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IS PROBLEM OWNERS INSIST THEY ARE NOT t SUBJECT TO REGULATION. MAY DISSOLVE COMPANIES F Senator Dolliver Proposes That All v Phases of Rate Question Be C investigated. Washington, March 2.-The house committee on interststate and foreign commerce has devoted much time since the first of the year to the con sideration of railroad rates. The Ste. vens private car bill has tbeen tne basis 'of a large part of these hearings and the subject will not be disposed of when congress adjourns, but its consideration must be continued dur ing the summer and fall by a commit tee of the senate. It is conceded thus far ,that the hear ings have disclosed that the private car is one of the necessities of mod ern commerce. It encourages profit able production, and has developed wide areas of hitherto practically worthless territory. There has been a large increase of national wealth owing to better facilities for reaching .markets, and in many instances the private car has been almost solely re sponis',ble' for these beneficent results. However, although the private car companies :insist that they are not sub ject to regulation at tWe hands of any law congress may pass, sentiment in both houses of congress, when intel ligent and disinterested, inclinesr to the opinion that these companies are in strument's of commerce and should therefore. itr the interest of the public at large, be placed under proper fed eral regulation, so as to prevent extor tion, rebates and discrimination. That there will be legislation in this direc tion at the next session its' almost as sured, even 'at this early time. Should Roads Supply Private Cars. One question relating to the private car companies has been causiing mem bers of congress a good deal of bother. It is, whether or not the private cars should be turnivhed by holding compa nies or,by the railroad companies. The railroads are required to furnish all the other facilities of rail commerce, it is argued, and why not the private cars also? It seems apparent, from the testi- s miony thus far taken by the hocuse com mittee on interstate and foreign com- s imerce, that the railroad companies, if called upon, could furnish these cars c for ,several years. It takes time to c build them and large capital to buy t !them, and since it is conceded that the practical effect of the Esch-Tow4n send bill, if enacted, will be, .temipor arily at least, to cripple numerous rail way lines financially, and decrease their ability to borrow money tor t equipment, the disposition of congress t to place all Iprivate car lines under I the immediate control of the railways has received rather a rude check. IQuality of Service Questioned. 1 And further, it is not yet clear that the railroads could give as good ser vice as is now being given by the pri vate lines. The Illinois Central and the Santa Fe railway companies both have private car equipments and the service which they give is of a very superior character; but it is said that special conditions which prevail on these lines require this high-grade ser vice. The Pennsylvania line, on the other hand, has a large private car equipment, but it is not up to any proper standard of efficiency, and is not now used, even on the company's own tracki. Further testimony un doulbtedly will be taken before con gress will be in position to determine whether it will be practical to require lines such as the P'ennsylvania to give as cheap rates as are now given by the private car companies operating inde pendently. This is perhaps the only phase of the private car question regarding which these is any marked uncertainty In congress, and the hearings of the summer and fall will be expected to throw a good deal of light upon it. Companies May Be Dissolved. It is probably the intention of con .gress to wipe out the private car com panles entirely and bring all this busi ness under the ownership and control of the railroad companies, if the way abould be clear. But thus far the way does not seem clear, and many careful 1inkers believe that the chances are about even that further testluanny will le ve the question rwhere it now Is, Should it seeds neeaswsy to permit the aPvate ear ompdee to rmin in ex aes thee compatles wit be brought under the influence of federal laws that will do away with the gross injustices outlined in the testimony al ready taken nda made to serve the public impartially and at reasonable rates. The private car under the present arbitrary and unfair system ot management is as surely doomed as ts the present independent and inrespon- B sible system of fixing freight rates. DOLLIVER HAS A SCHEME. Proposes That Joint Commission of Congressmen Probe Question. Washington, March 2.-Senator Dol liver presented a joint resolution pro viding for the appointment of a joint II commission consisting of members ot both houses to investigate railroad rates. The resolution is intended to supplant the resolution of the senate committee on interstate commerce providing for an investigation by the ,senate alone. When 'the reading of the resolution was requested, objection r was made by several senators, and it E went ,over until tomorrow. The resolution is as tollows: Resolved, by the -senate and house of representatives, That a joint com mission consisting of seven senators, members of the 59th congress, to be appointed by the president pro ternm pore of the senate and .seven members elect to the house of representatives of the 59th congress, to be appointed by the speaker of the house of repre sentatives iof the 58th congress, shall at such times and Ipl'aces as it may de tenm ine investigate the question of ad di'tional legislation to regulate inter state commerce and to authorize the interstate commerce commission to fix rates of freights and fares; and to inquire into violations ,or evasions of the -act of congress approved February 19, 1903, including the metho&s by which such evasions and violations are accomplished, including refreigera .tor and other private car line .sys tems, industrial 'railway tracks, switch charges and all other devices. Said commission is authorized to employ agents who shall render such assistance as the commission may re quire, and shall receive such compen sation as the commission shall aeter mine to be just and reasonable. Tle delpartment of justice, the department of commerce and labor and the inter ',tate commerce commission shall de tail from time ,to time such officers and employes as' may be 'requested by said commission in the furtherance of their investigations under this resolution. e Said commission or any subcommit. n. tee thereof shall have power to em r. ploy a stenographer to report its hear s ings, to have such hearings printed n. and as rapidly as printed a copy shall e be sent -to each members of the sen ll ate and of the house of representa tives. It shall have also powers to e send for persons and papers, adminis ter oaths 'and !such process shill .be is . sued and such oaths administered by . the chairman of *the commission or . subcommittee thereof. if Said commission shall report 'by bill ,s or othenwise to their respective houses :o of the 59th congress on or before the y tenth day of the first 'session ,of said Lt congress. Cascade Court Reversed. Helena, March 2.-In an opinion by a Chief Commissioner Clayberg the dis- 1. trict court for Cascade is reversed in e th ecase lof S. H. Garman against the f Montana Central Railroad company, t an action to recover damages for the alleged negligent killing of cattle be- f longing to Garman, in which a verdict for $175 against the railroad company had been rendered. The opinion is in clined to sustain the contention of the I railroad company that the engineer stopped his' train within a reasonable limit and that the plaintiff should have been more definite in his testimony as i to ,the value of the cattle killed. Editor Sells His Interest. Havre, March 2.-Gray W. Richard son, one of the owners of the Havre Plaindealer, has isold his interest in that paper to A. J. Broderick of Liv ingston. Mr. Ricahdrson has left for Goldfield, Nev., where he will spend the summer. R. X. Lewis retains his interest in the paper and it will be conducted in the name of Lewis & Broderick. His Tongue Cut Out. New York, March 2.-B. S. Finch, an official of a Brooklyn coal company, has submitted to an operation tor the removal ;of his tongue. About two thirds was cut away, yet with the re maining portion of the organ and the muscles of his throat he will be able, after a little practice, to speak intel ligibly. The operation is the second of that nature performed here within a few months. Finch had been a heavy smoker for years and complained six months ago of an irritation near the base of the tongue. A cancerous I growth appeared and spread so rap. ) idly that when the operation was I found necessary the tongue had be come' affeoted from tip to base. The glands of the mouth were also con Sgestled and it became necessary to re* I move them. FOUND POISON IN THE BOTTLE t BICARBONATE OF SODA CON-. TAINED STRYCHNINE. NO CLEW YET DISCOVERED Inquest on Body of Mrs. Stanford Will Be Delayed Awaiting Analysis of Stomach. Honolulu, March 2.-The chemists' report of the. analysis of the' bi'carbo' ate of soda of which Mrs. Stanford took a dose shortly before her death states positively that the Isoda contain ed strychnine. Mrs. Highton, wife of Henry E. Highton, a San Francisco lawyer, says Mrs. Stanford cried when teiling ner of the attempt .which had been made to pcison her in San Francisco, and Ssaid that she could not conceive 'why anyone should try to do 'so. During a didscussion of ;;piritualism, Mrs. Stan ford said she believed in spirts and in tended to establish a department at Stanford university for the investiga tion of phychic phenomena. Miss Berner, her secretary, says in regard to the ,alleged attempt at poi soning in San Francisco, that Mrs. Stanford drank a glass of Poland min eral water with the bicarbonate of soda, the strychnine in which made her violently gill, so much strychnine being absorbed that the stomach re belied ,and she finally recovered. Miss Berner says, and Mrs. Stanford's maid, May Hunt, agrees with her in their statements to the police that the bottle containing the strychnine was packed up in San Francisco five weeks ago preparatory -to coming here, and that 'it remained untouched since then un til it was opened last night by Mrs. Stanford herself, before taking the dose. Left San Francisco Hurriedly. On ,arriving here after leaving San r Francisco on the 'mail steamer Korea, Mrs. Stanford said that she had left San Francisco unexpectedly and in c great hurry. The inquest will be delayed for sev eral days awaiting the analysis of the I contents of 'the stomach. No Clew at San Francisco. San Francisco, March 2.-The -per sons directly concerned with the in quiry into the suspicions Hof Mrs. Stan ford, that an attempt had been made to poison the minerai water she was accustomed to drink, were connected with a local private detective agency. Skilled men pursued an exhaustive 'ln quiry into every phase of the situa tion that presented itself and into every probable phase as well, fan that the final report failed to implicate any person with possiole motive against Mrs. Stanford's life, while the lack of positive evidence of the pres ence of poison in the water undoubt edly led Co the recommendation that the inquiry be dropped. The fact, however, that Mrs. Stan ford's death, according to the autopsy made in Honolulu, was due to tetanus of the respiratory organs, brings the poisoning theory again prominently to the fore tront, because, according to toxicologists, this cause of death in variably follows the administration of !strychnine in doses sufficient to proj duce fatal results. In her California street residence, the first of the handsome mansions erected on Knob hill, there were 10 persons at the time of her illness, which began with her drinking the water on January 14. There were, be sides Mrs. Stanford, Ah Wing, the Chi nese factotunm, who had Ibeen in Mrs. Stanford's empiloy for 25 years; Ah Young, the house boy; Yeng, the cook; Ah Lee, the second cook; Wong, the second butler; Nora Hopkins, the housemaid; Elizabeth Richmond, the lady's maid; William McWhlnney, the butler, and Miss Bertha Berner, Mrs. St°anford's secretary, who accompa nied her on her voyage to Honolulu. The apparent absence of a plausible motive for such a crime baffles her acquaintances, as well as the detect ives. Revenge or animosity are not regarded as possible factors of the I question, and nothing has been shown f to indicate that a desire to obtain an i expected inheritance could have V prompted the deed. SEstate Not Large. Mrs. Stanford did not leave so large 5 an estate as was ,supposed, for during her life-time she deeded the property she inherited from her husband to the regents of the Stanford university, to H be held in trust for that 4natitution i* after her death, I Of thoee who it is preoaumed by riends are likely to receive a sharh of the estate left by Mrs. Stanford, it is generally believed that Mias Jennie ..athrop and her sister and brother, Hermoine and Leland Stanford Lath rop, the children of Charles Lathrop will fare the best. Besides these rela tives Mrs. Stanford is survived by a brother, Ariel Lathrop of Albany, N. Y.; two neices, one in New York and ,the other in Brooklyn, the daughters of a late brother, Daniel S. Lat'hrop, and two nieces in Saratoga. They have all been provided for. Mounitford Wilson, Mrs. Stanford's attorney, and her btither, Charles Lathrop, have stated that Mrs. Stan ford made her will a few months ago. BILL MINER CAUGHT. Notorious Train Robber Under Sur veilance of 'Pinkertons. Vancouver, B. C., March 2.-Brll Miner, wanted for alleged train rob bery at Corbett, Ore., in 1903, and at Mission, B. C., last September, is now 'sick with smallpox near Bellingham, Wash., and under the surveillance ot two Pinkerton deteotives. As soon as he is able to leave the hospital ble will be formally charged with the robber ies at Corbett and of the Canadian Pacific train 30 miles from Vancou ver, six months ago. Large rewards for Miner shave been out for two years. On June 17, 1901, Miner was liberated from San Quinten -penitentiary, Cali fornia, where he had served a 25-year sentence. Since the Oregon Railway and Navigation robbery two years ago the 'hunt for Miner ha's 'been continu cus, but not until the present week was 'he located. Pettigrew Extols President. 'Washington, March 2.--Former Sen ator Pettigrew of South Dakota is in Washington to remain until after the 'inauguration. In an interview ne lauded President Roosevelt for his at -titude on the railroad-rate question a and predicted that, if he continues his present course, he will be renominated r and re-elected, despite his declaration not to be a candidate in 1908. Sight Derelict at Sea. t Portland, Ore., March 2.-The Brit ish ship Pythomene, Captain Spiney, from Antwerp, reports that Saturday last, before daylight, while off the mouth 0f the Columbia, she sighted a derelict. The derelict appeared to a be 150 feet long, and Captain Spiney Lstates that her 'back was apparently r broken. There were no lights or any signs of life aboard the craft. Mariners in tli's city 'are at a loss e to know What the derelict can be un 'less it is the barkentine T. P. amigh, no woverdue 30 days from San Fran cisco to this port. Decision Reserved. t New York, March z.-After hearing f arguments in the writs of habeas cor pus and-ceritoria, having for their ob ject to secure the release of Nan Pat terson from the tombs, where ,she is 2 waiting trial for the murder of Caesar a Young, Justice Gaynor, in the supreme , court in Brooklyn, reserved decision. Miss Patterson was not in court. Lee Knocks Out Fredericks. Great--a-ls,-ar 2 2 Mare t Havre knocked out Kid Fredericks in the 20th round last night. The con test was held at Luther's hall and was well attended. The contest was a good one from beginning to end. Lee knocked Fredericks down several times in the last three rounds. In the Chadwick Case. Cleveland, March 2.-W. V. Coons, a broker, was the principal witness in the Ohadwick banKruptcy case. Coonz admitted that he had made a number of loans to Mrs. Chadwick and for a very long bonus of interest. The Way to Do It. Danville, Conn., March 2.-A. A. Burnham, station agent of the New York, New Haven & Hartford railroad, in this villige, shot and killed one of a gang of burglars who had broken into the station early today. Nevada Railway Deal. Reno, March, 2.-It is reported the Western Pacific railroad has purchas ed the Boca & Loyalton, a small road running from the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains to Boca, where it connects with the Southern Pacific. The road is in lirect line with Beck with pass and is i valuable property. The purpose of carrying the deal out, so it is said, is to provide an easy means for the Western Pacific to transport building material to the pass. Piano Tuning. Arthur Wales, premier piano tuner. Thirty years experience. Leave or. P dere at Holmes & Rixon's drug store Montana avenue. 57-tt I ' For Rent. Farm land on Huntley flats. F0asy p terms. J. T. CARROLL, o swtf Billinas. ROLLING BACK . RUSSIAN LEFT OYAMA AND KUROKI PRESSING KUROPATKIN HARD. MAY EVACUATE MUKDEN Russians, Though Falling Back, Are Making Desperate Effort to Check Japanese. 'St. Petersburg, March 2, 8:20 a. m. The position of General Kuropatkin's army is regarded as critical. The turning movement which General Ku roki is operating in the mountains 40 miles eastward of Mukden 'is progress -ing and Field Marshal Oyama is roll ing iback the Russian lets while pound ing away at the Russian center witn heavy power guns. Poutiloff and Novgorod hills have been subjected to a continuous three 'day bombardment, followed by an in fantry attack, the main Russian lines being forced to retire two miles to their sheltered trenche:s. Some of the Russian newspaper correspondent.3 anticipate an attempt to take the hills by storm. General Kuropatkin is making des perate efforts to check Kuroki, one at whose columns having succeeded in working round the Russian left and re inforements have been dispatched in a northeasterly direction. General Rennenkampf is slowly retiring from his position, taking advantage of the hilly country and contesting every inch of ground. While the Japanese are evidently making progress, there is nothing yet to indicate that Field Marshal Ogama will succeed in inflicting a decisive blow, even if he forces Kuropatkin to abandon Mukden. ' Tokio, March 2.-Ad'vices from the e headquarters of .the Japanese army in a Manchuria show that the Japanese ° activity on the extreme right contin ues. That wing is pressing forward ' and is dislodging the Russians. General Kuroki's Headquarters in the Field, via Fusan, March 2.-During s the night Japanese infantry swept for - ward from the hills ,and took three 1; small villages near Wi~tofsan, on the - plain near the river, which has been the scene of many outpost affairs. One column advanced northeast and cap tured the town 'of Kodaise, 13 miles g from Witofsan. The engagement there r- was not severe. t- New Chwiang, via Tien Tsin, MarCh is 2.-iA detachment of 40 Japanese cav Lr alry, with one gun, raided Sinmintin, le about 30 miles west of Mukden, this n. afternoon. With the gun trained on the main street the troops ransacked the railroad buildings and Chinese inns. RUSSIAN RIOTS INCREASE. Moscow the Scene of Another Conflict --,More Men Go Out. St. Petersburg, March _.-According to reports from Moscow, several riot ers have 'been killed in conflicts with workmen of the Orechow Sujewo man ufacturing district. It appears that the fighting was between a faction which assaulted the manufacturers and others who intervened for their protection. Troops were dispatched to the scene of the disturbance. Another 1.,00 men struck today in the large -factories of the Viborg quar ter of St. Petersburg. Uneasiness Increases. Bostov-on-Don, March 2.-There were some disturbances here today and a few persons were injured. The uneasiness among the population is increasing. Mirsky Is III. St. Petersburg, March 2.-Prince Sviatopolk-Mirsky, former minister of the interior, is seriously ill at Khart off. Seize Arms and Powder. Rostov-on Don, March 2.--The police have seized a quantity of arms and gunpowder at the residences of per sons here. Betting on Horses a Felony. Sacramento, Oal., March 2.-The as. sembly has passed Espy'a anti.track gambling bill, prohibiting pool selling or wagering on a horse race and mak ing the offense punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor 'more than $500, by Imprisonment of not more than six months, or by both fine and Im, prlionment. The Raleton anti-prise ISfbt bill has passed the senate. For Sale. Twenty anilch cows at prices rang ing from $30 to $60 each; 23,000 pounds of alfalfa seed. I desire to purchase a good driving team. Address Thos. McGirl, Billings postoffice, or apply at ranch near Huntley. -97-i are known by what they have grown. For half a century they have been the standard-haven't failed once to produce bigger, bet ter crops than any others. Sold by all dealers. 1006 reed Au. stmal free to all applieants. D. M. FERRY A CO., Detroit, MIoh. (First Publication March 3, 1905-6) Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Of fice at' Lewistown, Montana, Febru ary 23, 1905. 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 Fred W. Handel, U. S. Commissioner, at Muss selshell, Montana, on Wednesday, A-ril 12, 1905, viz.: CHARLES L. FORD, who made H. E. No. 1601 for the SE'1/4 ee. 6, township 8 north, range 27 east, M. M. He names the following witnesses to prove 'his continuous residence upon and cultivation of said land, viz.: Alexander Thomson of Milner, Mon tana, Edward Burla of Milner, Mon tana, George W. Handel of Mussel shell, Montana, George A, Davis of Musselshell, Montana. EDWARD BRASSIsY, Register. (First Publication February 17, '05-6) NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION., Department of the Interior, Land Of fice at Bozeman, Montana, February 14, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the fol lowing named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final prbof in support of his claim, ard that said pocof will be made before Fred H. Foster, Clerk of Court, in his office at Billings, Montana, on March 20, 1905, viz.; DANIEL A. BENEDICT. Homestead Entry No. 2653, for the S/2, SW¼, NE!4, SW1/a, SEl/a, NW'4, \ Sec. 20, Tp. 2 S., R. 23 E., M. P. M. He names the £ollow.ing witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon and cultivation 'of said land, viz.: S. K. Deverell of Park City, Monta na; Walter Corbett of Park City, Mon tana; I. D. O'Donnell of Billings, Mon tana, and R. R. Crowe of Billings, Montana. M. R. WILSON, Register. (First Publication February 24, '05-6) Consolidated Notice for Publication. U. S. Land Office, Bozeman, Montana, February 20, 1905. Notice is hereby given that the fol lowing named settlers have filed notice of their intention to make final proof on their respective claims before L.,, Whitney, U. S. commissioner, in his office at Joliet, Montan, on March 31, 1905, viz.: 1. BURT WIGHT, ' on Homestead applicaition No. 4377, for the lots 5, 8, Sec. 24, Tp. 3 south, range 23 east, and lot 4, Sec. tion 19, Tp. 3 south, range 24 east, M.. P. M. Witnesses: Richard W. Dunn of Silesia, Montana; A. T. Spaeth of Sil esia, Montana; Charles Hawson of Jol iet, Montana; J. M. Wight of Gebo, Montana. 2 JENNIE WIGHT, commuting Homestead application No. 5264, for the lots 1, 3, 5, 8, Sec. 25, 'Tp. 3 south, range 23 east, lot 5, Sec. 19, and lot 1, Sec. 30, Tp. 3 south, range 24 east, M. P. M. Witnesses: Fred Wight of Rock vale, Montana; Clarence Hart, Burt Wight, Richard Dunn, all of Silesia, r Montana. M. R. WILSON, Register. (FLrst Publication Feb 24, 1905-6) NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION. Department of the Interior, Land Of fice at Lewistown, Montana, Febru ary 8, 1905. 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 Fred W. e Handel, U. S. Commissioner, at Mus d selshell, Montana, on Wednesday, April 12, 1905, viz.: FZRA W. CARTWRIGHT, who made H. E. No. 1885, for the S%, SE'l, SE%, NE%, NE%' SE1,4. Sec. 3. 30, T. 9 N., R. 29 E., M. M. k He names the following wttnesses g to prove his continuous residence L. upon and cultivation of said laud, f viz.; D, George A. Davis, Wright Harvey, a Theodore F. Archer, William C. Graut, I. all of Mauselahell, Montana. le BDWARD A. BRASSBY, Regster.