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The Glasgow Courier
George S. Kraft of Thoen>% T s
Arrested Charged With °*s
Grand Larceny.
M.ney Alleged to Have Been Remov
ed by Defendant from Handbag
Left in Depot by Mrs. John
George S. Kraft of Thoeny was pla
ced under arrest last Saturday charg
ed with the theft of a pocketbook
containing $145 in currency from Mrs.
John Iticiana of Glasgow.
According to the testimony at the
preliminary" hearing before Judge
Hall, Mrs. Iticiana and Evelyn Mor
rison, in hurriedly boarding train No.
2, left the former's handbag on one
of the seats at the depot. The loss
was discovered immediately after the
train had started and the ladies left
the train when it stopped at the wat
er tank, immediately hurrying to the
Grossman garage where they called
Sheriff Powell, advising him of the
An investigation was immediately
i nstituted by the sheriff's office and
it developed that at the time of the de
parture of the tram there were only
three persons present in the depot, Bat
Parrent, Josephine LaFournaise and
Geo. S. Kraft. Mr. Parrent informed
the sheriff that he had accompanied
Miss LaFournaise to the depot to check
her trunk. Upon their entrance he
saw Mrs. Iticiana and Miss Morrison
in company with Mr. Iticiana and af
ter they boarded the train he noticed
the handbag lying on the seat. In
the corppany of Miss LaFournaise, he
examined it, explaining at the time
that it belonged to Mrs. Iticiana or
Miss Morrison and that he would take
it to the Farmers & Stockgrowers'
bank. As they were leaving to check
the lady's trunk, Mr. Kraft stepped
into the depot. Upon their return
from the check room they proceeded to
where the handbag lay and examined
it again. They discovered that the
small pocketbook inside had been re
moved and also that Mr. Kraft had
About this time Undersheriff Teal
appeared on the scene to trace the
whereabouts of the handbag. Mr. Par
rent told his story and the two of them
went in search of Kraft, who was soon
located on the street. He was taken
to the sheriff's office and searched.
Two hundred and five dollars was
found on his person in loose currency.
Sheriff Powell felt that the fact of
his being in possession of that amount
of money was insufficient to charge
him with larceny so Mr. Teal and Mr.
Baynham were sent to search his room
and trace his whereabouts that morn
It was soon ascertained that Kraft
had been in Siert's pool hall and had
spent a few minutes in the lavatory.
A search of the room revealed the
empty pocketbook of Mrs. Iticiana
lying on the floor where it had pre
sumably been thrown after the money
was removed. As Kraft was the only
person who had been in the lavatory
during the time the theft had occur
ed, the evidence was thought to be
sufficient to charge him with grand
larceny. A bench warrant was ac
cordingly issued by Judge Hall and
the hearing held.
As a result of the evidence intro
duced at the hearing, Kraft was bound
over to the next session of district
court and bail placed at $1000. The
bail was furnished Wednesday and the
defendant is now at liberty.
The Beaver Valley Press of Ekalaka
is sponsor for the eandidaey of Sen
ator John Oliver, formerly of Fallon
county and known as the senator from
Fallon county, as a candidate for the
republican nomination for lieutenant
Senator Oliver is one of the well
known republicans of the state and
has a record that is without a blemish
in so far as The Argus is advised.—
Fergus County Argus.
The time is growing short for the
registration of electors for both the
city and county elections. There are
a large number of people in Glasgow
who have changed their residences
from one ward to another since the
last election who will have to register
before the closing of the books in or
der to exercise their right of fran
chise. Very little time is required to
ascertain the status of one's name on
the books'of the clerk and recorder
and electors should investigate before
it is too late.
The registration books for the pri
mary election to be held April 23rd
will close Tuesday, March 9th, at 5
p. m., and for the city election to be
e '^ Monday, April 5th, the books
^ '1 close on Friday, February 20th at
1„ mber, if you did not vote at
the last general election held in No
vember, 1918, or have not registered
since that time, it wfll be necessary
tQ register in order to vote at the ap
proaching elections.
This is the way the sporting editor
or the society editor or whoever it is
who writes the sport dope for the Hel
ena Record-Herald has the Glasgow
baseball situation lined up, for all of
which we thank him and make obeiS'
an ce :
Glasgow is right there when it comes
to putting pep into baseball. The Val
ley county seat intends to have
baseball team this season that will
make the rest of the state sit up and
take notice. They don't do things
half way there. When they get the
idea they want something, they go
and get it.
Hence, Herb Hester, one-time pan
ager of the Great Falls team in the
Union league and lately mentor of the
Havre team, has been engaged as man
ager and has been given a free hand
in garnering players. He has already
signed up a number of likely ball tos
sers and promises to put Glasgow on
the diamond map.
Herb made a hit with the Glasgow
fans immediately and he has been
known to make them on the field, oc
casionally, but the averages record it
only occasionally. However, he is a
scrapping leader who always keeps his
men on their toes, so watch Glasgow
The meeting of Valley Post No. 41
of the American Legion which was
scheduled to be held on Wednesday of
this week, was adjourned to Sunday
afternoon at 2 p. m. This action was
taken on account of the poor repre
sentation of local members.
On Sunday the new constitution
which was drafted by the committee
will be presented for approval " and
a number of necessary by-laws will be
drawn up. Few changes have been
made in the first constitution pre
sented with the exception of the in
crease of the annual dues to $2 which
will include the subscription to the
American Legion weekly for one year
and the Legion button.
A Boy Scout meeting was held on
Tuesday of this week for the purpose
of reorganizing the local post. Rev.
J. R. Jeffery was elected Scout Master.
Another meeting for the purpose of
completing organization work will be
held on Friday evening, February 20,
at which time everyone interested in
the work will be welcomed.
District-Court Disposes of
Several Horse Thief Cases
The board of county commissioners
of Sheridan county at their meeting
held last Friday named Tuesday, May
11th, as the day on which the election
on the question of the creation of
Daniels county will be held.
Opposition on the part of the peo
ple of Opheim and vicinity, led by
Attorney A. T. Vollum of Plentywood,
developed at the hearing. The pro
tests and withdrawals presented to
the board for consideration were held
to be insufficient. The protestants
proposed to withdraw the fifteen Val
ley county townships which were set
forth in the original petition to be
included in the new county.
It is understood that a big mass
meeting was held in Opheim during
the past week to effect the creation of
Bench county out of' the north half
of Valley county and including the
fifteen townships sought by Daniels
county. A committee of five headed
by Representative R. C. Arnold as
chairman, was appointed to take
charge of the matter. In addition to
this step to head off the creation of
Daniels county, it is thought that the
proponents of Bench county will short
ly initiate proceedings contemplated
to restrain the Sheridan county board
from submitting the question to the
electors at the election called for May
- The general opinion in Scobey is
that Daniels county will go over with
a big majority if,the Opheim opposi
tion is overcome and the election held
on the date set.
The territory proposed to be taken
from Valley county by the county of
Wireless communication between
Glasgow and Miles City and Jordan
has been fully established and is at
tracting considerable attention around
the state. The three stations clear or
operate four times each day at the
hours of 9 and 11 in the morning and
3 and 5 in the afternoon.
The local station was installed by
E. L. Wharton of the Glasgow Electric
Shop in the Orpheum building and is
being operated by himself. The reg
ulations surrounding the operation of
wireless stations which were imposed
by the national government as a war
time measure limit the sphere of op
erations of private stations to a com
paratively small radius. It is thought
that when peace is definitely declared
these restrictive regulations will be
somewhat modified to enable the pri
vate staticyis to communicate more
Department of Agriculture Praises
County Agent Stebbins for Re
sults Accomplished.
In reviewing the work done in var
ious counties of the state by county
agents during 1919, H. W. Gilbertson,
of the United States department of
agriculture highly praises the results
accomplished by Murray E. Stebbins,
county agent of Valley county. The
letter follows:
United States Department of Agricul
ture, State Relations Service, Wash
ington, D. C., January 12, 1920.
Extension Service,
State College of Agriculture,
Bozeman, Montana.
Dear Mr. Stebbins: I wish to take
this opportunity of commending the
quality of your narrative and statisti
cal reports. I have finished review
ing and indexing the reports of all
county agents in the northwestern
states forwarded to this office and
consider your report to be one of the
best of the state of Montana, both in
general make-up and results accom
plished. In reviewing reports we in
dicate on the index the material which
will make good stories for publicity
and assemble indices into a master
state and national index for the use
of specialists and others interested in
the accomplishments of our agents.
I found especially interesting and
wish to commend your publicity ma
terial, good display of forms and
Daniels includes fifteen townships
east of the range line between ranges
42 and 43 and north of the township
line between townships 32 and 33. This
will take in the territory surrounding
the inland towns of Tande, Ossette*
and Coal Creek but excludes the towns
of Richland, Glentana, Opheim and
Avondale. The eastern boundary is
located to include the Sheridan county
towns of Whitetail on the Soo line and
Scobey, Madoc, Flaxville and Navajo
on the Great Northern, the eastern line
running a few miles west of Redstone.
F. M. Rolfe, county treasurer of
Blaine county, is affirmed in his po
sition which he won in the decision
written by Justice W. L. Jiolloway,
in which other members of the su
preme court concur. The decision
brings to a close a long contest for
the office, during which time Rolfe
was unable to collect his salary. Emil
J. Gervais, rival candidate for the
office, was the contestee. The court
affirmed the order the district
court which denied Gervais a new
trial and affirmed Rolfe's cross ap
The contest followed the election in
November, 1918. The canvassing
board gave Rolfe 662 votes and Ger
vais 661. Rolfe was given a certifi
cate of election. Gervais contested
and brought suit, losing in the low
er court.
A pretender was never a doer.
The following rates between Jor
dan and Miles City have been approv
ed by the public utilities commission
and are the same as charged for like
messages from Glasgow to Jordan, the
rate from Glasgow to Miles City be
ing somewhat higher:
10 words $ .75
Each additional word 05
Night Letters—
For 50 words 75
Each additional 10 words 15
Day Letters—
For 50 words 1.50
Each additional 10 words 25
Mr. Wharton is submitting to the
commission his rates for messages to
Jordan and Miles City and expects
that they will be approved within a
short time. All of the stations are
Word received from Ermen
trude is to the effect that she
is still alive and will be suffi
ciently well to fill her date at
Glasgow the coining week. She
arrives Tuesday and will do
stunts for the public until Sun
day. Her reportoire includes
tricks of both fancy and garden
varieties and she has the abili
ty to amuse where Mark Twain
or the Crowh Prince would fail.
And then there's the Short
Course. One ticket lets you in
to see both performances and
the ticket's free.
Help yourself!
printed matter used in connection with
your work; ab.j your work on pocket
gopher extermination.
Again expressing appreciation of
your work during the past year and
wishing you continued success, I am
with kind personal regards,
Very truly yours,
Agriculturist, County Agent Work.
The original report of Mr. Steb
bins to the board of directors covers
several typewritten pages and is too
lengthy for reproduction here. The
"high points" of the report as shown
below will give an idea of the varied
activities of the agent during the
year past and the large amount of
work necessary in the operation of
the local department both in the field
and in the office:
Seven hundred and nine seed grain
applications were taken and approv
ed, amounting to $233,090; 67,760
pounds of gopher poison were distrib
uted; 3,578 farmers co-operated
this project. The county furnished
50,000 pounds, the state 14,560 pounds
and the government 3200 pounds. This
represents an acreage covered of ap
proximately 677,600, with a conserv
ative estimate of 3,500,000 gophers
killed with an estimated saving of
$287,980. A saving of $4,743.50 was
made by co-operative purchase of sup
plies. This goes back to the user as
the poison is sold at cost. The pro
ject supported itself. There were 5
078.40 paid out for compulsory ex
termination work. Nine thousand
five hundred thirty-eighty bulletins
were given away or mailed out on re
quest. Three co-operative livestock
shipping associations were organized,
shipping 65 cars of stock, containing
1560 head at an estimated saving of
$15,600. One hundred and one drouth
area permits were issued, making a
saving of $8,726 in freight to farmers
alone. This year the farm bureau was
successful in getting the half rate
through for all. The agent visited
444 farms, 4,085 farmers called at the
farm bureau office. The agent held
93 meetings with a total attendance
of 3225. The agent wrote 105 news
paper articles, wrote 7300 letters and
sent out 12,247 circular letters. The
agent traveled 9,134 miles by car, 797
miles by railroad and 309 miles by
team. The report shows that the agent
spent 54.8 per cent of his time in the
field and 45.8 per cent of his time
in the office.
Among the large number of wit
nesses from the Scobey country in at
tendance at the Otto Ristow trial the
first part of the week were Hale Nel
son, Norman Scarf, Chas. Johnson,
Oscar Frisley, Eid Shad, C. J. Big
ley, Emil Barnowski, Geo. Monahan,
Frank Barnard, Geo. Best and Otto
Ristow and wife.
through the experimental stage and |
are equipped to handle commercial
The successful operation of the wire
less stations is particularly fortunate
for Jordan, an inland town about 100
miles from Glasgow. With the ex
ception of an occasional and irregular
mail service they have no methods of
communication with the outside world
save the wireless.
Mr. Wharton is an enthusiastic stud
ent and is always glad to explain the
subject to anyone wfshing to inspect
his outfit. Great interest is being
taken around the city and two or
three smaller stations are being install
ed by high school boys.
Glasgow points the way in every
thing progressive and is not being out
done by other cities of the west sev
eral times its size.
Prominent Speakers and Educators
Will Speak at Glasgow Feb. 16;
Hinsdale, Feb. 17.
Everyone interested in farm man
agement and who is desirous of re
ceiving practical assistance in the
proper keeping of farm accounts
should make it a point to attend the
farm management school to be held at
Glasgow February 16th and at Hins
dale February 17th. The school at
Glasgow will be held in the farm bu
reau office and in the basement of the
Valley County bank at Hinsdale. These
schools will last all day and will be of
real benefit to the stockmen and farm
A. J. Copeland, farm management
director, will be at the schools and a
good, round table discussion will be
held at the close of the school. Lack
of systematic accounting is causing
a number of Montana farmers to pay
income tax where it is not due, ac
cording to Mr. Copeland, farm man
agement specialist at the state col
lege. Mr. Copeland, in a recent trip
over the state, pointed out to farmers
the mistakes that are made in income
tax returns to their own loss.
One instance given by Mr. Copeland
is of a farmer who, in 1917, raised
$2000 worth of wheat. Had he sold
the wheat that year his personal ex
emption would have made it unnec
essary for him to pay an income tax.
But he did not sell the wheat and in
Jones New Head of Com
mercial Club Secretaries
L. E. Jones, secretary of the cham
ber of commerce at Glasgow, was elect
ed president of the Montana Associa
tion of Commercial Club Secretaries
to succeed J. A. Harader of Bozeman,
at the final session of the annual
convention, which closed Wednesday
in Great Falls. Mr. Jones has acted
in the capacity of vice president for
the past year.
H. O. Frobach of Three Forks was
elected vice president and Sam S. Jo
sephson of Roundup was re-elected
secretary and treasurer. J. A. Har
ader and Max Goodsill of Helena were
elected members of the executive com
mittee. L. J. Christler of Havre was
elected chaplain.
Jhat it has been the most successful
convention held in the commercial club
history of Montana is the unanimous
opinion of all of the members of the
Resolutions were adopted at the fi
nal session urging upon members of
congress that a revolving fund be es
tablished for the purpose of granting
seed loans to farmers. A number of
other resolutions of considerable im
portance to the state as a whole, were
also passed by the convention, among
them being one favorable to the or
ganization of a state chamber of com
merce; urging that the existing spe
cial rates on livestock feed into the
state be continued until July 1 instead
of only to April 1; urging that the leg
islature appropriate $25,000 annually
for the work of the state department
of agriculture and publicity; favoring
the $15,000,000 road bond issue to be
voted on next fall; pledging their unit-|
1918 sold the crop of the two years
together for about $4000. The man
through mistaken idea concerning the
income tax regulations paid income
tax on the $4000 when he should have
paid no income tax at all, being al
lowed §2000 exemption for each year
represented in the crop total.
"Another mistake that will be made
for 1919," says Mr. Copeland, "is that
farmers and stockgrowers will be in
clined to think they have to pay in
come tax on the full returns from the
pale of stock. So much stock has been
sold this year under financial pres
sure, at short prices, that in many
cases the sale may mean an actual
' os s instead of gain. At that, the
gain, if any, in the sale, is not a gain
for one year but again to be extended
over the years in which the stock has
been fed.
"Farm account keeping will tend
largely toward the solution of the in
come tax difficulties. When the farm
er keeps an annual inventory, he is
never at a loss to know whether he
is paying too little or too much in
come tax for the year.
War on Scrub Sires.
Dr. E. H. Riley, livestock extension
specialist, who will be one of the main
(Continued on page 5)
Dan McKay, Glasgow's famous
county splitter, is spending a few days
at his home after several strenuous
weeks spent in southern Montana in
the interests of three separate county
division schemes. Under his success
ful nursing, all of the division plans
are well under way and have a good
chance of receiving majorities when
put to a vote.
Realizing that Dan has had more
experience in county division and
county seat fights than any other in
dividual in the west, the "Casper for
Capitol" committee has tendered him
an offer to manage their campaign
to secure the Wyoming state capitol
from Cheyenne. Although Dan would
rather do his fighting in Montana,
the glamour and fascination of the big
scrap about to be waged in our neigh
boring state may incline him to an ac
ceptance of the offer.
Cheyenne, the present capital, is
tucked away in the southeast corner
of Wyoming, and Casper's claim is
that the majority of thé people of the
state would be benefited by a remov
al of the seat of government to their
city, which is the approximate geo
graphical center.
Jesse B. Roote, who was to have de
livered an address in Glasgow under
the auspices of the American Legion
on February 5 but who was compelled
to cancel the date on account of sick
ness, has left Havre and returned to
Butte in rësponse to a telegram of
fering him a position as counsel for
a large mining concern.
Several other speaking dates in the
northern part of the state have been
ed efforts in support of the Montana
state fair. An invitation to the Pa
cific Northwest Commercial Club sec
retaries' association to hold their an
nual convention in Montana in 1920
was extended. It includes Montana,
Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
L. E. Jones, newly elected president
of the organization, gave a short ad
dress on "The County Fair—Does It
Pay?" and J. A. Harader of Bozeman
described the organization of the Mon
tana Development association. Gen
eral discussion followed.
Chaplain L. J. Christler closed the
convention with prayer. Wednesday
night the visitors were guests of the
Great Falls commercial club at a
theatre party.
Arrangements are under way at
Williston for a big automobile show
to be held on March 1, 2, and 3. Wil
Iiston is fortunate in having a large
auditorium suitable for a display of
this nature and they are promising
an attraction well worth while.
In connection with the automobile
show the American Legion will have
magnificent war relic display con
sisting of guns, helmets, instruments
of war of every kind and souvenirs
from Germany, France, Belgium, Eng
land, Scotland, Ireland and Italy. A
special room will be devoted to this
part of the show and will be quite as
unique and interesting as the main
A spoiled child is generally "fresh."
Sheridan County Board Approves
Daniels County Petition and
Sets Election Date.
New Bench County Project of Opheim
People Will Take in 15 Valley
County Townships in She
Daniels Project.
Court convened Monday morning,
February 9th. On the calling of the
jury list only about eighteen jurors
reported for duty, and the court then
ordered the clerk to draw 50 more
jurors from jury box No. 3 to report
at 1:30 that day.
The first case called was the state
vs. Otto Ristoe, a gram! larceny case
involving the larceny of a team of
horses from the Zeeland Jones estate
near Peerless, Montana. The state was
represented by the county attorney and
the defendant by Attorney C. H. Rob
erts. The case went to the jury Tues
day afternoon and they returned a ver
dict of guilty and left the punishment
to be fixed by the court. Sentence
has not yet been passed.
On Wednesday morning the case of
the state vs. Otto Ristoe, being an
other grand larceny case against the
same man as the first case, was, on
motion of the county attorney, con
tinued over the term.
In the ease of the state vs. Charles
Parrent, on motion of the attorney for
the defendant, the case was continued
over the term, due to the absence and
sickness of witnesses.
Wednesday afternoon the case of
the state vs. Charlie Grant was called
for trial. The state was represented
by the county attorney and the de
fendant by Attorney A. T. Vollum
of Plentywood. This was a grand
larceny case involving the larceny of
a horse from H. O. J. Luraas of Barr,
Montana, in 1916. The defendant lives
in the vicinity of Madoc, Montana. The
case went to the jury last evening and
they returned a verdict of not guilty.
This completes all criminal cases to
be tried at this term.
On Friday morning the case of Le
high Sewer Pipe & Tile company vs.
J. S. Pensen, et al, will be called, and
then all cases on the civil calendar will
be tried and disposed of as they are
Herbert M. Kirton, prominent at
torney of Malta, has announced his
candidacy for delegate to the nation
al republican convention to be held
in Chicago in June.
Mr. Kirton is one of the leading
young republicans of northern Mon
tana and has been associated with po
litical activities in a big way for sev
eral years past. During the recent
world war he attended the first offi
cers' training camp at the Presidio
and later joined the "treat 'em rough"
tank corps. His extensive acquaint
ance in every section of the * state
makes him look like a sure winner.
Secretary Lane has asked congress
to increase appropriations for work
on irrigation projects next year from
$7,873,000 to $12,873,000. The secre
tary said President Wilson had ap
proved the estimated expenditures.
Nineteen irrigation projects in Ari
zona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North
and South Dakota, Texas, California
and Washington would receive in
creased funds, permitting greater de
velopment work.
The oil lands leasing measure, re
cently agreed upon in conference, pro
vides for a division between the rec
lamation fund and the states of roy
alties .paid the government for use of
the mineral lands, and the secretary
said the prospects of enactment of the
bill makes "it now seem probable that
the reclamation fund will be increased
by five to seven million dollars.
Urging reclamation of arid lands
as fast as funds are available, Mr.
Lane said it was advisable to consid
er the needs of settlers who have been
waiting many years for water sup
Projects which would receive in
creased appropriations under the Lane
plan include the Yuma, Grand Valley,
Uncompgre valley, Boise, King Hill,
Minidoka, Huntley, Milk river, Lower
Yellowstone, North Platte, Newlands,
Carlsbad, Rio. Grande, Umatilla, Kla
math, Belle Fourche, Strawberry val
ley, Yakima valley and Shoshone.

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