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THE WESTERN NEWS
Published Every Wednesday by MILES ROMNEY, Editor and Proprietor. Subscription Kates: One Year, in advance......... Ï2.00 Six Months, in advance....... 1.00 One Year, if not in advance... 2.50 Six Months, if not in advance. 1.25 Entered at the Postoffice at Ham ilton, Mont., as second-class matter. Advertising rates furnished on application. THE COUNTY PAPER. To Advertisers. The Western News absolutely guarantees its advertisers an actual bona fide paid circulation within Ravalli county two times greater than that of any other newspaper published in the known world. Ad vertising contracts will be made subject to this guarantee. 'ocfrS Wednesday, June 8, 1910. A DOUBLE-EDGED WEAPON. According to this morning's press dispatches President Taft and the presidents of the railways have got ten together and reached a satisfac tory agreement—the railways have promised to abstain from raising rates providing the injunction suits are dismissed by the government. Conceding that those astute business men have gotten the better of the bargain, as usually happens in Taft's dickerings, something has been ac complished. It has been demonstrat ed that the injunction is a double edged weapon. It. may be wielded as effectively against the corporations as against the workingmen. Nevertheless and notwithstanding, The Western Nowh feels safe in go iug on record with the prediction that more apples will be picked in the Bitter Boot valley this season than have been marketed in any previous year. And the price, owing to the devastation wrought by the frost lciug throughout the entire country, will be a record-breaker. Apples will be apples this year. MISS MADEEN SCORES IN DISTRICT COURT (Continued from page 1 .) legged negro, charged with perjury, the jury disagreed. A special venire of 30 jurors was drawn yesterday as follows: T. A. McClain, J. T. Boardman, John Shea, Isaac Wylie, J. B. Mitchell, H. L Hart, W. B. Sister, L. A. Pennoycr, Chas. Beavers, Perry Tomkins, Wm. Malone, J. N. Long, W. A. Wade, John M. Peterson, George Binder, Da vid Burke, James Johnston, H. C. Tuttle, John H. Jones, J. J. Padden, Wallace Johnson, Arthur Rooney, A. L. Johnston, W. A. Walters, John Corrigan, John Stephens, W. J. Griggs, Geo. H. Wheeler, Wm. Griggs, Wallace Hope. A big line of new PIPES and Imported and Domestic CIGARS at McLaughlin's News Stand Daly Blk Main St NEWS OF THE STATE. Census taking in the state is about completed, although in a few isolated districts work on it may possibly con tinue through June. Hereafter the stores of Butte will close at 6 p. m. Saturday as well as other days. The Montana Bank and Trust com pany will establish a branch loan office in Stevensville. Last week one of the most severe storms at Anaconda in years was had, one of the school houses of the town being struck by lightning. Last week the plant of the Three Forks cement works, located at Tri dent in the Missouri river valley started grinding cement. Preparations are being made for the annual meeting of the Montana Bankers association in Bozeman, August 3C aud 31. The sweet pea carnival and the inter-state fair will both be held in Bozeman during the the the same week, making addi tional attraction for the bankers and their wives. • Action of the Pacific Board of Underwriters calls for a material reduction of fire insurance rates in in the leading cities of Montana. It is thought that the action will be ap proved by the necessary two-thirds of the companies arid will go into effect. Announcement was made in Great Falls June 1 that the Chicago, Mil waukee and Puget Sound road will build 400 miles of railway from Mondak via Great Falls, to Missoula eventually to be the main line of the railway to the coast. A chemical plant to be known as the Bitter Root ^Natural Remedies com pany is to be established in Missoula by Missoula men. The company will manufacture extracts, medicinal rem edies, household chemicals, and others preparations that can be put up there to advantage, using so far as possible materials grown in the Bitter Root valley. John P. Oberweiser was killed in a fight in Billings last week, it being alleged that he died from effects of a blow delivered by Walter J. Scott. Oberweiser attempted to stop a dog fight which was occurring in the street and Scott interfered, the fight following. Household goods for sale. J. C. Harvey, North Third street. 34 It BORN. Whatley—To Mr. and Mrs. Otis Whatley, June 6 , a girl. Gerar—To Mr. ar.d Mrs. O. M. Gerar, June 5, a girl. Ball—To Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Ball, June 2 , a boy. Take Notice. My wife, Fannie V. Faulkner, hav ing left my borne, I hereby serve notice til it I shall not be responsible for any accounts she or any other member ot the family, may contract. J. W. Faulkner. Hamilton. Mont. June 6 , 1910. Regal Clohing Company > Much Talked About and Walked About Our new Regal Shoes for this season. No smarter footwear has ever been seen in this town. And their trim custom styles are not their only exclusive feature. REGAL SHOES 'MU $350 $400 $eoo give you the same perfect fit and comfort as made-to measure shoes because they are made in quarter-lzcs-Z doui/e the number ot fittings found in other shoes. J m 1 , 6 j a Wlcle var, ety of styles in these new Regal models, and can suit your taste perfectly. 8 Rega! Clothing Company Farmenter and Meeker, Props. The Bitter Root Illustrated. Handsome examples of newspaper enterprise in the form of special edi tions have been frequent in Montana for maDy years, but the magazine supplement to The Hamilton Western News, put forth by Senator Miles Romney in exploitation of the beauties, opportunities and resources of the Bitter Root valley, easily reaches the high mark of excellence in this state, or in any other state for that matter. The contents of descrip tive and historical character have been well selected, well written, and well edited. The luxuriant contribu tions by advertisers were net allowed to sprawl over all the pages and taint the work with the flavor of a patent medicine almanac. Paper and print ing are worthy of a limited edition of the works of a dead author. Truly every loyal Montanan will find this a most interesting lot of reading, and as a form of invitation to people in other states whose presence is desired in Montana it would be difficult to imagine anything better.—The Mon tana Lookout. The Wreath of Bitter Roots. Editor Miles Romney, of The W estern News, of Hamilton, has just issued a handsome pictorial number which deals exhaustively with the re sources of the Bitter Root valley. The cover page is most attractive, showing a wreath of Bitter Roots, t he state llower, designed by Mrs Romney, his accomplished wife. The number is intended to advertise the resources of that prolific section of the state and that it will be the means of exploiting the celebrated valley advantageously is needless to state. Editor Remney is entitled to much credit for his spirit of enterprise.— Miles City Independent. Our People Are Appreciative. Pasco, Washington, June 5, 1910. Hon. Miles Romney, Hamilton, Montana, Dear Sir: Received a copy of your special boom edition of The Western News It is certainly a dandy and I hope local people will appreciate it as highly as do the outsiders. I have issued two now and each time it was at my own expense, while the people in this locality reaped the benefit; but I am growing rich in experience ami the day may come when I can put ou another stunt and break even; but they are a d-expensive ex periment. Yours respectfully, C. T. GtEZENTANNEB, Publisher Pasco (Wash.) Express. Free Demonstration of J J. McAHi.-tor's Specific liniment by the manufacturer at the Corner Drug store. Specialties, catarrh, bronchial asthma, hay fever, neural gia, gastritis, indigestion, la grippe, rheumatism, etc. 34 it ' HIS SECRET, How a Bank Clerk Eventually Became a Director. By JOHN JONES. [Copyright. 1910. by American Press Asso ciation.] The lot of a younger son in England is usually a hard one because the boys «re brought up in nfiluence only to be turned out with a pittance when they come of age. Clarence Meldron was one of these younger sous, and at the age of nine teen a position on a high stool in the Bank of England was obtained for him. There has never been the chance for a young man in England to rise as in this country, and when Meldron en tered tlie bank to begin a life of drudg ery he felt like one on whom the doors of a jail had closed. What especially filled him with melancholy was that he loved the daughter of a baronet whom her family considered sufficient ly attractive to marry the firstborn of a duke. And so she was. Lady Emily Twiss was extremely pretty, ex tremely kind, extremely bright. In deed, she possessed every feature to recommend her as a wife. Young Meldron had been in the em ploy of the bank two years with a few pounds a year increase in his sal ary when he received a note from Lady Emily bidding him a sad fare well. The Marquis of Stanforth had proposed for her hand, and there was no choice for her but to accept him. On receipt of Lady Emily's note Mel dron suffered that agony which only a young lover knows who sees the girl he worships pass to another man. Before leaving the bank that after noon Meldron was notified that he was to deliver a box of papers from tin strong room of the bank the same even ing to the house of one of the directors. At the appointed time the young clerk went to the bank, got the box and carried it as instructed. He was told to wait in the hall, which he did for an hour or more while several of the f u 1 MKLDIiON QUESTIONED HIM. directors were discussing a matter of finance in one of the apartments. Then lie was called into the room where they were convened. "Go," said one of the gentlemen, "to the bank and in the strong room you will find a number of chests in which are also papers. Open the box marked 1872 and bring me the package mark ed as indicated on this paper." He handed Meldron a slip and a key. The young man took both, went to the bank, was admitted and entered to the strong room. Having possessed himself of what he had been sent for, he looked about him. He was in n room containing more treasure than any iu the world. Great heaps of coin, bank bills aud securi ties were deposited there. With a lantern he carried he poked about in corners and crannies. Suddenly he felt himself sliding downward. He struck a stone floor over which water was trickling, but he knew this only from the source of touch, for his lan tern had gone out. He bethought himself' of a silver matchbox in his pock« :, kept there for lighting his pipe He struck a match and illuminated a sewer He also lighted up the incline by which he had entered ii and saw that he could go back the way lie came His lautem was at his feet, and, picking it up, he relighted it. Then he climbed back into the strong room. Fortunately lie had not caught much filth on his clothes, for he had not lost his balance In Ills descent of but a few feet. He ascended the stairs, was lei out by the man in charge and went straight to the house where the di rectors were conferring. There he was rated soundly for having been so long on his errand. He made no excuse and was permitted to depart, his su periors saying that they would not need him longer. A vision of a great change in his af fairs loomed up in the young man's mind. He possessed a secret that in volved millions. If he could leave the strong room by means of the sewer others could enter it in the same way While the officials were watching their treasure above ground by the most carefully devised system there was no watcli whatever at this opening whers the sewer had broken and left a free entrance to the strong room. No thought of using his knowledge for the purpose of appropriating the funds of the bank entered his head. What he was thinking of was how he might use the secret honestly to as sist him to a career. He lay awake alt night thinking, but found no plan ex cept to make some excuse to go into the strong room again and see if he could find his way out through the sewer. A few days later, just before closing, carrying a lantern with him, he en tered the strong room, thence the sew er and began to walk slowly through It Presently he met a man who seemed to be looking about him for what he could pick up. Meldron ques tioned him and learned that he was one of that strange class who gain a living by searching the sewers. He piloted the clerk to an opening where egress was easy. Meldron marked the spot so that he would know it again One morning the bank's directors re ceived a scrap of dirty paper on which was written in the hand of an illiter ate person the following: You think you is all safe hand you ►ank his safe, but I knows better. I bin hinside the bank the last 2 nite hand you nose nuffin about it. But I am nott a theaf so hif yer will mett mee in the great squar room, with all the moneiys, at twelf 2 nite, lie explain orl to you, let only thor 2 cum down, and say nuffin to nobody. The directors turned the note over to the police, gave orders that the strong room should be guarded and thought no more of the matter. Nothing unusual happened in the bank that night, and the next day the note would have been forgotten had it not been for a remarkable circum stance. A chest of paper and securi ties taken from the strong room was received at the bank with another note from their mysterious correspondent complaining that the directors had set the police upon the writer and that he had not, therefore, kept his appoint ment, but he had sent the chest of pa pers lie had taken from the strong room. The note further said that if a few of the directors should lie in the strong room at midnight he would join them there. Meanwhile Clarence Meldron sat at his desk iu the bank, doing his duties with his accustomed regularity. He heard the note that he had sent the directors discussed In a low tone by two custodians and knew that a guard was posted at the strong room. The only mutter that occupied him out side his duties was a letter he wrote to his sweetheart imploring lier not to consent to a wedding with her fiancee until she coukl put it off no longer, adding that something might turn tip for him. Ills sweetheart replied that le would do what he wished. Dnt on the arrival of tile chest of papers and Securities from the strong room Meldron saw evidence of com motion. A search of the strong room was made. Meldron had drawn a heavy chest over the crack through which he had fallen, aud it was not found. After the discussion the direct ors decided to meet this man, spirit or devil, in the strong room in ac cordance with his appointment. So that night secret police were call ed in to be ready to make any arrest that might be required, and armed guards of the bank were concealed be hind treasure boxes in the strong room. Just before midnight three di rectors who were selected to meet the man in the strong room assemble^ at the bank and entered what was to be the meeting room. All braced them selves not to show fear. Nevertheless one of them was pale and the other two trembling. When a deep toned bell without struck twelve a voice called from what point they could not tell: "I'ut out the lights!" After some deliberation this was done, and after the party had stood a few moments in darkness bright rays from a dark lantern at the other end of the room dazzled them. Then they heard the cry: "Light up!" The lights were turned on. aud there before them stood their clerk. Clarence Meklron. He waited for them to speak. "Explain this!" said one of the di rectors. Meldron told them of his first visit to the strong room, of his sliding into the sewer, of his subsequent trip in the sewer and of his meeting there. Then he took them to the opening. They looked at one another in blank amazement, thinking of the responsibil ity they hud incurred in the fact that there was an entrance from the out side to their treasure room. "But why have you taken this strange method of Informing us of this opening?" asked a director. "To impress upon you the fact that your treasure was exposed. 1 could have made myself one of the richest men in the world by secretly and slowly taking away treasure that might not have been missed iu weeks, perhaps mouths. If I had simply called you in here and shown you this crack you would have presented me with £10 reward, aud that would have been the end of the matter. I deemed it advisable that you should be made fully conscious that under your admin istration you were exposing the funds of millions of people intrusted to your care to be plundered by any dishonest person knowing the secret." Not one of the directors but under stood that they had an honest young man to deal with, but one who was bright enough to take advantage of the possession of his secret. Were the story to be spread about London the j gravest consequences would accrue to | the bank and would be their ruin. Be- j fore Clarence Meldron left them he 1 was notified that he would be appoint- j ed to an important trust. That was the beginning of one of the largest fortunes in England. Mel dron became a great financier nnd a director of the bank. He married tho Lady Emily Twiss. In Hamilton Real Estate Four-room bouse iu first-class condition, two corner 30-foot lots, good location, half cash, balance on easy terms, now renting for $14 per month. 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