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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol V. No. 24.
LEWISTOWN. FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1909
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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
OVER SIX MILLION POUNDS
NOW BOUGHT IN THIS
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.
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
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
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
A BUSINESS DEAL.
M. B. Nottord Buys Into the Lewis
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.
THE COMPANY WILL BE MUS
TERED IN HERE THIS
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
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.
IN NEW QUARTERS
POSTMASTER PFAUS NOW AT
HOME IN NEW BROOKS
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
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'
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N. J. LITTLEJOHN RETURNS
AND SAYS MANY SETTLERS
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
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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.
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