Fergus County Democrat
Vol. IX., No. 29.
LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 1911.
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An original comedy,
"Melting An Iceberg"
Written by Charles E.
Photo-Plays That Are
Entire New Show To
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Vogt Bros'* Mill
(Mouth of McCartney Creek)
Rough lumber $16.50 per thousand,
and $2.00 extra for planing.
AFTER APRIL FIRST
B. W. GAINES
ALL DRAYING AND
TRAIN LOADS OF
Unprecedented Rush of People Seek
ing New Homes in Treasure
State Is Reported.
BREAKS ALL RECORDS
Railroad Officials Amazed at Crowds
of Emigrants From the Eastern
States to Montana.
Advices from Twin City railroad
officials confirm the statements made
by Lewistown real estate men that
this is to be the banner year so far
as the number of new settlers for
Montana is concerned. Gentlemen
from this section of the state who
have had occasion during the past few
weeks to visit middle western centers
of population, have brought back
word that train loads of new settlers
rill be pouring into Montana
throughout the spring, summer and
autumn. They also state that the Ju
dith Basin will probably get more of
these new settlers than any other sec
tion of Montana.
Coming by Train Loads.
The following article, which ap
peared in the state press last week,
indicates the rush of new home-seek
ers to the Treasure state:
More home-seekers are coming to
Montana at the present time than to
any other state or locality in the
Union. This is the information re
ceived yesterday by Matt C. Ives, local
agent of the Great Northern railroad,
from the immigration department of
his road. Not only is this state un
dergoing unprecedented settlement,
but on the Great Northern road yes
terday all records were broken and
even greater traffic is anticipated to
day. There were sufficient extra cars
on yesterday's westbound passenger
trains out of the twin cities, bearin
home-seekers to Montana, to consti
tute in themselves a special train
A telegram received by Mr. Ives
from J. T. McCaughey-, assistant gen
eral freight and passenger agent, with
headquarters in Helena, in which he
transmits a message from the head of
the immigration department and gives
a hint of the settlement that is going
on. The telegram says: "Number of
home-seekers and colonists heavier
this year than that for corresponding
period last year. Total number of
extra cars handled on westbound
trains today sufficient to constitute a
special train. Number of people go
ing to Montana far exceeds any oth
er state or locality. Large amount
of this business directly traceable to
Montana exhibition car, which has
been touring central and eastern
states. All trains coming from the
east heavily loaded with home-seekers
and colonists. People express their
intention of settling on free home
stead land in Montana, which seems
to be a big drawing card. Expect
tomorrow will be biggest day we have
The exhibition car referred to is
one equipped and furnished with farm
products from all .parts of Montana
by the Great Northern road. It an
nually makes a tour of the farming
sections of the middle west, stopping
in every agricultural community.
Farmers from the surrounding coun
try flock to the towns on the day the
exhibition car is scheduled to arrive
and are astounded by the display and
the statistics on produce from this
state furnished them. The Burling
ton railroad sends out a similar car.
Both are factors in bringing about
the colonization of eastern and nor
IMPROVE PARK ADDITION.
Contract Let for First Steps Toward
Making Beautiful City Park.
The Democrat is informed by N. J.
Littlejohn, one of the owners of Park
addition to the city of Lewistown,
that a contract has been let to Bert
Melchert for the grading of some
streets, excavating for a lake and
making other improvements in that
beautiful addition to the city.
The lake will occupy about two
acres of ground and will be included
in a piece of land, comprising some
seventeen acres all told, which it is
hoped will ultimately become a pub
lic park for the enisjyment of the peo
ple of Lewistown. Irrespective of
any future dealings with the city, the
owners are going to lay out the park,
make the lake, around which will be
built a pretty drive, and otherwise
make improvements which will add to
the general appearance of the addi
tion as well as afford a place of recrea
tion for the people of the city.
During the present summer, it is
also contemplated that Fifth avenue
will be graded up. graveled and ex
tended on through the addition to the
railroad track. Cement sidewalks will
be then put in and the general houlc
varding plan of the Fifth avenue dis
trict carried out. including the plant
ing of the same kind of trees that are
to be set out along that portion of
the avenue at present boulevarded.
It will make this thoroughfare, over
a mile in length, one of the prettiest
treets to be found in any city in
Comedy Act at Bijou.
The Fletchers will appear at the
Bijou for the last time tonight in a
comedy act entitled, "Melting An Ice
berg." that is one big laugh. This
act was written by Chas. E. Royal for
laughing purposes and by the press
reports this act is receiving through
out the country, it is certainly mak
ing good The jokes and songs are
all original and not a stray one is
Everyone of the motion pictures is
good and many favorable remarks
were heard on them last evening.
There will be an entire change of bill
at this house for tomorrow evening,
when the clock will also stop. Here
after, amateur night will be every Fri
day evening, when cash prizes will
be jiven to the winners.
SWEETS ARE TO BE MANUFAC
TURED FOR WHOLE
Articles of incorporation of the
Palais Royal Candy company were
filed in the office of the county re
corder last week, the incorporators
being ill well-known young business
men cf Lewistown and connected
with tne Palais Royal confectionery
store. J. C. Miller, assistant cashier
of the Empire Bank and Trust com
pany, is the president; L. E. Thorine,
vice-president, and A. J. Osweiler
secretary and treasurer. The capital
stock is $25,000, all paid up.
Establish Big Factory.
The factory of the new company
will be established just as quickly as
the necessary machinery arrives from
the east in the Jackson building on
lower Main street. The manufactur
ing end will be under the direction of
Mr. Tlrorine, who is an expert of
many years experience in the busi
The company will manufacture, on
a large scale, all sorts of high-grade
candies, in addition to ice cream cones
and ice cream. It is their intention
to start out one man on the road
selling the product of the factory, and
the members of the company believe
that a large and profitable trade can
be worked up in the surrounding
towns in a short while.
The enterprise of the men interest
ed in the project is to be commend
ed and thei- will have the unanimous
support of the people of Lewistown
in their efforts to build up a large
manufacturing industry in this city.
CITIZENS OF LEWISTOWN IN
VITED TO ATTEND MASS
A meeting to which the general
public in invited, will be held at the
Judith Club rooms next Friday eve
ning, to discuss the commission form
of government. The meeting will be
held under the auspices of the Lewis
town Commercial Club, but all cit
izens are cordially urged to be pres
Attorney Eddie Boot'll, formerly of
Butte, but now a resident of Yellow
stone county, will be present to make
an address and answer any questions
which may be propounded with ref
erence to a system of government
which is now in effect in 155 cities in
the Lhiited States. Mr. Booth has
made a careful study of this char
acter of municipal government and
his address will be entertaining and
It is more than probable that the
people of this city will be given an
opportunity, during the next two or
three months, to vote upon the ques
tion of adopting or rejecting this
form of city government, under the
provisions of a law passed by the re
cent legislative assembly, and it is to
the interest of all citizens that they
take this opportunity to become in
formed on the subject.
As to Cats.
Cat is the first syllable in catalogue
and cataract, and differs from the
common housefly in many respects.
The cat is useful for many purposes.
For one thing it affords an ideal spot
to place little odds and ends, such as
old shoes, bricks, etc.
Cats usually grow under one's win
dow at about 12 o'clock at night, at
which time the difference between the
clam and the cat families is very dis
tinct—very, very distinct.
The cat has nine lives, each of
which is one-ninth of a life in dura
The cat may lie divided into three
parts—bass, alto and soprano.—Puck.
Just received, a new line of Y. & E.
filing boxes in four different zes,
with cards to fit in various rulings.
Democrat Supply Department.
City Council Names Successful Bid
ders for Supplies Required in
New Water System.
WITHIN THE ESTIMATES
Total Price of Pipes, Valves, Hydrants
and Other Material Above
'At a special meeting of the city
council, held last Friday evening,
contracts were entered into for all of
the supplies required in the construc
tion of the new hundred thousand
dollar water system which will be put
in here this year. There were sev
eral bidders from all parts of the
country and, as a result of the keen
competition, the city saved more than
four thousand dollars on the esti
mated cost figured up by City En
gineer Wasmansdorff several weeks
Local Firm Successful.
One local firm, the Montana Hard
ware company, was successful in land
ing a portion of the order, that for
the lead and jute, the cost of which
will be about five thousand dollars.
The United States Cast Iron &
Foundry company, of Chicago, land
ed the big end of the order, that fot
the pipe, while the firm of James* B.
Clow, of Chicago, was awarded the
contract for the valves and hydrants.
The total amount of all three con
tracts is $58,757.05. Engineer W«s
mansdorff's estimated cost was $62.
817, which was very close consider
ing the competition.
Bidders Are Numerous.
Several of the largest firms in the
west put in bids for the supplies and
there was not a great deal of dif
ference in their figures. The C. W.
Fisher bid was not considered, since
it was unaccompanied by any cer
tified check. The Warren Foundry
company, of New York, bid $50 per
ton. f a b. Lewistown, for 4 inch
pipe. The successful bid of the
United States Cast Tron & Foundry
company was $46 per ton for 4-inch
and $46 for 6,- 8,- 10- and 12-inch
pipe, f. o. b. Lewistown. This was
accompanied by a certified check for
$2,500, and being the lowest offer, was
accepted by the council. The prices
of the Universal Cast Iron Pipe com
pany ranged from $51.04 to $56.40 per
ton, depending upon the size of the
pipe. The Montana Hardware com
pany was the second lowest bidder
for the pipe, their bid being but 55
cents per ton higher than that of the
United States company.
The local company's figures for
lead was $5.85 |Jcr hundred pounds,
and for jute, $5.75 per hundred
pounds. Fifty-one thousand pounds
of each will he required.
The unsuccessful bidders, the great
er number of whom had representa
tives on the ground, expressed them
selves ns being satisfied, as the en
tire transaction was such as to leave
no ground for criticism or complaint.
The next contracts to he let will
he for the construction of the plant
and it is understood that there will
also he keen rivalry for tin- work
from both outside and local con
BEN JONES DIES AT
« COTTONWOOD HOME
A WELL-KNOWN OLD-TIMER
PASSES AWAY VERY
26. 1865, being the son of Mr. and
Ben Jones, one of the pioneer resi
dents of Fergus county, died rather
suddenly last Friday evening at 8:30
o'clock at his home on Cottonwood.
Stomach trouble, of long standing,
was the cause of death. The body
was brought to the Creel undertak
ing parlors in this city, where it will
remain until the funeral arrangements
arc made, which cannot be done un
til the arrival of the aged parent-, of
the decedent, who reside in Sumas,
Washington. They are expected to
arrive here this afternoon, in which
event the funeral will he held some
time tomorrow, most probably in the
Ben Jones was born in Wales. Nov.
Mrs. W. B. Jones. He came to the
United States with his parent- when
he was three years of age. The
family moved to Montana in 1881 and
to the Judith Basin two years later,
locating on Cottonwood, where the
decedent made his home during the
remainder of his ilfc.
He was united in marriage to Miss
Effie Smith in 1888 and from this
union were born eleven children, ten
of whom, seven girls and three boys,
Ben Jones was a splendid citizen
and held in the highest esteem by his
neighbors and acquaintances through
out the county. His sudden passing
was a great surprise and shock to
numerous friends 1 on Cottonwood and
The Democrat joins with the be
reaved wife, children and friends in
sorrow over the passing of this es
The popular Orpheum is surely
: putting on strong bills of late. The
i program they ate showing for this
evening is a well selected one and is
i of unusual length, in fact it is a
bigger show than can be seen in any
part of the state for the price. The
pictures arc all good and several oth
er marked improvements are promised
the patrons of this house in the near
future. It is expected by the man
agement to have an entire change of
program for either Wednesday
Thursday evening, when another ban
ner program is promised.
LANDED BY LITTLEJOHN
COUNCIL CLOSES DEAL FOR
THE CEMENT WORK ON IM
At a special meeting of the city
council, held lait night, N. J. Little
john was awarded the contract for
the cement walks and curbings to be
constructed in connection with boule
varding distret No. 6. Mr. Lttlejohn's
bid for the work was $2,594.23 and
was the lowest of four submitted, the
others being from J. W. Hughes, the
Two-Miracle company and Johnson
& Severson. The Two-Miracle com
pany was awarded the contract for
the excavating and grading, the total
amount of the two contracts being
about $4,500, or three hundred dol
lars less than the estimate submitted
by City Engineer Wasmansdorff.
Boulcvarding district No. 6 in
cludes two blocks on Boulevard be
tween High and Ehn streets.
The question of a proper and
prompt disposition of the city gar
bage was brought up by Secretary
Mathews, of the commercial club. It
was pointed out that many garbage
cans are not emptied and the city
should make sonic provisions for cor
recting this evil in the interest of
cleanliness and general health. A
committee, composed of Alderman
Ford, City Marshal Bebb and City
Engineer Nissler will go into the
matter thoroughly and report at the
next meeting of the city council.
Jack Sperry of Straw was a visitor
to the city over Thursday night, hav
ing come in to attend a big meeting
of the F. O. Eagles.
MEMORIAL SERVICES "
OF EAGLES SUNDAY
MEMORY OF DEPARTED
held at the .V
. E. church
by tile Fratc
r n a 1 Or
dvr of Eagles
of this city
was a large crowd present,
tion to the t
leathers of t
themselves, who, to the number of
about fifty, marched in a body to the
church from their hall.
The deceased members of the local
order number but three, M. 1). Kim
ball, Roy Short and William Merri
Most impressive addresses were de
livered by the Rev. White, of the M.
K. church, and Roy E. Ayers. The
n full was as follows:
Oration—Roy F. Ayers.
Solo—.Walter A. Seaman.
E. L. White.
Vocal Music], "Nearer, My God to
Rev. E. L. White.
A Large Sale.
The following telegram was re
ceived by the Seattle office of the
Smith Premier Typewriter Co., from
the head office at Syracuse, N. Y.:
Syracuse. N. Y.. March 24, 1911.
The Smith Premier Typewriter Co.
We have a cablegram from Buda
pest, Hungary, office, saying after ex
haustive tests of fifteen different
makes of typewriters, the Belgrade
government has signed a contract
with the Smith Premier Typewriter
company for one hundred No. 10
Smith Premier- to be delivered with
in three months.
The Smith premier Typewriter Co
The Fergus Countv Democrat i«
agent for the Smith Premier. Come
in and inspect them.
RUN FOR MAYOR
Former County Assessor Accept*
Nomination by Citizens' Con
vention for Difficult Job.
Well Attended Meeting Puts Strong
Ticket in Field to Be Voted for
at Coming Election.
Subordinating his personal disin
clinations, John S. Marshall, former
assessor of Fergus county, was nom
inated by acclamation for mayor of
Lewistown at a regularly called cit
izens' convention held at the court
house last Wednesday evening. Mr.
Marshall had been selected by a
caucus of democrats on the previous
evening and the ratification of this
iction was made on the following
vetting without a dissenting voice.
Pleased With Selection.
Upon every side are -heard expres
ions of satisfaction with the choice
of Mr. Marshall, lie was not an
aspirant for the job, indeed, accepted
with the utmost reluctance, but stated
that he believed that it is the duty
of any man to respond to such a call
and promised to use his best en
deavors to give the city a fair, busi
ness-like and impartial administration.
Judge Brassey Presides.
Every seat in the court room was
occupied when the non-partisan or
citizens' convention was called to or
der by Judge Edward Brassey. Jttdg*
Brassey was chosen permanent chair
man of the convention and David
John P. Schmidt placed the name
of Mr. Marshall before the conven
tion and the nomination was made as
stated above, without even the sug
gestion of a contest. Cyrus Brown
and Bert d'Autremont were nomi
nated for city treasurer, the latter re
ceiving a majority of the votes.
The residents of each of the three
wards then held an informal caucus
and nominated candidates for alder
men as follows; First ward, E. G.
pins; Second ward, John Ford; Third
ward, James Martin. These nomina
tions were announced and met with
unanimous approval. All are well
knmvn business men of the city and
all will devote their best efforts to
ward assisting Mr. Marshall in giv
ing Lewistown the sort of an ad
ministration the people desire.
Chairman Rrassey appointed a com
mittee. comprising R. von Tobel, L.
C. Wilson, N. J. Littlejohn, Phil A.
Chase and IT. A. Moulton, to investi
gate the bill passed by the Twelfth
legislative assembly providing for a
commission form of government and
to publish the result of their investi
gations. A committee, comprising J.
C. Miller, E, C. Russel and H. A.
Moulton was appointed to see that
the nominations made by the conven
tion are properly certified and filed.
But Two Tickets.
There will be but two tickets in the
field at the forthcoming election, that
nominated Wednesday evening and
the one named bv the socialist con
vention, John Parsons, who was
nominated for alderman of the Sec
ond ward by the regularly called dem
ocratic caucus, has announced that
he will not run.
Mettler for Magistrate.
F. W. Mettler. who has served for
more than a year past as police
magistrate, has filed his petition for
the office of police magistrate. This
being a judicial office, the nomina
tions must be made by petition. Mr.
Mettler has given universal satisfac
tion during his term of office and will
probably have no opposition for the
position at the coming election.
THE COMING AMERICAN.'
Frank Dixon Delivers Brilliant Ad
dress Before Appreciative Audience.
For the third time, the people of
Lewistown had an opportunity last
Wednesday evening of hearing Frank
Dixon, one of the most brilliant men
now on the lecture platform in Amer
ica. As on his two previous appear
ances, Mr. Dixon scored heavily in
the esteem of those who heard him
tell of "The Coming American."
The American of coming genera
tions will be just what the Americans
of the past and present generations
make him, was the theme of Dixon's
discourse. With concrete illustra
tions, lie showed the unyielding in
fluence of blood, training and tradi
tions. Withal. Mr. Dixon bespeaks
for the coming American one who
will be able to meet the issues of life,
national and personal, as they arise.
Mr. Dixon is witty, humorous, enter
taining and instructive.
Strayed, from nty homestead at
Stanford, near the Croft ranch, one
blue horse and one sorrel mare, both
shod all around. Notify Tom Down
ing. Stanford, or Slater Bros.. Lewis
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