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VOL. XIV. RED LODGE, MONTANA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1902. NO. 25
She Latest News From All Over Carbon County
..NEW WILD WEST SHOW
Buffalo Bill's Mantle Has Fallen Upon
Shoulders of 0. P. Hanna
BIG PROJECT PLANNED
Reminiscences of Eearly Western Life f
By Mr. Hanna-Plentycous'
Another "Wild West Show is in
process of organization and no less a
personage than the well-known O. P.
Hanna of Sheridan is the promoter.
One show of this kind has toured the
country from the Atlantic to the Pa
cific, presenting to thousands upon
thousands of wondering spectators
the romantic mysteries of stirring life
in the wonderful west-and is gone.
The famous Colonel Cody has now left
this country to present his galaxy qf
western attractiotli to..European audi
ences and in all probability that fam
ous showman will never bring to the
United States again, the organization
that is now with him.
It is peculiarly fitting and appropri
ate as well as pleasing to Buffalo
Bill's friends here and elsewhere
that the mantle of dashing western
life should fall upon the shoulders of
one so eminently qualified to wear it
as is Mr. Hanna. This gentleman now
proposes to tour the country with a
troupe of western-born, western
raised and trained, bronco-busters,
who will exhibit to eastern people
life as it actually exists and has ex
isted in days gone by on the far
reaching, limitless ¶plains of the west.
To a Picket reporter Mr. Hanna said:
"The details necessary to the
launching of a show such as we pro
pose to organize are of necessity slow
in accomplishment, but arrangements
have already progressed so far that
its certainty is no longer in doubt.
A Mr. Davis of Minneapolis, Minn.,
is the main financial backer, and of
the $150,000 necessary to properly fi
nance this enterprise, $100,000 has al
ready been subscribed.
"I have called upon F. D. Jennings,
one of your well-known cattlemen who
has had much personal experience in
the handling of a show such as I
speak of, relative to the securing of
proper horses and men to ride them.
None but the best riders with large
experience of western life will be se
lected, as we propose to eclipse, if
that be possible, the "Wild West
Show" so long engineered by Colonel
To The Picket man Mr. Hanna be
came reminiscent, narrating tales of
pioneer western life, to which the
writer listened in open-eyed interest
and increasing wonder, forgetting to
push his pencil, but rather listening
with closest attention to the adven
tures of one whose experiences have
been so varied and so real. The first
actual settler in what is now Sheridan
county, Wyo., he has had enough
startling experiences to more than fill
the lives of a dozen men in the ordi
nary walks of life. To such men as
Mr. Hanna was assigned the task of
blazing the trail for those who were
to follow, and, though accompanied by
many hardships, it is chiefly remem
bered for its long list of exciting
events, always fresh in the mind and
a contsant source of interest to those
fortunate in being favored with his
"The recent visit here of the old
Crow chief, Plentycous,, reminds me
of that Indian's daring exploit, when
he avenged the death of one of the
squaws belonging to his family," said
the narrator. "It was back in the
early fifties, when the savage Sioux,
whose hunting grounds were north of
the Yellowstone, were encroaching on
the preserves of the Crows, extend
ing in a wide stretch of country from
that river to the Big Horn.
"One of the Sioux braves had ma
liciously killed a squaw belonging to
the housebald of Plentycous while hr
was still a mere boy. The tragedy
made such an impression upon the
mind of the lad that he proclaimed
his intention to avenge the woman's
death by taking the life of a Sioux
squaw. Time rolled on and the Indian
boy became a young brave, but he
remembered his vow and only awaited
a day when circumstances should give
him his long-looked-for opportunity.
"A band of Sioux were encamped
in the vicinty and young Plentycous
gathered a number of bucks to accom
pany him to the camp of the enemy.
When darkness had fallen, all but he
gathered upon a small knoll some
miles from the Sioux bivouac to wait.
Plentycous took with him two of the
swiftest horses, his gun and scalping
knife, which dangled from a belt.
Leaving one horse tied to a sage
brush some two miles from the camp,
he cautiously approached, riding the
other. Late supper was being pre.
pared by the squaws and, watching
his chance, he detected one of them
pass outside the wigwam to secure
fuel. Stealthily approaching the fig
ure he suddenly pressed his gun
against her breast and fired, and,
with his knife, quickly scalped her.
His horse carried him at break-neck
speed away from the maddened pur
suers and the fresh horse, which he
so wisely picketed behind, soon car
ried him safely to his comrades. Es
cape was then an easy matter and
his popularity among all the young
men of the tribe was at once assured.
Many more daring adventures of this
sort won for him his title, which
means 'many daring deeds.' "
In this connection it will be inter
esting to know that our ownL George
Town was at the camp of Plentycous
when that Indian returned with the
Sioux squaw's scalp.
"If I were in the right mood" said
Mr. Town, when visited by The Pick
et, "I could relate tales of early fron
tier life, from '69 on to the days when
civilization was thoroughly establish
ed, taken from my own experiences.
the like of which I have never seen
penned and which would surpass the
wildest flights of imagination. Often
a man has supposed himself a true
frontiersman, and has been in a sense
correct in that supposition. From his
standpoint many a story of thrilling
adventure with the savage red man
has been told, but to those who were
the real pathfinders in the mountain
fastnesses, who trapped the wild
creatures in their native haunts,
spending month after month in the
depths of the forests and on the ro'l
ing mesas; who hunted the buffalo
and cached the pelts against the rav
ages of intruders; who met the real
Indian of the early day beside his
own campfire, to those, I say, the ex
periences of frontiersmen at the trad
ing posts as compared to the real ex
perience is as water to wine-stale,
flat and unprofitable.
"Lord! a man would risk his life
and spend months in labor and priva
tion, hunting and trapping and when
all was said and done and he had a
nice roll of money as the fruit of his
labors, he would blow it all for a Stet
son hat, a colored kerchief and a good
"The most interesting part of a
Wild West show is the broncho bust
ing," said "Shorty"' Jennings, who t
was the next one seen. Nobody seems s
to know just how Mr. Jennings ac
quired title to the cognomen of "Shor- a
ty," and the general impression seems
to be that he grew up with it. With
a stature of six feet his nickname fits
him about as well as a four-dollar suit I
of gunny-sack clothes made for a 12
year old boy would fit a step-brother
to the Cardiff giant, but "Shorty" is
neither proud nor vindictive and ac
knowledges his nickname as a distinc
tion conferred upon him by his fellow
men for some meritorious act. Fact
is as most Bridgerites freely acknowl
edge, if any other name could be
found that' would fit Jennings it would
be conferred instanter, but everybody
is familiar with the "Shorty" of old
and no one wishes to rob him of any
thing that would throw a cloud upon
"I am reminded of an exhibition
along this line given by Gardiner,'The
Wyoming Boy' one Fourth of July in
Dayton a number of years ago," said
"Shorty." "Gardiner was given 'Buck
i skin Bess' to ride, and when the lit;lu
mare was turned loose it actually
seemed as if the entire town turned
f loose with her. Did she pitch? Well.
i no, I guess it was some other man's
- horse. If there was any particular lo
1 cality she did not visit during her
thirty minutes freedom of the town
I am not familiar with it. As Captain
Stockwell said of Gardiner:
"East side, west side, all around the
a He rode the buckin' broncho and he
d fairly took 'em down,
s All the people shouted, and still you'd
hear 'em talk,
e (Continued on Eleventh Page.)
THIS IS A GOOD HOMILY
A Philosophical Rancher Makes a Few
Excellent Observations That
STORY WITH A MORAL
Preachment That Deals With Differ
ent Dispositions and Different
Points of View.
Editor Red Lodge Picket:
While waiting for the train to leave
Red Lodge the writer noticed a few
things from "different points of view."
Four young men entered the car. Two
were leaving and two were saying
farewell. They talked of a friend
called "Joe." No. 1 said Joe is a good
fellow, but like a broken heart, he is
poor company. No. 2 said, he reminds
me of toothache in false teeth. You
want to back away from them. Wish
ing to learn their ideas of good com
pany, I listened. No. 3 sang a few
bars of "I'll Never See Attle Again."
No. 4 suggested that all go to Billings
and have an old-fashioned time. No.
1 claimed the honor of having been
drunk more often than the gang had
fingers and toes. While the conversa
tion waxed fast and furious my
thoughts wandered to "friend Joe." I
found him a tall, awkward fellow, not
inclined to mixed talk on mixed
drinks. One who would at times look
at the stars and wonder at the mean
ing of life and the mighty whirling
universe. Joe was all right and I
mentally exclaimed, "Different Points
A PICKET READER.
Gebo, Mont., Dec. 24, 1902.
HOLiLANH 1AS BIG SNAPY
Simply Has to Roll Rich Ore Down
Convenient Hill Into an Ocean
GETTING RICH IN SITKA 1
Expects to Go East to Purchase Ma
chinery for His Bonanza in
the Far North.
James Holland has returned from
"the icy north," as the people in this
banana belt of Montana are wont to
say. Mr. Holland brings favorable re
ports from his Alaska visit. He was
absent about a month and in that
short time found a fortune.
He is interested in a copper and
9 gold mine a short distance from Sit
t ka, Alaska, situated on an island. The
ore of this mine has the decency to
r be on the top of the ground, forms
what is commonly called a rim rock
- and all the proprietors have to do is
to blast it off and roll it down the hill
onto a tram car.
t The water is deep add the car can
1- be loaded directly on the steamer,
e which conveys the ore to San Fran
d cisco where it is smelted. The ore
Y yields about $32 per ton in gold and
d copper. It will cost $13 per ton to
r- put it into the smelter at San Francis
Mr. Holland contemplates a trip
n east in January, where he will pur
e chase the necessary material to equip
n cars and tramway. Mr. Holland's
.d friends here wish him all kinds of
k- success but do not like to hear him
Lu talk of moving away, as it is under
ly stood he contemplates moving his
d family to Sitka in the spring.
's John Caswell and family returned
o- Tuesday from Illinois, where they
er have been visiting the past month.
in Miss Mar,' 7sathwig and cousin, Ma
in rie Johnson, have returned home
from Helena to spend the holidays.
he Mrs. Anthony McCuen and Mrs, Mi
chael Johnson and three children ar
he rived from Chesnut Monday to spend
'd M. V. Chaffin, who left Gebo some
time ago, has decided to locate at
- Springfield, Mo., where he has pur
chased a farm.
Prof. M. Emmett went to Bozeman
Tuesday to attend the State Teach
ers' associat'.n, which will be held
there, beginning next Monday.
John Cowan has been shipping hay
to Yegen Brothers of Billings.
Miss Kate Pruitt of Joliet is visit
ing her sister. Mrs. E. C. Hill.
John Thurston, the well-known cat
tleman and rancher, made a business
trip to Billings and Red Lodge, re
turning overland from the county seat
with C. H. Gregory in time to spend
Christmas at home.
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM GIVEN.
Two Rooms of Gebo School Join in
Most Pleasing Entertainment.
The Gebo public school closed with
appropriate exercises last Friday.
The entertaining program, the com
hined effort of the two rooms, was as
Opening Song ...."Merry Christmas"
"Christmas Carol" ...... Joe Holland
"Christmas Bells" .... Bessie Logan
Song ......"'Tis the Good and True"
"Ring, Ye Merry Bells"........
................ Josephine Holland
"Christmas Turkey".. Annie Lebrun
"Santa Claus" .... Raymond Welch
Song-"I've Looked Everywhere
for Santa" ........ Myra Bowker
New Saloon Going In.
The vacant room in the Ringwalt
building has been rented and it is
said that a new saloon will be run
ning full blast before long.
James Holland was registered at
the Grand hotel in Billings the latter
part of last week.
J. W. Johnston made a business vis
it to Billings last Friday.
Prewetts Will Prove Up.
S. C. Prewett and E. T. Prewett will
prove up on their homesteads before
Commissionerl Lyle in Red Lodge on
Johnston Will Commute.
James W. Johnston will commute
his homestead entry before Commis-
sioner Stone at Bridger on Feb. 2.
James Johnson's parents are spend
ing the holidays in Gebo.
Onarles Enochs, living on the up
per Clarke Fork, was a caller Satur
Steve Dill is having his house
plastered. "Stucco" Smith is doing
Samuel Burkhart has returned from
Seattle, where he went with a ship
ment of cattle.
Miss Anna Johns;:n is spending
the holidays with her umother and sis
ters at Red Lodge.
Miss Cunningham went to Billings
Tuesday to spend the holidays with
her aunt, Mrs. Ed. Hu.ngerford.
Miss Agnes Johnson has been quite
ill for a few clays past with an attack
of la grippe, but is now improving.
The Pride of Heroes.
Many soldiers in the last war wrote
to ay that for Scratches, Bruises, Cuts,
Wounds, Corns, Sore Feet and Stiff
Joints, Bucklen's Arnica Salve is the
best in the world. Same for Burns,
Scalds, Boils, Ulcers, Skin Eruptions
and Piles. It cures or no pay. Only
25e at Armstrong's drug store.
Durability and Sty .
We do not i;.,tr-:'i ie Irrer glrades of
Vwoolens thit ':; .c oDly a wh t1 Hld .
It costs as lr'li for the makiik g of poor
godsri as it d.s i h. ttlr gr.': . TI here
fore we cn rc.oormietul : ai. hr. ri's
iu our stock as d.rrrdae;,bnl-. re rn fit
you rerfect ly and:i i: ," rrrmerntswith
, style to tIhfl t! 't yur rarely -ce outside
the fa.sh!uol crnti;cls.
We have been m kl:ng clothes for years
for the mo-t styli;;l men in ChicagrC.
The largect and most exclusive fabrir's
are found in the samples of cloth from
I Murphy Brothers,
Merchant Tailors, CHICAGO.
Do notbe persuaded to try any other line.
We are represented locally by
F. C. BYRNE.
Red Lodge, - Mont.
ACCIllD)N ATTHE MilL t
Engineer Frank McCullough Has a
Clost Call, But Escapes With 11
STEAM FILLS THE ROOM
Other Employes Flee When Safety
Steam Cock Blows Off, Fearing
a Terrible Explosion.
An accident nearly resultingseriotn
ly tol one party concerned occulrr'ed in
the engine room of the Carbon Mill
ing comon..ny's mill below town.
While Frank McCulloug was attend
ing to narious duties around the en- 4
gine, the safety steam cock, becom
ing in some manner deranged, blew
off with great force, knocking Mr.
McCullough to the floor and filling the
room with clouds of super-heated
Retaining his presence of mind, Mr.
McCullough lay flat upoin the floor
for a time, and was then able to crawl
slowly and with great difficulty to
the fire box, near which stood a bar
rel of water with which he thought
the fire in the fire-box mnight be extin
guished. However, that was not a
success and, creeping painfully back
again to the engine room, Mr. McCul
lough was enabled to attach the hose
to a water pipe and finally extinguish
the fire, thus saving the boilers from
Meanwhile news of the accident
spread through the mill annd men left
as quickly as possible, expecting to
hear an explosion at any moment.
Great clouds of steam were seen to
belch forth from the windows of the
-engine room and the worst was fear
I ed for Engineer McCullough. But his
presence of mind had save l him
from death and the boilers from ruin.
I With the exception of being slightly
burned by the hot steam and the
shock to his nerves, Mr. McCullough
is no worse for the experience.
TIME OF GAY FESTIVITIES.
But Joliet Wakes from Christmas t
Dreams With Sober Mind.
Christmastide at Joliet was cole
brated as in "ye olden time," and, but
for the "Yule log" one might have
thought himself in "merrie old Eng
land," so lavish were the festivities. L
On Christmas eve the celebration
began at the schoolhouse. This part c
consisted of recitations and songs by 1
the little folks, which showed training
by a master hand. Then the songs
by the male quartet were well receiv
ed by the crowded house. A few ap
propriate remarks were made by Dr.
Seaman. Finally sleigh bells were
heard in the distance and Santa Claus
himself, wrapped in furs from tip to
toe, put in an appearance, and distrib
uted gifts to the eager, anxious chil
The tree was decked in dazzling or
naments, while great strings of pop
corn were gathered and festooned
among branches of deepest evergreen,
and there tiny candles glistened and
Much praise is due Mrs. McCul
lough and Mrs. Fowler, as they were
the leaders all the way through, con
tributing liberally of their time and
patience. Then the good people of
Joliet never stand back when the la
dies want funds for such an enter
The masked ball on Christmas
night was the crowning event of the
year. The masks and costumes were
unique and grotesque to a degree. At
the unmasking, were many surprises
and much merriment over mistaken
After this supper was served at the
City hotel. Such turkey and such
cooking! Well, nobody but Mother
Young could set such a feast of good
things and have it all a success.
"The light fantastic" was tripped
till the "wee sma' hours." The Head
ington Brothers furnished the music
and they are too well-known, as mu
sicians to need farther comment.
But there must be an end to all fes
tivities. This morning Joliet displays
no evidence of having been on a spree
for so long a time.
New "Order of Red Men" Formed.
At the opening of the Red Top sal-r
oon Monday night a new Order of
Red Men was formed with a large
charter membership. Those wishing.
to join this renowned order should
lose no time in doing so, as the initia
tory fees will increase with the size
of the order.
Cottage Is Nearing Completion,:.
The new five-room cottage, which
has been in course of erection this
fall for Mrs. Charles Young, is now
receiving its finishing touches and.;i
will be occupied as fast as furniture
can be placed in the rooms. Mrs.
Young says the hotel business is food.
Miss Means Chosen Teacher.
The new teacher selected by the
school board to succeed Mr. A, D.
McVey, recently resigned, is M'!,s
Means, who has belen teaching on Red
Constable Prevents Bloodshed as a
Result of the Trouble in the
GROVER MENACES YOUNG :
Case Comes Into Court and Series of
Changes of Venue Delays the
The trouble at the City hotel last.
week, recounted in this paper, took
on a more serious aspect Saturday,
when a warranlt for the arrest of
Charles Young was issued by Justice
Oliver, the charges preferred being :
the use of indecent language before
Mr. Young furnished bonds in the
sum of $50 to appear for trial at 3
o'clock Monday afternoon, at which,
time a change of venue was taken to
Justice James E. Blanding's court at
The Carbonado justice was objec
tionable to the complaining witness,
Mrs. Miller, and finally it was decided
to have the whole case transferred to
the court of Justice Wolfe in Gebo.
The cause was set for hearing Wed
nesday afternoon and the witnesses
subpoenaed were George Boothby,
Fred Frieman, Willie Hill and Wil
liam Petrie. After the testimony of
these witnesses had been taken, Jus
tice Wolfe postponed the case until
In connection with this trouble,
Frank Grover, a relative of the com
plainant and Charles Young met in
the saloon of Tom Collins. Grover
drew his gun, poking it into the face
of Young and, for a few moments, it
looked as though a killing might re
sult, but luckily Constable Rooney
was present, and both men were in
duced to p)ut up their guns.
John McCullough was a visitor in
Billings last week.
'Mr. and Mrs. Farrell's little baby
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