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INCREASED INCOME EROM THE
CITY WATER WORKS SYSTEM THE AFFAIRS OF THIS DEPARTMENT HAVE BEEN ENTIRELY REORGAN IZED BY PRESENT ADMINISTRATION-CITY CLERK DEKALB MAKES A DETAILED STATEMENT TO THE PUBLIC. Few people know of the manner In which the city water works system is now being conducted. Lewistown is bonded for $60,000 for her water works system, and It will be a matter of gen eral interest to all to know how the department in which this vast ex pen diture was made, is conducted. At the request of the Democrat, City CClerk H. L. DeKalb has prepared a written statement giving facts and figures concerning the operation of the department. The following written statement contains everything that any fair minded citizen desires to know on the subject: Lewistown's experiment In muni cipal ownership of public improve ments may yet be a profitable one. It is extremely possible and, from the most gratifying showing made by the new system adopted May 1st last, highly probable that within ten years Lewistown will have made a substan tial step towards the final payment of the bonded indebtedness incurred in the installation of our present water system. Whether or not it will prove to be a profitable one, can best be Judged from the other end of that per iod. If the wooden pipes used in the construction of the water mains are as durable as they should be, the city will find at the end of that period, a system yet in the ficst stage of its use fulness. If the pipes are in a state of decay, as some think they will be; or, if they are habitually springing leaks, as some portions of the system are already doing, then the experiment will have proven a dismal failure. Whether or not the system will stand the ever increasing demands made up on it. and its condition ten years hence, are matters of speculation, and present questions over which compe tent engineers will debate, so I shall pass the point without expressing an opinion of any weight. There are many who fear the system will be greatly impaired and decidedly inefficient at the end of that period. Let us trust otherwise, however. The tax-payfrs of the city of Lewis town should become highly interested in the conduct of the water system. Years hence a great many will have occasion to reproach themselves fog the apathy with which they have view ed the manner in which it has been conducted in the past. That the methods employed in the past have been grossly inefficient is patent to anyone who knows of conditions as they existed prior to the first day of May, 1905. February 1st, 1903, our present Al derman H. C. Brown had city water installed at his premises, and it is safe to assume that date as the correct date water was first used from the city mains. Since Februarylst, 1903, to May 1st, 1905, there has been collect ed and turned into the city treasury, as water rent the amount of $5,095.08 It is safe to say that hitherto the ex pense of conducting the water system has almost equalled the Income. Out of the $5,095.08 must come approxi mately $600.00 for taps and curb cocks furnished by the city to consumers, which consumers are required to pay for, leaving about $4,500 as the total income from the sale of water since the installation of the system to May 1st, 1905. The bonded indebtedness of the city for the water system, and for that which must necessarily go with it, the sewerage system—is $60,000. This is represented by two bond issues, one of $50,000 due in 1922, the other of $10, due in 1923. The interest on the two bond issues amounts to the gross sum of $3,000 annually. It will be seen that there must be a great increase from the system in earnings, or the city will have to refund bonds when the present ones mature. On the last day of May, 1905, I un dertook the almost herculean task of reforming the methods used in con ducting the water system, and placing it upon a paying basis. It will be very interesting to the citizens of the citv to know what has been done in the past and what is being done at the present time. Some idea of the Importance of rejuvenating the entire system can be gained by comparing the following figures: The average monthly income from the water system up to May 1st, 1905, was $188.70. The average monthly in come from May 1st to the present time is $374.28. This last amount, un der present management, will not de crease; on the contrary, there is ev ery reason to believe there will be a handsome increase of revenues right along. The total income from May 1st, 1905, is $1,831.40. As most of the tax-payers know, the present system used in the collection of water rents is much different than before. Under the present regime, the consumer must pay his bills in ad vance,—the penalty for failing so to do being the deprival of the use of water. There is no extra cost from hiring some person to visit each con sumer and personally collect the rents. That system entailed a needless ex pense and burden upon the water works fund, and under that system many escaped paying their dues alto gether. The city ,no doubt, lost i great deal af money because of that system of collecting. The entire system wgs carefully checked over by the city engineer at the beginning of the fiscal year, May 1st, 1905, and some were found who were apparently receiving a free use of water. New ratings were then made, according to data furnished by the city engineer and it was foui|d that scarcely anyone was paying ac cording to the schedule given in the ordinance controling water rates. A very few were paying more than they should, but a far greater number were paying much less than the ordinance prescribed they should pay. At present there has been some need ful red tape adopted. No one can make a connection with the water mains without first securing permission of the city engineer and paying in ad vance for such fixtures as the city furnishes. An application must be made in writing, and a licensed plumber secured to do the work. As soon as the work is completed and In spected by the city engineer, the wat er Is turned on and a specific report made by the plumber as to Just what the water is used for; whereupon the books of the water collector show a new consumer added and what he is charged for. A bill is at once sent him and he becomes at once acquainted with the business methods of the Lew istown water works. Thus the water system is growing from month to month; and if properly managed, I have no doubt, will become a source of great revenue to the city. The methods in vogue at the present time are, perhaps, not all they should be, but so many difficulties confront ed me when 1 attempted to bring or der out of the chaotic condition that 1 am gratified to think that they are even as good as they are. One thing I feel proud of, as a citizen and a taxpayer, the city is saving every cent of income from the water system, and the records are in good and perma nent shape. In a very few instances dissatisfaction has been evidenced at our methods; yet whenever a dissatis fied party was made to see how much more was being saved the city, than hitherto, and all because of those very methods, he general^ was more than satisfied. The water selling business of the city is now upon a firm and stable basis; up-to-date business methods are used. A card index system^ was installed as soon as it could be order ed and delivered, and a set of book keeping adopted such as will enable the tax-payer to know Just who pays and who does not; just how much is collected and just how much is turn ed over to the city treasurer at each monthly settlement. It may seem to a great many that the system is decidedly unprofitable as yet, but time alone will tell wheth er or not that be true. In considering the profits derived, I have but set forth the revenues derived. But the city is receiving great benefit in other ways. Just how much in dollars and cents the fire protection of the water system is worth per year is a matter of speculation. It is considerable, however,and the aitizens should not feel discouraged. I feel sure that by the end of the fiscal year those who have been viewing theis public im provement with pessimistic eyes will become decided optimists. "Still another thing I have not hith erto enumerated, which is still more difficult to reduce to a dollars and cents proposition. That is to say, the possibilities of beautifying private properties by the use of city water. There are fifty water consumers in the city who have made great progress along that line, and many beautiful lawns, adorned with trees and shrub bery are in existence, which were im possible before the advent of the wat er works. That is an item which must be reckoned in when we come to fig ure the profitableness of the system, for no one will bispute that the whole city is materially, perhaps pecuniar ily, benefited thereby. H. LEONARD DeKALB. Mrs. Gebo's Death. After six weeks of patient suffering, Mrs. Gebo, fully conscious of the ap proaching end, and surrounded by all of those most dear to her. breathed her last at 5:20 o'clock Sunday even ing. The end had not been unexpect ed and, despite the verdict of the at tending physicians, who had exhaust every means known to medical science, the brave little woman declined to give up and encouraged all of those around her with the firm conviction that she would be up and well within a short time. The best of ineUcal skill and trained nurses had been en gaged In the effort to save the life of this fond mother and devoted wife. Dr. Johnson of Bridger devoting his en tire attention to the patient. At vari ous times a ray of hope went out from the sick chamber, Mrs. Gebo giving evidence of a rally for the better. But the deadly malady of blood-poisoning had a firm grip and gradually it ab sorbed the beautiful life of one who was esteemed by her many virtues of heart and domestic devotion. Particularly sad is the death of Mrs. Gebo from the fact that she was in the very flower of lovely womanhood, the mother of five young children, ranging in age from three to twelve years. She was taken by the Grim Reaper, just at the time when living was a pleasure and she and her devot ed husband had reached the stage to most enjoy the best of this world's pleasures. Only three weeks before her fatal illness. Mrs. Gebo had returned with her husband from a two months' tour of Europe. During her absence a new and commodious home had been in the course of construction at their splendid estate at Gebo, in the Clark Fork valley, but it was not ordained that she should enjoy it. To Mar. Ge bo the deepest sympathy goes out in his great bereavement. Mrs. Gebo was only 32 years of age. Frazee, Minnesota, gave her birth; she was married 14 years ago at Per ham, Minnesota, and most of her mar ried life was spent in Montana. The body was forwarded to Red Lodge Tuesday, encased in a light blue plush casket. It was taken from the train to the Congregational church, where where it was surrounded by many beautiful floral tributes. After the funeral party from Bridger and Gebo had lunched services were held in the church. Rev. Spaulding eulogized the beautiful lie of the deceased and com forted with words of good cheer the afflicted family and relatives. Oppor tunity was given those who so desired to take a last look at the face of the dead, after which the cortage was formed, comprising a long line of car riages, and the sorrowing mourners rpoceeded to the cemetery. Many members of the Masonic fraternity, of which Mr. Gebo is a member, at tended the funeral in regalia, as a tribute of respect.—Red Lodge Picket. 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. H 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. H. SMITH. Seed Wheat. After next Friday I will have a lim ited quantity of fine Turkey red seed wheat for sale. Price, $2.00 per bushel. A sample of same can be seen at the Democrat office. J. W. HUGHES. The Hamilton piano was a prize winner at Paris,, Australia and St Louis. Q W. COOK Land Attorney Real Estate Notary Public and Insurance Fifth Ave., next to Golden Rule Store Lewistown, - - Montana. Culver & Culver ..Photographers.. Thoroughly under stand the needs of the Amateur and are head quarters for materials of all kinds. DAVID IIILGER E. O. BUSENBURG Hitgcr Busenburg The Pioneer Real Estate and Live Stock Commission Agents Land Office Attorneys Conveyancing and Accident and Fire In= surance Agency. LAND ZSCRIP FOR SALE Phone 81 LEWISTOWN, MONTANA -wvS 2>o You Eat? You surely do, and you want the best that can be obtained. - You h> ill get it at CHRISTIE'S RESTAURANT Quick and accommodating service. All of the good things the markets afford. Located the building formerly occupied by the Fad Shoe Store. If you are pleased with our work, tell others, if not, tell us. Red's Place THE POPULAR BARBER SHOP Bath Rooms in Connection J_ S. KELLY Notary Public Commission Agent, Real Estate In vestments, Insurance, etc. Reference: First National Bank of Lewistown; J. T. Wunderlln, Lewis town, Mont. OFFICE KENDALL, - - MONTANA WM. JENKINS BARBER All barbers employed are First Class Workmen. Hot and Col'' "Hhs in connec tion........................ Main St. Lewistown, Mont. I kill™.COUCH l»«D CURE the LUWOS WITH ir.&isig's ™C GN8UMPTI0N Price OUGHSand 50c & $1.00 IQLDS Free Trial. Surest and Quickest Oure for all THROAT and LUNG TROUB LES, or MONEY BACK. Absolutely the Best Coal in the county Delivered to any part of the city in any Quantity. 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