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THE JUDITH GAP JOURNAL
S. J. SMALL Published every Friday in the Journal building. Judith (lap. Meagher county, Mohtann. Subscription rate, Î2.00 a year in advance; other wise $2.5(1, Yearly advertising rate. 20 cents an inch. Short time rate, 55 cents an inch each insertion. MAKION SMALI.....BUSINESS Manac.es TWO SOULS WITH BUT A SINGLE THOUGHT The Judith Gap Journal is the lat est addition to journalism. It is a live, wide-awake newspaper, anti seems to he in the hands of men of experience and to lie backed by a pood plant. The Gap is, we think, the most inhospitable place to build a town in the state, anil we would about as soon think of Mount Edith, Scape Goat peaks of the Hockies, or Xeihart Baldy. for a town as the Judith Gap, but it is a division point, and will soon make a town of a thousand people. It also has a rich country around it, but it lacks water for irri gation, anti we do not see how this can be overcome, or how the town is to attain commercial importance un der such circumstances. However, the Gap enjoys the distinction of be ing nearest the eentei of the state of any other town of note. It will make something of a town, though, even if largely dependent upon the railway trade. The new newspaper venture is a boomer to "beat the band'' and has a tone about it that one is bound to admire. The above excerpt, mixed with com pliment and slams, is taken from the Rocky Mountain Husbandman, pub lished in Great Falls. The Suther lin llrothers, publishers, have lived in this section of Montana for thirty four years, publishing the Husband man at different places hereabouts during that long period. If they have j been tdose observers of recent devel opments in the Judith (Aai» country and speak from actual knowledge of conditions as they exist, the people who have settled in this vicinity dur ing the past live years and have raised crops successfully by dry farming during that time, have been laboring under a horrible delusion. For in stance: George Finch, whose farm adjoins tlie townsite of Judith Gap, broke fifty acres in the spring of too", and th it fall sowed the same to wheat —oil tîiesod. The editor of the ltocky Mountain Husbandman will admit, if he is truthful, that the season of inos was the dryost in the past twenty years. Under these two adverse con ditions, sowing on tlie sod and a dry year, Mr. Finch marketed from this piece of land a thousand bushels of Ko. I hard wheat. Hut he must have been mistaken, according to the wise JUDITH GAP , MONTANA The townsite of Judith Gap is beautifully located on the west slope of the Big Snowy Mountains, midway between Great Falls and Billings. Tributary to it is an extensive territory, practically undeveloped, comprising some of the finest agricul tural lands in Montana. During the past eight months settlers have been locating almost daily in the vicinity of this town, and now the unappropriated government lands surrounding the tewn for several miles have been taken up, and next sum mer farming operations will be begun and carried on with a vim characteristic ot Western push and enterprise. The fertility of the soil, which has been proven, and the dense settlement of the surrounding country will make Judith Gap the natural trading point for a large territory, insuring its rapid growth and permanent pros perity. To further add to the town's commercial importance, Judith Gap Has Been Selected By The Great Northern R.R. /Is The Division Point for its line between Great Falls and Billings, nearly $75,000 having already been spent here by the company in permanent improvements. Judith Gap will be the transfer point for all passengers going to and from points on the Great Northern and Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway systems; also freight transfer point between these two lines. Judith Gap is not yet three months old, yet it has twenty places of business, which have been established and stocked at an outlay of over $125,000. There are exceptionally good openings for a hardware store, clothing store, drug store, furniture store, shoe store, farm implement house, bank, a first class hotel, a large rooming house, and many other lines. Having regard to the brilliant prospects of the town, the scale of prices fixed on lots is unusually low, ranging from $75 for desirably located residence lots to $400 for the choicest business sites. For further information address, DAKOTA&GREAT NORTHERN TOWNSITECO. S. J, SMALL, TOWNSITE AGENT, ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, OR JUDITH GAP, MONTANA J editor of the Rocky Mountain Hus bandman. Or Mr. Finch must have placed J. A. Rring, wheat buyer for the McCaull-WebsterElelevator com pany of Judith Gap, who has been buying wheat nearly all his live, un der a hypnotic spell when he induced him to issue a check for $77<) for the grain, and forced him to say that it was the tinest sample of hard wheat he had ever seen. This transaction was all a myth, because nothing can be raised in this inhospitable section without irrigation, according to the learned gentleman who sits in the editorial chair of the Rocky Moun tain Husbandman at (treat Falls aud dishes up dope calculated to drive people out of the state who are trying to develop the country, rather than to help make Montana the greatest farming country in the world, Great Falls the greatest milling center, and the Rocky Mountain Husbandman the greatest agricultural paper in the Union. The writer has not lived in Mon tana for thirty-four years, but he has been here long enough to watch the golden grain pouring out of the threshing machines during two seas ons. The lirst season he came to in vestigate, because he was as skeptical as the Sutherlins. lie staid in the held long enough to satisfy himself that the piece of land he saw threshed averaged sixty-live bushels to the acre of the tinest hard wheat he ever saw and he came from a hard wheat state. This crop was raised without irrigation. And when the neighbor ing farmers told him that their wheat went from 40 to ii.'» bushels to the acre by dry farming that year, he believed it, because he had satislied himself from personal observation and accur ate measurements before he had a talk with them. The Sutherlins, evi dently, stuck pretty close to their j sumptions sanctum that year, because facts gleaned from personal observa tions in the held would have upset their deep-rooted theories. The writer remained in the Judith Gup country and knew from personal knowledge that the next season was dry—awfully dry. He was prepared to believe the old timers when they told him that it was the dryest year in twenty, lie again visited the threshing machines when they got busy last fall, and sat isfied himself that notwithstanding the season was the dryest in twenty, that fields were running from is to bushels of No. I hard winter wheat to the acre. And this without irri gation. Nobody in this section of the country, however, saw either of the Sutherlins during threshing season, and yet these gentlemen pretend to ; ; j i j j j speak for the farmers of Montana. According to the Sutherlins, George Finch could not have raised that thousand bushels o' wheat in the Judith Gap country without irriga tion, so he must have brought it up from the irrigated Gelds in the Galli tin valley. We didn't think George would do that. And there is F. M. Widowlield, who sold Mr. Bring 400 bushels of No. 1 hard wheat this fall and got his money for it. According to the Sutherlins, Widowlield must have swiped that wheat from some irrigated fields around Great Falls, in which they are possibly interested. Mr. Widowlield says he raised it on his farm three miles from Judith Gup, from a little patch of ground he had in on the sod this dry year. Hut he surely must be mistaken, for haven't the Sutherlins been living here thirty-four years and don't they tell Mr. Widowlield that he can't raise crops here without irrigation? And there is J. T. Carlson, whose farm lies about a mile north of Jud ith Gap, and for which he says, he wouldn't take $7,ooo for the quarter section—where «lid lie get that 4(H) bushels of wheat that he wheedled ; Mr. Bring into buying this fall? He ; says he raised it from a small patch of ground on his farm without irriga tion and in this exceptionally dry year. We never thought Carlson was a base deceiver. Hut according to the Sutherlins he is even worse than that. And the list could be extended to the extent of the capacity of this paper—testimony that would convince any reasonable man that the Judith Gap country is the most fertile agri cultural soil in the world that will j raise abundant crops by dry farming, i but the testimony would never satisfy j the Sutherlins. They are carrying on j their persistent misrepresentations of this country in their publication from week to week, retarding the settle ment of the country to the extent of their circulation, and doing incalcul able damage to the progress of the city in which they live. The Suther lins are not even from Missouri—they don't want to be shown. And why? The only inference is that the ple thoric pocket book of the big irriga tion ditch promoters and the live stock raisers appeals more strongly to them than does the single subscrip tion of the small farmer who they are trying to keep from settling in this fertile valley to obtain a home and a rich competence for his labors. In the interest of the future of Montana as an agricultural state: in the interest of the thousands of home less people in the eastern states who would come here and become inde pendently rich by dry farming, as thousands are doing in this section of the state; in the interest of the growth of Great Falls, whose mills «»light to grind the millions of bushels of splendid wheat grown without irri gation in this great valley, the soil of which the greatest experts in the country, like Prof. Shaw, say is the richest for «Iry farming purposes that they ever saw; in the interest «»f just common, every day decency the Kntli erlins should be made to visit the Helds of waving grain in the Judith Gap country next summer, and later watch the gtilden cereal pour out of tlie spout of that great engine of pros perity, the threshing machine, an«l if seeing would not change their opin ion, then for their own benefit and the henetit »»f the millions yet unborn that will call this favored land their home, the publication should be sup pressed anti the Sutherlins lnatle to go to work at some other labor that they are better Htted to perform. The people of Judith Gap want the worhl to understand that they are law-abiding citizens. The town is but three mouths old. Its rapi«l building has attracted to the place a lot of irresponsibles who to«»k advan tage of the absence of any organized local government to commit a crime that might have resulte«l in bhiod slied. There were only live people implicated in the affair, and they acted so secretly that it may never be ascertaine«l who really are the guilty parties. The citizens some time ago petitioned Sheriff Williams to appoint a deputy for this town, but that offi cial decided he would do nothing in the matter until the lirst of the year. The duly elected constable for the township was on a hunting expedi tion when the affair occurred, and Judith Gap had no police officer what soever at the time. Under these con ditions, the business men should not be held responsible for the acts of live people who are not property hold ers, and, therefore, have not the wel fare of the town at heart. J. R. Hain, justice of the peace, the only official we have in the place, is to he commended for his prompt action in attempting to apprehend the crimi nals, and in the prosecution of the same. The judge is «letermined to hew to the line, let the chips fall where they may, ami in the go«»d work he is «l«»ing his hands will be upheld by every loyal citizen. Sometime during the coming winter the Journal will publish an illustrated edition, showing Judith Gup when it was three mouths old, ami giving j views of the farm residences in this section of the state, and other perma nent improvements. Besides the pic tures, which will be numerous, the paper will contain much valuable in formation concerning this country from an agricultural point of view, and other data that will interest any body who is seeking a new home, l'eople desiring extra copies to send to friends at a distance should get their orders in early, as otherwise we will not know how many copies to print. Think up a long list of people back in the old home state whom you think would likely be interested in securing a new home or business lo cation, jot them down, ami order enough papers to cover the list. Ranchers around Auaconda have petitione«! the government to bring j suit against the Amalgamated Copper company of Butte for the wholesale destruction of the forest reserve in that section, caused by the deadly fumes from the Washoe smelter, the largest in the world, which is located at Anaconda. The ranchers claim the fumes also destroy their crops. The president called John I). Ryan, manager of the copper mines in Butte, to Washington to hear the other side of the story. There are suits peml ing in the courts now on this same question, and it is possible the gov eminent will not take action until these are decided. If the Washoe smelter is shut down it would work an irreparable damage to the copper interests of the state, and a fearful hardship on the thousands of working men who would be thrown out of employment. The Indianapolis News ami the New York Sun have been making charges of corruption against Uresi «lent Roosevelt in connection with th purchase from the French govern ment of its rights in the Panama canal for $40,(HXUM)0. The president took a few minutes from his official duties to reply to the slanderers, and after burning up several typewriter ribbons, the remains of the mercen ery editors of these two yellow jour nals were left limp upon the Held, after their hides were tacked to the wall. The latest report in railroad circles is a new line from Edmonton, Can ada, to Great Falls, making connec tions there with the Great Northern to Judith Gap, Hillings ami on south to the Gulf. Hut very little railroad construction would be necessary to make this route a feasible one, and it is said that little will be made next I j j I j summer. Then'Judith Gap will have trains from Chicago, trains fr«»m Kan sas City and trains from Galveston, Texas, every day in the year. Uncle Ira Cole, of the Forsytli Times, gets out one of the best weekly papers in the state. He has recently* installed a new press and other ma-v terial which shows evidence of pros perity. Mr. Cole is a trenchant; writer and occasionally dips his pen. in vitrol instead of ink. But that makes his paper more interesting. The Journal man certainly enjoys that front page of the Times. The starting of the big hotel build-. iug this week not only demonstrates John Dolan's hustling ability and splendid business acumen, but will: show to the world what kind of 1 weather Montana has in the winter' tithe. He expects to have the builds ing completed by the last of Feb-| ruary. _ j Homesteads are getting scarce with- 1 in a radius of ten miles of Judith. Gap, and it will behoove those who have not proved up to comply strictly, with the homestead law. The great demand for this land will cause con-; tests to be started if you are lax ini any noticeable particular. ; It will be nice next fall to take a I run out to Brennan's, or Foreman's,' j or Dolan's farm, a short distance j from town, and swipe lucious apples I from their over-laden trees. And j they will taste better, too, if the own ers don't catch us at it. While North Dakota, Minnesota and the east are wrestling with fierce blizzards ma«le at Medicine Hat, Montana is enjoying balmy weather, and building operations are going right along in Judith Gap. John D. Rockefeller says the pos session of riches will not bring happi ness. We are quite p«»sitive, John, that the lack of them brings on a depressing feeling that results in sad ness born of dispair. The comic newspaper supplement has outlived its usefulness. Cut it out. Had Our Pictures "Took." J. A. Stevenson and Frank Honey check, two first class photographers, have been in town the past week 1 ! taking views of the business houses, the railroad improvements and a birdseyeview of Judith Gap when it was three months old, for the illus trated edition of the Journal, which will be gotten out s«»metime this winter. If you haven't had your pic ture taken it is your own fault.