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Fergus County Democrat. Vol V. No. 24. LEWISTOWN. FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1909 Price 5 Cents When You Think It Over there's nothing like b uying your clothes from reliable people. You feel more contented when you do, for you know should anything go wrong, it will be "made good." That's the assurance we give all purchasers of our HART, SGHAFFNER & MARX CLOTHES Suits $18 ts $35 Overeats $!5o $30 * * * * * * Harry Brown, Our line of Fine pianos BETTER THAN EVER Chickering & Sons, Milton, Pease, Chase, on easy payments. EMILW.SAXL It I Hf V(A \ | I i\ g: , (i jf i\ l." Biecscd be those that b uy "America" Alarms, :er they will praise ihern. Every "America" 1 red, cells another, for every man I ceil, tells v. roih :.r. ' r.'./ mrd'c me lots of 1 teat's way I ■ 'V ct hhern for $ 1.00 Guaranteed For One Year Good For Ten Sutter Bros. 417 Main NOTED MOORE BANK CASE EqJio of Former Cashier Thurston's High Finance Methods-Jury Finds For John R. Forsyth in Suit On Promissory Note. The interesting and important case of the State Bank of Moore against John R. Forsyth to recover some $1, 550 and interest alleged to be due on a promissory note, was decided by the jury Saturday afternoon in favor of the defendant, after a hard legal battle, Blackford & Blackford appear ing for Mr. Forsyth, while O. VV. Belden and Herman Lee represented the bank. The suit is the outgrowth of C. W. Thurston's realty and other operations at Moore about two years ago, while he was cashier of the bank. In that capacity, he asked Mr. Forsyth to turn in an "accommoda tion" note, with the assurance that it was only wanted in order to permit a loan larger than the capital stock of the bank would permit, and that he would not be liable at all on it. A year ago last fall Thurston's affairs became somewhat tangled and he dis appeared, going to England. Later he returned and aided, so far as pos sible, in straightening things out. It is said that he did not profit at all from this and similar transactions, simply having a mania to secure land with a view to carrying out a large deal. His own funds were very limit ed and the attempt at high finance soon brought him to grief. The de fense in this case was that there was WOOL MARKET IS REPORTED STRONG OVER SIX MILLION POUNDS NOW BOUGHT IN THIS STATE. The latest advices from the east are to the effect that the wool market is getting stronger all the time, and there appears to be no danger of a slump during the coming year. Con ditions in Europe are also cited as being very favorable and altogether the outlook is very encouraging. Big Sales in Montana. If the figures given in the state press are correct, over six million pounds of Montana wool have now been contracted for by Boston houses, the largest buyers being Hecht, Lieb man & Co., Caverly & Co., and Jere miah Williams & Co. The sales in Fergus county are about 600,000 pounds. Fred Putnum has gone on east, having secured in the state 2,500,000 pounds, and Jack Paterson is the only buyer left in the city. During the past two or three days he has bought the clips of J. R. Porter and William Jackson & Sons, aggregating about 50,000 pounds. It is the geenral understanding that all the wool bought in this county brought 20 cents, except one fairly large one, for which between 19 and 20 cents was paid. Commissioner's Report. The annual report of Sheep Com missioner Joseph Asbridge shows TO FIGHT ROUNDUP COUNTY BILL During the past week the Roundup boosters who are in Helena working to secure the passage of a new county to be taken chiefly from Fergus coun ty, with slices from Yellowstone and Meagher, have been putting in some hard licks and they seem to have made some impression on the com mittee, which is now considering the new county hill. While it would not see that there is any great danger of such a measure passing, the activity displayed by the Roundup lobby has attracted considerable attention, and on Saturday a meeting of the Com mercial club was held at which it was decided to send representatives to the capital at once to put the committee in possession of all important facts bearing upon the matter. absolutely no consideration, and that the defendant had an agreement with Thurston that he should not be liable on the note. It did not take the jury very long to decide the matter. The importance of this case arised largely from the fact that other parties gave similar notes with the same assur ances. It is understood that the bank will take an appeal. Ketchum Bound Over. Alex Ketchum, who was arrested some time ago near Lavina on the charge of defacing brands with the intent to defraud the owners of the cattle wearing them of their property, had a preliminary hearing before Jus tice Brassey Saturday, J. C. Huntoon representing the state and O. W. Belden appearing for the defendant. Ketchum was held for trial and gave a bond in the sum of $1,000. Fitzgeralds to Be Tried. John and Henry Fitzgerald, charg ed with cattle stealing, had a prelim inary hearing before Justice Brassey Saturday and were held for trial, both the defendants giving bonds. Hamilton vs. Hamilton. Another chapter in the litigation between the Hamiltons was develop ed in the district court yesterday. (Continued on page 4.) that the sheep and wool industries brought into the county in 1908 not less than a million dollars. This was derived from the sale of 3,535,700 pounds of wool at an average price of 17 1-8 cents per pound; the sale of 98,000 sheep and lambs, of all classes, at an average price of $3.25 per head, and the sale of 43,285 pounds of pelts at an average of 9 1-5 cents pet pound, with some incidental items of profit. A very large part of this money went for the wages of shear ers, herders and freighters, camp sup plies, etc. Mr. Asbridge estimates the average cost of running sheep in this county at $1.35 per head per year, which is the same as the average for the whole state During last year, charges had been paid lie netted 16 3-4 cents on his wool. Makes Money By Holding. Great Falls, Feb. 1.—P. II. Buckley of the Sweet Grass country, who has been in the city during the past few days, recently disposed of his last season's clip on the Boston 'market, at a great advance in price over that offered by the Montana Wool Grow ers' association. Mr. Buckley stated that he was offered 15 1-2 cents for bis clip last July, and he disposed of the entire clip recently for 19 1-2 cents. After the interest and freight charger had been paid he netted 16 3-4 cents on his wool. Butte to Portland Road. Portland, Ore., Jan. 31.—To link Portland and Butte is the object of the Portland, Baker City & Butte Electric Railroad company whicn filed articles of incorporation here today. Have the Data. S. S. Hobson and David Hilgei were chosen to represent the interests of Fergus county and they left for Helena this morning. They have provided themselves with complete data, and will at once appear before the house committee. It is safe t<> say that when they get through with the Roundup county hill, there will not he much left of it. For Publicity Bureau. Messrs. Hobson and Hilger were also appointed as delegates to the convention which will he held at Helena Friday to draw up a bill for the establishment of a publicity bureau to have general charge of all matters relating to immigration to this state. The company is capitalized at $25. 000,000 and the incorporators are Mark W. Gill, S. K. Martin and S D. Charles, all of Portland. The incorporators declare they rep resent enough capital to carry out their project, which is to build across Oregon to Baker City, thence north easterly across Idaho and on through Montana to Butte. The entire distance will he about 600 miles and the promoters expect to develop water power along the route. A BUSINESS DEAL. M. B. Nottord Buys Into the Lewis town Bakery. M. B. Nottorf, formerly of Ramona, Kansas, and who for six months or so has been in the office of the Mon tana Railroad, this morning complet ed a deal for the purchase of Frank Sullivan's half interest in the Lewis town Bakery. Mr. Nottorf will he in possession tomorrow. Beecher Beath am retains his interest and will carry on the business with Mr. Nottorf. NATIONAL GUARD APPEARS POPULAR THE COMPANY WILL BE MUS TERED IN HERE THIS WEEK. Capt. J. M. Croft expects to receive in tonight's mail official notice tro.n Inspector General McGuinniss, of Helena, fixing the date for muster ing in the company of the national guard about to be organized here. It is expected that the company will start out with over 60 members, ;is tin roll sent to Helena last week by Mr. Croft, was signed by 57 nu n and -a v cral others have since announced their intention of joining. After the muster in, which will In conducted by Capt. George Keif, ai rangements will be made for drill hall, and equipment will he secured as soon as possible. To Wear the Uniform. Following is a complete list of those who signed the roll which went to Helena: A. C. liarkhuff, ivl linker, Frank Hegstrum, J. I'. Reed, Guy L. Wait, A. H. Smurr, K. II. Hanson. George R. Creel, Thomas I!. Rees, Donald Anderson A. J. Mclver, II. L Di Kalb, Herman Lee, .1 S McNamara. J. T. Reed, Thomas Stout, K. W. Gaylord, J. C. Miller, Thus L. llux ley, Charles V. Huxley, Thomas Pitt man, Paul Rathbun, Adolph Hansen. C. C. Wallin, Walter A. Seaman, Kits sell P. Kricger, Roy A. Williams John H. Frey, W. S. Stricklcr, M. B. Nottorf, T. J. Struett, G. W. Canon, Jr., Chester Grove, Richard Lausch, H. C. Tilzey, S. L. Pratt, M. F. Crowley, George A. Hcnshaw, J. M Croft, G. R. Marsh, W. H. Coburn, B. E. Gibson, Lee Rader, A. K. Hawkins, A. C. Law, D. B. Crowley, J. C. Young, Charles Beatty, F. L. Plum, R. H. Read, N. O. Miller G. G. Manning, G. A. Nazel, A. C. Col lins, G. A. Porter, Roy Hopkins. THE POSTOFFICE IN NEW QUARTERS POSTMASTER PFAUS NOW AT HOME IN NEW BROOKS BUILDING. The postoffice was moved Saturday night from the old location on Fourth avenue to the new home in the Brooks building, on Main street, and Sunday found the ousmess running along smoothly. The patrons were soon able to locate their boxes, and the general arrangements seem to be very convenient. The lobby is large and airy, and the force has more room and light than in the old office. Not Quite Finished. The finishing touches are yet to he put on, but already the great im provement over the former crowded quarters is apparent. Of course, the location is not satisfactory to a grea-. many people, but this is the only complaint that can be made. CITY GETS ITS TAX MONEY About Twenty Thousand Dollars Turned Over By Treasurer Chandler. -Warants All Paid— Conncil Meets Tonight. County Treasurer K. P. Chandler has made settlement with the city for taxes paid into his office, having turn ed over to Murray 11. Deaton a short time ago the sum of $19,558.38. This, of course, has put the city's finances in good shape and outside of the special fund and the road fund, there are no overdrafts, all outstanding warrants having been paid. Council Fails to Meet. Last night was the regular meet ing night of the city council, hut at the appointed time only Alderman Jones and Anderson had appeared, and after a short wait, Mayor Pinkloy postponed the meeting until tonight by telephone. Immediately after tliis Alderman Slater came in and Alder man Pennock telephoned that lie was coming to the hall, hut it was too late. Treasurer's Report. The report of Treasurer M. II. Dea ton for January, which was filed last night, shows balances in the variou.i funds on Feb. 1 as follows: General fund, $6,573.57; tire fund, $26.00; library fund, $775.74; Water works fund, $3,096.33; sinking fund. S'! 112 42: gravity fund, $1,621.82: In-iim' di ,'bilii v fan I, tst'FA.'F; ,.|i.lo a mail IS E N. J. LITTLEJOHN RETURNS AND SAYS MANY SETTLERS ARE COMING. Mr and Mrs. X. J Littlejohn have returned from an extended trip lo the sound country, visiting Seattle, T .loinia and Spokane. On their way hack they stopped at Missoula, where their daughter i-, attending a business college. Mr. Littlejohn states that when lie left here lie was under the impression that the immigration from the east to Montana in general would he very light during tin coming spring and summer, hut while in the cities named and on trains, he met a large number of business men and travel ers from the east. Without excep tion they were all interested in Fei gns county, and particularly the Ju dith Basin. The advertising campaign i>y the railroads has brought this sec tion prominently before the cast and middle west and Fergus county is looked upon with great favor, es pecially by the farmers, who are im pressed with the statistics as to the grain yields in Montana. Many Coming. "After meeting with a large num ber of these people," said Mr. Little john this morning, "I revised my views and now consiler it certain that our county is going to witness a very large influx of settlers this year. In TO DIVIDE BIG SPRING TOWNSHIP The county commissioners ntet yes terday and will probably remain in session several days. The most im portant matter to come up was the presentation of a petition this morn ing from the people of Moore and vicinity asking that Big Spring township he divided and another created. The petition was present ed by Ayers & Marshall, and the com missioners will undoubtedly grant it. The principal places in the new pro posed township are Moore and Phil brook, and each will have a justice of the peace. The new township, which will he known as Moore, con tains from 15 to 18 townships. Its Boundaries. The division line will begin at the southwest corner of township 14, north of range 14, thence east along fund, $162.82; dog tax fund, $4.44. Total, $21,568.74. Overdrafts were reported as fol lows: Road fund, $198.09; water and sewerage bond fund, $1,211.03; special improvement fund, $2,487.80; special sewer fund, $625.34; sprinkling fund, $69.94. Total, $4,592.20. The net balance on hand is $16,976.54. Police Court Report. The report of Police Magistrate F. F. MacGowan shows fines collected during December amounting to $227. so. Water Rate Collections. City Clerk M. D. Kimball report ed the collection of water rents dur ing Deceinber amounting to $742.45. Fire Hose Bids. The council will meet tonight and in addition to the routine business will purchase 500 feet of hose for the lire department, several bids having been received. Bills Audited. The monthly hills against the city have all been audited by Walter Green, the newly appointed auditor, ami this is going to save the coun cil a lot of work in future. It ought to do away with the usual wait of m hour amlalialf before the regular fill S 1 ness of t lie conn eil can he taken up. acldi tioil to III ose whi i will c ume fully (let i 1 rtit i it ccl ii i make homes out here, 111. 'll ly more w ill conn ■ lo loot .0,1 r the com side ntry. If ruble |>r( we fail to indu of 11 cc a con s to stay it will 1 ic our ( HVII fault. Tile outlook for l-'e rgus ci aunt y for 1 lie coining y ear app ears to me to lie v cry ■ bright," HAN LY TO NIGH' r. Governor of Indian; 1 Will Speak at the Opera House. T llis cvellil ig at 1 fie opc ra 1 muse, < i <»\ Manly, of Nidi ana, vvi 11 d eliver his lecture c m "Th e Pair intis in of 1 V;i cc," unde •r the auspice i < ) f the Lew • i s 1 O w 1 1 1 . eelure ( •lull. N early eve ■ryone knows of Gov erm >r llanly as an orator win i lias lYw peers in the a •imt ry, a ml they know something of the record In has made w hile governor of Indiana, Naturally there is a good deal of curiosity to sc-e and hear the man I'.ir what lie has done, and this desire is the greater because those who have heard him, or know his reputation as an orator, feel assured that they will hear a lecture that is well worth while for what it contains and a rhetorical treat because of the manner in which it is said: Speaking of Governor Iianly's lee lure on "The Patriotism of Peace" in that city, the Fpworth Outlook of Cleveland, Ohio, said: "Among the many notable references of this re form epoch, this must be considered one of the greatest. Eloquent, modest, with the simplicity of a child and the fervor of a Hebrew prophet, his com ing has done us good, and his going leaves us indebted to him for a new vision of life, political and spiritual." The fire escapes are now being put on the Bright hotel, and within a few days the big electric sign, the finest one ever brought to this part of the state, will be in place. the north line of the township up to Ross' Fork; thence up Ross' Fork to the mouth of Trout Creek; thence up Trout creek to its source; thence running southeasterly to the summit of the Snowy mountains, running along the summit easterly one mile; thence due north six miles to Rock creek; thence down Rock creek to its mouth; thence down Ross' Fork to its mouth; thence down the Judith to township 16 north, of range 16 east; thence west on this township line to the corner of township 16 north of range 14; thence due south to the place of beginning. The commissioners yesterday ap pointed K. E. Parks justice of the peace at Melstone. A liquor license was granted to Deranleau Bros., at Benchland.