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fhe stroke of noon, ana a train from
the west, arriving late In the after
ll oon. brought Ripley.
are almost revolutionary," was Hip
ley's summing-up of the situation.
"Generally speaking, tbe public Is not
holding us responsible as yet. though
of course there are croakers who are
saying that It is entirely a railroad
move, and predicting that we won't
do anything to Interfere with the new
graft." - ,,
"Cantrell says fhe public sentiment
Is altogether on the side of the C. S.
& VV. strikers," the boss put In.
, "It Is ; angrily so. There Is hot
talk of a boycott to be extended to
everything sold or handled by the
Hatch syndicale. I hope there won't
he any effort made to introduce strike
breakers. In the present state of af
fairs that would mean arson and riot
Ing and bloody murder."
"I wired you because I wanted to
consult you once more about those
ground lee sea, Ripley. Do you still
think you can made them hold?"
"It Hatch breaks the conditions,
we'll give him the flghl of his life."
was fhe confident rejoinder.
"But that will mean a long contest
in the courts. The Supreme court Is a
full vear behind Its docket, and the
delav will Inevitably multiply your
few " 'croakers' bjf many thousands,
But that isn't the worst of It. Hatch
has a better hold on us than the law's
delay." And to this third member of
Ida staff Mr. Noreross told the story
of tbe political trap Into which Col
llngwood and the New York stock
J oh tiers had betrayed the railroad man
Ripley comment was a little like
Hornack's ; less profarfe, perhaps, but
also less hopeful.
"Good Lord !" he ejaculated. "So
that Is what Hatch has had up his
sleeve? I don't know bow you feel
about It, but I should say that It Is
all over but the shouting. If the Dun
ton crowd had been deliberately try
ing to wreck the property, they couldn't
have gone about it In any surer way."
"That Is the way it looked to me,
Ripley, at first ; but I've had a chance j
to sleep on It—as you haven't,
gun that can't be spiked In some way
has never yet been hnllt. I have the
— » names of the eleven men who were
bribed.'* Hatch was daring enough to
give them to me. Molding the affi
davits which they were fooLJsb enough
to give him. Hatch can make them
swear to anything he pieftaes. But If
I could get those affidavits I'd go to
these mefi 'SPpHTlttWj* and make MdI
one tell me how much he hail been
paid by Bullock for bis vote."
"Well, what then?"
"Then I should make every mother's
son of them come across with the full
amount of |he bribe, on pain of an
exposure which the dirtiest politician
In this state couldn't afford to face.
That would settle It. Hatch couldn't
work the same game a second time."
We were closing our desks to go to
dinner when Fred May came In to say
that a delegation of Ifae pay-röTI men
was outside ami wanting to have a
word with the "Big Boss." Mr. Nor
cross stopped with his desk curtain
half drawn down.
• "What Is It, Fred?" he asked.
"I don't know." said the Pitts
burgher. "I should call It a grievance
committee. If it wasn't no big. And
they don't seem to he mad about any
thing. Bart Hoskins is doing the talk
ing for them."
"Send them ln," was the curt com
mand, and a minute later the Inner J
office was ahont three-fourths filled
up with a shuffling crowd of P. S. L.
j !
The chief looked the crowd over.
There was a bunch of train and engine
men, a squad from the shops, and a
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"You Men Don't Want to Let Your
I Sympathie« Carry Vo« Too Far."
bigger one from the yard». Also, the
wire service had turned out a gang
of linemen and half n dozen operators.
L—' ' Well, ...muiv said Air.
Noroît)«», not too sharply. "My dlu
ner - 8 gating cold."
j —We'll not he keepln' you above the
jjoilow half of a minute. Mister Nor
miss." said the big. bearded freight
conductor who acted as spokesman,
M A5 out this C, S. & W. strike that
went on today: we ain't got no kick
loomin' with you, n'r with the com
1 Siany, Mister Noreross, but It looks
like It's up to us to do somethin', and
; we didn't want to do it without hlttta'
square out from the shoulder. There
i ain't nobody knows yet what's goln'
to he done, but whatever It Is, w»
want you to know that It ain't don*
ag'inst you n'r the railroad company."
The boss had handled wage earner»
'<*> Iol) K nu * ,0 ^ «*>•« "> »uspect
w 'hat was In the wind,
"You men don't want to let your
sympathies carry you too far,"
{cautioned. "When you take up
another fellow's quarrel you want to
>>e pretty sure that you're not going
Jo hit your friends in fhe scrap."
Hoskins grinned underafandlngly,
and I guess the boss was a little puz
zled by the nods and winks that went
around an. g the Mlcnl member» of
the delegation ; at least,.I know I was.
^"That's all right," Hosklna said. "Be
,n t»' p big boss, you've got to talk
tha < w «- v - But what I was aimin' to
"•»* that there'll be a train-loud 'r
two of strike-breakers a-careerin' along
hprp 1" a day 'r so. and we ain't fig
«rln* on leftln' 'em get past Portal
i City. If that far."
'That's up to you," said Mr. Nor
cross brusquely. "If you start any
thing In flie way of a riot—"
"Excuse me. There ain't goln' to
be* no riotin', and no company prop
erty mushed up. Mr. Van Britt, he—"
It wa» right here that an odd thing
happened. Con Corrigan, a big two
fisted freight engineer standing direct
ly behind Hoskins, reached an arm
around the speaker'« neck ami choked
him so suddenly that Hoskins' sentence
ended In ■ ga sping chuck le. When r h.
garrot Ing arm was withdrawn fhe con
ductor looked around sort of foolishly
and »aid ;T'm thinking that's about all
we wanted to say, ain't It, boys?" and
the deputation filed out ns solemnly
as it had come la.
I guess Mr. Noreross wasn't left
whojlv In the dark when the tramp
ing footfalls of the committee died
away In fhe corridor. That uninten
tional men Han uf Mr. Van Britt's name
looked as If It might Open up soraq
more pos si b ilities, though what they
were I couldn't imagine, and I don't
believe the general manager could,
After that, things rocked along pret
ty MÏJ until lifter dinner. Instead of
going right back to the office from
the club, Mr. Noreross drifted Into
the smoking room and filled a pipe.
In the course of a few minutes. Major
Kendrick dropped In and pulled up a
chair. I don't know what they talked
about, but after a little while, when
the boss got up to go, I heard him
«ay something that gave the key to
the most of what had gone before, I
! guess.
"Have you seen or heard anything
of. Colllngwood since yesterday?"
; ♦ /",■» good major shook his bead.
"They're tellln' me that he's oveh In
his rooms at the Bullard, drinkin' him
self to death. If he wasn't altogetheb
past redemption, suit, lie would have
had the decency to get out of town
J he tunw , )oo<H . tbat
way; he would, for a fact, Graham."
At that. Mr. Noreross explained In
Just a few words why Colllngwood
hadn't gone—why he couldn't go.
Whereupon the old Kentuckian looked
graver than ever.
"That tfrah «peHs trouble. Graham ».
Hatch Is simply Invitin' the unde'
! takeh. Howie Isn't what you'd call a
dangerous man. but he Is totally Ir
responsible. even when he's sobeh."
"We ought to get him away from
here," was the boss' decision. "He
Is an added menace while he stays."
I didn't hear what the major said
to that, because little Rags, Mr. Per
kins' office hoy, had just come In with
' a note which he was asking me to
give to Mr. Noreross. 1 did It; and
after tbe note had been glanced at. the
chief said, kind of bitterly, to the
"You can never fall so far that you
can't fall « little farther; have you
ever remarked that, major?" And then
he went on to explain: "Perkins, our
Desert Division superintendent, »aye
that the 'locals of the various rail
j road labor unions have Just notified
him of the unanimous passage of a
^ strike «vote*-the strike to go into ef
j * at fflttbrfgbt.
! _ i strike?—*«) the railroad? Why.
; Graham, eon. you dont mean UI" j
The men «eem to mean It—which
la much more to fhe purpose. They
are striking In sympathy with the
C. S. $ w. employ«***. I fancy tbat
settle» our little experiment In good
railroading definitely, major. Danton
do es n' t want a recelyerahlß, hut he'll
neve to take one nuw. The' bottom
will drop out of the »fork and break
the market when thl* »trike new« g et»
on tbe wire, and that will end It. I
wish to God there were «otne war In
which I could save Mr. Chadwick : he
ha* trusted me, major, and I—I've
failed him !"
The Murder Madman
I knew what .we were up against
when we headed down to the railroad
his cigar In the club smoking-room.
With a strike due to be pulled off In
a little mQ££ than three hours there
were about a million things that would
have to be Jerked around Into shape
and propped up so that they could
«tanri. Jiy Lhmsçj Am ghlte. the.Shore
Line was taking a vacation. And
(here was only a little handful of us
In the headquarters to do the Jerking
and propping.
It was precisely In a crisis like this
that the boss could shine. From the
minute we hit the tremendous Job he
was all there, carrying the whole map
of the Short Line In his heaà, think
ing straight from the shoulder, and
never missing a lick; and I don't be
lieve anybody would ever have sus
pected that he was a beaten man.
pushed to the ropes in the dual round j
with the grafters, hia reputation as
a successful railroad manager as good
as gone, and his warm little love
dream knocked sky-wlndlng forever
and a day. - -
Luckily, wo found Fred May still at
his desk, and he was promptly clamped
to tbe telephone and told to get busy
spreading the hurry call. In half an
hour every relief operator we bad in
Portal City was tn the wire-room, and
the back-breaking Job of preparing a
thousand miles of railroad for a sud
den tie-up was In full swing. Mr.
Perkins, as division superintendent,
was in touch with the local labor
leaders. Persuading and Insisting by
turns, Mr. Noreross fought out the
necessary compromises with the
unions. All ordinary traffic would be
suspended at midnight, but passenger
trains en route were to be nm through
to our connecting line terminals east
and west, live stork trains were to be
laid out only where there were feed
ing corrals, and [»erlshable freight was
to be taken to Its destination wher
ever that might he.
The strikers agreed to allow the
mall trains, to run without Interrup
tion, with our promise that they would
not carry passengers. Hoskins and
his committee bucked a little at this,
but got «town when they were shown
that they could not afford to risk a
clash with the Government. This ex
ception admitted, another followed, as
a matter of course. If the mail trains
were to be run. some of the telegraph
operators would have to remain on
duty, at least to the extent of han
dling, train orders^--
With these generalities out of the
way, we got down to details. "Fire
alarm" wires were sent to the Various
cities and towns on the lines asking
for Immediate Information regarding
food and fuel supplies, and the strike
leaders were notified that, for sheer
humanity's sake.' they would have'to
ttenijlt fhe handling of provision
train» In cases where they were ab
solutely needed.
By eleven o'clock fhe tangle was
getting Itself pretty well straightened
out. Some of the trains had already
beep abandoned, and fhe others were
moving along to the agreed-upon des
tinations. Klrgan had taken hold In
the Portal City yard, and by putting
on extra crews was getting the needful
shifting and car sorting Into shape,
and the Portai Ctty employees, acting
upon their own Initiative, were picket
ing the yard and company buildings to
protect them from looters or fire-set
tens. Mr. Van Britt's special, so the
wires told us. was at Insterburg, and
It was likely to stay there: and Mr.
Van Britt, himself, couldn't be reached,
It was si half-past eieren that we
got fhe first real y el p 1 f rom s om e body
who was getting pinched. It came In
the shape of a wire from the Strath
cona night operator. A party of men—
"mine owners" the operator called
them—had Just beard of the Impend
tug railroad tie-up, * They had hFen
meaning to come In on the regular
night train, but that had been ahan
dotted. So now they were offering
all kinds of money for a special to
hrlng them In Portal City. It was
represented that there were ralliions
at stake. Coukla't we do something?
Mr. Noreross had kept Hoskins and
n few of the other local strike lead
ers where he could get hold of them,
and he put the request up to them ns
a matter that waa now out of his
bands. Would they allow him to run
a one-car special from the gold camp
to Portal City after midnight? It was
for them to say.
Hoskins and his accomplices went j
off to talk It over with some of the
other men. When the big freight con- |
ductor came hack he was alone and
was grinning good-naturedly.
"We ain't aimin' to make the com
pany lose any good money that comes
«-rolling down the hill at It, Mister
Noreross," he said. "Cinch these here
8trj>thcolJa burry-bovs Ur all yon ran
^ out 0 - thelu . If you .„ ^ UM
the loan of th „ wlrM we -„ the
vvord t0 le , , he 8pecla| C()nu .
through '*
It w(t8 8UM> strlM> . j
ever saw or heard of, und I guess the
^ thoufht ^ tOM - lt h all this
pK> ,]. MtuM bargaining hack
forth ; hut there was nothing more
^,4 BDd 1. carried the word to Mr
»Perkins, directing him to have arrange
monta made for the running of « one
r» r «pedal from Strathrona for the
hurry fqlk«
(To he continued)
pun generally approved
1 -
Provlde , for Alli.ncs of Ten Years
i •
Between Big Power* to Delay
Re»ort to Force In Case
of Controversy
i Washington. — A new quadruple
j agreement to preserve pence In the I
water» of the Pacific was announced
:o the world Saturday by tbe United
j States. Great Britain, Japan and
with apprehension In both
America and Asia,
The provisions of tbe agreement,
which Is In the form of a 10-yaar
After a consideration of the interna
rlonsl realignment. Great Britain and
Japan agreed to consign to the scrap
heap the Anglo-Japanese alliance, long
treaty, are confined to the "region of
the Pacific ocean." Under them, the
four powers are to respect each other's
Island possessions' and to meet In con
miration If a dispute arises or If tbe
rights of any of tbe four are threat
any power.
Announcement of the treaty terms
was made at a plenary session of the
arms conference by Senator Lodge of
fhe American delegation and was fol
lowed by expression« of approval by
the plenipotentiaries of Great Britain,
Japan, France, Italy, China, Belgium,
the Netherlands and Portugal.
The Chinese accepted the Invitation
and the resolution was approved unan
The committee resolution of Novem
ber 29, declaring In principle for aboli
tion of the extra territorial right« In
China was then presented for formal
Text of Treaty.
" 'The United States of America, the
British «mplre, France and Japan, with
« view to the preservation of the gen
eral peace and the maintenance of
their rights In relation to their litsular
possessions and Insular dominions in
the region of the Pacific ocean, have
determined to constitute a treaty to
this effect and have appointed as their
" 'The president of the United State«
of America, bis majesty the king ot
the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Ireland, and of the British domin
ions beyond the seas, emperor of India,
ami for the Dominion of Canada, for
the commonwealth of Australia, for
fhe dominion of New Zealand, for In
•lia : the president of the French re
public ; his majesty, the emperor—of
Japan ; who having communicated
their full powers, found in good and
tig« form, ha va agreed as follows:
" The high contracting partis»« agree
as between themselves to respect thefr
rights and relations toj their Insular
possessions and Insular dominions In
the region of the Pacific ocean.
" 'If there should develop between
any of fhe high contracting parties a
controversy arising out of any Pacific
question and Involving their said right*
i efficient measure to be taken Jointly
( ,T »1 sentira telv. to meet the exigencies
of the pariffiplar situation,
••This agreement shall remain In
AO ywr* from the time It
which Is not satisfactorily settled by
diplomacy, and is likely to àffect the
harmonious accord now happily sul>
slstlng between them they shall Invite
the high contracting parties to a Joint
conference to which the whole subject
will be referred for consideration and
•If lIml »aid rights are threatened
hy the aggressive action of any other
power7~ fhe high *corit ranting partie*
shall communicate with one another
fully ami frankly In order to arrive
at an understanding as to the most
shall take effect and after the expira
tion of said period It shall continue to
he In force subject to the right of any
of the high contracting parties to ter
minate It upon 12 months' notice.
This agreement shall he ratified
as soon as possible In accord with the
constitutional methods of the high
contracting parties and shall take ef
feet on the deposit of ratifications
which shall take place at Washington,
and thereupon the agreement between
England and Japan, which was con
cluded at London, July TÉ, TOIL shall
terminate.' *'
Liberal« Have Smell Lead.
Ottawa.—Liberals Saturday found
theriîkeîves with such want control
over the next house that they will
have to be constantly on the lookoui
for any parliamentary trick which
might result in a vote expressing lack
of confidence In the ministry. Re
vlwed return« from Canada'» general
election last Tuesday have whittled
down the party's «eats from 120 U
lift, with a combined opposition ol
117. With a liberal selected for fb*
next speaker, the standing would b*
117 to 117.
Urges Early Passage of Fer
mement Tariff Measure and
Suggests Tax Revision.
Washington.—President Harding In
formed congress Tuesday, In his first
annual message, that "a most gratify
Ing world accomplishment" by tbs
arms conference "Is not Improbable."
TTie message was delivered by the
t president In person In fhe chamber of
the bous« and In the presence of dele
gates to the conference and most of
I cussed world conditions, saying "the
world restoration program" would
have to be worked out "by the nation»
more directly concerned." The United
At the outset, the president dis
States will help, be added, unselfishly,
because there 1* compensation In the
•■onsclousnes» of assisting; selfish
because the commerce and Internat!
al exchanges In trade, which marked
our high tide of fortunate advance
ment, are possibly only when the na
tions of all continents are restored to
stable order and normal relationship.
Turning to diplomatic problems, the
president urgently recommended early
enactment of the permanent tariff and
foreign debt refunding bills. He also
announced that later on he would
make some recommendation* about re
newed consideration of tax program.
Involving further reductions and the
abolition of "hindering burden*-" He
also suggested consideration by con
gress of an amendment to fhe consti
tution to end the Issue of non-taxeble
With regard to the merchant marine,
Mr. Harding said It was the purpose to
present a plan which "contemplates
no greater draft on the public treasury
and which, though yet too cQide to of
fer It today, gives such
pending our merchant farine that It
will argue Its own approval."
"Proper encouragement" for the co
operative marketing program as a
means of assisting In the relief of
present conditions In agriculture was
suggested by the executive. He also
told the congress that It should give
Its "earnest attention" to a general pol
icy of transportation, of distributed
Industry and highway construction to
encourage fhe spread çf the population
and restore the balance between city
and country.
Other recommendations included:
Plans of conference of common coun
cil, of mediation, arbitration and Ju
dicial determination In controversies
between capital ami labor. Federal
aid by way of advances for reclama
tion of lands, where state and private
participation Is assured.
An appropriation necessary -to sup
ply the American relief administration
In Russia with 10,000,000 bushels of
corn and 1.000.000 bushels of seed
>f ex
Washington.—More liberalized laws,
with an administration co-ordlnafed
and brought nearer home. 1« the para
mount need of Alaska, Gov. Scott C.
Bone says In his first annual report,
made public by the Interior depart
Under the pr e s e n t long range sys
tem of government. Individual Initia
tive has hewn halted and the pioneer
spirit maimed.
To promote efficiency by minimizing
delays, the governor recommends that
the administration he centralized at
Juneau. IhF Jnrritorist capitaL to the
fullest extent possible while govern
ment supervision he maintained at
Washington with the various bureaus
dealing with the territory consolidated
trader one department head. He sug
gests also that each essential bureau
station a representative at Juneau,
empowered to act on alt matters not
affecting public policy.
The governor recommends : Liberal
mining and land laws to meet diverg
ent conditions In Alaska.
A centralization plan to he worked
out in conjunction with the operation
of the government railroad to bring
under cultivation the vast area of ag
rleultural land In fhe Interior.
improved transportât loon facilities
and more equitable freight rates,
through private enterprise if obtain
able, and under governmental reguia
tlon'ond Tbntrol.
More liberal mail subsidies to enable
the postoffice department to function
In Alaska and thus aid in the solution
of transportation problems.
Continued conservation and safe
guarding of the fisheries in Alaska.
Uninterrupted construction of roads
and trails throughout the territory,
Selection of Jap Protested.
Oakland.—Angered at the selection
of Yukl Furuta. a Japanese, as speaker
at the commencement day exercises,
students of the Oakland high school
bare officially pretested against the
»election »nd threaten to absent them
selves from the exercise» i'u^s t M *dy
unites »»change tn made by the facul
ty According to Principal f, R. Reyes,
the girt was selected on her merits
alone Investigation Soto the «election
and tbe subsequent controversy w»«
orderet! by Superintendent of Schools
Fred M, Hunter,
Fire of unknown Origin gutted tbe
Progressive shoo »hop at Hariowtoo
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A refinery ft JwlBg hüllt it ITOtnitl
ep. The capacity of tbe plant will be
100 barrels of oil dally.
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William D. Cameron. 78, who dis
tinguished himself for service with the
engineers corps during the civil war,
died at Livingston last Monday,
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The floe farm residence of A. J.
Jensen, near Antelope, was recently
destroyed by fire believed to have or
iginated from a hot air furnace,
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The Midland Empire Poultry, Babbit
and Pet Stock association will hold
an Interstate poultry show In Billings
on January 3. 4, 5, and 6 inclusive,
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Missonis won the Montana scholas
tic football champlonshlpp by defeat
ing the Fergus county high school fit
Missoula Saturday.
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The American Bank and Trust com
pany of Great Falls, a state Institu
tion, closed Its doors Saturday morn
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With a record of but 52 criminal ac
tions and 83 civil suits started sine«
January 1. Deer Lodge county enters
claim for being the most peaceful and
best behaved county In the state
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Paul Vancleve, Jr., who was recently
arrested at Big Timber on two chargea
of cattle stealing, has been bound over
to the district court Bond was fixed
at |786 In each case,
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Six buffaloes and two elk, selected
from the^Yellowstone park herds, were
recently shipped from Livingston to"
New York City, where they will be
placed In a city park.
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Monte Harris, charged with two
others with the murder of Cyril Shil
ling, a hotel proprietor, was recently
arraigned at Bntte for bond. The
court fixed the amount at $30,000.
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While Herman Fischer, Butte, waa
away from home thieves broke Into
his cabin and stole $700 of his hard
earned savings which he had tempor
arily secreted In a tomato can on a
kitchen shelf.
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Dr. J. H. Williams, pioneer physi
cian, who began his residence In Mon
tana as an array doctor during the In
dian wars 45 years ago, died at Great
Falla last Friday.
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A heavy flow of gas, estimated at
1,000,000 cubic feet a day or better,
has been encountered In Barnsdall
Foster No. 2 well on the Big Lake
structure tn the Lake Basin, 30 mile«
north of Billings.
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ed around for
three years, a fugitive from Justice,
Ike Howry has returned to Roundup
to face trial on a charge of grand lar
ceny and declared he had become •
weary of evading the officers,
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Ths ouster hearing directed against
Sheriff W. H. Houston, charged la a
criminal action brought by the stata
attorney general with having accepted
After having wander
resumed In district court at Missoula
Thursday afternoon. The case la bo
Ing heard without a jury.
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Article« Incorporating Ballantlne'a
Community association were recently
filed. The purpose of the aasoclatlon
Is to establish a community renter at
BaJIantine for public entertainment
and the promotion of the social and
material betterment of the town and
vicinity. —- ——
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Experimenting with a 22-cal Ihre ri fia
which he had finished assembling,
George, «he thlrteen-year-old son of
Charles Gustatls, discharged the gun,
the bullet striking hla sister tn the up
per Up, passing directly through the
head and lodged In the base of the
brain. Death came instantly.
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An elect rtf' railroad from Colomba»
to Cooke City Is being considered by
a Minneapolis concern which has rent
ed offices at Columbus for one year.
It Is declared that If the Minneapolis
concern decides 'to build the road. It
win do eo on behalf of the Cooke City
mining Interests. The road. If con
structed, will be TO miles In length. \
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Lack of funds with which to meet
the expenses of the state fair organis-
ation. and a deficit of over $15.000 on
the last exhibition has prompted the
State board of examiners to leane an
order suspending all operations of the
state fair daring the remainder of the
deem) year, which closes June 30, 1923.
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▲ Klwanls club was recently organ
fated at Miles City.
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Officials of the Burlington rail rood
and the Western State* Oil and Land
D«vslapiB«nt company, discoverers of
ths Seep Creek 0 p Reid, conferred st
Bardin Saturday on matters pertain
ing to right-of-way and route of tbe
branch line which tike Burlington will
bsdld from Hardin up the Big Horn
rtrer valley. Weed on the breach will •
be Matted within two wo*k» The Une
will be approximately 48 milee tn

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