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John Purdy, a brakeman, fell from
near Dillon Thursday and received
fatal injuries.
* * *
The Ancient Order of Hibernians
of Montana will hold their next state |
convention in Butte.
Sheriff Ward, of Ravalli county,
last week captured Charles C. Dunn,
a noted horsethief over on the west
• * *
^Ezra Dillingham, residing near
Belfry, Carbon county, was recently
struck by lightning and, after remain
ing unconscious for 24 hours, came
around all right.
* * *
Norman Thetford, of Miles City,
iwas killed in a wonton manner by a
holdup early Wednesday morning. A
man by the name of Husp is in jail
charged with the crime.
» * *
Ex-Congressman C. S. Hartman, of
Bozeman, has announced that while
he is not a*candidate for the demo
cratic nomination for congress, he
will accept the nomination if tender
ed him by the state convention.
* * *
The Beaverhead high school board
of trustees have converted the gym
nasium into a class room for the
domestic science class and instead of
turning out foot ball players, will en
deavor ito turn out good cooks and
* * *
After a more or less stormy con
vention, the socialists of Montana last
week named their state ticket and
adjourned. Harry Hazelton, of Mis
soula, is the candidate for governor
and Arthur Harvey, of Lewistown, is
on the ticket for secretary of state.
* * *
A booklet recently issued by the
Butte Chamber of Commerce says
that the Montna metropolis is the
greatest railroad city in the world
considering its population. Nine mil
lions of dollars are paid to the rail
roads annually for freight. The num
ber of carloads of freight handled an
nually is 192,000.
E. W. King, for years, superin
tendent at the Gold Ref in Gilt Edge,
one of the principal owners of the
. , ,,
Barnes-King prior to its sale to the
present holding company, a former
member of the state legislature from
Fergus county and one of the most
popular fellows who ever lived in this
part of the state, came in last Mon
day evening to attend the corner
stone laying ceremonies and, in
cilentally, to 'take a degreer or two
in the Masonic work. Although his
residence is now in Bozeman, "E. W."
has spent the greater part of the past
year in Rawhide, Nevada. He was
one of the first men on the ground
in that camp and and got control of
some of the biggest propositions
there. To a reporter for the Demo-1
crat, Mr. King stated that Rawhide
is now one of the busiest camps in
Nevada. There are several thousand
inhabitants, town lots command big
prices and many substantial buildings
have already been erected. There
are forty hoists at work in the camp
and the mineral wealth of the moun
tain is being rapidly developed. He
showed us specimens which ran up in
the thousands in gold and says that
his company has shipped out a con
siderable quantity of about the richest
rock ever taken from the earth. All
ore which does not run over $35 per
ton is left on the dump as it does
not pay to ship it to Salt Lake but,
according to Mr. King, it is_ but a
matter of months before a big mill
will be erected in the camp and then
thousands of tons of this ore will be
iworked at an enormous profit. Mr.
King left Thursday morning for Raw
hide, expecting to reach there yester
day morning.
What some people believe will be
one of the biggest mining proposi
tions in the country is owned by
about a dozen Finlanders and located
at Yogo Baldy, about half way be
tween Yogo and Neihart, in the Belt
mountains. These men, who live in
that vicinity, some owning ranches
and others working at whatever they
can find to do, located the ground
about nine years ago. They worked
there at odd times and, at all times,
maintaining the utmost secrecacy,
The Democrat learns from an author
itative source, however, that they are
developing a lead which is 30 feet
thick and which assays $100 in gold,
silver and copper. They have follow
ed the vein down to a depth of 90
feet where they cross-cut 30 feet.
The lead grows stronger as they go
down. We are informed that eastern
parties have an option on the ground
for $185,000, with the chances strong
ly in favor of this option being taken
C. B. Noble has been working
steadily for weeks on a prospect in
the Cone Butte district in which he,
Oswald Lehman, A. L. Hawkins and
Ed Sutter are interested. The show
ing is most encouraging and all of
William Strain, one of the pioneers
of Great Falls, died last Wednesday,
* * *
Miss Winnifred Ferris has been
chosen queen of the Bozeman sweet
pea carnival
The Sons of Harmann lodge held
their annual state convention in Great
Falls last week.
* * v
J. J. Dallas says that the Inde
pendence party will put a full state
ticket in the field in Montana.
* * *
Kirby Hoon says that an effort is
being made to get Portland into the
Pacific Northwest League, in which
case, Butte will be dropped.
* * * »
The county commissioners of Silver
Bow county have reduced the number
of justices of the peace in Butte from
iten to two and also cut eight con
stables off the pay roll.
* * *
E. H. Beckler, one of the best
known civil and construction engi
neers in the United States, dropped
dead last Wednesday at the west
tunnel camp on the St. Paul road
near Taft, Montana.
+ * *
George Cresswell, one of the boys
who held up the Shelby train in the
suburbs of Great Falls and killed
William Dempsey while doing the
job, has been admitted to bail by
Judge Leslie in the sum of $3,000.
* * *
Louis Jacobs and wife, of Billings,
were carried over a steep bank by
team of horses and fell a distance of
nearly 100 feet. Jacobs was serious
ly if not fatally injured. Mrs. Jacobs
received only a few slight bruises.
* * *
Matt Erker, of Butte, has instituted
suit against the Boston & Montana
Mining company, of Buitte, for $30,000
damages alleged to have been sus
tained when the complainant fell
through the floor of the Pittsmont
smelter last December.
Full line of blank books at
Democrat Supply Department.
the boys are jubilant over their pros
Rich Strike Near Butte.
An enormously rich find of gold
quartz has been made at the doors of
Two assays of the ore found in
10-foot discovery shaft have been
made, one showing $133.20 in gold and
.the other $1,384 in gold and 20 ounces
s ;j ver t0 t i ie ton. The discoverer
is W. T. Clark, for many years a resi
dent of Anaconda, where he is well
known, but in later years a resident
of Butte.
The location of the strike is about
three-quarters of a mile from Gray
station, on the Chicago, Milwaukee &
St. Paul railway, 22 miles from Butte
and just east of the Eighteen Mile
house, between the St. Paul road and
Fish creek, and on the ridge about
2,000 feet above the creek.
There are some good copper crop
pings in that neighborhood, and
Clark went out there two years ago
to prospect for copper. He ran a tun
nel 150 feet and cut a vein at a .depth
of 100 feet, finding good indications
and some bunches of copper ore, but
it was a proposition that did not ap
peal to a poor man, and last month
he started to look for gold.
Finds Outcroppings,
After some prospecting, he found
the outcrops of four small veins, up
on which he sank discovery shafts
In one of them he has a vein eighj
inches wide, from -which he panned
the gold, the rock being speckled with
the yellow metal. In another shaft he
has what he calls a "seam," four to
six inches wide, but the ore does not
show the native gold like that in the
other vein, and he brought some
average samples to Bubte for assay,
with the result above given. The as
say certificates of Lewis & Walker
show $1,384 gold and 20 ounces
silver for one sample, and $133.20 in
gold for the other.
Modest About It
Clark is modest about his dis
covery. "I don't know if there
any more than shows in the shaft or
not," he said yesterday, "but I be
lieve there is. The veins are well de
fined and in a granite formation
didn't need the assay to tell me that
there was gold in the rock, for it is
easily panned, but I wanted to know
just how much there was in it."
Clark has located seven claims and
Tuesday he showed his assay certifi
cate to several men. The result was
a mild stampede to the district early
yesterday morning. Several of the
claims located by him disclose in the
discovery shafts silver and lead ore.
Years ago a lot of placer gold was
mined along Fish creek below the
ridge where the veins have been
found. The location is some distance
below the old Highland district.
Says McAdow Is Mistaken.
Helena, Aug. 25.—^Statements of
P. W. McAdow of Punta Gorda, Fla.,
that the party he was with in 1862 at
Gold Creek discovered the first gold
in Montana are refuted in a statement
to the historical library from Gran
ville Stuart, of Butte, who says:
"In May, 1858, my brother James
and myself,-R. Anderson and Thomas
Adams found what we considered pay
ing prospects in that region; in 1860
we built a good house on Gold creek,
in which we lived while prospecting
and finding gold in many places; in
1861 we had picks and shovels, sluice
forks packed up to us on pack horses
from Walla Walla, 425 miles distant,
and also in the same year hired Sam
Martineau and Hugs to whipsaw
000 feet of lumber for sluice boxes
mine with, for which we paid
them 10 cents per foot. In 1860
Henry Thomas, whom we promptly
nicknamed "Gold Tom," came up by
ay of the Petf d'Oreille river to
Gold creek, where he hewed out four
sluice boxes about eight inches wide
and eight inches high, put together
ith wooden pins, there being no
nails obtainable, the country being
destitute of stores of any kind. He
sunk, all alone, a shaft about 30 feet
deep on Gold creek and washed the
gravel he took out in the four little
sluice boxes, which were each took
out $1.50 to $2 per day in rather
coarse gold. I was often at his camp
in 1861 and saw him do this.
"McAdow says, on page 1142, of
Warner, Beers & Co.'s History of
Montana, that he gold he took out
1862 caused the first excitement
in Montana gold mines. He should
have said that it added to the excite
ment caused by letters written by my
brother James and 1, which caused
many to start for Gold Creek in the
spring of 1862, and they were already
beginning to arrive when McAdow
was taking out the gold that he says
caused the first excitement."
Secretary Croft, of the Commercial
Club, has been busy during the past
week in gathering up some samples
of our grain, grasses and vegetables
which will form a display for this
county in the Chicago, Milwaukee &
S.t Paul exhibit car which is shortly
car which is shortly to start from St.
Paul on a tour of the country.
Rather contrary to his expectations
Secretary Croft had no difficulty in
securing all of the fine specimens
that he desired. In fact, he found
dozens of fields in the parts of the
county which he had an opportunity
to visit which furnished samples of
grain which will demonstrate very
clearly the superiority of the Inland
Empire as a grain growing region.
The specimens collected are now be
ing arranged and will surely make a
most creditable display when finally
Will Be Big Grain Crop.
Mr. Croft informs the Democrat
that a very erroneous impression pre
vails as to the grain crop in Fergus
county this year. While much of the
spring grain will not come up to the
mark, there are hundreds of fields
scattered about the county which will
turn out immense yields.
Although the average yield will not
be anywhere nearly as great as the
record breaking yield of last year,
the entire crop will aggregate almost
as many bushels as the crop of last
Littlejohn Is Busy.
N. J. Littlejohn, to whom the
board of county commissioners dele
gated the task of getting together a
display for the state fair, is also busy
and says that Fergus county will
have every bit as fine if not a better
display at Helena this year at last
When the exhibit from this county
fexcited universal admiration.
Charley Wentworth, who has been
driving about the county collecting
the samples, confirms the report of
Secretary Croft of the Commercial
Club as to the fine fields of grain to
be found in every section of the
county. Charley says that in hardly
an instance where the ground was
well prepared and the grain sown
early is there anything even approach
ing a failure. He says further that
the present season has been a splen
did if somewhat costly object lesson
to the grain growers who now ap
preciate that deep plowing, careful
cultivation and early sowing means a
first class crop in Fergus county.
Life On die N-Bar Ranch.
Mike Cleary's gang on the N "Bar"
ranch was a jolly sort of a crew,
They pitched and stacked and raked
and mowed the whole day through,
All day they tore around and worked
and tossed the hay like h—1,
'Till six, when they hiked for camp
awaiting Jim Dailey's bell.
John Lindgust moved the "go-devil"
'til grace would loudly bawl,
And "jerk it" were the words he
yelled, then down the hay would
The teamsters blessed their gentle
bronks, the hayracks rolled away,
'Twas one continuous round of joy
or 4th of July play.
Bold Bowman stood upon the stack
'til his feet were covered with
He yanked the hay where it ought to
go and the wind blew through his
Oh, a stacker's job is a way-up one
and it calls for lots of sand,
But Stanley fell from his lofty perch
and roams with a wooly band.
Then after supper we lit our pipes
ani every man who spoke
Told how he blew his last stake in
and how he then went broke,
Or Banks, the showman, spread him
self and the talk was then of snakes.
Of rattlesnakes and centipedes and
serpants which were fakes.
For he told of a dreadful reptile
that was chlled the sclopperslong,
Which sometimes bit a hobo and the
hobo died ere long.
His partner once was eating lunch
when all at once he said,
"I'm bit old pard by a sclopperslong"
then fell over dead.
Then forth would come a pack of
cards, an ancient pack and old,
An.d gambling would then begin, but
alas, 'twas not for gold.
For the gamblers were short of
change and the player who won a
Got quite puffed up and swelled his
chest and called it a hot old time.
Then all was still in the haying camp
except for a hollow roar,
Which issued forth from a darkened
tent and we all heard Foster snore,
The stars came out and the dog went
home and the coyotes howled and
But we all slept on 'till at 5 a. m.
Jim Daly came out and rang.
Located in the Grain Center of the
Judith Basin.
PATRICK NIHILL.......Vice Pres.
GORDON O. SHAFER.....Cashier
HUGH L. SHAFER..........Teller
Martin L. Woodman
J. T. Wunderlin Thos. Nicholson
R. W. Clifford A M. Mathews
Patrick Nihill B. E. Stack
G. O. Shafer P. T. Elston
We cordially invite the business ol
farmers, stockmen, merchants and
others and feel confident that our
strength and service will render an
account, once established, a source of
mutual satisfaction and profit.
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 ' .isi
Lewistown, ... Montana
Ladies Save Yourselves
Carpets taken, cleaned
and put down.........
P. O. Box 242
Residence 511 Pipe
6eo. Mitchell,
Sueetfort to
and all sorts of leather goods in
Fergus County.
A full line of bicycles and bicycle
30 to 50 per ciat Discount
On all dental work. This is just
what I mean. I also guarantee
all my work. I use the very best
material, also make my operations
as painless as possible. I ad
minister Somnoform for painless
extractions. It is safe and one
recovers from the effect quickly,
feeling perfectly well. I am strict
up to the latest methods.
Dr. M. Ift. Hedges
Laux Building, .Near Land Office
Mutual 'phone 307.
First National Bank
Deposits $1,000,000.00
Resources $1,600,000.00
J. L. Stuart
N. M McCauley
Andrew Fergus
Herman Otten
David Hilger
George M. Stone
W. J. Johnson.
Harry Yaeger
Gordon Shafer
Phillips Drug Company
Everything in Drugs, Chemical, and
Patent Medicines, Books and Sta
tionery, Tob. co and Cigars. Conklin
Fountain Pens. : : : : :
Prescriptions carefully compounded
by registered pharmacist, day or
night. ::::::::
.The Corner Drug Store.
Main and Fourth Ave.
'Phone 75
Small Accounts as
well as large ones
are welcome here. You need not
wait until jour business has assum
ed large proportions before opening
an account. DO IT TODAY. Our
patrons, regardless of the amount
of business done, recive every cour
tesy in all matter intrusted to us
and there is nothing in safe bank
ing we cannot do.
We Have MONEY to Loan on
No red tape. Money ready as soon as
paper signed.
Still 'Doin^
Business ......
Although wc have ditposed of » large amount of furniture in the
past two weeks, we still have a good selection on hand and more ar
riving every week. We believe in moving our stock rapidly and a» a
result the furnituie carried by us is always of the latest pattern at
well as being new and fresh from the factory.
Everything in the Furniture Line
Parrott Furniture Co.
Opposite Post Office

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