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, A '- 4. !1 OOST, and the WORLD 0 boosts with you; Knock, and you knock alone VOL. 1 NO. 10 $2.00 THE YEAR • STANFORD, FERGUS COUNTY, MONTANA, SATURDAY, APRIL 24. 1909 DAVID HILC1FT SEES j(p liMES AHEAD David Hager returned home Sun- day from a business trip to St. Paul and Chicago and while away he took pains to ascertain what the conditions were throughout the country, and especially with respect to this section, says the 'Lewistovin Democrat. \Business conditions are more satisfactory now than they have been for a long time,\ said Mr. Hilger this morning. \Our sheep men are getting from 19 to 21 cents for their wool, beef is bringing splendid prices in Chicago i ,mutton sheep are in good demand and wheat and other grains are soaring. It can be safely said that wheat will never be as cheap again as it has been during the past ten years. Dollar wheat is realy here and it is here to stay. \The Judith Basin farmers may expect to get from 85 to 90 cents for their hard winter wheat this season at the elevators along the lines. The so-called Patten wheat corner is to some extent fictitious, but back of Pattenzre some of the shrewdest monied men in the coun- try, who have carefully investigated conditions as to wheat, and they are really basing their movement on the visible supply of wheat and the in- creasing consumption of it. The movement of settlers haw been work- ing eastward from Washington and westward from the Dakotas, with the result that the two have lapped and purchasers are now looking for large tracts in Montana for coloniza- tion purposes. \A steady increase in land values in this state is what I look for. :The railroad development is, of course going to help in this. The railways are now reaching out for new terri- tory and will continue to bring in settlers from the east. I find that the conditions are better in the Judith Basin than in the Dakotas or eastern Montana. We have had more precipitation than any section between here and St. Paul, and yet weather conditions are more favor- able than in the other sections, where the weather is cold and the spring very backward. \From all I could learn there will be a steady influx of settlers here right along, with probably an espec- ially large number of people - coming in during July and August. The railroads will endeavor to have as many as possible come then, in order that a better idea of crops may be obtained . than at some other seasons. \Fergus county is looking good everywnere. At Moore, Straw and Now Has Five Traction Plow Engines Running Frank Strouf, one of the most scientific dry land farmers in Mon- tana, and also one of the most suc- cessful, on Sunday unloaded at this point a 32 -horse power steam prow engine, and had it taken to his ranch near Stanford. This is the fifth traction engine now working on the Strad ranch. •Mr. Strouf was accompanied by Prof. A. Bouska of Iowa, who is an authority on dry land farming, hav- ing made a study of the problem in the interests of many of his coun- trymen,•who will later locate in the West. HOT -E N STAN FOR Best Hotel on Billings & Northern Railway. Handsome Three -Story Hotel Building. Forty - One Steam Heated Rooms. Neatly Furnished Throughout All Guests Courteously Treated. Headquarters for Commer- cial Men when Making the Judith Basin Territory RICHLY APPOINTED BUFFET IN CONNECTION Stanford - ------- Moore 13.111;f U R , w • E Positively refuse to handle lumber from local mills. The fact th , li we handle Western and Coast [Anther Exclusively SIMPLY THE BEST THAT THE MARKET AFFORDS makes us the undisputed headquarters for all builders. Our line of Builders Hardware and Building Material of all kinds is the most, complete in the coUnty. No bills too large or small for us to fill to your satisfaction Basin Luinber CA) IVIendon Philbrook 01,Reb Entered as Second -Clue Matter February 19, 1909, at the Post Office at Stanford, _ Montana. under the Act of March 3, 1879 . . Garneill there is a very satisfactory it - wrens in general activity. \In Chicago I met Gov. Norris, Secretary of State Yoder and Attor- ney General Galen, who are, east looking over state capitol buildings to get information that will be use- ful in connection with the proposed TUN', addition of two wings to our own state capital. \At Sycamore, Illinois, J. B. Long is feeding and marketing 15,000 head of sheep with very satisfactory results. )3oth the sheep and cattle men are very well pleased with present market conditions.\ STATE . BANK OF STANIVOP,D We take pleasure in announcing that we are now (nip for business, and we take this occasion to thank our many friends for the assistance and encouragement given us all through our preliminary work. The First State Bank of Stanford will be run on progressive lines, yet conservitive in the best sense of the term. We earnestly solicit the early patronage of every person who can makeit possible to reach Stanford as a banking point; it is your busi- ness that we desire. It matters not whether it be the small depositor, the small checking account, • the large and active business, the con- servative, depositor who leaves money. for a long time on interest, the small borrower, the party who wants the long time loan on real- estate, the stock man who needs the funds to carry him through the grazing season, or the farmer who needs assistance through the grow- ing period, we need every cawfl to get the best results both ier you and us; the best results for the peo- ple who are living .and who will Oil the rich lands surrounding Stan- ford, and for the town itself. Of our borrowers we only ask such security as will enable us to keep good our statement to our deposit- ors that every deposit in this bank is guaranteed by the ample security and the high class of our loans, to- gether with our ample capital stock and,our liability as individual stock- helderS. We shall especially appreciate the early business turned to us, and will give prompt and careful atten- tion to all matters of business sub- mitted to us, and you May ever feel assured of courteous treatment and that all matters entrusted to us will be held in strict confidence. A. J. STOUGH, President. H. D. MYRICK, Cashier. THE NEWS FROM GEYSER Mrs. J. L Mears went to Great Falls last Monday. Mrs. J. Sanders wont to Belt Mon- day evening, returning Tuesday. • Mrs. Wm. Skelton and her daugh- ter went to Great Falls Saturday. F. E. Healy, the lumber merchant from Belt. made a short call here on Tuesday. Mrs. S. C. Purdy who has been confined to her bed for the past week, is able to be up and is much improved in health. The school was given a holiday on Wednesday in order to allow the school house to be used for Cotholic religious service. Rev. Father Mol- enaux officiated. The attendance was smalLon accoont of the weather and being on a week day. M. H. Poole who has been work- ing on a device to attach eight or ten horses to a gang plow, has com- pleted it and took It out to his ranch Monday. Mr. Davis, a land locator from Hobson, brought up a prospective homesteader last Monday, but the storm prevented their going ont on the land, so they left Tuesday to return later, P. J. O'Hara went to Billings last Friday. On the train he met the head man of the McCall, Webster Elevator Co., who assured hint that they would commence building here very soon. The first to be installed will be the lumber yards, then the elevator will be built later, but ill time to handle this year's crop. (. 1 ) I.) Ili', .1N .1i. ON Jo c Neducks spent Sunday at home. t Baker made a trip to Lewis- towh Sattirda y Fred Allah, who carries the mail from Denton to Emerson, reports very heavy roads throqh that seci , tion ef the country. Frank Marvin, a promising young rancher of the Coffee Creek Bench, drove into town last week to replen- ish his stock of provisions. • Pete Dufore Was - In on Saturday and putchaSed a bill of lumber for some new buildings on his ranch. Pete is a htistler and should cer- tainly make a \go\ of it. F. M. Musgorve stopped over at Denton Friday night. He has been employed at the Gold Reef mill in Gilt Edge the past few months, but came out to live on his homestead and to fence and improve the same. Mrs. 0. N. Strong, accomphnied by her two children, came out on the delayed stage Friday night. Mr. Strong and family are stopping with the Misses Stevens until their house-• hold goods can be hauler' out from Stanford. Friday night there was an exceed- ingly large Crowd assembled here for the incoming mail. The stage was about four hours late, so even the most patient had gone lime without their coveted letters and magaziaes when it arrived. Mr.- Stewart, who has charge of the old Waite, Elliot & Peck ranch, paid Denton his initial visit last Friday, and he was favorably im- pressed -with the location, but con, tended there was a better one. No ,doubt it is, from the new company's standpoint, but most people in this sectian seem fairly well pleaSed, and for good reasons. Messrs Finnegan and Edwards from Stanford paid Denton a visit Sunday, looking after the Stanford Mercaatilq store interests here, and were qiiitO favorably impressed with the appearance of the new store. They ordered several hnprovements which will be pushed forward short- ly, the most important of which is some grading and fencing in around the building. No Services Sunday Evening Owing to sickness in the family of A. W. Hammer, there will he no services in Stratford Sundarevening. A Word About the World Our nevrhuilding will be finished hi a few days and material for t111 tfn-to-date job plaid ingttffied LI T 00K the WORLD over then you will come to Stanford for your home $2.00 THE YEAR _ Sc THE COPY EQUALS \WHO STUCK 11111 1)1 , V .P.A:CCERS0:0 ? \ The preliminary trial of Jno Mar- tin and Charles Reed, alias Herman Keilhauer, was held before Judge Wadell at this place Monday even- ing, County Attorney Huntoon being present for the state, accompanied by Stenographer Gibson, while either defendant was without counsel. 'Ned was bound over ta the dis- trict court on a charge of highway - robbery, while the charge of assault in the first degree against Martin was dismissed. lie was placed un- der a bond of $300 to appear again:4 Reed, who was unable to furnish a bond of $1,000 and was taken to Lewistown on Tuesday by Deputy Sheriff Whitcomb and turned over to Sheriff Martin. The two cases were interwoven tI a certain extent, at least. A total of fourteen witnesses were examined. These all - crane from Windham. Those summoned and in attendance were: Dick Mahoney, H. Musecod, B. H. Nixon, C. M. Dorance, Joe Bad Tenderfoot Makes Gun Play at Roundup Early Tuesday morning, at Round- up, John Black, a recent arrival in that place attempted to kill Will. Koontz and James Robinson. Fol- lowing a quarrel Black armed him- self and appearing at the door of a saloon where the two men whose lives he sought were, fired a shot at each and escaped in the darkness. Koontz was shot through tke shoul- der and Robinson's missed by a narrow margin. The would r be as- sassin had not been captured at last account. Strong, Wm, Gillis, Joe Dunsmore, Alex Peters, Joseph McDonald, Wm. McCollum, W. Dumont, Mrs. Wm. Gillis, J. J. Mitchell, J. Estrek and G. Zalnky. These were all closely examined by the county attorney and their evidence taken ,by Court Stenographer Hal, Gibson. The evidence brought forth the fact that Reed had been the ogres- sor in the first fight, a full account of which was given last week. A number of witnesses testified that he had \roughed it\ with the whole bunch of which Martin was a mem- ber, and that if Martin cut. Reed's throat at all, which he denied, that he did so only in self defense. Martin denied owning a knife at or having one in his possession it the time of the fight. No one but Reed swore to seeing a knife. None could be found, and so far as any corroborated testimony on the point was adduced, the author and instrument used was left in the mystery class along with \Who Struck Billy - Patterson?\ Dr. R. K. Wel, to the World, stated that the wound was inflicted with a sharp knife or a razor. Reed, on the evening of the hear- ing, enjoyed, the proceedings hugely, especially that Denim which tended to depict him as a bad man. How- ever, on Tuesday morning when the decision of the court was that he should be bound over, he broke down and wept like a child. When taking theArain Tuesday he begged Deputy Whitcomb to put the bracelets on him, and he made the trip with these emblems con- spicuously displayed. SA - V 1887 k .. ) 1909 Next in importance to your detertnination to save is your selection of the right bank. We offer you every facility; safeguard your interests with care. This bank, with every modern convenience, is al- ways at your service. $250,000.00 Capital and Surplus, The Bank of Fergus County LEWISTOWN, MONTANA 1887 Twenty-two years of Safe Banking. 1909 OPEN FOR N S S FTICIP 71,110.1[64.771166,10M1101.111RIUMIJIMMI110111,W , • Come in and Kee us in our handsomely appointed new office. If you are looking for land, we can show you the best bargains in the Judith Basin. If you have friends looking for a location bring them to us. We can please them. If you have land to sell, list it with us. We can sell it for you. If you want insurance, come to us. We write insurance that insures. If you are looking for it business location, Stanford is the spot. See us; we are exclu- sive agents for the townsite. We are also agents for the townsites of Benchland, Geyser, Spion Kop and Rainsford. in' and get acquainted. We shall be glad'r see you. Plumb ri . 1 1 Iii.It s ( 1 -- kirk • \STANFORD MONTANA