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VOL XXXIII.-NO. 18 , ELENA, MONTANA, FRIDAY MORNING. MARCH 1 1, 1892. PRICE FIVE CSNTS
ANS &&
-HLEIN.
ON MARCHI IITIT, 1874,
CHARLES SUMNER died in Bos
ton. The greatest of his orations,
a two days' speech on "The
Crime against Kansas" was full
of the most withelring denun
ciations. It so inflamed PRESTON
S. BROOKS of South Carolina
that, six days later, he assaulted
SUMNER in the Senate chamber,
where he beat him into insensi
bility with a cane.
MVlanhattan,
Dress,
Flannel,
and
Madras
Shirts.
Spring
Suits.
Spring
OVercoats.
J(nox,
Miller
and
Stetson
Derbys
and
Silk
Hats.
Jeckvear
and
Hosiery
NoVelties.
Dr. yaeger's
Sanitary
Underw ear.
FANS &
- -- -EIN.
GEMOCRA
No Split Because of a Difference
of Opinion on Tariff
Matters.
Advocates of a General Bill Sup
port Heartily the Plan of
Springer.
Republleans, Secure In the Stronghold of
Class Legislation, but Little Inter
ested In the Debate.
WASuHTOTON, March 10.-The tariff dis
cussion to-day was a striking contrast to
the scenes which characterized debates on
the McKinley bill two years ago. Then it
was obvious that whatever measure passed
the house would be concurred in by the
senate, and signed by the president, there
fore every successive step was bitterly con
tested by the democrats. This year the re
publican minority of the house is coun
fronted with no such probabilities. That
the measure reported by the ways and
means committee will pass the house is con
ceded, but that none will receive the sanc
tion of the senate is considered probable
by the republicans of the house. The im
probability of the tariff bill ever becoming
law naturally detracts from the deep inter
est that would otherwise be manifested by
the house in these measures and makes
their consideration somewhat a perfunc
tory proceeding.
After the naval appropriation bill was re
ported and referred to thecommittee of the
whole, the house went into committee of
the whole on the wool bill. Dingley con
eluded his speech in opposition to the
measure and Turner (Ga.) took ground mn
advocacy of the bill. In his opening re
marks, Turner blastetd whAtever hopes
there may have been that dissensions
would appear in the democrat ranks as to
the Springer policy of separate bills, by
stating that while he had favored a general
bill he deferred to men for whose judgment
he had the deepest respect, and would urge
with all his efforts and ability the bills now
pending before the house. His delicate
compliment to Chairman Springer and col
leagues from one who was, in the past, such
a warm advocate of the Mills tariff policy.
was warmly appreciated by the democratic
side and freely applauded. Turner then
turned attention to criticism of Speaker
Reed's ruling in the last congress
denying that the recent decision
of the supreme court vindicated
those rulings. When Walker (Mass.) rose
to defend the ex-speaker. Turner criticised
him, to the manifest annoyance of Reed,
who -occupied a seat some distance from
Turner. Reed intimated to Walker that he
would reply to the criticisms at the proper
time, suggesting that hbe be permitted to do
so. Reed, wishing to reply to the criticism,
expressed the opinion that his action was
thoroughly vindicated by the decision of
the supreme court. 'Ihe question was
whether he violated his duty in counting
the members present who were in the
chamber. Never before the decision of the
court had any admission been made that it
was a p esent quorum and not an acting
quorum that the constitution demanded.
Turner replied that the gentleman from
Maine (Reed) had occupied both sides of
the question and been wrong on both sides.
[Democratic laughter.] Reed retorted that
he had been correct and consistent. Turner
said he always had the highest respect for
the gentleman from Maine; he differed
from him in his administration of the
chair, but had no intention to offend
the gentleman in criticism of
such administration. Reed had no
doubt, lie said, in regard to the good will
existing between Turner and himself. Con
tinuing, Reed argued that under the con
stitution a present quorum was sufflcient
for the tiansaction of business. The gen
tleman from Georgia had seen fit to refer to
the last election. Now. often in the his
tory of the wbrld had the righteous gone
temporarily to the wall. I Great Laughter.
Mr. Patterson (Tenn.) made an argu
ment in support of the bill, and inveighed
against the protection policy of the repub
lican party, which, he asserted, was detri
mental to the interests of the negro labor
ers of the south. He denounced the force
billaa the most infamous of nll infamous
measures, congratulating the country that
the republican caf ty was itself now
ashamed of having advocated it. The far
mers of the south and went were dissatis
tied withthhe present condition of effairs
and were clamoring for a ieductioh of tax
ation. At the conclusion of Patteraons's
speech the committee rose and the house
adjourned.
THE ARII) LANDS.
A Remonstrance Agninst Ceding Them to
the ltates.
WATsm(oTroN, March 10.-Senator Teller
introduced a remonstrance from Sterliug,
Col., signed by the citizens of the eastern
part of the state protesting against the
passage of any law ceding arid lands to
states and territories. The remonstrances
set forth that the passage of such a law at
the present time would he disastrous to
runny large distriotsin the so-called arid re
gion, as it would stop immigration there
unto and completely cut off the last chance
home-seekers for years to come.
It further saey that much of the land
claimed as arid is not arid, but is well
adapted to general anriculture, although
large sections of the legion are almost be
yond the possibility of irrigation and,
though partially arid, can be utilized for
numerous homes.
It states that the problem of reclamation
should be nettled before the lauds 'no with
drawn. If they are ceded title shonlt pass
or settlement be forbidden until the states
and territories shall have adopted proper
and effectual measures for their reolunta
tion.
Rlanm Protected the Spies.
WAsmNorON, March 10.-In the IRaum
investigation to-day II. C. Tanner, chief of
the appointment division of the interior
departmetnt, said Acting Secretary Chandler
accepted his resignation, to take effect at
once, but subsequently modified the accout
uanoe o as to allow thirty days' leave, Gen.
Bussey saying lhe would take the responsi
bility therefor. L.etters relating to three
other dismissed clerks were put in evidence
for the purpose of showing that Smith had
Raied on men and caused trouble, and that
Commissioner Itaum had protected tSmith
in his wrong doing.
The Treaty of Arbitration.
WAsINsrIaToNe,March 10.-The arbitration
treaty submitted to the senate by the preosi
dent recites the desire of the governments
of this country and England for an amican
ble settlement of the questions concerning
the jurisdictional rights of the United
states in Bering sea; also concerning the
preservation of the fur seal in said sea and
the rights of the subjects of either country
as regards the taking of seal in the sea.
Therefore the questions will be submitted
to an arbitration committee composed of
a.en; two to be named by the president of
e United States; two to be named by
Ueen Victoria, and one each by the prey -
ent of the French republic, the king of
Italy and the king of Norway and Sweden.
The treaty provides for the time and place
of meeting of the arbitrators, the various
points to be submitted, annd for the filling
of vacancies that may exist iln the commit
teeo for the employment of necessary cler
ical assistants, etc., and binds this country
and England to consider the flindings of the
tribunal as a fuall, perfect and final settle
ment of all questions referred.
Vessels Available for ierlng Nea.
WasnnacToN, March 10.-Gon. Foster, of
the state department. who is assisting the
president in the Bering sea negotiations,
hada long conference at the navy depart
ment this afternoon with Secretary Tracy
and Commodore 'Ramsey, chief of the
bureau of navigation. The conference, it
is thought, related to the consideration of
the course to be pursued by the navy in
enforcing the contention of this govern
ment that pelagic sealing in Bering sea
shallbe wholly suspended pending settle
ment of the controversy by arbitration. If f
Great Britain declines the proposition for
a renewal of the modus vivendi, this gov- I
ornment will, no donbt, send all available
vessels to Bering sea' soon enough, if possi
ble, to control its appro aches and prevent I
the entrance of all sealing vessels, Ameri- I
can as well as others. The vessels available
for this service are the Charleston, Balti
more and Ranger, at San Francisco: the
Mohican, now qn her way to Port Orchard, 1
Washington, with the Nipsic in tow, and
the Yorktown and Boston, now en route to
San Fiancisco from C(allie. The revenue
cutters Bear. Rush and Corwin, now fitting
out at San Franoisco for their annual
cruise to the Seal islands, will also assist.
Gold and Silver Certificates.
WASRINGOTON, March 10.-Acting Secretary
Spalding sent to the house, in answer to a
resolution of that body, a letter containing
information on the subject of the issue and
redemption of gold and silver certificates,
etc. The letter shows that gold certificates
issued from July 1, 1877, to Jan. 1, 1892,
amounted to 5609.089,806, and the amount
redeemed to $445,088,503. The issue of sil
ver certificates from May 9, 1878, to Jan. 1,
1892 aggregated$1680.708,000, and the amount
redeemed to $356,311,682. Paper money
outstanding Jan. 1, 1886, $921,431,194;
amount Jan. 1, 1892, $1,097,281,512. Gener
ally speaking, the acting secretary says,
gold certificates were redeemed principally
in gold coin or bullion, while silver certifi
cates, being usually presented in a muti
lated condition, were redeemed by the issue
of new silver certificates.
Blownu Down by the Wind.
WASmHINTON, March 10.-Mrs. Palmer,
wife of the Illinois senator, had just gotten
off a street car and was walking toward the
capitol this morning when a gust of wind
struck and threw her with great force to
the stone flagging. Her head was badly
cut and blood flowed freely. Two other la
dies suffered similar mishaps, one being
rendered unconscious.
Wheat and Corn.
WASHINGTON, March 10.-The March re
port of the distribution of wheat and corn,
made by the department of agriculture,
shows a reserve stock of wheat in the grow
ers' hands, 171,000,000 bushels, the largest
ever reported. The estimated quantity of
corn in the farmers' hands is 860,000,000
bushels.
Helena Public Building.
WAsmnIi oNG . March 10.-[Special.]-The
house committee on public buildings has
agreed to report favorably an appro
priation of $150,000 for a building at
Helena.
Capital Notes.
The senate passed the agricultural meat
inspection deficiency bill.
Secretary Blaine is better. The cold is
passing away and his fever is gone.
Representative Springer is now consid
ered practically out of danger. Dr. Vim
cent left for home Wednesday night.
The remains of the late Representative
Kendall. accompanied by his wife and son
and senators and representatives appointed
to attend the fnneoral, left Washington
Thursday afternoon.
WHO IS HOTCHKISS?
The Plaintiff in a Bond Suit Begun at
Missouila.
Mrssour,A, March l0.-[Special.]-It was
learned this afternoon that acomplaint had
been filed at five p. m. to-day in the dis
trict court to restrain the county commis
sioners from selling Missoula county bonds.
The injunction was granted by the court.
The compiaint was made on the grounds
that the question of issuing said bonds had
not been nubmitted to a vote of the people,
and that such issue was illegal under the
constitution of Montana. The bonds re
feriod to are $15,00,, twenty-year six per
cents, and were bid on three weeks since by
a number of different bond buyers. The
bid of Rollins & Son, of Denver, at $3.500
over par, was the one accepted. Hotch
kiss, the person named as complainant, is
unknown here. Judge McConnell, of Helena,
is attorney for the plaintiff. Gen. Marion,
chairman of the board of county commis
sioners, when interviewed, stated that no
promise will be made to obtain a compro
irise, which seems to be the object sought
by the parties backing the proceedings.
SPARKS FROM T'HE V WIRES.
Two young daughters of John Soneafldt
were burned to death at Marysville, Wash.
Ohio capitalists have consummated ne
gotiations for piping natural gas into Salt
Lake City.
HIeies of six Italians slain by the New Or
loans mob have began suits for damages
aggregating $30,000.
The Bell telephone directors have voted
to issue 7j2,U,00,000 in stock, one share at per
to each holder of six shares.
John F. Winslow, who helped introduce
the manufacture of Besseemer stoel in this
country, died 'Ihursday at Troy. N. Y.
A letter from Juneau, Alaska, save that
Tascott, the alleged murderer of Ahlllion
airo Snell, is now in the Yukon river counu
tiy.
The New Jersey senate and the Phila
delphia Methodist conferecce have re
solved for closing the World's lair on Bun
day.
The Texas republican state convention
endorsed the pruesot administration and
elected a strong Harison delegation to
Minneapolis.
A Washington special says Congressman
IIarter has addressed on upon letter to Sen
ator Hill demanding his position on the
silver question.
Prince John Zobiesk, grandson of a king
of Poland, is under .,rreat at Mount Kirko,
N. Y. lie was in possession of a stolen
horse and wagon.
John BIrigtt, of Ozark, Mo., sent his wife
to a spring for water, then followed her,
shot her through the head and lied. When
the neighborscatoh him Judge Lynch will
officiate.
United States District Attorney Milchrist,
of Chicago, is busy investstcating the
methods of the biscuit trust, having in view
an aotion slmilar to that taken with re.
gIard to the whisky and cordage trusts.
HOOSIERS FOR HARRISON,
The Indiana State Republican Con.
vention Very Solid for Their
Favorite Son.
But the Gentleman From the
Twelfth Asks What Harri
son Has Done.
'"vorylhing," Is the Reply. Which Is Cer
tainly Comprehensive Enough--Thu
Delegates Instructed for Hlim.
INDIANAPTOLIR, March 10.-The republican
state convention met hero to-day with
Warren G. Banyer as permanent chairman.
Sayer's allusions to President Harrison
evoked much enthusiasm. After the re
port of the committee on credentials the
report of the committee on resolutions was
made. It reaffirmed devotion to the prin
ciples of the party set forth in the national
platform of 1888; endorsed the brilliant ad
ministration of Benjamin Harrison and in
etructed the delegates to give their earnest
and unswerving support by working and
voting for his nomination so long as his
name shall be before the convention. After
the resolutions were read ex-Congressman
White, of the twelfth district, took excep
tion to to the resolutions endorsing Harri
son. Amid hisses he asked:
"What has President Harrison done?"
"' verything," shouted the convention.
In spite of the hissing, Captain White said
he had no personal differences with Presi
dent Harrison, but did not think the Indi
ana delegates should go to Minneapolis
with their hands tied. Delegates-at-large
to the national convention were then
elected. The Harrison resolution was
adopted.
CLEVELAND MAY ACCEPT.
Not a Candidate, but if Chosen Would Not
Decline.
BUFFALO. N. Y., March 10.-It is asserted
by Francis D. Locke, a personal friend of
Grover Cleveland, that Mr. Cleveland ex
presses himself as unalterably opposed to
the methods emoloyed by the Hill faction
in this state, and while he is careful not to
express his feelings to any one connected
with the press, he does not hesitate to de
nounce the February convention in no un
certair language to his intimate friends.
Mr. Locke said ,to-night that the ex-presi
dent not lone ago said to him that he was
in thorough sympathy with the orotesting
of the May convention which is to be held
in Syracuse. and asserting, in his opinion,
it was the only way in which the demo
crats of the state of New York could
properly manifest their ooposition to the
methods employed by Hill's friends.
Regarding the position of Mr. Cleveland
on the presidential question, Locke said
that Cleveland was not a candidate.
"Mr."Cleveland said to me a few days
ago," said Mr. Locke. "'I am not a candi
date for the presidential nomination, but
if the convention in Chicago sees fit to take
action in my favor I cannot refuse to ao
cept; however. I shall be perfectly satisfied,
whatever the ontcome of the convention
shall be."'
This statement, coming as it does from a
bosom friend of ex-President C eveland, is
regarded by a majority of Mr. Cleveland's
friends in this city as correctly represent.
ing Mr. Cleveland's opinion in the matter.
Palmer in the Race for Good.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 9.-The news of
the endorsement of Palmer and Altgeld by
the Cook county convention was hailed
with joy be the democratic friends of Gen.
Palmer in this city. A meeting was im
mediately called at' G(en. Palmer's office
and a Palmer club was organizen, the ob
ject of which is to assist the presidential
boom of their candidate in every possible
way. The meeting was piesided over by
ex-Mayor Charles E. Hay and numbered
among its charter members such prominent
democrats as Representatives Frank H.
Jones and E. L. Merritt, Dr. J. ]L. Wilcox,
County Clerk Rogers, Coroner Hofferkamp,
City Treasurer Lennox. City Attorney Me.
Grath, City Clerk Frank Williams, Ekward
Itidgely, Stuart Brown and many others,
There was great enthusiasm and the club
was permanently organized, with the Hon.
C. E. 1-lay as president, John Kehoe, secro
tary, and P. Bartelme, treasurer. The
organization takes in the whole county,
vice-presidents being appointed for each
ward and township.
Clarksoa's Eulogy of Quay.
P'nIr.L.DELPHIna, March 10. - Chairman
Clarkson, of the republican national coin
muittee, has written a letter to Frank W.
Leach, of this city, regarding the services
Senator Quay has rendered the republican
party, in which he says, reducing to writing
the remarks delivered at the meeting of the
committee, November last: "The services
rendered by Senator Quay to the republi
can party have never been fully appre
ciated. The party will never know, and
never could repay, such service." Various
instances of Quay's superiority as a politi
cal leader are referred to in the letter,
which is very lengthy, and closes: "The
republican party, the republican press,
nighit well imitate the democratic pat:ty
and press in this respect. Whenever the
teptblican leader goes into the lire and du
feats the enemy, he should not afterwards
be abandoned through the malice of the
enemy he has defeated."
His Chlances Good.
C(tItmato, March 10.--Gen. Alger was in
the city to-day and speaks favorably of his
chances of securing the lomination for the
presidenoy. In speaking of his war lecord
(ioen. Alger says he has a surprise inl store
for ('harles A. Dana whllich will prove at
regular bombshell when it is exploded.
Too lMany lRepublicans.
JriFEIrsooN COIY, Mo., March 10.-A joint
conference of the senate and house coot
mittee on congressional districts agreed on
a bill forming fourteen democratic and one
republican 'district.
I)lislnseldt an Appeal.
SAN FllAmlisco, March 10.--lu the case of
the United States vs. the California & Ore
gon lhnd company, the United States cir
cuit court dislpissed. the appetl of the
Uluted Staates. Judge tHanford dissented.
The original complaint asks that patents
issued to the Oregon Central Military Road
compauy be set aside, as the latter had not
carried out its contract. The rund had not
been built.
llrothers Will lie Lynche.ld.
liarlr. m IocK, Ark., March 10.-Intense
excitement prevails in Ashel county to-day
and a double lynching is probable. The
cause of the trouble is the poisoning of
Mirs. Sallie Hannibal, who died last night.
Ben and Omer Carpenter, brothers, accused
q4 the crime, will be lynched when caught.
COI'PERt (;3.3BI1 N 'I .
Said to lfavo Itesen Effeted to Limit the
output.
Niw Yonu, March l0.--ltumoro of a great
combination which, if effected, will involve
millions of dollars just now are proving
matters of prime interest to meanufactutrers
and dealers in copper and holders of copper
mining stocks. For monlths copper prices
have been very low and the tension upon
most copper mrinini companies in the Lake
oMperior repton, jilontenn, Arizona and
Now Mexico to kdhep things going has been
severe. It has long been urged by copeer
men that some combin:ation to limit
production sbould be forced, but only
within ia very recent timer has the matter
asnumed shape. Noeotiations have been
carried on very secretlv. The course of
prices, however, in the Bioston marlet, has
shown that things sie going on favorably.
A Boston dispatch receoved this afternoon
says: "It is stated here on good authority
that the proposed combination of copper
mine properties, with the exception of the
Quincy company, which declined to join,
has practically been effected. It is stated
that the annual production of the Anac:onda
mine is fixed at 70,000.000 pounds and the
Calumet and Hocla at 6(O,0,01000."
J. B3. Heigin to-night denied that it was
the Anaconda's intention to add any west
ern mines to its plant. ieo declined to say
anything about the effort of prodneers to
fix a uniform price or limit of production.
"A trust would have been brought about
and a uniform price fixed by the largest
producers if a certain big company did not
desire to get control of all the copper mrines
in the west," said a man who knows all
about the conferences which have been
held between the copler men. " There are
big mines in Arizona end JNew Mexico as
well as in Montana. If one company was in
control of all these it would be in better po
sition than at present to fix p:icee to suit it
self. Mining companies in Arizona and
New Mexico are not making much money
at present and are perfectly willine to en
ter into any agreement with the Anaconda
company of Montana and the Calumet &
Hecla company of Michigan. but are not
willing to sell a controlling interest in their
property to any other comtany, and as the
Anaconda company wants to get hold of
these companies it proposes to oppose any
measure that places these mines in an in
dependent position. It is to the Anaconda
interest to keep the price of copper down
at ~iresent, so the Arizona and New Mexico
compannies can be more easily brought to
terms, and for that reason the Anaconda
will not at present consent to sell copper
at any fixed price."
OUT OF BREAD.
Meeting of Unemployed Workingmen in
Various Sec(ions.
I3anr.r, March 10.-Meetings were held at
Leipsic to-day at which 2,5(:0 men out of
work were present. A.number of plans for
bettering the condition of the workingmen
were debated. It was finally decided that
delegates be sent to the municipal authori
ties asking that public works for the relief
of distressed people be immediately
started. At Cologne unemployed workmen
formed themselves into a procession and
marched in the town hall. Here the burgo
master appeared and made a molifying ad
dress, saying the authorities were doing all
in their power to alleviate distress and
hoped means would soon be reached to ac
complish this end. He promised to try to
find work for every one and in the meam
time employment would be given those
men who were married and had families to
support. When the burgomaster finished
the crowd cheered him heartily, then
quietly dispersed. At Dortmund, a town
of Prussia in Westphalia, much suffering
also exists among the laboring classes.
Over two thousand men employed in the
iron works have been thrown out of work
within a week and others received that
their services may have to be dispensed
with in a short time, as there are indica
tions of trade paralysis and all works may
shut down entirely.
)llsreputable Represen tatives.
VALP..I.AISO, March 10.--Judge of Crimes
Noguera has concluded an investigation of
the case of Lieut. Harlow, World's fair
commissioner to Chili, and handed the ev
idence to the temporary minister of foreicun
affairs. Noguera's exiimination show as that
Lieut. iarlow, under the name of Reamer,
sent dispatches to several New York news
papers, and Consul McCrooeery also wrote
dispatches to the same papers. In the
judge's opinion the dispatches sent by Har
low and McCreery contained many un
truthful statements which were calculated
to operate against anmicable relations of
Chili with the United States. lie says there
is also evidence to prove that several tele
grams sent to the American legation at
Santiago addressed to Reamer. Upon the
formation of the new cabinet the Chtlian
minister of foreign affairs will be urged to
bring the matter to the noticeof the United
Stateq government.
In conversation Senor lsidore Er azuriz
said the Chilian government would like to
return Consul McCreery'sexeiquator, except
for fear of giving offense to the United
States and it would be greatly a.preciated
if the United States, of its own accord.
would send a new consul to Valparaiso who
would not lend himself to transactions in
exchange based on diplomatic data ob
tamned through his oflicial position.
New Chlllsna Cabinet.
VALpAui.stoo, March 10.--lt is understood,
that at a meeting of the liberty party last
night Eduardo Matte was selected to form
a new cabinet. The following is said to be
the composition of the cabinet: Minister
of the interior, Eduardo Matte: foreign af
fairs, Senor Costellos; justice, Caspar 't ore;
finance, Augustin Edwards; war and tear.
ine. Luis Barros Borgono; public works,
'iounts )Davita iL:rain. With the excep
tion of Senor llorgono all these imien held
cabinet positions during the fjrst year of
th'ilmaceda's presidency.
Retlirement of a Itlodlter.
ToaoTro, Ont., March 10.-It was re
ported Wednesday from an authoritative
source that Mercier and all the minor
boodlors would at once be prosecuted. It
ccae also stated that Mlercier would ie ex
pellld from the house. This tmornsing anl
agreeelllnt was reached that if Mercier re
tired fromt public life the criminal procood
ings would be delayed. Morcier resigned
his seat in the legislature anud issued a cir
cular to his friends.
I)'leaoins's Daughterstl .
Canssvs, Mlarch 10.-Mr. Deacon sent rep
resuentatives to ('tuneos to-day to take his
second and third daughtersaway fromt their
mother. Mrs. Dueacon strongly olpposed
the separation and a heart reudings scene
occurred. Iater in the iday Mrs. Delacon
started for IParis. 'L'he other two daughters
are in Genoa with their grandmuother.
00,h000 Sioldltlr in LItnr.
LINsIONg, March 10.-The next Rlussian
military tualenvres in the vicinity of Mos
cow will be on a gigantio scale. Six army
corps will take part, besides guards nud
cavalry, the whole reaching a total of '0W,
000 tueu.
IO,000 Mlen Will its Idle.
LuioNt, March 10.-The Durham miners'
decision to strike has' ausod the iron imas
ters to prepare to shut down their furnaces.
The iu on and steel works will also close,
throwing out of work 10,000 men.
MONTANA MILITARY POST
Policy of the Department to Concen
trate Troops at Advantageous
Railroad Centers.
Fort Missoula Will Most Proba
bly Be Maintained as a Per
manent Post.
.eoenmmendations of the House Military
(.'omm ittee-Irorm Coogrenlsman
Dixon and Mr. Blcktord.
WAs.rroTrorn, March 10.--[Special.l--The
bill for eatablishinu a military post at
ilelena was presented in the house to-day
and sent to the committee on the whole. It
was accompanied by a unanimous favora
ble report of the members of the house
committee on military affairs. The report
says: "The importance of establishing a
military post at Helena has been consid
ered by the military authorities for some
time, and was presented to the war depart
ment prior to the convening of this con
aress. It is regarded as more necessary at
this time because the question of repairing
Fort Custer is pressed upon the attention
of the deartment by the sad condition of
the buildings at that post. If the post at
Helena is established the one at Fort Cus
ter cab be abapdoned much to the benefit
of the service and the saving of expendi
tures made necessary by the remoteness of
Custer from railroads, and by the nature of
the wagon roads to that point. The estab
lishment of the post at Helena is in direct
accord with a system of centralizing large
forces at points of railroad intersection,
and establishing a line of such posts across
the country at a suitable distance from our
northern frontier."
Appendant to the report are letters from
the secretary of war. Gen. Miles and Gen.
Merritt. Regarding the abandonment of
other posts the committee say: "Fort Mis
soula well might be retained for some years -
to come and possibly permanently. Thu
range of mountains between it and Helena,
the proximity of Indians, and other cir
cumstances, sustain the retention of Fort
Missoula."
The bill amended appropriates $100,000
for the Helena post whenever the govern
ment shall acquire title to not lessethan
1,000 acres of land frbe of cost.
TWO LETTETRS.
Read Before a Meeting of the Missoula
Board of Trade.
MmisouLA, March 10.- [Special.]-At a
meeting of the Missoulaboardof trade this
evening communications were read from
Congressman Dixon and from Hon Wm.
Bickford, relating to the bill establishing a
regimental post at Holenat The commun
cation from Mr. Dixon was to the effedt
that he favored the bill establishing a poti
at Helena, and that such a bill was not in
imical to the interestsof Missoula; that the
establishment of a regimental post in the
northwest was a matter of the near future;
and that Helena, or Spokane, Wash., must
necessarily be the location; that in favor
ing this post he was doingsoin the interests
of the general welfare of his own state.
This letter was written before the arrival
of Mr. Bickford at Washington. Mr.
Bickford's communication discussed the
question from a different sttndpoint and
maintained the opposite view. The board
endorsed Mr. Bickford's views on the mat
ter and resolved to maintain the fight
against the establishment of the post at
Helena, holding that Missoula was the
proper and favorable location.
RAGED THIIWT'Y HOURS.
Then the Blizzard Moved Off to the
North west.
ST. PAUL, March 10.-After raging with
terrific fury for thirty hours the blizzard
has passed to the northeast, leaving in its
wake intense cold. As fuller details of the
storm are received its magnitude and in
tensity are shown. Fears are entertained
that there may be a great loss of life.,
Many teople who were out in the
storm have not returned, and friends
are anxiously awaiting news of them. If
lost the intense cold would prove fatal. On
account of the condition of the wires and
the di ilt covered country roads, full details
of the loss of life will be slow in coming in.
Reports of dateagV to moperty are re
coceived from all over Minnesota and the
I)akotas, while communnication with Mon
tuna is still out olf. Farmers in North Da
kota are compelled to postpone their wheat
seeding.
Last night and to-day all trains were de
layed throughout tilhe northwest on account
of the blizzard. On Northern Pacific, at
Lake Park. this morning, a sanow plow had
an end collision with a passenger train,
several trainmen being injured.
I so ii eo l)aa:.ige at Dululth.
Ditarrui, March it.--Immense damage
was done by the blizzard here. Incoming
trains wore delayed, and suburban trains
have nlot bean running for twenty-four
hours. lit West Duluth the smoke stack of
the Mlorrill & Hing saw mill was blown
down, E. Gullen, oan employe. being in
stantly killed and two others severely in
jured. A number of school children are
missing, but it is thought they were cared
for by tamuilies living near the school. A
number of losses of life are reported, but
not conlllirmed.
Several Frozen to Death.
(or\si Foius, N. 1).. March 10.-A man
named Nagent was frozen to death by the
blizzard, at Devils Lake, Win. Griffin, i
farmer, was caught by the blizzard while
returning from townl and trozen to death.
Others are reported missing and searchling
parties are out for them. At Grafton a
mani and his team were frozen to death
during the blizzard. Others came near
.uffternisg the same rate. The storm did
great damage there.r
P'aiaed a Dividend.
New YOxK, March 10.-St. Paul directors
at their meeting to-day declared no divi
dend on common stuock, but declared the
Eonti-annual dividend of 3~). per cent on
preferred. Wheni the meeting adjourned a
statement was issued declaring that the
earnings of the first half had been ex
tionally largo, and adds: "At the close,
June :0. next, the accounts will be made
up, showing the results of the year's busi
ness, and the board will then have informs.
tion,as to the condition of crops and proba
ble earnings of the year to come, so that
before resuming dividends an intelligist
opinion can be formed as to what rate oec
be safely paid."

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