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THIE BILLINGS GAZETTE.
VOL. XVIII. BILLINGS, YELLOWSTONE COUNTY. MONTANA, TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1903. NO. 95. CITY NEARLY SUBMERCED PEOPLE MOVE ABOUT STREETS IN SKIFFS. NO LIVES HAVE BEEN LOST Impossible to Give an Approximate Estimate of Damage Done by the Water. Greenville, Miss., March 29.-The backwater from the La Grange cre vasse is rising slowly, and. nearly all of the city is submerged. Business is paralyzed and people in the south ern section of the city are moving about in skiffs. .The rise in the last 24 hours has been 22 inches. The reparts sent out from here that the city is in danger of destruction are highly exaggerat ed. The facts do not warrant such statements, while rumors of great 'loss of life are absolutely ,without foundation, so far as is known. Relief parties with boats have been at work rescuing people in the path of the flood, and the refugees are brought here. It 'was said today that the mayor had instructed the city engineer to cut the protection levee in the northern part of the city, as it will be the means of letteg the water out through Fish lake. The country beyond the lake is much low er than the city, andr if the levee is cut it will stop the rise in Greenville and carry off much of the water now in the city. All trains left here this afternoon promptly on schedule time. The shutdown of the electric light plant is a serious inconvenience to the people, and lanterns in skiffs may be seen throughout the town at night. The flood situation outside of Green ville remains practically unchanged. The waters have covered thousands of acres of the fine delta farms, and is sweeping south of Vicksburg. The loss will be heavy, but it is im possible to give anything like a cor rect estimate of the damage wrought by the flood. At Vicksburg the flood situation is unchanged but Yazoo City is begin, ning to feel the effects of the water from the La Grange crevasses. The backwater is rising at the rate of two inches a day, a-nd the eastern por tion of the town is partly submerged. The river has again come to a stand after dropping two-tenths yesterday. At Natchez the report that the Arnolia levee, two miles below Vi dela, La., was in imminent danger of breaking attracted hundreds ol sightseers from Natchez today. The water was seeping through and 50 men were put to wovk to save the levee. It was confidently believed the levee would hold. A message from Clayton Station La.., says 'that 'the Tensas river is ris ing rapidly and the back levee is un der water. The canal at that place will be flooded. WILL TEST THE NEW LAW CONSTITUIONALITY OF LINDER MAN BILL IS QUESTIONED. Information Filed Against Helena Of. ficer Who Refused to Ac company Citizen. Helena,. March 29.-The Linderman bill, which requires all peace officers to immediately investigate violations of the law brought to their notice, is to be tested as to its constitutional ity. There is little question but the "gamblers and the police department are back of the case. A few nights ago S. R. King, a new man, was put on the police force. He left the station and. as he was going down the street he was told, by R. A. Bairett, that a gambling game was running in a saloon, and he was ask ed to go in and investigate. King re fused: Garrett Informed the chief of .police and the latter came after King and took his star off. An in Vestigation made by the chief showed that no gambling was going on in the saloon. i Today County Attorney Working fl M tf a souou Kbu cKya ing him with violating the Linder man law. King was immediately ar rested, and he appeared in court with A. I. Loeb, his attorney. The reading of the information was waived and Lawyer Loeb demurred to the infor mation on the ground that it was in contravention of Article IV of the amendments to the federal constitu tion, and section 7, Article III, of the state constitution. Judge Smith will hear arguments on the demurrer April 2. Beheaded by Train. [Special to The Gazette.] Missoula, Maroh 30.-An unknown man walking on the Northern Pacific track near the city was struck by an engine at an early hour this morning. His head was severed from his body. The county coroner will hold an in quest. ABUSED THE FLAG. Unusual Scene on the United States Cutter Seminole. Boston, March 29.-An unusual scene has been enacted on the United States revenue cutter Seminole, lying in this harbor. One day this week one of the seamen, a veteran tar, broke out in the forecastle in violent abuse of pretty nearly everything. He I proceeded in his vituperation with out being molested until he called the United States flag a dirty rag and in dulged in other unpatriotic senti ments. A quartermaster standing near re ported this language to Captain Rog ers, commanding the Seminole, and the latter took prompt action. All hands were called to general muster and the captain addressed them on the enormity of the offense committed by one of their number. Then he compelled the culprit to kiss the flag six times and to repeat after him an obligation never to speak disrespect fully of it or to allow anyone else to do so in his presence. The name of the offender is not made known. REMOVED TO THE HOSPITAL R CARL DOWDELL CONTINUES ON ROAD TO RECOVERY. Effort Will Be Made .to Have Old Man Young Released on Bail. Missoula, March 29.-Carl Dowdell continues to improve, in fact so favor able is his condition that attending physicians decided yesterday that it was quite favorable enough to permit his being removed from the Missoula hotel, where ,he has remained since the wounds were inflicted, to the Sis ters' hospital, and yesterday afternoon he was placed on a cot and carried to the hospital. Reports last night in dlcate that the change did not affect him, as he was resting easy. Attorneys for J. L. Young, who as sauled Dowdell, will make an effort to have Mr. Young granted his liberty under bonds. So long as Dowdell was in the precarious condition that he remained in the first few .days after the wounds were inflicted, no move was made to secure Young's release on bond, but now that physicians at tending Dowdell assert that the young man will recover, an attempt will be' made to secure Young his liberty. Young's wife and son still remain in the city. NOW THE "WINTER BUG." One Man Insane from Bite and An other in Serious Condition. Mendon, Mich., March 29.-Oscar Newasaki, a young Polish farmer near here, became a maniac as the result of a bite by a winter bug. The day after he was bitten his body be gan to swell and physicians have been unable to give him relief. Professor Do Vos Olinburg, an en timologist of Wheeling, W. Va., is here on a request of the national museum at Washington to procure specimens of the bug, which scient ists supposed to have become. extinct in the .north at any rate. He found a nest of the insect in a bog near Newasaki's home and while trying to capture them was bitten on the chin. He staggered to a neighbor ing farmhouse and within half an hour was in a semi-unconscious con dition. Ollnburg does not show the symp toms of insanity that appeared in Newasati's case and the physicians are hopeful of his recovery. ENGLAND WILL NOT FIGHT US MUCH OF HER FOOD SUPPLY COMES FROM U. S. WAR WOULD MEAN FAMINE Public Meetings in England to Dis cover Some Way Out of the Dilema. Washington, March 29.-The Amer ;can government has teen advised by its representatives inu Great Britain that the liveliest interest is being taken in that country in the question of food supply in time of war. So dependant is England upon the Unit ed States and other agricultural coun tries for its bread stuffs and meat supplies, that in case of war between Great Britain and another great pow er there would be danger of famine, not in London only, but throughout the whole of the United Kingdom. Statisticians point out the danger in a very striking manner. During the five years from 1852 to 1857, which included the, period of the Crimean war, England imported wheat and flour to the amount of 26 per cent of her total consumption. In the five years from 1896 to 1901, she imported 7b per cent. In other words, the acreage annually devoted to wheat raising in England has been gradually decreasing since the middle of the last century, and is today only about one-half what it was then. Or, to state the proposition in another way, England, during the former period, raised about three-fourths of her breadstuffs, while today she raises only one-fourth. The Boer war increased the sense of insecurity growing out of the sit uation just described. Had Great Bri tain been involved in war with Ger many during that trouble, as at times there was great danger, the result to her home population would have been disastrous. During the late winter it is report ed to the government in Washington that a number of meetings have been held in England for the purpose of devising ways and means for the bet ter protection of the food supply in time of war, and the fact that these meetings have been attended by the most prominent men of the country, from cabinet ministers and members o" the houses of lords and commons, dcwn to representatives of the lead ing men in the several trades,. indi cates that the feeling of insecurity ik widespread. The public agitation was com menced by prominent men in the 1 grain trade, who were naturally the first to see the danger. Following their public expression of alarm, a public meeting was held at Stafford House, London, in February, on in vitation of the Duke of Sutherland, to promote an official inquiry into ithe question. As the result of this meeting a conference was held be tween the prime minister and a com mittee representing all the leading interests of the country. At the Stafford House meeting there were present many of the high officers of the British navy, who mani fested the liveliest interest in the question under discussion, and let it be generally known that the situa tion was one requiring immediate at tention. A later meeting was called in Lon. don by the lord mayor, and was at tended again by the representative men of the kingdom. The result of these several confer ences has been a thorough awaken ing of the English people to the dan gers that will threaten them in case of war with a rival naval power. Sev eral suggestions have .been- made looking to a relieving of the situa tion. All of them, obviously, point to an increase of the home acreage in wheat and to a larger production of beef cattle. The suggestion that the country adopt a protective tariff, making these staples dearer at home, land thus stimulate the home grower and producer to renewed activity, will hardly be adopted, because the Bri tish workingman will not consent to anything 'which will increase the price of bread. Thus far the augges-' tio of. bomunties to wheat growers and cattle raisers seems to meet with greatest favor. It is predicted that before the matter is Anally dlsposed of there will be an investigation by parliament and a royal commission to co-operate with it. The people of the United States may; be interested in knowing that England buys more wheat and flour and beef from them than from the people of any other country. It is very safe to say that as long as that condition prevails there will never be a war between Great Britain and the United States, if Great Britain can prevent it. It is safe to say, also. that this trade situation .:11l c.use the United States to incline towards Great Britain in any quarrel the lat ter country may have with a Euro pean power. In short, commerce has finally made fast friends of these two great English speakidg peoples, not witlhstanding occasional outbreaks of jingoism on this side the water, and of jealouny of the United States on the other. An official investigation of the bread and meat question in England will doubtless draw these bonds tighter, so far as Great Britain is concerned. Combined, these two great nations could overcome any single nation, or any coalition of nations, that might make war against them. The people of the west will me in terested in the questions presented in this article, for it is from that sec tion that American export wheat, %flour and beef come in largest quan tities. The merchant millers of Min neapolis, for example, dispose of a very large percentage of their annual surplus in the English markets, where a steady demand exists for their Jead ing brands. Similarly, the wheat growers of the northwest and the beef packers of Chicago and Kansas City send a large percentage of their export stuff to Liverpool and London. This heavy export keeps up the price of wheat, flour and cattle at home, and hence it is that the question that England is now coqsidering with so much seriousness appeals to us on this side the water also. SAFE BLOWERS SHOW FIGHT BOLD CROOKS ATTEMPT TO RAID AN OHIO TOWN. Desperate Battle Between Robbers and Posse in Which One of Former Is Killed. Cleveland, Ohio, March .29.-A des perate battle was fought early today between three robbers on one side and officers and citizens on the other, at Bedford, a suburb, resulting in the death of one of the robbers anzd the wounding and capture of another. Many shots were exchanged before the fleeing men were finally brought to earth. Very late last night three masked men entered the town of Garretsville, 25 miles east ,cf Cleveland, seized a night policeman and bound and gag ged him. The officer was then march ed to the postoffice where he was com pelled to witness an attempt to blow open a safe by the marauders. They finally, after working some time, gave up the job without securing anything of value. They then entered the store of F. E. George, where they se cured a small sum of money. Later they stole a horse and buggy and drove to Ravena, where they boarded the Cleveland & Pittsburg freight train for Cleveland. Meantime 'the authorities had been aroused at both Ravena and Garretts ville. Telegrams were sent to Bed ford, and when the train arrived there a number of deputy sheriffs and a posse of citizens were on hand, arm ed with guns and revolvers. The three buglars jumped from the train as it drew up to the station. They immediately drew their revolvers and a running fight began. The robbers fired rapidly as they ran toward an open field, while the officers agd posse poured in volley after volley upon them. Finally one of the pur sued men dropped to the ground dead. A second was so badly wounded that he left a trail of blood in his foot steps, and soon he threw up his hands in surrender. The third man escap ed. Reese Is a Georgian. Carrollton, Ga., March 29.-Lieu tenant Boes Reese, who was serious ly wounded in the engagement with San Miguel's froces in the Philip pines, is the son of Colonel Oscar Reese, an attorney of this place, and nephew of Congressman W. C. Adam son. He is 22 years of age. He serv ed in the Second Georgia regiment I during the Spanish war. ROAST DEWEY IN GERMANY EDITORS OF EMPIRE SAY HIS HEAD IS SWELLED. CALLED TO WHITE HOUSE Admiral Explains to President and the Latter Is Apparently Satisfied. Berlin, March 29.-The German for eign office officials say they do not know but that a diplomatic incident will result from a recent inerview with Admiral Dewey-published in a newspaper of New Jersey-containing references to the German navy and the German emperor. Officials say that they are reluctant to believe that the admiral was correctly quoted, "es pecially in view of the good will he showed toward Germany in a message exchanged with Prince Henry." The interview with Admiral Dewey has angered the newspapers here. Even those of usually moderate tone refer to it in a bitter manner. For instance, the Vossiche Zeitung says: "The American navy is evidently suffering from a disease of infancy lack of modesty. Its leader evinces something unmistakably immature. One can only stand amazed that such intensified, self-complacency should take root in a people of Germanic origin. Such behavior -would not ex cite wonder if it had occurred in some Central or South American republic or Hayti. Admiral Dewey is a worthy imitator of Captain-now Rear Ad miral-Coghlan, who, at the New York club, gave a boastful toast bristling with insults to Germany, and warmed up by an exploded story that Admiral De vey compelled the Ger man fleet at Manila to lie to when it refused to respect the blockade. Cap tain Coghlan seems, however, to have spoken from Admiral Dewey's own heart. Captain Coghlan was disci o plined and President McKinley ex pressed to the German ambassador his regret that the incident occurred. The same thing must, perhaps, be done now, in order that the superheat ed Dewey may be cooled down. Po litical generals and admirals, at any rate, are not a sign of wholesome po t litical conditions." The 'Pageblatt sees in Admiral Dew eys' words confirmation of "its oft repeated assertion that the United States easy victory over Spain has produced certain exaggerated military t self-conceit." President Questions Dewey. Washington, March 29.-At the in stance of President Roosevelt, Admir al Dewey called by appointment at the white house today and made a full explanation of the recent interview in which the admiral was quoted as saying that the "Caribbean sea ma neuvers were an object lesson to the kaiser more than any other person." He said he made no reflection in the interview upon Germany, her emper or and her navy and that while the statements credited to him were sub stantially what he'said, he neglected fo caution the interviewer against quoting him. Admiral Dewey declin ed to make any statement of the con ference. While at the white house it was stated that the admiral's state ment was satisfactory to the presi dent. It is not believed any further official notice will be taken of the in cident. BIG PUMPS FOR MINE. Lower Levels of the Comstock to Be Worked Againi San Francisco, March 29.-Elec tricity, generated 30 miles away, was yesterday turned on in the shaft of the Consolidated California and Vir ginia mine and the great pumps which are to unwater the Comstock lode down to the lowest depths were start ed on their work. These great ma chines will run without cessation un til all the accumulated waters are discharged. The abandoned drifts, which have been submerged for more than six years, will again be accessi ble to the miners. The hydraulic elevator, which was installed two years ago, has been able to maintain the flood us far down as the 2,150-foot level, but to rely upon this method for a grbater depth was found to be scientifically imposel ble. FAILED AGAIN. Myrtle Chaffin Made Second Attempt to Elope With Moore. Red Lodge, March 29.-The neigh. borhood of Bridger is prolific of ro mantic elopements these days, but the latest one failed to reach full frui tion. Little Mrytle Chaffin, who re cently attempted to meet Bill Moore in Billings and was prevented from marrying the man by her parents, again tried to give her anxious eld ers the slip. The Chaffins live near Fromberg, and when the mother and father had gone to town to trade Myrtle abandoned her baby- bother and fled to an apointed rendezvous. When this fact was discovered pande monium broke loose. Two officers, however, made such strenuous rep resentations to Mrs. Eva Zackery, Moores' sister, that she was persuad ed to take the officern to the place where the wouldrbe bride was con cealed, snugly curled up in a little dugout, which was covered with bushes. IS LECTURING COL. BRYAN COULD AFFORD TO BE CHEERFUL AND BIDE HIS TIME. Henry Watterson Shows Nebraskan How He Has Missed Great Opportunity. Louisville; Ky., March 29.-"Mr. Bryan will never quite get ,over 1896. More's the pity. Because if he could, there might ultimately be: the making of a great man in him,". says Henry Watterson in an editorial in the Cour ier-Journal. "It is a sad thing to see a talented fellow of three and forty already soured and embittered, though in Mr. Bryan's case there is no reason why he should be. The presidential orbit into which, taking him by the nape of the neck and seat of his breeches, the fairy godmother flung him, heels over head, in 1896, found him obscure and poor, and it has left him rich and famous. Of all men he could afford: to bide his time. Of all men he could with honor to him self and profit to his party, take a philosophic and cheerful view of life, recognizing his own mistakes, revis ing and correcting his errors, quitting the driver's seat, from which he fash ed his steeds so furiously and took the ditch disastrously, to put his shoulder to the wheel of the old carry all and to help get her out of the slough of populism, socialism and free silver republicanism-all dating back to 1896. "Free silver is as dead as Judas. So are some other articles of Mr. Bryan's catechism. There is no, more rhyme or reason for repeating that catech ism in 1904 than for substituting in place of it the old Westminster con fession, than of revitalizing and rear firming the democral ic platforms of 1864 and 1868 and 1880, on which the party marched to defeat, and not half as much as for reaffirming the plat form of 1892, on which it marched to victory. NEW TOWN ON BEAR CREEK. Development of Mines Will Make Quite a City. ' Red Iodge, March 29.-It is asert ed beyond question that the much na ticipated development of the BeS' creek coal fields is to begin at once and this will necessarily involve the immediate extension of the Bridger branch of the Northern Pacific rail road to the coal fields. A. L. Druckemiller, formerly a resi dent of Bridger, now located at Storrs, declares that the head carpenter of the Anaconda Copper Mining com pany, which owns large. interests at Bear creek, has been ordered to be gin work in the latter field not later than the first week in August to con struct the necessary buildings. It is said that the new coal plant will be twice the size of that at Storrs and that 300 company houses will be bilt at the very start. The Bear creek coal is acknowledged to be the best in the state. Incendiarylsm Suspected. Vi$nna, March 29.--An extraordi nary number of fires have been report ed during the past two days in vari8o0 country districts of AustrkilHUnguS and Galicia. The authorities eu$ap* that the fires are of incendiat oili See shoemaker under aepsa Ut savings bank. Geod work; right .