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Yellowstone Monitor.
Published at Glendive, Dawson County. Montana
by E. A. MARTIN.
Entered aa second-class matter March S, 1906,
at the postoffice at Glendive, Mont., under the
Act of Congress of March 3. 1879. ____
THURSDAY. MAY 29, 1913.
Wants Land Business Expedited
Congressman John M. Evans is
making an earnest campaign for a
more expeditious administration of the
public affairs. Recently he compiled
a statement showing the condition of
all the land offices in Montana. As a
result of this investigation, the offices
at Miles City, Havre and Glasgow
were found to be congested with busi
ness, due to the tremendous immigra
tion to the sections surrounding these
offices. The matter was laid before
the commissioner of the general land
office, who made an order giving ad
ditional help to those offices. This
extra assistance will be available by
the first of June.
At all the other land offices the
business was reported in good condi
tion. Mr. Evans realizes that the
new settlers are the "backbone" of
the country and he is going to see
that they have every assistance ih
their efforts to make homes in this
great commonwealth.
Information For Foreign Settlers
On May 20, Representative Tom
Stout introduced a bill in the House
of Representatives, appropriating
money to enable the commissioner gen
eral of immigration to gather infor
mation regarding the resources, pro
ducts, and so forth, of the states and
territories, and for other purposes.
The bill reads as follows: "Beit en
acted by the senate and house of rep
resentatives of the United States of
America in congress assembled, that
there is hereby appropriated the sum
of $100,000, out of any money in the
treasury not otherwise appropriated,
or so much thereof as may be necess
ary, to enable the commissioner gen
eral of immigration, under the direc
tion and control of the secretary of
labor, to correspond with the proper
officials of the states and territories,
and to gather from all available sour
ces useful information regarding the
resources, products and physical char
acteristics of each state and territory,
and to publish such information in dif
ferent languages, and to distribute
the publications among all admitted
aliens and to such other persons as may
desire the same."
The bill was referred to the com
mittee on appropriations.
Mr. Stout, living in the great state
of Montana, which has drawn a great
part of its population from immigra
tion, realizes the importance of such
a move as the bill contemplates. The
object is a very worthy one, and the
action in line with what Mr. Stout has
done in the past for the advancement
of his constituents.
Sunshine very plentiful these days.
Bill Jordan paid a visit to this lo
cality the last of the week.
Bob Doyle has turned land agent
and doubtless will close a sale for 640
acres of land in Sec. 33, T. 21, R. 54.
The purchaser is a German gentleman
from Wisconsin.
Misses Clara and Bertha Gräber
have started in the poultry business
and have some very fine specimens.
They expect to win a prize at the poul
try show this fall.
Mrs. S. D. Ward, our worthy
postmistress, went to Enid last week
to visit her daughter, Mrs. Bean.
Mr. Bean was a caller at Retah
this week, and advises he has a new
arrival at his home in the way of a
12-pound baby girl. Our postmistress
is now grandma and seems quite
pleased about it.
Mrs. Will Soomers has been acting
postmistress, assisted by Miss Dora
Blown, during the absence of, Mrs.
S. D. Ward.
A minister has been employed re
cently and services will be held every
Sunday forenoon at the new Mennon
ite church. Everyone is cordially in
J Qorrespondence . J
Rumblings Of Retah
vited to attend.
Miss Dora Brown is having a new
well dug, or rather one of her many
springs deepened, on her homestead.
She expects to irrigate in case of dry
weather. Miss Brown has some nice
cattle, which she herds when not oth
erwise employed.
Joe Gräber is going to build a ce
ment wall under his house; also wall
up his cellar with concrete. He is
treating his house to a new coat of
Seeding is almost done in this part
of the county.
Mrs. Will Soomers will have anew
house built on her homestead soon.
There will be a dance given at the
Ed. Kintch school house, June 21.
Mr. Alexander went to Glendive on
Friday last to transact important bus
Wm. Ortman made final proof last
week on his homestead entry.
Harry Moore was in Savage last
week as a witness.
Chas. Ball will remove his plow
rig to the Redwater soon, where he
has a homestead and intends doing
some plowing for himself.
It is rumored that the local land of
fices have been advised to accept fil
ings in the railroad indemnity strip
At any rate a number of filings are
being made around Fox lake on rail
road land.
Retah has some ball nine. We are
going after chat Glendive nine as soon
as we get in good trim. We play ev
ery Sunday afternoon at Joe Gräber' s
place, where we have a splendid dia
Bill Hampton is finishing the last
of Bob Doyle's seeding this week, and
expects to file on a homestead in June,
where he will remove this summer
and start farming on his own hook.
A number of Germans are locating
in our midst. They come from the
east and are all good farmers and good
citizens. Come on, we are glad to see
you. We have room for all good citi
zens and plenty of cheap homes.
Paul Woodcock has removed to his
homestead over on the South Fork.
Plow rigs are tearing up the soil in
every direction. Everyone is getting
all the land broke which can be af
C. C Scanlan will do the cement
work for Joe Gräber and build a house
for Merl Long in June.
Miss Nellie Ballentine has the
seeding completed on her homestead,
and she will now do some fencing to
protect her crop.
C. C. S.
Marco Markings
Where has Marco been this long
time, that we haven't heard from
them ? Answer yourselves.
A large portion of our Marco peo
ple are off in different parts of the
country, availing themselves of the
opportunity afforded.
Miss Lindman has accepted a posi
tion as telephone girl in Seattle,
Wash., and she writes us that she has
not forgotten a few of us, at least.
Cliff York is attending an engine
for Frank Colter of Savage. Dick York
is working for Bert Clements, while
Sam Livingston is putting in a large
crop at Retah
Our new neighbors, Olson Brothers,
have finished their spring work at
home, in addition to putting in Mr.
Marco's crop, ahd are now preparing
to put in a crop for Frank Stipek, on
his place near here.
W. H. Frank has a man Living on
his land who is taking the part of a
truck farmer. If everything goes well
there will be lots of garden stuff to
be had here this coming fall.
Miss Abbie Kallock has accepted a
position at the U. S. R. S. camp at
Intake for a short time.
The sad report of our friend, W. A.
Graves, having met death, reached
Marco Saturday by stage. Mr. Graves
was one of the oldest settlers on the
South Fork of Burns, and his death is
regretted by all who knew him.
Miss Frieda LoefRer of LaCrosse,
Wis., is teaching the Livingston
school in District No. 11. The com
munity would like to extend thanks to
our county superintendent for this
service, as a number of shifts were
made to obtain it.
We have set our stoves aside and
are sitting on our porches in the
Evidence is daily accumulating on
proof of the assertion that Woodrow
Wilson made no great and glaring er
ror when he went to far away Califor
nia and picked up a secretary of the
interior in the person of Franklin K.
Lane. Of course, Montanans were
generally disappointed when the honor
failed to fall to the lot of Governor
Edwin L. Norris, but it is a source of
much satisfaction to know that a man
was chosen whose ideas as to the man
ner in which that great department
should be conducted run in about the
same channel as those of the popular
former executive of our own state.
Lane is distinctly a western man
and his viewpoint is altogether that of
the broad guaged, straightforward
westerner. He knows from his own
personal experience much of the prob
lems of the homesteader and is in
hearty sympathy with the thousands
who are trying to establish homes on
the vast areas of public domain in the
great states of the Rocky mountain
region. He believes that our country
should lend every possible assistance
to these people rather than placing
all possible hindrance in their way as
has been done in the past. He is im
patient of red tape and departmental
inefficiency and before he has been on
the job very many months there are
going to be some wholesome changes
in men and policies connected with the
department over which he presides.
After he has been on the job for a
year or two end gets things running
to suit him, there will be fewer peo
ple leaving this country with its mil
lions of acres of fertile public land to
settle on the less fertile lands of wes
tern Canada.
What Lane did not know about the
affairs of his department when he took
hold he is rapidly finding out by means
of some farreaching investigations.
He had naturally heard a lot of com
plaint about the manner in which the
reclamation service is being conduc
ted and, for the last three weeks, he
has been going into that subject very
thoroughly. He has had men, actual
settlers on all of the different pro
jects, down here and has been letting
them tell their stories, elaborate upon
their troubles and go as far as they
desire in making suggestions as to de
sired changes in the service. When he
gets through with this investigation,
ehe secretary of the interior will
know more about these reclamation
projects than all of the preceding sec
retaries put together knew. He will
know where the bad spots are and who
is responsible for them. He will be in
a position to make changes and you
can rest assured that he will make
This reclamation business has not
been exactly all that it was cracked
up to be at the beginning. The set
tlers who have appeared at these hear
ings have related many a sorry tale
of misplaced confidence in the promi
ses of Uncle Sam. Many of these sto
ries have perhaps been overdrawn but
there must be something wrong when
the complaint is of such general char
Unquestionably this work of re
claiming millions of acres of semi
arid lands of the west by means of ir
rigation is one of the most important
and most beneficent projects ever un
dertaken by this government. It
means the addition of billions of dol
lars to the tangible wealth of the na
tion, the making of homes for tens of
thousands of people. It is proposed to
do this without the expenditure of
one dollar raised by taxation since the
vast cost of the various projects is to
be borne by the land so reclaimed.
There is not one valid objection to the
scheme although there may be some
merited disapproval of the manner in
which the problem has been worked
The chief cause for complaint has
arisen through the discrepancy be
tween what the reclamation officials
have promised that the work would
cost and what it actually has cost.
There has been poor figuring some
where along the line and a bit of pal
pable mismanagement in other places.
Settlers have gone on to these pro
jects with the understanding that the
land and water would cost them
certain sum and have been compelled
to pay a much greater sum when the
work was completed. Naturally, this
has been a disappointment and a
source of endless contention.
But the reclamation engineers have
not been altogether to blame. They
were, in the beginning, tackling an
entirely new proposition. They have
met up with obstacles which could not
reasonably be foreseen. The past de
cade has been an era of constantly ris
ing prices. Labor, material and eve
rything else entering into the con
struction of the great irrigation plants
have increased enormously in cost
during that period. These are mat
ters with which the reclamation ser
vice has had to contend and there was
no way to avoid them except to shut
down operations.
Another big problem which the
present administration will attempt
to solve is that pertaining to the de
velopment of Alaska. The senate
committee on territories has been hol
ding comprehensive hearings on a bill
which has been introduced and which
proposes to construct a government
railroad from one of the principal
shipping points to one of the largest
coal bearing regions of the territory.
There is as much coal in Alaska as in
all of the rest of the world, but the
vast beds are lying idle and unpro
ductive because of the lack of trans
portation advantages. The Guggen
heim interests have been trying to
get a strangle hold of all of the an
tural resources of that far northern
possession of ours. The Roosevelt ad
mi ni strotion very correctly sought to
forestall these activities by withdraw
ing from entry all of the coal and
timber lands of Alaska. But Pinchot
stopped right there and the people of
the territory have been waiting pat
iently for some sort of a scheme to be
devised whereby the great natural re
sources of their country may be de
veloped by private capital and indivi
dual energy and initiative and at the
same time protect such resources from
monopolization. Under the oppres
sive Pinchot orders which have been
permitted to stand for the past five or
six years, Alaska has made no pro
gress. It is now proposed to bring
about conditions whereby actual de
velopment may proceed and if the plan
meets with success, Alaska is certain
to increase in population and commer
cial importance by leaps and bounds.
A few months before he relinquish
ed office, President Taft issued an or
der placing all fourth class postmas
ters under the cover of the civil ser
vice. Coming at such a time, there
was no reasonable excuse for this
order other than that it would serve to
retain in office about 35,000 republi
cans. President Wilson, with the aid
and advice of Postmaster General
Burleson, has amended this rule by
requiring that all fourth class post
masters shall take competitive exami
nations at the conclusion of their
terms of office and it is fair to assume
that several thousand of them will
lose their jobs as a result of this or
der. Some changes have also been
made in the personnel of the civil ser
vice board which, it is claimed, has
been operated solely in behalf of the
republican party. The President has
made himself very popular with the
army of loyal democratic office seek
ers by reason of his manifest determi
nation to gently but firmly pry repub
licans loose from jobs and put deser
ving members of his own party in their
places. It has also had the effect of
clearing the atmosphere in congress
ional circles, which was becoming sur
charged with dynamite owing to the
extreme deliberation with which the
"rascals" were being ousted and the
"patriots" substituted in their stead.
The republican members of con
gress are devoting their days and
nights to the Herculean task of gath
ering the scattered remnants of the
once proud and puissant G. O. P., in
to one coherent, fighting aggregation
and se m to be making some progress
in that direction. A mighty effort is
being made to agree upon some pro
gram which will meet with the appro
val of the insurgent wing of the party
but from the general outlook, about
the only plan which will be accepted
by the followers of Roosevelt is the
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Baking Powd
Fine and Wholesome Biscuit,
Delicious Cake and Pastry
No Alum
No Lime Phosphate
complete acquiescence on the part of
the standpatters in the principles of
the progressive organization. This is
going to be a pretty bitter potion for
such fellows as Penrose, Smoot, Mann,
Payne, Mondell, Warren and Gallin
ger. The democrats are observing
these proceedings with only mild in
terest. They realize that the fate of
the democratic party depends, not up
on any reorganization of the republi
can party but the integrity and suc
cess of the present administration.
"Sweet Sixteen" comes but once in
her lifetime. Let the portrait preserve
the record of that happy age. A visit
to the photographer keeps fresh for all
time, the budding charms of sixteen or
the bloom of twenty.
Think what those pictures will mean
to you and to her, in the after years.
Modern equipment and the natural,
homelike surroundings of the up-to
date studio, insure faithful and artistic
9i. S. Wing is the photographer in Sie n (I lue
Stallions For Sale
Five imported Black Percheron Stallions,
3 and 4 years old, ton horses. Will price
these stallions very low.
Marshall, Minn.
W. F. STUTZ, Prop.
Sunny Brook, Pickwick Rye, Fitzgerald Whiskies
Pure Wines, and Cigars that Smoke.
Cosy Parlors and Courteous Treats 0
Under the leadership of President
Wilson, they are making genuine ef
forts to bring about sin h changes in
economic conditions of the country as
may meet with the merited approval of
the people. If the tariff hill is a suc
cess and the plans for financial legisla
tion work out advantageously, it is
believed that the democrats will :*
able to go before the country one and
three years hence with every chanee
of success.
—Torn Stout.

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