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THE STEEL STRIKE
IT H..THE NEW. REPUBLIC - L Had Mr. Fitzpatrick declined to confer with Mr. Cary he would have been denounced from one end of the couhtry to the-other ias a firebranid. But Mr. Gary can decline to confer with the repie'sehtative of a very large section of 'his men; he can re fuse to arbitrate, to consult, to nie diate, even to discuss; he can blunt ly repudiate all tle known methods of peaceful adjustment, and so far as one can judge by the press, few voices are raised to brand him for what he is-an inciter of violence, al provoker of industrial war, an indus trial barbarian. Mr. Gary by his action has made himself responsible for an enormous calamity. Whole communities Will be disorganized, industries para: lyzed, production halted; there will be waste and misery and untold bit terness, because he has willed it. Calculating that the unions may'not be strong enough to win this time, relying on enormous war profits to tide him over, knowing that the or-j ganization is immature, trusting to his autocratic control over public authority in the steel districts, ex ploiting the fevered and panicky con dition of the public mind, he has de liberately chosen to provoke the strike now because he thinks he canl smash the union. He has not taken one step to avert a strike. He has not made one move for peace. He has slammed the door in the men's' faces. He has called for no media tion, .no disinterested intervention. He has not asked the government to stabilize the situation until adjust ment can be had. He has distributed guns, suppressed meetings, refused a hearing. He has not even asked the men to wait for the White House cbnference. He does not wish them to wait. If lie must, talk about such matters at the White House, he pre fers to have the strike well advanced, thoroughly embittered, and, as lie liopes, defeated. He wants this strike and he wants it now, because he thinks he can win and have a few more years of absolute power in his industry. After that-well, Mr. Gary is not looking ahead. It may be said that the men should have waited for the White House conference. It would have been bet ter if they had, and men like Mr. Fitzpatrick and Mr. Gompers would probably have chosen to wait, but alone they have not the power to wait. Pressing against them is a mass of angry men who have suf fered under the rule of the steel cor poration a regime of naked oppres sion such as no free man ought to tolerate. Take the New York Times dispatch of September 21: "The most serious disturbance occurred at North Clairton, 20 miles from Pitts burgh, late in the afternoon, when the state troopers charged a crowd of union men holding a mass meet ing and broke it up." Ca:n :oy one in his senses expect th wor;kers of those dismal steel towns to say to their leaders: "Let's prove to Mr. Gary that we are better gentlemen than he. Let's wait for the White House conference, where, we note with pleasure, Mr. Gary will repre sent the public." Yet conceivably they might have been induced to wait, had Mr. Gary asked them to wait, had the president assured them that their case would be thoroughly aired at the conference. Failing that, Mr. Gompers and Mr. Fitzpat rick might have repudiated the men and resigned their leadership. That would have helped lMr. Gary to win the strike, but it would not have helped to avoid the strike. It is impossible to escape the con elusion that a group of exceedingly dangerous men, with Mr. Gary as their leader, have chosen war because they think they can win it. Their t.ney niufK tLey can win ir. i nu You See This Ad---Others Will See Yours W E can make your ad as attractive as this one with effective cuts and copy. Our contract with the Bonnet - Brown Sales Service brings you the opportunity of putting your advertising on the highest plane of attrac tiveness and efficiency. Have our Ad Man call and show you cuts and ads for your line of business. This service is supplied without extra charge to our advertisers. Tele phone 52 for Advertis ing department. BOTTE DAILY BULLETIN view is expressed by that faithfu press agent, the editor of the Nev .Yor'k Times, when he says: "W. think it is the general feeling of th whole commrunity that, serious a may be the consequences of the con flict, it can be met only in one way. That way is to provoke it first, an then suppress it as ruthlessly as pos Ssible. This procedure is so utterly inde fensible that a smoke screen is nec. essary to conceal the operation. Mr Gary led off by distorting Mr. Fitz patrick's request for a conference into a demand for a closed shop I But his press agents have not stop [ped there. The public is informed that 'Ithe average wage is $6.23 a day The public is not expected to..remem ber that an "average wage" if it in eludes, as this does, the salaries o the administrative and selling force is absolutely misleading. One migh as well say that the average wag of the scrubwoman at $10 a weel Lard of the president of the Unites Statcs at $1,442 a week is $776. Having doctored the figures, the :propagandists next proceed to in "sinuate that the steel workers ar' tolling in wealth. These rich alien. are preparing to spend their "vaca 'lion" in Maine and at the big hotel. iin New York. "Many strikers plan Iang de luxe vacation here" is a cap titn in the New York Tribune o September 22. "The Waldorf-As toria, McAlpin, Majestic, Astor ail Pennsylvania hotels were amont those which reported an extraordi nary number of rooms engaged ii advance by telegraph from such stee centers as Pittsburgh, Wilkes-Barre Braddock and McKeesport. In man: instances, it was said, the reserva tions were made by workmen in thI mills." These same prosperous peo ple are asking for a conference t, discuss one day's rest in seven an( the abolition of 24-hour shifts, ant an increase of wages "to guarantee American standards of living." Then, every effort is being mad. to have them regarded as dreadfu aliens, dark. dirty people who havi not been Americanized in these well governed, smiling, spacious commu nities of the steel district. Finally of course, in the headlines they art bringing on the social revolution. In the long run the only result o .this attempt to poison public opiniol will he to destroy that remnant o confidence between social classe: -which is indispensable to the orderl: transition of industry. In support ing Mr. Gary in publishini 1his propaganda, the press is mak ing itself the exponent of a doctrin' as obsolete as the divine right o kings. He governs an industry whicl for sheer concentrated power is prob ably unsurpassed in the world. B? its control of raw materials, its in terlocked management. its unlimilec capital resources it is a supremely f aggressive and masterful business or ganization. Itself the leading ex ample of what combination can ac complish, itself a monument to th, fact that the old competitive era o e small plants and personal relation ship between employer and employee lihas passed away, the steel corpora tion insists today that each of it' laborers shall alone, unaided, unad vised, unsupported, bar'gain with it as to the conditions of his work. The corporation employs ove' twice as many men as there were it the whole American arny three year: ago. Dependent upon it are mort human being than in some of tll most bitterly disputed territories o01 Europe. The issue is whether or noit those people shall be represented ir the government of the industry upor which their lives depend. Sooner oi later that issue will be settled and i will be settled in favor of labor' representation. No amount of yowl ing can prevent it. A government based on the participation and con sent of the governed will not for ever tolerate a naked autocracy iv industry. Mr. Gary has no power tc prevent that. The newspapers that support hint have no power to pre vent it. They can only delay it; they can repeat the folly of all the auto crats who have preceded them to dis aster. They can spurn temperate advice. They can resist moderate reform. They can cling hysterically to their power. But they will learl that having yielded nothing wher there was still time to yield, they must in the end yield everything. Mr. Gary and his friends have ap pealed to force. If the American people leave the issue to be settled by force, they will find that if Gary ism triumphs it is but the prelude to wider and deeper convulsions. But what the American people do about it depends upon their power to pene trate the hideous cloud of misrep resentation and pIrejudice that is be ing raised to blind them. Senator Kenyon has wisely called for a con gressional investigation. This he should press so that some tribunal shall exist where a matter of such enormous importance can be deter mined in some other way thian by street riots. The government, in all probabil ity, will have to settle this strike, for thlere is no prospect atof a quick vic tory by either side, and 'every pros pect of a long, wasting Struggle. No government that dares to call itself Amnerican can support .Ir. Gary in his refusal to meet the representa tives of his men. On this issue there can be no neutrality. .The 'govern ment will have to summoi Mr. Gary into the same room with Mr. Fitz patrick and keep them' tliei'e till they reach a basis of agreement. In that roomni Mr. Gary may learn to aban don his absurd pretensions. BUTTE HIGH SCHOOL AILUMNI TO DANCE A large attendance is expected to night at the first dance given by the newly-formed Butte High 'School SAlumni association. It is a "get-to gether" dance, and it will be followed by a series of similar entertainments throughout the winter. The faculty of the high school will be present as guests of the Alumni. The Woman's club building on West Park street will hbe the scene of tonight's fes tivity. UDTHE WOlID HWITH. ANERICAN RED CROSS. Home Service. f _ I .ft , One0,of the finest constructive ectlities of the Amerien'n Ri ,d Cross in the war 'wais Home Service in the Upite ld States, the frieidl, connecting link between thle soldier far from home inid his loved ones. This hranch of 'tie work wh'ich under the peaice progfasrl if the lIed Cross will t, expanded fto benetl( all .awho need the assistance. it can provide, is directed iv scientifieally trained social workers. Since institituted home Servico loIs ,<sisted 800,066 soldiers'- and sailors' families. This l.hootogcaph shows one of the hnu' ui. able Honie Service information l r.hieaus where service tmen and their famt'l .s could brihg their problems for solutloni. :. _ .--z-2-._ .-:-z-- ---- .-- -. ----__.-. .. . . . .. . . .. . . . OPEN 'FORUM! NOTE-People are invited to lise these columns as a mediup. of publicity upon the qiestions of the day--anything that is for the good of humanity. Your copy must be legible and upon one side of the paper orly; also be as brief, as possible. Articles appearing under .his head will not necessarily carry our editorial endorsement, and the right is reserved to accept or reject any communication which may be submitted. Your correct name and address must accompany your communication, but will not be used if you request.-Editor. To Bulletin Readers: Frequently ontributions for this column are. re eived by tho eBulletin, but castilot e published because of the fact thit he writer has signid an anonymous ignature, but has withheld his true amne atnd address. Oftentimes these omnnunications bear on subjects of rare importance that are of great iterest. .It may be stated here that no com ,uniucations which do not bear the ignatures of the contributors will be ccepted for this column. The fact Iat we require all contribators to ign their contributions with their *'ue names and addresses does not ecessarily mean that the signature ill be printed. An anonymous sig ature for publication of the Bulletin nd as an indication oif good faith e require that the writer make, his r her identity known to us.-The :ditor. :ditor Bulletin: I note from the Daily Star of Miles ity, the organ of the Chamber of ommerce of Miles City, that a suit ir $20,000 damages for abusivw .eatment and false arrest and im :risonment of Arthur Nickerson, a ionpartisan leaguer, against Sheriff diddleton, whomn a business mail of ,liles City recently charged o,)enl3 ·1 a printed book of being guilty of alse swearing, and perjury, in at (o.mpts to railroad innocent people tc .he penitentiary, who the chamber of :onmmerce "had it in for." The Daily Star, in this case depart. trom the usual custom of the county 'hairman of the council of "expense," and does not tell what is on record. but merely tells what he "under ,tood." Why the change. I am wondering, too, why "Chink Joe" de darted from his usual custom of try ,ulg the case, acting as prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, sheriff and :xecutioner. The facts in this case, as near as we can learn, are that when the :armers planned a nicnic here in July, they expected the usual rough neck methods such as are carried out under the directions of the Miles City chamnber of commerce, and in this expectation they were abundantly justified, as the rough necks were on hand, from the sheriff's office, and undertook to assault and did assault Nickerson, and arrested Dr. Swank, both, in fact, were arrested for car 'ying concealed weapons, which were hanging out in plain sight on their person fdr the purpose of showing the rough necks that if anything started, they purposed to help finish it. Nickerson, however, was follow ed up, as is the usual custom, and when found alone by more than one of the sheriff's deputies, was merci lessly beaten over the head, while sit ting quietly in his car. Later, when under arrest in the sheriff's office, tWe sheriff made an unprovoked as sault upon Nickerson, beating him slfaMcefully, when Nicke'son was helpless. .Nickerson's case was later dismissed; because there was no case against hiin. In fact, the sheriff and his deputies were the guilty parties, as they lmive tacitly admitted by with drawing their attempted suit of "per s'cution." " ickemson's case' .was amhost as brutal apinl unprovoked an attack as was .that made by the sheriff on E. L. Fisher, the farmer from Savage, over a year ago, and which the Chamber of commerce was very glad to have closed with as little noise and expos tre as possible, following the slip ping of "Old Slippery Charley" Loud into the jail to try to trap Fisher into something false. It is evident that '"Slippery Charley" Loud's advice has always been sought after it was pulled off, or it would not be so rough and raw. What the people itost desire in Custer county is to have the government of the city, sc:hols and county taken out of the ha:nds of the self-appointed chamber o' conmmerce and given back to the p"oople. The people are.now actively l:,king steps to see that such condi tion exists, too. Recently an organi nzation of the people called J. B. Col lins. who misrepresents the people of Custer county in the legislature on the carpet to explain why hlie voted as lie did on numerous questions. The comnrittee who had the matter ill charge stated that the blunders bf this noted law maker and statesmen Were simply pitiable. We understand that Prof. .. A. Burger, superintendent of the Miles City public schools hais also been asked to appear and give an account of his stewardship to the people. Heretofore, all that was necessary was to see the secretary of the chanl her of comnlnerce and do their bid ding. It is truly nauseating to have the people who support these pal, lic servants call for an nccount of their stewardship. They had bet ter give it too. and that account had bietter be right, for there is a day. ot reckoning coming (election day: 1 The question is so often asked: What is the matter with ('ustc er county? What is the matter with Miles City? The answer minay be stumned up in-.a few words. The entijre government is in the lhtnde of ftle chamnber Of coltmerce, instead of the people. If the people who are really anxious about the future of Miles City and Puster county want to do something to bring about Iprogress and prosper ity, let them turn ill and help oput the government back into the hands of the people, and they will see a Miles City and a Custer county that no one need be ashamned of. Justice 'and law will prevail instead of mob. masked ~oilnmittces organized by the secre tary of th(e chaltmber of commerce, lmade uI1) iof questionable characetetrs. [iR. WV. S. SWANK. "PATiIt'OTISM." Bunte, Mont., Oct. 15, 1910. Edtlitor BIutte Daily Bulletin: IFo the benefit of the thousands of your readers who were unable to take ad vantage of the opplorttunity to heat Senator Johnson at the Broadway theater last Saturday, ill his attack on the league of nations, will yotu kindly print this letter in your Open Foru it. Many of the most emphatic state ments against the evils of war uttered by the senator met with the wildest applause fromii the auldiolnce, because ill no i:ty in the United State;s We!iei American citizens mnore cruelly sup pressed and deprived of their right to express their true opinions than in Butte, Mont., by self-appointed judges. Ills remarks fell on fertile soil tbe cause many are still chafing under the injustices inflicted on themi in the name of pIatriotism. Many still resent the false charges of "seditious utterances" because they dared stand upon their rights under the constitu tion and declare "self-appointed councils" had no power. The senator called attention to the fact that the mtoney to promote t'hi false government propaganda, had been fhilled from the pockets of the Aelel ican peo('ple tllOmselves, and hoped to Gitd that he would never live to so America go through the agonies of suffering and fear caused by this propaganda, again. It was a disgrace that a free Ration had been so subjected to suppression and op pression until under thlreats of being called pro-Ge;rmat, American citizetis scarcely dart"d speak their opinions, he said. Any who dar td disobey this rul ing ill this tcoun!lttuity, were referred to as 'lpro-;enslllla, I. W'. W.s or bol sheviki, audi now it would seelm, ac cording toi hienator Johnson's idea of Amlericanlls ll, they were the only true Am,,ri(; it; after all and their accusers ill I:!lty cases, sufferingl front fatb.- itlt- ':a; of patriotism thenl selves. It was I,.luse( ti * editors of Ithe Butte Daii:. Itulletin saw tlhrough this :ssun;- ! : iurthority and exposed it throuIgh I ih columns of their pa Dper, and ih.,l Ie (Oteturage and nman I hood to sti:il up, not only for their Sown righ '. guai'tanteed by the 'unstitutionm; i the 'United States, but - for your r,.u.t and mine. that they I stand todal . ' ,cinivicted" of sedition, Ior what ev-lr i is: called, against this very saime -'rlmntal pIropaganda. paid for flt' :1 yi'o pockets and mine. In view , : ii c' statnemlentt of suchnt a national .:: uire as SHnator Johnson, one cann~,t hielp but wonder what view of ith i:llltter will be taken by ethe ,:1t.'.. r'it when the case.; is the' time to exchange your fifty-dollar Liberty RI H OW Bonds for fifty dollars worth of stock in'. the Burtte Daily Bulletin. The fight for liberty, democracy, and all those beautiful thbigs the statesmen have been mouthing about, has not been won "over here," and if you are interested in aiding in the fight, an investment in the FREE PRESS is the most effective assistance you can render. come up) before it. And if the unjustI centence is sustained, hew many of you American citizens are going into your pockets to help pay the fines? Senator Johnson dit not maltk0 a siingle statement of fact against the league of nations that the Bulletin had not already printed. The senator declared in no measured terms that the paid press of the United States only printed what they wanted the people to believe. They never pript ed the facts, so that. ieople could judge for themselves. The Butte Bulletin did print the facts, and be .cause its editors persisted in this policy. they were inflicted with every ,indignity that degraded authority could devise. However, they have been victorious so far, which iudi cates that democracy has not yet perished in our midst. Thank God for the Butte Daily Bulletin--the pa pecr that is not. afraid to print thel truth. EIZABETH KENNDEY. THE, WOMEN "SCARS." Editor Daily Bulletin; Dear Sir: Will you please print my letter in the Open Forl um. Ini reading over the list of scabs prinlted in your paper I anl alppalled at the numiber of such "cunmber" in Butllte. The charge has been frequently made of late, that it is the women who make men scab, and ithecause we resent this charge that we want this letter printed. If there are any such women in Butte you will know them generally as they answer to the namte of "the Miisses." and "can't hear that the next-door neighbor has! it fur coat an111 she halln't." Thi:it your children and mine might be hungry, because their father is standing out for a irinciple, that if gained will get bread for every one. is noothing to such womeln, we know, and so it is thie du(y of every woman to keepl a copy of tile Butte Daily Bulletin which contains the printed lists of scabs, on hand, for future referlence. 'he Inties would indicate a birthplacei lilder the 'rule of mnonarchy with a tendency to bow to the will of the "nlaster" ill the blood. Our pailrt as American mothers is to avoid as sociation with men and women who secure "fur coats" through helping to enforce slavery on ourt' hutsbantlsI and hunger on our childron. Let themn go back to their Inon archy with their ill-gotten gains. It is not a very inspliring tthotut 't that we gave the life blood of t(Il r i 'loved isons to make this coullntry a safe place for such "Erlcumber ' 'xp!oit. AN AMERICAN .O''11T:I'lt. Livingston, Mont., 0) t. . 19. Editor Butte Bulletin, Butte, Mont. Dear Sir:--In yoer iss.. f The Bulletin of Oct.. 8, unlder the s(:>tion, 'Review of tlie W.'aterwo:Is ('on Iroversy," is printed a very t:":lgthy letter supposed to be signed Iy E (' Ross, who is superintendnt. of Ithe Monidah Trust Water plant in Liv ingslon. Upon investigautli, how ever, we find that Ai'. It..s denier that lie is the author of the letier and that he did not authorize any one to sign his alI'e to t:h letill1' which was plublishedl. It is, tihre fore, not only a forgery, Ibut a de-i liberate at.tempt to li isreprl'se;elt anlld deceive the people of Livingston rela tive to the facts and figures in the construction iand maintainlence of the new municiplal water plant. The fight between the lonidah Trust and the city of Livingston is now a Inat ter of history, so far as the city is concerned, and the only "White Ele phant" that we know anything about is the one which the Monidah Trust has on its hands. The statement that the Monidah Trust waterworks system could have been acquired by the city for the sumi of $127,451.90 is a deliberate lie. The only figures the city could ever obtain from the Livingston Wa ter company or their successors, the Moiidah Trust was $400,000.00 (four hundred thousand dollars), whlich was out of all reasotn andtI an expe(nditlre which could not have been made by the city. It might be well for anyone interested to call at the office of the city clerk and re quest him to show you the proceed ings of the city council to be found on pages No. 335 and 385 of the present minute book, which will show you what offers were made the city by the old water companies. l)uring :ll the negotiations between the Monidahl Trust people, they even at temnpted to block the sale of the water bonds which were issued for the construction of the municipal water plant. The statementl Ilihat tie cost of op-1 erating the municipal waterworks, per month is $4,110.00 is a misrep resetntation. Al the present time the cost pier month for operation expen ses is as follows: One superintend ent at $190; three operators at $150 each; joint salary of city clerk and water clerk $125. 'Totlal salaries per month, $765. The cost of electric nower furnished by the Montanai I'ower comnpany is between seven and eight hundred dollars per month. The cost per month for chemicals (iron and lime) used will average about $150 (one hundred and fifty dol-i Ilirs). The total operating expense per month will average about $1,765 (one thousandltl sevenl hundred andi sixty-five dollars). This is probablyl tlie most economically operated planti in the state of Montana today. Burns and McDonnell of Kansais City, the engineers of the intihiilpal plant, are cronsidered aumong the best on waterworks construction in .the! MONTANA BATTERY STATION PREST-O-LITE STORAGE BATTERY EXPERT BATTERY SERVICE Batteries Recharged, Repaired, Rented and in Stock. We Specialize in Recharging Ford Magnetos in Cars. 224 8. ARIZONA ST. PHONE 5536-J Uinited States and they did not re-I ceive ,ny ilore pay thalla they were entitled to under the contract, which wa..five (5 per cent) per cent of thel, total cost of the plant. which wash and is cousidered very reasonable. The firm of Burns and McDonnell constructed over thirty water sys teins for the government during they. late war which ought to be sufficient evidence that they are reliable and the city made no mistake in obtain ing their expert services. Burns and McDonnell have advised us that on account of the increased cost of la bor and material, since the municipal plant was constructed, that the plant. is worth $100,000.00 (one hundred thou'sand dollars) more than it cost the city. Furthermore, the arbitra tion proposition referred to was noth ing more than a trick, at the lastl moment, to delay action on the part of the council afnd to stop themn from going ahead with their plans for the construction of the municipal plant. Before signing the contracts for the municipal plant. ex-Mayor A. N. Veit went to the local manager of the Monidah Trust and informed him that he would delay signing the con tracts if there was any possible show of the city reaching an agreement. with them for the ipurchase of the old plant, but lie was turned down I flat. The statement that a large expen diture is necessary ill order to bIrillg ithe municipal planti up to a state of efficiency is absolutely false. Our plant is the best in the state. It is first class in every respect and will meet all requiremellnts. It was cn tirely on account of the efficiency of thle new mlniclpal wate(r plant that the board of underwriters recently' reduced thlie cost of fire insurance in Livingston mnaking retductions of forty and sixty per cent, which alonec saves the pleople about thirty t.lho1u sand dollars a year in pr'emiums. All tllis "lope" about l)ullhead odness. extravaganlce and inlcompe (ency is all "bunk." The Monidah Trust, water corporation have cut cdown their force from three to one. operatlor at their pumping station. They- have only about foull huntlrhed connelions left anut tihey are'(- losing these daily. The MJonidah Trust had about fourteen Illundrledl service con nections when the municipal plant started operation. That is where the (shoe pinches. They have found outi that the people of Livingston do not want tllheir "chea' watelr. The now plant was constructed by the taxpay lrs of Ilivingston so they could get pure filtered water and that iS what the new municipal plant is furnish ing, and this is why we are getting Ihe business. It. was the Monidah Trust water slant that was dirtccted by t he health 1lboard to use chlorinle ill their water to Iprovenlt disease, not tile new c lnu e icilpil plant. The latest report sub cmitted by the Montana state board ofI health on the purity of the public water supply as hei'ng furnished by the new municipal plant shows a high test as regards thle snmall niltm her of bacteria upresent, as well as in clearness andti wholesomeness. The I report of tih late analysis was re ceived Tuesday, October 7, by Water Superintendent James Cortese, and was made by H. B. Foote, state bhac teriologist in the water laboratory of the Montana state board of health at thie Bozeman college, and signed by W. M. Cobleigh. chemist and labora tory director. The analysos were lmadlle fronm wal.er samples taken by L. C. Humlphrey, a special agent. of the state board, on a recenit visti to Livingston anttd, in at least one case without thec knowledge of the local . . . . . . . . . . . . ... .. . . . . . REMOVE THE BRIBE-TAKER Cut this out, fill in with name and address and miall to Attorney General Palmer. TO ATTORNEY GENERAL PALMER, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, WASHINGTON, D. C. Dear Sir: Montana is now and has been since the beginning of the world war in the grasp of a group of profiteering wholesale and retail dealers int foodstuffs and other necessities, including coal. Prices have been arbitrarily advanced by the dealers to the stage where the incomes of the working people are inadequate to permit of the pur chase of sufficient necessities to keep body and soul together, and promises of further increases are made. Our state officials, who have given evidence that they are in league with the food and coal pirates, have failed to give us relief, and we now look to your office to come to our assistance. As your United States district attorney for Montana you have E. C. Day, a self-confessed bribe-taker and a notorious friend of the inter ests which are now guilty of profiteering. Mr. Day has not only sig nally failed to take action against the profiteers, but seems to be ex tending them every protection in his power. As the result of the continued increases in price and the inactivity of our slate officials as well as Mr. Day, we demand that you, in the interests of the people of the state of Montana, and to the end that the present reign of the plunderbund in this state be eiided, ii' diate ly discharge E. C. Day from the office of United States afttiney for (hire district of Montana and replace him with some one of Integrity who will follow your orders and the wishes of the people and proaecute ~be food hoarders and the profiteers. (Signed) Name......................................... .................................... . . Street No .....................-.... .... .......-..:..... » City...................... Montana. Superior Valcanizing Big assonrtment of used tind re Streaded tires veu'y - reasonible. Agent for RACINE TIRES. Magic Rubber Men..:......... $100 Twin lSpark Fire Plug9s...-$1'.00 J. L. Mathiesen 40 E. Galena St. Phone 5067-J GRAND AVENUE REPAIR SHOP Automobile !Repairing, Lathe Work and Mill Work. All Work Guaranteed. Stora:ge. Phone 3081-J. Corner Harrison and Grand. water department officials. Test W19130 was taken from the raw river water intake at the city plant and showed 3250 bacteria to the cen temeter. Test W10135 was taken from the filter after passing through the purification aTd filtration process in the new plant and showed only 40 bacteria, a negative test. Test W10136 was taken from the tap at the fountain of the Strandgardens confectionery store, and showed 350 bacteria. an unsatisfactory test. Upon investigation it was found by city of ficials that this test was made of wa ter from the Mouidah Trust plant, and not the city plant, it being learned that while city connections had been made with the Strand gar dens, the city water had not yet been ordered turned on. and so the sup ply camie frpomthe Monidai Trust plant. In c.snlmenting on ' e raw river water sample, the state, chem istsaid, "In the laboratory examina tion of sample W10130, representing raw Yellowstone river water, direct evidence of the presence of danger ous contamination were obperved. This confirms previous investigations of the raw Yellowstone river water and shows that this water cannot be recommended for drinking without purification." Furthermore, let it be understood, that the "wise" cikv fathers" and the so-called "leading citizens" are not trying to shift any blame for the construction of the new municipal water plant (as stated by the writer of the letter to which -he was ashamed to sign his own name). The people of Livingston are proud of their new municipal water plant and are supporting it beyond the expec tations of the most ardent advocates of municipal ownership. If there is any question as to the statements printed by the city from time to time, in regard to the mu nicipal water plant, we would sug gest that the different labor unions in Livingston appoint a committee to investigate the entire situation and puIblish the same in your valuable ipaper. We will be glad to assist ithem in every way possible as we have no fear of what the outcome would be. Sotne time ago the owner of the i\onidah Trust. Water corpo,'ation was in Livingston and in a conver sa.tion with ex-Mayor Veit lie said, "If 1 had listened to the city coun cil instead of the d-- lawyers. I would have been much better off." We think lie was right. J. R. CORTESE, Supt. Attest: Harry M. Shelver, City Clerk.