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Volume 8 —No. 50
Eight Pages
$ 25 . 000,000
Soo Will Have Busy Year If
Plans Are Carried Out.
The Soo Line, in the biggest con
structive plan of any kind that has
developed so far this year in the west
ern part of the United States, will put
$25,000,000 into the building of 725
miles of new road, will cross the state
of Montana, open up an enormous ter
ritory for direct connection with the
twin cities and strike the Canadian Pa
cific somewhere near the extreme edge
of Montana where the state of Wash
ington begins, it was announced today.
Late in December the Soo Line was
known to have plans for an extention
of the Ambrose line for eighty miles
into Montana and for the Plaza, N. D.
line thirty miles to the Missouri river
and these extension plans, although
contemplating the construction of only
a short mileage, were conside r ed in the
railroad world at large as developments
of the first importance, marking, as
they would, the initial appearance of
Soo rails in one of the greatest states
in the union in area, productivity and
rapidity of development. From the
Minneapolis standpoint the definite an
nouncement of the purpose to lay the
first Soo Line rail into the eastern part
of Montana, in which state Minneap
olis bankers, manufacturers, millers,
and grain elevator men have invested
millions, and wherein wholesale trade
of Minneapolis has grown enormously,
was considered vastly important for
the trade growth of Minneapolis in the
These former plans today fall into
position of comparative minor import
ance, for the Soo is not only going to
build the thirty miles to the Missouri
rivei from Plaza, but, crossing the
river at Sansit, will strike west and go
over the Montana boundary, follow
the Yellowstone river for approximate
ly 250 miles across the northern part
of big Dawson county, go over the
Musselshell river into Fergus county,
which is geographically the central
county of Montana, cross the south
western portion of Choteau county, en
ter Teton county in the western end of
Montana and strike northerly ana west
erly, going over the Canadian boundary
either in Teton or Flathead counties.
A third transcontinental route with
Minneapolis as its principal basis
point will have been created. Two
years ago the Soo line began work on
an extension from Drake to Fordville,
N. D. the full purpose of which was
believed at the time to be entrance
into a part of North Dakota where
population growth had increased grain
production to an extent making it
profitable. This purnose was realized.
Today's development shows the rela
tion of the Drake-Fordville plan of
that time to an eventual far western
extention, for the 725 miles of new
road, with connection at Plaza, will
make possible the operation of trains
on almost a straight line to the Drake
Fordville cutoff, to either Minneapolis
or Duluth.
President Edmund Pennington of the
Soo line who returned today from Mon
treal confirmed the statement that the
road had six locating crews in the
field all summer and that they have
been working far west in Montana.
Of the territory that will be crossed,
about 70 per cent is agricultural land
and 30 per cent grazing country. Much
of it is land that can be irrigated.
That part of the new line through
Dawson county will open coumtry that
is entirely new, in which there is as
yet but little settlement and where
towns of size are few and far between.
The Fergus county territory is similar,
but Fergus county has Lewiston as its
center and several otl er places of some
importance. Northward in Choteau
county is Benton and westward in Cas
cade county is Great Falls. The Black
feet Indian reservation covers a large
portion of the northern part of Teton
county and here there is much land on
which irrigation work is under way or
planned. The big Teton irrigation proj
ect lies on the general route of that
part of the line.
The December announcement of the
purpose of the road to eiker a few
miles into eastern Montana was fol
lowed by much conjecture in general
railroad circles as to what the effect
would be upon the business of the Great
Northern, Northern Pacific and Milwau
kee systems as the plan, so far as then
apparent, meant that the Northern Pa
cific business originating in Glendive
territory would meet with Soo line
competition, that the Great Northern
would meet Soo line solicitation for
business in Valley county, from the
Ambrose extension and that the Mil
waukee would meet it in the same ter
ritory south of the eastern portion of
the Yellow'stone river, where the
Northern Pacific would feel it. These
speculative forecasts of competition
that would result are now as relative
ly of minor importance as were the or
iginal announcements of construction
work contemplated, for the Soo, in
work that will begin as soon as spring
opens, is going through Montana from
end to end, and will be competitive
for the business of that state, and a
factor in the largest Way in the state's
development.—Minneapolis Journal.
Helena, Jan. 28.— H. N. Savage,
supervising engineer of the reclama
tion services in the division, was the
principal witness examined today by
legislative investigating committee
that is probing into the alleged reclam
ation service extravagance and dis
crimination in Carey releases by the
Mr. Savage explained in detail
what the service has accomplished on
the reservation and answered the crit
icisms that have been made. He de
clared that when the work is finished
there will be no grounds for complaint
and that the work done so far has been
effective and that value has been giv
en for moneys expended.
Today three witness were exammed
George Beckwith of the St. Ignatius,
H. R. Rathbone of Ronan and Stanley
Scearce of Ronan.
The burden of the testimony was
that the service has expended many
thousands of dollars without making
water available for the ditches, and
that some of the completed work will
have to be abandoned because of earth
Committees are Chosen To Enter
tain Sttfckmen
Miles City, Jan. 28.—The commit
tee which will have in hand the en
tertaining of the visitors In Miles
City on the occasion of the annual
meeting of the Montana stockgroW
ers and the Eastern Montana wool
growers has decided on the design j
of the badge which is Riven (Hit an-|„
nually as a souvenir,
bqt what the
design is to be is being kept secret.
Additional members have been
added fce assist the committee and
these have been placed on sub-com
mittees as follows:
Finance, C. W. Butler, Ed Arnold,
C. B. Calvin. Automobiles for the
visitors, C. B. Ingham, C. T. Lakin
R. H. Daniels. Decorations, Thomas
Shore, W. P. Cresap, A. H. Furst
now. Speakers. L. W. Stacy, G. F.
Ingersoll and Kenneth McLean.
Northern Pacific Establishes
Bureau Of Efficiency
St. Paul, Jan. 23.—To promote the
welfare of patrons and employes of
the company, to effect greater econo
my in operation, to raise the standard
of individual and dtpartment work,
and out of this closer co-ordination to
derive a greater degree of dispatch and
safety in the performance of its func
tions, President Howard Elliott of the
Northern Pacific . has established a
Bureau of Efficiency under the juris
diction of the Operating Department
in charge of Mr. George T. Slade,
Third Vice President. The headquar
ters of the Bureau will be at St. Paul
and the official circular creating the
Bureau states that Mr. Charles T.
Banks will be in direct charge of it.
The circular says, "The Superin
tendent of each division wjll act as the
local representative to whom employes
will offer suggestions and report con
ditions and practices toward and in
which the Bureau can exercise its of
fice of effecting improvement. Em
ployes are requested to confer freely
with the Superintendent on all sub
jects and to make suggestions for the
improvement of the service or work
ing conditions as they now exist."
Employes are enjoined in the cir
cular to give the work of the Bureau
their earnest and sympathetic co-ope
ration, and emphasis is laid upon the
point that every employe ought to feel
a personal interest in the movement
for the benefit, not alone of the pa
trons of the road, but the employe him
self and his family.
The Northern Pacific already has
the reputati n of operating its lines
with as low cost as any other road oc
cupying similar territory and working
under similar conditions.
New Homestead Bill
Passed The
Washington, Jan. 22.—To permit
homesteaders acquiring 160 acres of
public land to take an additional 160
acres without living on the proper
ty for five years as the law now re
quires, a bill by Representative Tay
lor of Colorado passed the house
5,000 Wells Dug For Irrigation
Topeka, Jan. 27.—Western Kansas
looks like the oil fields of southern
Kansas and Oklahoma just now on
account of derricks scattered over
the prairies It is estimated by offic
ials of the Atchison & Sante Fe rail
way that more than 5,000 wells are
being drilled this winter. And ev
ery well means from 40 to 80 acres
of land under irrigation during the
h*ot season of next summer.
"The derricks are as thick in west
ern Kansas as they ever were in the
oil fields," said Charles A. Walker,
division freight agent of the Sante
Fe. "The derricks are similar in
size and shape to those used in oil
fields. They are working especially
in Finney, Scott, Hamilton, Ness,
Logan, Haskell, and Gray counties."
The wells vary in depth from 50
to 400 feet and are from 12 to 30 in
ches in diameter, depending on how
large the pumps are. The drills go
down from 15 to 56 feet after strik
ing water and the water is drawn
from the bottom of the well, so
there always is sufficient head to the
j water to guarantee steady pumping,
^ ls FrftefB Million
Dollars Richer
Grand Forks, Jan. 23.—» There is
approximately fifteen and a half
million dollars more in individual de
posits in the banks of North Dakota
at the present time than there was
year ago. This is the information
contained in the statement of the
bank examiner just received by the
Development League Press Bu
reau at Grand Forks. At the time
of the 1911 call $68,352,963. That
amount has been increased to $83,
899, 035.38. according to the state
ment just issued.
In 1911 these were 147 national
banks and 600 state banks reporting
while in 1912 there were 145 nation
al banks and 572 state banks, the de
crease in state banks being brought
about by consolidation.
In the national banks the deposits
are divided as follows-*
Subject to check $17,963,717.88
Demand Certificates 1,272,178.92
Time Certificates 14,135,667.73
The State banks reported the de
posits in the following manner:
Subject to check $25,389,348.27
Demand Certificates 956,256.17
Time Certificates 21,364,590.13
Savings Deposits 1,471,121.01
The splendid increase in the year
in the bank deposits is indicative of
the business conditions prevailing in
the state during the past year. The
individual reports of the banks to
the state department show that the
advance in deposits lias been uni
form in practically every locality in
the state.
The 1913 Stockmeeting
The entertainment committee
having in charge the arrangements
for our annual stockmeeting, has al
ready organized, and has outlined
plans for the meetings of the Mon
tana Stock * Growers' association,
scheduled to meet here April 14, 15,
and 16 next,
H. B. Wiley has been re-elected
chairman and J. B. Collins secretary,
the other members of the committee
being C. W. Butler, L. W. Stacy,
Thos. Shore, C. B. Ingham and H.
V. Bailey.
An order has been placed for the
invitations, and designs for an ap
propriate souvenir have been solicit
ed. It is the intention to make the
coming meeting the very best ever,
and it is hoped every citizen will do
his part in making them such. If
any one has any suggestions to make
whereby the meetings can be made
more profitable and more enjoyable,
the committee would be very glad to
receive such suggestions and will cer
tainly give them due consideration.
—Miles City Journal.
"Shorty" Heard From
On Board S. S. Vestris,
Jan. 13, 1913.
Dear Journal:
I am passing the old volcano of
Mont Pelee, where there was such
an awful eruption 12 years ago. It
killed 50,000 people and destroyed a
very beautiful town. It: is on the
Island of Martinique belonging to
France. Tomorrow we will stop at
the island called Barbadoes; an is
land containing 300 square miles
and there is a population of 200,000
or 1,200 head to the square mile (a
little off on the arithmetic there
Shorty.) We have had a fine trip so
far. I have not been sick or missed
a meal. We have been out six
days today since leaving New York/
Our next stop will be Bahia, Brazil.
I am sure glad to miss the cold win
ter up north. The boat I am sailing
on is an English ship, belonging to
the Lamport & Holt line. It is 12,
000 tons displacement and is 675 feet
long. There are 300 passengers
aboard all headed for South Amer
ica. Happy New Year to all.
Warner Freed
—Miles City Journal.
Don't forget that the Monitor Of
fice always has a full supply of jus
tice court blanks. 'Phone 120.
Visiting cards of all sizes neatly
printed at
'Phone 120,
the Monitor Office,
was a
Followed by Big Banquet at
Hotel in the Evening.
For completeness of detail, the
banquet given at the Jordan Hotel
this evening, in honor of the open
ing of the new railroad hospital,
could hardly be surpassed. It could
not have been more of a success.
Some 100 people all told gathered
at the spacious tables in the cafe of
the hotel and partook of the hospi
tality there offered, meanwhile lis
tening to the flow of wit and con
gratulations, contained in the regu
lar program, and several extras.
The Hotel Jordan is to be especially
commended for the manner in which
the menu was served. It was one
of the nicest banquets which this
popular hostelry has put out.
Below is appended the regular
program of toasts, and also the me
nu of the occasion. Dr. Altnow of
Mandan and James Hughes of the
N. P. B. A., were also present, and
responded in excellent speeches
when called on by the toastmaster.
Previous to the program proper,
messages of regret that they were
unable to attend were read from
President Howard Elliott of the
Northern Pacific,. General Superin
tendent J. M. Rapelje and Dr.
Courtenay of Brainerd, chief sur
geon of the N. P. B. A. The mes
sages were read to those assembled
by Chief Clerk H. R, Boden.
One of the most pleasant features
of the occasion was the presenta
tion of a gold watch to J. C. Taylor
by the employes of the Yellowstone
Division, the presentation speech
being made by Conductor A. E. An
derson. It was one of the most elab
orate pieces of jewelry that could be
purchased and fittingly expressed
the esteem in which Mr. Taylor is
held by the employes of the Yellow j
stone Division, where he has labored ;
so long and faithfullv. Mr. Taylor
responded -feelingly to the présenta- 1
tion. He was summoned to the ban- !
quet hall by Train Order 1,001, is
sued by Supt. Lantry. Mr. Taylor
has been on this division for over 30
years, in his capacity of looking af
Thursday, January 30, 1913
H. J. HASKELL, Toastmaster
The following sentiments will be offered and
responded to :
1. Tonnage......'..................A. J. Carr
2. Efforts of Great Men......... H. R. Boden
3. Mechanical Devices in the Shops..........
......................... W. D. Gochenour
4. Standard and Condition of the Employes..
..........................A. E. Anderson
5 Report of the Club Committee............
V............................ T. F. Hagan
6. Presentation of a gold v/atch to one of the
oldest employes by........A. E. Anderson
7. The O. R. C............... D. C. Maxwell
8. Influence of the Press.......J. A. Metcalf
9. My Part with the System..................
...................Dr. J. W. Chamberlin
10. The Medical Profession. .Dr. A. C. Wilson
11. Local Industries......... Dr. E. G. Balsam
12. Co-operation.................. F. P. Leipei*
13. The Yellowstone Division____ T. H. Lantry
14. The N. P. B. A......... Dr. R. H. Beach
Oyster Cocktail
Consomme, a la Royal
Rhine Wine
Broiled Brook Trout, Maitre d Hotel
Sweet Bread Croquettes, Mushroom Sauce
Roast Young Turkey, Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes Stringless Beans
Asparagus Salad
Tutti Fruitti Ice-cream Assorted Cake
Toasted Water Crackers Roquefort Cheese
Cafe Noir
| ter bridges and buildings. He was
j also highly complimented during the
j course of the evening by the phy
I sicians present on the excellent
j work of supervision which he had
j performed on the new hospital
Drs. Chamberlin, Wilson, Balsam,
Altnow and Beach waxed enthusias
tic over the new hospital when they
were called upon. One and all de
clared that it was the most complete
structure of the kind that they had
ever seen. Dr. Beach was especially
delighted at the fact that he would
have such pleasant surroundings
under which to undertake his im
portant new duties. The doctors
declared that the new building was
a model which could be followed
anywhere, size taken into consider
Mr. Hughes of the hospital associ
ation was highly congratulatory on
the way that the people of Glendive
had went after and secured the in
stitution for the city. He said that
if the same spirit was shown, the
new depot would be but a matter of
a short time. Mr. Anderson in his
remarks said that it was the inten
tion of the employes to secure the
old depot for club rooms, when the
new structure is finally secured for
the city.
The banquet did net come to a
close until after the hour of 1 a. m.,
but it was such a spontaneous ex
pression ot goodfellowship and hope
for the future of the city and the
new hospital that one and all readily
excused the lateness of the hour.
During the afternoon, the new
hospital was open to visitors and a
great many townsDeople took ad
j vantage of the opportunity to view
; the splendid equipment ot the new
institution. The sanitary precau
1 tiens of the building are simply
! marvelous when viewed in the light
of the general methods used just a
few years ago.
Below is the banquet program as
originally prepared t 0 be presented:

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