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vol. 5, NO 3 CUT BANK, TETON COUNTY, MONTANA. F HI DA V, AUG. 1. 1913 «2.00 TIIE YEAR TWO LIVES CRUSHED OUT Fast Mail Leaves Rails at Rockhill Monday Morning Peck Forcum Has His Life Crushed Out Under His Engine Train No. 27, the m a i 1. running about an hour late, was wrecked at Rockhill, on the other side of the range, at 11:40 Monday and Engin eer Peck L. Forcum and his fireman, Carl Smith, forfeit ed their lives. The engine and one car left the track and rolled down the embank ment for some distance. One of the mail cars was burned but prompt action of the clerks saved the mail. The body of the fiireman was found on top of the en gine, so it is said. Hope was for some time entertained that Forcum had been able to escape from his engine and might be found alive at the bottom of the embank menfe^but when rescuers and doctors arrived from White fiish they discovered his body under the engine, mangled almost beyond recognition. There were two incidents connected with the wreck that have a sort of fatalistic aspect. Traveling Engineer Parks was on No. 27 and rode the engine until they arrived at Highgate, where he got off to inspect another engine. This act saved his life, no doubt, as the wreck occurred soon after. Mes senger Lamb perhaps owes his life to his act in going to the rear car to wash h i s hands and remained there until the wreck occurred. The car that he usually rode was wrecked and burned. The cause of the wreck has not been determined, but it seems to be the cpiuiou in some quarters that the dropping down of a driving shaft caused the rapidly moving en gine to jump the track. The death of both Engineer For CDin and Fireman Smith are de plored in Cut Bauk, where both were popular, and in Whitelish, where they made their home. For cum had long been in the service on the Cut Bank-Whitefish run, as a passanger engineer, and was well liked by his fellow traiumeu and the higher up officials of the road. He was a public spirited man, greatly interested in governmental affairs and public matters in his home city and county. He had served as a member of the city council of Whitefish and at the time of his death was a member of he school board. In 1910 he was one of the democratic candidates for representative from Flathead county, but was defeated by a small margin. He leaves a wife and two small children to sorrow over his untimely end. Fireman Smith was not so well known to our people but was a favorite among the railroad boys who formed his acquaintance. He was married a little over a year ago and resided at Whitefish. His wife was in Chicago at the time of the fatality. Conductor Shipman and Brake men Stone and Thompson escaped without injuries. McCabe's Troubles Several weeks ago Frank McCr.be, the Blackfoot merchant, secured the services of a fellow who admitted that he could make ailing and tired autoes feel as young as they used to be, and assured Frank that his gas buggy would skip and scamper over the hills like the biblical lambs when he had finished giving it his special treatment. Frank told him to 'fly at it' to his heart's content. After holding a long clinic on the buggy, which he spread out in the back yard over about an acre of ground, the quack auto surgeon was unable to reassemble it and when everyone was looking the other way he pack ed bis little grip and beat it over the prairie, so tuey say. It was a sorry mess that he left behind and what Frank thought and said cannot be set down in this chapter. Dune. Ritchie was summoned to the scene last Saturday and after hours of pa tient labor brought order out of chaos. Messrs. McCabe and Ritchie drove to Cut Bank Sunday and the former declared that the machine actually worked better than when it came from the factory. Old-Timer Insane Peter Eyraud, the well known rancher of the Muddy country, was taken before an insanity commission consisting of L. C. Marsh, chairman of the board of county commission ers, and Drs. McGregor and Bate man last Monday afternoon, the ex ":r ; " Uv:*n resulting an order nom niitting the unfortunate man to the state insane asylum at Warm Springs for treatment, lie has been showing symptoms of insanity for several weeks, his hobby being the building of hospitals, creameries, nurseries, and the improvement generally of the condition of his fellow men. At no time has he been violent, but in his present unbalanced mental con dition it was thought best to send him to the hospital where proper treatment could be administered. Ile was taken to Warm Srings Tues day morning by Under-sheriff Ed Ganong. New Homestead Bill A bill proposing a new homestead of 1,'280 acres;* providing that in stead of cultivation the entryman may substantially improve the land to the value of ffcl.25 an acre, and the right to take such laud to citi zens not now eligible to make hom stead entry because of having once used it, has been introduced by Rep. Moudell. Ile calls it a " grazing homestead aud supplemental graz ing entry" and beleives that western conditions make it imperative -that 8uoli legislation be enacted. The Mondell bill authorizes the secretary of the interior, on applica tion or otherwise, to designate lands containing no merchantable timber or valuable mineral and cheifly val uable for grazing as subject to eniry under the proprosed act. According to the character of the lands desig nated, the minimum which may b e entered is 640 acres and the maxi mum 1,280 acres. Any qualified homestead entryman may make en try on these lands and secure title upon compliance with the homestead law. In lieu of proof of cultivation he may submit proof of the permau eut improvement of the land to the value of at least #1/25 per acre. Lauds so designated may also be acquired by adjacent and contiguous land owners, in the form of grazing homesteads. Entrymen of this char acter need not be qualified under the homestead laws and may acquire title upon proof'of improvement and the payment of #1.26 per acre. INCREASE IN TAX VALUATION OVER A MILLION DOLLARS The valuation of Teton county's assessable property has increased during the past year nearly #900,000, according to the figures compiled by Assessor James Innes and his efficient corps of deputies. Exclusive of the valuation of railroads, which were assessed last year at #3,383,451, and which should be no lower this year, the valuation of the county in 1913 will be #11,833,409. as compared with #10,937'062 in 1912. These figures do dot take into account the raises which are likely to be made by the board of equalization, now in session, and have already given no tice of raises amounting to over #50,000, with only a small portion of the assessment list compared. It would not surprise the Montaran to see our assessed valuation reach the twelve million mark this year. The following table shows the quantity and classes of real estate, the amount of improvements on each class and the classes of personal prop erty in the county for the year 1912: REAL ESTATE 1912 Real estate other than town lots #3,018,465.00 Improvements on same 435,431.00 Improvements on homesteads 255,444.00 Town lots 445,518.00 Improvements on same 447,950.00 Telegraph lines 131,989.00 Telephone liiles Gravel beds, deposits, etc 55,880.00 Railroads exclusively in Teton Co. Total value all real estate & imiprov'ts 4,790,668.00 Total value all personal property Total of all property HORSES Thoroughbreds Grades and Jacks Range horses Cay use and ponies CATTLE Beef cattle Yearlings Two-year olds Cows Stock cattle Bulls or thoroughbreds NO. 26 48 6071 823 362 1856 8663 48 2,762,943.00 7,553,611.00 13,000.00 12,000.00 242,840.00 9,876.00 6,154.00 55,680:00 178,260.00 2.800.00 NO. 33 34 6909 517 73 1012 554 2521 6504 193 1913 3,451,655.00 589,705.00 386,645.00 503,092.00 488,115,00 7,955.00 50,973.00 50,973.00 81,880.00 5,586,225.00 2,863,763.00 8,450,018.00 16,500.00 8,500.00 483,630.00 12„925.00 3,285.00 10,526.00 10,526.00 75,630.00 148.365.00 19,300.00 Three and four-year olds 177 SHEEP Stock Sheep 245686 Yearlings Rams 1674 Hogs 1016 MISCELLANEOUS Mortgages 189,724.00 Watches & precious stones 1.595.00 Household goods & furniture 96,505j00 7,580.00 491,372.00 9,370.00 5,080.00 197016 14705 1325 2308 Musical Instruments Libraries Stocks of Merchandise Fixtures stores, offices, etc. Farming utensils Wagons and other vehicles Harness, saddles, robes, etc. Machinery Automobiles Engines Solvent credits Money on hand or deposit Bank stock Other personal property 23,310.00 3,615.00 801.267:00^ 50,0155.00 45,619.00 138,703.00 175,166.00 10,200.00 11,050.00 171,467.00 183,565.00 474,790.00 29,410.00 6,625.00 11,540.00 150,720.00 1.295.00 117,210,00 26,675.00 2,895.00 371,960.00 48,615.00 210,902.00 90,815.00 47,705.00 33,780.00 79,915.00 11;900.00 13,890.00 79,798.00 Personal Messrs. Gillette and Duber have sold the Tip Top Cafe to McGraw aud Mannis of Great Falls, who will take possession about the first o f August. The present proprietors gave their patrons high class service Misses Mae and Verna Böhlke returned from Havre Wednesday. The latter recently staged a success ful play :n that city. Chas. Giest of Gospel Flat has temporary charge of the J. Benish ranch. Henry II. Johnson, a homestead er in the Kevin section, at present is building a small residence in the southern suburbs. Kid West of Tacoma and Bob Borner of Columbus, Ohio, will go on for a ten-round bout on August 16th. More detailed announcement later. T. J. Solom writes the Pioneer Press thot as soon as he completes elevators at Gildford and Rudyard he will commence the erection of an elevator for McCabe Bros, at Bal tic. Fred Gourley has gone back to Browning to reopen the. Kipp hotel, recently closed by the Agent on ac count of a liquor dispensing episode during Fred's absence, lie has been given permission to reopen the ho tel, aud will conduct it alone. A fine work horse belonging to George Weaver was killed by a west-bound train Monday night. J. J. Miller. R. L. Taft and Sur veyor Ward have been appointed viewers of the proposed change in the Cut Bank-Shelby road near the Morgan and Bannister ranches. I. T. Cramer of Ethridge, power plowman and rancher, is a business visitor in the north Teton metropo lis. A carload of machinery and twine arrived this week for the Valley Development Co. For first clas dental work call on Dr. S. R. Turner, Jacobson Block. Telegrapher and Mrs. Hull are enjoying a visit from the form er's brother, who arrived from New York Thursday. Martin Edwards and sons, Henry and Ebert were visitors at the coun ty seat early in the week. Mrs. Ervin and children of Ivalis pell spent the latter days of last week here, with Mr. Ervin, manager of the Red Shed. Lon Guy, a former stock inspect or in this section, is in bad at Butte through giving too many checks when be had no funds in the bank. —Shelby News. Condition Satisfactory Mrs. F. H. Worden underwent an operation at Deaconess hospital, (treat Falls, on Wednesday after noon. The opé'-atiou was performed by Drs. Powers of Conrad and IIul bush of Cut Bank. Late reports from the hospital, from Mr. Worden, are to the effect that Mrs. Worden is doing nicely and it is expected that she will rapidly return to normal health. The Market Spiiiitf Wheat, No. 1 M 2 «ejected Wheat, lted Winter. No. !.. Durum (Macaroni) t'lax, No. 1, $1.1B " 2 $1,10 " Rejected $ so Grade $ An Innovation Persons traveling over the Great Northern road recently hav« 3 been enthusiastically praising the. policy of the road in exploiting the won derful grandeur of Glacier Rational park from the railroad line by t h e use of an open car for sightseeing. The car has been in use for some days now and is declared by passeug ers who have enjoyed its advantages to be one of the best concessions possible by the railroad company and to afford the people who travel thru this remarkable stretch of na tures sublime creations an opportu nity which no other sort of car could give to tLem. The open car runs between Glacier Park and Belton stations attached to trains 3 and 4 and is for the free use of the patrons of the train who care to enjoy it. It has proven so popular that when the trains are well filled with passengers the open frequently is very much crowded but under or dinary conditions it gives the pat rons a fine veiw with plenty of room to see all the attractions from the car. The benefits that the passengers derive are easily measured by the high popularity of the car. "Anyone going over the route between Glac ier park and Belton cannot afford to fail to travel either on train 3 or 4" said one man yesterday, "it will give one such a treat in scenery from a railway train as he can get from no other line in the entire world and if one has not the time to take in all the beauties of Glacier park, then this fine chance to know something of it ought never to be passed up. It is a step of progressiveness on the part of the railroan that patrons will not soon forget to tell about and it is something for which the road deserves much credit." Mesdames Hall and McAfee had quite a pleasant (?) experience dur ing the storm last Friday evening. In company with John they were returning from the Iliggins ranch on the reserve when the car broke down, about four miles out from town. John walked—aud swain in spots to town to secure a team and rig to bring the ladies home, but upon his arrival here was unable to secure one. He went to the station and arranged with the dispatcher to have No. 2 stop at Garnet and take them on board. When they failed to arrive on No. 2, John secured a light engine, through the courtesy of the dispatcher, and a run was made up to Garnet. The mystery deepened wneu they arrived there and found the car unoccupied and uo trace of the ladies, who grew weary of sitting in the broken car, out on the bleak prairies, and de cided to walk to town. They ar rived home at a ghostly hour, just a little fatigued, but feeling no ill effects from their unusual outing. The local ball team journeyed up to Browning Sunday and defeated the boys of that town—8 to 1. The game was well played, it is said, and a good-natured contest. Services at the Catholic church next Sunday at 8:30 aud 10:30 o' clock. HOW WILL YOU TRAVEL? Some people travel on foot, some by automobile, some by motorcycle, some by carriage, some by rail and even a few by flying machines. Farm ers State Bank of Cut Bank can be reached by anv of the above modes of travel, and the man who is far from home, has a bank account with FARMERS STATE BANJC and a destination is sure to arrive. FARMERS STATE BANK JOHN S. TUCKER. P« s . F. H. WORDEN. C«h;«r RECORD RAIN FALLS FRIDAY Torrential Downpour of Short Duration, in This Section A warm and dry spell extending over several weeks was broken with a vengeance last Friday afternoon, when a torrential raiufal, lasting a bout two hours, prevailed in town and community to the north and east. It was averitable cloudburst and when the clouds shifted there was "water, water everywhere," basemeuts were filled, the lower places were converted into lakes and there was a furious rush of water in all directions, to find outlets to the river. In the Headlight Valley section a few miles north of town the worst hail storm ever seen in this part of Montana beat down about a thous and acres of grain that gave promise of a fine yield. From near the reser vation line in a zone about two miles wi le the hail storm swept along,ris ing aud falling and swinging about with the changes in the air currents. It is said that the loss on Jackson, Madison, Knapp, Patterson, Kent, Hope, Daneens and Rasmussen ranches is almost total and the dam age done the crops on the Beleyea, Wallace, Colburn, Erickson, and other ranches farther north and east was considerable. The crops in that section were particularly promising and that the ranchers there should have their high hopes and the fruits of their hard labors dashed down in a few moments is keenly regretted on all sides. A few of the fields i n the hail zone can be cut for feed. The rain had a wonderful effect in reviving the spring grains, much of which had began to show the effects of the intense heat that prevailed for several weeks. It is beieved that the good effects following the rain will far more than ofset the damage that has been done by hail in a por tion of the grain belt. Even range grasses have been benefited. Break ing can now be continued and the ground will be in excellent condi tion for winter wheat. The Great Northern Hotel looked like the picture of a houseboat o n the Thames after the floodgates of heaveu had closed last Friday even ing. It was almost completly sur ronded by water, that poured i u thru the lower windows and stood to a depth of about tRree feet on the first floor. After stacking up the furniture and placing the provisions above the water line the guests and employes made a hasty exit and did not return until late the following day, when the waters had receded. The river rose several feet within an hour. R. Chasse's milk house was carried down stream and came in contact with Louis Hill's auto bridge, tearing a portion of it from its moorings. The milk house and part of the bridge are anchored on the rocks about two miles down the stream. The storm was not wide in scope. It rained very little on the reserve and there was only a shower at Shelby, while the Conrad section was skipped entirely. Weather Ob server Thomas says his rain catcher registered 2.42 inches.