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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol III. No. 9. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY OCT. 23, 1906 Price 5 Cents Two Cars Fur niture J ust Arrived at the Big Housetur - nishing Estab lishment. We have just received two cars of .Furniture. The advance sihlpment of the largest assortment of liousefur nishings ever brought to town. Our store Is bristling with bar gains. All new, clean stock. Lat est patterns, lowest prices, con sistent quality. We invite you to call and inspect our line—get the benefit of our immense selec tion. Our EM Kitchen Cab inets, Incandescent Heat ers and St. Clair Ranges How In Bigger, Better Than Ever. . . . Lewistown , "If you don't buy of us we both .U>BS money.? \ DEMOCRATS ARE W ORKING HARD Splendid Outlook For State and County 1 leket Greatly Encourages All Members of the Party—Walsh and McGlernan Greate Excellent Impression— County Attorney Race Warm ing Vp—Frost For Republinans in Kendall. T^h.e' state democratic campaign open ed in Lewistown last Friday evening when Hon. Thomas J. Walsh, demo- ] cratic nominee for congressman, deliv- j ered a magnificent address to a great crowd at Culver's hall. ! Mr. Walsh appeared in Lewistown [ under handicaps. He was advertised to speak here Thursday evening and then visit Gilt Edge and . Kendall the ' following day and evening, but he j missed connections Thursday morning; at Lombard due to a late train on tftn^ ! N. P. and was unable to get into this ; city. Col. C. B. Nolan, who was to ac- ( company him here, came in and mad* the Kendall and Gilt Edge appoint ments. Although delayed one day, Mr. Walsh was greeted by a splendid audience. Scores of country people were in the j city on the previous evening who, were unable to come In two evenings ] in succession. | The meeting was called to order by Chairman W. A. Gordon of the county central committee who, in a few grace- - ful sentences, introduced Mr. Walsh. It was Mr. Walsh's first appearance as a political speaker In this city and the impression which he made will show in his favor on the day of elec- j tion. j As an orator and a reasoner, he has few equals and no peers in the. state, j Hfe does not spend any time denouncing j his opponents but shows the weakness . of their position In a manner which cannot be disputed, \ He held the attention of his audience from start to finish and was liberally applauded as he hammered home hia points with irrefutable logic. Mr. Walsh spoke entertainingly and convincingly on national issuts. Hs gave to the Roosevelt administration credit for effecting certain reforms but insisted that only with the assistance of Benjamin Tillman and other great democrats in the senate and house were such reforms actually adopted, the president, at all times, being opposed by the most powerful leaders in Ihls owq party. The policy of the administration 4? creating forest reserves'and the manner, of. their conduct was severely'arraign ed by Mr. Walsh, . At the conclusion of Mr. Wajjsh's ad-. dr^Ss' he*'was eloquently thanked: by, .Cl^alfptNt Cjprfton,w|to Jfheo lnAFfld*rt*d Judge J? B. McClernan of Butte, can didate on the democratic ticket for as sociate justice. Judge' McGlernan said that the pro prieties would not permit him to make a political speech but he spoke briefly of the pleasure which it afforded him to visit Fergus county and pledged himself to the best possible conduct of the office of associate Justice in case of his election. Like Mr.* Walsh, Judge McClernan made a splendid impression upon all who heard him speak. This concluded the speaking for the evening and the crowd was dismissed with a band selection. Below are given excerpts form the address given by Mr. Walsh. After expressing the pleasure it gave him to visit Fergus county and stating his belief that there is not a more fa vored region in the entire west, Mr. Walsh launched into a discussion of tihe republican claim that we should "let well enough alone" and stand pat on the present administration of pub lic affairs. He showed that while the United States is enjoying, the greatest meas ure of prosperity at this time, the whole world is also sharing in this great tide of prosperity, drawing the conclusion that the claims of the re publicans that their party control being responsible for the existing good times is the merest buncombe, advanced sim ply to catch votes. Our wonderful advancement In all lines of industry during the last ten years, Mr. Walsh stated, is something which could not have been prevented under any circumstances. Mr. Walsh next took up the subject of the vast accumulation of the wealth in tihe hands of the few and showed that the favoritism practiced by the republican party in the arrangement of the high protective tariff schedules is chiefly responsible for this growing evil. « "You owe to Mr. Carnegie no grati tude for- the libraries which he has built," said the speaker," for each and every one of you contributed some of the money whlQlv he has donated for these new librarjrbuildings." Mtfc Walsh showed how steel rails mdde. in !this country are sold to for eign buyers several dollars cheaper per ton.tfchn they- are sold to ■Americata'f consumers. yovrifey ypur excessive freight (Continued on page 8.) A COMPARISON In their desperate efforts to def'at Roy E. Ayers for county attorney, Frank Smith and his friends are re sorting to all sorts of tactics. They have attacked Ayers' record. They have also said that he has been a very expensive man for Fer gus county. Furthermore, the argument has been us 1 d with (democrats that he has called In republican attorneys to -isslst him in trying his cases. Now, let us see just what the facts are. First as to Ayers' record. The records of the district court shows that since Ayers took dharge of the office of county attorney, 34 defendants appered for trial. Of this number he has obtained a conviction against 33, there being BUT ONE acquittal. The records in the office of th at torney general of the state of Mon tana will show that this is the best record shown by any county attor ney in the state during the past two years. Mr. Charles N. Fray; now the re publican candidate for congress, held the record as the best state's prose cutor until Mr, Ayers superceded him as the premier state's attorney As a matter of comparison: During the last'two years in wlhleh Mr. Smith acted as county attorney for Fergus county, twenty defend ants appeared for trial and Mr. Smith succeeded In convicting but 16 of the number, four being acquit ted. It may thus be seen that Mr. Ay ers' record is much better than Mr. Smith's record as a public prose cutor. In t.he administration of both Mr. Smith and Mr. BeLd-en the attorney general found It expedient to come over to assist in the trial of certain difficult cases. The attorney general Ihlas never been inside of Freugs county since Mr. Ayers entered the office of coun ty attorney. Mr. Smith, Mr. Hantoon, chairman of the republican central committee and other republican supporters of Mr. Smith have said that Mr. Ayers' administration has been a costly one. The records show that $550 has been paid to attorneys to assist Mr. Ayers in the trial of his cases. Both of the cases in which he received as sistance paid for by Fergus county were Murder cases. In suchl cases it is invariably the rule to have some one assist the county attorney. One of these cases, however, the Koch case, was properly Mr. Bel den's case as it was first tried dur ing that gentleman's term of office and came up during Mr. Ayers' terra for a new trial. Taken in proportion to the percent age of convictions obtained. Ayers' administration of the office has been he most economical in tJhe history of Fergus county. These facts are well known to Mr. Smith when he states to the con trary. Mr. Ay*rs has never applied for assistance In any case. In the Sher man case. Mr. Belden was appoint ed to take part in the case without any request on the part of Mr. Ay ers. In a number of stock cases, Belden appeared, simply as tihe paid attor ney of the state stock association. The record of Roy E. Ayers is op en, .tq $he Inspection of an. He Is ready to stand Or fall on that record. -■"** If you* - yofe the. ,t>emocratic ticket straight you make no mistake. Col. C. B. Nolan, former attorney general of the stale of Montana, ar rived in this city Thursday evening and Iminidiately left for Gilt Edge with ] State Committeeman Frank J. Hasen, where he addressed a large crowd In Sawyer's hall at 8 o'Yloek that evening. H. L. DeKalb, democratic nominee for state legislature, spoke first and deliver'd a strong address on stute is sues. Mr. DeKalb was especially well received |>y the audience which! filled j the large hall and the prediction was freely made after the meeting thut the hustling young Lewistown attorney will poll a strong vote In the big Judith mountain mining camp. Col. Nolan delivered a ringing speck of an hour's duration and held the colsest attention o£ the large crowd. There are few more forcible ami en tertaining speakers in the state than Col. Nolan and he did good work fot the ticket on his Gilt Edge trip. From Gilt Edge Col. Nolan, Mr. DeKalb and Mr. Husen drove ov er to Kendall where a gr.-nd meeting was held Ftidav night. The Kendall meeting was addressed by B. C. White, legislative candidate. Col. Nolan. J. M. Parrtnt and Roy E. Ayers. Eisner's big hall was com fortably filled^ there being at the least estimate, four times as many people present as attended the republican ral rally of a few days previous. All of the speakers were enthusiastically received and all doubts as to the republicans making much of a showing in that ban. ner democratic precinct were obliter ated. Col. Nolan made a powerful ap peal for the support of the state and I county democratic ticket and thr ap plause which greeted the mention ot the names of Walsh and McClernan demonstrated just how strong fluse gentlemen are in the big camp. The Kendall band played and every thing was just as the most enthusiast ic democrat would have It. It now looks as if both Gilt Edge and Kendall would roll up such majorities for the democratic ticket as to practi cally determine th^ election. Next Friday evening, at , 8 o'clock Governor Joseph K. Toole and Lieu tenant Edwin C. Norris -will. address the people'of Letvistown lit- Culver's hall. Governor Toole has for, many years been considered Montana's first orator and one of the greatest speak ers In the entire west. Scarcely second to him in oratorical ability Is Ltcutea ant Governor Norris. ..o one should overlook the opportunity to hear them. Remember the date, Friday evening. October 26th, In Culver's hail, Many substantial republicans In taw county have been . heard to say that they prefer to have in the office of tho assessor a man whosu name at learnt appears on the roll of taxpayers. Ed winds' name is not on that list. John, S. Marshall is the only logical candi date for the offlco of assessor this year. • • • • The republicans have abandoned all •hope of the greater part of their ticket and are trying to save the county com— mlssloners and Frank Smith out of tho wreckage. k « • • Reports received by the county cons— mittee from the outlying districts show gratifying conditions. The democr&tlo candidates are gaining steadily througout the southern part of tha county where the republcans are sup* posed to be the strongest. • • • a Frank E. Smith was in the county attorney's office two and one-half years after the passage of the antigam bling law but not one prosecution ww made by him under that statute al though gambling was in full force throughout this county. • * • • Lieutenant Governor Norris will speak in Kendall on Thursday evening^ October 25th and in Gilt Edge Friday afternoon, October 26th. * • • • Democratic rallies will be held ag Forest Grove Saturday evening, Octo ber 27th; Lower Cottonwood, October 29th; Moore, November 1st; Kendal^ November 2nd; Gilt Edge, November $k and the campaign will be closed with a grand rally In Lewistown Monday evening, November 5th At these ralltsa all the democratic orators will be pres ent and make short addresses to tho voters. • • • * In other words, John Montmorrency Vrooman wants it distinctly understood that the alleged sale of the Joke Sheet is nothing but a joke. * * • • In their -desperate efforts to stem the tide which is sweeping tihe republicans ticket to defeat John Montmorency Vrooman is getting out extras every day or two. The county is being flood ed with page after page of J. Montmor ency's misrepresentations In a vote hope of deceiving the voters into con tinuing the republicans and Incidental ly,: J, Montmolency'8 Joke Sheet, la power, but the voters of Fergus county refuse to be took* this time.