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- * °0 Iky ^4 leal y :ctort c \\\ THE PRODUCERS NEWS THE PRODUCERS NEWS GOES INTO EVERY HOME IN SHERIDAN COUNTY liberty is NOT handed FROM ABOV E down A PAPER OF THE PEOPLE. FOR THE PEOPLE. BY THE PEOPLE i - PLENTYWOOD, MONTANA, FRIDAY, MARCH 30,1928 Entered as Second Class Matter. October 18, 1811. at the Port office at Plentywood, Montana. Under the Act of March 8, 1870 Sub. Rates: SWt UoJ SS *' No ' 52 stead Renominated by Farmer-Laborites I i»ii»iiiiili'l;iiniiiliiininii!liiliiliiliniiliiliiliiliiliiliiliiliiliiliiiiiriliiliii' 1 i. |,:l,i iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiiiMiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii'iiii.'iuiniiia.il • • I >ii • I j I i I ,111111 lllilllllllllllllHIIIlllflUlllHIHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIHiliiiliniutm I I private Power Companies Charge Double Public Owned Plant Rates - * __ * FINANCIAL legerdemain practiced by PRIVATE COMPANIES, REPORT!; * Juice Supplied By Municipal Plants of Cleveland, Seattle and I ns Angeles to Public for Half the Cost Charged By North „„ States and Monta» Power Companies. Ontario Sells Flectric Current to People at Low Price. Juggling of Stock a „d Manipulation of ControlThrough „"Holding Compa-',: nies" Exposed. Customer Ownership rake Laid Bare. Capitalization and Concentration in the Power Field Ex plained. * I * > JL iiis t meeting of the National Directory of the P. F. of A., feChaii man was designated to make a report on the Securities f power Companies which were then being extensively sold in nwonsin Minnesota and North Dakota. The following compre i' ive report of the activities of Electric Companies is the result. It deals largely with affairs in the states where the demand fori, the investigation took place but is interesting to people in all states;* because it gives a comparative summary of charges showing that Municipally owned plants are supplying service at half the cost .viuiiiuptutj I ^ _* charged by private concerns. ( j i WALLACE'S REPORT SCHOOL PROGRAM The following is a copy of the re port which is now in the hands of of the Directory and will be DRAWS BIG CROWD subject of debate at the next meeting of the national body: To the National Directory of the Pro gresfive Farmers of America—Greet Brothers: In compliance with your request to submit a report on whether or not the private power companies selling stock to the farmers and others in the northwestern states are over-capital ized and what are the rates charged to consumers as compared to similar rates charged by publicly owned plants, we beg to submit the follow ing; TTiere is a growing community of interest and along with it an increas ing similarity in methods, policies and practices in the private power com panics throughout the United States, A study of any one of these typical companies will reveal the essential feature of all of them. We have se lected the Northern States Power Company as a typical example, and from such sources as Moody's Manu al of investments,—Public " Utilities, Wm. Z. Ripley's "Main Street and Wall Street" and other equally au thoratative sources, have drawn the facts upon which the following report is based; 1. THE NORTHERN STATES POW ER COMPANY AS A TYPICAL EXAMPLE The Northern States Power Com pany serves as a very good example illustrating the present status, the usual practices and policies of the pri vate power companies in general. It is one of the larger, although by no ■ ing. on pag e WHITETA1L REAL ESTATE COMMENCES TO CHANGE OWNERS! A number of Wisconsin and other j eastern buyers have been in Whitetail j recently making investments in busi- j ness lots and farming lands adjoining town. There w rere seven lots sold on main i street in one day recently besides a «20 acre ranch west of town. These people after looking over the town and the territory adjoining felt as though this would be a very good place to in vest some of their surplus cash. During their stay in Whitetail they became so well pleased with the pros pects of the town getting started soon in the oil game and of this becoming n? e °i* kig fields in this state that «»ey left considerable money deposited "the bank to be invested in the oil willing industry as soon as a start ts made. Quite a number of farm sales have been made r Farmer Crushed by Hail _ Johannesburg, S. A. —(Autocast hail t au * ht on the veldt in a terrific . u Mj in the northeastern part oi Montana already this spring and it | s e ^Pocted that this year will prove be one of the best ever seen in ontana and especially in the north eastern part of the state, as there will e hundreds if not thousands of tour sts , co ming in here as soon as the oads get in shape for cars to travel. is expected a great many of them • come with the intention of invest tJn v 1 * arm lan ds and many of them w m become actual settlers, tn f Jr (lri Umg which is expected will a very short time It, also bring many strangers, some fit* c Ä sit y to see one of the big out o nil in g for oil and a great many ners looking for a chance to make investment as is always the case ® a «ew oil field. Bit -, ,^ e be fortunate enough l 0l1, which we have no doubt will soon as the first well ' le o down to oil sands, it will start f or this part of the state Kftri o e P re( Jict will far surpass view SUnburst field.— Redstone Display Much Talent on Part of I Children and Credit to Instructors. Matinee Given in Afternoon. , , . ,. , The grade school program which was given at the Orpheum on Friday,, March 23rd, proved to be a real sue cess and was witnessed by a packed house in the evening. Two hundred children saw the afternoon perform ance. The first operetta, Peter Rabbit was given by the pupils of the first four grades and had been under the direction of the teachers of these grades, namely, Misses Thole, Qlson, Hein and Larson. The pupils were well costumed and well trained for their individual parts. Ronald Lind 1 - berg playing the part of 'Peter Rab bit' did his part very commendably. The second operetta, "Sailor Maids" was given by the pupils of the four upper grades and had been under* the direction of the teachers of these grades, namely, Misses Nordgren, Mil 1er, O'Hara, Olson ahd Graham. Sail or costumes were the vogue and a pretty group of sailor maids took the chorus parts together with the sailors bold. The leading characters of the p.ay were, Launs Beigh, Victor Van Hee, Lois Goodman, Beatrice Debing, Har old DaSilva,,, Sanford l Egge» MUdred Hanisch, William Paske. Eac P J his or her P ar ^ f ea î an( ^ a great deal of training. , The Faculty Trio sa ^ t ,° between acts of the second operetta Miss Laura Hem was the accompa Grade Pupils Give Operettas Which nigt for the evening. j March 30th, at the school. Case Against J. 0. Brensdahl Dismissed by Judge Wheeler Well Known Antelope Farmers Meet In Justice Court Before Judge Wheeler—Lindell Accused Brensdahl of Threatening to Shoot Him. , The case instituted by Ted Lindell against J. O. Brensdahl of the Ante lope country was dismissed by Justice Wheeler a few days ago after having his decision under advisement for over a week. The case attracted a ~ood deal of interest and the court was crowded when the trial took lace. Change of Venue It appears that Mr. Lindell com plained to the county attorney that Mr. Brensdahl threatened to shoot him and a warrant was issued and Brensdahl was arrested and asked to show' cause why he should not be pu« under a peace bond. Brensdahl filde and afidavit of bias and prejudice and Judge McElroy asked for a change of venue. Judge McElroy at once transferred the case from his jurisdiction to that of Judge Wheeler. Get Him" With a Gun When the case came up for h earia P the county attorney assisted by At torney Greer prosecuted on belmlf ot the state while Attorney Wagner d - fended. The state put several wit nesses on the stand whose evidence tended to show that Brensdahl got exasperated about some remarks made concerning him by Mr. Lindell told several persons that intended to "get" Lindell with a gun. Other witnesses stated that they heard some thing about an effort being made to get Brensdahl to the mail box *J.^ Lindell "could give him a pounding. Manney Testifies Jack Manney testified that when lindell met Brensdahl and! the; lari stonned his truck that Lindell ta Kea i n a peaceful way J. kid's about Brensdahl "shooting ms dog." Brei \ s ^ hl scuffle with him deu engage t he truck SÄ"« sYammÄ door sever*, to is .. - 4 s -"ST"- rï: convictions in this term of the * U. S. District Court. More boot- * SEW "iTd ThU '• term of Court than ever before. * t TftS*. < * ments in one day before the Grand | J p Sed M g °uiltf and'' werfgive' • * prison terms, fined or put on pro- * : »era, how- ♦ * ever contested 'and jury trials * * took place. Attorney John L. * * Slattery demanded in some of the * RANKIN MAKES LEGAL RECORD tr , ials - ,. sla ' te , rs ; w , h ? is wcognia. • . K e ol "m. "ÜSTelMta * with the prosecuting Attorney. * * The dramatic and aggressive Gov * ernment prosecutor and Mr. Slat "«"the Great Falls while the Court term * lasted. * During the forensic battles of the lawyers named the court room * and t ke .corridors outside were * crowded with people. * The court, having disposed of * criminal matters, will now turn *. i,8 at,en,iontocivi,cas<8 * Leo Young, farmer and grain buyer of Raymond, returned Saturday from an ex t e nded trip in the southwestern states? having . spent the past tw0 j mon t},s traveling. He reports that he enjoyed fine weather while awa" and that he visited his parents who live 30 miles north of D ^ nver> Colo for several days while on his sight-seeing ' EEO YOUNG RETURNS FROM WINTER'S TRIP TRAWICKY BREAKS LEG Mutt" Trawicky, Bernard left Plentywood about three weeks ago to accept a position with a big auto firm in Minot, had the misfor tune to break his leg when he slipped on some ice. He is getting along on crutches now and doing as well as can be expected. Mrs. Trawicky left for Minot Friday to be with her husband. They expect to make their future home at Minot. who Looking over the Grand View Hotel register a News reporter found the name of Krist S. Kristofferson, Oslo, Norway, dated Thursday, March 22nd. It is very seldom that a person is reg * T v HERE FROM NORWAY istered from a distance so far away and particular attention was drawn to it. The P. T. Association meets Friday Although the case was simple the Justice delayed rendering the decision for a considerable time. Lindell said that Brensdahl drove away and when he was a safe distance turned back and threatened to "get him". All through the case there was much conflict of evidence. The case was listened to very carefully by many residents of the Antelope country where the plaintiff and accused are well known. Prominent Dagmar Couple Married At Plentywood One of the prettiest weddings of the season was celebrated at the Far mer-Labor Temple Tuesday when Judge McElroy tied the nuptial knot between Alma Carlene Sorenson Mike Hoff. The bride and bridegroom are both residents of the Dagmar ter ritory. The groom is a well known farmer and mine owner and has long been prominent in all progressive movements for the betterment of the county. The bride was practically raised in the community coming Sheridan County when she was a very young girl. She is pretty and refined and made a good appearance when she had the ring slipped on her finger and had the benediction intoned the solemn Justice of the Peace, who has the reputation of having tied more people together during his term office, than all the Judges who ceded him combined. The happy couple after spending few days on their honeymoon return ed to their home, where they are now receiving the congratulations of their many friends. ana pre - ; 1 NOTED SPEAKER COM ING TO PLENTYWOOD James Cannon, one of the most noted lecturers and speakers in the United States, will speak at the Farm er-Labor Temple, April 19. His sub ject will be "The Frame-up System in the United States." m W' I ■ : >;¥' ■ V I am ■M I m & g . j •! I : ! *| * i * * :: ■ i -, — wmm i m* & », ■mm ■> \ M j * ' * ! JAMES P. CANNON ♦ Mr. Cannon is going back from a nationwide tour during which ' ne spoke to great crowds of people. Mr. Cannon, besides being one of the country's «post eloquent orators, of social and econ e made a study of is a great student omic problems. ^H the causes back of the Sacco-Vanzetti frame-up right on the ground in Mas sachusetts. He has travelled widely in Europe and investigated the forces back of the phenomena back of frame ups. His lecture will be a treat. Ad mission will be free. BENNION MEETS WITH SHERIDAN COUNTY FARMERS County Agent Loader DiseTisses Agri cultural Problems With Farmers from Over the Entire County. Fred Bennion, County Agent Lead er, met last Thursday afternoon with committee men from different com munities in the county to discuss plans for developing a long time Agricul tural program for Sheridan county. In, 1 »» ta!k Mr. Bennion ported out the fact that the primary object of agricultural program was to develop 1 wa y s aa ^ ^ iea J ls making rao mone y ln the farming game with h resources we now have. He said that there are four factors that limit pro fits in farming, especially in periods of low^ prices. These factors are: first, physical limitations (such as soils and climate); second, practices (methods of tillage); third, organiza tion of farming system and best com binations of enterprises; fourth, man agerial ability of the farmer himself. It is impossible to alter or change, to any extent, the first of the above factors. In the past years the Exten sion organization has been devoting the greater part of their time to de veloping new practices such as meth ods of tillage, pure seed, etc., among the farmers. The Service has realized that there are other things that de termine, to a large extent,- as to whether or not a farmer makes any money during the year. The factor that will receive a great deal of at tention in the future will be the or ganization of the different farming systems. It will be necessary to de termine what combination of enter prises are netting the farmers the greatest profit. At a series of community meetings that will be held in the county this summer, information will be gathered relative to the > success of different types of farming. The information will then be compiled and presented to the people for their consideration at a series of county-wide commodity meetings that will be held this fall or eraly winter. The people can then be the judge and jury in determining from actual facts what are the best and most profitable systems of farm ing to follow. by of a Plentywood Show Windows Bring Thoughts of Easter The show windows of various mer cantile houses in Plentywood are dec orated with green palms as next Sunday is Palm Sunday. The stores are also filled with Easter goodies and flowers for Easter Sunday which falls on April 8th. LOCAL MARKETS 1928 Thursday, March Dark Northern - Winter Wheat Amber Durum Miexd Durum - Flax, per bu- Rye, per bu. Oats, per bu.- Barley, per *>u. - Potatoes, P er ..™- - Creamery butter Dairy Butter —— • EggSjjper dozen. _$1.12 1.11 1.04 1.01 1.91 .91 .41 .65 .75 --:-*-* Treasurer Gets Double Security In Few Hours When Hass Pulls Off Bonds * i * Bill Hass, prominent Outlook * i * farmer, who was recently married * I * at Anoka, Minn., through Lew * * Onstad, a Plentywood lawyer, re- * * cently notified the County Treas- * * urer that he wanted to withdraw * * from $10,000 bonds which he had * * put up for that official. Mr. * * Hass stated in private conversa- * * tion that he was very busy with * * his own interests, such as collect- * * ing interest on farm mortgages, * : feK and" was 'anxious £ * * retire from all public obligations. * : .ÂÂTSSÂÂÎSïïï * * signers amongst several farmers * 1 : "xac: "v - * ooo. He got the signatures in a • * few hours. The bonds were ap- * * proved by Ju*dge Paul Tuesday. * **♦**♦♦♦**1 Telegraph and Telephone Line Should Be Owned By Nation, Says Rep. Berger and e Telegi g aph e Co^has deïtrïyed practically all competition in the tele phone business, dominates the field in which it operates, and is piling up tremendous profits by purchasing its apparatus from subsidiaries, Repre sentative Victor L. Berger introduced a bill recently providing for the na tional acquisition and for government operation of telegraph and telephone lines. In a statement he issued, Mr. Berg er said: "Recent investigations made to de tovrmna «hot otorwt if a«« /.nm terrnm. to what etenxt, if any, com petition still prevails in the telephone Telephone and Telegraph Co does i2 per cent of the telephone busmes of the United States, and dominates the rest. It is inc richest corporation m 1 .. Through its control of the Western T-lectric company of which it owns 98 per cent of the stock, and from wmen all telephone companies are obliged purchase telephone apparatus on cost-plus basis, the a t?rep a hone Trust exacts tribute from the American people from the time the apparatus made dovm to and including the time ue telephone user is compelled to pay exohbitant rates for the service he gets "In addition to squeezing the peo ple for ail they are worth by impos ing a variety of unnecessary cnargrs the trust exploits the workers, com pelling them to wurk for ridiculously low wages and for long hours at nerve racking labor. "Regulation has failed to deal with the monopoly problem. No one even pretends that the Sherman anti-truot act is enforced or can be enforced. stead regulation is one of the most fruitful sources of corruption. There is no reason why the ... ' j i t , Four Cracksmen Lock Customers» Cook and Waiter in Ice Box Yeggs Blow Havre Cafe Safe And Make Escape With $3000 —Get $3,000 in Cash, $500 in Checks and Notes and Miss $300 in Cash Register—Japanese Own Cafe. . 1 * Havre, March 27,—Four masked bandits entered the Havre cafe at 3:40 this morning and escaped with over $3,000 in cash, between six and seven hundred dollars worth of checks and a number of promissory notes of un known value. The cafe is owned by Henry Namba, A. Y. Harada, a waiter was waiting three customers at the time of the houldup. Two of the holdup artists entered the front door and held up the waiter and the three costomers at the coun Two other men entered the two doors and stuck up the cook. Ha rada, the cook, and customers were herded into the icebox in the kitchen and locked in. The victims declare that it took the yeggs nearly forty minutes to blow the safe and clean it out. The safe blown with nitro glycerine and on ter. rear was the two blasts were heard by the men held in the kitchen cooler, who say they were spaced about five minutes apart and were not very loud. The large safe with double doors was cleanly blown open, the yeggs doin^ such a neat job that the right door was still on its hinges after they were through working and the other door undamaged. The bandits were described as wear ing blue bibbed overalls, three short and one tall. All wore masks. "The three customers were relieved of their valuables by the robbers who got three gold watches and some cash. One of the customers tossed Ipo across the room and when the Pi^s - oners broke out of the ice box he found the bandits had not noticed hi roll lying on the floor. Over $300 in cash was in the cash register but it was not touched. .20 i K - 'MINNESOTA SENATOR WINS ENDORSEMENT AFTER LIVELY FIGHT ! | i Floyd Olson, Hennepin County Prosecutor, is Standard Bear er for Governor of Gopher Stat^Three Hundred Dele gates Assemble in St. Paul and Put up Strong Ticket to Wrest Control of Minnesota from Old Gang-Stale Con vention turns Down Proposal to Put National r armer-La Ticket in Field but Appoints Delegates to Attend North | west Conference to Canvass Situation. As we go to press the following news about the political situ ation in Minnesota reaches us. The Associated Press states that Senator Shipstead was endorsed by the Farmer-Labor Asso ciation after a stiff fight. The Minnesota Convention di*J not favor the idea of launching a National Farmer Labor Party this year but appointed delegates to attend a Northwest con ference now being held on the subject at St. Paul. St. Paul, March 28.—(AP)—Over stubborn opposition of anti conservatives, the Minnesota Farmer-Labor convention late Tues ,j ay indorsed United States Senator Henrik Shipstead for re-elec ' During a fiery two-hour debate, sota was attacked as a "betrayer and was defended as "the champion ~T ,. "f* al government, which runs the potal Business of the __ nation and runs it efficiently should not also be able to operate the telephone and telegiaph .lines. The rates would be cut to a pom t where business would increase. xhe workers could get a living wage. 1 AtU \ the P 60 ? 1 ?» instead of remaining a t the mercy of an irresponsible clniue 1 U-hich now runs these lines to buit| themselves, could own and operate them for the benefit of all the people through its legally constituted gov ernment, very much as the people now ran the postal department. _ IVÆINMFQrYT A ROYQ AR 1 MilNINLMJ IA BUYS AK RIVE FOR FARM WORK _ is Oscar Soli, Oliver Lewis, Chester Lewis, Rudy Hagrey, Lewis Dolly, Or ville Underdahl, Alfred Jacobson and Helmer Carson constitute a party of young men who arrived from Fertile, Minnesota during the past few days. Four of the boys arrived Friday night, two on Saturday and two on Sunday, They came by car and report the roads as being in horrible condition. These young huskies are looking fori farm wort_ TLmvm will ha nn «flinni nn Fridav There will be no school on Friday, j April 6th, nor on Monday and Tues In- | day, April 9th and 10th. These days ; have been reserved for an Easter va ! cation. All classes begin promptly at feder-inine on Wednesday, April 11th. SCHNITZLER HOME ■«. . Amg /nAv HTAniTl A i rltllM I A I IM IKIMI A 1 a\V/ 1T1 vi i l i ll »a/a j I 1 * * Senator J. W. Schnitzler re- * : turned to Froid this week from * various points in California, * where he ha'd been sojourning * for several months. The Roose- * velt Senator and Bonanza farmer * looks good and is slightly sun- * burned after his trip. He bought * a brand new closed Ryan Mono- * plane which is now being special- * ly constructed for him at San * Diego. He will return to the Gold- * en State soon and fly back in the * machine. While Mr. Schnitz- * new 1er has been much "up in the air" * for the past several months he * still takes an intense interest in * what is going on down on the * ground. A representative of the * Producers News got several in- * terviews from prominent residents * of Eastern Montana on the * Highway'construction plans of * the State Commission, amongst * which is an interview from Sen- * ator Schnitzler. Next week we * will give our readers a story * giving the opinions of the best • experts on this subject in eastern * Montana. * The Roosevelt Senator was pro- * fuse in his praises of the wonder- * ful roads, the glorious climate and * the life and vim of Southern Cali- * fornia but said Northeastern Mon tana was the best place to main tain a permanent home and make « living. * the senior senator from Minne of the party that elected him, of the working class. The final vote was by acclamation, so record roll call was taken, but an official check showed that approx imately one fourth of the 300 dele g a tes registered disapproval of the motion for indorsement, Presenting an organized attack aga i ns t the candidacy of Senator Shipstead, his opponents began their C0U nter move in the nominating com m ittee where three of their number opposed the majority report favoring the senator and offered a minority report with a candidate of their own. oi afp ' ni ior«uid ^ convent i 0 n ^indorsed a of . 1 i ne conyenuon muorseu » state candidates headed by °yd * son, Minneapolis, for governor, and 1 adopted a platform and a setofreso ! u j,' on ®„ adTtaistTatitn f a r its att! t u de toward Nicaraxua. Th ti ket i ndor sed by the conven .• ; nc i udes . Lieut Go Thomas Vollum, Ers kin secre tary of state, Susie Stag b Redwing; treasurer, R. C. Sleto tenj Willmar; a ttorney general, C. F. i G aa renstrom, Fairmont; railroad and j ware house commissioner, J. L. Peter | gon> p roc t 0 r. officers were elected as follows: j a. C. Welch, Glencoe, president; S. A. I Stockwell, Minneapolis, vice president; Frank T starkey> gt Paulf secretary treasurer. Platform The platform "unhesitatingly and straightforwardly" indorses the Mc Nary-Haugen bill with the equaliza tion fee inserted. The Great Lakes St. Lawrence waterway was favored as was development of river transpor tatiion if barge lines are government operated. An anti-injunction law in labor disputes was indorsed. Resolutions adopted urged adequate care for sick and disabled veterans; favored extending recognition by the United States government "to all countries," thereby stimulating indus tries and acting as a panacea for un employmment and more liberal stat utes governing co-operative agencies. THIRD PARTY TICKET PROPOSAL CONSIDERED St. Paul, March 28.—A proposal to indorse a movement for putting a third party ticket in the national po litical campaign was before the north west farm-labor conference here to day. The conference follows closely the two days convention of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor party, The state convention voted down a suggestion to send delegates to some midwestern city to consider the for mation of a third national party. 1 he convention, however, authorized the state party's executive committee to attend the northwest session today, A committee of seven, formed at a meeting in Chicago last . unday discuss plans for a third F" 1 *» J}?® was represented today at the north west meeting. The committee rewe ! sents some labor organizations and farmer-labor groups. New York, N. Y.—(Autocaster)— Calvin N. Keeney of Leroy, N. Y., aft er a quarter of a century succeeded in getting the strings out of the bean an d now everybody is growing them I that way. Keeney sold his first seed to a big grower who supplied Con gressmen with the seeds they sent out ; to constituents and with lavish gener osity they sent samples out every where, and with that Keeney s prize bean business blew up. 1 He has not been able to correct the | faults of any other vegetable. His children are urging him to look for * another job where the fruits of his • I toil cannot be pilfered by Nature her Took Strings Off Beans Now Seeks New Work « self.