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Fergus County Democrat. Vol V. No. 2. LEWISTOWN. FERGUS COUNTY. MONTANA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1908 Price 5 Cents THE MORE FASTIDIOUS YOU ARE THE MORE YOU LIKE COMFORT, OR THE MORE ECONOMICAL YOU ARE THE BETTER YOU WILL LIKE OUR SHOES We now have a complete stock of all the new lasts and would be pleased to show them to you. Harry Brown, LEWISTOWN, MONTANA. In Every Home where there are children, there ought to be a Columbia Graphophone And also in every home where there are no children —only more so. Complete Outfits from $20 to $200; end terms ore easy. Come in end ask. ART MUSIC STORE Emil W. Saxl A Perfect Coffee Mi Good, delicious coffee, every day, Is now assured—ao hit or miss about it—with s Wjanning fiowxnait Coffee Percolator All the strength sad sroas are extracted from the coffee by distil* latton—s process which will save you ana Hurd. loo styles and si sea. sutteTrros. Diamond Block Lewistown. : : : : Montana GREAT F ALLS MEN COMING One Hundred Business Men of the Cataract City Accompanied By Band and Ball Team Will Arrive In Lewistown Thursday. Secretary Croft yesterday received word from the secretary of the Great Falls Commercial Club that all ar rangements have been perfected for a business men's excursion from that city to Lewistown day after tomor row (Thursday.) Big Crowd Will Come. Advices from Great Falls are to the effect that between 75 and 100 business men will be in the party. They will bring along the famous Black Eagle band, one of the finest musical organizations in the state, and in a telephonic communication this afternoon, stated that the crack base ball team will also come along. ' The excursionists will come to the Gap over the Billings & Northern, and from there, a special train will bring them to Lewistown, arriving here about 2 o'clock. The base ball game will be started about 3 o'clock and should be a hot one. Reception Being Planned. Commercial club members are rapidly perfecting arrangments for the reception and entertainment of the visitors. The train will be met by all the automobiles in the city and the visitors will be taken to the Ju dith Club. Such as do not wish to take in the ball game will be shown about the city and surrounding coun try. The visitors will leave the fol lowing morning but every effort wilt be made to show them all the points of interest during their brief stay in the city. Secretary Croft says that every per son in Lewistown is expected to con stitute himself a committee of one on entertainment. When the excursionists go out Fri day_ morning, they will be accom panied by the Lewistown ball play LOUIE NOW AFTER PUBLIC BUILDING YOUNG LEWISTOWN BUSINESS MAN HEARS FROM CON GRESSMAN. Louis Lehman, of this city, re cently wrote to Senators Carter and Dixon concerning the chances of se curing a public building for Lewis town. Answers to these letters were recently received and are appended herto. Senator Carter's Letter. Helena, Mont., Aug. 21, 1908. Mr. Louis Lehman, Lewistown, Montana. My Dear Mr. Lehman: Yours of the 20th in refernce to public building re ceived. It is improbable that a pub HIGH PRAISE FOR COURT HOUSE S. R. Knapp, of Detroit, Michigan, who- has been here for several months superintending the concrete construc tion on the new county court house, has completed his work on the big building and expects to leave very shortly for Detroit where he will re main for a few days and then go to Spokane to take charge of a big building. To the Democrat, Mr. Knapp talk ed most entertainly of the big county building and says unreservedly that when it is completed, there will not be a more thoroughly constructed public building in the country than the one we can boast here in Lew istown. This is the fifth season that Mr. Knapp has had charge of concrete construction on big buildings. He represents the Ka'hn system which was used in 1904 by the U. S. gov ernment in 17 large buildings and which was awarded the gold medat at the St. Louis exposition for highest percentage in the strength test. "I can unhesitatingly pronounce the Fergus county court house in "Class A" among the public build ings of the United States," said Mr. Kanpp. "Contractor Oliver has spar ed no expense in putting in the best obtainable material. Up to the pres ent time, there is not one flaw in the ers who will play in the Falls Sat urday and then start on their tour of the state. BRYAN AND KERN CLUB. Will Hold Interesting Meeting Fol lowing Convention Saturday. The regular meeting of the Bryan and Kern club will be held next Sat urday evening and it is believed that there will be a large attendance as many of the delegates from the out side to the county convention will be in the city. President Ornbaum, last Saturday night, appointed a committee of which B. F. Foley is the chairman, to pre pare a program for the evening. Mr. Foley informs the Democrat that there will be a number of five minute speeches by David Hilger, E. G. Worden, John B. Ritch, Roy E. Ayers, H. L. DeKalb, B. C. White, J. E. Wasson and others who may be called on by the president. Two or three speclies by William J. Bryan will be heard on a phono graph. Come out and give yoursell the'treat of hearing some good demo cratic doctrine. Will Sold Joint Institute. Miss Orpha Noble, county superin tendent of schools, informs the Dem ocrat that the teachers of Fergus county have accepted the invitation of the Meagher county teachers to go to White Sulphur Springs sometime during the fore part of November to participate in a joint teachers' insti tute. The Meagher county teachers have come to Lewistown the last two years and doubtless, there will be a 'urge number of Fergus coun'y teach ers who will repay the visit upon the occasion of the coming institute. lic building bill is to be considered a the next session of congress. W< passed such a bill at the session jus closed and as a rule, only one of sucl bills is considered every two years I will, however, introduce a bill tc provide for a building at Lewistowr on the reassembling of congress ir December and will endeavor to col lect data and press it for considera tion during the session, but franklj state to you that there is little pros pect of the bill becoming a law unti the session following. Yours very truly, - THOS. H. CARTER. Reply of Senator Dixon. Missoula, Mont., Aug. 24, 1908. Mr. Louis J. Lehman, Lewistown. My Dear Mr. Lehman : I have yours of recent date relative to the neces sity for federal building in Lewis town, and appreciate the urgency of the matter. In reply will say that •Public Buildings Bills, or bills carry ing appropriations for public build building and when it is completed, it will certainly be a source of pride to the taxpayers who will put up the money for it, the board of commis sioners who have so carefully execut ed the will of the people, the archi tect who designed it, the contractor who is building it and the local sup erintendent, Lee Dysert, who had general supervison over the work since it was started." While on the way to Lewistown last Saturday, the team attached to the Gilt Edge stage became fright ened and ran over a high cut bank, upsetting the coach. C. B. Noble, who was coming in from the Cone Butte country, jumped when the horses started and suffered a very severely bruised ankle. It was reported here that his leg was broken but this was a mistake, although he will not be able to walk for several days. One passenger inside the coach had no chance to jump and just bumped along with the old wagon until she came to a stop. An inventory of his injuries showed a cracked jaw, sev eral teeth knocked out and other in juries, more or less severe. If you want up-to-date blank books inspect the line carried in the Dem ocrat Supply Department. ings cannot be obtained at the ordi nary sessions of congress, but only when an Omnibus Public Buildings Bill is reported, which happens about every two or three years. There hav ing been such a bill at the last ses sion of congress, there will not, in all probability, be another, until two or three years from this time. The people of Bozeman and of Kalispel have both petitions on file for public buildings and it is the usual rule of the committee to report the bill for the town which has the next largest postal receipts. I write you this that you may clearly understand the sit uation. I would indeed be glad to be able to tell you something more favorable to immediate action, but I always think it better to not mislead in cases of this kind. Yours very truly, JOS. M. DIXON. In relation to this matter, Mr. Leh man has handed in the following in teresting communication: Dear Sir: During the past few weeks it has seemed to me that the time is op portune for the broaching of the sub ject of a federal building for the city of Lewistown. Since the days when the first post office was established on the ranch of Mr. Frank Day—it seems that with every change of administration—or it may be owing to the fact of rapid growth—the post office—like the tepee of the Indians, is placed upon a travois and tracked to another camp ing ground. Today the fact is apparent to every one that the present post office fa cilities are entirely inadequate—each evening after the mail has been dis tributed—a large crowd gathers an ticipatory to the opening of the dis tributing window—and in some in stances the line has been compelled to extend into the street. The doorway being norrow—it is impossible to enter or leave the build ing without jostling or running into someone—making it decidedly un pleasant in cither instance. Lewistown is at the present time blessed with a United States land of fice—and as there are some 2,000,000 acres of land yet to be filed on—it bids fair to sojourn witli us for a con siderable time. T have therefore written Senators Carter and Dixon with a view of se curing an appropriation for the prop er housing of the post office and the land office—and both of them have promised to endeavor to secure the necessary appropriation—their letters to me being appended—and which will fully explain themselves. I desire to make a suggestion in regard to this building—and as no two people think alike—there will un doubtedly be opposition—but with a view of getting the matter in a definite form— I will take the liberty of making it any how. Unfortunately for Lewistown—as in many other smaller towns—there is a bone of contention between the various "ends" of the town—each one —having an eye towards bettering their business conditions—naturally desire to have every laudable enter prise located in that particular neigh borhood. There seems to be a tacit under standing that the dividing line should be Fourth avenue—and that any build ing located on that street would be acceptable to either end of the city. Property is enhancing in value each day—and I would suggest that the city council decide upon some suit able site on this street and enter into negotiations with a view of purchas ing it immediately. While this building—from the tone of the letters—might not materialize for a few years—the property will always be there and in the mean time a few trees may be sent out—a lawn made—and the same be used as a park. I would suggest that the building be along the same lines as the Car negie library—ie. on a lot ninety by one hundred feet—and the building situated in the center in order that a samblance of shrubery be kept about it. There are several of these vacant lots on Fourth avenue—any one of which would be acceptable—a very pretty site being the vacant property directly opposite the city hall and adjacent to the Hoffman house, :f the entire front facing Fourth avenue and running to the alley, could be purchased. Then there is the property opposite the Knight building—or that opposite the Masonic temple—or the property of Mrs. N. M. Erickson adjoining the temple. In fact there are several very prety sites available. My reason for suggesting that the city council pur chase this .property now is this: When the propositon for a federal building in the city of Helena was broached—the actual erection of the building was delayed for years—ow ing to the fact that the moment a subject of this kind is started—prop erty values jump to about twenty (Continued on page 8.) DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES Unusual Interest Taken In Preliminary Work of the Campaign-Bui One Ticket In the Field-State Political Gossip. The democrats of Fergus county held their primaries last Saturday evening for the selection of delegates to the county convention which is to be held in this city next Saturday. From all reports, the utmost harmony prevailed in every precinct in the county and the outlook is very bright for a good representation at the county convention. No Contest in Lewistown. Considering the fact that there was not the slightest contest over the selection of a delegation from Lew istown, unusual interest was mani fested. All told, about fifty votes were cast here and the elections were almost unanimous. The West Lewistown primary was held at the city hall. B. H. Foley and Tom Stout were chosen judges and John C. Marshall, clerk. The polls were kept open until 9 o'clock and close to forty democrats voted. The following delegates and alter nates were elected: Delegates—M. L. Woodman, E. W. Mettlcr, Roy E. Ayers, S. C. Weaver, A. B. Powell, Walter Knight, Nels Nelson, Baclou Dusek, M. H. Deaton, Mark Kimball, Frank Millsap, A. M. Sloan, Amos Beck, Frank Cunning ham, Joe Murray. Alternates—W. H. Culver, Tom Stout, C. J. Marshall, Jas. Weaver, Jake Harmon, Hugh Wagner, O. W. Ellis, Phil Drazich, J. W. Kinzcl, K. I.. Me Burney, J . H. Charters, Ale> Morin. The East Lewistown primary was equally as harmonious and the follow ing is the list of delegates and alter nates: Delegates—R. G. Jackson, Tim Crowley, J. E. Pinkley, Breck Orn baum, Matt Regan, John Tfog-1, L. P. Slater. TOM HAMILTON OFF FOR FAR AWAY HOME POPULAR FERGUS COUNTY BOY TALKS OF SOUTHERN COUNTRY. Tom Hamilton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hamilton, left this morn ing for the return trip to his present home near Santiago, Chile. Before quitting this country he will make business trips to Salt Lake City, Chi cago and other cities. After going aboard ship at New York, he will spend over a month on the water before finally landing in Chile. He first lands at Colon, Pan ama, then crosses the isthmus where the big canal is being dug, re-em barks at Panama and then steams RALL TEAM TO TOUR THE STATE Accompanied by Manager Frank Stephens, the Lewistown base ball team will leave Friday morning for Great Falls where they will play the best team of that city after which they expect to make a tour of the central and eastern portions of the state, playing the best teams to be found in Montana. Very Fast Aggregation. Local fans believe that the team is able to hold its own with the best the state can afford. While Living ston, Bozeman, Helena, Billings and Forsyth have salaried teams which in clude men who have been in profes sional company, Frank Stephens says he is not afraid of any of them. With the cream of the Lewistown players, four or five of the recent arrivals from Drake, North Dakota, will also go along. The team will have two of the best catchers in the state along in Captain Davis and George Moe. Carleton, Friedlien and Smith will take turns on the slab and there are no fears but that they will be able to hold the best sluggers of the state down to a mighty few bingles. At first, "Scissors" McKeen, late of Drake but now of Lewistown, will pick 'im out of the dust. Williams and Schaeffer will take care of sec ond, Willard short and "Bill" Slater, Alternates—J. W. Hughes, C. B. Noble, L. E. Griffith, Byron Tayer, A. E. Trapp, E. V. Bean, James Hop kins. With State Politicians. The state politicians are beginning to get things started and with the democratic convention meeting one week from today at Anaconda and the republican gathering a week later in Helena, all sorts of slates are being made. Inasmuch as Fergus county will probably have a candidate before each of the state conventions, local poli ticians are keeping their eyes on the situation. Will Sure Be Dave Hilger. It is generally conceded over the state that Dave Hilger, of this city, will be the nominee for lieutenant governor on the democartic ticket., Tom Swindlchurst, of Livingston, John Walsh, of Bozeman, and Dr. Scanland, of Warm Springs, are spoken of as possibilities but it is be lieved that, when the votes are count ed, the Fergus county man will have a very substantial majority of the delegates. For the democratic nomination for congress, several names arc mention ed. Senator T. D. Long, of Flathead county, is a general favorite. A. C. Gormlcy, of Great Falls, I. G. Denny, of Rutte, and Charles S. Hartman, of Bozeman, have been placed in the field by their friends. So far, but two candidates have been announced for the nomination for secretary of state on the demo cratic ticket. Miles Romney, editor of the Western News, at Hamilton, who was the candidate four years ago, says that lie would like to try (Continued on page 8.) fore reaching Valparaiso. Talks of Southern Home. Mr. Hamilton was a visitor to the office of the Democrat yesterday and talked most interestingly of his home down below the equator. "Chile is 2,000 miles long and has an average width of about 250 miles," said Mr. Hamilton, "and is one of the most stable and prosperous of all South Amcricanc ountries. I have been there four years and while it is not home, have gotten to like the country and some of the people. No Taxes There. "The people of Chile pay no taxes. The revenues derived from a tax on tlie saltpeter industry provides all the funds required for the uses of the government. The saltpeter works are practically all owned by outside cap italists so the burden does not fall on any of the natives. "While there is a wealthy class who own practically all of the land and industries ,the great mass of Chileanos (Continued on page 8.) southward for over three weeks be third. Hottle, Sweeney and Frank lin will take in the flies that are sent to ithe outer garden and a faster trio will not be found in all Montana. Great Game Sunday. The climax of all the good ball playing seen in this city during the last few weeks came last Sunday when the local aggregation stacked up against Moore. The visitors were strengthened by the addition of Moe, catcher, and Campbell, short stop. With Louie McCabe pitching his hardest and receiving faultless sup port, they certainly made the Lewis town players go the limit to take the game by the smallest possible score, l to 0. The only run was ade in the fifth inning. Friedlien got a nice single. Willard followed with one good fot two bases, putting "Fried" in third from where he scored on a wild pitch, the only ball to get by Moe during the game. Several nice hits were made off McCabe but his fielders al ways tightened up with men on bases and shut off the impending runs. Never Had a Chance. •With Friedlien pitching unhittable ball, the boys from Moore never had a chance to make a run. Almost perfect support was accorded the big fellow and while the game was dose, it looked like Lewistown all the way.