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THE LIBBY HERALD
VOL. 2, NO. 25 LIBBY, LINCOLN COUNTY, MONTANA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1911 $2.00 PER YIAR BARNACLE OF THE KOOTENAI Northern Pacific Holds Fast to That Which is Good. It is an Old, Old Story. The report of Commissioner Cooper of the Northern Pacific foi the year ending June 3o, 1911, as to the land holdings of the North. ern Pacific Railway company, is of interest. It shows that the com pany owns o,o070,306 acres, of which 7,o68,150 are situate in Montana. This vast area is an empire that should be made accessible to set tiers. The report shows further that the company sold 187,962 acres, but that the company increased its holdings by reason of the further " land adjustment," acquiring 298,997.98 acres in Montana alone. These lands are being held by the company, and there is no possi sible reason why it should be so. The holding of these lands is re tarding the development of Mon tana. The land grant of the rail road company was made in order to aid development, not to retard progress. If only one-seventh of the land held by the company is agricultural in character, it would be more than one million acres lying idle. - This would furnish homes of one hundred acres each to ten thousand families and add fifty We Stand for Home Trade Many representatives of bridge builders are coming to Libby for the purpose of making preparations to submit bids on Dec. i6, at which time bids will be opened. There is one condition that the board of county commissioners should insist on-that is that all material and labor as far as possi ble be secured in Lincoln county. Lincoln county can furnish all the lumber needed for the bridges and the contractors should be noti fied in advance that they must se cure the lumber here. It means employment to a large number of persons and the development of our own resources. To permit the con New Business Corporation for the City. Libby has secured another busi ness house which it is safe to say will soon become one of the im portant business factors of fhe city. W. J. Wells of Lewistown, Mon tana, has purchased the Bergdahl stock of goods now located on Sec ond street, and the same is being invoiced for the transfer. The stock will be removed to the old Presbyterian church building, cor ner Mineral avenue and Fourth, in which the business will be carried on for the time being. This church corner, one of the most desirable business locations in the city, has le13 ptrcbased by 3. M. Blackford, thousand peopie to our population and ten million dollars to our taxa ble wealth. The people have a right to de mand that this vast tract of land be sold at reasonable prices and not permitted to be longer held for speculative purposes. The remedy for this condition lies in tax reform, which is rapidly becoming a vital issue in Montana. Landlordism, whether of a private or corporate character, is not allur ing to the American. The Commercial club is endeav oring to have the Northern Pacific sell its agricultural holdings in the vicinity of Libby. This communi ty is waiting to see whether they will continue to hold lands to the detriment of the community and refuse to permit development, or whether they will sell at a reasona ble price to actual settlers. The forbearance of the people will not continue forever. The case of malicious mischief against Thos. McGinniss, on com plaint of W. E. Dawson, the Jen nings merchant, has been set for trial on Dec. 5 in Justice Hoff man's court. tractors to purchase their supplies abroad would be to deprive out people of those benefits they are entitled to. Use Lincoln county products as far as possible and keep the money in our midst. To permit of any other condition will be to send the money to build up other communi ties. We have the lumber and lime and the men to do the work. Should the timber be purchased in some other commuinity, means we will have the bridge and the foreign community the money. The purchase of lumber in Lin coln county-the framing of the timbers here-means we have the bridge and the money also. Let the contract be drawn to aid Lincoln county industry. who in the early spring will erect on the site a two-story brick, the first floor of which will be occupied by the new business and the up stairs fitted up for office rooms. Mr. Wells represents the Libby Commercial company, incorpor ated, and the new business house will carry on a complete gents' fur nishing establishment, the largest institution of the kind in the Koot enai valley. To the Bergdahl goods just ac quired, Mr. Wells is adding several thousand dollars worth of new goods and the business will be kept up as far as the temporary quarters will permit, to the fullest capacity, pending the erection of a building suitable to take care of the company's business as men tioned above. We welcome the new enterprise to the city as one more indication of our rapid growth and the arrival of the new Libby which has started upon its period of expansion in commercial Life to meet the growth of the valley. Day of Thanksgiving. In obedience to the promptings of a noble nature, born of a holy patriotism, today the American people lay aside their cares so that they may have a Day of Thanksgiving. It is proper that when the harvest shall have been gathered we should enjoy a time of feasting, rejoicing and thanksgiving. The people of Libby should rejoice that they live in a valley the natural wealth of which is being rapidly and substantially developed. Surrounded by unlimited opportunities for thrifty men and women, amid abundant natural resources, producing diversified and profitable crops, where industry is amply rewarded, our enjoyment of life should be of the most elevated character. We rejoice that the Kootenai valley has room for thousands of real and earnest work ers, but offers no place for the idle and shiftless. Our hopes lie in the contented settlers, not in the adventnrer or fortune hunter. The future of Libby is assured. Our peo ple fully comprehend the great variety of natu ral gifts and wealth in this valley, of great op portunities, with uneqalled scenic beauty and unparalleled climate. Imagination cannot span our possibilities under united efforts and concentration of labor, that the future has in store. Hence, while we rejoice over the bounteous blessings of the present, let us resolve to lay aside petty bicker ings and jealous thoughts and be prepared for the great problems confronting our people. The year just closing has witnessed the population of Libby doubled, the installation of a water system, the inauguration of electric lights, the greater development of our lumber industry, the opening of our mineral resources and the settlement of many newcomers in our midst. We are assured for a prosperous year in the future. We will span the Kootenai river t with a bridge; another lumber mill to be oper- I ated; other mines to be developed; our public t highways to be extended; a sewerage system to be laid, and more acres of land to be sub dued and put under cultivation by the energy t of man. In view of these unerring evidences of prosperity, let all give thanks and rejoice. ^:.:.:.:...:....... .;,... ý .::s..^-.v s:,: THE 15 HEAVIEST TAXPAYERS OF LINCOLN COUNTY There is a rush, as usual, in tax paying time, just now, the last day of grace being upon us. The: payments are coming in well and it is believed the delinquent list will be small. The following taxpayers of the county are in the list exceeding $500, and will be found interest ing: Great Northern Ry. Co..$63,94o. i Anaconda Mining Co..... 17,420.33 Julius Neils................. 7,566.20 Eureka Lumber Co....... 4,080.28 N. P. Ry. Co.............. 3,285.22 Bonners Ferry L'r. Co.. 2,542.67 Libby Realty Co.......... 2,196.3I Libby Lumber Co......... 1,371.75 Thos. Quirk ............ 717.53 F. & M. Bank, Eureka.. 654.28 Jos. Peltier..... .......... 65 1.62 Warland Lumber Co.... 636.22 T. P. Wall .................. 635.31 First National, Libby... 587.31 F. M. Plummer............ 576.77 BUT THERE IS ANOTHER SIDE TO THE QUESTION (A. L. Stone in The Missoulian.) Consistently, earnestly and con scientiously the Missoulian has preached the gospel of patronizing home merchants. We have done this because we believe that the success of the community and its prosperity depend upon the sys tematic patronage of its business houses by its home people. We wish we might make it compulsory for all buying for Missoula homes to be done in Missoula stores. It would be a good thing for the town. But there is another side to the question--or another phase of it, at least. The merchants of the :ity cordially indorse all that the Missoulian has said in this mat ter; their applause is as loud as that of a claque at a theater. They like to read in a newspaper such advice as this. But it is a fact that a very large percentage of the merchants of this city send east THE OLD LIBBY AND NEW LIBBY Juice Turned on Saturday and Lights Way to New Libby. Brings Up Remniscent Mood. The old Libby with its candles and lamps passed into yesterday on Saturday night. Nov. 25. The electric lights were turned on and shone like lightning bolt from a clear sky. The old days. of Libby will live only in fiction and the progress and development of the new Libby will he illuminated by electricity. The company is now making the connections that will permit business houses and homes to enjoy the pleasures and conveni °nces of electric lights. The day f looking into the fire places and reading by the logs as they bright nied into lurid red are over. We will still have the fire place, to en oy its mellow warmth and fasci :inating glow, to stretch our limbs tnd muse of the past-the old Libby. Mr. O'Marr, the president )f the company, watched the lights lare up while he pointed with )ride to the bright emblems which narked the inevitable progress to vhich Libby is destined. Now that we have the elecricity it our door, let the city council )rovide for the lighting of our ýtreets" The city council should lecide on the style of lamps to be ised in the business portion of the ity at once. To remain in dark ness with electricity at our door should not be permitted. Let the town council awake and take on the new order by keeping pace with the times. If the city cannot finance the lighting system until next fall, it can determine the character of lights and then let the property owners install the lights as pro vided under the law they may do, and the city can refund the cost of installation later. The city can maintain the lights and give our citizens the convenience of electric lighted streets. The Commercial club should arouse itself and provide for an electric sign at the depot, so that one passing can know where he is stopping. The railroad company should provide a light at the cross ing of Mineral avenue. Let all join in lighting our city. Let us make it the city beautiful of this beautiful country. Libby must not be permitted to stand still; we will either recede or pro gress as we deserve and in accord ance with our merit. The Herald would have every citizen feel that Libby is their home and that it must be the inspiration of their civic life. SIXTEEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK. (Items Culled from Old Troy Times.) The Northern Pacific filed a pro test against the classification made by the mineral commissioners of the land upon which the town of Libby stands. A number of Great Northern emploves severed their connections with the road owing to circum stances over which they had no control. A. R. U. trouble. Geo. Bassett, who was an old timer at Troy and Libby during construction days, was acquitted in the federal court at Helena on the charge of pilfering another man's mail. The weather item spoke about the first snow of the season, but turning to rain before press day. The coldest weather of the fall has for their printing for just the same reason that so many persons order supplies from mail-order houses. These merchants forget or ig nore the fact that there are first class printing offices in Missoula, capable of doing any work which is required by any office or any store in the city. These offices have good equipment; they employ competent men; their payrolls form an impressive aggregate which goes far toward keeping things going in the city. But there are, as we have said, many Missoula merchants who are willing we should preach home-patronage all the time, but who never think of patronizing a home print shop themselves. Such men are not toting fair. The seventh week of the McNa mara trial at Los Angeles has seen eight jurors sworn in the box, though it is by no means sure that some of them may not be event ually removed before the lull panel is secured. been 9 above. Judge D. F. Smith of Kalispell got into the mining game and with A. H. Furman located the Esther quartz claim on the head of Belly river, north of McDonald lake. The editor said it seemed like a dream to read of the storms in the eastern states. In Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and some of the southerh states the weather was a succession of howling blizzards, with consid erable destruction of property. E. V Debs, president of the A. R. U., was released from jail and went directly to Chicago, where a rousing reception was given him. It was predicted that Debs would be a candidate for president of the United States. Remember Farmers' Inst. December 7 We hope not only our ranchers, but our business men, will not overlook the farmers' institute which is billed for Libby on De cember 7. Three sessions will be held, Io:3o a. m., 2 p. m. and 7:30 p. in. Able speakers will be pres ent to discuss all the various pbas es of farm life and farm business. A suitable program is also being arranged by local people to assist in entertaining the audience. Turn out and make it a success. It is the only institute to be held iu Lin :oln county this fall. Remember the date, Thursday, Dec. 7. Three sessions.