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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol, II. No. 43. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY. MONTANA, TUESDAY JUNE 19, 1906 WHO Do you think is the best housekeeper in Fergus County ♦ ♦ ♦ ? We are introducing the justly famous Elwell Kit chen Cabinet to the peo ple of Fergus County. Before we stop we are going to place one in every home. But we want to give one abso lutely free to the lady you think is the best housekeeper ie the coun ty. A good housekeeper cannot help to appreciate an Elwell Kitchen Cabi net more than anything else. Read below our wonderful Free Offer Don't delay. Get busy. The time is short. This ad counts, cut it out. Conditions Cut out every local and display advertisement of the Iiewistown Furniture Co.appearing in any news paper in Fergus county on and after this date and send them to us, giving us the name and address of the lady you thiuk is the best housekeeper in the county. Each display ad will count 100 votes. I^ach local ad will count 50 votes The lady receiving the highest number of votes will receive the beautiful cabinet as you see it, worth $ 25 . 00 , ABSOLUTELY FREE. The onh T condi tion being that she ride in the parade at the head of our float on Celebration Day. Our advertisements will be found in every pa per issued in the county. Cut them out and mail them to Lewistown Fur niture Co. Lists must be in our office not later than Monday, July 2nd. We guarantee absolute fair ness and impartiality in this contest. This is a display ad. Local ads will be found in the local col umns. LEWISTOWN Furniture Co. "If you don't buy of us, we both lose money" OSCAR STEPHENS, PIONEER STOCK GROWER, DEAD AT DENVER The Most Prominent Figure in the Financial Affairs of the County and the Largest Individual Land and Cattle Owner in the State Succumbs to Consumption. DEATH OCCURRED IH BROWN PALACE HOTEL IR DEHVER Mr. Stephens Was 57 Years of Age-Many Relativgs in Fergua County Value of Estate Will Reach a Half Million Dollars- Ever a Friend of the Poor and Lowly. Oscar Stephens, the largest indi vidual land' owner and cattle grower in the state of Montana and the mo3t prominent figure in the business cir cles in Fergus county, died last Satur day night at 1 o'clock in the Brown Palace hotel in Denver, having been compelled to stop at that place about three weeks ago while on his way to Glenwood Springs, the great health resort. Quick consumption was the cause of death, he having been 111 with the dread disease for only about two months. His decline became so rapid that, upon the advice of his physician, he started for the Colorado health re sort but never lived to reach his des tination. At Mr. Stephens' bedside at the time or his death were his sister, Mrs. A. W. Reynolds and her husband of Denver. Shortly before his death, his brother, Alf J. Stephens of this city, received a telegram informing him that the end was near and telling him to come at once. A messenger was sent to the Stoddard place near Gilt Edge where a sister, Mrs. Emeline Calph, resided, and she was brought in here in time to take the train together with Alf Steph ens and Peter Rosseau for Denver Monday morning. While no definite arrangements have yet been made, it is understood that the body will be brought back to Fer gus county for burial. But at this time, nothing definite concerning the funeral can be said. The death of Oscar Stephens will cause universal regret in Fergus coun ty. There is probably no man in the county who was more widely acquain ted than was Mr. Stephens and cer tainly none the range of whose busi ness interests is so extensive. Oscar Stephens was born in Susque hanna county, Pennsylvania, 57 years ago. He came to Montana in 1870 and spent several years working on the range and in the mines at Diamond City. In 1880. he located a ranch near Fort Maginnis, down under the shel tering side of the famous Black Butte, the northernmost peak of the Judith range. The next year he trailed a band of sheep from Oregon and was thor oughly launched in the sheep business. His rise to affluence is one of the GILT EDGE BRETITIES. the Interesting Happenings From Judith Mountain Damp. George McCume met with a painful accident last week. While riding horseback after a runaway team and crossing a bridge the horse fell with him. His left leg was severely sprain ed and he will no doubt be laid up for some time. Harry Green, while out on the rouud up with the Stephens outfit about 50 miles from here, on Blood creek, met with a very painful but not serious accident. After roping a ste = r he went to loosen the rope and in the mean lime the saddle on his horse became loose. As he went to cinch' up the saddle the horse bec-am frightened and made a jump, kicking him in the stomach with such force as to break his watch into pieces, knocking him about twenty feet. His companions came at once to his assistance and se cured a rig, brought him to town and he was taken to the hospital where he was attended by a physician. At this writing he is reported as doing well and w ill soon be out again. Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Matlock of Ken dall were among the visitors during the celebration. James M. Stafford, the general mer chant of Kendall enjoyed the celebra tion. Hon. J. E. Pinkley, mayor of Lew most notable examples on record, not only of the opportunities which this western country holds out but also of the reward which perseverence, pluck and good judgment will win. He rap idly increased the size of his flock, constantly added to his land holdings until the time of his death, he was the owner of not less than ,35,000 acres of deeded land and until one year ago 50,000 head of his own sheep grazed on his great ranches. Later he went in to the cattle business and was un doubtedly the largest individual cat tle owner in the state and one of the largest in the United states. His ranches lie east and north of the Judith mountains and between the North and South Moccasin groups. The writer, a few days since,, rode for an entire day over his possessions, a small empire within themselves, and wondered at the marvelous business acumen of the man to whose judg ment the accumulation of such wealth was due. Mr. Stephens, a few years since, be came interested with Peter Rossau in the Cumberland group of mines in the Judith district and this promises to be a most valuable ilortion of his estate. No man perhaps was ever held in more loyal affection by the men ir» his employ than Oscar Stephens. He nev er asked one of them to go where he would not go. For a quarter of a cen tury he lived with the "boys," as he called them, enduring with them the storms of winter, the heat of summer, at all times the perfect master of his own affairs and the "boss" of his men and at all times their best friend. He kept an open house on a half doz en different ranches and thousands have enjoyed either his hospitality or his bounty. Especially was he ever the friend of the amn who was "down on his luck." On the plains, not only of Fergus county but of all Montana, there will be hundreds of the "boys" who will bow their heads in sorrow, a silent tribute of respect to the memory to the man who sometime in their lives, gave them a "lift." Mr. Stephens was a bachelor. He lehves two brothers and two sisters, besides a large number of more dist ant relatives. He also leaves hundreds of friends in every corner of Fergus istown, accompanied by his wife, was here and helped to celebrate Min-rs' union day. The mayor has a host of friends here who are always phased to see him in Gilt Edge. Hon. Frank E. Smith and family of Lewistown spent a few days here and took in th- celebration. Mr. Smith Is popular among the citizens of Gilt Edge and is always received with a hearty welcome. Sheliff L. P. Slater and family were here taking in the celebration and were tlie guests of Mr. and Mis. F. A. Barn s. R. D. Baker, the popular blacksmith of Lewistown and an old resident of Gilt Edge, was shaking hands with his many friends here Miners' union day. ; Mr. Baker was one of th members of the delegation representing the Lewistown Labor union. Representative Georg- J. Wiedeman and family were taking in the celebra tion and wt re the guests of Mr and Mrs. B. C. Wiedeman. Hugh Wagner and son were here and held a grab sale of some fine jew lry md did a rushing business. Mesdames Lockwood and Went worth of Lewistown were up here with a fine line of home made candies and j di( i a rushing business. The candies were the finest seen here. T nder Sheriff Ed Martin was a visi tor here during the celebration and en joyed the day with his many friends. E. G. Ivins, the popular representa countv who mourn his sudden death t'Ve of the Fergus County Argus, was * ere Miners' Union day. This was the first time Mr. Ivins has visited the great gold camp and he was very much pleased with his visit. TO OUR PATRONS. Owing to an over supply of ranch butter and our lack of facilities for keeping and storing the same, we find it impossible to take any more ranch butter. We respectfully refer our cus tomers to the Cottonwood Creamery Co., who have facilities for storing a large quantity of butter. Thanking our friends for their patronage and solic iting a continuanceof same, we are, very respectfully, CHARLES LEHMAN & CO. LOCAL TEAM TAKE ANOTHER ThetLewistownBoys Were There With ' ihe Willow in Sunday's Game With Glengary. Although the day was anything but ideal base ball weather a good' sized crowd of fans braved the copious showers to see the Lewistown bull team defeat their old time antagonists —Felix McGinn's farmer boys from Glengary. There were but few chang es in the lineup of the Glengary team from that of last year and the boys are playing their usual good game, but the lqcal team has improved considerably in their stick work and appear to take a delight in using up outside pitchers in fattening their flatting average. Carlton pitched a splendid game for Lewistown. While at times his sup port was a little ragged and in the ninth inning Glengary touched him i'i) for several hits, he was strong •uia j.a-ady throughout. Finnecan started out In the box for the visitors, but the locals were too heavy for him and he lasted only until the fifth in ning, retiring in favor of Felix Mc Ginn—he of the wide slants. Felix, however, fared but little better than did his predecessor, as the local slug gers had their eye on the ball and were no respector of person, curves or reputation at this stage of the game. Lewistown took the field and Glass pell started off for the visitors with a single. Otten went out and Ed Kinch ey singled, scoring Glasspel and Mitch ell retired the side. For Lewistown Taylor led off with a three-bagger— a habit he has been cultivating of late. Eddie Baker drew a pass aand stole second, Slater Sacrificed and Taylor scored. Morgan went out on an in field hit and Baker scored. Art Bak er was thown out at first, retiring the side. Glengary was retired in one, two, three order in the second, third and fourth. Lewistown scored twice in the third, and two men crossed the home plate in the fourth. In the fifth Glen gary again connected with the ball, and a few timely hits coupled with rrors enabled them to net one run. in Lewistown's naif no scores were made. But in the sixth the locals started the fireworks, and Felix Mc Ginn's reputation as a twirler was in jeopardy if not utterly shattered. Ed die Baker lead off with a two-bagger, Slater. Carlton, Gillen and others all landed clean hits and when the smoke cleared away and Lewistown was fin ally retired the boys had piled up four runs and practically cinched the game. Glengary failed to scor- in the sixth, but in the seventh connected for one run. Lewistown scored once In the s venth and twice in the eighth, mak ing a total of is. In their half of the eighth McGinn's farmers did a little hitting and scored twice, in the ninth Glengary became thoroughlj alive and land d on t e ball with a vengeance, and for a time it looked as though they might ti< the score, which stood 7 to 13. They w re finally retired, however, before ben-m ing dangerously close and th three Mins made in this inning made the fin ed s- or stand 10 to 13 in favor of I.ew t wn. N xt Sunday the Moore team will engage attention of the locals on the home grounds, nnd if half what is said of the Moore pitcher's ability tie tru-. Lewistown in very liable to drop its first game on the afternoon of June 24th. In all events next Sunday's game will be the best of the season. Ironclad hosiery for boys. Cut down vacation expenses. Lehman's. REJUVENATION OE THE HISTORIC MINING CAMP OT MAIDEN In the fate Numerous AdversitiesFergus County's First Mining District Will Rise Again and Become a Factor in Adding to Onr Grow ing Mineral Wealth. THE PRESEHT OUTLOOK WAS NEVER MORE EHCOURAGIRS More Prospecting Being Done in the Maiden District Than Any Other Section of the Coanty-Rrief Review of the Properties Being Developed in the Vicinity of Maiden. The following is the first of a scries of articles that will appear in the Democrat by the editor of the paper, who is now engaged in making a trip over ihe county: REJUVENATION As one stands on an eminence in the upper part of the good old camp of Maiden, looking over the mountains which rise majestically on every side he is reminded of a favorite saying of the renowned Col. Mulberry Sellers, "There is millions in it." There ate lltterally "Millions" in the mountains within a half dozen miles of Maiden, and some day and that day is not far in the future, let us hope, some of those millions will be dug out of these mountains and will add just so much to the wealth and happiness of the world. It is fascinating work, this digging for gold. There is a sort of romance to it which tempers the constant struggle against the slow yielddlng barriers of nature. The shimmering, elusive* maiden of Hope constantly beckons the prospector on just a little farther or a little deeper into the mountain side. When despair would drag him hack, Hope says, "come another foot" or "100 feet." 'Twas the gentle, insistent voice of the siren, Hope, which, over a quar ter of a century ago, brought the first handful of prospectors oover here Into Maiden Gulch. There were hard ships a plenty in those early days hut they took them willingly for the prom ise the hills held out—the promise of gold, not from another's hoard but from the store-house of nature. Rlch were some of the rewards and they live today in ease and comfort and happiness on the gold taken from the hills in a stonee's throw of Malden here; but there are others who work ed Just as faithfully who, indeed, are still working, ever hoping for the dawn of their "golden day." Maiden does not pretend to lie more nor less than a mining camp. The prosperity of the camp depends entirely upon the luck of those who are working In the mines. There were days when there was not a better camp in all Montana; there are many who say that the day will come when she will more than ri val her former greatness and it would certainly appear that they arc Justified in this prediction. There is probably more prospecting being done in the Maiden district this sumnv r than in any other mining district in the county. A half dozen or more good properties are being worked and the showing on practic ally every one of th m are sufficient to Justify a continuance of the work. Adam Sager, one of the old timers of the district, and Roy Mathews are working this summer on the Justice claim, formerly the Alpine, located about a half mile southeast of Maiden ini belonging to I*. W. McAdow, the very substantial foundation of whose present large fortune was taken from U" famous old Spotted Horse mine, f'harles Wic man owned the Alpine an*I was shipping some high grade ore 'd m t!i -n- 15 years ago. The greater a - t of this ore which assayed several hundred h.liars to the ton. was taken from t ' original shaft which was sunk to a depth of about sixty feet. At different times, a great deal of work has been done on the property, there being a tunnel at least 300 feet long and It is in this tunnel that Sa ger and Mathews are now. working But a few days ago, they struck some ore that looks good, exceedingly good, in fact. They have a good body of this ore and the chances are bright for McAdow repeating the successes of the Spotted Horse. Olive Langdoc has two claims, the Clara May and the Ella, on Sheep mountain, about a half mile south of Maiden. The Clara May Joins the Spot ted Horse for about 200 feet. John A. Drake lias an option on this ground, and some work will be done on the property this summer. Victor Lang doc has been working on the ground for the past ten years and has done not less than 1,000 feet of work. The showing is excellent, the same sort of ore as that found on the Spotted Horse having been opened up. Several men were working on the Maginnis when the bad weather start ed In , making a suspension of work necessary. Good shipping ore Is being taken from this mine and reguar shipments have been made to the East Helena smelter with good re turns. Supt. Ralph Dorn of the Globe Maginnis has a good body of cyanide ore blocked out and some of it will be put through the mill beginning In July. They have a good mill anil It Is the opinion of the mining men in the Malden district that the mine is one of the best in the country. TWO REJUVENATION Johnny White who hits n ranch at the mouth of Maiden gulch, combines ranching and mining very advantag eously. He has some leaching tanks, four of them, on Ids ranch, and every summer for the last ten years, has put through some of the tailings from the old Spotted Horse. It is said that Mr. White has taken $70,000 from th-se tailings since he commenced to work them. Some of the tailings run as high as $30 per ton and the average is high enough to make the work very profitable. Mr. White has gathered a summer's run and will get out a few gold bricks during the coming season. Jack Williams made the first test of these tailings ten years ago using a whiskey barrel for a tank nd the re sult was so successful that a number of people commenced to work the dump among them being Mr. White jiriil Fred Goos, who also ranches and mines. John S. Warren and C. E. Wright of Lewistown are surveying 19 claims on both sides of Alpine gulch below Maiden. Frank Currie is doing the surveying. They expect to do some work on the around this summer. One of the most promising claims in the district Is that of S. D. Ander son of Lewistown and J. B. Shaw of Maiden. Their property is known as tlie Sunrise group and comprises eight claims located one and a quater miles cast of Mrlilen. A lot of work has been done on this group and sam ph s of ore which assay as high as $1,100 per ton have been taken out. It is said to l»c the Intention of the owners of this property to install a Burley drill within the next few weeks in order that they may more rapidly explore the ground. Ben Dexter is steadily working on his group nt claims located on Judith peak at the hea l of Collar gulch. Dex ter is an interesting character him self and is otic of the real, genuine old titn rs In the cniintrv. He run the first saw mill in ttiis part of the coun try and lumber fruit tiis mill was haul ed as far as E<*rt Beni.m in the early eighties. He has been working for sev ral years on his milling property and has some good looking ore opened up. Cliff Deyo has been working on the Minnie Deyo group of mines just lie low the Sunrise group. While we were unable to get down that far, we are informed that he has some fine surface showing and that the develop ment work that he has done is most encouraging. W. E. Wilson, the original discov erer of the Chickadee from which the (Continued on page 8)