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Large Area Near Lavina Will B
Watered and Made
From Friday's Daily Gazette.
It may be said that all of the lands
contiguous to running streams fron
which water may be taken for irrigat
ing have been settled, hence those
who woula make their homes on the
fertile valleys of the arid regions muss
consider other methods of securing
te needed supply of water it they
wish to make those acres productive
and of greater value than they possess
as mere grazing lead. While some of
the late comers regard with favor the
idea of sinking wells and with wind
mill or steam engine pump the water
to the surface, others believe that the
easiest solution of a vexatious prob
lem is through the adoption of the
reservoir or storage system.
Because of the topography of the
country, especially that of the arid
regions of Montana, the latter system
is easy of application in a great many
instances, while the cost involved as
a rule is also comparatively small.
The more the question is studied in
its various phases the more popular
it is apparently becoming and it is
safe to assume that within a short
time much land now lying unproduc
tive and useless will bb reclaimed in
that manner and many homes added
to those now dotting the valleys
through which running stfteamss course
their way.
Practical Application.
The system is about to be tried in
this county and on a scale calculated
to demonstrate its value beyond, a
doubt, preliminaries having been per
fected for a series of reservoirs, dams
and the necessary ditches and later
als by which it is believeded several
large tracts of some of the best land
in the state may be reclaimed.
Dr. W. X. Judduth of Lavina is the
one to inaugurate the enterprise and
he has not the slightest doubt as to
the outcome. Yesterday he filed no
tice of the location of three water
rights from which he expects to ob
tain sufficient water to irrigate no
fewer that 20 sections of land. The
first is about 25 miles from the city,
near Fairview ,and takes up the
waters of Spring and Celander
creeks. The water so secured can be
easily led into a valley nearby which
gradually narrows until at one point
it is only a few hundred feet in width
and where the creek bed is fairly
deep and has abrupt, high banks. By
building a dam at this point he be
lieves enough water can be procured
to irrigate at least 10 sections.. To
accomplish this it will be nece5'sary to
construct about 10 miles of .main
ditch and the required number of
laterals to properly distribute the
By another location'he files on whal
is known as Mabel lake.. Like in the
first the doctor intends to build a
d.ean across one end 'of the lake. This
he expects will result in a reservoir
of about 20 acres in extent. From
Mable lake and Sand creek the water
is to be drained into a main reservoir.
which will probably cover two sec
tions. By tunneling a short distance
or else cutting a ditch deep enoug:h
• the water from this reservoir can be
conducted to a valley at a consideras
ble lower elevation and five or six
sections of land irrigated.
By the third locat'on the docto- se
cures the waters of Big Coulee 'reek,
about six miles southwest of Lavina.
Here also a dam will be erected and
the water so stored is expected to be
ample to irrigate over two sections
Storing Waste Waters.
The foregoing is only a rough out
line lot what the doctor expects to do,
as a more accurate description is im
possible without a personal inspection
of the land, or at least familiarity
with the surveys and profiles. The
principle or idea, however, is beUev
ed to have been made clear enough
to enable a comprehensive under
standing of the doctor's plans. All
the water he expects to secure now
runs waste and is furnished by the
spring freshets 'and rains, which, as
is well known are of short duration
and unless means are taken to con·
serve the waters from that source so
that they may be atr hand for use
,when needed later in the season are
of no good to the -husbandman. It
'Is for the conservation of these waters
fltt he 1q prqparing to construct his
'sys#M of saais and reservoirs. Of
cours , Breajiepse that several years
".R#ttt _ patl-a .sbefore he
i tto . e the full benefit of
the wrater he dhtends to *tore. Th
loss during the first ,aseon Will b
great because of the porosity tof th
soil, but by the following season thi
will have been greatly overcome. Th
silt which always forms at the bottos
of ponds and lakes will gradually pac
and solidify and in the course of
few years, in this instance it I
thought about three, the bottoms a
the reservoirs will have become a
hard that the 1ess by seepage will b
practically nil.
The same mly be said of th
ditches and laterals, as all who hay
had experience in irrigating or min
l!g well kno*. The only loss tha
will have to be reckoned is that b:
evapor;ation, which is quite consider
able in these high altitudes and con
sequeent (ry atmosphere.
Benefit to Others.
While the intentions of "the docto:
are selfishly prompted, it need not be
surprising if by the adoption of hip
plans of storing waters he mad
prove a direct benefactor to others
It is well known in many localities
where large bodies of water are stor
ed in reservoirs having only the
natural soil for their sides and bot
toms that in the course of time nev
sources of supply have originated b3
springs appearing at considerable dis
tances from these reservoirs, withou,
apparently diminishing the 'content?
of the reservoirs themselves. In this
nature is manifesting only ene of its
well known laws of "like begettine
like." Should this, however, not oc
cur he will still be a b]enefactor to `the
extent of making productive a ldrge
area of land now unproductive 'and
without real value, and setting a good
example to others.
Family of W. H. Heffner Alarmed
Concerning His Safety.
From Friday's Daily Gazette.
This forenoon the son of W. H
Fleffner, a well known resident of the
city, appeared at the sheriff's office
and requested Mr. Hubbard to assisi
In a search for his father, saying he
was fearful that he had done harm
to himself.
The son said that for sometime
past his father had apparently nol
been possessed of his usual sound.
ness of mind and both he and his
mother were apprehensive that he
might atterlpt self destruction. He
said that earlier this morning hie
father had gone into the room where
ie kept his revolver and put the
weapon into his po4ket. Mrs. Heffnei
bserved him and asked him what he
Intended to do with the pistol, at the
same time trying persuade him tc
put it back. Instead of answering
)r complying with her request he told
her to keep away from him or she
would be "the first to get it." He
then left the house and started to
walk toward the country. His son fol
LoweCl him and attenipted to induce
his father to give him the weapon,
3ut Mr. Heffner warned him to keep
is distance on penalty of being killed.
rhis alarmed the son and he report
,d the matter to the sheriff.
Now If Jali.
About 2 o'clock this afternoon the
officers returned with Heffner` in
charge. They found him near Canyon
creek, about a dozen miles from the
city. When told by them that he
must accompany them he made a
show of resistance and also attempt
ed to use the revolver he had, but
the officers overpowered him and
brought him back in safety. Because
of the dangerous mood in which he
was it was deemed advisable to place
himt in jail where he would be power
less to injure either himself or an
From Saturday's Daily Gazette.
W. I. Heffner, taken into custody
yesterday on complaint of members of
his family, was given an examiantion
this afternoon before W. O. Parker,
chairman of the board of county com
missioners, and Drs. Rinehart and
Baxter as examining physicians. The
testimony and the manner of the un
fortunate man himself was such as
to leave no doubt as to his mental
incapacity and he was adjudged a fit
subject for commitment to the insane
While laboring under no particular
form of hallucination, the evidence
showed that he was likely to become
dangerous and commit some overt
act upon the slightest imaginary
provocation. He spoke about a man
who he said lived on Wolf' island,
near New Orleans, who owed him
some money for a house he built for
himsometimebeforethe war and want
ed to go there, saying he was not
feeling well and desired to leave for
some place where he could receive
proper treatment. He also said that
when he left home yesterday morning
it was for the purpose of going to
Wolf island. The fact was brought
out that he had threatened geveral
members of his family recently and
he warned them yesterday to leave
him alone or he would Ahoot them,
at the same time making gestures
toward a revolver he had in his
Will Reconvene for Trial of Case
May 12.
From Friday's Daily Gazette.. :.
As court convenes at l~oSythl nex,
Monday Judge Loud did no more yes
terday than to call the calendar an,
dispose of ex parte matters. At the
anclusion he adjourned until May 12
when a jury will be summoned froir
box No. 3, containing the names oj
residents of the city, an arrangeient
to wh.ch the attorneys interested con
sented because of the time it woulc
require to secure a panel from the
outlying sections.
The case of Lucena S. W.dswortl
vs. C. M. Luderman waf, called and
hearing fixed for May 12, at 9 a. nm.
The case of William Etien. vs. H
B. Drum, continued from the last
term, was set for May 13.
When. the .matter of Austin North
administrator, vs. Squire Van Houter
was called a motion to dismiss was en
tered by plaintiff's attorney. On be
half of the defendant waiver wa.
made of all liability upon the replevi.
bond given at the last term of court
Must Show Cause.
In the matter of the estate of Joh:
W. Owens, deceased, an-order was en
tered suspending the administrator
A. T. Owens, and the petition of Anna
A. Owens to be, released from the ad
ministrator's bond was granted. A
citation was ordered issued requiring
the administrator/ to show cause. why
he should not be relieved from'all au.
thority as such and his letters re
yoked. May 13, at 1:30 p. m., was set
as the date and time" for making
These Are Discharged.
In re estate of Henry Chapple ,
order shortening the time was made
and the administratrix discharged, the
order for her final discharge being
signed in open court.
The petition 'of H. F. Clement for
final 'discharge as administrator of
the estate of William Seeley, deceas
ed, was granted and the order for his
discharge signed.
Went by Default.
The case of Annie Weyerhorst vs.
Joseph Weyerhorst was quickly dis
posed of. The defendant had under
taken to act as his own attorney in
the matter and wrote to the court
what was accepted as a demurrer. In
another communication he said he
would do nothing further in the way
of contesting the action, relying upon
his first statement to act as a bar to
the proceedings.
His ignorance of the law and of
court proceedure was such that the
demurrer failed to stlick and was over
ruled and the defendant ordered to
mfake answer instanter. This he fail
ed to liave on hand and a default was
ordered entered.
T1}e matter will now come for
settlement on plaintiff's proof. In or
der that she may obtain the coveted
decree she will have to appear in per
son and also produce two witnesses
who wjll give testimony corrobora
tive of her allegations in the corn
Amounts in Various Funds at End of
State Treasurer A. ji. Barret's
monthly statement made up to the
close -of business Wednesday shows
that Montana has a good fat roll to
the credit of its numerous funds
This statement shows that the re
ceipts of April aggreagted $53,464.63,
while the amount paid out for the
same' period was $8,558.84. The bal
ances in the funds follow:
Permanent school ...... $ 82,503 52
School income .......... 29,230 40
Ufiiversity bond .... .... 17,067 54
Permanent 'university .... 1,237 50
NormAal School bond . .. 47,331 60
Agricultural college bond.. 3,945 32
Deaf and dumb asylum in
terest and sinking .... 3,984 50
Reform school building .. 2,205 00
State capitol building ..... .4,924 47'
Schools of mines building. 2,834 95r
School of mines building in
terrest and sinking .... 17,767 66
General ....~ ...... .... 40,758 88
Stock inspector and detec. 31,148 35
Stock Indemnity .... .... 7,607 58
Sheep inspection and ind.. 9,792 84
State bounty .......... 15,280 91
Fish and game .......... 17,798 98
University library ...... 1,877 00
State law library ......... 704 89
Medical, board ...... ... 117 46
State examiner's ........ 8,015 00
fscheated estates .....7....7,828 46
Soldiers' home ...... '.... 6,759 48
Capitol building interest
and sinking .......... 10,690 24
Beautifying capitolgrounds 759 0n
Agricultural college income 14,120 40
Permanent agricultural col
lege ...... .... ...... 3,632 80
University building ...... 5,686 36
Total ..................$395,614 55
The condition of the permanent
.chool fund is, shown as follows:
Bonds, $315,838; warrants, $43,885;
,ash, $82,508.52; total, $442,231.52. As
to the permanent university fund
bonds, $45,000;' cash, $1,237..50; total,
Dedication of New Lodge Roon
Proves Happy Event,
d'rom Friday's Daily Gasette.
With music and* dance r Billings
lodge, B. P. 0. . Elks, dedicated its
new home last night and the event
proved to be one that will bgelong and
pleasantly recalled by those who were
The hall had been artisically deco
rated, purple and white being the
predominait -note in the color scheme.
Broad streamers of these colors din
tertwined gracefully draped the sides
of the room and hung in soft festeons
from the ceiling. Loper down a
frieze of white broke the monotony of
the tinted walls and afforded a happy
relief to the eye. At intervals about
the sides appeared huge palms w(hich
reared their tall heads above the
whirling dancers and gave a pleasihg
variety to the picture of life and
The dias indicating the station of
the exalted ruler had been prepared
as a platform for the orchestra end
was almnost liiddan by a profusion of
the same plants. To the left stood
a huge mounted_ elk, facing the en
trance. From eqch prong of the im
mense antlers glowed a tiny electric
light alternating in purple and white.
The kitchen had also been decorat
ed and from it, through the open door,
were served punch and wafers.
It was 1 o'clock this morning when
the dance broke up.
_e alhoun Receives Present From
Old Friends. '
arefully stored away at the fire
tation, which is also police head
quarters, is a present received a few
days ago by Chief Calhoun from a
couple of his old Billings friends, but
now residing at Salt Lake City, W.
E. Henry and E. B. Babcock. While
treasured because of its, pssociations
anid as an evidence of the. ,sort of
friendship that neither time nor, dis
tance can sever, the little memento
possesses an intrinsic as well as senti
mental value and therefore is all
the more highly prized by the iproud
The "boys" learned of Mr. Calhoun's
'appointment as head of the "Magic
City's" police department and decid
ed to send him something that would
not only be a testimonial of their re
gard and esteem, but which could also
be put to practical use, accordingly
they selected two articles of police
equipment, a, revolver and a club.
The former is a formidable weapon
and only a glance at it is needed to
subdue the most desperate man that
has ever been ordered to yield to the
law's minions. A card attached
bears a legend indicating it to have
been the personal gift- of Mr. Henry
and is dedicated " To our chief." Em
bellishing the card is a picture of a
skull and croes bones, no doubt intend
ed to be indicative of the deadliness
of the weapon,.
The club, while probably a little too
ornate for an ordinary "copper," is
comportable with the dignity that at
taches to the chieftaincy of a regi
ment of peace conservators. It is
the joint gift of the two gentlemen.
Its dimensions are in keeping with
the herculean proportions of the
chief and should he ever be compelled
to wield it in a crowd the slaughter
and carnage bound to follow will be
awful to contemplate. The directions'
accompanying it advise' that it be
"Well shaken before taken" and give
a hint of its deadly nature in the
recommendation, "One dose of this
and then use pink pa-la-la."
Evidently still mindful of their in
itiation into the Maverick Hose com
pany, the donors in another inscrip
tion advise the chief to "Use plenty
on the Mavericks after a fire. This
will give you nerve."
Various other inscriptions embel
lished the leathere loop attached to
the handle of the club, but the fpre
going are sufficient to show the orig
inality displayed by the givers in the
composition of sentiments ,deemed ap
propriate to an affair of that kind.
Quick, reliable shbe repairing.fPost
office basement. 74-tf
Fortune Favors a Texan.
"Having distressing pains in 'head.
back and stomach, and being without
appetite, I began to use Dr.King's New
Life Pills," writes W. P. Whitehead
of Kennedale, Tex., "and soon felt like
a new man." Infallible in stomach
and liver troubles. Only 25c at Chap
pie Drug Co.'s.
Wanted Foremen, camp cooks,
blacksmiths, thasons and carpenters
for the Yellowstone Park during com
ing season. Send applications to
Captain H. M. Chittenden, U. i. En
gineer. Office, Yellowstone Park,
Wyoming. 104-tf
Buck Herd.
I am now prepared to take care of
any number of bucks for the season.
One DYollar per head, April 1 to Dec. 1;
25c extra for shearing and "hauling
wool to city. W. H. CLANTbN,
km28 Billings.
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Safety= Devices
The Burlington has equipped all its through
What is more it is the ONLY railroad to the,
East that has placed this great safety-device on all
thro' trains.
The new brake will stop a train in 30 per
cent less distance than required with the next best
breaking appliances.
Take the Burlington Route east viA Billings, Denver or
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