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VOL. XXXII.-NO 181. HELENA. MONTANA. TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 11, 1891. PRICE FIVE CENTS ORGANIZED TO SWINDLE, The Crooked Methods of a Chioago Building, Loan and Savings Association. One Bona Fide Loan Made as a Bait for Many 'Other Investors. Two of the Managers Arrested, but the Chief of the Crooks Makes Hls Escape. Cumaaoo, Aug. 10.-Alfred Downing, pres ident, and N. B. Tollman, vice president of the National Capital Savings, Building and poan Association of North America, were arrested to-day by Postoffioe Inspector Stuart, charged with using the mails for fraudulent purposes. It is charged that these men, who have been - conducting the association, have swindled thousands of people from every state in the Union. They have taken in from $200,000 to $350,000, giv Ing nothing in return. The victims are found in all classes of people. From facts already in the possession of the authorities the scheme will parallel that of the great "Fund" swindle which was broken up about five years ago. There are still two men at liberty, they having disappeared several weeks ago, and it is be lieved they got away with most of the funds. For more than six months letters have been received from all parts of the country by postoffllce and city authorities, protesting that the company was not what it was represented to be, that it was collect ing money and making no loans. Inspector Stuart has been working on the case four months. He found that the concern had agents in every state in the union, who were selling the $20,000,000of stock the company had for sale. These agents were sent circulars and documents showing the assooiation to be gilt edged, When In spector Stuart took charge of the case Lewis F. Mortimer, general manager and secretary, was apparently the responsible man and handled the cash received in large amounts every day. Stuart visited the company's office frequently, disguised as a letter carrier, in order to secure evidence. Several weeks ago Mortimer disappeared, and to-day, having waited in vain for his return, Stuart decided to secure the other visible members of the combination. George O. Ferguson, of Lincoln, Neb., representing about sixty victims in his city, was summoned here. With his assistance the necessary evidence was completed and the arrests made. Three young lady clerks were taken into custody as witnesses. Mr. Ferguson, in an interview, said the asso ciation was represented in Lincoln by a local irm acting in good faith. Nebraska people are very much in favor of building and loan associations, and offers of this concern were snapped up quickly. It sold shares for 50 coets each with monthly payments for ninety-six months of $11.05. At the end of that time the $1,000 loan would be paid for. Then there was a "membership" fee of $30, appraisement fee of $20, $45 for three month's payment in advance, thus making $95. The concern made one $500 loan that was genuine and this was just enough bait to induce others to invest, and hundreds sent money to Chicago expecting on the strength of the loans to make contracts for homes. 5tores were let and buildings begun. "The money never same and we wrote to Chicago to learn what was the trouble. Finally Prof. Ellwood, of the Wesleyan university, who was a heavy investor, came to Chicago to investigate. Manager Mortimer seemed to be such a fine business man and gave such assurances that the loan would be forth cominig that Elwood went back satisied, bat the money never came and finally I laid the case before the postoflice authori ties. Inspector Stuart and District Attor ney Gilchrist went over the concern's books and found that seventeen legitimate loans had been made in as many different states. These, it would seem, were made to allure other investors." No records of any other loans could be found, although the books show that money had been received from hundreds of people in places where a single loan was placed. A rough estimate of the amount received Is $175,000 in the year and a half the asso sociation has been in existence. The books show that the association had agents in all states, but the most active were in Omaha, Denver, Doe Moines, Portland, Galveston, Olympia, San Francisco and Minneapolis. These agents transmitted hundreds of dol lars daily in checks, drafts, money orders and registered letters. Until within a few months, it is said, the concern did a heavy business in Philadelphia, but it appears the authorities there made inquiries which re sulted in the manager leaving. When the assoucation was organized, Feb. 21, 1890, the officers were: Alfred Duwning, president; N. B. Tollman, vice president; Lewis F. Mortimer, general manager and secretary. Mortimer seemed to be the lead ing spirit in the enterprise, and at once in corporated the conceza with a capitol of $20,000.000. He was a good manager and soon had money flowing in at a sapid rate. Everything went smoothly until the closing of the Philadelphia branch, when Morti mer came back here and began quarreling with his business associates. Fin ally Io ousted Downing, elect ing one F. A. Wentworth president. Downing threatened trouble and Mortismer, saving his son was very ill in Philadelphia, left suddenly and has not been hoard of since. It is said that he took about $9U,000 that the association had in bank hero. lear ing about $1,000 which Downing had tied up by an injunction. Mortimer was Iast heard of July 10, in New Yol k city. Down ing and 'Tollmnn both admitted that enor mous sums had been taken in but asserted that they were .ot "in it." loth alleged that they never received more than a small salary out of the affair. Downing added, "Mortimer got it all. We started in what I believed to be an honest building and loan buaimeas. I believed Mortimer to be an honest iman, as I had known him in the insurauce business a number of years urevious." Inspector Stuatt said lie was well satis fied that both I he preuident and vioe preei dert are not so innocent as they pretend. "Both got badly b:ttan," said he, "but both were in the deal and knew all about the swindling going on. They did not got much of the money, Mortimer getting the bulk of it, and I have not the least doubt that he got away with $1,O,0l0. If ever there was a slick man it was Mortimer. I bavo gone to his office time and time again disguised as a letter cart ier, and have seen him sign hundreds of fat registered letters contain ing large amounts of money, and he smiled sweetly every time a letter came in. He is a clever talker and a smooth mant generally, and would cotllrnce almost anyone who talked with him five milnntos tLat he was the squarest business man on earth." Downing and Tollmian were held in $2,000 bonds each by Commissioner Hoyue. Both had laweres on hand and Tollhan was quickly bniled out. Downing was tuable to secnure bondsolen and spent the nit t in the custody of a deputy marshal. Otne of the attorneys for the men said there was no doubt the concern wits rotten to the cole, but lre believed Downiung and T''ollmaa were simply victims of Mortimor's guile. One of the peculiar features of the case is the fact that the association was endorsed two prominent commercial agencies. The oncern's affairs were examined close ly, but the evidencesof prosperity were so great that the agents made favorable re. ports. For some reason the association did not operate very extensively in Illinois, Indiana, Kentuck, Ohio, Pennvsylvania and New York. The southern states were worked to a certain extent, but a majority of the victims live in states west of the Mississippi. BASE BALL. The Home Club Mentioned PlFrst in the Record Here PIrlnted. LEAGUN CLUBS. Boston 9, Pittsburg 5. Philadelphia 8, Cleveland 7. New York 8, Chicago 4. Brooklyn 6, Cincinnati 8. ASSOCIA'ION cLUBS. Bt. Louis 8. Baltimore 15. Columbns 5, Boston 6. Louisville 9. Washington 5. Cincinnati 8, Athletics 16. On the Chicago Tracks. CmancAo, Aug. 10.--Garfield. park races. Track slow. Seven furlongs-Zeko Hardy won, Bill Nye second, Portuguese third. Time, 1:82;4. Mile and one-esixteenth-Irn F. Bride won, Rosa second, Drift third. Time, 1:5334. Eleven-sixteenths of a mile--Doncaster won, Sam Farmer second, Umatilla third. Time. 1:0734. Mile-Grunwad won, Hvpatica second, Ormonds third. Time, 1:45. Five furlonas-Ulster won, Tom Elliott second, Ella Shiaman third. Time, 1:0833. Ha:wthorne races. Track slow. Seven furlongs-Powers won, Insolence second, Maud B. third. Time, 1:38%. Mile-Marie K. won, Lew Carlisle sec ond, Justice third. Time, 1:533:. Six furlongs-Dungarven won, Carter sec ond. Mirabean third. Time, 1:27. Five furlongs-Burnett won, Maud How ard seoond, Annie Irvin third. Time, 1:1835. Mile and seventy yards-Argenta won, Laura Doxey second, Cares third. Time, 1:55%. Racing at Saratoga. SABATOoA, Aug. 10.-Clear, track fast. Five furlongs-Great Guns won, Maggie Beck second, Queen Hattie third. Time, 1:03. Mile-Dr. Hasbrouck won, Belwood sec ond, Costa Rica third. Time, 1:4234. Five and one-half furlongs-Keip Filly won, Gratitude second, Polydora third. Time, 1:09. Five and one-half furlongs-Pennyroyal won, Pericles second, Gortie D. third. Time, 1:09. Five furlongs--Wightlan won, Detroit second, Catalina third. Time, 1:04. One mile and seventy yards-Kern won, Joe Blaokburn second, Bullfinch third. Time, 1:4iS54. Gnttenburg Races. GUTTENBnao, Aug. 10.-Track fast and weather clear. Five furlongs-Trinity won, Eolipse second, Kenwood third. Time, 1:00. Six and one-half furlongs-Rancoas won, Salisbury second, White Nose third. Time, 1:21.. F1:ive furlongs-Lillie B. won, Maxim sec end, Laughing Water third. Time, 1:16. Nine furlongs-Crab won, Longford seo ond, Elyton third. Time, 1:543:. Five furlongs-Mohican won, Canteen second, Climax third. Time, 1:01%. erven fnrlongs--Blackhorn won, 'Brus sells second, Thornton third. Time, 1:28%. Jim Corbett Blowing. NrW YonK, Aug. 10.-Jim Corbett stated at the Bturtevant house this morning that he was willing to meet Slavin or Mitchell for $1,000 a aide. He is particularly anxious to meet Mitchell and take some of the conceit out of him, and will meet him at any place in America and offer him in ducemenlts which he cannot refuse. He will fight him any way he wants, from one round to a finish. Wanted to Mob the Council. KANsAS CITY,Kan.,Aug.10.-The mayor and council barely escaped vengeance to-night at the hands of a crowd of 300 taxpayers. The excitement arose over the proposition of the city council to purchase the plant of the eleotrie light and power company for $,i40,000. There was much public indigna tion, it being believed that improper In ducements had been offered to the council. At a mass meeting this evening presided over by Hon. John B. Scroggs, head of the Kansas City, Kan., bar, intemperate sueeches were made and a committee of fifteen appointed to present a protest. The crowd joined the committee, and as the march proceeded the excitement grew, until the mutterings of the crowd oulminated in shouts of "lynch them" and "hang them." The council hastily ad jouruned. When the crowd found thechanm bher empty another mass meeting was held. The mayor and council were denounced as thieves. After several such speeches the crowd dispersed. The Horse Jumped on Them. ST. Louis, Aug. 10.-During the races to day a peculiar and serious accident oc curred. During a running race in which half a dozen local roadsters had been en tered, when a short distance from the start ing point, Big Texas, one of the entries, bolted the track, dashed through the grass outside, jumped over a sulky tha.t was in his track, and lighted on Capt. ''Thomas Parkers, a prominent river man, and a coachtman named Edwards, who were among the number of lwectators of the race. Excitement became intellne. In the midst it was found that a boey named RIob ert IHagers had been knocked senseless by the horse. Edwarde will recover. P'arkera' injuries will probably prove fatal. lHotel Itroadwater Programmue. The following is the programme for the week at the Hotel Broadwater. F. L. 13aarnstern. Musical i)iretor. Seleetion ....................... Prinress Ida Waltz ........ ....... ..... ... I no last Cornet Solo .............Sea FloweLs 'olka By (C. Hliebor. Selection ................... A Night in Vienna tlle rion. by Rleqaest....... A Nighti, New York Clarinet olo .............. ... Sonambula By J. Zin. mr man Setlelion............ ................... Mar uin s Wnalz ............. ................ .... Clov er Xylaphone Solo . ....................... Ity J. I)t l.u-trill. Foreign I'apers That Advertise I.otterles. Niew Yona, Aug. 10.-Assistant United States District Attorney Evarts to-day ap pearod before Commisaloner FeOlds to pre pare for the opening of the test case in volving the question of transmitting through the mails of this country foreign newspapers containing lottery advertise ments, etc. The case to be tried is that of Edward iH. Horner, who was arrested in Springfield, Ill., January Itst, at the in stance of Postmaster General Wanamaker. No Good Purpose at Hleart. GaLvaeuroN, 'Tea., Aug.--This morning Jennie Anderson, who lives alone, was startled by the appearance of a negro in her bed chamber. She snatched a revolver from a bureau drawer, but in her excite ment shot herself through the fleshy part of the thighl. Ti'h negro ran and the woman frind at him, the third shot passing through his heart, killing him. He was a worthless fellow and could have had no good purpose in the woman's room. GREA1 CROP PROSPECTSI. The August Report Makes a Better ti Showing Than That of f July. f ti If Present Conditions Continue the v Orop Will Be of Unusual ° Proportions. r Fine Showing In Almost All of the Surplus I SIttes--Estimate of the Various Crops. WAsasNorow, Aug. 10.-August returns to I the department of agriculture make the i conditists of corn 90.8, spring wheat 95.5, spring rye 80.6, oats 89.5, barley 93.8, buck wheat 98.3, potatoes 96.5, tobacco 88.5, hay c 90.9. Corn has fallen off two points during a the month, the decline being almost entire- t ly in the states of the Ohio valley and the northwest. The decline is due to dry weather, approaching a drouth in portions I of Indiana and Illinois, and low tempera- n ture in all sections of the corn surplus dis trict. There has been suaficient rainfall in Kansas and Nebraska, with some local excesses, and the month was fairly favora ble, notwithstanding low temperatures. East of the Allegheny mountains and in the south conditions were favorable and state averages advanced. While general aver- I ages are reasonably high, correspondents 1 qualify by emphasizing the necessity for a favorable season from this date on. In the surplus states the averages are: Ohio 93, Indiana 88. Illinois 83. Iowa 90, Missouri 87. Kansas 88, Nebraska 89. It should be noted that one of the surplus states returns an average more than the average for the country. Wheat returns relate to spring wheat only, the average for the whole breadth advancing somewhat during the month. Improvement was general except in Wash ington. Hot winds injured the prospects in some districts, and state returns outside of this state and Wisconsin closely ap proach the standard for comparison. The principal are: Wisconsin 7), Minnesota 98, Iowa 95, Nebraska 97, North Dakota 99, South Dakota 98, Washington 90. Oats improved two points during the month and the figures on the condition in dicate a medium yield per acre. Bllight, which ruined the crop last year and was feared again at the date of the July report, appeared in but a few isolated localities. The weather at the close of the season and during harvest was generally favorable and late growth was sufficient to largely offset the poor start and deficient stand. Cool weather, wkioh belated the corn growth in the upper Mississippi valley was favorable to this cereal, materially advancing state averages. The averages in the states of large production are: New York 92, Penn sylvania 91, Ohio 86, Michigan 86, Illinois 86.;, Wisconsin 89, Minnesota 94, Iowa 98. Kansas 90, Nebraska 96. Barley shows improvement and promises a large crop in most districts of heavy pro duction. California returns a condition of 100, or practically perfect. In New York and Wisconsin, however, the prospect is less favorable. lhe first return for buck wheat lethe highest for eight years past,with a slight increase in acreage. The eandition of potatoes is returned as remarkably high. Spring grain is one point over last month. In fifteen years previous to the recent sea son, August showed a condition higher than July but once. Should the proaneot be continued the crop will be one of unusal proportions. HIS USEFULNESS ENDED. The Same Thing Might Very Well Be Said of Laeey. WASTINGTON, Aug. 10.- Comptroller of the Currency Lacey said to-day regarding the letter written by ex-Bank Examiner Drew, in which the latter defends his offi cial action in connection with the Keystone bank, that the department had treated Drew with fairness and clemency. "He was charged," continued Lacey, "with der eliction of duty sufficient to warrant the re noval of any examiner in the service. He has confessed the same, and offers no ex cuse except that it was an accident. lHe claims that though he failed to do his duty at one time, he ought to be pardoned be oause he did it at another. He has de servedly lost the confidence of the deuart ment and the public, and the period of his usefulness as a bank examiner is at an end. Statements made by Drew differing in the least from the facts in my communication of June 10 are without foundation in fact. Drew's claim as to previous high standing is cheerfully admitted, but it serves to ag gravate rather than nlitigate his confessed dereliction of duty by rendering absurd his plea that his official report ought to have been received with distrust until corrobo rated by information from outside souroes." Wants to Import Laborers. WAsmoINGTo, Aug. 10.-Acting Seoretary Nettleton has received a letter from P'resi dent Niodringhnus, of the St. Louis Sttam ine. company, replying to Secretary Fos ter's reent letter relating to the emploty cment of toreign skilled labor for the tin plate industry. Mr. Niodrincghans chlaitsu tiiat for the succesOful operation of this in dustry it is nrcessary to have a number of skilled laborers fresh from the business as conduoted in Europe to-day. ''he foreign labor needed, he says, will not amount to 10 per cent. of the whole number of em plyes. This sort of help cannot be ob tained in the hoie market. Fr-ed I)ougias Resigns. WAsInNoTON, Aug. 10.-Frederick Doug las, United States minister to Hayti. has tendered his resiguntion to the department of state. lie gives no reason for his action. County Tax Levy, The county cotumissioners fixed the tax levy yesterday for this year as follows: State, two and one-half mills; echool, two and one-half mills; general fund, one and in,-bhalf mill.; poor, half a tinll; saI'teinl for school district one, onoe mill; jail fund, two mills; ad, two ttl: stock Indeum nity, one-half mill; stock inspector ntld de tective, one allnd one-half mills: sheep in lpector and indemnity, one and one-half mills. This is three muill higher titan last year, but is thought to be the lowest levy of anty county in t hie state. 'l'hit increase is: two mills fir jail flund and one-half mill each for poor and sahiol funds. Thei Audtitortu,, t. Mayor Kleinschruidt, chairman of the conmmittee on imditorium for the use of the Teachers' eonvelltion, says a carpenluter atid builder nha bhetu consulted as to thiil proba ble cost of sachl a structure. L'heyv mln put up one tceost $tb,(tX, or one that will come nearer $25,u00. 't'he mayor's tlena is an elliptical pavillion roofed, but open at tie sides, eurrunuded by trues or plaun. lHe will ask for further mstruotions. THEI TIRI1U) AND IIOTTESTl'. Many Sweltering New Yorkers Strlcken by the Mu's htays. NEw Yonx, Aug. 10.--To-day has been the third of the heated term here and the hot test of the three, with no prospects of a favorable change to-morrow. The local forecast olicer says the mercury bids fair to touch the 100 mark to-morrow. At nine this morning, without a breeze and the mercury steadily climbing up ward, the air was stifling. At noon the lihea was unbearable, and at three o'clock the thermometer reached 97. All afternoon ambulances were busy carrying people prostrated by heat to the hospital. Nothing like it has been recorded at this time of the year for nearly twenty years, and continuance dur ing the week means an enormnous increase of mortality, especially in the crowded tene ment districts. Half a dozen deaths oc onrred to-day and many more victims are in a precarious condition. Three per sons are reported having been rendered insane by heat. A number of members of the police force had to leave their posts to day. The hbeat was particularly severe on horses, many being overcome. Scenes in the tenement district to-night are beyond description. The entire population has die serted the tenements and souciht the house tops and streets. Little relief is afforded, however, by this moans, as the thick walls are sending forth the heat accumulated during the day. The entire population is looking with foreboding for the dawn of another scorching day. Many Prostrations, Few Fatal. CHICAGO, Aug. 10.-Dispatches from a number of points in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, state that the heat to-day was very severe, the mercury ranging from ninety five to 103. A number of prostrations are reported, few fatal. This afternoon the heat was mitigated at several points by se vere thunder storms. In Chicago it was cooler than yesterday. The maximum tem perature was eighty-two. The excessive heat of Friday, Saturday and Funday has, however, had its effect on the mortality rate. One hundred and sixty deaths were reported in the city to-day, more than double the usual rate. The mortality among horses was also heavy The Earth Thirsty and Parched. PLANrsF.LID, Conn., Aug. 10.-To-day has been one of the hottest of the year and the drouth is scmething startling. All lute crops are burning up in the ground and early ones have been ripened so quickly by drought that they are badly scorched. Rivers, ponds and mill streams are lower than for yeals. Ashland. Jewett City, Flayville, Central Valley and other places have been compelled to stop their mills for want of water. All tlhroui!h the valley of the Yantic, Quinnebaugh and Shetucket rivers the mills are idle. P,1chaug lake. that covers 14,000 acres, is nearly dry. Un less rain soon comes the loss to crops and in wages will be groat. TIIE HANDS OF HIS FRIENDS. J. G. Blaine Is In Them and They Are About Him. SCHICAGo, Aug. 10.-A Washington special says thiat a man who talked with Col. A. L. Conger, of Ohio, member of the national reoublican committee, is authority for the statement that James G. Blaine, health per mittinti, willbe in the hands of his friends when the nominating convention meets in 1892. This gentleman says that Conger broached the subject to Blaine, who seemed rather indisposed to talk about it at all. Col. Conger then dwelt at length upon the steadfastness of Blaine's friends, recalled numerous instances of their faithful adher ence to him under any circunmtances and said that his (Blaine's) friends ought to have sotmethin- to say in the next conven tion. iRepublicans generally wished to see him president and were confident that vic tory with any other man as nominee was uncertain. Mr. Blaine, it is said, showed great feeling when (onger dilated upon the faithful services of his friends in the past and said he had a very good disposi tion to serve them and the Republican party, too, and that he would not now decline the nomination in advance. "Whether he told Conger directly that he would take the nomination or not," con tinued the gentleman, "I do not know, but this much I can say, Conner says that Blaine will accept, and so believe now all of Blaine's friends." Mlarkets and Crops. LoNDoN, Aug. 10,-The Mark Lane Ex press says the lack of dry host has caused the harvest to be late. The next fortnight is the critical period for the failure or suc cess of crops. English wheats bid in slow. Sales were at 138;(3 for red and 40(xt41 for ordinary white. Many exchanges are al moat empty and business has bheen ex tremely limited. Foreign wheat advanced slightly. In spring grain trading is in favor of holders for barley, oats, pulse and corn, while lentils and rye are stronger. To-day English wheat wae so scarce tas to be practically unquotable. In foreign wheat there was a small advance for st ot. Russian wheat was stitlly supported. Saemples of American red winter wheat were received to-day by port and eagerly scanned, its a largo surplus of that quality of wheat is expected and has greatly af fected the market. Good milling is onually shown. Flour is dull. The scarcity of t. rley prevented a decline in the prices of that coreal, but the, market could not be called firm. Swedish oats were lirm and English oats almost unobtainable. Corn was firm, but inactive. Attached the Locomotives. Marshal Furay has returned from Butte, where he attached three locomotives of the Montana Union railway conmpany to sat isfy a judgiument obtained against the cotm patty by George Ross for infrmlning on his pttentt right to aut ore dumtping car. Attor ney ,1. .. Shropshire hlis seecud a writ of error and will take the case to the United -tates court of appealrs. Went Up 5Wtlth ihel Iotller. Sr. Louts, Aug. 10.-lly the explosion of ta steam pipe on the steamer Idlewild last night, as the boat wats nearing St. Gone vievr, two colored firemen wt're blown to atoelrm and two dteckhands, Chanrls Adams and Marshal Carter, probably fatally in jur. d. A colorted passenger was also se. rlttsly injured. The cause of the explosion is unknown. (hoods Frraudrulntly Oibtained. NeIw YORK, Aug. 10.--MesOs Levi, form erly of Levi lBros. & Co., who failed in May last for $1,(N10.0tX, was arrested to-day. I hite harge is that for several days puevious to the failure the fir oentered into col Iatslo to get all the property they could on tedilt bIefore failing. The arrest was Imade ait the instance of firms thus viattirized. Vliltlo Supply ouf rain. New YOilt, Aug. 10.--lhe visible supply of grain in the United States and (inada this side of the lRocky mnountains, August it, 1891, was; Wheat 17,MfeI,(0uL4 bushels, coin 3,510,3.i7, oats 2,11tl,44.1; inoress,, wheat 1,1Ht5,II4 lushels, oats il0,l0; de crease, corn 72,lt10. utllure of a Lumlber IIem. BloIstN, Aug. 10.-- The failure of the (tlentlon company, a firm interested l intmt tetr, was announced this afternoIon. The otiittlel statement last Mareth was, debte, y:'ll,ttX), nomintal assets, $4t'32.,th. It is sapttltded the figures in conllnetion with the Lailuur will be less enuuragiug. THE PENROSE SUSPECTS, Deeney, Hickey and Kelly Brought ' Into Court for Preliminary ti Examination, rd The Great Jam of Spectators Ren- d doers the Court Room Very Unsafe. n Adjournment Taken Until To-day-Testl- e mony for the Davis Contestants T.se Matter of P'enma.nship. a Burrs, Aug. 10.-[Special.]-The largest crowd that ever assembled in this county at a a trial gathered this morning to witness c the trial of the men accused of the murder of W. J. Penrose. Not only was the court room jammed full, but the hallway and stairway were crowded. Most of those in the crowd were evidently of the laboring class. The prisoners, Deeney, Hickey and y f Kelly, were brought in. looking well and smiling cheerfully as they shook hands with friends, who crowded toward them. The commotion upon the entrance of the prisoners caused the floor of the court room t to tremble, and down in the sheriff's office underneath a big crack appeared in the 3 ceiling. The officers below rushed out o from under, and even the court - officers called on the crowd a to move out of the room. Nobody budged. The crowd evidently regarded this as a bluff. Judge MoMurphy then declared that ya possible calamity was impending and[( o called on all to leave the room. Even this a failed to drive out the crowd and the only thing left to do was to adjourn court until two o'clock. Meanwhile the county com missioners had examined the condition of I the floor and now ordered the court to va cate the court room as being insecure. The commissioners were asked to hire the opera house for the triil, but refused to bear the expense, so the hearing was adjourned until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning at the city hall. a CONCERNING PENMANMNHIIP. With Information as to Spellers in Iowa, by Hiawkeyos. - BUTTE, Aug. 10.--[pecial.]-In the Davis d will trial to-day Amos Steckel, for the con testants, testi.ed that he has been engaged in the banking business fifteen years; that the examination of signatures was part of his business: he has known James R. Eddy ' and received letters from him and he be lieve i the alleged will to be in the hand i1 writing of James It. Eddy, with the possi ble exception of the signature of James I Davis. On cross-examination the witness le admitted that five years ago he was indicted r- for perjury. He said it was as a result of a Is business complication end misunderstand n ing and that the indictment was quashed r on a technicality. F. W. Moore was next examined for contestants and said he e is assistant cashier in a Bloom d field, Iowa, bank. He said he r- had seen the writing of James d Davis and, looking at the will, said he did 'o not think the name on the will was James s LDavis' signature. Alvin C. Hanshaw, the next witness, lives in Wapello county, Iowa, is and is a teamster. He has known James R. Eddy since 1880. and has seen both his is writing and that of James Davis. The wit i. ness, asked whether he had sufficient In knowledge of J. It. Eddy's writing to tell w who wrote the will, replied that he would not have a definite opinion. John C. Rog _ ers, of Iowa, has known James Davis since at 1857; knew Job Davis until he died, and at know Eddy and his writing. He saw him il write the James Davis will. The witness gave it as his firm conviction that J. R. Eddy wrote the contested will. The wit Sness further said that James R. Eddy was id a poor speller and usually went down first it in spelling matches, while Job Davis. who, the proponents claim, wrote the will, was a crack speller. He then said that it J. R. Eddy wrote a will for him, 1- and the will was produced t- in court. Col. Ingersoll desired to place it in evidence to show that the mistakes in d spelling in this will are exactly the same as r. the contested will. This otter was not to allowed. Moses Polin said that he went to n school with Job ])avis, who was a good t' writer, and in school set copy for the wit t ness. The alleged will was shown, and he y said he didn't think Job Davis wrote it. r He did not think the namue Job Davis on the alleged will was lite the real signature of Job Davis. iOn cross-examination he )f said he had seen none of Job Davis' writing io since 1860. lie said Job Davis was a good .d speller and usually sprlled down all adver 0 saries. lie was confident Job Davis never spelt give "guive." W. C. t.ogers, a farmer of Davis county. Iowa, had gone to school with Jobt, Dlavis; has seen his writiig; ws u shown the will and did lnot blievo Job t- wrote it. TO T11 COtEI It D)'At1ENEI. lrepiaraitlone for t 1 n I'ivenrusllei-Tiime Table of the New lino. MIaoourLA, Aug. 10--[Spoeial.1-The fol lowing plan for the Misua;ula ex oursion will be submitted to the Ceuur d'Alene people tomorrow and it meeting their approval, will be adopted. The ex uotsion to leave the ,eoar d'Aleno on the morning of Aug. o1, and return from Mis soula next day. The Cornish athletto gaumes, which take place in the mines be tween the 14th and 17th, may interfere with these dates. The Montana excursion will leave Helena and Missoula on the morning of Aug. )tt, and go to Wallace, lBurke and Wardner. It will return on the morn tug of the 22d, remaining one full day in the Cou.r d'Aleues. Superin teudeut Ratlllsy this evening received ofllcial notice that the road between the o.Vur d'Aleno Mission and St. Regis will be turned over to the operating department Aug. 15, and will be unuder the jurisdiction of the Rocky Mountain division. John )oraey has been appointed assistant super intendent, with jurisdiction from D)e tlmet to Cetoir d'Alene Mission, with office at Wallace. Mr. Dorsey was formerly general agent for the Cttur d'Alenee and located at tCour d'Alene lilty. The Ctmur d'Alene train service will be as follows: Local paseaeger, leaves Missoula seven i. mo., connecting with the west bound through train ltriving at Miasoula at 6:351 a. su.. and gets to Wallace it 1:130 p. m. This will give the (Ctur d'Alene people a thonligh connection from the east with Butts and Anaconda connections. The east bound local passenger will leave Wallace at eight a. mi., arriving at Missoula at 2:10 p. m., making connection at the latter point with Train No. 2, east-bound, affording through connection with the east and all local points throughout Montana. A freight train will leave Misanula at 4:130 a. m., ar riving at Wallace at 2:80 p. m. Merchan. dise shipped from Helena, Butte, Anaconda or Missoula on the afternoon of one day will be delivered at points in the Ocaur d'Alenee the afternoon of the following day. A freight train will leave Wallace at 4:30 a. m. and arrive at Missoula at 2:30 p. m., connecting with the through freight on the main line, practically shortening the time between the Ceour d'Alenes and the east twenty-four hours. This system has been recently made standard from Mullen to Wallace and Burke. The only part now remaining nar row guage is from Wallace to Cour d'Alene Mission. That from Wallace to Wardner will probably be made standard during the current year. Arrested for Committing Forgery. GalAT FAILS, Aug. 10.--[Speeial.1-Yes. terday afternoon James Iliff, a crooked character who has done time during recent years both at Deer Lodge and in the county jail, was placed under arrest, charged with forging a check on J. Cornelius, the Boston & Montana contractor, for $28.40. He was given a preliminary examinination this af ternoon before Judge Moorehouse and held in $1,000 bonds for trial at the next term of court. Iliff was but recently released from jail on a charge of forging checks on t Mclntire Bros., the surveyors. Formerly a Reporter. a MsourLA. Aug. 10.- [Special.] -Jacob t Gore, formerly a reporter on the Missoula d Gazette, was arrested this evening by Dep s uty bheriff Abernathy, on an order from Sheriff Jeffris, of Lewis and Clarke county. i Gore has recently been living in Demeri ville and returned to Missoula a few days Since. He is wanted by the Helena people for forgery. It is stated that he also forged e the names of several Demereville people. a Rich Sweepstakes. GREAT FALLS. Aug. 10.-[Special.]-A big strike in the Sweepstakes mine is reported y from Neihart. A shot at the depth of thirty feet disclosed a five-foot vein of rie chloride ore. Stock in this company has taken a sudden jump. Rate of Taxation. Bu.rrE, Aug. 10.--[Special.]-The county tax was fixed to-day at 123 mills and the city tax at 83 mills. THEIR NEW HOME. Laying the Corner Stone of the First Presbyterian Sunday School Building. The members of the First Presbyterian congregation were in a happy frame of mind yesterday afternoon. Something they had been looking forward to with great eagerness was about to take place the laying of the corner stone of the new home of the congregation. The exercises began at 5 p. m., at the corner of Eleventh avenue and Ewing street. It was not the corner stone of the church edifice proper, but of the Sunday school annex. Seats were arranged about the stone on a plat form where the organ and choir were sta tioned. Among those on the platform were Hon. E. W. Knight, Judge N. W. McCon nell, Francis Murphy, Rev. T. J. May, members of the Presbyterian Sunday school, trustees, elders, deacons and others, A hymn, "The One Foundation;" opened the exercises, after which Rev. T. V. Moore lead in a responsive reading,dollowed by Rev. T. J. May in prayer. There was an other hymn, when the pastor introduced Mr. Knight, the assistant superintendent of the Sunday school, who gave a very com prehensive history of the school since its organization in 1872. An address was de livered by Judge N. W. McConnell, presi dent of the board of trustees. Mayor Kleinschmidt, who was also down on the programme for an address, was delayed and could not be present. The pastor called upon Francis Murphy to fill Mr. Kleinsohmidt's time, which he did with great satisfaction to the audience. The stone was then laid by Mrs. J. M. Wood bridge, nee Emma M. Hedges, who has been identified with the Sundiay school since childhood. The pastor lead in prayer and then the entire congregation arose and sung Rtook of Ages. A benediction closed the exercises. A receptacle in the stone has been left open, in which will be placed a number of articles which will be of great interest to future generations. Among the articles to be deposited will be a photograph of the scene of the laying of the stone, copies of the IHelena daily papers, one of Francis Murphy's temperance pledges signed by himself and Mrs. Murphy. and to which is knotted a blue ribbon, a bible, list of the officers of the congregation and members of the Sunday school, and some sacred literature. Youthful Vandals. There is a great deal of just complaint on the part of property owners in Helena at the wanton destruction of doors, window panes, and other portions of unoccupied houses. A lady who owns some houses on Rodney street, says the boys in the neighborhood not only break ill the doors and destroy the paper on the walls, but they capture cats, wire them together and then make them fight to the death. The lady has had her property watched, and finds that not only boys but girls also are engaged in the busi nas. hoe has the names of these young people and is determined that this is the last warnig she will give. The next time they break into her houses, she will have them arrested. It is a species of vandalism which costs hundreds of dollars each month and an organized effort will be made to put a stop to it. The Limited Mall. A large audience greeted the first pro duction of this comedy-drama in Helena at Ming's last night. It was received with great favor. The realistic features, such as the flight of the limited mail, are the beat ever seen on the stage here. The piece is in the hands of oapable people. There are a number of songs and soime excellent dano ing by Miss Grace Sherwood. The follow ing music has been specially composed for The Limited Mail: "The Music of the Wires" (romIana ) "The Sweet Manipula tor of the Wi:es" (song and dance) "The Stnllal song," "The Irish Section Man." "The Limited Mail" (overture), and "The Limited Mail" (waltz song.) The engage ment closes this evening. Two Pardons. Gov. Toole granted unconditional par dons yesterday to John Waugh and John Hancock, which will be acted upon by the board of pardons. Waugh was found guilty of alleged rape at Miles City, but it appears from the governor's letter to the board that he was made a principal in order to seeare the conviction of the girl's mother. The other subject of executive elemency was John Hancock, who was convicted for sell Ing whisky to Indians and sentenced for one year and to pay a fine of $00. The fine has been paid. *Hanok was tried laM F ebruary.