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Fergus County Democrat
Vol. VIII, No. 18. LEWISTOWN, FERGU8 COUNTY, MONTANA, JANUARY 9. 1912. PRICE FIVE CENTS Ctfyright Hart Scbafflrer & Marx If you're enough interested In fine clothes to enjoy looking at them, we went you to know that we're enough Interested in fine clothes to enjoy showing them. We'ye got them to, show, too. Hart Schaffner & Marx clothes. They're so good—these clothes—4fcat they don't really cost much. Select yours now. LEWISTOWN BIJOU Vaudeville & Motion Pictures THE BRUCES Comedy Singing, Talking, Roller Skating Entire Change Thursday 518 MAIN STREET PHONES: 400 and 240 Oranges, doz..................................15c to 50c Apples, box..............................$2.00 to $2.75 Lewistown Belle flour, sack_....$1.40 Lewistown Belle flour, cwt..........$2.75 Isis flour, per sack........................$1.50 Corn syrup, 2-gallon cans......$1.35 1 gallon maple syrup.........................$1.35 1 gallon corn syrup_____________ 65c Standard tomatoes, 2 cans...............25c 2 cans Empson's sweet peas........25c 2 cans stringless beans..........-..........25c Best standard corn, can—.................10c Extra standard corn, 2 cans.........25c Kellogg's Corn Flakes, pkg.............10c Puffed Wheat, package...-------------10c Wheat Flakes, package_______________10c Corn starch, package--...................—10c Gloss starch, package_____________________10c Coffee, pound_____________25c to 45c Tea, pound---------40c to 76c California Standard fruit, can.—20c PLAN FOR COLLECTING AND DIS POSING OF CITY GARBAGE IS SUBMITTED. Wants Pool Halls Closed at 1 A. M. and Licenses of Such Places and Saloons Raised—Restricted Dis trict—The Treasurer's Report— Some Additional Licenses. The city council held a lengthy and important meeting last night, Mayor Marshall presiding and Aldermen Traywick, Brice, Martin, Heaney, Sut ter and Ivins being in attendance. Andrew Green and F. R. Broughton submitted a proposition for taking up the garbage and scavenger work of the city. They proposed to purchase a complete plant and outfit, which would include sanitary garbage cans, a scalding house and to establish their own dumping grounds. All this would involve the investment of some |3,000 or more and to warrant them in pro ceeding they asked, in case the prop osition should be looked upon with favor, that they be given a contract for this work under regulation that would empower them to contract for handling all garbage, etc., at fixed charges, they to furnish the garbage cans. The charge for removing these from residences would be 50 cents, or $1.50 for boarding houses. Ashes, where heating plants were used, would be taken away at $1 per load. A schedule of prices was given. A. F. Camp simply submitted a schedule of prices he would charge for moving garbage, etc., these being considerably higher than those sub mitted by Messrs. Green and Brough ton. The whole matter was referred to the sanitary committee, to investi gate and after conference with the city attorney, to report. The Minneapolis Brewing company, by Butler & Woodworth, asked per mission to make certain improve ments in the front of the old Mackey building. Referred to the building committee. The sanitary committee reported un favorably on the request of the city health officer for an increase of salary because of additional work entailed by the new pure food law. Library Board. There being two vacancies on the library board, Mayor Marshall an nuonced the appointment of H. A. Moulton and C. A. Drinkard to fill the vacancies. Requisition System. On motion of Chairman Ivins, of the auditing committee, it was decided to have all purchases made for the city in future by the requisition system. So soon as the city clerk can secure a stock of requisition blanks, city em ployes, in ordering supplies of any sort, will have to secure these requisi tions from the city clerk. The change will involve very little additional work and the duplicate of the requisition will furnish the auditing committee with a check on practically all bills and will work beneficially in other ways. Treasurer's Report. Treasurer Bert d'Autremont pre sented his report for December, show ing balances in the various funds on January 1 as follows: General fund, $1,489.21; waterworks fund, $4,251.49; waterworks construc tion fund, $28,906.77: dog tax fund, *297.84: fire fund, $3,196.40; library fund, *1.477.21; snecial improvement fund, $482.22; sinking fund, $18,837.14; endowment fund. $522.86; firemen's disability fund, $1,005.34; park fund, $1,764.07. Overdrafts were reported as fol lows: Road fund, $383.74; sprinkling fund, *743.10; sewerage fund. $88.40; leav ing a net balance in all the funds ot $61,115.91. Additional Licenses. The license ordinance was amended so that after Feb. 9 these additional licenses will be charged per quarter: Tailor shops, $2.50; auto garages, $10; hair dressing establishments and manicurists, $0.50; chiropodists, $2.50. Mayor's Recommendations. Mayor Marshall submitted three recommendations, arguing briefly in support of them. One was that all pool balls be closed at 1 a. m. the same as saloons and the license in creased from *7«50 to such amount as might seem just; that the saloon li censes be increased; that the sale of all limmrs in the restricted district be prohibited. The matter was referred to a special committee composed of Aider men Travwick, Brice and Ivins. The salarv of Treasurer d'Autre mont was increased *100 a vear. The work done In the treasurer's office is increasing all the time and the treas urer, in proportion to the amount of work required of him, is the moat poorly paid of all the city officers, even with this increase. A number or minor matters connected with the aa justment of the various funds were disposed of, and the council adjourned until next Monday evening. City Engineer McClean, at the meet ing last week, gave an estimate of the cost of the proposed east side sewer system, the total being about $56,000. The estimate was accom panied by profile drawings, and the system is quite an elaborate one, as the estimate of the cost would indi cate. To assist the council lu bring ing the work within the limits be yond which it will not be practical to go, the engineer was instructed to explain just what territory is covered, together with details that are not clear to the layman from drawings. Crowley-Pentecost. Miss Ida Crowley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy E.. Crowley, and Claude Pentecost were married yes terday morning at the Catholic churdh, the ceremony being performed by Father V. J. Van den Broeck. They will make their home on Mr. Pente cost's homestead in the Hilger section. The bride is a well-known Lewistown girl, having spent nearly all of her life here, and is a high school grad uate. Mr. Pentecost is an enterpris ing young rancher. DEATH OF A CHILD. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shaw Passes Away Saturday. Ruth, the 9-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shaw, of Forest Grove, died at that place Saturday, fol lowing an illness from which she ap teared to have largely recovered, a relapse proving fatal. Rev. E. W. Wright, of the Presbyterian church, went out to Forest Grove yesterday tnd conducted the funeral services. This is the second child Mr. and Mrs. Shaw have lost recently, the first one Having been fatally injured by a kick "rom a pet horse. The sympathy of their many friends is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Shaw in their bereavement. MOREWlATHER FOR NEXT FEW DAYS WASHINGTON WEATHER BUREAU PREDICT NO CHANGE UNTIL LAST OF THE WEEK. Washington, Jan. 7.—Snow and sleet and unseasonably cold weather throughout the entire country will usher in this week, according to a special forecast issued tonight by the weather bureau. A general reaction to warmer and less intolerable con ditions will mark the close of the week. The forecast continues: "The first general storm of the week to cross the country Is now central over Utah, whence it will move east ward. It will be preceded by mod erating temperature, rain and snow in southern and snow in northern dis tricts, and will be followed by a wide spread change to colder weather. This cold wave will appear in the northwest Monday night. "The next general disturbance to cross the country will appear on the Pacific coast Wednesday, cross the middle west about Friday, and the eastern states at the close of the week. It will be attended by wide spread cloudiness and precipitation, and a general reaction to warmer weather. "Stormy weather will prevail the coming week over the north Atlantic steamship routes, the British Isles and Europe." Cold Wave Warning. Helena, Jan. 7.—A cold wave warn ing has been sent out from Washing ton to cover northern Montana. "Tem perature will fall 20 degrees by Mon day night," says the warning. GATHERING OF POLITICIANS. Lewistown Man Is Boosted for Lieu tenant Governor. Butte Miner: There has been a greater gathering of politicians from all over the state In Butte the past few days than on some occasions dur ing the height of a campaign. The wise ones were looking over the situa tion and the making of slates will soon commence. Among the notable ones in the lobby of the Thornton hotel last Friday were Lieut.-Gov. W. R. Allen, Senator E. Donlan of Mis soula, David Hilger of Lewistown, Sam V. Stewart, chairman of the demo cratic state central committee, and State Treasurer E. E. Esselstyn. Mr. Stewart has a host of friends throughout the state and they are not overlooking him. Quite a boom al ready has been started for him for the gubernatorial nomination and there are strong indications at the present time that he will be in the running. It is the gossip around the hotels that Lieut.-Gov. Allen has the inside track for the nomination for governor on the republican ticket and it is conceded by the republicans that he will be the avowed candidate. Dave Hilger is prominently men tioned for lieutenant governor on the democratic ticket. SWINDLER WHO FLOODED TOWN WITH WORTHLESS CHECKS GETS FIFTEEN MONTHS. LYONS is spurn Sureties Withdraw — Charged With Bigamy, It Appears That His Mar riage With Iowa Woman Was of the Common Law Variety—Other Court Matters. Harold Simpson, the young swindler who Hooded the town with worthless checks signed by nimself and his wife one busy Saturday afternoon some weeks ago and took the train out Sun day with a tat roll contributed by Lew istown business men, is now In the penitentiary, where he will have fifteen months, less time allowances for good behavior, to reflect on the mess he lias made of his life at the age of twenty-one. Simpson, who at one time attended school here, re turned early last fall and, posing as an advertising solicitor, lived by his wits until lie made this haul of some thing like $500, and then skipped. In Iowa his wife, or alleged wife, skipped out. with another mail, and on top of that came his arrest, the particular offense charged being the forgery of the signature of Dave Trepp to a check for something over $50, which he cashed at the Day House. He pleaded guilty before Judge E. K. Cheadle Thursday last, and after the court had held an extended con versation with him, lie was given fifteen months. Lyons Surrendered. Felton It. Lyons, the telegraph operator who was arrested some time ago on a charge of bigamy, was sur rendered by his bondsmen, one of them his brother-in-law, and was placed back in the county jail. Lyons was released perhaps a week after his arrest on giving bonds in the sum ot $2 500. Mrs. Lyons No. 1, who caused the man's arrest, came on here from Sioux City, Iowa, and confronted him in the county attorney's office. Lyons made the claim that he was never married to the Iowa woman by any ceremony, but she related that it. was a common law marriage, entered into by her through his representations. Her tes timony was taken by deposition, as well as that of her sister, and both re turned to Iowa some time ago. Two Divorce Suits. Belinda Willard yesterday brought suit, against Galen Willard to secure a divorce, on the ground of failure to provide. The parties were married at Spokane in 1908, and the plaintiff also asks that she be awarded the custody of their child. J. C. iluntoon is the plaintiff's attorney. Gertrude Pomeroy brought suit yes terday against R. B. Pomeroy, al leging desertion. The parties were married in this city in February, 1910. Habeas Corpus. S. P. McAdam, who was brought in from Billings last week by Deputy Stock Inspector Biglen, who claimed that the man had stolen some horses in this county, yesterday instituted iiabeas corpus proceedings against the sheriff to secure his relief. In his petition McAdam sets out that he was arrested and thrown into jail without due process of law, no complaint hav I *ng been filed against him; that he lias been unable to find a statement, of the charge on which he is held and that the arrest was merely for the purpose of investigating to see if evi dence could be found against him. W. Buntin presented the matter for McAdam this morning, while County Attorney Marshall appeared for the state. Judge Cheadle ruled against McAdam, the petition being denied. THE COUNTY REPORT OF COUNTY TREASURER ROBINSON SHOWS BIG BALANCE FIRST OF YEAR. Mi ISM $316,000 District School Fund Has Over $170, 000 on January 1— Receipts and Disbursements During December— Showing An Excellent One—City Treasurer d'Autremont's Report. County Treasurer Grant Robinson has filed his report for December, showing that at the beginning of the year there was on nand in all the j funds a total of $315,968.91, distributed as follows: General fund, $26,858.58; contingent fund, $15,421.14; poor fund, $7,892.63; road fund, $11,534.05; bridge fund, $6, 369.84; sinking fund, $45,264.24; gen eral school fund, $1,138.87; district school fund, $170,409.52; high school fund, $13,858.38; high school sinking fund, $9,427.82; library fund, $4,468.68; protest fund. $358.99; Lewistown, $104.26; Moore, $25.40; Roundup, $7.50; district court clerk deposit, $340.31; estates, $377.30; coroner's es tates, $62.75; redemption fund, $234.84; state fund, $1,293.95; state sinking fund, $25.96; state bounty fund, $114.86; state stock bounty fund, fund,$34.92; stock detection and in spection fund, $4.99; Stanford lire fund, $252.40; sprinkling tax, $91.23. Disbursements. The disbursements last month amounted to $138,869.38, including $21, 681.17 from the general fund, $4,296.09 from the contingent fund, $2,339.50 from the poor fund, $14,385.17 from the road fund. $506.50 from the bridge fund, $54,412.50 from the general school fund, $25,462.97 from the dis trict, school fund, $29,212.09 turned over to the city of Lewistown, $2, 588.88 turned over to the city of Moore and $33,236.98 from the state fund. The Receipts. The receipts during December amounted to $11,564.79 and came from the following sources: From taxes, $3,011.86; licenses, $2, 297.50; county officers' fees, $1,902.51; other sources, $4,352.92. The City's Finances. Total balance, $315,968.91; sinking fund, $45,264.24; district school, $170, 409.52; general fund, $26,858.58; con tingent,' $15,421.14; road, $11,534.05; bridge, $6,369.84; high school, $13, 853.38; high school sinking, $9,427.82. Disbursements, $138,869.38; general fund, $21,681.47; road, $14,385.17; general school fund, $54,412.50; dis trict school, $25,462.97; Lewistown, $29,212.09; Moore, $2,588.88; state fund, $33,236.98. Receipts, $11,564.79; taxes, $3,011.86; licenses, $2,297.50; county officers' fees, $1,902.51; other sources, $4,352.92. STATE INSPECTOR - VISITS LEWISTOWN JOSEPH CORBY, OF HELENA, NOW ENGAGED IN ADJUSTING SCALES IN THIS CITY. State Inspector of Weights and Measures Joseph Corby, of Butte, ar rived here yesterday, accompanied by about five hundred pounds of testing appliances, tend this morning started the rounds of the stores and other establishments to adjust the scales. He is accompanied by Deputy inspec tor Berry, of tills city, who will have charge of the work in Fergus county. Mr. Berry will receive all necessary instructions from Mr. Corby and will then he qualified to continue ills opera tions. "1 have been most cordially received everywhere in the state," said Mr. Corby to the Democrat this morning, "and it is the same in Lewistown. Yes, a good many scales are out of balance, but in the great, majority of cases the difference is against the merchants and in favor of the public. The merchants everywhere co-operate with us in Imving the scales correct ed, and the work is not at all un pleasant.. i shall put in some days here before moving on. OFF FOR PANAMA. David Hilner and D. J. Burke to In spect the Big Ditch. David Hilger and Mrs. Hilger and I). J. Burke, the well-known railway contractor, will leave here Saturday for New Orleans, where Mrs. Hilger will visit with her sister, Mrs. N. L. Landru. From New Orleans Messrs. Hilger and Burke will leave for Panama on Jan. 20, sailing on the Parismina. The party will go under the auspices of the American Institute of Engineers and will be chaperoned all through the canal zone by govern ment engineers. The delegation from Montana will include, in addition to the Lewistown men, E. C. Day, the eminent Helena lawyer; M. H. Gerry, engineer for the Hauser lake dam pro ject, and J. S. M. Neill. The party will be composed ot prominent men, mostly engineers, from all parts of the country, and will return to New Orleans from the canal on Feb. 6. Mr. Burke is expected to do the honors for Montana In this eminent company. Dave Hilger has arranged to have Mr. Burke give a few lectures for the benefit of the engineers and that gentleman ordered a full-dress outfit for the auspicious occasion. Mr. Burke Is sure to deeply impress all be holders when he appears In his claw hammer, et cetera, especially the lat ter. Those who have only seen "I). J." in his canvas storm clothes, driving his Hupmobile through a. blizzard, have little conception as to the ap pearance he will make when, with his marble dome duly sandpapered, he comes out in full dress. On such oc casions "D. J." is the personification of stately dignity and has Chesterfield backed right up into the garret for courtly manners and the savoir faire that markB the corps diplomatiuque. OF THE WINTER WITH LOW TEMPERATURE AND HIGH WINDS, CONDITIONS SUN DAY NIGHT WERE SEVERE. RAILROADS HIT HARD Local Trains Laid Out at Harlowton and Service on Main Lines Is More or Less Demoralized—Twenty-Six Below Zero Saturday Night—A Heavy Snowfall Sunday Night. After relaxing his grip for a day or two. Jack Frost took a fresh hold Fri day night, and from then on until yes terday morning very severe weather prevailed, not only in Montana and the northwest, but pretty much all over the country. The climax, so far as low temperature is concerned, was reached Saturday night, when the government thermometer*' registered 26 below zero. Owing to a stiff breeze, it was generally supposed that this was tlie low record for the winter, but it was three degrees above tho low point reached a couple of weeks ago, 29 below zero. Wind and Snow. Ii snowed intermittently Saturday and Sunday and toward Sunday eve ning tlie wind HlHfenod into a gale while a heavy snow storm prevailed all through this section. TUo wind seemed to come from all dlreetious and played strange tricks with tho swirling snow, piling it up in big banks in one locality and sweeping the sidewalks clear in another. Few people were out, but. those who faced the storm had a lively experience. Fortunately it was not very cold, tho low point reached during tho night be ing four below zero. Fills the Cuts. So much snow was blown from roots amt picked up by the fierce wind that some believed It was not really snow ing, although the air was full of the beautiful, almost blinding pedestrians, this belief was erroneous, however, for the weather observer, W W. Wut> son, reported a-lalLtfof foovtapd a half Inches, making it one of" the' heaviest snow storms for the time it prevailed of the season. One effect of the high wind was to fill every railway out with packed snow, and the line, which had been opened the day before by tho snow plow, was again blocked. Trains Laid Out. For the second time during the week there was no evuning train In, it being held at Harlowton, It came in about noon yesterday with tho de layed passengers and mail. In addi tion to tho late local trains, traffic on the main lines was demoralized and connections were missed. Seems at An End. People were surprised and delight ed yesterday morning, after tho ex perience of Sunday night, to find that Hie temperature had gone up and that the weather was delightfully clear and sunny. The cold spell now seems at an end—for the present. There has been no lack of fuel, coal deliveries being made even more promptly than usual during this period of intensely cold weather. All Over Montana. Sunday night's blizzard raged all over the Basin, so far as can be learned. Talks with leading stprVmmi today indicate that it did . ... a for the reasons that the temperature was nowhere lower tnan around five below zero, while the cattle and sheep men were fully prepared for just such a storm, although It came on rather suddenly. The storm on the west side, around Armells and at Forest Grove, was quite as severe as at Lewistown. Helena, Butte and other Montana cities had much the same experience and the storm extended clear on to Portland, Oregon, which was com pletely isolated, so far as wire con nections were concerned, Sunday night. No Train Last Night. it was hoped yesterday that the backbone of the "cold snap" had been broken, the bright, sunny weather justifying such belief. There was a marked change during the night and this morning a small blizzard was in progress, with a heavy snow storm as an accompaniment. Tho train due last night was laid out at Harlow, but is expected in during the after Will Hold Union Services. The various protestant churches or the city have arranged for a series of union services, to be held this week, starting tonight at the dhristian church. Services will be held In a different church each night, in the fol lowing order: Tomorrow night, the Methodist church; Thursday night, Baptist church; Friday night, the Presbyterian church. Each church will furnish special music for the oc casion and a different minister will deliver the address each night, the selection being made without regard to denomination.