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FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT.
t-WWISTOWN, MONTANA .......... ...........................October 16, 1906. SUBSCRIPTION: Per Tear ......................................................................* 2 - 6 ® Six MonthB ................................................................... Three Months.................................................................^ TOM STOUT............................................Publisher and Proprietor Democratic Ticket For Representative in Congress— T. J. WALSH. For Associate Justice of the Supreme Court— J. E. McCLERNAN. COUNTY TICKET State Senator— B. C. WHITE. State Legislature— CHARLES FASEL. H. L. DeKALB. County Commissioner, Six Year Term JULIUS PETERSEN. County Commissioner, Four Year Term— J. D. MALCOLM. County Commissioner, Ttvo Year Term J. M. PARRENT. County Sheriff— EDWARD MARTIN. County Attorney— ROY E. AYERS. County Clerk and Recorder— C. L. MYERSICK. County Treasurer— B. F. GORDON. County Assessor— JOHN S. MARSHALL. Superintendent of Public Instruction— ORPHA NOBLE. County Surveyor— A. T. GOODSPEED. County Coroner— J. B. ATCHISON. Public Administrator— A. DAHL. Justice of the Peace of Utica Town ship— S. E. HAYCROFT. Justice of the Peace of Big Spring Township— GEORGE BELCHER. MATTHEW REGAN. Justice of the Peace, Maiden Township J. S. KELLY. Justices of the Peace of Maginnis Township— D. H. LTNEBARGER. WH1TEFIELD SHIPLEY. Constable Big Spring Township— C. E. WILLIAMS. Constable Utica Township— GEORGE SMITH. Anderson's Candidacy. We had hoped that we would be spar ed the necessity of announcing the can didacy of Samuel Anderson for the po sition of county assessor. It was our belief all along that Mr. Anderson would reconsider his Uadvised deter mination to run for the office as an in dependent candidate but evidently the pressure which the republicans brought to bear on him was so great that he was unable to resist. But Mr. Anderson's petition was filed in the office of the clerk and recorder last week, and further, since the Ar gus has made such a diabolical at tempt to distort the facts (by no means an unusual thing for the Joke Sheet) it becomes necessary to give the facts connected with the aspirations of the latest candidate for office. Mr. Anderson has been identified' with the democratic party for many years. He is an old resident of Fergus county and because of those things rather than because of any fitness which he pos sessed for the office, he was generously supported when he was named as a candidate for t'he nomination for as sessor before the democratic conven tion. It was as fair and square a race as was ever seen in a Fergus county po litical convention. There were but two candidates, Mr. Anderson and Mr. John S. Marshall and the best man, Mr. Marshall, won but by a margin of only three votes. There is no doubt but that the sym pathies of the convention were with Mr. Anderson for he is getting, to be an old man. But a majority of the del egates knew that he was not the man for the place. Especially did they know that as a matter of fitness, he in no way compared with the other candi date, John S. Marshall. After the conventio nhad adjourned, the writer of this article heard Mr. An derson say, "Well, I was 'defeated but I am still a democrat." It was inferred from that remark that though greatly disappointed, 'he would take his defeat like a man and a democrat. Much to the surprise of everyone and especially to the writer, Mr. Anderson announced a few days later that he would be a candidate for assessor as an independent; that he had not re ceived fair treatment in the convention, had been "jobbed," "worked," "imposed upon,'* etc. ^ Many old time friends of Mr. Ander son, firmly convinced that he had no cause for complaint pleaded with him to change his course in the matter but their advice went for naught. Out of respect for the age of Mr. An derson, the Democrat desires to make no personal campaign against him. We believe that he is adopting a childish course, one which he will live to regret. Many things, by no means to the credit of Mr. Andersonin this matter might be siiid, but Charity Induces us to leave them unsaid. We believe that Mr. Anderson is a victim of a deliberate plot on the part of the republican party to draw strength from the democratic candi-, Mr. Marshall. Realizing that they can not defeat Mr. Marshall by fair means, they have stooped to this trick to ac complish their ends. The regrettable part of the transaction is that they did no choose as a tool one whose hair is not whitened by the storm of many winters, one whose shoulders are not bent by the weight of many years. The debt which the democratic party might have owed Mr. Anderson has been discharged by his own acts. He has voluntarily gone over to the ene my so cannot expect the support of democrats. His announcement was made through the columns of the rec ognized r■ publican organ, the Argus. He is having his cards printed at the republican shop, the Argus. The busi ness manager of that paper, Mr. Halsey R. Watson, is one of his petitioners. To those republicans who cannot support their own candidate and who do not believe it the part of wisdom to support the democratic nominee, we com mnderMroned.As ttHGh Ik, lno commend Mr. Anderson. The repub licans owe him some support for it is through members of that party large ly that he becomes a candidate. The disappointment of a crushing defeat will be upon their heads. But not one democrat in Fergus coun ty owes a vote for this independent (?) candidate. He had his show, th- fair est ever given any man, and' failed. He came forth from the contest with hon or to himself an dthe good wishes of a host of democratic friends. Not so much credit will be his when he emerges from the flood of democrat ic ballots which will cover him in No vember. Trying to Fool the People. In the issue of the Argus for Octo ber nth exception is taken to the plank in the platform recently adopted by the Fergus county democratic conven tion which pbdges "that our candidate for county treasurer, in the event of his election, shall * * * insofar as the same may be in accordance with law, • * * so place said moneys as to re ceive the greatest moneys therefrom, * * * such income (to) be converted into the county treasury." The constitutional lawyer to whom the Argus has turned for this far fetched advice must either have been pressed for time, and in consequence thereof have overlooked his error, or imagined that the good people of Fer gus county are as short sighted of rea sonable comprehension as is he in his quotation of the statute and apprecia tion of its legal virtue. On close examination of section 14, article 12, of the Montana Constitution, it will be found 1 that a limitaion is ex pressly placed upon "the making of profit out of public moneys." The sec tion limits the prohibition to making profit out of public moneys "for hny purpose not authorized by law." In other words, it prohibits the use of public funds for illegal purposes by the county treasurer in his personal capa city. The law is a mere safeguard against embezzlement on the part of the county treasurer to the extent of temporarily appropriating county funds in order hat he may derive a personal income from their investment. It in hibits speculation in public moneys for unofficial purposes by the officer during his administration. There is no law in Montana which says that a county treasurer cannot deposit county funds in one or more bank at interest, provided the converts the revenue so derived into the public fund', saving alone that the moneys so deposited are always available for of fleial uses. Therefore, as long as the funds of the county are available, ev en though on special deposit, and tech nically in possession of the county treasurer, and not used for any pur Kodol DYSPEPSIA CURE digests wkat you eat Th* $1.00 bottla contain* 2H timeath* trial riu, which Mil* ter ^ niriMD ONLY AT TMS UkBOSATOav OF e* c. i>e witt * company. Chicago tt * SALE BY PH X LLIP'S D*UQ COM BAN Y W * IU - pose unauthorized by law, the county treasurer would be strictly and ethi cally within his official rights. The Argus says, "there is no legal method by which the county could profit by such illegal practice, even should the treasurer carry out the pledge and commit the felony." Leaving aside the fact that the Ar gus admits it would be "illegal" and a "felony" to allow the people of Fergus county to enjoy the revenue derived from county funds in excess of $25,000, to the detriment of the banks which have waxed rich therefrom for lo these many years, and considering alone the legal aspect of the question, the prop osition advanced by counsel for the Argus, in the case of Argus vs. the Peo ple of Fergus County, is absurd upon its face. Let it be supposed, for the sake of argument, that some conscious-smit ten defaulter of county funds were to tender a return of his felonious spoils. Would the county be necessitated in refusing to receive them merely be cause the statute failed to provide for the manner in which they should be converted into the treasury? Where the statute is silent the common law pre vails. And if it were otherwise the mechanism of government would be out of order eternally and forever. It would seem rather a matter of jus tice to the better element of republi cans in Fergus county were the Argus to avoid the use of fatuous flaring terms and confine itself to the bounds of reason, than to belittle the dignity of the republican party by empty mis interpretations of the law supported bay garbled quotations. For more specific information along this line we would respectfully refer the Argus to the republican state plat form adopted at Billings two years ago, which contains a plank very similar to the one so strenuously objected to by our contemporary in this county. When that platform was adopted it was nois ily accepted by the Argus as the acme of law and perfection. But when the same plank threatens to curtail the tithe exacted from the people by those who dictate the policies of the Argus it is "illegal," "felonious" and defect ive in the minutest detail. Surely the position of the Argus must appear any. thing but consistent to the people of Fergus county. "Our Man Smith." A few days ago several gentlemen, who, unfortunately for the thriving camp of Gilt Edge, claim that town for their home, went around over the town flashing rolls of greenbacks in the faces of democrats and offering to bet 2 tol on "Our man, Smith" for county at torney. One of the gentlemen who was so earnestly advocating the cause of Mr. Smith was one Frank Vanover. The less said about Vanover the better. In fact, no newspaper which attempts to k-ep its columns clean of lewdness could tell his occupation. The people of Gilt Edge know him and that is uffieient. Better than he is known by the decent people of the camp is he known by those inhabitants of the underworld where he lives from the g.ain of the poor creatures of that un fortunate region. Two other men who were offering to bet money on "Our man, Smith" were John Ryan and! Barney Hedigan. Both Hedigan and Ryan are now awaiting trial for horse stealing. It is not surprising that they are working against Roy E. Ayers through whose efforts their criminal careers are likely to lie terminated. Roy E. Ayers is singularly fortunate in this sort of opposition. It show# that he has done his duty and, as a result, people who are most likely to suiter from a strict enforcement of the laws are arrayed against him. The Democrat does not desire to be understood as saying that Mr. Smith courts such support. Mr. Smith, him self, is a moral, law abiding gentle man. But the element such as Van over, Ryan and Hedigan represent evi dently believe that they will have in him an easier man to deal with than they have in the present county at torney. Whatever may be the attainments of Mr. Smith, the people of this county owe Roy E. Ayers a second 1 election. They owe it to him because he haa worked fearlessly for the enforcement of the laws as they stand on the stat ute books. They owe It to him because< he hat made a record second to none as a prosecutin g attorney in F ergus county. The Joke~Sheet is whining about pos sible "roorbacks" from the Democrat. We can assure our contemporary that It is not the slightest intention of the Democrat to adopt that favorite repub lican method of campaigning. Next Tuesday evening the Hon. T. J. Walsh of Helena, democratic nominee for congressman, will formally open the state campaign in Fergus county with an address at Culver's hall. Mr. Wals-h is one of the most convincing orators in the west. . He induges in no abuse of the opposing candidates or party but drives home his facta with unanswerable logic. Every demo crat in this part of the county should hear Mr, Walsh in Lewistown Thurs day evening. Accompanying Mr. Walsh will be Col. C. B. Nolan, former attorney general of the state of Mon tana and one of the most entertaining speakers in the state. From Lewis town the gentlemen will go to Gilt Edge where they will speak in Sawyer's hall at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. From Gilt Edge they will be driven to Ken dall where a grand rally will be held Friday evening. No one should over look an opportunity to hear the next congressman of Montana speak. The democrats very gladly accept the challenge of the Joke Sheet to com-. pare J. M. Parrent and John Ross as to their respective fitness for the office of county commissioner. Mr. Parrent has nothing to lose from such a com parison. He has been a resident of this county for many years. He lives in one of the most populous settlements of the county, is constantly traveling through different localities and is in perfect touch with every public move ment and demand in the county. He is a man of commanding integrity, has made a success in his own business af fairs, is a first class administrative of ficer and will make an official whoe acts as a member of the county board will meet with the approval of the peo ple of this county. A vote for J. M. Parrent is a vote for a capable, wide awake administration of the affairs of this county. President Roosevelt has made it plain that he needs a republican congress to carry out the work he has begun.—Ar gus. Had it not been for the democrats, Ben Tillman and Joseph Bailey, in the last U. S. senate, the work of Presi dent Roosevelt in one conspicuous in stance; in the regulation of railroad rates, would never have been begun. Throughout the last session of congress it was democrats such as Tillman who stood with the president and republi cans such as Lodge, Foraker, Platt and Aldrich who tried to defeat his very excellent recommendations. The talk of sending republicans to congress to uphold the hands of Roosevelt is the merest rubbish. A clean young man is Charles Fasel the young candidate on the democratic ticket for the legislature. Mr. Fasel, while working as a manual laborer in Kendall, has carried on a difficult course of study with the assistnee of a correspondence school and, in that way, has been fitting himself for a useful career in life. Those who have been as. sociating with him in Kendall for the oast four years know him to be a splendid type of the conscientious young American. Well- balanced men tally, ambitious in an honorable direc tion, a logical thinker, a good speaker— such is the type of a man who will re flect honor upon the people of Fergus county if sent to the state legislature For several years Billy Neill has been a member of the board of county com missioners and during that time he has been little more than a figurehead, rea dily adopting any suggestion which "Uncle Sam" Phillips has made. He He has been a servile tool in the hands of the old Waite political machine and for that reason, it is said that Senator Waite is going to got into the game from now on with the intention of try ing to have Billy re-elected. Billy has tried it for seven years and 1 , as a com missioner, has made a failure. For that reason, Johnnie Malcolm will be elect ed by a good substantial majority. No young man in the county has risen in the estimation of the people and in his profession more rapidly than H. L. DeKalb, the young attorney who is the democratic nominee for the legislature. During his residence of four years in this county, Mr. DeKalb has built up an enviable law practice and is considered one of the brightest attorneys in the state today. Born and raised on a ranch, educated at one of the best schools in the entire country, Mr. DeKalb is well prepared for the duties which devolve upon 'him as member of the state legislature. Having successfully launched 8am Anderson s candidacy for county as 1 sessor, who is the Argus going to sup port, Mr. Anderson or Mr. Ediwards? Give the new shop a trial. The best the market affords. Prompt deliver* ery. Courteous treatment. Lewistown Meat Company. For nearly a quarter of a century, Julius Petersen has resided in Fergus county and the old timers, at least, know that he is a man of splendid busi iness judgment. His honesty is abso lutely unassailable and his firmness is recognized by all. He is acquainted with all parts of the county and the needs of each particular section. The efforts of the Joke Sheet to slur a man of Julius Petersen's worth will meet with little approval from the people who have known him for the last quar ter of a century. In order that the voters may not get him confused' with other people of the same name, Samuel Anderson, the sec ond republican candidate for assessor, has on his cards the quotation "the ap ple tree man." We will venture the prediction that before Mr. Anderson ever reaches the position of assessor of Fergus county, the smallest seedling he has to sell this year will have re ceived its growth, born the fruit of its tree life time and' withered from the hot winds of many summers. The first democratic rally of the cam paign which was held at Moore last Thursday evening was an omen of the splendid reception which the democrat ic candidates are to receive throughout the county. The republicans are lay ing claims to a big vote from the pre cinct of Moore, but there are likely to be some stratling, even painful surpris es to the G. O. P. managers when the returns from the big Rock Creek bench town come in on election night. Our contemporary, the estemed Joke Sheet, is much disturbed because lest Hon. T. J. Walsh, a "corporation at torney," be elected to congress from Montana and they are also much dis turbed lest Henry Rae, t'he head of a corporation, shall not be elected to the state senate from Fergus county. O, Consistency, thou art a peacherine! A republican was heard to remark the other day that ever so many thous and dollars would be spent to elect the republican board of county commis sioners. The petition of Samuel Anderson for a place on the official ballot as a candi date for the office of assessor was drawn up in the office of Chairman J. C. Huntoon of the republican central committee. Of the eighty signers, six ty are republicans. Mr. Anderson's po litical advisers are Mr. Huntoon anr Mr. Frank E. Smith. It certainly looks The Tvrning Point Your son and daughter ought each to have ...A Savings Account ... Better start them at this bank. Do you know this may be the very turning point of their lives?............ 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