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The Billings Gazette.
azsette Printing Company. Publishess Isaued Seml*Weskly. TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS. Subscription Rates. One year, in avance .........*3.0 Si months...............1.6* gatered at the Billings PostoEce as second Class Matter. Friday, March 8, 1907. TIME TO GET BUSY. Next to Butte, Billings is undoubt edly the most widely advertised and best known city in Montana. Its fame is co-extensive with the land and everywhere its name is a syno nym for enterprise, push and loyalty. If any one doubts this he has but to go among strangers, and the good things he hears concerning his home town will cause him to be proud of his citizenship. Everywhere alert, ambitious men are keeping an eye on us with a view to coming hither and casting their lot with us. It should be accepted as a fact that this summer will be fraught with much good for the town, as it is the magnet that will at tract a class of people whom any city may consider itself fortunate to secure. But it is not enough that we should simply await their coming. We must be up and doing, we must hus tle, hold out inducements to them and make it an object for them to come and share In the many excellent things we have to offer to the right ones. Spring is now here and the time to get busy has arrived. The period of incubation has ended and we must show to the world that we are worthy of all that has been said of us. Several months have elapsed since the first steps were taken toward the organization of a chamber of com merce. Notwithstanding this, noth ing has occurred since then to afford tangible proof that such a body has been made a verity. Individual activ ity is commendable, in fact necessary, but if it is desired to attain the great est possible degree of success there must be concerted action. Only through organization and unity of ac tion are the best results obtainable. As The Gazette has said on a former occasion, nothing so adds to the stand ing and reputation of a city as an en ergetic, well organized body of the sort in mind. It affords proof that its citizens, particularly its business men, are imbued with the right spirit and working in harmony. Had it not been for similar bodies in those places, Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma and the oth er cities in the section to the north west would not have attained their phenomenal growth and the prosperi ty which now marks them would not be their fortunate lot. Business men of Billings, get together and boost; shake off the lethargy of winter and with nature take on new life and be stir yourselves. Let a meeting be held and the chamber of commerce placed on its feet. If those who were entrusted with the duty of organizing are lagging, stir them up, and, if ne cessary, put others in their place. No more time should be wasted. The day of action has arrived. SPOONER'S RETIREMENT. With ambition satisfied and the de sire for honors gratified, Senator Spooner of Wisconsin is giving thought to more material things, and with that thought comes the decision to lay aside the toga and devote him self to the repairment of a fortune long neglected in discharging public duties. It requires more than ordinary power of will to voluntarily surrender what he surrenders. To be in the limelight of publicity, to hear his name acclaimed as that of one of the great men of the land, to be acknowl edged as a leader, to be courted and cultivated and to be looked up to is the lot of new men. Hence only few are to be found who when they attain that distinction prove themselves strong enough to retire to the hum drum and routine of private life waen they might remain indefinitely where a partial public has placed them. Only now and then one is to be found wt-, will permit himself to be swayed by the considerations to which Mt-. Spooner gives way, therefore they may be said to be a really important evert, not only in the life of the individual himself, but in the life of a state aid soometimes the nation. It may be claimed by some that the reasons given by the senator for his retirement do not fully cover the case, that he sees in the aggressiveness and force of character of the junior sen ator from his state a menace to his own distinction and that he concluded to resign when he could do so with honor and prestige still unimpaired. This may have been one of the con siderations that prompted his retire ment, but it is doubtful, for it must be remembered that he was re-elected in spite of his refusal to be considered as a candidate. But whatever the motive, the fact remains that during his incumbency Mr. Spooner was one of the commanding figures of the sen ate and his name is connected prom. ineptly with some of the most import ant legislation enacted during the years that he was a member of that body. He served his state and the nation faithfully and to the beat of his ability. More none could do. FORTUNATE AMERICA. When an inventory was made at the close of the Fifty-ninth congress it was found that it had proved a rather expensive body, for with the appro priations actually made and authorisa tions given involving expenditures for which no provision was made, it was found that a total very little short of a billion dollars was involved. Yet it may not be said that the money was wasted or extravagantly expended. It takes a great deal more to meet the expenses of government than former ly. Appropriations that only a few years ago would have set the country by its ears now provoke no comment. Fortunately for the nation, its rev enues have grown even faster than its expenses, and great as is the amount of money voted during the last ses sion, a healthy surplus will remain af ter every penny authorized has been paid out. Nothing can give a better idea of the growth of the country with in the last decade than contemplation of this. While other nations find themselves continually facing greater expenditures and the orain on their treasuries is constantly increasing, with no other recourse left to meet it than increased taxation of the masses, we are enabled to calmly view an ever increasing expense account, knowing that the means of meeting it will not be wanting, and that it will not be necessary to heap the burden upon the backs of those already straining and staggering under a load greater than they can bear. Keeping pace in a reasonable manner with the world demand or craze, whichever you please, for greater navies, more for midable equipment and national de fenses of all kinds, we manage to do so without impoverishing the nation and causing destitution and suffering among the people. By the institution of wise policies as regards the tariff and by an equitable and reasonable system of taxation we are enabled to meet every demand and fulfill every obligation in a manner that oppresses none and makes the load so light that none feels it. FRISCO'S HINT TO BILLINGS. Although on every hand are still to be seen mournful reminders of the awful havoc and destruction wrought by the earthquake and fire, the people of San Francisco are responsive to the promptings of civic pride and the old spirit which prevailed before that fearful catastrophe continues to live. A "spotless town" is the slogan which brought out thousands of volunteers last Sunday, and at the sound of a bugle they began to ply shovel, pick and broom, aided by over three thou sand carts into which the debris and accumulated filth was loaded and .arted away. Until nightfall the en thusiastic workers toiled and sweated and when finally they ceased their la. bors the city was almost unrecogniz able. Men of all professions and occu pations participated in the gigantic house cleaning. The women of the city aided by providing rood and re freshments to the workers from des ignated places. While the entire city was covered, special attention was paid to the burned district. The movement instituted last Sun day is to be continued until the city shall be clean, even though the ruins caused by last April's disaster may still remain in part to mar the scene, but the city will be clean; Frisco will be a "snotleaq town 11 Here Is a hint to Billings, which certainly needs a cleaning. As the men manifest no disposition to do any thing in the direction of making a Bill ings beautiful, let the ladies take the matter in hand, for it will be a queer sort of a fellow who can withstand their appeals in behalf of beauty and orderliness. If they will only consider the matter seriously, organize a cam paign with a "Spotless Billings" as their warcry and give no rest to the lazy and indifferent husbands, fathers, brothers and "fellers," they will speed ily bring about a condition much to be desired and earn the everlasting grat itude of the community. LESSON IN ADVERTISING. Among the many who feel the loss of their daily paper, none at Butte so greatly deplore the suspension of the newspapers of that city as the mer chants. They are free to acknowledge that since they are no longer able to advertise a marked falling off in their business is noticeable. Furthermore, they are also free in their acknowl edgment that the decrease in recitpts is not due to the fact that many of the miners have been discharged be cause it began to manifest itself im mediately following the suspension of the newspapers, whereas several weeks passed before the mines began to make drafts. Some who before doubted the efficacy of newspaper ad vertising and rather begrudgingly ex pended money in that direction now realize that it was well invested ann that the' returns more than justified the outlay. Of the thousands in the big mining camp who are praying that the pub lishers and employes may speedily ad just their differences and that publi cation of the newspapers be resumed, none does so more earnestly than the merchant who has formed the adver tising habit, for none is so seriously affected. THE WATER WORKS. Notwithatanding the efforts In cer tain quarters to make it appear thai The Gazette is opposed to municipa ownership of the waterworks, the rec ord does not bear this out. At nc time has this newspaper ranged itsell in opposition to the project. The ma jority has declared itself in favor of such ownership and The Gazette, be ing an American newspaper, abides by that decision. But municipal owner, ship does not justify disregard for business principles and methods, al. though unfortunately this only too of. ten follows. What this paper has main tained and still maintains is that the city administration is inclined to ac cept too much for granted; that the gentlemen who are acting in behalf of the citizens are not proceeding with that same conservatism and prudence which they would exercise in regard to their own affairs. Before it is known for an absolute certainty that the bonds can be sold, that prospective buyers will not discover something which may cause them to reject the tender, the mayor and council pro ceed to incur great expense and in crease the city's indebtedness, with nothing more substantial to justify it than anticipation of things that may not be realized. Candidly, the Gazette believes that the people have been misled insofar as they believed municipal ownership would be followed by lower water ren tals. They now realize that this hap py condition is to exist for them only in theory; that the rates will be higher through the workings of the special levy the council proposes to make for the purpose of providing a fund to defray the interest charges on the bonds. As The Gazette showed a few days ago, the levy, much as It in creases rentals, is still not enough to pay the Interest on the bonds, but reliance must be placed upon gener ous profits to meet the deficiency, without making the customary provis ions for running expenses, such as re pairs, extension of the system, etc. Then it must also be kept in mind that eventually the bonds will mature and a sinking fund will have to be created for their redemption. Seem ingly this important matter has been overlooked; or else the administration Is proceeding on the theory that before maturity of the issue the profits will have become so great that only a year or two will be required to lay by the needed money. The Gazette may be wrong, but thus far none of the gentlemen connected with the city administration has un dertaken to set it aright, although, as previously stated, its columns are open to them any time they may wish to avail themselves of the privilege. CAUGHT IN HIS OWN TRAP. Granting that at times he proved overzealous and that in consequence he worked an occasional hardship on some deserving settler, even granting that there were many cases of that sort, the fact still remains that while holding the portfolio of secretary of the interior, Ethan Allen Hitchcock rendered the country invaluable ser vice in preventing land frauds and in bringing many fraudulent entrymen to book. Even his bitterest enemies must admit that the amount of graft ing which was practiced in connection with the acquisition of public lands was as great as it was scandalous. To the extent that he stopped the prac tice is he entitled to the gratitude of the people. Some of those who denounced him the loudest have been held in suspi cion, and as events have demonstrated this suspicion in certain cases was justified. Whether warranted or not, it is generally believed that down in Wyoming things have not been what they should be. Public lands have been fenced in total disregard of the law and the rights of settlers. Vast holdings have been acquired in a man ner that many think would not bear the closest scrutiny, in respect of which a very corpulent belief exists that Oregon and Wyoming are consid erably alike. And the fiercest attacks made on the former secretary came from those two states. Among those that led in the fight on Hitchcock was Representative Mondell of Wyoming. At his instance an amendment to the civil sundry bill was adopted forbidding the examina tion of any lands in any entry on which final proof has been made, un less the department of the interior has information causing good ground for the belief that fraud has been practiced or that the law has not been complied with. In this amendment Hitchcock saw an opportunity to even up matters with the Wyoming con gressman. He learned that Mondell had filed final proof in support of his claim for a patent to a homestead near Newcastle. The usual affidavit accompanied the application, in which it was set forth that the applicant had dwelt upon the land the required length of time. Recently it came to the knowledge of the interior department that if ac tual residence was maintained on the land the occupant must have lived in the open air, for it is claimed that it contains no place for human habita tion, and furthermore that coal under lies the land. Acting on this infor mation, one of the last official acts of the. retiring secretary of the interior was to send an examiner out there to make an investigation, and upon his report the future action of the de partment will depend. Meanwhile Mondell's application is held up. Instead of the $500,000 which the interior department asked for the em ployment of special agents to investi gate land claims, largely upon Mon dell's representations, it was given only $25,000. However. it was found that the sum required to investigate his claim could be spared, and Hitch cock in part has been avenged. DISPLAY OF POOR JUDGMENT. However honest the motive, the leg islature failed to do that which meets with general approval when it refused to pass the bill appropriating a modest sum of money for the establishment and maintenance of a state immigra tion bureau, while at the same time it gave consideration to another measure appropriating a larger sum for an ex hibit at the Seattle exposition. Repub lican, as well as democratic newspa pers are outspoken in their criticism, cohsequently it may not be said that politics is behind the unfavorable com ment the action has caused. How the house, which finally killed the bill in furtherance of a greater Montana, can justify its position in hard to understand. The appropria tion for Seattle's benefit is made on the ground that it will advertise Mon tana. Possibly it will, but it is diffi cult to see wherein Montana will be benefitted by contributing to an enter prise which has for its object the pro motion of a region at the other end of the world, or how it is expected good will come to the state by adding to the success of a movement calculated to draw people away from us and place them thousands of miles distant. The only thing that may be said in favor of voting money for the AlaskaYu kon exposition is that it shows a neighborly feeling for the Puget sound city and manifests a kindly spirit to ward it. The house made a serious mistake when it permitted itself to listen to the selfish arguments which were principally responsible for its action in killing the bill for an immigration bu reau. The plea that to induce immigration would be resultant of filling the state with cheap labor was made for effect. The men ad vancing it had ulterior objects in mind, and the others failed to see what was apparent to everyone, ex cept the distinguished representatives. If $25,000 expended for advertising at Seattle will be productive of good, how much more good would have fol lowed had the same amount of money been used for establishing the bureau urged by the All-Montana convention. If a display of minerals, grain, wool, etc., for a few weeks at an exposition held to further the interests of the polar regions is worth $25,000 to the state as an advertisement, it must stand to reason that the same amount expended intelligently in legitimate advertising over a period of months through an official bureau under state supervision would produce even great er and better results. It is to be re gretted that the majority permitted it self to be influenced by demagogical talk, for the state is bound to be the loser through retardation of settle ment and development of its re sources. AN UNTRUTHFUL CRITIC. After careful consideration, E. H. Harriman has arrived at the conclu sion that President Roosevelt is lack ing in "fixity of purpose," and so de livers himself in an interview in the New York World. This is what he has to say concerning the president: "It is too bad that a man with such an alert mind as President Roosevelt has, should not have subjected him self to more discipline. Mr. Roose velt is a very able man. He would be capable of really doing things if he had only more fixity of purpose." Such comment from suen a source is amusing, although not interesting, unless it be considered as having been made for a purpose. Mr. Harriman and the men of the class which he represents above all else should know that whatever his shortcomings in other directions, lack of fixity of pur pose is not one of the president's fail ings. Most assuredly it may not be said that it was manifested in the president's policy in reference to the railroads. Impulsive though he may be, he acted with the utmost deliber ation in formulating his plans con cerning what he considered the proper methods to be pursued in forcing the roads to recognize the naw and yield obedience to it. These plans thor oughly considered and adopted, he displayed a determination of purpose to carry them into successful oper ation that brought dismay to the Har rimans, Hills, Goulds, Rockefellers and the rest of the tribe. Wherever his voice was heard it was raised in an appeal for support and in exposition of his views and wishes. The fact that he was waging what many considered a losing battle did not deter him. He believed in the righteousness of the cause he advocated and trusted the people. There was no wavering, no going back, no yielding. Grad ually the truth dawned upon the na tion and the force that mustered un der his leadership proved irresistible. A senate that hitherto had been at the beck and call of the corporations was forced to yield to popular will and swing into line to save itself from the storm it saw coming. So frightened had it become that it was not content with accepting the so-called rate law as it came from the house, but mate rially strengthened it and made it more effective and far-reaching in its results. And all this was brought about by the man whom Mr. Harri man now declares is "lacking in fixity of purpose." The people are not yet prepared to aocept the judgment of the New York er. They will continue to entertain their own estimate of the president. COMPULSORY CHASE FOR DOLLAR With an aptness characteristic of all his work, "Barth" in a late issue of the Minneapolis Journal presents a cartoon of Shonts, Stevens, Shaw and Spooner leaving Washington in single file. In the background appears the national capitol, one corner of the building bearing a sign post with the legend "To New York." Surmounting the post is a dollar mark. The same mark also does duty as the in itial letter of each of the quartette. Shonts carries a valise marked "Pres ident of Traction Company"; Stevens has a roll and drafting implements un der his arm, also appropriately in. scribed. Behind him is Shaw with his satchel carrying the inscription "Pres. of Carnegie Trust Co.", while Spooner brings up the rear with a bun dle of law books. The picture, plainer than columns of writing, tells the reason why the four have seen fit to retire from pub lic service. The dollar is the magnet that draws them away from the honor and distinction which attach to the po sitions they have resigned. But who can blame them? Living has become a luxury in this country, and only the millionaire is able to remain in a pos. sition of public trust and honor. The simplicity of life in America of which we erstwhile boasted has vanished; combinations of capital and labor have forced the prices of everything upward until the question of mere existence has become a problem. Men with ability and sincerity of purpose can no longer afford to give their services as jurists, legislators or other public servants, unless they have unlimited means and are not dependent upon their earnings for a livelihood. An honest poor man may be tempted into accepting an office or position in pub lic life, but when he realizes the ma terial sacrifices acceptance entails he speedily retires and goes back to some more humble but more remunerative occupation. Of course, all this is wrong, but until a readjustment has been arrived at things will continue as they are and the struggle for existence will grow in intensity. SHOULD BE MUZZLED. Last Sunday a meeting was held at Butte to protest against the continued imprisonment of Moyer, Haywood and Pettibone. Gifted, but dangerous ora tors addressed it and by the tricks of the trained speaker sought to inflame the passions of men by appealing to prejudice at a time when industrial unrest prevailed and to further sow the seeds of discontent and hatred. It was a dangerous thing to do, but it showed the extremes to which the demagogue and agitator Is prepared to go any time he thinks he sees an op portunity for self aggrandizement. To say, as one of the speakers said, that "Right is on the cross and wrong is on the throne" made a sonorous sen tence and grandiloquently rounded a period, but was' it stating the truth? The man who made the utterance has risen from a position of daily toil to one of ease and comparative affluence by his ability to inflame the minds of the workingmen and fill their hearts with bitterness toward those who em ploy them. Professing to be one of their friends, this demagogue, but a few degrees removed above the an archist, is never so happy as when he sees turmoil, unrest, discontent and industrial misery. His glib tongue is ever ready to foment strife and his mind every busy hatching mischief. Memory of the fearful conditions which prevailed in Idaho some years ago and which finally resulted in the dastardily assassination of a former governor of that state is still fresh. That same inciter to riot and blood shed figured prominently in those aw ful times, but like the true agitator and plotter he took good care that his own precious neck was never placed in danger. When he saw the work his malevolent mind had wrought he availed himself of the friendly aid of those in this state who were powerful and wealthy and sneaked across the border, leaving behind the victims of his machinations, indifferent as to their fate. From a safe distance he continued to inveigh against the "op pressors of the poor workingman," the "tyrants grinding beneath merci less heels the honest toiler," 'but his face has never been seen there since. Like all of his kind he proved himself a coward, a sneak. Will the real workingman, the man who earns his bread by honest toil never learn to know such fellows? Will he never arrive at the stage where he will think for himself, fol low his own counsel and turn deaf ear to the plotter, the agitator, the mis chief maker, the blatant anarchist, who, while pretending to be his friend, is really his enemy, who like a leech fastens himself to him and saps his life blood? LEST YOU FORGET. While boasting of the many costly and beautiful structures going up in different parts of the city, thought should be given to their surround ings. The canvas, however great Its value, must have a proper frame to bring out all its beauties. A magnifi cent pile set in surroundings of filth and wretchedness is but a mockery and only accentuates the squalor all about It. The stately edifice facing an ill-kept thoroughfare, its massive cor nice and towering roof frowning down upon a collection of tin cans, discarded foot wear and other rubbish does not appeal to the eye like the trim little cottage In its setting of velvety lawn, flower guarded walks and waving trees, even though it cost but a trifle of the sum necessary to erect the other. Spring is here and with it the prom. Ise of green grass, budding trees and bursting flowers. Nature has done much for the city, but nature cannot do everything. The time of year has arrived when it becomes necessary to wield the hoe and rake, to use the shovel and employ the garbage man. Billings is painfully in need of a thorough cleaning. Its condition is a reproach to its citizens. It must not be permitted to continue in its pres. ent state any longer. Clean up, re pair your sidewalk, sow grass on that long neglected boulevard, plant trees and give evidence that you take real pride in the city and love it. MARTS OF TRADE New York Money. New York, March 7.-Money on call, firm at 4%@6 per cent; ruling rate, 5%; closing bid, 5; offered at 5 per cent. Time loans dull; 60 days, 5%00 per cent; 90 days and six months, 5% per cent. Prime mercantile paper, 5%@6; sterling exchange steady, with actual business in bankers' bills at 485.50@ 55 for demand and at 480.20@25 for 60-day bills; posted rates, 481%@ 485%; commercial bills 480%. Bar silver, 68½. Mexican dollars, 58. Government bonds easy; railroad bonds irregular. New York Bonds. U. S. refunding 2's registered, 105. U. S. refunding 2's coupon, 105%. U. S. 3's registered, 103%. U. S. 3's coupon, 103%/x. U. S. new 4's coupon, 103%. U. S. new 4's registered, 129%. U. S. new 4's coupon, 129%. U. S. old 4's registered, 100%. U. S. old 4's coupon, 101%. St. Louis Wool. St. Louis, Mo., March 7.-Wool steady. Medium grades combing and clothing, 24@28; light fine, 20@23; heavy, fine, 16@18; tub washed, 30@ 38. Chicago Livestock. Cbikago, March 7.-Cattle-Re ceipts, 8,000. Beeves, ;firstname.lastname@example.org; cows and heifers, ;email@example.com; stock ers and feeders, $firstname.lastname@example.org; calves, ;email@example.com. Hogs-Receipts, 2,200. Market steady. Mixed and butchers, ;6.80@ 7; good heavy, $6.92%07; rough heavy, $firstname.lastname@example.org; light, ;email@example.com; pigs, $firstname.lastname@example.org. Sheep-Receipts, 12,000. Market steady. Sheep, $email@example.com; lambs, ;4.9007.75. Omaha Livestock. Omaha, March 7.-Cattle-Receipts, 7,000. Native steers, $4.5005; cows and heifers, $firstname.lastname@example.org; western steers, $email@example.com; canners, $2@3; stockers and feeders, $firstname.lastname@example.org; calves, $email@example.com; bulls and stags, $firstname.lastname@example.org. Hogs-Receipts, 8,000. Market a shade higher. Heavy, $email@example.com%; mixed, $firstname.lastname@example.org%; light, $6.70@ 6.772; pigs, $email@example.com. Sheep-Receipts, 4,000. Yearlings, $firstname.lastname@example.org; wethers, $email@example.com; ewes, $4.5"@5.50; lambs, $firstname.lastname@example.org. Kansas City Livestock. Kansas City, Mo., March 7.-Cattle -Receipts, 7,000. Native steers, $email@example.com; native cows and heifers, $firstname.lastname@example.org; stockers and feeders, $email@example.com; bulls, $firstname.lastname@example.org; calves, $email@example.com; western-fed steers, $firstname.lastname@example.org; western-fed cows, $email@example.com. Hogs-Receipts, 10,000. Market steady. Heavy, $firstname.lastname@example.org; packers, $email@example.com; pigs and lights, $5.40@ 6.82%. Sheep-Receipts, 6,000. Market steady. Muttons, $firstname.lastname@example.org; lambs, $7@ 7.05; range wethers, $email@example.com; fed ewes, $firstname.lastname@example.org. Chicago Grain and Produce. Chicago, March 7.-Wheat was in active demand and the market was firm. The pit was flooded with reports of damage to the fall sown crop by the "greenbug," and these advices furnished the chief incentive to buy. Some of the advices were exceedingly pessimistic, one of them claiming that almost the entire crop in northern Texas had been ruined. The market closed firm. May opened a shade to %@%c higher, at 76% to %, advanced to 77% and closed 1A@a)%c net higher, at 76%. Firm cables, unsettled weather and small local receipts brought out a lively demand for corn by commission houses. With the exception of a short time during the last half of the day, offerings were light. May opened '/ to %c higher, at 47 to ., sold down to 46%, and closed '/c lower, at 47. Commission houses and shorts were bidders for oats and the market ruled strong all day. May opened ½@/c higher, at 421/8 to 42%@%c, advanced to 42%@¾, and closed %c higher at 42%@%. Pi ovisions were active. Lard and ribs were in fair demand by export ers. At the close May pork was up to 10c., lard was a shade lower and ribs were 7%c higher. VOTE AGAINST STRIKE. Omaha, March 7.-The street car men's union tonight voted against a strike to enforce their demand for a "closed smop." THIEVES FAIL TO FIND CASH ENTER REAR DOOR OF TODD SHOE STORE. RANSACK THE PLACE They Overlook One Hundred and Thirty.Elght Dollars In Currency in. Drawer Under a Counter -Polle. Are Investigating the Case. Evidently lacking in the experience of trained men in their class, bur glars entered the Todd shoe store, 2815 First avenue, north, at an early hour last evening and ransacked ev ery place but the right one for coia of the realm. F. S. Todd left the store, as is his custom, about 6:30, at the close of the day's business. One hour later W. C. Dace, who is employed there as sales man, called up over the telephone and informed Mr. Todd that the store had been broken into. The latter lost no time in retracing his steps to the store. On investigation it was found that entrance had been effected through the rear door. The thieves had brok en the glass in the door and crawled through the opening thus made. Boots and shoes and goods of every descrip tion kept in the store were strewn about promiscuously, the burglars having pulled out drawer after draw er in the apparent desire to find soma money. Evidently Novices In Business. Peculiarly enough the thieves over looked the cash drawer under one of the counters, in which Mr. Todd placed $138 in currency just before leaving the store. The burglars did not take any goods. The quick discovery of the crime was due to Mr. Dace, who happened to think of something he wanted in the store and went inside, intending to remain there but a moment. There is no clue to the identity of the bur glars, who are probably novices in the business. The police are working on the case. CONFERENCE IS liELD Methodists of Yellowstone District Meet at Livingston and Transact Much Business-Go to Forsyth. Next Year. (Special to The Gazette.) Livingston, Mont., March 7.-Last. evening the business occupying the attention of the Methodist conference if the Yellowstone district, in session here the past three days, was brought to a conclusion. Forsyth was select ed as the next meeting place, and the month of holding the annual meeting was changed from March to November. The final business session was fol lowed by devotional services at the church, the sermon being preached. by the Reverend T. S. Leland of For syth, and the after service conduct ed by the Reverend W. W. Van Ors del of Great Falls. The meetings were conducted' throughout by the Reverend L. H. Mickel of Bozeman, presiding elder of the Yellowstone district, while the Reverend Chas. E. Miller of Billings. was the secretary. The chief features. of the meeting were reports and ad dresses from the presiding elder and, the ministers present. The following ministers were pres ent and took and active part in the program of the conference: George D. King, Livingston; J. W. Bennett, Bozeman; W. W. Van Orsdel, Great Falls; J. A. Meeke, Whitehall; H. A.. James, Miles City; T. S. Leland, For sythe; C. E. Miller, Billings; Freder ick Spencer, Park City; W. O. Wool son, Big Timber; W. E. Snyder, Clyde Park; E. T. Maring, Pine Creek;. P. F. Blake, Meadow Creek; John G. Clark, Bridger. The following lay-. men were also in attendance: Fletch er Van Ohsdel, Waterloo; Samuel' Fletcher, Meadow Creek, and E. H. Fisher, Bozeman. Mrs. D. I. Brenne man and Mrs. L. H. Mickel of Boze man also attended. President C. W.. Tenny of the Wesleyan university,. and Reverend Edward Smith, presid ing elder of the Butte conference dis trict, were both over from Helena for the greater part of the session. The conference was entertained the' last evening with a chicken supper prepared by the Ladles' Aid and served at the church parlors. The lo cal interest in the success of the meeting was quite active and tended much to the general success. POPULAR BUTTE MAN DIES. Death Comes Unexpectedly to Assist ant City Electrician. (Special to The Gazette.) Butte, March 7.-Most unexpectedly Frank McQuillan, assistant city elec trician, died at St. James' hospital at 6:45 o'clock this morning of pneumo nia. He was only 27 years of age, anal was one of the most popular young men about the city hall. =He leaves a father and two sisters Calling Cards at The Gazette Omce..