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Few More Cases of Smallpox Reporte'd
to Health Authorities Since
Yesterday Morning.
From Tuesday's Daily.
Miles City has the shivers, caused
by fright of Billings. Last week it
placed a_ quarrntine against its big
neighbor and notified the railroad
company that no passengers from
here would be permitted to stop there.
This order remained ,n force until Sat
urday and was then withdrawn, the
revocation becoming effective Satur
day night, at least it was then that
the local ticket agent was directed to
resume the sale of tickets to the Cus
ter capital as before.
Although the embargo has been
raised, it still remains operative in a
modified rorm. The health officer pub
lishes a 'notice to all keepers of fur
nished rooms, lodging houses, hotels
and other places of entertainment
warning them against lodging any
person from Billings unless such per
son can show a clean bill of health
from the Yellowstone county board of
In the same column in which ap
pears the warning is still another.
This, however, applies to a condition
purely local to Miles City. While, ap
parently free from smallpox, the Mile
sians are entertaining a no more wel
come visitor. Scarlet fever has bro
ken out there and the secretary of the
Custer county health board notifies
the patrons of the public schools that
in the event any new cases of the dis
ease develop the schools will be clos
ed for a month.
Here at Home.
Very little change has occurred in
the smallpox situation since yester
day. A few more cases have develop
ed, some in homes and others in lodg
ing •houses. Where they exist in pri
vate residences quarantine has been
established and the patients are re
ceiving treatment there. In the case
of transients they have been removed
to the new pesthouse and are treated
at public expense. At noon today the
total number of all cases was 61.
Rumors of several deaths were in
circulation this morning, but when
run down were found to be without
foundation. Among the deaths so re
ported were a couple alleged to have
occurred at the old isolation hospital,
north of the city limits. Inquiry re
vealed that while one or two cases
were regarded as more serious than
the others confined there, hppe was
entertained of the recovery of the pa
The slight increase since yesterday
causes the nealth authorities to as
sume a more hopeful view of the sit
uation today. They believe the worst
has passed and tnat from now on
there will be a marked decrease in the
number of new cases to be reported,
although they have not relaxed their
vigilance ana are using every possible
precaution to prevent further spread
of the scourge. Careful watch is kept
of all cases of sickness that come to
their notice, regardless of the nature
of the disease, and until satisfies that
it is not smallpox or some other con
tagious or infectious maady are pre
pared to act immediately.
Destroying Masquerade Costumes.
Acting upon his decision to secure
a list of those who attended the mas
querade ball of the Yoemen, given on
the evening of December 23, Mayor
Foster instituted active inquiry in that
/ direction yesterday afternoon. To fa
cilitate matters he employed a man
for that, special purpose, who soon
found many. Strange as it may ap
pear, something like about 20 of those
whom he discovered refused to destroy
the costumes they wore. Report ot
this was made to the mayor. The lat
ter was not to be diverted from his
purpose. He immediately appointed
the man a policeman and gave him
written authority and instructions to
burn all such costumes, regardless of
the wishes of the owners of the gar
ments. This morning the new officer
started on his- rounds once more and
the .mayor's orders are now being car
ried out.
From Wednesday's Daily.
Dturing the 24 hours that ended at
noon today no new cases of smallpox
had been reported, while all those who
are down with the d'ease, were said
by the attending physllians to be et
ting along nicely and giving evidence
of improvement.
Doctor Rinehart, county - health oflt
cer, gave it as his .opinion that the
worst stage had passed and looked
for a speedy betterment in the sit
uation. While it was thought possible
that an occasional sporadic case might
develop hereafter, he expressed him
self as confident that no fear need be
entertained so far as development of
anything akin to another epidemic
was concerned. The * .rgetic mea
sures adopted to chrr. - the scourge
have proved effecit e. All the af
fected ones are ',c',ated and the whole
sale systematte :tisinfection of the dif
ferent buildil;;s trom which patients
were removed it believed to have
killed the germs of the disease that
many have found lodgment in them.
Although it is regarded as certain
that control of the situation has been
obtained, there will be no relaxation
on the part of the health authorities
of the measures taken several days
ago to prevent further infection. The
rules and regulations prescribed by
the two health boards will continue in
force and the public is warned to
govern itself accordingly. The special
policeman appointed by Mayor Foster
to hunt up masquerade costumes worn
at the Yoemen's dance continues to
perform duty and wherever he finds
them sees to it that they are destroyed
by fire.
Praise for Police.
Many complaints are to oe heard
regarding alleged infractions of quar
antine regulations and of reckless ex
posure of persons who are quarantin
ed. Every such report that has
reached them has been investigated
by the police, but they have been un
able to find a single instance in which
the truth has been told.
"The police nave done nobly and
deserve every word of praise that can
be spoken in their favor," said, a prom
irent physician this morning. "A com
plete record is kept by Chief Morse
and every case is tabulated by him
and notes made of all details, thereby
giving much valuable information to
the physicians. Because of the as
sistance they have been afforded iii
this respect Ithe doctors have been
able to a large extent to cope as sue
cessfully with the disease as they
Much Work in Short Time.
"It is the duty of the public to ren
der every aid possible to those who
are engaged in efforts to control the
disease and prevent its further spread.
The doctors are trying to do their
part in the management of the case,
as they occur. If one will consider
the time required to visit a suspected
case of the disease, especially where
members of a large family have been
exposed, vaccinate and prescribe, ad
vise and then maKe report, as required
by law, one may well wonder how it
was possiole to see to no or more pa
tients during the Lew days that
elapsed since the epidemic manifested
itself. In addition to the time they
have to devote to the different cases,
they are constantly stopped on the
streets by curious or anxious persons,
who ply them with questions.
"Doctors Rinehart and Armstrong.
the two health officers, have tried to
do their work as soon as possible
after they have received notice of sus
pected cases. Much aid has been
given them by other physicians, a fact
of which they are duly appreciative,
for only a physician knows how val
uable such aid is in times like the
Doctors Deserve Well.
A gentleman in a position to know
much concerning what has been done
by the two health officers said today
that the public was indebted to them
more than was generally conceded.
"Of course," he continued, "they will
receive compensation for some ct
their work, but none will be received
by them for much they did and are
still doing. Much that occupies their
time and demands their thought and
effort will not appear in the expense
bill. There are things for which pay
ment in money cannot be made."
Some Agents of Infection.
Demonstration of the correctness of
the germ theory as applied to many
forms of disease has resulted in
greatly removing the mystery which
formerly prevailed as to the cause of
epidemics or the sudden appearanc
of contagious and infectious diseases
in localities hitherto always free of
them. It 'has been proved beyond
doubt that germ diseases can be com
municated in almost an untold num
ber of ways.
A recent number of American Medi
cine contains the following article,
pertinent to the conditions now exist
ing in this city:
"According to the bulletin of the
Chicago health department and in the
absence of any demonstrable source
or cause of the 30 separate smallpox
infection centres discovered during
one week recendy, the probability is
strengthened that they arose from in
fected bedding and clothing of unde
tected cases that occurred last winter
and spriag. Because these cases were
undetected no disinfection of their
bedding and clothing was secured;
with the advent of warm weather
blankets, underwear, etc., were packed
away until the abnormally cool
weather of the first tews days of Oc
tober brought them into use in arti
ficially heated and poorly ventilated
rooms, favorable to the active growth
and diffusion of the contag!'n. No
connection existed between the infec
tion centres; they were widely sepa
rated; the families were unknown to
one another and did not interchange
visits. None of the victims had been
away from the city; they had nothing
in common, except the coincident de
velopment of the disease at a period
diirectly related to the cold weather
of three weeks previous. It is true,
nevertheless, that there was one sig
nificant feature in common:
"Of the 30 victims, 27 had never
been vaccinated at all, fnid the three
exceptions had never been re-vacci
nated. These latter were 34, 39 and
42 years of age, respectively, and
bore imperfect, nontypical marks ot
vaccination attempted in childhood.
"For parents the obvious lesson
gains added significance from the
.act that 10 of the cases, or a thira,
are of children under six years ot
age. Last year's figures showed that
a population of 245,000 under six years
of age furnished 89 cases, or one case
in every 2,750 of this age group-130
per cent more than in the population
over six years of age. Out of these 89
cases there were 14 deaths-a mor
tality rate of 15.7 per cent, or 23.6 per
cent greater than the mortality rate
among those over six. The younger
the child the more severe and fatal is
once, is therefore the duty of parents,
smallpox. ,Vaccinate the child at
and the re-vaccination of adults is
equally necessary."
'Outhoupes and other conveniences
more or less used in common are de
clared by doctors to be almost as ef
fective agents of infection as bedding
and clothing.
Two Boys Run Away With a Chesa
peake & Ohio Engine.
Huntington, W. Va., Jan. 3.-After
stealing a ChesapeaKe a. Ohio railway
engine on the Guyarn Valley branch
line from its watchman, who had fal
len asleep, and running it for five
miles, two boys, said to be Ben Kirk
and John Aldrige, ran the locomotive
into an open switch and off the track.
The engine was badly wrecked.
After demolishing the engine the
boys left it with a full head of steam
on and the throttle wide open, while
they scampered across the country to
their home.
The engine watchman was awaken
ed by the noise of the engine as it
started in response to the opening of
the throttle. He ran for miles, finally
finding the wrecked locomotive on the
sidetrack with the driving wheels still.
C. & O. detectives were notifiea
Sunday night and left immediately
for the scene, where, after an investi
gation, young Kirk and Aldrige were
arrested and placed in jail, from which
they were later released on bond.
Marked Improvement in the Condi
tion of the Prelate.
Peoria, Ill., Jan. 9.-There was a no
ticeable improvement last night in
the condition of Bishop .,ohn L. Spald
ing, the Catholic prelate, who was sud
denly stricken with paralysis at his
residence Friday afternon. He has re
gained somewhat the use of his left
arm and speaks with more freedom.
The remainder of the left side of his
body, however, he is unable to use at
all. Doctors Spalding and Slavin, the
attending physicians, who have been
with the bishop constantly since the
attack, reported last night that they
believed his condition was better than
on the previous day. They speak in
a hopeful tone, but are watching the
patient closely for any sign of a set
back, which they admit would, portend
the most serious results.
American Subject Killed.
London, Jan. 10.-A dispatch from
Tangier to the Times says: The vice
consuls at Alcazar report that there
has been serious tribal fighting and
that one protected American subject
has been killed and much property be
longing to Europeans looted.
Muravieff Favors Reform.
Paris, Jan. 10.-Muravieff, minister
of justice, according to the St. Peters
burg correspondent of the Matin, in
the couse of an interview declared
himself a strong partisan of internal
Phone to Frenchy
At Billings woodyard for all kinds
of frst-class wood: Bell phone 65FW
Moffett, 289. Satisfaction guaranteed.
Plano Tuning.
Arthur Wales, prqpier piano tuner.
Thirty years experieane. Leave or
dare at Holmes & Rizon's drug stoe
Moatana aveue. ST4r
Continued Contracting In West In
sures Prices Several Cents
Above Those of Last Year.
The market has not lifted itself out
of the holiday rut. ,eneral business
. r:s week has been dull, some houses
reporting nothing at all in the way of
sales. Scoured wools have been taken
In moderate quantities by the small
consumers, says the Boston Commer
cial Bulletin. There is a good supply
on the market and it is scattered
throughout the district, thanks to the
speculation toward the close of 1904.
In territory and other greasy wools
trading has been restricted, inquiries
having been few and wholly tor un
important quantities. Evidently man
ufacturers, or many of them, are on
the fence waiting for their goods to
open before operating extensively in
raw material.
The interest shown in fine delairfe
has been the exceptionally active
department of the trade. There his
been a good deal of haggling over the
price at which the concentrated hold
ings of fine delaine would be market
ed. The question has been settled
this week by the transfer of several
lines at 37 cents. This would seem
to establish the market for that grade.
The visions of 40 cents have not been
All Grades Are Firm.
Needless to say the market is very
firm on all grades of domestic and
foreign wool. Money is easy and un
loading in the face of present small
supplies is not a necessity. Most
merchants think that another year of
lofty values has begun. Consumption
is enormous and it is believed that
manufacturers will nave to come on
the market ere long for fresh supplies.
If foreign wool will satisfy them
they will find plenty of it tor sale. Al
ready the sample rooms are filled and
receipts of both Australian and South
American will be heavy between now
and April. EJstimates are for importa
tions of 15,000,000 pounds during the
first half of the year.
The philanthropic continue the
work among western growers, and
contracts are being daily closed for
the new Clip on terms hugely benefi
cial to the flock owners. Around Bill
ings, Mont., several million pounds
have been recently contracted by Bos
ton houses and native speculators.
The consideration is reported to be
19c to 20c. Idaho is being cleaned up
rapidly with 16c to 16%c the latest
prices paid.
The Mills.
There have been no important de
velopments in the cloth market.
Heavy-weights that have been opened
have continued to sell well. "Fairly
satisfactory" is the general report
trom the mill and commission men.
In this section wintry weather has
helped the sale of seasonable clothing
and the piece good season should turn
out successfully in point of orders
closed by the mills. The matter ot
prices is being settled without driving
away trade by asking too much of an
advance or curtailing mill profits by
placing products on too low a basis.
Comparatively cheap raw material
will be a help to many of the large
corporations in fixing prices that will
be satisfactory to the colthier.
Foreign Markets.
Interest in the coming London auc.
tion sale, the first of the 1905 serie.,
grows as the time approaches, Janu
ary 17, for the opening. There will be
a large attendance of American buy
ers, including a good sized delegation,
from this city. Active competition is
anticipated and strong prces. Opin
ion differs as to the probability of a
further advance. Late mail advices
from London indicate a feeling there
that the high level for the present has
been touched. Still an advance or
114 to 1% pence 14 English pulled
wools at London does not indicate any
It is pointed out that prices at the
auctions are not likely to rule easrer
as English and Continental manufac
turers are not very well stocked and
the industry is on the road to improve
ment. They will have received some
direct wools, but are certain to be act
ive competitors at the public sales.
The available offerings "111 be 170,000
bales, of which 45,000 bales are cross
For purposes of comparison it may
be noted that at the January sale a
year ago offerings were 181,000 bales,
of which 60,000 bales were bought by
home buyers, 60,000 bales for the con
tinent, 5,000 bales for the United
States and u,000 bales withdrawn.
rices opened firm and higher, espec
ially on crossbreds, but eased ott
slightly as the sales progressed. "The
close was at unchanged prices for
merl.os, fine crossbreds barely main
tained the December level and me
dium crossbreds were 5 to 10 per cent
The Australian markets are still
closed. Advices from Buenos Ayres
read that American buyers are still
operating at firm prices and that se
lections are becoming poorer.
'Latest mail reports from Bradfori
"The continued fog making it im
possible to look at any wool and th:
closeness of Christmas combine to
make the market quieter in appear
arce. This, however is a mere sur
face view, and it is evident that under
neath there is great strength. Yes
terday's sale at Liverpool showed this
clearly, and the inquiry in this mar
ket'is indicative of an unsatisfied de
mand. Merinos are arm, and perhaps
only kept from advancing by the pros
pect of larger supplies presently. Fine
crossbreds are apparently wanted, and
tend to harden. In other things there
is no change, but holders are not
pressing sales, and wilt only do busl
ness for moderate quantities at fullest
rates. Mohair is steauy, with nothing
much doing here, but occasional small
transactions abroaa. Alpaca has been
quiet and is fully firm.
"In the export yarn market spinners
are not finding many new orders; out,
on the other hand, there is unques
tionably a disposition to anticipate a
further advance next month. Some
few orders of a retail character are
placed at better prices, and the ten
dency of the market is against the
buyer. In the home trade there is no
marked improvement, but business is
no worse. Mohairs are quiet, but in
single yarns, especially thick counts,
perhaps a little more business is pass
ing. Alpacas are inquired for, but not
"Business in pieces in the ware
houses is practically at a standstill,
and will be until, say the second week
in January."
Bright Prospects for Territory.
Territory wool is firm with no pres
sure to sell! the small quan
tity carried over into the
new year. The week's busi
ness is made up of small lots in the
grease and scoured. The latter is in
good request and there have been nu
merous small sales negotiated. New
Mexican and similar wools sell read
ily in the range of quotations, though
it is not easy to get the extreme
prices asked by some holders.
The graded piles of grease wools are
selling on the scoured basis of 65(@
67c for fine, [email protected] for fine medium.
and [email protected] for medium.
As stated above, there is no cessa
tion of the speculative movement in
the west. The basis of contracts
shows that the new clip will come
high, several cents above last year's
figures. In a few weeks the season
will open in Arizona. Last year it
dragged early, but Boston buyers
soon cleaned up the entire clip of the
section. Lively times are anticipated
this year.
Texas, Oregon and California.
Texas wools are unchanged. There
is very little left co sell. Small lots
of fall have been picked up at around
20c, to cost about 56c clean. There is
no 12 months' and not much eight
months' on tne market.
Oregon wool has not figured in the
week's business. In the absence or
sales indicating a change former quo
tations are retained.
California wool is steady and firm.
About all the spring wool left on the
market is midale county. It has sold
this week on the scoured basis ot
58c. The grease price was in the
neighborhood of 19c. The northern
wools are practically out of stock, tall
sells at 20c to 21c, or 55c to 57c clean.
Receipts and Shipments.
The receipts at Boston for the seven
days ending January 5, inclusive, were
1,496,458 pounds domestic and 2,214,
123 pounds foreign, a total of 3,'110,581
pounds. For the first six days in 1904
they were 2,651,809 pounds domestic
and 1,136,325 pounds foreign. Total,
3,788,134 pounds. Up to and including
January 5, 1905, the receipts had been
1,496,458 pounds domestic and 2,214.
123 pounds foreign, making a total ot
3,710,581 pounds. For the correspond
ing period in 1904 the receipts con
sisted of 2,651,809 pounds domestic
and 1,136,32.5 pounds foreign. Total,
3,788,134 pounds.
For the seven days ending with and
including January 5, 1905, the ship
ments totaled 4,244,782 pounds. For
the five days ending 'December 28,
1904, the shipments aggregated 3,022,,
691 uponds, while for the six days end
ing January 7, 1904, they amounted io
4,181,409 pounds. Since December 29,
1904, the shipments have been 4,244,
782 pounds, against 4,181,409 pounds
for the corresponding time last year.
The shipments have exceeded re
ceipts to date, 1904, to the extent of
534,201 pounds. The excess to date in
1903 was 393,275 pounds.
(First Publication Jan. 13, 11906.~i '
Estate of Levi F. Field, deceased.
Notice is hereby given by the under:
signed administrator with the will an
nexed of the estate of Levi F. Field,
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
with the will annexed at Yegen Bros.
Savings Bank, at Billings, in the
county of Yellowstone, state of Mon
Dated at Billings, Montana, January
11, 1905.
Administrator with the Will Annexed
of the Estate of Levi F. Field, de
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