The River Press (Fort Benton, Mont.) 1880-current, November 20, 1889, Image 3

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CHOTEAU. the ( owho r---‘‘ater Power and County seat. Etc. Foterring to Choteau and the Cho , as e cowboy, Chas. S. Francis says T o his book, \Sport Among the rioc H i i ess \ \Choteau is a typical northwestern village and has been the , ce ne of many stirring events. * * * 0, :s asionally when there is a 'round up' . 3 the neighborhood the cowboys will r ide through the town at the top of their sssil firing their revolvers right and left. They take possession of a saloon and 'set up* until either the stock of whisky sses Out or they become incapable of further action. * * * Sometimes :heir carousals are attended by savage ghts in which, maddened by drink, they :urn upon each other and shoot right and eft indiscriminately.\ This is all a mistake' inspired, no doubt, by the Rocky mountain ozone which the Troy hunting party, of which Mr. Francis was a member, first inhaled at Choteau. The people of Choteau, including the sur- roundiug cowboys, are a peaceful, law- abiding class, and being naturally jealous -f the reputation of their section, they feel pained when such misstatements are Arculated. St Paul and Chicago drum- mers, while suffering from the effects of the rites imposed upon them by a secret society known as the \Strange and Weird Order of Mysteriarchs\ which has its hob- --tat here, have also been instrumental in giving the place a bad name. But in- tending settlers need not fear to locate 'sere. The people of Choteau are as civ- :lized and life and property are as safe in .t as in any eastern town; nobody killed _.)y the unerring aim of a bad cowboy yet graces the cemetery and there is no dan- ger of any one round -up exhausting the stock of whiskey. Mr. Francis also mentions the licensed gambling signs which decorate the town. Gaming is carried on it is true, but it all lone according to Hoyle and Schenck. A sell posted individual informed your cor- respondent that the town produced an av- srage of twenty-five poker games daily. Iteligioue services are only held once a month. Possibly if a missionary from Troy who played his cards well was sent to live among these people this average would soon decrease. Next to Benton, Chote au has the best -chool in the county. It is furnished sith all the modern appliances and a cir- culating library for the children will soon \D3 added. Mr. J. G. Bair, lately of Indi- ana, is the present teacher. The school has accommodations for 60 children. Alfred Harris, I. S. Corson and John A. iiennedy have built new residences here she past summer. W. H. St. Clair is erecting a new build- .ng to be used for a barber shop and swimming bath. Cboteau has a population of 140. There are four saloons. The Valley hotel is sonducted by I. S. Corson, while George Richards is \mine host\ at the Choteau hotel. Joseph Hirshberg & Co. and Sil- sermon and Cohen have general mer- Than dise stores and carry large stocks. James W. Armstrong is proprietor of the Island livery stable. This with two blacksmith shops, a butcher shop and a fruit and candy store comprise the busi- ness establishments of the town. The water power of the Teton near the town .8 immense and doubtless in the near fu- ture will be utilized. In the immediate vicinity Assessor Hamilton. P. Trudo, Frank Trucbot, A Fellers, John Jackson and Hon. S. Mitch- ell have large and well improved ranches. The Sands Cattle and Land company hod about 5,000 acres of the best land in the Teton valley. The ranches of the Montana Cattle Co., seven miles below Choteau, containing 1,700 acres, will be sold at sheriff's sale at Benton on the 19th inst. The Eldorado ditch taken out of the Teton 10 miles above Choteau will irri- sate, when completed, six townships of bench lands, lying between the Teton ind Muddy creek and with which none 7au compare in fertility. Much of the and lying along the course of this ditch 'las already been taken up by Helena and s'freat Falls people and Eldorado stock is nooming. The Sun river canal taken out - )f Deep creek, 8 miles from Choteau, can also be used to irrigate thousands of acres within 15 miles east of Choteau. All this country when irrigated and set- tled, together with the valley of the up- per Teton, and Deep and Willow creeks, Choteau expects to be tributary to her. Besides she hopes to be a railroad center and a county seat. And why not? The !mai traffic that a railroad would get be- tween Choteau and Piegan would pay running expenses even now. The ranch - men of the Teton are willing to give free right of way to a railroad and a subscrip- tion will be raised to help pay for grading from Choteau to a connection with the Proposed extension of the Manitoba west from Great Falls. or to any other road Within a reasonable distance. Soulless indeed must be the railroad corporation Which would overlook a community so Willing to put itself under the yoke. One note of warning, however, should he sounded right here. If a railroad runs to or within two miles of Bynum, Dupuyer, Birch creek or Choteau the Price of drinks will surely fall to 10 cents. When Choteau gets the railroad a county seat, too, may folios. Tv -0 saw mills in the Teton canyon, 25 allies from town, supply lumber for the fast increasing needs of the settlers. Geo. Richards and H. Schrammeck are the THE RIVER PRESS proprietors. Straight edged lumber sells for $17 per thousand feet. Good residence lots bring from $10 to $50 at Choteau. PILGRIM. • THE BUTTE SHORT LINE. Rapid Progress Being Made in Its Construe- tion---Th e Tunnel Almost Completed. The two parties which have beau work- ing toward each other in the IIomestake tunnel all summer, met about a week ago and the hole now extends across the en- tire mountain. Considerable work in the way of trimming the tunnel into proper shape yet remains to be done, but it is thought that inside of ten days this will be completed and the \big bore\ will then be ready to receive the track. About fif- teen miles of iron remains to be laid, a portion of this distance on each side of the tunnel. The principal work however, remaining incompleted is the construc- tion of a number of bridges and if delay is occasioned beyond the date set for the final completion of the road, Jan. 1, 1890, it will be because of non -completion of the bridges. It is considered improbable though, that any delay whatever will be experienced and the road will certainly be in operation by the time called for in the contract.—Butte Miner. THE DEMON STEER. A Horned Terror Even to the Dare-De 11 Cowboys of the Plains. George Wilson, a well known cowboy, arrived from the northern ranges yester- day afternoon says a Cheyenne (Wyo.) letter to the Omaha Republican. Ac- cording to Wilson there has roamed on the ranges adjacent to the Platte and Laramie rivers for these many years a mastodon wild steer, whose aggressiveness and power make him the dread of every round up outfit. This combative beef bears not a brand, but no \rustler\ dare appropriate him. \The demon steer,\ as the pugnacious brute is called, knows no fear, and with lowered head, glistening eyes, and sonor- ous bellow will cliarge upon anything in his course. Time upon time has he been rounded up with his comparatively docile companions, but he invariably rushes past the line of riders as if no such ob- struction to his flight existed. Once a C Y . outfit determined to effect the big fel- lows capture but after he had gored two horses and scared the wits from half a dozen riders the undertaking was aban- doned. This prairie terror only last season in a tit of rage at those who dared intrude on the peaceful solitude of the range - charged at midday into a camp, creating a panic to which was ideal quietness the incident to the stampede of the fabled bull in the imaginary china shop. There was a grand scattering of equipage and a disordered flight of diners. One of these latter was so incensed that contrary to all orders he sent a six shooter ball through the massive steer, but the missile flew wide of its mark. Wilson asserts that he will undertake to prove that the \demon steer\ killed a big bear in a fair fight on the Sabylle three years ago, and the cowboys will bet all their earthly belongings that Demon can conquer any bull in the territory. The combat with the bear was a terrible affair. Bruin was forced to the defensive from the start and for a time pluckily met the fearful onslaughts of the fighting steer, jarring the great form with blows from his paws. The activity of the steer was marvelous. He played arouud his antagonist as the sparrer annoys his foe, and at nearly every charge ran his long, sharp horns into the blood -matted sides of the bear with the wicked swish of the sword thrust. Wilson thinks the \demon steer\ will die of old age. The man who attempts his capture takes his life in his hands. what haS - Ile - r -a'- o be Thankful for? Mr. Benjamin Harrison did well to is- sue his Thanksgiving proclamation before the election of Tuesday last. If he had delayed it for a week, perhaps he would not have felt like publishing it at all. What has he to be thankful for? Does he rejoice over the annihilation of his man Mahone in Virginia? Does he feel thankful for the downfall of his friend Foraker in Ohio? Does it make him grateful to the Al- mighty to know that Senator Payne's successor will be a democrat? Does he see anything to make him chant a gladsome hymn in the grand over turn in Iowa? Does the democratic triumph in New York make him wish to give thanks to God or man? Does the democratic victory in New Jersey arouse sweet emotions in his breast? Does the reduced republican majority in Massachusetts make the Thanksgiv- ing season to him a sweet and holy time? What is there anywhere we shouid like to know, to make this gentleman thank- ful? Even the Presbyterian doctrine of pre- destination is liable to lose its power over presidential souls in a time like this. Sackcloth and ashes would seem to be the fitting habiliments of a party leader who leads his party up to such results as those of last Tneaday. Benjamin Harrison will do well to de- vote the national holiday to silent prayer and self examination. That is what he needs and what will do him good.—National Democrat. r ir A 13.00 premium and the Rivas PRESS one year, for 88.50. A STRANGE SIGHT. A Missouri River Phenomenon Seen by Some Bismarck Hunters. [Bismarck Tribune. A party of hunters consisting of James Burton, Alexander Marston and Joseph Williams who have been scouring the bottom land along the stream for game report a remarkable experience while chasing a deer across a sand bar about 15 miles north of this city. While in pur- suit of the deer over the loose sand they were startled by sudden trembling of the earth. The bar for a radius of 80 rods seemed alive, its loose surface mov- ing in waves and the white sand rolling and heaving as if on the surface of a boil- ing sea. Suddenly at a point near the center of the bar a stream of water sev- eral feet in diameter SHOT UP ABOUT FIFTEEN FEET and before the hunters could get to the shore they were wading in water at least a foot deep. The entire bar with the ex- ception of a high bar on the outer edge about four feet wide was flooded and the men stood gazing in wonder at a flowing sea where a few minutes before they were chasing game. They were determined not to leave until an examination of the cause of the phenomenon could be made. They remained on the shore camping where they could get a good view of the bar, and on the morning of the third day noticed the FIRST SYMPTOMS of a change. Burton, who was the first to rise no sooner got out of the tent than he heard a roaring noise, and looking in the direction from whence it came, he saw the waters on the bar moving from the shore, and calling his companions he rushed to the river bank. In less than an hour the bar was again dry, with the exception of a few small pools that were left in the depressions, and an examina- tion disclosed a hole in the center of the bar at least five feet in diameter and lead- ing in a northerly direction. It was evi- dent that the water had escaped through this hole and that during the time the water remained on the surface a stream flowed from the opening tarnishing a cur- rent which found an outlet at the lower end of the bar. THE ONLY EXPLANATION that can be given is that there is a sub- terranean passage -from the bar to some point above which was overflown by the Missouri having cut through its banks, or to the bank of some mountain stream which is subject to sudden rises. The point north being many feet higher than the center of the bar, when the upper end of the passage is flooded the water shoots out of the lower end with terrific force and forms a lake in an incredibly short time. Whatever the cause it is a most remarkable freak, and one which must give the nerves of the unsuspecting ob- server a lively shaking up. The discover- ers remained in the vicinity of the bar over three weeks, but the phenomenon was not repeated during that time. e. • ••• THE CENSUS OF 1890. A Few Facts and Statistics Which Superin tentient Porter Proposes to Gather. The statistics of agriculture, it is said will be more complete than ever before, and may include some new features in re- lation to irrigation, dairy and poultry pro- ducts, ranch cattle, and the number of animals other than those on farms. The preliminary work in the division of manufactures indicates that these statis- tics will be more complete and accurate than the country has ever had before. The information to be obtained about the business of records, telegraph, tele- phone, and express companies and of wa- ter ways will be of the highest interest. Superintendent Porter insists that the public has a right to the required facts about those kiuds of business, and sug- gests that it may be necessary to ask for additional legislation, in order that his office may be empowered to secure the in- formation desired. The preparation for the enumeration of Indians, Superintendent Porter says, promises to secure the first accurate enumeration they have ever had. The preparatory work i3 more or less advanced in the matters of education, mental and moral conditions, statistics of cities, libraries pauperism and crime, fish- eries and fish and insurance, about which valuable results will be ready for publi- cation in the summer of 1890, and the mineral resources of the nation including the special subjects of gold, coal, silver, copper, lead and zinc, iron ores and build- ing stone. In conclusion the report says that many important divisions of the census are now well advanced. If satisfactory arrangements can only be made for prompt publication of the results the su- perintendent is confident that the 11th census will not only be accurate and cov- er all the statistical investigations requir- ed by law but will be out on time A POSSIBLE UNKNOWN Dominick McCaffrey May Meet the Marine at the California Athletic Club Rooms. Examiner New York Special; \It is currently reported that you are to be the unknown to be matched against the Ma- rine upon the ocecasion of the next tight before the California Athletic club. Is this true?\ asked a reporter of Dominick McCaffrey. \Well I am now proprietor of %saloon,\ answered Dominick, \and the return from business is more satisfactory than that from the prize ring. Still, if suffi- cient indticemente were offered, I would not hesitate to meet the marine. I best- ed Mitchell, held my own with Sullivan, chased Dempsey all over the stage for ten rounds and think it would not be in- judicious to arrange a go with LeBlache. However all depends on the offer. \How does the prize ring comjsare with the proprietorship of a wine room as a money making matter.\ \Now replied McCaffrey, \a man brought up all his life to do ath- letic work can never settle down com- pletely to business such as mine. Temp- tation is constant and were a man, even in the best condition, to drink even Cro- ton water, when invited to a draw by friends it would be fatal to the stomach. Still I must say that from a money mak- ing point I prefer being the owner of a saloon, yet sometimes I rebel against my own' interests and long for active life in the ring. Health is of more importance and value to a man than any sum of money you could mention, but I certain- ly shall not begin prize fighting again un- less I see that in addition to being in con- genial work I shall be in a position to ac- quire a little lucre. 1 shall now directly answer your question. If a man settles down to' strict business there is more money for him in the liquor business than the ring.\ Married. At the residence of the groom, Fort Benton, Thursday, November 14, 1889, by the Rev. H. E. Clowes, of the Episcopal church, Mr. Joseph R. Lewis and Miss Sarah Hertenstein, both of this city. The wedding was a quiet and homelike one, being attended only by a few of the most intimate friends of the contracting parties. After the ceremony an elegant wedding supper was spread and partaken of by all present, and a most enjoyable social entertainment of a few hours fol- lowed, after which the guests spoke their good nights and left the happy couple in their new and cozy home. Mr. Lewis has been a resident of Fort Benton for the past three years, and has made hosts of friends with our people. attending strictly to business, which he has made a success of. The bride has been a resident of this city for a year past, and has won many warm friends among those who have had the pleasure of forming her acquaintance. The RIVER PRESS in common with all the citizens of Fort Benton extend to the newly wedded couple congratulations and wishes for a long and happy life. The RIVER PRESS employes were not forgotten in the special and general hap- piness of the occasion, but were remem- bered with a liberal allowance of bride's oaks and something to fill the \flowing bowl\ and many toasts were drank to the happiness of Mr. and M rs. J. R. Lewis. The River Press. Subscribe now for the WEEKLY RrvErt PRESS. Send it to \the old folks at home.\ Swtrr's SPECIFIC has cured Die of a mr.lirmuit breaking out on my leg, which eaustd intolerable pain. It was called Eczema by the doctors—four of whom treated me with no relief. I candidly confes that I owe my present good health to S. s. S., which in my estimation is invaluable as a blood remedy. Miss JULIA DxWirr M , WI N. 10th St., St. Louis, o. Our baby when two months old was attacked with Scrofula, which for a long thin destroyed her eyesight entirely, and eatiaed us to despair of her life. The doctors failed to relieve her, rnd we gave SN‘IFT'S fieuctric, which soon cared - her entirely, and she is now halo and hearty. E. V. DEL, Will's Point, Texas. $2.\'Send for book giving history of Blood Diseases and advice to sufferers, mailed free. Tax Swirr bezel rim Co., Drawer 3. Atlanta. Ga. BUY _A. II 0 M You Will Never Regret It. LICHT RUNNING NEW HOME SEWING MACHINE. Extra Finished! Nickel Plated! Simple, Light Running, Swift, Sure, Strong, Accurate, Silent, all of THE LATEST IMPROVEMENTS AND— $10.00 Worth of Attachments With Every Machine. Write for Prices, Terms, Etc. CEO. W. CRANE, Local Agent, FORT BENTON, - - MONTANA. GEO. W. TAYLOR, .4ttornev at Law. GREAT FALLS, - - - Montana. Will practice in all the eourts of the Territory. 0.14:4111tGE W. CRANK, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE —AND— Notary Public. $111r Prompt attention o given to all business en trust to me. The :: Montana :: Stockman And FARMER, (With which is incorporated the \Montana Wool Grent er.” A Monthly Journal devoted to the Livestock and Agricultural interests of Montana and the Northwest. Subscription: $1.50 per annum. air It is our aim to make THE STOCKMAN a thoroughly representative journal of the livestock and farming interests of the Northwest; and to further this end, its columns are at all times open for the discussion of any matter affecting the welfare of those engaged in these industries. Address: Montana Stockman Fort Benton, M.T. River Press Commission Agency, —FOR THE SALE OF -- Cattle, Horses, Sheep, Real Estate, And similar classes of property. YIN All property placed with us will be listed and advertised free of expense to owners. No charge of any kind unless property is sold. Correspon- dence invited from parties who have property of any kind, for which they desire to find purchaser. We have for sale several desirable bargains in town and ranch property live stock, etc. List free on application. •Ps -- The River Press Commission Agency, FORT BENTON - - MONT. TAT. IF'. 1--TEA 1 11.1FitlI20, WHOLESALE AND RETAIL DEALER IN Guns, Fishing Tackle and Ammunition. tgr The largest stock of Hunters' and Trappers' Outfits in the West. EXPORTER AND DEALER IN RAW FURS, :: HIDES :: AND :: CAME HEADS. New 1886 Model Winchester Rifle. 45-90, 45-70, 40-82, 40-65, 38-56 caliber, Magazine :26 -in. Octogan Barrel, C. H. a 044 • 44 4.4 Round 44 66 . . . . . . . Winchester single shot Rifles, any cal., from $11 to $15. Lefaucheaux double barrel breech loading shot. guns, $8. Side action doable barrel breech loading shot gen from $10 to $r,. Top actioa double barrel breech loadiNg shot guns from $15 upwards. I carry all kinds of guns in stock, and wilt quote cut prices on any gun made. Also have on hand a lot of second-hand Shot Guns and Rifles in good condition, for sale cheap. All rifles need re sighting after leaving the factory. I re -sight them free of charge, and allow none to leave my hands until Obey shoot correct. If you want anything in my line, let me know. I will duplicate any prices you may vt from Mont- gomery, Ward .t Co., Browni g Bros., Abbey Lit Imbrie, or any other house. If you can buy as ()heap . here, there is no use of your sending away: and if there is anything in my line to he sold in this coun- try, I WANT TO SELL IT. tar- I will pay from to $50 for large, prime Silvertip or Grizzly Bear hides, skinned with the head and claws left on. I will also pay big prices for Elk and Mountain Sheep scalps. Send tot pries list of furs. Taxidermy Work Done to Order. Gun Repairing in Good Shape. Correspondence solicited. rut this adrortisement out; you may not see it again. PARK STREET - LIVINGSTON, MONT. T H E N../XCIDO/F-KtOCCI.Str-O0 nt9C coz (triccocoriozoty.ce..00 Merchants Hotel ClOtelOCCOCOWYre00. rY7o1r.ra.YrourxeMetX Helena, Mont. (Opposite the United States Army Office.) ('or. Broadway and Warren Nit. THOS. O'BRIEN $1 SON, Proprietors The Montana Stockman. Subscribe for this &liable monthly Price, -1.50 per snr u.... Sheep for Sale! I HAVE SHEEP FOR SALE, Of any kind, and in numbers to suit purchasers. Purchase s can seleci straight ewe*, ewes and otock sheep or wethers. Address- GEO. D. PA'ITERSIIN, Fort Benicia. M. T. 'Property owners desiring to find buyers should list with the River Press commis- sion Agency. •

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