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0 Sä 3 Q £3 a a ü D L □ VOLUME II. EKALAKA, (CUSTER COUNTY) MONTANA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 1910. NUMBER 2 FACTS ABOUT SESSION The Views of Senator Meyer of Carbon County on The Work of the Special Session of the Legislature Since the adjournment of the recent special session of the legislature the press of the state has published many reports of the event mast of which hint that it was more of a political meeting than anything else. A reporter for the Eagle was talking the matter over with Senator H. N. Sykes on his re turn Monday and was handed a clipping from the Red Lodge Picket which was written by Senator W. F. Meyer of Carbon county. Senptor Meyer's views on the meeting are published below and are indorsed by Sena tor Sykes as being the straight of the proceedings. "I am very glad of the out come. I always wanted to see the state house built of granite. There is only one change I should have made in the present pro gramme, if I could, and that is to postpone the building of wings 10 years. Then we should have been able to put up a structure vastly superior to what we will be able now to do, and coming generations would have thanked ns for considering the state's welfare in our planning. How ever, this was a mistake of the eleventh legislative session and a postponement could have been accomplished now only by re pealing last year's enactment at considerable loss of expense already incurred and by the unthinkable process for repu diating a contract entered into by the authorized representatives of the state. "The present plan to build of granite and the appropriation of the additional $150,000 therefor was brought about apparently only by the house killing senate joint resoulution No. 1 and the senate in turn killing house bill No. 1. The senate's resolution provided that the legislation of a year ago was sufficient and pro posed that the capitol commis sioners carry its provisions. The house bill appropriated $100,000 to enable the commission to use Montana stone only and in structed it to do so. Had the senate resolution passed the house, the wings would have been built of Indiana stone with the $500,000 appropriated a year ago. Had the house bill been concurred in by the senate, the wings would have been of Col umbus sandstone at an increase cost of $58,000 over the appro priation of a year ago. Both measures had to be defeated to clear the way for the present happy consummation. And it was only after this was done that conference committees from each house met the capitol com mission and brougt for the n~w and present plan for the use of enduring granite. ' 'The attitude toward the use of a home product of the two branches of the legislature and their respective members has been very materially misstated. I believe there was no member of the legislature that did not wish and hope that the Montana stone might be used under the terms of the original bill of a year ago, which provided that the board should 'procure all material used in the construction of the said building from the products of the state of Mon tana, providing the same is pro duced in the state of Mon tana, and can be procured as cheaply therein as material of like kind and quality can be pro cured elesewhere. "When however th£ gov ernor's message and the report of the board contented and de monstrated that the Indiana stone was superior 'in beauty and durability to any sandstone wheresoever producted, ' and that to use the inferior stone would cost the state $58,000 more than to use the superior, there appeared a radical differ ence of opinion. A majoirty of the senate, regretting that the Montana stone was at so great a disadvantage, believed the dis advantage in quality and price too great to be overbalance by a sentiment for a home article. The house on the contrary, be lieved the sentiment should out weigh the material difference of alleged quality and expense. "The Billings lobby of Billings boosters, bubbling ever with the Billings spirit, fanned the flames of sentiment in the house until it went on record by appro priating so far as they could $100,000 to carry out that sen timent. So far as I am per sonally concerned I stood with the majority of the senate and feel warranted in saying they were right in refusing to carry sentiment so far as to pay $58, 000 more for an inferior article than the superior could be had for. And still, while so holding 1 claim to have as much Montana spirit and enthusiasm of the sub stantial kind as a Billings boost er whether he gets his stone for his Billings dwellings from Duluth or the brick from his business block from Omaha, while I am proud to consent myself with Columbus sandstone and Carbon county brick in the erection of my buildings. "There were other consider ations that weight with th*» majority in the senate among which was the inviolability of the state's obligation in the con tract it had entered into for the building of the wings and the seeming unwisdom of disturb-! COMMERCIAL CLUB ELECTS OFFICERS The annual election of officers of the Stockgrowers tnd Busi ness Men's Commercial Club was held at the Eagle office Tuesday evening. The following officers were elected by ballot:- Presi dent, Dr. J. P. Hedges; Vice President, A. W. Lucas; Sec etary O. A. Dahl; Treasury.J. H. Booth; Seargent-at-Arms, A. E. Dague; Directors, H. N. Sykes, L. F. Kennedy, Geo. Boggs, P. A. Malmquist, Dr. Geo. A.Baker and J. H. Booth. ing the resonsibility of the board of examiners in the preformance of its duty under the original bill. The now available value of the capitol building land grant was also found to be much less than had been claimed by the the shouters for Montana stone regardless of quality and ex pense. In the last offer of bonds the state was the one and only bidder. "All's weir that ends well.' To the happy outcome three things seem to have been nec essary: "First.—The Billings spirit put into action backed by Larry Dobell and the Miner to work over the house. "Second.—The house killing the senate resoulution. "Third.—The Senate killing the house bill. "So the glory seems distri buted, and let us hope there is enough to go around. I was called away on the morning of the last day of the session but was with Senator Dolan and others at 2 o'clock that morning when it was practically known that an agreement to use granite would be reached by the confer ence committee and that there would be no material opposition. Could I have been there I would have with pleasure assisted the bill for granite through the senate by voice and vote. "It has heen stated that poli tics was injected into the contro versy. I think this is true but this was not done by the repub licans. In no single case. I believe, did they vote as a unit—nor does any political motive appear for the senate action. In fact the opposition on was constantly urging upon the senate that we were committing political suicide. On the other hand, under the accomplished political direction of John MacGinniss the astute statesmen of Silver Bow the democrats were led into the excited and hysterical delusion that they w^re making political capital in standing for Montana stone although inferior and $58,000 more expensive. We need no t quarrel on this score. I was not considering political effect and I do not think the senators who stood with me were. If the democrats acted or. political con sideration, they are entitle to submit their shiboleth to any sane voter for approval—'Mon ana material regardless of quality or additional cost.' " W. H. PECK SELLS OUT Stock Company is Organized by Prominent Men of Ekalaka. Will Carry a Much Larger Stock. Tuesday of this week W. H. Peck sold out his store real estate and fixtures to "The W. H. Peck Co." a stock company just organized. The officers of the new company consist of W. H. Peck, president; John Oliver, vice president; Septon Cady, Sec Treas. and General manager, Directors, W. H. Peck, June G. Olesen, and H. N. Sykes. Be sides the above named ger tie men several other Wealthy and reliable men of the country are stock holders. The purchasing of this store by the new stock company which has applied for articles of incorporation in the sum of $10,000 marks the first step taken this year for the ad vancement of the town. It is the intention of the new company to imediatly stock up their store and as time goes on to add many new lines. Mr. Peck after continueing business for five years under his own name, finds that on account of ill health he is compelled to retire from active management for some ti.ne and seek another climate. He will of '^course bp interested in the furture of the establishment and being the heaviest stock-holder will con tinue to hold the trade he has built up during the past five year?. He expects to leave about Feb. 1st and be absent until May 1st when if his health permits, he willSreturn to resume the position of general manager. HAPPENINGS OF THE WEEK Robert Yokley is having an addition built onto his resi dence. The heating plant has been installed in the new school house and it now awaits the coming of the plasterers. About 31 young people attend ed a dance ' at J. T. Smith's ranch last Saturday. Everyone reported a good time. Grand Ball Fridaj Feb. 11 at I. O. 0. F. hall given by the Entertainment Committee of Beaver Lodge No. Everyone invited to attend. Good music and a good time guaranteed. The petition of M. O. Tracy and others for a bridge across, Little Beaver at the crossing of the Ekalaka-Baker freight road was granted by the county commissioners at there last meet ing. Mrs. A. W. Lucas and Mrs. Swen Olsen returned Sunday from Hot Spring S. D. where they had been on a visit. They expressed themseves as having a good time and feeling improved from the trip. JACK SILK GOES INSANE Deputy Sheriff Boggs and A. E. Dague went out to Ed Heggen's ranch Saturday after Jack Silk a sheepherder and old |timer in the country who was reported slightly deimented. He was brought to town awaiting fur ther develepment and word from the county seat. Jack was not considered dangerous and instead of locking him up in the city bastile he was turned over to a friend who promised to care for him while here. Some time Sat - urday evening he strolled down to the Ekalaka Hotel where he laid down for a rest and later in the morning got up and wer t out. In the morning he was found by Wm. Berger who dis covered that Jack had froze both feet during the night. Dr. Colvin was call and JacK was re moved to the jail where he is now being taken care of by friends. His feet are in a ser ious condition, but it is believed they will not have to be amputat ed as was first thought. When word is received from Miles City he will probably be removed there to be examind by the insanity board. NARROW ESCAPE. N. R. Hall had a narrow es cape from freezing to death a week ago Tuesday evening while going out to look after his sheep on Spring Creek. He went out with his team and while help ing his herder gather his sheep the team started back to town. He started to follow them but got lost in the storm and strolled all night on the prairie, winding up at daylight at Geo. Elder 's ranch. His feet and hands were badly swollen and when taken in at that place was about "all in". Several of Mr. Hal; friends on finding the team in town started a searching party who after coing as far as Elder 's found him. NOTICE. All money d >e me on account must be paid to me personally, or to John Oliver who is hereby authorized to collect and receipt for accounts due. This is nec essary as my business has been sold to men who have formed a company to be known as "The W. H. Peck Co." and for this reason I must ask that all ac count be paid as soon as pos sible. W. H. Peck.