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Deputy Sheriff Lavelle Arrests F. H. Smith..-Reveals Blackmailing Scheme. Through the efforts of the sheriff's office, additional light may be thrown on the scheme to blackmail the Bill. ings Sugar company. Deputy Sheriff Lavelle last night arrested F. H. Smith, the man who called at the coun ty jail one week ago today and re vealed the plot to secure $25,000 by means of extortion, or, failing in this, to blow up the sugar factory. Smith was supposed to be out of town, but ever since that early morn ing interview at the sheriff's hostelry Lavelle has been on the look for him. While the officer entertained no the ory that Smith lhad any connection with the gang of blackmailers, he felt that the matter should be further investigated. Accordingly Lavelle de cided to take him into custody at the first opportunity. The deputy sheriff saw Smith on Montana avenue and accosted him. "Why, hello Jim," said Smith. "I have been looking for you." "Yes, and I've been looking for you, too," returned Lavelle. "Come with SUBSCRIBERS TO BUILDING FUND NEW CATHOLIC CHURCH IS AP. PROACHING COMPLETION. CARPENTERS ARE BUSY Putting on the Roof-Will Be a Beau tiful Edifice and a Credit to the City -List Announced by Father Thomas Stack. From Sunday's' Daily. Work is being pushed as rapidly as possible in the construction of the new Catholic church in this city. The bricklayers have finished their part of the labor required toward the erec tion of the beautiful edifice, and the i carpenters are now engaged in put- 2 ting on the roof. In a short time the I building will be ready for plastering, leaving little to be done to finally complete the work. In the meantime St. Patrick's build ing.fund continues to grow. The Rev erend Father Stack and the board of trustees: yesterday gave out the list of new subscribers to the fund since October 21, which follows: List of Subscribers. Joseph Fay, increased $20; Mike Powers, increased $25; Ed. A. Carroll, increased $25; Thos. Larner, increased $50; P. J. Dowd, increased $50; T. J. Dowd, increased $25; Geo. Setzler, in 'reased $10; Alva Baker, increased $10; Mrs. Rob. Hannah, increased $25; Henry Gilsdorf, increased $50; Mrs. F. .D. Baker, increased $20; J. Collins West, increased $100; A. J. McIntosh, increased $15; R. A. Dun can, increased, $50; Ed. O'Donnell, increased $100; G. W. Burla, increas ed, $25; Mrs. Mary McKinley, In creased $25; Mrs. Winm. Conway, in creased $20; Jas. Hanlon, increased $20; Mrs. D. Crehan, increased $25; Miss B. Burns, increased $30; Archie Lord, increased $10; Andy Sullivan, increased $50; Wm. Phelan, increas ed $50; Romeo Lavigne, increased $650; Mrs. J. W. Arthur, increased $40; John Brosman, increased $30; Mamie Conway, increased $10; J. H. Reynolds, $200; John F. Gallagher, $100; Mrs. W. W. Snlth, $10; Peter Fischbash, $10; Simon Foster, $50; 8. W. Belanger, $25; John Belanger, $15; Irene McGregor, $10; A. P. Smith InYourBusiness Affairs Soa may require a LOAN at short i notitce.. We are prepared at all times to supply you with money at a low i rolte ofd interest on good security. If yeou have a piece of Real Estate upon i which yeou wish to place a mortgage, _icna serve you better than any Sre Int erethis vio nity. Wbkh o h a rtaget me," and the two men walked to the county jail, where he was locked up. Makes No Statement. To a Gazette representative Smith declared that he had no statement to make, nor would any person get any thing out of him than he had already told. He will probably talk with Coun ty Attorney Wilsen today. Smith was responsible for the state ment that a gang of criminals planned to blackmail the sugar company. About 3 o'clock on the morning of De cember 21 he visited the county jail and informed Lavelle that he had ov erheard the blackmailers talking in a room of one of the hotels of the city. He thought there were six men in the party. Lavelle placed little credence in the story at that particular time. After thinking it over he sought to locate Smith, who could not, however, be found. Smith has resided in this coun ty for some time, having meanwhile been employed as farm hand and in other lines of work,. and Jos. Gillis, $25; Hubert Fischback, $15; Mrs. Thos. Surtees, $10; Mike Kennedy, $10; R. V. Carroll, $25; Jas. Brown, $5; a friend, $100; Mrs. John Russett, $25; Geo. Sweeney, $25; Chas. .McDonough, $15; H. W. Rowley, $100; John Jay Brown, $50; Dr. Roch ette, $25; Mrs. Howe, $25; Michael ,Mc Nally, $15; J. Henry Jones, $25; Nich olas Vilm, $100; Henry McDonough, $10; Jas. Quinn, $5; Geo. Baker, $30; T. C. Powers, Helena, $100; Billings Hardware Co., $100; A. F. McNabb, $25; Mrs. John Garr, $25; Mrs. Geo. Hedges, $5; Mrs. Sam Delori, $25; John Staffick, $25; Wm. Enright, $25; Mrs. Pat Roark, $10; M. L. McCarty, $15; Mrs. Thos. Scollard, $10; Mrs. Arthur Becker, $25; Hugo Gerharz, $50; Mrs. H. F. Corbett, $25; Miss Radigan, $5; Mrs.. Martin O'Toole, $15; Joseph Gillride, $75; Archie Mc Coy, $50; O. J. Woods, $10; Mrs. E. B. Kennedy, $50; Ed. Rademaker, $15; Matt. Marshall, $10; Felix Lord, $10; Jas. Johnson, $25; Edythe Lavigne, $20; Mrs. Alex Gass, $25; Todd's Shoe Store, $25; John P. Jeippln, $5; R. A. James, $5; Peter Neilson, $25; Thos. Finnen, $10; Guy Stapleton, $100; Mrs. C. Hageman, $20; Mr. and Mrs. B. Moore, $200; Billings Journal, $25; S. W. Szitnick, $25; J. J. Coleman, $25 Mrs. John Whalen, $10; F. J. Spring, $10; Mrs. Arnold, $5; F. Hill, $10; H. Sweitzer, $10; Mrs. E. Kir cheis, $5; Ray Wise, $5; Mr. L. Zorn, $25; Ed. Carron, $10; Ben Carron, $10; Frank J. Ryan, $100; Mrs. Chas. Suit er, $25; Miss Mary Curtis, $10. IS NOT IN HIS LINE Judge Mann Informs Visitor That he Is Not in Divorce Business-No Power to Issue License. From Sunday's Daily. "I wish you would fix me out with a marriage license," said a man who called at Justice Mann's office yester day morning. "The young woman with whom I am about to unite my fortunes wants to get married by a preacher, but I would prefer to have a justice of the peace perform that pleasant duty." "Well, I can help you out as far as getting married is concerned," re plied Judge Mann, "but the law gives me no authority to issue a license." "I thought you could do the whole works-give a man a license, marry him, and afterwards grant him a di vorce, if -the sea of matrimony proved to be rough sailing," returned the early morning visitor. "No, you will have to cut me out on divorces; I'm not in the business," de clared the judge. After further consultation with his prospective bride, the fellow said the marriage ceremony would be post poned until such time as they could agree on some person- to tie the nup tial knot. CORNER STONE IS LAID Many Masons Attend Ceremonies Near Helena-Location Is an Ideal One Building Will Cost $25,000. From Sunday's Daily. The laying of the corner stone for the Masonic home, near Helena on Thursday was attended by a large number of Masons from various parts of the state, while several attended from this city. The~ grand lodge of Masons has had. the question of building a home for Masons and their widows under con sideration for a number of years. It was determined not to start the work until there was sufficient money on hand to build a structure that would be representative of the order, and serve well the purpose for which it is deaigned. A fund was instituted for the home, and several years dgo, on the death of David Auchard, Of Augusta, it was largely increased ,by a bequest from him. Each year the fund has grown, and just before the meeting of the last grand lodge the committee hav ing the subject in charge determined it was time to proceed with the work. Many towns were visited and sites looked at, the choice finally falling on the Gamer ranch. It was purchased at what was deemed a bargain, and then R. A. Reamer was employed to make plans for the building. On their acceptance, bids were asked for and a contract let and work started immediately. The laying of the cor ner stone Thursday was the first of ficial action since the building was started. The land acquired for the home ag gregates 600 acres, well watered and reputed to be one of the best ranches in the Prickly Pear valley. Run as a hay and grain ranch, it is calculated that its product will go far toward supporting the home. The location is an excellent one, and in the summer there is no more beautiful place in the valley. The main building will be three sto ries and there will be two wings each of two stories. It will be moderately equipped and will have in the begin ning accommodations for 100 people. The estimated cost is $25,000. When completed it will compare favorably with any Masonic home in the coun try, and will surpass many. BANQUET AT COLUMBUS Business Men of That Thriving Town Will Gather at the Festal Board Tuesday Night. From Sunday's Daily. The business men of Columbus will give a banquet Tuesday evening. It will be the first affair of the kind ever held in that thriving town and the enterprising citizens are leaving noth ing undone to bake it a glittering suc cess. The banquet is intended in the nature of a boost for Columbus and no doubt the efforts will be well di rected. Among those who have ac= cepted invitations to be present is P. B. Moss, president of the First Na tional bank of this city. A number of others from Billings will attend the banquet. TO BE CHIEF DEPUTY Bruce Renwick Will Probably Occupy That Position in Office of County Clerk and Recorder. From Sunday's Daily. From sources believed to be au thentic it is learned that Bruce Ren wick will be chief deputy in the office of the county clerk and recorder for the coming two years. When asked yesterday whether the repoit was true, Ira L. Whitney, who will suc ceed J. W. Fish in that office, and whose opposition at the recent gen eral election was very slight, said that he would announce his appoint ments at a later date. The appointment of Mr. Renwick, if made, will prove a popular one, for he has many friends in Billings who would be pleased to see him elevated to that position. He is a thoroughly capable office man. Mr. Renwick has been working in the county clerk's of fice for about three months, during which time he has shown himself em inently qualified for the duties to which he will probably be assigned. Mr. Renwick was formerly em ployed as bookkeeper at the Babcock flour mill and also as talesman for that big concern. MONTANA MEN KILLED Three Stockmen Meet Violent Death While in Caboose-Several Others Are Fatally Injured-Are Badly Burned. Detroit, Mich., Dec. 29.-Three stockmen were killed and four in jured in a wreck near Winnipeg Junc tion last night. The victims were asleep in the caboose when a pusher engine crashed into the car, the stock train having halted on account of a hot box. The dead: JOHN FREEZE, Livingston, Mont. ROBERT T. GRIFFITH, of Montana. A. R. RUSSELL, Harlowton, Mont. The injured: George E. Bruckett of Lat, Mont., back hurt. John Bruckett of Lat, Mont., badly burned. Austin Pierce of Two Dot, Mont., legs crushed. John R. Stout, Princeton, N. J., leg crushed. Two bodies ,of the killed were badly burned by fire, which followed the I. wreck. WILL INSPECT NAVY YARDS. Washington, Dec. 29.-H. H. Rous seau, who was appointed chief of bu s reau of yards and docks, has left the i Mare Island navy yard, where he has been stationed for three years, for an inspection tour of the various navy yards. - BEET WORKERS IN BIG DEMAND CONTRACTS NOW BEING SIGNED FOR NEXT YEAR. INDUCEMENTS OFFERED Other Concerns Will Invade Field Shortly, Looking for Competent La- I borers in the Sugar Beet Fields, 1 While Many Will Be Imported. From Sunday's Daily. That there is a dearth of laborers in this vicinity and especially among the sugar beet workers, is evidenced by the fact that the management of the factory is sending out circular letters to the farmers and ranchers of the immediate vicinity, calling their attention to the fact that contracts should be entered into as soon as pos sible for a full supply of help for the coming season. Some of the families that have been employed in this vi. cinity during the past season have departed for other fields, while it is the desire of the management that experienced workers should be em ployed so that the best results may accrue to the grower. The letter follows: "We find that some of our growers have been making arrangements themselves for their hand labor next season and that some have already signed contracts covering their beet acreage, with families which have re mained in the territory. We are very anxious to begin soliciting labor at outside points at once as we desire to secure our labor before other sugar companies -et their agents in the field, and in order to do this we must have labor contracts signed by grow. ers and in our possession by January 15. Right Kind of Labor Necessary. "We realize the importance of se curing the right kind of labor and de livering it to our growers early in the season and are perfecting plans whereby we will produce experienced beet workers, but to get these people who have worked beets before in other states, we must have the contracts actually signed by the individual grow ers, as the experienced beet worker insists upon retaining a copy of the contract with the grower for whom he agrees to work. "To every farmer who will secure his own beet labor from points out side the state and pay transportation for same, we will pay one dollar per acre instead of charging one dollar per acre for the. acreage they work, which makes a difference of $2 per acre to the grower. Our field men are now calling on the growers with la bor contracts to be signed. "By delaying this matter any' fufr ther you are making it harder for us to get the help required by giving other sugar companies an opportuni ty to secure a large amount of belp which we can obtain if we have the contracts by' the date named above." WEDDING BELLS RING Albert J. Hansen and Miss Elsie Ma rie Hetland Join Heart and Hands Will Reside in North Dakota. From Sunday's Daily. At the residence of W. B. George last evening occurred the wedding of Albert J. Hansen and Miss Elsie-Ma rie Hetland, both of this city. The ceremony was performed by the Rev erend B. Z. McCullough, pastor of the Presbyterian church, in the presence of a few intimate friends, while a de lightful wedding supper was served by Mrs. George. After a short visit with friends and relatives in the vicinity of Melville, the happy couple will leave for North Dakota, where the groom has a val uable ranch and where they will make their future home. IN HANDS OF RECEIVER. Mobile, Ala., Dec. 29.-On the appli cation of Monell, Morrison & Mc Laod, the Chicago & Gulf railroad was last night placed in the hands of W. and L. Dantzler as receivers. The road is part of the Mobile, Jackson & Kan sas City fine, which was recently Splaced in the hands of receivers. LONDON WOOL ARRIVALS. London, Dec. 29.-The arrivals of wools for the first series of 1907 auc tion sales amounted to 147,000 bales, including 79,000 forward direct to spin ners. TO INVESTIGATE WRECK. London, Dec. 29.-The board of trade has appointed a commission to investigate the Abroath railroad wreck. HELD FOR PATRICIDE. Union City, Tenn., Dec. 29.-Lee Holder, the 17-year-old son of the Reverend J. R. Holder, who was found murdered Thursday night, has been ar rested, charged with the crime. HIS BOOK CONFISCATED. Kuropatkin as Author Falls to Please Russian Government. St. Petersburg, Dec. 19.--Local newspapers assert that, the book writ ten by General Kuropatkin on the Rus sc'Japanese war, which has just been published, has been confiscated by the authorities. General Kuropatkin's work is in sev eral volumes. It is understood to dis cuss frankly the faults of the Russian system and to set forth the general's trouble with the war office and his subordinates. General Kuropatkin had just fin ised the fourth and last volume of his history of the Russo-Japanese war. The last volume is entitled "The Les sons of the War," and in it the gen eral sums up his criticisms of the war office and its administration and con duct of the campaign. BUTTE'S LATEST SCANDAL. Wife of District Judge Bourquin Sues for Divorce. Butte, Mont., Dec. 28.-Suit to se cure an allowance for the separate maintenance of herself and three children was begun in the district court yesterday by Mary M. Bourquin against District Judge George M. Bour quin. The plaintiff claims her hus band has been untrue to her and that he treated her with such cruelty that she has for the last six months been compelled to live separately and apart from him. JIM HILL TO RETIRE Place Will be Filled by His Son, Louis-Work of Lifetime on Sound Basis by July 1. Chicago, Dec. 28.--A special to the Record-Herald from Minneapolis says: "James J. Hill, president of the Great Northern, it was announced to day will retire from active business life, on July 1 next. The announce ment comes from Mr. Hill himself. His successor will be his eldest son, Louis J. Hill, first vice president of the Great Northern. Mr. Hill said: "I have planned to retire as soon as I can safely do so. By July 1, I shall be able to leave work of a lifetime on a safe and sound basis that will en dure." HILL WILL NOT RETIRE. St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 29.-J. J. Hill, in a statement for publication today, denies that he intended to retire July 1, as president of the Great Northern railroad, saying, however, that much as he would like to be relieved of the responsibilities of the position, he could not see his way to do so, yet. SHORT OF STENOGRAPHERS. Government Wants a Number for Ser vice in Philippines. Washington, Dec. 29.-The bureau of insular affairs today made known the fact that more stenographers are needed in the Philippine service. An other examination will be held Janu ary 16 by the civil service commission. Many young men originally appointed after passing the stenographer exami nation, who have demonstrated their ability have worked their way up. The position at first pays $1,200 per an num. FERRY BOAT SINKS. All Passengers and Members of Crew Saved. New York, Dec. 29.-The ferry boat Patterson of the Erie railroad line was sunk in collision with a freight lighter in the Hudson river while on her way to the Twenty-third street New York slip from Hoboken, early today. All the passengers and mem bers of the crew were saved, but 18 horses were drowned. They were owned by market men who were on their way to the New York markets. There were only a few passengers of the ferryboat at the time of the acci dent. ANOTHER CONFERENCE HELD. Washington, Dec. 29.-United States District Attorney Devlin of San Fran cisco had another conference today with Attorney General Bonaparte in re gard to the San Francisco Japanese school question. Mr. Bonaparte stated subsequently that during theday he and Mr. Devlin would comner with Secretary Root, af ter wnich he thought a statement would be given out indicating what ac tion the gavernment would take and what policy it would adopt in the mat ter. BUSCH OUT OF DANGER. Members of Family Now Alarmed at Wife's Condition. St. Louis, Dec. 29.-Adolphus Busch, the brewer, who is sick with pneu monia, suffered a relapse early today. At noon, however, it was announced that he had rallied and his condition showed improvement. Later the phy sicians issued a formal statement in which they declared Mr. Busch was out of danger. Members of the fam ily now are alarmed at the condition of Mrs. Busch. It is reported that she is in a worse state than hbr h~s band. HANDWRITING IS EXAMINED SMITH COPIES LETTER TO SUGAR COMPANY. SHOWN TO EXPERTS They Declare Writing Is Similar to That in Communication to Manager Simmons-Men Are Guarding the Big Sugar Factory. Experts in handwriting may figure prominently in the efforts to ascertain who was responsible for the letter sent to the Billings Sugar company recently, demanding $25,000 under penalty of blowing up the big sugar plant south of the city. The letter in question and a speci men of the handwriting of F. H. Smith, whom Deputy Sheriff Lavelle arrested Friday night, were submitted yes terday for the examination of Lee Mains, assistant cashier of the First National bank, who gave it as his opinion that the same person wrote both. The writing was examined by several other persons, some of whom were connected with banking institu tions, and they were'agreed that char acteristics in the letter to the sugar company were present in the writing of Smith. One man who has made penmanship a study for many years examined the writing and declared that he would be willing to go on the witness stand and testify that one man wrote both the letter and the duplicate secured by the sheriff. Released and Rearrested. Smith was closeted with County Attorney Wilson yesterday morning for fully an hour. He maintained 'an air of injured innocence throughout the entire interview, at the same time insisting that he had no connection whatever with the threat to blow up the sugar factory in the event that $25,000 was not forthcoming. At the request of Deputy Sheriff Lavelle, who was present at the interview, Smith seized a pen and copied the black mailing letter sent to the sugar com pany. According to the statements of men who examined the writing, there was striking similarity in the general form of the small letters n and a, and in the capital letter I. At the direction of County Attor. ney Wilson, who questioned him in detail regarding his recent move ments, Smith was released from cus tody. Later in the day Deputy Sher iff Lavelle re arrested him, in view of the unexpected developments in the case. There is, however, every dis position on the part of the authorities to give Smith the benefit of all rea sonable doubts in the case, and he will not be prosecuted unless there appears to be sufficient ground for holding him. Another Threatening Letter. Reports of a highly sensational char acter were afloat in the city late last - night to the effect that the sugar company had received another letter, threatening to wipe the factory out of existence. A number of guards were placed around the factory and they allowed no person to approach the place without proper credentials. BILLINIS LUMBER CO. NORTH 27 STREET (Old BurlingtonFreightDepot) Building Material of Every Description. Agents for Carney Coal. RIGHT PRICES. L. J. THOMPSON, Manager. PAID-UP CAPITAL - - - - $ 150,000 SURPLUS 30,000 DEPOSrTS D R E o 1,750,000 DIRECTdRS: P. B. MO88, J. B. ARNOLD, JO8. ZIMMERMAN M. A. ARNOLD, 8. G. REYNOLDS. Transact a General Banking Business. Interest Paid on Time Deposlts. FINEST HOTEL IN YELLOWSTONE VALLEY THE GRAND GEO. F. BENNIGHOFF, PROP. ON APPLICATION BILLINGS, MONT. have stood the test for over So years, and are still in the lead. Their absolute certainty of growth, their uncommonly large yields of delicious vegetables and beautifuxl flowers, make them the most reliable and the most popular every-' where. Sold by all dealers. 1.A7 Seed Annual free on request. 0. hl. FERRY & CO.. Go-iolt, ich. OFFICERS AND DUIECTORS. BERT Q. SHOREY, PRESIDENT, W. HANSORD, Vice PRESIDEoT, ClIAS. SPEAR, CASHIER. HEINRY WHITETELLER, H. C. BOSTWICK, C. 0. GRUWELL, A.H. BARTH. PAUL MCCORNICK DRAFTS ISSUED PAYABLE I I PRICIPAL CITIES OF UllTEE I STATES AND EUROPE. NEXT DOOR TO POSTOFFICE, BILLINGS, MOD TANA.J Seeley Lumber Co, Building Material Yards: Minnesota Ave. and 30th St. Billings, Mont. Phones: Mutual 6. Bell, 126 Red. Yellowstone National OF Bank BILLINGS CAPITAL, - $50,000 SURPLUS, - $40,000 A. L. BABCOCK, President. PETER LARSON, Helena, Vice-P. E. H. 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