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Th« fans are turning oat in good
shape for early season practice. Some
hare lost their eyes bat will hit early
re a son form later. Some appear to
have lost their touques bat a slight
stimulus in the form of an adverse
umpire's decision will loose these si
lent tongues into hostile gibes at the
amp's eyesight, his integrity and his
family history. Some have grown
lukewarm as witness the fact that
they showed ap at the' diamond on
Monday without a rake bat could not
stand inactivity when they saw others
working and soon were working mer
rily away trying to keep pace with
their neighbors.
Only two boys in the town seem to
have any interest in baseball, Skinny
Simonis and Bey Kennedy, who la
bored steadily from five o'clock until
dark. The rest of the gang stood
arming messed UP the work already
done, and made general nuisances of
On Friday and Saturday Bill Bar
nett and six Shires, assisted by Er
nest Siegling, hauled a big road scrap
er 'around and around the grounds un
til the horses were out of breath and
Ernest had used up all the vocabulary
not in the dictionary used by polite
society because the cogs in the road
machine would not stay put. But the
lumps and bumps and gopher holes
disappeared. Monday the drag was
pulled back and forth across the field
and George Merlde got out and bossed
the job while he worked. Mr. Archer
surveyed the field and made blue
prints so that in case of a brainstorm
or dust storm this summer the loca
tion of first base is lost |t may be
found agate.
At five o'clock Monday the faithful 1
j began to appear with rakes and the |
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work of clearing off the loose pebbles 1
began. Art Hamment and Phil Le - 1
veille lad off and the two of them
worticd t» mtçb
McGraw had to call fa Skinny Simonis j
to keep up with them in hauling away !
the piles of rock.
Bert Funk put on overalls, grabbed
a rake and started—well, it wasn't a
bluff. He buttoned his overcoat tight
under his chin and, ably assisted by
young Kennedy, he raked a wide and
smooth swath.
Walter Blomquist
Mi« Carter and a bunch of high
school girls and boys put on a very
musical and attractive show at the
auditorium on Friday night when they
presented "Windmills of Holland" a
musical comedy. Tltey were assisted
between act* by the classes of Misses
Harkit«ss and Anderson, who gave
drills which, because of the presence
of numbers of prettily dressed small
girls and boys and the clever manner
in which the drills were executed, gave
great pleasure to the audience.
The auditorium was crowded and
anyone failing to secure the ultimate
amount of pleasure from the perform
ance failed to let it be known.
If there is any plot to the play it is
of a Yankee drummer who tries to
get an old Hollander to r^betitate
electrical machinery for the famous
windmill* of Holland. The love affairs
of tee daughters of the miller furnish
material for clever work fa song and
As a background to this
is the chorus of maidens clad in typi
cal Dutch costumes who complete the
Harold Engdahl aa Mynheer Herto
genbooch rendered his part fa excel
lent style, bringing out the comedy
•f the scenes to perfection. Eugenis
Provin as Vnmw Hertogenbosch
a clever contrast to the droll character
•f the Herr and added a touch of re
altem to the play Sybil Thomas and
Carrie Burnett aa the "two daughter*
sang and acted their parts in excellent
form. Rath Jennings a* Katrina was
artistic and clever.
For the boys Ralph Millard aa the
Y anime salesman wa* fa good voice
and acted the genial
to perfection. Sami Blais and Norris
ive drummer
miller's daughter* were equal to, the
Of fun
The chorus was exceptionally good
of the
rendered while their singing was bar
liWuous sad true. Beaotiftdl, dressed
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for some ef fee action of fee
play. The
hove into sight, hunted up a rake and
the swath grew wider. C. A. Straight,
with his back humped like a camel, ex
cavated at a boulder near third base
that finally yielded to his exertions
and emerged to go into the discard.
After supper the crowd grew apace,
about one in An
the tenth one pined the crew. There
were Eddie Sand
son. Bill Brodie, Punk Bo both, Whis
pering George, Mat Lese 11 , etc., etc.
Two-thirds of the field was raked
and freed from pebbles. Soon this
will be soaked with water, then roiled.
We shall not have the finest field in
tp linked States, nor shall we have
the worst.
Another set of bleachers it to be
built and a score board installed. Dug
outs for the players will replace the
open benches. Other improvements
are to be mads which will aQ tend to
make the ball park more satisfactory.
Jos. Lopatch and Charlie Klimas
turned out Tuesday night and raked a
large section of the outfield. The
new section of the bleachers was also
put up thus giving seating room for
five hundred spectators.
Already the itinerant ball player
has begun to drift in but the manage
ment has so far turned a deaf ear and
a stony stare toward the visitors.
Baseball is to be the game this
Last year there were time« when
some of our transient associates could
not tell which of the balls coming at
them was the right one and failed to
stop any. Their batting waa affected
by the fact that they were always ex
pecting that after one high hall there
would be a chaaer and sometime* they
were deceived. Apparently this
son we shall have a good steady team.
having a rake, but
dermeier, N. H. Nel
as good as this class of league call*
for. We shall hare . good playing
field and we shall faire tee loyal sup
home «fôwi So Sere*
hoping that May 4 th will be so balmy
and Floridaesque that all the Easter
bonnets fa this neck of the woods will
be out and every young man in this
section will bring one with him and
while he is rubbering at those self
same bonnets incidentally see a good
ball game. May 4 th seems to be a
deuce of a long way off, though.
Innis, Elsie Mclnnis, Dolores Murray,
Alice Larkin, Genevieve Remington,
Clara Berg, Bertha McCafferty, Cath
erine Pattaner, Lempi Rants, Mildred
FryEvelyn Lander, Fern Millard,
Ruth Jennings and Christine Humpe.
The Dutch cosiumes, the play of
humor and mirth against the artistic
grouping of the individuals in tee
scenes hid all defects, if there were
any, from the eyes of the audience
and sent them home happy and more
than satisfied with the evening's en
Too much credit can not be given
Miss Carter for the success of the per
formance. Parts not spectacular but
truly important were played by the
pianist. Miss Butler, and tee violinist,
Miss Beaudry, who furnished the ac
The receipts of the evening were
very satisfactory and will be devoted
to high school purposes.
The Rebecca lodge gave a surprise
party for Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Holt on
Saturday evening. The amusement
was cards, about eight tables being at
play. Mr. and Mrs. Holt won the low
prises. Mrs. James Brodie received
tee head prise for ladies and J. B.
English for the men. After the sump
tuous lunch some pieces of fine silver
ware were presented to the honor
Shall tee get together Monday
night and talk over the matter
of Clean-up day? Each one
recognises the vahw of this an
:. ShaH we
continue to keep Belt dean and
sanitary? Shall we continue to
improve H« appearance for our
own aatirihetion and the eye» of
t if h tears must be
sh ew n that they can accomplish
Come to the mooting and help
to «tart the
The Easier Hatch
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The Mine Rescue ear for the state*
of Montana, Idaho, Utah, and Wate
ington arrived in town Monday morn
mg attached to train No. 44 for *
week's stay fa Belt. They came from
Sand Coulee where they had spent a
week with a fine large clam of man
who desired to learn .11 they could of
safety device, und mine rescue work.
The car is fa charge of J. S. Gavtn,
foreman miner, and W J. Needham,
first aid miner, and is fitted op with
a complement of breath ill g apparatus,
life line and every known device to
further work of rescue fa case of mine
fir® or explosion.
This car belongs to tee federal gov
ernment and is used whenever there
is mine trouble. Recently they were
en route from Anaconda and at Butte
wMfaydaa of feteiMs
catastrophe at Newcastle. Utah,
A special train was made up and give.
right of way to tee scene of the dis
aster. This train beat the regular
train time by seven hours and ten
From here the car will go to Uni
versity of Idaho at Moscow where
they will give instruction to the grad
uating clàss. Afterwards they will
visit the state college at Pullman,
Wash., where they will do the same
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They have not had as large classes
of miners in Belt as they desired but
each evening they have h.d a class of
100 or more consisting of miners and :
Luring People to Crime
Judge J. Stanley Webster of a dis
trict court fa Washington in which
the city of Wenatchee is situated
charged a jury recently to the effect
that when the evidence showed that
defendant waa lured and persuaded
into the commission of a crime by s
stool pigeon who sought personal
profit by making a case against him
the jury should disregard the evidence.
A Spokane newspaper thus states the
facte fa tee case and quotes the charge
of the judge to the jury.
"William M. Whitney, assistent pro
hibition director of the state, and H.
V. Mooring, another prohibition offi
cer, with their wive^ represented
themselves as tourists and, under the
alleged pretense that one of the women
waa ill and needed s stimulant, tee
prevailed upon McPhail. the own
er of the Elman hotel in Wenatchee,
to s e cure teem a bottle of brandy
from a bootlegger. Thereupon they
arrested McPhail. McPhail admitted
test he secured the liquor for the of
ficers. Th« jury brought fa a verdict
of not guilty.
Public policy forbids that offi
cers sworn to enforce the laws should
seek to have sate laws violated or
that those whose duty it is to detect
criminals should make or create crim
teals/ Judge Webster said fa his in
struction* to the Jury. 'If you find
from tec evidence that the action of
the officers. Mooring and Whitney, or
either of them, was taken for the pur
pose of inducing; enticing or faring the
defendant to commit the offense of j
intoxicating liquor and that
latent on the pwrt of fee de
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they or rites».gf tesÉte fadUead fee
fendent to procure sad sell the liquor.
you must find th* defendant not
"The rating of Judge Webster te
fee first rating made her* on this
Th» effertng on bote Sunday sehooJ
and congregation will b« applied on
our World Service apportionment.
Special music by the choir.
Easter sermon in the evening at «
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Epworth League at 7.
Junior League at 8. •
Regular martin* of the Ladies' Aid
on Wednesday afternoon.
A wondmful moving picture. "Lert
We Forget," will be shown fa the high
school auditorium on Thursday even
ing, May 1st, by W. L. Wade .state
superintendent of the Anti Saloon
League. Admission free. Remember
fafb school children to whom they
h*re given practical instruction. The
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Wt**. a " d n ' iny "TJ* 1 them
***** of prmle ** f ' n T chn *
personal mstruction.
J* 8 ' turd * y ^ c * r wiU lMVe on ite
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Th * 8dmir * b y pr *'
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** «'"iUated.
Harry T. Stoag, Pastor.
Raster prograr given by the Sun
iy school at 10 o'clock. A baptismal
gvice will be conduptad for both in
adulte. Those desiring to
will ha received.
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the date and plan to .ttend.
We do not know whether the views
of Judge Webster of Washington are
based on sound legal principals or not,
but we do know that they represent a
sound view of equity, as it is regard
ed by most of o ug dti aens. Wa have
had similar instances in Montana
where law enforcement officers have
appealed to good fellowship, the neca
of money by families, and even the
humanity of their would be victims,
in order to induce them to break the
law. We know of one instance where
according to their own story they
sought to debauch the morals of an
under age boy by giving him ten dol
lars to procure a bettle of liquor from
a bootlegger for their use, and then
had the gall to collect the ten dollars
from tiw taxpayers' money. It waa
not fa Cascade county or in this sec
tion ef the state, however. Judge
Bourqnfa of the federal court of this
state, ordered the jury to disregard
the evidence of s couple of law en
forcement officers who arrested ■ ho
tel proprietor for furnishing them li
But fa that esse the judge's
action waa based on the testimony of
the law ««forcement officers test they
were fa tee company of women of bad
reputation and that the whole com
pany had spent the night in drunken
debauch, and therefore their testimony
must be on re liable aa to what hap
pened daring the time they testified
about. Th* decision of the Washing
ton court will st least meet public ap
proval whether it is sustained by the
higher courts or not. The taxpayer*
do not want their money used to in
duce wÜi commit crime so teat
deteetteuo may have the credit of ar
resting fecra. or public prosecutors
have fee credit of convicting them
- From tee Great Falla Tribune
Mr and Mrs C. H. Previn drove fa
to Grani Falls Tuesday
Rachac Wins First
Game for Portland
In Belt there have been rumors that
Rachac had been released by Port
land and was coming back to lead the
Miners to victory. It made us appre
hensive for last year we saw the Belt
■luggers vainly stir up the breesee
when that fast bail hopped. We trust
that Rachac will make good at Port
land, so good in fact teat the Cascade
county league will know him no more.
We would like to see Watson taken
on by the New York Giants and get
a million dollars a year, then we
would not have to face him. We
would not be pleased to see either one
of them break a leg or go blind, but
as tong as good fortune should take
.item we would be glad to see several
more go. Then after we. get tee
teams whittled down to our sise we
will do our best to take them to a
The Tribune sport writer comments
as follows;
Is Max Rachac coming back to play
in the county league this summer?
Go ask the manager of Portland, and
probably hell laugh at you. And prob
ably he'll say.: "Well—not the way
things look at present."
Some rumors teat have been heard
recently—hopeful rumors to some who
hoped Max was coming back and dis
couraging rumors to others who hoped
they wouldn't hare to face him again
this year—seem to hare been dispelled
in tee Pacific Coast league score«
published Monday morning.
Rachac won Portland's first game
for the club.
Portland started out the year last
Tuesday with San Francisco wteaers
df tee pennant last year TMsee won
J ^torteuf^nd H .. . TJJ"
î^adSfa? te! Sit
through six gamas, including the Sat
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dosen hurlera Rachac waa kept busy
u „.k
^ ^ #ir-t Sunday,
Kenworthy sent Rachac to tee mound.
^ oM loca , , ee mu#t h , ve ^ v . n ,
jmriort ^ aKe ljinl fa r * nBl dtf
hen last year, for. ha beat the Bea ls
by a 4-1 count. All the credit can't
go to him, the score shows, for while
be was touched for 10 hits he was
given perfect support in the field.
But Rechac thus won the first gams
for Portland in seven starts and it
looks like he is setting pretty for the
year. In fact, it wouldn't be a great
surprise if the Giants are feeling sor
ry for themselves later fa tbs season
to think that they traded him off a
couple of yean ago.
Bob Cooley of Sand Coulee sustain
ed a broken bond and a deep cut over
the right eye and is a patient at the
Columbus hospital aa the result of an
automobile accident early Sunday
morning near Vaughn. Cooley stated
Sunday night that ha, Tony Grego
vich and Claude Gillen of Tracy, a
taxicab driver of Great Falls known
ss "Whitcy" Bag ley and two Great
Falls girls, whose names Cooley re
fused to divulge, were coming «0 the
Foils from Vaughn when the acc ide n t
When about five miles from Vaughn
the car in which they were riding
struck another which, Cooley declsres,
was standing fa the road steile the
driver changed a tire. Cooley, who
had been using crutches as a result of
injuries sustained four weeks ago at a
Sand Coulee mine, jumped out of the
car and was the only one of the party
whose injuries necessitated hospital
treatment. %
Cooley said that he was in the front
seat with the driver and that the other
men and the two girls were fa the
Both ears were badly
damaged, according to the sheriffs
back seat.
office, where it eras said that the ma
chine which was standing fa the read
is the property of Delbert Shirley,
who, with hte brother, A. Bhiriey, was
changing tires when tit« other
chine struck it The Shirleys reside
at Spring Creek.
Cooley said the other occupants of
the aitto ware only slightly braised.
Sheriff Gordon's fore* is investigating
to determine the cause of the accident
Tuesday noon Sheriff Befa Oerdfai
I"* *•*?*".
son, assisted by Deputy Sheriff Sen
land and City Marshal Fiahr, raMsi
the Burns, Danno and Carlson
in town under search warranta
upon an affidavit of John Remua
he had purchased moonshine whiskey
When sea r c h ed the Burns
yielded no evidence. Jimmy Dämmte
place wen locked but the officers boat
ed him up. When he seid teat hie g
key was at home the officers sent hies
home after it and returning to ten
Danno place broke in a rear door
proceeded with the search. Here they
found a small amount of e viden ae .
Jimmy Danno took hit ear and weal
for the key but baa not returned a*
this writing.
Upon searching the Carlton place •
liquor was obtained. Cha*. Catfa Ua
tend Ai Largea were arrested and gave
bonds for thair appearance at the
term of court.
John Remus, upon whose affidavit
the complaint was filed fa Justice ef
the Peace Bram Jette's court, ie
man who waa fined $88.00 about
month ago for being drank and
Sheriff Gordon and his officers re
turned to Great Palls fa the afte r» —
taking tee evidence with them.
hwt mtUck ^ Tuesday morafe*
. fhort 4^^ from tee compaay**
h houre »ear Fife «
,or her throughout the nigèt Th*
body *" ***
7^*«^ morning and the forerai y®
** inducted ftr ®" tl ** W - H
^ Fri **
Mrs. Jessie Simpson, wife at
Thomas Simpson of the Box Elder
Sheep company, was found dead of a
at 10 o'clock, a short time after
had retired, complaining that she
not get her breath. She told Mr.
Simpson that sh« would step out 4 f
door* for a mom e nt , and when she
to return within a short tim« he
lately began a search He re
ceived no response to his calls and tee
hired men were roused to join hi
■«arte when It become evident Mm*
something was amiss.
No trace of Mm. Simpson could ha
found in tee darkness, but with tea
coming of daylight the body was dis
covered about 1«0 fart from tee house.
It was considered apparent that
had died a few minutes after stopptet
out of doors. She hsd been fa normal
health up to the tim« she complatosd
of shortness of breath Monday night
Mrs. Simpson was 51 years of
and with Mr. Simpson had mods her
home for 17 years st the rente of
Box Eldar Sheep company, fa
Mr. Simpson is a
native of Denmark and came to
United States when 28 years of age.
Before moving to the rente at Fife,
the Simpsons lived near Stanford, Ju
dith Basin county. A brother, Chris
Peterson, lives fa Seattle.
The funeral service will be cow
doc ted by the Rev. A. Lunde ef Our
Savior's Lutheran church. Burial wffl
take place In Highland cemetery.
-( Omitted last week—Straight
Rocky Mountain Elevator Os.
Blench Young
Chas. Walter!
John Plyhha
William Brodie
John Sabol
Wm. Carr
M. Gago
T. Lo patch
John Poblod
Fred Wensek
G. Wensek
Elmer Cracker
A. Rausksma
Ray Mille tt
Gas MiUrtt ;
Steve Cinker
R Koto
La« Munden
W«. Bretioy
Gas Wilson
Mike Schmaote .
Sum Balletor*
BasQ Pterins
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