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LOCAL . rOTES
From Wednesday's Daily.
Notwithstanding the completion of the
bridge Smith's ferry will continue to
make its regular trips. This is as it
should be. When the bridge is crowded,
which often occurs, the ferry will come
in very hIandy.
Mr. WV. B. Smith, who has for several
years farmed on t he Missouri valley near
Benton, has conr:cl (ude( to quit the grang
er business and go into stock raising. Mr.
Smith will locate on the reservation and
raise caitle. He says that by hard work
he has made farming and market garden
The favorite pastime with Benton's cit
:. s who are fond of o:-' d.-,'r exercise is
a, walk across the mighl. Missouri on the
i, tautiful iron bridge; then across the val
iv to the high hills on the opposite shore,
where a splendid view of the city, river
and valley can be had. Away to the south
and southeast the Ilighwood and Belt
mountains stand out in bold relief against
the blue sky. While their elders are en
joying tle scenery the little folks are
busy picking flowers. This is a marvel
We learn from gentlemen who were at
(;reat Falls day-before-yesterday when
the second destructive fire took place
among the saloons on First avenue, south.
that there was considerable drinking af
ter the fire. The matter wound up with a
free-for-all fight which reminded the
spectators of old-time volunteer fire
department knock downs. There were
many black eyes and bloody noses. Sheriff
l)owvni;ng went in and made arrests by the
Wh')olesaile, and when he got through fill
ing on;e cooler with the belligerents se
cured another one and tilled it. The rec
ord showed fifty-one unfortunates who
fell into the clutches of the law.
Helena has been inviting toughs,tramps
and vagrants to leave a vacancy in the
places where they were wont to congre
gate. Livingston found it necessary to
do the same thing. Since the two fires
in Great Falls the people there are be
coming aroused and are talking of ridding
the town of loose and suspicious charac
ters, who have no visible means of sup
port. Fort Benton serves notice on this
element that she is prepared to give them
all the law allows. We have a splendid
territorial law against vagrants, as well
as good city ordinances covering their
cases. If they are hunting a job in the
chain gang on our streets they can find it
quick. We have considerable street work
and levee improvement to attend to. If
you land in our town, toughs and va
grants, you had better come prepared to
work, for you will not eat any idle bread
From Thlursday's Daily.
Mr. Gus Stevens has been appointed
toll receiver on the bridge and has al
ready entered upon his duties.
We received to-day by mail a sample
package of coal from Mr. J. M. Girioux, of
Lewistown, Fergus county. We are not 1
advised as to the exact location of the
mine, but think it is near Lewistown.
Wherever it is, if Mr. Giroux has plenty
of such coal as is shown by the sample, he
has a bonanza, For a surface prospeet it
beats any we have ever seen, except the
celebrated Birch Creek, of Choteau
Now that Benton's iron bridge is fin
ished and thrown open to travel, we arise
to move that the next thing our enter
prising citizens tackle will be a fifty or
one hundred barrel flour mill. We un- 1
derstand that some parties are now figur
ing on building a mill here. We hope
they will speedily make up their minds to
do it, for now is the time to act. We
must not wait until spring. It will then
be too late for our farmers, who will by
that time have determined what crops
they will plant and have their seed on
hand to do it. If a mill at Fort Benton is
an assured fact, and the farmers know it
in time, double the acreage of wheat will
be sown. Numbers of farmers near Fort
Benton have told us that they are pre
pared to take stock'in a mill. The RIVER
Pliss will take some stock ,and at the
same time assist the enterprise in every
other manner possible. Come, let us get
to work on this scheme; organize a com
pany, get the stock subscribed and go to
work building the mill. When once the
mill is built there will be no difficulty in
getting some one to rent it. We feel sat
istied that by a little rustling enough
stock would be subscribed within a week.
The people of the town as well as the
country demand a mill. Let us have it,
by all means.
One of our Fort Benton merchants, who
prides himself on being able to speak,
read and hear in several different lan
guages, and who boasts of his ability to
decipher hieroglyphics and to fathom the
occult meaning of the most difficult or
ders for merchandise which sometimes
reach his house from _country customers,
ran up against one the other day that al
most gave him a stroke of paralysis. It
read: "Send by next male one pare large
xzyrs for a man." The next mail left
that afternoon, and as the merchant was
the very perfection of promptness, he was
for several hours in despair. When he
realized that he had an order on his hands
and couldn't understand what was want
ed, the perspiration stood in beads on his
brow. He laid it down on the floor, bot
tom side up, and stood on his head and
tried to fathom the mystery. He then
pinned it to the wall and turned a double
back hand-spring and kept his eagle eye
on it both times he went over. .He tried
Rlelling it backwards, and parting it in
the mciddle, but the enigma was still
there. He laid it on the desk and went
out the front door to "see a man," and
then slipped in the back door and
sneaked up on it, expecting to catch it
napping, but the riddle was as wide
awake, healthy and provoking as ever. He
looked into the little end of a pair of field
glasses and got as close to it as a brother
and tried to see through it, but it shut
up like a clam. In desperation, as the
hour for the mail to close approached,
a dim light broke through the
darkness. He wanted to cry:
-Eureka" but did not dare shout it out
loud. By this time his assistants in the
store were fully convinced that he was "off
his base" and were wondering if they
would have to send him to the Warm
Springs asylum. lie finally determined
`o risk his judgment, and carefully
wrapped up a pair of six-bit scissors, and
•.cast his bread on the waters." The next
mail broughs 75 cents in stamps and the
consoling words: "The xyzrs reseaved.
They was jest the write ziz."
From Friday's Daily.
We understand that a deal was con
summated to-day by which M r. William
Rowe bought 105 head of horses belong
ing to Jas. Armstrong. The animals were
under attachment and the deal was made
to enable the owner to pay the demands
What will members of the craft in Da
kota and Minnesota think when we tell
them that the compositors in the RI`VF£R
PRESS office were enabled to work to-day,
Dec. 14th, without a fire and with the
door open. Fine country to summer in
during the winter.
The Bridge company is building a com
fortable ,ittle office just south of the ap
proach on this side of the river for the
use of the bridge keeper. It will be very
convenient for all parties, being raised to
the level of the approach and easy of ac
cess. When you want to go over the
bridge don't forget t ,e captain's office.
Mr. Win. Rowe informs us that he has
been plowing for a week or ten days past
on his ranch at the mouth of the Shon
kin, in the Missou ri valley, a few miles be
low B3enton. Hie is preparing to seed a
large acreage of grain next summer.If the
mill is an assured fa :t he will plant wheat.
Otherwise he will not. Give us the mill
by all means.
Sheriff W. H. Black returned last even
ing with the two horse thieves, Stewart
iuissell and David Dunne, who have
taken up winter quarters in the county
jail, where they will be put through a
course of training for the higher degree
of penitentiary life. They are a pair of
delicately flavored "chumps," if we may
be allowed to ascend to the language of
the thoroughfares; they are too green
for even this favored climate. They
should be put in a good warm building
and kept where the frost won't bite them.
The idea of such callow youths trying to
steal horses and get away with tnem is
Stewart Russell and David Dunne, the
brilliant young horse thieves who were
captured at Billings, were arraigned be
Justice Crane this morning. They
waived examination and went to jail in
default of 82,000 each. Russell is inchlined
to be very facetious, and would pose in
the daring,rollicking style depicted in
dime novels. He remarked to Barney
Matthews who happened to be in the
court room: "Barney, I can't board with
you now; I've changed my lodgings."
David Dunne was not feeling so well, and
acted somewhat like a sore headed bear,
and was inclined to be gruff when oppor
tunity offered. They are a bad lot.
CHOTEAU'S cOAL MEASURES.
The fact has long since been conceded
that Choteau county has inexhaustible
sources of wealth in her broad ranges and
large areas of incomparable agricultural
lands, but little has been said concerning
her coal measures. This is owing to the
fact that until quite recently their extent
and value have not been fairly understood,
nor can it be said at the present time that
they can be even approximately estimat
ed. An excellent quality of bituminous
coal has been brought into Benton from a
point on Birch creek about 120 miles dis
tant from this city, but the long land haul
adds so much to its cost that though it is
a superior article of fuel but comparative
ly few feel able to use it, notwithstanding
it is cheaper in the long run than much
of the coal placed upon the market at a
Within the past few months extensive
coal measures have been partially opened'
near the line of the Manitoba northeast
of Benton. That which has been tested
here burns freely, produces an intense
heat and is free from clinkers. The work
ings thus far show veins twelve feet and
over in thickness, the quality improving
as distance from croppings is attained.
The ranchers upon the tributaries of Milk
river mine their own fuel on their own or
neighboring lands, taking it out as they
Those who are acquainted with that
portion oSthe country unite in the opin
ion that the discovery of these coal meas
ures has settled the fuel problem, as far
as the residents of that section are con
cerned, for all time to come. The coun
try, they say, is full of coal and nearly
every settler who takes up his homestead
of 160 acres will find his life-time fuel
supply tucked away in some part of it.
i While the country is not as rich in timber
as some other portions of Montana a wise
Providence has provided abundant
fuel for those who cast their lines
1 within its borders. He has stored it
3 where the frosts of winter or the scorch
a ing heats of summer cannot injure or de
l stroy it, and where age improves--not
kills it. The pick, not the axe, cuts the
' winter's fuel. Indeed, OChoteau is a fa
1 vored county.
A CANDID ADMISSIO.N.
This is the way the Pioneer Piess sets
its head lines over one of the recent let
ters of its Washington correspondent:
"The great issue; such is the questio of
territorial admission as recognized by
congress; a conflict of ides on the sub
ject which must be settled; quite a num
ber of democrats who believe they must
attend to it; but the republicans of the
house will not let them do so the country
went republican, and( to repaubliccns
mnust belong the hon.,or."
The italics are ours, but the ea-pose of
the true inwardness of republican opposi
tion to the admission of the territories
this winter must be placed to the credit
of the Pioneer Press: That jpurnal is
honest, if it is not politic. If the Press;
reflects the sentiments of the republicans.
of the house, the territories may hang[
their harps upon the willows, for this.I
winter at least.
Entitled t*, the Bestt.
All are entitled to. the best that their,
money will buy, so every family should,
have at once a bottle of the best family '
remedy, Syrup of Figs, to cleanse the sys
tem when costive or bilious. For sale in
50c and $1 bottles by all leading drug
Leave Your orders for rnie Fresh:
Turkeys for Christmas dinner. To ar-
rive. Price, the cheapest. C. W...
Cran.e. _ _
Bids to furnish from 30,'010 to 50,0001
pounds of potatoes on cars at Bentom
depot. Address Potatoes, RIVER PRESS,
If you want good fancy patent flour for
83.50 call at I. G. Baker & Co.'s.
Fancy patent flour at I. G. Baker &
Co.'s ohly $3.50 per hundred pounds. *
Parties desiring to buy property in or
near Benton can do so through W. H.
Call at H. J. WackArlin & Co.'s for gen
uine imported china and glassware. No
auction stock or cheap goods, but genuine
Miss Maggie Finnigan, of Boston, Mass.
will hereafter conduct the millinery and
dressmaking department at T. C, Power
& Bro.'s store. *
Direct importation of genuine Austra
han glassware received in original pack
ages at H. J. Wackerlin & Co's. No cheap
John imitations, but genuine goods. *
For genuine hand-painted imported
chinaware go to H. J. Wackerlin & Co's.
No auction stock, but the genuine goods,
imported direct in original packages from
Carlsbad, Germany. *
Every person is interested in their own
affairs, and if this meets the eye of any
one who is suffering from the effects of a
torpid liver, we will admit that he is in
terested in getting well. Get a bottle of
Prickly Ash Bitters, use it as directed,
and you will always be glad you read this
Vases. Bisque Statuary, Decorated
China ware, mustache cups in great
v-alriety at Bucksen's.
To experiment with your health by
swallowing all sorts of drugs and nos
trums is foolish, and many times extreme
ly dangerous. If you are going to travel
"don't experiment" with untried lines,
that are only two streaks of rust and run
by wind, but take a number one line like
"The Burlington," which has an estab
lished reputation for fine equipment, fast
trains, good connections and square deal
ing. It is the through line between Chi
cago, Peoria and St. Louis and St. Paul
and Minneapolis. Ask your station agent
to ticket you "via Chicago, Burlington &
Northern Railroad." For maps, time ta
bles, etc., apply to W. J. C. Kenyon, Gon'l
Pass. Agent C., B. & N. R'y, St. Paul,
Cholera morbus is one of the most pain
ful and dangerous diseases, many deaths
result from it each year, usually because
it is not properly treated. The most se
vere cases may be cured, by using Cham
berlain's Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea
Remedy. It never fails.-Sold by M. A.
THAT HACKING COUGH can be so
quickly cured by Shiloh's Cure. We
guarantee it. M. A. Flanagan. Fort Ben
ton, M. T.
WILL YOU SUFFER with Dyspep
sia and Liver Complaint? Shiloh's Vital
izer is guaranteed to cure you. M. A.
Flanagan, Fort Benton, M. T.
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, made miser
able by that terrible cough. Shiloh's
Cure is the remedy for you. M. A. Flana
gan, Fort Benton, M. T.
CATARRH CURED, health, and
sweet breath secured, by Shiloh's Ca
tarrh Remedy. Price 50 cents. Nasal
Injector free. M. A. Flanag9.n, Fort Ben
ton, M. T.
For lame back, side or chest, use
Shiloh's Porous Plaster. Price 25 cents.
M. A. Flanagan, Fort Benton, M. T.
SHILOH'S COUGH and Consumption
Cure is sold by us on a guarantee. It
cures Consumption. M. A. Flanagan,
Fort Benton, M. T.
;HILOH'S VITALIZER is what you
need for Constipation, Loss of Appetite,
Dizziness, and all symptons of Dyspep
sia. Price 10 and 75 cents per bottle. M.
A. Flanagan, Fort Benton, M, T.
GROUP, WHOOPING COUGH and
Bronchitis immediately relieved by
Shiloh's Cure. M. A. Flanagan, Fort Ben
ton, M. T.
The Wrong Chinaman.
ButruT December 12.-T~e Chinanman
arrested last night, supposed to be Bna
den's slayer, was released. to y, it hav
ing been proven to the entire satisfaction,
of the officers that he was the wrong per
son. Another Chinaman stated positive
ly to-day,.that the rurderer it not in
town, but has skipped the country and is
out of the territory. There wace no dis
turbance at the county jail last night.
Tin toys. wooden to-s. dolls. dishes,
tea sets. toty furniture and a thousand
and one thing's too nunsmerous tonsention
Wood, Coal and Lumber,
Wood, coal and lumber for sale by Gocdrich &
Hawk. Orders- by mail or ot~rw~ise promc1tly at
Residence for Sale.
Brick house,. story and a half, five room-; two
lots, barn and autbonses. The-property is located
in Fort Benton,. within a square and a half of the
court house. Also, four lots in reservation addi
tion to the townate of Fort Benton, well located on
Main street. Ower anxious to sell. Address
RI.ER PRESS, PFrt Benton, M .T.
Advice to Mothers.
Mns. N'INSLov.'s SOOTHING Sa_.rT should ax»ays
be used for children teething. It soothes the haild,
softens the gums, allays all pain, cures wind .slic,
and is the best remedy for diarrhoea. Twenty five
cents a bottle.
Wheat! Wheat! Wheat!
Messrs. 3Iarphy. 1acllay & Co. are
now buying wheat for us delivered at
their store at Fort Bewton. for whigih
they will paythe highest cash price.
('ATARAC.T MILL 9CO.
c. B. NOLAN. ,JNo. BSAN.
NOLAN & BEAN,
Cold Block - - Helena, M..T..
C. D. CRUTCHER, M. D.
PHYSICIAN AND SURG ON,,
Fort Benton, - - M. T.
'.Will answer all calls in city or countivy
OFFICE--At Grand Union IIotel.
Estrays Taken U p.
Two grav- geldings came to my ranch about the
middle of July, and have remained in my herd, de
scribed as follows: G=ray yelding, weight about
8$50 pounds, a brownish or chocolate color next to
the flank and ribs. Anchor brand on right thigh,
and J with lazy S across on left shoulder.
One flea-bitten gray, about the same size with
saddle marks on back and branded thus: J on
left shoulder. Both are gnetle. The owner is
requested to come and pay charges on the same
and take them away as they have proýved a great
nuisance to me. 1DR. WILL E 'b;RNER,
Fort Benton, Montana.
Sheep for Sale!
SHAVE SHEEP FOR SALE,
Of any kind, and in numbers to suit purchasers.
Purchasers can select straight ewes, ewes and
lambs, stock sheep, or wethers.
GEO. D. PATTERSON,
Fort Benton, M. T.
T. F. MORGAN,
Fergus Co., - Montana.
Special Inducements Offered to Ranch
GOOD HOTEL, STABLE AND BLACK
SMITH SHOP IN CONNECTION.
E. H. SHERMAN,
Representing the firm of
ESTEY & CAMP,
Manufacturers and dealers in fine
PIANOS AND ORGANS.
All Instruments WVarranted.
Instruments shipped direct from warehouse in
Chicago. Instruments sold on monthly pay
ments. Correspondence solicited.
Headqruarters antd Postoqfee,
HELENA, - - - - MONTANA,
Buffalo, Bear, Badger,
Chinese Dog, Wild Cat,
Angora Goat, Wolf,
South American Bison,
AND (OTrHER -
FU R OVERCOATS
JUST RECEIVED BY
GANS & KLEIN,
Fort Benton, - Mont.
-WHOLESALE. DEALERS IN
LIQUORS :: AND :: CIGARS.
The largest and best select
ed stock of Imported .and
Domestic Liquors and Cigars
in Northern Montana.
MIail orders receive prompt attention,
GANS N& 8K ILEIN,
Front St. - - Fort Benton, M. T.
C. M. LANN NG,
JEWELER AND OPTICIAN,
Fort Benton. . - - Montana,
DIAMONDS, WATCHES AND JEWELRY.
Fine Goods for the Holiday Trade
WHITE & SINGER SEWING MACHINES.
GRAND UNION HOTEL,
FORT BENTON MONTANA.
_A_ VING assumed charge of the above
- Hotel, and thoroughly renovated ad
Slargely re-furnished the same, the pro
prietor is prepared to furnish ,s good
accommodations to the traveling public.
to tourists and those seeking a change
of air, as can be found anywhere in thi,
" A TRIAL IS SOLICITED. 'e
JERE SEULLIPdI ', Proprittor.
Broadwater, McCulloh & Co.,
DEAERS - IN -:- ERE :- ERCANDISE
We carry a full and complete stock of all Merchandise
demanded by trade of the Territory.
Broadwater, .eN,,ar& a co., Fort Assinaboine,
Fort MaPinnis Montana. MONTANA.