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Fergus County Democrat
Vol. VII., No. 40. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY. JUNE 13. 1911. PRICE FIVE CENTS Their supremacy is due to a proper blending of correct style, good taste and absolute comfort. now have a complete line of hoth Shoes and O xfords m for spring and invite your in spection..... HARRY BROWN ORPHEU/W V/ Class—That's Itl T 1 Another Good Program "THE GIRL OF THE WEST" Drama "FRED SATO AND HIS DOG" Pictorial vaudeville stunt "THEIR MOTHER" Western story "PRISCILLA AND THE UMBRELLA" A good story Vaudeville l& Motion Pictures Last Tima Tonight CLARK & CLIFTON Comedy sketch —and— 5 Feature Pictures 5 TUt QUALITY STORE t «»».>! Oi-VW MtRTK FARMERS WE WiANT YOUR GROCERY BUSINESS AND INVITE YOU TO OPEN UP AN ACCOUNT WITH US. _ Swift's bacon, per lb__________________20c 5-lb. pails Silver Leaf Lard------70c 10-lb. pails Silver Leaf Lard......$1.35 Salt bacon, per lb____________________15c Nebraska corn, per doz. cans$1.15 Utah tomatoes, per doz. cans...$1.40 Stringless beans, 12 cans.............$1.40 Utah sugar peas, 12 cans.......... $1.40 Rice, 4 lbs. for...................... 25c Gloss starch, 4 lbs. for.......................25c 9-lb. sack corn meal_________________40c 25-lb. sack corn meal.............................80c Lewistown Belle flour, cwt......$3.25 Monarch flour, per cwt................. $3.25 Dried peaches, per 25-lb. box$2.50 Raisins, per lb______________________lOc WILL DISCUSS PARK QUESTION Public Meeting to Be Held Thursday Evening at the Court House and All Uregd to Attend. ONE OFFER IS MADE Owners of Park Addition Agree to Sell Beautiful Site to City for Eleven Thousand Dollars. I ! by to In order to arrive at the sentiment of the community with reference to the question of purchasing ground for a city park, Mayor Marshall and the city council have called a mass meet ing of citizens, to be held at the court house next Thursday evening, at which time those favoring and those who oppose any propositions now be fore the council will be given an op portunity of voicing their sentiments. Tender Is Made. The owners of Park addition to the city have offered to sell a beautifully located tract of land in that addition, at the head of Fifth avenue, to the city for $11,000. Much work has al ready been done on this tract of land, including, among other improvements, the grading for a pretty little lake, which can easily be fed font Casino creek. Those who are acquainted with the facts consider the offer an advantageous one, and the terms are such as to enable the municipality to take care of the proposition without a great deal of additional expense in the way of taxes. Park Badly Needed. Lewistown has attained a size which makes it highly necessary for some action to be taken. The city is grow ing rapidly, has the certain promise of a yet more rapid growth during the years to come, and with this growth, land values in and near the city are rapidly increasing. It will be but a year or two before all avail able sites close in shall have been divided up into town lots and sold If the city is to have a park at all action must not be long delayed. The council is desirous of taking action but does not care to assume the full responsibilities of such an expendi ture without first getting the senti ment of the community. It is urgently requested that all at tend the meeting to be held Thursday evening. WELL KNOWN HELENA MAN IS FOUND DEAD CHARLES F. WORD VICTIM OF ACCIDENT ON EVE OF WEDDING. Helena, June 10.—Charles F. Word junior member of the law firm of Word & Word, president of the Mon tana club, prominent socially and pro fessionally, was instantly killed this morning in his apartments at the Monticello by the accidental dis charge of a revolver, which he was cleaning and oiling. Mr. Word was to have left this morning for Pres cott, Canada, where Wednesday he was to. wed Miss Gladys Whitney Shortly before 9 o'clock an occupant of another apartment heard a sound like a shot, but thought it was the elevator. An hour later the janitor went to Mr. Word's room to get his trunk and found the body. It was lying on the floor a short distance from the dresser. The revolver was on the floor a foot or two away. On the dresser was an oil can, a cleaning rod and some wiping rags. The drawers of the dresser were open. There were five shells in the cylinder, one chamber of the cylinder being unloaded. It appeared that he had been packing his valise. The bullet entered the left eye and. ranging upward, passed out through the top of the skull. It was found later embedded in the ceiling. The coroner, after an investigation, decided the case was one of accidental shooting and that an inquest was not necessary. Mr. Word was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Word. His father, who died some years ago, was one of the most prominent pioneers of 'Montana. Mr. Word was born in Virginia City in 1870. His boyhood was spent in Virginia City and Helena. He re ceived his education in private schools in the East, and then went to Yale, graduating with the class of 1894. Returning to Helena, he was ap pointed by Gov. Robert B. Smith his private secretary, serving until Jan uary. 1901. The firm of Word & Word was organized that year, and Mr. Word became its junior mem ber. The following year he was nom inated by the democrats of this county as a candidate for the legisla ture. The vote he received attested to his popularity and the esteem in which he was held in the community, he lead ing the legislative ticket. He was chairman of the judiciary committee f the house of the Eighth assembly and served during that session with distinction and ability. Mr. Word was held in high esteem by the members of the Montana bar. He was an officer of the Montana Bar ssociation and was always zealous to uphold the ideals of his profession. For years he was a member of the board of governors of the Montana lub, and last January he was elected to the presidency of that institution. Air. Word is survived by his mother. Mrs. Samuel Ward: a sister, Miss May Word, both of whom are in Southern California, and two brothers, Lee Word and William F. Word, both of this city. LAND DEALS CREATES MUCH SPECULATION OPTIONS TAKEN ON LARGE TRACTS IN THE SMITH RIVER VALLEY. Great Falls Leader: Options on 9, 000 acres of valuable agricultural and coal lands extending for a distance of about seven and a half miles along the Smith river canyon in southern Cascade county, 3 0 miles south of Great Falls, have been secured within the past few weeks by men represent ing big interests. These options hive been taken on lands through which the Smith river survey of the Mil waukee railroad runs, and this fact has given rise to the belief that the parties who negotiated the deals rep resent the Milwaukee railroad. If this be true, it may be taken as an indication that the Milwaukee has definitely decided to build to Great Falls down the Smith river valley. The largest tract on which an option has been secured is the ranch of G, E. Colby, the area of which is 7,000 acres. It is understood that the op tion calls for the payment of $90,000 for the tract. Another option has been taken on tile ranch 01 C. li Hoag, a tract of 1,900 acres, and $50, 000 is the price named, it is said. It is also stated that Mr, Hoag has al ready closed the deal for his ranch under the option and that he has re ceived payment for the property Negotiations have also been carried on for the purchase of a ranch and a power site, but this deal has not been closed. The figures named for the areas in volved indicate that the lands are not being taken for agricultural purposes It. is known that under the Hoag and Colby ranches are immense coal bed which are portions of the same strata as those on which the Hound creek mines are located. The country has been widely prospected by the Great Northern railroad in the past and the exact limitations of the coal area have been established. The parties, who took the options on these ranches re fused to state for whom they were acting, but acknowledged that they were acting for "eastern interests The land men of that region are posi live that the buyers repersent the Mil waukee railroad. It is hinted that the seven miles of continuous country now practically controlled by one corporation, what ever it may be, is intended to be used as a townsite as well as a coal min ing proposition. The land is ex cellently located for a townsite, and it is possible that the Milwaukee rail road, if it is this concern that i making the deal, has the establish ment of a townsite at that point mind. At any rate, the options have been placed and considerable specula tion as to the designs of the pur chasers has been indulged in. WATER WORKS BIDS OPENED BY COUNCIL COST OF INSTALLATION WILL BE AROUND FIFTEEN THOUSAND. At a meeting of the city council held last evening, and at which the mayor and all members of the alder manic board were present, bids for the installation of the new water sys tern were opened and were found to be as fallows: N. J. Littlejohn, $22,342.85. R. M. Barsden & Co.. $17,289.40. Lindstrom & Oren, $15,703.50. W. W. Cook & Sons. $17,997. Upon motion of Martin final action was deferred until the next meeting of the council to be held Monday evening. The claim of Mrs. Hawkesworth for $5,000 damages, alleged to have been sustained by falling over a de fective walk, was disallowed. The matter of the Abel sewer was laid over until the next meeting, pending some further correspondence with Frank Degner, one of the property owners effected. FIREWORKS ORDERED Magnificent Display Will Be Set Off in the Evening—Moore Base Ball Team Is Coming. Ill Safe and Sane" Celebration With Numerous Highly Entertaining Features Will Be Given. a a The members of the grand Fourth of July celebration committee are all enthusiastic over the prospects for one big time in Lewistown on the nation's birthday anniversary. The program is about completed and it requires no stretch of the imagination to realize that the thousands who shall throng our prettily decorated streets on that festive day will be given the opportunity of their lives for a lot of fun. Fireworks Are Ordered. The fireworks are ordered. There will be 32 numbers, including many features never before seen in this sec tion of the state. The fireworks alone will be worth coming many miles to see. They will be set off from Stafford's addition, just above the city, a permit having already been secured by the city. Secretary George Mathews, of the Commercial club, who knows all about the game, will attend to the setting off part. A com plete program of this feature will be iven in a future issue. Decorate for Prizes. The liberal prizes offered will be an incentive to the various business houses to decorate their places of business in the finest possible man ner. Already local artists are figuring out plans of decoration and there will be some marvelously beautiful effects. The parade will easily eclipse any thing of the sort ever witnessed in Lewistown and this is saying much, in view of past successes in that re spect. The various business houses. unif -organizations and manufac turing industries are going after those prizes, not so much for the money that there is, as for a matter of local pride. Fine Orator Coming. Some noted orator of the state will leliver the oration of the day. The committee is now in correspondence with the man whom they expect to land, and if they are successful, the crowd will have the opportunity of hearing an orator second to none in the Northwest. Base Ball Game With Moore. 'he chief feature of the afternoon will be the base ball game between ewistown and Moore. Both teams will be strengthened for that game and the thousands of fans who live in this section of the state will see an exhibition worth many times the price. Money Comes Easily. It takes a lot of money to put up the sort of celebration that is being planned, but the soliciting committee, comprising John B. Rauch and Bill Wheeler, are attending to that pari of the program. They have already secured pledges of the larger portion of the Sym required pnd expect to ex perience no difficulty in raising the necessary coin before the end of the present week. LEWISTOWN TEAM IS GIVEN BAD BEATING "QUEEN CITY GREYS" COM PLETELY OUTCLASS THE LOCAL PLAYERS. Outclassed in every department ot the game, the Lewistown base ball team took a bad beating from the "Queen City Greys," of Philbrook, on the local grounds last Sunday after noon. It was about the most com plete route ever sustained by a Lew istown aggregation and the outcotm was never in doubt after the first ten minutes of play. The visitors started off with a rush, making four runs in the first inning. The fault was not wholly Toresdale's, as good support would have retired the side without any damage. The game was good in spots. The locals would put up a whirlwind game for a few innings and then go to pieces again. The Judith valley boys played a hard, steady game all of the time and there was little chance to do much with them so long as Bell pitched the sort of game he handed out. The big fellow had smoke to burn, controlled his benders in great shape and used his noodle all of_ the time. The high-class support given him encouraged Bell and he tried to make it a shut-out, but the county seat boys did manage to get one run across while the Greys were piling up a total of nine. Lewistown has some good ball players, but they were lacking in team work Sunday. Sampson looms up as a capable pitcher and Toresdale will go the route with decent support. Although their favorites sustained a bad licking their first time out on the local grounds, the fans of Lewis town can be assured that they will see many good games here before the season closes. The boys are practicing faithfully and are determined to even tip with the deservedly chesty bunch front Philbrowk before the season is far advanced. With Eddie Baker handling the indicator, there was no occasion for any wrangling Sunday and the local management will insist upon clean, sportsmanlike conduct on the part of the local players through out the summer. A big crowd was out Sunday and wc prophesy that there will be a yet larger bunch of fans in the grandstand arid bleachers at the next game. MOSNEY UNDER ARREST IN SAN DIEGO, CAL. MAN THOUGHT TO BE MON TANA OUTLAW IN CALI FORNIA HOSPITAL. Great Falls Tribune: A letter was received yesterday by the Great Falls police which may clear up the mys tery which for over three years has shrouded the murder of Robert Holmes, a negro prospector, whose body was found in the Bear Tooth mountains south of Helena. The let ter was from the police department San Diego, Cal., and stated that George Mosby or Mosboy is now being held in the United States hos pital at San Diego, after having been wounded in a battle in Lower Cali fornia. At the time the murder oc curred, suspicion attached to> a Robert Mosney, a half breed des perado and former convict. Word was immediately sent to San Diego that a William Mosney was wanted in Montana for murder and that rewards aggregating $2,000 were offered for his capture. The descrip tion of the desperado who for weeks terrorized the country between Hel ena and Great Falls was sent to the California officials. The man held in California goes by the name of Mos by, but Mosney also used that name, and it is. possible that the man held is the man wanted here. Mosney was accused of shooting and killing Robert Holmes, a negro prospector, in the Bear Tooth moun tains in the fall of 1907, robbery being the motive for the crime. Holmes was found in his cabin with a bullet in his hack—he had been shot in cold blood from behind. An investigation fixed suspicion upon Mosney, a half breed and a former convict, who had served four years in the penitentiary at Deer Lodge for horse stealing. It was learned that a man answering Mosney's description had been seen in the neighborhood. Three weeks after the shooting, Jas. A. Shoemaker, then sheriff of Lewis and Clark county, located Mos ney with Holmes' horse in the vicinity of Cascade. Sheriff Shoemaker had a posse of over half a dozen men with him. They found the half-breed at a ranch near Cascade, but the wily Indian slipped right through the fm.gers of the officers after they had emptied their guns all around him. Mosney rode away and for several weeks camped out on the prairie, robbing prospector's cabins and hold ing people up for what he wanted. Sheriff Hogan, then sheriff of Cas cade county, had a posse out after the desperado, but failed to get him. About a year and a half later, Sheriff Martin, of Fergus county, lo cated Mosney in the Sixteen Mile country and with a posse surrounded the half-breed. It was believed all over Montana that at last the suspect ed murderer of Robert Holmes would be brought to justice, but when Sheriff Martin drew his cordon of outposts around the place where Mosney was supposed to be. the half-breed was not there. He had escaped, no one knows how. That was the last heard of Mosney until the letter received by Cflief of Police Pontet today. Mosney was. about 28 years old, about five feet seven inches tall, has black coarse hair, good teeth, dark gray eyes, and coarse features. He uses tobacco and can read and write. Word is expected within a day or two from San Diego as to whether Mosby is the half-breed Mosney or not. Wool Bill May Pas* Senate. Chicago. June 8.—A special from Washington to the Chicago Tribune says: "The surprising fact has developed that the democratic wool bill may be passed by the senate, following simi lar cation by the house, and presented to President Taft for approval. "If this action be taken, it will be the result in the senate of a combina tion of all the democratic senators and five progressive republicans. "It is asserted that the necessary number of progressives are regarding the democratic proposition favorably, and if their study of its provisions be satisfactory, its adoption is assured." Scores of Prospective Investor* Flocking Into the Judith Basin All Impressed With Country. CITY REALTY ACTIVE Residence Property Selling Readily and Several Big Deals for Main Street Ground in Progress. All passenger trains into Lewis town during the past five or six days have been crowded with land-seekers and other outside investors. Thurs day evening, in particular, every seat in the. two coaches was occupied and many of the passengers had to stand in the aisles between Judith Gap and Lewistown. Country Looks Good. While many of the newcomers are out looking about for homesteads, the greater number are in the market for some of the famous wheat land of the Basin. The local real estate men have been busy taking out strangers in their autos and a number of im portant deals have been closed up. Just at present there is not a prettier country any place than the Judith Basin, and, without an exception, the visitors express enthusiastic admira tion for the country and its very ap parent agricultural resources. Some who came out merely to have a look have returned to their eastern homes for the purpose of making the neces sary financial arrangements for taking over some of the Judith land. City Market Looking Up. The Lewistown realty market is looking up in fine shape. Residential lots are selling readily. All of those individuals and firms who are handl ing the various new additions to the city report a thriving business. While much of this property is going to out side investors, the people in the city who have a few spare simoleons are showing their faith in the town and its future by getting hold of an odd lot here ami there. Many rumors are flying as to negotiations for centrally located property on Main w within a block of that thoroughfare. -Some hand some offers from outside parties have been made for certain tracts, but no deals have been closed up to date, al though the indications are bright for an important transfer before the end of tlie present week. HALF MILLION POUNDS OF WOOL SOLD HERE BOSTON FIRM RAPIDLY PICK ING UP FERGUS COUNTY WOOL CLIP. Dick Patterson, buyer for Hecht, Leibinan & company, has been doing a rushing business with woolgnowers in this section of the state during the last week or ten days, and has pretty well cleaned up. There is estimated to be about 400,000 pounds yet un sold, the greater portion of it in com paratively small clips. All told, Dick lias purchased about one million pounds of Fergus county wool for his firm. Stressenger Here. Jack Stressenger, another well known and popular buyer, arrived in the city this week and is interview ing such owners as have not already contracted. He expects to do some business before leaving. For the wool sold recently, about 18 cents has been paid, some clips going for less than that sum. In view of the pessi mistic tone of the market two months ago, this is considered a good price. Folowing are the sales made here re cently: John M. Johnson, 60.000 pounds; Charles V. Peck, 16.000 pounds; .Frank Degner, 25,000 pounds; J. P. McQuaid & Son, 22,000 pounds; Arthur Noel, 18,000 pounds; Shiell & Erickson. 10.000 pounds; David For man, 22,000 •pounds; Halbert Bros., 28.000 pounds; F. R. Warren, 19,000 pounds; Tal Reed, 16,000 pounds; William Jackson, 15,000 pounds; George Lamb, 32,000 pounds; Wil liam B. ShielL 17, COO pounds; George Pirrie, 112,000 pounds; D. L. Drig, 16.000 pounds; Nicholas Burns, 20, 000 pounds; Clingan & Hamilton, 25, 000 pounds. Total, 463,000 pounds. Files Suit. Thomas Heldahl and oithers have filed a suit against T. H. Mackey, for damages alleged to have been sus tained through a breach of contract Heldahl had the contract, so it is al leged, to construct the Mackey build ing on Main street and Second avenue but the defendant entered into an other contract, thus disregarding the agreement with the plaintiff. Five thousand dollars is the amount of damages asked in the complaint.