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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol III. No. 20. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY JAN. 8, 1907 Price 5 Cents WRY Clearance Sale We want to reduce our stock as much as possi ble before invoicing and this week offer some bargains at astonishingly low prices. We show below only a very few: This fine drop leaf breakfast table will seat six comfortably, made of selected ash,first-class in every way. Regular $6.00 table now only $4.7 S This fine Kitchen safe the kind you have al ways paid $13.00 for, just like cut only closed doors, our special price only $ 10 . 00 Washboards are com ing down,any washboard in our store, glass, brass or zinc, special, each SOc We dont want you to spend too much time de ciding on a kitchen cabi net and a range. Come in and order an Elwell and a St. Clair Range and bring peace happi ness and prosperity to your home. Lewistown Furniture Company "If you don't buy of us we both lose money." PETERSON IS THE CHAIRMAN New Board of County Commissioners Organized in Short Order Yes terday Morning. OTHER CHANGES ON THE HILL Chas. 1. Myersick Assumes Duties As Clerk and Recorder—Dep uties Are Named. Yesterday was the date fixed by law for the changes In the offices at the county court house and the new force is now in charge. The new board of county commis sioners assembled in the commissioners' room about 10 o'clock for the purpose of organization. Commissioner J. M. Parrent called the body to order and immediately placed Julius Petersen in nomination for the office of chairman of the board. Mr. Neill seconded this motion and it was declared carried. Mr. Petersen, the newly (elected chair man thanked his colleagues warmly for their preferment and expressed the assurance that he would do every thing in his power to merit the con fidence which they had shown in him. He also stated that it was his earnest wish and belief that the relations of the individual members of the board shall always be of the most pleasant and harmonious character. According to law, this wtas all of the business the board could transact at this meeting ■'and the chairman, therefore, called a special meeting of the board for next Tuesday when a great deal of business will come up for consideration. The members of the board talked informally over the proposition of get ting the preliminary work for the advertisement and sale of bonds for the new court house started at once and it was suggested that the county attor ney, at the meeting next Tuesday, have before the board all of the infor mation necessary in order that the advertisements may be inserted. It Is the wish and intention of the board to get to work on the big building not later than the first of May. The retiring members of the board, Mr. Phillips and Mr. Poland, were present during the organization of the new board. Mr. Phillips who has acted as chairman of the board for a number of years, looked as if he was distinctly pleased at being relieved from the burden of the county affairs. The new chairman of the board, Mr. Julius Petersen, is one of the best known business men of this county. He is a thoroughly safe and conser vative gentleman and will give the affairs of the county the same care ful attention that has characterized the management of his own business affairs. Mr. Parrent is also known as a first class man for the position to which the people have chosen lam and his large experience in business matters will be of much value to him during his term of office. Mr. Neill has been a member of the board for a number of years and his experience in the transaction of routine affairs will be of material assistance to the new board. The new clerk and recorder, Charles L. Myersick, also took charge of his office yesterday morning and was present during the organization of the new board. Charlie has appointed the present deputy, Frank Cunningham, as his chief deputy and no wiser selection could have been made as Mr. Cunning ham is a thoroughly competent man and his two years' experience in the office will be of much assistance to him and to his chief. Frank Carleton has been chosen as the other deputy by Mr. Myersick, and as he is an expert typewriter, he will be able to attend to the job of re cording with the big book typewriter in fine shape. The new official him self has been in the office for over three years and thoroughly understands every phase of the office work. He says that it will be his constant endeavor to keep the affairs of he office up to the high standard of excellence set by his predecessor, Frank J. Hazen. Down stairs there has been but one change made. Miss Orpha Noble suc ceeding Miss Ada Meyersick as super intendent of public instruction. Mis* Noble is an extremely popular young lady and quite as capable for the po sition to which she was chosen last November as she is popular. Needless to say that the county schools will be looked after in the most painstaking manner by this young lady. Johnnie Ritch, clerk of the court, is one of the luckv ones. He had the good Judgment to pick out a four year job. That's Johnnie every time. When ever he overlooks any bets, no bets are being made. Nevertheless, he is making just about as fine a. record as was ever made in any court house anywhere, which is saying a few. He has a most efficient deputy in Mrs. Ritch, who will remain in the office for a few months at least. Otto Wasmansdorf retains his office as county surveyor and although he happens to be on the other side of the fence politically, we must admit that he is performing the duties of his office right up to the handle. E. P. Chandler got a second lease of life and will continue to look after the county finances for a couple of years. Mr. Chandler is a careful, de pendable man and the strong box Is in good keeping. Judge Cheadle was not put to the embarrassment of making a race at tho last election. In fact, the popular Judge liashas not had the pleasure of rustling out among the dear people for several years as he had no opposition from the democrats when he was elected two years ago. A fearless, learned, fair dispenser of justice is his honor. Hal Gibson will continue to do the stenographing and typewriting for the county. Hal's office is appointive, but if he had to go before the people for a job, it would be a hard task to scare up anyone to defeat him. We will lay a few simoleons on Hal when it comes to a contest between crack court stenographers. Over in the big stone house Ed Mar tin. one of the most popular officers that ever served a paper in this county, has taken charge of the sheriff's office. Ed knows the duties of that important office from A to Izzard and the county is lucky in getting a man of his calrbre as its chief peace officer. His deputies as announced are: L. P. Slater, under sheriff; Firman Tul lock, jailer; Louis Gies, deputy; C. E. Whitcomb, deputy at Gilt Edge; James Fischer, deputy at Kendall. Ed Silverthorne who has been one of Sheriff Slater's standbys for four years, has succeeded T. M. Shaw, re signed as stock inspector for Fergus county. Johnnie Marshall has assumed his du ties as assessor and is lining up for the work which will commence within a few weeks. He has announced all of his deputies, but E. A. Trapp, formerly manager of the Judith Basin Milling company, has been offered the position as chief deputy and : will likely accept. Mr. Trapp is a good man for this po sition and Assessor Marshall is fortun ate in securing his services. Roy Avers will continue to do the public prosecuting for the county for two years and if his record for the sec ond term in any wise approaches that of his first term, he will have something to be pround of. Roy is determined upon a strict enfiroement of the laws irrespective of persons or conditions and all violators of the law may as well take heed of this intention now and af ter they have been caught up and pun ished. The retiring sheriff, L. P. Slater has made a splendid record during his in cumbancv of the office of sheriff. His plans for the future are not fully ar ranged but he will remain in the office and help Sheriff Martin for th present at least. GAMBLERS IN THE TOILS County Attorney Ayers Files a Num of Informations. County Attorney Roy E. Ayers has commenced to make good his pledge, made during the last campaign to strictly enforce the anti-gambling stat ue. Seven informations were filed this week against men in different parts of the countv charging them with gam bling. Among those who are charged are Thomas Kane, L. S. Butler, Chaun cey Stubbs, A. H. Ross, James Watson and Jack Bullard of Stanford and Damas Tallinn of Lewistown. Tallion is charged with running a slot machine Mr. Ayers says the slot machine must go with the other froms of gambling and an example is to be made against the manager of the Sil ver Dollar who has been a persistent violator of this statute relating to slot machines. DIXON CERTAIN OF ELECTION Mantle Men Have Practically Aban doned Hope of Defeating tbe Popular Young Congressman. KING GETS THE SPEAKERSHIP Former Fergus County Man Agreed Upon by The Republican Caucus For House Leadership. Special to the Democrat by corn tesy of Great Falls Leader. Helena, Mont., Jan. 7.—In the caucus held today at noon E. W. King of Boze man was chosen speaker. N. Godfrey of Martinsdale, was elected chief clerk of th<- house. Samuel Hurviteh of Fergus county was chosen postmaster at the capltol. Melena, Mont,, Jan. 8.—There will be mint caucus of the senate and house repuo dans today (Tuesday). Sixty un esignatures have been signed for the call. It is stated that Dixon has enough pled|fe< to make his success certain. The Mantle faction has practically giv en up the fight. Mantel will not admit it, but it is said that he sets little chance <o oppose Dixon with the strong following that Dixon has. This is taken as an Indication that his name will be placed in nomination only as a matter of form. There i^ some talk of Mantle withdrawing, but it Is denied that such is the case, al though It Is possible that he will change his mind. The election of Dixon is conceded on every hand. Helena, Jan. 5—Helena, and the hotels especially, are taking, on the well known ante-legislative aspect. Many members of the Tenth assembly have arrived in town, and last night th* lobbv of the Grandon hotel was more lively than it has been in two years. There were men representative of all actions of the state present, and many private conferences were in progress unttl a late hour. This morning there were other arrivals, and it is expected the trains today will bring many more. Both the leading candidates for sen ator are here. Congressman Joseph M. Dixon arrived several days ago, and Lee Mantle got in last night. They are both busy welcoming arriving members and greeting old friends. While Mr. Mantle arrived on the ground after Mr. Dixon, his interests have not been neglected, a numlier of his friends having been in town sev eral days. Mr. Mantle is noncommittal on the question of a caucus on the legislative situation generally. Ask'd this morning if he had anything to say on the situaton, he said he was here, his friends knew it, and he did not care to say anything. Mr. Dixon, who has possibly had a better opportunity to get in touch with thos^ members now in Helena, said when asked in regard to the prospects for an early caucus on the senatorial question, that he was of the opinion judging from the sentiment expressed by members of the legislature, that the desire was for an early caucus on the senatorshlp. "So far as I am con cerned,'' he said, "I am In favor of the republican members holding a caucus on the atnatorship Just as soon as they have all arrived. The sentiment among the republicans, so far as I have been able to judge, Is to get the senatorshlp out of the way, so the business of the session may be taken up. There Is much important legislation to be con sidered. and it has been the experience that where a senatorial contest is on, there is no legislation. That is why the sentiment is so strong for an early settlement of the question for a suc cessor to Senator Clark." Following the usual precedent, there will be a caucus of the republican members Sunday night on the speaker ship and other officers and employes of the house, and on the president pro tempore and officers and employes of the senate. The democrats will also caucus and will probably hald th- irs in the afternoon, as with them it Is a mere matter of form, both in senate and house. Meantime the applicants for place are the busiest people in town. Them are a sufficient number of candidates for each position to be filled to furnish half a dozen legislatures with em played half of the activity shown by pjlayed half of the activity shown by the candidates for page, both Senator Mantle and Congressman Dixon would soon suffer from nervous exhaustion. Meantime it is the members who are the sufferers. Within the last 24 hours the contest for the speakership will take on a more active appearance. Two of the candidates, Representative A. J. Ren nett, and Representative W. R, Allen of Deer Lodge have beten here for several days. Representative K. W. King of Gallatin arrived this afternoon and now that tho three men most prominent in the race are in town, the contest may be expected to warm up. The news from Butte today was to the effect that the contests instituted in that county by Malcolm Gillts and James E Hall, will not be heard by a justice of the peace, and the evidence submitted to the legislature, but that they will come first hand before the senate and house. On the motion of attorneys repre senting the democrats Judge Donlan of Butte, yesterday Issued a writ pro hibiting Silver Bow Justices from hear ing the contests. The hearing on the writ was set for January 12. The legis lature will be well under way by that time, so instead of the justices taking testimony. It will all be presented be fore the committees of the senate and house. BARNES-KING TURNED OVER Old Company Gives Way to Barnes King Development Company. J. P. Barnes, president of the Barms -King Mining company and M. L. Woodman, one of the largest share holders in that big property, went over to Helena last Thursday morning where on Friday afternoon, the dissolution of the old Barnes-Klng company took place and the organisation of the Barnes-Klng Development company was perfected. C. E. Barnes of Boise, Idaho, and E. W. King of Bozemun, were the other representatives of the old company present. It may thus be seen that the old company retains two of the live mem bers of the board of directors. Accord ing to the- terms of the purchase con tract, -there is yet to lie made a pay ment of several hundred thousands of dollars to the original owners and this will be made within the next sixty days, after whicn the men who have been so signally successful in the phenominal development of the big property will be no longer connected with it. The Daly estate and people connected with its management are the largest holders of Barnes-King Development stock. They are people who do not go Into any sort of a preposition without first assuring themselves us to Its worth and the fact that they are paying one million two hundred thousand dollars for the big Kendall property simply indicates the (estimation In which that mine is held by several of the leading mining engineers of the United States. It will have the effect of renewing confidence In the camp and its future. President Campbell of the new com pany states that at bast a half a million dollars will be spent, com mencing at once, In the purchase and installation of new machinery In the mine, the development of virgin ground and the erection of a 1.000-ton mill. Mr. Lamb, who has l>een chosen superintendent, taking the position filled so ably by Howard I. Shaw In the old company, came over from Helena Saturday and together with his wife, has left for Kendall where he will establish his home and take imnv-diate charge of the mine and mill. He says that the work of development will be push( d with alt possible rapidity. The following officers of the new company were chosen: A. J. Campb 11 Bute, president: J. C. Lalor, New York, treasurer; Julius Barney, Helena, sic retarv;. The directors are: A. J. Campbell, H. G. Rickerts of Helena, Julius Barney, E. W. King of Bozeman and J. P. Barnes of Lewistown. The only complete map of Fergus county ever published and the Demo NEW BANK AND TRUST COMPANY A Third Financial Institution is An nounced For Lewistown in In mediate Future. PROMINENT MEN ARE INTERESTED Hon. Rufus B. Thompson for Presi dent snd Frank J. Hazen Spoken of for Cashier Impressed with the splendid future of Lewistown and Fergus county, a numb' r of gentlemen, prominent in llnandal circles of this part of tho state, lust week got together and de cided to start a third bank In this city. It is staled that the voluntary sub scriptions for the stock of the new Institution now amount to over $100, 000, several gentlemen having each taken a block of $10,000 worth of stock. The Institution is to he organized unite r the bank and trust company act and the capital will be not less than $125,000 and may be made $150,000 a.t the start. The name has not yet been definitely decided upon, a number having been sugg> sted. Gentlemen connected with the big enterprise- have options on at least two of the main corner locations in the city and it looks as If another big building will adorn the business portion of this eltv before another twelve months have passed. The bank will be. located temporarily in the Diamond block, in the room constructed as the home for the Democrat, the proprietor of this inaper having decided to defer moving until next fall. The men behind the « w linarieiaV Institution are an assurance that It will be a stable, carefully conducted bank. It is the general understanding that Rufus B. Thompson, member of the legislature from this county und one. of the best known woolgrowers of the state-, will in* president. Frank J. Hazen is conspicuously and most favorably mentioned for the responsible position of cashier. Mr. Hazen has most acceptably filled the position of clerk and recorder for Fergus county for tty- last four years, his term of office having expired yesterday. Among the other well known gentle men who are connected with the new bank und trust company may be mentioned J. P. Barnes, M. L. Wood mo n, Samuel Phillips, J. T. Wundes lln, Dr. J. H. Wllllard, A. Hirshfleld. K. P. Chandler and Julius Petersen. The new bank will probably open its doors to the public about the first of March. JUDGE LINDSAY WILL LECTURE famous Police Officer of Juveaile Court Coming to Lewistown. The Lewistown Lecture Club an nounce that they have secured Judgw Lindsay of Denver for a lecture on thw 28th of this month. There may be soma to whom the name of Judge Llndaay bears no significance, but to all wha have been paying attention to the cae reer of this remarkable man, the an nouncement of his coming will be re ceived with the greatest of pleasure. Judge Lindsay is one of the foremost figures in the present great movement against rotton politics and bovslsnu Practically unaided and alone he de feated the gr-at and iniquitous politi cal machine in the citv of Denver. Thev resorted to every known dirty tactic to put him out of business but iv is as resourceful as he is courageous and checked the gang at every turn. He is called the Children's Judge In Denver l>ecause of the fact that he has done some wonderful work in the rec ognition of juvenile castaways in th* Colorado city. He has resorted to or iginal but exceptionally effective meth ods in dealing with these children wha had already been started along the pathway of crime. In a future Issuat we shall take pleasure in giving a mors complete account of this splendid man and Ills yet more splendid accomplish ments.