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FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT.
LEWISTOWN, MONTANA ............................. May 5, 1908. Entered at the postoffice at Lewistown, Montana, as second class matter. SUBSCRIPTION: One year ........................................................ Six months ....................................................... Three months.....................................................'•* STOUT ............................... Publisher and Proprietor Relative to the voting contest advertised in this paper, the Assistant Attorney General for the postoffice department, rules that in the event of a tie for any prize offered its value shall be equally divided between the persons tying, or that a prize identical in character and value with that offered shall be awarded to each of the persons. FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT GOOD ADVERTISING. By the foresight and enterprise of the Milwaukee railroad, Montana is getting advertising of the kind that will bring good results. In the cur rent number of Collier's is a fund of information concerning the splendid opportunities afforded to settlers in this state along the line of the new road, says the Butte Evening News. The data is submitted in answer to a query which appeared in a recent number of the magazine, and which reads as follows: "Is there any sec tion in these United States to which the many men who are being daily thrown out of employment in the cities may emigrate and begin life again—begin, this time, as their own masters, or in some way that will se cure them against being thrown out again at the next panic? The class to which I refer is composed of un married young Americans of the in telligent, physically hardy and am bitious type seen so frequently dur ing the good times in banks and of fices—clerks, salesmen and the like, who have saved up from $500 to $1,000." Montana, having no state bureau for the dissemination of in formation concerning the opportuni ties it holds for men of this type, is indebted to the Milwaukee people, who point that "free homesteads the West have not yet passed away; that "Fergus county, Montana, con tains over 1,000,000 acres of farm land open for homestead entry; that "in Custer, Yellowstone and Rosebud counties there are several million acres of government land open for entry." The railroad points that "the land is excellent for general or mixed farming, and Uncle Sam gives you a cordial invitation to go out and help yourself to a 160-acre farm. No drawing is necessary; first come, first served. When patented this land is worth from $10 to $18 per acre, and will constantly increase in value. The government fees do not exceed $42 for homesteading 160 acres." The Milwaukee is a big institution; the kind of advertising it is doing costs a lot of money; Montana is getting an ally that will mean rapid develop ment, that will bring what this state needs most—people. UNCLE JOE AS REFORMER. Saturday Evening Post: The news paper publishers of the United States are a powerful body. They have complained long and loudly of op pression. The Paper Trust, they say, charges them unconscionable prices. Repeatedly they have demanded, therefore, that the duty on wood pulp and print paper be removed. Some of them became quite fretful and alluded to the apathy of the Ways and Means Committee in a manner that was really unpleasant on the eve of a campaign. They con vinced President Roosevelt, who, in his last message, spoke favorably of immediate repeal of this duty. And now comes the House organ ization, headed by the Speaker in person, gallantly to the rescue. Not with a bill to repeal the duty; but with a set of ringing resolutions ask ing the Attorney General, if he sees fit, to prosecute the trust, under the Sherman Aftv, for the restraint of trade. Now that Uncle Joseph has fairly set his puissant hand to redressing the abuses of the tariff in this man ner we expect much of him. They say he is actually prepared, if the boot manufacturers grow too clam orous over the duty on hides, to have the Beef Trust arrested for spitting on the sidewalk. If American ship builders complain again that the Steel Trust handicaps them by selling plate to foreign competitors cheaper than to them, he will prosecute the trust fo rperforming unnecessary labor on Sunday. There is even some glimmer of hope for American artists who these many years have grieved over the idiotic barrier which the tariff erects against foreign works of art. The Speaker will not remove the duty but he will join heart and soul in the crusade against ugly billboards. THAT 400-MILE GUN. Butte News: A gun that will shoot 300 miles is the latest claim of the military scientist. He could set up his piece of ordnance in Butte and drop shells into Great Falls or Bil lings, if his dreams come true. The matter has occasioned the greatest of controversy. The scientist declares his model is perfect; another asserts it is as hopeless as perpetual motion. Its possibilities are marvelous. One can picture missiles being fired from the Tower of London, making smithereens of the Tuilleries; imagine the French, say at the border of lost Larraine, tossing their shells with findish glee on the roof o fthe Hohen zollerns. From the Netherlands it would be a slight effort to scatter shrapnel into Frankfort and Bremen. Long before hostile ships would heave in sight form beyond the curvature of the earth, Washington, New York and Boston, located by the same scien tific processes which direct wireless messages, w-ould be in ruins. Truth may be stranger than fiction but the extrames of the visionary scientist are stranger than both. "THE FULL DINNER PAIL." Bryan's Commoner: The stale lab or department of New York on April 19 issued a bulletin in which it is stated that at the close of 1907 one out of every three union men in the state was idle. The trades union working day, but to limit the number of working days per week in order to insure work enough for their mem bers to provide against want. For instance, the International Typo graphical Union has a law prohibiting a member working more than six consecutive days if there is anv mem ber of the union looking for work in the local jurisdiction. Many local unions adopted a five-day law early last winter in order to distribute the work among more men. Other unions do the same thing, and this served in large measure to tide many men with families over the winter. But if one out of every three union men in New York stave is out of employment, what must be the pro portion of jobless men in the unor ganized trades and occupations? The campaign slogan of "The full dinner pail" would elicit more jeers than cheers if offered to the workingmen of New York today. THE DO NOTHING CONGRESS. Never in the history of this coun try ljas there been so little real busi ness transacted by a congress of the United States as during the one which is now in session. The entire time of Speaker Cannon and his cohorts among the leaders of the re publican side have used every possible tactic to prevent any effective legis lation being enacted. Day after day, John Sharp Williams and his demo cratic supporters have pleaded for some of the legislation which the president has recommended, but to these appeals Cannon has turned a deaf ear. Cannon is afraid that if they do anything, it might not meet with the approval of the people who would manifest their disapproval at the coming election. Walter Well man, in the Chicago Record-Herald, says that this attitude of the republi cans is losing that party thousands of otes every day and the leaders of the republican forces are afraid that there will be an overwhelmisg re buke for the party at the approaching election. PRAISE FOR OUR LEADER. No prettier tribute has been paid to the great leader of the democratic hosts in many a day than that of Representative David A. De Armond of Missouri, in the house the other day. Mr. De Armond said: "Some people criticise Mr. Bryan and he 'ran in 1896. he ran in 1900, he is the perpetual candidate; he is the man always to the front.' Who ever got there with less self seeking and is in more thorough accord with the wishes of those who follow him than Mr. Bryan? "Is there anything wrong in his be ing willing to stand again the candi date of his party if his party wants him? What is he doing now, or what has he done to put himself in the way of the nominaton at Denver that any man can criticise. He stands as an honor to our American citizenship; he stands as one of the highest and noblest types of man—a Christian, patriotic gentleman." Senator Jeff Davis of , Arkansas erupted again last week. Senator Jeff is considered very much of a joke in the upper branch of congress but he is not nearly in the class of Aldrich, Depew, Platt and a bunch of others on the republican side of the senate. Jeff may be funny but his funmaking is of a harmless sort while the rather grim jokes the point of which is to job the American people, perpetrated by the republican leaders, are cost ing the people of this nation millions annually.. With New York for Hughes, Indiana for Fairbanks, Pennsylvania for Knox, Illinois for Cannon, Wis consin for LaFollette and several southern states for Forakoi, it looks as if "Fatty Felix" Taft will have to depend largely upon Ohio, Rhode Island and Nevada for his principal support in the national convention. Although the G. O. P. elephant has waddled along under some pretty heavy loads in the past, those former efforts will have been nothing com pared to going through a campaign with Taft in the mahount's seat. And the chances arc that the elephant will be badly winded before the finish is ended. The people of Santa Barbara, Cali fornia, thinking the jackies of the big fleet were just like any other tourists raised the prices in the restaurants, saloons and lodging houses. They found out their mistake when a bunch of blue jackets summarily wrecked one or two of the holdup joints. Former republican United States Senator Chandler of New Hampshire says tliat Taft cannot be elected if he is nominated. That is also the opinion of a lot of Montana republican lead ers but the shadow of the "big stick" has 'em buffaloed so that they dasn't speak ou tlike Chandler. One of the big war ships of Japan recently blew up and 240 men and officers were killed. The experience of Japan and this country would in dicate that it is far more dangerous to be on one of our monster fighting machines in times of peace than in days of war. A man by the name of Poe has in vented an artificial respiration ma chine which can all but bring the dead to life. It might not be a bad idea for the republican party to lay in a liberal supply of these machines for use after the next general elec tion. With over one-fourth of the union men of this country out of work, any erpublican orator who inadvertently refers to the "full dinner pail" during the approaching campaign, is likely to become the target for a bunch of overdue hen fruit. It is now said that the employers' liability act which recently passed congress contains a joker which will make it unconstitutional. Again it is demonstrated that Uncle Joe Cannon and Senator Aldrich are still on the job. There was in former days a politi cal organization known as the "Know Nothing" party. Through the action of the present congress, the republi can organization is certainly earning the name of "Do Nothing" partv. No doubt, if it were left to a vote of the Jackies themselves, the eastern seaboard would see no more of the great fleet. It is said that Uncle Joe Cannon looks ike Lincoln. But right there the resemblance stops most abruptly. STATE PRESS. There is manv a ship between the cup and that Chicago nomination.— Butte Inter Mountain. Missoula is showing a stunt in the building line this spring that is sel dom equalled in any town of the same size in Montana. Since seeing is believing we invite inspection.— Missoula Herald. Probably the crazy man in Pueblo, Colorado, who went on a rampage heard that the delegates to the repub lican national convention from Col orado were to be instructed for Taft. —Billings Gazette. There are a good many things in life that have to be taken upon faith, and congress will not make any mis take if it takes the existence of the paper trust on that basis. Its work ings are plainly discernible to the naked eye, although it moves in rath er a mysterious way its wonders to perform.—Butte Miner. Don't be afraid to sow all the grain you can. We can satisfy you on twine. Fergus County Hardware Co. Lost. $55.00 in bills Monday morning on Main St., between Montana Hardware Co. apd Lehman. Liberal reward for return to Day House. DAVE A. MARTIN. COMMONERISMS. Several representatives of public in terests at Washington no doubt wish some of the American newspaper re porters would go on strike like those German newspaper men. The congressional maternity will have to do more than adopt "gag rules" if it expects to keep the coun try in ignorance of the majority's railure to enact beneficial legislature. The Pennsylvania man who has just completed a patwork quilt con taining 11,760 pieces ought to be sent to congress an dassigned to the task of drafting a republican financial bill. The proposed plan to have a com mission revise the tariff is not nearly so good as the plan of letting the people elect a congress that will re vise it in the interests of the people. The United States steel corpora tion's 1907 earnings were the greatest in its history. You would look a long while for a tariff revisionist among the managers of that corpor ation. "Indiana republicans have warmed up to Mr. Fairbanks," declares a con temporary. Yes. And what is warming up to Mr. Fairbanks would be a red hot campaign for almost any other man. John Smith and others went to Virginia something like three hun dred years ago expecting to find gold. The Duke of Abruzzi followed up a few days ago and seems to have lo cated the mine. A Chicago gentlemen who was very prominent in his "defense of the national honor" about eight years ago is now looking to the supreme court to save him from a penitentiary sentence. The New York Evening Post in sists that organized labor demands the legalizing of the boycott. The Post is unable to see what organized labor demands is merely that a mem ber of a union may legally do what he might legally do if not a member of the union. In other words, organ ized labor demands that the posses sion of a union card shall not deprive a man of his rights as an individual under the law and the constitution. Office supplies, blank books and loose leaf ledgers at the Democrat Supply Department. _ Edward Brassey Bernard E. Stack Late Register V. S. Land Office BRASSEY &- STACK LAND ATTORNEY Real Estate and Commission, Loans Negotiated. Inquiries Promptly Answered. SETTLERS LOCATED Office in Laux Building, Next Door to Land Office Lewistown, - • Montana LAND INSURANCE LOANS If you want to buy or sell land, visit No. 116 1-2 opposite P. O. If your buildings or personal property is not insured, let me write out a policy be fore it is too late. I have 8 per cent money to loan on city or ranch property, in large or small amounts and for any term up to 10 years. Will appreciate a share of your ' :si ness. EDMUND WRIGHT Lewistown, - - - Montana Raw Furs! Highest eastern market prices paid here at home for BEAVER, MINK. MUSK RAT, and all winter caught furs. Lewistown Hide and Fur Co. A. L. HAWKINS, Manager. Opposite Judith Steam Laundry. ELKHORN Livery Stable J. E. PINKLEY, Proprietor The best of turnouts in both double and single rigs...... Your Patronage Solicited Business Chances Along the New Line Sales of business lots will be held in four new towns in the Dakotas and Montana along the new line to the Pacific Coast in May. Sales will be held at Reeder, North Dakota, May 14; at Ismay, Montana, May 19; at Haynes, North Dakota, May 21, and at Scranton, North Dakota, May 26. All sales will be by auction. These towns are located in a good diversified farming, stock raising and dairying country and have a large tributary trade territory. They will witness rapid de velopment and prosperity, and offer exceptional op portunities for merchants and investors. Sales will be held later in other towns on the Pacific Coast extension of the Chicago 'Milwaukee St. Paul Railway S*art in this new country where you will find today's opportunities for success and future independence. Six months ago the towns of Lemmon, Hettinger and Bowman were established on this new line in the Da kotas. Today each town has a population close to 500 and all branches of business are represented in them, but opportunities are still plentiful for many lines of business. Maps and descriptive books regard ing this new country are free for the asking. F. A. MILLER General Passenger Agent Chicago C. A. PADLEY General Land Agent Milwaukee 6 ook-Reynolds 60. GENERAL REAL ESTATE LOANS, INSURANCE COMMISSION SETTLERS LOCATED If you want to buy or sell lands you will save time and money by consulting us. All matters before the U. S. Land Office handled with care and dispatch. Prompt attention given to correspondence Congo Roofing and Storm Sash We carry at all times an up-to-date stock of all kinds of building material. We now have a car of celebrated Congo Roofing, the best roof ing made. Order your storm sashes now as it takes time to get them. We can supply your wants in lumber cheaper than towns on the main line of the N, P. R. R. Call and see for yourselves. MONTANA LUMBER COMPANY Both 'Phones 77 Farms for Rent. 480 acres, 150 acres plowed ready for sowing. 320 acres, 50 acres ready for seeding. Also a good stack ranch that will cut 250 tons timothy and wild hay. Apply to Brassey & Stack. 4-21 -tf GRAZED Tisrn ng CARDS TOEDDING ONEEY1 In all the Latest Styles and at Eastern Prices Fergus County Democrat SupplyLDepartment 100 cards and plate, $1.50 G., Land Attorney RealEstate Notary Public and Insurance 1C6 Fifth Ave., next door Lewistown Furniture Co. LEWISTOWN, MONTANA. STEPHENS & JEFFREY Succeeeort to GEORGE M. STAFFORD BEST STOGK OF HARNESS AND SADDLES and all sorts of leather goods in Fergus County. First class repair work promptly executed.