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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol, IV. No. 19. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1907 Price 5 Cents MALLE RANGE is built like a steam boiler, riveted together with the same care, is absolutely airtight, no bolts used. The Malleable is built to last a lifetime. The Malleable needs no stove polish to keep it clean, only a greasy rag to wipe it off. It's a great labor saver. _ f ITU T he cut shows a Malleable range ready for shipment. They are made of unbreakable mal leable steel, they do not need to be crated. The Malleable r ange gives universal satisfa c tion. Let us tell you more about it and show its many advantages over the ordinary range. Ten Cents Saved is Ten Cents Earned The Malleable range will make "If you don't buy of use we both lose money." J) GRAIN MARKET STRONGER Wheat Went To Seventy Gents Per Bushel On The Local Market Yesterday-A Drop Of Two Cents Today-Mill Will Start. The local wheat market struck the highest point yesterday it has reach ed since the crash came two months ago when 70 cents per bushel was paid for No. 1 hard. The price fell off a couple of cents today but the eastern market is strong and it is be lieved that another raise is due to come soon. Reduced Freight Rate. The change in the freight rate from 55 cents to 45 cents per hundred will come next Tuesday and the Mon tana Elevator management are now buying wheat for delivery after that date at the higher price. This reduction means an increase of six cents per bushel and this will be a considerable item to the grain growers of Fergus county. Will Start the Mill. Considerable wheat is coming into the local elevator, being brought by ranchers who pledged about twelve thousand bushels to be ground into flour at the Judith Basin mill. The miller is ready to come over when ever the gentlemen who have the pro ject in charge are ready for him and it is thought that the mill will be started within a few days. There are a . few minor details yet to be ar ranged but it is not believed that they will, in any manner, disarrange the plans which have been made. Line to Be Closed. A dispatch from Great Falls states that farmers wishing to ship grain and other material from points on the Billings & Northern, south of Armington, should hasten their ar rangements, as trains will stop run ning between Armington and the southern terminus of the line after January 15. In order to accommo date those who wished to ship ranch produce from points in the county, the line was opened several weeks ago for a limited period, but the officials of the road have found it necessary to discontinue the running of trains after the date mentioned. During the time the road has been open for freight traffic, considerable erain and hay has been shipped to this city and other points east and west, and the farmers living along the road have been benefited not a little. Donald Grant and other sub-con tractors have completed their con ATHLETES PERFECT AN ORGANIZATION ENCOURAGING START OF NEW ASSOCIATION - HAVE LARGE MEMBERSHIP. A meeting was held in the banquet room of Masonic hall last night at which the organization of the Lew istown Athletic Association was per fected. The meeting was largely attended, there being about thirty men pres GENE FRANCIS A SUICIDE A special dispatch from Kendall to the Democrat states that Eugene Francis, for several years one of the best known men of the North Moc casin camp, committed suicide last Friday afternoon about 2 o'clock by taking a dose of poison. It was at first thought that Francis died of heart failure but, after a searching examination, the coroner's jury, whose deliberations were pre sided over by Justice of the Peace Kelly, reached the conclusion that it was a case of self destruction. While the friends of Francis can not conceive of any cause for such a rash act, they know that he has been exceedingly despondent for sev eral weeks. So far as known, he had never made any threats of self destruction. Francis was about 50 years of age and has been in this country for sev tracts between Armington and the southern boundary line of this coun ty, and their men are now being paid off. Will Build An Elevator. A meeting was held in Moore Sat urday afternoon to consider the question of erecting another elevator in Moore. A number of the largest grain growers in the county were present at the meeting and it was definitely decided to take up the mat ter at once. A committee, consisting of Pat Nihill, E. O. Hedrick, Clyde Grove, John B. Clark, Ward Stone and J. B. Gaston, was appointed to look into the matter and perfect all arrange ments. Double Wedding at Stanford. One of the largest crowds ever seen in Stanford attended the double wedding and Christmas exercises here Christmas eve. It is estimated that no less than 250 people were in town. Rev. Hammer of Utica, the well known "Cowboy preacher," per formed the ceremony. All parties to the wedding are well known Stan fordites, Mr. Annon being the well known blacksmith, while his bride is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Waddell, and was born and raised near Utica. Mr. Miner is a rising young business man of this place, and Mrs. Miner is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Chamberlain of the Stanford hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Annon and Mr. and Mrs. Miner will continue to make Stanford their home. The Windham-Stanford band, under the leadership of Robert Skel ton, Sr., serenaded the wedding party, it being the band's first appearance in public. Election of Officers. At the annual election of Mane Chapter, No. 36, O. E. S., the follow ing officers were chosen, and wen installed Monday evening, Decern ber 23, by Past Worthy Matron, Grace M. Luton: Jennie A. Fulton. W. M.; Wyllys A. Hedges, W. P.; Mabel H. Busen burg, A. M;. Clara M. Main, Sec.; Mary A. Goss, Treas.; Lulu Shufelt, Conductor; Marie Smith, A. C.; Elizabeth Noble, Chaplain; Louise Akins, Marshall; Ruth C. Luton Adah; Clara Froembling, Ruth; Ida S. Hedges, Esther; Anna Wiedeman, Martha; Cora Smith, Electa; Fred ericka Gibson, Warder; James M. Smith, Sentinel. ent. Prof. Wait of the high school, who has been one of the moving spirits in the organization, made his report. He stated that he had se cured the building in the rear of the Wilson-Seiden drug store and that the owners will execute a lease for any length of time that the associa tion may desire to take the build ing. The Judith Steam Laundry will put in hot and cold water, two shower baths will be installed and the athletic paraphernalia now at the high school will be moved down there when the building is ready. This paraphernalia consists, of bells, bars, trapeze, etc. Several lockers will be put in and the build ing fixed up in fine shape. Trustees Are Chosen. The constitution was adopted and nine trustees were chosen, as fol lows: Prof. Wait, Dr. Foley, Dr. Attix, Charles Marshall, G. W. Canon, C. W. Morton, H. B. Gib eral years. He worked at the Gold Reef mill prior to taking a position with the Barnes-King Mining com pany as expert machinist, a job which he held to the satisfaction of his employers for several years. He had also done some prospecting on bis own account in the Maiden dis trict and is said to have left mining property over there which has con siderable prospective value. Francis is an old soldier, having served with distinction as a member of B troop, First cavalry, during the Nez Perce war. He was married, his widow and two children living at Winona, Washington. His mother and one brother reside at Samoba, California. The Rand calendar pad for 1908. A combined desk calendar and memory jogger. Democrat Supply Department. son, James Mcrrilees and Butte Tip ton. Immediately following the selec tion ( ^ tr ustees, these gentlemen held a meeifcfg and, in accordance with the cdKtitution, selected the follow ing officers, to serve for one year: Dr. Attix, president; Dr. Foley, vice president; Prof. Wait, treasurer and Butte Tipton, secretary. The associa tion will he incorporated within the next few days. Large Membership. t Prof. Wait has already secured sixty signatures to the membership list and the association expect to start in with a membership of about t eighty. The initiation fee is five dollars and the monthly dues will be one dollar per member. All who desire to become members can do so by applying to Prof. Wait or to some member of the board of trustees. The association expect to have everything in readiness for use by February 1st. FATAL EXPLOSION AT GRADING CAMP BUNCH OF POWDER EX PLODES—ONE KILLED, AN OTHER HURT. One Italian laborer by the name of Goseppe is dead and another by the name of Gabriel is serious injured as a result of an explosian of giant power at B. & N. grading camp No. 14, located near Garneill, last Friday shortly before noon. Experienced Men. Three Italians, all experienced men in the handling of powder, were thawing out powder. Suddenly, a number of other workmen who were drilling holes about two rods away, heard a sharp explosion. When they rushed over to the scene of the ex plosion, they found all three of the men lying on the ground, uncon scious. One of the Italians soon re covered, having sustined but slight injuries. An examination showed that a second man was dead, having evidently been killed by the con i •issio-,, and the third was badly hurt. Coroner's Inquest. Justice R. G. Sheill held a coron er's inquest over the remains of Goseppe Saturday morning and it re quired but a short time to arrive at the verdict of accidental death. First Serious Accident. This is the first fatal accident which has occurred in Fergus county from an explosion of powder .'since the railroad work was begun over a year ago on the B. & N. Goseppe was buried in the Garneill cemetery. He leaves a wife an<j_ two or three children in Italy. SAYS IT LOOKS GOOD FOR BRYAN N. J. LITTLEJOHN FINDS EAST ERN REPUBLICANS FOR NEBRASKAN. N. J. Littlejohn returned last night from a tour of a number of eastern and western cities, visiting Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Denver and Salt Lake during his absence. His trip was taken primarily for the purpose of attending a great con vention of concrete manufacturers and those engaged in enterprises al lied to that industry, held in Chi-* cago. There were five thousand peo ple present at the convention, which was an interesting and most in structive one. Business Slackens Up. Mr. Littlejohn informs the Demo crat that business has slackened up somewhat in the east but that con ditions are, by no means, serious. Politically, he says that lie could hear but two men spoken of, Bryan and Roosevelt. Prominent repub licans told him that if their party does not nominate Roosevelt, Bryan is certain to be the next president of the United States. M. E. Conference. The second quarterly conference of Fergus county of the Methodist church will be held by Rev. W. W. Van Orsdel, as follows: Harlowton, Lm. 2; Musselshell, Jan. 4; Gilt Edge, Jan. 9; Lewistown, Jan. 11 and 12; Beaver creek, Jan. 12, 3,p. m.; Cot tonwood, Jan. 15; Trout creek, Jan. 16; Moore, ajn. 17; Garneill, Jan. 18 and 19; Louse creek, Jan. 24; Utica, Jan. 25 and 26; Stanford, 7:30 p. m. Jan. 26. Program at Bijou. The Bijou is drawing large houses as usual and the program presented merits the patronage it is receiving. "a he Love Microbe," "King Edward On the Dreadnaught," and other pictures are being exhibited. 12-31-11 MAKING FINE PROGRESS Railroad Contractors Taking Advantage Of Fine Weather-Now Have No Difficulty In Se curing All Of The Men They Need. To no class of men is the fine weather, which we have been enjoy ing all. winter more welcome than the various railroad contractors who are working on the Billings & North ern and the Milwaukee roads through Fergus county. While winter weath er does not seriously interfere with the progress of the work, things go along much better when the weath er is good. Men Are Plentiful. That it is an ill wind which docs not blow good for someone is il lustrated by the relation of the pres ent lull in business affairs to the building of railroads. A year ago, all of the contractors who are work ing in Fergus county were short of men and their work was greatly handicapped on that account. At this time, however, there is no such complaint as all of the con tractors have as large forces as they require. Hundreds who were thrown out of employment in Butte and in eastern cities, have naturally turned to the railroad work where they have found employment. Shops at Harlowton. That Harlowton will have the reg ular machine and repair shops that are a requisite for the 14 stall round house now nearing completion here is beyond the shadow of a doubt, as the site for teh same has been sur veyed and most of the material which will be required in construction is on the ground, says the Musselshell News. Work on the erection of the shops will commence at once. The structure wil be 78x100 feet, and it will adjoin the roundhouse on the north and east. When completed the shops will give employment to about 75 skilled machinists and their helper. This shop, it is believed, will be but the starter for a much larger one later on, as at present the Milwaukee is rushing the work on all of its necessary buildings, so as to be ready to do without delay, any work that may be required vtdth in the immediate future. The Lewitown Branch. The same paper is authority for the statement that a gang of Japanese laborers are at work lay ing the steel on the Lewistown cut off. It is expected that the track laying can be completed within three weeks, and that trains to and from Lewistown will be running into the depot on the Milwaukee main line. Arrangements arc now being made FIRE DEPARTMENT DANCE TONIGHT MOST POPULAR DANCE OF THE YEAR — EVERYBODY SHOULD GO. What will undoubtedly be the most popular dance of the year in Lewistown, judging from similar oc casions in the past, will be that given this evening at Culver's hall by the Lewistown Volunteer Fire company, 'ibis is the eighth annual dance giv MRS. LONG IS BADLY HURT Injuries which may yet terminate fatally were sustained last Friday af ternoon by Mrs. A. B. Long, the wife of a well known rancher who lives on Spring creek, a few miles below this city. Mrs. Long and her son were on their way to this city when the ac cident occurred. As they started to ascend the hill just this side of the poor farm, the team became fright ened at a canvass which was spread over the fence, wheeled around and threw the occupants of the buggy to the ground. The son, Charles, was but slightly injured, but Mrs. Long was declared to be very seriously hurt after an examination by Dr. Att : /., who was summoned to the county hospital, to which the lady w'as taken shortly after the accident. to use the Milwaukee freight depot as a passenger depot until such time as a new passenger depot can be erected. The old Montana track now heading into Harlowton will in a short time be torn up, and all the traffic will be carried over the Mil waukee tracks. To Butte in the Spring. General Agent Scanlon was inter viewed in Livingston the other day and gave this outline of the Mil waukee's work to the Post: "We crosed the Dakota line into Montana Saturday night," said Mr. Scanlon to the Post Monday. The point of entrance into Montana is a.iout 50 miles south of the boun dary line of North and South Da kota. Dawson county is the first part of Montana touched by the St. Paul. "We are in operation from a point 50 miles east of Terry, and track is being laid very rapidly. About four miles of steel per day is being spiked into place. We are working from both ends, laying steel east from Harlowton and west from our present terminus. We have 100 miles of track laid east of llarlow ton and expect to make connection at Miles City by February 15. Our line is now past the Musselshell crossing. "It is problematical just when we'll pull trains into Butte, as much of t lie construction of that line de pends upon steel manufacturers, etc. However, I am certain that we will go into Butte on our own rails in the early part of next spring. "Work on the division of the Mon tana railroad is progressing very rapidly. We are almost entirely re building this road. Ten miles of the old road west of Martinsdale is all that we intend to operate, the re mainder of the line being entirely new. "A change of five miles will be made in the road near Dorsey, bringing the St. Paul that much nearer to the head of the Shields river valley." It is understood that the St. Paul road will build a fine wagon road to connect with their line south of Dorsey. From official sources also it is understood that the liberal policy of the St. Paul, which it has always pursued cast of the Mississippi, will be in vogue on its Pacific extension and that shippers will be given ev erv available convenience. cn by the department and the va rious committees have left no stones unturned to make it the greatest suc cess in the history of the social ac tivities of the department. Lewistown has what is admitted by all to be one of the best equipped, best manned fire departments in the state. Although all of the members excepting the chief and one assistant are volunteers, excellent discipline is maintained and old experienced firemen could not handle a fire to any greater advantage than the boys of Lewistown. The department funds are very low at the present time and the ob ject of this dance is to secure money which is greatlv needed for the pur chase of necessary equipment. The price of a ticket is $1.50 and every man in Lewistown should buy one. Her skull was fractured, she sus tained a broken collar bone and nu merous lesser injuries about the head and body. The good lady is being given every possible attention and while her condition today shows some improvement, she is not yet entirely out of danger. Notice. The charter list of the Lewistown Athletic Association has been left at Phillips' Drug store for the con venience of those desiring member ship. The charter list will close on Saturday, January 4th, after which date application for membership will be acted upon by the board of trustees. Any applicant over the age of 16 years may become a member by paying the initiation fee of $5.00 and signing the charter list. B. H. TIPTON, Sec.