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COURT HOUSE SCENE OF FIRST CONVENTION uF NEW POLIT ICAL PARTY. ECHAI W. D. Symmes Is Endorsed for Lieu tenant Governor—Nominations for All Offices Except Judge and Coun ty Superintendent Are Made With But Little Contesting. The county convention of the pro gressive party was held at the court house last Wednesday, with forty seven delegates from various parts of the county In attendance. The work before the body was disposed of in good shape and those in attendance all seemed more than satisfied with the results. W. D. Symmes. as state committee man, called the convention to order. "It affords me great pleasure," said Mr. Symmes, "to call to order the first progressive convention ever held in Fergus county." He then read the call and asked for nominations for tem porary chairman. E. C. Russel was chosen for that position, and on taking the chair, returned thanks for the honor conferred. All present, he said, would look back on this as a red-letter day and it would not be confined to the bandana. He and some others had thought it wise to start this party here. They knew it was only necessary to say the word, as the time was ripe for it and interest in the movement was widespread. At this time all the coun try people were busy in the harvest fields and it was hard for them to leave, which accounted for the attend ance not being larger. It was a dif ficult task to organize a convention, but this one would run itself. There were no practicised politicians, no boss, no machine. Each man could have his say and each should take his part in the proceedings. He referred to the meeting of the republican state committee at Helena prior to the na tional convention, when Taft was en dorsed in opposition to the known sentiment of seventy-five per cent of the republicans of the state, as a sample of republican machine politics in this state. Mr. Russel talked of the "invisible government" referred to by Senator Beveridge at Chicago and said they had met here to get away from that kind of government. The pro gressive party was merely the outward symbol of the moral wave that had been gathering impetus for the past seven years. When the climax came at Chicago, it was decided to break away from the republican organiza 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 tion and run politics on an honest basis, without reference to "the in visible government" and its "wiehere," said Mr. Russel, "a separate party and not a faction of any other party. Let us stand on our own feet. If we are going to amount to anything as a party we must stand on our own feet. We do not care to fuse compromise or af filiate in any way with the republican party. We have nothing more in com mon with that party than we have with the democratic party. Any man who comes in with us must take his chances. I do not believe in partisan government in cities, but when we get into county government the party lines must be drawn." Oscar Anderson was elected secre tary and the chair was then instruct ed to appoint the usual committees on credentials, resolutions, permanent or ganization and order of business. It was also decided that a nominating committee should be chosen by each precinct naming one member, the duty of the committee being to recommend to the convention the names of those who aspired to the various nomina tions, but it was that additional nom inations might be made from the floor by any delegate. Address by Smith. An extended address of a patriotic nature was made by W. H. Smith in the lull be,fore adjournment and the effort was warmly applauded. Afternoon Session. Upon re-assembling in the afternoon the reports of the committees were re ceived and adopted. Tne temporary organization was made permanent. The chair then called upon G. R. Marsh, who was a delegate at the na tional Bull Moose convention in Chi cago, to tell the convention something about that gathering. Mr. Marsh did not attempt any speech, but in an earnest little talk told of his impres sions of the Chicago convention, as well as those gathered by him while away through talking with men of all classes. He found the republicans to be overwhelmingly opposed to Taft. Symmes Honored. Following the reading of the report of the committee on resolutions, Mr. Seeley read the following resolution, which was adopted amid much ap plause: "Fergus county is one of the strong progressive counties of the state and as such is entitled to recognition up on the state ticket, and we recom mend to the state convention and en dorse for the nomination of lieutenant governor, Mr. W. D. Symmes, of this county, as a man who, by his long and honorable career among us as a busi ness man of unusual executive ability and in all relations of good citizen ship, has proven to be a progressive, able and conscientious citizen, thor oughly progressive and fully compten oughly progressive and fully com petent to fill the duties of that office." The Nominations. The candidates reported by the com mittee for representatives were S Langdoc, of Stanford; Theo. Hogeland, of Deerfield; E. C. Russel, of Lewis town; H. L. Shand, of Windham; and A. P. Hall, of Hilger. Hogeland re ceived 47 votes; Russel, 47 votes; Langdoc, 41 votes; Shand, 30 votes; and Hall, 26 votes. The first four were declared the nominees. For county commissioner, Andrew Green, Charles Wentworth and P. E, Anderson were the candidates. Went worth was nominated, receiving 26 votes ,to 12 for Green and five for Anderson. For Sheriff. The committee reported W. R. Woods for sheriff, and Delegate Dry den, of Hilger, placed W. T. Neill in nomination. Woods received 35 votes and Neill nine, Woods being nomi nated. The other candidates were all chosen by acclamation .there being no contests. They were: For clerk and recorder, H. A. B. Brady, Lewistown. For clerk of the court, Ed. J. Baker, Lewistown. For attorney, O. O. Mueller, of Lew istown. For assessor, Frank Youngkin, of Hilger. For treasurer, E. F. Hersey, of Moore. For auditor, Jay Collins, of Lewis town. For surveyor, A. C. Birkland, of Den ton. For coroner, George Creel, of Lew istown. For public administrator, Joseph Mason, of Lewistown. No nomination was made for county superintendent of schools, that being left blank, and a graceful compliment was paid Miss Alice O'Hara, the in cumbent, by the adoption of the fol lowing resolution, offered by G. R Marsh: "Resolved, That this convention heartily endorses the splendid work done by Miss Alice O'Hara as county superintendent of schools. We com mend her administration and her con stant efforts to bring our schools up to a higher standard, and express the hope that she may continue in the of fice for another term." District Judgeship. There was an unexpected develop ment r.t this stage of the proceedings. Delegate B. R. Cole, of Lewistown, spoke in a preliminary way of the gen eral progressive movement throughout the country and said that one of the things advocated by progressives was a non-partisan judiciary. It seemed to him that anything the convention could do in furtherance of this prin ciple would be in line with the sent! ment of the party. They should set the pace in that respect. The judge in this judicial district had been af filiated with the progressive move ment. He was a good man for the of fice and he moved to endorse the can didacy of E. K. Cheadle for district judge. B. P. Berger strongly objected to the motion, and the discussion became general. C. H. Seeley seemed to express the sentiment of the convention when he said that Judge Cheadle had seen fit to alienate himself from the progres sive movement and had done what he could to oppose it. He did not think it was wise to give the endorsement proposed by Mr. Cole's motion and would oppose it. Mr. Berger finally presented a sub stitute motion to the effect that ju dicial nominations should be non-par tisan eliminating all mention of Judge Cheadle. This was adopted by a unani mous vote. To State Convention. Forty delegates to the state conven tion, each to have one-fourth of a vote, were then selected, as follows: Ed. J. Baker, C. H. Seeley, W. H. Smith, Wilbur McCourt, W. D. Symmes, C. M. Clary, Roger Clifford, H. L. Shand, T. E. Crowley, A. G Gillespie, Ed. Brassey, B. R. Cole, G. A. Parrott, Andrew Green, G. R. Marsh, C. H. Richards, W. W. Tisdale, W. S Smith, Frank Youngkin, W. J. Owen, Oscar Anderson, Sam Langdoc, Joseph Dunsmore, G. M. Stone, E. C. Russel, Ed. Wallace, C. M. Kelly (of Hobson), Theo. Hogeland, Frank Piper, Will Gray, J. M. Van Horn, Louis Lattimer, Jay Collins, A1 Hauswirth, George Creel, Thompson Fletcher, E. O. Kind schey, Julian Sutter, Edward Smith, W. S. Bird. County Committee. W. D. Symmes was chosen as chair man of the county central committee, G. R. Marsh, secretary, and George M Stone, treasurer, with A. P. Hall, of Hilger, and C. M. Clary, of Moore, as the other members. Edward Brassey, Lewistown; R. N Klinefelter, Moore; and C. H. Smith Windham, were chosen as candidates for justices of the peace, and the con vention adjourned. Resolutions. Following are the resolutions adopt ed by the progressive county conven tion Wednesday last: We, the progressives of Fergus coun ty, in convention assembled, come be fore the people of this county, for the first time, as the representatives of the new progressive party of the nation The need of this new party cannot be more perfectly set forth than in the words of our national platform: The conscience of the people, in time of grave national problems, has called into being a new party, born of the nation's awakened sense of justice This country belongs to the people who inhabit it. Its resources, its busi ness, its institutions, and its laws should be utilized, maintained or al tered in whatever manner will best promote the general interest. It time to set the public welfare in the first place. Po.itical parties exist to secure re sponsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instru ments to promote the general welfare, they have become the tools of corrupt interests, which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible govern ment, owing no allegiance and ac knowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible gov ernment, to dissolve the unholy al liance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. Tbe deliberate betrayal of its trust by the republican party and the fatal incapacity of the democratic party to deal with the new issues of the new time have compelled the people to forge a new instrument of government through which to give effect to their will in laws and institutions. Unham pered by tradition, uncorrupted by power, undismayed by the magnitude of the task, the new party offers it self as the instrument of the people to sweep away old abuses, to build a new and nobler commonwealth. We, progressives of Fergus county, affirm our endorsement and support of the national platform of the progres sive party adopted at Chicago on Aug. 5, 1912, and of the state platform of our party adopted at Helena, July 29, 1912, and we enthusiastically pledge our support to the progressive nomi nees for president and vice president, Col. Theodore Roosevelt and Governor Hiram IV. Johnson. We believe that the best weapon now within reach of, the people, to take back to themselves . the powers of government, is in the j four laws, constituting the primary j system of nomination of all officers, United States senators and presiden-j tial electors and the concurrent cor-; rupt practices act now submitted to | the people of initiative and this state under referendum, and the | pledge our candidates and party to j work for the adoption of those laws on j Nov. 7, next. We believe the law binding nomi- j nees for the legislature to respect the will of the people in the selection of United States senators, to be wise, and we hereby pledge our candidates for the legislature to sign Statement No. 1, of Chapter 60, of the session laws of 1911, to that effect. We believe that the best develop ment of this county, agriculturally, can be most surely secured by good roads, and we pledge our candidate for com missioner to work consistently for im provement of the roads of the county, honestly distributed. We feel that this state has taken a long step forward in the adoption of laws providing for a state board of health with adequate powers to bring about sanitary conditions throughout the state, and we pledge our candidate to give all possible aid and encourage ment to the proper officers in the en we; FERGUS COUNTY'S GREATEST FAIR WILL START MONDAY 5 Days— RACING—5 Days More than sixty of the hest running horses in the west will he in attendance and the patrons of the hig fair will he given five days of the hest racing ever held on the lo cal track. «£ Many Free Special Attractions The management are getting in touch with a number of special features in the way of attractions, which will be put on daily In front of the big grands tand. _ Agriculture and Live Stock From an agricultural viewpoint, it is the intention of the management to make this year's fair the best ever. Our annual fair is to become one of Fergus county's permanent institutions, and with the re sources of the Judith Basin to draw from, there is no reason why the agricultural end of the fair should not be made a feature unequalled by any county in the state. Accommodations for Stock Sufficient improvements, in the way of stalls and permanent shelter for livestock, have been made to assure all who contemplate exhibiting stock that their stock will be well and properly cared for. Special premiums will be given for all livestock exhibited not provided for in the premium list. Special Prizes for Boys and Girls Boys' Special—A prize will be given to the boy raising the best potatoes exhibited at the fair. All boys under 15 years of age are eligible to entry. Gins' Prize—A suitable prize will be given to the girl under 15 years of age who exhibits the best piece of fancy work made by herself. Those who have not already received premium lists can secure them by calling on or addressing Secretary Geo. E. Mathews. General Admission, 50c; Children, - - 25c /a 9 Great RailRoad Development q Is sure to advance the price of city property. Now is the time to invest in vacant lots in Park Addition. q There is but one Park in Lewistown and that is in Park Addition. The city is to spend $7,500.00 upon this park during the next three years; sufficient to make it A Garden of Plotters and Shade . Could there be a better place for a home than one facing this Park? We have a few lots left so situated. Prices from $300 to $7SO per lot Terms: One-third cash , balance to suit purchaser EMPIRELAND & INVESTMENT COMPANY I Phone 456 EXCLUSIVE AGENTS Phone 456 forcement of our health laws and regu lations. We believe that the hope of the na tion lies in the children of the nation, and we pledge our every effort to pro vide protection, aid and education for the children of this commonwealth. Montana has already placed many good laws of this character on her statute books. We believe that othei and advanced legislation should pro vide for the state extending aid to in dlgent widows unable to properly sup port and care for their children. We believe that ns the county funds belong to the entire county, that any balances in the hands of the county treasurer should be deposited as | equably as possible with those banks throughout the county ns will agree to properly secure the same and pay a fair rate of Interest thereon, and we pledge our candidate for county treas urer to carry this plan into effect. No question is of more vital impor tance to the farmer than the standard ization and purity of his grain and the proper grading nnd handling of grain by elevators, and we pledge our candi dates for the legislature to work for the enactment of laws providing for the creation of state grain commis sioners with proper powers. In the future development of this commonwealth the water power of our streams is a factor of tremendous im portance, and we pledge our candi dates for the legislature to work for legislation conserving and protecting this great asset of the people for the people. We are proud of the record of our United States senator, Hon. Joseph M. Dixon, for his record in congress ns a | progressive and for his untiring energy and splendid fight for progres sive principles in the organizaton and management of our party, and we pledge our delegation to the state con venton at Helena, Sept. 6 and 7, to vote for his nomination and our candi dates for the legislature to use every honorable means to secure his return to the United States senate if he re ceives the majority of the popular vote. Believing that the women of our land are a great power in all moral and reform movements, and that she who works, whether in the factory or the home, is entitled to have her share in shaping the laws that, govern her conditions, we reiterate the pledges of our national and state platforms in favor of equal suffrage. We reiterate that, part of the na tional platform pledging ourselves to work for effective legislation for the prevention of industrial accidents and fixing standards of compensation for deal., or industrial accidents, indus trial or trade disease, which will trans fer the burden of lost earnings from the families of working people to the industry and thus to the community. Fergus county is one of the strong progressive counties of the state, and as such, is entitled to recognition up on the state ticket, and we recommend to the state convention and endorse for the nomination of lieutenant gov ernor, Mr. W. D. Symmes, of this county, as a man who by his long and honorable career among us as a busi ness man of unusual executive ability and on all relations of good citizen ship, has proven to be a representa tive, able and conscientious citizen, thoroughly progressive and fully com petent to fill the duties of that office.