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Page 1 [Newspaper Page] — Farmers' Union Messenger — 15 January 1920
it O EQUITY, JUSTICE AND THE GOLDEN RULE Farmers' Union OFFICIAL PAPER OF THE FARMERS' EDUCATION •>* VOLUME 2 FORT WORTH, TEXAS, JANUARY 15, *1920 AL AND CO-OPERATIVE UNION OF TEXAS ——7- 'AV1' ' NUMBER 21 •ii iii pj. . in your reports with the dues for 1920 at ondfet Trie amount * you will send the State Secretary is the same as for 1919. $1.70 per member which i eludes paper dues and $2.00 initiation fees on new members. The propiffifion the price of the paper carried, but has been xuled unc —1 1~" £ See his ruling* on the official page of this issue. SPEECH FORE ION, OF D. E. LYDAY BE- RUSK COUNTY UN- JANUARY 8, 1920 Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen: It is with some diffidence that I attempt to discuss, in the short time at my disposal, the grave problems which have arisen as an aftermath of the greatest war in the worid's history. As a result of that unprecedented struggle, nations have been divided, dynasties have disappeared, the old order pf things has been destroyed, a number of...
Page 2 [Newspaper Page] — Farmers' Union Messenger — 15 January 1920
TV r PAGE TWO THE FARMERS' UNION MESSENGER of indebtedness, so that the debt- paymg power of the farmer and lie. spirited citizen who imagines that laborer by this reduction in prices, would be reduced fifty per cent, or in fact, the amount of cotton and of labor it would require to pay his portion of these debts would be doubled. Such a change in price levels would in practical effect, double the value of every dollar of indebtedness in this' country, running into multi- plied billions of dollars, and woqld so tremendously increase the amount of labor and farm products required to pay them, that American produc- ers would be enslaved for centuries to come, in the bonds of hopeless debt, which never could*be paid. Farmers certainly do not want low prices. Laborers certainly do not want low prices. No patriotic citi- zen, who has given the matter calm and considerate thought, and who realizes the tremendous results for evil of low prices, can now desire to see the price level radical...
Page 3 [Newspaper Page] — Farmers' Union Messenger — 15 January 1920
r' I THE FARMERS' UNION MESSENGER PAGE THREB GIVE US PEACE, NOT ORATORY M \\ America poured out its young manhood to win a war. America gave freely, lavishly, of its wealth to save democracy. There was no risk too great, no sacrifice too large, for America. Freely all was given—for what? Was it to inaugurate a debating society in Washington? Did more than 4,000,000 young men take up arms, and did 100,000,- 000 people subscribe billions upon billions of dollars that will take years upon years of sacrifice to pay that partisan leaders might jockey for position in a coming presidential campaign ? What this great land of ours wants and needs is peace—real peace. The guns of war ceased firing more than a year ago but the guns of oratory boom on. - Financially, industrially, we are still on^a war basis, paying war prices to war profiteers. American manufacturers and busi- ness men and professional men and laborers and housewives want to know just where they stand, on just what to count. W...
Page 4 [Newspaper Page] — Farmers' Union Messenger — 15 January 1920
PAGE FOUR THE FARMERS' UNION MESSENGER vP FJUtNERS .UNION NESW8 PUBLISHED SEMI-MONTHLY Official Organ of the Farmers' Edu- cational and Co-Operative Union • of Texas. A semi-monthly newspaper pub- Bhed at Fort Worth, Texas, devoted > the interests, encouragement, co- peration and organization of farm- Hs, and the dissemination of official ad educational information pertin- at to agricultural pursuits. Office of Publication 1001% Main St. Fort Worth, Texas. Subscription Price, 50c Per Annum. Advertising Rates . on Application. Address all communications to Farmers' Union Messenger, Fort Worth, Texas. Entered as second class matter at the Post Office at Fort Worth, Texas, under the act of March, 3 1379. D. E. LYDAY and A. L. BAKER, Editors and Managers. RULES ..GOVERNING ..CORRES- PONDENCE. The Mesenger is edited by the State President and Secretary un- der the direction of the Executive Comittee. The following are a portion of the rules govering the publication: All correspondents...
Page 5 [Newspaper Page] — Farmers' Union Messenger — 15 January 1920
i - -y -4, THE FARMERS' UNION MESSENGER PAGE FIVE m OFFICIAL PAGE OFFICIAL CORRESPONDENCE President Lyday Rules Proposed Amendment Unconstitutional Wichita Falls, Tex., Jan. 8, 1919 Mr. D. E. Lyday, President, State Farmers' Union, Fort Worth, Texas. Dear Brother Lyday: As you know I .have been very strongly in favor of continuing the publication of the Messenger and wrote you a letter to that effect. Our membership at Wichita are strongly in favor of it and voted for the increase. ' Since then how- ever I have been thinking over the matter' and it seems to me that this proposed increase would have to be a constitutional amendment and it would have to be adopted first by the State convention. I ask you to rule officially • on -this matter, so we will know what to do. There is no member in the Union who would regret it more than myself, if it is found that the Sjtate Executive Committee cannot submit an emergency measure like this to the memebership and if the Locals adopt it, put it...
Page 6 [Newspaper Page] — Farmers' Union Messenger — 15 January 1920
v 4>AGE SIX XBS. B,A.xni,KS' UNION MESSENGER Now Open For The Farmers' Exchange THE NEW BUSINESS AGENCY OF TEXAS STATE FARMERS9 UNION Will sell your cotton on a commission basis. Liberal Financial Advances on Cotton. Commission $1.00 per bale. Storage and Insurance at lowest possible rates. Seven per cent interest on loans. This Company is co-operative, and all members will share m its earnings. Give us your patronage. Fair treatment and prompt service guaranteed. Ship your next consignment to THE FARMERS' EXCHANGE S. M. INMAN, Manager. 105 1-2 Main Street HOUSTON, TEXAS Letters From Correspondents. / MILAM CONTY UNION To the Mek enger. The Milam \ Co., Farmers Union met with Liberty Local Jan. 1, with President Ed A. Doss in the chair. Some interesting talks were made on different subjects and *aeome resolutions passed, one of which was to stimulate the buying by the members of the Union and Union stores through a wholesale grocery department operated in connection Another resol...
Page 7 [Newspaper Page] — Farmers' Union Messenger — 15 January 1920
THE FARMERS' UNION MESSENGER PAGE SEVEN V , Notice to Customers of Farmers' Exchange Some of our customers ship us their cotton but do not send us the B. L. covering the shipments. When this cotton arrives in Hous- ton if it is shipped on an open B. L. it is delivered to our ware- house and we hav-3 to carry the cotton without knowing who it be- longs to until the shipper sends us the B. L. If the cotton is shipped, to shippers order it is not delivered to us until we have re- ceived the orignal B. L., therefore, the railroad companies in Houston are now holding quits a lot of cotton, which our customers have shipped us on shippers orders bills. This cotton is drawing demurage on the cars and the customers will have to pay it simply because they did not immediately mail us theB. L. We urge every person shipping cotton to us to forward the B. L., by first mail either in a letter to us or by draft attached to the bank, as we cannot give any one credit for cotton until we have received...
Page 8 [Newspaper Page] — Farmers' Union Messenger — 15 January 1920
PAGE EIGHT THE FARMERS' UNION MESSENGER FROM LITTLE MOUND LOCAL E"ditor Messenger:—I see many suggestions for improved methods in handling our cotton, and it does seem to me that farmers could find some method to handle it bet- ter than they do. • The most important thing is for each farmer to raise all the feed and food stuffs that his family and those who live on the farm will need, and be sure and allow a reasonable margin for crop fail- ures, so taht in no case will the farm fail to be selt supporting. Aftre this is done let us plant all the coton we can cultivate and gather with the labor that we have on the farm. In these days of short labor a farmer is very,, foolish to plant more cotton than his own force can gather for the expenses at present prices, will eat up the crop. After we have done these things, let us bulk our cotton together and have sale days; have a qualified grader to come on certain days and grade and class the cotton, and then sell it in the bulk as near dir...