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Fergus County Democrat. Vol III. No. 9. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS . COUNTY, MONTANA, SATRUDAY OCT. 27, 1906 Price 5 Cent s Two Cars Fur~ niture Just Arrived at the Big Housetur - nishing Estab~ iishment . We have just receive*! two cars of . Furniture . The advance shipment of the largest assortment of housefur nishings eve> - broug: : to town. Our store is bristling with liar gains. Ail 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 Our EM Kitchen Cab inets, Incandescent Heat ers and St. Clair Ranges Now in Bigger, Better Values Than Ever. . . . | Lewistown Furniture Co. "If you don't buy of us we both lose money." DEMOCRATS RALLY ROUND TOOLE Magnificent Reception to the "Peerless Leader of Montana "Demo cracy—Legislative Candidates Declare Him I Choice for United States Senator—Norris Makes Splendid Address . The greatest political meeting ever held in Fergus county was that held last evening, at Culver's hall. The big hall was crowded to its utmost capacity by the throng who gathered to hear ad dresses by two of the best orators in Montana, Governor Joseph K. Toole and Lieutenant Governor Edwin Nor ris. The train bearing Governor Toole was late, not arriving until nearly 10 o'clock, but Mr. Norris entertained the big crowd until the governor arrived. A big torch light procession, headed by the Cottonwood brass band, march ed from the city hall first to meet Gov ernor Toole, but when it was learned that the train would not be in until very late in the evening, the parade was headed back to the hall. Hon. E. G. Worden presided' over the great meeting and filled that responsi ble position in a most happy manner. After a brief address of welcome, he introduced the first speaker of the ev ening. Lieutenant Governor Norris. Although Mr. Norris had driven from Kendall to Gilt Edge, where he deliv ered an address to the people of the thriving camp and then on into Lewis aown in the rain and snow, he was in fairly good voice and soon had the big crowd with him. After a few introductory remarks he launched into a vigorous discussion of state issues. Mr. Norris gave a brief history of the manner in which the republicans two years ago called an early conven tion in order that they might first an nounce a platform following out the principles advocated by Governor Toole in his previous message to the legisla ture. This was not done because the republican party leaders wanted these reforms but because they knew that there is an irresistible public demand for them. Mr. Norris effectually nailed the mis statements of the republican press and orators concerning Governor Toole's veto of the railroad commission bill and made the entire transaction perfectly plain, much to the discomfiture of some republican leaders present. While Mr. Norris was speaking, Gov ernor Toole was escorted to the plat form by Frank J. Hazen. As soon as the crowd saw the governor, pandemo nium broke loose. Hundreds rose to their feet, wildly cheering the peerless leader of the people of Montana. Mr. Norris then concluded his ad dress and the chairman introduced Charles Fasel, democratic candidate WHAT THE ARGUS COST TAXPAYERS A cursory examination of the county records show that the Fergus County Argus has drawn from the treasury of Fergus county during the last twenty years, for which length of time it has fed at the public crib, the sum of $53,510.48, an average of something over $2,500 a year. These figures are taken from the records from which the Joke Sheet has been quoting so liberally for the past week—misquoting would perhaps be a better term. The people of Fergus county have paid dollars for every stone in the Argus building. Seeing visions of losing this great graft upon the public treasury, the Argus is resorting to the most desperate campaign ing ever done in the history of Montana. The county has been flooded with extra copies, printed and distrib uted with the money the people of Fergus county have been pouring in to their coffers for the last twenty years. The Argus and certain supporters of that paper are making the ab surd claim that the bid put in by the Argus last December for the coun ty printing was less than the Democrat. On another page we give the bids in oarallel columns. Any person who can read can easily see that the bid of the Democrat is from 25 per cent to 33 1-3 per cent lower than the Argus. That is, the discount which we offered to give off of the statutory rate is, IN EVERY CASE, with one possible exception, less than the discount offered' by the Argus. It is the same old story of misrepresentation, wilful and malicious, on the part of the Argus to deceive the people into continuing for them the graft which they now enjoy by electing a republican board of com missioners. The Democrat stands upon the record honestly and fairly. Can the Argus say as much? And. Mr. Taxpayer, remember the figures, $53,510.48. That is the sum vou have been assessed in building up and maintaining the Fer gus County Argus. You have been paying it for twenty years. Don't you think it is about time for a change? LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES DECLARE FOR TOOLE Not since the campaign started has there been a more spontaneous, remarkable outburst of enthusiasm by an audience than that which greeted a declaration by Charles Fasel, the democratic legislative candidate, at Cul vers opera house last evening. Following the splendid address of Lieutenant Governor Norris, Chairman Worden introduced the young Kendall orator. It was his first appearance before a Lewistown audience and he certainly captured the great crowd with his manly, straightforward expression of his attitude on great questions before tlh'e people in this great campaign. After talking upon general topics for a few moments, e reverted to the question of the selection of a United States senator to succeed Senator Clark, saying: "Speaking not only for myself but for the other legislative candidates, Mr. White and Mr. DeKalb, I will say that if sent to the state legislature in Helena next winter, upon the question we will be unanimous and that is In casting our vote for Joseph K. Toole for the United States sena.t." A great and prolonged burst of applause greeted this popular announcement by the young Kendall orator. for the legislature. Mr. Fasel was giv en a hearty reception and delivered a short but effective address. The enthusiasm reached its height when he announced for himself and for B. C. White anid H. L. DeKalb that, if elected, they would support Hon. Jos eph K. Toole for the United States sen ate just so long as there is any hope for his election. Mr. Fasel made an excellent impres sion and will show some unlookedfor strength in Lewistown on election day. Governor Toole was next introduced and for one hour, despite the lateness, held his audience spell bound, being in terrupted only by wild applause- as he scored telling point after point. The governor got better as he went along. He had not heard Governor J Norris and covered the same ground gone over by the first speaker but it only sent home with greater effect the unfortunate campaign of deceit which the republican leaders of the state are waging. His description of the effect of the Porter resolution concerning the inter ests from state monies was one of the best pieces of sarcasm ever he'ard in tills city, it was of especial interest to many because the democratic nominee for county treasurer in this county is waging a fight on that very issue and the republican party organ, the esteem ed Joke Sheet, is howling over the il legality of the very measure advocated in the republican platform two years ago. Governor Toole closed with an im passioned appeal to the democrats to support the entire ticket. The Lewistown meeting has done much toward encouraging democrats here and it is freely predicted on all sides that the entire ticket will lead so far as the two Lewistown precincts are concerned. GILT EDGE-KENDALL MEETING. Lieutenant Governor Edwin Norris and David Hilger returned late last ev ening from a trip which took them to Kendall Thursday evening and to Gilt Edge yesterday afternoon, enthusiast ic meetings being held at both places. Eisner's hall was crowded with peo ple who wanted to hear not only the eloquent lieutenant governor of Mon tana but also the local candidates for office who appeared with Mr. Norris. The meeting was pronounced) by all to be the best held in Kendall this year in point of number and enthusiasm. Governor Norris talked for about one hour and his splendid address was re quently punctured' with applause. Charles Fasel, the Kendall boy who is a candidate for the legislature, was called upon by Chairman Bernier and created long and continued applause by his masterly effort. The young man tried' no oratorical (lights but simply talked to the people there assembled, every one of them a personal friend and acquaintance, as man to man. He told them what he intended to do in case of his election and all present knew that he would do just as he said: For they know Charlie Fasel as a young man who is as uncorrupted as he is incorruptible, fair and well bal anced. H. L. DeKalb, the other legislative candidate, was also most kindly re ceived by the Kendall people. Mr. D« Kalb has few equals as a campaign or ator and was in good trim to talk to the people of Kendall. Most eloquently did ho champion the cause for which he stands and right royally did. his au dience show their appreciation of his telling words. Kendall will roll up a great majority for the legislative ticket as well as for the entire democratic ticket. The people of that camp want Gov ernor Joseph Kemp Toole to go to the United States senate and they realize that the only way to accomplish this purpose is to vote for and help to elect B. C. White, Charles Fasel and H. L. DeKalb. The Kendall meeting was duplicated at Gilt Edge yesterday afternoon. A fine crowd greeted the candidates in Sawyer's hall and the meeting was pro nounced one of the most enthusiastic of the entire campaign in the county. Governor Norris, who is known from one end of this state to the other its a powerful shampion of the workingman, was right at home before a Gilt Edge audience and they manifested their ap proval of him and his words with the heartiest of cheering, Charlie Fasel and H. L. DeKalb re peated their Kendall success and' Un popularity of those young men in Gilt Edge will be manifested when their majorities are told on November 6th. Reported Sale of the Argus Dame Rumor says that the Fergus County Argus has been sold to local parties In Lewistown, headed by Jas. M. Croft. The truth of the statement could nit be verifledi and Mr. Vrooman is industriously denying the sale. Some foundation, however, is given the story from the fact that Mr. Croft recently sold his sheep and secured a tidy sum of money, which he is desirous of in vesting In some enterprise, and it is also known that Mr. Croft has n rela tive In the cast who holds a prominent position on on,.- of the leading dallies. 'Illii report of the sale has set local dem ocrats wild with surmise, ns they have considered the Argus weak politically, and the unknown quantity in the al leged sale has serv-i d to arouse the spir it of uneasiness in their minds.—Inland (Moore) Empire. Want Better Roads Rogers, Mont., Get. 25.—Editor of the Democrat: To us living up here in the' foothills or rather almost on the top ol' the Snowy mountains, the chief Issue of this campaign so far as the commis sioners tire concerned is whether or not we are to get more and better roads. Tlte present board of commissioners have nbsolutely refused to do anything toward giving us even a passible road from Rogers into Lewistown. We un derstand that hundreds of dollars are being spent on one short piece of road leading from the city depot up Spring erc k, while the country roads are al most entirely neglected. Julius Peter sen has personally informed the writer RECORD MADE BY MR. SMITH. In a special edition of the Argus, Issued last Tuesday, John C. Hun toon, signing himself "Taxpayer," occupied considerable space on th« front page in an effort to disparage the record) which Roy E. Ayers haa made during the last two years. We pass over the references made to Mr. Avers' attitude on the gambling question, for the people of this county are already well ac quainted with the record of Mr. Ayers in this respect. In showing the reoord of Mr. Ayers, Mr. Iluntoon very carefully re frained fro mglvlng any comparative statement of the records of Mr. Ayers and Mr. Frank E. Smith. Mr. Smith has served for several terms us county attorney. At some future time we shall give a summary of the record made during his first and second terms of office For the present, we shall simply give the record of Mr. Smith during his last two-year elective term of office. During the last administration of Frank E. Smith there were three cases which he lost in the district court, costs of which amounted to the sum of $2,157.60. Had Mr. Smith followed the methods pursued by Mr. Ayers, when he finds he is up against a case in which there Is no chance of conviction, he would have dismissed these cases In the justice court with costs of but a hundred or two hundred dollars at the most. During this term, Frank Smith lost three of the twelve cases which he took up to the disrict court. As stated in a previous issue. Hoy E. Ayers lost but one out of 34 cases which lie took into the district court. The district court expe.nses of the cases which Mr. Belden lost dur ing his last term as county attorney amount to $3,005.10. This is not stated for the purpose of disparaging the record of Mr. Belden, but sim ply to show that there is unavoidably some costs piled up In the prosecu tion of the criminals of Fergus county. The district court cost of the only case lost by Ayers in that court was $60.00. The district court cost of the three cases lost by Mr. Smith during ihis term in that court was $2,157.60. Difference in favor of Mr. Ayers, $2,097.60. If the old documents and Justice records are available, the Democrat will, in our next issue, give a statement of the entire costs of the Smith administrations and then let the people Judfee for themselves whether or not Roy E. Ayers is the most expensive county attorney we ever had. We have herein presented the district court records. The other figures, when finally compiled, will be equally favorable to Mr. Ayers. that, if elected, lie will use his utmost endeavors to give not only us but other outside communities at least a decent road for (lie hauling of our grain und other products to the market. I am & republican and shnll support my ticked for most part, but 1, together with many of my neighbors, believe that our only hope for a better road lies in the election of a democratic board of com missioners. Respectfully, INTERESTED t IT17,EN. Change is Needed. Natal. Mont., Oct. 23—Mr. Editor: The present Ironrd of county commissioners generously (?) permiLtodi us to spend the enormous (?) sum of $100 on our road leading fro m this community down Beaver creek to the main road In to Lewistown this year. We under stand that hundreds of dollars are be ing spent on maids leading up to cer tain ranches belonging to the chairman of the board of commissioners, Mr. Samuel Phillips. Mr. Neill, we further understand, has interposed no objec tions to this plan. Democratic commis sioners for ours up here close to the Snowies, j. c. The election of I>r. J. It. Atchison, democratic nominee for coroner, Is a foregone conclusion. In-. Atchison haa been a resident of Fergus county for many years and numbers his friends by the hundreds. He Is a courtly gen tleman of the old' school and has more than h stub wide reputation as n idiys itlan and surgeon. Dr. Atchison is making absolutely no canvass for the position but will, nevertheless, receive a majority of the voles cast. The Inland Empire In tdliug the peo ple what stalwart old timers Messrs. Greene and, Thompson are, pot intend ing, gave It. C. White a boost. Mr. White watt here helping to develop Fer gus county before Henry M. line knew there was such a place on the map of Lite United States, Do some more llro. lteasley. Henry M. Rite Eighteen months In Fergus county. Never voted here and running for stale senator. Henry must think tic people out here .are dead easy.