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Bi-Partisan Board Appointed by Gov. Norris to Draw Primary Elec tion Law, Concludes Labor. FAVORS OREGON PLAN General Features of Western State's Very Effective Law Incorporated in the Montana Bill. Tom Stout, state senator from Fer gus county and a member of the pri mary election law commission ap pointed by Governor Norris to draft a bill which shall be submitted to the members of the state legislature for their approval or disapproval, re turned home Thursday evening from Helena, the commission having com pleted the task assigned it by the governor. Organization Effected. As stated in the last issue of the Democrat, the commission was or ganized Monday afternoon by the se lection of Senator Tom Stout as chair man and Representative B. B. Law, of Gallatin county, as secretary. All other members of the commission were present, as follows: Senators Thomas M. Everitt, of Chouteau, and George McCone, of Dawson, and Representatives J. N. Tolman, of Car bon, and Joseph Kirschwing, of Cas cade. The commission settled right down to work and it was not long before it became evident that the commission ers unanimously favored the basic fea tures of the Oregon law. With this question settled, the framing of the bill became a matter of detail. There was an occasional difference of opinion, but these were quickly ad justed. The biggest task was to modify the Oregon law so as to con form to the registration and election statutes of Montana. Some minor changes, in addition, were made, but. as finally submitted to the governor, the bill follows out the essential pro visions of the law of the western state, which has been tried and found effective. General Provisions. In general, the law provides for the selection of United States Senators by direct vote. Candidates for this, as for all other offices, are named first by petition. The filing of these petitions with the required number of signers, entitles the names of the var ious democratic, republican, socialist or independent candidates to be printed on the official tickets of the respective parties'. The candidates before the primaries receiving the plurality votes of the respective par ties are made the candidates before the general election. Candidates for the legislature can take a pledge to support the candidate receiving the highest vote at the general election or they may state it as their intention of exercising their own judgment after the legislature is assembled. For all state and county offices, candidates before the primary are re quired to file nominating petitions containing the names of two per cent of the voters in a certain number of precincts in a specified number of counties, if for a state office. The requirements are by no means rigid and any man of average popularity or worth can easily get his name on the primary ballot. Primary in September. The primary election will be held on the first Monday in September. The returns are canvassed by the boards of county commissioners and those relating to United States sena tor and all state offices are later can vassed by the official canvassing board of the state. It is estimated that it will require about twenty days for this work to be done and the winners announced. This will give the candi dates from five to six weeks in which to conduct their campaign. When a man goes to vote in the primary, he is required to indicate to the election judges his party pref erence, and is then given the ballot of that party. His name is also reg istered by the election clerks, togeth er with his party preference. Be tween the dates of the primary elec tion in 1912 and that of 1914, all names are transferred by the county clerk, together with the party pref erence expressed, in a great register to be kept for that purpose. Law a Long One. The law as proposed by the com mission is. a long one, containing some fifteen or twenty thousand words. Copies of the bill will be printed and one sent to each member of the state legislature, with the re quest that the legislators express plainly whether or not they will sup port the bill as drawn in case a special session of the legislature is called. If a majority of each house of the general assembly agree to vote for the bill, Governor Norris has agreed to call the extra session. If a ma jority do not favor the bill, there will be no further action taken at this time, except for the circulation of petitions for the enactment of the law through the medium of the initiative. Will Print Bill. As quickly as a printed copy is re ceived, the Democrat will print it in full, so that the readers of this paper may have an opportunity of studying the measure carefully. It is so lengthy and its important departure from the present system so numerous that it is impossible to state all of them within the confines of an ordinary news story. In submitting the bill to the gov the a the tor ernor, the commission included the Following communication: Committee's Report. "At that and several subsequent sessions of the commission, the var ious questions involved in the subject of direct primary nominating elections were given the most careful considera tion and free and ample discussions were engaged in by the various members of the commission. As a re sult of these discussions, the commis sion unanimously agreed that the law now in effect in the state of Oregon, taken as a whole, embodies most clearly the essential features of an ef fective, comprehensive direct primary nominating law than any other now in effect. For this reason, the Ore gon law was chosen unanimously as the model after which the bill here with submitted was patterned. It was found necessary to depart from some of the minor features of the Oregon law in order that the hill drafted by this commission should conform to the registration and other election laws of the state of Montana. The Oregon law provides that the primary election returns shall be canvassed by a board comprising the county clerk and two justices of the peace, Y our commission has deemed it wise to have the returns in this state can vassed by the regular canvassing board, the board of county commis sioners. The necessity for this change, wc believe, will be readily ap parent to all. The Oregon law pro vides for the "closed" system, that is. the declaration of the party prefer ence and the registration of the elec tor together with his party affiliation. Some members of the commission were strongly inclined to favor the "open" system, as practiced under the Wisconsin law, but after a frank and full discussion of this feature, which was practically the only one at issue among the members of the commis sion, it was decided to incorporate in this- bill the "closed" feature of the Oregon bill. "Inasmuch as the labors of this commission contemplate the possible calling together of the legislative as sembly in extra session and since the cost of such a session is. a considera tion of vital public interest, more es pecially in view of the statements that such an expenditure will amount to from $30,000 to $60,000, your com mission begs leave to submit its esti mate of the probable cost of such a session. "As shown by the books of the state auditor, the mileage paid the mem HAIL INSURANCE State Earmer's Mutual Hail Insurance Com. pany of Waseca, Minn., Net Assets $509,120. «i After a careful investigation of Hail Insurance Companies I have accepted the Agency of the State Farmer's Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Waseca, Minnesota «$«£«£ I guarantee that all losses incurred upon applications passing through my office will be promptly and satisfactorily adjusted in accordance with the terms of policies* «£«£«£ EDWARD BRASSEY, Agent POWER MERCANTILE COMPANY June White Sale!! Commencing Wednesday', June 14th This sale is looked forward to by all of the best bargains of the season. MUSLIN UNDERWEAR— Women's gowns, made of fine nainsook, beau tifully trimmed with lace and em broidery. A garment that you will pay $1.50 for usually, but for this sale, 91-00 fine worth $; $ 1 . Women's fine gowns, beautifully trimmed, worth $2.00, sale price WOMEN'S DRAWERS, trimmed with tucks and hemstitching. Women's fine drawers, trimmed with either lace or embroidery. Special price Corset covers, made of fine nainsook, elaborately trimmed. Special at Indian linons, fine quality, per yard lOe EMBROIDERIES — 18-inch em broidery, the best value ever shown in Lewistown, per yard economical buyers—as 70-inch table damask, all pure linen, in a big assortment of styles. Would be good value at $1.25, but for this sale 91-00 Foulard silks, special value at, yard All-over embroidery, 15 styles to se lect from. Compare this with what others are offering. Per yard "Fruit of the Loom," Lonsdale and other standard brand muslin, per yard lOe Indianhead bleached muslin, per yard Fine grade wash chiffon. For dur ability it has no equal. Per yard they are assured alt at SUMMER WASH GOODS in a large assortment iof styles, per yard lOe Best grade of ginghams, in checks and stripes. All new patterns. Per yard lOe Huck towels, size 18x36, special value lOc Lot of fancy white goods, marked down for this sale to These are only a few of the many real bargains which we are offering In this great sale commenc ing Wednesday, June the Fourteenth, f 9 9 9 bers of the senate at the last regular session was $1,114.80 and to members of the house of representatives, $2, 071.60, or a total for mileage of $3, 186.40. The per diem of the senators, including the president of the senate, amounted to $250 and of the house, including the speaker, $772, or a total perdiem of $972. It is the belief of your commission that the clerical ex pense of an extra session will not ex ceed $100 per day, this being a most liberal estimate. Thus, the actual daily co-t cannot exceed $1,072, ex clusive of mileage. Your commission would not attempt to estimate the probable length of such a session, but having before it but one bill, the ex pre.-s provisions of which had been previously agreed upon, it is scarcely conceivable that the total cost of such extra session can exceed $10,000, with the probabilities of it falling several thousand dollars under that sum. "Your commission submits this bill, firm in the belief that it will, if enact ed into a law, satisfy the demands of the people of Montana for an honest, effective primary election nominatiing statute and that it will go far toward correcting such evils as exi't in the present system." OPTIMISM PREVAILS. Railroads Feeling Better Over Show ing in Traffic Departments. Chicago, June 10.—d'here was not . much change in the traffic situation last week, but utterances of various railroad officials lead to the belief that there i- a more optimistic feel ing all around. On the whole the business of the railroads is holding up to or is a little ahead of the same period of last year. Such a condi tion. railroad men believe, is a satis factory one and presages heavier tonnage a little later on. While the situation has been relieved of one of its greatest uncertainties, there are others still extant which will come into play later and therefore general business is not forging ahead as fast as it was expected to when the Stan dard Oil decision was rendered, but there is more confidence than there was before it was known. Those having to do with transporta tion companies are finding ways and means of retrenchments which are not seriously interfering with the operation of the roads and it is be lieved that they will solve the prob lem of greater economies sooner or later which will enable them to buy on a larger scale and keep wages at a high standard at the same time. Almost every railroad man will ad mit that there has always been more or less extravagance in connection with the operation of a system, and with a view of eliminating such con ditions a great deal is being accom plished in the way of savings which is finding its way to net earnings and to a certain extent offsetting the high cost of living. 'flic business situation also shows no particular change, which is reflect ed in the railway tonnage, but senti ment is more cheerful, although the summer tendency to go slow is now apparent. There is a better feeling in banking circles, and in some of the larger centers rates are sentimentally strong and a little higher than a fort night ago, but a borrower with the right kind of collateral experiences no trouble in getting a figure as low as 4 per cent, or under. The same is true of commercial paper, but in the latter the supply is small and banks are particular about obtaining choice names. Competition keeps the discount rate down. Bankers state that the money market is in a HORSES EORSALE VERNON STOCK FARM Full Blood Trotting Hor**§ F. M. MINSHALL, Prop. Home of VERNON No. 13461 Sired by Artillery, No. 750. Vernon has a race record of 2:15 pacing. And sire of: Luke Vernon (P), race record, 2:10^; Vernmont (P), race record, 2:17;4; Cheatem Boy (T), race record, 2:27jq; Slippery Miriam (T), race record, 2:28 'A June B (T), race record, 2:29 % Calvin M (P), race record, 2:25 and dam of Wilksline, Jr., 2:20. VIROQUA, WISCONSIN. position to change suddenly when the right time comes, but as yet no 'tangible evidences have appeared to show that business has broadened out enough to warrant a stronger mone tary situation. tary situation. CLOSING EXERCISES OF KENDALL SCHOOLS VERY INTERESTING PROGRAM MARKS THE CLOSE OF A SUCCESSFUL TERM. Kendall, June 12.—Friday afternoon marked the close of another school year, and the youngsters joyfully trudged home that day, each with an armful of books. On Wednesday eve ning the school entertainment was given by the members of the inter mediate and grammar grades. A splendid program of music, recita tions, dialogues, etc., were given, and Jones' opera house was crowded with the parents and friends of the young sters participating. The commence ment exercises of the eighth grade took place at the opera house Satur day evening. A class of six grad ! uated into high school this year. Members of the class are Misses Mag | gie Carr, Amee Berry, Helen Stoll, Mary Ann Richards and Pearl Daniel, j and John M. Parrent, Jr. These young people selected for their class colors, purple and gold, the violet foi class flower, and the following motto: "For life and not for school we learn." The commencement exercises were very good and each and every one who participated in the program acquitted themselves with honors. The following program was rendered: Instrumental....................Miss Morton Invocation.....................Rev. R. L. Barbour Salutatory............................................Amee Berry Class History.................................Jack Parrent Recitation......................................Miss Fleming Vocal Duet.....................The Misses Morton Class Poem.................................Mary Richards Class Prophecy.................................Helen Stoll Class Will..........................................Pearl Daniel Valedictory..............................Marguerite Carr Instrumeutalq Duet............................................. ..............................Mrs. Olney and Coolidge Presentation oif Diplomas.............................. ...........................Principal A. R. Thompson Benediction..................Rev. R. L. Barbour 1 HIUUJ l" 1 —J.....I'll- 1 .......LS 5 A number of the young people ar ranged to have a picnic supper on the hills back of town at 6:30 Thurs day evening. Late in the afternoon a drenching rain set in and the picnic was off. However, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. R. Manwaring invited the crowd to their home and so the picnic was held indoors. A very merry evening was held. Those present were Misses Miller, Vallentyne, O'Hara and Mor toiL^JUr. and Mrs. E. G. R. Manwar ing, "Dr. and Mrs. Lakey, Mrs. Nonna B. Olney, Messrs. Thompson, R. L. Barbour, Knight and Burgess. Mrs. Flora Stamper was hostess to the Ladies' Aid Society on Thursday afternoon and a very pleasant meet ing was held. The next meeting will be at the home of Mrs. W. H. Bur gess., on Thursday, June 22. ■ Mrs. .^day Ottpian and sons and Violet liidam drove in from theit homesteads Tuesday and were guest3 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. Co'oiidge. Mrs. Coolidge returned with the party, to be the guest Of Miss Eidam for a week at the latter's homestead. MR. MERCHANT: Stop and think! Every sack of Harlowton Flour you sell makes a home market for just that much more Judith Basin wheat for we use Judith Basin wheat extensively. Why use Dakota flour? We guarantee every sack of Harlowton flour to equal ANY Dakota flour.