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HALSEY R. WATSON, Buslneus Mager.
LEWISTOWN, MONT., Dec. '2, 19114.
Old Santa Claus did not have to re
sort to a Red River cart after all.
Fog w:s so dense in London last
seek that it had to be shoveled lout
of the streets.
It is to be hoped that Sheriff It. n
her, of Cascade county. i. nut I1m ",r,;
to get into the lMrs. Chalwwich, tcI.,i.
Owing to (irCllllluw ltlll' , o r \ VIIc I
she has no conltrl iMr.. ('a-ic. ('lIIl
wick wvil nl t I , , .n u . inii, ,w N. a'
'lul 1l11A l: rs at W . ,l- 1n,ýton it
wv..ulil. IIr 5o11tU h \n11, lae, ," I , p. lI' l
t.l to 1e snl \'cel u l. r in hti ll ioln's
c...... t,,,, at.. th, o o... ... .
In any ewvnt Iihe melet ting of the
Japanese and Russian thI.I is likely
to prove more sanguinary than that
of Mr. Lawson and Col. Greene.
It must be admitted that the prac
tical operation of woman suffrage has
not reformed the ballot box to any
gilat extent over In Coloiauo.
An Iowa man claims to have killed
Satan. I)on't get too gay on the
strength of his statement. It may
irove a case of mistaken identity.
Judge Parker has been given a re
ception by the bar of New York. It
was not so cohl as that given himn by
the voters on tile 8tt of last No)ven
TlhomaIs \V. l.awson is attemptninfl
to ac(complish so)llethinlg for thie pei,
plc or for himself, but up to idae 1h,
has not done enough for anyon.e Io.
An eastern paper says President
Cassatl of the Pennsylvania railroad
conferred with President Roosevelt
and indlorseid the plan for goverinmvnIit
tupelrvisi'on of railroadl rltes. Ther
is still rtoom for olthers in the lhand
()llm ilor anll sawl. of Minil to,.1,
has announcel his candlia(lacy for Ithe
senatorshllp to succeell S'rllenator ('I aipp
of that state. Van Sant is strong with
the people of his state and is likely
to make the contest an interest inl
one even it he does not lget away
with the honor.
The suggestion first made by th1,
Independent that Wyllys A. Hedges
of Fergus county was the logical candi
date of the Republicans of the house
for speaker, appears to have been
heartily seconded. Republican papers
all over the state are endorsing his
candidacy, and it looks now as though
he would have a walkaway.-Helena
The Jury in the Nan Patterson case
failed to agree and the prisoner's
hopes of spending Christmas with her
aged parents in Washington were
blasted. It was generally expected
that a verdict of acquittal would be
rendered. It is a case in which cir
cumstantial evidence largely figured
and it is quite likely that another trial
would have the same termination.
According to the Helena Indeptnd
ent Senator Shoup. who died recently
at his home in Boise, Idaho. was for
a time a resident of Montana, having
engaged in the mercantile business in
Virginia City along about the clo.,e
of the civil war. He was a typical
pioneer and Ihd an active. bIusy life
in this state and Idaho. Always an
aarmnst Republican, he will he missted
by his party. He was CS years oldl at
the time of his death.
In tllh death of Jacob I. ('orhly FIr
gtus countyV loses a valuable and up
right citizen. In his home he was
the ideal father and husband while
in all of his dealings with his fellow.
man hei was fair and honorable. As
a public officer he was conscientious
in the discharge of his duties. Wide
spread will be the regret for his un
timely taking off and deep the sorrowv
for his afflicted family, whose anticl
pations of a happy Christmluas were
suddenly turned to the bitterest grief.
The report of the Indian bureau
does not bear out the popular impres
sion that the redskins are dying out.
There is good reason to belhive thatI
the Indian population of this (cotL
nent never exceeded a million. Today
there are 27i1,001ol Indians in the, Unit
ed States, being only a few thous:andLI
less than seventy years ago. Tlhemre
Is a large Indian population in Canada
and a still larger in Mexico, In pakrt
emigrants from this country. Th,
Indian bureau says that the Indian..
are now rapidly adapting themselves
to our white civilization.
Representatlive Dixon is alre.ady get
ting busy in behalf of his constituents.
lie has Introducetd a bill for the open
ing of tiy.,'i acres of additional lands
along the Big Horn river, in the 'rov
reservation. The bill provides that
the land opened shall be used for the
economical construction of an irriga
tion canal for a reclamation project
contemplated immediately northeast
of the Crow reservation, and which
Dixon is seeking to have adopted by
the Interior department. Mr. Dixon
expressed himself hopeful the bill
would become a law this session.
The Christmas story by Miss Gladys
Winters. which alppear'ed in last week's
Argus. has rectivel very favorable
mention by) a numtlletr who read it.
We lhinl i the lilttle 1Mis displayed un
usual talent for a first att'mpt. She
may have portra yed Mr. Gray as be
illug unnaturally severe in even think
i.t oft riequirlng his help to work on
c('hrill tons ida. but there may be such
iitanmee4. Then, again, to cap the
!hul:I x. (;!;adys might have made a
ii.3 match between Mr.Gray and the
' * ,'II 1",< 1 mt it was not her purpose
; i \\!rite a lve story, and besides her
paI, ' as limited.
It is now given outt that Rojestven
t. llllll;land r of the Russian ItlIlti.
'Inatlldron, is 11not sanguinel of sll" cess
whentI he lIteelts Admiral Tr~o's iltt.
lih is reported aIs sayinlg thlt hi-, fle'.
will lmltet the fate of Admiral Cer
vera's and that it will be a sacrifice
to national pr . Then again, there
are those who btletve that the BIaltic
fleet is only making a bluff and that
Port Arthur is not its destination. As
the Japanese fleet has sailed for the
China sea to meet its adversary time
alone must he relled upon to prove or
disprove current rumors and stories
to be found in the daily press..
Front parties re.;idlng on the lot;:
I,n1h(' lands as weIll as those fIom tilhe
lmoullntain foothills we learn that wiln
ctr wheat is in good shape, which is
it nlarLahle, considering the long pctll
f I droith. The recent. snow storm
,compilteily cove'red the wheat hell, the
fail: l lng very heavy along the mlouu
lails. If winter wheat is safe and
theI coming spring Is not t(oo late FYr
lis county will have another lar,e
l 14l at crop to Ih.rvest next fall. It
is hardly piolbabli that we will have
two seasons of droutlh. In any event
wheat s('s to he) able to get in out
of ildanger about as quickly as any
Among thet aspirants for the speak
ershipl of the house In the coming leg
islatli ' asseibl. is mentioned the
nialt of lion. \V. A. Hedges, of Fer
gus co1nt.m. lie Is expierieniced in tv
ery %a% ' to Ia I,' a good presilinti of
fiter arind ha: the respect and conil
dilce' of thet old Ilinbers who served
with hint in forxkmer state legislative
blies . He co(lle from the center
of Monta).ia anll would not represent
any extreItlme section, and this, added
to his splendid record, should entitle
himl to the consideration of all old
and new members for the position he
seeks at the hands of the Republlcan
Leaders of thought in the fields of
religion, statesmanship, politics, liter
ature, labor and business have start
ed a movement for International arbi
tration that is to be followed by mass
meetings in all the largerl cities of the
country. This is a movement in the
right direction. If all of the Chris
tlan nations of the world would get
together In a determined protest, us
ing all forces and influences at their
command, the war between Russia
and Japan could be brought to an end
in less than thirty days. What a
shame and disgrace to the civlized
world is the slaughter that has taken
place at Port Arthur-human beings
mutilated and mowed down and then
piled up to afford protection to the
living in the desperate charges. And
all for what? Conquest, spoliation
Several of our Lewistown merchants
had an unusual etxperience during the
last ten days with juvenile shoplifters.
\'vera'l chihldren were caught in the
act of taking toys and other hloliday
got)ds and nothing but iwi tlr age saved
tht fr' arrsill'l't. Quite a number of
articles were taken of which there
was never anll tlrace. nor identification
of the offenders. It would be well for
all parents to institute an inquiry Iv
garding the conduct of their children
during this period of tempniltatlion, and
in some instances resort to the slip
per or somnething a little warmer, as a
'e'apon of punishnent. Teachi rs in
the Ipullic schools might also mnoralize
to good advantage uilpon the stubliject.
We belie \ that in most instances the
<hihlren did not realize the gravity of
the wrong they were doing--wre not
of an age to le held responsible. All
plarents would, or at least should, be
'glad to know of any uliscultef of this
kind colnnitled by their sons or
daulghters, that they may mete out
adequate puniishmentl and prevent a
iecurrence in the future.
Last week's Kalispell Inter-Lake
conlained the following significant edi
torial: "J. M1. Kennedy, of Butte, in
lt*-pJnlent member of the legislature,
was in Kalispell recently, ostensibli
(in a pleasure trip. It has finally leak
-l, out here that his real mission was
to inform certain Democrats and oth
ern that there are some Republicans
who will not go Into a party caucus In
the organization of the house of rep
resentatives, and that the Democrats
would be expected to cooperate with
the Insurgent Republicans in orpnals
Ing the house. It is not to be supposed
for a minute that Mr. Kennedy had
the IRepublican ilctlllber elected from
Fllatllhead county in his mind as one
of the Insurgents. Capt. Hlillnian is
not that sort of a Republican. It
would greatly surprise and disap1point
his friends in this county if he should
be a party to any such movement.
But Kennedy's mission should be suf
iient to put every Republican on
guard. The Republican majority in
the house is small, but it is sufficient
to control the organization. The Re
publican party in the state as a whole
will be held responsible for the actloa
of the next legislature, as the party
has a majority in each house. Tile
public will not listen to explanations
or attempts to dodge responsibility.
The party pledges must be kept, a
United States senator promptly elect
ed, and the legislation the state de
nmands accomplished with due regard
to the party's obligations and the
party's future. It certainly can not
be that the opposition will be able to
secure a single Republican in either
house who will be willing to sell out
his party. No member can refuse to
abide hby the action of a majority of
thle lRepublican tllnmembers, either onl
ca'rrying out the plat tolni promises or
the . lection of a senator. without lu
curtling the Universal charge of haviing
nacepted a bribe to betray his party.
F'lath and county will furnish no such
Ino uler of the legislature, and it is
Sritainly to Ihe hoped that the Re
liIllictans of no othil r counlty will be
, betrayed by the men they have
The Montana Daily Record calls at
tention to the fact that during the
month of January there will be held
in Helena the conventions of the state
horticultural society and the state ag
ricultural association, though the dates
have not as yet been determined up
As Fergus county Is destined to be
come an agricultural county of no
mean place among the counties of
the state and our people are especial
ly interested in all that pertains to
horticultural development, it is hoped
that Fergus will be represented at
the meetings. The Record says:
"The yearly gathering of the orch
ardists of Montana is an event of vast
importance. The profit that accrues
to the fruit grower lies chiefly in the
fact that he is given the opportunity
of exchanging views with men engag
ed in the same industry in localities
other than his own. All learn through
experience what is best for the wel
fare of the tree; which is the soundest
variety of apple; which the better way
in which to pack for market; which
the safer method of mulching: which
the mIore sure exterminator of pests
-these and a hundred other matters
go to make up the list of topics that,
in the discussion at the state meet
ings, receive attention. Scientists
from the colleges contribute to the
general store of knowledge in that
which relates to the growing of fruit.
A newly discovered parasite may have
Ieen inllmortedl from remote lands to
helpl the horticultrist in his battle,
against the codlin moth or the San
Jose scale; inmproved methods of
spraying may be offered-there are
many things that the expert has to
say to the man who owns the orchard.
.likewise the theorist tearns through
contact with the practical grower the
usefulness or worthlessness of ideas
when put to the test."
One thing which the fruit growers
of Montana should strive to obtain is
a hardy apple for winter consumption.
There are several varieties of fall ap
plea raised in the Bitter Root country
that can not be surpassed anywhere
in the United States, but a good win
ter apple, something similar to the
Greening or Spitzenberg is yet to be
produced by Montana growers, if these
varieties can not be grown here. The
winter apples shipped into Montana
from the west coast states are very
unsatisfactory. The most of them,
if not nameless are at least tasteless.
It is doubtful whether the better
varieties of winter apples, so common
in the east, can be raised successfully
in Washington and Oregon. If so they
do not find their way out of those
if Montana growers, after experi
mentation, can produce a palatable ap
ple and one that will prove a good
keeper, it will mean lots of money to
them. and we understand a great deal
of effort and investigation is being
made with that end in view.
STRONG FOR MR. HEDGES.
As the time for the meeting of the
Montana legislature approaches the
matter of choosing a speaker to pre
side over the deliberations of the
house seems to become greatly sinlpli
fled. From all over the state the Re
publican press is unanimous in its
support of the Hon. W. A. Hedges, of
You can hardly find a home
without its Ayer's Cherry
Pectoral. Parents know what
it does for children: breaks
up a cold in a single night,
wards off bronchitis, prevents
pneumonia. Physicians ad
vise parentsto keep iton hand.
"The btwt cough medlcine money can buy
i Ayer ' Cherry Petnral. For the reugis of
hebildren uthingeould ostb bly .e l etter "
JAoa Bu;LL, S&ratota. 1ld.
2ee.. ¶6..0n. J. o. ATRn o.,
II dru t for w 'ell. Mea' "
se's Plls geati aid the' Chewr
ctoral In breakin up a co*e
this county, fo that position. From
the standpoint of fitne.ss, lcation and
in consideration of the bestowal of the
honor upon those repr..nting otller
parts of the state in the past, Mr.
Iledges is the logical cantidate of
the party for the sp,.alti.rship. And
we say this without dipi,aragement of
any other Candidate for the place.
From the southern part of the state
comes the announcem,,nt that the
Ron. A. J. Bennett, of .Madison county,
is a candidate for the speakership.
Mr. Bennett Il a capable man and
an earnest Republican and we believe
when he sees the strong sentiment
manifested for Mr. Helges from the
major portion of tt,he tate he will
surrender any ambition he has enter
tained for the honor and give earnest
support to Mr. Hedg-4s, recognizing
the sterling merits ut the latter as
well as the just claitum of northern,
eastern and central Montana as re
gards locality. The r, _ion east of the
main range of the ltskies has been
very modest in its d m.mnds for recog
nition in the past, tluhiaih it has been
steadfast in its Repluilcanism.
From the birth of thli state to the
present time the slakership honors
have gone to the ". ,t side" and the
namies of those holdi_ tihe office from
both parties and their places of resl
delnce, show that th,.* were not from
easltern or northern lantana.
A. C. Witter, the lir-t speaker, was
froml Dillon. At the ..,sions of 1895,
18!,3. 1897, 1899, 1901 anri 1903, Messrs.
Thomas Matthews, , Butte; Willis
Sweet, of Butte; J. M1. Kennedy, of
Anaconda; II. C. Stiff, of Missoula;
Frank E. Corbett, of I;utte, and B. F.
White, of Dillon, were successively
chosen to preside over that body.
When the above record of facts are
duly considered no Itepublican in the
btate will justly say that Fergus coun
ty and eastern and northern Montana
are asking anything unreasonable in
seeking a united party support of Mr.
Hedges for the speakership.
In this connection it is also well to
call attention to the fact that al
though elected on the Democratic
ticket, the lieutenant governor comes
from Beaverhead county, so that when
it comes to a division of the political
honors the south and western portion
of the state are largely in it. Then,
again, there is no Republican repre
sentation on the state ticket elect east
of the Belt range of mountains, out
side of one presidential elector.
When these facts are given calm
and fair consideration it will be found
that the candidacy of Mr. Hedges ap
peals strongly to every Republican
representative as well as to the peo
ple they represent.
The splendid record of Mr. Hedges,
his experience, ability and high in
tegrity, are too well known to require
further mention here. He deserves
and no doubt will receive the earnest,
hearty support of his party and be
triumphantly chosen speaker.
We cannot believe that among the
splendid, representative body of men
chosen last November to represent an
honest Republican constituency, there
is one meditating betrayal of his party
or conniving with the enemy to defeat
the well defined will of the majority
in the matter of organization. What
is the nature of the allurement and
what could be the gain to any Repub
lican who would think of such a thing.
Stand fast and strong and true for
the right and for your party, that the
standard of political honor and virtue
may again be raised In Montana.
A Water Color.
It hangs above my desk in home-made
You trace the sprawling letters of the
"A California SunsetL" and you smile.
And comment on the unknown artist's
Listen.--Her way like many more was
In the gray places, less In sun than
Less in the brightness than In the chill
Less in the paths of pleasure than of
The short, hot summers brought the
drouth each year.
The blighted crops, the pastures brown
She saw no pleasant stretch of river
No trees, no grams, no flowers were
. 'round her door,
In a hard land where each new day
Itut thankless tasks, she tolled unques
And through the months of barren win
With life as dreary and as colorless.
Day after day through those slow-footed
She stilled her soul with dreams of birds
Ehe saw the sunset warm ulon the sky,
She saw it on the brodling mountains lie;
She saw an I(etn baThed in tender light.
And flowers folded-petaled for the night;
I ntll the stumllli,g fingers-apt In naught
Blut round of homely duties, and un
in what the. world calls art-in some
Of sre:ice-dtefined emotion, seized I i e
And painted there upon the backkround
With tremblng strokes and colors dull
Painted in raplture, painted lovinl.v.
Hler dream of mountain and of sunset
Great thoughts within her moved her
through and through.
As haltingly the little picture grew
And those stiff fingers strugiglilng to ex
Made every stroke tender as a caress.
What that the cheapest paints were all
The blur of color and unsigihtly lines
Glow all transformed when once the
And so thi little daub hangs there to.
The paints and brush were to;ng since
IinfI awt ;:
Quiet at length the restless heart and
And one might smile-wilo did not ui,
-Anna Spencer Twitchell In Sunset Mal
azine for November.
A sure sign of approachlng revolt
and serious trouble in your system is
nervousness, sleeplessness, or stom
ach upsets. Electric Bitters will
quickly dismember the troublesome
causes. It never falls to tone the
stomach, regulate the kidneys and
bowels, stimulate the liver and clar
ify the blood. Run down systems ben
tilt particularly and all the usual at
tending aches vanish under its search
ing and thorough ebotival"eu. Elec
tric Bitters is only 600, sand that is re
turned if it don't giVe peifect satl
faction. Guaranteed by DeleII Dlru
SLEDS, SLEDS, SLEDS
We are headquarters for this line of goods, no matter how large or how
small you want them, we have them just the same, our line covers the
heavy logging bobs, lighter bobs for feeding purposes, delivery bobs, cut
ters, and down to the cnalld's sled In several styles and prices.
We also have runners of various sizes for converttntg your buggy or
spring wagon into a sled on short notice.
Our line of horse blankets, lap robes, whips and harness is as com
plete as any stock in central Montana and are trade winners.
Remember when you want a stove of any kind you can get just what
3 ou want from us. Our line consists of the well known and approved line of
Wilson heaters, Charter Oak heaters, Monar'h Malleable ranges and Gar
land steel range. Bear this in mind at all times, that you can buy as much
from us for your money, as from anyone in town.
JUDITH HARDWARE CO.
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Fine Confectionery, Cigars and
DOUHERTY & HARRIS, Preps.
Main St., Opposite Day House.
Lewistown, . " Montsam
Call and get a Clean Shave or a
Nice Hair Cut.
ALBERT JOHNSON, Prop.
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Kodaks and Supplies
CULVER & CULVER
And et the beefet of their" experience and
resh tock. We can furnish o with an
thluyog nAeed In the way ao OATm
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Pure Food Grocers
Make our store your head
quarters for Holiday goods.
Our past record has proven
that we are right Inline when
it comes to
Ntrio n ane
We will also prove to you that
we are right in line when it
All we ask is for you to give
us a chanee, we will do the
speeia Prioces made
on Candies and Nuts
of all tinds to the
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