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Fergus County Democrat __ THE OFFICIAL PAPER OF FERGUS COUNTY Vol, IV. No. 11. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1907 [Rugs] We arc daily receiv ing shipments of Carpets and Rugs The latest designs; something different from the conven tional patterns so long used* Our floor coverings are of the highest qual ity* Prices always right THE LEWISTOWN COMPANY 'If you don't buy of ue we both lose money." i HAZEN SUCCEEDS LANE Popular Alderman From the Third Ward Resigns to Take Up Residence on Homestead Business Transacted in Short Order. The city council met in regular session last night, Mayor Pinkley presiding and Aldermen Wilber, Sloan, Leach, Tubb and Slater pres ent. David Hilger appeared before the council and requested a reduction in the water bill of the Diamond block. The matter was referred to the com mittee on water. Ira Dundom appeared and pro tested against further payment of sprinkling assessment, stating that the city sprinkler never passes by his property in the lower part of town. Referred to the proper com mittee. Wants Electric Sign. David Trepp petitioned the , council for permission to put up an electric sign across the sidewalk in front of the Wright building on lower Main street. On motion of Alderman Tubb, seconded by Alderman Slater, the permit was granted. Official Report. The report of City Treasurer M. H. Deaton was read and adopted as follows: General fund, $2,180.53; endowment fund, $2,035; Gravity water fund, $4,977.85; dog tax fund, $36.95; water works fund, $4,575.65; sinking fund, $3,928.53; total $17,734.50. Over drafts: Road fund, $2,672.74; fire fund, $3,251.72; library fund, $1,787.79: water and sewerage bond fund, $1, 786.91; special improvement fund, $2, 481.80; total, $11,986.96, leaving net balance of $5, 747.54. The report of city water collector was as follows: Collections of water rents during month of October, $611.45. Report of Police Magistrate Mac Gowan showed fines amounting to $105 collected during month of October. SHAULES BOOSTS CALIFORNIA TOWN FORMER RESIDENT OF LEWIS TOWN TALKS OF SAN DIEGO'S FUTURE. W. A. Shaules, for many years a citizen of Lewistown and Kendall but now of San Diego, California, arrived in the city the latter part of last week and will remain here for several days looking after busi ness interests. "Billy," as he is familiarly known to every one, has become a Cali fornia enthusiast and is particularly impressed with the future of San Diego. "San Diego has been growing at the rate of one thousand ~er month for the past eighteen months, which is going along some " said Billy. "People are coming in there from all parts of the country and buying homes with the intention of remain ing there. "There is a big Fergus county colony down there now and all of them are doing well. Together with George Bach, I have been busy for several months getting Encanto Heights in shape to handle. This tract of land comprises some eleven hundred acres just at the edge of San Diego and is owned by Bach, Akins, Wunderlin, Woodman and myself. "We now have the tract completely MARKET WILL SOON OPEN Just at present, the "nothing doing" sign is tacked on to the wheat mar ket in this city as at all other places in the west but local grain buyers do not believe that this condition of affairs will long continue. No grain is being purchased by the Montana Elevator company who have been the only local buyers this season, but Austin W. Warr, who is one of the largest stockholders in the Elevator company, believes that things will open up within ten days or two weeks. "The financial flurry in the east and the extreme stringency of the money market brought about by the Wall street panic is the cause of the pres ent unfortunate condition of the grain market," said Mr. Warr to a Democrat reporter. "Things are so The usual grist of bills against the city were read and allowed. Lane's Resignation. J. E. Lane, who has been one of the strong men of the city council since his election eighteen months ago, presented his resignation. Mr. Lane expressed regret that he was compelled to take this step and took occasion to compliment the members of the city board for their careful attention to the best interests of the municipality. Upon motion of Alderman Leach, the resignation of Alderman Lane was accepted and the thanks of the councij extended to him for his splendid services in the past. No More Expectorating. An ordinance was read and adopted making it a misdemeanor to ex nectorate on the sidewalk. This ordinance was prepared at the in stance of City Health Officer Wilson. Hazen Succeeds Lane. Alderman Sloan nominated Frank J. Hazen as alderman from the third ward to succeed J. E. Lane, resigned. Slater, Sloan, Leach and Tubb voted for Hazen. Wilber did not vote. Mr. Hazen was declared elected. This selection is considered a very satisfactory one from every stand point as Air. Hazen is one of the most public spirited men of the city and is, in addition, a gentleman of fine business judgment. Alderman Slater suggested that a street light is greatly needed at the depot. It was decided to transfer the light from the head of First avenue to the depot. Bridge Steel Today. Bridge Steel Today. ing work as contracts for this part It was announced that steel for /of the road's construction are all signed and probably at least eighty per cent of the contracts have been completed. Steel On the Ground. Main street bridge will probably arrive today. The council was also informed that Contractor Littlejohn begun to lay sewer pipe on the Fifth avenue sewer. sub-divided into tracts running from cne-half an acre to 24 acres in size Two miles of water pipe has been laic and some street grading has been completed. Contracts have been let for fifteen miles of street grading and 3 0 miles of pipe. Fifty acres have been plowed, twenty-five of which will be devoted to an orange grove and twenty-five will be sown to hay. "There are now ten houses under course of construction and each of the owners will put up a nice resi dence this winter. Ninety lots have been sold, 74 of which have gone to San Diego people at good prices The Fergus county bunch of men who purchased this land are going to clean up a nice margin of profit on the deal and, from present indi cations, all who purchase at present prices will also realize handsomely on their investments." Senator Power in City. Senator T. C. Power of Helena spent last Saturday in this city look ing over his extensive business in terests in Lewistown. Senator Power makes rather frequent visits to Lew istown but says that he can always see some improvements with each visit. He found the Power Mercan tile and the Montana Hardware com panies, in both of which he is heavily interested, doing big volumes of busi ness and in splendid shape. Mr. Pow er is greatly impressed with the bus ines activity in Lewistown and says that there is no section of Montana which has a brighter future than the Judith Basin. Off for Penitentiary. Special Deputy Sheriff Crowley left Saturday morning for Deer Lodge with Jones, the forger who will serve unsettled at the present time that it would be impossible for us to open up and buy wheat and oats without taking risks which no sane business man would dare assume. "I believe, however, that the pres ent state of affairs will not last long. There is no over-production of flour. Rather the reverse is the case and with such conditions existing, there is bound to be a market for wheat. The whole difficulty is simply a lack of money but large quantities of wheat are now going to Europe and that is going to ease things up very materially. "Just as quickly as things get straightened out and we are able to dispose of the wheat that we pur chase, the local market will be opened." two and one-half years. Stephens, the holdup man ho goes for two years, and \\ arncr, the roller, who was sentenced lor one and one-half years. He also had in charge young Cottrel who was sentenced to the reform school at Miles City. While placing the shackles on Jones Saturday morn ing, Sheriff Ed Martin noticed that the fellow's boot appeared to be padded. L'pon examination, it was discovered that the criminal had wrapped some quilts around his leg in order that the shackles might be placed loosely around his leg, thus giving him a better opportunity to get out of the irons and attempt his escape. LAYING OF STEEL WILL BE DELAYED NO CAUSE FOR WORRY OVER RAILWAY MATTER—GRAD ING GOES AHEAD. A report which created more or less uneasiness in this city was re ceived yesterday to the effect that the Great Northern Railway com pany has sent out orders to discon tinue the laying of rails on the Bil lings & Northern line which is be ing constructed from Billings to Great Falls and passing through Fer gus county. What It Means. There has been a great deal of speculation as to the meaning of this order but those in the best position to judge say that it has no particular significance and will not greatly de lay the completion of the road, if in deed it stops things at all. The Democrat was in telephone communication with one of the big contractors yesterday and he says that those who have grading contracts have not received any orders which might show a disposition to even temporarily abandon the speedy con struction of the line. In fact, he says that it would not be possible for the company to put an end to the grad Practically all of the steel which will be required in the construction of the line is on the ground. There is enough steel at Armington to put the road up to the Gap in this coun ty and there are also thousands of tons in the vicinity of Billings. The temporary suspension of steel laying will have little effect on Fer gus county. It is the grading con tractors to whom the people of this county have been looking for a mar ket for their surplus oats and hay ami they will be at work for the en tire winter. Taking all things into considera tion, there is little if any cause for apprehension among the people of this county as the chances are 100 to 1 that Pullman palace cars will he running over the new road across the plains and valleys of Fergus county before the first of next June. Work On Milwaukee. Work on the Milwaukee extension through Montana is being pushed with all possible speed. Steel has been laid to within thirty miles of Miles City and a large per cent of the grade from Miles City to the Missouri river has been completed. There is an immense quantity of steel piled up a few miles the other side of Harlowton and daily work trains are now run from Harlowton to Lavina. The heavy work down Sixteen Mile canyon is progressing in a satisfactory manner and several of the cement piers for the bridge across the Missouri at Lombard have been completed. Miles City, No. 1.—The latest re sume of the amount of track of the Milwaukee road laid up to the pres ent time made by D. A. McIntosh, head of the contracting firm, who is at present in Miles City, is as fol lows: At Butte, 7 1-2 miles; at Whitehall, miles; from Harlowton east, 75 miles; at Miles City, 2 miles; from Cato siding, on the Northern Pacific, east, 35 miles; from the Missouri riv er west, 150 miles. A matter of 60 miles or so between the present terminals is all that re mains between Cato, 45 miles east of Miles City and the Missouri river, nd Mr. McIntosh thinks that the line will be complete to Harlowton in January or February and to Butte by May. Working On Oram Case. There have been no developments in the Oram murder case since the last issue of the Democrat. Sheriff Martin is working quietly and has a few clues which may lead to some thing but is very naturally making no noise about what he is doing. Sheriff Martin has offered a per sonal reward of SI 50 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer. It was reported here Sunday that two susoects had been arrested in Stanford but this report proved to be without foundation. INSTITUTE NEXT TUESDAY Joint Meeting of Fergus and Meagher County Teachers to Be Held in Lewistown - Eminent Educators to Attend: Miss Orpha Noble, county superin tendent, has about completed all pre liminary arrangements for the joint institute of I'ercus and Meagher coun ty teachers which will be held in this city next week, beginning Tuesday morning and until Thursday, in clusive. Miss Noble has been very for tunate in securing instructors for the institute, all of them being well known educators of the state. The instructors will be as follows: Miss Maud Summers of Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Robert Clerk of the State Normal at Dillon, President J ; M. Hamilton of the Montana Ag ricultural college at Bozeman, and W. E. Harmon, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, The daily program which is subject to some changes, is as follows: 9:00 a. m., music. 9:15 a. m., arithmetic, Superinten dent Harmon. 9:55 a. m., primary language, Miss Summers. 10:30, recess. 10:40 a, m., writing or spelling. 11 :20 a. m.,reading, Dr. Clark. 12:00, noon intermission. 1:30 p. m., physiology. 1:55 p. m., gratniner, Superintendent 1 larmon. 2:20 p. ni., primary methods, Miss Summers. 2:45 p. m., recess. 2:55, geography, Dr. Clark. 3:30 p. m., history or civics, Pres ident Hamilton. 4:00 p. m., dismissal. Tuesday evening there will be a reception to the instructors and their friends to which all are invited. Grace Brewer's orchestra will furnish the music. The program Wednesday evening will include a piano duet by Misses Culver and Cook, a vocal solo by Miss Titter, a violin solo by Grade Brewer and a lecture on "Handicraft GETTING READY TO ADVERTISE FERGUS DATA AS TO YIELDS OF HAY, WHEAT AND OATS IS BE ING COLLECTED. John B. Ritch this week is sending out several hundred blanks to grain growers of Fergus county, the idea being to secure some data on the wheat, oats and hay crops this year. Mr. Ritch's idea is to get data as complete as possible on not less than twenty-five thousand acres of agri cultural land in F'ergus county and the figures will be used in getting up advertising matter which will be dis tributed by the people of Lewistown. It is believed that when all of these figures are compiled they will make an exceptionally fine showing for Fergus county as an agricultural region. They will more than likely reveal the fact that the average yield of wheat in Fergus county this year is greater than was ever recorded for an area of equal size in this coun try. The wheat crop is growing larger with every crop threshed. The gov ernment estimate of the Fergus coun crop was 600,000 bushels. It is now assured that the crop will great ly exceed this estimate and it now appears that the estimate of 750,0(X) bushels, made by the Democrat sev eral weeks ago will not be far off. ANNUAL MEETING COAL GO. The annual stockholders' meeting of the Centra! Montana Coal com pany was held last night in the office of Morton & Martin. Practically all of the stock was represented. H. S. Clark of Butte, O. F. Was city were re-elected directors for the city wer re-elected directors for the ensuing year. Frank Stephens was chosen to succeed James L. Martin and J. O. Gilkerson to succeed Adolf Gortemoller on the board of directors. Immediately following the meeting of stockholders the directors held a meeting and re-elected H. S. Clark, president, O. F. Wasmansdorff, vice president and C. W. Axorton secre a, Vl by Miss Maud Summers. Thursday evening, Principal Sillo~ way of the Fergus County Free High school will give an illustrated lecture on "llte Meaning of Noted Pictures." On this evening, music will be fur nished by the High school orchestra. i here are sixty-four Fergus county teachers and twenty from Meagher county and of these a large number arc expected to be present. NEW SYSTEM WORKS WELL. Another Great Improvement for Lewistown F'ire Department. The new fire alarm system which was recently installed by Electrician 1 orter was given its first real test luesday evening and worked to per fection. Ait alarm was turned in from the Lewistown Bakerv where a blaze was started through the overturning of a pat) of grease. The fire was ex tinguished before the boys got there but the alarm served to demon strate the thorough efficiency of the new switchboard which Porter has installed. I bis system has been installed at a minimum cost, Mr. Porter's elec trical ingenuity having saved the city several hundred dollars on the board. Martin Messner Dead. Word was received here last night of the death of Martin Messner, a well known resident of Utica who passed away last night. Typhoid fever was the cause of death, which followed un illness of over one month. I he deceased leaves a wife and three daughters. He will be buried at Utica, probably tomorrow. It is understood that the Odd Fellows lodge, of which he was a member, have charge of the funeral ar will rangements. A more extended obituary will appear in our next issue. I he oats crop is also .a big one and there will be thousands of tons of surplus hay in the county. This work on the part of Mr. Ritch is the beginning of a systematic campaign of advertising which will be prosecuted by the business interests of Lewistown during the coining winter and spring. All to whom these blanks are sent arc urgently requested to send in the desired data at their earliest con venience. Butte Attorney Here. Attorney Robert L. Clinton, the Butte attorney, who spent several days in Lewistown looking after some legal business last week, is well known all over the west as the at torney for the farmers in the famous "Smoke" case which the ranchers of the Deer Lodge valley have been waging for years against the Ana conda Mining company. The farm ers claim that the arsenic fumes from the smelter is very destructive to all crops and stock raised in the valley and want damages running into the millions. Master in Chancery Crane recently handed down his findings in the case and though the Butte papers generally stated that the company got the better of the argument, Mr. Clin ton states that, as a matter of fact, the findings were in favor of the farmers in every disputed point. Gummed labels and gold seals, with your monogram, autograph signature, or any wording desired. Size 1 l-2x 1 1-2 inches, red, green or blue, $1.50 per 1,000 ; 2,000, $2.25. Imitation wax and gold seals cost more. Eight to ten days to fill orders. Democrat Supply Department. tary-treasurer and general manager for the ensuing year. The report of General Manager Morton for the month of October was read and very highly approved by the directors. The report shows that the mine is already on splendid paying basis and the outlook for the future is exceptionally bright. The good quality of coal being taken from the mine has made a ready market and large quantities are being shipped to points along the railroad. Six six-horse teams and two fours are kept busv hauling coal from the mine. Ten men are at work at the property and this number will be in creased.