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Fergus County Democrat
VOL. IX. NO. 40. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, JUNE 10, 1913. PRICE FIVE CENTS Division RLE PETITION COMMISSIONERS FIX HEARING FOR MONDAY, JUNE THIRTIETH. SOME INTERESTING DATA Assessed Valuation of Proposed County of Judith—How It Would Leave Fergus — Towns Included Within the Limits of the New County—The Boundary Lines. The plan for the division of Fer gus county and the creation of the new county of Fergus has at last been cast in its definite form. Last Friday Representative John J. Jewell, of Hob son, who has charge of the movement and who has become the leader of the divisionists, filed the petition with the county commissioners, who fixed the hearing upon it for Monday, June 30, when those within the boundaries of the proposed county may "petition out" if they desire to do so. A ma jority in any of the townships can take such township out. There are something over 800 voters in the proposed county and the peti tion asking for a special election has the signatures of not less than 600 voters. If a special election is or dered a bond of $5,000 will be re quired to cover the expense of con ducting it. Some Interesting Facts. The new county would get prac tically all the mileage of the Billings & Northern in Fergus county and about three miles of the Great Nor thern. It will get a very small por tion of the mileage of the Milwau kee's Lewistown-Great Falls line at the north end, as that road passes out of Fergus to the north before reach ing the western boundary of the county. The petition sets out that no portion of the boundary line of the proposed county is within eighteen miles of Lewistown. The total assessed valuation of the new county is given at $5,326,515. It will have 56.89 miles of main line mileage and 10.02 miles of side tracks, the total railway valuation, included in the total assessed valuation, being $955,218. The new county would consist of thirty-three townships on the w'est side and would leave in Fergus county 6,096 square miles of surveyed land, having an assessed valuation of $10, 213,515. The Towns Included. The towns that will be included in Judith county, if it is created, will in clude Stanford, Hobson, Benchland, Moccasin, Windham, Buffalo, Utica, Coffee Creek, Arrow Creek, Gill, Knerrville, Dover, Coyote and Men don. Boundary Lines. The boundaries of Fergus county on the north, west and south will be the boundaries of the new county. The east boundary line begins at Arrow creek, three townships east of the west line of Fergus, or six miles east and seven miles north of Gill, at a cut bank. From that point the line runs due south fifteen miles, passing two miles west of Denton; thence east six miles; thence south, four miles; thence east two miles; thence south fourteen miles; thence east one mile; thence south two miles; thence east one mile; thence south two miles; thence east one mile; thence south two miles; thence east one mile; thence south tw'o miles; thence east one mile; thence south three miles; thence west one mile; thence south thirteen miles to Ubet, on the south line of Fergus county. The Description. The detailed description of the boundaries, as given in the petition, is as follows: Beginning at a point at the middle of Arrow creek where the boundary line between ranges thirteen and four teen east of Montana principal me ridian intersects the -middle of said channel of Arrow creek; thence up the middle of Arrow creek to a point due east of the mouth of Smith riv er, where the same empties into the Missouri river; thence due west to the west boundary line of township nineteen north of range eleven east B uou The Home of Good Things. I New 8how Thursday THREE BIG ACT8 of the Montana principal meridian; thence south on the boundary line be tween ranges ten and eleven east of the Montana principal meridian, to the center of the divide, between the waters of Smith river, Musselshell river and Judith river; thence easter ly along the middle of said divide to the most easterly point of the Belt mountains, at Judith Gap; thence due east to the east boundary line of town ship eleven north of range fifteen east of Montana principal meridian; thence north along the east boundary line be tween ranges fifteen and sixteen east of Montana principal meridian to the northeast corner of section twenty five in township twelve north of range fifteen east of Montana prin cipal meridian; thence due west along the boundary line between sections twenty-five and twenty-four in town ship twelve north of range fifteen east of the Montana principal meridian to the northeast corner of section twenty six in township twelve north of range fifteen east of the Montana principal meridian; thence north along the boundary line between section twenty three and twenty-four, fourteen and thirteen, and eleven and twelve, and two and one, all in township twelve north of range fifteen east of Montana principal meridian, to the northeast corner of section two in township twelve north of range fifteen east of Montana principal meridian; thence west along the boundary line between townships twelve and thirteen north to the southeast corner of section thirty-four in township thirteen north of range fifteen east of the Montana principal meridian; thence north along the boundary line between sec tions thirty-four and thirty-five, twen ty-seven and twenty-six, and twenty two and twenty-three, all in township thirteen north of range fifteen east of Montana principal meridian to the northeast corner of section twenty-one of township thirteen north of range fifteen east of Montana principal meridian; thence east along boundary line between sections fourteen and twenty-three of township thirteen north of range fifteen east of Montana principal meridian to the southeast corner of section fourteen in township (Continued on page four.) FARMERS' PICNIC TO BE FRIDAY. JULY 18 SPECIAL TRAIN SERVICE FOR THIS ANNUAL EVENT AT MOCCASIN. The following official announcement of the Judith Basin Farmers' Picnic association regarding this season's picnic lias just been issued. Professor F. S. Cooley announces that the Fifth Annual Judith Basin Farmers' Picnic and Demonstration day will be held at the Experiment Station, near Moccasin, on Friday, July 18, 1913. Arrangements are now being made to make this year's event as much of a sucess as it has been in the past.. All the towns in the Basin have evidenced an interest in the af fair and no efforts will be spared to make it a success. C. H. Peterson, the Fergus county farm expert, will devote the neeessary time to handling the different details of the program to be carried out. In addition to the usual program of speaking, ball games and athletic sports, several special attractions have been planned, which will be of special interest to the farmers. Special Train Service. The Great Northern railway will give special train service to the Ex periment Station on the day of the picnic, the schedule to be announced later. No announcements have yet been made as to the speakers, but assur ance has been given that Montana's new governor, Sam V. Stewart, will be among the prominent men pres' ent, in addition to the corps of speak ers representing the Montana Experi ment Station and the department of agriculture. The Judith Basin farmers' picnic has become an event in a class of its own and is without doubt the biggest thing of this character in the state and in the northwest. While it began five years ago as a demonstration day in but a very small way, it has grown to such an extent that the Montana Experiment Station regards it as the one important feature in its work. The dry farming demonstrations that are given serve to impress the farm er with actual results attained at the station, which can be similarly se cured on his own farm by following the same simple methods. More farm ers attend the demonstrations at the Judith Basin Experiment Station each year than at all the other stations combined. H. F. CLEMENT8 INJURED. Flatwillow Pioneer Crawls on Hands and Knees for Five Hours. Roundup, June 7.—After crawling on his hands and knees for five hours over the sparsely-settled prairie seek ing assistanc, H. F. Clement, a well known rancher and pioneer of Flat willow, was picked up with a broken ankle by a passing rancher and brought to Roundup for treatment. Mr. Clement sustained his injury in a runaway while coming to Round up to attend court. The fall rendered him unconscious for several minutes. When he regained consciousness he found himself crippled to the extent that he could only crawl. Mayor VV. D. Symmes presided at last night's meeting of the city coun cil, with all the aldermen present, and a good deal of routine business was disposed of. Several "kicks" resulting from the low water pressure were registered, Ttoayor Symmes stating that he had re ABOUT WATER NUMBER OF KICKS REGISTERED LAST NIGHT AT THE COUN CIL MEETING. RUG BROS. CIRCUS Biggest Tent Show in the World to Visit Lewistown August 7— Cham ber of Commerce Asks Council to Extend Such Courtesies As It Can —City Depositaries Designated. _______ _____________________________ ceived numerous complaints all day from the hill district, which had tically been without water. The cause'Bank was chiefly the very large amount water being used for irrigating and the carelessness of irrigators. mayor stated that he had learned of four open hose running during the afternoon. C. E. Shoemaker, speaking for him self and the "dry benchers," put in a polite but very vigorous protest against the lack of service. City Engineer Birkland stated that the stopping of leaks on the wooden line, above the iron system, was in progress and would bring some im provement. Judge E. W. Mettler was present to suggest that the iron pipe line be com pleted up to the spring, but was in formed that this would cost around. $75,000. The city engineer suggested that! the irrigating hours be curtailed dur ing the hot season, a practice followed in practically every city in the state and every other state, but this did not meet with much favor, probably because our ordinance does not mak any such provision. He was instruct ed to publish notice to all water users that they must comply strictly with the ordinance. If this does not solve the problem, it will be necessary to pump in water from the creek, and in that event all water used for domestic purposes should be boiled. Mayor Symmes stated that numer ous complaints had been received as to defective sidewalks in various parts of the city and instructions were given to have all walks put in good The city engineer was instructed to put in a drain from the Lincoln school grounds across Sixth avenue. Unemployed Men. Mayor Symmes stated that some of the railroad contractors had been shipping men in here and then failing to provide them with work. Some days ago one firm shipped in a hun dred men without having employment for them. These men came to see him and many of them were without the price of a meal. He personally took the matter up with these contractors and they agreed to ship these men out on the first train coming in, which they did. Yesterday another lot of un employed men, brought here under similar circumstances, presented their complaint to the mayor and some of the aldermen. This practice was one that the mayor and council both wish to see stopped, and the city attorney was asked to give it consideration. Ringling's Circus. N. J. Petit, representing Ringling E IS . H. CHARTERS, G. J. WIEDEMAN AND O. W. BELDEN THE INCOR PORATORS—THE RAILWAY. Grass Range will shortly have a bank. The arrangements for estab lishing such an institution were com pleted yesterday when articles of in corporation of the State Bank of Grass Range were filed, the incorpora tors being J. H. Charters, G. J. Wiede man and O. W. Belden. The capital stock is fixed at $30,000. The Railway. John M. Vrooman, editor of the Grass Range Review, who is in the city, has been making it his mission to ascertain just when the railway y"L be .rr?l etei ^ He finds that the grading will be fully ?°"}P* ete . d , to Point, with al bridges in, in about twenty days, and that the track wiU be laid by August . r. Vrooman says the Grass Range country will have half a million pounds of wool and about two million bushels of grain to be hauled this year, so that the Milwaukee will get a lot of tonnage from that point. Paving Meeting. The city council will hold a special meeting tomorrow evening to take up the paving matter. Bros, "world's greatest shows," was in the city yesterday to see what en couragement would be given for bring ing the great circus here on Aug. 7. On the way between Great Falls and Billings, the circus will have one open day and a trip of sixty miles will bring it here. Mr. Petit called upon leading business men and also paid the Cham ber of Commerce a visit. That organ ization gave the plan its cordial en dorsement and Secretary L. D. Blod gett sent in a communication asking that the council agree to give its ap proval of the Chamber's action. This was done. The Ringling show re quires eighty cars to carry its animals, equipment and people, and its appear ance here on Aug. 7 will undoubtedly | result in bringing more people to Lewistown than have ever gathered here in the city's history. Trees Are Spared. Judge E. K. Cheadle stated that at time when the old ordinance was in force, he had set out a long row of shade trees in front of his property opposite the Hawthorne school. Since then the ordinance as to the width of walks had been changed and a strict enforcement of it would mean that this long line of trees would, after all these years, have to be cut down. He could come within a foot of the re quirernent and save the trees. It was decided to spare the trees. The following banks, having filed Bonds in the sums noted, were by prac-jresolution declared city depositaries: cause'Bank of Fergus County, $50,000; First of,Rational Bank, $52,000; Empire Bank, | $'>0,000; Lewistown State Bank, $10, The!000. City Attorney Kirkland stated that he had prepared the paving resolu tions and the notice was now being j gotten out by the stenographer; also j that he had completed the sidewalk .ordinance, which was in the hands of the city engineer to insert the specifi cations. Mayor Symmes suggested that the next meeting be devoted to a consid eration of the city's financial condi tion and that the annual tax levy be then decided upon. This was agreed to. Two resolutions relating to sewers now in course of construction were adopted. E LIST OF THOSE WHO WILL RE CEIVE DIPLOMAS NEXT THURSDAY. --—-—— M OF WISES Will Be Held at Presbyterian Church Thursday Evening at Eight O'clock —Spelling Contest at the Lincoln School Thursday Afternoon—High School—Annual Exhibit. County Superintendent Alice O'Hara and City Superintendent Franzke had the program for the eighth grade graduating exercises all completed yesterday afternoon, when a telegram from State Superintendent Davee an nounced that C. W. Tenny, state rural school deputy, who had been select ed to deliver the address, could not come. C. A. Drinkard has consented to take his place. Practically all of the one hundred and fifty eighth grade graduates from all over the county will assemble here next Thursday for the exercises and not the least inter esting feature of the occasion will be the spelling match, open to all the graduates, to be held at the Lincoln school beginning at 2 p. m. Superin tendent Franzke will be in charge of this and give out the words. The exercises will be held at the Presbyterian church Thursday eve ning, beginning at 8 o'clock, when the following program will be carried out: Invocation, Rev. E. W. Wright. Song, "Sailing," Students. Original Class Songs, the Class. Address to the Graduates. Solo, Miss Ruth Waite. Distribution of Diplomas, Miss Alice O'Hara. Song, "Ring On Ye Bells," High School Girls' Quartet. Benediction, Rev. E. L. White. r *o^' The Graduates. Following is the list of eighth grade graduates so far as completed today. There will be a few additions tomor Nellie Allan, Frank Austin, Gladys Belcher, Alice Burnes, Caroline Bar rett, Carlotta Berry, Bernice Barney, Mildred Benton, Jennie Butler. Hazel Cameron, Grace Chambers, ] Mamie Culver, Milton Coulter, Molley Corbley, Chester Cherrlngton, Alvin c^r,, Robert Conway nnley Cur . re thers, Mary Crowley, Harry Crow jiey, Chraley Crowley, Hilda Callahan, : Forest Charters, Anna Christopherson. | Alexia Duseks, Charles Dunsmore, Sylvan d'Autremont, Leonora Duecks, Oliver Drunville, Margaret Dunlap, Ethel Ditty. Robert Estes, Fred Edwards. Lloyd Dyer. Wm. Foley, Isabel Friel, Macey Funk. Rallin Galt, Grace Grant, Lena Greer. (Continued on page ten.) DECIDE MANY McCHESNEY GETS VERDICT IN SUIT OVER AUTO DELIVERY WAGON. Jury Finds for Rous in Important Suit on Specific Performance of Con tract—Lee Robbins Is Acquitted— Action Against Milwaukee on Trial Today—Suit for Divorce. The trial of the case of the Power Mercantile company against S. Me Chesney, et al, was begun in the dis ~— ...... trict court last Fridny afternoon, and last evening the jury returned a ver d,ct 1,1 ,avor ot the de * endants - 11 P°» showing that ten ol the talesmen con enrred in the finding. The plaintiff sued to secure the rescinding ol a con tract for an auto delivery wagon bought on a contract prescribing cer tain conditions, which, it was con tended, had not been fully met. Bel den & DeKalb were the attorneys for the plaintiff and C. J. Marshall for the defendant. Sues Railway. The case of M. G. Wilson against the Milwaukee was taken up yester day afternoon and is on trial today. In this action the plaintiff seeks to re cover $1,250 for a shipment of house hold goods, etc., from Omaha, Neb., for delivery at Moore. The goods nev er arrived at the destination and it is understood that they were destroyed in a fire. The shipment was routed to be turned over to the Milwaukee at Mobridge. Roy ('. Cromer and Bel den & DeKalb represent the plaintiff and von Tobel & Sheehan the defend ant. Following the trial of this case, the two actions of Frank Strouf against Zenisek, one on claim and delivery of a quantity of wheat and the other for debt, will be taken up. Anton D. Strouf and Oscar O. Mueller are the plaintiff's attorneys, while C. J. Mar shall represents Zenisek. An Important Case. The important case of David Hil ger against Fred Rous, for specific performance of a contract to convey certain lands, together with damages for the alleged failure to carry out such contract, was tried last week, R. von Tobel appearing for the plaintiff and Belden & DeKalb for the defend ant. The jury's findings were for the defendant on all points. Small Amount Involved. The case of the Hopkins Grocery company against Roy Hopkins, in which the plaintiff sought to recover $124.11 on an account, the defendant cla.ming an offset, was tried last week, J. C. Huntoon representing the company and Belden & DeKalb the de fendant. The jury's verdict was in favor of the company for the amount stated. Decree Is Granted. In the case of Dolly Rehier against Carl Rehier, Judge Ayers last week granted a decree of divorce on the ground of failure to provide. The par ties to the action have been residing at Harlowton. Robbins Acquitted. Lee Robbins, charged with an at tempt at robbery, was acquitted Thursday evening. It was alleged that the defendant was connected with the recent "rolling" of an intoxicated man in a saloon, for which William Sullivan was recent'y sent for SOLD AT PREMIUM BOUGHT BY THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF THIS CITY. The two bond issues, one of $9,000 for the addition to the city hall, and one of $6,000 for the auto fire truck, aggregating $15,000, were sold yester day to the First National bank of this city, whose bid, the only one sub mitted, offered a premium of $5 on each issue, together with the accrued interest. The bonds bear five per cent inter est and run thirty years, but are re deemable in twenty years at the city's option. SCHOOL MAN HERE. University Would Like to Establish in This City Prof. W. M. Synder, who was the chief factor In the establishment of the Polytechnic at Billings, and now of Iowa, is in the city with a plan for establishing a university in Lew istown. Outlook Club Banquet. The Outlook club will hold its final banquet and meeting for the season at the Bright tomorrow evening, when addresses will be given by J. C. Hun toon and Albert N. Nadeau. year on his plea of guilty. Attorney Edward F. Fenron represented Rob bins. while Stewart McConochie ap peared for the state. Shober Sues Penwell. John II. Shober, Jr., whose suit against the estate of the late P. I. Moule to recover a commission of $13,000 with interest for services in connection with the sale of the Moule ranch property to the Penwell com pany was tried twice in the district court here, the juries finding for the estate each time, has now brought suit against Lewis Penwell and H. J. Giltinan in the district court at Hel ena. Seeks a Divorce. Marcello t\ Pernot yesterday brought suit against Mary Pernot to secure a divorce, on the ground of desertion. The parties were married in this city on Oct. 0, 1908. E. G. Worden is the plaintiff's attorney. For Separate Maintenance. Katnleen Lois yest reday brought an action against C. M. Lois lor ali mony In the sum of $50 a month for separate maintenance. The parties were married at. Salt Lake City in 1911. A. D. Strouf Is Mrs. Lois' at torney. BYERS-HUGHE8. Popular Lewistown Couple Married Here Last Wednesday Evening. Dr. F. L. Byers, one of the best known of the young professional men of this city, and Miss Frances Elolse Hughes, for some years past with Sweitzer's store and a very popular young woman, were married last Wed nesday evening, the ceremony being performed by Rev. E. W. Wright, of the Presbyterian church. The con gratulations and best wishes of a host of friends are extended to Mr. and Mrs. Byers. Louis Hill Here. Louis Hill, of the Great Northern, arrived here Saturday night In his spe cial car and went out early Sunday morning over the Great Fulls line, ac companied by B, E. Stack. Mr. Hill is making a tour of Inspection. BALANCES IN ALL THE FUNDS ON JUNE 1—RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS. Tlie monthly report of County I reasurer R. G. Poland for Mny shows that the total on hand on June 1 was $194,240.27, distributed as follows: General fund, $18,516.67; contingent fund, $759; poor fund, $2,688.11; road fund, $217.70; bridge fund, $955.79; sinking Bind, $46,645.32; general school fund, $2,113.90; district school fund, $98,147.31; high school fund, $1,647.42; high school sinking fund, $11,154.25; library fund, $3,822.04; in stitute fund, $43; protest fund, $358.99; Lewistown, $415.60; Stanford, $78.01; Moore, $70.06; Roundup, $61.25; dis trict court clerk deposit, $11.16; es tates, $4,036.24; coroner's estates, $62.75; redemption fund, $68.07; state fund, $1,412.09; bond interest fund, $5.17; state bounty fund, $157.06; state stock bounty fund, $4.08; stock indemnity fund, 70 cents; sprinkling fund, $20.74; Benchland lire fund, 40 cents; Hilger tire fund, $6.07; unfin ished business, $767.32. Receipts and Disbursements. The receipts for May amounted to $7,242.41, and came from the follow ing sources: Taxes, $785.57; licenses, $3,021.25; county officers' fees, $1, 954.18; other sources, $1,481.41. The disbursements for May made a total of $25,503.11, of which over $2, 000 was from the general fund, while $6,552 was from the contingent fund, $11,649.75 from the district school fund, $1,840 from the high school fund and $1,386 from the state fund." THE AUTO TRUCK. Bids Opened and Matter Is Referred to Symmes, Berkfn and Bebb. The bids for furnishing an auto fire truck were opened at the city hall yes terday morning. The American La France company's tender was $5,800 for a four-cylinder truck and $6,000 lor a six-cylinder; the Weeb com pany's bid was $5,900; the White com pany, $6,500; Seagraves, $5,983; George C. Hale, $4,000. The matter was referred to a committee consist ing of Mayor Symmes, Alderman Ber kin and Chief Bebb, who will make a report to the council a little later. Mrs. R. B. Thompson Returns. Mrs. R. B. Thompson and her daugh ter, Miss Marian Thompson, returned last Thursday after having spent the winter in Florida and visited for a short time in Iowa on their way back. DEMOCRAT INCORPORATES. Congressman Stgut Organizes Com pany and Leaves for Washington. Articles of incorporation of the Fer gus County Democrat, Inc., were filed with the county clerk and recorder last Friday. The company takes over the business of the Democrat and is capitalized for $25,000, all paid in. The stock is subscribed for as fol lows: Tom Stout, $10,000; Lela Stout, $10,000; J. T. Wunderlin, $1,000; Harry Lay, $2,000; E. G. Ivins, $2,000. After completing the task of organizing the company, Congressman Stout left last Saturday afternoon for Washington to resume his duties there.