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TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS. issued Semi-Weekly. Subscription Wates. ,One year, in advance.............00 ix montn ................... ..1.50 Entered at the Billings Postofflice as Siecond Class Matter. Friday, July 26, 1907. A ROOSEVELT JUDICIARY. The firmness displayed by Judge Landis of the United States district court for the district of northern Illi nois has caused considerable specula tion as to what would happen if the trust magnates were to be placed on trial in some other federal court. An investigation into the personnel of the feaeral judiciary reveals an unusual condition and one that leads to the belief that if the fight of the presi dent against the corporate interests of the country is carried into the courts it will mean a victory for the Ameri can people and for President Roose velt. The investigation shows that through his appointments the presi dent almost dominates the federal ju diciary. He has named three of the judges of the United States supreme court, one-third of the membership; 12 out of 29 judges of the circuit court, or 41 per cent; 42 out of 80 judges of the district court, or 52.5 per cent of its judges. By the end of his present term he will have an opportunity to appoint seven of the nine justices of the supreme court; 17 of the 29 judges of the circuit court and 47 of the 80 judges of the district court. President Roosevelt, according to these figures, practically dominates the federal judiciary and before the expiration of his present term he will have appointed nearly an entire judi ciary composed of men of his own ideas and way of thinking. Under such conditions as this, it is easy to assume that when the president's ideas and the trust ideas are present ed to the courts for a decision, it will be the ideas of the strenuous presi dent that will prevail. The policies of government suggest ed by the president, which will event ually 'be enacted into laws, will have to be tested by the courts, but with a judiciary composed of the appointees of the president it is reasonable to as sume that their legality will be sus tained. Included among others are the following propositions which he has suggested: The control of all railways or other methods of transportation within in dividual state limitations as coming under the constitutional provision re tainng government control over post roads. The control of all trusts transgress ing federal laws through receivers to be appointed 'by federal judges. The control of all individual for tunes by the imposition of an income tax. The control of all agencies employ ing labor insofar as the liability of the employer is concerned by the elimina tion of the plea of contributory negli gence. The control of all coal deposits now on government reservations to be de veloped under license from Washing ton. The control of child labor. The control of all railroads engaged in interstate commerce by means of government regulation of rates. AMERICA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN. The contest to decide who is the most beautiful woman in America is over and the representatives of some of the great American papers have decided that out of the thousands of women, whose photographs they exam ined, Miss Marguerite Frey of Denver is the most beautiful creature. Miss Gabriella Worsley, a country girl from Wisconsin, was awarded second place and Miss Eola Rice of Washington, D. C., was awarded third place. Of course, as was to have been expected, the most beautiful woman came from the west. Miss Frey has been heralded throughout the country as the nation's most beautiful woman. Without de tracting any from the honor that has been awarded her, we are free to con fess we believe that the question of who is the most beautiful woman in America is still unsolved. The test of physical beauty as shown in the pho tographs by which the award was made is surely not a just one. The physical appearance of a woman is not Ahe only requirement in judging of her beauty. There. is more. Beautiful thoughts, beautiful deeds and beauti ful characters must be taken into con sideration. Are they not the real test of beauty? There is many a man with an aged mother, whose face is wrinkled, whose hair is white and whose form is stooped from years of labor and sac rifice that will not agree with the judges in Ameiica's beauty contest: To them there Is a far more beautiful :Qwmanltsan Mlss Frey. There are .oving mothers, thoughtful sisters, elisayl cng -women -irho are amBng Aurica"r's most beautiful women and' :'t .aeir. sicalp featUres may. not oppre. withthf beattes whose pho Itigraphs Ore eiamined in the con test. Beauty is more than physical per fectness, more than smooth lines and perfect features; beauty is the inner most picture of the soul. And every man and every woman knows some "most beautiful woman" to whom they pay the homage and adoration that is due to real beauty and she is not the one declared to be the most beautiful woman by the art critics appointed by America's leading newspapers. There are thousands of different women who are the most beautiful in America. WHAT IS A DEMOCRAT? Bourke Cockran has answered the question "What is a democrat," by declaring 'before an assembly at Tam many hall that "Democracy is the application to political institutions of the Divine injunction to the first man: 'In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.' " The defination may be a correct one but if it is, wont some one please tell us how the Honorable IBourke Cockran comes to be classified as a Democrat. When did he earn his bread by the sweat of his brow? If Mr. Cockran's definition is cor rect we would like to know how the Tammany leaders, some of the na tional leaders and a number of state leaders in the Democratic party se cured admission to the organization representing the principles of Jefferson. If the chief requirement to be a demo crat is, as Mr. Cockran says, then we are free to believe that a large number of professed democrats will have to be read out of the party. HELP GATHER THE DISPLAY. Space has been reserved for Billings in the display car which the Burling ton railroad will send out this fall and the Chamber of Commerce has taken up the work of gathering grasses and grains for the display. They are being collected at the office of President O'Donnell and after a choice display has. been secured it will be turned over to the Burlington agents. It is to be hoped that every effort will be made to assist the Cham ber of Commerce in gathering a dis play that will truly show the wonder ful products of the Yellowstone valley. It offers an opportunity to advertise Billings such as it probably has not had for sometime. CONDITIONS AT THE ROADHOUSE. The attention of The Gazette has again been called to the condition of the road houses and alleged violations of the law there. :Monday night a number of Billings people went for an automobile ride east of the city. When they passed one of the road houses a number of women, who are alleged to have been of questionable character, were seen around the place. It is against conditions such as this and to protect their children from sights which they should not see that the residents on the Billings bench, many of whom use that road to come to the city, are protesting. The ap pearance of women around one of those road houses, as it is alleged was the case Monday night, is a clear violation of the law. It is to be hoped that the county commissioners will take up the peti tion of the residents of the Bench and revoke the licenses of the roadhouses. WOMEN vs. MEN. A strong protest is being made by the women teachers of the country to the effect that an injustice is being done them as in most instances they do not receive as much pay for a day's work as a man performing the same labor. There is not the slightest doubt but what the women teachers of the coun try and the men teachers as well are greatly underpaid and in the teach ing profession as in all other avoca tions the women receives less than the man. It is an acknowledged fact that the wages of women are too low, *but the teachers will have hard work in convincing the employers that a woman earns as much as a man. It is a physical impossibility for her to do the amount of work he does and it is not expected of her, and therefore she is given less pay. In offices where both women and men work it is claimed by students of labor conditions the woman is partially a hindrance. She not only fails to do the work of man but takes up much of the man's time in extending to her the little courtesies that are expected by her sex. ANOTHER SOUTH SIDE CRIME. The holding up of the patrons of a noodle joint on the South side early yesterday morning and +he successful escape of the robbers is another warn ing to the mayor and the pa.'ice that something must be done to curb the lawlessness and reign of c-'ime on the South side. There is not the slightest doubt but what the hold-up was committed by some of the loafers who frequent the dives on the South side. It is almost an admitted fact that the other crimes committed there recently were com mitted by that same class of men. If the reign of lawlessness is to cease then some steps must be taken to rid the city of that'class of criminals. The only way to do it is to close tip the places where they loaf. The mayor and the police know where such dives are. The Gazette believes that some steps should be taken to close them. We would like to call the attention to the conditions that prevailed in Louisville, Ky. Crime and lawlessness were rampant. The governor appoint ed a new set of city officials and the latter closed the places of ill repute in the city. The result was that the reign of crime ceased and nearly all the characters of bad reputation left. That is what will, happen in Bill ings if the dives are closed. We be lieve that it is a duty which the au thorities owe to the better citizees of the community that they be closed. PASSING OF THE REVIVAL. It looks as though the good old fash ioned revival service is doomed and will have to give way to a more se date and thoughtful method of secur ing religious converts. Time was when a revival was a frequent and popular event in any community but of late years they have been held with less frequency and much less suc cess. Now comes the Venerable Bishop John H. Vincent of the Methodist church and declares, as have a large number of leading divines in the coun try, that the revival service produces only a temporary good and the meth ods used at them are such that the bad effects more than offset the good. Bishop Vincent says that he wants to see 365 days a year devoted to re ligious work and the abolishing of all spasmodic and sensational efforts to create a religious enthusiasm. He says that religion should Tbe secured and shown in a consistent every day life. The venerable bishop may be right, but thousands of men and women who received their first religious enthusi asm at some of the revival services held by Moody and Sankey, or some of the other great revivalists of the last half of the ninetenth century, will probably not agree with him. The revival may have its bad effects but the good accomplished by the great revivalists now passed beyond demon strates that it has had a wonderful in fluence in persuading men and women to lead Christian lives. CUT DOWN THE WEEDS. If anyone has the slightest doubt as to the fertility of the Billings soil they should stand on the corner of Twenty seventh street and First avenue north and gaze at the weeds in every direc tion. No matter which way one may look tall grass and weeds line the side walks in small patches. It seems a disgrace that in a city the size of Billings the weeds should be allowed to grow in such profusion on the streets. It should certainly make anyone ashamed to take a stranger past the city hall where on the First avenue north side a bunch of grass grows a foot high. It looks as if the officials in charge of such work could at least have the weeds removed from around the public buildings. The Gazette believes that the street commissioner or someone vested with proper authority should start at work at the city hall and see that the 'weeds are removed from every street in the city. There are ordinances covering the matter. The property owner can be notified to remove the weeds and it he fails then the city can remove them and have it charged against his prop erty. The fearful appearance of some of the streets demands that some ac tion be taken at once. SETTLING THE HUNTLEY LANDS. Papers throughout the country are commenting freely on the failure to dispose of their claims under the Hunt ley canal to the people who drew num bers at the drawing and some of them are strong in their censure of those who registered and then failed to file, thereby preventing many people who really wanted claims from securing a chance to file. The Helena Record of Wednesday contains an editorial on the subject in which it says: "There will be no difficulty in set tling the 40 and 80-acre tracts under the Huntley project when the people who really want to make homes have the opportunity to do so. The fact is and there is no disputing it, that when the opportunity was given to get on the list of those who could draw for lands pretty nearly every one in Bill ings and the surrounding country put down their names. As a result, when the drawing took place, the great ma jority were residents of Billings. Com paratively few of these were in a po sition to take advantage of the offer to make a home under the canal, and few when they entered their names had any idea of doing so. It was a speculation on their part, and after having entered it, owing to the 'strin gent' regulations to which the corre spondent refers, they found they could not make it pay. "Hundreds of genuine home makers did not have their names come out in the drawing, and they went home lis appointed. Some of these people trav eled hundreds of miles and went to great expense to get their names on the lists and they were 'left' because the local speculators were greater in number than they were. They knew of the so-called 'stringent' regulations, and were willing to make homes and help build up the country under them. "Somg of them undoubtedly have secured other loctions, nut many are watching for andther opportunity to make a home under the Huntley ca nal. When the local speculators are i eliminated these homeseekers will be on hand and every tract under the government ditch will have a set tler. "The action of some of the Billings people will result in delaying only tem porarily complete settlement of the tract. The results in Yellowstone county should be a lesson for other communities located in the vicinity of a national reclamation project." A doctor was appointed mayor of SanrFrancisco in order that he would be able to scientifically prescribe for the city. About the best prescription he could give would Ibe advice to rest and remain quiet. Frisco has certain ly been, leading the strenuous exist ence ever since the earthquake. The advice of Fruit Inspector Gard ner to raise strawberries for the home market is certainly good. It might be added that the raising of all kinds of fruits, vegetables and cereals for the home market would be a good thing. I Merchants are now shipping in nearly 4 everything sold here. There is no rea son for it as the products of this val ley are the best in the world. Thousands of people have sung "Mollie Darling" and never knew that the author was a southern newspaper man. Such is fame. More than 2,000,000 copies of that song were sold and yet Col. W. L. Hayes, its author, received practically nothing for it and was a poor man when he died a few days ago. The Washington supreme court has decided that a public boficial can not resign unless the resignation is ap proved. That's all right, but what we want is a decision whereby he can be compelled to resign when the public approves the resignation before it is given. If Billings intends to become a city of homes it must get rid of some of the places inside and outside the :city limits. The dives on the south side and the road houses east of town must be closed. Since three Helena girls' have ae come heiresses to $40,000,000 you can expect to read special dispatches from the capital daily telling how many marriage proposals the young women are receiving. The Pere Marquette railroad, con ducted by a court receiver, has adopt ed a just plan in paying employes in jured in wrecks. It has announced that they will be paid the same as in jured passengers. Judging from the small vote cast at the Butte bond election Billings is not the only place in Montana where not much interest is taken in propositions submitted to a referendum vote of the property owners. If Senator Borah talks as long at the Haywood trial is did Attorney Richardson, it will be evidence enough to prove that the people of Idaho made no mistake in their choice for United States senator. It is expensive to 'violate the rules of the postal service. More than $59, 000 was collected last year for viola tion of the rule that messages must not be contained in matter sent at a rate lower than two cents per ounce. "Decency has been stirred up as the result of the publication in Butte of the X-ray," says an exchange. In that event the paper accomplished its purpose. The theory that there are three heavens, advanced by an eastern cler gyman, ought to insure the critical in clined finding a favorable place to stay hereafter. The Manila paymaster who had his arm amputated as a result of handling infected bills in paying the troops must have got hold of some of the tainted money we read so much about.1 The rates for transportation of coal in Montana have been lowered, but it is a 100 to 1 bet that the price will continue to go up just the same. Foreign street car lines have one advantage over the American conduct ed ones in that a traveler does not pay unless he has a seat. The crimes and arrests of the pasL few days are but further evidence that sometning must be done to stop law lessness ir Billings. The price of lemons is going high. er. That is certainly a case of squeez ing the lemon for all that can be got out of it. STATE PRESS COMMENT. Butte's new court house appears to have got out of the castles in the air ciass.-Butte Miner. Also it is noticeable that no fisher man who knows how to fish has a word to say against present conditions. Missoulian. If July continues to act up the way it has since it started to get gay, it is liable to arrest for disturbing the peace.-Missoulian. * * * Nobody is accusing the Hearst news papers of giving any big sensational first-page boosts to the Bryan boom. Anaconda Standard. The reason Montana Elks did not capture a prize at Philadelphia was because there was none offered for the handsomest member of the order. -Helena Record. As long as we who are afoot con stitute the great majority, the bulk of the automobile legislation will not be entirely satisfactory to the devotee of the devil wagon.-Butte News. Judge Parker endorses the idea of a candidate from a southern state, but declines to intimate who hefavors. He says the south is full of men of presi dential caliber.-Helena Independent. It took only five days in Germany to try and convict Karl Hau of murder. That would scarcely be long enough to get one juryman in the same kind of a trial in this country.-Helena Record. * * "What becomes of the fellow who wants to know if it's hot enough for you?" asks the Bristol Herald Cour ier. Nothing ever becomes of him. He is on the job year after year.-Miles City Independent. The crop prospects continue good, with a mixture of sunshine and rain. There is every promise of a record breaking yield of wheat and all kinds of grain. The greatest danger now is damage by hall.-Fergus County Ar gus. The man who loses confidence in the country where he lives, never thereafter prospers as he should, and the time he spends there is simply lost, and the man who cannot adapt himself to the conditions of the coun try certainly fails in his undertakings. -Montana Homestead. In Germany the snapshot photogra pher is down and out,owing to a new law put into effect July 1, whereby ev ery person is given exclusive right to the reproduction of. his own photo graph, or the photograph of home and belongings, leaving the snapshot man nothing to snap but the open sky. The law is understood to be for the protec tion of Hoch der Kaiser and all his works.--Great Falls Leader. If there is any city in the state that has less civic pride than Butte, the Miner would like to have someone name it. In this county yesterday an election was held to see if the electors favored issuing $750,000 worth of bonds for the purpose of erecting a new court house, and hardly a corpo ral's guard of the citizens of this com munity took enough interest in the matter to express an opinion at the bal lot 'box one way or the other.-Butte Miner. POINTED PARAGRAPHS. No man is as wicked as his thoughts. A whittler never whittles his own furniture. Being out of a job sort of tames a man down. What a lot of things people hide from each other! A man is always at least as old as he confesses to being. AMen have failed in business for ev ery reason but lack of advice. We are all inclined to waste powder when tile enemy is not in sight. One of the most difficult things in the world .s to learn to take a hint readily. It isn't necessary to go very far from home in order to become a stran ger. The unpopularity of millionaires, however, is not what causes the com paratively small number of them. Atchison Globe. How Rossetti First Met His Wife. It was Millais' picture, "Ophella." er hlblited at the academy in 1852, that provided his friend and brother pre raphaelite, Dante Gabriel Rossettl. with a wife. Millais had been alto gether at a loss for a suitable model for his picture, but at length secured one in the person of a charming young lady who was employed as an assist ant behln(l the counter of a bonnet shop. She was the daughter of a Sheffield tradesman, a beautiful and lovable girl with a wealth of golden hair, by uname Elizabeth Siddal. Young Rossetti straightway fell deep ly in love with the fair model. He taught her to paint and ultima^-' married her. Cleaning a Sickroom. Most of us know how untidy a sick room becomes and how annoying the dust of the sweeping is to the patient. "To remedy this." said a trained and capable nurse. "I put a little ammonia in a pall of warm water and with my mop wrung as dry as possible go all over the carpet first. This takes up all the dust and much of the loose dirt. A broom will take what is too large to adhere to the mop and raise no dust. With my dust cloth well sprinkled I go over the furniture, and the room is fairly clean." Reason For Heavy Wheels. Everywhere in the old world the wheels of wagons and carriages are two or three times as heavy as those on corresponding vehicles in America and so appear clumsy aind cumbersome to us. The explanation of the differ ence is that our wheels are made of hickory, a wood unknown abroad, which supplies the requisite strength In smaller mass.-Travel Magazine. Man's Precious Rib. A young lady having asked a sur geon why woman was made from the rib of a man in preference to another bone, he gave her the following gallant answer: "She was not taken from the head lest she should rule, nor from his feet lest he should trample upon her, but she was taken from his side that she might be his equal; from under his arm, that he might protect her; from near his heart, that he might cherish and love her."-Houston Chronicle. More Adulteration. "Mrs. Sandys." said the grumbling boarder. "I am g)ing to write to the city aulthorities." "Indeed. si:! What about?" "About the ii:iality of the water. It's disgraceful. Wi I deteited a distinct flavor of coffee in it this morning." Chicago Journal. Left Them as'Usual. P.oberts--Poor Williamas died and left a wife and three chiidren. Jones That's uiothin.. ile was too mean to inke the:u acnywhere when he waee MARTS OF TRADE New York Money. New York, July 26.--Close: Prime mercantile paper, 15% to 6 per cent; sterling exchange firm, with actual business in bankers' bills at '$4.87 to $4.87.05 for demand, and at $4.80 to $4.85 for 60-day bills; commercial bills, $4.83%. Bar silver, 68%. Mexican dollars, 53%. Governmeht bonds, steady; railroad bonds, irregular. Money on call, easy, 1. to 2% per cent; ruling rate, 2%; closing bid, 1%; o%ered at 2. Time loans, firm; 60 day bills, 4 to 4%; 90 days, 5; six months, 6 per cent. New York Bonds. U. S. refunding 2s registered, 105%. U. S. refunding 2s coupon, 105%. U. S. 3s registered, 102%. U. S. 3s coupon, 103. U. S. new 4s registered, 127%. U. S. new 4s coupon, 128%. Kansas City Live Stock. Kansas City, July 25.-Cattle: Re ceipts 6,000; market steady. Native steers, $5 to $7.16; native cows and heifers, $2.25 to $5.85; stockers and feeders, $3 to $5; bulls, $2.75 to $4.25; calves, $3.50 to 6; western fed steers, $4.25 to $5; western few cows, 2.75 to $4.30. Hogs: Receipts, 10,000; market shade lower. Heavy, $5.95 to $6.05; packers, $6.05 to $6.20; pigs and lights $6.10 to $6.25. Sheep: Receipts, 3,000; market steady. Muttons, $5.25 to $6; lambs, $6.50 to $7.60;, range wethers, $4.75 to $6.25; fed ewes, $4.25 to $5.50. Chicago Live Stock. Chicago, July 25.-Cattle: Receipts, 6,000; market steady. 'Beeves, $6 to $7.40; cows, $1.40 to $5.20; heifers, $2.40 to $5.40; calves, $5.70 to $7.25; good to prime steers, $5.30 to $6; stockers and feeders, $2.75 to $5. Hogs: Receipts, 21,000; market steady. Light, $6.05 to $6.40; mixed heavy, $5.50 to $6.25; rough, $5.50 to '$5.85; igs, $5.70 to '$6.25; good to choice heavy, $6.15 to $6.25. Sheep: Receipts, 11,000; market 10c lower. N'atives, $4.50 to $5.85; western, $3.75 to $5.80; yearlings, $6 to $6.65; lambs, $5.50 to $7.35; west ern, $5.50 to $7.40. Omaha Live Stock. Omaha, July 25.-Cattle: Receipts, '2,500; market steady. Native steers, $4.50 to $7.10; cows and heifers, $3 to $5.25; western steers, $3.75 to $5.95; stockers and feeders, $2.25 to $5; calves, $3.25 to 6.50; bulls and stags, $2.75 to $5.25. Hogs: Receipts, 11,000; market steady. Heavy, $5.55 to $5.95; mixed, $5.85 to $5.95; light, $6 to $6.15; pigs, $5.25 to $5.80. 'Sheep: Receipts, 3,000; market steady. Yearlings, $5.50 to $6; weth ers, $5 to $5.65; ewes, $4.50 to $5.26; lambs, $6 to $7.50. St. Louis Wool. St. Louis, July 25.-Wool steady. Medium grades combing and clothing, 25 to 26; light fine, 22 to 24; heavy fine, 17 to 19; tub washed, 29 to 36. Chicago Grain and Produce. Chicago, July 25.-Fresh reports of black rust 'in the wheat fields of the northwest were used today to put strength into the local wheat marker. When trading commenced there was an active demand for wheat and prices ranged from % to 1 cent above yes terday's closing. The buying was based largely on firm cables, small receipts and higher prices on the Minneapolis curb. The market was still further strengthened by damage reports from the northwest, some of which, received late in the day, con firmed previous reports of rust in Da kota wheat fields. It was claimed to day that the blight had appeared in Minnesotafl The official forecast of more rain for Illinois, Iowa and Mis souri, where harvesting is in progress, was another bullish influence. The market closed strong, September 94. Unusually hot weather in Kansas and Oklahoma caused a strong mar ket in corn today. Buying was quite general with cash houses taking the . ' the offerings. Firm ca bles and small receipts were minor bullish factors. The close was strong. September opened % to % higher, and closed at 53%@53/8%. Trading in oats was quiet and the market was firm. Numerous reports of damage by wet weather were re ceived from the northwest. Septem ber opened % to %c higher at 38/%@ 39, sold between 38% @38% and closed at 39. Provisions were steady with the ex ception of a slight weakness in pork caused by selling by local packers. A. steady tone for live hogs was a bull ish influence. At the close September pork was off 5 cents; lard was up 2½ and ribs were a shade higher. OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS Of the Board of Commissioners of Yellowstone County, State of Mon tana-Equalization Term. Ninth Day. fBillings, Mont., July 24, 1907. The board met this day pursuant to adjournment, at 10 o'clock a. m., all members and the clerk being present. The minutes of the previous day were read and duly approved. The board proceeded with the exam ination of the assessment book. For the reason stated hereinafter, the board was of the opinion that the following additions or increase in val uation should be entered in the assess ment book, and named the 5th day of August, 1907, for the consideration thereof, and instructed th$ clerk to notify by letter at once, all persons interested, of the proposed action of the board: W. W. Shoop, NW4 SWIA and El SWIA, Sec. 12, Tp. 2 S., R. 23 E., valuation too low .......... .......... $1,285.00 Upon motion, the board adjourned to meet July 25, 1907, at 10 o'clock a. m. Approved: C. H. NEWMAN, Chairman. Attest: IRA L. WHITNEY. Clerk. Latest styles in Job Printing at the Gazette Ofmce. SETTLES WITH ITS OPERATORS STRIKE OF GIRLS BELIEVED TO BE ENDED. DETAILS ARE LACKING Trouble Between Linemen and Rocky 'Mountain Bell Telephone Company Believed to Be Settled, Strikers Re fusing Term. of Company. The strike of the telephone opera tors employed by the Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone company in eastern Montana has been settled, according to inzformation received in Billings yes terday, as a result of a conference at Salt Lake, Utah, between General Manager Murray of the Bell com pany and President Fairgrieves and Vice President Chope of the Montana State Federation of Labor, who repre sented the girls. It -s understood that a plan for set tlement of the dispute between the linemen and the company was discuss ed and a proposition made by the com pany to the linemen, which was turned down by the different unions of line men. The Billings union voted Wednes day night unanimously against ac cepting the proposition. 'The announcement of the settlement of tne troubles with the operators came in a telegram from President Fairgrieves to Hugh McDonald, local memiber of the executive board of the federation, and a telephone message to Manager Potter of the local branch of t.e Bell company from Superintend ent Burdick at Helena. The message given to' Mr. Potter was that the trou ble in eastern Montana had been set tied. A report was circulated to the ef fect that the trouble between both the linemen and the operators was settled, but it could not be confirmed. 'The opinion of the local labor leaders and of the members of the linemen's union and the officials of the Bell company seems to be that the strike of the line men has not yet been settled, but that an agreement has been reached be tween the company and ts operators. Any particulars in regard to the agreement have not been received in Billings. BLACK HILLLS LAND OPENED. 'Mitchells, S. D., July 25.-The Chi cago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad has officially opened its 'Mitchel-Black Hills line, a distance of 190 miles. To the Honorable Board of County Commissioners in and for the County of Yellowstone, State of Montana, Greeting: We the undersigned, your petition ers, are residents and tax payers of the aforesaid county of Yellowstone; that we, your said petitioners, occu py the lands, situate, lying and being n the said county Yellowstone, state of Montana, described as follows, to wit: That portion of section twenty-six ('26), which lies south of the Yellow stone river, the north half ('N%') of section thirty-five (35), all of section twenty-five (125) and the north half (&1/) , of section thirty-six (36) in township one (1), north of range twen ty-six I-b1, east of the Montana prin cipal meridian and sections nineteen (19) and thirty (30), the southeast quarter (SEa) of section eighteen (18) and sections seventeen (17) and twenty (20) and the northwest quar ter of the northwest quarter (NW4a, 'NW'1%) of section twenty-nine (29 in township one (1), north of range twen ty-seven (27), east of the *Montana principal meridian; That a majority, of ,us, your saia petitioners, own a majority of the above descrined lands; that all of us, your said petitioners, who do not own any of the above described lands, hold and occupy said lands under the Unit ed States homestead laws; that the above described 'lands are arid lands and have no system of works for irri gating the same; that the above des cribed lands are susceptable of irri gation by means of any of the follow ing described systems of works, to wit: By means of a pump or pumps, which shall 'be installed in the Yel lowstone river lit some point in sec tion thirty-four (34), in township one (1), north of range twenty-six (26) east. By means of a syphon which shall connect with and have an intake from the main canal of the Billings Land atd Irrigation company. Or by means of headgates, dams, ditches and flumes, which shalt Tirvert water from the Yellowstone river; That we, your said petitioners, de sire that the above described lands be organized as an Irrigation district; Wherefore, We, Your said petition ers, pray that the above described lands be organized as an Irrigation district under the provisions of chap ter 70, Laws of Montana, 190s. PETER HOE, PETER YECEN. JOHN P. PHROL, C. IA. PAIGE, H. 'E. REOKARD, G. B. COLYER, C. W. .OEDIFBRGREN, C. PE~A'RSAL, JOHN 'SCHOOK. AL MORRISON, HENRY C. KLENCK, IASHTON R. KIROKNE1tR, WM. DI.KIE, D. D. IONG, .TJAMES RYAN, T. F. BEACOOK, W. IA. ROBINSON, : .! ',. IBEE(MIA)N, (By E. S. 'Beeman, Atty.) H. J. HAUL, IGERTRUDE M. JOHNSON AND 1EMMIA M. JOTHN1ON, Notice. aNotice is hereby given that the fore going annexed petition will be heard by the Board of County Commissioners in and for the county of Yellowstone, state of 1Montana, at a special meet ing of said Boald on Saturday, the 10th day of August, 1907, at 10 o'clock a. n. Attest, this 25th day df July, 1907. IRA L. WHTNWEY, i County Clerk. CHIARILES NIBWMAN, Chairnfan of the Board of County Commissioners.