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VOLUME THIRTY. NUMBER THIRTY-NINE.
BELT, MONTANA. THURSDAY, MARCH 18s 1924.
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BUTTE WINS STATE HOOP TITLE.
BIG SANDY BOY RECEIVES MEDAL
The 1924 State Basketball tourna
ment is a thing of the past and the
various teams that were successful in
having a part in this meet have re
turned to their studies to either for
get basketball for a time or to plan
a better campaign. ,
Butte high school won first place,
Helena second. Anaconda third, Bill
ings fourth, Ronan fifth, Butte Cen
tral sixth. Big Sandy seventh, Great
It will be remembered that Butte
finished fourth in the mining district
tou rn a m e nt and was com p e ll ed to beat
Harlem before being eligible for the
Butte started the season under the
coaching of Swede Dahlberg, a for
mer University of Montana star, with
a rush and a wonderful display of
early season form bnt during the min
ing district tournament Butte was de
feated by Helena, Anaconda and Butte
Central. Dahlberg saw immediately
that his team had gone stale and dis
continued practice until the team met
Harlem whom they defeated in handy
style and then had only desultory
practice until the opening of the state
tournament. The recovery of this
team is one of the most phenominal
in the basketbaD history of the state.
Another bunch of small-town teams
are flashing across the firmament.
Darby has into the discard but
Ronan, a town about the size of Gey
ser, sent a team that finished fifth,
and -Big Sandy of the same popula
tion, won more hdnors than anÿ other
A technicality enforced to the full
pound of flesh prevented Big Sandy
from trying for final football honors
last fall but they won the most cov
eted honor of the tournament when
Hershell Hurd was awarded the Bob
cat medal at the conclusion of the
When the medal was awarded the
Sandy forward it was pointed out that
he had played a consistent game of
basketball from start to finish while
his playing had at the same time been
free of anything of a personal or in
dividual nature. He was not only one
of the moat aggressive players of the
tournament but because of his sports
manship, fair play and shooting abil
ity was voted the most valuable man
to his team.
The medal is offered by the busi
ness men of Bozeman and the award
is not given in connection with the
college. Décision for the award is
based upon three things: Sportsman
ship. 60 per cent; aggressiveness of
play, 26 per cent, and value to the
team, 26 per cent.
The sports writers at the meet also
selected two mythical quints which
are called the first and second All
Montana' High School teams:
Bottler, Helena Î
Hurd Big Sandy
R. Lewis, Butte _ Mares, Helena
The fact that Hurd is named by all
interested as one of the greatest bas
ketball forwards in the state and the
fact that Moe, the protested football
player, was not mentioned tends to
prove the fact • that Moe'» services
were not indispensable and that the
enforcement of the penalty against
Big Sandy last fall only heightened
the popularity of the team.
As usual the winner of the state
- tournament has been invited to the
nations] meet is Chicago to play for
thé national title.
Supper by Ladies' Altar Society. Auditorium
Legion Library Dance Follows.
This invitation has not been accept
ed because the expense of participat
ing in the Chicago meet entails the
cost of thousands of dollars.
The Butte team, together with the
Helena team, have been invited to the
Intermountain tournament to be held
in Salt Lake City, March 20-22. These
games are between the champions of
Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho
and are pretty fast. Helena will at
tend but Butte has not as yet an
nounced its plans.
From now on the average high
school athlete .mill his stten
tion upon the track meet to be held *
Missoula in May where boys with un
usual ability have an opportunity as
individuals to win honors for them
selves and their schools.
FORT SHAW FIVE
WINS HOT OKE
Fort Shaw was late in arriving in
Belt on Friday night after having
spent several hours on the road be
cause of a balky flivver. They were
stiff during the first half but warmed
up in the second and won a heart
breaking game by one foul toss, 17-16.
The Port Shaw well-bal
anced one, outweighing the local five
Boboth scored four hicky ones in
the first half but failed to connect in
the second. Belt made 8 field bas
kets in the game to 7 for Fort Shaw,
while the visitors added three points
from the gift line. Score first Ralf,
19 to 3 in Belt's f^vor.
F je Id (4)
Referee: Henry Gaasock.
METHODIST CHURCH NOTES
Harry T. Stong, Pastor. ,
Morning worship at 11 o'clock. Ser
mon by the pastor.
Evening service at 7:30. There will
be an illustrated lecture showing some
of the reauIU of Bolshevism in Rus
sia. Every one interested in main
taining 100 per cent Americanism
should see these pictures.
Mr. Pilgeram of Armington will
report to us his impressions of the
Montana Deaconess school at Helena,
which he recently visited.
Prayer service Thursday evening
at 7:80. We base our study and
thought for these services on Dr.
Men to Christ"
Sunday school at 10 o'clock.
Junior League at 8 p. m.
Choir practice Saturday evening.
Epworth League at 6:30.
On Sunday, March 28, at 11 a. m.
Dr. W. E. Money, a native of low*
and a pioneer Chinese missionary, will
preach in our church.
WHITEFISH—About $76,000 avail
able this year for work on Whitefish
Eureka road. Work will be done be
tween Stryker and Radnor. Forestry
department will furnish $60,000, Flat
head county $10,000, and Lincoln coun
MISSOULA—Location su rve y start
ed for Tarido Flats rood.
A ndrew A ntonich
Hurt in Explosion
the story is conjecture It is SUP'
Po~d that the spitting of the ex
Anguished his light Investigation
P IWV ®d that he had no flint on his
^ght and he was left in darkness,
Running from room to room there are
crosscuts for air. It is supposed that
Antonich became confused and that
instead of following the track oat to
the entry he followed through one
crosscut, saw the spitting fuse In room
81 and attempted to get through to
Monday afternoon about 4 o'clock
Andrew Antonich waa injured to Äe
Merkle mine, fortunately not seri
He had finished drilling his botes
in room No. 30 and had just finished
loading one hole when his neighbors
began to shoot. Hearing the warning
cries of fire, he hastily lit tb« fuse on
the loaded hple. Much of the mat
room 82 but was caught by a shot
when he waa partially through the
crosscut between 31 and 82,
Hia left aide was considerably dare
aged, a two inch cot to the bone
showed on his left temple. Numerous
small chunks of coal were embedded
in his skin and there waa quite a cut
on the calf of his left leg. Prank
Merlo heard his yell as he Waa struck
Up to January 1, 1924, Kevin-Sun
burst field produced 698,100 barrels of
oil while during the year 1928 the to
tal output was 396,826 barrels.
New bill in congress asks $260,000
appropriation for erection of federal
building in Anaconda.
$555,000 in state educational bonds
»old for erection of gymnasium a $
state school in Butte, a library in Dil
Ion and barns at agricultoral school
Great Falls—Preliminary construc
tion under way on Troy-Kootenai Falls
Missoula—Bill in congress asks
$126,000 appropriation to enlarge
Missoula federal building.
Many of state's mining properties,
lying idle, will resume operations
Baker—New development at Absar
oka Florence test well has brightened
hopes of entire community.
Heron—Satisfactory progress made
during winter on property of Broken
Hill Mining company.
A 26 per cent reduction in rates on
dairy cattle from eastern terminals to
North Dakota and Montana points for
a 60 day period from March 15 to May
16, announced by Northern Pacific.
Merchantable timber, 36 per cent of
proceeds of which go to school and
road funds, covers 274,276,000 acres,
or over one-fourth total area of Jef
ferson national forest.
Wire mill of Anaconda Copper Min
ing company's Great Falla reduction
works will shortly begin delivery of
order of 80 cars copper wire, aggre
gating 1,600,000 pounds, to Washing
ton Power company of Spokane.
Lewistown—Oil royalties from Cat
Creek total $281,194.
Livingston — Authorization for an
expenditure by Northern Pacific rail
road of total of $948,000 for improve
ments, greater part in or near Liv
ingston, has been made and plans for
work now under way.
What is believed to be longest elec
tric power line in world has just been
linked together in Pacific Northwest
and connects t e rri to ry from Billings
to Puget Sound and south in Oregon.
and reported to the first miners met
that a man had beeen killed. Al
though the rooms were full of the
acrid fumes of the black powder, Carl
Simonie, Fred Wenaek, Wm. Blake
and Frank Merlo found a stretcher
and went back to find the injured mar.
When about ready to give up the
search and nearly overcome with the
gas, the rescuers heard a groan and
with difficulty carried Antonich to
the man trip which brought them out.
Dr. Graybeal was called and the
sufferer was found not to be serious
ly injured although stunned and over
come by gas. It is expected that he
will be around again in a few days.
Old miners wonder how he escaped
with his life.
The ladies of the Episcopalian guild
surprised Mrs. Ray Wilson at her
home last weak and presented her
with a dosen sherbet glasses and half
fk dosen Chins pistes In appreciation
qjf her help in the church as organist,
give hundred was played during the
ing. Mrs. Remington won the
prise. Mrs. Wright second and
Mrs. Shorrard low prise. Refresh
ments followed and a delightful even
Eureka—Work of enlarging fac
tory of Clatter A Scott Manufactur
ing company begins.
Butte—County expenses cut $64,
846 for seven months' period.
. Dutton—Corn to be large crop
around Dutton during coming season.
Neihart—Vein of ore carrying up to
622.2 ounces of silver and $469.20 in
gold uncovered in lower tunnel of
Leyson-Skero lease of Big 7 group.
Montana ranks first per acre in
production of oats, potatoes and hay.
Conrad — Carload poultry shipped
from Pondera county to Chicago com
Philipsburg leads country in man
Fairfield—Profit of $600 made on
182 turkeys raised on Teton farm.
Poplar—Indian farmers on Fort
Peck Indian reservation making plans
to place many corn exhibits at Nor
thern Montana Corn show.
Improvement work for Northern
Pacific in Western Montana provides
for laying of new steel on seven miles
of Bitter Root branch and 10 miles on
line between DeSmet and Evaro.
Hardin—Hardin Gas & Oil company
to drill test on Ferris farm near here.
Great Falls—Rocky Mountain OH
company organized with capitaliza
tion of $50,000.
Kalispell—300 barrel refinery be
Montana Power company to erect
transmission line from Philipsburg to
Chinook—Milk River alfalfa grow
ers seek to organize sales unit.
Poplar— Roosevelt farmers plan war
Sidney—Wheat yield in Richland
county valued at $880,000.
CHINOOK—California OH Co. will
drill the Boyd holdings on Bowes
BILLINGS—Yellowstone dairy as
sociation plans to build creamery.
Condition of state livestock above
normal for this time of year. Forage
Bitter Boot OH company to carry
further drilling at Corvallis, near
BELT ENTERS COUNTY LEAGUE- '
FORFEIT POSTED, PLAYERS SIGNS)
On Saturday last the two newly ap
pointed baseball commissioners, Bert
Funk and W. C. Blomquiat, made a
trip to Great Falls for the purpose of
formally entering the Cascade Coun
ty Baseball league and incidentally
posted a 126.00 entrance fee, thus
committing this city and surrounding
country to the task of keeping a team
in the field this season.
On Friday evening the directors.
Mat Le sell, Alec McGraw, Ernest
Siegling, W. C. Blomquist, C. A.
Straight and John Jaap met and or
ganized by electing S.. C. Blomquist.
president; C. A. Straight, vice-presi
dent; T. W. Noble, sec-treas., and W.
C. Blomquist and Bert Punk as mem
bers of the county board of baseball
commissioners who watch over the
+ APPLICATIONS POE BONUS ♦
+ From American Legion Weakly ♦
"No True Patriot Desire« or Would
Accept a Bonus'* says Oka anti-com
pensation propagandists, but rood the
ARGUMENT FOR THE BONUS
By George Washington.
(From on appeal in behajf of his sol
It is more than a common debt; it
ia a debt of hpMg; it can oevqr
considered as a pension or gratuity
nor cancelled until ft ia fairly dis
"No man will enjoy greater satis
faction than myself in an iSempfldn
from taxes for a limited time -,
or any other adequate immunity or
compensation granted to the brave
defenders of this country's cause."
For his own services in the Revolu
tionary War General Washington re
(1) A three thousand acre grant
of land from the State of Virginia,
(*) Stock in the Potomac Canal
company valued at $10,000 from the
State of Virginia. —
(8 For ''personal expenses" daring
the war, $64.416 in cash from the fed
eral government, by act of congress.
APPLICATION FOR BONUS
By Abraham Lincoln.
State of Illinois, Sangamon county, ss:
On this 21st day of August, A. D.
1866, personally appeared before me,
a justice of the peace, Abraham Lin
coln, aged 46 years, a resident of
Sangamon County, in the State of
Illinois, who, being duly sworn ac
cording to law, declares that he is the
identical Abraham Lincoln who was
captain of a company in the regiment
of Illinois Mounted Volunteers, com
manded by Col. Samuel M. Thompson,
in the war with the British band of
Sacs and other tribes of Indians on
northwestern frontier in A. D.
1882, known as the Black Hawk War.
That he volunteered at the state and
county aforesaid on or about the 21st
day of April, 1882, and continued in
actual service in said war for about
40 days; that he has heretofore made
application for bounty land under the
act of September 28, 1860, and re
ceived * land warrant, No, 62,076, for
forty (40) acres, which he has since
located -and cannot now return. He
makes the declaration for land to
which he may be entitled under the
act the purpose of obtaining the ad
ditional bounty approved the 8rd day
of March, 1856.
(Signed) ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
APPLICATION FOR BONUS
By Ulysses S. Grant.
(Continued on Page Four)
destinies of the league and datte»
disputed questions as ereil as fomns
late roles of conduct and procédant.
At the same meeting J. R. Culver
chosen manager of the team and *
committee appointed, consisting ef
John Jaap, T. W. Noble and Ernes*
Siegling for the purpose of putting on
and overseeing a course of base b a ll
Last week Messrs. Blomquiat
Noble visited the business houses and
solicited support for the team. 1%»
response was hearty and practtoaly
to make a good start and having
promise of suooeaafally providing
funds for the entire season.
The entertainment committee pro
pose to put on a aeries of good tins—
daring the summer which will pro
duce a considerable amount of rov
enue. This addad to tba subscrip
tions already made and those to hs
secured will finance the season, ft
is proposed to give every one to the
community an opportunity to sign the
list which is in the hands of Walter
Blomquist and Tom Nobis.
The chief source ef trouble with
last year's team waa our inability to
secure an infield which was without
its weak spots. We had a»ma
infielders but not enough and contin
ued shifting of these players only
changed the loaation of the gap.
Our pitching staff wsui as good mt
any but gap« at third bus and ahmt
stop bothered os the
lowest in percentage in
and the cause was right fan the inflate.
To provide against such a contingency
has been the aim of all those tatee
following players ware signed, aB ef
whom played on the Montana Power
team last season: Vern Daniels, out
fielder and catcher; "Spec" Daniele,
first base; Tommy Adamson, second
base, and Frank Knight, third b aa s .
W. R. Lowry, coach at the high achate,
played short stop on the winning
team of the Spokane city league tort
year is expected to cover the ground
at short stop, J. R. Culver is best at
second hue but may be shifted u oc
casion demands. Bill Fluhr can cover
outfield and servo u utility in
infield. This makes the backbone af
the team and the pitching staff,
selected, will complete quite a formid
able aggregation. Tommy Adamson
led the league in batting lut year,
while the Daniela brothers were well
up in the column, batting in the 800's.
Knight batted .276 which is a low
mark for him. With this bunch for a
wrecking crew, assisted by a dash
horse or two whose names are not yet
on a contract, Belt should have a
team which will hold Its own. Wat
will not be with Belt, this year
much to our regret, owing to the fact
that we had nothing to offer Um
last fall when he finished his farm
work. He will play with the Mon
tana Power team. Numerous piteh
sre under consideration but no
contracts will be signed i until the
board is sure that they have the men
The teams so far assured for the
county league are Montana Power, A.
C. M. Co., Stockett-Sand Coulee, Qt
Northern, which ha» absorbed the W.
O. W.'s, and Belt. The sixth team to
a problem but it is hoped that the
lodges of Great Falls will consolidate
their efforts to furnish the missing
After the above was written the ..-±2
West Side team of Great Falls decid
ed to enter which completes the quota
and assures the league.
BAKER—Florence OU t Gas
pany leases acreage on
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