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FERGUS COUNTY 1
DEMOCRAT. LEWISTOWN, MONTANA ....................... SUBSCRIPTION: .........................$2.50 ................................ -I 2 * Democratic Ticket For Representative in Congress— T. J. WALSH. For Associate Justice of the Supreme Court— J. B. McCLERNAN. COUNTY TICKET State Senator— R. C. WHITE. State Legislature— CHARLES FASEL. H. L. DeKALB. County Commissioner, Six Year Term— JULIUS PETERSEN. Countv Commissioner, Four Year Term— J. D. MALCOLM. County Commissioner, Two Year Term J. M. PARRENT. County Sheriff— EDWARD MARTIN. County Attorney— ROY E. AYERS. County Clerk and Recorder— C. L. MYERSTCIC. County Treasurer— B. F. GORDON. County Assessor— JOHN S. MARSHALL. Superintendent of Public Instruction ORPHA NOBLE. County Surveyor— A. T. GOODSPEED. County Coroner— DR. J. B. ATCHISON. Public Administrator— A. DAHL. Justice of the Peace of Utica Town Slip— S. E. HAYCROFT. Justice of the Peace of Big Spring Township— GEORGE BELCHER. MATTHEW REGAN. Justice of the Peace, Maiden Township J. S. KELLY. Peace of Maginnis Justices of the Township— D. H. LTNEBARGER. WHITEFIELD SHIPLEY. Constable Big Spring Township— C. E. WILLIAMS. Constable Utica Township— GEORGE SMITH. Who Do You Want. Next winter the state legislature is going to be called upon to elect a Unit ed States senator to succeed William A. Clark. There are a number of avowed candi dates for that honorable position. Probably the leading candidates of the respective parties arc Hon. Lee Mantle of Butte, republican, and Gov ernor Joseph K. Toole of Helena, dem ocrat. If the legislature is republican, Man tle will likely be chosen. If it is democratic, Toole will most likely be the ohoic-e of the legislative as sembly. The question which we wish to put to the people of Fergus county is: Which of these two men do you want? Do you want Joe Toole to represent you in the United States senate or do you want Lee Mantle? PRINCIPLES OF FERGUS DEMOCRACY We, the democrats of Fergus countv in convention assembled, believing It the duty of any party to announce the principles upon which it will rely for support, instead of evading issues by glittering remarks concerning but one or two public officials, hereby an nounce our platform: 1. We believe in the unalterable principles advocated by our peerless leader and statesman, William Jen nings Bryan. We especially congrat ulate ourselves that the republican party, indirectly and against the avow ed policy of that party, have demon strated the great wisdom of Brvan, who first advocated' currency expan sion, curbing of trusts and the pros ecution of graft. 2. We renew our pledge to the prin ciples of the democratic party as de fined bv Thomas Jefferson, and con gratulate the democrats of the United States upon evidences, manifst on every hand, of an early return to the old principle of honest government, and we rejoice in the safe return of that distinguished citizen and states man, the honorable William Jennings Bryan, the champion of the rights of To the laboring men, to the rancher, to the stockgrovver who may be con templating casting a vote for Henry M. Rae for the state senate, we ask this question: Do you want Toole or Mantle B. C. White has announced that ho is for Joseph K. Toole, the best friend the people of all classes of this state ever had. Mr. Rae has never permitted the peo ple of Fergus county to Know where he stands on the senatorial question or any other question, for that matter, but he is presumably for Lee Mantle. Where do vou stand, Mr. Voter. Charlie Myersick appears to have Paul Smith on the run. Charlie has been making a splendid, clean, fair campaign. He is a "home grown" boy, a product of Fergus county and num bers his friends among the voters by the hundreds. The republicans have given up the of fice of sheriff although Baker is work ing right along. Ed Martin is now out rounding up his friends of which he has thousands in Fergus county and it is merely a matter of how great his ma jority will lie. The republicans have attempted to -do a little dirty work in connection with this campaign but it is now reacting on their candidate. The election of Miss Orpha Noble ti the position of superintendent of schools seems almost assured. Miss Noble, being a Fergus county girl and known to be especially competent, ap pears to be entitled to the place. The unfortunate insinuations of the Joke Sheet (unfortunate for the paper's rep utation for fairness and gallantry) has materially helped Miss Noble along in her race. For county assessor John Marshall Is daily gaining strength, Samuel Ander son, the independent republican candi date, is expected to draw some votes from the other republican nominee, Edwards. Evidently the party organ, the esteemed Joke Sheet, has quit Mr. Edwards for Mr. Anderson and with such a division in the party, Marshall's chances of election are very bright in deed. The republican papers are crying that Hon. T. J. Walsh is a corporation attorney. An examination of the rec ords of this state will show that Thom as J. Walsh has won more cases for in dividuals against large corporations than any other attorney in the state. He has built up a great law practice principally because of his ability to successfully cope with tht best trained attorneys which the railroads and oth er big corporations always have on their side. For county commissioners the re publicans are making a desperate fight. Waite, von Tobel, Belden anid others of the old gang are co-operating with the central committe in this fight, and it is said that everything with he pos sible excepon of Frank Smith will be sacrificed to gtt Billy Neill re-elected. They want Billy especially. The old leaders know that they can depend up on Billy to do just about as they want him to do because they have tried him. all the people. 3. We view witb pride and satis faction the growing sentiment in favor of the renomination of W. J. Bryan, in 1908, for tne presidency of the United States, and we instruct our delegates to the democratic state con vention to present and use all honor able means for the securing of the pas sage of resolutions expressing, such sentiment by the convention. 4. We endorse and commend the wise, economic and patriotic adminis tration of Governor Joseph K. Toole. We especal'.y commend Governor Toole's action and persistence in final ly compelling the railway companies to pay their just proportion of the tax ation. 5. We heartily endorse the valuable services rendered the state of Mon tana and the United States in general by the Hon. W. A. Clark, senator from Montana. 6. We denounce the treacherous betrayal of the rights of the people of the state of Montana, the action of the republican majority in the Ninth legislative assembly in adding to their proposed railway commission bill, pro visions usurping powers conferred by the state Constitution upon the chief executive of the state; and we heartily They believe that Billy, if elected, will be amply able to handle eith-.r Im lslund or Ross. But the people of Fergus county art weary of being jobbed and the senti ment is in favor of a change in the commissioner tick-1. Petersen, Mal colm and Parrent are all working hard and effectively and it looks very much like a clean sweek for the board. Statu Examiner Kay has been heard to sav that Edward Martin, who has been keeping the books of the sheriff's office while acting in the capacity of under sheriff, has kept the neatest set of books to be found in all the sheriffs' offices of the state. The late "Buck" Hudnall, who preceded Mr. Ray in the office of state examiner, said the same thing. Few people realize that there is some important clerical work connected with the office of sheriff. Ed Martin has shown his ability both as an out side and an inside official. Rufus Thompson and A. C. Greene consider their election assured facts and- are not maknig any campaign. Neither of them has taken the trouble to tell the voters their attiude on a good many very important subjects. The democratic candidates for the legisla ture are visiting every section of the county declaring publicly their position on issues of the day. Come, Mr. Greene come, Mr. Thompson, speak up, not through the very unreliable columns of the Joke Sheet, but tell the people with your own tongues what you stand for. Henry Rae is making absolutely no headway. He is admitted to be a good single-handed campaigner, but the people of Fergus county are too well educated to the situation to be im pressed by his palaver. They know that his residence here is of a very temporary nature, that h-- was nomi nated by the republican leaders simply to furnish the ''substance" for the cam paign, that he is absolutely unac quainted with the needs of Fergus county and Montana and that he rep resents the great monopolistic inter ests of this country. In the special edition of the Joke Sheet issued last Friday it said con cerning the rally at Moore and the democrats: Charlie Myersick and John Marshall were present but could not be induced to face the audience." At the republican rally a few evenings later Henry M. Rae was also present and could not be induced to face the audi tnce. Mr. Rae is a candidate for the state senate and is supposed to be a spellbinder. From all indications, he is doing the greater portion of his spell binding with a big roll of greenbacks furnished by—that is earned as an humble laborer in the employ of Trust Magnate John A. Drake. For treasurer, I?. F. Gordon has E. P. Chandler guessing. The last election, Mr. Chandler got in by a scratch. He was then living in Kendall and because of his residence there, polled a few more votes than his party and those votes elected him. This year Gordon will get a great majority in Kendall and he is going to run well all over the county. There is much dissatisfaction with the manner in which Mr. Chan dler has handled the county funds in his possession and as a result of this dissatisfaction, he is going to lose many votes. Then, too, the people would like to see some interest collected on the county monies and converted into the county treasury. The valued opinion of the Juke Sheet Constitutional Law yer to the contrary, this can be done and will be done if Mr. Gordon is elect ed to the office of treasurer. commend the action of Governor Toole in vetoing such personal legislation by the republican majority in our legisla tive assembly. 7. We denounce the so-called "Waite Primary Election Law" as un satisfactory, unjust and restrictive of the rights of the voters, and we de mand its repeal by the next legislative assembly, and the enactment of a di rect primary law fitted to existing conditions, and sufficiently broad in its provisions for registration to give opportunity for the full and free ex pression of the will of the voters. 8. We condemn the present system of electing United States senators as undemocratic and demand such legis lation by congress as will sub mit to the voters of the United States a constitutional amendment providing for the election of senators in each state by direct vote c," the people. And we pledge our candidates for senator and representative in the next legisla tive assembly to use all honorable means to secure a renewal of the ap plication of our legislature to congress for the calling of a convention to pro pose such amendment and to vote for Montana who will not pledge himself in favor of such action by the nation - no one for United States senator from Of the legislative ticket Chari-s Fas el and H. L. DeKalb have both made excellent impressions wherever they have gone. These energetic young men have visited about every part of tho county, openly and eloquently pro claiming their attitude on public ques tions, whereas their opponents, Mr. Thompson and Mr. Greene, have not even taken the trouble to leave th tr homes. About all the voters of Fergus county know about the r publican can didates for the legislature is that they are both owners of ever so many thous ands head of she p. They have not made known their position on one soli tary issue in this campaign. For these reasons, the democrats are in th- lead so far as the legislative ticket is con cerned. Several months ago it was stated by a certain, saloon man that he and oth ers in the same business would raise a fund of $2,000 to defeat Roy E. Ayers and elect Frank E. Smith to the office of county attorney. As a usual thing saloon men are good business men also. Those of them who run or desire to run gambling as an adjunct to their business want a man in the office of county attorney who will not disturb them in this little side issue. Without saying whether or not Mr. Smith has promised them immunity, we submit that Mr. Smith is receiving the support of wihat is commonly known as the gambling element. We do not believe that they are supporting Mr. Smith for sentimental reasons. We believe that they believe, in fact, know, that with him in the office of county attorney, they will have a better opportunity to ply their gambling vocation. The hottest contest of the campaign is for the office of county attorney. Be it said to the credit of Fergus county that Roy E. Ayers is decidedly in the bad in this race. The supporters of Mr. Smith are resorting to about every sort of politics, but the people of Fer gus county who believe in the strict enforcement of the law are not being fooled by any such work. They have never yet heard or seen where Frank Smith has said that he will, if elected, enforce the gambling law. He has promised to enforce all laws but the people want something more specific and even if he does make such a prom ise now, it will be taken with much salt, as Mr. Smith's attitude on the gambling question is too well known to the voters of the county. Ayers is especially strong in the country pre cincts and is gaining daily in Lewis town, Kendall and Gilt Edge. Hicks predicted a hard freeze last Friday night and the republican ora tors who went over to Forest Grove can testify to the correctness of the prognostication. Oliver W. Belden, J. C. Huntoon, Henry Rae "and others," went over to Forest Grove in a bunch but the faithful of that part of the country refused to be stampeded. The crowd was small and would have been a great deal smaller had not Frank Millsap widely advertised a grand ball immediately after the speaking. A lot of young folks went to the dance, few to the speaking. The audience was manifestly nervous while Belden and Huntoon were saying their pieces. As usual, Mr. Rae got busy after the speaking and burned up some United States Steel corporation dividends. Al though it is considered a republican precinct, there are a number of demo crats who are conceded good majori ties at Forest Grove. It is the policy of the great trusts of this country to get as many friends as al congress as will submit such amend ment to a vote of the people. 9. We condemn the administration of the federal land department in the withdrawing of large areas of land from entry for the ostensible pur pose of creating forest reserves, which are unnecessary and uncalled for, serving but to retard the development of this country; and we also condemn the supervision of enteries under the desert land act on the often inaccurate report of special agents who are in competent, thereby preventing the patenting of lands which would other wise be bringing in a revenue for tax ation. 10. We heartily endorse the admin istration of the offices of sheriff, clerk of the court, clerk and recorder, county assessor, county attorney and super intendent of public instruction and refer with pride to the efficient and economical administration of these of fices under democratic control. 11. We pledge that our candidate for county treasurer, in the event of his election, shall distribute the funds ing to the capitalization, among the various banks of Fergus county, and that, insofar as the same may be in of the county proportionately, accord accordance with law, that he will so stance, Mr. Henry Rae is sent to the state senate of Mantana from Fergus county. A measure affecting the in terests of some great railroad or other corporation might come up . In looking over the list of state senators, the at torneys will come to Mr. Rae. "Who is he," will be asked. A little investiga tion will reveal that he is a brother-in law of John A. Drake. Now Mr. Drake is one of the organizers of the greatest trusts in existence, the United States steel trust. He is connected with vari ous railroad cornorations. Is, in fact, one of the very men responsible for the trusts. Therefore, because of Mr. Rae's connection, the men looking after the interests of the great corporation will set down Mr. Rae as one of their friends and supporters. And Mr. John A. Drake, in whose employ Mr. Rae ad mits himself to be, will show Henry where it is to the interest of all to stay with their friends, the corporations. Mr. Rae will be governed by Mr. Drake's suggestion in that matter. By electing Mr. Rae, the people of Fergus county are sending to court another friend of the corporations and trusts. Instead of upholding, the hands of Roosevelt, they are upholding the hands of Roosevelt's foes, Aldrich, For aker and other members of the trust oligarchy. It is a matter which the people of Fergus county should ponder well, this election of a state senator. The Democrat has endeavored to be fair at all times to Mr. Rae and with all the earnestness at our command we urge the defeat of Mr. Rae. There is an unwritten law in Fer gus county that no man shall hold office for more than two consecutive terms. John M. Vrooman has held the office of county printer, an office which now pays over three thousand dollais per annum, for twenty years or ten two year terms. Isn't it about time there were a change. A well known gentleman from near Moore was in the office yesterday and stated that Mr. B. F. Gordon is going, to get practically the unanimous vote of the great Rock Creek bench and several adjacent precincts. "We all know Mr. Gordon to be a thoroughly capable, high minded gentleman," said this man," and are going to sup port him irrespective of politics." The gentleman in question is a republican. It was observed that Wyllys A. Hed ges was not one of those prominent republicans who occupied a seat of hon or upon the platform at the republican rally Thursday evening. Mr. Hedges held down an obscure seat down in the audience. It has been said that the break which Mr.Hedges made in his Kendall speech so alarmed Johnny Huntoon and Jeems Croft that they decided to "cut out'' the indiscreet land office man at all future meetings. A gentleman of cur acquaintance asked Halsey R. Watson, business man ager of the Argus, why he signed Sam Anderson's petition. "Oh, it was noth ing but a josh" responded' Mr. Watsoi> Others who signed the petition have expressed regret at their action since reading the plain statement of the case in the Democrat last week. Despite his bitter letter directed against the editor of the Democrat, we have nothing but the kindliest of feelings mingled with sincerest sympathy for the old gentle man who is the victim of Mr. Watson's "Joshing." Every day brings encouraging re ports from outside precincts for the entire democratic ticket. B. C. White is holding his own which means that he will certainly snow Henry Rae from place said moneys as to receive the greatest moneys therefrom,, and that, such income shall be converted into the county treasury. 12. Realizing the danger to our val uable county records by reason of the insecure condition of the present coun ty court house, and the inadequate fa cilities it now offers for the transac tion of the business of the various county officers, and believing that the rapid increase in our population de mands that quarters more commodi ous and secure be prepared for the It is further resolved that we de nounce the republican national ad ministration for the policy that it has pursued in the construction of the Panama canal, in this: We condemn, in unmeasured terms, the repeal of the provisions of the eight hour law in the construction of this great na tional enterprise and the employment of Chinese coolie labor by the govern ment of the United States. We deplore the ruling of Attorney General Moody wherein he has held that all labor employed in the con struction of our navy, where such con struction is performed in private ship yards, does not come within the pro visions of the eight hour law. It is further resolved, That, whereas Chicago under. Fasel and DeKalb are gaining strength daffy. Greene and Thompson are not doing much cam paigning, having been lulled into a feel ing. of security by the wild claims of the republican campaign committee. Hundreds of voters of the county who have heard DeKalb and Fasel are go ing to vote for those young men for the simple reason that they know what the democratic candidates stand for, while they are absolutely in the dark as to the attitude of the republican candi dates on any subject whatsoever. We hereby extend to Mr. Charles Ed wards, the regularly named republican candidate for assessor on the republi can ticket, our sincerest condolence andi sympathy over the manner in which he has been thrown down by the re publican organization and especially the republican party sheet, the Joke sheet, in favor of the independent re publican candidate for assessor, "The Apple Tree Man." Mr. Anderson's can didacy is being pushed) with all possi ble energy by the local leaders of the G. O. P. Tough luck, Charlie, old man, but such is republican politics in the Inland Empire. It is said that the "faithful" are hap py. John A. Drake's bar'l has arrived and there is rejoicing among the hung ry ones of the G. O. P. Frank Smith and his supporters are resorting to abuse and misrepresenta tion, sure indications of a desperate outlook. The week just ended was a bad one from a republican standpoint. They lost ground every day and the retreat threatens to become a rout before the day of election. Judge Henry C. Smith of Helena, the republican candidate for the associate justiceship, was nominated in the re publican convention by a gentleman who was once disbarred from the prac tice of law in the state of Montana for being guilty of a felony. The Argus says that Roy E. Ayers has permitted gambling in Gilt Edge while suppressing it in Lewistown. Why is it then that four out of five of the Gilt Edge gamblers are working tooth and nail against the election of Mr. Ayers? Matt Regan's election as justice of the peace is another assured fact. Matt promises to poll the largest vote in this township. Arne Dahl Is not worrying, any over that office of public adminis trator and Charlie Williams is certain to be chosen constable of this township. STANFORD ITEMS. Mrs. W. B. Peck visited with friends in Great Falls last week. H. G. Berges returned Monday from a business trip to Chicago. A number of ranchers who expected to ship cattle to Chicago last Tuesday were unable to get cars at Armington, and it may be some time yet before shipment can be made. Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Bower have been visiting in Great Falls. Linas Cheney has been spending a few days at the home of Mrs. Charles Cartfrai on Otter creek. Thos Simpson made a business trip to Lewistown last week. M. L. Cheney was a Belt visitor the first of the week. James Livix made a business visit to Otter creek last week. McIntosh Red apples due Tuesday. Lehman's. coal and metal mining are destined to become the leading industries of the state of Montana, we demand the en actment of such legislation as will of fer a better and safer protection to the lives and limbs of those engaged in these dangerous and hazardous vo cations, and we pledge the nominees of this convention for the state legis lature to the active and energetic sup^ port of such legislation, transaction of our public affairs. We pledge the support of the voters of the democratic party to the support of the proposition to bond the county in an amount sufficient to erect a structure that will amply meet all the demands made upen it for the safety of our records and the contraction of our pub lic business. 13. We believe the time has arrived to compel the Montana Railroad to reduce passenger fares to a rate of 3 cents per mile. 14. We denounce the inefficient methods employed as to public roads, by the board of county commissioners and pledge our candidates for said of fices to more equitably enforce exist ing laws on that subject; and that our legislative candidates are pledged to see to the enaction of better laws on that subject.