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- S vs • THE RIVER PRESIS. :r t i E. .K I yE.R PR.ESS AM letters and communications containing matter int.videdfor publicat• in is paper should b.' id - dressed to \The Ricer Pr \and the name of the 4 eller must be Oren to all4ti Itention. Local adeertisentents trill be inserted in these col - WIMP at the rate of fifteen cents per line from Iran - sisal and ten cents per linefront regular adrertisers. Terms of Subscription: One year vi 00 Six months I 7.0 Payable in advance. , • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, ISEts. 4.21:av says Foraker is sure for the cabi-, net. .That settles it. Quay's word is law anti the law is recorded. IIE flivaa Puss, Isearierz malice to - none but good ai.s to all, bids its re - sders and contemporaries a Happy New Year: As THE closing down 41 the Anaconda works was anticipated the news of its suspension of work creates no surprise. Several reasons are given for the shut •slowir IT iel pretty early for an ice gorge on the Missouri, but Chamberlain, Dakota, records one at that place and the winter has but just set in. The river is acting very badly below Benton this year. THE Pauley Chilled steel cells received a stunning ad. at Butte the other day, when six prisoners escaped from the jail there by sawing through their cen bars with an old case knife. Silver Bow coun- ty paid $17,000 to the Pauly outfit for its rattle trap IT seems the Jamaica authorities are blamelt.ss in the matter of fining the steamer Josefa for not producing all the packages entered upon the manifest of that vessel. Until the absence of that twenty-two dollar's worth of - corn, starch - be satisfactorily explained to the Jamaica custom house Officers the tine of $4,000 will stand. THE republicans propose to use up _ their surplus in the grandest blowout the nation has ever witnesseat Harrison's Inaugural. The procession will be upon such a grand scale that no room can be found for carriages except those for the use of the retiring and incoming presi- dents. It is well. The swan sings the sweetest during its expiring moments. Bt. -- rrr. comes smiling to the front with an output of $3,000,000 for the year 1888. That is about $1,000 for every man,woman and child in the great mining camp. If Philipsburg, Granite, Marysville, Glen- dale, Wickes, Elkhorn, Gloster, Gregory and thb other mining centers throughout the territory make—a\ corresponding in- crease in their several outputs over those ,pf le.st year Montana - im place between $35,000,000 and $40,009,006 to her credi t for 1888. CHINA has found a new outlet for its surplus heathens. Ten thousand of them have been sipped to Siberia to work in the placer mines on the Amoor river. This diversion of the moon -eyed coolies from the shores of the Occident will be hailed wIth delight by the long - ) suffering' peo — As-erfhe Pacific coast who will unite in wishing that Russia may find room for every mother's son of them. John China- man has new found his earthly haven of rest. No Melican hoodlums will trouble OP% him in Siberia. SEEMS that, counting the actual votes of republicans and democrats, Cleveland has a pluralty of 100,000. Yet the com- plicated election machinery of the States is so twisted up that it makes Harrison president. What a travesty on the so- called popular institutions of our neigh- bors. The real will of the people is de- feated by a mass of election machinery which is bulk, awkward and apparently so good for a6ything except to elect the wrong man. It is satisfactory after all to know that the majority of the Ameri- can people declared for tariff reform.— Macleod Gazette. A HOPEFUL VIEW. The Salt Lake Tribune, ever a firm and intelligent friend of silver, takes a hope-, ful view' -of the prospects of the metal un- der the incoming administration. In an article under the caption \We Look for Good Times.\ that isurnal says: \We expect. to., that if no silver legislation shall be attempted before next winter, nd with the appointment of a new tress • urer after the fourth of next March, the maximum instead of the minumum amount of silver. $4,000,000 per month, will be absorbed under the Bland law. That will absorb all our product, and un- der that absorption the shipments to Eu- rope will cease, and silver will climb up ten points before congress shall meet next December. Witt that accomplished, the tepeai of the act of 1873 will be made al- most without debate, and before two years, the two metals will again, with the noetile . legislation swept away, gravitate back to their own legitigiate places side iik hy side, in a ratio of 16 to 1. The imme- diate prosperity which would succeed would t be first felt in the raining regions, but it a would not be long, until it would be noticed everywhere. The hbove may be reasonably expected with a change of ad- ministration. Hence we believe that mining is going to advance materially in tne next eighteen months. and that all -people engaged in the business have a :.ght to nurse more hopes than they have tor eouie tame joust - - MR. BONNER'S INTERVIEW. Mr. E. L. Bonner is at the head of the Bonner Mercantile firm at Butte. He i9 also at thaThead of the Ntontana Im- provement company. Furthermore he was a large contractor onothe Northern Pacific during the building of that great thoroughfare through Montana. He is now largely interested in str-Oping the immense forests of the upper Otter Root valley of its wealth of timber and making money hand over fist in shipping the out- put to Butte and other points in Montana. Mr. E. L. Bonner is a staunch republican and did all he could to defeat W. A. Clark at the last election, the which he had a perfect right to do. Mr. Bonner evidently considers himself a great man, and like many other great men in the country he has been -to Wash- ington since the election. Following the usual custom of the great men i'ho find themselves in that political center of the nation, he hunled up a newspaper, report- er and got himself interview j (.. Ile had an opinion or two he wanted to ir and he aired them. Therefore l'Ir. Bonner's opinion p become public property and Mr. Bonner himself a legitimate subject for newspaper criticism. Hence the RIVER PRESS takes the liberty to say a word or two concerning the gentleman and his in- terview. Mr. Bonner, like many other uninform- ed or intensely prejudiced men when talking about political matters, said 'a great many very foolish things in his in- terview. He is evidently better posted on the price of calico and the cost of manu- facturing lumber and getting out railroad ties than he is on the subject matter of his inteqiew. For instance, Mr. Bonner , says: \The fact is the whole policy of the democratic party towards the north- western territories for the hist six or eight years has been such as to make them republican for all time to come.\ The italics are ours but the damphoolism is Mr. Bonner's. We question whether the gentleman, if an immediate answer were required, could tell what party ran the administration four years ago. He talks as though he believed the democrats have been shaping the policy of the gov- ernment during the years first named. Again says Mr. Bonner: \Another four years of the same policy would ruin us complely.\ . What insufferable nonsense! Ruin who? Ruin the people of Montana, or ruin Mr. Bonner's pet lumber compa- ny? Certainly not Montana or her peo- ple. Not Montana that has jumped from the third place to the first place within the past four years .in the precious metal output of the states and territories of the Union and that will lead them all in 1888 with an output of nearly $40,000,000. Not Montana whose assessible wealth has in- creased from $44,698,461 in 1883 to nearly $70,000,000 in 1888. Not Montana whose population has nearly doubled during the same period of time and whose people to-day are the most contented and pros- perous in this great nation. Who are \us\ then? Let us see. Hero is the explanation. Says Mr. Bonner: \Mr. Sparks began a war on the settlers the moment he entered the land office.\ Now we have it. Mr. Bonner is one of the \settlers.\ Timber Inspector Haily, a republican - ,Ippointed under a re- publican administration by a republican, acting under t4e rules and regulations formulated by Carl Schurz, a republican secretary of the interior, in accordance with a timber law passed by a republican congress and signed by a republican pres- ident, caused a suit to be instituted against Mr. Bonner's company for unlaw- fully cutting vast quantities of timber upon the public domain. Mr. Sparks pressed that suit and we believe it has now gone to the United States supreme court for final determination. If the gov ernment win it Mr. Bonner's company will be compelled to pay something over $1,000,000 into the national treasury. Here is where the \ruin\ comes in of which Mr. Bonner speaks, and thit is the \war\ of which he complains. But it is just within the range of possi- bilities now that Mr. Bonner will not lose that suit. He proved a faithful worker for Mr. Carter as was shown when nearly all the voters in \Bonner's Precinct\ were recently crowded in the Missoula county jail, court house and out buildings charged with illegal voting. He may now find \inflooence\ at Washington that will help him out of the hole he is in. Quien sabe. AN UGLY RC OR. Andnow comes the umor that the great Anaconda works and mines will soon be shut down for an indefinite peri- od of time. Although it is only a rumor, there are, unfortunately, grounds to be- lieve it has a foundation in fact. Not long since the New York World published quite a lengthy article, in which it stated that the French copper syndicate, or trust, which now controls the copper mar- ket, had offered Mr. Haggin $4,000,000 to close down his works for four months. Whether the World spoke by the card or not can only be surmised. If the works be closed down the World's statement will be regarded as the true reason for it. The story about the Montana Union not being able to furnish adequate rail- road transportation for the ore is all non- sense. The assignment of that reason gives the whole snap away. The Mon- tana Union is the line of road running from Butte to Garrison, taking in Ana- conda. This line is jointly operated by the Union Pacific and the Northern Pa- cific. The two systems are connected by it. Thew two great corporations could at a month's notice build and equip ore cars enough to occupy about every foot of the twenty-nine miles of track between Butte and Anaconda if an emergency re- quired them. They certainly can supply all that are needed to transport daily 2,500 tens of ore from the former to the latter place without any ver) trying exer- tion upon their part. They have been sending that amount down to the smelter for a long time, and there is no apparent reason why the road cannot continue to transport it. Therefore, we say there are grounds to believe the New York World correctly sized up the situa‘ion. The trust is car- rying an enormous amount of copper to keep up the market. The shatting off the output of the Anaconda for four months will relieve the syndicate of a cor- responding pressure, for which relief it is doubtless ready to pay the $4,000,000 said to be offered. The closing down of the works will be a hard blow to Anaconda and Butte, but few will be deceived as to the real cause should the order be Made to draw the fires at the smelter. A BRIEF RE TROSPEC T. The dying year will soon take its p' . we in the dead past, and to -morrow we write it 1889. What the future year will bring we can only conceive; what the past has given the people of northern Montana, they all know. It has been an eventful one in the history • of Choteau county --the turning point in its exist- ence. One year ago the vast territory to the north of Benton claimed savage owner- ship. No white man could boast posses- sion of a foot of its soal. To -day it is free to those who wish to make a home upon the great domain, and the sound of the hammer and saw has awakened the silent echoes where the exultant shouts of the red man as he brought down his quarry had only been heard. One year ago the shadow of a dark cloud rested upon the city and its sur- roundings. To -day its silver lining ap- pears, and no city in the territory can boast of brighter prospects. This change has not been brought about by 'a folding of hands and waiting, 1 .Micawber-like, for something to turn up, but by an exhibi- tion of energy, public -spirit and intelli- gently directed labor seldom witnessed in any place of the size, wealth and popula- tion of Benton in this or any other coun- try. The throwing open of the great northern reservation was largely due to the persevring efforts of Benton's citizens. This accomplished, the wool growers of the surrounding country and the leading business firms of the city establised a wool compress and erected an immense wool warehouse in -the place. The great iron bridge across the river at this place -an enterprise that would reflect honor upon any city in the world much larger than Benton—was begun and completed , during the year at a cost of $50,000, every dollar of which was sub- scribed and paid by residents of the town. This great structure is not only an evi- dence of the confidence of the people of Benton in the permanence of the city,but it is a lasting monument to their public spirit, pluck and enterprise. The building of a railroud, from Leth- bridge to Benton is an assured fact. This assurance is the crystalization of an idea that has long been entertained by the people of Benton and adds lustre to the brilliant prospects of the place. It may also be classed among the fruits of the passing year. The erection of a flouring mill in Benton, also an assured fact, will be the fruition of a hope conceived with in the past few months. While the essence of these hopes may not be seen, their spirit animates our peo- ple and they enter the New year lull of confidence in the future of the city. Sure- ly the events of 1888 open the way for a most prosperous 1889. MRS. LUCY PARSONS evidently thinks that she is a much abused woman. She is loaded with anarchism and ,vants to fire herself off before a Chicago audience, and the authorities say no. They have spiked her gun. as it were—by closing the doors of every public hall in the city to her. And now she wants to know: \If this is a free country.\ Certainly,Lucy! Free and unfettered, all wool and a yard wide, but it objects --seriously objects to being blown up. It hankers after taffy, but has no use for bombs. Deal in taffy Lucy and throw your dynamite in the lake and then Chicsgo will let you talk., IF General Harrison does not select an able cabinet it will not be for lack of ad- vice in the matter. .About every cross- roads politician in the country has busi- ness at Indianapolis these days and while there he makes it a point to call upon the general. Of course, in the language of the telegrams, \no political significance is attached to the visit,\ but the visitor gets in his work all the same. Teller, of Colorado, was last there. Gathering Them In. Burrs:, December 29. --One of the jail birds who escaped last night was caught to -day at Silver Bow. Two others, Mc- Lennan and Logan, are being trailed by deputies in the hills east of Silver Bow, and will be undoubtedly caught to -night. Jesse Rick, the prisoner captured this morning, has his feet frozen. He told the sheriff of the direction taken by the other prisoners. Charles Houston the forger, was arrested at Melrose. making four in all captured. Fine Book and Job Printing a specialty at the Lay tat rama I_ C÷... 3B A. :E :6 :E & CC).., FORT BENTON, - MONTANA. TITLE I,EADING 110:USK! DRY GOODS. 1 MEN'S, - YOUTHS' BOYS' and CHILDREN'S CLOTHING UNDERWEAR --0 GERMAN SOCKS -AND- OVERSHOES. I G . -ROC Efil$4. :: OUR :: ENTIRE STOCK • —REPLETE WITH— SPECIALTIES! BEST GOODS —FOR TIIE— LEAST MONEY BOOTS, SHOES, CALL and EXAMINE -OUR LARGE Lisoe.or— Cloth, Canvas Fur OVERCOATS! FUR and SCOTCH CATS and IOTTENS. Lin,auck and Kith Gloves, HATS AND CAPS. COMPLET P] LINE 0 P' Ladies' Silk, Saxony and Cotton Underwear. TOBOGGANS AND 114r4w.. Ineir CALL AND EXAMINE OUR STOCK. -- 4 C. B, JACQUEMIN & CO. Montana's Leading Jewelers. HELENA, M. T. Orders by Express and M*1 will receive prompt and careful attention. Jewelry Manufactured to Order . . FINE WATCH REPAIRING. —: THE:— OVERLAND HOTEL RAS BEEN RE -OPENED By the undersigned proprietor of the house. The hotel is thoroughly refitted and furnished, offerings First-class Accommodations to the traveling public. It is my desire to restore the old-time excellent reputation of the Overland, and to that end no pains or expense will be spared. I have established the following prices: Board by the week. $6.00 Board by the Meal 50 Board and Room Three Meal Tickets $1.00 $10 per week First-class Bar in Connection. or- Give the Overland a trial and see if I do not make it pleasant for you. CH.1S. ROWE. 33 _AL NT / 2 5. OF-- ITEHDR1 MOTAIL Transact a General BankiDg Business. Buy and sell Exchange on the commercial conters of the United States. Pay Interest on Time Deposits. Will give special attention to the business of North- ern and Central Montana, and will make such loans to stockmen and farmers as are suited to their requirements. l Local Securities a Specialty. ' 611 Collections and all other business entrneteil to its will receive prompt and careful attention. COLLINS, DITER ce Co. FRONT STREET, - - roilr BENTON, M. T. kiln MATT & Co LIVE STOCK Commission Merchants, 101 Exchange Building, UNION STOCK l'AIDS, Chicago. rir Represented in Montana by— JOHN FLEMINC. Headquarters - FORT BENTON. Anil° premium and the RIVER PRESS ono vcar for $3.50. ( •••• ••• Holiday Goods, Santa Claus Headquarters, Lams,. s I have now on exhibition the largest, finest and most complete assortment of HOLID4. - Y GOODS to be found in the city. Call and see them, • F. W. BUCKSEN, Front Street, - - - Fort Benton, M. T. H. J. WACKERLIN. T. C. POltR & BRO. I. G BAKER Go H. J. WACKERLIN Front 'Street, Bentcha f , M. T. WHOLESALE AND BET A.IL DEALERS'IN R we& E Bar Iron, Wagon Timbers, Horse Shoes and Nail° Tinware, Stoves, Barb Wire, Tin and Sheet Iron Roofing and Sheet Iron Coods of all kinds Window Class Queens - ware and Glassware, Etc. Agents for Loftin & Rand Powder to. Charter Oak. Acorn Cooling and Heating Stores and Westminster BBC Bovi 3tofes in Stn. ,s