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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol. II. No. 11. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1905. Price 5 Cents IMPRESSIVE CEREMONIES MARK LAYING OE LIBRARY CORNER STONE GRAND LODGE OF MASONS CONDUCT THE SERVICES IN PRESENT OF LARGE CROWD-ELOQUENT ORATION BY ACTING GRAND MASTER FRANK E. SMITH-BANQUET THIS EVENING. With all of the beautiful ritualistic work of the Grand Lodge of Masons, the corner stone of the new Lewistown Carnegie library building was laid this afternoon at 3 o'clock in the pres ence of a large crowd who ware at tracted to the scene by the impres sive ceremonies and the beautiful day. The Masonic Grand Lodge, under the escort of a delegation from the Grand Commandary, commandes by Eminent Commander Elmer J. Carter of Missoula, and the subordinate Ma sonic orders left the hall for the li brary site at 2:45 and at 3 o'clock the solemn ceremonies were begun, being in charge of Acting Grand Master Frank E. Smith. The other acting Grand Lodge officers were: W. S. Smith, deputy grand master: J. M. Blackford, Sr. warden: G. J. Wiedeman, Jr. warden; G. W. Cook, grand marshal: C. P. Newell, Sr. grand deacon: J. M. Croft, Jr. grand deacon; W. N. Everett, grand secre tary: Charles Denyes, grand treasur er: Rev. W. A. Winters, grand chap lain: John P. Barnes, supporting Bi ble; Frank Day, grand standard bear er; Alf J. Stephens, grand sword bearer; Otto Wasmansdorff, N. J. Lit tlejohn, H. A. Moulton and Charles Allen, grand stewards; J. W. Luton, grand tyler and J. W. Dougherty, rep resentative of oldest lodge. After the usual ceremonies Acting Grand Master Frank E. Smith deliv ered the oration, which is given below. Following the oration the Rev. W. A. Winters pronounced the benediction and the Masons marched back to.their lodge room. This evening, following the regular lodge session, a social program will be carried out as follows: Toastmaster, Judge E. K. Cheadle, who will also make an address on the subject, "Toastmasters and Toasts.'' Other speeches will be: "Masonic Corner Stones," A. Pfaus; "Masonic Cooks," G. W. Cook; "May we live to learn well and may we learn to live well," Wm. M. Blackford; "The Ma sonic Missions," H. A. Moulton; "Tem ples of Masonry," John D. Waite; "Toasts and Toastmasters," Frank E. 'Smith; "Masonic Travels," Frank Day and Louis Lehman. Interspers ed among the speeches will be a reci tation by C. P. Newell and several musical selections. MR. SMITH'S SPEECH. The word community is sometimes defined as a body of people having common rights, privileges, or inter ests, or living in the same place un der the same laws and regulations. The model community is a cohesive, active, interested and public spirited one. The character of the community is a composite of the characters of the individuals who make it up. The ex perience of ages is enunciated in the divine word and truth "By their fruit shall ye know them." By the works that we are now accomplishing we are not only exhibiting to ihe world the character of our community, but we are bequeathing to posterity the fruits of our high minded action. One of the things upon which we are at liberty to flatter ourselves is that this has always been a progressive, intelligent and law abiding communi ty. Our schools would be a matter of pride to any community of equal size in the world. The splendid business blocks all around us speak volumes for our twenty-four years of existence. The lofty spires piercing the Heavens on every side bespeak the earnest Christian character of our people, The splendid conditions apparent in our civic life are largely due to the class of citizens who first settled here. An earnest, moral, progressive, cul tured and practical people, in all things involving the public weal they builded more wisely than they knew, and have bequeathed to those who will come after, a standard of public action which they will do well to emulate. Few of those who were the early comers to Lewistown were blessed with plethora of worldly treasures AVe were all young people depending upon the vigor of youth to develop the splendid but virgin resources of this new country. Every public enterprise had to be fostered by subscription, and the drain was often felt by the struggling sub scriber, but the community was al ways liberal as well as progressive. Among the most laudable of our irnblic undertakings was the estab lishing of a library. A word concerning its history can not be out of place at this time and will give it briefly. The first Impetus given the project was upon the occasion of your speak er giving a lecture in the Presbyteri an church, on the evening of the 12th day of January, 1897, on the subject, "Self Made men." The Fergus County Argus of Janu ary 14th, 1897, in commenting upon the lecture, concluded as follows: "The speaker deviated from his subject so far as to plead for the establishment of a public library and showed how easy it would be to establish such If even thirty of our citizens would take the matter in hand. This is a wise suggestion and it is hoped will be acted upon in the near future." After several preliminary meetings held for that purpose the organiza tion of the Lewistown Public Library Association was perfected February 12th, 1897. A constitution was adopt ed and seven trustees elected as fol lows. F. E. Smith, E. K. Cheadle, Rev. Albert Pfaus, Rev. Joel Vigus, Mrs. F. E. Wright, Mrs. G. J. Wiede man and Mrs. F. C. Stiles. The trustees elected as officers for the first year, F. E. Smith, president; Mrs. F. E. Wright, vice president; E. K. Cheadle, secretary; Halsey R. Watson, treasurer and Mrs. M. L. Hanson, librarian. A contribution of $3.00 in cash, or of six good substantially bound books entitled to membership. The use of the books was free to the members, and to others vouched for by two members of the association. Substan tially the same organization was con tinued until April 24th, 1901, wnen the library was turned over to the corpo ration of the City of Lewistown and thereafter became a city institution. The first trustees appointed under the city government, April 24th, 1901, were as follows: AY. M. Blackford, Mrs. R. von Tobel, Mrs. A. W AYarr, Mrs. G. J. Bach, Mrs. G. J. AViedeman, and F. E. Smith. F. E. Smith was elected chairman and Mrs. A. W Warr, secretary. The board of trustees has had but one presiding officer since its institu tion. At the regular city election in April, 1901, a proposition was submitted to the electors as to whether or not a tax of one per cent per annum should be levied for the support of the City Library, and it is worthy of specia? notice that more than three-fourths of the electors of the city voted in fa or thereof. Since that time substan tially the same organization has con trolled the library, and the list of books has steadily increased until now there are more than two thousand substantially bound and well selected volumes upon our shelves. After the removal from this com munity of Mrs. M. L. Hanson, in the fall of 1899, Miss Elizabeth S. Peebles (now Mrs. Albert Pfaus), became the librarian and continued as such until the library was turned over to the city. Mrs. Mary Sloane then became librarian and continued as such until 1904, since which Mrs. Albert Pfaus has filled that position. During all of the years since the or ganization of the library it has been hampered for room and has been circulating library only. Up until the fall of 1889, it was located tn the milli nery store of Mrs. M. L. Hanson, on the corner of Fifth avenue and Main street. It was then removed to the office of the county superintendent of schools, (Miss Peebles), where it con tinued until it was turned over to the city when a room was given it in the public school building on Corcoran street, where it remained until the fall of 1904, when it was moved into the city hall on Watson street. It has always been the desire of the trustees, and of those particularly in terested in the library, to have larger and more convenient quarters, so that addition to the circulation of the books a reading room might be main tained. This has always heretofore beep impossible on account of lack of funds with which to maintain it When the philanthropic instinct of Mr. Carnegie led him to devote a con siderable portion of his great fortune to the establishment of public librar ies, it occurred to us to appeal to him to do something for our own commun ity. After considerable correspond ence our hearts were gladdened by receiving a letter from him, through his private secretary, dated Januar 19, 1905, in which he said: "Respond ing to your appeal on behalf of Lew istown, if the city agrees by resolution of councils to maintain a free public library at a cost of not less than one thousand dollars a year, and provide a suitable site for the building, Mr. Carnegie will be glad to give Ten Thousand Dollars to erect a free pub lic library for Lewistown." After briefly reviewing the condi tions imposed by Mr. Carnegie, the doner of the library, and the prompt manner in which these conditions were met by the citizens of Lewistown, Mr. Smith continued: To few, indeed, has Heaven granted the splendid opportunity to lay up such a stupendous fortune as Mr, Carnegie has accumulated, and of that road superintendent, and at last to the head of the greatest corporation in the world, he has come into contact ith every condition of life, and has partaken of all life's labors, aspira tions, success and disappointments. Guided thus by experience he has given practical direction to his splen did benefactions, founding colleges, helping needy educational institutions, establishing hospitals, and donating libraries. For these purposes he has already given away more than $50,000, 000 . Today, as we, by these exercises, give impression to our thankfulness and appreciation of the favor of Heav en which has given us this splendid li brary building, let us give to Andrew Carnegie that meed of honor to which his splendidly wise philanthropy, his brain, grit and energy so justly en titles him. And with this expression of appreciation let us couple the wish that his years may be many and filled with ever increasing opportunities for usefulness and multiplying opportuni ties to meet them. And as the years go by and as we continue to enjoy this building, the fruits of his beneficence, may we ever keep in mind the fact that to Andrew Carnegie alone is due the credit of this institution. At this point the speaker spoke at some length on the great idea under (Continued on page two.) GOPHERS BEAT THE COYOTES Interesting Game of Foot Ball Be tween Two High School Teams Thursday Afternoon. The first foot ball game of the sea son was payed on the high school grounds back of the school house by the Gophers and Coyotes, two high school teams, Thursday afternoon. After playing two twenty-minute halves, in which some unusually good high school foot ball was played, the Gophers were declared the w inners by a score of 5 to 0. Play was begun at 4 o'clock with Prof. Crane acting as referee, Eddie Baker, umpire; Paul Caldwell and Ar thur Baker, time keepers, and Eli I Gill and Gus Grupe, linesmen. The team lined up as follows: Gophers—Hoffman, left end; Daylay, left tackle; Burnett, left guard; Skeeks, center; Caldwell, right guard; McCullom, right tackle; Belden, right end; Briggs, quarter back; Grupe, left half back; Wilson, full back; E. Clew ley, right half back. Coyotes—Anderson, left end; Ilolze mer, left tackle; Eldridge, left guard; McMilan, center; Evoy, right guard; Smith, right tacke; Baker, right end; Johnson, quarter back; Neel, left half back; Tavenner, full back; D. Crow ley, right half back. The Coyotes kicked off, Tavenner sending the ball out of bounds. The second kick was caught by Belden who was downed on the 20 yard line by Holzemer. The Gophers, by steady line bucking and two end runs by Hoffman, advanced the ball to the center of the field where it was lost on downs. The Coyotes rushed the ball back to the 50 yard line by means of some fierce line bucking by Neel, Tavenner and D. Crowley but at this point the Gophers stopped them and once more took the ball. The Gophers repeated their previ ous performance, again failing to make the necessary five yards after they had reached the center of the field. It was a see-saw affair, both teams doing some fierce line bucking but failing to sustain their efforts un til a goal was crossed, until the end of this half, the ball having been in the Gophers' territory the greater portion of the time. After a rest of fifteen minutes the teams lined up for the second half, Caldwell for the Coyotes kicking off this half. Tavenner got the ball and was downed by Belden on the 30 yard line. The Coyotes took the oval to the 50 yard line, furious line bucks by the backs being responsible for the gains. Here they failed to make their gains and surrendered the ball on downs. An exchange of fumbles, two of the three perpetrated during the game, left the ball in the possession of the Gophers Hh the 40 yard line. Hoffman twice carried the ball around right end for substantial gains. Belden went around the other end for five yards, Grupe bucked through center for three yards and Briggs carried ihe ball to the three yard line by means of a play off left tackle, an instant later Briggs got the ball on a fumble and went across for the first and only touchdown of the game. The Gophers again kicked off but after three or four plays, time was called with the ball in Gophers' terri tory. Everything considered, the boys played a remarkably clean game. But three fumbles were made and both elevens showed some team work. They did not get in the interference on the end runs but that is a fault easily remedied. Hoffman, Grupe. Caldwell, E. Crowley, Belden and L't iges ad vanced the ball for the Gophers. Neel and Tavenner did good wotk for th Coyotes as did Eldridge. Holzemer made some good tackles and showed foot ball material. All of the boys did well and showed that the Fergus County' High school can turn out a first class foot ball team 'f necessary. REPUBLICANS FOR JEROME Man Nominated for District Attor ney Resigns and the Machine Swallows Reformer. ONE DISSENTING VOICE RAISED Chances For the Electiod of the Re form Candidate Bright Cleveland For McClellan. New York, Oct. 26.—With only one dissenting voice, and acting under a legal opinion rendered by Jos. H. Choate, the executive committee of the republican county committee late to day decided to reconvene the New York county convention tomorrow night in Murray Hall lyceum, the call for the convention carrying with it the recommendation that AVilliam Travers Jerome be nominated as district at torney, to fill the vacancy created yes terday by the resignation of Charles A. Flammer, who, in retiring from the ticket, advised his followers to vote for Mr. Jerome. The committee, which almost unani mously voted for Jerome today, oppos ed his nomination by 27 votes to when his name was suggested for the republican ticket a few weeks ago. The conditions created by the cam paign caused a ehange in sentiment among the republican leaders which culminated last night in the with drawal of Mr. Flammer and resulted today' in ihe naming of Mr. Jerome for nomination by the county convention tomorrow night. The ony voice raised in opposition to the course determined upon by thi executive committee was that of Ab raham Gruber, an assembly district leader, who declared that his constitu ents would not vote for Mr. Jerome. New York, Oct. 26 .—Ex-Presidt nt Grover Cleveland has written a letter to Mayor George B. McClellan, In which he indorses the latter's candl dacy for re-election as mayor of New York City, saying among other things "I confess to a feeling of astonish ment when 1 see the evidence of rany hysteria prevading the canvass which should especially be characterized by sober thoughtftrllness. Questions of the most far-reaching importance seem to be pressed upon the city's vot ers, not so mush as subjects demand ing their serious refleqtion and through information as subjects fur nishing opportunity for appeals to pas sion and misinformation, cunningly intended to aid personal ambition and unworthy purposes. "There are conditions just now pre vailing which naturally suggest this as a favorable time for demagogic manipulation of the people, and no where are these conditions so inviting to those who are willing to be dema gogues as in the city of New York. "Every man who thinks must know that the opportunity thus offered to play on the unusually aroused popular prejudice, resentments and passions has not been overlooked, and that the constant stimulation of these things sconstitutes the chief stock in trade of some of those who are now bidding for the people's support. Every think ing man must also appreciate the fact that there are principles and theories undelying the pending municipal canvass which vitally concerns the city's future life. In the circumstance, how plain is the duty of every voter who has the welfare of your great municipality at heart, to avert the danger threatened by rash notions or by neglect of good citizens' to strive against the tide of demagogic misrepresentation. It is because I believe you are look ing in this direction o dutiful citizen ship and represent the steadiness and honest conservativism the city needs that I earnestly hope for your elec tion." John A. Drake in the City. John A. Drake, the Chicago million aire who owns the Gold Reef mine and has extensive interests in mining properties in the Kendall district, ar rived in this city last Wednesday, having been accompanied to this city by Mrs. Drake and A. S. Wright, the mining promoter. The Drake party, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Drake, Mr. and Mrs. A M. Plum, H. M. Rae and A. K. Wright, went to Kendall Thursday mornin and Mr. Drake personally inspected his Interests there. He owns a large share of the Santiago property which lies between the Barnes-King and Kendall, and is one of the principal stockholders In the Fergus Mining company who are prospect in Fergus ranch by means of .t on th liamond CHICAGO CAPITALISTS TAKE OVER GROUNDS OE KENDALL TOM/NSITE CO. BIG MINING COMPANY WITH UNLIMITED CAPITAL ORGANIZED TO EX PLOIT THE VERY HEART OF THE CAMP OF KENDALL-ALS0 SECURE VALUABLE PLACER GROUNDS IN THE JUDITHS. The articles of incorporation of the Chicago Exploration company, organ ized and composed of Chicago Capital ists, was filed with the clerk and re corder of Fergus county last Thurs day. Although Henry Rae, A. S. Wright and N. J. Littlejohn are given as the incorporators fo the company, it is known that associated with these gentlemen are some of the best known financial lights of the Windy City. The capital stock of the new com pany is $1,500,000 and the directors named to serve until their successors qualify are William Duff Haynle and Charles L. Reid of Chicago; Henry Rae of Gilt Edge and N. J. Littlejohn and A. S. Wright of Lewistown. The object of the company, as given in tW articles of incorporation, is to do all things for the exploration nnd opera tion of a mine. It is stated upon positive authority that the new company is backed by the Chicago Steel company, one of the strongest financial companies in the United Slates, nnd certain members of the Cudahy family. The company have perfected an agreement whereby they are to prac tically absorb the Cyanide Gold Min ing company of Kendall. The last named company was organized under the laws of Arizona the first of last August by John it. Cook, William A. Shaules, Mary A. Shuttles and one or two others who were interested in the Kendall Townsite company. This company had a capital of $1,250,000 di vided into shares of a par value of $1 each. There were 450,000 shares set drill. He was much Impressed with the outlook on the Fergus ground and expressed hlmsell as confident that they will strike something before an other week. The Santiago also looks good to the capitalist and he will con tinue work there with (lie diamond drill. It is rumored that Mr. Drake is interested in the company which has taken an option on the town site of Kendall but this be denies. The Drake party went out to Gilt Edge Sunday and will remain there for a few days after which Mr. Drake will go to Butte for a few days and then return to Fergus county for a longer visit. Preparing For the Next Fair. Believing that it is never too early to begin actual work on the county fair, which is to be held in this city next year, the directors of the Fergus County Fair Association held a meet ing last Thursday at which a general discussion of plans for the next year's fair meeting were discussed. It is the intention of the directors that a number of unfavorable inci lents which had a tendency to detract from the Interest in the fair this yea. 1 , shall not again occur. Two other fairs were in progress in the state at the same time that the local fair was held and this kept away a large number of race horses which were to have been entered here, it also prevented the dl ectors from securing other valuable attractions which would have added materially to the success of the county fair. There is to be a meeting of fair sec retaries held in Helena in December ind tt that time it is probable that two racing circuits will be organized there will be no conflict in the dates of the various fairs. This will give the managers of the local fair an op portunity to secure excellent attrac tions. It was decided that Secre tary O. W. Belden of the local fair association should attend this meet ing and begin at once upon the work of securing horses and other attrac tions. These preparations most assur edly mean that the coming fair will lie an entire success in every par ticular. Church Notices. Tomorrow (Wednesday) being Alt Saints day, there will be holy com munion with an address at St. James' church at one o'clock a. m. Next Sun day there will be holy communion at the morning service. The regular business meeting of St. James' Guild will be held on Friday next, November 3rd. at the rectory at 3 o'clock p. m. The usual social meeting of St. James' Guild has been postponed from Friday, November 3rd to Tuesday, No vember 7th. It will be held at Mrs. aside for treasury stock nnd it is now known that this treasury stock and something over 150,000 additional shares have been taken in by the Chi cago Exploration company, giving the new organization n controling interest in the old company. Thirty-two cents per share was psld for this stork, giv ing Cook, Shaules and the others $48, 000 and making available $144,000 for exploration purposes. The new company will continue ex plorations on the Kendall townsite, dlenvnd drill iterations having been begun by Cook and Shaules near the school house. The drill is down sever al hundred feet and indications are most encouraging. Professor Henry J. Powers, one of the best mining ex perts in the United Stntes, was In Kendall about two weeks ago and It was upon his flattering recommenda tions that the Chicago capitalists took hold of the proposition. In addition to the Kendall property, the Exploration company has secured control of about all the placer ground between the Gold Reef property and the Whiskey Gulch claims in the Ju dith mountains. They will do some extensive exploration on some of this ground and N. J. Littlejohn, who Is es pecially well acquainted with that country, lias slated that It Is his be lief that something good will lie open ed up in Hie Judiths. The report Is current that John A. Drake Is largely Interested In the Chi cago Exploration company, but this Mr. Drake lias emphatically denied since coming to Lewistown. Brassey's. Mrs. Brassey, Mrs Bus— enliurg and Mrs. Charters will be the hostesses. All members and friends are cordially invited. II. G. WAKEFIELD, Rector. Jerry Simpson Laid to Rest. Wichita, Kan., Oct. 25.—With sol emn Masonic rites, the body of for mer Congressman Jeerry Simpson was laid to rest tills afteernoon in Maple Grove cemetery. Services were held in Scottleh rite temple, the full Ma sonic ritual being performed. Then delivered by Congressman Smith was no minister and the address was which consisted of a tribute to Ills pre decessor. FOR REDUCTION IN G. P. 0. Public Printer Ricketts Says Thous ands Can Be Saved. Washington, Oct. 27.—Acting Public PrintrRickettH today made several suggestions for the saving of money to the government in its public print ing, to the joint committee on print ing of the senate and house of rep sentutlves. A volume of 4,800 pages was exhibited by Mr. Ricketts, being ■ of 24 such volumes issued annu ally by the patent office, and contain ing pictures of patents issued. It was the belief of Mr. Ricketts that $100,000 a year might lie saved In the patent iffice printing alone by a condensa tion of the subject matter alone. He also ventured the information that the $40,000 annual appropriation for frank il envelopes for members of the sen te was more than the actual require ment. By reason of the wages of the bindery being 25 per cent higher than in commercial offices, Mi 1 . Ricketts was of the opinion that much of the binding done for the government could be done outside with a great saving to the government. Mr. Ricketts expressed the opinion that 20 per cent of the present cost of composition is due to corrections In proofs, which expense, he showed, could be saved by more careful edit ing before sending copy to the print ers. Representative Landis, chairman of the committee, took occasion during the hearing to say that he thought that vanity in a measure is responsi ble for the immense amount of print ing turned out by the printing office. The proportion was, he thought, largely dependent upon the promi nence of the authors' names on little pages. For Sale. 480 acres of land in northwest part of county, 125 head of cattle, 5 head of horses, agricultural implements, good outside range. Reason for selling, old age. Price, $4,000. HILGER & BUSENBURG, Lewistown, Mont.