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R. N. SUTHERLIN, Editor.
W. $. SUTHEBLIN, Assistant Editor.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1879.
THE PROGRESS of the ROCKY MOUNTAIN
H.USBANDMAN, although slowy, has, like the
interest it represents, been steadily onward
and upward. The warm support extended
to it all over Montana since the day of its
introduction assures us that the people are
fully alive to the necessity of an agricultu
ral paper in the territory, and warrants us
in the effort to place before them a journal
second to none in the country.
We take pleasure in announcing to our
friends that the time for enlargement is now
near at hand. A large cylinder power press
has been ordered from New York, and
about the beginning of the next volume, or
upon the arrival of the new press, the Hus
BANDMAN will be enlarged to a forty-column
paper and otherwise materially improved.
We will also remove our office of publica
tion to White Sulphur Springs, a point
affording better facilities for a publishing
house.
The publication of a live newspaper in
Montana is attended with heavy expense at
best, and this enlargement and change of
base, which has become necessary to meet
the demands of the public, entails a still
greater outlay. Therefore, those in arears
for subscription arerequested to be prepared
to settle the same, that we may press on
from venture to success.
so G--,
BuT A FEW more weeks and the greatest
equalizer of sections and civilizer of the
wilderness known to modern'times, the iron
horse, will be pushed across the Montana
line. The Nart- West proposes celebrating
the event, and that the new-comer be greet
ed with a display of bunting and appropri
ate ceremonies throughout the territory.
Whether greeted or ungreeted; heralded or
unheralded; welcome or unwelcome, the
coming of the road is inevitable and the
fate of the territory is sealed. The great
interval which has so long divided us from
the rest of the world has been bridged over,
and we will soon stand face to face with the
busy marts ot the world.
The advent of a railroad into any coun
try has been closely followed by a flood of
immigration, and it will be so with Mon
tana. Let our people mark the fact. There
are thousands of acres of fine agricultural
lands on every valley, soon to undergo the
yoke of the husbandman, and the products
of our soil are soon to be introduced into
other marts than our own. Shall these
broad acres furnish homes for the hardy
pioneers who have stayed by the fortunes
of the struggling territory these many years
and be owned and tilled by them, or will
the golden opportunity be allowed to fade
sway as farm after farm and stock ranch
Ifter stock ranch is taken up ? Those who
would profit by their advantage of knowing
the country will do well to make their
dloice of homesteads now. Every day the
opportunities will grow less, and those who
allow them to pass by unimproved will soon
regret their short-sightedness.
ENxLAN seems to have a vast deal of
trouble with her semi-ilvilized possessions.
A short time ago the war in Affghanistan
assumed mammoth proportions. The thea
tee of interest changed to the wilds of South
' A;frk where Zululand was up in arms.
The Afrloan difficulty is only partially set
tied and another war is brewing in Afighan
istan, as wiil be seen from the dispatches.
.A couMiran ca of representatives from
the various branches of the Protestant
church is now holding its deliberations at
the old Swiss church at Basle, Switzerland.
xr years ago a great denominational con
assembled in New York, and the reas
er mbling of such a. body is looked upon as
ari Important event in the history of Prot-.
stantism. The past six years has made
sad inroads on the barriers, of creeds and
o~(tlay of former days, and so broadened
the way and brought about a feeling of lib
erality that there is some probability of the
present session doing much good in closing
up the ranks and bringing the church into
closer unity.
AMONG THE FARMERS.
RUBY VALLEY
Above Lauraine, has many pleasant homes.
It is probably two miles wide, and as far up
as the canyon is a continual cluster of ripen
ing grain fields. Oats is the principal crop,
and from present indications the yield will
be much larger than it has been for a num
ber of years. The farmers visited were E.
S. Dupuis, A. H. Vanbrocklin, H. Taylor,
C. L. Wilson, C. Kingry, Claiborn Wilson,
R. R. Rafferty and E. R. Pierce. The last
named gentleman is one of the foremost
cattle raisers of this section. His 200-acre
field is largely in meadow, and hay is a mar
ketable product in this section. Messrs.
Taylor, C. Wilson, Kingry and Rafferty are
out-and-out farmers, and their fields show a
large acreage of cereals. C. L. Wilson is
improving a new farm by the river, and has
a pleasant residence at the grove. Mr. Van
brocklin is farming and dairying. He has
nearly 200 acres in cultivation, and a good
prospect for a bountiful harvest. Mr. Du
pulse has lately added a new Altman &
Taylor steam thresher to his stock of farm
machinery. The engine is large enough to
do good service in running a saw mill, which
use tha owner proposes to put it to after the
threshing season is over.
ABOVE THE CANYON.
the residents are mostly cattle-raisers. Our
visit to the Metzel farm was both pleasant
and profitable. Mr. M. is one of the largest
stock-raisers in Madison county. His mead
ow and pasture lands are enclosed by a
fence a half dozen or more miles in length.
His herd is large. That of full-blood and
half breed Short-horns would delight the
lover of good stock. Mr. M. is president of
the Upper Ruby Stock Growers' association,
and as such has given general satisfaction.
His field, upon which he :grows two crops
in one season, was looking well. The first
'crop of oats and barley had been harvested
and stacked, and the second crop was just
beginning to head out. It will hot ripwn.
but will make splendid feed for his fine
stock.
PULLER'S HOT SPRINGS
as a health-seeking resort has grown in in
terest since last year. The management
and accommodations are better than they
ever were before. Mr.. Puller, instead of
leasing the hotel, is giving it his personal
supervisijnp, and is running it in tip-top
shape. He has an excellent house keeper
who kleeps things neat and tidy, serving
the afflicted in the best possible manner for
their comfort. For the cure of chontic dis
eases the Springs are gaining a wide repu
tation. The water is an excellent cure for
rheumatism and spinal afflictions. Several
cases taken at a very critical stage have re
ceived permanent relief after a few weeks'
bathing. One of these, Mrs. A. H. Van
brocklin, was, when taken there, so severe
ly afflicted with rheumatism that she could
scarcely move a limb, and had to be attend
ed day and night, had so recovered that she
was able to ride with me to her home. Mrs.
C, B. Vaughn, of Le wis and Clarke cot)nty,
whose condition a month ago was consid
ered extremely critical, had at the time of
my visit, improved considerably, and felt
confident that the woaderful properties of
the Springs would restore her to health.
THE JESSAMINE STOCK FARM
shows some improvement since my last vis
it, in the way of enlarged - pastures, gates
and cross fences. It now embraces in all
nearly 600 acres under fence, a portion of
which is fine meadow land. The owner,
J. E. Callaway, is making his home this
summer in Virginia City, where he does a
full share of the law practice. He has add
ed a number of thoroughbred bulls to his
herd this year, and now has as pretty a herd
of thoroughbred, one-half and three-quarter
breed Short-horns as are to be seen in the
country. Fort Short-horns bred up in the
butter strains, no herd In Montanaocan claim
a superiority over that of the Jessamine
farm. This farm is truly a pleasant place
to viltt by the lovers of well bred eattle.
The herdsman in charge seems to never
tire of showing one around.
THE HOOs PARK a.ICs
grows more attractive as time advances,
Since my last visit fresh water has been
brought through the yard and a fountain
set near the door. Rubber hose have been
supplied and arranged so that a good head
of watercan be carried to any part of it or
thrown upon the buildings. The dairy,
which is still in charge of O. P. Templeton,
has been improved by the running of water
through the milk room. Things inside
looked as neat as a - parlor. Mr. T. does
not boast of butter-making, but is content
with having obtained an even price, 40 cents
a pound, and a good market through the
season. The highest make of butter this
summer was from 53 cows, 321 pounds per
week. About 680 pounds of butter a month
is peddled out to regular customers.. Jas.
Snapp is in charge of the the farm and herds
and Mr. McGregory, brother of W. G. Mc
Gregory, is in charge of the fine horses, and
his wife looks after the Home Park home
department. A young two-year-old Bel
mont colt, foaled at the Woodburn farm,
Ky., has been added to the good horse
stock of the ranch. He has good points and
when grown will be large. He is christened
"Belmont of Home Park." There is no
change in the cattle herd except that all the
two-year-old thoroughbred and grades
placed on the market have been sold. There
is, however, a fine lot of yearlings which
come into the market next year. The pro
prietors, Messrs. bedman & McGregory,
make their homes on the banks of Alder
gulch, but visitors to the Home Park who
love to see fine stock, are always made wel
come.
ABOVE THE HOME PARK
Ruby river is walled up by a deep can
yon for a short distance, after which there
is a nice valley surrounded on all sides by
rolling hills and high mountains. The oc
cupant of this valley is J. H. Davis. He
has a fine stock range which he enjoys all
alone, and during the mining season is en
gaged in sluicing off a gravel bar from
which he washes up a remuneration for the
labor, in gold. That promise to run through
the canyon and see him when I go around
again shall be fulfilled if it does take a
whole day. WILL.
August 26, 1879.
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TERRITORIAL NEWS.
On the 31st ult., Dr. McH. Raymond's
flock of nearly 1,600 sheep arrived from
Kelton, and was driven over the range. The
doctor will have them herded in the vicinity
of Henry's lake for the present.
On Saturday evening, a sad case of death
through an injudicious use of medicine, oc
curred at Hungry Hollow, a tributary of
Alder gulch. The victim was Robert H.
White, a young man who arrived in the
territory with a par ty from Saline county,
Mo., a few weeks ago. On the day men
tioned he was seized with an attack of chol
eta morbus, or some kindred complaint, and
for its relief took an overdose of some med
icine he had brought with him. His condi
tion becoming worse, a messenger was sent
to Virginia for Dr. Yager, who at once
went to his assistance, but only arrived in
time to see the unfortunate young man
breathe his last. On hearing of the facts,
Mr..J. M. Herndon, who is from the neigh
borhood where the deceased resided, applied
himself to the task of giving him decent
burial, and on Monday morning the young
stranger, who, but a short time before had
come among us, full of health and hope,
was laid away in his last earthly resting
place as tenderly as he could have been by
the loving hands of the relatives who will
mourn his untimely taking away. Rev. E.
J. Stanley, of the M. E. church South, offl
ciated at the funeral. Deceased was about
22 years of age, a member of the Independ
ent Order of Odd Fellows, and his conduct
since he came here has been that of a sober,
industrious young man.
ON Monday evening, the 1st inst., the fine
hall in the Madison valley was completely
destroyed by fire. The building was the
property of Madison grange No. 25, Patrons
of Husbandry, and was used as a public hall
by the residents of the valley. It appears
that aleeture on phrenology and kindred
subjects was Jelivered by a Professor
Owens, on the same evening, and, at its con
clusion, the hall was left apparently safe.
How the fire originated Is. therefore, a mys
tery. Some of the neighbors think that a
match or cigar stump must have been drop
ped, and the fire thus generated was fanned
into a blaze by the brisk wind which was
blowing at the time. When the fire was
discovered, the roof at the north end of the
building was already falling in, and no ef
forts were availing to save any part of the
property from destruction. Among the
property destroyed were the school books
and apparatus of the district school, which
was being temporarily held in the hall, on
account of a skunk having been killed in
the school building a day or two previously.
The prayer books, hymnals, and other prop
erty of the Episcopal Church mission were
also destroyed, together with all the para
phernalia of the grange. The hall was a
large one, handsomely finished and decorat
ed, and the citizens feel its loss very severe
ly, as it was the only public meeting place
in the district. The loss is estimated at
about $3,000. We understand it is the in
tention of the people to rebuild as soon as
the material can be procured. It is fortu
nate that the wind was blowing from the
north at the time, as had it been otherwise,
the school house adjacent would also have
been destroyed.-Madisonian.
SUPERINTENDENT NORRIS.
EDITOR IIUSBANDMAN :-As much fault
has been found with the Superintendent of
the National park for what-he has not done
and for that which he has done, will you
allow me a little space in your paper to give
a few facts obtained by me on a recent visit
to the park?
The road from the south fork of the Mad
ison to the upper canyon of that river runs
through heavy timber-much of it dead.
Through this timber-some twelve miles
considerable of this timber is blown down
across the road. This road was opened by
the people of Virginia City and vicinity sev
eral years ago, and has not been repaired
since; but this part of the road is not with
in the park, and consequently outside of
Col. Norris' jurisdiction, and he has no
more authority to use the appropriation in
clearing out that road than he would have
to improve the gulch road to Diamond City.
From the mouth of the canyon to Gibbon's
Fork there is little or no down timber, and
but little from there to the upper basin.
Superintendent Norris set twenty men to
work on this part of the road some ten days
ago, and has no doubt by this time a good,
passable road from Gibbon's fork to the
upper Fire Hole basin. Last year's appro
priation of $10,000 was not near all expend
ed, something like $3,000 remaining over.
What was done last year was carried on
under many difficulties. The war with the
Bannack Indians was a great drawback.
One-half of the men had to do scouting and
picket duty while the others worked, but
with all this there were over fifty miles of
road laid out and cleaied, with many miles
of grading done, and the park fully explor
ed and roads mapped out for future improve
ment.
This summer's operations did not com
mence until in June, and by direction of the
Interior department a large block house,
requiring over four hundred sticks of hewn
timbers, for the use of the superintendent
in protecting the property of the park, has
been built, and nearly half a township of
grazing land has been fenced for the stock
necessary to do the work in the park, to
gether with a great deal of grading and
road-building, and the season is not yet half
over.
A harder worker or more ambitious and
energetic man than P. W. Norris the gov
ernment could not have sent here to do the
work that has to be done in the park, espec
ially for the mere pittance that he receives.
Unlike any other government official, he
goes about clad in buckskin, and says,
"come on, we will do this," instead of sit
ting back in his easy chair and telling what
ought to be done, and with kid-gloved
hands signing vouchers for the pay. As to
Col. Norris' ability to do the work of im
proving the park, we have no doubt; and
as to his being an honest, upright man, we
cannot do better than to refer to the history
of his past life. A TOURIsT.
August 31, 1879.
Extensive frauds in the British Com
missariat Department in India have been
discovered. Army officers and contractors
conspired to swindle the Government by
overcharging.

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