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-.The Billings Gazette.
SBMNI-r [EEKLY. E..H. BECKER, Prop. E. L. BOARDMAN, Editor and Minager. entered at the Billings Postoffice as Second Class Matter. Subscriptton Rates. One year, in advarce .............$3.00 Six months ........... ............ 1.50 Single copies..................... 05 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1899. PROSPEROUS HILLINGS. For a city of 4,000 population, the showing of buildings erected last year and improvements made in Billings is most gratifying: the $200,000 expend ed in this line is a true index of the city's prosperity. No other city in the state of the size of Billings can surpass this record and some of the larger ones will indeed be fortunate if they can equal it. And the outlook for the pres ent year is that the improvements for 1899 will be far more extensive; this city, in fact, is on the verge of a boom. The conditions certainly justify the present activity. Real estate in Bill ings, at the values now placed upon it, is sure to enhance within the next year or two, but The Gazette would much prefer to see the present steady gorwth of the city continue, without any boom. There is always the danger, when a town is boomed, of overdoing the thing; real estate speculation runs high in western towns at times and is al most sure to be followed by a period of depression. There is no necessity for anything of the kind in Billings. All it needs is a continuation of its present steady, heal thy growth, at which rate it will dou ble its population in five years. It is now the best town of its size in Mon tana and with the single exception of Butte we do not believe there is another town in the state which is enjoying more prosperity than Billings. PRESIDENT AND SPEARER. From democratic sources comes the report that Speaker Reed is fighting President McKinley. The story goes, according to the sensational New York Journal, that the speaker defeated the Nicaragua canal bill in the house on the promise of 132 votes for president in next national convention. Just who was in a position to promise these votes, however, the New York paper does not state and it will be given little credence. Speaker Reed is credited with being opposed to the administra tion's expansion policy, but he is too great a statesman to defeat such a meas ure as the canal bill, even if he is op posed to the president. It is a great na tional necessity, the people realize it and are in favor of the canal and the public man who goes on record as being against it will never be president. Speaker Reed probably has the presi dential bee buzzing in his bonnet, but he should bide his time; he can make no progress toward the goal of his am bition by fighting President McKinley. In fact the speaker is sure to be worsted in such a contest. It is a foregone conclusion now that President McKin ley will be renominated and if Mr.Reed inaugurates a war against him by op posing measures of such national im portance as the Nicaragua canal, the Maine statesman will only suffer in the estimation of his friends. He has everything to lose and nothing to gain by such a course; the friends of the president might take into their head to depose Mr. Reed as speaker of the next house if he pursues such tactics. "For political reasons," cabled Ad miral Dewey from Manila to the secre tary of the navy last Friday, "the Ore gon should be sent here at once." The message has set both the statesmen and the newspapers to guessing. They can not nnderstapd the significance of the word "political" in connection with Dewey and the Philippines. The great naval commander, however, very likely knows what he wants, and why he wants it, and the mystery, no doubt, will be explained in due time. And while it is waiting for the explanation, the administration will no doubt dii patoh the big battleship. Dewey can be trasted to make the best possible use tof her. The Inter Mountain obharges Con "P-mrn Hurtman with having defeat e the bill a theS houser approprlation fw ior, a publio boLlding at Bute. ,iN hed pemd the -euO. and alo ;*- in .smm of the whole of the draere u a speai ardebrlo Lb sE521sse.4 tsmele. Nm. hui empirse wbiah she .hm. ane...mm man when he attempts to practice law in Butte. The Nicaragua carial biJl, as an amendment to the river ant italbor bill, passed the senate last Friday by a vote of 50 to 3. This shows that all political parties realize the necessity of the canal, but it is doubtful whether it will be favorably considered by the house at this session. Delay in con necting the Atlantic and Pacific by a great waterway is fraught with danger to our national safety and all pattiotic citizens will regret that the work can not be at once inaugurated. Ex-Governor Richards of Wyoming succeeds Hon. Frank Mondell as assis tant commissioner of the general land office the first of March, which is an appointment that the west can heartily approve. Mr. Moundell, it will be re membered, was elected to congress again last fall after having been defeat ed in '96. The Butte Inter Mountain's corres pondent from Washington says the question is being asked there, " Why does Congressman-elect Campbell op pose the seating of Clark, when Clark assisted in his election?" That's easy. There's a string to Campbell and some body is pulling it. This democratic legislature, not con tent with endorsing bribery and pass ing a law allowing the corporations to override the supreme court, has also legalized prize fighting. Hasn't Mon tana yet had enough of democratic mis rule? Montana will have the legislature off her hands this week, anyhow, and the next blessing in store for the people will probably be spring. LATE NEWS IN BRIEF. The anti-cartoon bill has been made a law in California. Rudyard Kipling, the poet, is ser iously ill in New York. The czar of Ruussia is ill and his condition is exciting the gravest so licitude. The Quay conspiracy case, called up in Philadelghia yesterday, has been postponed until April 10. A Russian sportsman declares he has found the body of Andree, the explorer, together with two others and their ba loon. The deadlock in the vote for United States senator in California, Utah, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Nebraska still remains unchanged. The building in Minneapolis occu pied and owned by the Tribune Pub lishing company was destroyed by fire Friday night. Loss $100,000. Secretary Gage is quoted as saying that there was no truth whateier in the published statement that another bond issue was in contemplation. Two French deputies have been ar rested charged with treason, and their prosecution has been ordered. The charge is an attempt to tamper with the troops for the purpose of overthrow ing the republic, and it was exposed by Gen. Roget. Confession of extensive swindling practices begun in European cities and carried on for the last nine years in the United States has been made by Na than Schelman, who was arrested Saturday in Chicagc un a charge of having attempted toswindle Lowenthal Brothers, junkl dealers, out of $17,000 by trying to sell brass borings for gold dust. The prisoner, who is 60 years of age, says he has made no less than $800,000 by operating the alleged gold dust scheme. Schelman implicates sev eral persons. The Pacific Northwest Woolgrowers' association will meet in annual conven tion in Pendleton, Ore., on March 7, 8 and 9. At this meeting there will be gathered representative sheep breeders from all parts of Oregon,. Washington, Idaho and Montana; experts from ex perimental stations; prominent rail way representatives; as well as several exhibits of blooded sheep brought from the east. An attractive programme has been arranged, in which his excellency, Gov. T. T. Geer of Oregon, will appear and deliver an address. Dewey has cabled the navy depart ment to send him the battleship Ore gon. " The admiral, it is said, possibly feels that the moral effect of the pres ence of the big battleship upon the in surgents themselves and particularly upon that large element among, the Filipino that is believed to be re strained with difficulty from joining fortunes with Aguinaldo, with whom their sympathies lie, would be good. But there is an underlying doubt whether or not the admiral may not be keenly sighting a gathering cloud in the east and is looking to the preven tion of any possible intervention or in. terferenoe by European powers in the struggle now in progress in the neighb borhood of Manila. AdverMtse Loess.I. List of lette remanlng unoalled for in the pastailee at Billings, Yellow. stone county, Montana, for the week ending FPeb 87 1899. Ouspbell. W. J. arrier. Fel:: Olas. ]P. I COhk. J. A. ; Day. Obarlte SJao; Bw, aomny Urat; MoDon. sum. Nles Pew, O, 8, : Will. Ales. I , absak. . a.ame, , "ON THE SITJAN.EE RItVE." Endorred by the Anaconda Standard and Great 1''alls Leader. All the state papers speak in the highest terms of "On the Suwanee River," which will be produced in Billings next Thursday evening, and it is undoubtedly one of the best shows that ever came to Billings. Last Fri day's Anaconda Standard. speaking of the performance in Butte the night be fore, says: "One of the surprises of the season at the Grand was 'On the Suwanee River' last night. For some time there was .an impression .abroad that not much would be expected of it, and it ,qty'ý '^iý ý ' ";ýý //n 'i - ) -/;i r~4 is~~ >8~" \ proved one of the best-written and best-played comedy-dramas seen in this city in a long time. It tells a story of southern life that is full of heart inter est. The characters are strong and none are overdone. Polly Stockwell, who is a daughter of L. R. Stockwell, played a beautiful and pathetic part of a blind girl. Stella Mayhew, as Aunt Lindy, gives one of the best colored women characters ever seen, and she also sings well, and in her specialties made a great hit. A fine character study is that of the repulsive miser, Caleb Croc, which was done by Willard Newell. GENERAL STATE NEWS. The Montana Society of Engineers will meet in Butte on March 11. Later dispatches relating to the Ma nila fight last Wednesday night state that twelve members of the Montana regiment were wounded. The Ross-Dier Mercantile company of Big Timber filed in the office of the secretary of state Friday a certificate of increase in its capital stock from $25, 000 to $50,000. The body of Lieutenant French of Montana, who was killed last week at Manila, will be brought back to Hel ena, and is expected to arrive in that city in about a month. Capt. J. P. O'Sullivan. a well known resident of Madison county, was found dead Friday about four miles from Virginia City. He is supposed to have frozen to death. President Hill of the Great Northern is going to establish in Flathead county near Demersville a plant for pickling cross ties. The ties are to be soaked in a chemical solution which renders them very durable, being almost em balmed. It is said that the process of pickling proposed to be used will pre serve the ties in good.shape for a quar ter of a century and effect a great sav ing. On Every Bottle Of Shiloh's Consumption Cure is this guarantee: "All we ask of you is to use two-thirds of' the contents of this bottle faithfully, then if you can say you are not benefited return the bottle to your druggist and he may refund the price paid." Price 25 eta., 50 cta. and $1.00. Sold by Chapple Drug Co. The Way to Go to California Is in a tourist sleeping car-personally conducted-+-via the Burlington route. You make fast time. You see the finest scenery on the globe. Your oar is not so expensively fin ished nor so fine to look at as a palace sleeper, but it is just as clean, just as comfortable, just as good to ride in, and nearly $20 oheaper. The Burlingtou excassions leave every Thursday, reaching San Franoelso Sunday and Los Angeles Monday. Porter with eaoh car. Exoursion man. saer with each paty. For folder giv. ing full infrmatiaou call at aneates B. & M. railroad depot or writo to J. Franois, general pamssew aent, Omaa. ha, Neb. $8.G-1 p . Va n ew i Oua~aasj 1 p s st iarnu hDQUs YS metr IltM aOtht wu 00ttlnosh M~ Allou H. Bailey, L. Earl Atkinson, Fred Truesdell and Fanny Mathias, all very capable actors. gave strength to the performance. While the play in troduced some colored people in the plantation scenes, it does 1not in any way depend upon them to attract atten tion to the disadvantage of the story,. and the interest of the audience. The scene in which the colored people are introduced is a perfectly natural one, and in it are introduced the songs, dancees and pasttimes of the plantation Hands." Endorsed at Great Falls. Great Falls Leader, Wednesday: The play "On the Suwanee River," present ed last night at the opera house, was greatly enjoyed by nearly all who at tended, although, on account of the cold night, the audieuce was small. The piece is a clean-cut melo-drama and the company was a capable one in most respects. Polly Stockwell and Jack Ferguson faithfully interpreted "Aunt Lindy" and "Caleb Croc," and the rag time performance of "My Ann Elizer" by the former, assisted by a colored quartette, was finished andar tistic. The quartette was encored ser eral times and altogether the perform ance was worthy of a much better an dience. How In Your WVife? Has she lost her beauty? If so, con stipation, indigestion, sick headache are principal causes. Karl's Clover Root Tea has cured these ills for half a cen tury. Price 25 cts. and 50 cts. Money refunded if results are not satisfactory. Sold by Chapple Drug Co. South or East, Which ? When a trip is contemplated it is al ways well to prepare in advance in order to avoid little inconveniences which are often annoying. The two fast trains leaving Minneapolis and 'St. Paul daily via Wisconsin Central lines for Milwau kee and Chicago make close connections with trains east and south. Being ele gantly equipped with sleeping cars, par lor cars and day coaches,they are fully ap preciated by the traveling public. Your nearest ticket agent will give you com plete information and furnish you folder of the Wisconsin Central lines. Jas. C. Pond, General Passenger Agent, Milwaukee, Wis Does This Strike You ? Muddy complexions, nauseating breaths come from chronic constipation. Karl's Clover Root Tea is an absolute cure and has been sold for fifty years on an absolute guarantee. Price 25 ots. and 50 cts. Sold by Chapple Drug Co. PROPOSALS FOR WAGON ANS PORTATION. -Office Chief Q. M., St. Paul, Mipn., Feb. 24, 1899. Sealed Proposals, in triplicate, subject to the "usual conditions, will be re ceived here until 11 o'clock a. m., March 25, 1899, and opened then for Wagon Transportation in this Depart ment for fiscal year ending. June 80, 19,00. Information furnished on appli cation here. Government reserves the right to accept or reject any or all pro posals, or any part thereof.-J. T. French, Jr., A. C. Q. M. 88-4 COURT HQUSE PRQF. G. COZENS PlllRRIO IbaI SP3IlST of Fowler d Wells Iastitute, New York, will give a comrse of tour illuatrat. ed letorew on Phremology and YtKdred elenesee, eommnetalu Wea~y, ea l , aiMh ist, at 8 o'elokk atn outiulaag all the week. Ad fiml fe ill neodi oldoiw elmmimnta v.ihint VA" 9 )Il i HIJ I aaA n glM' ýMM A~ Special A Conmplete Attention Line of given to I, Perfumes, Physicians' / __ Soaps, Combs and Prescriptions !J Brushes Day and Night . -,,' of all kinds. LIEBERG, HOLMES&, CALHOUN ,UILDERS SHOULD CONSULT THEIR OWN IN- ' *a TEREST AND BUY . LUMBER -w. J. YOUMANSI Close Cutter on Every Class of Building Material. Location-N. P. Right-of-Way, South Side, Billings, Mozitana. A. . Babcck- Hardware Co. BILLINGS MONTANA. HARDWARE. WAGONS, IMPLEMENTS. Savage, Winchester, Marlin Rifles, Colts and Smith & Wesson Revolvers, Ammunition and Sporting Goods. STATE AGENTS FOR THE CELEBRATED CYCLONE CAMERAS AND PHOTO SUPPLIES. 1899 MODEL BICYCLES Yellowstone Valley Mills CONNECTION IN OUR NEW STORE THE FINEST IN ErSTERN MrONTANAT . ! PAUhL cCORMIeCK cO0 Wholesale and Retail Groeers and Dealers in General Meerchandise. Come and See Us in the New Wardwell Block, Opposite Depot. SWigCrystal;Springs Hard Coal Constantly on Hand-=. Dono)an 8$ 8peaP Wish to announce to the good people of 4 Billings and surroiunding country 4 that we are headquarters for Groceries, Queensware, Harness, Studebake .Wagons; nd, Buggies,. - Barb Wire, Nails, Lawn Mowers 4 --AND A FULL LINE OF- 4 SHELF HARDWARE Yours to please, . + Io0ky Forpk Coal.a 4 Fork Go Dooooan 8 pea' " 6~ rb 3 H 0 OSI.'.A VESTIBULED TRAINS-DINING CARS. INK jar~o TIME CARD-BILLINGS. Sv ' ýuTM i .. A 14a A asI N Z I a t O ' I. ..WI.L lb U. . *oom "Y;~;4~. uif~~ l~ I~lr#~rwýN IM'~