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The Powder River County Examine Volume III Number 19 and The Broad us Independent Broadus, Montana, Friday, February 25, 1921 $2 Per Y ML US IF LKALIITEHST Drilling lias been commenced on a well which will test a structure in the Little Missouri country north of Moorcroft. The well tg being drilled on section 17-57*56 on a lease se cured by the Houghton Oil company of Lusk, which company has given a drilling contract on a royalty basis to an association of men composed of Geo. Kilton. W. E. Marion, M. J. Kohns, C. L. Wainrlght and Lee Fla tow. This well Is particularly inter esting as the well is to be drilled to the Lakota sand and will be the first test of this sand in this vicinity. It Is estimated that the La kola sand will be reached at a depth of from 600 to 700 feet. In the event that the Lakota sand does not prove pro ductive the well will lie continued to the MinnelusOa sands which are down at a depth of about 2,000 feet, according to the geologists. The dome is well defined and has been reported upon favorably by geolo gists. The drillers at the Fahasapa com pany's well on Thompson creek ran into another bunch of bad luck the other day when they lost the' under reamer and the tools in the hole. The cable parted Just below the splice. It was found necessary to send for some tools to fish with, but it was thought that they would not be delayed very long. A 'brand new nnderreamer was brought out from Belle Fourche and as soon as the hole is cleaned out again they will start work with the new one. If there is anything else that can hap pen to a well it will happen soon, for it seems as if these men luive had more hard luck than the average. Alzada Fairplny. J. J. Foley, who has taken charge of the Milwaukee's oil bureau and lias been gathering statistics and in formation regarding the Cat Creek field for some time, says there are now 52 rigs, all told, in the Cat Creek-Mosby area. a - OIL WRŸJ* MEDICINE FACTORY' Thee Colony (Wyo.) News says that at Shepard No. 1, the Explora tion Oil & Gas Co. have pulle.l the two outside strings of casing and are now tearing down the rig, in fact, they have it pretty well dismantled. This well turned out to he a flowing water well and Cola W. hepard, on whose land the well was drilled, has bought the remainder of the casing j : U order to save the water well. This water is of a temperature of 85 de grees and is flowing at the rate of five or six barrels a minute. When it was capped it developed a pressure at the surface of 65 pounds to the square inch. A chemical analysis of the water has found it to be well suited for irrigation purposes as well as for medicinal nse. It is thought t ct-c similar te Ute sulphur water] at Thermopolis and there is a bet ter prospect of Colony becoming a i health resort than an oil town. X. 1*. LEASING LANDS .That the Northern Pacific railroad -.oiupany has finally consented to aid n the development work of the oil ields of Montana is evident from the !act that this company has leased 10 sections near Roundup to the Ohio MI company, who will prospect for )il on these lands within the near] 'uture. According to the leases ivhich have been placed on record ;he railroad company gives the leases 'or 25 years ami will receive 17'i >er cent royalty from the oil people. The Northern Pacific controls and voids considerable land in Powder River, Carter ami Fallon counties tud should they lease it to some re sponsible company much oil pros pecting on these .lands can he ex pected in eastern Montäna. RAILROAD PROJECT Great interest lias been aroused tring the last few weeks in the Car r country in the oil possibilities in tat vicinity. On the north, east id west development work is con mplated. The Great Northern railway has ?en giveu data and it is hoped that io company will extend its line out to that country. The roads lead ,g west and north into Genou. Rus ill and Aznoe sections are well :aded and improved, maptng it easy i haul heavy loads with trucks and PORCUPINE FIELD Milea City.—Declaring that the ativlties are continuing and that the respects for some early indications t the value of the field from an oil reducing standpoint will undoubt Jly be seen L. A. Jacobsin. banker t Vananda. stated further that tim ers and other material for two rigs re being taken out to the field which . ia understood will be erected im tediately for further development ork. mm mvbin SEEMS UILELI House bill No. 330, introduced In the house of"the Montana legislature by Dowlln, was passed last Sunday and passed to the senate. This bill creates Joe Brown county out of Rosebu, Bighorn and Powder River counties. The bill creating Cruse county out of Fergus county was also passed as was tho bill creating Redwater coun ty from Dawson* McCone and Rich land counties. mnER BNER ABOUT II BIEAA 1 Powder river is t>n the verge of emerging from its winter's lethargy and going on a rampage which this year will be a miniature event as compared with last year's spectacle. The river has loosened its ice cov ering above Brjoadus in the vicinity of Pinto and was running an open channel until the drop of tempera ture a few days ago. An ice gorge formed in the river near Pinto and the stage was all set for the river breaking a record for going out so early in the season. The gorge froze over, however, and with fair and warm weather following t lie river has again loosened up and may be expected to go out. the entire course of its channel at any time now. OVER IHF COUNTRY Nearly 10,000,000 less head of live stock were on farms ip the United States on January I, 1921, than a year preceding, acGcording to esti mates based upon,reports of agents and correspondents of the-bureau of crop estimates. U. S. department of agriculture. Horses decreased about 602,000 head, or 2.9 per cent: mules decreased slightly, 42,000. or 0.8 per cent: milk cows decreased 298,000, or 1.3 per cent: other cattle decreas ed 1.880,000, or 4.2 per cent: swine decreased 5.078.000 or 7.1 per cent, and sheep decreased 2,04 7,000, or j 4.3 per cent. j hTe total numbers on farms and ] ranges January 1 . are estimated as j follows: Horses. 20,183,000: mules 4,999,000: milk cows, 23,321,000; other cattle. 4«, 870,000; swine, 66 , 649,000, and sheep, 45,067,000. The total value of live stock 1ms declined §2,271.576,000. or 26.7 per cent during the year, that is, from a total of $8,507,145,000 on Janu ary 1, 1920. to $6,235,569,000 on January 1, 1921. This decline is due partly to the reduction in numbers, but more to the lower value per bead. DIW PUNS TO FINANCE WOOL A conference of Montana sheep men and bankers was held at Hel ena recently for the purpose of dis cussing plans for the financing of the 1921 wool crop. A plan was adopted whereby negotiable ware house receipts will be issued. The plan of the National Wool Warehouse company was presented by Matt Staff, the manager, of Chi cago, and the plan was indorsed. This plan provides for storing the wool in warehouses licensed by the federal government and receipts is sued for the wool are to lié negotia ble. The bankers' committee will recommend to the bankers of Mon tana that the woolmen beflnanced under this plan. Roy M. Covert, president of the Merchants' National bank of Billings who attended the meeting, says: "This year, more than ever, local bankers will be called upou to assist in financing either directly or thru the federal reserve bank or outside connections. "The big warehouses are pre paring negotiable warehouse receipts which will materially expedite fin ancing. It was felt that marketing conditions were such as to warrant an early beginning in the making of plans for a gradual marketig of wool, rather than any attempt to throw the clip on the market at the time of shearing." LARGEST CAT CREEK WELL Box Elder.—The largest well in Cat Creek field, Franz No. 5, recent ly brought in, spouts oil 100 feet in the air. Scofield Was Strong For a New State Representative John L. Scofield of Powder River county gave a party late yesterday (February 17) in the] house chamber, says the Helena In dependent. In fact it was a typical Powder River carnival with all the trimmings. The show began at 5:45 o'clock and ended at 6:03. Members who! stayed saw the buckeroo from the ... southeastern end Of the state defeat! the committee on federal relations in tne committee on reaerai relations in a most greulling battle which ended when the Powder River statesman shouted Towdcr River! Let er Buck'" The trouiile started when the com mittee on federal relations reported to the house after having had under consideration House Joint Memorial 15, which Is a memorial asking con-] gress to pass an enabling act to en able the people of eastern Montana]'!"; to set up a sovereign state of the union. The committee recommended that the memorial do not pass for the reason that it was an abortive attempt to take the agricultural sec tion of tho state away from the min ing and lumber interests. The chairman of tho committee asked the adoption of the report and the motion was seconded. Represen tative Scofield was on his feet at this juncture and began the fight of 1 » is life. His face was red and lie waved both arms as he shouted, "Mr. Speaker." Upon bemg recognized by the speaker he turned to the house members and delivered a speech which will not be forgotten in many years by those who heard. At every j pause he was applauded to the limit . by the members who were enjoying ! every word of it. As ihe speaker got more eloquent in his description i of two beautiful states of Montana.] there were shouts of "Powder River." Some member thought Mr. Scot field ; wasn't talking to the point and arose to protest, but his fellow members didn't let him say much before they ! pushed him back ino lvis seat with instructions to keep stilt nntil th :] speech had been delivered. When it was ovtr every member present, con gmtulated the gentleman from Pow- [ with der River county and tho house one loud shout voted down the re port of the committee and the new state of Eastern Montana still lives. lu his address, Mr. Scofield said: "Mr. .Speaker mid members of the 17th legislative assembly of tin grand amt gh rious empire state of th* Gold en Went: Montana. "You have before you for your con sideration. a memorial to congress, asking for the enabling act so that we can divide Montana int», two peer less states that would have no , qual in all of i'mle Sam's broad domain and would sut pass ail other states in wealth, natural resourres and beauty of scenery. "Breathes there a man with soul so dead, that lievi V It* himself hat! 1 said. this is my ow n. my nativ*» lane •'Take t he w » si cm states. th. ci ifc - inal Montana. anti \v »■ find s' tore« l ht t o in her niounta in fas tnesscs. in*'' v halts tilde stores of uol.l. silver. lead 1. cop per. coal and * • t her valuable mi ' notais. sueh as are no t known to ex ist i in like quantities in any c * tiler te rrit.< ir\ . r • qual size on the f ace of the X lobe. These mountains r tre th»* tr ctisure vaults of the world, , the dc V elo • pillent of whose limit less ;• OSO Ulees ; ha s only 'ieient for the .level. inncnt resources of t iis. tin rieh square miles m tie sub* re. This, is my priva t. opin stern Montana. pulilii îv ♦ X f you may ask why do we segregate ours ■lvyos apart a grand and a [orious ectin •ed with such magr i tirent mill begun. Her mountain valleys are fer tile beyrncl comprehension, all that is needed to make them blossom like the rose is the application of the invigo rating waters from the everlasting flow of her mountain streams fed from the melting snows that rest eternally on her misty mountain tops. Her streams are the fisherman's paradise, being filled with many varieties of game flsh which vie with eaeli other in their efforts to secure tto- alluring lly presented for their deleetat'on by the arden disciples of Isaac Walton. Her mountain sides are the rendez vous of four-footed and feathered game. In fact, there is proof positive that Noah's ark must have unloaded somewhere in this vicinity so great is the variety. Her streams furnish power sut cf all the est 70.006 lunar sphere, ion of w pressed. "Some of wish to from such try endow outillai resources? T 11 reply. 1 say that it is because off the »1 ;f' between til*- resources and r I of the two sections whieh I will , after giving you the political n "We have in- Meinung a territory equal in size to 10 eastern states and with natural resources exceeding any 25 of them, and these resources will he developed in the immediate future. These 10 states are 'represented in the senate of tin- 1'nited States by 20 sen ators, while the g-reat inland ■ nipire state of Montana has only two sena tors. but if We divide Into two states as we have a constitutional right to do. we will be represented by fout s* actors and judging by the talent and ability exhibited by the members ol tiiis house, these four senators would be equal In ability, though not In vot ing power, to their 2d, and we all know that in the long run ability counts. "As 1 remarked before, our indus tries are different. The people of West Montana are engaged in mining and related industries. AVo of East Mon tana are agriculturists. They as a rule do not understand our business, nor we. as a rule, the mining business. Here is where our troubles always comes up. Ycu think we farm* 's are unreasonable, and Impose upon you in the matter of taxation, and the farm ers think they are paying more than their share of th*' taxes. »Both often are wrong, but this does not help the situation, as is seen here at every session of the legislature in our over lasting squabbles over the correct methods of taxing mines, minerals, power companies and farm properties. "We would be l-lke two gentle klt U l i. s " ' " ! tens of the same ! family if we \v«*ro st-par ate states. purri ng. playful find le v mg', but now. tied together hy ■ t he* 'ali.*, we are try ing to scratch «'acli m her to pieces. so I say let us sepw a rate into two state s atul we will work together in peat •e and harmony. hu t 1 cave us tog ot her and there will of our beautiful agricultural empire, arid its boundless resources. We are proud of her fertile valleys, her cx tended and productive plateaux, her picturesque bad lands, and her beau \ordant» veiling bills, on which , nnumerab|e hprds of blood(?cl catUe feed and grow fat. also multitudes of fnd }P r»rmcnf h fo°r f mam e?en U tS'the'u°t 4 - finest parts of the earth. Our fer farm lands can produce grain enough to furnish bread to feed the starving nations of Kurope. True, we iYmons,' bananas or MtdnTo^h V^ds] 1 biTt Judging by the weather we have bad t i Tmi persévérant welcomes nu things, we expect to do so in the not: • ~y distant future, lienee, in regard scenery we, can point with pride to VVe of Eastern Montana are proud ■°pn be nothing left of us but the two t ,' silvery Yellowstone fringed with living green on either side fed by thousands of rippling rills as it wends >js way, ever rushing onward to ob vion in the great and restless ocean. \\ e can also point with pride to the far famed Powder River, a mile wide, an with caterpillars and j,ot delay, i l-or«l only knows how long "Now, gentlemen, we have hero in the grand cld state of Montana ter ritory and resources enough to make two of the greatest states in the union. Why delay organizing them' -Now is the accepted time. Now is tin day ol salvation if you hear the voice of duty, harden not your hearts. ] io put our shoulders to ■ ne wheel and boost for two Montanas l.ct us work with a will, using as our slogan, the battle cry that made the mans turn pale and run when out soldier boys shouted ver the top in France. 'ER BI'i.'K: - nd uohh it as they went i....... hiver! let It RECONSIDER VOTE is reported that the house on a reconsideration of its vote, accepted the original report of the committee on federal relations, Hampshire Hogs In Big Demand More than 50 Hampshire bred ows and gilts were sold bv Weir & Schmidt at their first registered hog Ha i„ Biiiingjj a venu $68.50 per head. Tlte choice animal sold for §165 to E. E. Jordan of Hysham. who also secured one for $160 and another ior $100. Geo. A. Sutherland of Sarpy valley bought 15, paying $130 for one, $105, $100 and §95 for the besr. W. H. Lvmles took nine, the best one costing him $V2.50. Nearly 1 00 were in attendance at the sale and the prices were fairly satisfactory. Tlte sale has proven that farmers are interested in pure bred registered livestock and will pay good money for clu ice bred stock. ------— MARKET INFORMATION FOR WEEKLY FARM PAPERS Special attention is being given by the bureau of markets; United States department of agriculture, to the de velopment of a special service for, weekly farm papers through which market information, in suitable form will lie placed in the hands of front four million to six million subscrib-iin ers. Specialists of tlte bureau say that tills service will supply tlte need for market information in a simple, convenient form. It will pul before the farmers marketing information with tho least possible delay and will be so presented that the reader can' get the information he desires with out reading extensive summaries of long, detailed tallies. The Examiner will lie included in the list of newspapers to receive the service mentioned above. ed upward tendency DRILLERS WAGES KEIM CED Lewistown. In tho opinion of the. oil men. the bottom lias ;>oen reach-] in tln> price of crude oil and an ooked for from this time on. perhaps a little later on. The cut in the wages of drill ers, already effective in most fields, lias not been applied to Cat Creek yet, but it is expected that they will lie reduced from $12.50 to $8.50 a day while tool dressers will re-] ceive $6.50 instead of $ 8 , both scales including room and board. Tlte cut started in Texas and has been grad ually working north being effective now in Wyoming. - PERSONNEL OF OFFICERS OF LOCAL OIL COMPANY -- The personnel of officers and di rectors of the Powder River Oil & Development company is as follows: Charles S. Einsel, president; A. J. Haley, vice president; M. T. Wiley, treasurer: H. R. Stratton, secretary. Directors: Charles S. Einsel, M. T. Wiley. A. J. Haley. C. B. Lewis. N. A. Burkey, A. W. Heidel, A. Mont gomery. 10 FOIIS IF! FIR 001 PtlSIl ! | ! ^ i I : j The committee from the newly organized prairie dog association got little satisfaction when it wailed upon the board of county commis sioners at "the special session last Monday. The committee told the ■ commissioners the county would be j rn „, mittee was 1 c,,u,,lullee " ds sm out no expense in buying poisoned prairie dog bait in the bulk because farmers and ranchers would reim burse the county for the amount. The commissioners were solicited to have the county act as a clearing house in disposal of the poisoned prairie dog liait. The commissioners were paying their almost undivided attention, however, to try and devise ways and means for placing the county on a ; cash basis and so absorbed were ' they in discussing bonds that aught | else attracted their attention. The j of appeased I y j I the commissioners leaving the sub I ject open by promising to give the i proposition further attention at the ] regular meeting in March, j As the government expert had ' promised to be in Broadus March 10 ! to assist in the preparation of wheat j and strychnine and to demonstrate ; rhe mixture on "dogs" at the edge ! of Broadus, it is believed any de j ferred action by tho commissioners ! will be too late and the probability is that the expert will bp advised not ; to come. j The time is exterminate prairie j dogs is now-, while they are hungry : and before green grass starts. With other food in sight the "dogs" rarp ! ly ever are attracted by the dainty i poisoned morsels. ; In past years considerable prairie i dog bait, already prepared, l.as been : received upon application to C. M. - Verrington, county agent of Custer county, and it is believed that he ] would again recognize individual or [collective orders this year. It is to be hoped that the cam : paign against the prairie dogs next i year will assume county-wide pro t portions and that everyone will do 1 iiis hit. iu ridding the county of this i pest. PLEADS GUILTY ALZADA COURT Uonnty Attorney U. Nelsteäd had i some conn business last week before Justin- S. B. Martin at Alzada. Andy 1 Anderson and Babe Ellis had a hear- ing on the charge of larceny, hut were not held, it being thought the I evidence against them was insuffi- cient. In Ihe case against "Poker Jim." who was charged with selling beef without exhibiting the hide for i inspection, a jury was impaneîled 1 and everything staged for a trial, Init the defendant changed his tae tics and plead guilty. He was fined $150. Harry At water cf Sturgis ap ] peared for al! of he defendants, ! Four search warrants were issued for the i'iui* ' country and Walter j Gillcland, the south end deputy sher ! iff, made a search for illicit stills but : found none. They report conditions regard to tuoonshinlng fairly good ip the south etl country, and if there j are any violations along this line ] they announce their intentions to I sooner or later get tho offenders, Ekalaka Eagle. .. . — -------— 1 -1 j i ; : j Not Discouraged In Growing Flax Ed. Sutten, who lives southeast of town, traded a dandy six-year old saddle horse to George Pltalen last week for a sheep. Mr. Sutten says one ewe will in ten years time make a man more money than a mare that costs $150. He has figured it out an wdill bet on the sheep. - Ek alaka Eagle. Bet On Sheep as Against Horses j : ] j ; j , Hans Steusetli limped into Baker with a load of f.av, says the Sentinel of that city. He had a breakdown ! about 18 miles out and barely got i n> eji saiff this wasn't trouble j enough, for when he asked the ele i vator man wliat flax w as worth, that kind gentleman told him $1.37. Only $1.37 for fla'x and he had to haul it 60 miles. Mhen we left him he. was still figuring; he was sure of one thing and that was that he was alive. And he said he had no kick at all and will put in more flax this year. cooin im FOR CASH Chairman J. H. Morris, Chas. M Smith and Baxter Fierce^ constitut ing the lioard of county commission ers, were in special session Monda for the purpose of entering into con tract, with the local banks for the ex change of county warrants for fund ing bonds. Should the local hank be successful in negotiating the ex change with pastern bond houses the county administration would l»é put on a cash basis. The deal has not yet been consummated. Jasper S. Rue. it prominent stock grower. died very suddenly at his ranch home on Little Powder river about 5 o'clock last Saturday even ing. He bag been engaged in the raising of livestock for m&try years past and was successful, having made many acquaintanceships who deeply regret his demise. He was 49 years of age, a native of Iowa and is survived by a wife, three children and three brothers, Fred, George and Alfred. Funeral services were held at the ranch home Tuesday forenoon with the sermon preached by Rev. H. K. Waters. Vocal duet was rendered by Mesdames A. W. Heidel and L. R. Warren and a selection by the Broad us church choir. The remains were brought to Broadus following the services and interred in Valley View cemetery, Rev. Waters speaking words of con solation to ths surviving relatives. The funeral service was attended by many people from sections of the country in which Mr. Rue was known and it seemed that every available automobile was in use for the occa sion. First to Go to Pen From Co. Williaht Vitalis and Sam Beach are now serving lime iu the state penitentiary at Deer Lodge for bur glarizing a homesteader's cabin on Pilgrim creek. They pleaded guilty to the charge before Judge McKinnon last week and each one was sentenced to the penitentiary, from two to four years. The prisoners were delivered to the institution by Sheriff Sutter and Deputy Wiley. Vitalis and Beach are the first to be sentenced from this county since its creation from Custer county. Warehouse For Church Project A meeting of die ladies of Broad us was called lay Rev. H. K. Waters for the purpose of trying to devise ways and means fur the purchase of the old warehouse near the court house and convert it into a church building. It was Mr. Waters' plaus to have the Boy Scouts excavate a basement to be used by them as a jelub room and gymnasium and on ; week days to rent the main audi j toritim for high school purposes. S. , A. Holt, dean of the church, could advance no information as to the re sult of tiie meeting, but it is be lieved ih*- original cost of the build ing. its removal and remodeling would represent an expenditure in excess of a new structure. In the mean time church services and Sunday school will continue to be hold in tiie hall over the Powder River Vountv hank. Stickney Loses All by Fire Fire of questionable origin some time the early part of Tuesday night, destroyed the log house and lob barn ow ned by E. I). Stickney, residing at. Ute Third creek spring on the Doyle creek divide. The two structures ad join each other and a short distance away there was a hay stack. Ac cording to reports received here, there was no fire in the stoves at the time. It is said that Mr. Stick ney was alone, reading and did not discover the tire until it had eaten its way well intolhe barn. It is un known as to whether insurance was carried on the property.