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Fergus County Democrat.
VoU. No. 33 LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 1905. Price 5 Cents. THE WINNING TICKET NAMED Harmonious Convention of the City Democrats Held in City Hail Thursday Evening. PINKLEY NOMINATED EOR MAYOR Murray H. Deaton and Judge Mac Go* an Chosen Eor Treasurer and Police Magistrate. The delegates, selected at the Dem ocratic primaries met in the city hall last Thursday evening and nominated the men who are now representing the democratic party in the munici pal campaign which is now in pro gress. The convention was entirely harmonious in every respect and the ticket which was named is a popular one. After the convention had been called to order by Stout, David lin ger and J. E. Lane were unanimously chosen to the positions of chairman and secretary respectively. In taking the chair, Mr. Hilger made a short but stirring address upon the pur poses and duties of the convention. Upon motion unanimously carried, the chair appointed two committees of live each on platform and resolu tions on credentials. The resolutions committee consisted of DeKalb, Ben ner, Stout, Dahl and Weaver. The credentials committee consisted of Pick, Sloan, Moshner, Foster and But ler. A recess of fifteen minutes was taken to permit the committees to prepare their reports. The committee on piatform was the first to report and Chairman DeKalb read the following platform of princi ples: We, the democrats of the city of Lewistown, in convention assembled, hereby reaffirm our belief in the prin ciples of the democratic party, and submit the following as our platform for the municipal campaign of 1965, and we pledge our candidates nomi nated for the respective municipal of fices, that they will, if elected, faith fully carry out the recommendations herein contained. We hereby pledge our candidrtes to the following declarrtion of princi ples. I. The administration of the af fairs of the city in an honest and eco nomical manner, granting special priv ileges to none, and equal previlige to all. II. The enforcement of the laws of the state of Montana, and ordinances of the municipality of Lewistown, es pecially those intended for the pre vention of crime, and for the protec tion of the citisen in all of his legal rights, embracing the essential privi liges of the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, without dis crimination or favoritism. III. A published statement of the the receipts and expenditures by the different departments of the city gov ernment to be published quarterly for the permitting of eyery person to judge for himself as to the proper or improper expenditures of the city's money. IY. A full investigation of the feasibility of the gravity water sys tem and the cost of maintaining the same as compared with the cost of the present system. V. That all appointiveofficersshall be democrats, and we pledge that our candidates will follow out tne policy herein expressed requiring efficient services in the enforcement of the laws of the city and the municipality in a fearless and honest manner with out favoritism and if any officer be comes derelict in his duty he shall at once be removed, and his place filled by a competent man who will do his full duty. Vt. We deplore the condition of the present engineering department, and condemn the republican members of the council in retaining men in the engineering department who are en tirely incompetent despite the fact that the removal was urgently re quested by the democratic members of the council. We pledge our can didates to bring this department to a more efficient and satisfactory con dition. In consideration of this declaration of principles we earnestly ask for the support of the people of Lewistown or our candidates and platform. This platform was unanimously ad opted. The report of the credentials committee was a formal matter as there were no contests and all dele gates selected at the primary were de clared entitled to seats in the conven tion. Nominations for the office of mayor were declared in order. Tom Stout nominated Alderman X. J. Littlejohn of the third ward. J. E. Pinkley, al derman from the second ward, was nominated by Prank Pick. There be ing no further nominations, a ballot was taken and Mr. Pinkley received a majority of ten votes and was de clared the nominee. F. F. MacGowan, the present police magistrate was unanimously nomi nated to succeed himself in that pos ition, his name being placed before the convention by H. L. DeKalb. M. H. Deaton was nominated for city treasurer by Stout and had no opposition for the position. Thiscom pleted the city ticket. Before the regular convention was called to order, the delegates from the respective wards held meetings and selected the candidates for aider man for the three wards. The follow gentlemen were named for the alder manic positions: First ward-—Matt Weber: Second ward—Frank Mosh ner. This completed the work of the convention and a motion to adjourn was carried. NOMINEES!? REPUBLICANS Our Friends, the Enemy, Meet in the Court House and Go Through Stereotyped Program. W. D. SYMMES HEADS THE TICKET Present Acting Mayor Will Oppose Jesse Pinkley for the Office of Mayor. The republicans met in the court house Saturday evening and went through with the usual little program incident to the naming of a ticket by that party. It is always easy work for them as two or three of the leaders invariably have the thing all fixed be fore the conventions are called. Every thing was unanimous and those who do not quite like this stereotyped for mula for transacting the party affairs have but one opportunity of protest ing against this rule by a small coterie of bosses and that is on the day of election. F. E. Smith was named chairman of the meeting but he was not permit ted to make his speech. Halsey Wat son was the secretary. As usual, B. von Tobel wrote the platform which was vnanimously adopted. The cre dentials were found to be O. K. and the work of nominating a ticket was soon over with. Mr. von Tobel nomi nated W. D. Symmes. Seconding speeches were made by O. W. Belden, Albert Pfaus and others. Mr. Symmes was the only one named and received the nomination unanimously. Nomi nation! for the office of treasurer were passed and S. W. Pennock was named for police magistrate. Jeff Tubb, Frank E. Smith and Charley Wentworth were ratified as the nom inees for aldermen from the First, Second and Third wards respectively. Senator John D. Waite made a talk and the convention adjourned. It was all perfectly simple. Maiden J. L. Seals spent a part of the week at Ft. Maginnis. Tony Rolando was in Kendall on business last Tuesday. C. A. Archer went to Lewistown on business last Wednesday. Dr. Attix of Lewistown made a pro fessional call here last week. Lumber is being hanled for repairs on the mill at the Maginnis mine. Mrs. Anderson spent a part of last week with her husband at New Year. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Meredith of New Year spent Sunday at the home of E. II. Crabtree. Johnny Crabtree, one of the infant twins of Mr. and Mrs- Ed Crabtree, is ill of pneumonia. George Beilis and W. E. Wilson were in Kendall last Tuesday looking over some mining property. Joseph Beilis, manager of the Collar Gulch properties, has returned from an extended trip in the east. J. B. Rosso of Butte came over this week to assist his brother. Pete with the work at the Cumberland mine. R. H. Dorn, secretary of the Globe Maginnis Mining Company was in Lewistown on business last Tuesday. The carpenters nave completed the work of remodeling and erecting an addition to the house of A. E. Brim ble. J. L. Stuart is making a shipment of the ore he recently discovered on the War Eagle to the smelter this week. The home of Robert McMillan was destroyed by fire Saturday morning. The fire had made such headway be fore it was discovered that little of furniture was saved. APPLICATION IS WITHDRAWN J. I. Bright Withdraws the Appli cation for a City Franchise for Electric Road. INVESTIGATION IS BEING MADE A Representative of a Chicago En gineering Company Obtains Fig ures on Road. Frank II. Fitch, representing a prominent firm of Chicago railroad engineers is at present engaged in ob taining statistics and information re garding the proposed projection of an electric railroad between the city of Lewistown and Kendall. Mr. Fitch is not able to make a report for a few days as the information obtained has not yet been considered sufficiently to allow of anything definite being said. In relation to the withdrawal of the request for a franchise, Mr. Bright said: "In view of the fact that it has been found unnecessary and unprofit able to use the main streets and thoroughfares of the city and an er roneous impression has gone abroad tliay this road was designated as an electric or street railway, it has been decided to withdraw the petition for franchise. Later we will in all prob ability ask for the privalege of using first avenue only. "This will be largely a local enter prise. When once a definite plan of financing the proposition is settled upon, a full and careful statement of its aims and intentions as intended by the promoters will be given to the public." Democratic Candidate for Mayor Stands for the Right Things. Hon. Jesse Pinkley, in a statement to the editor of the Democrat tells where he stands, as to municipal questions to be decided at the coming election, and makes an honest an nouncement of his principals. "Editor Democrat: Permit me a little space in your valuable paper, that I may explain my position. It is necessary that I ex plain my position on the municipal questions up for consideration. This action is not made necessary because I have entertained different views at different times, but because there has been a wilfull misrepresentation of my position, no doubt for political ef fect. I have been identified with the present city council for some time, and have no apologies to make to my constituents, for I have performed my duties conscientiously. I in no way repudiate the policies of the present city council as to re forms aimed at making this a respect - able and clean city. I have been ac cused of standing otherwise and cer tain maliciously inclined persons have attempted to garble my sentiments, until I should not be surprised to hear of a report that I stand for every thing low and contemptible. The reports are circulated for polit ical effect. I stand for cleanliness and purity in city government. 1 stand for economy in public expendi tures; and the platform adopted at the city convention nominating me for mayor represents my sentiments. I would not run on the democratic ticket, standing upon such a plat form, unless l could conscientiously do so. This is a prosperous and growing city, and it is filled with bright, in telligent men and women. It is no longer a frontier town and tilings tol erated in such places, are no longer proper in a city of the size and st and ing of Lewistown. Finally, I appeal to the fairininded men of this city to carefully investi gate the condition of municipal af fairs: to make an earnest and honest effort, by placing conscientious men in office—whoever they may be—and upbuild the moral and financial insti tutions of Lewistown. Le us have a city that decent men and women are not afraid to enter. Let us have a city of schools and a city of decided moral tone. Let us treat all men fairly, yet enforce the laws in an im partial manner, measuring rights of individuals by ordinances and laws. I further say that 1 am unpledged as to appointments: and reports to the contrary are untrue. I shall place tlie ight kind of men in office, if elected, and shall not be guided by any other standard. J. E. Pinki.ky. ADDITIONAL LOCAL. Judith Belle cigars, miff said. Ur. Foley, telephone No. 160. Hear The Petitts Thursday Mch 30. Frank Stephens arrived in the city last evening. M. P. Tiegen of Grassrange was in the city yesterday. Thomas Riser of Kendall was in the city the latter part of last week. Don't forget to visit Orton Brot hers' piano sale opposite the post office. Judge E. K. Cheadle will be home in time to read the docket on the third of April. Ed. Wight, the well known horse man of Philbrook, is spending a few days in the city. W. V. Lewis has sold his ranch at Straw to A. Green and purchased the Fowler place which is situated about twenty miles from R. B. Thompson's. Owing to the large number of lists in the word contest of the Lewistown Furniture Company will be unable to announce the winners until next week's issue. A. Lincoln and family returned to Lewistown on Friday evening from the Pacific coast. A most enjoyable time was spent visiting California and points of interest on the coast by the party. W. A. Shaules has leased his hotel interests at Kendall to E. P. Dirnan. Mr. Dirnan is a well known hotel man and will undoubtedly run the estab lishment with success to himself and satisfaction to his customers. Hilger & Busenburg wish to call at tention of their clients to the fact that they have moved their office to more commodious quarters on the second floor of the Laux building op posite the Bank of Fergus county. A. Audette of Gilt Edge has pur chased Chas. Millard's interest in the Moccasin saloon at Kendall. Mr. Au dette is well known to the miners of the Judith mountains and will un doubtedly do as well as he deserves in the lively mining camp. A suitable reward will be paid for the return of or information regard ing a black team, shod all around, one bearing 7WP brand and the other TGL. Also a small brown pony strayed from ranch about March 15th. J. C. Delzell, Straw, Mont. Chas Archer of Maiden visited the city last week. Mr. Archer was in Maiden among the first arrivals and has considerable faith in that min ing camp. He states that work is being pushed on the Maginnis mine and the entire district is looking better than it has for many years. R. J. Morrison and C. P. Newell will handle the lease on the creamery in partnership. These gentlemen have made the statement that they will be able to guarantee the farmers twenty-five cents for their butter during April and May and twenty-two and a half during five of the summer months. The Hotel de Horse now being built on Fifth avenue by W. R. Woods and Chas. McDonald, will be completed and in shape for the re ception of guests by April 1st. No money or trouble is being spared to make the establishment first class in every particular. The building when finished will accommodate 100 horses and in the case of an extra rush, good stout pegs will be provided on which to hang superfluous guests. Automatic oat feeders will be used and in the case of very dilapidated equines a bicycle pump will be brought into service as it will be the chief endeavor of the proprietors not to allow any team to leave the place as long as there is a wrinkle left. The best of timothy and bluejoint will be used in feeding and any animal that does not show improvement after the first three hours will be relegated to the scrap pile as a chronic and hope less case. W. R. Woods is absolutely at home on the hurricane deck of the most uneonviucible cayuse and will accommodat e his patrons by taking the rough off all saddle animals before turning them over to their owners. Any rider thrown after this will be charged extra and in the case of run awayteams no damages will be collect ed providing that the hide of the refrac tory animals is returned to the barn. Mr. Woods will be head chambermaid of the establishment and as his ex perience with horses has been a long one and fraught with many lurid in cidents, there is not the slightest doubt but that the patrons of the stable will get value received for their with the accommodations a lion a t the Hotel de Horse. MINING NEWS ER0MY0G0 Much Work Laid Out—Sapphire Mines are Being Worked to Full Capacity. VERY RICH SURROUNDING COUNTRY Fertile and Picturesque Country at the Head of the Judith River. There is considerable work outlined in the Old Yogo mining dist rict for this season and it seems that the camp lias a good chance to come to the front. The fact that a large por tion of the values are contained in smelting ores has to a certain extent kept the dist rict in the background. With the opening up of the Weather wax by Matt Dunn and others, it is very probable that some outside capi tal will find its way into the camp this summer. Tlie first work which was accom plished in the camp was in 1876 when considerable placer gold was taken out while in the eighties a postoffice was established and some work was ac complished with the arastra, small stamp mil Is and other primitive meth ods of mining. The sulphides blocked the way however and owing to lack of capital to treat these ores, the camp was abandoned with the exception of a few who still have the greatest, con fidence in the dist rict. The bare sides of Yogo Baldy rise directly in front of the camp audit is to the west of this mountain and at, the head of 1 he gulches toward Nei hart that, the principal properties in this district are located. A large am ount of work has been accomplished at intervals on the various properties in the vicinity of Yogo with the re sult that it lias been thoroughly dem onstrated t hat while there is consider able free milling ore, yet the bulk of the ores are base and need the expen diture of a considerable amount of money in order to furnish facilities for treatment. The locality is one in which the lime predominates, though porphry intrusions are of frequent oc currence. There is considerable good placer ground in the vicinity of Yogo and the time will undoubtedly come when the ground will be worked for all it is worth. Fifty cents to a pan is not bad and this lias been secured from this locality at different times. Matt Dunn, Conrad and others of Great Falls have accomplished con siderable work on the Blue Dick, known as the Weatherwax property, which is located between Skunk and Elk gulch. The result, is the finding of a fairly good lead of copper ore carrying values in gold. Arrange ments are now being made to push the development work to the limit this spring and it is rumored that a road will lie built from this property to the Neihart road in order to allow of the transportation of base ores to the railroad for shipment. Joseph Giroux has a good looking copper property rt the head of Skunk gulch on which he lias been working for some tenyears past. Knerr Bros., are working a free milling gold propo sition at the head of Elk Gulch which gives some excellent assays. Eli Shel by of Great Falls is also interested in the district and owns a free milling gold property which will undoubtedly come to the front. Gus Hall is work ing on a galena lead near Old Baldy which has assayed as high as *75 to the ton in values. There are numer ous other properties in this immediate vicinity from which good assays have been received, though lack of capital has necessitated their abandonment with the exception of the develop mant work. One of the oldest and most worked properties of the camp is the group of three claims owned and operated by Chas. Lehman & Sons. The group is situated on the apex of the range at the head of Skunk gulch and carries silver lead ores from which smelter returns have been received as high as *23 to tire ton in values. This prop erty lias been worked for tlie past fif teen years at intervals and in the neighborhood of 1500 feet of develop ment work lias been accomplished on the group. Two of these claims have | been patented. There is every indication of a rich mineralization in this district and j | j samples of float taken from I lie local ity are rich in values, beyond the wild estdreams of the most imaginative pros pector and it does seem that with such surface values that extremely rich bodies of ore will yet be discov ered. Further down the gulch, is the site of the Burgess ditch and the old placer ground below Bear Gulch which was worked with hydraulics though with indifferent success. Consider able free gold is encountered on bed rock but owing to the depth placer operations are somewhat difficult. Color can he found almost anywhere in the gulch. Below tlie ToIIgat e canyon is the ground of the Burke <Si, Sweeney Saph ire Mining Co., where Pat Sweeney is now actively operating a fourteen foot, lead ol sapid re bearing ground with unprecedented success. The history ol the working of tins property'Is one of hard work and tenacity of purpose on the part of Mr. Sweeney which was at, last, rewarded by the finding of a 14 foot lead which carries the finest gems in the district, John Burke gave an option on his interests to Mr. Sweeney about fifteen months ago while in turn Mr. Sweeney bonded the property to Mr. Chowen of Great Falls who has int erested eastern capi tal in the project and will in all prob ability take up the bond at the expir ation of the time condition. Tlie lead has also been encountered in Kel ley coulee at the bottom of a small shaft and the indications are, that, the property is an extensive one and fully as rich as any in the state. A force of men are working the ground and the washing of the dirt for the gems has been carried on all winter. On the top of the hill to the east and on a continuation of lids lead is situ ated the plant run by the New Syndi cate Saphire MinirigCo. At a consid erable expense the most com pic plant in the west, lias been put, in operation and the results attained from the working of the ground are far above the first expect ations. The work is now being done at either end of a 1200 foot crosscut at a depth In some places of 300 feet. In the neighborhood of 50,000 tons of pay dirt is now on the various dumps though when washing operations com mence this dirt will vanish iike snow under a summer sun and it will keep a large force of miners busy keeping the gang at, the sluice lioxcs busy. Chas. Gadget) is general manager of the outfit, while Thomas Moore is mine foreman. The sapphire bearing dirt is hoisted to the surface by a 75 horse power plat form hoist. Tlie car itself is used to hoist the dirt in and is run down an inclined track to the end of tlie dump. One of the most noticeable features connected witli the formation in which tiie gems are found is its tendency to rapidly slack and soften on reaching the surface and being subjected to the weather. It is by nature, a disinte grated granite and on first reaching the surface Is very hard and brittle. Tlie dirt is stuped out in the same manner as cyanide ores; tlie ground is somewhat shaky and necessitate* plentiful timbering. While there is connection will) (lie surface on the west side of the crosscut, what air Is necessary on tlie eastern extension is obtained by way of an air compressor stationed in the shaft house. A lime break lias been worked through and when .suitable ground is encountered in all probability an upraise will be made in order to connect that end of tlie crosscut with good air. As far as can lie learned tlie working of this ground is being conducted with profit to tlie English company who are work ing it, though it seems to be their pol icy to be extremely conservative in tlie matter of furnishing information for publication. Tlie bulk of the gems obtained are shipped direct to Europe while a ready market is found for even the smallest stones. Tlie work of washing out the gems by run ning tlie dirt over the riffles is now conducted under direct hydraulic pres sure and though this rims some of the stones to the dams below the sluice boxes yet the dirt is treated in a more rapid mariner than formerly. The plant now in operation is a mile to the east of the site of the first work ings and is much more complete t bun the system which was first used. Work is being pushed this spring and about thirty-live men are employed by the company while more will lie used when sluicing operations commence, it, is but a short distance from the mines to the Judith river where are located some of the prettiest and most fertile farms in this section of the county. Tlie old Bower place in Pig Eye was one of Charlie Russel's favor ite hang outs; that was when Sandy (Continued on page four)