Fergus County Democrat.
Vol IV. No. 20.
LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 1908
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WHEAT AND OATS ADVANCE
Old Freight Rate Restored This Morning-Adds
Ten Cents per Hundred to Price Paid
Wheat 76 Cents and Oats One Dollar.
The expected jump in the price of
wheat and oats came this morning,
when the old freight rate from this
section to Duluth and Minneapolis
was restored. This rate is 10 cents
per hundred pounds lower than the
one that has prevailed for some time
past, and the amount of the decrease
is simply added to the price paid
locally for grain, so that for once,
the farmers are the real beneficiaries
of the change.
Coming in Lively.
A large amount of wheat has been
held back by the growers in order
that they might secure this benefit,
and it commenced pouring into the
elevator at the depot this morning at
a lively rate. The quotation today
both at the depot and the Moore ele
vators is 76 cents per bushel for No.
1 hard wheat and $1 for oats. One
result of the advance in price will be
that a lot of money will now get into
circulation, for during the period that
the rate rescinded yesterday was in
effect, farmers sold only, so much
grain as was necessary to meet some
Likely to Go Higher.
It is understood that the Gallatin
valley buyers will be in the game
here this week, and as the tendency
of the market just now is strong,
this may have a stimulating effect on
The Eastern Markets.
The latest report from the Chi
cago market is as follows:
Wheat ruled strong all day. The
opening was firm because of light re
ports in the northwest and a marked
decrease in the world's shipments as
compared with last year. A slight
decline, due to realizing sales, follow
ed the opening, but later a rush of
bullish news caused recurrence of
the strong feeling. Large clearances,
higher prices for cash wheat and in
creased demand for export were the
chief fatcors. May opened [email protected]
higher at $1.07 [email protected]$1.07 1-4, sold be
tween $1.06 3-4 and $1.08 3-4 and
closed strong at $1.06 1-4&$1.06 3-8.
The corn market opened firm be
cause of wet weather throughout the
belt, but heavy selling of holders
soon brought about a decline. The
slump, however, renewed speculative
PRAY PRAYS FOR SOLDIERS.
Montana Congressman Tells
Washington, Jan. 3.—"I want a
regiment stationed at Fort Assinni
boine at the earliest possible date,"
replied Representative Pray, when
Secretary Taft asked him what was
desired at that place.
Pray saw Taft yesterday and made
a strong plea for the fort. Tuesday,
next, he will have another conference
with Taft, at which the question will
probably be settled.
As Senators Dixon and Carter have
their hands full saving posts at their
own towns, Pray is looking after As
sinniboine. He pumped Taft full of
facts and figures, and when Taft said
BACON KIDNAPING CASE
The sequel to the sensational kid
naping case that occurred here last
Thursday night, when Adelbert
Bacon, a well known young rancher
of Moore, carried off his infant son
from a rooming house on Janeaux
street, opposite the Presbyterian
church, where his wife was staying
with her sister, Mrs. Esther Patter
son, came up before Judge Cheadle
this morning, Mrs. Bacon having in
stituted habeas corpus proceedings
to secure possession of the child.
Mrs. Bacon was represented by
Ayers & Marshall, while J. C. Hun
toon appeared for Mr. Bacon, and
the entire morning was consumed in
In support of her contention that
she should have the custody of the
little one, Mrs. Cynhia Bacon, the
wife, went on the stand. She is only
18 years of age. She testified that
during her married life of over two
years, the defendant, her husband,
had treated her cruelly, cursing her
almost daily, sometimes striking her
and accusing her of improper con
duct with Isaac Bates, a young man
about Bacon's age, and who was in
demand and the strength of wheat
brought about a firmer feeling, and
the market advanced to a level slight
ly above the close yesterday. May
opened [email protected] to [email protected] higher
at 61 3-8®61 l-2c, sold between 60
3-4c and closed firm at 61 [email protected]
Oats were slow all day and trading
was light. May oats opened l-8c
higher at 54 7-8c, sold between 54 1-2
@55c and closed at 55c.
The latest quotations from Minne
Wheat—May, $1.14 3-4; July, $1.14
3-4; No. 1 hard, $1.16 1-2; No. 1
northern, $1.14 1-2; No. 2 northern,
$1.12 1-2; No. 3 northern, $1.08 [email protected]
$ 1.10 1 - 2 .
Sets Date of Wedding.
New York, Jan. 4.—According to
a statement published today, the mar
riage of Miss Gladys Vanderbilt,
daughter of Mrs. Cornelius Vander
bilt, to Count Laszio Szechenyi will
take place January 23 at the home of
Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt at Fifty
eighth street and Fifth avenue. The
reason for the postponement of the
wedding, which had been set for the
middle of the month, was because the
relatives of Count Szechenyi desired
to spend the Christmas holiday in
their own country. They are now on
their way here.
Banker Gives Up Estate.
Portland, Jan. 4.—President Ross
of the defunct Title & Guaranty bank,
offers to turn over his own estate for
the payment of depositors, now that
W. M. Ladd has agreed to guarantee
the bank's indebtedness.
President Ross will surrender his
personal estate to Ladd. This will
benefit the depositors to the extent
Johnstown, Pa., Jan. 4.—John
Walsh, the pedestrian who is walking
from San 1'rancisco to New York on
a wager of $5,000, left the Johns
town hospital today, where he has
been ill of pneumonia since Dec. 23.
Walsh left San Francisco Oct. 21
an attempt to make the trip in 90
days. He began his journey today
in a somewhat weakened and ner
vous condition, but expects to reach
New York in 10 days.
he had no regiment to send, as the
army was 20,000 short, Pray insisted
a regiment would be here soon from
the Philippines and that it should go
Taft promised the matter his per
sonal careful consideration between
now and Tuesday.
Representative and Mrs. Pray
were guests of President and Mrs
Roosevelt at a musicale tonight.
Give the Democrat Supply Depart
ment a trial order.
Purchase of Silver.
Washington, Dec. 3.—The treasury
department today purchased 300,000
ounces of silver, for delivery in equal
amounts at San Francisco, New
Orleans and Denver, at 55.567 cents
per fine ounce.
duced to come out from Nebraska
and work for Bacon, the two having
been intimate friends in the east.
The witness testified that she had
separated from her husband on for
mer occasions, but they had made
up, and the climax came about De
cember 1, when she quit for good
because of his abuse. She was with
her sister, Mrs. Patterson, at
Georgia Day's rooming house last
week when Mr. Bacon came to the
house, and although she objected to
his seeing the child then because the
little one was asleep, and also because
he was not feeling well, Bacon in
sisted, and waked the baby up. Then
he commenced walking the floor with
the child, and taking advantage of
an instant when the witness left the
room, he darted from the place with
the infant in his arms, jumped into
a conveyance which was waiting on
the corner and drove away at a
furious rate. Mrs. Bacon related
specific acts of mistreatment at the
hands of her husband, and said he
was a man of very quick temper.
Mrs. Sarah Brown, mother of Mrs.
Bacon, testified to having heard Mr.
Bacon swear at his wife and call her
vile names. She said their married
life had not been at all happy, so
far as she could judge.
Isaac \\. Bates, whose name had
been frequently mentioned by Mrs.
Bacon, testified that he had lived
with the Bacons most of the time
since they were married, having come
out at the solicitation of Mr. Bacon.
He estified that he had frequently
heard Mr. Bacon use abusive lan
guage toward his wife, but had never
interfered, not considering it any af
fair of his. Witness denied that
Bacon had ever accused him of mis
conduct with Mrs. Bacon, and in
reply to a direct question, stated that
there had never been any ground for
such a suspicion.
Curus Watson, brother of Mrs.
Bacon, testified to having heard Mr.
Bacon use coarse language toward
his wife, but had never seen him
The defense then commenced. Mr.
Bacon being the only witness called
by Mr. Huntoon. He testified that
he was willing and able to care for
the child, and said Mrs. Bacon was
wholly unable to care for the little
one, having no means. He admitted
having had frequent spats with his
wife, and this was chiefly due to the
fact that they were both quick
tempered. He flatly denied ever
having struck her. He related an
incident when his wife changed a
waist in the presence of Mr. Bates.
Mr. Bacon heppened to enter the
room while she was thus engaged and
said he "called her down" for it. Mr.
Bacon left no doubt as to the sus
picions he entertained with regard to
Mr. Bates, whom he had regarded in
the light of a brother. He said that
he returned to Moore unexpectedly
late one night, and found Mr. Bates
occupying Mrs. Bacon's bed, al
though Mrs. Bacon had not retired.
At that particular time, Mr. Bates
was not living at the house at all,
but was working over on the river.
He mentioned the incidents that had
led him to suspect that all was not
right, in his household and which
culminated in his directing Mr. Bates
to remove his trunk and leave the
place, and this appears also to have
been largely responsible for the sep
aration of the husband and wife.
At the conclusion of the testimony,
Judge Cheadle said it was deplorable
two young married people should
become estranged through such
slight causes. "I suppose the next
step will be a divorce," said his
honor, "although there is no serious
reason why you should not get along
Mrs. Bacon, he said, was really
too young to have sound judgment on
io weighty a matter. Both were at
fault, he believed, and Mrs. Bacon
was in no position to care for the
child. Yet the little one needed
mother's care and Mr. Bacon could
not give it that.
"Now I want you both to come up
here at 3 o'clock," said the court, in
conclusion. "Come here alone, just
you two. Don't bring any person
with you. I want to talk to you both
and see if this difficulty cannot be
At the hour named Mr. and Mrs.
Bacon entered the Judge's chambers
and it was hoped by both their at
torneys and their mutual friends that
the conference might result in
DEAL INVOLVING SEVERAL
THOUSAND DOLLARS RE
Frank Stephens, the young cattle
king of Fergus county, recently
closed a deal with the Coburn cattle
company, who operate chiefly in Cas
cade county, for the purchase of sev
eral thousand head of stock cattle.
The exact number nor the price have
not been made public by Mr. Stephens
although it is known the amount in
volved goes well into five figures.
Less than one year ago, Mr.
Stephens sold over seven thousand
head of cattle to I. D. O'Donnell of
Billings, the sale being made for the
purpose of winding up the estate of
the late Oscar Stephens. All be
quests under the will have been paid
and Frank Stephens, who inherited
the bulk of the estate, is now re
stocking his immense ranches with a
TWO HEARTS MADE ONE.
Interesting Ceremonies Attending
First Bohemian Wedding.
The first strictly Bohemian wed
ding that ever took place in Fergus
county, so far as we are informed,
occurred this morning at 10 oclock
at the Catholic church, when Miss
Julia Hruska and Mr. James Lodman
were united in the holy bonds of
matrimony, the Rev. Father Mueller
Mr. Charles Brabec was the best
man and Miss Mary Dusek acted as
bridesmaid. A large number of rel
atives and friends of the young peo
ple witnessed the ceremony.
1 he groom, James Lodman, is a
popular and industrious young Rock
Creek rancher. The bride is the
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
Long Session Held Last Night-- Report of City
Officers-To Extend Fire Limits- New Im
provement District-Routine Dnsiness.
At the regular monthly meeting of
the city council last evening, Mayor
Jesse Pinkley presided, and all of the
aldermen, Slater, Wilbur, Hazcn,
Tubb, Leach and Sloan, were present.
City Treasurer's Report.
The report of Treasurer Murray II.
Deaton for December showed bal
ances in the various funds on Decem
ber 31 as follows:
General fund, $5,986.30; road fund,
$26.14; waterworks fund, $2,135.32;
sinking fund, $8,116.28; gravity fund,
$3,364.22; special sewer fund, $1,288,
70; sprinkling fund, $267.68; dog tax
fund, $32.93. Total, $21,217.57.
Overdrafts were reported as fol
lows: hire fund, $1,478.42; library
fund, $15.68; water and sewerage
bond fund, $1,786.91; special im
provement fund, $2,489.60. Total, $5,
769.82, leaving a net balance on hand
The report of Mark D. Kimball, as
collector of water rates, for Decem
ber, showed collections aggregating
$747.96. The collector states that the
receipts for the department for Jan
uary should show a still larger gain
as a result of the recent rc-check'ng,
and it is expected that the city will
increase its revenue as a result to the
extent of between $250 and $300 per
Police Court Business.
Police Magistrate F. F. MacGowan
reported that fines were collected
during December aggregating $133.50.
A Sidewalk Dispute.
The committee apnointed to ex
amine the sidewalk laid by John
Hovis on Corcoran street and ' the
Boulevard reported recommending
that Mr. Hovis' bill for the work on
the Boulevard be allowed and that
the bill for the work on Corcoran
street be disallowed. Mr. Hovis ex
plained that when he did the work on
Corcoran street he found it impos
sible to get a grade to lay the walk
on, as there was none there.
Members of the committee stated
that their objection to the Corcoran
street walk was on the ground that
it was neither straight nor level. It
was not demanded that the walk be
on the city grade, but that it be
straight and somewhere near on a
The report was adopted and Mr.
eldest daughter of Vaclav Hruska,
one of the most popular Bohemian
ranchers in the county, and wife.
Following the marriage ceremony
at the church this morning the wed
ding party and guests repaired to
the home of the bride's parents, one
and one-half miles west of the <yty
where the usual Bohemian festivities
celebrati . of such joyous occasions
are now in progress.
Those present at the Hruska ranch
ore: James Dusek and family, Al
bert Dusek and family, Frank Strouf
and family, Frank Svager and family,
John Jenicek and family, Felix J.
Rehor and family, James Salamon
and family, John Jelinek and family,
Jacob Chan and family, James Vanqjc
and family, Joseph Vanek and family,
Joseph Fulda and family, Joseph
Skocpol and family, Frank Svejkov
TWO MEN SENT TO THE PEN
Matthew Leonard, the young coal to Fergus, where he had worked
miner who recently forged the name
o'f the treasurer of the coal miners
union to a check of $85, securing the
money on it, appeared in the district
court this morning and entered a plea
of guilty to forgery. He waived time
and asked to be sentenced at once.
In view of all the circumstances, the
prisoner's youth and the recovery of
the money. Judge Cheadle let him off
with the light sentence of one year
in the penitentiary.
W. H. Morris, who was recently
captured at Malta on a charge of
stealing a horse belonging to "Man
itoba Pete" Perry, of this county, al
so appeared for sentence and was
given 14 months in the penitentiary.
Morris, who admits that is not his
true name, was arraigned yesterday
afternoon and entered a plea of
guilty. At that time he stated the
circumstances of the case to the
court, telling his story frankly and
without reservation, apparently. He
said that he was 28 years of age and
had resided in Montana eight years.
Four years ago he was married, but
as a result of domestic troubles,
there was a separation and he came
Hovis left with the statement that he
would bring suit to recover the whole
amount claimed by hint.
Want Stream Straightened.
B. 1',. Stack and 82 other residents
and taxpayers asked the city to
straighten the course of Big Spring
creek from a point near the south
westerly boundary of the city and
running thence to the bridge cross
ing the creek on Brassey street. It
was represented that the creek en
croached upon Third avenue nearly
all of this distance asd was constant
ly cutting away the westerly bank,
on the thoroughfare, so that it is
now only 33 feet wide and in the
event of a freshet the street would
be quite impassible. It was stated
that the street is now dangerous at
some points, and this would become
more marked unless remedied. Aider
men llazen, Tubb and Slater were
appointed as a special committee to
investigate the matter.
The county commissioners were
granted permission to erect public
scales at Broadway, between Fourth
and Fifth avenues.
The Fire Limits.
K. M. Mettler, representing several
property owners, requested that the
fire limits be extended one-half
block. The matter was discussed at
some length and City Attorney De
Kalb was instructed to prepare an
amendment to the present ordinance
providng for such extension.
New Improvement District.
City Attorney DeKalb submitted
a resolution declaring the intention
of the city to create a sewer im
pr.i vein cut district bounded by Ninth
avenue on the west, Evelyn street on
the north, Fifth avenue on the east
and Montana street on the south.
The date for hearing protests was
fixed for February 3.
City Clerk Kimball was instructed
to notify Contractor Littlejohn to re
move from Crowley's field the rocks
taken out in digging the sewer
trench through it, and to open up the
The council decided to send City
Lnginecr Wasmansdorff to the en
gineers' convention at Bozeman*
It was nearly midnight when an
adjournment was taken.
sky and family, James Sporak and
family, James Simacek and family,
and a host of young fellows who
have some idea of following the
example set by Mr. Lodman.
UNION MEN PINCHED.
Butte Parties Fined and Jailed
Helena, Jan. 3.—The contempt
hearing came to an abrupt close this
afternoon in the federal court, Judge
William H. Hunt found Joe Shan
non, William Cutts and A. E. Ed
wards guilty of contempt. R.
Scott was discharged, with a warning.
Shannon was sentenced to serve 5)
davs in the county jail here; Cutts,
to serve 90 days and to pay a fine
of $200; Edwards, to serve 90 days
to Fergus, where he had worked
| various stock outfits. At the time
J of this theft he lost his own horse
some eight miles from George
Wright's ranch and borrowed one of
VVright's horses to make a search for
his own missing animal. While out,
he ran across the horse he was
charged with stealing, and taking it
for an estray, made away with it.
He rode up to the Milk river coun
trv. and became homesick and dis
couraged and decided to sell the
animal, finding a purchaser in Mr.
Jermaine. The price agreed on was
$10, most of which had been paid
over, but this money was all recover
ed and returned to Mr. Jermaine,
while Mr. Perry got his horse back
so that no one was injured. The
only excuse he could give for his
conduct was that homesickness led
him to commit it.
Morris is a young man of good ap
pearance, and anything but a hard
ened criminal. He was deeply moved
while telling the court his story, and
there is no doubt of its truth. Morris'
former employers in this vicinity all
though very well of the man, and
until he committed this offense, he
was considered an honest, hard
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