Newspaper Page Text
Fergus County Democrat. Vol V. No. 25. LEWISTOWN. FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAyT^BRUARY 9, 1909 Price 5 Cents When You Think It Over there's nothing like buying your clothes from reliable people. You feel more contented wh en 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, SCHAFFNER & MARX CLOTHES Suits $18 ts $35 Overeats $!5o $30 * * * * * * Harry Brown, Our line of Fine iPtanod BETTER THAN EVER Ev ■3 •■S' -'SSK 9 Chickering & Sons, Milton, Pease, Chase, on easy payments. EMILW.SAXL BRYAN IN FLORIDA. Great Commoner Addresses Immense Crowd and Sneaks of the Future. Tampa, Fla., Feb. 4.—Speaking to an immense crowd at the race track today, William J. Bryan said he brought to the Democrats of the south a message of good cheer and declared there is a steadily increasin' sentiment that makes for the growth of the democratic party in the Unit ed States. He predicted the masses would de mand the rights of the aristocratic class. Mr. Bryan said the president had taken to himself all the authority of a czar in the manipulation of his high office. He declared that prospects were brighter than ever for demo cratic victory in 1912. M.r Bryan was the guest tonight at a banquet given in his honor by th. State Mid-Winter Fair association and spoke on "The Future of the Democracy." Mr. Bryan 'reviewed the recent de cision sentencing Samuel Gompers, John Klitchell and Frank Morrison to jail on contempt charges and declarc- these leaders of organized labor arc entitled to the sympathy of the en tire people. THE ROUNDUP COUNTY BILL Hilger Says It Is as Dead as A Mackerel -Lew istown Men Given Hearing by Legislative Committee -Misstatements Refuted. Eminently successful in their effort to head off any possibility of the Roundup county bill being passed by the legislative assembly, David Hilger an.d S. S. Hobson returned home Saturday evening. "The new county bill is as dead as a mackerel," said Mr. Hilger to the Democrat yesterday. "There is no chance for it to get through, and probably th Roundup boosters know it by this time." Messrs. Hilger and Hobson were appointed by the Lewistown Com mercial club to go to Helena and take this matter with the committee hav ing the bill in charge. When the measure was first presented and for some time thereafter, it was not sup posed that it would be taken very ser iously, but the Roundup lobby at the capital played a smooth game, and by making numerous inaccurate state ments as to the conditions in the county, finally succeeded in advancing their plan considerably. All that was desired by the Commercial club was to present the real facts to the com mittee, and men better qualified to do this then Messrs. Hilger and Hobson would be hard to find. Go Before Committee. "We were given a hearing by the committee," continued Mr. Hilger, in referring to the trip, "and that was all we wanted or needed. The claims made by the Roundup lobby were SUMMARY OF WORK OF LEGISLATURE GOV. NORRIS SIGNS EIGHT BILLS—IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. Helena, Feb. 8.—Before leaving for Bozeman to attend the dedicatory ceremonies at the Agricultural col lege, Gov. Norris attached his signa ture to the following measures, which now become laws: S. B. No. 11, by Long—Relating to stockholders in co-operative organiza tions. S. B. No. 12, by McCone—Provid ing for an amendment to constitution relating to revenue and taxation. S. B. No. 15, by Mayer—Authoriz ing the employment of a stenographer by the state treasurer. H. B. No. 3, by Gray—Relating to the use of voting machines. H. B. No. 28, by Duncan—Ap propriation for the State Orphan's WOOL BUYERS THROUGH BUYING It is believed by well posted local men who have kept close tab on the situation, that contracting for wool in this state is now over for the present. The buyers have pulled out and the expectation is that the big eastern houses will allow matters to take their course until early in the spring, when they will make another descent on Montaa. As a matter of fact, they ■have already secured most of the more desirable clips. There are some in this section that were wanted, but the growers did not care to contract at this time, believing they could just as well afford to take a chance on an advance as to let the buying houses do so and the same is no doubt true of other sections, but the buyers who came here in January have secured most of the clips they aimed to get when they left Boston. The market continues strong, with an upward tendency, and the outlook could hard ly be more satisfactory. Waite Sells at 20 Cents. John D. Waite, who returned •••», « ■""> '■-f hi ouaiun to Hecht, Liebman & Co., at 20 cents. full of inaccuracies and misstate ments. For instance, they claimed that only $150 had been expended by the county on roads during the past year in the district they proposed to segregate, when we were able to abso lutely prove from the records that $4,000 had been so expended during that period, and that of this amount $1,900 had been expended right around Roundup itself. They had also rep resented- that the segregation would take only about $1,000,000 of taxable property away from Fergus county We again proved absolutely, from the records, that the creation of this county would take not less than $2, 018,000 from Fergus. We found that they had made similar misstatements regarding the vote of the district they proposed to segregate, and again showed by the records that the dis treit cast only 328 votes at the last election, this including Roundup. We also showed that the men named for assessor and county commissioner in their bill had declined to permit the use of their names and were really opposed to the proposed segregation. We also showed that a good many of the Roundup county boosters were not even taxpayers—at least their names do not appear in the assess ment rolls. The Claims of Fergus. "Having discovered these and many home at Twin Bridges. H. B. No. 36, by Frank—Appropri ation for the payment of the claim,of Julius Barney. H. B. No. 59, by Kilgallon—Ap propriation for the per diem of Mon tana presidential electors. H. B. No. 90, t>y Kilgallon—Ap propriating $31,000 for paying the de ficiency claim of Mitchell & Mussig brod for caring for the insane at the state asylum for two years. At the beginning of the week so much business confronted the house that the appointing of a steering com mittee would not have occasioned much surprise. The lawmakers, bow er, speedily manifested a disposition to get down to hard work and by means of lengthy morning and after noon sessions have cleared away much of the work on hand. The senate also has not been slow in swinging the ax and has lopped off some interesting bills. Monday witnessed the killing of the bill seeking to create the office of state sheriff, and the measure to re duce the traveling allowance of state and county officials from 10 to 5 cents per mile. Mr. Waite spent some time at the Hub looking into the wool situation, and while he considers the outlook very bright, he decided that 20 cent 1 was as much as could be expected. In fact, Mr. Waite thinks that aside from any stimulation due to the Chi cago warehouse plan, 18 cents would be a fair price right now, as the market stands. He says it is accept ed as a certainty in Boston that the tariff on wool will not be disturbed this year. Patterson Visits the Country. Jack Patterson, buyer for Caverly & Co., bought a few small clips last week. aggregating about 45.000 pounds, and Thursday went out for a trip along the railroad and into the country districts. Clip Will p tt Big. Billings, Feb. 8.—Acording to Chas. M. Bair, the well known flock-master, the wool clip of the coming season will be an enormous one. and will without doubt se'l at figures far bet ter than those' that prevailed last from the reservation, where he in spected his sheep. He says tibe ani mals have stood the winter well and ■*« • V- JIWU HIV. tv 1 ill are in an excellent condition. Other woolgrowers have similar reports to malce. Some New Bills. Among the interesting and im portant bills introduced during the week were the following: H. B. No. 191, by Ghristler (Chou teau)—Creating a state bureau of publicity, providng for its equipment and management and appropriating $25,000 for its maintenace. II. B. No. 193, by Clayberg (Lewis and Clark)—Creating a law school at the University of Montana. H. B. No. 208, by Cunnings (Chou teau)—Appropriating $2,000 for the restoration and maintenance of old Fort Benton. H. B. No. 211, by Arnett (Valley) —Providing for the creation of Shaw county out of the eastern part of Valley county. S. B. No. 79, by Romney (Ravalli) —Appropriating $6,000 for Dr. Rickets to continue spotted fever investiga tion two years. H. B. No. 249, by Couch (Broad water)—To submit to the electors of the various counties the question of whether poolselling, bookmaking or the registering of wagers should be permitted in them. BIG CLOCK IS NOW RECORDING TIME IT APPEARS TO BE A FIRST CLASS TIMEPIECE IN ALL RESPECTS. The big clock in the tower of the new court house is now striking the hours and Lewistown now has an, accurate guide as to the time of day or night. The mechanism was ad justed Friday, and at 5 o'clock that afternoon the clock tolled off the ihours for the first time. The bij. timepiece appears to be all right in every way. The face of the clock is some six feet in diameter, bill still the hands canot be seen quite as far as was ex pected. The face of the clock will be illuminated at night and altogether the clock is iroimr to be quite a con venience to the town. Moving Furniture. Saturday the work of installing the new slee! furniture in the various of fices at the court house was begun and meantime the finishing touches are being put on the interior, so that the building should lie ready for oc cuoacy at the time fixed, March 1 The floors need considerable atten tion yet, but it is not supposed this work will delay matters any. DRANCH LINE TO LEWISTOWN NEXT HILL ROAD GETTING READY TO BUILD TO COUNTY SEAT OF FERGUS. Talk of the Billings & Northern branch from Philbrook, or near there, to Lewistown, has been received at Great Falls, and the Tribune is author ity for the statement that it is the company's intention to build the branch during the coming spring and summer. The machinery and tools of all sorts needed on this piece of con struction are all stored at Armington and the belief among those familiar with the subject is that Guthrie & Co. will be given the contract for the work. This job is really a small one, comparatively speaking, and can be pushed through to completion in a short time, the surveys having been made, and much of the material be mg already on hand. It is expected that early in the spring an official announcement will be given out re garding the matter. The "cold snaj" of the past three days is evidently over. The sun came out this morning, and the ther mometer dropped rapidly, so that the predicted shifting of the storm center has evidently materialized. In this section the mercury dropped to about 15 degrees below zero. A light fall of snow till over the basin country brought pleasure to the farmers ar.d stockmen. While the amount of moisture is comparatively small, it comes at the rigth time and will do a lot of good. THE HINTON MURDER TRIAL Jury Is Quickly Secured-Case Will Probably Reach the Jury Tomorrow Afternoon--' Huntoon's Opening Statement. The fact of Elmer Hinton, the young man charged wibh the murder of Contractor li. W. Mabaney at Roundup on Nov. 7 last, will soon be in the hands of the jury. The state rested the first thing this morning, evidently taking the defense com pletely by surprise and leaving mat ters in such shape as to practically compel the defendant to go on the stand and thus clear up the details. The testimony for the defense will be comparatively brief, opening with statement's Hinton's friends as to his good character. The arguments will be made by J. C. Huntoon and his as sistant, O. O. Mueller, for the state, and by O. W. Belden and his as sociate, Herman Lee, for the defense. Jury Soon Secured. The case was taken up Saturday morning, the court room being crowded with jurors and witnesses. Mrs. W. H. Mabaney, widow of the tragedy, and her little children, wre in the front row, while the defendant took his seat by his attorney, O. \V. Belden. Hinton is a young man of good appearance, and throughout the proceedings, while Ik- manifested kueit interest, lie did not seem to be wor ried as to the outcome. County At torney J. C. Iluntoon's examination of t lie jurors was brief but searching It developed that only one man call ed into the box was disqualified i<v reason of a fixed opinion as to the i merits of the case, and this was based upon conversations with Round ASSAULT IN FIRST DEGREE IS CHARGE MYLES DALY AGAIN ARREST ED FOR ASSAULT ON LAR RY LYNCH. Myles Daly, who on Christmas day assaulted Larry Lynch with an ax at. the X Bar ranch, inflicting wounds of so severe a character that Lynch lias ever since been confined in the lios pital here, where lie is slowly recov ering, was again arrested yesterday and brought to Lewistown by Under sheriff Firman Tullock. An informa tion has been filed against Daly charging him with assault in the lir-,t degree. He was released last even ing on furnishing a bond in the sum of $1,500 to secure bis appearance for trial. The Second Arrest. Daly was arrested not long after the affair on a charge of assault in the third degree, but after looking in BILLINGS HIGH SCHOOL TEAM DATE The Billings high school basket ball team will play the local high school team here Saturday evening, Feb. 20. The game wil be played at the opera house, and the locals arc now hard at work getting in shape for a contest that is going to call forth their best efforts to hold their own. The Bill ings team is one of the fastest in the state and .has had the benefit of splen did coaching. In addition, it has met a number of aggregations and is right up on every sort of play and every phase of the game. Notwithstanding this, the locals are very ho; ul, and whether victoroius or not, c; t be de pended upon to put up a gr o d con test. The hoys are getting more steady all the time, and the dashing tactics of the Billings lads, who have been able to fairly sweep so many opposing teams off their feet, will not count for much here. Frank Wright will captain the locals. H eis not only speedy and sure, but keeps his head at all times and has good control over his men. The team will be strengthened by Edmund Johnson as centc.. He up people soon after the killing. All of the jurors had more or less preju dice against circumstantial evidence but passed fairly satisfactory exami nations. Some announced that they would be reluctant to return a verdict of guilty in case the penalty might be death, and the fact that Mr. Huntoon did not attach much importance to this indicated at the start that the State had no expectation of securing a verdict of murder in the first de gree. At 3 p. m. Saturday the twelve jurors to try the case had been se cured, the state exercising five pre emptory challenges and the defense seven. Those sworn are Vaclav 11 rusk a, Fred Bean, A. C. Fickes, 0. H. Benton, E. E. Lewis, G. S. Craw lord, Janies lliatt, Theodore Gorvais, B. E. Stack, 1'. I. Elston, J. C. Young, D. II. Cagle. Upon the completion ot the task of securing a jury, Judge Qheadlc adjourned court until yester day morning. The Opening Statement. When court convened yesterday morning, County Attorney Huntoon proceeded to make the opening state mi*nt for the state. He said it would be sill own that the defendant had been working for Mr Mabaney, the latter being engaged in excavating at and around Roundup The decedent ownl 11intc>n a considerable sum. bavin." borrowi«l some $800 of him. in add! tion to wages dm November 7 Un met, and llintnn said that unless a settlement was made there w (Coniinued on page 4.) to the case, County Attorney Hun toon has come to tin conclusion that it is more grave than was at first sup posed. The facts in regard to the af fair have not been officially brought out, as Lynch lias not yet recovered sufficiently to permit liinn to testify at a preliminary. GREAT FALLS SCHOOLS Will Not Close, Fever Epidemic Is Subsiding. Great halls, heb. 6. After some discussion last evening, the school board decided that, after this year, pupils may be advanced in the pri mary grades and the High school twice a year. Phis action is in part for the purpose of relieving the con gested condition of some of • the rooms in the upper grades. Scarlet fever was discussed at some length and the board decided that there was no present necessity for closing the schools. There are only 12 children said to be out of school on account of this disease at present, and this is not an extraor dinary large number for this time of the year, ft is stated that most of the cases in the city now are those of adults and children below the school age. plays a great game ad is in good shape for a gruelling contest right now. Frank Wrightk and Leo Ivins will he the forwards, with Roy Daily and I*loyd Aldrich as guards. Evidently great interest is taken in Billings in the coming game. The Billigs Journal published a long poem, in which the prediction is made in rhyme that the contest will be "the greatest ever," yet the poet modestly inclines to the belief that the Billings bunch will find forms worthy of their steel here. There is siure to be an immense turn-out for this game, yet however big the attendance, it will hardly more than pay the expenses of bring ing the visitors here. The Catholic Order of Foresters will give a ball at Harmony hall this evening, and the committee having in charge the arrangements has left nothing undone to make the affair a most enjoyable success. All who at tend may be assured of a good time. Music will be furnished by Mahana's Symphony orchestra.