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PUBLITSHED EVERV THURSDAY BY THE HERALD PUBLISHING COMPANY Entered as second-class matter August 17, 191r, at the postofflce at Libby, Mon tana, under the Act of March 3, 1879. WASHINGTONNEWS LETTER (v} Clyde IT. Tavenuer) Waslington, IDec. 4, Everyhod wants to know about the distrihu ti,on of patronage under the niewn ad(linistration. Every member of congress of democratic faith is re reiving inquiries atul applications by" the hundred. I camtne on to Washington at an earlier date than I intended, to try to discover the prospects of what will he done in a general way but have found nut nothing valu able or tangille. There is muich guessing and newspaper talk; but that is all. All things concerning tlhe distrilution of patronage are npI in the air, so to speak. Presi dent-elect Wilson, who is resting in liermnuda, has not so far as is generally known, given any infor nation of his intention on Ihissnub. je't. Nothing delfinite will be known until he ;speaks. 'The only lhings certain at this writing are: t. President Taft has by ex ecutive order placed all the 4th class postmasters under the civil service, that is all postmasters drawing less than $r,ooo per an nini. This means that the present 4!h class post masters will hold for life, or duiring good behavior, un less Preid(lent \Vilson revokes President Taft ,,; order, Whether he will revoke it nobody knows. 2. Most of the places worth having except those which have to be confirmed by the senate have been for some time utinder civil ser vice. This greatly lessens the nuttiber of positions formerly avail able. 3. For twenty years the custom has been for federal officials ap poilteld for four years, such as postmasters, U.S. marshals. etc., to serve out their terms unless they took part inl politics during their terns. Whether this custom will be continued it is impossible to say. 4. President Taft is said to have declare.d his intention to fill all vaeanleies as sooll as they occur. But whether the senate will confirm his appointees, or hold tp their mi(ninations, it is iml)ossible to even guess. 5. The customl has been for the patronage of any particular state i to be (listribited through the sen- I S"THE BEGGAR PRINCE" I BEAUTIFUL SINGERS CAPABLE COMEDIANS ATTRACTIVE GIRLS CHARMING COSTUMES All combined to make a clever thoroughly satisfying per formance Libby Opera House I ITHURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 One Night Only Of I Ui ators and represenatives thereof who are of the same political per tuasion as the administration, ii any such there be, and if none .uch, then through the national t committeeman or some dependable t- friend or friends. Under that ar* - rangement representatives are de pended upon to recommend post masters in their own districts while senators are depended upon to re commend postmasters in congress ional districts not represented by congressmen of the same political faith as the president. Senators are also depended upon to re commend for marshalship and of fices of that kind, departmental po sitions and places in the consular Iand diplomatic service, and in fact all offices not local. Of course, as a rule, the senators consult with re presentatives in these matters, all trying to do the most possible for their constituents. 6. What scheme for selecting postmasters, etc., President Wilson and his cabinet may adopt is wholly conjectural. Some advocate one plan and some another. Conse quently it might he best for those intending to be applicants to let matters rest until the situation clears up somewhat; but where one or more aspirants for a particular place start in to secure signers to petitions, recommendations, etc., it might he wise tor all aspirants to do so too. It has been figured out by some of the newspaper correspondents in the national capital that Mr. Wilson when he enters the White House on March 4, will find that he has the power to fill directly o0,839 government positions. They de clare the oppointive places requir ing confirmation are divided as follows: Departments; State, 441; Treas ury, 736; War (excluding army)6; Justice, 383; Postoffice, 7,953; Navy (excluding officers) II; Inte- a rier,272; Agriculture, 3; Commerce aid Labor (excluding census) 28; Civil Service Commission, 4; Gov- I ernment Printing Office, 1; Inter state Commerce Commission, 7; and Library of Congress, r. The places not requiring con tirmation by the Senate are thus t divided: I)epartments: State, 94; Justice, t 8.46; Interior, 44; Commerce, 8; Civil Service Commission, 1. BIG PUBLIC SALE Our lease with Uncle Sam hav ing expired, and having decided to retire to private life, we, the under signed, will offer for sale at our re sidence, national Capitol, Wash ington, D. C., March 5, 1913, all the following described property, to wit: One glephant about 40 years old and has the foot-rot. One set of injunctions and high cost of living, old enough to wean, sired by gold bugs and dammed by everybody. O, e republican platform, good as new; has only been used for cam paign purposes. In this platform a large number of planks from the democratic platform have been in serted, but they cannot be disting uished and will go with the lot. One big stick, somewhat worn from over use. One republican machine, some what out of repair. One financial system well sup plied with clearing house certificates and a little cash. A large quantity of old dinner pails, grandpa hats, coon skins, Teddy bears, Taft smiles and other things too numerous to mention. This sale will positively take place on the above date regardless of weather, and every thing :must be closed out on that date. Toast crow will be served by the 01d Boys' republican club. Everybody, regardless of past political servitude, invited. TERMS.--Cash before removing property. This stuff must be cleaned away. -Col. Rockefeller, -J. P. Morgan -- $ Vanderbilt, Managers. -Joe Cannon, Auctioneer. -Teddy Roosevelt, Clerk, 'f A SOLDIER OF THE LEGION. A soldier of the Legion Lay dying at Monroe (Conn.). e There was lack of woman's nursing, There was dearth of woman's woe, Because the man was doing The annual army stunt And was not actually dying, But constructively was so [Having been constructively shot Fatally in a shain battle between The reds and the blues, armed witih Real guns loaded with paper wada And producing more noise than fat aJlste. However, pardon the digresslon.f But a comrade stood beside him While his lifeblood ebbed away And bent, with pityingr glances, To hear what he might say. The dying soldier faltered i As he took that comeade's hand, And he said: "Old Top, pray, listen. Do I rightly understand That constructively my Widow Gets a pension, or does she Get the real stuff that's iseful To increase prosperity? Because, old 'Pop, a pension That's straight," he caught his beaath, "Has got the snide constructive Kind of pension skinned to death, And itf we get the money You'll hear our auto honks About our home at Bronxville, Fair Bronxville by the Bronxl' -W. J. Lampton in New York Times. Bobby's Beautiful Thought. /% Bobby-Uncle, couldn't a fellow have a fine Sunday's dinner it be was as hungry as me an' as roomy as you?- London Tit-Bits. Proved His Common Sense. The candidate for the president of Jerkwater college wore a benignant smile and an air of superiority as he faced the board of trustees, composed of farmers. The smile broadened when the chairman of the board an nounced that there would be an ex amination. The professor still remembered his Greek and geometry, he had always been a good speller, and he hao but recently completed an extensive course in agriculture. Therefore he had no feti s. " "We have no doubt of your learn ing," explained the chairman. "so we shall not try to trip you up on tech nicalities. We simply want to get a line on your common sense. Here are the three questions: "'What is love? "'What is poetry?' "'What is electricity?'" The professor turned pale. He moistened his lips and hesitated, for he needed the job. After a moment's pause he picked up his hat and turned to depart. "What's the matter?" asked the chairman, while the rest of the trustees pricked up their ears. "I can't answer these questions, be cause I don't know." declared the pro fessor, with a defiant air, from the door. "Come back!" shouted the chairman. "You have proved your common sense. The job is yours."-Roy R. Atkinson in Puck. Under Suspicion. President Taft rarely says unkind things about the men with whom he comes in contact In public life. But when he does unlimber for a bombard ment he generally puts in a center shot -hot and irresistible. Not long ago he was talking aboqt no officeholder whom he had discharged for the good of the service. "He was a bad one." criticised Taft. "He had a bad streak all through him. He had the distinction of putting into ' my mind an idea which nobody else had been able to suggest to me. When he was turned out of his job I felt that it would be wise to employ an art expert to see whether he had substi tuted fakes for the oil paintings on the walls of the public buildings in a which he had worked."-Popular Mag- I azine. His Sarcasm. a "You have a lovely complexion." be. gan the lover. f "Thank you." answered his fiancee i susplciously. "Why speak of It?" "It's so smooth and white and--er- 1 natural"- a "It is. But you don't talk straight. Don't you believe that my complexion a is my own?" ' "Why, certainly, my own!" I "Then why refer to It at all?" "I-I Just wondered why it was that every time I leave you at night and go to the club the fellows all say that I've g been eating marshmnallows." v That's the real reason the engage- a ment was broken.-Cleveland Plain tI Dealer. E Its Office. n "Oh. Willie, Willie," cried a teacher o0 to a hopelessly dull pupil, "whatever to do you think your head is for?" Wil- o0 lse, who evidently thought this anoth- pi sr of the troublesome questions that re teachers were always asking, ponder- w ed It deeply. "Please, miss." he re- lii plied at last. "to keep my collar on."- 1 6buth's Companion. C / ALPINE LIGHTNING. "The Brand of Aerial Fireworks They Get on Mont Blano,. Nowhere else do the electrical dis. charges of the atmosphere assume so intense and terrifying a character as on the summits of high mountains. In August of last year the laboratory of the Society of Observatories, built on the summit of Mont Blanc,. wa. struck by lightning, with fatal results to one of its occupants. This building Is of wood, roofed with sheets of cop per, and is not provided with lightning rods. It was practically buried in snow at the time of the disaster. The famous Janssen observatory on Mont Blanc was repeatedly struck, al though it bore numerous lightning rods, connected by cables to some rocks a few hundred feet distant. This build ing was of wood and was built on the snow. The effects of the lightning were extraordinary and appalling. The metal tableware was frequently melted or perforated. The bolts and nuts in the walls were melted, the woodwork charred, and the metal cap of the large telescope was pierced with holes. In 1908 a guide, one Felix Bozon, wit nessed a brilliant electrical discharge in the form of ribbons of fire which for two hours and a half continued to play across the interior of the build ing, proceeding from one of the cables connected with the lightning rods. In 1902 a ball of fire as large as a pi geon's egg was seen to move slowly across the room, then retreat for a dis tance and explode, giving a violent shock to the persons present. In 1907 a series of lightning strokes occurred one evening at nearly regular intervals of a few minutes. Each stroke produced a deafening noise and was attended by sparks like fiery ser pents, which shot through the observa tory in all directions. This process con tinued nearly an hour.-Chicago News. THE SPREAD OF ALFALFA. History of One of the Oldest of All Cultivated Forage Plants. Alfalfa, perhaps the oldest of all cul tivated forage or hay plants, has had a history scarcely less interesting than that of the many nations which have utilized It. Those nations have pros pered almost in direct proportion to the extent to which they have used It. The name "alfalfa" comes from the Arabs and means "the best fod der." and in fact It appears to have originated in Media or in some adja cent country, as the folklore tales from lands on different sides of this area point toward Media as the place whence It came. The wars of the Persian invasion of Greece took the plant to the latter country about 590 B. C.. It being the custom for the advance emissaries to precede the army and to plant fields for the sustenance of the herds which helped support the invading hosts. From Greece It advanced to Italy and Spain by successive stages and was taken to Old Mexico by the Spaniards about 1519 A. D. From there It was carried to South America and later (1854) entered Cali fornia through the Golden Gate at the time of the activities incident to the discovery of gold in that state. Thence it spread over the irrigated sections and more recently has continued its march eastward until now it is by far the most important forage crop of such states as Nebraska and Kansas.-Chi cago News. Pacific Ocean Currents. Reports recdived by the French gov. ernment from its consular officers in Hawail throw light, It Is thought, on certain problems of ethnography. Not very long ago a little schooner, dis mantled and with its rudder gone as the result of a tempest, was drifted by winds and ocean currents from Tahiti to Hawaii after eighty-one days. Ha waiian traditions declare that in an clent days people came from Tahiti, drifting with the currents, and settled the Islands. The adventure of the dis mantled schooner seems to prove the possibility of such a migration, and it is suggested that the currents of the Pacific, which have not yet been suf iciently studied, may throw much light on the distribution of the native races among the island groups.-Har per's Weekly. Finding Patients For Doctors. A curious occupation has sprung up in Paris. Several doctors have receiv ed a circular from a newly formed agency, which offers to find patients for them. The fees are rather high. They vary from $20 to $100. On re ceipt of the fee the doctor is assured a list of twenty consumptives, twenty epileptics, twenty people suffering from cancer, and so forth. He Is then at liberty to call and offer his services. The agency's circular declares that the lists of patients are compiled from absolutely certain sources and that the money will be returned if there are more than three mistakes in each list. This Is rather a grim proviso.-New York Tribune. Kaiser's Use of English Language. English is said to have been the lan. guage employed at the recent Inter view between the German emperor and the czar. The kaiser has more than once shown his preference for English as a means of communication In circumstances where German can not be employed. At a banquet given on the occasion of his first state visit to The Hague the admiral at the head of the Dutch navy addressed the Im perial guest in French. The kaiser replied in English, observing that be was a British admiral and that Eng lish was the most appropriate lan guage for seamen to employ.--London Chronicle. LATEST STYLES Butterick Patterns Embroidery book and Delineator New Fall Piece Goods Outings, Sweaters, Etc. F.M.Plummer Everything to Eat and Wear Even If He Is A Teetotaler WHEN WOODROW WILSON COMES TO LIBBY He will be pleased with the clean business carried on at the Libby Hotel Buffet and the fine stock of Havanna and Key West Cigars, Olympia Beer on draught, Pepper's 8 year old Whiskey, drawn from the wood, our complete line of fine wines, brandies and liquors, and our free BUSINESS MENS' LUNCH, 10:0 kM. TO 11:30 P.M. Served at Libby Hotel Buffet *+N+ N NN+.++.++N++ +++++++.+++++.+++ BEST BEER IT'S GOING GOOD THE LIBBY HOTELIs now one of the very best and most comfortable hotels on the lhne of the Great Northern rail road in Montana. It h ts been thoroughly repaired and refitted, and renovated throughout STEAM HEAT and plenty of it. HOT WATER that is really hot. ELECTRIC LIGHT nix on the oil and tallow. EATS the dining room is a dandy. Everything about the: place Clean,, Comfortable and Modern. Prompt and Courteous Service And as much like a real home as a hotel can be made. i KENNEDY & COMPANY SALE OF TIMBER, Libby, Montana, November 5, 1912. Sealed bids marked outside 'Bid, Timber Sale Application, November 2, 1912," and addressed to the Forest Supervisor, Libby, Montana, will be received up to and including the 7th day of December, 1912, for all the mer chantable, dead timber, standing or down, and all the live timber marked for cutting by the Forest officer, located on an area to be definitely designated by the Forest officer before cutting begins, including about 8o acres in Section 8, T. 30 N., R. 29 W., M. P. M., within the Kootenai National Forest, estimated to be 5oo,ooo ft. B. M. of yellow pine, saw timber, log scale, more or less. No bid of less than $2.25 per M. ft. B. M. for yel. low pine will be considered and a deposit of $zoo.oo payable to the Western Mon tana National bank of Missoula, Mon tana, must be sent to that bank for each bid submitted to the Supervisor. Timber upon valid claims is exempt from sale. The right to reject any and all bids is reserved. For further information and regulations governing sales, address the Forest Supervisor, Kootenai National Forest, Libby, Montana. Dorr Skeels, Forest Supervisor. Nov 7 Dec 5 Real estate and loans. A. L. Thompson, Libby, Montana, DENTIST DR. G. H. JONES Office: First Natl. Bk. Bldg. Rooms 5 and 6. LIBBY MONTANA CITY DRAY -AND- TRANSFER ilEGQUIER & PETERS, Proprs. Prompt Service and Carefnl Delivery... B. F. MAIDEN Lawyer Practice in State and U. S. Courts and Land Offices. LIBBY - MONTANA