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Fergus County Democrat
Vol. VIII., No. 35. LEWI8TOWN, FERGU8 COUNTY, MONTANA, MAY 7, 1912. PRICE FIVE CENT8 Copyright Hart Schaffner & Marx You needn't be afraid to be seen any where wearing Hart Schaffner & Marx clothes; they'll be a credit to you wherever you go. We're glad to have men whom we clothe travel around some; it's good advertising for the town. All clothes don't do It; but these do. New spring suits and overcoats; in the latest models and fabrics Suits $18 and up Overcoats $16.50 and up LEWISTOWN This store Is the home of Hart Schaffner & Mark clothes LEWISTOWN GROCERY CO. The Quality 8tore. 518 MAIN STREET Seed Potatoes, per cwt. $3.50 All Kinds of Gar den Seeds Lemons, per doz___________________ _ .25 3 pkgs. Corn Flakes_ r- -25 10-lb. sacks corn meal _ .35 Post Toasties, package - .10 10-lb. box macaroni - .75 Baker's cocoanut, lh. ......... - .25 Bulk ginger snaps, lb. - .10 4 num nil nnriHnen _ .25 1 gallon Karo corn syrup-- . .65 2% gallons corn syrup ...$1.35 1 gallon maple syrup _$1.35 2 cans Empson's peas _ .25 Bulk kraut, lb... - .05 1 can Empson's hominy _ .15 Good dried peaches, lb. _ .15 Good prunes, lb. 10c, 12>/2C and .15 5 box package matchesi - .20 10 bars Fels Naptha soap_ _ .65 25 bars White Ronp ............. _$1.00 Kerosene oil. gallon - .15 Puffed Wheat, package - .10 3 nackaees soda _ .25 3 packages corn starch - .25 4 lbs. gloss starch _ .25 Isis flour, sack_* Si .so ENGINEERS, WHO WERE WAITING HERE, UNDER ORDERS TO RUSH OPERATIONS. All Indications Point to Confirmation of President Earling's Statement That Construction Work on Lewis town-Great Falls Line Will Start Before End of May. After resting here for a few days following the arduous labors incident to the location of the line of the Mil waukee between Lewistown and Great Falls, the engineers employed by that road are once more taking to the field. Orders were received Saturday to divide the large force of men Who have been waiting in Lewistown into a number of parties and start at once the work of cross-sectioning the line and to rush it with all possible haste. Everything which can be learned here indicates that the Milwaukee people are in quite as much hurry to get busy on the actual construction work as the people of Lewistown are to see them get busy. Contractors Figuring. A large number of contractors have been over the road within the past ten days and will be able to submit their estimates as quickly as they re ceive all of the engineers' specifica tions and drawings. The opinion pre vails in construction circles that the big contract will be let within ten days at the latest and probably sooner, Expect Burke to Land. Considerable personal interest is felt here in the letting of the contract owing to the fact that one of Lewis town's adopted citizens, D. J. Burke, is expected to land one of the most important pieces of the big job. Peo pie on the inside state that "Pick" may be chosen to fill the position held by Donald McIntosh during the con struction of the Pacific coast exten sion, that of general contractor. Noth ing would please the many local friends of Mr. Burke more than that very thing and no one doubts the ability of the Lewistown man to make good in such a position. Great Northern Notes. The large party of Great Northern engineers who started out about two weeks ago to locate, if possible, a line eastward from Lewistown by way of Boyd creek and over the south end of tne Judith range of mountains, are still camped near the old Sharpe mine near the divide. Nothing is known up to the present time as to the proba bilities of locating a line in that di rection, but it is anticipated that it will not be but a short while before something will be given to the pub lic. The people in the Gilt Edge coun try are greatly Interested and are hoping against hope that such a route will be selected, as it will add hun dreds of thousands of dollars to the value of real estate if such a line should go through. Will Soon Lay Rails. Work on the Lewistown-Moccasin line is progressing in a highly satis factory manner. Between four hun dred and five hundred men are em ployed at the eleven different camps It is stated that the grade between Moccasin and the Judith river will be completed and ready for the laying of rails within thirty days. It will re quire but a few days to complete the track so that material for the 1,900 foot bridge across the Judith can be taken across by rail. Soo Coming This Way. That the Minneapolis and Sault Ste, Marie railway will build through the PRES. EARLING WILL BE HERE THIS AFTERNOON HEAD OF MILWAUKEE RAILWAY .AND PARTY ON WAY FOR A VISIT TO LEWISTOWN. Secretary Mathews, of the commer cial club, received a telegram this morning from President Earllng, of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad company, stating that he left Deer Lodge early this morning for Lewistown. Another message states that the special train arrived at Har lowton about 2 o'clock and will prob ably be in nere about 5 o'clock this afternoon. A number of autos will meet the vis itors at the depot and take them to the Judith club, where an informal re ception will be held. All business men of the city are invited to be present at that time. It is unlikely that President Earl ing will have any material announce ments to make here, as about all that could be said was given out in Great Falls recently. That announcement was sufficient to insure the great rail road builders a most cordial welcome to this city. Judith Basin and probably tap Lewis town is indicated by the following article which recently appeared In the Wall Street Journal: The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault. Ste. Marie is now building a new 230 mile cutoff from Drake, N. D., to Ford ville. The line is projected to afford a more direct route from the grain fields to the western part of North Dakota to the elevators in Duluth. More Than Grain Shipping Line. The story recently published in the Wall Street Journal says that an offi cial of the road is authority for the statement that the new line has a greater significance than to provide a more direct route for merely shipping grain. "The line, according to the general notion in northwest railroad circles," says the Wall Street Journal, "is to be more than a grain-shipping line, and rumors have been current that it will become a link in another transcontinental line. Prospective Route Traced. "The claim is made that the Soo will build west from Plaza across the newly opened Berthold reservation lands, thence across the Missouri river through worth Dakota and Mon tana in a general westerly direction, .. „ , , across the Yellowstone river and the Judith Rasin nr.nntrv and tiion dno Judith Basin country, and then due west to the coast. In support of this theory it is pointed out that the Soo line surveyors have been from time to time in different sections of that country." IN LARGE QUANTITIES OVER FORTY THOUSAND DOL LARS SENT TO U. S. ASSAY OFFICE LAST MONTH. With the marvelous development of Fergus county in an agricultural way, the importance of the gold mining in-! dustry has been somewhat lost track of, but it is evident from the returns given out by the government assay office in Helena that this is still one of the leading counties in the state in that particular. During the month oi April there was received at the assay office bullion to the value of $158,649. Of this amount Fergus sent in bullion valued at $41,475, coming second to Madison, which produced during that month $57,800 worth of the precious metal. For more than a decade past, Fer-'of gus has been conspicuous as one of the leading gold producing counties of the Treasure state. For a period of eight years of that time we have held the lead. During the decade Fer-| gus county has produced between $6,-| 000,000 and $7,000,000 worth of gold bullion, in no manner a record to be ashamed of. The production of bullion has been reduced materially by the closing down of the Barnes-King and the cur tailment of operations in the Gold Reef, but other mines are rapidly mak ing up for this loss. The Kendall continues to send in gold brick of sub stantial size and value, but one of the leading producers at the present time is the old Maginnis mine at -Maiden. This property, which was presumed to have been worked out many years ago, was leased from the present own ers, the Conrad-Stanford company, by a number of practical mining and mill men a year or more ago and these men are meeting with phenomenal success in their efforts to restore that famous old mine to something of its former prestige as a gold producer. It is stated that they have taken out between forty and sixty thousand dol lars' worth of bullion since the first of the year and are opening up a re serve of rich ore which will insure tne continuation of operations on the same scale for an indefinite period of time. The construction of the Lewistown Hilger line of railroad and the prob able construction of the main line of the Great Northern through the Gilt The republican primaries here last Qntnrdav rocamKIafl i„ .. «ta" SESrtV° p "t "a Doncybrook lair. There were no ra talkies, although the progressive, cl s " "a SVn7ihTWd.,5e a S Edge country will mean a distinct re (Continued on page 8.) REPUBLICANS IN HOT T AT THE TAFT FORCES ARE OVER WHELMED IN THIS CITY AND THROUGHOUT COUNTY. supporters have grimly announced that the fight has only begun. The Roosevelt forces carried all three wards in Lewistown by decisive majorities. They also carried Moore,; Stanford and other important pre cincts. Wilder has not yet been heard from. The Roosevelters claim that they will easily control the county convention next Saturday and select a Teddy delegation to the state con vention. If they carry out their plans a number of the grizzled veterans in the ranks of local republicans will have to view the proceedings at Liv ingston from the gallery. CALI IS ISSUED democratic county central COMMITTEE SELECTS MON DAY, MAY EIGHTEENTH. DELEGATES APPORTIONED Total Number to Be Selected at the Primaries, Which Will Be Held Saturday, May 25th, Is One Hun dred Seven—Will Select Delegates to the First State Convention. At a meeting of the executive com mittee of the county democratic cen frnI ... . . . .. ... tlal com miUee, held last night at the oUlct ' 1,1 Chairman Roy E. Ayers, Mon day, May 27th, was chosen as the date for the holding of the first county Straw, Range, 3. portioned i ficial call, which is published on an other page of this paper. convention, at which will be selected delegates lo the state convention, which will he held in Butte begin ning May 29th. The primaries will be held Saturday afternoon, May 25th. The Apportionment. The committee apportioned dele gates on a basis of one for every fif teen votes, or fraction thereof, cast for Mon. Charles S. Hartman, demo cratic candidate for congress at the last election. The number of dele gates under this apportionment will be 107. Of these, Lewistown is en titled to 27 ; Kendall, 9; Moore, 6; Gilt Edge, 4; Maiden, 4; Stanford, 4; 3; Garneill, 3; and Grass The complete list as so ap will be found in the of Legal Obstructions. The committee tried to figure out some way to give the growing town ION WILL E TO LEWIS! of liilger some representation in the convention, but since no election pre cinct has been established at that place up to the present time, this could not be done legally. It is as I sumed, however, that the democrats the new town who really belong to the Kendall district will make some arrangements with the party members in the latter place whereby a repre sentative delegation can be secured, No Contests Probable, From the present aspect of affairs, there will be no serious contests at the democratic primaries such as marked the republican primaries last Saturday. The Fergus county de mocracy is well united. There are honest differences of opinion as to presidential candidates, but these dir Terences will be settled, once and for all. at the county convention. All democrats are urged to participate in the primaries in order that every pre cinct may be represented at the con vention. Lewistown delegation, he was able to , ... , have this city selected as the meet ing place of the Montana State Sun day School association next year. Mr. Mathews was given the privilege of the floor and his persuasive eloquence swept away all opposition and Lewis town was selected by a practically unanimous vote. Will Bring Many Visitors. This is one of the largest conven tions held in the state each year. Every community in Montana is usually represented and the larger places send big delegations. Those who are in the best position to know estimate that there will be between two hundred and three hundred visl ^ til© CODVGIltlOD. Til© ©Xt©IlSiV© ftQV©^* Which this city h«, received >»« <" >* »°» '»' r ">»" <**>■• sreat rail stssre e»r stas ?£""*■ ■« part a o, the a,... SUNDAY SCHOOLS OF MONTANA TO HOLD ANNUAL MEETING HERE NEXT YEAR. Secretary Mathews, of the Lewis town Commercial club, returned Fri day from Great Falls, where, with the assistance of the members of the probably result In the greatest Sun day school convention here that has ever been held since the association organized™ Engineer Hogeland Here, a. H. Hogeland, chief engineer for the Great Northern, arrived in the city yesterday and left this morning for the camp on McDonald creek divide, it i 8 stated that the locating engineers have surveyed one line up Boyd creek and across tne Judith mountains and Mr. Hogeland is doubtless here to look over the situation out in that di rection. Commissioners in Session. The members of the board of county commissioners are holding their regular monthly meeting this week. The resignation of Homer De trick as justice of the pence at Moore lias been filed and accepted and H. N. Klinefelter chosen ns his successor. A right-of-way was granted the Lewis town Electric & Power company along the county roads for the construction of their high tension power line from Lewistown to a point near Benchland. Contracts were awarded the Security Bridge company, of Minneapolis, for the construction of two new bridges and the repairing of another. One of the new bridges will span Warm Spring creek about one and one-half miles north of Deerfield and will cost ♦i.,487. The other will take the place of the old wooden bridge across Cot tonwood at Glengary and will cost $2, 295; and the present bridge across Spring creek near the fair grounds will bo improved at a cost of $1,208. Buys Half Interest in Circle Bar. J. W. Beck closed a deal yesterday whereby he becomes a half owner of the big Circle Bar ranch on Flat wil low. The deal is a large one and in cludes about 1,500 sheep and other stock, as well as all farm implements. The price paid is said to be about $10 per acre. Mr. Beck will assume the personal management of the property at once. HIGH TENSION LINE SURVEYING CREW WILL REACH HERE NEXT SATURDAY—CON STRUCTION CREW AT WORK. Stanford World: The surveying crew that has been working out of Great, Falls for the past two weeks driving stakes for the high tension line to be constructed between that city and Lewistown this summer, reached Stanford last Saturday and had worked out of this territory by Tuesday. In a statement to the World, the engineer in charge said that he expected to complete the work into Lewistown not later than Saturday, May 13, nnd that the en tire line would cover a distance not greater than 120 miles in length, and probably two or three miles less than that. The surveying crew is being closely followed by the construction gang that is distributing and erecting the poles and this party had arrived at Belt hist Monday, according to advices received here. It is on the same hurry-up plan that the proprietors expect to put the line into operation, it, being their announced intention to have it completed not later than September 1,' next. Where it was first anticipated that the wires would be strung on steel tripods, as on other lines run ning out of Great Falls, the current will be transmitted over wires sup ported by monster poles, selected and set with a particular idea to per manency. When this power line is completed It will have a capacity of transmitting a 5,000-hp. current into Lewistown and all towns between that place and Great Falls can be supplied with any amount of electricity required for lighting or other purposes. In other words, the building of this high ten-j sion line means that the wonderful power constantly furnished by the falls that give the Electric City her name will be available to any town on its route. It is considered that the activities contemplated by the owners for this and the next year or two is trivial compared with the development that years will eventually bring. The line approximately follows the' Billings & Northern from Great Falls to Moccasin, from where it follows the new cut-off into Lewistown. ALL PROPERTY OWNERS FAVOR VACATING ALLEY DEAL MAY BE CONSUMMATED BE TWEEN COUNCIL AND POWER MERCANTILE COMPANY. The regular monthly meeting of the city council was held last night. The usual reports were read and approved. A numerously signed petition asking that city avoid doing any work on Sun day not absolutely necessary was pre sented by Rev. Wright. Resolution in troduced by Ivins adopted which is in line with object of petition. j All property owners owning prop-| erty abutting the alley which runs through block in which Power Mer cantile company buildings are located have agreed to vacation of alley under the terms made by Manager Symmes and May 20 was set as date for hear ing protests against the vacation of alley. j Mayor Marshall was authorized to appoint a park architect and appoint ed committee comprising Ivins, Tray wick and Abel to co-operate with the' architect in Improving Frank Day park. Local light and power company sub-' mitted contract for lighting the city at greatly reduced rates. Saving will be $1,000. L TO FLOYD RICH THE EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLD SON OF WELL-KNOWN GREAT DIVIDE RANCHER SHOOTS HIMSELF. PASSEDAWAYYESTERDAY Young Man Started Out With Six Shooter for Purpose of Cleaning Out Den of Coyotes When He . Stumbles and Gun Is Accidentally Discharged. Floyd, the 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. ('. W. Rich, of Great Divide, died at 6 o'clock yesterday evening at the St. Joseph hospital in this city as tin; result ol a wound received when his revolver was accidentally dis charged Sunday morning. Started After Coyotes. The young man had located a den of coyotes on the Louis Lehman place, which is but a short distance from the Rich place, twelve miles from Lew istown, and started out. about 10 o'clock Sunday morning with the in tention of cleaning out the den. He had his pick and shovel in Ills hands and his ,45-calihre six-shooter in his right coat pocket, lie was quite a distance from home when he stumbled and fell, and when he struck the ground the revolver was accidentally discharged, the bullet passing through his hip and back. With a great dis play of nerve, the young fellow got up and walked half a mile to the home of James Apple, on the Lehman ranch. Wound Pronounced Fatal. Mr. Apple hitched up a team and took the young man home and Doctor Harry Wilson was summoned by tele phone. After he had arrived and made an examination of the wound, the doctor told the parents that there was hardly one chance in one thou sand for the boy to survive, but ad vised that, he be brought to the hos pital here in order that the case might be given better attention. They ar rived at the hospital at !» o'clock and the doctor worked with him all night, but could do nothing. Passed Away Last Night. The boy sank steadily until 6 o'clock last evening, when he passed away, bis mother and father being at Ills bedside when the end came. The body was taken to the Creel under taking parlors and prepared for burial. Funeral This Afternoon. The funeral is being held this after noon from the Great Divide school bouse and the services are being con ducted by the Rev. Lars Anderson. Interment will be made in the Great Divide cemetery near the Frank Piper place. Biographical Sketch. Floyd Rich was born in Nebraska 19 years ago the 17th day of August, lie came with his parents and broth ers across country In a wagon to this county in November, 1901, and has re sided on the Great Divide ever since. He has attended school at that place until this winter, when he started in to learn the blacksmith's trade in the shop of ids brother at Heath. Floyd was a strong, healthy lad, whose cheery disposition and manly traits made him u great favorite with old and young alike in the neighborhood in which he resided. The decedent is survived by his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Rich, and five brothers. The Democrat joins with numerous friends in extending sincere con dolence to the bereaved ones in the loss of a devoted son and affectionate brother. !T ASSISTANT ATTORNEY j j ROY E. AYERS RESIGNS OWING TO PRESS OF HIS LARGE PRI VATE PRACTICE. Owing to the demands of his pri vate practice, Roy E. Ayers has filed his resignation as assistant county attorney and the vacancy has been filled through the appointment, by County Attorney Marshall, of Stewart McConochie, a well-known young at torney who was recently taken into the firm of Ayers & Marshall. Mr. McConochie has resided in Lew istown for more than two years past, having been engaged in the real es tate and other businesses the great er portion of that time. He is a grad uate from the University of Wiscon sin, and, while attending that school, held the distinguished position of edi tor-in-chief of the University Daily for two years. He was admitted to the supreme court of Wisconsin in 1909 and to the bar of Montana in 1911. "Mac's" numerous friends about the county will take pleasure in congratu lating him on his official preferment. Among other admirable qualities, he is a true-blue democrat and will ren der valuable services to the local de mocracy during the coming campaign.