Great Falls Weekly Tribune Friday, October 26, 1984
I t t GREAT FALLS FOR ANACONDA Self Interest Direets the Voters' Course and the Labor Vote Will Select Anaconda. John Spencer Tells the Lt. Paul Dispatch Dispatch About Montaa Politics, Live Stock and Silver. The St. Paul Dispatch of recent date contains the following interesting interview interview with John Spencer of this city: "John Spencer of Great Falls, a prom. inent stockman, is at the Sherman today. 'The contest between Helena and Anaconda Anaconda for the capital is so close that no one can tell how it wall end,' said he. 'Both are in the fight for blood, and each is spending barrels of money. Two years ago Helena had about 2,000 votes more than Anaconda, but lacked a majority of all the votes cast, so the contest was continued between between the two towns this year. A majority of the Great Falls people favor Anaconda, because there is an understapdigo that if Anaconda wins, Marcus Daly will put in a large reflning plant at Great Falls. If this turns out to be true, seltf-interest will naturally carry the vote of the people in and around Great Falle to Daly's town. Otherwise there might be a natural prefterence prefterence for Helena, as the most central point. The towns are running neck and neck and it is a hot fight, I can assure you. The labor vote is what counts in the contest, and that is what both towns are trying to get. Business is very good in Montana. It can't be other. wise when there is any businesse to be done, for the state has so many resources that some one of them, and generally several are bring. Ing good money into the state. The wool. mutton, and beet bring thousands thousands upon thousands of dollars from the east into the state every tall, while the mines are a constant source of income. income. A good many of the silver mines are operating in spite of the repeal of the silver bill. The copper and lead mines are all operating and the state has never produced anything like the amount of gold that is being turned out this year. Wool is down this year but mutton and beef bring a fair return, and the agri. cultural sections have an immense crop, The ranges are in first-class condition for the winter and the outlook in every respect is first rate.