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Fergus County Democrat. Vol V. No. 21. LEWISTOWN. FERGUS COUNTY. MONTANA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 100^ Price 5 Cents Find|Time— to step in and see what we are offering' in the way of (B^ristn^as Sifts We are now located in our new store in the Vehaun building and have a most complete line every thing in Men's Furnishings and Clothing Harry Brown, Come and see our line of the GENUINE AND ORIGINAL 0HICKERIN6 & SONS BOSTON iWilton, Pearl, HHUtmr jjtanog SOLD ON EASY PAYMENTS. EMILW.SAXL The "America 11 Alarms They're triple-tested timekeepers built to do lots of work and do it well. I can afford to sell them cheap, because they don't come back on me. $ 1.00 Guaranteed for one year. Good for ten. For sale by Sutter Bros. FERGUS IS IN TH E LEAD Over Half A Million Dollars Worth of Gold Bul lion Produced In This Coonty During the Past Year—Barnes King Report. Fergus county produced more gold than any other county in the state during the year 1908, according to the figures of T. B. Miller, assayer in charge of the U. S assay office at Helena. The Inland Empire, it is shown by Mr. Miller's report, sent to the assay office the enormous sum of $556,572.72 worth of gold bullion dur ing the year. This is $109,014.66 more than was produced by Madison county which comes second on the list. Ahead of Last Year. Fergus also showed a substantial increase in 1908 over 1907, the dif ference in favor of the year just\end ed being $60,046.50., The total value of bullion sent to the assay office from all the counties in the state is $1,600,104.07. It may thus be seen that Fergus county produced more than one-third of all the gold bullion mined in the entire treasure state Iasi year. What Each County Produced. Following is the value of the bul lion produced in each of the gold producing counties of the state dur ing 1908: Beaverhead, $1249.60; Broadwater, $10,428.39; Cascade, $130.81; Choteau, $259,820.88; Deer Lodge, $85,06.3.58: Fergus, $556,575.26: Granite, $21, 793.95; Jefferson, $10,948.82; Lewis & Clark, $139,320.87; Madison, $447,560. 60; Missoula, $27,508.94; Meagher, $1,771.09; Fark, $5,683.57; Powell, $11,451.99; Ravalli, $2,096.70; Silver Bow, $15,508.71. Practically all of the gold mined in Fergus county during the year came GEORGE ANDERSON CHOSEN ALDERMAN SUCCESSOR TO T. J. TUBB SE LECTED — CITY AUDITOR APPOINTED. George Anderson was chosen by the city council as the successor of T. J. Tubb, resigned, as alderman from the first ward, last Tuesday evening, to which time the regular monthly session of the city fathers, scheduled for Monday evening, was held. Mr. Anderson is one of the popular and progressive business men of the city and will make a valuable member of the city's governing board. An ordinance was passed creating the office of city auditor and Walter Greene, a well known young ac countant and business man, was ap WEATHER IS DECIDEDLY CHILLY Even the coldest timers have to admit that the weather of the past week has been decidedly chilly. Of course, they can remember numerous times in the "sixties" or "seventies" or "eighties" when it was really cold, times compared to which the little spell of the past week has been but a gentle zephyr wafted up from the cypress groves of the sunny South. Nevertheless, it has been uncomfort ably "zeroish." The official weather observer of Lewistown, W. W. Watson, has given the Democrat his report on the weather from Monday, January, the 4th, until yesterday morning. This report indicates that the weather was more or less frosty in spots. In fact, the warmest weather we have had since one week ago yesterday was 5 degrees below zero. The low point •was reached yesterday morning when the official thermometer registered a temperature of 37 degrees below zero. Friday was the coldest day of the week, the mercury never getting above 25 degrees below zero all of that day after starting out in the morning at 33 below. Following is the temperature re corded for each day. the figures be ing the maximum and minimum tem perature recorded below zero: Monday, front 5 to 21 degrees. from the three big producing mines, the Kendall, Barnes-King and Gold Reef. Some placer mining was done and a few shipments of high grade ore were made from smaller proper erties in the Judith mountains which helped the grand total a few thou sand dollars. Barnes-King Report. What might be termed the first annual report of the Barnes-King De velopment company, though it covers operations during a period of 14 months, has just been made public by President Gillie. The report is made up of the reports of General Manager George T. McGee and Treasurer C. C. Swinborne for the period from Sept. 1, 1907, to Nov. 1, 1908. The treasurer reports that he received on Sept. 20, 1907, $269,544.26 from Julian M. Gerard, the former treasurer, and on Nov. 1, 1908, he had a balance ol $225,495.81, showing a net loss of $44, 430.25. The total receipts were $585, 495.81 and the total expenditures $350,382.40. The treasurer's report includes receipts for bullion up to and including the month of October, 1908, and the disbursements are also re ported only up to the end of that month. During the first six months of oper ations under the new management the monthly deficits were as folllows: September, $743.37; October, $11,579. 37; November, $19,160.50; December, $9,587.66; January $8,509.90; February, $3,567.32. Beginning with March of last yeat (Continued on page 4.) pointed to fill the position. This of fice carries a salary of $25 per month. Chief J. C. Bebb,'of the fire depart ment, was placed in charge of the water hydrants of the city and got out a force of men at once to thaw out the frozen water pipes, so that, in case of another fire, there will not be a recurrence of the disastrous ex perience of two weeks ago when the Slater barn and Parrott warehouse wer edestroyed. Permission to pur chase several hundred feet of new hose was also granted the fire chief. The city council accepted the in vitation of the secretary of the Mon tana Society of Engineers to send a representative to the annual meeting which was held in Great Falls the latter part of the week and City Engineer Wasmansdorff was sent over to represent the city of Lewis town . The offer of Mrs. W. W. DeWitt of a suitable location for a city park was rejected, it being deemed by the committee that the state of the finances will not permit the expendi ture at this time. The city attorney, H. L. DeKalb, expressed it as his Tuesday, from 11 to 28 degrees, Wednesday, from 9 to 25 degrees; Thursday, from 12 to 28 degrees; Fri day, from 25 to 33 degrees; Saturday, from 12 to 28 degrees; Sunday, from 11 to 37 degrees. Much Snow Fall. The total snow fall for the week was 14 1-2 inches and it might be mentioned, in passing, that it is all yet on the ground (and sidewlaks) none of it having melted up to date. Stock Not Injured. So far as the Democrat is able to learn, livestock has not suffered es pecially on account of the storm as most of the stockmen of this county have an abundance of corrals, and feed to carry them through just such spells. A Boon to Wheat Growers. The storm is recognized as a dis tinct benefit to the ranchers, and es pecially, to those who have in crops of winter wheat. The snow covers the grain, protecting it from the freezing weather and will furnish abundant moisture when it goes oft in the spring. All told, while tem porarily uncomfortable, especially to those whose water pipes have gone "busted." the present storm presages a good season for th Inland Empire for it is a maxim among the old tim ers t hat good crops always follow hard winters. opinion that the city is liable for damages in the case of Henry Hol brook who had serious injuries sus tained to one of his horses when he drove into an improperly guarded sewer ditch. A committee was ap pointed to come to some agreement with Mr. Holbrook. Treasurer's Report. The report of City Treasurer Mur ray H. Deaton, for December, showed balances in the various funds as fol lows: General fund, $70.16.91; road fund, $3,791.39; fire fund, $29.32; library fund, $957.23; water work fund, $2,491.33; sinking fund, $0,147 - 41; gravity fund, $1,707.82; firemen's disability fund, $195.58; special sewer fund, $1,757.90; endowment fund, $162.80; dog tax fund, $4.14. Total, $27,262.13. Overdrafts were reported as fol lows: Water and sewerage bond fund, $1,211.03; special improvement fund, $2,487.80; sprinkling fund, $(>9, 94. Total, $3,768.77. Net balance, $23,493.36. Police Magistrate's Report. Police Magistrate F. F. Mac Gowan's report for December show ed that fines amounting to $190 had been collected during the month. The report showed eleven cases of drunk ness, one of disturbing the peace, two of assault and three of vagrancy. Water Rates. M. D. Kimball reported the collec tion of water rates during Deeember amounting to $622.10. H. A. Phillips and Frank MeGraw were granted a license as plumbers. KENDALL MINE WILL RESUME DIVIDENDS ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE TO EFFECT CON SOLIDATION. Announcement is made in Spokane that the Kendall Mining company, controlled by Messrs. Finch and Campbell, of this city, which is to he consolidated with the North Moc casin company, headed by John A. Drake, of New York, in March, will resume the disbursement of divi dends within 90 days. The Kendall company paid more than $1,1X10,000 in dividends up to last October. When the consolida tion is brought about it will be on the basis of the measurable ore re serves and the value of the equip ment of each property on the date of the merger. Has Valuable Plant. Developments at the Kendall mine in Fergus county, Montana, will be followed with the keenest interest during the next two months by hold ers of its stock. The Kendall has a valuable reduction plant, a power plant, water rights, but the ore re serves in the Kendall mine have at present a problematical value. The North Moccasin has little equipment but its ore reserves are enormous, Reliable reports from the Kendall have it that most of the ore above the 300-foot level has been mined out. A shaft was put down to the 400-foot level, at which the cross-cut was run towards the ore body. This cross cut found the lead several months ago. It dipped sharply away from the shaft, and it is reported that a large body of $7.00 ore was opened up. The double compartment shaft was then put down to the 600-foot level, but so far, it is understood, no finds of importance have been made in the lower workings. The main ore deposit, in all probability, lies still further ahead of the face of the cross cut, for the vein evidently continues to dip sharply away from the shaft. Will Enhance Value. If the cross-cut on the 600-foot level runs into the ore prior to the date of consolidation with the North 'Moccasin, the merger will result far more advantageously for owners of Kendall stock than if the find is not made, for the new ore reserves that would be opened up, and the value of the Kendall equipment and power site would probably more than offset the ore reserves of the North Moccasin. The Kendall mill has been running on North Moccasin ore during the the last year. John R. Cook lias returned from the west where he spent several weeks looking after private business matters. Mr. Cook has been receiv ing some fine reports from his Kcn dali property, the Abbey, where work has been in progress for several months and informs the Democrat that a mill is a certainty during the present year as they already have suf ficient ore opened up to warrant the erection and . insure the profitable operation of a first class cyanide mill. OPPOSE NEW LAND OFFICE Lewistown Commercial Club Takes Steps To Head Off Action Proposed By Bill Intro duced By U. S. Senator Carter. If file Lciwistnwn Commercial Club can prevent it, llarlowton's ambition to become the center of a new United States land district will not be realized. Since the Billings Chamber of Commerce is also against the bill introduced in the United States senate by Thomas Carter, which proposes to establish the new land district, it is likely that the measure will not be pushed very hard. No Reason for Office. hi the following resolutions, adopt ed at a meeting of the executive com mittee of the Commercial Club yes terday afternoon, it is clearly shown that the proposed district is not needed, neither will it benefit any prospective settler: Whereas, There is now pending in Congress, certain legislation, com monly known as the "Carter Bill," by the terms of which it is sought to segregate one hundred and nineteen (119) townships of land located in • he Judith Land District and to add the same to a new district *0 be created by the terms of said bill. ft is Hereby Resolved, That the Commercial Club of Lewistown, Mon tana, now enters its most emphatic protest against the passage of tin said measure for the following rea sons, to-wit: 1. It has been the rule heretofore, so far as the practice in this state i eoneerned, to establish land offices only at'county seats where the peo pie of the district are necessarily called to transact other business of a public nature, such as attendance on Court, as jurors or witnesses, mat WILL CELEBRATE BURNS' BIRTHDAY ELABORATE PREPARATIONS ARE BEING MADE BY GAR NEILL PEOPLE. The people of Garncill are making elaborate preparations to celebrate Bobby Burns day on Monday, Jan. 25. The Democrat, this week, print ed big posters advertising the annual celebration and everything points to a record breaking crowd at the Shicll & Erickson hall where the exercises are to take place. Hon. David Hilger, of this city, will be tlie toastmaster of the even ing, and a better selection could not have been made. The editor of the Democrat is scheduled for an oration on Robert Burns hut for the benefit of those who may he thinking of go PROTEST AGAINST SEGREGATION While they were in the business yesterday afternoon, the executive committee of the Lewistown Com mercial Club took up the matter of the proposed segregation of Fergus county which is being worked on by th people of Roundup. It is pre sumed that the Billings business men will also oppose the plan to create a new county from slices taken from Fergus and Yellowstone, and it is hardly likely that, in the face of such opposition, the plan will go through at the present session. A bill was introduced in the state senate yesterday providing for the proposed new county and the peo ple of Roundup arc working their hardest for the proposition. The resolutions adopted yesterday are as follows: Whereas, It has come to the knowl edge of the Lewistown Commercial Club that an attempt is to be niadi during the present session of the legislature of Montana to secure the creation of a new county from por tions of Fergus and Yellowstone counties with Roundup as the county seat, now be it Resolved, That the Lewistown Commercial Club most emphatically protests against the creation of said new county or any other which -will entail the alteration of the boundary lines of Fergus, Cascade, Yellow ters of naturalization, etc., etc., thereby enabling them to transact such business as is necessary before the land office with the least expense and inconvenience. It is more fre quently the case than not, that in the making of final proof before the lanot office, copies of citizenship papers, water right records and other mat ters of record in the office of the county clerk and recorder or of the clerk of the district court arc re quired, and the establishment of a land office at a place not the county seat, will work a necessary incon venience and annoyance to the set tler, not to speak of the matter of additional expense. Is Not a County Seat, We especially call your attention to the fact that Harlowton is not a county seat and in view of the pros pective developments in the matter of railroad communication, it i.s fair to assume that conditions will be such that it will In- quite a period of time before it will In- deemed advisable to establish a county scat at that place. 2. The conditions which exist at the present lime do not call for the establishment of a new land district as proposed for the reason. That the federal land department has establish ed at various points within the boundaries of the proposed district United States court commissioners before whom the settler can make filings or proof when more convenient to do so than before the land office, thus obviating the necessity of travel (Continued on page 8.) ing, it may be stated that this feature of the program will be very short. Neil C. McLardy, just from Scot land and one of the best entertainers from the Land O'Cakes, lias been se cured from Butte to do some Scottish dances and sing some songs. This feature alone will be worth going many miles to hear. John Ross will sing, "The Reason Noo I Wear a Kilt," and this should be a sterling attraction. Prof. Davie Andreson, the famous Highland piper, will 'be on hand and will pipe tin tunes so dear to the hearts of all sons of old Scotland. Card of Thanks. To our kind friends: We wish to acknowledge to you the receipt of your telegrams and letters of con dolence in the loss of our daughter, Marie. We feel that you are trying to share with us the intense pain in this loss, and that your kind words are most sincere. With due grati tude and heartelt thanks, Sincerely, MR. AND MRS. GEO. J. BACH. stone or Meagher counties for the reason that it is inexpedient to estab lish new counties in the central or eastern part of the state under pres ent conditions, in view of the very incomplete development of railway communications. It is further inexpedient in that it will result in increased taxation to the citizens of the old counties as 'well as the new and is unjust to the older counties in consideration of the liabilities assumed by them in the past for the benefit of the citizens who reside in the districts now pro posed to be segregated when such districts did not and never have con tributed a proportionate amount of •revenues. The following from the Roundup * Record shows what is being done in that section of the county: W. K. Quarles and L. R. Carroll left yesterday morning for Helena where they will have a bill drafted and presented to the state legislature which is now in session, providing for the formation of the new county of Musselshell, which is to be composed of portions of Yellowstone and Fer gus. There are several other division propositions to come up before the (Continued on page 8).