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DANISH CESSION HELPS UNITED STATES TO COMMAND CARIBBEAN.
The purchase by the United States of the three islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix and' St. John, constituting the Danish West Indies, will help to ce ment Uncle Sam's control of the Car ibbean sea, and thus of the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico. The territory shown on the map in black will all then be under the American flag— the three islands, Porto Rico, the Panama canal strip, Florida and Port au Prince in Haiti, if the treaty ne gotiated between the United States and the Haitians goes through. The treaty with the Danes, providing for the payment of $25,000,000, must, of course, be ratified by the senate. The house, too, must ratify it in effect, TOTALS CIN NEARLY TWELVE THOUSAND ELECTORS CAN VOTE IN THE AUGUST PRIMARY. BIG GAIN SINGE LAST APRIL The work of checking up the reg istratioA for the primary nominating election on August 29, was completed by County Clerk and Recorder F. W. R. Cuningham's staff Friday and showed a total of 11,842 names in the great register, which is a gain of 3,376 since the books closed for the presidential primary election in April last. Estimates as to the total that would be shown for the August election put the figures at around 11,000 and the result surpasses all the guesses. Of course registration for the gen eral election in November is going on right along, but the number that will be registered will be comparatively small because a pretty thorough can. Briscoe Automobiles JUST ARRIVED CARLOAD EIGHTS AND FOURS Designed by the greatest engineers of Europe, where they build cars for economy of operation, great gasoline mileage (20 to 30 miles per gallon), and a car that will stay out of the repair shop. A Distinctive French Car Which captivated Paris and London immediately when exhibited at the respective Automobile Shows of those cities during the fall of 191 3, when orders for over 9,000 cars were booked. There is so much you ought to know about this car you should call and inspect it at your earliest opportunity. We want to SHOW you, whether you are from Missouri or some other "city." . Call or phone 975. The Reliance Machine Works 415 WEST BROADWAY 4-cylinder, 38 h. p......$875.00 8-cylinder, 38 h. because the appropriation for the pay ment must lie passed there, The photograph shows St. Thomas vass has been made to get the voters registered. It is estimated that at the outside not more than around 1,500 additional names will be added for the fall election, which will make the total anywhere from 13,300 to 13,500. The figures for the registration by precincts, as finally announced for the primary election, compared with the registration for the presidential primary, follow: Presi- Present Precinct. dential. Figures Alton ................................... 53 77 Armells-Gerhard ............. 40 284 Armells-Armells ........ 79 100 Armells-Roy .................371 482 Benchland ....................174 195 Buffalo ................... 119 141 Crowley ......................118 203 Cruse ......... 73 110 Day ........................ 87 161 Deerfield-Deerfield ...... 59 75 Deerfield-Danvers ......... 72 76 Deerfield-Cook ............. 19 33 Denton ...................373 504 East Fork ............. 31 46 Edgewater-Ashley .......102 128 Edgewater-Leslie ............ 46 121 Flatwillow-Flatwillow ...137 185 Flatwillow-11-12-28 ........ 67 76 Forest Grovo ..................149 213 Fullerton (Bear Spring) 44 55 Fullerton-Lincoln ............ 50 135 Garneil ..............................129 145 Gill-Coffee Creek..............169 219 street in Charlotte Amalie, the largest city in the islands, ft was taken from the veranda of the American hotel and Gill-Cape ........................... 18 Gill 19-11 .......................... 5 Gilt Edge .........................163 Glengary ............................ 58 Grass Range ....................260 Grass Range-Beckot..... 64 Heath ................................ 59 Jones .................................. 35 Judith ................................ 11 Kendall ..............................190 Lewlstown-lst. ward.......766 Lewistown-2nd. ward.....461 Lewistown-3rd. ward......638 Malden .............................. 38 Middle Bench.................. 40 Moccasin-Moccasin ........ 87 Moccasin-Kolin ................ 41 Moore-lst ward ..............188 Moore-2nd. ward..............183 Natal .................................. 16 New Year ......................... 30 Nordqulst-Nordquist ...... 10 Nordquist-Wells ............. 39 Philbrook .......... 360 Ross Fork......................... 45 Sapphire ................ 23 Stanford-lst. ward.........133 Stanford-2nd. ward.........142 Stephens-Stoddard ........ 58 Stephens-Christensen 55 Straw ................................115 Utica ..................................168 Valentine .........................240 Warm Springs.................. 55 Weede ................................ 61 Wilder ................................ 9 Windham ..........................195 31 5 191 100 426 100 80 59 25 239 1038 658 873 58 68 110 47 232 207 31 35 14 63 434 78 31 175 158 75 142 150 195 320 75 83 61 236 and club. Due probably to reluctance of Danish capitalists to invest more money for improving and maintain ing the islands conditions have been becoming more unsatisfactory. St. Thomas is threatened with bank ruptcy, tlie harbor trade, its principal support, being almost dead. St. Croix is facing a social revolution, following agitation by laborers for higher wages and better living conditions. It is mainly the planters who are desirous of being brought under the American flag, expecting under such a condition witli improved agricultural methods and the use of large tracts of land, now uncultivated, a larger production of sugar and rum, the islands' chief products, would enjoy a free and ready market in the United States. The island of St. John also expects to bene fit should the sale lie consummated, the greater part of the island there being uncultivated and uninhabited. Denmark and United States have sign ed treaty for transfer of the islands. Wtnnett-Hoyle West Stanford Winifred-Winlfred Winifred-Snffolk , Wunderlln-Hilger ...194 231 . . 70 94 .... 38 59 ... 250 406 120 134 154 .101 122 II BE FEATURE IT STATE EDUCATIONAL EXHIBIT TO BE AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE ONE THIS YEAR. FERGUS TO BE WELL REPRESENTED The educational display at the state fair this fall promises to eclipse any previous show of the kind. Two con ditions will combine to produce that. The educational exhibition building has been remodeled so that there will be more room, and the school board will l>e displayed to greater advantage, and the schools of the state are man ifesting a greater interest than in any other year. County Superintendent Leila Baker is now at work preparing for a fine display from Fergus and hopes that this county may carry off the first prize. Moreover, the growth of the schools of Montana, which lias been consider able in the past year, will be reflected in exhibits of higher grade, greater variety and more striking character. Secretary R. S. Skinner is sure that the school work of Montana will be more effectively demonstrated by the display of the state fair this year than on any previous occasion. The ex hibits will be in four general divisions, those of the schools of each county, for whose general exhibits $2G0 in prizes are offered, and exhibits of state institutions, parochial schools and commercial schools. The county exhibits have many sub divisions, with a long list of prizes for individual entries. These entries include exhibits in grade penmanship, geography, manual training, sewing, art, essays and miscellaneous work, and high school exhibits in sewing and penmanship and in manual and in dustrial Work. The Helena Business college also has offered special prizes for the best pen manship by any boy or girl in the eighth grade or high school in any county in Montana. The boy or girl who exhibits the best writing for f county will be given a free scholar ship, consisting of a business course by mail, and the school pupil in the eighth grade or high school who pro duces the best writing for the state will be given $20 besides the busin course. The subject for this test in penmanship is Lincoln's Gettysburg speech, copies of which must he made and sent in as exhibits. WHAT ONE GERMAN SUBMARINE DID IN FIVE DAYS IN NORTH SEA LONDON, Aug. 9.—(8 p. m.)—An official dispatch from Berlin, accord ing to Reuter's Amsterdam c.orre rpondent, says that between July 31 and August 5, one German submarine sank in tlie North sea, thirteen British steam trawlers and one British gov ernment coal steamer. WOMAN ROBBED OF DIAMONDS. BUTTE, Aug. 9.—-Three masked robbers gagged and bound Mrs. Joe Kiagki, more than 60 years of age. tonight in her apartments in the Pennsylvania block on West Park street and relieved her of diamond rings and earrings valued at more than $2,000. After taking $31 from her purse which they found on dresser in the room, the robbers made good their escape, and at a late hour tonight no trace of them had been I, found. OIL GRASS RANGE CONCERN INCOR PORATED WITH CAPITAL OF HALF A MILLION. GOOD MEN BACK OF THE VENTURE The Grass Range Oil and Gas com pany has been organized for the pur pose of developing certain locations consisting of approximately 10,000 acres of leases on deeded lands in the neighborhood of Grass Range such locations being made by James West of Billings, Montana. Mr. West is a man of twenty-five years' experience in the oil business. His practical as well as technical knowledge of the oil business quali fies him to be classed among those most learned in oilology. Mr. West was one of the pioneer men in the famous oil fields of Illinois and In diana. For the past several years his time and attention have been given to the oil and gas fields of the northwest. His summary reports on the oil fields of northern Wyoming have been most satisfactory. Among other fields first recommended by Mr. West in northern Wyoming is what is known as the Grass creek district. Not only lias his attention been giv en to the Wyoming fields, but also he has cruised the territory from the Alherta gas fields to the upper Big Horn hasin, after which he concluded tlie oil and gas zone exists between these points. Such opinion has been confirmed by the discovery of large gas wells Rt Havre, Montana, and the numerous gas and oil fields in the Big Horn hasin of Wyoming. After careful consideration Mr. West has passed favorably on the Grass Range district. Mr. West and his associates have thought sufficiently well of this loca tion to incorporate a company for the purpose of developing the field. Tlie incorporators and stockholders have selected as their directors to manage the affairs of the corporation relia ble and responsible men. Tlie stock of this company will he sold (o the stockholders on a legit imate basis and they wish to assure those investing that the money pro ured from the sale of stock will be used only for the purpose of develop ing this field. The officers are serv ing without salaries and the parties representing the company guaran tee that tlie company will be managed with the greatest efficiency and econo my, thus assuring each individual an opportunity to obtain value received fo r the money invested. Two hundred thousand shares of the capital stock of the company will be sold for tlie sole purpose of devel oping this territory and in tlie event of a discovery of oil or gas, renumer ation is assured the stockholders. CONTESTS FILED. A contest was filed at the land of fice Saturday by George Lancaster of Lewistown against John Gardipe of Lewistown, for land in 21 and 14-24-17. Charles Andersen is attorney for the contestant. Frank P. Kane of Roy filed a contest against Robert Dis Brow of Roy for false entry of land in section 13 and 14-18-19. J. W. Barker is attorney for the contestant. -- O --- THE SOWS TICKETS FI ED The socialists filed their legislative and county tickets in a lump Tues day. the candidates being as follows: C. E. Foster, Coffee Creek and J. W. Stoner, Lewistown, representatives: W. R. Kent, Stanford, sheriff; Joseph Heany, Lewistown, commissioner; A. D. Meyers, Lewistown, assessor; S. H. Cobb, Benchland, county clerk and recorder; Sula Lowrie. Stanford, coun ty superintendent; C. E. Kent, Lewis town, treasurer; J. C. Funk, Wind ham, auditor. J. T. Latch, of Grass Range, Tues day filed for the republican nomina tion for justice of the peace and the following as republican precinct com mitteemen: R. J. Crist, Roy; Sam Langdoc, Stanford; C. O. Ray, Hob son; Walter Lehman. Lewistown. John M. Beatty, Tuesday filed for the democratic nomination for con stable for Big Spring township, while Tom L. Fleming of Grass Range, filed for the democratic nomination for jus tice of the peace. A. J. McDonnell of New Year and J. M. Cooper of Lewistown, filed as precinct committeemen. -Q NOW GOES TO PRESIDENT. WASHINGTON, Aug. 9.—Congress carried national defense legislation another step forward today by finally perfecting the army bill. Only per fection of the naval bill now remains for completion of the program behind which President Wilson has put the full force of the administration to de feat attempts at reductions. Although the senate conferees permitted the house to reduce the total appropria tions of the army bill some forty-six millions from the senate figures, it carried eighty-five millions more than it did as the house originally passed it and totals $267,597,000. FOR PROHIBITION. Since announcing my candidacy for the office of district judge of the Tenth Judicial District, I have re ceived numerous inquiries concerning my attitude on the liquor question. I be lieve it to be the duty of all candidates to advise the voters as to their Btand on the more serious public questions. After due consideration, I have de cided to use the medium of the press to inform the voters on this subject. My position is, that I am positively and absolutely In favor of PROHIBI TION, and should such a law be en acted I pledge myself to use my best endeavors to see that it is strictly en forced. RALPH J. ANDERSON. Rock Island Heider Tractor Burns Kerosene or Gasoline Why Does a Wagon?, have four wheels™We leave that to you to answer and we Push Our Pencil to tell you that the Heider Tractor has 4 Wheels, 4 Cylinders, Waueesha Motor, 7 Speeds Forward and 7 Speeds in P.everse. It is the Original so called Small Tractor. It does the work of Eight or Ten Horses in the field and Never Gets Tired. It has Auto mobile Steering Gear. There are no complicated parts to a Heider. We have a sample machine at 4th Ave. North and Erie St. Come and see this Best of all Tractors. Basin Lumber Company Whereas, in the inscrutable provi dence of tlie Divine Architect of tlie Universe, He lias summoned from our midst, our beloved brother and friend, John David Waite; and Whereas, his removal has filled our lodge with deep sorrow and regret; and Whereas, we feel that he will be missed from among us and his ab sence from liis accustomed place will emphasize our loss; and Therefore, be it resolved, that we, the officers and members of Lewis town lodge No. 37, A. F. & A. M., do in this memorial give voice to our profound appreciation of, and sincere love for, our deceased brother; and be it Resolved, that in our brother all the essential doctrines of Masonry were exemplified and his life revealed the influence of the teachings of Masonry. The Masonic Word and the Masonic Act were in constant evidence during his lifetime, and lie leaves behind him for the members of this lodge an ex ample which should be an inspira tion to every Mason; and be it Resolved, that we are deeply im pressed with his dependence upon the Divine Ruler of the universe whom he worshipped with all sincerity, and to whom he has gone to give an ac count of his stewardship. In his death he passed through the dark portals without fear, knowing that on the other side the Divine Being in whom he trusted would extend to him the hand of welcome and bid him rest from his labors; and be it Resolved, that in our deceased brother we also behold a successful life based upon honesty, integrity and thrift, which should be an incentive to mankind. In prosperity and in ad versity the high moral precepts of Masonry were the standard of his liv ing and by them he was guided to the end; and be it Resolved, that with the people of this state, we mourn the loss of one of its first citizens. The love of Montana was with him a passion and here for more than a quarter of a century he made his home and lived his life; and be it Resolved, that in our deceased brother we have lost a loyal friend and benefactor. His many acts of kind ness and material help won for him friends everywhere. His unobtrusive acts of benevolence unknown to his nearest friends brought happiness to many; and be it Resolved, that we hereby extend to the widow and the children of the be loved departed our warmest sympathy with the prayer that the God of the widow and of the fatherless may give ., , .. . them the conso ation of His Divine presence and with the assurance that this lodge of Masons will hold dear the memory of one of its first and most faithful members. We join with them as we part from the mortal re mains in saying: "Alas, my brother;'' and be it fur ther Resolved, that these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the lodge WE AIM TO PLEASE And you will be satisfied if you make us your shipments of CREAM AND POULTRY BUTTkRFAT 26e lb LIN ' -i HENS Me lb LIVE BROILERS I 1-2 lbs. to 2 lbs. 22c lb LIVE SPRINGERS 2 lb*, and up 19c lbs GRE ' F ILLS DAIRY PRODUCTS CO. Great Falls, Montana and a copy be furnished to the family of our deceased brother and the pub lic press. ALBERT PFAUS, FRED R. WARREN, WM. M. BLACKFORD. Committee. EO STATEPROPE TT HELENA, Aug. 6.—The total value of all property in Montana for taxa tion, exclusive of the railroads, is $403,074,925, an increase of $42,484, 957 over the value in 1915. J. J. Ryan, clerk of the state board of equaliza tion, has received reports from all the county assessors and these figures aro his compilation. Last year the railroad assessment, which is made by the state board of equalization, was in round numbers $79,000,000. it will not lie any less this year and even though it be no more, the total assessed value of all property in Montana will be almost $500,000,000. The largest item in the assessments is acre property. Its total value being $131,655,455 this year as compared with $121,995,088 last year. There were returned by the assessors this year 3,220,837 more acres than last year, the total this year being 32, 063,501. Improvements on farm prop erty are assessed at $24,329,164, against $21,995,088 last year. There is an Increase in the value of meat animals returned, save hogs. The total value of the horses is $19,355,245 this year, as compared with $18,419, 997 last year; of cattle, $21,730,242. compared with $20,317,053; sheep, $7, 344,273, compared with $6,913,200; hogs, $514,755, compared with $577, 210. The total value of all livestock ic $51,954,452, compared with $46, 235,493. L ROMANCE IS DEVELOPED A real romance had a happy cul mination at the court house Mon day afternoon when Judge B. H. Foley united in matrimony Henry Lohman of Brassett, Mont., and Anna Ebenger of lewistown. The groom is around 60 while the bride has turned the fiftieth milestone, but when they were quite young they were lovers and after the usual term of court ship were married. For a time ail went well end then came the little rift within the lute that by and by made ait the music mute and the mat i rimonial discord led to a divorce. Mr Ixihniftn llever marriedj but the dt ; vorced wife took another cham , e and U was a disappointment. Eventual 1 ly Bhe was divorce4 a( , aln and then the interest in her first husband re vived. [.oilman's interest in her seems never to have died, and the long and rhort of it is that they got in touch with each other once more and this wound up in their re-mar riage Monday.