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VOLUME 7 WHITEFISH, FLATHEAD COUNTY, MONTANA, THURSDAY, AUGUST U, 1910, NUMBER 32 TILL IS TAPPED The till in Roy Young's barber shop was tapped last Friday night ami about 830 in cash taken. The money was locked in a wooden drawer in front, and to get at it the thief had to lift up the marble slab and then cut through a thin l)onrd with his jackknife, through which he extracted the money. Every thing was then put back in its proper place again so that there was nothing to indicate that any thing was wrong till the drawer was opened late in the morning, when the money was found missing and the drawer full of wood chips which explaiued how it was gotten into. It is not known who com mitted the deed. That morn ing the doors to the place .were found unlocked and the port er claims that he was drunk that night and went in there to sleep, forgetting to lock the doors. He claims that he was also touched for 815.00. Whoever it was, was very familiar with the place and evidently knew just where to look for the money. No arrests were made. STEFFENS BOTEL READY FOR BUSINEES Carl Steffen, who recently pur chased the Whitefish hotel has just finished remodeling the place and it is now known as the Steffen ho tel. It has been overhauled all the way through and is now fited up in inodern style from attic to cellar. The rooms have all been renovat ed and refurnished with new furni ture, the bar room and office have been finished up with new fixtures, linoleums, electric chandeliers and steel walls and ceilings, so that it does not look like the same place at all, and the outside has been re painted and a cement walk laid in front. In all Mr. Steffen has ex panded a sum in excess of 81,000 ^o put this place in shape and it now compares very favorably with any place of business in town. Arens=Prince. On the evening of August 4, Mr. Charles H. Arens of Springfield, Mass., and Miss Elizabeth Frances Prince of Whitefish were quietly ■parried in the presence of a few riends and relatives. Mr. Arens is a very popular young man, who same west from the New England states a little over a year ago in a spirit of rdventure to spend the eason hunting and fishing. He is i friend of judge Garr's and has )een making himself at home on he Judge's ranch, where it seems hat he has made good use of his »me. He not only captured deer n the hunting season, but during le closed season lie captured a dear' '. Miss Prince is the charm ing daughter of Mr. and Mrs. rince who live on a ranch just ast of town and has a wide circle f friends whose congratulations ley will receive. Mr. and Mrs. irens are at present residing with he bride's parents, but expect to Q to Springfield, Mass., in a short me. Cut By Mower. Alvin Anthony of Eureka, who been working for Billy Rich of t place this summer, met with a nful accident last week while owing, by falling on the blade of e scythe, cutting his knee badly, e was brought here on No. 2 ursday and placed in the hos tal. NEW HARDWARE ESTABLISHMENT Turning a business over twice in side of a week is certainly going some, and that is what was done last week by F. \V. Zu felt, the real estate man. On that account he l>eat us out of a scoop after we had it all ready to print, but this week we have a bigger and better one. CTn August 1st the defunct hard ware business formerly owned by II. E. Doebler, was transferred to F. H. Hennessy of Kalispell, who has made his home here in the valley for the past five years. Mr. Hennessy had just taken an invoice of the place and was straightening things up and clean ing out, preparatory to opening, when Me- Zufelt heard from V. B. McGuire of Sherwood, N. D., who was looking for a location to open a hardware store, and having heard a great deal of this town was anxious to come. He offered a price in ad vance of what Mr. Hennessy had paid for the business, so the trans action was promptly closed, and Mr. McGuire became the proprie tor. He was here to close the deal Friday, and returned to Sherwood immediately to settle up his affairs there and move to Whitefish. He expects to return about August 20. Mr. McGuire, we are informed, is an exprienced hardware man. The stock will be moved out ot the' building that is occupied into the large and commodious store known as the Cut Bank building, that has stood vacant for so long, where he will open up the first part of Sep tember with a complete stock of everything in the hardware line, also a full line of furniture. STRINGING WIRES TO COLUMBIA FALLS It won't be long now before Col umbia Falls will also be electric lighted. The Northern Idaho and Montana Power company began this week to string the wires from this sub-station, which will carry 12,000 volts to that burg. The line goes out of here on the same poles that carry the juice up from Kalispell, as far as the State mill, and from there it branches off on a line of its own to Columbia Falls. A new telephone line is strung along the same route, which, when completed will give us an improved service to that town. Hard On The "Champs." The famous Sweet Grass team got together again last week and played a series of three games here which spoiled their splendid reputation considerably. Thursday they were defeated 9 to' 5. Friday they were shut out 4 to 0, something that has not happened to them since they have been on the road- Saturday afternoon they pulled together a lit tie and managed to get the big end of the score, 4 to 6. There was good snappy ball playing at all the games and a fair attendance. It was intended to play another game here Sunday, but half of the Sweet Grass team was signed up with Kalispell, so they went down there to take their part in the game against Hamilton which left us without a game at home, as had been advertised. Structural Steel Arrived After being held back with their work for over ten days for the want of the structural steel for the new building, the contractors were able to go ahead with the work Monday morning. The steel beams in question arrived from Pittsburg Sunday morning and it wont be long now before the fronts on the two new buildings will be com pleted. VICTIMS OF WHOLESALE FRAUD Very Clever and Systematic Plan of Raising Checks to Fictitious Values Has Been Practiced Whereby Many Business Men Are Heavy Losers Merchants and other business men of Whitefish received a se vere shock Tuesday when it was discovered that in the aggre gate they had been defrauded to the tune of 82,300, or there abouts, thru raised checks that had been issued by Grant, Smith & Co., contractors of Spokane, who are building the double track for the Grgat Northern from Java to Summit. They have a force of over a thousand men at work in the va rious camps, the majority of them foreigners, and most of them come to Whitefish to buy their clothing and supplies, and their checks have been accepted by the business men without any question whatever. In this case some of them had come in and purchased a small bill of goods, | offering these checks in payment | and receiving the difference in cash. All the checks in question had been made out to Italians, and as far as the merchants can tell they were presented to them by Italians, and no two checks by the same man. The original amounts were all small, none of them being over $9, but it seems had been raised by very cleverly forging the let ters "ty" after the amount writ ten out, and a cipher annexed to the numerals, thereby raising it to fen times its original value. Six dollar checks were made to read "sixty,''seven dollar checks raised to read "seventy," etc. Some think the original figures were erased by an acid and new ones substituted, and so it ap pears in some cases; but if such is the case it is one of the clev ervest pieces of work ever done in this line,because close scrutiny fails to reveal that they have been tampered with in the least in erasing. Just how or by whom the forg ery was executed is a mystery, and not the slightest clue has been obtained up to the present date, as the time which has elapsed since the forgery was committed has given the crimi nals ample opportunity to make good their escape. The First National Bank of Whitefish has notified the Bank ers' Association, who will take the matter in hand and endeavor to discover who is responsible. It was a comparatively easy matter to raise these checks, as the company issuing them does Pleased with Situation. E. A. Wilson, who is connected with the Great Northern experi mental farms of the state, was in the valley Saturday looking over the stations in his charge. He was very much pleased with the results as he finds them here, and is es pecially elated over the experiment farm at Chester, where they have had practically np rain at all. Good crops of wheat and oats were raised, while in the country about those cereals were a total failure, which goes to prove again that if the soil is properly worked good crops can be raised in spite of the light rain fall. Mr. and Mrs. John McIntosh and Mrs. Watson, of Kalispell spent Sunday here visiting with Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Laiter. not use a check protector to per forate them so they could not be made payable over a certain amount or erasures made. The first intimation of the trouble appeared here Saturday, when the First National Bank re ceived notification from the head quarters of Grant, Smith & Co., that their checks had been raised, and to look out for them. The bank officials here wired back for the cancelled checks, so that the matter could be checked up. Tuesday morning Mr. Hunt, representing Grant, Smith & Co., arrived with the raised checks, and after going over the books the merchants here were found to be heavy losers. The report was made public Tuesday afternoon when the men who had been defrauded were notified. Sixty checks in all had been tampered with, which, being raised ten times their value, made a very neat haul. Most of the paper had been cashed in Whitefish, and a few in Kalispell, Butte, Helena and a few other outside points. Nearly every business man here was stuck for various sums, ranging from 840 to $400. A great many theories are ad vanced as to how the game was worked, but it was done so nicely that even experts are at sea, as each check was properly en dorsed. All were time checks and had been issued during the month of April, May and June, and were cashed here by business men Sat urday night, July 2, until the 4th, as they were nearly all de posited in the bank July 5. It is believed by some that an organized gang had been gath ering up these small checks for some time and making them over, then came to Whitefish at the most opportune time and dis posed of them during the time the bank was closed, so there was no chance for detection from that source. No fraudulent checks have been found outside of this bunch, or since this date, so apparently they just fixed up the one batch, got them cashed, and cleared out. The trouble was not discovered until the cancelled checks were sent back to Grant, Smith & Co. and passed into the auditor's hands, who found that the amount did not coincide with the time books. Kalispell 9; Hamilton 2 Kalispell toqk an awful fall out of our manager, Archie Goins, last Monday when he pitched the game for Hamilton and lost 9 to 2. It seems to have done their poor weak hearts a great deal of good to see Archie defeated, and lays it all up to him, when,as a matter of fact,he was the only one on the team that did do anything in that game. He brought in the only two scores that were made. If the others had done as well Kalispell would have had a different story to tell. Archie pitched a good game, but he could not win it alone. They feel differ ent about it, and don't crow so loud when Archie has his own men to back him. Before you boast of your ances ters hide the family photograph lhum. INDIAN HORSE THIEF IS ROUNDED UP Joe Magee, a half breed from the Blackfeet reservation at Browning, was arrested Monday afternoon by Officer Metcalf on a charge of horse stealing. Both Metcalf and Special Agtent Harmon had received tips that he was in town. Metcalf rounded him up in the Brewery saloon, where he accosted him and releived him of a gun before he re alized what had happened, and then took him to jail, where with the assistance of Harmon, the evidence was put to him so strong that he confessed to the crime. He says he stole three colts from another Indian on the reseve, who had also stolen them from another man by the name of Broadwater, that he had turned them back to the man he had stolen from, but being apprehended by the Indain police thought it best to get out of the country and was making his way to Portland. It apppeàrs that there has been a gang of horse thieves operating on the reservation for the past few years, that the agents have been having a great dewl of trouble with and have not been able to lay hands on. From the evidence found in this mans pockets he might be one of them. DOUBLE TRACK IS IN OPERATION Seven miles of new double track over the "hump" between Skyland and Fielding was put into operation last Friday at noon. All east bound trains now take the right hand track from Summit. Sign boards have been placed at Skyland and Summit to indicate to all concerned the end of the double track and are warned not to leave any cars on the present main line, which was the passing track at Summit. Double track rules govern the operations of the trains, and a clear ance card must be secured from the dispatcher at Java whilst on duty, and at Whitefish when the block is operated by the Whitefish dispatcher. All west-bound trains must come to a full stop and clear switches to the main line at Sky land. The short stretch of track is only a part q| the distance from Summit to Java, which will be put into service as fast as it is completed, and will do away with the great difficulties that have been experi enced in the past in handling the trains over the mountains. Besides securing a double track, the grade has been reduced and as many curves have been done away with as possible, so that the tonnage over this section of the road can be increased materially. Officer Has a Chase. Saturday night a couple of men got mixed up in a fistic encounter in the rear of the Combination sa loon where their loud language at tracted the attention of Officer Met calf and Special Agent Harmon. One of the participants was easily captured, but the other one made a break for liberty and led Metcalf a merry chase up the ce ment walks on Central avenue. He then dodged into an alley and made his get-away. The fellow that was captured is doing ten days in the stump gang. First Dance of Season. The social season is getting a rather early start this year. The G. I. A. to the B. of L. E. have placards out announcing a grand ball in Skyles' hall on Wednesday evening, August 24. The football team comes next with their dance on September 9. DESERVE SUPPORT The people here do not seem to appreciate what the baseball asso ciation is doing for them in trying to maintain a fast baseball team and keep up our present reputa tion. We have one of the fastest teams in the state, but they arc not receiving the proper support. In order to hold ball players here we have to pay them. The asso ciation has l>een devising every possible scheme to make all ends meet, but the gate receipts for the past few games have not been up to the average and are not suffiei to keep up the running expenses. If there are not better turnouts to the games the o gnnization will probably have to disaband for the season, unless some other support comes in soon. There are a num ber here who signed up for dona tions hist spring that have not yet come through with them. They would come in very handy right now. It is very discouraging for anyone to try to keep up an organ ization when the public does not take more interest in it. We issue an urgent appeal to the public for better support for our team, turn out to see every game,show that we are loyal to our team, and help boost them up, so that we can claim the championship title. CHANCE TO CAP TURE SOMETHING Some time ago Louis W. Hill, president of the Great Northern, who has been taking ^bçh a per sonAf Interest in building up the fruit and agricultural industries of the Flathead, offered to the county fair association two beautiful silver cups valued at 850 each, to be given as premiums for fruit and grain dis plays as the association thought best. The final details regarding them have been settled as follows: One will be given as a premium for the best collection of sheaf grains, grasses, roots and vegetables, and the other for the best collection of fruit exhibited by any chamber of commerce or any other society of not less than twelve members, and not organized for profit. There is also a long list of first and second ribbon prizes that are worth while striving for. They Will Admit It. Manager McNeely has wired for J. G. Thompson at Idaho Falls, Idaho, offering inducements for him to come here and pitch a game against the Hamilton baseball team, Sunday or Monday. For these games the local team will lie strengthened up and, we think, will win the series without Thomp son. If Manager McNeely wants to add to bis pitching staff, we would suggest Archie Goins, the Whitefish star, who has many ad mirers for bis baseball sense, and would probably not object to help ing out the local team against rank outsiders. Archie would sure look good in a Kalispell uniform.—Kal ispell Times. Archie is using that level base ball noodle of his to get the White fish team to the top where it can rightfully claim the title, "Champa of the state", and it looks as if he will get there, too, so he will not have time to save Kalispell's shat tered baseball reputation. Announces Engagement Mrs Jemima Duncan announces the engagement of her daughter Catherine, to Mr. John Woodworth Goodell.