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THE LIBBY HERALD
VOL. 2. NO. 51 LIBBY, LINCOLN COUNTY, MONTANA, FRIDAY, MAY 30, 1913 $2.00 PER YEAR $1,000.00 MORE GONE TO THE DEMNITION BOW WOWSI LIBBY TAKES TROY INTO CAMP 5--4 The first ball game of the season to be pulled off on the local ground was played last Sunday afternoon between Troy and Libby. The gamt was a good one throughout and resulted in a win for Libby by a score of 5 to 4. Both towns have good teams, and very few errors were recorded against either of them; certainly none very glaring or costly. Mc. P. Bailey acted as umpire and filled the position with credit to himself. When a player started to kick, Mac would look at him with a frown, whereat the belligerent player would subside in stanter. He has now proven his ability as an umpire, and he can have an umpire's job whenever he gets tired of wrapping up groceries for hungry customers. Dr. Jones pitched for the Libby boys and Albert Leary worked on the receiving end. Jones struck out eight men, allowed very few hits and only issued one pass. Dug Woods pitched for the Troy team; and though he pitched fairly classy ball, the boys touched him up for extra hits enough to win. The game started off with Troy at the bat. The first three batters up picked a single each, and it be gan to look as if the game was go ing to be a farce. Several in the crowd began to lay money on Troy, one man betting that Troy -would make 4 scores in the first inning. Jones tightened up, after giving the visitors that much encouragement, and struck out the next three men, retiring the side. It was the same story for five innings; a goose egg for Troy each time. Then they garnered 3 runs in the sixth and I run in the eighth. Libby started off with 2 runs in the first inning; then they tool a run in the fifth, sixth and sev enth innings consecutively. Ferd Bockman was depended or to play, but did not arrive until near the end of the game; he onl3 played one inning. The Libby boys are a bunch ol persistent knockers when it comes to batting, and any pitcher looking for a chance to fatten his strike av erage had better fight shy of them. Woods succeeded in striking out but two men in the whole game. He had good support, however; the way Baker would scoop up the hot ones at third and fire them over to first was terrible to see. Everything considered, it was a splendid game; and the people of Libby may be well satisfied if they never see a worse one. Captain Kuklinski has a good team of fight ers from the drop of the hat; they will play with some fast company this summer, but should be able to bring home the major portion of the honors. We had intended publishing a box score of the game, but the scorekeeper did not keep track of all the details necessary for that purpose; so the matter will have to be deferred. These were the line ups; Libby-Houck, Ib; Christie, cf; Kuklinsrle..:b>Stone, 2b; Mallette, rf; Lamey, If; Leary, c; Shaurette, ss; Jones, p; Bockman, rf. Libby made 3 two base hits and I double play. Troy-Kensler, c; Baker, 3b; Clay, Ib; Calmes, 2b; Clover, ss; Roberts, cf; Josephson, If; Shaw, rf; Wood, p, Troy made 3 two base hits, I three base hit and I double play. KILLED AT WARLAND Nick Miller, a lumberjack, was run over and killed by Great Nor thern train No I at Warland last Wednesday morning. Miller had been drunk for several weeks and evidently went to sleep between the rails while under the influence of liquor. When the train passed over him his foot caught in the ash pan, and the body was dragged for two miles. Stones kept on hit ting the bottom of the coaches, and on the train being stopped to see what was the matter, the dead man was discovered by the crew. Cor oner Gompf went out on a speeder and brought the remains to Libby; they were buried from the under taking parlors Wednesday evening. Get Warning From Home According to the reports coming into Washington, any democratic senator who opposes the tariff bill digs his own political grave, from which there will be no resurrec tion; the two Louisiana senators possibly excepted, on account of the large sugar interests of that state. The bill requires 49 sena torial votes to pass, and there are 51 democratic senators; so that, if the two Louisiana senators desert their party, there will still be 49 votes; and if one more deserts on account of free wool, there will then be a tie, in which case vice president Marshall will give the deciding vote in favor of the bill. However, the progressive repub licans can hardly refuse to support the hill as a decided improvement on the existing tariff which they have all bitterly denounced, There are LaFollette of Wisconsin, Cum mings of Iowa, Bristow of Kansas, Norris of Nebraska, Work of Cal ifornia and Poindexter of Wash ington, making six radical progres sives, of whom at least three will have to vote for the bill or brand themselves as ranting political dem agogues. Premium List Out The new premium list for the Spokane Interstate Fair is out and contains an unusually liberal list of prizes:. Among the new fea tures are the Children's depart ment, in which nearly $400 is offered, the Better Babies Contest for $500 in cash, and a generous list of cash and implement prizes for exhibits from individual farms and ranches. It is surprising that more people in this section do not compete at this show, as the prizes are well worth trying for. We have received several copies of this list, and anyone wishing same may get one at this office; or copy will be mailed on application to the Fair Association. We note that the Fair is to be held the week of Sept. 15, two weeks earlier than usual. Would This Be Legal At the council meeting Tuesday night the mayor wanted to appoint J. M. Blackford as city attorney at a salary of $250 per year. The matter was laid over. It looks to a man up a tree as this would be illegal, considering that the city is renting its official headquarters from a member of Mr. Blackfords family. WILIAMS TAKES OVER DUTIES OF HIS OFFICI F. O. Williams took charge of the land office last week, his cre dential papers, all duly signed having arrived from Washington He supersedes Andrew Swaney, who has held the position for the last several years. The new registrar is a man un. questionably qualified to fulfil a-. pably the duties of his office. Fot a numberrf years he has been the head of the Flathead Title com pany, and he is well versed in the legal side of land and property transactions. Presbyterian Church News (By the Pastor) Mrs, L, Olson and Mrs. P. A. Bert entertained the Aid Society at the home of the former last Friday. The ladies who were present report an enjoy.abld time. Our Sunday school loses two of its teachers and its secretary this week. Miss Scofield and Miss Sha fer, teachers in the high school, are the teachers; Harry Kale, who has gone out to the cedar camp, is ~the secretary. Preparation for Children's Day, which will be observed on June 8, is proceeding nicely under Mrs. Rogers, Miss Grandjean, Mrs. Ol son,' Mrs. Mattox, and Miss Schanck. The theme of next Sunday morn ing's sermon is: "Three things we need to know." Services at Ir a. m. and 8 p. m.; Sunday school, io a. m.; C E. 7:15 p. m. NEWS NOTES FROM URAL Albert Holcomb made a business trip to Columbia Falls Thursday last. Wallace M. Calmes and family went last Friday to Troy, where Mr. Calmes will work as telegraph operator. Rolla O. Williams and Roy Otis left Tuesday for Calgary, Alberta, after a two weeks' visit with Mr. Williams' parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Dickerhoof. Martin Moe was in Rexford a couple of days last week" The Uralites met at the Pretty wood ranch last Sunday to play tennis. REAL- ESTATE TRANSFERS Compiled and furnished by the Lin coln County Abstract Co., Libby, Mont. May 17 U. S. to Chris J. Dooley, pat to S\ NE /-N~/ SE/ sec 33-34-26. May 19-21 Riverside Realty Co to Herman G. Mize wd to lot 7 Riverside add Eureka for $150. Ranson R. Prout to Margaret Brown, wd to N/ S/ SE/ NE/ sec 34-28-30 for $i. May 22 Grace V. Page et conj to James E. Leary, wd to N/ SWi-4 sec 33-30-31 for $500. W. W. JOHNSON QF TROY W. W. Johnson died at Troy on Wednesday evening. The funeral will be held at that place this af ternoon at 2 o'clock; and burial will be made in the Troy ceme tery. Rev. D. C. McColm will conduct the services. Mr. John son was the father of Mrs. James Stoneqbest of this city, Acting inline With the Start Made Last Week the City Council Authorizes Another Useless Expenditure - Of a Large Chunk of Tax Money At the council meeting Tuesday night the matter of electing a city treasurer was brought up and Martin Jacobson was given the job at a salary of $5oo a year. This matter created strong argument among the councilmen and made the first division in the council. Chester A. Adams had volunteer ed to do the work for a period of two years gratis, making a saving to the city of $iooo. Her man Bockman and Geo. Blackwell named Jacobson and Kienitz and Plummer named Adams. Nom inations were closed and the mayor instructed the clerk to prepare ballots for a secret vote. B. F. Maiden jumped to his feet and de manded that the vote be public. The clerk then called roll: Wells, Plummer and Kienitz voting for Adams and economy, Bockman, Curtis and Blackwell voting for Jacobson and extravagance. The mayor declared the vote a tie and cast his vote for extravagance, electing Jacobson. This is the second rotten act put over by the city council within the last ten days and both of them involve the spending of a large amount of tax money that would otherwise not need to be raised. The matter was discussed thoroughly at the meet ing Tuesday night. The mayor claiming that Adams could not qualify because Plummer happened to hold a little stock in the First National Bank. The law says that the funds must be divided be tween the banks of a town. There could be no advantage gained there. The treasurer must be bonded. There would be no chance for Mr.' Adams to swipe anything He certainly must be able to take care of a set of books or the di rector of that institution are using poor judgment in keeping him. This was the man who offered to do the work for two years for noth ing and was turned down. This deal was but in line with the asinine start the council made last week with the exception that three of the aldermen were right this time and made a fight for a square deal for the taxpayers of Libby. Many people are kicking about this ruthless expenditure of money and B. F. Maiden is one of them. He had volunteered his services as city attorney free of charge if the council desired to curtail expenses. After the vote on the Treasurer had been taken, Attorney B. F. Maiden addressed the mayor and made a brief statement as to his position regarding the continuation of his legal services to the city, gratis. "Along with others," he said, "I have heretofore volunteered my services to the city gratis, by way of trying to help it out of the finan cial hole in which it finds itself where expenses every month are greater than income. I did not pledge myself formally to the coun. cil in that way, but I did so to Mr. Plummer and Mr. Wells, members of the council. I attended your meetings and certain work was detailed to me, which I did; and the city is more than welcome to the service. "But at the last meeting the council saw fit to pass upon some bids for official printing and to ac cept the higher bid rather than the: lower one, with utter disregard of the city's financial straits; now you have seen fit to elect a ciy treas urer whom you are to pay $5oc a year; instead of a better qualified man who expressed willingness to do the work gratis, just to hell out the city. Plainly you are not in earnest about wishing to re trench fiinancially, and therefore, in the light of such actions, I do not feel called upon to extend to the city any further servicebfot nothing. And I hereby withdraw such offer." The mayor and Alderman Bock man claimed that Adams could not be legally elected; and they gave as their reason for not voting for him the fact that they did not wish to break any law. This hypocrisy was so apparent that Alderman Wells flared up and said that, since the council was becoming so seem ingly scrupulous in all its dealings, he would like to see the bids for printing reconsidered; seeing that in the letting of the contract the council broke a law wide open. He then made a motion to that ef fect and the question was put. Three of the councilmen supported the motion and two voted against it. Curtis did not vote. The mayor then stood up and declared the motion lost; a startling decision on his part, considering the vote was plainly three to two in its fa vor. Wells demanded a roll call. When the names were called, Wells, Plummer and Kienitz voted for the motion; Bockman and Blackwell voted against it; and Curtis hesita ted,and asked the mayor if the mo tion was illegal. On the mayor giving this assurance, Curtis also east his vote against the motion, which was, accordingly, defeated. From this, then, it would appear that the majority in the council have no regard for the law, except ing only when they can coax it into play as an excuse for something they wish to put across in their awn interests. Ordinance No. 70, regulating plumbing was introduced at this meeting and read by the clerk. This ordinance is about a mile long and contains many thousand words. It created considerable discussion and was finally referred to the ordinance committee and will be brought up again at a later meeting. Ordinance No. 71, prohibiting the distribution of patent medic ines was read and passed and will be in force in 3o days. The max imum fine for violating this ordi nance will be $50 or thirty days in the bastile. Bids had been called for, for the connecting of the California dis trict No. i, sewer with the main trunk system. ,ibby Supply Co. bid $35 and P. S. Rose bid $32 5o. The contract was given to Mr. Rose. Advertising for bids for con struction of cement sidewalks in the new district No. zo were or dered and the bids will be opened June 12. The city engineer was instructed to survey the district and ascertain the amount of filling that would be necessary. Attorney J. M. Blackford asked that the city clerk be instructed to give him what information he needed in making a settlement of the suit of John H. Geiger vs. John Friend. The clerk was authorized to supply the informa tion wauted, GOOD BALL GAME SUNDAY, JUNE 1 Libby vs. Troy On Local Grounds The auditing committee reported an audit of Ex-clerk Rice's books. The report was accepted. Building Inspector Geo. Black well presented his report which was accepted.' In the year 1912 permits to the value of $40,798 were issued, and up to May of this year r$4,620 worth of permits had been issued. The bonds of banks holding city funds were fixed at $3000. Henry Brink reported that he had 'some money that he did not know what to do with and the council decided that it needed a sewer inspection fund. The city attorney was instructed to draw up a resolution creating this fund. The state officer in charge of such affairs has written to the city treasurer, asking for a report on the firemen's disability fund. As there is no such fund, the council decided that it would create one, so that the treasurer might have some thing to report on. The firemen's disability fund, accordingly, became a fact; and the clerk was intstrndted to draw a warrant on the Incident al fund for $21.73, the amount to be placed in the new fund. Alderman Blackwell asked for a leave of absence for 6o days. It was granted by the council, with the provision that he report all his actions when he gets back. The case of small pox in S. Libby caused considerable discussion, and it was decided that the health com mittee should be organized so that this could be coped with. The mayor appointed Messrs. Wells, Bockman and Baxter as a health committee; and the council ratified the appointments. The matter of moving the bell tower and city furniture to the new quarters was brought up, and the Chief of police was instructed to call for bids and oversee the work. The new city hall is about ready, and the council will probably move by the first of the month. The next meeting of council will be held Tuesday night. A Correction In our report of the city council meeting last week a punctuation mark was placed in the wrong po sition, making the city pay $2,263 to the Great Northern for sewer expenses. It should have been $25.63. A period is a mighty thing-in the wrong place. U. S. WEATHER REPORT Weather Bureau of the U. S. Depart ment of Agriculture during the week ending May 24, 1913, at Libby, Mont Temperature a .. a, o Character of S" day r8 57 42 20 Cloudy q 64 41 .oo Cloudy 20 68 34 .0o 21 74 36 .0o Clear 22 79 32 .00oo 23 80 36 .oo 24 i 82 37 .00 t " The instrumental readings are fromn Government standard instruments e-: posed in the manner recommended by the Chief of the Weather Bureau. D. T. NOREN, Cooperative Observer.