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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol, I. No. 32 LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 1905. Price 5 Cents. STARTS SUIT FOR DAMAGES Joseph Birsh Alleges That Neglig ence and Carlessness of Electric Company Causing Injury. ASKS FOR FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS Piaintiff Came in Contact With a Live Wire While Working on the r New Bank Building. Joseph Birsh last Saturday filed a five thousand dollar damage suit against the Citilen's Electric Com' pany for injuries received the thirty first of last August, due, he alleges, to t,he negligence of the company. In his complaint the plaintiff states that he was at the time of his injury, working as a hod carrier and mason's helper in the new building being greeted for the Bank of Fergus county /on the corner of Main street and Third avenue. In immediate prosim ity to the rear of the building, the Citizens' Electric company had elec tric wires strung. It is further al leged that though the company was aware that workmen on the building had to work close to the wires, the fvires were not sufficiently insulated to make them harmless. That a high and dangerous current of electricity was turnhd on the wires on the morn ing of Angust 31st of last year and that while the plaintiff was perform ing his duties as hod carrier and mas on's helper, he came in contact with one of the wires and that as a result of its insufficient insulation, he re ceived a severe shock which caused him great injury. His left wrist was so badly burned and blistered that it has since been useless to him. That he was knocked from the building to the ground, a distance of twenty feet, and sustained broken a rib and a dislocation of the left shoulder. As a result of this dislocation, lie has since been unable to perform his work as a hod carrier and mason's helper. It is further alleged that the company or its agents or servants knew of the dangerous condition of the wire and were negligent in failing to sufficiently insulate it. That the defendent paid $150 for medical at tendance during his illness caused by the injury and for that reason, the court is asked to grant him damages in the sum of $5,150. Smith & Boggs are the attorneys for Birsh. THE TOWN OF KENDALL. Some of the Happenings During the Past Week in That Busy Camp. While returning from an extended trip to the Upper Juditn, the Demo crat representative stopped over night in Kendall. There is no use in dis puting the fact that the little min ing camp in the Mocassin is the best town for its size in the county and the merchants are handling a large amount of trade for this time of the year. Both of the large cyanide plants are running to their full capac ity and a considerable amount of de velopmentwork is being done through out the district by small property owners and prospectors. In a social way it is a lively camp: dances and parties of all descriptions make life interesting ior the young people living in the camp and vicin ity. On Friday night last, a masq uerade ball was held, which for a gen eral all around good time beat any thing that has ever happened in the camp. The attendance was large and •' ] ia d it not been for the fact that the doorkeeper was suffering from a spec ies of trance owing to the startling variety of some 1 of the costumes, 1 large amount of ' 'the root of all evil' would have been accumulated. Prizes " W ere given to the couples who showed the most originality anti! the best taste in the art of dressing. \Miss Nellie Searles and W. N. (SkinnyKWareham carried "awVt'he priz'e for ohginMt7 , v ^ , Miss Searles was dressed as Buffalo Bill, but it was not necessary for the lady to do any roping for partners and several narrow escapes occureifl during the rush to secure dances. Mr\ Ware ham represented a Mexican cowpucher and the couple fully earned the prize by the unique and original character of their costumes. Charles Beiqson 0 . ______- ., . . . and wife secured the prize for beitfg t,he best dressed couple on the floor. The dance was given as a benefit to Mrs. Thompson. The population of the town is in creasing with great regularity and during the past week the census tak ers' report was increased by two in fantile but healthy citizens. A fine young lady arrived at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Wedlock, while a boy was born to Hank Swears and wife. Mrs. Sitzer and Miss Sitzer, mother and sister of Mrs. Swears, are visiting at the Swears residence and will re main for some time. The musical part of Kendall is forg ing to the front and a fourteen piece band lias been organized in the camp which will give the band at the county seat a hard run for supremacy. A subscription list was circulated in order to get money for supplies and instruments and $250.00 was collected without the least trouble. Andy Mullen, late of Belt, will act as leader of the organization. IS HUMILIATED AND DISGRACED Kuropatkin, Russia's Once Honored and Famous General is Stripped of all Authority. HIS REPUTATION GONE GLIMMERING Smarting Under the Defeat the Czar Heaps Humiliation Upon a Great Man. St. Petersburg, March 18, 1:50 a. m. —Decided anxiety is felt regarding the fate of the Manchurian army un der its new commander, no news of military developments during the last three days having been received. The only dispatches from the front are the brief announcements yesterday that General Linevitch had assumed com mand, and that Kuropatkin was de parting for St. Petersburg, disposing of a rumor that Kuropatkin had com mitted suicide, and the Associated Press Changtufu dispatc li filed the morning of March 16, and written at tiie station of Kaiyuan, which was then held by the Russians. In this correspondent's opinion no pause in the Japanese advance is probable for some time. The Russians are losing heavily in the rear guard nations, and .lapanesejjcolumns are reported to be pushing northward as fast as possible to complete the enveloping movement of the Russians. General Liuevitch will have a con siderable accession of fresh troops in a day or two' the fourth European corps being now at Harbin and depart ing southward. Military officers de clare tliattherejat General Linevitcli's disposal in Manchuria, 268,000 men and it is believed that this force will be sufficient to cause the Japanese to exercise greater caution in their pur suit. WHY STATION WAS CHANGED. President Harlow Says Land Owners Did Not Keep Their Contract. Helena, Mont., March 5, '05. Editor Democrat. Lewistown, Montana. Dear Sir: Referring to the article in your last issue, criticising the man agement of the Montana Railroad for changing the location of Straw Sta tion let me say: Before the Montana Railroad was constructed, we made a definite agree ment with the owners of the land at Straw, for a eertrin tract at a certain price for townsite purposes. Town site facilities are almost as important to a railroad as station grounds. Depending upon this contract, we located our station, built a side track, section houses, etc. When we called upon the land owners to fulfill their parts of the contract, they declined to do so. I thereupon notified every body who seemed to be interested in that particular location, that the sta tion would likely be moved. We let the matter drift for nearly a year, when we decided that something defi nite would have to be done, and as the owners of the land persisted in 1 1 ' efUSa ( l wit f h the con : front mnvpn tno sfotinn to n nnmf tract, moved the station to a point where we could get the necessary fa cilities. Railroad companies are not interested in the real estate features of a small townsite, except insofar as they are necessary to the economical operation ojf the railroad. We keep our agreements and we want other people to keep theirs. The preset sit ,uation is brought about bv the failure ^ 6 . / „ , . to keep an agreement to sell land, not to give it away, Richard A. Harlow, President. RICH SECTION Of FERGUS COUNTY Fine Agricultural Country in the Vicinity of Philbrook on the Upper Judith. QUANTITIES OF NIGH GRADE WOOL Some Magnificent Sheep Ranches Are Located in That Rich Sec tion of the County. : Some of the most thoroughly im proved ranches and farms in the county are situated in the immedi ate vicinity of Philbrook on the up per Judith. The river bottom widens at this point and excellent bottom lands are thus formed. A fair example of what the hay growth amounts to, is the John Duf fleld ranch where 300 tons of heavy bluejoint and meadow hay are cut yearly and where with the necessary amount of irrigation in the neighbor hood of 700 tons could be raised. Mr. Duffield is turning his attention to the raising of thoroughbred cattle and has a small herd of very well bred Galloways as a starter. This prop erty consists of 1700 acres and was until lately known as the home of the "circle dot" horses, though of late years Mr. Duffield has disposed of his horse herd and turned his atten tion to the breeding of mules and has raised some magnificent animals in that line. One notable fact in connection with this section is that owing to the con traction of the rauge a number of the smaller stockmen, those who cannot run their herd to advantage without the use of the free range, are desir ous of selling out and would do so at a reasonable figure. As the result of this move there is no doubt but that a few years will see this section and other farming sections in the hands of the farmer and small mixed rancher. Clarence M. Goodell owns a fine piece of property close to Philbrook, which years of intelligent cultivation have made it a highly improved stock ranch. Mr. Goodell has had consider able success in the raising of horses and has turned out some of the best samples of horse flesh in the county. The ranch consists of in the neighbor hood of 3,000 acre of which the greater part is suitable for any kind of farm ing. A magnificent crop of hay is harvested and alfalfa is raised with first class results: two, and in places three crops are cut. Mr. Godell raises all kinds of mixed stock and owing to his excellent pasture attains first class results. On the home ranch at Philbrook is one of the most up-to date collection of ranch buildings in the county and it is here that an at tempt has been made to grow fruit trees which has been attended with some success. The Goodell ranch is famed for its white faced cattle which have almost reached perfection by a careful system of breeding and handling. At present Philbrook is in the cen ter of a sheep raising district. In the early days the cattle industry thrived in the vicinity until the sange herds were moved north to the open coun try. Many will remember the times when the "12" cattle were held on this side of the river and E. J. Morrison ran his cattle outfit at Philbrook. In those times the towu was a busy trading point and experienced a sea son of prosperity which lasted for sev eral years. Though at present the town is extremely quiet, it is a cer tainty that with the rich farmlands surrounding it that Philbrook will again become prosperous. There is considerable open country toward Indian creek and to the east also on lower sage creek where sheep are still ranged. While cattle are still found scattered throughout the coun try, yet the larger outfits run their stock toward the badlands during the the summer months and feed a large portion of them during the winter at the home ranch. Among the sheep ranches in the vicinity of Philbrook is the Porter ranch operated by John and Charlie Porter. Joseph Gal lagher owns considerable land in this vicinity and carries on mixed ranching with considerable success. Mr. Gal-; lagher lias aptly illustrated what can be accomplished by hard work and an and intelligent operation ou farm ranch lands in this section. The bottom lands in this district is even richer than that nearer the mountains and all kinds of garden growth is raised. During late years some effort has been made to grow small fruits which has met with very pronounced success. Crab apples, plums, several varieties of eating ap ples have been picked in small quan tities while currants, strawberries and tomatoes are a heavy yield on some of the river farms. J. A. Jellison raises more currants than he knows what to do with and also has a first class straw berry crop. From thirty-five to forty bushels of grain can be raised to the acre and it must be taken into con sideration that very little of the land Is thoroughly cultivated, little atten tion having been paid to the scatter ing of manure or fertilizers in order to enrich the soil. The entire district will compare favorably witli any farm ing section in the northern portion of the United States, which fact is thor oughly demonstrated by the excellent results of the scant farming operations liiterto conducted. The strip of land further down the river is designated as Pleasant Valley is a well watered and extremely fertile district situated in a sheltered locality where some first class crops, both of hay and grain are harvested. While this entire section is fairly well settled, yet the intending settler or homeseeker can purchase a farm or ranch on very reasonable terms, thougli it is well to remember the fact that the richer homestead lands which could be filed on are all taken up. The raising of winter wheaton the hitherto dispised benchlands has proved to be very suc cessful and even a number of the owners of the largei stock ranches are conducting experiments in that. line. The country is yet in its infancy in the matter of irrigation and though there is a heavy natural fall from the plentiful water supply of the Belt mountains, no effort has been made to irrigate the fertile benchlands which could be reached from such a source. The soil on the benchlands toward the mountains is naturally rich and with cultivation would undoubtedly raise winter wheat, while with irriga tion would produce any kind of a crop desired. One of the prettiest stock districts in the county is the region embraced in the north slop( of the Belt, moun tains. It extends Horn the east side of the upper Judith to the headwat ers of Ross's Fork and from thence to the Judith river, where it empties in to the Missouri. Here it is where the larger sheep outfits of the upper basin run their outfits with the success which is so prevalent in that section of the county. The forest reserves prevent the fenc ing of the foothills and there is yet considerable open range toward the mountains on which run big herds of cattle and horses, while the sheep range is fully occupied by the many bands belonging to the large outfits 'located in that section. Antelope and Buffalo creeks, the waters of Ross's fork and inumerable springs furnish water for stock while the beef and mutton which fetched the highest price in last season's mar ket were fattened on the rich range in that region. On the southwestern portion of this range the Waite & Morse sheep are run on the range ad jacent to Waite creea while on Ante lope and Buffalo creel's, the J. S. Phil lips and F. R. Warren ranches are lo cated. Toward Ross's fork, Thomas Nicholson and Patrick Nihill run sev eral fine bands of sheep while the ranch of J. C. Ilauck, is located but a short distance from the fork. The stock in this district is in good shape this spring and considerable hay will be carried over by all these outfits owing to the mildness of the winter. This section of the count ry contrib utes a large amount of wool and in the neighliorhood of 325,000 pounds are shipped from there each season. The wool is high grade in character and invariably fetches a good price; in fact all the clips in the Basin are eagerly sought after by the buyers owing to their superior quality. The average sheep will shear seven pounds while in some cases eight pounds is secured per head from extra fine bands. It is an ideal stock and agri cultural country and is rapidly forg ing to the front. Notice. Any and all persons are hereby no tified to remove all their improve ! merits from the n J of the sei of sec 33, ■ tp 13 n, r 15 e, which is a portion of my homestead, within 30 days or for ! feit same. a. T. Goodsceed. First publication Feb. 28—4t SPECIAL MEETING CITY COUNCIL Mayor Symmes Appoints Judges and Clerks of Election to Take Place in April. CARNEGIE RECEIVES THANKS City Council and Mayor Pass Reso lution Extending Thanks to Iron Magnate for Library. A special meeting of the city coun ell was held on Saturday night for the purpose of making the appointments of judges and clerks of the coming city election. The following appoint ments were made: First ward—Judges: A. Hopkins, Samuel Phillips and O. W. Belden; Clerks: Alex. Lehman, E. O. Buscn burg, Phil Chase and B. Anderson. Second ward—Judges: John S. Ho vis, E. W. Norton and Walter Knight; Clerks: Bail Noble, Ed Wright, C. B. Jammu and F. S. Ackley. Third ward—Judges: G. A. Parrott, Phil Laux and J. E. Lane; Clerks: Morris Sloan, Donald Fowler, Ed. Brassey and Henry Shea. The matter of the deed from llobt. Jackson to the city for the right of way and reservoir site was referred to the city attorney so that he could com pare the title deeds with the original contract. As soon as investigation proves satisfactory a warrant will lie drawn for the amount mentioned in the contract. It was decided to place the matter of franchise for the Citizens' Electric Co., Judith Milling Company and the Lewistown Billings Telephone Co., Ini fore the citizens at the coming elec tion. Owing to a numbei of complaints the city attorney was instructed to look into the matter of alleged nuis ance in the shape of an ice pond on the west side which is under the con trol of Frank Mushner. Mayor Symmes appointed Geo. I). Bradbury to act on all committees in in which a vacancy occurred owing to his appointment to the position of mayor. Jas. M. Croft was appointed to act in the capacity of assistant registry agent preceeding t he coming munici pal election. A proposed ordinance for the annu al appropriations to the city lunds was read by the clerk and referred to the finance committee with instruc tions to report at the next meeting of the council. WHISKY GULCH MAY PAY IN FULL. Judge G. M. Nelson is in Mountains Investigating Affairs of Mines. There is every possibility that, the indebtedness of the Montana Mines Co., contracted at Win-,key Gulch, will Ik: paid in full and the outlook at present is better than it has been since the missing of the first pay day. Judge G. M. Nelson, who is a heavy stockholder and one of the prominent officials in trie company, arrived Lewistown last Saturday and on Sun day morning went to Whisky Gulch and Gilt Edge in order to thoroughly investigate the affairs of the company at that place. While in Lewistown, Judge Nelson made the statement tnat the company would pay its in debtedness in full and if after thorough investigation the property would warrant such action that ope rations would again lie resumed. GARNEILLITES WANT A CHANGE. Petition the Railroad Company to Change Name of Ubet Station. Helena, Mont., March 15, '05. To Whom it May Concern: When the Montana Railroad located the station now known as Ubet, there seemed to be a diversity of opinion as to what its name should be. It was our desire to preserve the old geo graphical name, and at the same time to conform os nearly as possible to the wishes of the people who were inter ested. The name of "Chet" had been on the map of Montana since about 1SK2, and had liecome identified with the Judith Gap. We made numerous inquiries and decided that the name Ubet would be more satisfactory to a majority of those interested. The name was therfor adopted. We have recently received a peti tion. urging us to change the name of the station to "Garnelll." From this company's standpoint there is no ob ject ion to the change. We do nob care to retain a name that is not sat isfactory, but having the former con troversy in view, it seems only fair that an opportunity should lie given to the other side, so to speak, to be heard. Nothing will lie done for thirty days, at least, and the under signed would be very glad to hear from anyone who has any reasons to urge against the proposed change, Very truly, Richard A. Harlow. President ELECTION TO BE ON PARTY LINES Political Parties will Not Fuse in any Manner During the Com ing Election. MASS MEETING IN SECOND WARD Walter Knight Unanimously Nomi nated at Large Meeting of City Voters. The Democratic primaries were held on Saturday without any friction worth mentioning, though I 11 the third ward two tickets were in the field, in the second ward Walter Knight was nominated for alderman unanimously. The delegates from the several wards to the convention were as follows: First ward M. 11. Deaton, James Dougherty, Henry Benner, Frank Pick, W. W. Kimball, J. A. Weaver, Ed. Martin, M. 1. Burke, David lin ger, Matt Webber. Second ward M. I). Kimball, Frank Moshner, Walter Knight, A. J. John son, A. Dahl, F. Tullock, A. Mansell, J. A. Strong, L-1*. Slater, John Munz. Third ward N. J. Littlejohn, .John Laux, J. E. Lane, A. M. Sloan, L. W. Butler, Tom Stout, John Foster, E. C. Bryant, F. J. Ilazen, II. L. De Kalb. It seems that the Republican choice for mayor Is W. D. Symmes, while the possibilities for appointive offices are on thedark horse order at present. The political hangers on of the party are doing considerable outpost duty, but with what satisfaction to the party is only known to the inmost bunch of the inner circle. There is absolut ely no slate to the democratic party and the issue of the convention is absolutely in the hands of the dele gates from the people. John Laux and N. J. Littlejohn are among the possibilities for the mayorallty nomi nation on t he democratic ticket. ROD AND GUN CLUB Meeting To Be Held This Week By Nimrods Of Lewistown A movement is on foot to organize a rod and gun club in Lewistown for the purpose of creating an Interest in the preservation of fish and game and seeing that the game laws are strictly adhered to. Trap shooting contests will be held under the auspices of the organization and the general purposes of a rod and gun club will be followed. Sam Weaver and Frank Ware were among the first to propose the form ing of the organization and a large number of the disciples of l^imrod have already ranged shemselves under their banner with tqe result that a sufficient amount of interest lias been aroused to justify the holding of a meeting for the purpose of organiz ing. The club, when in full running order will undoubtedly be of great benefit to the county in the way of stopping the violation of the game laws, attending to the trout fisheries and generally acting as a curb upon those who kill game and fish in an unsportsmanlike manner. As Nimrod's disciples are always among the best of good fellows, it is conceded that the social side of the organization will leave nothing to be desired. It is thought by some oj the gentle men already interested that the fair grounds may be used for trap shooting purposes. The enterprise is one which deseves the financial and moral sup port of the community and the opin ion is that the "Lewistown Rod and Gun Club" will be an entire success^.