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FAVOR. ;STOCKS HAVE GROWN SMALL Statistical Position of Staple Daily Be coming Stronger, Giving Hold ers Increased Confidence. Sales of wool on the Boston market for last week aggregated 5,660,000 pounds. Of this amount 1,850,000 pounds was territory, which sold at 15@20 cents a pound. The market has continued fairly active, with a demand for almost everything. Con sumers, especially the smaller con cerns, have apparently made up their m.inds that prices have touched bot tom; and a number of mills, which have been out of the market for quite a long' time, and have allowed their stocks of raw material to run down, .have come into the market and re plenished, says the American Wool and Cotton Reporter. As a result quite a large amount of wool has been sold the past week, including fleeces, notably quarter-bloods, Texas, Cali fornia and pulled wools, scoured wools and territories. A Broader Demand. Pulled wools have been in excellent movement, some good sized transac tions in combing pulled being report ed. All classes of manufacturers have been represented-t-he flannel and dress goods mills, the men's wear worsted and woolen mills, the felt mills, kersey and carriage cloth mak ers, and spinners of hosiery, yarns, etc. In fact, there may be said to have been more breadth to the de mand than has been witnessed for some time. The buyers for the combine have not operated in a very large way, nof is it generally believed that they will do so until after the turn of the year, although they are taking some wool , all the time-enough to fill out with here and there. Prices Favor Seller. There is a somewhat Improved in quiry for staple wools, and some choice fine territorial staple wools are claimed to have sold at high as 55c, clean. The ideas of some of the large consumers are set on a pretty low basis, hqwever, which prevents their securing as many wools as they would obtain if they were willing to come up to the ideas of the holders. Thus one prominent worsted manu facturer has his ideas set on 45c, clean, for strictly fine wool; but it is perhaps needless to say that he has n.ot succeeded in obtaining that grade of wool at the figures quoted. Prices have ruled rather more in favor of the seller, if anything, than they did a couple of weeks ago; cer tainly no further concessions in prices have been made since our last re port. T The sales of the past three or four w.eeks have materially reduced the available supplies of certain kinds of . wool in this market, and to that extent ,the statistical position of the raw material has been strengthened. Wool . merchants are evidently prepared to close up the year's business with a showing which falls considerably short 'of expectations entertainea early in the season, but they are not ready to give their wools away or take as large a loss as certain con Ssumers have expected they would be obliged totake. Holders Remain Firm. While some good-sized deals have ,been put through the past week, the -impression prevails that certain con iUmers who have not as yet operated 'very freely in the market are getting ready to do so, and by the end of another fortnight there will be some arge transactions to report. It Would certainly be a relief to some alders of large lines, of territorial ls if such 'business would mate ize, but such holders are not yet pared to make much further con ons in price in order to induce trade. owners of wools are asking whidh are above the current oif the market. This is especial with reference to medium aund more business could have 4sacted in the latter, except 'tfact. *Aim aproved Feeling. mow tp of the market may ak trifle steadier than it - it is impossible to QU On wool, and the --ee pade the past :sta ces been _, ps z.. babve yet uphit ate do *alkhig less idisctra iplygf the sit The cold eathr which we aire ex periencing at this w'ting is benefit ing the overcoating business, and, if we have seasonable winter weather, the opening of the heavy=weight sea son, it is expected, will not be an unfavorable one, as far as the vol ume of the demand is concerned. The wool trade derive some encour agement, also, from the indre favor able reports received from abroad. According to cables .received. this week, the market in I.ustralia has ad vanced %d on both merinos and cross breds, and the South American mar ket is reported as being slightly more in favor of the seller. Texas and California. The felt makers, kersey and car riage cloth manufacturers and others have been buyers of Texas wools this week, taking quite a good-sized line of fall Texas wool which is reported to have amounted to not far from a half million pounds, and some eight months' wool. A large felt concern ,is reported to have taken both fall wools and eight months' stock. Fall wools have sold on the basis of about 45c; and the eight months' wool on the basis of about 48c, clean, the fall wools bringing in the grease about 15c, and the eight months' 17@18c. The sales also include quite a good sized line of 12 months' wool, which brought as high as 55@57c, clean, and which cleans up the stock of year's growth Texas on the market. A renewed interest has been shown in California wools and about half a million pounds have been moved, in cluding middle county wools, which sold on a clean basis of 47@48c, and some nice northern wools, which brought 20c in the grease or 50c, clean. In Oregon wool some interest is be. ing shown and some sample bales are reported as having been taken out, although no business worth reporting has 'yet been put through. Territories. There is a continued good call for territories, although the demand is not quite as sharp as it was, but nego tiations are iii progress at this writ ing which are likely to result in some very good business before long. The demand, the past week, has extended from the fine to the low wools, fine and fine medium receiving propor tionately more attention than was a case a month ago. Two or three Philadelphia concerns have been in the market, one of them purchasing low territory wools, and another half-blood territory. Fine staple territory has been in better request, and some very choice stock has sold as high as 55c, clean. Fine clothing has sold at 50@52c. Fine medium has sold all the way from 45 to 50c, clean, an everage price for good wool being 46@48c, though some high fine medium is reported as having sold at 48@49c. Stubby fine medium has sold at 45c. Some New Mexican has sold at 43@44c., but it was of inferior quality. Quar ter-blood territory of good grade has sold at 42c, and three-eighths and half-blood at 43@45c. The sales have included Montanas, Wyomings, Idahos, Utahs, Colorados and Dakotas within the range of the quotations given. Fine medium Idahos have sold at 16@16%c in the grease, and Wyomings, at 16@16%c, a con siderable amount of strictly fine wool moving at 50c, olean, which is the ruling price for strictly fine clothing wool. Receipts and Shipments. The receipts of wool in Boston this week, last week and for the corre sponding week of last year were as follows: This week-8,605 bales domestic; 1,904 bales foreign. Total, 10,509 bales. Last week-8,836 bales domestic; 2,962 bales foreign. Total, 11,798 bales. Last year-13,296 bales domestic; 2,351 bales foreign. Total, 15,647 bales. The total receipr. since January 1. have been 652,9:65 bales of domestic and 180,878 bales of foreign wool, against 755,465 bales of domestic and 139,342 bales of foreign wool for the corresponding time last year. This is a decrease of 102,500 bales of domes tic and an increase of 41,536 bales of foreign. Shipments of wool for the week ending December 14 are as follows: Tuesday, December 8, 1,270,230; Wed nesday, December 9, 1,008,555; Thurs day, December 10, 900,425; Friday, De cember 11, 1,093,420; Saturday, De cember 12, 745,995; Monday, Decem ber 14, 816,140. Total 5,834,765 pounds. This shows an increase of 1,404,630 pounds, compared with the ship ments of 4,430,135 pounds for the pre vious week. Since January 1 the total shipments amount to 232,070,504 pounds. Sales. The sales of the week amount to o, 360,000 pounds domestic and 300,000 pounds foreign, making a total of 5,-1 St Reduction . .SALW Slaughtering Prices on Every Item in the FORESTER JEWELRY ESTABLISHIIIENT. We Are Overstocked at Least $10,00.09 These goods have got to be closed out and we are determined to clean up before Xmas. In the Big Cut Price Sale we exclude nothing in stock. If you want to- save big money on your Xmas purchases, have your selections laid aside now. Forester, the Jeweler I I ____________. 660,000 pounds, against a total of 5, 465,000 for the previous week, and a total of 4,175,000 for the correspond ing week last year. The sales, siance January 1 amount to 204,429,000 pounds, against 240,098,000 pounds for the corresponding time last year. Stockholders Meeting. The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Billings State bank, for the purpose of electing seven directors and transacting such other business as may be necessary, will be held at the bank, in the city of Billings, Mon tana, on Monday, January 4, 1904, at 7:30 p. m. 6n-6 CHAS. SPEAR, Cashier. p Huntley Ranch For Sale or Lease., Ranch of 1,500 acres, 600 acres un der cultivation. Good ditch. Now pro ducing 1,000 tons alfalfa. Land enough broken to produce double that amount. Address Thos. McGirl, Billings, Mont. kf13 A Timely Suggestion. This is the season of the year when the prudent and careful housewife re plenishes her supply of Chamberlain's Cough Remedy. It is certain to be needed before the winter is over, and results are much more prompt and satisfactory when it is kept at hand and given as soon as the cold is con tracted and before it has become set tled in the system. In almost every instance a severe cold may be warded off by taking this remedy freely as soon as the first indication of the cold appears. There is no danger in giv ing it to children for it contains no harmful substance. It is pleasant to' take-both adults and children like it. Buy it and you will get the best. It al ways cures. For sale by all druggists. Specialist Dr. Brochear, the complexion and scalp specialist, is located at the Rademaker for this winter and will be pleased to meet all who are in terested in a beautiful complexion, free from blemishes such as freckles, moth patches, brown spots, sealowness, tan, blackheads, extreme redness, pimples, roughness, excessive oiliness, and all wrinkles not caused by facial expressions. She also cures dandruff, stops the hair falling and brings in a new growth of hair. All work guar anteed or money cheerfully refunded. Consultation free. Hours from 9 a. m. to 6 p. m. and from 7 to 9 p. m. Room 11. 63-9 Simply Delicious. 58-tf Lowney's chocolates. Fresh supply at the Billings Pharmacy, south side. 8 A SUGGESTION TO PARENTS AND GROWN FOLKS As Xmas draws near, we wish to call your attention to the select and useful line of Xmas Goods we offer at a great bargain at this time Bicycles at Cost, Complete Line of Spaulding Sporting Goods, Pocket Knives, Shears and Scissors, SSkates, Sleds, Toy Trains and Engines, Boys' Tool Chests Guns, and Rifles. BEHREN;DT BROS. 24 NORTH T"WNTY-4INTH STREET $5.00 REWARD. a The above reward will be 4 * paid for the arrest and con- . $ viction of any person stealing * a copies of The Gazette from g Ssubscribers. Stockwell's urempymen. 2607, Mont. A' Bell 'Phone 89a; Moffett 'Phone 181. .Agency for the Jewell Nursery com pany of Lake City, Minn., established in 1868; 1,000 acres. Oldest and iar 4est nursery in the northwest. Leave orders for spring delivery. Help Wanted. Girl for Junction. Waitress for restaurant. Dishwasher for boarding house. Tiemakers, by the 15iece, 11e. Girl for housework, Cody. Girls for housework, city and ranch. Girl for housework, Crow agency. $25.00. For Rent. One large room, two beas, north side; $10 per month. New 4-room house, north side; $15 per month. Two, three and four room houses furnished for housekeeping; $12.50, $15 and $20 per month. For Sale. 250 tons hay; can feed on the ranch; good pasture; plenty of water. Three rooms suitable for husekeep ing; electric light, use of bath, all for $9 per month; north side. HE LP- FOR SALE Men for extra gang on B. & M. Free fare. Men for concrete work. Free fare. Men.for section work. Free fare. Men for extra gang on N. P. R. R. Free fare. Coal miners, ranch hands, sheep herders. FOR SALE CHEAP I Lightning hay baler 14x18 I have a large list of hay and pasture for sale in Carbon county. Stockmen should e, amine my list before making arrangements to feed. I have ten ranches in Carbon county for sale. All under good ditches and in high state of cultivation, Anyone looking for ranches should see my list. Hotel in live town on Clarkes Pork-water works and electric light. New house. Boarding house in city feeding average of 250 meals daily, old established business, will sell cheap or trade for stock. Boarding house, 13 rooms, for sale or rent, north side. . 73 8 J. F. KELLY, Employment Office South of Depot. L. H FENSKE, w lesaeDEALER IN WWholesaleWINES, LIQUORS and CIGARS. Sole Agent for VAL. BLATZ and BUDWEISER BEER. BILLINGS, MONTANA, JAMES E. FREE, M. D. TELEPHONE 165-F e. ROOM 9 GRUWELLBLOCK PHYSICIAN First National Bank OF BILLINOS, MONTANA. PAID-UP CAPITAL - $150,000 SURPLUS. - - - 20,000 P. B. Moss, President. M. A. ARNOLD, Cashier. D. H. Moss JR., Assistant Cashier. ---me*.=--- DIRECTORS G. W. WOODSON, P. B. Moss, Jos. ZIMMERMAN M. A. ARNOLD, S. G. REYNOLDS, Transact a General Ba long Busines---Collections Promptly Made and Remltted For JUST ONE TRAIN. The St. Louis Special is the only train that takes you through to the Southeast without a single change of cars. All meals are served in dining cars, and you. can ride in a palace sleeper, a tourist-sleeper, or a comfortable reclining chair-car "as you like it." P. S.-Three routes East-via Denver, St. Paul and . Billings. .H. B. SEGUR, GENERAL AGENT, BIL _LIfNGS, MONT.