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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol, I. No. 36 LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 1905. Price 5 Cents. WAS JOHN QUAY MURDERED? The Neighbors of John Quay Think That His Disappearance Was Due to Foul Play. A LETTER FROM HIS SISTER Mrs. L. Gordon, Quay's Sister in Ireland Writes to A. V. Rogers and Asks for Information. Was John Quay murdered and his body dispose 1 of by the murderer in so cunning a manner that discovery is almost an Impossibility? This con conjecture i i relation to the disap pearance of ' ;uay is creating consider able interest around Rogers, the lo cality in which Quay resided before his mysteri ms disappearance last < >c tuber. Though no trace of the missing man has been found as yet, interest instead of waning is becoming daily more act ive among ti.j neighbors and friends of Quay who was either killed in cold blood by soi ■ cowardly assassian and afterward 1 horoughly hidden or who attacked b\ ,l temporary insanity left his hornet..tliout the slightest pre mediation and without telling asingle person of his intention. While in the city during the early part of last week, Mr. Rogers while talking with a Democrat man, said that tlie general opinion in the vicin ity of Roger.. was, that Quay met his death and i; seems to be the general belief that bis sudden disappearance was due to the murderous action of some person who lias not yet been lo cated. The following letters were re ceived by Mr. Rogers last Monday week, from his sister in Ireland and a brother in Texas: Lis'ask, 11th March 1905. •Mr. Rogers. Sir: Yours to hand yesterday; just as I was about to write to you. I have been so anxions since I wrote you last. Such terribly unhappy news, it is dreadful to think of. I do not know what to do I did so hope that he would turn up; even yet, 1 can't bear to think "murder," that awful ending, would happen to my poor innocent brother. Any death but that. I did expect to hear that he had been found dead somewhere, but your 'letter points to a more tragic ending. I will write my brother in Texas and tell our other friends. So sad that lie did not come home; living all alone in that wild place. Do accept my heartfelt thanks for all your kind ness in answering my letters.. Only for you I might possibly have never heard any news at all. What I want you to do now, is to write me your advice as soon as you get this, as to what lawyer to employ over there or how to negotiate with the authorities in your country. All friends here join me in asking you to see after his little property, take charge of it for the present and make it pay for any expense you may incur. The chief thing is, to find him liv ing or dead and bring the guilty party to justice. 1 understand his property over there is not very valuable. It will take some time to arrange mat ters. What kind of police protection is there. If it was in this country where the neighbors live near each other we would know what to do. 1 believe there has been severe weather and snow storms in Montana. I will still hope no one has been so wicked as to slay him for his money. As you speak of making further search in the spring and as you know all that can be known as to his habits and so forth. I trust you will leave no stone unturned to ascertain if he has indeed been murdered, tlie pain ful truth must be invertigated, you know how to put the matter in the care of the government and what agents to employ and how to dispose of his property to the best advantage. 1 am so thankful to you for answer ing my questions. Do what you think is best. it is so long since he was seen by any person, 1 am aware it will be dif ficult and I know you have a large properly of your own to attend to. If poor John only would have had sense to have stayed with someone like you and not go and live like a hermit. It is a great shock and grief to all his friends. He was a most gentle crea ture, even his voice was gentle; poo % poor John: I will not believe it even yet. Please write by return mail for I hardly know what I am writing and I must go and inform my sister, Yours, Mrs. L. Gordon, P. S.—I will be counting the days until I get your next letter." AVaco, Texas, March 27th, 1905. "Mr. A. V. Rogeas. Dear Sir: I have just received a copy of your let ter to my sister, Mrs. Gordon in Ire land, giving an account of my broth er, John A. Quay whom you suppose is dead I have written to him often but he seldom answered my letters. I have not heard from him since he was in the N. W. Territory and of course know nothing of him. I have been away from home 25 years and have lost track of a lot of my rela tions. Will you kindly let me know how long John has been at Rogers and what he had there. He wrote me a glowing account of that place and claimed to have 1(500 acres of land. Did he take up a government claim in Montana? If so, please state particulars. My sister is very much worried and wants me to find out all 1 can about the matter. Let me know all you can and if anything can be saved out of his effects I would like my sisters to have it. How far was his place from yours and what was he doing? 1 do not think anyone knows very much about him: lie must have had something saved as he had no one but himself. Please write at once and let me know what you think would be of interest to me and I will be under everlasting obligations to you, Yours truly, S. J. Quay." John Quay lived for two years about five miles from Rogers. His immedi ate neighbors are Wm. Noble and Clias. J. Slierbino who own ranches but half a mile from the bounderies of Quay's property which consists of a homestead and a desert entry. Quay was a reserved and inoffensive being and though not making many warm personal friends he had no enemies. At the time of his disappearance he owned three head of horses and was known to have some money. The last time lie was seen was at the Eli jah ranch where he had taken a mare for breeding purposes. This was on October lltli, from that day to this he has not been seen and his reason for leaving or his whereabouts can not be discovered. When the neigh bors went to his ranch, it was found that all the clothing that had been taken was a light suit which he was wearing during the warm weather which prevailed at that time. The best of his clothes were left and if he left the country on a sudden impulse, he certainly did not take enough clothes to "wad a shotgun" as friends in looking over his effects discovered. The ranch buildings were left as they would be left by a man expect ing to return immediately: the chick ens were there and two horses. The day before his disappearance he bought part of a load of grain and from what can be learned he had made prepara tions to winter on his ranch. It is known that Quay had money on his person at the time of his mysterious taking off. A short time since, news was received from Ireland that he had been left a farm, which though not extremely valuable would have furnished means enough to keep him in fairly good circumstances the rest of his life. The mysterious disappearance busi ness seems to be in a flourishing con dition in the vicinity of Rogers, for only a few weeks after this mat ter was brought to public notice, Clias. Slierbino, the neighbor of Quay left suddenly and has not since been heard from. Slierbino left his ranch in almost the same manner as Quay and left a mare and a colt and a large number of chickens to shift for them selves. Slierbino is a man well along in the forties and has herded sheep considerably, though for a time he worked in the tie camp at Martins dale during the building of the Mon tana Railroad. The ranchers living in the vicinity of Rogers have decided to probe the matter of Quay's disappearance to the bottom and are bent on liuding out what happened to the unfortunate man if possible. As soon as the snow melts out of the coulees and it is possible to make a thorough search of the surrounding country, steps will be taken in an endeavor to solve the mystery. Remember, the Democrat and the best state map ever published for less than the price of the map, 83.00. INVFNTftD^ Pine Domestic Cigar. 11^ V L.11 I UKJ- Un sa i t . at all dealer?. WITH FERGUS WOOLGROWERS All Conditions Point to one of the Most Successful Seasons Ever Seen in the Basin. OUTLOOK FOR THE LOCAL MARKET Many of the Largest Wooigrowers in the County Will Bring Their Clips to This City. If present conditions prevail through out the remainder of the season, the year 1905 wi[l be the banner sea son for the wool growers of Fergus county. With fevorable weather con ditions, there will not be a woolgrow er in the entire county who will not nave something substantial to show for his year's work. Already there are a great many sheepmen who are ahead of the game through their lamb sales alone. Messrs. Thompson and Kailsback, sheep buyers from Hillings, have been in the county for several weeks past and have about cleaned up all of (lie surplus lambs and other sheep. And, what is more to the advantage of the woolgrower, they have been paying top prices for what they have pur chased. It is stated that over twen ty thousand sheep have been sold by the wooigrowers in t he St anford,Utica and Philbrook sections of the county at an average of 83 a head. Several thousand were sold at 83.25 a head. This means the distribution of from 8(50,000 to $70,000 among t ne stockmen of that part of the county and insures easier times among all classes in that end of the county. Lambing will be in full operation within a few weeks and the success of this important part of the industry depends largely upon climatic condi tions. A large number of the wool growers of Fergus county are nut new so much at the merCy of the elements as in former days or even in other parts of the state at the present time, as they have, generally speaking, suffi cient hay and sheds to protect their ewes and lambs from any ordinary storm. Sufficient moisture lias fallen during the last two weeks to insure good green grass just as soon as the sun shines warm and bright for a week or ten days. If the lambing season is successful, the main troubles of the woolgrower will have passed. It is the very general impression that*the wool situation will take care of itself. Seldom in the history of the woolgrowing industry in this state lias the competition for wool been so keen among the various big wool purchasing firms. Commencing with the very close of the season last year, the wool houses have had their men in the west contracting for the unshorn clips at prices from two to three cents higher than were paid last season. Millions of pounds of wool in Montana have been so con tracted. There lias been but little of this sort of buying done in Fergus county but it is probable that there will be some scrambling over some of Hie choice clips here long before the wool is taken from the backs of the sheep. "Jack" Patterson, buyer for Jeremiah Williams & Co., arrived in the city last week and others will undoubtedly follow. Taken altogether, the best, wool in Montana is raised in Fergus county. It is always light and clean but this year it. promises to be oi es pecially tine quality owing to the dry, open winter. All wooigrowers to whom the Democrat representative lias talked, express tlie belief tHat the average price in t his county will be twenty cents a pound. Some of the consarvative ones predict that twen ty-five cents a pound will lie paid rot wool on the local ma.ikel before the season is far advanced. Prospects are exceedingly bright for a splendid wool market in this city tiie coming season. Last year there were two million pounds handled from this point but it is con servatively estimated that there will he from three million to four million pounds shipped from Lewistown next fall. During the last month, the managers of several large outfits have been in the city talking with our merchants over the price of sup plies. Three or four of them have informed the Democrat that the prices are entirely satisfactory and that they will bring in their wool. Although the merchants here suffer a disadvantage in the matter of freight rates, they are alive to tIre necessity of capturing this trade and are making prices to wooigrowers which are as good as can be obtained in either Hillings or Great Falls. The LanK Eared lint. The long eared bat puts itself to bed in wraps not only of its *>wu wings, but supplemented by the folding of its own enormous ears. This little lirltlsli mammal, the body of w|tich is only two inches long from the tip of the nose to the base of the tail, has the largest ears, in proportion to its size, of any animal in the world. They are an Inch and a half long and three-quar ters of an inch broad, and when their owner proposes to. go to sleep it bends them outward and then backward, folding them down on either side of its head and shoulders before bringing up the wings to cover its sides. When waking up it is quite u business for the little bat to get its tall ears straight ened out and into position again. They jemain for some time at "half cock" and then are gradually set up and erected to serve the animal while awake.--London Nature. The rCtjvcusInn "Croat Scott!" Convsp mdents of the London Acade my have been discussing the origin of the American expression "Great Scott!" One thought it arose in some obscure way from the name of General Wiutleld Scott. Another writes: "Surely the con nection of this with General Wintield Scott, mentioned by your correspond ent, is doubtful—probably a inert! volks etomologie or story invented to account for a word not otherwise understood. Russell's 'Current Americanisms' mere ly delines it as a 'euphemistic oath of no great force and very uncertain ori gin.' lie must have been acquainted with the Wintield Scott story and (as he is elsewhere very hospitable to fan cy derivations) must have laid reasons for rejecting thist one, hut il is odd that he did not record the fairly obvious cor ruption of the German '(truss Gott!' " Warlike, lint Polite. Ernest Vcilel, a Paris literary man, was once a lieutenant in the French navy. At one time he commanded a small warship charged with the duty of preventing the entrance of foreign ves sels into a Siamese harbor. A Scandi navian ship, with a Siamese commodore who called himself -Armand Duplessis do Richelieu, attempted to enter by the alleged authorization of the French minister at Bangkok. M. Vede wrote a note in these terms: "If you don't de sist, I shall open tire." Then he lenrn tliat Mine. Richelieu was with her hus band, and he tied the note to a magnif icent bouquet. The commodore with the illustrious name desisted and thank ed the polite lieutenant profusely for the flowers. Gray Eyes nml I.nrellpdit. There are no finer eyes in the world than those clear gray eyes of Quaker gray that now and then we see In some good woman's face. Somehow or other they fill you with a vague desire to pray. They are the eyes that shine with lovelight (a beautiful old word), the light of an exceeding kindness for all living things. The green iris has had a bad reputa tion. Shakespeare speaks of eyes "green as leeks" and jealousy as a "green eyed monster." A person with green eyes is often stigmatized as "cat eyed" and Is supposed to possess all a cat's purring and Ingratiating insinuation.—Brown Book. A Scotch Transaction. A highlander who sold brooms went into a barber shop in Glasgow to got shaved. The barber bought one of liis brooms and after having shaved him asked the price of it. "Twopence," said the highlander. "No. no," said the oth er, "I will give you a penny, and if that does not satisfy you take* your broom again." The highlander look it and asked what lie had to pay. "A pen ny," said the barber. "I,will gie you a bawbee, and if that doesn't satisfy you pit on my heard again."—London Tat ler. The SchenierN. "Don't you sometimes think that you are too much attached to money?" "No," answered Dustin Stax. "If you knew all the schemes to pry a man loose from it you'd realize that he has to be closely attached."—Washington Star. Experience or Reminiscence. The Author's Wife—How can you write an up to date sea story when you haven't been on the water for years? The Author—Well, I've been married for twenty years, and yet I can write a love story.—Life. The Hllter End. A pupil In one of the New York pub lic schools was asked to write a sen tence containing the words "bitter end." lie turned In the following: "A Jog chased a eat and bitter end." Without the Silence. Snacks—Did your wife's mother treat you with silent scorn? Jacks— No such luck; she just treated me with scorn. PUNISHMENT FOR THREE MEN Frank Wells, 0. E. Gunther and Will iam Price all Enter Pleas of Guilty Before Court. WELLS GOES TO PENITENTIARY Horse Stealing the Charge—Gun ther Puts Ip a Big Fine and Price Goes to Jail. Three men who tresspassed against the peace and dignity of tlie state went before Judge Cheadle last week, pleaded guilty and were given their punishments. O. E. Gunther, the life insurance man who was arrested last winter on a charge of drawing a check on a bank in which he had no funds de posited, came up Friday afternoon and entered a plea of guilty to (he charge of pel it larceny and was lined $207 which lie paid and was permit tod t o go his wii.v. Saturday afternoon, Frank Wells pleaded guilty to the charge of grand larceny and was sentenced to one year in the penitentiary, lie stole a horse from John La Fontaine. William Brice who was charged with assault, also entered a plea, of guilty Sat unlay afternoon and was fined $100 lie paid $20 of the fine and went to jail to serve out tlm re mainder of t he fine. Easter Music at St. Jumes' Church. Opening hymn "The strife is o'er." No. 121. Te 1 >eum Jackson in F. lilt roit hymn "Jesus Christ is risen to-day." No. 112. Is y tie Tuckerman. Tersanctus Ely Service Book. Communion hymn—"At the Lamb's high Feast we sing." Gloria in Excelsis Ellwariger. "Nunc DImittis." EVENING SERVICE. Opening hymn "Jesus Christ is risen to-day." Magnificat—Runneth in F. Nunc Dimitt is Bunnell in F. Hymn before sermon "Come, ye faithful, raise'the strain." Hymn after sermon "He is risen! He is risen!" CLEAN UP. Editor Democrat: With the coming of spring, isn't it about time that the citizens of Lewis town got together and did something in Hie way of "town cleaning?" More one particularly in regards to our yards, streets and alleys. As it is now, old papers and all sorts of t rash are thrown broadcast to be blown around by the wind and annoy those of us who want to make the city beautiful. Tin cans, ashes and litter of all sorts are thrown either into the alleys or adjacent lots to become an eye sore and a menace to the public health. This should be stopped and it seems to the writer that some means could be adopted bv which lit ter of I his sort could be kept in cans and taken away at stated intervals. Some outerprisining individval could make a good living by making a busi ness of it, call at each house at stated intervals and hauling it away at so much per month. The city is "hard up," as I under stand it, has very little money to go on, but the weeds and grass are grow ing (or very soon will be) in some of our streets. Why can't each resident, property owner and tenant alike, take, say thirty minutes someday and clean out the weeds that are growing in front of his house? Surely that is little enough to do, but if all do it, it will work a wonderful change for the better in t lie appearance of some of our streets. Then again, (as a suggestion,) don't put all your energy and time in the front yard, clean up the back yard as well, have a nice grass platt and some flowers back as well as in the front. Seeds cost but a few cents, and surely the bloom and fragrance to be had more than repay one for the labor of planting them. And what a relief it would be for the tired wife to look out of tiie kitchen window and see a nice piece of green lawn, with a charming little flower bed or two. Home will be a much pleasanter place, and Hie "men folks" would probably get better cooking if our hack yards were fixed up a little cozier. People are, as we all know, influenced in a great measure by t heir surroundings, and the aim of all should be to make these as pleasant as possible. We are going to have a large num ber of strangers with us this summer, many of whom will invest if the con ditions are favorable, but. no one wants to make Ids home or invest 1 1 is money in a dirty slouchy city. With by little work and pulling to gether we can make this Hie most beautiful little city in the state of Montana. We have the water and know what varieties of trees and shrubs will grow. So let us all get together and clean up, so that strang ers and citizens alike can truly say: This is indeed tiie "Gem City of the glorious Judldth Basin." One ok Them. JOHN A. DRAKE VISITS MINES Famous Chicago Millionaire Arrived •in the City Last ivening on Tour of Inspection. WHS TOOK OVER HIS SANTIAGO Not S tilly Determined as to Wheth er or Not Mill Will lie Brill This Summer. John A. Drake of Chicago, owner of the Gold Beef mine hi the Judith mountains and the largest, sharehold er in in the North Moceashi Mining company, arrived in Ibis city last, night and left this morning for Ken dall where lie will spend a day and then go to Gill Edge to look over the Gold Reef. He was accompanied to this city by bis hi'oMicr-ln-law, II. M. Kay of Chicago and Mr. Armstead, a mining expert of New York. J. J|. McCormick, former superintent of the Gold Reef, accompanied the party to Kendall and Gill Edge. Mr. Drake would not commit him self its to his intent ions in the matter of putting up a mill on the Santiago property near Kendall, lie said that that he would he belter prepared to speak as soon as lie has made an ex aminalion of tiie property. It has been persistent ly rumored for several months that he intends to build the mill this summer and it is likely that he will make known Ids intentions as soon as lie returns from his trip to the mountains. They will return to Lewistown the latter part of the week. MOORE. The real estate ollice of Nihill dfc Malcolm is completed and the enter prising tirin of real estate dealers is ready for business. The building of the church is al most completed and services will he held there next Sunday by the Bov. Lemon. The late snow storm has proved of great benefit to this section of the county and the farmers.are busilv en gaged hi breaking new land. E. A. Watts died oil Sunday from the effects of a paralytic stroke. Mr. Watts was t he fat her of M r.s. Denton of this place and also leaves three sons and a wife to mourn his loss. The funeral took place Tuesday morn ing, last week, at 10 o'clock. The in terement took place at, the Moore cemetery and the funeral services were conducted by Hie Bev. Lemon In the presence of a large gathering of friends and relatives of the deceased who had made many friends during his residence in this part of the coun try. Albert Barney will move into ids new residence tomorrow. Mr. Bar ney's new home is one of tiie best in Moore. The team being driven by Park Newell on Sunday, became uncon trolable and broke loose irom tiie buggy. One of tiie horses was scratched up a little but no serious damages resulted. Thomas Malcolm is in Lewistown on business in connection wit li tiie firm of Nihill & Malcolm. It. F. Dadman reports that the calf crop tliis year is a success owing to the favorable weather during the early spring.