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S. A. Bsmlsgtou. Editor
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It took» like a quiet winter in Belt and in Montana. Grope
!*!•» been gathered and for the most part »old. Fat stock has be«»
skipped. The bank statements «how that a good part of the pro
have been deposited or used in the liquidation of indebted
Taxes are being paid promptly with thankfulness that they
«re not so heavy as in the past.
The payroll of the Merkle mine no longer furnishes liquid
«Moey for the transaction of business and for the pleasures of the
people. The smaller mines are responding to the seasonal demand
for coal and are working quite steadily.
The drill is pounding along down toward unknown depths
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somewhere around 600 feet. The iron and coal excitement of some
■ smith* ago is still hanging fire. Should oil be found at the Me
Amlly farm it will stimulate trading in royalties and leases and
wiO doubtless bring a number of transients to our city, yet we can
look for nothing advantageous until the opening of spring.
Taking up the options on coal land could scarcely bring us
my appreciable increase of business until spring.
Looking at matters by and large we can see no indications that
would lead us to expect any large volume of business during the
winter months. So much for the reverse side of the picture.
But to look upon matters as they are—who can fail to survey
with a measure of thanfulness the condition of the people of the
Belt Valley.
Crops were fair and the market was good. Cattle, sheep and
hogs have brought good average prices. Our farmers have been
able to meet their obligations and feel once more that they are
getting ahead. There is a feeling of optimism among them which
presages good times for the future.
< Our bank statements show that the money borrowed during
the disastrous years has been paid off and that the money in the
banks now belongs once more to the community and not to the
Federal Reserve.
This remarkable showing has come about in two years and
with two more prosperous years the Belt Valley will have forgot
ten the winter of 1919-1920.
In many places both east and west of us the title to the great
majority of the farms has changed in five years. This may be
seen from the number of sheriff's sales advertised in their papers.
In the Belt valley this Is not true and the original homesteaders
axe still firmly entrenched in their holdings.
It may be a quiet winter but for our farming population it>
will be the of freedom from indebtedness
and hope for the future.
Our merchants are enjoying and will enjoy a steady trade in
which cash or its equivalent plays the leading part.
Thanks to the Silver Dyke many of our miners are finding
work near at home which insures them a competence for the win
ter. Quite considerable of a change in two years we think !
The State Bank has paid off its indebtedness to the Federal
Reserve and is once more In possession of its notes. This means
that within a few months depositors in this institution will re
ceive dividends.
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When we consider the condition of the Belt banks today with
that of two years ago we are surprised and gratified at the re
markable change in conditions.
. At one time the Belt banks had borrowed more than $300,000
ïe Corporation.
Trom the Federal Reserve sntf the War
Added to this was an incessant demand for more money by our lo
cal enterprises. Today this demand has ceased. The indebtedness
is all paid off and the cash reserve in our banks is mounting to
figures which show evidence of returning prosperity to the com
drew their money and sent it to lie idle in the vaults of the larger
financial institutions of the state or to draw a low rate of interest
£-r™"' T*?"- ?» »" demonstrated their
soundness. Our volley bus demonstrated its power of récupéra*
tSon and the future holds nothing in store except prosperity for our
business men and our ranchers. It may be quiet during the next
few months but during that time our people will be gathering
strength and making plans to take advantage of the inevitable
period of prosperity which is opening just before us.
All this in spite of the little faith of many people who with

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Mike Schwerdt returned to the Palls
Thursday after a 10 days visit with
fete family here.
Dr. Alex G. Ralston of the Moun
tain States Building and Loan asaoci
ation, was in our city Thursday on of
ficia} business,
A number of local gunmen return
ed the end of the week with their
4aer. A few were unsuccessful, but
Ip he well satisfied as the
lucky ones did their part at sharing,
m eh seem to have fared shout
Aaron Johnson, a former Neihart
kur, «•»« eut from die Falte Thar«
êm night accompanied by his niece,
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kmd*y night.
Warn, Äftf R Porter returned Mon
m ¥ ■ f»'« day visit in Great
tel»,,- Mrs. Porter had th»- aiafor
ite, f# fall an 'the atetra the evening

' mtmm a»d $mam&rn&y is yet
r MitehtM made a
to W
Ml m **»»■ aE glad
The Rev. Mr. Snow returned to his
home at Raynesford Wednesday.
A car of coal was a welcome sight
in the local yards Thursday.
Beginning Wednesday many who
are hauling smelter poles found it ad
visable to get out their bob sleds for
use, and even a few cutters were seen
the latter part of the week.
The Rebekah lodge put on a most
enjoyable card party at their rooms
Friday night Six tables were in play
600 being the pleasure of the evening.
High score prises were taken by Mrs.
Jackman and Royal Tripp. A moat
enjoyable supper was served at mid
The ladies at the Dyke give a very
nice dance there Saturday night with
local music. A very nice crowd was
In attendance and all report an ex
ceedingly enjoyable time.
Business Benders
AdVcHtom.nh and« (feb htâdtag
T*n Cents pdf line for c»Ch kueriinn
FOR RENT—Partly furnished house.
Mrs. S Thompson.
FOE SALE- -Shorthorn hall calf «**
m jnthtj ->W.. John Mara, Belt. fl
Large Crowd Atteste»
Turkey Sapper Served fey
the members and a few friande of
Coal Valley and Olive Branch Rehek
ah lodges, held an entertainment and
banquet in the local Odd Fellow« hall,
the proceeds of which go to help the
I. O. O. F. home at Helena.
Some 80 members, their fsmilee and
friend* gathered to enjoy the evening
in visiting, singing and play
Miss Carter presided at
and played the accompani
era! song* in which every one took
On Saturday evening, NovaHMsr it,
t to sev
An old fashioned spelling match be
tween Beit end Armington wee inter
esting end thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Armington, being ebly represented by
Mrs. Pilgeram and Mr. West, carried
off the prise, a three pound box of
chocolates. But no wonder, they gave
them all the easy ones to apetll
At u -.so everyone was given aa in
vitation to pass out to the banquet
(From iadith Basin County Press)
room where a committee of Rebekalu,
had prepared a sumptuous turkey
sapper with cranberry sauce *n ev
Altogether the affair was a very
enjoyable one and by a free will offer
ing a neat sum was realised for the
We are told that Judith Basin
county will be the first county in the
state to build a court house and pay
cash for it—without issuing bonds.
Certainly this is to the credit of the
new county and has been made possi
ble because of the economy practiced
by those in charge. When the matter
of creating the new county was under
consideration, those who were work
ing for it made many promises—
among them was the statement that
taxes would be reduced. This has
been an actual accomplishment. Taxes
in the new county are about one-half;
lower than they were in the parent
counties, and at the same time we
have suffered no lack of service. In
fact, it has been improved.
The fact that virtually every prom
ise made by the promoters of the new
county have come true is certainly a
more than this has happened—the
property owners of the new county
have enjoyed improved service and
lower taxes, and in addition there
has been a surplus created sufficient
to build a commodious court house
and pay the cash for it. Where can
the record be equalled?
It all goes to prove that public busi
ness can be conducted as is private
business. It goes to prove that the
public must give its co-operation to
the public officials and further than
that, it proves that the selection ot
officials—capable, careful and effi
cient—is the foundation upon which
such records are built.
Judith Basin county has been for
tunate up to the present time in that
there ia no "special privitege" class
within it* bordera. There has been
a whole heàrted cooperation to make
the new county a success. Few have
asked and none have received special
favors. For every dollar spent there
has becn » doll «r of value received,
® conomy has k® 00 the watchword in
of the county's affairs, with the result
that w e have a county of which we
ar ® al! i ustl y P™"« 1 -
That a §76,000 court house will be
erected and ready for occupancy by
the first of next October, and that the
proposition was approved by the vo
tors with but little effort in its be
half only goes to demonstrate that the
people of the county have the utmost
faith in their officials and accepted
their word when they stated that bet
ter housing was needed for the offices
and records than the present quarters
afford. The fset that it is possible to
build a court house out of the sav
ings made during the past four years
since the county's creation, together
with the fact that a vote of confident
was given, should be a source of (treat
satisfaction to Chairman Hinkle and
the other two members of the board of
county commissioners On the other
hand, the people of Judith Baste
county should find a great deal of
satisfaction in the fact that they have
a board of county commissioners at
demonstrated ability
Under the swinging drug store sign
The Village flapper waits.
The flap, a clever kid is she,
Who never lacks her dates.
Laughing, smiling, petting.
Ail set for another bloke.
Sacb avening sees s roan picked up.
Each feornlng ease him broke
And so thro ug h Mfe the lightly gives
Many » happy shout,
But yet the poor girL» never there
When the diamond rings come out
§20 BILL NO. i DOWN 49«
No. 2 wall two mites
At the §20
northeast of Balt, opnmtion# an tem
porarily at » standstill became« of «
bit stuck in the bole, ft Is expected
that this will be loosened soon and
that drilling will bs resumed. They
of about 300 fest of 10-inch easing
to g k u t oft the water and had drilled
only jg feet when they struck another
wU t seam. They are drilling In
water at 438 feat but expect to strike
the Sunburst sand at about 47S feet
Here they expect either water or oil
and will not do any further easing
until they have passed this sand.
Two towers are at work. Mr. Shep
herd being head driller in one and Mr.
Husak of Great Falls drives out every
day from Great Falla to take the sec
ond shift.
Stop yer kickin' boat the time*, get
* hustle on you! Skirmish 'round mnd
grab the dimes, et the dollars shun
growlin' isn't in it; fix your peepers
on success, then go in to win it. Times
is gettin' good agin—try to help them
all you kin.
Don't sit 'round with hanging lip,
that is sure to floor yon; try to git
a better grip on the work before yon.
Put some ginger in yer words, when
you greet s neighbor, throw your
troubles to the birds, git right down
to labor, an' you'll notice ev'ry day,
things ia coming right your way.
Stop yer kickin', git a bolt of the
wheel and turn it; you kin never
handle gold, leas you try to earn it.
Brush the cobweb« from yer eyes,
stop yer dura repinin', and you'll no
tice that yer skies allus'll be shinin'.
If you haint the nerve to try, snesk
awsy somewhere® an' die.
Croakin' never bough: » dress,
"A smite," tays friend Cal, "ia the
outside photograph of courtesy, and
the man who can teach his helpers
to smile and keep on smiling himself
will have a business that will smile
and a bank account that will laugh
right out loud.
Members of our national menagerie.
Golf lynx, hot dogs, blind pigs, teddy
bears, lounge Hurds, oil sharks, radio
bugs, fox trots, political goats. Wall
Street bulls, society lions, human
flies, poor
and old crabs.
I'll bet twenty-five bucks that
Douglas the ^Joe man's sole lasts un
til Smith Brothers' cough drops.
Laugh evry now and then—don't
^ to hold it back—it's n 0 disgrace
f or your mou th to unfold all over your
f ace in laughter,
The neighbor busybody is called a
snoop, but the person who gets paid
for the same thing is called an inves
The codfish lays a million eggs.
While the helpful hen lays one,
But the codfish does not cackle
To tell what she has done.
And so we scorn the codfish coy,
But the helpful hen we prise.
Which indicates to thoughtful minds
It pays to advertise.
Auntie Gets The Truth—"A thous
and thanks for the presents, Auntie."
"Don't mention it, my dear; it was
nothing much."
"No, I don't think so either, bat
I should, anyhow." *
God bless sales ladies who can keep
a man from feeling embarrassed when
he ia shopping for his wife.
Ha—Have you fixed the status of
the people who moved next door?
She —Yes, they have no car, no ra
dio, no talking machine, no piano. I
can't imagine what they have.
He—Maybe they have a bank ac
|t*s funny about nature, making
healthful than straw
No ctetteteltee ever breaks under the
pantin of the kind of wash which 4»
modern gWl* h*»g out to dry.
Ledy at bargato.c« iufer-~4ta my
firne dirty, or ia it m Th us Hl u tte u?
fionpecked bundle carrier—-I don't
know »bo«* y««r imagination, hut
yam fe** **
the »toteste«« throws hi® shoukbw*
tack mà straightens nut his tie, J
And «sys. "My frwnd*. »nie« it rate*;
■ Ifee tester «dll he dry/*
A«d wMsa Wto ttowght mto oar 'm»im
' togjppiiiidtod through
■ toy, tFae.'
Sunday school at 1§29.
Christian Endeavor at «:3ö
Junior Endeavor ta basement at
6 ;».
Preaching service and comwumk«
at 7:90.
Prayer meeting Wednesday at 7:90.
ßy the'hmc
to Viorry
a.V>ovft the.
of oAien*.
comm§ in.
We can give yon just what you want
in stylish—

Every shoe we turn out is carefully
designed from the highest grade ma
tt rials—and is guaranteed to give the
best of sotisfaction in comfort, fit and
Louis Mitch
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At the Barney Glime Ranch, four Miles East of Armington
on the Raynesford Road, on—
SK&--. .
10 Head Extra Good Milk Cows
2 Tw*-Y«ar-OW Heifers, 2 YesrMsg»—One
Heifer and One Boll, 4 Skin» Milk Heifer
Calves, and Three Werk Horses.
2 Sels Work Harness and Five Collars, 1
Saddle, One 7-Foot Deeriag Binder, 1 Break
ing Plow, 1 Stubbie Blow, Disk. DriH, Mower,
Rake. Z Wagons, Bob Sled, Cream Separator
and About 90 White Leghorn Hens.
Article« of Furniture and
Akte N<
Steal! Tuufe Too
TEEMS: Unter 125.0©, Cask; ww $25-00, 5 per
euwt ©rritof CHk or BufoWte PEper Dae Nwr, 1,
IMS. With Interest at 8 gar eeat.
Ward B. Cole, Owner
Lee C. Gswybffi, dark
4. L. WALCIHTT, AmUm***
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The Man Who Grinds Yoor
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Great FaBa, Montana
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