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Continuing the OUTLOOK PROMOTER VoL VII Number 15 GLUME 2 PLENTYWOOD, SHERIDAN COUNTY, MONTANA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28 1919 NUMBER 33 Jude Finds ainstthe T F1M BUREAU I DIRECTORS MEET I gly Important Matters Dis ed-Nearly All Directors present. The foilow'ing Farm Bureau ieetor's met at the Farm Bu reau Office November 14th: H. p. liadseni, Carl B. Peterson, Niels Christenlsen, John Stoner an Mrs. Clair Stoner. Mem-~ ers absent were Hans J. Dixon, Dagmar, and Mrs. Edith Hum bert, Scobey. Minutes of former meetings were read and approved. The report of the tellers committee on the election of the Farm Bu reau Directors and Community Committeemen were read and approved. A division was made between the memberships of Roosevelt and Sheridan County Farm Bureaus. A tentative agreement had formerly been drawn up between the County Agents. The same was read and approved. Hereafter all the Farm Bureau members in Roosevelt County will secure the Roosevelt County Farm Bu reau News instead of Sheridan County Farm Bureau News. If any Roosevelt County farmers wish to belong to the Sheridan County Farm Bureau they may Join hereafter. The correspondence with the Railroad Administration trying to find out why the Farm Bu reau has to pay a -higher rate on the shipments of "gopher poison than other shippers was taken up. It was pointed out that there was more danger in shipping gopher bait in sacks than in boxes. Therefore the rate was higher. An effort will be made to get the rate reduced on gopher bait in sacks. A let ter was received from Attorney General Ford stating that the money which had been received in the old County Seed Grain loans could not be used again by the farmers. This money must be used to pay off the bonds on these seed grain loans. All correspondence in connec tion with the relief for the drouth stricken farmers on the Fort Peck reservation was dis cussed and filed for further use. The Farm Bureau has the as surance that something will be done for the relief of the farm e* on the Fort Peck. The Directors further dis cussed the County Drouth Re lief proposition and decided that they would not recommend to the commissioners to call an election unless sufficient re quests were eventually filed to Warrant the calling of the same. This stands as formerly. They also concluded that no election would be called for road bonds unless a Drouth Relief election was also called. They do not consider the road bonding pro position as a Drouth Relief pro Position. Furthermore there are too many counties at this time taking up road bonding and theretore the costs are too high. Road bonding should be postponed for at least a period of (One or two years. The fol loWing claims were presented, approved, and paid: Claim No. 33 by E. W. Anderson for post age on Oct. issue of the Farm Bureau News and for postal cards $18.66. Claim No. 34, Producers News for printing Oc tober issue of Farm Bureau News $38.50. It was moved, seconded and carried that a budget of $3500 be requested from the County Commissioners for County Agent work for the year 1920. It Was moved, seconded and car ried that H. P. Madsen, Presi dent of the Farm Bureau, at tend the Farm Bureau Confer ence at Bozeman this winter. Mr. Niels Christenep, ' vice PIONEER SETTLER CALLED NOV. 17TH F. W. Richardson, Pioneer Cat tleman of Big Muddy Valley Dies Monday. Antelope Independent: The people of Antelope and commu nity were deeply grieved Mon day morning of this week when the phone message was re ceived announcing the death of Fred Richardson for twenty years a resident and highly re spected citizen of this icinity. The end came after only a few days' illness, and in the pres ence of his wife, children and immediate relatives. Frederick Wellington Rich ardson was born June 14, 1972, at the little town of Sackville, in the Province of New Bruns wick, Canada. When nine years old, his parents, Robert H. and Anna Richardson, moved with' the family to Custer, South Da kota. At this place, Fred finish ed his education and, at the age of eighteen, started out seeking his own fortune. From Custer he journeyed west trailing a bunch of cattle to Chinook, Montana, where he rode for four years for the Sands Cattle Company. He then bought a herd of his own and in the spring of 1.898 moved to Buford, N. D. Two years later he came to this county, pij ching hi tent in the, wizd shkeltered - fats of the big Mud dy Valley, where his ranch home was later erected. At that time settlers were few and separated by many miles of prairie and lonely hills. But finding the location an ideal one for cattle business he began the task of building up the quality of his herd, which final ly brought prosperity. Joined by his brothers, Robert and Weldon, who took up adjoining ranches, the three worked in perfect harmony in their ranch ing, farming and coal mining op orations. On September 28, 1911, Fred was joined in marriage to Miss Florence Carlson. Eight years ago Mr. Richard son became identified with the Citizens State Bank of Ante lope at the time of its organiza tion, and since that time has been one of its directors and of-' ficers. Although managing his ranch. and looking after his min ing interests, Mr. Richardson was always found boosting ev ery welfare movement of the town and community. About 10 years ago, he was afflicted with locomotor ataxia. During that time he served sev eral years as custom officer be tween this and the Canadian governments. To mourn his departure he leaves a sorrowing widow and three children; three sisters, Mrs. Webster of Heavner, Okla homa, Alice J. Walsh of Los Angeles and Maggie of Ante lope ; four brothers, Edward, of Oklahoma; Robert S. and Wel don, of Antelope, and C. A. of Lodge Grass, Montana. The deceased was a member of the Masonic Order, whose members took charge of the fu neral this afternoon, conducting the solemn Masonic ceremony at the home and grave. The fun eral was one of the largest ever witnessed in Antelope. president, was appointed to take his place if he could not go. It was moved and seconded that the Farm Bureau News be sent to paid up Farm Bureau mem bers only as near as r possible. Carried. Adjourned. ft4f(W~ e Nes Wats Awds am srtkk -i Wint Ca.n will .uw * * * * * * * '* * GET PETITIONS IN * * The time has come when * * all "Save the Primaries" * * petitions mhust be sent in. * * All those having petitions * * should send them to League * * Headquarters at Great * * Falls at once. * * Find your petitions and * * mail them in today. * * * * * * * * * SKY PILOT GETS CONTINUANCE Scobey's Fighting Preacher Will Be Tried December 3rd for Assault on "Mista Johnsing." The Reverend Mr. Cooking ham, the famous Scobey fight ing' Sky Pilot took a continu ance before Judge Olson the first of the week and will not be tried until December 3rd, we understand, for disturbing the peace in the very heart of the city of Plentywood a couple of weeks ago by jumping upon and punching Mr. Johnson of Sco bey on account of being so mad because the jury did not find Johnson guilty of a crime with the prosecution of which Mr. Cookingham is reported, to have been very active. The Rev. Mr. Cookingham is very widely known in Sheridan county, becoming very promin ent last summer by holdin, a peal raye meeting for , n at Scobey, which was answered, it seems before morning, by a sprinkle at Scobey and a down pour to the northwest of the big end town. The trial of the Scobey pas tor in attracting more interest in the county seat than a cir cus, and when the trial takes place there promises to be a street fair audience present. FOSTER FOUND NOT GUILTY Comertown Citizen Tried for As sault With a Deadly Weapon in the Vicinity of Comertown Last Summer, Acquitted. H. P. Foster, well known Comertown citizen, was acquit ted in the district court by a jury of his peers after a trial covering a couple days at the court house at Plentywood, last Monday evening. Mr. Foster was bound over to the district court last July and held to trial on the charge of assault with a deadly weapon upon Wm. Galloway and other. of his neighbors. It seems that there was a dis pute over the possession of cer tain property, off from which Foster drove the complaining witness with a gun. It seems to have developed in court that Foster had the right to the possession of the pro perty and the jury held that the defendant was doing nothing more than defending his own property which the law justifies according to the instruction of the court. Attorney Vollum appeared for the defendant, Foster, and County Attorney Gunther, as sisted by Howard M. Lewis, ap peared for the state. The jury acquitted on the first ballot.* CRIMINAL CALENDAR IS FINISHED The criminal calendar was finished the first of the week, except those cases which were, put over till February when there will be another criminal calendar. The court is now busy heag civil case., with ihit be busy ti, he first of the year. FARM BUREAU COMMUNITY MEETNGS Suggested dates and meeting places of Farm Bureau Commu nity Committees and General Farm Bureau meetings. The Committee meeting is to start at 9:30 a. m. and the communi ty program at 1:30 p. m. Both should start promptly at the hour set. If it should be that the meetings can not be held at the hour set. If it should be that the meetings can not be held at the places indicated the committee in consultation with chairman should make the ne cessary changes. Dates cannot ery well be changed. Other school house meetings and dates may be arrangedL for Febru ary: Dec. 8, Monday, Scobey; at theatre; chairman, . Frank Hughes. December 9, Tuesday, at Sco bey, Middle Fork hall, C. O. Humbert, chairman. December 10, Wednesday, at Madoc, hall; , Hans Hole, chair man. December 11, Thursday, at Flaxville, in hall; Carl Froslan, chairman. December 12, Friday, Red stone, at hall; Carl Froslan, chairman. 'rat haI1d;: J.1 n, chaiir man. December 15, Monday, Plen tywood, F. B. office, A. F. Zie barth, chairman. December 16, Tuesday, Ante lope, at hall, Fred Glaze, chair man. December 17, Dagmar, at meeting house; Jorgen Jorgen- 1 sen, chairman. Dec. 18, Thursday, Medicine Lake, Hotel; Raleigh Gentry, chairman. Dec. 19, Friday Homestead, at hall; S. A. Noland, chairman. December 22, Monday, White tail, at hall; W. E. Dunn, chair man. December 23, Tuesday, Dale view, at hall; Horace Hurst, chairman. December 24, Wednesday, Outlook, hall; Andrew Ueland, chairman. December 30, Tuesday, Ray mond, hall; W. R. Mack, chair man. December 31, Wednesday, Dooley, at hall; D. J. Cooper, chairman. January 2, Friday, Comer town, school house; R. P. Fitz gerald. If there are to be any meet ings or school programs in your vicinities you should notify the County Agent Anderson, also state subject you wish to take up. He will let you know if he can be present. PROGRAM: 10 a. m. Community Com mittee meeting. 1:00 p. m. General Commu nity meeting, school children and songs, committee reports, County Agent Anderson; Farm Bureau Director and others. This will be a real community program. I. O. O. F. HELD BIG OYSTER FEED AT FROID Froid Tribune: There was a good attendance at the 1. O. O. F. meeting held last night, work in the third degree was confer red on two candidates after which the members enjoyed a big oyster feed prepared by chef Fransen. The next meet ing will be held Monday night of next week instead of the I regular night on account of r Thanksgiving. Work in the in t itiatory degree wil be conferred me,,two candidates. A goo44, timue~ is desired. Decisions Hold That the Sections of the Constitution Prohibit ting State From Spending or Appropriating $100,000, or the County $10,000,- ithout Submit ting to People, Just Legal Fiction. Judge Comer, who has had a the decision in the Land Cassi- I fication Injunction suit filed by Clair Stoner on behalf of the taxpayers against the Board of County Commissioners and Lockwood and Biakelee, Classi fication Contractors, under ad visement for some time render ed a decision today adverse to the taxpayers, holding both that the county commissioners were acting within their power when they let this classification con tract without bids in the sung of about $30,000, in spite of the inhibition of the constitution which prohibits absolutely the "county commissioners from en tering into a contract or the contracting of any indebtedness involving a sum greater than $10,000 without first submit ting the proposition to a vote of the electors of the county. The court takes the positipn that the state legislature las the authority to provide for th equal levy of taxes -throughout the state as provided for in an other section of the constitu tion. Howe'Er, under this very section of the constitution, the state could not provide for the, expnediture of more than $100, 000 without first submitting the ition to a vote of the peo ple of the state, according to the constitution, and this law will cost the people of the State of. Montana over a million dol lars, but it seems in this case that Judge Comer holds that the legislature can delegate authori ty to the several subdivisions of the state to do the things that both the legislature and the subdivisions themselves are prohibited from doing by the constitution. In fact the decision of Judge Corner seems to upset and set aside the entire constitution of the state of Montana, and it seems that it takes a pile of legal hokus-pokus to make the decision of the court in this case harmonize with the very first principles of either constitu tional or any other kind of law. It is fundamental in law, that any body cannot delegate to an other body powers that the NONPARTISAN LEAGUE CAllS ANNUAL MEET Accredited delegates from thirteen states, all the members of the state committees and live boosters from various states will attend the annual meeting of the national committee of the Nonpartisan League in St. Paul, Tuesday, December 9. Among the matters to be tak en up at this meeting as an nounced by the executive com mittee, will be policites, the plat form and the campaign activi ties for next year's elections. The committee, under the ar ticles of association, has author ity to amend the articles and adopt rules and regulations for the government of the League, and it is expected that this will occupy much of the time of the delegates. The books and ac counts will also be audited and a full report given out as to the finances and an accounting for the benefit of the members. The national committee con sists of the chairman of each state committee. These voafl mittees are chosen at sta$` - ventions. The national tive imi consists #hree elected from the mem delegainig body does not itself possess. Yet this decision decides that it'does; -decides in other words that the created is greater than the creator. This case will be discussed more fully next week. In the meantime; a notice of appeal will be filed by Onstad and Greer, attorneys for Clair Stoner, and the case appealed to the Supreme Court of the state. To do this it will be necessary to raise more money. It is a shame that. always the burden of this kind must be placed al ways upon the taxpayers, upon the who are constantly being d O-auded, but it seems that this is the case and if the tax payers of this county and this state want to put a stop to this, one of the most barefaced and rotten graft that has ever been perpetrated upon the taxpayers of, this county, this case must be carried up. ItA is the sincere belief of this writer that the supreme court of, bntana will reverse the de cision of Judge Comer unanim ously, that the classification law has. ot a legal leg to stand on, an4 that the taxpayers ought to= to it that the case is tak en"t the supreme court. A step---ust' be put to this sort of graft in the state of Montana, and the grafters who are always promoting these gold brick undertakings at the expense of the taxpayers should be run-.out into the open where the people can get their num ber and force them to go to work. To do this will cost the tax payers money, but it will be money well spent. Less than $150 has been collected so far mostly in the sums of $1. It is necessary to raise the sum of about $600 to put this case through the supreiqie court. We know that there are 600 people in Sheridan county that are will ing to donate from $1 to $5 each to see whether the grafters of " this state can pull a steal of this kind and get away with it. If yo uare one of those, send in .your donation today. SDOlIT NOW. $750.00 AND "DUCK SOUP" WITH THE SHERFF Bert Herron and Bill Best Draw Short Flush From Judge Comer - Should Have Had "Rabbit's Foot" Instead of "Duck Soup." Seven hundred fifty dollars and "duck soup" each with Sheriff Bennett for three months this winter is what the Raymond gamblers got when Judge Comer dealed the cards last Saturday evening, and Messrs. Herron and Best tried to fill to a "four flush." Many of the pasteboard ar tists insist that "duck soup" is "not there" as a defense to a gambling charge, and that for luc.fthere is nothing to compare vvitfr. ','rabbit's foot." It is reported that Messrs. Herron and Best wileo to the supreme court, but most people don't believe this. bership of the national commit tee. The national committee, consisting of farmers, under the arti"les of association is the su prense authority in the organi zation.