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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol, II. No. 4. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1905. Price 5 Cents FIRST STATE CONVENTION IN LEWISTOWN AN ENTIRE SUCCESS FIREMEN OF THE STATE ARE ENTERTAINED IN A MANNER WHICH RE FLECTED CREDIT ON LOCAL DEPARTMENT-ONE OF THE BEST SESSIONS EVER HELDSI NCE ASSOCIATION WAS ORGANIZED As the train pulled around the bend last Saturday morning, one of the busiest weeks in the history of Lewis* town came to an end. The train car ried away from the city abcjit forty fire fighters of the state who, from their own account, were regretfully leaving the scene of a pleasant and profitable visit. The week was, in many ways, event ful. It was eventful In proving to some people that they could go five days without sleep. It was eventful in that it was the first state convention that Lewistown ever entertained. It was eventful in that it proved that Lewistown can do such things about as well as any place in the common wealth, and It was eventful because Bill Nye of Livingston would not per mit it to be any other way. From the moment the delegation landed Monday evening, pleasure crowded fast upon the heels of pleas ure. Liberally intermingled with the pleasurable events were the business sessions of the convention. These business meetings were particularly prominent because, perhaps, they had never commanded much absorbing in terest at previous conventions. The convention got fairly down to business Wednesday morning. The program as given in a previous issue was followed out and some of the best pajiers ever heard before a Montana fire conven tion were read. A lively discussion followed almost every paper. Those who had little to say in past conven tions aired their opinions freely in this meeting and greatly to the benefit of all present. There was frequently dif ferences of opinion and the arguments waxed warm at times, but it was al ways good natured. Chief Lapp of Butte. French of Great Falls, Bond of Billings, May of Missoula and Alex ander and Langhor of Missoula each managed to get in a word in every dis cussion and the younger fire fighters of the state learned much from these experienced men in the business. The crowning business session of the meeting was held Friday evening, at which the mayor, all of the aider men and a large number of prominent citizens were present by special invi tation. Electric wiring and other sub jects of general interest were brought up for discussion and the talks which followed the reading of the subjects was of profound interest to everyone present. On Wednesday morning Retiring President John C. Bebb was present ed with a beautiful gold badge by the association. Judge E. K. Cheadle, on behalf of the association, made the presentation speech, in which he warmly praised the president of the association for his earnest zeal and the success which has attended his efforts in this direction. President Bebb made a feeling response to the presentation speech, expressing his gratitude for the emblem of esteem j/id good wish es of his brother firemen. The badge is a beautiful one, hav ing been made of solid gold by a New York jeweler who is famous the coun try over for his exquisite workman ship. A most enjoyable time was had Tu esday evening at the smoker which •was given at the hall. All of the visi tors were present and a large number of citizens accepted invitations to be present. Roy E. Ayers was the pre siding genius at this function and some good speeches were made by gentlemen who were called upon. Wednesday evening was devoted to a big dance which was given in Cul ver's hall. The floor was in excellent condition and a five-piece orchestra furnished music for this occasion. The hall was crowded by 10 o'clock and a merrier crowd never assembled to do honor to the terpsichorean pas time. About 11:30, while everyone was In the midst of an ecstatic waltz, the fire alarm sounded. Whirling partners were left in the middle of the floor by firemen who knew nothing but in stant response to the fire bell. Many thought that it was only another false alarm but very soon it was learned that the fire was genuine, the barn of George J. Bach having, in some mys terious manner, caught fire. The prompt response to the fire alarm saved the barn from total destruction and kept Mr. Bach from losing a valu able automobile which he kept in the lower part of the barn. After the blaze was over, the boys returned to the ball room where a kangaroo court was organized and and Bill Nye tried on the charge of having set fire to the barn and basely interrupting the dance. Roy E. Ayers presided as chief justice and after hearing the charge and the defence, which was skillfully conducted by the versatile Bill, declared the prisoner guilty and ordered that he give every It man in the ball room a cigar. The dance was an entire success in every particular and prepared the peo ple for the big time the next day when the barbecue was pulled off. The barbecue, which was billed as the chief attraction of the week, fully come up to the expectations of all. It was given on Little Casino creek on the Day place, about three hun dred yards form town. Levi Likins of Twin Bridges, a son of Ham who was raised in the land of barbecues, had full charge of the actual barbecue work, and about 12 o'clock Wednesday night put the meat over the pit to be cooked. A big steer and two hogs, do nated by Oscar Stephens, and two sheep donated by the Abel boys, were roasted and everything was in readi ness for the big crowd by noon Thurs day. Bread, pickels and other edibles were furnished to go with the meat and several barrels of the product of the Lewistown brewery washed the food down. It is estimated that not less than two thousand people went to the bar becue grounds during the day. From this it may be seen that the Lewis town fire company entertained not on ly the visiting firemen but hundreds of citizens as well. The carving was done by Billy Abel and Slater Bros., with Curley Van doing a little slicing on his own account. The band played, Bill Nye and Tennessee engaged in a friendly contest and all went along as merrily as a bunch of wedding bells. Much interest centered in the regu lar meeting Friday afternoon at which time the meeting place of the associa tion next year was to be decided. There were but two towns, Havre and Hamilton, making the fight for the convention and the delegates from these two places got pretty busy Fri day morning. Chief West of Havre placed his town before the convention and Chief May of Missoula advanced some arguments tending to show that Hamilton would be the better place. A ballot was taken and Hamilton won by 23 to 11. Chief West then moved that the election of Hamilton be made unanimous. The motion prevailed with a hurrah. Chief McMurray of Hamilton was called on for a speech and responded, briefly thanking the convention for the honor bestowed upon his town and upon himself. The following officers were elected for the year: President—Chief W. E. McMurray of Hamilton. Secretary—Albert Hork, Hamilton. Treasurer—George Lapp, A. C. M. Co., Butte, re-elected. Directors—Chief May, Missoula: Chief Clark, Big Timber; Chief Sanger, Butte. The following vice presidents were elected: Hamilton—W. P. O'Brien. Lewistown—A. Van Iderstine. Walkerville—Neill Murry. Kalispell—Wm. McDonald. Missoula—A1 May. Great Falls—F. H. Jones. Livingston—Bill Nye. Billings—C. J. Davis. Helena—J. H. McConnell. Philipsburg—A. A. Fairbairn. Butte—Geo. Lapp. Virginia City—J. T. Walker. Red Lodge—P. J. Roff. Williamsburg—L. Lindquist. Big Timber—J. P. Clark. Havre—Thos. Havre. Anaconda—R. F. Mentrum. Washoe Smelter—J. S. Stephens. Miles City—J. L. DeVarle. Whitehall—W. H. Wolfe. Deer Lodge—R. Lee Kelly. The report of the committee on res olutions was as follows: "We, your committee on resolutions, report as follows: "That this, the Sixteenth Annual Convention of the Montana State Fire man's Association, has been one of the most successful and beneficial ever held. That our most greatful thanks be extended to the citizens of Lewis town, to the officers of the Montana State Fireman's association, to Hon. Jesse Pinkley, mayor of the city, to the Lewistown Fire Department, to Chief J. C. Bebb, to the Judith Club, to the Montana railroad for the cour tesy and kind accommodation in transportation, and the same to all railroads of the state, and to Hon. Judge Cheadle for his kind and able address of welcome and for his appre ciation of the association by his at tendance of our meetings, and his eu tiring efforts to make our visit pleas ant while here. Therefore, Be it Resolved That, We recommend that each department of the state send as many delegates as they wish and request the chief and all delegates to come in uniform. We ask that the secretary of the as sociation send invitations to the mayor and aldermen <|' each city and town to attend our next meetiing and that a special efort be made to secure their attendance. Therefore, Be it Resolved That, We Montana arrange to have their annual recommend the mayors of the cities of meeting at the same time as the fire men and that the secretary mail a copy of the proceedings and mark this clause, to the said mayors. We further recommend that the Montana State Fireman's association as a body Join the National Fireman's association at this time. Therefore, Be it Resolved, That, We recommend that the chiefs on return ing to their respective homes take up the question of outside electric wiring with a view of securing an ordinance on the subject and that a copy of this resolution be sent to every city clerk. We desire to express our extreme re gret at the absence of our brother members from this meeting. Respectfully submitted, JOSEPH SMITH II. frank McConnell. MIKE PETERS. JERRY SHINNICK. C. J. DAVIS. Bill Nye commenced ringing the fire bell at 5 o'clock Saturday morning and had all of the boys out an hour before train time. The Lewistown band routed out and went to the depot to assist in giving the visitors a great sendoff. A hundred or more citizens were also there and on every side were heard reflections upon the week of fun and mutual regrets because of the departure. Farewells were waived as the train went around the curve and the most successful meeting in the history of the Montana State Fire men's association was at an end. CONVENTION NOTES. Cy Gray, a former resident of Lew istown, but now a member of the Hel ena fire department and an empyole of the street railway company, was one of the delegates to the convention. He made a bee line for the bowling alley upon jumping from the train and showed that he has not entirely for gotten how to use the lignum vitae. Bill Nye had in a fire alarm within less than three minutes after the train pulled in. It was one of many that Bill turned in during his festive visit to Lewistown. The local boys made their first real run Tuesday night when the alarm came from the upper end of the city. It was mid night and some of them were in bed. A few thought that it was a false alarm but the flames were lighting up the sky up the creek and they got out and made a fine run. Their feelings may be better imagin ed than described when they found a big pile of dry goods boxes which some mendacious individual had piled up and touched off. Who did the Job was never discovered but it was observed by a few' that "Bud" Davis of Billings was not on the ground when the long run was made. "The best convention I have ever at tended," was heard on every side. Chief McMurray and Albert Hork, respectively president and secretary of the association, assured the boys that Hamilton will give them a warm time at the next meeting and all promised to be there. The quick work done by the boys at the Bach barn fire opened the eyes of the regulars to what can be accomp lished by a volunteer company w'hen properly trained. The connections were made w'ith a deftness which few paid departments could excel and there were a couple of streams of water playing on the fire in almost no time. At that, the boys had to work at a disadvantage as they were all at the dance, several blocks below the sta tion. when the alarm sounded. For tunately they had taken the precaution to have their apparatus with them. The resolutions committee presented a special resolution thanking Secretary Watson for his part in preparing for the convention and his assidious at tention to the duties of the office while the meetings were in session. To President John C. Bebb is due in a very large measure the entire suc cess of the convention. He has been working for a number of years to get the association to come to Lew'istown and after he succeeded in this he left nothing undone toward making the meeting a success. Billy Bebb and Ed Skinner kept faithul vigil over the refreshment counter and they were never lonesome. Mayor Pinkley made a hit with the visitors and all left wishing him a happy and harmonions administration. Together with Judge Cheadle, he was made an honorary member of the as sociation. Horsethief Killed. Malta, Sept. 7.—About 3 o'clock this afternoon Officers George Hall and Jack Teal come upon a horsethief by the name of James Reed, whom they were in search of, asleep in a coulee, about four miles southwest of here. After relieving him of a knife and two guns thev left for town, but it seems he did not care for their company and started to leave the officers. He had not gone far when a shot from the Of ficers' guns brought him down and killed him. It appears very likely that he was guilty as he had the stolen horse in his possession at the time he was found. It is claimed, and seems very probable, that he had other names, as letters indicate that fact. The coroner from Glasgow will be here tonight. Notice. Notice is hereby given that sealed bids for the erection of the public li brary will be opened Saturday, Sept. 16, 1905, at 4 o'clock p. m. at theof flee of Frank E. Smith. Plans and specifications can be seen at Harry Brown's store, corner Main street and Fifth avenue. All bids to be accom panied by certified check for 5 per cent of bid. H. C. BROWN. Secretary. WILL PROHIBIT SALOON SINGING IVlinstrel Sinqers in Lewistown Will Have to Seek Other Fields in Which to Plv Their Vocations. ANOTHER SALOON REGULATION Liquor Must Not Be Sold to Habitual Drunkards-Other Business By the City Council. The saloon men received another blow last Thursday evening when the city council, in regular session, declar ed against minstrel singing. The mat ter was brought up by Alderman F. E. Smith who submitted a motion that the city attorney draw up an ordinance fixing the license at $10 a day for min strel singing. Ihts motion was unani mously carried and it is thought that when the ordinance is put into effect, it will stop all of the minstrel singing on Main street. None of the saloons can hardly aford to pay a daily license of $10 in addition to the good wages which they have to pay to the musi cians. Marshal Burke complained to the council that it was practically impos sible to enforce the curfew ordinance as the fire bell is not arranged so as to permit the ringing of a eerfew bell. It was decided to use the small bell at the corner of Main street and Fourth avenue for this purpose. "Scotty," the painter, furnished a subject for some weighty discussion by the councilmen. "Scotty" has de veloped from a semi-occasional drunk into a perpetual jaggist and is now a constant source of trouble to the offic ers of tlie city. The council instruct ed the marshal that he should notify all of the saloon keepers in town that they will be punished to the fullest extent of the law if they provide "Scotty" with any more liquor. The report of Treasurer Deaton show'ed the following funds on hand: General und, $3,214.03; fire fund, $95; library fund, $1,691.78; water works fund, $730.30; sinking fund, $1,445.89. Total, $7,177. The overdrafts reported were: Wat er and sewer bond fund, $1,786.91; road fund, $534.63. Total, $2,321.54. This leaves a net balance in the funds of $4,855.46. The usual bills and pay rolls were allowed. PUGS PUT UP GREAT BATTLE Jimmie Britt, Lightweiqht Champion of the World Knocked Out By Battling Nelson. San Francisco, Sept. 9.—In a fight that will long stand in a class of its own in the history of ring contests, Battling Nelson, the sturdy little Dane •from Illinois, knocked out James Ed ward Britt of San Francisco at Colma this afternoon. The end came in the eighteenth round, and was a clean cut, fairly won victory. This is a simple statement of the result; the story of the battle itself furnishes a thrilling story. No element that goes to give the fight the superlative title of the "greatest" was missing. The surround ings, the crowd, the known bitterness of the men toward each other, the un certainty as to whether there would be a fight at all up to within a brief quarter of an hour before the fight ac tually begun; the cleverness, gameness and endurance disolayed by the two boxers—these are what made the fight a great one. It was the story of many anothet ring contest—the success of the strong, sturdy, enduring fighter against a clever, cool boxer. This, in brief is a description of Nelson and Britt's ring characteristics, respectively. From the very first moment of the fight, until Referee Graney finished the count of 10, Nelson forced the fighting. Though battered by innumerable bruising blows upon the face and body, and at times very tired, Nelson never for a moment gave ground. He came back after every vicious attack by the clev er Britt, always ready to exchange blows. For these rushing, forcing per sistent tactics of Nelson, Britt could find no effective counter. The Cali fornian tried every blow known to lim and he apparently knows all of them— to stop his tireless opponent. In every way he failed. It is true Britt pun ished Nelson severely, knocking him down once and staggering Him sever al times; but never was he able to beat him back and change the aspect of the fight. The eighteenth proved the end of Britt. A detailed account of the round, which lasted about two minutes, show little dlferenee from the others. Britt was tired but game and willing. Nel son forced him about, taxing and giv ing body blows, always boring in. lie cornered Britt and drove him against tile ropes. Britt squirmed out and sent a terrific left to the stomach that appeared to hurt Nelson. Nelson cov ered up his body and Britt swung for his face. Quick as a flash Nelson sent in a short, sharp left hand blow and took Britt squarely In the stomach. He gave way and stepped back, crouching in order to deceive Nelson and give himself time to recover. Nel son saw the damage his blow had in flicted, however, and pressed on. He forced Britt into his own corner and there, in a rally that lasted but a few moments, the end came. Britt went down suddenly. Nelson says it was from a blow on the jaw. Britt had no clear Idea after the fight what nut him out, but in the opinion of those who were close by it was the blow in the stomach that took all his remaining strength and lie fell from exhaustion. Contrary to general expectations, the crowd of 9,500 men and a score of wo men at the ringside was a most order ly one. The peculiar and stubborn ac tions of Nelson's manager, which left the public In doubt as to the referee up to the last minute, probably Is re sponsible for the crowd falling below expectations and made the gate re ceipts about $60,000 instead of $75,000 or $80,000. Referee Graney caused much sur prise after he had been chosen to act by declaring all bets off. Subsequent ly, he gave out to the newspapers, but not to the crowd, that bets made after his acceptance would stand. This was about 2:25 o'clock, which was an Im portant point to bettors who posted their money prior or subsequent to Graney's declaration. ADDITIONAL LOCAL. In giving an account of the* Labor Day l'aradc in tlu* Democrat last week we failed to make mention of the beau tiful float of A. Hopkins & Sons, the popular grocers. The firm stands ever ready to do their part in any public entertainment of whatsoever nature, just so long as it is for the benefit of Lewistown, and with their usual en terprise had a pretty float In the pro cession. We regret very much ti e oversight. P. I Moule, the ltercail woolgrower, was a visitor to Lewistown the latter part of the week. To the Democrat, Mr. Moule stated that the lower part of the country never looked better than at present. Although somewhat dry, the range affords excellent graz ing and as a consequence, stock of all kinds is in first siass condition. The fine season which the woolgrowers have had, caused by top prices for wool and sheep, have made that ex tensive wool growing section exceed ingly prosperous. The Citizens Bank of Moore opened its doors for business yesterday morn ing in temporary quarters. Tub. Bros, have been awarded the contract for the new building which will be of stone. It will be a two story building, the first floor being used for the bank ing offices and the second story for a hall for secret societies. The con tract calls for completion by October 15th, but Mr. T. J. Tubb nnforms the Democrat that they will have it ready for the bank to move in a week or two before that time. Austin W. Warr, assistant cashier of the Bank of Fergus county, arrived home Saturday evening from Butte to which city he went the first of the week to attend the unnual meeting of the State Bankers' association. Mr. Warr read one of the best papers heard by the convention and was hon ored by being elected vice president of the association for the ensuing year. He stated to the Democrat that the meeting was well attended and it was a most beneficial one from every view point. The meeting next year will be held In Great Falls. A crowded house greeted Mrs. Moore, the Philipsburg vocalist who appeared at the concert given last Thursday evening by the ladies of the Episcopal church. Seldom have the people of this city had an opportunity of hear ing such an accomplished vocalist as Mrs. Moore. She exercises excellent Judgment In the selection of songs best suited for her rarely cultivated voice, and from the first note had the audience with her. She was assisted by Miss Weinstein of Helena, who rendered several exquisite piano solos, and by a number of local musicians. Mrs. Moore left for her home yester day morning. David Scott, formerly a resident of this city but for the last year a resi dent of Gilt Edge, has returned to Lewistown and has resumed the prac tice of his profession, law. He will office with F. F. MacGowan on the cor ner of Fourth avenue and Janeaux street. Dave was first admitted to the bar in Kansas and was admitted by the supreme court of Montana in 1890. He was in the newspaper business here for a number of years and more recently has been engaged in the min ing business in the Judith mountains. He will, in addition to the regular practice of law, giving some attention land business, having had four years experience in a Kansas land office, thereby becoming proficient in this line of practice. Dave's friends wish him success in the practice of his pro fession. If you want all the local news read the Democrat. JOHN CONNORS DIES SUDDENLY Maiden Miner Drops Dead in the Presence of His Wife and Chil dren at His Home. BURIED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON Body Brought to This City Where Interment Was Made in the Catholic Cemetery. John Connors, aged 45 years, dropped dead at his home in Malden Sunday morning at 10 o'clock, miner's con sumption being the cause of his sud den demise. The death of Mr. Con nors was not looked for by his family or friends, although he had complain ed of pains in his left side and shoul der but a few moments before he was stricken. He had been sitting around the house for some time during the morning and about 10 o'clock got up to walk across the floor. Without a word he staggered and fell, his wife und some of the children being In the room at the time. Neighbors hastily came to his side but he was dead with in a few seconds after he fell. The body was brought to this city yesterday, arriving shortly after the noon hour, and was Interred In the Catholic cemetery at 6 o'clock, the Rev. Father Van Clurenbeek perform ing the last sad rites. Connors came to this part of the country about seven years ago from Winston. He went to ('.ill Edge and worked successively ill tile Gold Reef and Whiskey Gulch mines. A few months ago he moved to Maiden ar.d secoied a position in the Magii.nls mine which was started up about that lime. He leaves a wife and four chil dren, the oldest of which is 17 years and the youngest 8 years of age. He was a good, hard working man and had the friendship of all who knew him. Ills wife and children have the sympathy of the community in their sad affliction. eouiT suspects ARE RELEASED Coyle, Dennison, Hatch and Smith Held as Suspects in Studzinski Murder Case are Out. Coyle, Dennison, Smith and Hatch, the four men who were arrested a few days after the discovery of the murder of Humul Studzinski and held for the purpose of enabling the officers to thoroughly investigate the grounds for the suspicion against them, were released from custody yesterday, not sufficient evidence to hold them longer having been found. Coyle and Dennison, who were for merly in the saloon business in Lew istown, were known to be fumillar with the old man's habits and posses sions and their strange behavior im mediately following the murder caus ed the officers to go after them. Den nison was arrested In this city and Sheriff Slater and Under Sheriff Mar tin went out to Box Elder and got Coyle, who was running a saloon at that place. On the same day the city officers and Deputy Silverthorne ar rested Hatch and Smith. The officers worked hard on the case but could not find suffleitnt evidence to Justify a preliminary hearing, so after three weeks' imprisonment, the men were given their liberty. Ed Tubbs and Ed Parrent are now in Jail, but the officers have not yet found anything material against them and unless something develops they will be turned out today, or at any rate this week. In the meanwhile, the mystery grows deeper and the chances of ever bringing the murderers of the aged pawnbroker to justice becomes daily more remote. Mrs. Gebo Dead. Mr. Butler, who has charge of the office of the Spring Creek Coal com pany, yesterday received a telegram giving the news of the death of Mrs. S. W. Gebo which occurred on the ranch near Framburg, Sunday evening. She had been critically ill since early in July. Dissolution Notice. Notice is hereby given that the firm of Huntoon, Worden & Smith. Attor neys at Law, Lewistown, Montana, has been dissolved by mutual consent. Messrs. J. C. Huntoon and W. S. Smith have formed a new partnership as Huntoon & Smith, and Mr. Worden will practice alone. The present offices will be retained for the present and all unfinished busi ness will be attended to and complet ed by the members of the old firm. J. C. HUNTOON. E. G. WORDEN. W. S. SMITH.