Newspaper Page Text
REPRESENTATIVE SENDS INTER ESTING LETTER FROM HEL ENA ON SUBJECT. Editor Fergus County Democrat, Lewistown, Mont. Dear Sir: Time for city election is drawing near and the people, naturally, are taking more than usual interest in matters of city government. I deem j it a propitious time for the discussion of commission form of government for cities. The commission form of govern ment is quite new, it is true, and peo ple, as a rule, are slow to give up an old and tried system of government (though they recognize it to be defec tive) for something new. It is easy to travel in the beaten path of ex perience. To do otherwise, thought must overcome the force of habit and reason silence the dictates of our fathers. But human progress leads out of the beaten path and away from precedent. If the commission form has merit let us consider it, and if we find it a better form of city govern ment than what we now enjoy (or en dure) let us adopt it. Commission government has al ready passed the experimental stage. It had its birth some twelve years ago and is now in vogue in more than one hundred cities in the United States. We have one progressive city in Montana enjoying that form of gov ernment, Missoula. The testimony given out by the officers and leading citizens of the cities that have adopt-1 ed it is so universally favorable to it | we are forced to believe it has merit and is a success. We should profit by the experience of others and espe cially that of our contemporaries. The writer of these lines had the good pleasure of visiting Missoula a few days since and, while there, made some enquiry as to the satisfaction j the commission government is giving in that city. All spoke highly of it. Mr. John M. Evans, congressman elect, was the first mayor under the commission form in Missoula. When I asked him for his opinion of com mission government for cities he hand ed me a printed leaflet, gotten out while he was mayor, which he said expressed his opinion very clearly. Discussing the subject of ''Commis sion Form of Government in Mis soula," Mr. Evans says: "The gov ernment is much more responsive to the public will than under the old sys tem. The initiative, referendum and recall make it possible for the peo ple to enact any ordinance that a ma jority of the electors desire, and also make it possible to promptly suspend the operation of any municipal law that a majority do not want, and if any officer proves recreant to his du ties, it gives the people power to re move him without waiting for the ex piration of his term. These all ap peal to me as'powerful weapons in the hands of the people. "It has always appealed to me that in a republican form of government the danger is not in placing too much power in the hands of the electors, but rather, in taking power from the [ hands of the electors and placing it j in the hands of the delegated few j whom we denominate officers. One : of the arguments offered by the op ponents of commission government here Was that it concentrated power in the hands of three men, instead of eight, but I think that experience or even careful analysis of the subject will convince anyone to the contrary. Tinder the old system you elected a city council consisting of nine men, each elected for a term of two years. They had the exclusive right to make your city laws. If they enacted an offensive law, there was nothing for you to do but wait until a new coun cil was elected. If the majority of the people wanted a certain law passed and the council declined to act in the premises, your hands were tied and you must wait until a new election had changed the personnel of the council before you could hope for re lief. The initiative and referendum have changed these conditions. Un der the old system a member of the council could with impunity defeat the wtll of the people or betray his trust and the people were powerless to re TL e hl " U . ntl L h i, S , 0f _ 0fflce . ex _ pired. That condition has now been changed. The recall is a constant re minder that the people elect an of ficer and they can at their w'ill reject "Count the Indians on the tr*i * 1* Iff « 1 he Indian IVlOtOCyClC TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPEN COUNTRY It '* at your door when you ride The 1913 INDIAN has caused a revo lution in motorcycle construction be cause it is the only machine built with a CRADLE SPRING FRAME. No more jolts or bumps for the rider. All, -vibration is completely taken up by nmchine tS HrtV e ^ S L HngS ' maki ? g * his i ar,ZhtiI d y aS a tounn « ' titor^ addition to the spring frame, J f ° th m ""Movements. 1-Yank L Plum Aaent T to ™ U PU,m> Agent ' lewistown, 1 him. So I think it can no longer be I argued that it is a concentration of | power, for experience has shown that it is the reverse. It concentrates re sponsibility, not power. Each member \ of the city council, commissioner we call him for convenience sake, has; charge of a certain department of the city government, subject to -the super vision of the whole council, so every person having business with the city.ting government knows to whom to apply for relief and upon whom to place the responsibility if his needs do not re ceive attention; there is no dodging or referring matters to committees, with the pigeon-hole result. Hence, you see, there is a concentration of responsibility. Responsibility has re placed irresponsibility. Again, the members of the city government are paid a salary commensurate with their duties and services; they are supposed to devote their time and best services to the work; they are subject to discharge, the same as any em ploye in private life, if they do not; the result is a greater degree of effi ciency. The conduct of a city is very much like ihat of a large mercantile business or industrial corporation. You must repose responsibility some where, must pay for competent serv ice, retain the power to replace in competency, and as a result, success in the management increases and in a short time inefficiency has been re placed by efficiency. That's what com mission government has done in Mis soula. I do not say this to the dis paragement of any man heretofore holding a place in the city council. I am speaking of the system, not of in dividuals. The fact that a member of the city government is now an swerable to and elected by the whole city and not by the people of a single ward (the ward system having been abolished) has proven quite satisfac tory. Men are not named or nomi nated by a caucus or convention, the field is open to all and nobody can be elected without receiving a majority of the votes. Surely experience of American cities has taught us that it is worth something to get rid of the political boss, and under commission government he is out of a job." In the above Mr. Evans sets forth some of the arguments in favor of commission government, backed up by the experience of its operation in his own city and at a time when he was at the head of the city government. If we have faith in the ability of the people to govern themselves, the com mission form should appeal to us, and the testimony of the people living un der commission government being so favorable to it shoul dincrease our faith in that ability. Respectfully, C. A. DRINKARD. News of Bur Neighbors Items of Interest to Our Readers Clipped From Our Contemporaries STANFORD. (Stanford World.) That the Twohy Brothers Construc tion company is employing every energy to push construction work on the Milwaukee through the Denton country is amply shown by the opera tions now under way at Sage creek tunnel. Word was brought in Thurs day by Wm. McElroy that the hill is penetrated to a distance of over 100 feet at the east end and that the crew is well under ground at the west end. In addition to working from both ends, two shafts have beep sunk at points on the hill and work will be com menced there immediately, the dirt to be removed by hoists, a part of which machinery is already on the ground. Mr. McElroy stated further that a sur vey has been made for a track that will circumnavigate the hill as a means of facilitating the work and to possibly be used as a part of the main line before tne tunnel is completed. In railroad parlance such a track is called a "shoo fly." Excavations for and placing of abuttments for the monsterous Sage creek bridge is also under way. Some of the work has progressed sufficiently to permit con crete being poured in. This bridge,, when completed, will probably be the j largest structure of its kind on the whole line and is commented upon as being a wonderful piece of construe- j tion. It is understood that in order 1 for the road to be placed in readiness for traffic by October first, the date [ specified in the contract, the Rage | creek tunnel and bridge must be | * ushed as rapidly as possible. Work at other stations on the line is well! He°» n nv a m mmL 0 / t ji e * a " p ® are prac -| weather ' dleneSS durlDg the severe rr.L ▼" . , ... . , . , J m h( ?°' ,a l ke ( t , played the locals Sat-1 I * , g u n the m - ability of the Moore team to appear, [earn w-or 0 k 0 tn«nc nizat i° n an . d j ^ a "^ 0 f k J 0 ^ UC i e i S ^ llydt,f , end . the,r I goal against the fast Stanford quintet, ~ i „ .. . r.---men Thi ng g end | l l , 2 ' n ; 1 ™e ga me WaS Stub ; boinly contested by both teams, and j barring clean. At a meeting of the members of last season's baseball team Tuesday evening the matter of reorganizing for the coming summer, securing finances and assembling material was thoroughly gone into and a temporary management is working out details, which, if successfully terminated, will put Stanford more permanently on the baseball map than ever before. Mrs. L. S. Butler and daughter, Miss Lew, spent several days in Stanford with friends last week. Their stop here was made while enroute home Dorn Helena, where they had spent several days with Mr. Butler few rough periods, was| MOORE. (Inland Empire.) Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Coffman re turned last Thursday from Los An geles, Calif., where thev have been s P endin e E^t two months. They al ?° 8 P« D t a b <mt three weeks with ; friends at Bellingham, Wash., before j continuing their journey to California, i They made the trip from Seattle to the! . r . destination by boat and thor oughly enjoyed the trip, although Tom i says he was dreadfully sea-sick for a | : time. Mr. and Mrs. Coffman had in tended going to Canada to seek a new location, but owing to reports re ceived at Bellingham of the enormous amount of snow in that section, they abandoned .the idea and decided to remain in the Judith Basin, Arthur Noel, who resides on a ranch above Utica, was struck by a fa i ling tree the other day whlIe cut . timber in the mountains. Dr. and Mrs. O. F. David, who are re late d to the injured man, left here vpnp n£ ,„ in Tni1o , p T s) yesterday for the ranch. The last re port from there is to the effect that Mr. Noel is in a critical condition. Bank Examiner Harry Yaeger was in Moore Tuesday examining the books of the First National bank. Everything was found to be in good condition. E. C. Tabasinske and family ar rived here Sunday afternoon from Mora, Wisconsin, and will make this city their future home. Mr. Tabas inske, it will be remembered, recently purchased the interest of Clair Mat thew in the Moore Automobile com pany. GARNEILL. (Judith Gap Journal.) Miss Jessie McHugh, the popular teacher in the primary room, visited with friends in Straw last Sunday. The Leichliter sale, held three miles south of town last Monday, drew quite a crowd of ranchers and horse buyers. Notwithstanding; the ap parent scarcity of money, the horses, the most of which were of a good grade, brought good prices. The Dawes boys have been taking advantage of the 63-cent price of wheat, hauling in several hundred bushels of fine Turkey Red. James Lutz, the "Kit Carson" of the community, has proven his skill as a desciple of the old trapper by catch ing a number of fine beaver up on the Roberts place. But Jim laments the fact that the law does not permit him marketing them. Anyhow, he may be wearing a fine overcoat next winter. The ladies have organized a club for improvement and sociability. They will be known as the A. Z. club and will meet with Mrs. Anna Sheill Fri day. HOBSON. (Judith Basin Star.) The two sessions of the farmers' institute held in the opera house in this city last Friday afternoon and evening were well attended and en joyed by an enthusiastic bunch of farmers and citizens: At the close of the institute the winners in the bread baking contest conducted by the Hob son Farmers' Mill & Elevator Co. were announced as follows: First prize, Mrs. C. M. Goodell; second prize, Mrs. C. H. Kelley; third prize, Miss Gertrude Nicholson. Harry Doerr, the well-known man ager of the Middle Fork Cattle Co., arrived yesterday from a visit of sev eral months at Minneapolis. He was accompanied by a Mr. Cole, of Minne apolis, who will spend some time on the ranch. The Presbyterian society of this city have engaged Rev. F. Leighton Foster to fill the pulpit. Besides this city, Mr. Foster will also supply the charge at Moccasin. He is a pleasant gentle man to meet, a fluent speaker and will undoubtedly prove to be popular with his congregation. ROUNDUP. Roundup, Feb. 25.—The Roundup Tribune has been sued by Charles Smith of Elso for the publication of an alleged libelous article. Smith de mands $10,000 damages. The article in question was published Jan. 23 and dealt with the inhuman treatment of a horse. District court convened here last Wednesday with Judge Charles L. Crum on the bench. Eighteen peti tions for naturalization were heard and all were admitted as citizens of the United States. As there were no criminal cases on the docket no jury was drawn. Quite a number of civil cases were set for hearing on March 3 and 4, at which time court will con Judge J. F. Webb, editor of the Daily Call, was found in an uncon scious condition in his office at tin* building Wednesday morning, having suffered a paralytic stroke sometime during the night. He is now beS farming train over the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul rail is due jn Roundup on MarcU 2 - The train will consist of 10 cars fitted up with demonstration exhibits and: will be accompanied by about 20 mem-; hers of the agriculture college faculty. K. II. Kingman of Broadview, this! toimt and F . Schoenfieln of Edger-i ton, Wis., have purchased 6,800 acres! of ]and (rom M . n „ vid F ', t , Thp land was the Line ranch of the ?ato David Fratt, one of the pioneer stock oi iviusseisneii county. Tne pur chasers have declined to make public the purchase price. They have, how admitted that it Is in excess of $100 000 making the largest real es . tate transaction which has taken yuur ounaay-scm.m lesson about this morning?" Her reply surprised him. "Well, really, Mr Wilson we didu t have any Bibte lesson thi4 moving The teacher took up all the time talk ing about Mr. Lincoln and his nepb. Mr. Lot." place in Musselshell county this year. This land will be subdivided and sold to settlers in small tracts. At a meeting of the city council Monday night the Roundup Water com pany made a proposition to sell its plant and holdings to the city for $75, 000. An engineer will be engaged to appraise the plant, and to estimate at what figure the plant could be dupli cated by the city. Only Abraham She Knew. Kansas City Star: A small girl, whose only education in American history far surpassed her Biblical knowledge, went to Sunday school for Ithe first time not long ago and w,os much surprised to hear the teacher refer familiarly to Abraham and his nephew, Lot. The clergyman, noticing she was a new pupil, inquired: "Ada, what was your Sunday-school The Princess. Monte Wilks, who does not claim any championships, is still declared by experts who have seen his work at the Princess to be the most expert rope spinner to visit Lewistown. He performs all the noted feats, such as the "Wedding Ring," and goes through them with an ease and grace that are very pleasing. Wilks' act is an ex ceptionally fine one and he is warmly aplauded each evening. The new pic ture program at the Princess is a gem and will continue until Thursday night, when there will be a complete change. Next Sunday night Manager Myer sick will have the famous Frank Rich Musical Comedy company, the finest organization of the kind to visit Mon tana in a long time. Everywhere the company plays it is held for additional time and this has delayed Mr. Ritch from getting in here earlier. A long extra engagement at Sheridan, Wyo., was followed by the same experience at Butte and the company is now play-' ing extra time at Great Falls, where it has made a big hit. The Bijou. LeRoy & Hall, who opened at the Bijou Sunday night, will give a screaming burlesque on "Camille" this! evening, and Miss Grace Connelly, a very taking singer, will also appear in a new act. Four big feature mov ing picture features will complete the program. Thursday night the Rubin offs, famous operatic and popular sing ers, will be the big vaudeville attrac tion, with Kane & Langley, equally pleasing, in a Dutch comedy act. For next Sunday the Bijou will of fer an especially strong bill, to in clude two high-class vaudeville fea tures and a selected motion picture program. Gamble* Coming. The Gamble Concert company will appear at Culver's theater March 19 under the auspices of the Elks. There is no occasion to Inform the people of Lewistown as to the merits of this or ganization. Ernest Gamble has been here with his talented associates so many times that both he and Verna Page, the violinist, have quite an ex tended acquaintance in Lewistown. The Gamble company will be given a warm welcome on their return March 19. 1 <SI gTiVTATtn a THU 1 AFfc rOuJ BE M CUTS COAL RATES. Reduction Made by State Railroad Commission to Lewistown. Helena, Feb. 26.—An order has been made by the Montana railroad com mission reducing the rate on shi;* ments of coal from Bear Creek to Lewistown, moving over the Northern Pacific, the Montana, Wyoming & New Montana Wall Chart Free With Fergus County Democrat This new Montana map measures 24x20 and shows the new counties of Hill and Blaine, new Great Northern railroad from Lewistown to Moccasin, new Great Northern railroad from Vaughn to Agusta, new C. M. & St. P. railroad from Lewistown to Great Falls, new C. M. & St. P. railroad from Hilger to Roy, new C. M. & St. P. railroad from Grass Range to Weede, new C. M. &St. P. survey from Weede to Calip, So. Dak., new Great Northern survey from Weede to Newton. Minn., new branch county lines and railroad branches in other sections, new lines and surveys up to January 1st, 1912, tables giving you acreage of gov ernment land open for homesteads—surveyed and unsurvey ed—in each county and land district in the state, railroad distances between all county seats and state boundary towns and complete 1910 federal census. New Washington and Oregon State Maps # • Size 20x24. 1910 census for all towns. New United States map and World map, size 20x24 with censusof 1900 and 1910of all towns in the United States over 3,000 population. Maps are on sheets measuring 28x36 and bound to gether in three-sheet chart to hang up in your office, home, library or den. These Maps Will be Given Away with every subscription paid in advance from this date on. Those who are already paid in advance will be given one of these maps by paying one year's subscription. Those now iii arrears must pay up and then pay one year in advance to avail themselves of this free offer. FERGUS COUNTY DEMOCRAT LEWISTOWN, MONTANA Southern, and the Great Northern, to $2.55 a ton, a reduction of 80 cents. The new rate goes into effect March 13. It is regulated on a basis of 72,000 pounds to the car, or a total saving to the shipper of $28.80 a car. Propor tionate reductions have been made at all points between Bear Creek and Lewistown on the Great Northern Sometime ago coal operators of Bear Creek complained they were barred from the Lewistown market be cause of the alleged excessive rates. End of Fort Harrison. Helena, Feb. 25.—"For sale or rent, at a bargain, about 1,200 acres of land, one-third of which is Irrigated, and another third of which is suitable for dry-land farming, remaining third is pasture. Also about eighteen three story brick buildings with hospital ENJOY YOUR! Meals on the Train WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CAFE CAR SERVICE ON THE "Milwaukee" BUTTE, THREE FORKS, HARLOWTON AND LEWISTOWN there is no reason why you should miss or not enjoy your meals when traveling between the above mentioned Cities. It allows you addi tional time for your personal needs in the morning and gives yoir ample time in which to eat your meals. Meals of the ''Milwaukee's" well known ex cellence will be served "a la carte" pay-only for-what-you-order. For further particulars call on or address A. J. HILLMAN, D. F. & P. A. 127 N. Main St. Butte, Mont. FuacT sound lines GEO. W. HIBBARD, General Passenger Agent and gymnasium, barns, storehouses, etc. These buildings are thoroughly modern, piped with city water, steam heated, electric lighted and contain every improvement. Property suitable lor a sanitarium, school, or military academy. For further particulars, ap ply to the War Department, Washing ton, D. C." This advertisement will tell the story of the disposition that shortly will be made of Fort William Henry Harrison, four miles west of Helena. Never again will troops be quartered there. The post has been definitely abandoned. Babies are always giving women the laugh when they talk baby talk to them, but the women never seem to catch on.—-Chicago News.