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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol, II. No. 44.
Price 5 Cents
Will be the proud
poss essor of the b ea
utiful Elwell Kitch
en Cabinet.....
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
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 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.
Furniture Co.
"If you don't buy of us,
we both lose money"
Vice President Sewell of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Comes in For
a Brief Visit-Says Ferqus County Is the Typical Land of Golden
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
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
"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
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.
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.
N. W. Harris & Co. of Chicago Pay
$480 Premium for Issue of
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
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.
Incvualled Splendor of the Maiden Canyon—Something Concerning Which
Large Majority of Fergus County People Are Entirely Oblivious
Visit to the Red Barn.
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
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
•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
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
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