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THE PRODUCERS NEWS
Paper of the people, by the people, for the people By Peoples Publishing Company, Publishers CONTINUING—The Outlook Promoter, The Out look Optimist, The Dooley Sun, The Antelope In dependent, The Sheridan County Nows, The Pio neer Press and the Sheridan County Farmer. CHARLES E. TAYLOR. Editor anW Manager FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1929. The" heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight; But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night." H WHY THE OWNERSHIP? The following nine Montana newspapers are owned and controlled by the Anaconda Copper Mining com pany; The Montana Standard. The Montana Record-Herald. The Missoula Missoulian. The Anaconda Standard. The Billings Gazette. The Helena Independent. The Billings Gazette. The Livingston Enterprise The Butte Post. For unexpurgafceti and uncensored legislative news, read the Montana Free Press and The Daily North west. The above question has appeared daily for several months, on the first page of the Montana Free Press. It has not been answered. Until answered, every in dependent newspaper in Montana should keep this question alive. The Producers News thinks that the Free Press should have included the Great Falls Tribune. In si lence, when not outspoken, the morning sheet of the windy dty has always been a consistent and unswerv ing supporter of the copper industry and its political allies, the public utilities trust. In matters of taxation, financing, operation and rates, the Tribune has never criticized the trusts adversely. Quoting from letter of I. Parker Veasey— "Some years ago most of the power devel oped at Great Falls had been diverted to Butte. * * * * Nevertheless, when later a franchise tax calling for a little annual payment of $1700 here was up for renewal and the Butte officials of the Montana Power sought to deny Great Falls this return, I was only very little instru mental in seeing that the provision was re tained. In that connection, however, Mr. War den, on a Saturday, published an editorial urg ing the city to give up the tax. * * * * * THE HERALD REGRETS STRIFE The Pientywood Herald regrets the strife of the past—difficulties that occurred long before its present management was identified with Pientywood and which at the best were no concern of his or of the paper at the present time. The Herald regrets all of this so much, that in order to show its sorrow, it digs ail the old stuff it can scent out of the grave with utmost joy—for the good of the community? Oh, no! What then? For the only and sole purpose of rejuvenating pre judices and rekindling flames that may boil its own financial pot: because not doing as well as it might be doing or as it had hoped, and being disappointed be cause certain longed-for calamaties did not occur to the Producers News, worTcs overtime blowing its breath into old sparks, inspired by the belief that any resur rection of old peeves will put gold in its coffers. The paper's lack of success is disclosed by its agon ized wails. That's one satisfaction. Let us hope that the Herald's efforts continue fruit less even though it does cause pain in the Herald's The Producers News has been through lots of fights of one sort or another—fights in which the other fel low often got a mouthful while we were getting meal—in which the opponents never did suffer for want of assistance such as the Herald might have fur nished. When the Herald says that the Producers News fought a worthy local enterprise, it tells what it knows to be untrue. When it says that the Producers News ever fought the Sheridan Memorial Hospital tried to discredit that institution, it is publishing what it knows is false in every word. Let the Herald pro duce one word in the Producers News derogatory to that institution—contrarily the Producers News has given generously of its space to the support of that charity—and also to the support of the community hospital at Outlook. a ever or ever A perusal of the columns of the Producers News will disclose thousands upon thousands of dollars worth of free space given to every imaginable sort of ty enterprise, and given wholeheartedly and sympa thetically long years before the present owner of the Herald ever communi came into Sheridan county. The Herald well knows this—but the paper would profit by per suading people that the contrary were true, and would by re-opening old sores, catch a few drops of blood in its cup. The Herald has been suggesting by way of "leopard spots," et cetera, editorials that the business people of Pientywood boycott the Producers News. For what reason? So that the Producers News be destroyed: so that it can be consolidated with the Herald under its pres ent management, and brought under the domination of a politician who would then perfect the political machine he has now constructed, elect himself judge wo >ear> hence, and then prepare the way to the governor's chair of which he dreams. However, we hope that the public does not take the erald too seriously and work itself into a frenzy just to accommodate that paper and its ambitious promot 6rs. WHY THE 60th DAY WAS SO LONG «ÂrjÇÂïttÂ at so .IXtr Senate ° f the 2181 As " mbl * The reasons were three-Glen Davis, speaker of the House dnnnp the 20th session; Grant the1ot^«o7v r ,T <mS Committee "f the House during the 20th and 21st sessions, and Speaker Bricker of thf Bonsa during the session just closed-these three rea well named "Board of effectively dur aided and abetted by the sons Control" which handled the house so ing the last session. . , ., Perhaps no such spectacle has been behel this generation: in order that two men or three, mig place at the trough, might draw down a paltry v • public policy and commonwealth, held at their own ex have a $3,000 or more a year/-contrary to the spirit of the constitution of the hundred and sixty men were ' * * pense, at the capital in the vain hope that they might be compelled to vote the appropriation to furnish a ticket, and maybe find ham ana one couple of men a meal eggs for the third. It was not that the amount of money Montana but the principle at stake was fun involved meant so much to damental. . That these men could hold up the legislature for nearly a week, and defeat three or four acts passed by the Senate unanimously calculated to abolish the abuse they were perpetrating on the state, in the House, in the face of almost universal condemnation, is no small compliment to their ability. In the Legislative "whoopee column," post mortem, appearing in the Helena Independent, under the cap 'Abolishing Grant Reed," the story is well told. tion of ABOLISHING GRANT REED "Members of the Monttana Board of Rail road commissioners gave a demonstration of how to put the reverse English on the power of veto, when they ousted Grant Reed, member of the legislature from Broad water, from the position of auditor for the commission. "By a single order the commissioners ac complished what the solid senate and a strong minority of the house of representa tives failed to do, on repeated efforts dur ing the recent assembly. By a simple resolu tion the board has made effective the Intent of two legislative measures which were strangled by the "Board of Control" of the house. "Early in the session a bill was introduced in the house by Representaitves Ben Moul ton of Grass Range, and Dick O'Day of Great Falls, prohibiting any member of the legislature from holding any position or trust in any state department. The bill was killed. "Later a similar bill was introduced in the upper house by Senators Tom Larson of Chouteau and Dan Hagerty of Browning. The measure was unanimously approved, but came to grief in the house by the same influence that had slaughtered the house bill. The vote was 64 to 35. "To some legislative observers the kill ing of these two bills started the feud, which tied up the appropriations measures at the end of the session and threatened to make an extra session necessary. "The killing of the two bills aroused the ire of senate leaders and the house minority and when the appropriations reached the upper house the request for salary for Glen Davis, chief Ibobyist against the measures, head of the gasoline inspection division of the railroad commission, was stricken. Davis was a member of the house two years ago and the job he holds was accepted while he was a member of the legislature. Reed has been holding the position of auditor for the commission and secured a leave of absence to serve in the session. "History of the closing days of the session is still fresh in the memories of all concern ed and it will be recalled that the one item of the salary for Davis was the stickler to the end, when in the 144th hour of the 60th day, the famous motion by Senator Lou Don ovan of Shelby, brought the matter to a show down. "Had the house continued to stand by the Reed-Davis combination the appropriations for the entire railroad commission would have been sunk. Members of the railroad commission proceeded to put a stop to a practice which if allowed to spread would undermine every department of state, as the vote on the Larson-Hagerty bill indicated that 64 members of the lower house were in favor of job creation for members of the assembly. "Some members of the senate, who dis claimed any animosity toward the personnel involved, condemned the practice of mem bers of the assembly accepting remunera tion from the state, during their tenure of office, on the assumption that the principle was the same as the count upon which a former secretary of state was impeached at the hands of some of the members who in sist on sticking on the state pay roll. "One of the ablest members of the senate termed the Reed-Davis system of job cre ation, "legislative racketeering that will disrupt every department of the state, less it is curbed now." " un WHY PUBLIC OWNERSHIP IS BOLSHEVISM? (From the Fresno, California, News.) The Holland tunnel, a double bore, taking vehicles der the Hudson river to and from New York City, is owned jointly by the states of New York and New Jer It began operations about a year ago and has trans mitted an average of about 25,000 cars per day—at least 50% more than were expected to use it in that time. By present calculations, the bore will pay for itself in ten years. If it were a "private enterprise" the owners probably would celebrate that event by raising tolls. But this is a case of public ownership. When the tunnel is paid for tolls will be abolished. Now we know why public utility interests public ownership is "bolshevism." un sey. say that THE PARK PROPERTY R IM (From the Columbian, Columbia Falls) According to information obtained last week it looks as though the movement started by certain congress men at Washington, in which they seek to exclude land ownership in Glacier National Park, will be successful. J. L. Lewis ,who owns the big hotel aid, received a long distance telephone call last week from Senator T. on Lake McDon one day m. a , . , J * Walsh at Washington. The seuator mformed Mr. Lewis that in spite of all bis forts to have the bill changed so as to exclude all ho S from being affected, he was convinced he had fail ed and asked how Mr. Lewis felt about the matter. Mr. Lewis replied by saying that whatever the ernment decided to do was alright with him. exll f St00d that 1,16 biÙ as a ^eed upon Drow s °r y P r: ate h0mes . in the P ark a ll church it can y *i ete mformat ion, however, i s lacking and °v ly . hf• su ™ s *d as to what the bill really means. Some think it will force all owners of land in the park not used exclusively as private homes to sell J iZ government. Others predict that ranches and those operating public places hotels gasoline stations, restaurants, boats, dance halls, etc., must sell their It is also gov and settlers of any kind, such refreshments, ^ _ property, reported that with the passage of the hill appropriation sufficient to romplete the hiïh over Gunsight pass will he made The ! b Shway WS Pr ° ieCt W up pending the US an ta Ontario Shows Up Power Trust Loot vv m vf; m By LAWRENCE TODD, Fed. Press ! Washington_Not only does elec-; wasmngton. horn" co<=t tric current for use five times the consumer from three to ^ tnnes as much as in the average /uucuu.i town as in Ontario where public own ership prevails out also paying from two to five times as much for their service as are industrial and cominer cial u-ers in Ontraio. Thai is tht answer to the A«, always pat forward ^y the power ed U throughout the United Slater, that wh-U the Ontario = 00 « mission saves to the nousc-i. iu con sumer it. takes rway from the basi ness user of electricity. Judson King has made the answer, in bulletin 126 of the National Popu lar Government League. This bul letin is "An Open Letter to Mr. Sam uel Ferguson, president of the Hart ford Electric Light Co.," King is di rector of the League and is engaged in showing the American public that popular government is impossible so long as a few utility combines permitted irresponsibly to tax every household and every business concern, mold the teaching in the public schools and colleges, taint the news of and dictate the attitude of politicians toward the issue of public versus pri vote ownership. Ferguson is one of the chief propagandists for Ihc pow er trust. Recently he published and circulated over the country a series oi letters he had exchanged with King, in which Ferguson tried to make it appear that King has exag gerated the profits taken from the American public by power companies, 'The American people — active thinking women in particular— know the importance of electricity in the home," says King. ["They know they are denied the full meas ure of its benefits because of high Costs. They are becoming aware that they are compelled to pay from 3 to 5 times as much money fior similar service as are the peo ple of Ontario. If they ask why they are told by prominent power officials and finan ciers that it is 'all politics;' that On tario domestic users are served far below cost, that these 'losses' are made good by overcharging the man ufacturers and commercial users and by taxes. In essence, that the On tario Hydro is conducted on principles financially unsound, and the hope that we might have similar low rates in the United States is but the fairy story of communists and other radi cal propagandists seeking to destroy this republic. "This is one of the most important assertions made in a general 'educa tional' drive to control the American mind on which the electrical industry spends around $30^000,000 annually in advertising and propaganda. It is also solemnly asserted as established fact by utility lawyers and experts before committees of congress, state franchises, power sites and rate re ductions are at stake. It is believed by a majority of federal and state judges, army engineers, law makers, editors, economists, college profes sors, staticians, industrial leaders, civ ic leaders and the public at large. Hence it becomes of enormous con sequence. . But it is untrue. As a matter of demonstrable fact, the vast majority •f «Î1CÎ3W csa æ i Your Government at Washicgton | rä By Penman Slave ßH Washington.—Farm relief as plan ned by the new Hoover administra non is due to disillusion a few million tmers or the soil who voted for the great efficiency engineer last Novem ber. As outlined by Senator Me Nary, Chairman of the Senate Agri cultural Committee, the new farm re lief bill now being prepared is half half i0 " th » " xarmer. question, a tariff bill, fashioned ade fa U ™ Iy r,^in P o r t° te0t t'"'"," SSÏÏmîÂ ÄÄ'rÄÄ 1 ÄTmarketTS aftofo food, the Republican solon diT* not explain. Nor will Mr. Hoover. I fir. .. . „ , ' then there is the joke. "Since no P a rt of the difficulties," said McNary, during the past several years have grown out of operation of surpluses, every effort should be maoe to prevent the damaging effects oi overproduction through a better adjustment of supply to market re Qu ;^ e ?} ei y ts *" . . lx that means anything at all, it means that the only salvation for the farmer is to produce less food, sup plies, ccm, wheat, etc. In other words, pay f or bad seasons. Mr. Me JNary s plan "calls for the energetic support by the Congress of price an- ! aiysis and outlook work. It calls for intensive salesmanship of outlook in formation/' . . fr rom the equalization fee to out- ! look information. This is the pro gress of the great farm reliever. Outr look information, this is the inevitable j outcome of the misplaced confidence m big business minded farm sentatives." repre .. *i a -i. n 88 on the new farm relief i I will be taken up March 25th. iwo weeks of testimony will be tak P Ui j €ryb °dy fpom Portland to Portland will be here to put himself on record oefore the Senate Agriculture v/omnnttee.„ Everybody but the far mer ano his city cousin who has not f out of his wages to buy xrom the farmer what the city work er needs most: food. . . . w hile the new administration d° nothing of consequence ror tne farmer its plans In the fields 1 big business are definite and cer- : of power and commercial users are also Paying from two to five times as muc h for their service as are com mer cial and industrial users in Ontar . q ßut do know ^ ' King then asks Ferguson, a New Englander, to explain if there be no power trust in the United States, why Ferguson is so anxious to persuade the P ublic that the Alabama Power now°er Ttoys \t*lEJu shoa]s th w ' y b is s0 the P«>speet of govern > "Can it be," asks King, "that you fear that the example lof cheap power nates through public opera tion at Muscle Shoals and Boulder Dam would: start an agitation for cheaper power rates in New Eng land? . , half of private ownership and opera ! î lon j® the electnc power and light a'e|®K industry in the United States, King shows that it has never kept scientific accounting of costs of producing and marketing the cur rent for domestic lightjng as compar ?d with current for commercial and n Going into the claims made on be industrial uses. Ontario Hydro has always--«! its 18 years of existence as a publicly owned and operated en terprise kept books on each item of °rt m each kind of service, The facts are that the total power sold for industrial uses in the United states in the year 1926 was 35,154, 000,000 kilowatt hours, at an average rate of 1.31137 cents per kilowatt hour. The Ontario rate for indus trial current, for that year, was 1.2299 cents. This means that, if industrial consumers in the United States had secured their power at the Ontario rate, they would have saved $28,819,000 in the year 1926. Domestic, commercial and street light, in 1926, brought to private companies in the United States a revenue of $1,018,200,000 for 15,000, 000,000 kilowatt hours delivered, or an average rate of 6.788 cents per kilowatt hour. In Ontario the aver age rate for the same service was 2.034 cents per kilowatt hour. If the Ontario nafre had prevailed in the United States, the saving fro American homes, stores an*d the atre®, and cities (for street light ing) would have been $714,000,000. Showing that street lighting cur rent is, under the law, sold at cost to municipalities in Ontario, King takes up the question of the source of the prosperity of the publicly owned system in that province. Am-1 erican private companies admit that the rates to household users of elec tricity in Ontario are a mere frac tion of the charge for like service south of the border. From the city of St. Catherines, Ont., he has se cured the bill, for December, 1928, of the rate book of the National Elec trie Light Association for 1927, he works out the charge for the same amount of power—432,500 kilowatt hours — under the Large Power schedule. An electrical engineer who is a rate expert checks the figures, They show a charge of $4,881.69 un der the most favorable conditions for the user, if he were located in Hart ford, buying current from Ferguson's company. MMi ll&il tainT Reorganization of government departments the better to serve for-i eign investors, rationalization of the oil inourtry, efficiencly programs for the munition makers, . , . nifi £ . 1 SL nL°L?îi e r Utm0St Slg ' war . m<)ves the screen man Y impos- i order 1 cf C the ^iay " ment« of the world. ' p"blic' e -nd a from t the r i>ress t f .w. £ore ^'aniCcement of his pjuey, X e £ KSTdK Sot pÄ 8 il by t th r eir h p^r? UntS ^ one ofTe most influ '? r i al , »f Hoover's advisors, !ong a Surfît ar ; d uunng the war one of his assistant? in the Food Administration. Later Mr. Requa became director of the Rucl Acmmisti ation and a consulting en gineer ir the Bureau of Mines. Then he "graduated" to become Vice-Pres ident of the Sinclair Consolidated Oil Corporation. When the oil began to spout over the Harding cabinet, Mr. Requa gut from under the Sinclair flow. For the past few years he has become respectable. He has been go- : ing over the country preaching con- ; nervation and urging government c> operation with the oil interests, but always as a "Consulting Engineer." Mr. Requa's main theme has been for the government to get behind the oil interests, to unite them, to elimin-: ate the excessive competition of the small producers, "to xationalizc" the industry and then—to light the Brit ish oil monoplies. Iiv 3 : ears ago Requa predicted publicly that sooner or later the United States would have of to undertake a naval race with Ei.g land. This has happened. He has urged oil "conservation." This has bven unrertaken. He has urged gov- i ernment "co-operation" with the oil I interests. The last report of Federal Oil Conservation Board, which Hoover was a member, recoi.i mends assistance to American oil in vestors in their foreign ventures. Mi, Requa is understood to have oeen influential in the writing of this re port. An even more definite war move sponeoied by the administration is a so-called "Educational Orders" Muni tions Bill which 'is due to be passed the of in cae next session of Congress. The | purpose is to send out sample oraers of munitions for manufacture during j peace time to various selected muni- ! tions manufacturers in order to keep ( them fit for "a war of major eff OIt > j as one of the chief sponsors of tne bill has stated. In a confidential statement among military and naval officials, Harold G. Hoffman, Republican représentât'/ from New Jersey has said; "It is to-i day recognize a that the training of i industrial soldiers is no less import ant than the training of those _ men who may be called upon to do the ac tual fighting in the event of a war." Hoffman is a member of the House Military committee, a jingo, a bank er, and a member of the American Legion. The chief mover for the bill is Representative Franklin W. Fort, Republican, also of New Jersey. Fort's activity in behalf of the bill leaves no doubt that the administra tion is behind the move. Fort is secre tary to the Republican National Com mittee and an influential G. O. P. spokesman. In addition he is Presi dent of the Lincoln National Bank of Newark, in which Du Pont influence is said to be preponderant. There are some of the forces work ing behind the new efficiency admin istration. Little wonder that farm relief is due for the waste basket of Republican promises. The state will gravel 13 miles of Choteau-Bynum road in Teton county this year. ■ ; rv-vr : : 'a* Hi - 5* - mam « W'W" Jß f . ♦' . «k .f ..r r-* tjWfe" . i ! 1 . j ■S - i "• - If rv.~ « «teg >v : I * Bids Wanted Sealed bids will be r eceived up to April 1 3 th for the Congregational church building (with or with out tower). This building is 28x36 feet. Terms of Sale: Certified check for ten per cent of purchase price must accompany bid. Balance pay able in cash upon delivery of building. The right is rese r ved to reject any or all bids. Bids should be sent to James G. Wagner, Clerk. First Congregational Church PLENTYWOOD, MONTANA a SAVEWAY-STO® LOOK FOR THE GREEN AND ORANGE FRONT Announcing the Opening of Our Pientywood Store on Saturday, April 6th We are in Pientywood Because we have Confidence in the town and its territory. There is a place for our type of business. We deal for cash on a one-price basis. Lost accounts are a part of the cost of doing business and this cost must be included in the price you pay for your merchandise. We handle Nationally Advertised Merchandise of Known and Dependable Quality—the kind you al ways buy. ON FARM PRODUCE AND EGGS DO NOT handle We pay the market price but we dairy butter. u A OUR STORES ARE CLEAN AND SANITARY Frigidaire will guard the health of our customers. ELIMINATION QUANTITY PURCHASING OF WASTE AND LOSSES ARE REFLECTED IN THE PRICE OF OUR MERCHANDISE. » TheSaveway is thelViseway <( LEAVITT INTRODUCED 23 BILLS IN CONGRESS Washington, March 20.—Of j aws enacted during the 70th s> which expired March 4th w . 25 were introduced by Congressman s«tt Leavitt. Senators introduced 717 ^he bills which were enacted into l a * and mem bers of the house 1005 • *hia makes the average for member the senate about i k and f or bers of the house about 2 1-3, pared with Mr, Leavitt's" 23. 1722 con ijf s of ftem as com Three other Leavitt bills tabled at the request of their and similar senate bills were sponsor , „ enacted i n their stead. Seven additional Leavitt measures had passed the house were pending in the senate at the time of adjournment. Five of Mr Leavitt's private pension bills included in general omnibus arid were measures and enacted into law. Another fi ve of his bills for the relief of individuals were dropped as the result of action desired having been secured in other ways. These measures do not include any of the many bills Mr. Leavitt intro duced as chairman of the house com mittee on Indian affairs. Of the 1722 j new laws, an even hundred, or more i than 5.8%, were considered by and reported from his committee.