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Fergus County Democrat
__THE OFFICIAL PAPER OP FERGUS COUNTY Vol III. No. 28. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 1907 Make your dollars do double duity, take advantage of these genuine bargains Ilris lace curtain stretcher is a necessity whenever lace curtains are to be washed. Saves the price of the stretcher in one washing. Price Best copper bottomed wash boilers. Special only OO Something new in an egg beater. Extra heavy, guar anteed to give better satis faction .Price Tea and coffee pots, only a few left of broken lots. Gray nd blue enamel. 75 cents, now only Heavy tin water pails. Will not rust 75c and 90c values, only 40 © Rochester full nickeled lamps , white shade, gives splendid light. Regular 53.50 values, only See our March sale nouncement page four. LEWISTOWN FURNITURE COMPANY. you don't buy of ub both lose money.' I I I I I I I a I BIG BOOST TOR FERGUS COUNTY Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Rail road Company Will Develop This Part of Montana. GREAT FUTURE FOR LEWISTOWN High Officials so Inform W. D. Sym mes—Will Take Stock Shipments by the First of October. I * W. D. Symmes, manager of the Power Mercantile company, returned Saturday evening from a business' trip to Chicago and St. Paul and as a result of his trip, the genial man ager of the big store is in a very ex cellent frame of mind. While down east Mr. Symmes talk ed with a number of the high of ficials of the Milwaukee railroad com pany and was told that it is the in tention of that company to have their road completed through to Butte by I the first of the coming October. Over three-fourths of the grading between Miles City and Harlowton is now com pleted and) the track will be completed to the latter point by the middle of the summer. The construction com panies are now having less difficulty securing men and they expect to have not fewer than four thousand laborers at work down in Sixteen Mile canyon alone within a few weeks. I The management of the Milwaukee are sure they will be able to handle stock shipments from Fergus county I this year without any trouble. The company have a very high opinion of the future of Fergus coun ty and Lewistown. It is their ex I pressed intention to push the develop ment of this country with all pos sible energy. With the improvements which will be made on the track be tween this city and Harlowton. it will be possible to run over to that place in two hours and! on down to Bil lings within another three or four hours. Mr. Symmes also saw John Q. Adams, who purchased 240 lots from George M. Stafford in this city and bought over one hundred thousand dollars worth of country real estate this county. Mr. Adams spoke glowingly of the future of this city and of the county, stating among oth er things that there will be thousand* of new settlers in the county within the next five years. The Helena Independent of Sunday confirms this information given Mr. Symmes in the following article: The Milwaukee will be hauling cattle out of the Musselshell valley this fall, if their plans are carried out. Orders have been given recently to the division engineers, instructing them to have a certain number of miles of roadbed completed and ties and rails laid with in a certain length of time, some of them having been given until April 1. Work is being pushed from Evarts, in North Dakota, and from Harlowton on the Pacific coast extension, it being the expectation that the two forces will meet with one another in the Mus selshell next fall. The most gigantic piece of work the Milwaukee is undertaking is the building of the Montana Railroad in Sixteen Mile canyon from Lombard north. This is made more difficult by the fact that the company is endeavor ing to keep the Montana Railroad in operation while the new road- is being built far above It on the cliff. . The Milwaukee road through Six teen Mile canyon is said to be one of the most expensive stretches of track on the entire extension. There are thousands of tons of rock to be blast' ed out of the face of the cliffs to make a place for the roadbed. Efeht tunnel* will be bored, almost through solid rock, but when the new road Is built the grade will be one per cent and the heaviest trains can be hauled easily. There is another big force of men at work across the river from Lombard on the Butte extension. It is said that before the summer passes men will be working in cen tral Montana, perhaps in the vicinity of Helena. Up to the present, work has only been done in eastern Montana on the line to Butte, and in western Montana, leaving a gap in the center, but work on this gap will begin in the near future. Considerable interest is being mani fested among the railroad men in this city in the prospects for good jobs on the new line of the Milwaukee rail way through the mountainous portions of that line's road. It is confidently predicted that when the Milwaukee, shall have started trains running on its line through Montana that a num ber of men now employed on the North ern Pacific will accept positions with the Milwaukee. It Is known that the western agents of the Milwaukee and superintendent of motive power are looking for men of experience on mountain grades and application blanks have been forwarded from the Milwaukee officials to a great many of the engineers now employed on the Montana division. On the Montana division of th.. Northern Pacific there are a great many engineers and trainmen who have been working on the mountain grades for many years and who are anion the most competent railroad men in the United States, it is such men as these that the Milwaukee road is seeking and to whom good positions are being offered The question of rights on the r.et\ road is also being talked over by N. P. men. They are anxious to know whether there will be "system rights on the new road or whether the precedence of men will be established by length of service on the particular division on which they are employ ed Run on Anaconda Bank. Anaconda, Feb. 27.—A run on the Yegen Bros.' savings bank of this city occurred this morning. It was caused by the many rumors afloat pertaining to labor disturbances and the reports of a contemplated shutdown. As soon as the bank opened its doors this morning, a crowd surged in and kept coming until closing time. At one time during the forenoon 200 people were in the bank. Every demand for money by depositors was granted, with the exception of those who had time deposits, and they were not per mitted to draw their money until the term had been completed. It is not known how much money was drawn from the bank, but it is supposed that it amount® to several thousand 'dol lars. Panic reigned among the hundreds of depositors who had an account with the savings institution. Wild rumors were afloat concerning the solvency of the bank and scores of men quit work at the smelters, to come to withdraw their money Cashier E. P. Moffitt stated that the bank was entirely safe. He also an nounced he would give $1,000 reward for the conviction of the person who started the story. Everything is much quieter tonight and it is not thought that tomorrow will see a repetition of today's events. SOME STIR IN CITY POLITICS Socialists Start Ball Rolling Nominating Full Ticket—Ac tion By Old Parties in Doubt. by City polities are beginning to warm up a little. The socialists started fKe ball rolling last Saturday evening, when they nominated! a full ticket to be placed before the people at the comtpg city election, April first. B. F. Fullmer, the contractor, was named for mayor; J. A. Rhoades fot city treasurer; E. W. Moody for police magistrate; Percy Stoner, alderman in the first ward; C. B. Jamme, alder man second ward and Herman Schnick, alderman third ward. Secre tary Herman Brown of the state soc ialist central committee, states that good campaign will be made and he considers the chances of success good. The Democrats and republicans have not yet done anything toward lining up. Mayor Pinkley annotUiced some time since that he would not again be a candidate, but a large number of democrats are urging him to s*gain take the nomination. The record which the present popular mayor has made during his two years in office will make him a formidable candidate should he decide to accept the honor once more. The name of Alerman J. B. Lane has also been most favorably mentioned in connection with the mayoralty position. Mr. Lane would be a very strong man in the position. He has made an enviable record as coun cilman and thoroughly understands the needb of the city. F. F. MacGowan will be the democratic nominee for police magistrate if he desires the place and the republicans would have very smajl chance of finding any one to even oppose him. The republicans are not saying anything, although a few conferences have taken place among the leaders. None of the leading republicans appear to want the job trf running for mayor and even alder-manic timber is scarce. Frank Smith, alderman from the sec ond, says he is going to retire. T. J. Tubb may try to succeed himself in the first. In the third, Alderman Sloan, the democratic member whose term expires, has not expressed any desire for another term, although he may be induced to take the nomina tion for another term. H. R. Watson has been prominently mentioned as a probable republican candidate. He . not out for the place and It will have to come unsolicited, and even in that event, he is not certain as to whether he would take it. Before another week passes, it Is thought that something definite will have been done in the matter by both of the old parties. There Is some talk of a non-partisan Ticket but, so far as we are able To learn. This is not generally favored by the rank and file of democrats. CITY REALTY ON THE BOOM J. L. Nielsen Sells fine Lot Main Street and Sixth Ave. at $90 Per Front Foot. on WILLIAM BLACKFORD PURCHASER Indications of Great Activity in City Property During Coming Sea son—Otner Deals. *Lewistown city realty is beginning to move in fine shape and real estate men inform the Democrat that the in dications are that activity in this di rection during the coming season will far eclipse all previous years. Within the past month, over forty thousand dollars' worth of property on Main street has changed hands and there is talk of other big deals before the summer is over. The largest transaction of the past week was the sale of one lot on the corner of Main street and Sixth avenue, belonging to J. L. Nielsen. This is considered one of the most valuable pieces of property In the city and was purchased by William Black ford for $4,500 or $90 jjer front foot. Real estate men feel that Mr. Black fond' got a genuine bargain in this lot. Jacob Holzemer, who has been the proprietor of the Day house for over a quarter of a century, last week closed that famous lvostlery, having old it to John P.. Barnps and as sociates. This leaves Lewistown with out a hotel although there are a num ber of good lodging houses and res taurants in the city which can take care of the people. The purchasers of the Day house property have not fully mat urn A' their plans as to a building; on the ground but something definite will la- decided upon within the next thirty days. Mr. Barnes feels that it is entirely too valuable a piece of property to permit to lie unused and the chances are better than even that a fine three or four story block, 100x90 feet will be put up there this summer. In the meanwhile, it is probable that some arrangements will be made for the re opening of the old Day house to the Public until such time as a new hotel is completed. INSTITUTE BIG SUCCESS Many Rancher? And Others Hear Fine Talks On Practical Ranch ing And Stock Raising. The farmers' Institute meetings, two of which were held In this city last Wednesday afternoon and evening, were largely attended, not only by ranchers near this city, but also by business men and other residents who are always interested in whatever may concern the welfare of that very large class of our population, the ranchers and* stockmen. Judge Cheadle presided at the af ternoon meeting and In opening the session, delivered an excellent ad dress In which he pointed out the great good being accomplished by the Farmers' Institute and the necessity of giving head to the practical talks of the men selected to lecture to the peo ple of Montana on the various sub jects. Prof. B. F. Linfleld, superintendent of the experiment station at Bose man, was the first speaker in the af ternoon and delivered a helpful talk on the subject of dry land farming. This is a subject of the highest im portance to the people of Fergus county and Mr Linfleld gave much val uable information for the benefit at those wh* are trying to grpw crops on the bench lands of Fergus county. The speaker emphasised the neces sity of proserving the moisture. He stated that sufficient rain fall* an nually in this county to grow abun dant crops if the moisture is properly preserved. He said that the best way to store up the rain fait in the soil is to plow and harrow the ground thoroughly. The fallowing should be of such depth as to permit the water to soak in far enough to prevent the sun and wind from evaporating it be fore it has done its work. He cautioned the dry land farmers alrout wearing out the ground by a number of successive crops of grain, urging a rotation of crops with a crop of alfalfa, or some such life giving substance, every two or three years. The average rain fall in Fergus county is 10 inches annually, and this properly preserved la sufficient to grow at least 20 bushels of wheat per acre on the up lands of the country. Miss Ijois Harkins gave an inter esting talk on domestic science. she urged this as a most Important de partment in the growth .amdi well be ing of any country. The principal address in the evening was by Dr. W. X. Suddeth. formerly a resident of Fergus county. Dr. Suddeth explain**! at length the of vegetables. He gave the results ot possibilities of Montana soil in the raising of wheat, alfalfa and ail sorts of vegetables. He gave the results of a number of experiments which he has made on his ranch, showing that all that is required to make Montana soil produce abundant and extremely valuable crops is an application of scientific methods to the business of ranching. Many ranchers were heard to press favorable opinions of the two meetings held here and the institute lecturers are assured of large and ap preciative audiences whenever they may visit Lewistown in the future. Mothers' Meeting. On the afternoon of Monday, Feb ruary 25, twenty ladies mitt at the Presbyterian church at the suggestion of Mrs. Lehman, to consider ways and means of bettering the condition of the children of Lewistown. After an interesting general discus sion of the effects of home and school life on the child and the importance of physical as well as mental train ing. a committee was appointed to car ry on a correspondence with the sec retary of Rockefeller, with the purpose of securing part of the $32,000,000 re cently given by the millionaire to his country, for educational purposes. If the committee succeeds, an industrial school will be established in Lewis town. The practicability of a musical lab oratory was also "considered 1 ; Many other subjects of Importance "ere discussodi and as it proved im possible to include at one meeting all phases of the child problem, the or ganization mis mad • permanent;. The time of tlie next meeting will be an nounced in the pap > -s. All women In terested in the environment of th children of Lewistown, may find in at tending these meetings an opportunity to improve existing conditions. TALKS OF THE OVERLAND TRAIL Hon. David Hilger Delivers Most Interesting Lecture to Big Crowd at High School. Last Tuesday evening in the assembly room of the Fergus county free high school, in the presence of a large crowd of appreciative listeners, Hon. David Hilger delivered a, most interesting lecture on the subject, the "Overland Trail." Mr. Hilger spoke from personal ex perience as, though a lad, he made the trip across the plains from Minne sota to Helena by ox team in the summer and autumn of 1867. His ad dress was based upon the ne'er-to-be forgotten experiences of a trip across over one thousand miles of unbroken prairie, over mountain ranges and through beautiful valleys which had not yet been reclaimed from the dominion of the Red Men. He detailed! the dangers encountered upon such a trip, the sleepless vlgi lence necessary to prevent surprise and slaughter by the treacherous and re bellious Indians, thfe privations of thirst, hunger and heat. The address held the rapt attention of all who heard Mr. Hilger and the speaker was warmly congratulated and thanked by all who had th* pleasure of hearing his splendid and instructive lecture. Stanford Items. Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Stough left for Great Falls last Sunday. L. S. Butler was a visitor in Belt last week. Ed Morse, the handsome young book-keeper for the Utica Mercantile Co., was in town last week. Mr. Morse was bqok-keeper for Stoi$gh Stough & Mitchell here for several years and has a host of friends in this vicinity. W. C. Smith is in the vicinity on one of his periodical visits. W. C| Doherty is in town on busi ness connected with his stage line as Mr. McCaslin leTfTPS tht T W eelT nr Goldfield, Nevada. T. E. Lowery of Great Full* is in this vicinity. The reservoir belonging tb Teno Bain on Coffee creek gave way last week owing to the large body of water running in Coffee creek at the present time. B. E. Stack, the well known stock man, is quite seriously ill with ap pendicitis. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Eveleth and children are visiting in Great Falls. George Fowler, book-keeper for Bower brothers, is at'-home again after a few days in Great Fails. M. L. Cheney went to Belt Monday on business. — There is to be aTfStrice at Stanford, St. Patrick's Day, March 17. PREPARING EOR CITY ELECTION Council Appoints Judges And Clerks For the Voting'on the first Day of April. PfAUS WANTS SOME SIDEWALKS Postmaster Says That free Delivery Depends Upon Speedy Action by City Authorities. At the regular meeting of the city council held last evening. Judges and clerks for the city election, which will he held on the first day of April, were appointed. The election officials are as follows: First ward—Judges; George W. Cook. Julius Petersen and J. L. Mears. Clerks: Hugh Waiarner and Oswald Lehman. Second! ward—Judges: C. B. Noble, Joe Benjamin and Peter Shields. Clerks: Arthur Baker and M. D. Kim ball. riiinl wand!—Judges; Walter Knight, Edward Brassey and N. J. Littlejohn' Clerks: Herman Schnick and A. W. Stoddard'. The places for holding thei election will lie the court house in tho lit h 4. < uver s hall in tile second and the city hall In the third. C. C. Jeffries and W H. Hopkins petitioned the city for an extenson of the water mains to their places. Re ferred! to proper committee on motion >f Sloan. A numerously signed petition was presented praying tie- city to open Washington street on "Buckskin Flat.' Referred to tie- ........I and alley com mittee. Arthur Stapleton and H. A. Phillips presented their bond in the sum of $UMI» a nidi signed by H. I*. Imlslund and Charlie McDonald as sureties, for the carrying on of a plumbing busi ness. Postmaster Pfaus addressed the coun cil with reference to the, l.ulldiiHg or certain side walks in the city. Mr. Pfaus stated 'that the post office In spector. who is finally to decide the matter of city delivery, will be here the middle of the month and If Lew istown Is to secure 'this boon, there will have to Is- more slHilewalks, else the report, of this Inspector will ho adverse. Everything possible will ha done to have the necessary sidewulka built by the time the Inspector ar rives. County Commissioner J. M. Parrent, on behalf of the hoard, requested that the city take steps to have the alley which runs across the court house block abandoned!. Referred to the city attorney for the proper action. William F. Smith presented his res ignation as city clerk and water col lector, same to take effect immediately. The resignation was accepted and E. W. Mettler was appointed temporary city clerk ami water collector. The contract of the Citizens' Elect ric company for city lights was ac cepted. The following rates were made: Street arc lights per month. $4.50; library lights per month, $10; City hall, 32 c. p., 75 cents per month. 16 c. p., 50 cents per month; Fire de partment, 32 c. p., 50 cents per month, 16 c. p„ 25 cents per month. E, W. Mettler was appointed reg istry agent for the city election. The appropriation ordinance set aside the following sums for the re spective purposes for the coming year: City attorney, $420; treasurer. $420; street commissioner, $1,379.20; ' city clerk and water collector, $960; police men, $960; police magistrate, $420; fuel, etc., $300; printing and! station ery, $250; board prisoners, $250; mis cellaneous, $256; fire chief, $1,060; team feed, $250; fire department supplies, $750; street improvements, $6,000; salaries of aldermen, $432; mayor sal ary (to be fixed by special ordinance) $300. The report of Police Magistrate Mc Gowan showed filed! collections, $95.00. Report of City Treasurer Deaton showed balance on hand of $20,646.30. Report city water collector showed water rents collected during the month. $476.65. Expenses. $35.50; balance. $451.15. This concluding the business of the month .the council adjourned. Big Shipment fev Fergus Hardware. The Fergus County Hardware com pany last week made a record break ing sale of Canton double disc plowa with furrow cutters. The Harlow Thurston company of Moore purchased ten of these great machines, which will be used) in the development of the Rock creek bench. The combined weight of this one shipment of disc plows Is 10,000 pounds, making over a half carload. Enough Canton engine disc plows were sent out to fill up the car, these being for delivery to individual parties. The popularity of the Canton plows is based upon excellent service and the Fergus County Hardware company fully expect to place a large number of them in this county the present season.