Letter: H.L. Loucks to R.F. Pettigrew, June 16, 1916

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MA 23 | B01-F04-I13

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  • 1916 June 16 (Creation)


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Loucks speaks to R.F. Pettigrew about the progress of linotyping the manuscript as well as his desire to simply funnel all his time into the current writing process. Loucks also mentions that with his manuscript, he has not been reading much of the magazines but notices that the farmers have and he wishes to perhaps secure a post writing for such a magazine to benefit their organization

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June 16th. 16
Hon. R. F. Pettigrew,
Sioux Falls, S. Dak.,
Dear friend,

I am enclosing you a copy of the second instalment of the printed matter, which will be about one third, or nearly so of the book.

They have had unusual delays in the work, both from want of help, and metal, after securing the paper. It took the first lot of metal 12 days to reach St. Paul from here.

However they have now got more help, and we will try the Express, so hope to make better speed from now on.

They start the linotype this afternoon again.

The more I delve into this subject the more interesting, and plainer it becomes, and the more anxious I become to be able to give my whole time to it, with access to all their reports, and addresses.

I have thought a good deal of your proposition to take it up with Pearsons Magazine. I believe that I could make a Department of that or any other medium a very interesting one, dealing with current, up-to-date features, and moves of the conspirators.

I am doing more of this with the closing chapters, but find there is enuf, in the Federal Reserve System for a book by itself, and yet I think that the wiser course was to lay a good foundation first.

I have not been reading the Magazines, but I judge that very few if any of them make a specialty of my specialty of discussing the economic questions from the farmers view-point, and I do not know of any representative of agriculture, who discusses these questions from the broader fundamental basis. They all seem to think, that they have to appeal to the farmers as a class, and demand special class legislation.

I never have had any trouble to interest the farmers from the broader standpoint, and I never have asked for special class legislation.

If I could get on the staff of one of the good Magazines to develope this line, and in addition be able to attend the State and National meetings of the several farmers organizations as the representative of the Magazine, making a specialty of answering a question box, and there is where I have always got in my best work, and announcing that I was conducting such a Department in such a Magazine, and invited questions, that a very interesting Department might be built up, with a corresponding increase in circulation.

I know that the farmers are indulging a good deal in Magazines.

I see them on their tables. There is an opening for such an effort if the field is not already occupied.

I think that my book, with the very limited material I have, and without help of any kind, will give a very fair idea of what I could do with better equipment, and devoting my whole time to that work along the lines I have suggested.

So far as I know, there is no one else at present occupying that particular field. I am no good to work for myself.

I would appreciate it very much if you would take that matter up as you suggested. I am willing to meet all comers, even Warburg and Reynolds. I think that I see thru their every move.

Sincerely yours,

H. L. Loucks

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MA 23 H.L. Loucks Correspondence with R.F. Pettigrew Box 1 Folder 4 Item 13

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