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THE PRODUCERS NEWS
Published weekly at Plentywood, Montana, by The Peoples Publishing Company, Inc. Official Organ of the UNITED FARMERS LEAGUE Official paper of the City of Plentywood, Montana Subscription Rates: National or County Edition—In the United States: per year, $2; six months, $1; three months, 60 cents. Foreign per year $2.60; ax months, $1.26; three months, 60 cents. & Ti Advertising Rates furnished upon application. ERIK BERT, Editor RUTH BERT, Associate Editor CHARLES E. TAYLOR, Managing Editor HANS RASMUSSEN, Business Manager Friday, February 24, 1933 BRING OUR PROGRAM TO THE AMERICAN FARMERS During the past four weeks we have published the Draft Program of the United Farmers League, "The Mili tant Program of American Farmers." This program has been published bjr decision of the Organizational Confer ence of the U, F. L. which was held in Washington, D. C. Dec. 10. It is not the final Program, it is published as a draft. This has been done in order to make it possible for all farmers, members of the United Farmers League and others, to take part in the final shaping of the Program, We now open the columns of the Producers News for discussion on the Program and By-laws. This discussion will probably last until the next na tional conference or convention of the United Farmers League. On the basis of the discussion the Executive Council will present to this convention or conference, a final draft for amendment and adoption. In order that the Executive Council have the bene fit of our views we must all participate in the discussion and get as many of our neighbors to do so as well. Each local of the United Farmers League sion meetings on the program, inviting not only mem bers of the League but all the farmers in the commun ity to take part. We plan a widespread distribution of the Draft Pro gram. It will be issued in a five cent pamphlet form in a few weeks time. Each of Draft Program. has three tasks in connection with the us 1. Participate in the discussion ourselves. 2. Read the program over with our neighbors, and get them to take part in discussing it. Each United Farmers League to hold discussions for all farmers: in the community. 3. Spread the Draft Program in pamphlet form to every farmer in the community. In this way we will not only help to make the gram, The Program of American Farmers, build the United Farmers League in doing it. pro but will * » NORTH DAKOTA FARMERS UNION AND HOLIDAY LEADERS ATTEMPT TO DISRUPT STATE CONFERENCE (Continued from page One) Relief meeting, who had been se lected by the faker leadership to put some semblance of decency on meeting. Burdick, the lawyer farm "leader" took his feet roaring like a mad bull charging a matador, with his eyes bulging and his lips quiver ing, bellowel that the mass meet ing had heard of the face of the mass and his outfit. He continued by saying that the actual dirt farm ers, who have been accorded the privilege of the floor several times and who have done nr thing dur ing the ma®s meeting but disturb i it with their attacks and by dis tribution. of circulars and leaflets attacking the "farm leaders" of the state and the good faith of the mas® meeting, and that he would not listen to him anymore. An organized gang of relatives j of the high salaried "farm lead-1 ers' aixd politicians and their henchmen, planted for the pur pose, booed Ingerson and cried "throw him out" but a few real farmers in the crowd were ®ilent. As soon as Burdick the faker, had subsided, purple with rage, chair man Walker without motioïi de clared the ma®s meeting ad journed. Angry and disillusioned farmers Holiday and Farmers Union mem bers in good standing, had gotten their first insight into the duplic ity and fakery of the leaders to whom they are paying more in salary each year to lead and eave them than the gross receipts from a whole township of whcatland. As things now stand it looks as if Charlie Talbot had better be get ting a job from the democratic administration for it is safe to predict that as a result of this mass meeting he will not be re elected to his $6,000 job. Ashbel Ingerson, the Secretary of the Call Committee for the Farmers State Reiief Conference, ! had caused to be mimeographed ! an<i distributed at the convention a circular charging that Talbot an d Burdick had called the mass relief meeting two days before the scheduled date for the convening ! the State Relief conference for the vicious purpose of liquidating the rank and file conference. He also distributed a circular, and open, letter to John Walz, fakers wild and they showed thei» - spleen on several occassions dur ing the two days of the mass meeting, printed story of the Producer® News, the official organ of the United Farmers League, to all those who attended the mass meet ing. These circulars drove the The maes meeting was called to order Sunday afternoon at 2 o' clock by "Dad" Walker^ who had been appointed by the "leaders" to act as chairman. There was no election. The leaders did u»ot think lhat a secretary was necessary. About 400 were present, maybe a hundred fanners who had come in from scattered points in the state in response to the cab, eent out by Talbot and Burdick, while the lest were members of the legisla ture and visitors. The number of farmers increased a few on Mon day while some of the Sunday delegates went home. A whole string of functionaries of the St. Paul business activities came over for the mass meeting. A. W. Ricker, editor of the Farm ers Union Herald, Crool, grain buyer, and several others. Townley did not come as had been advertised, but wired his re gret® aftd greetings, telling the farmers "to fight the banker® and loan sharks like hell, pay no debts, pay no taxes, stop evictions, and raise halL" Townley who had been hired by the farm leader fakers to come to Bismarck and help bust the raiik and file Farm ers State Relief Conference thot Farmers Union Terminal Is Renamed FARM MORATORIUM I BY INSURANCE CO.S IN GEORGIA AGREED The Georgia Real Estate Loan Association, an organization of 16 of the largest lifç ,insurancexom panics doing business in the state, farm mo^a^es^ep^ere the property has been abandoned. The companies agreeing to the mora torium hold about 85 per cent of the farm mortgages. These will be renewed if the farmer agrees to remain on the property. This step was taken in, order to prevent the development of Sears and Roebuck sales in Georgia, such as have taken place in other parts of the country. RAIL Y1H ARCH 4 TO WIN RELIEF Demand Unemployment Insurance for Jobless Workers Utr.der the leadership of the Un employed Councils, workers all over the country will demonstrate on March 4 for unemployment and social insurance. Already woikers have won sub stantial gains in their struggles to force relief. In Chicago they forced authorities to withdraw the In St. 13,000 families that had been put off the relief list were reinstated. The national and the state hunger marches have also compelled authorities tj make more and more concessions to the unemployed. NATIONWIDE STRUGGLE However, hunger gro'ws and the struggle deepens. The Unem ployed Councils call for the unity of the worker® to make March 4 a success. Huge demonstrations are expected in every city in the country to demand immediate fed 50 per cent relief cut. Louis, eral relief an dunemployment in surance. CALL NATIONAL CON. FERENCE On March 5, the Unemployed Councils are calling a national con ference in Washington, D. C., to which elected representatives of the rank and file of all unem ployed organization® are invited. The conference will work out joint demands and elect a delega tion to prêtent them to Roosevelt on March 6. 200 DELEGATES MEET IN PIERRE Lewis Benzley, president of the United Farmers Protective As®) ciation of Pennsylvania, and Lem Harris, executive secretary of the Farmers National Committee for action were enthusiastically ceived. (Continued from Front Page) re PROGRAM ADOPTED The program adopted included: Cash relief for ruined farm ers. No» evictions and foreclosures. Cancellation of back taxes, feed and seed loans, and delin quent interest. No deficiency judgment®. Abolition of state militia. Production credit without col lateral, for impoverished farm ers. „ , „ Reduction of auto and truck license fee« ! , Resolutions were parsed con demring imperialist war, for re lease of Tom Mooney, and support of the unemployed demands for cash relief. The demand® were presneted to the legislature after a marcs, to the state house. "Solidarity" was sung in the legislative hlals by the farmers as they filed in. The only thing that the legisla ture promised the farmers was "sympathy". A permanent organization was set up in the form of a state com mittee for action. Affiliation of. tlus state committee with the Na . °. mml ee r cri°n was completed. j Every delegate pledged himself : to permit no evictions or fore- i closures of any kind to take place i in. South Dakota. The conference i then adjourned. i ; better of the idea and staid at home, tho he needed the money badly. The president of the Min nesota Farmers Union also de clined to come to North Dakota it is reported when he learned what Talbot and Burdick intended to use him for. Milo Reno, tho advertised as a drawing card, did not put in an appearance and it was later inti mated about °n the street that his and some other names had been used as bait to lure the farmers in 90 as to make a showing at the Mass convention. renew YOUR SUBSCRIPTION LAST RELIC OF FARMER CONTROL, NAME OF COMPANY, PASSES TO FARM BOARD fRY C* I \ ' r l 10 . Avpndale, Mont., Feb. 12.— t ^ at istbave a pretty little piece of paper t a share in the Farmers Union Terminal Association, rectlv controlled by Hoover's Farm Board, a stockholder, hat says 1 own Under date of Jan. 20, 1933, the board of directors of the Farmers Union Terminal Association issued a circular letter to the stockholders asking us to vote YES for a cliange in the Articles of Incorporation of the Ter minal Assn., so that the Association would be more di In this letter appears the following bright statement. If legislative plans now pending in Congress mature, « • agriculture will be re-established, and the buying power of the farmers restored. There is every reason to believe that the program now pending in Congress will be en acted into law. Ihe enactment of this program into law will re-establish agriculture and end the depression. What is it in Washington, that these "gentlemen" can so emphatically say is going to end the "depression? Can these "gentlemen" of the Farmers Union ex plain how they reconcile such tripe with the assertions that the Farmers Union is not in politics? ♦ * * * Those signing this letter are such as C. C. Talbott, D. L. O'Connor, W. J. Maddock, Lieut. Gov. O. H. Ol son, etc. These "leaders" of the feed trough type are surely busy trying to cool off thn farmers i s in their fights against foreclosures, evictions, etc. and in their strike for higher prices. ' » These tactics should be thoroughly exposed The farmers Union is surely a bulwark of capitalism, and these misleaders are doing their utmost to keep us farm ers trusting in the feed bag politicians in Washingt on. 300 DELEGATES FROM FORTY COUNTIES MEET IN UNCOLN t » (Continued from page One) many of whom were entirely sym pathetic. And no one would have dared to heckle that determined army of farmers and workers. Christen® en, Lux and others spoke from the bottom steps. Lux reached the high point when he declared that, regardless of the ac tion taken by the legislators, the farmers would cotntinue their ac tive policy of keeping the produc ers on the land, over fed international banker® is big enough, strolng enough to whip us," he said. No bunch of READY TO FIGHT Christensen said that he knew any man that was a man would gladly die fighting rather than go passively to the poor house and starvation. Again he stated "This is a peaceful revolution. If this doe® not work, all those standing 1 our wa y wil1 ^ held respotti siMe." Farmers came to the Conference to draw up a fighting program against evictions, for a morator ium on debts, against the profits of middlemen, and for certain defi nite demands like the abolition of the state militia and its funds to be used for public schools. With almost no success the lobbyists and enemies attempted to coinfuse the farmers with every kind cf fake bill from inflation to compli cated refinancing. Not only were their bills rejected but the creden tials of those who had slipped by the gate were challenged, and they were ejected by vote of the farm ers. 500 UNEMPLOYED ALSO 1 MARCH On the second day of the Con I ferer.™ a non _ . " 1 ferei T 4 »°0° fanners came in to -1 join the march on the capital. The farmers had passed to their con ference resolutions of with the city writers add, when they formed their ranks to march to the capitol, 600 unemployed workers of the Unemployed Coun cil joined up and paraded arm in arm with the farmers thru main street® of Lincoln. Their banners along with the farmers' banners were all taken into the capitol and placed before the speakers rostrum, while the farmers de mands were being read. The House and Senate met in joint session to hear the demands, w 1 e the farmers crowded bal conies and aisles. When the farm er spokesman reached the part of the preamble "We declare our selves disgusted and in revolt as against the "leadership" of bank era and other business men," the crowds of farmer® and workers in the hall of the legislature burst into a loud cheer, BOL) P ARMENTER Ha\mg failed to mislead the fanners of the convention, the desperate gang 0 f agents attempt ed to substitute in the pree s a weak and submissive program for the fighting demands of the farm t T l' iA eut Govem#r P®nnit ted H. C. Parmenter, an insurance man, to read this eubmissive pro gram which had been drawn up without consulting with the farm ers. His appearance to read this program was greeted by loud boos, hisse® and cat calls from the farm ers who were enraged at this at tempt to confuse their demands. . , , . , , After the delegates had got the hearing, maïiy of the farmers left town immediately. But many oth er® stayed on to arrange for fur ther organization. They left with a sense of the power they have. They discovered, too, those that did not already know, that the cap italist is not on their side. They could read for themselve® and un derstand the attacks made by the "Journal "Omaha World-Herald, new thing for the farmers to be attacked by the "Red-scare" pro gram, a thing that city workers have long been accustomed to. of Uncoln and the It is a ILLINOIS GOV. ASKS FARMERS BE QUIET Real Relief on Debts Will Come Only Thru Cancellation In order to avert the sharp struggles that the farmers to. the various parts of the oouutry have put up against foreclosures and evictions from spreading to Illi nois, Governor Homer, on Feb. 4, iseued a statement asking the mortgage holders to be "leinient." asked the mortgage holders to use "the utmost forbearance in foreclosures on mortgages on the farms, homes and chattels when the farmer or home owner i® in such desperate financial circum stances that he is actually unable to pay." He AVOIDS REAL ACTION . The governor used this means to id tak j ng real which » real action wmen "I"" prev "' '»«closur« a " d evlctl0ns > wlu ch he ®aid neither he «V» legislates could do be ca ® se * w * uld im P air 0r invah ' date contracts. Th® governor wants to make the farmers believe that conditions are going to get better. "Thfe U proposed as tempo rary relief only and until ecu dirions change for the better," the governor said. What the farmers want is not temporary relief but permanent relief. Onlv cancellation of debts wWc h the "impoverished farmers owe will give them some measure -,„1 re ii e f „ THF. SC AND AL Or "EASTERN RELIEF' Scandaelous details have now been revealed concerning the dis tribution of the so-called "Eastern Relief," the government subsidy f 0r the rich farmers to the east eTT1 areas of Germ an v. It is now revealed that the eastern relief in fact was a form in which to pre gent the rich fanners with htm dreds 0 f thousands of Marks pci mfm to do what they like with »rheorcttcallv the ®ums granted to have been u®ed to dear ^ property in the eastern areas ^ debts and mortgages and to tidc the estates over the crisis. It has now been revealed that in fact sum® were used to purchase fondons private motor cars, to fo du1 g e in expensive journeys to the Riviera, etc. etc. The leader 0 f the eastern fanners, Oldenbttrg Januschau received 621,000 Marks "COOPERATION" OF FARMERS WITH BIG BANKS IS ADVISED P. H. Daniel, president of the Federal Laînd Bank of Columbia, not think iftdrm 3 on farm loans is advisable. His views were presented by Harry D. Reed, counsel for the Bank, at a confer ence of mortgage holders on Feb. 14, called by Governoi Ibra C. Blackwood. In order to divert the farmers from a demand for a general mora coriura or cancellation of their debts, Daniel suggested a "full cooperation between the borrower and the lender." This is the scheme that is being spread by the politicians thruout iuth Çaro u 1 era moi the country and has been orga nized in State Board of Concilia tion in Nebraska. The farmers want an end of eviction® and foreclosures not full "cooperation They have been bled white by that. with the banks. MAKE JOBLESS FARM (»ACRES Tell Them to go "Back to Land" Altho Farmers on Land Can't Make Living (BY ROBERT WARREN) Beaumont, Texa®.—"Back tc the This fake cure for unem Land! ployment is being peddled by local Young Men's Business League and Chamber of Commerce in an ef fort both u) iclievc its members from contributing to help tne un employed and to prevent possible organization cx the unemployed FORCED LABOR ON LAND Jobless wotktr.- of thi® .uty art beirg consciptec; to ev.Juie fur thei misery ir, h t malaria-infest ed swamplands of Soutn Texas The city 1 already come into possession »'f a (>C acre tract where the unerr.pl > ,co are sert to work for a .scanty amount «-f groceries. Now it is oronos •! to get rid of these workers altogether by setnd ir.g them to '.he farms permahent iy. Of course, the local magnates are not concert!ed with the welfare of the Jefferson county farmers, whose products will become even less valuable with the introduction of these competing producers Farm products in this region bring such a low price now that farmers are bartering their vegetables and produce at the dime store, in ex change for merchandise. Tf the farmers cannot make a living on the farms, how can inexperienced worker®? The farmers and work ers of Jefferson county , must ganize for mutual self-protection. or as. his ehare of the "relief". With this sum, or a part of it he pur chased a new estate, probably in the hope that at the distribution of the next "relief" he would receive a double share. The Count of Sautma wh „ also r eiy sum purchascd an £legant priva g te car. BUYS CAR WITH "RELIEF MONEY" The Prince of Scboen burg used Ms share of the boodle to gsnize expensive hunting sport for Ms numerous friends. The revela tions threaten to develop into a scan dal on a giant scale and the ^ 0vernmen t is doing its utmost to hush up the affair and prevent an official inquiry. At the same time the condition of the poor peasants is really terrible, but there is lit or flp tv? r_, ,, " e or nothing for them and noth mg for the millions of hungry , . the &Sn® Hetorlift Heto. « ^rm^ HemnÄ Heine un re Jteked ^.o has much reemves little" AM who has »th w J5 ÏÎ . . , Jf, , g t elf „ with AV P rPntîn d - nowad ' those who anl tboi who hive nothkJ rallying to the revolutionarv muted front y ! . ___ __ IvlTAKJ SHIRTS SEE ! LIBERTY PARTY AS j 1 ■ are POLITICAL ALLY The fascist outfit, known, as the Khaki Shirts of America, who ! claim to have six million members 1 (and may have six thousand), and j who hope to imitate Muaeolini's Black Shirts or Hitler's murderous Brown Shirt hordes, have endorsed Harvey and the Liberty P 31 ^ ^ a letter dated Jan. 27 written *° Mr. Harvey, a "Corps Comman der" in Illinois, writes, "If we be °* service to yon at any « me P lease let « know—for after read in g your paper you can depend u P°n our full cooperation at all times." ° tber rear-admirals, etc. of the Khaki Shirts are ordering copies Coin's books and his papers, Harvey has been rampaging »round the money powers. Bird® of a ^ ock together and ^ be Khaki Shirts know Just wbpre Coi " Harvey's "radical" Phrases lead—into their fasdst can i "»P* Producers News—$2 per year Doings of the Advance Guard Now we are going to put on a real drive for the paper. Starting March I we are going to give a prize each month to the one who gets us the most subs. We are not going to give away any enclosed cars. But, each month we will give away to the winner a book,. Slid its a good one, one-you will appreciate .and want to read. The price of the book is $2.30. It is written by John L. Spivak and is called "Georgia Nigger." It is a stirrfng and interesting novel, telling facts about how the people in the south are treated today, after they were supposed to be freed from slavery. The one who gets us the most subs during the month will get this book. If the winner already has this book and would rather have another one, we will get one not costing over the $2.30 for him. Just tell us which you want. - c one In order to get this down Uni form we will figure a sub otn. the 25-cent base. The same credit will be given to the person send ing in a year sub ($2.00) a® to the one who sends us eight 25 cent subs. The biggest humber of the yearly subs sent in during the month is what count®. Now, let Us go to it and see who will get the prize for March. It is going to be quite an inter esting race and quite an honor to be the winner. Thru the Advance Guard you can keep track of it right along. Let us all start out with the intention of being the Winner. j Say, folks, be sure and send in your bundle orders here in time, otherwi«e we are not always able to fill your orders. We print quite a few extras but sometimes we run out. DOINGS OF LAST WEEK United Co-operative of Eben Junction, Mich., wants some back copies. BROKE AND FEEL DIFFERENT ?5opha Gillespie, Port Angeles, Wash., subecribes for sjx months and pays for a bundle to he sent. "Most folks aroumd here have been so sure they were "patriotic" but now two of our three banks went broke the last week in January, so now they feel different," he eays. The U. F. L. of Twin Falls, Idaho, got 100 papers and wants 200 more. They send $3. THINKS PAPER IS GREAT Marvin Dutton, Stroll,. S. D., renews for another six months. "I think the paper is great," he writes. Jim Flower, our National Sec retary, sends Us five sub®. Nick Larson, Brush Prairie, Wash., orders a receipt book and sample copies. Leonard Vedder, Gibbs, Idaho, eends ug tWo six month subs. Frank Walters, Sioux City, la., orders another 100 copies of the paper. From Casper, Wyo., we get an order for 100 copies. W. E. Clement, Pierce county, Wash., sends a dollar and or ders a dollars* worth of papers sent each week. "We have makiy good workers and we are going after more," he says. Robert Kirmo, Ludden, N Oak. sends us three more subs. Claus Carlson, Santa Cruz, Cal, sends a dollar for a bundle cf papers for distribution. INTEREST IS AWAKENING John Wustehberg, Chico», Calif, pays for bundles. 'The interest in the Producers News is awak ening. The near future we will have some subscribers for you, he writes. Roy Miller, Frederick, S. Dak., ie here again with another two subs. DON'T WANT TC BE WITH OUT PAPER Elmer Johnson, Palermo, N. Dak., says he likes the paper very much and dori't want to be s without it. He sends a dollar for renewal. Julius Walstad, Claire City, S. * * * m m North Dakota Farmers tf i*] * IZI The Producers News will have a special reporter at the F armers Relief Conference at Bismarck 1 *. i 1 * r_< * *. * * * * * .* * m [*] Subscribe at once and keep yourself posted what is going on at your capitol during the Conference. Subscription: One year -2; eix months, $1; three months 60 cents; six weeks, 26 cents. Ameiftit on m * * * * * * * $.... * Name . m Post Office . m State . * S*S©SiBiS^ Dak., sends a six month ®ub. had a good meeting in Siaseton court house yesterday," he says. H. Larson, Menno, S. Dak., eefrids two more subs. WANTS TO LEARN MORE Geo». J. Seifert, Mt, Vernon, In<L, subscribes and says. M 1 want to leant more about this farmers organization. John Pahl, Cromwell, Minn., news for six months. Workers Center, Tacoma, Wash, pays for bundles received. RESENT LOSING OUT Willi» Hibner of Twin Falls, county Idaho sends i'n four more subs. among our farmers when we hear of Machine companies re possessing machines and leading the farmer's horses and cows away" he writes. Emil Falk, Glencoe, Minn., sends a dollar for sample copies to be sent to the farmers. ^ WILL GO OVER BIG Frank Arvola, Hancock, Mich., sends one sub. "Once we get the Producers News ïnto this lo cality we can be sure it will go over big," he writes. We re Resentment grows n*w Fred Ruchar, Union Grove, N. Y., renews for another year. A farmer of Frakiklin Co., Pa., say® he enjoys the paper very much. He sends a renewal and one sub. Joseph Standoitis, Custer, Mich renews for another six months. "It is a real farmers paper," he says. CANT WAIT FOR NEXT ONE Archie Allikas, Gleason, Wia, want s a receipt book. Tt sure is a good paper. I caln't hardly wait for the next weekly copy." Wm. Ferguson, Seattle, Wash, wants his bundle order doubled. He sends us one dollar. LETTING OTHERS IN ON IT D. K. Georgieff, Chilco, Idaho, subscribes and sends two more subs. "We eh joy your paper and are sending ours to neighbors and friends as soon as we read them," he writes. Miss Hilma Maki, Sandstone. Minn., sends in a renewal. "Many farmers leaki their Producers News to their neighbors so they cain read it," she says. FARMERS COME FOR PAPER Nick Vukelich, Spokane, Wash, sends money for bundles received and sold. "Fanners come to me for the Producers News and in formation how to start organiza tions," he says. Niel J. Ness, Carbert, Mont., subscribes. Hans Calleen, Uly, S. Dak., sends for sample copies. Olaf Pary, New York Mill, Minn, renews for ottie year. August Jacobson, N. Y. Mills, Minn., ®ends in two renewals. ....Edwin Pfützen reu ter, Hecla, S. Dak., says. "Shoot me a copy as soon as possible, can't get along without it." Hang A, Olson. Weetby, Mont., renews. H. Rude, Plentywotod, Mont., subscribes. Arthur Rehner, Antelope, Mont, renews. Andrew Anderson and John A. Nelson Outlook, Mont., renew.