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Around Fergus County Items of Interest to Our Readers Clipped From Our Contemporaries. MOORE (Inland Empire.) S. H. Powell returned Saturday evening from Livingston where In spent the holidyas as the guest of his brother. Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson and daughter, Miss Gladys, of Wolf creek, were visitors at the home of W. P. Powell, just south of this city, on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. The Robinson family came from Corning, Iowa, are are more than pleased -with the Judith Basin country. County surveyor-elect H. C. Tilzey, arrived in Moore last Thursday after an absence of two months spent at Geneva, Nebraska, where he took his family, who sought a change of climate. Mrs. Tilzey has been much benefitted during the stay and ex pects to return here in a few weeks. Since returning Mr. Tilzey has been busy attending to the formalities in cident to assuming his office. The county surveyor has been assigned an elegant suite of three rooms on the first floor of the new court house for his offices, where Mr. Tilzey will be pleased to meet his friends from Moore as well as from all parts of the county. (Manager George M. Stone, of the Mutual Telephone Co., was in town yesterday arranging for the repair of damage done to their poles and lines by the fire. The Mutual have inaug urated free toll service over farmers' lines. Contractor W. T. Sharp has com pleted an elegant new residence for A. W. Osborne on his farm located about five miles southeast of this city. It is a two-story frame house with eight rooms and full basement and will have hot water heat. When finished it will be as neat a farm house as we have in the country. The regular meeting of the stock holders of the State Rank of Moore was held Monday afternoon. The af fairs of the bank were found to be in excellent shape, the past year's busi ness being very satisfactory. The following nine directors were elected to serve the ensuing year: J. C Hauck, Jos. Gallagher, L. 11. Hamil ton, S. H. Powell, Theo. A. Gray, C. R. McClave, C. P. Tooley, H. D. Ark wright and E. O. Hedrick. After the adjourning of the stockholders meet ing, the board re-elected J. C. Hauck, president; Hon. C. P. Tooley, vice president; E. O. Hedrick, cashier and H. C. Redman, teller. A ten per cent, dividend was declared and a nice amount carried to undivided profits accounts. HARLOWTON (Musselshell News.) Th bowling contest held at the Blue Ribbon Bowling Alley last Sun day resulted in a victory for the vis itors. The Harlowton team won the second game, but Moore succeeded in running away with the other two, trereby winning the match by 127 pins. The following rolling the big balls for Harlowton: Gravctte, Rad er, Holloway and Robertson. Moore was represented by David, Linquist. Barney, Raisley and Culbertson. Fred Kreith, the deputy sheriff from Martinsdale, has become envolved in a manner that has proved most un fortunate. It appears that the young man was in the habit of issuing checks upon Sheriff Williams, when he had no funds in the possession of the sheriff. This practice became an noying to Sheriff Williams who finally swore out a complaint and had Kreith taken into custody at Martinsdale and brought to Harlowton on Monday where he was compelled to face the serious charge of obtaining property under false pretensions. Kreith pled guilty and Justice S. L. Hodges im posed a fine of 60 days at labor in the county jail. Mrs. Lewellin left Thursay with her little son, Mortimer, to spend a mid-winter vacation with her parents at Kendall. Mrs. Lewellin will take a sleigh from Lewistown and give the cold bus a wide berth. S. L. Hodges has received notice from the county clerk that at the meeting of the county commissioners held at White Sulphur Springs Jan. 2 he was appointed justice of the peace for Musselshell township. This gives Harlowton two justices, S. L. Hodges, just appointed, and George Gannon who was elected at the fall election. Harlowton with two jus tices and two lawyers ought to be a center for litigation. The Chicago, Milwaukee and Puget Sound Railroad has been busy the last week in erecting a large shed shed which will be the covering for a large amount of building material. The building is now nearing comple tion and already a dozen cars of lum ber is on the ground close to the shed. The shed occupies a plot of ground northeast of the freight depot, which will be used as the material yards in the future. All the material now on the ground between the tracks and the round house -will be moved to the new yard. Tfie yard will then as sume the dignity of a yard fit for : big railroad center. The reason for this change is a precaution in case of lire, building material is inflamabli and its proximity to the round house was a cause of more or less danger from fire. ROUNDUP (Roundup Record.) A petition was in circulation in town this week asking the governor to appoint E. W. Ray as game ■warden for this section. As a true sportsman and president of the local gun club, and being interested in the preservation of game and the enforce ment of the game laws, Mr. Ray would make an ideal game warden. The Musselshell country is ex periencing a cold wave—the first of the season, having reached here Monday morning. Sunday was a balmy spring day and many of the resirjKmts of Roundup took advantage of the mild weather by going horse back riding or by taking a stroll out in the country. Monday morning, however, brought a change of tem perature of about 36 degrees and a coating of the "beautiful." The cold spell has continued all week and there are no signs of letting up. About three inches of snow fell. The Roundup Coal Mining Co. has commenced work on the installation of an electric lighting plant to furnish Roundup iwith power and light. Poles have been erected front the proposed site of the plant to the railroad right of way, the intention being to come up parallel to the track as far as Main street, providing permission can be secured from the railroad company. Part of the plant has already been purchased and is now in transit. Work will be pushed as rapidly as possible and it is expected that the plant will be running within sixty days. Dr. Baxter was called to New York last week by the serious illness of his father. Dr. Welsh is looking after his practice here during his absence. E. E. Van Camp, George Ryan and Perry Moore, Jr., of Two Dot, were visitors in Roundup Tuesday. They were very favorably impressed with the "Miracle of the Musselshell." The Roundup Gun club is making arrangements for a shoot to be held on Sunday afternoon, January 24. Eight purses, amounting in all to $17, have been hung up. M. H. Fletcher is captain and E. W. Ray president of the club. The Citizens' Rank, of Roundup, will be ready to open for business in a week or ten days, the building being practically finished. C. F. Richardson, of North Dakota, pro moter of the new bank, who will be cashier, was here several days last week looking after the work on the building, leaving again Wednesday for the east to close up some busi ness deals. He is expected back in a few days. The Republic Coal Co. is building foundations for store and saloon buildings at the head of the gulch leading up to Mine No. 2. The ques tion of sending a remonstrance to the coal company against their actions in this regard was discussed at the meeting of the commercial club Tues day evening and the matter was re ferred to the judiciary committee which is now taking the matter up. As the business man of Roundup were given to understand when investing in lots here that there would be no such thing as a company store, the action of the coal company in putting up these buildings is not being look ed upon very kindly. The Pioneer Club, an organization formed several months ago along social lines, held its annual election at a meeting Tuesday- evening to dis place the temporary officers chosen to serve until January 1st. The new set of officers is as follows: W. K. Quarles, president; J. C. Lohman, vice-president; L. R. Carroll, secre tary; C. R. Cheney, treasurer. House committee, L. R. Carroll, Fred A. Appleman, H. R. Thompson. Enter tainment committee—F. M. Wall, C. R. Burke, Alfred Shaw. JUDITH GAP (Judith Gap Jaurnal.) J. M. Sampson, manager of the Ju dith Mercantile company, the big store at Moore that was totally de stroyed by fire Tuesday night, was in the city last night. Mr. Sampson says he does not know whether the com pany will start up again or not; that in a few days lie intends to go to the coast for a couple of months' rest, after which he is undecided as to his future plans. Tuesday, through the courtesy of Clarence R. Stone, an entertainment and dance took place in his nearly completed and commodious brick store building. It was a get-togeth er meeting, or an old settler's re union, being the first opportunity given the people of the Judith Gap country to meet and get acquainted, anl it was a veritable feast of reason and flow of soul. Mrs. Angus McKay, of Bercail, was / in the city last Friday on her way to Lewistown to appear before the U. S. land office in a contest case, of which she is the conteslee. Monday morning the thermometer register d 8 degrees below zero at Harlowton; 10 below at Judith Gap; 20 below at Garmill and 11 below at Lewistown. This is the first cold weather that the Judith Gap country lias experienced this winter. (Later. —Well, never mind.) Mrs. Samuel Lutz, of Game-ill, was chaperoning Mrs. J. E. Mann, of Minneapolis, through Judith Gap Sat urday, and both ladies made the Journal office a pleasant call. They were delighted with the bustling lit tle city, and may possibly make some investments in the residence district here in the near future. Attorney G. S. Bills returned Mon day from Helena, where he was ad mitted, on motion of Attorney Met tlcr, to practive before the courts in this state by the supreme court in session there last Saturday. It was unnecessary for Mr. Bills to pass an examination as he had practiced in North Dakota for a number of years. PHILBROOK (Judith Basin Star.) A. O. Anderson, of Hillsboro, North Dakota, arrived in town yes terday on a general tour of inspec tion of the western country. Mr. Anderson represents the North western Farm Mortgage Co., of Minneapolis, and he is out in the in terest of his firm. Like everybody else, lie likes the Judith Basin. Ed Jackson and J. C. Hauck went back to Helena the first of the week to resume their duties as members of the federal grand jury. Services were held last night in the school house, Rev. W. W. Van Orsdel preaching. After the services a busi ness meeting was held and stewarts and trustees were elected. Mrs. J. S, Mateer, Mrs. Will Dixon and Mrs. Agnes Tuve were elected stewarts, and Mrs. A. K. David, W. W. Van Orsdel, A. W. Hammer, J. C. Hauck and M. L. Tuve were elected trustees. Died, Sunday morning, January 3, Stella, the ten-year-old daughter of A. J. and Fannie Nickerson, at the home ( on Wolf Creek, 14 miles above Stanford. The cause of death is sup posed to be scarlet fever. The doctor was called but death came before he reached the home. The body was buried at the burying ground on Steamboat Butte near Stanford. Rev. Hammer, of Utica, performed the service. That the people south of here want a road pretty bad is quite certain. John Daniels, who has a claim west of Straw and is a single man, is will ing to donate a week's work if the road is put through. There are, no doubt, others that will do the same. The office staff of the Judith Basin Mercantile Co. has been pretty busy the past few days trying to keep stuff from freezing. The big store is not yet completed, there being some de lay on the steel for the front. They are consuming some coal all right in their efforts to protect canned goods, fruits, etc., in the new cellar. Thus far everying is O. K. under the sup ervision of Frank Barker, one ot Philbrook's pioneers, and if anything goes undone it won't be Frank's fault. He is just as faithful and handy with the coal shovel as with the trowel. GRASS RANGE Miss Doris Shaw has returned from a visit avith friends at Forest Grove. Mrs. Waite Gooch entetained the following the holiday week: Mr. and Mrs. l-isher, Mrs. Hall and son, Mr. Hooker and Miss Greely, Mr. Steward and Mr. Singles. The week was a social event.. Mr. and Mrs. John Fisher attended the dance at the Finkbeiner school. James Charters and Mr. Me Lane are the guests at the hotel. Master Ralph Shepard has returned after a ten days' visit at Rogers. Tom Ayers is on the sick lsit. Mrs. Frost is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Tom Shaw. Miss Essie Shaw is staying at the Vinger home while attending school here. Miss Mjartha Shaw was the guest at the James Shaw ranch for the past week. Mr. and Mrs. Madox entertained at dinenr Now Year. Ait. Hooker has retured home after a weeks' visit off his homestead. Airs. Tiegen and son spent a few days visiting Air .and Airs. Vinger. Airs. Hall and son have returned from a visit to Lewistown. Ahr. Degner was in town a few days. Aliss Hazel Green, who has spent the past three months with her sister Mrs. C. Tyler, expects to leave soot, for her home in Gilt Edge. Airs. James Shaw was a caller here Sunday. The dance given at the Finkbeiner school was a great success. An ex cellent supper was served at the Fink beiner home. (Too late for last week.) Mir. and Mrs. Perry Baker came up from Flatwillow to spend a few days here. Mr. and Airs. Frank Lyons and family, of Forest Grove, are guests at the hotel. James Charters left for his home in Lewsitown after several clays bus iness visit here. Airs. C. Tyler is reported ill. -Aliss Doris Shaw is visiting friends and relatives at Forest Grove. Aliss Essie Shaw i- home from school and is visiting at the Janu-s Shaw ranch. Air. and Airs, Aladdox were the guests of Airs. James Shaw Xmas. Aliss Greely and Airs. R. Fisher were the guests at the Gooch home for a few days. Mrs. Hall and son are visiting in Lewistown. Mr. and Airs, William Lindstrand are the guests of the Vinger family. Miss Lucy Moulton, accompanied by her guest, Aliss B. Finn, has re turned home at Lewistown after a few days' visit with friends in the country. Mr. Smith spent Sunday in town. Mr. and Mrs. George Ayers spent Sunday at the hotel. Mrs. Foster, of Stanford, is visit ing relatives and friends at Forest Grove and Grass Range. Air. and Mrs. John Mabry were visiting here this week. Mrs. R. Fisher is visiting at the home of her parents, Air. and Mrs. Gray. Ralph Shepard is spending his vacation at his parent's home at Rogers. Elmer Lane is visiting with his mother at Lewistown. James Sullenger has returned from a business trip to Lewistown. The dance on Christmas night was a grand success, people from Cotton wood, Gilt Edge, Lewistown, Round up, Flatwillow and surrounding country being present. The exercise was greatly enjoyed by all. An ex cellent supper was served at the hotel. Air. Lynch, who is at the Sisters' hospital, is reported slowly improv ing. Mr. and Mrs. John Fisher have re turned home after a few days visit with friends here. Mrs. Frye and family spent Christ mas at the Range. Mrs. J. Bohn, who was ill, is re ported better. FERGUS COUNTY IN THE LEAD OVER HALF A MILLION DOL LARS WORTH OF GOLD BULLION PRODUCED. (Continued from page 1.) the net earnings were reported as follows: Alarch, $1,803.21; April, $4, 613.97; May, $210.66; June, $9,965.02; July $6,591.84; August, $9,752.63; Sep tember, $4,947.28; October, $2,208.08. The operating expenses have been running from $5,000 to $25,000 a month, and the net bullion receipts have been from $10,982. in December, 1907, to $30,345 in September, 1908. General Manager McGee's report deals largely with details of the work at the mine, geology, ore bodies and operations under the present man agement. The poor condition of the property may be gathered front the following portions of Air. McGee's report of conditions existing Sept. 1, 1907, when the present management took possession: Mr. McGee's Report. "When the present management took hold of your property in Sep tember, 1907, it was with the belief that a large tonnage of ore, assaying more than $5 per ton, was blocked out ready for mining and milling. "An examination showed that aside from a few small pillars, the only ore body in the mine which could be de pended on to gvie more than $3 per ton as stoped, was the Santiago ore body, and the richest portions of that, so far as opened, had been robbed to keep up the mill heads. "In the statement, under date of Oct. 1, 1907, issued to the stockhold ers by the president and board of directors of the Barnes-King De velopment company, the estimate ot 25,000 tons of ore reserves, having a value of $2 per ton net, was a gen erous one, considering the conditions, when made. "The main vertical, one-compart ment shaft, originally sunk as a pros pect shaft, was being operated with a depth of 266 feet at the 300-foot level, the motive power being steam. "Two other vertical shafts .were be ing sunk. One, the Alule Shoe shaft, operated electrically, was stopped the latter part of September at a depth o 75 feet, because the prospecting sought for could be more advantage ously done by means of an incline winze on the ore body itself. Work Is Stopped. "The other, a vertical three-com partment shaft, also operated elec trically, started over the Santiago ore body, near the end line, was stopped in September also, there being no good reason for its completion, as noted in the above-mentioned state ment. "Electric power to the amount of 225 norse power for the mill, air com pressor, shop and lighting was being obtained from the Kendall Gold Min ing company, but not under a writ ten contract—which they did not cart to enter into. "The 200-ton cyanide mill was being operated, but was in poor repair throughout. "Considerable expensive material ■was found to be on order, such as 50 tons of 20 and 30 pound steel rails, three heavy skips, sheave wheels, transformers, electric hoists, two pound air compressors, with motors, shaft timber, an extraordinary num her of drills and spare parts, etc., which had to be paid for as received, during the months of October, No vember and December. Could Not Be Used. ".Much of this material could not be used under existing conditions, and, " here possible, was sold or returned to the manufacturers. "Stocks of coal, stulls and lagging, of which the mine was in immediate need, were lacking, and steps were taken to provide them them in quan tity to last over the period of im passable roads in the spring. "In the mine, the south end work ings were supplying the mill, the ore coming from the old open cuts, which were badly caved, the 200-foot level, and the Santiago ore body, the latter the richest ore body on the property, the extent of which was unknown. This ore body, due to a local change in the dip of the strata, dips out of Barnes-King ground, under the end line at the 400-foot level, and was being mined by means of a 600-foot, crooked incline drift, an air engine on the 300-foot level furnishing the power to hoist to that level." In concluding his report, Manager 'McGee says: "While, in a sense, no new ore bodies have been discovered, yet the slopes and open cuts have been extended, and there were as many producing faces, with a better grade of ore, at the end of the period under review as at the beginning. It is practically impossible to figure ore in sight with any approach to ac curacy, because of the peculiar nature of the ore deposit, and it is out of tin question to attempt to outline the limits of an ore body in the usual manner. The appended - table and financial statement show the results for the period ending Oct. 31, 1908, and the future looks a little brighter in the light of the past 14 months." 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