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RAILROAD WAR Competition Keen for Territory Throughout the West—Milwau kee After Butte Tonnage. JIM HILL S PESSIMISM COSTLY Minnesota Reaps Benefit From the Great Magnate's Talent for Boosting Value of Ore Land. "Who is going to stop E. H. Harri man? Somebody has got to or he will have every trunk line in the country." This is the remark of a very prom inent railroad man the other day. He was discussing the facility with which Mr. Harriman skips around with his big: war chest picking up properties or an interest in properties at will. Is the question to the query contain ed in the great capital issues of the Hill roads planned during the past few days? Is the Hfl! financing merely the calling of the eagles for a dress paradie or the marshalling of forces for war? No man knows better than J. J. Hill that the Harriman-Standard Oil com bination, so-called is pushing the St. Paul right into the heart of his own chosen ground through the rich states of Montana and Washington, piercing the lines of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific. Mr. Hill knows ,as few men know, that E. H. Harriman Is pushing the Union Pacific up into Puget Sound paralleling the Northern Pacific. No man has a keener knowledge of the tremendous power wielded by the grtat Harriman war chest with its $100,000,000 cash, $100,000,000 unissued preferred stock, $55,000,000 unsold 1 bonds held in the Union Pacific treasury and a mass of liquidable securities beside 11 *. Mr. Hill was a silent witness of the P. Hun b gk k k k kakakakakakakak fate of the Southern Pacific when Colli* P. Huntington died. Very possibly he might have felt that he was getting old and at such a juncture did not relish the idea of powerful forces marching upon his lines front all dir ections. Or he might have ft it like tile plain farmer from Minnesota he says he is, sitting in a game of Jack-pot where the stakes are $ 100 , 000,000 yet having but thirty cents in his pocket. So he issued a call for more money and $153, 000,000 is on the way. This together with $50,000,000 cash on hand makes a war chest which will contain $203,000, 000. In other words the farmer from Minnesota proceeds to demonstrate that he too can play with big stakes. This is a vast pile of capital and con stitutes little less than a great disc retionary pool with James J. Hill hold in gthe key. It is a pool which won't stand idly by and watch the tracks of the Great Northern or the Northern Pacific being undermined. A few millions will be peddled out now and then for double tracking and new equitment. Yet the average man realizes that this pile of capital would double track the whole northwest. Tbe Ereat bulk of this money will in all human probability be used for new construction and the acquisition and purchase of other lln.es or be used for whatever the best interests of the Hill lines may seem to call for. For instance, in case Mr. Harriman passed on the Hill roads could step into the market and buy Union Pacific stock and probably buy it cheap and put it where the wicked cease from troubling. In the same way if the same, thing happened to J. J. Hill the Harriman war chest could be used for the same purpose in the Hill lines. In the Northern Pacific the drama of the Southern Pacific and Huntington might be reenacted. The head of the Hill system no less than the head of the Harriman sys tem. is one of the geniuses of the day. It takes a Hill to succeed a Harriman and it takes a Harriman to succeed a Hill. For the present, if the Hill lints are pushed too hard they will without doubt proceed to do some pushing themselves. There is an ample oppor tunity for this. The Hill roads have lots of money and it would be a simple matter for Mr. Hill to buy the Burlington, a ticket for Salt Lake. H-re It could hitch up with Mr. Gould's Western Pacific for San Francisco and then the Union Pacific would have a merry war on its hand to hold the DYSPEPSIA CURE digests weat you eat The *! .00 bottle co-rains 2 *4 tin -sthe trill die. -which sell* f-.-r 30 cent* PKSPUtiD ONLY AT THU LABORATORY OF E. C. DeW ITT & COMPANY. CHICAGO. T T I FOR SALE BY PHILLIPS DRUG CO. Omaha-Ogden-San Francisco traffic.— Wall Stree News. * * * • Minnesota is b-ing greatly enriched by the essential optimism of James J. Hill, though the enrichment was not an over act. When the great railroad builder convinced the United States Steel corporation that the ore lands of Minnesota and Michigan owned by Hill and Longyear, instead of lieina worth some $30,000,000, as assess'd. ha.d an intrinsic value amounting to some $500,000,000, he. exhibited his masterful talent as a booster of values. But at the same time as he convinced the steel trust, Hill convinced the state assessing board of Minnesota as to the real value of the unimproved ore lands. So strong was the conviction that Hill was called upon to testify before the state railroad commission, and his valuation was accepted. In consequence the state of Minnesota has commenced suit against the Great Northern rail road for the recovery of six years' un paid taxes upon the dtfft rence between $30,000,000 and $500,000,000, thus proving that the buoyant confidence of Mr. Hill tnay have its drawbacks, not onlv to the steel trust, which will be obliged to pay taxes on the boosted valuation, bur also to Hill, who will have to account for the pessimism of the previous six years. Still, if there is nothing is this tax muddle to the credit of HUl, the Minne sota authorities can derive no great amount of personal satisfaction from it. It was Hill and not the Minnesota authorities that discovered these ore values; it was Hill's confidence, hi* optimism and his commercial enter prise that appropriated them, and ex posed to the steel trust the hitherto hidden values. Hill was the. booster of values and the increaser of assessments in Minnesota ore lands. Until the Hill people sold the ore to the steel corpor ation for $500,000,000 it was possibly not worth any more than $30,000,000 to any one but Hill. Still he will be obliged to pay taxes on his good judgment. Anv state that does not know enough to take care of its ore lands, and thinks it has only $30,000,000 worth when it has $500,000,000 doesn't deserve an opportunity to come back. If the nearest Minnesota can come to taking care of its natural resources is to cry wolf after they have paased under valued into the hands of one shrewd man, it should engage now in an effort to prove that the ore lands were only worth that measly $30,000,000 after all. * * * * Chicago, Jan. 3.—A dispatch to The Uec-ord-Herald from Washington says: "Of late l never start on a railroad journey vtihout wondering how it will end—whether it will not be my last. The enormous increase in the volume of traffic has caused it to become a common practice on many roads to allow thre,-, trains on the same block at the same time. Practically they run on sight." This startling statement was made by President James J. Hill, of the Gr at Northern railroad, to a high official of the government who talked with him on the present aspect of the trans portation problem. In recounting the conversation yes terday, the official in question referred to the fact that it was disregard of Lhe block system that led to the dis aster on the Southern railway, in which President Samuel Spencer lost his life a few weeks ago, as well as the fright ful calamity in the suburbs of Wash ington on Sunday evening last. Helena is to be on the main line of the Milwaukee in 190S when the main line is completed. The officials of the road realize that to effectively com pete with the Northern Pacific it is necessary to have as short a route as possible and this can only be accom plished by going through Helena. The Hill-Harriman railroad war is causing this. With the Northern Pacific eut-oft from Miles City to Helena by way of the Musselshell and over White's pass, the Milwaukee must have a shorter route than by way of Butte. The controlling interest in the Mil waukee is owned by the same men wno are heavily interested in Butte mines, and they want to begin hauling theli own timber, ore an<dt machinery as soon as possible and for this reason the road is going to be pushed to Butte. \\ hen the through 'line to the coast is completed in 190S, the main lint through Helena will be finished and the Butte loop connected with The main line to Helena has been surveyed and the grade is one of the best on the entire extension. Instead of coming over White's pass, as the Northern Pacific is coming, the Mil waukee will come down the Missouri river from Lombard wh*re the grade is two feet to the mile, to fHe mouth of Spokane creek, where the road turns southward arid comes' in to H-'lena over the old Harlow grade, the fall from the mouth of the creek to the Northern Pacific yards fjefng on?> 1$ feet to the mile. The main line will Lave Helena by way of Ten Mile and take the 1 McDon ald pass over to Garrison where the de tour from Butte will be connected with and the road continue downward. Not only will the main line of the Northern Pacific and of the Milwaukee intersect at Helena, but the North western is coming here, too. The past year the Northwestern pushed an air line across South Dakota to Belle Fourche, only 15 miles from the southeastern, boundary line of Mon tana. Heavy rails wtre laitdi and mas sive steel and stone bridges thrown across the Missouri river and other streams and everything, was done that would indicate the line is to be used for constant andi heavy traffic. The Northwestern now has two lines to Belie Fourche, an insignificant South Dakota village, one around by way of the Black hills and the other across the state. Cattle are shipped from Belle Fourche but the Black Hills line was aide to more than handle the traffic. Railroad men declare that the North western is going to prot-ct the trade it already enjoys and to do this will have to extend its lines. From Belle Fourche the Northwest rn will go northwesterly to Billings, up the north bank of the Yellowstone to Livingston, to get the park trade, hence up Shields river, over on the east fork of the Musselshell and down Smith river to Fort Logan, where the road will go by way of White's pass to Helena, up Ten Mile and ovei Priest's pass .which is declared to be every whit as good a pass as the McDonald, and tunnels will be avoid ed. Branch lines will be built from Helena to Great Falls and Butte, the Butte branch going by way of Red mountain, thereby making the line shorter than either the Great Northern or the Northern Pacific. Open the bowels and get the cold out of your system. Kennedy's Laxative (containing) Honey and Tar opens the bowels and at the same time allays the inflamation of the mucous membranes. Drives out the cold and stops the cough. Absolutely free from any opiates. Con forms to the National Pure Food and Drug Law. Pleasant to take. Sold by Phillips Drug Co. RECOLLECTIONS OF A PIONEER. Friday night, January 11, Hon. W. A. Hedges will speak at the high school on the subject, "Our State: Sugges tions From Its History and Personal Recollections." Mr. Hedges from his opportunities as pioneer, rancher and legislator is exceptionally well quali fied to speak on this subject. Music will be furnished by high school glee club. Admission 25 cents. High school benefit. OUR LANGUAGE. ffk* Word* * Man Uaen and the Word* He Nl(ht Employ. How many words are possible? Start ing from the four and twenty alpha betic sounds, Leibnitz calculated the combinations at 020,448,701,733,239, 739,300,000. But many of these combi nations would be unpronounceable even In Welsh. In Chinese every syllable is ■ separate word. Does man's stock of words grow rich dr or poorer with time? M. Moncalm foresees an ever higher intellectual des tiny for the race In the future. "Our fathers," he says, "did not know the thousandth part of our vocabulary, which Is very copious." Certainly the New Dictionary is a much larger work than Johnson's, and we doubt not that primitive man talked less than an M. P. does, though even he had his pala vers and congresses. But If any one were to take down the talk of an aver age modern undergraduate or society girl we doubt if It would be found to contain more than 250 vocables, where an educated Elizabethan or Caroline would have employed several thousand. Nothing Is more striking in , the old prose writers than the rich variety and Imaginative picturesqueness of their language. Not only are we lacking In concrete Imagination and ashamed to go afield out of the beaten track of speech, but phrases which were when first devised forcible and strong have through long currency lost their edge. Three-fourths of the expressions we use have ceased to be effective met upbore and become conventional and lifeless— London Saturday Review. 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JUDITH HARDWARE 60ITNY Prisciipliiis Du Siiefalhr Physicians as well as patients recognize our superior facilities for filling' pressriptions accurately, carefully and scientifically. Only the purest and best drugs used. Prices moderate and goods deliver ed to all parts of city. : : : : : PHILLIPS DRAJG CO. ON THE CORNER .....Drugs, Patent Medicines, Stationery, Conklin's Pens,.... Red's Barber Shop Under the Bank of Fergus County. The place where you get the most up-to-date haircut and the smoothest shave in the city. Fine bathrooms in connection. WINTER IS HERE Look over your house and see if you don't think storm sash will be a saving in coal as well as a convenirnce. Also a roll of tar paper and a few battens will keep your chicken house warm. We are headquartei s for all building material. Order via phone. .... Montana liumberCo T Jephane Na. ?? W ells s- ElsWorth Contractors and Builders... Plans prepared and estimate* fur nished. See or address WELLS Gr- ELS WORTH LEWISTOWN. MONT. Edward Brassey Late register of U. S. Land Offlc® LAND ATTORNEY Real Estate and Commission, Loan* Negotiated. Inquiries Promptly Answered; SETTLERS LOCATED Office In Lang Building, Next Door to Land Office. Lewlstown. Montana. T. W. Warren THE CHRONOMETER WATCH AND CLOCK MAKER. Dealer in a general line of Watches, Clocks, Jewelery, Diamonds, Sapphires, Cut Glass. Manv other things too numerous to mention. New jewelry made to order from na tive gold. Wedding rings a specialty. Old Gold and Silver bought and sold at highest market price. SIGN, BIG WATCH. Main Street, Near Fifth Avenua. G. W. COOK Land Attorney Real Estate Notary Public and Insurance Filth Ave., next to Golden Rule Store LEWISTOWN, MONTANA. Tho MONTANA CARRIAGE SHOP Moran & Longevin Props. The Most Modern Equipped Shop in Lewistown. General Blacksmiths, Horse shoersand agonmakers All work turned out in th shortest possible time Shop on Jareaux Street,opposite Dai Horse Livery Barn. ELKHORN LiCery Stable J. £. 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