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NECESSARY FACT OF INDIANS BEING ALLOTED DOES NOT MAKE THEM CITIZENS. PASSING OF CROWS Net Death Rate Is Three Per Cent Per Annum-State Law Against Selling Indians Whiskey-They Are Govern ment Wards Until Secretary of In terior Approves Their Allotments. ~rom Wednesday's Daily. Major S. G. Reynolds, Crow Indian agent, was here Monday night, en route to Helena, where he was called as a witness before the federal grand jury in the case of C. W. Davis of this city, who is charged with selling whiskey to Indians. Major Reynolds sent Alex Upshaw, the complaining witness in the case, and Brass, the Indian who is said to have consumed the greater part of a pint of whiskey that Davis is alleged to have furnished, to Helena, Monday morning, and accompanying him was i Bullhorse, another Indian who was mixed up in the transaction. It was Bullhorse who furnished Davis with I Athe money with which to buy the I whiskey, it is said. Bullhorse lives on the Big Horn, but since his esca pade he has been sojourning on Pryor 1 Creek to escape the wrath of the c agent. He was found there Monday c morning and brought to Billings by the t Indian police. Bullhorse himself was on the force last summer and made a c good policeman, but it is quite likely 1 that the disrepute that he has brought t upon himself in the Davis whiskeyI matter will keep him in the ranks of Y the common herd. for a long time to come. Brass, the other Indian, returned to his home at once after being released from the city jail,and took his medi cine like a man. He was tried before Agent Reynolds and was given a sen, tence of 90 days in the guard house. In addition his long braided hair was closely clipped from his head, which to the Indian is even a more severe punishment than his long imprison ment. That Allotment Question. The question of the allotment of In dians in general came up in Davis' preliminary hearing before Justice Fraser and in this connection Major Reynolds gave some interesting infor mation when here, which may prove of benefit to individuals in Billings who are inclined to engage in the liquor traffic with Indians. Mayor Reynolds stated that when an Indian's allot ment had been approved by the secre tarw of the interior that he was no longer a ward of the government, and it was no longer an offense against the federal statutes to sell him whiskey. On the other hand, he said, there is a state law in Montana that makes it a serious offense to sell an Indian whis key, whether his allotment has been approved or not. The question of approval of allot ments is the main one in determining the status of Indians, and Major Rey nolds says that not over 400 of the al lotments of the Crows have been ap proved as yet. As there are about 2,000 of them in all it is a dangerous piece of business, even disregarding the state law, to sell an Indian whiskey, as there is no means for anyone to know whether his allottment has been ap proved or not. Mr. Reynolds is in favor and strong ly advocates the passage of a law by every state where Indians may be lo cated, against selling them whiskey. He says an Indian loses his senses en tirely when he drinks and even the most staid and sober of tliem, if they become inflamed with liquor, are lia ble to commit any sort of an offense, shooting being their long suit. He cited the case of an Indian whom he said had been the best farmer and the -most useful Indian on the reservation. A white man gave him a bottle of 'whiskey which he drank. He went immediately to his house and procur ed his Winchester and rode out to an Indian camp and shot through 12 te pees which were filled with Crows, luckily not hitting any of them. Major Reynolds is of the opinion that the .Crows, as a race, will be ex tinct within a little more than 25 years. This year the ratio of deaths over births has been three per cent, and this mortality per cent, has been about the same for many years. If it keeps up 88 years there will be no Orows left to tell the tale. Registered Pig. for Sale. Sveral r tered DNmo Jersey 1M g ither sex. Apply to MINOR YTO=B BWilUg Postomee. klJ CHILDREN MADE HAPPY. Hundreds 6f Them Visited Billings Hardware Company. F'rom Wednesday's Daily. Prior to Christmas day the Billings Hardware company advertised that it would give away at 10 o'clock, Christmas morning, all of the toys left unsold in their store. The result of this announcement is proof positive that even the children in Billings read the advertisements in the news papers. At 10 o'clock on Christmas morning there was one of the largest crowds of children in front of the store that was ever seen on a similar occasion. So great was the jam that it required the assistance of a number of police men as well as the managers of the store to arrange the boys and girls in lines. The boys' line extended to the middle of the street and as far west as the Yellowstone National bank and the line of girls reached the Com mercial hotel. Promptly at 10 the doors were thrown open and the lines began to move as rapidly as possible. Messrs. Fischer and Selvidge, assisted by a large force of clerks, were kept busy for the next two hours in handing out presents and by actual count 860 chil dren were made happy. Not a child in the entire crowd was turned away without a gift. LEFT CASH IN COAT. Al Whittington of Huntley Robbed of $50 Sunday. From Wednesday's Daily. Al. Whittington, who is working with the government force at Huntley, reported to the police, Sunday even ing, that he had been robbed of $50. The robbery occurred at Huntley. Mr. Whittington stated that he left his coat hanging in his room at his quarters and the money was in the coat. When he returned to the room the coat was still there, but the money was missing. The police spent Sun day night looking for a fellow named Michaelson, whom they believed did the stealing. Michaelson is the man that Policeman Salsbury shot at five times, several weeks ago, as he was fleeing from the Topic theatre where he had stolen a scarf pin from a man in the audience. He went to Huntley and fearing arrest sent the scarf pin back here, and has since beep loafing around Huntley. After Whittington's money was missing he was nowhere t, be found. GREAT DANGER WAS IMMINENT THE FLOOR OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH GIVES AWAY. LARGE CROWD PRESENT At Midnight Service Christmas Eve, Several Joists Broke Under the Strain and Only a Miracle Prevented the Congregation from Being Thrown Into the Basement. From Wednesday's Daily. A serious disaster was narrowly averted at the Catholic church about 1 o'clock Christmas morning. A large congregation had assem bled in the church to attend the mid night service. Every seat in the edi fice was packed and the vestibule and aisles were filled with men who were compelled to stand. After the mass and sermon the sacrament of the holy communion was celebrated and during this solemn service there was not a sound to be heard except the words of the priest as he administered the sac rament. Suddenly there was a loud crash, accompanied by the sound of falling timbers, and men who were standing in the aisle about the middie of the church, felt the floor sink under their feet. Father Stack at once realized what had happened and he paused long enough in the service to request the men to take places nearer the door. There was no further trouble and the large audience was not visibly af fected by the accident. After the ser vice was concluded an investigation was made which resulted in finding several of the joists that suported the floor broken squarely in two, at the point where the floor sagged. Car penters who were called in to repair the break stated that it was simply miraculous that the floor did not give away at the weakened point and per cipitate many people into the base ntent. A force of men worked all of the re mainder of the night making repairs in order to have the church ready for the Christmas morning services. Calling Cards at the Glasette offme. 8TIk6L AFTER PAYNE. Two Officers Are Searching 'for Man Who Abducted Child. From Wednesday's Daily. Deputy Sheriff Jim Lavelle went up to Sweetgrass county, yesterday, for the purpose of joining in- the search for Jeff. Payne, the man who stole his own child from his deserted wife at Columbus, last Friday night. The deputy sheriff at Columous has been looking for Payne several days, and a clue having reached the sheriff's ofllice here, yesterday, of Payne's whereabouts, Officer Lavelle was sent out to follow it up. He is well ac quainted with Payne. A charge of ab duction has been filed against Payne in Justice Mann's court. THE DANE IS MELANCHOLY. Says That Highwaymen Compelled Him to Give Up $21. From Thursday's Daily. A Dane farm hand, who has been working on Henry Thorson's ranch east of town, reported to the police Sunday morning that he had been held up and robbed on his way home from town, Saturday night. The Dane, whose name is unknown, said that when he was in about a mile of Mr. Thorson's ranch that two men stepped out in the road in front of his horse and commanded him to throw up his hands, accompanying the command with the declaration, "we are going to have that money that you have, you - Dane." The Dane said that he at first thought it was a joke that some of the boys of the neighborhood had put up on him, but the highwaymen soon convinced him that they were in deadly earnest and he was forced to disgorge the con tents of his pockets, amounting in cash to the sum of $21. He said that after the robbery that the fel lows compelled him to turn around and come back to town. Mr. Thorson, for whom the man has been working, does not place much credence in the Dane's story. He is of the opinion that the latter was pretty well loaded up with Christmas good cheer, and that he simply imagined he had been robbed. AN ECHO OF CONTEST CASE. Kennedy-Dickie Land Controversy Is Recalled by New Suit. From Wednesday's Daily. C. L. Harris, attorney for William Dickie, yesterday instituted a suit in the district court against Mrs. Cather ine Kennedy, administr'atrix of the estate of Edward B. Kennedy. The suit is an outgrowth of the c.lebrated Kennedy-Dickie land con test that for years figured in the civil and land courts of the state and United States. In the windup of this celebrated case Mr. Dickie was given a verdict which entitled him to the lands in controversy. He now files suit to recover rents and interest on rents for a long period of years that the land was in possession of Edward Kennedy. The complaint is volumi nous, reciting the findings of the last trial in the land contest, and the total amount asked for is $2,075 for rentals at the rate of $25 per month, and the further sum of $1,926.45 as interest on rentals accrued. JAP KILLED AT PRYOR. Fell from a Burlington Coal Dock- Skull Fractured. From Wednesday's Daily. A Japanese laborer, who had been employed with the Burlington railroad at Pryor Creek station, was killed last Saturday morning. The Jap was engaged in unloading coal from cars into the big dump boxes in a coal dock. He jumped into the dump box for some purpose and it tipped outward with him and he was precipitated to the tracks about 20 feet below. His head struck one of the steel rails and his skull was frac tured. The mass of coal in the box, about two tons, fell on top of him, completely burying the man, and it re quired a half hour's work to dig him out. When the body was recovered the man was dead. Whether the coal or the fall killed him is not known. His body was sent to Sheridan, Wyo., which is headquarters for the Japa nese who are working on the Burling ton. EASTERN STAR ELECTION. Officers Are Selected for the Ensuing Twelve Months. From Wedne.day's Daily. Last night the members of Edna chapter, No. 15, Order of the Eastern Star, held their annual election of offi cers, which resulted as follows: Jennie Bell, worthy matron; C. S. Bell, worthy patron; Mrs. Marguerite Strang, associate matron: Mrs. Lucy Railsback, secretary; Charles Spear, treasurer: Miss Martha Tompkins, conductress; Mrs. Dellie Radcliffe, as sociate conductress. The inptallation of omfioers elect will be held on the evening of January 9. MAN WITH TWO WIVES JAMES LAWSON ARRESTED HERE ON BIGAMY CHARGE FROM ' MISSOURI. WEDDED ONE HERE Telegram From Maryville States That Mrs. Lawson No. 1, Will Arrive Ini Billings This Morning-Lawson Worked for Yegens-Married Mon tana Wife Two Years Ago. From Wednesday's Daily. Mrs. James Lawson of this city was one of the few persons in Billings who did not spend a happy Christmas. Late Sunday night Mrs. Lawson's husband, or rather the man she believed to be her lawful husband, was taken out of the house and locked up in a cell in the county jail. Lawson was arrested and is being held on the authority of the sheriff of Nodaway county, Mo., who wired here Sunday afternoon, instructing Sheriff Adams to arrest Lawson and hold him on a charge of bigamy. The telegram further stated that Lawson's wife would leate Maryville, the county seat of Nodaway county, that night, and was coming to Billings to prosecute him. This was the first intimation that Lawson had a wife other than the one he has been living with here for the past two years, and who recently bore him a child. For the past year or more he has been in the employ of Yegen Bros. as a drayman for their wholesale grocery department. Manager Kiel, under whose supervision Lawson has been working, says that he has been an in dustrious and faithful worker and has always been sober and reliable. Mr. Kiel had no idea that Lawson was married before coming to this part of the country, although he knew that the latter's mother lived in Missouri, and he had often wondered why "Jim" never went back to visit her. It is stated that Lawson married his wife No. 2 in the neighborhood of Bridger about two years ago, and peo ple who know her say that she is a very thrifty housewife and excellent woman. There was a report current on the streets yesterday that Lawson was never married to her, but this re port is denied by her friends who say that a ceremony was performed and that she lived with Lawson in good faith, believing that she was his law fully wedded wife. Upon the receipt of the telegram Sunday night, Deputy Sheriff Jim Lavelle and Policeman Willis Foster located Lawson and going to his house they called him outside and told him what the object of their errand was. Lawson made no explanation of any sort but quietly accompanied the of ficers to thb jail. A telegram was re ceived at the sheriff's office yesterday, which stated that Mrs. Lawson No. 1 would arrive here on this morning's Burlington train from the east. After her arrival more light may be thrown on the case. As yet Lawson has re fused to make any statement of the matter one way or the other. The wonder is how he managed to escape detection so long, providing his first wife has been searching for him all these years. TO MAKE A DIAGRAM. County Attorney and Sheriff Have Gone to Sdene of Murder. From Wednesday's Daily. County Attorney Wilson and Sheriff Adams went to Keiser, yesterday, the place where Roy McClaren was kill ed on the 3rd inst. It is the intention of the officers to make a plat or diagram of the ground where the alleged murder was com mitted to used for their own and the juror's information in the trial of the case against Meddles. It is stated that they will be met there by Claude St. John, the boy who was present when the shooting took place, and that he will assist them in their work and will then come to, Billings to give testimony at the preliminary hearing of Meddles, which will be held as soon as St. John is able to appear. The boy has been very ill since the time the alleged murder was committed. RANCH HOUSE BURNED. Resldence On Arthur O'Donnel's Farm Consumed Christmas. From Wednesday's Daily, About noon on Christmas day, a house on the ranch of Arthur O'Don nell, nine miles west of the city, was totally destroyed by fire. The house was occupied by two Rys elan families who recently came here from Colorado to engage i asugar beet raising. The name of one of the fam .lies is Blauer. There was five rooms in the house and in order to give both families living space a sheep wagon had been drawn up near the house and was being used as a sleeping place for some of the occupants of the house. About noon, Monday, the sheep wagon caught fire. The blaze was communi cated to the residence. Neighbors saw the blaze and hurried to the rescue nad succeeded in removing all of the furni tue, part of which belonged to Mr, O'ronnell. The loss on the house was about $500 an4 there 'as no insurance. A GRAND SUCCESS. Annual Ball of the Mavericks Attend ed by Hundreds. The annual ball given by the Mav ericks, Christmas night, was one of the most successful in the history of that organization. The ball was given in the new Ho gan building in Twenty-eighth street and the company had the use of two large rear rooms, which were used as cloak rooms. Notwithstanding the great floor space the new double busi ness room afforded, there was scarce ly room for the dancers so great was the crowd. The seating capacity was entlely inadequate to the necessities of the occasion, but this fact did not in the least deter from the pleasure of the merry makers. It is estimated that the door receipts were $280, and in addition to that several hundred tickets had been sold in advance. The firemen are feeling exceedingly elated over the success of the affair, as well they may. DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN UNCLE JOHN CALLAHAN PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY. DIED AT THE HOSPITAL Attended Church Christmas Eve-Had No Relatives and Lived Alone-For Many Years He Operated a Ranch on the Musselshell-Will Be Given an Imposing Funeral at Catholic Church. From Wednesday's Dally. Uncle John Callahan, an old citi zen of Billings and Yellowstone coun ty, died at St. Vincent's hospital in this city at 1:30 o'clock, yesterday morning. His death was due to extreme old age, and was no doubt hastened by a stroke of paralysis and exposure to cold. "Uncle John," as he was familiarly known to his numerous old friends, attended the midnight mass at the Catholic church, Christmas eve. He went home from the church and re tired, no doubt. His nearest neighbor is C. E. Smith, and for several years it has been Mr. Smith's custom to go over to the old gentleman's house every morning, to ascertain if he was all right or not. Monday morning when Mr. Smith called he could get no response from the old gentleman. He looked through the window of his bedroom and saw his clothes hang ing on a chair, and came to the con clusion that he was still asleep, hav ing known that he was at church late the night before. Monday evening Mr. Smith again called at the house and was unable to gain an entrance. This time he was able to see the figure of the old man lying across the bed. He called lor an officer and Chief Mowre responded and after trying in vain to get a response to vigorous knocks on the door, he kicked the door in. Accompanied by Mr. Smith he went into the house where Uncle John was found lying across the bed ia an unconscious condition. He was not covered up and as the room was very cold he was almost frozen. He was removed at once to the hos pital, where stimulants were adminis tered and hot applications applied to his body. Under the influence of these he revived about 9 o'clock in the evening and was able to talk for a time. About 11 o'clock he began to sink again and passed away peacefully at the hour stated. Uncle John was 82 years of age and had lived in the county at least 20 years. Before moving to Billings he owned a ranch on the Musselshell river many years and when he died he left considerable property. He was a devout member of the Catholic church and was born in the county of Cork, Ireland. Since his residence here it is stated that he has been re garded as a benefactor of the local 'huroh, and he was highly regarded by both Fathers VaanClarenbeok and Stack. In consquencee of his beneihetions andi flthfulness as a member he will be given a funeral today that will be a fitting testimonial of his usefulness and fidelity. The serviges will be held at the church at 16 o'clock and will consist of a requiem mass and ser mon by Father Stack. Miss Kelly will sing the mass and Mrs. Ross will be the accompanist. The pall bear ers will be Frank Rademaker and T. S. Hogan, representing the trustees of the church, and Joseph McMahon, Alex. Reilly, Robert Carroll and Dave Jones. So far as known Mr. Callahan had no relatives in this part of the coun try. It is said that he has a nephew who resides in the state of New York. Farm Loans. Jno. E. Upson has eastern money to loan on farms at lowest rates. Your business put on a sound basis. Con sult him if you wish to borrow money on your farm. Loans closed promptly. 26 Gruwell block. Mutual phone 586. 65-6 NOTICE OF LETTING CONTRACT. Office of County Drain Commission er of Yellowstone County, Montana. Notice is hereby given that a contract will be let to the lowest responsible bidder for the construction of Arnold Drain in Yellowstone County, Mon tana. The funds for the construction of such drain will be derived from Arnold Drain special assessment dis trict, by me heretofore established, from a special tax levy for that pur pose. The lands embraced in such Arnold Drain District are described as fc!lows: SW/4 Sec. 32, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. S% of NWY4 Sec. 32, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. SE/ Sec. 32, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. S% of NE¼ Sec. 32, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. SW/4 Sec. 33, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. S1 of NW' Sec. 33, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. SE14 Sec. 33, Tp. 1. No., R. 25 E. S% of NE14 Sec. 33, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. SW14 Sec. 34, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. S1 of NW14 Sec. 34, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. SE14 Sec. 34, Tp. 1 N., R, 25 E. S% of NE/4 Sec. 34, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. W% of SW/4 Sec. 35, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. S% of NW/4 Sec 35, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. E% of SWIa. Sec. 35, Tp. 1. No., R. 25 E. SE14 Sec. 35, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. S1 of NE/4 Sec. 35, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. W% of SW14 Sec. 36, Tp. 1 No., R. 25 E. SW14 of NW1 Sec. 36, Tp: 1 No., R. 25 E. Lots 1 and 2, Sec. 6, Tp. 1 So., R. 26 E. S% of NE% Sec. 6, Tp. 1 So., R. 26 E. Lots 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, Sec. 6, Tp. 1 So., R. 26 E. SE%4 of NW1 Sec. 6, Tp. 1 So., R. 26 E. E% of SW%4 Sec. 6, Tp. 1 So., R. 26 E. Lots 1 and 2, Sec. 1, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. S% of NE4 Sec. 1, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. SE1/4 Sec. 1, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. Lot 3, Sec. 1, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. SE14 of NW% Sec. 1, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. E% of SW'A Sec. 1, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. Lot 4, Sec. 1, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. SW14 of NW% Sec. 1, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. W% of SW'! Sec. 1, Tv. 1 So., R. 25 E. Lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, Sec. 2, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. S% of NE', Sec. 2, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. S½ of NW1A Sec. 2, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. SE14 Sec. 2, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. SWIA Sec. 2, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. Lots 1, 2 and 3, Sec. 3, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. S½ of NE'4 Sec. 3, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. SE1 of NW/4 Sec. 3, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. Lot 4, Sec. 3, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. SW14 of NW% Sec. 3, Tp. 3 So., R. 25 E. SE/4 Sec. 3, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. E% of SW1A Sec. 3, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. NW'a of SW1/4 Sec. 3, Tp. 1 S., R. 25 E. Lot 1, Sec. 4, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. SE1!4 of NE14 Sec. 4, Tp." 1 So., R. 25 E. NE 1/4 of SEi4 Sec. 4, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. NE¼ of NW'4 Sec. 10, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. N% of NE,1/4 Sec. 10, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. N% of NW1A Sec. 11, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. SE1a of NW/4 Sec. 11, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. NE1 Sec. 11, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. NW/4 Sec. 12, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. NE1 Sec. 12, Tp. 1 So., R. 25 E. Bids will be received at office of County Drain Commissioner in Coun ty Surveyor's office, county court house, Billings, Montana, at any time prior to 9 o'clock a. *m. on the 13th day of January, 1906, at which time and place such bids will be opened and such contract awarded, unless the County Drain Commissioner shall at the time of opening such bids ad journ to another place and fix another time for the letting of such contract. At the time and place of receiving and letting of the contract the assess ments for benefits and the lands com prised within the special assessment district shall be subject to review be tween the hours of 9 o'clock a. m. and 5 o'clock p. m. Plans and specifications can be seen at the office of County Drain Com missioner. Bids to specify box or tile drain. The County Drain Commissiuoner re serves the right to reject any or all bids. Given under my hand this 33rd day of December, 1905., . F. SNYDER, County Drain Commiahioner.