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THE WESTERN NEWS
Published Each Tuesday ana Friday. MILES ROMNEY Editor and Proprietor. One Year in Advance----....$2.00 Six Month in Advance.......$1.00 Entered at the l'ostoffiee at Hamilton, Mont., as second-class matter. PROGRESSIVE NE WSPAPER. To Advertisers: The Western News absolutely guarantees its advertisers an act ual bona fide paid circulation within Ravalli county two times greater than that of any other newspaper published in the know'll world. Advertising contracts will be made subject to this guarantee. MM Up* 1 FRIDAY, DECEMBER Hi, 1910. A cursory reading of his lengthy message must lead one to conclude that President. 'Pali is also a stand stiller. Associate Justice Edward Douglas White of Louisiana, a democrat ami ex-confederate, was appointed chief justice of the supreme court of the. United States by President Taft Mon day. Along with this excellent, ap pointment came the elevation of Judge Willis Vandeventer of the Eighth cir cuit court of Wyoming and Judge Jos eph Lemur of Georgia, another demo crat, to associate justices of the su preme court. Appointments such as these, and that, of Governor Hughes of New York, will do much to re-estab lish public confidence in the courts. CAMPAIGN HELPED SOME. However unwelcome the task, The Western News believes it has ren dered a distinct service to the pub lic by grappling the entanglements which had enmeshed Senator-elect Groff during and subsequent to the late campaign. The light of publicity has dissipated the mists of error and intrigue that befogged him. He has been pulled out of the hole, as it were, and, thus bolstered up, may yet be of service to his constituency. The facts that have been disclosed establish conclusively that the senat or-elect made pledges to both the sa loon and anti-saloon leagues, but the compelling force of an enlightened public opinion will serve to free him from any pledges that might prove detrimental to the public at large. Realizing that his every act will be subjected to closest scrutiny by an aroused constituency, Mr. Groff will doubtless feel constrained to walk the chalk mark to its uttermost extrem ity. Twenty-eight members compose the state senate and of them but fifteen constitute a majority sufficient to pass upon any measure. Ofttimes a single vote becomes of tremendous import to Die public weal. Hence, the urgent necessity of preserving the freedom and independence of a county's representative, that he may render loypl and patriotic service to his constituency. It: the deplorable situation that, arose it were far better that Mr. Groff suffer some humiliation, since he had brought it upon himself, than that, by common silencê, he be per mitted to cower in secret subjection, the tool and plaything of the corrupt lobby that serves the allied selfish in terests, the meanwhile in constant dread that his pledge would be pub lished if he failed to obey their com mands. The incident is closed, so far as this paper is concerned, and, in pass ing, we take pleasure in assuring the senator-elect of our hearty co-opera tion in any effort that will redound to the common good. Insurance Gambling. The Britisher's favorite gambling is Insurance gambling, lie will take out » policy against anything, from the death of the king to the loss of a horse race by a thoroughbred. Marine in surance gambling by those who have no direct interest in the safety of a ship or its cargo grew into such abuses that parliament was compelled to pass a drastic act to prevent such gambling on murine accidents and losses by those not otherwise concerned. Social Slights. "Mrs. Jangle says she can remember when that fashionable Cumrox family didn't know where the next meal was coming from." "Well," replied Miss Cayenne, "It's •vident she didn't invite them to dine with her then, so there's no reason why they should Invite her now."— Washington Star. Audible Sleep. "Is Mrs. Schuorer in?" asked the caller. "Yes, ma'am," answered the maid of *11 work in the boarding house. "She's *t present In her room." "Are you sure?" "Yes, ma'am. I just overheard her taking a nap." 1___ Hi* Defense. "What defense," asked the grafter's wife, "dkl you make when you faced the Investigating committee?" "I vehemently called the man who had brought the charges a liar."—Chi* •ago Record-Hera Id. Cowboys Who Are Unspoiled By Residence in the West ■ * • ■( w m ~ m :.JtS FREDDA METCALF AND DICK DANIELS. 1 ; I I j : Pretty tame looking cowboys, aren't they? But they belie their appearance. They are the genuine type, unspoiled by long residence in the west. Metcalf is as likely a cowboy as you can make overnight and Daniels is as good a broncho blister as ever came out of Harvard. You know, the easterner, new in the west, wants to don the garb of the cowpuncher, just to see how it feels. It is the first tiling he thinks of. Then, in natural sequence, he wonders what Review of Year in Hamilton Shows Many Remarkable Changes The year 1910, which will give way to a new year in two weeks, has been one of remarkable changes in Ham ilton. No year in the history of the town has seen such general and sub stantial development; likewise, no town in the state. The period of transition came. The western town, with a preponderance of frame buildings, gave way to a compact littie citiy of conscious civic importance. The change was not purely material; it was reflected in the new outlook of its business men, and in the general atmosphere of the city. The year has seen the erection of many splendid business blocks. Per tains the most striking evidence of im provement was witnessed on South Second street. Here Main street now finds a rival of growing effectiveness, not only in the lines of business con ducted, but in the type of architecture exhibited. Beginning with the completion of the chamber of commerce building in the early months of the present year, there have been three magnificent structures built on Second street. These are the Drinkeuberg-Coulter block, the First National bank build ing and the office building of • the chamber of commerce. The Drinken berg-Coulter structure lias a uniform front of 75 feet the bank building has a frontage of 50 feet, and the cham ber of commerce a street surface of •' 0 feet. The three structures present fronts of white pressed brick, and are among the most sightly buildings in western Montana. The new McGrath building on Main street is one of the important acqui sitions of the year in Hamilton. From j j I j I : j i j ! j I j ! U jrt/v ay î ■*. fl« 1 I '3 r«äh:!'p I m SUMMER HOME OF MRS. MARCUS DALY NEAR HAMILTON. This is Conceded to be the Finest Residence in the Northwest. It is superbly Furnished throughout, Mantels and Other Ornaments Having Been Brought from European Palaces for iis Decoration. his friends would think about him in such attire, and it's him to the phö- j Digraph gallery—something the real cowboy invariably shuns. But even if they are faking in this picture, they are the best sort of fellows. Daniels is interested in the Thousand Acre ranch and is active in its management. Metcalf, too, owns Bitter Root land and knows its value. Both are congenital boosters. Mr. and Mrs. Metcalf are now in Honolulu. But aren't they mild looking cow boys? an architectural viewpoint it is the most elaborate and expensive struc ture in town. Other important additions to the town during the year were the annex to the Hamilton hotel, the Blindauer building on Main street, the splen did new O'Brien block, which has a frontage of 50 feet, the new' Smith block, occupied by the Theis store, and other smaller buildings. Altogether, the erection of this number of im portant and substantial business build ings may be said to mark an epoch in the growth of the town; they embody its expansion into a more enduring and impressive form. This has not been a boom growth. Practically every building represents money made in Hamilton and invested here by men who have an enduring faith in the town. The McGrath, O'Brien, Drinkenberg-Coulter, Blin daeur and some other structures are essentially of this type. Little outside capital has gone into buildings. The growth has been normal, natural and healthy, and this is the big, vital fact in its consideration. But building activity has not been confined however, to the erection of business blocks. Dwelling houses have been built literally by the score. These residences range from magnifi cent homes, costing upwards of $7,000, to two-room shacks. In Pine Grove addition the new Jefferson school liouse was built, as well as many res idences. This addition has sprung in to favor as a home center, and the coming year will doubtless see the construction of many more dwellings in this locality. Improvement has manifested itself in every business line. Hamilton's of er, FOR SALE Eight Standard Home Company contracts. Payments have been made on these contracts for nineteen months. Will exchange for town pr< iperty. Walter B. Gunniss Chamber of Commerce Building. j ! I ! splendid department stores, perhaps more than anything else, reflect the year's advance. Few towns of much greater population than Hamilton 1 have better stores. The Valley Mer cantile company, the Gage Mercantile ; company and the J. H. Theis store rank with the merchandise emporiums I of many large centers. Each is pro vided with modern devices for rapid merchandising and each does a large volume of business. In the Country. The country districts have kept pace with Hamilton and other valiey towns. Out under the big canal of I the Bilter Root Valley Irrigation com pand, development has gone on at a rapid rate. Orchards planted a year ago have experienced a good year of j growth; tracts of land have been brought under intensive cultivation; : crops have been grown and harvest ed, and profits have been realized. The Kerr Land company, operating at Gharlos, has experienced a good year, both in the sale of land and the maturing of its development project. This has also been true of the Par adise Heights community on the bench west of Hamilton. The new town of Bittei Root, dur ing the year, become a community of importance. Near here the Sunset Or chard company has in process of de velopment one of the three largest or chard projects in the world. Bitter Root has, in consequence of persist ent and judicious advertising, taken rank as a summer resort and is pay ing dividends on its reputation. Both in the material growth it has brought to the town and rural com munities of the valley, and in the aug uries it has cast up, 1910 has been a period of epochal importance—per haps the best of the long line of years that have contributed to the present potential position of the Bitter Root May its successors be as kindly and beneficent. Advertise in The Western News. Gamooocks In Panama. The color line is not very distinctly drawn iu the Latin republics. The San Bias Indians are found in and around Panama. Like the Seminoles of Flor ida. they never were conquered. A curious feature of native life in Pana ma is the cockfighting, which, like baseball in tlie United States, is more attractive to the public tliau any other lorm of recreation. Even the work men on the streets have favorite birds tethered near by and seize every op portunity to test their prowess. The click-click of steel spurs as the birds strike each other, the spurting of blood and the clamor of men indulging in small wagers seem to supply the men tal excitement that Spaniards find in bullfights and that English speaking races derive from less brutal contests. The backer of each gamecock stands behind it, and if his bird shows signs of exhaustion he takes it up and puts its hill into his mouth while he in flates its exhausted lungs. One game cock iu a tight witnessed by the writ er, appearing almost dead, was thus revived, went ■ back into the pit and finally killed its opponent.—National Magazine. The Western News, published every Tuesday and Friday, is the best ad vertising medium in Ravalli county. Whips, Harness, Saddles Horse Clotlmig » Saddlery Hardware Laprob es, a nd Veterinary Remedies W. T. TYLER, Burns Block MAIN STREET, HAMILTON . MONT. Suits and Overcoats We have a good selection of Suits and Overcoats left and they ail go at these prices. $15 and $18 Suits and Overcoats $ 11.00 $20, $22.50 and $25 Suits and Overcoats $ 15.00 These are the best suits and overcoats these prices ever bought. G et < me before they are gone. Hub Clothing Co. First National Bank Block South Second Street Lucas Opera House TUESDAY , D EC . 20 BIG FUN SHOW Mr. Frank O. Ireson in a SEE—The Great Sawmill Scene. The Funny Farmer Band Parade. 8—FEATURES--8 Reserved seats at Valiey Clothing Store. A Few Christmas Suggestions For Ladies Toilet Sets. Manicure Sets, Manicure Goods. Fancy Perfumes Handbags. Purses. Holiday Stationery . Hand Mirrors. Whitman's Famous Candy for All For Gentlemen— Meerscaum Pipes Briar Pipes. Razors. Safety Razors. Military Brushes. Shaving Mirrors. Bill Books. Cigars. We are not from Missouri, but we would like to show you. The Rexall Store C. S. KENDALL The Quality Druggist & Get ready for the Ice Carnival A full line of BARNEY & BERRY SKATES Waddell & Grover ADVERTISE IN THE WESTERN NBWS.