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VOLUME XIV. HAMILTON. MONTANA. WEDNESDAY. JANUARY G. 1904. NUMBER li KICKS AND GROWLS GALORE VOTINQ CONTEST RESULTS IN MUCH DISSATISFACTION. WOODMEN OF THE WORLD WIN PIANO By a Big Majority—Freak Advertis ing Scheme Fails to Please Hamil ton People—There are Others. The piauo voting contest, a freak advertising scheme that was patron ized by a number of the business men of Hamilton and which excited considerable local interest, came to an end January 1st. Hamilton Camp, Woodmen of the World won the prize m a driving fin ish by about G5,0U0 majority. The contest quickly narrowed down between the Woodmen of the World and the Hamilton High School. The total vote as officially announced follows: Woodmen of the World......302,893 High School................237,G72 Eastern Star........... 26,1G4 Corvallis School............. 2,051 I. O. O. F ................... 923 A. O. U. W.................. 57 Scattering.................. 214 Total.........5G9,974 A total of 750,000 votes were issued by the promoters of the scheme and of which a little more than two-thirds were used. This would indicate that during the four months of the con test the six firms interested did a total business of$142,500 in round numbers Interested parties, however, declare that the sales represented by tickets actually issued didn't amount to half that amount. All kinds of kicks and growls and ugly charges are coming from the contestants who didn't win—but that Hr Hr Hr Hr Hr Hr rlr H^ Hr H^ H* Hr Hr Hr Hr Hr Hr Hr Hr Hr Hr »Ir ^r ^r ^ H ^r 4» 4» 4» 4» 4» 4* 4 * 4 * 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4* 4« 4 « 4 * 4* 4* 4* 4 * 4 » 4* 4* Anaconda Copper mining Co. mercantile Department. IS space, after finishing our Inventory, will con tain information largely to the advantage of those looking out for their own interests. We have many good things to offer. We thank our friends for their patronage and wish one and all a prosperous New Year. Anaconda Copper mining Co. mercantile Department. always happens. The business men who patronized the venture are dis gusted and in short hardly anyoue seems to be pleased. The worst feature about the whole business, however, was the demoral izing effect the contest had upon the school. Some members of the school board got busy, desiring to secure the piano for the High School. The teachers and pupils were inspired to do Herculean stunts in ticket collect ing. Every pupil became interested and many thought of little else dur ing the entire four months. In con sequence many neglected their studies and, as the contest was in the nature of a lottery, and conducive to sharp practice, its tendency was, to say the least, not elevating. Had the school board purchased a piano outright and presented it to the school, instead of permitting the pupils to become involved in such a mix-up, it would have been far better. It would have been more economical, too. However, Hamilton has company— nearly every town m the state has been "worked" in the same manner, as witnesseth the experience of Bill ings, as told in a recent issue of the Billings Gazette : "Another of the so- called voting contests that seem to have suddenly become popular with some of the local merchants as an advertising scheme has ended, and again there are to be heard charges of fraud in the way of ballot-box stuffing that would put to shame the most expert manipulator of returns that ever helped to "count out" a republican candidate in one of the southern states. If only a part is true, then the old adage about the unimpeach able truthfulness of figures has re ceived a serious jolt and it will have to invoke the- assistance of heroic remedies to regain its former stand ing for they do say that in the in stance under consideration figures were manipulated as to be represent ative of the most atrocious falsehoods ever sought to be perpetrated in the interest of anyone. On the face of the count 1,505,918 a a in of do votes were cast, which were divided as follows amoug the individuals and societies named: Eagles................... 5G3,83G Lady Maccabees........... 255,81 G Woodmen of the World..... 144,158 Ratld'one Sisters.......... 44,309 Katie Thoburu............ 269,251 Mae Freeman............. 228,548 Total........1,505,918 As one vote was given with every 25-cent purchase, the total number of votes given above would indicate that the promoters of the contest sold merchandise of the value of -$376,480 75 during the time votes were cast. But those claiming to know, and who say they have proof of their asser tions deny that the amount, or even a respectable portion of it is an hon est or correct showiug. While they admit that undoubtedly the number of votes returned by the judges, the men who made the count, was cor rect, they maintain that each of the votes deposited in the box was not given out ni actual representation of a quarter of a dollar tossed over the respective counters in payment of purchases made. In the vernacular, those who say all this, designate the entire matter as a "fake," pure and simple. Thou tands of votes, they allege, remained in the hands of some of the dealers when the time arrived for closing the contest and they were given out re gardless of purchases and by those to whom they were given deposited in the box. Then they also charge that long before this votes were handed out to certain parties for the benefit of particular contestants. These, it is asserted, found their way into the company of those honestly given, and counted for as much on the final count. Taking for true only a small part j of the many ugly stories afloat and i still it would peem that the "contest" was only another of the numerous tricks that shrewd fellows have played on many of the local mer chants who want to advertise, but do not know how to do so properly. Instead of inserting their adver tisements in legitimate channels, in the columns of newspapers they pre fer to resort to the many doubtful ex pedients that are continually being exploited by smooth-tongued fakirs traveling about the count i y in quest of easy victims. The promise of speedy and big returns on a modicum of investment catches them and they bite eagerly and often. In the long they realize that it has cost them more than leligimate advertising, while the results are infinitesimal, and very often injurious. Accepting the word of those who are making complaint, some of the merchants iu the piano contest have lost customers because of the suspic ion under which they rest of having dealt unfairly with some of the con testants. The aggrieved ones de clare that neither they nor any of their friends will trade longer with those whom they hold responsible for the alleged "crookedness." Viewed from almost any stand point the whole thing was a dismal failure and about everyone interested, the Eagles, perhaps, alone excepted, feels that he or she is entitled to reg ister a "kick." Even the Eagles al though they have the piauo, are none too well pleased, judging from remarks dropped by members of the order. Cured After Suffering 10 Years. B. F. Hare, Supt. Miami Cycle & Mfg. Co., Middletown, O,, suffered for ten years with dyspepsia. He spent hundreds of dollars for medicine and with doctors without receiving any permanent benefit. He says, "One night while feeling exceptionally bad I was about to throw down the evening paper when I saw an item in the paper regarding the merits of Kodol Dys pepsia Cure. I concluded to try it and while I had no faith in it I telt better after the second dose. After using two bottles I am stronger and better than I have been in years, and I recommend Kodol Dyspepsia Cure to ii j friends and acquaintances suffer ing from stomach trouble.'' Sold by Bitter Root Drug Co. * Old papers for sale at this office—25c per hundred. NOBODY KNOWS HOW DRY WE ARE LOCAL OPTION BECOMES EFFECT IVE IN RAVALLI COUNTY. W. P. O'BRIEN TO TEST THE LAW Case To Be - Rushed Through Courts And An Early Decision Expected —Saloons Quit Selling Intoxicants. County Attorney Baker concluded to allow the saloons one more day of grace and, consequently, they will not stop their intoxicating liquor selling untill 12 o'clock tonight. None of the hotel bar-rooms and few of the saloons of the county pro pose to close their doors. These will be conducted as before, so far as billiards, cards and other amusements are concerned. Cigars and soft drinks will be sold, but the sale of intoxicating liquors will be cut out in these resorts pending a decision by' the courts. Meanwhile a test case will be fought through the courts as speedily as .possible. As nearly as can be learned at this time the procedure will be as follows : Tomorrow morning W. P. O'Brien of the Paragon will sell liquor in vio lation of the law. He w ill be prompt ly arrested and taken before a justice of the peace aud, of course, fouud guilty. He will be unable to pay the tine, which under the law may be fixed anywhere from $1 to $500 for each and every offense, and will have to go to jail. His attorney, Chas. S. Wagner will go to Helena on the first train and swear out a writ of habea, corpus in the supreme court, upon the plea that the prisoner is being deprived of his liberty and rights un der the constitution. It is expected I that t lie court will order that, the J prisoner be produced by the sheriff at the bar of the court withiu 48 hours. Under this procedure an early decisiou deciding the constitutionality of the local option law for all time is confidently anticipated. Attorney Chas. S. Wagner will represent Mr. O Brien and County Attorney Baker, R. A. O'Hara and Attorney General Donovan will represent the state. Take Notice. To the trustees of School District Nj. 3 of Ravalli County, Montana, the Woodmen of the World, A. L- Bank, Swan Johnson, D. J. Egan, Dmovan & Burns, the Hamilton B jok Store, Company and to all others to whom it may concern: It having been ascertained on a canvass of the votes cast in the Bid dle Piano contest that the Woof men of the World have received the high est number of votes cast; now, there fore, in accordance with the agree ment or understanding made or had with tile donors of tiie piano offered in the said contest, and now in our possession, we propose and intend to deliver on Tuesday the 12th day of January, 1904, the said piano to the local lodge of the Woodmen of the World, that order having received the greatest or highest number of votes. You and each of you are notified, if you so desire, to mane known any le gal objection if any you have why said piano should not be delivered to said local lodge ,of Woodmen of the World. Anaconda Copper Mining Company, By F. D. DUDLEY, Manager Mercantile Department. Dated Hamilton, Montan i, January 6, 1904. National Live Stock Association Port land, Ore., Jan. 12-15, 1904. For above occasion will sell on Jan uary 8, 9 and 10, 1904. Round trip tickets for one and one-third first rate. 52tf S. R. Wilson, Agent, There will be a grand ball at Car penter's hall,on Friday nig-ht, Jan. 15. Good music and a good time. Every body invited. 11 2t