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The Libby herald. [volume] (Libby, Mont.) 1911-1913, November 23, 1911, Image 1

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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
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.)
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.
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.
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
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
' 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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
"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
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.

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