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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol III. No. 8.
Price 5 Cents
Wear Yourself Out Shovel
,.ing Goal...
Not as long as our St.
heaters last—they're going
but we've got a few left.
down draft hot blast heaters al
ways give satisfaction. You
er bear any complaints on our hot
blast St. Clair—if they're
right let us know and we
take them off your hands. Satis
faction or money back is
Our Fairy Oak just like illus
ation, well nickeled screw draft
damper in ash pit door. A splen
did value only
"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.
Furniture Co.
"If you don't buy of us wt
both lose money."
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
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
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
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
* * * *
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
• * •
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
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
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.)
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
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
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
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

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