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Treasure State
News in Brief
HARLEM—Harlem volunteer fire
men answered 16 calls in 1938. Pire
lasses amounted to $1,365.
BOZEMAN—Mrs. Mary E. Sabin of
Bozeman Is planning to celebrate her
100th birthday April 6.
GLASGOW—The county commis
sioners elected Nels Briggs as chair
man. Dr. Larson of Glasgow was ap
pointed physician. .
LEWISTOWN—Howard Weed, real
estate operator and resident of Lewis
town for 30 years, died at his home
here following a lengthy Illness.
MISSOULA—Three miles from his
nearest neighbor, the frozen body of
00-year-old WlUlam Davis, watchman
at the Cotter Butte mine near Wood
vUle, was found in a lonely cabin.
MISSOULA—Ira B. Pee. superin
tendent of city schools In Missoula
since August, 1918, was re-elected for
a three-year term by the district No.
1 school board at Its monthly meeting.
Gertrude McStravick. who recently re
turned from New York city, has ac
in the First National bank of this
P lace -
HELENA— W, R. Ollfillan of Sidney.
Australia, dominion roads official, left
Helena after a four-day survey of Mon
tana's methods of design, construction
and maintenance of ollmat highways,
MISSOULA—Kenneth Miller, 35. of
Missoula, was Injured fatally when an
automobile In which he was a passen
ger overturned. Leslie Morin of Arlee,
driver of the car, and Helen Richter
of Missoula were not injured.
HARLOWTON—A city crew, under
dlrectlon of Pire Chief F. J. Buckley, |
dismantled the old "Jawbone" bridge,
the approach grades of which will be ;
uaed to make fills for highway No. 6
in the ravine north of the bridge. |
BBOADÜS— Injuries suffered when
a feed grinder exploded cost the life •
of Donald Popp, son of Mr. and Mrs. |
John Popp. The grinder was being
driven by an automobile engine when I
an explosion threw pieces of steel a |
distance of 250 yards. ;
ROY—Application for the extension (
of the rural electrification line from
HUger to Roy has been mailed to I
Washington for final approval and al- |
location. The Roy extension will run
26 miles and has 118 signed and pros
pective customers along Its route.
KALISPELL—Flathead county will
not have a fair in 1939. The board of
county commissioners decided to
abandon it at least for the coming
year. The decision was based upon a
desire to keep the county tax levy
down to the lowest possible level.
KALIRPELL—Distribution of food
commodities by the county among
r poor has increased more than 50
percent over a year ago. according to
Manager E. W. Wells, In addition to
food the county Is distributing 20,000
articles of clothing annually.
GLENDIVE—Claude Evans, 59, pub
lisher of the Qlendive Independent,
died after a long Illness. He was bom
In Fremont, Neb., and came to Glen
dive In 1907. He was at one time con
nected with the Dawson County Re
view, but for the last 10 years he had
been in business for himself.
ROUNDUP—A. Ü. Hoeltlng, former
ly of Roundup, was placed in charge
of the new district headquartes of the
Home Insurance Co. of New York at
Seattle, according
reived here. Territory of the new dis
trict includes Washington and north
ern Idaho.
HARLEM—Fred Sturges, local har
maker, received an unusual order.
to Information re
-g fe-S5
♦165 Pun Qmort
A 50C«£ J
0 whiskies In this
f product «re 3 years
or more old. 35%
stralsht whisky.
75% grain neutral
spirits. 16% stralsht
whisky 3 years old.
10% straight whisky
4 years old.
Proposed to Reimburse State for
Damage to Highways.
Anticipates Also That "WheeP' or Ton
Mile Tax On Heavy Trucks Will Be
Conservation of Montana's nat
ural resources, grass and water,
will be one of the principal sub
jects for constructive legislation
before the 26th legislative assem
bly, it was indicated a few days
ago by Speaker Dave M. Man
Balancing the state budget will be
. on .f ?/ i^n/rnn*
d ' viüliLi 3 SL , r0U "
; baîaî budget."
he said, "but it will be from the
! standpoint of economy rather than
j with increased taxes."
I Concerning conservation, the speak
er sal( j that he intends to push to the
! front a committee of the house which
has been rather Inactive during the
last several sessions, that on conserva
tlon of resources. The bills which are
aimed to carry out Governor Ayers'
recommendations along the line of,
grass conservation will be referred to
this committee, which will be made up
of men from all walks of life.
Grass conservation is more than a
said the
subject for llvestockmen.
speaker, "It concerns all of us and the
legislation to advance It must be
broad. There will have to be leglsla
tion respecting counties' rights to take
over i and for taxes and to lease it
to those who can best use It. as well
^ legislation to correct and revise the
present state grazing laws. A non
Partisan group can handle this sort
°f legislation better than a committee
which has been set up for one par
tlcular purpose,
Another new subject which Sneaker
Manning anticipates will come before
thè assembly will be a wheel tax. or
ton-mile tax nn trucks using the hlgh
ways for profit.
Wheel Tax on Trucks
"I am not ready to comment at pres
ent on the merits of such a measure."
he said, "but I hope that the legisla
ture will be given statistics and con
crete evidence on the damage which
large trucks do to the highways. I
know the house will be fair and 11
believe the truckers will not oblect to i
paying In pronortion for the damage
caused by their vehicles."
. .. . , . .
Water con.servntion must also be ad
vanced. the speaker said. Mr Manning
was the first chairman of the house
committee on water conservation and
flood control when it to created
three sessions ago. He. with Joe Met
len of Beaverhead and Pierson of Yel- •
l ows t ope, drafted the first water con- |
servatlon measure.
year last session for the water conser
vation board." said Mr. Manning. "Al
ouest? I understand'ttiaTth^ board*"Is
asking for a larger amount this year.
conservation, because that is the
but one he was able to fill. From a
Minot firm he received a call for two
sets of hames for oxen harness. Stunres
w p.s tempted a few years ago to throw
out the ox hames that had hung In
the shop many years. Since then he
has filled several orders.
HELENA — A quarter-million dol
lars in welfare funds is tied up be
cause many counties have failed to
make reimbursements to the state de
partment of public welfare, savs I. M.
Branrilord. department director. For
this reason monthly relief grants from
the state are only about half of that
KALIRPELL—Prank Reeves received
several broken ribs and severe bruises
at the county shops when he was
crushed between two trucks. Reeves
was working on one machine when
Duane Shaw, another county driver,
accidentally backed another onto him.
Mrs Reeves recently broke her leg and
Is still wearing a cast.
HELENA—Decision to ask the 1939
législature to appropriate $25.000 for
use In advertising, nationally. Mon
tana's advantages as a vacation land,
was reached at a meeting of the ad
vertising committee of Montanans,
Inc., the state chamber of commerce.
Charles W. Towne of Butte heads
the committee.
K ALLSPELL—At a reorganization
meeting of the high school board. Ar
chie Patterson, newlv appointed mem
ber. was elected chairman. Ray Robbln
was elected vice chairman and Dr. A.
H. Burch, secretary. Other members of
the board are C. O. Larson, Cecil Sykes,
Clayton McGlenn and Mrs. Lilian
Peterson, county superintendent.
BOZEMAN—Montana hunters have
taken 2,317 elk from the "firing line"
territory In southern Park county,
adjacent to Yellowstone national park.
State Game Warden James A. Weaver
said here. The season will remain open
until March unless a sufficiently large
number of the animals are killed to
warrant closing the area on five-day
MARTINSDALE — John Quarles
Coates, 76, died at his home here after
a lingering sickness. Coates was one of
five brothers who came to Montana
from Moberly, Mo.. In their early man
hood. He was employed in mercantile
establishments in Great Falls, Helena
and Belt, and for many years headed
a department In Symons dry goods
store, Butte. In 1910 he Joined Bender
son Coates In the firm of Coates Bros.,
WPA Tightens Up
States, counties and other local po
litical subdivisions will be expected to
assume greater responsibility in spon
soring works progress administration
projects in the future, according to
State WPA Administrator Joseph E.
Parker, who recently returned from a
conference with 'federal agency of
ficials. Parker said the WPA will be
continued in Its present form until at
least June 30, 1939, but that local proj
ect sponsors will have to take greater
responsibility on projects.
A prairie dog town that covered sev
square miles of range land recently
was discovered by WPA rodent poison
ing crews in Weld county, Colorado.
Kansas "LI" Editor Sags "No"
To Hardin Commanche Plan
Plans of Hardin citizens to return the only survivor of Coster's last stand—
Captain Keogh's horse Commanche—to a scene of the slaughter for ceremonies
planned for June 25, the 63d anniversary of the massacre, received a setback
when the authorities at Kansas university, in the museum of which the stuffed
and mounted body of the animal now stands, said, "Nothing doing." Hardin
people had proposed to make the return of the mounted body, accompanied by
j a ?uard 0 f Legionnaires, as a highlight of the anniversary observance.
Commanche is going to make his last stand at the University of Kansas,
j said Marvin Goebel, student publisher of the campus Daily Kansan.
"Custer made his last stand In MonUna but Commanche is going to make
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Commanche, horse ridden by Captain Keogh in Custer's last fight and the sole
survivor of the Custer forces, whose stuffed body is now in Kansas university
his In Dyche museum and any attempt to remove him for a frontier celebration
will be vigorously protested," Goebel said.
E. H. Lindley, chancellor of the university, said he had not been informed
of any plans to remove the horse and emphasized nothing could be taken from
the campus museum without permission of the regents.
.. Lindley said he would not sanction the removal of Commanche, at least until
he was informed more definitely about the celebration.
Goebel said he intended to start a movement to "keep Commanche at K. U."
"p 16 definite Ideason how
th ,®^^^ l ?® sh PM? d ®® on i ) J? lze :. a . a .
J^ e . p& nno1 balance the states
budget if everyone wants the other
fellow to cut his expenditures, while
^Is own favorite project gets all It
"Economy begins at home, and the
twenty-sixth legislative assembly must
follow that po Ucy ^ lt wishes to bal
ance the state's budget. State depart
ments and institutions must stop
wanting so much, because the average
source of much new wealth in this
Manning, who was chairman of the
appropriations committee two years
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IS Hitt© C«eliUiÛ K T ©5106111
w W Y F 1 1 ~
Has Held Office 31 Years
One of Montana's oldest, if not
the pioneer of all, sports organ
lations still in action is now in
its 45th straight year of activities
at the Butte Gun club's range
south of Rocker. Col. D. G. Stivers,
president of the club for the past
31 years, serves an annual wild
game mulligan to the club mem
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r . _ . , „ r(t , . , ,
Danl .® 1 G - Stivers (abflve) - Presl
de " 4 °/ the But< f Gan ® " h
P* 8 * , 31 years an «* last of ,u charter
i «nemners.
' r wrptflrv vr niir w wthler u exem
ft*; fl ^ ur }£! ^nLna field
" v ® te ,° fficer and Joe Fontana fleld
captain. 1
Old Club Founded in 1895 j
Veteran and embryo sharpshooters
gathered to organize the old Rocky i
Mountain Rifle club June 1, 1895. Dr.
H. M. Schultz was president. P. A. i
Anderson, captain, and C. E. Ruger,
secretary-treasurer. The constitution I
and bylaws were adopted June 8. 1895.
Colonel Stivers became a member 1
March 21, 1896, and at the same time
H. A. Kinney. W. C. Dierks, William
McDermott, Byron H. Cook and Sam j
Reynolds became members.
In that year, 1896, the Butte Rod
and Gun club fshotgun only) and the
ky Mountain Rifle club, agreed that
nbers of each club could enjoy the
Club officers during the past year,
in addition to President Stivers, were;
J. A. Poore, vice president; C. H. Smith,
veteran among all of Montana's trap
shooters and gun club officials In con
stant service, treasurer; Warren Kem
... .„ _
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privileges of the grounds of the other
without charge. At that time the Rocky |
Mountain Rule club had » 200-yard !
range at the foot of Montana
taxpayer in this state cannot afford
many luxuries with which their offi
dais like to provide themselves
"I do not believe the house will ap
prove a sales tax. In fact from my con
versations with members I think they
will be opposed to any sales tax pro
posal by about two to one.
"Nevertheless there must be some
new revenue raised, because economy
alone will not balance the state
budget and allow the government to
function with efficiency."
Indications are. Speaker Manning
said, that there will be far fewer bills
Introduced this session than two years
ago when there were 418.
and the Butte Rod and Gun club had
a trap layout on the flat.
In 1909 the Rocky Mountain Rifle
club was Incorporated and affiliated
with the National Rifle association,
which Is an adjunct of the war depart
ment. Colonel Stivers was elected presi
dent of the Rocky Mountain Rifle club
in 1908.
Near Rocker Since 1910
The rifle club commenced In 1910, to
shoot on the present range, but there
was only one smaU building which was
located about at the 600-yard stand.
The present buildings were erected In
1914. In 1925 the Butte Rod and Gun
club consolidated with the Rocky
Mountain Rifle club, and the name of
the latter was changed to Butte Gun
club. The Butte Gun club at that time
became affiliated with the Amateur
Trapshooters Association of America,
a national organization, and the oldest
of Its kind j
For years the Rocky Mountain Rifle
club has maintained a 22-caliber in
door range under the Metals Bank & \
! Trust Co., and It maintains a range j
1 there at the present time, for winter
Indoor pistol and rifle shooting each
Tuesday and Friday night. In 1910 the I
Indoor team of the rifle club won the |
national championship with a score of
995 out of a possible 1,000.
; urirorp OTT WPT rwAio I
mtmßfcK Ut nbLbflAs ;
Death came recently to Wilbur John !
Melugln. 68, a resident of Helena for i
; more than a half-century. He had !
been 111 for several months. i
Mr. Melugln was bom near Center- !
ville, Iowa, and came to Helena In
1885. He was a musician and was a
member of Helena's first band, with
which he played for many years. He
also played with various orchestras,
and his collection of old-time orches
trations is said to be one of the finest ;
and most complete in the west.
Mr. Melugln for a number of years
was custodian of the Securities build
ing, and also of the Consistory-Shrine
temple. He was a member of the Aca
cia brotherhood. One of his outstand
*° r . a " d
Hl d . ^' e 'f are ever were uppermost In
his heart,
pppcr-wt« u vr ap r»r n tat
»* £ ' AK -Y Li ' 1A ^
& m 1 0t °T lst ' whf £ e ^science must
suddenly have awakened, created a stir
in the Great Palls police department
by presenting a police parking viola
tion tag issued nearly 14 years ago.
Who the motorist Is could not be î
learned as police, not In a position to
prosecute, refused to divulge his name.
The parking tag was issued during
October, 1924, by the late Lieut. George
Knudson, who died several years ago.
The offender gave no explanation of
his 14-year delay In reporting.
Dr. Haviland Dies
Dr. Willis Henry Haviland, who for
60 years practiced In Butte, died re
cently at the family home. A native
of New York, Dr. Haviland was the
oldest doctor In point of service in
No rain faQa In Palestine for « or
11 month*

In Annual Report Official Points Out
Grass conditions in Montana
during 1938 were "the best for
many years," Dr. W. J. Butler,
state veterinarian and executive
officer of the state livestock sani
tary board, said in his annual re
port on activities of that state de
"Truly, Montana is a veritable llve
That Temporary Decrease in Graz
ing Animals May Prove to Be Bless
ing in Disguise.
. . ,,
stock paradise when we get sufficient
moisture," the report stated. "Mon
tana has proved to the world that no
one need worry about our standing as
a livestock state or of the rehlblllta
tion of our ranges just as long as we
get moisture.
"In general, during 1938 our live
stock conditions have been good and
the price of livestock fairly re
The report pointed out, however,
that the state's livestock population
has been decreased, due principally to
the drouth which prevailed during
earlier years.
Blessing in Disguise
"Perhaps this has been a blessing
In disguise. In that it gave our ranges
an opportunity to come back," the re
port continued. "We now have a good
covering of grass in practically every
section of Montana."
! Dr. Butler added there always is
I danger of the state's livestock con
j tracting disease when attempts to re- J
I tl^lar^^lj^the^estocking^ls 6 aone
from states where disease is present, i
'"Livestock of Montana is, and has j
been, remarkably free from disease..
We must keep It that way. It behooves
j every stockgrower who restocks his
| 3F
certified as such by the United States |
bureau of animal industry. During !
1938, 40,013 cattle In Montana were
given tuberculin tests and of the num
ber only 15 reacted to the test, for a
percentage of .00037.
There is no scabies among cattle of
the state and anthrax has not been
reported, or observed, during the past
several years. The state during 1938
continued to be free of sheep* scab!
maintaining Its record of not having
Sit < 22 C years 11 "*** **** f ° r **
past, zz years. i
to purchase animals of known
and of known freedom from
disease," the report added.
On a number of fronts, the state
was entirely free from disease during
the past year, the report said.
There were no cases of glanders or !
dourine In horses during 1937 and
1938 and horse scab does not exist In
Montana at the present time. The
entire state Is a modified accredited
tuberculosis-free area and has been
Sleeping Sickness
During the year, however, there
were reported In the state 11.849 cases
of encephalomyelitis of horses, the
disease—sometimes known as sleeping
sickness—breaking out in 63 counties
and resulting in 41213 deaths. The
death loss was estimated at 35A per
cent, as compared with 33.5 percent
during 1937, although there were many
more cases reported last year than in
"Fortunately a new method of pre
paring a vaccine to protect' against
equine encephalomyelitis has been de
vised—the commonly called 'chick'
vaccine which Is obtained from inocu
lated chicken egg and is said to be
100,000 times more potent than the
vaccine obtained from brain tissue,"
the report said in this connection.
"At this writing two doses are neces
sary (in order to prevent infecton).
the second dose to follow the first in
about seven days. Probably by spring,
or at some later date, biological
laboratories will have devised a vac
cine where one dose will immunize
against the disease."
The report said the department has
co-operated with the federal bureau of
.... ._ ,
pmpal industry for the past six years
furthering the endeavor to prove
that calfhood vaccination with a spe
ejal vaccine is "a successful and prac
to control Bang"s disease,
We d ? not countenance or approve the
promiscuous vaccination of cattle or
domestic animal with any living
v £ us vaccine or the vaccination of
old€r animals or pregnant animals."
__ Control Bang's Disease
, report also said experience had
taught the department proper herd
management will help to control and
eradicate Bang's disease, which is
more commonly referred to as infec
Uous or contagious abortion.
proper nerd management, we
m ®an establishment of a mater
n ^ ty , Pasture where cows that are
about to calve may be placed so they
f lv f bhlh to their calf in a pasture
isolated from the main herd, the
veterinarian said. ...
report also pointed out rabies,
For Hamming Birds their taste's the test
That finds the nectar they like best;
And if you'd find the best, good friends,
Just trust your taste—B uy Calv ert Blends I
(fufl «2 70 QuMTt »2.15
Call for
Pfait »1.40
Phil »1.10
Copr. 1939 Calvert DutiUen Carp , DutiUerit: Baltimore M<L,
end L tmim i lle , Ky-, Executive Office*: Otrytler Bld*., N. V. C
Caivert'l "Rrmroe" Blended fEhuhey—^O Pmof—65% Grout
Neutral Spirit! . . . Calvert', "Special" Blended Vkukey—
90 Pnuf—72H% Crma Neutral Spirit a
or hydrophobia, does not exist among
the dogs of the state and hat not
been reported in Montana since 1925.
"We are of the opinion that the milk
supply of Montana is equal, if not
better as a whole, than any other
state in the nation." another section
of the report stated. In 1938 the de
partment issued 957 dairy licenses and
43 milk plant licenses; also issued were
1 38 slaughterhouse licenses, a decrease
from the 5« of the previous year.
Butler said:
"Under ordinary conditions we have
little to fear from the ea
of meat Inspection, Dr.
ting of the
flesh of Montana animals. However,
it gets more Important that our people
receive food of known nutritional
"In late years the consumption of
sausage and meat products has
tremendously throughout the
States. . . . This means that there is
more chance for disease conditions
should they be present to get into the
food supply of our people. The con
tents of any meat food product should
be known and should be subjected to
the strictest examination and inspec
tion." •
Statistics listed in the report showed
a total of 3.567.073 Inspections were
made during 1937 and 1938 and that
the resident deputies of the board
| traveled a total of 652,705 miles in the
discharge of their duties during those
j two years,
Dr. E. B. Trail of
has sent relics of two
river steamboats to Joel F. Ovee
holser of Fort Benton. One piece
part of the main
line of the E. L.
Berger. Ms
old Mfcwonri
which sank in 1881 at the
of the Gasconade river when over
loaded with wheat. The loss was
about $20,000. The E. H. Dnrfee
was named for a member at the
firm of Dnrfee & Peck, Indian
traders. Built in 1871 at Pittsburgh
the boat in August, 1876, took Gen
eral Miles and she companies of
the 5th infantry np the Missouri
and Yellowstone rivers as part of
the reinforcements to troops after
the Custer disaster in Jane, 1876.
The other item was a part of a
dowel from a cabin of the steamer
Josephine, one of the most famous of
the upper Missouri boats, which like
wise played a part in the Custer cam
paign. The Josephine carried troops
| and supplies for the expedition against
! the Sioux in 1876. It was owned by
the Coulson company for many years
and captained by Grant Marsh, Joe
Todd, Mart Coulson, W. H. Gould and
a number of other famous Missouri
P Uo î?- FU 889 *? 1 wa * hau , led
{ >anlt ^ ,?* ie » ) s ffi ? y ?y ds below Fort Ben
J° n ' ren ialned until 1881. Re
Punched, the vessel was used as a
£ ut r , do Z n 1 JS ft®.
I? any SllÄ
i river steamboat. The boilers and ma
chinery were shipped to the Yukon.
Gas From Baker Field
Proposing to offer natural gas serv
ice to Fargo, Grand Forks, N. D., and
Crookston, Minn., and other communi
ties In the Red river valley, and be
tween Fargo and Bismarck, from the
p of
Baker, Mont., gas fields, a
North Dakotans has orga
North Dakota Consumer Gas Co, to
have offices in Fargo.

Burma has some coins called "willow
leaf," which are covered on one side
with a yellowish red substance made
from the burnt yolk of a hen's egg.

A rowing eight in an intercollegiate
boat race o
horsepower at
develop about two
e top of their achleva
. th
(riue to colas)
Don't 1st d is t res s of chest colds er spss>
saodle eroupy coughs due to colds, go
untres ted I Rub Children's Mustoroie on
child's throat, chest sad back st once.
» akm.
warum and
Dsnetratss the surface
stimulates local dreulatiea. Floods tbs
bronchial tubes with its soothing, relier
mg vapors. Mustsrole brings such speed»
-vi«-? because it's MORE then "Just a
salve." Recommended by many doctors
and nurses. Three strength«: Regular,
Children's (mild) and Extra Strong, 40*.
Approved by Good Housekeeping Bu
reau. Afl druggists.

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