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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 News, The Pio
neer Press and the Sheridan County Farmer.
CHARLES E. TAYLOR, Editor and Manager
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1929
Joseph Patrick O'Brien III, the high school student
of Tucson, Arizona, to whom the Daughters of Ameri
Revolution has refused to award a prize although
his essay on the policy of the United States in Nicar
agua was judged the best of those submitted in
test which they sponsored, has got his money just the
same, says the Bowbells (N. D.) Tribune "The Nation,
liberal weekly, after reading Pat's essay which outraged
the D, A. R. by criticizing the way the United States
has conducted its relations with a weaker neighbor, for
warded to him the $7 which was at stake. 'Never, says
The Nation, 'has a gift of $7 given the giver a more
sublime and hilarious sense of downright virtue.'
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Pat's essay, in part, follows;
For years American business men have
had interests in Nicaragua. American capi
tal has developed the natural resources of
that republic; this investment of time and
money has always been welcomed by the
government of Nicaragua; they appreciate
the benefits derived from this solicitation,
but they do contest the right of the govern
ment of the United States to control the
destinies of their nation for 'the protection
of American lives and property.'
The conduct of the United States gov
ernment during the Panama revolt has been
called atrocious, but it is as nothing com
pared to the inconceivably un-American at
titude of President Coolidge and the state
department during the recent Nicaraguan
revolt. Our marines have been sent to Nic
aragua to safeguard American lives, and,
while doing this violated the sacred char
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acter of the ballot by controlling Nicaragu
elections to suit the desires of the Amer
ican state department. Our government re
peatedly refused to recognized Dr. Sacasa
General Chamorro as Nicaraguan ex
ecutives, claiming that neither had been
lawfully elected. Whether or not there is
any truth to this charge is not known at
the present time, but the immediate recog
nition of Senor Diaz, who was friendly to
American interests, causes suspicion as to
the validity of these charges. Diaz accomr
plished no more while in office than his pre
decessors, but merely because he was sup
ported by the government of the United
States. What could a nation of 800,000
people accomplish against the wishes of the
government of a neighboring nation of
120,000,000 inhabitants? . . .
" 'Perhaps some day the people of the
United States will forbid their government
to perform acts contrary to the principles
of democracy for which this nation stands;
and the Stars and Stripes, freed from the
blemishes of imperialism, will stand once
more as the symbol of liberty and democra
cy for all.
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The above incident well illustrates what the Daugh
ters of the American Revolution considers patriotism.
This organization of snobs is a very good picture
of just what the actual Ladies of the American Revo
lution did not stand for, also just what the Tory ladies
How time and conditions change things!
The mothers, wives, sweethearts and daughters of
the motley but resolute band that fired the shot heard
round the world, were those who were resisting on the
part of Great Britain the very acts, that have been
perpetrated upon the weak and defenseless nation of
No where can the D. A. R. find language in the
American revolutionary literature to defend or justify
the indefensible policy of naked American imperialism
in the little Latin republic to the south.
The D. A. R. would make the boys who fought
Bunker Hill blush for shame.
And now after we have ourselves convinced that the
— ensuing few years are freighted with prosperity and
world^wide expansion in business along comes these
financial and political prophets and experts to throw
cold water on our hopes; with a line of calamity howls.
Sam Hill, whoever he is but who seems to be a wise
one, who writes a special column which is being syn
dicated to the farmers' and progressive papers of the
northwest, wrote in his column which was released on
March 28:
A few weeks ago this column foretold
the coming of a ruinous panic. As might be
expected nobody paid any attention to it.
But here is Lionel D. Edie, professor of fi
nance in Chicago university, prdeicting a
business "recession." Recession is a fine
$2.50 college word for going backward.
What does a College professor know about
business? Very well, pass him up and list
en to Sir George Paish, the world's great
est authority on economics. He says; "I
predict the approach of the greatest finan
cial crisis in history. It will come in the
spring. I wish I were exaggerating but I
am not." He may be mistaken. He is
servative and inclined to view "progress"
with alarm. Then take the extreme radical
side of it and harken to Leon Trotzky, who
says over and oyer: "The greatest crash in
history of mankind awaits us in less than a
year." You men on the farm will be the
lucky ones. You will at least have food. As
for this column it has but one satisfaction
—it anticipated the major prophets by a
bout six weeks. Recall the words; "It is
certain to collapse Respite all the nursing
and newspaper propaganda and when it
comes the farmer will find it in his heart to
pity the innumerable victims."
And then Sam Hill goes on to regret that the farm
population has been and is now so rapidly diminishing
that there are so many less to be "setting pretty" when
this impending calamity befalls in the following lines:
». farm will not shelter as many as
It did. After twenty years there are five
million less people on the farms arid the
loss would have been greater in farm popu
lation but for the high birth rate. Driving
SÄ °? t! îfi. farm and robbin 8 'hem of
their land will have a considerable share in
^ creating the "business recession" that the
magi of finance see in the distance like a
cloud no larger than
bv^thp Pr V hlS b v agTe ? s Wlth tbe ar gument advanced
bytheProduces 7 News that the farmers inning is oom
Ing. When the great industrial collapse comes, which
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a man's hand.
it will, just as surely as the agricultural collate «me ;
the public will be forced again back to first P Pj
that the food of man comes after all r °h 1 .
and the earth that produces the things folks cat is,
after all, the very foundation of the P rocesses of
Mankind will be eating and doing the necessary
to buy and produce food when they quit buying gas and
radios. All of these things people can get along wi -
have food, shelter and clothing m
out, but they must
order to live, and when the industrial debacle occurs
concerned with these fundamentals, and
though modern
people will be
will return to the land and food even
have to be foregone and it be necessary
to produce it by their own labor. .
Then will it be, markets gone, idustries shut down,
securities and bonds more of a drug on the market than
farm mortgages were, and money lenders and investors
will relearn the novel fact that the best securities m
the world are those based upon solid ground—good
farming land—and that when that fails then there will
be nothing sound.
Once again this primitive fact of life is realized, the
man with the acres will be the man with the only sure
thing there is in this world.
The columns of a recent issue of the Producers News
contained an outline of procedure, under caption,
"Crime of 1929" proposed as a remedy for present un
just, inequitable mines-tax provisions.
Subject to revision, by unbiased persons who may
have ideas of improvement, this newspaper offered a
definite plan of action for correction of the present
mines-tax abuse.
In this connection the Producers News called for the
support of all independent newspapers, and these were
asked to give expression to their views.
The article, "Crime of 1929" was reproduced by the
Montana Free Press, without comment and under cap
"The Montana Press Press does not neces
sarily indorse statements printed in this col
hut prints them to give free expression
to the varied views of its readers."
Of course, past performance being evidentiary, the
Free Press "does not necessarily endorse" anything.
It has a telescope through which it visualizes only the
A. C. M. And from its observations the Free Press
does not prescribe. It has
remedy. Its editorial shrapnel is aimed at the moon
with hope of winging the A. C. M. in the course of its
The nine copper press newspapers, of which the Free
Press complains, are the organs df the public utilities
monopolies of this state. One paper would suffice foi
the A. C. M. if that Company were politically and fin
ancially separated from the utilities group. Sympathy
of interests explains, and answers the question, "Why
the ownership?" of the nine newspapers—a question
that should have, long ago, been answered by the
Free Press. How the deficits of these nine newspapers
are shared is the question that should be answered.
In publishing monopolists utility propaganda as news
items, the Free Press is as liberal as the Trust Press.
As to monopolists and Joe Dixon, the trust press and
the anti-trut press are in accord.
While the Free Press is a medley of contradiction, it
has pointed to many irregularities by way of exposure,
and for that reason is, excepting only the Producers
News, the best paper in Montana.
Bowbells (N. D.) Tribune
Congress is now convened in special session for the
avowed purpose of enacting legislation for the aid
and relief of the agricultural industries. The first
and special session of the 71st congress opened on
Monday, with the ground work for its labors already
laid out following hearings before the senate and
. house committees on agriculture during the past two
The general assumption is that legislation will be
enacted creating a federal farm board with a wide
range of authority and sufficient funds at its disposal
to assist cooperative marketing associations in handl
ing and selling staple farm crops,
revision of tariff on agricultural products is also ex
pected. In a prepared address over radio station
WRC at Washington, D. C., last Friday evening, Sen
ator Lynn J. Frazier gave a comprehensive review of
the farm situation and expressed his ideas on relief
measures,. The full context of his address is reprint
ed on another page, and we commend it to your at
tention as a clear, logical survey of farm conditions.
While Senator Frazier appears to concur with the
idea of a farm board to work in conjunction with co
operatives in maintaining an orderly marketing sys
tem, he would have it go farther and assist in handl
ing surplus crops. He favors giving the board power
to determine average cost of production on such staple
Such action on
products as wheat, cotton, etc., and guaranteeing that
price, plus a small percentage of profit, to farmers.
Any surplus over the amount of such commodity
needed for home consumption would be stored in gov
ment warehouses and receipts issued to the producers,
80 per cent of the world price being paid to them at
time of storage. The senator believes that if such a
» surplus were sold below the determined cost of pro
duction it would automatically regulate the amount of
Such a system of marketing would not increase the
cost of food products to consumers, because the mar
gin between the price the producer receives and the
price the consumer pays would be cut in two. It is
estimated that the producers now receives only nine
billion of dollars for farm products, while the consum
er pays 30 billion for them. Proper distribution and
handling, while not raising the price to consumers,
would give the farmer the 6% billion dollars he has
been losing through disorganized selling. The farm
marketing situation is compared to six million fac
tories without any selling agency, and it is obvious
that when farmers are compelled to sell on an unor
ganized market at prices manipulated and fixed by
organized business they cannot expect to succeed. It
is not easy to confer to a disorganized industry, mil
hons of men on millions of farm, producing without
method or plan, the prosperity enjoyed by well orga
nized quantity production industry that pays good
In respect to tariff readjustment, Senator Frazier
cites figures given before the agricultural committee
showing that since the present tariff law has been in
Sfinrfnnn nnn 1111 ^ 0 St f t ! s has ^Ported an average of
$600,000,000 more of farm products than were ex
ported, and that those products could just as well
have been produced ni the United States if proper
ÄrsÄS.™ them 10 " ake h pr ° fitabi * to
Some congressmen have insisted that President
Hoover wnte a farm relief bill and let the party
rfall buTYhTïrl-J 11 ! 1 Ws ca^aten promises last
toll, but the president would probably say: "No, you
. 11 and pass ^ i«* too toolish I will' dS
M ^ ar /> head of tb e committee on farm
relief has asked John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Henry Ford
Charie^M ^hwab J p. Morgan, Paul M. Warburg
ywen D. Young and other eminent financiers and in
fram? n . f***™ *. give the committee !<lrice to
Äe?s 'ïï/SiÆl iÄ'S
arte: a «S ??
Charley Westphal Writes In
teresting Letter to Friends
Port Clinton, Ohio.
April 20, 1929.
Producers News, Plentywood.
Dear Friend si:
The figures on the wrapper of your
valuable weekly visitor informs me
that my subscription is due. rortun
ately I possess exactly $o.lo tooa> so
here goes the P. O. money order to
Producers News, $3.00, money order
10 cents, baljance one hot dog.
Progress and prosperity are rolling
right along with the high flood waters
and high speed cars.
Enclosed find clipping rom ° eo
Blade lauding the mechanical super-J
m in* r - . . » _1
Students ^ economics ha ^8
since known I of the process 01 tnrow
ing mere men in the human scrap
heap. The machine eliminates him.
He is not needed or wanted read the
article. One can not help notice how
the writer boasts about the fine homes
and conditions of the preferred 50
men who remain on the 30b. Also
how easily he dispenses with the other
250 and their dependents. Its up to
them to go elsewhere to seek employ
ment in oth|er large industries where
the same process is going on and on
in many factories of this section.
Many skilled lathe men are receiving
little as 50 cents to 65 cents per
hour. Skillled wood workers building
some of the finest yachts afloat as
low as 40 cents per hour.
I have read many soft pedal ar
tides on quèstions that concerned la
hnr Armnir thp manv it seems to me
that this one is a pern
The 250 Liners and their denend
ents lust iJass out of the nicture as
one rnio-ht Lsnuff out a kerosen lamp
lieht ^ T P
Mav wocneritv he with vou all
nntn WP meet aeain
hptecr Have
Wm. C. Wächter
Medicine Lake, Mont.
April 12, 1929
Producers 'News, Plentywood.
Dear Sirs
Dolin e
vjidently had a nightmare
when he received Judge Felts' deci
sion, and learned that the Judge had
beat him out of a couple of thousand
dollars—tlje prospective bank roll he
had planned to "gyp" out of the Lib
erty farm. —
He could not pull any peach peels
over Judge Felts' eyes—as Judge
Felt knows a farmer's honest rights.
Joe of course could not put in a big
headline on the front page of his
towel, anything about how he got let
down on his ^kin game, so he had to
call the attention of his few readers
to the school election to occupy* hi?
facetious Jnind.
Joe has had no news for his towel
since the presidential election, so he
had to brew up a slur on the proprie
tor of the Liberty Farm (Barnyard
Serenader ).
Joe contends that anyone who
knows no more than to raise children
to go to school, and pay his taxes,
should not know enough to go to
school elections to vote or to have a |
candidate on the ticket who has hau j
experience and knows the need and !
welfare of the children'to represent!
We should have a wiser one for!
this office. Of course Joe is wise— \
he knows his beans. He has to spread '
the beautiful sunshine and boost up |
home folks as he may need them to'
help him in some of his fictitious
games—to try to beat an honest man
out of seme crops or land or some
Of course Joe has me handicapped
—he is playing his own game, can
put up any old stuff in his towel and
send it omt—sample copy, and pay no
postage and tell the readers who are
weak enough all the slurs, etc. he
I have as much chance at his game
as he would have out here on the
farm with my game. At any rate let
the people know a little of life's other
And it was Judge Felt who beat lit
tle Joe out of his share of the crop
after I had bought the land and paid
for it, and not me.
Joe thought I was just damn fool
enough to let him slip something ov
er, but now he is a wise little bird.
We knoW that he has the courage of
a lion, the ambition of a mule, the
disposition of a snake and the reputa
tion of a skunk.
Proprietor of Liberty Farm.
Butte, Mont. — (FP)—No less
than nii|ie daily papers in Montana
are controlled by the Anaconda Cop
per Mining Co, and on the streets
of Butte one frequently hears the
statement that "Montana is ruled
from thje sixth floor of the Hennes
sey Bldg"—Anaconda headquarters.
Now W. A. Clark, son of one of
the earjy miming magnates in the
state, hjag launched an independent
Viaily krfown as the Free Press, and
has openly challenged Anaconda.
Three years ago the Butte Miners'
Union could not buy am inch of
space for organization advertising
in any Butte daily. The Free Press'
policy of giving space to union ac
tivities has resulted in even the An
aconda papers' assuming
more friendly attitude. A local la
bor movement as well knit and
and unilted as exists in Butte is in a
strategic position in such situations.
a much
Washington—(FP)—Federal em
ployes' unions have secured the re-in
troduction in Congress of the Dale
hill which was pocket-vetoed by Pres
ident 'Co|olidge in March. This bill
raises to $100 a month the maximum
retirement pay for veteran civil ser
vice employes.
By LAWRENCE TODD, Federated Press
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Washington.—"I shall ask all pres-1
ent who are to testify on behalf of !
Station WCFL to stand and be sworn" 1
announced Hope Thompson, counsel
for Chicago labor's broadcasting sta
tion, at the start of hearings before
Federal Radio Commission, April
More than a hundred men and wo
men> spokesmen of organized labor,
a delegation of western farmers,
rose an( j chorused "I do" in answer to
^he recital of the oath. Then five per
song rose an( j were sworn as witnesses
for the opposition.
Thompson came before the commis
si(m prepared ^ it a real picture
of the significance of the American
labor movement. A meeting of labor
un j on execu tives had been held at the
American Federation of Labor head
q uar t ers the previous day whên the
p r0 g ram was g 0n e over and the radio
p j an 0 £ \\rcFL was explained to its
f r j eT1( j s when the hearing began the '
representatives were all on
j ian< |^ ready to hear Frank Morrison,
Mathew Well and Victor 01a:;Jer out
history and aims of the la
^ or moV ement ; n this country, and
t h en to offer their individual testi
mon y as to what their respective un
j ons are donig to support station
, AROR ttcuc rat>T()
What organized labor in C icago, as
represented by the Chicago 1 edera
turn of Labor s broadcas ing e "ter
pnse, wants of the federal radio 0 -
mission is a clear channel 24 hours a
day and three or more of the short
wave lengths for use in rebroadcast
ing and in point-to-<point commercial
sending. One wave is now being used
j in this commercial work. The re
broadcasting is planned as a nation
I wide chain of stations, each receiving
the program of WCFL by short wave
I instead of by telephone wire—the
present means of chain broadcasting,
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that once you've "sat at the wheel'' of the Mighty
Majestic, you'll be satisfied with no other Radio,
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If reception is possible on any
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We just want you to convince yourself that I
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at Any Price 3
After you have put it
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Local Distributors
Plentywood Implement Company
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(Engineers have assured Manager
Nockels and Mr. Thompson that one
clear broadcasting channel and two
short waves will be enough to estab
lish a system which will reach all
over the world. However, they are
planning just now on recalling 100
That organized labor is capable of
supporting a big station and operating
it without lowering the general level
of musical and dramatic features,
Thompson and Nockels were ready to
prove. The financial support given
the station by trade unionists in the
Chicago region surprised the commis
sioners when that phase of the testi
mony was reached. But that orga
nized labor should be given the chance
to send strike appeals into the homes
of millions of people, and tell of
crimes committed by company gun
men, constabulary and such mobs as,
that which kidnapped Hoffman and
McCrady at Elizahethton-that open
d vista of possible stirring up
of pubUc opinio £ Commissioners
Robinson, Sykes and Lafount would
^ t consider it very cautiously.
011 the other hand ' there seemed 710
legal or other ground for refusing to
grant the request of so great an ele
ment in the population of Chicago
and of Illinois, that a clear channel
be given it, and that the two or three
short waves for experimenting in re
broadcasting be likewise allowte l to
WCFL. Refusal would not only be
difficult to explain, hut it would
small stations in this country.
Most of the program would, of ne
cessity, be simply entertainment feat
ures. But at intervals the labor broad
casters would send out news of strikes
wage negotiations, cost of living, un
employment figures, proposed legis
lation for old age pensions, etc., to
build the labor movement and carry
on its propaganda for a higher stand
ard of life for everyone.
arouse protest from all
United States.
T . , over
it would lead
contest in the federal courts if .. 8
commission gave the Chicago Fp i
ation of Labor the major part of ÜCr '
asked, good-will would be
for the commission.
These considerations pointed to
final decision favorable to Wppi*
They indicated that within a ,
months Chicago labor would be * ew
gaged in a tremendous expei ini
broadcasting serious discussion ■ ^ i n
people's struggle for bread it 01
petition with jazz and stock
quotations. arket
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Prospects are progressing f or
water and sewage system at Tontme
River Indian agency as well as hit*
powered electric connections for Law.
Deer. ne
Washington — (FP)— O. B. Col
quitt, former Democratic governor of
Texas, was nominated April 16 by
President Hoover to be a member of
the U. S. Board of Mediation, which
handles rail labor disputes. Colquitt
was a leader of the Hoover Democrats
in Texas during the recent campaign
He will succeed former Gov. Pat Neff
whose confirmation was stopped in
the Senate by the efforts of the rail
labor organizations. Neff was charg
ed with gross inefficiency and preju

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