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The Billings gazette. [volume] (Billings, Mont.) 1896-1919, December 01, 1905, Image 8

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Was the Rule for the Period, Expected
That Woolen Goods Will Show In
creased Activity When Heavy
Weight Samples Are Ready for Ex
amination-Worsted Wools Holding
The consensus of opinion among
the trade is that the market is com
paratively quiet. By no means, how
ever, do dealers admit any recessions
from legitimate values, says the Bos
ton Commercial Bulletin. The worsted
mills have been large buyers during
the seat on, and while it -r consump
tlon of wool has been ,gro.:, their pres
ent stocks are sufficient to preclude
the necessity for immediate purchases
of consequence. The time for stock
taking in the mills is fast approaching,
and naturally few purchases except
for actual needs will be made until
afterwards. A quiet market at this
time of the year is consequently a
normal one.
The woolen mills continue to buy
clothing wools, to a certain degree, but
they have, as yet, experienced no
material increase in orders. Dealers
are now looking forward to the open
ing of the heavyweight season, which,
it is understood, will take place about
the latter part of December. If sub
stantial orders are booked by the wool
en mills, a revival of activity in the
wool trade is practically inevitable. If
the same apathy, as was so marked in
the light-weight season, continues, it
is the opinion of dealers that clothing
wools will suffer a decline. At the
present, they are moving in a small
way, but their position is far from sat
isfactory. Owing to the extraordinary
demand for worsteds with the corres
ponding insufficient yardage, it is gen
erally expected that woolen goods will
,how increased activity when the
heavy-weight samples, have been ex
Sales during the week have been
confined to small quantities, not many
having touched the 100,000 pound
point. Even on that small scale they
have not been numerous. The ddmand
for worsted wools however, is active,
but they are in very limited supply.
Holders of these wools experience no
difficulty in obtaining their own prices.
It is quite probable that none will be
left at the close of the year.
The coming London auctions, which
open November 28, and the New Zea
land sales which begin November 29,
have also tended to hold back opera
tions. Our market is pretty well
cleaned up, and manufacturers have
material to work upon. Consequently
attention is now being centered on
Australia, New Zealand, South Ameri
ca and on the coming London offer
There has been considerable talk
for the past few weeks in regard to
weakness in fleeces and scoured .wools,
but as we have said before, any re
duction in prices has been caused
simply by the fact that those wools
had been held on a basis higher than
manufacturers could handle them.
Therefore, to make more sales,
dealers were obliged to come down to
a point at which buyers would take
hold. Outside of the above, no sem
blance of weakness is apparent, and
merchants who have suitable lines can
readily dispose of them when demand
ed at their own prices.
Domestic scoured wools have de
clined at the utmost, so it is said,
three cents from the prices at which
they had been held. Fleeces have
been of little interest to purchasers.
The sale of 400,000 pounds of Ohio
delaine reported last week is now un
derstood to have been put through by
a Baltimore merchant who realized
88 cents on the transaction. Thirty
seven cents has been the top price for
.ajome weeks. The Lorraine company
of Pawtucket has been looking around
the market for fine delaine, but sup
plies of that grade as well as others,
are not plentiful. A few sales of Cali
iornia short wool to woolen mills are
reported, and new fall Texas, of which
a little has arrived here, has been
transferred at 63 cents clean. Pulled
wools are still quiet, but there is more
inquiry for combings.
Fine Australians have moved to the
extent of about 100 bales, at 40O~42c,
or four cents less than they could be
duplicated at in Geelong, according to
late cables. The low price on this
market as compared with those ruling
in Australla may well excite the inter
est of American as well as foreign
dealers. England and the continent
are..-n need of large quantities of
wool.' Some machinery in Great Brit
ain is shut down, owing to the lack of
wool. With this situation prevailing,
it is no wonder that English mer
chants are turning their eyes towards
Boston. Some of them have been con
templating sending representatives to
look over our stocks of foreign wools,
and to see what they might be able to
pick'up. While one man from London
has been around the past week, it is
not thought that much activity will
be shown until the London auctions
indicate the trend of prices. From
this port about 35,000 pounds of wool
held in bond have been sent back to
England, during November. During
October, however, 235,000 pounds were
exported to the same country. Since
the first of the year only a million and
a quarter pounds have been reshipped.
Considering the fact that the clip here
is of better staple and cheaper than
the wool now offering at Geelong hold
ers feel that under ordinary conditions
no trouble will be met with in selling
South Americans have had practi
cally no demand on this market. Car
pet manufacturers show more interest
in carpet wools, but no improvement
in business has yet set in.
Eastern dealers have let the grow
ers alone for some little time, as no
contracting could be done at the pric
es the latter have been asking. Late
reports state that the attitude of the
sheepmen is not as stiff as it had
been. One of the largest Bosten men
says that, "wool merchants will not
make the high offers that they did
weeks ago." They are evidently go
ing to await developments before do
ing any more contracting at extreme
The Kerrville, Texas, sale is slated
for today, and the San Angelo wool
will be sold later.
The Mills.
Worsted manufacturers are so rush
ed that they are obliged to turn down
orders continually. In many instances
it will lbe impossible to handle dupli
cates. Deliveries cannot be made
anywhere near on time. The unpre
cedented call for fancy light weights
is considered to be a forerunner of
similar popularity in heavyweights.
Of course while the demand will like
ly continue, worsted mills can manu
facture only a certain yardage, and
when the limit is reached, woolens
will probably be used to fill in With.
Advancing prices are expected. Wor
steds for women's wear are still lead
ing in popularity, and but little im
provement in woolens is noted. The
latter have been generally neglected,
and cancellations continue to come in.
Foreign Markets.
The foreign, and particularly the
continental buyers, are talking the
bulk of the offerings in Australia.
Prices, which are tending upward,
have prevented Americans from buy
ing. Advices vary considerably. One
cable quotes inferior 70s at 80c, 64s,
75c, 56s 70c. Another cable quotes
wools suitable for America at [email protected]
for 70s, [email protected] for 64s, [email protected] for
60s, and 72c for 56s. For fine 70s, 85c
is conceded to be the present quota
The sale at Wellington, N. Z., which
was held November 17, was rather un
satisfactory. The offerings were small,
and little was available for the Unit
ed States. Fifty-two cents was the
clean and landed price for 40s-46s, and
55c for 46s. A late advice reads that
"foreign competition for wools suit
able for America is keen." On No
vember 29 a sale is to be held in New
Zealand most likely at Aukland.
The finer crossbreds are very ac
tive on the Buenos Ayres market. Buy
ing is being done principally by the
Europeans, although some Boston
houses are operating a little. The
Americans are showing almost no in
terest in the low grades, and as the
Argentine clip is very largely of low
Lincolns, American operations are
naturally curtailed.
Fine Grades in Demand.
The wools now being bought are
the finer ones, more suitable for light
weight goods. Of the whole clip a
conservative and well informed import
er estimates that not more than 5 per
cent will be available for this country.
Half bloods would meet with a ready
call from dealers, but there is practi
cally none of that grade in the clip.
Prices have receded slightly from the
high basis on which they were at the
opening of the season when the
Europeans bought sample bales at any
r price. One South American house
cables that three-eights and quarters
1 can probably be bought at 25c now.
Twenty-seven cents was the quotation
at the opening. Arrivals are coming
in better, and consequently reasonable
prices will soon b* established. The
different cables received show a dif
ference of 4c on the same grade. One
quotes three-eights at 26c, high quart
ers 25s, quarters 24c, and Lincolns 23c,
in bond.
The London auctions open Novem
ber 28, and will close December 8. The
offerings will be a little more than
100,000 bales. Queensland will fur
nish the bulk of the new wools; 3,000
bales are left from the September
sales. Little will, however, be suit
I able for America. The strong position
of the Australian and South Ameriean
markets is expected to maintain val
ues at London. Last year there were
only 90,000 bales put up. Prices opened
5 to 15 per cent higher than the Sept
ember series, and closed 7 1-2 per cent
higher on fine greasy merinos, 10 to 15
per cent on medium and coarse cross
breds, and 5 per cent on fine cross
Territory Wools.
In comparison with previous weeks,
the sales since our last report have
been exceedingly limited. Seldom
have they touched 100,000 pounds.
Good staple wools are as firm as ever,
and stocks are very small. Prices have
ranged from 73 to 75c. One dealer re
ports a moderate call for fine and fine
medium clothing wools, with sales at
70c, and 68c, respectively.
Half-bloods are well cleaned up, and
what remains sell readily at 70c clean.
One sale of fine medium Idaho at 22c
is reported. Scoured wools have not
had much activity, and they are being
held at the recently revised schedule
of prices. A rumor has been heard
that New Mexicans have been let go
at a considerable sacrifice, but no con
firmation has been received.
Texas, Oregon and California.
Texas Wools-Some sales of no
material volume have been made at
about 24c, for eight months, or [email protected],
clean. The new fall clip is ready to
be moved from Texas.
Oregon Wools-With the exception
of another small transfer of staple
wool, nothing has been done during
the week. In this transaction 24c in
the grease, or the same price as last
week, has been received. Stocks are
nearly exhausted.
California Wools-A few lots of
middle county changed hands at [email protected]
24c, or about 68c, scoured. Southern
has been selling in a small way at 20c,
on a scoured cost equal to the middle
county wool. Northern is bringing 30c
for good quality, costing 70o Qkedin.
The aggregate of the sales has not
been substantial.
Receipts and Shipments.
Boston's receipts of wool for the
week ending November 23 were 1,967,
687 pounds, of which 1,083,307 pounds
were domestic and 884,389 pounds
were foreign. For the corresponding
week in 1904 the receipts were 2,907,
306 pounds of which 1,292,653 pounds
were domestic and 1,614,653 pounds
were foreign. Up to and including
November 23 the receipts of the Bos
ton market for the season were 300,
776,228 pounds as against 295,220,408
pounds for a corresponding period last
The shipments for the week ending
November 23, inclusive were 4,302,324
pounds. Shipments for the same per
iod last year were 5,826,563 pounds
shipments since December 29, 140)
were 218,754,531, shipments for thl
same period last year were 225,242,514.
Excess of receipts over shipments to
November 23, 1905 were 82,021,69t
pounds. Excess of receipts over ship
ments corresponding period last year,
69,977,894 pounds.
Paralyzed Years Ago, Blind and Deaf,
Constantly Attended by the Faithful
Sisters of Charity-A Burden Day
and Night-Death Was Sudden.
May Stevens, for the past five years
an inmate of St. Vincent's hospital in
this city, died at that institution at
8:15 o'clock last night.
Her death was rather sudden as she
was able to partake of a reasonablly
hearty Thanksgiving dinner, yester
day. Her condition however has not
been as favorable during the past two
weeks as formerly. It was noticed
that she was growing somewhat weak
er but her immediate death was not ex
pected. The case is one of the most
peculiar and pitiful in the history of
the hospital. During all of the long
years that the women was a patient
of the institution she was not only ab
solutely helpless, the result of -a'
paralytic stroke, but she was also blind
and deaf. She was able to talk a very
little-enough to express her wants,
but she was unable to so much as to
raise her hand to the call bell. When
ever she desired any attention she had
a call that was understood by the Sis
ters in attendance. It was a peculiar;
weird cry that could be heard at the
most distant part of the building.
Consequently she was a great care
to the Sisters during all these years,
her case demanding attention almost
constantly day and night. But very
few people ever saw her when visiting
the institution and but little can be
ascertained at this time of her past
history. It is said however that years
ago she was a handsome woman and
the wife of a man who is still a resi
dent of this county, and who has been
married to another woman for a num
ber of years. She came to the hospi
tal from Columbus it is said, and many
people of that section have thought
that she died long ago. Her funeral
will probably be held today.
Religion Causes Miss Myrtle Cory to
Commit Suicide.
Winona, Minn., Nov. 30.-Miss Myr
tle Cory, a student in the elementary
course at the normal school, 23 years
of age, walked to the middle of the
wagon bridge across Lake Winona at
the, church hour this morning
and jumped into the water. Persons
at the end of the bridge saw her go
over, but were unable to reach her in
time to save her life.
Prior to jumping she took off her
jacket and fur, and in the pocket of
the Jacket she left a note addressed to
"father, mother, brothers and sisters,"
asking them to forgive her for the act,
saying it was caused by religion.
Her home .was at Medford, Steele
county. She graduated from the high
school in Owatonna in 1905, and for
five years taught in the schools at
Medford, coming to Winona this fall
for a normal course. She was a bright
student, highly esteemed by the fac
ulty and her associates.
She had been ailing for a few days
and had consulted a physician, but she
had been out of school only half a day.
The body has been recovered.
The School Board Is Rushing to Meet
the Constantly Increasing Demands
of a Growing City-Plans for the
Future Outlined by President Moss.
At a special meeting of the school
board, Wednesday evening, plans were
received by the board for a new
school house, to be erected on block
29 in Foster's addition.
Block 29 lies between Thirty-second
and Thirty-third streets and Sixth
and Seventh avenues, north. Several
sets of plans were received and ex
amined by the board, and after some
deliberation those submitted by J. G.
Linck, the resident ardhitect, were
accepted. The plans contemplate an
eight-room house of modern archi
tecture, to be modeled somewhat after
the new high school building on the
north side. The estimated cost of the
new building is $32,000, and President
Moss, of the board, stated that there
were sufficient available funds left
from the sale of the last two issue of
bonds, to complete the building.
Mr. Moss further stated that the
contracts for the excavation of the
blasement would be let at once and
soon thereafter bids would be receiv
ed by the board for the foundation and
structure itself. It is the intention
of the board to rush the construction
work through as rapidly as possible
in order that the building shall be
ready for use when school opens next
September. The building is to be lo
cated in a rapidly growing section of
the city and it will be needed badly
for next year's work.
It is the intention, at no very dis
tant date, to submit another proposi
tion for bonds, the proceeds of which
will be applied to the construction of
another building on the' north side.
It is the plan of the board to tear down
the old north side building, that now
stands in the lot adjoining the high
school structure, and erect in its place
a modern and substantial building.
The old building is not only an eye
sore, destroying the pleasing effect of
the new building at its side, but it is
said to be unsafe and wholly unfit
for school purposes. President Moss
said: "In a very few years Billings
will have the finest lot of school build
ings in the entire state, by far, and the
city will need every one of them. Not
a dollar will be expended but what
is absolutely needed."
Are you lacking in strength and
vigor? Are you weak? Are you in
pain? Do you feel all run down? The
blessing of health and strength come
to all who use Hollister's Rocky Moun
tain Tea. 35 cents. Holmes & Rixon.
Latest styles in job printing at the
Gasette office.
Witte and Associates Relieved by' Crush
ing of Sebastopol Mutiny.
[By Associated Press]
St. Petersburg, Dec. 1.-3:30 a. m.
The official dispatches announcing th ,
decisive crushing of the great mutiny
at Sebastopol and the capture of all
the mutineers, including the fanatical
commander, Lieutenant Schmidt, has
raised a great load from~the hearts of
Count Witte and his associates in the
At a protracted cabinet council yes
terday, long and serious consideration
was given to an even graver problem,
the general strike of the telegraph
anl postal employes, which has com
pletely paralyzed the interior com
munication of the empire and which,
if continued, will mean nothing else
than the ecoiomic and industrial
death,of Russia.
According to telephonic infromation
from Moscow the telegraphers there
approached Baron Midem, the prefect,
who promised to present a petition for
the re-employment of those who had
been discharged, if work was immedi
ately recommended. The government,
perhaps, will accept this egress from
its difficulty in this regard.
The interruption of telegraphic com
munication with the interior is com
plete and the Associated Press is
able to forward foreign dispatches on
ly by special arrangement. The situ
Madeira Ashore Near Wreck of Steam
er from Which It Became Detached
-Four Men Drowned from SCow
Wrecked at Two islands.
[By Associated Press]
Duluth, Nov. 30.-The barge Ma
deira, which has been missing on
Lake Superior since she broke away
from the steaiier Edenborn, is ashore
at Split Rock on the north shore, three
miles from the wreck of the Edenborn.
All the members of the crew, except
mate James Marrow, who lost his
life, arrived here today. Captain J.
M. Disette had both feet frozen. Mar
,row was drowned while trying to
reach the shore by jumping on a cliff
which overhung the water.
Two more wrecks as a result of
the storm were added to the list of
casualties today, when reports were
received of the stranding of the
George Spencer and the consort Am
bery at Thomasville, 60 miles above
Two Harbors. The members of both
crews were saved.
Three men lost their lives on the
scow George Herbert, which ran
ashore at Two Islands about 70 miles
from Two Harbors. The news of the
accident was brought here tonight by
the crew of the wrecked steamer
George Spencer. Two members of
the crew of the Herbert succeeded in
saving themselves.
Ladies of Wisconsin Town I-.ostesses
at Vaccination Parties.
Janesville, Wis., Nov. 30.-Janes
ville ladies, devoting their ingenuity
to the task of circumventing an un
pleasant necessity, have evolved the
"vaccination party." The presence of
a number of cases of varioloid in the
city is responsible for this new de
parture. Five women invited their
friends and a physician to a chafing
dish affair last week, and just before
the festivities were concluded the
circle submitted to the operation, a
prize being awarded to the one who
exhibited the greatest coolness and
[By Associated Press]
Buenos Ayres, Nov. 30.-A serious
fire broke out here today in a ware
house containing inflammable mer
chandise, including 100,000 cans of
petroleum. The fire is still burning
as this despatch is filed. The loss is
already estimated at $1,000,000.
ation at St. Petersburg was exceed
ingly tense yesterday. In the absence
of definite information from Sebasto
pol the wildest rumors were circulated
in the city. The revolutionists eagerly
seized the opportunity to spread re
ports that the mutineers have been
completely victorious. They worked
especially among the troops, button
holing every soldier and sailor whom
they encountered in the streets.
A panic spread on the bourse and
government bonds dropped heavily.
The government finally recognized
that it was a tactical mistake to hold
up the news, but the official announce
ment of its victory at Sebastopol came
too late to undo a great deal of harm.
The dispatches show that the resist
ance of the mutineers, when they were
convinced that the government meant
business and could not count on the
active support of the troops in the
forts, was faint hearted. As the
Otchakoff fired only a half dozen shots
before hauling down its flag the dam
age to the city of Sebastopol may
be far less than has been expected.
Lieutenant Schmidt and other lead
ers of the mutineers probably expect
a short shrift, and it is certain that
the government will show tnem no
Anthracite Mine Owners Decide Not
to Deal With Unions.
Pittsburg, Nov. 30.-"Stock up," is
the cry among coal dealers and opera
tors. The anthracite operators held
a secret meeting in Philadelphia a few
days ago. The demands to be made
by the United Mine Workers of Ameri
ca were gone over. The eastern op
erators decided they would not deal
with the labor unions. This means
a strike April 1.
The eastern operators decided to
call in their sales agents. Some of
these who have been stationed west
of the Allegheny mountains will be
taken into Harrisburg.. There will be
no more drummming of trade. There
is plenty of anthracite coal in the
west, but not enough to meet the con
sumption if the winter is a cold one.
In the east vast quantities of hard
coal have been stored.
A Pittsburg coal operator sent a
man east to examine the coal piles
carried by the railroads and dealers.
He found from Lewistown, on the
Pennsylvania railroad, to Sunbury and
through Wilkesbarre and Scranton,
every storage bin filled to its capacity.
This has been done during the past
two months. On the outskirts of
Philadelphia the railroads have leased
or rented every available coalbin and
are storing these with coal.
Ferris Wheel Popular Place with Pari
sian Duelists.
Paris, Nov. 30.-Two duels were
fought this week under the Grande
Roue, The Ferris wheel, as it is known
to the American colony, has become a
most popular field of honor.
In the first duel the principal failed
to appear and the second according to
the code took his place. An encounter
with swords had been arranged be
tween M. Gomes Carrillo and M. Aus
tin de Croze, who, a quarter of an
hour before the time fixed, sent a
telegram declining to fight.
M. Georges Dubois, his second, took
his place. In the second bout he
wounded M. Carrilo in the arm.
The second encounter was between
the Comte de Gramedo and Baron de
Guernifey, who was wounded in the
[By Associated Press]
Washington, Nov. 30.-Snow Fri
day; colder in west portion; Satur
day fair.
Several Passengers Seriously Injured,
Engineer and Fireman Killed.
Scranton, Pa., Nov. 30.-A long dist
ance message from Mauch Chunk says
that the Jersey Central "Flyer," which
left this city at 6:30 p. m., was wreck
ed three miles above Penn Haven
Junction, 65 miles south of here. The
engine and three cars went down a
steep embankment into the river and
the combination car was on fire.
The latest report from the wreck
was that the engineer and fireman
were killed and nine passengers in
jured, some perhaps fatally.

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