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High Spot in Jerrg Flanigan's
Career Was Trip to Sheepshead
Bag With Dalg, Copper King
returns. . ..
There Is no question but tnat ine
majority of the always joyous moments
of Jerry Flanigans me were sixmv,
listening to the click oi ine car wiieejs
over the rail Joints, lurcn^ aowuiu
alsle of a crowded passenger c
lantern on his arm, punchy the Bits
of pasteboard which gave 1 ll î®!îL Flan
privilege h .J7 it was
igan—for to aU who knew hi
a P r v l^ e - «r.» hiah snot in Jer
^t^H n ont h |S>ove P a'l others
ry s life that stood 0 ut ado
the^races at Sheepshead
» summtroflMoLsthe
nf Mmmb Dalv fim of Mon
tana's cotyocr mining magnates. From
h ^erry P Jated all subsequent events,
andhptold stories of his experiences
Lor*years afterwards—and a new story
for pverv day
" intimate Friends
. \ ani can were intimate
ly and Flanigan were in
friends, for f n ° ^PP^S 1 recocnized in
ever, except th^ each recwuUed m
the other that wmetomgupo wmen
friendship Is built Jerey always
idventures lis a raihoad man; that
he had never been in charge of a train
that was badly wrecked, or that had
been held un and he ran them in days
Stoen holdups were not infrequent. But
hls trip east with Mr. Daly was an ad
venture in his eyes which eclipsed all
the experiences of years of railroading.
It was, to hear him tell it. filled with
thrills, amazing events, amusing epi
sodes, wpii
Jerry and Mr. Daly firsit became well
acquainted at the funeral of Col.
Charles A. Broadwater, pioneer mer
chant and banker of Montana and,
the right hand man in this state of
James J. Hill during the years that
the Empire builder was laying the rails
of the Great Northern into the north
west backed only by his own resom-ces
and those of hls financial associates.
In the years afterwards, when traveling
over the Great Northern, it made no
difference to Daly how prominent the
men with him, when his car was at
tached to Jerry Flanigans train, he
always managed to get away from inem
for a quiet chat with the conductor.
In the summer of 181« uer^ was m.
He was forced to lav on nis run ior
several months and_ lost
weight. He was looking preuy ipe
when one day m tne lODoy o in
tana hotel at Anaconda ne encountered
Da ,y- , ...
You re looking bad, ^id Daly ,,
worse than 1 look '
plied Jerry. _
"What you need/ continued the
mining man. "is a change of climate.
"Your Judgment Is good," was toe
rejoinder. ...
"What you need, asserted Da.ly, is
the climate of Sheepshead bay.
Jerry perked up .
"When," he asked Is the Suburban
-'■PÄÄlro'S'U.. Pack »ur
Ä" w , .
That's how Jerry happened to go
east with Marcus Daly m the latter s
Ë rivate car. They traveled over the
brthern Pacific railroad, and while
Jerry would perhaps have felt more
at home on his own line, he made no
complaint about a little thing like that,
As a matter of fact, although Jerry
•would not have admitted it, toe Great
Northern had a lot more bumps at
that time than the N. P., which had
been pretty well smoothed off by sev
eral years more of operation than the
It Is a safe bet to say that the
late Jerry Flanigan of Butte was
the most popular and widely
known railroad conductor who ever
punched tickets on a Montana pas
senger train. He ran lor many
years on the Great Northern rail
road between Havre and Anaconda,
when the Great Northern passen
S r trains went through Butte to
at city. Prior to that he ran east
of Havre. His dry Irish wit never
faUed him and won him arelf™
from citizens in aU walks of ufe.
It seemed that he knew not only
the traveling public, but all of the
people in all of the towns through
which his train passed. His friends
were limited only by
the census
In St. Paul they stopped a day. Jerry
met toe big feUows, wore a white vest
and smoked Havana cigare to his
heart's content. Then to Chicago on
the Burlington and on to New York
over the Pennsylvania road.
In Chicago, Jerry went out on toe
rear platform of Daly's car whUe the
yard switchmen were coupUng it onto
the Pennsylvania train. As the switch
uncoupled the engine from the
car. Jerry leaned over and shook hands
with him and gave him a $5 gold
"That," said Jerry in relating the
story afterwards, "was to show him
what kind of a fellow I was. He tipped
his hat to me. and said: 'Thank you
Mr. Daly,' and thats all the credit I
got for that.''
Under the constant care and atten
tion of Mr. Daly's chef, Jerry could
feel his health returning with every
mile they traveled towards Sheepshead
bay In New York headquarters were
to be at the Hoffman house. But the
first thing that Jerry wanted to see
was a baseball game, so ne left Mr.
Daly at the depot, placed his baggage
to the care of a Cabman to be delivered
to the hotel and climbed into another
cab himself to get to the elevated, and
so on to the Polo grounds where toe
New York and Brooklyn teams were
S laying that day. The game broke up
i a row and was declared forfeited
to Brooklyn. Jerry said there was no
But when he started to leave, most
of the other cash customers were try
ing to get their money back at the
ticket office, and told him to get to
Time Valuable
"Listen," said Jerry. "My time in
New York is worth $10 a minute and
I can't waste it here trying to get
back 50 cents."
But be couldn't get out. There was
a big crowd blocking the way, hooting
and yelling and demanding their money
ba ck Jerry saw a policeman and ad
d ressed Him
"See here/* be said. "I come 3,000
mRes to see a ball game—"
"I can't help you, said the police-
man. "I am here to keep the peace.
You'll have to see the officers of toe
grounds to get your money back."
-I don't want to get my money back,"
moiled Jerry, "I want to get out of
hereMy time Is worth $10 a minute
and IUi traveling fast and away be
h ^TiitTcUfferent." said the cop They
«book and Jerry slipped him
a dollar.
•Til get you
Be did. but at
he gave Jerry back
was one of

out." said the officer.
in the fence
dollar, which,
» big surprises
return to
nrrf rtHnt f n o t tn teen lettinu
I thP îao ^aonroaSi b^Tto S onthl
w ndward^de of'It to k P 1
! BeforeJerrv went east he had bought
a new hat in Anaconda. He told the
boys in the Copper City store that he
1 wanted something right up to the min
I ute—and they sold him a white felt
I with the assurance that it was the
only thing they had that wouldn't make
! him look like a jay in New York City,
When he reached New York he said
he didn't see any hats Uke his. but
he 'kept telling himself that he was,
I ahead of the New Yorkers, and that
I they would catch up with him pretty
At Sheepshead bay he went to the
roof of the grandstand. Prom there,
he he cou id see 40,000 hats—and
not one jjke Ws
-where did you get that hat." asked
Qne of hls fiends a former Montana
"Never mind," replied Jerry. I m
a llule ahead 0 f you fellows, but Im
not prou £: X2. ul ,, a i w ea |' 1 . n 8 them
in a month. They 11 be the fashion theii.
"Hats like that were the fashion
1 tw !2J? ear .? a ?2' T ^i d ,H ie „„h
L ^f 11 * said Jerry, I went out and
bought a straw hat when I got back
to r , t ° wn _ i „.. .. ,
re? «dit sm
garbed m white^ trousers red s: llk wb °£
shrtwitha high collar to match A
T^tine fellowsidlcd ud to him
Vt Wm^for a dime 1 P
There was a lone row of Hoffman
gulsts standing In front of the place,
That evening-after-dinner line, it
seemed was a sort of an institution,
1 'Til give you a quarter, partner.''
"e^Vthe panhandler, "If you'll
why you picked me out of all
[his crowd * *
The fellow said that he did so be
cause he thought Jerry looked like a
good natured sort of a sport who might
have been broke himself some time,
"The wise guys in the row all
laughed," said Jerry. "I gave him the
quarter and went off and got myself
a gin rickey."
•when he returned to Bqttç and Ana
con d a he was weeks remembering all
of the things that he ate while in New
Y ork City. Lobster, bluefish, pompano,
oys t e rs—all of the dishes of the elite
prepare d in the most elaborate style
at his favorite New York restaurant.
And his grips and trunks were all plas
tere d with foreign labels Just as though
he had spent the summer traveling in
Europe j^ om that time on Jerry never
gave a second look at any traveler on
£ ls train because of the labels on hls
trunk. The more foreign they looked,
sa jd Jerry, the more positive he was as
t0 their or i gin .
j errv eavp >,)<» verdict on New York
... in th following words
York ^ a moral city, is a dead,
hard failure '.. *'
j Flanigan was bom In Dunkirk,
Ngw £ ork and rai i road ing on
the Erie in 1873. H was a conductor on
the Northern Pacific in Dakota in 1880,
but went over to the Great Northern in
18g5 _ remainlng wjth u until hls death.
r> x i.* T
More Protection Is
-J IVfnfnricfc
YellOWStOIie iSiTK
Motorists in Yellowstone national
pa j k during the 1937 season will re
over thT^aTrSaSs Sdtog to thl
superintertoent Edmund B
H" P® '
f"* . . . . . ,
Although the highways have been
patrolled to previous seasons, three new
fully-equipped light cars have been ad
ded to the one purchased last year
to complete the contingent. Because
there are less than 350 miles of high
way within toe park area, each patrol
ling ranger is given less than 90 miles
0 f territory, and toe roads will be more
thoroughly covered than almost any
Ä' , Är. ü SiS« St * t "' SUPem -
motorists In toe park. Each car carries
gf mSattoS
^ 0ne
TS ( tv.«
ran vers 1nthe to cars d wfll "ntoree^'pm?k
sMedTlrnits' whicto have blen rev-ised
KÄfSf«SÄ «
dinary motorcars and 30 miles per hour
rostÄ a a re d as C the "limb 8 hfs 6 mills
r^rhour On top 1 NorriT r.anvon ctooff
S, Bauman. Joseph H. Fraser, and
Paul Umbach.
Individual Hat

A building
courthouse in
back to 1886 is being razed and ma
terials salvaged for the construc
tion of a farm house near that
At one time the structure was the
largest building in toe Bitter Root val
ley. It was constructed by William
Stuart and was used many years for
public functions.
Later toe building was moved to the
back of a lot to make room for a
modem bank building. It was sold re
cently to W. H. Wilson, a recent ar
rival in the valley.
Old time residents recalled that
Judge Prank H. Woody was toe first
to hold court sessions within its walls.
Later It was used for the establishment
of a bank.
E. O. Lewis, a former mayor of Stev
ensvllle, together with hls associates,
organized the banking firm, old time
residents said.
While tearing down the building Mr.
Wilson recovered a sewing machine
advertisement published by J. D. Miser,
former merchant of Deer Lodge.
that housed the first
the Stevensvilie area
Ooveroment scientists who guard
wild duck« and geese will penetrate
three regions north of the Arctic circle
this summer to a survey of wildfowl
nesting grounds.
Pohny Days IHhen Montana
Horses Fastest on Hny Track
Recalled by Races at Helena
I Revival of horse racing in Helena re
i cently after a lapse of several years
recalls to many of the old-timers"
the palmy days nearly 50 year# ago
when the stables of Marcus Daly, Butte
copper king, and S. E. Larabie, Deer
; Lodge banker and capitalist, were
I among the foremost in the country.
i Not only did these two Montana men
I own some, of the most famous horses
on the turf at that time but they were
! among the top in earnings on the big
j ges t track in the east. Daly's stable was
pro bably the most famous by reason of
his «-eat Tammany, the leading runner
! of bis time and rated one of the great
est of all time.
Both Daly and Larabie were at their
| height in the sport of racing in the
i igao's and the sporting blood of Mon
; tanans was fired by the phenomenal
performances of horses bred and raised
: m the Treasure state, in competition
with the best ^ the world.
larabie First
. . , . .,
The start of Larabie s staWe ante
dated that ot Daly. The mighty Ben
HoUaday was the best horse he ever
owned. Tammany, Daly s greatest thor
oughbred, became a byword for fast
time and big purses. Dalys money win
nings f r0 m his horses were much
greater than those of the Larabie string,
but when the Larabie stab e was to its
P nme no greater aggregation of thor
oughbreds was known to American
tracks - . . , . ...
Running horses were a fad with both
of these Pioneer Montanans. They bred
and raised them and trained them and
raced the ".they enjgred it
Because both of them were to^mess,
men as well, they tried, of course, to
make the animals pay their own way.
Larabie bred his horses at üie Wil
low Brook farm near Deer Lodge, and
I was engaged in it as early as toe
i eighties Larabie wuia banker. He oame
to Montana in 1864 from New York,
where he was born in 1845. His en
trance into the state was by way of
; the North Platte river traU and the
Bridger cut-off to Virgina City
Six years later he was in Deer Ixxlge
I as a member of the banking firm of
Donnell, Clark and Larabie. His part-,
ner, R. W. Donnell, had beeh a whole
sale grocer in Helena and Virginia City
from 1863 to 1869. From theni on he
j was the senior member of the banking
firm of Donnell, Lawson and Simpson
Q f New York City. The Clark who was
a member of the firm was the late
} united States Senator W. A. Clark,
( who became one of its leading copper
magnat" before his death.
But in the late sixties all three were
hustling, young and successful men
taking prominent part in toe develop
ment of a new country.
Besides the bank in Deer Lodge, the
firm of Donnell, Clark and Larabie had
a bank in Butte, which was managed
by Clark, and which later became W. A.
Clark and Bros. Larabie managed the
Deer Lodge bank and Donnell's con
nections with the New York banWng
fi rm gave the Montana concern a dis
tinct advantage in the matter of As
posing of gold dust and bullion, fhe
buying of which was toe principal JAis
mess of banks in Montana atthat tW
Illustrating the amount of bus mess i
transacted by the firm of Dor.nell,
clark and Larabie, it may be said that
during the year 1871, it bought $1,255,
000 in dust and bullion. In 1872 the
firm's dust and bullion business
amounted to $1,100,000; to 1873 to $970.
ooo; in X 874 to $850,000; to 1875 to $725,
q«,. m 1876 to $650,000; to 1877 to $300.
S : ÄÄSS. ■
tapered off as the gatoertog of free
dust and nuggets became more dffi
cult year by year, as the rich workings
played out. The banks, however, turn
in to other lines, prospered regardless,
Ne D ar iy all of the dust and bullion taken
at ^ Deer Lodge bank came from
the P i oneer and Bear districts which
bad become pretty well worked out by
the early eighties. But to toe ten years
1871 £ isai Donnell, Clark and
L^bie's De er Lodge bank handled
7 «7 075 000 In gold dust and
* ' '
"V~— " S C were «eh
mm by mistime Arable remained lit
jgtSr his^wopartners had in teansferre"
^ 2ctMU°es P Sely, to other fields.
He established the^ Willow Brook farm
and began to breed thoroughbred
horses for pastime.
Among the famous horses which he
owned besides Ben HoUaday. were Bon
nie Australian, Vice Regent, Beth
H. Paul Pry, Julia Kinney, •
Ä'SiÄ Black, Kto-'
ley htock and MacLeod of Dare.
p J b " 1 Ä t S. e .Ä l r^ , iSÄ
from so few mares.
Larabie often said that it was his
desire and intention to have a stud
second to none to America. He took for
hls breeding gospel the theory that he
wanted animals whose pedigree showed
them to come from forebears who had
proved themselves capable of a high
fate of speed, and possessed of toe
stamina and courage which enabled
them to carry that rate of speed over
long distances. He also sought to breed
animals of fair size and symmetrical
proportions—fine looking horses.
Ot aU those he bred, none achieved
greater distinction than Ben HoUaday,
the game son of MolUe L and Hannibal.
In 1885 Ben HoUaday was entered to
12 races, won four, was second In three,
third three times and placed twice.
His winnings that year were $1,765.
Tremendous Feat
In 1896, Ben HoUaday ran 18 races.
He won three of them, was second to
eight, ran third in six and placed In
three, winning altogether $2.235. In
1898 Ben HoUaday was in nine faces
of which he won five. He was second
in one and placed to three, winning
$12,835, a total of $25.835 for the four
^At 8 Morris park, to toe fall of 1898,
Ben HoUaday set the turf world afire
with hls winnings. He took the Monds
park special at two miles with 130
pounds up, and toe Municipal handl
at one and three-quarter miles,
ds, the later race to
carrying 130 poun
toe time of 3:011.
k handicap Ben
carry the crush
In the Mott is pari
Holladav was asked to
ing weight of 138 pounds at a distance
of two and one-quarter miles The race
wasninto mud and HoUaday romped
to ahead to the time of 4 :07
The only feat at that time compar
able to Holladay's t^formance was the
winning of the Melbourne cup by Car
btoe the great Austx*U*ni
bine went over the
toe Melbourne cop carrying 146 pound*
i and won the race in 3:281 in a field
of 39 horses
Fred Taral. the Jockey who rode Ben
; HoUaday in the Morris park handicap.
said that the horse ran away with him
and that he could not even pull him
up after the finish.
Ben HoUaday s dam MoUle L. was by
Longfellow-Moilie McCamp, by Hun
i ter's Lexington. HoUaday was foaled In
j 1893 and made his appearance on a
j race track at Lexington, Ky., in 1895.
; After he started racing his horses on
the big tracks, Larabie trained the ani
; mais at LouisviUe, Ky. His trainer was
j Peter Winner.
Others Brilliant
Another brilliant performer bred by
Larabie was Poet Scout, later owned by
Tom McTague of Deer Lodge, for many
years a partner with Prank Conley in
operating the Montana state penlten
tiary under contract. Poet Scout did
not start as a 3-year-old, but when
three he made an excellent showing,
At Monmouth park he won the Shrews
bury handicap at one and one-half
miles w jth ns pounds up, in 2:331,
wh ich was one of the best performances
on recon j a t that time for a stallion
at that distance and weight. Poet Scout
W as foaled in 1888 by Longfellow, dam
Gypsyi by Wardance* His first appear
ance was as a 3. ye ar-old In the Latonia
f ierby gf which he ran third to King
man and Dickerson.
Poet Scout won the one and one
quarter-mUe Sheridan stakes in 2:11%;
the Malden stakes, mile and a furlong:
the Hickory'stakes, a mile and a half.
As a 4.y ea r-old he won the Shrews
bury ha y nd i C ap at one and one-half
mlles delegating Raceland and other
cood ones The next year he won the
Q ueen Clty handicap at one and one
^th mills
Halma made his debut as a 2-year
0ld ™ a fiv " furlong da sh. finishing
th ^ rd t0 Companla ahd Sir Dixon Jr.
Halma showed his best form as a 3
vear . 0 id when in six starts he came in
first fi ve times and second once, win
ning a total of $13635 His st ake vic .
tories were in the Phoenix Hotel stakes,
one ^d one-eighth miles; the Ken
tacky derby, one and one-qiiarter miles,
an d the Latonia derby. He was never
s0 g00 d again after toe Latonia, which
was a hard race. He was defeated in
the Mimyar stakes and shortly after
war ds was retired.
Decapod, another Larabie horse, half
brother to Montana Regent, Vice Re
eent j u!ia l and Bonnie Australian,
h eca me famous in cross-country events
was sire( 4 b v Imn Sir Modred out
of (Pristine bv Imn' Austrahan
of Chrls " ne - b y Im P- Australian.
Tammany Electrifies
while toe Larabie stable was making
records, the Daly stable was doing
likewise. It was in 1892 that Daly's
horse Tammany, first electrified the
world by going east as a "dark horse"
and winning his first race at 60 to 1.
He won all of his stake races as a 3
year-old and defeated Lamplighter as
a 4-year-old. Prior to that time Pa
cific coast and eastern horsemen had
openly sneered at the idea that race
horses could be bred In Montana. They
said the climate was too rigorous.
Bu t Daly had established his Bitter
Root stoc k farm in the Bitter Root
valley and built a summer home at
Kami! ton. He was first attracted to
the country when he and George
Hearst, father of William Randolph
Hearst! and an early-day partner of
Daly's in the development of the Butte
cooper mines, went into Bitter Root
to a timber supply. They found
fertile bottom lands where wild grass
higher th an a man's head. Hearst
äSÄ."" 1 "" -
«ached the point where he wanted
a stock farm and a summer home than
that he should tmn to the Bitter Root
va iiey? He had become thoroughly fa
miliar with it by reason of many trips
connection with a timber supply for
the Butte mines, and he had learned
it was fertile, that the winters were
m iid and moisture abundant.
Famous Prodigal
,, 4 rroaiga*
Montana was another famous run
nitoï horse which Daly developed. Mon
tana won the famous Suburban handl
SÄehbrJd? wjre Sldem^lttob
C Qnsulky Circuits ho^s' which
Jfe Äly wire
chlna Silk cuprum, Ponce deLeon,
journeyman, Dr. Spellman, India Silk,
John Nolan. Limerick, Handspring,
Laurels, Impractical and Improvidence.
They were trotters whose records ran
as low as 2:08 for the mUe. Others were
"" EJk>re - 2:0<i " ,1 BcdSUk '
2.10. _____ n , horse«;
tolS^won him a'total of $! 5 ,372 in
eastern races. They were Hamburg, Og
»EK-- Larva - K ' K,oot croker r d
the suburb "
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Smuggling Whiskg Into Canada
from Montana Was Lucrative
Enterprise Half Centurg Ago
-«■'V tHISKÏ aMn Sat from
\ T T Montana into Canada floor
\ A/ ished from 1873 to 1890.
VV Great Falls and Fort Ben
ton were two of the favor
ite starting places for the smugglers,
and the liquor which they purchased
for $3 ha this country brought them
from 85 up, in Canada, where the prin
cipal markets were Fort McLeod. Leth
bridge and Calgary. When the Ca
nadian authorities caught and convict
ed a smuggler, he m fined $300 if it
was hi* first offense. For the second
offense, the fine ws $500 and the third
offense drew a penitentiary sentence,
Selling to Indians was also punish
able by a penitentiary sentence.
There were a lot of smugglers who
made Just a few tripe and got away
with it, but those who stuck to the
business for the most part, were nabbed
by the Mounted in the end.
There was one among the old-time
smugglers, however, who after having
been bested by the Mounted and es
caped by the skin of hls teeth, went
back for one final fling, pulled it off
successfully and came away thumbing
hls nose at the Canadian minions of
the law. He was E. Ormon, one of the
most noted of the old-time whisky
runners. He had been in the game a
long time and had never been caught.
until he came to look upon hls trips as
a matter of course, giving but little
thought to the police.
In the fall of 1886 he crossed the
line one night with 100 gallons of
whisky in 10 gallon kegs. one 10-gallon
keg on each of 10 pack horses. He trav
eled all night over the prairie and had
reached the BeUy river when one of
hls animals fell and broke its leg and
another one went lame. He killed the
one with the broken leg. Ormon made
a double trip from the site of the ac
cident to the river, and by dayUght
had his load of whisky concealed in
the brush
512 and One Gallon Liquor for Team
He then started out to find some
place where he could obtain two fresh
horses. Several mües down toe river
he found a camp of Blood Indians and
there he tried to make a deal. Ormon
had only $12 In cash with him and the
5?^?? t0
wanted $30 for two horses.
Ormon had contracted aU of hfs
whisky a ,^ lc *° n ^P® r j 1 }.
|- nd he hated toleaye^yofitl^hind.
He was loath to let the Indians have
an y oi his liquor but it seemed there
wa f no other way out of it, so he fi
naUy offered the $12 and a gallon of
whisk y for the two horses ' 7116 Indian
accepted. Wi _ 4
The Indian agreed to meet him that
n i g ht and deliver the horses. The Blood
knew that anyone who gave informa
tion leading to the capture of a whisky
smuggler would be rewarded by a
share of the fine imposed, and after
Ormon left his camp, toe buck mount
ed hls fleetest horse and rode to the
nearest police headquarters.
He met the Indian at toe appointed
time and place, received the horses
and paid over the $12 and toe gallon
of whisky. The Indian took a long
swig from the Jug and patted his
stomach, as Ormon led the ponies away,
looking back over his shoulder to see
if the Indian was following him The
buck, however, paid no attention
him. Ormon reached his camp and
had nearly finished packing his load,
when he wa s s arr0 ™detl by a dozen
policemen. Ormon was disarmed and
handcuffed. JThe P^bcemen^ were _ac
companied by a wagon, which was
driven up and toe liquor loaded toto
i d
S nc l e for giving liquor to Indian/.
But he b^ved that hls horse was
f as t er than any of those of hls captors,
handicap at 40 to 1, Daly had a $1,000
ticket on him at those odds.
He was in Butte at the time and on
the day of the race went underground
in one of the mines. While he was un
derground the mine buUding to which
he had changed hls clothes and left
his ticket, was burned, ticket and all.
Ogden Another
Montana was a vicious animal, had
a mean, ugly temper. He was trained
by Jim Lucas, who had trained August
Belmont's horses. Tammany was Just
the opposite, gentle and a pet.
Lucas was also with the Daly stable
when Ogden was trained. Ogden was
the grandslre of Zev, who won the
Kentucky derby in 1923 and who, rid
den by Earl Sande, defeated Papyrus,
famous English horse in the $100,000
Daly made money out of hls horses,
aside from their winnings. He paid
$41,000 for Hamburg, won $60,000 with
him and sold him for $60,000. He paid
$15,000 for Lady Reed to foal with
Hanover. He sold Hanover for $10,500
and two fillies as colts for $54.000. His
string of horses, after hls death, were
sold for $750,000.
and he determined to make a break
for freedom if the o
Break for
Mile after mile he rode with the
cavalcade, his head down, apparently
thoroughly disheartened. But all the
time he was watching his chance. There
came a time when there was no one
riding at his left. At an opportune mo
ment, he dug his spurs into his horse,
and the animal bolted. The police
swung into pursuit, but he outdistanced
aU of them but one. Darkness was ap
preaching, and the policeman, fearing
that he would escape, flnaUy opened
fire on him. His fourth shot hit Ormon
i in the thigh And he tumbled from his
j horse.
The other policemen came up and
j Ormon was taken on to Port McLeod.
• The wound proved not serious. Ormon,
however, was weak from loss of blood,
and was placed in the hospital, where
he remained for three weeks. In a few
days he was able to sit up, and he fre
quently saw, when looking from the
window, hls horse being led to water
from the stable Just across the street.
One evening when the police were at
supper, Ormon's horse, saddled and
bridled, was brought to the hospital
door and Ormon came down from hls
room upstairs and mounted and rode.
The escape was a mystery which was
never explained.
Made Good Hls Escape
Members of the police force, alarmed
; by the sound of a running horse, ar
rived in the open Just in time to see
the half-clad rider disappearing in the
dusk. It was some time before it was
ascertained just what had happened
and in the meantime Ormon had
gained several miles start,
At daylight the next morning Ormon
rode up to a trapper's cabin seven
miles south of the Montana line and
tumbled from hls horse In a dead
faint. For several years thereafter he
laid off smuggling and gave Canada
a wide berth,
pport unity
î ■ HH
He finally decided, however, to make
one more trip toto Canada with whisky.
Police were now stationed aU along
toe Une and the crossing was not the
simple night ride it had been in for
mer years. Furthermore, Ormon was
known to toe
trict, and he
that territory and headed for Leth
bridge. On this trip he took a four
horse team and wagon, with 20 kegs—
200 gallons—some of whisky and some
of brandy. He hired a man to drive the
team and he himself rode ahead as
scout and guide.
The outfit crossed the Une at 11
o'clock in the morning six miles east
of the old Sun river and Fort McLeod
road and wound their way through the
hills down to St. Mary's river, passing
within a few miles of a poUce station
which was located on that stream.
At 5 o'clock in toe evening they
drove the wagon toto a coulee, unloaded
and cached the liquor in the high
grass and drove on a short distance
to the ranch house of one of Ormon's
friends, for feed and a short rest.
The ranchman invited them to un
hitch, and they had just done so when
several mounted policemen rode in.
None of them, however, knew Ormon
and after stopping for a short time
and drinking some milk, they went on
Ormon and hls driver remained there
until the moon came up, about 10
o'clock that night, then reloaded and
started on. At a point known as Pot
hole coulee the road forked, and toe
branches came together again several
miles farther on. Ormon took the right
hand road and had intended toe wag
on behind should also. He was out of
sight of the driver, however, when he
reached the forks, and the latter swung
into toe left hand fork.
Presuming that his driver was fol
lowing him, Ormon kept on untU he
came to the brink of Pothole coulee and
saw a dozen police tents to the bot
tom. He backtracked without attract
ing their attention, found that his
driver had taken the other road, and
flnaUy overtook him. They thus dodged
the police camp and by sunup next
morning puUed to at toe ranch of one
of Ormon's friends only seven miles
from Lethbridge, and burled toe load of
Uquor to the ranchman's garden.
The ranchman went into Lethbridge
to hunt a market for toe Uquor and
returning reported that he had found
two concerns wlUtog to buy at $11 a
gaUon, the Uquor to be deUvered to
their cellars. . . ,
After Ormon had left Lethbridge with
hls outfit and Just before crossing the
line toto Montana, he maUed a letter
back to the commanding officer of the
police barracks at Lethbridge. It said;
"Sir—I have Just sold 200 gallons of
pretty little town. There
t whüe I owned it—a
police to the McLeod dis
tnerefore kept away from
liquor to your
isn't—or w.asn j
drop of water to it and I advise you to
sample it. It's really good stuff. I leave
this morning for free Montana with
$2,000 worth of your pale-green cur
rency. Please catch me—if you can.
"(Signed) ORMON."

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