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Issued Twice a Week THE WESTERN (2.0 01 ¥ E II H Every Tuesday and Friday [VOL XXI. HAMILTON, MONTANA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1910. NO. 12. IS RENEWED BUSINESS MEN LISTEN TO PLAN OUTLINED BY GEORGE MAD SON, CANNERY MAN. Renewed activity to secure a can nery in Hamilton was started at a meeting of business men at the office of the chamber of commerce Monday night. George Madson, who has been • connected with the Turner Fruit com pany of Hamilton Heights, and who has had extensive experience with Wisconsin canneries, discussed the feasibility of the project with the bus iness men. The plan, as outlined by Mr. Mad son, contemplates a plant, including building and machinery, to cost about $9,000, and designed to can garden peas and other staple products. In addition to this cost, capital sufficient to furnish seed to the growers and to operate the factory for the first sea son would be necessary, as there would be no resultant income until the cannery's output was marketed. Fol lowing the plan in operation at other canneries of this kind, contracts would be made with the growers for a certain number of acres, seed to be furnished to the grower, the growing of the crop to be under the direction of the cannery. A price ranging from $25 to $40, according to contract, would be paid the rancher upon deliv ery of the crop. Machines fo tyhe separation of the peas from the v/nes could be located at various shipping places throughout the valley, thus do ing away with the transportation of the vines. The proposal met with enthusias tic indorsement by the business men. A tentative canvass of those present resulted in several thousand dollars of stock being promised as subscrip tions. W. O. Fisk, who was elected chairman of the meeting, appointed Mr. Madson and William T. LeFevre a committee to extend the canvass over the town and valley to ascertain whether money can be raised to start a factory. It is hoped to bring the matter to a head shortly after the first of the year, so that peas for next year's crop may be planted in the spring. Big Meeting Tomorrow. Tomorrow ihe farmers and fruit growers of the whole valley are called to meet at the chamber of commerce. The morning session will commence at 10 o'clock and the afternoon session will open at 1 o'clock. The subjects to be discussed in clude a fruitgrowers' union, good roads, the orchard protection work, and other kindred topics which are vital to the interests of the entire valley. The meeting will be under the auspices of the country life com mission. the good roads committee and the apple growers' union committee of the chamber of commerce. Every man in the Bitter Root valley is invited to attend the meeting, which will be the first of a series to be held during the winter. WINFIELD TILGEN SUES mm FOR DK Winfield Tilden of Victor filed suit for $3,000 damages yesterday in dis trict court against Pat Dineen. He also asks to be reimbursed for $10 paid for the services of a doctor and $100 for loss of time from labor while recovering from his injuries. The complaint recites that on June 25, 1910, the defendant assaulted the plaintiff, kicking, cursing and beating kirn, inflicting damages in the amount stated. The trouble occurred on land owned by Mrs. Tilden and resulted from a dispute over water. T. J. .Edwards is attorney for Tilden. DARBY NEWS NOTES. Darby, Dec. 15.—County Assessor Tanner was in town Tuesday from his East Fork ranch. Rufus Van Deusen returned from Hamilton Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Milton Hammond left Tuesday for Hannah, N. D., for a vis it with their daughter, Mrs. John Mc Grath. J. E. Totinan and E. E. Miller were in town from Hamilton Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wetzsteon re turned Wednesday from Spokane, where Mrs. Wetzsteon received treat ment for injuries received from a fall last summer. Her condition is but little improved. She is staying at the Hotel Priscilla and is receiving treat ment by a local physician. The Misses Miles, Miss Alice Mc Kinney, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Kerlee, Mr. and Mrs. Clare Gilmore, J. E. Shandy. Frank Imbush, Howard Strawn, Ora Shockley and DeWitt McLaughlin were among the Darby young folks who at tended the "Chinatown Trunk Mys tery," at Hamilton Tuesday nigh*. Dr. J. K. Squiers returned today from a trip down the valley. George Stephens, accompanied by kis mother, went to Hamilton today. Mrs. J. J. Bush, daughter and little grandson, of Sula, were in town today on their way to Missoula. "JOSHUA SIMPKINS." "Joshua Simpkins," a story of farm life, will be seen at the Lucas Tues day, December 20. R Is said to abound in novel features, wonderful mechan ical effects, excellent singing and dancing and plenty of refined, whole some fun. The fine band carried by the company will make a burlesque parade at noon. TO II LIFE LEASE EJECTMENT SUIT OF VALLEY MERCANTILE CO. AGAINST HUGHES SETTLED. The trial of the ejectment suit en titled, Valley Mercantile company against J. P. Hughes, came to a sud den termination yesterday afternoon, the court instructing the jury to find for the plaintiff which it did, the damages being fixed at $1 and costs. The case was called for trial Wednes day and a jury was secured without much difficutly. Judge J. Miller Smith of Helena presided at the trial, Judge Myers having been disqualified. In this case the plaintiff company, which is largely owned by the Daly estate, had instituted ejectment pro ceedings against the defendant. Hughes, to secure possesion of a tract of 160 acres of land situate on Skal kaho creek, and of which he had had the free use and possession for about 15 years. Hughes claimed that Mr. Daly gave him the ranch, also setting up a claim of adverse possession. The plaintiff, which was represent ed by O'Hara & Edwards, rested its case on evidence of record, given by P. J. Shannon and G. A. Reese. Sam Lucas called by the defense, testified that he had heard Mr. Daly say that Hughes was to make his home on the ranch. | Mr. Hughes also testified in his own behalf. Yesterday afternoon the case suddenly collapsed when Attorney O'Hara sprung a court record show ing that Mr. Hughes in a suit some years ago in his complaint had al leged that he held possesion of the land by virtue of a lease. At this juncture a conference was held be tween the opposing 'parties and it was stated that a compromise had been agreed upon. It is understood that under this agreement Mrs. Hughes is to be given a life lease of the property. The Suit of G. W. Ward versus George Tilbury and Charles Strom is now on trial. NO ACTION NECESSARY, LEAGUE OFFICERS DECIDE A meeting of the officers of the In dependent league was held Tuesday night for the purpose of considering the advisability of inviting Senator elect H. C. Groff of Victor to appear before the body and explain his pecu liar position with reference to reform legislation. The saloons hold a signed pledge by Mr. Groff to oppose legislation wanted by the Independent league, while he had also pledged himself to support measures wanted by the anti-saloon league; but as the officers had received word from Mr. Groff's friends that he would support reform legislation, they decided that there was no occasion for action at this time. It seems to be the belief of the anti saloon league members that, although Mr. Groff is pledged to the liquor in terests, he will support reform meas ures when they come before the state senate. No one doubts that he signed the saloon agreement, but it is thought that he will make every effort to square himself With the people for this breach of faith and that the sa loons can expect nothing from him. On the other hand, expressions of fear have been heard that.the grip the saloons have on Mr. Groff may be utilized by the allied lobbyists of the jobbing corporations. These men, it is known, never overlook an opportun ity to use a member of the legislature, and with the Ravalli senator-elect un der signed pledge to the saloon inter ests, and afraid of further exposure, it is thought the Anaconda company may attempt to use this club, as well as the state liquor dealers' organiza tion. It Is recalled that this company was Instrumental in nominating Mr. Groff in the democratic county con vention. Mr. P. J. Shannon, manager of the Daly Stock farm and confiden tial agent of Messrs. Ryan and Mor ony, was one of his chief sponsors. When Mr. Groff protested, in keeping with the pre-arranged "frame-up," that h| business interests at Victor would hot permit him to make the campaign, Mr. Shannon took the con vention floor and offered to "go down and run his bank for him." Groff's subserviency to the political department of the Anaconda company has been marked for a dozen years. His serf-like attitude' was most pro nounced in the campaign of 1900, when the state revolted against the Anaconda company's interference in politics. In the primary contest of that year Groff represented Superin tendent McGinty of the Daly Stock farm, in Corvallis precinct. In the last regular legislative ses sion Groff was counted a company man. It is true he dodged House Bill 160, the New Jersey trust law, by not voting when it passed the house (See page 269. House Journal, Eleventh legislative assembly), but It was un derstood that the Amlagamated lobby ists could have had his vote if they wanted it. Groff's name appears In the rollcalls as voting on other meas ures just before and just after House Bill 160 was passed, on that same aft ernoon. (See pages 267-269 House Journal). Since that bill received more attention than all others combined in the Eleventh assembly, and was doubt less the bill of most far-reaching con sequences ever passed by a Montana legislature, encouiering the most bit ter and dramatic opposition, Groffs «y m X Xs ■; i f § .1 WS -V * « MS TAKING HOME THE THEE ! YES, THERE IS A SANTA Cl. AUS § v Once a little girl wrote this letter to Charles A. Dqna, late editor of the New York Sun : A 4 "Dear Editor: I am eight years old. Some of my friends say that there is no Santa Claus. Papa says: 'If X you see it in the Sun, it's so.' Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus? VIRGINIA O. HANLON." v And the editor of the Sun, mighty man of invective and sarcasm, became "even as a little child," and * wrote the following charming reply: T VIRGINIA: Your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. J They will not believe except they see. «j. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, X and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas, how dreary wouk oe j* the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoy ment except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. You might get your papa to hire men to watch all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men see. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders that are unseen and unseeable in this world. You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest that ever lived could ever tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love and romance can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is •> nothing so real and abiding. No Santa Claus! Tha;'k God, he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia—nay, ten •• times ten thousand years from now—he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. I i action at the vital moment of its pas sage through the house was signifi cant. Under this law the Amalgamated copper trust has been legalised and domesticateu, incidentally attaining monopolistic powers. This was ac complished, House Bill 160 paving the way, by increasing the capital stock of the Anaconda Copper Mining com pany from $30,000,000 to $150,000,000 and absorbing all constituent compan ies. During the recent campaign Mr. Groff spread the misleading statement that he had voted twice against against this bill. The truth is, as reference to the house journal will show, that he failed to vote on the bill when it pas sed the house, and later voted against concurring in the bill as amended by the senate, providing that no part of House Bill 310, the anti-trust law, should be repealed by It, and voted another time against calling the bill up for immediate consideration—both immaterial to the fate of the bill at that stage of the game. When the bill passed the house, Groff dodging, the last vote he had on it was gone for all he knew, as he had no knowledge that the senate would amend it. The campaign to ascertain the truth as to whether Mr. Groff signed the saloon pledge is now closed. It has been proved, beyond all possible doubt, that he signed it, although it was at first hoped that he might dis prove the charge. The campaign has met with general approbation by the people, and, as Its purpose has been fulfilled, the incident Is closed so far as this paper is concerned. BELL COMPANY STRINGING NEW CABLE AND POLE LINES The Bell Telephone company on Tuesday began 'the erection of new cable and pole lines, covering Ham ilton and outlying additions. Exten sive improvements are contemplated to accommodate the rapidly growing traffic, the estimates calling for an expenditure of between $10,000 and $15,000. REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS. United States to Jacob Greil —Eighty acres. S. P. Gill and wife to R. L. Van, Deusen —Lot 9, block 19, Riverview. Frederick A. Goeriz to Gustavus A. Goeriz—Thirty-five acres near Darby. I In re guaradianship Mamie Smith, minor—Undivided two-twenty-seventh interest in 10 acres. Frankl. Bennett to Jbhn C. Turner— 1 Northeast quarter section 13, south half section 13 township 6 north, range 20 west. Bitter Root Valley Irrigation com- 1 pany to Mary Stein—Lots 20 and 21. block 11, Sunnyside Orchards No. 3. Alfred B. Wood and wife to John F. Wood—Northeast quarter northwest quarter southwest quarter, section 3, township 7 north, range 20 west. John F. Wood and wife to Alfred B. Wood—North halfg southwest, quar ter section 3, township 7 north, range 20 west. Joseph Caple et al., to John F. Wood—Twenty-foot strip on bench east of Stevensville. James E. Burgoyne and wife to John F. Wood—South quarter south west quarter section 32, township 9 north, range 19 west. J. F. Grant and wife to George Witcombe— Lot 4, block 23, Riverview; quitclaim. Gordon L. Jamieson to William H. Jamison—Eighty acres. Christian Jacky and wife to George A. Shoemaker—One hundred and twenty acres east of Florence. SENDS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. I 1 1 Manager Odea of the chamber of commerce Wednesday received a let ter from Mark Sullivan of the editor ial staff of Collier's Weekly. The let ter indicated that Mr. Sullivan in spired the flattering editorial tribute to the Bitter Root valley that appeared in a recent issue of the magazine. Mr. Sullivan visited the valley several years ago and carried away pleasant memories of the spot. He writes the "Comment on Congress," carried as a regular feature In Collier's. REVIVAL SERVICES. Tonight (Friday) at the Christian church, V. E. Ridenour, singing evan gelist, will sing the "Ninety and Nine," illustrated with stereopticon. The views are beautiful. The evangelist's son, who is also a fine singer, will be present and sing. On Saturday even ing the beautiful song "Abide With Me," will be sung and on Sunday evening he will sing and Illustrate "The Holy City." Rev. Mr. Jones will preach at all of these meetings. You are welcome. IL QUEEN TO BE CHOSEN CONTEST AMONG HAMILTON YOUNG LADIES TO REIGN AT Bid ICE CARNIVAL. A queen will preside over Hamil ton's big ice carnival. A contest for ! the honor has been started among a. j number of young ladies of the city. I They are Miss Isabel Gilray, Miss j Laura Harper, Miss Laura Goodrich, j Miss Carrie Hork, Miss Mary Quinn, Miss Nell Smithey and Miss Blanche j McKay of Darby. A large ballot box j for the reception of votes has been provided at the chamber of commerce office. Up to last night the balloting showed Miss Gilray leading with 103 votes. Miss Hork had 23 and Miss Quinn 20. Votes are 5 cents apiece. The candidates were selected by a committee of business men, whose desire was to have them representa tive of the business and professional life of the city. Miss Gilray was chos en as the candidate of tlie profession al men of Hamilton, Miss Harper rep resents the A. C. M. Go.. Miss Hork the Valley Mercantile company, Miss Goodrich the Gage Mercantile com pany, Miss Smithey the Theis store and Miss Quinn the public schools. The carnival will be held next week, if present weather conditions contin ue. The baseball park, which is being converted into an ice rink, will be the scene of the jollification. The pro cession to the grounds will be led by the King of the led Carnival, Dr. F. E. Buchen, and the queen, yet to be chosen, the two riding together in an. automobile. Behind will come a pro cession of skaters carrying Japanese lanterns. The carnival is to he held to raise money for new baseball grounds and will doubtless be attended by a tre mendous crowd. IAHE ELECTION OF OFFICERS Hamilton camp, No. 5604, M. W. A., at the last regular meeting elected the following officers: Venerable counsel, W. B. Oblinger; W. A., Robert Brown; banker, W. W. Seaward; clerk, C. C. Coulter; escort, George Pettus; trustees, J. C. Sway ze, A. Bovee and D. R. Baughman; J. G. Sam Bowman. The new officers will be installed Tuesday evening, January 3. A lodge of Hustlers, with a charter membership of 20, will be organized shortly. CORVALLIS NEWS. Corvallis, Dec. 15.—J. A. Hundley is very ill at his home on the west side. Benton Goff purchased a fine team of young English shire horses Tues day. Jack Reed has moved his lunch I counter to his residence and is serv i ing meals again. Mrs. Robert Keys is seriously ill at her home in Woodside. A Wilkerson was up from Missou la, looking after business matters, this week. Frank Darby of Missoula visited "his daughter, Mrs. Lamar Chaffin, the first of the week. Sam Brown came down from Roar ing Lion Tuesday, seeking medical treatment for a sprained knee. Road Supervisor Smithey and work men have been shaking up this com munity this week with the blasting of gravel, southeast of town. The gravel is being used to grade the streets of Corvallis. Arrangements are being made for a union Christmas tree at the Metho dist church Christmas eve. Special music is being prepared. The Corvallis school, for the first time in its history, began a systematic fire drill this month, and the pupils after a few practices, are able to clear the building in half a minute. William Lockwood visited his father, Myron Lockwood, and brother, Deck, at Fort Benton, Mont, last week. En route, lie was joined at Missoula by his brother, Frank, of California, and the brothers journeyed to Fort Benton to gether, returning here Wednesday. Myron Lockwood expects to spend the winter in Florida. Mrs. Newt Whitesitt Tuesday re ceived the sad news of the sudden death on Friday of her sister, Mrs. Clara Wagy Canning, at Fort Benton. Mrs. Lanning was well known in this neighborhood, having spent several years of her girlhood here, and leaves many friends to sympathize with the bereaved family. Rev. Bascom Watters announced ta a large congregation at his church Sunday morning that Rev. Fred B. Cox, a noted evangelist of the south and east, will begin a series of revi val meetings at the Methodist church the first Sunday In January. Rot. Mr. Watters has extended a special in vitation to children and babies to at tend his services. DEATH OF CARLTON KLEINODEIL Carlton Kleinoder, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kleinoder, died Tuesday afternoon at the home of his parents on North Eighth street. The funeral was held yesterday at 2 p. m. Father Carr conducted the service. The deceased was 22 years 8 months of age. He had been an invalid from infancy. The parents and three sisters have the sympathy of many friends.