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FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT.
(TOUT Se KELLY. Publishers. Subscription, per Year.............$2.30 LEWISTOWN, MONT., Sept. 19, Published Weekly. THE COUNTY FAIR. The Twelfth annual county fair held in Lewistown will open tomorrow morning. From present indications there will he good weather and the present fair should be the best in the history of the fair association. It should be the best in point of attend ance, at least, as the county has grown very materially in population during the last few years and the more peo pie there are in the city and county, the more there should be at the fair. A county fair should be patronized. It is an institution which is beneficial in more ways than one. Some over scrupulous people may object to the horse racing and such sports where chance takes a hand, but none can ob ject to the exhibition of the products of field, garden and mine. The county fair stimulates the stockman to raise better cattle, sheep and horses. It en courages the poultry man to improve the breed of his chickens, turkeys, ducks and other barnyard fowls. It induces the rancher to use methods that will produce longer and better heads of wheat or oats, more luxurl ent alfalfa. It inspires within the heart of the gardner the determination to grow larger tomatoes, longer ears of corn, heavier heads of cabbage. It arouses in the heart of the matron an uncontrolable inclination to make pret tier quilts, tastier aprons and more palatable pastry. The fair is more than this—that is, the county fair. It may not offer all of the wonderous attractions of a na tional or even a state exhibition, but it does give neighbors an opportunity to get together, listen to the band, ex change social greetings and forget for a day or two or three the feverish rush after the bauble, fortune. It gives the mind an opportunity to rest from the constant consideration of sordid things and dwell for a short while, at least, upon the things of a social nature which make for truer happiness, more permanent treasure than the posses sions of a Carnegie or Rockefeller. It brushes the cobwebs out of the soul and lets in the sunshine of good will and sociability. Remember these .tilings and find a time during the next three days to go down to the fair grounds. BRYAN STILL A FACTOR. For a man ivho has been twice de feated or the presidency of the United States by rather substantial majori ties, William Jennings Bryan still holds a very secure place in the hearts of many millions of America n peopb. That he has strengthened his position rather than lost an iota of his wonder ful popularity, we're led to believe by the general tone of the independent press of the country. As the matter now stands, next to Theodore Roose velt whose lofty position gives him the commanding prominence, Bryan is the first citizen of the Republic. Just now it would seem that the brilliant Nebraskan is the only hope of the democratic party three years from now. He is not the only hope but crowding events tend to show that he is a very substantial one. More through Roosevelt's personal popular ity than to any fundamental principal, the republicans swept the country last fall. It must be admitted, too, that Judge Parker was not the sort of a candidate to cause the millions of western democrats to grow very en thusiastic and this apathy on the part of the tens of thousands of straight party men undoubtedly lost a number of western states to the democratic cause. Parker's defeat was foredoom ed from the time he was nominated. By putting him up the democrats prac tically forsook the cardinal doctrine of their party and the fight was a diffl cult one for the old time campaigners. However admirable Parker may be as a man, however learned lie may be a jurist, however skilled he may be in statecraft, it remains that the demo crats made a monumental mistake in placing him before the American vot ers as their candidate. They left the vigorous, hid. pendent, progressive Americanism of the west for the aris tocratic, ultra-conservative, money mad and decadent Americanism of the east and got a deserved licking. Fail ing to win on the successive platforms of principle, they thought to get the coveted plum on a makeshift arrange ment with a more or less makeshift candidate. Having lost two battles by standing with the people, they decid ed to make a fight with the corporate interests of the country. The over whelming defeat brought the party to its senses and the next fight will be o» good old democratic lines with a man concerning whose old fashioned democracy there will be not the slight est doubt at the head. It now looks as if this man will be William Jennings Bryan of Nebraska if that statesman wants the nomina tion. Bryan is a much bigger man in every way than he was nine years ago or even five years ago when he was nom inated for the presidency. He has us ed the intervening years most advan tageously and his judgment has been ripened by his observations and ex periencee. He would have made a good president, honest, fearless and safe, nine years ago. He will make a better one, not more honest or fearless, but perhaps safer because of his larger ex perience, three years from this time. He is now on his way to Europe on an extended trip. With his wonderful power of observation and discrimina tion he will readily pick out the bad and the good in the monarchies and re publics of the old world. He will gather knowledge that will be of in estimable advantage to him in case he should be elevated to the position of president in his own country. He will meet the crowned heads of the other countries and they will be charmed with him just as every one who meets him is charmed. He will come back broader in his sympathies and more perfect embodyment of high thinking, generous, patriotic Americanism. It is being whispered among the newspaper men in high official circles in Washington that Roosevelt is go ing to forget the solemn promise which he made when the news of his election was carried to him and take another whirl at the presidency. Roosevelt, in some ways, is a pretty good man. He has not made a bad president, all things considered, but it will be a great big mistake in his life if he goes back on his promise unsolicited, to the American people. If he is too small to keep his word he is too small to sit in the executive's chair and he will find that the people generally look at it in this wise if he gets the nomination again. He will destroy the most ef fective weapon that his friends have ever had to use in his defense, a gen eral belief in his entire honesty and perfect sincerity. The first copy of the Inland Empire, published in the thriving metropolis of Moore, came to our desk last Thurs day, The proprietors are George H. Beasley and Butte Tipton, Mr. Tipton doing the editorial work and Mr. Beas ley attending to the business manage ment of the paper. It is a well written and neatly printed six column folio and all home print. It starts out with a generous advertising patronage by the business men of Moore, and being situated as it is, in the best new town, in the finest agricultural country in Montana, its changes for success are bright. The paper is republican in politics. The Democrat wishes Mes srs. Beasley and Tipton the best of success. The island of Sakhalin is described as being one of the richest countries in the world in coal, iron and other prec ious metals. Under the energetic de velopment of the little Japanese, this acquisition alone promises to fill the coffers of Japan fuller than any in demnity that could have ever been forced from Russia. The big show will he on tomorrow and will last three days. You are throwing yourself off for a bunch of fun if you do not get in here for at least one day. It is said that the relations beteewn Greece and Roumania are decidedly strained. They'd better look out or Teddy'll get 'em. M. Witte has left us. If M ever runs for czar we are with her. ADDITIONAL LOCAL. Am taking orders for spring delivery of everything in the nursery line. Satisfaction guaranteed. Samuel An derson. Andy Matthews, the Moore hardware man, was a visitor to this city last Wednesday. Purchase your bulbs for fail planting within the next two weeks. Samuel Anderson. The Judith Basin Commission and Collection Agency is the latest addi tion to the business directory of the city. The members of this firm Louis E. Place, manager, and H. L. DeKalb, attorney and secretary. Both gentlemen are well known here, Mr. DeKalb having been in the activ practice of the legal profession for ov er three years, having won a secure place in the ranks of the good lawyers of the state in that tine . Mr. Place has b^en a resident of Fergus county for the last fifteen years and knows ami is known by everybody. Roth are young men and hustlers from the jump. They will undoubtedly make their venture an entire success. Huntoon & Smith, lawyers! Phone TG. Offices opposite Day House. Why put off having those pictures framed? Take them to the L wistov.n Art Co. at once. A 25 per cent discount on all frames during September. Melzar Stevens, representative in the last lower house of the legislature from Meagher county was in this city la-t Friday night, having come over from his home near Winnecook to place one , of his c hildren in school here. Edgar G. Worden and David Scott have formed a law partnership and have offices on the second floor of the Telephone building on lower Main street. Mr. Worden, the senior mem ber of the firm, has been in the prac tice for a number of years in Lewis, town and has won an enviable posi tion as a barrister and counselor. Mr. Scott is just re-entering the practice of the profession after an interval of a number of years, during which time he was engaged in the newspaper and mining business, and is well known as a gentleman of splendid legal ability. The Democrat takes pleasure in wish ing the new firm success. Dr. Williard has leased his McDon ald creek ranch to J. B. Long for the winter. Worden & Scott, Lawyers, Telephone building, over U. S. Land Office. Mrs. Charles Kimball left last week for Twin Bridges, having been called there by the death of her sister, Mrs. J. M. Borne. Mrs. Borne died Sunday week and Mrs. Kimball hoped to get there in time for the funeral. The Hamilton piano is especially adapted to dry climates. Horace G. Phillips, the genial drug gist, went out to Straw on a short business visit yesterday. He was chap eroned as far as Moore by Gordon O. Shafer and reluctantly went the re mainder of the way alone. Archie Harrigan, who has made this city his home for over three years past, having recently been the local agent of the Black Diamond Coal Co., left yesterday morning for Spokane, from which city he will go to Green wood, B. C., to take a responsible po sition with the Diamond Drill Con tracting company. This is the com pany which has been doing the work in the Kendall district. J. A. Irvine, who has had charge of operations here, is an old friend of Mr. Harrigan's anJ upon leaving here for British Columbia induced his friend to promise eo fol low him. Archie is a popular young fellow and his friends, especially the girls, hate to see him leave Lewistown, but all wish him good luck at his new business. J. P. Clark and Dick Budd, delegates to the firemen's convention at Lewis town, returned Saturday evening. They report the attendance not as large as expected but this was made up In enthusiasm. Mr. Clark of this city was elected one of the directors for the ensuing year. They report the meeting the best ever held and too much cannot be said of the courteous treatment and entertainment accord ed the visitors by the firemen and citi zens of Lewistown. Hamilton was the unanimous choice for the next meet Big Timber Leader. IpmmmmromimmmimimmrommimmmnmmmH POWER'S -: FALL OPENING herewith extend you an invitation to visit our store during our opening which will last all of this week. Our store will open every night until 9 o'clock. You have no doubt heard a great deal of noise made by smaller concerns, proclaiming their wonderful price concessions. Tne av erage person has learned much to his regret, that any firm that so cruelly slaughters prices always destroys quality at the same time. The Power Mercantile Company has here tofore and shall continue to handle high class merchandise and nothing that is not reliable. In other words, we stand back of everything we sell and if, at any time, you find that the goods you bought are not what they were represented to be, we shall refund your money as cheerfully as we took it. Besides, we guarantee our prices to be at least as low as any store in town, quality considered. Call and inspect our goods. Power Mercantile Co. be Hamilton pianos at W. y. Smith's Worden & Scott, Lawyers, Telephone building, over U. S. Land Office. Fire Chief Alexander, H. Musher Eddie Spieth, M. Langohr and Charles Lund wall returned Saturday fiorn Lewistown, where they attended the annuai convention of the state fire men. The boys report that the peo ple of Lewistown gave them a splen did welcome and kept them well amused all the time they were the guests of the city, on the way „„ the Jawbone railroad the train they were Judith Hardware As the Water holes are Drying Fast ND you no doubt will have to dig wells in or der to get a supply of water, we cell your attention to our line of Iron Force Pumps, Corrugated Iron Pumps Wood Pumps, and A ermotor 8 ft. Windmills with 25 and 30 ft. Towers, or mill only. This is without question nhe best mill on the market and will cost you no more than inferior makes. We have Iron Force Pumps fitted up for connection with this mill, our general line of pumps con stitutes the very best makes on the market, and we trust you will come and see us when requir ing anything in this line. JUDITH HARDWARE CO. '>n kilted several sheep and a cow critter or two hut they managed to • each the county seat of Fergus coun ty without any injury to themselves. The only one of the local delegation who received honors at the hands of the convention was Charles Lundwall who was elected vice president. The next state convention will bo held at Hamil ton.—Bozeman Chronicle, Tim Crowley left Thursday for Red Lodge, having been called to that city by the serious condition of his son Edward, who is very low of ty phoid fever. The Stetson Shoe for Men We carry them in Patent and Colt Vici Kid and Box Calf and Bal and Blucher styles, all widths B $ 6.00 I Let us fit your feet with a pair of these shoes and you will be agree ably surprised to find the economy of buying Stetsons. The Walk-Otier Shoe for Men The best popular priced shoe in Fergus County. We carry them in Vici Kid, Velour Calf, Patent Kid and Patent Calf, sizes 5 ao 11, widths B to E. When Walkovers go on trouble goes off. . Prices, $ 3 . 50 , $ 4 . 00 , $ 5.00 The Vtz G~Dunn Shoe for Women We carry this line in all the lead ing lengths and widths A to EE. Price, $2.SO to fS.OO The styles are up to date. Women who have trouble in getting shoes properly fitted are invited in give us a trial. We have the exclusive sale of Gro ver soft Shoes for tender feet. First Class Repairing Department in Connection. The Fad Shoe Stsre d'Autremont Baos., Props. - Lertistotfn