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* Te Billin s Gazette.
SE MI-1VEEK LY.
VOL. XIV. BILLINGS, YELLOWSTONE COUNTY, MONTANA, FRIDAY, MARCH 10. 1899 "
2I PAIR CHILDREN'S AND MISSES'
RUBBERS, TO CLOSE OUT,
....AT 15C PER PAIR....
See the New Spring Shoes in our Window.
A few pair of Women's Alaska Overshoes, 50 cents.
John D. osekamp
Office First National Bank Building.
H. E. ARMSTRONG, M. U.,
PHYSICIAN and SURGEON.
Belknap Block, - Billings, Montana.
DR. J. H. RINEHART.
PHYSIOCAN and SURGEON.
Ofice in First National Bank building, Billings,
ANDREW CLARK, M. D.
HARRIET FOXTON-CLARK, M. D., C. M
PHYSICIANS and SURGEONS.
Rooms 6 and 7, First National Bank Building.
Night calls answered at office.
Ofice over First National Bank.
F RED H. HATHHORN.
SOicBe-Room 4 First National Bank Building.
JOHNSTON & JOHNSTON.
Room 18 Belknap Block.
CHARLES L. HARRIS;
Room 12, Belknap Block, - Billings, Montana.
Justice of the Peace, U. S. Commissioner,
General Commissioi iJerchant.
Room 8, First National Bank Building, Billings.
BA N K
-) OF (-.
.Paid Up Capital, - $150,000
Surplus and ProfAts, - 10,000
P. B. Moss, President.
H. W. ROWLEY, Vice-Pres,
S. F. MORSE, Cashier.
S. G. REYNOLDS, Asst. Cash.
Chas. T. Babcock,
H. W. Rowley,
G W. Woodson,
P. B Moss.
Transact a 'general banking busi
ness. Collections promptly
CAPITAL, . - $50,000
SURPLUS, - $20,000
A. L. BABCOCK, President.
DAVID FRATT, Vice-Pres.
G. A. GRIGGS, Cashier.
A. L. BABCOCK, DAVID FRATT,
G. A. GRIGGS, ED. CARDWELL,
Regular Banking in all its Branches.
Safe Deposit Boxes Rented.
Special Attention Given to Collections.
Dealers in Foreign and Domestic Exchange
The New Store
8iin s Frniturý
of all kinds are our specialties,
but we carry practically
Beati the omplete
ment to select
COME -AHPD SEE US.
but we carry practially
Beautfy the Home
co..H@ ..0NP - 94 s. dK~ .
ARM1LY BILtINGS EMORIAL .IBRARY.
The City Now Assured. a Free Public Library and
A FINE MODERN STRUCTURE
To Be Built in One of the Railroad Parks-A Great
Piece of News for Billings.
following telegram" was received
yesterday morning from Hon. A. L.
"New York, March 8.-E. L. Board
man, Billings, Mont.: Parmly Bill
ings Memorial Library building assured.
"' A. L. Babcock."
That means that this city, through
the generosity of the Billings estate,
Will have a fine, free public library this
year. Some time ago the matter of
donating a building was taken up by
mrs. Frederick Billings and Frederick
Billings, Jr., who expressed a willing
ness to donate a building to the city if
it would supply the books and maintain
the library, a proposition which was
readily agreed to by several of our lead
ing citizens. A couple of months ago
Hon. A. L. Babcock, I. D. O'Donnell,
P. B. Moss, Col. H. W. Rowley and
other leading citizens interested in the
movement had plans or sketches of a
building forwarded to New York at the
request of the representatives of the
One of these sketches was made by
Architect Haire of Helena, which con
templates a handsome building con
struocted of Billings sandstone, with a
ten or twelve-foot basement, most of
which will be above ground, and a full
first story, the building to be covered
with a tile roof and to cost from $7.500
to $10,000. The basement will be used
for a gymnasium, the rest of the build
ing to be utilized for library purposes.
This is the building, no doubt, which
the generous donors have decided upon,
and Mr. Babcock's telegram, therefore,
is a great piece of news for the people
The building will be located in one
of the parks on Montana avenue, where
it will show off to the best advantage,
the Northern Pacific being very much
interested in the movement. General
Tom Welch and George Geddes Are Now
Breathing Free Air.
The cases of the state of Montana vs.
George S. Geddes and Tom Welch were
dismissed Tuesday by County Attorney
Porter of Miles City. Mr. Porter re
cited in his motion to dismiss these
cases that, whereas, the remittitur of
the supreme court had been returned
and filed, granting the defendants a
new trial, and, whereas, one of the
grounds for reversal was that the evi
dence was not sufficient to warrant a
conviction and that be (the county at
torney) knew of no further evidence·
than was submitted upon the trials of
these cases, recommended and moved
that the cases be dismissed, which was
Mr. Porter also dismissed the case
of the state of Montana vs. George S.
Geddes, charging Geddes with assault
ip the first degree, alleged to have been
made upon Winnie Brown in June,
189'7, out of which the prosecution of
Geddes, Welch and Mrs. Geddes and
Dixon for the murder of Winnie Brown
The order was signed by Judge Loud
dismissing the cases and ordering Con
ley & MoTague, keepers of the state
penitentiary, to discharge the defend
ants, Geddes and Welch. The order
was mailed to Conley & MoTague on
Tuesday and would reach Deer Lodge
on Wednesday, and the defendants are
now presumably enjoying the liberties
of free sunshine and free air.
Was a Financial and Social Success.
The public debate given in the court
house Tuesday night was a financial' as
well as social success. There was a
large audience present, the ladies pre
dominating. Judge J. D. Matheson
presided and in a pleasant manner in
troduced each speaker. ' Musi was fur
nished by a quartette composed "of
Messrs. I. M. Allep; iHasler, Brayton
and Young, and ss,. Barstow, soloist.
The speakers we~ e : at their beet and
acquittae ,tbiersel .creditably. Rep
seantatt f Hedges .t Fergus county,
who was vriiting tu4e cIty, took the
place or·f ditor . Maprrise, who was
unable to speak. As the judges were
unable to agree, a vote a· the paudience
was taken, with the result that the
alli.iumtive wos, the question being,
"Shall the. United States exercise
soevrelgaty over the Whilippine
Manager Kendrick stated last fall in
Billings that the company would give
a long term lease to one of the parks,
do what grading or filling would be
necessary, build stone walks and a
fence around the park. keep the lawn
and.even help to construct the build
ing. But Mrs. Billings and her son,
however, wish to give the building
themselves, it' is understood, which
will be dedicated as the Parmly'Bill
ings Memorial Library building, in
honor of Parmly Billings, the sc;n and
brother of the donors. He died in Chi
cago. we believe, in 1887, was loved
and respected by all the residents of
this city, who will rejoice to have his
name thus perpetuated by such an en
during monument as a public library.
The Congregational church, donated
by Frederick Billings, Sr., is another
testimonial of the generosity of the
Billings family to the city which bears
their name, he gave $4,000 toward the
erection of the first school house in
killings and it is peculiarly appropriate
that the name of their eldest son, who
was one of the founders of the Yellow
stone National banuk, should be com
memorated by a fine public library
The institution, when completed.
will be the pride of the city and that it
will handsomely equip and maintain
the library and gymnasium goes with
out saying. It has been a crying neces
sity in Billings for several years past,
will be the means of keeping boys and
young men off the streets and out of
the saloons, and more than one parent
in this city will give the generonus
donors credit for thus saving from ruin
their wayward sons.
Oil behalf of the city, The Gazette
returns thanks to Mrs. Billings and
her son for their most appropriate gift
and assures them that the full worth of
it is appreciated.
People from Central States Colping West
The first homeseekers' excursion for
the year was run out of Chicago and
the central states Tuesday. It proved
to be a veritable influx to the west and
the Pacific coast. The rate, which
partly inspired the rush, was an ex
tremely low one. Round trip tickets
from Chicago to the coast were sold at
$68.50, against a regular fare of about
$110, and the one way transportation
was sold at $83.50, against the ordi
nary fare of $61.50.
This city was given an idea Wednes
=day night of what this emigration to
the west meant. At that time, the
Burlington train, consisting of five`
extra caches, came in with 168 transfer
passengers for No. 1 of the Northern
Pacific and about forty others from
Omaha bound for the Big Horn basin
country, in Wyoming. Owing to a
bridge being out in North Dakota, the
Northern Pacific passenger did not ar
rive until 5:30 Thursday morning and
it pulled out of Billings with several
extra coaches, having brought in a hun
dred or so emigrants from4 St. Paul.
There remains no doubt that the west
is to witness a remarkable increase in
population this year at the expense of
the east. Another excursion will tie
run on March 21, on which date
Wednesday's record will probably 'be
beaten, as the railroads did not have
time to sunficiently advertise the first
AN EASTERN BOND BUYER
Was Bere Yesterday in Connection with
the Billings Ditch Enterprise.
W. S. Fortiner, engineer for the arid
land commission, was in the city yes
terday with G. G. Olmstead, to whom
he explained the irrigation enterprise
to be carried on herq this year. Mr.
Olmstead is a representative of Parson,
Leach & Co., the Chicago bond buyers,
who are anxious to secure information
respecting the irrigation enterprises
with, a view to taking some of the
bonds that may be issued in donmeotion
with the work. As'the weather was
bad the gentlemen were unable to go
over tfe ground as they wished to.
MIr. Fortianer returned to Helena last
night, while Mr. Olmstead udeparted
this morning for Ohicago.
word has been received that Mesars.
Bradford and Marshall, naembers of
the state aid land commissaam, will
visit Billings the Ofrst of the weeak to
start the preliuin ary work 'In conuec
tios with the Billintgs ditch.
BILLINGS BONORED AGAIN.
I. D. Op nnell Elected Presildent of State
e Montana state board of horti
ulture which met in Helena this week,
effected a permanent organization,
agreed upon a set of rules and appoint
ed the number of inspectors named in
the law. I. D. O'Donnell of this city
was elected !president and C. H. Ed
wards of Missoula secretary.
Mr. O'Donnell was appointed in
spector for the First district, including
Dawson, Ouster, Yellowstone, Sweet
Grass, Carbon and Park counties.
Mr. Wilcox, the entomologist at the
Bozeman' agricultural college, was ap
pointed inspector at large, to whom the
several inspectors must report. The
Inspectors are to receive $5 per day
when actually employed, their maxi
mum salary for the year not to exceed
After a long discussion, rules govern
ing the inspection of nursery stocks by
the inspectors were agreed to and the
secretary was instructed to publish the
same as soon as possible.
. The points of inspection for nursery
stock shipped into the state were de
cided upon as follows: Miles City,
Billings aiMd Glasgow on the east, Dii
lon on the south, Missoula and Kalis
pell on the west, Fort Benton and
Chinook on the 'north. These points
were selected as being the gateways on
the principal lines of railways through
which practically all of the nursery
stock shipped into the state must pass.
If nursery stock of any kind is shipped
into the state by wagon it will be sub
ject to inspection at the quarantine sta
tion nearest to the point of delivery.
All Montana grown nursery stock
must be inspected at the nurseries pro
ducing it before it can be delivered.
CHANGE. IN SCHOOL LAW.
Number of Trustees in Billings Reduced
from Seven to Five.
As the time approaches for the an
nual election of school trustees interest
in such matters grows. The first
Saturday of next mouth is the day set
by law for such election. The last leg
islature passed a law making some
changes in the school law, especially as
to the election of school trustees, and
providing that clerks in districts of the
first class shall give an official bond.
This law was approved by the governor
In order to call the attention of cotn
ty superintendents and school district
officers to the changes in the law gov
erning elections, etc., State Superinten
dent Carleton has sent out letters to
every county superintendent in the state
briefly stating such changes and urg
ing strict compliance therewith.
By the new law enacted the Billings
school district comes under the jurisdic
tion of the second class, which reduces
the number of trustees from seven to
five. The terms of three trustees of the
Billings district expire this spring and
only one trustee. will be elected to suo
ceed them. The trustees whose time
expires are P. B. Moss, H. M. Allen
and I. D. O'Donnell, who was appoint
ed to succeed H. G. Williams.
"A MIDNIGHT BELL."
A Good Clean Cothedy That Pleaued the
Hoyt's "A Midnight Bell" drew a
large audience to the opera house
Wednesday evening and proved to be a
clean comedy, with a good moral, pre
sented by one of the best companies
which has ever visited Billings. L. R.
Stockwell and Gus Tate, the two comr
edians, carried off the principal honors,
but all the parts were well taken. The
play is a natural one, full of scenes and
ihoidents true to real life, and in every
way worthy the liberal patronage it
TLinton Clothing Co.
.? CJOTHING AND
Everything of the Latest and Nobbiest for
HAiTS AND CP$s
BOOTS noD SHO s
The Best Selected Stock in all asterI
SThe Linton Coth
THE SPRING E (1¶0
Two Candidates for Mayor Al
ready and Other Gentlemei.
A CONTEST IN SIGHT '
For Police Magistrate and city'
Timber in All Wards.
Considerable interest is beginning to:
be manifested in the city election, ""
which occurs on the first Monday in
April. From present indications there
will be¶ lively contest for the maypral
ty, petitions now being, in oilrculatibn
to nominate P. H; Smith, the pres'aet
incumbent, and Dr. J. H. Rinehart,
who has always been active in city poli
tics. Gib. A. Lane, Esq., started the,
former petition and L. H. Penske the
latter. W. B. George has also be.n.
talked of as a candidate, but he says he
does not want the office, and the namie
of F. H. Foester has been mentioned in
cdonnection with the mayoralty. Chris.
Yegen says today that he 4is going to,
get out a petition to 'nominate C. M.
Child, and other candidates, may b-e
sprung. There seems to be no disapoi
tion to carry politics into the conteast,'
the petitions being generally signed- by
both republicans and democrats. .
Judge J. D. Matheson and Judge A.
Fraser are both avowed candidates for
police magistrate. and it is supposed -
that Judge Frank Mann will also be in
the contest. For city treasurer, a pe
tition is being circulated to nominate
Hugh Evans. F. . Hatbho.i, the
present incumbent, says he is not a
candidate, but J. W. Fish, Lee Mains
and others are mentioned as gentlemen
who would be safe custodians of the
Geo. F. Bennighof is being urged
to run for alderman in the First ward,
Alderman Racek, whose term expires,
not desiring the honor again, it is stat
ed, but would probably stand for re
election if nominated. The hold-over
alderman in the First ward is F. B.
Chas. Spear holds over in the Second
ward and Thos. Lilton, who .-was .p.
pointed to fill the vacancy caused by"
H. G. Williams' absence, may be in
duced, it is hoped, to stand fore t.he
C. E. Witham holds over in, the
Third, Alderman Szitnick now residing
in the new Fourth ward. Grant Lam
port and W. Hanserd are both spoken of
as possible candidates in the Third, but
the latter gentleman says he does not.
care for the honor.
Mr. Szitnick, it is thought, may
stand for election in the Fourth and an
effort is being made to indiuce Peter
Hoe to run, the new ward having two
aldermen to elect.
The present interest that is being
manifested shows that the people re
alize the importance of a good city ad
ministration and the election bids.fair
to be a stirring one.
The bubonic plague is raging 'in
Bombay with unparalleled severity.
According to the official returns there
were 972 deaths last week.,