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VOL. VII. NO. 9 CUT BANK, TETON COUNTY. MONTANA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15,1916. Two Dollars Per Year Thresher Begins to Tell The Tale Splendid Reports from the Marias Siope Section Coming In The first threshing report of 1916 that reached the Pioneer Press office came from the Mar ias Slope country south of Ethridge. Ten acres of spring wheat on the farm of Alfred Hallenbar, south of Ethridge, yielded 45 bushels. Alfred has 42 acres of wheat on his home stead. Threshing operations on his homestead were prevented by rain. The crops in the Fthrihge Valley this year are the best since farming began in that section. The Marias Slope country, southwest of Ethridge and south of Cut Bank has harvested a record-smashing crop. That section was favor ed with a heavy rain last spring, about ten days before the rainy season set in north of Cut Bank. Therefore the crop matured much earlier and threshing operations down there are now under wav. Harvest is general in the north country. The wheat is not so rank as last year and probably will not yield as heavily, but the big difference in price will more than offset the possible lower yield. The flax crop is the best ever seen in this section and the acreage is the biggest hundreds of acres since farming began here. The season uf 1916 is, all in all, the most favorable that this section has ever seen. The grain and flax harvest will bring more money than the record harvest of last year. The big ranchers north of Headlight have gone into the stock business on quite an ex tensive scale and butterfat cattle in large herds can be seen on all sides. In the old cattle days the wealth de rived from stock was for the most part absorbed by abseitee owners at Helena and else where. Today the herJs are not so large but the collective number if probably'as great, and owned by men who make the Cut Bank community their home. This section is now in an ex ceptionally prosporous condition Wise judgment and caution in planning for the coming years should temper our enthusiasm. If we build wisely now our stability as a great grain and stock region is assured. If you need spectacles or eve glasses and want them properly ad' jusied, see Dr. Howe, Eye Special ist at Cut Bank Hotel, September 20. Low rates—Liberal amounts Full prepayment privileges on Farm Loans TWO GOOD RELINQUISHMENTS BRUCE R. McNAMER REAL ESTATE AND INSURANCE Mass Meeting Monday Night Electric lights were the main topic of conversation at the council meeting Monday eve ning. An application and pro posed ordinance presented by Lewis & Albin was read and discussed. This proposition if adopted as submitted would give grantees a twenty-year franchise and contract the city to purchase ail current for lighting and power purposes from them. The proposition fixed maximum rates for com mercial and residence lighting, heating, etc., and contained a clause allowing the city to par ticipate in the profits of the plant whenevçr the net profits exceeded a certain amount. S. M. Hawver also made ap plication for a franchise, on similar terms, except that he offered a sliding scale of rates, becoming one cent per kilowatt less each year for three years, with a final rate of 15c, the fourth year, and thereafter. As the council did not feel justified in ( .taking final action upon this matter with the in formation at hand it was de cided to hold a public meeting at the council chambers next Monday evening, in order to ascertain the sentiment of the people in regard to the pro positions submitted and the advisability of calling an elec tion at which to decide whether or not such a franchise shall be granted. Reports of the police magis trate, town treasurer and water department were read and ap proved, and the board of health was granted the use of the police department for enforcing sanitary laws. Praises the Plant (Independent) C. E. Miles, a government flax fibre expert, was here last week and spent several days looking over the Conrad flax fibre mill and the flax crop in this section. Mr. Miles was most enthusiastic in his statements concerning the future of the flax fibre industry here, and stated that the Pearson process used by the local concern, was one of the very best in the United States, and in fact was producing much petter results than any orher method of which he knew. The Flax Fibre company this week have an expert here operating a pulling machine, which is said to work very satisfactorily. This ma chine wiil add very materially the value of the crop. The Market: The prices today: Spring Wheat 1 37 Winter Wheat 1.35 Durum 1.37 Flax 2.75 Oats, No. 1, cwt 1.00 Barley 1.00 Rye 72 Republicans Draft Platform to Meet the New Time in Montana BY I. C. KARTACK Tbe re-united Republican Party of Montana met in convention as sembled at the Placer Hotel, in Helena, at noon Saturday last. It was a meeting of tremendous im portance for it brought together upon a common meeting ground ali former factions of the Party in harmonious conference, it welded and merged those great forces that believe unequivically iu the prin ciple that government was es abliehed to protect for all lime the rights and opportunities of every individual, whether ou laud or sea; forces that advocate a virile Americanism that will tolerate no violation of the inalienable rights of mankind. The voice of the people of Mon tana was heard in the Republican Convention at Helena. It rose above the voice of organized Cap ital; it drowned the voice of the Brewery and Distillery Interests; it hurled defiance iu the face of Cor ruption aud Greed; it dealt a telling blow upon an admiuistraiiou which refuses to put into operation a iaw that is of vital interest to the far mers of the State of Montana; it re verberated and swelled in volume until it dominated the Convention Hall; it worked its way into the Platform and crystalized there the promise of a Greater and Better Montana. Thus did the voice of the People speak. Tbe Platform of the Republican Party of Montana advocates: the passage of legislation that will bring about a more equitable and just dis tribution of the burdens of taxation; he principle of a license tax upon the net protfis of mines to the end that the producing mines of Mon tana will be required to pay an equitable proportion of the taxes of the State; the passage of a law amending the present grain inspec Mis s Rankin Is Coming Saturday Miss Jeanette Rankin, re publican nominee for Congress from Montana, will speak in Cut Bank Saturday evening; in Brown's hall. The visit to Cut Bank of Miss Rankin is eagerly awaited bv people of all political persua sions. Miss Rankin, by her spectacular lead of over a half dozen aspirants for congress on the republican primary ballot, has jumped into national prom inence. In fact Miss Rankin had attained national prom inence in a measure before her nomination, having been acti vely identified with the suffrage and temperance movements in the state and nation tor the past few years. Towns and cities all over Montana are clamoring to se cure the little lady for speaking engagments, besieging the state committee. So Cut Bank is rather fortunate in being favor ed by a dating so early in the campaign. Regardless of your political belief, come out and hear Miss Rankin Saturday evening. *Dry 9 Rally At Brown's Hall, Wednesday eveuing, Sept. 20th. Speaker: Fred C. Kelly, of the Anti-Saloon League. Come out and hear a clear presentation of this great issue. Miss Miriam Worden return ed from Spokane this week. tion law that will gain for the faimers of the State the full value of their products, less only a fair handling charge between grower aud consumer; the passage of an act that will cause the railways of Mon tana to conform approximately to such rates that now prevail else where under similar conditions; the revision of the Workmens Com pensation Law, to the end that the rate of maximum compeusatisu may be increased aud a fairer aud squarer deal given to the working men and women of the State; the principle of prohibition; aud the taking of steps 10 put the Farm Loan Law in operation. NOTES There was a rumbling noise heard in the Convention. The delegates bad their ears close to the ground aud were soon advised that the Equity Co-operative Association were bringing in the steam roller Votes is votes. Tetou County was ably represent' ed by George Coffey Jr. of Choteau "Jeannette Rankin for Congress." So said the small yellow badge worn by the delegates on their - coat lapels. Those words have come into a meaning all their own. They carry with them not only some thing of promise, but much of substance. Miss Rankin will poll the largest vote in November ever accorded a candidate for office in the State of Montana. Montana will have the distinction of electing the first Congivsswoiuau. Sam Teagarden, ex-candidate for Secretary of State, who said on the ballot 'Let see the books," waB there to see that the prohibition plank was eliminated from the plat form, but the delegates did not loiter very long iu the Tea Garden premises. Visit is Brief But Very Pleasant One The Great Falls Trade ex cursion train made a stop of nearly an hour in Cut Bank last evening and during the brief time alotted the business men of the northern Montana metropolis had an opportunity to learn of the cordial feeling for that city that exists in Cut Bank and the genuine good wishes for the attainment of its ambitions to be the marketing and distributing point for this territory. There was no set program. Band music, auto rides about the city and suburbs and a closer cementing of good fellowship consumed the time that the delegation remained here. Threshing is under way on the John Graham ranch on the Marias . Slope. The spring wheat is running about 40 bu to the acre, we learn. A heavy frost visited this section Tuesday night, the first of the fall season. Some dam age to late grain and flax is re ported. The Ladies Aid will meet : the Masonic rooms, Sept. 2i. Miss Ida Mohondro is now member of the Halvorson's. sales staff at A reception will be given at the manse Friday evening. A cordiai invitation is extended the members of the congregation, their friends aud the community in general. 'Dry' Special Here Monday Cut Bank had a presidential candidate as its guest on Tues day afternoon. J.Frank Hanley ex-govenor of Indiana, pro hibition candidate for president, his running mate for vice pres ident and a gentleman named Stewart, together with their wives and other members of the party, came in on a special train at 2:10 and while the train crews were changing short ad dresses were delivered. The speakers exhorted those who assembled to renounce the dem ocratic and republican parties and vote the prohibition ticket. The talks were listened to at tentatively but few if any con verts were made. There is no need for a prohibition party in the nation. The big political parties are falling in line for prohibition. The question is all but settied in Montana. Both political parties have come out for a "dry" state. So a vote for prohibition is a vote wasted, as we see it. Railway Changes Ctianges of considerable im portance in offial circles of the Great Northern railway in which Great Falls is affected a considerable extent will take places today, according to announcement made yester day following the issuance of bulletin by General Manager G. H. Emerson. The changes consist mainly of a series of promotions follow ing the retirement from service of General Manager C. E. Leve rich of this city, who has been in charge of affairs of the Cen tral district for the past 19 months. Mr. Leverich is under stood to be leaving the Great Northern and is not at present prepared to make known his plans for the future Mr. Leverich will be succeed ed as general superintendent by F. D. Keisey, who has been assistant general superintend ent here for about two months, coming here from the superin tendency of the Minot division to succeed Macy Nicholson when the latter was assigned to general duties in St. Paul connection with the trainmen wage controversy. The position of assistant gen eral superintendent of this district will be filled by W. R Smith, at present superintend ent of the Cascade division with headquarters at Everett Wash., and previous to that superintendent of the Kalispeli diviiiion with headquarters at Whitefish J. M. Boyle, who has been superintendent of the Mont ana division with headquarters at Havre for more than two AGAIN a bounteous harvest has returned to our community and the whole world is waiting to be fed fro.n our "No. 1 Northern" and willing to pay well for the privilege. It is essential at such a time that you have con nection with a bank where you can transact your fi nancial matters and where your business will receive courteous and welcome attention at all times. We know the banking needs of our farmers and have made every provision to meet their require ments most satisfactorily. We desire to be your business friend, offer dependable advice and render personal service under all circumstances. FARMERS STATE BANK JOHN S. TUCKER, President F. H WORDEN, Caihitt Senate Passes the BigHomeste'dAd: Sut House Fails to Act on Amendments Before Adjournment Washington' D. C., Sept. 8. t the closing hours of the session, today, the Senate pass ed the six hundred and forty acre grazing homestead bill, with some amendments. It had already passed the House. It did not pass the Senate, how ever, in time for the House to act on the amendment and for the bill to be enrolled before adjournment. The bill retains its status though. At the be ginning of the December session it will come up in the House, when the amendments will be concurred in or go to conference and be disposed of. It applies all public land states and provides for homestead entry of six hundred and forty acres of land of such character that it takes that much to support a family and is not susceptible of irrigation but is capable of growing forage crops. Persons who have have homesteaded lands of that character in less quantity than six hundred and forty acres may enter enough additional to make that area, whether contiguous or not. Glacier National Park this season has broken all previous records as a "See America First" tourist attraction. More than ten thousand travelers visited the park from June 1st to Aug ust 2 ( Jth, an excess even over last year when there was heavy travel to the San Francisco and San Diego expositions and also to an unusually large number of conventions held in Seattle, Portland and other points on the Pacific coast. Government officials announce that this is a record for rapid popularity in the history of national parks, when it is taken into consider ation that Glacier Park is one of the newest of Uncle Sam's group of playgrounds. years, has been transferred to the supermtendency of the Cascade division to succeed Mr, Smith, and the superintendency of the Montana division has been assigned to A. R. Stone now trainmaster at Whitefis Oh, Boys! With every 5c purchase at Pete Delre a coupon will be given, good for a vote in favor of any boy or girl. The prize to be awarded the boy or girl who has the most votes is a hand some auto truck. This will be given away on Nov. 17th, Double coupons given in our candy department. The City Bakery and Confectionery.