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VOL. 2, NO, 16 LIBBY, LINCOLN COUNTY, MONTANA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1911 $2.00 PER YEAR BREEZY LETTER FROM TROY CORRESPONDENT Thos. Walker, one of our old pioneer residents, has returned from Toronto, Ont., where he was visiting realatives and friends whom he had not seen for 25 years. The many friends of Tom are pleased to see him back again. J. W. Prince is back from Cut Bank, where he had been employed as extra gang foreman. Mrs. Jessie Thomas of Portland, Ore., is visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Inman. Duffy Doonan has added a ship ment of ten young Poland China pigs to his pen. Mrs. Julia Ryan, mother of Dave. Kelsey, has arrived from Chicago to pay a visit. Geo. W. Wilson of Great Falls was here last week looking over some mining prospects. A step in the right direction has been taken by some of our wide awake young men by organizing a social and dance club for entertain ments during the long winter even ings. At a recent meeting officers were elected and rules and bylaws adopted for the managernent of the club. A small membership fee will be charged to meet current ex penses. The entire community, both old and young, are cordially invited to co-operate in making the club a grand social success. A very comprehensive exhibit of grain, grasses, fruits, vegetables and poultry constituted Troy's ex hibit at the county fair at Eureka last week. Geo. Gladwyn made the collection and and had charge of the exhibit at the fair. Repre sentatives of the emigration de partment of the Great Northern attended this fair and are also pres ent at the state fair at Helena this week. They are .endeavoring to secure some of the best exhibits for the use of their Montana advertis ing car, which will. visit various land shows to be held this fall in eastern cities, where the wealth, fertility and opportunities of the Stopping a Speculative Among Railroads The state supreme court of Wash ington has probably stopped a prac tice common among railway com panies of condemning land on the ground that its ownership is neces sary to properly carry on their business as common carriers and then pass it over to others for private use. In a recent decision it was held th'at this could be done only where the acquisition was necessary as a part of the com pany's business in the interest of the general public and that the use for such purpose must- be con stant. The case went up from Spokane, where a railway company condemned a piece of land and im mediately gave a long-term lease to a wholesale concern for ware house purposes. The man who was compelled to part with his land could not see why, if the land was to be leased for private use, he should not have had the privilege of dealing with the Party himself, if he so desired. He brought suit for restitution of the land and won in the coturts, as far as taken. S. H. Dennis has leased the Ho tel Richards, taking possession last Tuesday. Mr. Dennis is an old time hotel man and knows how to cater successfully to the trade, fol lowing the practice that the best is none too good for patrons, west will be shown to the people of the congested east. The chicken pie supper given by the ladies of the First M. E. church last Friday evening was a financial and social success. The ladies of the church are to be complimented for their fine supper. Mr. and Mrs. Rev. Williamson came down from Libby Friday to visit friends and to attend the M. E. social given at the church. The Great Northern general offi cials were at Troy Tuesday and Wednesday. They are making their annual inspection tour. J. C. Martin and wife arrived from Spokane Tuesday to take up their residence on their new ranch recently purchased from Fred B. Callow. Their stock and house hold goods arrived Wednesday. Miss Vera McKnight of Seattle is visiting with her friends, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Doonan. "Thank goodness," remarked one of our young men, "that the brims of the ladies' hats are to he turned up this fall, as we young men find it difficult in recognizing our lady friends by their chins." J. H. Ehlers of Spokane visited at Troy Friday and left for Leonia Saturday morning. J. W. Prince made a trip to Lib by Sunday afternoon to visit with relatives. Mrs. A. L. Ketchum of Libby arrived Monday to visit with her sister, Mrs. Prince. Wm. Lawrence left for Spokane Monday to visit his daughter and other relatives. Mrs. E. Clark returned Monday to her home in Spokane after a week's visit with her friends, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Allen. She was accompanied home by her son, T. J. Clark, master mechanic of the Spokane division. F. B. Callow left for Spokane Tuesday mornitg to visit relatives and friends. Herald Man Meets Oldtime Live Wire A. E. Purviance, representing a big St. Paul house in gents' fur nishings, was a caller this week. Al is one of the pioneers of the pioneers of the section and with the writer was a Yahk stampeder in the days of gold bricks and other accessories of a howling mining camp in the making. When the gold brick output ceased Al took to the road and now carries eight big trunks packed with samples and the writer landed in the best town in the United States with a hand grip. So we are both happy and never more so than when we get together to swap tales of the days of old. County Institute Next Week. All the schools of the county will be closed next week to permit the teachers to attend the institute at Libby, which begins Oct, 2 and continues three days. An inter esting program has been arranged and it is anticipated that the ses sion will be the most entertaining ever held in the county. The first evening a social affair will be given in honor of all the teachers attend ing. State educators will be pres ent to give instructive lectures and altogether the county superintend ent has planned the meeting on a scale which will prove very enter taining and instructive. anted, 25 More Firemen Secretary Fleek and Chief Meg quier are anxious to increase the membership of the Libby fire de partment to the full working force, which will require the admission of about twenty-five new members. Chief Megquier calls our atten tion to a protective feature given to members by the laws of the state. Any member meeting with an accident while on duty will re ceive half the salary he was last earning during his disability. In case of death, the half- salary pen sion goes to the heirs. After con tinuous service for a number of years, the member may retire on a pension salary. Twenty-five per cent of the premiums paid by in surance companies doing business in the city is set aside in a benefit fund to guarantee such payments. An effective fire department is an asset to the town, the value of which can hardly be appreciated. Libby has the nucleus for a de partment which can be made sec ond to none as far as-present needs go. Business men should actively take hold of this proposition and use every effort to recruit the force to the membership desired, if for no other reason than that it will give the better insurance and pro tection from loss to their own prop erty. It is organized effort and team work that counts. Secretary Fleek will be glad to take down your name and enroll you among the organized fire fight ers of Libby. Features of the Proposed Bond Issue. Date of Election: Saturday, Oct. 28, 1911. Qualified Electors: Only those registered at last preceding election are qualified to voce. A3 registry agents have been done away with, no transfers can be made and votes must be cast in precinct of last registration; county clerk will send certified list to each polling place. Estimated Cost of Bridges: At Troy $28,033, at Libby $28,000, at Rexford $33,000. For roads in each commissioner district $12,000. With present debt drawing 5 per cent., and proposed issue at same rate, yearly tax charge will be $10,550. Who Will Pay Taxes: This year's assessment roll shows that 85 per cent. of the property Qf Lincoln county is owned by non-residents. Nearly half of the realty of the county was donated by congress to the Northern Pacific Railway company, which steadfastly refuses to part with same to settlers and has done so for twenty years, but has transferred large blocks to lumber and mining companies for speculative holdings. To proposcd bond issue should be added $25,000 in general road and bridge fund annu ally, making $150,000 available first year. Prospective Free Ferries : Leonia, Jennings and Warland. Six hundred voters petitioned for $150,000 Lbond issue and 135 against. Lincoln County at State Fair. A big portion of the Troy, Libby and Eureka district exhibits was shipped to Helena for the state fair A. C. Herbst of Libby, Geo. Glad wyn of 'TJroy and P. N. Bernard and Willis Scott of Eureka accom panied the exhibit to Helena and will look after the county's inter ests at the hig state event. J. W. Scott of this place has also gone to Helena for the same purpose, so that Lincoln county has an able 1 delegation of publicity agents. News 16 Years Ago This Week (Items culled from old Troy Times.) Dr. Sailey was exhibiting a num ber of Turkish roses in his observ atory in full bloom. Idaho and Montana each claimed the Yahk as territory within its own borders, but the Times stated that it was now definitely known that Mineral Hill, the scene of the original discovery was a little east of north of Troy, and therefore the camp must be in Montana. A laboring man named Mitchell committed suicide at Libby by shooting himself with a revolver. His body was found near the rail road track, with the revolver lying beside it. The man was a new comer at Libby and had been in the town but a few days. The taxable property of Montana by counties was published, as equal ized by the state board. Flathead county was in the 7th class with an assessed valuation of $3,040,446. Carbon county was the lowest, having a valuation of $1,213,518. Valley and Sweetgrass were con siderably under two millions, We all remember the protest that went up against the creation of Lincoln county because of insufficient tax able property, having only about four and a-half million dollars. The state anti-gambling law was declared unconstitutional and games were again running wide open. The Times was a year old and talked about getting out a daily be fore very long. Um-um. The Delightful Autumn Days. That Kootenai valley is the fa vored climatic region of Montana is so well known by our own peo ple that it is taken as a matter of course, and the natives sometimes wonder how such things can be that at this time of year the papers tell of snow storms and disagreea ble cold weather. We may have frosty nights, but the days are those delightful, dreamy autumn days, clear and balmy, sparkling with the invigorating ozone that makes life worth the living. SENATOR MYERS IS QUITE OPTIMISTIC Senator Henry L. Myers is at his home in Hamilton for a short visit before returning to Washington to look after departmental matters, and will remain at the capital until the regular session of congress in December. From an extended interview in the Western News of Hamilton we give the following extracts, which will be of interest to our readers as expressing not only the views of the representative of Montana de mocracy in congress, but the east ern sentiment among democrats. Senator Myers, who was, on the bench for years before his election to the United States senate, has no fear of the power of recall extended to the judiciary, which so many judges and members of the bar op. pose, and says on this subject, al luding to the presidential veto of the Arizona statehood bill : "I think the president was woe fully wrong in vetoing it. I have no objections to the recall of judg es. I believe that no honest and competent judge has anything to fear from the recall. Oregon and Oklahon a have the recall, but t:iere has never been in the history of the country a judge recalled. Califor nia is going to vote on it and no doubt Arizona also will. I think the president was wrong because I believe that any state has the right to adopt any constitution that it wants so long as it provides for a republican form of government and does not violate the federal consti tution." As to presidential sentiment, the senator says : "To begin with, I will say that there is absolutely no doubt that Taft will be renominated. He has the interests back of him and they will see that he is , named. While democratic sentiment has not crye talized, I believe that Woodrow Wilson will be the democratic nom inee. He is my choice. He is! strong in the east and south. He is leading in sentiment at this time, Champ Clark is not far behind. He No Greater Scenic Country on Earth Photographer Wm.Warwick, the scenic artist, has ordered a patio rama camera for field work. There is no such high-class lens in the territory between St. Paul and Se attle, aside from that belonging to Kizer, the Great Northern view expert. This machine will permit of a view being taken up to 28 feet in length and ten inches in depth without a joint in the picture. No other portion ot America, or of the world, for that matter, can show grander scenic beauty than the Cabinet range south of town and' other sections of the Kootenai val ley and we may look for some won derful reproductions of the beauti ful scenes lying at our door. Real Estate Transfers. Prepared by the incoln County Ab. stract Company. Alna S. Downing and hush to Lincoln C >unty Abstract company, w d to lot I an I all of lot 2 east of Spring craek, in sec 32$31-31, $500. Libby Realty Co. to Frances Mil'ett, w d to lots 1-2-3-4-5 blk 2 Lukens add to :ibby, $500. William R. Biggs et al to Z. W. Smith, w d to s hf se qr, se qr sw qr sec 2-29-30, $3500. M. A. Shanahan at ux to C. A. Adams, w d to lots 9-to-It blk 7, :eonard add to :ibby, $*. Paul I). Pratt et nx to A. C. Ross, w P o lot 19, blk t, mibby, $t5. also has a strong following, but I believe shat Wilson has the strong er following. Either can beat Taft. If the record of the demo crats in the regular session is as good as their record in the extra session the election of a democratic president next year is absolutely certain. The democrats through out the country are hopeful, while the republicans are on the whole discouraged. The democratic party is better united than it ever has been; the republican party is worse split than it has been since the war, and I think that the differences be tween the insurgents and stand patters are irreconcilable. They are countrywide. "Harmon is not talked of as much as Wilson or Clark. He is not much in favor. Bryan's oppo sition to him is fatal. The senti ment of the democrats, in both houses of congress, is that while they do not want Bryan to dictate, they wish to nominate some man whom he can support cordially. No one can win with his opposition." "How do the democrats in the senate and house regard Bryan ? Do they concede that he was the originator of the progressive move ment throughout the country ?" he was asked, and replied : "Mr. Bryan received a remarka ble ovation in the democratic house when congress convened. He was not on the floor of the senate, but he met all the democratic senators. The sentiment among democratic members of congress is that Mr. Bryan is the greatest living demo crat and is entitled to more credit for the progressive movement than all the rest of the party put togeth er. I myself so regard him." The west end of Lincoln county fared pretty well at the fair at Eu reka last week, bringing home for Troy 20 firsts and II seconds and for Libby 17 firsts and it seconds, which isn't had for forest reserve farmers. Prosperity and Good Roads Go Together If something is wrong with the popularity of a community it is just as natural to look for the trouble on the roads leading to the town as it is to glance first at the spark-plugs of a balky automobile. The community that desires pros perity, and home trade, must see to it that all of the possible ave nues for outside patronage are open and in first-class working condition. Every good road leading into a town means just that many more dollars profit to every merchant in that town. This is a statemex t without qualifications. The com munity that desires to develop into something more than an obscure hamlet must look to the conditm In of its roads. The Libby contingent that went to the fair last week at Eureka all say that it was a most wonderful display of resources of a wonderful country, which drew people from all over the county. Yeggmen blew open the safe of the bank at Priest River Tuesday morning and got $2,000 in money and $7,000 in warrants. The next electoral college, with Arizona and New Mexico as states, will have a membership of 531, making 266 necessary for a choice.