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:<&% < £ ~t= rOLUMEXI CHOTEAU, TETON COUNTY, MONTANA, DECEMBER 2 8 , 1023 ■■ 2 - • t■ AS PLAYGROUND OVER 6 , 000,000 PEOPLE USE OUR NATIONAL FORESTS AS PLAYGROUND W ashington, D'. C. December 26— TThee 'xtent t o which the National «orèsts are being used for recrea tional purposes Is shown emphati cally by the fact that well over 6,- BOO,000 people visited the forests' during 1923, declares W. B. Greeley, chief of the forest service, in his an nual report to the secretary of'agri- «giture, ' ‘ • « 1 In 1917, the first year records of the number of people visiting the national forests were compiled, .«lightly over 3,000,000 visitors were recorded. In 1922 this figure stood at over 6,000,000, this hsows a doub ling in the number of visitors to the forests in slxyeara. All Indications point to a continued Increase for the future, the chief forester’s report •states. During the same period 430,000 people visited the forests pf Mon tana and northern Idaho, an in crease of about 130,000 over the year 1921. Recreatiooal, Uses Encouraged \The use of the national forests for recreational is in all respects deserving of incouragement,” Colo nel Greeley writes In his report to Secretary Wallace. “It means for no small, part of the country’s popu lation a valuable opportunity and privilege. Properly provided for, re creational ues will add valuable ele ments to our national life without seriously impairing the capacity of the forests to create wealth or rend er other public services.” One of the important duties of of ficers of the forest service, the re port continues, is the protection of game fish and animals, two resources of the forests which are closely re lated to the use of forested areas as recreational grounds. “The wild life resources of the na tional forests,” declares Co. Greeley, “must be administered, fostered and utilized much as are the timber and forage resources. The cost of this activity, in common with providing facilities for recreation and conserv ing the soUrce of water, will never be recovered in the form of commer cial receipts, but is justified by the valuable public service which the national forests can contribute. More Game Refuges Needed . “More game refuges and fish- breeding streams and ponds should be set aside to provide for protected breeding to meet the rapidly increas ing use of the forests for recreational purposes, careful consideration must he given to available food supplies for the desirable animals, and a sus- tem of regulated use devised that will prevent “depletion of all wild life.” GETTING THE IDEA G B D HOTELS Chicago, Dec. 26.—The national campaign headquarters oí two repub lican >presential candidates opened informally here today—those of Pres ident Calvin Coolidge and of Senator Hiram Johnson of California. The headquarters of the only two aspirants for the republican nomina tion virtually face one another In two Michigan, avenue hotels, separated only by a street There were no cer emonies or band wagon gestures as these two headquarters threw open their doors as the official opening awaits the coming of the national campaign managers of the candidates William M. Butler, Massachusetts, re publican national committeeman and In charge of the Coolidge campaign, and Frank H. Hitchcock, national leader of the Johnson forces. Mr. Butler is du e here tomorrow to assume direction of national Cool idge headquarters, while James W. Good, former Iowa congressman and midwestem manager of the Coolidge campaign was on the grohnd today. ST Extension workers of the utate of Montana will gather in Bozeman next week, January 8 to 9, for their ninth annual conference. The conference will draw to Bozeman 21 agricultural extension agents from Montana coun ties, five-home- demonstration.- agents and eight specialists. Closer fellowship between bankers and farmers was urged and a resolu tion adopted affirming faith In the efficaoy of the co-operative marketing idea at a meeting of the American Bankers Association Agricultural Commission. —Neive Item, SAVINGS MORE THAN DOUBLE IN DECADE New York.—Reported savings de posits in banks and trust companies of the United States have more than doubled in amount during tbe past decade, and the number of accounts have, increased by about 141 per cent, figures compiled by the Savings Bank Division, American Bankers Associa tion, show, , “If distributed equally among- uui entire population, the savings deposits On Saturday, December 29, 1923, The First State Bank of Shelby will reopen Its doors, according to advice received from L. Q. Skelton, superin tendent of banks for the state of Montana. The Institution was clos ed July 10, this year, during the ad verse conditions resulting from the Dempsey-Gibbons fight. At the time of the opening of the I in 1912 would have given $89 to each, conference there \will be made public the record of the extension work of the past year, a record which is ex pected to show a substantial gain in co-operative extension work through out the stale. Especially will there be a marked increase in the number of community organizations reported, and the number of aotu'al field dem onstrations conducted during the year. Many of the extension agents are included on the program which has been prepared by Director F. S. Coo ley. Director Cooley will open the conference with a review of Dr. True on the “unsolved Problems of Exten sion Work.” Extension service headquarters at the State College are 'now. in the re modeled biology building, which is now known as the Extension build ing. It is the first time that the ex tension service has had its own sep arate headquarters building on the college campus. Chancellor M. A. Brannon of the University of Bontana and President Alfred Atkinson of Montana State college will be on the program on the opening day. Most of the extension workers will remain in Bozeman for the annhal Farmers’ week, January 7 to 12. Statement of Condition of FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF CHOTEAU At Close of Business September 14,1923 \JA RESOURCES Cash in vault and in other banks --------- 87,215.14 „ County warrants, real estate, e tc . _________ 27,198.42 Loans and discounts ----- 190,564.17 LIABILITIES Deposits ------------------ 244,977.73 Capital and surplus ___ 60,000.00 304,977.73 304,977.73 adult and child in the country,\ the Division’s report says, “but in 1922 the' portion of each would have been no Jess than $158.\ T£e officially reported savings de posits are as follows: Deposits Accounts 1912 ........ $8,425,275,000 12,584,316 1922 ......... 17,331,479,000 30,323,320 Increase .. 105.7% 140.9% ‘‘This remarkable growth la attrib utable to Improvement In the services of . the banks for savers and to the mSt-e Jonsisient canvass for accounts through ; advertising and soliciting,” the report says. Cases Sel For Jury Term Of District Court In February District court convened yesterday (Thursday) at the regular law and motion day, and a great deal of routine business was transacted.. Judge Green ordered the summon ing of a jury to report on February 4th. The calender v.s called a-,1 both (•.••¡Tii'jia and «-ivi* cases v.eic set for trial, the dates for the crim inal cases being as follows: State of Montana vs. John J. Reed, burglarg, set for February 4th. County Attorney Foot for the state and Geo. W. Magee for the defendant. State of Montana vs. John A. Ma son, burglary, County Attorney Foot for the state and Geo. W. Magee for the defendant- State of Montana vs. .Tames Wil son, burglary, set for Febrfuary 6. County Attorney Foot for tbe state and Geo. W. Magee for the defend ant. State of Montana vs. Al. Bossier and Guy Newman, grand larceny, set for February 7th. County Attorney Foot for the state and T. H. Pridhamf for the defendants. State of Montana vs. Al. Bossier, perjury. Set for February 8th- The county attorney will represent the state and T. H. Pidham the defend ant State of Montana vs. Kind, perjury. Set for February 8th. County attor ney Foot and T. H. Pridham. State o f Montana vs. Jacobson, set for February 9th. County Attor ney Foot and T. H. Pridham. State of Montana vs. Dune Stewart, possession of intoxicating liquor, set for February lltr, County Attorney Foot and Geo. W. Magee. State of Montana vs. Jos. Scott, possession of intoxicating liquor, set for trial February 11. \ County Attor ney Foot and Geo. W. Magee. The cases against Andrew Strong and G. F. Underwood for manufactur ing intoxicating liquor were dismis sed on motion of the co'uaty attor ney, it having been .recently decided by the court, following the decisions of the supreme court, that all of the available evidence against these de fendants had been procured in vio lation of their constitutional rights. NELSON STORY. JR. Bozeman, Dec. 26.—For the first time since the fatal automobile acci dent near McCammon, Idaho, Novem ber 2, in which Mrs. Story lost her life, Nelson Story, Jr., Montana’s lieutenant governor, was able a few days ago to leave his home and the care of a nurse for more than a few hours. Mr. Story, with his son. Nelson Story, III, Jack Warner and W. L. Hayes went to the Story cabin 62 miles up the Gallatin. The trip was made by automobile, b’tit various short journeys in the vicinity of the camp were accomplished by means of bob-sleds or on horseback. Upon returning to Bozeman, Mr. Story said he felt better than he had at any time since be was brought, home from Idaho. Indications are that he will continue to improve in health. The Misses Maybell Olson, Bernice and Beryl Chattin spent the first of the week in Great Falls. In order to fittingly celebrate his wedding, High Duits gave a dance at the Bird School house last Saturday night. The invited guests being Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Clarkson, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Curtis, Mr. and Mrs. O. G. Meadows, Mr. and Mrs. Cbas. Dudley. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Odenwald, Mr. and Mrs. John LaFleve, Mr. nd Mrs. Marshall K’'ng, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Meagher, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Higgins, Mr. and Mrs. Lockhart, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Odenwald, Mr. and Mrs. Glon Burch, J. I. Burch and family and Mrs. Bennett. Lunch was served at midnight and an enjoyable time was had by all the guests. .U- ; ; ; . NUHBER j 2 5 ■ f H. W. Natz, of North Dakota, who Is visiting a brother near Dutton has been having considerable success in killing coyotes with a pack of wolf hounds, according to reports from that section reaching this office. Mr. Natz will spend the winter with his brother, and he states that al though there Is no bounty upon the wolves or coyotes In Montana he is making fair pay on the Bale of the hides. Neither are coyote hides as valuable as they were a few years ago, $5 being a good price for a prime hide. However, Mr. Natz and his wolf hounds clean up the coyotes in a hurry-up manner, ad eight or tdn of the animals in a day is not unusual hunting, 16 being killed near Denton one day last week. Going to Great Falls with four of his nine wolf hounds in his wire and c^tvas cover ed hound house, Mr. Natz noted four coyotes a few miles north of Great Falls, unloosened the hounds—and in ten minutes the four coyotes were picked up for expenses of the trip. The Ford car in which Mr. Natz travels has had the rear body re moved and a wire\ cage such as dog catchers use, placed on it. The heavy wire is covered with canvas and made comfortable inside for tbe dogs and when traveling nine hounds are carried in the crate. When hunting three or or fohr of the dogs are carried, each set taking turns at the work. On the prairie the canvas sides of the crate are rolled up, the rear door unlatched, and the hounds take ob servations, their eyes being able to sight a wolf or coyote a great dis tance. When the animal is sighted, Mr. Natz starts for him in the jitney, and the hounds wait until .he slacks up and hit the ground running. The prey is overtaken within a short dis tance, and killed as he plunges through the air. Mr. Natz has large hounds, being mostly slag and grey hound cross, with a mixture of bull in one or two of them. Ho does not use the Rus sian wolf hound, as he says they are a failure so far as hunting In con cerned. being too large and tender and at the\ same time not ea fast as his mixed grey breed. The hounds are blue, liver and white, and of dif ferent colors, looking mongrel, except for their size and evident ability to split the wind. ANNUAL MEETING The regular annual meeting of the stockholders of the Citizens State Bank of Choteau will be held at the banking rooms on Tuesday, January 8th, 1924, between tbe hours of 10 o’clock a. m. and 4 o’clock p. m. for the election of a board of directors and other business as may properly come before the meeting. JAMES, ECKFORD, President. 150.000 LOST L IT 111 LIST 3 TElRIS FORECLOSURES OR BANKRUPT CIES HAVE REDUCED THE OWNERS, SAYS REPORT Washington, Dec. 25.—More than. 150.000 owners of farms in 20 of th« principal agricultural states bz.ro lost their land end homes throuck foreclosure or bankruptcy In the 1»** three years, according to an estimât* based on official ntatistics compile! by the department of agriculture. Fanners were 14 per cent of all fib* bankrupts in the country In 1922, m against only 5 per cent In the yeat* before tbe war, the department Bays, In some states where in the yeans prior to 1914 farmers were only t per cent of those formally adjudged bankrupt, they had become nearly X9 per cent of all such cases in 1922. The percentage of tenant farmer« who lost their homes through fore closure or bankruptcy was higher than that of owners. Speaking of this condition of bank ruptcy among agricultural producers- Secretary Wallace, in his annual're port says: “It was found that of the owner farmers in 15 com and wheat pro ducing states on an verage of over four per cent had lost their farms through foreclosure or bankruptcy, while 4.5 per cent had turned over their farms to creditors without legal process, making a total of 8.5 per cent who had lost their farms. In ad dition more than 15 per cent were in fact bankrupt, but were bolding on through leniency of their creditors. Considered by groups of tates the percentage of owner farmers who lost their land since 1920 was found to be as follows: for east; north central states, nearly six per cent, for seven west north central states, over nine cent, and-for three mountain- states, nearly 20 per cent.’’ Counting four persons to a family the number of persons affected by these bankruptcies and left. In Beri- ous straits if not In poverty is ap proximately 700,000. Heavy taxation is offered by Sec retary Wallace as one reason for the depression of the last three years. He estimates that the property taxes and interest paid by the fanners of the country increased from $1,457,- 000,000 to $1,749,000,000 in 1922. Tills is a raise of 20 per cent. Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Connor enter tained at cards last Saturday even ing in honor of the 80th birthday of S. A. McPhee. C. H. Porter received the gent’s first prize, while W. D. Jones received the consolation. Mrs. Malcolm won the ladies’ first prize and Mrs. C. H. FGerris the consola tion. Miss Aagot Lian, former county nurse, spent Christmas at the home of Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Crary. Miss» Lian is now livng in Dillon. A Noble Ambition The ambition of this institution is to jus tify the confiednec of its customers, to be trusted because of its good judgment, its faithful observance of duty and its financial responsibility. Conferences with the officers of this bank are cheerfully given to those who desire seasoned and well-reasoned advice. i Citizens State Bank CHOTEAU, MONTANA Capital, Surplus and Profits over $65,000.00