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The Official Paper of Fergus County Tom Stout, Publisher and Proprietor Entered at the postoffice at Lewis town, Montana, as second-class matter. Subscribers, Notice—In ordering your paper changed to a new address, mention old address also, to insure prompt delivery. Subscribers failing to receive their papers will please notify this office. Make checks and money orders payable to Fergus County Democrat. SUBSCRIPTION: ........$2.50 ........ 1.25 .........75 For foreign subscriptions add postage. <u^M5bel> Lewistown, Mont.............Tuesday, May 7 CLARK STAR ASCENDANT. Starting in a few months ago rated as a remote dark horse possibility, Speaker Champ Clark, of Missouri, lias made marvelous progress toward the goal of his political ambition, the democratic nomination for the presi dency. In the beginning, Clark's can didacy was handicapped by a factional light in his own state, but that was smoothed out and Missouri's 36 dele gates to the national convention was pledged to the speaker. He then halved Oklahoma with Woodrow Wil son, each getting ten of the twenty delegates. Kansas fell into the Clark line and then came his tremendous victory in Illinois, from which state, at the primary election, he was as sured the fifty-six votes from that state. Nebraska was next and other states swelled the Clark figures with a few scattering delegates here and there. But the biggest boost the candidacy oi the Missourian has received was from Massachusetts last Tuesday, when he carried the old Bay state pri maries by more than 2 to 1 against chief adversary, Governor Wilson, u 1 will thus have the 36 delegates irk will also ;-legation of xes squarely on the Mis ti - .. dlsunc: lead over his nearest ■ n.;eti:cr. Governor Wilson. He has sh. -l surprising strength in states where he w as considered weak, iuere is no longer any question but that he will enter the convention at Baltimore with more delegates than any other candidate. Although that does not mean his nomination, it. gives him a big advantage from the start-off. Of the other candidates, Woodrow Wilson is making a most creditable race up to this time. He has seventy six delegates from Pennsylvania, ten from Oklahoma, ten from Oregon, a large majority from Wisconsin and will have twenty-six from New Jersey. He is also assured of the delegation from Maine and will probably carry Texas. Underwood is running strong in the south, having already been as sured of the delegation from Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The winner at the Baltimore con vention must secure a two-thirds vote and since it is unlikely that any can didate will enter the convention with even a majority, it may be seen that there is a great degree of uncertainty as to what will be the outcome of the struggle in the Maryland city the third week in June. Some man like Marshall of Indiana, Foss of Massa chusetts or Gaynor of New York may be picked up as a compromise candi date. It is not without the bounds of possibility that William Jennings Bryan may be sprung once more, and, as in '96, sweep the convention off its feet with one of his marvelous ora tions and be named for the fourth time his party's standard bearer. This pa per believes, however, that this is a very remote possibility. Bryan is un questionably sincere in bis attitude of opposition to his own nomination. We believe that his every effort will be devoted to having some progressive nominated and that it will probably be his voice which shall turn the tide to Clark or Wilson. The editor of this paper was born and raised in the Ninth Missouri con gressional district, which has been represented by Clark for eighteen years. We believe that Champ Clark is one of the greatest living Ameri cans. He is honest, patriotic, scholarly and sincerely devoted to the highest welfare of his country. The reins of government will be in eminently safe and sane nands if he is elected presi dent. He is wisely progressive and progressively wise in affairs of state. With him in the White house there would be no subterranean appeals to men of the Harriman stripe for aid, no secret agreements with such men as Perkins and Morgan. Despite a personal preference for Clark and our admiration of his splen did qualities as a man and a states man, we have been inclined to advo cate the nomination of Governor Woodrow Wilson, of New Jersey, for president. Wilson, like Clark, is a great American. Hg is quite as honest, at patriotic and perhaps more scholar I j | : j ly. He has shown himself effectively progressive by forcing an unwilling legislature to place upon the statute books of New Jersey some of the most advanced legislation ever enacted in any state with the exception of Ore gon and Wisconsin. He is impervious to the Influence of the corporations, as manifested by his refusal to accept the money of Thomas Fortune Ryan and others of that Ilk for campaign purposes As between Clark and Wilson, there Is little to choose so far as especial fitness and preparations for the du-1 ties of the chief magistracy are con cerned. But it has been our belief, and still is our belief, that Wilson can rally to his enthusiastic support more of the millions of independent voters of the country than can Clark. In the event of Taft's nomination, we believe that the New Jersey man-can command the votes of more of the in surgent votes than can the Mis-, sourian. It is purely a matter of po litical expediency and there can be no harm in advocating such a course long as one does not jeopardize his political principles in so doing. Up to the present time the demo cratic battle for delegates has been fortunately free from the bitter per sonalities which have marked the re publican contest. Nothing has been said which can be used as campaign material against any of the men men tioned should one of them be nomi nated. Clark has been attending strictly to business and has scarcely left Washington during the progress of the campaign. Governor Wilson has been fair and temperate in his remarks, all allusions to his competi tors being of a complimentary char acter. The convention at Baltimore snould leave no sores in the demo cratic party and it matters not whom tnat convention shall select as the standard bearer, the supporters of all of the other distinguished candidates can fall into line with perfect grace and consistency. But one thing now appears a cer tainty so far as the democratic situa tion is concerned. A progressive dem ocrat will be nominated at Baltimore. And he snail be of such a type of progressive that the millions of voters in the nation, Irrespective of their po litical affiliations, can and will sup port ..im with a clear conscience and a hearty good will. STATE'S EVIDENCE. St. Louis Republic: The republican party is going to pieces because the only bond that has held it together for years has lost its power over the peo ple. That bond is the protective tariff. Republicanism's two great leaders are now openly at war in Massachu setts. They accuse each other of many wrongs, but in every case the charge has to do with the tariff or! its beneficiaries. Both wings of the' party are in full fiight from the or ganization's tariff and trust record land the harshest things that Mr. Taft and Mr. Roosevelt can say of each other are those that allege undue sub serviency to the grasping bosses of business and politics. Som.- such end as this is inevitable in ca.-e of every political party :ha: has no aim out plunder. In all : • publicanism's bookkeeping for twenty years there has been no entry of a mural idea. Its sole purpose has been the enrichment of a class at the expense of another class. Its senti ments are all sordid. Its battle cries are all of greed. Mr. Taft confesses the hopelessness , of further monopolistic tariffs by de nouncing the present schedules and their authors and by promising re lief as soon as the tariff board shall have completed its investigations. Mr. Roosevelt confesses the worth lessness of the trust-building tariff for campaign purposes hereafter by seek* lag a third term on other and very remote issues. There were a few presidencies in the bloody shirt, There have been several presidencies the tariff, but republicans every where agree that there will be no more. A party actuated by high ideals could not possibly develop a situation such as that which has led to the violent personal quarrel between Mr. Taft and Mr. Roosevelt. They have fallen apart because the various bene ficiaries of favoring laws have sepa rated into jealous and warring groups. Some of these gluttonous interests fa vor one man. Some of them favor the otuer. In the exposures now in progress we have proof of guilt on all sides and revelations of the truth that cannot fail to startle the country. If republicanism goes the way of the old Federalist and Whig parties it will be for the same reasons. Both of these organizations contained much of the intelligence of the country, but both of them rested their claims al most exclusively upon privilege and tariffs. They compromised principles just as they compromised business transactions. One fell before the moral issues involved in the rights of men as raised by the Jeffersonian de mocracy. The other fell before the moral issues involved in human slavery and disunion. One did not survive Alexander Hamilton, its im perious leader. The other did not sur vive its idol, Henry Clay, who could not be elected president. The break between Mr. Taft and Mr. Roosevelt, therefore, is more than a rupture between two men. It sig nifies that the two wings of the re publican party are turning state's evi dence against each other. Neither side has any defense to offer for the party as such. Both admit every count in the indictment of that ganization as presented by democrats. There is no hope of saving the party, for it is conceded that it is not worth saving. The present republican watch word is "Every man for himself!" a SOMEBODY HAS LIED. The bitter personal controversy be tween President William Howard Taft and former President Theodore Roose velt has positively developed one fact and that is that one of those distin guished gentlemen has been lying. Tnat is not exactly an elegant man ner of referring to a misleading state ment by a man of the prominence of either of those doughty so-called statesmen, but it is, at least, expres sive. Mr. Taft attacked Mr. Roosevelt relative to his refusal to prosecute the Harvester trust. Mr. Roosevelt coun tered by saying that his, Roosevelt's, course of action in that particular case was determined upon only after a conference with his cabinet, of which Mr. Taft was one; further, that Mr. Taft, then secretary of war, made the motion not to prosecute. Right off the bat, Mr. Taft came back and showed from log book of the White. house, official diary or some other in strument in plain writing that at the particular date mentioned by his for mer great and good friend, Teddy, he, Talt, was in Labrador, Vera Cruz or some other out-of-the-way port, and consequently, Mr. Roosevelt's memory must be exceedingly poor or his imagination plastic, Other eminent gentlemen who were j in the Roosevelt cabinet at that time backed up Mr. Taft's statement and soothe subject was instantly dismissed by I Mr. Roosevelt in his characteristic manner, with a snarl and a few words which do not look lady-like in print. To lay aside any attempts at idle and airy persiflage, the controversy between Roosevelt and Taft has ar rived at a stage which very nearly makes it a disgrace and a scandal. T..e American people possess an in herent respect for the men whom they elevate to the nighest official position in the land. They, therefore, do not relish the spectacle of the only two men now living who have held that position indulging in a lot of personal abuse and villification of each other. They feel like apologizing to the world for such a state of affairs. The Roosevelt-Taft fight has had one beneficient effect, however. It has thrown some white light into the dark places of the past three adminis trations. It is revealing to the Ameri can people some of the forces which have dominated affairs in the White house for the past ten years. It is altogether sordid, not to say disgust ing, but perhaps the benefits will out weigh the humiliation. For one thing, it shows the utter impossibility of con tinuing the republican regime, the necessity of a change in the executive department of our government, a cleaning up of the Augean stables, which have been polluted and corrupt ed by the power of money and the in fluence of dictatorial corporations. TEDDY'S BEST JEW. Missoula Sentinel: That Roosevelt occasionally strays from the straight and narrow path of verity is shown in a story now going the rounds in New York, which is not devoid of its humorous features. Recently a dinner was given to Oscar Straus in honor of his long career of public service. Naturally, Roosevelt was present, and was one of the first called upon for a speech. With little preamble, the ex-president launched into an ap preciation of his ex-cabinet officer's public record. "Believe me, gentle men," he said, "when I called Mr. Straus to my cabinet 1 was consider ing no questions of religion or race or station. I was considering only his fitness for the office to which I had elected him. Neither as German nor as Jew was Mr. Straus called to my cabifiet—but simply its the man most fit ted for the position." The next speaker was Jacob II. Schiff, who, as everybody knows, is a bit deaf and at times absent-minded. After the proper greetings, the finan cier began slowly, "My friends," he said, "when Mr. Roosevelt wrote and asked me whom I considered the best Jew for the posilion—'' (Tableau). To this statement the coloned made the same reply Senator Dixon makes to the charge that his seat in the senate was bought for him by the Amalgamated Copper Co.—"Lovely weather we are having." Col. Sam Small, of the Judith Gap Journal, alleges that Seuator C. P. Tooley "hand-picked ' a bunch of Taft stand-pat delegates to the state con vention and the veteran republican editor devoted the greater portion of his paper last week to a full, free and forcible "expose" of the nefarious scheme. The facts would appear to indicate that the smooth solon from Two Dot rather put one over on the rank and file of old Meagher, but it will probably stick, as a contesting delegation will have mighty little show when it goes up against the pres ent stand-pat committee of the repub lican party. The progressive repub licans further allege that what was done in Meagher was also pulled off in Lincoln, Madison and Blaine coun ties by the Taft-anti-Dixon men. Al though they are making a brave fight, it now looks as if the Dixon republi cans are doomed to defeat and that the Taft bunch will control the con vention, which will be held in Livings ton on the 16th of the present montn The defeat of the progressives in the Helena primaries last Thursday night, while probably accomplished by meth ods which would not stand a very rigid investigation, was, nevertheless, a sad blow to the Dixon forces. ue a uuueu euun iu secure sucn an 1 industry without unnecessary delay. The Roosevelt supporters are mak ing much of the colonel's magnanimity in insisting that the delegates-at-large from Massachusetts support Taft, who received the majority vote in the pref erential primary, although the Taft delegates were defeated. They say it is an example of Roosevelt's sincerity in his "square deal" advocacy. The cynical Taft men give another reason for this apparent generosity, however. They say that if the Massachusetts delegates-at-large ignore the results of the primary and vote for Teddy, it will give a large number of delegaes in Illinois and Pennsylvania, who are Taft men at heart, although pledged by the primaries in those states to vote for Teddy, an excuse for disre garding the primary instructions and voting for Taft. In other words, there is reason a-plenty for Teddy's seeming magnanimity. Forty-one farmers of the Musselshell valley adjtcent to the town of Mus selshell have agreed to sow some sugar beet seed this year in order to demonstrate that valley's adaptability for beet culture. It is time that the business men of Lewistown and the ranchers of this section of the Judith Basin were taking some steps along this same line. With the completion of the railroads now in course of con struction, fully fifteen thousand acres of irrigated land will be available for beet culture. Experiments already made show that this land can produce a very fine variety of sugar beets. A sugar factory for Lewistown would double the population of our city in a very short time and there should be a united effort to secure such an The farmers of the Judith Basin lost half a million dollars' worth of grain last year through destructive hail storms. It is not likely that such disastrous conditions will ever prevail again, but it is well to be on the safe .side by taking out some insurance in some reliable hail insurance com panies. This paper is not boosting for any particular company, but be lieves that it is a good thing to be on the safe side, especially as the present season, up to tne present time, bears a close resemblance to last year so f ar as climatic conditions are con cerned. ALUMINUM PRODUCTION. Nearly Fifty Million Pounds Mined In This Country During 1911. Aluminum, comparatively few years ago a rare metal, too expensive to have any particular economic value, has today come into wide use in a great number of industries. The con sumption in the United States in 1911, according to the United States Geolog ical Survey, was 46,125,000 pounds, the price in New York ranging from 18% to 22 cents a pound. The Survey has just published a report by W. C. Pluilen on "Bauxite and Aluminum," an advance chapter from "Mineral Resources of the United States" for 1911, which gives a comprehensive re view of the industry for the year. Bauxite ore, the present source for metallic aluminum, is mined in Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, ana Tennessee, the output from these states combined amounting in 1911 to 155,618 long tons, valued at $750,069, an increase of about 5 per cent in both quantity and value compared with the figures for 1910. The in crease, though small, shows a health ful condition of the industries de pendent on this ore for raw material. The chief uses of bauxite are in the manufacture of metallic aluminum, of aluminum salts, of alundum or fused alumina, which finds extensive use as an abrasive, and to a minor extent in the making of bauxite brick and of plaster compositions. The first three industries mentioned consume the buy of the ore now mined. In the aluminum industry a new plant located at Clarksburg, West \ irginia, is reported to have begun operations in January, 1912, having for its object the manufacture of metallic aluminum and Its compounds. The use of the metal aluminum and its alloys in automobiles, dirigible balloons, and aeroplanes is constantly increasing. In the form of magnalium it is used in the beams of analytical balances, and other new alloys are be ing constantly brought to public at tention. The metal is also employed in paper decorations and for wrapping. It is reported to have been used in the textile industries, where it has been combined with silk, to which it imparts a peculiar brilliancy, partic ularly adapted to theatrical and cere monial costumes. It has found and is constantly finding a host of appli cations in smaller articles of every day use and ornamentation. The Ord nance Department of the United States army recently awarded a contract for sixty thousand or more aluminum can teens and cups. The metal is now be ing used in various other ways in the light field equipment of the army. The report contains statistics of pro duction, consumption, and world's pro duction of bauxite; production and im ports of aluminum salts; and consump tion and exports of metallic aluminum. Descriptions are given of the oc currence and possible new sources of aluminum salts in Utah and Alabama, the bauxite fields in the southern states, the uses and methods of purify ing the raw ore, the manufacture of aluminum, and the aluminum market conditions for the year. The alloys of aluminnm, an attractive field of re search, are also discussed. A copy of the report on Bauxite and Aluminum may be obtained free on application to the Director of the Geo logical Sudvey, Washington, D. C. SAYS TEDDY IS INSANE. Marse Henry Watterson Lets Go Bit ter Attack Against Former President. One.of the most remarkable attacks ever made on a public man in this country was that printed by Henry Watterson, veteran editor of the Louis ville Courier-Journal, last week. Wat terson boldly charges that Theodore Roosevelt is insane and should be con fined in a padded cell. While the Kentuckian's diatribe may not meet with approval even from the bitterest foes of the former president, it makes interesting reading in the light of Roosevelt's candidacy for a third term as president of the United States. The editorial is as follows: The spectacle of a president of the United States engaged in an unseemly public quarrel with a former presi dent of the United States may he, as the saying hath it, 'A sight for gods and men,' but, from the viewpoint of a people proud equally of their country's dignity and power among the nations of earth, it is tragical "One is moved to ask, 'Is the White House worth it to either of them?' "Considered from the viewpoint of their antecedent relations, it is piti able. It is even ghastly. Yet Mr Taft might have taken a shorter cut to the truth. He might have said, personally know that Theodore Roose velt is of unsound mind, and I refuse to fight a madman!' "That is nearer a just epitome of the situation than will be any of the specific counts in the Indictment. The republican party, first, as most re sponsible, and the American people second, as most deeply concerned, must draw against the man whose thirst for power and love of display have brought so great a disgrace up on us. "If that one of the Caesars who goes by the name of Nero was insane, Theodore Roosevelt, aspiring to be an imitation Caesar, is insane. "He carries all the marks typical of the perverted understanding; the devilish streak of viciousness, the ignoble malignancy, the logical in tensity and Inaccuracy of the lunatic. "Not one of the Issues he has raised will support his claim or bear him out EMPIRE BANK & TRUST COMPANY LEWISTOWN, MONTANA Commodious and well arranged offices, am ple resources, and a spirit of accommodation combine to enable this bank to offer excep tional facilities for handling Fergus County business which we solicit and which will be given the personal attention of its officers. FARM LOANS We are prepared to loan money on good farm lands. No red tape. No delay. We loan on patented land or on final certificate List your farm for sale with us. Our eastern office Is in touch with hundreds of prospective purchasers, and we can dispose of your farm quickly. AMERICAN LOAN & INVESTMENT CO. Capital $100,000 Office in First National Bank Building LEWISTOWN, MONTANA PVREDRVGS FOR Physicians Prescriptions There Is a particular care which has to be exercised in filling physician's prescriptions. Pure drugs and chem icals must be used. 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His plan of cam paign from start to finish has been just such an insane delusion and snare as a topsy-turvy mind would conceive to be able to deceive; the crazy jungle hunt, the wild huntsman at home again, the coy patriotism and prize-fighting exploitation, the artfully cooked up popular demand, the bunco steering governors, the theatrical ring master, booted and spurred, waiting the word, the final bursting of the star performer Into the ring, throwing his hat first in the air and then in the sawdust and shouting, 'Have at ye all, ye bucks In the gallery; mee foot's upon mee native heath and mee name's McGregor.' That Is the long and the short of it. The man is a maniac. He knows not clearly what he does or says. Never an utterance of his will bear discussion or dissection. Never an act of his can be defended. "That he should cast friendship to the winds, intellectual dignity to the dogs, his own antecedents to kingdom come, were proof enough that he is mad, as mad as Hamlet. That a few self-seeking politicians and traitorous newspaper editors should follow him is proof only that vanity and greed are still factors to be reckoned with in public life. "That, outside of these, he gets any votes at all is proof of the adage that a fool is born every minute, and that the poorest fake prophet can get up a religion and any quack doctor richly profitable patent medicine. "Let his family and friends take him to an asylum before he does something Irreparable and it is too late." CHARLIE RUSSELL sewed Coltskin Gloves, for the Puncher, Ranchman, Chauffeur and Driver. It's the best-wearing and most perfect fitting Glove made up to date. Made from selected coltskins, entirely by hand. Finger seams on back of Glove Sent postpaid to any address for $1.75. Absolute guarantee with every pair. JENSEN, WARDE & LLOYD CO Great Falls. Montana. Everything in loose leaf line at the Democrat Supply Dept.