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VOL. XVII. BILLINGS, YELLOWSTONE COUNTY. MONTANA, TUESDAY. DECEMBER 24. 1901. NO. 70. Op.toDate DFepartment Store Here's to your good health, Your family's good health, And may you all enjoy a Merry Christmas. IN OUR SGrocery Department We have all the Delicacies of 0 the Season for the CHRISTMAS DINNER A big stock of Beautifully Decorated Haviland and Fine Limoges China A nice assortment of Artistic Pieces in Genuine Rukewood Open every night until after the Holidays until 9 o'clock. You are invited to call. Donovan: McCormick Company SOpstoDote Department Store Real Estate Yegen Bros. Savings Bank OF BILLINGS, ,.ONTANA. Improved and Unimproved, in Bill ings and surrounding country, for sale on reasonable terms. rransact a General Banking Business. o to TBuyAdminister Estates. Money tO Loan Or 1Buy aand Sell l Real Etostate and On long time at low rates of in terest on city and ranch property. Responsible Capital,$125,000 Abstracts of Title Carefully prepared from the public Collect Rents official records of Yellowstone Co. Take Charge of Business Af fairs fur Non-Residents. Thos. J. Bouton, BELKNAP BLOCK G. F. BURLA, Cashier. IMPORTANT TO SHOE BUYERS T HIS is the season of the year when all wise shoe buyers are looking about for the best place to purchase footwear for winter. Absolute comfort, solid wear and guaranteed satisfac tion is what you get at LOSEKAMP'S The E. P. Reed Fine Shoes for . women, $3.50, $4.00, $4.50. S' Wide, Easy Shoes for Women, -$2.00 and $2.50 - W. L. Douglas Unior Made Shoes for Men, $3, $3.50 and $5.00. All Solid Work Shoes for Men, warranted $-, 2.50, $3.00 and, $3 50 JOHN D. LOSEKAMP, THE FAMOUS CLOTHIER AND OUTFITITER.. MACLAY REFUSES TO QUIT AND DEMANDS A TRIAL CLAIMS PROTECTION OF CIVIL SERVICE REFORM LAW AND SAYS PRESIDENT HAS EXCEEDED AUTHORITY. HISTORIAN WRITES LETTER DEFINING HIS POSITION Will Stand On His Rights as a Matter Of Principle, Not Because He Is Stuck On the Job-Which is Chiefly Valuable to Him On Account of Data Obtained For Books. Washington, Dec. 23.-Edgar Stan ton. Maclay, whose connection with the Schley case led President Roose-! velt to request his resignation as special laborer in the navy, formulat ed a demand today for a trial by the usual navy proceedure. He averred that his case came under the civil service laws and that he could not be dismissed without formal charges, trial and conviction. The request for his resignation was sent to him by Rear Admiral; Barker, commander of the navy yards at Brooklyn, and he replied at once by letter, formally setting forth his position. Discussing the case, Maclay said: "The president cannot have me dis missed under the law as I see it. I do not see how he can force me out, I am protected by the civil service laws, enacted by congress, whose en actments the president is bound to execute. I do not know positively, but I believe my position under the civil service furnishes me complete protection so long as I violate no rules of the service, and that I have not done, as I have so stated in my letter to the commander, in answer to the request for my resignation. "No, I did not say that the presi. I dent is as bad as the czar of Russia. I have done nothing more than write the commandant asking that charges Ire preferred against me, and I will do nothing more just now. I have not been suspended and am working here today, as I have been doing for 15 months. I have tried to do my duty here and have broken no rules and shall simply stand by my rights, more for the principle of the matter than anything else, for my position here pays me very little, and is chiefly valuable because of the experience and information it affords as material for my books." R`ear Admiral Barker forwarded Maclay's letter to Washington. Must Go, Law or No Law. Washington, Dec. 23.-Secretary Long said tonight that he had not re ceived the reply of Mr. Macl.y to the request for his resignatior. Pending its receipt the secretary said he did not wish to enter into a discussion of the matter for publication. In his in formal discussion of the matter, today, Secretary Long made it perfectly plain that the president's intentions in regard to Maclay would be carried out regardless of the latter's declara tion that he is protected by civil ser vice laws. If he does not resign he will be removed. DIPLOMACY AT AN END'i ARGENTINE MINISTER WITH-i DRAWS PROM CHILI. Still Believed In Washington That a Peaceful Solution May Be Reach ed Through Arbitration. Washington, Dec. * 23.-Secretary Hay has received a cablegram from United States . Minister Wilson at Santiago de Chili, confirming the re port that the resources of diplomacy had been exhausted in the effort to settle the dispute between Chili and Argentine, and that dipiomatic rela tions had been broken off throughl the withdrawal from Chili of the Ar gentine minister. Touching the pi op osition eminating from the Argentine side, to refer the dispute to Great Britain as an arbitrator, the Chilian representative claims that was their own original proposition. This being the case, it is believed there is a way open for a peaceful adjustment of the trouble. Both the Chilian and the Argentine representatives were at the state department today in reference to the controversy. The United States government is watching the progress of the nego tiations, and is standing ready to aid in a peaceful settlement in any way agreeable to both parties. The sub mission to Great Britain is entirely satisfactory to the United States au thorities, and they probably will as sist in having both governments ac cede to this manner of solution. Not Ready for Mediation. Buenos Ayres, Dec. 23.-During the course of the conference between President Roca and W. A. C. Barring ton, the president of Argentine ex plained to the British minister the circumstances which had led to the difficulty between Aregentine and Chill. President Roca laid especial stress upon the efforts made by Argeb tine to secure an amicable settlement of the .trouble, as well as upon the craftiness, he asserted, hlli had em plyoed in order to avoid arriving at such a settlement. The British min ister will send a report of these cir cumstances to his home government. The newspapers assure their readers that several nations stand ready to offer to mediate the difficulty but that Argentine does not consider that the moment has yet arrived for their ac cepting or refusing such offers. Agree to Arbitrate. Valparaiso, via Galveston, Dec. 28. -It is reported here that the govern ments of Argentine and Chill have signed a protocol in which they agree to leave the questions pending be tween them to the judgment of Great Britain. NO LEGISLATION NEEDED. Opinion By Attorney General of State of Washington. Olympia, Wash., Dec. 23.-Attorney General Stratton today handed down a seven page opinion on the Northern Securities company. The situation is briefly summed up in the closing t paragraphs, as follows: "I am of the opinion, from an ex amination' of the authorities, that without further legislative enactment, the state through its attorney general, may maintain proceedirgs 'in the courts to portect its people against the ruses of monopolies and unlawful combinations, under the law. While the law is thus clear, the facts which I have been able to gather are so few and the real transactions so lit tle known that it is not possible for me to say at this time whether the facts exist upon which a suit could be successfully maintained by the state." INJUNCTION DISSOLVED. Option to Retire Preferred Stock Lies With the Company. .e Ne York, Dec. 23.-Justice Scott n in th supreme court today dissolved g- the in unction obtained by Wolff x- Broa., ind others, restraining the e Northerl Pacific railway from retir ie ing the preferred stock of $75,000,000 d on January 1. i Justice Scott said the company had h- the positive right at its option to it retire the stock at par, and that its Le directors were authorized to exercise a- that option on behalf of the corpora it tion. CITY OF HELENA ENJOINED. Cannot Build Water Works While Present Franchise Runs. Helena, Mont., Dec. 23.-Judge Knowles of the federal court issued an order today restricting the city of Helena from building waterworks dur ing the life of the present franchise of the Helena Water Works company. The city had planned to pipe water from a point 15 miles distant. It has appealed from the decision. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON. Eminent Colored Eucator Calls on the President. Washington, Dec. 23.-Booker T. Washington, president of the Tuske gee Normal institute at Tuskegee, Ala., was with the president for a considerable time today. He was i present in the cabinet room. While he was talking to the president Sec retEtry Hay arrived and Mr. Washing ton left in company with the secre tary. Mr. Washington declined to make any statement as to his busi hess with the president, but it is be lieved they discussed southern ap Spbintments. DECLINED THE HONOR. Governor Crane Says Private Affairs Prevent Acceptance. Boston, Dec. 23.-Governor Crane gave out the following statement here this afternoon: L "I have felt obliged to decline the appointment of secretary of the treas ury, tendered by the president, by ill ness in my family and inability to ar range my business affairs at such short notice." Released From Prison. Sioux Falls, S. D., Dec. 23.-By a Swrit of habeas corpus, Thomas E. Hagen, sentenced from North Dakota for soliciting bribes while a deputy collector of csutoms today secured his release from the Sioux Falls pen iteneiary. ly Admiral Schley's Share. d Washington, Dec. 2S.-The treas ury department today drew a warrant in favor of Rear Admiral Schley for $3,334, his share of the prize money due for the destruction of the Spanish fleet at Santiago July 3, 1898. SEWEY'S NAME APPLAUDED f e BANQUET OF NEW ENGLAND SO r* CIETY OF PENNSYLVANIA. r MANY GUESTS PRESENT n Chief Justice Brewer Responded to '* Toast "United States a e World Power." a le Philadelphia, Dec. 23.-The twenty C- fist annual banquet of the New Eng g- land Society of Pennsylvania was 'e- held tonight in Horticultural hall, to covers being laid for nearly 400 mem si- bers and guests. Guests were present e- from New York, Baltimore, Washing ton, Boston and other cities. United States Attorney James M. Beck, pres ident of the society, opened the speechmaking with a brief address. In coming down the line of the illus rs trious New Englanders, President Beck mentioned the name "George ne ,Dewey." This was the signal for an re outburst of applause such as was not repeated during the remainder of the he evening. The chairman then an as- nounced as the first speaker Justice ill- David J. Brewer of the supreme court, ar- who responded to the toast, "The Ich United States, a World Power." Jus tice Brewer's address was frequently punctuated with applause. a Fought Over a Woman. E.. Logansport, Ind.. Dec. 23.-Jim Bell ota and Solomon Johnson, colored, fought uty a duel with revolvers late last night, red in a saloon at the Kenneth quarry, en- near here. Bell is dead and Johnson is badly wounded.. They fought over a white woman. ,as- Moving By Easy Stages. ant Pekin, Dec. 23.-The Chinese court for arrived yesterday at Tsu-How, with ney in the boundary of Chili province, wish where it was welcomed by numerous officials. BOERS FICHI BATTLES AND EXHIBIT BRAVERY Outstrip English Troops in Race for Kopje But On Arrival ot British Reinforcements are Dislodged From Their Commanding Position. RENEWED ACTIVITY IN THE SOUTH AFHIGAN WAR London, Dec. 23.-Lord Kitchener in a dispatch from Johannesburg, Sdated Saturday, December 21, sends reports of sharp fighting in the Orange River and Transvaal Colonies. The casualties, so far as known, ag gregate about 150. equally divided, but heavy Brithish losses, the totals of which have not yet been reported, have occurred in the Transvaal. In this last mentioned fighting, 200 mounted infantry in the neighborhood of Biginderyn were divided into par ties and were searching farms when they were attacked by 300 Boers and 50 armed natives under Commandant Britz. The Boers charged determin edly in overwhelming numbers. Be. yond the fact that the British casual ties were severe, no details have been received. Lord .Kitchener also reports that during General DeWet's attack on the British force commanded by Gen. erals Dartnell and Campbell at Lang berg, December 18, the Boers charg ed bravely and fought desperately for several hours. DeWet was driven oil t with the loss of 20 men. There were 1 12 casualties on the side of the Brit f ish. e On December 20 Botha with 80f Boers surprised Colonel Damant's ad D vance guard at Tafalkop, ° Orange River Colony. The Boers rushed a I copje commanding the main body and o the guns, but Damant rallied his men a and drove the Boers from the kopje a The British casualties were heavy Damant was dangerously wounded two officers and 20 men were killer and three officers and 17 men were wounded. The Boers left six dead on the field and dispersed. The British pursued the enemy and captured a number of prisoners, including Com mandant Keyter. Later the Boers, un der a flag of truce, asked permission to remove their dead. They admitted having buried 27 men. In the eastern part of Transvaal Colony Colonel McKenzie attacked Commandant. Smith's force of Boers, December 20, killing six and captur ing 16 of them. Commandant Smith was captured. A force of Boers, during the night of December 19 attacked the British post at Elandspruit, but they were driven off, leaving eight men killed, including Commandant Kritze. Field Cornet Machon was wounded, and with six other wounded men was left on the field. Other wounded Boers were carried off in blankets. The British casualties were seven men killed and six officers and 18 men wounded. In the fight at Tafelkop, the Boers, dressed as British yeomen, engaged in a splendid race with the British in an attempt to reach a kopje. The Boers gained the summit first and opened a heavy fire on the single troop of Damant's horse which took part in the race for the kopje. These troops took the advantage of the lit tie cover available, immediately be low the Boers, and fought until all, but four of them *were killed or wounded. By that time reltfoi C-li ments of Damant'i horse came'·i and charged and captured the