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Fergus County Democrat. Vol III. No. 18. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY DEC. 25, 1906 Price 5 Cents To the hundreds of Fer gus County people who have so liberally patron ized us during - the year just closing - , we extend the compliments of the happy holiday season. . : The year 1906 has been one of unprecedented growth with us. The merits of first class furni ture and fair prices have been recognized "by the people of this county. : : We are now arranging an aggressive trade cam paign for 1907. You will hear more of this later. : . If you wish to take ad vantage of some of our splendid offerings during Christmas week, we will be here to serve you. "If you don't buy of us we both lose money." JAMES L. BANDY IS DISCHARGED Ayers Moves for Dismissal of Norse Stealing Case Not Desiring to Prosecute Innocent Man. JOS. BIRSCN IS AWARDED $2,500 Electric Company Must Pay Heavy Damages-Plaintiff Nearly Electrocuted. In the civil snlt of Humphrey vs. Sloan, the jury brought in a verdict in favor of the plaintiff, who was awarded $125. Dan Meyers, a young- Kendallite, who was a participant in a fistic fracas in this city last August, in which Claude Trailkill was badly beaten up, was found guilty arid a fine of $75 was imposed upo nhim by the jury. An interesting damage suit was on in the court roo mlast Thursday, in which Joseph Birsh was the plaintiff, asking that the Citizen's Electric Light company be mdae to pay him $5,000 damages sustained from injuries from a live wire, which was over charged and unduly exposed, by the defenant, electric light light com pany. A verdict o f$2,500 was return ed for the plaintiff, who is a Kendall miner. The facts of the case are simply these. About two years ago, Birsch, who was employed as a mason's helper in the Bank of Fergus County build ing, tripped on a wet board' and struck his hand on a live wire charged with 6,600 volts A terrific shock resulted therefrom, a number of bones being fractured, and other serious injuries resulting to Birsch, who was uearly electrocuted. The defendant's attorney will ap peal to the supreme court. Court adjourned' to-day not to meet again in this city until January 7. Judge Cheadle will open court at White Sulphur Springs on the 27th Inst. The last important case on the Dec ember docket was that of the state vs. J. L. Bandy, on a charge of horse sealing. Bandy was ably represented by DeKalb & Mettler. By the motion of County Attorney Ayers, made after a lengthy consul tation with Sheriff Adams of Yellow stone and Detective William McCoy of Billings in which the defense of • Bandy was substantiated, the case against Bandy was ordered to be dis missed. In response to the motion of Ayers the court made the following remarks: Court: Gentlemen, in connection with this case, the court has been fully informed of the nature of the defense, and in view of that defense the Court is of opinion than it would be simply idle to prolong this case. The defense as disclosed to the Court and to the iouuty attorney is fully satisfactory to the Court why this defendant should be discharged at this time. I do not care to make the reasons public now, but I am sure that if you gentlemen were aware of them, you would all agree with the Court and county attor ney that it would be in inexpedient to prosecute this charge further. For that reason the motion of the county attorney is granted and the defendant is ordered dismissed. PUTTING IP FINE ICE James Hopkins Filling Big Ice House On Flat. The big ice ponds of James 11 ip kins located just without the citv limits on Buckskin flat wt-re the scene of unusual activity last week when fifteen men were busily engaged fill ing his large ice house with the purest of ice. Altogether several thousand tons of ice have been stored away in the big ice house, which is the largest ice 'depositary In the city, being 50 by UK) feet in size and sixteen feet deep from the ground to the eaves. # The. ice has been seen by a number of exper ienced ice dealers, and has been pro nounced to be the finest ever put up in the city. Men who have handled ice for fifteen years past say that a cleaner and # purer product has never been offered to local trade. The reason why the ice is the best ever put up here is not far to seek. The water, which comes from several springs nearby is absolutely pure, and the clean gravelly bottoms of the ponds prevents impurities. The ice is not onlv pure, but solid, free from weeds, or any foreign matter. Close to ten acres are under water on Mr. Hopkins forty acre tract of land near the city. A great deal of work has been expended in the build ing of dams and otherwise preparing for the handling of ice on a large scale. Over a quarter mile of dams have been built. To give an idea of the amount of work required to con struct these dams, it is only nec essary to state the size of one of th-m. The one dividing, the two ponds is 75 feet wide at the base and 20 at th^ top. It is over 200 feet long and near ly 15 feet deep. With the InTge amount of ice now on hand, Mr. Hopkins expects to be able to supply the entire city, besides shipping large quantities out along the Montana road. CHICKEN THIEVES CONVICTED Young Men Given Stiff Fine by Justice Brassey. An interesting trial full of lud ricous incidents was on the docket in the justice court, Judge Brassey pre siding, last Wednesday afternoon, when the "chicken stealing" case came up for hearing. The complainant was one McWilliams, an old resident of Buck skin flat, while the defendants were Harvey and Earnest Spragg and Jesse Clark, members of the younger generation of settlers on the flat. The cause of the action was the al leged theft of six chickens from the complainant, who owns an inviting coop near the city limits. The boys stoutly testified to their innocence, claiming to have received five chick ens from their grandmother, thus ac counting for Che tell tale feathers found around their batching quarters on the flat, and for the broiling chickens which Jim Hopkins and Johnny McGinn saw in a pot at the Spragg home, on the morning after the alleged theft. The jury thought that the boys had some connection with the disappearment of the McWil liams chickens and brought in a ver dict of guilty. Justice Brassey im posed a conditional fine of $50 upon each one of them, whicih amount must lie paid if the. boys do not look for a job within a few days. ManZan Pile Remedy unt up in con venient, collapsible tubes with nozzle attachment so that the remedy may be applied at the very seat of the trouble, hus relieving almost instantly bleeding, itching or protruding piles. Satisfac tion guaranteed' or money refunded. Sold by Phillips Drug Co. THE RESERVOIR BREAKS OPEN No Serious Inconvenience Owing to Efficiency of New System A serious break occureil in 'the res ervoir of the Lewistown water system, this morning when a large opening was torn out of the embankment, the water rushing down the hill side, and tearing several lengths of pipe out of the new gravity water main. As a re sult Lewistown was a "dry" town for s-veral hours today. Owing to the fact that the new gravity system is now in working or der no serious consequences resultedl from the wash out, as in a short time the water main was retired. Had this accident occured while the old reser voir system was still in operation, no water would he flowing through the system for a month at least. Thus the efficiency of the new gravity system is again demonstrated. The reservoir will be immediately repaired, but as it is now merely a storage place of surplus water, no in convenience will result from Its disuse. The reservoir has been the source of previous trouble. It has always been leaking and/ a land slide took place last winter, which caused great incon veniences. But with her present duplicate water system, Lewistown- is prepared foi just such imergencies The relief of coughs and colds through laxative influence, originated with Bee's Laxative Cough Syrup containing honey and tar, a cough syrup contain ing no opiates or poisons, which is ex tensively sld. Secure a bottle at once, obtain a guarantee coupon, and if not fully satisfied with results, your money will be refunded. Sold by Phillips Drug Co. THINK KENDALL GREAT CAMP Butte Mining Men Who Nave Bond on Pr. Long Property Enthusias tic Over the Prospects. ANOTHER BIG MINING DEAL ON Butte Parties Bond Five Claims North of the Barnes-King for Two Hundred Thousand. John C. Norvell and H. C. Wilson, prominent mining men of Butte, ar rived in this city last Friday evening ami were met by Dr. W. A. Loog.. who took them over to Kendall where they spent Saturday and Sunday looking over the mines and prospects of that great district. The primary object of the gentle men's visit was to inspect the two claims belonging to Dr. Long undi as sociates and the three claims which are owned by D. J. Burr. G. B. Stuart and George Crawford which were re cently bonded to Judge Moore for $ 200 , 000 . Mr. Moore who is thought to be- act ing for Butte parties, took 90 days' option on Dr. Long's two claims, the Standpat and Arsnoa, for $100,000. He took a bond for the same sum on the three claims owned by Stuart, Burr and Crawford The t- nils of the op tions call for the payment of the en tire sum on or before the expiration of the 90 days. The gentlemen were mst favorably impressed with the property and the chances are excellent for the options being taken up. Messrs. Norvell and Wilson, accom panied- by Dr. Long, also made an ex haustive tour of both the Rarnes-KIng and '■ -iiJall properties and were en thusiastic over the outlook In those big properties. The gentlemen both expressed (he belief that Kendall is on the eve of a period of development which will place it among the big gold camps ofIh« United States. GREAT FRUIT COUNTRY. With Proper Culture Orchards Thrive in the Judith Basin. "There is no doubt in my mind hut what the Judith basin will, within a few years, become one of the great est fruit growing regions in this state" said L. A. McDonald, one of the owners of the Montana Nursery company of Missoula, in conversation with a Dem ocrat reporter last week. "Already fruit culture in this county has pass ed beyond the experimental stage," continued Mr. McDonald, "and many small orchards in every part of the county are producing fruit demon strating the adaptildlity of soil and climate to the culture of standard as well as crab apples of every kind." Mr. McDonald 'has spent a month In this vicinity looking after the growing interests of the nursery company, leaving the city for Missoula last Sat urday. He was Very enthusiastic in regard to the future of fruit growing in the Judith country, and his re marks were of a highly encouraging nature The gentleman has had six teen years experience in the culture of fruit trees in this state, and is well qualified to pass Judgment upon the possibilities of a region in this re spect. This is th- third year of his com pany's invasion of the county, and during t)!iat time their business here has increased from $300 to $3,000 per year, which shows that more fruit trees will lie planted nevt spring than ever before in Fergus county. This steady and marked increase shows that the Fergus farmer is beginning total ize what can lie done wltih fruit trees. "There are a number of good or chards that I have seen and personally inspected during my visit here." said Mr. McDonald, "Nearly ail of these are yet very young, but in a few years much fruit will be produced by them. Good small orchards are located at Maginnis, Gilt Edge anil other parts of tjhe Judith mountain country. In the Armells country, and along the Judith our trees are thriving. The lundum orchard, six mil. s down Spring creek, is one. of the oldest and best in the county, although it is small. Altogether a good many acres are under fruit trees in tlhis county, and better results are being secured than most people are aware of. "Within a few years large com mercial orchards will lie found in many parts of the Judtlh basin and the finest kinds of apples will lie mar keted from Fergus county orchards." When asked what kind of varitles thrive best in tills climate, Mr. McDon ald suld: "A great many kinds. For summer apples, tlhe Yellow Trans parent and the Dutehess are tin- best. As a full and early winter apple, the Wealthy. Alexanders and Wolf River apples may be named. A good many winter varieties do well In Fergus county. Among those that have al ready shown their producing powers in Fergus orchards the following var ieties may be named: Delewure Red, McIntosh Red. the Gano, the King, Baldwin, North Spy, White Winter ermaln, York and Imperial Of these the first named are the best, as they are heavy bearers and good strong growers. "All kinds of crabs do well, and pears have been grown successfully right here in Lewistown. Only three varieties hav.»- been introduced Into this country with success. They are the Bartlett. Flemish Beauty and Clapp's Favorite. These do well.'' "How does tills region compare with Missoula and Billings as to fruit growing possibilities?" the gentleman was asked. "1 see, no reason why orchards should not thrive here just as well as In the Bitter Root or the Yellow stone. The whole state of Montana Is a good apple state. One region uiav grow certain varieties I tetter than another, and Fergus county may not produce as many different kinds «f fruits as these warmer sections, hut for the varieties which 1 namUil this country is ideal. The nights are just cool enough to Insure slow ripening and better flavor. Better apples are grown here, ami the Judith basin has a better start In fruit culture today than the Yellowstone had eight years ago. All you need is time. The far mer mast b - educated up to tin- full benefits and possibilities of (lie indus try, and then Fergus county will take rank as a great fruit growing region." "Us merely an evolutionary process. Sheen and cattle are the first lo enter a new country, then comes (lit- far mer. the wheat and oats grower. Later fruit in Introduced and these are The stages through which Fergus county Is now passing," continued the gentle man. "We confidently expect Fer gus county to become one of our very best patrons within a few years. Al ready we have sold some large Mils of trees to several different parties. We now have an order for $100 worth of trees for Burnette Brothers of Gilt Edge. Fred France is also growing some fine fruit and is Increasing the size of his orchard." When asked as to the best conditions of growing, fruit trees here. Mr. Mc Donald said: "A sandy loam or black loam Is the heat soli. A north expos ure is also the best for fruit culture here, as in seen' by observing tha natural growth of trees In the moun tains. Nearly all forests in this region are on the north and east exposures. Next to a north exposure an east ex posure is best, than a west exposure of the orchard or level country is best. Trees should Is? planted' close to gether, not over tw» nty feet apu'rt "Great care must he taken in water ing the trees. Until the middle of Augusi and not lat-r than September 1 tlhe trees should lie thoroughly watered, so as to give the fruit a chance to ripen. Late in the fall after the fruit has ripened, and the limbs are hard, just before a hard frost, a thorough soaking of the ground should be given to the trees, so as to allow th? ground to freeze. Plant your trees early in the spring, about the middle of April." The Montana Nursery company has large grounds near Missoula, but in the spring they will liegfn to move their headquarters to Billings, where they recently purchased $17,000 worth of property. Two hundred thousand apple grafts will is* set out near Bil lings next spring .and also manyi smaller fruit arid shade trees of dif ferent kinds. It will occupy several years to get a good start in the thriving Yellowstone valDy. Bee's Laxative Cough Syrup contain ing honey and tar is especially appro priate for children, no opiates or pois on of any character, conforms to the conditions of the National Pure Food and Drug law, June 30. 1906. For croup, whooping cough, etc. It expels coughts and colds by gently moving the bowels. Guaranteed. Sold by Phillips Drug Co. MOCCASIN MINE WILL HAVE MILL H. M Rae, Superintendent of the Drake Properties in Fergus Left For Chicago Last Week WILL CONSULT JOHN A. DRAKE The Big Discovery Looks Good For Another Mill-Outlook is En couraging For Kendall Property Senator-elect II. M. Itae left th® city last Thursday morning for Chicago where In- will hold a consultation, with John A. Drake, the man of millions, who Is heavily interested.' in the North Moccasin mine, located between t.h« two famous gold producers, the Barnes King and Kendall. Mr. Rae intends to return to the city by the first of the year, later going to Helena where lie will attemll the Montana legislature. Mr. Rae went to the lake metrop olis primarily for I lie purpose of con ferring with Mr. Drake, In regard to course of development which will fol low In (he future on the North Moccasin property. The recent uncovering of large bodie® of ore....... of it assaying less than $10 Per ton, Is highly encouraging and there is little doubt but what unother mill will lie add*d to list of Kendall'® gold extraction plants, duirng I lie corn ing spring months. The extent of (lie ore body discovered has mu yel las n determined. A larg® shaft has been sunk and in the cross cut tunnels great quantities of ore running from $10 to $ix have lawn struck. Tills ore hold 1 been previously tuple it by diamond drill borings. On the east end of the property tha Karnes-King company lias worked) rigid up to the line of the Moccasin people's property, and good pay or® has been taken out and run through tile mill at that point. There Is nu doubt lad wiiut (lie rich Hurtles-King lead extends throughout lh<> entir® length of tile Moccasin company'® claims, Joining the Kendall lead on the north end. "The showing of the past few month® of development is highly gratifying.'* said Mr. Rae to a Demorcat reporter, us he was leaving the city lost week, "and the property never looked a® Hue as It does now. I have little doubt but what a mill will be erected. In the spring, at least if the development work of the next few months show® up as well as it has within the last few months, It's a good' proposition and 1 feel greatly eiieouruged over th® outlook. In my coming conferenc® with Mr. Drake, the future course of development will lie deeVd* d upon." Pine Salve carhotlzed, acts like s poultice; highly antiseptic, extensively used In eczema, for chapped hands and lips, cuts, burns. Sold by Phillips Drug Co. WEDDING BELLS WILL RING. Dr. S. E. Brice Left Today for Seat tle Where He Will Be Married. Dr. S. E. Brice, the ppular young dentist of this city, left this morning for Seattle where he will be united in the bonds of matrimony with Mias Grace Million, a former Montana girl. The doctor will lie absent from th® city for about a month, during which time he will spend the honeymoon visiting in Puget Sound cities When he returns to Lewistown he will make his home in the elegant and cozy cot tage Just completed by him on west Boulevard street. The ceremony will lie p rformed In Seattle on the third' of next month. The groom is one of the best known young professional mien of this city, and has the best wishes f his many friends and acquaintances. For th® past three years he has been a prom inent member of the local dental frat ernity, during which time he has built up a large practice in his pro fession. The bride is a former resident of the Bitter Root valKy, Where the doctor first met her. She is aiFSfccompltshed young womanT'anil" up ner arrival in the city Mrs. Brice will lie heartily' welcomed tiy Lewistown. people.