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The Whitefish Pilot.
VOLUME 7 WHITEFISH, FLATHEAD COUNTY, MONTANA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 1910, SNOW SLIDE TIES TRAINS A big snow slide occurred at Highgate Sunday morning that de moralized traffic on t this division for 24 hours. The slide came down shortly after No. 3 had passed : here, so it was not delayed, hut the mail train had all its past good records shot to v peices by being dèlaved over 24 hours, this being the most serious delay that it has suffered since it was put on. It was fortunate that no train was passing that point at the time, or it would have been buried, but it happened around a sharp curve and a heavy! freight train coming down grade, drawn by the 1919, ran into the slide and nearly buried itself before it could be stopped, and then it was derailed f'**ith five of the cars behind it, so that they were tied up right. On account of the situation the rotary plow could not be used, so all the available extra gangs were hurried to the scene to dig it out by hand. The wrecking crane was also sent out to assist in get ting the derailed locomotive and cars back on the track. •Everything being at a standstill for so long caused quite a con gestion of trains over in the moun tains, and the passengers were af forded a splendid opportunity to feast their eyes on the mountain scenery, there were five passenger trains and six freights tied up on the side tracks on the east side of the slide, while four train passengers and three loads of freights waited patiently on this side for the track to be cleared. When traffic was resumed the trahis ran thru here every fifteen minutes for a while, and gave one the impress-, ion that this w'as the New York Central instead of the Great Nor them. Uff AI iriAlic Micrmrc JnALIUUlJj Hl I jUlIfcr - A. McPherson, a lumber jack employed in one of the camps south of town, was in justice court Mon day on account of taking a horse without permission, to ride to town, McPherson got pretty dry Satur day night and wanted to borrow the horse which belonged to Ernie Me Créa, to ride to town to get some 1 whisky, but he was refused, so after all had retired, he went into; GETS FINE FOR the barn and took the horse intend ing to ride into town, get his whisky and then return right away, | and no one would be any the wiser. I Here is where he made his fatal ! mistake. When he got to town he j met so many of his friends and ! there were so many allurements that he forgot all about returning that night. McCrea went to hitch up his ho.rse in the morning and found it gone, which made him ; very angry, so lie came right to town and swore out a warrant for McPherson's arrest, charging him : with horse stealing,which is quite aj Serious charge and meant a peni tentiary offense. He was brought before Justice Reed, who after hearing the. testi mony, which showed that he had no intention of appropriating the horse for his own gain, changed the charge to malicious mischief, to which he plead guilty and was fined $5 and costs. HAS RUNAWAY. ; Joe Cavanaugh had his horse run away yesterday moaning while tak ing ord .rs at Lakeside. The an nimal became frightened by the train and took for the stumps. The first one he collided with, the cut ter was turned over and Joe went out on his head, but received no injuries. The horse kept right on i going, dragging the cutter after him, which was nearly reduced to kindling wood before he stopped. [ FIREMEN'S DOINGS The Whitefish .Volunteer Fire Department held their regular meet ing in the fire hall Thursday even ing and transacted what business they had on hand. T^e fire department is badly in need of some suitable place where they can hold their meetings, and have a clul; room, and it «was their idea to have the room in the rear of the city hall that is un occupied fixed for them. A con tractor had been asked to submit a bid to do the work, which was laid before the meeting. The total cost of material and labor amounted to $53, but the majority of the firemen did not feel that the department should pay for all this, so it was ordered that a committee of three wait on the council at the next meeting, to see if they could not be persuaded to stand the cost of the lumber bill if the department stood for the labor. The date of the annual ball being close at hand a committee consist ing of Fred Pickett, Jos. Maughn, A. P. Sheridan and H. C. Ander son was appointed to make the arrangements for a masquerade ball on Washington's birthday. The department being without a secretary since L. W. Elder had left town. H. C. Anderson was ap pointed to fill the unexpired term. REV. C. N. PLATT GOES TO KENDALL. Rev. C. N. Platt who has been filling the pulpit here in the Pres byterian church for some time past, departed Monday evening for Ken ; dall, Mont., a mining town in Fergus county alout 15 miles north of Lewistown. | Mr. Platt has been offered a more lucrative position at that place and feels that he cannot let the opportunity, pass. It leaves j this parish without a Presbyterian I minister. Rev. Fisher of Kalispell ; who has charge of the Presbytery in northern Montana was in town yesterday and promises that he I will have one sent here as soon as can find a man to accept the position. In the mean time he will preach here at intervals as announ ce d through this paper until he is able to secure a minister. 11 to be regretted that Rev. Platt should leave us, as both him and bis wife have both devoted their w'hole time to the upbuilding of the Presbyterian church and have been a great help to the community. BIRTHDAY PARTY. Last Thursday afternoon little Thelma. Robinson was the recip ient of a postal shower given by a number of her friends in honor of her sixth birihdav. She also rc--j ceived numerous pretty presents. ! The little folks spent a very happy j afternoon playing games and then j Mrs. Robinson served them with a j dainty lunch after which all de- ! parted for their homes just before j dusk, wishing their little hostess j many more such happy birthda ys. ; Those present were: Lucile Forcum, Dorothy Connelly, Alice! Watkins, Dorothy Cavanaugh, George Green, Lenord Neuman, and Harry Edmonds. Card Of Thanks. j ; We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to our friends for kindness and sympathy extended to us in our recent sorrow and loss of our little daughter Loretta, also to the teachers and pupils of the school for their beautiful floral offering and to division 414, Order of Rail way Conductors for their kindness and beautiful monument of flowers, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Chessman. PRELIMINARY PLANS FOR NE W BANK BUILDING Have Been Received and are Now Before Inter ested Parties in Spokane for Approval—Plans Show Building of Beautiful Architecture-More Buildings to Follow. Mr. Riffo, the well-known Kalis pell architect, was in town Monday with the preliminary drawings of the First National Rank building, and presented them to the bank officials who passed upon them favorably. Dr. H. E. Houston, the vice-president, took the plans to Spokane that evening to lay them before the interested parties there, for their final approval. The plans are beautifully execut ed and show' a well planned, modern, up-to-date building that would be a credit to any town. The corner room on the first floor will be used by the bank itself and takes up about one third of the building. It contains a large modern vault, directors' room, counting room and cashier's room, besides a public lobby which is fitted up for the convenience of the patrons. To the south facing Central avenue is a large store room, 23x65 feet, and in the rear, facing on Second street, are two more store rooms 23x40 feet, all lighted wfith full plate glass fronts and the latest angular dis play windows. Under the whole building is a basement divided off the same as the stores above it, so that each will have a full base ment room. The second floor is divided into 23 large rooms that can be used either as office or living rooms, Iv™^ aS ° HlCe ° F rooms rhe front rooms are made especial PRESIDENT HILL IN KALISPELL President L. W. Hill and party of other Great Northern officials were the guests of the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce last Friday. The object of Mr. Hill's visit was to discuss with the business men the best methods of publicity for the coming year and various other matters of interest to both the rail road and the communities along the line. Mr. Hill is taking a great deal of personal interest in northern Mon tana and has spent much of his time during the past six months in these parts getting acquainted with the people, inquiring into needs and boosting every commun ity possible. It has been thru him that Montana has received more advertising than from any other source, which will be the cause for a speedy settlement of all available lands in the state. 1 IN HONOR OF THIR TEENTH BIRTHDAY Mr. rnd Mrs. M. C. Phelps en tertained a number of young folks at their home Tuesday evening at a birthday party in honor of their daughter's thirteenth birthday. They spent a very en joyable even ing playing games and having g general good time and then par took of a splendid supper which was served by Mrs. Phelps. Those present were: Lillian Micho, Dorcas Ferguson, Pearl Senay, Mildred Edmonds, Mary Hennessy, Janice Black, Edith Smith, Laura Phelps, Myrtle , the j Phelps, Calvin Edmonds, Chester, McConville, Everett Bardin, Robert Dickson, Lloyde Phelps, Earl Sea -. graves, Charlie Seagraves, Wilfred Phipps and Thomas Gormley. There gentle ladies' ly for office purposes only, are also two bath rooms, a men's lounging room and a room. Every other room is pro vided with a lavatory, and they are all connected by doors so that any set of them can be used in suite if so desired. The whole building wiH be heat ed by hot water and each of the rooms on the second floor will have two large windows in them, making them exceptionally light and pleas ant, and the lower floor will be one solid plate glass front all the way along the two sides facing the street. This is Mr. Riffo's first work in Whitefish,and he has acquitted him self in such a creditable way in designing this structure that a wave of building enthusiasm is sure to spread over the town and be an incentive to other business men to erect creditable business blocks also. In an interview with a represent ative of The Pilot Mr. Riffo states that this new building has caused a great stir among the business men all over the valley, and is the initial step for a new era of better building in Whitefish, that other creditable; structures will follow. He is alieady negotiating with other parties for a modern brick struc ture, but is not as yet at liberty to make any positive statements con cerning it. WILL GET AN EARLY START 4 he Somers Lumber Company has this winter let contracts to various loggers that will put into the lake and river between 8 and 9 million feet of logs before spring. All these logs are to be sawed here and their plans are to have the sawmill running as soon as the ice goes out of the lake. That will mean that by the first of May another Whitefish industry that employs a great number of men will be active and will help along the prosperity of the town. To secure enough men to run the mill was the cheif source of worry to Superintendent Karow last summer. There were times when men were so scarce that he was hardly able to keejf going, and he sincerly hopes that when he starts up again in the spring that there will be a great influx of men who are looking for steady employment and good wages. PLEADS GUILTY GETS HEAVY FINE Slade Taylor, charged with a statutory offense involving a young girl, whose case has been before the court and has attracted much at tention for several weeks, this morn ing changed-his plea of not guilty to guilty, and was released upon the payment of a fine of $250. As the few persons who had gone into the court room were leaving, Taylor, his aged father, and several friends who sat within the rail, shook hands with Judge Erickson and ex P ressed their gratitude. Slade was also warml y shaken by the han<1 ^ a representative of the sheriff's office, who had had hint in 'charge.—Inter Lake. "REDLIGHT" Probation Officer James K. Lang I came up on Sunday on the request of Officer Parent, to look into the case of a little eight year old boy who was in the hands of some of the women of the redlight district. It appears that one of the women calling herself Babe Ruth, had a sister who died leaving this little boy in her care, but it had been in the hands of other parties in Kalis-1 pell. Saturday she brought him to Whitefish and had him around the red light district, which attracted the attention of the police officers, who immediately notified Mr. Lang. After investigating the case it was found that she had placed the child I in the care of some people living at Lakeside, but thinking that he would not be looked after properly and be brought up the way he should, Officer Lang took him back to Kalispell for the present, and later he will be sent to his grand mother who lives some place in the cast. LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE S. S. Stacey, the prominent jew elry man, who came here a few months ago, from, Minot, N. D., and established himself in a thriving little business, is one of the most optimistic men we have in town for the future of Whitefish, is an ex cellent booster and" never fails to say a good word to keep the good things moving. He has gone the Pilot one better this week, no doubt having a great er foresight, and has placed in his show window two drawings, one looking north and the other look ing south, from the corner of Cen tral avenue and Second street, giv a view of Whitefish as it will look in the year 1915. That is only 5 years hence, and after taking into consideration, the growth of the town during the past five years, we can see no good reasons why we should not have a greater growth in the next five years, from the pros perous way things are looking now, and the future Mr. Stacey has por trayed be fulfilled. This corner, as is natural will be the main business corner, is built up with substantial brick buildings. The new bank building and city hall stands out very prominently. Looking up and down both streets one notices a great change, as every business house has l>een remodeled and presents a very citified appear ance. We also notice the street cat tracks going down Central Ave., and on the side of a large interurban ear we read, "Whitefish and Poison Electric Railway." On one of the buildings a sign reads, "Office of the Northern Flathead Fruit and In vestment Co." who advertises apples in carload lots, and another calls attention to the beautiful summer resort at the Point of Pines. We are coming to it, and in the year 1915 will see a change that if a person wont away from here now and did not return until then, he would hardly knqjv the old town. STILL RUNNING. The planing mill of the Somers Lumber company Is still doing business, but may be closed down now most any day as all the big orders have been*filled. During the past week they have been making up dressed lumber for the local trade and taking care of a few straggling orders that have come in from outside points. They have had a very busy season and all the lumber in the old yard has been disposed of. COUNTY JAIL 60 DAYS A man giving his name as John Smith, who was working as a wood chopper just south of town, became angered at his employer and in order to get revenge he broke into his cabin when there was no one around,-smashed things up in gen eral, and then made his get-away. He started west with a hand car that he stole from some section men, but this was more than he could handle, so when he came across a speeder along the track that was the property of B. O. Mullin he confiscated that, in hopes that he could make better time with it, but for some reason, that did not prove to his satisfaction either, so left that also and walked into Eureka. Officer Parent was notified and at once got the wires busy covering all points west with his discription, and the next day Sheriff Baney of Eureka notified that lie had rap tured the man. Parent left im mediately for there and brought him back to Whitefish, where he plead guilty to the charge and is now serving sixty days in the county jail. NEW HEATING PLANT IN ROUND HOUSE A complete new heating plant k being installed at the roundhous« by a corpse of steamfitters, who ar< making a tour of the system ami putting the heating apparatus ir shape wherever necessary. The heating piant was given ai overhauling two years ago when thf roundhouse was enlarged, but it was not done in a substantial wav and this winter the roundhouse ha* been practically without heat. New pipes are being put in all the pits and fastened up to stand the hard usage to. which they are subjected, and in the boiler rooms has beer added a water heater and feed water tank, so that all water used in the boilers will be heated first, and the water from the returns used over again, w ich will make a big saving in fuel besides lengthening the life of the boilers. When this work is completed th< roundhouse ought to be real com fortable and will make it a pleas anter place for the employes tc work in. ANOTHER EXTREME. The Journal thinks that the Great Northern is trying to warm things up since they nearly froze a preacher to death last week and we clip the following from their col umns: ' We got a letter yesterday evening from a would lie passenger on the Great Northern, written while he was waiting for the train at Colum bia Falls. The writer, who was one of the county officers enroute to Billings, had sat in the depot for two hours, and was nearly roasted to death, when he was moved to unburden his mind by writing. He said the recent experience of Rev. Green, waiting for a train at Whitefish, when he nearly froze, to death, an account of which got into the papers, had evidently mo veil the railroad company to warm things up. At any rate our correspondent says that a ton of coal, more or le As, was fed to the upright heater during his occupa tion of the depot, and he was roasted out, as well as being tired out waiting fora train." Mrs. Fred Knight left for West Union, Iowa, Saturday evening-on account of the serious illness of her grandmother.