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The Billings Gazette.
Edltor .nd Publisher_
Official City and County Paper.
Entered at the Billings Postoffice as Second
Class Matter.
Subscription 1Rates.
One year, in advance...........$..3.00
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TUESDAY, MAY 23, 1899.
Attention is called to the article in
this issue on the subject of a new court
house for Yellowstone county. It is
needed badly, and if the present court
house can be disposed of at a fair
figure, a new one can be built without
either bonding the county or increasing
taxes. The commissioners, it is be
lieved, are in a mood to take some ac
tion, and that is half the battle.
Twenty-five thousand dollars will put
up a court house and jail which will
serve the county for twenty years, and
one that will be a credit to the city.
It will be economy, too, not to put
any more repairs on the present struc
tur; the county has outgrown it; it is
well suited for a business house, and
now is the time, this newspaper be
lieves, to dispose of it for the purpose
for which it was originally intended.
The safety of the county records de
mands that something be done to pre
serve them, which the commissioners
fully realize; they are not in favor of
wasting money to enlarge vaults which
never were and cannot be made fire
proof in such a building.
A site for a new court house will
probably be donated if the commission
ers decide to build. One. has already
been offered, but it is not desirable,
The Gazette thinks, on account of be
ing too far from the business center.
But the offer is a liberal one, carrying
with it, as it does, a proposition to pur
chase the present court house and jail.
It should lead to others, and no doubt
will. The site is the first thing to be
secured and the commissioners, at their
June meeting, may take some action in
this direction. They would be justi
fied, we think, in purchasing a site in
a good location if one is not donated.
A new court house must be built in a
few years, anyhow, and real estate in
this city is going to be higher in the
future instead of lower. It would be
economy, therefore, to secure ground
The article in last Friday's Gazette
urging the people of Billings to cele
brate the Fourth of July this year has
borne fruit. Mayor Yegen and others
have interested themselves in the mat
ter apd the movement for a celebration
will probably be started this week. It
should be taken in hand at once if any
thing is to be done. Billings, if she is
going to undertake a celebration, wants
a good one. Attractions should be
offered which will draw people here
from the surrounding country, and
after they get here they should be well
entertained. A celebration will do
this city no good if they are not.
The time is already short to complete
arrangements for an affair of this char
acter and if, within the next few days,
you are presented with a subscription
for a Fourth of July celebration, give
liberally and encourage the movement
all you can. It will take work and
plenty of it, to perfect arrangements,
and if those who undertake to start the
movement are not heartily sustained,
it will fall through,
There must be hearty cooperation if
Billings is to celebrate the nation's
birthday. This city has done nothing
of the kind for so long a time that the
Fourth this year should be a memorable
occasion. Let us all take held and
make it so.
Turn the eagle loose and let her
scream; give full vent to your patriot
ism and rejoice that you live in the
best nation on earth and under the
greatest government ever created by
man. Push the celebration movement
along if it is once started. Everybody
must work and take an interest; if
they do, the day will be a proud one
for Billings and Yellowstone county.
We want no half-hearted affair, but a
genuine old-fashioned Fourth of July
that everyone will enjoy and remem
During the discussion of the Dingley
bill in congress one of the most
direful prophesies of the democratic
oratore-and the demooratic editors of
the country promptly disseminated the
asuuetions-was :that protection was
Skious to foreign trade. The enact
e~me o the law would gILL our ex
Sa. oW onutmoSures. What about this
pfgbsofi Are themse statesmen and
orators and editors going about point
ing with pride to the fulfillment of
their prognostications? The Dingley
law was enacted, and yet the year 1898
was the banner year in the history of
the foreign commerce of the country.
For every dollar's worth of foreign
merchandise bought by the United
States, was sold and exported two dol
lars' worth of American products. And
this sort of thing did not stop in 1898.
In March, 1899, the exports of manu
factures were $36,025,733 as against
$28,214.450 for March of 1898.
It is a good time for republicans to
rub those facts in on those who advo
cated the Wilson tariff and who are
doubtless only waiting an opportunity
to begin to talk again about the beau
ties of free trade.
The Omaha World-Herald, Mr.
Bryan's personal organ, sarcastically
inquires whether the Edward Atkinsoq
and Professor Laughlin of today, whom
the administration papers denounce as
copperheads, are the same Edward At
kinson and Professor Laughlin whom
the republican organs "lauded to the
skies" in 1896, when the money ques
tion was paramount, and when they
were supporting the gold standard.
Yes, it might be answered; they are
the same. The Edward Atkinson and
Professor Laughlin, whom the Bryan
papers are today holding up to the
country as true patriots in their work
of uttering treasonable sentiments and
sending seditious literature to Ameri
can soldiers in the Philippines, are the
same Edward Atkinson and Professor
Laughlin whom the World-Herald and
its class denounced in 1896 as the
"hirelings of the gold power and the
arch enemies of humanity."
Exports of leather, says the Shoe and
Leather Reporter, continue to show a
gratifying increase. Ten million dol
lars' worth of buff grain splits and
finished upper leather were exported
last year, as against less than three
million dollars' worth ten years ago.
Our glazed kid manufacturers have in
particular made notable progress. Only
a few years ago they were having diffi
culty in competing with the French
manufacturers in our own market.
Last year, besides completely supplying
the home market, they exported about
a quarter of a million dollars' worth of
their own product. American exports
of upper leather of all kinds in recent
years furnish a remarkable record.
The last issue of the Red Lodge
Picket consists of twelve pages and
contains, besides other interesting
descriptive articles of the wonderful
resources of Carbon county, splendid
write-ups of her four great coal camps
-Red Lodge, Bridger, Gebo and Car
bonado. The twelve-page Picket is a
fine production, an instance of news
paper enterprise which should be ap
preciated by Red Lodge and Carbon
county, and is all due to the ability and
energy of Walter Alderson, the editor
and publisher of the Picket. He has
made that journal a newspaper in every
sense of the word apd no home in Car
bon county should be without it.
Not everyone is aware that forty
eight warships of various classes are
now under construction for the navy
department. These include eight first
class sea-going battleships, as fine as
any afloat. They will be supplied with
the best equipments and, needless to
say, manned by the best officers and
seamen in the world. The American
navy, with the rest of the country, is
moving forward.
The rain of Saturday and Sunday in
sures a good grass crop and was worth
hundreds of thousands of dollars to
Billings and Yellowstone county.
Wool is on the rise, also, and every
thing seems to be coming right for the
people of this section of the state.
In this period of great industrial ac
tivity, the calamityites have small
chance to make themselves heard.
However, they are like certain fungous
spores; they can lie dormant for long
periods with nothing to feed upon, and
still retain life.
Talk up the matter of a Fourth of
July celebration for Billings. Her
people have every reason to feel like re
joicing and a gala day occasionally is
due the people in the country who
make this town prosperous.
In the present period of great in
dustrial prosperity, the party of ob
struction, of wails and calamity, has
small chance to delude the people into
giving it control of the government.
Trade was never more active in the
United States than at the present mo
ment, and the outlook is that this ac
tivity will increase rather than dimin
Agrioultural exports of the United
States: In 1897, $688,471,189; in
1898, $868,507,942.
W. J. Strgtton left yesterday on a
business trip to Big Timber.
Mrs. M. M. Taylor is visiting friends
in Red Lodge and looking after busi
ness interests.
A Mr. Clasby of Alliance, Neb., is a
new employe at the Northern Pacific
freight house.
Mrs. E. Y. Slocum left last
night for Jamestown. N. D., on a
visit to her parents.
C. M. Wolf, cashier at the Burling
ton freight house, has returned from a
visit to Edison, Neb.
Rev. A. Carswell left this morning
for Red Lodge, where he will hold
Episcopal services this evening.
A. G. Redding left last week for the
Butcher creek oil fields to take the posi
tion of engineer at the drilling works.
Fred H. Foster left Saturday morn
ing on a business trip to the national
capital, expecting to be absent about a
Mrs. John I. Wilson and little daugh
ter of Owatonna, Minn., who have been
visiting the former's brother, W. J.
Youmans of this city, left yesterday for
Big Timber.
Will M. Purvis of Wellington, Kan.,
has accepted a position as stenographer
with the First National bank of this
city and will arrive in the city in a
few days to enter upon his new duties.
Charles R. Abbott, a prominent
young man of Big Rapids, Mich., and
a friend of S. G. Beynolds, arrived in
Billings Saturday and will remain here
about a year for the benefit of his
, yJ. C. Maring, cashier, and G. W.
Hamilton, bill clerk, respectively, at
the Northern Pacific freight depot in
this city, betook themselves to Living
ston and spent Sunday in visiting
friends and relatives.
Walter H. Graves, formerly superin
tendent of irrigation on the Crow reser
vation, came in Sunday night from
Washington, D. C., leaving this morn
ing for Crow Agency. He is still con
nected with the Indian department.
Chas. H. Gould, the bad lands poet
lariat and live stock agent for the Bur
lington, with headquarters at Miles
City, who won fame on his production
last year of "New England, My New
England," was in the city yesterday.
Colonel Gould has not tried his hand
at verse lately, but there is no telling
when he will break loose.
J. H. Johnston took his departure
Saturday night for Miles City, where
he goes to open an office for the prac
tice of law. Mr. Johnston has the well
wishes of numerous Billings friends
and acquaintances for success and pros
perity in his new location, and this
paper takes great pleasure in recom
mending him to the legal fraternity of
our neighboring city.
Mrs. S. G. Reynolds arrived home
Saturday from Big Rapids, Mich..
where she has been visiting her parents
for the past year and a half. She was
accompanied home by her sister, Miss
Lillian Brown, who will remain here
for quite a protracted visit. Mr. Rey
nolds and family are stopping at the
Town hotel for the present, but expect
to occupy their new home on North
Thirty-second street about midsummer.
Guy D. Mitchell, formerly of the
Grand hotel in this city, but who now
has charge of the state circulation df
the Butte Inter Mountain, was in the
city yesterday calling on that paper's
patrons. Mr. Mitchell was connected
with the circulation department of the
Kansas City Journal for five years and
is a good rustler for business. He has
succeeded in building up the Inter
Mountain's list in every city in the
state that he has visited.
The A. L. Babcock Hardware com
pany has a new stenographer in the
person of C. B. Tyler of Minneapolis,
who arrived in the city yesterday to ac
cept the position. O. W. Nickey, who
has filled the position so acceptably for
the past three years, has been promoted
to assistant bookkeeper, succeeding H.
V. Bailey. The latter has been given
a better position, looking after retail
orders in the store, which was necessi
tated by the increasing business.
Yellowstone Journal: Mr. J. H.
Johnstpn, who has been heretofore men
tioned as intending to change his resi
dence and professional field from Bill
ings tb Miles City, is now here "for
good," as the saying is, although not
ready to open his office for a week or
so. Mr. Johnston comes to us from
Billings with an excellent reputation as
a lawyer and a citizen and with every
assurance on the part of the Billings
people that if they could keep him we
would get none of him. On behalf of
the people of Milestown, the Journal
extends to Mr. Johnston a cordial wel
come, accompanied by the hope that he
may never regret his action in switch
ing from "'Alkali Flat" to the metro
polis of the Yellowstone.
Bernhard Rydberg, a former resident
of Billings, who was engaged in the
jewelry business here for three years,
was in the city over Sunday, having
just returned from a trip to his old
stamping ground in Sweden. He
says the foreigners have an altogether
different opinion of this country and its
people since the war with Spain and
the Filipinos. They think that Ad
miral Dewey is a grand man, owing to
his remarkable achievements in the bay
of Manila a year ago, and that our sol
diers are all right. "The Swedish
people," said Mr. Rydberg, "had an
idea that all the Americans amounted
to was for merchandising, but since
the war they have begun to look upon
them in a different light." Mr. Ryd
berg left yesterday morning for Red
Lodge, where he will follow his trade,
that of a jeweler.
Lime and Oats.
Red Lodge Lumber company for
lime and oats.
Red Lodge Lumber Co.,
Red Lodge, Mont. 7.9
The business portion of Jerome, Ari.
zona, the mining town of W. A. Clark,
was almost wiped out of existence Fri
day by a fire.
Members of the court of cassation
have been summoned to meet in Paris
May 24 for the final stage of revision
in the Dreyfus case.
Admiral Dewey sailed Saturday from
Manila for the United States. , He will
land at New York and go to his home
in Vermont for a rest.
General Wheaton has been relieved of
the command of the second division in
the Philippines for special assignment
and General Funston has been assigned
to his brigade.
A late dispatch from Manila says:
Colonel French, with the Twenty
second infantry, sent down the river
three miles from San Isidro by General
Lawton, met the enemy, driving them
out. Four Americans were killed.
Major Kobbe with the Seventeenth and
Nineteenth regiments, is expected to
meet Colonel French at Arayat. The
Rio Grande will then be cleared of in
The American line steamer Paris,
Captain Watkins, from Southampton,
May 20, via Cherbourg for New York,
is hard and fast aground just off Low
lands point, two miles east of Coverack.
The vessel went aground in a dense fog.
The passengers were landed safely at
Falmouth. It is not yet known to
what extent the vessel is damaged.
Captain Watkins reports that she lies
in a comfortable position in a smooth
sea. It is thought she may be floated
at the next high tide. When the vessel
struck assistance was summoned by
means of rockets.
It is announced that another weekly
paper will shortly be established at Vir
ginia City by Messrs. Buford & Ardery,
to be named the Boomerang.
A few days ago a lamb was born
near Choteau with only one head, but
two perfectly formed bodies with all
their members in natural condition.
The freak died soon after birth and the
hide has been sent east to be mounted.
It is a cold day when Butte does not
furnish a sensation in the suicide, rob
bery or even killing line. Friday it
developed that H. iL. Knudson, despon
dent because his wife had left him,
sought surcease for his troubles in self
destruction. He tried the gas route.
He was discovered before dead and
A commission consisting of Bernard
Ossann of Chicago, William Windom of
the treasury department and James A.
Hale of Big Timber, Mont., has been
appointed to select a site for the public
building of Butte, Mont. Proposals
will be opened at Butte on the 25th
inst. Under the law the decision of
the commission is final.
Sheriff Sherlock of Boulder has re
ceived a telegram from an officer at
Santa Monica, in Southern California,
stating that he has under surveillance a
man whom he believes to be D. M.
Rice, alias J. B.Anderson, the abscond
ing bookkeeper who left Boulder about
three weeks ago with about $800 be
longing to the Gaffney Mercantile com
Proposals for School Building.
Sealed proposals will be received by
the undersigned up to noon of the 3rd
day of June, A. D. 1899, for the erec
tion and completion of a two-story
stone school building to be erected at
Columbus, Mont., plans and specifica
tions for which can be seen at the office
of Geo. H. Simpson, clerk, Columbus,
and at the office of the architects, Bell
& Kent, Helena. Mont., on and after
the 16th day of May, A. D. 1899. The
right is reserved to reject any and all
bids and to waive any informality in
any bid, if it be deemed to the school
district's interest so to do.
6-3 H. I. Grant, Chairman.
Attest: Geo. H. Simpson, Clerk.
How Is Your Wife?
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.
$1.50-Custer Battlefield and Return-$1.50
Tuesday, May 30.
Train leaves Billings at 8:30 a. m.
Speeches by Colonel Sanders and
others. Music by the Billings and
Sheridan bands, also by the Indian boys
band of the St. Xavier mission. Dec
oration of graves by members of the G.
A. R. 7-2
Dyspepsia can be cured by using
Acker's Dyspepsia Tablets. One little,
Tablet will give immediate relief or
money refunded. Sold in handsome tin
boxes at 25 cents. Sold by Chapple
Drug Co.
of faults
In bicycle construction may be hidden
by a gaudy finish.
Are known as the wheels that stand
up, and it is the perfection in their
construction that has earned them
their reputation. Price and quality
guarantee .....................
1899 MOD.WL
Geor.e :oule,
Drugs Drugs
Special i/ 1 A Complete
Attention Line of
given to i Perfumes,
Physicians' .. Combs and
Prescriptions / l - Brushes
Day and Night ~/'º : .r of all kinds.
W. Y. YO TV171A M
Close Cutter on Every Class of Building Material.
Location--N. P. Right-of-Way, South Side, Billings, Montana.
A. L. Babcock Hardware Co.
Savage, Winchester, Marlin Rifles,
Colts and Smith & Wesson Revolvers,
Ammunition and Sporting Goods.
Yellowstone Valley Mills CONNECTION
Wholesale and Retail Grocers
and Dealers in General Merchandise.
Come and See Us in the New Wardwell Block,
Opposite Depot.
*li Crystal Springs Hard Coal Constantly on HandBlU
We ARe Dow Rfead9
To supply you with anything in the Hardware line, having re- 4
ceived our new stock, which was bought before
the rise in hardware.
RememeeR 4
When wanting anything in the Farming Implement
line, that we handle
John Deere Harrows, Walking and Sulky Plows, 4
Champion Mowers and Binders, 4
Thomas Hay Rakes, both wood and all-steel, 4
Studebaker Wagons and Buggies. ,
Also a Large Shipment of Wool Sacks. ,
S... Donooan 8 Speap....
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