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OF MONT V <•> PIONEER PAPER OF BIG MUDDY VALLEY OFFICIAL PAPER OF PLENTYWOOD VOL 19. NO. 16 PLENTYWOOD, SHERIDAN COUNTY, MONTANA, FRIDAY. JANUARY 14. 1927 $2.00 PER YEAR Administration Policy Ons of Firm Determination Washington, D C., Jnn 12.-Pres ident Coolidge has made clear that the United States will not shirk its responsibility to protect the lives, rights and properties of citizens by the prompt dispatch of Marines and warships to the Micaraguan territo ry. The President and the Secretary of State, Mr. Kellogg, have never "wavered in their acceptance of this responsibility. In Nicaragua whol ly apart from the necessary promo tion of the lives of American citi zens we have a great national inter est. Some millions of dollars have already been invested by the United States in the Nicaraguan canal to .vhich we have exclusive treaty rights and it is not to be denied that if an unfriendly group secured n foothold in that country the dis tance to the Panama Canal is dis tressingly short. In Nicaragua we also have the right to a naval b ise and furthermore we are signaiors of a treaty signed in 1923 by which for the protection of our own na tional rights we have pledged our selves to respond when attempts are made to overthrow established constitutional governments. One word more, after a century . of struggle we have secured the rec ognization of the Monroe doctrine which gives us a veto power over foreign government encroachments in South America. The acceptance of that ruling by the great powers of the world was one of the greet vic tories of our national life. It would be short sighted indeed if by our acts or failure to act we abated one 'single jot, our recognized rights. Tbe Coolidge-Kellogg policy is an American policy and partisan or fanatic outcrys against it trill not "'affect the judgement of the Ameri can people. Joys of Living Who has not wished that he had lived in some remote and happy time? The magnificence of Rome, the glory of Greece» the golden chariots, the alabaster vases and ihe ivory chairs of Tutankhamen fascinate and enthrall. Looking about upon a sick and weary world, nerve shattered sad hungry, it Is not difficult to imagine hdw pleasant life most have been in au easier, golden day. Yet, if we had been living in the days of the phampered Pharaohs, the vast ma jority of us would have been digging the irrigation ditches, sweating over the great stones that went into the pyramids. or—if we had been particularly clever— perhaps hammering the gold that vent into tbe ubiquitous statues of the king The comforts of life were only at the top in 1500 B. C. and even the hope for im provement had not percolated to the bot tom. There may be some consolation for the dissatisfied man of today in this thought—that bis lot would have been infinitely worse 3,000 or more years ago. it's easier to live today than ever be fore. Nearly all the woes from' which the world suffers might have been prevented. But when an ancient civilization was overrun by a savage horde, or whgn pi auge or tontine decimated the popula tion of the fairest cities, the wisest ol those peoples couldn't help themselves. Migratory tribes have since been pretty well billeted and ticketed, railroads and steamships have conquered famine, and intelligent sanitation and magnificently brave and curious medicine is lew res pectful of disease with each passing year. HIGH SCHOOL NOTES The Junior Class made $30 on the magazine drive. The Misses Dyste, Heyerdahl and Croot were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Lewis last Sunday. A large shipment of biology lab oratory material wes received last week. Mrs. E. H. Helgeson visited the third grad Monday. The seventh grade made calendars for the New Year. Harold DeSilva's was chosen as the best. Lucille Hunt started school in the eighth grade after the Christmas cation. va Mrs. J. G. Wagner visited the first grade Tuesday. On January 7, 1927 the Plenty -wood boys' basket ball team beat the Crosby team 22 to 17. 6000 ROADS MOTOR FUEL TAX FIGURES UP BIG The bureau of public roads of the Department of Agriculture haa made public a summary of the gasoline taxes by states for the first half of the cal endar year 1926, showing the total taxes collected on motor vehicle fuel, refunds on gross tax, disposition of fund, rates and gallons of gasoline con sumed by motor vehicles taxed throughout the United States. It shows that such tax earnings ag gregated 184,939,378, and that the total tax earnings of all the states were dis posed of by $148,809 used as costs of collection, $54,981,677 used for state highways, $19,388,976 for local roads, $6,329,413 used for payments of state and county road bonds and $4,140,998 for miscellaneous purposes. The average tax rate for the period, for all the states, was 2.89 cents a gal lon, on June 30. The net gallons of gasoline taxed and used by motor vehi cle« in all the stages aggregated 8,560, 967,866, and the estimated additional gansas, not taxed and not used by motor vehicles, (reported only by Illi nois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York), aggregated 856,450,000. Tbe total tax earnings on fuel for motor vehicles—the $84,039,378 men tioned—represent the actual taxes available for disposal. Tbe gross tax assessed prior to deduction or refunds and the exemption refund«, deducted from tbe gross tax, are not totaled for the country aa a whole, the statement say«, because, while showing the pro cedure for obtaining the total tax. It Is "of minor importance, coats In many states, It was said, are paid from other state funds. Collection Flay Signs and Shacks in Report on Conditions As « result of « survey made by hundreds of Its affiliated clubs, tbe American Automobile association bas Issued an urgent appeal calling «a state officials everywhere to take Im mediate step« to «weep aside the debris that mars tbe beauty of tbe landscape and In many Instances adds to accident hasard along tbe nation's great motor highways. The national motoring body made two specific points in Its appeal, which Is mainly addressed to state highway officials in charge of road maintenance, construction, and supervision, "as fol lows: First, there Is so much advertising material along the highways that the motorist Is constantly confuted as be tween these variegated signs and the signs set up by tbe states for his safety and convenience In travel. Second, In many Instances the scenic beauty which Is the great appeal In the call of the roads. Is marred be cause of tbe continuance along many of the main highways of unsightly tumble down shacks of all kinds that constitute an eyesore to the motor lag public. Mexico Creates System of Federal Good Roads The congress of Mexico created a system of federal roads by an act passed in March, 1925. A tax of three centavos per liter (about 5.7 cents per gallon) was placed on all gasoline, whether for domestic use or export All the tax on tobacco was also divert ed to tbe federal road fund. In case these two taxes do not amount to $600,000 per month, the treasury de partment Is authorized to Issue actes to make up the difference. At present the two taxes bring about $400.000 a month. consista of a total mileage of 1,837, principally In a north and south road from Laredo through Mexico City to Acapulco. There are at present 25,000 automobiles In the republic, most of them In Mexico City, and before fed eral read building began they could seldom go outside the city. The construction program Victory Highway to Run Through Mountain Tube The Moffat tunnel commission which has In charge the construction of the mammoth tnbe which la being thrust through a mountain range In Oolorado, haa let the contract for two miles sf rall/oad roadbed which will connect the Moffat railroad with the west por tals of the tunnel. Th« new road will leave, the present main line of tbe Moffat road near a crossing of the Vic tory highway and will reach the tun nel by an easy grade. The roadbed la to cross tbe Fraser river and the Vlc tory highway on a bridge. * When tbe tunnel la complete. It will be available not only for railroad trains bnt also for aotomobllea, and will eliminate the surmounting of two high passes from the problem of cross ing the continental divide. ; ; Conspiracy rz rr 'imTmV mm I tn w VtLÎ WE CAN FXPtXT ZERO Wf -, « ''//.O r. '''• m WW///// i/WW/'/r y m % y/: Co 1 7J. / Ü a? 4 yüs w%M 'OS X Plentyweod Digit Uses to Antelope Wednesday evening saw one of the fastest basketball games ever played on tbe local floor. The ball was crowded to capacity loug before the game was to be called. Tbe preliminary game was be tween the Antelope and Plenty wood second teams. The game was a fast aad interesting one from beginning to end, Plenty wood fi □ally emerging with 7 to 0 victory Following is tbe score by quarters. 1st Quarter Plentywood Antelope .. 0 0 2nd Quarter 3 Plenty wood .... Antelope ,.. .... 0 3rd Quarter Plenty wood Antelope .. 0 . o 4tb Quarter Pleutywood Antelope . . 4! . 0j Immediately following this game the Antelope and Plenty wood first j leams took tbe floor. After a brisk j warming up practice they lined np J for play with the Froid coach as | referee. The first quarter was fast and 1 furious with neither team able to secure a basket. Plenty wood made a point on a foul shot. S happened to Plentywood's brilliant . . ■ . n . i• r running guard, bib Zeidler. In a mixup with "Swede" Hoven "Gib 1 fell straining a ligament in his ankle so that he had to be taken Irom the Shortly after the second quarter ! began a mort unfortunate accident game. Antelope at once took ad vantage of this and the half ended with the score 8 to 2 in their favor During tbe last half Gib again took bis place o» tbe team with great applause from tbe spectators for his garaeness. Even though crippled bis presence kept tbe Ante lope boys from again scoring heav ily. During the last quarter Plen ty wood outfought and outplayed the Antelope team. The fiual score was Antelope 14, Plentywood 9. SCORE BY QUARTERS 1st Quarter 1 Plentywood Antelope. .... 0 2nd Quarter i Plentywood Ànteiope .. 8 3rd Quarter 2 Plentywood Antelope .. 4 4th Quarter Plentywood Antelope .. Both Antelope and Plentywood have as fast teams as may be found in this part of tbe Northwest and both teams show excelle ot coaching and team work. It is understood that Antelope and Plentywood will meet again soon on tbe local floor. o 2 American Legion Notes The regular meeting of Post No. 58 of the American Legion was held at the Elgin Cafe. The main topic of the evening was in regard to another amateur night which we feel will be a night of en joyment and pleasure *o all. this time the Commander appointed a committee to take up the matter of another boxing bout notice of which will be found in an other part of the paper. The follow ing are the members of the commit tee: Poaku Popesku, E. J. Kjelstrup, S. Erickson. 'We failed to mention in the last issue the Vice Commanders of the nearby towns. They are : Hub Wirtzberger, Westby, George Svorcan, Antelope; Elling Lee, Out look; George Johnson, Dooley; Dale Pishel, Redstone; Peter Norby, Ray mond. After the meeting adjourned a de licious lunch was served which was most enjoyable and which is the kind the Posku serves. We invite all legionaires to attend what the Legion is doing, meeting are every third Tuesday in each and every month. Also And see Regular Sheridan Leads in Show's List Sidney, Jan. 8 —The manager of i he state corn and seed show. Hor old F. DePue, reports that to dale Sheridan county leads all counties in number of entries for the stab corn and pure seed shows that will be held at Sidney, January 26 and 28. According to Mr DePue, tries have been received from Mr, en a ate utility seed show. This makes . . . . c . , . e . . . u total of 54 farmers from Sheridan county who will have fine exhibits of corn and pure seçds at the star« show If other counties respond well as Sheridan county, there will be several thousand farmers of the ' Ostby. county agent of Sheridan county, for 24 farmers for the com show ai d from 30 farmers for tin state who will have entries at the state show. From all reports every indication points to the fact that more farmers will exhibit this veai than in any past year and it is ex pected that the quality will be very superior to past years Plentywood Voloiitoer Fin Deportment Elects Their Officers The annual meeting of the Plen tywood Volunteer Fire Department was held on Jan. 9th, 1927 with the following officers elected for the coming year: Chief, L. E Hein Ass't Chief, L G. Zeidler Secy. Treas.. A. J. Langer Cap't Chemical Co., F. J. Fish beck Cap't Hose Co. No. I, J. A, Kjel strup Cap't Hose Co. No. 2. M, S. Nel , dance which is to be held at the Farmer-Labor Temple on Feb. 22. : m , , ... ... . 1927. Plenty of fun 88 this will be a carnival dance with all the trim SOD. Don't forgeC the annual Fireman's rniogs. i. POPLAR BOYS TO ENTER STOCK JUDG ING COMPETITION Contest at Fort Peck Indian School May Become Annual Affair. Wolf Point—William Hilde, Claude Nichol, Werner Schreiber, Leslie Bey er, Wayde Littlefield and Clarence Bartel are the six high school boys that have been chosen to represent Wolf Point in the stock judging test to be held at Poplar on January 22. JThe three Wolf Point boys in this contest will represent the city at the young men's vocational gress at Bozeman January 31. The following letter received this week from A. W. Warden, county agent, contains the that the county commissioners give a cup to the prize winning team, which is interest among the boys who complete. Mr. Warden says: "Mrs. Inglehart (county superin tendent), has informed me that the county commissioners have ordered a cup to be used in the coming stock judging contest. This will be sent to me and will be awarded to the school winning the Poplar contest, January 29. con con announcement wall stimulating considerable will An Annual Event. "Mrs. Inglehart and I talked the matter over and recommended that the cup be competed for annually anc. become the permanent possission of the school which first wins the cup three times. You will understand that I do not mean three times in succession as that is practically impossibility. "With this added incentive an may we hope for some keen competition in the coming contest." The principal conditions of the test as announced by the county agent's office are: The contest will be held in Poplar, Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Fort Pack Indian school. Classes to be judged include dairy cattle, swine and beef cattle. Swine are to be judged as fat hogs and not as breeding animals. If no beef cat tle are available a written tion will be given on this class. Must Give Reasons. Following the judging of each class a short talk will be given explaining the correct placing and why they placed this way. Each school may have as many in the contest «s it wishes to enter. However, each school must designate those representing the school team (three on the team). Only the scores from the picked team memb ers will be considered in the school placings. The contest will start about 10 o'clock or as soon thereafter as ar rangements can be made. This time is set to allow contestants to reach Poplar from both the east and west on morning trains. By starting at this time thhe contests will be pleted and teams ready to leave on the afternoon trains. con examma are as a com O. E. S. INSTALLS OFFI CERS FOR NEW YEAR On Wednesday evening, Jan. 12, Ora-Y-Plata Chapter No. 66 installed their officers for the ensuing year. The work was expressed by the past matrons and patrons of the local ord er supervised by Mrs. L. E. Rue the °, ut . f oin Ç matl ! on - The following elected and appointed officers were inducted into office: Niaa Bennett, Worthy Matron; rhora Christianson. Associate Matron; Collins, Conductress,^Fem"Vagner* Associate Conductress; Ettah Belan ' jjÎP' , Chaplin; Myrtle Donaldson, Marshal; Grace Ewing, Adah; Emma Hedges, Ruth; Anna Larson, Esther; Winnefred Opgrande, Martha; Lillian Kitzenberg, Electa; Mae Riba, Ward er; E. E. Belanski, Sentinel. The treasurer and organist were not pre sent PUBLIC SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS The seventh and eighth grade ex aminations will be held in Plenty wood and Outlook on Thursday and Friday, January 20 and 21. Examination Schedule. First Day. 9:00, Civics; 10:16, Recess; 10:30, History; 12:00, Intermission; 1:30 Grammar; 3:00, Recess; 3:16, Read ing; 4:16, Close. Second Day. 9:00, Arithmetic; 11:00, Recess; 11:16, Spelling; 12:00, Intermission; 1:30, Physiology, Agriculture; 2:30, Geography; 4:00, Close. LINDA E. HALL, Deputy County Supt. 40-t2 WOLF CREEK Si Ulrich and I. E; Metzler were county seat visitors Monday. H. B. French was transacting busi ness in Redstone Tuesday. Willard and Glen French visited with Maxwell Maclnnes Monday. Mrs. Charles Marsh visited with Mrs. Maclnnes Tuesday. Harriet Cromwell, Hazel, Louise and Mabel Marsh visited with Helen Maclnnes Tuesday. Eddie Bembenek is taking advant age of the hard roads to haul wheat. Miss Mysicka returned from her vacation Monday and reopened school Wednesday. Seventy Seven Identified Victims Awaiting Burial Montreal. Que.. Jon. 10.—Seven ty-five victims of the fire and siarn pede in the Laurier Palace moving Picture theater Sunday—most of them little children—are awaiting burial All the dead have been identified and of the 30 injured, the majority of them have recovered sufficiently to he removed to their homes A Mènerai mass will be sung in the Church of the Navitity. Hoche Idga, Tuesday morning, by Mon signor Le Railleur, Within the church already bodies of many of ,he They are of the (tie rector the children re pose. poorer classes of the city and the cele bration of a general mass will save their parents the expenses of funeral service a An inquest begun by Coroner Mc Mahon was postponed until Thurs day after iwo witnesses had given their testimony, hear the cases Tuesday, pnetor of the^ theater, Amten I, wand, and three of his employes are under bail pending the gatiou. Coroner McMahon declared that after interviewing 51 parents of the victims it was his opinion that not more than four or five of the dead were eligible to admittance th< ater without being accompanied by an adult. A pio.incial law» prohibits all children under 16 years of age not accompanied by their parents or adult from entering a theater The fin court will The pru investi to a an S. H. Tucker Dead Another pioneer ot Sheridan county has passed aw.iv Sidney Harlow Tucker has gone on f he lust great journey fr in which turneth. He was horn at Shellrock, Iowa. April 28, 1859, afterwards with the family to Watertown, S. 0., where he was married in 1887 Later on he moved to Minn., going from there to Canada where he aided for a lime before coming t Montana, wheie has lived for the last eighteen years, and where he has made many friends. Mr Tucker was stricken with hemorrhage of the bruin on Friday, Jan. 7th , and died in the Memorial Hospital Sunday evening, Jan 9th at 7:50 P. M., at the age of 67 years 8 months and 11 days. He leaves a wife, one daugh ter Mrs. Jacob Kieg< r of ihn town, three sisters, and t*o brothers, be sides a host of friends to mourn his loss. none re moving re o Billy Cowan has got over the measles but Betty has them now. Wm. Cromwell and George Morris went to Redstone Wednesday. I. E. Metzler visited at the Crom well and Maclnnes homes Tuesday evening. Mr. and Mrs. James Cowan were Redstone callers Thursday. • The Ladies' Club met with Mrs. Burke Thursday and had an interest ing meeting, studying and demon strating "First Aid." The Wolf Creek Farmers Club mot with Jack Burke Thursday and elect ed officers as follows: President, Charles Marsh; Vice President, Dan 'Campbell; Secretary, D. M. Macln nes. Mr. ami Mrs. D. M. Maclnnes vis ited with Mr. and Mrs. Dan Campbell Friday. The heavy snow Friday morning developed into a real blizzard by Sat urday, but cleared away by Sunday and is now nice again. Our mail carrier, Harry Loucks, must have had a nasty trip Saturday in the blizzard but he made the trip anyway. Mr. and Mrs. H. B. French and family and Mrs. Wilberg and child ren visited with Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Maclnnes Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. McCallister visited with Mr. and Mrs. Wlh. Cromwell Sunday. Harry Gray was a caller at the D. M. Maclnnes farm Monday. Eddie Bembenek, James and Cecil Garneau attended the basketball game and dance at Redstone* Satur day night.