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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
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
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.
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
County bond issue March
I, 19 I ........ ............$85,000ooo.oo00
Accr. int. to Nov. 30,' II 3, 87.75
Warrants out " " " 22,465.22
Accr. int. on same........ 1,744.77
Cash in bridge fund.....$ 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..
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
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
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
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."
(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
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.
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
"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
The law provides a severe penal
ty for misbranding food products,
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.

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