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Fergus County Democrat.
—. Vol. VI., No 10. LEWISTOWN. FERGUS COUNTY .MONTANA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1909. PRICE FIVE CENTS. ~1MK iK^&VVr; mm Copyright iqoq by Hart SchafFp.er & Marx A Good Many People See your back, and you want your clothes to look as well from that point of view as from any other. If we put you into our Hart, Schaffner Gr Mar#. clothes you can be comfortable about it; they're stylish clothes; they look right from all directions; they are right in every particular. SUITS.............$20.00 TO $45.00 OVERCOATS......$11.50 TO $60.00 This store is the 'home of Hart Schaffner & Marx clothes. HARRY BROWN LEWISTOWN BIJO III THEATER "The Home of Good Things." Doors TO Last open 7:30 sharp. j -NIGHT show starts 9:15. See the Big New Show Tonight Coming on Tonight's Train NEW SONGS 10c PRICES 20c FAMILY Theater Doors open 7:30. Continuous show TO-NIGHT HARKNESS & McDONALD Present their big laugh-producing comedy sketch entitled, "BUNCOED." MOTION PICTURE PROGRAM "THE LOST INVITATION " (Edison's Com ed y Success.) "OUR COUNTRY IN ARMS," (Stirring Patriotic Subject.) "THE CALL OF THE HEART," _ (Of Great Interest.) _ MUSIC BY WILLY AND FRITZ PRICES, :: :: 15c AND 25c FFRGUS RAISES BIG CROP OF POTATOES RANCHERS OF THIS COUNTY HAVE HUNDRED CARS TO EXPORT. According to a local merchant who is in a position to know whereof he speaks, the farmers this year have raised such enormous quantities of E otatoes that there will be fully one undred car loads for export. A high official of the Milwaukee was in the city last week and stated that he would endeavor to have a rate established wlhich will enable the local growers to ship their surplus potatoes to the eastern market. No better spud3 are raised anywhere than right here in the Juditih Basin and it is believed that a good market can be established once their quality is known by eastern commission men. FINE FUTURE HAS STANFORD New Town On Billings-Northern Will Perpetuate Historic Fergus County Name. HOPES WELL FOUNDED Magnificent Country Tributary Jus tifies Faith of Bunch of Splendid Boosters. Clean as the proverbial whistle, so new that there is not a building much more than a year old, the home of as many live, hustling, intelligent ly progressive citizens as any town of the same size on the continent can boast, the center of an unde veloped area which stretdhe3 out in every direction farther than the eye can reach, such is Stanford, tlhe "Town of Destiny," on the Billings & Nor thern Railway in the western part of the great Judith Basin. The Old and the New. Less than two miles away is what is left of the old town of Stanford, for many years a noted place among the stockmen of Montana. The cen ter of the best range country to be found in the entire west, the local trading point for a half score of the biggest sheep and cattle outfits in the Treasure State, old Stanford was a lively place from the days of the early eighties until the coming of the "Iron Horse" brought the inevitable changes and sounded the knell of the old village. As quickly as the road was com pleted, the residents of the old town picked up their belongings and moved over to the water tank on the new road. The founders of the new town are men of foresight and looked far into the future in laying the founda tion of what is surely destined to become a thriving commercial center. There will be no narrow, crooked streets in Stanfordi Those things were looked after from the very first. The main street is one hundred feet wide and cross streets are propor THOMAS SHAW WILL LECTURE Noted Agronomist of the University of Minnesota, Will Speak in Fergus County. MEETINGS THIS MONTH Stanford, Judith Gap and Straw Peo ple to Have Opportunity to Hear Noted Lecturers. While Lewistown and Moore will be favored by the presence of a bunch of noted lecturers on scientivc farm ing this week, three other towns in this section of the state, Straw, Stan ford and Judith Gap, will be favored a little later in the month when Farmers' Institutes will be held and some of the most noted speakers in the West will appear. Secure Prof. Thomas Shaw. Among others, Prof. Thomas Shaw, agronomist at the University of Minnesota, noted publicist on subjects pertaining to scientific farming and, withal, a most entertaining public speaker, will appear at these places. Northern Montana Dates. The dates of the northern Montana Institutes and the speakers arranged by Superintendent F. S. Cooley, are as follows: Nov. 9, Homestead; Nov. 10, Cul bertson; Nov. 11, Poplar; Nov. 12, Glasgow; Nov. 13, Hinsdale; Nov. 15, Havre; Nov. 16, Chinook; Nov. 17, Harlem; Nov. 18, Malta; Nov. 19, Fort Benton; Nov. 20, Cascade; Nov. 29, Fort Shaw; Dec. 1, Chouteau; Dec. 2, Valier; Dec. 3, Conrad; Dec. 4, Troy; Dec. 6, Eureka; Dec. 7, Columbia Falls; Dec. 13, Monarch; Dec. 14, Belt; Dec. 15, Stanford; Dec. 16, Judith Gap; Dec. 17, Straw; Wed nesday, Dec 8, and Thursday, Dec. 9, schoolhouses in the vicinity of Kalispell; Thursday evening and Fri day Dec. 8 and 10, Kalispdl. tionatly broad. A beautiful spot on the broad plain wa3 selected for the coming city and there is room to grow in all four directions. And, mark this prediction, this room will be required before many years have passed. The old town was the center of one great industry, stockgrowing. The new town will be the center of two great industries, stockgrowing and farming, and it is the opinion of men who ought to know that the day is not far distant when the last shall be first. The Day of Division. Just now, practically all of the land within ten miles of Stanford is owned by four or five individuals or outfits. One outfit, the J. B. Long company, have title to fifty thousarud acres of land in that part of the county. The Mitchell, Packard and Edwards tracts a grg re g a t e thousands of acres, the larger portion of which is yet used for the grazing of sheep and cattle. Tlhe time is rapidly approaching when these immense ranches will be found too valuable to use for grazing sheep and cattle. Offers will be made which will make it to the best interest of these large holders to sell and then the work of dividing them up into small tracts suitable for agricultural] purposes will begin. This will be the opportunity for hundreds of home seekers to secure farms at reasonable prices and when a family is settled on every half section of country trib utary to Stanford, that splendidly founded town will come into her awn as a trading place and as the home of hundreds of people who desire a pleasant place in which to live and work. Will Produce the Crops. Better farming land cannot be found out of doors than tihe wide benches and fertile valleys surrounding this new town. Great crops of wheat and oats were raised there this year on the comparatively few acres under cul tivation. On two acres of land, Frank Mitchell gathered three hun dred bushel baskets full of yellow dent corn. And yet. they say that the Ju dith Basin will not raise corn. On the same ranch, which is under the management of Jeff Sherman, a de structive hail storm came along just as the wheat was getting a good start, beating the grain into the ground. Just seventy-eight days later wheat which averages thirty bushels per acre was treshed from that hailed out field. This is but one of numerous instances of what may be done with that soil. Some small areas of this land have beer, cropped' continuously for a quarter of a century and pro duced crops this year as good as those grown in any previous year. Just how long this land will continue to yield such crops the Lord only (Continued on page 4.) Some of the best men in the West on agricultual problems will address the institutes. Prof. Thomas Shaw of the University of Minnesota, one of the most distinguished agricultural lecturers of the countryfi has been en gaged to address all the farmers' in stitutes. Other important speakers will be Director Frederick B. Lin field, of the Montana state experiment station; F. S. Cooley, superintendent of farmers' institutes; Edmund Burke, irrigation and soil expert and chemist of the experiment station, and Miss Vera Erwin lecturer in home science. The lectures are to be free, and Mr. Cooley says that they are worth the attention of every farmer in Mon tana. Charles W. King Killed by James Gass Following a Drunken Brawl at Ranch of George Frazer Thirteen Miles Southwest of New Town-Inquest Held Sunday. Charles W. King, an old-time resi dent of Fergus county, was mur dered last Saturday afternoon at the George Frazer ranch 13 miles south west of Stanford, by James Gass, a coal miner. Gass is now in the coun ty jail and a younger brother is also being held as a witness, Deputy Sheriff Morgan and Clarence Huntoon went out to the scene of the murder Sunday. Doctor Igle, of Stanford, performed an autopsy and the inquest was held at Stanford Sunday after noon. Story of the Killing. According to the testimony brought out at the inquest, two brothers named_ Gass who are working a coal mine in the Stanford neighborhood, left the mine about 8 o'clock Satur day morning for a hunt. They came to the ranch of George Frazer two •hours later and found there Frazer and Charles W. King. The men got •to dinking diluted alcohol and all be came considerably intoxicated. They had dinner about noon and the young er Gass picked: up his gun and went out back of the house. As he went by a shed in the rear of the living MANY BIG LAND DEALS CLOSED Enormous Sum of Eastern Money Being Invested in Fergus County Real Estate. JACK BEEBE SELLS FARM Fine Ranch Near City Brings Fancy Price—Seven Thousand Acres Sold at Stanford. Thousands of dollars worth of Fer gus county land has passed from the ownership of local holders into the possession of eastern investors and homeseekers during the past week. While there has been a good steady businsss among real estate men for the last six months, it appears that the tide of buying has just started in earnest. Beebe Sells Fine Ranch. One of the biggest deals of the past week was the sale of the ranch of John L. Beebe to Mr. Seely, of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This ranch is located seven miles west of this city and comprises 920 acres of land, the greater portion of which is under cultivation. The price paid was $37 per acre. The Cook-Reynolds com pany negotiated the deal. Big Deal Near Stanford. The Democrat is reliably informed that one of the biggest deals of the year was closed tihe latter part of the week at Stanford when the ranch of Mrs. George Edwards, comprising some seven thousand acres, was sold to Iowa and Missouri parties for $14 per acre. In conversation with the Democrat, one of the gentlemen in terested in the deal stated that they are mighty well pleased with the bar gain and will cut up the big farm into small tracts just as quickly as possesion is given. Money Made in Land. About three years ago, Doctor W. A. Long, G. M. Stone, David Ililgcr and G. j. Bach purchased 960 acres of land in what is known as the Leh man field, a short distance southwest AUTO ORIVERS MUST LOOK A LITTLE OUT CITY COUNCIL PASSES STREET ORDINANCE ON THIS IM PORTANA SUBJECT. At the regular meeting of the city council last night, a new automobile ordinance was passed placing greater restrictions upon tlhe owners and drivers of buzz wagons in the city. rooms, he saw his dog and Frazier's dog eating a piece of beef which they had pulled down in the meat house. Gass went back into the house and told the other fellows of this fact, and King picked up his gun, went out in to the yard and killed both dogs. When this occurred, the younger Gass and Frazer were in the house, and this lead to some contradictory testimony. James Gass says that he knocked King down with two blows and struck the old man three times while King was lying on the ground. Then, according to his story, he went into the house, got King's gun, fired off three shots and threw the gun away. The gun fell on tlhe stock, which was broken off. The younger Gass and Frazer who were not per mitted to hear the testimony of the elder Gass, testified Uhat King's gun was never brought into the house at all. Wanted to Surrender. After he had knocked the old man down, James Gass said that he and his brother went out to catch a horse so as to inform the neighbors of the occurrence and to give himself up for assault and battery. Later, they did of this place, for $10 per acre They raised some fine crops of wheat on the place and sold it last spring for $25 per acre. The purchaser sold it a short while ago for $30 per acre and, last week, through the agency of Ed Wright, 640 acres of the tract was again sold, this time for $35 per acre, while the remaining 320 acres brought $40 per acre. Other Deals. Jesse Backus last week sold his farm on Sage creek for $10,000. The Auberry ranch, comprising 800 acres located near Kendall, was sold last week by Johnson & Montgomery to Joseph Bratih, of Cottonwood, Idaho, for $10,000. Numerous smaller deals have been made during the past week, all local real estate firms re porting steady and growing business in Fergus county dirt. FARMERS' INSTITUTE. All Preparations Made for Best Meeting Ever Held in City. According to those who have in charge tihe work of making arrange ments for the big Farmers' Institute to be held in this city tomorrow eve ning and Thursday, this will be the finest meeting of the sort ever held in Fergus county. The program is exceptionally at tractipc and there promises to be n large attendance of farmers from every part of this section of the county Hundreds have been looking forward to an opportunity of hearing Prof. Campbell, probably the greatest living authority on dry land farming, and this meeting gives them this op portunity There will be music by Haller's orchestra and other features which will vary the program so as to make it interesting to all. The first session will be held to morrow evening. Another session will be held Thursday afternoon and the concluding meeting that evening. The Salvation Army. It has come to our knowledge that the officers in charge of the local corps, Captain and Mrs. Bingman, arc contemplating on opening a revival for an indefinite time. These ser vices will be full of interest to those who will attend. Leading pastors will participate in these services, in dicating the fact that tlhe revival will be entirely undenominational. Watch for further announcements. The present program of services i3 as follows: Public meetings every night except on Monday at 8 o'clock. On Friday night Holiness meeting, (undenominational). Sundays: 11 a. m., Holiness meeting; 3 p. m„ Junior service: 4 p. m., Free and Easy (un denominational); 8 p. m, great salva tion rally. A WITNESS. The ordinance provides that each ma chine shall be registered and num bered, prescribes a speed limit of eight miles per hour, makes mandatory two front and one rear light for all machines running about tlhe streets at night and further provides that driv ers shall toot their horns, ring their bells or give some other signal be foe turning a sharp corner A stiff penalty is provided in case any pro visions of this ordinance are disre garded. Captain Brugman, of the Salvation Army, presented petition for permit to construct stone, brick or concrete building next to the present barracks on Main street. Referred to build ing^ committee. (Continued on page 5.) ride into Stanford and James Gass surrendered himself to Deputy Sheriff Whitcomb who informed the officers at this place. Doctor Igle, who performed the autopsy, testified that King came to his dcatih from heart failure. A wit ness by the name of Culver gave .es tiony damaging to the cause of Gass. The case went to the jury at 11 o'clock and they deliberated for three hours before returning a verdict that King came to his death as a result of a blow from some blunt instrument in the hands of James Gass and that the manner and means of said killing was felonious. Old Timer in Fergus. King was an old-timer in Fergus county and has always been known as an honest, hard-working man. He was well known to all of the early settlers on the west side and his tragic death was a cause of much sorrow. Two Murder Trials. Gass will probably be tried for murder at the forthcoming jury term of the district court, making two murder cases for trial, P. C. Robin son, who killed Roy Short, being the other defendant. TAX PAYING TIME AT HAND But Thirty Days Remain for Tax Tayers to Dig Up Three Hun dred Thousand Dollars. SOME LARGE ACCOUNTS Great Northern Railway Company Takes First Rank Among Big Contributors to Strong Box. While tlhe people of Fergus county re congratulating themselves upon, the construction of numerous lines of railroad through this county, the members of the board of county com missioners also have reason to be somewhat thankful for these same lines as it means a considerable in-» crease in the amount of money col lected in taxes for the running ex penses of the county The railroads now pay into the county treasury the neat sum of $48,696.80, of which the Great Northern pays over $25,000. Thi3 company now takes rank as the biggest taxpayer in Fergus county, the Milwaukee coming second with a con tribution of over $14,000. This Is the Last Month. November marks the last month for the payment of taxes which arc not permitted to become delinquent. While Treasurer Robinson i3 collect ing some money right along, the big rush will not come until the last week of the month when over three-fourths of the money is sent or brought in. Some Large Amounts. Some of the largest taxpayers of the county this year arc as follows: Great Northern, $21,217.61; Milwau kee, $14,400.80; Montana Railroad, $8,720; Northern Pacific, $4,358.39; Long Investment Co., $6,587.67; A. Lincoln, $747.07; Lewistown Furni ture Co., $591.53; Lewistown Tele phone Co., $559.85; Forbes Leslie, $441.69; B. F. Lcppcr, $1,965.77; Chas. Lehman & Co., $1,661.26; Kendall Light & Power Co., $518.82; Levi Knerr, $340.24; Kendall Gold Mining (Continued on page 8.) FERGUS CATTLE ON THE MARKET C. M. Belden Returns After Having Taken Big Train of Fine Stuff to Chicago. WILL MAKE NEW RECORD Shipment of Range Cattle to Chicago This Year Equals Last Season's Mark. C M. Belden, the well-known Utica stockman, returned last Thursday from Chicago where he placed a train load of Fergus county range cattle on the market the previous week. The train included 32 cars, of which about twenty were in charge of Mr. Belden. This shipment included the bunch of Waite cattle which broke all rec ords for rangers on the Chicago market, the price of $7.50 per hun ded bring the price for these prime rangers up to $105 each. Fred War ren, however, holds the record for about the best price ever received for one Fergus county steer. Fred had in this shipment one steer which weighed 1,870 pounds and sold for 7 . cents per pound or $130.90 gross. Fergus Outfits Make Shipment. The Fergus outfits shipped a train load of cattle from this place the middle of last week and as their stuff is in first class condition, a good price is sure to be realized Equal Last Year's Mark. Experts believed that the receipts of range cattle at Chicago this year would show a big percentage of loss but this is not the case as it shown by the following special letter to the Democrat from Clay, Robinson & Co.: Chicago, Union Stock Yards, Oct. 28.—The unexpected always happens, at least in the cattle business. Run of rangers this year has fooled every one. The yard experts looked for 25 percent decrease. The railroad liv* (Continued on page 4.)