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ie Powder River County 1
and The Broadus independent
II Number 20 Ü ê Î
$2 Per Yi
Broadus ,Mont„ is getting the oil
lover and wants some wildcatting
done In that vicinity. In order to
interest the fraternity, the commu
nity through its (taper has let it be
come known that on one of the pros
pective domes in that vicinity there
lies buried at a depth of less than
50 feet, a cache of 22 barrels of 47
year-old whiskey, the caact location
of which is not known. It was buried
by a military expedition under Gen
erals Reno and Custer in 1874, when
the soldiers were in close proximity
to a body of hostile Indians, and
it was necessary for them to keep
on the nlove. Leasin'« is reported
active in that vicinity. The bring
ing in of a whiskey gusher undoubt
edly will lead to a big boom.
The incident reminds one of the
Irish soldier in France who received
a letter from his mother saying she
was unable to plant garden as she
had no one to spade up the ground.
The soldier replied that she must
not have it spaded ns the Sinn Fein
ts had a lot of rifles and ammuni
tion buried there. Just as he ex
pected, the censors intercepted the
message and a few days later a
squad of English soldiers arrived at
the scene and spaded up every foot
of ground in the garden to the dj
light of the old lady and her soldier
son.—Wyoming Oil News.
Raturas From Hie
Land of Flaum
After a three months' vacation
spent at his old home in Georgia.
Charles W. Miles returned home last
Friday and staled lie had enjoyed
himself immensely on the trip. He
had also made an excursion to Flor
ida and among the incidents heard
a sermon by William Jennings Bryan.
The tourist business in the south
this winter does not reach last year's
figures, according to Mr. Miles, but
it is plenty large at that, liepide com
tng.fpom all over the Imfed states,
many of them motoring through the
country at their leisure. It was the
first time Mr. Milesjiad visited his
old home at Greensborongh, Ga.,
17 years ago and he renewed many
of his old-time acquaintanceships.
Fruit trees are in blossom over the
southland .lie says, as well as flow
ers and all verdure has a pretty
color of green. Palm Beach suits
are in evidence everywhere and
summer frocks of white are worn by
the ladies.
Farmers of Georgia depend little j
on precipitation, says Mr. Miles,, |
resorting to irrigation instead and |
they have some extensive projects.
In comparing the financial condi
tions Mr. Miles states that while
money is "tight" here conditions are
worse throughotu the south and
there is much poverty, especially !
among the negroes.
Fair Weather
Starts Farmiug
With fair weather prevailing sev
eral days the past week, conditions
became right for plowing and disc
dug and farmers everywhere over
the county engaged themselves iu i
these their first spring activities.
By the first of the week the frost
hud almost disappeared from the
ground everywhere and with an ab
sence of rain or snow the conditions
were soon favorable for turning the
While the snow this past winter
has been below normal, the ground
is wet for a depth of six to eight
inches and those doing their early
plowing will conserve the rains that
are certain to fall later iu the sea
One farmer in Broadus the past
week declared he was going to put
in everything possible this year even
though others had planned to de
crease production. "There's one
thing certain," said this farmer "if
nothing is planted, the ground will
yield nothing, and there's always
sure to be a crop and this year I be
lieve will be a bumper one. Of
course the prices are uncertain for
us but with the readjustment going
on our products will bring their
worth this year and then besides^we
all should raise everything we can
and hold something in reserve for the
off year that comes after prosperous
seasons. You bet. I'm going to do
my* bit this year for I have the seed,
the horse power and my own tlnfe.
And then again if I raise a good crop
it places a better valuation on my
After weathering the winter's sea
son {aere and with the approach of
the spring season when they would
chirp the glad tidings to their mates,
six defenceless little snow-birds were
killed the other day by two youths
who chanced along with tnelr "nig
ger-shooters," looking for prey of
any kind. The birds had grown
friendly wit6 the people through
their winter's solitude and did not
fly upon the approach of the two
youths. They remained in the
branches of the trees until their
number began to diminish, victims of
pellets thrown at them and then a
few took flight. The birds, hardly
more than a handful of feathers,
fell one after «pother, until six of
them lay dying at the feet of their
captors. They were not to enjoy the
warm rays of the sun longer and not
to herald the coming of spring and
not to mate and rear their young jn
their supreme happiness. Their lives
had been snuffed out in a twinkling.
And just to satisfy a lust for some
thing in the hearts of the culprits.
Laughing at their prowess at marks
manship tlie boys picked the birds
up one by one and tossed them to
prowling cats, licking their chops
with glee at the prospect of ungained
meals. These same birds were wary
of these eats, their natural enemies,
and fell victims to the ones they
believed their protectors.
,be hotel,
Oil was struck this week at Web
ster - Fallon county, at a depth of
Additional Local News
Herman Kirkingberg has resigned
his position as driver for the Reeves
auto stage between Broadus and
Miles City and is succeeded by Fred
Ur. Janies made a professional
trip Tuesday to Joe Babetto's place,
10 miles east of Boyes.
A. J. Haley left yesterday for Bil
lings and will return Sunday.
John Dwyer. U. F. Davidson, Clar
ence Gardner and Fred OBannan of
Piniele, all residig on Box Elder
creek, were Broadus visitors yester
E. A. Btacv of in
town 't'iis week, returning to his
home yesterday.
J. D. Beach was over from Boyes
'he forepart of this week.
Big dance at Powderlille March
I 7. Miles City orchestra.
\ daughter was Porn to Mr. and
Ml 3. John Leuo lust Saturday. All
doing well.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Einsel
motored to Miles City» yesterday.
Mesdames Margaret Trautman and
Burt Peterson, entertained the Ladies
Aid society yesterday afternoon at
2,2t>0 feet. Webster is 32 miles south
of Baker and ten miles northeast of
A report readied Broadus Tuesday
that the Congregational service car,
being driven to Miles City by Rev.
H. K. Waters anil Miss Thelma Stew
art. hail overturned and gone into
the ditch 17 miles this side of Miles
City, both of them escaping unin
jured. Later advices state that the
car was standing just off the road
and was still intact. From some
cause or other It had been abandon
ed and the occupants were taken
to their destination by a passing car.
of Joe
Brown County
Helena, Feb. 28.—The senate com
mittee on new counties and divisions
held a hearing this evening on the
three bills peding Ui the Beate for
the creation of the new counties of
Cruse, Redwater and Joe Brown. A
large number of proponents and op
ponents of the proposed - counties
were present and presented their
views to the committee. It was an
nounced at the close of the meeting
that the committee will hold a meet
ing just before the convening of the
senate and will make a report on
the new county bills when the sen
ate convenes.
A very acceptable innovation has
been started in Broadus whereby the
correct time every day is received
over the long-disrance phone line
from Miles City by the Reliable
Drug store and the local people are
thus kept informed of the correct
time by a regulator in the store
window. Heretofore watches and
clocks in Broadus have been at some
variance, sometimes differing over
an hour.
Arrangements have been com
pleted by the Western Creamery
company of Miles City for a cream
buying station at Broadus which
will be hauled to Miles City under
the most economical hauling con
tract possible and the price paid to
the farmer will be the regular price
less the actual cost of transporta
tion and Mr. Holt's commission for
testing and handling. Under this ar
rangement the farmer will see his
cream tested if they so desire.
Local farmers will be paid cash
for their cream upon delivery. They
The Fai-in J.oan act. designed to
sist agricultural i!< veli pnu-tit by pro
viding easy credit for fanners through
the federal land banks was on Febru
ary 28 declared valid by the supreme
eourt. Commissioner Lobdell at Wash
ington announced the immediate issue
of farm laon bonds to finance the hun
dreds of million dollars of loans ap
proved by the board. The. bond offer
ing will he made as soon as the bonds
can be made ready, he said.
Farm loans aggregating- more than
$50,000,000 have been held up since
May, 1920. as a result of the suit in
stituted by Charles 1Î. Smith, a stoi k
holder in the Kansas City Title Ar Trust
Co., to test tlie validity of the Federal
Farm Loan act. Applications to this
amount weev pending when Commis- |
siimer l.olidell announced at a conli.r-j
•-nee of farm loan officials in Wash
ingtoii that effieial approval would le- !
withheld pending a decision of the
court. !
Officials placed tlie tolat amount
loans to farmers held
the suit at many times $5.000.000. how
ever, the leceipt of applications hav
ing stopped with Cominissicjter Lob
dell's announcement, tin March 1. 1920,
the Farm Loan Hoard reported ilr.il
$182,897.000 hdu been advneed to 75.
384 farmers and that application« from
179.734 persons then pending totalled
Tlie suit in the supermo court was
in the form of an appeal frtm lower
court decisions refusing to issue an
injunction to restrain the Kansas City
Title .V Trust Co. from investing- its
funds in bonds issued by the farm
loan banks. The government, the Fed
eral Land Hank of Wichita. Kan., and
the First Joint ytrok Land Rank of
Chicavo. on their own application,
were made defendants in «tfebs^tUat
1W0 MIMS HR 99
Word was iveilved in Miles- City
tiiis week from Carl W. Iliddick. one
of Montana's representatives in con
gress, that the house had voted two
million dollars to bo loaned Montana
and North Dakota farmers, to enable
them to buy seed grain. Aeordincg to
the communication, this appropriation
was made by the house only after a
bitter light. The senate had made pro
vision for a loan* of five million dol
lars but the amount was cut down
by the house.
Members of the northwestern states
led in the fight to secure the appro
priation. The fund of $2.Old).OuO will
do much to aid the sections of this
state which have been drouth sti uken |
$150 An Ounce
In Ore Sample!
Within tlie past few days a \al-j
liable specimen of ore found on |
Cache creek, this county, was de- j
dared to contain a precious mineral j
seven times as valuable as gold and j
worth $150 an ounce. The ore spec- !
imen was picked up at random and j
yet it is unknown whether it comes
from a hidden ledge nearby or is a
piece of lava that abounds not only J
in that vicinity but generally over j
the county. The ore specimen with j
its dull metallic patches was taken
to Miles City and at an office there )
greatly excited those who viewed it.!
especially a late arrival from Alaska (
and they promised to visit the scene !
of the "find" in the near future.
Gi orge j
The home of Mr. and Mrs
Hulford on tlie Mizpah was
by the Grint Reaper on February 22
and carried away the four-months
ohl babe. Funeral services were held
the folowing day and interment oc
•curred in the cemetery a. Frank
Smith's. The bereaved parents have !
athy of a host of friends in '
the sympathy
their loss.
Clifford C. Craw, who has served
as deputy county treasurer, has ac
cepted a position with the Examiner
and will go on the payroll starting
with Monday. With his employment
the Examiner ceases to be a "one
man" shop and will be supporting
two families, eleven people all told,
and more to come.
must provide their own cans in
bringing their cream to the station
Cream stations will also be opened
simultaneously at Coalwood, Volberg
and Beebe, it is said, and at the Y Ti
ranch it is believed arrangements
will be made for receiving the cream
It is believed that this Innovation!?"
is the forerunner of a dairy business
to he built up here that will grow
and assume good proportions in a
very few years and that everyone
will be directly and indirectly bene
fitted as a result.
ti'na Il*y' Vn'on!-' suVt OT1 M " sht br ' »''•'tiled j
Counsel for Mr Smith asserted in '
substance thta tlm Farm Loan it was
i*ii exercise of i>uw*-*r which cimciw-v-i -
Uc! ne t possess under the constitution. !
. . ........... . .... ...... ..
ground for attack was fourni j
iceuri ties* from* °t a x a t buu e a s '* nsV!
tiilitit's of the government."
t"a«2?£ Äuted e 7n;!
government, brief as special assistant
inent" 1 o f ' I?ie"' eâ se. Pn °He ' awÄ^hlu I
the banks wen
agents" of the g(
congress had the -
such institutions.
I- made
•dal ussi
in itie ;
rent <
*d ns "
■rnnicnt und
nr ri
Igtli to s
Bt Up
L*c to
the go
fmI. r
ongress ■
ecu LI
ell ose to
f nri
os to pn
il vide
for !
t'suafy funds' •• • .
.heÄÄ ÄSrÄiS
farm loan bonds "to an undetermined j
ai- f :
:uly had been approved i>\ ih.. ;
court's 1 'm-' isl' 11,1(1 " p T' l ' ndin «' tlie ;
"A bond offering will be made as'
■"bon as tlie bonds can t>o made ready.' j
the distribuVbiii' 1 of* funds' 1 beg'um'^n ■
will be at least 30 days, however, ta - !
foanIn f g. nd * u '" avaUable fcr actual j
"The farm loan board is hopeful !
that the market may absorb farm loan :
bonds equal to tlie borrowing demands
of tlie farms of ibe country, but m
one can predict with safety the result
of a financial operation of this mag-!
..... !
for the past throe or four u-ft
many localities tlie grain grow
tlie best have been only abl
at I
enough grain for seed purposes. rn ,
many instances, fanners have not had j
this fortune with their
Since Mr. Riddick lias been r.-pre- '
(tenting the state at: Washington, lie i
has been tireiossH at work trving to I
bring about sene- 'financial plan 'for tin- j
benefit of the farmers. With the Co- I
operation of other representatives who ■
have the interests of the agricultural I
class at heart. Mr. Riddi-k
in bringing the attention of
to subscribing financial aid
, 1 ,','j! 1, '!
iu rthwest farmers.
lOriiling Gives
Way To Farming
Attention to farm work lias tern- j
| porarily suspended operations at the
j Little Powder river oil well, being I
j drilled by W. E. Christensen and Ira !
j Franklin. The hole was originally ;
! bored for water with a rigging for :
j such a purpose and then worked to;
a depth of 700 feet in quest ,,f oil.
The two-inch hole lias been reamed.
J to a diameter of three inches.
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) - . —
The Fifteen Mile school resumed
( its activities last Monday after be-1
! ing closed down tor ten days on ae
'count of sickness. Mrs. Abbott is
the new f^acln-r. succeeding Kather
ine A.vles.
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open and fair lias the winter;
season been that some .rattlesnakes
forgot their hibernation and espe
. ,,
'T. ^ n,° " ra " 1 " r bav *
* * b « , tt° n8 lui ed on the open
, . ' ,} es a ' il feOU ' ll0 mcl '
^happened several weeks ago and
to have proof Davidson exhibited the
snake with its buttons to Frank
Now is the season to wage an un
relentless campaign agains^ the fly j
nuisonce. Statistics are not availa-l
hie to show the number of flies that
are bred from one fly at this season
of the year, but suffice It to say that
the number runs well up Into the
thousands. "Swat the fly" should be
the popular slogan for awhile at least,
1 ____
une county commissioners
i ?!.«" . P " C 4 h n °^ lei l ge< | U,at the board
,, a ,® r hasty m consideration of
. J' ra,rle do « committee's request
' 81, f Cial , T ettUg February 21,
I absorbed " a * ,b; ' board in
,, r in,twtaut Project of trying
! .Lfu® Wa ? s and mea,is for P ,ac *
! 1US , county on a casb baa is that
i nea ^ everytbing else " as forgotten,
i P , f" urfie vve realize that, the in
! 5°. the prairIe have made
; into our country are serious," said
[the commissioner, "and they should
j be exterminated and thus eradicated
! as soon as possible. These pests
; mean a great financial loss to our
j People every year and co-operative
j ac Hon is the best method of tlispos
I ing oi them. 5 ou may rest assured
j that the commissioners at the reg
; ular March meeting will do every
j thing Possible in making available
' Some P° isoa at least."
- ,
! ever ^ rancher and farmer to launch
There seems (o be a disposition of
ery rancher and farmer to launch
j a campaign of extermination against
thß Prairie dog menace. Several in
past week tor prairie dog bait but
quiries were made in Broadus the
none is available as yet.
«Rriculturalists from bait he
held over
mairie dogs the past two weeks.
It is reported that residents of the
independent of the county and will
pool their finances to buy the poison
strychnine at wholesale prices and
add * tIo f n wil1 have A. K. Oman,
expert from the staee college,
J t :Ti ent to f d '«lrate the proper
hiixture of the poison and other in
gradients with oat» to make the bait.
1 ** 01 ' $ 18 " sufficient, poison, etc., may
be purchased at wholesale prices to
l ,re l ,are 1,250 pounds of Vmit. Last
year strychnine purchased at retail
prices in Miles City cost $4.50 an
ounce while at wholesale price now
u is «I 83 an one,.« it,- .i,„
11 lb . '* dn oun <- e - B> the latm
ers providing the oats, it is believed
the cost to them of the bait- „tn
m 1 01 Ule ,,dlt " lU aV_
erage between 15 and 20 cents a
B. Cain of Broadus who lias had
considerable experience in poisoning
prairie flogs states that only good,
clean oats should lie used in the bait
land that only about half a teaspoon
fill is necessary for each hole. The
bait should not be thrown into tlie
hole, lie states, but scattered around
the entrance,
1 11 e * ,1< a or m,( *Station 01 prairie
dogs in this county is not confined
to any one certain section and in
some instances tlie "towns" are !
tlie land '
scattered and quite remote, tmtwher
ever they gel a start they increase
middle and l .v vv.sf
™' * Q y dU( -* ld -'
Some profess the belief that anv
i* Ft ion taken now to launch a concert
ed campaign against tlu- prairie dogs i
would only mean a loss of time and j
money. With other forage in sight.)
such as green grass, the prairie dogs j
are said to refuse the bait but take j
it readily before the verdure ap- !
pears or late in the fall when they
are storing food away for the winter. '
However, rho.ild tlie commission-;"'
ers decide upon an appropriation to
spend for poison it would be under- ;
-stood that the farmers ami ranchers
would provide tlie necessary oats.!
Wheat is not used in the liait prep-1
aration for safety reasons. Birds !
and children are not so apt to eat !
the poisoned oats as they would the'
wheat mixtur
List of Field
Dep. Assessors
Property owners for lliis year's
taxation will J>e assessed for their
holdings March ^.
Eleven field deputy asessors under
direction of County Assessor J. D.
Williams will start on their assessing
trips over the county sometime be
tween March Jo at.«» 15. They have
beeu selected as follows:
])ist 21
]>i s t j
Dist. 14
Dist. 22
Dist. 24
Dist. 18
Dist. 23
Dist. 20
E. F.. Tubb, Sa y le.
\Y. H. Goodspeed, Ot-er.
-Claude Andersan. Asli
Mansiield Dunning, of
I. C. Sessions, ni Ilaneli
Paul Harrison. Broadus.
Chas. Scofield, Biddle.
Harry Fischer, Broadus.
Dist. lti—John Gaar, Kingsley.
Dist. 15—Fred Jansseu, Coalwood
Dist. 19— Geo. Liuville, Broadus.
Washington.—A compromise tar
iff on wheat at 35 cents a bushel
was reached by the senate and house
conferees «considering the Fordnev
tariff bill.
That the Powder River band
means business was demonstratëd.
last ï riday night when the local mul
sieinns met in the hall over the haul
for its first rehearsal. While ther
wore a few instruments shy the
band had no difficulty in its dis
course of the popular musical uum^
bers and national airs. It was the
first practice of a band that will la
ooasted by the entire county.
The personnel of the band consista
of 15 former band players and five!
amateurs anii there's yet room fori
more of each. Regular rehearsals]
will ho held Friday night of each!
Soon-To Debate
Commission Plan
At its next meeting three weeks
lienee the Broadus Literary society
proposes to debate tlie commission
form of government. Tljjs announce
ment was made at the last meeting
and the time was extended in order
to give participants opportunity to
get posted.
At tlie debate a week ago the
League of Nations was again the is
sue, with the affirmative championed
by P. E. Ball, S. A. Holt, J. I. West
plial and Edward Prchal while the
negative team consisted of T. E.
Sherlock, Lee Warren. "Shorty"
Johnson and T. K. Craig. Tlie offi
ciating judges were Mrs. Margaret
Trautman, Burt Peterson and H. R.
The Literiary society next Thurs
day night will deviate from its dis
cussion of public questions through
debates and instead will have a pro
gram of recitations, readings, vocal
and instrumental selections.
Two weeks from next Thursday
the society will have a debate on the
question, "Resolved, That the State
should adopt the commission plan of
government." S. A. Holt will lead
the team for the negative and H. R.
Cook tlie Learn for the negative. No
dot.bt much interest, will be mani
fested in this subject and as usual
everyone is welcome to attend.
The program next Thursday even
ing will be as follows:
Reading.......Mrs. ('has. B. Lewis
Reading........Rev. H. K. Waters
ö j
d u ^ ' Ulel ®° 10 ..........
' ' ;...... au<, *' lr s. II. It. Cook
! bailing. De Bigges' Pile'......
................. Herbert Holt
Selection by Ladies' Quartette. . . .
' Mesdames A. \\ . Heide!, N. A.
.Burkey, L. R. Warren and Miss
Winonn Lewis.
! ! 5-Minute Address on County
Unit............Prof. F. E. Ball
Tableaux by "Shorty" Turley,
"Shorty" Johnson. T. E. Sherlock.
j U " f ' ical Seloction • Prof. Westphal
! heading.......Mrs. G lenna Stewart
' ocal .......Mrs. A. W . Heidel
' :idl,i,io11 to * bft above there
11 be numbers,
Charged With
Wife Desertion
v ice of Hit- long-distance toll
litte to Miles City on Monday was
responsiide for th* apprehension in
Miles City of L. Hoefer of Wright
creek this county, wanted in Rapid
City. S. I>.. on a charge of wife de
sertion. I pon advice Sheriff W. E.
Sutter got into communication with
the sheriff's office at Miles City and
within fifteen minuies Hoefer had
been placed under (irrest there.
Sheriff J. \\ . Howell of Rapid City,
carrying a bench warrant for the ar
rest of Hoefer and accompanied by
Deputy Gillelantl of Alzada to show
him the way. visited Hooter's place
at the head of Wright creek anti
learned he had decamped for Miles
City. Oominag to Broadus the offi
cers despaired of arresting Hoefer
when Sheriff Sutter came to their as
sistance by resorting to tlie phone
It is said Hoefer refused to ac
company Shreiff Howell back to
Rapid City without extradition pa
pers. at least the officers went thru
Broadus Tuesday night, on the return
trip to their homes from Miles City
and Hoefer wasn't with them. To
take him back now will require le
gal procedure between the governors
of South Dakota and Montana.
It is said that Hoefer has been n
resident of this county for about
two years and a few days ago when
in Broadus he staled he was bound
tor Miles City after & load of fur
niture and would be back within
about a week.

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