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Dm. 27—L. A Lockhart,
report to Mm
a« to the coadi
«too of
State bank of Sand
to the
of tee sheriff of
presse court Saturday
L o ckh a r t had bean convicted after
a trial to the district court at Cascade
county upon an indictment charging
that be, as a director of the bank,
made a report to «he superini
of henke on July 14, 1921, which eon
statement knows by
Lockhart to be false. It was shown
by too report Mist the bank did not
owe anything for borrowed money at
Mm dose of business Jane 30, 1921,
in feet the bank owed $10,000
to the Midl a nd National bank of Min
After Lockhart had been sentenced
he filed an application in the supreme
court for s writ of habeas corpus to
whisk he alleged that his conviction
illegal in that he signed the re
port «»ly as a director and not as sa
officer at the batik and that under the
law had committed no crime. The
matt« was heard before the supreme
court several weeks ago and an opin
ion, delivered by Associate Justice W.
* L. Holloway, denying the application,
was handed down Saturday,
The supreme court refuses to accept
the view of the applicant that a direc
tm at s bank is not responsible fbr
its operations and
Mut in
.Mettes to those Whs deal
directors cannot shut Muir eyes to
what is going or to the bank, that
they have more to do than elect offi
cers and declare dividends, but must
use ordinary diligence to ascertaining
Mm condition of the business and
must exercise control and supervision
of its officers. - -
Lockhart had pleaded that be had
merely attested the signature of the
cashier of the bank who had prepared
the report in question and as to this
the opinion reeds:
"Our statute does not purport to
**t a premium upon stupidity. If a
director may shield himself behind a
plea that be is negligently ignorant of
the business of his bank, then the
grosser his ignorance, the greater hie
security from liability. This is not
Mm theory upon which the law
His attention is necessary to
complete s report, and 'attest'
"to bear witness to; to certify; to af
firm to be true and genuine.' In de
fining 'attest* Black's Law Dictionary
says: 'It is also the technical word
by which in the practice in nuay of
the states a certifying officer gives
assurance of the genuineness and cor
redness of a copy.'
"It is our opinion that in requiring
a director to attest a report, the lew
contemplates that fa« shall use sea
aonable diligence to know whether the
report is tree or false, and it cannot
be gainsaid that the means of infor
mation are open to him. Therefore,
to attesting the report to question,
certified to
Lockhart vouched for and
the absolute truthfulness at the state
meat* contained therein, end to that
extent, at least, made the report, with
in Mm meaning of oar tew."
The indictment bad been further
attacked on the ground that K did «ot 1
state directly that the flUnH CooJm
bank wae indebted to the Minneapolis
bank or that the $10,000 constituted a
valid obligation of the Sand Cooke
hank, or that the money, if borrowed,
had not been repaid at the time the
The opinion states that the language
of Mte indictment was not very well
difference if the borrowed
July 14, a* the call was for a
true statement of Mm condition of the
is unwitting to eon
that the
of words in the
the judgment open
to collateral attack It eloees with;
"W# repast, that upon application
for relearn from custody
ȆJ indulge every legitimate
to favor of the sufficiency
of tine indictment, and ai
not convinced that the indictment he
m m
virtue of ths final
the writ is dto
charged and the
ths custody of the sheriff of Cuwh
■ It
Ânotner Pioneer
Crosses Divide
Robert Johnson, Cl Teers Old, Dted
Monday Evening at Family Hoar
to Gnat Falla.
Robert Johnson, one of the early
settlers in Cascade county and long
identified with business interests in
Greet Falls ami ranching interests at
Spionkop, died Monday evening, Dee.
29th, at Mm family residence in Great
Falls surrounded by hie immédiats
Mr. Johnson was 81 years of age
Mve at Sweden. He is sur
and a
vtved by his widow and
Arthur A Johnson, and by seven
only son,
brothers and s te tMH^ only one of
whom. Ourles Johnson of Spionkop,
being well known here.
Mr. Johnson as we knew him in la
ter yean was devoted to the raising
of beef cattle and was never more
delighted than when some of his
steers topped the Chicago market
Be was s successful busneas man
and was respected for his sterling
qualities, both to city and country,
His widoqr and sou. Arthur sod wife
are r e cei v in g 'toe condolences of a
host of friends
g whom the edi
tor is glad to count hmself
Golden Wedding
is Celebrated
Mr. and Mrs. William Eaton Ab«
nathy, early settlers in this pert of
the state, celebrated their golden
wedding anniversary at Mieir ranch
home, seven miles east of Stocks«,,
Christmas eve. They were married at
Winterset, Iowa, by the Rev. Mr.
White on Christmas eve of 1874.
A peculiar feature of the marriage
of this couple is the fact that both Mr.
and Mrs. Abernathy were members of
families comprising 18 children. There
are nine children still living in Mr.
Abernathy's family and eight living
in Mrs. Abernathy's family. Mr. and
Mrs. Abernathy were the parents at
six children, three of whom are now
living. They are Mrs. McCoy of Belt,
Ernest Abernathy of Stockett and Ed
ward Abernathy of San Jose, Cat
In 1888 Mr. and Mrs. Abernathy
moved to Minneapolis from Winterset,
Iowa, and after a year's residence
there came west to Sand Coates and
Stockett where they made their home
for two years. Mr. Abernathy came
west to Join his brother-in-law,
Charles Garrett and John Wetxel and
at that time the railroad had just been
opened into Great Falls. Mr. Garrett
and Mr. Wetsel both made the trip to
Fort Benton by steamboat ap the Mis
souri river. Mr. Abernathy was one
of the first person* to make the trip
on the excursion from Great Falk to
Sand Cooke end helped to open the
first Cottonwood mine at Stockett.
Mr. and Mrs. Abernathy and family
moved from Stockett to their ranch
seven mile* east of that place in 1901,
and have since made their home there.
Relative» «id friends of the couple
at their borne test Sunday. A turkey
dinner was 1 served in the late after
noon and the honored guests were
presented with a gold decorated din
ner set. Those attending the
besides Mr. and Mrs. Abernathy,
Mrs. L. McCoy, Ben McCoy, Mr. wad
Mrs. Ernest Abernathy, Mr. sad Mrs.
Lee Garrett. Mimes Mildred Jaap,
Gertrude, Doris, Helen and Marion
Abernathy, and Gordon Garrett.
FEDEEAL estimates say Montana
tend* an the livestock states in range
stock conditions. Heavy hay crop
T * IkTa PTW ^ :
pk muter teed
2,10» acres of sugai
beets contracted here for 1938 crop.
£ jfMKKî
prWw of Tfc®
wm mn ' hI W*goD w . for
*■> mho did not *v*ii our*
MB ft iii * udfbtariBf city
of this as
aft 91- 6 * M •
prie* of
ago Hie sloey ap*
4 __
pearod la
» Saturday Evaoiag Poat
«noHgh to read it at that
succeeding inatad
■8e ifc mi
Ut ÄMtva Äad to live in the days of
and those who
time awaited with ö
ment The «tory la
we imagine we
the pioneers.
the setting is realistic, the
love theme is strong «ntftljR ehaaacters virile or quaint.
Many who drove to 0r*ai Falls to see the play will
attend again in ortor to fie more clearly some of the
wonderful situation*,
ever read a tale of «VNÉtsre and loved to dream of
himself as the hero of lha tote will be present to live
through with the hero, tlwçrifiais and the heroine that
long march fro» St. Lo$it,|o Oregon which some of us
missed by only a few
made s corresponding
In our first days ia Montana ox-yokes hung on
many a corral fence, w&Se our eurioaity around black
smith «hope discovered l&Bt those peculiarly shaped
plates were halves of -MtH-shoes.*'
The plot is
to. Others, still among us,
■ to s different destination.
Those days are
in "The Covered Wagon"
•hca of the vanished past
of Kansas, Nebraska and
you may
of Montana as well
Among Our ^Neighbors
Brief Items of Person«* Interest Gath
ered by The Times Efficient
Corps of Correspondents


Mrs. Heath has returned from s
visit of several months with her
daughter at Missoula.
Mrs. Olson and two small sons went
to Belt Saturday for a visit They
were accompanied by Mrs. Olson's
cousin. Miss Esther Engstrom of Belt
who has been her guest for some
Donald Schenck made the trip to
Great Falls alone Saturday where be
day from Great Falla where she is at
tending high school. She was aeeom
ponied by her sister Dorothy, who had j
spent- the week with her
was met by his sister Emma. They
came out Christmas day as Emms
will spend the holidays here with her
Kenneth Schwerdt went down to
Great Falk Saturday to spend five
days with his father and grandfather.
Mise Hasel Fogarty of Eie« ville
was a pa s s en ger to the Falk oa Sat
urday's train.
Florence Smith came up Christmas
Mrs. Powers came down from the
Dyke Saturday and went into Great
Falls to meet her daughter. Miss
Dorothy, who is a student at Dillon.
Mrs. Sullivan of the Dyke was a
Saturday p ass eng er to Great Falk
On Friday evening an
program of recitations, songs and di
alogs was rendered by the pupils of
the Neihart school. Mr. Hogg's room
presented s play to an exceedingly
capable manner. The pupils hi Mis*
dered their parts well. Four recita
tiens were given by tiny folks, these
Virginia Tripp, Dorothy Jack
and Junk and Melvin Schenck.
The audience assisted in «imrir* *ev
era! songs. At the conclusion Santa
cbm» arrived and presented every
(hik , witk u «rang* and a bag of
■**•**■ «< *ks Lease went
mto Great Falk Saturday to spend ;
the week with relatives Schoo! will j
re-open December 29th.

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Th# Wsith«m-Shepherd Butte en
tertainment was postponed from De
cember 19th to the 28rd because of in
tense cold.
John Land«, who froze hi* hands
badly lost week, can now use his right
hand to fin his pipe. Some of hit
fingers are in such a bad condition
they may have to be amputated.
Mrs. Peltman and little son spent
Saterday shopping in Great Falls.
Mrs. John MeKensie returned from
s short visit to her daughters, Mrs.
Riley end Miss Florence, of Gt. Fells.
Ralph Knight was a business vis
itor In Mm community Saturday.
Mrs. Conn Ford« and daughter
Marie sad Mr. Smith were shopper*
to Great Falls Monday. The train
was seven hoars late but as the store*
wer« open until evening they battled
the crowd* end returned on
Tuesday laden #ith bundles,
John Kalanick narrowly escaped
wtth Ms life Monday when his ear
went into the ditch at the bottom of
Shepherd Butte. Those who saw tbo
position It was in say that only the
breaking of a wheel kept it from
turning over many times. Mrs. Kal
ankk k still in a Great Falls hospital,
H« condition is no letter and it k re
ported she will have to stay there for
several months.
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J. Rader is jn charge of the depot
during the absence of A V. Chesbro.
Mr. and Mrs. Chesbro and »on Alien
ar c taking a trip to Portland and Se
atMa.and other coast points and ex
pact to he hack Jan. 4th.
Mia«« Myrtle and Gunhilde Skad-|
sea « »»su dtog their vacation with
the* father on Rocky Ridge.
Miss Emm» Colarrhik returned
spend the holidays and
WESTERN phm la mm ef the
pm nhmhni
tins, win bare Mm
boohs and
wtth f*&
through the
of •
and pneos bare
short««» aoôuid accentuate hot* ds
Fife Fleck Wies
Montana Contest
Bamgenwr With MS Lechers Pel
lets Leads State to
During November
Clark Bumgarner of Ftfs, with hte
Flock of 800 Whit# Leghorn pallets,
cording to the November su mm a r y re
ceived by County Agent F. K.
asomtng, the
per ben for the month.
A A. Brookings of Simms wee
third to the state, 170 bens laying an
average of
Oliver of Vaughn was fifth, J. P. Gen
evan of Portage 11th, and C. T. West
of Great Falk was 18th.
Twenty-on» poultry isms are en
rolled to the démonstration work to
the stete for the coming year. Five
of these ferma are to Cascade county.
Accurate feed and labor costs are
ohseksA against the production to gee
egg* p«r be«. George

the net profit per tom. The <
of juJaiMsd nttoas.
grading and mark«
of products
grading and mark«
of products
an pert of the program tor poultry
improvement that is being carried oa
to Cascade county during the com tog


TROY — Moose, Yoetnen and Le
gionaire lodges open Mieir new lodge
hall hers.
. CAT CREEK has produced more
' than 7,000,000 barrels of the highest
^ test crude oil
BIG LAKE — Drilling resumed to
Patman well, now making 10,000,000
feet gas daily.
Montana livestock for
1924 is worth $60,000,000, says forest
service expert.
FORSYTH — Carter svills irriga
tion district to bond for 1260,000 for
JORDAN— Petroleum and Garfield
counties plan to replace Museekhell
bridge at Mosby,
MISSOULA—Forest service
pine on Siegel Creek for $7 per M
BUTTE —City dredge, to straight
ening Sliver Bow creek, finds placer
SHELBY — Johnson well in Kevto
Sunburst field produces at 12,000 bar
rel rate.'*'
STOCKETT — Third test well is to
be drilled in prospecting Coal Ridge
oil field.
FAIR VIEW —Shaft being sunk for
working 18-foot bed of lignite oosl.
BUTTE — Butte Division of Great J
Northern ha* shipped 4,888,400 bu*h
els wheat this fall.
HAVRE — Old brewery to be re
modeled into modern ice plant and
cold storage.
will teach the remainder of the school
year if she can find a scbeol.
Mr. and Mrs. JuH. Vaakey spent
Great Falk with rela
Christmas in
U Anastaeia snd Marie Koter are vis
iting at the Evans borne in Belt for
a few days this week.
Mr. and Mrs. E. V*t»° n * nd chil
Christmas hoi-;
tel home at Cas
dr en are
at the
.rdson, «*Arë^gton.
John Anderen of I^wmtowii »pen
Christmas with hw wife and child
Miss Mae Bloom is here visiting at
the home of her brother, H. Bloom
In *pite of the cold and anew s few
car» are »till able to get through.
Mr and Mr* Richardson and chil
dren spetit Christmas with the Eich
W. C
011 ***• Wfc*«® W*
The .
■■•to ho
to ho _
tmd to
Mm «lew*
is remarkable
oa (Mb.
•tody them. The
11th, 1982. at which Saw Ik
tor bar*
tifteatea of d eposi t
rowed money flMOO, an
000 ta notas
as e*
any hops of paying a
could tm entertained it wee
correspondent baton to ordsr
• to
might tm recovered.
To tbs aatSsfaetloa of
been into off
whok |i04,Ô8<î
then te aafftekn?
Justify Mm payment at this
The receiver is
this district It lue «et beau
eovery of a
deposited to
Another good
to •
fee a#
of depositors.
a iRh
piled to Mm
the court to selecting Mr.
bed he
roan unacquainted with

and values to the Belt Valley jg to
probable that only a steal! part wes»
kavs been recovered tor the
All Belt »lockholders have paid
their stock assessments to full *11»
Lockhart interests have as yet
to pay a doll«.
A more complete statement of the
remaining resources of this institu
tion will be
at a later date.
this may be said, that a study at Mm
figures indicate* that the
interests have been safeguarded
that a slow liquidation will
difference between ttttk or nothing
and a burgs percentage of the dates.
The receiver hod the confident* «rf
the depositor* when he was appointed
and anyone who will take the trouble
to find out what, haa been done the
(Mat year will find his confides« <*•
served and strengthened.
When calling for your dividend
cheeks don't fell to bring your re
ceiver's certificate.
factory established here,
BUTTE-A. C. M. company _
100 men To work restoring old Orig
inal mine.
New sausage and soap
Lewk and dark Na
J tton .j forest ha* 188 mile* of tote
phone line,
HAVRE — St Jude's Catholic
church completed, cost $62,000.
I SIDNEY—$88*000 to be spent to
rebuild brick theatre.
LEWISTOWN—New National bank
of Lewi »town receive* $300,000 depos
its on opening day.
from 68 above to 24 below sere, 7?
Rang* of temperature
degree., here Dec. 16th.
HAVRE — Winter payroll of Great
Northern railroad is $180,000; ssm
mer payroll is higher
Chamber» to
1er will reopen mill. January 6. to
3,000,000 feet timber About TSrmh
HELENA Congressional bill dp
V r road ffeosg#
will bo employed, <1 C ?
RINGLINO-—Casfte Mounts»» 9 k
pIang to comp iet* 60-ton mill eu Mm
Cleveland property.
MONTANA turkey shipment# ter
1921 are doabk those of 1928.

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