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of the World
Liberty Is Not
Handed Down
From Above
Published Weekly
Official Paper of the City of Plentywood
Sub. Rates:
Foreign, *3.75
In U. S. J&09
Per year
per year
titered aa second Class Matter, Oc tober IS. ISIS, at the Poet
office at Plentywood. Montana, Unde r the Act of March 8, 187S
•n* farmers having sold their
at 25 cents a bushel, the
„rice goes up-on the wheat pit—
r cent in one month and is
«Sd* top $1.00 What a
columnist sees
laid bolshevist plot in the re
W age rise granted Soviet
C workers of 30 pet cent at the
time the U. S. Steel trust was
Siting its slaves 10 per
cent more.
Steel workers in Pittsburgh and
Gan can see for themselves what
a rotten system bolshevism is. It
„rovides five days work every six
v for Soviet steel workers, while
American steel trust asks its
to toil only one or two
days a
By their fruits ye shall know
Fascism cuts wages of
Italian workers again.
A Great Mind Meets the
Starvation Issue.
"The great problem that con
fronts the world is to gear down
the productive machinery." —Silas
Strawn, pre-eminent American
Among minor contradictions in
"With reduction of in
has come less food-stuffing,
the news:
come ■ __
—Dr. Preston R. Hubbel.
"Widespread undernourishment
of children and young mothers
has resulted from the last two
of financial depression and
unemployment, according to re
port of a nation-wide survey made
bv the National Organization for
Public Health Nursing."— N. Y.
President Hoover recently as
sured the radio trust that free
I speech on the air has been pre
served. Sure! Anybody with ten
thousand dollars can hire a radio
hookup for 30 minutes.
And we have a free press too.
Anybody, for example, with five
million dollars can publish a news
I paper in a second rate American
I city. •
The more we see of our alleged
civil liberties, the better we would
bite to have some economic liber
Maybe it would be better to own
our jobs and our country collec
tively, as workers and farmers,
than to have the dubious right to
speak on a street corner against
the guys who own our jobs and
their country.
Another Triumph for the System
First the American Tories re
joiced that the British Tories had
swept the elections. And then they
read that the victory meant high
tariff walls against American pro
ducts. What a headache!
"We Americans are the richest
nation in the world with the long
est breadlines." — Morris L, Bmst.
What King George Told the
American Colonies
"President Advises Philippines
to Shun Hasty Independence"—
headline. Guess the Filipinos will
history, preferably the period of
"Heating of Madrid Sidewalks
to Aid Homeless is Considered,"
Was it Anatole France who said
that the rich will do anything for
the poor but get off their backs?
M. Citreon, the French Ford,
«aid that gloom in the United
states is unfounded. Have you ,
tried selling any Citreons here,
®y friend?
c .v xt
Says the N Y Daily News R«c
ord, apropos of the Hoover Hunger
Ummission appeal for old clothes
for the workless. "This country
1 would have no difficulty in rais
mg the few measly millions neces
•ary to equip every deserving ob
ée! of charity with new raiment
-and not DIRTY clothes.
The Daily News Record 1» the
°r|?an of the clothing trades.
Lidahl - Ersness
Word has been received here of
th e marriage of Palma Lidahl and
August Ersness both of this city.
They were married the 22nd of
October in the Lutheran parson
*Ke at Alexandria, Minn., by Rev.
Gustafson. They are now living
® Brandon, Minn, where they
P*ct to stay for some time.
August Ersness grew up in the
Antelope country and has been
010 st °* the time except the
•nue spent in Minneapolis learning
n barber business. It is not
thaMine ** goin K to follow
or not.
lW, ma *f dahl is a graduate of
gra(W°j d school, having
Kf, ed w ith the class of 1031.
un w d 5 one Minnesota to take
TiT lr dressm g
here f . riend8 of the couple
kZ l at Antelope with
^ luck and happiness.
A Preliminary
T^lar JS 0P08€d c ulhertson
hsjK across the Missouri
at his present location
9 L' '
manifesto of the friends of
Thirteen years after the
'war to
end all wars" world imperialism is
once more threatening to plunge
the working masses into criminal
slaughter. Caught in the iron
vise of the economic crisis, threat
ened with the revolt of the toilers
at home, the imperialists are seek
ing a solution of their difficulties
thru the only path imperialism
knows: Ward. The events in Man
churia, with the Japanese imperi
alism, have sharpened the conflict
between the rival robber hordes
and have tom the mask from those
darlings of pacifists, liberals and
so-called "socialists," the Kellogg
"Peace" pact and the League of
Nations, revealing them as naked
instruments of imperialist aggres
sion. American imperialism, leap
ing to defend its interests and
those of its vassal govemrqent at
•Nanking, has rushed warships and
is maneuvering against Japan and
Britain thru the League of Na
tions. But most of all it is man
euvering against Soviet Russia,
using for this purpose the League
of Nations (of which the USSR is
not a member) and not the pre
cious Kellogg "Peace" pact (of
which the USSR is a signatory.)
The events in Manchuria while
intensifying the danger of war
between two rival imperialisx
groups, constitute a particular war
threat against the soviet union.
Southern Siberia is within striking
distance of the scene of conflict.
With the United States taking
the lead, the imperialists are mak
ing feverish efforts to effect a
temporary solution of their differ
ences and join for united action a
gainst the Union of Socialist Sov
iet Republics, This would have a
twofold purpose: To destroy the
fatherland of all the toilers and
crush the Chinese soviets as well
as the revolutionary movement in
all capitalist and colonial coun
tries. On the 14th anniversary
of the Russian revolution, war a
gainst the workers' republic stands
on the order of the day of world
The 14th anniversary finds the
contrast between the capitalist
world and the socialist world of
Soviet Russia greater than ever
starvation, wage cuts, mass mis
economic and cultural decline
Crisis, unemployment
—this is the picture of the dying
capitalist world. In the Soviet
Union no unemployment (on the
contrary a shortage .of labor), a
steady increase of wages, introduc
Eleven million unemployed in
the ugA Three mjufcn workers
wanted in the USSR. Tens of
thougands 0 f American farmers
pauperized and starving in the
USA. Thirteen million peasant
hougeholds (more than half) col
lectivized and building up a new
,. f - . .. USSR. Ten and mor«
1 cent e cuts for stee l work
- n the US a. Thirty per cent
e increases f or steel workers
J he USSR All sorts of impos-
... , t o save t he tottering
structuré of American capitalism;
in the Soviet Union the mighty 6-
year plan of socialist construction
arousing the enthusiasm and crea-
tive initiative of the masses and
being completed in four years and
(Continued on Kart Pag«)
tion of the 7-hour day and 5-day
week, tremendous strides in indus
trial construction and collectiviza
tion of agriculture, the constant
raising of the material and cultur
al level of the masses.
IN U. S. A.
Gov. C.
Boise, Idaho, Nov. 18. •
Ben Ross has ordered dismissal
from all department sunder sis
charge of married women whose
husbands have employment, his of
fice disclosed today. The order
affected all departments except
those of elective officers, the state
land department, the industrial ac
cident board, the board of educa
tion and the supreme court.
The order was expected to bring
about replacement of six to eign
women employees in his own de
partments and if the order
made general thruout the state
house by heads of department*
not under the executive's control,
a similar additional number may
be affected.
Wells Thinks England
May Turn Comuunist
Washington.-— H. G. Wells, fa
mous British novelist and social
ist, who talked with President
Hoover Oct. 28, said afterwards
that the British people might
swing to communism if the na
tional government, with its over
whelming Tory majority, fails to
restore industrial prosperity.
He suggested that, if the Brit
ish workers become convinced that
the Tories fail to satisfy the cam
paign pledge of bringing back em
ployment and a good living, they
are likely to turn to the Labor
party and make that party a more
radical party than it ever has been
ir they will turn frankly to com
50,000 GASSED
Los Angeles.— Fifty thousand
people were "gassed" with tear
gas bombs by the notorious "Red"
squad of the Los Angeles police
when they broke up a meeting to
raise money for the striking min
ers at Harlan, Kentucky, at Phil
harmonic auditorium last Friday
Captain Wm. Hynes of the "Red
Squad" appeared at the hall just
before the meeting was to start
and told those coming to "hike,
that there would be no meeting.
They charged the indignant crowd
throwing 126 bombs and slugging
with their gun huts and clubs.
About 6,000 persons had come
to attend the meeting which was
to be addressed by prominent lib
erals and radicals of the city. A
bout 1,500 were said to be com
munists, the rests were not.
Three policemen were slugged
and badly hurt and an unknown
number of those coming to the
meeting. Policeman Carl Abbott
was hit on the head with a rock
and knocked unconscious by those
defending themselves against the
police charge.
Motorists in the downtown sec
tion near Pershing Square were
caught in a traffic jam when the
wind blew the gas from the tear
bombs over the city. Some aban
doned their cars in the street and
fled. Patrons were driven from
movie houses, hotel lobbies, and
cafes, sneezing and coughing.
After the riot, the notorious
Hynes said he was going to start
a drive to clean out the city
.*-*.* + * * 4r *_*_*.,*-r f
Anti-War Meeting
and opening of the
will take place in the
at 7:30 o'clock
will speak
and other subjects of general interest.
Mass Slaughter Goes On
At Boulder Canyon Dam
Las Vegas, Nev. Many workers
fall into the river here working
on the Boulder dam and are not i
discovered until the body is found I
floating in California. Victims of )
the dam are buried in three states j
and in one foreign country.
Those killed on the Nevada side
are buried in Nevada., those killed '•
on the Arizona side are buried in !
Arizona and those found floating
in CaClifomia are buried there
while occasionally a body may re
main undiscovered until it floats
Mexico. <
The Six Companies, which has
the contract for the dam job here,
is called the greatest executioner
in America by the workers here,
No precaution is made for the
safety of the men and they are
aroused. It will only take a little
snark to set the workers In mo
tion here. They will soon be
ready to enter into real mass ac
tion against the Six Companies to
raise the wages and to demand
safety on the job.
Saturday evening the Comer
town local put on a very interest
ing program before a packed
house of four hundred people.
The meeting was held in the
school house where Art N. Wankel
of Dooley and J. O. Brensdahl
gave interesting talks between
the several acts of a program but
on by the town's younger set.
After the meeting lunch was
served and a dance given in the
community hall.
Sunday evening a big anti-war
meeting will be held in the Fann
er-Labor Temple in connection
with the opening of the Young
Communist school. Mother Bloor,
Charles E. Taylor and others will
speak on War Danger which at
present is a subject in which ev
erybody is very much interested,
and a big crowd is expected.
The Young Communist School
which will start in Plentywood on
the 22nd and last for 30 days is
another undertaking which the U.
F. L. is getting behind and sup
porting. The farmers realize that
a school of that kind is very im
portant in order to develop organ
izers and leaders for the farm
movement and they are sending
their boys and girls here to get
this training.
Between thirty and forty pupils
from several states will be here.
Sheridan county and Plentywood
should be proud of this additional
undertaking and publicity.
Nashua— Nineteen cars of cat
tle and sheep were shipped from
here recently.
Wednesday night of last week
Herschal "Slim" Lee, George Sat
the sheriff, for reasons, does not
divulge, engaged in a cattle stealr
ing enterprise,
The two strange men it seems
came ^ a studebafcer five-ton
truck. They had previously oon
tacted the Plentywood men. Before
embarking on their cattle stealing
activities, the strange men, it is
said, were appointed deputy sher
iff s by Sheriff Hans Madsen. The
strange men, officers of the law,
properly and duly appointed, fur
n i s hed with a star each, the badge
0 f authority, then became cattle
thieves, and in their own truck,
having enlisted the aid if Barge,
Le e and Satter, started on their
ter and Frank Barge, together
with two men, the names of whom
felonious adventure. They went
to the farm of Mike Palubicki a
couple of
tywood and rounded up six head
of cattle, a truck load, but decid
ed that they were too thin and
not worth stealing so let them go,
and concluded they would go to
the W. W. Clark ranch on the
Antelope road, about six miles
south of Plentywood where there
were choice and fat steers, the
next, or Thursday night, but they
failed, being unable to catch the
cattle and get them into the
truck. Sunday night, they tried
They went to the Pete Kisler
©state, southwest of Plentywood
in the Welliver precinct, where
they got four fine white faces.
Frank Barge, who lives in that
section, had rounded them up and
had them in a corral ready for
the truck. The truck was to take
the cattle south to a farm near
Sidney where they were to be held
until others were gathered suffi
cient to make a couple of big
truck loads, when they were to be
The Producers News and the
United Farmers League greet
with the working class solidarity
the opening of the training school
of the Young Communist League
in this city. The training school
has been made possible by the sac
rifice of hundreds of militant
farmers thruout North and South
Dakota and Montana, who have
given, until it hurt, from their
miserable supply of foodstuffs and
The thirty or more students whs
have been selected to go to the
school are the sons and daughters
of poor farmers who have shown
by their enthusiasm and activity
that they will be leaders not only
m the struggles of the farming
youth against the misery that cap
italism brings to the youth on the
land but will become part of the
leadership of all the oppressed
masses against the present sys
tem of exploitation, hunger and
The students will be given the
benefits of the experience and
training of instructors who are
leaders in the class struggle.. The
training that the farm youth will
get at the school is the result of
the experiences gained by the rev
olutionary masses thruout the en
tire world under the leadership of
the Communist World Party and
the Young Communist Internation
The need for trained leaders for
the struggle of the toiling farm
ers against the robber exploiters
becomes greater dav ~b yday as
the capitalist class intensifies its
efforts to throw the burden of
this most terrible of all capitalist
crises onto the shoulders of the
toiling masses on the land and in
the cities,
mass resistance of the farmers
and the city workers to the hun
ger program of the capitalist class
and to the imperialist attack on
the workers and farmers father
land, the Union of Socialist Sovi
et Republics, there is the burning
necessity that trained, capable and
unwavering eladers be trained in
ever greater numbers to lead the
struggle of the toiling masses.
The leadership that must be de
veloped is one which is not only
capable of leading the masses in
resistance to the bloodv onslaught
of the robber class but one which
i is capable of leading the exploit
ed masses in the final accounting
with this system of horror, an ac
counting which will clean out the
blood suckers and oppressors and
will establish in these United
States a worker»' and farmers'
We call on the toiling farmers
of - Sheridan county to lend fur
ther support to the training school
of the Young Communist League
during the next several weeks in
which it will continue. We hail the
young fighter» who are now with
us and extend to them our roost
sincere proletarian greeting*.
With the growing
taken to the packing plant at Far
go and sold.
The cattle loaded, the truck was
driven to town by one of the two
strange men. Herschal Lee re
mained over night with Frank
Barge at his home at Weliver be
cause it was so cold and there
was room only for three in the
cab of the truck. Arriving in
Plentywood Satter asked to get
out when they passed his home.
Satter is a widower with four mo
therless children, the oldest,
daughter in second year high
'school. But here the other strange
man pulled a gun, stuck the muz
zle in Setters ribs, saying: "We
are going to the court house." At
the jail door the strange men got
out of the truck and ordered Sat
ter out, holding the gun on him.
The strange men then showed Sat
ter their sheriff's stars, told him
he was under arrest, and took
him into the
It was about three o'clock in
the morning.
Immediately Sheriff Madsen, ac
companied by Deputy Sheriff Bob
Smith went to the Barge home,
arrested Barge and Lee and brot
them to jail. Whether the officers
had a warrant is not known.
Monday afternoon about four o'
clock Lee, Satter and Barge were
arraigned before Judge Paul and
pleaded guilty to the charge of
"Cattle Stealing" and were senten
ced to prison for two years.
The two strange men were not
arraigned before Judge Paul, nor
were charges filed against them,
tha bv evprv fptipt «Abp low tbpv
tfto by every tenet ot the law they
were prmcipais in a felony.
Satter, Lee and Barge were not
kern inner at tbp pxnpn^P of qbpr
kept long at tne expense ot s>ner
idan county but were rushed pell
mpll tn tbp npnitpntinrv at Dpar
mell to the penitentiary at Deer
Lodge by Sheriff Madsen. He was
accompanied by Court Stenogra
pher Koser and with the prison
ers left for prison in a car at five
o'clock Tuesday morning. The
men are now in prison. ,
The writer called up Under
Sheriff Murray to inquire the
names of the men who participât
ed in the felony, but was advised
that their names were being with
held from publication but did not
state the reason. •
Section 10732 of the Penal Code
(Continued on last Page)
Chicago, Nov. 18.— Edward L.
Spike" O'Donnell, hardboiled beer
runner who once thot about going
to London to be a movie star,
told the grand jury today his ver
sion of how he "hijacked" the fail
ed Bain bank chain for his $20,000
Spike" gave the bank just one
hour notice to get his money back.
He got it. That's whv the grand
jury wanted his testimony in its
investigation of the tangled af
fairs of John Bain, whose twelve
banks failed for thirteen and a
half million dollars.
O'Donnell was the only deposit
or to get a cent from the banks.
Rumor said that he pressed a gun
as a persuader against the chest
of John Bain, Jr. But as Spike told
the story unofficially before going
into the jury room, he, merely tel
ephoned the West Englewood
Trust and Savings Bank and in
his gruffest beer-running voice
demanded his cash "or else."
His wife went to the bank be
fore it and the 11 others in the
chain closed and asked for the
$20,000, only to be informed that
Last Saturday and Sunday a
meeting was held in Minot,
North Dakota, Where the Unit
ed Farmers League from sever
al states was represented by
live and wide awake farmers.
One lof the important things
decided on at the meeting was
the making of the Producers
News tbe official paper of the
United Farmers League.
This Change in the paper is
going to be made with the next
issue . ..From then on the Pro
ducers News will be a national
paper, supported net only by
the United Farmers League in
all the states but also by many
other organizations. ..As soon
as this change is made thous
ands of people are going to get
busy and the Producers News
is going over with a bang.
This is no pipe dream. We
are going to put Sheridan coun
ty and Plentywood on the map,
no matter if Plentywood de
Charity Agencies are
of Miserable Travelers
People Without Homes, Jobs, Food or Raiment With No
Place to Go but Looking for More Comfortable Cli
mate of Southern States are Given "Couple Gallons
of Gasoline and Ordered Out of Town — Tourists
Camps Closed to Weary and Destitute Wanderers.
Nation' of Nov. 4. .....
it myself in Moscow, with officials
contrary to the tradition of their
craft working like slaves at their
des ^ , a " da / and s ' , ! ndin *. a ''
"Ç ht ln conference and meetings.
1 ^ ave se€n ^ in , fa^ton s ' ..
union groups and shop commit
eettine toeether after
****** getting togetn r^
worKing nours ana aemanai g
savagely of one another why they
" 7* meetW tbe impossibilities
are not meeting tn impossibi me
of the five year plan in four, or
,, f
. .
I have seen it in the construe
tion of the great new automobile
works at Nijni-Novgorod among
the American engineers supervis
ing the whole gigantic undertak
ing. They started 17 monas ago
literally with nothing but a.swamp
with no materials, n© equipment,
no labor, nothing but endless re
sourcefulness and iron determina
tion; today they are racing down
the stretch with 30,000 construc
tion workers behind them, hoping
(Continued on I Art Pag«)
New York,— "There is forced
labor in Russia—plenty of it," de
clares Henry Raymond Mussey
writing from Stalingrad in "The
I have seen
My wife's coming right had*
to your bank for our money. Sixty
notice nothing. 111 you
she would have to give 60 days
notice before she could withdraw
it. She hurried home to "Spike."
He swore a mighty oath, grabbed
the telephone, screamed at the
one hour or else.
Spike" presumably, went back
to fondling his machine guns while
hi» wife returned to the bank.
She got the money from an apolo
getic bank official, whereupon
Spike" turned attention to beer
baroning again.
I was out a few nights before,"
explained the resplendent O'Don
nell for the benefit of spectators
outside the jury room, "with a
bunch of big shot business men.
They told me that the banks were
shaky and I thought I'd be smart
for once."
Reports have it that a London
movie producer a few months back
wanted "Spike" and his wide
toothed grin for a film depicting
the British version of Chicago
gangsters at play with machine
gun and mob.
serves it or not, and the Pro
ducers News is /going to do it.
A new editor, Erik Bert, has
arrived to take care of the edi
torial part. Charles E. Taylor
is doing good work organizing
and will follow up that work in
other states f«r some time to
In order to put this over and
puf it over quick some extra
money is needed and needed
right now. YOU SUBSCRIB
ERS—if you have any way of
raising any money at all, we
want you to PAY UP YOUR
SUBSCRIPTION <and pay it
right away. The Producers
News is your paper, it is fight
ing your battle and yon must
help us make it a paper of na
tional circulation and reputa
Don't let this go till tomor
row—do it today.
Business Manager.
Cedar Rapids, la.
of workers' families who left th#
They are unable to bee any as
. are unaoie vo oeg any as
sistance from the citizens directly
because the people claim they have
,,, . fakers for the
«»natea to tnese latcers lor tne
unemployed, begging is cornered
these charitv racketeers and
ny xnese cnarixy racaexeers, ana
those caught begging are forth
with run out of town—women and
cbddren to boot,
cities and industrial regions dur
ing the summer in old rattle-trap
wrecked automobiles and a camp
outfit to escape their plight at
home, are now finding themselves
in horrible circumstances upon the
highways of the United States.
Homeless, friendless, penniless,
and suffering from hunger and
want the cold snaps have added
more to their misery and with
hunger staring them in the face
fake local charity outfits refuse
them any aid because they have
not resided there for six months.
Even camp grounds are closed
along the highways and admit
tance refused to workers' fami
lies. There is not a camp ground
to be found at Jefferson City, Mo.,
Columbia, Mo., Ottumwa, Oska
loosa, Fairfield, Cedar Rapids, Io
wa City,, Fairfield and Mt. Pleas
ant in Iowa and on north to the
Canadian border, the route cover
ed by your correspondent.
Many workers' families have
headed south, begging thrir way
hoping to escape the coming win
ter in the north without food, fuel
and shelter, only to find conditions
there so bad that words cannot
express the horrors. Workers,
those that have work, getting ten
cents per hour; cotton rotting in
the fields un touched; oil wells
idle; farms deserted; industry at
a standstill, and the highways lin
ed with homeless and destitute
workers and fanners with their
families as well. Begging, steal
ing or borrowing—it won't work
in the south.
The very best that can be got
ou t 0 f any 0 f these local charity
the police, is a couple gallons of
gas and orders to move on. The
writer speaks from experience,
At Iowa City, Iowa, a family of
three children was stranded in the
Cabin Camps, East Iowa City, and
the social service bureau of that
city having a hot time trying to
shake the responsibility. They
didn't even have a car left to get
out of town .with . They had to
feed them or let them starve and
for the great university town of
Iowa this wasn't such a good ad
vertisement—not after the people
give the charity racketeers thous
ands of dollars to care for the un
employed. So they had to figure a
way -out. They popped on the idea
of having the husband arrested
for not having his children in
school and threatened to put them
in the state orphanage at Daven
port. A sister in Wisconsin came
to the rescue and teok the children
and their mother away. The fa
ther went down the road alone and
is headed for St. Louis to join the
Reds, he said, and some people
that will get up and fight.
So it's no easy matter to keep
out of trouble for these workers
(Continued on last Pago)
Cleveland, O., Nov. 16. ,— Sen.
Gerald P. Nye of North Dakota
said today that political corrup
tion in the high places of govern
ment is bringing the nation's elec
tions to the eve of an aution.
The chairman of the senate in
vestigating committee, addressing
the City Club, made a sweeping
denunciation of
greedy interests that are buying
political parties and candidates."
Unless th eAmerican people, he
said, stamp out the corrupt prac
tices of these interest they need
not expect from their government
those things they should have in
time of financial depression.
selfish and

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