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* Te Billin s Gazette.
SE MI-1VEEK LY. VOL. XIV. BILLINGS, YELLOWSTONE COUNTY, MONTANA, FRIDAY, MARCH 10. 1899 " IRUBBERS U RUBBERS 2I PAIR CHILDREN'S AND MISSES' RUBBERS, TO CLOSE OUT, ....AT 15C PER PAIR.... See the New Spring Shoes in our Window. A few pair of Women's Alaska Overshoes, 50 cents. John D. osekamp "Famous OutfitteP." PROFESSIONAL CARDS. LAWYER. Office First National Bank Building. H. E. ARMSTRONG, M. U., PHYSICIAN and SURGEON. Belknap Block, - Billings, Montana. DR. J. H. RINEHART. PHYSIOCAN and SURGEON. Ofice in First National Bank building, Billings, Monta ANDREW CLARK, M. D. HARRIET FOXTON-CLARK, M. D., C. M PHYSICIANS and SURGEONS. Rooms 6 and 7, First National Bank Building. Night calls answered at office. F. GODDARD. ATTORNEY-AT-LAW. Ofice over First National Bank. F RED H. HATHHORN. ATTORNEY-AT-LAW. SOicBe-Room 4 First National Bank Building. Sillings, Montana. JOHNSTON & JOHNSTON. LAWYERS. Room 18 Belknap Block. CHARLES L. HARRIS; LAWYER. Room 12, Belknap Block, - Billings, Montana. A. FRASER, Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, U. S. Commissioner, General Commissioi iJerchant. Room 8, First National Bank Building, Billings. FIRST NATIONAPh BA N K -) OF (-. BIhhI$GS, MOII0TANA .Paid Up Capital, - $150,000 Surplus and ProfAts, - 10,000 P. B. Moss, President. H. W. ROWLEY, Vice-Pres, S. F. MORSE, Cashier. S. G. REYNOLDS, Asst. Cash. DIREGTORS: Chas. T. Babcock, Jos. Zimmerman, H. W. Rowley, G W. Woodson, P. B Moss. Transact a 'general banking busi ness. Collections promptly ,;4593 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL ...BANK... OF BILLINGS -0- CAPITAL, . - $50,000 SURPLUS, - $20,000 --o- A. L. BABCOCK, President. DAVID FRATT, Vice-Pres. G. A. GRIGGS, Cashier. DIREOTORS. A. L. BABCOCK, DAVID FRATT, G. A. GRIGGS, ED. CARDWELL, PETER LARSON. --- Regular Banking in all its Branches. Safe Deposit Boxes Rented. Special Attention Given to Collections. -0 Dealers in Foreign and Domestic Exchange The New Store oP THE 8iin s Frniturý Farnitur.e, Carpets and House Furnishings of all kinds are our specialties, but we carry practically everything to Beati the omplete ment to select from: COME -AHPD SEE US. Futrniture &Carpet but we carry practially Beautfy the Home co..H@ ..0NP - 94 s. dK~ . ARM1LY BILtINGS EMORIAL .IBRARY. The City Now Assured. a Free Public Library and Gymnasium. A FINE MODERN STRUCTURE To Be Built in One of the Railroad Parks-A Great Piece of News for Billings. following telegram" was received yesterday morning from Hon. A. L. Babcock: "New York, March 8.-E. L. Board man, Billings, Mont.: Parmly Bill ings Memorial Library building assured. "' A. L. Babcock." That means that this city, through the generosity of the Billings estate, Will have a fine, free public library this year. Some time ago the matter of donating a building was taken up by mrs. Frederick Billings and Frederick Billings, Jr., who expressed a willing ness to donate a building to the city if it would supply the books and maintain the library, a proposition which was readily agreed to by several of our lead ing citizens. A couple of months ago Hon. A. L. Babcock, I. D. O'Donnell, P. B. Moss, Col. H. W. Rowley and other leading citizens interested in the movement had plans or sketches of a building forwarded to New York at the request of the representatives of the Billings estate. One of these sketches was made by Architect Haire of Helena, which con templates a handsome building con struocted of Billings sandstone, with a ten or twelve-foot basement, most of which will be above ground, and a full first story, the building to be covered with a tile roof and to cost from $7.500 to $10,000. The basement will be used for a gymnasium, the rest of the build ing to be utilized for library purposes. This is the building, no doubt, which the generous donors have decided upon, and Mr. Babcock's telegram, therefore, is a great piece of news for the people of Billings. The building will be located in one of the parks on Montana avenue, where it will show off to the best advantage, the Northern Pacific being very much interested in the movement. General CASES DISMISSED. Tom Welch and George Geddes Are Now Breathing Free Air. The cases of the state of Montana vs. George S. Geddes and Tom Welch were dismissed Tuesday by County Attorney Porter of Miles City. Mr. Porter re cited in his motion to dismiss these cases that, whereas, the remittitur of the supreme court had been returned and filed, granting the defendants a new trial, and, whereas, one of the grounds for reversal was that the evi dence was not sufficient to warrant a conviction and that be (the county at torney) knew of no further evidence· than was submitted upon the trials of these cases, recommended and moved that the cases be dismissed, which was done. Mr. Porter also dismissed the case of the state of Montana vs. George S. Geddes, charging Geddes with assault ip the first degree, alleged to have been made upon Winnie Brown in June, 189'7, out of which the prosecution of Geddes, Welch and Mrs. Geddes and Dixon for the murder of Winnie Brown arose. The order was signed by Judge Loud dismissing the cases and ordering Con ley & MoTague, keepers of the state penitentiary, to discharge the defend ants, Geddes and Welch. The order was mailed to Conley & MoTague on Tuesday and would reach Deer Lodge on Wednesday, and the defendants are now presumably enjoying the liberties of free sunshine and free air. PUBLIC DEBATE. Was a Financial and Social Success. Affirmative Won. The public debate given in the court house Tuesday night was a financial' as well as social success. There was a large audience present, the ladies pre dominating. Judge J. D. Matheson presided and in a pleasant manner in troduced each speaker. ' Musi was fur nished by a quartette composed "of Messrs. I. M. Allep; iHasler, Brayton and Young, and ss,. Barstow, soloist. The speakers we~ e : at their beet and acquittae ,tbiersel .creditably. Rep seantatt f Hedges .t Fergus county, who was vriiting tu4e cIty, took the place or·f ditor . Maprrise, who was unable to speak. As the judges were unable to agree, a vote a· the paudience was taken, with the result that the alli.iumtive wos, the question being, "Shall the. United States exercise soevrelgaty over the Whilippine tand.?" Manager Kendrick stated last fall in Billings that the company would give a long term lease to one of the parks, do what grading or filling would be necessary, build stone walks and a fence around the park. keep the lawn and.even help to construct the build ing. But Mrs. Billings and her son, however, wish to give the building themselves, it' is understood, which will be dedicated as the Parmly'Bill ings Memorial Library building, in honor of Parmly Billings, the sc;n and brother of the donors. He died in Chi cago. we believe, in 1887, was loved and respected by all the residents of this city, who will rejoice to have his name thus perpetuated by such an en during monument as a public library. The Congregational church, donated by Frederick Billings, Sr., is another testimonial of the generosity of the Billings family to the city which bears their name, he gave $4,000 toward the erection of the first school house in killings and it is peculiarly appropriate that the name of their eldest son, who was one of the founders of the Yellow stone National banuk, should be com memorated by a fine public library building. The institution, when completed. will be the pride of the city and that it will handsomely equip and maintain the library and gymnasium goes with out saying. It has been a crying neces sity in Billings for several years past, will be the means of keeping boys and young men off the streets and out of the saloons, and more than one parent in this city will give the generonus donors credit for thus saving from ruin their wayward sons. Oil behalf of the city, The Gazette returns thanks to Mrs. Billings and her son for their most appropriate gift and assures them that the full worth of it is appreciated. SEEK HOMES. People from Central States Colping West to Live. The first homeseekers' excursion for the year was run out of Chicago and the central states Tuesday. It proved to be a veritable influx to the west and the Pacific coast. The rate, which partly inspired the rush, was an ex tremely low one. Round trip tickets from Chicago to the coast were sold at $68.50, against a regular fare of about $110, and the one way transportation was sold at $83.50, against the ordi nary fare of $61.50. This city was given an idea Wednes =day night of what this emigration to the west meant. At that time, the Burlington train, consisting of five` extra caches, came in with 168 transfer passengers for No. 1 of the Northern Pacific and about forty others from Omaha bound for the Big Horn basin country, in Wyoming. Owing to a bridge being out in North Dakota, the Northern Pacific passenger did not ar rive until 5:30 Thursday morning and it pulled out of Billings with several extra coaches, having brought in a hun dred or so emigrants from4 St. Paul. There remains no doubt that the west is to witness a remarkable increase in population this year at the expense of the east. Another excursion will tie run on March 21, on which date Wednesday's record will probably 'be beaten, as the railroads did not have time to sunficiently advertise the first one. AN EASTERN BOND BUYER Was Bere Yesterday in Connection with the Billings Ditch Enterprise. W. S. Fortiner, engineer for the arid land commission, was in the city yes terday with G. G. Olmstead, to whom he explained the irrigation enterprise to be carried on herq this year. Mr. Olmstead is a representative of Parson, Leach & Co., the Chicago bond buyers, who are anxious to secure information respecting the irrigation enterprises with, a view to taking some of the bonds that may be issued in donmeotion with the work. As'the weather was bad the gentlemen were unable to go over tfe ground as they wished to. MIr. Fortianer returned to Helena last night, while Mr. Olmstead udeparted this morning for Ohicago. word has been received that Mesars. Bradford and Marshall, naembers of the state aid land commissaam, will visit Billings the Ofrst of the weeak to start the preliuin ary work 'In conuec tios with the Billintgs ditch. BILLINGS BONORED AGAIN. I. D. Op nnell Elected Presildent of State Horticultural hoard. e Montana state board of horti ulture which met in Helena this week, effected a permanent organization, agreed upon a set of rules and appoint ed the number of inspectors named in the law. I. D. O'Donnell of this city was elected !president and C. H. Ed wards of Missoula secretary. Mr. O'Donnell was appointed in spector for the First district, including Dawson, Ouster, Yellowstone, Sweet Grass, Carbon and Park counties. Mr. Wilcox, the entomologist at the Bozeman' agricultural college, was ap pointed inspector at large, to whom the several inspectors must report. The Inspectors are to receive $5 per day when actually employed, their maxi mum salary for the year not to exceed $800. After a long discussion, rules govern ing the inspection of nursery stocks by the inspectors were agreed to and the secretary was instructed to publish the same as soon as possible. . The points of inspection for nursery stock shipped into the state were de cided upon as follows: Miles City, Billings aiMd Glasgow on the east, Dii lon on the south, Missoula and Kalis pell on the west, Fort Benton and Chinook on the 'north. These points were selected as being the gateways on the principal lines of railways through which practically all of the nursery stock shipped into the state must pass. If nursery stock of any kind is shipped into the state by wagon it will be sub ject to inspection at the quarantine sta tion nearest to the point of delivery. All Montana grown nursery stock must be inspected at the nurseries pro ducing it before it can be delivered. CHANGE. IN SCHOOL LAW. Number of Trustees in Billings Reduced from Seven to Five. As the time approaches for the an nual election of school trustees interest in such matters grows. The first Saturday of next mouth is the day set by law for such election. The last leg islature passed a law making some changes in the school law, especially as to the election of school trustees, and providing that clerks in districts of the first class shall give an official bond. This law was approved by the governor March 8. In order to call the attention of cotn ty superintendents and school district officers to the changes in the law gov erning elections, etc., State Superinten dent Carleton has sent out letters to every county superintendent in the state briefly stating such changes and urg ing strict compliance therewith. By the new law enacted the Billings school district comes under the jurisdic tion of the second class, which reduces the number of trustees from seven to five. The terms of three trustees of the Billings district expire this spring and only one trustee. will be elected to suo ceed them. The trustees whose time expires are P. B. Moss, H. M. Allen and I. D. O'Donnell, who was appoint ed to succeed H. G. Williams. "A MIDNIGHT BELL." A Good Clean Cothedy That Pleaued the People. Hoyt's "A Midnight Bell" drew a large audience to the opera house Wednesday evening and proved to be a clean comedy, with a good moral, pre sented by one of the best companies which has ever visited Billings. L. R. Stockwell and Gus Tate, the two comr edians, carried off the principal honors, but all the parts were well taken. The play is a natural one, full of scenes and ihoidents true to real life, and in every way worthy the liberal patronage it received. TLinton Clothing Co. .? CJOTHING AND FURNISHINGS Everything of the Latest and Nobbiest for Men's Wear. HAiTS AND CP$s BOOTS noD SHO s The Best Selected Stock in all asterI Montana. SThe Linton Coth THE SPRING E (1¶0 Two Candidates for Mayor Al ready and Other Gentlemei. Are Talked.Of. A CONTEST IN SIGHT ' For Police Magistrate and city' Treasurer--Good Aldermanic Timber in All Wards. Considerable interest is beginning to: be manifested in the city election, "" which occurs on the first Monday in April. From present indications there will be¶ lively contest for the maypral ty, petitions now being, in oilrculatibn to nominate P. H; Smith, the pres'aet incumbent, and Dr. J. H. Rinehart, who has always been active in city poli tics. Gib. A. Lane, Esq., started the, former petition and L. H. Penske the latter. W. B. George has also be.n. talked of as a candidate, but he says he does not want the office, and the namie of F. H. Foester has been mentioned in cdonnection with the mayoralty. Chris. Yegen says today that he 4is going to, get out a petition to 'nominate C. M. Child, and other candidates, may b-e sprung. There seems to be no disapoi tion to carry politics into the conteast,' the petitions being generally signed- by both republicans and democrats. . Judge J. D. Matheson and Judge A. Fraser are both avowed candidates for police magistrate. and it is supposed - that Judge Frank Mann will also be in the contest. For city treasurer, a pe tition is being circulated to nominate Hugh Evans. F. . Hatbho.i, the present incumbent, says he is not a candidate, but J. W. Fish, Lee Mains and others are mentioned as gentlemen who would be safe custodians of the city funds. Geo. F. Bennighof is being urged to run for alderman in the First ward, Alderman Racek, whose term expires, not desiring the honor again, it is stat ed, but would probably stand for re election if nominated. The hold-over alderman in the First ward is F. B. Connelly. Chas. Spear holds over in the Second ward and Thos. Lilton, who .-was .p. pointed to fill the vacancy caused by" H. G. Williams' absence, may be in duced, it is hoped, to stand fore t.he full term. C. E. Witham holds over in, the Third, Alderman Szitnick now residing in the new Fourth ward. Grant Lam port and W. Hanserd are both spoken of as possible candidates in the Third, but the latter gentleman says he does not. care for the honor. Mr. Szitnick, it is thought, may stand for election in the Fourth and an effort is being made to indiuce Peter Hoe to run, the new ward having two aldermen to elect. The present interest that is being manifested shows that the people re alize the importance of a good city ad ministration and the election bids.fair to be a stirring one. The bubonic plague is raging 'in Bombay with unparalleled severity. According to the official returns there were 972 deaths last week.,