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Lena Stone Criswell

Eighteenth Year - Number 41
Marlin, Texas, Saturday, October 12, 1907


To The Democrat:
We had a nice rain, and I think everybody is pleased, although we had considerable wind, but it did very little damage to the cotton, as it is practically all gathered.  There is 90 percent of cotton gathered in this section and nearly all of the corn.
       Well, as fellows that were holding cotton expecting government report to come in short, got fooled in regard to the effect it would have on the cotton market; 67.7 was shorten than we expected, but how strange that it ran the cotton market down 40 points.
       I believe that if somebody don't look out, that farmers who do not belong to the farmers' union, will go to listening and believing the theories advanced by the president of Farmers' Union of Texas, Mr. Neill.  As you know that it has not been long since he said that the price we have been selling at was a gambler's price fixed in New York without any consideration of how much cotton there was made, or how little there was made.  Now, brother farmers, who, like myself, do not belong to the F. U., let us stay with them, because it is a fight to the death of one or the other.  Either the New York gambling cotton market manipulator or the farmers' union cotton market manipulator.  It is, I believe, up to us who do not belong to the union, to help either side.  I believe by lumping all the cotton on the market that we have, we could give the gamblers enough cotton th(at) they might whip out the farmer's union.  And by holding our cotton for the farmers' union price it would be a "Good Bye, Mr. Cotton Gambler," and then we have the farmers' union to manipulate the price of cotton.  Some people say that the union is not any good and that they won't stick together, and various charges are made against them.  But I have one question to ask:  Which had you rather have make prices for your cotton, men who raised it and know what it costs to produce and gather cotton, or a set of men who never saw a stalk of cotton growing in their lives?  Men would be as apt to go to the Artic regions as anywhere else, to look for cotton growing, if no one would tell them where to go; men, after being told to go to Texas to see cotton growing, and when they came would ride all the way down through Texas to Marlin not knowing that they have seen any cotton; would go into the first saloon they found and ask for a drink of cotton, as they come all the way to Texas to see some cotton growing.  For my part I will risk the farmers' union to make prices in place of gamblers, freebooters, etc., and so on.       "A 79'er."
Golinda, Texas.

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