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BEING DONE RECLAMATION PROJECTS PRO GRESSING DURING THE WINTER MONTHS. WORI REVIEWED Engineer Savage Tells of What Is Be ing Done on the Huntley, Lower Yel lowstone and Shoshone Projects The Winter Has Been Most Favor able Thus Far-Conference of En gineers. From Thursday's Daily. HI. N. Savage, general supervising engineer of the United States reclama tion service, has been in his office for the past week or more and will re main here until after the 15th inst. on which date bids for important work ,,on the Huntley project will be opened. Mr. Savage yesterday gave to The Gazette much interesting information concerning the various projects in eastern Montana, in which the readers of this paper may be said to have a local interest. He said: "A continuous conference of recla mation service engineers has been in session in my office since January 3, developing plans for the carrying on of construction work already under way, and to determine on the work next to be sent to advertisement. Concerning Huntley Project. "The contractor, W. D. Lovell, who is building the structures, has been carrying on his work to great advant age on account of the very favorable winter, so far. One large culvert un der the Burlington railroad has been completed through which to carry the main canal, and foundation excava tions for the crossing at Pryor creek are well under way. It is protbosed to change the channel of this creek, tak ing it due north into the Yellowstone river at a point one-half mile west of Huntley station. The contractor for the second division of the main canal is assembling a large excavating ma chine. The contractor for division three expects to begin work at the earliest practicable date in the spring and is making preparations to com plete the contract well within the time allotted, which is early next fall. Piper Bros., of Pueblo, have recently been awarded the contract for build ing the lateral distributing canals, ag gregating upwards of 200 miles. This company was also awarded the con tract for the construction of the tele phone line, 27 miles long, with eight stations to begin with. Bids for build ing division No. 1 of this project will be opened in Billings, January 15. A drilling outfit has been working along the tunnels on this division with the purpose of locating the bedrock with reference to the railway crossing, and at other places where it is necessary to give intending contractors a full knowledge regarding the underground conditions, necessary before they sub mit their bids. Large quantities of construction material, cement and steel, has already been received and is being received and is being stored in advance of the season's construc tion work. The Lower Yellowstone. Charles Stabern, who has the con tract for the headworks and structures along the first division of this project, of the main canal, is working day and night shifts. He has about com pleted his excavations for the head works and expects to begin driving foundation piles within a few days. Wydell-Finley company, who have the earthwork contract on the first divi sion, are pushing their work energeti cally. They have a force of about 150 teams and a large number of men at work, beside a large number of sub contractors among whom are James Ryan of Billings. This company was recently awarded the contract for the major portion of the work along the second 34 miles of this main canal, bids for which were opened November 15. The lateral and distributing sys tem work was awarded to numerous local land owners. The telephone line contract has finished his *work, hav ing constructed 70 miles of line which extends throughout the entire project down the left bank of the Yellowstone river to Mondak, on the Great North ern railway. F. E. Weymouth, pro ject engineer, has been here in con ference during the past week in the interest of the next contract to be advertised for soon, which will be for the building of all structures and turn outs from the main canal. The cost of this will aggregate about $200,000. It is expected that other advertise ments for cement and steel bars for re-inforcing th structures will soon be sent in. The bids received here December 5 for building the Lower Yellowstone dam were rejected by the secretary of the interior. This work will be re-advertised immediately and better prices are expectd. The Shoshone Project. "Contractors Pendergast & Clark son, who are building the big Shoshone dam, have been working 60 days with a large force of men and teams. . They have already completed over 100 feet of outlet tunnel, which, when all com pleted, will be 500 feet long and 10 feet square. It will serve primarily through which to divert the flow of the river while the dam is being construct ed and will afterward be used through which to divert reservoir water. An elaborate'gate system, to be operated under 240 feet head, has been design ed in the Billings office. The contrac tors have delivered all the logs nec: essary to build the temporary divert ing dam, which will be 20 feet high and 300 feet long. "Charles Spear of this city, who is building the Corbett tunnel, has in stalled two very complete permanent camps. Ilis force is driving the first three adits from the sides of the can yon to a connection with the main tunnel. These adils will serve through which to discharge the waste excavat ed tunnel material. Two headings are being driven from each adit. Work will also be begun from the intake and distributing ends of the tunnel and likely from one or more shafts. The reclamation service has purchased the cement necessary for lining the lunnel and it is now being shipped from the manufacturing plant in Chi cago and stored at the tunnel. By hav ing a large quantity of this cement on hand any delays created by an unusual demand or a tie-up of the railroads will )be obviated. Twelve thousand barrels of cement is also being deliver ed by the United States to the Sho shone dam con lractors, who will store it. "Guy C. Emerson, engineer of the reclamation service, has recently been assigned to the Corbett tunnel work. Mr. Emerson has had large experience in tunnel driving in the east, having been one of the principal engineers on the Boston subway work. "Jeremiah Ahern, Shoshone project engineer, has been here in conference several days regarding the extension of the main canal from the Corbett tunnell to lands to be irrigated in the vicinity of Ralston, Garland and Fran nie, a total of about 80,000 acres. Draw ings and specifications for the first seven miles have been completed and will me immediately sent to advertise ment. This canal will be 40 feet wide on the bottom and will carry water six and one-half in depth. Drawings and specifications for the diverting dam into the Corbett tunnel are also being completed. This dam will be founded on piles, which in turn will extend to the sand and shale torma tions. The structure will be 20 feet high and 500 feet in length. Location surveys have been made for the first 25,000 acres of land about Garland. It is expected to develop these with specifications and drawings for adver tisement at an early date. The Cor bett tunnel, the diverting dam, the main canal, the laterals and the dis tributing system are all required to be completed early in tne spring of 1907." NEW MINING COMPANY. Local Men are Going After the Glitter ing Gold. From Thursday's Daily. Articles of incorporation of the Chance Placer Mining company were filed in the office of the county clerk and recorder, yesterday. The name of the company fully ex plains its object. Its articles state that it is organized for the purpose of carrying on the general ousiness of placer mining, for selling and operat ing mining property, buying, selling, mortgaging real property for the pur pose of mining, to erect buildings, ac quire machinery and transact any oth er line of business necessary to carry on the business of the company. The capital stock of the company is fixed at $110,000 and is divided into 110,000 shares of the par value of ,1 each. The present stockholders are A. F. McNabb, P. B. Nitsche, John Walker, C. J. Hoffbauer, A. W. Moore, J. W. Vaughan, W. P. Rixon and Mar ion Evans. Nearly all of the stock holders are residents of this city and one of them stated last evening that the new company had a fine prospect in store, several assays showing their holding to average over $80 per ton. The unsold stock will probably be placed upon the market. INSTALLED CARRIER SYSTEM. Minneapolis Company Brings Suit Against a Local Cpncern. From Thursday's Daily. The Biltrite Manufacturing com pany of Minneapolis, represented by Harry A. Groves of this city, yester. day filed a suit against the Donovan McCormick company of this city. The complaint alleges that in May, 1905, the plaintiff company installed in the store of the defendant company a system of parcel and cash carriers worth $470. The plaintiff performed the work of installing the carriers which is worth the further sum of $25,. it alleges. A credit was given the purchasing firm of $140.57 on old car riers returned to plaintiff and a bal ance of $328.43 remains due. Plaintiff alleges that it demanded payment last November, but had not yet received it and sues for the sum total of the two amounts named, with 8 per cent inter est since last November. It is stated that defendants refused to pay for the carriers on the ground that they did not perform their work in a satisfactory manner. COLLECTED BOARD BILL. Local Officer Does Good Turn for a Livingston Man. From Thursday's Daily. Officer Bert. Talgo succeeded in col lecting a bill for a Livingston board ing house keeper, Tuesday night. Just as No. 4 arrived he received a tele phone message from that place in structing him to intercept C. P. Rich when he alighted from the train here and collect $41 he owed as board bill in that city and if the man refused to pay it to arrest him and lock him up. An imperfect description was given of the man and when the train stopped he dropped off. The officer immedi ately nabbed him whereupon Rich pro duced the coin for the board bill and he was allowed to depart unmolested. Rich has been working as a laborer on the Northern Pacific at Livingston. TO BEAUTIFY THE MAGIC CITY HENRY TURNER BAILEY OUT LINES ELABORATE PLANS. A SYSTE i OF UkIlES Route for Boulevards Laid out and Plans for a Central Park of "Home Lot" Given-Speaker Was Here 17 Years Ago-Contrast with Present Excites His Admiration. From Thursday's Daily. The lecture at the opera house last evening, by Henry Turner Bailey, of Boston, was attended by the principal citizens of the city. Mayor Foster lresided, and an excelent musical programme was given by a chorus of girls from the high school and Miss Goddard. Mr. Bailey contrasted Billings as he first saw it, 17 years ago, with the Billings of today and expressed his wonder and admiration at what had been accomplished. After men tioning the- beautiful elements of the city, and commending what had been dlone through private initiative, Mr. ,Bailey said he believed the time had ,come for all citizens to co-operate in planning for the future of the city. By means of blackboard drawings, a com prehensive plan for the development of the city was presented, a plan which had been elaborated after con ference with the. leading men and principal property holders of the city. This plan included first, a system of boulevards encircling the city, crossed from north to south by twin thorough fares, Twenty-seventh street and Twenty-ninth street. Begipning at the Library, (a beautiful building) a visitor might be taken to see the city completely by following the boule vards as follows: South on Twenty ninth street through the South Park, past the new beet sugar factory and the new fair' grounds, straight to the Riverside road. Following this west ward to Newman's road, then north ward by Eighth avenue, west to the brick l.ilns, Rimrock boulevard would be reached, a stretch of elevated road from which the whole city could be seen to the best advantage. This boulevard would follow what is now Twelfth street to the ditch, follow the ditch to near the Country club, turn southward at that point into Sixth avenue E, and then cross the valley to Yegen's power plant. Here it would intersect the Riverside drive, 'along which the visitor would now be taken through the Riverside park which should be built here, near the Water Power company's plant, in the rear of the fair grounds. From this point the return to the cfty would be made by way of Twenty-seventh street to the court house. Mr. Bailey then proved conclusively to the audience that the future of the city demands the establishment of a beautiful civic center at this point. He advocated the taking of the two blocks between the court house and Twenty-ninth street and west, and be tween Second and Third' avenues, I north and south, for the home lot of the city of Billings. These blocks should be beautifully laid out with lawns, gardens, and walks, a monu ment to the founders of the city, oc cupying the center of one square and a monument to Colonel Billins, for' whom the cit) was named, occupying the center of the other. Facing this park, on Third avenue, and on oppos ite sides of Twenty-eighth street, should be located the new Federal building and the new high school build ing. On Twenty-ninth street, facing the park, should be the new city [Hll. directly oppos'r., the coeurt house, mad oi the south side of tl-e park, ba aunc ing the high school and the Federal building would be the new Masonic block, and a new land office block, Twenty-eighth street running between them. Incidentally this plan has the ad vantage of girding the city with a fine circle of boulevards, favors land own ers on all sides equally, opens up out lying property, locates permanently the business center in the heart of the city, accessible from the railroad station-and determines a central terminus for the future street car system of the city. A street from where Eighth avenue west crosses the railroad straight past the new beet sugar factory to Twenty ninth street would give a direct road for farmers coming in from the west to the factory or to the fair grounds, while the Riverside drive from the end of Sixthi aveune E. would give direct access for the farmers coming in from the east. Mr. Bailey said the men of the city, made wealthy by its phenomenal growth, should heartily co-operate in the carrying out of some such plan as this to make the future city forever grateful to them. It can now be done at comparatively slight expense. Five years from now such a system of parks and boulevards would cost 4 times as much, as many eastern cities know only too well. The time to make the future Billings a beautiful city is NOW. Mr. Bailey then exhibited a series of lantern slides from views in eastern cities and in Europe, enforcing the points he had made and furnishing suggestions for beautiful home grounds, public buildings, bridges, monuments, fountains, etc. The lecture was heartily enjoyed by all and warmly applauded. The chief men of the city are thinking seriously of beginning at once to work out a system of parks and boulevards similar to that proposed, in the belief that no other one things will do so much for making Billings the most desirable residential and business center in Montana. Mr. Bailey will go to Glendive today where he will lecture tonight. All three of the lectures he delivered in this .city were splendid efforts and hihgly appreciated by the large audien ces that greeted him. AFTER MANY YEARS. Franklin Gordon Seeks a Divorce After Long Separation. From Wednesday's Daily. Franklin Gordon of this city is the plaintiff in quite a noved omvorce suit, filed in the office of the clerk of the district court yesterday by Harry L. Groves, plaintiff's attorney. The novelty of the proceedings lies in the fact that Mr. Gordon alleges that his wife, Margaret S. Gordon, de serted and abandoned him almost la years ago, in the city of Grand Rapids, Mich. He alleges that they were mar ried in that city February 26, 1880, and that in February, 1891, the de f',ndant deserted and abandoned plain tiff without cause, and continued to live separate and apart from him without sufficient cause or reason. M\r. Gordon is a well known resident of the city and but very few people ::e known that he was ever married. NOVEL PROCCEDING. Clerk of the Court Renders a Judg ment in Vacation. From Wednesday's Daily. A proceedings that is perfectly war ranted by law, but quite infrequently practiced, was placed on record in the office of the clerk of the court yesterday. Some time ago Yegen Bros. brought suit against John P. Dyer and Mar garet S. Dyer, to recover the balance of $340 due on a promissory note. De fault of defendants wes noted yester day and the clerk of the court entered up a judgment in favor of the plain tiffs for the balance due on the note together with $50 attorney's fee and $11 costs, making a total of $401. Deputy Clerk Dunne states that the law allows the clerk to enter judg ment in default cases where the suit is brought to recover money that has been loaned. WYOMING COUPLE WEDDED. Bride, Under Age, Has Neither Par ents or Guardian. From Thursday's Daily. A new phase of the law regulating the issuance of marriage licenses pre sented itself at the office of the clerk of the court, yesterday. Edward S. Townsend, who is from Wyoming, but who gave his address as Billings, applied to the clerk quite early in the day for a license to wed Miss Bonita Dow, a young woman from Basin, Wyo. ,In answering the interrogatories he stated that the girl was but 16 years of age. The clerk stopped right there and informed the young man that he could not issue the license in that case without the con sent of the parents or guardian of the young lady. The young man came back with the startling statement that she had neither parents or guardian, and in fact had no knowledge as to whom her parents were, a veritable Topsy in real life. Townsend retired for the time be ing and presently he returned in com pany with W. H. Zindel and Jefferson 'McRae, prominent citizens of Buffalo, Wyo., and Mr. Parker, a lawyer from Sheridan. Mr. McRae explained that the girl had just been living around among the people and that he had as much charge over her as anybody and would make an affidavit to that effect and grant his consent. The law pro vides that consent of parent or guar dian or some person having charge of a minor must give consent. Upon the filing of the affidavit by Mr. McRae the license was issued, and the couple were married by the Reverend C. E. Miller at 3 o'clock yesterday after noon. There appeared to be quite a story connected with the case which none of the parties were willing to fully divulge. License to wed was also issued yes terday to John M. Hoey and Lillian S. Felix, both of Billings. BEFORE THE FOOTLIGHTS. Billings Young Folks Give a Thrilling War Drama. From Thursday's Daily. Under the auspices of Company K., the local militia company, the war drama, "True Blue," was given at the opera house last evening. The audience was not large but made up in appreciation what it lack ed in numbers. The cast was made up entirely of young people of the city with the exception of Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding, under whose stage direc tion the play was rehearsed. As a whole the members of the cast ac quited themselves in a very creditable manner, and several of the young folks displayed true dramatic ability. The scene is laid in the south during war tine, and there is much shooting, a geneious dispay of firearms at all stages, and not a few of the cast killed off. The unionists represented in the cast were C. P. Spaulding, Mrs. C. P. Spaulding, Ralph Morris, L. E. Torrence, F. A. Holland, Charles Hoe, Will Surdam, Misses Clara Foster and Myrtle Tschudy. Those espousing the Confederate cause were Clifford Chase, William Parker, I. E. Beeman, Albert Clanton, R. F. Deckert, C. P. Spaulding, Misses Frankie Holliday, Marguerite Whaley and Montie Tschudy. For Sale. Kentuck jack, eight years old, 14% hands; sure foal getter; can show 1,200 pound colts from 1,050 pound mares: has been in the valley four years. Cheap if taken at once. BILLINGS LAND & LIVE 75-6 STOCK COM. CO. For Rent-200 acres plow land near railroad station. J. F. Tilden, -Park City. kJ-Is 1 TAFT DENIES THE CHARGES BIGELOW ARTICLE BRINGS FORTH VIGOROUS REPLY. LETTER TO PRESIDENT Secretary Answers Communication from Roosevelt Stating His Atten tion Has Been Called to Correspon dent's Accusations-Categorical De nial Made of Every Allegation. [By Associated Press] Washington, Jan. 10.--An elaborate and comprehensive answer to the charges against the isthmian canal commission contained in an article in the Independent has been made by Secretary Taft. It is in the form of a letter to the president, who under date of January 6, in a communication to the secretary says his attention had been directed to an article purporting to have been written by Poultney Bigelow "attack ing the administration of affairs by the canal commission and yourself on the isthmus," and adding, "will you please advise me what basis, if any, there is for these charges?" In his reply Secretary Taft briefly summarizes the charges as follows: First-That the conditions in Colon are so unsanitary as to indicate great neglect in providing for the health of the employes of the commission. Second-Alleged mistreatment of laborers; that persons appointed to the isthmus are incompetent and have been given their places through politi cal influences and also through in competency or misconduct, the latter involving the charge that there is so much "red tape" necessary to bring about construction of buildings that misery has come to the laborers. The secretary categorically denies every charge and in many instances quotes from official reports and per sonal knowledge to sustain his de nials. Success is stamped on every pack age. It is the most successful remedy known. It makes you well and keeps you well. That's what Hollister's Rocky Mountain Tea does. 35 cents, Tea or Tablets. Holmes & Rixon. Calling Cards at the Gazette office. J. F. KELLEY EMPLOYMENT AGENCY. No. 9, S. 28th St. Bell Pheone 73 B Mutual Phone 363 BILLINGS, MONTANA. FARM LOA'S @ 0 o @ No Delay Lowest Rates BILLINGS LOAN & TRUST COMPANY. Proposal for leasing grazing district numbered three on the Crow Reserva tion, Montana. Department of the in terior, office of Indian gffairs, Wash ington, D. C., December 23, 1905. Seal ed proposals will be received at this office until 2 o'clock p. m., on Tues day February 20, 1906, and will be immediately thereafter opened in the presence of such bidders as may at tend, for leasing grazing district No. 3 o$ the Crow reservation, Montana, for the grazing of sheep only, for a period of five years from April 1, 1906. The proposals must be address ed to the commissioner of Indian af fairs, Washington, D. C., and must be plainly endorsed on the outside of the envelope "Proposals for Leasing Crow lands." The district comprises the central western part of the reservation east of the "McCormick" fence and is esti mated to contain 435,000 acres. A minimum price of four cents per acre per annum is placed upon the land and no bid for a less amount will be considered. The successful bidder will be requir ed to purchase at the market price the surplus hay and grain raised by the Indians residing in the adjoining farm ing country known as the "Big Horn District." Maps showing the location of the district and posters giving in formation to the submission of bids, may be obtained on application to the United States Indian agent of the Crow Agency. Bids not conforming to the require ments of the printed posters may be rejected, if such action shall be deem ed desirable. C. F. LARRABEE, Acting Commissioner. (First Publication Dec 15, 1905.-6w)t Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land CfiAe at Bozeman, Montana, Dec. 11, 1905.-Notice is hereby given that th'e following named settler Igas filed no tice of his intention to. imake final commutation proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before Fred H. Foster, Clerk of Court, in his office, at Billings, Mon tann, on January 22, 1906, viz: TIMOTHY M. RIORDAN, IT. V.. N". 5871, for the E% SE'4, SW'j SE1/4, Sec. 1, NE1/4 NEY/ Sec. 12, T. 3 S., R. 25E., M. P. M. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence up on and cultivation of said land, viz:. John A. Miller, of Billings, Mont.; Oliver Wyman, of Billings, Mont.; Elbert N. Cooper, of Billings, Mont.; Charles H. Brown, of Billings, Mont. M. R. WILSON, Register. (First Publication Dec 15, 1905.-6w) Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Bozeman., Montana, Dec. 9, 1905.-Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed no tice of his intention to make final commutation proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before Fred H. Foster, Clerk of Court, in his office, at Billings, Mon tana, on January 22, 1906, viz: RICHARD Y. WARREN on H. E. No. 4370, for the lot 2, SW4 NE1/, NW~ SE1/4 and lot 5, Sec. 8, T 1 N., R. 27 E., M. P. M. Hie names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence up on and cultivation of said land, viz: John H. Dover, of Billings, Mont.; Jacob E. Burgeson, of Billings, Mont.; Brian Hart, of Billings, Mont.; An drew J. Sullivan, of Billings, Mont. M. R. WILSON, Register. (First Publication Dec 15, 1905.-6w) Notice for Publication. Department of the Interior, Land Office at Bozeman, Montana, Dec. 9, 1905.-Notice is hereby given that the following named settler has filed no tice of his intention to make final commutation proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before Alex. Fraser, U. S. Com missioner, in his office, at Billings, Montana, on January 22, 1906, viz: JOHN H. COOK, H. E. No. 5632, for the lot 6, Sec. 13, lot 4, Sec. 24, T. 1 N., R. 26 E., M. P. M. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence up on and cultivation of said land, vis: A. J. Sullivan, of Billings, Mont.; Bryan Hart, of Billings, Mont.; Rich ard Warren, of Billings, Mont.; Walter Lee, of Billings, Mont. M. R. WILSON, Register. (First Publication Dec 15, 1905.-6w) Consolidated Notice for Publication. U. S. Land Office, Bozeman, Mon tana, Dec. 9, 1905.-Notice is hereby given that the following named set tlers have filed. notice to make final proof on their respective claims be fore George H. Simpson, U. S. Com missioner, in his office at Columbus, Mont., on Saturday, January 20, 1906, viz: JOHN BOB LUTHER, commuting homestead application No. 4688, for the E/ SW%/4, S% SE%, Sec. 32, T. 3 N., R. 20 E., M. P. M. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence up on and cultivation of said land, viz: A. L. Thomas, of Columbus, Mont.; Albert Meyers, of Columbus, Mont.; Frank S.Carleton, of Columbus, Mont.; Patrick Quinn, of Columbus, Mont. JOHN LUTHER, of Busteed, Montana, on desert land entry No. 1706, for the S% NW/%, 1/ NE/4, Sec. 22, T. 2 N., R. 20 E., M. P. M. He names the following witnesses to prove the complete irrightion and reclamation of said land, viz: A. L. Thomas, of Columbus, Mont.; Al bert Meyers, of Columbus, Mont.; Frank S. Carleton of Columbus, Mon tana; Patrick Quinn, of Columb,,s, Mont. M. R. WILSON, Register. (First Publication Nov. 28, 1905-201) United States Land Office, Bozeman, Montana, Nov. 23, 1905. To Whom It May Concern: Notice is hereby given that the state of Montana has filed in this office the following list of lands, to-wit: Township 2 North, Range 27 East, M. P. M. Section 22; all. Section 14; all. Section 18; E%/ of SE4%. Section 18; SE% or NEy4. Section 8; E½2. Section S; S1/2 of NW¼. Section 10; All. Section 12; W12. Section 12; \W of E1, (includes lot 2). Section 2; All (lots 1, 2, 3 and 4). Section 4; All (lots 1, 2, 3 and 4). and has applied for a patent lor said lands under the acts of August 18, 1894 (28 Stat., 372-422), June 11, 1896 (29 Stat., 434), and March 3, 1901 (31 Stat., 1133-1188), relating to the grant ing of not to exceed a million acres of arid land to each of certain states and that the said list, with its accomp anying proofs, is open for the inspec tion of all persons interested, and the public generally. Within the next 60 days following the date of this notice, protests , r contests against the claim of the state to any tract described- in the list, on the ground of failure to comply with the law, on the ground of the nondesert character of the land, on the ground of a prior adverse right. or on the ground that the same is more valuable for mineral than for agricultural purposes will be received and noted for report to ,the general land office at Washington, D. C. M. R. WILSON, Register. J. N. KELLY, Receiver.