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si VOLUME XX HAMILTON, MONTANA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1910. NUMBER 14 THE POWER OF IS WHAT'S DRAWING HUN DREDS OF PEOPLE TO THE SALE Every Day At OVERCOATS, SUITS, FURNISHINGS AND SHOES January Special Cleaning Up Sale ONE-THIRD OFF On all Winter Underwear for Men, Ladies and Children, Sweaters and Sweater Coats, Mackinaw Coats and Pants, Winter Caps for men and Boys, Ladies' Skirts and Dress Goods Special Prices on Muffs for Ladies and Furs and Muffs for Children Try a gallon can of pure Ohio maple syrup--$1.75 Schilling Tea, Spices and Extracts always in stock. Delmonte Sliced Peaches, 30c a can -the best ever. Our Mount Ham. ilton brand at 20c is a good one: H. H. SPAULDING J North 2nd St Hamilton, Montana 'Phone 20k J THE PUBLISHER SUED FOR ALLEGED LIBEL CITY ATTORNEY WANTS VINDICA TION AND 20,000 PLUNKS. TEXT OF WAGNER'S COMPLAINT And t History of the Gambling Case, Basis of an Extraordinary Attack On The Western News. City Attorney Chas. S. Wagner, represented by Attorneys Crutchfield and Taylor and George T. Baggs on last Thursday filed suit in district court against Miles Romney, Publisher of The Western News, for $20,000 damages for libel. History of the Case On Sunday, March 21, 1909, Aider man J. O. Lagerquist appeared be fore County Attorney McCulloch and swore out a complaint charging F. K. Parmenter and A. Roman of the Southern saloon with permitting gambling. City Attorney Wagner "Squeals" According to AldermanLagerquist's statement, given to The Western News at that time, he came up town that day in quest of City Attorney Wagner to discuss a business matter. He soon located the city attorney in a back card room of the Southern saloon and calltd him out. As they were leaving the saloon they stopped at the bar to get a drink. The bartender was busy serving other customers and did not attend them as quickly as they thought he should. This led to an altercation between them and the bartender, re suiting in them leaving the house in an angry mood. City Attorney Wag ner was particularly incensed, appear ing to feel that, in view of their offi cial positions, proper deference had not been shown them. He felt the affront so keenly that he insisted upon Lagerquist swearing out a complaint charging the proprietors of the saloon with permitting gambling. This La gerquist refused to do, he not having participated in the game. Wagner then volunteered to testify that he and others were gambling, which would clinch the case, and Mr. Lagerquist thereupon swore out the complaint. City Attorney Wagner Turns Turtle. Parmenter and Roman were duly arrested and released on bail, pending a preliminary hearing A few days later the county authorities learned that Wagner was going east on a visit. Before he could get away, however, a subpceia was served, holding him as a witness On April 7, Parmenter and Roman appeared before Justice Whaley and, waiving examination, were bound over to the district court. In this pro ceeding the defendants were repre sented bv City Attorney Wagner! Violates His Oath Again. Now, gambling is prohibited not only by the state law but by the city ordinances which the city attorney is sworn to enforce and uphold. Section 3255 of the Revised Code of Montana provides that, "In no case must the city attorney defend or act as attorney for the defendant in a criminal action or proceeding." On July 15, 1909, the ease of the State of Montana vs. A. Roman, chargea with permitting gambling, came up for trial before Judge Myers in the district court. Again City At torney Chas. S. Wagner appeared as attorney for the defense. Holding this anomalous position he was called as a witness for the state. He proved unwilling and sought to evade it bu t upon being ordered by the court the city attorney reluctantly submitted his testimony, the following being a steno graphic report of the same: City Attorney Wagner'* Sworn Testi mony. "I went in and saw three parties sitting around the tab'e and they were engaged in a game of draw poker there aud I watched them play a few seconds, and I believe that one of the parties invited me to set down and take a hand. I just sat down and threw out a five dollar bill and one of the parties, I don't know which one it was now, gave me some checks and they dealt the cards then and the first hand—it was twenty-five cents ante, that is five white chips—andthecaids were dead around They were play (Continued on page 4.) ARE GETTING READY TO COUNT NOSES REPRESENTATIVE OF CENSUS BU REAU VISITS HAMILTON IE DISTRICTS IN RAVALLI Speci i Agent Barrow* Divide* the County into District*—Numera tor* Wanted. William J. Barrows, representing the bureau of the census spent Saturday in Hamilton making preliminary ar rangements for the taking of the cen sus. After consultation with local officials and others Mr. Barrows arranged fora tentative division of Ravalli coun ty into enumeration districts. His plan provides for nine districts as follows: All of Stevens township east of the Bitter Root river will form one district and all of that township west of the river will form another. All of Corvallis township east of the east channel of the river will comprise one district and all west another. The city of Hamilton will comprise one district and all of Ward township outside of Hamilton another. All of Skalkaho township will be included in one district. All of Edwards north of the line be tween 2 and 3 will comprise one dis trict and all south of that line another. Harold Blake of Anaconda is super visor for the western district of Mon tana, embracing 12 counties. Mr. Barrows states that those who desire positions as census enumera tors should address the supervisor of the census at Butte as soon as possible. The qualifications for the positions aie not very strict; the candidate is required to pass a test wherein his handwriting and ability to fill in blanks of hypothetical forms are the main features. When the applica tions are received in the Butte ofitce, they will be sent to Washington, after which the test papers will be sent to the applicants. The compensation has been fixed by the director of the census, at Wash ington. In cities with a population of 5.000 and over the enumerator will be paid from two to four cents on each name, while in the smaller cities and rural districts they will receive from $3 to $6 per day. It is considered that more than likely the higher rate will be paid in Montana, although this is not yet certain. Each day will con sist of eight hours. The work is to start simultaneously all over the United States on April 15. Those working in cities of a population of 5.000 and over, will be required to com plete their task in 15 days, twice that time being allowed for the other dis tricts. The examinations for those desiring the positions will be held on February 5. RAVALLI COUNTY'S FINANCIAL CONDITION The financial statmeut of county Clerk and Recorder George Reese fc r the year ending November 30, 1909, shows some interesting figures. The net indebtedness for the year just past was $79,723.33, as compared with that of $84,560.55 for 1908 a decrease of $4,837.22. The total as sessed valu: t on of property in the county is given as $5,134,975 The amount of delinquent tax for 1909 was $3,615.79. The property owned by the county is listed as follows: Bridges.......................$44,975 Courthouse aud jail............ 40,000 Office furniture and fixtures... 3,000 Jail steel cells......... 1,500 Road machines................. 1,200 Road tools................... . 200 R iad material, culverts and lumber ..................... 2,500 Poor farm, pesthouse and other improvments ........... 4,000 Total........... $97,375 Strays Four head yearlings and one shorti two-year-old heifer. All branded 7A on left ribs, right ear cut off and split. Please notify, G. W. McKinnky, 13 4t Como, Mont 1 j ! : , ! j j 1 ; ; ] j j ! MR. WELTY OF CHICAGO BUYS KERRIGAN BLOCK PROPOSES TO TRANSFORM IT INTO PALATIAL SUMMER HOME. WOODRUFF BUYS SEARS RANCH Expects to Develop One of the Finest Commercial Orchards in the Bitter Root Valley. D. O. Welty, a wealthy capitalist of Chicago, has puichased the Kerrigan 1 block, now occupied by the offices of j the Bitter Root Valley Irrigation Co. This property, consistingnof an en tire block near the center of town, planted with shade and ornamental trees and lawns with a commodious ! residence set in the center, was for : tnerly occupied by the successive super intendents of the Bitter Root Stock Farm. Mr. Welty, who is now in Chicago, , spent considerable time in the valley ! last summer, purchasing several tracts of real estate, including 80 acres of the Daly ranch and a part of the Kendall ranch on the west side, j It is understood that he proposes to convert his latest purchase into a palatial summer home. One of the best known fruit ranches in the valley changed hands last week when D. L. Woodruff purchased the Sears ranch, situated seven miles north and west from Hamilton. This j ranch contains 200 acres of excellent 1 bench land, 40 acres in bearing or ; chard, the balance to be developed probably this year. The place is to be put in the best possible condition and kept as a commercial orchard. ; Mr. Woodruff will move onto the place ] soon and have direct supervision of j the property and expects to develop j this property into one of the best fruit ! ranches in the northwest.