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The Billings Gazette. VOL.XXI BILLINGS, MONTANA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 24, 1909. NO. 1E8 TENSE QUIET FOLLOWS A NIGHT OF VERITABLE TERROR IN STRIKE REGIONS OF PENNSYLVANIA Thrilling Flight of an American Aviator Glenn Curtiss in Competition With Pick of World's Flyers Establishes Another World's Record HELMS, Aug. 23.-Glenn Curtiss, the American aviator, and M. Paulham, representing France, I divided honors of the second day of aviation week, the former in a thrill ing flight just before dusk in which he lowered the speed record for the course which measures 6 1-5 miles, to 5 minutes 35 2-5 seconds, the latter making two impressive high altitude flights of 49% and 56 kilometres, re spectively, in the endurance tests for the Prix De La Campagne. Curtiss' performance began just as the time limit for the start of the Prix De La Campagne was expiring, when the American enthusiasts had abandoned hope of seeing their representative take the field. Bleriot, only a few minutes before had clipped 16 seconds off Lefevre's record. Suddenly, at the end of the field a cry went up: "The American is starting." All eyes were strained to that par ticular point where Courtlandt Field Bishop, president of the Aero Club of America, and a crowd of other ad mirers, surrounded Curtiss. With a preliminary run along the ground of 100 yards, the machine rose lightly and shot by the tribunes at a height of 60 feet. It was going at a terrific pace, with the wing level as a plane. Curtiss made the last turn under the mistaken impression that the finish line was closer. He descended so' close to earth that many thought he had touched; but, perceiving his er ror he mounted quickly, crossing the line majestically. An instant later the signal was hoisted that he had made a record. Curtiss said that he had not push ed his machine to its limit, adding that the most interesting incidents of his flight was the view he got of his fallen rivals strewn all around the course. The American aviator will enter again as a favorite in the internation al event for the James Gordon Ben DEPUTY IS SHOT BY RESISTENT HUNTERS While Handcuffing Bulgarian Three Countrymen Open Fire on Officer. (Speelal to The oasette.) FORSYTH, Aug. 23.-J. W. McCall, deputy sheriff of Fegus county, was shot and severely injured while en gaged in arresting a party of Bul garians for breaking the game laws, near Melstone, Saturday afternoon. McCall came upon four men and succeeded in capturing one whom he was handcuffing when the others open ed fire on him. Although painfully hurt and partly blinded the deputy made his way to Melstone. A posse traced the men to a gravel pit of the Milwaukee railroad where they attempted to conceal their iden tity among a party of 60 of their fel lows. The cars were guarded until the arrival of reinforcements from Forsyth. Two men whom McCall had taken into custody escaped, it was found when the cars were searched; the others were secured and taken to I the county jail to await trial. One of the charges poured into Mc call was at a distance of 10 feet, but being of bird shot lacked the weight sufficient to inflict a mortal wound. However, he is disfigured and may lose his sight. The names of the' quartet were not learned. KILLED BULL ELEPHANT. NAIROBI, Aug. 23.-Col. Theodore Roosevelt, who is now hunting in Kenya, one of the seven administra tive provinces of the British East Af rican protectorates, killed a bull ele phant Saturday. Colonel Roosevelt is hunting without any companions. - Kermit Roosevelt and Leslie A.I Tarlton, of Nairobi, are huting along the Cwaso Nyero, the principal stream in Kenya. - James R. Benson of Thermopolis, is spending a few days in the city on business. nett cup Saturday after which he will try for the Prix De La Vitesse, the final of which will be contested on Saturday. Paulham also made a rec ord in the endurance test today. Dur Paulhams long flight chance races took place between him and Bleriot and Lefevre, the latter outspeeding the high-flying Paulham. Bleriot ap peared while Paulham was complet ing his fourth round and with his eight-horse power monoplane swiftly ovehauled and passed under the bi plane, leaving it far behind. ASK FOR FORTY MILES OF ROAD Rapid Settlement of Yellowstone Coun ty Lands Calls for Opening of New Highways. One who is a close observer of the proceedings o- the board of county commissioners cannot help but no tice the unusual number of new roads that are almost weekly being peti tioned for and the fact that in most cases the petitioners obtain what they desire speaks well for the rapid rate at which Yellowstone county lands are being opened up and accounts for the great gain in population which this county has made during the past two years. The Polk directory con cern is authority for the statement that Yellowstone county has enjoyed a greater increase in population since the last publication of its book than any other county in the state, and to provide these new settlers with roads and ways to market their pro ducts is proving to be no small prob lem for the commissioners. Last week petitions for 40 miles of new public highways were filed with the commissioners, and the board took the customary action and appointed viewers to look over the proposed new routes and report thereon. In every case the roads petitioned for follow the section lines and it is claimed by those filing the petitions that their immediate construction is imperative, as the sections which are at present asking for roads are now practically without highways of any kind. It is all new land which has heretofore been traversed only by an occasional cow path or wagon trail. The newest budget of petitions comes from settlers living in the southern part of the Lake Basin country and near the head of Cove creek, who ask for about 20 miles of road, and from settlers under the Bill ings Land and Irrigation ditch to the northeast of this city who ask for another 20 miles of road. The proposed routes in the Lake Basin country will ve viewed the lat ter part of this week by County Sur veyor B. C. Lillis, A. S. Shannon and C. G. Cothron, who will make reports on them at once. The routes to the northeast, which are chiefly through land which lies at the further end of the ditch and which is settled for the most part by Hollanders, will be viewed later. All of the 40 miles of road, if con structed, will aid the settlers to bet ter market their crops and will also lead them to the main roads which enter this city. PLAGUE OF GRASSHOPPERS. CHEYENNE, Wyo., Aug. 23.-A plague of grasshoppers has caused thousands of dollars damage in the neighborhood of Cowley. Farmers have been compelled to cut their alfalfa before it had matured in order to save it from destruction. All green stuff has been destroyed. Around Cheyenne all vegetation has been destroyed also. " I * MONTANA WEATHER. 4 " Fair and warmer Tuesday; " * Wednesday, fair. 4 * 4. .4 """""""""""".4 Scores Suffering From Wounds Received in Conflict ---Daylight Changed Conditions From Scene of Absolute Lawlessness to One of Anxiety PITTSBITRG, Aug. 23.-Fol lowing one of the most fatal and desperate strike riots ex perienced in Pittsburg for more than a score of years, a quiet but tense situation prevailed at 8 o'clock this morning at McKee's Rocks, the scene of last night's terrorizing conflict between state, county and special police and em ployes of the Pressed Steel C ar company. Following is a correct list of the known dead: HARRY EXLER, deputy sheriff. GEO. M. GLASSER, striker. JOHN L. WILLIAMS, trooper. ANTON GUBERNET, striker. JOHN C. SMITH, trooper. Unidentified white man, believed to be striker. A dozen men, both strikers and po lice, are in hospitals for the injured while at least two score men, women and children are suffering from bul let wounds and injuries inflicted with club and stones. Property was dam aged to the extent of thousands of dollars. The street cars were wrecked, many vehicles smashed and the streets littered with window glass. Nearly a hundred doors of houses were broken and half a dozen horses shot to death. Daylight changed conditions from a scene of absolute lawnessness to one of tearful anxiety. Foreign women who had fought with a ferocity un equalled by their husbands, patheti cally implored information concerning a missing relative probably either shot to death or mortally wounded., Shooting continued from several sections of the strike zone long after the long battle had been fought last night, but did not reach serious pro portions and the troopers remained close to the plant. Just as dawn was breaking the con stabulary, mounted and heavily arm ed, rode to the scene of last night's carnage and gathered every particle of evidence, hats, collars, coats and other wearing apparel found and took them to the capital office. Every ef fort will be made to locate the own ers with a view to connecting them with the deaths. Courtesy displayed by the constab ulary towards the strikers is absent today. Stringent measures are being used and the least overt act commit ted by the strikers is met with a riot stick or the hoofs of a policeman's horse. Attempts were made this morning to prevent the holding of a mass meeting at the historic Indian mound where, up to this time, the meetings of the idle men have been held daily. Thousands of strikers be gan their journey to the mound early today but many of them were forcibly and abruptly halted and started in the opposite direction. Owing to the sullen deameanor of the strikers the strength of the con stabularly is concentrated in the vi cinity of the Indian mound. This point, it is believed will be the scene of another riot. During tre rioting last night sev eral street cars of the Pittsburg Rail road company were damaged, while bricks from freight cars on a siding of the Pittsburg & Lake Erie railroad were used as missiles by the rioters and scattered over a wide territory. Valuable property of other companies was destroyed, resulting in a demand being made on Sheriff Hulberg for protection. Everyone within the strike district today is stopped by the police and thoroughly searched. The possession of a revolver causes detention in the box car jails, while those carrying large sized penknives are relieved of them and escorted outside the strike zone. An investigation by the Associated Press shows last night's battle re sulted from the fact that three new members of the state constabulary re fused to obey the commands of strik ers when ordered from a car. These troopers, on their way from Greens burg, Pa., to the plant were in citi zens' clothes. Last night, however, the three troopers and a deputy sheriff resisted the order and for 20 minutes a battle ensued. It is apparent today that all the dead and a majority of the injured fell in this battle. Later when rein forcements arrived, many more were clubbed and injured, but the first bat tie waged by only four men against a mob was the fatal one. not yet joined the constabularly sta tioned at the plant. The force of stat police located at Punxsutawney, Pa which recently took charge of thi strike situation at the Standard Ca works, Butler, Pa., is expected to ar rive during the day. D. K. Gardner chief clerk of the Pressed Steel Ca company, was seen by the Associates Press at the companys plant today M1r. Gardner said: "Speaking for the general superin tendent, I wish to say that the Pressei Steel Car company is taking abso lutely no official cognizance of the riots of last night. We have put the matter of personal and property pro tection directly up to the sheriff o the county and look to him to takl care of the situation here. So far a the car company is concerned we eves deny a strike situation at the presen time, for our plant is in operation to day and will continue so during the week." Informations against 27 prisoner now detained in the box car jails charged with aggravated assault an4 battery, carrying concealed weapon Destructive Fire Is Raging in Wyoming (Special to The Gazette.) SHERIDAN, Wyo., Aug. 23.-Fire has been raging in the mountains, 20 miles west of Sheridan, since Friday and threatens the loss of much val uable timber and property on adjacent ranches. Considerable timber has already been damaged and fanned by the strong wind which developed yester day, the destruction in the path of the big blaze cannot be estimated. From all that can be learned the fire originated in Red canon, between I Wolf and Soldier creeks and followed the belt of timber down the canon, threatening the grain crops on the famous Eaton ranch near the moun tains. Buildings on the ranch are in danger and special effort is directed ito saving this property. The fire gained rapid headway, sweeping through dry timber with startling force. Parched grass on which no rain had fallen for many weeks, furnished easy prey for the flames. All available help in the surround ing country has been summoned tc the scene and the men worked like Trojans to extinguish the blaze. Trees were felled and pulled as far as pos sible from the part of the flames and furrows have been plowed on the ranch in an effort to stay the prog ress of further destruction to prop erty. The large force was augmented by the arrival of several men sent to the canon by W. E. Jackson, superviso, of the Big Horn forest reserve, who was early on the ground directing operations. Up to Saturday night the fire cov erad an area of four miles in length and a mile in width. At that time it was thought the flames were well under control but the wind yesterday and today fanned them to renewed activity. The sky is overcast with heavy cluods threatening a rain storm which it is hoped will stamp out the fire. FIRES STILL SPREADING. SPOKANE, Wash., Aug. 23.-The fires on the lower Pend O'Oreille riv. er are still spreading and are extend. ing out on the Idaho side toward Priest Lake, covering a large terri tory and doing an immense amount of damage. There seems to be little practical chance of controlling them The timber of the Fidelity Lumber company of Newport and the Pan handle Lumber company of Spiril Lake, is suffering the greatest dam age. The fire started in the vicinity ol Ruby and Blue Slide. It crossed the Pend O'Orellle river and is rapidly spreading toward Priest Lake. Hun. dreds of men are fighting the flames but making little headway. Supervisor Wegle of the Coeui Sd'Alene forest service, says that he estimates 1,500.000 feet of timber wil s be destroyed. Six families in the vicinity of Blue L Slide and Ruby have been burner out and lost everything. They have and inciting a riot, were made today by the state constabulary. Several scores of others are in custody for participation in last night's disorders. A house to house canvass is being made by the troopers. A rigid search is being made for dynamite, a large quantity of which is reported to be in the possession of the strikers. A force of deputy coro ner's has been dispatched to McKee's Rocks with instructions to assist it possible in identifying the instigators of the trouble. Practically the entire county detective force has been sent into the strike zone for the first time since the inception of the trouble. Mrs. Michael Nester of McKee's Rocks, reported to Lieutenant Smith of the state constabulary today that last nigi:t during the rioting fifteen members of the mob had forcibly en tered her apartment while she was on another floor visiting friends and then men had crawled under beds, into closets, and hidden behind the furniture. A squad of state troops pursuing the fleeing rioters entered the apartments and locked the doors behind them. Mrs. Hester said the troops then dragged the men from their hiding place and one by one beat them un mercifully with the three-foot hickory clubs. In the melee, beds were torn apart anad ripped up; mirrors were smashed and the furniture of the flat more or less demolished. The woman was informed that her only recourse was to sue the county of Allegheny for damages. Shortly before noon, Sheriff Gum bert, stated he would not announce until late today whether he would ask the governor for additional armed forces. In going over the riot district, dep uty sheriffs found two unexploded bombs which had been thrown during the disorders. Two state troopers are dying in a hospital. It was at first believed their wounds were not serious. Troop er Williams, who was killed, joined the contsabulary from Monterey, Cal ifornia. He was a scout under Gen eral Lawson. According to reports Troop B of the state constabulary, under com mand of Capt. Robert Robinson, has been ordered to McKee's Rocks and it is said has already started for this place. Three columns of smoke came from the cvhimneys of the Pressed Steel Car company's plant in Schoenville tonight, the plant being in operation in spite of the efforts of the mob to scare off the imported workmen. The strikers seemed to realize for the first time that the company could do with out them. More state police have been ordered here to augment the company of mounted constabulary on duty at the car plant. The strikers realize that the mount ed troops are too much for them. Yet, all day the troopers were subjected to abuse from windows and doors when ever they chanced to pass a strike sympathizer's home. In retaliation every striker or sympathizer who lft his doorstep was searched. Besides searching, the troopers examined the strikers personally and if they bore bruises or traces of being clubbed, they were promptly arrested, as the troopers considered such evidence proof that the men had participated in last night's rioting. Twenty-five men were arrested be fore nightfall. Those who resisted were manacled to troopers' horses and dragged through the streets to the plant entrance. At noon the great bells of the Catholic cathedral in Mc Kee's Rocks began tolling. This was kept up for over two hours. Then the bells were ordered silenced by state troopers, as it was pointed out that such demonstrations only went to ward agitating the strikers. Strikers' wives besieged Lieutenant Smfth of the state constabulary for news of their missing husbands. The strikers seemed awed at the extent of last nights fatalities. News that additional state constabulary were on their way seemed to act as a quietus upon those few strike sympathizers who gathered in doorways during the evening and discussed the situation. It was announced that the government would heed the peonage, charge against President F. H. Hoffsot and Foreman Samuel Cohen of the Pressed Steel Car company to the extent of making a thorough investigation of the allegations made by Albert Va mos, who swore to the charges before United States Commissioner Lindsay Trooper on Trial for Killing His Captain Overstayed His Leave and When Reprimanded He Draws Revolver and Shoots His Commander SMAHA, Neb., Aug. 23. The trial by general court ma tial of Cor poral Crabtree of t oop B, Sec ond United States cav ry, on the charge of killing his t op comman. der, Capt. John C. Ra ond, at Fort Des Moines, began at ort Crook, neal this city, today. The plea of the fense is insanity, In connection wit the murder charge t Corporal Crabtre is called to answer to the charge of hooting with deadl) intent, First Ser ant Washburn and COVE TUN IS MASS OF FLAMES Ifining of -"BifgBore on Billings & Northern Catches Fire From 1 Locomotive Sparks. 1 Fire, probably started by sparks from some locomotive, was discovered early Sunday morning in the tunnel of the Billings & Northern situated about ten miles west of this city, and t at a late hour yesterday evening was I reported to be raging fiercely with nc chance to extinguish it except by plug ging the entrances to the tunnel and smothering the flames. All traffi through the tunnel has been aban i doned; through passenger and freight I trains are being taken over the Northern Pacific to Helena and thence i over the Great Northern to Great Falls, while local traffic is handled by hauling passengers by stage over the hill which the tunnel pierces. Stub i trains make connections at both ends of the tunnel. As soon as the fire was discovered I it was reported to both the Billings and Great Falls offices of the road and a work train with several cars ol I water was hurried from this city tc 1 the scene of the conflagration. The section men made a brave attempt tc enter the tunnel and quench the flames, which at that time had made very little headway, but this was ima t possible on account of the strong draft which blew the smoke and fly. ing cinders through the tunnel as a a great rate. At the same time a re quest was sent by the Billings & Northern superintendent in Greal Falls to the Billings fire department asking that an engine be loaded on a cart and sent to the fire, but as the department here is not equipped witk an engine it was impossible to com 3 ply with the request. t By Sunday evening the flames had 8 gained such headway that a column of fire nearly a hundred feet high was streaming out of the southern en. trance to the tunnel, and all efforts tc Sfight the flames were abandoned. Ma terial was at once assembled for the 1 purpose of plugging the entrances and this is now being done. It is expected that by this means the fire can be I suffocated and a part of the timber ing saved. The tunnel lacks but a few feet ol t being a half mile long and was the greatest piece of engineering work on the line of the B. & N. It was com B pleted about a year ago and was used for passenger purposes for the first t time on November 2, 1908. The bore - which is about 18 feet high, is lined throughout with heavy timbering and t the ceiling is "floored," as it is called r in engineering terms, with heavy tim bers, cut six by six, and of cordwood e length. Above this floor the space, 9 which varies from a foot to four e feet, is packed solid with riprap, slabs 5 being used for the greater part, and it was probably in this raprapping e that the sparks caught and started the fire. It is estimated that there is t upwards of 20 carloads of lumber in e the riprapping alone and that half ol 1 this is now on fire. To smother the 3 blaze will require about a week. f No serious damage to the tunnel is f anticipated as the result of the fire for the bore is through a sandstone e formation and it is not expected that Y much rock will fall if the flooring is 1 Corporal Such at the time Captain r- Raymond was killed. The testimony brought out that Corporal Crabtree, with Privates Fa Sber and Daroff, went to Des Moines - June 12, the day before .the shooting. rt Crabtree had asked Corporal Such tr for a pass good until 7 o'clock the night of June 13. Through some mis y. take the pass was made to expire at 7 1e o'clock a. m. Crabtree did not notice ar the difference and overstayed his ly leave. For this Captain Raymond d reprimanded him but on Crabtree's explanation the captain said he would let it go. Crabtree then asked to be relieved of his duties as corporal, saying he did not think he was capable of dis charging them. Captain Raymond said he would consider the matter. A moment later Crabtree drew a pistol and began shooting at the offi cer. The first shot wept wild. He then turned the weapon at Corporal Buch and First Sergeant Washburn, wounding both of them. The two men with Captain Ray mond attempted to disarm Crabtree, and it was then that Captain Ray mond received the wound from which he died July 4. .d STATE SERUM FACTORY. d (Speclal to The Gamette.) , HELENA, Aug. 23.-Dr. M. E. Knowles, state veterinarian, announc 1o ed today that the services of an ex " pert had been secured to take charge Ad of the proposed hog cholera serum Ic factory. A Bitter Root farm company -. has donated the necessary land and at buildings and hog raisers are to be repaid for their subscriptions with 1e serum, which has proved a positive e check for hog cholera. The inability to secure supplies from the govern ment has led the state live stock r board to determine upon the estab Ib llhmt nC of n4 n m fnntr" -4--- - PORK CHOPS THINKS HE LIKES THE JOB Dusky Prisoner Would Bather Be is Jail Than Loafing Around Hunting Mischief. It is a somewhat exceptional thing for a prisoner to fret because the day of his relinquishment is draw ing near, but that is what a negro, booked as Pork Chops and known by no other title around the city jail, is doing. Pork Chops was arrested about five days ago as a vag and he was at once put to work cleaning cuspidors and moping around the city hall. The coon likes the job im mensely and he says that he is now trying to think of a scheme whereby he can get another ten days without really doing any mischief. His duski ness was first introduced to the jail about a month ago when he was ar rested for stealing chickens, a crime of which he was not guilty. He, how ever, succeeded in furnishing the in formation which lead to the alpre hension of the guilty man. And it can be said to his credit that Pork Chops is a very good janitor. BRIDGE COLLAPSED. (Special to The Gazette.) FORSYTH, Aug. 23.-The stringers sustaining a bridge across the Yel lowstone here collapsed Saturday night under the weight of a 15-ton plowing engine. All of the men ac companying the machine escaped in jury by leaping, but Rice Westaby, a ranchman, who had charge of the en gine. Westaby sustained a fracture of the leg. A suit against the county for damages is threatened. WILL ORDER SALE. AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 23.-Robert J. Eckhart, receiver for the Waters Pierce Oil company, filed today an in ventory of the corporation's Texas property with the clerk of the dis trict court here. Judge Kilcox will now order the sale of the property to the highest bidder. The Waters Pierce holdings in this state are val ued at $2,000,000, which is the amount of the fine recently imposed for al leged violations of the Texa statutes.