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Congress Grants Hearings On Relief Bill
Ad ministr ator Still Sabotages Grievance Comm

Prendergast Rejects
Every Proposal Made
By Genius Laursen
Scphus Morstad, Raymond Farmer, Is Refused Because
He 'is Inclined to Be Just a Little Radical ;"\Busi
Recommend Him On Committee
fight for Morstad Is Started
Dozen Men, Women Rejected as Too Radical; Sundsted
Lives "Too Close" to Laursen, Relief Office Pro
poses Holje, Who Lives Still Closer
. . . ...
The rebel administration at Plentywood is continuing j
to sabotage the setting up of the county grievance com-1
mittee. Jens Lind, who had been appointed third member
of the committee, refuses to serve, and Administrator Pren
dergast, through Stenehjem, refuses to accept other mem
es proposed by Gomus Laursen, the farmers' and workers'
elects representative.
The committee met last Tuesday with Mr. Lind not
present. At that time Gonius Laursen proposed as third
#* a third member Sophus 'Mor-_
stad, farmer of Raymond. He
was refused beesus. "he is inclln
"Ito ' just a little radical."
Gonius Laursen had proposed
Morstad already last 'week. He
was them told by Stenehjem: "He
would probably be all right but I
don't know him personally." j
Recommended by Businessmen
In order to counteract this "ar
guxnert" of the relief office on
Tuesday. Gonius Laursep, who was
anxious to get the committee;
started, had armed himself with
a petition signed by all the Ray
mond businessmen, recommending
Momad as a member of th«
wee committee. The petition was,
signed by Bert Herron, Olaf Nor
by, Henry Hill, Joe Kavon and Lee
Monson. Mr. Ehrmanntraut, the
■ecretary of the county allotment
board, has added his signature
since he knew Morstad as chair- '
man of the allotment committee of
Last week, 'when Stenehjem re
fused to accept Morstad because!
he did not know him, both he and
Laumn went around town to learn
of -
Lundeen Moves to Force
Veto r;!!
vote On Insurance Bill
»ovo to overcome administration
opposition to the workers unem
ploy men t, old age and -ncial in-i
«»ranee bill he has introduced,
Representative Lundeen Farmer
labor, Minnesota March 28 filed
more about him. At McKeö's
(Continued on page three)
* petition to force it to a vote
|n the House. At the same time
rent letters to all congressmen
urging them, to sign the petition.
Onder tb e gag rule adopted at the
beginning of this
session, 218 sig
'be hill has already been fa
Torably reported hv the HmL 1 «.
b° r committee, ihj petition is on
» resolution of Representative W.
I 1 ''Mery, Democrat, Mas^achu
«***• asking for a re e from the
^les committee, domirated by
Co '' «-vrtive administrationists Is :
•(tempting to block a vote on'the
»«W bill, which proposed ^
«'•?' vif.ort insurance r at°average !
r, wages for all T.
sU-aü of the limited beTe^ : ts for
restricted number of fu
'in'>y,ploye d p-iposo.î in the
»ition bill
Ma "y congressmen freelv admit,
reporters that there X ^"tremTn
Pre^» f r Z \SJ
other workers' organizations
throughout the countr^ fnr rhe
Passage 0 f the MD
^"'ridap countv farmer
hLT 1 v hdw their men stand on
8114 what they intend to do.
are recessary to force a
'ote, instead of the 145 previously
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and Wolmer whist
Play the Danish
on Friday eve
At Hull lO flLCll
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Holds Out on Money
Owed Indians
BUTTE. Mont.—All! ging breach
of contract, the department of the
interior ha s filed action against
th ® Rock y Mountain Power com
P an y to cancel its contract on the
proposed Poison dam and power
Slte - Th ® company Was given the
contract on May 23, 1930, and was
to have completed the project byl
May 23, 1934. |
The Rock y Mountain Power
company is controlled by Montana
Power . in its turn a subsidiary of
American Light and Power, an af
filiate of the Morgan-controlled
Electric Bond and Share.
one section of its brief a
gainst the Rocky Mountain Power
l com P aT1 y the government charges
that the c°rop an y owes 7,000 mem
bfrs of the Indian tribe
a;^' 3 66,000
v At ' 1Ce p ^ eside nt F. M.
Kerr of Montana Power will get
$1 ' 000 of the SUTn ' because he be '
a f ] athead durin g the early
h 011 ^ 00 da y s of the project, wise
cracks tbe Eye-Opener of Butte,
i On top of all that we recently
got a report that the power com
panies were threatening to use
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^ nffs ,n 016 collectlon of h ? ht
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A farmer near Outlook was told
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Wheat 3,317,967 Bu.
There were <> utstanding storag,?
tick ^ ts on 3.317.967 bushels of
wheat in Montana on March 1, ac
cordin * to tbe re P° rt of the ^ rail l
division of the state department of
agriculture. There were 4,731,932
b ^ b e1s in elevators and mills,
626 ' 909 bushels in terminals, 14.
332 in transit for storage, and
22 ^>334 bushels in transit.
j Storage rickets outstanding on
barley on March 1 totaled 24.739
bushels with 121,923 in storage;'be
3 043 bushels of rve outstanding '
with 13,795 in elevators; 35,744
bushels of oats on which storage
| ricket had WnTssued titf 31L
62 8 bushels in elevator? and 70,213
i bushels in transit, and 15,896 hush
els of flax outstanding with 58,
894 bushels in elevators, 1643
buhsels in terminals, and 2,044
bushels in transit
Th. report showed that advance
on all grains amounted to $309,
369 .
be had better pay up or
will be trotted out.
These power hogs need checking.
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First it was the AAA. Then came the drouth,
ruined this farm near Springfield, Colo., Piled high around the farm is a stifling layer
of pulverized topsoil which has been blowing all through the mid-west farm country and
has made desert wastes out of millions of acres of crop-producing soil. This is what the
whole country would look like if the AAA were carried to its logical extreme.
Now it's dust storms that have
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|Q ^ . n . ,• » . Rpver<; „ Death Verdict
U. S. Supreme Court Ob!iced to
Agamsl Noms and Patterson; Decision Based On
Exclusion of Negroes From Junes
WA^HlNfTON T) C World-wide mass pressure, or
■ JllCrDefen^ewin a
gamzed andMed by the International Labor Uetense won a
striking Victory last week when the United btates sup . 1C
COUrt was obliged to reverse the death sentence against Liar
ence Norris and Haywood Patterson, two Of the nine Scotts
boro boys, who were framed on charges of rape in Alabama
courts five years ago.
The ve rdict was based on the fact that the I.L.D. gave!
. ,. , K , fbot tbp southern courts had SVStemat
mdisputabie proof thal the r io-hts to serve as
itcally deprived the Negroes of their rights to serve
jurors, and that JSegroe^ had -
fraudulently kept off the ^ co ' j i o ii
boro juries. Fred Marsh . 1 » . ,
! This leaves the following situa-, j n ß eer Parlor to Beigh
| tier,: Nine Negro lads have been 1
i n jail for five years, most of
them under sentence of death for
part of that time, on an invalid
charge. Only mass protest and
the able defense put up by th
International Labor Defense pre
vented the boys from being rail
roaded to death.
Negroes Must Be Jurors
Besides saving Norris and Pat
terson, the working class, by fore
ing this verdict from the supreme
court, has also won a tremendous ,
victory in the struggle for Negro
rights. It means that in the fu-,
ture the Negroes will have a right
to be tried by juries in which their
oWn members will be represented,
and not be judged entirely by rnem
bers of a race which has hitherto
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Schools All Over Country
Will Close to Protest
n* W«
Drive to War
April 12 marks the date of the
national walk-out of the students
of high schools and colleges all
over the United States as a pro
test against the coming threat of
war and fasdsm .
Somë cities will have their
closed all day and others
for an bour . Most cities are co
operating with the students and
faculties and will take part in the
demonstrations. .
Washington, D. C., schools will
closed right under the nose! of
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
with his greatest war expenditures
in the history of peacetime Amer
ica and his drive to fascism.
Senator Nye and Senator Clark
J f Nor ^ h I ^ kota and p ^® 8 t ° U !J
XTJS? ^ endorsement ° f
^ yout h organizations taking
part in preparing for the 'walk-out
and most active are tb e National
Students League. YMCA. YWCA,
YCL, and many other orgariza
tions of youth.
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A business deal has been made
recently by which Fred March has
sold out his ln terest m the beer
parlor known as thé Carter and
Marsh place Bob Beigh is the
man who takes Freds place be
hind the bar, and the place will
be knoWn in the future as the Car
ter and Beigh place. .
It 1S reported that Mr. Marsh
int ends to get back into the oil
bus i ness .
Les& the minimum wheat
a ^ seed ^l by Sheri
!dan fe count / farmers wt f 0 have
signed whJat reduction contracts
under a new ruling issued this
week by thd wheat section,
cording to Harry Ehrmanntraut,
secretary of the county, allotment
The action came following re
quests from allotment boards ask
ing for waivtrs .
<Pbe same rulkg went into e(f
lust year but was made late
in May, and as a result a big
majority of the farmers 'who pre
seed léss than the mini
mum were forced to comply. But
feW farme J S ? ere abl ! take ad '
vantage of the waiyet last year.
The new ruling will enable crop
growers to seed as little as they
deem fit, in the event the present
C ^°P outlook does not s ow signs
of improvement and which « a t
present discouraging through ack
? f «wmture, Hvmd and soil blow
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»^tance are made each yelar by
the wheat section.
WilKam* Countv Calls
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Mcetm? IO L/1SCUSS
Relief Conference
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WILLISTON, N. D.-Farmers of
Williams county will meet at the
armory at Williston on April 12
at 1 p. m. to discuss the program
0 f the Sioux Falls Emergency Re
lief Conference held in South Da
| ^ Williams county delegates to
| the conference included Fred Wag
ner, county chairman of the Holi
day Association, E«ie Kjorstad of
the United Farmers League, Ole
Aronson and Mrs. Gerling.
shows drawings
at legion hall
Tbe people of Plentywood werej
i givtn a rare treat when Mrs. CarL
Tange opened an exhibit at the
j Legion hall of her drawings and
! P^raits, la«t Saturday. Apni .
Mrs G Tange's recert accomplish
Iments^only a frw having been ex
;° b "'^ The oll g pamtin gs
of i andsca pes from Montana and
| California are especially notewor
'thy. The flower bouquets looked'
very natural, and the charcoal
i drawing were Tcry g0od - „
We understand that Mrs, Targe
hag recently beCT1 away to study
portrait painting. A portrait of
l Mrs . Tange's mother gives prom
i se of an enlargement in her field
of art -
Mrs. Tange has won several
8°°d prizes on her paintings at
I the state fair *
oicri ICC MCTUfinc
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A series of three meetings are
scheduled for Sheridan county to
discusg tilla&e me thods to reduce
ard control goU blowing- Sam I
sloan> agronomist of Bozeman,
will present materi al to show what
Qther 1 commun i ties are doing to
reduce erosion by wind . The ser i
! ous condition in the winter Wheat
arfta wher< , thousands of acres a
were damaged b high and
, drouth bril f gg tl f e importance ;
immediate steps to con
trol th i s t*pe of erosion j
meetings are scheduled as
f i"Äy Ipril ^8 Dag
mar* Friday April ? 19 Medicine
| Lakg . Saturday P pril 2 o Outlook
Each meeting Ï calel dfor 1:30 p'.
m interested farmers should
^ me ;^ d t0 d ™s soil blow i
wTi otÄ.^ preT
i ems yyhich are causing difficulty.
Schedules of Montana
Dakota Rate Hearings
HELENA ,Mont.—The Montana
public service commission last
week ordered an inquiry into elec
: trie rates charged byl the Mon
tana-Dakota Power company for
energy, lighting, heating and oth
The inquiry will be conducted at
Glendive on May 6.
Another order was made setting
hearings in the same case at Plön
tywood May 9 and at Poplar May
Land Banks Ordered
to Pay Cash On All
j Loans Under $1,000
nor w< L Myers of the Farm
Credit Administration announced
April 4 that M federal l aad bank
and land bank commissioner loans
0 f i ess than $1,000 will be paid
in casb . Previously the largest
aTnouTlt ^ in cash wa . $ 50 0
amount paid m cash was $600
. According to Mr. Myers state
ment, any loan or creditor's claim
| of legg than $1>00 0 settled by a
loan may ^ paid in cas h, while a
loan Qr creditor's claim of $1,000
or over be paid in federal
f arm mortgage corporation bords,
Cash will be used, as heretofore,
for fractional amounts and to pay
such items as taxes and insurance
on farm property. Interest will be
*4% instead of 6 per cent.
Congress Is Forced
To Take Action by
Farmers' Committee
Favor Party Based on Far
mers' and Workers'
jConference at Sioux Falls did not'
0n j y pass resolutions demanding
of tbe Rooesvelt government that
^ AAA be repealed or that cer
tain mea ^ ures taken to guar
ante* relief, hut they also pointed
TV way thr .^ gh ^ lch , can
""ÄfiS «ÎZtio.
by the Minnesota delegation
approved t ^ e confer? nee
aks for itself;
«whereas, our experience has
showr, the present 'New n.'r.r
Roosevelt adminirt-ation to h«
contiriUe d rule of BIr Business
increasing the profits of bankers,
trusts and monopolies at the ex-i
of the further lowering
. the living standards of the work-1
erg and farm ers of this nation,
"Whereas, it is also proven that
toilers of this country can ex
pect no improvement of their con
dirions nor the defense of their
terests from governments control
kd by the ruling class through!
MM.IS^^7 ^ ^
cratic parties, and
"Whereas, ever increasing num- i
hers of workers and farmers are 1
coming to realize the need for in- I
dependent political action, and a
gainst the existing capitalist par
ties, and 1
"Whereas, there is today a move
ment on foot for the formation of
third party which by its use of
radica i phrases and promises will
pretend to differ from the exist
ing capitalist parties but, in real
ity, by the character of its lead
ers and the nature of its program
wUl prove to be another capiLlist
party under a different name,
"Therefore, be it resolved that
we, the delegates assembled at the
Farmers Emergency Relief Con
ference. go on record as favoring
the fomation of a nation-wide
Labor Party, against a capitalist
.third party, under rank and file
control based upon the workers'
trade unions and the farmers' or
ganizations, including all militants
regardless of former or present
political beliefs, that will truly re
present the interests of the work
ers and farmers of this nation,
and . ,
"Be it further resolved that we
favor the formation of such La
hor a of rea!
action for the improvement of the
immediate condemn of the work
ers and farmers and for the up
holding of all our civil rights.
Largest Earth Dam In
... at Williston
World NeaF WlUlston
Ore of the largest earth dam.
in tb ® world Snriiir
°n Stony creek, bet ^f" p S P rm f f
brook and Eppmg, torthe^t o
Williston. It will be 1^ feet
long and 48 feet nign. « w
«te a 1"® B1X f dpnfh
covering o ac . q gg £ eet a.
T ke < ^V rv j ntr a highway
JS cnillwav
cro ss the spillway.^
War Approoriations
C^ftlv In 1935
Rlä * SwiWy ln
propriations of Great Britain and
the United States are very near
all peace-time record? for the next
y® ar - appro
In the Unit >
pnatton totals
000,000 and t
more than $500,000 000.
Farmers' Support Is Needed
Farmers Emergency Relief Bill That Burdick of North
Dakota Introduced as H.R. 3471 Taken Up at
Hearings Beginning April 8
Letters and Telegrams Must Be Sent In to Show Con
gressmen That We Are Watching Them and
Know What We Want Them to Do
in our fight for the security of our homes and livelihood,
reports Lem Harris, who is in Washington with the com
mittee of five.
Congress has decided to hold hearings on the Farmers
Emergency Relief Bill, H.R. 3471, introduced by Congress
man Burdick of North Dakota when congress met last fall.
drawn!- » The hearings began on Mo,d.v.
WASHINGTON, D. C.—We have advanced another step
' ff AUiHLl I UlUlU
ttefflKffll nHylûNIIN:
by, nilUI 1/iÜUmwu
T\A1UM PI 1 Tl w y
of *'"'1I Ln I li 1
Hears SneecL on
,Committee ITearS Opeecn on
Farmers Lacking the
"Right Spirit"
in- -
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06 ® lto J? firs ' ^ c '
î!** report ef Hants
to the Fa rme rs Emergency Re
Ï f ix°S f Falls ^
?• D *> Mar J h , 25 ' 2 . 7 ; T 7 a speec ^
" a
* e ^ ÙX
clurüy !
bave but to read it to be con
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WAQwmrTON n r _ T b '
committee selected at the Sioux
FaRs Coherence to take the relief
and credit demands to Washington
«d to present these demands to
all the administrative officials and
beads of farm organizations, met
told him the reason for their com
aad f ave ^ a
. ims aaa Dig snor, Mier usien
^ JJj® °L d ® a s i nff lê
the demands He told
aao ^ r* . . o .* fb
^ b 5 d t Mvere for the
^ ef , qu ^ t . T t J it ff h
fw U hav
. ^ "right tattitude.
rn,- that Wallace re-!
^ uged tQ act Qn were tbe f 0 ]i 0W .
adequ ate relief at once of at
J gt $1Q a wee]ç gnd $3 de
dent; adequate prt>d ucrion cred
^ ^ of thege tQ ^ supervised ;
through f armers » comm i ttees; the
repeal of the AAA and the pass-;
age of the Farmers Emergency
Relief bill. Wallace said he "had!
rever heard of the Farmers Emcr
(Continued on page 3)
^ ^ .
Gov. Cooney Appointe
New Road Commission
mew Koad commission,
Dr. Harry J. McGregor of Great
Falls, and Rockwood Brown, Bill-j
bigs attorney, were named as
niembers of the Montana highway
commission, replacing Chairman
0 . S . Warden of Great Falls ard
- H. Rofe of Butte, whose
terms expired at midnight Sun
da y
two years left unfilled by Croonen-!
j | »
until April 1, 1989.
L. J. Croonenberghs of Missoula,
whose term would have extended
until April 1, 1937, resigned only
to be renamed immediately to one
of the two four-year terms. Mr.
Brown's appointment Was for the
Duirn 8 the many months con ' •
gress ha , s . h® 611 in session, it has •
j been fiddling around with this and
y 131 ." 11 h " " e Kl*ed the most
tarmng needs of the famers.
This applies particularly to farm
ers from the burned out areas,
I ^ There W&S n ° ta, ? en J? nta l
the committee! sent from the Sioux
Falls conference brought a little
2? b ° yS
brought the farmers immediate
problems home to thé gentlemen
® OTnimt ^® e ., will Stay in
Washington until the hearing are
OV t»^., . ...
While they are doing that, it is
i a P us to hel P th l em fro " 1 here
llq. kttmg ceogress know what
think about it.
7 he .l? 1 v 1 l dlfferent from "7
? i ther bill before congress in that
W ° UW d pIy sh ° Ck th ® S ck saleB '
u .i n -
it cancels all debts that threat
en the possession of the farm op
equipment. It provides funds to
repurchase property lost through
?. ebt ac !V w * °/ sebzu ^ e 1921 ;
It Provides for cash relief and
credit to be administered through
, farmers' committees It abolishes
interest on these debts and calls
! for repayment only when there is
enough of an income to amply take
care of all other needs of thé •
^wÏÏÎ* r bt tb b*ii
Wall Street fights the bill very
is perfedy natural.
j The committee that eot the
me committee that got the
' ÎSÎÜSh R ' 18 vv
I ^ ® d ^ Wallace '
Force Will Be Used Just as
The new highway patrol took
shape at the first meeting of the
rece rtly appointed highway com
{The state will be divided into
j 12 districts with two men to a dis
' trict. For district 3, including
pm{ ^ Sheri ^ Daaiefi
and Roosevelt counties, the patrol
men will be Newton Cummings of
Midale and Alex J. Simpson of
Culbertson. They will attend a
30-day school at Helena,
Eighteen coupes, one sedan, five
motorcycles and ore patrol car will
be purchased,
Those of Pennsylvania
Are Used
Th« five motorcycles and the
station wagon will be known as
the flying squadron," and will be
on hand at ail big municipal and
county functions to patrol the
' highways. The motorcycles will
| be carried from one location to
1 another in the station wagon, a
j fast moving truck. All patrol cars
will be white and will be equipped
(Continued on page I)

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