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Railway Company Asks City Council
to Close Few Unused Streets and
Offers to Open Twenty-Eighth
Street and Build Subway Under
From Saturday's Daily.
,Billings' new $85,000 depot will be
located between Twenty-fourth and
Twenty-third streets on the north
side of the railroad track according to
a petition and plans for the structure
and: trackage filed with the city clerk
in its petition the company asks
that the streets from Twentieth to
Twenty-sixth streets, but one of which
is at' the present time open to traffic,
be closed and in consideration of this,
offers to reopen Twenty-eighth street
and buiild a subway at Twenty-second
street.:. -
If the petition is granted the com
pany will undoubtedly commence
work on the new depot immediately
and besides the subway,. Billings will
have three practically safe crossings
in the heart of the city, whereas un
der the present conditions there are
but two in the business district and
both are more .or lss dangerous to
the public.
Little Danger at Crossings.
It is said that most of the passen
ger switching which is done at pres
ent in the vicinity of'Twenty-seventh
and Twenty-ninth street crossings
will be done in the three blocks east
of Twenty-seventh street and that all
of the freight switching will be done
in the new yards, which have been
recently constructed by the company
west of the city.
Following is the petition which is
signed by General Superintendent
Goodell in behalf of the Northern Pa
cific; and is addressed to "The hon
orable mayor and members of the city
council of the city of Billings:"
The Petitiain.
Your petitioner, the Northern Pa
cific Railway company, respectfully
represents: .
That for more than 20 years its
railroad has been operated through
your city, and its passenger depot has
been located between two open grade
street, crossings on Twentyrseventh
and Tweity-ninth streets, respective.
That necessary train operation at
the 'depot has compelled frequent
blocking of these crossings to" the
great inconvenience of your citizens;
and our efforts to unblock has result
ed in difficulty of operation. Also the
presence and movement of cars past
the passenger depot, located close to
open grade crossings, makes such op
eration necessarily very hazardous to
the people and costly and inconven
ient to a railroad. 1It is further true
that it Is impossible to close these
crossings, because they are in the
very business center of your city.
Want Safe' Crossings.
Because of the foregoing your peti
tioner desires to erect its new pas.
senger depot, where it can get such
crossing conditions as will admit of
safe and convenient operation, not
too far from your business center;
and it has under conisideration a loca
tion between Twenty-fourth and
Twenty-third streets.
If located there, convenience, eft
clency and safety of operation would
demand, alike in the interest of the
citizens and railroad the closing of
the following street crossings over its
right of way:
Twenty-fifth, Twenty-third, Twenty
irst and Twentieth streets-all of
which are now actually opened or in
use and Twenty-fourth street now in
ase; and the vacation of the surface
crossirg at Twenty-second street, oi
which the latter your petitioner could
and Would construct and maintain at
its own coat, a subway crossing under
its. right dt way at that point having
4 wldth of 30 feet.
Will Build Subway.
.In.nconsideration of the closing of
the ' above streets your petitioner,
when it builds its new depot, will at
its own cost, construct and maintain
said subwuy, and as soon as it shall
cease the use for passenger purposes
Sitsa present depot, rededicate and
open the crossing at Twenty-eighth
ge over its right of way.
U enss changes substantially, as pro
pikidare made, your petitioner, for
a mons above wguld be comr
locate its depot further from
ue center of the'city. (The
ewdepot construction, and
et changes are shown
r attached). By
It' l bre wie secured an
nz at Twenty
tihet ef the city;
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your Vtitioner, with safety; to: youn
Wherefore your 'petitioner prays
that by Ordinance duly passed you d.
vacgate the said streets-said. ordi.
nance to be conditioned upon °your
petitioer- building a new passenger
depot a~ shown above and openina
isaia Twentyeighth, street and build.
ing said subway all at its own ex
pense. (Signed)
G. A: Goodell, General Superintendent.
April 20, 1908.
Proposed OrdMance.
The following ordinance granting
the petition of the railway company in
opening up the streets has been pre
pared and will be presented to the
city council for its consideration at
the next regular meeting next Tues
day night:
Whereas, 2The safety and conven
ience of the public and the efficient
operation of the railway alike de
mand a'change of location of the pas
senger depot of the Northern Pacific
Railway company in this city; and it
is desired to locate it as near the busi
ness-center for the convenience of the
citizens, as conditions will admit of;
and to that end certain streets must
be vacated insofar as they cross said
railroad right of *ay;
Now, therefore, it is hereby or
dained that all poitions of each of the
following respective streets in the city
of Billings, Montana, that lie upon or
within said right of way be and, the
same are hereby vacated and an
nulled, viz: Twenty-fifth, Twenty&
fourth, Twenty-third, Twenty-second,
Twenty-first and Twentieth streets.
Conditions of Vacation.
This vacation' and annulment is
made upon the express condition that
said railway company shall within
....months from the passage and ap
proval of the ordinance, commence
the cpnstruction of a new .passenger
depot, between the present west boun
dary of Twenty-fourth street and the
present east boundary of Twenty-third
street in said city; and shall at its
own cost, and forthwith after the
abandonment of the use for passen
ger purposes of the present depot, re
move it and reopened Twenty-eighth
street crossing over its right of way;
and construct a subway and crossing
not less than 30 feet wide, at the
former point of crossing of Twenty
secodil street. The acceptance of
these conditions to be evidenced in
writing signed by the genral superin
tendent and filed with the city clerk
within..... days from the passage and
approval hereof.
What Plans Show.
The plans attached to the petition
show the streets which the company
wants closed as well as the ones it
will open in consideration of the vaca
tion of these streets. They also show
the location of the depot which is to
be fronted by a platform 900 feet
long. The proposed chang~s of the
tracks are outlined and two ,branch
line tracks at each end of the depot
are shown.
The proposed branch line tracks in
dicate that it fs the intention of the
railway company to operate other
trains directly out of. "Billings than
the Red Lodge branch as at'the pres
ent time.
When the petition of the company
was filed yesterday, Mayor Foster de
clared that the proposition to build
the depot as described in the plans
was the greatest thing the Northern
Pacific had done for Billings in 20
years. Other well known citizens ex
pressed similiar opinions.
Ordered to Vacate.
Announcement was made yesterday
by a well known business man of Bill
ings, whose building occupies ground
on the right of way in the vicinity of
the new depot; that he had receiv.d
notice from the railway company to
vacate at once. Those who are in a
positipn to know declare that there is
no doubt but what the company will
start the construction of the new de
pot immediately after action on their
petition is taken by the city council
providing such action will permit.
It has been generally known for
several months and railroad officials
have not denied it, that the Northern
Pacific has been taking steps looking
to contracting for large quantities of
material to be delivered at Billings
this summer.
(Special to The Gazette.)
Helena, April 25.-The taxpayers of
Helena today went on record by a
majority of 4 to 1 in endorsing the
municipal waterworks system and the
extension of the present sewerage
system. The .proposition submitted
at this special election was the issu
ance of $600,000 worth of water bonds
and $70,000 in sewer bonds.
Senate Passes Bill For its Erection
In Salt Lake.
Waah ton, April 25.-The seate
todyd .ased bills ua follows: Por
the ereetion of a monument to the
Jm of Sen. Patri. l Edared Coi
;r at Salt lsk. City; for the erso
oa a ·pblie buiding at Eveett,
Martial Law Is Decljred In Dozen
Communities So Terrible Was De
struction-Several Paces Issue Ap
peals For Aid-Lasted Two Days
Wind'Doubles on Tracks.
New Orleans, April 25.--Probably
half a thousand lives lost, a hundred
o; more persons fatally injured and
many times this number painfully
hurt, together with a property loss
running into the millions, is the rec
ord so far of a tornado that originated
in the west two days ago, sweeping
Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennes
see, Alabama and Georgia. .It has
left a path of death, desolation and
want in its. wake, seriously interrupt
ed all communication between cities
ii the south, and bro'ught chaotic con
ditfons in many shaller towns.
Mississippi, already, a sufferer from
more than one tornado this year, has
again borne the brunt of the winds
and rains. Estimates of the number
of those who. lost their lives in that
state place the death list near 300,
wlth a thousand or more injured.
Appeal to Governor.
In Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and
Georgia, the lists are also large, with
serious loss of life in Arkansas and
Tennessee. In half. a dozen commun
ities martial law has been declared,
so terrible was the destruction and
so helpless were the stricken people
left by the disaster. Serious disorders
have occt red in some places, includ
ing Amite, La., looting' and other
crimes have been reported, but these
inttances have been, on the whole,
Several places have issued appeals
for aid and in Mississippi Governor
Noel has been asked to provide tents
for the homeless.
Travels Eastward.
The tornadoes lasted in all a period'
of nearly two days. It was Thurs
day night that damage by tornadoes
traveling. eastward was first' reported
from points in Texa's. This was fol
lowed during the next 24 hours ,by
similar reports from Arkansas, Louis
fana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Last night Alabama came within the
flight of the sto'rm and today reports
of serious damage by the winds in
Georgia have been recorded.
Utter misery of every sort was
found 'today at Purvis, Miss., by re
lief parties. Despite the fact that
of the 2,500 inhabitants which this
little town boasted yesterday morn-'
ing, there were only 900 today; still,
there were not sufficient accopidda
tions Eh the village for even the
wounded: Negro mammies and little
black children lay wounded and help;
less under the broiling sun. 'Some
had -broken bones, some were partly
crushed and others had been wounded
by sticks and splinters.
Blanket a Luxury.
These unfortunates -Were lucky if
they had a blanket or a storm-wricked
couch upon which to rest. There was
lot enough shelter in thie town to pro
tedt them from'the,sun and many of
the walls which remained standinmg
had no roofs and by a queer freak of
the tornado, many of the trees which
had not been uprooted had been
snatched off a few feet above the
ground. The grove of pines was mut
ilated in a manner so that it appeared
as if a giant scythe had swept through.
the grove about 25 feet above the
The greater part of Purvis' popula
tion today were refugees' in 'Hattles
burg and Lumberton, Miss., about 150
of ihem beeing badly injured. 'Of those
who rematined in town many appear
ed distracted' and they told remark
able storieq of the number of their
townspeople 'whohad been kiled.
H "rHed Punerals.
Many lhurried funerals were held
today 'e. a co.nt of th6 visible dead
revealed only 34,; about halt of them.
The manner in' which the tornado
acted at this village puizzled to those
who witnessed, it. Instead o4 enter
ing the town at' one.flide and passinig
out at the other, the storm swirled
and see-sawed about. Once or twice,
Judging from the lay of the debris
today, the wind veered so much as
nearly to double on its tracks' The
result was terrible for the inhabi
tantp, many of whom were caught
and either injuredt or killed, after
they had apparently escaped.
Imported Booese WIII i* Subjeet to,
Washington, April IL--4y a rilIm
'l-lohi s. lieear~aned betwrsn the
rltmeta ofr state, tmreasuiry amd
egriculture, wisky ' manufacturead
abroad ahil 'alleged to $e mimebrandd
uide.r th. Aerican pure food law~
hereafte .will be almowed to come
into, thei4iquntry, after which it Will
be sulJeit to the adjudication of the
courts tinder that law. This' ruling is
a reversal of the former regulation,
whici h+iade It posqible to ,hold up
such' rsiinmen'ls before they entered
into the 'markets of this country.
DW st1 i.Stanford in Exciting Boat
Race on Placid Water.
SSausalito, Cal., April 25.-By two
and o half lengths the crew of the Uni
versity of California defeated the
Stanford nliversity in the annual meet
here today. The race was favored by
the weather, there not being a ripple
on the water.
From Sunday's Daily. ,~
"Macbeth," the great Shakespearean
drama as played by Mbdjeska acbd
MacClean, will be presented \in ani
mated pictures tonight and tomorrow
at the Orpheum theater. It is said to
be one of the finest plictures ever
shown on an animated picture screen.
The story of "Macbeth" is well
known,. When many of the most pop
ular of modern dramas' will lhave been
forgotten it will still be presented.
but it will-be iS long ,time, before such
elever artiste will be' s'en on the
American stage presenting it. So life
lik. is the picture said to be that it'
almost., speaks.
Manager Klein will have several
other feature pictures at the Orpheum
as part ofi the all-feature program.
One of them will be a comic picture,
another scenes in foreign parts and
another a hand-colored work by Pathe
Brod.s., the world's greatest manufac
turers of animated pictures.
During the week that Klein &
Bailey have controlled 'the Orpheum
theater the house has grown wonder
fully in popularity. The same class of
productions are given there that have
made the Theatorium popular, and
consequently it is but a question of a
short time till the Orpheum will have
the S. R. O. sign out all the time.
FroinmSunday's Daily.
The feature of :the program a[ thts
Theatorium beginning with the mati
iee this afternoon will be the dram
atization of Jules Verne's famous
novel, "Michael Strogoff."
The story is laid in Russia abosut
60 years ago at a' time when cruelty
to political prisoners was even more
frequent than at the present.
ichael Strogoff was a native of Si
beSia and at the.time of -the story
was captain of the'czar's picked cour
iers. ,Ie was a man of great inteIli-,
gence as well as of great courage, or,
to use the czar's own words, "a man
of heart and hand."
The first scene is the ballroom In
the czar's *palace, when a message
comes from the grand duke telling ot
an' upising in a province' in Siberia
and asking for heipi Strogoff is given
a message and sent'with royal papers
to. the grand duke. Trouble follows;
he is spied upon, captured.and impris
oned, his papers stolen and his eyes
burned out with hot irons.
Newspaper men and friends at last
come to his rescue. 'In a hand-to-hand
figt with knives he slays Ivan, the
mian who acted as apy. and: gets the
papers to the grana duke. .The story
is told in four scenes.
Aipointed Geperal Solloiitor of Union
Omaha, April 25.-Ni B.;'.Loils was
today appointed genetal solicitor 'of
the Union PaciBfic system, .vice fohh
Baldwln, who di. last week. Mr.
Lo.pmia has been general solicitor of
thc.Union Paciflo. i. Kansas .for sev.
eral years and has been connected
.with that road f4,. yrears. He will
make his headquirtas at Omaha.
Party Met at Station by' Friends and
Lincoln, April 25.-William J. Bryai,
Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Ruith Lairtt ar~
rived here this kfternooii and went im
mediately to Fairview. A large crowd
c6mposed of relatives' and clos
friends met the party at the station.
Rochester, N. Y., Aprl,,.2.,--t tor
neys for H.'. K. Thswasec u'&E t y an
amendment to e4~|a toitu is
suied? in Thaw's f ';~ 'utikkie it i.
hange was nd it the on
Gallng ards~ ~ G~Sts 565
Arrival of Squadron Made a Holiday
and Every Shop in City is Closed
Encounter Fog and Ther Is Slight
Delay-Floral Fiesta is Planned in
Honor of Sailor Boys.
Santa Barbara, April 25.-Into an
other picturesque port 6f southern
California, on a glass calm sea of sall
phire and with never a cloud in the
sky, the Atlattic fIpet of battleships
sailed today in' stately buff and white
procession, admired by a multitude
gathered from along the wave-washed
shore, from the towering heights of
the Santa Yonez mountains in the
background of the city and from the
fertile valleys beyond.
The coming of the fleet was made
a holiday and every shop in the thriv
ing little city of Santa Barbara was
closed througout the afternoon. In
one store an explanatory sign read:
"Come to the beach, boys," and in an
other, "Closed to see the battleships."
All of the 12,000 residents of the
place, more thousands from the sur
rounding towns and a host of winter
visitors, went to the shore to view
the long heralded spectacle. They
wvere banked along the curving white
beach, on the palm fringed ocean boul
evard, on the hills and mountains to
the south, and wherever an uninter
rupted vision of the distant -horizon
could be had. '
Anchor Near Shore.
After steaming in single column all
the way from the port of Los Angeles,
the 16 ships of the fleet changed into
a column of squadrons after entering
the roadstead here and headed direct
ly for the shore, dropped anchor not
more than 1,500 yards from the beach
The eight ships of the first column,
with the Connecticut at the left of
the line, steamed abreast, 400 yards
apart, in formidable front rank. Be
hind them came the eight ships of
the second squadron, the Alabaipa in
the wake of the Connecticut, 800 yards
The trip up the coast from Los
Angeles was made under changing
conditions of fog and sunshine. Soon
after the ships got under way after
the assembling of the four divisions at
Santa Monica, a blanket of fog closed
down suddenly and set bells to ring
ing and whistles screeching a constant
Speed Reduced.
Rear Admiral Thomas, in command
of the battleships, on the bridge of the
Connecticut, immediately ordered
speed, reduced to six knots, and tow
ing spars outstretched in protection.
The fog lasted for four hours, finally
lifting at noon, when full speed was
In spite of this delay and the wait
incident to bringing the ships into
their proper places in the difficult an
chorage formation, the fleet anchored
at 4:28 p. m., just two minutes be
fore the first bells of the dog watch
came echoing to the shore, and less
than half an hour behind schedule
A formal welcome to the city was
extended to Admiral Thomas on' the
Connecticut seoon after the hagship
came to anchor, by Mayr BIoeseke of
Santa Barbara, and. Rear Admiral
McCall, U. S. N., retired, chairman
of the, festival committee.
The fleet is to remain here for five
days, a (estlval of flowers having been
arranged in its honor.
What promises tobe an excellent
1~i of specalties and novelties will
open at the lPamily tiepter with the
liualh matinee tomorrow a.fternoon.
'Tl.e biil is headaed by Tuttle~ and
May, in a "Dream 8ketch," an original
idea of these truly clever people and
performed by theim only;:
Brt Page, aerobatic comedian, who
has beeh a- hit all over 'tlhe weitern
circuit,will make hisfirst appearance
in Billings, as will- lso Miss Peggy
Dougherty, a very ch'rnalng vocalit.
Harry 'Neal, m0nologuist and-eharac
ter singer, will also be on Ihe pr'o
gram. Miss -Besie *Beinhardt will
sing a new illustrated song, "Nobody's
Little Girl," while the moving pictures
will depict life in the early days and
due inevitabie conflicts between' the
cwboys and their always bitter foes,
the repegade Indians.
Manager Enright announces Miss
Anne Stuart willl'be a special attrac
tion, for today only. This is the ama
.t.,ur who has created such a sensea
tib, the pat' ew Saturdayq evenings,
-during the regular amate.r perorm,
aane. ;he will be hearid in'new songs
uGd dm4..i, and is specdlly engaged
to'give theae who have not had the
opplatunilty to visit the theater on
Saturday nights ti see her.
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pier, tSurplus and Profits . . 50,000.00
PB , P.B. BBMOS, Presadent.
SB. Arnold, Vie President. . Lipp, As tant Casher.
Lee p Good n, Cashich ner. St John, tant Cashier.
I D Oce Donicel, J. B. Arnold, C. Bair, H. W. Rowleyp
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P. B.rMOS, President.
A. H. ARToldVice President. HF. MNRY Lipp, Assistnt Cashier.
.Lee . oodn, Ca.L DOUGHTY . rJohn, A...nt Chier.
W. HN O'Donill, J. . Ald, C. M. Bir,. b. RUWley,
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A general banking businesstransated. Accounts Solieited.
Irs s durable, substanetal building with
ell th quality of the mater als sold
ptl plu d Pro, 12here, because we beieve it to000,000.00
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Aore,. thattook Othe ble- : r bbo =W. NIcs, 1 yer.Canh uer.
your building by buying your ma
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be taken let them be by some one
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rSo slead ofl fheavy Draf Broode
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TheCapit mares haveld ll been bred to th00-e mp. Belgian Stallion0,000
Azore, that took the lue ribidbont. in his class (1 year and der 2
years) at the Chicago International Fat Stock show five years ago.
W.ever day, could easily be fed up to . 400.
f any f the mares shou and not prove to bearing foal they may be
view ranch, thirty-five miles north of Bill determings on the Lavina stagend
The mares will be sold at private ee singly or in pairs, on terms
discountforcash. Nowis yourchancetliogety asgood apilrof mares
ascnbe foun anywhere and raise thebest team in Yellowstone
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