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.or THE RIVER PRESS. Vol. X. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, November 4 27, 1889. FORT ASSINNIBOINE. W11C11 if W Built ---A Peep at Inside Troops and Officers ---The Post Traders --West End Hotel ---The Town of Cyprus. t rre-ipontlPttre of the itivER Sixty-nine miles east of Benton on the winks of Beaver creek, and two miles 4outh of the Manitoba railway station, ar e grouped the hundred or more build- , ng s, principally of brick, which consti- tute Fort Assinniboine, said to be the argeet military post in the country. White -winged peaee, so distasteful to he professional warrior whose soul is ever in arms and eager for the fray,\ .roods serenely over the place, the only gar (loud visible being a dispute between war and post office departments as to the orthography of the name of the fort, he former making it \Assinniboine\ and • iatter will haive it \Assinaboine.\ One 4 the officers unsuccessfully tried to ! t aw° his \special request\ envelopes printed the military way and Generals . ..Vanainaker and Proctor are now fighting a out at Washington. As Russell B's jeeision in regard to Montana matters is highly valued he should be called upon :0) the administration to act as referee in this case. The post was built in 1879 to calm the -estless tribes of Indians on the great Jurthern reservation, A desire on the :Art of the army to help Mr. Blaine an - ex Canada. who was then aspiring for the presidency, may have had something to do with the establishment of this post. The first object is accomplished while the atter still hangs fire. The site was se- :ected because of the sufficiency of good vater, wood and grass. The water is pumped up from Beaver creek and cils- •fibuted over the post by a system of vater works. Some is also got by dig - sing wells. The wood is hauled from the i'ear Paw mountains, twenty-eight miles listant, while the grass, although a little Waters this year, \grows all around.\ Ile military reservation contains nearly' 100,000 acres of grass. Other supplies needed are furnished by the quartermas- ter and commissary departments and the post traders store. Seven companies and the band of the Ilth infantry and three troops of the 1st mvalry, numbering 500 officers and men, zarrison the fort. Col. E. Otis. 20th in- fantry is commanding officer; Lieut. H. A. t;reene,20th infantry. is post adjutant and Lieut. J. S. Rogers of the same regi- ment is post quartermaster and commis- ary. The post hospital is in charge of Cap- tain L. A. Lagarde and Lieut. Paul Still - sick, surgeons, U. S. A. The health of the troops is good. Fifteen patients are now in the hospital. Chaplain S. G. Dodd has been the spir- tual adviser of the garrison for the past ten years. Services are held every Sun - lay evening in the chapel and are well attended. The chaplain also has super- vision of the post school, in which he is -twisted by four enlisted men as teachers. In the 'morning school is had for the children and in the afternoon for the en- sted men. Of the latter about 100 who need instruction in the ordinary English !matches, are designated from the differ- ))nt eompanies and their attendance is made a military duty. It is suggested ilstruction should also be given in the lustralian ballot system as many of these soldiers may in time become Mon- tana voters, and from observations your . orrespondent has made at several pre- 6ncts in this vicinity, ballots cast at the ast election are most fearfully and won- lerfully made. and pass all understand- :ng. thili is also had daily, weather permit- talff- Last summer the troops went into :ield camp of instruction on Lodge Pole 'seek for a month, where they were exer- seed in brigade drills, field maneuvers, The discipline and general average ) ( intelligence of the troops are excellent. 4 aliy of them take the RIVER PRESS. Niilitary life at its best in time of peace lmonotonous and at this remote post it 'nSs.specially so. However, the num- st of desertions is said to be less here an at posts more favorably located, {any euses of desertion are advanced but low wages that the soldier gets --about sam e as during revolutionary times --- e not yet been mentioned as one of htta• A sheep herder's life is more - saotonous, yet most herders seem con - Sited. If we must have a standing ars Y Would it not be a good idea to try to %prove its efficiency by paying better ages. The otheers are affable and courteous ''otlemen and take great interest in the I snfort and well being of the enlisted A gymnasium, a library of 1,000 vol.! :nee and the leading daily and weekly . \papers -including the RIVER PRESS an d an amusement ball where dancing 1 t heatricals are occasionally had, all I -Zt!'ibute to \drive dull care away.\ It is l atended to start a poet canteen, af- ; , . th e)slistoin in the British army. pro - 411 with billiard tables and other of amusement, and where the Rol - diet may obtain at small coat refresh- ments such as sandwiches, beer and light wines, the profits from which will be ex- pended for the improvement of the men's quarters and otherwise for their benefit. The usual complement of civilians, me- chanics, teamsters, scouts and packers are employed at the post. Broadmater, McCulloh & Co. are post traders, They have no sinecure, but by hard work, strict attention to business and reasonable prices they have secured the trade not only of those living at the post, but that of all the surrounding ranch men and stockmen in the neighbor- hood. They have their large store build- ing and warehouses tilled with everything in the grocery and dry goods lines, queensware and crockery, furniture, hard- ware. caoned goods, smokers supplies, and poultry, fish and fruit in season. The clerks connected with the establishment , are all live men and strive to please. Adjoining the store is the West End ,hotel and restaurant, conducted by W. B. Ferguson, where the tourist is always sure of a square meal and good accommo- dations; and where, should he be musi- cally inclined, he will be delighted with the melodious strains of the cook—who • has been secured at a good salary—which are wafted from the recesses of the kitch- en in _combination with the aroma of beefsteak and onions, in such songs as \See That My Grave's Kept Green\ etc. I L. S. Hazeltine, who is interested in ; several valuable mines in the Sweet ; Grass district, has a photograph gallery here. D. Moore is the signal officer and has charge of the Rocky Mountain telegraph service. The annual mean temperature at the post for 1888 was 40 0 . The high- est temperature this year was 99 0 on Au- gust 31st and the lowest 22° on February 2.3d. The annual rainfall has not been computed as vet. Sam Spaulding conducts a barber shop and as a wielder of the razor has few equals. He says he cannot exist with- out the Daily RIVER PRESS. At the railway station Osborne Wilbur has a restaurant. Cypress is a small town five miles from the post, on the north side of Big Sandy creek, and just across the line of the res- ervation. Among the settlers are Aam Heron, M. J. Healy, J. Birmingham, P. Pheehan and Thos. McDevitt. Ole Ole - son keeps a saloon here and tills a long felt want. Many are the throat -parched travelers from the other side who stop here to water their horses and refresh i themselves with \Oleson's best.\ Hunters say that game, except prairie chickens is scarce on the reservation. Ten years ago the country for fifty miles around was alive with buffalo and ante- lope. A few antelope and deer yet re- main but according to the Indians the buffalo have gone into a cave in the Bear Paw mountains to remain a few years and get fat. Like old Rip they will be much surprised when they come out. They will see the Fort Assinnfuoine reser- vation cut down to within a mile of the flag staff and their old stamping grounds settled up by thousands of prosperous farmers; the country fenced up; the land covered with meandering water courses, and yellow field of grain waving in one continuous tine from Benton to Buford. After a long lingering look at the unin- viting landscape they will persuade the range cattle or all that will be left, to go back into the cave with them. PILGRIM. An Unexplored Section. I. J. Adams and Joseph Shaffer, return- ed last week from a hunting and pros- pecting tour up the Big Fork, into a sec- tion of which very little is known outside of the Indians and a very few white men. Their route from this place was to the head of Flathead lake, thence up the Big Fork to Swan lake, a distance of some fifteen miles, then after passing through a magnificent belt of timber several miles in extent, they came to a chain of mead- ows containing from 50 to 500 or 1,000 acres each. These meadows continue along the old Indian trail for a distance of perhaps 75 or 100 miles, and they claim that thou- sands of tons of hay can be put up every year. The soil is a black loam and from one to fifteen feet deep, and all along the route pine, fir and cedar are found from two to four feet in thickness, straight . as an arrow and with no limbs for.100 feet. Their course was in a southwesterly di- rection and they say this wonderful coun- try is easy of access. Game of all kinds is so abundant that they could feast on dainty birds and rare game at every meal using bacon only us an entree. They saw signs of survey parties but of course did not know for what syndicate they were working. This section only adds to the many inexhaustible la sources tributary to the Lake tsauntry.—Inter Lake. How beautiful are the foot prints of the Thanksgiving turkey to the eyes of him who longs for the toothsome bird. And the footprints are about all ye prin- ters and pushers of the faber will Ceast their eyes upon in this neck of the woods. THE SENATE. That Body Convenes at the Place Designated by the Governor. Spezial to the River Press. HELENA, November 23. —The senate con- vened.in the room at the court house des- ignated by Governor Toole, Rickards presided. The eight republican members only were present. The indications are that the democratic members will not at- tend until McNamara of Fergus arrives. Prominent democrats and republicans from all over the state are in the city. While there is considerable feeling under the surface, ever) thing is peaceable and the utmost good nature prevails. Many republicans acknowledge that Governor Toole's proclamation was well advised and that the democrats have decidedly the better of the situation. There is one thing certain the rump republican house can do no business with the executive de- partmeet as it will not be recognized. 'I HE REGULAR LEGISLATURE A Quiet and Orderly Meeting of Montana's First Legislative Assembly. • Special to the River Press. HELENA, November 11. The house met promptly at 12 o'clock in. The court house gallery and floor were crowded. Hun. C. P. Blakely, member from Galla- tin, being t e oldest member of the house. called it to order. There were twenty- eight members present which is a quorum of the first house of representatives of Montana. The twenty-eight members stepped forward, produced their certifi- cates and were sworn in by C. B. Nolan, county attorney of Lewis and Clarke county. Frank moved that C. P. Blakely be made temporary speaker: Carried. Charles Pond was elected temporary chief clerk: Miles Finlin temporary ser- geant -at -arms, and Sam Alexander as temporary door keeper were also elected. A committee of five was appointed on credentials which reported that the twen- ty-eight members who qualified had prop- er certificates. The governor sent a communication to Capt. John Smith giving him instruc- tions re- garding the organization of the house. . The house took a recess until 2 o'clock p. m. The house met at 2 o'clock and ad- journed until 3:15 for the purpose of cau- cusing for permanent organization. Har- ry R. Comly is strongly urged for the speakership, and it is thought he will be chosen. THE RUMPS CONVENE. The Republican State Stealers Meet and are Sworn in by Conspirator Blake. Special to the River Press. HELENA, November 2.3. -The rump house convened in the iron block at noon. Conspirator Blake administered the oath to those present. A.C. Witter of Beaver- head was elected temporary speaker. At this hour (1 p. m.) the rumps are still in session. THE RUMPS ORGANIZE. Regulars Adjourn Until Monday ---The Rumps Recognize Rickards as Gov- ernor. Special to the River Press. HELENA, 'November 23.—The regula house adjourned until Monday 10 a. m. The permanent organization was not ef- fected. The rump house permanently organiz- ed with Witter as speaker. A resolution was offered that a committee of three be appointed to inform Governor Toole that the rump was ready for business. Some bright individual moved that the lieuten- ant governor be substituted for Governor Toole. It was carried with a whoop. The rumps recognize the lieutenant governor as its head. This is eminently proper as Governor Toole has nothing to do with the outfit. A BUTTE HOLOCAUST. The St. Lawrence Mine on Fire and Men Smothering and Burning to Death. Special to the River Press. HELENA, • November 23.—A fire caught this morning in the cross-cut on the 50 - foot level of the St. Lawrence mine at Butte. The draft is blowing the tire into the mammoth Anaconda hoisting works. Smoke is issuing from the Anaconda shafts. It is impossible for men to live two minutes in any part of the Anaconda underground works. Three dead bodies have been taken out and seven men are still in the mine who are undoubtedly dead. These are all the particulars at present. LATER. News from the Anaconda mine is more favorable. Supt. Carroll hopes to extinguish the fire. Four men are known to be dead. There may be others. In any event the damage will be very great. Helena, Nov. 23. -Hon. W. A. Clark has just received a telegram from Butte saying the fire is supposed to be under control. FROM THE CAPITAL. The Go% ernor Will Not Recognize the Rump House—Demorrats Firm and Deter - Mined to Ila% 4. Their Right.. specitl to the River Press. HELENA, Noreniber 25. -The house of representatives effected a permanent or- ganiztit by electing the temporary offi- cers as the permanent officers, which makes Blakely sleeker and Pond chief clerk. A committee of three, with Poole as chairman, _was appointed to wait on Gov. Toole and announce the house organized and ready to receive any communication he might wish to make. Gov. 'Foote said he recognized the committee as c 'ming from the legally organized house, but would defer any communication init;1 he had official knowledge that the senate was organized and ready for business. A committee was also appointed to coin municate with the senate when it shall have organized. Also the usual commit Itee on rules. The house then took a recess until 2 , o'clock. i Your correspondent was in Gov. Too e's office when !loiter, Boardman and liar- , ringtort, a committee of three from the republican rump house, appeared with the official caiiiinunication announcing that that body had organized for business. The governor received tbe gentlemen cor- dially; he was glad to meet them socially, but could not recognize them officially as the members of a legally consti- tuted house. The committee remained a few minutes in pleasant conversation and then took their departure, having been received only as citizens of this great and glorious state. The republican rump stood adjourned Saturday until 2 p. in. to -day. The sen- ate met this morning at 10; only eight re- publicans present. Recess until 2. The senate cannot organize. It appears now that the democratic senators will decline to go into a regular organization until the two houses settle their differences and work in harmony. EveryWrtg is quiet and all meet- ings and -discussions are conducted good- naturedls by the contending parties. It is generally accepted as true that if the ! senatorial fight was not on these two houses would be made one without delay. It is said that the republicans are begin- ning to get heartily sick of the situation and are only held in line by the indefati- gable efforts of their senatorial aspirants. The republican members are watched closely and every move noted. Secretary of State Psotwitt has been ad- vised by Attorney General Haskell he has no legal right to furnish supplies for the use of either house or the senate and he refuses to do so and will not until all differences are settled and he is satisfied the house and senate are legally organiz- ed. To sum up the situation the republi- can rump house will have to quit and join the legally constituted house, recog- nized by Montana's executive or else it is almost certain the democrats will refuse to organize the senate and there can be no business transacted. The democrats are determined to have their rights. THE SENATE. 11011 Fisher on His Ear and Scores Democrat.; for Blocking Legislation. Special to the River Press. HELENA, November 26.—Same pro- gramme to -day. Senate met; no quorum. Fisher of Jefferson made a speech scoring the democratic members for blocking the machinery of legislation, after which it adjourned till to -morrow at ten o'clock. THE BENTON & BILLINGS ROAD. The survey of the Line Completed and Pro - non need a Good One. Special to the River Press. HELENA, November 20.—Chief Engineer Harlem() arrived last night. He reports the Northern Pacific line located by him from Fort Benton to Billings an excellent one. His work will be finished this week as his party is now within a short dis- tance of Billings. THE BRAZILIAN REPUBLIC. All Pensions Granted by the Imperial Gov- ernment Vlii be Confirmed. Rio ne JANEIRO, November 2-2, via Gal- veston. All the pensions granted by the the imperial government have been con- firmed by the provisional government, and an order has been issued that they be paid out of the revenues. A decree will ' be issued shortly making numerous changes in the personnel of the govern- ment office holders, and naming the offi- Oceanic steamer Zealandia arrived from cials who have been appointed to succeed Sydney and Auckland via Honolulu to - those who have been removed. The day. She reports that as she was enter - greater number of offivials who served ing the harbor at Honolulu, November under the emperor have announced their 16th, Prof. Van Tassel, the balloonist, allegiance to the new government, made an assension from shore and drop. An ovation was given to the ministers pod from the balloon in a parachute. He of Uruguay and the Argentine Republic fell into the oceam about two miles from last night upon their recognition of the shore and one mile from the steamer. He republic. was seen no more and it is supposed he FINISHED THEIR TALK. (OUILSCi ill the Parnell Case Conclude Their Arguments. LoxpoN, November 2'2.- The court room in which the Parnell commission meets was crowded at the opening of to- day's session. All the counsel for the London Times were present. Sir Henry James continued his speech for the Times. He said Mr. Purnell had paid William Redmond £179 and had promis- ed that Mr. Redmond would be called to explain why the pa) ment was made, but he said, Mr. Redmond had never been called. Sir Henry attempted to show, step by step, how the Cian-na-Gael had nEcom r: PARAMOUNT in the body which represented the Irish - American movement and controlled and directed its operations. He emphasized the fact that Mr. Parnell did not de- nounce the use of dynamite. and quoted from an article in the Irishman, praising Mr. Parnell for the stand he had taken. He admitted, however, that Mr. Parnell was probably unaware of the appearance of the article. Sir Henry contended that the Irishman, which was Mr. Parnell's property was enabled to proclaim Mr. Parnell's policy from observation of the course which he \ HP pursuing. SULLIVAN AND FORD, Sir Henry declared, had openly preached assassin atiou in connection with the Clan-na-Gael. The Irishman had said that Mr. Parnell's silence regarding the agitations in America was the best proof of his statesmanship and sagacity. Sir Henry finally concluded his speech at 4:30 o'clock. Presiding Justice Hannan said the court would not call for any further evidence. Justice IIannen congratulated the counsel on the completion of their tasks. He added: \We must bear the burden a little long- er. One hope supports us. Conscious that throughout this great inquest we have sought the truth, we trust that we shall be guided to find it and set it forth plainly before all men.\ POLITICAL COMBINE. Cleveland. Campbelland Br:re Enter Into An Alliance. COLUMBUS, 0., November 23.—Specials to the evening papers say: W. E. Bacon, of Toledo, the brother -in law of es-Presi dent Cleveland, has been closeted all day at Hamilton with Governor -elect Camp- bell, his object being to get the new gov- ernor and his friends to support for the 1892 national democratic ticket Cleveland and Campbell and to send Hon. Calvin S. Brice to the United States senate as Mr. Payne's successor as part of the scheme. Campbell's friends are said to favor this scheme, and its broaching has created consternation here at the state capital among the senatorial supporters of Hon. John H. Thomas, Col. Charles W. Baker, ex -Congressman McMahon, Hon. G. 1.4. Converse, Gen. Thomas, E. Powell and others. Gov. Hill's friends are up here in arms at Cleveland's interference in Ohio poli- tics, and Brice's opponent for the senato- rial honor are hot in the collar and swear vengeance. The ex -president's bold move has made a panic in Ohio politics, and it looks to -night as if the Cleveland -Camp- bell -Brice combination had cornered the political market and would bull their way through over the Hill -Thomas moss i back bears. - 0 - ANOTHER REVOLUTION. The President of Costa Rica Loses Ws Position. NEW YORK, November 23. -Mail adv ices from San Jose, Costa Rica, on the date of November 11th, say: \On the afternoon of the 7th Rodrugusto took possession of the city and is well supplied with arms. The followers of Equivel are in the armo- ry. The firing began at first from the presidential palace. The guns were aimed too high, however, and no one was hurt. All night long the fight kept up with no greater loss than four, four others being wounded. A demand was made on President Solo to turn over the presidency to Dr. Duran, the third vice president. About midnight Solo concluded to do so. Dr. Duran im- mediately named Don Ricardo Jumenez as minister general in place of Don Mau- ro Fernandez. Rodrugusto will step quietly into power and Esquivel will ac- cept the defeat quietly. E tTEN BY SHARKS. orrible Fate of a Balloonist in Hawaiian Waters. No. 5. was eaten by sharks. Van Tassel left San Francisco a few weeks ago for Honolulu and Australia, where he expected to give exhibitions. BENNETT ' NEI-WI MONEY. He Sells the Herald Building, the Price Not Being Named. NEw YORK, November 21.—James Gor- don Bennett has sold the building in which' the Herald is published to John Pettit, of this city, for \$100 and other valuable considerations.\ Pettit says he was offered $1,000.000 for the property twenty-four hours after the purchase. He said further, as to Bennett's reason for selling: \Well lie has no particular reason that I am aware of, only that he has use for the money, as his cable and foreign newspaper enterprises make a de mand upon his cash resources. He sold the Herald building just as he did his res- idence on Fifth avenue, because he need- ed money—that is, he needed it to invest in other enterprises abroad.\ - THE WHITE MORSE. A Man Tells the Judge Abont seeing Cough- lin on the Fatal Night. City:AG°, November 2L ----In the Cronin case to-day. Dinan, the owner of the white horse which drew Cronin to the Carlson cottage, testified that the horse is now in a dime museum. Louis Cudenbecker, of Hoboken, New Jersey, who lived in Chicago at the time of Cronin's death, testified he saw Cronin on the night he was murdered, and that the horse which drew the buggy was not Dinan's horse but a gray animal with white legs. Marshall D. Elwell, a medical and mi- crossopical expert, testified that there is no means known to science by which hu- man hair could be certainly distinguished from any other hair. Drs. Mayor and Curtis occupied the re- mainder of the session. Their testimony is in the same line as that of the preced- ing experts. A man named Martin came to Judge McConnell this afternoon and said he had knowledge of great value to the prisoner Coughlin; namely, that he (Martin) had seen Coughlin between 9 and 10 o'clock the night of May 4, at the East Chicago police station. He kept quiet about this before because he did not want to be mixed up in the case, but his conscience would not allow him to keep quiet any longer. He probably will be :placed on the stand to -morrow. Sullivan Reconsiders. BOSTON, November 21.—To-night Sulli- van reconsidered his decision, and said he would fight Jackson in San Francisco for $13,000. Erb Wins. DAVENPORT, Ia., November 21.- -In the pigeon shooting contest to -day between C. W. Budd, of Des Moines, and Fred Erb, of Lafayette, Ind., for the American field championship, Erb won, killing 43 to Budd's 42, out of a possible 50. New Railway Postal ServIca. WASHINCiTON, November 23.—Several important changes in the railway mail postal service were made to -day. The clerks on the St. Paul and Mandan run will extend their service to Helena. This extension will take up and discontinue that portion of the Mandan and Spokane Falls railway post office between Mandan and Helena and the entire line will be known as the St. Paul snd Helena rail- way post office. This will make one of the longest continuous services in the country, the distance being 1,130 miles. The run from Helena to Spokane Palle will constitute a separate railway pos.. office. The Flathead Country. — — The Inter -Lake, speaking of the won- derful resources of the Flathead country. says: Gentlemen, fire brick clay can be shov- eled up by the car load within a block of the Inter -Lake office, and talk about ooa there is coal enough in the Flatheadcoun- try to supply all of the territory between the Pacific coast and the Mississippi river, and oil to light the entire northwest. Our rich mineral resources have never yet been tapped. In less than two years the Manitoba will have a trunk line through the Flathead country, which will furnish daily ear loads each of coal, lumber and a superior quality of brick equal to the cel- ebrated Milwaukee brick, while all of the principal markets will be furnished with SAN FRANCISCO. November 23.—The farm produce from this prolific section. NNe will be made a connty, and railroads will vie with each other to reach this fav- ored land. Toe Brazilian republic is generous in its treatment of Dont Pedro. He was permitted to leave the country with his $2,000,000 of cold cash and will draw an annuity of $450,000 from the government. These sums will keep the wolf from his door in good shape.

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