# The River Press (Fort Benton, Mont.) 1880-current, November 20, 1889, Image 1

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THE RIVER PRESS. Vol. X. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, November 20, 1889. No. 4. ARRELING WOMEN. A Place Where l'ot House Politicians Could Get a Few Pointers in Convention Etiquette. Cure;. November 12.—When the ses- sion of the W. C. T. U. convention at Bat- tery D armory was opened this morning, it was known that a storm was coming on for during the session of yesterday. at the motion of Mrs. Aldrich and Mrs. J. Ellen Foster of Iowa, the consideration of the proposed non-partisan amendment to the Jonstitution was set down for to -day. The amendment provides that the objects of the W. 4. T. T. shall be \to interest and unite the Christian women of this nation in a non-sectarian and non-partisan tem- perance work for the reformation of the intemperate and the education of the public sentiment in behalf of the total abstinence and the prohibition of traffic in alcoholic liquor, the development of gyial purity, the suppression of vice and crime„and the education of the masses in the duties and responsibilities of good citizenship.\ It was evident from the commencement of the debate that the feeling of the convention was overwhelm- ingly against the amendment. The dele- gates were not disposed to listen to the speeches of the women who favored its adoption, and several times there was ,iseing and cRIES OF \SIT DOWN\ In moving the amendment Mrs. Ald- rich of Iowa, said she wished the conven- tion to accept it, because it was simply right and just and honest. She said there was no definite statement of the objects of the organization in the consti- tution. The W. C. T. U. occupied an inomolous position, because they declar- ed themselves non-partisan, and yet adopted the most bitter partisan resolu- tions. The women associated in the or- gapazation had political rights., although not suffrage, and it was wrong for the majority to adopt a resolution binding all the women to support a certain political party. IT WAS JUST AS WRONG f'or a woman to give away her political in- duence as for a man to sell his vote. Mrs. Henry of Evanston, Illinois,; Mrs. Wells, of Tenn., Mrs. H. M. Barker, of South Da- kota; Mrs. Perkins, of Ohio, and Mrs. Buell, national secretary, and others spoke in opposition to .the adoption of the amendment, as a reflection on the pre- vious action of the union, and declaring that the union was non-partisan, being ready to support any party which would pot a prohibition plank in its platform. Mrs. Mary N. Hunt, of Boston made a good speech in favor of the amendment, arguing that temperance women should work only by the power of persauston and influence of their goodness and Christen - ay. When Mrs. Foster arose to speak the interest in the proceedings ROSE TO THE HIGHEST PITCH The national union she said is partisan in a sense that the Iowa union has never been. It has been frequently declared from this platformthat we are not a polit- ical party. Of Bourse we are not a politi- cal party -we could not be under the disabilities which apply to the sex. But we are partisan: [cries of no, no,I we are partisan, I repeat inasmuch as we have given our preference and allegiance and supports to one party. (Cries of no, no.] This is what the national union has done. It has done it by resolution, by the ac- tion of its officers, it has done it by its own action; it has done it by its legisla- tion, it has done it by its platform, and it a conceded it has done it at this con- vention. [No, no.] It will he conceded by auyone who has listened to the report of the corresponding secretary in which \he speaks of the union having escaped the billows of non-partisanship. Also up- on this platform the sentiment has been applauded by this great body of women that non-partisan means republican, and from this platform the names of bonora- ele men in the republican party have teen derided. The speaker was interrupted by a storm of hisses and cries of \No \False\ 'atop.\ \I repeat it,\ said Mrs. Foster, her face ishing. I repeat it in spite of the hiss- - 4. [More hissing.] That hiss is par- san,\ she coutinued, \That hiss was 'partisan. - I would like to say.\ said one of the lelegates, \that the hissing and cries aime from the spectators outside the -eats reaerved for the the convention.\ \They do not,\ responded Mrs. Foster, ....hey come from the delegates,\ and she 'eta on. \It is an injustice that any •arnan should e called here to submit 'a an invasion of her political preference the will of the majority. It is inexPe- 1 ant that our political influences and : referenees should be limited by relation - hip to any one party. When we go to l la legislature or to the United States °agree s we want to go there unhamper- ' 1 4 any limitations that may be put 'Pon us by any pledge or any affiliation hatever. Now, ladies, don't go on deny - that you are partisan, for it won't do any good. I repeat it, it is an injustice to the members of this union. IT IS POLITICAL ROBBERY, to take away your political independence, and carry your political feelings where you may not want them to go. I do not belong to the Woman's Christian Tem- perance Union to be given away to any political organization. I am a prohibition- ist and was before some of you ever heard the name. I stand for prohibition, and I take my stand here to -day as a member of this union because I hate the saloon. It is because I want to put it away that I want the convention to adopt this amend- ment as the surest and speediest way of doing so. Oh, you will all be with me in a few years. I am only a little ways ahead—that is all. You will acknowl- edge I am right one of these days, and we will all go on shoulder to shoulder for . God, and home and native land.\ A motion was made to indefinitely postpone the discussion. It was voted. The question was then called on the , amendment. About fifty voices cried for its adoption, but the great balk of dele- gates shouted against it. Miss Willard, chairman, declared the amendment lost. MORMON ATROCITIES. Latter Day Saints Prwarlytes Make Some startling Revelations in Court. -- SAI.T LAKE, Utah, November 14. —In the preperations for the coming municipal election, many applications for naturali- zation have been made here recently. Ob- jection is being made to the admission of persons accepting faith in polygamy and adhering to other Mormon tenets. and to- day was set by the courts to hear the question. Attorneys for the liberals as- serted that no Mormon who had taken oath in the endowment house could be a good citizen, and testimony was ordered regarding the nature of these oaths.1 John Bona swore he went through the ' endowment house in 1868, and was re- quired to take an obligation, which com- pelled him to obey every doctrine of the church, especially in opposition to the United States under penalty of his life. He was also required to take oath to avenge the blood of Joseph Smith on this nation, and to teach this to his children and children's children to the latest gen- eration. Martin B. Wardwell took a sim- ilar oath about the same time. He said he was told if he revealed any secrets his throat would be cut and his BOWELS TORN OUT. He saw the death penalty enforced on a man named Green a number of years ago and when some of the members of the band murmured, John W. Young said if they did not shut up they would be served in the same way. Andrew Cohoon swore to the same obligations, and said that he took an oath that the highest al- legiance was to the Mormon church; po- lygamy was the command of God, and all must endorse it or be damned. The gen- eral teaching of the church is in hostili- ty to the laws of the land. Cohoon had heard leaders of the church pray for the overthrow of the United States govern- ment. It is common for Wilford Wood- ruff, the present head of the church to do this. All the witnesses spoke of the murders they had either seen or heard of in consequence of this oath. The hear- ing will be continued to -morrow. SOCIETY SHOCKED. A Legal Battle Between a Missouri Woman's Paramour and Her Creditors. KANSAS CITY, November 15.—About a year ago Mrs. Louise Ruth Muller, a handsome dasirg blonde, kept a fine millinery establishment on Twelfth street in this city. From this fashionable place sprang causes that brought about replev- in proceeding that opened in court to -day. \Gentlemen of the jury,\ said Attorney Wellman, \the pleasure of visiting Paris is not given everyone, but in this case I intend giving you a Parisian romance which will answer for a visit to the gay metropolis.\ The evidence in the case showed that John Dean, a wealthy merchant of Provi- dence, R. I., met Mrs. Reithmuller, through his agent, while here in the spring of 11387. Dean was married, but nevertheless took a great liking to the handsome milliner. Mrs. Reithmuller reciprocated his affections. Mr. Reith- muller accepted $3,500 of Dean's money to retire from the field. The gay pair then left for the east, going straight to the Hoffman house, New York. In that hotel they lived like sprigs of royalty for some time when Reithmuller stepped in. Dean then turned over some more money and Reithmuller again left. After this little episode the guilty pair visited all of the eastern watering places and the woman attracted a great deal of attention. After a few weeks of this sort of life Mrs. Reithmuller returned to this city and Dean sought the bosom of his family in Providence. Dean is now fighting the creditors of Mrs, Reithenuller who closed the wornan's establishment. The former wants to get his money back and says lie has a prior claim on the goods. DESPERATE GUN FIGHT. Two Texas Gamblers Fall Out and Fight to the Death. SAN ANTONIO, Tex., November 15.-- The still morning air was shrilly broken to- day by ten loud reports from revolvers in a room in the Silver King saloon, in mili- tary Plaza, and when policemen rush- ed into the room a man plunged out of the room through the door, fell on the floor with the blood gushing from is hole in his head, rolled over several times and gasped \My God I'm murdered,\ The wounded man was Wm. Murley, who is known among his associates of the ' sporting fraternity as the \Pilot Point Kid.\ In the side room sat two women of the town chained to their chairs with fright, and between the two stood Jim Ellis with a smoking revolver in his right hand. It was he who had shot Murley and he coolly surrendered to the officers, saying that he had simply acted in -self defense, which was substantiated by the women. Ellis, who is also a gambler, had a difficulty with Murley last week, and Murley then declared that he would kill , Ellis. The two were drinking heavily all last night, and when the Pilot Kid saw Ellis enter the room of the saloon this morning with two women he bolted in and began firing on Ellis, discharging two loads on Ellis before the latter could draw his revolver and fire. Both men emptied their revolvers. Ellis was un- harmed. The only bullet which Murley received entered the left eye, crushed the front part of the skull, KNOCKING BOTH EYE BALLS from their sockets and coming out through the left temple. He died a few hours after being removed to a hospital. When the police rushed to Murley to as- sist him to rise he still held the revolver clutched in his right hand and with the left was endeavoring to place his eye balls back in their sockets, saying to the officer: \Don't take me yet, let me have another go at him.\ He never spoke rgain. Ellis was locked in the county jail. He has a young wife and stands high among sporting men of the west. Murley was a single man. WILL KEEP MUM. • Russell Harrison Will Not Interfere With Montana Appointments. WASHINGTON, November 15.—Russell Harrison has been talking the thing over in this city for a day or two and from this time on will not interfere with the distri- bution of federal patronage in Montana. He has been at the White House a good portion of the time he has been in the city but as the president was away on his duck shooting expedition it was lonesome there and the prince has been looking around for some of his western acquain- tances. He was closeted with Congress- man Carter of Helena for two or three hours to-night and the two discussed some of the important changes which came with the admission proclamation. Mr. Harrison, Jr., talked of possible ap- pointees but gave Mr Carter to under- stand that he would not interfere with the legitimate business of the congress- man and two senators whoever they may be. He preferred to let them take the responsibility and get whatever good or bad results might follow; there was nothing in it for him. He recognized the fact that the eye of the nation would be on him as soon as it was noised abroad that he was interfering. He did not want to be quoted on the present situa- tion in his state. Mr. Carter was very modest in his positioe, and was willing to wait until the senators were elected be- fore trying to award the plums. As he had not yet received his certificate he was in no hurry to begin the work. WILL IGNORE M'CAFFREY. Sullivan Says He is a Second Rate Fighter. BOSTON, November 14.—John L. Sulli- van has made up his mind not to pay any attention to the challenge and letters is- sued by Dominick McCaffrey. He is only looking for notoriety said John to day, and trying to give people the impression that he is one of the greatest pugilists in the world, when he is only a second rate fighter. Let him put up some stuff and then I'll talk busi- ness with him. In regard to Jackson you can say if he fights Kilrain first then the California Athletic club will not get me to meet him. I want the first chance and a good purse. Sullivan intends to go to New York within ten days to see how his case in Mississippi stands. Federal Appointments in Montana. WASHINGTON, November 15.—The im- portant offices in North Dakota, Montana, and Washington will not be filled until the senators are elected and join their re- commendations to those of the congress- men. Representatives from these states have been informed by the president that he had decided upon this course. Carter in presenting the name of Hiram Knowles, for United States district Judge told Attorney General Miller it was not at all likely there would be any opposi- tion and moreover the senators from Mon- tana would no doubt be chosen from men who endorsed Judge Knowles for the po- sition. Mr Carter says he believes a law should be passed abolishing the office of sur- eyor general. He claims that in many stances abuses have grown up under the system and frauds in surveying have been perpetrated which would not other- wise have ooeurred had the government made a contract direct with the surveyors. It is probable Carter will introduce a bill favoring such a proposition. The Prize Duck Story. FAiRsAuur, Minn., November 15.----A teen who lives north of here near one of the lakes is said to have killed 134 wild ducks this morning. On looking out of the • window at an early hour he saw du :ks trying to extricate their legs from the ice that had formed around them while rest- I ing in:the water the previous night. The! Mau took a corn cutter, went down to the lake and clipped their heads off. THE LATEST QUESTION. Were The Pre-emption Laws Repealed by the Act. ----- ST. Paul., Noveinber 15. —A Pioneer Press Bismarck special says: The point was informally raised to -day by F. M. Dudley, of the legal department of the Northern Pacific, in the United States land office„ that the pre-emption law had been repealed by the act of congress pro- viding for the admission of the new states. Section 18 of that act distinctly says that the act is \hereby repealed as to states provided for by the act.\ It looks as if it was intended to repeal the eighth sec- tion of the act of 1841 as to the donation of 500,000 acres of public land to the new states for public improvements, but the text includes not only the repeal of that section, bnt the whole law. There is no room left for legal construction and it is possible that some enemy of the pre-emp- tion law drew that part of the admission aot with the full meaning and force of hie'eords to mind. Tani point has not been raised before. It is certain to come before the land com- missioner, and if his decision and that of the secretary is adverse the question will be carried into the courts. This is the moot interesting bit of land legislation in recent years and is altogether a neat way of getting rid of a law that some people think has outlived its nsefulness. The repeal referred to also decides a very large number of cases where the North- ern Pacific is a party. If the law is re- pealed all premption filings, , where final proof has not been made, are defeated. A pre-emption filing does not secure a , vested right and congress can repeal as in this case without any proviso specially providing for the protection of settlers and their improvements. This necessari- ly involves the rights of every pre-emptor who has not proved up in the four states. In the absence of any adverse right it is I probable that the land department would construe the law as permitting settlers to make proof anyhow. The Postmaster a Truthful Man. An echo of the Montana campaign has just been heard at the capital, says the correspondent of the Pioneer Press. One of the literary productions sent out by authority of the republican national com- mittee was a paper on tariff on hides pre- pared by W. F. Wakeman. One of the circulars found its way into the hands of the democratic post master at Wisdom, Mont. He read the first paragraph and wrote on the blank line at the bottom \you are a d --m liar.\ At the bottom of the next paragraph he wrote \you are all d m liars.\ He signed his name and placed after it, \Postmaster Wisdom, Montana, and mailed the circular to Mr. Wakeman. When that gentleman re- ceived it he took it to Col. Dudley who exclaimed: \Well. I'm pretty busy and have very little time to spare but I want to attend to this case personally.\ Tak- ing the paper he went to the postoffice department, and as a result of his visit Congressman Carter received a note ask ing him to make a recommendation for a postmaster at Wisdom, Montana. The Code Commission. Ex -Governor Carpenter Judge Wade and F. W. Cole the code commission, have partially finished their labors. They have completed the civil code and tiled the same with the secretary of state. It is comprised of four parts. Part I relates to persons; part II relates to property; part III relates to obligations and part IV contains general provisions relating to persons property and obiigations. This is to be printed and will make a large volume showing an immense amount of work well done. It is to be followed by three more the next in the series being the criminal code.- -Helena Herald. The Montana Stockman, a monthly journal devoted to live stock and agrieul ture.$1.50 per annum. THEY'RE NO INFANTS. The Partisan and Non-partisan W. C. T. U. Delegates Eaah Say \Good Riddance.\ The Minneapolis lady delegates who went to the W. C. T. U. national conven- tion in Chicago have returned. Mrs. T. B. Walker who has for some time past been identified with the non-partisan movement in Minneapolis, and took the non-partisan side of the issue along with Mrs. Foster, of Iowa, at the Chicago con- vention comes home more enthused than ever with the righteousness of the non- partisan idea. She tells how, on Tues- day night, after Mrs. Foster had left the convention, the non-partisans, over , fifty in number, spent the night in PRAYER AND CONSULTATION. A meeting was called for the next morn- ing at 9 o'clock and at this meeting Mrs. Walker presided. Plans were discussed and a committee of eight were appointed to select a provisional committee of seven, which will meet soon and formulate a call for a national non-partisan meeting. Mrs. Walker says that non-partisans are not infants by any means. She counts the whole Iowa delegation and thirty five powerful Ohio unions, besides representa- tions from seven other state, among the strongest of which is the Minneapolis union. Mrs. Russell who is as strong an , advocate of the principles of the main body of the W. C. T. U., denounces the newspaper reports of the convention, and thinks that the movement is better off now that Mrs. Foster and her followers and their pet notions are out of the union, and thinks that the body can do better work as the source of discord is removed. —St. Pauj Ex. MONTANA LANDS. The Proportion that Is Unsurveyed—What Gen. Eaton Will Do. About two-thirds of Montana's domain is unsurveyed. This represents 60,000,000 acres of land. A great deal of this is mountainous land which will probably never be surveyed. Land is surveyed in- to townships each having 23,040 acres and to survey all the land would require be- tween 400 and 500 townships. Surveyor general Eaton believes that the present system of conducting government surveys is altogether wrong and in his report to the secretary of the interior will make re- commendations and present his ideas of how the work should be carried on. There is $25,000 appropriated for the surveyor general's office for the survey of public lands in Montana next year. Of this amount$15,000 is a special appropri- ation to be used in the Milk river valley, and Gen. Eaton will devote $5,000 of the regular annual appropriation of$10,000 for this work only.—Independent. The General's Mission. We are not surprised, but gratified to learn that our prediction as to the suc- cess of General Carrington's mission to the Flathead Indians of the Bitter Root valley has been a complete success. Chief Charlos has fully accepted Gen. Carring- ton's proposition after days of confer- ence. We know of nothing in Cooper's nov- els or the romance of frontier life more thrilling than some of the scenes of the past two weeks at which our reporter was present. Charlos had said: \I said I would never sign away my father's lands, I will kill myself first; I will never change my mind. The people will say Charlos is a liar.\ A long pause ensued. Gen. Carrington quietly asked his interpreter if any of the Indians present wished to sign. Three came forward and signed. More than half the Indians claiming land had al- ready signed. Then Carrington in the most quiet manner possible said to Charlos: \If you do not want to sign I do not wish it. De- cide for yourself. You may say, to -mor- row I will plow, and the next day I will sow. But if to -morrow find the ground frozen like a rock, and the next day brings snow above your leggings, you will change yonr mind, or the women and boys will say that Charlos is crazy or a fool. God alone changes not. He is the great and brave man who, when he is wrong conquers himself. God's own message to his children, red and white, says: \He that conquers himself is greater than he who builds, or conquers great cities.' You see the locomotive go through your farm. A man whistles. It is to warn people off the track; not for their safety alone but for the safety of the passengers. I have come here to car- ry the whole Flathead tribe to a safe and happy home on the Jocko reservation. I shall do it. Don't get in my way, but come on the train with the rest. You cannot stop me. You only hurt yourself and I shall order an election by the Flat- head Indians to select a new chief. I honor your father Victor. His spirit would say to you this: `Charlos keep my people from whiskey and gambling. Do as the white chief says. Go to Jocko.'\ The papers were signed and Charlos took supper with the general, his last request being that the graves near the mission be protected. General Carrington now begins a per- sonal visit to each of the fifty-one tracts to appraise the lands. We wish him good weather and good health in his physical labor.—Missoula Gazette. The General Allottnent Act. The following extracts from the gener- al allotment act of February 8, 1887, and the rules and rezulations thereunder as prescribed by the interior department, are published for those concerned: Section 4. That where any 'residing upon a reservation, or I tribe no reservation treaty, act of the information of Indian not for has been provided whose by congress or executive order shall make settlement upon any surveyed or unsurveyed lands of the United States not otherwise appropiated, he or she shall be entitled, upon application to the local land office for the district in which the lands are located to have the same al- lotted to him or her, and to his or her children, in quantities and manner as provided in this act, for Indians residing upon reservations; and when such settle- ment is made upon unsurveyed lands, the grant to such Indians shall be adjusted upon the Survey of the leu .6 Jib to con- form thereto; and patents shall be issued to them for seen land in the wanner arid with • the restrictions herein provided. And thelees to which the officers of such local land office would have been entitled had such lads been entered under the general land law for the disposition of the public lands shall be paid to them from any moneys in the treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, upon a statement of an account in their behalf for such fees by the commissioner of the general land office, and a certification of such account to the secretary of the treas- ury to the secretary of the interior. Section 5. And if any con- veyance should be made of the lands set apart and allotted as herein provided, or any contract made touching the same, before the expiration of the time above mentioned .(twenty-five years or longer, in the discretion .of the presi- dent) such conveyance or contract shall be absolutely void. Indian women married to white men or to other persons not entitled to the bene- fits of this act, will be regarded as heads of families. The husbands of such In- dian women are not entitled to allotment. but their children are. The quantities of land which may be taken up under the act are as follows: To each head of a family, one quarter of a section; To each single person over eighteen years of age, one eighth of a section; and To each other single person under eighteen years now living or who may be born prior to the date of the order of the President directing an allotment of the lands embraced in any reservation, one sixteenth of a section. * * * And provided further, That when the lands allotted are only valuable for grazing purposes, an additional allotment of such grazing lands, in quantities as above pro- vided shall be made to each individual. Where the applicant is prevented by bodily infirmity, distance, or other good cause from personal attendance at the district land office, the affidavits required for entry of the lands may be made before the judge or clerk of any court of record having a seal. On making entry the corroborative af- fidavits of two witnesses will also be re- quired as to applicant's nativity and set- tlement. Blank forms for making entries may be had upon application to the register and receiver of the district land office. A Bible Lesson'. There was an old preacher who told some boys of the Bible lesson he was go- ing to read in the morning. The boys, finding the place, glued together the con- necting pages. The next morning he read on the bottom of one page: \When Noah was an hundred and twenty years old, he took unto himself a wife who was,\ then turning the page—\140 cu- bits long, 40 cubits wide, built of Gopher wood and covered with pitch inside and out.\ He was, naturally puzzled at this. He read it again verified it, and then said: \My friends, this is the first time I ever met this ia the Bible but I accept it as an evidence of the assertion that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.\ Two Cleveland Favorites of Foi tune. D. W. Gibbons, 497 Lorain St., held one -twentieth of ticket No. 39,526 which drew the second capital prize of $100,000 in the recent drawing of the Louisiana State Lottery, Sept. 10. Ile is a maker of washers at the Upson nut and bolt works. C. A. File, a young mechanic of 25 or 26 who lives on Dent St. near Wade Wilson ave., and works at the Brush Electric works held one -twentieth of ticket No. 69,159 which drew the third capital prize of$50,000.—Cleveland (0) Sun, Oct. 2.

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