The weighing of mails on all west
ern railways commenced last week to
determine the compensation to be paid
the roads during the next term of con
tracts. If the Northern Pacific is to
wrest the mail contract from the Great
Northern it will be known when the
mail weighing is completed, which will
be in thirty days.
"It is understood that the Great
Northern railway will cut its promised
"melon" on or about April 15. It will
consist of a distribution of $5,000,000
of surplus in the treasury by a stock
dividend of about five'shares of stock to
each 100 shares. It is also reported
that negotiations are on foot for closer
relations between the Great Northern
and the Northern Pacific companies, if
not an actual merger.
A committee of the United Commer
cial Travelers has asked the roads run
ning to Sioux Falls, S. D., to grant
them reduced rates for their annual
convention to be held in that city. It
is expected that between two and three
thousand delegates will be in attend
* * *
Contracts have been let for the ship
ment over the line of the Cheyenne &
Northern of 1,500 cars of southern cat
tle to the ranges of northern Wyoming
and southern Montana, shipments to
begin on May 1.
"How the Greyhounds of the Bur
lington Beat the Rising Moon" is the
story of a fast run by one of its speedy
trains, recently issued by the Burling
ton company. The story is written by
Will B. Hunter, railroad' editor of the
Chicago Times-Herald, and is beauti
The Order of Railway conductors of
St. Paul will make a strong effort to
capture the national convention of 1901
for that city. Assurances have been
received from members throughout the
country indicating that St. Paul will
be warmly supported.
The Soo road is experimenting with
electric headlights. One or two of its
larger engines have been equipped with
electric lights. The experiment is pro
nounced a decided success. There are
no engines in the country, as far as
known, similarly equipped. The bril
liancy of the headlight enables the en
gineer to discern any object on the
track full 700 feet in advance, and the
reflection of the engine, electrically
equipped, can be descried nearly two
miles distant. The road contemplates
equipping all its passenger engines
with electric headlights.
The postal department has issued an
order forbidding the presence of rail
road employes in postal cars during the
period of mail weighing now in pro
gress, and which will occupy two or
three weeks more. The station agents
and baggage men do the weighing on
behalf of the roads just before delivery
in the cars, after which it is weighed
by the postal agents.
The report comes from Lincoln that
the B. & M. will soon send out another
locating party to survey a new route
west from some point on the Billings
line to tap the Big Horn country in
northwestern Wyoming. Preparations
are rapidly going on to fit out the new
expedition as soon as possible. While
nothing definite is known as to whether
the Burlington will build a road into
that country, the survey has been
ordered, and Superintendent Calvert is
now on this line.
It is reported that James J. Hill of
the Great Northern road has bought
the works of the Minnesota Car com
pany, at Duluth, and the rolling mills,
foundries, etc., in connection therewith
and will operate the plant for the Great
General Manager Holdredge of the
Burlington announced in Omaha last
week that' the Nebraska, Woyming &
Western Railroad company was build.
ing a line from Alliance south to the
Platte valley and that it woul, con
tinue south connecting with the Bur
lington's Cheyenne and Denver lines.
From the Platte valley, some place in
the neighborhood of Camp Clarke, the
road will build another line to the
westward, following near the river to
Hartville, in Laramie county, Wyom
ing. Hartville is thirty miles from
the Nebraska state line. The company
will build more than 200 miles of road,
probably completing a large part of it
this season. Graders are now in the
field and work on the eighty-five miles
already surveyed in Nebraska is now
being commenced. It is said that the
grading out of Alliance has already be
gun. Graders are also at work in
Wyoming. The company, according to
Mr. Holdredge, is not in any way con
nected with the Burlington, but the as
surance is given out by him that it
"may be controlled by us some day."
He further stated that 120 teams were
now working on the right of way,
which has been secured through Ne
brasaka. The completion of this line
will give the Burlington direct connec
tion from Deadwood to Denver and be
of great service to the people living
alo-. t.blinoe in western Nebraska.
The .i il be built in a first-class
ma p ,st. lls laid will be of seventy
SvoPu asteel and the roadbed will
be uiltf.frthe use of the heaviest
et., 1 a ndw railroad story. It
aMest:lmn the east and tells of a gi
pgant~io sobeheme of oonsolidation. The
is that a .geeral shaking up in
$ gd 1 p the near
slo foarming by the
- tim BlDlngtsi attd the
Milwauke~'iystems get control of the
Union Pacifi. Railroad men say they
have absolute knowledge that the
Union Pacific is in the hands of a syn.
dicate representing $100,00,0000 and
that this syndicate has put up thih
amount. The Illinois Central is a con.
trolling factor in Union Pacific affairs,
as is shown by the heed given to all
suggstions from E. H. Harriman, chair
man of the executive committee of both
the Illinois Central and the Union
Pacific directories. The Milwau
kee is represented on the Union
Pacific directory by its presi
dent, Roswell Miller and it i
said on good authority that when the
Illinois Central completes its line from
Omaha to Chicago, which is now under
construction, it will combined with the
Milwaukee to demand from the Union
Pacific a share of the through eastern
business now given to the Northwest
ern, and there is no doubt that this
will be done, and through trains from
the Union Pacific will no longer be
turned over to the Northwestern. It is
said that the Milwaukee would have
made this demand some time ago, but
President Miller thought it best to wait
till he should be joined by the Illinois
Central on the completion of its new
line to Omaha. All matters of policy
for the Union Pacific are now deter
mined by Mr. Harriman of the Illinois
Central, or by X. T. Jefferson Coolidge
of the Burlington, Roswell Miller of
the Milwaukee and George Gould of the
Missouri Pacific. The change thus to
be wrought will seriously affect the
Great Northern and Northern Pacific,
and it will give the Illinois Central,
Burlington and Milwaukee lines a
through route to the Pacific coast from
the Twin Cities, which they do not
now enjoy. By the time the Illinois
Central shall have completed its Omaha
extension it will also have finished its
Fort Dodge extension to St. Paul.
The Union Pacific has let the con
tract to Kilpatrick Bros. of Beatrice for
the contsruction of forty-eight miles of
road in Wyoming. This is divided into
three stretches, twenty-four, sixteen
and eight miles long, respectively, and
is being built to shorten the line and
also to avoid some very heavy grade.
When constructed they will lessen the
distance from Omaha to Ogden by
twenty miles. The work is all very
heavy, the cut and fills. being extensive
along the entire route. Work will com
mence as soon as the frost is out of the
ground, and it is the expectation to
complete it within the year.
A SPLENDID ENTERTAINMENT.
The Hi Henry Minstrels Gave Entire Sat
isfaction to a Billings Audience.
Hi. Henry's minstrels gave an excel
lent entertainment at the Billings opera
house Friday evening to a very large
and appreciative audience. In the
early part of the evening the band ren
dered a concert on the street which was
the finest thing ever heard in Billings
and the west.
The first part at the opera house,
"The American Navy," introduced the
company as the crew of the flagship
Brooklyn, before the harbor of Santi
ago, and was composed by Hi. Henry.
It included songs by different members
of the crew, accompanied by a fine
orchestra. The last number in the
first part was the patriotic song, "Free
America," sung by the whole com
pany. It was splendidly given, and
the appearance of Admiral Schley,
Uncle Sam and the Goddess of Liberty
made a very pretty finale.
The second part consisted of some
fine specialties. The cornet solo by Hi.
Henry and his miliatry bnad was some
thing grand, and all enjoyed the suc
cessful imitation of the Scotch bag
pipes; at the request of the audience
this was repeated several times. Ray
mond Teal and Robert Baker, as "The
Tramp and Black Venus," were good.
Dan Allman amused the people with
his new and witty jokes. Morton and
Elliott with the guitar and mouth harp
gave some fine imitations of different
chimes and showed what wonderful
things could be made by folding and
tearing papers, while the Couture
borthers performed some marvelous and
difficult acrobatic feati. Altogether
this was without doubt one of the most
interesting and pleasing entertainments
of the season. Hi. Henry and his gen
tlemanly company deserve much praise
for the easy manner in which the per
formance was given.
A BENEFIT OPERA
To Iie Given for the Parlnly Iillings
J. B. Fulton, late of John Griffith's
company, arrived in Billings Friday
and will remain here a few weeks in
the interest of producing a home talent
comedy opera. The writer is personal
ly acquainted with Mr. Fulton and his
ability in this line. He has traveled
considerably with some of the leading
opera companies and our people are
guaranteed some thing fine under Mr.
Fulton's management. There is suffi
cient home talent to give a very credit
able production and it will merit the
patronage of our people. Mr. Fulton
has decided to give the opera "Pina
fore," which is one of the most popular
productions. It will be given as a
benefit for the Parmly Billings Mem
orial Library to assist the city in pro
curing the books and this should insure
a crowded house, which we believe it
will do. The G~.ette will continue to
keep its readers apprised of the pro
gress and wishes Mr. Fulton success in
his benevolent undertaking.
Tell Your Sslter
A beautiful complexion is an impossibili
ty without good pure blood, the sort
that only exists in connection with good
digestion, a healthy liver and bowels.
Karl's Clover Root Tea acts directly on
the bowels, liver and kidneys keeping
them in perfect health. Price 25 cta.
and 50 ets. Sold by 'Chapple Drug Co.
At the Grand.
Friday, April 7.-J. W. Kinsley,
Helena; C. B. Boyle, Gebo; J. B.
Latty, Livingston; A. P. Hatfield. Loi
Angeles; E. T. Barnes, Passadena; M.
L. O'Brien, Glendive; J. M. Hoey, F.
A. Dones, Anaconda; P. F. Bryal,
Helena; P. F. Keck, New York; D.
Fitzgerald, Liviligston; E. H. Becker,
Crow Agency; J. W: Speariugton, Oak
land; Miss Petrio, Chicago; Miss
Bowman, Spearfish; T. A. Blackwon,
Milfred; W. J. Haynes and wife, E. L.
Fenton and wife and Miss Moots,
Laurel; J. H. Hay, Missoula; N. S.
Crump, Omaha: J. W. Greenwood,
Laurel; H. D. Curtis, Omaha; G. P.
Dier, Bozeman; W. H. Butler, St.
Paul; G. M. Bertram, New York; A.
C. Davenport, St. Paul; H. E. Martin,
Livingston; G. M. Hays, city; J. W.
Saturday, April 8.-T. E. Bowlby,
Marysville; C. C. Graham and wife,
New York; H. E. Marrin, Livingston;
J. W. Spearington, Oakland; E. C.
Talyor, Petersburg; E. M. Westinett.
Grahd Island; F. A. Jones, Anaconda;
G. Halzell, Minneapolis; C. Laughey,
Sheridan; H. Kieser. St. Xavier; J. A.
Martin, D. Dickie, Thermopolis; D.
Fitzgerlad, Livingston; W. A. Keller,
Butte; G. M. Penuoyer, Chicago; A.
M. Somerfield, Boston; D. N. Hume,
Chicago; W. J. Cruse, Helena; M.
Nicholas, Minneapolis; J. M. M. Gil
ser. Kansas City; A. W. Smith, St.
Paul; C. E. Montgomery, Kansas City;
A. E. Taylor, Red Lodge; J. M.
Greener, Laurel; Bert Shorey, Merrill.
Sunday, April 9.-W. W. Beasley,
Big Timber; A. M. Somerfield, Bos
ton; I. F. Swarthout, Minneapolis; W.
J. Glass, Butte; J. M. Penuoyer, R. H.
Thompson, Chicago; Mrs. Shorey,
Maine; Otta Fantt, Chicago; E. H.
Round, Cincinnati; G. N. Sheperd,
Lincoln; E. A. Richardson, Crow
Agency; J. T. Murphy, Helena; C. J.
Rowley, Chicago; J. M. Vale, Wash
ington, D. C.; T. W. Keepal, N. R.
Wessel, Helena; W. H. Strader, B.
Huntman, St. Paul; J. A. Johnson,
Bozeman; A. J. Friel, Gebo; W. H.
Keller, Butte; C. E. Montgomery,
Kansas City; G. M. Hays, city.
Monday, April 10.-J. W. Chandler,
Oakland; Miss M. M. Dyer, Butte; F.
E. Krause, C. H. Alexander, J. T.
Murphy, Wm. Gahen and wife, Hel
ena; D. J. Galvin, St. Paul; T. Mc
Girl, Huntley; H. Keiser, St. Xavier;
P. Lavelle, Columbus; S. K. Deverill,
Laurel; O. W. Hall, San Francisco; G.
H. Bowman, Cleveland; H. C. Dess
ton, Philadelphia; F. W. Wagner, St.
Paul; A. G. Grant, Detroit; E. E.
Crawford, Shawmut; Mrs. L. D.
Shorey, Belford; J. C. Auld, Helena;
L. V. Wertheimer, Butte; J. W.
Dodds, Helena; Otto Frantt, Chicago;
W. H. Selvidge, Helena; R. S. Beattie,
Joliet; J. R. Haynie, St. Paul.
AMONG THE CANNIBALS.
A Traveler's Experience With the
Man Eaters of Went Africa.
Mr. P. A. McCann has had 19 years
actual residence in west Africa. Mr
McCann's seven years' trading and resi
dence with the cannibal tribes of the
French Gaboon probably form the most
exciting part of his experiences. He got
friendly with them and thoroughly
studied their habits and customs. They
quite believed'that the white men ate
white men as they themselves eat their
fellow blacks. A big chief offered Mr
McCann the smoked thigh of a native.
This was considered a gracious act. To
refuse it would be unfriendly. Mr. Mc
Cann was in a dilemma.
But he feigned illness, said he was
not eating just then. The chief eventu
ally put the matter off good naturedly
by saying he supposed the white man
preferred white man to eat instead of
black man. "The Mpongwes, " said Mr.
McCann, "are in ferocious and pugna
cious qualities second to no other tribe
in Africa. Their villages mostly consist
of a single street from 600 to 1,500
yards long, on each side of which are
the houses. In these houses they cook.
eat and sleep and keep their store of
provisions, the chief of which is smoked
game and smoked human flesh, hung
up to the rafters.
"Although ferocious and quarrelsome
to a degree, they are very industrious.
They show considerable skill in the
manufacture of pottery, and the designs
of their cooking pots, water jars, to
bacco pipes and palm wine bottles are
extremely. artistic. "In ironwork they
are also skillful workers. Although they
kill game for food, they much prefer
human meat to any other. "-London
Siamese magicians profess to be able
to destroy your enemy for you. They
first bewitch part of a buffalo till it be
comes as small as a pea. When your
enefny has been induced to swallow it,
they make it return to its original size.
and after suffering great agonies he
suffocates. Pig's flesh and fish are also
used When these people die, the rea
$Dn can be detected, because at their
cremation some part of their body re
fuses to burn, and when it is cut open
it contains fish or meat of some animal.
A small boy died recently and was cre
mated. A certain part of the child's
chest refused to burn, and they got it
examined and found it to be a piecg of
Not Quite Permuaded.
"We like the idea of simplified spell
ing. says the editor of the Perkine
Junction Palladium. 'But we don't
think we could ever become used to
writing it 'He wawkt down the ile.
leeving the trax of his larj and muddee
hbuez on the flore. The marx ar vizzibl
yet. "-Chicago Tribune.
Dyspepsia can' be cured by using
Aoker's Dyspepsia Tablets. One little
Tablet will give immediate relief or
money refunded. Sold in handsome tin
boxes at 25 cents. Sold by Chapple
"I happen to have a dress coat. " said
a man about town, "that was made by
Poole. the famous London tailor, and
I've preserved it with a good deal of
care. To tell the truth, I attached less
value to the garmnent itself than I did
to the sign manual of the house, em
blazoned on a strip cf white silk and
stitched inside the collar. It was a trifle
snobbish. I dare say. but if so I've re
ceived my punishment.
S'A few weeks ago I took the coat
along with me on a trip to Florida, and
while at a small coast rescrt I noticed
the buttons nwre getting worn. The
only tailor in town was a Chinaman.
and I gave him the coat with instruc
tions'to repair the damages, which he
did very neatly. I had. forgotten all
about the incident, and one evening
during carnival was at the club chat
ting with some visitors from Detroit
when somehow or other the conversa
tion turned on high art tailoring.
S'One of the strangers sang the
praises of a chap at his home. and I.
like a fool, couldn't resist the tempta
tion of remarking that my suit was
made by Poole. Thereupon the other
fellow expressed curiosity as to how the
English tailors inserted the shoulder re
enforcements of dress coats, and I oblig
ingly slipped mine off to allow him to
examine it. He looked it over, and
when he handed it back I noticed that
he wore a peculiar smile. It was no
wonder, for, by Jove. in place of the
signed silk strip below the collar was a
great hideous pink tab bearing the
legend. 'Charley One- Lung, Merchant
Tailor, Wayback. Fla.!' "-New Or
Force of Habit.
"Of course you can't imagine what
curious experiences we have with sick
people." confided a trained nurse. "I
have just come from a very interesting
case-a dear old lady. lovely in every
way, but utterly unmanageable and un
reasonable on the subject of early rising.
1 he dear woman cannot turn over in
her bed or put her hand to her head
she is fatally ill, poor creature-but she
wakes me every morning at 5 o'clock to
have her face and hands bathed and
her cap tChanged. 'Oh.' I groan, 'it is
only 5 o'clock, Mrs. Lorrimer: that is
too early for sick people to get awake!
Let us have another little nap.
"'No. no.' she always answers; 'my
father reared me to get up at 5 o'clock.
I can't disobey my training You must
make my toilet. I mustn't sleep any
"So I have to get awake, prepare the
dear old lady for the day-80 years old
she is. and weak and sick-just because
she was reared by a father with abnor
mal ideas of rising time. "-Indianapo
A Wonderful Appetite.
The digestive power of the heron is
remarkable. as well as its capacity and
ability to swallow large fish. says For
est and Stream. The neck seems to ex
pand as if made of india rubber-the
fish slips down, and the bird is ready for
another In eating beef, large bones are
swallowed intact. On one or two occa
sions after feeding beef this way, great
alarm was felt, as the birds showed
signs of great distress, but the uneasi
ness was soon calmed when the bird
threw up a large bone, clean and white.
the meat having been thoroughly digest
In eating catfish they instinctively
pierce it with their strong beaks, until
there is no question in their simple
minds but that 'lt is harmless. If in
their hurry to swallow their food, it
goes down the throat covered with sand
or trash, they immediately eject it,
carry it to the water and, having rinsed
it well. swallow it again
Experience is the best teacher. Use
Acker's English Remedy in any case of
coughs, colds or croup. Should it fail to
give immediate relief money refunded.
25 cents and 50 cents. Sold by Chapple
EGGS FOR _IIATClIiG
There Are None Better to Be flad
Our breeding pens were se
lected and mated by I. K.
Felch, President of the Amer
ican Poultry Association.
Light Brahmas (strain),
B. P. Rocks,
Eggs $2.50 per setting
Two settings for $4.00
A limited amount of stock
for sale. Address
Riverside Poultry Co.
ROBERT I. NIX, Prop.
A Quiet Place for Business Men
and Courteous Treatment.
Montana Avenue, Center of Main Block
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 cts,
and 50 cts. Sold by Chapple Drug Co.
Notice of Hearing.
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE
Seventh Judicial District of the
State of Montana, in and for the Coun
ty of Yellowstone.
In the matter of the estate of Clar
ence Durbin, deceased.-Notice of time
of hearing petition for probate of will.
Notice is hereby given that Aglies Y.
Soule has filed with the clerk of this
court a petition praying for the probate
of what purports to be the last will and
testament of Clarence Durbin, deceased,
and that Friday, 14th day of April, A.
D. 1899, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon
of said day, that being a day of a regun
lar term of said court, before the judge
of said court, at the court room, at the
court house, in the city of Billings, in
said county and state, has been set as
the time and place for hearing the said
petition, when and where any person
interested may appear and show cause
why said will should not be admitted
to probate and why said,petition should
not be granted.
Dated this 3rd day of April, A. D.
1899. T. A. WILLIAMS,
Clerk of Said Court.
O. F. Goddard,
Attorney for Petitioner. 99-3
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wasting diseases, all effects of self
abuse, or excess and indis
blood builder. Brings the
pink glow to pale cheeks and
restores the fire of youth.
By mail 5O0 per box; 6 boxes
ror $2.50; with a written guaran
tee to cure or refund the money.
NERVITA MEDICAL CO.
Clinton A Jackson Sts., CHICAGO, ILL
For Sale by
Lieberg, Holmes & Calhoun. Druggists,
1-10-ly Billings, Montana.
Mott's Nerverine Bills
diseases of the
BEFORE AD AFTER USING. Og f eithe
sex, such as Nervous Prostration, Failing or
lost Manhood, Imnpoteny, Nig4htly Emis
sions, Youthful Errors, Mental Worry, ex
cessive use of Tobacco or Opium, which
lead to Consumption and Insanity. $1.00
per box by mail; 6 boxes for $5.00.
MOTT'S CHEMICAL CO., Prop's, Cleveland, Ohio
For Sale by Chapple Drug Co.
o--YEGEN YEGEN YEGEN YEGEN YEGE--°
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.
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INS: ,JNoUT" P. H. SMITH, Prop
VALE & POTTER,
Saloon and Sample Rooms
The Best Goods in
LIQUORS 0 CIGARS
Billiard and Club Rooms
Old Stand, Opposite Depot
SCALLY & CO., Proprietors
Liquors and Cigars,
Billiards and Pool,
Fine Club Rooms.
Next to Yellowstone National Bank.
PROTEC'TION. Send model, sketch,orphoto.
for free examination and advice. ,
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