Big Hole Basin News (Wisdom, Mont.) 1912-1925, December 20, 1923, Image 1

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iilli! VOLUME XII WISDOM, MONTANA* THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1923 NUMBER 15 Meeting Fur-Bearers Deputy Ouse Warden T e a Ed monde Pa# bees la the Basin tor sev­ eral days os tbe trail of ttoue wbo may violate one or more ot the re­ cently-enacted game laws. Although The News has published stories about Tom which he doesaU like, we “haven’t got it in for him particularly. He is an officer of the law,sworn to uphold and defend it, “so help me Qod.” Someone has to -draw the salary of a deputy game warden, and it may as well be Tom Edmonds as anyone else. What “sticks in our craw\ is the 'damphullshness of the game laws in ¿general and the ice-flshiag, muskrat and beaver-trapping schedules. If anyone can point out a necessity for making it a crime, or misdemeanor, for one to fish with hook and line through the ice, we’d like to hare the pocket where his brain is sup­ posed to be under a magnifying glass to Bee if there is really any gray matter there. There isn’t enough ice fishing to make any appreciable dif­ ference in the number of fish in any given pool. Being a lover of old Ike Walton we got away from the test of our heading, but let that go for what It is worth. What of the \protection” of the muskrat, and why? Many a poor kid in the country has made his holi­ day money trapping muskrats. Why deprive him of that? Ta a man up a tree it looks like there might be a furrier in tbe brash instead of the time-honored nigger in the woodpile, And beaver! For whose benefit is the beaver protected? He builds his dams in the night and floods alhan’s teediot or his meadow or his garden and that man, a taapayer who helps pay the salaries of all these high­ brows, must procure a permit before he can stop the damage being done his property—and after catching Mr. Beaver he must turn in the skin of the beast. Why not let his wife have the beaver eeat as well as pro­ tect the marauder so a richer man’s wife, or the wife of some state offi­ cial, may hare a beaver eoat? Neither the beaver nor the musk­ rat should be protected, any more than the porcupine or the coyote. The trouble is, a lot of fellows get elected or appointed to an office of some sort and they think they mast make a showing of some kind. As for instance the laboratory tests of spotted fever germs. Comes now this bunch of highbrows and say the ter­ rible tick comes from the Rocky Mountain goat and the goatherd must be annihlated. Mr. Goat does not come down Into the valleys te scatter the poisonous ticks among domestic animals—and what domes­ tic animal would stand for a tick, anyhow, after it had left a goat? Nor do the domestic animals climb up to the rocky fastnesses where this mon­ arch of the mountains abides. Neith­ er are those who hast goats where hunting them is permssable afflicted with or susceptible to spotted fever. We kaow how silly It seems, and how impudent, for an ordinary indi­ vidual to take Issue with these peo­ ple, but The News is no respect» of persons when those perseas persist in asinine evolutions. Another thing: There sheald he no \closed season” on fish or game of any sort for the man who lives in the mountains or on the staesms of Montana; and by the same token there sbevM he lie “open season” for the Maries who count murder • »port. This thlug of deprirltd one whe is entitled te all «here is Areas hunting or fishing whe« he is heagry for birds or boost or fish ««Ml the city '‘sport—en\ can «ado ta lie he— and *fleaa wp” on t vwjtbteg is net ta keeptag with Are spirit at the W est Mr & « I « « T h o u g h t s * 1 :1 1 F HUMAN NATURE is the combination of self-seeking, vhich ambition and greed which some materialistic philoso­ phers assert it is; if life is a content in which all finer sentiments are subordinated to self-advancement and suc­ cess at any price, how is it that the spirit of Chriátmas has not only endured hut grown in power during nearly 2,000 years? If the pessimists are right, it would seem that the light would have been extinguished long since and with it the spirit would have departed. Were history and our daily lives not replete with evidences — noble evidences too—of the unselfishness in men’s hearts, we might be impressed with the teachings of the sordid and the carpings of the morbid. Christmas is the symbol and a celebration of love—love which is synonymous with charity and which our purest teaching tells us is the finest attribute of the soul. We, who during the paSt few weeks have watched the Yuletide preparations, are prepared to say that they represent a beautiful manifestation of that attribute. We have noted the working girl taking home at night her par­ cels; contributions wrung from the dole of her necessities, in order that she may testify to her love and bring a measure of cheer to some child, some relative, some friend. Tired from her daily toil may­ hap, hut in her eyes that something which transcends all fatigue; transcends, in fad, everything else in the world and comparable only to that which shone from a mother’s eyes upon the Babe in Bethle­ hem. Friends , in the face of these and so many other manifestations which we are all witnessing during this season, what right has one of us to say that the Light of the World grows dimmer? Our hearts tell us there is no dimming. Let us be thankful for the extra radiance of Christmas. Let us seek to carry it into our daily lives. Our wish is, that this occasion, at leaSt, will help all of us to forget our tribulations and sorrows, our complaints and animosities, and that it will be to all a day erf cheer and everything which Yule- tide typifies. The words of Tiny Tim have never been improved upon and we here invoke them: “God bless us a lii“ T he P ublisher . (CwnWAlttS) i UtWOSTON KNOWN of I t a Betta n a l Anaeon- paper» no doubt “mugli\ et « m passed Lfrtnffston feto am « r e n i Ore al an aged « m a s refe» t e i fri­ ta Matta la Helming Brother» are again at work in as efilert ta rig up an ante so the anew will net offer too nrseh opposition te its progress. They have on several dlerest oeeaioos al- nueeeded ta manufacturing a ado, raff this time, profftteg by past experience, they feel that it is only a «»cation of a few Says «*- m t e w * s r ka m * the Albert M k I ’M ewfoT Will Knudsen gave the youngsters ®f Wisdom a happy afternoon Sen- day. His ear was fail of langhing, shooting youngsters and there were a half-dosea ot more handsleds tied on behind. At intervals Mr. Kaadsea weald stop and have the youngsters change places. He finally induced Mrs. Knadsen to Jote the sport aad She was so pleased with It that Wifi get the y e a n e t » v » a « fied he had a atria* off ladle ah SCOUTS AND GIRLS IN SNOW Boy Sconta and Camp Fire Girts were in their glory who« Mr. Mrs. Sgnire accompanied them to the Steel creek ranger station where an ier the gsiadasce of Ranger Vogel tey procured a sied-lead of ev­ ergreens for Christmas tree«. Jorgensen «rova Ma Ray Shaw fcnUsfead a driven by Fred BetefKs, é Hopkins r e y fhwMin” and v r a ^ # a s e j * j r n w tMWMm ft wan s am glrtfrt day cad t e t e i tee tern* o f tedfir tea State industriai Review Winter has arrived with a plnl- mum slowing up in industrial activ­ ity. There is less unemployment than for years past. Present conditions offer the strongest argument to;- ev­ ery cltisen to Co his part u maintai.i conditions that encourage steady pay rolls. Billings—Yellowstone county now checks off $80,000 from its tudebted- ncss. Dillon is to hold state livestock convention in April. Estimated grasshopper drive saved the state «1,875.000 in 1823. Maltu—Permit granted for form­ ation of Malta irrigation district com prisng 70,642 acres. Helena—Plans adopted for the en­ largement of Internvountaln college. Montana sugar beet crop valued at three millions for 1923. Butte—Fuur of the larger ruining companies n ths dstrlct report uet proceeds for the fiscal year of «4,- 623,09274 Dentou wh tat crop this year totals 900.000 hushels Billings—The 10.000-acre Parham ranch north of here is leased for pro duetton net* year Last year th s land laid idle. ^ Wlnnett--First State bank and the Frst National consolidate Shelby —Reported the First State bank will soon reopen Conrad to hold three-day poultry show beginning December 20 Lewtstown—Cat Creek crude oil shipments show an increase More than five million barrels of oil have been taken from this field during the past three years Shelby—Maybell well will drill to Ellis sand Great FallH The United Brethren church is raising «30,000 for a new building Montana takes world wheat trophy at Chicago tnternatonal show Mssoula—Montana has completed 67 miles ot forest roads during the past season. Shelby—Last Chaince Oil compa­ ny takes options on three go-acre tracts in the .Shoshone field, all north of the wells now drilling Wlnnett—Neudlgate Estate Co drilling on Kootenai structure, and strikes «20 gold ore at 1900 feet The nation's corn crop this year will amount to two and one half mil­ lion dollars, according to the crop bureau for the department of agri­ culture. Great Northern to grade and dou­ ble-track a line between Troy and Kootenai Falls, seven miles Campbell Kevin-Stewart Car Ison No. 1 well, Section 25 36 2 W in Toole county was recently brought in at a depth of 1530 feet, the initial product on being from i fit) to 2 fit) barrels a day Frst in the production of silver, precious stones, manganese and eloc- trieity, holder of tbe record for pro­ duction per acre in oats, potatoes and hay, and second in a whole lot of crops, with coal, oil, copper, iron, rlnc, gold, silver and precous stones pourng forth from her mountains and plains, and with agriculture and livestock production greater irr value than the wealth of her mines, Mon­ tana rertainly is the land ot a prom­ ising future. $SL5# vs. $8,50 Two ladies were looking over the Basin Mercantile display Friday of last week when one of them picked up a mechanical toy. saying: \That would fast suit my boy—J ------- I wonder bow much the price Is ” Tbe salesman being appealed to said It was two dollars and fifty eeats. two dollars and four bits, Tbe snbscriptka price of Tbe News ft war*. Her companion expreaed great sur­ prise and asked tbe salesman If be sure that was kite prtee. Wfcea .in tbe affimuttra sbe said: “W m , i bought tbe identical tey tarmytoTW b»! was 1 * Butte tbe r a *< II « m t me three

Big Hole Basin News (Wisdom, Mont.), 20 Dec. 1923, located at <>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.