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THE FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT.
SUBSCRIPTION: Per Tear ...... Six Months ... Three Months. TOM STOUT............................................Publisher and Proprietor PUBLISHED EVERT TUESDAT. LEWISTOWN, MONTANA........................................ May 8, 1906. NEW COURT HOUSE BADLY NEEDED For several years, a number of the most progressive citizens of Fer gus county have advocated the construction of a new court house. The sentiment in favor of a new building has grown until practically every free thinking citizen in the county is heartily in favor of the prop osition of constructing a building which will be fully adequate to the re quirements of the present time—one which will secure the safety of the records of Fergus county, the destruction of which would be a public ca lamity to every man, woman and child of our prosperous community. The county commissioners have probably made the best of the situa tion by patching up the perfect barn of a building which now serves for county purposes, but with ail this, the building is absolutely unsafe, a constant menace to the lives of those who are employed in the building and of all who, during the jury terms of court, congregate there to par ticipate in the affairs of the county in the capacities of jurors, witnesses or who assemble as mere spectators. The building has settled out of all shape, the floors are uneven and builders declare it a mere "ramshackle" affair, unsafe and unfit to be used as a public structure. The basement of the building is illy ventilated and utterly unfit for office purposes, but owing to the crowded condition, a number of the most important, offices of the countty are located in this part of the build ing, much to the discomfort of the officials and all who have business there and the jeopardy of the valuable records which are kept there. On the second floor are the records of the recorder's office and of the county treasurer. The destruction of these vaults by fire would be an appalling calamity the result of which would be endless trouble and lit igation. There is not a property holder in Fergus county who is not vitally interested in this matter. The court room is hardly the size of an ordinary country school room and during important trials, standing room is at a premium. That this room is inadequate for the present needs, every juror who has been sum moned for jury duty for years well knows. Architects agree that the building is incapable of withstanding the force of a good stiff wind which sometimes wanders over from the Da kotas. It would have tumbled down long ago had not the commissioners had it bolted together with strong iron rods. It was constructed eighteen years ago at a cost of $12,000, the county paying $10,000 and the citizens of Lewistown contributing $2,000 to make up the difference in cost. It is the only building in Lewistown at the present time that the av erage citizen needs to apologize for to new comers and investors. There are now in Lewistown several residences that cost more than the original cost of the court house. There are ten mercantile establish ments in Lewistown whose buildings cost more than the original cost of the court house, and all improvements added thereto since then. The judges, lawyers, county officials and the general public have been patient, and have used the present building, and put up with its in con veniences for many years without complaint, but the time has now ar rived for action. There can be no reasonable objection urged against the proposition by any free minded or reasonable man to construct a new court house. With all of our mooted prosperity, the great agricultural area confin ed within our county, the most permanent mines in the state, extensive fields of as good coal as can be found in Montana, a great wool growing and stock growing county, with all of these we are forced to acknowledge the fact that we have the shabbiest court house in the state. The permanency of the business of this county is assured for all time to come. Lewistown has now a population of over 3,000, and it is high time, from every point of view, that the question of submitting to the vot ers of this county the proposition of building an adequate court house to cost not to exceed $100,000. The county is in splendid financial condition to build a new court house, and during the next two years there will be more than $3,000,000 added to the assessment list of this county. The Gnat Northern railway will construct eighty miles of main lino through Fergus county this year. The Milwaukee railroad will follow the Mussclsh li from a point eighteen miles below Musselshell postoffic- to the mouth of Careless creek, a distance of approximately 100 miles. Two thirds of this distance will be in Fergus county. The railroad assessment in this county alone will exceed $2,000,000 within the next year. The t-ounty commissioners should call for an election to determine by the sov reign will of the taxpayers whether they want to issue bonds to the extent of $100,000 for the construction of a court house. It is not a political move, nor is it in the interest of any clique or faction. It is a broad-gauged business proposition, reasonable, timely and urgent. The Democrat proposes that the commissioners should, in till matters of public expenditure, be conservative, and protect the interests of the people by maintaining a reasonable tax levy, but at the same time we should be progressive and, realizing th • need of a new, modern and safe county building, we ask for a full discussion of the merits of the prop osition, for it is the people lit mselv e* that will have to pass upon the pro posed building. The board of county commisison ers have done the best they could to preserve and protect the present building, but the time is now ripe for fur ther action. DEMOCRATS WITH PEOPLE , It is gratifying to m tubers of the democratic party and illuminating to some voters who are not members of that party to study the record of the democratic party in the past congress. They have taken the side of the peo ple in every contest. It was by their united vote that the railroad rate hill was reported from the senate commit tee where a hostile republican major ity would have had it buried today except for the solid democratic vote. A democrat, Senator Tillman, has charge of the measure today. Next to the rate bill the public are interested in the passage of the free alcohol bill. It passed the house by an almost un animous vote, but it was the expecta tion that when it got into the hands of Senaor Aldrich it would be quietly strangled. Indeed that was the fats provided for It had not the democrat ic leader in the senate. Senator Bail ey, taken up arms in its defense with the entire democratic vote back of him . It is now thought that enough republicans will act with the demo crats to force the passage of the bill at this session. The special Washing ton representative of the St. Louis Republic writes to his paper about the situation as follows: "Democrats in the senate, led by Senator Bailey of Texas, will make a determined effort to force the finance committee, of which Senator Aldrich of Rhode Island is chairman, to take action upon the measure known as the "free alcohol hill." It is this meas ure which the Standard Oil Trust is vigorously fighting, and which will be killed, if Senator Aldrich has his way. The finance committee met this morn ing and ordered the bill referred to a sub-committee of three members, who are yet to be appointed by the chair man. Mr. Bailey, the democratic sen ate leader, is a member of the commit tee. If a disposition appears to smoth er the bill, Mr. Bailey will force mat ters in the full committee and make the measure an issue on the floor of the senate. The bill removes the revenue tax on denaturized alcohol, and leaves it free of tax for use in the arts and industries. Alcohol in this form has be n proved to be of much usefulness, it means cheaper light, cheaper fuel for power purposes and would go far, many congressmen think, toward re lieving the country of the grip of the Standard, it is said to furnish a more economical and serviceable article than coal oil and gasoline. Because it can be manufactured from farm products, the bill has the support of the farming element. The opposition is concentrated in wood alcohol and Standard Oil interests. The measure passed the house by a practically unanimous vote. Senator Aldrich ex plains the delay of the committee by saying that the hill needs careful con sideration in order to safeguard fully the interests of the revenue branch of the government. Enough republicans on the committee are in favor of the bill to constitute, with the democrats a majority, so that if the test vote on the measure is had it would probably be reported out.—Great Falls Tribune. SEN. CLARK WILL RETIRE The positive announcement of Sen ator William A. Clark that he will not be a candidate to succeed himself in the United States senate was the most important politictl event of the past week in Montana. In a telegram to the Butte Miner, Senator Clark states that the press of private business af fairs have caused him to decide to make no effort to succeed himself but that he will be found working faith fully for the cause of democracy in Montana just as he has been working for the lqst quarter of a century. This announcement will be received with regret by thousands of. the sen ator's friends in Montana who recog nize that he has ably represented the best interests of the state during his six years of service in the upper house of our national legislative body. Al though he has been subjected to con stant abuse and villifleation by the republican press of the state, he has gone ahead, doing his duty as he saw it and really accomplishing as much or more for his constituents in this state as any other man who ever rep resented the state in congres. His determination to retire will un doubtedly be a source of regret to many of the republican newspapers of the state who had evidently determin ed to vent on him all of the vitupera tion and abuse at their command in case lie should decide to make the race again. Tlieir evident purpose, howev er,. certainly had little or nothing to do with the senator's latest decision, as h is not one who retires under fire. These worthy defenders(?) of the com mon weal will now have to raise an other issue and it will He interesting to observe upon whom they will turn their batteries of personal abuse. POSTMASTER ROBBED. G. W. Fouts, postmaster at Riv erton, la., nearly lost his life and was robbed of all comfort, according to his letter, which says: For 20 years I had chronic liver complaint, which Bid to such a severe case of jaundice that even my finger nails turned yel low; when my doctor prescribed Elec tric Bitters: which cured me and has kept me well for 11 years." Sure cure for billiousness, neuralgia, weakness and all stomach, liver, kidney and bladder derangements. A wonderful tonic. At Phillips Drug Co. GOe. CASHIER GOES TO PEN Biglow's Partner follows Chief to Leavenworth Prison Milwaukee, May 5.—Henry G. Goll, former cashier of the First National hank, who was indicted for misappro priating funds, was this aft rnoon ntineed to lo years at Fort Leaven worth prison. ■oil will he allowed to remain in Milwaukee a few days before being taken to prison. When asked if he had anything to say why sentence should not be pronounced, Goll simply assert 1 that he was innocent of all the charges. Goll was indicted at the same time the federal grand jury returned true hills against his former superior, F. G. Biglow, who was president of the First National bank, and who pleaded guilty to defalcation a year ago and received the same sentence. Biglow was the principal witness at the Goll' trial, and testified that many of Goll's acts were committed at his direction, but that of some of th in he had no knowledge. A MOUNTAIN OF GOLD, could not bring as much happiness to Mrs. Lucia Wilke, of Coroline, Wis., as dit une 2Gc box of Bucklin's Arnica Salve, when it completely cured a running sore on her leg, which had tortured her 23 long years. Greatest antiseptic healer of piles, wounds and sores. 23e at Phillips Drug Co. ST. PAUL'S FIRST TRAIN. It was an eventful day when the first train was run into St. Paul, not only for St. Paul but for the entire Northwest, for the event was the be ginning of the phenomenal develop ment of the great Northwest. Novem ber 8, 1905, was hardly a less eventful day in St. Paul's history, for on that date the North-Western Line put In to service between the Twin Cities and Chicago a new limited train, con ceded to be the finest and most com fortable between these three great cities. For information as to rates, service, etc., call on or address A. M. Fenton, General Agent, Helena, Montana, T. W. Teasdale, G. P. Minn. of A., St. Paul, THE LEWISTOWN TAILORING CO. The leading tailor of the city is now ready for the spring trade, having just completed extensive repairs in the parlors and receiv ed a large consignment of spring goods of latest styles. I will guarantee best goods, best fit, best workmanship or re fund your money. If you have cleaning, pressing or repairing, call for phone 114; I will send for your work and de liver it to your address on the shortest notice. All work guar anteed satisfactory. Call and ex amine my stock. THE LEWISTOWN TAILORING CO. WM. 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