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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol, II. No. 44. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY JUNE 26, 1906 Price 5 Cents WHO Will be the proud poss essor of the b ea utiful Elwell Kitch en Cabinet..... WHO ? This is the last issue of the Democrat that you will have a chance to cut the advertisements out of, you'll have to hurry the time is short. Get your friends to help you. Ev ery local counts 50 votes and every display ad counts 100 votes. Clip them out and mail them to us, YOU may get the Elwell. These rainy days are not going to last all summer—the weather man says so. Soon the "Good Old Summer Time" will be a re ality and you will want one of those comfort chairs to rut on the lawn or porch. They are just what their name implies on ly moreso—you try them before you buy them. Let us deliver one on trial. For those dislik ing the swinging motion, the Comfort Morris chair is just the thing. A swinging Comfort just as shown above, only $6.50. Stainfloor Stainfloor is the greatest pre paration for floors yet produced— wears like iron, will not peel or rub off; heel marks make no im pression on it. Stainfloor is a floor food, Alls all the pores of the wood and leaves a smooth even surface which will make your old floor look like new. Stainfloor can fye used on all the woodwork in the house with equally good effect. Try a can and if you are not satisfied after using it return it and your mon ey will be refunded. We are ex clusive distributing agents for Stainfloor in Lewis town. LEWISTOWN Furniture Co. "If you don't buy of us, we both lose money" PROMINENT RAILROAD MEN ARE AMAZED AT GROWTH OE THIS CITY Vice President Sewell of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Comes in For a Brief Visit-Says Ferqus County Is the Typical Land of Golden Opportunity. GREAT NORTHERN OFFICIALS PAY THEIR RESPECTS Max Bass, General Imigration Agent and George G. Crose, Freight and Passenger Agent, Drova Across From Great Falls and Evpress De light With Country. That Fergus county is just now re ceiving the attention of the big rail roads of the country is shown by the number of prominent railroad officials who have been here during the last few weeks. Since the Milwaukee and the Burlington-Great Northern rail roads commenced to build through Fergus county, a large number of the prominent officials in those companies have been out here and looked over the ground. Vice President E. D. Sewall of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul R. R. company came in Saturday afternoon on a special train with General Man tiger F. T. Robertson of the Montana R. R. company. Mr. Sewall rode over the proposed route from Miles City to Harlowton, inspecting the grade, the country through which the road is to pass and the work which has already been acomplished by the contractors. Upon arriving at Harlowton he decid ed to come on into Lewistown and see what the town is like. Although Mr. Sewall was in the city for less than an hour, he was seen for a few moments by a representative of tlie Democrat. He expressed surprise at the substantial appearance of the | city, saying that he had never seen a city of the size of this one with such a large proportion of stone and brick busines houses. He was shown | through some of our large stores and was greatly surprised with th it - met ropolitan appearance and general up to-dateness. At the request of Mr. Robertson, David Hilger aceompani d them as far as Moore on their trip and the Lewis town man w as closely questioned by the railroad official concerning the county, the acreag- under cultivation, crops raised and the resources gener ally. He candidly expressed his am azement at the progress the country has made and said that he has never seen a country as prolific of possibili ties as the portions of Fergus county through which he had traveled. Concerning the Milwaukee road, he said that the work of construction is going to lie pushed with all possible rapidity and that as soon as it is com pleted through the state, the road will certainly become an important factor in the speedy development of the en tire state. He thinks that Fergus county is destined to become one of the greatest wheat growing sections of tile country and ventured the pre diction that it will lie but a few years until millions of bushels of grain will be going straight from here to Duluth, the great wheat distributing point of the United States. Twio other important visitors to the city are Max Bass, general immigra tion agent, and George G. Crose, as sistant passenger and immigration ag ent of the Great Northern R. R. com pany. The gentlemen drove across country from Great Falls to Lewis town Saturday and remained here over Sunday, leaving on the train yester day morning for the east. It has been stated by those who are in a position to know whereof they speak, that Max Bass has caused more people to come west than any other man or half dozen men in the country. For over a decade, he has beet send ing out thousands of pounds of litera tuer exploiting the possibilities of the The "Soo" Coming. The report Is reliably circulated that the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Ste. Marie, better known as the Soo system, Is to extend through Montana to the coast. Parties claiming to be in a po sition to know say that construction work will be well advanced before the end of the year. These parties state that It has come to their personal knowledge, which events will prove. Dakotas, Washinlon and Oregon and as a result, tens of thousands of peo ple who were struggling for an exist ence on the wornout farms of the eastern and middle western states rave taken advantage of the remark ably low imigrant rat s and come west where, in a large majority of cases, they have become prosperous. Mr. Bass informed a representative of the Democrat at the depot yesterday morning just before leaving, that it was now Montana's turn and that he will he sending thousands of home seekers into this state within the next twe've months. "We have accomplished our mission so far as the Dakotas, Oregon and Washington are concerned," said Mr. Bass. "Those states are now in posi tion to take care of themselves and their growth will continue without the extraordinary assistance which we have been giving them. For reasons which are well known to all,we have made no especial effort to populate Montana hut it is now the time to be gin. I anticipate that our task of get ting settlers to come to Montana will not lie a difficult one. This is a mar velously rich state and will accommo date hundreds of thousands of new people. Your agricultural possibilities are almost beyond reckoning and there are commercial opportunities here such as no other state in the union can offer. "This is my first visit to Fergus county and I can say with all sincer ity that I am simply amazed at what I hav-. seen here. There is not a finer strip of grain land in the United States than the lands of Louse creek and Rock creek bench-s. Dako ta cannot beat it and that is saying a great deal. Although in the so-called 'arid' belt, it will be found that the cultivation of the land will go far to ward conserving the moisture and making a crop a tiling of uniform cer tainty. "There is not a finer undeveloped country in the west than that which will he cross d by the Billings & Northern railway. The heneficient re sults of the road will he almost im mediately discernible. Within a v-ry few years there will he thousands of new settlers along the xoute of the road and lands now considered worth less or fit, at best, only for the graz ing of sheep will he transformed into productive ranches. Fergus county is capable of sustaining many times the present population and we shall see that the immigrants are brought in. We are now bringing out a fine class of immigrants, the larger number of them having sufficient means to keep them going and improve their places when they are settl d." Concerning newspapers, Mr. Bass said: "The newspapers are the first immigration agents. Too much can not be said of the value of the work which western papers, large and small, have done toward advancing the wel fare of the west. In my work, I find them of the greatest assistance." Messrs. Bass and Crose took away with them about ten thousand of the folders which were printed by the Commercial club of this city and said that they would want more of them in the future for distribution in the east. that the contract has actually been let by the "Soo" line for the construction of 200 miles of road westward from "the farthest western terminal." This terminal Is some little distance west of Minot, N. D.. at the present time and 200 miles of construction will bring the Soo nearly. If not quite. 100 miles within the state of Montana. Mi not being about 125 miles east of the Montana line. The Soo will enter Montana north of the <treat Northern line and after crossing t Fort Peck Indian reser vation will continue westward for a considerable distance, until the most desirable water grade is encountered, when it is expected they will drop to the southward, cross the Great North ern and come into the central portion of the state. Ostemoor mattresses are such stuff as dreams are made on. They cost $1S and are sold exclusively by the Lewistown Furniture Co. Gamblers Are Fined. Carl Ilagenson, Charles Nave and Edgar Ramsey entered pleas of guil ty to the charge of gambling last week before Judge Cheadle and were fined $125 to $150 each. The fines were paid and the men were dis charged. The cases .were initiated by County Attorney Roy E. Ayers about two weeks ago. He has announced that gambling must stop in Fergus county and evidently intends to make good th assertion. Judge Cheadle, In sentencing the men who were before him, gave them some sound advice and thf'-w in a warning against again being brought before him. STEPHENS' BODY WAS CREMATED Request Carried Out in Denver. Sis ter Brother Will Arrive in City This Afternoon. In assordanee with a request, made previous to his death, the body of Os car Steph ns, the Fergus county pio neer who died last week In Denver was cremated in the Colorado city shortly after the trrival tli re of his sister. Mrs. Calph and brother, Alf .1 Stephens. Mrs. Calph and Mr. Steph ens will arrive in Lewistown this even ing but tbe ash s will not gel here uii tl! later in the week. Although full arrangements have not be n made, the funeral services are announced for Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Just where they will he held from has not be< n determined. WATER WORKS BONDS SOLD N. W. Harris & Co. of Chicago Pay $480 Premium for Issue of $35,000.00. There was a meeting of the city council last evening, held for tli pur pose of opening bids for the gravity water works bond issue of $25,000. At the time the matter of issuing tlie bonds was b ing agitated its oppon ents predicted that the city would have difficulty in disposing of them. This prediction was knocked into smithereens as there w> re some ex cellent bids for the bonds, N. H. Har ris & Co. of Chicago being the highest and, consequently, successful bidder. A premium of $480 was paid. The oonds draw Interest at the rate of 5 per cent and redeemable in 20 years with the privilege of taxing them up in ten years. Contracts for the con struction work and material for the pipe line from the big spring to the city mains will now he advertised for and dirt will soon lie flying on the ditch. Dawes Watson. Mr. and Mrs. William Watson who were married last Wednesday in Boze man, arrived in Lewistown Thursday evening. They expect to be at home to their friends soon in the modern residence which Mr. Watson has con structed near the high school building. Ever since their arrival in Lweistown Mr. and Mrs. Watson have been busy receiving congratulations and the best wishes of a host of friends. The groom occupies a responsible position with the Citizens' Electric company and is counted one of the substantial young busines men of the city. The bride al so has a wide acquaintance in Lewis town, having visited friends here on numerous occasions. We tak-* pleas ure in wishing the best there is in a long and happy life for Mr. azid Mrs. Watson. SPLENDID RESOURCES AND SCENERY SEEN ON A TRIP BEYOND JUDITHS Incvualled Splendor of the Maiden Canyon—Something Concerning Which Large Majority of Fergus County People Are Entirely Oblivious Visit to the Red Barn. FREE HANDED HOSPITALITY EXTENDED TO THE WAYFARER Free "Hotel" Down in the Shadows of the Famous Black Butte-Editor of the Democrat Rides Through Rich Country Extending From Mouth of Maiden Canyon Around to Kendall. Five and one-halt times the size of Rhode Island, a sovereign state of tilts great union; three and one-half times the size of Deleware, another power ful state of our commonwealth; one and one-half times the size of Connec ticut, one of the most ancient and most Influential of our sisterhood of states; lacking hut fifteen hundred square miles of being as large as the three states combined; rivaling in the richness of her resources—undeveloped though they are—within her boundar ies the potential greatness of these the 1 11 three of tile happy sub-divisions of our Fergus county, justly called land Empire of Montana. Were Fergus county as thickly pop ulated as Rhode Island, over two and one-half million poplc would find homes within her hospitable borders. Were h< r resources dev- loped as are those of the midget common wealth, her taxable property would amount to om -half a billion dollars. "It's a big country," is the expres sion frequently heard from those whose business take them to the ut termost parts of Fergus county, only to those who have made the trip does the utterance convey slgnllleence. It gives om- not only a better idea of (lie largeness of Ills county but mater ially increases Ids respect and pride to rlge for three or four days ovi r moun tains and meadowlands, through fields and across fenceless plains-—rid ing at a good stiff gait for the greater part of a wok and then to discover that lie has covered but a fraction of tin ar a. lias not been nearer than 50 miles of the boundary lines at any time. It eaus-s one to pity yet more than ever those poor, soul warped creatures who static .and starve ill the crowded tenements of t h» great c ities where there- is so little of God's outdoors with its green grass an I all good tilings which really make life worth the living waiting out her- for them to conn- and to awaken it to fruitful ness with the hand of toll. In Salt Lake City, Utah, a few months since, there was held a con vention of p* ople whose object was to induce Americans to see their own land before spending their substance traveling amongst trans-Atlantis ru ins. Tin- mov-mi nt has certain com mendable features and might be ap plie i locally. The variety of the resources of Fer gus county do not excel the- variety of her sc-enci'-y. We have here the moun tains which pierce the clouds, veil cultivated ranches, vast stretches of plain, beautiful In their expanse, "bad lands," scarred by tin- erosions of millions of years of glacier and tor rent, every acre a volume of old earth history; w- have crystal caves and water falls and mountain passes. A week ago, the writer rode out of Maiden after spending a day in the first metropolis of Fergus county. He could have reached his objective point by a nearer route but he choose the canyon road. It is worth a f-w miles of extra riding to go through the con yon. If some enterprising American had the Malden canyon under canvas ;md prosperous country -such Is and charged fifty c--nts per head for riding through it, excursion trains would lie running to Maiden crowded with the eager throng, as it is only about one-fifth of the people of Fer gus county have ceen this peerless piece of Nature's work. On either side, the walls rise, Jagged and Irregular, five hundred feet, showing many speci mens of chiseling which the Master Sculptor does with his tools of wind and rain and sun. Passing out of the canyon and turn ing to the left, one comes into one of the most fertile and most highly cul tlvated portions of the county. Let ting down a wire I-nee, we made straight for Jomiie White's place which is located at the mouth of ihe canyon. It was not yet noon hut Mr. \\ bite was getting dinner preparatory to going to town and his hearty Invi tation to take a meal with him was Just as heartily accepted. Mr. White, as slated In a former letter, combines mining and ranching, lie has a pret ty place and Ills grain looked as well as any we saw in our peregrinations over that part of tin- county. He had about coiu-luded Ills ranching- work and was gathering a few Ions of tail ings I non tin- old Spotted Horse mine to work over in his little plant which In has near the ranch house. To the writer, Mr. White stated that lie has about exhausted Ids crop of tailings and that In will, after this season, have co i-onllne himself to ranching exclusively. •lust below Idle While place is Ihe very exe- llent ranch of l-'rcd (tons. This is one id tin- finest places on the crank and Mr. linos tins a large nr- a ill a high stale of cultivation. He also mlm-s on the side and lias a very com I'let - eyanliilng plant. He gathered a season's run and was getting his plant in shape for Ihe summer. Mr. Qooa owns a l.»lg bunch of cattle and Is one of the substantial men of the eommunl Ity. We next rode across to the ranch of II. I >. Fields who has a fine 480-acre ranch on Fords cr «-k. A large portion of this ranch is under cultivation and everything about the place bespeaks thrift and industry. Mr. Field has suiiie c-jittl and is patiently waiting for 1 letter market conditions. Having met "Hutch" Kies going to Gilt Edge, we lid not go to his place but swung around and stopp d next at tin- Daly rimch. Being somewhat rainy, Mr. Daly was taking a layoff. He has a good place of 160 acres and the nppear ......... the- plae.- certainly does much to refuli the assertion frequently made, that a man cannot male a liv ing in Fergus county on a quarter section. A stop was mode at J. F, Duffy', but Mr. Duffy hart gone Into town to do some week • ml trailing. The next slop was made at Rr-zin Anderson's very hospi'abl. place. A more pleasant hour was not spent on the entire trip than at this place. Al though getting along in years, Mr. An derson, who is one of the sturdiest of Fergus county pioneers, still keeps in close touch with public affairs and is a most interesting conversationalist. He has a large ranch which is well improve! and upon which he runs a large number of cattle. From the Anderson ranch, we cut across to the Stoddard place, the home ranch of Oscar Stephens who died last week in Denver. This is one of tiie finest properties belonging to the Stephens estate, there being several hundred acres of rich tillable land and a large assortment of sheds, barns and corrals. Mr. Stephens was that day in Denver and within a few days of his last and the other boys, including Frank Stephens who has general su pervision of the place, were about 25 miles north with the roundup. Mrs. Calph, sister of the late Oscar Steph ens, graciously invited the wanderer to stop for the night but as there was yet two hours of sun, we pushed on toward the famous Red Barn. En route another invitation to put up for the night was extended and reluctant ly refused. We were now getting around to the end of the Judith mountain range. On the map, the Judiths appear as rather small fry mountains but when one starts to rid- half way around them in Continued on