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PHONE NUMBERS
NEWPORT BUSINESS PHONE 180

E. E. N E E L
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW
OFFICE IN NEEL BUILDING

Mr.Marion C.Bootes,
Chairman of the Board
of Directors of the
Federal Reserve Bank,
Washingtonf D. Q.
Dear Sir:- We listened to your address over the radio on the
evening of January £3,1939. we have been impelled to address you
in this letter as a result of that address, we wish to compliment
you upon that address and say that it was one of the best addresses
that we have heard in a long time. It seemed sane in every particular
and your clear cut voice over the radio 'free from mush,Jewish. and
foreign dialect) fell pleasantly upon our ear. It seemed from your
plain language and fine pronunciation that you must have some time
been a "Rooster"• Your language seemed so common and at the same time
clear cut that we might of some time have met you in some of our
"Hoosier Cities11. Your language was free from the "Whine" that
infests the language of Alfred M. Landon. He is a light weight and does
not know it* We fully realize your high position in finance, we wish
only that we could have your place and have the say who shall have
this credit and who shall not. YOU told us that you have been in
the banking business for more than Twenty Years# You certainly ought to
know that business by that time* If you do not know it now,you may
never know it. we have been in the banking business as a small stock
holder more than that time. We helped to organize a bank in this town
about Thirty years ago and it is still running, our small "berg" has
never had a bank failure. We have.Three banks in the whole county
and Two of them are in NewporttIndiana. A H the others failed with
the advent of the New Deal. Also all of our building and loan companies
have failed and heen taken over by what the "Rats at Indianapolis,
Indiana)" are disposed to call the department of finance or department
of the treasury. So we do not have a building and loan company in
this county. The only place one can borrow any money for about any
kind of business is at our bank. R.H*Fixon & Cofs Bank at Newportt
Indiana is a private bank,carries no insurance of any kind and from
all appearances seems to be trying to liquidate. The other bank is
the First National Bank of Dana*Indiana. We have no notes on that
bank except that a few years ago it was loaded with Real Estate that
was not a paying investment. They do some funny things over there
but we have no notes on their solvency and of course we exprass
no opinion of their solvency. We tried to advise the mamagers of
the banks that failed by telling them where they were running but
theyflike yourself had more than Twenty years in the banking business
and needed no advice from an upstart like us. So they wentfTover
the falls" and most of the managers are dead as a result of those
failures. When a man has been in the banking business for more
than Twenty years it is hard for an "upstart "like us to render any
advioe to him. He simply knows more than we mainly because he has
been in the banking business more than Twenty years and we have never
run a bank at all so why take the advice of some one who had never
been in the banking business? We have never been the captain of a
boat either but if we were to see one near the falls,we oould probably



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say when it was in danger of going over the falls. But without
disclosing to you all the experience we have had in financial lines
we will tell you that we have had some miserable failures in the
banking business and the Building and Loan Business, All these managers
were experienced men in the financial world,
The purpose of this letter is not principally to tell you
of the bank failures we have had in this county and that they failed
because they failed to take our advice. But in patting with that subject
let us tell you that they failed because they tried to act a hog and
tried to get all the money they could in their vaults by paying high
interest on deposits and if they paid high interest on deposits of
course they had to lend it where they had at least lfa promise* of interest
with which to pay high interest on deposits. But a promise was all they
had, the loaned money never returned and so down went the banks to
n
the bottom of the sea11*
in your talk last evening you advocated that we do not now
try to balance the budget. That is at least the proper thing to say
at the present time. You know enough about finances and have the
honesty in your bones to know that you could not have truthfully
said anything else. You know that this government can not now
balance the budget with money that is to be taken in by taxation.
You told us that you have never taken much part in politic© and did
not know anything about politics. We are not going to directly dispute
what you said on that point but we want to tell you that you made
a speech that would tickle the ears of the "New Dealers11 as well as
any that Harry L*Hopkins or Secretary Wallace could ever made, There
is no danger of your losing your njobrf as long as you talk as you did
over the radio last evening, That talk suits the new dealers to a ffTf%
In your talk last evening you told us that we ought not to try to
balance the budget at this time and to which we have told you we
agree. But you did not tell us in very plain words how we are ever to
pay the the National indebtedness. You skated over the ffice of that
mudhole11. You also said that we ought to keep on borrowing money
and let the budget go unbalanced as long as we have this vast army
of unemployed. We agree with you also on that. To have said anything
else would have pu*tyvin the class with Senator Byrd of Virginia and
you expressly tried in your address to convey the idea that you are
not in his class so far as financial ideas are concerned. So we will
not accuse you of being a bedfellow with that "ByrdV YOU also told
us that we should wait till the National income reaches high enough
so we can begin to pay off the National debt and that then and not till
then should me begin to pay off the National debt, fou did not just
exactly tell your radio audience when you expected to have the
country reach that point. That was another "Mudhole skated over**
You did not say so in so many words but the whole tenor of your radio
address tried to carry the impression that you thought our country was
in much better conditionally than it was at the close of 1932 when
the conservative Bepublicans (Liberty Leaguers) were forced to hand
over "the apple butter spoon*1 to the New Dealers. The New Dealers now
have the "cheese knife" and they cut off slices for the rest of us
to eat. How long do you suppose that sort of thing is going to lastf
fmy Dear Mr,Eockles? Well we can see by your advocation of the continuance



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of the relief to the WPA and other forms of relief that you would
like for it to extend at least Four more years following January
1,1941. You have not furnished us with your prediction of what you expect
to happen after that except to close your eyes and say that the
National income will be by that time large enough to begin to pay
off the National Debt at a rapid rate* Now you may be right in that
and it may be that the New Dealers will make business so fine that
we will have plenty of money in circulation and the National Debt
will be paid off with ease* Patrick Henry once said that*we have
no way of judging the future except by the past*". Now when it comes to
fortune telling.in business, that opensl^s a field for all of us
"Soothe-sayers in Business" to begin to practice our necromancy.
We feel that we can "Prognosticate" as well as the other fellow
when it comes to "telling how far a toad can jump".
Let us tell yout My Dear Mr.Bookies that it is our prediction
that the New Dealers will never balance the budget. That they do not
actually want to balance the budget. They want money in their pockets
and the only way they can have that and not offend the "Money lenders"
is to keep right on borrowing and let the budget"Take what course
ithou wilt11. As long as we keep right on borrying we will have the
WPA and as long as we have the WPA we will keep right on borrying*
As long as we have the New Dealers we will keep right on borrying
and we will have also the WPA et.al. That "et.al." costs us more
than the WPA* Now this is our prediction. You do not need to get
excited over that as it is only a prediction* We do not want you to
close your Federal Eeserve on account of that prediction*
Well how long will the New Dealers last? So far as we
are individually concerned we think that they should run on another
four years. It will take about that long to convince the majority
of the voters that no good can come out of our New Dealers. If you
are alive four years after January 1,1941fyou will not make the same
i speech you did last evening* we feel quite sure of that. This is a
j
game of the survival of the fltest. There is going to be a scramble
to see who is going to run this country. We can not say at this time who
will win that contest. But one thing the money lender should see
before it is eternally too late and that is we can not go on forever
borrowing money. This indebtedness should either be paid or repudiated*
We are going to surprise you now by telling you that the best way to
repudiate a debt is for the government to issue new money and in
such quantities and put into circulation till a man would rather
have property than money. When that time comes let your "Jew"
secretary of the treasury put his foot on the pedal and stop the
flow of money till the pinch begins to assert itself when we can
start in again and put some more new money in circulation.
Would you be willing to consent to such work of printing new money
and putting it in circulation? We would b^tour head that you would
scream at the top of your voiofe over the radio that this country was
going to the dogs. You would tell us how Germany did with her inflation*
You do not know that the man who leans on the shovel handle (WPA)
knows that this was no accident on the part of Germany and when he
had paid all of his indebtedness that could be paid off with paper
moneyf the government went baok on the gold standard, inflation is



no accident My Dear Mr*Scokles. It must be be done with a purpose
and with utter disregard to the interests of the money lender*
We must not ask him to give his consent to such* He will never do it
and the only way is to give him a swift kick with as few a words as
possible and free this country form indebtedness* It can be done and
must be done. This may cause a revolution both in money matters and
in government as well* In order to dothist we will have to^make the
agpeal not to the educated but toHifie ibwes^Tl^
Will
have^^telXHB^
to the money lender and that
he will never gain his freedom till he votes for a man or set of
men who will issue enough money to have at least enough to keep
the farms going well, the home fires burning* The educated is so
firmly in the control of the money lenders that we can never enlist
his help in this matter. It must be done with the lowest type of voter*
That is the way the New Dealer keeps himself in power. He appeals
to the lowest type of voter. They put him in office regardlepg
of qualifications* Refering to our local situation. They have our
court house full of ^WPA* workers trying to make new records and
show us how to run the county and ffoh Lord what a mess it is n .
So if the New Dealer can enlist that sort of help to carry him along
why can we not do the same? If we must enlist the ignorant and
incompetent to run our country we should have nIrish WitTf enough
aboutf^to get in the game also* The Hew Dealers are no smarter than
we are. They know less about running this government than we know*
They have simply held us up and the end of a gun and taken the government
out of our hands* Have they bettered it any? if you want an answer to
that last question just have the Belief Administrator at Washington
D* 0. Discontinue WPA relief for Ninety days and he will have his
answer. We do not need to be in the banking business for Twenty
years to know that. Where would your Seventy Billion Dollars National
Income be at the end of the Ninety Days? No wonder you advised the
work of relief to he carried on regardless of how high the National
Debt piles up. You could not have said anything else^ You would
have had the WPA swarming at your door like a swarm of bees in
the summer time*
The next time you talk over the radio, will you not tell
the dear public how it comes that your institution puts out Federal
Beserve Notes for money instead of those notes being issued by th*
Government? We are not so very well versed as to how the Federal
Resefve Bank came into exlatcgc^ajs^
we % y a ^wq.ys underpaFt of our ns,tT6^^ government7 fherThow^does It come that an
institution like yours puts out money backed by the Gesrernment
instead of the Government putting it out? Tell the dear public
why the Government can not put out its own money instead of having
the Federal Beserve Bank f c t out its notes backed by the Government.
fi
Might not some New Deal Supreme Court by some twist of the mind
say that Federal Beserve Notes are not in fact money and that the
Government has no power to go turety for any bank? Then if that
were to come to pass,the scramble would be worse than it was following
the Civil War as to sound money* would not the money be just as sound
if issued by the Government as when issued in the form of Federal
Beserve notes? Tell the dear public all about that in your next talk*



You said in your radio talk last evening that you are not
versed in politics and that you have just been working at banking
and do not know muoh if anything about politics. Well if that #**be
true, we want to say that you are one of the best guessera we have
/
heard talk in making a talk that will suit the Hew Deal politician,
pu are certainly marvelous of hitting the right. Ohord in
o£t£r"Tgew Paalef# ¥ t wilinSeYiFToie vour m16b" in
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speeches as you made last night
Now we no doubt have amused you by our wild ideas on finances
and we confess they are "wild" and fanciful. You ask us when we hope
to put our wild ideas in force. We aan not do it till the Few Dealers
have had at least Fdur more years in lending .money and catering to the
money lender, HOW are i e going to do it? We will seiae on any TtCrazy11
r
organization we can find in existence such as the WPA*German Bunds,
©ikltrjt £Lanf0.1*0* and AFofL. and show workers generally. Greats
dissatisfaction among them by telling the* that they are in bondage
and offer a man who will see that we all have money in circulation.
You sayfwell you are aot a very good aitizen to eslij&t all of this
element in to the overthrow of the policies of the government* it is just
as moral as the method used by the 5ew Deaiars in threatening the
WPA* workers with tha los» of thtir job© if thty do not vote right*
And to show that auoh methods are approvedby the head of the government
you perhaps know that Harry L*Hopkins is now in the Presidents Cabinet*
We do not have to be in the banking business Twenty years to see and
know those thing*. It will t$ke fa*r. more years for us to get up
steam to get our machine to working. You say you are not in politics*
Let us tiach you just a few ^A B.Cfs. You kgpw that the president
is taking the side of the ^Jew". He seeming%oves a Jew. He has a
Jew Secretary of the Treaaury. He has just put one on the supreme Qourt
Bench. He induced a Jew to rrxn tow the governorship of the State of
Few York. He is bellowing at Germany for the persecution of the Jew.
The Germans are not going to vote for Eoosevelt if he rums for president*
Who has the largest number of voters in this country the Jew or the
German? The Germans are whetting their knives now for Roosevelt or
his choice for President. You do not have to be in the banking business
for Twenty years to know that# We are afraid that they are going to
pull the string too soon. We want the New Dealers to have the cheese
knife for Pour More years and then if you and I are alive we will
write you again* Ten to one you will be running some sort of a cattle
ranch in the west after a change of government takes place that is
not run by the money changers* We w>uld give you a bill of particulars
of how the money changers do their work but the list would be endless.
How many institutions does the Chase National Bank run where it
tell#3 an institution just how much money it can spend and for what
purpose. Let each institution have its own money as does Henry Ford
or go out of business. Why have a banker tell you where to lay your
hat. It did not use to do that^why do it now? Borrowing money is all
right to a certain extent but when every person begins to borrow
who employs menfthen it is rerj mu$h like a Jew store where the population is all Jewish, you do not need to answer^this letter till some
time this summer* Respectfully yours.
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January 28, 1939

Mr* E. E. Neel
Att orney-at-Law
Newport, Indiana
Dear Mr. NB^I:,
Mr* Eccles has asked me to acknowledge
and thank you for your letter of January kJ+ commenting on his recent radio address, also commenting on the use of debt in our money system as.
against the use of currency, which you evidently
favor• You also have the opinion that the Federal
Reserve System is controlled by private interests
and I am therefore enclosing herewith a copy of
Mr. Eccles1 letter to Senator Vandenberg which discusses both the question of the ownership of the
Federal Reserve*banks and the use of currency by
the government to supplant all borrowings.
Yours very truly,

Lawrence Clayton
Assistant to the Chairman

enclosure

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