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Fergus County Democrat. Vol V. No. 3. LEWISTOWN. FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1908 Price 5 Cents The Gotzian Shoe MADE IN ST. PAUl SINCE ISAS. 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. A Real Charity Ball! Charity begins at home; so should dancing; so should a Victor. A dollar a week puts it into your home to dance by , to your heart's content and that of your family. VICTOR We will explain our easy payment plan any day you'll call. EMIL W. SAXL Lewistown Montana T RUE watch fine ness is a matter of workmanship and ma terial—not of price, or of jewels, or of a gold case. The fineness of the Howard watch is the fineness of intelligent design, of workmanship with a conscience behind it, of exquisite adjustment. Every Howard is adjusted in its case, to heat, cold, vibration, change of position. The price U fixed by the printed ticket attached at the factory—$35.00 to $150.00— and it never cut. "When you buy a Howabd you get tome thing." * We are diatributora for thia distinctive watch. *■ SUTTER BROS. Diamond Block. Lewistown, Montana THE WINNING TICKET IS NAMED Most Enthusiastic Convention In History of Fer gus County Held By Democrats In Court c House Last Saturday. i Representatives—Dr. S. E. Haycraft and Breck Orabaum. Sheriff—Ed Martin. Commissioner—J. M. Parrent. Clerk and Recorder—C. L. Myer sick. Clerk of Court—John B. Ritch. Assessor—John Marshall. County Attorney—H. L. DeKalb. Treasurer—Grant Robinson. Supt. of Schools—Orpha Noble. Surveyor—W. M. Me Clean. Coroner—Dr. T. H. Pleasants. Public Administrator—M. D. Kim ball. The democrats of Fergus county last Saturday nominated their ticket and are ready for a victorious fight. The convention, which assembled in the district court room at the court house, was one of the most largely attended, most enthusiastic and har monious political gatherings ever held in Fergus county. Their deliberations were marked by the utmost good feel ling and the result of their labors is more than satisfactory to every demo crat in the county. Conventios Called to Order. Matthew E. Regas, chairman of the county democratic central committee, called the convention to order. Secre tary E. W. Mettler, read the call for the convention after which Chairman Regan introduced the Rev. J. A. Mar tin who delivered an eloquent invoca tion. At the instance of the chairman, Secretary Mettler read a communica tion from William A. Gordon, Jr., chairman of the central committee during the last campaign and now in California where he was compelled to go on account of ill health. Mr. Gor don's well iwritten communication aroused much enthusiasm. Temporary Officers Chosen. Roy E. Ayers nominated D. H. Linebarger, of Gilt Edge, for tem porary chairman of the convention. This motion was seconded by Barney BIG TRACT OF LAND TO OE SUBDIVIDED RECORD BREAKING TRANS ACTION BY THE COOK REYNOLDS CO. One of the largest and most im portant real estate transactions ever consummated in Montana was closed the latter part of last week when the Cook-Reynolds company, of this city, purchased of the Enterprise Land & Improvement company, eight thou sand acres of land, comprising the old Shea, Lewis and Smith ranches, located south of the Judith river and east of the new town of Philbrook. The price paid for the land was $145,000, and real estate men who arc acquainted with the land are unani mous in saying that the purchasers got a great bargain. All Can Be Cultivated. Practically every acre of this im mense tract can be cultivated. Much of it is under irrigation and all of it will raise immense crops of grain or hay. To the Democrat, Mr. Reynolds states that, Lh all his experience, he has never seen a tract of land of that size which contained so little waste land. Will Be Subdivided. It is the intention of the purchasers to subdivide this big tract into tracts ranging in size from 160 acres to 640 acres and this work of subdivision has already been started. An office will be opened at Philbrook with O. T. Brigam, who has been in the Lewistown office for several months, in charge. Handle Business From Here. The Cook-Reynolds company ex pect to place a bona fide settler on each of those subdivisions within the next few months. The land will be placed on the market at prices rang ing from $22.50 to $37.50 per acre and should go rapidly at those figures. The purchasers of the tracts will be able 'to buy on easy terms as the latest purchasers of the big tract have made arrangements w'hereby they can carry two-thirds of the purchase price for from three to five years at 6 per cent, interest. Prospective purchasers will be Barnier, of Kendall, and Mr. Line barger was elected by a rising vote. J. S. Kelly, of Kendall, and J. W. Dougherty, of Maiden, 'were asked to. escort the temporary chairman to the platform. Upon being introduced by the retiring chairman, Mr. Regan, the newly elected temporary presiding of ficer made a brief address in which he thanked the convention for the honor conferred and expressed his de sire to preside with absolute partiality and to tihe satisfaction of all. J. E. Wasson named Roy E. Ayers for temporary secretary. This nomi nation was seconded by Rufus Poland, of Maiden, and on motion of Daniels, of Kendall, the nomination was made by acclimation. J. E. Wasson and Matt E. Regan escortel Mr. Ayers to his position beside the chairman. Motions were then duly made, sec onded and carried that committees of five each be appointed on rules and order of business, credentials, perma nent organization, platform and reso lutions and delegates to the state con vention. Committees Are Named. The ohairman announced a recess of ten minutes to enable him to make up these committees. Upon being called to order again, Chairman Linebarger announced his committees as follows: Credentials — Regan, Mengelkoch, Haycraft, Shiell and George Ayers. Rules and Order of Business—Was son, Roy Ayers, Dusek, Walker and Burnett. Platform and Resolutions—Poland, Mettler, Ray, Deaton and Dahl. Delegates to State Convention— Shaw, Graham, Butler, Dougherty and Slater. Permanent Organization — Bernier, Parrent, Schneider, Skelton, Millsap. It being almost noon, the conven tion then adjoured until 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Report of Committees. The convention was called to order shortly after 2 o'clock and all com brought to Lewistown and taken out to the Philbrook tract by automobile. The business of showing iwould-be buyers the land, will be handled, after they get to Philbrook in case they shall come over the Billings-Northern, after the completion of that road, by automobiles and rigs. Many Homeseekers Coming. Those who are in a position to judge, say that, beginning within the next two weeks, scores of home seek ers will be coming into Lewistown and other Fergus county points every day. Both east and west, the crops are now harvested, the new crop will soon be sown and the rancher's cay of leisure is at hand. October and November are the months usually chosen by the man who desires to see a new country, to take ithe trip. Real estate men say that an er roneous impression exists in the minds of most people as to the source of the immigration which is expected to set in toward Fergus county. It is generally held that the states east of us will furnish the homeseekers. Such, however, is not the case. It is expected that the Gallatin, Bitter Root and Yellowstone valleys, of our own state, the Palouse in Washington and the rich farming sections of Idaho, Oregon and California will each send a liberal quota of 'home seekers. It is pointed out that the people coming from those valleys will meet here identically the same conditions which confronted them when they first settled where they now reside. The land is new, comparatively cheap and capable of raising immense crops. The men from the Gallatin, Bitter Root and Yellowstone valleys, in this state, who have seen just such land advance in price, in a very few years, from $10 and $20 per acre to from $50 to $100, realize the advantage of getting hold of some of the real estate which can now be secured on such reasonable terms in the Judith basin. Act of Vandalism. Some one certainly has it in for J. W. Hughes, the well known stone mason. The latest piece of spite work to be perpetrated against Jack was the marring of some of the fine cut stone prepared for the Empire Bank building. Jack had the same experience when he was working 011 the Carnegie library and has suffered from such vandalism on numerous oc casions. rv.cn aai FnjUfk affmar tion. mittees announced that they were ready to report. The committee on permanent organization recommended the election of J. E. Wasson, of Kendall, as permanent chairman ami Fr;y^lfr..Cunningham, of Lewistown, as manent secretary of the conven tion. Upon motion duly made and seconded this report was adopted unanimously and enthusiastically. Wasson Thanks Convention. After being escorted to the chair and introduced by the retiring tem porary chairman, Mr. Wasson very neatly thanked the convention for the honor conferred on him and proceed ed to show that the selection was a wise one by having the business of the convention transacted without any unnecessary delays. The report of the committee on credentials showed that there was 64 regularly accredited delegates present. The report of this committee was adopted and the committee discharg ed. The report of the committee on rules and order of business was read and adopted. Much interest was shown in the reading of the report of the commit tee on platform and resolutions. The endorsement of the present demo cratic officials and of Hon. David Hilger for the nomination for lieu tenant governor at the state were en thusiastically received. The platform as adopted may be found elsewhere in this issue of the Democrat. Nominations in Order. With the adoption of the platform, Chairman Wasson announced that in accordance with the report of the committee on order of business, the next thing would be the nomination of candidates for state committee man. Barney Bcrneir, of Kendall, named Roy E. Ayers for this position and Henry Danils, of Kendall, moved that nominations close and Mr. Ayers be chosen by acclimation. This motion was promptly and unanimously car ried. The popular young attorney acknowledged the honor in a neat lit tle speech. The next order of business was the nomination of candidates for thtf state legislature. On motion made and carried, this order of business was the nomination of candidates for the (Continued on page 6.1 ROYAL WELCOME FOR GREAT FALLS MEN BIG DELEGATION FROM THE CATARACT CITY VISIT THE CAPITAL OF FERGUS. A special train carrying over one hundred Great Falls' people, arrived in the city last Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and the visitors were met by the larger portion of the popu lation of Lewistown. Fifteen or twenty automobiles were at the depot to meet the visitors and convey them up town but they decided to walk and headed by the Black Eagle band, one of the finest musical organizations in the state, marched from the railway station to the Judith club. After they had been shown to their rooms, the greater number of the vis itors went out to the ball game at Athletic heights and had the satis faction of seeing their team take a ragged contest from the crack Lew istown aggregation by a score of ') to 4. While it was not made known to the visitors, the victory of their hall team was a portion of the scheme to give the people from our neigh boring city the best possibly time. The base ball boys are nothiig if not loyal and obligingly let the Cat aract City boys have the long end cf the score. The real interest of the o-casion centered around the smoker given in honor of the excursionists in the evening at the Judith Club rooms. R. von Tobel acted as toastmaster at the beginning of the cermonies but later turned that job over to W. M. Thornton, the Great Falls banker who made an admirable presiding officer. A number of speeches, all along serious lines, were made by local men and visitors. The speakers each took up some subject relating to his home town or county and when the smoker was over, the men of Lewistown had a much better conception of the greatness of Great Falls and Cas cade county while the visitors were pretty well informed as to the re sources and possibilities of Lewis town and the great Judith Basin. The excursionists left on the regu Platform Endorses Democratic Officials And Gives Boost To David Hilger For Lirni' tenant Governor of Montana. Following are the resolutions which were so enthusiastically passed by the convention; Resolutions. Mr. Chairman: We, your commit tee appointed to draft resolutions to be presented to this convention, hav ing had the same under consideration, beg leave to report the following platform: We, the representatives of the democratic party of Fergus county, Montana, in convention assembled, do hereby formulate our declarations of principles and announcement of our policies, and declare that we renew our faith in the systems of govern ment upon the principles taught by Thomas Jefferson, and maintained by the great democratic party, through the success of which alone is it pos sible to restrain the growth of cen tralization, which was feared by the fathers and frames of the constitu tion. That in the Honorable William Jennings Bryan, we recognize the most profound living master and ablest expounder of these principles; the unrivaled champion of the cause of the people, the redoubtable foe of special privileges in every form, whether springing from legislation favoring special interests or seized by monopoly in defiance, or for want, of restraining law. We hold him as the standard bearer of this campaign and commend the principles for which he stands to the candid consideration ol every voter of this country, irrespec tive of past political affiliation. In local politics we commend and endorse the efficiency, capability and honesty of all democratic officials elected and holding office in Fergus county at the present time, and refer the voters of this county to their records for faithful performance of the duties imposed upon them. We especially commend the action of the board of county commissioners lar train Friday morning, arriving in Great Falls that evening over the B. & N. The people of Lewistown thor oughly appreciate tihe call by our northern neighbors and hope to re pay it at some not far distant date. DEATH OF JACK VADNAIS. Well Known Lewistown Resident Passes Away After Long Illness. ''Jack'' Vadnais, after linegring for weeks between life and death, passed away last Wednesday afternoon at his home a mile northeast of this city. The funeral was held Friday and was largely attended by the friends and acquaintances of the decedent and family. The services were held under the auspices of the Odd Fellows fraternity. Jack Vadnais was born in Wiscon sin .48 years ago. After a short resi dence in Canada, he came to Mon tana, first settling in the Gallatin val ley, from which place, in company with Joseph Jackson, he came to Fer gus county in 1882. He was a car penter by trade and followed that line of business. For a number of years he was also employed at the Montana Hardware company store and was held in the highest esteem by his employers, to whom he always gave the best services he could render. A few years ago, he moved with his family to his pretty litte ranch a mile from town. Several months ago, he commenced to ail seriously and was advised by his local physician to go to Rotchester, Minn., for an oper ation for kidney complaint. He was examined by the famous Mayo broth ers at the Rotchester hospital and they told him that there was no hope for him. He came home, put his af fairs in shape and resigned himself to the inevitable. To the wife and four children, the community extends sincerest sym pathy in this hour of their bereave ment. Miss Louise Schrocder, who has been seriously ill of pleuro-pneumonin at Stanford, is reported much im proved but is still confined to her bed. Mr. and Mrs. William Vannest left last Wednesday morning for their home in the state of Washington after a pleasant visit with numerous friends in this city and vicinity. in adopting plans for the construction of a Court House that is a credit to the county and which is being econom ically and honestly built. While we demand the strict en forcement of all laws, both state and national, and especially insist that the public domain be kept sacred for the use of the actual settler, and the ex ploration of the prospector, we con demn the substitution of arbitrary rules for federal statutes, and the em ployment of a horde of nonc-resident spies to harass, annoy and impoverish the honest entryman, largely to pro long their own employment. We condemn the systems adopted by the Interior Dept, in imposing fines for alleged infractions of rules governing the forest reserves, with out an opportunity to be heard in Court, or tlie right of appeal granted under the constitution; land while we are in favor of preserving the forests of our country in every way possible, we are opposed to the method of embracing therein large tracts of land that arc treeless, or that would be fit for agricultural purposes. We commend to the consideration of every voter of Fergus county the ndividual worth, integrity and honesty of the several nominees for county offices and pledge to the people that if elected they will serve the public in their respective positions in an ef ficient, honest and capable manner. And, be it resolved by the demo cratic convention of Fergus county in convention assembled, that we hereby present for the action of the state convention at Anaconda the name of a distinguished citizen of this county and of Montana for the position of lieutenant governor on the democratic ticket, and we hereby in struct the delegation from Fergus county to use all honorable means to secure the nomination of Hon. David Hilger for such position. (Signed) R. G. POLAND, Chairman of Committee. BASE BALL TEAM TOURING THE STATE BREAK EVEN AT GREAT FALLS —THE FIRST GAME WAS A SHUTOUT. The Lewistown base ball team left last Friday morning for a tour of the state. A portion of the players went over on the train with the returning Great Falls excursionists, while Man ager Frank Stevens took the rest of them over on his automobile. Those who are on the trip are: i)avis and Moe, catchers; Carleton and Friedlien, pitchers; McKeen and Haasch, 1st base; Schaffer and Wil liams, 2nd base; Slater, 3rd base; Willard, short; Tom Baker, Hottlo and Sweeney in the outfield. Shut Out Great Falls. The boys got an auspicious start by shutting out Gerat Falls Saturday afternoon. Fridlien pitched and al though touched up for eight hits was given magnificent support and pre vented one of the home players from getting around. Lewistown made but one error and not a base was stolen on Moe who was behind the bat. The second game iwas played Sun ady and Lewistown was defeated. The score was 13 to 8 which in dicates that the boys from the Inland Empire suffered a complete reversal of form and were further handicapped by some bum umpiring. From Great Falls the hoys went on to Helena where they played yester day afternoon. The game was called at the end of the fifth inning 'with the score a tie, 1 to 1. Carleton was in the box. They will play at Boze man today and then will take on Liv ingston for a game or two. Billings, Forsyth and Miles City will also be visited before the return home. Dr. Jacob Mills, of Helena, occupied the pulpit at the M. E. church Sunday morning. He left this morning for the Sage Creek Sheep company ranches to attend the annual meeting of the company.