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EARLY during the month of December The Gazette sent to all its delinquent subscribers ac counts. Many have responded by remitting the amount due on the paper, but hundreds have over looked making remittance. This is to again remind you that if you are in arrears for the paper that it will be necessary for you to remit at once. We intend to close up all past due subscription accounts. THE BILLINGS GAZETTE. LOCAL NOTES. From Wednesday's I)ailv Gazette. -0. F. Goddard returned yesterday from Helena. -Ed Cardwell and family have gone to their ranch near Merrill to remain for several days. -E. D. Beatty of Helena, post office inspector, was here yesterday checking up the local office. -Severe Boulanger and Lester Stroeder went to Hunters Hot Springs yesterday for a few days' outing. -George Soule has returned from Great Falls, where he attended the annual meeting of the master plumbers' association. -Street Commissioner Wick had a gang of men at work all day Monday and yesterday forenoone cleaning up the business streets. -Conductor Geo. Gordon of the Northern Pacific is taking a vacation, and together with his wife is enjoying a sojourn at Hunters Hot Springs. -Scarlet fever has not run its race in Billings, several new cases having broken out the past few days. The homes of Peter Yegen and Frank O'Donnell in South Billings are now quarantined. -Yesterday was about as disagreea ble a day as has been experienced in Billings for some time. All afternoon the wind blew at a fearful rate and clouds of dust greeted the wayfarer on every hand. -The expedition of Lewis and Clarke in 1804 will be celebrated by a centennial celebration in 1904. Peo ple of northern Montana are inter ested in the plan and it is likely that the exercises will be held at Great Falls. -P. F. Swanson, distributing clerk in the Billings postoffice, has received notice of his appointment to a posi tion as postal clerk on the Billings Lincolh division. He has not yet de cided whether or not he will accept the position. -Bishop R. L. Brewer, of the Prot istant Episcopal church of Montana, with his residence in Helena, who has many warm friends and admirers in Billings, has just passed his 62d birth day. The bishop has been in the 2ninistry of Montana 20 years. -The body of H L. Williams was brought to Billings yesterday noon from Junction, accompanied by two daughters of the deceased. The fun eral was held at Smith's undertaking estblishment at 3 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. D. Clark, after which the remains were intered in the city cem etery. -The smallpox patients at the pest house, which number seven, are doing nicely, and with the exception of one or two, who are feeling pretty sickl now, the others are in such condition that they can be out of doors most of the time. Two or three will be dis charged this week, one or two next week, but the last one will not be given his liberty until about February 15. -James Reed of Medicine Bow, Wyo., has invented an automatic and self-acting gun for use of sheepmen without corrals. The gun is con trolled by clockwork, and can be made to fire at intervals of from five min utes to 12 hours. Twelve shots can be fired with one winding. If desired, the gun will explode every five min utes, or every 10 minutes, or half an tour or five hours. -A Mr. Fox, section foreman for the Burlington at Garry Owen, Mont., about 85 miles east of Billings, was seriously wounded Monday in an acci dent. together with a brother, who had come out from the east, he was out hunting, when through an accident the former's gun was discharged, the -oharges from both barrels entering the latter's breast. At last report the wounded man was still alive. -The clerk of the district court did a pretty fair business in the issuance of marriage licenses yesterday, three being the number granted during the afternoon to the following persons: Ulyses P. Willett and Belle Ray, both of Billings; Wm. H. Smith, Omaha, and Ida List, Kansas City; Marcus R. Farwell, Silesia, and Mdry Wolte, Crow Agency. The latter couple were married at the Driscoll last night. The groom is a quarter breed Crow Indian, while the bride is a quarter breed Cherokee Indian. -The members and friends of the M. E. church spent a few hours in a very enjoyable manner at the dime social held in the church last evening under the auspices of the literary and social departments of the Epworth League. The fore part of the evening was given over to a musical and lit erary programme, in which the church male quartette, mandolin and guitar club, Mr. Tompkins, W. O. Allen, Mr. Lauring, Mr. Williams, Prof. L. St Jean and Mrs. W. E. Hassler took part. Each number was well rendered, the programme being a great treat. Following this came light refreshments. The proceeds from the entertainment are to go to ward the erection of the new addition to the church. From Thurzdav's Dally Gazette. -Scarlet fever has made its appear ance in Laurel. - A boy baby was born this week to the wife of A. J. Frost. -W. H. Moore, representing the Minneapolis Journal, was in the city yesterday. _ -Carwile & Bouton write liberal fire insurance policies at the best ob tainable rates. -A. L. Lee, a well known citizen of Livingston, was a visitor in Bill iugs yesterday. -W. W. Beasley. the well known citizen of Big Timber, was a Billings visitor yeserday. .-David Fratt and wife returned yesterday morning from a ten days' sojourn at Salt Lake City. -Money to loan in any sum on farm lands and improved Billings property' Carwile & Bouton. -John D. Losekamp went to Helena yesterday to spend a few days with old acquaintances in the legislature. -District court has adjourned until tomorrow morning and in the mean time a new jury will be subpoenaed. -Just think of it! The street sprinkler was used yesterday to keep the dust down, and here it is almost February 1. -Mrs. M. E. Anderson and daugh ter, Miss Mildred, of Absorakee are visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Mowre. -A large number of people were entertained at dancing at the Daniel Boone cabin last night by Mr. and Mrs. Paul McCormick. -Mrs. J. McLaughlin of Cedar Rapids, Ia., is here visiting her hus band, who has a grading contract on the Toluca-Cody branch of the Bur lington. -W. B. George contemplates the erection of a frame dwelling on Third avenue north between Thirty-second and Thirty-third streets for rental purposes. -William H Smith and Ida List were united in marriage last evening at 9:30 o'clock by the Rev. Mr. Clark, pastor of the Congregational chucrh. The ceremony was private and took place at the parsonage. -At the home of Mrs. Davidson yesterday Justice Fraser performed a ceremony uniting Samuel Davis and Lulu Cooper in the holy bonds of wed lock. The bride is a daughter of J. B. Cooper, and is a quarler breed Sioux Indian. -A man named Deel, who came in from one of the railroad grading camps Sunday night to St. Vincent's hos pital, died Tuesday night of heart failure. Practically nothing was learned of the man's history before he died, and he was buried at the coun ty's expense yesterday. -State Superintendent of Public Instruction W. W. Welch has given it as his opinion in reply to a question from County Superintendent of Schools Martha Dilworth, of Carbon county, that under the law dances could not be held in school houses dur ing a school term. -The marriage of Mr. W. P. Willett and Miss Belle Ray was solemnized at the Congregational parsonage Tuesday evening at 7:308 o'clock, Rev. W. D. Clark officiating. Mrs. Willett is a sister of Mrs. George W. Ginn. Mr. Willett is a clerk in the grocery de partment of Yegen Bros. store. -Mrs. Mary Farwell Smith of Silesia, a well known member of the Crow tribe of Indians, died at her home Tuesday night. She was the mother of Marcus R. Farwell, the quarter breed Crow Indian married in this city that night. The young man visited his mother on Tuesday before his marriage. -A meeting of the Eastern Mon tana Amateur Baseball league will be held at the Driscoll hotel in Billings next Sunday to perfect the organiza tion and arrange dates for games. The representatives from other towns than Billings will be: Livingston, J. N. Mjelde; Red Lodge, Roger Fleming; Miles City, Win. Gordon. -A suit for divorce has been begun in Silver Bow county by Julia Hatch against William R. Hatch. The cou ple were married in Billings on No vember 6, 1895, and on May 10, 1898, the defendant deserted her. In an affidavit for the publication of sum mons Mrs. hatch says the present whereabouts of her husband are un known to her. -Robt. Roberts was arrested yes terday on a charge of passing a worth less check in the an of $5 on W 0. Cummings, a south side saloonkeeper. When arraigned before Justice Mann, the charge was changed to one of ob taining mioney under false pretenses, and was fined $50 and costs, in de fault of which he is now boarding with Sheriff Hubbard. -Invitations have been issued to all members in good standing of the Mon tana Bar association to attend the ad journed meeting of the association to be held in Helena February 4, "Mar shall" day., when exercises appropriate to the 100th anniversary of the eleva tion of the great jurist to the supreme bench will be held. Colonel W. F. Sanders will deliver the oration upon "John Marshall." A banquet at the Grandon hotel will follow. -L. C. Lehfeldt, the Musselshell stockman, left yesterday after a day's visit in Billings for his ranch, accom panied by Mrs. John Staffek, Mrs.aH. F. MoFarlin and Mrs. F. L. Mann and children, who will spend several days at his hospitable home. Mr Lehfeldt has just completed the erection of a fine large dwelling on his ranch and he will have a house warming on.Fri day, when a number of people from Billings and the country surrounding his ranch will be present. Messrs. Staffek, McFarlin ant Mann will go out today. Musicians from Billings will leave tomorrow morning for the Lehfeldt ranch. From Friday's Daily Gazette. -The members of the Billings club will enjoy their usual monthly social ball tonight. -Miss Marie Sleeper entertained.a number of friends at duplicate whist at her home Wednesday evening. -E. I. Cantine, roadmaster of the Northern Pacific, has gone to Cali fornia on a ten days' business trip. -"Dueoo" Spear and wife of the Big Horn basin, Wyoming, are in the city vistiing Chas. Spear and family. -F. J. McShane of Omaha, bne of the railroad contractors of the Toluca Cody branch, was in the city yester day. -Justice A. Fraser is acting as po hce judge in the absence of F. L. Mann, who is taking a few days va cation. -The literature department of the Woman's club will meet tomorrow afternoon with Mrs. H. F. Clement on North Thirtieth street. -Fred Handel, the Musselshell crossing merchant and stockman, is spending a few days in the city look ing after business affairs. -Rev. Father Victor Day resumed his journey to Helena yesterday, be ing accompanied by Rev. Father Van Clarenbeck, who will spend a few days in the state capital. -James H. Johnston, formerly of this city, but now residing in Miles City, where he is prosecuting attorney of Custer county, has been admitted to practice before the United States court. -J. W. Gardner of Bowler is in the city on business. Mr. Gardner was formerly engaged in the mercan tile business at Laurel, but sold out recently to the Camp Mercantile com pany, and is now a full-fledged stock man. -An operation was performed yes terday upon Dodge, foreman for C. H. Sharp, the railroad contractor, at St. Vincent's hospital by Drs. Arm strong, Rinehart and Townsend. The patient is getting along nicely and will soon be able to be about. -A tract of 7,500 acres of good grazing land in the southwest corner of Fergus county, near Bercall, and among the foothills of the Big Snowy mountains, has just been sold by the Northern Pacific land department to a large sheep raiser of that section. -Rev. Father - A. Holtman leaves this morning for Red Lodge, where he will hold Catholic services Sunday. Father Holtman has been given charge of all of Carbon county, and will make his headquarters at Red Lodge. spending a portion of his time in Billings. -The mid-winter public rhetoricals of the Billings school will be held in the opera house on Saturday night, February 9. The teachers and stu dents of the high school are at work on a musical burlesque. These en tertainments by the school are always a source of much enjoyment, not only to the patrons but others as well. --All nobles of the Mystic Shrine desiring to join the Honolulu excur sion can do so at San Francisco, Cal. The round trip from that point costs $100. Nobles intending to go on the caravan at San Francisco must make application to Noble George F. Sinclair, Grand Rapids, Mich, on or before February 1, 1901. The caravan will leave San Francisco March 6 on the new steamship So noma, arriving at Honolulu March 12, returning on the sister ship Ve tura, leaving Honolulu April 2. -Dr. V. T. MoGillycuddy, special agent of the Mutual Life Insurance company, is visiting Montana cities on business. For many years the doctor was connected with the Indian department and was one of the few early agents who could deal with the S.oux. He was one of the first white men to reach the scene of the Custer massacre, and was well known in the Black Hills in the early days. His duties at present are to investigate all cases where his company suspects that it has been defrauded, and his work requires a great deal of travel ing, his territory including all of the states west of the Missouri, Mexico, Alaska and Hawaii. REST FROM OPINIONS. Attorney General Shuts Off Requests for Them. Attorney General James Donovan has found his office so loaded down with requests for legal opinions that he has found it necessary to lay down rules on the subject. He began by refusing to give opinions in reply to inquiries from private individuals and has followed this up by requesting the county commissioners to firstrob tain the opinion of the county attor ney on legal questions and then, if they are not satisfied to submit the matter to him, with the opinion of the county attorney. The directions to the county at torneys were made in the following circular sent out January 14: "Your attention is respectfully called to subdivisions 5 and 6 of sec tion 460 of the political code, defining general duties of the attorney gen eral, as follows: "'Subdivision 5. To exercise su pervisory power over county attorneys in all matters pertaining to the duties of their office, and from time to time require of them reportS as to the con dition of public business entrusted to their charge. "'Subdivision 6. To give his opin ion in writing without- fee to the leg. islative assembly or either house thereof, and to state officer, board or commission, any county attorney and to the board of county commissioners of any county of the state, when re quired, upon any question of law re lating to their respective offices." "On account of the large number of requests from the different county officers of the state for opinions, it has become necessary, in order to keep up with the work in this office, to adopt some system which will either lessen the number of requests or make it possible to attend to those that are made. "Under the authority given me in subdivision 5, I think it reasonable to require of each county attorney, in submitting a request for an opinion, that he accompany same with his own opinion, containing a brief of the authorities, and sections of the code upon which he relies. This will be required in the future. In doing this, you will help lessen my labor and at the same time be of assistance in ar riving at a correct opinion in matters asked, and under such conditions I will be glad to give you the benefit of my opinion " At the same time this letter was sent to all the boards of county com missioners: "I have written a letter to the county attorney of your county mak ing certain requests of him in the matter of his asking for opinions in the future in this office. In this con nection I would call your attention to subdivision 6 of section 460 of the political code, in which it is stated that it is a part of my duty to give opinions to the board of county com missioners when they require it. "There is a vast amount of business in this office, and to properly attend to the numerous requests for opinions, I would respectfully ask that in the future, before asking for an opinion direct from this office that you first get the opinion of the county attorney of .your county in writing, which opinion should contain a citation of the authorities the county attorney relies upon. If then you are not sat isfied with that opinion or desire the opinion of this office, I wish you would accompany your request with that of the county attorney. Also ask the various county officers to act in the same way." AN ENJOYABLE EVENING Spent in Dancing at Daniel Boone Cabin. One of the largest and most enjoy able dancing parties of the season was that given Wednesday night in the Daniel Boone cabin by Mr. and Mrs. Paul McCormick. Nearly 100 invi tations had been issued to the married people of the city, and were respond ed to by the attendance of nearly 80 couples. The log cabin has been the scene of many happy occasions, but not one has excelled this. The even ing could not have been more beautiful for such an event, and it served to make the entertainment just that much more enjoyable than it would have been under other circumstances. For several hours the guests either tripped the light fantastic to the strains of splendid music, or were con tent to pass the time in social amenities, interspersed with the serv ing of light refreshments. NOT FROM GIBSON'S CAMP. Railroad Contractor Has No Smallpox Men-Establishing New Camp. Ira Gibson, who has a grading con tract on the Toluca-Cody branch of the Burlington, has been in Billings for the past two days. Mr. Gibson says that The Gazette was mistaken when it stated that the smallpox pa tients brought in this week came from his camp, as he no longer has a camp, it having been taken in charge by the county commissioners about three weeks ago. Everything at the camp was turned over to the county com missioners who have placed guards over the 19 men who are being held in detention tents. Mr. Gibson has had nothing to do with the men or outfit since the county took charge. He is establishing a new camp sev eral miles distant from the old one and the purpose of his visit to Billings was to secure supplies and men. POLICE COURT. Justice Fraser Acting as Police Judge. Vags and Drunks. Justice Fraser, who is acting as police judge, had a busy session of po lice court yesterday afternoon. Geo. Colvert, Mike Connelly and Robt. Gilray were each fined $10 for being drunk, and in default of pay ment were committed to the charge of the police, but were later dismissed on promise to go to work and not cause any more 'disturbance. E. C. Davis was fined $12 for being a vag and John Nicholson $10 for being drunk. Not having the wherewithal the men will do six and five days work, respectively, on the streets of Billings. WEATHER. Washington, Jan. 24-Montana: Occasional snovs Friday; colder in western and central portions; souther ly winds, becoming westerly. Satur day fair. Your Only Guarantee of strength, purity or reliability of the drugs you buy is the druggist's word. It is our business both to keep the purest and best drugs and to honestly explain their merits to our customers. We are yours for pure drugs and reliable remedies. Chapple Drug CoM Corner Montana Ave. and 28th St. PRETTY BUT TOO FAKISH ROMANCE THAT INVOLVES TWO STATES. MONTANA MAN'S DEVOTION Waits to Marry Beautiful Girl Whose Father Is in Prison. St. Paul, Jan. 24-In the grim tex ture of every sad tale and of every tragedy there is sure to gleam the golden thread of romance. The recent successful effort made to obtain pardon for James H. Sout hall, imprisoned in Stillwater peni tentiary for years on the charge of forgery, has brought to light a pretty little love story. The story concerns a young girl's struggle between duty to a bereft and sorrow stricken mother, and love of the man to whom she had pledged her word. When the news of Southall's wrong doing first became public it fell like a thunderclap on a singularly happy home, leaving mother, daughter and son almost crazed. Hard as it was for two of these, mother and son, it fell perhaps with the most depressing weight on the pretty young daughter then budding into womanhood. For just a little while before the sad oc currence Miss Southall, all uncon scious of the cloud that was hanging over her young life, had given her heart and the promise of her hand to a man whom she had known the greater part of her life, but who now resides in Montana. A speedy wed ding was talked of, but with the ar rest and conviction of the father, of course, all thought of such a thing was put aside. A year went by and the lover, now impatient, besought his sweetheart to keep her word and marry him. Then came the question of duty and the resulting sacrifice of the daughter. The mother, never possessing a very strong constitution, had broken down under the great trial to which she had been subjected. Day by day her strength grew less and less, and every day she learned to lean more on the strength of her young daugh ter. This dependence of the mother pointed out to the girl her duty. It was to remain with that mother as long as she needed her. So to the faithful lover irv Montana was sent a sad little message that while her mother lived and her father remained in the penitentiary her duty was by the former's side. Reluctantly the man acquiesced in this decision. Before the two there stretched a long waste of years. But fate is not always so inexorable. By the promise of a pardon for the father a happy sequel to the daughter's pretty ro mance will be brought about and the curtain will ring down on this "really, truly" little drama, just as everyone would like to have it, with a peal of wedding bells and the fragrance of orange blossoms in the air THE DAILY MARKETS. Report of the Commercial Fluctuations of Interest to Montanans. Lonaon Wool. London, Jan. 28-Offerings at the wool auction sales today numbered 183,349 bales. The selection was good. Bidding was slow at the start, but as the sales progressed competition be came brisk and especially for the best grades of greasy and good soouied. Prices, however, did not equal former rates and many lots were withdrawn. Cross breeds were in active demand and steady. Following are the sales: New South Wales 2,300 bales; scoured 6% to is 63d; greasy 41 to 84d. Queensland, 3,200 bales; scoured 8-d to Is 6d; greasy 5% to 83d. Victoria 1,100 bales; scoured 1032d to Is 2d; greasy 43 to 9/d. West Australia 1,000 bales; greasy 3% to 7. Tasmania 700 bales scoured, nil; greasy 4 3 to 8d. New Zealand 2,200 bales; scoured 54 to Is 43d; greasy 8%d to 94d. Cape of Good Hope and Natal 400 bales; scoured 9d to 1 a 3d; greasy 5 to 7d. Falkland Islands 11,000 bales; greasy 8s to 5d. London, Jan. 24-The offerings at the wool auctions today numbered 12,315 bales, including a good selec tion of all grades. Merinoes, as during the past few. days, continued irregn lar with an easier tendency. Cross bireds were firm and in active demand, Americans paying full prices foy p;ni ble parcels of fine qualities. Cape Gooa Hope and Natal scoured aso steadily. Greasy and lower grade, of lambs were keenly competed for the home trade and the continent. Victorias sold at 2s. Following are the sales: South Wales 83,500 bales; scouon 6d to Is 4d; greasy 32 to 92d. Queensland, 1,800 bales; scoured li 2d to 1s 5d; greasy 62d to 72d. Victoria 2,200 bales; scoured 6% to 2s; greasy 4/ to ll~d. South Australia 1,200 bales; grea 4 to 82d. New Zealand 315 bales, scour 5%d to Is 33d; greasy 8d. Cape of Good Hope and Natal bales; scoured 10d to Is 38d; grea 3% to 7%d. Boston Wool Mar ket. Boston, Jan. 22-The wool marke here is quiet, but prices hold steadily; The demand is confined to the actual necessities of the manufacturers There seems to be no special reason t induce purchases ahead and what sal have been made are in spots. The range of fine medium and staples in scoured, is from 46 to cents, while strictly staple lots ca for 49 to 50 cents. Fleece wools slow and prices nominal. The follow ing are quotations: Ohio and Pennsylvania, XX and.. XX above 28, cents; Dolaine 29 cents No. 1 combing 29; No. 2, three, eighths blood 28 to 29; quarter bl washed 27 to 28; coarse and brald washed 25 to 26. Michigan and Wisconsin: X Michiu gan 22 to 23; No. 1 combing 27 to 28; No. 2, 26 to 27; quarter blood washe4 28 to 29. Territory wools scoured, Montana and Wyoming: Fine medium and fin 16 to 17; scoured 46 to 48; staple 49 to 50. Australian wools scoured basis, spot prices, combing superfine nominal 7$ to 75; good 67 to 70; average 66 to 67, Boston, Jan. 23-The America Wool and Cotton Reporter will say ofe the wool trade tomorrow: It is a pretty monotonous state of affairs which one finds in the Boston woo; market at present. There is an entie absence of that snap and vivacit which one finds in a bull period. To day the smallest items of news see large and important and if they haven the least likelihood of influencing thy market favorably are regarded ay worthy of notice. A few weeks agQ! the trade were waiting for two events,4 the opening of the heavy weight sea-' son and the opening of the London sales. Two weeks ago the Americaný Woolen company opened its lines overcoatings and took good order., The other houses followed with th overcoating lines. But the wool des era are as yet unable to see any g amount of new business on this a count. Now they are waiting for the opening of the other heavy weigh lines, the first part of January. week ago the London sales open and at an advance. This, too, has no caused any great amount of busine to be transacted. A little better to perhaps, but trade waits this time, see how prices hold up in London Prices are not at all weak and whot ever the apathy of the market may and however small the quantity sales, the fact remains that the deale and farmers alike are not letting 0 one whit on their opinion in the value of their commodity. That is o reason why sales are so light becaue the dealers will not make concessions' The sales for the week in Bost0 amounted to 1,170,000 pounds domti tic and 115,000 pounds foreign, make ing a total of 1,285,000 pounds,agai a total of 1,718,000 for the previo week and a total of 5,120,000 for corresponding week last year, The sales since January 1 amount toi 6,159,000 pounds, against 18,155,6 pounds for the corresponding time las year. Live Stock. Chicago, Jan. 24-Cattle: Steady Good to prime steers $5.25 to $6 stockers and feeders $8 to $4.60; can ners $2 to $2.70. Sheep: Steady to 10 cents lower.: Good to choice wethers $8.70 to $4.50; western sheep $8.75 to $4,40 western lambs $5 to $5.50. New York Money. New York, Jan. 24-Money on cm easy at 1% to 2 per cent. Prime mercantile paper 84 to 4 per cent.. Silver certificates 68S to 65 en A VANDERBILT OBRIST~EN.. , New York, Jan. 24-The Vander heiress, daughter of Mr. and William K. Vanderbilt, born NQ, ber 23, was christened Muriel bilt today in the private oba Arohbishop Corrigan's mi, Clarence MaoKay and M ,ise Kemp acted as godfather ar mother to the child.: Re:. Thomas Murphy ofeiOat.., HURRICANE IN NQL Trondhjem, Nowa Thirty-five persons p ricane at Herro, Jas'w " boats were asuun"k t ba*h eight houseq blows t -: