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FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT.
OFFICIAL PAPER OF FERGUS COUNTY. LRWTSTnWK MONTAKA ........... — *....... Entered at the postoffice at Lewistown, Montana, as second class matter. Per Year............... SUBSCRIPTION: Six Months ............. Three Months ........... TOM STOUT........... Publisher and Proprietor VACATION DAYS. "Delightful task to rear the tender thought, To teach the young Idea how to shoot, To pour the fresh instruction o'er the Mind, To breathe the enlivening Spirit and to fix The genrous Purpose in the glowing breast." A yet more "delightful task" is to lay aside the ruler on the last day, "hu£h the sounding jargon of the schools" on the final afternoon and breathe the air of freedom and unre straint which come only with the joyous days of vacation. Right well do they earn this all too brief respite from their labors, these teachers in our public schools. No occupation is more arduous, more brain fagging, more body wearing, more nerve racking than that forty weeks in the school room. Holmes sized the thing up about right when he said: "Uneasy lies the heads of all that rule. His worst of all whose kingdom is a school." It is doubtful if forty million sub jects of any eastern potentate give their ruler any more concern than the forty mischievous subjects to be found in the average American school room give their ruler. And as the vacation days draw near, their rest lessness any youthful impatience adds to the burden which the teacher is carrying. This month and next will relieve from toil in this country, the great est army ever marshalled in the noble cause of education. Over two hundred thousand strong, they will step out of the school room into the fresh air and, for three mouths give themselves over to the task of strengthening themselves, mentally and phyhically, for another campaign against ignorance. SHOULD BE CAREFUL. With the increase in the number of automobiles in the city of Lewis town comes an increased responsibil ity on the part of the owners of the "buzz wagons" for the safety of those who are walking or driving teams about the streets of Lewistown and on the highways around the town. The automobile has come to stay but its popularity with the very large majority of people who travel about in the ordinary way depends upon the prudence and carefulness of the drivers of the machines. Fortunately, none of the owners of machines in Lewistown are out for the purpose of cracking any speed records. In almost every instance, the machines in Lewistown were pur chased for business as well as for pleasure purposes. For the most part, the men who have bought ma chines here have interests outside of the city and got these modern modes of conveyance for the purpose of placing themselves in closer touch with these outside interests. We have yet to observe a solitary case of overspeeding on the streets of this city and the drivers of auto mobiles should continue to exercise this extreme caution. On the coun try roads, the teamster should be giv en every consideration. It is far bet ter to turn out and stop altogether than to take any possible chance of causing difficulty on the part of the driver of the team with his horses. In this way the hard feelings which are frequently engendered by reckless automobile drivers can be entirely prevented. PROUD OF THEM. The people of Fergus county are naturally proud of the boys who went over to Missoula from the Fer gus county free high school and won honors for their home institution. By securing fourth place among the sixteen schools represented. Fergus certainly has no cause for com plaint. Th# work of young Platt Belden and Dan Crowley was creditable in the extreme. Each broke a state record in his event. Each brought honor and renown to his school. Long after they have passed out of the school for good, their deeds will be remembered and emulated by the ambitious students of the institution. This winning of a race may appear to be a small matter to many people who see only the surface of things. They do not realize that the young athletes have spent months of arduous training, have denied themselves pleasures which are prohibited by such a course of training. They do not know what it is to go into a strange city and run against the pick of sturdy young athletes of this big state of ours. It requires those Qualities which will be invaluable assets to the young men when they start the real race of life. The training and discipline which they underwent in order to win these schoolboy races will strengthen them for that longer and harder race a few years later. THE FUNNIEST THING. Mark Twain, the grand old man of American literature, and the greatest humorist of this or any other age was on the train the other day bound for the Jamestown exhibition. On the car with him were the governor of Maryland and other notabilities, and as it his custom he made the time pass pleasantly and swiftly by telling stories that had a moral as well as rich humor. The Baltimore Sun tells the story of Mark Twain's idea of the funniest thing that ever happened in the following words: As the train rolled on toward An napolis, the humorist continued to be the pole star of entertainment for the governor and those in his im mediate vicinity. He was asked what was the funniest thing that ever hap pened. "The funniest thing," he said, "was when at the close of the Spanish-American war the United States paid poor decrepit old Spain $20,000,000 for the Philippines. It was just a case of this country buy ing its way into good society. Hon estly, when 1 read in the papers that this deal had been made, I laughed until my sides ached. There were the Filipinos fighting like blazes for their liberty. Spain would not hear to it. The United States stepped in, and af ter they had licked the enemy to a standstill, instead of freeing the Fili pinos they paid that enormous amount for an island which is of no earthly account to us; just wanted to be like the aristocratic countries of Europe which have possessions in foreign waters. The United States wanted to be in the swim, and it, too, had to branch out, like an American heiress buying a duke or an earl. Sounds well, but that's all." Like much of Mark Twain's humor, tc the surface if one digs a little be neath the fun, but he puts the humor of the situation first. There was an element of humor in Uncle Sam ap pearing as tlie deliverer of the na tives of the Philippines from foreign bondage and seeking and accepting his aid to shake off the yoke of the Spanish oppressor, only to flash on the astounded native a title to him self purchased front the foreign op pressor they had jointly fought and conquered. It appeals to the sense of the ridiculous, and that is one form of characteristic American humor. 1 hen there was the grandiloquent assertion of the Teller resolution which declared that this country com menced the war with the determina tion to bring freedom and liberty to the patriots righting against Spain and with no selfish purpose of ac quiring territory, and that resolution was capped by a self righteous dec laration of President McKinley, ad dressed to congress thanking God that we were not as other nations were who fought wars of conquest and aggression in order to bring un willing subjects under our sway thing that by our superior code of national morals we deemed criminal aggression. It was surely highly humorous to find the pious McKin ley after the purchase of the Phil ippines from Spain had been accom plished at his express command and insistence declaring in a public speech that "God opened to us a door in the. Philippines, and thrust us in. Where then is the impious mollycod dle that will resist the decree of God (telegraphed in advance to the pea^e conun'ssioners at Paiis by President McKinley) and refuse to accept the iesponsibilities thrust upon the na tion by Almighty God. Again there is a kind of humor in the stupendous size of the gold brick we purchased with pious pro testations of reluctance, but with greedy eyes to its commercial value. There were forests of the most val uable timber for the lumber sharks to steal with little expense for labor; there were rich gold mines for the white man to discover, and franch ises and monopolies for the advent urer to exploit and gain sudden wealth from. We heard those golden stories by the bushel, you will remember. And then there was the native trade to take the surplus from our markets. Trade follows the flag. We nearly forgot the new field for missionary effort that was also one of the good things we bought with that twenty millions. It surely is a huge, grim joke, in the light of experience, to recall the splendid picture of the future paint ed by our republican imperialist friends and compare it with poor, sordid, shameful facts that cannot longer be hid by any form of daz zling, bewildering woid painting from public knowledge. It is humorous and tragical also, and Mark Twain well knows the double fact. He meant to suggest the tragedy be neath when he directed public at tention to the humorous side of that sinister and shameful transaction— the purchase of the Philippines from Spain on our own insistence for the sum of $20,000,000 of American gold. —Great Falls Tribune. HARD TIME IN GETTING A JURY C. E. Barnes of Boise Talks to Dem ocrat of Famous Trial Which Is Now in Progress. John P. Barnes and wife returned Friday evening from Boise, Idaho, where Mr. Barnes visited his son, C. E. Barnes, for several days. Clarence Barnes and family came up to Lew istown with the elder Mr. Barnes and will spend several weeks in this part of the country. Clarence is engaged in the hard ware business in Boise, being the principal stockholder in one of the largest implement concerns in the state. Mr. Barnes states that while the eyes of the world are now centered upon Boise where the trial of J. D. Hey wood for complicacy in the mur der of Ex-Governor Steunenberg, is in progress, there is not much ex citement around Boise over the af fair. The town, he says, is full of news paper men from all over the country, and scores of columns of matter are telegraphed out daily. He says that the Boise people are more or less divided in opinion but that one hears a great deal less discussion of the case than would be imagined. It is believed that a great deal of trouble will be experienced in get ting a jury. Mr. Barnes believes that it will be weeks and perhaps months before the twelve men who are to sit in judgment on the case will final lv be secured. Cascasweet for babies is the best remedy for colic, summer complaint, diarrhoea and sour stomach. It is especially good in cases of teething when irritation affects the stomach and intestines. Cascasweet is a pleasant, safe remedy, containing neither opiates nor narcotics; all the ngredients are printed plainly on the wrapper. Endorsed by mothers be cause it acts so quickly. Sold by Phillips' Drug Co. DEADLOCK IS BROKEN, Fierce Senatorial Fight in Wisconsin Comes to An End. Milwaukee, May 16.—A Sentinel special from Madison, Wis., says Isaac Stephenson was nominated for senator by the republican cauci/s to night. ' Stephenson is a millionaire lumber man of Marinette, the richest man in the state. When Senator Spooner resigned, Stephenson, who has for years been the principal political backer of Senator LaFollette, an nounced himself as a candidate for the short term, with the added de claration that he will not seek the office for the full term, beginning March 4, 1909. Mr. Stephenson has long had sen atorial ambitions. He tried to se cure the election eight years ago, when J. V. Quarles was finally chosen' after a long deadlock. It was'through his defeat at that time that he was led to support LaFollette, as he blamed the opponents of LaFollette for his defeat He was a candidate again for the senatorship when Quar les' term ended, but LaFollette was elected in the face of a supposed pledge that Stephenson should then receive the delayed honor. LaFollet te for a time was expected to resign and allow Stephenson to enter the millionaires' club, but again the lum berman was disappointed. Now his ambition is to be fulfilled. MONTANA CARRIAGE CO. Horseshoeing, Biacksmithing and Wagon Making. EMERY WHEEL FOR SHARP ENING DISC, PLOW AND DISC HARROWS. ALSO RUBBER TIRE SETTING MACHINE. ALL WORK GUARANTEED. MORAN & LANGEVIN, Progs. Across From the Dark Horse Stable Geo. R. CREEL UNDERTAKER LICENSED EMBALMER Electric Building, Upper Main street. Calls answered promptly day or night. Both phones No. 2. Lewistown, Montana irk wood Cross T. J. Tubb Cross <31 Tubb ARCHITECTS. Plans and specifications hirnished or buildings of all kinds, with supei vision if desired. -EWISTOWN, MONTANA G-w. COOK Land Attorney RealEstate Notary Public and Insurance 106 Fifth Ave., next door Lewistown Furniture Co, LEWISTOWN, MONTANA. Wells G-E1sv?orth Contractors •Plans prepared and estimates fur nished. See or address WELLS &- ELS WORTH LEWISTOWN, MONT. Home Cooking ! First Corner Above Electric Light Office. TRANSIENT TRADE SOLICITED MRS. BILLS! ROM Edward Brassey Late register of U. S. Land Offlca LAND ATTORNEY Real Estate and Commission, Loans Negotiated. Inquiries Promptly Answered SETTLERS LOCATED Office in Lang Building, Next Door to Land Office. Lewistown. - - Montana. The Old Way No More The old idea of taking' a bath in a wash tub is a thing of the past since Stapleton & Phillips, the up-to-date Plumb ers have made the Bath room so attractive andPrices as low. I Call and Get Our Prices Mutual 'Phone, 43. 108 1-2 Fifth Avenue South Stapleton Phillips The Winter of Life Will Come. The money Which you can spare today Will provide tor it. HAVE YOU STARTED A BANK ACCOUNT YET? If not , begin With fi today , and add to it What you can save. Why run the risk of poverty in old age When you may easily become ind pendant by putting a few dollars each month in the bank? Small Accounts Welcomed. first National Bank of Lewistown I CAPITAL, $200,000. SURPLUS. $50,000.00 UNITED STATES DEPOSITARY HORSEMEN, ATTENTION! 66 99 NO. 4120 Imported French Coach stallion will stand at the Elkhorn stables. Terms of service: $10 for single leap; $15.00, season with return privilege; $25.00 to insure with foal. Mares pastured at $2.00 per month. Care will be taken to prevent accident but will not be re sponsible if any occur. W. A. Lacock will handle horse. J. E. PINKLEY, Manager LINOLEUMS We have just received our spring shipment of both Inlaid and Painted Linoleums which we shall place on sale at the most reasonable prices, quality considered. Also an assortmen of RUGS, PORTIERES, COUCH COVERS, LACE CURTAINS, Etc. Our stock of furniture is more than usually complete, we having received a car from the east this week. Give us a call and get prices. PARROTT FURNITURE Co Opposite post office Lewistown, Montana