OCR Interpretation

The Billings gazette. [volume] (Billings, Mont.) 1896-1919, March 15, 1904, Image 4

Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84036008/1904-03-15/ed-1/seq-4/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 4

iled temi-Weekly.
risting Company, Publishers
Subscription Rates.
e year, in advance. ........... .3.00
months ....................1.50
Enatered at tife Billings Postomfice as
Second Class Matter.
* ,
Subscribers to The Gazette
who have received notice by g
mail of their Indebtedness to $
the paper are again reminded
that a settlement is desired. g
The amount due from each in
dividual subscriber is small, *
Sbuts in the aggregate it runs 0
Into many hundreds of dollars. 0
Remit by check, express or 0
poetoffice order, payable to
The Gazette. 0
Tuesday, March 15, 1904.
'The Gazette has noted with a grea
deal of interest the recent politica
discussion which has gone the round:
of many of the republican newspa
pers of the state, especially the dis
cussion indulged in by the rural re
publican press, concerning one
Thomas H. Carter in connection witl
that gentleman's alleged leadership o:
the republican hosts.
In the discussion of a subject of th!s
character The Gazette desires to be
understood that it aims to be perfectly
fair with Mr. Carter and does not care
to take up questions more or less of a
:private concern between the former
United States senator and this news.
paper. It is the present rather pecu
liar situation within the ranks of the
republican party and the connection
of Mr. COarter with that organization
that this newspaper wishes to deal
with at this time.
Going back to the period when Mr.
Carter for the first time entered the
arena of state republican politics, and
refreshing the memory of the rank
and file of the party who participated
in state campaigns of that period, it
will be recalled that in those days
the party heard nothing of cliques and
factions as compared to the many ugly
and disagreeable things charged in
these latter days within the organiza.
tion in the state. In former days,
and especially about the period when
M~ontana was admitted to statehood,
-republicans were looking around for
leaders and wise counselors and they
thought that in Mr. Carter they found
a man worthy of their respect and
confidence and one who would be a
credit to the state at Washington un
der any and all circumstances.
Acting upon this belief, the republi
cans elected him to serve the people
in the lower house of congress and at
the first opportunity the republicans
in the legislature, backed by the
masses of the party, sent Mr. Carter
to Washington to serve the state in
the senate.
As far as this newspaper knows, and
it has a fairly good memory, Mr. Car
ter made a creditable record while
serving the people and his party at
Washington. But before he ended his
term of service there, there began
to spring up all over the state a de
termination that (Mr. Carter should
never again be honored by his party
to an election for a seat in the senate.
Friends of Mr. Carter may contend
that a determination to defeat that
gintleman's ambition to return to the
senate is the outgrowth of a bitter
t"alisg hatched by disappointed office
p'ers, but a .little investigation will
ow conclusively that a very small
tage of the republicans now in
Ition to Mr. Carter ever thought
favored at his hands with
et to office. The ground
lon .to Mr. Carter lies
many republicans
nY'emnbers of
Mr. oar
Fifty-four years of unequaled record; lowest mortality; largest dividends; issues all the latest forms of
insurance. The Best Insurance In the World. ,"You don't have to die to win"
WAYNE JONES, Gen'I Manager, 36 N. Main, Helena, Mont.
these members were never candidates
for further political honors and pre
ferred to engage in private pursuits.
Many of the men who served in the
legislature which elected Mr. Carter
consented to become candidates for
legislative honors ,purely on the
ground of friendship for Mr. Carter
and they well accomplished the ob
ject which prompted them to take
such an active part in the affairs of
the party during that period.
Ask these same gentlemen who were
instrumental in sending Mr. Carter to
the senate, what they think of help
ing Mr. Carter again and note their
answer. If the exact truth could be
obtained The Gazette would guess
that at least 90 per cent of the mem
bership of the legislature that seat
him to Washington as a senator are
opposed to him, and it is also a safe
guess that Mr. Carter has never made
a personal fight on many of the men
with whom an interview is suggested.
The Gazette is satisfied that there
is something wrong in the state re
publican family and while it does not
wish to place all the blame upon the
shoulders of Mr. Carter, it believes
that that gentleman is responsible for
part of the difficulty with which the
party is confronted. As a republi
can ~Mr. Carter has just as much right
to aspire to leadership as any other
republican in the state, providing he
has the confidence of the rank and
file of the party. If he lacks the con
fidence of the party and has by his
own acts estranged thousands of its
members, then Mr. Carter owes it to
himself, as well as his party, to shift
his sails in a direction which will
serve the best interests of all republi
cans regardless of the ambitions of a
few individuals.
As the immortal Lincoln well Said:
"A house divided against itself can
not stand." So it is with the republi
can party in this state. The republi
can voters in Montana 'are unquestion
ably in the majority, but if we are
to have constant internal dissension
success for the party's state and legis
lative tickets next fall is a matter
of grave doubt.
Mr. Carter should throw himself
into the breach and seek to heal the
party animosities and bring about an
era of good feeling, even if for the
time being it should become necessary
for him to withhold his own ambition.
After the love feast Mr. Carter could
again present himself for further
Although defeated before, the pro
posal to establish a state railroad com
mission will- come up before the next
legislature, and it will be presented
in a stronger manner, in a way that
if not successful will at least convince
the railroads and their friends that
they have been in a fight. Public
sentiment in favor of such a body is
growing and crystalizing, and on their
position on the question will undoubt
edly depend the support legislative
candidates in many districts will re
ceive next fall. Particularly does this
apply to the parts of the state where
agriculture and the stock interests
predominate. The arbitrary manner
assumed in many instances by the
railroad companies in dealing with
the public is responsible for this feel
ing. Shippers who in the past have
been satisfied to allow matters to
take their course without state inter
ference have come to consider that the
time is at hana when it is necessary
that the state shall exercise the rights
it possesses and by stringent laws and
their strict enforcement compel the
companies to deal more honestly, just
ly and liberally with those from whom
they receive their support.
While they may not have so regard
ed it, the , companies materially
strengthened the hands of their ene
mies when they, put, into force the
rules governing shipment of livestock.
Having failed to. convince by reason
able and honest argument, the stock
men of the state are now determined
to look elsewhere for redress, and
hope to find it in legislation of the
sort that obtains in various of the
neighboring and nearby states. They
believe that relief from many of the
ills of which Ithey complain may be
found in a railroad commission, even
though such bodies are not always
regarded as infallible or possessed, of
a moral fibre strong enough to resist
the temptations and blandishments
sometimes exercised by the corpora
tions whose conduct they are supposed
to regulate. They are hopeful that in
'Montana a body or that kind may be
organized that will prove itself su
perior to the ordinary run.
So far the state and its people have
dealt generously and justly with the
railroads. They have been given ev
erything within reason for which they
have asked. In return they have
given but little. Such reductions as
they may have made in their passen
ger and freight rates have been
prompted not so much by a desire to
lessen the burdens of patrons as by
the exercise of business sagacity. Be
fore the reductions were made careful
thought and consideration convinced
that they would ultimately result in
an increase of traffic that would more
than compensate for the slight de
crease. The experience of others was
the guide in this instance and judg
ment proved to be right..
A long step in the direction of pro
per railway legislation would be taken
if both political parties of the state
were to insist upon absolute freedom
by their candidates of obligatluns to
the railroads. This could be easily
secured were they in county and state
convention to adopt planks in accord
with popular demand and then pledge
their respective candidates to unre
served and absolute declination of any
of the usual "courtesies" and compel
obedience on the part of those for
whom the pledge was given. Legis
lators could then assemble without a
sense of obligation to the railroads.
They could act honestly and in comrn
pliance with the wishes of those whom
they represent, free from the guilty
knowledge that bribes in the form of
free transportation were lining their
pockets. But it should not end here.
Declaration should be made in favor
of a law making it a penal offense for
any public officer, whether state,
county or municipal, to accept a
pass from a railroad, and the party
successful should see that a law of
that kind was passed.
When all has been said that may be
said in favor of the prevailing custom
of railroads to give free transportation
to public officers, the fact still re
mains that it is only one form of bri
bery. The passes are not issued as
a mark of friendship or as a manifes.
tation of respect for the office. They
are given to the man who nay fill
the office at the time, given with
selfish intent and the hope and ex
pectation that should opportunity pre
sent itself the holder will reciprocate.
If proof of this were demanded it
would be furbished by the fact that
the men who are the subject of such
courtesies do not enjoy the rights
and privileges they confer beyond the
tenure of their official positions. When
they cease to be such officials they
also cease to ride without paying
fare. -
No reason exists why public officers
should accept passes from the rail
roads. When they are required to
travel on public business they are'
paid mileage and per diem, hence they
may not complain at the niggardlinessi
of either, state or county and may not
set up the plea that because of th
added expense they are put to they are
justified in accepting free transportas
tion. It is "graft,." the prevail
curse, great and small, now burden
ing official life and causing a loss of
confidence in public servants. Men
in other respects paragons of honesty
and probity become dishonest to the
extent of collecting mileage when they
know a proper regard for what is
right demands of them that they shall
not do it because they are without
a shadow of right on their side, hav
ing incurred no expense for which
they may rightly ask reimbursement.
They sink their self-respect and for
feit that of their fellows for the sake
of the contemptible sum they can col
lect by taking advantage of a law that
supposes the money they receive was
actually paid out in the discharge of
a public duty.
Seven Companies of Militia Will Leave
Springfield, O., March 14.-It has
been decided by the authorities here
and at Columbus that the remaining
seven companies of state militia,
which were called here by the recent
race riots, may be dispensed with, and
all the troops will accordingly leave
here today. The city has been throng
ed all day with strangers who have
carried away with them relics from
the jail, levee districts and the pole
on which Murderer Dixon was hung.
Joseph Ludovic Trarieux, who was
at one time French minister of jus
tice, is dead at Paris. He was born
in 1840.
Lieutenant J. F. Chalmen of the Min
neapolis salvage corps died Sunday
from peritonitis, resulting from a col
lision some time ago.
It is announced that St. Louis is to
have a woman's hall of fame, which
will be established in the woman's
building at the world's fair.
A snowstorm descended on Illinois
Sunday night and by midnight the fall
was so heavy as to seriously interfere
with street car traffic in Chicago.
Dr. E. Benjamin Andrews, president
of the University of Nebraska, at Lin
coln, Neb., who has been sick at a
hospital in Chicago; has recovered and
returned to his home.
Minneapolis Wheat.
Minneapolis, March 12.-Wheat
May, 97%c; July, 9814c; Sept., 86~c.
On track-No. 1 hard, $1.00%; No. 1
Northern, 98%@99%c; No. 2 North.
ern, 96%c.
St. Paul Union Stock Yards.
St. Paul, March 12.-Cattle-Good to
choice steers, [email protected]; common to
fair, [email protected]; good to choice cows
and heifers, [email protected]; veals, [email protected]
5.00, [email protected] Sheep-Good
to choice yearling wethers, [email protected]
4.75; good to choice lambs, [email protected]
Duluth Wheat and Flax.
Duluth, March 12.-Wheat-In store
-No. 1 hard, 99c; No. 1 Northern,
97%c; No. 2 Northern, 95c. To arrive
-No. 1 hard, 99c; No. 1 Northern;
97%c; No. 2 Northern, 95c; May,
97%c; July, 98c; Sept., 86%c. Flax
In store, to arrive and on track, $1.
15T/s; May, $1.17%; July, $1.19%; Oct.,
Chicago Unionr Stock Yards.
Chicago, March 12.-Cattle--Good to
prime steers, [email protected]; poor to me
dium, [email protected]; stockers and feed
ers, [email protected]; cows, [email protected];
heifers, [email protected]; calves, [email protected]
5.75. Hogs-Mixed and butchers, $5.10
@5.45; good to choice heavy, [email protected]
5.50; rough heavy, [email protected]; light,
[email protected] Sheep-Good to choice
wethers, [email protected]; Western sheep,
[email protected]; native lambs, [email protected];
Western, [email protected]
Chicago Grain and Provisions.
Chicago, March 12.-Wheat-May,
96%c; July, 91P%[email protected]; old, 93c;
Sept., 861%c; old,,87%c. Corn-March,
5,.%c; May, 541c; July, 51%c; Sept.,
50+ @50%-c. Oats-May, 41%@41%c;
July, 39%c; Sept., 33%c. Pork-May,
$14.25; .July, $14.47'A. Flax-Cash,
Northwestern, $1.16%; Southwestern,
$1.09; May, $1.11. Butter--reameries,
[email protected]%; dairies, [email protected] Egg..
[email protected]%c. Poultry-Turkeys, 12c;
chickens, 12c; springs, ' c.
I chine and General
Have just secured the services I
of a Practical Machinest *
5 from the East. -
With the best equipped Machine *
Shop in Eastern Montana we are
Snow prepared to do all kinds of
General Machine and Iron Work, in
c eluding the repair of Gasoline and
Stem Engines. Automobiles, Bi
5I eyqles, Guns, Boilere and allarti-.1
laa Lathe and' ler Work. The
Ss enina and' reilring of all
kinds of tools, eto.
Plumbing and Heating.
* ,*j,: :4
SFOR SALE 5 room house near business district "
S$150000 2lots. Good barn and out-build- *
* ings. Water in house. 0
FOR SALE 329 acres-,6 alfalfa, house, 2 barns, all out build.
Sings, orchard, best feeding place in country. Get
full description. If sold in 30 days will take $21
per acre, and arrange for easy terms of payment.
FOR RENT side, rooms, 2 lots, barn, poultry house,
SFOR RENT South Side,6 rooms, lawn and trees, a bargain,
$17 with, water paid.
Our lists are worth examining. Every State represented 0
Five Agencies in Yellowstone County 0
7 N. 28th Street. BILLINGS, MONTANA
0*** *0*********
@[email protected]@@[email protected]@0,
To the St. Louis World's Fair
All Expenses Paid.
0 0
0 The Billings Hardware Co. o
* and The Billings Gazette 0
0 will donate a free trip to the World's Fair at St. Louis 0
0. to the two young ladies of the county receiving the 0
* highest number of votes in the contest con- O
* ducted by the above two business firms. 0
* The young ladies winning the contest will have the privil- *
ege of staying 10 days at the Fair; all hotel bills will be
paid, also admission to the Fair, first-class railroad
o tickets, sleeping-car berths and meals on dining cars.
Any Young Lady in Yellowstone County over IT7 years
0 of age is eligible to enter the contest. 0
How to Secure Votess
09 The purchase of $1.00 worth of goods for
cash of The Billings Hardware Co. entitles 0
* a customer to 10 votes; 75c. six votes; 50c. O
F four votes; 25c. two votes g
O For each $3.00 subscription paid 1 he Gazette 0
a special coupun of 0
0 300 VOTES
0 will be issued. Subscripti6ns paid for less 0
O than $3.00 a .coupon good for 75 VOTES 0
will be issued for every dollar paid. 0
p 0
0s A coupon clipped from The Billings Gazette
will entitle you to one vote. 0
Rlues of the Contest.
Votes will be deposited in a sealed boxt at
the Billings Hardware Company's store.
*3 All Gazette subscription coupons will be
dated and must be voted within 10 days.
SCoupons Secured from The Billings Hard- 0
ware Company must be voted within, ten.
days of time purchase is made.
Coupons clipped from The Gazette must be o
voted on or before the date printed thereon.
0 The votes will be counted once a week and 0
* the result published in The Gazette. o
SNo person connected with The Gazetteor The 0
Billings Hardware Company is permitted to 0
*.. vote for any candidate in the contest ...Any g
0 violation of this rule -shall result in the
coupons so voted being forfeited.
40 The contest closes on August ,1st, 1904. 0
0 0
St. Eouis VWorld's fair Crip. .
SONE VOTE FOR .......................... .. .... ......................
S Voii if not voted at the Store of the MAR 5, 190 4 ,8.*
Billings Hardware Co. on or prior to MARCH
o Last Vote'for !
0 Report the week Total
Miss Lena Rickman...... .......... ... 20,393 827 21,220
Miss Blanche Nickey ................... 16,664 2,852 19,561.
MissLauraReed............. ....... 16,964 2,085 18,999
0 Miss Victoria lohman (Laurel)......... 6,523 1,065 7,588 0
SMiss Marie Sleeper.... ............ 1,178 1,178 0
MissSophiaBennighoff................ 737 ......... 737
SMiss Bede Kron ........................ 413 41
Withdrawn... ................... . ........ 973
00*******00000.*0**** @****

xml | txt