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Fergus County Democrat.
Vol. V., No. 49. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 3, 1909. PRICE FIVE CENTS. NOTICE We Now Have a Tailoring Department! in operation and are pre pared to do first class work in CLEANING PRESSING REPAIRING HARRY BROWN, Lewistown THEATER "The Home of Good Things." Doors open 7:30 sharp. TO-IN I G H T Last show starts 9:15. "MEPHISTO AND THE MAIDEN." A most wonderful production. "TWO MEMORIES," Most impressive picture drama ever produced. "ELOPING WITH AUNTY," A screaming comedy. SONGS BY CLEO. Entire change of program Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday ana' Friday. IOoPRIC£S-20c Monoplane and Biplane. In aviation the monoplane con tinues to make more rapid progress than the biplane, and an effort is now being maa'e by many designers to reduce the area of the planes and thus make the machine more com pact. In a new American biplane, the Curtis, the area of the planes has been reduced so much that the ma chine has only about half the total spread of the Wright biplane. The Curtis, of course, has not the same carrying capacity as the Wright^ bat already it has made several satisfac tory flights. Higher speed* will be required to lift these small machines, but undoubtedly as designs are im proved and greater efficiency is de rived from engines, they will be far more serviceable and compact ma chines than those at present in vogue. The recent development in mono planes is traceable in no small de gree to engine improvement, and the French are working at this point with great energy. Later, on biplanes will get improvea' engines better adapted for their peculiar requirements, and then there will be a new development in this class of machine. "Never Can Understand." Still a woman can't understand why an eighteen inning base ball game should interest her husband more than a good hot supper.—Detroit Free Press. ACREAGE IS VERY URGE Accurately Estimated That There Are Seventy Thousand Acres of Land in Winter Wheat IMMENSE YIELD SURE Between Three and Four Million Bushels of Grain Will Be Thresh ed in Judith Basin. In order to get an accurate line on the growing wheat crop, Man ager Lane of the Montana Lumber Company, several weeks ago, had all of the managers of his branch yards in Fergus county gather all possible data in their respective sections con cerning the acreage of winter wheat. These reports have been received ana' form a very complete estimate of the winter grain growing in all sections covered by them. Moore Wheat Growing Center. According to these reports, there are fifteen thousand acres of winter wheat in the country of which Moore is the trading center. Reports from other places are as follows: Lewis town, 15,000; Garneill, 4,500; Wind ham, 5,000; Straw, 6,500; Philbrook, 6,000; Benchlana', 4,000; Stanford, 5,000. This makes a total of 61,000 -acres reported from these sections. But there are a number of sections such as the countries around Gilt Edge, Kendall, Deerfield, Denton, Forest Grove, Grass Range and Roundup, the acreage of which has not been estimatea'. It is absolute certain that the crops which have been over looked will bring the total of the winter wheat acreage up to 70,000. Much Spring Grain. Despite the very late season, a great deal of spring grain was sown FATHER LONG LOST RETURNS William Hull, After Traveling All Over the World, Comes Back to Fergus County. GREETED DY HIS SON Babe of Seventeen Years Ago, Now a Man, Overjoyed at Meeting With Father. Many people in Lewistown will re member William Hull who, with his wife and a small son, came to Lewis town about seventeen years ago. The mother died very shortly after ar riving here and the baby boy was given to other parties to keep. Dis satisfaction arising with this arrange ment, the little fellow was taken by Mr. and Mrs. John Shea, of Phil brook, one of the old timers of that section. Tihe father disappeared and Mr. and Mrs. Shea bestowed upon the motherless child all of the care and affection which they would give their own ahild. No Word From Father. The child grew into manhood and became one of the substantial young citizens of the country. But through all the years no word was received from the father, William Hull, and the son finally decided that he must have died in some distant land. A Happy Meeting. But last week, a stranger stepped off the train at Philbrook, and be gan to make enquiries as to the where abouts of George Hull. It soon be came known that the stranger is .'the father of the well known young ranch er. The meeting was a joyous one for both father and son. Became Globe Trotter. Afer leaving the Judith Basin, the elder Hull became a globe trotter and visited all parts of the world. this year, Manager Lane placing this at between fifteen and twenty thou sand acres. From these figures, it may be seen that the total acreage of grain in Fergus county this year is between 90,000 and 100,00 acres. These figures agree with those se curea' by a number of elevator com panies. If there is any mistake eith er way, it is on the side of extreme conservativeness as there are scores of small crops which aggregate hun dreds of acres which have undoubt edly been overlooked. Some of the Wheat Kings. While sheep and cattle have long held a dual kingship among the in dustries of Fergus county, both will be dethroned this year and what will be triumphantly crowned rex of the Inland Empire. Five hundred' grain growers have each contributed to ward bringing about this change. Of this number there are one hundred twenty-five who have in one hundred acres or more of wheat. C. E. Shoemaker, of Lewistown, probably holds the honor of the great est number of acres. Mr. Shoemaker has in just about 2,000 acres of grain of which 1,800 acres is winter wheat. Fifty thousand bushels is a conser vative estimate of the wheat which Mr. Shoemaker will 'have to market. Many who have seen some of his fields believe that he will go from ten to twenty thousand bushels bet ter than that. Counting thirty thou sand pounds per car, it will require a freight train over one mile long to haul Mr. Shoemaker's big crop to the mill. Mr. Shoemaker, who is a compara tively new man in the country, hav (Continued on page 4.) Sample of "dry land" grain on the Louse Creek bench in the famous Judith Basin. Gene Lane has 140 acres like this in one tract and it will thresh 40 bushels per acre. Twice he traveled around the earih and saw all countries and climes. At last, the father love got the better of him and he decided to seek the baby boy he left here in Montana many years ago. That he found the boy grown into manhood and an honored residnet of the community in which he resided was a source of grati tude and comfort to the old gentle man. Ready for the Photographers. Argentina and Bolivia are now ap parently so near war that they are about ready to receive bids for the moving picture concession.—Indian apolis News. GOVERNOR NORRIS TO MAKE ADDRESS Chief Executive of the State Left Lewistown This Morning for the Fer gus County Sub station on Louse Creek Bench-Will be Gala Day for People of the Inland Empire. Few events in the history of Fer gus county have attracted so much general interest as the great public picnic which is being held today at the Fergus county sub-station, bet ter known as the "Experiment Farm," on Louse creek, six miles from Philbrook. Favored by the most beautiful day of the year, hundreds of people from the central and western portions of the county will gather with their dinner baskets at the sta tion where a program of splendid entertainment has been arranged. Governor Norris There. The occasion will be made notable because of the presence there of Governor Eidwin Norri3, one of the most deservedly popular men that ever held high public position in the Treasure state. Governor Norri3 ar rived in this city last night and was met at the station by a reception committee and the Lewistown band. .He was the guest of David Hilger for dinner and was given an informal BALL TEAM TO TAKE A TRIP Some of the Stars of Lewistown and Moore Will Make Tour of Sev eral States. GAMES SCHEDULED Laurel, Billings, Forsyth, Miles City and Several Dakota Teams Will Be Played. A base ball team comprising some of the best players of the Lewistown and Moore aggregations will leave here next Thursday morning for a barnstorming trip which will ultima tely take them to the city of Minne apolis. A number of games have been scheduled with some of the strongest semi-pro teams between here and the Twin Cities and the players expect to more than make railroad fares and expenses while en route. Personnel of the Team. Among those who are figuring on taking the trip are Red Shafer, "Scissors" McKeen, "Spoc" Wloodard, DOINGS IN THE BIG GOLD CAMP INTERESTING NEWS ITEMS GATHERED BY OUR REGU LAR CORRESPONDENT. Kendall, Mont., Aug. 2.—Glenn Morton spent Sunday at the Power plant, the guest of Harland Ottman, ana' thereby hangs a tale. Morton reception at the Judith Club in the evening. He was accompanied by G. W. Bandelenburg of Denver. Mr. Brandelenburg is one of the most notable exponents of dry farming methods in the United States and is now working under >the direction of the executive committee of the Dry Farming Congress, the annual con vention of which is to be held in Billings the first of October. The distinguished visitors were taken out to the experiment farm this morning in the Hilger automobile and a dozen or more other machines, all loaded to their utmost capacity, formed the escort of honor. Over one hundred people -went out from this city and an even greater num ber went over from Moore. Entranced With Country. "I have never seen a more beau tiful or more prosperous looking country in my life than that portion of the Judith Basin which we could observe from the car windows as we came along this afternoon," said Governor Norris to a representative of the Democrat last night at the Judith Club. "My friends from this county have been telling me how Charley Willard, Irtsh, Sherdahl, Mc Gee, Gill, O'Hanlon and Tom Camp bell. One or two others may join the squad before the time comes to start. They will play Jcffy John's world beaters at Laurel Friday and then take on the strong Billings team Sat urday and Sunday. Games will be played with Miles City and Forsyth and two games have been scheduled for Dicenson the 14th and 15th. The boys then will continue to play on eastward until they reach Minne apolis where they will disband. Some of the boys will return to Fergus county while others will remain in the east. More Ball Here. While this will take a number of star players out of the county, it will not necessarily mean the end of base ball in Lewistown and Moore this season. Lewistown will still have the crack battery of the state, Friedline and Moe, with a number of good players to assist in making up a team quite as formidable as the aggregation that started the season here. Moore will also have a nucleus for a good team left, the only thing lacking out there being a first class pitcher. The best of the ball season is yet to come in this section of the coun try and there is no reason why a good team should not be formed and fans of this city given some rare sport before the snows commence to fall. Moore Wins. Moore took a lopsided game from Philbrook Sunday, the score being 10 to 2. The game was very close up to the eighth inning when the wheat growers fell on the curves of Slicr dalil for a couple of home runs, two three baggers, a duo of doubles and several singles running in seven runs. Gill pitched for Moore and Tommy Campbell caught. Popular Lumberman Returns. Gene Lane returned -the middle of last week from a business trip to Billings. Gene was in Billings the day that a terrific hail storm swept over the Huntley flat and says that it is almost impossible to estimate the widespread desolation in the wake of the storm. Most of the settlers on this track which was only re cently reclaimed by means of a gov ernment irrigation ditch, arc in poor shape to withstand such a loss as they were depending largely on thi 3 year's crop to put them on their feet. left Matlock's store where ihe is em ployed, at ten o'clock Saturday and decided that the tramp across the hills by moonlight, in the cool of the night, would be much pleasanter than it woula' be in the sun Sunday morn ing. He stopped at the restaurant for a lunch before leaving and there met Gene Tierney and Ed Durncn, who wishea' him a pleasant trip. When Morton left these gentlemen hurried to the livery stable and hired saddle horses, donned chaps ana' spurs, cartridge belts and pistols and sallien' forth taking a short cut in order to have a real live hold-up, (Continued on page 8.) gooci things look over here but I thought that their stories might be slightly exaggerated because of their personal interest but I find that they have not 'played up' their descrip tions of your wonderful country nearly strong enough." Greatest He Has Ever Seen. Mr. Brandelenburg was equally en thusiastic. "It is the finest section of country I have ever seen," said the gentleman from Denver. "When I am tola' that this Basin has one million acres of this sort of land and that not one-fifth of it has ever been 'touched by a plow, I marvel at what the next five or ten years hold in store for you folks." Aside from Governor Norris, Jua'ge Cheadle, who is perhaps as well acquainted with the possibilities of Fergus county as any man living, will deliver an aa'dress. Profs. Cooley, Linfield and Atkinson will be present to give the assembled farmers practical talks on things of interest to all of them. All sorts of athletic sports, includ ing a base ball game between teams from Moore and' Philbrook will help to make the day enjoyable. GOOD SHOOTING BY LOCAL BOYS Members of Company D Make Cred itable Record at Target Prac tice in Helena. PHARE GETS A PLACE Private in Lewistown Organization Selected As Member of State Team to Camp Perry. Considering the fact that they had been practicing but a few evenings before entering the contest, the mem bers of Company D who participat ed in the Montana National Guard target competition in Helena last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, made a most excellent showing. One man Private Phare, was good enough to get into the squad Which leaves this week for Camp Perry, Ohio, where the pick militia riflemen of the Unit ed States will participate. Phare left yesterday morning for Helena to join the other members of the squad from Montana and all of the party Wt this morning for Camp Perry. Fourth in Team Shoot. The local team comprising Cap tain Croft, Lieutenant Pittman and Barkhoff, Hawkins, Phare, DcVelvis, Reed Nagle and Harding, returned home Saturday night well pleased with the contest which was partici pated in by 90 militiamen from all parts of the state. Phare was ninth in the grand total and the Lewis town team was fourth in the team shoot with a score of 1667 out of a possible 3,500. Captain Croft wa3 much pleased with tlie showing made by his boys and says that by the time the next slate shoot rolls around, Company D will be right there with the best of them. KOPEC FOOND IRRESPONSIBLE Roundup Man Who, It Is Believed, Brutally Murdered His Wife, Is Found Insane. MISTAKE AT ASYLUM Fatal Error Made When Demented Man Was Released From Insti tution for the Insane. Franc Kopec who, it is believed, cunningly and. 1 foully murdered his wife by choking her to death at their cabin near Rouna'up last week, waa tried for his sanity before Judge Stewart yesterday and was ordered committed to the state asylum. Physicians Agree. Doctor C. C. Wallin and Doctor T. H. Pleasants examined the de fendant ana' both were convinced that he is just as crazy as any man ever sent to the state insane asylum. In his actions, ihe manifests every sign of acute dementia. Three witnesses from Roundup were also examined aa to the conduct of the man about his home at Roundup. Mistake Was Made. It is now very evia'ent that a big mistake was made in ever releasing Kopec from the state insane asylum at Warm Springs. Had this not been done, his wife would probably be alive today although it wa3 largely through her efforts that he waa brought back to Roundup. An Optimist. Doctor S. E. Haycroft and wife, of Straw, are in the city today. The doctor is one of the big wheat grow ers of the Straw bench arilff says that his section of the country is cer tainly going to turn out some won derful yields of wheat. He con siders that the season has been as nearly ideal as any one could de sire. The doctor is an optimist all over ana' it is a genuine pleasure to talk with him. This office acknowl edges an appreciated call. «