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S Bllings Gazette.
Issued Semi-W ~,p.l. TUESDAYS AND RIDAYS. i ette Printing Company, Publishers Subscription Rates. One year, in advance............$3.00 Six months.....................1.50 W.tered at the Billings Postomce as Second Class Matter. Tuesday, June 7, 1904. At last accounts Butte was serious ly thinking of organizing a ball team and trying for the pennant. With the attorney general inclined to take sides with Mr. Pulitzer, Mon tana's game warden seems to be hav ing a Kuropatkin of a time. If persisted in, the frequency and regularity of the Japanese victories will speedily cause announcement of them to be kept on the "standing 1 galley." A contepporary comments on an article that it says Russell Sage "con tributed" to the press. The man who wrote the comment evidently pos sesses only a hazy knowledge of the great financier. Sage was never known to contribute anything. If the Wyoming democrats could deliver the vote of their state to :Hearst with the same ease they have given him their delegation to the con vention they might justly demand recognition at the lunch stand. But in this respect they appear to be no more happily situated than their brethren of South Dakota. After reading the various articles written by the editors who enjoyed 1 the courtesies of the St. Louis exposi tion management for a week the thought forces itself upon the mind that had the entertainment been de ferred until the fair was realy as well as open, the resultant advertising would have possessed greater value. Mr. Welch having at last prepared his testimony, it is now to be hoped that we will hear less talk from the office of state superintendent of pub lic instruction concerning over charges on school books and more manifestation of intention to place that evidence where it may be used in the direction of aftording relief to the people who have to pay for the books! Russell Sage says he is opposed to the "vacation habit." To those who still remember the little incident of Sage shielding himself behind the per son of one of his clerks when a crazy man exploded a bomb in his office this announcement will appear as some What inconsistent. The man who has become famous by wearing paper vests then seemed over anxious to escape transportation to the place where vacations are never granted, no matter how earnestly they may be sought. Not long ago St. Petersburg dis patches announced that the Russian war department was experimenting with bullet proof breast plates for nse of the army. In view of the events that have transpired since then at Kin Chou and several other places in that region it would seem that sound judgment, based upon expe rience, would prompt attention in the direction of proaucing a bullet proof covering for another portion of the Slav anatomy which seems to be in greater danger from Japanese fire. CRITICISING THE PRESIDENT. Omaha Bee: Democratic newspa pers and politicians are criticising President Roosevelt for the interest he is manifesting in the preparations for the national campaign, as if this was unprecedented. An eastern or gan of democracy asserts that the president '"has entered upon party management with a recklssness ivhich has never been paralleled by .the presiden~s whose partisan conduct i re.,uF~FrlPusly assailed," that e pr#rlses every detail tiot -only -OLD TRIED TRUE ESTABLISHED 1850 NATIONAL LIFE INS. CO. OF VERMONT. Fifty-four years of unequaled record; lowest mortality; largest dividends; Issues all the latest forms of insurance. The Best Insurance In the World. "You don't have to die to win" WAYNE JONES, Oen'I Manager, 36 N. Main, Helena, Mont. who shall make the speech nominat ing him at Chicago, but who shall succeed Senator Hanna as chairman of the republican national commit tee." Other democratic organis in dulge in a similar vein of criticism. Everyone familiar with our political history knows that it has been the rule with presidents having the legit imate desire to succeed themselves to offer suggestions to the party and to make known their wishes in cer tain respects. Andrew Jackson care fully planned for his renomination, and no president was ever more ac tive in this regard than Grover Cleve land in 1887-8 when he permitted the heads of departments to freely dis regard the civil service law in re placing republicans with democrats. It is well remembered that in this way the postal service was almost utterly dempralized. Moreover Mr. Cleveland had a good deal to say in connection with the platform and the selection of the managers of the cam paign in 1888. It is not forgotten that some of the democratic leaders at that time were greatly displeased with what they regarded as the arbi trary course of the president. Mr. Roosevelt has selected former Governor Black of New York to make the speech nominating him at Chi cago. It is proper that the presi dent should be placed in nomination by a delegate from his own state and no one is 'better qualified to do this than Mr. Black. There has been no dictation in the matter on the part of the president, whose prefer ence for 'Mr. Black is due to both personal friendship and the fact that he is a fine orator. As to the express ed desire of Mr. Roosevelt that Secre tary Cortelyou shall be chairman of the national committee, he is simply following a precedent set by candi dates for the presidency for the 'last half a century and it is a perfectly proper and legitimate custom. The chairman of the national committee must of necessity come into frequent personal intercourse with the candi date and he should be a man who has alike the esteem and the confi dence of the candidate. Mr. Roose velt does not dictate the election of ;Mr. Cortelyou by the national commit tee, but the committee will very _pro perly respect the president's wish in the matter in compliance with a long observed practice. Democratic efforts to discredit Mr. Roosevelt are for the most part ex ceedingly tenuous and feeble and none more so than the kind of criticism above noted. The president has com mitted no impropriety in the the In terest manifested in preparations for the coming campaign and is entirely in line with well-established prece dents. SLivery, Feed and Sale * STABLE o North 27th Street. GOOD TURNOUTS Careful'Attention to Stock SP. H. SMITH, Prop. * INCREASED Ow DEMAND SOwing to the increased demand Sffor second hand furniture and 4 stoves I am now paving the g highest possible price for same . and selling for the very lowest 0 margin of profit. See me before buying, selling or exchanging 0 your household goods. 0 T. F. HOLLY, 0 * 2812 MINNESOTA AVENUE 0 **H*@***00 00@ PROOF LIES IN FIGURES SOMETHING CONCERNING OVER CHARGES FOR SCHOOL BOOKS A COMPARISON OF PRICES Montana in Instances Pays Double Rate Charged Other States Data for Commissioners. According to the way the state su perintendent of public instruction fig ures it out since last September the people of Montana have paid some thing like $14.000 in excess of the contract prices for school books. In behalf of Mr. Welch it is claimed that he has the figures and facts to prove his assertion and that he is prepared to submit them at the coming meet ing of the state textbook commission. During the last few weeks consid erable has been. heard and read con cerning the overcharges alleged to be made by the publishing concerns holding contracts for supplying the state with its school books. Recent ly Mr. Welch has been in communica tion with the school authorities of different towns and cities and is said to have secured additional evidence of violation of contracts. All this is being put in shape for submission to the commission. Some Illustrations. As an instance or tne overcharges made by the book concerns is cited the cdse of Fry's advanced geography. In this state the book retails for $1.25, dealers paying the freight from Chi cago. In Indiana the geography is said to retail for 75 cents, delivered to dealers freight paid. The Geor gians must pay 10 cents more than the "Hoosiers," but they also receive the benefit of prepaid freight charges. In Montana the primary geography sells for 60 cents, and in Georgia for 40. Ginn & Co. of Chicago are the parties who have the contract for fur nishing these two 'books. D. 'C. 'Heath & Co. of Chicago are the contractors who supply Walsh's advanced arithmetic. In this state the retail price paid is 65 cents, while in Indiana it is only 45 cents. Fifteen cents is the difference in the price ot a Walsh's primary arithmetic in- Mon tana and Indiana. Here it sells for 45 cents, in the other state for 30 cents. It should be borne in mind that the contract made by the state wit' these outfits provides specifically that the prices to be charged by them fol books shall be in every instance as low as the lowest charged by them in any other state. This aplies to contracts then in force or those to be made subsequently to the one en tered into with Montana. The fig ures given show that something is wrong somewhere. By comparison it is charged that a difference of 50 per cent exists between the prices Mon tana has to pay for bcoks and those paid by Georgia and Indiana. Mr. Welch states that since the present contracts became effective that books from the firms named have been ship ped into the state to the value of 528, 000 and that one-half of it represents the overcharge made. The intention is to bring proceed ings against the delinquents and com pel them to.make restitution. In addi tion it is ,probable that steps will 'be taken to declare the bonds given by the firms forfeited, as they have vio lated the provisions of the contracts in surety of which the bonds have been given. The bond of Ginn & Co. is for $15,000. and that of Heath & Co. $7,500. Billings Victimized. Whether any action has been taken by Mr. Welch to ascertain how the contracting firms are adhering to the terms of their obligations in this part of the state is not known, but the sup position is that his inquiries cover the entire state. Although nothing has been done by any one so far as is known, it seems to be an accepted fact that the overcharging complained of by the superintendent has been practiced here to. the same extent as in other communities. The Ga zette was told on authority 'that is reliable, months ago, that some of the book concerns were violating their contracts by overcharging. When asked why nothing was done in the matter the person quoted replied that it seemed useless; that the people hereabouts were not the only ones who were victimized, but that the practice of overcharging extended all over the state, wjth no one having power in the case apparently willing to take the initiative in the direction of securing strict compliance with the terms of the contract held by the publishers. Welch Favors a Change. At the meeting of the textbook commission, which is to be held at Helena July 5, Superintendent Welch will urge a change in the method of supplying books for use in the high schools. Instead of permitting them to longer remain on the open list, he thinks such books should be sup plied in the same manner as are those in the lower grades. At present he says overcharges are made in many instances and because of the absence of contracts no remedy is to be had. Illustrative of his charge of extor tion he cites one book, an algebra. For this Montana dealers are compell ed to pay in excess of $1 at Chicago, yet the same book is supplied to the schools of Kansas at the nominal rate of 45 cents. Other instances of like overcharges are said not to be lack ing. Estray Notice. One black mare, eight years old, star in forehead, weight about 1,400 pounds, branded quarter-oircle cross on right shoulder; broke gentle; should have colt this spring; last seen between Junction and Musselshell crossing. Ten dollars reward for information leading to her recovery. B. H. WOODCOCK, 5-8 Miles City, Montana. 1904-Montana Coal and Iron Company The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Montana Coal and Iron company will be held at the office of O. F. Goddard, Billings, Montana, on Tuesday, June 14, 1904, at the hour of ten o'clock a. m., for the election of nine trustees to serve for the en suing year, and for the transaction of such other business as may pro perly come before the meeting. P. W. SMITH, Secretary. May 14; 1904. 9-4 Stallions For Sale. Five Norman and Shire stallions. Prices reasonable. 10-3 DARK HORSE STABLES. Special Sale. Of ferns and other house and bed ding plants. MISS PANTON, tf Greenhouse 3019 Montana Ave. JUST I THINK3 . of the convenience and Scomfort of having modern0 plumbing installed. It don't cost what you might suppose 0 considering the benefit re 0 ceived. Another thing, if its 0 PULTE'S PERFECT PLUMBING Syou know it is guaranteed0 work-the kind that satisfies. Of course that is when we Oput it in. When we don't *and things go wrong 0 PHONE PULTE 0 . Moffett No, 79, 0 oWill J. Pulte 27th St. Billings ***4~9i 3Q**RO***@~ B~It9 Interesting Items. H ouse and lot ........................................ $ 500 Two-story brick, bath,, lawn, shade, cellar, sewer, etc..... ..................... 4,500 Brick business block, main street........... 12,000 10 acres with water........................ 700 17 acres; ideal truck farm.................. 2,600 640 acres, cultivated, improved......... 30,000 These items illustrate what we have on our lists. Many go rapidly, but new properties are added every day. Just ask for our lists before de ciding-we can offer a very superior selection. YELLOWSTONE INVESTMENT CO. 7 N, 28th Street. (Home Office.) BILLINGS, MONTANA 5 Exclusive Agencies in Yellowstone County Alone. ***0*0@0*0@00*00*@0******* TWO YOUNoG TiADIES 0 To the St.' Louis World's Fair All Expenses Paid. a The.Billings Hardware Co. o and The Billings Gazette 0 will donate a free trip to the World's Fair at St. Louis 0 a to the two young ladies ot the county receiving the 0 a highest number of votes in the contest con t ducted by the above two business firms. 0 * The young ladies winning the contest will have the privil- * Sege of staying 10 days at the Fair; all hotel bills will be 0 paid, also admission to the Fair, first-class railroad tickets, sleeping-car berths and meals on dining cars. Any Young Lady in Yellowstone County over 17 years t of age is eligible to enter the contest. 0 0 How to Secure Votes: The purchase of $1.00 worth of. goods for 0 0. cash of The Billings Hardware Co. entitles 0 0. a customer to 10 votes; 75c. six votes; 50c. o four votes; 25c. two votes 0 For each $3.00 subscription paid 1 he Gazette 0 a special coupun of 0 S. 300 VOTES 0 will be issued.. Subscriptions paid for less 0 0 than $3.00 a coupon good for 75 VOTES 0 g will be issued for every dollar paid. 0 0 0 A coupon clipped from The Billings Gazette will entitle you to one vote. Rules of the Contest:. Votes will be deposited in a sealed box at the Billings Hardware Company's store. * All Gazette subscription coupons will be 4 dated and must be voted within 10 days. Coupons Secured from The Billings Hard- 0 ware Company must be voted within ten 0 days of time purchase is made. * Coupons clipped from The Gazette must be * * voted on or before the date printed thereon. * The votes will be counted once a week and *C the result published in The Gazette. 0 No person connected with The Gazetteor The O ~ Bilhlings Hardware Company is permitted to Svote for any candidate in the contest Any * ~ violation of this rule shall result in the o coupons so voted being forfeited. The contest closes on August 1st, 1904. 0 GAZETTE COUPON. 0 St. Cowis WIorl4's lair Crip. . * * ** 0 ONE VOTE FOR 0 * Voiaifnotvotedatthe Store ofJthe [,UE IT I 904 * BillingsHardwareCo. onorprior0to e THE VOTE TO DATE: Last Vote for g MReport the week Total Miss Laura Reed ...................... 43,067 2,349 45,416 Miss Blanche Nickey .................... 38,206 1,201 39,407 SMiss Lena Richtman.................... 39.272 19 39,291 SMiss Victoria Hohman (Laurel)......... 15,704 4,702 20,400 SMiss Sophia Bennighoff................. 737 5,371 6,108 SMissMarieSleeper.................... 1,178 ......... 1,178. Withdrawn ........................... 1,386 ......... 1,386 JAMES E. FREE, MI. D. TELEPHONE .165-F PA ROOM 19 GRUWELL BLOCK P H S I Iu