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Fergus County Democrat
VOL. X. NO. 26. LEWISTOWN, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, MARCH 3, 1914. PRICE FIVE CENTS GRAND JURY SUBMITS ITS FINAL REPORT AND IS DISCHARGED FROM FURTHER SERVICE. Thirteen for Gambling, One for Grand Larceny, Two for Statutory Of fenses and One for Perjury—Some Very Important Recommendations —Grand Jury Should Be Called Every Year—Addition to the High School Is Needed. After having been in session near ly two weeks, the grand jury on Fri day submitted its final report and was discharged. The Report. Following is the complete report: We, the grand jury for Fergus county, impaneled for the February term, 1914, respectfully report that we have been in session twelve days and have examined into all charges of pub lic offenses brought before us or to which our attention has been special ly called by the court. In the consideration of 21 cases brought before us, we have examined upward of 50 witnesses and found 17 true bills and in five cases have found no true bill. We visited the county poor farm and found the institution conducted in a careful and satisfactory manner, none of the inmates, some thirty in number, making any complaint. The High School. We also visited the county high school and find that an institution to be proud of, but would recommend that as soon as possible more room be provided,' as the school is now crowded, and in justice to out-of town scholars, an up-todate dormitory should be provided. We visited the county jail and found the jail clean and sanitary, the inmates making very little complaint. The only complaint offered is as to the delays in being brought to trial. In our opinion an injustice is being done, both to the taxpayers and the prisoners, through the apparently un necessary delay in bringing prisoners to trial. We have examined the records of the different county offices and find them systematically kept and the of fices kept in a careful and courteous manner. Road Work. We have looked into the matter of the road construction of the county COUNTY TREASURER BALANCES IN STATE, COUNTY, SCHOOL AND SPECIAL FUNDS ON MARCH 1. The report of County Treasurer Ru fus Poland for February was filed yes terday with County Clerk Cunning ham. It shows that the total balance on hand in all the funds, state, county, school and special, on March 1 amount ed to $259,416.60, of which over $108, 987.21 was in the district school fund. The balances are as follows: General fund, $43,899.80; contingent fund, $1', 339.52; poor fund, $6,577.78; road fund, $1,113.43; bridge fund, $99.76; sinking fund, $52,842.70; general school fund, $8,064.59; district school fund, $108, 987.21; high schol fund, $11,915.44; high school sinking fund, $13,776.79; library fund, $4,493.28; institute fund, $131.05; Lewistown, $349.98; Stanford, $21.76; Moore, $8.30; Roundup, $79.25; sprinkling fund, $7.95; clerk district court deposit, $11.16; estates, $4, 036.24; coroner's estates, $62.75; re demption fund, $52.48; state fund, $971.61; bond interest fund, $17.07; state insane asylum, $15.90; state bounty fund, $90.66; state stock boun ty fund, $31.22; stock indemnity, $4.25; Hilger fire fund, $6.25; Benchland fire fund, 40 cents % game warden, $240; Moore, $68; Stanford improvement district, $199.80. Receipts and Disbursements. The disbursements during February amounted to $42,144.82, of which $6, 704.31 was from the general fund, $5, 565.81 from the contingent fund, $20, 895.16 from the district school fund and $2,156.31 from the state fund. The receipts last month were $14, 433.17 and came from the following sources: Taxes, $2,781.03; licenses, $1, 813.75; county officers' fees, $2, 734.34; other sources, $7,104.05. and commend and approve the system of contracting such work and believe that in general good values are being obtained under this system; but we would recommend a different system in accepting bids on bridge work. We would suggest that the county sur veyor prepare a profile of bridge sites, detailed plans, with the yardage care fully figured as to concrete, thej pounds of steel, the feet of piling, the feet of lumber and the labor cost nec-, essary to complete the bridge and that bids be accepted on each item separately. The Pipinich Case. In the supposed Pipinich murder j case, the matter has been carefully l looked into by this jury. All of the \ available evidence was reviewed, new ; witnesses were subpoenaed and all in-' formation relating to this case that j it was possible to get brought. We I were not able to fix the responsibility for this crime. In our investigations we have found offenses against the law that would have received further attention but for want of jurisdiction. We refer to and recommend that it be looked into fur ther by the proper officers, the selling of liquor to minors, proof of which can be easily obtained. We have had brought to our atten tion a number of cases in which men and women, not married, are living to gether. This should not be permitted, as it is a menace to society and a dis grace to the county. Sales of Relinquishments. In accordance with the suggestion of the honorable court, we looked in (Continued on page eight.) THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL MEETING HELD FRIDAY NIGHT IS LARGELY ATTENDED. NEW OFFICERS ELECTED George J. Wiedeman President, With A. W. Stoddard Vice-President and A. L. d'Autremont Treasurer—F. M. Marble, Guy Davidson, Grant Robinson and J. E. Owen, Directors. The members of the Chamber of Commerce turned out in force Friday night for the annual meeting held at the Judith club, showing the public interest in the work of the institution. In the absence of President J. D. Waite, who is in California, Vice-Presi dent Samuel Phillips presided. Annual Report. Secretary L. D. Blodgett read the annual report of the officers and di rectors. It was an exhaustive but ex ceedingly interesting review of the year's work, showing how the change of the old policy of outside exploita tion to one of internal development in the county had been carried out. The work of Carl Peterson, the coun ty farmer, was reviewed and some of the results of his efforts pointed out. The business of the Chamber was re viewed, showing the amount of corre spondence looked after, pieces of lit erature sent out, the total mail amounting to 5,478 pieces. The report of the treasurer was read and it showed the Chamber to be in a very satisfactory condition. Distributing Rate. The next matter to come up was the railway distributing rate. W. J. Johnson, for the railway committee, stated that the state railroad com mission had decided to have a rehear ing in regard to this rate, to be held at Helena in April, and suggested its great importance and the desirability to have the Chamber represented at the hearing. George J. Wiedeman and J. E. Lane, (Continued on page twelve.) HEARING UPON THE WILL COME UP BEFORE JUDGE AYER8 IN DISTRICT COURT THURSDAY. In the action brought by A. A. Sta pleton against the city school board to restrain that body from enforcing the order requiring the vaccination of all students, Judge Ayers has granted a restraining order and set the hear ing for Thursday. This hearing will be quite thorough and it is expected that a number of physicians will be called to testify. Belden ft DeKalb will represent Mr. Stapleton and those in sympathy with him, while Assistant County Attorney Stewart McConochie will appear for the board. At High School. As the restraining order is directed to the city school board, the high school is enforcing the requirements of the state board of health and the students there were notified yesterday that they must forthwith present their certiflcaes of successful vaccination. (Continued on page twelve.) MEETING IT IS PROPOSED TO APPOINT A WOMAN AS INSPECTOR TO ATTEND ALL PUBLIC DANCES. Plan to Build One From Track to the Creek to Carry Off Flood Waters— Getting Reffdy to Extend the Main Street Paving and Install Lighting System—Dan Bean Would Make Park of Spring Creek Tract—Re ports of Officials. Mayor Symmes presided at the reg ular meeting of the city council last night, Aldermen Sutter, Ford, d'Autre mont, Wiedeman and Miller being in attendance. The usual monthly bills and payrolls were allowed and consid erable business of importance was transacted. It was practically de cided to construct a drain sewer from the hill to the creek, between Broad way and Washington streets, to take care of the flood waters coming down at certain seasons from the hill. A suggestion that Mayor Symmes confer with the Woman's club in re gard to appointing a woman inspector to attend all public dances was con curred in and the mayor will take the matter up with Mrs. R. W. Reynolds, piesident of the club. Near the close of the long session, City Attorney Kirkland submitted the resolutions providing for the extension of the Main street paving from Sixth to Ninth avenues and for the installa tion of the special lighting system, which were adopted. Treasurer's Report. City Treasurer Roy Cromer's report for February showed balances in the various funds as follows: Fire fund, $83.82; waterworks fund, $8,406.79; library fund, $1,439.09; park fund, $4,281.01; 1912 sewer construc tion fund, $7,795.30; sinking fund, $3, 644.23; sprinkling fund, $7; boulevard maintenance, $347.33; special improve ments, $3,523.81; special improve ments, interest, $62.63; interest fund, $7,532.32; firemen's disability fund, $2,542.32; Stephens library endowment fund, $325.60; making a total of $39, 991.25. Overdrafts were reported as fol lows: Road fund, $3,204.56; general fund, $360.80; making a total of $3,565.36, and leaving a net balance of $36,425.89. The receipts during the month amounted to $3,939.92. The disburse ments made a total of $28,958.16, of STOCK Tl PASSES FROM FALLS MAKES A FINE RUN AND CON TINUES ON TO CHICAGO— •RAILWAY NOTES. The first trainload of freight to be run over the Milwaukee's new line from Great Falls to Lewistown ar rived in the city last Thursday near midnight. It consisted of fourteen cars of fat sheep, destined for Chi cago, and one car of hogs, picked up at Denton and also billed for Chicago. The train made a fine run to this city and continued on to Harlowton, tak ing the main line east. General Traffic Agent P. H. Scanlan accompanied the train here and went on Friday to St. Paul. Inspecting New Line. Great Falls Tribune: Engineer A. G. Baker, who is in charge of Milwau kee extensions in Montana, and Di vision Superintendent C. L. Whiting, both of Lewistown, were in the city during the past week. Both left here Friday for a trip of inspection over the Great Falls-Lewistown line, mak ing the trip upon a motor handcar. They were accompanied as far as the Belt creek tunnels by District Engi neer J. D. MacVicar. Electric Locomotives. The Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul is In the market for twelve 200-ton electric locomotives for use upon its main line between Three Forks am Deer Lodge, which is to be the first unit for the electrification of its mountain divisions, says the Great Falls Tribune. Offices will shortly be opened in Butte as the headquarters of the engineering forces which will be employed upon that work. The Great Northern has recently or dered 30 all-steel 73-foot first-class pas senger coaches from the Barney & Smith company. The Butte, Anaconda ft Pacific is in the market for 157 cars. which $20,025 was for the redemption of bonds. The city attorney was instructed to institute suit for the collection of de linquent payments in boulevard im provement district No. 1. Dan Bean's Plan. Daniel Bean made a request that the city give him the use of the land acquired by the city in connection with the source of water supply in Spring creek. Mr. Bean explained that he would like to develop this tract into a beautiful park and coun try club resort, and could make it an ideal spot for picnics. He proposed to grow trees and shrubs on the ground and would supply them to the city for Day park free of charge. Re ferred. Storm Sewer. The Baptist church urgently re quested the council to lay a drain in to drain the water accumulated back of the church. This brought up a gen eral discussion and it was the sense of the aldermen that a storm sewer that would drain the whole water shed in that section was the only solution of the problem. On motion of Alderman Wiedeman, the city engineer was Instructed to prepare plans, specifications and an estimate of the cost of a storm sewer extending from the hill down to the creek, along an alley between Broad way and Washington streets. Fines Collected. The report of Police Judge E. W. Mettler showed that the fines paid during February amounted to $250.40. Declared a Nuisance. City Attorney I. B. Kirkland sub (Continued on page five.) SUNDAY" PUN MEETS WITH GENERAL AND COR DIAL SUPPORT IN THIS CITY. NEXT SUNDAY IS THAI 1 I j j ' j j Ministers Carrying Out Successful Publicity Campaign—Tags Will Be Distributed Friday and Saturday— Mayor Issues "Go-to-Church" Sun day Proclamation. The "Go-to-Church" Sunday move ment, which has been so successful all over the country, has created wide spread interest in Lewistown and everything indicates that practically the entire population of the city will attend divine worship next Sunday. The arrangements have been handled with excellent judgment by the com mittees and everybody is now lined up in support of the movement. Placards were distributed yesterday and are seen everywhere in the busi ness district. Friday and Saturday tags will be distributed and the pub licity work will be completed. There is no financial "end" to this campaign| its sole purpose is to in crease interest in the church by get ting the people to turn out as a com munity next Sunday. The theaters have cooperated with the plan and this is only an illustra tion of the widespread support given the ministers. Mayors Proclamation. Mayor W. D. Symmes yesterday is sued the following "Go-to-Church Sun day" proclamation: The movement now under way throughout the country, having for its purpose the increase of interest in the work of our churches and the stimu lation of church attendance, is most commendable and deserving of encour agement. The churches exert a wonderful ef fect for good upon the whole social structure of our cities. The lessons which they teach and the influences which follow from them have been, in the past, and will continue in the fu ture, to be of immeasurable help in elevating human character; in empha sizing the brotherhood of man; in de veloping benevolent impulses, and in promoting righteousness. In response, therefore, to an invita tion from those in> charge of the move ment in the city of Lewistown, I glad ly proclaim Sunday, March 8, 1914, as "Go-to-Church Sunday," and urge up on all people, irrespective of creed or church affiliations, to observe the day by attendance upon services at some one of the many churches of our city. Done at Lewistown, Montana, March 3, 1914. W. D. SYMMES, Mayor. A boosters' club to forward the plans was formed at the Methodist church Sunday night and the follow ing appointed as a committee: Messrs. Marsh, DeKalb, Kreiger, Cherrington, Cooper, Williams, Wolvin and Roehl. Teachers Re-engaged. The high school board met Satur day evening and re-engaged the entire faculty of the school, headed by Prin cipal H. L. Sackett, for next year, with the exception of Miss Wellington, who has resigned, Intending to leave for California in April. DAMAGES DVORAK SUES LUDWIGG FOR THE ALIENATION OF WIFE'S AF FECTIONS, CLAIMING TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. Mrs. Annie Crowley Sues Bonding Company Ro Recover Over $10,000 Alleged to Be Due Because of De fault of W. F. Hagen on His Build ing Contract—F. A. Bacon Is Grant ed Divorce—Jury Term Will Con tinue Until April 1. As matters now stand, the present jury term of court will continue through this month, but. at the rate new actions are being filed It is ex petced that Judge Ayers will call an other term to begin the latter part of May and run well along into July if not through that month. An Alienation Suit. An unusual action has just been tiled in the district court, John Dvorak bringing suit against Louis Ludwigg, 1 commonly known as Louis Chan. Ac I cording to the allegations of the com j plaint the plaintiff and his wife, Mary, j were married here on Feb. 12, 1912, ' and by reason of this marriage Dvorak j became entitled to the society and j companionship of his wife. They lived happily together until last May, when the plaintiff alleges the defendant be gan paying attentions to Mrs. Dvorak. This continued until last December, when Dvorak claims that the defen dant, through undue influence, aliena ted the woman's affections for her husband and persuaded her to leave J the plaintiff and since that time she j has lived with the defendant. Dvorak i asks for $10,000 for this alienation of j his wife's affections. W. M. Black j ford and J. C. Huntoon are the plain | tiff's attorneys. Damage Suit. i Conrad Nelson has brought suit | against Sierrie Bros, to recover $2,000 damages for injuries alleged to have j been sustained by him through falling I through an open hatchway while em ployed at the Bank-Electric building on Feb. 22 last. He alleges that the accident was due to negligence on the part of the defendant. B. P. Berger is the plaintiff's attorney. Sues Bonding Company. Mrs. Annie Crowley hns brought i suit against the American Security FIRST WOOL BUYER TO COME THIS YEAR CLIP SOLD IN MEAGHER COUNTY AT ABOUT SEVENTEEN CENTS. Dick Patterson, representing Ayres & Co., of Chicago, was here last week, being the first wool buyer to visit this section this year. Dick said his object was to look over the field and size up the situation, as he hardly expected to close up any contracts immediately. Sale at Dillon. Dillon, Feb. 28.—J. R. Edgeheill, the Boston wool buyer, who recently re turned from the northern part of the state, yesterday contracted for 200,000 pounds more of Beaverhead wool for the Hallowell Jones & Donald com pany, one of the principal operators in the western territory last season. The recent purchases make a total of 600,000 pounds of wool contracted for in this vicinity. The late clip in clude those of Mrs. Mary D. Craver, Mrs. Flore E. Armstrong and Isaac Rife of Medicine Lodge; Mrs. Thomas Yearian of Sunfield, Idaho, and the Moses ft Haining clip from Blaine. The prices paid ranged from 16 to 16% cents per pound, practically the same as paid here last year. Over Seventeen Cents. Meagher County Democrat: Dudley N. Hartt, our extensive cattleman, ranch owner and wool buyer, started the 1914 wool buying campaign by contracting for a local clip at a price a little better than seventeen cents, which indicates the desirability of our product and initiates a movement of particular interest to the woolgrow ers of the state. It is gratifying to know that special attention is being given our clip, which Insures a sub stantial market for the year. Better prices may result, through competi tion, for our choice product. company, of New York, et al, to re cover $10,516.07, for which the com pany is alleged to be liable as surety for W. F. Hagen on his contract for the construction of the Crowley block. It is set out that Mr. Hagen entered into this contract and agreed to give a satisfactory bond for 75 per cent of the amount of the contract, which was furnished by the predecessor of the American Security company; that on Oct. 28 the contract was abandoned by Mr. Hagen and the plaintiff was compelled to expend $449.34 in finish ing it; that thereafter liens for ma terial and labor were filed against tlie property amounting to $16,163.21, as follows: Rogers-Templeton Co., $10, 563.75; Foreman-Ford Co., $1,831.27; Judith Hardware Co., $2,775.17; Ed Feldt, $393.22; Guilder Trotund, $54.40. There was a balance due Mr. llagen of $5,647.14, which is deducted front the amount of the liens, and judgment is asked for the balance. C. J. Mar shall is the plaintiff's attorney. Complete Exoneration. The hearing before Judge Ayers on the citution of the court requiring Joe Zajicek of Stanford, A. D. Strouf, Bel den & DeKalb, O. O. Mueller and Otto Kempendorff to appear kin order to ascertain the explanation of two af fidavits filed by Zajicek, one accom panying an action brought by him against Mr. Strouf to have a deed by which he c nveyed certain property to the latter set aside, Belden ft De Kalb being bis attorneys, and the oth er lin affidavit in support of a motion for dismissal of the suit, in which Zajicek set out that he had never em (Continued on page five.) DECIDE UPON ATTENDANCE AT THE CITIZENS' MEETING UNEXPECTEDLY LARGE. Those Selected for Aldermen are J. C. Miller, First Ward; Roy K. Ma thews, Second Ward, and Edouard Sutter, Third Water—Committee Is Selected. First Ward—J. C. Miller. Second Ward—Roy K. Mathews. Third Ward -Edouard Sutter. Committee—G. R. Marsh, W. R. Kirk, E. J. Baker. The attendance at the Citizens' mass meeting, held at the courthouse last Thursday evening to decide upon non partisan candidates for the city coun cil, was much larger than any one an ticipated. The turnout showed the in terest of the citizens generally in the administration of Lewistown. Meet by Wards. R. von Tobel wus chosen as chair man of the meeting, with Bert d'Autre mont secretary, and the business was at once proceeded with. The voters assembled by wards and then an nounced their seelctions, which are given above. The committee named will look after the filing of the petitions re quired under the new law, will fill any vacancies and attend to any matters that may arise. Clean Shaven Faces. Twenty years ago a clean-shaven Frenchman was pretty sure to be set down by his compatriots as either a priest or an actor. Nowudays smooth laces are favored by the younger gen eration of Frenchmen, partly as a re sult of the growing cult of athletics. It appears, however, from a portrait published in Le Journal that not one member of the new cabinet is clean shaven, and four out of the 12 wear a full beard and mustache. OPEN FRA' ED FOR LBLI JOINT COMMITTEE OF ODD FEL LOWS AND KNIGHTS OF PYTH IAS MEETS TONIGHT. Bids for the construction of the Fra ternal building, to be erected this year at the corner of Main street and First avenue by the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias, and also for the plumbing and heating were opened last night and this evening the joint committee will go over them and award the contracts. The bids for the general contract were as follows: Piper Construction Co., $27,600; John Schroeder, $32,323; D. J. Kane, $35, 916; J. \V. Foster, $31,995; Leighlund Klipple Co., $30,950; A. W. Miller Con struction Co., $30,610; Lange Engineer ing ft Construction Co., $30,570; Tubbs Bros., $33,676; Sirrie Bros., $33,927. Following were the bids on plumb ing and heating: R. C. Reed, $5,590; Bisbee ft Kane, $5,450; A. A.'Staple ton, $5,825; F. W. Durnall, $5,495; Winters ft Sullivan, $5,798. Tonight's meeting will be held at the Empire bank at 7:30 o'clock.