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The Billings Gazette.
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
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
The American aviator will enter
again as a favorite in the internation
al event for the James Gordon Ben
While Handcuffing Bulgarian Three
Countrymen Open Fire on
(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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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
Following is a correct list of the
known dead:
HARRY EXLER, deputy sheriff.
GEO. M. GLASSER, striker.
JOHN L. WILLIAMS, trooper.
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 (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"
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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.
(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.
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.

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