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Former Lewistown Accountant is Brought Back to Face Serious Charge. The sensation caused here two years ago by the flight of Arthur Froembling who had for five years been the accountant for the Power Mercantile company, was equalled Tuesday night when the report spread around town that he had been arrested near Seattle and would at once be brought back by Under j Sheriff Firman Tullock to face a criminal prosecution. It was upon Saturday, Jan. 18, 1907 that Froembling drove in from his ranch catching the Great Falk stage, traveled on to that city, where lie took the train for Havre and could be traced no further. His flight followed the descovery of some discrepancies in his books, when he was temporarily relieved by Manager \V. I). Symmes pend ing a full investigation. Before that was fairly begun. Froembling had disappeared. An expert was put to work on the books and it is claimed the inquiry covering the previous year revealed a short age of about $5,.'500. A complaint was filed, but Froembling could not be located, and finally a reward of $200 for his arrest was offered and circulars with his portrait attached were widely circulated, but without results. On leaving Lewistown, Froemb ling went immediately to Alaska, but the climate did not agree with him, and he decided to return to Seattle. On arriving there he found that the officers were not on his trail, and taking the name Richard Gerlach, he secured a job as a hum ble waiter at the restrauant con ducted by the Seattle Comercial club. He worked there until last fall, when he went to Port Gamble, not far from Seattle and was work ing at the Port „Gamble jHotel when arrested Tuesday afternoon. The efforts of Pinkerton men, and sheriffs and other officers all over the country proved unavailing, but Froembling was seen by a former Lewistown man, a personal friend of \V. D. Symmes. and he notified the latter. The name Froembli g was going under and his address was sent to the officers and Under Sheriff Tullock went on to attend to the details of bringing the man back. The officer and his prisoner will arrive here tomorrow night, if all goes well and close connections are made. They left Seattle yesterday morning. Froembling readily con sented to return without requistion papers. Since the first developments in the case, O. \V. Beiden, attorney for the Power Mercantile company has given the matter his attention, and he will undoubtedly be as sociated in the prosecut i o n of Froembling, Gouty Attorney J. C. Huntoon, then in private practice, was employed by Mrs. Froembling as her attorney and advisor after the man's flight. She was in deep trouble and Mr. Huntoon did all PIANOS STRING INSTfHNTS FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS On Easy Paymemts ni v. m Lewistown, Mont j that he could to straighten out her affairs. Just what information he came into possession of through this confidential relation is not known, of course, but his early connection with the matter may put him out of the case altogether, since he could hardly use information coming to him in such a way in prosecuting, and of course could not be identi fied with the defense, owing to his offiicial position. It is the expectation that the case will be taken up at an early date and disposed of without delay. The news of Froembling's arrest was received here within a few hours after it had been made, Manager W. D. Symmes, of the Power Mer cantile, receiving the first message. When it became generally known public was suprised that the cap ture had been effected, simply be casue of late nothing had occured to call the attention to the ease, and the lapse o' a year, without any trace of the fugitive's where abouts had convinced most people that Froembling would never be located. Yet, as a matter of fact, from the time it was defintly known that Froembling had fled, M. Symmes never relaxed his efforts to have him apprehended and brouhgt back. Officers all over the United States were notified provided with des cription of the man and a small re ward was offered for information as to lqs whereabouts. The Power Mercantile placed the case in the hands of Pinkertons right at the start so it will be seen that while the matter was almost forgotten here a lookout was constantly main tained. Until late in December all these efforts proved fruitless. Men ansewering this description were located in various part s of the country, giving hope for a time that the fugitive would be captured, but all of these cases eventually proved false alarms and with the lapse of two years, it certainly did look as the misssing bookeeper would suc ceed in permanently avoiding cap ture. The final success was due to the action of Mr. Symmes himself It was on Christmas eve that he learned through private sources the address of Froembling, as well as the name he was going under. As soon as the arrangements could be be made, Deputy Sheriff Tullock was started to Seattle to bring the man back, and the arrest was made Tuesday. No full statement of the facts re garding the alleged defaction of Froembling has been made public, and the chances are that the de tails will never be told until the case comes on for trial. The short age as generally been estimated by the public and those pretty well in formed at about $7,000, but the claim of the Power Mareantile com pany is $ö, 201, 80, this covering , the amount of the shortage claimed to have been revealed by an ex amination of the books in the period 1906 only. Some time ago the company instituted suit in the dis trict court against Froembling to recover that amount, and it is still pending. Froembling left here on Satur day, January 18, 1907, He had been out to bis ranch and drove by team to meet the stage at Great ! Falls, taking it on the road. Just ! before he left he transferred bis real property to Richard Lausch, a relative, the latter claiming that the transaction was a bona title one and that full consideration had passed. The sale was attached by the Power Mercantile company and recently Judge Cheadle granted a permanent injunction restraining Mr. Lausch from selling the proper ty. \\ hen Froembling left he went to Great Falls and it was supposed took the train out of that city for i Havre, just where he went after reaching the latter point has not been definitely ascertained. It is claimed, however, that he made his way to Alaska and after a while returned to Seattle where he had been living for a time. Mr. Froembling is a German, highly educated and is said to be one of the best accountants this section has ever known. He came to Lewistown from Chicago, where i at one time he was interested in a company having a paving contract. He worked with the Power Mer cantile company and was entirely satisfactory and he proved himself diligent, faithful and accurate, so that the management came to have full confidence in his integrity. He was interested in church work and was very free in contributing to any worthy cause. He is a talented musician, and during his residence of five years in Lewistown frequent ly appeared in entertainments here, and occasionaly sang in church. He had no bad habits at all, as far as known neither drinking nor gambl ing ind being devoted to his family, yet all who had any occasion to ob serve his mode of living were struck with his extravagance in the con duct of his household. He also spent a great deal of money on his ranch, located a few miles from the city. This line of conduct naturally at tracted the attention of Mr. Symmes who could not understand how Froembling could indulge in such to by extensive tastes on a bookeeper's salary. To him Froembling made the statement that he had two sour ces or revenue, one coming from an estate in Germany, and the other from completed'contracts ofjiis old company in Chicago. This seemed perfectly reasonable, but at last, when suspicion was directed to the man, the matter was investigated and it could not be learned that he had received any funds at ' all thru the other channels. The matter reached a pass where Mr. Symmes determined upon a through examin ation of the books, and informed Mr. Froembling that he need not appear ot the store until this was completed. Within day or two thereafter the bookeeper disappeared as stated.—Lewistown Argus. PRIMARY i ILL LIKELY TO PASS Placed on General File in Senate- Differs From Oregon Law Donlan's direct primary measure, known as Senate Bill No. 9, held the boards in the senate this week and after a spirited fight along partp lines was placed on the gen eral file, which is the first step to wards passage following the favor able report of the committee. The committee on privileges and elec tions reported on the bill ond rec ommended that the bill as amend ed pass. Senator Long of Flathead county, democrat, brought in a minority report, recommending that action on the bill be indefinitely postpon ed. Senator Meyer of Carbon moved as a substitute motion to that of Long that the majority report of the committee be adopted. On vote Meyers motion was carried, all of the republicans voting for the adoption of the majority report and all the democrats voting against it. Donlan's bill differs materially from the Oregon law to which the democrats are pledged. According to the Oregon law the legistature is bound to elect a United States senator in accordance with the vote of the majority of the electors of all counties. Donlan's bill provides for the election by the majority of ! counties. Donlan's bill provides *°r the electors, and by it the demo crats claim that a legislature of one a political complexion might choose a senator of its own party, even 1 though the majority of the electors through the state had preferred one by a Household, furniture and farm implements consisting of wagons, harrows, discs, mowers, binders, of the opposite party. FOR SALE. Household, furniture for not is be a pumps, tables, chairs, bedsteads, stoves, ranges, wardrobes, organ and numerous other articles. Also about 3000 pounds of barbed wire and about 9000 feet oi lumber at Naderman's ranch, seven miles above Roundup. 42tf Lewistown expended $435,000 in improvements last year. Try a bottle of Lithia mineral water. No typhoid germs. 25c per bottle, $4 per ease 24 quarts. $1 erfund for empty case. F. M. M all is of PROF. SHAWS OPINION OF MONTANA. Prof. Thomas Shaw of the Min nesota Agricultural college, who last summer made a tour of this part of Montana to inspect the soil and to ascertain its adaptability to general farming, writes the following in a re cent issue of the Orange Judd Farm er, a noted farm journal of wide cir culation: "Much of the soil is of brown clay loam, easily friable. Over much of it lay little pebbles, like white stones of small size. Some of it was black, but the soil of the benches was mostly brown. How could a brown clay loam produce such crops of grain in a climate with but 12 to 19 inches of normal rainfall? That was the question of questions. An examination of the soil, of the sub soil and the Montana weather bu reau's report all served to throw light upon the question. "It is at least an open question if the brown soils of the west, volcanic in many instances in their origin, are not superior in both producing and wearing power to the black soils that are largely composed of humus. The clay element is so abundant in these biown soils and it is so rich that they furnish the materials of growth for a very long period. They are espe cially rich in phosphoric acid and potash, the abundance of the former clement being largely responsible for the great yields of the grain. My own preference for cropping would be for the brown soils, but in the ab sence of analysis it is not possible to be quite sure. "The subsoil was carefully exam ined on the roadsides, where men were grading in the grades cut by the railways and for irrigation ditches that are no longer used. I found that between the small stones usually spoken of as gravel there was a plen tiful supply of rich clay. The ragged edges of the pebbles were calcareous in character. As these wear by de composition and attrition caused by cultivation, they supply the soil with an abundance of lime. They also produce that mechanical condition which enables the roots of plants to go far downward in search of food. "The temperate summer climate, especially when the grain is matur ing, gives the ripening process time to make bright, plump kernels. The nights are cool at the ripening sea son, and this is especially favorable to such ripening of the grain. These three reasons therefore, the rich soil, the splendid subsoil, and the tem perate climate, account for the ex traordinary yields in spite of the poor character of the farming. This ref erence is meant as testifying to a fact, rather than as meaning any stigma, for only during recent years has farming been conducted at all, and under such conditions it would not be reasonable to look for high class farming. 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