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DO YOU NEED A NEW
SADDLE?
Or Do«« Your Old
Need Repair»?
Is I Write f«r estates -
SpwlB Original C«rr»hall Saddles
MBee City Saddlery Ce., Mlle» City. Ment.
(classified
»— ADVERTISEMENTS —
For Sale Or Lease
BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES
half price II taken before January let.
Polly equlpt. You can walk right In and you
are ready to go Bertha Harri. 924 West
Montana St , Lewtetown. Montana.
LADY OffKRS for quick sale at half-price
one of the flneet nlte club* In Montana
Located in richest area of the Northwest:
Butte suburb Write P. P. Meadervllle. Gen
Delivery. Butte. Montana _
innmn CAPE In county »eat town of 1500.
80 ml. northwest of Great Palls. Might
consider part exchange. Investigate.
Box 770. Missoula. Mont.
P, O
BARBER SHOP. CAPE bargain», act prompt
ly. Box 855. Omaha. Neb.
FOR BALE—Tavern. »3 000 cash. Ga» pump
in connection. Emil Kyhl. Colstrlp. Mont.
FARMS, RANCHES AND LANDS
5 ACRES ml. to Fruitland depot, near
high school. Seasonal work at 5 packing
plants, cannery, etc. Grow asparagus, small
fruit, etc. Mild climate, good house, outbldgs.
House furnished »3300, without »2800. In
quiries answered. Francis Oliver. Route 1.
Payette. Idaho.
HEALTH
CAN YOU AFFORD TO KEEP Arthritis,
Rheumatism? My story how I got relief
quickly, cheaply, sent postpaid SI.00. Write
today, save this address. J. Dwyer. Box 1151,
Brawley, Calif.
MEDICAL
AOki-r.Ni Chumanle » Period Medicine Triple
XXX." »2.00—3 boxes 15.00—No. C. O. D.s.
□bornante Medicine Co., D-ll, New Richmond,
0fiW.
MISCELLANEOUS
COMPARE THIS BARGAIN ELSEWHERE bar
none. By clearing our shelves for new stock,
we are disposing these 110 electric rarors for
*3 J8, while they last. Guaranteed for one
year against defect In any way. Also comes
free 1» a combination pen and pencil. »2.50
value, guaranteed for fire years. Order today.
Mount Hood Distributors. Hood River. Oregon,
Bhz 343.
VP YOU ARK NEEDING STORM SASH for
your bouse this winter, why not write us
for a prompt quotation on your particular
requirements? Palmer Lumber & Mfg. Co..
Obehalls. Wash.
FOB SALE: 1941 complete rural directory of
Valley county. Montana. Price 50c per copy
any place In the U. S. A list of 1.700 tannera
sad ranchers. The Glasgow Courier. Glasgow,
Montana.
BOOK BALE, lending libraries' surplus, 19c
up. Novels, mysteries, westerns, non-flctlon.
Free catalog. American Lending Library, Dept.
UNA. College Point, N. Y.
SPECIAL lob lot brand new high grade clr-'
oular heating atovea—wood, and coal and
wood. Exceedingly low In price. Alaska Junk
Oo., Spokane. Wash.
MacDONALDS FARMER ALMANACS for 1942
now ready. Price 20c a copy. Atlas Printing
Co.. Dept. W„ Binghamton. K. T.
OREGON DRIED PRUNES, extra large, tart
sweet. 20 lbs »2.85. 100 lbs. 311.75 delivered.
Leo KIwert. Sherwood, Oregon.
MOTORCYCLES
HARLE Y-DAVIDSON8, parts, accessories.
Write for price list.
BLASIUS CYCLERY. Idaho Palls, Idaho.
service, repairs.
NURSERY STOCK
FRUIT, nut. flowering, shade trees, roses,
berry plants, shrubs. Free 40-page catalog.
Tualatin Valley Nurseries. Sherwood, Oregon.
8 PECIAL SERVICES
LEWIS & WAxJCEH. aasayera. chemists. 108
N. Wyoming, BUTTE. MONTANA.
WE MAKE STAMPS, rubber, type. HELENA
STAMP WORKS. Helena. Montana.
SPECIAL SERVICES—ALASKA
lNV£tiT10ATE Alaska's opportunities. We
help you. Informative booklet 25c. Alaska
Research. 1411-Bulldlng, Seattle, Wash.
TRAINING FOR POSITIONS—MEN
BORDER PATROL. GOVT. EXAM NOW open.
Salary »2000. Men 21-35, farmers accept
able. Also other desirable govt, positions 18
46. Write to Western Training Service. Mead
Bldg., Portland. Ore.
USED AUTO PARTS
BAVE 60% -75% —Used parts for all can.
CARL WEISSMAN & OO.. 318 Fourth 61.
Bo., Great Palls. Montana.
Personal
GET ACQUAINTED CLUB. Introductions
made quickly. All ages, many wealthy.
Btmpaon. Box 1351, Denver. Colorado.
REPINED CONTACTS BUREAU, results. P. O.
Bos 855. Omshs, Nebraska.
Photos—Finishing
aou wvitppio I GROSZ SlOOlffi
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Situation Wanted
MAN with 33 yean experience managing
general store, also meat cutter. With pres
ent employer over two years. S04 Oetchell
St., Helena. Montana.
Wanted to Buy
RAW FURS
BABBIT SKINS. HORSE HAIR Top prices.
Bam Forman, The Dalles, Oregon.
Classified
POULTRY
— Advertising "
For Sale
BABY CHICKS
B EX E D, DAY-OLD PULLETS. Males and
Straight run chicka. Blood tested Big Dia
mante. low prices, high quality. Inman
Hatcheries. Aberdeen. South Dakota.
Wanted to Buy
PRATHERS
■RTF TOUR OOOSB AND DUOK FEATHERS
(not used 1 to Farmer» Store, Mitchell, So.
Dakota Top priem prompt returns
M. N. A. JANUARY B. 1943 (1)
EARLY GUNMEN
NOT SO EXPERT
AS MARKSMEN
LOT OF THEM COULDN'T HIT
BARN DOOR. RAYS C. E. MILLER,
MINING CITY RESIDENT
Take it from Charles E. Miller. 73.
Butte old-timer, It Isn't all true what
they say about the west's early day
gunmen.
Buffalo Bill Cody wasn't a crack
shot and neither were the so-called
bad men of the southwest. Miller as
serts.
Miller should know. He was with the
United States army as a bugler In
1882 when the soldiers were protecting
settlers in Arizona from Indian raids,
and later tended bar in Buffalo Bill's
tavern at Cody, Wyo.
All the stories about two-gun men—
men who could draw before you could
blink an eye, men who could do this
and do that, is just so much "bushwa"
to Miller. "They couldn't draw any
quicker than you could right now,"
he said to a reporter. "And a lot of
them couldn't hit a bam door unless
they were right in front of It. It Is
true that they were generous with
their lead and they did a lot of shoot
ing, In fact, they shot at the least
provocation. But mast of their bullets
spent their force In walls, or hit the
ground, or sped off into the blue. As
for 'two-gun' men, I can truthfully
say that I never saw a man with two
person.
was back and forth over the plains
quite a lot In those days."
The debunker of dime novels and
stories about the "Wild West" lives
alone in an apartment in the Owsley
block. He never married. At the age
of 16, In his home town of Davenport,
la., he ran away and joined the army.
He was a soldier in Yellowstone park
in 1888, when the park was under
supervision of the war department,
Goes to St. Louis
Miller said he and some boyhood
friends were returning from school
one day in Davenport. He was then
16. "We saw a recruiting sign," he
said. "There was a soldier out in front
of the place. He saw me looking wjth
longing eyes at the recruiting poster
and he said:
" 'Lad, do you want to Join the
army?' I answered, 'you bet.' And
within half an hour I was on a train,
headed for the barracks in St. Louis.
I have never been back. My folks tried
to get me out but I wrote and told
them I would only run away again if
they took me home. The soldiers gave
me a bugle and told me to learn to
blow it, which I soon did. Within a
short time, we were sent to Arizona
to protect the miners and stockmen
from Indian raids. Chief Geronimo,
famous Apache chief, was causing all
the trouble.
"Prom there we went to Texas. That
was In the early eighties, the days
when the great cattle herds were
trailed north each spring to fatten
on Montana grass. The dust clouds
from these trains could be seen for
miles. No, I never saw anything ex
citing. We were shot at once by a
band of Indians but no one was hit.
And as for the rooting-tootin', gun
totin' bad men. well that's mostly a
lot of stuff that was written for suck
ers to read. At least I never saw any
thing that seared Itself into my
memory."
Miller said he was discharged from
the army in Louisiana and left for
Chicago. He was still under 21 years
of age. In Chicago he got a job palnt
Montana Employment
Service Recruiting
For Merchant Marine
The Montana employment service
has Joined In a national drive to re
cruit 30,000 apprentice seamen during
the next two years to man the rap
idly expanding merchant marine, the
state
commission has announced.
Chairman Barclay Craighead said
every local employment office in the
state had begun to register applicants.
He said the federal security adminis
trator notified him that men between
18 and 23 will be recruited.
Men will be paid while training, will
be assigned to active service after
training and will be expected to serve
at least one year.
The men are needed for an estimat
ed 1,200 new merchant ships to be
launched during the next two years,
which will need men in dock and en
gine departments and as radio opera
tors, cooks and bakers.
Applicants must meet physical and
character standards set by toe mari
time service and apprentices may Join
unemployment compensation
the merchant marine reserve and thus
be exempt from selective service.
State Aliens Denied
Licenses for Liquor
Ray Wahl, administrator for the
Montana liquor control board, said 1942
liquor licenses would be refused all
enemy aliens.
Wahl said an application for a 1942
permit, submitted by a Japanese, al
ready had been rejected, and that all
instances in which citizenship of ap
plicants was in question were being
checked closely before new permits are
Issued.
STUDENTS INSPECT PLANTS
Supplementing their classroom and
laboratory studies by actual observa
tion of plant processes, 11 senior stu
dents in chemical engineering at
Montana State college recently made
a tour of Industrial and utility plants
in toe Billings area. Plants visited on
toe trip Included toe Great Western
Sugar Oo. factory, Yale Oil Co. re
finery and the Billings waterworks.
4?
Insurance Doctor: How old was your
father when he died?
Applicant (determined to pass) ; A
hundred and four.
Doctor: What did be die of?
Applicant; He strained his heart
playing football!
Medieval Styled
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meant. When they told him, he threw
away his paint bucket and brush and
headed off downtown where he ran
into a soldier he had known previous
ly. Having ditched the painting, and
with no other job in sight, his thoughts
again turned to toe army. So he again
enlisted. The army needed men to go
to Yellowstone park. And that is where
he landed within a few days.
Bears Running All Over
"Was the park rather primitive in
those days?" he was asked.
"Was it primitive? Well, rather.
About all I saw was bears running all
over the place. Tourists came through
with wagons. If they were smart they
brought along a jug of whisky for the
soldiers, in return for which the sol
diers would give them aU possible ad
vice and assistance in seeing the park,
Miller said he wasn't in the park very
|
Burgundy velvet is used volumi
nously in this graceful hostess
rown designed especially for Hed
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the strike. He had to ask what "strike
I
da Hopper, popular Radio com
mentator. Notice Its medieval styl
ing with soft standing collar, fitted
bodice and deep shirred flounce.
Mi» Hopper prefers to wear some
thing like this when entertaining
in her Hollywood home.
ing a house, unaware that there was
a painters' strike on. One flay he was
"waited on" by three painters who
asked him If he hadn't heard about
long before he took down with some
sort of mountain fever. He was given
an honorable discharge and left for
Bozeman to recuperate. In Bozeman }
he started a saloon.
While running the saloon he met a
man whose name Is familiar with all
who have read about tjie Vigilantes.
He was X. Beidler, the colorful fig
ure who, with Capt. James Williams,
took a leading part in the summary
execution of the road agents. And be
cause of meeting Beidler, Miller today
wears a watch chain made of gold
nuggets. And where did the nuggets
come from? Here's the answer, as told
by Miller:
"Beidler used to come into my sa
loon whenever he was in town. When
he wanted another drink he would
beckon me and I would answer by
filling his glass. And each time Beidler
would lay down a nugget in payment.
He told me he had taken the nuggets
out of Boone Helm's pockets when he
was hanged, along with three others,
from the roof beam of the building
that today serves as the office for the
Virginia City Water Co."
Selling his business in Bozeman,
Miller went to Billings where he tend
ed bar for a time, then to Garland,
Wyo., where he again opened his own
saloon. While In Garland he met
Buffalo Bill. He later moved to Cody
and worked as bartender in Cody's
hotel bar. Miller said Calamity Jane
was a frequent caller In toe saloons
he operated, "aie invariably had a
cigar stuck out of the side of her
mouth," said Miller.
In more recent years Miller has
worked In and around Butte, Includ
ing five years as a guard at toe state
hospital at Warm Springs. This was
his last employment. Since then he
has been a man of leisure.
Industry, Uncle Sam
Solving Super Plane
Fuel Problem Fast
Super aviation motor fuels of 100
octalne quality are being produced by
American refiners at 7i times the rate
of consumption of all grades of avia
tion fuels only three years ago, and
plans to triple even this huge ca
pacity within the next 12 to 18 months
are moving so rapidly that already
construction has started or contracts
have been let for 25 new plants, with
the highest priority ratings, and doz
ens of other plants are being planned.
Present capacity to manufacture 100
oçtalne motor fuel Is about 2 , 100.000
gallons a day. Only a few weeks ago
toe capacity was 1,800,000 gallons a
day, but toe decision of government
purchasers to allow use of 4 cc rath
er than 3 cc of tetra -ethyl lead in 100
octalne fuel Increased toe capacity
overnight from 15 to 20 percent.
These capacities are in addition to
the continuing manufacture of large
quantities of sllghtly-lower grade avia
tion motor fuels of 85 and 91 octane
rating. Until three years ago these
grades made up virtually toe entire
supply of aviation fuel. The super 100
octane fuel was still in toe laboratory
seven years ago, and even moderate
scale commercial production did not
begin until three years ago.
OLD BLUE' LED
MANY LONGHORNS
TO DODGE CITY
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l M SUAL STEER KNEW TRAIL TO
COW .CAPITAL BETTER
THAN PUNCHERS
The story of the American Indian
wciiid never be complete without con
tabling the story of the buffalo. Any
history of the southwest after the
Civil war would be greatly remiss if
it omitted mention of Longhorn cattle,
And any account of the Longhorns,
who swung up the trails from Mexico
and Texas In countless thousands to
succeed the buffalo on the great plains
areas of Kansas, Nebraska, the Da
kotas and Montana, would be lacking
without the story of Old Blue.
There was a wise animal for you—a
lead steer known from the Pecos to
the Arkansas, in Colorado as well as
Texas -
J. Prank Doble, in his fascinating
book, "The Longhorns," tells the story
at Old Blue, who also was sometimes
called "Blue the Bell Ox."
Says Doble of this unusual beast,
"He knew the trail to Dodge City
better than hundreds of cowboys who
galloped up Its Front street."
Blue was calved down on the Nueces
river, near the Texas coast, but un
like most of his kind, he wasn't hazed
northward up the trail and jammed
into it stock car. eventually to be cut
into slices or ground into hamburger.
age
thanks to the brain nestled between
his long horns, and was far more
valuable adve than dead, regardless
of boom beef prices.
Sh.« His Leadership
When he was 4 years old, Blue was
I bought by Charlie Goodnight in a
string of 5,000 steers from John
Chisum, Dobie's book relates. The
cattle were cut Into two herds and
trailed northward to the Arkansas
river above Pueblo, Colo. Blue, In the
first herd, asserted his qualities of
leadership immediately. Every mom
ing he took his place at the point of
the herd and held it all day.
"Powerful, sober and steady, he un
derstood the least motion of toe point
men, and In guiding the herd showed
himself worth a dozen extra hands,
The cowboys all noted him.
"i n the Stimmer of 1876 the restless
Goodnight decided to pull up stakes
Colorado and return to Texas. So
Blue led the herd that stocked the
first ranch in toe vast Texas Pan
handle of toe Staked Plains. . . .
Goodnight found a Scotchman, Adair
by name, with money. Within 10 years
their J A brand was showing on the
sides 0 f 75 000 cattle and the J A
range embraced a million acres of
land."
Dodge City, 250 miles to the north,
was the marketing place for the Good
n ight-Adair cattle and in 1878 a herd
j j q 00 J A steers was pointed toward
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Rawhide Rawlins
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By
Montana's Famous Cowboy Artist
Charles M. Russell stories in the real
"Cowboy Lingo"—Stories of the sort
that early-day Cowboys gathered
from their own experiences
seasoned with pinches of exaggera
tion
harrowing the tale may be, a wealth of
humor crops through . . . There are
seventeen stories * all under one cover
in "Rawhide Rawlins"—Read Them!
There is a good laugh in every story!
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The
Montana Newspaper Association
Great Falls, Montana
"F
the cow capital Old Blue was out
in front.
It was then that Blue's owner made
an innovation, deciding to bell the
lead steer, as was the custom with a
mare leading a home herd. Blue's ben
was brand new and the collar clean
and shiny and when Blue "got that
collar around his neck and heard the
ling-llng-Ung of his bell, he was as
proud as a ranch boy stepping out in
first pair of red-topped boots."
Blue wasn't one to be chummy with
his own kind. He considered himself
several steps above the masses and—
after leading a thousand steers all
day would walk into camp among the
pots and pans and help himself to
pieces of bread, dried apples and any
thing that was handy. He was a great
favorite with the cowboys and often
was hobbled and left to graze with
the saddle horses. He bedded down
alone—apart from the herd,
"When it was time to travel after
the early morning's grazing, Blue
nosed out toward one of the point
men to have his bell clapper loosened,
Then he would give a toss of his head
and a switch of the tail . . . and
stride north" and the rest of the herd
would willingly follow. Blue must
have known the North star, writes j
Doble, "he coursed so unswervingly." !
in all kinds of weather he was out
there leading the Longhorns, over !
swollen or Ice choked streams or along ;
the dry, hot trail. He walked fast—
sometimes too fast—never tired and '
was alwavs "rarine to co "
After that trip up the trail to Dodge,
Blue's way of life was settled—he'd
?e"r ta mSe tato Se^s He
pu t to many uses and always per
formed efficiently. If an outlaw steer
was roped In the breaks and had to
be brought in. the boys would neck
him to Old Blue and the bell ox would
bring him to camp. They'd put him
Ät*tS iS? t°h. 'ÏÏ? SS Btoe
direct them tato the pen. And Blue
ne ^® r * ot int ° any J 8 ® 5 ***** tb *
catUe were in the enclosure He'd wait
the gate until toe test animal
hac * en * ered - then duck out.
The Longhorns had ft well deserved
reputation for skittishness and would
go into headlong stampedes frequent
ly at toe slightest provocation, running
themselves Into utter exhaustion and
frequently checking in minus a horn
° T P lun 8 ing blindIy over a clif * *°
deatn -
Canyon.
But Blue would have none of this
stupid business. When toe herd start
ed running he got out of the way.
No running until his tongue hung
down to his hocks for him.
"If the boys could get the stampede
to milling. Old Blue's bawl had a
powerful effect in quieting them,"
says Dobie. "At toe head of a herd
he never 'buggered' when a Jackrabblt
suddenly jumped up from under a
sagebrush at his nose, or something
like that happened, and thus day and
night he was a steadying Influence."
This noted steer's horns are now
in toe museum maintained by the
Panhandle historical society and toe
West Texas State Teachers college at
At a hearing held before District
Judge C, F. Holt, Barber produced clip
pings and letters proving that Dempsey
had knowledge of the transaction.
Judge Holt awarded Barber $1,119.80. '
Barber agreed to settle for $1,008.
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Dempsey's Montana
Trip Was Expensive;
Business Man Wins
Roy Barber, Great Falls busts ess
man, emerged victorious in an 18-year
battle with Jack Dempsey when be re
ported receipt of a check for $ 1 , 000 .
in settlement of an account contracted
by toe ex-heavyweight champtf.
The story dates back to 1933. when
Dempsey trained south of Great Pals
for a championship fight with Tommy
Gibbons at Shelby. Barber, manager
of Barber Music Standard Furniture,
Inc., and at that time head of the
Barber music store, sold sound equip
ment to Dempaey for the camp.
Payment was never made. Nothing
was done or could be done about the
debt until the fall of 1940, when Demp
sey was engaged to referee a fight at
toe civic center.
At that time Barber started attach
ment proceedings and Dempsey was
served. The ex-pugilist contended that
he was not in Great Palls at toe time
the equipment was purchased ««d
therefore not liable.
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STIFF HUNTING PENALTY
Norris Tait, 23, Melrose miner, was
sentenced at Virginia City to serve 98
days in Jail and pay a fine of $500, one
of the stiffest penalties ever assessed
there in a similar case, for allegedly
killing elk out of season. The charge
grew out of toe mysterious killing of
four elk, part of a band liberated near
Melrose, last September.
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and distress of " Irregularities " —
caused by functional monthly dis
turbances—try Lydia Plnkham's
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relieving pain and nervous feelings
of women's "difficult days."
Taken regularly—Lydia Plnkbam's
Compound helps build up resistance
against such annoying symptoms.
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