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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol III. No. 8. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY OCT. 16, 1906 Price 5 Cents M Wear Yourself Out Shovel ,.ing Goal... Not as long as our St. Clair heaters last—they're going fast but we've got a few left. Our down draft hot blast heaters al ways give satisfaction. You nev er bear any complaints on our hot blast St. Clair—if they're not right let us know and we will take them off your hands. Satis faction or money back is our guarantee. Our Fairy Oak just like illus ation, well nickeled screw draft damper in ash pit door. A splen did value only S9.00 "e pay the freight. Larger sizes In proportion. This is only one of the many styles we carry. Let us demonstrate their superiority. Our Elwell kitchen cabinets and St. Clair ranges are indispensible to any modern kitchen. Lewistown Furniture Co. "If you don't buy of us wt both lose money." DEMOCRATIC VICTORY IN THE AIR REPUBLICANS LOSING GROUND DAILY Enthusiastic Rallies At Moore, Straw, Garnelll And Many Other Points In The County-Republicans Have Another Candidate For Assessor In The Field Who Will Divide Vote The democratic county campaign op ened in earnest last Thursday evening with a big rally at Moore where a large crowd of interested people of the me tropolis of that agricultural region list ened to a large number of brilliant speeches by members of the Fergus county democracy. After parading up and down Main street the Moore Concert band proceed ed to Fogl's hall where the speech mak ing took place. The hall was tastefully and appropriately decorated for the oc casion. After an opening selection by the band, Chairman Gordon of the county central committee called the meeting to order. In his address of welcome Mr. Gordon stated the reasons for hold ing the first rally of the democratic campaign in Moore to be that the Rock creek bench and the city of Moore de serve a hearty and signal recognition on account of having, in a few years, converted a wilderness of vergin soil into a thriving, populous, prosperous region, and that because the democrat ic party count on such a strong support and large following in what has been claimed by the republicans to be one of their strongholds. After touching upon local issues. Mr. DeKalb, demo cratic nominee for the legislature, was called upon. The young Lewistown attorney was enthusiastically received and elicited the heartiest sort of applause by his ringing condemnation of the makeshift statute known as the Waite primary law. From his remarks it was shown that this law was simply a poorly dis guised effort to fulfill the pledges of the republican convention of 1904 and was never intended by its author to be effective in the curtailment of the pow er of the political boss. The great question of railroad rates was then gone into by Mr. DeKalb and facts showing the high-handed manner with which the roads fixed rates. Stress was laid upon the fact that it was to democratic members of congress large ly that any reform in this great evil of rate faeoriteism has been attacked. In conclusion, Mr. DeKalb pointed out the numerous instances of republican misrule in Fergus county and declared that any political organization which has been guilty of betrayng the people so often should not be permitted' to longer dominate public affairs. Following a selection by the band, which was greatly enjoyed by all. Mr. Charles Fasel, the other candidate for the legislature, was introduced. The young Kendall orator delivered a rousing talk upon national issues. After a brief sketch of the foundation and purposes of the democratic party, Mr. Fasel controverted the oft repeated assertion of the republicans that the financial panic of the Cleveland admin istration was brought about by the democratic success. He cited the fact that the treasury was ut'terly deplete d when Cleveland went into power, there was a deficit of something like $200, 000,000 caused by an extravagant re publican congress and the ills so gener ally attributed to the success of the democrats were due entirely to the re publican maladministration of Har rison. Mr. Fasel also gave some time to an exposition of the tariff, showing that the democrats always maintained that a tariff for revenue was the onlv system as compared to a tariff for pro tection of great monopolistic interests. Mr. Fasel pointed out numerous in stances of the truth that the republi cans adopt great reforms as issues only after they have been first advanced and advocated by the democrats. The dem ocratic party is the leader of all reform thought and movement. Mr. Fasel made a splendid impres sion upon all who heard him. He showed himself to be well posted on the burning issues before the American people, eloauent and sincere. The last speaker of the evening was Hon. B. C. White, democratic candi date for the state senate. Mr. White is an old time campaigner. He deliv ers sledge hammer blows upon the ranks of the enemy and never falls to make his blows count. Mr. White emphacised the necessity of a reasonable and healthy Interest in politics, stating that only by such In terest on the part of the people in gen eral will the abuses be corrected, evil •doers detected and reforms in our gov ernment effected. The speaker told, in a most entertaining, manner, of the wonderful changes which have taken place in Fergus county since his ad vent, fifteen years ago, and of the pros perity which is yet in store for the in habitants of this favored region. Mr. White predicted a constantly growing sentiment in favor of democ racy in Fergus county and' showed the benefits which will accrue from such a sentiment. Mr. White closed with an honest ex hortation to the voters present to sup port the entire democratic ticket. His address was received with the greatest enthusiasm by the large crowd present. Reports from different parts of the county are most encouraging to the democrats of the county. Right now it looks as if there will lie a clean sweep by the ticket. If there is a weak spot on the entire ticket it is yet to be dis covered. B. C. Whie is certainly the favorite over H. M. Rae. It is just as a well known and old line republican said a few days since: "I like Rae per sonally for he is a clever, agreeable fel low and a fine entertainer. He tells a story well and as a 'good fellow" in the ordinary acceptation of the term, is ra her hard to beat, but I cannot sup port him for the state senate. If the state were in the mining business ex clusively, I might be induced to support him but not under present conditions. I want to vote for a man who has been identified with the affairs of the county long enough to know something of them. B. C. White is a well balanced fellow. He knows the conditions as they exist over the county and his long residence in Montana gives him a touch with state affairs which Mr. Rae could not have got in the short time he has lived here. Yes, although I am a re publican in principle, I shall vote for Mr. White this time." Dick Baker is taking advantage of the unavoidable absence of Ed Martin and is making a vigorous campaign. Ed Martin is out doing his duty and a half dozen campaigns will not bring him back to Fergus county just so long as there is a chance to run down the criminals whom he is chasing. El Martin is a fellow who holds his offici al duty above all other things. There is not a man in the entire west who trill follow a bad man longer and more in telligently than the intrepid under sher iff. There is no such word as "fear" in his vocabulary and Fergus county will honor herself by honoring Ed Martin with an election to the office of sheriff. It is through no act of Treasurer E. P. Chandler that the funds of Fergus county are "distributed" as the Argus claims. It is true that the funds are divided, not equally by any means, but divided nevertheless, between the two banks of this city but this "agreement" of which the Joke Sheet has had so much to say was utterly unknown to Mr. Chandler at the time it was made by the banks. In fact he did not know that such an arrangement had been consummated until several days after it had been made. He never deposited one cent of money in any other bank than the Bank of Fergus County. As soon as Mr. Chandler had discovered that th- two banks had entered into'a secret agreement concerning the distri bution of the county monies, he inti mated that he was responsible for the distribution and hypocritically claim ed credit for the act. Mr. Chandler owes his present position to the Bank of Fergus County and he had no inten tion of "going back" on that institu tion. Since it is the peoples' money, they now demand to know just wher and in what sums it is deposited. The voters of Fergus county should remem ber that if the democrat is elected to the office of county treasurer, the peo jile will know at all times where their mony is deposited. A little change in that office of treasurer will be a good thing for Fergus county and the indi cations are that such a change will be made on the first of next January. * * * * TIr- election of Miss Orpha Noble to the office of superintendent of schools is conceded by many republicans. No one denies the capabilities of Miss No ble's very charming opponent, but the fact that "Orpha," as she is called by almost everyone, has lived the greater part of her life In Fergus county, and educated here, has taught very success fully here and is a Fergus county girl In every particular gives 'her a very natural advantage. Miss Noble work ed hard for the finishing years of edu cation which she received in a famous eastern institution and the election which she seks will be nothing more than a public appreciation of 'her in dustry, splendid youn g womanhood and' admirable educational attainments. • • • * Charles Fasel, the democratic candi date for the legislature, is making friends wherever he delivers a speech throughout his speaking tour of the county. He is earnest, logical and con vincing. His absolute honesty of pur pose and very evident knowledge of the best interests of all the people of Fer gus county will have much to do with electing him to the position to which he aspires. • * • • White, DeKalb and Fasel. That is about the proper combination. To be sure they will not vote for Lee Mantle, who is Tom Carter's man, for the U. S. senate, but they will vote to send to the U. S. senate a man of whom all Montana may well be proud. More than that, they will know just what they are doing all of the time they are there. All bright, clean, capable men are the democratic nominees for the legislature. * * * * No one in the city should fail to hear Hon. T. J. Walsh at Culver's hall next Thursday ev-ning. Mr. Walsh is one ot the most finished speakers in the en tire state of Montana and, if sent to congress, will soon force recognition by the very power of his Intellectuality. Co >. C. B. Nolan, a Montana favorite, will accompany Mr. Walsh. They will speak In Gilt Edge Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock and' In Kendall Friday even ing. • * • On the petition of Samuel Anderson, praying for his name to be placed up on the official ballot as a candidate for county assessor, appears the name of Halsey R. Watson, business manager of the Argus. The names of numerous other republicans also appear on that petit.o" hut as Mr. Watson Is generally reckoi ■.a one of the leaders of the re publican party, is prominently, in fact, predominantly connected with the of ficial paper of tile party in Fergus county and has, in times past, occupi ed 1 responsible positions in the councils of the party, his action becomes a sub ject of official comment. In this con nection, we would like to tsk Mr. Wat son just a few questions. First, in signing Mr. Anderson's pe tition was he actuated by really friend ly feelings toward Air. Anderson or by hypocritical intentions of friendship which, in the vary nature of things ho does not feel? Was it his intention when he signed Mr. Anderson's petition to support Air. Anderson or did he think that possibly the Independent (?) candidate would result in lessening the chances of Air. Marshall ? Does he think it strictly honorable to encourage an old man to run for an of fice when he knows that an election is utt iy Impossible? Do-s he really think he has perform ed r very bright net from a political standpoint? Can he consistently support Mr. Ed wards. the regular nominee of his party \vb n he is partly responsible for the candidacy of another man? Many men signed Mr. Anderson's pe tition from a feeling of personal friend ship. Others, including a few demo crats, signed it without thinking of th possible outcome of their act. But Mr. Watson civdcntlv because he thought he was turning a smooth political trick. He is willing to urge an old gray hair ed man on to c rtain defeat and gn at disappointment in order to gain a pos sible point in the game of politics. There are many different kinds ot polities. Toe kind which Mr. Watson played in this instance is not to the taste of men who believe in decency and fair play. • » • Arne Dahl will make a first class Public administrator. The office is one catrylng with it considerable responsi bility. It may b come the duty of the PUble administrator to take charge of valuable estates. In such a case, it is well to have in the office a capable and honest man. Such a man is the d 1 nio cratic nominee. It matters not whether it was as a miner, cow puncher, rancher or real estate and fire insurance agent, J. D. Malcolm has always had (he regard of those with whom he was associated. He is a self made man in every particu lar and the experience which he has gathered during his long residence in Fergus county will tie of valuable as sistance to him as a m< mber of the board of county commissioners. * * * * I lie melancholy days" are supposed to "have come" but they will not real ly arrive for the republican candidates for office in Fergus county until the sixth of November. * •> * One thing which has prevented an ev ■ n more rapid development of Fergus county is the utter lack of decent roads throughout the county. The present hoard of county com missioners, of which Billy Neill is a member,, has spent thusands of dollars on the roads but very little showing has been made. No one seems to know just where the money has gone. Thousands of pounds of wool went to Billings this year and last simply because there were no roads into this city or what were laid out were impassible from lack of at tention. Julius Petersen, Johnnie Mal colm and J. M. Parrent are all power ful advocates of good roads. They are all practical men and the Interests of the people of Fergus county demand that they be elected as the new board of county commissioners. • • • A number of commercial travelers were seated on the porch of the Day House a few days ago craeikng jokes and enjoying themselves aft-r the man ner of those jolly knights of the road. One of their number, however, it was noticed, did not join in th-ir merriment and. in fact, appeared quite sad over something or other. One of his fellow travelers walked up to him and said In a sympathetic v°le-> "bad day, old man?" "Nope," responded the sad toned one, T sold fifty thousand dollars' worth of goods to the good merchants of this town today." "Sick?" queried 1 the inquisitor. "Not a bit of it," was the reply. Lost your wife," asked another who had came up a moment before. "Never was tied up," surlily replied the down hearted one. "What in the dickens Iff the mattei with you, then" asked the first sympa. thizer, impatiently. "I'll tell you how it is," said the un (Continued on page eight.) NEW GRAVITY WATER SYSTEM RAPIDLY NEARING CGMPLETION Contractor Littlejohn HAs large Force Of Men At Work Digging Ditchds And Laying Pipe-Trench Is Expected To Bd Completed Within Next Ten Days Or Two Weeks. A\ ork is now well under wav on the new gravity water works system for Lewistown. Contractor Littlejohn has completed over five miles of the trench and before many days are past the big ditch will be well within the city lim its. The laborers on the trench are now within sight of Lewistown and if no unforston circumstances Intervene to hinder the progress of the big enter prise, a few more weeks will witness tb" oompl> tIon of the system. By November 15th the big system will be in operation, unless unavoidable de lays occur. If pipe could have been se cured! as fast as it could have been used the work could have been done by the drst of next month, but as It was much delay was experienced in the shipping of the pip. . A great deal of pipe is already laid and some of the new main is covered ready for use. Besides four carloads of pipe which are already laid, nine more carloads are on the Montana R. R. headed for Lewistown and all of the Pipe led Is now shipped and on the way to the city. The connections at the spring have not yet been made owing to the lack of a few fittings which are missing. Rut a great amount of work has been done In and nround the spring. The large upper spring lias been cleaned out to bed rock and retaining walls 24 by IS f ot have ben constructed around the finest body of pure crystal water exist ing anywhere. A substantial spring house of the same size is completed and all Is in readiness for the fittings at that end of the big system. The build ing is of a most substantial character, being built of strong, durable material with double trusses every three feet. Contractor Littlejohn has had 25 men at work for the past month, and from six to twelve horses have been us' d on the heavy plow which is used to tear up the iarth. An interesting feature of the plowing and excavating of the trench is that the plow is so set that it can go to a depth of two feet before the use of the pick is necessitated. One uf tin heaviest pieces of work was required at Butcher gulch where an equalization tank was put in place. A trench 15 feet deep for a large part of <500 feet was required and much of this trench was bore 1 through solid rock. The great trench when completed will be 30,900 feet In length, or nearly six miles from Its source at the upper spring to its connection with the city mains. For the first four miles the main will follow down the valley of Spring creek, but for the latter part of the distance it will traverse the ad joining hills. The trench will follow tiie contour of the land and will be 3 1-2 feet in depth at the low st point. The new main will Join the present city main just outside of the reservoir, so that fresh spring water will be taken to every part of the city without being taken to the reservoir. The system will be so arranged that tin- surplusage of water will flow up the pipe Into the res Eagles Organized. Otto Shoenfeld, state organizer of the F. O. E., of Great Falls, Past Worthy Pr> sident George Gordon, Worthy Pres ident M. D. Kimball and Worthy Con ductor A. Van Iderstlne of this city, went over to Kendall last Friday even ing and organized a fine order of Eag 1> s in that thriving camp. Past Worthy President R. W. Jones of the Gilt Edge aerie, now a resident of Kendall, also assisted in the very Interesting cere monies which added 80 good live mem bers to Eaglcdom. The following officers were chos* n for Kendall Aerie: * James Ross, past worthy president; T. W. Humphrey, worthy president, Tom Durnt-n, worthy vice president; Charlie Millard, worthy chaplin; Butte Tipton, worthy seeretary; Robert Ham ilton, worthy treasurer; Edward 1 Jenk ins. worthy inside guard; Dr. C. W. Smith, worthy physician; Henry Kent ner, worthy outside guard; C. C. Reed, William Currie and D. A. McDonald, trustees. James Wlshon, worthy con ductor. After the Installation of the officers, a social session was held and- a fin? lunch served, all participating having about the time of their lives. The membership of the new aerie is a thor oughly representative one and the Ken dall aerie promises to become one of ervoir by the force of its own pressure and the excess in the reservoir will flow back Into Spring ere- k through an ov erflow pipe. The water in the reser voir will also be fresh at all Rams, «» there will h" a continual overflow stream, which will empty the reservoir shout three times every night. In case "< :, u ' xiraordluary demand of water for tire purposes, the surplus stored In 'he reservoir can he used, otherwise th- water will remain entirely unusd ami only the freshest and purest of spring water will be in the city pipes. At the last session of the council city Englmcr WusinaiiHii'orlT was Instruct ed to confer with J. L. Bright In re gard to the rental of the pumping sta tion now In operation. A deal may he made, |u which ev. ill Lewistown will be prepared for the direst emergency, having a complet. double system of mater supply. The kind of pipi which has been or der' 1 Is known as spiral wound wooll en stave pipe. For the first 200 feet 14-Inch pipe has been laid and for the next four miles 12-inch pipe is being put In pine. . The remainder of the dis tance will he laid with 10-lnch pipe. This size pipe will carry a supply of water sufficient for the ......Is of 10.000 people at least, (me million two hun dred thousand gallons of water will flow through tie pipes every 24 hours. Authoritative esilniales place the aver age dally eousmnplion of water at 100 gallons per person. This estimate in cludes th- use of water for every pur pose, drink, domestic and irrigation of lawns. One of the gratifying features con nected w It'h the excavation of the spring was ilmt the flow of water at the upper spring Increased to 120 Inch es. The water at the spring Is softer and' better than the water In the tna|n creek after East Fork and Casino enter the stream. No Inorganic matter of any kind Is contained In the water, which is slightly mineral. Chemical analysis show the water to he adapted to drinking and domestic use In every respect. Few cities can boast of a sup ply of water so pure, dear and whole some, such as Lewistown will be sup plied with before long . A striking feature and one which re dounds to the credit of contractor Llt tb John and the city administration and to the city engineer Is the fact that the system will cost the dtv hut 89 cents per foot, which tmans that a 3 1-2 foot trench was dug, 10 to 14 Inch pipe purchased and laid, nil valves. 111 tings, elbows, etc., bought ami connected, a spring house built and an equalization tank put in place for tie sum of 89 cents per foot. When completed the Lewistown sys tem will be as nearly ideal as any wat er works system in the country. With a gravity system leading to the head of Spring creek and a 'duplicate sys tem operated by a pumping plant In the ev nt of an emergency, no city In the Union will have a better water sys tem In point of efficiency, preparedness and wholesomeness. the strongest In the state before many months have passed. Turner Art Exhibit. This famous collection of pictures will lie displayed in the new McDonald and Charters building, one door west of the First National bank, beginning Wed nesday, October 17, and continuing fou» days. The exhibit will be open from 9:30 to 11:30 a. m., 1:30 to 4:30 p. m., and 7:00 to 9:30 p. m., thus giving ev eryone in the community ample time to study these great masterpieces of art. Special features In art studies will be furnished by the high school on Thurs day. ' On Friday the Research club wiU furnish extra entertainment, including a Family Allium at night. On Saturday the Woman's club will furnish musical numbers and other features of interest. The price of admission for school children will be ten cents; admission for adults will be twenty cents, or twenty-five cents If a catalog Is taken. The catalogs are Illustrated with mln atures of many of the pictures, giving brief accounts of the authors, and ar« helpful in studying the pictures; they are sold for ten cents. Remember that all the net proceeds of the exhibit will be used for the purchase of pictures for the schools, and hence go early and of ten. It is not likely that such an art collection will visit this city again fot years.