!U YTY" HIGH SCHOOL
'lTellowetone Will Vote on the
Proposition to Erect a
FREE TO ALL PUPILS
In the County-A Move That Will
Vastly Benefit the Country
At the suggestion of the Billings
school board, an informal meeting was
held last evening, which w s attended
by quite a number of presentative
citizens and taxpayers, discuss the
proposition of e tabli ping a County
Central Free Hih chool, under the
provisions of ho bill No. 69, passed
by the last legisl ure. Hon. John D.
Losekamp, the originator of the bill,
explained that the object of the meeting
was to decide whether Yellowstone
county desired a central free high
school, and then nominated Judge J.
D. Matheson for chairman. He was
unanimously elected, when H. M.
Allen was chosen secretary and read
the bill to the meeting.
An informal discussion then followed
and when the provisions of the law
were thoroughly understood, it was
moved that a vote be taken to decide
whether " the sense of the meeting was
in favor of a county free high school.
The motion was carried unanimously.
Under the law, to get the matter be
fore the voters of the county, a special
election must be called by the county
commissioners when petitioned by 200
electors of the county to submit the
proposition as to whether the county
desires a central free high school and
where it shall be located. To carry
out this provision, a motion was made
that the chair appoint a committee to
draft and circulate petitions to bring
about the special election. The chair
appointed Hon. John D. Losekamp, Dr.
J. H. Rinehart, W. M. Johnston, Chas.
Spear, H. M. Allen and W. H. Ross as
members of such committee. It will
first circulate the petitions in the coun
try and later they will be circulated in
The general provisions of the law are
that when a county has voted to build
a free central high school, the county
commissioners shall appoint six trustees
to have charge of the same, not more
than three of whom shall be residents
of the town where the school is to be
located. These trustees shall then sub
mit to the electors a proposition to
bond the county to build and equip the
school, the bill providing that the
county cannot be bonded in a sum ex
ceeding $100,000. The first election to
be held, therefore, is merely to decide
whether Yellowstone county desires
such a school and where it shall be lo
cated. Another election must then be
held before any bonds can be issued,
the trustees submitting to the voters
the amount of bonds required, the trus
tees deciding the character of building
to -be constructed and how much it
The school, if established, shall be
under the direction of these six trus
tees, who will employ a principal and
the necessary teachers and provide for
their compensation. The school is to
be free to .ll children in the county
who can pass an eight grade examina
tion and pupils from other counties
may attend by paying tuition when the
school is not filled with pupils who are
residents of the home county.
If such a school is established in
Billings it would enable such pupils
from the country districts who cannot
pass an eight grade examination, to at
tend our present public schools without
paying a tuition fee. At present a fee
of $20 per year is required on account
of the crowded condition of the schools,
which is just $4.40 less than it costs
the Billings school district per capita
for each scholar. All the members of
the school board present at the meeting
were heartily in favor of establishing a 1
County Central Free High School, and
when the question is submitted to the
voters there is no doubt it will be car
CROWV AGENCY CAWa.
Items Gleaned from the Headquarters of
the Red Men.
Special Correseondence of The Gazette.
Crow Agency, March 23.-Henry
Keiser, the St. Xavier merchant, has
been looking after business matters at I
the agency the past few days.
Mrs. Driscoll, the milliner of Bill- I
ings, was here several days this week I
taking orders for spring headwear for I
A number of our pleasure loving eo
plo were tripping the light fantastic toe
at the Hotel Server Saturday evening.
ResPs. B. Ross and E. A. Cornwell r
with mandolin and guitar furnished
the music and everyone reports an en- .
0. C. Kreilder, additional farmer,
aM down from the Forty-Mile ranch
eat two weeks asseisting the agency a
i n taking an inventory of the gov- t
~iument Property. ]
ao nd storms still continue - on I
tizerio and the cattle are hay
awd thime o" sanvive the severity
ethe. It also means a late a
at of high water.
apd MeoCormiok Cattle 1
Agent Baeker's herd t
ri like. Trojan's E
hioh they have
-ed re giving I
eses the flrs ie
hunter will go forth and shoo thi
ducks and geepe to their summer homi
in the south.
Robert Ross is studying telegraph3
and learning the office work at the B.
& M. depot under Agent McCrary antc
soon hopes to be a full-fledged "brase
R. Whalen, teamster for the Crow
irrigation survey, was down from the
ditch camp Monday on business and re
ports that there is little snow at the
mouth of the Big Horn canyon at pres
The deep snow hbas driven a large
number of prairie chickens into the
Little Horn valley and there are large
numbers of these birds near the agency.
Sorry to relate several over-zealous per·
sons are trying their skill as rifle shots
on the chickens, but a prosecution or
two under the state law would soon. do
away with this practice.
The B. & M. engine attached to
Tuesday evening's train broke an eccen
tric strap coming into this place and
was delayed here nearly three hours,
and is said to have reached Billings at
2 a. m.
Dr. Portus Baxter, agency physician,
and E. A. Richardson, our hustling
merchant, were "attending lodge" at
Billings Wednesday evening.
The school for white children at this
agency closed last week and Miss Hol
land, who has been conducting the
same, has returned to her home at
Fred Server, the versatile "Fred,"
has been suffering from a severe cold
which impaired his powers of speech to
a considerable extent, and in conse
quence the agency does not seem like
the same old place.
Strychnine was sent to the five farm
ing districts on the reservation last
week and after being placed in meat
was fed to several hundred dogs, which
resulted in a depletion of the canine
race, and there is wailing and gnashing
of teeth among the lady members of
the Crow tribe, who think their family
is incomplete without fifteen or twenty
dogs of no particular breed.
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Becker enter
tained informally at dinner Wednesday
evening Mr. and Mrs. Warren Evans,
Dr. Baxter and Mr. Fred E. Miller.
R. Lubbock arrived from Texas last
Saturday and will enter the employ of
the Murphy Cattle company.
Miss Frances B. Gray has resigned
her position as assistant cook at the
Crow boarding school and Miss Pearl
Leggitt has been appointed to fill the
Plenticones, the Indian trader, was
over from Pryor creek last Saturday
looking after matters pertaining to the
people of his vicinity.
A couple of Sioux Indians from the
Pine Ridge agency, South Dakota, en
tertained our people with an interesting
description of the Sioux-English lan
guage now being taught to their peo
ple, rendered several vocal selections in
their native tongue and closed with a
magic lantern exhibition, the slides of
which were explained in English by
the operator. In all it was a creditable
effort and shows that the Indian of to
day is rapidly nearing the stage of civ
John Lewis, supervisor of construct
ed ditches, has been on the sick list
for ten days past, but is now "tolerably
Our agency force has just completed
a neat three-room house for the occu
pancy of T. A. Hindman, additional
farmer of the Black Lodge ranch, four
miles below the agency.
C. R. Sternberg, our blacksmith,
suffered a severe sprain last Friday
while shoeing a fractious horse and he
now moves about with a decided limp,
which time is gradually decreasing and
which we trust will ultimately disap
Agent Becker and the office force
have been busy during the past fifteen
days making a $15,000 payment of
cattle money to the Indians and the re
cipients of checks have been wearing a
beaming countenance as a result.
Persons Subpoenaed as Witnesses in Calde
Bros. Murder Trial.
Special Correspondence of The Gazette.
Musselshell, March 21.-Dr. Arm
strong of Billings made a flying trip tc
this section Friday of last week, having
been called to the bedside of Mrs.
Frank Carpenter, who at last accounts
was convalescing rapidly from a com
plication of troubles.
A. H. McLean of Laurel, agent for
the Home nursery, in the western part
of the state, has sold and will set out
on contracts in this section, about May
1 next, between 700 and 8u0 apple
trees. The greater number were sold
with the understanding that each tree
was to bear one bushel of apples before
they were to be received and paid for.
Several from this section attended
the St. Patrick's day dance, given by
Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Erwin at the
Roundup store. An enjoyable time
and an excellent supper at the hotel
was the word brought back by the
dancers and merry-makers.
Messrs. Loewenstein and Werthei
mer, commercial men, with headquart
ers at Butte, were passengers upon last
Saturday's stage and doing business
with the local merchants.
T. C. Armitage of Billings was
awarded the contract for furnishing,
setting up and completing a wind mill,
tank and water works plant for Handel
Bros. upon their site at Musselshell
poestoflioe, work to begin as soon as the
weather will permit and the material,
which is on route, arrives. A plant
somewhat similar, but intended for ir
rigation purposes, will also be erected
by Mr. Armitage for L. L. Moffatt
upon what is known as the old J. H.
In the last items furnished by the
Muasselshell correspondent it was not
intended for the article to read so as to
refect upon the representatives from
Yellowstoie county in the failure of
the segregation bill to pass, but aimec
to refer to the number of lobbyists whc
represented Fergus county ahd workec
against the bill, while we had no repre.
sentation there from this section what.
ever to assist our representatives in ex.
plaining the merits of this bill and
why it should be passed.
The Calder and Fisher murder trial
is set for Wednesday, March 22, at
Lewistown, to which place the follow
ing from here were subpoenaed as wit
nesses: J. L. Milner, Mrs. S. Kilbey,
A. Kilbey, Wesley Batten, Mrs. R. M.
Jones, Thomas Schlaberg and W.
The N-Bar (Thos. Cruse) outfit of
cowboys have received orders to be
present in Billings by the 22nd, or
about, to meet a herd of 2,000 head of
cattle that will arrive on the Northern
Pacific to be driven to the N-Bar range
in consequence of scarcity of hay in the
Gallatin valley, where these cattle
were being wintered and fed.
The county commissioners did a wise
thing at their last session in rescinding
the order for the entirely new road
which was to leave the Musselshell
river in the vicinity of Baldwin post
office, taking a southerly course and
intersecting the stage road in the vicin
ity of what is known as the old
"Butte" ranch. They also did a wise
thing in rescinding the order for the
new RL road, the facts of which are
still fresh in the minds of the numer
ous signers of the remonstrance, and
who believe we have plenty of roads
were they well and properly kept up.
COURT IN FERGUS COUNTY.
County Attorney Johnston Returns-Thi
Calder Murder Trial.
It County Attorney W. M. Johnston re
h turned home last night from a trip ti
e Lewi-town, where he attended distric
g court for Fergus county for a week.
if Speaking of the Calder brothers ant
y Fisher murder trial, which commences
y yesterday, Mr. Johnston says the coun
ty attorney of Fergus county is con
vinced be can secure a conviction. Ii
y is probable that the younger Calder
will turn state's evidence and receive a
sentence for manslaughter. An effort
t is being made by Fisher's attorney tc
f have his trial postponed until the next
term, being unable to secure importani
a witnesses in the defendant's favor.
e The crime with which these young
1 men are charged was one of the foulest
a and most shocking that ever blackened
Montana's history. It is that of hayv
sling murdered Farquhar McRae, the
P Scotchman, who was killed on hie
a range in the vicinity of the Musselshell
and his remains burned and thrown in
3 the river, his bunch of sheep then be
ing stolen. The murderers were cap.
tured while on their way to market to
sell the sheep. Attorney General
Nolan is assisting the county attorney
in the prosecution.
3 Mr. Hollister Accepts a Position with the
Yellowstane National Bank.
Eugene H. Hollister, for a long time
connected with the First National bank
of this city, and one of our most es
teemed young men, says the Pawnee
City (Neb.) Press, left yesterday for
Billings, Montana. where he assumes
the position of assistant cashier and
bookkeeper in the Yellowstone National
bank of that place. The Press can
heartily recommend Mr. Hollister as
an efficient bank accountant and relia
ble gentleman. He long occupied an
important position in this city with the
First National and gave entire satisfac
tion to his employers and the general
public. 'Gene has grown from boy
hood to manhood in Pawnee and has
always borne an exemplary character in
social and business circles. The people
of our city generally regret the de
parture of Mr. Hollister and his most
estimable wife, but all extend them
best wishes for the utmost good fortune
in their new home, where we know
they will be appreciated. Mrs. Hollis.
tre will remain here for a few weeks,
when she will join her husband in
their new home.
LARGE LAND SELECTION.
State Decides to Acquire from Uncle Sam
15,000 Acres in Carbon County.
The state land office Wednesday pre
pared and forwarded to the Bozeman
land office the necessary application
papers that it is expected will result in
Montana acquiring from the federal
government tilte to about 15,000 acres
of land in Carbon county. The selec
tion of the land was made several
months ago, but not until Wednesday
was the state ready to ask the govern
ment for it. The land is in different
tracts, some of which are not many
miles from Red Lodge. The land,
when title is obtained to it, will be ac
credited to the state normal school,
agricultural college and public build
It is understood that the land, al
though classed as grazing, may in time
prove to be more valuable than the
statutory valuation that is placed upon
DIES FROM PARALYTIC STROKE.
Dan Foley, a Laborer, Succumbs to an
Illness of Three Days.
Dan Foley, woo was taken to St.
Vincent's hospi l Monday, suffering
apparently fro a bad case of rheuma
tism, but wiJb proved to be paralysis,
died Wednesday night and was buried
Foley, who had been working for L.
I. Hammond, the railroad grade con
tractor, was taken sick at Huntley
Monday morning and brought to Bill
ingas. Directly after being taken to the
hospital paralysis of the entire body co
cmrred and the patient was annable to
eat, talk or do anything, relief coming
in death a fer days later.A
SOME BIG EXCU[SIONS
Northern Pacific and Burlington
Bring Thousands of
ARE SEEKING HOMES
And Many Will Locate at Once-An
Exodus to the Land of the
V1The homeseekers' rates that went
e into effect upon the Northern Pacific
g and Burlington roads Tuesday have
d proved to be immensely popular, far
[1 exceeding the expectation of the man
agement of those roads. The Northern
r Pacific coast bound trains that pulled
, out of St. Paul Tuesday went in three
d sections because of the heavy travel
e toward the land of the setting sun. On
e this same day, over the three western
a roads from St. Paul, 5,000 homeseekers
took passage for the west. The fare
j on the Northern Pacific to Billings is
s $16.50, to Helena $17.50, and to the
coast $25. The reduced rate seems to
have struck a popular chord. It
promises to bring many settlers into
this western country. A very encour
aging feature is that many, in fact
nearly all, of the travelers taking ad
vantage of the rate, buy one-way
_ tickets. This is interpreted to mean
that they have serious intentions of lo
tcating in either Montana, Idaho,
Washington or Oregon.
As announced, the rate to all points
west of St. Paul where the single first
class rate is in excess of $38 is one-half
the firts-class rate for second-class or
homeseekers' tickets. The holder of
one of the second-class tickets has the
privilege of riding in the colonist sleep
ers and eating in the dining car. The
colonist sleepers are pronounced very
comfortable and cheaper than the regu
lation Pullman, which, of course, is
available, only to holders of first-class
That many benefits will accrue to
the west from these reduced rates goes
without saying. It is expected that a
class of settlers in every way desirable
are taking advantage of coming this
way and seeing for themselves the pos
sibilities of Montana and neighboring
The Burlington train, which usually
consists of two coaches besides a
sleeper, was run into Billings in two
sections Wednesday night, with about
eight or nine cars each, having home
seekers from Iowa, Missouri, Kansas
and Nebraska. The exact number of
passengers who were traveling on the
cheap rates was about 600. They were
in charge of L. J. Bricker of Kansas
City, Mo., traveling passenger agent of
the Burlington, who accompanied
them to the coast. .The last section of
the train arrived here about midnight
and the cars were "hooked" onto a
Northern Pacific engine and taken on
west. Last night's Burlington had
nine cars, containing over 200 more
homeseekers. The cars were set out
here and made into a Northern Pacific
train and sent out as a special.
The Northren Pacific ran two sec
tions into Billings Thursday morning
and went out in three, counting the one
made up of Burlington cars. Yester
day forenoon's train was loaded and all
told the number of homeseekers pass
ing through Billings has been about
1,500. A few stopped off here to look
over the country and a party of twenty
from Iowa went up on the Red Lodge
branch this morning with a view of lo
cating in Carbon county.
I. D. O'Donnell says he has received
information that a party of fifteen from
Michigan will come to Billings within
the next few days to look around.
The local railroad officials state that
they have received no notification of
any extra travel on tonight's trains and
there will probably be a lull for a
week or so.
Reports are current that the reduc
tion in rates on the Great Northern and
Northern Pacific will plecipitate a re
petition of the rate war with the Can
adian Pacific that created so much trou
ble with the American lines when the
Klondike travel was at its height.
Both the Northern Pacific and the
Great Northerr are said to have deter
mined to maintain the homeseekers'
rate during the spring as long as they
see fit, regardless of the threats or
actions of rival roads. They claim and
justly that they are offering the rate in
the hope of bringing along their lines
settlers who will settle up the country,
and are not attempting to interfere
with the regular Pacific coast travel.
At the Grand.
Tuesday, March 21.-C. F. Wood
man, Butte; J. W. Dodds, Helena;
Win. S. Clarton, A. M. Bratt, Living
ston; Fred H. Hathborn, city; J. H.
Lewis, Chicago; John M. Rapelje,
Glendive; L. Gans, Montana; Geo H.
Mesa, Omaha; A. Darmie, city; J. R.
Marfrs, W. Cunnington, Chicago; F.
W. Merrill, Helena; M. Browner,
Rocky Fork; Long and wife, Duluth;
J. B. Annin, Columbus; Lewis Harris,
St. Louis; J. A. Hunter, Chattanooga;
Mrs. L Weber, Spokane; A. Jackson.
Wdenesday, March 32.-M. E. Maks,
Mden; H. Baker, Helena; C.- A.
Holmes, Minneapolis; T. Cram, Ohi
cago; G. A. Jeffery, Duluth; T. P,
lilen, Olendive: James A. Johnson
and wife, Bomseman; M. Loewenstein,
St. Louis: Kate Ulmore, Alliance; H.
A. Noyes, Laurel; O. 0. Bowlen, Red
Lomdge; A. GOantfeld, Helena; J. W.
Gardner, Laurel; H. Cnllin,. Cody; C.
Bubeson, Rutland; Dr. P. Baxter,
Crow Aegnoy; E. A. Richardson, Crow
Agency; P. J. Conway, Gdho; Mrs. J.
D. Helsing, Miss Lyons, Lewistown;
A. B. LaMott, Roundup; J. T. Tempel
son, St. Louis; C. T. Doychert, San
Francisco; A. R. Dauphin, Minneap
olis; J. M. Fox; Red Lodge; F. Scott
and wife, W. S. Billis and wife,. Liv
ingston: H. C. Egleston, St. Louis; H.
A. Anderson, Chicago; C. H. Hood,
Thursday, Marab 23.-C. J. Davis,
Erie, Ill. ; F. Bryant, Illinois; J. Rap
elje, Glendive: C. Lindsey, Lewis.
town; T. McGilr, Huntley; N. R.
Wessel, Helena; J. W. Richardson,
Barott; A. W. Puller, New York; N.
S. Camp, F. S. Darling, Omaha; M. R.
O'Connell., Helena; J. A. Johnson,
Bozeman: A. Allen, Columbus; F. D.
Robertson. St. Louis; G. S. Norwell
Wyoming; W. H. Quinn and wife,
Wm. Foerschler, Butte: A. W. Thorn
ton, San Francisco; F. A. Henry, Chi
oago; C. H. Babcock, Sank Center;
F. W. Merrill, Helena; M. L. O'Brein,
Glendive; G. A. Jeffery, Duluth.
SMASHES THE SALOONKEEPER.
A Rounder at Columbus Plciously As
saults Ed. Canty.
Ed. Canty, a saloon-keeper at Colum
bus, is in the city today, but his best
friend would hardly know him. He
is here to confer with the county attor
ney about an assault made on him day
before yesterday by one Albert Martin,
a saloon rounder in that town, by
which Canty's face was badly out and
his nose probably broken.
Martin is said to be a quarrelsome
fellow, always lgoking for trouble with
others. A few days ago he started a
sort of a quarrel with an old man in
Canty's saloon, when the latter made
him leave. Wednesday, while Canty
was passing down the street, he was ao
costed by Martin, who struck him a
blow on the jaw. knocking him down,
following it up by hitting Canty in the
face, cutting three gashes on the face
and lip, which necessitated taking sev
eral stitches. Canty was conveyed
home, while a warrant was sworn out
for Martin's arrest. He was taken be
fore Justice Simpson and pleaded guil
ty to assault in the third degree, being
fined $10 and costs, a very small fine
considering the injuries received by
Advices from Cuba received by Senor
Quesada in Washington, which he re
gards as trustworthy, are to the effect
that the Cuban assembly will dissolve
before the present week ends, probably
on Saturday. Mr. Quesada regards this
as a most satisfactory outcome, as the
uissolution is brought about voluntarily
and without agitation, which enforced
action would have caused. It will clear
tbe way, in his judgment, to the pacific
adjustment of the affairs of Cuba.
O-YEGEN YEGEN YEGEN YEGEN YEGEN-9
John Kelly's Rochester, N. Y.,
Fine Shoes for Ladies.
Special Sizes made to measure and delivered in
Dry Goods and Notion ad. will appear next week.
* CHURCH NOTES
Next Sunday, the Sunday before
Easter, is known as Palm Sunday, on
account of the triumphal entry into
Jerusalem. There will be Holy Com
mranion at St. Luke's church, at 11 a.
m., and evening prayer and sermon at
7:80 o'clock. At the evening dervice
Mr. Whitney is expected to sing "The
Palms." Everybody is welcome and
all seats are free. Sunday school at the
close of the morning service.
Preaching at the M. E. church by
the pastor at 11 a. m., subject, "Mind.
of Jesus." Sunday school at 12 m.
Junior League at 8 p. m.; Epworth
League at 6:30 p. m.; preaching at
7:30 p. m., subject, "The Story of Eli
jah and Sarepta." Seats free.
GENERAL STATE NEWS.
Missoula has a case of smallpox.
within its city limits.
According to the reports received
from the center and coast states, the
losses.to Montana orchards are much
less than in other fruit growing sec
The worst fire Anaconda has exper
ienced since the Lincoln school build
ing was burned down, two years ago.
occurred Monday night, when the old
Montana Union car shops burned to the
Governor Smith has reappointed Dr.
M. E. Knowles state veterinarian for
the term of two years. The governor
has also reappointed E. R. MoNeal of
Boulder as a member of the board of
trustees of the deaf and dumb asylum
for the period of three years.
The Minnesota and Montana Live
Stock company, incorporated under the
laws of Minnesota with a capital of
$50,000, has filed its articles of incor
poration with the secretary of state.
Joseph E. Dolson of Shelby is named as
the Montana agent of the company.
Townsend, the county seat of Broad
water county, is to have another bank.
The articles of incorporation of the
State Bank of Townsend were filed
with the secretary of state Tuesday by
W. E. Tierney, J. G. Blessing of
Townsend and A. W. Schreiber of
Diamond. The new bank is to have a
capital stock of $25,000, in shares of
The state board of examiners held an
important session this week. A large
number of claims were allowed, many
of them covering expenditures from the
end of the last fiscal year, November
80, to March 1. In all about $80,000
in claims were allowed, including .a
large bounty payment. The bounty
claims allowed amounted to $14,697,
and will pay claims filed with the
state board of examiners up to and in
cluding June 18 of last year.
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