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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol. I. No. 26 LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 1905. Price 5 Cents. WILL ORGANIZE PHONE COMPANY Lewistown, Billings and Helena Busi ness Men and Fergus County Stockmen Interested. FROM LEWISTOWN TO BILLINGS The New Company Will Have Control of Through Line, With Numer ous Local Lines. The articles of incorporation of the Lewistown & Billings Telephone Co. were tiled with the county recorder of this county yesterday. The work of organizing the company has been in progress but a short time, business men of this city being at the head of the enterprise, but no difficulty was experienced in gettingsutticient money subscribed to assure the building and maintenance of a first-class line be tween Lewistown and Billings, with a large number of shorter lines con nected with the main line. The new company has among Hi stockholders some of the finrm'K' kings of the state, and noC i; g >, r be omitted to make the syst . , in best that can be deviled. r ie .».■ line will go as dii > el i •. --su ' this city to B' r ., . a..- - of the best pci:i t\y * ■, cwo places 1 > 0 ! ■ , Uie main M' r'i> i >! usselsliell or *• •i"iatvi:' w, Musselshell *■' l .M: . all be connected *'■ 1 v. , and a great many of filers and stockgrowers of ^willow and Musselshell coun signitied their willingness to t dependent lines to their iV and a number of them are dels tn the new company, .n line will be not less than long, and there will speedily ' ' 1 ■... 1 i from 50 to 100 miles of lateral mpany will buy their phones and will therefore not be i in any way with the Bell ephu s system. It is the desire of nr company to do all they can to i the installation of phones lJ t.*v ockmen and ranchers who !';■ i leniently connect with the to 1 ' es of the new company's >laced at $100 each. Sixty» vie or $6,500, of stock have al i • 1 > subscribed, as follows : i lger, $500; George M.Stone, i- urge J. Bach, $1,000: P. B. • ■ lings, $1,000; Handel Bros., $500; B. F. Lepper, Flat 10; James Wilson, Flatwil H. F. Clement, Musselshell, is B. Thompson, Highfield, ■. W. King, Bozeman, $500; Iruse, Helena, $500. Over tional has been promised, ; 6 is needed to complete and y equip the line, awing directors have been serve for three months, or air successors are elected: Bach, P. B. Moss, Thomas ,vid Hilger, E. O. Busenburg, . Stone and Fred W. Handel, .e intention to begin work at he erection of the lines. The ce will be in this city. Offl hr M. v company will be chosen f the stockholders soon a- , i this city. WMf RCIAL IS SOLD. N** ! ; ake Charge Of The ^ /jovfi Commercial Es ubment. 1 c s pan. oh - unde ■In wl • vei here ftoi be wn Commercial Com ■ tui ads last Saturday and, cles of incorporation d on that date will wn as the Ross Mer cant-iic « jn Uiv e. F. Ross, G. M. Welptou and , r. Zeigler have taken over l b • :>Cj o) - t j ie ojq company and have i, i/.t . .j uew company with aconiM ,iur. , j30)000> ® ' ■' 5 $26,000 worth of t' ie s " f ev. company, G. M. Web , rt h and J. H. Zeit l er ' ss will be the man ager m.ceee n Mr> j T Andrus who ->•' *-!■> j,,, a g emeu t for almost two . k ip-to-date stock of groce >*• h. . ^ added t 0 the stock of diy go. is, :l)e n's furnishings and the s'on turn _,,j j u to a general mer chaudi •••.■..shment. Messrs. Ross, Welpton and Reitler are all young, wide awake, practical business men and will undoubtedly make an entire success of the new venture. Mr. Andrus, the retiring manager of the Commercial company, will probably leave for the east as soon as he can get his business affairs in this city properly arranged. He has sev eral good openings in view and will look around a while before locating. He is a thorough business man and has made many friends in this city during his residence here who regret to see him and his estimate wife leave this city. GENERAL BELL'S REPORT Says the Military Recognizes no Law, Civil or Social. Denver, Feb. 2.—"Military neces sity recognizes no law, either civil or social," says Adjutant General Sher man Bell, of this state in his biennial report made today. Reporting as to the use of troops in the mining camps during the last two years of Governor Peabody's administration, the adju tant general uses the following lang uage: "As military commander, the au thority and dignity of the state of Colorado were at all times upheld and asserted, in seeking to ameliorate a condition of dynamite, murder and assassination, under the guise of labor, that was intolerable. "Autocratic in name and specula tive in its incorporated trusts; not ''•he unionism recognized to associate ■tli working improvement in the ,■ edition of the honest working peo ple of the state, their wives and fami lies' betterment, but tireeating social ists and anarchists, fanned by an un American press the whole outfit will some day cause lawmakers to both suppress and banish beyond the state line, 6uch action becoming a 'citizen necessity' by the lawmakers, and ne cessity for the protection and welfare for the individual who labors lot wages; whom individually and collec tively I have the highestand regard for, as well as for their happiness and prosperity." FIXING RATES A HARD JOB. Railroad Man Says Government Has a Difficult Task. Missoula, Feb. 4.—Vice President J. M. Hannaford, of the Northern Pa cific railroad, who has been making a tour of the western divisions, ex pressed himself today as opposed to the interstate commerce commission being given power to regulate rates. He said: "Forgetting whatever interest I may have in the railroads and looking at it from an impartial standpoint, it is hard for me to see how a commission at Washington, D. C., can justly name the rates in all parts of the country, thousands of miles away. Gather any number of men there at Washington, from any walk in life, and they cer tainly can not be better at making rates than the railroad men who have made it a special study, and for that matter their life work. I have spent about 30 years in the railroad busi ness, and I assure you \,hat 1 do not want to be on a commission with such a job ahead of me. "Every section of the country will be appealing to the commission on real or imaginary grievances; and it is only natural that there would be friction between the commission and the traffic managers instead of the harmony which should exist. "As a railroad man, I am interested only in making rates along our line, and I let the fellow in Texas or New Mexico make rates foi the patrons along his road. What makes a big difference upon our rates has no bear ing upon him. "A certain amount of monev has to be earned by every railroad. It must make the operating expenses of the whole road and ought to give a fair return on the capital invested. Hundreds of miles of our 5,000 miles of track do not pay operating expen ses. Every honest traffic manager must so adjust the rates that the traf fic which can best afford to make up the losses does so, and afterward to reduce those rates as fast as condi tions will warrant. I am opposed to all secret discrimination and rebates, and every railroad man is. There are none in this section, because the competition is not keen enough and the Great Northern officials are as anxious to keep out of the hands of receivers as we are." Don't forget that Surprenant, the sign writer, is doing business at the old stand. NO GAMBLING IN LEWISTOWN All Games of Chance Are Closed Ip Without Any Difficulty-Much Speculation Rife. C0RNEILL FIGHTS THE ORDINANCE Will Make a Test Case of the Bond Question-All Other Saloons Give the Bond. Lewistown is now a closed town as on the first of the month all houses in which gambling games were conducted quietly boxed up their chips covered up their layouts and prepared to wait for something "to turn up" before opening again, if they ever are per mitted to open. There was no trouble at all over the closing of the games as all the men who conducted the games closed up voluntarily. The gambling fraternity take a rather discouraging view of the situation ank say that Lewistown is a "dead one" so far as their business is con cerned. The city struck a snag in their efforts to enforce the new license ordi nance. It was thought that all the saloons would give the bond but George Corneill not only refused to give the bond but says that he will tight the ordinance to the last ditch. He was refused a liquor license and when he opened up Saturday, a war rant for his arrest was issued, lie went before Police Magistrate Mae Gowan, his case was set for Monday and was immediately permitted to go with but a nominal bond. The case was called yesterday after noon and IIuntoon, Worden & Smith, the attorneys for Corneill. entered a demurrer to the complaint. Police Magistrate MacGowan took the de murrer under advisement until today at 2 o'clock. It is proposed to attack the constitutionality of the bond which the citv requires under the new ordinance. An amendment was made to the ordinance at the regular coun cil meeting last night and City Attorney DeKalb states that he is ready to go to the higher courts on the proposition. He will dismiss the old complaint against Corneill this after nood and tile another immediately afterwards. DRY LAND FARMING Professor Linfield Wants $1,000 for Some Experiments. Helena, Feb. 2.—DirectorF. B. Lin field, of the agricultural experiment station at Bozeman, is in the city for the purpose of enlisting the interests of the legislature In the project that he expects will be of very material benefit to the farmers of the state. Professor Linfield has just returned from Bismarck, where he attended the sessions of the North Dakota irri gation congress, and where he was in conference with Elwood Mead of the irrigation division of the office of ex periment stations, United States de partment of agriculture, and Thomas Cooper, land commissioner of the Northwest Pacific Railway company. His visit to Helena at this time is the outcome of this conference. "The most important matter dis cussed at our conference," Prof. Lin field said today, "was the question of conducting experiments in dry land farming in Montana. Mr. Cooper, on behalf of the Northern Pacific, prof fered to turn over to the experiment station the sum of $3,000 to be devot ed to these experiments, provided the government and the state would each contribute $1,000 to this fund. "The federal agricultural depart ment will place the $1,000 asked at our disposal, and I am here to go be fore the committee on appropriations to endeavor to have the state of Mon tana give its share to the fund. "The plan, as far as it has been worked out, is to have these experi ments conducted at a number of points, near Helena, near Dillion and at several points on the Northern Pacific, between Helena and the North Dakota line. The entire re sponsibility for the work will be placed in the hands of the Montana agricul tural experiment station, and the money of the railroad people and of the government will be placed in our hands as soon as the state of Montana I appropriates this state's share. "Our plan is to go out to the farm of some practical farmer and there conduct the experiments, having him devote his whole time to the work under the direction of the station. We want to experiment on the upper bench lands where water is not avail able, and thus ascertain just what crops are best adapted to these lands and the best methods of handling them. "1 am taking the matter up with tne Great Northern people in the hope of enlisting their co-operation in experi ments of like character in the north ern part of the state. In fact, we al reach' have some work in the vicinity of Great Falls under consideration. And along the Milk river we are con templating experiments for the grow ing of some 25 varities of alfalfa for the purpose of determining tne vari ety that is beast adapted to the cli mate and conditions in that part of the state. "We are not asking much from the legislature, and In vew of the fact that the contemplated experiments should prove of great benefit to the state, it seems that the legislature should meet the government and the railway company in the proposition." REPUBLICAN GRAFTER GUILTY Cal Bridgeman, Former Indian Agent, Guilty of Charging False Claims. Helena, Feb. 4.—After being out nearly 24 hours the jury in the Morris L. Bridgeman case brought in a ver dict finding the defendant guilty on 10 counts and not guilty on the re maing 28. The counts in the indict ment charging false claims for oats and cord wood are included in the "not guilty" counts. Judge Hunt announced that he would take up the case further on next Wednesday. Lawyer Rodgers, for the defense, announced that he would make a motion for a new t rial and arrest of judgment. Major Bridgeman was allowed his liberty on bonds previously furnished. The counts on which Bridgeman, who v..•j/'onurly agent of the Fort Belknap reservation, is found guilty included the making of false claims to the government for 14,000 feet of lumber. The penalty attached to the crime is from 1 to five years in the penitentiary and a tine of from $1,000 to $5,000, or both. OSTEOPATH VACCINATION ILLEGAL Decision of the Local Board of Health Sustained by Attorney General. There has been considerable dis cussion in this county as well as in other counties throughout the state regarding the legality of vaccination certificates given by osteopaths. The local board of health ordered all school children attending the Lewistown schools to be vaccinated. In a few instances the vaccination was per formed by an osteopath and when sucli certificates appeared the board of health refused to accept them, hold ing the osteopathic certificate to be il legal. Dr. H. H. Wilson, chairman of the local board, applied to the state board to health for enlightenment on the point and the matter was referred 'o Attorney General Galen for an opin ion, who practically sustains the de cision of the local health authorities. Where the law requires vaccination osteopathic certificates will not be recognized in this state. Such is the opinion sent to Dr. Thomas E. Tuttle, secretary of the stale board of health. It is as follows: "I am in receipt of your letter of the 3rd enclosing letter of Dr. H. H. Wil son, county health officer of Fergus county. You make request for the opinion of this office as to whether vaccination performed by osteopaths, or persons other than regularly qual ified and licensed physicians, is a suf ficient compliance with the law. "In answer to this question I will say: The rules and regulations pro scribed by the county board of health govern. The law of 1901 provides: 'It is the duty of the board of health of each county to establish for the county or any part thereof, such rea sonable sanitary rules and regulations as may be necessary to prevent the outbreak of infectious or contagious diseases. Any person failing or refus ing to comply with or obey the rules and regulations is guilty of a misde meanor.' "Therefore vaccinations and vacci nation certificates must be made as prescribed by the rules and regulla tions of the county board of health. Yours respectfully, "ALBERT J. GALEN, "Attorney General." CITY THANKS MR. CARNEGIE Suitable Resolutions Passed at the Regular Monthly Meeting Held Last Evening. SUPT. GOSS RESIGNS HIS JOB New Arrangements Made for the Con duct of the Water System-Much Business Transacted. The city council met in regular monthly meeting last night. There was a great deal of business to come before the body, but it was pushed through at a rapid rate and by lo:30 everything was completed. The reports of city officers were first taken up. The report of the city treasurer allowed the following funds on hand: General, $3,113.09; lire, $491.46; library, $2,009.01; sinking, $2,951.52. Fund* overdrawn: Read, $129.23; water and sewerage bond, $2,281.18; water works, $325.52. The city marshal's report showed: Fines Imposed, $172.50; fines collected, $157.50. Street commissioner's report : Ex penditures, $105.65. Superintendent of water works' re port: Rents collected, $209.70; rents due, $447.50. The bonds of Moran & Wallace, Mc Donnell & Kimball, l'. C. Weydert, Damns Taillon and Frazer & Rainier were approved. The resignation of F. F. Goss, su perintendent of oily water works, was filed, accepted and a vote of thanks for efficient service voted to the retir ing officer. In the future the city clerk will collect the water rents, and J. O. Ilelsing was appointed engineer at the pumping station at a salary of $80 a month. A reslut Ion by which the city agrees to raise at least $1,000 a year for the maintenance of a city library and to secure a site for a library building was passed, and a copy, duly engrossed, will be sent to Mr. Andrew Carnegie, who recently expressed his willingness to donate $10,000 to the city for the purpose of constructing a library building. A committee was also ap pointed to draw up suitable resolu tions of tuanks on behalf of the city and forward same to Mr. Carnegie. An ordinance amending no. 40 relating to bonds to lie given by liquor dealers was read and passed. The petition of E' J. Christie to be permitted to take certain additions to the building known us the "Fad" buildihg was referred to the building committee. The report of otto Was mansdorff, inspector of the new city hall, was red, approved and the city accepted the building. The petition of the Judith Basin Milling company for a right of way for a railway track up to Moln street wrs referred to the street and alley committee. A special meeting will be called to receive the report of this committee and act upon the petition. The city engineer was ordered to prepare plans for a bridge across Spring creek on Brassy street. It was decided that the vacancy in the board of alderman, caused by the promotion of alderman Symines to the marolity chair be not filled at this time but the vacancy be filled at the regular city election. The purchasing cirnmittee were ordered to purchase certain supplies for the city pump. The matter of getting a survey for a pipe line from the big spring was re ferred to the sewerage committee with instructions to report at the spe cial meeting. The usual grist of bills were allowed and orderad paid. WILL GO AFTER BEEF TRUST. Government Officials Say They Will Push Proceedings. Washington, Jan. 31.—It can be said by authority that unless the cor poral ions constituting the alleged "lieef trust" shall heed the injunction made permanent yesterday by the de cision of the supreme court of the United States, the government shall institute proceedings against the indi vidual members of the corporations to enforce the decision of the court. The proceedings will be under the criminal law, If suclican be instituted. The minds of the president Jand the members of his cabinet are 'made up fully on the question. They have determined that the "beef trust ' shall obey the law, and now that the highest court in the land has upheld the hands of the adminis t ration, it is said they will permit no further ••dilly dallying" with the sub ject. All the memliers of the cabinet were present at the meeting except Secretary Ilay and Wilson, the former st ill being confined to his home by a severe cold. Again the president emphasized his interest in the arbitration treaties pending before the senate, lie holds that the opponents of the treaties are proceeding on wrong premises in main taining that they may he used by foreign countries as a basis for action against certain of the southern states I" the collection of old claims. Some department matt ers were con sidered at the meeting, the most im portant of which was the action of Postmaster General Wynne in noti fying John G. Capers, Republican national committeeman of South Carolina, that postmasters In that state will lie dismissed from the service if In (lie future they, pay the expenses of delegates to political conventions. 1 he action ol the postmaster general was approved of by the president and his cabinet. In principle the declara tion of Mr. Wynne will apply to all other states where such methods are practiced. ALL POLAND ON A STRIKE. Over Four Hundred Thousand Work men Lay Down Tools. Berlin, Feb. 4.—The Lokal Anzelg er'K Kailowllz, Prussia, correspondent Hays (lie advent of refugees from Rus sian Roland is assuming large dimen sions, and that every In-coming train is crowded, mostly with women and children. All German lowns near tho tionlier are lilted with refugees. The strikes in Russian Poland, tho correspondent says, are still spread ing, affecting the entire industrial reg ion from Sosnovice to Venica on the Austrian frontier. Polish news papers estimate the total number of strikers at 400,000. i he I .oka! Anzelger's Warsaw cor respondent says: At Lodz today during the funeral of 15 victims of the recent troubles a fight between workmen and the mlli tary broke out, two of the latter being killed anil 15 wounded. Serious labor disturbances are an nounced from Sielce, Russian Poland, and Lublin, 60 miles southeast of War saw. Relief From Employers. St. Petersburg, Feb. 4.—A meeting of manufacturers lias decided to peti tion Minister of Finance Kokovsoff to consider the workmen's demands in consultation with representatives of the employes and employers. All the Russian manufacturers have further decided to discuss the minor grievan ces with the men, and have also re solved not to impose fines or penalties or discriminate against the strikers, and to raise a fund for the victims of January 22. The manufacturers fin ally resolved that the agitation among the workmen was not a labor hut a national movement, and that there fore they are not justified in the pay mont of wages during the strike; but that in view of the distress among the workmen the latter will be given relief. Resolutions of Respect. Whereas, It lias pleased the Supreme Guardian and Ruler of the Universe to take from our midst our beloved and esteemed brother, Andrew Ferris, of Lewistown, Montana; and, Whereas, By his untimely demise Lewistown Aerie, No. 374, lias been bereft of a faithful brother and es timable gentleman, who was only to be known to tie respected; and, Whereas, By his death we are re minded of the uncertainty of life. Tiierefore, Be it Resolved, That we, the members of Lewistown Aerie, No. 374, F. O. E., in general council as sembled, extend to the bereaved fam ily our sincere and heartfelt sym pathy in this their hour of sorrow. And be it further Resolved, That our charter be ap propriately draped with the sign of mourning. That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of our aerie, a copy be sent to tho bereaved mother and sister of the deceased, and a simi lar copy be sent to the local press for publication. Respectfully submitted. Guo. WILSON, M. D. Kimball, E. L. Skinnkk, Committee.