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A Paper of the People, by the People and for the People By the Peoples Publishing Company, Publishers CONTINUING — The Outlook Promotor, The Outlook Optimist, The Dooley Sun, The Antelope Independent, The Sheridan County News, The Pioneer Press and the Sheridan County Farmer. CHARLES E TAYLOR, Editor HANS RASMUSSEN. Manager Friday, November 20, 1931 FALSE PRIDE r [E FOLLOWING clipping shows how the work er, the white slave, has gotten down to a point of submission and false pride far below that of the black slave of his time. The black slave de manded and expected that his master would take care of him during his sickness and he was taken care of. Instead of demanding the same right which the black slave had, the white slave of to il&y offers to sell what is dearest to him, his ch ildren, in order to pay for things which were given to the black man willingly and free of «barge. So long as the white slave is willing to turn everything he has into money in order to up hold the present system and is too timid to de mand what belongs to him, just so long will the system keep on robbing him and making him sell his children in order to pay doctor hills. PENNILESS, JOBLESS LABORER, RE FUSES CHARITY—OFFERS TO PAWN TWIN SONS Hutchinson, Kans.— Sam Harris reveal ed today the chain of circumstances which drove him to offer his six-months-old twin in pawn for a $200 loan. I have nothing I can mortgage," said sons it Harris, 39-year-old laborer. get a job. Nobody will loan me any money and I must have at least $200 for an opera tion..." Harris and his family have been forc ed to sleep on the floor of their tenement room, covered only by a few ragged blan kets. The operation, a delicate one, involv ing the nose, must be performed immedi ately. "So I'd like to let somebody adopt the twins, if he would lend me $200," Harris continued. In a couple of years I might be able to redeem them. I hate to let them .. go, but I'm desperate. He was asked why he had not accept ed offers of free medical aid from the county. "I have never taken any charity," he replied. "I've always worked and I would now if I could get a job. I don't want something for nothing, and I haven't any thing to offer now but the twins. That's the only reason I'm even thinking of let ting them go. tf PN A five day week would distribute the general wage fund to a larger number of people but what is needed is a fund ample for ALL workers all the time. PN THE WAIL ABOUT DUMPING (Prom The Dakota Free Press, Aberdeen, S. D.) " USSIAN "DUMPING" of wheat and oil has given the capitalist newspapers of this country an opportunity to work up prejudice against the soviets which they have not been slow to take ad vantage of. Every country engaged in agriculture or manufacturing has "dumped." We dump oar wheat and we have not been able to dump it at the right price, so our farmers are in distress. We have dumped our manufactures in great vol ume. Hiding behind a tariff which kept out for eign competition we have dumped our stuff on Europe at half price to get rid of the "surplus." This is especially true of agricultural imple ments. It is a fact so well known that nobody should be deceived that agricultural implements manufactured in this country have been bought in Europe for one-quarter to one-hall of the price paid by our own farmers. All over the United States today, the mer chants of the towns and cities are dumping. The newspapers are full of advertisements of special sales at reduced prices. These merchants are com mitting the horrible sin of dumping their goods on the American market at less than some of their competitors can afford to sell. All commerce consists of dumping. If you need money badly or can make good profits by dumping your stuff on somebody else you dump or you are simply foolish. The dumping cry raised against Rtssia is so pitibly foolish that it is laughable. Those who favor the competitive system— and our whole industrial and financial structure is based on competition—should be the last to squawk when Russia or England beats us at our K wm game. The truth is, however, that Russia has dump ed only because she is engaged in a vast building scheme and needs the money with which to push her enterprises to completion. PN HOGS AT THE BOTTOM Hogs were lower on the Chicago market Satur day than they have been at any time in the last twenty-three years. This hits the farmer a wal lop that will hurt more than anything that has yet happened. Wheat is a small item in compari son with hogs in all the big farming states. There wÉl be no prosperity in this country until the farmer again has a buying power which will per mit him to purchase what he wants and needs. Prosperity propaganda in the face of the present hog prices is little short of criminal. THE WHY OF THINGS By TOM AYRES f|EAR PRESIDENT HOOVER; I presume you have noticed that the price of wheat has gone up. That is not strange. There has never been such a "surplus" of wheat as people were made to believe. The wheat was many times multiplied by counting storage tickets at the local elevators, then again on the same wheat at Minneapolis and again on the identical wheat at Chicago. Count ing bushels of wheat in that way was not hard. It helped to maintain the "surplus," It gave the insiders a chance to deal at the right time and they are dealing, sure enough. ********* Farmers were told to feed wheat to hogs. They did. Now the price of hogs is so low that the farmer has lost his feed. He might as well have sold his wheat in the first place, so far as money returns are concerned. Te farmer gets it, coming and going. Up in this country he has little wheat. In some places none at all. So the game goes on. *«***«*«» I notice that you have allowed the Controller of the Currency to permit the national banks to count their deflated assets—stocks and bonds—at face value w r hen they make their statements to the government. If a bond was bought by a bank at say $1,000, and its present market value has de preciated to $400 you permit them to count it at $1,000. The bank's depositors have therefore got not $1,000 as security for their money, but $400. That looks like a clean swindle practiced on the depositor in the bank. Do you call that square business? I do not. The insurance commission ers in national convention permitted the insurance companies to count their frozen, depreciated assets at face value. How does that protect policy hold ers? Is that not the last ditch in high finance? Do you wonder people lose confidence in banks and hide their money? Do you wonder people who hold policies in the insurance companies are won dering whether their beneficiaries will ever get the money when dad dies? We are getting back to normal with a rush. Some more crooked "nor malcy." ********* One trouble in this country is that there has been no planning. We just go ahead, hog wild, every fellow for himself, the devil take the hind most. Production and distribution are a gamble, when both might be made an exact science within a few points. Our industrial lords make up their own minds what they should produce, not knowing what the demand is going to be. They guess. Each one does the same thing. There is no co-op eration, no co-ordination of effort, and if the whole industrial system were to be placed in the hands of fift yof the leaders, they would not agree, and if they did agree they would double-cross and cheat each other in the hope they might make ad ditional profits by cheating and violating their agreements. ********* Take the case of the farmer. He is an indi vidualist. If he thinks that his neighbors are go ing to put in less wheat than usual he puts in MORE. If he thinks hogs are going to be higher because there has been cholera in his district, he raises MORE HOGS. Te county agent tells him it is a good time to get more sheep. Sheep are low. The farmer gets more sheep. Everybody rushes into sheep. It is not so long ago that the agricultural preachers told the women they should raise more chickens. They did. Now chickens are low. The old cow has been worked to death and the price of milk and cream is down. Every damn fool thinks he can beat the other fellow and the ********* That is the trouble with the capitalist system of production and distribution. There is no PLAN NING. No forecast. We get experience AFTER we act. It is different in Russia under their plan. They map out how much food they need to sup ply their own folks and leave a little to sell abroad, so they can buy more machinery to pro mote their industries. They plan everything years in advance, and then work to the plan. They can do that because they are not working for profit. There is no competition between individuals or groups. There is no interest te pay. There are no mortgages or stocks or bonds. All they want is PLENTY of food, plenty of clothing, plenty of everything that people need. If they have more than they need this year they will sell it to the outside world to get something they want with which to promote their program. They have no motive for SELLING execept to get something they NEED ********* That is the reason everybody in Russia is at work. They have no unemployment and they nev er will have, for there is no end to the possibilities of development in that vast country. It may take them fifty years to organize their industries as well as we have ours organized, but when they are organized and they can produce what they want as easily as we can produce what we want, they will work shorter hours, enjoy more of life and have SECURITY against want. That is what our people want, but they cannot get it, for the Rus sian system cannot be made a success under dem ocracy. It takes a dictatorship to do that. We shall have the dictatorship some of these days. It will be a dictatorship of the capitalists, such they have in Italy or a dictatorship of the work ers such as they have in Russia. We shall be forced to choose, eventually, which we will take. Our democracy has fallen flat. It wont function any longer, hard as we may try to make it work. as PN Of all the hoary bell-wethers trotted out per iodically on issues in which the populace inclined to sheeplike reasoning, perhaps the most irritating at this time is the thesis that we should build up the navy to reduce unemployment. seems PN MUST GET ALONG WITHOUT THE OTHER DAY the good old state of Minne sota offered $1,400,000 worth of gilt-edge bonds Part of the money derived from the bond sale was to be used in a new road build ing program and the balance was to be used to interest on bonds already sold. The bond sale did not materialize because the state of Minnesota ceived not one hid on the bonds. on the market. pay re . Eastern money lenders came, looked over the bonds, and sai d, "No thank you." wer* Farmer Criticizes Bowbells Editor The trouble between the farm ers and the Bowbells Tribune edi tor started when that paper came out with an article about the coal miners demonstration at Estevan recently, where two miners were murdered and others wounder. written up in such a way as to put the blame on the demonstrat ors. Later articles in which workers demonstrations were criticiszed and recommendations of a third party appeared in the paper and protest letters are sent to the pa per by Mr. Ingerson and other farmers showing the North Dako ta farmers are strong for a real Farmers and Workers government where things are produced for use and not for profit. Editor, Bowbells Tribune, Bowbells. North Dakota. Dear Editor: A third part! What a splendid means of taking the people's minds off the real Issues before them, and leading them on a wild gooee chase that can get them nothing. Even a third party did get a lot votes—even a majority—all that would mean is that the people are dissatisfied with things as they are at the present, and it also would assurance to the capitalists of this country that they are in no danger of losing control, because a third party would not attempt to change the capitalist system to a system where there would be no exploiting class. Who will want this third CAPI TALIST part for It would be a cap italist party)—who wants to lead it? Weak-kneed politicians who want to get In the limelight and cover themselves with glory." Poli ticians who lack the courage to face facts as they really are or to advo cate the real remedy. Politicians who would like to capitalize on discontent of the present time get Into public office, and become the official lackeys and boot-llckers of capitalism. 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The Camel Humidor Pack is protection against perfume and powder odors , dust and germs, in offices and homes , even in the dry atmosphere of artificial heat, the Canid Humidor Pock delivers fresh Camels and keeps them right until the last has been smoked CAMEL HUMIDOR PACK ( 0 * %im,S.\.^dh vt00 ers that be will sit up and take notice. About the editorials: I agree with Louie Negaard—they are rot ten and the masterpiece of bunk is "Why Not Change Tactics?" In the October 30 isye the editor tries to explain why he wrote this editorial. I quote fro mthe editorial in that issue entitled: "Why Not Change Tactics? As We See It." "Editorials in the larger papers may reflect the sentiments of the owners though worded by the edi torial writers, and may not always reflect the exact sentiments of the writer. But in weekly and small papers owned by those who write the editorials, they usually the attitude of the writer questions discussed. With editori als written for the Bowbells Trib une this is always the case." I wonder if our editor thinks that he owns the Bowbells Tribune, Al so if he ever .stopped to think that the readers ■would like to read an editorial based on facts Instead of on opinions and prejudices of the editor. About demonstrations and "riots" in general, whether in North Dako ta or in Saskatchewan., and the Es stevan .affair in particular it would be well to point out two facts: ( First: IVmonstrations are neces sary because the newspapers do not tell the truth about conditions reflect on the ^ a es ins t which the workers are pro testing Either the papers are own-: ed by the.capitalists and their poM-I oy is to mislead, or, incase of farm er or worker owned paper«, the edi if of It be the to let tors often are too stupid or lack the courage to tell the truth. In the latter case changing to who work§ for the Interests of the farmers and workers would do away with the necessity for demonstra tions. Second: When demonstrations are turned Into riots, it is because the pollce-lackeye of capitalism, who are always ready to do the bidding of the capitalist, owning, exploiting class against whose oppression the demonstration is directed. turn into a riot by attacking the demon strators whose only purpose is bring the truth to the general puh an edlor lie. Demonstrations are necessary end beneficial to the working class as whole even though the leaders often are convicted on framed up charges In capitalist owned courts, presided over by Judges who are owned body and soul h> that same exploiting class that owns the 'rest of | government. Hinsdale— Plans are being dis cussed for extending the power line to serve farmers in this vicin 'our* Youus very truly, ASHBEL TNOERSON MARRIAGE IS ENCOURAGED AND DIVORCE MADE EASY IN RUSSIA: WOMAN'S STATUS IS LIKE MAN'S Moscow, Nov. 16.— The woman of present day Russia occupies precisely the same status as man m marriage. And a wedding is one of the few occasions for which an inter ruption of individual working hours is permitted in the soviet union. The law of matrimony, as in every other phase of life here, makes no distinction between the sexes, but the government's en couragement of the wedded state is seen in its instructions to offi i cials not to hinder employees who ; may wish to patronize the marri age bureau during working hours, i n. pwi eh ilri - hearing corn likewise, cn.ld Deanng co ! mands premiums from the govem ment in the form of monetary re wards and extra privileges. At the nearest registration of fice — a bureau where marriages divorces, births and deaths are re corded—a couple pays two rubles (about $1) answers a few ques tions and becomes formally united in wedlock. One is compelled support the other if he or she out of work or ill, and their com bined property automatically be comes jointly owned. Honey moons are considered wasteful ex it travagance. a Number of Marriages Normal Notwithstanding the ease with which marriage is accomplished, officials contend the number marriages is normal. Some have seen in the housing shortage large centers a possible explana tion. Each party has a right to retain his own name or both may adopt entirely new one. Change of resi dence by either party does not blige the othe to do likewise. . .. formality or registration definite ly are recognized as married and enjoy the same property right?. They also have the pnvilege of formally recording their. marriage from any prior date desired. Childbirth automatically con verts an illicit relationship into a legal marriage, thus compelling the father to bear his share of expenses involved in sunport of the child, dren have the same rights as oth ers and bear the father's name. i Infant Gets $45 Cash The first of the benefits accru ing to parents is a present of 90 rubles (about $45) in cash from the state to an infant as soon as he is registered. Twenty meters of cloth and a set of bed clothing also are forthcoming, but of even more value is the additional ration card which enables the family to buy extra bread, eggs, butter, su gar and other privileged foods. Parents also enjoy lower rent and less house tax. For the mother, if she Is a worker, four months' leave with full pay is allowed, two months be fore and two months after birth. If she is an "employee," or white collar - worker, she gets three months and full pay. Nine rubles (about $5.60) monthly is paid the mother while weaning the child. Hospitalization is provided free is birth and Such chil of in o SAY IT WITH COAL If you an short of land have not paid your sub scription, do it by bringing na coal fai exchange. We can ■ ■■ — —p — o and there ig a ""g 4 "* 6 f ® r both if the fam,ly ls ext »» If the mother is eni ', y - side the home, as ? Dlo Ved thousands of them are^î 1 ^ nursery and kindereartJx 1 * tt attendance at the nen ' Sj compulsory. H, a?e of Care is taken that the * eration receives no mg. From his earliest S' - effort is directed toward **« the child a potential nmnist. Helena— Natural «« v j turned into approximate! 7*V i of new mains laid in tv* ^ ^ -- The telegraphic nol e ^ Northern Pacific has W * between Missoula and Rood Garri^ Harlowton— A new has opened here. beauty i Æ \ Tf ! it l\V 8« i 71 f/fJ i I S' S' You don't go downstairs M turn on the light and M just as convenient and inj pensive to have an sion telephone within an&'il reach. Order one Today-fa I call our Business Of/iceB ext* ri • în.