The Broadwater County Citizen (Townsend, Mont.) 1904-1904, September 09, 1904, Image 1

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w\ -- wwWWWWINIMIltik owhi 7 1401 1( < 1 • • qt. THE BROAD WATER COUNTY CITIZEN VOLUME I THE REASON WHY. The reasons for stopping The Citizen for the last two months has been much discussed in this county. Some have ventured to say that Wilson made a good round bank account out of it and then for pure' cussedness suspend- ed—\broke full handed.\ I can tell you frankly what I have made. To begin with I have sacrificed a summer's work to the paper. I spent $8, all the money I had in the world when I began and now I am in debt on the enterprise over $175. I began in good faith. I worked in good faith and I failed in good faith. With the Star hell bent on keeping a second paper out of this field and a non -progres- sive advertising public, the sec- ond paper is a failure in Town- send. Then both political parties in Broadwater county were afraid of my paper, for they knew that I could not be controlled. I ' might fail, and I might get knocked out, but I am George T. Wilson just the same. Then again he people are largely to blame r my paper failing. Some few . id me for a year's subscription. me six months, others three nths, but the majority just A \Send it along, and if you a year I will pay you. Those Iles,le are good ; no one in Broad- wv:er but 1 ‘vould trust for a YeIr'a subscription; and if my ho- tel, * publishing house, railroad, lauttltse liveryman and the postal (lePaVient would have opened an accoulk with me for one year I shook ';.not have failed. But it was 1 4 so. When a man said I will paT right. stances sorry, b you later, I had to say all ogether these circum- nt me to the wall. I am t I am not ashamed. I do not feel disgraced. Had I a million dollars I would make the paper g4 or spend the last cern. have asked me to refund money in eau tiut. refund any unless 1 e.Juld secure a loaff.'\v.. better faith than myself. been said that I took in $150 at kadersburg on the 4th of July. did take in $16.5o. Many others said send the paper and I will pay you. Now I fully appreciate all the help that any one rendered me and when I earn enough money I will refund every cent if exacted. I am the right sort of a fellow but I haven't got much money. Soon after the 4th of July my publisher came to Townsend and then I knew that I must suspend. Not one cent have I taken in since. I refused a few cash subscriptions —not many, however. I was right, and I am right, our county needs a paper that is not a coward. You know it and then I know it, and so you who are dis- posed to do so can talk and rave, but I will just \travel along— travel along.\ Since my paper went under I have been working for a Chicago clothing house and on next Mon- day I will begin my school, and just as fast as possible I will re- deem my obligations, but I shall not jump off the bridge, rush into the insane asylum, for the sins of others. No. No! NEED OF A RAILROAD COMMISSION. It is probable that the question of creating a railroad commission will be one of the principal issues in this campaign in Montana. The matter received considerable at- tentiem at recent conventions of Mon:ana stockmen, who declared themselves in favor of the propo- sition, and public sentiment throughout the state calls for leg- islation that will protect the peo- ple from unjust treatment at the hands of railroad corporations. The people of Montana want a fair deal in their business rela- tions with the railroads. They have evidence that the rates charged for transportation are in many instances exorbitant com- pared with the charges for similar services in other states, and it is also known that unjust discrim- ination is practiced to an extent that seriously affects many coin- munities. Freight charges in Montana are not based upon the distance of the haul, and instances have been recited in which ship- ments of a certain commodity are charged more for a short trip than Dzvoted To E3roadwater's eoPle and Interests 4••••• • TOWNSEND, MONTANA, FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 1904. AMIDIM for a longer haul. This injustice, and others of a similar nature, re- quires correction, and it has been the experience in ,, ther states that a railroad commission is the most effective remedy. The necessity of supervising and regulating the acts of railroad corporations was recognized by congress some twelve years ago in the passage of a law creating an interstate commerce cesumis- sion. This tribunal has not ful- filled all the expectations of those who hoped it would suceed ill re- moving all cause for complaint re- garding excessive rates and un- just discrimination by fie railroad companies, but it has done some good work within the past few years. It is now proposed to make it of greater benefit to the public interest by increasing its powers in matters over which it has juris- diction. The regulation of railrcad af- fairs by state laws is Hot an ex- periment. It has been undertaken by most of the states of the union, and Montana is one of the few in which no effort in tha: direction has yet been made. Out of the forty-five states of the union, thir- ty have railroad commissions, of which about two-thirds have pow- er to revise rates. Four other states have each a single commis- sioner who supervises railroad af- fairs; one state has a corporation commissioner, and one a bureau of railroads. 'Alontana is one of the nine states in which no action whatever has been taken in this Ii atter. There would be no intention to treat railroad corporations un- fairly in making their affairs sub- ject to regulation by a state tri- bunal. Should the latter impose restrictions that are unjust or un- reasonable, the railroads could ap- peal to the courts for redress, and upon a proper showing they would he granted relief. This has been the experience in other states in hich t birthorrem isnoinee• been established. and the public has secured fair tre'atmer.t without tire\\trmrssisist_ and bankrvitucy to fected. coin yanies af- .. In the sums,:i n wh-rt rtrrrr‘ commissions have been establish- ed the railroads are prosperous, although their charges for trans- portation are not so high as in states that have not provided themselves against excessive rates. If the people of Montana propose to help themselves in this matter, they will send to the state legislature men who are pledged to establish a regulative railroad commission, and who will be proof against the influence of a railroad lobby that will be on hand to oppose the proposition. RAILROAD COMMISSION. A just government includes protection of the people from ex- tortion and injustice on the part of corporations. The coastitution of Montana says that all railways are public highways, and power is given to the legislature to reg- ulate the charges of transporta- tion companies' so that unjust bur- dens will not be imposed upon the people by these transportation companies. By hard experience the stock- men of the state, as well as other citizens, know that the railroads are practically above Illy law: they can raise or lower rates at will, they make such rules and regulations as they please for the inconvenience and annoyance of shippers.. In his message to the Eighth legislative assembly Gov- ernor 'Toole said : \To tolerate ill this slate any power above the law, or submit to the exercise of privileges, granted by us to corporations, in such manner as to be oppressive or unjust to the people, would be to surrender our sovereignty, and write ourselves (10W11 as amiable idiots, unfit for local self -govern - It is mere mockery to have a constitutional provision empow- ering the legislature to protect the people against railroad extor- tion and oppression unless that power is exercised; and . :he way to exercise that power is to cre- ate a railroad commission, to be elected by the people, its salaries and expenses to be paid ty taxes levied against the property of the railroad commnies. THE PRIMARY. The Democratic primary will be pulled off on Saturday, the loth, and at the same time there will be a host of victims scoot up Salt Creek to the tune of Yankee Doodle. Whether there will be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth or not is a question to lw de- termined. The primary is a new scheme in Broadwater and the times are be- coming real exciting. All sorts of men are roaming about seeking e‘ horn they may devour. The pri- mary is strictly a democratic idea, and when J. R. Wine introduced the resedution in the convention some time ago the cohorts of heaven had a jubilee, for it was the right sort of a step. We have sworn by this primary all the time and it is going to win. It can not be wrong. It recognizes the people and gives them a sl - niw to get whom they want. If they directly elect a man they can not censure any one. And I say if the people want a \yaller\ dog, why, then, give them a \yaller\ dog. Whatsoever their hearts desire give it unto them. \By the peo- ple, of the people, and for the peo- ple.\ Blessed thought. Just as pure as spring water way up near the fountain. The people to nominate hearts desire. patriotic American citizens in Broadwater who are willing to sacrifice themselves for the peo- ple. Oh, ye loyal hosts ; 111aV God bless ye. But. boys, away np old Salty, she is pretty chilly in that brook that floweth by. If there is a mistake made in naming candi- dates next SAturday it will be the people's fault. Most everybod is running and if yo uare not in the race it is your own fault. The people are doing this and we are settin gibe pace for the remainder of Montana. I:nt as sure as thcre sit t ”Pfl Ifl fit - St %,•il t111 4,111CT Ct)141 - 1 — now have a chance just whom their There are plenty of ties all will follow the Voiaell way. The primary is right. who The man who opposes it is not willing . to 49 . ,th( . ....,r_ight thing. Th e man y got just as much right as another and a thundering sight more is a—well, he knows what. The kingdoms of this world will never become the kingdoms of our God and His Christ until the primary election law is adopted everywhere. The state is closely watching all the moveluents of this county and it really makes us feel proud of our- selves and we %yin be proud of our candidates when they develop, be- cause they will reflect the choice of the people, and it is right to let the people choose for them- selves. Any man has a right to run for office. If he is defeated they need not be dejected, for you know the people killed Christ once upon a time. Its along WORTHINGHAM-BERG. Sad Divorce Case. lusband's petition—In the Re- publican Convention, Broadwater County, State of Montana, ss. Now, on this, the 3d day of the ninth month, of the twentieth centenary of the reign of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, comes the Honorable Belled \\*ether and his beloved wor- shipers, who represent them- selves to be the head of the fam- ily and prays the convention to grant him a free and uncondition- al divorce from die old belled ewe, f‘ 0- the following reasons, to -wit : The old man states that when he married the sheeny wife he be- lieved her to be as pure as an angel and never thought but what the old girl, from her personal de- fects and deformities, would Le true to him, and that he himself has been as true to the marriage vow as God ever was to the chil- dren of Israel. He further states that recently he caught her flirt- ing with certain men, in fact any old thing that wore pants, and that he feels that he can no longer read his titles clear to mansions ia the skies and hold her in his lov- ing arms; and therefore he tear- fully prays the court, though it scruches his heart all into splash- eriness, to grant him an uncondi- tional divorce. It was further prayed that the giddy wife should heneeforth and forever quit his bed and board. the girls, con - old lads' wa t s he to i k w ee a l p itiful, blushing The children were divided ; t h e quently WILSON APOLOGIZES. beyond my reach. In a stormy left te, the kindness of a mother's We now come to the most sol- boat is waiting. Next Saturday se harbor in the old \River Salt\ her hut such thing -s do emn part of this paper—that is the evening she Nvill step aboard and happen i» Montana. 1 .r the It is a making of an apology. Some time join hands with that heart -broken ago we came out in an issue of throng. love for a time yet, maiden at the drug store will be children' slept any since because it preyed aratio s sake we regret the sep- this paper and said a few hard words about soine people and con - the old lady will not go entirely to ditions in Townsend. I haven't n and sincerely h you can catch some other sucker. the races. I here she comes. lrace up, old gal, and oly mind. Several have sug- -ope that in li for the fools are not all dead yet. g-ested that I apologize and now that the evil one ever put it in I ant sorry, oh, awfully sorry, illy mind to say bad things of cer- tain elements in Townsend, for instead I should have praised them. I said the town was not progressive, when T knew that she was up and a -coming and up to date. I said that the municipal authorities were not just what they might be when I knew that the whole state was looking to Townsend for criterion. Then I had the unlimited gall to say that the merchants here would not pay cash for grain ‘‘ s of anything in the gift 0 - produce. Lord pardon me. I knew that the merchants here paid cash for grain and produce all the 1 said that they entertained on the ath from a standpoint of dollars and cents. What a story- teller I was, for on the 4th, \Olen a committee had invited Col. T. T. Walsh to comic over and speak for them : \Olen they had published his name on the program to draw a crowd, they left him to entertain himself : left him to pa' his own hotel bill and go to the train alone. I said that Townsend was in- clined to want all the honors of (be c ountv in school affairs, when the facts are when Ella Pennell, a studious village girl, had worked her way to the top.—When upon erraduating from the high school she merited the highest honors in the county and in the school they simply said that no one should nab tin' valedictory. said that when the rieet) Creek grade CLERK AND RECORDER. _ Jack Doherty. Mr. Doherty is a candidate for the office of clerk and recorder and needs but little introduction to the pessde of Broadwater coun- ty. I hiherty is bookkeeper for the Berg Hardware company and is a perfect gentleman, tirst, last and all the time. Honest, in- dustrious and temperate, he stands our people. If Mr. Doherty is elected the records would be per- fectly safe in hik hands. Bill Schreiner. ant frank to confess that I arm not particularly in love with Mr, Schreiner. But we believe in be- ing right on every proposition, n ad shall deal fairly with every one. 11 was said that Schreiner had promised to do the work with- out a deploy. I went out to get a few affidavits to that effect, but I could never catch the man who heard him make the promise. You know people do not always tell the truth in p(! t ilitics. In reality I can not underkand why any one should be expeefted to promise to do the work alone. No one ma o can do it. The facts are ti rec,a.ds were never nearly soi straight as they - :ore today. - \h Schreirwr thful l' ! ? ( I laTri:1-0e.fspaeuie one culture:it passe(' Int, eighth t w Townsendites said it was un- the next man ill have man before hill) ci turse he has \\ . had a deput e , ass ,, ve f: e li s r (ir whee the facts are they said s„ °lose children are all right and credit. who urge the deiwt ;kU ‘.. that the Townsend (115- who right, wheirr i kitCyy t gel t - ter. Since then I found that new schoolhouse, 20x30, and the Bed- ford children are now haying school every day. Ha-ha, Ho -he, Hi! Lord forgive me. , gainsi him do so merely to gain books and Scl reiner's books at a point. Th act that Cronk's e t the first of the year corresponded to the cent speaks,well for both offices. So it is up to the people, but do not let a little gossip in- jure a man who has done his duty. A HEARTRENDING SCENE. On last Tuesday afternoon the town was horrified to learn that \de ole man\ really meant to quit his wife. But he had his earn; laid back and his neck bowed and was dead in earliest. I [is eyes were glazingly fixed on a young grass widow down at Billings. Fi)llowing close at his heels were his illustrious sons—James, of Sixteen Mile; Otto, of Hassell ; Dockey, of Townsend ; Jimmie, of Winston, and Willy, of Diamond. They were all dressed up and had their shoes shined and their whis- kers curled anti really looking dash inglv handsome, but when we stepped up town and saw the old lady and that beautiful girl inourning and refusing to be comforted, we felt awfully had. But, alas! such is life. SUPT. WELCH, State Superintendent W. W• Welch will have a walkover this fall, lie is the right man in the right place. NIr. Welch is a schol- arly gentleman and is one of those independent sort of men that one must admire. It was Welch who stood and boldly fought the text book commiss: . ( , n when they dumped 'Walsh's arithmetic on the people. He was powerless, but lie rased his voice aml regis- tered his vote against the meas- ure. Mr. Welch is not only a scholar but he is broadoninded and as proven himself ttie teacher's friend, all over the state. 'It was Welch who got in behind old D. C. Heath and the other book con- cerns and made them come to time. He is in close sympathy with the labor unions all over the state and that he will succeed him- self is a foregone conclusion. -- Roosevelt is the man. TWO IMPORTANT ISSUES. Two of the most important is- sues in this campaign, so far as the state of Montana is concerned, are the Initiative and Referendum and Direct Primary Nominations. The first will enable the people to aitrol the legislature and legis- lation—which they have a right to control. The second will en- able the people to control nomi- nations for public offices, which they have a right to control. The Initiative and Referendum will make it impossible for any corporation or corporations to control or influence legislation; the second will deprive corpora- tions of the power to control or influence nominations of candi- dates for public office. Then the People of Montana will have gov- ernment of the people, by the peo- ple, for the people. COUNTY SUPERINTEN- DENT OF SCHOOLS. Mrs. C. F. Henry. There are two, only two, candi- dates announced for county super- intendent. Mrs. C. F. Henry was first an- nounced. Mrs. Henry needs no introduction to the voters of this county. She is a lady, educated and refined, and has taught school for the past twenty years. Hav- ing rim on the republican ticket a few years ago, she is thoroughly known in every nook of the ccun- ty. Your editor has been accused of campaigning against Mrs. Hen- ry. This is a mistake. We did say, however, that she was thrown on to the democratic ticket mere- ly that the democrats might slaughter her in the primaries. We believe that her political ca- reer will come to an end next Sat- urday. She is now in the hands of her God and her democratic friends. I pity her from the depths of my heart, but she has gone 1 Miss Eva Harrington. iss I larrington is the real candidate on the democratic ticket. In this primary there is no boat waiting for her. Next to :\leloy and Bubser ( who have no opposition) Nliss Harrington will poll the largest vote in the pri- mary. She, too, needs no introhiction to the people. She is a lice scholar and has twice served the county as superintendent. Broad-minded, honest and fair, she has endeared herself to every teacher in the county. Her ad- ministrations speak for them- selves. Miss Harrington was raised in this county and at the time of her first term was the mngest superintendent in Mon- tana. She has no dear husband to lean upon, but that should not be used in her favor, for the edi- tor of this paper is willing to swear that it is her own fault. On Saturday evening Miss Hars rington will stand on the bank of that clay river and watch the Procession pass. A REPUBLICAN SCHEME. The reiniblicans, who are de- cidedly in the minority in this o nutty, are wondering how much pie they can steal this fall. With a compromising democratic paper they hope to capture several seats at time pie counter. They do not claim to be entitled to a place at this pie counter, but if everything can be managed smoothly they are hoping to capture the offices :Utley expect to keep so still on the is- sues that the democrats wil hand them into office in November. ( me of their strongest pleas is that party politics should be etat out of cotitt;v affair. Pretty smooth. BERG'S STATEMENT, When I began the publication if ,;(.1\' Cii it l iV(I T 'a il la r re w a cin a i i ) e a , him. He was to pay the same as he paid the Star. From data re- ceived from Mr. Ayerill and other sources I learned that Berg paid the Star $15 a month. I carried his ad one month and a week. In his statement he credited me with $5 for advertising. lie then had the gall to say that that was more than he paid the Star. Facts are I dropped his \ad\ because he asked me to cut it to $to a month. Vet he proposes to pay only $5 for 1 1-4 months. No wonder they killed Christ. Then some can not see why I was unable to put the paper out weekly. LOCALS. Somme people have been kind enongh i to tell me that I lost lots of friends on that last issue of my paper. Well it was good riddance of bad rubbish. At a recent examination the following good looking girls were granted certificates: Florence Christie, Miss Nelson, Agnes Sweeney, Ella Pennell, Maude Duff, 'Winifred Duff and Mamie McRae. 440 Miss Kate E. Mark, who has been east for her vacation, has re- turned to resume her place in the high i school. Townsend society is delighted to have her back. iss Mau& Canovan, who spent her vacati.in with relatives in Meagher county - , has returned to Townsend and to her place in the public schools, News comes from St. Peters- burg that Kuropatkin's \masterly\ retreat is the logical result of a well-defined plan to lure the Jap- anese-. up into a deep snow coun- try and then snowball them to death. \Let me know when we get to ma \We passed Mars ten planets ago, ma'am.\ If Parker hal had the indepen- dence to define himself before the ome up to the house, and if machine had his nomination se- you are fond of music I'll have my cure I could have looked upon him daughter play and sing for you.\ as a man. As it is he looks like \What effect would that have six -bits, on my fondness for music?\ NUMBER 7 CONTROL OF OFFICES. Have not the people the right to colored their offices? Have they not the same right to name their candidates for itlice that they have to elect them at the ballot box? To say that the people themselves are at fault when in man- instances parts candidates are nemiinated by minorities is mere pettifogging. ()lir more progressive states adopted the Australian ballot, or a modification of it, so that every %titer could express his choice freely and honestly in voting for candidates already nominated. If there had been no corporations in politics and no manufacturers or other employers of large numbers of workingmen, using the jobs they commanded as clubs to co- erce vi tiers, there would be 110 .\ustralian ballot law in this coun- try. A Direct Primary Election law is needed to protect the voters just as the Australian ballot law was needed. The interests, corporate and )ther, that opposed the Aus- tralian ballea law are now opposed to Direct Primaries. The methials formerly used to cheat the vesers both in nomina- tions and at elections are now used to cheat the voters in pri- maries and in aninating conven- tions. elime people are cheated as successfully and as effectually as if their votes were mutilated. changed or burned after being de- posited in the ballot box. Popular elections are in many cases a farce' because the voters often have no choice except be- tween coils ration candidates controlled by the same wearing diffeirent party labels, but corpora- tions. While it is possible for cor- porations to nominate candidates for offices, it is impossible for the people to control those entrusted with :Al h u e se P° h w av er e s of taireTt ve ir r :ti l ti ie s sa t e lt N., • t; . • that the petple can control nominations so that corporations will no longer be able to control them. 'l'hie right of suffrage beg with the choice of candidates for publicsanywinays interfe r ( e ) (i rffi with. It isigliinttesrhfoerueldd or with, as every voter knows, by corporate interests that hire cor- ruptionists to cheat the people. It will be impaired and interfered with, it will be denied and with- held from the people as long as it is possible for corporation agents to pack primaries and buy dele- gates to conventions. REPRESENTATIVES. Kanouse. J. E. Kanouse is a candidate for a place in the Montana assembly. Mr. Kanotise is one of the leading lawyers of this part of the state and if nominated and elected is in a position to do good service in the legislature. Again, we do not believe that any man in the state could conic nearer fighting a proposition through than J. E. Kanouse if he set about to do so. He stands identified with the va- rious in of Firoadwater county, being interested in ranch- ing, stock raising and mining. His interests and the people's interests could not be otherwise than iden- tical. We need men in the legis- lature who can do things. John N. Johnson. Mr. _Johnson is also a candidate for the office of representative. He lives on a ranch near Toston and is one of the most progressive ranchers in the county. Having been raised in this valley he is known to every one and favorably known. too. In a recent interview with Mr. Johnson he said: \I am in favor of a railroad commission; also I am in favor of granting a license to gambling houses and forcing them to run behind a glass front where the public can see. I am in favor of raising saloon li- censes 20 per cent and letting the revenue go to the poor fund. .Again I am in favor of the consol- idation of offices.\ The k i s e t a d e b e mo- crats can make y nominating him. •

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