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E. B. FISK,........... ............... Eâitor - THIBSDAY, JANUARY 13, 1S1G. n, » .Math Legislative Assembly of Montana meets Helena. Monday, January 3d, 1876. The proceedings ein be daily reported for the Herald. The subscrip ts,, prix Of the Daily Herald, sent by mail, eovi ,racing January Ut and ending Kith the close of the „■.„ion, dll be but S3. The proceedings of Congress <ud otter interesting and important news, daily reported y telegraph to the Herald, trill add to the value of the Daily. Friends throughout the Territory arc re quested to furnish us with their orders. A LOl'ISIAXA SWINDLE TRANSPLANT ED TO MONTANA. We print in another column a letter vhich we ask the publie generally to read. The writer is a native Louisianian—now a resident of Meagher county. What he asserts of the Printing bill is undoubtedly true. He believes if the essential counterpart of a law enacted by the Legislature of Louisiana—an act which he characterize •■'the greatest saindlc ever knoten:' He says of the author and chief promoter of the monstrous measure which the two Houses of the Assembly were decoyed into passing in such unseemly haste last week : "Barret, of the Independent was assistant 1( ;itor on the New Orleans lie puldied n. at the time that paper made from $ 1 50,000 ' ' $ 200,000 a H far out °f ^ tC Lmd8uma printin']swindle. 1 believe the present scheme is a like affair, concocted mainly in his behalf and for his benefit. Now, here is the key to this infamy, ihe secret of its origin is divulged. As the pil grim would probably put it: "Its an old joke in a new dress." Barrett, indeed, owns to the paternity of this bill. It was chief!} owing to his crafty management that the measure was successfully engineered through both, Houses of the Assembly. In the Upper House members were deceived aud hood winked, and the bill hurriedly passed before numbers of Councilmen could gain any intel ligent understanding of its provisions. Im mediately after, the Herald, getting an iuk Jng of the bill, and estimating at once its monstrous nature, sounded the alarm. Bar ret and his henchmen very adroitly kept the hill out of sight and reach of our reporters. They would not permit it to see the light of day. But the Herald, as usual, proved equal to the emergency. Energy and enter prise sometimes overcome insuperable obsta cles. Such was our experience in this case. The bill was in our bands but a few moments, but those few moments were sufficient. A half dozen rapid penmen gave us & true copy in short order. It was quickly put in type, printed, and before the time arrived to "push it through the House," every member had a printed copy on his desk. The Demo cratic majority, however, had already caucussed the bid and pledged their support, and the exposure, though it came in time, did not, we think, change a vote. We thought, certainly, that such members as Word and McCormick, with some experience as publish ers, aud with some knowledge, as we con ceive, of the printer's art, would hesitate or halt. Bat they did not. They appeared as the champions of the bill and led the major ity. It is possible that they believed with their followers that this scheme of plunder was an honest measure. They may have been deceived as completely as were the other Democratic members who know noth? ing of the technical terms of the printer's art, or of the art itself, and who, therefore, were the easier imposed upon by a cunning rascal of the kidney of the one originating this scheme of public robbery. It is charit able to say they were misled with other mem bers, and did not know, really, what they were doing. Coining back to the paternity of this bill : Its authorship is traced to Barrett—the Bour bon pilgrim recently arrived from the South. We are told he was associate editor of an "official paper" in New Orleans that stole $200,000 a year from the Treasury of Lou isiana. Did Barrett lobby for the enactment of that monstrous law ? Did he share in the plunder thus obtained from that unfortunate State ? Did he steal the essence of his bill from the provisions of the Louisiana law in the expectation that he could boldly and un questioned consummate a public robbery in Montana equal to that perpetrated during his Bohemian residence in the Crescent city.? Perhaps these conundrums are not easy enough for the oscillating pilgrim to answer. Never mind. We are for the most part con cerned, now that the danger in a measure seems past, to show to the people and the Legislature of Montana the sort of person they have had to deal with. That Barrett is unscrupulous, corrupt, dangerous and wholly untrustworthy, is amply demonstrated by the abominable tricks and falsehoods to which he has not hesitated to resort in advocacy of Council Bill No. 1. We have little relish to depict a character such as his, and we are largely saved the trouble of so doing by the conspicuousness with which he has figured in this villainous attempt to fleece the public treasuries of tens of thousands—perhaps hundreds of thousands—of dollais. His scheme of robbery, we would fain believe, will be frustrated, and the revenues of the people saved lrom his rapacious clutches. Plymouth Church Mutual council. New York, January 9. —Ex-Judge Van Cott has heard from all the churches invited to the Mutual Council and all have accepted. The list includes some of the most celebrated clergy in the denominations. A LIAR NAILED INTHE PILLORY. On a par with the enormous falsehoods re tailed by the Independent to Council and House members, during the last week, to in fluence and mislead their action on the Print ing Bill, is another abominable lie in its issue of yesterday concerning the aggregate sum of money paid by the Territory to the Her ald on printing account during the last two years. In the face of the Governor's report to the House, stating the sum thus paid ag gregated $630 00, the Independent says : "In addition to this sum, the Auditor's report shows warrants issued to them (Fisk Bros. ) amounting in one item to $1,007 70 ; in an other, to $150 00; showing a total of $2,607 70. Nor does this by any means cover the amount of money they (Fisk Bros.) have obtained. In answer to these falsehoods, we submit without comment the # correspondence ap pended hereto : Helena, January 10th, 1876. 1). II. Weston, Esq.. Territorial Ireasurer, Helena, M. T. : Sir: In his special communication to the House on the 7th inst., in answer to a resolu tion of inquiry, Governor B. F. Potts, in dying a recapitulation of amounts paid out of the Territorial Treasury for printing, stated that Fisk Bros, had been paid $639 for printing during the years 1874 and 1875. We are satisfied this statement is correct. The Independent, of the 9th inst., states this sum was only for incidental printing, and that in addition to this amount we were paid from the Territo rial Treasury $1,907 50 at one time and $150 at another. We should be pleased to know if the records of your office show any such transactions; and also, if the sum reported by his Excellency the Governor is not the total amount paid to Fisk Bros, from tne Territo rial Treasury during the two years mentioned. We are, sir, very respectfully, FISK BROS. Messes. Fisk Bros., Helena, M. T. Gentlemen:— Your communication of this date is received, requesting to be informed if the records of this office show that you w ere paid any monies from the Territorial Treas ury for printing during the years 1874 and 1875, besides $639, reported by His Excel lency the Governor to the House of Repre sentatives. In reply, I would say that I have examined the records of this office, and also of the Auditor's office, aud find that the total amount paid Fisk Bros, for printing of all kinds for the Territory since the adjournment of the Legislative Assembly, eighth session, is $639, as reported by the Governor. This includes all warrants drawn in your favor during the time mentioned except $41 78 drawn Feb. 24th 1874 for copies of Herald furnished eighth session of Legis lative Assembly. Very respectfully, D. H. WESTON, Territorial Treasurer. THE INDEPENDENT ASKED TO EX PLAIN. We accord publication to the appended communication, handed us by a prominent Democrat. The writer feels aggrieved at what he conceives an injustice done Major Magin nis by the Bourbon paper in its failure to print that portion of recent Congressional proceedings which records the introduction of bills by our Delegate. It is obvious to "Enquirer" that the Independent does not stop with the hidinig of bills in its inter ests before the Legislature. It goes further and obliterates from the proceedings of Con gress measures in the interests of Montana brought forward by Montana's Delegate. It is clear that the public must look to the Her ald for the news.— Ed. Herald. To the Editor of the Herald: I notice in your Saturday's edition the As sociated Press dispatches of Congressional proceedings, in which is reported Montana's Delegate as introducing a bill to amend the Coinage Act; also for the improvement of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers; also for the sale of timber lands. As all these measures are of importance to our people, I was cer tain our Democratic organ would announce the good tidings to its readers, but to my chagrin, found the whole subject ignored, and avail myself of your columns to inquire the reason. Is it because of the "African in wood-pile?" Are Democratic managers al ready at work to subvert the wishes of the people under the pretense of what? (economy perhaps!). We have bad one trial of inter posing between the people and their choice, which was disastrous alike to the party and the Territory, and 1 would suggest to the self constituted managers to be cautious of inter | fering with the people's right. They may bargain for and receive the benefits of a cor rupt or ficticious sale. But I question if the purcheser will ever realize the benefit of his bargain, notwithstanding appearances are favorable through means of having subsidized or attempted to subsidize all the party jour nals. Every section of our Territory is alike interested in the bills introduced by our Dele gate. The Eastern portion want the Y'ellow stone improved; the North the Missouri river; the miners and merchants are especially in terested in the Coinage act; while our farmers and other inhabitants are interested in secur ing to themselves a portion of our valuable timber lands before they are gobbled by spec ulating sharks. ENQUIRER. Helena, January 10th, 1876. - ^ -4 f I I ■-- Brigham Young has begun the erection of a massive stone wall around ten square rods of soil, wherein are to be buried himself and the choice lights of his family. An adjacent mountain plateau can be added for his wives. FIRST VETO. Governor Potts returned this afternoon Council Bill No. 1—the notorious Printing Bill—with.his disapproval. The message, setting forth his reasons for vetoing the measure, will be found in the Council pro ceedings printed in another column. We congratulate the Governor for the wise course he has taken in this matter. It will be seen that the Council sustained the Governor's ob jections by a vote of 10 to 3. TRUTH WILL PREVAIL. The Bourbon editor is enraged at the vigor ous blows showered upon him from various quarters. Democrats as well as Republicans take a hand in meting out merited punish ment. Revengeful, he turns to vent his spleen and falsehoods upon the Herald and others crossing his pathway to public plun der. He disputes ihe authenticity of our Meagher County letter, and charges its man ufacture in this office. If its genuineness is doubted or questioned by Councilman Horn buckle or Representative Rotwitt, or other members of the Legislature, we will quickly satisfy them on this point if they will call at the Herald office. We can do this without betraying any confidence demanded for the protection of our correspondent. We are gratified to observe, in this connec tion, first, that the Bourbon editor, while of course asserting a dissimilarity of Council Bill No. 1 to the Louisiana law, confesses to his knowledge of the provisions of that law ; and, second, while protesting that he was not on the editorial staff of the "official paper of Louisiana at the time of its big printing steal, he acknowledges for the first time his editorial connection with the New Orleans Republican. His Democracy, it seems, he did not desire to have questioned, and in this far away country, where inquiry into Ins political antecedents were less likely to be made, he has resolutely held to the unvarying story that his newspaper experience in Lou isiana was confined to the Picayune. Our neighbor, of his own accord, helps us to ex pose his deceits. NOT IN CONFLICT. The Bourbon paper asserts a conflict of opinion on the part of the Territorial press in reference to the provisions of the Printing Bill. Not so. Representatives of the Mon tanian , Madisonian , and Husbandman are not much amiss in saying that publishers in the several counties outside of Lewis and Clarke would unjustly suffer if Council Bill No. 1 became a law. Neither is the Herald and New North West incorrect in saying that the Territorial Printer, under the provisions of this bill, could bankrupt tlie Territory and the county of Lewis and Clarke in a twelve month. The bill Was evidently drawn—as stated by the Herald on the start—in the exclusive interest of the Independent. It was pressed upon Democratic members as a relief measure—a relief to a rickity partisan print unable to "hold its own" in competition with other Democratic papers of Montana. But we doubt if a single Councilman or mem ber of the House voting for the bill had any idea or suspicion at the time that he was sup porting a measure that would enable the In dependent to fleece and rob the public treas uries in the enormous sums the Herald has, in previous articles, so conclusively pointed out. Is reference to mineral and agricultural notices. No paper enjoys a monopoly of these advertisements. Republican, Democratic and Independent newspapers share in their publication. As to ad vertising of this nature coming up in this particular district, we have but a word to say: The decisions of the local Land Officers have been several times rendered, and their rulings have uniformly been approved by the De partment at Washington. Considerations principally governing in the designation of the Herald to do this adyertising are, in brief— First—That the Herald is a reputable newspaper. Second—That it is an old established and permanent journal, reliable and solid, and enjoying the full confidence of the people. Third—That it is a paper of general circu lation, and covers completely the district within which such notices are required to be published. Fourth—That the Herald's rates for such advertising, compared either with the legal rates established by the statutes of the Terri tory or the Government, are a reasonable compensation and no more. "Tax-Payer," writing from Jefferson City, pointed out the bad taste—to call it by no harsher name—of the ostentatious exhibi tion of rebel pictures in the office of the Jef ferson County Treasurer. The Bourbon paper, of course, hastens to the Treasurer's defense, applauds Mr. Lineberger, lectures Tax-Payer for "evident want of rfespect for honor, heroism, and virtue," and directs the Treasurer's attention to the Herald corres pondent as the probable thief who plundered his safe. This is true Bourbon inwardness bubbling up to the surface. But "Tax-Payer's" suggestion—come to think it over—is all wrong. It is he, and not the Treasurer, ac cording to the Independent , that "flaunts the bloody shirt." "Tax-Payer" has no business to complain of Confederate portraits hung in a public office. Public offices are created for and owned by the incumbents, and "Tax payer" is presumptious when he thinks or says to the contrary. Let Mr. Lineberger, his office, and his pictures alone. Montana Legislature Proceedings of tlie Ninth Legisla tive Assembly. COUNCIL—Eighth Day. Helena, January 10, 1876. Council met pursuant to adjournment, President in the chair. Roll called—quorum present. Abascal presented a petition from practic ing Attorneys for an increase of compensa tion to District Attorneys. Tatem, from the Select Committee to whom was referred C. B. No. 0, relative to the col lection of revenue, made report of the bill and asked that it be referred to the Commit tee on Printing and ordered printed. Allebaugh gave notice of a bill to amend section 286 of the Criminal Practice Act; also a bill for taxing jury lees. Bass offered C. B. No. 7, to amend section 13, chap. 21 of the General and Miscellaneous Laws, which was read first and second time and referred to Committee of 4V ays and Means. . On Motion of Hays, the following resolu tion was agreed to; Resolved, That the thanks of the Council be tendered to the Reverends L. L. Toy, L. Palladiuo, S. J., W. C. Romel andC. W right for their voluntary offers to serve as Chap lains of this Council, and that they be re quested to officiate as such in the following order: On Mondays and Fridays, Rev. E. L Toy; Tuesdays and Saturdays, L. Palladiuo; Wednesdays,* W. C. Rommel; Thursdays, C. j Wright. . „ ; Tatem moved that a committee or two be j appointed in conjunction with a similar com mittee from the House of Representatives to audit the accounts of the Territoral Auditor and Treasurer. The President appointed Tatem and Lewis said committee. Tatem, from Committee on Enrollment, re ported C. B. No. 1 correctly enrolled. Hays offerd Council Joint Memorial No. 1 to His Excellency the President of the L uited States, as follows: V our memorialists, the Legislative Council and House of Representatives composing the Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Montana, would respectfully represent that the interests of this Territory would be great ly promoted and its early settlement hastened by the revocation of the order of your Ex cellency setting aside that portion of country on the north bank of the Yellowstone river and attaching it to the Crow Reservation, for the reasons herein set forth : That the Y el lowstone Valley, now closed up by this order, is the most direct natural route to and from Montana; that ever since the closing of the Bozeman and Bridger roads, and the aban donment of Forts Reno and C. F. Smith, our routes to the States East of us have been for the most part by way of the circuitous route through the Territory of Utah, thereby add ing greatly to the expense, tediousness and delay of our intercourse with the East ; that during the ensuing summer numerous, and doubtless successful, attempts will be made to navigate the Yellowstone _ river and establish thereby the feasibility of trans portation by steamboats on that stream; that the country thus set aside embraces a portion of the route selected by the Northern Pacific Railroad; that that great national enterprise must of necessity push its way westward w'ith all possible rapidity, both by reason of the terms of its charter and the wants of the nation; that the country em braced in the limits of the reservation on the north bank of the Y r ellowstone is peculiarly adapted to agricultural pursuits and stock raising; that numerous settlements already exist there, aud many more are desirous of settling there by reason of its peculiar advan tages; that the order, while made in good good faith does not reach or have any mater ial influence upon the object intended; that there never has been any illicit traffic yvith the Crow tribe of Indians; that it is a fact which can be easily demonstrated; that the Grow tribe of Indians do not indulge in intoxicating liquors, nor have they ever been induced to do so; that the maintainance of the order will work incalculable injury to the people of this Territory, and is utterly valueless to the Indi ans for the purposes intended. We your memorialists would therefore earnestly pray your Excellency to rescind the order, and we your memorialists will ever pray, etc. On motion, the memerial was referred to the Committee of the Whole. . The President announced that he had sign ed Council bill No. 1, a bill relative to pub lic printing. . .. . Tatem from the Committee on Enrollment reported that he had presented C. I». No. 1, to the Governor for his signature. Cullen called up the resolution directing the Sergeant-at-Arms to provide the members ot the daily and weekly papers of the Territory, and on motion of Mr. Cullen the resolution was amended to read three copies each of the dailies and two copies of the weeklies, w hich was adopted. ... On motion the Council took a recess until The Council met at 2 p. m. Roll called, and quorum present. On motion of Watson the Council went into Committee of the Whole on Council Joint Memorial No. 1. . Mr. Cullen addressed the Council in mor of the Memorial, but was of the opinion that it should be sent to the Congress of the L nited States, and that portion of it which recites that the order of the President creating the reservation was made in good faith, should be stricken out, for he believed that the Pres ident, in this case, as in all other reservations in the north-west, acted as an interested party, either by himself or by his particular henchmen. He also stated that the po)) er generally of creating or declaring Indian reservations did not pertain to the President, but exclusively to Congress. Mr. Brown stated that he thought the Me morial ought to be sent to Congress, and hoped the phraseology would he so changed that action in the matter would be transmitted to our Delegate in Congress. . Hays gave a description of the Reservation, which he said included a district 205 miles long and 20 miles wide, on the north side of the Yellowstone river, as being a fine agri cultural and grazing country which rw*» al ready occupied by settlers, and declared the action of the President as an outrage upon individual rights and general interests. Watson was in favor of sending this memor ial direct to the President of the United States and following it up with a similar memorial t0 Tafc?m 'was in favor of the memorial, and contended that from the proof it was evi dently the order of the President ought to be rescinded, as well for individual settlers as for the Territory at large. Tatem desired that the memorial be sent to Congress. On motion of Lewis the Committee rose, and directed its chairman to report the mem orial to the Council w T ith instructions that it be referred to the Committee on Federal Re lations. A message was received from the House announcing notice of bills offered and to be offered. The petition offered this morning relative to the fees of District Attorneys was referred to the Judiciary Committee. On motion, the Council adjourned until 19 a. m. tomorrow. HOUSE—Light It Day. Pursuant to adjournment, Sir. Speaker cak ed the House to order at 10 a. m. Roll called; quorum present. Prayer by the Chaplain. Journal of Saturday read. At tue close or the minutes, the clerk read: That on motion of Sanders the House adjourn until ten a. m. Monday in respect to the memory of that hero of peace and war—Andrew Johnson. Sanders said that it was the other Andrew —Jackson—to whose memory his motion to adjourn paid tribute, and the journal was so corrected and adopted. The Speaker announced that he would add Messrs. Stuart and Olds to the Committee on Agriculture and Manufactures. Chessman gave notice of a bnl to prevent cruelty to animals. Also a bill to incorporate the town of Helena. Sanders gave notice of a bill in relation t< schools. Burkett gave notice of a bill lor compel sory education. Cave gavenoticeof a bill to legmate county finances. McKnight offered a resolution thanking the the Secretary of tlie Helena Library for cour teous invitation of the House to tree use cd the Library. Adopted. The Speaker announced that he had on lus table the Auditor's report for the fiscal year just ended, and the clerk proceeded to read the same. The report is elaborate, comply ing strictly with the requirements of the law. After a partial reading of the report, further reading was dispensed with, and the report referred to Committee on Printing. A resolution passed requesting the Secre tary of the Territory to have the plans of the hall so fixed as to admit of fires in the stoves and to furnish half-dozen extra chairs for use of House. On motion of Carmichael, Messrs. Kaiser and Brown, representatives of the Madison ian and Monta nian , were tendered seats with in the Bar. Carmichael offered a resolution to have the several standing committees to whom were referred the various subject matters of the Governor's message, report on or before the nineteenth day of the session. Adopted. Moore, of Gallatin, introduced a bill to pre vent stock from being driven from their ranges. Moved to refer to Judicary Com mittee. . Sanders objected, and offered a resolution to amend the rules and have a Standing Com mittee on grazing and stockgrowing appoint ed, said committee to be numbered 8 on the list of committees. Carried,and the bill referr ed to said committee. The Speaker announced that he had just signed Council Bill No. 1, relative to public printing. . A communication was received from the Secretary of the Territory stating that he was authorized to rent and furnish one Committee Room for each House of the Assembly, and that he had rented and furnished for the use of House Committees the former Probate Court room, on Main Street. A recess was then taken till 2 p. m. The House resumed at 2 p. m. Mr. Speaker in the Chair. Roll called; quorum present. The Chair announced as the Standing Com mittee on Grazing and Stock Growing, Brooke, ^ord, Moore, of Deer Lodge, Reed and Lot W Curtis gave notice of a bill relating to As sessments. Worden gave notice ot a bill to provide tor funding the debt of Missoula County. Moore, of Deer Lodge, gave notice of. a bill relating to Public Morals. A communication was received from the Council, stating that a concurrent resolution appointing a joint comniitttee te examine and audit the Auditor's report, and that Tatem and Lewis had been appointed such commit tee on the part of the Council. The resolu tion was concurred in and the Chair appoint ed Worden and Tierney. C J. R. No. 1, instructing the Sergeant-at Arms to provide the Legislative Assembly with the various newspapers of the Territory was read, when Sanders moved to indefinite ly postpone consideration of the resolution. The motion was lost by the following votes, ayes, 11, nays 15, as follows: Ayes—Beat, Carmichael, Chessman, Clew ell, Kenneally, McCormick, McKnight, San ders, Sweeney, Worden, Speaker—21. Nays-Brdoke, Burkett, Cave, Curtis,Ford, Mead, Moore, (Gal.) Moore, (D L.) Olds. Reed, Rotwitt, Stuart, Tierney, M oodlock, Word—15. , . . The resolution w as then read a second unie and placed before the House. Sanders opposed the dipping of our nantis into the Territorial Treasury for this or any similar purpose. McCormick fully concurred with Sander.-. He would not vote to incur any such expense, lie had voted a few days since, for C. I*. No. 1 because lie believed it a measure which would save to the tax payers hundreds am. thousands of dollars annually, and he now opposed this resolution upon the same prin ciple. . t Word thought it wise economy to buy these papers and send them to constituents. McCormick then moved to indefinitely post pone further consideration of Council Joint Resolution No. 1. Carried by 14 ayes to 1~ nays, as follows : . , . Ayes—Beal, Brooke, Carmichael, Chess man, Clew ell, Ford, Kenneally, Moore (Gal latin,) McCormick, McKnight, banders, Sweeney, Worden, Speaker—14. Nays—Burkett, Cave, Curtis, Mead. Moore (Deer Lodge,) Olds, Heed, Rotwitt, Stuart, Tierney, Woodlock, Word—12. Chessman moved to reconsider the vote by which consideration of Council Joint Reso lution No. 1 was indefinitely postponed. Seconded by McCormick. Sanders moved to lay the motiou to recon sider on the table. Carried by ayes 14 to navs 12, as follows : . .. y Ayes _Brooke, Carmichael, Chessman. Clewell. Ford, Kenneally. tv/ McCormick, McKnigbt, Beed. Sanders, Tiu nev, Worden. Speaker—14. .... Nays—Beni, Burkett, Cave, Corns, Mead.