The River Press (Fort Benton, Mont.) 1880-current, December 11, 1889, Image 1

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THE RIVER PRESS. ca . X' Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, December 11, 1889. No. 7. WA 1 sl DE NOTES. Elie To n of l'antic---its Hopes and Pears -- The Valleys of Clear, Peoples and .inake Creeks ---The Bear Paws Condition of Stock --Ven- ison Galore ---Agri- cultural Pros- pects, Etc. orrespondence of the Riven PnEss Yantic is a town on the Manitoba rail- way 99 miles east of Benton and near the confluence of the waters of Clear creek, a l beautiful mountain stream with Milk river. The town so far has not gained much newspaper fame, although it, poll- ; e d 56 votes last election. It is located in I the heart of the banana belt and its inha- bitants are mostly without guile, and can raise as big crops without irrigio ion and, gallant to allow anything of the kind to occur. Thos. J. Ferguson has taken up a claim here. He is in charge of Morse & Milli - ken's band of 390 cattle, mostly cows, brought from Deer Lodge county two months ago, and reports them in good condition. from its mouth. is closely hemmed in by the steep hills of the Bear Paw for two or three miles and the wagon road makes a WHAT SAY THE SENATORS? Democrats Make a Fair Proposition to Their Republican Opponents. [Helena Independent.1 To the Editor of the Independent: I transmit you herewith a true copy of a' proposition this day submitted to the re - The valley of Clear creek here, 25 miles thy stupid pate with my trusty boot jack. publican senators which you are at lib- .. Lige---Beshrew me, then, may it please thy inajesty,--'though if it cloth, 'tis a darn sight easier to please thee than 'tis erty to publish. C. W. HOFFMAN. HELENA, Mont., Dec. 6, .1889. detour of 6 miles over the bench lands To Messrs. Brown, Artnington, Olds, inost mortals -the people say touching when the basin or Clear creek is reached. Fisher, Hedges. Rutherford, Thompson thy message -control thy bootjack good The basin is two miles in diameter and and liabeock, Republican Senators of my lord—that ass the worst they ever has numerous springs and tine grazing. Alex. Roes, Andy Wilson arid Wm. Willson have ranches here, and the U up and down outfit, Ca, with 3,000 head of cattle brought from Idaho are located here. On is doing much to hasten the settlement of Mrs. Callahan is still living in u tent but these parts, had at one time chosen Van- ;' will soon have her house completed. She tic as the site of its Milk river city, but i says her horses had to be attended to first. for reasons \unknown\ they located \ Chi _ I In a few tininutes after our arrivals -des - nook\ on a hill eight miles east and yall- pite the on metal' protests of the RIVER tic is s \going it alone. - If, however, nat.- Paess . but in strict conformity with the nral gas is not struck in the artesian well inward longings -the lady had provided they admitted members nut elected ei- at Chinook, Yantic hopes to run Chinook an elegant dinner, such a one as the metn- ther in law or equity, was revolutionary the first Legislative Assembly of the State of Montana: Gentlemen: ---We assume that in com- mon i.vith the rest of our fellow citi- zens and the people of the country at as fat cattle and sheep as can the people i reaching the banks of Clear creek again large, you fully soidsrstand the reason further down the Milk river valley in the! we come to Jack Griffin's plume well im why we, the democratic senators elect to neighborhood of its sister town of Chi- proved and fenced, who has 70 head of the first legislative assembly of the state Look. The great Agricultural Press cob- Cattle' of Montana, have uot, joined with you in ny association, representing the leading Two miles further on is the ranch of can organization of the body to which we farm journals of the country with a coin- Mrs. Anna Callahan Nilo brought in 700 and you were duly elected. oined circulation of over 500,000, Which head of cattle from Beaverhead county.. We have held and still hold that the tic - !Lion of the republican members elect of the co-ordinate branch of the legislature in refusing to comply with the governor's proclamation designating the time and piece of meeting, for that body, and .in organizing its a separate body, to which a close race for future municipal honors. ber from Alberta would call a\..To dandy.\ Robert W. Main is the enterprising ; Our traveling companions, the Chinook :nerchant here. He crrries a good stock !liveryman and a young man from Michi- sells cheap and has a good trade. He is grin looking for a location, will testify to also postmaster and owner of the town- the excellency of the menu. site of Yantic. By the way we had forgotten to men - The livery stable and saloon are kept tem our companions, Mr. C. W. Henson, ;,y Ike Brown. Intending settlers desir- of Chinook, and Mr. Wrn. Wilson, of Port .ng to view the surrounding country will Huron, Mich. They are both very agree - :Ind Ike's transportation accommodating able gentlemen and we had a pleasant reliable and reasonable. And if any of trip of four days together. Mr. Hensen them, like Uncle Billy\ Sherman, habitu- was circulating a petition for a post of - ally carry stimulants in their saddle bags flee at Murphy's ranch on Snake creek to :n a strange country, Ike can be depended be called Bear Paw, Mrs. Alice Murphy on to furnish a good article, to be postmaster, and succeeded in get - A restaurant is conducted by F. A. ting 79 signers before my arrival in Chi - Sutton. nook. Mr. Wilson became infatuated -John Park is preparing to open a black- with the country and its resources and smith shop. prospects and will doubtless locate this The 'Montana Christian association, winter. He represents a number of fam- ilies in Michigan who will come out in throngh Rev. W. L. Streator, has secured a location for a church building here. the spring if they receive a favorable re- Yantic needs a good hotel, a railway port. Mr. Wilson was surprised at the absence of tree stumps on the prairie. He depot and mail service with the outlying settlements. The railway company has will soon make a good prairie farmer and no station building or office here, making mountaineer. it inconvenient for settlers who have to We stopped over night at Jo Mosser's. Jo is an old timer and a hewer of logs. go to Chinook for their freight. It is ex - He is an expert and settlers from the east pected a mail route will soon be estab- will save money by having _their logs ished to run from here up Clear creek and Snake creek to Murphy's. hewed and delivered by Jo. The soil in this vicinity varies from a A half mile further on is B. H. Wilken- alack sandy loam to a clay or gumbo, and son's place. He has a herd of 150 horses :n the valleys, on the benches and up in the mountain basins is everywhere fertile and will produce large crops of wheat, vats, potatoes, turnips, beans and all kinds of vegetables. Squaw and early sweet -orn are also raised for fodder. Coal veins crop out in numerous places, from which in many instances the settlers supply themselves ad lib. Several mines are being developed successfully, the coal improving in quality as the work pro- gresses. Dune Diligent delivers coal from his _sine 4 miles away at $,5 per ton. Adjoining Yantic on the east is the ranch of Mike Dinigan, formerly owned uy Murray Nicholson. Mr. Dinigan came from Deer Lodge county last August with L'() head of cattle; has his ranch all fenced and under ditch from clear creek, good house and stable and has put up 90 tons of fine blue joint hay from 30 acres sf his place. Ross Bros., who came from Missoula sounty last September, and Dave Luce !lave cattle ranches, and Thibedeaux Bros., Andrew Johnson. James O'Heron and Col. Morse have large bands of sheep lose by. Col. Morse's sheep, numbering n000 head are in charge of Fred Scott. Up Clear creek are the ranches of Lon Wade; J. P. Cupp, who has 2,500 sheep, John Simpson, Florence A. Spencer, Col. Morse, Mrs. Thomas. H. Nash, John Flio- lers, E. E. Peterson and others. Numerous stacks of hay loom up on all 'ales, but as yet, December 4, little win- ter feeding has been done, the cattle and !seep finding grass a plenty. Messrs. Flinders and Peterson located , n Clear creek last spring, coming from Irlirien county, Iowa. They are well Pleased with the agricultural outlook, sDtli having raised good crops of oats and aetatoes without irrigation. Peterson's Patch r potatoes planted in May produc- ad at the rate of 400 bushels to the acre. rhree miles above Peterson's is the sheep 7atieh of Charles McGeary, Chas. Camp- , All alai David Millspaugh, Who drove in IA) sheep from M issoula county last Au - Nat. They are well prepared with good 'heds and hay- and have an excellent range MtiMI . E mma as s al awa , a \school warm\ ` r tica Dakota, has lately taken up a ranch rlers and will hold it down this winter. T . he fair sex need have no fear of being 'frozen out\ in this favored land of the Aitmok\ should a cold spell arise. The Ailing men of Yantic and Chinook are too further up the creek H. J. Brockway and Young have taken claims and two miles above them I). Daniels has a horse ranch. Here we change our course from south to due east and travelling for three miles along a high and well timbered peak of the Bear Paws cross the divide between Clear and People's creek and come into Ileoples creek basin. Here Bowes Bros., who came in from Deer Lodge county a month ago, have 4,000 sheep ranging, which will be wintered in the brush along the creek banks. James Gough from the same county, has a herd of 330 cattle ranging here. G. II. Nason, a Green mountain boy, has a horse ranch. Dave Mann, the old time freighter, has taken up a claim. He and the men with him have killed twelve black tailed deer the past month. Further down Peoples creek are the ranches of John Olson and John W. Gray. The latter came from Butte last spring and raised good crops of oats and potatoes. The next ranch is Wm. Thomp- son's, who is running 4,000 head of Jo Hirshberg's sheep on shares. He has good sheds and improvements. Mr. Thompson lately killed a grizzly weigh- ing 600 pounds. Olsen & Hansen have 5,000 sheep three miles east of Peoples creek. P. Nelson, formerly of Augusta, is running 2t)0 horses here and has fenced 160 acres. Stopping for the night at the ranch of L. Eroux \('urly whose cattle range on Cow creek, we left the valley of Peoples creek and cut across to the Snake creek basin, which is well settled. After a halt at the hospitable mansion of P. M. Mur- phy for dinner we took the road for Chi nook, 20 miles distant, passing close by Miles' battle field where chief Joseph enr- rendered in 1877. The Bear Paw country is a succession of fertile basins hedged around by high mountains, is well watered with springs, creeks and lakes, and has the best grazing and shelter for stock. The soil, too, is very fertile and we are told will prod ii cc better crops than the valleys below. Although good crops have been raised without irrigation along the Milk river and iI74 tributaries we notice thatold time Montana ranchers are preparing to irrigate by carrying ditches over their lands. We found venison at nearly all the ranches along the road. Black tailed deer arc numerous. JOSEPH A. BAKER W M THORNTON WM. PARBERRY D. HENNESSY in its character and in defiance of consti- tutional authority. Believing that the meeting of the sen- ate under such circumstances with a dif- ference of opinion among its members as to which of the two bodies claiming to be the co-ordinate branch of the legislature should be recognized, we have pursued the only course which we believed would tend to the preservation of peace and the avoidance of further disorder and confu- sion, and refrained from joining with you in !he organization of the senate. Recognizing, however, that there may be those among your members or among your constituents who may have honest doubts as to the fairness and integrity of the election at precinct 34 in Silver Bow county. over which all the unfortunate differences have arisen, and wishing in common with all other law-abiding citi- zens to do everything in our power to bring about a speedy and honorable ad- justment of the controversy, which is so detrimental to our business interests and damaging to the name of our state, we respectfully invite you to a full, fair and searching inquiry into the manner in which the election was conducted at said precinct 34, with a view to throwing out overy vote found to have been fraudu- lently cast thereat. If you will select three out of the eight democratic senators for that purpose we ranging in the mountains. Three miles will in a like manner select three of the republican senators to join in such inves- tigation. We pledge you on our part to make such inquiry as thorough and complete as you may desire. In our opinion in such investigation all technicalities should be avoided, court proceedings newspaper comments, and canvassing board decisions passed over, the inquiry directed solely to the ques- tion of fraud at said precinct, with the view to throwing out every fraudulent ballot, and the ascertainment of the true result of said election. daylight in the morning, :iile yet, for- sooth, a jag is on. King—Prythe, sirrah, an thou let not up on this dainfoolery, thoult be a punch- ed and pumel'd pulp, far pulpier, 'tie true than Jake Kilrain upcn the seventy-sec- ond bloody round. Tell me what say the people of my message ere I tap thee on saw. Such adjectives as dull and weak, insipid, thin, I hear them blurt upon the air asif the fools did know a message I when tney Ei3W one. Aye, they liken thee to Hayes and call the poultry raiser statesman and profound philosopher by comparison. Especially the people of the west take deep offense at thee. Fur this they say; \We have much silver Withill our coffers and millions more within our! alificti, with which we do desire to barter with the world, buying us goods and tiler- ' chandiae, and building up a commerce , magnificent in scope and character. But the king, nodding at the beck and call of bankers holding all the gold, will not per- mit us to turn our copious silver into moneys.\ Thus good king do Lilobt, peo- ple growl, and aquirin and kick, and loud- ly boast anon they'll dump thee in the sou p. King- -Alack, the poor misguided fools! They cannot understand the bent and purport of this administration. They do not seem to size us up. Lige—Would heaven they did not. King—What's that? Lige-1 said I would heaven they could catch on to th' bent and purport of thy noble majesty's administration. King—\ris well. But catch they on or not, it pleases me to journey now down to the Shoreham and there Lord Levi greet. And ah! good Lige, by one of these strange vicissitudes that come to kings and men alike, for the nonco the king is surely strapped. Loan thy majesty a fiver. Perchance I want a cocktail at our meta Levi's bar. L,ge--Alack good king! But yester- e'en I held three jacks and blew my sub- stance in thereon, the Duke of Dudley holding a full and compact house. Naught have 1 but three dispis—ed coins of the measly mint of Bland. King—Give them me and let our theory take for itself a backward seat until again there's need of it. Good morrow, Lige. Now for Levi's. When broke we are Ant gold, aut silver, goes as far. —Anaconda Standard. FITLY SPOKEN. A Democrattc Committee Has a Few Words to Say on the Recent Conference Meet- ings. It will be generally understood that the present controversy hinges on the validity of the votes cast at the Tunnel precinct, and though each and every member of the democratic house believes and is satis- fied the election there was as fair and honest as any precinct in the state, there were those among us who were willing to permit and to aid as far as in their power, the republican claimants to satisfy .them- selves that fraud was not practiced there, and anxious to prove to the people in general that the oft repeated claim was without foundation in fact. hoping that you may agree with us, , rho republichns were loud in their de - that this proposition furnishes the basis m be- for a fair and honorable settlement of the ends for an investigation, but lo and hold as soon as the way is open for such, differences between our respective parties we remain yours with great respect. I they turn their backs on it at once and we will let the people and the world judge why the republicans must necessarily rest their claims of having elected a ma- jority of the legislature, on what happen- ed at Precinct 34. Now, if, as they allege, fraud was practiced there, why are they unwilling to show it up and establish the fact? Every non-partisan will admit that they have not already done so, and will it not now dawn upon the mind of the thinking public, Irrespective of party af- filiations, that those contestants really have uo case; that their claim is a myth, and that they are being held together through trickery and the manipulations of professional political tricksters. The democrats had nothing to gain by an investigation; they have already estab- lished their case and claim their seats from having received a majority of the votes cast in their respective districts. And we claim and demand the support of all right-minded people in the stand which we have taken and expect to up- hold now and for all time. The result of all these conference meet- ings was not intended for the public but we have been so misrepresented in the matter that we now consider it our duty to give to the people a true statement of ; the facts and feel sure that our course wili meet with general favor. We are not here as the willing tools of party or \Prince\ nor IS our organization the result of returning board machina- tions. We are here fortified with law and justice as the representatives of the peo- ple who elected us by their votes and we propose to defend their right to so choose US. ELIZUR BEAtil PETER BREEN .1. C. TWOHY C. D. HARDENBROOK D. P. NIcEnwen. C. W. HOFFMA:s1 R. G. REDD C. J. MCNAMARA W. S. BECKER. King Ben the First. King—How now, good Lige, bast thou been among the people? What say they of my message? Lige—Marry, good king, but being di- vers peoples there needs must be divers opinions. Wherefore, although we know thy message is the very stuff, it be not strange. saving thy majesty, that some like it not. King—Thou surly knave, thou dost equivocate. Speak out, thou clout, thou Hoosier paste pot, and teL me what say the people of my message; my first and massive message, of which to give the voice and purpose I did sit up so long o'nighte while naught did stir about the house save rats and aye! the nimble gas bill, the which ran swifter than them all. • Lige—Rats, good my lord? Didst say rats? King Thou knavish chump, thou in- solent baggage! Speak I bid thee, or by the mouth of Tanner, off goes thy big and swell- ed head. Lige- -Marry, thy majesty. an I had the mouth of Tanner. my head had rolled front off the royal butcher knife and fallen ker- plunk into the basket of decapitation six months agone. An it be big, pray heaven . . mine bead be not empty. For though it bath a tongue it also hath a brake, the which to operate there be certain brains. Wherefore an my . tongue runneth away I with ley head, it bath to get up before HELENA NOTES. The Anaconda Mine --The Legislative Situa- tion -Carter's Reward --What White Would Do -Mine Bonded, Etc.. Special to the River Press. HELENA, December 9.—The Anaconda mine is on tire again. It was opened too soon. The air current fanned the embers into life and the great mine is again on tire. Nothing remained but to close the mine again and that has been done. Carter is likely to be rewarded for his support of Reed by an appointment as chairman of the mines committee. There is no change in the political situa- tion. Mostly all the members weht home to spend Sunday and 'have not yet re- turned. The democrats are determined as ever to resist the fraud. While there l is hope of a compromise it is difficult to I see how it can be brought about. The Independent has an interview with I ex -Governor White, in which he says if he were lieutenant governor he would soon settle the muddle by ousting Mc- I Namara and seating Watson. White seems to be the most rabid revolutionist I of all. The elements of state etealing are well mixed in him. \ The Dakota mine, at Neihart, has been bonded by Mr. Lambert, who expects to place the stuck in St. Louis. Democratic Caucus. WASHINGTON, December 2. --The house democratic caucus met this morning and all the old officers were reinstated. The following was adopted without division: \Resolved That we the democratic members of the Fifty-first congress, at the beginning of the first GOSSi00, hereby send greeting to the people of the coun- try an assurance of our continuous confidence in and devotion to the princi pies of tariff refosin as embraced in Cleveland's message to the last congress on that subject, and in the platform of principles adopted at the last democratic national convention at St. Louis; tnat we hail with delight the emphatic ap- proval of these principles by the eeople, as expressed at the polls at the recent elections; and we pledge them to renew our exertions in congress for a reduction of the war taxes, so ably begun and pros- ecuted in former congresses by our repre- sentatives and senators.\ CONTESTED LAND CASES. No Decisions Will be Made in the Land Of- fice in Disputes From Military Reser- vation WASHINGTON, December 2.—Secretary Noble to -day decided several land cases on which appeals had been taken from the ruling of former land commissioners. The land was situated in Montana and entered under the desert land act. It was in section 30, township 13, range 19 in the Helena district, and the applica- tion was rejected on the ground that it was a part of the Fort Missoula military reservation. On the appeal the question was raised that the order of the president in 1878 setting apart this tract of 500 acres of land for a part of the military reserva- tion was not valid because the law pro- vides that not to exceed 640 acres at one place shall be devoted to the reservation and there was a tract of that size before the president's order. The attorney gen- eral believes the president was fully em- powered to make the order. Accordingly the application for a review is denied, be- cause Secretary Noble says so long as the war department assumes to exercise con- trol of tracts of land the land department will not interfere. NEW ABOLITION. A Movement Which is Claimed Will Stir up the Country. DENVER. December 8.—A local indus- trial reform paper prints an article in support of the \new abolition,\ which em- braces a number of very radical and revo- lutionary demands, namely: The imme- diate and unconditional repeal and aboli- tion of all so-called titles to land other than the natural title to occupancy and use; all statutes, enactments and so- called laws for the collection of debts; all statutes and enactments relating to the circulating medium of the country; all statutes that in any way interfere with free trade between individuals of the same or of different countries; all char- ters, franchises and special privileges to railroad corporations; all forms of corn- pulsosy taxations; all other statutes, pre- cedents and customs that in any way con- flict with the equal law of equal freedom. It further demands collective or state ownership of all highways, telegraphs, telephones, railways, canals, ditches, res- ervoirs, etc., and municipal ownership and control of all water works, illuminat- ing and public heating plants, street rail- ways, cable lines, etc. It claims that the \new abolition\ embodies the real aim and desire of the Farmers' Alliance, the Agricultural Wheel, the Knights of La- bor, the trades unions and fed- eration of trades, the Union Labor, United Labor and Greenback parties and reasoaable demands of all ra- tional nationalists, communists, socialists and anarchists. It further claims that this movement will be backed on the start by at least 1,000,00) voters and that it will shake the counts • from center to circumference. New Abolition clubs are now in process of formation in different parts of the country. Newark, N. J., has already formed a large club, and it is said that Cleveland' Ohio, and the people of other localities are taking steps to organ- ize. Cannon hi Champion LONDON, December 4.—There was im- mense crowd of spectators at the Aqua - ran to -night to witness the wrestling between Cannon, the English champion. and the French champion, Bazin, for £200 a side. Cannon threw Baziu easily, and amid the enthusiastic cheers of the crowd issued a challenge to the world for .65(M) a side. SCRAP OF HISTORY. Scene in the Senate When the secessaavii.t. Withdrew F the Chamber. WASHINGTON, December 6 There are not many persons about the capitol now who were there when Jefferson ,Davis was in the senate thirty sears ago. E. V. Murphy, one of the official stenographers of the senate, was a boy just beginning short hand work during the latter part of Mr. Davis' political career under the na- tional government. \He was,\ said Mr. Murphy, \a nervous, energetic speaker. and very impressive. He spoke rapidly and forcibly, and as if he were thorough- ly in earnest. This earnestness and force made him highly effective. He was a leading man in the senate and gave every one who saw him the impression that he was a born leader. He was NOT A DEMAGOGCE, and would always take the unpopular side of any question when he believed he was right. In his speeches in the senate' he was not nearly so outspoken a seces- sionist as his colleague, Brown, of Missis- sippi. Brown appeared to fear that Da- vis would stand better with the people cf Mississippi than himself, and for that rea- son took a very radical tone in his south- ern speeches. But when the time for se- cession came he could not make a fare- well address. BRCAVN BURST INTO TEARS in the office of the secretary of the senate and said he could not do it. The galler- ies were crowded when Davis made his farewell address, with young southern men and boys. Davis was the leader of the south and Judah P. Benfarnin was its orator. Those were exciting times, but there was no such scene as when Benja- min made his farewell address. The gal- leries were packed and when Benjamin closed by saying; \The south will never surrender; never, never, never,\ hand- kerchiefs were waved and thrown ito the senate chamber, and there was an out such as I have never seen in the senate.\ WOOL GROWERS' CONVENTION. How Ring Waste is Manufactured to Escape Payment of Full Duty. WASHINGTON, December 7.—One of the principal subjects discussed to -day waa the under valuation of so-called ring waste. During the last year the importa- tion of this so-called waste equalled the entire clip of either Ohio or Texas. That is it is superior to nearly all the wool for manufacturing purposes than the finest scoured wool in this country, and yet it paid a duty of only 10 cents a pound; when it should pay upon its proper class- ification from 30 to 60 cents per pound. Last year about twenty-four million pounds of this wool was imported, princi- pally from England and sold in the min - kets of this country at from 62 to 65 cents a pound, while in the same market fine scoured California wool sold for 55 cents per pound. It was also stated that this fine grade wool was manipuleted by ma- chinery before shipment, especially con- structed to coil it into small rings in imi- tation of waste for the sole purpose of evading the law and of evading the pay- ment of just custom duties. The com- mittee waited upon Secretary Windom this afternoon and presented a protest. The secretary stated he was engaged in a thorough investigation of the subject and full justice will be done the wool growing interests. Stars log Settlers, WINNIPEG, December 4. --It is learned that destitution exists in the crofter col- ony at Saltcoats, and measures are being taken to render aid to the starving set- tlers. The government has also been ask- ed to make some provision for , them. These Crofters came out from Scotland last spring and were unable to raise any crops from which they could realize any money this fall. A Few Hours' Travel On the Manitoba fast trains will land you at any of the principal points in tilbs northwest.

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