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State Historical l-haary X likLbNA, atOaSia:SA PUBLISHED TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS EACH WEEK Xbr flatbitab Poison—the Power City, the Commercial, Recreation and Scenic Center of the Garden of the Rockies! VOL 28, No. 50. Chrisfrnas Seal G E E G S 4 Buy and Use Thorn POISON, LAKE COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1937 Price 5c Copy; $2 Year News of the World From the Daily Press. ••••••••••••••••••••~..~.~~•••••.) HELD ON WAY OUT OF CHINA Three hundred American and British women and children attempting to flee war threats in central China today, were turned back by a military boom obstructing passage down the Yangtze river. Foreign officials in Hankow, one of China's three temporary capitals, were attempting to arrange evacuation of the refugees on an international train to Canton, southern metropolis, before Japan's war machine launches an ex- pected attack in central China. Pears of early Japanese attacks caus- ed near -panic conditions among the big Chinese population. Efforts at Shanghai to ease the crisis arising from the sinking of United States gunboat Panay by Japanese fly- ers, December 12, were further confused by a Japanese army statement con- tradicting essential details of American and other survivors' accounts. SENATE ACTS ON HOUSING BILL The Senate banking committee re- vised the administration's housing bill today and sent it to the Senate for quick action. The House bill contains provisions for a total of $2,000,000,000 in mort- gages, and permits the president to in- crease this an unlimited amount. The Senate draft limits the possible increase to $1,000,000,000.. Under the Senate draft the mort- gage asaneiation would lend only on large-scale projects. This would keep ahem with competing with building and loan associations which finance Individual loans. RECORD FUND FOR PEACE -TIME ARMY Students of military said fiscal af- fairs expressed belief today President Roosevelt would ask Congress next month to appropriate a record peace- time fund for the army and navy House appropriations committee indi- cated the president would ask for more than the $1,000,000,000 provided for the military establishment this fiscal year. Representative Bacon. New York, a member of the appropriations commit- tee. suggested the president \earmark\ a substantial percentage for improving the national defenses. \That would do more to help steel and other heavy industries and to spread employment than building dams or other public works.\ Diamond, of Alaska, said the govern- ment was paying about as much at- tention to defense of the territory as it was to those of Mars and the moun- tains of the moons. BRITAIN NAMES EMBASSODOR TO CHINA Great Britian emphasized her grave view of the Far Eastern crisis tonight by naming a new ambassadore to China to replace Sir Hugh Montgomery Knatchbull-Hugessen, who was wound- ed very seriously last August when Japanese planes machine-gunned his automobile. Sir Archibald Kerr, veteran diplo- mat, who has been embassador to Baghdad, will take over the Chinese post \as soon as possible.\ RHODE SCHOLARSHIP WINNER Charles Jellnek, Miles City; Leigh Gerdin, Sheyenne, N. D.; Robert M. Muir, Laramie, Wyo, and Grant Mc- Connell were winners in the Rhodes scholarship finals for this district. THREE ARRESTED HERE FOR OTHER COUNTIES The local sheriff's office made three arrests the latter part of last week for out -of -county officers. Art Asp and Earl Lance. who have been cutting wood in the Proctor sec- tion. were arrested at the request of Carbon county officials on a charge ot grand larceny. It is said the men are charged with the theft of a quantity of clover seed. They were returned to Red Lodge Saturday, to face the charge. Mrs. Clara Fisher, of Cut Bank, was arrested at the request of Browning officials, who wanted her on a charge of issuing a fraudulent check. She was returned to Browning. BANANA BELT M. D. Fee returned last Saturday from a trip to the Dillon section on business in connection with the Federal Land Bank. Mr. Fee states that when he left Dil- , Ion there was a snowfall of three inches and temperature had been ten below zero. The highway between Deer Lodge and Gild Creek, he said, was a glare of ice but the farther north toward Poi- son, the Warmer the temperature be- came, and the better the driving con- ditions became, until when he reached Poison he said it was like driving into a banana belt. Death Claims Well -Known Poison Matron Funeral services will be conducted Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock from the Lutheran church for Mrs. R. H. Wiedman, 43, popular Poison matron, who passed away Sunday evening at the local hospital after only a few days' illness. Rev. M. A. Cookson of Kalispell will officiate and burial will be in the Con- rad Memorial cemetery at Kalispell. The death of Mrs. Wiedman came as a great shock to residents of this sec- tion where she was well known. Al- though a resident here only a short time she took an active interest in all community and welfare work and was widely known for her own charities. She was a member of the?. E. 0. sis- terhood. Born in Great Falls, Mrs. Wiedman had spent the greater part of her life in Montana although her home was in Texas and Oklahoma. She was well known in the upper Flathead, having resided with her grandparents in Kal- ispell and attended school there. She was married to Mr. Wiedman at Whitefish and after a few years resi- dence there the couple went to the eastern part ef the state, residing first at Big Timber and later at Billings. A part of their time was also spent near Dayton, on the west lake shore. The family came here from Billings in 1935. Besides her many friends, she leaves her husband, a son, Jack, both of Poi- son; her mother, Mrs. F. 0. Weikes of Missoula; a sister, Mrs. Cl. A. Carroll 01 Delbert, Texas; an uncle, A. M. Moore of Marion, - and a cousin, F. E. Gard- iner of Butte. Both Mrs. Carroll and Mr. Gardiner will be here for the funeral. Baptist-Presbyterian Sunday School Program Wednesday, December 22, 7:30 P. M. Opening hymn, \I Heard the Bells of Christmas,\ by the congregation. Re- spousive reeding: Luke, 2, led .by Bud Lindwahl. Prayer: Lawrence Lacy. Songs and exercises by the primary de- partment. Recitation: Frank Swigs. Offering to help pay for the tailor of bringing the bell from Hamilton and putting it up. Offertory solo, \Lord I Want to Be a Christian,\ by Irma Wol- finger. Dialogue. \For the Christmas Pudding,\ by 10 girls. Exercise, \One Night in Judea,\ Vernon Carlson and Evert Evans. Song. - Joy. Great Joy,\ by Intermediate department. Recita- tion by Dorothy Owinn. Exercise, -Christmas Peace Jubilee,\ by eight children. Drama. \The Birthday of a King,\ by the young people: Cast— Mary, Mrs. Harold Moore; Joseph, Har- old Moore; Shepherds, Lawrence Lacy, Raymond Redeker and Tommy Wilson; Angel, Carol Lacy; Boy, Donald Doney; A Mother, Kathleen Hubbard. CHURCH BELL EXPECTED FROM HAMILTON TUESDAY The bell for the Presbyterian church is expected to arrive from Hamilton on Tuesday. and will be placed in the tower of the church upon arrival. A dedication service will be held on Christmas morning at 10 o'clock. A collection will be taken to help pay for the labor of bringing the bell to Poi- son. Each child and adult present will be asked to ring the bell once as he leaves the service. Everyone is invited. THREE COUPLES GET LICENSES DURING PAST FEW DAYS Marriage licenses have been issued during the past few days from the of- fice of the clerk of court to Donald Burrell Kingery of Moiese and Alma Frances McNess of Charlo; Clifton Robert Leighton of Ronan and Jessie Mae Emerson of Ronan and Orville Marvin Olson and Adeline Viola Gas- selle also of Ronan. DIVORCE ACTION Lois Johnston Brower filed an action this week in the office of the clerk of court, asking that she be granted a di- vorce from Kenneth C. Brower. The complaint charges the defendant with falsely and fraudulently repre- senting that he was a man of some means owning an interest in a prosper- ous and growing business in Missoula and considerable personal property and that, he was ready, willing and able to support the plaintiff and provide her with a decent and suitable home. The couple was married at Kalispell last August. LAKE COUNTY LEADS IN SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS FOR STATE A survey conducted recently by the journalism club of the state normal school at Dillon to determine the num- ber of school papers published, shows that Lake county leads the entire state with the publication of 12 school Papers. Nearly 50 per cent of the schools of this county publish a school paper. COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL CLOSE - THURSDAY FOR VACATION Schools throughout the entire county will close next Thursday afternoon for the Christmas vacation and will open again January 3. Every school its the county, Ethel Terry, county superintendent reports, has had or is platusing to give it special Christmas program this year. Many teachers are planning to leave Friday to spend the holiday vacation at their homes in different Parts of the state and many students are arriv- ing daily from the various colleges and schools to spend the holidays with home folks. Cases Disposed of In District Court District court was held at Poison, Tuesday, with Judge Ralph L. Arnold presiding, at which time the following business was transacted: In the matter of the estate and guar- dianship of Beth Johnson and Bernice Johnson, minors. The annual account of the guardian was heard, allowed and approved. In the matter of the estate and guar- dianship og James Nolan, incompetent, the court ordered final discharge of the guardian in accordance with petition. In the matter of the estate of John Koisti. deceased, the court heard Pe- tition for letters testamentary and granted the same. John Koisti, Jr., named administrator with bond fixed at $400. .Isabelle Malatare vs. Joseph Mala- tare, an action for divorce. This ac- tion was dismissed on motion of coun- sel for plaintiff.. Eva Chavez , vs. 'Joseph Chavez an action for divorce. This action 'wee dismissed on motion of counsel for plaintiff. Frank Richardson vs Stanley Scearce Incorporated, et al. In this matter the demurrer to the complaint is set for hearing December 28, at ten o'clock. Jean McIntire vs. Lloyd McAllister, et al. In gals matter the demurrer to the amended answer is set for hearing December 28, at ten .o'citsek. William Morigeau vs. Marie Mori- geau. In this matter the motion for temporary alimony, attorney's fee and suit money, se: for hearing this day. is by agreement of counsel set for hear- ing December 28, at ten o'clock. Earl Hartley vs. Mae Hartley, an ac- tion for divorce. In this matter the court ordered default of the defendant on motion of plaintiff, for defendant's failure to answer or otherwise appear within the time allowed. Proof sub- mitted in behalf of plaintiff's complaint and decree of absolute divorce granted In favor of the plaintiff and custody of the minor children awarded to the plaintiff, as prayed. Nets Anderson vs. LeRoy Wilkinson. et al. On motion of counsel for de- fendants and in accordance with stip- ulation on file in said cause the said action is dismissed. There being no further business be- fore the court at this time adjourn- ment was had until December 28, at ten o'clock. Mission Boys Victorious In Two Hoop Games St.. Ignatius: To The Courier.—Two fast and interesting basketball games were played in St. Ignatius this week. The Mission team has so far this year been undefeated, and the chances of winning another district championship look very promising. The Lonepine team, last year's most powerful oppon- ents, have lost their star players of the previous season, and in Saturday's en- counter, offered no serious menace. The score for Saturday's game was. SLEEPY MAN Lanepine 11 and Mission 24. The score OUT OF for Thursday's game Was Mission 28 and Superior 21. The Frenchtown team will be here Saturday evening for a double-header game, the preliminary game between the Mission and French - town girls, and the stellar attraction between the boys of both Frenchtovm and the Mission. Stevensville will play here Dec, 30, and the Mission team will go to Ronan on January 7. The game Thursday evening was one of the fastest encounters played so far this year, Ives Twildee of the Montana State College at Bozeman, refereed the game. usd, s Seal Sale May Be Largest Ever Held Hilbert Hanson, Jr., and Bud Sorg, students at the state university, arrived last Thursday to spend the holidays at their homes here. Walter Williams, who is attending the state university, will arrive here this week to spend the Christmas vaca- tion with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. J. U. Williams. Miss Avis Hamilton arrived from Spokane, Saturday, where she is at- tending business college, to spend the holidays at her home on the east shore. Miss Amy Wentworth arrived here Monday from Missoula to spend a few days on business. Miss Wentworth re- turned recently from Chicago. where she was called by the illnes(of her sis- ter, Mrs. Edward Heine& Miss Audrey Wymore, who is attend- ing the state university, arrived here Saturday to spend the Christmas vaca- tion with her parents, Mn and Mrs. L. G. Wymore, of Matterhorn Point. Wallace Holt is expected to arrive here Saturday from Bozeman where he is attending the state college, to spend the holiday vacation. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Lembke have moved into their new home on the east lake shore. When completed their home will be one of the most attractive on the east lake shore, it is reported. Stanley Lacey, student at the state college at Bozeman, is spending the Christmas vacation at his home here. Miss Marguerite Sorg, who is at- - tending the state normal school at Dil- lon. arrived here this week to spend the holidays with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. A. Sorg. Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Butler, Jr., were business visitors in Missoula Monday. H. A. Mud/ Bruns of Spokane. is a business visitor in Poison. Walter von Euen left. today for Havre where he will spend Christmas. He aspects to be gone a week. Billy Scott. of Mammoth, arrived here Friday to spend the next two months here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs . . Minium Scott. Mrs. Gordon Wilson* left this week for Butte, where she was called by the illness of her mother. Members of the board of directors of the Grouse Mountain Mining company held a special meeting last Friday even- ing at the city hall. Harlan and Harold Bixby, of Boze- man, are spending the holidays here at the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Bixby. Mr. and Mrs. J. U. Williams have re- turned to their home here after spend- ing the past few months traveling over Mr. Williams' sales territory. MIES Catherine Campbell, who Is at- tending business school at Spokane, arrived here last week to spend the Christmas vacation with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. George Campbell. A. J. Connolly returned Sunday after spending the past few weeks visiting his brothers at Billings and Livingston. He plans to leave this week for Port- land and will later go to California, and then to Mexico City. The Montecahto club of the south- east lake shore section, met at the home of Mrs. Arthur Swanson Wednesday. A Christmas program was given after which a tasty lunch was served by the hostess who was assisted by her mother, Mrs. Buzzard, Miss Carolyn Emory, student at the state university, is here to spend the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Emory. Mr. and Mrs. Wade McNeil. of Malta, who have been guests at the home of Mrs. McNeil's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. 0. Bernard of the east lake shore, left Monday for Phoenix. Arizona. to spend the winter. CATHOLIC LADIES MEET Members of the Catholic Ladies So- ciety held a no -host meeting last Thurday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Lee Butcher. The afternoon's business meeting consisted chiefly of completing their work in connection with the bazaar and luncheon held recently by the group. A vote of thanks was given to those who assisted in making the affair a success and it was announced that Charles Lawley of Dayton was awarded the quilt made by the society. Tasty refreshments were served at the close of the meeting. CHASES FAMILY HOUSE WITH GUN Determined to have peace and quiet at almost any cost, because he had to get some sleep before going to work on the midnight shift, one man at the dam is reported to have chased his family and their friends all out of the house with a gun last night. The sheriff's office was notified and when the officers arrived they found the man comfortably ensconced on his bed with his gun by his side. He was turned over to the care of officials at the Indian agency. With only three and one-half days remaining before Christmas, every el - fort is being made to sell as many tu- berculosis seals as possible this week to complete one of the most successful sales ever sponsored in Poison. The sale this year in Poison is being sponsored by the Poison Civic League and the members, under the direction of Mrs. W. C. Vincent, president, have made a house to hoilse canvass as well as placing the seals on sale both in the post office and at the library. This year a $50 cash bonus is being offered to the group of sponsors who show the largest increase in sales over that of last year. The sale at Ronan is being sponsored by the American Legion and auxiliary, while Round Butte, Charlo, St. Ignatius and Arlee are among other towns in the county that are competing for the bonus. Of the total receipts from the seal sale, 95 per cent is used in the state and five per cent is sent to national headquarters to help in combating tu- berculosis. In the schools 135 per cent can be used for tuberculin tests or if that is not desired. 50 per cent may be used for hot lunch funds or various health awards. All reports indicate, it is said by Ethel Terry, county chairman, that this year's sale will be the largest ever held Last Saturday morning was a users - in the county. orable day for more than one thousand kiddies of Poison and Lake county as they marched into the free show at the Lake theatre and witnessed a movie made especially to please children, and later marched by and received a gift from Santa Claus. Two shows were held, the first beginning at 9:45 o'clock and the second immediately following. Both shows were filled to overflowing and Santa was compelled to replenish his sack many times before all of the youngsters had received gifts. The school bus drivers went over the For apparently no reason at till, Er- r nest Matt. said to be from Babb, walk- eguiarroutes to bring in a large num- ber of the children for the show. ed up to the Lake theatre yesterday The free show was sponsored by the afternoon and displayed an al humor management of the Lake theatre and by poking his fist through the glass Santa Claus gind the Christmas tree was under the supervision and sponsor- ship of the Poison Progressive club.. The Poison Creamery company pre- sented each kiddie present at bath shows with a bottle of Pepsi -Cola. Candy, nuts and fruit %vent to make up the bags each received from Santa Claus. At 6:30 o'clocic Saturdey evening the Progressive club held a drawing and Wilbur Dei3olier was awarded a com- plete turkey dinner basket. Tickets for the drawing were given out by the merchants of Poison to all who called for them on the days immedlatela pre - any too pleasant for the officer. ceding and the day of the drawing. Matt pleaded guilty to a charge ot The basket given away contained a being drunk and disorderly when ar- turkey. fruit. vegetables, berries and reigned this morning before Judge W. all Of the things which go to make up a A. Cross. and was fined $50 and given complete dinner. The basket was a 15 days in jail. Being unable to pay gift of the Poison Progressive club. his fine, he will remain in jail for the next 32 days, Jerry O'Connell Will Visit Poison On December 29 Congressman Jerry J. O'Connell will speak at the court house in Poison Wednesday afternoon, December 29, at 2:00 o'clock. He will discuss the prob- lems of the Flathead irrigation district and outline plans for the project. In addition, he will discuss matters of national and state interest and includ- ing the topic: \We Must Stop War Now.\ Mr. O'Connell has made several speeches before audiences of several thousands of persons since his return from the war zone in Spain and it is probable he will give some interesting sidelights on his trip. In view of the interest Mr. O'Connell has shown for the Flathead irrigation project to date, it is hoped that he will have a message of considerable import- ance to all interested in the project; and the grave international !awakes together with the closing of the special session of congress will give him a splendid opportunity to discuss issues of interest to the people. Christmas Party Is Huge Success Officer Suffers Poke in The Nose as Well as Boil :suss aren't any great pleasure to be- gin with, and when you have one on your nose that's worse, but when some- body takes a poke at your nose—boil and all—that's enough to make anyone mad. States Ernie Claffey, street com- missioner, who suffered just that ex- perience yesterday. window in the ticket office. Whether ' he was at adds with his reflection in the glass or just what, is not known, but lie did a splendid job of breaking the heavy plate glass window and suc- ceeded in cutting his hand quite severely. Believing - that the man had been drinking too heavily to cause much trouble, Commissioner Clef fey, who had been summoned, with the assistance of Harold Gregg, started to take the man to the city jail, when suddenly Matt. with a vengeante, struck a blow across Mr. Claffey's nose, which didn't prove Mission Women Give Hoop Game To Raise Funds St. Ignatius' To The Courier—The basketball game between the Bobcat's Kitten, and the Grizzlie's Cubs, played Wednesday evening before a capacity crowd in the high school gymnasium. resulted in a final score of 8 to 13 in favor of the Kitten, and netted the sponsors $47.05. This money is to used in buying fittings and equipment for the high school stage. Members of the Parent -Teachers' association in the northeastern section of town, under the leadership of Mn. J. A. Medara, plan- ned the match as one means of raising money in con junction with other money- raising arts I tie , during this month. The Bobeais were made up ot town ladles, and the Kitten were members of the teaching staff. The lineup Was as follows: Bobcats: Dorothy Ripley, Margaret Cunningham. Dorothy Olson, Rose Ar- mour Caroline Thompson, Florence McKinnon, Flora Simkins, Dora; Nor- man, Anna Thompson, Sterling Ball, Mrs. Nelson, Ereatrice Meclaris, Kitten: Helen Knudsen. Vera Ha- benicht, L. Deeney, Ethel Schoonover, Pearl Nystrom, Ruth Hillier. Regina Seuber. The entrance of Jle Cubs Provoked aonsiderable hiliarity and was climaxed by the making of a basket by Mrs. Sim- kins, who was dependent on two fellow members for aid in getting into posi- tion. The necessity for a large lineup on the part of the Bobcats is explained by the fact that two members were temporarily knocked out, and only one or two members were able to remain In the game for both halves. BAPTIST -PRESBYTERIAN CHOIR Practice for Christmas music will be held Thursday evening, December 23, at 7:30 o'clock at the home of Mrs. H. I. Johnson. Sunday afternoon the club sponsor- ed a turkey shoot, the proceeds of which went toward defraying the ex- penses of the kiddies' party. Expresses Thanks Bill Nye, manager of the Lake the- atre, wishes to express to the people of Lake county and especially to the Poi- son Progressive club, his sincere thanks for making this year's kiddies' party a tremendous success. CIVIC LEAGUE ASKS FOR TINSEL CONTRIBUTIONS Civic League mensars. through their president. Mrs. W. C. Vincent, an- nounced this week that they could ap- preciate the contribution of any tinsel. either old or new, which residents of Poison wish to dispose of. The tinsel will be used next summer in the decoration of a \show boat\ which the Members plan to sponsor in connection with the annual water re- gatta. The tinsel may be left at the city library. SIX MEN APPEAR IN CITY POLICE COURT Those appearing before Judge W. A.. Cross for arraignment during the past twenty-four hours were Edward Cone of Kalispell, who was arrested by the city officials on a charge of being drunk and disorderly. Cone pleaded Pliny and Was fined $5, which he paid. Peter Bondell. who was arrested on a charge of \m000hing.\ is being held for investigation.' Charles Pablo, of Ronan, who was arrested on a charge of being drunk and disorderly, pleaded guilty and was fined $5 and sentenced to serve ten days in jail. Being unable to pay the fine, he has been committed to jail. Arrests during the latter part of last week -end were Louis Hoff of Butte. arrested for being drunk and disturb- ing the peace—sentenced to serve 30 days in jail; John Doe of Rollins, ar- rested for being drunk, was fined $5, which he paid. and Jim Marantelio ot Columbia Falls Arrested for a traffic violation and fined $2, which he paid.