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WORK DONE LEGISLATURE WAITING FOR AP POINTMENT OF COMMITTEES. REPUBLICANS WILL CAUCUS Election Contests in House Are Re ferred-Notice Given of Sev eral Bills. Helena, Jan. 7.-(Special.)-The first week of the Montana legislature has come to a close and but little has been accomplished. All that has been done was the perfecting of an organi zation, the seating of members and the introduction of a few preliminary bills. Beyond that, nothing has been done. It has been a meet and adjourn proposition. The members of the leg islature have been given a good oppor tunity of getting acquainted with each other and have become in a measure accustomed to the idea of being legis lators. But -few committees have been appointed and it is expected that everything will be at a standstill un til after the senatorial matter is dis posed of. Speaker Hedges may announce the committees Monday, but little else will be attempted. The republicans will caucus Tuesday evening and it is expected that nearly all of them will be present. Both houses have aajourned until Monday afternoon, thus giving many of the members an opportunity of go ing home over Sunday, which is gen erally the custom during the first few weeks of the session. When business gets rushing, however, this will prob ably be done away with. During the session of the house yes teerday afternoon Speaker Hedges re ferred the contest cases of Richard son against Wellman, McCullough against Huntington of Carbon county, Rotwit against Bembrick of Board water, and McGovern against Schoon over of Granite to the committee on privileges and elections appointed by him yesterday. The speaker announced the follow ing committee on printing: Linder man of Madison, Carriher of Deer Lodge, Burt of Custer, Wood of Cas cade and Roach of Deer Lodge. A committee consisting of Walker of 'Silver Bow, Hewett of Jefferson and O'Connor of Broadwater was appoint ed to draft resolutions on the death of State Examiner Hudnall. The bill providing for the establish ment of a fellow servant law was taken from the railroad committee and referred to the committee on la bor. Neither committee has yet been appointed. J. H. Urquhart of Helena was given the restaurant privilege. The committee on privileges and elections and on printing were author ized to hire a clerk each. Representatives gave notice that they would introduce the following bills: By Murray-Establishing bathing places in cities and towns. My Shannon-Relating to the elec tion of officials in cities of the first class. By Sanders-Relating to the ses sions of the boards of county commis sioners. By Johnston-Relating to mechan ic's lien. By Johnston-Relating to pleadings. By Starz-Relating to'poisons. The new bills introduced yesterday afternoon were: By O'Connor-Railroad commission1 bill and provision for the eradication of scabbies in livestock. By Hilman-Relating to the sol diers' home. By Wilson-Appropriating $10,000 for incidental expenses of the legisla tive session; $45,000 for the per diem and mileage of the members, and $18, 000 with which to pay the attaches. Newspaper men "covering" the ses sion have been complimented by Lieu tenant Governor Norris by the issu ance of passes to them admitting them to the floor of the senate. The house will again convene Mon day afternoon at 2 o'clock and the senate at 3 o'clock. Helena, Jan. 6.-(Special.)-An ýther twenty minutes' meeting charac terized the session of the senate to day. A committee consisting of Senators Whipple, Waite and Durham was ap pointed to draw up resolutions on the death of State Examiner Hudnall. Notice of the introduction of bills providing for the establishment of cemetery associations and to amend the code relating to administrations of wills was given by Brennan. The senate then adjourned to 3 o'clock, Monday. The house met at 2 o'clock and a. committee on resolutions on the death of State Examiner Huanall was ap pointed. The house adjourned until Monday. Yesterday's Doings. Twenty minutes sufficed the senate to transact all the business which came before it yesterday, while the house was in session a little longer. The statement of The (O.zette several days ago that probably nothing would be done by the legislature until after the settlement- of the senatorial mat ter is being borne out. While there is considerable of a gossipy nature go ing on around hotel lobbies and in the legislative halls, there is but little news of interest. In tact, everyone seems to be waiting. In the senate notices of the intro duction of the following bills were given: By Miles of Park County-To per mit appeals to the district court from the action of the county board of as sessment. By Martien of Lewis and Clarke To create a railway commission. By Glidden of Carbon-To regulate the question of usury. The senate voted to change the rule providing for the appointment of a ccmmittee on fish and game from three to five members. The feature of the house proceed ings yesterday afternoon, if there can be said to have been a feature, was the appointment of two committees by Speaker Hedges. They were the committees on rules and on privileges and elections. Everett of Chouteau was designated chairman of the committee on rules. The other members are: Mulroney of Missoula, Blake of Deer Lodge, and Johnston of Yellowstone. Leiper of Dawson is at the head of the committee on privileges and elec tions, the others being: Murray os Cascade, Mulroney of Missoula, Ever ett of Chouteau, Blake of Deer iodge, Tesky of Jefferson, Lannin of Silver Bow Syarz of Lewis and Clarke, and Reed of Madison. Notices of the introduction of the following bills were given: By Sales of Madison-Relating to public scales and weights. By Sanden-Relating to licenses. By O'Connor of Broadwater-Creat ing a board of railway commissioners. Shannon-Relating to the operation of mines under injunction. By O'Connor--Preventing and eradi cating sheep scab. By Hilman-Rtelating to soldiers' home and the employment of tne in mates. By Sullivan-Relating to the health of male employees of factories, hotels and restaurants. By Wilson-Relating to the creating of a bureau for child and animal pro tection. By Wilson-Appropriating money for the expenses of the legislative ses sion. By Wilson-Relating to mileage and per diem of members. By Williams-Relation to the crea tion of a boara for the examination of applicants for the position of mine inspector. By Bringham-Relating to the eight-hour law. By Walker-Relating to the issu ance of school bonds. DEATH OF "BUCK" HUDNALL. Was State Examiner and Applicant for Reappointment. Helena, Jan. 6.-(Special.)-J. O. Hudnall, familiarly known as "Buck" Hudnall, and who for the past four years has held the office of state ex aminer under appointment from Gov ernor Toole, died in this city at an early hour this morning. Hudnall came to Montana in 1866 and a num ber of years ago worked on the range in the Musselsheii country. Death was due to Bright's disease. The de ceased is survived by a wife and daughter. In view of the death of Mr. Hudnall, Wvho was an applicant for reappoint ment to the office which he held ata the time of his demise, it is now gen erally conceded around the state house that Governor 'oole will recog nize the application of Nathaniel G. Carwile of Billings, who has had a pe tition, signed by many prominent citi zens of the eastern part of the state, lying on the governor's desk for some weeks. HOUNDS TRAIL MURDERERS. Arrest Expected Today in the Reed Case at Brooklyn, Iowa. Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 6.-Blood hounds were put on the trial of the murderers of Tom Reed at Brooklyn Thursday night and followed it five hours. Officers refuse to allow the crowd to follow and will not talk. A son of the victim said this morn ing that the dogs accomplished all ex pected and it is believed an arrest will be made before night. The coroner's Jury returned a verdict of murder by unknown men. SQUADRON TO TURN BACK RUSSIAN WARSHIPS WILL RE TURN TO EUROPE. MORE ACTIVE AT MUKOEN Japanese Receiving Reinforcements and May Soon Give Battle to Kuropatkin. The most important effect of the fall of Port Arthur on the general mil itary situation became apparent today i., the decision of Russia to reca.l her second Pacific. squadron. A dis patch from St. Petersburg announces that the squadron will return to Eu ropean waters. The emperor of Rus sia has returned to the Tsarskoe-Selo palace from Minsk and it is repor ed that an extraordinary council is to be held at which the whole situation is to be reviewed, both as relative to the war and present internal affairs. The revolutionary leaders are apparently taking every advantage to compel the summoning of a national assembly, while the press is criticising bureau cracy with increasing savageness and boldness. In fact, today's dispatches indicate that the internal situation is so grave that the conclusion of peace with Japan may be compelled in order to deal with it. The decision of the general staff that Stoessell must re turn and have a court- martial for sur rendering Port Arthur, even though it is a form compelled by army regula tions, is also serving as a text for bit ter criticism by the Russian papers. St. Petersburg, Jan. 5.-Although or ders to that effect have not been sent to Rojestvensky, the Associated Press is able to announce positively that the decision has been reached that the second Pacific squadron will return to European waters. There is no definite information here regarding General Stoessell's condition, but it has been public gos sip for some time that he is suffering from cancer. The announcement from Weihaiwet that the Japanese turned back the British cruiser Andromeda, having on board doctors, nurses and hospital stores so much needed at Port Arthur, arouses indignation here and goes far to destroy the really good impression created by the attitude of the victors. If the Japanese were unable to allow the Andromeda to enter Port Arthur they cannot understand why they did not permit the Andromeda to land her supplies at Port Dalny, unless the Japanese did not care to reveal the condition of the besieging army. Emperor Nicholas this morning re ceived the reports of M. Witte, finance minister; Kokovesoff, minister of-jus tice, and Muravieff, representing the committee of ministers ,in regard to the progress of their work in drafting the reform measures. Subsequently M. Witte lunched with his majesty and had a long conference with him. The exact time for the extraordinary council of war is not known. Japs May Strike Soon. Victoria, d. C., Jan. o.-Captain H. C. Thacker, who was a military at tache with Generbl Oku's army and witnessed the actions at Anshan, Liao Yang and Shaho, arrived by the Emp ress of Japan. Captain Thacker was recalled after the battle of Shaho, re turning a month after the great bat tle. When he left, the two armies, each being reinforced steadily, were entrenching and strengthening their positions preparatory for battle, which the Japanese proposed to give when the Port Arthur army was released, augmenting the Japanese force so that they will be much larger than the Rus sian, and capable of dealing them a crushing blow. Mail advices received by the Emp ress of Japan state that the Russians have built a series of redoubts about Mukden and Tehling similar to those flanked at Liao Yang by'the Japanese. Five commissariat store have been es tablished between Tehlung and Fu shan, and large stores of ammunition are accumulating at each. Four trains with troops run south daily. Vladivostok Weak. At Vladivostok great preparations are being made, though the garrison was weakened by the dispatch of field artillery to MuKden. The garrison is not being materially increased, no troops being diverted from Mukden. Thirty vessels with stores and ammu nition have arrived since August, mostly from Hang Kong, Shanghia and Saigon. There is a plentiful sup ply of coal and flour, but medicine is scarce. The steamer Calihos, which arrived at Nagasaki in December, reports that a cruiser not before seen there was entering as the vessel left. Japan has been advised of the increasing num ber of Russian troops in northeast Korea, and it is considered probable that the Russians in that district are there with the object of attacking the Japanese rear at Shabo, while the main forces are giving battle in front of the Japanese positions along the river. The river Liao began to freeze at its mouth December 20 and transports have been interrupted. The Yinkow is blocked by ice; the Japanese will use Dalny, wnence troop trains are running regularly to Liao Yang since the guage was altered and the Japan ese locomotives placed in service. The Seoul-Fusan railday was com pleted December 15 and traffic started connecting with the military line from Seoul to Wiju. Thence carts are car rying stores over the Peking road to augment the supplies taken by rail and road on the Liao Tung. JAPANESE ARE REMOVING MINES AT HARBOR MOUTH. Tokio, Jan. 6.-Discussing the condi tion of the Russian war vessels at Port Arthur, a naval officer said to the Associated Press today: "General Nogi has just detailed the commander of the naval landing party to examine the Russian ships at Port Arthur and superintend the transfer of naval mu nitions, etc. At present there are only 10 serviceable vessels there and there were used by the Russians to re gain the shore after setting tire to the ships, sinking vessels and almost blocking the harbor mouth. It is still unsafe to bring outside vessels through the mine fields and entrance obstructions. The lack of divers' ap pliances and small boats make it im possible to closely examine the water filled hulks and it is difficult to de stroy them at short notice." Few Accept Parole. At Port Arthur, with the Third Jap anese Army, via Fusan, Jan. 6-Only 80 Russian officers have accepted pa role. All the regular Russian troops have marched out of Port Arthur and will leave for Port Dalny today. Jap anese troops entered the city yester day to keep order. Non-combatants are allowed the option or remaining at Port Arthur. The Japanese are re moving mines at the harbor mouth. All the forts have been taken over by the Japanese. To Fortify Port Arthur. Chee Foo., Jan. 6.-Advices from Japanese sources say that the condi tion of r'ort Arthur is chaotic, but that General Nogi and General Stoes sell are rapidly systematizing affairs there. General Nogi is prepared, through agents who have been re cruiting for months, to put a horde of Chinese coolies at work in the re fortifying of Port Arthur immediately after the Russians are disposed of. Quantities of timber are ready on the Yalu river for this purpose, while steel plates and other manufactured necessaries are reaay in Japan for transportation to the tortress. The Japanese fortification of Port Arthur will put the fortress in a good condi tion. Ammunition, food and medical supplies to last for years will be sent to Port Arthur, Japan being heedful of the mistake made by the Russians. At Okus' Front. General Oku'e neadquarters, via Pu san, Jan. 6.-During the last three days the Russian bombardment has been the heaviest in six weeks. JFor two days following the fall of Port Ar thur hardly a shot was firea. Since then many heavy guns have been brought into use and there has been firing almost continuously. The front is unchanged and there is no indica tion of a movement being made in the near future. The Japanese are using their searchlights nightWl Sir Charles Angry. St. Petersburg, Jan. 6.-Sir Charles Hardinge, the British ambassador, has taken the unusual course of calling Foreign Minister Lansdortf's attention to the statements of the Novoe Vrem ya, January 3, to the effect that it haa authoritative news that British war ships were following Vice Admiral Rto jpestvensky's squadron and reporting its disposition and movements to To kio from each cable point reached, which the ambassador declared to be false. Sir Charles particularly re sented the imputation that British warships were committing breaches of neutrality by communicating Admiral Rojestvensky's movements to Japan ese agents. Strikers Meet Cossacks. Baku, Caucasus, Jan. 6.-An encoun ter between strikers and Cossacks took place yesterday. Six strikers and one Cossock were 'killed and many persons wounded. Skrydloff Is Honored. St. Petersburg, Jan. 6.-An imperial decree appoints Admiral Shrydlolf a member of the council of admirals. Phone to Frenchy At Billings woodyard for all kinds of first-class wood. Bell phone 65F: Moffett, 289. Satisfaction guaranteed. tf ALFRED BURY. Piano Tuning. Arthur Wales, premier piano tuner. Thirty years experience. Leave or. ders at Holmes & Rixon's drug store Montana avenue. 657-tf The Very Latest. The very latest designs in ladies' engraved calling cards and embossed note paper and epvelopes at The Ga zette office. dtf (First Ppblication Dec. 20, 1904-4t) NOTICE OF ASSESSMENT. The Big Ditch Company, Billings, Montana. Notice is hereby given that at a regular meeting of the trustees of the Big Ditch company, held on the 12th day of October, A. D. 1904, an assessment of 0O cents per share, or five per cent on each one hundred dollars, was levied upon the sub scribea capital stock of the corpora tion, payable an or before January 16th, 1905, to the secretary of the cor poration, at his office, No. 21 North Twenty-eighth street, illings, Mon tana. Any stock upon which the as sessment shall remain unpaid on Jan uary 16th, 1905,,will be aelmquent and advertised for sale at public auction, and unless payment is made before will be sold on February 1st, 1905, to pay the uelinquent assessment, to gether with the cost of advertising and expenses of sale. By order of the board of trustees. HENRY WHITE, Secretary. Office: No. 21 North Twenty-Eigath Street, Billings, Montana. (First Publication Dec. 20, 1904-4t) ALIAS SUMMONS. In the District Court of the Seventh Judicial District of -the State of Montana, in and far the County of Yellowstone. Frank Savarsey, plaintiff, vs. Freder ick Hefner, Richard Gramp, Henry Luke, Mary Clark, ,whose true Christian name is to plaintiff un known, widow of Heman Clark, de ceased, Archibald Douglass, Henry Schide, and L. M. Lilly, defendants. -ALIAS SUMMONS (for publica tion.) The State of Montana sends greeting .to the above named detendants: You are hereby summoned to ans wer the complaint in this action which is filed in the office or the clerk of this court, and to file your answer tnd serve a copy thereof upon plaintiff's attorney within twenty days after the service of this summons, exclusive of the day of service; and in case of your failure to appear or answer, judg ment will be taken against you by de fault, for the relief demanded in the complaint. The said action is brought by the above named plaintiff against the above named defendants to quiet title to lot numbereu twenty-four (24) in block numbered one hundred thirty nine (139), in the original town (now city )of Billings, in the county of Yellowstone, in the state of Montana, according to the official plat thereof, now on file and of record in the office of the county clerk and recorder of said county of Yellowstone. Plaintiff above named claims the sole owner ship of said lot as against each and all of said detendants above named, and against all other persons, and that the above named defendants claim an interest therein adverse to the plaintiff's title thereto. Witness my hand and the seal of said court this 17th day of December, 1904. E. W. DUNNE, Clerk. Jas R. Goss, Plaintiff's Attorney. (First Publication Dec. 20, 1904-4t) NOTICE TO CREDITORS. Estate of Wm. Morton Muhpry, de ceased. Notice is hereby given by the under signed administrator of the estate of Wm. Morton Murphy, deceased, to the creditors of and all persons having claims against the said deceased, to exhibit them, with the necessary vouchers, within four months after the first publication of this notice, to the said administrator at his office in the city of Billings, in the county of Yel lowstone, state of Montana. Dated at Billings, Dec. 19, 1904. A. C. LOGAN, Administrator of the Estate of Wm. Morton Murphy, deceased. (First Publication Dec. 9, 1904-6) NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION. Department of the Interior Land Of fice at Bozeman, Montana, Dec. 6, 1904. Notice is hereby given that the fol lowing named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before Geo. H. Simpson, U. S. Commissioner, at Col umbus, Montana, on January 14, 1905, viz.: RICHARD BUCK, commuting Homestead Entry No. 5194 for the Ny NE', N% NW4%, Sec. 28, Twp. 2 N, R. 20 E., M. P. M. He names the follpwing witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz.: Kennedy Henry, of trusteed, Mon tana; A. L. Thomas, of Columbus, Montana; FranK S. Carleton, of Col umbus, Montana; Patrick Quinn, of Columbus, Mont. M. R. WILSON, Register. (First Publication Dec. 16, 1904--6) NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION. Department of the Interior, Land Of fice at Bozeman, Mont., December 5. 1904 Notice is hereby given that the fol lowing named .settler has filed notice of his intention to maKe final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before L. Whit ney, U. S. Commissioner, in his office at Joliet, Montana, on January 23, 1905, viz.: CHRISTIAN L. NnLSON, Homestead Entry No. 2b08, for the lot 4, SW/4 N W%' Sec. 1, Twp. 4 S., R. 23 E., M. P. M. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said, land, viz.: John R. Clawson, William H. Ba ker, C. E. Simpson, R. H. Hughes, all of Rockvale, Montana. M. R. WILSON, Register. (First Publication Dec. 16, 1904-6) Desert Land, Final Proof.-Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, United States Land Office, Bozeman, Mont., Dec. 5, 1904. Notice is hereby given that Willard F. Snyder, of Billings, Yellowstone county, Montana, has filed notice of his intention to make proof on his desert land claim No. 1219, for the SE14 NE!4 Sec. 12, Twp. 1 S., R. 24 E., M. P. M., before W. W. Dunne, Clerk of Court, in his office at Bill ings, Montana, on Thursday, the 26th day of January, 1905. He names 'the following witnesses to prove the complete irrigation and re clamation of said land: Robert L. MLatheson, William Phe lan, Francis Phelan, Richard Early, all of Billings, Montana. M. R. WILSON, Register. (First Publication Dec. 16, 1904-6) NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION. Department of the Interior, Land Of fice at Bozeman, Mont., December 5, 1904 Notice is hereby given ,tnat the fol lowing named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before L. Whit ney, U. S. Commissioner, in his of fice at Joliet, Montana, on January 23, 1905, viz.: ARTHUR E. WEBSTER, Homestead Entry No. 2644, for the lot 4, Sec. 4, lots 1, 7, SE'4 NE/4 Sec. 5, Twp. 3 S., R. 24 E., M. P. M. He names 'the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz.: Samuel Hines, of bilesia, Montana; Loren A. Webster, William H. Web ster, John Klamer, all of Laurel, Mon tana. M. R. WILSON, Register. (First Publication Jan. 3, 1905-4t) NOTICE TO CREDITORS. Estate of William M. Ames, deceased Notice is hereby given by the under signed administrator of the estate or William M. Ames, deceased, to the creditors of and all persons having claims against the said deceased, to exhibit them, with the necessary vouchers, within ten months after the first publication of this notice, to the undersigned, at the office of U. F. Goddard, in Billings, in the county or Yellowstone, state of Montana. Dated at Billings, December 6, 1904. JUHN T. AMES, Administrator of the Estate of Wil liam M. Ames, deceased. (First Publication Dec. 30, 1904-4) Notice of Time of Proving Will. In the District Court of the -Seventh Judicial District of the State of Montana, in and for the County of Yellowstone. Ir. the Matter of .the Estate of Levi F. Field, deceased-Notice of Time for Proving Will. Notice is hereby given that Wednes day, the 11th day of January, 1905, at ten o'clock a. m. of said day and the office of the clerk of said court, at Billings, Montana, has been ap pointed as .the time and place for prov ing the will of Levi F. Field, deceased, and for hearing the application of Fred Inabanit for the issuance to him of letters of administration with the will annexed. Signed at Billings, Montana, De cember 28, 1904. E. W. DUNNE, Olerk of Court. (First Publication Dec. 9, 1904-6w) NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION. Department of the Interior, Land Of fice at Miles City, Montana, Decem ber 6th, 1904. Notice is hereby given that the fol lowing named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of 'his claim, and that said proof will be mace before U. S. Comrn missioner Fred W. Handel, at Mussel shell, Montana, on January 19th, 1905, viz.: JAMES O. HLAliNE, who made H. E. No. 2239, for the N% SEA and lots 15 and 16, Sec. 2, Twp. 7 N, R. 28 E. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz.: William C. Grant, of Musselshell, Mont.; Maurice Curtin, of Musselshell, Mont.; John H. Miller, of Musselshell, Mont.; M. W'. Stockwell, of Mussel shell, Mont. 8. GORDON, Regliter.