of his homestead. This was a Wells-Dickey loan which Epier of the Citizens State Bank of Dooley later converted into a loan from the Nation al Life Insurance Company of the U. S. of A. Affiant got a $2000,00 loan from the aforesaid company, payments to be spread over a 20 year period on the amortization plan. The first loan of $1500 was paid out of this loan of $2000.00 and resulting in a first mortgage being made of the land of the affiant to the Na tional Life Insurance Company of the U. S. of A. I During this time and since proving i up on his homestead, the affiant had by industry and thrift accumulated much chattels such as horses, cattle, and farming implements. About Sop teiuber, 1919, affiant remembering the letter of John McKee offering him financial assistance, and being short of money appproached that gontleman and borrowed from him the sum of $500.00. McKee in re turn, placed a chattel mortgage on all the live stock, personal property and agricultural implements owned by the affiant in favor of the First Na tional Bank of Plentywood. In 1920 said McKee approaefied affiant and asked him to sign a crop mortgage and note for $700 as security for the first loan which said affiant did sign. In the same year the wife of affiant secured two loans from Me Keo which were less than $150.00 combined, and notes were sent by said McKee to said affiant to be signed and were signed by him. Af-j the harvest of 1920, affiant paid said McKee the sum of $887.00. In the fall of the same year, affi ant put on a big sale* of cattle, hors es, poultry, farm implements and other chattel of which said McKee acted as clerk. The total amount re alized by the sale in cash and notes amounted to $2200.00. The sale took place October 11, 1920. McKee, who acted as cashier at the sale, had notes from different parties, which should rightly be mado payable to this affiant, made payable to him self, the said McKee, without the af mission. Soon thereafter, said McKee by duress and forceful persuation had , ter fiant's knowledge or conscious per affiant take out a policy of insurance in the amount of $5000.00, of which McKee as agent for the company de manded of and was paid by this af fiant the sum of $93.00 as premium. Worried by the state of his finan ces and the strangle hold obtained ove r the said affiant by the said Me Kee, affiant got very sick. Affiant go t to worrying more over his finan dal condition and in 1920 he was ( committed to the State Hospital for the insane at Warm Springs where he j was incarcerated for some time. Be fore being committed he was advised by Dr. Sells to sign over his insur ance policy in favor of affiant's wife. I Soon thereafter affiant was informed by his wife and believes same that said McKee told her that if Gust never comes back, she could get the amount of tho insurance without P assing through the hands of a pro bate judge and pay all of his debts to the said McKee. That said McKee made all notes payable to himself after the sale and never gave any credit to affiant of the amount he was supposed to owe to the First National Bank. Affiant from his investigations knows and verily believes that said McKee took most of the $1400 notes which should be signed to this affiant after the sale aforementioned and deposited them with the First National Bank of St. Paul and obtained money thereon in favor of said John 1 Vf t The allegations in the above para- ! Sraph were confirmed when in 1923, a big fat man, who said he represent ed the First National Bank of St. Paul appeared on the farm of affi- 1 ant at Dooley and showed him the' notes and told him what McKee had j done. The said fat man did not know «I a -™P mortgage put on affiant's | crop in 1923 by said McKee. In 1921 affiant and his wife, being in hard financial circumstances, went t» Columbus. N. D„ to secure em. ployment in a coal mine. While af fiant worked in the pit, affiant's wife washed clothes for the miners. While ! affiant and his wife was absent, said ! McKee without affiant's knowledge loan of a w. au. L J \ T 7 'Y 7 < / T » /fTBiioT Wow Sod * St. Patricks Dane It is going to be the big event of the season. Special decorations, and finest music by the Krazy into an evening of enjoyment. The Farmer-Labor Temple has been Better procured for the event, move lively; make that date; and get your ticket now. Thursday Evening March 17 L L ii: and consent sent one Johnson farm of affiant and instructs to plow up 70 acres. Thereafter • McKee sent another amounting." ^to affiant to sign, whi c i, ! affiant did sign because of * 841 the legal and financial „„ McK «« had ® ve r Win, said affi ant awj Affiants farm has now been fl, closed on. and he is in a much e condition than when he came Minneapolis in 1920. Affiant t*S er states that the labor of him and his wife in improving his far a,ld beautifying his home has been ' am and that he verily believes »h joost of his financial burdens hi mulcted upon him by the McKee in whose honesty h e re ,^ "is (affiants) fülltet confidence, r believes and states that McKee never destroyed the old "" en affiant paid money but .' aBtc and used them as security borrow money for said McKee's u. an ~, h* 1 ** . * * a jli a nt lurther states that | knows that he paid up said M c w aI1 the money he owed him, and d. no* credit lor same but by species of financial ledgerdemjjt sa | d McKee pyramided the debts 0 | sa,d affiant until he could no Ion attempt to pay them with the that his home was täken away f t# and said affiant has been reduce t tlie status of a tenant, and his famil have been plunged into the abvss. beggary and ruin, Gl ST OLSOX, Subscribed and .sworn to before m, 1 this 24th day of February, 1927. RODNEY SALISBURY, Notary Public for the State a commis»,«* ' °n th hi fear sad M not m KM wpin Secretary of Workers y 8 dunes in Michigan. After Post» wa s tried and acquitted Ruthen berg was convicted. His case appealed to the supreme court b !,° he was not imprisoned The cases aga i nst the others arrest e d with him in Michigan never brought to trial." At F-L Convention Many Montana people who wero delegates to the Farmer * Labor Convention oi June 17 * 1924, remember C. E. Ruthenber* * very well. He was a stS * figure there. Whenever he arose * to speak those present knew they * were listening to a master speak ♦ etr an d statesman. But Ruthen * berg is best known for his wort * w ithin the Workers Party. When * the discussions were carried on * two years ago he was the leader * of the minority position, * commission sent from Moscow to * settle the discussion within the * American Party sustained the * Kuthenberg viewpoint. Those * differing from them gracefully * withdrew from control of the * Central Executive Committee and * with the policies of the party ev * er since. Party Dies In Chicag< (Continued from page One) was were TV * * The dead General Secretary is! mourned by all the members of I * the party and everybody on the I * outside with whom became into I * contact. They all knew that hr I * was sincere in his work for hu| * inanity. A great funeral »il| < bear the remain., nf Kuthc.br-. * to his grave while messages of - condolence will come from all * parts of the Globe. The body of • Kuthenberg may bo interred Is * neath the clay hut his name * long be remembered by the wort * ing class to whose interests he * devoted his great talents. # * * Ruthonberg has had most to do Mourned By All.