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6 ^ VOLUME 7 WHITEFISH, FLATHEAD COUNTY, MONTANA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY to, 1910, NUMBER 6 TO WEIGH THE MAIL Government inspectors on Febru ary 15 will begin to weigh the mails carried on the trains in the western district, which embraces all the states west of Minnesota. They will weigh the mails daily for three months and on the basis of the average for that period the rail roads will be paid for the next four years. Everything indicates tha^ the Great Northern will be allowed to carry the mail to* the Pudget Sound country, intervening points and Alaska from the Twin Cities for the next four years. The forty-eight hour fast mail has made a splendid record since its establishment last fall. While the postoffice department does not enter into an ironclad con tract with the railroads for four years it is recognized as binding if the service continues satisfactory. The failure of the Chicago Milwau kee & St. Paul, therefore, to put on a fast mail train, with no record of achievement to back any applica tion it might make for the service, probably will prevent it from enter ing the through mall field for the next four years. Officials generally assert that there is no profit in carrying the mails, although the revenue of the Great Northern from that source aggregates more than $1,000,000 annually. The fact remains that there is not a road in the country which does not seek to handle the mail. To carry the mails is a big advertising asset. The only contingency that may prevent the Great Northern from getting the mail contract for the next four years is the passage of an act providing that the mails should be weighed every year. A bill was introduced to that effect during the last session of congress, but it failed of passage. "The railroads would like to see the mails weighed annually," said a railroad man. "The volume of mail increases considerably each year, especially thru a section like the northwest where the country is constantly advancing. " A water pipe being bursted in front of the Hotel Cadillac has caused a regular spring in the street and converted it into a ideal ska ting pond. Miss Catherine Hurd, who has been matron at the Hotel Cadillac during the past winter, went to Conrad Friday to file on a home stead. CAFE PROPRIETORS TAKE FRENCH LEAVE Mr. and Mrs. J. II. Biggs, who came here a few weeks ago and pur chased the Home Restaurant from Mrs. J. A. Behlen, had a short career, but it was long enough to suit their long list of creditors, who can do nothing but stare at the empty cage, as the bird has flown. Mrs. Biggs, who was the man ager of the deal, is quite an elderly lady with a glib tongue, and a very smooth way, and knew how to work it to good advantage in se curing credit for everything that she used ^ since she started. She served excellent meals and did a fine business, which was easy enough on other people's money, and then when they thought they had run the length of their rope, they slipped quietly out on No. 1 Saturday night, leaving everything as it stood. They had nothing to take awav with them but a couple of suit cases, so it was easy for them to get out of town without at tracting anyone's attention. A number of people saw them at the depot, but did not think that they were taking French leave. Several of the merchants are quite heavy losers, besides two girls who worked for them, that had not re ceived any wages, and it will prob ably be hard for them to get any thing out of the deal as they have no doubt left the state, and none of the effects in the restaurant were even partly paid for. GIVEN A FLOATER. John McCloud, a G. N. brakeman, was arrested Monday for living with a women of ill repute by the name of Babe Hamilton. They had been making their headquarters in one of the hotels, where they were arrested. They plead guilty to the charge in the justice court and McCloud drew a $20 fine, while the women got off with only paying $5. The judge also gave them both a clearance for more congenial parts. It has come to the notice of the police that this practice has been carried on to some extent about the town and the parties will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law if the officers can get their clutches on them. H. T. Mayfield was a visitor in Kalispell on Friday. He has not yet fully recovered from the effects of the operation which he had per formed on his foot a few weeks ago. Vern Marshall, of Bigfork, up from there Tuesday to some dentistry done. came have COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS The city council held their regu lar monthly meeting Monday eve ning in the city hall. All were present except Aldermen McCabe and Forcum. The police magistrate reported that he had collected $146 in fines during the month of January, and the treasurer's report shows the city treasury in a very prosperous condi tion, it containing $2799.99 on Jan uary 31. The resignation of Alderman J. H. McCabe, who has left the city, was read and accepted and it was ordered by the mayor that the clerk write Mr. McCabe a letter, extend ing to him the thanks of the peo ple of Whitefish for his long and efficient service as a member of the council. The mayor then sug gested the name of J. J. Johns to fill the unexpired term, and he was duly elected. The committee had been in structed at the previous meeting to draw up an ordinance defining cer tain fire limits, that will regulate the erection of all buildings therein in the future, and allow none to be built but such as are constructed of fire proof materials, such as brick, stone or concrete. Such an ordi nance was read, and after some dis cussion was referred to the ordi nance committee for their approval, to be brought up at the next meet ing. It was expected that there would be on hand for this meeting a re port from Engineer Marsh on the sewer proposition, but it had not reached here, so the matter was laid over until a little later when a special meeting will be called to consider this proposition, pend ing the arrival of the information. It is the sentiment of the council to get this proposition, under way, so that it can be submitted to a vote of the people at the regular election in April and thereby save the city an additional expense of a special election. J. E. Cavanaugh, representing a committee of merchants, appeared before the council requesting that the city put on another night watchman. His special duties be ing to watch the business district. The merchants are willing to pay into the city treasury $60 per month toward his salary, provided the city secures the man and pays the balance, which will amount to $15 for the city's share. This re quest was granted by the council, | ! ! | | ! I I ; j | ! ! i (Continued on page five.) CHAMBER OF COM MERCE MEETING Tuesday evening February 15, is the regular annual meeting of the Chamber of Commerce for the elec tion of officers for the coming year. Every business man in Whitefish should be interested in this meeting and be on hand. The Chamber of Commerce is too important to the interests of the city to be allowed to die out, and everyone who does business here is interested in naming the managers; therefore he on hand at the meeting and have your say in the matter. If things are not going as well as you would like to have them go, be present and make an effort to remedy the defects. If you do not come out do not register any kicks afterwards. There is a great deal of work that has to be done this spring and it is desired to have the co-opera tion of everyone on this matter. The past year has been a very suc cessful one for the Chamber of Commerce and they have done a great deal of good in advancing the interests of Whitefish. In order to keep up this good work everyone must come out and help the cause along. Don't forget the date. PRAISE FOR LIBBY. Jim Brooks, Louie Mueller, Guy White and Jack McNeil went to Libby last week to look over the land along the Kootenai river that had been thrown open to settle ment, with the intentions of filing on a piece of it if there was any to be had, but they found that it had already been taken up and returned very much disappointed. All the boys feel very highly elated over Libby, especially over the treat ment that was accorded them there by the citizens during their brief stay. They say that it seemed as if everyone was trying to see how pleasant they could make if for them, which was greatly appreciat i ed. ARE YOU? If, after replying conscientiously to 32 questions covering your na tivity, name, age, parentage, height, weight, number of children, number of times married and di vorced, and many other matters which you usually consider the busin ss of no one but yourself, your inquisitor asked for the thirty third question, "Are you deaf and dumb?" wouldn't that jar you? Well, that's just what the census enumerator will do.—Bee. H. J. Mosbv of Kalispell was a visitor in the city Tuesday. CAN'T FLOW INTO RIVER Frank E. Marsh, the civil engi neer of Kalispell, who has been doing considerable work for the city in establishing the street grades, was in the city last week to look over ground with a view to finding out how a sewer system can be con structed to the best advantage. The state law forbids the empty ing of any sewerage into any stream, so the plan he contem plates is a sewerage disposal plant, which is similar to that used in the Mississippi valley, where there are no streams to drain into. The system consists of a regula tion sewer, the same as is used under all general conditions, which is drained into what is known as a septic tank. This consists of a large concrete reservoir, which is practically air tight and must admit no light. The sewerage runs into it in such a way as not to disturb the contents in the least, and in a short time it breeds a certain bac- ! teria that destr ys all solid matte' - , j reducing everything to a liquid, and ■ leaving only a brown sediment! which settles to the bottom and has j to be cleaned out only once in a i great while. The liquid is drained s into another tank by a syphon at j regular intervals, then goes thru a filtering process and is discharged J into the stream as clear and spark -1 ling as water could be. , 1 his septic tank can he placed any place on the river bank where it will be the most convenient and is perfectly sanitary, giving off no j odors as would be naturally sus- j pected. The system is more ex pensive than it would be to empty the sewerage into the river direct, but it will be the only one that can be used in order to comply with the state law. DINING ROOM CHANGES HANDS The Cadillac Dining Room passed into new hands yesterday, and W. F. Tillotson is again the proprietor. Miss Evenlyn Kirby, who has been running it for the past five months, has given it up on account of ex pecting to go elsewhere in a short time. Mr. Tillotson will continue to run it on the same order that it has been running, with a few changes to better the service. Miss Inez Soutar of Kalispell vis ited with Miss Jessie Smith Satur day and Sunday. j i 1 ATTEMPTED HOLD-UP AT FIELDING STORE Jack Cremans, who is tending the store at Fielding, where the con struction camps are located, had quite an exciting experience last Friday evening with a man who at tempted to hold up the place. It was at a late hour when Jack heard a rap at the door, which he saluted with, "come in," but no one entered. A voice outside de manded that the door be opened for him. Jack was all alone, and it was at a time when no one had any business around. He grew sus picious that the man was there for no good, so he blew out the light, secured his gun and barricaded himself liehind the counter, pre pared for a fight. The man still insisted on having the door opened, and when Jack would not do so he shot thru it, which was responded to by a volley from Jack's gun that sent the intruder scurrying to cover, and he did not come back to bother him any more. ____ MANY CHILDREN AT SUNDAY SCHOOL -: The children's meeting at the Methodist church last Sunday was quite a success. Rev. Parvin had promised a little book to each child present and laid in a supply which } ie thought would be sufficient, but J to his suprise there were 55 child ren claiming books, and the supply , was short. Mr. Parvin explained to the children that he was not ex pecting bo many out, and that he would order more books at once j an( j those who failed to get them j i as t Sunday would get them later, There were fully as many grown people present as there was chil firen. THE CHINESE NEW YEAR The Chinese New Year began yesterday, and commencing that evening the local Chinese began a celebration which will last from ten days to two weeks. There will be the usual noisy welcome with fire crackers, and the new Hag of the empire will flutter in the breeze. During the time of the celebration the Chinese will devote no more time tö work than is necessary, and will entertain their friends who visit them. It is planned to have a special day in about a week, with a much larger display of fireworks, and if it can be obtained a full Chinese or j chestra will be brought here from i Seattle for the occasion.—Inter 1 Lake.