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FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT.
SUBSCRIPTION: Per Year ......................................................................$2.50 Six Months ................................................................... 1.21 Three Months.................................................................76 TOM STOUT............................................Publisher and Proprietor PUBLISHED EVERY TUESDAY. LEWISTOWN, MONTANA ....................................... June 26, 1906. Real Meaning of That Smoker. While we have been assured that the republican smoker which was given in this city on June 16th was nothing but the celebration of the fif tieth anniversary of the republican party, it looks to a person up a sap ling that it was more far reaching than that in its significance. The ar ■angement of the program would indicate that the occasion was a sort Jf a ''coming out" of prospective candidates. It also furnished an oppor tunity for those who have already been provided for by the ''organiza tion" (we use that term as being less offensive than the usual appella tion of 'ring") to express their gratitude for the favors received. A third object was, doubtless, to gather as many of the discordant elements as possible under the protecting wing of the organization in preparation for the coming battle. It is said that the leaders of the leaders of the party are trying to in duce H. M. Rae, who acted as toastmaster of the occasion, to take up the burden of the senatorial race. Senator Waite doesn't care for the job, so he says, although he has not definitely stated just why he hates to get into the race. Despite all that may be said about Jack Waite as a leader, it must be confessed that he has about as much political "savvy" as the next one and he undoubtedly realizes that he could not be elected again. For that reason, he is looking for some popular young man to take the place on the ticket and Rae seems to be pretty good timber. Dan Symmes, who has done valient work as chairman of the county committee, could have it if he wanted it, but like the present senator, is just a lit tle shy when it comes to going up against a sure defeat. It remains to be seen whether or not Rae will tackle the job. His extensive mining interests keep him pretty busy and he mav decide that he has not the time. The plan as outlined just now seems to be to let F. E. Smith, the hus tling attorney, act as nominal boss during the approaching unpleasant ness. Mr. Smith has never been able to break into the inner circle here tofore but the disastrous results of the last election which was conducted by the old gang gave him his opportunity. The arrangement is not a bad one and is a credit to the political acumen of Waite, Wright, Symmes and Eldridge. They are to let Smith assume the role of a Moses, whose mission it will be to lead the party out of the wilderness of defeat into the promised land of victory. The old leaders will take their position in the back ground. Of course, they will prepare a chart for Frank with a booklet of full instructioYic as to how to steer his course. Just so long as he follows orders, he will be permitted to be "It." If he goes to mani festing any recalcitrant tendencies, he will, of course, be yanked back in to the shadows. Frank is slated for the job of county attorney, and if he succeeds in getting the different factions together, he may be permitted to run for judge of the district court, in case Julge Cheadle is elected associate jus tice of the supreme court. They do say that those in power have intimated to Louie Lehman that he would look pretty good running for the legislature. Inasmuch as Louie handles about everything he might decide to go up against the game. After his little oratorical stunt the other night, he can doubt less grab the nomination cherry although he might fall a few feet short of picking any very large plum on election day. It's not saying that Louie isn't pretty popular, but this is going to be a bad year for republi can candidates. Charles M. Webster, the orator of the day, has been holding down a government job for six years and is always on the outlook for something else or a little more of the same thing. The case of Senator Waite has already been stated. He made the list speech of his life at this meeting and is said to be in training for the campaign two years hence when he is likely to be nominated for gov ernor on the republican ticket. Wylys. A. Hedges and Clarence E. McKoin were simply placed on the program for the purpose of demonstrating the wonderful wisdom of the machine which put them in the land office chairs. When anyone is handed something by the "organization" thr"y are supposed to come up and say "thank'e" and that is what Hedges, McKoin and Pfaus did the evening of the 16th. Judge Cheadle, who delivered a "safe and sane ant far the nomination for associate justice. The meeting was primarily intended to get together the different fac tions of the party. How well it succeeded no one can tell until the elec tion next November. address is an aspir More Good Than Harm. In an interview in Helena, upon a recent visit to that city, Senator S. S. Hobson of this city expressed re gret that there should have been such a hubbub made over the conditions in Packingtown, avering that the cattle owners will have to suffer for the ex posures. While many agree with Sen ator Hobson in this view of the situa tion, there are others who hold to the opinion that the exposures will ulti mately result in the advancement of the interests of the cattle grower. As the matter stands, the cattle own ers of Montana cannot be pushed very much closer to the wall by the pack ing trust than they have been for the last three years. Probably not a cat tle owner in this state has made any thing for at least two seasons and it is almost impossible to imagine more unfavorable conditions. The packers have paid just what they have chosen to pay for live stock and have charged exorbitant prices for dressed and can end meats. Their provits have been enormous and made at the expense of the cattle growers of the country and of meat consumers. They had already reached the limit of oppression and the cattle men of Montana had noth ing to lose and everything to gain by a general shaking up of the entire business. The packers have their fingers on the throat of one of the vital indus tries of this country, but they must not become so arrogant in the work ing of their monopoly. If the people suddenly decide to get along with a little less meat and packers' products it will make a vast difference in a very few months. As a result of the pres ent agitation, they have already lost business to the value of $150,000,000. A few months of such business and the giant trust would be slightly crippled. Ir such emergencies, they are going to do everything to curry popular favor instead of making themselves yet more obnoxious. They may even de cide to give the western cattle owner a little better price and, in that man ner, veer popular feeling in their di rection instead of cutting the already ruinous prices and thereby bringing down on their heads the continued maledictions of men with whom they have such intimate dealings. It is well to consider always the peo pie in one's own state, county or nei ghborhood. Senator Hobson does not desire a good cattle market more sin cerely than we do; but there are other things to consider in the Packingtown exposure business. There are the lives of the millions all over the world which are endangered from eating the products put up under the filthy con ditions described by Upton Sinclair and the government experts. Had the exposure been made a decade earlier; five thousand American soldiers who have died as a result of eating the dis eased laden products of the packing houses might today be living. It was utterly impossible to conceal the conditions which existed in Pack ington. The day of exposure was at hand and here was a vigin field for the "muck raker." It struck home to practically every home in the land The people had a right to know the conditions of Packingtown. The new papers with the assistance of the ad ministration gave them the informa tion. Had a "safe and sane" repre sentative csts beer stead of of the great financial inter in the president's chair in the rather excitable and grand stand playing Roosevelt, the tiling might have been suppressed. There would have been a slight hub bub, the "yellows" would have shriek ed for a few issues and the packers would have continued to do business at the old stand, robbing the cattle owners, holding up the meat buyers and poisoning the millions who eat the filthy stuff. As It is, the packers have "cleaned up." Restrictions have been provided which will give to their products the maximum of purity and healthfulness. After a temporary slump they will do better business, for people will have more confidence in their goods. They will be in a posi tion to pay better for raw material. They will also have been taught a wholesome lesson. They will know the result of snapping their fingers at public opinion and when the cattle owners unite with a complaint, they will sit up and take notice, something they have never done in the past. It may mean another bad year for the cattle grower. The chances were ten to one that he would have had it anyway. It could hardly be worse than the last year or the year before. The agitations may mean the dawn of another era of prosperity when his humble rights will be respected, even by one of the most potent trusts in the world. It is not only our commerce but our national character that has been in jured by the frauds and scandals now astonishing the world. If the laws had been faithfully executed, such scandals would have been impossible. The greatest and most damaging of all these scandals is that the laws of the United States have not been faith fully executed—that rant, and hyp ocrisy. and connivance at crime, and political partisan success won by criminals with stolen money and hush money, stand in the place of duty and morality. The people may applaud the spectacular rogues for time; but they will turn and rend them just as soon as they are unde ceived. In the hearing before the House on agriculture, June 7th. respecting the Roosevelt charges against the packing houses, Dr. Melvin, chief of the bureau of animal industry, was asked incidentally to state the num ber of government inspectors in Chi cago. He answered 77 veterinarians 59 stock examiners and 55 taggers, making 1S1 in all. In the whole ser ice, he said, there are 783. What have these 7S3 federal officers been doing for the past seven years Have they all, or any of them, been the pay of the packers? Have they been concealing the truth for the sake of graft? If so, are they any orse than the bulk of federal em ployes under Roosevelt's "merit sys tem?" The New York Sun declares that President Roosevelt is the only man that can make the Panama canal an actuality. As it is estimated it will take ten years to complete the job ith the president making the "dirt fly" and at the rate the work in now progressing it will probably take twenty years. It will be necessary to hire president Roosevelt to complete the job, after his term expires, if the Sun persists that he is the only man that can do it. The republican leaders of the house of Representatives are deeply stir red by grave constitutional doubts about the senate amendments to the railroad rate bill applying to express companies, private car lines, sleeping cars and Standard oil pipe lines. The gtay-haired guards of the house must now curb the headstrong reforming gray wolves of the Senate. Its a great game these republican reform ers are playing. Those who think the republicans tt ill not be able to collect campaign funds this fall from the railroads and trusts should remember that the ad ministration is keeping secret most of the reports on investigations that have been made and that the trusts and corporations are .willing to rather than have publicity. pay, Whitewashing with a muck-brush," remarks the Washington Star, "is not altogether satisfactory in its results to anybody concerned." These slaps at the president from such republican sources are on the V6rg6 of lesse majeste. Whether the republicans of Pennsy lvania asked for bread or not, they have been given a stone by Matt Quay's successor. 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 large quantity of butter. Thanking our friends for their patronage and solic iting a continuanceof same, we are, very respectfully, CHARLES LEHMAN & CO. FORSALE Ranch Property Q nnn Acres adjoining townsite of ljUUU Utica; nearly every acre till able, plenty water, good title. Price, 2.50 per acre. 534 Acres well improved, wire fenced and cross fenced. One half the land tillable; plenty of water, within four miles of Lewistown. Price $20 per acre. ( Acres within 31-2 miles of Lewistown. Well improved, plenty of water. All wire fenced. J60 60 Acres near Moore; 70 acres in winter wheat, good log house and stable, good well, all level land. Price, $4,200. 933 Price, JO Acres 3 1-2 miles from town, wire ! »tl fenced, 11 acres In oats, 15 acre* in winter wheat. Price, $15 per acre. 720 Acres of land within five miles of Lewistown. Good 4-roomed log house, 14-stalled log barn; extra large stock shed, good log granery. Price, $10 per acre. All wire fenced. /inf! 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This is a sacrifice, reasonable terms. fcQ Onn Wil1 buy flne new bouse - 7 iu|4UU rooms, on two corner lots, elegant lawn, location the best in town. This is a hummer from Hum mersville. tfi nnfl ^ ew 7-room two story OUjUuU f rame house, new barn, 12 lots, good location. On Cftft 6-room frame house, lot $A|uUU 50x90, good barn, all modern Improvements. tO nnn E,e ® a ' lt new Six-roomed tPApUUU frame house, corner lot. De sireable location. <C n n buy two lots > corner VwUU Janeaux and Tenth ave., if sold within ten days. tO Onn Wil1 buy flne new 5 * room wtjfcUU house (extra large rooms) and three lots; corner Brassey and Fourth ave.; rents $25 per month steadily. On Cnfk Will buy 2 houses and 2 lots OZjUUU "side by each" near Cotho 11c church. Will rent for $30 per month. $£AA Will buy 3 flne lots, corner Fourth ave. and Pine street. lUII Will buy 9 lots ln block 2, Stafford's First addition. Will buy corner lot, Sixth ave. and Montana. This is cracker-jack. $350 $800 Will buy 2 lots corner Evelyn and Fifth ave. Will buy triangular piece of ground about equal to 3 lots, corner Idaho and Third ave. CHAS. W. MORTON, BROKER LEWISTOWN, MONT. The Machine that fills the bill is TTJe OLIVET} TypeWrifep You can give it a trial LilyKinzel,Agt. LEWISTOWN, MONTANA Who'll win the famous Elwell Kitch en cabinet? Who? See First page. It's easy for a woman to keep her kitchen in order with one of the well constructed Elwell Kitchen Cabinets, shown exclusively by the Lewistown Furniture Co. Irow wi aCrowing Bank W E REGARD the steadily continued growth of this institution as a credit to the enterprise of our business commun ity as well as an evidence of the esteem in which our officers and our business poli cies and methods are held. We invite you to make this bank the clearing house for your financial affairs. We want the small accounts oi individuals as well as the larger business of firms and corporations. The wage earner has need of the bank as well as the business man. Open an ac count with even a small amount, pay all your bills with checks, and see how much better you get along. : : : : First National Bank of Lewistown Cor. Main St. and 5th Ave. (J. S. Depositary DAVID HILGER. E. O. BUSENBURG. Hilger & B The Pioneer Real Estate and Live Stock Commission Agents Land Office Attorneys Conveyancing and Life , Accident and "Fire In surance Agency. LAND SCRIP FOR Phone 81 LEWISTOWN, MONTANA A FLY TIME! IT IS ALMOST TIME FOR HOUSE I flies. Why let your windows, furni ture and other household articles be spoiled when you can buy screen doors and windows at the Montana Lumber Co. We have them all stuck sizes. Come early and avoid the rush Montana Lumber Co. Telephone 77 PARROTT FURNITURE GO. DEALERS IN = Furniture, Carpets, Curtains, Household Furnishings, Wall Paper an Linoleum NEW AND SECOND-HAND Main Street and First ACenue LEWISTOWN, - - MONTANA alex McMillan HIDE BUYER Highest price paid for gll kinds of Hides, Pelts and Furs Representing the Minnesota Hide and Wool House at LEWISTOWN, MONTANA