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-INVENTORY SALE Great Sacrifice of Unmatched Values ONU WEEK ONLY - - J^llflRY 8th TO JAN UARY 16th In order to reduce our stock as much as possible before taking inventory, we are going to offer goods for sale at prices that will surely take them off the shelves in a hurry, thus saving us the work of invoicing many articles. The winter is not over yet and there will be plenty of cold weather to make use of some of these articles for winter wear. Our grocery prices are money savers. OFF ON MEN'S FUR COATS MEN'S AND BOYS' OVERCOATS MEN'S AND BOY'S DUCK SHEEP LINED OVERCOATS CAPS, ALL KINDS AND SIZES ALL KINDS AND SIZES OF MITTENS, LINED GLOVES HEAVY FLANNEL WORK SHIRTS LADIES' FANCY WOOL FASCINATORS AND SHAWLS LADIES' FURS We carry a full and complete line of Hiawatha Blue-Bird Brands of Fruits and Vegetables Pure Food and high-class products Hiawatha Brand Fruits Full MIR cans Lemon-cling Readies lier can 35t Solid packed sliced Peaches 35< Polid Packed Pears 35t Full 211» Can Preserved Strawberries, per can 35i Red Raspberries 35c Sliced Pine Apples 35c Grated Pine Apples 35c Pitted Red Cherries 35c Blackberries 35c These are all nut up in a heavy pure sugar syrup. Hiawatha Brand Vegetables Full 311 » cans Solid Packed Tomatoes per can 25c Sweet Potatoes Early June Peas 20c Blue-Bird Brand Fruit Full 31b cans Extra Standard Peaches Pears Apricots ( I rapes White Cherries Royal Ann Green Gage Plums 30c Egg Plums 30c Full 21b cans Blackberries 25c Red Raspberries 25c Strawberries 25c Blueberries 20c Blue-Bird Vegetables Full 3-lb cans solid packed Tomatoes, 20c, 3 for 50 Sweet Potatoes, 25c Spinach, 25c Blue Beets, 25c Pumpkin, 20c, 3 for 50 Full 2-lb cans Corn, Sucatash, Early June Peas, Extra sifted Wax Beans, String Beans, Lima Beans, These are all extra choice, solid, Calumet Soap. 5-lb wooden pail Jelly 8 cans Deviled Ham, 3 c ans Heinz Pork and Beans, 15c 20c. 3 for 50 20c, 3 for 50 20c 20c, 3 for 50 20e, 3 for 50 20c, 3 for 50 newly packed goods 7 bars for 25c 30 bars for $1.00 100 bars for $3.00 25c 25c 25c We always have on hand Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Annie Cider, Fresh Botter and Eggs LAKGC STOCK OF Hay, Oats, Wheat, Bran i r. ] M 1. WftLl L COMPANY PEOPLE'S POPULAR TRADING PLACE SHO S DECREASE 1 liree 1 liousand Men at Work in 1 he Sixty-one Mines of State. Of the 1 coal resources of Mont ana there lias been used up to the present time 0.012 per cent., ac cording to the biennial report of the State 1 Coal Mine Inspector, J. B. Me Dermott, jest submitted to the governor. The original coal sup ply of Montana was 30t>,0(50,000, 000 short tons, according to es timates of the geological survey. A slight decrease in the coal pro duction of this state from Oct. 31, 11*07. to Nov. 1. BIOS, over the same period a year previous amount ed to 2 5 percent., and was caused 0/! y —.J®.? PIAIIOS siBino iimntnis ami pttoüOöSAPns FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS On Easy Paymcmts IIV. MI Lewistown, Mont. by the financial panic, the shutting down of mines and smelters and the stagnation of business generally caused by the unusual floods. The production was 1,1)78.217 short tons of coal, or 52.217 tons less than the year before. The total number of men em polved at Montana coal mines dur ing the year ending Nov. 1, 1908, i was 3,(M2. Pick miners 1,589; in side day men,802; outside day men, 180; loaders, 320; average number of days mines were worked, 194.5; average production per man per day employed 2.79 plus tons. The pro duct ion of 1908 would require 1,319 trains, thirty ears to the train, 50 tons to the ear. to haul the coal from the mines to the consmer. The report shows there are 01 coal mines in the statt'. During the vear 51 miners were injuriai and 12 killed. Somc Recommendations. V o 1 u m i uo u srecommendations arc made by Inspector Me Dermott. in which In- strongly urges the nee cssitv for a thorough revision of the which he eon-! with full authority, and person can greatly facilitate the at tainment of safty through the em ployment of a sulliccnt number of foreman, and also of one of more inspectors, whose special duty it shall he to see that the regulations are strictly enforced. "Lives and limbs have been paid too freely for the production of coal in Montana mining laws amt tends "that the responsibility for safty in the mint's should primarily rest with some person, such as the mnnager"or superintendent, clothed that such Let us substitute dol margin of from $1.50 to $2, and sometimes better, eliminated, re arrange it that this margin might ! he shared mutually between the operator, miner and consumer. lars in payment for its production and give a blessing to the homes of the miners instead of a curse, and we believe with the present price paid by the consumer, with a re ajustment that could and should he made, the middleman, with Milwaukee Railroad Will Have Experimental Farms All Along Its New Line. i According to a story printed in ;l daily this week something entirely unique in railroad opérât ions, and practically a revolution in the methods of quick and wind spread development of the new territory, is a plan now being worked out by the Chicago, Milwaukee & | St. Saul railroad, ! As outlined by an official of the road, the scheme is to establish a series of experimental farms and stations along the Pacific coast ex tension of the system, at some doz en points between Evarts. S. 1)., and the Pacific coast. I here are now under consideration 12 of these ! stations, six of which will he in the j 8tato ot Washington, the others in ^'a'a* ami Montana. Among the industries which these stations will serve to demonstrate to settlers, home-seekers tourists or investor will be agriculture, liorti it j j j 1 ' u * tur, '- Mmep aivl e attic raising, 'dairying, forestry, irrigation, power projects anti mining. er ; mducted The farms will he et along the most modern scientific 1 lines, every up- to- date method of! intensified farming crop rotation and every resource, crop or industry, ! to which will he demonstrated un der the direction of trained and j ; P ractieal men ' ! is now far | j out the country, make a radical re- j change in the method of procedure so long in use in aequirin lands, a change so great as virtual ly to amount to a new law. Change in Timber and Stone Act of The timber and stone act ! a J e -.ul letter— at least so the ordinary individual is concerned, re- j Th e regulations, which have been j appoved and sent out from Wash the«e The act of June third, 1878, pro vided that the land should be sold "at the minimum price of two dol lars anti fifty cents per acre," in quantities not exceeding one-quart section to any one person or as sociation. It was the clause fixing the ''minimum" price and this clause;—"Effect shall be given to the foregoing provision of this act regulations to be precribed by the commissioners of the general land oiliice," which abrogated the terms under which timber lands have been sold for the past thirty years and which permitted the pro mulgation of the revised and strin gent regulations. The burden of the new regulations that paragraph which provides that the land which application has been made shall be appraised at their real value by a special agent of the general land office, desig nated by the chief of the field di vision in which the land is situated to make the appraisement. The method of appraisement shall he as follows under the new regulations: "The officers or employe des ignated to make the appraisement must personally visit the land to lie appraised, fand thoroughly oxamaine every legal subdivision thereof, and the timber thereon, and appraise separately the several kinds of tim lier at their stumpage value, and the hind independent of the timber at its value at the time of apprais ment, hut the total appraisement of both land and timber must not fie less than two dollars and fifty cents per acre. He must, in mak ing his report, consider tho quanity, quality, accessibility, and any other I elements of the value of the land and the timber thereon. The ap praisement must he made by small est legal subdivision, or the report must show the valuation of the land and the estimate of the timber to each and every subdivision ap P r ' 1 *' "l' 10 complete appraisement is then mailed to the chief of the field division and not to the applicant, Each appraisement upon which on entry is to ho allowed must he ap- ■ proved respectively or conjointly Gy the register and receiver who allow the entry, or by the commissioner ; of the general land office. The chief of the field division! either approves or objects to the j appraisement and the appraiser within twenty days thereafter, if appraisement is objected to, resub mits the papers with such modifi cations or explanations as he may deem proper. Then the field chief again either approves or objects and forwards the papers to the register or the receiver with a notation to his opinion. If the registfo and re ceiver approve the objection of the field chief, they so indicate, the pa pers are returned to the field chief and a new appraisement is ordered. If the government fails.to have the appraisement made within ninety days after an application for timber claim has been made, the appli cant may without notice, within thirty days thereafter, deposit the amount, "not less than two dollars per acre, specified in his application as the reasonable value of the land and timber thereon, with the re ceiver, and thereupon will he al lowed to proceed with his applicat ion to purchase as through the ap praisement regularly had been made." Then there are numerous other regulations to cover various con tingencies. Examination of the land must he made by the applicant in person not more than thirty days before the date of his application. Mrs. Emma Feldhurg. for nearly forty years a resident of Helena, died last Friday of cancer. Cleveland Hilson, manager of the Montana Coal & Coke company of Eldridge, says that, in his opin ion, there are vast deposits of coal in the Yellowstone National park. Paul Ja fie, who resided in Mont ana for 55 years died last Friday at ! Butte. He was92 years of age and had lived the life of adventure and danger in the west. His home was in KailispelL ! G.M.&ST.P.TAKES NEW NAME To Be Known as Chicago, Milwau kee & Puget Sound—Mon tana Line Merged. Notice was received here this week by Station Agent Davis of the formation of a new railroad com pany at a meeting of the officials of this road held at Seattle last week. The new company is to he known as the Chicago. Milwaukee & Puget Sound and takes over the holdings of the four subsidiary state railroad corporations which were formed as a matter of convenience to expedite tiie extension or the road to the Pacific coast. These companies, known as the Chi cago, Milwaukee & St. Paul of Washington, of Idaho, of Montana and of South Dakota, are now a tiling of the past, while from Mo bridge, S. D.. west to the coast an independent company exists, free except from close commençai con nections with the Chicago, Mil waukee it St. Paul. The status and personnel of the new company remains practically the same as it has been. In connection with the change of the name of the road announce ment is also made of an increase of eapitalizaton of $100,000,000, and the advancement of H. R. Williams, president of the Washington and Idaho companies, to the presidency of the new corporation. The work of stenciling the new name of the road on the coaches and freight cars to he used on this end is already under way. Geo. Benninghoff, of Billings is going to build a four story addition to his hotel, the Grand, in the Sugar City. He intends to incorporate a few ideas gathered during his recent trip around the world. While dancing with a young lady John Urich, slipped a bracelet from j fier arm and as a result, had a pair of braclets placed on his own arms by the sheriff a few hours later.