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OFFICIAL PAPER OF SILVER BOW COUNTY AND
CITY OF BUTTE.
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THURSDAY, MAY 23, 1901.
r HE MUNICIPAL LEAGUE of the city of Butte la
tngaged in a laudable effort to improve the present
condition of the city and graft upon the flourishing
municipality such policies of government as are likely to
•prove most conducive to the public good. The latest efforts of
the gentlemen who are engaged in the active work of the
league have been directed toward influencing the city coun
cil in the matter of the new electric light contract. In the
first round with the council the league received the worst
of it; the contract went through and bids fair to run the
stated period of ten years. It is the argument of many
of those interested in the opposition to the electric light
contract that the city could supply its own electric light
at as low a rate as it could be furnished by a private con
cern. This was not the ground taken by all the gentlemen
opposed to the light contract, but the tendency of those
most concerned appeared to be toward municipal owner
Following the public ownership of electric light plants
Will, of course, come the ownership of telegraph lines, tele
phones, railroads and other public utilities. The advocates
of municipal ownership have declared that these public
•utilities can be operated more economically by the govern
ment than when in individual hands. Maybe they can—
under highly favorable conditions nearly any kind of a sys
tem can be made to work well. It is a notable fact, how
ever, that among the most impressive paragraphs in the
•tale of woe recited by Sir Michael Hicks-Beach was the
statement that the telegraph lines operated by the British
government had run the nation into debt $3,500,000
•during the past year. It has been thirty-one years since
England began the experiment with telegraph lines. In
all this time the telegraph lines have been conducted at a
loss, the total deficit up to date amounting to something
like $42.000,000. There is something catchy and high-sound
ing about "municipal ownership," but the merit of the
system is not in question in Butte at this time. The real
question is, are the conditions in Butte such that this sys
tem, which works well in some places and badly in others,
Will work to advantage here.
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^»^EMOCRATIC NEWSPAPERS have taken a decided
^^^aversion to General Frederick D. Grant. There is
nothing in the general's' military record that offends
democracy, and personally he is as faultless as could be
desired. But lie has committed the unpardonable error of
speaking in terms of praise of the administration's policy
in the Philippines, and for this he has been marked out
for slaughter by the captious warriors who settle weighty
questions by the single discharge of a journalistic blunder
buss. The political deadline the democratic editors have
marked out has been crossed by every American citizen
who lias returned from the Philippines, and each In turn
has received the malicious assaults of the democratic press.
The case of General Grant, however, is not at all one-sided.
He gave them about as good as they sent, and he has placed
democracy in a bad hole. In the light of his statements
the Bryan forces stand before the world convicted of an
offense but little less grave than treason. No wonder the
journalistic batteries have begun to fire and fall back.
General Grant's statements are to the effect that the
Insurrection in the Philippines was prolonged until after
the last general election in hope that the democratic party
would win and Bryan be elevated to a position of power.
The statements made by the returned officer are merely
the confirmation of what was openly charged In the last
campaign. From every stump In the nation it was pro
claimed that the democratic party was firing in the rear
of the American soldiers; that the party was ready to haul
down the flag in the Philippines, and democratic success
was the only hope of the recalcitrant Tagals. The result
at the polls was in the nature of a verdict convicting the
democratic party of the offense charged, fn the judgment
of the American people Bryan and his followers were guilty.
It is rather rough on the defeated party, it must be ad
mitted, to have the salt of humiliation rubbed in at this
time by General Grant.
HE TALKS 1 TOO MX/CH.
r HERE CAN BE but little question of the German
emperor's besetting sin when judged from tie point of
view taken by the average citizen in sizing up a pub
lic man. The kaiser talks too much. The speech
making habit has grown upon him until his
eloquence is unbottled upon every occasion that
affords an opportunity to display his peculiar
talents. A speech from the kaiser is generally a sensational
speech. The emperor has a habit of disclosing his stren
uous foreign policy in his oratorical outbursts, and his
speeches have come to be looked upon as bombshells hurled
abroad. Whether bolstering up Von Waldersee in his ex
pensive military operations in China, or dealing out 111
coneealed hints of his aggressive international policy, the
kaiser cannot be said to have the happy faculty of saying
the right thing at the proper time.
In the old days of Bismarck it was different. The prince
was even a greater orator than Emperor William, but he
possessed the intuitive knowledge thatssnabled him to leave
Unsaid many things that properly belonged behind the veil
of silence. Prince Bismarck aroused the reichstag by his
•oratory and alarmed the empire by pointing out the dangers
of neglecting the policy of protection. His memorable ad
dresses upon this subject carried more weight than all the
fulminations Emperor William has delivered in his life
time. It was of immense advantage to Germany to have
such a statesman as Bismarck. Emperor William might
be equally as successful If he directed his efforts to ,the
solution of the industrial problems now perplexing his de
pressed and unhappy country. Germany is not the only
nation that has suffered from an over-production of oratory.
The kaiser's recent speech has raised a storm of criticism,
and it is plain that he is- talking himself out of popular
DEMOCHACiTS GLOOM y OX/TLOOK.
/ F THERE IS a remnant of the old free trade democracy
left in the United States, it is too badly demoralized fo
ever l>e capable of political action. There appears to be
a disposition on the part of the démocratie party to try
conclusions again upon t.he tariff issue. This disposition is,
beyond question, born of the necessities of the party which
finds itself without an issue and stripped of its pretensions
of sincerity by a constituency that is in open revolt against
its whilom leaders. The next national campaign may be
fought upon the tariff issue—democracy's grave might as
well be dug with one spade as another—but the party could
as profitably exhume the currency question as attempt! to
rally its members around a losing cause such as the free
trade policy has proved to be. The party members Will
simply refuse to rally and flock to other and more progres
When the republican party took the affairs of govern
ment in hand and enacted the Dingley tariff bill, the false
prophets of democracy hazarded the prediction that the
tariff schedule was faulty and would produce a deficit in
stead of recruiting the nation's resources, brought to the
lowest ebb by democratic misrule. The result of the new
tariff has been as satisfactory as could be desired. Not
only is the treasury overflowing, but the United States has
become the workshop of the world, and is reaching out for
foreign trade, invading the markets abroad as successfully
as it has re-established languishing industries at home.
We still import largely of foreign goods. Last year the
imports ran close to $900,000.000. The character of the Im
ports. however, has changed greatly. A large share of the
foreign products consists of raw materials brought in for
use in manufacturing and of goods and foodstuffs not man
ufactured or produced at home. In the gloomy days of
democracy there was not the demand for goods, either for
eign or domestic, there is today. The impoverished condi
tion of the country destroyed every market republican pro
tection had built up.
Set over against the $900.000.000 imports is the balance
of $1.784.000,000 representing the exports from the factories
and farms of the United States. Since fhe affairs of the
nation came into the hands of the republican party the
balance of trade in our favor has grown to marvelous pro
portions. The great bulk of the increase has been brought
about by the invasion of foreign markets, by lines of busi
ness stimulated by success and prosperity at home. If the
democratic party can discern opportunities for successful
political action in the free trade policy repeatedly con
demned by the people, it is welcome to whatever comfort
can be gained from the inviting prospect viewed through
its sanguine political spectacles. If the republican party
is not retained in power for the longest term of years ever
given a political party, it will be because the American
people have poor memories or have lost their dread cf the
poverty that accompanies a democratic administration.
A 'RITE OLT> AGE.
W ITH THE opening of the Pan-American exposition
a great deal was said concerning the display of
New World products. Its hardly a correct expres
sion to use—this New World designation has nearly played
its part, and is obsolete except for use in distinguishing
the western continent from the country beyond the sea.
It will only bs a matter of six years until the 300th anni
versary of the settlement of Jamoätown will be here.
Nineteen years further along the calendar the anniversary
of the landing of the Pilgrims will be at hand, and then
the third century will close upon the old landmarks of
history with ever-increasing frequency. Surely the western
world is not so new—at least not in the sense the term is
used in implying a lack of finish and completeness. There
has been plenty of time to set the continent in order—the
Pan-American display is sufficient proof upon that point.
Back beyond the date of Eng'ish settlements upon the
western continent are marks of antiquity that testify to
the enterprise of the Latin races of those days. St. Augus
tine, Florida, was well established whenXAnglo-Saxon im
migration took up its western march. Settlements ante
dating this are located still farther back in history, and
the continent has taken on a very dignified degree of age.
It is hard to pin historical writers down to the hard facts
after two centuries. Traditions spring up and reliable data
slips away to give place to plausible conjecture. Three
hundred years will give America a rusty old age; already,
as this milepost approaches, the historical novel is coming
into popular favor. Three mellow reminescent centuries
is a restful period for the generations to look back upon.
English yachtsmen who hoped to see the cup challenger
win, regret to observe that the Shamrock's white wings
have grown weary.
Never mind the yacht race—there's yet a greater show;
it's up to you to say who's who in the trip to Buffalo.
Save your coupons.
After all, perhaps it is just as well that the members
of the presidential party did not come to Montana. After
viewing the attractions of the Treasure state they could
never have contented themselves in other sections of the
Game Warden Scott invites attention to the fact that
Attorney General Donovan is not the only state officer who
is taking a hand in the game.
The most reliable and sagacious officials of the Chinese
government are in hearty accord with President McKinley's
judgment that the foreign indemnities are too large.
With the zealous and indefatigable 'game warden of the
state of Montana the hunting season appears to have just
It Is understood that King Edward has paraphrased
the late General Sherman's definition of war with precise
reference to the sport of yachting.
The custom of launching yachts at night may have
been borrowed from the immemorial practice of launching
schooners just before the midnight closing ordinance goes
Butte and Anaconda baseball teams will furnish a match
to start the blaze of glory on Memorial day.
■ ITS or WIT.
Amply Described—Mrs. Goodsoul (answering ring)—
What is it, little girl?
Mary—«Please, ma'am, we've lost our kitty. She left
yes.terday, and we're hunting her. We want to know if you
have seen a cat by the name of Minerva go by your house.
The Premium on Plagiary—"What made you tell that
manager the Ideas In your play were not original?"
''Because,-'' answered the mercenary genius, "if I had
told him they were original, he would have taken it for
granted that they were no good."—Washington Star.
His friends are worried, and convened,
his actions are so strange.
They watch him closely every day while
hoping for a change.
His eyes have got a crazy roll, an idiotic
A sort of circus chimpanzee expression
in their squint.
His face, once fair to look upon, Is drawn
all out of shape
Until at times 'tis hard to tell If he 1»
man or ape;
Through rubbering he has acquired a
And every symptom stamps him as a
Before the umpire calls the game un
easily he'll sit
Upon a sun-warmed bleaching board in
an important fit.
And with a corrugaated brow he'll watch
the practice play.
And wonder if the active chumps have
time to throw away.
He'll writhe and twist upon his seat, will
cross his legs, and then
With restless, half-indignant jerk, un
cross the stems again,
Lean forward in observing pose, then
wearily lean back—
Suspense is damnable unto the fanoman
At last the play begins; then comes wild
frenzy in h!s eyes;
llis breath seems blazing as the ball
across the diamond flies!
His hands are clenched, his teeth are set,
his face is bunched into
A wrinkled mass of agony most pitiful
And when a fav'rlte at the bat the pitch
er's curves has caught
And gives the swift and whirling ball a
most tremendous swat.
He jumps upon his feet and yells until
his face is black.
And spasms shake the framework of the
At every scare he throws a fit and some
times two or three,
A home run fills his bosom full of idiotic
A double play starts every nerve to danc
ing with delight,
And when a fielder takes a fly his ac
tions are a sight!
All through the game he'll sit and yell
and spank his smarting hands,
And stamp his feet till blistered as if
burned by desert sands;
No victim ever bound upon the dreadful
E'er writhed in such contortions as the
He talks of ball all through the day, he
dreams of ball at night;
His yells in visions of the game fill hear
ers with affright!
"Now, swat 'er, Casey! Break' er face!
Cut loose an' bust 'er hide!
Now, git there! Pat the ground, you
chump! Say, wasn't that a slide!"
He wakes at dawn sweat oozing out
fr< r o every leaking pore,
The bed clothes tied in double knots, half
of them on the floor.
And nothing but the season's close can
bring the senses back
Into the crazy headpiece of the fano
BRIGHT IDEAS OP
The state land agent is engaged in ex
amining school sections in the Crow and
northern Cheyenne Indian reservations
for the purpose of relinquishing them to
the United States, having selected in
denity lands in their place. The state
will secure 188.948 acres of lieu lands
which will bring a revenue of $25,000 a
year to the school fund through the
leasing system. Some papers have taken
the stand that lieu lands should not be
selected for these reservation lands, giv
ing as a reason that, judging from the
past, good agricultural lands will be
swapped for grazing lands, in order that
revenue can be immediately secured by
the leasing system. The claim is made
that while the ostensible policy of the
land board has been to relinquish all
,the worthless school sections in reserva
tions, the reverse has been true—present
needs being considered before future
The law creating these reservations
provided that the state should not be
allowed title to the school sections in
cluded in them until after the reserva
tions were thrown open, tout this wa
modified in the enabling act by means
of a provision that the state might re
linquish these sections and then select
indemnity lands in their place, thus
avoiding the delay incident to waiting
until the reservations were opened.
In pursuance of the policy hitherto
followed of relinquishing all the worth
less school sections in reservations in
order that revenue might be derived
from indemnity selections in their place,
the state board of land commissioners
last January requested the commissioner
of the general land office to have the
township lines of the public surveys pro
tracted over the northern Cheyenne and
Crow reservations. This request was
complied with, and the list received by
Mr. Long recently gives the result of the
protraction of the lines, and states that
the sections named "may be assigned by
the state as basis for indemnity school
land selections to the extent of the area
Of course, people living In the vicinity
of the reservations in which the school
sections lie are better qualified to speak
of the lands in question than others at
a distance. The claim is made that at
least half, if not more, of the land is not
worthless iby any means, but Is superior
to any indemnity lands that may be se
lected. This claim is made in good failh
by some who advocate the sale of state
lands and who are opposed to the leasing
system as wrong In principle. Good agri
cultural land in the Crow and north
ern Cheyenne reservations should not be
relinquished for grazing lands, yet the
addition of $25,000 a year to the school
fund is an Inducement that is rather
flattering. The leasing system has its
advantages, its good features, as well as
its disadvantages and toad features.—The
The latest revolt ln San Domingo was
ended a few days ago. The next revolt
is due to begin next week.—Great Falls
Headquarters and Regular Butts Agents
for Eastman's Kodaks
Eastman's Photo Supplies
TOR A FEW DAYS
We shkll offer any size kodak, of the latest make, at exactly
Kodaks are the best cameras. Their films make them lighter to
curry and easier to handle. No cornera takes a better picture. This
cut price will last but a fe w days, as the discount does nJt leave
enough profit to pay for handling the goods.
NEWBRO DRUG CO.
109 North Main
MONTANA MEN WHO
TRAVEL ON PASSES
OMEHOW or other
the men who travel
on railroad passes
in the state of Mon
tana are more
numerous than is
To begin with every
county officer of
importance in the
ties of the state
has a pass and so
have all the state
officers. Then the
members of the
legislature, the edi
tors and the men
whose official prom
inence in judicial
or federal circles entitles them to the
coveted bits of pasteboard are supplied.
The passes abroad in the state of Mon
tana count up to a rather large total
"lien calculated on the correct basis.
The North Coast Limited train plays
no favorite and neither asks nor gives
favors. The man who rides on the Lim
ited pays his fair. This system was es
tablished when the train was first put
on and has been continued since that
time and great lias been the discord and
commotion occasioned by this inflexible
rule. Men who hold jobs as county
officers have been known to argue with
the conductor long and loud because
their passes were not good on the flyer
and when they dug up the cash they
did it with the least possible grace. They
appeared to believe that they were be
ing robbed and defrauded by a railroad
company that gave them free rides on
all the trains but one and then exacted
spot cash for the privilege of lolling on
the cushioned seats of the North Coast
Limited when it really was the only
train upon whic hthey wanted to ride,
train upon which they wanted to ride.
Chas. S. Fee, the genial general pas
senger agent of the Northern Pacific at
St. Paul is the man who has to do with
the railroad passes in the state of Mon
tana and in fact, with all the states
along the line of the road. He is the ar
biter, the final authority and the court
of last resort and he outfits the hundreds
of deadheads every year with a discrim
inating generosity truly remarkable.
One day, long years ago, an employe
of the road went into the office of Mr.
Fee when he first began business in St.
Paul and asked for a pass to Butte.
"You see," said the employe, "I have
some friends living out there and I hear
its a good lively place and I want to run
out and see it. I'd like first rate to
have a pass."
"I've seen whole communities like
you," observed Mr. Fee- "I believe the
feeling that possesses you is universal
among the human family but I can't see
my way clear to gratify your whim in
this case. Suppose you worked for a
farmer and you wanted to make a trip
to see your friends. Would you expect
him to hitch up his team and take you
there and back, eh?"
This was a poser. The employe looked
out of the window and gazing oft into the
long stretch of car tracks below the of
fice window in which Mr. Fee did his
work in his early days at railroading, and
seemed lost in thought. Finally, as his
eye rested on the steaming engine-and
its train of cars drawn up before the de
pot, a glad light lit up his face and he
handed right back to the young passenger
"No," he said, "I wouldn't ask him to
hitch up, but if he had his team already
hitched up as you have and was going
out that way I'd think he was a mighty
mean man if he wouldn't let me ride."
The employe got the pass.
"You wouldn't believe that there are
only two men in the United States who
can ride on the North Coast Limited
without paying fare would you?" said W.
E- Brink to an Inter Mountain reporter
this morning. "Well, it's a fact and one
of the men is a resident of Butte, too.
"You see its like this," continued the
popular Northern Pacific offictal. "The
president of the road and every official
in all the departments have to pay their
fare on the train and out of all the passes
issued by the company there are just two
stamped "good on the North Coast Lim
mtONLY FAVORED ONES
ited." One of these passes is carried by
Chauncey Depew and the other is in the
inside pocket of W. A. Clark of Butte.
Just why this is so is not known, but It
is a fact that these are the only favored
ones. It may be some tonsolation to the
county officials who have to pay fare
to know that there is one man who takes
the train at flutte who does not have to
dig up the ready cash and another who
lives in New York who can ride over the
line without going down in his pocket for
the price of a first-class ticket."
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