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Fergus County Democrat
TOM STOUT, Publisher and Prop. Entered at the postoffice at Lewis town, Montana, as second class mat ter. SUBSCRIPTION: One year ................... ...$2.50 Six months ................. Three months .............. ... 75 Lewistown, Montana...Sept. 1, 1908. Democratic Ticket For President: WILLIAM J. BRYAN of Nebraska For Vice President: JOHN W. KERN of Indiana MAY LOSE IOWA. As the campaign warms up, the re publicans are exercising increased concern over the outcome of the election in Iowa next November. That state, which has generally been considered a stronghold of republi canism, is right now the scene of a bitter factional fight among the repub licans. In this connection, a recent press dispatch says: "Iowa republicans have called a great "harmony caucus" to be held at Des Moines August 25. It will be a remarkable gathering, almost without parallel in the politics of the country. Its purpose will be to get the party leaders together and seek a way out of the complication which threatens the republican control of the state legislature and state ticket in the com ing election, and which menaces even the electoral ticket. "Present indications are that in stead of producing harmony the con ference more likely will widen the breach between the two factions. Both in and out of the state great concern is felt among party leaders about the results of the gathering. "Briefly, the Iowa situation may be stated thus: The republican primary in June named Allison for senator over Cummins by a close vote. All co icede that against any other than Allison, Cummins would have won. Allison died two months after he was nominated. "Consequently, the instructions which the primary had given to re publican legislators to vote for Alli son were nullified. Unless some oth er nominee is named by the party the legislators will be free to support whom they choose. Cummins is a candidate. There will be several oth ers. "The Cummins partisans all over the state are ready to knife anti Cummins legislative candidates and the anti-Cummins people propose to defeat Cummins candidates. Either side seems fully willing to let the democrats have the senator rather than to allow the victory to go to the op posite republican faction. "With Allison gone there is a va cancy. Gov. Cummins has the power to appoint for the remainder of the Allison term, or until the legislature —which meets in January—shall elect. Whether he will do this or call the legislature in session to elect, or al low the vacancy to continue ad in terim, has not been decided. Some of Cummins' friends want him to re sign as governor and at once be ap pointed senator by his successor, the present Lieutenant Governor, Garst, who is a strong Cummins supporter. Others want him to leave the va cancy. Others ur'ge that he call the legislature to elect. "Still others insist that he call the legislature together and get it to adopt an amendment to the present primary law, under which provision shall be made for a second primary when a vacancy occurs, as in the present case. Then they would have the legislature elect to fill the present vacancy and adjourn. The Governor could announce his candidacy for the noination at the second primary and there is considered little doubt that he would be named. But the anti Cummins element opposes this idea. It urges that the expense of a second primary should not be saddled on the state. More than this, and much more forcibly, it urges that if a pri mary be held the nominee of that primary, whether he be of one faction of* the other, will be knifed at the polls by his ancient enemies of the other crowd. The legislature will go democratic, and Claude R. Porter, whom the democrats have nominated to receive their support for senator, will get he seat vacated by Allison. "The situation is a complex and difficult one. As a possible way out of it the big harmony conference has been called. All the republican mem bers of the legislature, nominees for the next legislature, state officers and nominees for state offices, editors of republican newspapers and various classes of party leaders have been in vited to attend. BECLOUDING THE ISSUE. Helena Independent: Postmaster General Von L. Meyer, has been visiting Mr. Taft and expressing his views on the bank deposit guarantee plank of the democratic platform. It may be noted in passing, says the Salt Lake Herald, that this particular plank has found such favor in the west and middle west (that Mr. Taft and his advisors are greatly worried about it and are trying to concen trate their fire on it. Mr. Meyer is worried about the danger to the conservative and honestly managed banks that would befall them from the misdeeds of reckless bankers. He says: "The guaranteeing of deposits by all national banks would mean noth ing less than the conservative and honestly managed banks would have to pay the debts of banks which have been badly and dishonestly managed. Under this system there iwould be nothing to prevent a not over scrup ulous banking officer in the compe tition of obtaining deposits, claiming that they had no risks, as deposits are guaranteed. The bank in turn would have to make investments which would involve great risks in order to make any money. "If successful, this would tend to increase speculation, which is one of the misfortunes of the present day, with the wildcat schemes and high finance that have been so much in evidence within the last year." Too bad, isnt' it? But what does Mr. Meyer suppose would happen if a guarantee law were passed? Wouldn't the law provide for an examination of banks and their secur ities such as would weed out the "not over scrupulous bankers?" Wouldn't it result in an examination system that would examine, and not such a farce as the national bank examina tions which enabled John R. Walsh to loan himself millions of his de positors' money, right under the nose of the national bank examiners? All this talk about the dishonest bankers profiting by a guarantee law is plain buncombe on the face of it. When the banks of New York got to gether and guaranteed millions of illegal money last fall, what happen ed? The "not over scrupulous bank ers," the Schwabs and Thomases and (their like, were driven out of the business simply because they had to show their securities before the clear ing house would guarantee their de posits; and the clearing house found they had not complied with the law, had been speculating with depositors' funds and otherwise discrediting their business. Whether it is possible to frame a law that shall do exact justice to all classes of banks is one question; but there can be no question about the effect a guarantee law would have on the dishonest bankers; it would compel them to submitt to such scrutiny and publicity that they could not continue in the business. Which would be a good thing for the other banks as well as for all depositors. THERE'S NO DISCRIMINATION. Chairman Mack and other demo crats are making a fuss because the railroads refused to make special rates for the Bryan notification this week, though special rates were made for the Tift notification. They should remember that railroads are not in the habit of charging regular rates for their own construction material or for their employes. How can the railroads conduct a political campaign if they put the people and the cor poration agents on the same footing? In 1896 and 1900 the railroads treated republicans and republican meetings as railroad affairs. Why shouldn't they do so this year?—San Francisco Star. Someone has evidently been using the big stick, the big roll or a liberal allowance of soothing syrup down in Forsyth. Up to two weeks ago, Ira Cole, who runs the Times, and Jeffy Johns who runs the Journal, were damning each other to the limits of their vocabularies which is going some. But something has suddenly come over them or somebody has come over to them as they have sud denly ceased their belligerency and their editorial columes which former ly sizzled with burning personalities are now devoted to county fair premium lists, treatises on the preser vation of our natural resources, etc. The cessation of hostilities is doubt less most gratifying to the readers of the two papers. Bryan has made three important addresses since his nomination. The first was his speech fo acceptance at Lincoln in (which his subject was, "Shall the People Rule." His second was a tariff speech at Indianapolis, and the third was an address on the guaranty of bank deposits, and de livered at Topeka last week. Ice Trust Sherman made a pitiable effort at answering the first speech but not one of the republicans have yet managed to pick a flaw in any one of these addresses by the Great Com moner. The republican papers of Montana are trying to squeeze out a bit of satisfaction because the Montana Federation of Labor convention at Billings two weeks ago did not en dorse Bryan. But let it be re membered that the Federation did endorse the political stand taken by Mr. Gompers and all know where Mr. Gompers stands. Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor for over twenty years, is daily receiving hundreds of letters from the heads of local labor organizations in every part of the nation commending him for his stand in the present campaign and pledging their earnest support of the democratic ticket. Louisville Courier-Journal: Wil liam E. Corey, who has asked "who is Kern," is better known as Mr. Ma belle Gilman Corey. As a type of the American citizen he is chiefly use ful as a hideous example of the evil effects of large amounts of money upon a small amount of brains. While Tom Swindlehurst, John Walsh and "Doc" Scanland are all good democrats and fine fellows, we nevertheless insist that the next lieu tenant governor of Montana will be from Fergus county and his front initial will be Dave Hilger. The Dawson County Review, the Forsyth Times and the Red Lodge Picket will now have to look for someone else to love since "Alfalfa Bill" Lindsay, of Dawson, threw them down so crooly. The Daily Missoulian has answered Mr. Bryan's question by saying, "the people do rule." Now, there's logic, epigram, intelligence and horse sense for you—from a republican viewpoint. Anaconda Standard: Curiosity will always be rampant as to just what Theodore Roosevelt would have done if he had been among the heldups. Fearing that he really might be nominated against Ed Norris, William Lindsay decided that it was time to stop his bluffing. RECEIVES JAPANESE PAPER. Far Away Publication Contains Pic ture of Fergus County Girl. Mrs. M. D. Deaton last week re ceived from her daughter, Miss Georgia, a copy ot the Yorodzu Choho (whatever that may mean) a paper published in Tokyo, Japan. The paper contains a picture of the six young ladies sent to the Orient by the most progressive newspapers of this state and the picture of Miss Deaton, the Democrat's contest win ner, is especially good. The paper is printed on a much poorer grade of news print than is used in this coun try and bears very little resemblance to an American publication although it is profusely illustrated. The paper prints about a half colume of matter in the English lan guage, from which the following is taken: "Reports had been currant that sixty-nine American girl students would arrive by the S. S. Tenyo Maru on a visit to the country. Preparations ha<J been made to wel come them by several schools for girls and other public bodies in Tokyo and elsewhere. Newspaper reporters flocked to Yokohoma on Tuescday to interview them as the steamer was to arrive on that day, but she had only six young ladies on board instead of the expected sixty-nine. They are from Montana and students to • be sure and have come to see Japan dur ing the vacation. Needless to add that the reporters and others were agape for awhile. Disappointed? No, not in the least, for the visitors are as fair and charming maidens as Uncle Sam could possibly show them.'* _ _____________ ,____ LONE PARK BANDIT MAKES GREAT HAUL HIGHWAYMAN HOLDS UP ONE HUNDRED FIFTY PEOPLE IN PARK. Livingston, Aug. 25.—The total loss to the passengers in the 16 coaches held up yesterday in the Yellowstone park by the lone highwayman is now placed at $10,000 in money and an equal value in watches and jewelry. The robber has not been appre hended, although Major Allen and a detachment of soldiers and scouts have been on the trail all night. The chances for his escape are good, as the point where the holdup occurred is near the Jackson Hole country, fa mous as a refuge for criminals, and is reached from that part of the park by several different routes. This, combined with the start of the bandit, gained while the coaches were mak ing the drive olf 15 miles to the lake, makes his escape seem almost cer tain. Reward Offered. On their arrival at the lake the vic tims notified the troops asd search was at once instituted, and later with reinforcements from Fort Yellow stone, it was vigorously prosecuted under the personal supervison of General Young, who commands the park garrison. A reward of $1,000 was' also voted but no clew has been found. The story of the holdup which has reached Livingston, the nearest point on the Northern Pacific railroad, is as follows: Sixteen coaches, traveling in a string, were halted, each in turn, and one lone highwayman with two very large and business-like six shooters, relieved the touring passengers of their money, jewelry and watches. The smoothness with which the out law planned his work showed him to be a master hand at his business and his coolness and determination with which he executed his plans leftt nothing for the sightseers to do but to stand and deliver. The scene of the holdup was particularly well chosen, both ifor natural advantage and cover during the robberies, and for the escape which was so success ful after the last plundered coach had been sent on its way. From Old Faithful inn to Lake Yel lowstone is 19 miles, through the wildest and most deserted part of the park. It was on this part of the road that the highwayman chose his am bush. Road Very Narrow. Four miles south Old Faithful road sweeps a clear and straight road .for another half mile unobstructed by turns or dips. The road at this point is narrow, being bounded on one side by a high cliff and on the other by a deep gulch. It was at the turn that the robbery occurred. As the first coach wheeled carefully around the sharp point a roughly dressed man dropped into the road beside the wheel team, a bandana handkerchief covering his face below the eyes and two heavy Colts looking like Krupp cannons met the startled gaze of driver and passengers. The curt com mand to halt and climb down was promptly complied with. The stop was made, as was noted by an ob servant tourist, so that the back wheel just touched a small log fastened across the road. This stopped the coach in such a manner that all but the rear wheels were hidden by a rocky point. The driver and pas sengers, as they descended, stepped out of sight of the (following coaches, the occupants of which suspected that only an ordinary stop had been made <o view the wonderful scenery. Each Coach Halted. Each coach at this turn halted and slowly, one at a time, swung around the corner to face the robber's gun. At the command of the bandit the trembling passengers promptly step ped down and lisgorged. Each coach, after its passengers were stripped of valuables, was ordered to move on at a trot, which command was added the caution to the passengers not to turn and try any "funny business," as they would be in sight for a long time, and his rifle was a long-dis tance weapon and beautifully accurate. The highwayman's friendly advice was cooly received, and as he disposed of the last of the long string of coaches he imparted to the occupants of the last one the cheerful information that he would watch the back trail for one hour, and travel over it in the direc tion of Old Faithful would be any thing but healthy for them to return. This advice was listened to and the string of coaches traveled on. Of the 16 coaches, four were Yellowstone Park Transportation company ve hicles, five were Monida coaches and nine were Wylie Camping company vehicles. There were several promi nent persons in the party and the booty was large, one man alone being relieved of $1,200. Each coach carried about 11 pas sengers and a driver. The .highway man's cleverness in taking advantage of the road where he could handle one coach at a time, and the fact on the absolute evidence of the lack of armed resistence, made the affair suc cessful. The last holdup by high waymen in the park occurred in 1896. Fine Shows at Bijou. The popular Bijou theatre has been pleasing large houses right along, by presenting programs of unusual merit. Tonight an Edison film entitled "Love Will Find a Way," is the feature, while tomorrow a very strong program is to be presented. A thrilling fire scene, which has its humorous side, will be shown,'(while the headliner is a magnificent drama entitled, "The Hidden Hand." HANKERS FOR LEWISTOWN. Matt Gunton, Old Time Resident, Reads Democrat With Interest. The editor of the Democrat re ceived, a few days ago, a letter from Matt Gunton, for years a resident of Fergus county, in which he says: "Please find herewith my check for $5, to balance my account. Did not Hopkins Bros. PURE FOOD GROCERS mm Fruit for Preserving Having bought the larger portion of a car of fruit just out from the growers, we are in a position to give you the best fruit to be had at the lowest prices. 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Price, $2.50 J. E. Phelan, David Hilger. C. J. Phelan, f&L£President. Vice President. General Manager. WESTERN LUMBER & GRAIN CO. OF MONTANA A COMPLETE stock of the best Western lumber is now enroute to Lewistown for this new yard located on 1st Ave. near Water St. The fourth and best lumber yard established in Lewistown. Prices tc suit the times. A modern grain elevator will be erected and ready before harvest time this season. :: :: Watch For Further Announcements J think I had let it run so long and will do better in future. Altough I a in Kalimazoo, Mich., I have mighty good feelings toward Lewistown and every time my paper comes, I read it the first thing, to see what the old timers are doing. It makes me wish I was there for it is the best country and has in it the best people I ever knew. Am glad that Lewistown is holding her own as the best city in central Montana." For Sale. One gasoline engine and drilling out fit. One 3-inoh centrifugal pump, also haying machinery. JESSE BACKUS, 8-18-tf Windham, Mont.