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Fergus County Democrat
ms® Official Paper of Fergus County DOM STOUT, Publisher and Prop. Lewistown, Montana.. .Nov. 9, 1909. Entered at the postoffice at Lewis town, Montana, as second class mat ter. SUBSCRIPTION: One year ......................$2.50 Six months .................... L25 Three months ................... -75 Notice to Subscribers. In ordering paper changed to a new address, mention old address also, to insure prompt delivery. Subscribers failing to receive their papers will please notify this office. IN MR. CRANE'S CASE. Anaconda Standard: A good many eitizens of Chicago evidently believe that Charles R. Crane has something coming. They have united in ad dressing to him a letter, in which they express their high opinion in which his prudence and wisdom and modesty are held by his friends. The letter refers to the intelligent interest Mr. Crane has shown in commercial interests throughout the Orient. It takes occasion to call attention to the fact, that, as the signers under stand it, these views are entirely in accord with those that were ex pressed by President Taft, "in his epoch-making speech at Shanghai in 1907." It is added in the letter that these friends of Mr. Crane were gratified with his selection as minister to China, that his fitness was then recog nized, that nothing has occurred to change their opinions on that score, and then these words are used: "We believe that the published circum stances, trivial in themselves, were unfairly made use of in an attempt to humiliate you without adequate cause, and we wish by this means to protest against such methods, which cannot fail to have a tendency to dis courage prominent private citizens from accepting public office." The letter is the preface to a ban quet which these Chicago people in tend to give, at Mr. Crane's con venience, and which is to serve as an expression of their esteem for him, and as a formal protest against his treatment. The letter is the more pointed, by reason of the fact that every man who signed it was aware that it is a direct and severe criticism of two men. These are President Taft and Secretary Knox. In the recall of Mr. Crane, when he was well started in his way to China, Secretary Knox acted with what seemed to be aggressive haste. When he acted there remained noth ing except approval of his course by the president. Mr. Taft approved it. The large public, not familiar with the complicated ins and outs of the diplomatic status involving this coun try, China, Japan and the rest, as sumed that there must be something back of it all, and that, therefore, there must be abundant justification for the administration's drastic course. It now appears that the Chicago signers of the Crane letter are un willing to assume that in the diplo matic situation there is anything which warrants the savage sacrificing of an excellent and estimable Amer ican citizen. Under the conditions, the proposed banquet must be a per sonal tribute, in this sense that no man connected with the official household can with propriety discuss it or attend it. The letter amounts to a severe criticism, respecting which we may assume President Taft will be not indifferent. Doubtless, it will disturb him to know that his action is so harshly disapproved by so many Chicago men who have been his friends and whom, of course, he has held in esteem. The letter is signed by fifty men. They are foremost in Chicago's finan cial, commercial and professional af fairs. Many of them are known na tionally. ___ TIGER ON TOP. Once more has the Tammany tiger shown his mastery over the electorates of the greatest city in our country. Judge Gaynor, who was generally credited with being the nominee of the Tammany organize tion, wa3 elected mayor of New York last Tuesday by a decisive vote. The republican candidate was seventy-five thousand votes behind Gaynor, and Hearst, the perennial candidate, ran a very poor third. But the election brought a crumb of comfort to the opponents of Tammany. The Board of Estimates which will have charge of the ex-1 penditure of one billion dollars dur ing the present administration, was lost by the old ring. There is a rea son to believe, however, that with their numerous strings, Tammany will find a way to get in on this great fund and pull down a share of it for the faithful. Aside from hi3 alleged subser vience to Tammany, it is generally be lieved that Gaynor will make the big city a good mayor. He has always been independent in his political at titude and it is known that he was nominated, not because Tammany wanted him but because the leaders of that gang believed him the only man with whom they could win. While Murphy may be a factor in the admin istration, it is thought that Gaynor will maintain his independent attitude in looking after the best interests of the municipality. General disappointment will be felt throughout the county over the de feat of Ileney in San Francisco and Tom Johnson in Cleveland. Both men are municipal reformers of the ost uncompromising type. Both have waged terrific battles for the people and against the grafters with which most American cities are in fested. Both owe their defeats to the well night invincible power which the political machines in the two cities are able to exert in municipal elections. The election of Tuesday bad but small political significance insofar as the two dominant parties of the coun try are concerned. The real fight will come next year when all of the states will hold elections to choose congressmen and legislatures which shall have to select U. S. senators. With the terrific conflict now on be tween the forces of plutocracy, as represented by Cannon and Aldrich, and the forces of democracy as rep resented by such men as Bryan, La Follette and Cummings, the people of this nation will look forward with keen interest to the battle of the ballots next November. NEED NOT WORRY. Some moons will elapse before Messrs. Gompers, Morrison and Mit chell repose behind the gates of a prison. The supreme court of the United States is slow to act, and meanwhile bail is allowed. The question is complicated, and to legal knowledge The Inter Moun tain makes no pretense at all. But a sparse knowledge of the constitution alone is sufficient to judge that pro vision which bears upon liberty of speech and the freedom of the press. There are two opinions on the boy cott. It may also be true that Mr. Gompers was hasty. But there can be no question that when that day arrives when the courts arc able to dictate the policies of editorial and news columns of the press, the dirge of liberty may be sung. Justice Sheppard's dissentient opinion so holds. And so will hold the vast majority of the American people. As to the supreme court time alone can tell. A big delegation of Butte citizens gave F. Augustus Heinze an enthu siastic reception upon the return of the former "Napoleon of Copper" to the big camp last Sunday. The wel come accorded President Taft upon his recent visit to the metropolis was a small affair compared to that ex tended to this busted soldier of for tune who has returned to the scenes of numerous triumphs of various sorts. Candor compels us to acknowl edge that we are unable to see just where Fritz Heinze comes in for any glad hurrahs from the people of Butte. True, it is said that while he was waging his desperate mining war there, wages were higher and more men were employed than at any other period in the history of Butte. So much for that side of the ledger. On the other hand, he did his share toward the total corruption of the judiciary of Silver Bow county, he sacrificed, or caused to be sacrificed, the lives of scores of miners in his underground battles, he purchased elections, broke banks and stopped at nothing which would cast a cloud of shame over the name of a state which he continually dishonored. Of un questioned ability as an engineer, he was yet a vagabond of the most vicious type morally and contributed a large influence toward making of Butte a city compared to which Sodom and Gomorrah were towns of immaculate purity. A magnificent fighter, unscrupulous and resourceful, he yet did not hesitate to sell out to the enemy when he got his price. Although constantly protesting loyalty undying to Butte, he quit the city the moment he could do so with safety and returns only when broken in for tune, fame and name. A moral dere lict, a financial outcast, a man for whom the prison portals of another state have been swinging open for these many months, Fritz Heinze comes back to Montana and is tum ultuously greeted, hilariously dined, eloquently welcomed by a committee of representative men of our largest city. That other Napoleon once re turned in triuph from Elba but soon met his final finish. History ha3 habit of repeating herself and our own Fritz "Napoleon" may soon meet his Waterloo and be sent an exile in to Helena. What fate could be more cruel? Wet or dry, the farmers of Fergus county this year produced such crops of wheat and oats as were never be fore grown in any country. Travel in any direction that you may, and you will met the loads of golden grain traveling toward the nearest elevator. For two months, the steam threshers have been grinding out the result of a splendid harvest. Mortgages are being paid off, new homes built, im provements made and things placed in shape for the winter months. Whether it's wet farming or dry farming, they are doing here in the Judith Basin doesn't matter such p. lot so long as it's successful farming. The regularity with which Teddy Roosevelt is being killed off over there in Africa by "vague rumors" has been throwing a daily scare into the American people, but doubtless is doing very little to interfere with the fun of the big game huntsman. Teddy's case is very much the same as that of one of our greatest Amer ican humorists who, upon hearing a report of his own death, hastened to notify his friends that the report was "greatly exaggerated." Senator Aldrich, of Rhode Island, "rotten borough" about one-fourth the size of Fergus county, is on a tour of the West "educating" the people on matters pertaining to the forthcoming financial legislation. Sen ator Aldrich will probably not find the people out this way so "easy" as was William Howard Taft who has been so completely taken in by this great political representative of the Stan dard Oil. It might be stated in passing that the city of Butte has paid out the sum of one hundred thousand dollars dur ing the past few years in damages to persons injured because of defective sidewalks. Be it recorded that in the month of October, 1909, anno domino, Dr. Cook rather unsuccessfully scaled the heights of the famous Bitter root and scattered records from end to end. Two fatarttie3 as a result of foot ball at Annapolis and West Point in dicate that even in these piping times of peace our young soldiers are not free from serious danger. The bakers of New York City have gone out on a strike. With all the dough they are reputed to have in that burg they ought to manage to get along somehow. MORE THAN BILLION. M6ney Orders to the Value of $1, 089,000,000 Issued This Year. Washington, Nov. 3.—A postal de ficiency of $17,479,770, an increase of $569,491 over last year was announced in the annual report of Merritt O. Hance, auditor of the postoffice de partment. Audited revenues for the fiscal year ended June 30, last, amount ed to $203,562,383, an increase of 6.31 per cent, over the previous year. Audited expenditures increased 6.7 per cent., including loss by fire, burglary, etc. There were 6,700 additional post offices authorized to issue money orders. In round numbers, $1,089,000, 000 represents the value of the 72, 479,409 orders issued. HER MOMENT OF COMPLETE JOY. When Grandmother Reads First ter from Her Grandchild. Let You may talk about great state pa pers, of presidents' messages, of royal exchanges of salutations, and all that sort of thing, but when you want to strike a chord that beats in harmony with the human heart, just see that grandmother reading that first letter from her grandchild. All time and space, and things created and uncre ated, are concreted into the bliss of the moment, when the dear woman drinks in the meaning of those awk ward, hesitating, incongruous lines, which with all their crudities, still seem stately and dignified under the emotion of a first great effort. There is nothing like it. Shake speare never matched it. Dante reads like an almanac by the side of It. It is a revelation that makes St. John's seem insipid and pale. The good wom an reads it over and over, and thinks away back when she was a little girl, and when the child's mother was a lit tle girl, and then of this little boy, just starting to open a path into the mys tery of life; and she reads another passage of the sweet, blundering let ter, which closes with the very for mality of affection—"Your loving friend"—and then her thoughts rush out of the window into the gray skies, but after a while they come back, bringing her the assurance from some where, that of all the blessings of life, one of the sweetest has come to her - that of getting the first epistle from her first grandchild.—Columbus (O.) State Journal. A Trip to the Holy Land Original and latest views of this most interesting country. Lecture by ReV. B. Z. McCollough of Bil lings, Mont., Friday, NoO. 12, at 8 p. m. at the Presbyterian Church. Adults 50c, Children 25c. .ASSAYING. Gold, Silver, Copper, Lead, Zinc and other metals. Correctly Determined. —AT— A. L. HAWKINS & CO. Assay Office 207 5th. Aye. Lewistown, Mont. 1 German Heater.. REASONS Why the German Heater is the most desirable stove to buy First— Tried and tested for 10 years. Second— Economy of fuel; saves one third of fuel. \ Third— Cleanliness in operation. Fourth— Absence of gas, smoke or soot. Fifth Durability. Sixth— Floor warmer. Seventh— Uniformity of heat, or per fect distribution of heat in room. Eighth— Perfect fire keeper. Ninth— Simple operation. Tenth Style and finish. GERMAN HEATER. FOR SALE BY fEROUS COUNTY HARDWARE CO. Empire Barber Shop Taylor & Williams, Props. Everything new and the most modern appliances. Bath Rooms In Connection a Under Empire Bank building, corner Main St. and Fourth Avenue. Goodridge-Call Lumber Cn. Building material of all kinds at lowest prices Estimates Cheerfully Given Agents for : Rex Flintkote Roofing : Wanted—One band of sheep to winter and 500 head of cattle. Lots hay and good range. Ralph Wight, Utica, Mont. 9-28-tf ooooooooooooooooo o Hardtmuth's pink plyable eras- C O ers for cleansing books and draw- O O ings at the Democrat Supply De- O © partment. © ooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooo O Ask to see our new Victor ink O O well, tl is the latest thing out O O and only costs you 35c. Demo- O O crat Supply Department. O ooooooooOoooooooo To Farmers - and all Who are interested in the country along the Chicago, Mil waukee <S- Puget Sound Railway in Montana. The Chicago, Milwaukee &- Puget o und Railway announces a series of farmers institutes to be given at the following points: LAVINA. MONTANA ............... 1st ROUNDUP, MONTANA ............ ...... NOVEMBER 2nd MOORE. MONTANA ............... ....... NOVEMBER 3rd LEWISTOWN. MONTANA ........ ....... NOVEMBER 4th HARLOWTON. MONTANA ........ ....... NOVEMBER 5th THREE FORKS. MONTANA ...... ....... NOVEMBER 6th MUSSELSHELL. MONTANA ...... ....... NOVEMBER 8th BAKER, MONTANA ................ 9th ISMAY. MONTANA ................ 10th Lectures will be given on farming methods and allied subjects by PROF. H. W. CAMPBELL, of Lin coln, Nebraska, author of Campbell's Soil Culture Manual and editor of Campbell's Scientific Farm er; PROF. F. B. LINFIEIjD, Director of Experimental Stations State of Montana; PROF. ALFRED ATKINSON, Professor of Agronomy, Montana State Agricultural College; PROF. F. S. COOLEY, Superintendent of Farmers' Institutes, State of Montana, and by DR W. X. SUDDUTH, of Billings, Montana. The Chicago, Milwaukee & Puget Sound Railway cord ally invites every one interested to attend these lectures. Their object is to assist settlers in the new country to make a success in their farming operations, and the reputation and ability of the Iectuiers is such that no farmer can afford to miss the meeting. No charge of any kind will be made. The railroad company expects to be reim bursed through larger and better crops, for the expense involved. The C. M. & P. S. Railway will make reduced rates from nearby towns to the different points at which the meetings will be held. CHICAGO MIL WA VKEE P VGET SO VND RAILWAY GEORGE W. HIBBARD, Assistant General Passenger Agent, Seattle, Washington. R M. CALKINS, General Traffic Manager. Seattle, Washington.