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Established 1871
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Entered in the Postoffice at Bozp-nan, Montana, as Second Class Matter
General Pershing's proposal to follow the ex
ample of England by honoring the unknown dead
of the war by th eburial of an unknown soldier's
body with national honors and thus creating a
spot sacred to the men who died leaving no other
record except the final pledge of their devotion
should be accepted gladly and greatefully by the
people of the United States despite the opposi
tion of Baker, as yet unfortunately, secretary
of war
To honor the unknown dead by a national
observance and community pan in the ceremony
would renew our gratitude to the men who served
their country, dead and living, known and un
known. For gratitude thrives and lives best upon
its own expression. If every city and town and
community paused for a few hours to show this
honor and express again the high appreciation
in which America holds her devoted sons the ef
fect of such a demonstration would be a renewal
of patriotism.
The tendency is to forget and to be negligent
of appreciative expression. Not alone individual
ly but collectively. An opportunity for a nation
wide expression of the feeling that Americans
hold for those super Americans who served and
died while we awaited the event should not be
The public is not in possession of the facts
as to costs of running the railroads, income or
deficits, hence can only look on and guess at the
merits of the argument going on between the
managers and the labor unions as to whether
railroad wages must come down.
A few facts, however, are self evident. The
volume of traffic on the railroads has fallen away
enormously since the last boost in freight rates.
This is evidenced by the fact that train mer by
the thousands are being discnarged on almost ». I
the roads. We know that only a limited amount
of farm products is moving and the merchant
who should receive the return freight is buying
from hand to mouth. January sales with the two
largest mail order houses in the world showed a
decline of 47 and 34 per cent respectively in the
volume as compared to January of a year ago.
ntil the last few days the last man in the
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world who have been suspected of being in need
of any more money would have been Henry Ford.
It is now reported that he has been selling his
liberty bonds in New York last week and plans
to sell on the market a hundred millions of bonds
of his own company in order to raise needed funds
to operate his business and his automobile factory
has been closed for several w r eeks for lack of
ordôrs. It is only a few months ago that he had
surplus funds with which to finance a peace ship.
Likewise over-expansion and sudden drop in
prices and sales has made it necessary for a
bankers* -syndicate to come to the aid of the
Goodyear Tire and Rubber company, which was
one of the largest concerns in the world in that
Business is not what it was during the war
or since. The bureau of labor statistics main
tained by the government at Washington reports
that the wholesale cost of commodities in Dec
ember was 30Vi per cent less than at the high
point last May. This would indicate that if rail
road wages were right last spring they are 30
per cent better now because of increased pur
chasing power.
It is also apparent to the public that railroad
rates can not go higher without driving business
farther away. If the railroad executives succeed
in proving to the federal labor board that both
ends do not meet in their musiness then there is
but one inevitable result to follow; costs musl
come down, costs of coal, iron, wages and every
other cost. It is time men got at the real facts,
whatever they are and took a sane and reasonable
view of what can not be prevented. Prices are
down on the farms and that very fact is going to
bring down the general level of prices for all
other things.
A "reformed man" has been talking to the
youth of a Y. M. C. A.—it don't matter where.
He told them all about how tough he had been
and about his wanderings about the face of the
earth seeking what he might devour and all that.
'Pears like he kept this tough stunt up until he
got pretty aged and shot to pieces before he quit
it. Now he is telling the boys about it and show
ing them what physical perfection and moral
symmetry he took on after he had his fling and
Somethin* about those alleged "lectures" by
such lecturers lacks complete appeal. Somehow
they make one think of plays where the leading
lady has carried on terribly as a vamp and worse
and then settles down to be happily married and
live rich and respectable on the "Blue Mouse
order. The suggestion to youth is that almost
anything goes if you straighten up along in later
life and get married- So too the suggestion might
carry that if the "lecturer" could get away with
a half century of devilment and hell cultivation
to become highly respectable and much in demand
afterwards that others could do the same thing.
Of course the lecture holds attention and draws
a big turn out. So did the Harry Thaw trial.
Years ago the popular lecturers on temper
ance were "reformed drunkards." A temperance
lecture needed the punch in order to draw the
crowds away back in the past century along about
the seventies and the relation of his own misdeeds
by the lecturer furnished the pep. it was an ex
hibition of the horrible example. .Folks enjoyed
hearing old Cap Coakley tell how he stole his wife's
garden truck and traded it for whiskey and how he,
sneaked the last hen to get a drink with. There was
plenty of warning and precept in old Cap's lect
ures but while they were enjoyable they didn't
bring about individual and national prohibition.
Worst of all, old Cap used to "fall" about every so
often and insist that he had been divinely appoint
ed to whip all the orangemen between the lakes
and the Mississippi. Somehow his exposition of
his own derelctions failed t ©create a lasting effect.
Fact is that two or three good women of the white
ribbon kind saved more boys and men from a
i i _a> au „ ,, n A A t j
drunkard's hte than all the reformed drunkard
lecturers in il dozen states.
It is doubtful whether reformed tramps and
burglars and the like do much good with their
alleged lectures. The record is a spoke in the
wheel. And the suspicion lies at the back of the
head that the reformation might not have been ac
complished had not the ability to raise the devil
and enjoy it faded as the grinders became few
and the grass .r» ©pers grew heavy.
The best teachers of youth are those who have
lived decent lives.
Good pictures and good music are common
nowdays. The development of the printer's art
has brought a cultural period in pictures as the
invention of the phonograph has carried good
music into millions of homes. Replicas of cieat
paintings hang on the walls over cheap wall paper
and a little disk of vulcanized rubber scraped by
a needle brings the most wonderful artists in
voice and instrumentation and the triumphs of
celebrated composers to almost every family if
it chooses to listen.
It was not always thus, Geraldine and Per
cival. In those days when they named boy babies
and male foals John and Jerry and christened
girls Gertrude and Jane instead of Geraldine and
Mae things were different. Those marvels of op
portunity were not. The children of that day
missed it. The opportunity didn't exist. There
were Carusos and marvelous musicians then and
naileries hung full of mighty masterpieces but
we read of them and wondered. We were denied
sight and hearing of those wonderful things.
In those days, had you been born forty years
sooner than you wer^, the village fiddler would
have seemed to you a veritable Ole Bull. He was
3 Ole Bull and Paginni of his neighborhood. And
young lady soloist who came with the itinerent
music master who was striving to organize a
singing school" at "$1 per student for 12 les
sons" down at the school house would have shone
like a Galli Curci, a Farrar or a Schumann-Heink.
At the "school exhibition" that orchestra of two
fiddles and guitar would have represented to you
what Thomas* orchestra was to be to your chil
dren and grandchildren. Maybe., you'd., have
taken music lessons" yourself and have been
able to play hymn tunes at Sunday school in
emergency and had an "Estes Parlor Organ" at
home in the parlor whereon you daringly played
undevotional dance tunes and about which the
young folks gathered now and then to sing "There
is a Happy Land" and "Shall We Gather at the
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But that would have been about all for
Pictures ? Certainly we had pictures. There on
the wall hung "Abraham Lincoln's First Home in
Illinois" flanked by that work of art where the
child with the specs announces "Now I'm Grand
pa" and by those "Kittens at Play,
they were relieved by those two pictures of the
kids, the cart, the dog in the traces and the fleeing
rabbit- There should have been a picture of
grandfather, stern of mein with his hair combed
straight back from his forehead and a bible open
on his knee. Most old folks had their pictures
taken with bibles. It gave a class to the picture
even though that may have been their closest
acquaintance with holy writ. Then of course
there were the chromos of that day. My child if
you have never seen one of those chromos of that
ancient time curb your curiosity. Seek not to
peer into the darkened past. Just be thankful
that you have been spared so far and let it go
at that.
0,yes, please do not forget the "whatnot" and
the collection of sea shells.. Not the center table
in the parlor with the bible, "Dr. Chase's Receipt
Book" and "Every Man His Own Horse Doctor
neatly arranged there. Sit on the horse hair
covered sofa and slide while attempting to balance
a plate on one knee at one of the old time kissing
parties which after all had some advantages over
the "cheek to cheek" and the "shimmie" of the
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Aehu fugaces! Wonder whether with all our
ater advantages we are better people now than
then? What's your idea?
Realization of just how near to being broke
the State of Montana is is brought home to the
legislators by the difficulty they find in getting
their salary checks cashed. Perhaps this will
stimulate them to pass sortie of Governor Dixon's
tax legislation and make it possible for the gover
nor to pull the state out of the hole. They ought
to begin to realize the situation.
It looks like the country officers were get
ting busy on illicit booze manufacturers and ped
dlers. Let's hope the good work continues until
Gallatin is made the cleanest county in the state
It is interesting to note who the opponents
of Governor Dixon's tax measures are. The oil
men daim that the tax on gas production would
work a hardship to the farmers. Some business
interests are rather late in registering their keen
appreciation of the rights 6f the tillers of the soil.
If the coal owners wish to avoid government
control and strict regulation a sharp cut in coal
prices would appear to be the best dodge they
could make,
pay it- Either that or Germany as Germany will
cease to exist.
Germany can pay the indemnity and must
A slight but unmistakable turn to
ward the better is reported in the
federal reserve board's review of busi.
ness for January. A steadier and
more rapid movement of agricutural
production to market, with an easier
financial situation on the farms, is
one of the items of evidence cited in
support of this view. To strengthen
a slightly weakened national business
morale other evidence is available. A
glance through a single day's
will discover numerous tonic items
The financial page, for instance,
discloses that American investors last
week absorbed approximately $180,
°°°.ooo of new securities. American
** eseI 7 e strength could hardly be bet
ter demonstrated. And the bulk of
this huge sum will soon be at produc
tive work, helping to relieve unem
ployment and improve purchasing
1 he automobile page reports ex
traordinary interests and demand at
the automobile show.
People still
Plan This Winter
All indications show that lumber prices
have reached rock bottom.
There are so many new homes needed
that it is only reasonable to expect build
ing costs to increase with spring demands.
Select a design for your new home. Place
the contract for the material now. Build
as soon as the weather will permit.
Gallatin Lumber Company
237 W. Main
Phone 20
Exclusive Representative of National Builders' Bureau
This Week Must End Our Final Clean-up
of Winter Stocks, So We Have Arranged
Every Garment in 4 Lots for Final Selling
The equal of these bargains has not been seen in ten years. Every
garment must be sold by Saturday night closing time. Shop early.
YouTl find some garment you want at these amazing savings.
LOT No. 2—
LOT No. 1—
Consists of cloth coats, wool dresses,
silk skirts, wool skirts, corduroy
robes, georgette blouses and waists,
jersey silk petticoats and misses'
serge middy suits.
Consists of cloth coats, cloth skirts,
sweaters, georgette waists, jersey
blouses, black silk waists, jersey silk
petticoats and misses' bath robes
LOT No. 4—
LOT No. 3—
$ 20.00
Consists of plush and cloth coats sell
ing regular from $67.50 to $89.50;
georgette dresses and wool dresses.
Most amazing bargains.
Consists of plush and cloth coats,
silk dresses, wool dresses, silk skirts,
wool plaid skirts, silk kimonos and
misses' Serge middy suit.
Smart House Dresses - Half Price
Fifty smart house dresses of gingham and percale; light colors, long sleeves; size 38
to 44, Selling regularly at four-fifty to seven dollars. Now half price.

Thirty-five good Winter Hats
to close out $1.50 and $3
Big lot Embroideries and Laces
have money and expect to spend it.
Detroit reports the reopening of the
Ford plant, the Cadillac, and others.
Columbus, Ga., reports two big cot
ton plants resuming full time- The
Republic Rubber concerns at Youngs
town and Canton, O., resume.
Long Bell Lumber company at Pine
Bluff, Ark., resumes 75 per cent pro
duction. Lackawanna Steel opens its
plate, shape, and bar mills.
In Chicago a gloomy report on
building operations is relieved by the
announcement that in January thir
teen permits were issued for construc
tion of apartment buildings, against
six in January of last year.
Notice of Stockholders Meeting
Savings Bank at 8:00 o'clock p- m., i
February 23, 1921.
The annual meeting of the Pioneer
Building and Loan association of Gal
latin county, Montana, will be held in
the offices of the Gallatin Trust and
P. C. Wait, President.
B. Copping, Sec'y.
Gallatin Valiev Lands
FOR RENT—Two rooms over Courier
office for rent; they have just been
FOR RENT OR SALE— G room house
close in.
FOR RENT—House with five ronm^
and bath. 312 South Central.
We have some lots at the corner o?
Seventh Avenue and College Street,
an elegant location, that can be bought
right if taken before spring; if you
are going to build, see these lots.
160 acres, 3 miles south of Boze
man; one of the best ranches in the
County; good water right. Will take
in city property to the value of $5000
in trade. For further particulars call
and see us; when we are giving a
place away, we do not feel like adver
tising the owner and we can come
pretty near giving you this place.
Here's a place that one man can
work and make a good living off from
30 acres, all tillable, good water right,
fine improvements; $235.00 per acre
and the improvements cannot be dup
i Heated for the price asked. This place
I is 5 miles east of town.
( If you want to live close to town
i here's your chance; 368 acres, a mile
end a quarter from town; 100 acres
under irrigation, good living water,
good improvements; 200 acres tillable,
balance fine pasture. $65.00 per acre
Eisens tn.
Phons 127-w.
Courier B14«

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