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\ Fergus County Democrat. Vol IV. No. 22. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1908 Price 5 Cents 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. _ - Jr i -FROM mt | RANGE v '"-'^MFG.cov)!) Il, i ~ ------f Tia , % The 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 satisfac 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 money for you—saves 10 cents a day in fuel. LEWISTOWN "If you don't buy of use we both lose money. r ENTIRE FAMILY 18 MURDERED Man By The Name Of Olsen Believed To Be Perpetrator Of The Terrible Crime And Is Now In Custody Of Officers. ALLEGED MURDERER NOW UNDER ARREST Just before going to press, the Democrat received a message from Flatwillow stating that the man who is thought to have mur dered Mrs. Fred Schleuter and her four children, is in the hands of the officers. Last Sunday afternoon, the people living in the neighborhood of the crime found tracks leading away from the Schleuter cabin. The tracks were followed to the river, then down the river on the ice for some distance, then out to a clump of brush on the bank, where a horse had evidently been hitched. The horse's tracks were followed and the trail led to the cabin of a man by the name of Olsen, who lives about two miles be low the Schleuter place. Olsen's tracks were measured and correspond exactly with the tracks found around the cabin. A guard was left to watch Olsen until the arrival of the officers. There are other circumstances which link Olsen's name with the tragedy. Olsen was under suspicion from the first. He has lived down in that part of the country for over two years. His wife is said to have died under very suspicious circumstances a year or more ago, the husband dressing and burying her without permitting any of the neighbors to view the remains. Olsen is said to have been enamored of the oldest Schleuter girl, who was about IS years old. Williams, who so mysteriously disappeared, was keeping company with this girl before he was lost and it is believed that Olsen had something to do with his dis appearance. This report was brought up the river and across to Flatwillow, «v arriving there about noon today. ^ JJ RAILROAD MEN IN THE CITY Milwaukee Railroad Will Locate State Immigra tion Agent In This City-Track Finished To Harlowton Within Two Weeks. That the people of Fergus county will be amazed at the rush of im migrants to Fergus county during the next two years is the opinion of a number of prominent Milwaukee railroad men who are in the city to day. The party came in last night and includes Immigration Agent Brown of the entire Milwaukee system, R. W. Reynolds, who has been appoint ed immigration agent for Montana by the Milwaukee comaany, Walker Mylner of South Dakota, and J. Q. Adams, who is associated indirectly with the Milwaukee Railroad com pany in various enterprises. These gentlemen, together with J. E. Lane, manager of the Montana Lumber company, have just returned from a trip along the line as far as the Musselshell river. Mr. Reynolds is so impressed with Lewistown that he has decided to make this city his permanent head quarters. He will fit up a fine office here and will bring his family here to reside. He talked entertainingly to the Democrat concerning the plans of his company and what they expect to do toward bringing people into the Judith Basin. "I must confess that I have never seen a country which looks better to me than Fergus county," said Mr. Reynolds. "I had heard a great deal about the Judith Basin and was pre pared to find a good country but my expectations have been more than realized in every particular. I ex pect to establish an office here just as_ quickly as possible and will make this city my home. "Work is being pushed vigorously on the coast extension and with the open winter which we are having this vear, our progress has been sur prising even to those having the actual work in hand. The road will be completed as far as Forsyth by next Saturday night. Then, there will be but 45 miles of track between Miles Citv and Forsyth to be laid and the rails will be spiked down all the way to Harlowton. They are laying track at the rate of four and one-half miles a day so you can see that within about ten days at the most, the line will be all completed except for the leveling work, into the Meagher county town. "Lewistown strikes me as being one of the best towns of its size I have ever seen and there is not the least doubt but that it is going to ex perience a fine growth during the next few years. It is a good place in which to live and I am more than satisfied to cast my lot with you." Mr. Brown is equally enthusiastic over the future of this county. He said that this is the first place he has ever struck in which he failed to find a knocker. "T have met a lot of people in Fergue county and have yet to hear the first knock from one of your residents," said Mr. Brown. Mr. Mylner and Mr. Adams were equally optimistic over the future development of Fergus county. Gene Lane, who accompanied these gentlemen to the Musselshell, went down for the purpose of looking ov er the ground with a view to the es tablishment of some more branch lumber yards. They have their yard at Roundup in operation and Mr. Lane is now preparing to put in yards at Lavina and Melstone. MUCH ACCOMPLISHED AT The woolgrowers and other Fer gus county people who attended the annual convention of the National Woolgrowers' Association which was held last week in Helena, re turned to the city Friday evening. Without an exception those who went to Helena say that the con vention was a great success in ev ery way. Some unusually able ad dresses were delivered before the convention and much to the welfare of the woolgrowing industry was ac complished. The convention will be held in Pocatello, Idaho, next year, and the following officers were elected for the ensuing twelve months: Presi dent, Fred Gooding, of Idaho; vice president, J. M. Wilson, of Wyom ing; secretary, T. J. Walsh, of Mon tana; treasurer, Lewis Fenwell, Mon tana. Since the secretary and treasurer of the association reside in Helena that city will be the chief head quarters of the body for the coming year. To the Democrat, Hon. B. C. White gave a most interesting ac count of the convention. What will undoubtedly prove to be the foulest crime ever committed in Fergus county was the murder of Mrs. Fred Schleuter and four child ren at their little cabin on the Mus selshell river, about ten miles below the Mosby post office, last Friday night. The perpetrator of the foul crime tried to destroy all evidences of his horrible deed by burning the cabin containing the bodies of his victims. News of the murder was telephoned to the officers in this city by Asa Carpenter from Flatwillow. Chris Nelson had brought the word from the Circle Bar ranch, one of the neighbors of the unfortunate family bringing it as far as the Circle Bar. A telephone message to the Dem ocrat this morning from Mr. Car penter states that no additional dc ails of the murder has been received there since the talk with County At torney Ayers and Sheriff Martin Sunday afternoon. Friday night, while returning home from a neighboring place, John An derson rode by the Schleuter cabin and discovered that it was afire. Al though burning rapidly, all portions of the cabin was not afire at that time. Mr. Anderson rode up as cl >sely as the blaze would permit and hollooed several times. Receiv ing no answer, he assumed that Mrs. Schleuter and family were up to his (Anderson's) house, about one mile distant and rode on up to the house. To his very great surprise, he found that they were not there and very quickly rode back to the scene of the fire. Just as he got there, the roof of the building fell in. He notified the neighbors and by the time the fire was extinguished, several men were on the ground. Bodies Are Found. After a short search among the embers and ashes, two bodies which had not been very greatly burned "The railroad is going to make a lot of difference wtih that country down alonq the Musselshell." said Mr. Lane to the Democrat this morning. "Roundup is already go ing right ahead. Several stores are going up and they are getting the big coal mine in shape to be worked. "Roundup and Melstone will prob ably be the principal .points on the Milwaukee down there. Melstone ill be important particularly from the fact that it will be a division point and that coal mine will make Roundup a mighty lively town in short order. A lot of people will be settled down in that section during the next few years and it is going to become a very important part of Fergus county.'' Out of town orders, either by mail or telephone, taken care of same day received. Democrat Supply De partment. Burglars Are at Work. The first burglary to take place in Lewistown in several months oc curred last Saturday night when the Tudith Hardware company's store was broken into and six or seven fine revolvers, a lot of ammunition and a knife or two carried away. The burglars removed a glass from a door in the rear of the store and then easily unfastened the bolts which held the door closed. So far as the management have been able to discover, nothing but the guns, knives and ammunition was taken. The officers have been working quietly but steadily on the case and will use every effort to locate the per petrators of the deed. "This is the second convention of the association which I have attend ed, having been at Denver two years aeo," said Mr. White, "and I must say that the Helena meeting was de cidedly the better one of the two. There was more of the spirit of real earnestness and much more was ac complished. "One of the features of the con vention was the address of the Hon. T. J. Walsh, late democratic candi date for congress. Mr. Walsh is one of the best informed men in the United States on public land affairs and as a forceful, logical talker, has few equals and no superiors. His ar raignment of the present policy of the administration with reference to the leasing of the public range and other matters pertaining to the pub lic lands of the west was simply un answerable. And the administration probably acted wisely in not having any one there to attempt to answer this speech. "It was thought that the resolution committee would bring in a scathing arraignment of the administration and had the desires of a large ma jority of the committee been carried ou such would have been the case; but Mr. Walsh again showed his wis Mrs. Fred Schleuter And Four Children Are Victims Of One Of The Foulest Crimes Ever Committed In This Section. were found. Later the charred re mains of the other members of the family were found. The bodies were not disturbed, it being thought best to wait until the arrival of the coroner and the other officers. The message was sent to this city as given above. Officers Take Automobile. Sheriff Martin, County Attorney Ayers, Coroner Attix, Stenographer Frank Carleton and Harry Allen, chauffeur, left very early yesterday morning in an automobile for the scene of the tragedy which is about one hundred miles from this city. The roads are said to be exceptional ly fine all of the way down there and it is presumed that they arrived there shortly after noon yesterday. Will Return Tomorrow. It is thought that the officers will be able to complete the coroner's in quest today and will return to the city tomorrow. It will be impossible to learn anything new concerning the tragedy until they get back. They went down with the intention of making a thorough examination into every phase of the case and will immediately follow up any clues which may develop or may have al ready developed. Suspicious Circumstances. It is said that there are a number of suspicious circumstances connect ed with the case. This is the same neighborhood from which Williams so mysteriously disappeared several JURY CALLED FOR TUESDAY List of Jurors fo Approaching Jury Term of the District Court Drawn Saturday Evening— Impurtant Cases to Be Heard. Judge E. K. Chcadlc returned Sat unrday afternoon from Helena and that evening drew the list of jurors for the coming term of court. List of Jurors. The jurors drawn are as follows: David Cagle, Ira Dundoin, Perry S. Glenn, Perry Heath, C. M. Kelly, Andrew Kempenaar, Louis Landt, Sam McCollum, Noble M. Walker, Dan Whelan and A. Young of Lew istown; B. J. Ekerly of Everson; Ed Beach, Frank Lollar, P. M. Neel and i. M. Widdified of Garneill; Jacob Chandler, John Mengelkock and J. J. Garen of Gilt Edge; Thomas Coff man, J. E. Owen, Ed Olson, C. M. Withrow and Ed Waaga of Moore, Elvin Crook and Hallie Walch of Jones; J. C. Delzell, Forbes Leslie and Frank Webster of Straw; Wil liam Dickson, John F. Milne and A. C. Stoutenburg of Utica; Theo Hoge land of Deerfield; Homer Knerr, Archie McCormick, J. C. Smith and dom as well as his absolute fairness b- urging and securing the adoption of resolutions very moderate in tone. "It was proposed to raise a fund from which the expenses of delega tions to Washington, sent there to look after the interests of the wool growing industry, should be paid and within a very few moments, the sum of ten thousand dollars had been subscribed. To show that the Fer gus county woolgrowers are alive to the necessity of some such action it is only necessary to state that over one thousand dollars of that sum was subscribed from this county. "Helena took care of the big con vention in fine style and of the visi tors, none did more to make the big gathering a business and social suc cess than the bunch from F'crgus county." Helena, Jan. 16.—After (lie most successful meeting in the history of its organization, the 44th annual con vention of the National Wool growers association tonight adjourn ed, to meet next year in Pocatello, Idaho. Before adjournment a fund of $10,000 was subscribed by the va (Continued on page 8.) months ago. Fred Schleuter, the husband of the woman who was mur dered, went to Mosby last October and when he returned, was in a dying condition, being just able to drag himself into the house and was nev er able to tell his family what was the matter with him. He died that night, the cause of his death being given as pneumonia. It was report ed that he had saved up $1,000, which he had left cached somewhere about the place. Motive for Crime. This may or may not have been the motive which prompted the crime. People living in that neigh borhood are said to suspicion a cer tain party and no doubt the causes of this suspicion will be thoroughly gone into by the officers. There is a feeling down there that there is some connection between the disap pearance of Williams and the murder of the Schleuter family with the chances being in favor of foul play in connection with the sudden and peculiar death of Schleuter himself. A Very Wild Country. The Schleuters lived on what is known as the Old Battoms ranch which is down in the bottom on the Musselshell river. It is surrounded by bad lands of the wildest character imaginable ami the country offers a safe retreat for desperate characters. Within the next twenty-four hours it is probable that some sensational developments will have materialized in the case. F. E. Wright of Kendall; Elmer Knerr of Denton; David Lake of Natal; Archie McLean of Pine Grove; J. B. McAllister and N. M. McCauley of Forest Grove; Gus bcheibelhut of New Year; J. B. Townsend of Maginnis; George Wright of Flatwillow. Criminal Docket Called. The criminal docket was called yesterday morning and six cases set for hearing. On motion of County Attorney Ayers, the cases of State vs. Stoner and State vs. Lepper were dismissed. x he first case on the docket is State vs. Chester C' Smith. Smith is the man who killed Walter Fair bairn at Pine Grove on the 21st of last November. Self defense with some stress upon the unwritten law will probably be the defense put in by Smith. Murder in the first de gree is the charge against him. Five days have been allowed for the trial of this case. On February 3rd, William Huff, the Castle Butte rancher who is un der charge of rape, will be tried. The trial of Robert Finley, accused of assault in the first degree, is set for February 5th. The case of State vs. Munz will be tried the 5th. Munz, who is one of the proprietors of the Big T. P. saloon on lower Main street, is charged with permitting women to frequent his place of business. This is only a misdemeanor action. The State vs. Saylor will be heard the 6th. Saylor is a well known rancher on the Rock Creek bench and is charged with selling proper ty he did not own. It is a felony charge. The last case on the docket is that of the State vs. James Sherman, for burglary. Sherman is the young man who is now serving a sentence for the murder of Samuel Studzin ski. The present charge grows out of the burglary of the Golden Rule store some time during the summer that the young man is alleged to have been operating so promiscuous ly in this city. His trial is set for February 8th. Many Cases Dismissed. Judge Cheadle yesterday dismissed a number of cases which have been dragging along for years without be ing disposed of in any other manner. The court stated that it is useless to furher encumber the records with these old cases and since the par ties would not bring them to trial, he would dismiss them.