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SEMI I=VWEEKLY. VOL. XV. BILLINGS, YELLOWSTONE COUNTY, MONTANA, TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1899 NO. 9 Watch for Our Spring Shoes See Our "Little Giant" Line of Children's and Boys' Shoes Misses' and Children's Rubber Boots ALL SIZES John D. osekamp "Famous Outfitter." PROFESSIONAL CARDS. JAB. R. GOBS, LAWYER. Office First National Bank Building. H E. ARMSTRONG, M. .., PHYSICIAN and SURGEON. Belknap Block, - Billings, Montana. DR. J. H. RINEHART, PHYSICIAN and SURGEON. Office 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. PR. E. P. TOWNSEND, PHYSICIAN and SURGEON. Office and Residence on Twenty-Ninth Street North, two doors north of Cottage Inn. Office strictly private. All calls will receive prompt attention. Telephone 118. . F. GODDARD. ATTORNEY-AT-LAW. Office over First National Bank. T B. HERFORD, A TTORNE Y-A T-LA W. Room S, Belknap Block, - Billings, Montana. FRED H. HATHHORN, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW. Office-Room 4, First National Bank Building. Billings, Montana. JOHNSTON & JOHNSTON. LAWYERS. Room 18. Belknap Block. C HARLES L. HARRIS, LAWYER. Room 12, Belknap Block, - Billings, Montana J D. MATHESON, Real Estate and Life Insurance. Room 12, Belknap Block. A. FRASER Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, U. S. Commissioner, General Commission Merchant. Room 3, First National Bank Building, Billings. ITLE ABSTRACT COMPANY, ABSTRACTS OF TITLE To all real property in Yellowstone county, Montana, compiled by Geo. M. Hays and Austin North Company. Titles examined and complete abstracts furnished. Office next north Grand Hotel. Telephone 123. 4593 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL ... BANK... OF BILLINGS -0 CAPITAL, - $50,000 SURPLUS;- - $20,000 -o--- A. L. BABCOCK, President. DAVID PRATT, Vioe-Pres. G. A. GRIGGS, Cashier. E. HIIOLLISTER. Ass't Cash. DIRECTORS. A. i. BABOOOK, DIAVID PRATT, G. A. AGRIGGS, ED. CARDWELL, PETER LARSON. -0 Regular Banking in all its Branches. Safe Detoest Boxes Rented. Special Attention Given to Collections. -o -Dealers n oreign and Dmesti han- Dealers in Foreign and Domestic Exchange FIRST NATIONAlI BANK -) OF - BIhlNhGS, MONTANAR Paid Up Capital, - $150,000 Surplus and Profits, - 10,000 P. B. Moss, President. H. W. ROWLEY, Vice-Pres. S. F. MORSE, Cashier. S. G. REYNOLDS, Asst. Cash.. DIRECTORS: Chas. T. Babcock, Jos. Zimmerman, H. W. Rowley, G. W. Woodson, P. B Moss. Transact a general banking busi ness. Collections promptly made and remitted for. i lin 'z Fu"Ur' ' I i Sjable Itinen, qowel and lopkin 89166. pº i i. I BILLINGS Funituwe & Capet COMePANY NEW COURT HOUSE TALK Matter Being Agitated and Will Be Considered by the Commissioners AT THE JUNE MEETING Reasons Why Yellowstone County Should Have a New Building. Site fir' Same Offered. V 'or some time past the matter of erecting a new court house for Yellow stone county has been quietly agitated and the commissioners, it is said, will consider the proposition at their June meeting. The present court house has outgrown its usefulness by reason of the increasing business and is now en tirely too small for the purposes for which it was intended. It is also felt that the time has arrived when the court house can be advantageously dis posed of for business purposes, as was intended when the present structure was built. If this could be done a new court house and jail combined could be built without bonding the county, the commissioners being authorized by law to expend $10,000 without submitting the question to a vote of the taxpayers. If, therefore, the present court house and jail could be sold for $12,000 or $15,000, some $22,000 or $25,000 would be available for a new structure. It is thought the property can be dis posed of for the figures named and that a site for a new court house may be donated. Mayor Yegen, in fact, has publicly said that he will give $15.000 for the present court house and jail and donate a block of ground, worth $2,500, if the commissioners will build the new structure upon it. The block is located on the south side, south and east of Donovan & Spear's, and while the offer is a liberal one, it is not like ly the location would be favored by the taxpayers, it being too far from the business center of the city. Mr. Yegen's offer is probably contingent upon his site being accepted, but if he is willing to give $.1.5000 for the pres ent buildings, it is likely that someone else will give as much, while the com missioners hope that a site nearer the business center may be donated or ob tained for a nominal sum. At least they would like to hear from public spirited citizens on the subject. The county is in good shape to bond for a new court house, if that course is deemed advisable. It has not reached the limit for which it can bond by $62,000, and the present indebtedness is in excellent shape. It amounts to $1.50,500, less $45,000 cash on hand May 1. The indebtedness consists of $91,500 worth of 5 per cent bonds, due July 1, 1918, and $59,000 worth of 6 per cent bonds, due Oct. 1, 1911. The 5 per cent bonds may be redeemed July 1, 1908, and the 6 per cent Oct. 1, 1901. But a new court house can be built without bonding. The present structure, it is thought, can readily be disposed of for business purposes, and the matter of a site for a new one should first be determined. It should be centrally located, of course, and the commissioners would be justified in purchasing one before there is a further advance in real estate, if land is not donated for the purpose. The time is coming, without a doubt, when a now court house will be an ab solute necessity, even if it is not built now, and it would be both wise and economical upon the part of the com missioners to provide for a ccntingency that is sure to arise in the future. Some of principal reasons why a new court house should be built are given below, all of which are pertinent and worthy of careful consideration: The present courthouse is so situated that it is impossible to conduct court in it without repeated and annoying interruptions from noise caused by heavily loaded wagons passing on the streets, people standing in front of the building and talking loudly, the trains coming in and going out of the city, and the continual switching of the switch-engines in the railroad yards. The court room is also inadequately ventilated. The means of heat ing it, by three stoves, is so poor a method that to keep the air in the room pure, or rather from becoming exceedingly foul toward the end of each day's session, is an impos sibility during the winter and cool months. It needs no argument to prove to a person who knows anything about heating large rooms or buildings oontaining many oflices, that heating them by coil stoves is one of the most expensive methods. The court house was not built with the intention of its being used for a mourt house longer than when the time should arrive that the county would be Bnanoially able to build for itself a court house building. For fourteen years the present building has been •eed for coqnt7 ofdloes ag the holing of oourt therein, and at time tine it was built, in 1885, it was large enough for the purpose. But the county having increased in population and wealth very greatly since that time, has caused the business of the several county officials to far outgrow the office-room assigned to them, and the vaults have become filled and over crowded with records and other valu able papers, which cannot be duplicat ed, and upon which rests the titles to the real estate and other property of the people of the county, so that today a new and more commodious court house is imperatively needed. The county clerk's office is so small that the clerk has been compelled to fence off with a counter a small space for the general public to transact busi ness with his office. His vaults are filled upon all their walls and clear to the top, with files and book racks full of records, and as the county busi ness grows it will be necessary for him in the future, unless his vault room is enlarged, to pile valuable books upon the floor of the vault. The county commissioners are now confronted with the problem of provid ing more vault room for the county clerk. It is absolutely necessary in order to furnish the proper protection to the county records and can only be settled by building a new vault in con nection with the present one, which has been estimated to cost at least $1,500. And what we say about the county clerk's vault will also apply equally as well to the vault of every other county official; and all vaults are so poorly lighted that it is necessary, in hunting for a record in any of them, to light a candle in order to get light enough to find what ia wanted. The superinten dent of schools, the sheriff, the assessor and the county attorney have no vaults whatever, and the superintendent of schools is obliged to use a jury room as his office, which he must vacate dur ing each term of court, while the coun ty attorney has no office whatever, he being compelled to rent an office for himself in the Belknap block. Besides this, the county surveyor has no office at all. The building being fourteen years old, has reached the point where repairs have become a considerable item of ex pense, it being shown by the county clerk's last annual statement that fuel and expense during the year ending November 30, 1898, amounted to $556.32, and county buildings and re pairs amounted to $602.22, a total of $1,118.54. The jail is in about the same condition as is the county court .fouse. The county has but recently completed improvements on it costing 400. Aside from the question of economy, the burning of the court house at Red Lodge has shown beyond doubt that should our present court house be con sumed by fire, every record which is kept in the vaults would be destroyed. The vaults for the court house in Red Lodge were built outside of the court house building, which was constructed of wood, and connected with the build ing by steel doors and air spaces, such as every modern vault has, and superior in construction to the vaults which this county has in its court house. The walls of the Red Lodge vaults were made fully as thick as the walls of our vaults and constructed of brick, just as ours are; and yet when the Red Lodge court house burned, papers and books in the vault of the county clerk were so badly charred upon the outside that they could not be handled without the ends of the papers and the covers of the books breaking off in many cases. And the wooden frames in which the papers and books were kept were so charred by the heat that parts of them could be taken in the hands and broken like charcoal, notwithstanding the building did not fall upon the vaults, but fell in. Should our court house be burned, the vaults, being between the brick walls of the building, all the woodwork above would fall upon the vaults and there be consumed; and the water thrown upon the heated brick walls would crack the vault walls, so that the vaults would be little or no protection for the reocrds, and they undoubtedly could not be saved. The destroying of county records would be of incalculable loss to the county and would work hardship upon many of the inhabitants and property owners of Yellowstone county, who, in a great many instances, would be una ble to prove ownership to their real estate holdings. To replace the books and blanks would mean an outlay to the county of something like $10,000. All these items are worthy of careful consideration. The main portion of the city of Daw son was destroyed by fire on April 26, causing a loss of $4,000,000. In all 111 buildings, includipg the British North American bank, were burned. The news was brougbt down by L. S. Hame, a son of Mayor Hume of Seal-, tie, J. Toklas and a third party, who left Dawsqe on April 27 and smade their way out by canoe to Lake Lebarge and then over the ice, having a most peril ous trip. - The Nebraska regiment, which has done gallant work in the Philippines, has been given a thirty days rest and has gone into Manila, where they will remain for that tame, SCHOOL EXHIBIT DAY The Billings Pupils Display Splendid Work in Var ious Lines. WAS AN INNOVATION Gladly Hailed by Parents and Visitors. Much Credit Due Principal, Teachers and Pupils. lliday was a big day in the Billings public schools and one that will be long remembered by pupils, teachers and those who took occasion to visit the various rooms. It was what is called "Exhibit Day" and was an innovation in the schools in that line, and, as far as is known, was the first incident of its kind in any public school in the state of Montana. For some time the pupils, assisted by the teachers, have been preparing special work which was to form this exhibit, there being sam ples of about everything that goes to make up their every-day duties. Much remarkable talent was shown in many instances and the efforts of all .were splendid. The children of the various grades entered into the work with con siderable zeal and earnestness, each room wishing to excel the other. Per sonal invitations were. extended to many of our people and several hun dred visitors inspected the work, being shown through the rooms by the pupils. All were profuse in their praises of the children's efforts and were greatly sur prised at the talent displayed. In sev eral rooms were pretty window gardens of sweet peas and other flowers, having been arranged by the children's hands. Much credit is due Principal H. M. Brayton, who inaugurated "Exhibit Day," and to the teachers and scholars who assisted him in so successfully ob serving it. May "Exhibit Day" be a permanent feature in the Billings pub lic schools. In order to give our readers an idea of what each room had, we give the following, gathered by The Gazette reporter: Miss Hayden's room was very pretti ly decorated with red, white and blue bunting, and a stand of beautiful potted plants. The exhibit was taste fully arranged on the walls and desks and consisted of written work in num bers and spelling; also some drawings of flowers and other objects, which were all the every-day work of the pupils. Miss Reynolds, primary teacher on the south side, had her exhibit most tastefully arranged. There was a large amount of bright-colored paper work. A unique idea was shown in the egg garden which the children had taken care of. The egg shells had been filled with earth and different kinds of seeds planted. These had been watered and oared for by the children and added much to the exhibit, as well as teach ing the little ones abott the growth of the seeds. The pupils under Miss Hood have done some splendid work in both map and other drawings. The maps show ing the products of different portions were neat and accurate, while the other drawings showed careful work and a correct representation of the ob jects drawn. In this room the adult visitors were asked to register. A fine collection of stones, which had been gathered by the children and SLinton Clothing Co. * LCLOTHING AND ?URNISHINGS Everything of the Latest and Nobbiest for Men's Wear. HRTS AND CiPs BOOTS, AND SHOES The Best Selected Stock in all Eastern Montana. The L nton Clothing.g Co %~~ no n.1 IILI I CII~ .~l .¢o-.. which they had studied carefully, was found in Miss Carns' room. Here were also found some very good original drawings from nature and other ob jects. The children were given pictures and they were required to write stories from the copy, the one writing the best story to receive the picture. These prize stories were exhibited and were very good. The work in Miss Phillips' room showed what the older pupils have been doing throughout the year. The neat examination papers were displayed. There was a fine border drawn on the blackboards around the room, by one of the pupils, who shows marked talent in that direction. They had also prepared some dainty and attractive quotation books. The north side primary, with Mrs. Foster as teacher, showed the marked progress made by the little ones. The blackboards were covered with numbers written with different colors of chalk. Upon the walls were neat specimens of figures made with colored paper. The clay representations cf apples and cher ries were remarkably perfect. The en tire room looked very pretty. The leading features in Miss Pilcher's room were the excellent writing and copies of music. On the front board was an immense quill, showing what was used by our forefathers for writ ing. Tiny pieces of music scores were pasted on another hoard, representing the fall of music, or music in the air. There was also a patriotic corner with Dewey's picture in a conspicuous place. The drawings of flowers showed a fine idea of color. Miss Edwards' room was very neat and pretty with the exhibit arranged on the walls and desks. In this room there were some excellent papers of music which had been copied from tihe scholars' music books. Also criginal compositions concerning different sub jects. On a large table were placed a number of relics, showing the interest taken by the children in the study of nature. The exhibit in Miss Crawford's room, was very attractively placed and con sisted of color work in abundance and written recitations. There was a pret ty Hiawatha corner, in which were ar ranged a small Indian tepee and numer ous pictures. The children have learned Longfellow's Hiawatha and are familiar with other of his poems, The Children's Hour. John Alden and Priscilla. A picture of Longfellow was also hung in this corner. THEIR HEARTS BAD. Northern Cheyennes Preparing to Make Trouble for Whites. It is beginning to look as though the predictions concerning trouble on the Cheyenne reservation, made earlier in the season, are about to be verified, says the Yellowstone Journal. Accord ing to all reports the Indians are in an ugly frame of mind and those who know them best say they would not be surprised to hear of them committing many depredations, if not murders, be fore the summer is much older. That the fear is not an idle one was evi denced yesterday when John McKay, one of the oldest and best known resi dents of the upper Rosebud, arrived in the city to consult County Attorney Porter in regard to taking action against several of the coffee coolers who have been killing cattle belonging to white men. Mr. McKay was at the agency a few days before and said that the Indians were in a hostile mood over the arrest of the ones supposed to have killed the beeves and gave it as his opinion that the matter would not end there, as both the settlers and the Indians are worked up over conditions as they exist on the reservation and a conflict, he believes, is liable to occur at any time.