Kendall Chronicle (Kendall, Mont.) 1902-190?, July 01, 1902, Image 1

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4 i i p. ii KENDALL -- -.CHRONICLE 'The North Moccasins- Have Yielded Up Their Thousands end Have Millions Lett for Honest Toil VOL. I. KENDALL, MONTANA, JULY 1, 19o2. No. 15. IN BED WITH 11 MN T4insational Experiree, o a I Prospector. ‘„ • Bitten bsr the Venomous Reptile He Cuts off the Wounded Mem- ber — The Story. Jerry Mastick.a prospector,had an ex- perience a law days ago that he will not soon forget. He was bitten by a rattle- snake, and the wound was inflicted un- der circumstances so unusual as to ex- cite more than mewing interest. The incident proves Mastick to he a man of nerve, for if he hail not resorted to he- roic measures at the time he might have auffered death by reason of the wound inflicted. Mastick had been prospecting on the headwaters of Plum creek, in the North Moccasins. He had his blankets and a cooking outfit, and 113(1 made guiles stay in the hillg. It was his custom to roll up in his blankets under the protection of a cliff of overhanging rocks, and facing the east. Last Tuesday, after unusual hard work the previous day, Naafi& did not rise at his usual hour, bn6 - speut most of the forendnn quietly in bed. • Abotkten o'clock he awoke. Glancing down iii 41ie direction of his feet, he was horrified •to see a huge rattler coiled lip oil the quilt that was over him, and not three feet from his head. Mastick's arms were folded across his breast. The ditiake'a head was raised and lie seemed ready for an attack. His bead was turned towards Mastick's face. The latter was fearful that if he moved his body, his arms or big head the snake wculd strike The situation was a nerve -wrecker. What to do puzzled Magda. The snake showed no disposition to move away, but kept his wicked eves on the face of the man that lay under him. In describing the situation Muth* said : \The perspiration came out on me like a flood. I seemed to have been stricken with mental paralysis. I was afraid to move, and the longer I lay there with the eyes of that venomous reptile riveted upon me, the more helpless I be - eerie. But I felt I should do something. I thought by moving my feet &lightly the snake might turn his lies/in that direction. But no; the slight noise I made irritated him and he rat t led so loud that to me the noise was like that of a threshing machine. Every moment seemed an age, and I berrii,i to feel as though I was to fall a victim. However, htat feeling soon passed, and 1 resolved to meet the danger let come what would. I thought to draw the bed clothing over my face; but I hail no sooner conceived the thought than the snake raised itself up as if to strike me in the face. I raised my hands instantly, and just in time, for the snake struck at me, add my raised hand saved my face. The fangs of the rattler hit the index finger of my left hand and made an ugly wound. \I leaped to my teet, and the snake made for the rock; but I was too quick for him, and a well directed blow with a stone disposed of him. The next thing to do was to treat my wounded finger. The flesh bad been torn for it quarter of an inch, and it looked no good to me. I had no whisky, and I was a long way from town. I concluded that whatever did must be done at once. I thought of my wife, and that settled it. 'I'll take no chances,' I remarked aloud. Picking up my camp knife I laid the wounded finger on a ro tiz and hacked it off at the second joint.\ Mastick tied up the wounded member and made for a sheep camp not far dis- tant, where he redreszed his finger. As it seemed to be doing well he remained the re two days and then came to town. FISK IS GUILTY. That was the Verdict of the Jury at Lewistown. Charles Fisk was on Friday afternoon found guilty of murder in the second de.. gree. On the evening of April 10th Fisk shot and killed James Pierce at the latter's sawmill, located in the foothills of the Snowys. The two men were not on friendly terms for some time previous to the tragedy. On the evening in ques- tion Fisk, Pierce and two or threesaliers were seated at the supper table. Pierce hail been to Lewistown that day, and Fisk inquired if it were true that President Roosevelt hail been shot. Pierce replied that the President had( been dead a month. This flippant observation angered Fisk. and lie retort- ed by stigmatizing Pierce as an anarch- ist, who would rejoice if the President were assassinated. The two men were now thoroughly angry, and Fisk dared Pierce out to fight. In the encounter which followed Fisk got the worst of it. He then went to the bunk -house and Pierce rei,urned tOlfis meal. A few mo. rnents later the Viirelinen Acame together Again; this time Flelelwas discharging his weapon. The men grappled and went down, with Pierce on top. They were instantly separated, and it we found that Pierce was desperately wound- ed. Pierce died the following day. The trial lasted nearly a week. Coun- ty Attorney Belden and W. E. Cort rep- resented, the people, and W. M. Black- ford and F. E. Smith the clifendant. SKULL FRACTURED. Joe ErIngton Thrown from MA Horse During a Roundup. Joe Erington, an employe of Powers and Norris, while engaged with others last Friday in roundup work, wits thrown under his horse and sustained a -fracture of the skull. Erington was riding a horse that, an occasion, is a vigorous bucker. He has a habit of jumping high in the air and not always landing on his feet. On Friday, about noon, he had a fit of bucking, and threw himself, Erington going under. The znau was picked up in an uncon scions condition; his companions tried to revive him, but to no purpose. Later the unfortunate man ass brought to town in the care of Fred Garland and Earl Denny. Dr. Wierner was called, and after an examination of the injured man, announced that the skull had been fractured near the base, and the brain injured. Dr. Lackey of Gilt Edge was called in consultat:on that evening; but nothing could be done other than press the skull into place. From the nature of the fracture it is assumed that the head was pressed from the top; as though the horse rolled on- to Erington. When it was learned that the injury would undoubtedly prove fa- tal, an effort WAS made to reach by wire Erington'a brother, who resides near Billings, and two sisters in Texas, but up to press hour no replies had been re- ceived from them. When brought to town the injured man was taken to the Billines hotel, and every attention was given him. But at no time did lie regain consciousness. As time passed it became quite evident that death would result, Re the patient Was losing vitality with the passing of each hour. In Thl• New Store. T. R. Matlock has received part of his stock of good., and the store is being put in order tor business. Carpenters arc hud)' putting up the fixtures, etc. I PIONEER PASSES ON The Hon. James Fergus Dies at His Home. His End was Peaceful—SA:nettling About a Man Who Helped to Make Western History. The Hon. James Fergus, one of the oldest and best -respected citizens of Fer- gas county, (lied at his home ranch last Wednesday evening at about 9o'clock. Mr. Fergus had been an invalid for eoutte time, the infirmities of age and a dropsical affection being the immediate cause of death. At his bedside, when he breathed his last, were his son Andrew Fergus, Mr. and Mrs. Gilpatrick, hie daughter and son-in-law, and a young grandson, and his faithful nuitses, James arid Thomas McLaughlin. Death came peacefully, and ndt unexpectedly to those who were of the household. For months before his death Mr. Fergus had been confined to his house, his infirmity compelling him to sit upright in a chair. Some days before his death, however, he became too weak to Int up and he hail to take to his bed. He had been a great eufferer &tiring his long illness, but for- tUnately daring the closing boors the body seemed free from pain. For hours before the erd came the patient's mind wandered, and he appeared to be living his busy life over again. The remains were sent to Lewistown, and from thence shipped to Helena, where they were in- terred beside those of his wife, who died several years ago. Mr. Fergus left a large fortune, which will pass to his son and other blood rela- tions. James Fergits was born on a farm in Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1818. He at- tended school until his 19th year. He proved an apt scholar, and had strong brain power. Wishing for a greater opportunity to carve out a career than his native hind seemed to afford, lie left Iris home and went to Canada, and thence drifted to the states, living for a time in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. Ile then went to Minnesota. In the meantime hie character was developing arid giving promise of making him a leader among men. Fergus Falls, Minn., now a place'of importance, was named after him. Mr. Fergus was one of the pioneers of Montana, coming to the state in 1862, and in 1879 he located in what is now Fergus county. Here lie selected the Armelle creek country as the scene of operations. lie acquired land there and from time to time added tp his hold- ings. Some time ago he organized the Fergus Livestock and Laud company, with nearly all the shares being owned \Enself and his eon Andrew. The company OW II immense tracts of land, great bands of sheep and other livestock. Mr. Fergus took a keen interest in public affairs. While a resident of Lewis and Clark county lie was elected a coun- ty COM iiii8eitmer, and served a it hi fidelity to the people. When Fergus county was formed it was given his name. He was it member of the legislature of 1887, and figured prominently in its work. In na- tional and state politics Mr. Fergus was an earnest Republican, but in local af- fair Ire was ever ready to vote for \the best man.\ I, Janice Fergus was a man a - iitT - Wo. : convictions. He made a good friend, and ever stood ready to aroma those whom he considered worthy. During the closing years of his active and useful lile he devoted much time to reading and contemplation. He possessed a well se- lected library, and fonnd much pleasure i. in the cotupony of his books. In bolsi- sass affairs t lie was methodical, careful, fair and la; -Righted, using excellent *dgment in slid his larger transactions. Mr. Feigns' sturdy Scotch anceetrv was reflected in his own life and conduct. In educational matters he was free with his money and his w ise counsel. lii his re- ligions belief he had no sympathy with the prevailing orthodox faith and creeds. Those who came inlo close personal friendship with James Fergus were made better by the association. His well -stored mind and agreeable personality made his company highly pleasurable. De•Ine-Pitwood Concert. Last Friday evening Miss Emma De- vine and Mrs. Georgia Pitwood enter- tained a most appreciative audience in the ne* Wareham building. Miss De- vil* tie - a pianiet is not to be excelled in the west and Mrs. Georgia Pitwood with liar sweet soprano voice was a rare treat indeed. E. A. HtleOn Was on the outgoing stage Monday. (ekbrie the oio io s rod at ma But come to us for that new fit, you will surely need to celebration. We are showing line of CLOTHING, HATS GUS COUNTY at prices ity considered. Suits $10.00 Gordon lists $3.50 John B. Stetson Hats $4.5o and WE SUER A SPECIALTY MINERS AND PROSPECTORS -E-W •- , _ • suit, or complete out- spruce up with for the merit the largest and SHOES in FER- that can't be heat, qual- to $25.00 Knox Hats $5.00 -$5.00 for the best quality OF SUPPLIES EXPRESS SEND US YOUR MAIL ORDERS CO . • CIALGOi - PAID ON ALL PURCHASES of ifI.04) OR OVER LEWIsTOWN, MONTANA

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