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Fergus County Democrat. Vol II. No. 7. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1905. ARRESTS MADE EOR GAMBLING Proprietors of Puritan and Big Bear Saloons Piaced Under Arrest. COUNTY ATTORNEY ROY E. AYERS Makes the Complaint and Parties Are Held Under Bonds of $500 to Answer Preliminary Hearing. Last Thursday morning County At torney Ayers and Sheriff L. P. Sla ter, armed with warrants issued out of Justice McFarland's court, placed un der arrest L. S. Butler and M. I. Burke, proprietors of the Puritan sa loon, and William Slaughter, an em ploye of that resort. Dan Frazier and Carl Hagenson, proprietors of the Big Bear saloon, were also arrested. These men were charged with violating the gambling law. At the former places under arrest. At the former place a roulette table was secured and at the latter a poker table was taken into custody by the sheriff and loaded into a wagon and carted away for safe keeping by the sheriff pending the re sult of the trial. The proprietors were taken before Justice McFarland where they entered a plea of not guilty and bail was fixed at $51)0 in each case which was readily given by the four parties arrested. The preliminary hearing was set for October 12th. The arrests caused a surprise as it was unlooked for by either sporting fraternity or the public. If gambling has been carried on since the County Attorney issued his order that it must be closed it has been conducted behind closed doors and the general public was not wise to the situation. Mr. Ayers was interviewed by a Democrat representative last Saturday, but was reticent as to the facts stating that he had what he deemed to be sufficient proofs to warrant him in taking the steps necessary to ascrupulous enforce ment of the law. As to his reasons for causing the ar rests, Mr. Ayers talked very earnestly and freely in regard to the matter, his statement of his position being as ltd lows: hen I gave out the order some weeks ago that gambling must cease in Lewistown, it was done after the most careful and deliberate considera tion of the consequences that would follow my action. I became convinced that something must be done to eradi cate that undesirable element from our community. Some of our citizens at tributed the recent crimes committed in Lewistown to the fact that the city was known throughout the state as a 'wide open town,' where everything went and that by reason of this thugs and boosters flocked here from every section of the state, and that the com mission of crimes in our midst might be traced to this cause. I am not pre pared to say that this is true, but I do say that this impression prevailed to a large extent among the better element. But, however, be that as it may, every law-abiding citizen will agree with me in the conclusion arrived at, that is, that conditions were becoming intoler able and that something had to be done to check the commission of crime in our city. Complaints were coming to me daily of the overt acts committed in gambling houses and I determined that my duty to the people of the county was to enfor.ee the laws against gambling, and the order, accordingly, was given. In making the complaint against the proprietors of the two houses, which led to their arrests, and about which there has been so much discussion. I desire to state that I was in no sense moved to such action by any personal malice or animosity toward a single individual. Since causing these arrests rumors have come to my ears that oth er houses are or were conducting gam bling, or permittinng it to de done. If such is the case I have no knowledge of it and I desire to state here, most emphatically, that if such is the case and any reputable parties will place the proofs before me,I pledge you, that complaints will be made at once exact ly as has been done in the other two cases. I want the public to understand clearly, once and for all, that I am go ins to enforce this law to the best of my ability, without fear or favor, "let the chips fall where they may, I shall hew to the line." From the foregoing it would appear that the county attorney was in ear nest about the matter and that he would not take a step backward from the stand taken when he issued his mandate a few weeks ago. The prose cution of these cases will be watched with interest. St. James' Church. The Right Rev. L. R. Brewer, bishop of Montana, will be a visitor in Lew istown this week, arriving on Filday's train. He will preach next Sunday, both morning and evening, and at the close of the morning service will ad minister confirmation. The bishop will also address and catachize the Sunday school, which will meet (for this time) at quarters before one. A full attend ance is requested, both for the services and the Sunday school. On Tuesday evening the bikhop will hold a service at the Forest Grove school house. H. G. WAKEFIELD, Rector. TIVOLI LICENSE IS REDUCED To $75 Per Month—Many Matters of Interest Discussed and Dis posed of By the City Council. The city council Jield its regular monthly meeting, last night with May or Pinkley and every alderman, ex cept H. C. Brown, present. The aud iting committee was busily engaged in the examination of the various bills and claims against the city until af ter 10 o'clock, when the mayor called the meeting to order. The report of the auditing committee was approved and warrants were ordered drawn for the various amounts allowed by the committee. Treasurer Murray Deaton's report was read and approved, the report showing the condition of the city's fi nances, being as follows: General fund, $3,013.31; fire fund, $73.50; library fund, $1,531.28; water works fund, $839.65; sinking fund, $1, 445.89; dog fund, $104.25; total $4,746.25; overdrafts,, road fund, $531.63;. water and sewer bond fund, $1,788.95 At Alderman Laux' suggestion, Al derman Smith moved that the sum of $1,500 be transferred from the general fund and divided equally to the credit of the road fund and the water and sewerage bond fund. The motion pre vailed and the treasurer was author ized to make such transfers. This ac tion on the part of the council will be of benefit to those who had labor claims against the road fund and their warrants will be cashed for face value. Police Magistrate MacGowan's and Marshal Burke's reports for the month showed fines assessed, $275| fines col lected, $252.50. The amendment relating to the ordi nance as to dog license was, after some discussion, adopted. The pound keeper under the new ordinance is al lowed $2.00 for each dog killed, the amount of the license for keeping a dog within the city limits. The application of George S. Wells to construct a two story building of stone and brick in conformity with the city ordinances as to fire, on Main street, adjoining the First National bank building, was granted. Roy E. Ayers appeared before the council in an effort to secure the open ing of Cochran street. The proposi tion evoked much discussion and was opposed by both Aldermen Laux and Smith. It appears that a small corner on Moshner's ice pond extends into the street and will have to be filled to which proposition Moshner is said to seriously object. It was decided finally that if the property owners interested would guarantee to save the sity from any expense or damage in condemna tion proceedings, the council would proceed to open the street and a mo tion to this effect was carried. Attorney W. H. Smith then appear ed before the council with a proposi tion to reduce the license upon saloon singing and concert halls, and as to why the reduction should be made, Alderman Smith then addressed the council citing the statute governing such cases, which provides that a li cense for such places cannot exceed the amount of the state license, >viz: $75 per month. It will be remembereii that at a special meeting of the coun sil some two weeks ago, this license was raised from $2.00 to $10.00 per day. After some discussion a motion pre vailed that the license in the future be fixed at the limit of $75 per month. George S. Creel asked that a low place in the road to the country be tween Eighth avenue and Geo. W. Cook's residence be filled in. The re quest was granted and the street com missioner was instructed to nave the work done. Alderman Laux arose to a question of personal privilege and made a state ment as to his connection with the new bridge across Main street near the new flouring mill. The council showed their appreciation of the work done by Mr. Laux by extending to him a vote of thanks of the council. Mr. Laux, how ever asked for a committee to be ap pointed to investigate charges, he al leges to have been made, of bad faith, and Mayor Pinkley then appointed Aldermen Smith, Tubb and Bradbury as members of the committee. There being no further business the council then adjourned. See Hugh Wagner, the Jeweler. He would be pleased to have you call and inspect his new store. If you want a nice plain gold band ring be will make it lor you. Old gold j n trade. Call and inspect hi:; stock and save yourself some money, as his rent is cheap and he can afford to give you the benefit. He will repair your watch or ring on the shortest possible notice. Remember, he manufactures jewelry of all kinds. Don't fail to call. The Lewistown Commission Agency moved to Cort & Worden bldg. opp. Day House. Buy and ^11 anything. POST OEEICE IS ROBBED Clever Trick Is Turned By Myster ious Thief Who Gets Away With $450 of Government Funds. UNCLE SAM WILL INVESTIGATE Post Office Officials Very Reticent and Refuse to Discuss the Robbery. Last Friday morning it leaked out despite the efforts of the authorities to the contrary that the Lewistown Post office had been robbed of about $450 in currency and silver by some genious who was both daring and clever. The facts as near as we can ascer tain them are as follows: Some time between 9:30 and 10:30 o'clock Thurs day night, while the clerk who sleeps in the post office was absent, the party committing the robbery entered the building, which had not been locked for the night, and climbing over the partition proceeded directly to the safe where in some manner, he solved the combination to the safe and vault and hurriedly helped himself to the funds in sight, and equally as hurriedly, took his departure by the same route he had entered. This seems to be the only possible theory that can be advanced as to how the robbery was committ ed. The rear doods were locked, the windows are all protected by heavy iron bars and not a glass was broken nor a rod sprung. In fact, there was not a trace left indicating that the of fice had been visited save the fact that the funds had disappeared. The rob ber was even considerate enough to lock the safe prior to taking his de parture and when the clerk, who sleeps In the office, returned to lettrc for the night at about 10:30 p. m. there was nothing to put him upon his guard that a caller had been there during his absence and he retired for the night as unconcernedly as he has in the past. In the morning when the safe was opened for the business of the day the robbery was discovered. There was a hurrid call for Sheriff Slater and Marshall Burke who went over the ground nivestigating everything carefully, but not the slightest clue was visible and the robbery today is as profound a mystery as ever. The authorities at Washington were at once notified and an effort was made to keep the matter quiet in the hopes that something might develop on the outside that would lead to who the per petraters of the crime might be, but the matter got out in some manner and towards evening was generally known on the streets. Post Master Pfaus is still inclined to not discuss the affair any more than to admit that the robbery occurred and it is possible that he may have some information that it is not desir able to give to the public at this time. It must be said in justice to Post master Pfaus that he has for some months urged and insisted upon the representatives of the owner of the building to place a screen around the frame work of the boxes to the ceiling in order that the front door of the of fice might be left open until a reason able hour for the accommodation of the patrons, and it was only upon notice that he would refuse to pay any more rent until this work was done that the matter was taken up by the lessors. When they did so finally, they were compelled to send east for the screen necessary for the work, and in the meantime the post office is robbed and someone will be looser to the extent of $450. The screen is now in position, carpenters working all day Sunday to complete the work, but it is a great deal like locking the stable after the horse has been stolen. TOM FRANKLIN FOUND DEAD In His Cabin Down On the Judith Last Saturday Morning-Sheriffs Office Notified. Last Saturday evening Sheriff L. P. Slater received a message by telephone from Kendall to the effect that one Tom Franklin had been found dead in his cabin down on the Judith river near the old 79 ranch and close to Frank Fuller's ranch. County Attor ney Ayers was notified and he and deputy Sheriff Fisher started for the Franklin place about 9 o'c'oik Satur day evening, going via Kendall. Up on arriving at Kendall they met Mr. Fuller and Mr. Johnson, who had brought the word to Kendall, and up on learning the facts from these gen tlemen, Mr. Ayers decided that an in-i quest was unnecessary and after so In structing Messrs. Fuller and John son to that effect returned home. The facts are, as we get them from Mr. Ayers, about as follows: Frank lin had been in Lewistown during the fair on a protracted spree and leav ing fur home he stopped at Kendall for a day or two, where he continued drinkinlc quite heavily. Starting from Kendall for his home he secured some laudnum, which he is said to have been in the habit of taking nfter his customary spree in order that he might quiet his nerves and thereby secure some much needed sleep. Two parties, whose names we did not learn, were present when Franklin took the dose of opiates and knew the reason for his doing so. They left shortly af terwards and the next morning (Sat urday) Johnson stopped at the Frank lin place when he discovered that Franklin was dead, never having aroused from the slumber arter taking the laudnum. Mr. Fuller was notifi ed and he and Johnson came on into Kendall and notified the authorities. The deceased was a single man some 45 years of age and, so tar as known has no relatives in this state. The neighbors took charge of the remains and they were decently buried last Sunday. Franklin had taken up a ranch and had some three or four head of horses which constituted all of his posses sions at the time of his death. CATTLE SHIPMENT OE NINE CARS Made By C. V. Vassau Who Has Purchased Some Choice Beef Cattle. C. V. Vassan, of St. Paul who lias been in Fergus County for the past two weeks picking up beef cattle for his firm, loaded nine cars at the Lew istown stock yards last Thursduy morning and were sent out on a special train for Lombard where they will be transferred to the Northern Pacific track. The shipment was gathered from Dr. .T. H. Williard, T. E. McKoln & Son, C. P. Colver ana omeis and are said to have been in excellent condition for the market. They were consigned to the Commission house of C. L. Haas & Co., of St. Paul. The prices paid by Mr. Vassan are said to have been quite liberal, rang ing from $35 to $45 for three and four vear old steers and $25 for dry cows which were quite satisfactory to the producers who sold to him. He ex pects to return and will endeavor to pick up another train load from this section of -the state. You can help put the grafters out of politics. How? Read The State, an independent weekly paper by W. G. Eggleston, Helena. $i a year. Christmas Money For School Boys. I Want c/;an, courteous, reliable boys in every school district in Mon tana to take subscriptions for my im pel- The State. I will pay 25 cents for each $1.00 cash subscription. Let me know how many sample copies you want. 1 furnish them free. You distribute the copies, take subscriptions, send me each week names and addresses of subscribers, keep 25 cents of every dollar collected and send me the remainder In a REGISTERED LETTER OR BY POST OFFICE MONEY ORDER. Your receipt for the Registered Let ter or Money Order is proof that you have sent me the money. Write all names plainly, with Post Office address, W. G. EGGLESTON, Box 1187, Helena, Montana. For Sale. We have a ranch of 480 acres lo a good stock country, with plenty of ad jacent range, and 120 head of cattle, calves thrown in, five head of good work horses, wagon, harness, mowing machine and agricultural implements; will sell the whole layout for $4,000. This is a snap. Cause for selling, old age and sickness. Call on or address, HILGER & Bl'SENBURG, Lewistown, Mont. Dissolution Notice. Notice is hereby given that the co partnership heretofore existing be tween J. L. Hall and C. C. Whipple known as under the firm name of Hall & Whipple, of Gilt Edge, Montana and conducting "The Retreat" saloon has been dissolved by mutual consent. C. C. Whipple will continue the business and will collect all bills due and pay all outstanding indebtedness of the firm. J. L. HALL. C. C. WHIPPLE. Dated Sept. 27, 1905. Do you like to be jobbed by graft infir politicians? If you don't, read the Mate, an indepei dent weekly paper by W. G. Eggleston. Helena. $1 a year. , 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, sample of same can be seen at the Democrat office. J. W. HUGHES. MINING MEN VISIT DISTRICT And Are Enthusiastic Over the Opportunilies For Invest ment. A DEAL FOR PROPERTY IS ON That Means Much For Fergus County and the Development of Our Mineral Resources. A. S. Wright, always industrious, always moving, always energetic, always progressive, left last Saturday morning for Chicago in company with a party of mining experts who have been looking over the district for the past two weeks, where he goes to close up an important mining deal. Just what the deal is we are not in a position to state. But enough infor mation was given out to warrant us in stating that we may look for some im portant developments in the near fu ture. In the party were Professor Henry J. Powers, representing the Cudahy, the great packing house man of Oma ha & Chicago, Mr. A. I,. Reid and Geo. T. Carr, each of whom represent Cap ital that will be Invested in the deal. The Democrat man had a pleasant in terview with these gentlemen and while they were inclined to be reserv ed as to tlie particular transaction in which all were Interested, they spoke immediately as to their ideas upon the vnst mineral resources of Fergus Co. Prof. Powers, of whom it may bo said there are few equals ns an ex pert of mining properties is a scholar ly gentlemen who has had vast exper ience in the line of work connected with his profession, spoke entertain ingly and entliusiantloally concerning the wonderful possibilities of our fut ure from the standpoint of an adept mining man. In the course of his con versation, among other things he said: "1 have visited the great Transvaal Gold fields of South Africa, the min eral regions of Central and South America, the Honduras, the fields of Alaska, Old Mexico and nearly every prominent disrtict within the United •States and no where have 1 ever seen a country that gave so much promise as does your mineral district here. I have spent two weeks in your Country this time and was here some three years ago when I gained a slight in sight as to the possibilities of your dis trict from a mining standpoint but no until this visit did I realize the enor mous mineral wealth that your fields conceal, ami speaking generally as to the varied and deversifled resources of your Country, nature certainly has keen exceedingly generous with your Country. Your mineral resources are practically unlimited, your abundant coal fields, your vast agricultural re sources and great stock interests con stitute the foundation of a country whose possibilities are beyond meas ure." "Now, as to what we have accom plished while here I can only say for your paper, that we are going to do some work, and not upon any trifling scale either. There are plenty of means behind us and when we take hold it will mean much for your dis trict. ADDITIONAL LOCAL. Sam Taylor was In from Grass Range last Friday. IV. P. Smith came down from Ken dall Thursday. John Ross was a business visitor from Dentan last week. Ed Martin made an official visit through the bad lands last week. John Frank, the new poundmaster, is making it hard for the stray dogs. Archie McLean of Pine Grove was transacting business in the city last Wednesday. Banker G. F. Hannon of White Sul pher Springs was in the city on busi ness last Thursday. The report of the appraisers in the D. L. Walton estate shows the estate to be worth $6,500. T. E. Rice, W. J. and C. E. Owens, citizens of Moore were visitors in Lew istown last Thursday. Justice of the Peace William T. Mc Farland is in Helena taking in the state fair this week. The Lewistown Commission Agency moved to Cort & Worden bldg. opp. Day House. Buy and sell anything. The regular business meeting of the St. James' Guild will be held on Fri day, Oct. 6, at 3 p. m. at the rectory. Miss Boynton, daughter of Col. Boynton, secretary of the Hel ena ' Business Men's association, has accepted a position as stenographer with the Bank of Fergus County. Hair switches for sale and made to order. Mrs. Wallace, the palmist. Don't overlook the Judith Hardware Co. when requiring plumbing done. Spanish language taught by Mrs. Wallace, the palmist, Day House. Gordon O. Shafer, cashier of the Citi zens Bank of Moore, Sundayed in tills city. W. A. Shnules, the mining man of Kendall, was a business visitor in the city last Sunday. F. T. Robertson, superintendent of the Montana railroad, was In the city Thursday of last week. P. J. Kelly, the traveling salesman of Helena, was in the city several days during the past week. Messrs. William Peters and T. Thorp, accompanied by their wives, were in from Utica last Friday. Messrs. John P. Barnes and J. T. Wunderlin went out for a visit to the state fair on yesterday's train. The Lewistown Commission Agency moved to Cort & Worden bldg. opp. Day House. Buy and sell anything. Mrs. J. II. Bitch went out on yester day's train to Helena, where she will spend some two or three weeks visiting friends and relatives. Mrs. J. L. Mears of this city depart ed on Monday's train for Helena. She will visit tlie grand lodge of ltathbone Sisters and incidentally see the fair. Mrs. H. C. Brown departed on this morning's train for Helena, where she will join her husband who lias charge of Fergus county's agricultural ex hibit at the state fair. Samuel Hurvltch was down from Gilt Edge tlie killer part of the week remaining over Sunday in the city, lie reports Gilt Edge being prosperous and her citizens peaceful and content ed. Our street commissioner wll find a crossing at the corner of Third avenue and Janeaux street in need of repairs. A few dollars spent in repairs might save tlie city a damage suit In the fu ture. J. J. Lewis came over from Gilt Edge last Sunday evening and on Mon thly morning left for Helena where he goes to attend the grand lodge K. of P. as a representative from the en dowment lodge at Gilt Edge. C. C. Long and Peter Blnsfelt have formed a co-partnership and have es tablished a harness shop at Moore. They will endeavor to carry a general and complete lino of goods necessary to the operation of a first class shop. A block of 5,000 shares of the Bul lard extension was sold today to W. A. Long for 12 1-2 cents by the Lewis town Commission agency who have the handling of the treasury stock of that company in Fergus county. Harry Brown left for Helena last Saturday and will remain until the close of the fair. Mr. Brown took with him a fine collection of agricultural products to be placi d on exhibition at the state fair. Judge E. K. Cheadle went out to White Sulpher Springs yesterday morning to attend to some court mat ters. Wednesday he will go to Helena where he will he joined by Mrs. Chea dle. They will return home the latter part of the week. The Arcadia dancing -hilt perfected an organization this week with E. W. Mi l Her as manager, Chas. Meyersick, treasurer, and Fred Race floor man ager. The club will give dances every other Friday evening the coming win ter at Culver's hall. The Lewistown Commission Agency moved to Cort & Worden bldg. opp. Day House. Buy and soil anything. For the Montana State Fair at Hel ena Oct. 2nd to 7th a round trip rate of $9.45 for adults and $4.75 for children will he given. Tickets sold Sept. 30 to Oct. 7th, Inclusive, good to return up to Oct. 9th. D. A. Kable, Agent. Fred Pierre, the gentlemanly dis penser of liquid refreshments at the Silver Dollar, went out to Helena last Saturday morning for a two weeks' vacation. It Is said that Fred will re turn a benedict at the expiration of the leave of absence. Congratulations. Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Parrott and Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Smith left Monday morning for Helena. Messrs. Parrott and Smith will represent Judith Lodge No. 30, K. of P., iu the grand lodge which convenes in Helena today. Mesdames Parrott, Bitch and Smith will represent Agnes Temple, Rath bone Sisters in tin- grand lodge which meets In Helena at the same time of the grand lodge K. of P. Fred S. Godfrey and Miss Helen Ms Mahan were united in the holy bonds f wedlock at the Bowman ranch, up Spring creek, last Wednesday, Rev. Henry Quickenden officiating. The groom is well and favorably known In Lewistown where tie litis many friends. The bride has made her home for some time with Mr. and Mrs. D. C. White and is highly esteemed by a large cir cle of friends and acquaintances in this city. First class furnished rooms at rea sonable juices at the Hall lodging house. * At a meeting of the library building committee held last Thursday after noon the question was discussed as to how far back from the sidewalk the building should be located. The con census of opinion of those present fa vored about -5 feet. Chairman F. E. Smith appointed a committee compos ed of Geo. M. Stone, H. C. Brown and David Hiiger to determine the matter. The contract for the construction work was signed with Tubb Bros.