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Whitefish Pilot.
Dr. H. E. Houston returned
from Spokane last Thursday after
noon where he had been in con
ference with, and submitted the
plans of the new bank building, to
the parties there, the Union Securi
ties Co.,and the Whitefish Townsite
Co, who are to finance this under
taking, along with the First Nation
al Bank of Whitefish and several
local people.
He laid the plans personally be
fore D. W. Twohy, president and
F. D. Basset, vice President of the
Union Securities Co., and F. B.
Grinnel, president of the Whitefish
Townsite Co. and the First National
Bank of Whitefish, and they all
feel very highly elated over every
thing that has been done and rec
commend that the work be started
as soon as possible, and stated that
the finances will be forthcoming as
soon as they are needed.
These men, who are the large
financiers of Spokane, are not tak
ing any chances by investing their
money here and then have the di
vision point move away. They
have looked into this matter
thoroughly and have taken it up
carefully with President L. W. Hill
and General Manager Greuber of
the Great Northern, whom they
have kept informed of what they
propose to do here. The matter
has also been laid before E. L.
Brown, general superintendent of
the western district at Spokane and
and Division Superintendent W.
R. Smith of this place, who all
heartily approve of the action that
has been taken, which will restore
confidence in the town and drive
away for all time to come, the scare
that the division point will be taken
There were a few minor changes
made in the plans, so as to make
four store rooms on the first floor
instead of three, and on the second
floor a few changes were made in
regards to the rooms, but otherwise
the general structure will remain
the same.
Architect Marion B. Riffo is now
engaged in making the permanent
plans and specifications, and as
soon as they are finished the con
tracts will be let and the work start
ed as soon as it can be gotten under
way. It is desired to have the ex
cavating done for the basement be
fore the spring sets in, which will
make it more difficult then, so that
the prospects are that the work will
be started in the very near future.
It is the intentions of the direct
ors to use home products and em
ploy hom.i labor in this building as
far as possible.
Mrs. E. J. Cavanaugh had a very
narrow escape from being seriously
burned Monday afternoon. She
was out on her back porch cleaning
a collar with gasoline, when from
no other apparenT cause than fric
tion, the gasoline ignited on the
collar and set fire to the pan of
gasoline also. Her hands and arms
were badly burned, but with great
presence of. mind she went into the
house and secured a quilt with
which she smothered the flames
and put out the fire in the pan of
gasoline, which threatened to set
' fire to the house. After all was
over she called her daughter Flor
ence, from the store to her assist
ance. The bums are painful but
will not be serious. Dr. Houston
was called to attend her.
Levi Martin, a rancher from over
in the Stillwater country was in the
city yesterday transacting business.
On the first of April a change
will take place all over the Great
Northern system, whereby the en
ginemen will all be assigned to
certain divisions and will not hold
senority x-ights outside of that one
Heretofore they have been hold
ing rights over several divisions,
especially around in Minnesota
where men held rights over hun
dreds of miles of track that they
had never been over. This has
been the cause of a great deal of
confusion in keeping the men prop
erly placed on the senority list, and
it kept all the men in that particu
lar district in suspense, because he
could really never tell when an old
er man from another division would
take a notion he wanted a certain
run, and come over and bump him,
putting him out of a job and prob
ably causing him to move to some
other place.
The senority rights of the men
on this section of th'e Great North
ern extends from Cut Bank to Spo
kane, over two divisions, the Kalis
pell and Spokane.
Circulars have been issued to the
men during the past week about the
proposed change, stating that on
April 1, all runs will be declared
vacant, and each man is now re
quested to sign up for the division
he desires to work on and put in a
bid for the run he wants.* He will
then have thirty days to take the
run he bid for, and must be settled
by the first of June. After
that date no one will hold rights
over more than one division. That
will mean that the men who sign
up for the Kalispell division will
have to remain .here permanently
and cannot be hopping back and
forth between here and Spokane as
they have been doing in the past.
It has put a number of the en
inemen on the fence, as they do
not know which division they want
to take. Some of the younger men
are signing up for the Spokane di
vision because they can then work
out of a large city, but it is liable
to put them quite a ways down the
list, when they can hold good rights
here,which is another matter which
they will consider seriously.
In fact this seems to be the pref
erable division from a working
stand point, as it is claimed the
runs are more desirable, the work
ing conditions are better and the
engines are in better shape, so there
will no doubt be many of the old
men who can hold good rights on
the Spokane division, who will stay
here on this account, in preference
to moving to Spokane just for the
sake of being in a larger town.
All the "Prune Sellers" of the
city of Whitefish were invited to the
home of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Robin
son, where they partook of a sump
tuous diixner at three o'clock Sun
day afternoon, which was a farewell
to Percy Robinson, one of their num
ber, who has departed for his broad
acres of homestead land in the do
minions of King Edward. After
spending an enjoyable afternoon
they took their leave, declaring that
they had been delightfully enter
tained, and wished Percy success in
his new venture, but not to forget
the stars and stripes.
E. L. Geddes has his new real
estate office about completed, which
puts up a very neat appearance
since he has had the new front put
on. __
Sydney Lvle, the piano tuner
came over from Kalispell yesterday.
It has been a strenuous week on
this division of the Great Northern,
especially for the officials, who
have put in the hardest wrfek they
have had for many a day, fighting
the elements.
The warm weather and rains in
this section have been the cause of.
many serious snow slides in the
mountains at several places along
the line, which did a great deal of
damage to property and demoral
ized the traffic over the entire sys
Saturday morning at 7:30, a big
slide came down at Highgate, 300
feet long and 15 feet deep, which
buried four men, employes of Grant
Smith and Co., the Great Northern
contractors, who are doing the
double tracking over the summit of
the mountains. Shortly after this
others occured at Paola and Sky
land, but they were small and the
rotary plows soon cleared them out.
On account of the men Leing buried
at the Highgate slide, the rotary
could not be put into it on the start
for fear of cutting up the men who
were entombed therein, so it had
to be shoveled out by hand which
was slow and tedious work and de
layed all trains for over 12 hours.
Two of the men dug out were
dead and the other two slightly in
jured as follows: Henry Strong,
Finlander, age 29, dug out about
8:20 a. m., slightly injured; Jacob
Sorel, Finlander, age 38, dug out
at 2:15 p. m., practically uninjured
except from cold; Oscar Peterson,
Finlander, age 38, dug out 2:30 p.
m. and Adam Asu age 26,
dead, caused by suffocation.
both !
The I
dead were taken charge of by Cor
oner Waggener and the injured
were taken care of at the conti'act
er's hospital at Fielding.
Jacob Sorel, the man who re
ceived no injuries was working in a
cut in the bank, and when he saw
the slide coming down on him he
ran into the cut where he was
working and was in this way pro
tected from injury. He had his
For the purpose of getting the
matter in tangible form so that it
may be acted upon officially,a com
mittee from the commissionei's of
the counties in session in annual
convention is engaged in drafting a
resolution and recommendations
which will cause a strict quarantine
to be enforced against smallpox and
other contagious diseases. The ap
pointment of the committee came
as a l'esult of prolonged discussion
of the advisability of boai-ds of com
missioners enforcing quarantine.
Some of the officials were dis
posed to think the matter should
be left entirely to the state board of
health, as it is believed little credit
will go to the commissioners in
event their recommendations are
carried out and prove beneficial,
while to the contrary in the case
there is dissatisfaction to the public
then they will be severely censured.
When the First National Bank
gets into its new quarters they will
add a savings department to their
banking system,which will no doubt
be appreciated by the wage earners
of Whitefish, as it will enable them
to make a safe disposition of their
savings, so that they can have some
thing laid up for a rainy day.
It's funny how queer and uncom
municative a man will be just short
ly before he is to get married.
shovel with him and when found
he had started digging his own way
This slide had hardly been clean
ed up when one came down near
Swinton, on the Fernie branch,
about 300 feet long and 35 feet
deep, so all the available men and
snow fighting apparatus was rushed
over there, because a tie up on the
Fernie branch would mean a coal
famine, as all the coal used in this
section comes from the mines at
Fernie. The slide was not hard to
manage as the rotary plows could
work in it to good advantage, so it
was not long before it was cleaned
But the troubles did not end
here, the worst was yet to come.
Sunday afternoon about one o'clock,
the worst slide that has ever hap
pened on this division came down
at Highgate again and another man
was buried beneath it and was killed.
He was found the next day with his
face all crushed and his body badly
bruised. His name is Peter Hen
derson, Swede, age 42. Coroner
Waggener took chaige of his re
mains also.
This slide was about 450 feet long
and 80 feet deep in some places,
and was composed of as much rock
and timber as there was snow, so it
made it the most difficult problem
to dig out. In some places «when
nothing else would avail, blasting
had to be resorted to.
On account of this slide the train
service was completely put out of
[business until yesterday morning
! when a passage was cut thru. All
I passenger trains both ways had to
run over the Northern Pacific from
Helena to Spokane, and this section
of the country was practically
isolated from the rest of the world.
Tuesday No. 44 came in from the
west and was turned around here
and went back as No. 3. The
dinky came up from Kalispell to '
make connections with it, which
gave them the first outlet they had
had for over 24 hours. i
_ !
nAD ALLCr I ell rittl- I
A. P. Sheridan, who bas been
employed at the roundhouse for the
past few years as machinist, has
I accepted a similar position with the
j Great Northern at the Hillyard
; shops.
I Mr. Sheridan's aged father, who
! lives in Bellingham, Wash., has
been in very poor health of late, so
he is taking him to Spokane in
hopes that the change of climate
and altitude will be better suited to
him. It is for this reason that Mr.
I Sheridan is leaving here and it is to
j be regretted that he should leave
! at this time, as he was just getting
the band nicely organized again,
and noto with his going away they
will be without a leader, and it is
likely that the organization will not
be able to make much headway for
a while on this account.
Mr. and Mrs. Proudman, of Ever
ett, Wash., who has been visit
ing with Mr. and Mrs. Sanders for
the past week returned yesterday.
Mr. Proudman is the roundhouse
foreman at Everett and is badly
effected with asthma, so came over
here for a short t ime in hopes that
the change of altitude would benefit
him, but he did not receive the re
lief he expected.
I, B. Willoughby is giving away
to the man who makes the highest
score on his bowling alleys during
the month of February, a fine meer
schaum pipe.
Geo. K. Midzutani, the propri
etor of the Whitefish Steam Laun
dry, to make everything up-to-date,
has ordered a ten horse power
electric motor to run the machinery
in his laundry, instead of the steam
engine that he figured on in the
first place. The machinery has
been in transit for a month now,
and is expected here any day. His
foreman arrived from Seattle last
week and is making all the perliin
inary arrangements to have it rush
ed to completion as soon as the
machinery arrives.
When this laundry gets in run
ning order it will be the finest and
best equipped in the valley, as all
the latest and up-to-date machinery
will be installed and all the modern
appliances will be used, so that
nothing but the best of work will be
turned out.
In making his plans Mr. Mid
zutani has figured on the increase
of business which the growth of the
city will bring, and will be amply
equipped to take care of all future
needs for some time to come. He
is also making a reduction in the
prie# of the work, being able to do
this on account of the facillities
that he has, and the capacity of his
new machinery to turn out the
work cheaper than the other laun
dries and will give the people of
Whitefish the benefit of this, which
will no doubt be appreciated.
Dennis Kelley, the well known
violinist, who has been employed as
clerk with the Star Clothing and
Shoe Co. since last spidng, has re
signed his situation there and has
gone back railroading again. He
has accepted a position as cashier
' for the Great Northcm Express Go
G rea t Falls, and left for there
j^a^ lhursday night,
i Mr - Kelle .V has ljeen a resident of
! Whitefish for a number of years,
j and on account of being an expert
I musician he was always in demand
and greatly sought after when éver
there was any music to be furnished
for an entertainment or a dance.
In fact he was the best violinist in
the valley, and could make his in
strument fairly talk.
He was very popular with every
one and he has a host of friends
here who regret very much to hear
of his departure, and will wish him
well in his new location, but some
of them don't give him very long
to stay away. They feel sure that
he will have a longing for dear old
Whitefish which he can not resist,
and, be back again before many
moons. ,
"One thousand boys wanted to
grow corn in Montana for the James
J. Hill prize," is the caption of an
article sent out by Fred S. Cooley,
superintendent of the Farmer's In
stitute at Bozeman.
Mr. Hill has offered a prize
amounting to one thousand dollars
to be divided among the successful
competitors. Corn can be success
fully grown in Montana and the
boys will "show you." With fifty
boys planting corn in each county,
there will be something doing next
fall, and the state fair will look like
a corn show. In 1911 Montana
farmers will be planting the seed
our boys have produced. What
interests the boys, interests all the
people of Montana.
Bert Goodhue was a passenger to
Kalispell yesterday, going down on
[a short visit with his sister.
Game Warden W. R. Ralston
was in town last Thursday to look
into alleged cases of deer killing out
of season.
He rounded up several settlers at
the head of the lake, whom it was
reported have been paying no at
tention to the game laws whatever,
and have been slaughtering deer at
their pleasure out of season as well
as in it.
He was not able to secure evi
dence enough to bring any charge
against them, but he gave them
fair warning that their actions will
be watched in the future and if they
are caught violating the law in the
least, they will be punished to its
fullest exteixt.
Ladies day at the bowling alleys
is becoming quite popular with a
number of the women who are tak
ing a great deal of interest in this
healthy and invigorating sport.
Last Friday about 15 of them
turned out and they report having
had a dandy good time. They
have become very enthusiastic over
the game and some of them are
already talking of organizing a
club, so as to have match games.
This will no doubt come after they
have had a little more practice.
There are some excellent bowlers
among them and several very good
scores were made for the first time,
which will no dobt grow larger as
they get more practice.
Tomorrow it is expected that
there will be a greater number out
to compete for the prizes which Mr.
Willoughby is offering to those mak
ing the best scores. Every Friday
afternoon is ladies' day and Mr.
Willoughby will do everything he
can to make it pleasant for them.
The alleys are cleaned up on this
day purposely for them, and they
can go there and enjoy a pleasant
afternoon's sport without the least
fear of being offended in any way,
because no one will be admitted
who can not be a gentleman. The
ladies rule supreme on this day and
all men must take a back seat.
The following are some of the
good scores that were made last
Friday: Mrs. Delaney 102 and
94, Mrs. Ramay 86, Mrs. Peterson
86 and Mrs. DeRemer 76.
Judge Garr received a supply of
fishing and hunting licenses from
the state game warden last week, so
all those who are going plunking
this winter had better secure li
censes at once. The licenses are
here now and no one will be ex
cused for not having one. The
minimun fine is $25 for the first
offense and the license only costs
one dollar, so it will be a pretty
good investment te secure one be
fore the game warden happens
around this way.
Mrs. P. L. Forcum very pleas
antly entertained the "500" Club
Tuesday afternoon at her home at
Lakeside. At 5 o'clock delicious
refreshments were served, after
which the ladies enjoyed a social
chat. Beside the club members
the invited guests were: Mesdames
Robinson, Geddes, McFarlane, the
Misses Mahan, Edith and Margaret
The Hutchinson Lumber Com
pany has a crew of 20 men engaged
in taking out cedar poles. Their
saw and planing mill is shut down
for the present*

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