The Sanders County Independent-Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.) 1918-1959, May 16, 1918, Image 7

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SANDERS COUNTY INDEPENDENT-LEDOBR LAWYER v'i1110 MAKES SPEECH CONVOCTING MUIR EiPIER ON ONE DAY, PRONOUNCES FUNERAL ORATION OF KOLLER THE NEXT ROUGH -HOUSING THE PRO -GERMAN PHYSICAL PATRIOTISM OF THE SOUTHEASTERN PART OF STATE IS STRONG How Red Lodge Rid Herself of Un- desirables; Jail BIrd6 Who Would Not Associate With Disloyal Tra- veling Man; Story of the Canning of Kahn. The spectacular sat:twinge in Lib- erty bond subscriptions and volume of enlistments in the army may come from the larger centers, like Butte, which stood the third city in all the United States, proportionately, in its purchase of the Thirl Liberty loan issue, but . there is a brand of patriot- ism in the smaller cities of Montana that makes one ponder as to what will happen when the war comes right home to 1113 through the slaugh- ter of gallant young men who have gone forth to fight. If anyone believes that this is not the open season for the pro -German a trip through eastern Montana will be illuminating. In tne smaller cen- ters the fires of patriotism are burn- ing with an intentness that bodes ill for the man who might have said something derogatory of the federal government, or who might have in- timated that Wall street was too much interested in the days of the free and unbridled speech, now or a few months ago. Cleaning Up Red Lodge Down in Red Lodge they have a Liberty committee which believes in physical contact. At its head is a man who is peevishly patriotic, if that term may be used with courtesy. Its executive is a famous man hun- ter who has gone out into the open with criminals with his gun in his hand on more than one occasion. These two men, with the backing of many reputable business men have thinned the ranks of the agitators by the direct method. They took the president and secretary of a disloyal organization by the scruff of their necks and wrung from them the se- crets of their membership, with the result that sixty men, most of them of foreign birth, bade Red Lodge a quick farewell and will not return. It was in Red Lodge that Kahn, the wine salesman, got his. He talked to a group of patriots in the Pollard hotel; told them that conaervation was a joke; said this was a rich man's war, and justified ths sinking of the Lusitania. He was arrested. Anticipating that he would be fined he requested th-t his case be tried so that he could leave town that day. The police magistrate bound him over to the district court, his bail being.fixed at $7,600. Thrown into jail, a murderer, two second story men, and a man charged with rape, refused to allow him to sit at table with them. When his case came up before the district court judge he was sentenced to hard labor in the penitentiary to from seven to 20 years. They say that his reception at the penitentiary by the convicts was not any too cordial. He will probably have plenty of time during the next few years to reflect on the wisdom of the man who said silence was golden. Mike City's Activities Miles City is not pampering any pro -Germans. Miles also has its Lib- erty committee, which operates with the county council of defense. It bas organized a secret service staff, and has turned the county poor farm Into a detention camp. Stout hog wire encloses the 400 acres, and the two top strands are charged with sufficient voltage to knock down the man who comes in contact with it. A husky man driver, with a robust blacksnake, is farm superintendent. Pro -Germans who receive jail sen- tences work out their time on the farm, the efforts of the laggarts be- ing stimulated with the blacksnake. There is much physical patriotism in and about Miles City, with the result that the German sympathizer is about as scarce as hen's teeth. There are not many German text books in southeastern Montana. They have been fed to the flames of • hundred bonfires, in which the pupils who had been studying Ger- man helped. Spanish has been sub- stituted for German in many of the eastern Montana high schools. A man will forget the aitte laving you did for him. But he will never forget the one time you turned him dews. RAINBOW NAM All BACH NEAT FALLS EAT N. PICKERS They still have a man for break- fast occasionally down in Carter county. It is one of the last stands of the old cowman, who faces the in- vasion of the homesteader with his back against the wall. Only the vanguard of the self binder and civ- ilization has reached that section, whicp is the gateway to the big range country of southeastern Mon- tana and northern Wyoming. The newest of Montana's counties, Carter, or some of Carter's citizens, spurred and gunshod, cling to old customs. Individuals who have dif- ferences sometimes go into the open and shoot it out, which was good form in the days before law came. The custom is hard on statistics as to population, but it has this virtue— it puts a quick end to quarrels. Now, trouble comes with the habit, and this is the tale of Shorty Gillard, of the quick trigger finger, and his crime, and of Eddie Booth, inter- preter of the law, who made the speech which brought Milord into the gallows' shadow, and after the gunfighter was dead by his own hand pronounced the funeral oration of the man whom his eloquence had con- demned. Gillard killed a man with delibera- tion. Intuition told him that the law was about to enmesh him. His victim cold, he rode to his ranch. Against emergency he sewed a small phial of strychnine into the lining of his vest. Then he lighted a cigar- ette and sat down to await the com- ing of the sheriff. In the good old cowdays of years gone by Milord would have furbished up his artillery and made a stand. If he lost his troubles were over. If he won his way out he would have made for the Jackson Hole and defied the world. But times have enanged. GILLARD DECIDES TO ALLOW THE LAW TO TAKE ITS COURSE The sheriff was not long in com- ing. He walked into the cabin of Milord and read the warrant. Mi- lord listened to the legal phraseology with sang froid, slipped a package of \makings\ into his strychnine lined vest and accompanied the sher- iff back to the jail at Ekalaka to al- low his fate to be determined by due process of law. The county authorities were of the opinion that life was held too cheaply in Carter county. There had been too many killings. The reputation of the new county was at stake. An example had to be made of someone. Gillard's crime afforded the oppor- tunity. Several killers had escaped with slight punishment. They do- cided to import some outside talent to assist the prosecuting attorney in trying the Milord case. They picked on Eddie Booth, the Baker lawyer, blaster of criminal jurisprudence, and hero of many a hard fought legal battle. Booth was engaged to assist in the prosecution. At the trial Booth\ distinguished himself. He delved into the past of Shorty Gillard, a p...st more specta- cular than clean; he brought out the fact that he had killed in cold blood, and that his victim did not have the slighted chance for his life. He presented such a mass of damning testimony, which he summed up in one of the best speeches ever made in that part of Montana but one, and more of that later, that the jury promptly brought in a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree Edwin S. Booth, Well Known Montana Lawyer, Who Recently Made a Speech Which Brought Killer to Shadow of Gallows, on one Day, and on the Next Preached the Funeral Oration of the an Whom His Eloquence Had Condemned. Whale b and fixed the extreme penalty. The doomed man waived time for passing sentence, and the judge's pronounce- ment was that he should be hanged by the neck until he was dead. WHEN SHERIFF TURNS KEY GILLARD SWALLOWS POISON So Shorty Gillard was led back to the jail and locked up. The sheriff had scarcely turned the key on him when he ripped open the lining of his vest and swallowed the -cached strychnine. The news of the death verdict was still fresh enough to jus- tify discussion when his soul was winging its way to that place where the wicked cease from troublisg and the weary are at rest. Ekalaka's streets were crowded with ccwmen that city. They had ridnen in from miles around to lis- ten to the testimony, and hear the moving speech of Eddie Booth. The word picture that the lawyer had painted of the killer was one to make them clench their fists and shudder. His crime had been held up as one of the worst ever committed in the border country, and the listening punchers wondered that they had so long entertained a villain unawares. Finally, when the trial came to an end, groups who had heard the tes- timony and the speech, gathered on the corners. Out of the thrall of eloquence they discussed Shorty in the abstract. Was he really as bad as the Baker lawyer contended he was? Was he a human tiger who could blot out the life of a fellow man and be unconcerned about it? Was it a wonder that he had not kill- ed others, perhaps some of them, as Booth had said? Would the border country be safeguarded because of his passing the hempen route down the path of oblivion? And while they talked, with most of these questions unanswered, on the wings of the wind came the news that Gillard had taken his °an life anecheated the hangman. EDDIE BOOTH AND DEAD MAN'S BROTHER MEET AkTEM. SUICIDE Booth was discussing the suicide with some of the dead man's puncher acquaintances when a brother of Gillard approached him. He made himself known to the lawyer, and at once became the center of interest. Here were possibilities. Would the brother of the dead man result the part that had been taken by the law- yer? The crowd ringed about the two men and listened. \Shorty was a good boy before he left his home in the east,\ said the brother. \He never harmed anyone. He had many friends among the boys he grew up with. But when he came our to this wild country he fell into evil ways.\ The lawyer murmured something appropriate. \I believe we could have gotten him off with a term in the peniten- tiary if you had not been employed to assist in the prosecution,\ contin- ued the brother, looking the lawyer squarely in the eye. The room was full of the dead man's friends. His tragic end had softened the horror they felt at his crime. The situation was devel- oping. \I am not blaming you, Mr. Booth,\ continued the brother. \You were authorized by the county to do this work, and you did your duty. I have no word of reproach for you. But you owe us something and I have a favor to ask of you.\ \Any thing I can do for you I will do gladly,\ said the Baker lawyer with considerable emphasis. \Well said the brother, \Shorty's friends have been talking to ms. We do not want to ask any of the local ministers to preach the funeral ser- mon. It might afford them too much of an opportunity to point a mord, Xou said about all the mean thing ili yqu could think of in your speech to the Jury. Now we are go- ing to give you an opportunity to say some nice things about Shorty. We are going to ask you to make the funeral oration.\ BOOTH DELIVERS FUNERAL ORATION AT THE GRAVE At the grave of Gillard next after- noon half of Carter county assembled. Grizzled cowman and breed, home- steader and business man were there and in their midst was Booth of the silvery tongue, giving utterance to sentiments that might assuage the grief of the dead man's friends. He told of ()Ward's boyhood, back in the states; of the esteem in which he was held by those who knew him in his youth; of his coming to the cow country; of the good deeds with which rumor credited him; of border experiences that hardened his sensi- bilities; of the strenuous existence in the cow country where every man held his life in the hollow of his own hand. He talked of the hardships and privations of the men of the cowland; of the sacrifices they made in blazing the way for civilization; and of the beauties of sacrifice. It was a great and moving effort, and the men whose gorge had risen at Shorty when Booth was arraying his iniquities before the jury the day bo- fore shamefacedly wiped away the tears that would not stay back. The glowing words of the lawyer, spoken under the most trying circumstances. clothed the last rites at the bier of the bad man and killer with dignity, and fixed firmly in the minds of all Carter county that Eddie Booth could do about anything he undertook. For it is not given to many men to so speak that a man may be sent up to the shadow of the gallows for his crime on one day, and on the next to deliver the funeral oration of the condemned and self expiated, and get away with both efforts. But Eddie did it. ECCENTRIC MARY MACLANE MISSING BUTTE AUTHORESS, WHO STAR- TLED WORLD 15 YEARS AGO HAS DISAPPEARED Wrote Book When Butte Schoolgirl Which Had Wide Sale; Wrote Two More Not As Successful; West In- to Movies About Year Ago But the Venture Proven Unprofitable. Mary MacLane, eccentric authoress formerly of Butte, has disappeared. This was a habi . but she left her hotel in Chicago a week ago with- out a word, abandoning small bag- gage and several fervid love notes, her friends have become anxious and have started an investigation. The story goes that Mary has en- countered financial distress. She is reported to have been ill and de- pressed. Her recent advent as a vampire in the movies was not a suc- cess and the War hurt the sale of her last book. At her last hotel the man- ager said: \Most of her callers were women, but she was much alone and seemed suffering from some misfortune.\ Like a blazing rocket Mary burst into the skyline of the literary world about 16 years ago. She had lust graduated froth the Butte high school. She wrote a book entitled, \I Mary MacLane.\ It had to do with herself and her devil, and was such a naive, queer, clev...r effort that it attracted instant attention. It was translated into several languages and had a large sale on two continents. For the White Lights Out of the profits of this book. said to have been about $98,000. Mary went to a finishing school in the east. Life, with the fame that had come to her so quickly, was al- together too tame for her In school. She chafed at the restrictions of the school, and after a few weeks of soul torture, bolted for the white light. of Broadway. There, on the Rialto, and In the Bohemian resorts affected by the art- istic, she became the lioness of the hour. A short time later she was commissioned to do Sunday Mork for the Hearst newspaper, but did not matinee at this work long, as it CALIF WITH RED CROSS ON SIDE, IS BORN AT MALTA 11 4 This is the Montana Red Cross calf, It first saw the light of day on the ranch of Richard Garland, near Malta, last March. '• On its near side is a perfect red cross, the arms of the 'sacred em- blem measuring about four inches from tip to tip. Mr. Garland, who was formerly postmaster of Malta, is a patriotic citizen, and when the phenomenon Was called to his attention, decided to dedicate the calf to the humane purposes of the great order of mercy. So he gave the calf to the local Red Cross chapter, which will ex- hibit it in Malta, after which It will be sold at auction, and then shipped all over the country to be sold over and over again, like the Shriner.' famous bag of flour. Thus will the metropolis of Phillips county get some very fine advertising and the treasury of the Red Cross be en- riched. meant labor, and labor kept her away from Bohemia. A second and third book were not SO IMICCS011ful as the first A year ago, yearning for the spotlight, she decided to go vampiring in the mov- ies. So she wrote a scenario of her own, dealing with the six great love affairs of her life. She postured in alluring posies as her own heroine. Mary and Byron Of the el: who had kept alive the fires of her heart, in the, scenario. one was a newspaperman. The pic- ture she drew on the sere n Was said to have so strongly impressed his acquaintances that Byron Conney, the talented editor of the Butte Ameri- can, who had been one of Mary's friends during the incubation and gosling days of her literary career, denied editorially in his paper that this part of her film portrayal of love had any reference to him. Byron has • very beautiful and charming wife, and possibly this had something to do with his denial of Mary. How- ever his friends are reit:deed that ma- trimonially at least his alibi was sue - easeful, although there are still a few doubting Thomases. The other loves of Mary lacinded BUTTE YOUTH IS SHOT BY ROBBER HIGHWAYMAN SPARES LIFE ON PLEA OF EYEWITNESSES OF THE SHOOTING Agrees Not to Kill Boy and Asks In- terceder. to Take Him to His Home; Shakes Hands with Youth's Saviors and Disappears in the Darkness. While leaving the home of a girl friend one night recently, Joseph Judge, a student of the Montana School of Mines, was shot in the leg by a holdup man. The shooting was witnessed by a Butte man and his wife, who were on CA opposite side of the street. They rushed across to the prostrate boy over whom the highwayman was standing with two revolvers pointed downward and hearing the gunman say, \I guess I'll kill you,\ they begged him not to do SO. \Will you take him home?\ asked the holdup man. \We will,\ replied the man and his wife. \All right, I'll not kill him, then,\ replied the thug, who insisted on shaking hands with the interceder,, and then disappeared in the dark - DOW Judge is not seriously injured. No arrest has been made as yet. Soldiers to Help Harvest It 18 stated that the government contemplates allowing furloughs to all soldiers who desire them to help with the harvest, and to give them the army pay when they report back to their stations and can show a cer- tificate to the effect that they have worked in the fields. \Mrs. Newbride has made some real war bread.\ \Oh?' \Trouble is she can't find • German to feed it to.\—Buffalo Express. a prise fighter, an actor, a staid Ansi nese man, and several of no defined occupation. The film was not • success, due It is said la these days of moving mov- ie, and barebacked filming, to the fact that Mary left too much to the Imagination of the screen fan. FRENCH HERO TO COME TO MONTANA PRIEST WHO WAS GIVEN COM- MISSION ON FIELD WILL AT- TEND CONFERENCE Montanans Active in War Work to Meet in Helena Late This Month and Lieutenant Paul Perigord, Late of the French Priesthood, will be Principal Speaker. Lieutenant Paul Perigord, the he- roic French priest who was given a commission on the field of battle, will be one of the principal speakers of the state war conference which will be held in Helena May 28 and 29. The purpose of the conference Is to bring together all who are act- ively engaged in war activities with a view to closer co-operation. Lieu- tenant Perigord is not only one of the great heroes of the war, but he is an orator with a fine command of the English language. He was a Roman Catholic priest and a profes- sor in a Catholic seminary when the war broke out. The sorrows et France, his native land, made a powerful appeal to his patriotic na- ture. Served as Private He put on the uniform of the pri- vate soldier and aided Marshal Joffre in driving back the invader in the battle of the Marne. He did this, as he has said, \not because I wanted to kill but because I love France.\ His first thought upon his return to France was to become a chaplain in the French army. Finding no vacancy in the list of chaplains he enlisted as a private in the ranks at four cents a day, determined to fight and to minister to the spiritual needs of his fellow soldiers at the same time. Won His Commission He did not seek a commission but one soon came to him. It was in the Champagne district. His company was ordered to receive the attack of the German Imperial Guard. All of the officers, with the exception of the captain, were killed in the early part of the battle. Later, when the captain was mortally wounded, he gave his sword to Private Perigord with instructions to lead them. He did so, the Imperial Guard was re- pulsed, the private was made a lieu- tenant and told to retain the sword of his dead captain. The German crown prince had promised his father that he would take Verdun On the Independence day of the French republic. His first assault was met by 6,000 French boys who had knelt to receive the blessing of Father Perigord before entering upon this terrible task. Tape were sounded for 4,600 of them but Verdun still stands. Other Notable Speakers Another speaker will be Guy Stan- ton Ford, professor of history and . , dean of the graduate school of the University of Minnesota. He has charge of the preparation and cir- culation of the educational pamphlets issued by the national committee en public information. The entire red, white and blue series of war pamph- lets, such as \How the War Came to America,\ have been prepared under his direction and supervision. His influence in counteracting all forms of German propaganda has possibly been greater than that of any other man in the United States. A third speaker at the conference will be Dr. J. A. B. Scherer. He is as Evangelical Lutheran minister, and in recent years president of the Throop Institute of Technology at Pesadena, California. He has spent many years in Japan, founded an Evangelical mission in that country in 1892, and taught English in the Japanese government school for four years, returning to the United Statea, because of the failure of his health. The fourth speaker, George Brin- ton Chandler, will represent the council of national defense at Of conference, having been chosen to as- sist in the organization of speaking campaigns for the national govern- ment. Not only is he an organiser but he is a speaker of unusual force. He was appointed by President Taft a member of the national commission on industrial relalons The organisations that will be ro- presented at the conference will he, in addition to the Montana council and the county councils, Red Cress. Liberty loan, war savings, federal fuel administration, federal food ad- ministration, public service reserve. Y. M. C. A., Knights of Columbus, federation of churches, Rotary clubs, mastodon department of the depart- ment of agriculture, state department of education, exterision division ef the state university, newspapers. 'date department of labor, Four -Min- ute men, Alliance of Labor and Dem- ocracy, and other organizations which engage in war work. Ruling for Won -Workers The state council ef defense has ruled that all persons who do not work at least five days out of a week must register In incorporated cities with the city or town clerk, and in towns not incorporated with the clerk and recorder of the county in which the town is situated. Crest Falls klek & Tile — C - 6. MURAT WALLS. MO/IMAMS Ilsseltsetsrows of 11.10111T. BUTT AND DARR warn 11111101L. TIMM IBILKIA, MIIELDIMO TILL MOLLOW MTAMTICS, TIMM ritooirinta. DWAIN TIMM °Memo SIN lel Illstkmal Daub 111:0114Mse

The Sanders County Independent-Ledger (Thompson Falls, Mont.), 16 May 1918, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/sn86075282/1918-05-16/ed-1/seq-7/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.