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The Libby herald. [volume] (Libby, Mont.) 1911-1913, May 30, 1913, Image 1

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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Albert Holcomb made a business
trip to Columbia Falls Thursday
Wallace M. Calmes and family
went last Friday to Troy, where
Mr. Calmes will work as telegraph
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
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 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,
"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.
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
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,
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.
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.
Cooperative Observer.

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