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Courier Published Every Friday at GLASGOW, JÜ ONT AN A the Valley County Independent T. J. HOCKING, Publisher. Official Official County City Paper Paper Entered at the Postoffice at Glasgow, Montana, as second class matter October 6th, 1911 TELEPHONE - SUBSCRIPTION - - $3.00 Advertising rates for weekly, monthly and yearly contracts furnished upon application. NOT A POLITICAL MARTYR Quite naturally, when suspended from his office of state prohibition en forcement officer, last Friday, Mr. O. H. P. Shelley started to pose as a martyr and the victim of political in trigue, and quite natural it was for the Helena Independent to expatiate at length on Shelley's removal and claim it was the work of Congressman Carl W. Riddick. Anything the Independent can twist or distort so as to reflect on Mr. Rid dick is seized with great avidity, and yet, even if Mr. Riddick was behind the movement to oust Shelley, it may not be a reflection upon him before the investigation is over, but exactly to the contrary. But Mr. Riddick did not have any thing to do with the suspension of Shelley. In taking charge of Shel ley's office Mr. Metcalf, a division of ficial of the revenue department, stat ed positively that there was no politics behind the Shelley investigation. That it was instituted by the revenue de partment after considerable research work had been done by special agents of that department of the government. On Friday Mr. Riddick telephoned a statement to the Helena Record-Her ald from Great Falls, in which he Stated that he had no knowledge of the reasons for Shelley's suspension by the revenue department. It may be stated in passing, how fever, that for the past several weeks, rumors have been floating around Montana to the effect that Shelley's office was being investigated. How the report became current no one seems to know. It did not come from Mr. Riddick or any of his friends. Mr. Shelley has requested the peo ple of Montana to suspend judgment in the matter until a thorough investiga tion has been made. This is only fair. Let Shelley take a fair stand, also, and not attempt to make political cap ital out of the embarassing position he finds himself in. If he is guilty of malfeasance in of fice the government will no doubt as certain the facts very shortly. If he is not guilty he will be given a clean bill of health and restored to his former position without opposition from anyone in Montana. BUSINESS CONDITIONS GOOD On every hand we have accumulating evidence of business recovery. Since August of last year, each month has revealed substantial pro gress in the way of business revival and the recovery has been,sound and in response to a steady demand for an increased quantity of goods. We are practically assured of crood crops. The nation's wheat crop is es timated at 817,000,000 bushels as aerainst 795,000,000 harvested in 1921. Corn is estimated at 2,860,000,000 bu shels. While this estimate is less than 1920-1921 crops, it is above the 10 year average. It is estimated that there will be 11,065,000 bales of cot ton produced, which is 3,000,000 bales greater than the 1921 crop, but about 1,000,000 bales less than the 10-year average. The estimated potato crop is 428,606.000 bushels, which, if har vested, will be the second largest in the history of the country. The pros pects are good for a bumper crop of hay, the estimate being 107,000.000 tons, which is 10 per cent greater than last venr and 15 per cent greater than | the 10-vear average. The estimated ! . , ,, tobacco crop surpasses the 10-year av- ; erasre by nearly 40,000,00 pounds. Rye. barley and oats also appear to be ex-j ceptionally good crops. Unless some | catastrophe occurs the outlook for the ' farming sections is brighter than for several years. Nearly half of the peo- 1 pie of the United States are farmers i and this will mean that business as a; whole will be materially helped, debts 4 will be liquidated and money put into new railroads, power plants, highways and other essentials, which are tools of further production. THE STATE INCOME TAX On top of a federal income tax a state income tax is to supply the tax eaters more "revenues." A state income tax means a new ma chine established in the state with a lengthening chain wound around the taxpayer's neck. It means a new department of state government with inquisitorial powers over the affairs of the citizen and the system to be extended. An army of officials, with experts to overhaul your books and investigate your investments, will be added to the state and county governments. If you, dear fellow citizen, like more of this sort of thing, more fat salary drawers, vote for it and it will be fas tened on you forever. They will tell you it is to cinch the big fellow—but nine out of every ten will find a way to escape or shunt it onto the little fellow to pay. GAS INDUSTRY HAS FUTURE Use of gas has grown in our coun try from 92,714.667,000 feet in 1902 to 319,887,813,000 feet in 1920. These facts fully refute th# state ment in the Babson reports that "gas companies have probably seen their best days." Gas is being used more extensively than ever before for industrial pur poses. It fills a certain field for which no substitute has yet been found. IS STAGE BEING SET? If the big newspapers in the cities can have their way the national rail road strike will be a success, the Amer ican railroad system will be wrecked or turned over to radical labor agita tors, and agriculture and industries generally will suffer. Millions will go into the winter un employed and then will come the op portunity to spring the soviet revolu tion. The finest country in the world will be plunged into the political and so cial chaos that prevails in Russia. But the people love the strike-incit ing headlines and read the papers that flourish on disturbances, discord and pitting class against class just for the fun of raising a little h —1 in print. They do not realize the danger. There is food for thought for the Republcans of Montana in the manner in which the Democratic press of the state rallies to the support of Repub lican National Committeeman O. H. P. Shelley, regarding the charges that have been brought against him as pro hibition director for the state. From Our Exchanges Counting the Votes With a registration of approximately 230,000 for the primary election, can didates for nomination for congres sional offices are busily engaged in figuring out how big a vote will be cast and how many votes it will take to nominate. The probabilities are that there will be in the neighborhood of 60,000 votes cast in the Republican primary. In the Republican senatorial con test there are five candidates. In the Republican contest for Congress in the second district there are eight candi dates. In view of these facts it is pos sible that the senatorial nomination will be won with a vote of 16,000 and the congressional nomination by far fewer than that. In the Democratic primary it is es timated that the vote will be from 45, 000 to 50,000. In the senatorial con test there are four candidates.. An equal division would be 12,500 and only a few more than that will un doubtedly carry the nomination. Basing the estimate upon the pri mary and election of two years ago, only about half of those registered may be expected to vote in the primar ies. In the regular election the vo+t will be larger, but two years ago the total registration for the election was in the neighborhood of 261,000 and the total vote cast in the gubernatorial and congressional contests about 70, 000 fewer than that. This year students of the political game are expecting an unusually light vote in the primary because the far mers will be busy taking care of th biggest crop the state has had since 1915 and many of them will not stop their work long enough to vote. The consequent assurance that a compar atively small number of votes will car ry the nominations is responsible for considerable activity upon the part of candidates, practically every one of whom has it all jotted down in his lit tle black book and can tell you to a gnat's eye lash just how many votes he has corraled in each county in the state.—Billings Gazette. |^ 0 the Editor of the Courier: | rattlesnake story in your issue ! of f u ^ st 1 l th 11 ten ,'l s to confi, ; m tho contention of all old timers that a ; rattlesnake> even wjth his hoad cut off> vill live for a lonR perjod of time es _ pecially if not exposed to the sun. | A good many years ago there was ' an influential and well known citizen of Saco known as Ben Bean. Ben was 1 a expert rifle shot, an accomplished i anc ^ a f' ne drinking man. However, w '*^. a " ^' s shortcomings, he wai a f ° C fe "° w « nd wou ' d nc ? er r take a nnnlr wirhnnr o nnH A TRUE SNAKE STORY drink without a good and sufficient excuse, and he usually could find the excuse. He was hired by a well known ranch er of Saco to build .»bout two miles of fence south of Saco along the road up Larb creek. In those days the rat tlers were fat, sassy and nlenty and Ben was death on snakes. Every snake he killed he would cut off its head and , bury the snake in a post hole, mark \ ing the post with a blaze. Now it happened that in going from town to his ranch Ben followed this ; fence, and each time he came to a j marked post he would stop his team I and, producing his ever present jug, proceed to imbibe a little antidote. The result was that he often waked j up in the morning, his team patiently I standing at his gate, the jug empty, but Ben showing no symptoms of snake bite, due to his constant and praise worthy forethought in making the blazes and providing the jug. However, Ben and jug have both gone from us, but is it not possible *>• MATT MURRAY Candidate for the Republican Nomination for State Senator. that Mr. Luraas inadvertently pulled up a blazed post and that it was a long since decapitated rattler that he so valiantly beat to death with his "naked "ands." I wonder. RATTLESNAKE RALPH. JOBS OPEN FOR VALUATION ENGINEERS AT $3600 TO $4800 Washington, Aug. 17.—Collection of the income tax becomes a complicated affair after it passes the point of fig uring the return of the average wage earner. That part, of course, is sim ple. The technical staff of the bureau of internal revenue at Washington is in need of valuation engineers in general mining, coal mining, oil and gas, and the forest industry. The positions pay from $3,600 to $4,800 a year. The United States civil service commission will receive applications until October 1. No written examination will be giv en; the ratings will be based upon ed ucation, training, experience and phy sical ability. Ttyie duties involve estimation of MILK RIVER VALLEY - BANK RESOURCES Loans and Discounts $127,729.39 Banking House, Furniture & Fixtures 28,713.28 Interest Paid Warrants Expense Other Resources 355.21 555.03 944.57 5,572.48 Cash and Due from Banks 28,345.30 $192,215.26 LIABILITIES Capital Stock ? 30,000.00 Surplus 28,000.00 Undivided Profits 547.39 Exchange, Commission & Interest 1,481.24 Certificates of Deposit 70,009.65 Individual Deposits 16,712.78 Cashier's Checks 900.09 Bills Payable 44,497.61 Rent 66.50 $192,215.26 BUTTERFAT Cents 36 Cents Ship us your cream. Twenty -four hour service on cans and check. TRY US TODAY STEPHENS-FULLER PRODUCE CO. Great Falls, Montana quantities, market values, value of equipment, cost of development, etc. Full information and application blanks may be secured from the United States Civil Service Commis sion, Washington, D. C., or the civil service board at the post office or customhouse in any city. R. M. Young, cashier of the Glas gow First National bank; T. M. Pat ton, city clerk at Glasgow, and Percy Kent, a contractor of that city, were in Great Falls Tuesday on their way to the state Masonic meetings at Hel ena.—Great Falls Tribune. E. M. Hutchinson of Glasgow was in Great Falls Monday and Tuesday on a business trip. Hutchinson, who is president of the Theodore Roosevelt Highway association, conferred with Great Falls road men in connection with highway problems.—Great Falls Tribune. J. M. Bailey returned Thursday morning from a two weeks' trip over the state calling on Royal typewriter dealers. 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BUICK WILL BUILD THEM m Most Miles per Dollar GetYour Share -of Extra Mileage IT is all true—every word of the news that 's going around about Firestone mileage rec ords and the phenomenal sales that have resulted. Chances are you really haven't heard the full story of the wonderful success of Fire stone Cords. We'd like you to call and get the actual facts. That is one sure way to make your next tire purchase a logical busi ness buy. We'll explain the blending and tempering of rubber—double gum-dipping— and the air - bag cure — special Firestone processes. The unusual milage being made everywhere win stir your ambition to reduce the operating costs of your own car. A call oo as entails no obligation. Get the records — divide the distances these Cords axe covering by Firestone prices. Then you 11 be convinced that Moat Miles per Dollar means what it says. Drop in — Any Tim« FABRIC CORD Xx3 Oldfirld "999" . . »7.89 30*3 X Kegvlar Slac 30x3% Outfield "999" . . 8.99 »"JX Bttr* SUe 3*»3 . 8-95 SÏJx ; * * * ' 30*3% t(L65 33x3 .,*... No Tax M 4845 No Tmn Tireifotte GUM-DIPPED CORDS KIRK'S TWO-LINE PROVERB Reduce Taxes By Reducing Expenditures. Assist Agriculture — Our First Line of Defense. GEORGE H. KIRK CANDIDATE FOR CONGRESS 2nd Montana District. Republican Primaries Aug. 29th 12 O'clock Noon to 7 O'clock P. M. Not a politician and never held an office, but has a record of 30 years of clean constructive work to his credit. A progressive man who has worked for clean living, clean politics and a clean business life. Look up his record and vote for him. If you want better government and lower taxes vote for com petent men to fill the offices. Circulated and paid for by George H. Kirk.