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Fergus County Democrat
Vol. IX., No. 27. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 1911. PRICE FIVE CENTS To rival the birds in a song of joy, get a suit made by B. Stem & Son New York's Exclusive Custom T ailors Fit, style and fabrics that will appeal to the most particular and at prices that will tickle your purse HARRY BROWN ORPHEUjtt Class—That's It/ T 1 Great WILD WEST PICTURES COWBOY AND INDIAN FRONTIER CELEBRATION —at— Cheyenne, Wyonv.ng Greatest Picture in World PRICES: 15c AND 25c Commercial Club Meeting. At a meeting of the directors of the commercial club, held last Friday afternoon, at the office of Secretary Mathews, it was decided to get out an edition of ten to twenty thousand attractive booklets advertising Lewis town just as quickly as the necessary data can be gathered. Secretary Ma thews is now busy getting subscrip tions to the fund for the expense* of the commercial club during the coming year and has, thus far, met with even greater success than he anticipated, a number of those wno subscribed most liberally last year having voluntarily increased their subscriptions. All residents of Lew istown now recognize the value of a live organization of this sort in the upbuilding of the city and for this reason are willing to lend generous aid when called upon. VOTE OF TODAY WILL OE LIGHT Comparatively Little Interest Being Taken by Electors in Water, works Bond Issue. WILL PROBABLY CARRY General Impression That Proposition Will Meet With Approval by Decisive Majority. Considering its importance to the city, comparatively slight interest is being manifested today in the special election which is in progress to de termine whether or not the city of Lewistown shall be bonded for an ad ditional one hundred thousand dollars for the purpose of rebuilding the water system. The registration was light, only about one hundred fifty of the four or five hundred qualified electors taking the trouble to get their names on the books. Expect Bonds to Carry. It is the general opinion that the proposition to bond the city will carry by a substantial majority. There is some opposition, but the general sentiment is in favor of the rebuilding of the present inadequate system, and it is realized that bonding now offers about the only possible solution of the proposition. Of Great Importance. In reality, the special election to day is as important as any ever held in Lewistown since the city was in corporated. Not only does it mean that Lewistown shall be given a first class water system for general pur poses, but also that the danger from a disastrous fire loss will be obviated. The iron pipes, which are to replace the wooden mains, will give Lewis town a water system second to none in the country. It will be permanent, always in working order and save the city an immense expense, whjcjt has '>»cn n,possarir /tnri—o 11 'i ___ or three years by reason or numerous broken and leaking mains. It will mean that the streets will not be con tinually torn up by workmen making repairs and relieve the unpleasant notoriety of having "graves" scattered along Main street and other most used thoroughfares of the city. Will Employ Many Men. The rebuilding of the system will mean, further, the steady employment of a large number of men by the city in making the change from wooden to iron pipes throughout the next ten months. A very large proportion of the money received from the sale ot the bonds will be spent right here in the city, thus directly compensating the property owners who, in the long run, will have to pay the bonds for their outlay. The voting is in progress at the Farmers' Institute room in the first ward, at the opera house in the sec ond and at the city hall in the third. The judges and clerks of election are as follows: „ . . First Ward—Judges, G. W. Ander son, R. B. Thompson, J. J. Dobson. Clerks, Os. Lehman and E. G. Wor den Second Ward—Judges, C. B. Noble, Jos. Mason. Thos. Vehawn. Clerks, John Sweeney and Matt Regan. Third Ward—Judges, Phil Laux. Chas Wentworth, N. J. Littlejohn Clerks, Al. Wilson and W. A. Seaman REACHING A SETTLEMENT. Officials of Fergus and Musselshell in Session Here Today. Commissioners Llein, Nence^ and Jennizen, Countv Attorney O Neill and Deputy Clerk and Recorder Carlcton, of Musselshell county, ar rived in the city last night and today are busy with the three Fergus coun ty commissioners and Judge Cheadle in reaching an agreement as to a proper division of money and prop erty. this action being made neces sary by the creation of the new coun ty from a portion of Fergus. Judge Cheadle had the matter pretty well figured out before the Musselshell county officials arrived, so that it is more'a matter of routine than any thing else. The figures were not available at the time of going to press, but the belief of those who are busy on the ta«k is that when the proper debits and credits are struck there is likely to be a few thousand dollars due Mus selshell from Fergus. When the new county officials finish here they have yet to go to Billings and White Sulphur Springs on s ; milar errands. Smoke Farmers Lose Case. The United States Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting at San Francisco, last Tuesday afternoon rendered a de cision confirming the findings of Judge Hunt, of the United States dis triet court of Montana, in the case of Bliss vs. the Amalgamated Cop per Mining company. This is the famous "smoke" case whereby the farmers of t'hc Deer Lodge valley sought to close down the V ashoe smelter at Anaconda on the grounds that the fumes resulting from the use of arsenic and other chemicals used in the smelting of the ores destroys vegetation and poisons the streams, thus causing great loss to the farm ers. The testimony was first taken before a Master in Chancery, after which it was passed upon by Judge Hunt, who found for the smelter. An appeal was taken to the United States circuit court and that tribunal now confirms Hunt's decision, which will probably end the case. State Fair Directors. In accordance with a bill passed by the Twelfth legislative assembly, which places the state fair under state supervision, Governor Norris has appointed the following board of directors: Lewis Penwell, of Hel ena, for term of six years: Herbert Strain, of Great Falls, for five years; Tyler B. Thompson, of Missoula, for five years; Patrick Carney, of Madi son county, for four years, and T. E. Hammond, of Forsyth, for two years. HARRY YAEGER GIVEN RESPONSIBLE POSITION LEWISTOWN MAN APPOINTED NATIONAL BANK EXAMINER BY PRESIDENT TAFT. A telegram to the Democrat from Washington last Thursday announced that Harry Yaeger, for four years past assistant cashier of the First National bank of this city, was on that date appointed a national bank examiner by President Taft. The position carries an annual salary of eight thousand dollars and expenses, and coming, as it does, under the civil service rule, the term of office is continuous, without regard to any changes in administration. Mr. Yaeger, as the efficient sec retary of the Montana Bankers' A sociation, had the unanimous support of that powerful organization. This, together with other references as to his ability to perform the duties of the office, brought the Lewistown man the appointment, without any particular effort on his own behalf. Harry's territory comprises all of MqiJ^'iAuftl^oiis IftfhYCi'i Of dtebo Lewistown banker are highly pleased with the appointment and feel that Harry will more than make good as lie is recognized as one of the bright est members of the banking profes sion in the Northwest. Although he will take up his new duties just as quickly as the necessary arrange ments can be made, it is his inten tion to continue to make this city his home. He is expected to return from Washington todav or tomorrow. Makes High Average. An associated press dispatch from Washington last Saturday stated that Harry Yaeger. of Lewistown, Mon tana,'was given an average of 93 per cent, by the civil service board who examined him a- to his qualifications for the position of national bank ex aminer to which he has just been ap pointed by President J aft. I his is the highest average made by any ap plicant in twenty-five years and is considered a really wonderful mark by the old-timers in the civil service department. Mr. Yaeger's demonstrated knowl edge of the national banking business speaks highly not only of his own natural brightness and close study, but also of the excellent training lie has received in the First National bank of this city. His entire experi ence has been gained in the local in stitution as he had never worked in bank prior to accepting the position of assistant cashier of the First Na tional about five years ago. Boreas on a Rampage. An impromptu hurricane, which came up from the southwest, quiek lv turned a twenty-five thousand dol lar railroad trestle at Stockett mto a pile of kindling wood last \\ ednes dav afternoon about 4 o'clock. ! he structure belonged to the Cottonwood Coal company, being used for the track upon which the coal was con veyed from No. 5 mine to the cars on fhe railroad track. It was sub stantially built, but the terrific force of the wind picked it up and slammed it to the bottom of the coulee as ii it were a child's toy in the hand of giant. Almost miraculously, no one was killed or injured. One train load of workmen had just been hauled across and another was about to stai t over when the accident occurred Had either of these trains been on the trestle, it is possible that 250 men would have been killed. The trestle belonged to the Cottonwood Coal company and it is estimated that it will require fullv three months to re place it, and in the meanwhile, three hundred miners will be out of work Bank Buster in Toils. H. D. Delaney, a private banker who was interested in some "fly-by night" private banks in Chouteau county, was arrested last Wednesday at Williston, North Dakota, whither he had fled about the time some or his institutions were going ker flooie." Delaney is charged with be ing chiefly responsible for the wreck ing of the institutions which caused many new settlers in northern Mon tana to lose such savings as they brought with them to the state. INTEREST IN CITY ELECTION Judge Brassey, Chairman of Non Partisan Committee, Will Issue Call the Present Week. J.E. LANE IS MENTIONED Well-Known Lumberman Will Be Urged to Take the Nomination for Mayor of City. was are he As the time for holding the city election draws near, speculation as to the steps which arc to be taken to secure the best possible administra tion of city affairs during the next two years increases. At the present time, the situation is more Or less un settled, but it is the general belief that the outcome will be another non partisan ticket with a democrat at the head. Members of both the domi nant political parties are pretty well agreed that inasmuch as the office of mayor was given to a republican two years ago, it is nothing but fair that some representative of the opposite party should be put up this spring. No Word From Gene Lane. The man most prominently men tioned for the office of mayor up to the present time is that of Gene Lane, the well-known lumberman who now lost in some state east or south of Montana, The last heard of Gene he was taking in the sights of the Mardi Gras at New Orleans, with John Ritch as guide, counsellor and interpreter of the southern dialect He is presumed to he on his way back home and until he arrives or a letter or telegram is received from him on the subject, it is not known whether or not be will consider the honor which many wish to thrust up on him. Some of his closest business put \ne'Yrgirr-hon he m\ty he i.'Y/Ticed to accept proposition. His especial fitness for the job is unquestioned, all agreeing that he will be an ideal man to look after the interests of the city during the next two years, which are destined to form a crucial period in the de velopments which are certain to arise Stone Strongly Urged. Another man who could handle the job of mayor to the satisfaction of everyone is George M. Stone. Mr. Stone has had the proposition pre sented to him most forcibly by large number of people from both parties, but has not yet given his assent to having his name go on the non-partisan ticket. Like Sir. Lane, lie feels that it would mean too great a business sacrifice, but it is not with out the bounds of possibility that be may simply be drafted. A man of large business experience and of un questioned judgment, with a compre hensive knowledge of the most urgent needs of the city and a thorough pro gressive in his ideas, Mr. Stone would direct the affairs of Lewistown in a most creditable and satisfactory manner. Will Call Convention. Judge Edward Brassey, chairman of the non-partisan committee, in formed the Democrat this morning that he will issue a call for a non partisan convention sometime the latter part of the week. The conven tion will probably he held the latter part of next week. In the meanwhile, tin question of selecting, not only for mayor, hut also for the aldemanic positions, men of the best possible qualifications for the positions, should be earnestly considered by all citi zens having the welfare of Lewistown at heart. \V. for C. to of T. the COMMISSIONERS WORK ON ROAD PETITIONS MARCH SESSION BUSY FOR FOR THE COUNTY BOARD. The hoard of county commission ers, who have been in session ever suice last Monday, have been kept busy getting rid of the large amount of work which lias accumulated since the last regular session, which was held in December. Among other things, they have had to pass upon a large number of petitions for new roads, which are desired in almost every section of the county. The question of providing roads for the numerous section- of the county, which have been settled up within the past two years, i- one of tlie most serious that confronts the board of county commissioner-. 1 hey are desirous of giving people good roads just as quickly as it i- possible to do so. but, in many instances, it i- physically impossible to take the necessary action within a period of several months. A number of township officers were chosen by the board last week. P.; W. Korcll, who has been the very efficient justice of the peace of Ju-i ditli township, with headquarters at Utica, for many years, was reappoint- j ed, as was "Bob" Shiell, of Garncill, i for Ubct township. 11. D. Rogers I was appointed constable for Ubet township. B. C. White, E. C. Russell and Theodore Hogeland were all reap- I pointed members of the board of trustees of the Fergus County Free High school. These three gentlemen are deeply interested in the high school's welfare and their appoint ment meets with general approval. New State Engineer. F'ormer State Senator Archie Ma hon, or Glasgow, Valley county, has been appointed state engineer by Governor Norris, succeeding John \V. Wade, who has held the office for eight years. The office carries a salary of $2,500 per year. NEWS OE THE WEEK IN BIG GOLD CAMP LOCAL EVENTS AS DESCRIBED BY DEMOCRAT COR RESPONDENT. Kendall, Nov. 13.—The meeting of Barnes-King directors lias been held and the following officers elected: President, C. W. Goodalc, of Butte; vice-president, E. G. Hathorn; secre tary, John E. Corctte, of Butte; treas urer, C. C. Swinborne; assistant sec retary and treasurer, James Bailey, of New York, W. H. A. Fischer, W. C. Lewis, A. J. Davis and John N. Kirk were also present at the meet ing. A vote of thanks was extended to the old officers for their services, and the New York office has been closed, so that all expense at that end of the line lias been shut off. George T. McGee, former superintendent of the famous old producer, lias been appointed to examine various prop erties around the state, and if any '>f r,.;il value, it is chase same and recuperate Barnes King fortunes. Tom Knight entertained tlie Stag duplicate whist club on Tuesday eve ning at his rooms in the Cook build ing. Refreshments of punch, cigars, fruit and candy were served. 1 he next meeting will be with Clyde Wjnegar, at the home of Adam Fox, on Tuesday evening. Miss Catherine Miller entertained the S. E. G.'s at the hospital on Wed nesday. The evening was spent with embroidery and conversation, and many selections on a Grafonola were listened to. An elegant luncheon topped off a delightful evening. A surprise party was given on Mrs. J H. Thompson and family on Tuesday evening. The affair was ar ranged by Miss Agues Kerr and wa thoroughly enjoyable. Dave Erields passed through Ken dall early last week on his way to Lewistown. Attorney J. E. Wasson and J. W. Mills drove to Lewistown on Mon day afternoon, returning Tuesday. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith and young son visited in town on Friday Mrs, A. B. Kline, of Sand Point Idaho, is visiting her mother, Mrs. J. N Thompson, of this place. Milton lildcrman and Adelard T.a Fontaine were in from Dog creek on Wednesday. Miss Earlie Fleming is visiting her sister, Miss Luclla Fleming, at the borne of their uncle, Phil Saunders. Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Jones were in Kendall from the Arrow creek conn try. Tom Knight drove to Lewistown and returned last Wednesday. He was accompanied on his return by bis brother, Frank Knight, who is homesteading in the Flatwillow conn trv. P. F. Scott spent Sunday and Mon day. last, with h : s family at the ranch near Kendall, and returned to Lewis town by stage on Tuesday. Frank Johnson came over from Maiden on Saturday. Mi-s Alice Mullen arrived from Butte Saturday. Miss Mullen has ac cepted a position in Miss Folltner s confectionery store, and will live at the home of her sister, Mrs. Charlc Hilliard. Mrs. Charles Kertz has assisted Miss Follmer a few days, until the arrival of Mis- Mullen Mr. and Mrs Bryan Bradley and little daughter. Jane, left for Lewis town "Frida v. onroutt* to Oakland Calif., to visit relatives. ly of is to Abe Ruef Taken to Pen. Abraham Ruef. the notorious San Francisco boodler who helped to make the Golden Gate city infamous bv reason of bis spectacular opera tions in the selling of municipal fran chises and privileges and the purchas ing of city aldermen several years ago. lias finally landed where he be longs. in the San Qucstin peniten tiary. where he is due to spend the next 14 years of his life at hard labor. Ruef and bis partner. Mayor Schmitz, robbed the people of Frisco of millions. TALKING ABOUT JUDITH BASIN George D. Cochrane Has Inquiries From Many Unexpected Sources on Trip Through East. TIMES ARE MUCH BETTER Financial Situation in Great Com mercial Centers Becoming Daily More Satisfactory. in is George D. Cochrane, of the Neill Land & Townsite company, arrived home yesterday from an extended eastern trip, during which he visited Chicago, New York, Washington, D. C., Toledo and the Twin Cities. He went east partly to pay relatives in Chicago and Toledo a visit and part ly on business in connection with the company in which lie is interested here. Like all other wanderers through other sections of the United States, George came home »torc than ever impressed with the superiority of the Judith Basin over any other section of country on earth. Every where he went, he was besieged with inquiries as to the Basin and Lewis town, and almost everywhere he found people who expressed their in tention of coming out here at the first opportunity. All Anxious to Know. "I was amazed, and, of course,*' said Mr. Cochrane to the Democrat, "highly pleased to discover the very effective manner in which Lewistown and the Judith Basin has been adver tised throughout the various section* that 1 visited by the various agencies, railroads, commercial clubs, land and other business men. It is really sur prising to know something of the number of people who have read of this country and city of ottrs and I received inquiries as to real condi tions here front many wholly unex pected sources. They had read of our advertising matter or had the numerous in some ot anxious to know if the ju^jorl _ were is really the great country that it wa-> proclaimed. It is scarcely necessary to state that they were speedily in formed that they can depend ab solutely on every word that has been uttered or published with reference to Fergus county and its marvelous re sources.'' Financial Conditions Improve. In speaking of conditions gen erally throughout the cast, Mr. Coch rane said: "Money was pretty tight when I first arrived in the east, but they have eased up wonderfully dur ing the past two weeks and such busi ness men as I talked to are unani mously of the opinion that we are to enjoy a fine year. The railroads have been holding back somewhat as a result of the recent decision of the Interstate Commerce Commission denying them an in crease in freight rates but it is the general belief that as quickly as they have adjusted things to meet the condition- which are to prevail now for an indefinite period of time, they will resume their plans for improvement- and exten sion.-. It i- accepted as a fact on all -ides that during the next few years, Montajna will see move railroad activity, so far as new construction .■ork i- concerned, than any other tate in t lie union. Inasmuch as much of this contemplated construc tion i- to be done in Fergus county, additional attention is, a- a matter of course, attracted to this section of the state." Mr Cochrane was accompanied home by hi- nephew, Frank M. Coch rane, of Toledo. Ohio, who will spend the summer here and probably make hi- future home in Lewistown. Ballinger Throws Up Sponge. Under a Washington, D. C„ date line of Wednesday was flashed forth to a grateful nation the long-looked for intelligence that Richard Achilles Ballinger, secretary of the interior department since the beginning of the Taft administration, has finally pried himself loose from his job. Ballinger has been under fire of the fiercest sort ever since he was ap pointed and his official conduct was the cause of an investigation t>y_ a congressional committee, the majority report of which was a palpable whitewash. Ballinger's letter of resignation was written January 15, but was not made public, at the re quest of the president. In his let ter, the secretary stated that he quits as the result of ill health and broken fortune, the former having been brought about by worries incident to "unscrupulous conspiracies" and the latter bv the necessity of expending $25,000 in his defense before the in vestigating committee. In accepting the resignation. President Taft ex tolls the retiring cabinet officer and refers to him as an efficient, honest, self-sacrificing public servant. Wal ter L. Fisher, a conservationist of the Pinchot school, was appointed to suc ceed Ballinger. Fisher hails from Chicago.