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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
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
(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,
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.
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.
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.
(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
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.
Interstate Commission Umpires Dis
pute Between Omaha Grain Ex.
change and Union Pacific Involving
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
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
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."
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
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
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.
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, 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
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
New Yorker's Seconds Throw Up the
Sponge In Fourth Round-Scores the
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
.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
Investigation Brings Out Many Fi
nancial Transactions of the Senator
-Congressman Appears in His Be
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
"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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
, 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
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
"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
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'
"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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.

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