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' THE LIBBY HERALD
VOL. 2, NO. 31 LIBBY, LINCOLN COUNTY, MONTANA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 11, 1912 $2.00 PER YEAR - - ' .. .... . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . ..! , n . . . ,., SUIT STARTED FOR HEAVY DAMAGE; Barnum, Civil Engineer, Suet fdr $76,384, Claiming a Fifti Ownership in Water anc Light Enterprise. E. K. Barnum, a civil engineei well known here, at Great Fall and elsewhere in the state, ant connected this past summer wits the Kootenat forest reserve, lasi week brought suit in the local dis trict court to recover $76,384 from Geo. H. Stanton and C. C. Proc tor, Great Falls capitalists, N. J. Littlejohn, a contractor of Lewis. town, and Gordon O. Shafer of this city. Barnum sets forth that he is the originator of the project which re sulted in the establishment of the Libby Water Works, Electric Light & Power company, and the man who secured the franchise from the city and located the water right on Flower creek, the water right and franchise being the basis of the in dustry, and he alleges in his com plaint that, after he had discovered the opening for the water, light and power project here, and taken the initiatory steps to secure the fran chise and water right, he sought out the defendants and proposed that they join him in the project. He adds, further, that it was agreed by himself and the defend ants that he should secure the franchise, they raise capital, all in corporate a company and establish the enterprise, and all equally share the fruits, but that, after he had performed his part, in the course of which they induced him to take Shafer into the franchise and water right, and to -assign those things to the corporation, they excluded him from the enter prise and appropriated it to them selves. The judgment asked is for a sum equal to a fifth of the value of the property, plus interest and $1400 for services and maps and plats furnished. Gallagher, Smith & Mack, Spo kane attorneys, and Jas. W. Scott are counsel for Barnum. Defendants have twenty days to answer and as a preliminary step will probably file a demurrer at tacking the complaint. The Libby Water Works, Elec tric Light & Power company is not in any way involved in the litiga tion, having purchased the plant, franchise, etc., from the original owners. BANK STOCKHOLDERS MEET The stockholders of the First Nationai Bank of Libby held their annual meeting on Tuesday last. The past year has been a prosper ous one, the business of the insti tution is growing steadily and all indications point to a prosperous year ahead. At Tuesday's meet ing the directorate was increased from five to seven, the additions being G. W. Millett and E. A. Southwick. The following officers and directors will serve for the et, suing year : President--C. Ed Lukens. Vice-Pres.--F. M. Plummer. Cashier-Chester A, Adams. Asst. Cashier---I. J. Cortright. Directors--Jas. Stonechest, E. W. Doe, G. W. Millett, C. A. Adams. F. M. Plummer, E. A. Southwick and C. Ed Lukens. Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Callow of Troy, who were visiting with rela tives here several days last week, returned home Saturday. TELLS ABOUT REGISTRATION Attorney General Galen says the new registration law does not apply to party caucus elections. In re plying to an inquiry to the county attorney of Dawson county. He says: "The provisions of this act ap ply only to general elections, pri mary nominating elections, munic pal elections, general school elec tions and special county elections, and for that reason it is my opinion that voters at a party caucus would not be required to be registered voters prior to such caucus, nor would it be necessary for the regis tration books of the county to be closed prior thereto." The county attorney is also ad vised that "in view of the fact that the only election at which women are entitled to vote are district school elections it would serve no useful purpose for the registrar to enter the names upon the precinct or municipal register. IT MAY BE A CONSPIRACY It is said that American smokers swear off as a rule during the holi days. This strange custom has been the subject of much study by sociologists. Recently an explana tion has been offered, and this re markable "swearing off" habit is found to be due to Christmas gifts ftom our wives and sweetheart wives-to-be. After these Christmas gifts the unfortunate smoker is compelled to smoke at least some of the cigars! he receives, which causes a deadlyi aversion to tobacco. This condi tion lasts until he can give or throw away the box of cigars with out causing undue alarm or injury to the tender feelings of the fair sex. The query now among smokers is whether the Christmas cigars are selected in ignorance of their quali ties or in pursuance of a widespread plot to jolt the smoking habit. As the conspirators, our wives and sweethearts, are succeeding so admirably and beyond their fond Sst hopes, we pause and wonder what would be the effect if the fair ones should begin to make Christ nas presents of liquor and then stand over us while we sipped the flowing nectar ! NO COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST CLARK. County Attorney Scott visited Eureka last week to investigate the shooting of W.n. Coughlin by Geo. Clark. The county attorney states that he received statements from a number of responsible per sons to the effect that Coughlin knocked Clark down without prov ocation earlier in the evening, and had set him up again, when Clark drew a revolver and shot Coughlin. The facts indicated that the shoot ing was in self defense. No com plaint has been filed, and there will be no prosecution of Clark at present. Coughliu is reported re covering from his wound. CALIFORNIA HAS PEACH OF A LAW. An exchange has caught on the fact that down in California they passed a law that is a daisy. It provides for the maintenance of a family which has a lazy husband and father. As soon as the man decides that lihe is too tired to work and properly support his family he is arrested and put to work for the state. He is allowed $1.50 a day, which is turned over to the family. In the short time the law has been in effect it has proven a good one. BIG POWER PROJECT LOOKS LIKE BUSINESS Engineers Examining Kootenai Falls Proposition and Principal Owner to Visit Soon. Several engineers from the east have been here this week making an examination of the Kootenai falls power proposition, and we under tand Mr Coram, the princpal own er, is expected here in a lew days. It is said that this examination will be final to beginning of active work on a large scale upon the project, which will give employ ment to 300 or 400 men for about two years. This is the biggest power propo sition of the section and can ulti mately develop Ioo,ooo horse power, much of which, it is said, is to be transmitted to the Coeur d'Alenes and other indus trial centers. With three big power propositions-Kootcnai, \'ahk and Lake creek-being developed at the Baltimore the Place, June 25 the Date Jackson day, January 8, has al ways been a red letter day for demi ocrats all through the land presid ed over by Uncle Sam, but never has it been observed with more en thusiasm and a more representa tive attendance than on Monday last at Washington. The occasion was the meeting of the national committee to fix time and name the city for the na tional convention. Over one thons and democrats, honored by their party, and distinguished in nation al councils. were present at the banquet. Bryan, Woodrow Wil son and Champ Clark were amoi g the speakers. Never have the democrats felt more confident of a tidal wave sweeping their way and the feeling was accentuated in the large attendance, the jubilant spirit and the hearty enthusiasm which presaged a democratic victory at the polls this fall. The national committee com pleted its work with the selection of Baltimore as the convention city and fixed the date as June 25, one week later than that chosen by the republicans. A permissive primary resolution in connection with calls for dele gates was adopted. Such states as have laws on the subject, or desire to do so, may select their rep resentatives in the convention by direct vote. There will be 1-74 SIXTEEN YEARS AGO THIS WEEK. (Items Culled from Old Troy Times.) Fred Zesath of Libby, formerly of Kootenai Falls, was adjudged insane and taken to the asylum at Warm Springs. J. P. Bartlett bought of I)r. Sailey the building west of the drug store and moved into it. The weather was mild, with warm showers every day. There were two passenger trains on the Great Northern, one west and one east. On complaint of John Sachs, section foreman at Yakt station, Ben Getchell was tritd before Judge Mullin on a misdemeanor charge and fined $24.70. Ben was short of change and the constable took him to Kalispell. The government was facing a peculiar position on account of the Northern Pacific railroad. This company, which had been given an empire of land by congress, I Slne time, Lincoln county will witness a development in this in dhistrv that will attract attention the country over. There is a persistent rumor that the Kootenai falls project-the giant ol the trio--has for its primary pur pose i.mething more than the sale of juice" to mining and manu f.ctul ing companies; that the "real thing" back of the enterprise is the .Milwaukee road and a major por tion of the power will be used in the transportation of trains through this mountainous section over a line to be built into the Kootenai valley in the near future. The total cost of the plant is es titnated at $6,ooo,ooo, of which half will be expended in the 'com ing two years. delegates to be chosen. IHarmony marked the sitting of the committee, which was given over almost entirely to the claims of the cities bidding .for the con -vention. Baltimore, St. Louis, Chicago, New York, Denver and Kansas City were the contestants. The primiary resolution adopted was a modification of one proposed by Senator Chamberlain of Oregon. It was framed by a subcommittee headed by Clark Iiowcll of Georgia and was as follows: "That in the choice of delegates and alternates to the national demi ocratic convenition in 1 )12 the deni ocratic state or territorial commit tees may, if not otherwise directed by law of such states or territories, provide for the direct election of such delegates or alternates if, in the opinion of the respective corn mittees, it is deemed desirable and possible to do so with proper and sufficient safeguards. Where such provision is not made by the re spective committees for the choice of delegates and alternates, and of which the state laws do not pro vide specifically the manner of such choice, then the delegates and alternates to the said national convention shall be chosen in the manner that governed the choice of delegates from the respective states and territories to the last national dmnocratic convention." from the very start was fighting homestead, mining and other claimants. Agents of the company entered a contest in the land office at Missoula to set aside the classifications of the mineral land commissioners. The commission ers being federal officers, the gov ernment was required to defend their findings. At the same time the road was in the hand.s of re ceivers who were directed by fed gral courts. Thus the court found itself in the anomalous condition of sitting in jndgment upon the acts of its own appointees. It looked like a conundrum. H. J. Jory, who was superin tending the development on the Keystone in the Yahk for Finch and Campbell, visited Troy, and while there made out papers for filing on two claims adjoining the Keystone. As subsequent events neveloped, the procedure turned the camp upside down among claim ho' drs and there were some (Continued on 4th page.) TWO RECEIVE HERO MEDALS Wm. E. Dawson of Jennings on Saturday last received the Carnegie hero medal for his brave work in the memorable ferry boat accident at Libby in June of IqIo. The medal is in bronze, encased in a handsome case, and bears the inscription: "Wm. E. Dawson, who saved Henry E. Kuphal, Mattie Rode trick and Chas. B. Marshall from drowning, June 15, T91o. Greater Love Hath No Man than this: That a Man Lay Down His Life for IJis Friend." On the obverse side appears a likeness of Carnegie in relief. Chas. Marshall of Libby is also in receipt of a similar medal in sil ver, suitably inscribed for his brave efforts to save Kuphal and Mrs. Roderick when Ihe cable parted. They are appropriate and hand some tokens of ;oble acts performed during time of great danger. MERE MAN SMALL POTATO Man that is born of woman is small potatoes and few in a hill. He riseth up to(iay and flourish eth like a rag weed, and tomorrow or the day after, the undertaker hath him. He goeth forth in the morning warbling like a lark, and i: knocked out in one round and two seconds. In the midst of life lihe is in debt and the tax collector pursueth him wherever he goeth. The banister of life is full of splinters and he slideth down much more rapidly than he de-ireth. IHe walketh forth in the bright sunoshine to absorb ozone and meet eth the wheelbarrow in his path, and the wheelbarrow riseth up and smiteth him to the earth and fall eth upon hium. In the gentle spring time he put teth on his summer clothes and a blizzard striketh him far away from home and filleth him with woe and rheumatism. He layeth up riches in the bank and the president speculateth in margins and goethi to Canada fer his health. In autumn lie putteth on his winter trousers and a wasp that abideth in thenm filleth him with nmuch excitement. Hfe sitteth up all night to get the returns from Ohio and in the grey morning learneth that the other fellows have won in a walk. He buyeth a watchdog, and when he conieth home late front lodge the dlog treeth him and looketh up at hion till rosy morn. He goeth to the horse trot and betteth on the brown mare, and the gelding with the blaze face winneth. He marrieth an heiress with a wart on her nose, and the next day her parental ancestor goeth under vith few assets and great liabilities and cometh home to live with his beloved son-in-law.--Ex. VOTERS ARE SLOW IN REGISTERING. Registration-of voters continues it a slow pace, but 325 names hav ing been so far placed upon the big ,ook at the court house. It is iecessary that all should register ender the new law, and considering he importance of this election year t would seem that voters would place their names upon the roster it their earliest convenience and have it off their minds. Once reg stered, the voter's name stays here for good, unles he fails to vote or removes from the precinct. DOINGS OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS Besides Selling Bonds, Dispose Of Road Matters and Other Business and Adjourn to Meet Feb. 5. In addition to awarding the sale of road and bridge bonds for $125,000 as stated in this paper last week, the county commission ers transacted considerable other business, as follows: In the road petition of M. H. Fallon et al, the date of hearing was set for February 5. The road petitioned for by John B. Chase et al, report of viewers was approved and survey ordered. Viewers appointed for the M. H. Fallon road were Frank Al vord, Harvey Young and Frank Marvel. Bond of Montana Light & Power company was approved and filed for record Petition of A. E. Neshlitt for a saloon license at Rexford was re jectedl. Petition for telephone franchise by liurc.ka Mutual 'lelephone com pany was ordered granted upon filing of proper 1bond. County clerk and county as sessor were allowed actual expetn ses while attending county offi cials meeting at Missoula, January 24. Plot of Sylvanite townsite was approved and ordcrcd tiled. Refund allowed the Kootenai River Logging company at former imeeting was ordered cancelled. Board adjourned to meet in spe cial session on February 5. SNOWSLIDE AT SUMMIT KILLS TWO. An accident on the e it North ern at the Sununit east of Colun bia Falls cost two lives and badly injured two others. A rotary was being taken up to clear a slide and an avalanch of snow and ice struck the train, sweeping the rotary and tender down the mountain. Engi neer Brolpert and Traveling Engi neer Allen were kilkd, Fireman Hove perhaps fatally hurt and Supt. Smith seriously injured. For a mile and a half the track is reported under a mass of snow and ice and a large force is at work to clear away the debris. Five hundred men will be taken through from Spokane today to help in the work. A TALE WITH A MORAL. A man went into the hardware store of a neighboring town and wished to purchase an axe. Being shown the article and informed that the price was $I.15, he said: "Why, I can get that same kind of an axe from a mail order house for go cents." "Very well," said the hardware man, "I will give it to you for the same, providing you will do the same with me as you would do with them." "All right," replied the custo I mer, as he handed over a dollar bill, the merchant giving him back ten cents in change. "Now," said the hardware man, "I want 25 cents more to pay ex press charges," which the pur chaser gave him. "No,, give me ten cents more for money order, fees and post age," which the cu.tomer had to hand over according to agree mentt. "Now, how much did your axe cost yoa ?'' ''One dollar and twenty-five cents." replied the customer. "Not so cheap after all," said the merchant, whereupon lie picked up the axe and tosced it back on the shelt and told the customer to call for it in ten days, aB that was about as soon as he could get it if he had ordered it froni the mail or der house.