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_T'HE LIBBY HERALD
VOL. 2, NO. 23 LIBBY, LINCOLN COUNTY, MONTANA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1911 $2.00 PER YEAR . .....------- •- -- - , ii !i" i-- ,,__ BIG BUNCH OF BIDDERS ON HAND Contract Let for 3 Bridges Across Kootenai at $82,100. Steel Structures with Con crete Piers. Cost Less than Campaign Claims. The proposition to build three bridges across the Kootenai river assumed tangible form on Monday when the county commissioners let the contract for their construction to the Coast Bridge company of Portland, Oregon, for the sum of $82, ioo. This price, as we un derstand, is for the bridges com plete, and will leave $43,000 to be expended upon roads and high Ways. During the few days preceding Saturday, December 16, when the bids were opened by the commis sioners, the representatives of 21 different bidders were busy prepar ing plans and bids and gave a busy appearance around the hotel lob bies. The bids ranged in prices from $13,2oo up to $460ooo for a single bridge, and from $72,000 to $125,0oo for all three bridges. The commissioners, with the aid of County Surveyor Duthie, spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday in analyzing the different bids sub mitted. It is a matter of congrat ulation that after the letting of the contract no complaint was made by the unsuccessful bidders, but that the commissioners had accepted the lowest bid received. On the con trary, several competing bidders stated openly that the bid of the Coast Bridge company was the best and lowest bid received. The representatives of the sev eral companies were all pleased with not only their treatment while in Libby, but at the pros pects of the future of this vicinity. Senator Dixon on December 13 introduced in the senate a bill known as S. B. 3776, authorizing the construction of the bridges by the commissioners and he will push it to an early passage. The bonds authorized will be sold January 4, and it is the belief of the contractors that construction of the bridges can be commenced within 4o days and carried to com pletion before the high water. County Attorney Scott is pre paring the contract, and as soon as it is signed it is expected that the Coast company will begin opera tions. Mrs. Frank McCarthy Dies. It was a severe shock to the community when it was announced that Mrs. Fraek McCarthy was dead. It could hardly be realized that this could be. Death was caused by congestion of the brain, following the birth of a child. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon from the residence of her sister, Mrs, E. W. Doe, Rev. Wil hams preaching the sermon. The singing will be by the Elks, under the direction of Mrs. Duthie. The Rebekahs, of which deceased was a member, will have charge of the services at the grave. The sur viving husband, being a member of the Oddfellows, Elks and Wood men, pallbearers have been selected as follows : Oddfellows-Elmer Switzer and Ivan Rogers; Elks Paul Pratt and John Duthie; Wood men-Al Leary and Alex Beaton. Dot Gasselin was born in Min nesota on Oct. 22, twenty-three years ago, and was married in Lib by ~uine a, Jg0o. FINANCIAL EXHIBIT OF COUNTY MAKES GOOD SHOWING The annual statement of the county clerk and recorder exhibits some interesting facts as to our financial standing, our liabilities and resources. We extract the following: LIABILITIES. County bond issue March I, 19 I ........ ............$85,000ooo.oo00 Accr. int. to Nov. 30,' II 3, 87.75 Warrants out " " " 22,465.22 Accr. int. on same........ 1,744.77 Total...............$112,397-74 RESOURCES. Cash in bridge fund.....$ 4,908.44 do cont. fund........... 1,502.65 do general tund......... 65,855.83 do poor fund............ 2,206.90 do road fund ......... 17,498.80 do bond int. fund...... 565.77 Total...... ...$...1... 12,397.74 Debt Nov. 30, 1910 .....$17,636.16 Debt Nov. 30, 171 ...... 1,565-77 Decrease-......... 6,070.39 The distribution of the county's expenses was as follows : District court..........$..... 1,357.33 Salaries except court off. 13,oo7.79 Justice ct. and coroner.. 849.90 Miscellaneous........... 54,612.54 In the miscellaneous class roads and bridges took up $34,352.03. The assessed valuation for this year was $5,282,943.. NEW ESTRAY LAW IS A CORKER TO FOLLOW OUT Under a ruling of Attorney Gen eral Galen last week to the county attorney of Gallatin county, ranch men and others must discontinue the practice of advertising estray stock for sale that have come to their place to pay the cost of feeding and caring for same. The Montana !statutes do not authorize such pro cedure. The right way to be fol lowed by persons who take in live stock is laid down about as tollows: If you save any domestic animal from drowning or starvation, if it has a value of $Io or more, your first step is to notify the owner, but if such owner is unknown to you you must within 5 days ap pear before a justice of the peace and make affidavit, stating the particulars of your find and that you are not secreting the property. The justice must then summon three disinterested householders to appraise the same. The apprais ers, or any two of them,. must make two lists of the valuation and description of such property, and i sign and make oath to the same, and deliver one of the lists to the finder and the other to the justice of the peace. The justice must file such list and the finder must transmit a copy of the same to the county clerk, who must record the same in a book known as the "Estray and Lost Property Book," within 15 days, and the finder must at once post up at the court house door and four other public places in the township or city a copy of such valuation and a description of the property. If no owner appears and proves the property within six months, and the value thereof does not ex ceed $20, the same vests in the finder, but if the value exceeds $2o the finder must within 30 days af ter setting up the list mentioned in the preceding paragraph cause a (Continued on fifth page,) "Peace on Earth,Good Will to Men." A message hundreds of years old is no less the tidings to all than it was to the doubting people of that day. Every advantage of today can be traced to the message so fraught with new ideas and new thoughts of the meaning of life. It is the period that marks the mile posts in the achievements of men and nations. In this age of progress and advancement there is a growing tendency to forget the sig nificance of Christmas and to look upon the day as a day of feasting and good will. Here on this day we should pause and after summing up the events of the year, con strnct our plans for the future. Let not only the sentiment of brotherly kindness be observed, but let us plan for a greater efficiency of citizen ship, a higher plane of character, and a more resolute determination to better mankind. There is no more beautiful sentiment in the home, no greater id gal in business, no high er thought in civic life than the message "Peace on earth, good will to men." It should cause the heartbeats to come faster and the pulse to throb stronger as we plan to build happier and more comfortable homes, that will aid us to make a success of life. Christmas is the time to inaugurate new ideas in the home which will mean much to the young folks and fill their young hearts with in spiration, in the thought that "Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, And departing leave behind us Footprints in the sands of time." What more inspiring thought than the op portunities of life, as we look back over the life time of man? The picture of changed social, educational and financial conditions with thirty years ago will be viewed and discussed with interest. The improved transportation, the invention of the telegraph and telephone, the installation of rural mail delivery, the construction of inter urban railways, the increased prices of farm products, have revolutionized our mode of liv ing. These changes are but the forerunner of more important development to follow and should be a source of encouragement to all as we reflect on the countless opportunities pre senting themselves. The great problem of shaping our civic life for the benefit of the citizen is before us. We are still working at many disadvantages and must continue the fight for our full rights as American citizens. Our reflections of the past must on Christmas day, 1911, be of a cheerful aspect as forecasting better days for every de serving American citizen. The manager of the Herald has sent many Christmas greetings to the people of this north western Montana, We have joined in the com mon prosperity and suffered with the people in adversity. We trust that the Yuletide will firnd the readers of the Herald prosperous and con tented. We wish a "Merry Christmas" in the true sense of the words to all as we write; "Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men." SIXTEEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK. (Items Culled from Old Troy Times.) The coldest point reached to this date is 9 above zero for the winter. On December 17 a baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Hatch. Thomas H. Carter, chairman of the national republican committee, issued a call for the national con vention to be held on June 18. The American Federation of La bor elected Samuel Gompers presi dent. Cleveland's message on the Mon roe doctrine electrified the country. Messages from every quarter poured into the Whitehouse, con gress applauded its reading, vet erans sang national hymns and the people were stirred in a manner which could not be mistaken. The Times predicted that Great Britain would recede from her'position. The B. & B. struck six feet of shipping ore on the fourth level and it was predicted this property would become one of the finest in the state There was talk of resurrecting the Libby paper under the man agement of Wm. Lombard. EGGS MUST BE BRANDED AFTER JANUARY FIRST After January r, according to the law passed by the last legisla ture, all eggs must be branded, showing the age of each egg. In this way a customer knows when he is getting real fresh eggs. The following is quoted from the regu lations : "Eggs shall be known as fresh eggs, ranch eggs and case eggs. "Any eggs sold or offered for sale as fresh eggs that are more than seven days old shall be deemed misbranded. "Under the title of ranch eggs are eggs that have not been pre served, or the age of which is not known. "All eggs that have been kept in cold storage, or have been pre served in any way, shall be known as case eggs. and the containers of such eggs must be plainly marked thereon in letters not less than two inches high the month and the year in w~hich such eggs were placed in cold storage. Anly eggs which have been preserved in any way which are offered for sale with out such label being plainly on the container, shall be deemed mis branded." The law provides a severe penal ty for misbranding food products, VICTOR-EMPIRE STARTS TUNNEL AT FOOT OF HILl N. D. Murray of the New Vic tor-Empire returned last Friday from a trip to Spokane, where he was given a contract for ioo feet of tunnel on the property. Mr. Murray recently encountered a body of high-grade galena in a winze in the long tunnel, about 70 feet from the portal. This tunnel has cut a number of veins, and the ore sunk upon gave such grati fying results that the company de cided to let a contract for tunnel from the foot of the mountain, the initial work of Ioo feet being now undertaken by Mr. Murray. The new tunnel will cut the lead un covered in the winz at a depth of about 40 feet, and Mr. Murray has taken up supplies to push the work. The last strike oh, the property showed up a body of ore, the fin est of any yet encountered and was so encouraging as to warrant the new work. Work had to be aban doned in the the winze because of water, which came in at the rate of 120 gallons per minute, and it was decided to start the lower work. Joe Ilauerwas of Lakeview, Ida., was in Libby Friday on a business visit. Joe is an old-timer in the Blains country, but for the past several years has been devoting himself to mining in the Lakeview section, where he has a high grade galena proposition which he is de veloping. He expects to send his first carload of ore to the smelter in a few days. Joe's many friends in this section will wish him 'all kinds of success. Peter Ivanhoff of .Hamilton, Mont., was in Libby this week, Mr. Ivanhoff is a logging contract or and it is reported he was look. ing over some Anaconda company's land with a view to removing the timber so that it could be placed on the market as acreage property. OLDTIMER BUYS r SOME CHOICE BUSINESS LOTS B. F. Howard Invests $7,500 in Four Vacant Business Lots e on Mineral Avenue. Mining Men of Libby District Have Faith in the Old Town. r e All the great interior cities in e the intermountain region have been built up by mining money. Faith s in his home town has prompted the mining pioneer to invest his 'stake' t money where he made it, and as a result we have seen such splendid t cities as Denver, Sdlt Lake and Spokane arise in majestic tribute 1 to his enterprise and homelike faith. Will history repeat itself here ? There can be no doubt of it if other of our mining men are of the stamp of B. F. Howard, the trail blazer of the camp and early day placer miner. Within the past week Mr. Howard has made some solid investments in Libby realty which not only evidence his faith in Libby; but show the right spirit of enterprise. On Mineral avenue, near 4th, he has purchased two lots on the west side for $2,ooo each and two lots directly across on the east side for $175o each. This is $8o and $70 respectively per tront foot for the lots. It is an old saying that when vacant business ground begins to be measured at $roo or more the front foot the town is ready to doff its swaddling clothes and don the metropolitan garb. Libby is ap proaching that class so rapidly that we may say with the Vermont preacher "The crisis which was to arrove hey arriven." We hope we are not violating any confidence when we say that Mr. Howard's plans include a sub stantial brick business block for the coming year which will be a credit and ornament to the city. It is pleasing to see our oldtime mining men put their dollars into the old town. We can all take on renewed courage and faith when we see these grizzled veterans put their .shoulder to the wheel and keep it rolling on to a Greater Libby. If Libby is not to be a city something more than an overgrown village-then the best judgment of the visitor and the native alike is at fault. Engineers Visit Kootenai Falls E. J. Bengler, W. C. Bodvcomb and R. J. N. Worcester, all of New York, werg in Libby this week. They are engineers looking over the Kootenai Falls proposition, where a six million dollar plant will be built during the coming year. This is one of the big prop ositions of the section which is being put into shape for active work during the coming year. John H. Marks of Spokane, rep resenting the Metaline Cement company, was in Libby this week and secured the contract for sup plying the cement for the bridges across the Kootenai. Frank Pival is the local agent for this company. The Electric Light and WXter company has begun the installa tion of street lights in the residence portion of the city and expect in a few days to give a complete street service in that section of the city.