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DIAMOND CITY LODGE No. 7, A. F. and A. M. Stated Communications held attheir flall, in Diamond City, on the second and fotrth Saturdays of e.ch month. Sojouruing brothers are cordially invited to attend. LEIOPOLD) MARKS, W. Il. GOrLBERT E('KER, Secretary. ]RELIGIOUS. Services will be held on the Fourth Sunday in each month at the Duck Creek School House, at 12 M.,Cnd at Diamond City, same day, at 7. P. M. It. M. CRAVEN. liArrY New Year to all. EVERYBODY turns over a new leaf. NEw resolutions to do better are in or der. JAS. MAYNE, of Canyon terry, :S -quite ill. J. . I. PRKINS. of Chestnut, spent Christ mas week at Helena. J. A. Harris, postmaster ot Chestnut, has moved to his new home. THEn new Board of County Commiss'in erfhold their first session Monday next. BUSINESS at;lThder's Ranch 'eentin~es to prosper. Stephejis & Bro. set a good ttfble.; LYMAN ROWLEY, of Duck creek, has taken a position as foreman of the Whipporwill mnine. Mtss ¶IARY NOLAN, one of Diamond's fa vrittes, spent a few days among her triends last week. THERE htns been no snow on the range between Diamond and Camp Baker as yet to interfere with travel. IMR. AND SR8. HI. L. KEESE were in at tdndaince at the social hop at the Masonic ball Friday evening last. THos. F. Keene, one of the principal stoc:k-Mowers of tihe Missouri valley, called ,ih to do us substantial favors this week. THx Berry Bros., who psrshased 1,000 lhead of sheep last fall have been treating them forsebb iutil it is entirely cured. 'Trt mail leal iitg lelena for the north tad west are still carried on coaches, the nrow not being deep enough for sleighing. M .ss Oet a.&BRss, .of the PricklyrPear vpiley, has been spending the holiday veCa ti4n. with 3iss 'Addie 1McFadden, of Centre~ vile. MIssrs LOLA, Ida and Carrie Pickering, who have been spending vacation at bhome, gpade Diarpond a short visiti as.rreek. WE trust our new Board of" Ccimmission s will push forward the Smith river bridge roject. The bridge should be built by all eans before spring opens. BEEF hides and pelts should be stretched (l dried in g~od shape. iA J. Davidson, I.Helena, buys all such, paying eash prices thenm. A FOUR horse sleigh loaded: with Cave ilch folks passed, few days since on their turn from the White Sulphur springs, ither they had been to attend the grand 1. Hu club dance at Canyon ferry is a rceof much enjoitdent to the young ple of that secti.ii, Preparations were g made for a0 interesting dance last ht, . l ate snow fall exteided ic s ( j south mes Furgus' pilace on the Bentbn road. Inast advices from the Musseleh 11 coun ere to the effect that it :wtas entirely of snow. SCLAY GRAVES, who has been spend epast summer on the road between ack and the terminus of the railroad. ourning among his frieudls on the Mis valley. OUGH Messrs. Burt, Guans & Klein got start at preparing for the winter, they ave thleir flocks comfortably sheltered; el just completed at the Miller ranch r 400 feet lonu4and is well built. following offcerms wer~Aily installed lamond City lodge No.1, A. F. & A. Friday evening. Dec. 27th : VW. M. Barnes; S. 't.--I. L. Keene; '.- W. . Siebreht; T'reas.--. Ecker;i G. A. Hampton; S. *D.--David ; J. D.-Samuel Ilitchens; 8. S.-T. - ing; J. S.-W. C. Pierce; Tyler- cene. IYW are glad to learn that Col. Ilges, who has been confined to his room in Helena, is recovering, and expects to return to his home at Camp Baker to-morrow. Tin Eggleston Truss, which will be found advertised in our columns this week, presents some features which is well worth the attention of all afilidted with Hernia. 'This truss is meeting with great success and its manufacturer reports large sales. Ti.E Chitiitmas tree at Diamond proved a grand treat to the little folks, all of whom were in attendance. It was decidedly a tree for the young feiks, as was designed. The presents were not costly, but were quite nice, and all got a goodly share. Af ter the tree a dance was instituted which lasted the remainder of the night. Supper which was served at the Diamond City ho tel gave good satisfaction. Most everybody in town was out and enjoyed it hugely. WE would refer our readers to the card of Dr. J. L. Belcher, of Centreville, which appears in this issue. The' doctor belongs to the old Alopathic school; Is a graduate of Pope's Medical Institute, St. Louis, Mo., one of the best schools in the Mississippi valley. He has had seven years practice, in which he has been quite successful. He is sober and industrious and has located at Centreville to make a 'permanent home. His references ane good, and we take pleas ure In commending him to the favor of the good people in thls and adjoinlng counties. FaIDAY evening last, after the installa tion of officers; the Masons threw open the doors of their spacious hall and invited the people of town to~ join them in a merry danbe, *hichthey did. The evening was, indeed, pleasantly spent. Those who did not enjoy the terpsishorean sports passed, the time'gaming In the well furnished lodge room, up stairs. Supper, which was served by G. A. Hampton, of the Diamond City hiotel, !s. deserving. pof the highest praise. Everything was nice and the dining room comfortable. Ever'y one hqd lots of fun. THE Christmas tree at Centreville on the 24th ult., was rather-ahead otany yet known in that vicinity. The trees were loaded down with presents so much so that it vwas inipossibie to properly illumtinate them. The presents were generally very nice, and some quite costly. The children got a good ly supply, but the older ones come in for a share. There were over 200 people present and all seemed to rejoice that Santa Clause had served them so generously, and well they may, for a heavier ladened tree we have not seei' anywhere. At the hall which 'followed there were 73 tickets sold. WVE offer to our readers the.RocKY Mo , TAINm HussANDMA and the Ruras New Yorker together for only $6 per year. Those availing themselves of this offer will be en titled, upon application, to receive with the Rural New-Yorker an assortment of new farm, garden and flower seeds equaling in value the price of that paper. These seeds are all of new varieties, many of them orig inating on the Rural Experimental. farm. By sending to the Rural, 78 Duane street, N. Y., you will receive a specimen copy of the paper and a f'il description of the seed offer, with illustrations of the plants. We recommend our readers to secure this val uable and, practical premium. A LeTrTa from W. T, Martien, secretary of the Western Star Mining Company, states that a portion of the working capital of the company has been subscribed, and that from present prospects all the stock will be taken in a short time, and operation imme diately commenced. This company has a fine b10-stamp quartz mill almost completed at the head of Montana gulch and own sev eral patents on the hill, In addition to these they monopolize a number of the best leads in Montana district. They do not work them and will not give others a show to. We shall be glad to see them commence their development, but if they do not soon they will be compelled to abandon their claim to some of the leads at least. We wotild be glad to see the company hold their property, but a further evasion of the law should not be tolerated, as it is detri mental to the interest of our country to have such promising mines remain undle loped. A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO T.E ROCKY MOUNTAIN HUSBANDMAN. A Token of High Personal Regard-Reward of Merit-Kind Wishes Etc. from Our Friends-A Grand Surprise. We were sitting in our big arm chair in our sanctum, yesterday morning, cogitating upon the trials and tribulations of the past and the uncertainties of the luture, when our worthy County Clerk and Probate Judge, T. E. Collins, (assisted by our ex pressman, David Marks,) mnade his appear ance "armed to the teeth" with a complete set, (sixteen volumes,) of Appleton's Cyelo piedia, and thus addressed us: MR. R. N. SUTIIERLIN-S.r. In behalf of a number of our most prom inent citizens-residents of al¶ seotions of our county-I am deputed, on this the first day of the new year, to present to you these books-Appleton's Cyclop edla oomplete, sixteen finely bound volumes-as a slight testimonial of tihe regard 'of the donors for you personally as also, to testify by this gift, the appreciation of the people of all sections of the county of your unremi~tting services and constant labor as editor of the ROCKY MOUNTAIX HUSBANR YAMXI, in advance. ing the vital interests of all sections of the territory, and particularly for your constant and successful efforts for the vwelfare and prosperity of Meagher county. We appreciate the fact thmt to the Ivus BANDMAN Is du6 in a great measure, the rapid settlement of our broad and most ter tile valleys, by making known to the world their resources and extent. We recdgnlze in the IHusBANDMAN a well edited, live, independent newspaper, whose Influence and standing Is second to none in the territory. We are pleased to hear of its prosperity, influence and standing, and wish you and your paper unbounded prosperity. ,We hope you will receive this small testi monial ot our appreciation of, your labors as an editor, and that this token of esteem ffomn the people amongst whom you reside illh add renewed zeal and energy to your labors. .We hope; at no distant day, to see the v,'OANhDMAN enlarged to double its present size, its thousands of copies printed by steam and ten-told added to its usefulness. MEssns. T. E. COLLINS, L. ROTwIT, aND OTnHRS--Gentlemen : Overwhelmed with surprise at this mani testation of the appreciation on the part of yourselves and the good people of Meagher county of our past labors, language falls to express our gratitude and heartfelt thanks. We have labored hard in the interest of the territory and county, and furnished the best paper our limited means would admit, and we assure you it gives us pleasure to know that our efforts are appreciated-that there are those in our midst who join hands with us and wish us well. The work is a library within itself, a never-failing source of Infor mnation without which no editorial sanctum is complete. We prize it many times its intrinsic value, comining as it does from warm personal friends, and those who are cogni zant, and theretore capable judges, of the extent of our usefulness, and who have seen in our labors something worthy of com mendation and encouragement. We are grateful for this assurance that we are not toillng in vain; and for the God-speed which it brings to us, giving us courage on enter ing upon the duties of the new year, and strength to persevere. Again thanking you, gentlemen, for your kind wishes and earnest manliestation of a!proval of our course, we assure'you that the HvsUBANDMAN shall continue to improve as rapidly as our means will permit, until it shall become an institution of which you may be justly proud-ever laboring for the prosperity of the people, for justice and the right. THRE District school at Chestnut has closed, and the accomplished teacher, Miss May B. Searles, will return to her home at Unionville next week. We learn that both parents and children are well pleased with her as a teacher, and that she won many friends during her stay among the lower Smith river people. CHEw Jackson's best sweet navy tobacco. C. W. COOK, accompanied by Mr. Berry and Mr. Hickman, passed Monday last with 150 head of sheep for th@ Helena 'market, for which he is to receive $3.25 per head. They were all young and in fine condition. THE ball at the White Sulphur springs Christmas Eve. was well attended by the people of the surrounding country, and was very enjoyable. The proprietors had made ample preparations and all were accommo. dated in first-class style. THE Hel.rnadaillies contain an Announce ment by Nick Millen to the effect that he will not be undersold. His stock of boots and haoes are large, and the assort iaeat is complete. TIME ball at Canyon ferry, Ilk till pter ions 'ones given at that place, Is o1:eri of in the highest terms by all who wet4J present. Diamond, as usual, sent down aboet a doz en representatives. The music, supper and accommodations were first-class, and every effort was made to please. `There were 76 tickets sold. RECENTLY Messrs. Geo. P. Reeves, J. VW. Eddy and some other gentlemen, of IHelena, relocated a number of quarts leauds in the vicinity of New York gulch. Mr. Eddy, who is an assayer, has prospected a number of them and is much pleased with the result. The ore from a number of the leads is free gold hearing, and assays upwards of two ounces to the ton. THE Christmas tree at Camp Baker ap proached nearer to oiur idea of a Christmas tree than anything we have had heard of for sometime. The tree was for the chil dren to make them light hearted and gay, and not for grown people to display a ri valry of gifts upon, as is so often the ease. It was erected in Col. Ilges' room and hung with presents. The children were kept In ignorance of it until night approachedt when they (the children of the post and vi= chnity) were assembled in an adjoinintg room to await the coming of Santa Claus, the great dispenser of good things to the young who love their parents. No pains was spared in arranging this personage. A soldier with long white beard, faultlessly costwmted, dashed aound the post with his sleigh until his gay team was white vltn frost, and halted where the little ones were assembled. How the young hotRts leaped with joy at the sound ofhis coming ! What shouts of merriment welcomed him as the great old man burst into their midst threw open the door and invited them in to sur round the tree! not one of whom was for' gotten in the distribution of presents. 13 OItN. Near Canyon Ferry. Dec. 27, to the wife of Jas. Hornbaekle, a daughter. S . A-. t L .L .C i L At Camas creek, Smith river valley, Dec. 30, by T. N. Collins, Probate Judge, Mr. Anslem Parker to Mids Hester A. Walters. The HUIveLsanDa extends congratulations, and wishes the newly-matreod couple a long life of prosperity ansdM)ppinees. In Helensa Peemlber S8th 1878 at the residenee of the bride's tkthe, Prof. b P. Mash, by jRv. Clark Wrig~t, Mr. Charles Woodmst to Miss - ma Marsh. : At 8t. Jo ep, Me, o. vt~*et (ti a t r ý ,O Ps ters, of I) rý Lodge rosslu$, MI o , _lliza uatt. , + , X , At.Butte, November 7th Naeoleon Pete of Deer Lodge crossing, and Mrs. .l1asabeth x151) of Butte. In Deer Lodge, December 33, 1 7IS, of n1it.ap~ a tion of the lungs, Mrs. MargieI . wift of W. P. Shanley, aged 34 yes and mont'hs, J.L. 1tBELC ER, M. D. PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON. OBNTElT VILLE, MONTANA. Always at home exceptrhen on proaessional du y. Calls promptly a lttended to in hi sad and.toh ng counties. 7-, . Overland Hotel, HELENA, MONTANA. W*m. McLean, - Proprietor. First-Class Board, $1 per Bay. This Hotel is opposite the Prlsipel Stage Osees, on Lower Main street. A .egisIr, is ept at this Hase for these vit,. lag employment.