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STHE LIBBV HERALD
VOL. 2, NO. 24 LIBBY, LINCOLN COUNTY, MONTANA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1911 $2.00 PER YEAR MANY BIDS ARE BEING 'RECEIVED Letters Coming in Daily from Prospective Bridge and Bond Bidders. County in Fine Financial Shape. Prospective bidders for the pro posed $125,ooo bonds to be issued and for the construction of three bridges, are making active in quiries at the county clerk's office. Probably fifty letters have already been received from bond buyers and bridge builders, which may be largely accounted for because of the splendid financial condition of Lincoln county, which is prac tically on a cash basis and with immediate cash resources of near ly $roo,ooo. The bond issue of $86,ooo, au thorized by the voters to take up the debt due the old county and indebtedness caused by the organi zation of the new county, is not due for twenty years,and at present carries only the interest charge. A statement of the county on November x, 1911, may be inter esting. At that time there were warrants outstanding against the various funds as follows: Bridge fund.................$ .00 Contingent fund (Issue of July, Aug., Sept. and Oct.) ......... 7,297.36 Road fund (unclaimed).. 20.04 Poor fund................... .00 General fund............... 15,584.22 Total......................$22,901,62 The general fund includes the t Pond warrants, $14,830.75, which c are in litigation. The balance of c the general fund warrants have all c been called in, the greater portion News 16 Years Ago This Week (Items culled from old Troy Times.) t Railroad surveyors arrived at Great Falls and there were many 2 reports that the Burlington was about to engage in extensive rail road building in Montana. The proposed scheme of consoli dation of the Great Northern and a Northern Pacific seemed to stand i "horse and horse," as far as the c courts were concerned, Judge Kelly of St. Paul having granted an in- o junction restraining the traffic 7 agreement and Judge Sanborn de- r livering an opinion exactly opposed 4 to Judge Kelly's conclusion. Bill Gay was sentenced to be hanged' at Helena Dec. 20. Peter Larson, who was serving ten years for killing Ed Hawkins at Troy, wrote a friend that he was content with his lot in prison, was pleased with his treatment and working at the carpenter trade. Bar silver was quoted at 67c and lead at $3,10. The average mean temperature for the week was 42 above, the coldest point being 27 above. H. J. Jory for Finch & Campbell closed up the deal for the Keystone in the Yahk and sent in men and supplies to begin active work on the property. Prospectors were busy locating claims all over the county of Flat head, among those having been of which remain unclaimed. The cash in the various funds on the Ist of November was: Bridge fund.................$ 467.45 Contingent fund........... 1,002.15 General fund............... 21,912.95 Poor fund............... 429.30 Road fund.................. 2,457.74 County bond interest..... 3,818.69 Total...................... $30,088.28 There is due the county funds for taxes for 1911, now in process of collection, $94,091.13. This does not include the poor tax or the road tax collections, which have not been turned in yet. The $94,091.13 will be divided among the funds as follows: General.......................... 9 mills Road ........................... 3 Bridge..... ............ " General school............... 4 ' County bond interest........ 1 " Total ..........................18 mills It will thus be seen that the county is in splendid financial spape and abundantly able to as sume the obligation for good roads and good bridges, which the voters recently so emphatically endorsed. From present appearances there will be no dearth of buyers of our securities or of companies anxious to build our bridges, and when the 2ompetition is as keen as the pres ant interest would indicate, the county may anticipate some ex cellent bids. placed on record we note the fol lowing : Silver Tip placer on west side of Big"Cherry, by Sam Pratt, A. C. Sheldon, A. H. Sheldon and Iohn Graves; Jet placer on Star !reek, below Troy, by John Sachs, B. E. Day and others; Wake-Up [eff quartz, east of Lake McDon ild, by John E. Lewis and others; t .he Senator quartz, on Yahk river, i )y Frank Yoakum, J. M. Roberts ' Lud David Brown. t TROY PEOPLE COME HERE An important business transter was consummated here last Monday in the disposal of the Lincoln Mer cantile company's grocery depart ment to Fred Callow of Troy, one of the solid citizens of that place. The stock has been removed to the rear rooms and will be in charge of Mc. P. Bailey, also of Troy, who will make his home here. W. N. Curtis, who has grown up with the business, will continue with the concern, which will be known as the Libby Grocery company. The Troy additions will be welcomed to the business life of the city, and the buying public can be assured of good goods and good service. This change gives the Lincoln people more room for their clothing and boot and shoe departments, and they will carry a greatly in creased stock and add other lines in the near future. Jas. Cassidy of Butte, who came here a couple of weeks to look up a proposition for a livery business, has decided to locate in Libby and this week started work on a build ing on Front street, which Con tractor Pival is putting up. CRYING IDE MAND FOR MORE HOUSES. One would imagine that with the building activity in Libby for a year past that the demand by tenants would at least be relieved, if not entirely supplied. But ap parently the demand today is as great as ever with no relief in sight for the immediate future. Perhaps a hundred new houses have been built here since a year ago, and ;hough the winter season has set in there are a number of buildings in various stages of com pletion and new ones are being started. How many families Libby has lost this year because of the scarc ity of houses is of course mere con. jecture, but we do know that there are a number such and the fruit less inquiries have been constant for some time. We do not know of a safer or surer investment for a capitalist than the building of 25 or 5o neat, moderate-priced cottages for rent. The income on the outlay would be a handsome one, not to speak of the natural increase in the price of realty in a growing city like Libby. One of the first things to impress a stranger who takes a walk through town-any part of it-is the num ber of new buildings and the ab sence of vacant ones. He knows be is in a live, go-ahead place, and :hat the civic improvements are seeping pace with the growth of he town. Surely, here is a rare opening 'or some capitalist who will meet :he demand for houses which it ;eems our local people have been enable to supply. Is Yellow Peril Nearl Speaker Thomas B. Reed once said: The yellow man with the white metal will some day out strip the white man with the yellow metal." ' In view of the apparent awaken ing of China we may well turn to the American statesman's predic tion and wonder if the dawn of the day he mentioned is not rap idly approaching, says the Butte Miner. On its face the statement made by Mr. Wu Ting Fang a few days ago that the establisment of a re public in China meant the opening of that country's ports to the com merce of the world, seemed reas suring and indicated a great ex pansion of trade between this coun try and the orient. There is, however, some danger to American and European com merce involved in a modernized China. With its millions of population and aroused, China is certain to embark in the manufacturing bus iness itself. Mr. James J. Hill, a short time ago, called attention to this possi bility and suggested that as long as this nation remained on a sngle gold standard and China upon a silver one, the Chinese would be forced into establishing all manner of manufacturing plants. His argument was, aside from the cheap wages of the orient, that the Chinese laborer took his pay in Chinese money at its face value while when the Chinaman went in to the markets bf the worl4 to buy TWO CHARGED BY STRONG ARM OF LAW. County Attorney Scott this week filed two informations, in which criminal prosecutions are to follow. On complaint of Dugald McMil lan, Thos. Conners was arrested on a charge of larceny from the per son. McMillan. who has been working in the timber, drew down his paycheck with the intention of paying a visit to relatives in the east, and while waiting for the train at Warland, he alleges, Con ners stole from his pocket $90 in bills and several dollars in silver. He was assisted in the hold-up by another man, who is unknown, and the two disappeared down the railroad track. Conners was ar rested at Troy, but the other man made good his escape. Conners is confined in the jail under $1500 bonds, pending an examination be fpre Judge Hoftman. On complaint of Wm. E. Daw son, the Jennhigs merchant, a warrant was sworn out for the ar rest of Thos. McGinniss of Fisher, tie charge being malicious mis cLief. On the evening of the 19th, tduring Mr. Dawson's absence, Mc Ginnis appeared at Jennings and broke open the store room in which to stable his horses, though forbid den to do so by Mrs. Dawson, breaking the lock and making for- I cible entry. During the night, it is alleged, the horses did damage to feed stored in the room in sacks. Sheriff Baney went after McGinnis yesterday, when a hearing will be had. goods his money was only worth 50 per cent of its face value. Under these conditions Mr. Hill pointed out the great handicap un der which the Chinese suffered when purchasing abroad instead of manufacturing at home. The famous railroad magnate held that something must be done to equalize the exchange between the two countries, for the China man would not always stand to have his money discounted one half abroad when it had its full face value in purchasing at home. If the Chinese should take up manufacturing in earnest it would be a very serious thing for the other great exporting countries of the world. When the low wages in China are considered and on top of this the fact that the yellow men ac cept the white metal at its par value, what nation could compete with it in the production of any thing, the making of which is the big item of cost? An aroused China, instead of being an importing country, would be exporting to every part of the globe. Pleased as we may be to see the Chinese advance, the modernizing of that vast horde of people is going to bring to other people grave matters for solution. E. M. Sanders, foreman of the Graham placers, was in town Mon day after supplies for the camp. They expect to operate the drill throughout the winter. DIFFERENTuI IN THIS RESERVE Policy of Delay in Many Reserves Severely but Deservedly Scored. Kootenai in a Class by Itself. The following article upon a pol icy which has included so much valuable agricultural land within forest reserves in Montana, is in the main well taken and will I e approved by western people gener ally, but the portion which criti cizes the government for its dila tory methods in restoring such lands to settlement will not apply to the Kootenai National torest, which embraces the Kootenai valley of Lincoln county, covering probably three-fourths of its area. With the completion of the work in the Yahk basin this past sum mer every acre of agricultural land within this reserve has been cruised, classified and listed for settlement, and nearly all of it has been applied for by homestead claimants through the supervisor's office, which has its headquarters in Libby. The article, published in the Helena Independent, follows: "In some sections of Montana, particularly in Lincoln county, which is rated at go per cent forest reserve, government agents are working with accustomed depart mental speed it1 eliminating from the reserves such land as is suita ble for agricultural purposes. "At the meeting of the United States land and irrigation congress in .hicago a year ago, Governor Norris very ably demonstrated the injustice done to Montana in the classification of forest reserves in this state. He explained that more Kalispell Times: An item of considerable importance was omit ted last week when the Times neg lected to state that two gold bricks from the Blacktail mine had been brought to town, weighed by Jew eler Stocking and eventually sold ro the Conrad bank for something ever $iooo. The Blacktail is )wned by Geo. Grubb and other Kalispell people and has been re :ently leased to a miner who knows iow to save flour gold. RECORD FOR KILLED STOCK It may not be generally known by owners of live stock in this sec tion that at every county seat on a railway line a stock book is kept at the station for the benefit of those who suffer the loss of stock by being killed by the cars. This is under a state law, so that the loser may place a description of his loss on record, whereupon he is entitled to the cost of attorney's fee free in the event that he should be required to adjudicate his claim in court, which is quite an item in case appeal is taken from the lower to the higher courts. Where there is no county seat on the line, the railway company may designate the place of record, which in this :ounty was formerly at Troy. County Coroner Geo. Ottowa went to Troy Tuesday to take up the body of Beecher Loucks, one of the Libby ferryboat victims, who was buried near the scene of his recovery from the river. Rela tives at Big Arm, Mich., are hav ing the body shipped to that place for burial, than twenty million acres, or prac' I tically 20 per cent of the state, is inclutded within forest reserves set aside by the national government. And while he declared himself in hearty sympathy with the govern ment's conservation policy, he made it very plain that, in justice to 1\Montana, the many thousands of acres of valuable agricultural land unwisely and unfairly included in the forest reserves should be re classified and opened for settlement. "It is gratifying in at least a small degree to find that agents of the government are following up the suggestions of Governor Norris. While the work is progressing slow. ly, as is usually the case with gov ernment affairs, Secretary Wilson has shown a disposition~.to do the right thing by Montana. Secretary Wilson made several trips to Mon tana and personally went over much of the land in question. The in justiee to this state from the whole sale inclusion of valuable lands within the forest reserves was so apparent that the secretary prompt ly agreed with the state authori ties in their demands for a reclassi fication. "The acreage in forest reserves in Montana is greater than the area of Massachusetts,Connecticut, New Jersey and Maryland, and Montana is paying heavily for the nation's conservation policy. There is neither right nor justice in the wholesale inclusion of valuable agricultural lands in alleged forests. Paper from Jack Pine and Hemlock The problem whether a commer cial grade of paper can be made from native woods, other than spruce, for the solution of which the United States government has established a laboratory at Wausau, Wis., has been partly solved, ac cording to an announcement made by J. H. Thickens, who has charge of the laboratory. The answer is in the.affirmative. Experiments have been going on for more than a year. Tests of pulp manufactured at the labora tory have just been cnpcluded and are reported highly satisfactory. The previous tests were not as sat isfactory as the last one, which has proven conclusively, as Mr. Thick ens announces, that it is possible to make ground wood from hemlock and jack pine, and from mixtures of these woods with spruce, which will be of quality high enough for the manufacture of a cheap grade of paper, such as news and wrap ping papers. He thinks it will not be long be fore the hemlock and the jack pine will be used generally, for spruce is scarce and growing more ex pensive. C. W. Barrett of Troy was vis iting in Libby yesterday, and was accompanied here by Lem Bar rett of Kansas- The latter is loqk ing for land in this valley.