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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
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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.

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