Newspaper Page Text
OF MR. WILEY ALDERMEN VOTE ON THE WATER WORKS QUESTION. WOULD INSTALL PLANT City Engineer Instructed to Make Per manent Survey of Ground South of City - Talk of Advertising for Bids for Sale of Bonds. After a brief discussion of the ques tion, the city council at a special ses sion last night decided by unanimous vote to adopt the report of Engineer A. J. Wiley regarding the proposed municipal waterworks system. The meeting was called for the pur pose of considering the amended plat to the Highland. addition and such other business as might properly come before the council. The plat was soon disposed of, the aldermen ac cepting it, and then they launched into an informal talk on the water works question. Points Out Weak Spot. Commenting on the report of the Boise engineer, Alderman Rademaker said Mr. Wiley told him there was only one weak point in the proposi tion and that was the possibility of the proposed canal breaking in the event of a sudden swell of the river. The alderman added there was noth ing to interfere with going ahead in the project except in the matter of obtaining a right of way. The land .will be open to settlement March 6. Mayor Foster suggested that the water works committee meet with the city attorney and arrange to advertise for the sale of the waterworks bonds. "This proposition having been :in vestigated to the satisfaction of the council and the plan being entirely feasible," safd Alderman Rademaker, "I move that we adopt the system out lined by Engineers Scott and Gerharz and recommended by Mr. Wiley, and that this council take the necessary stepts to install the system." The motion received the affirmative votes of all present, and Alderman Bennighoff supplemented it with one to the effect that City Engineer Ger harz be Instructed to make a perma nent survey of the ground to be cov ered by the new system. This also carried. The first ward representative declared that no fears need be enter tained as to the ability of the city to place the bonds. "Let us go ahead and do business," said Alderman Bennighoff in 'conclu Jion. I They May Want to Know. Alderman Spear suggested that pros pective buyers of waterworks bonds c miight want to investigate and ascer tain whether the amount of money asked for would complete the work contemplated. "They won't care so much about the feasibility of the plan as to know that the city is able to pay for what it needs," observed Mayor Foster. It is expected the waterworks ques tion will come in for considerable dis cussion at the meeting of the council next Tuesday night, as by that time the special water committee will prob ably be ready to report on the matter i of advertising for bids with a view of selling the bonds. CHANGES HANDS TWICE Report Says Lee Warren Has Become Proprietor of Drug Store in First National Bank Building. Reports are in circulation that the drug store of Holmes & Warren, in . the First National bank building, has changed hands twice during the past few days. They formerly owned a ;half interest each in the business. It is said that E. S. Holmes first of fered to purchase the interest of his partner, Lee Warren, and the deal was consummated, the former becom ing sole owner of the property for a short time at least. Then Mr. War ren sought to buy the store of Mr. Holmes. This arrangement, rumor i says, was made last Saturday, leav ing Mr. Warren, in turn, sole pro prletor of the store. The considera tion Is iot stated. WEAVING STRONG NET oveinmment Continues Inquiry Into Alleged Coal Land Frauds in Wyom i Ing--Numerous Indictments Likely Few York, Feb. 11. - The federal ranid ju~y~ today continued its invest S4ointo alleged land frauds in Wy 4 ( B. i.nten, a representative ofitsoretar of the interior, and Sit ~i~ssald, has seoured the ma. tion : of the eidence now be # ee 4 apsaigad Assistant or more o wineses told e# how they in the Big Horn basin of Wyoming and later assigned their rights to the Owl Creek Mining company and the North western Coal company, who now hold title to 9,500 acres. It was reported about the federal building that numerous indictments for both perjury and subordination of perjury are likely to follow. A larg. percentage of the original claimants to the coal lands in question are resi dents of suburban New York. PRESIDENT STANDS FIRM. Still Believes Coal Lands Should Be Withdrawn From Entry. Washington, Feb. 11.-Represent-h tives Lacey of Iowa, chairman of the house committee on public lanls, and Martin of that committee, conferred today with the president concrnmg proposed legislation for the reg'ilatlon of coal lands. President Roosevelt reiterated his opinion that all coal lands should be withdrawn from entry and leased on a royalty system In the house committee test v-tes indicate that a majority desire to con tinue the sale of coal lands under re strictions and favors limited leasing. The minority favors a provision stip ulating that patents for coal lands shall become void in case more than 5,000 acres pass into the control of one corporation or petrson. TO CONSTRUCT DITCH Plans Contemplate Irrigating Canal From Wacco to Custer - Meeting Held of Those Interested. Plans are being formulated toward the construction of an irrigating ditch from Wacco and Custer. accord ing to a communication received by The Gazette from B. P. Thornberry, who states that a meeting of th"se in. terested was held at Custer l3it Sat urday. A temporary organization was ef fected by the selection of CI L. Par ker as chairman and Mr. Thornberry as secretary-treasurer. It w ls luan imously decided to at once assess each person interested in the project $10 to defray the preliminary expense incident to the survey and estimate to be made in the near future. Another meeting will be held at Custer, February 23, when a perma nent organization will be effected. HEARING ON BURKETT BILL (Continued from First Page) cannnot be conducted without fencing, and this loss will often fall hardest on the small man. "I cannot consent to a clause con tinuing for a year, or for any length of time, the present illegal fencing. "The utmost I will consent to, so far as my power extends in the mat ter of legislation, is to continue such fences as in my judgment it is right and proper for me to continue. My first fears is the homesteader and the small stockman. The opposition we have to our proposal now comes pri marily from the big men who graze wandering flocks of sheep, and who do not promote the real settlement of the country. These men are the men whose interests are diametrically hos tile to those of the homemakers, who wish to tat out and destroy the coun try, where he desires permanently to live and who, when they have thus runed the land of the homesteader and small stockman, move elsewhere to repeat the process of devastation. Many of the sheepmen, who are per manent dwellers, sympathize with our movement. Others unfortunately sympathize with their nomadic broth ers, the ultimate result of whose ac tions is to destroy the country. "It must be distinctly understood that the opposition to the proposed measure for government control is op position aimed at the interests of the homemaker, of the homesteader, of the small stockman, of the large stock man who desires that the country shall become better and not worse, and that it is in the interests of those who think that in continuing the present system they will be able to monopolize an improper portion of the public do main, and who are quite indifferent as to whether in the long run they de stroy it. Sncerely yours, "THEODORE ROOSEVELT." TO BUNCH THE BUILDINGS. Washington, Feb. 11.-Representa tive Bartholdt, chairman of the house committee on buildings and grounds, introduced an omnibus public build ing bill today which authorizes several changes in the use of appropriations. It provides that hereafter the secre tary of the treasury shall concentrate public buildings in such a manner that quarters shall be available in them for all branches of the govern ment service located in the same city. CONSUL ROOSEVELT 81CK. Brussels, Feb. 11. - The- American consul general here, G. W. Roosevelt, who has been under treatment for in testinal troubles, has sufered a re lapse and his conditin is critical. MUCH DAMAGE IS -THREATENED WATER COVERS STREETS AS RE SULT OF THE THAW. DANGER TO PROPERTY City Employes Many Men to Clear Passage-Only Few Basements Suf fer-Greatest Menace on the South Side-Conditions Improve. The city has had a large force of men working on the streets for the last two or three days clearing a pas sage for the vast quantity of water that has accumulated as a result of the thawing weather. The recent cold snap and severe storms left some of the streets in bad shape. This was particularly true of the south side, where for whole blocks snow and ice formed a solid mass of obstruction to water flowing in the usual channels. Water stood in min iature lakes on several of the streets and threatened considerable damage to property in the district affected. City employes were kept busy Satur day night and Sunday trying to pre vent water from getting into base ments, and succeeded largely, though a few cases were reported of damage of that character. Tear Up Sidewalks. In a number of cases it was found necessary to tear up the sidewalk with a view of providng means to re lieve the situation. Conditions were greatly improved yesterday, but a force of about 30 men, under the direction of Street Commis· sloner O'Neill was continued in the the work of opening up the streets. By today is hoped the threatened dam age to property will have been averted. GREAT LEGAL BATTLE ON (Continued from First Page) "I admit that this case is being de fended by the Western Federation of Miners, but I deny that large sums of money have been expended in the employment of counsel.' Counsel have been employed very easily and I am ready to submit the sums that have been expended in the case when the other side is ready to disclose the sums that have been expended by the mineowners' association on the pros ecution." This is the reply made by Attorney Richardson, to a statement by Henry P. Knight of the prosecution, that the Western Federation of Miners was trying to defeat the ends of justice and is sending large sums of money with that object. Mr. Richardson demanded that Judge Woods admonish the jury and order that no notice be taken of the statement lodged an exception to the statement and demanded that Knight be reprimanded by the court. Knight stated that he was ready to prove his challenge. The jury was admonished as requested. by Mr. Richardson and time for proof set. DIVIDED IN OPINION Interstate Commission Umpires Dis pute Between Omaha Grain Ex. change and Union Pacific Involving Rates. Omaha, Neb., Feb. 11.-The inter state commerce commission here to day began an investigation of the re cent raise in grain rates put into ef fect by the Union Pacific railroad. The complainant is the Omaha Grain ex change, which charges that the Union Pacfic raised carload rates on grain across the Missouri river bridge at Omaha from $2 per car to $5 and $8 per car. The railroad in its answer admitted all the claims of the plaintiff except that it is denied that the increased rate are exorbitant. Commissioner Clark left today for Cedar Rapids, his home, where he will spend two days Thursday the com missioner will hold a session at Chi cago to investigate complaints against the Wells-Fargo Express company and the Illinois Central and Milwaukee railroads. BLOWN FROM EARTH Explosion Destroys Part of Famous Arsenal at Woolwich-Great Dam age for Miles Around. Woolwich, Eng., Feb. 11.-A huge hole in the ground is all that marks the sight of the chemical research de partment of the Woolwich arsenal and the cordite magazine which exploded early thie morning with such terrific force that the concussion was felt in towns many miles away, and the whole countryside was thrown into a panic, - owing to the belief that a violent - earthquake had occurred. There was no loss of life, but buildings for miles around were wrecked to a greater or less extent by the explosion. Within a few mnutes after the ex plosion thousands of terror stricken people, many of them .half-clad, thronged the streets leading towards the arsenal. There were large holes in the walls of neighboring houses, and on all sides shattered doors and windows and wrecked roofs testified to the appalling force of the explosion. Yesterday being Sunday, there was no night shift working, hence the absence of casuaties. The cause of the disaster is not kown. BLAMING ONE ANOTHER Honduras and Nicaragua Seeking to Shift Responsibility for Anticipated War Between Alleged Republics. Panama, Feb. 11.-The Associated Press received the following dispatch from President Bonilla, of Honduras: Nicaragua is concentrating a con siderable armed force upon the fron tier of Honduras who has made a dec laration of war We are assured an invasion will take place soon." A well-known Central American mer chant, who is familiar with the pres ent designs of the various republics, informed the correspondent of the As sociated Press that President Zalaya, of Nicaragua, believing he holds the balance of power in Central America, wants to put the matter to a test, and that he will oppose intervention by the United States. New York, Feb 1.-The following dispatch has been'received from Pres ident Zelaya, from Nicaragua "To the Associated Press, New York: Nicaragua, being provoked by Honduras, which is preparing to repeat her recent aggressiveness." OTHERS NOT INVOLVED. San Salvador, Feb. 11.-The repre sentative of the Associated Press to day spoke to the president of Salva dor, Jose Escalon, today regarding the Honduras-Nicaraguan trou.l:. The president pointel out that th,1 diffi culty is distinctly confined to Hondu ras and Niciragiua LONG DELAYED TRIBUTE Senate Makes Appropriations of Money to Erect Monuments to Mem ory of Revolutionary Generals. Washington, Feb. 11.-The senate today passed the army appropriatioi bill carrying $81,600,000. The amend ment which permitted the government to accept reduced rates on army sup plies and permitting its enlisted men to accept reduced rates, and an amend ment increasing by 20 per cent the pay of officers and enlisted men were de feated on points of order. Amendments were accepted to build monuments to revolutionary generals as follows: To Gen. John Stark at Mancheter, N. H., $40,000; to Gen. Nathan Green at Gulford Court House, S. C., $15,000; to Gen,, James Sciirivner at Midway, Ga., $5,000. In the debate on the amendment al lowing reduced rates, Senator Spoon er took the position that the govern ment was not bound by the rate bill and could accept reduced rates. Senator Beveridge took issue with Spooner in a statement that this was no "United States commerce," Mr. Beveridge argued that there was a "commerce of the people" which was not a state commerce and which in all essentials was national in character. Senator Carter secured the adoption of an amendment placing William C. Cook on the retired list as a major general. HOUSE SUMMARY. Washington, Feb. l1.-Bills relating to the government of the District of Columbia were considered in the house today. The house in committee of the whole favored a flat 4-cent street car rate, together with a provision for eight tickets for 25 cents in the District of Columbia, but in the house the bill was defeated. Thereon the choice of "no quorum" was made, and the house at 5:15 adjourned. A VIRGINIA TREMBLOR. Shake of Considerable Violence Felt at Several-Places. Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 11. - An earthquake of considerable violence was felt throughout this section at 8:23 o'clock this morning. At Char lottsville dishes were rattled at the breakfast tables. The shock was re oorded at the University of Virginia and at the Leander McCormick obser vatory as lasting about 20 seconds. -KINGSTON SHAKEN AGAIN. . Kingston, Jamaica, Feb. 11.-A sharp earthquake shock was felt here this moi'ning but did. no damage. The Very Latest. The very latest designsa in Ladel' Engraved Calling (ards and Embossed Note Paper and Unvelopes at the Ga. sae o0e3 CUSTOM STILL VERY POPULAR ST. VALENTINE'S DAY LOOKED FORWARD TO BY MANY. LARGE STOCKS IN CITY Prices Range From Few Cents to Sev eral Dollars Each and Local Demand is Great-Comics Are Not Popular in City. Thursday, February 14, is St. Val entine's day and all of the dealers in these sentimental things in the city are doing a big business this year, and if the present demand keeps up the number of valentines sold will more than double that of previous years in Billings. The valentines on the market vary from. the old time comic, selling at one cent each, to the big and hand some ones, with silk ribbons and large quantities of brightly colored celluloid. which sell for several dollars. The growth has been away from the old cheap comics to the better grade f souvenirs for St. Valentines but there still remains the man who goes around a day before and looks up a ridiculous picture with an accompanying verse fully as ridiculous or sarcastic to send to his best friends or his worst enemy. Confidences Are Many. "We receive lots of confidences when selling valentines," said one of the local dealers yesterday. "One fellow will come in and select an out rageous picture and laughingly tell us who he intends it for-a good friend of his. A few minutes later another man comes along and selects the same thing and says he intends 'mailing it to Old So-and-So, to whom I haven't spoken to for 10 years-the meanest man in the world and my worst ene my.' It seems to be just a different view in the matter and I don't know as it is material to the man who re ceives one of these comics, or the one who sent it." 'Many handsome designs are to be seen throughout the city and for these fancy prices are asked, and business in this line has been exceedingly heavy for the past few days, while the great rush for the comics is yet to come. MELLODY WHIPS LEWIS New Yorker's Seconds Throw Up the Sponge In Fourth Round-Scores the Knockdowns. Valley Falls, R. I., Feb. ll.-"Honey" Mellody of Boston, welter weight champion of the world, won the de cision in the fourth round tonight in a fight with "Willie" Lewis of New York. Lewis' seconds threw up the sponge. .The bout was scheduled to go 15 rounds. When the" men weighed in, Lewis was four pounds above the stip ulated weight of 142 pounds, and as a result the championship issue was withdrawn. In the first round the men appeared on pretty even terms, whatever advantage there, being on Lewis' side. In the second round Mel lody played for Lewis' kidneys and the New Yorker weakened considerably In the third round Mellody scored three knockdowns, Lewis taking the count each time. When tt3 fourth round began, Mel lody went for his opponent savagely. Lewis' seconds, realizing that their man had no chance, threw up the sponge. BAILEY ON THE GRILL Investigation Brings Out Many Fi nancial Transactions of the Senator -Congressman Appears in His Be half. Austin, Tex., Feb. -11.-The legisla tive committee appointed to investi gate charges against United States Senator Joseph W. Bailey today gave audience to Congressman Robert Hen ry, of this state. Mr. Henry testified that on April 29, 1900, he met Senator Bailey, at the request of the latter, who was returning from St. Louis. Bailey told him he had heard that an effort was being made to send an ex pansionist delegation to congress, and he wanted us to assist to help him to prevent it. This was on the train be tween Waco and Gainesville. Continuing, Mr. Henry said: "I invited him to stop over at Waco so we could talk it over at leisure. He did so and went to my hotel with me. "The next morning Mr. Bailey asked me about the Waters-Pierce Oil com pany suits," said Mr. Henry. "He told me that Davidc R. Francis had asked him to do what he could to have this ccse dismissed, and he had consenei! to act in a friendly way. "Mr. Bailey told me that Mr. Pietee would be willing to make a settlement of the suits, and I replied that such a qourse would be entirely satisfactory if the terms. of the settlement could be agreed upon by all parties -con cerned." The witness stated that he suim moned Judge Scott and County Attor ney Cullen F. Thomas to a* conference the next morning, and it was then de cided that if the Waters-Pierce Oil company would pay $10,000 to the state and $3,000 to Henry and Strib ling, whb were employed to assist in the, prosecutio.n, the suits would be dismissed Judge Scott called the attention of all parties to the fact that the' case might be evaded because of the disso lution, of the old company At a conference a few days later, the witness said, Mr. Pierce stated that in consideration of a settlement, he would expect to have the felony case against him dismissed. WILL UNCOVER FRAUDS Prominent State Official In Published Interview Makes Serious Charges Against Railroads-Severely Criti cises Administration. (Special to'The Gazette.) Helena, Mont., Feb. 11.-In a long interview in the last issue of the Ka lispell Bee, with a state land official, who is unnamed, the administration is severely .criticised for its attitude regarding the creation of forest re serves. The interview says that stu pendous land frauds in connection with the reserves will be uncovered. The official alleges that thousands of worthless acres of railroad lands have been included in reserves and that these lands are being transfer red to the government in lieu of sec tions of rich valley lands being made by the railroads. "As soon as the bounty fed railroads have satisfied themselves with their new lieu selections and have things in shape, you will see new boundary lines established for all the Montana forest reserves, which will strictly conform to the actual timber and wat ershed lands," the Bee quotes. DECISION IS AFFIRMED. San Francisco, Feb. 11. - That a mining company has no right to use or to interfere with a tunnel construct edw in its own grounds by another mining company, under a condemna tion suit, was the decision handed down yesterday by the United States court of appeals. The case was that of A. A. Headrick and Charles M. Bail lie Against Peter Larson and Thomas L. Greenough. Headrick and Baillie are owners of the Blackhawk lodes and the Alvey lode in Idaho. The decision affirms that of the Idaho district court. SULLIVAN IS WILLING. Accepts Offer for Fight at Tonopah with Attell. St. Louis, Feb. 11.-'Brooklyn Tone my" Sullivan, boxing instructor of the Missorui Athletic club, today ac~ cepted, the terms received in a letter from Manager Riley of the Casino Athletic club of Tonopah, Nev., offer ing a purse of $10,000 for a finish fight with "Abe" Attell, feather-weight champion, at 126 pounds ringside, to be held the latter part of March or early in April. AMERICAN KNOCKED OUT. London, Feb. 11.-In the fifth round of a 20-round fight for the light-weight championship of England and a purse of $1,500 at the National Sporting club tonight, "Jack" Goldswin of Lon don knocked out "Pat" Daley an Amer ican. NOTED GEOLOGIST DEAD. , Eugene, Ore., Feb. 11.-Dr. Thos. Condon, the well known geologist, died at his home in this city today, aged 75 years. Dr. Condon occupied for a great many years the chair of geology in the Oregon State University, but re tired from active work a few years ago. BOMB FOUND IN TIME. (Bulletin.) London, Feb. 11.-A special dis patch from St. Petersburg says that an infernal machine was discovered accidentally last night in a chimney of the house occupied by Count Witte, the former premier. The machine was timed to explode after the family had retired. "I Dreamed I Was King." Manila Sun: Two darkies lay sprawled on the Luneta on a hot day. Moses drew a long sigh and sad: "Heeh-a-h-h! Ah wsh Ah had a hund'ed watermellions." Tom's eyes Ighted dmly. "Hum-ya'h! Dat would suttenly be fine. An' you', gb me fifty?" "No, Ah wouldn't gib you fifty watermellions. Ah wouldn't gib yo' twenty-five." "Seems ter me yous powahful stingy, Mose. Wouldn't yo'-wouldn't yo' gib me one?" "No, Ah wouldn't gib yo' one. Look a heah, niggah, are yo' so good-fer nufln' lazy, dat yo' can't wish fo' yo' own watermellions?" Calling cards at The Gazette omce. SESSIONS WILL BEGIN TODAY GREAT INTEREST IS TAKEN BY THE FARMERS. ABLE MEN ARE PRESENT Institute Will Discuss Important Mat ters Relating to the Successful Growth of All. Kinds of Crops-Dry Land Experts Now in City. The sessions of the farmers' insti tute, which will be held in this city for two days beginning with this even ing, will be largely attended by many tillers of the soil. Interesting talks will be made by men of great exper ience on many different lines per taining to the best raising of crops. The dry land question will be ably dis cussed by men who have made a study of the subject for many years and their opinions will no doubt be eagerly sought. Lectures will be given on this great subject by Prof. L. B. Lin field, who is connected with the agri cultural college at .Bozeman, and who for several years past has been con nected with the Utah station. He will be followed by Dr. W. X. Sudduth, of Fairview, who owns a large ranch north of the city and who will during the coming season cultivate a large amount of land for the raising of a crop of the different cereals by the dry process. Dr. Sudduth has made the subject of dry land farming a special study and his investigations have been of a wide and varied nature. He will illustrate his remarks by the aid of a stereopticon and his re marks will, no doubt, be eagerly ap plauded. Other Speakers Present. Prof. A. Atkinson, who is also con nected with the Agricultural college at Bozeman, will be present,, and will speak on matters of great import to the farmers. He will be followed by Prof. Cooley of Bozeman who will give an interesting talk of "Nature Study," while Miss Lucille Brewer, also of the Agricultural college, will give practi cal demonstrations in cooking. Wednesday afternoon the sugar beet question will be discussed by Prof. Linfleld and others. At the afternoon session W. B. Harlan, of Como, will lecture on "Fruit Growing" in an in teresting way. He will be followed by Prof. Atkinson on "Crop Rotations." Ladies Are Invited. All of the meetings will be held in the council chamber at the City Hall. There will be much to interest the ladies and they are cordially invited to attend all of the different sessions, es pecially the cooking demonstrations given by Miss Brewer. BOUND OVER TO DISTRICT COURT At the close of a preliminary hear ing in his court yesterday afternoon, Justice Mann held that the evidence was sufficient to warrant binding Lee Weathers over to the district court on a charge of grand larceny. Weathers was specifically accused of stealing a horse and saddle belong ing to L; W. Cook of this city, the alleged offense having been commit ted January 18. The evidence showed that the property had been restored 1o its owner though in what manner wag not made altogether clear. While he has denied the charges all along, Weathers did not testify at the hear ing. Attorneys Chapple and Hathhorn, representing the accused, stated thl.t the defense would offer no evidence at this time, it being evident that they intended to reserve this for use at the trial of the case in the higher court. As supplemental to his motion for a dismissal, Attorney Hathhorn made an eloquent plea for his client, contend ing there was nothing in the evidence for the prosecution to justify the be lief that Weathers was guilty of the crime charged. The motion was de nied and the case submitted without argument Weathers was held in bonds of $500 pending his trial in the district court. ELECTIONS IN RUSSIA. Opposition Win Substantial Victory at Several Important Centers. St. Petersburg, Feb. 11.-The re turns from the elections in the big cities yesterday are arriving slowly. Only Moscow, Kursk, Odessa and Kazan have reported, the last two in completely. The opposition won substantial vic tories in Moscow and Odessa. In Kanzan the result was 45 Octoberists and 35 oppositional. The headquarters of the group of toil here has information that except Alladin, every former deputy of that party who did not sign the Viborg manifesto have been re-elected. BURN TO DEATH. Inentown,. Pa., Feb. 11.-iEdwin W. Reidaauer, a bike*, and his four children were ao" ned to death tonight in a fire that destroyed their home.