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Fergus County Democrat
^Oci/S S Official Paper of Fergus County TOM STOUT, Publisher and Prop. Lewistown, Montana.. .Nov. 30, 1909. Entered at the postoffice at Lewis town, Montana, as second class mat ter. SUBSCRIPTION: One year .......... $2.50 Six months ................ 1.25 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. DEATH OF A HERO. Congressman David A. DeArmond, of the Sixth Missouri district, lost his life last Wednesday while making an ■heroic but vain effort to rescue his little grandson from flames which haid enveloped the DeArmond resi dence at Butler, Missouri, while the residents slept. The grandfather's life •was a sacrifice to his devotion to the little fellow as he could 'have es caped by leaving the lad to his fate. Judge DeArmond had been great ly honored during his life time. For ten successive elections he was sent by his district to the American con gress. In that body his signal ability won for him an undisputed place among the great leaders. There was before him a future of yet great er honor, more splendid achievement He had been the intimate of presi dents, had 'held his own in debate with the greatest of our statesmen, had touched elbows with royalty and mingled with the high and mighty of this and other nations. He had before him more of this sort of life or the alternative of al most certain death by the side of the little fellow who had won a place ■surer than honor, than fame, glory and achievement, in t'he affection of the statesman. We can imagine that there was no hesitation with Judge DeArmond. Knowing something of the man's honesty, his long public career unspotted by the slightest suspicion of unfaithfulness, a private life as clean as the driven snow, it is not difficult to think of him calmly accepting death with his grandchild rather than life without him. The days of true heroism do not all belong to ancient history This was proven by the manner which men went undaunted to death in their efforts to save the imprisoned' miners at the Cherry, Illinois, mine It is proven by the manner in which one of our brightest statesmen went ■to his death down there in the little Missouri town last week. SIDE STEP THE HOLD-UP. The battle against Bedford ston 'for those now famous wings for th Montana state capitol building con tinues to wage fiercely in certain quar ters. All parties, including the mem bers of the board of examiners and the managers of the Columbus stone quarries have had their say or rather, their several says, and those wh have closely followed the controversy are in a position to get some idea of the mix-up. The members of the board of ex aminers state that the quarry manager made offers last winter which he re fused to repeat when'it came time to let the conract. The quarry owner ■says that there were numerous changes made in the plans between the time of his first offer and the let ting of the contract, much additional hand work being included, thus add ing to the stone cost. Whatever may be the merits of the contentions of the quarry owners and those who support their side of the controversy, the fact re mains that .the board had just so much money appropriated for those two wings and did not propose to ex ceed that amount if they had to send to Halifax or some other seapart for the 9tone. If all boards were to fol low* out this very excellent rule, there would be fewer scandals and less stealing in the erection of public buildings. It is in the "extras" that the grafters get in their work and ther ecommences to be "extras" when ever the board in charge starts to ex ceed the sum appropriated for the work in hand. The people of Montana would na turally prefer to have their state buildings constructed of stone which can be quarried in this state. But while the people of Montana are pa triotic and believe thoroughly in pat ronizing home industries they also have a decided aversion to being chosen as easy marks or made the victims of any hold-up game even by members of their own community. It is not intended to state that the owners of the Columbus quarry had any idea of getting "next" to the ■state treasury to the extent of a few thousand, although such stories are floating about. But it does appear in conceivable that there could be a legitimate difference of $60,000 be tween the Columbus amd Indiana stone. The members of the state board ■had all of the facts pertaining to this building stone racket before them for weeks before the contract was let. They are all devoted, we believe, to the best interests of the state of Montana. They found the cost of the Columbus stone, as submitted by the owners of the quarries, to be, if not extortionate, then prohibitive, and did the next best thing. They held no brief for the Columbus stone quarry owners, nor the Billings Commercial Club, nor for the one or two labor organizations which have passed condemnatory resolutions but for all of the half million people of Montana. They were there to see that their clients, the people, were not imposed upon by any man or set of men with long lead pencils and short con sciences and the people of Montana, when all of the facts.have become thoroughly known, will applaud the board for the stand which has been taken. CLEOPATRA A "PIKER." Billings Gazette: Cleopatra dis solved pearls of price in vinegar and quaffed it like sparkling champagne. She was a gay old girl, and money was no object to her. She squandered fortune in a day, and made every body sit up and take notice. The populace murmured, rich men shook their heads, and other women wert jealous, as was perfectly proper. That trip up the Nile is the most famous in history. It has been em balmed in the memory of man by poet, musician and painter. The scene, has been depicted by a thousand brushes, and poets still sing about it. The composer ancient and modern has conjured up the sweetest and softest strains in 'an effort to portray For the Queen of Egypt traveled in tate. She uncorked enough perfume to snvother a whole village, decorated her barge with gold and silver lace, was fanned by beautiful slaves, in-1 haled incense, drank in music, wine pearls, and what not. It was great, that trip, for ever since that time, without a dissenting voice, mankind has agreed that Cleopara was going some. Not one ever thought that she would appear in the light of a piker, but it is even so. Yea, and then some. For an American woman is making trip up that historical st?eam in a steel sidewheeler. The boat cost more than all of the ancient queen's expen diture. She has servants to stock an army and wines, the like of which the Pharoahs never knew, and which only $8 a week clerks in our day and age can afford. She has an orchestra, and a score of chefs, and sich. Then she is accompanied by a crowd of ladies ^nd gentlemen, and it is said that any of the fair ones is ornamented with beauty that would make the dusky queen of long ago turn green with seven kinds of envy. For while Cleopatra thought sh was going some, this woman can hang bells all over her, and make her look like the penniless daughter .of an organ grinder jumping sideways for biscuit. She has money to throw at the birds, and shoots it out by the shovel ful. She has silks of Cathay and laces of wondrous design. She is traveling up the old irrigating ditch just to show them that Cleopatra, whom we have always thought was a pretty fair single handed money spender, was not onto her job. She was a piker—a memory. For this American girl will spend $2,(XX),000 on the trip—a sum that would have paid for the equipment of the armies of Antony and Caesar in the wars that ended on the field of Actium. Cleopatra a spendthrift! It is to laugh, for as we progress we develop fools more colossal than history re cords. St. Louis Mirror: PrfT&nosticators are foretelling the dissolution of the republican party on the strength of the insurgent movement in Congress. But the party that survived the Mug wump defection that defeated Blaine in 1884 can afford to smile at the prophets. The republican party will not be destroyed. This is what 1 think will happen in the course of a not very lon^ time. All the Cannon republicans and anti-Bryan demo cratsto—to characterize them briefly but not inclusively—will be in one party. All the liberal republicans will be aligned with the Bryan democrats. In brief, all the democrats will get into one party, and all the men who think that everything is all right be cause they are easy, or hope to be, will be in the other. The republi cans will be the conservative, the democrats the radical patry. The sifting of men from one side to an other will be hastened by such action as that of the insurgents. The alleged democrats of the south will possibly be won over to the republican side by the republicans leaving the negro in the south to his fate, as Senator Cullum, of Illinois, intimated in a recent interview was likely to be done before long. Rooseveltian republicans ■will gradually drift into greater har mony with democratic democrats, as they discover how little perform ance there is back of the promise to regulate the great corporations and; prevent them grabbing of the coun lican party will undergo a change of name to Conservative one cannot say, but the distinction between the two parties will be that between the Tory and the Liberal parties in Great Britain. I cannot see any hope for the rise of a third party to such power as to swallow up either of the old ones. The failure of the Social ists to do this may be counted upon after the slump in that vote in the last National election. Their big vote in the preceding National elec tion was due wholly to the fact that so many democrats voted for Debs in preference to voting for either Roose velt or Parker. The prohibitionists will never eclipse either of the two great parties. They are a move ment that varies in strength and that gains only temporarily from the dis content in certain sections with the chief parties. The new division of the people may come with Roose velt's "return from Elba," though that isnt quite the proper phase as I've seen pointed out somewhere. Rather it's a return from Africa like— absit omen—those of Caesar Na poleon. It is said that the great financial powers are buying up some of the muckiest of muck raking magazines and periodicals and will transform them into thoroughly safe, sane and unsensational organs of perfect pro priety. Where formerly the pages of these magazines were devoted to ar ticles laying bare the follies, foibles and criminalities of certain individual and corporate representatves of "the interests," they will henceforth be given over to elaborate treatises on such live subjects as Abyssinian sculpture, the love letters of Lord Byron or the influence of the cos mography on the topography of the perihelion. Such writers as William A1 White, Ray Stan Baker, Ida Mary Tarbell, George Kibbe Turner, Upton Sinclair, Ben Lindsay and,others who have the muck raking malady in its most virulent form will either have to switch their literary systems or hunt other jobs. Muzzles will be man ufactured for Norman Hapgood and Arthur Brisbane, the fifty thousand dollar editors of Collier's and the Hearst publications, respectively. All of which may be true but we d'oubt it. As great as is the power, the wealth and commercial influence of the allied financial interests of this nation, they have neither money nor power by one-hundredth to buy or corrupt the press of the American nation. They can purchase and transform mighty, virile, vigorous magazines into insipid, ineffective, colorless publications. They can get and doubtless have already got, con trol of most of the great dailies of the nation, but there are hundreds of small independent monthly magazines and thousands of small weekly news papers which will continue to "Carry the Message to Garcia," that is, state civic, financial and political conditions just as they exist, without fear from any source. That small bunch of millionaires, the headquarters of whom are on Wall street, New York, may control legislation, for they have but to secure a majority of four hundred odd men to do that, and they may exert a subtle though effective in flcnce over the one man who sits in the president's chair; they may in fluence cou'rt decisions to a certain degree because of their ability to direct judicial appointments; they may own and debauch cities, defy states and make a mockery of justice and equality before the law, but they must grow mightily in cunning and financial stature before they can con trol the American press. If some rural postmaster either purposely or through lax book-keep ing methods cheats the U. S. govern ment out of a few dollars worth of stamps he is promptly sent to prison. The men who control what is known as the Sugar trust stole sum which is now estimated at thirty million dollars from the gov ernment and these officers may yet go scot free with the payment of a fine which will be but a small portion of the amount stolen. At the docks in Brooklyn are a number of scales upon which the sugar shipped into this country by the trust was weighed It was discovered some months ago that these scales had been tampered with so that they short weighed every! . x . ., n,.. sack of sugar set on them. This; knocked something off the duty and although the sum lost on each sack was very small the total amount lost throughout the years that the petty, contemptible practice had been in ef fect was enormous, running into the millions of dollars. A suit was brought against the company and a compromise soon affected whereby the sugar trust paid the government one million dollars in damages. An ef fort is now being maide to locate the men criminally liable for this out rage. It is almost a certainty that the head men knew all about it and they are the ones who should be punished. But as is so often the case, some helples subordinates will prob ably have to bear the brunt of shame and disgrace not to mention the pos sibilities of prison sentences. The first simmering of the political pots is beginning to be heard in the land. In the last issue of the Laurel Outlook, Jeffy Johns publisher, is boost for Judge Cheadle for the United States senate to succeed Sen ator Thomas Henry Carter. If tin republicans of Montana should fol low out Jeffys suggestion and center their support on the Lewistown jurist, it would be their wisest possible political move. But there is no pos sibility of any other republican than Thomas Henry Carter going to the United States senate from Montana If the people of this state do not want Carter they will have to a democratic legislature to H one year from January. Uncle Ira Cole, of the Forsyth Times-Journal, also comes along with a life for Judge Cheadle, proclaiming him the best man in the state for a supreme court justice. Although Judge Cheadle is understood to be not altogether in the best graces of the strong Carter ■political machine in this state and was, indeed, somewhat flattened 1 out by the aforesaid Carter steam roller one year ago from last summer, it is very evident that he is destined to play an important part in the plans of his party in this state in the forth coming campaign. While considerable racket is being made over the so-called sweeping victory of the government in the Standard Oil cases it is more than probable that the said Standard Oil will be doing business at all of its old stands in about the same old way for a good many years to come court decisions to the contrary not withstanding. It may be recalled in this connection that this is the same Mr. Standard Oil who was fined a small matter of some twenty-nine millions by Judge Landis. Forsyth Times-Journal: Your Uncle Ira has always claimed that E. K. Cheadle, of Lewist 9 wn, is a gentle man and a scholar, an upright man and a just juidge. Eastern Montana republicans will stand united upon the proposition of placing him upon the supreme bench of this state, and any western Montana lads believing differently might just as well shuck their coats and roll up their sleeves for a backyard seance with the heavy weight of this department. Fergus county mines produced $761,096 worth of gold buliion last year which was almost one-third of the total production of the state. In the mad rush for some of the un equalled land of Fergus county, there a proneness to forget that among her other accomplishments, the In land Empire is one of the champion gold producing counties in the United States. The Butte Evening News an nounces that arrangements have been completed for the issuance of a big Sunday morning edition. The News has always been a strong factor among Montana papers in promoting the highest welfare of the Treasure State and its prosperity is a source of pleasure to its thousands erf read ers in all parts of the state. The various charitable institutions found three hundred people in the city of New York who were unable to afford a Thanksgiving spread. With one out of every ten people in our greatest city practically a pauper, there is much work yet to be done before the perfect Thanksgiving day in America. A woman labor leader wants one million, five hundred thousand men to quit work for one day when Gotnp. ers, Mitchell and Morrison are sent to jail. Little satisfaction it will af ford the men in jail to see those of us who happen to be outside enjoying a pleasant holiday while they are pounding stone within. Laurel Outlook: The Outlook heartily endorses the suggestion that Judge Etdwin K. Oheadle, of Lewis town, and one of the most honor able jurists of Montana, would make an admirable successor to Hon. Thomas H. Carter. Doctor Frederick A. Cook, the al-^|^| leged discoverer of the north pole, mysteriously disappeared last Satur d / y Lon / ere this he is probably digging at the root of the north pole or shoveling the snows at the crest of Mt. McKinley for those "proofs." Frank Gotch, champion wrestler of the world, failed to throw Zybsco, a 1 giant Pole, within the hour agreed upon the other night at Buffalo. This may yet be the Pole which shall bring j down the championship persimmon. The exceeding warmth of the Cook-Peary north pole controversy has been exceeded only by the ex treme suddenness with which the racket ha 3 subsided, _ "Whom the Gods would destroy they first make mad," and it looks as if "Uncle Joe" Cannori is a ngry. Thanksgiving day was a bad one for turkeys but just the candy for Lew istown Eagles. Have You a Bank Account? If not, why not open one with the First National Bank? The fact that our bank has grown steadily from the first day we opened for business in dicates that our cuscomers are being well cared for, and that the public has implicit confidence in our institu tion. We render statements as often a3 desired, and do everything in our power to make it a pleasure for peo ple to deal with us. The First National Bank OF LEWISTOWN Chop Feed Bran, Oats and Wheat for Sale ..MONTANA ELEVATOR COMPANY.. General Office at "Moore , Mont. Lewistown Glengarry Moore Straw Bell Telepb one No. 212 Mutual Telephone No. 40 arm ....... WE HAVE oans One Million Doll ars to loan on farms in The J uditk Basin for three or five years time at rates and terms which are very reasonable. We handle only private funds and money can he had the same day ■ applied for. If you contemplate borrowing money, call upon or write us before making your loan as we can give you satisfactory and prompt service. The J udith Basin Land Securities Co. Offices in Masonic Temple, : : : : Lewistown, Mont. WANTED IMMEDIATELY HIDES PELTS STRONG DEMAND MAKES HIGH PRICES PRICES ARE HIGH SELL NOW FURS LEWISTOWN HIDE & EUR COMPANY A. L. Hawkins, Manager, • 207 Fifth Avenue. ■ «aevt,i«Mv. "HELLO? IS THIS THE FIRE DEPARTMENT." "Well, please come quick! Our house is afire!" But the F. D. doesn't always get around in time to save your property. What next? You lose •perhaps the savings of years. Are your home and its contents insured in a strong company? If not, why not. Empire [Land Company Drinkard, Harding ft DNhkard ■a Empire Barber Shop Taylor & Williams, Props. Everything new and the most modern appliances. Bath Rooms In Conooction Under Empire Bank building, corner Main St. and Fourth Avenue.