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THE FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT.
SUBSCRIPTION: Per Tear ......................................................................$2.50 Six Months ................................................................... 1.2i Three Months.................................................................75 TOM STOUT............................................Publisher and Proprietor PUBLISHED EVERY TUESDAY, LEWISTOWN, MONTANA........................................ May 1, 1906. With a thousand teams building railroads through Fergus county, wool selling at two bits a pound, thous ands of acres of land averaging twen ty-five bushels of wheat, hundreds of new settlers coming in seeking homes in our fertile valleys and on our pro rductive plains, it would appear that the "Inland Empire" is in for a year of unexampled prosperity. Reports from all over Fergus county are to the effect that the warm weath er which prevailed during the greater part of last month started all kinds of grain in Fergus county and the chanc es for a good crop all over the county are very bright at this time. The acre age of grain sown last fall and this spring is very large when compared with the amount of ground sown to grain In previous years and a good crop means much for Fergus county. A Lewistown gentleman who has the reputation of looking ahead is advis ing his friends to get in all the pota toes and other staple vegetables pos sible this year. There will be thous ands of men at work on the two big railroads which are being built through this county and it is going to take a lot of food to supply them. The chances are bright for Fergus county being called upon to supply large quantities of potatoes for the men and grain for the hundreds of teams and we ought to be supplied with these articles when called upon. SEN. CLARK'S SUCCESSOR The republican press of the state are in constant purturbation over whether or not Senator W. A. Clark is going to become a candidate for a sec ond term in the United States senate. The republicans take it for granted that he will be a candidate and have already begun their campaign of abuse and vilification. Senator Clark has never yet, to our knowledge, made a statement as to his intentions in the matter but it is safe to assume that if he decides to stand for re-election he will lie a formidable candidate, one indeed of which the republicans may beware. Despite the calumnies heap ed upon his head by the opposition, Senator Clark has ably represented his constituents during his six years' service. Despite the fact that he has labored under the handicap of being a member of the minority party in the national legislature, he has accom plished many things of the utmost benefit to the people of Montana. Quite as much, in fact, as has Sena tor Thomas Henry Carter who is sup posed to be a powerful member of the majority. It matters not whether it be Clark Toole or some other democrat of the state who shall become the leading candidate of the democracy of Mon tana for the senatorial toga, the chances for his election are extremely bright at this time. The republicans, it is reliably understood, have about decided to keep Joe Dixon down for a few years more and give Lee Mantle of Butte a chance to break into the sen ate again. Mantle is a graceful orator, though many years past his prime and has never shown any marked promise of statesmanship. He would fit nice ly under the protecting wing of Aid rich, the leader of the republican ol igarchy of the senate, but undoubted ly be of little use to the people of Montana. It matters not how the play may come up, the democrats can view the situation with complacency. THAT "MUCK RAKE" SPEECH In a recent speech, delivered in Washington, President Roosevelt jumped on "the man with the muck rake," meaning thereby to administer a severe rebuke to a number of mag azine writers who have turned their attention to public men and public af fairs, showing them up to the world in anything but an enviable light. It is true that reformers may become a bit too strenuous in the noble game of exposing the official coruption of many of our greatest idols, but other things may have produced the bitterness manifested by Mr. Roosevelt on the memorable occasion of his "muck rake" speech. A casual glance over the numerous expositions made by the four or five principal magazine "muck rakers" will show that in almost every inst ance, republicans have, for the most part, been chosen for the objects of their attacks. The "muck rakers" have paid their respects to about all of the particular friends and coun cilors of the president and it is little wonder that he is getting restless un der the continual and unrefuted charg es made against his favorites and po litical associates. These men with the "muck rakes" have accomplished a few things. They have effectually shown up Paul Mor ton, former member of the president's cabinet as a man who has committed innumerable crimes against the gov ernment while acting in the high of ficial capacity for the Santa Fe rail road comptny. Of all the rebaters in the land Morton appears to have been the high chief, but when the govern ments attorneys commenced to crowd him, the president called them off. These "muck rakers" showed that another one of the president's favor ite cabinet officers, George Bruce Cortelyou, committed the criminal act of receiving stolen goods while acting as chairman of the last republican campaign committee. Knox, Spooner, Root, Depew, Aid rich—these are some of the particular friends and advisors of the president who have been shown up in their true colors by the men with the "muck rakes" and it is little wonder that the chief executive is getting madder than a hornet. But a signiftcent phase of the situation is that the charges made by these men with "muck rakes" have never been seriously denied. These men are telling the truth, revealing the rottenness which is found in the very roots of our government, and as the president of the United States is closely allied, personally and political ly, with the men who are being thus exposed, he is compelled to take up a cudgel in their defense. He probably hated to do it but it was the only thing left for him under the circum stances. UNDER WHICH FLAG To the Editor of the Democrat: Dear Sir: In these days of govern mental reform and progress, and at this period of political independence, when so large a proportion of the voters allies itself with the party which it believes stands for its best interests—regardless of name or his torical association—rather than the party with which its parental ances tor affiliated, we are conscious that the time is propitious for every loyal citizen to seek to advance the inter ests of his fellows. With this end in view we submit the following remarks for the consideration of your readers: Can those men who profess to be lieve in progress, and are desirous of laboring in the holy cause of social melioration, hesitate which political party to support, \vh< n the alternative is to affiliate with one or the other of the two dominant parties? We have no disposition to speak dis paragingly of the republican party, in that party are many men whom we are proud to reckon among our P< rsonal friends. To correctly judge of a party, one need not inquire what are the private virtues or vices of the individuals who compose it, but what are the principles upon which it is founded, the idea around which it ral lies, and which it is its mission to rea lize. This idea nakedly presented, may be repudiated by a large number of the party; few of them may comprehend, or will its realization; nevertheless, they must all obey it, for he who re fuses to go where the ideas of his party leads, is invariably left by the way, and he who steps before his party to resist its onward march, is swept away as by a resistless current. The capital invested in abriculture has, with us, not even its legitimate share of influence. The commercial capital employed in the business oper ations of trusts, railroads and other combines, is the preponderating pow er; to give it additional weight, is therefore to war against the true in terests of humanity, and the party which labors to do this, is not, and cannot be in this country, the party of progress. The leading idea of the republican party is the preponderance of such commercial capital, and, possessing the larger portion of that class of cap ital of this country, they contend therefore that they ought to control the government of the country. They ask: Is there anything more re sonable than that we, having the rich es of the country in our possessioon, should have the management and control of the public treasury, and the direction of the fleets and arm ies of the country? Such a question indicates the worst possible system to all true democrats; when the work of our party is to raise up man and give him pre-eminence over money. The democratic party is the patriot ic party, it has ever been jealous of the national honor. The republican party composed in the main of the capitalistic class, imbued with the party's idea of property, not man, is insensible to national honor, when its maintenance requires the sacrifice of the facilities of trade or commerce. By the purchase of Louisiana the democratic party secured to trade the Mississippi, to agriculture! an immense territory of unrivaled fertility, and to free institutions many millions of sup porters. The democratc party has always been faithful to liberty, and freedom of mind and conscience, it has uni formly frowned upon every effort to molest a man for his opinions. It in s-rted in the federal constitution those amendments which forbid congress to' establish a religion or to pass any law prohibiting freedom of speech of press. The democratic party is the Chris tian party. Christianity is ever on the side of freedom and humanity; it ad dresses man as endowed with the ca pacity to judge for himself what is or is not right. Democracy is based on the fact, that man really does possess this capacity. Christianity values man for his simple humanity, not for his trap pings, the accident of birth, wealth or position, so does democracy. The mission of the democratic party is. and ever has been, to unfold the great idea of justice, and reduce it to practice in all man's social and politi cal relations. This great idea of justice the party is destined to realize, from this work it cannoot withdraw itself, if it would. Its leaders may be false to it, and seek to betray it; but it leaves them by the way, and with or without lead ers continues its march. A panic may now and then occur, producing a mo mentary confusion, but it soon recov ers itself, re-establishes order, and re news its line of march, ready to grap ple with any force it may meet, con scious of its own rectitude. Now as the party, according to the general laws of party, must go on un folding its idea, and as that idea is universal, and all comprehensive, we say, and truly, that it is the party of progress. "Equal and exact justice to all, special privileges to none" is its paramount idea, this idea it must un fold, and in its unfolding must reach all the reforms the fri nds of progress can desire. All the progress in our social and political relations which in the very nature of things can now be, must come from the expanding of the idea which constitutes the life and soul of the democratic party. There fore as friends of progress and justice, you should support the party, and help it onward in the development and application of its general idea. Are you contending for clean politics? What idea, what principle will estab lish a cleaner system of politics, than that which declares the supremacy of man over money, and recognizes man in all his integrity, in every individu ual man? Are you an anti-imperialist? What means have you to accomplish your desire, but by aiding the democracy to institute the rule of justice into all public affairs? Are you an advocate of the working man. anxious to secure honest industry its due reward, and to the laborer his true social position? You must do it by and through the party which is struggling to raise up universal humanity, to abolish all special privileges, and to place the government in the hands of men in stead of money. Do not complain be cause the beneficient effects of our principles and ideas are not realized today. Doubtless God could have made the world in one day, but we are tola that he chose to employ six da s in cr-ating it. The seed is not sown, and the grain harvested the same day. j The democratic party holds to the universal freedom of every man, and it will realize that idea, just as fast as we can urge onward the general pro gress of humanity, but not faster. The foregoing comprise a few of the rea WIND MILLS! We have secured the exclusive agency of the celebrated line »f "Dempster " Wind Mills and Pumps for Fergus County, oe We buy in CARLOADS and at such PRICES that we can save you from 10 per cent to 20 per cent on an outfit* Fergus County hardware Compan iiiiuuiuiiiiaiuuaaaiuiuiiiuiuuiiitiiiiiiuuuiiiuuiiaiauuuuiiitiiuiiuiuiuiuiuiuiui uuaumuuuiiuiuiauuiaui sons why reformers, and all who seek the betterment of mankind should sustain the democratic party. That party embraces the general principles liberty, justice and progress, which include within them, as the oak is in cluded in the acorn, all possible re forms. It represents today, entire hu manity, and as such has the right to ask the hearty co-op-ration of every true friend of his race. J. E. WASSON. Gilt Edge, Montana, April 30, 1906. COURTESY. It has been proven hundreds of times that courtesy benefits not only the person to whom it is shown, but also the one extending the courtesy. It is the little courtesies that often make the most lasting impressions. Courtesy towards its patrons is one of the many praiseworthy characteristics of the North-Western Line. Its em ployes are instructed to accord all patrons, but particularly ladies and children, every, possible courtesy and attention. It's the little details in the construction of the North-Western Limled between the Twin Cities and Chicago that have made it such a pop ular train with the traveling public. Leaves Minneapolis^ 8:C0 p. m. St. Paul 8:35 p. m. and arrives Chicago 8:55 a. m. For information as to rates, s- rvice, etc., call on or address A. M. Fenton, General Agent, Helena, Mont., or T. T. W. TeasdalcJ, G. P. A., St. Paul, Minn. Ex-Senator folsom in Kendall. Ex-Senator Dave E. Folsom of White Sulphur Springs, Meagher county, was in Kendall a few hours Wednesday and during that time took a general survey of the country in the vicinity of Kendall's famous mines. Mr. Folsom is well versed in geology and was greatly interested in the for mation of the ore and its treatment. "Fergus county is the banner county of Montana," remarked Mr. Folsom. "Of course, there is only one Butte, the great copper camp, but here you have a great variety of resources, precious metals and stones, the finest wheat in the world, vast deposits of coal and plenty of timber." In look ing over the undeveloped area from, the Barnes-King Mr. Folsom express ed the opinion that some day it would be transformed into great fields of winter wheat. The soil, he said, was even more fertile and deeper than that of Rock creek bench. Mr. Folsom improved an opportuni ty which he has long hoped for to see the great gold camp, and before his departure to Lewistown said he was glad he came. Mr. Folsom until recently owned one of the largest and best sheep ranches in Smith River valley. He sold his possessioons early in the spring and will now take a well merited rest from the duties of ranching. Mr. Folsom believes that Smith Riv er valley has a good chance of secur ing a branch of the Milwaukee road. From good authority he has it that they will traverse that valley in se curing a route either to Helena and Butte, or Great Falls.—Miner. STEAM PLOW FOR SALE. A sixty horse power Price steam plow engine and equipment complete, for sale cheap. THE MANHATTAN COMPANY. Manhattan, Mont. Open an Account Non? The First National Bank ot Lewistown Vnittd Stateg Depoiitary Len?istou?n, : Montana. Prosperous Days T"hese are prosperous days. 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