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Collect Rents and Take Chiarg of Business Al. fairs for Noti.Re~1ients. FRED INABNIT, Cashier. illiagsState Bai , Capital Stol, *,50,000.00 - OPFIC5RS; Paul MeCormlakk, resident. --3. 0. .haors , vioe.r~s., Charle 8pear, Cashlir. Johin 'A. Hoyt, Teller DIRECTORS: ., C. Boastwick : W. Haisaidl, ' 0. O. rnwell. Paul MoCormiok, A. H. Earth, B. . Shorey. Yanceot a General Banking Buainees ORUWELL BLOCK SILLIE. ,& . O.IIrTANA UI- " g!,h - - ,+_+ RE8U LTS THAf WILL FOLLOW PROMINENT BUSINESS MAN SPEAKS OF LOCAL EVIL. 18 CERTAIN TO REBOUND Poor Example Set by Those Who Should Be First In Upbulildlng and Advancing City's Interests. "Previous .to my arrival I had heard and read much concerning the push, energy and loyalty of the Billings people, and I must say that at first the appearance of the city impressed me as bearing out that report. Now, however, that I have had time to become at least partially acquainted with both city and people and have had opportunity tto make myself rea sonably familiar with conditions and men, I regret that I find myself com pelled to revise the good opinion form ed on first impulse. The revision necessary is in regard to the loyalty of those, who, above .all others, are supposed to lead in that .respect-the business men, meaning by this both those following mercantile pursuits and those engaged in the professions. They are certainly setting a poor ex ample for the rest of the community; one tliat, if followed, is bound to re sult disastrously to the very men responsible for it and be of incalcula ble injury to the city." The speaker was a gentleman hav ing but recently acquired large busi ness interests here, who by reason thereof is deeply concerned in any thing and everything calculated to ad vance the city and promote its growth and prosperity. "While I am sorry to be forced to speak it this manner," he continued, "I am only voicing my honest convictions and it is not with any feeling of resentment or enmity Itoward any one that I have referred to the subject. Communities Like Individuals. "As individuals must help them selves if they hope to succeed, so must communities and inl no way can communities so effectively help them selves as by giving reasonable and continued support to all deserving in stitutions at home. Each of us in his way is a contributor to the gen eral good and welfare of all and it is out duty to help one another in every way we can. When we cease doing this, we no longer are entitled to the name of loyal and good citizens, for we forfeit all claim to that reputa tion.. By withholding support from home concerns and giving it to those of other places we are deliberately blocking the wheels of progress by withdrawing from channels money that should flid. circulation in them. The merchants and others who are giving the' benefit of their auvertis ing patronage to foreign 'newspapers that happen to have a modest circula tion here are simply advising their customers to do the same thing--to send elsewhere for their goods. Yet were this advice to be followed to any extent, those same merchants: would consider themselves entitled to protest and make strenuous appeal to the public for its custom. They would probably even go to the ex tent of appealing to your commercial committee for devisement of ways to stop the practice and do so on the ground of communal good. While they would probably do this, it would be without any warrant of right, for they themselves set the example and 'those of. whom they complained would be without blame. What Results WilN Be. "The results may not become ap parent at once, but the time is 'bound to come when they will begin to show;. 'When the buying public sees that the home merehants are sending their money out of the city for advertising it will reason, and justly so, that it has the same privilege whobs it comes to the matter of making pur chases, for it must be admitted that, there are many places where goods may be bough!t for less prices thba are asked here, even including the cost of transportation to bring them "We are all 'here for. the purpose ,earning ur.-living and as loyal, p~.pt a oeltisens it is our duty to do eveything is our. power to help -the wiZUUUUM4. AL We UvwLwasu IeA S tU little city retrograde and trade cease, we need only do as many of the biuai ness men see fit to do--ipaton;it outside concerns. By consistently following their example the time will soon be here when we need no long;I complain of the dust that traffic creates in the streets. They, w il.'eb grass grown and the .stOres will af ford convenient loafing places for the idlers seeking to kill time. Shortsighted and Pernicious. "'Some may call me an alarmist and croaker, but I have lived longer than since yesterday, and. have .a fair amount of worldly wisdom, acquired by observation and experience. A more shortsighted of pernicious pol. icy could not be adopted by those who really want to see Billings grow than that upon which so many mer, chants and professional men. have en tered. Keep your money, at home and when spending any.of it spend it with your neighbors. That is my crepd as applying to the upbuilding of communities." S1 FINALLY ENDED. M. &. M. Company and City Litiga tion at Last Terminated. By a transfer of deeds and the payment of the sum of $10,000 by the Minnesota & Montana Land and Improvement company to the city of Billings the long pending litigation between the two came to a fi.ial end yesterday. The money was paid to City Treas urer Ovren by W. M. JoHnston, at torney for the company, and the deed to the lots sold by the city to the company was turned over to the tat ter's representatives. In turn the company gave the city its deeds to the North and South parks and set eral smaller tracts of land. The com pany filed the city's deed for record today and as a recording fee of $6.25 had to be paid an idea of the extent of the document may be formed. The suit now ended was one of that became quite famous because of the issues involved and the stubbornness with which it was contested. Before the company eventually acknowledge itself defeated the action had gone through several courts, ending in the federal circuit court of appeals, where the decision of the subordinate court i was affirmed. The judgment was, in round number, for $14,000. The com pany made an offer of compromise, agreeing to pay the sum of $9,000 and give the city a deed to theotwb parks. The offer was rejected ani on the recommendation of c.ae finance committee of the city council the city insisted upon payment in full of the amount of the judgment, the city, in turn, agreeing to accept the parks at a sum equalling the balance above the $10,000 now finally paid. This was done because of the doubt that existed as regards the city's right to buy real estate for the purpose contemplated. ANOTHER ONE RETIRES. Sheidley Cattle Company Goes Out of Business. The Sheidley Cattle company, own ers of the famous Flying-V brand, so well known all over the ranges, says a Sturgis, S. D., dispatch, has sold out to the owners of the JA-bar brand, making a complete transfer of all interests, but retaining the brand until such time as all stock can be cleaned up. The Shiedley Cattle company was organized 20 years ago with a capital of $500,000 and under able manage Ient has paid to date dividends to the amount of $1,800,000. This, with the cleanup from the sale, will rep. resent a great profit. Of the original incorporators all are dead. S. G.. Sheffield of Sturgis retains with the new company the same position as with the old. It is reported that the stockmen of Moreau river, Rabbit creek and Grand river. have formed an association and levied an assessment of 5' cents po, head on cattle and ontehalf cent eoi sheep for the purpose of riding t`te country of gray wolves and eoyotes. The fund collected is to be paid oi. as a bounty--$7.50 for each gray wol. and $2.50 for each coyote. These anit m·als have become such a serious pest during the past year that ,the stock. 'men are determined to rid the coun try of them it possible. See Her at Cottage Inn. Call upon Mrs. Alford, Cottage Inn, for fine ieedlewbrk, pillow silks, flan nel ab-irt. wata aind di. ut Melliai embroideras Free ieqwpm. Shampa and ma cure. Hair gods. 65= NE STATES! SUBSTANCE OF ANOTHER DREAM FROM THE WEST. WANT SLICE OF MONTANA Western Counties to Be Grafted Onto Idaho Panhandle with Some from Washington. Once more the state makers are busy revising the map and could they have their way no fewer than three new commonwealths would be formed. As they would cut off a part from Mo tana in the formation of one of the new states the matter is of local inter est to those who now and then are heard to express themselves in favor of a division. The trouble is that the divisionists are working along lines that would still permit eastern Montana to remain a part of the orig. inal state, hence it is not very likely that the move will receive any very serious or earnest support from the people on this side of the main range of- the Rockies. What many over here would like to see is a-state carv ed from Montana in such a way as to sunder all relations and connec tions with the west side and leave the litigeous miners and politicians over there to tight it out among them selves. , Tifis is a dream, however, that will never become a reality, much as it is desired by a majority of -the '.'cow. counties," who have grown wearied and disgusted with existing conditions. The present agitation has its lo cality in Idaho and those keeping it alive want the states of Oregon, Ida ho, Washington and Montana sliced up. Both Lewiston, Idaho, and Spo kane, Wash., are helping it along all they can, for each already sees the prospective honor of being the capi tal looming up. The Portland Ore gonian's Lewiston correspondent has collated the talk and gossip into an article as follows: ' "It will not be at all surprising if Sthe agitation for a new state in -this neck of the woods is taken up soon. In fact, the desirability for a seat of government for the -accommodation of a large area of country between central tIdaho and British Columbia and extending east and west accord ing to the notions of different individ uals, is often talked of, and, accord i-ng -to men from different sections of the territory mentioned, will one of these days be a live subject. "'There is Idaho, with her panhan dle sticking up between Washington and Montana like .a sore thumb, and it may as well be lopped off,' says one. .As a matter of fact, the five northern counties of Idaho are effectively cut off from the capital at Boise by the mountains of central Idaho. To go from .this point to Boise, one must istart in the opposite direction and travel a whole day before changing his course in the direction of his in t-ended destination. By either , the INorthern Pacific or the O. R. & N. route one must go to Pendleton, Ore., "Under ,these conditions the ordi nary citizen is not kept in close touch with the city where his laws are made, and outside of those called to the capital on official 'business, the peo *ple of northern Idaho are perhaps as. familiar with the streets of San Francisco and St. Paul as with those of Boise. "The people of eastern Washington are hkewise lacking in familiarity their capital at Olympia. An ex or of the Oregon legislature, g of the present political di Sof ,the country, maintains the tiro original Oregon territory should b;e redivided by extending the boun .wry line between Oregon and south ern Idaho, and make a state of eastern Oregon and southern Idaho, another at eastern Washington and northern Idaho,, while Oregon and Washidgtomt are restricted to the territory west of the Cascade mnountains." According to the report there is a man in Montana who would like to see western Montana cut off from the parent body and grafted onto Idaho, the new state to take in a portion of Washington and a part of eastern Ore gon. This is what the writer in the Oregonian says about the mysterious man from Montana: "A man from western Montana andI, prominent in politics in that state sug gests as a new state the five northern counties of Idaho, the three western counties of Montana, Flathead, Mis-' soul.n ad Ravalli; the eastern tier of Washington counties, and possibly Wallowa county of Oregon. Such a division, he coitends, would answer topographic and geographic require ments, and give the people included1 an opportunity to select a seat of government that would meet the con venience of all., "Spokane, he admitted, would be his choice as a capital for the propos ed state, possibly overlooking the fao~ that Lewiston would be in the race big as a woodchuck, which would make ah opening for Moscow as a compromise." WILL REMEMBER ALL. G s Ladies Plan Merry Christ as for the Children. ot a child in Billings will be over looke'd in the distribution of Christ mas cheer this year, for special ar rangements have been made by some of the good ladies of the city with Santa Claus, so that he will have something,for each little one. The' basement of the library. building has been selected ass the place for d.strib uting the gifts and all the little folks are invited to be there Thursday after noon. Miss Collins, librarian, and Miss Jones, assistant, working in conjunc tion wi t the Rathbone Sisters, have arranged for at least one happy day for the children of parents whose circustances are such as to make it impossible for them to gladden their hearts in the manner so dear to juve niles. The assistance of the teachers of ,the public schools and the mem bers of the Salvation army has been enlisted in cthe good cause and they are securing the names of children whom it is desired to reach in par ticular. To these tickets will be is sued and between the hours of 2 and 3 they will be given the presents in tended for them. After 3 o'clock there will be a general distribution and every child in the city of 12 years or younger is invited to be present, for it is the 'wish of the ladies to remem. ber them all. For the poorer children a generous stock of toys and many useful and serviceable articles has been laid in and more are being received, for since the plans of the ladies have become known many have volunteered contributions and liberal donations have been made. Already dozens of dolls are on hand and other play things without number will be there to delight the little folks. Miss Bennighoff, Mrs. E. M. Hun gerford and Mrs. D. E. Jones are the committee who represent the Rath: bone Sisters and thanks to their zeal ous efforts are nobly assisting the twotlibrarians in their plans to make it indeed a merry Christmas for ev ery child in the city. ALLEGED FORGER ARRESTED. =harged with Passing Bogus Check on Gillette Bank. Toward the latter part of last week he police were notified by the sher. if of Gillette, Wyo., to keep their eyes )pen for a man named George Lewis, whom he was anxious to arrest on' he charge of pasing a forged check, which he had drawn on the bank of that place. A full description was aent of the man and as it was thought to be certain that he would show up sere, both the day and night oficfers were instructed to be on their guard. As it was known that he had friends who wotld .write to him, one of the policement made it convenient to be In the neighborhood of the potofflice as much as possible. Saturday even Lng the vigil was rewarded, as Lewis called for mail. After he had passed -ut of the door Policeman Salsbury quietly tapped him on the shoulder sad informed him that he was un ler arrest. Lewis made no serious objection and accompanied the officer to the station, where he was locked up and notice of the arrest sent to Cillette. Yesterday Lee, Mathers, deputy sheriff at Gillette, arrived from the south an4 a few hours afterward was headed for home with Lewis in his custody, as the prisoner waived the formality of a requisition and willin ly accompanied the officer. The amount' of money realised by Lewis is said to have been small, -i the forged paper heý is accused of havy Lag uttered was for something llte 286. MAYF HITCH OCCURS. IN. CANAL .BCHEý Goverment Objects to 'PrI ed by Owner of B'wdo Lake Reservoir. Because of a difference:0i existing between the n an individual there ii'.'.f a o ability that next spring will 1 ness institution of work on; l federal irrigation project tof. taken under the provisions of tional act. The man who is said to stand way of an early commencem actual construction Tii. of Great Falls. 1e :is t of the Bowdoin lake re.tervo was included in the government of the St. Mary's canal prject price he is said to ,have: askt reservoir is much greate..;, interior department i. irep and negotiations or..: i are declared to hIaveibeeni' is also claimed that the'' offcials are seriously cons d advisability of ordering newpln surveys to leave o itt' the. lake reservoir. 'If this is 4'i: done many months wfll.ofn.. have to elapse before the Proj be advanced sufficientlyiaga gin the work of construction.iP; Plans to Bring Settle, F. I. Whitney; general pas agent of the Great Northern was in Helena a tfew:d y a sublmitted to an interview jeot, as his company is-. terested in the early comipl the project. . . "This trouble 'between the ment ' ad Mr. Brady has gre moralized our plans for the. tion of an -immigration;`ove into Montana," he said. 'We'; arranged to bring upwards , settlers into the state next::spr case we receive assurances i.i struction work on the..ni 'n commenced. It is our plan to. these people into Montan.i them in the St. Mary'.s lakt eo: They can theie secure ;.ho'i and at the same time secre on the canal. It is the policy i government to give intending the preference in the matter. of this kind, and while the water to be brought to thel steads, these men could earn comfortable livelihood. "As I say, we are ready to these people into the state" as we are assured. that w*ib commenced, but you can derstand that in case the-:p ject is delayed our immigrlto will have to lay on the 0 while. Matter of reat Impor ' "This is a matter of tbi importance to the state of and I sincerely 'trust that:,' inent can be brought about.i derstand the case, the int ment absolutely refuses. ' price asked by Mr. B y that this money, cost of the canal constru put too heavy a burdeni; claimed land, this burdem, stand, being one which have to be borne by the "As the law stands, the. the interior can use the to reclamation work on', jects in any of the arid no agreement can be-:, matter the money, On to be spent in buildit in all probability, b8' other project in soar' Mr: Whitney, in Bass, general 1ei the Great Northe.4tji' the west in the ih t!on work. ' Nothing, In q~ tui'era, RnM WWi'.