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The Plan lor Its Settlement in Pftickly
Pear Vailay Su&sested by a Com
mittee Appointed for that
The Water Association of Prickly J?ear
Valley met last Saturday, 6th instant, at
Grange Hall. After organizing it was de
cided that owiqg to the Fact that the pre
sent committee had not received sufficient
publicity to secure the attendance of. all
concerned, and that the association's action
upon the report of the judiciary committee
in reference to a plan of settlement of the
water question was of considerable mo
ment, and in order that all might be made
acquainted with the nature of that report
—Jo read the report before the association
(but not for discussion) and then to have it
printed in both the Helena papers—linal
action*upon it to be postponed until Satur
day, October 13, at 2 o'clock p. m. Below
is given the report. -
To the Chair and Water Association of Prickly
Pear Valley :
Your Judiciary .Committee elected by
you to examine and measure the minimum
quantity of water in the .Prickly Pear
creek, and also to investigate and fix the
claims thereto for irrigating purposes iu
Prickly Pear valley, or at their*election, to |
submit to you a plan of settlement between
the claimants thereof, beg leave to submit
the following report :
From the best information before us—
from actual measurement, though not
wholly reliable, and from other sources—
ruuning through a number of years past
relative to the irrigatingcapacity of Prickly
Pear creek from Biddle Peeve's and below
during the irrigating season, say from the
15th of June to the 15th of August, is,
commencing with the former date, 3,500 in.,
,]ud diminishing to the latter to 1,2(10 in.,
miners' nu isure. And we hereby notify
the public generally not to make any addi
tional appropriation either from the creek
or its tributaries that would in any way
divert the above amount of water there
1'rorn, as all of which we find has been ap
propriated or is now owned, subject to pro
visions hereinafter mentioned, however, by
the following named persons, to wit:
[The Committee, not having been able ji
to complete the list of names, they are |
We find, also, that the claims in said
creek, running from sixty-fi ve to seventy,
have, in the manner of their original, to
gether with their repeated appropriations
from time to time through the years that
have intervened between these dates, so
run together in the order of time that we
think in equity there are no claims that
were appropriated in any given number of
these intervening years that should have
precedence of the other claims within these
dates as to the time of appropriation. These
claims we find to be the following :
[Names omitted.]
We also find, and so recommend, from
the number of acres that were in cultiva
tion this season, which were in excess of
any former year since the valley was in
cultivation, and from the number of these
acres that have burned, or that have suf
lered for wg»t of water, and also from facts
relative to the water that was wanted be
cause of the very imperfect method of con
veying and appropriating it upon the farms,
and also from test measurements of water,
and from test trials of the same as to the
absolute quantity of water that isnecessary
to irrigate 160 acres of land, that there is
water enough, if properly husbanded, that
Hows along Prickly Pear creek between the
periods hereinabove mentioned as the irri
gating season of Prickly Pear valley, to
supply fill of the claim? mentiqned iß this
report, and which comprises all the claims
tô water in Prickly Pear creek for irrigat
ing purposes in Prickly Pear valley.
We, your committee, would, iu view of
the above facts that we have elicited upon
this important subject, that look so favor
ably toward an amicable settlement of the
water claims among the claimants thereof
as neighbors and citizens of Prickly Pear
valley, and in view of the peace and pros
perity that would insure to our otherwise
much favored valley, upon the pioper ad
justment of the water quastion among us—
recommend and respectfully urge that each
claimant in this association shall have an
active irrigating ditch head of water, say
33$ inches miners' measure, to every 16U
acres of land in actual cultivation ; pro
vided, however, that iu no case shall this
irrigating head of water be diminished, ex
cept when the nature of the land or the
crops, or both, be such as to admit of a less
quantity without waste from insufficient
quantity when the number of acres in
cultivation shall fall below 160 acres. But
in such a case it shall be regulated to the
party so using it by the time of its use,
which shall be fixed according to the time
that is necessary to water 80 or 160 acres
of land, with reasonable effort, running the
water all the time, day and night, until it
is gone over, or, which is better, to catch
the water at night and run two heads of
water through the day until finished.
We further recommend that in view of
the value of the water which nature has
provided for the irrigation of the lands of
Prickly Pear valley, where it is at all prac
ticable, that reservoirs be constructed to
catch the water of nights and Sabbaths,
and in no case, through indifference or
otherwise, should the water thereof be per
mitted to run to waste when others need it
to water their growing crops.
We would further advise in this plan of
settlement of the water interests of this
valley, that the claims running from sixty
five to seventy—if alter the water of
Prickly Pear creek has been properly
saved, conveyed and appropriated upon the
farms, it should prove insufficient at any
time to supply all of the claims in this
association with a head of water—have
precedence over all other claims in this as
sociation above these dates ; and that the
remaining claims, running from the year
1871 to 1882, inclusive, shall, if the water
should get scarce, regulate the supply
among them according to the time of their
respective appropriation ; and furthermore,
that claims to the minimum quantity of
water in Prickly Pear creek shall not be
increased in this association above the
number hereinabove mentioned.
We would also recommend that a canal
or canals be constructed^tarting out of the
Prickly Pear creek above where the North
ern Pacific railroad crosses it, and from
thence running in such direction or direc
tions as will best serve the interests and
the convenience of the several claimants of
the water of said creek, and in which to
convey its water for irrigating purposes
when it is scarce. We think that the
farms under the foothills east of the creek
should bring their water in one ditch or
canal running on the foothills above them ;
and that those farms that lie in the lower
part of the valley, and those east and near
the creek should bring their water in one
ditch down on the east side and near the
creek ; while those on the west sidp of the
creek should convey their water in one
ditch down the west side of the creek.
The Rich Find in the Mammoth Mine,
California, Exceeded by that in
the Cable Mine, Montana-
The Bulk of the Cable
Treasure Stolen.
California papers tell of an exceptionally
rich gold find in the Mammoth mine, Ama
dor county, September 6th. In less than
two tons of quartz extracted from a "pocket"
in the body of the ledge, about 100 feet
from the surface, upwards of §75)000 was
taken. The gold, as parted from the quartz,
was almost black, of the same character as
former rich strikes found in the same mine
and which attracted the interest and at
tention of many mining men on the coast.
The Amador DizpatcJi, which gives some
particulars of the discovery, .concludes that
•'the Mammoth mine find is the richest of
the kind ever known in the United States."
Iu this assumption the Dispatch isprobably
mistaken. Montana has equalled if not ex
ceeded it the present year. We refer to
the rich pocket find in the Cable mine, near
| Philipsburg, Deer Lodge county. In a eom
paratively small body of white quartz, of
less than two tons weight, very nearly $80,
O00 was secured and made off with by
a number of the men employed in
the development force. Of this large
amount of treasure only about $6,000 was
recovered by the owners. The guilty one
caught confessed to the theft, disgorged
his part of the plunder, and implicated
those who had shared in the robbery and
the amounts they, one after another,
skipped the country with. This man was
let go—a condition to the confession and
the giving up of his share of the stealings.
His associates had scattered and placed
themselves beyond reach—in the States, iu
Canada, and one at least put the sea be
tween him and America.
We are convinced our informant does
not over estimate the value of the Cable
find. The theft was first unmasked by
one or more of those concerned iu it heed
loescy sending numbers of rich specimens
to Helena, where they were disposed of at
high figures. For one of these quartz
pieces of less than a pound's weight a suit
of clothes, with an overcoat added, were ex
changed. Several of these rich and beauti
ful specimens of white quartz with pro
truding gold upon all sides of them adorn
a number of Helena cabinets. At the
time they made their appearance here, last
spring, they created no little excitement.
They were reported as taken from a new
ledge discovered west of the Main Range,
its location being kept a profound secret.
The similarity of the quartz to bodies
struck years ago in the Cable mine led to
an investigation and the unearthing of the
robbery as stated above.
The New Flacer Fields.
Letter advices from various parties ou
the ground, indicate that the reports of
gold discoveries in Shoshone county, Idaho,
have foundation in fact. It i3 stated that
serious trouble has developed in regard the
various claims which have been located in
the interests of non-residents, and that
several lives have already been sacrificed.
Exciting reports of the richness of the dig
gings reach Western Montana almost daily,
and many parties are leaving there
equipped with their winter supplies, with
the determination, as some express it, "To
make or break." One party left Missoula
a few days since with a heavy train of sup
plies for winter consumption, and he pro
poses to go as far as possible with wagons
and then pack his load the remainder of
the distance. There is no doubt but gold
is there in paying quantities, but the late
ness of the season and roughness of the
country should be carefully considered be
fore deciding to make the journey this
fall. Nothing can be done except to se
cure claims and endure all the hardships
incident to such a region.
What it
Costs to Open a Street in
The business interests of North Main
street have long required the extension of
Sixth avenue, so as to bring that important
street to an outlet into Main. And it has
been long a matter of negotiation with the
owners of the property opposite the mouth
of Price street and on Jackson street for
sufficient ground, the width of the avenue,
to bring it to a junction with Main street.
The owners of the property, said to be an
original street in the plat of the townsite,
are Richard Lockey, sixty feet on Main
street, and A. M. Holter and John Ming, a
similar amount of frontage on Jackson
street. Some time since Mr. Lockey offered
his lot and building for $10,000 for the pur
pose of extending Sixth Avenue to Main
street, but his proposition not being ac
cepted at the time he afterward raised his
price to $200 per front foot. The negotia
tions were closed esterday and immediate
steps will be take, y the Council to open
this important tho. /Ughfare.
The money raised to buy out the property
owners was paid by the following persons,
John Horsky.............................................. $2,500
C. A. Broadwater........................................ 2,500
S. C. Ashby <fc Co......................................... 2,500
James Sullivan............................................ 2,000
Sanford & Evans............................... 800
Charles Lehman.......................................... 1,000
City Council............ 1,950
C. L. Payne................................................ 500
Other subscribers....................................... 750
Paid ont as follows :
To Richard Lockey....................................$12,500
To A. M. Holter .............................'............. 1,250
To John H. Ming........................................ 750
This is probably the most expensive
street opening that will ever take place in
Helena, and shows how very important the
owners of neighboring \ operty on North
Main street considered the extension of
Sixth Avenue to Main street, opposite the
mouth of Price street The Lockey prop
erty was a sixty foot front with the old
Lockey bakery and a small frame house
erected thereon, and C. A. Broadwater and
John Horsky are the owners of the corners
on the new avenne.
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We carry a full line of Imported and Domestic
Wines, Liquors and Cigars, Billiard Tables,
and Bar Goods.
An inspection of one good* and prices is requested.
Clothing House, Main Street
Pay nter& Comstock,
A Philosopher
in Search
of a Situa»
Postmaster Stackpole, of Deer Lodge, a
few days ago received the following appli
cation tor work or information, and will
furnish the address to any one desiring the
services of the writer :
Des Moines, Sept. 22nd, 1883.
Dear Sir : I will preface a little by re
freshing your recollection in respect to that
statement of John Stuart Mill, where he
substantially says : "The man who brings
children into the world without being able
to fully provide for all their wants until
they are old enough to provide for them
selves, commits a great moral crime," and I
go further than John and add as a sort of
corrollary to his proposition, that the man
who brings children into the world and
rears them with no other thought but that
their mission in life is to spend his accum
ulated wealth, commits a greater moral
crime. Now, then, I was thus born to
the purple, but owing to sudden death and
a peculiarly unhappy combination of un
foreseen contingencies, I am left an orphan
at the tender age of 24 without money and
without any strongly defined ideas how to
get it. Sad, eh ? I might mention inci
dentally that I was graduated at a Law
College (with honors, too,) but as that was
during my palmy days and done, perhaps,
more for accomplishment that for use, I
can't count on it as a sure bread-winner.
Having all the shyness of Hawthorne, with
out any of his talent, modesty precludes
my setting out my attainments, but I sup
pose I have ordinary intelligence, which,
coupled with the proper industry, ought
to produce a decent success in any occu
pation which does not require peculiar skill
and special training. While without pra
tical experience, I have, I think, a fair
knowledge of Banking and Insurance, for
a boy, and while I have never done any
manual labor, I know I could soon learn to
swing an axe or pick in hasty style ; but I
will be honest and confess that I am one
of the many sons of man who desire the
greatest ease with the least effort. But I
can work if I have to—and I have to. I
have read a great many articles in your
western papers how that every young man
of the "right kind" could come to your
country and get to the front single-handed,
and it seems to be the unanimous opinion
of your western press that the "right kind"
of a young man is what you commonly
call a "Rustler." Now I don't know whether
I am a "Rustler" or not, but if you'll give
me a chance I'll make you think I am.
Now what are the chances for me in your
town ? I want to come to your town be
cause I have fixed upon it (though blindly
and without data) as the Promised Land,
and now if you (or any of your fellow
townsmen) can help me to a situation, I
will make it bring you back more jelly
cake than any bread you have cast upon
the water for several days. Understand,
however, that if I come among you I will
just about strike your town with little or
no capital except a philosophy that will en
able me to accept the inevitable without a
murmur aud without a kick. Trusting
you will pardon me for infringing thus at
length upon your time and good nature,
and further trusting that you will not toss
this idly aside, because it is a matter of
importance to me, and awaiting your re
sponse with a degree of auxiexty not
common to my philosophy, I am
Sincerely yours, H. B. W.
A Book for Office-Seekers.
"Copp's U. S. Salary List aud Civil Ser
vice Rules" is the title of a new work re
cently prepared by Henry N. Copp, a law
yer of Washington, D. C. Ail the Govern
ment salaries are given, from President
Arthur's $50,000 to postmasters with $500,
officials of the Treasury, Interior, War, and
Navy Departments, Custom Houses, post
offices, and fully 20.000 federal offices ar
ranged by States and Territories. Speci
men examination questions for admittance
to the Civil Service throughout the country
are added. The price of the book is only
35 cents. Every person who aspires to offi
cial life under Government should get a
copy of this book. It may save him from
declining a fat office through wrong infor
mation. Should the Democratic party
ever come into power this work of Copp's
would sell by the tens and hundreds of
thousands. Every Democrat in the coun
try would seek this book, and having
picked out his office, proceed to fight for it
for all it was worth.
—Miner : A four-year-old son of Morris
Powers, with other children, was playing
on the hill near Centerville on Sundry and
amused themselves by pulling on the rope
by which a cayuse was picketed. Little
Power approached too near the animal's
heels and received a kick from both hind
feet full in the face, producing a compound
fracture of the jaw bone. The fracture was
reduced by Dr. C. S. Whitford, who says
the little fellow will have to submit to his
jaw being kept in place by fixed bandages
for three or four weeks.
Minor Monstrosities.
Can the gentle savage live on a mental
reservation ?
Will the new fashioned, three-wheeled
baby carriage be called a cry-cycle ?
If women are angels, Noah's wife must
have been an ark-angel.
New version : The man with a "pocket
full of rocks" can afford to throw stones.
Did Mother Eve originate the "fall"
fashions ?
Can a bank keep its business to itself
when it always employs a teller ?
—Commissioner Reed is now at the Cin
cinnati Exposition with the Montana
mineral collection taken to Denver.
O Having had two experienced buyers in
PQ New York for this season's purchase, we
& will show the FINEST ASSORTMENT of ft
£5 Novelties ever seen in Montana,
The close of the season is at hand and we make a point never to
carry over any goods from one season to another. With a view there
fore of effecting a positive and early clearance of the remainder of
our stock, we call your attention to the following :
You will find that we have the largest and
best selected stock of goods in the city
of Ready Made Clothing at
Hats,a fresh lot,Felts and Straw Goods, very fine.
Rubber Clothing and Gents Furnishing Goods of
Endless Styles and Variety.
We are closing out these goods at reduced Prices,and in order to se
cure a First-Class Bargain in First-Class Stock,you should call at
once and select à new suit, hat, or anything in our line.
S, C, ASHBY k CO.,
Waps, Bips, Agricultural Implements, Flour and drain,
Mitchell Farm and Spring Wagons, Buckeye
Mowers, Deering's Twine Binders, Fürst
and Bradley's Garden City Plows, and
Hand and Self-Dump Rakes, Bug
gies, Carriages, Phaetons,
Landaus, Sulkeys,T Carts,
Jump Seats, Road Carts,
and Buckboards.
We will also carry a full and complete stock of Harness.
Whips, Wagon Sheets, Barbed Wire, etc,, etc.
We have given our personal attention to the selecting and purchasing of oui
stock, buying direct from manufacturers, and we have no hesitancy in say
ing that it is the finest and most complete stock ever bronght to Mon
tana. Yonr patronage is respectfully solicited.
Office and Repository at our New Building, Lower Main
d.w3m-je26 8t - Corner Main and Price.
Send for
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Of all kinds, every grade and price, from a Baby Carriage to a fine Bedroom Suite.
In all the neweet deeigne andoolormge,and ataUpricee,now in stock anddailyarriving
4.000 Bolls, new goodejnet opened, with Borders, Oenters, etc., etc., to match.
L "" <****<**«+ Towela.Tabl® Ll». n .,N. pkto ^ 8k «, u „TttklaaaFMhwaM.tM—, ««.
And the most Complete House of Its kind in Montan. '
ES osc Corner of Main, Jackson and Broadway, Helena. dAwly-mb2l

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