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W. D. Synnnes has been in Bil lings for several days. Metropo.'i whiskey. Finest drink i.i town. W. C. Pyle S-7-tf R. W. Jones, the opera house man of Kendall, was a visitor to this city last week. Furnished rooming house, 16 rooms, for sale or rent. Enquire Ed Wright. tf Roy J. Covert, assistant cashier of the Bank of Fergus County, made a business trip to Moore last briday. Dr. G. H. Nichols, office over U. S. land office. Phone, Mutual, 173 tf Mrs. E. C. Sweitzcr, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Johnny Arthur, in Billings, is expected home this evening. Lost—On December 3, ladies coat, between Lewistown and Gilt Edge. Five dollars reward. Leave at this office. tf Tlios. Herron has deeded to the Lewistown Furniture company lot 17, block 8, Riverside addition to Lewistown. Consideration given as $ 1 . Anyone wishing first class black dirt for lawns or gardens, at a reasonable price, can secure same by seeing Pete Tus at the Electric building. 1-14-11* The report of Treasurer Chandler which was filed a few days ago, shows that there is the very com fortable sum of $265,226.20 in the county strong box. Land filings and yearly and final proofs can be made before W. H. Peck as U. S. Commissioner, Gar neill. 9-10-tf E. W. King, one of the original owners of the Barncs-King mine in the Kendall district, has become heavily interested in the new camp of Rawhide in Nevada. No more a mark of beauty and refinement is a clear complexion than a perfect set of teeth. Have them made so by a dentist whose work never fails to give satisfaction. Dr. E. A. Long. 12-31-4t at the home of the bride's parents, leaving immediately for this city. The bride is well known here, hav ing visited the city last summer. Arthur is a fine young fellow in ev ery way. We take pleasure in ex tending to Mr. and Mrs. Smurr sincerest best wishes. The practice of dentistry has reached that state of perfection and skill wherebv the element of pain and discomfort is practically elimi nated. Call on the dentist. Dr. E. A. Long. 12-31-4t Guy Hibbs, who ^ has had the management of the Fergus County Hardware Company's store in Ken dall since it was established, was transferred from that place to a re sponsible position in the Lewistown store last week and '"Billy Hard ware" Tierney has been promoted to the position of manager of the Ken dall store. We are now prepared to fill prac tically every requirement in the line of office supplies. If you do not see what you want in the window, come in and ask for it. Democrat Supply Department. Musselshell News: The towns of Twodot and Martinsdale are soon to have station agents. A neat ticket office and waiting room have already been put in at the Twodot depot, and similar improvements will at once be made at Martinsdale. It will be a great convenience to both of these thriving towns to have a reg ularly stationed ticket and freight agent. A complete card index cabinet for $1.50. Includes cabinet, guide cards, etc. Democrat Supply Department. David Hilger of this city has pre sented to the Montana Historical li brary an oil painting of his father, Judge Nicholas Hilger, who served as the first recorder of Edgcrton county (now Lewis and Clark), when Silver City was the county seat. Judge Hilger, who is one of the old pioneers of Montana, is still hale and hearty. The painting, which is said to be an excellent likeness, is the work of R. E. DeCamp, the well known Montana artist. All dental work strictly up-to-date, and guaranteed. Prices right. Dr. M. M. eHdges, over Golden Rule store Musselshell News: The News un derstands that after the first of Feb ruary next the Milwaukee railroad people will have control of all the A. C. Graves lots in Harlowton. This is an important move, as it in dicates that the railroad company is to take an active interest in promot ing the growth of Harlowton. This is an important move, as it indicates that the railroad company is to take an active interest in promoting the growth of Harlowton. That it will prove a powerful factor in the up building of the town may not be questioned. DeKalb & Mettler, attorneys. Office in Lang building. Musselshell News: Rev. J. Philip Ansliutz conducted a rather novel re ligious service one day last week. Accompanied by Mr. S. L. Hodges, of this place, he went out to one of the Jap camps and held a meeting. There were twenty odd Japs in the bunkhouse and all were pleased par ticipants in the services. The visi tors sang religious songs in English, and the Japs sang in their native tongue. They also brought out their Japanese bibles, and read some selec tions from the striptures. Rev. An shutz responded by reading the Eng lish equivalent of the passage select ed. At the close a collection was taken up in aid of the proposed Episcopal church building to be put up in Harlowton, and the nice sum of $1S in cash waa realized. a Billy Abel was in from Moore last Friday. John Greenougli, of Garneill, was in the city Friday. Dr. L. M. Conyngham, of Kendall, was a visitor to the city the latter part of the week. The Kendall Knights of Pythias installed officers Wednesday even ing, the occasion being a most en joyable one. Walker Wells who, with Asa Car penter, is in the stock raising bus iness in the southern part of the county, was a ousiness visitor to this city for several days last week. James B. Elliott and Joseph Ash bridge, the two big woolgrowers of the country south of the Snowies, came in Friday on a combined bus iness and pleasure trip. They say that wihle grass is knee high down that way, water is getting scarce and the stockmen are anxiously looking out for a snow. Joe Franchoic came in last week from Stanford where he has been working for the past year and to gether with James Hopkins, has formed the Crystal Ire company. The company will put up several thou sand tons of fine ice from Mr. Hop kins' big pond in the northern part of the city. Twenty-one Lewistown pupils who have completed the eighth grade in the public schools here, took the ex aminations last week which will en title all of those who pass to enter the freshman class of the Fergus County Free High school. Thursday and Friday of this week, examina tions will be held in districts outside of L ewistown. . Sam Holland, who recently sold out his sheep and land interests to his brother, Svend Holland, depart ed Saturday morning for Helena where, it is reported, he will take unto himself a partner for life and will leave shortly thereafter with his bride for a honeymoon tour of his native country, Norway. Sam's nu merous friends in Fergus county wish him oceans of good luck and pleasure on the trip. R. von Tobel returned Friday ev ening from Helena where he spent several days transacting legal busi ness. While there, Mr. von Tobel was intervieed by one of the capital city reporters and was not backward in telling of the prosperity and splen did prospects of Fergus county. He exhibited the true "booster" spirit which it is essential that every loyal Fergus countian should manifest, es pecially whenever he gets without the boundaries of the Inland Empire. Mrs. Jacob Wcistaner, through her attorney, John C. liuntoon, last Fri day deposited with Clerk of the Court John B. Ritch $10,000 in cur rency and thereby carried out her part of the decree entered a few months ago by Judge Stuart who ruled that as soon as Mrs. Weistaner paid that sum of money into court, William A. Shaules, defendant in the case, should hand over a deed to his interest in all of the property held jointly by the two parties. Mr. Shaules has thirty days in which to deliver the deed. A number of musicians in the city met last week in Red Men's hall and perfected the organization of a band by choosing Frank Hegstrurn presi dent and Harry Briggs, dirccter of the association. A1 Mansell will be the leader and instructor There are a number of first class musicians in this city and we believe that a band in which all the members are work ing harmoniously will be supported by the citizens of the town. The new organization has a membership of fifteen and there are others who can easily be secured. Musselshell News: One of the big gest ranch deals in the recent his tory of this section of the state is about being closed up, by which A. C. Graves will become the owner of the Ed Jcnizen ranch, in the Shaw mut neighborhood. Mr. Graves is a hustling business man, who has the habit of making a success of his un dertakings, and it is therefore only fair to presume that his ranch ven ture will serve to add to the measure of his prosperity. The News is not advised as to the future plans of Mr. Jenizen, but it is earnestly to be hoped that this section is not to lose so desirable a citizen. Instead of following the scriptural injunction to turn the other cheek, John Sweeney, a rancher living a few miles from the city, adopted the more customary course and had Ed Lont arrested after the said Lont had landed on one of Mr. Sweeney's cheeks. The controversy came up over the payment for some work which lont had done for Sweeney and when the rancher handed Lont a silver dollar, the insufficient tender so enraged oLnt that he threw the dirty old fifty-cent dollar right back at Sweeney, striking him on the cheek. The whole thing ended in the justice court when Lont was fined ten dollars. Louie Lehman, manager of the Charles Lehman & Co. store, a few days ago received a cash prize from one of the big manufacturing con cerns with which he deals, for the very effective manner in which he had advertised the particular goods of the concern. A letter accompanied the check stating that Louie's ad had captured first prize in competition with a large number from all parts of the country. It is needless to say that the ad in question was set up in the office of the Democrat and printed in this paper .the very at tractive manner in which it was set adding to the forcefulness of Mr. Lehman's idea. In no less than three instances during the past year, ads which were found in the Democrat have won first prizes in competition with large numbers of ads submitted. This not only speas well for the ad writers of Lewistown but shows that the boys who set the ads for the Democrat are masters of their craft. BROTHER VAN HOME FROM MUSSELSHELL VETERAN MINISTER ESTAB LISHES CHURCH IN A NEW COUNTRY. W. VV. Van Orsdel, the pioneer preacher of Montana, came from the Musselshell country a few days ago and conducted quarterly meeting ser vices here Sunday morning and ev ening and at Beaver Creek in the afternoon. These services were well attended. A deep spiritual interest prevailed and some new members were taken into the church. Having spent the previous Sabbath at the town of Musselshell where in company with the pastor, Rev. Samuel Fletcher, a new church was organized which was the first Meth odist church organized in the great Musselshell valley. This is on the line of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, which runs for about 150 miles through this valley. Musselshell is about 100 miles east of Harlowton. About 30 miles west of Musselshell is Roundup, the new coal camp. The first religious ser vice was held in the boarding house, there being no school house or pub lic hall. One large room was well filled with most attentive hearers. The homes here are somewhat primi tive, quite a number living in tents, it being so new that they have not yet had time to erect more perma nent residences. Harlowton and oth er towns were visited on the trip. The Coming Country. Brother Van gives a most glowing account of the extent and fertility of the valley and the development of its great resources on the advent of the Milwaukee transcontinental line of railroad. He also states that the people all along the line gave him a most hearty reception and re joice to know that they were not forgotten, and that the services of the church would be permanently held among them. He predicts great' development in the near future in this part of the state. VISIT TO A BIG RANCH. J. M. Burlingame Describes Short Stay at B. C. White's Place. J. M. Burlingame, who recently passed through this county soliciting subscriptions for the Rocky Moun tain Husbandman, the pioneer agri cultural paper of the state, had a contribution in the last issue of that paper telling of his visit to the big ranch of B. C. White on Buffalo creek. Portions of Mr. Burlingame's letter follows: "After an interesting ride of many miles across an elegant country, from the northwest corner of the Big Snowies to the northeast corner of the Belt mountains, across the railroads that pass through the Ju dith gap and across a country unsur passed for crop production, and the sceep and cattle industries; from Rock creek across the celebrated Ross' fork of Judith river and its im mense broad flats, dotted with new ranches, I came to the great ranch of B. C. White. He was away and supposed to be six miles up toward the upper end of his ranch, but he might be 10 miles away, up at the upper end of his ranch, and might be gone two or three days. So I started out and drove six miles across one of the finest outlooks of land in Montana, and found Mr. White there wrangling sheep. It was near night and he said, "there is no comfortable place to stay here, so you put your horse in here; there is plenty of feed and water and men to care for your horse, and we will ride down to the home ranch.' He had a spanking team and had only passed a few lit tle spring brooks and irrigating ditches before I said: "If you had a young lady in with you, she would be hanging hold of your arm to keep from flying out of the buggy." He said; 'I always have to drive like this to get around. I have another team a little better steppers, and I have to drive them both to get me around. One team soon wears out, and has to rest.' We made the six miles in 30 minutes. Mr. White is a strong believer in farm organizations, on general prin ciples, and after hearing the outlines of the Montana Farmers' Free union it met his entire aproval and he spoke especially and emphatically in favor of the part that provides for home school district organizations and of the uselessness of going 10 to 30 miles to a central town to hold a farmers' meeting. He also thor oughly approved of the plan to admit only farmers to membership and al so the freedom from dues instead of sending a lot of money off east for a lot of irresponsible men to quarrel and fight over. He liked the plan of only holding meetings when there was something to do and of holding a yearly state meeting at which rep resentatives of every part of the state will discuss every question of interest to producers of farm products in Montana and be able to make known to the legislature any and all matters that we deem necessary to the farm ing interests of the state. SPY SYSTEM COSTLY. Not a Great Deal Accomplished By Men Looking for Land Frauds. Washington, Jan. 12.— Commis sioner Ballinger of the general land office has completed his annual re port to the secretary of the interior, for submission to congress. He asks an appropriation of $500,000 to carry on the financial work of protection of the public lands, an increase of $250,000 over the current appropria tion. During the fiscal year 1905-07 there were entered of record for in vestigation 24,459 cases of all kinds; of these, the agents investigated and disposed of 12,104 cases, and 12,355 cases remained for examination July 1, 1907. Since then the number of cases has largely increased. There were 1,243 land entries re linquished after the cases were in the hands of special agents for investi gation; 353 entries were canceled af ter hearings had been had upon the charges; 367 unlawful inclosures of public lands were removed, restoring 1,940,120 acres to the open range, There were 27 convictions connected with these cases. The total of money recovered by the government in all special agents' cases was $386,271, and 2,372,224 acres of land was either freed from fraudulent claims of title or released from unlawful inclosure and occu pancy. The commissioner states that the present force of agents is only suf ficient to handle about one-half of the work. Moore-Powell Nuptials. Inland Empire: A very quiet wed ding was celebrated at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Powell just south of this city this evening, Thurs day, January 9, when their only daughter, Edna Mae, was given in holy wedlock to Scott E. Moore, youngest son of W. S. Moore, of Greeley, Colorado, Rev. Emerson of the Christian church officiating. The bride was born in Adams county, Iowa, but when very young she moved with her parents to Corn ing, Iowa, where they lived until last year when they came to Moore, their present home. Miss Edna at tended the business college of Corn ing, finishing the year before leaving there. The groom is a prosperous, ener getic young man, formerly of Greeley, where he was engaged in the drainage business, but in 1906 he came to Montana, taking a home stead near Moore. Mr. Moore takes away with him for his life companion one of Moore's most popular and fairest young ladies. She will be missed by her many friends as well as by her parents. The bride was dressed in a beau tiful brown silk gown, trimmed in cream silk lace and carried bride's roses while the groom wore the con ventional black. They will leave next Monday, Jan uary 13, for an extended trip in the south, visiting their old home in Iowa before going onward. They will be at home to their many friends after March 1 , in Greeley, where the groom has a lovely home awaiting the^ reception of his bride. *1 he Empire joins their many friends in extending congratulations an;® may their union be blessed with harmony and love such as only can exist between perfectly united hearts. THEY OPPOSE MR. TAFT. American Federation Do Not Take Kindly to Ohioan's Plans. Concord, N. H., Jan. 8.—Opposi tion to Secretary William H. Taft as a presidential candidate was em bodied in a statement issued today by the executive committee of the state branch of the American Fed eration of Labor. The statement says in part: "We, the executive committee of the New Hampshire branch of the American Federation of Labor, in sentiment and sympathy with the membership of union societies in this country, hereby declare our selves unalterably opposed to the nomination of William H. Taft, sec retary of war, for the presidency; that we recognize in him, through his public utterances and judicial de cisions and opinions, the arch enemy of organized labor; that he is the in strument and exponent of capitalistic power; that the writ of injunction which he upholds, never was intend ed and never should be permitted to deprive honest industry of its per sonal rights; that we object to his methods of campaigning as any one man's man, however exalted and in fluential may be his master, or wide spread his own support and endeavor and that we are determinedly and ir revocably opposed to his candidacy." REPUBLICANS IN BIG FIGHT. Foraker Forces Combine in Ohio to Defeat Plans of Taft Men. Cleveland, O., Jan. 11.—The first stroke of the Foraker followers was made today, when, in a mass meet ting, a committee was selected to dis place the "regular" republican exe cutive committee. The question of the legality of the committee selected as against the "regular" committee, said by_ the Forakers to be a Taft or ganization, now will be placed in the hands of the county board of elec tions. The claim of the so-called Roosevelt committee, a third ele ment in the situation, also rests in the same position. It will be the duty of the board to determine which committee is lawful and has authority to act for the party in this county and to place a call for re publican primaries, all on the same date, February 11. The board has until next Wednesday to decide upon the merits of each claimant. Many policemen were on duty to day in the convention hall, in antici pation of an encounter between the Forakerites and the followers of Taft, but it was as quiet as a Sunday school convention and everything went through unanimously and with out a hitch. Resolutions condemn ing the "regular" committee and one-man power in the party were adopted. At the proposed primaries dele gates to the state and national con vention will be chosen. HAVE TO CHANGE THE PROCEDURE GOVERNMENT STRIKES SER IOUS SNAG IN THE LAND FRAUD CASES. Washington, Jan. 11]—It was stat ed officially at the department of jus tice today that there would be no cessation in the prosecution of land fraud cases in Colorado and other western states, although the decision of Judge Lewis have made it nec essary to change the procedure in some respects. It is pointed out by the officials of the department that, pending an appeal from Judge Lewis' decisions, which will be expediated in the su preme court as rapidly as possible, there would be 1 no advantage in bringing further criminal proceed ings on similar charges, except such as might be necessary to avoid the operation of the statute of limita tions. In cases in which there is danger of prospective defendants securing immunity by reason of the expiration ot time limits, it is intended to have indictments brought within the time limits, but not to ask for further trials until the pending questions are settled. It is stated positively that there is no change in the purpose to continue actively in the prosecution of land fraud cases, and the only change which has taken place is that which necessarily followed Judge Lewis' decision. It is also stated that an arrangement had been made by which the department hereafter will turn such work over to the interior department. When the cases have been certi fied to the department of justice for legal action, either in the matter of criminal prosecution or other pro ceedings for the protection of the rights of the government, the matter will be wholly under the direction of the department of justice and all steps will be taken and all negotia tions must be conducted with that department and its officials. The decisions of Judge Lewis were to the effect that prosecutions of land-fraud cases had been based solely upon alleged violations of de partmental "regulations," and that there could oe no prosecution except for violation of laws enacted by con gress. A CONSPIRACY. Monied Conservatives Will Try to Beat Bryan. Washington, Jan. 8.—Alexander Troup, editor of the New Haven Union and leader of Bryan democ racy in Connecticut, in an interview today charges a conspiracy of big interests to defeat Bryan, just as President Roosevelt has charged a five-million-dollar conspiracy against the Roosevelt policies. Mr. Troup says: "At a recent meeting of the dem ocratic national committee here an effort was made to have the commit tee repeal the long established unit rule of voting. John B. Stanchfield, ex-governor of New York, was lead er of this movement, and a desperate effort was made to carry it through the committee. The purpose was to repeal this rule so that the anti Bryan element would be able to pick up a few delegates who could be reached in states whose majority was for Bryan, and, adding these to the strength of the favorite sons, prevent Bryan getting a two-thirds vote. "This effort was only defeated af ter a long and hard fight under the surface. Now, the opposition is de voting itself to the fovrite son scheme in order to line up, if pos sible, a third of the convention against Bryan. More favorite sons will be brought into the race from time to time, but the effort will fail because the Bryan people know what is doing. The anti-Bryan people have unlimited money at their com mand, but they haven't the people." WHEN THIEVES FALL OUT. Something May Be Learned of In side Working of Great Trust. New York, Jan. 9. —Claus Spreck els, son of the California sugar mil lionaire, who for many years waged a trade war against the American Sugar Refining company, has taken up arms against the present manage ment of the sugar trust in an effort to lift the veil of corporate secrecy which the late president of the com pany, _H. O. Havemeyer, stoutly maintained against the demands of all stockholders. Mr. Spreckels is a shareholder of the American Sugar Refining com pany, holding 6,500 shares of the preferred stock. He asserts that he is the largest stockholder of record, and that the directors, so far as the list shows, are comparatively small holders. H. O. Havemeyer had only 136 shares of common stock and 60 shares of preferred stock in his name at the time of his death. Mr. Spreckels' charges against the American Sugar Refining company are sensational. Aside from the in ference that the directors own only a little of the company's stock, Mr. Spreckels says that the company has no surplus such as was stated in its last report to the secretary of state of Massachusetts, and that the com pany has included in its assets a dozen or so dismantled plants, val ued at absurdly high figures. He ascertained that the sugar trust does not own a dollar's worth of stock in the American Beet Sugar Refining company, but was unable to ascertain whether the company owns stock in the National Sugar com pany, of which James H. Post is the a 8 acting head. It has been supposed that the control of these companies is vested with the Havemeyer sugar trust. In its recent report to Massa chusetts, the only state to which the Amreican Sugar Refining company makes a report, the surplus or re $14 V 4259(X) the COmpany is given at Mr Spreckels is the president of the Federal Sugar Refining company of \onflers, a $10,000,000 corporation, in which Clarence Mackay, Dumont Clark and George Crocker are fel low directors. His determination to find out in what condition the late Mr. Havemeyer left the American Sugar Rehning company is very ap parent. WILL REDUCE ACREAGE. Southern Cotton Growers Plan to Maintain High Price of Staple. Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 7.—What is probably the largest and most rep resentative gathering of cotton plant ers ever held assembled in this city today at the opening of the annual meeting of the National Farmers' Educational and Co-operative union. The delegates present at the opening numbered several thousand and rep resented every state of the south, from Virginia to Texas and from Missouri to Florida. The states par ticularly well represented were Ar kansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Ala bama and Texas. Much important business is to be transacted at the meeting and it will probably be the end of the week be fore the sessions end. Reports are to be received showing the growth and progress of the co-operative movement among the farmers. These reports are of a most gratifying char acter, showing that in some states more than seventy-five per cent of the planters are actively interested ln work of the organization. The chief business of the conven tion, however, will be to decide up on plans for reducing the cotton acreage and taking other steps cal culated to keep down the production to a level that will enable the or ganization to maintain in the future a 15-cent price. Reports will be pre sented showing that in some states the farmers have already arranged to engage in a diversification of crops to a greater extent than ever before. With the aid of the numerous co-op erative warehouses already estab lished the union leaders are confident that the campaign for 15-cent cotton will be successful. Sign the Pledge. Omaha, Neb., Jan. 8.—Probably the largest temperance movement any one business concern has ever known, culminated yesterday on the Northwestern railroad, when a tem perance pledge signed by 25,000 em ployes became effective. An effort is being made to have every em ploye sign. The movement originat ed among the employes themselves. Three months ago, when the Northwestern began cutting its force to a winter basis, every man dis charged was a drinking man, the tee totalers being retained in their posi tions. It was announced that the road had inaugurated a policy of al ways retaining the non-drinking men. As a result, the drink men who remained with the road have decid ed to quit, and during the last month pledges have circulated all over the 7,000 miles of the system. The monster pledge will be sent to the president of the road as soon as all the parts are assembled. OmCE UTILITIES Abstract Paper. 8 1-2x14, ruled, numbered lines, one-quarter ream boxes ....... 1 50 Per quire ......................30 Adhesive Tape. Transparent, for mending cur rency, books, etc., per spool ... .10 Per dozen .....................90 Alphabet Tabs. Smith's Adjustable, per set .... 1.50 Metal Faced, in strips, gummed, per set ....................... 1.50 Bill Head Boxes. Japanned tin, two compartments .40 Japanned tin, three compart ments ........ SO Bill Holders. Expansive, No. 2, indexed pock ets .............................75 Expansive, No. 3, large, indexed pockets ........................85 Standard, No. 303 ..............35 Board Clips. Note size, striped board, nickel clip pn end ....................90 Letter size .....................60 Cap size .......................75 Cardboard. All colors, in full sheets, 22x28, or cut any size desired. Carbon Paper. 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