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NATUR/UJJAS WELL the discovery seems to be ONE OF UTMOST IM PORTANCE. Stanford World: It is easily pos sible that the northwestern portion of the Judith Basin, perhaps a much larger territory, is about to experience the greatest degree of excitement In its agricultural or industrial history. Natural gas was discovered last week in the well being drilled at Arrow creek station by the Milwaukee rail road and since that time there has been a new trend to activities in that section. There has been no particu lar effort made to conceal the strike, yet detailed information has been rigidly suppressed, and any comment with reference to the matter at the present time must of necessity be of the most general nature. The gas was first discovered through an accident. A match being applied to a torch over the well, ignited the gas and the resulting flame shot into the air for a consider able distance, which gave the machine operators the first knowledge of the fact that the drill had encountered anything of an unusual nature. Imme diately following the discovery an ac cident to the machinery forced its being closed down for several days and since the arrival of repairs and the resumption of work there has been absolutely no information given out, an attitude on the part of the drillers that may or may not have particular significance. Natural gas, in itself, as the source of an industry is not considered in financial circles as a commodity of sensational proportions, but it is when the beds of oil invariably found im mediately underlying the gas deposit that a gas strike is considered valua ble. It is commonly known that all the great oil strikes in North America were first approached through de posits of natural gas, and this fact connected with the find at Arrow creek last week, causes reasonable anticipation of unusual developments in that and adjacent sections. The gas was struck at a depth of 750 feet. The striking of the gas was almost instantly followed by circumstances that occasioned additional interest in the Arrow creek country as a pros pective oil field. Lewistown parties, one of whom is known to have had personal experience in the California oil fields, came out and looked the ground over and forthwith began to purchase land options from adjacent property owners. It is reported on ex cellent authority that a goodly num ber of options have been taken by these and other parties, and also, that numerous oil claims have been staked in the bad lands lying within a few miles of the well. Further interest was developed early in the week when oil experts from Kansas City and points in the southern oil country ar rived to make an investigation, sup posedly representing the Milwaukee or one of its afflliatory adjuncts. It has frequently been conjectured that oil would be struck in the Judith Basin, people familiar with oil lands making the prediction from opinions gained through knowledge of geologi cal formations, etc. One of the drill operators at Arrow creek, who has had years of experience in southern oil countries, stated upon arriving in the Basin that the shale and sand stone deposits were of a nature caus ing him to believe that natural gas and oil would be found at no great depth; and sure enough, the Arrow creek strike was made flin just such a formation as he described. Further reports concerning circum stances surrounding the natural gas discovery at Arrow Creek station are to the effect that drilling has been resumed, but the operations are con fined entirely to night work. This ac count is brought in by farmers re sidin gin the Arrow creek section, and included in the account is the statement that engineers are employed parceling off twenty-acre tracts of and that have either been optioned or leased. (Continued from page one.) and will take Lewistown by storm. He will be back in Lewistown about the first of August. Origin of Chautauqua. The origin of the Chautauqua fol lows: The word is an Indian name, ap plied to a lake in southwestern New York. The meaning of the word is somewhat obscure, but is supposed to apply to the shape of the lake, which is over eighteen miles long and only two miles wide at its place of great est width. In 1874 Lewis Miller and the Rev. John H. Vincent held a tent meeting at Chautauqua lake for the purpose FURNITURE LARGE STOCK LOW PRICES W. S. SMITH Follow the Crowd—"Walk a Block and 8ave a Dollar" 106 and 108 East Main Street of developing the Sunday school of the Methodist Episcopal church. This | meeting lasted from August 4 to 18,, and was of the camp meeting type, although a definite program of in- j struction was followed. For a series of years this meeting was continued j in its original form, but was at last ■ broadened in its scope by Professor George E. Vincent, now president of! the University of Minnesota, Dr. Vin cent adding a course of study in Eng lish literature. Year after year other courses of study have been added till now over 200 courses of study are offered each year. Has Enlarged. As the scope of the work broad ened the time of the meeting was lengthened, and now the regular Chautauqua covers a period of eight weeks and as high as 12,000 people attend. Tents have been replaced by per manent buildings, and now there are over thirty buildings, some seating as high as 6,000 people. One of the best equipped gymnasiums in the country is maintained for the eight weeks' course of instruction. Many things have grown from this original Chautauqua organization in the United States today and over 3 0, 000 movable ones, such as Lewistown will have from July 27 to August 1. The first correspondence school course was offered by the parent Chautau qua in New York. It was at Chau tauqua lake where the idea of unify ing the Sunday school course of study originated. The movement has grown and ex panded till Lymon Abbott has said: "Next to the church and public school system among the forces that are working for the education and elevation and the ennobling of the American people comes the great Chautauqua movement." CITY REVENUE (Continued from page one.) all available information as to the lighting. Phil Laux and others asked the age that would meet the requirements of the new buildings, including the council to take up the matter of drain Hotel Fergus, for the drainage of basements. Referred to the sewerage committee. John Larson and others asked for an extension of the water mains be tween Bebb and Shields streets. Re ferred. The Campbell Carnival company sent in a telegram asking what the license rate for the shows would be. It was figured out that the charge would be $120 a day at least. Walter Reason asked for a permit to number houses. Referred. At the request of E. W. Mettler, the order requiring a cement sidewalk on the south side of Janeaux, between Second and Third avenue, was sus pended pending the straightening of the creek there. O. W. Belden, representing the Great Northern, stated that the rail way would haul in to its depot from its Hobson gravel pit sufficient gravel to gravel First avenue from the depot to the bridge if the city would spread it. Referred to the street committee. Mr. Belden also made inquiry as to when the work of Improving Day park would begin, in accordance with the agreement made at the time the park site was presented to the city. He was informed that the matter was being looked into now and that the work would be taken up shortly. Sidewalk Ordinance. The sidewalk ordinance, the longest ordinance yet prepared by City Attor ney Kirkland and which was reported some weeks ago, was read and finally passed. ooooooooooooooooo O o O LATEST FASHION NOTES Q O o ooooooooooooooooo It is wise to have a useful and smart little serge in navy or one of the newer mud colors. They are so pretty for a cool day, and can be freshened with pretty lingerie at the throat and front. Soft silks of all kinds are generally accepted for street costumes. These materials are made up on the strict, severe lines of the tailored suit, the skirts being arranged to give grace to the wearer. Cordeliers and tassels are seen on the latest skirts. These cords are es pecially pretty when used to loop up soft draperies, the tassel being al lowed to fall loosely over the opening left to display the ankle. There has been a noticeable and gradual change in the silhouette dur ing the past month, the greatest width being at the hips, reviving the peg top effect. New in millinery is the stiff ribbon bow standing upright In the front of a small, close-fittng straw hat. Some times a bow, similar, stands upward toward the back. The dark blue tailored suit may be | j j ■ Another Week of Bargain Giving in OUR READY-TO-WEAR AND MILLINERY SECTION Ladies' waists—white lawn and crepe QO AA worth up to $3.00 each for .... . Ladies' kimonas—figured lawn, values up Af? r, I to $ 1.30 for ««.,.»•«. Children's dresses—gingham and percale, ■ sizes 2 to 8 years, worth up to $2.00 for Ui/vlS* Children's dresses—gingham and percale, sizes 4 to 12 years, worth up to $2.50 for $125 Ladies' dress skirts—worth up to $12.00 each, for . ♦ • « . . . ♦ . . $6.75 MILLINERY—All trimmed hats at just one-third the marked price Power Mercantile Company LEWISTOWN, MONTANA embellished by a yellow linen waist coat fashioned with goffered frills, which appear to form an upstanding ruched collar and cuffs. Shantung silk trimmed with pearl buttons and embroidery is very smart. Fashionable women are wearing the anklets of brilliants. White woolen coats are in great re quest as odd garments. The modish gown still shows the sash and its phases are innumerable. The newest lingerie blouse shows a Japanese kimono finish at the neck. Crowns and brims of the new hats are covered with white figured crepe. Black and white silk stockings have inserts of lace over the ankle and in step. For children the smocked frocks of challis and crepon are very much in evidence. A pretty sleeve is formed of two scant puffs set in at a dropped shoulder seam. The slit skirts have revived the vogue of the flounced silk petticoat in bright color. Embroidered batiste collar and cuffs make a pretty finish to many of the silk gowns. Parisian milliners are offering the quill trimmed hat as the latest style. Many jaunty models are adorned with stiff jaunty quills. Separate sashes worn with lingerie gowns are made of ribbon, bordered with flowers and bowknots formed of narrow taffeta ribbon. Parisiennes are wearing with the slashed skirt sandal slippers laced with ribbon and tied in bows with tiny gold or brilliant buckles. One of fashion's latest fads is the corsage bouquet of tightly swirled roses of mousseline de sole in pale or vivid colors with a setting of foli age. For those who cannot wear high collars, there are high turnover va rieties with elongated points decor ated with medallions of lace and em broidery. The vest of fancy material is a prominent feature in many of the spring gowns. These do not re semble the mannish waistcoat, but are of procade in odd designs. The all-white gown continues to be the favorite for the graduation cere mony. They are sheer and soft, re quiring little trimming to produce a very charming effect. Especially attractive are the little girls' frocks of cream or white serge, with coats to match. Many of these have collars embroidered of silk of brilliant coolrs with narrow silk sou tache. Two hats, one small and dark and chic, one large and picturesque, will be sufficient to see the summer girl safely through the season. fl A large flat or bullet-shaped but to nof wood trims some of the tailored suits, and leather buttons appear on motor and steamer coats. A charming simple frock which one could make at home is of pale blue batiste, the low belt of folded taffeta caught at the side with a pink rose. The black satin bathing suit holds its place in fashion's favor. It can be severely plain, with perhaps the addition of dotted foulard collars and cuffs. Tulle pleatings form a finish to bolero corsages and trim the neck and sleeves of many tailored coats in cre pon sole as well as serge. Nothing will ursurp the popularity of the leghorn hat for midsummer wear. Many lovely models are trimmed with pleated frills of lace and flowers. Dame fashion is working her rage for draperies upon the evening gowns. The materials are actually twisted and tortured into place. Starting in the vicinity of the shoulder, they writhe and wriggle all the way down the figure. Pale rose, blue and yellow linen or sole suple make sa charming fond for the white embroidered lingerie afternoon dress. The hat of changeable silk or satin veiled with tulle and trimmed with flowers is the latest offering of the millinery world. or tr LOW ROUND TRIP FARES via the "MILWAUKEE" Dates of Sale—July 2, 5, 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3 and 10, 1913. FROM ALL STATIONS IN MONTANA TO POINTS IN Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Missouri Nebraska New Brunswick New Jersey New York Nova Scotia Ontario Pennsylvania Quebec Tennessee Vermont Virginia Wisconsin FROM ALL STATIONS IN MONTANA TO Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., Vancouver and Victoria, B. C., Portland, Ore., Cohassett Beach, Wash., and numerous other Seashore Resorts in Oregon and Washington. DATES OF SALE: DAILY, JUNE 1 TO SEPT. 15, 1913. Return limit on all itckets is October 31, 1913. Liberal stop-over privileges and different routes are offered. Two All-8teel Trains Daily ^ "The Olympian**—"The Columbian** For additional information regarding fares, routes, reservations, train service, etc., call on or address A. C. HOHMANN, Ticket Agent Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Company Lewistown, Montana THE NEW LINE 18 THE. SHORT LINE J D O your records give you all the information you need to build up your business? "Y and E" Sys tem Service is yours to command. Through us you can benefit by 30 years' experience in devising and installing efficient systems. The service is gratis. Ask us to explain. Fergus County Democrat, Lewistown, Montana) •nay f SYSTEMS '