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B. N. SUTHERLIN, Editor.
W..H. SUTHERLIN, Assistant Editor.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1879.
THE PROGRESS Of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN
1IUSBANDMAN, although slow, has, like the
interest it represents, been steadily onward
and upward. The warm support extended
to it all over Montana since the day of its
introduction assures us that the people are
fully alive to the necessity of an agricultu
ral paper in the territory, and warrants us
in the effort to place before them a journal
second to none in the country.
We take pleasure in announcing to our
friends that the time for enlargement is now
near at hand. A large cylinder power press
has been ordered from New York, and
about the beginning of the next volume, or
upon the arrival of the new press, the Hus
BANDMAN will be enlarged to a forty-column
paper and otherwise materially improved.
We will also remove our ofilce of publica
tion to White Sulphur Springs, a point
affording better facilities for a publishing
The publication of a live newspaper in
Montana is attended with heavy expense at
beat, and this enlargement and change of
base, which has become necessary to meet
the demanhs of the public, entails a still
greater o..lay. Therefore, those in arcars
for subscription are requested to be prepared
to settle the same, that we may press on
from venture to success.
THE probabilities are that there will be
at least one.third more grain consumed in
the terrltory this winter than ever before.
Industries of all kinds have, been greatly
multiplieds requiring the use of a large
amount of work Stock, which must be fed.
Stage llng have increased, freight teams
have multiplied, livery stock has been in
creased, and the farmers, less given to idle
ness, will keep their teams busy improving
their farms. A greater number of dairy
cows will be required to be fed, all of which
will consume largely of the summer's pro
duet.. Grain will be cheap, and instead of
feeding sparingly as usual, teamsters will
feed high, and we will have fat work anl
mals. The railroad this side of the divide
will employ a goodly number of freighters
all winter bringing in goods, who must
feed their animals regularly, which assures
us that although our harvest has been large
the consumption will be greatly increased
over that of other years, and we doubt if
there is any great surplus of horse feed.
The wheat crop has been more abundant
and the prospect is that flour will be dull,
but the great increase in population will
add considerably to the consumption of
that product ; yet the immense crop of veg
etables will have a tendency to prevent the
usual large ddiuad for flour of other win
ters,, vegetables being cheapest, but the
waste which the low prices will occasion
will morethanu make up for the increased
use of vegetables.
Viewing the subject in all its lights, we
qannot come to. the conclusion so readily
eaehed by some, that there will be no sale
,r grain and flour, but think the demand
will be steady, and though prices may be
o., wq believe they will not be crowded
down below a living price, as our farmers,
generally, are in good circumstauces and
will not sell at a sacrifice.
Tin? Sweedish exploring expedition, un
der Prof. Nordenskjold, arrived at Yoko
* hams, Japan, September 4th, having made
the journey through the North-east passage
without encountering any greater difticul
ties than those common to the northern seas.
lDurihg the yeat's voyage there was no sick
nIesq of consequence and not a single death
among the crew of the Vega. The success
af the expedl~tlp proves the existence of a
fIorth-east passage which will lead to the
dtevelopment of an oceen. trade between
central Siberia by way of the Tenii liver,
and the eastern coast of Asia,
THE terminus of the Utah & Northern
railroad is now at Beaver, four miles below
Pleasant valley, but it is to be moved for
ward in a few weeks to a point this side of
the main range of the Rocky mountains,
which point will probably be the winter
OUR correspondent writes from the Gal
latin that the farmers there are still putting
in winter wheat. In those portions of the
valley where the snow lies deep it is ample
time, but in localities where the fields are
apt to be bareeit is better to sow early that
a sufficient growth may be had to hold the
moisture and prevent the dirt from blowing
from the roots. If the season is favorable
it may do well, yet, even in these localities.
We would say to our farmer friends to con
tinue to sow. It is better late than not at
all. Late sown winter wheat is preferable
to spring wheat.
AMONG THE FARMERS.
OLD ALDER GULCH
has many pleasant homes along its shores.
Near its mouth there is some most excellent
farming land now owned and occupied by
hardy tillers of the soil. The first, that of
W. J. Parkins, is a most beautiful place.
Mr. 1 . is a lover of fine stock, especially
horses, and has upon his premises a herd of
good brood mares and colts, and some ex
cellent stallions. Red Cloud, his old stand
byr, was looking well, and the same may be
said of Bogus Bill. Dictator Forest, a two
year-old, late from the blue-grass pastures
of Kentucky, is one of the prettiest colts I
have seen. and doubtless will come in the
ring next year among the fastest trotters.
Adjoining Mr. Parkins' place is the farm of
E.H. Combs. A.little further on is the
premises of J. J. Byrd, where a considera
ble change and improvement has taken
place. His new partner has planned and
arranged the house in shape, causing fresh
flowers to bloom in the windows and door
yard, rendering it more inviting than when
a bachelor was the solitary master. The
fields fronting the Joor looked well. In my
short visit there I "caught" an item about
farming which is deemed valuable for future
use. The mines of Alder still yield a con
siderable sum of money. There are seven
flumes in operation in the gulch, and 1 be
lieve all are paying well for the labor being
done. The flume belonging to Messrs. O.
A. bedman & W. G. McGregory has pro
gressed farther than probably any other,
and doubtless has paid a handsome dividend
every season, This year about an acre of
land has been washed to the bed-rock and
the proceeds taken therefrom, but this is on
ly about half the season's work, since they
have a large head ot water and will contin
ue to operate until freezing Weather. Vir
ginia is Virginia still, and, though it may
have rivals, judging from the past it will
iold its present population many years.
'They say" the season with the merchants
has been dull, but seeing their pleasant
smiles as they linger leisurely about the
loorwayS ahd awnings, A drew theconclu
nlob that 4t was not so "awful" dull, after
all. In the past year there has not been
many.changes in firms, and the same signs
swing as they did a year ago, freshened on
ly by the clever "Jewish inscription" which
Is so tempting that one Is almost persuaded
to invest simply for the sake of getting a
hargaiu. Vir.inla has a good country trade
as well as the mines, and I wonder that so
many of fle' business men can do without
the husbandmens favorite journal, when
their trade is so acceptible. At the Jfad,
monian, officeMr. Kelser was busy in the job
Department, and Deyarmon and Baker were
as busy in the sanctum as editors usually
are. This office has one of the best power
presses in the West. In less than ninety
minutes the tall edition, over 1,500 oopIesis
printled W.. A. Buttermore, for a long
time past City Marshal, has bought out
Douglass, the haxter, and has renovated
and arranged the well stocked store oft no
tions, fruit and candies, and fruit, candles
and notions, all of which go to that store's
many patrons, Col., Deimling is still the
postmaster, : safe government agent and
the peoples' "tctodlan and distributer ot lat
ters. J. S. Bartruff, the nurseryman and
gardner, sportS a gay turnout and pedtaes
berries and, amalk fruits from his fine gat
den,. 1,Is h~rxestl this ySear of strawbeaies,
currants and gooseberries was very large.
He has the finest and largest variety of the
English gooseberries that are to be had in
Montana, and proposes to supply custom
ers who wish to grow fruits with a limited
amount of sets. No one could visit this gar
den without being pleased with its beauti
ful fruits, and all wish him abundant suc
cess. While in the city I made the Rodgers
house my home, and for a hotel home, I
know of none better. It is run in a manner
that suits the wishes of travelers and
ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE M. E.
The second session of the Montana an
nual conference was held at Willow creek,
beginning September 10th, 1879. The ses
sion was a very pleasant one. Bishop John
C. Keener presided. The Bishop is in fill
sympathy with us and gave much en
couragement to the preachers by his preaneh
ing and advice.
All the preachers were present, and a
good attendance was had from Virginia
City, Boulder, Butte, Prickly Pear valley,
Gallatin valley, Deep creek, White Hall,
etc. There has been some increase in mem
bership during the last year.
The following is a. list of the appoint
Helena district-R. S. Clark, P. E.; Hel
ena circuit-R. S. Clark; St. Louis circuit
William Eva; Willow creek circuit-to be
supplied; Bozeman circuit---L. B. Stateler;
Centerville circuit--R. M. Craven; Fort
Benton and Sun river-to be supplied.
Deer Lodge district-E. J. Stanley, P. E.;
Deer Lodge circuit-to be supplied ; Butte
and Silver Star-E. J. Stanley ; Missoula
T. W. Flowers; Yellowstone valley-to be
-A company of pretended Zulus, on ex
hibition in Dublin, were routed by a wo
man who showered them with paving
stones. She had lost a son in Zululand.
-.The pastor and deacons of a church at
Gainesville, Texas, are said to have played
poker, at five cents ante and fifty cents lim
it, while waiting for a quorum at a busi
-Newman Hall's church and surround
ing buildings cost $300,000.
-Four of Philadelphia's large hotels, the
American, West End, St. George, and La
Pierre, are permanently closed.
-The expenditure of the London school
board this year is estimated at $3.000.000,
involving a rate of 5j on the pound sterling.
-William R. Barker, the champion
checker player of New England, has been
made insane by close study of the game,
and is in an asylum.
-The last representative of the family of
Hytton of Hytton castle, Durham, the har
onial pile described by Howitt, died a dra
per at Newcastle, leaving his wife and
daughter in penury.
-The phylloxera insect is inflicting great
injury in the vineyards of Lombardy.
-The French revenue had on July 31 ex
ceeded the estimate of 4t by more than $17,
-In quantity the French harvest will be
below the average, but the quality will be
-The proportion of suicides for the quar
ter ending 30th of June in London was
much larger than usual, due partly, no
doubt, to the miserable weather.
-Since 1859 the average duration of life
in Paris has increased by lj years. The
mean annual mortality is put at 20 in 1,000,
against 27 In 1,000 in New York.
-William Hart, of Cambridge, Mass., sat
up night after night to read the Bible, but
the more le studied it the more he was puz
zled, and in final despair lie committed
-The deaths from diarrhoea-the mhost
fruitful cause of mortality in summer in
England-have been only one-twelfth of
those in 1878, and the season has been gen
erally very healthy.
-Victoria (Australia), produced in the
first quapter Q,1 1S7Q, 3,123 ounces more gold
than in. qi) same. quarter of last year. Of
the miners hin the first quarter this year over;
one-fourth were Ctulese.
-The handsome Boston Globe theatre is
owned in sections by several persons, and
one of them, disgusted by flilure to. agree
with the others, is putting up a wail at the
edge of his portion. This cuts oft a third of
the stage and part of the auditorium.
-An infant daughter of John Wagner
was without his coue.sent,. baptized by a Ro
man Catholic priest, in I[diauapolii. Wag
ner, beitg a Protestant, was displeased, and
has sued to compel the erasure of the child's
name from the baptismal record of the
-Lady Vogel effectively assisted in res
cuing a boy from drowning at VWeir Beach,
The old Mullan road, connecting Montana
with the Western Slope, which has long
been in disuse, has recently been put in re
pair and reopened from our western border
across the mountains to Walla Walla. It is
a govertnment highway and at the instance
of General Sherman the War department
this year ordered the road cleared of tallecn
timber, bridges built, and grades improved.
The work has been done by details from the
Second and Third intantry regiments, under
command of General Penrose. The task
has been a laborious one, but the whole
route has now been made passable for load
The fair grounds show great improvement
in * ry respect. All the buildings have
been removed outside of the field used for a
race track. A new grand stand, capable of
seating a thousand people, has been con
structed and roofed in. From the seats an
unobstructed view of the whole track is
given. Two new buildings for cattle an'd
horses on exhibition have been constructed.
Floral and Agricultural halls have been re
iitted and improved.. The saloon has also
been placed convenient to the grand stand,
where the lovers of horseflesh can tala horse
to their hearts' content.-lerald.
About two thousand headl of sheep be
longing to a man named Gruell passed
through town on Monday, bound for New
Chicago. They came over the Mullan road
from Washington territory.
A facetious correspondent, in remitting to
this paper, remarks that newspapers keep
him broke. He writes like a man of fair
educational advantages, and it is possible
that his stchooling kept the old gentleman,
his father, broke. People might possibly
have more money-tor pedro-were it not
for schools and newspapers.--Missoulian.
Messrs. Goodhue and Rash are taking
many orders for fruit and ornamental trees
in Deer Lodge and the valley. They go to
Missoula county next week.
Assessor Murphy came down from Butte
this week. His lists show he has thus far
assessed $1.135,864 worth of property there.
Ile has yet three weeks work in that place.
The hum of the mowing machine has
been superceded by that of the thresher.
There are eight or ten of these latter ma
cJines, including two propelled by steam,
in the valley. Reports from various locall
ties are to the effect that a large yield of
grain is being threshed.-North-west.
The Sioux have everything their own
way at Woody and Cypress mountains.
The steamer Col. Macleod is expected
Monday. The Macleod intends riuning
between Benton and Cow island the remain-.
der of the season.
Some of the money sharps in town are
agitating the necessity of opening a bank
in Benton. Come along with your money
and be ready for the Judith dust.
The lightning operators for the Ilelena
and Benton telegraph line arrived at the
Coal Banks per steamer Rosebud.-Benton
The returns made by the new smelter or
the prices paid: for ore, must be fouid satis
factory by miners. Ore is being furnished
in such liberal quantities tlat several large
lots have been temporarily declined for
want of storage room ; the ore yard being
already packed. Since it was started up
something over a month ago the smelter
has not missed a slnglh heat. Heretofore it
has tui'ned out about a ton and a half of
matte every day; but witl the new rever
beratory in uae-tl's yield will hereafter be
doubled. Tbhe new furnace wau tEstau a
tw days ago,-Minc.