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From lb* IMIIt Bei «Id of J.»n«iury 26.
I Ih' < mul, Kir«' I mul or 1 1» <* Mali«
cion* lurrndiart, W In« It '
It is *uppn*e(l by >omr that the tires that
have l*een so »remuent of late in Helena
were set by a crank fire-tieu«l w ho had u
mania for bin blazes and delighted in the
excitement of lighting tires and the demoli
tion of buildings b* the hook and laddei
companies. This is probably the most
charitable way to look at it, and it would
be a happy situation of affairs if in a com
munity the size of that of Helena there
were but one man capable of such a dia!»ol
ieal atiocity and he a crazy « rank. Hut
the circumstances connected with the in
cendiarism prove clearly that it is not a
crazy individual who has systematically
-et live tires, four of them in the same seo
tion and ward of the city. The atrocious
dialiolism is clearly traced to a premedi
tated conspiracy, for what pur|*ose it is not
easy to conjee tun - , being in the same por
tion of the city witn the county jail, it is
supposed by -ome that the conspirators, by
creating a tire close to the prison, would
require the removal of the prisoners and at
iord an opportunity i«w rescue or escajie.
Another opiuiou is that the tires have l»een
*et for the purpose of picking |hs kets at
the tire and robbing booses. The circum
stances connected with the tire on Satur
day night, a- related by Mr. Hortiffi.one ot
the tirm of Ketchum. /astrow «X Co., who
lost *o heavily by the burning of their
planing mill, show conclusively that it was
not the work of any crazy crank. It ap
pears that on Saturday night several ot the
projierty owners on Breckenridge and Bod
ney streets kept patrol around their prop
erty till 1" o'clock. Mr. Horton l»eiug one
of the nuiulier who at !» o'clock went
through their mill and examined it. and
to the stable where the horse was kept and
tound no tire and everything safe, doing
then into a grocery store lor a short time
and coming out again he discovered the
smoke in great volume rising in great
clouds ultove the stable. He otiened the
store door again, cried lire and ran at once
to the stable to release the horse, accom
panied by two others, who burst open the
stable door and tried in vain to pull or
drive out the noble animal, which atter
wards perished in the liâmes At this time
Mr. Horton discovered a step-ladder lean
ing against the stable aud the loi t door
open It was evident that the lire was
set by the means of a kerosene bundle, and
not by a match thrown into the straw. The
front o! she stable loft on the alley was
stored with dry liimlier anil the straw was
in a lack loft separated by a partition.
The kerosene was thrown iuto the lumber
and ignited, and thus l*egau the great
conflagration of Saturday night. The
liâmes soou burst through the-root ami ex
tended to the south end of the piauing
mill, which rapidly caught and burned
with the greatest fury under the effects of
a violent wind from the southwest,
hi a short time the piauing null was burn
ing from basement to root, when the tire
department, consisting of the steamer City
of Helena. Tiger hand engiue aud the
Hook and Ladder Company, went into
action. Finding it impossible to stay the
burning of the niili itself, the whole de*
lartment turned their efforts toward the
saving of adjoining property. There was
probably never any lietter work done in
this direction than was accomplished by
our noble firemen on Saturday night.
Considering the violence fff tbe wind and
the combustible character of the planing
mill itself, which threw great dame- out
in every direction, and the wooden struc
tures that were adjoining on all sides,
especially to the leeward, where the dames
were the hottest, it was almost a miracle
that the tire was confined to so small a
space. As it was, only the indefatigable
exertions of tl»e tire engines and the Hook
and ladder Company saved a large section
from utter destruction Most of the time
while the tire was the hottest the dames
leaped high over the dwelling of Dr. Steel,
which was m the direct course of the wind
and not a hundred feet away. Aside from
the heroic etforts of the tiremen and the
abundance of water, there were two
other causes that helped to stay the
effects of the tire to the leeward, and these
w ere a huge pile of cord wood and a plas
tered house, the latter lieing kept wet with
water proved a most effectual barrier to
the liâmes. The cordwood. though badly
burned at the ends next the mill, was sav
ed and proved another excellent Iwrner
against the force of the tire in that direc
The damage falls with a heavy loss of
$15,000 upon the tirm of enterprising, prac
tical mechanics. The insurance of $5,H0O
was assured by S. C. Ashby «V Co., of Hel
ena. and placed in the following companies
represented by them: Home of New York;
l'h . nix of Brooklyn : Springfield Fire and
Marine: Insurance Co. of North America ;
American Central of St. Louis ; and Amer
ican of l'hiladelphia.
There was nothing saved of the building
or contents, aud it is fortunate that the
twoks and |a{*ei> of the firm are found to
)*e unharmed in their iron safe that was
tumbled into the street when the floor fell
The fire attracted thousands of people
to the scene and consternation was at its
highest just before a more cheerful aspect
changed the prospect to the confinement of
the fire to its first bounds.
Sheriff Churchill aud his deputies and
Manual Halford and his police were on
guard arouud the jail as a precaution to
any attempt at rescue of the prisoners in
the county jail.
It is the iutentiou of the Messrs. Ketch
um. /astrow & Co. to commence the erec
tiou of anothei mill just as soon as the
season will permit ot laying foundation
Sign ol nu Kuril Spring.
The Columbia river is supplying the
l'oitland market w ith plenty of pan fish—
smelts in {articular—aud tin Urrgonit in is
jubilant thereat. It says: "This appear
ance ol the smelt in Oregon waters in Janu
ary is another omen o;' an eaiiy spring.
From the Dahv Herald of January 27.
An Importan« .Hceting of the Helena
Hoar* ot Trade.
There was a -pecial meeting yesterday
of the Helena Board of Trade, called for
the purpose of considering the question
and taking action on the Commercial Trav
elers' License Law. There was a 1 nil meet
ing. representing a large amount of the
business capital of the city.
The following petition, representing the
majority of the merchants and business
men of the city, was received aud ordered
to 1** transmitted to the Legislature by the
following resolution, which passed the
Board of Trade without a dissenting voice:
Ht»olred, That the ;*etition of the citi
zens of Helena. represetfe^g the voice of
the business men of the city, submitted
tins day on the matter of the Commercial
Tra verlern' License Law, retlects the senti
ment also of the Heleua Board of Trade in
-{»ecial meeting assembled, aud that the
]ietition l*e transmitted to our memliers in
the Legislature with the request that they
use all honorable means to defeat the re
peal of the license law aforesaid.
We. the undersigned merchants and busi
ness men of Helena, respecttully represent
to the Helena Board of Trade that there is
a bill now lie fore the Montana Legislature
to rei»eal the law for licensing commercial
travelers, and lielieviug as dutiful citizens
aud tax payers that we are entitled to the
protection which this law affords to ns
and to all the citizens of the Territory, and
believing that a similar law has worked
well in California, Washington, Nevada,
Virginia. Maryland, and elsewhere, we re
spectfullv ask the Helena Board ot Trade
t<> represent to the present Legislature the
united action of the business men of
Helena in favor of the commercial travel
ers license law, with a reipiest that that
honorable body will allow it to remain in
full force and virtue.
H El. EX A, Montana, Jan. 2»>, 1885.
Circen hood. Bolim «X K S Hale «X Co
Co J Feldberg
Izeli 4k Bro I L Israel «.X ( 'o
Humbert «X Kenne» Chas K Wells
Allie» Kleins« hum» R C Wallace
J T Murphy «X Co Van Wart «x t o
Fred Lehman Jas M Kyau
Henry Vergy C W Cannon
W H (lebauer T C Power «X Co
M M Holter A J Davidson
A M Holter Curtis «X Booker
(«ans «X Klein Geo K Boos «X Co
Chas M Jefferis H Toun
Paynter «X Comstock John L Drew «X Co
H M Pärchen «X Co Chas B Jncquemin «X
Sands Bros Co
Morris Bros John Horsky
I Marks T H Kleiuscbmidt
J Switzer N H Wrlwter & Co
Clark. Conrad «X Cur- Sjiencer «X Nye
tain (>eo P Beeves & Co
W tî Preuitt «X Co ti. J. Biugwald «X Co
Lengthening Daylight.
During January the increase in the dur
ation of daylight amounts in this latitude
to little less than an hour. It seems good
to see the days grow longer. It is an an
nual experience: bat when for observing
and thinking persons will it ever lose its
interest or its welcome character ? Here in
the chill north, when the sun, although
in reality much nearer to tis than in sum
mer. is nevertheless at such a low southern
angle that we lose a great share not only
of it- hear, hut even of its light, the signs
of its return are naturally welcome, aud
become a suject of more intetest than they
ever car. lie after we have once fairly put
the harsh reigu of the ice and the shadow
securely behind us and really entered upon
the full tide of the spring. We can now,
shut up hero iu the chill shadow of the
long northern winter, take an interest in
noting.not only the actual gain in minutes,
in half hours for the returning sun. ic bis
triumphal northward march, but even in
discriminating aright lietween the true or
sun's time of this meridian and the stand
ard time and thus knowing what the true
gain actually is. Next month will add
something mote than an hour to the gain
we are making in this.
(<olo in the Hear Paw.
The Hirer Pit»* revives reports of gold
discoveries in the Bear Paw Mountains.
This reminds us that members of Colonel
James L Fisk's expedition, traveling
the country north of the Missouri from
Minnesota to Montana, iu l-bb, prospected
a numlier of stream- flowing north from
the Bear Paw, finding gold colors in all of
them. The Prt»» says: "Mr. Ed. Hender
son. who has I «een prospe« tttgin the Bear's
Paw Mountains during the winter, arrived
in town to-day for supplies and leaves in
the morning. Mr. Henderson says he has
found good prospects on the north side of
the mountains and regards the tind of
sufficient importance to justify bis return
While he did not retuse to tell where he is
going to locate, he parried the direct ques
tion of our reporter and stated that there
was good diggings there aud that they
would be known in good time. Splendid
prospects were found in the Bear Paw
Mountains in 1*77 and 1S7*; what with
military interferen« e aud Indians, search
for gold did not result in finding it in any
great quantities, hut the l>elief of the Bear
Paw stampeders has remained firm, that it
would eventually lie unearthed."
A Lite Daily.
Through its present management the
Miles City Journal is the highest and liest
conducted daily paper the Yellowstone
valley ha- ever had. Its location is at the
head of the great stock growing industry
of Lastern Montana, where millions of
dollars are invested in cattle and millions
of dollars more are seeking investment.
The Journal well deserves the liberal sup
l*ort it evidently receives from the people
of Miles and tributary countries.
Important Milling Sale.
Mr. J. H. Sperling, who had the "Helena
Lode" bonded for $8,tK)0, has just effected
the sale of this promising property to a
-yndicate of Heleua capitalists. The lode
is one of those valuable properties Dut
lie to the northeast of the city. af«out lour
and a half miles distant. The present
owners will put iu a working capital for
development aud proceed at once to realize
upon their investment by commencing to
turn out a valuable quality of ore, that is
said goes high up in the hundreds of dol
lars person.
From the DailV Herald of January 2s.
The Noted Desperado Cap
Desperate Filât for Freedom, ni fWell
fie Eidames a Dozen Sbots witi
George Basbaw. Whom fie
Wounds with a 41
His Surrender After Two Bullets from a
Winchester Give Him a Close Call
While Secreted in a Closet in the
HalfWay House.
After Betas Well 01 Ike Way to Helena He Is Taten
frm tue Olcers Dy a ion of suerai Hundred
People and Hawed Dy He Meet Until Dead
aid Left SvttfHf to a Sinwer of tire
Kortnern Paciic Railroad Bridge.
Tb'ee Hies East of Helena
Information was brought to Helena on
Monday afternoon that Con Murphy, the
des|*eiado and escaped prisoner, had taken
refuge in a cabin on the farm of John
O'Neill, some 1 l l miles east of Helena and
a mile and a half from the Hall Way
House, on theitozeman road Accordingly
J. H. McFarland and police officer George
Bashaw started in a two-horse sleigh, at
aliout 5 o'clock on Monday afternoon, well
armed aud equipped, iu company with
John O'Neill, with his team, for the puipose
of capturing the desperado. Arriving at
the rendevoux after dark. O'Neill proceeded
to his residence, while McFarlAsd and
Bashaw tied tfceir horses down in a cooley.
O'Neill then went to the cabin and found
Con Murphy and his brother, t on was in
lied aud the other waa requested by O'Neill
tq go down to the stable and feed his
horses, as he was cold. M bile the brother
was at the stable O'Neill went and ap
prised the officers that all was right. Com
ing lack to the cabin O'Neill
walked in front, followed by the
other two. Iu a moment O'Neill was
on top of his victim aud pinioned him
down with a clutch around both his arms,
while Bashaw covered him w ith a double
barrel shot gun. au«i McFarland did the
same with a revolver. Murphy was then
handcuffed aud his weapons, three re
volvers and a Winchester rifle, searched
for and captured.
By this time Murphy's brother returned
from the stable and walked into the pres
ence of the strangers without knowing
they were theie, and was disarmed of a
revolver which he had on his |*erson.
When Murphy was overpowered in his
l*ed there escaped from him an unearthly
groan and wail, saying to O'Neill. "A ou
have canglit me." The capture was made
aliout 10:110 o'clock Monday night and the
prisoners loaded into a sleigh and started
for Helena. The roads lieing badly drifted
it was decided to put up at the Half-Way
House until morning. Tue prisoners were
marched into a room on the lower floor,
where a shake-down wa; made for them,
and they were guarded till morning.
When breakfast time came Com Murphy
had his handcuff* taken off so he could
eat, and they were left ofl while he was
putting on his overcoat for the sleigh ride.
At this moment Murphy got up and hur
riedly walked around the room in search
of his hat, and, suddenly pulliDg a revolver
which was still secreted in a pocket under
his left arm, he tired on George Bashaw
with an I. X. L 41-calibre, six-shooter,
striking him on the hack of the hand of
the guard arm. the bullet lodging near the
wrist. Bashaw had his man covered with
a revolver as soon as he fired, and jumping
to the door got outside and exchanged
several sbots with Murphy, who tired four
shots from within. During this time Mc
Farlaml was at the stable hitching
up. Murphy retreated by a back door,
snatching a rifle as be ran and got into a
closet in the loft over the kitchen. During
the tiring and the retreat Murphy's broth
er -at still in the room where he had slept
and made no effort to rescue or escape.
The desperado with a good rifle stood at
hay in the closet. O'Neill was then sent
for. who was at his home a mile and a half
distant, and coming with bis rifle he chose
a commanding position and soon dislodged
his game by twy well directed shots into
the closet, (the bullets coming so close to
his mouth, as Murphy told afterwards,
that they nearly took his breath away).
Here Murphy sent word down stairs that
if Bashaw would come up he would deliver
himself over. Bashaw said to him that if
he would send down his arms be would
then parly.
Murphy's brother was sent up stairs and
brought down the arms when Murphy
himself «me down and delivered himself
to the officers, saying, as he did so. that he
e\{*ected they would see him safe to the
Heleua jail.
Here Murphy presented to Bashaw his
1. Y. L. revolver, saying that it was his
l*est weapon and that it had never l*efore
been captured with him
i'«a.-baw. whom onr reporter visited this
morning at St. John's Hospital, says he
ne\er left his eyes off his prisoner all night
at the Half-May House« and that Murphy
confessed to him afterwards that he. too.
never slept a wink that mgiit, but kept his
hat restiug on his nos«* expecting a chance
to make an effort to escape, hut that when
e\er he looked out from under his hat he
discovered the eyes of Bashaw riveted on
He als«.* confessed that he intended to
kill his keeper while McFarland was at i
the stable on Tuesday morning, and then
seizing the arms he intended to hold McF.
up and take his two l*est horses and
with his brother make their
escape from Montana Territory.
The plan came too near succeeding to l>e
entirely agreeable to the officers. Before
the surrender the family t wife and chil
dren of Bru«-e Toole, the owner of the
Half Wa. House, were removed to the
residence of John O'Neill, to be out of
harm's way.
After the recapture, and before the start
was made for Helena, a special posse of ten
men arrived in a large sleigh from the city.
They had l*eeu sent out to assist the
officers, if anv assistance was needed, and
to help guard the prisoners to Helena.
After dinner the prisoners were placed in
the large sleigh and a start made for
Helena. The roads were very heavy and
it wds after dark when the city limits
were reached. Here they were met by a
mob of several hundred determined men.
the officers and guards unceremoniously
tumbled oat of the vehicle, and Murphy
was told that his career was ended. ami if
he hail anything to say to say it quick.
"Don't harm the boy, for he is innocent.'*
said be.
"He will not be harmed. Have you
anything to say ?"
"What do you want to know ?"
"Do you know anything ab«*ut the fires
that have recently occurred in Helena?"
"I know nothing more aliout them than
a man in the moon."
"Have you anything to say about your
confederates or about your crimes ?"
"Not a word."
"Anything more?"
"I think I ought to have a fair trial."
"You have l*eeu tried by the people and
found guilty."
"There are worse men than I am free in
Montana, and I must l*e hanged ! I don't
thiuk 1 am having a fair show."
"You ought to have thought of that
before. Are you through ?"
A noose was placed around the doomed
man's neck, the ro|*e thrown over an in
sulator. aud fifty men gave p pull at the
rope; but the insulator broke aud the rope
fell to the ground.
"Drive to the railroad bridge!" some one
The suggestion was immediately acted
upon, aud the drive was made to the bridge
which spans the gulch at what is known
as "the gulch at Wool folk's," aliout three
and a half miles from the city. During the
ride, which took probably ten minutes,
Con, lying in the sleigh, with a rope around
his neck was pale, and «{Uiet. M hen the
sleigh stop|»ed he said, in a voice full of
affection and despair—
"Brother, kiss me !"
His brother, after wiping the tears from
hi* eyes, leaned over, and. kissing Con on
the lips. said. "Good-bye, brother."
A few moments later. Con Murphy, one
of the worst desperadoes that ever infested
the Mountains, the "Jesse James of Mon
tana," as he has beeu called, was swinging,
a lifeless corpse, fifteen feet in the air.
Under-Sheriff Hathaway, having heard
that something was up. went <>ut to inves
tigate. He found the l*ody of a man.
w hom he recognized as Ton Murphy, hang
ing to the bridge, and returned to the city
and notified the coroner. That gentleman.
Dr. Hicgins, empannelled a jury and went
out aliout 10 o'clock, lowered the body and
brought it to town. It wa* placed in the
Court Square engine house, where it was
to-day viewed by hundreds of our citizens.
The jury, after taking the dejxjsition of
quite a numlier of witnesses, to-day return
ed the following :
Territory of Montana, Lnci* and < 'larke
County, m .— Imposition taken at Helena
on the 27th and 2*th days of January.
1**5, before F. M. Higgins, Coroner of said
county, upon the body of Cornelius Mur
phy then and there laying dead in an en
gine house. u|x>n the oath of Chas K. Cole.
Geo. Booker. Bussell B. Harrison. Andrew
J. Fisk, ( bas. M. Jefferis, and Hugh Kirk
endall. good and lawful men of said coun
ty, w ho lieing summoned by said Coroner,
and by him duly sworn, do well and truly
impure who the person was and when and
by what means he came to his death, do
say upon oath aforesaid, that be came to
bis death upon the 27th day of January.
1*H5, between the .hours of 12 o'clock M.
and 10 P. M., by lieing banged by the neck,
hy a (arty of persons unknown to the jury,
as well the said Coroner, as the jurors
aforesaid, have to this imposition set their
hands and seals.
CHAS. K. COLE. Foreman

The hanging soon became known in the
city, and last evening before the liody was
down taken a large number of citizens took
a moonlight sleigh ride to the railrod bridge.
Conspicnoos in the moonlight was a
large placard tacked on the coat, upon
which appeared that grim emblem of the
grave—a deaths head and cross bones.
Below were the cabalistic figures, which
have so often struck terror iuto the hearts
of criminals. 3-7-77, aud the word "Beware!"
While Murphy may not in person ha«e
set the fires that have lately destroyed so
ninth property in our city, yet it is tue
belief that he was responsible for them—
that they ha\e lieen set by himself or one
of his gang: and. without an expression as
to the manner of his taking off', the fact of
his death was heralded in the city as good
Murphy was first sent to the Deer Lodge
penitentiary in 1*79 for grand larceny and
broke jail after seven months' imprison
ment. He was at large for aliout a year,
when lie- was captured on the Ilearliorn by
a sheriff' s posse under Chas. M. Jefferis
and returned to the penitentiary. He served
out his term there and was discharged in
1**2. Was arrested afterwards for horse
stealing and highway robbery (holding up
the Benton coach) and iuip«isoned in tbe
city lock-op, from which he made his es-.
. ... , . ,
cape by cutting his way out through the
, , .
rAAr a li/l thun •>A/;nts4n am tk..
rooi, and then recaptured on the
Yellowstone and brought hack to Helena,
when he was imprisoned in the new. steel
armored jail of Lewis and Clarke county.
He made his escape from there on election
night and has l*een at large and a terror to
the country until his apprehension and
death yesterday. The officers who took
upon themselves the dangerous exploit of
capturing this desperate and notorious
villain deserve the thanks of a grateful
On the 1-th of November the following
advertisement w a* putilished in the Her
„ reward.
Tc.ntory of Montana. Executive I*c|.»rtiiien!
Helena. November l7. 1**4. —By virtue of the au
thority conferred u|>oii me by the law- «»f Mon
tana Territory. I hereby offer a reward of «me
th«>u*an«j «lollar- for tbe apprehension and return
t«* Helena, of one Con Murphy, an e-caja-i pris
oner un. 1er indictment.
secretary and a. ting Governor of th« Teiritorv
of Montana.
He has lieeu apprehended and returned
to Helena, and the ca{ftor- will receive the
Con. Muiphy. alias "Bed," alia* Jack
*Redmond, was a man rather -mall ol stat
ute. and weight aliout 1B» pounds. He
was very well muscled, however, for his
size, and was quick, wiry and "slick." His
complexion was decided»- sandy : freckles:
light brown hair ; light sandy mustache
and whiskers, cut close : straight, pointed
nose ; red eyelids : a cold, peculiar blue
eye: stolid countenance, except, when in
conversation, he frequently wore a pleas
ant. amused smile. Was dressed in a dark
slouch hat, with a fancy hat band : buffalo
c«at. dark «-oat, overalls, red. heavy socks,
with overalls tucked in, and arctic over
shoe*. He was dressed wery warmly and
could withstand tbe severest weather.
After his capture he was quite talkative,
and from his conversation it will lie -eeu
My true name is Jack Bedmond. and I
am 2 h years old this spring. My brother,
who Is with me. i* Con. Bedmond. aud be
is 23 years old. I took his name "Con." in
this Territory, because 1 fancied the name,
and (with a sarcastic smile) one has aright
to what he fancies. Our home is in Mis
souri, aliout a mile and a halt Horn the
railroad. Iietween Palmyra and Hannilal.
I left home for the West when I was 1*—
ten years ago. and have never lieen back
since. Drifting out West I found mysefl'.
in the spring «-A l*7t : . at Bismarck. Learn
ing that an expedition wa- to start lor tbe
Indian country. I ciossed tbe river at Fort
Lincoln and lured out a* a "mule whacker.
I did not know at the time which exjiedi
tion I was going on, whether with lerrv ot
Custer, but when Custer pulled out from
the command my team staid with Terry
If I had only been with Custer I expect 1
would have lieen saved a good deal ol
trouble. All summer I was in the Indian
country—the Yellowstone valley—and in
the fall the command I wa* with found
ourselves at Fort Peck, on the Missouri
river. Late in the fall I was with Lieut.
Baldwins party, and we had a lively skir
mish with the hostile Indians mint: ol Ft.
Peek. We had small 12 pound howitzers
strapped on the lacks ol mules, a* the
country was too rongb The mules were
trained to allow the guuuers to shoot oil
their backs, and as a rult ihe mules a* ted
pretty well, but occasionally after a shot
they would buck and kick lively. Ihe
Indians, in the valley below us. soon staui
! peded and w ent Into Fort Peek aud sur
rendered They told their agent that the
soldiers had run out of ammunition and
then commenced to shoot mules at them
j that they did not understand it. and had
concluded to surrender. Alter that, in < •
aud '7*. I drove mules freighting iu d'fler
eht parts of Montana, and am well a<
quainted with most of the old-time wagon
bosse* I was one of the first meu in Miles
City, and owned a number ot good lots
there at one time, which I gave away to
my friends. When the town w - as laid out
they put up a goo«l many lots at $2 .FI
each, and we gambled for them I was
lucky, and if 1 had held on to them I would
I* well fixed now.
Montauu getting too hot for me. 1 went
to Idaho in '^3, aud spent the summer ou
Snake river as 7 row-boy. and drove lieef
cattle into Hailey and other miuing camps
I returned to Montana early in **4. and
have lieen in Montana ever since, except a
little trip our party took down to Idaho.
And I want to say now, that since my last
escajie from jail. I have never written any
letter to anyliody stating that the Kdmou
sons Ikjvs were not interested with me in
onr last drive or horses. I heard it was so
published in a Helena paper, but I never
wrote any such a letter, nor made any such
No one was interested in ot knew of my
escape from Helena. I am told that it was
charged that I used money to bribe the
jailor. I had no money, nor had any of
my friends. 1-ate in the afternoon of the
fith of November I made a dummy, put it
in my bed, and then hid in tbe recess un
der the sink, on the north side of the cells.
After the jailor bad locked the cells and
everything was quiet for the night. I mov
ed around to tbe south side and hid in the
lath-tub. 1 knew tbe custom of tbe jailor
was to coave in the morning and unlock the
cells on the north side first. When he was
doing this, and consequently out of sight.
I slipjied out of the "cage" quietly. Some
one wa* talking in the kitchen, and the
door, which I had to pass, wa* open I
quietly pushed the door to, and then I had
• dear sailing. I passed through the office
out the front door, jumped over the side
picket fence, and went whistling up the
street. The Kdmonson boys kuew nothing
aliout it, for mv experience has l*een. in
escaping from the penitentiary and jails,
that I have lietter success when I keep my
actions and intentions to myself.
Since then I have lieen on the move a
good share of the time, and have traveled
fully five hundred miles. I was over on
the Jefl'erson several weeks ago, but do not
care to state particularly where I have
lieen. I would not have returned to the vi
cinity of Helena, where I have had so much
trouble, except to see my brother, who I
had not seen for ten vears. I was anxious
to see him and induce him to leave the
country, for be is straight and 1 was afraid
be would get into some trouble on account
of his relationship to me. I sent to Helena
for grub, and I would soon have lieen many
miles away from the vicinity. I am not
anxious about killing people, but there
would have been lively times if 1 had been
suspicious of treachery, and not been en
tirely taken off'my guard. I would have
fought to the last. I have made the Hel
ena people *o much trouble that 1 exjiect.
now, they will give me as long a term as
they can. These hand-cuffs are a little
tight and the t ope around my legs a little
awkward, but I am uot one who kicks
wheu I can't have things my way.
Heury Cowden, a resident of the west
side of town, an old citizen an entirely re
liable, to-day visited the body of Murphy,
and says emphatically that this man came
to his house one morning aliout three weeks
. _ . ^ , , , . . .
ago. and ottered to saw wood lor his break
, , . . .. . , . ; , ..
fast, that immediate»' alter he leit a whip
* 1
was missed and Mr. Goiwden was satisfied
the "tramp " stole it.
A. Horton, whose property was destroyed
by fire last Saturday night, after seeing the
l»ody, says he has seen the man in town
several times daring the winter.
Hirer Pré» : A number of the Benton
A St. Eouis Cattle Company men came in
to-day from the Marias and report the
stock in that region doing well. There
havii been no losses to speak of. but if the
severe weather had held on auother week
or two the result would have been bad
enough. The chinook came in good season.
Orders taken at Hum lie» «X Keuuett s
for th«* new dre>«i sin»
The firm of Weinstein «X Franklin,
tailors, have dissolvinl M. '«Vein-tein con
tinue» the business.
Job lot of boys caps at Hum lie» A: Ben
nett's at Ô0 cents each.
Duke Dutrielle is opening out ou lower
Main street a barker shop lor hi- new cus
tomers in that (art of tbe city.
Dunlap derbys and -oft Imt* ol the latest
style- at Huuilie» «X Kenne»'*.
Bobert Coat-worth, of Cboteau. an old
and esteemed citizeu. died at the residence
of hi- -on. at Benton, last week
Now is your tune to buv of liumliert «X
Kenne» clothing at cost. iViut latl to call
and examine.
F. A. Linge, formerly ot this city, wa
married ou th«- (ith instant to Mi— Minnie
d'Ablaing. at L ieu-burg. Washington Ter
Butte, Benton. Mi—oula and other
municipalities are tavorafile to amend
ments for the lietterment of their city
Paymaster Arthur, brother of the Presi
dent. formerly stationed iu Montana, is
visiting Washington, aud is a gue-t at the
White House.
Puget Sotiud has a uew paper called the
Bulletin. Old mau Beriah Brown, sr.,
whom many {*eople supposed dead and
buried long ago. is announced as editor iu
Cbas. Bowe. of Benton, lias returned
hume, after the burial of bis two children,
who died of diphtheria at Philip-burg.
Mr. Bowe has the sympathy of many
friends in his sore affliction.
Gov. Pierce, of Dakota, in his me—age
takes strong grounds in tavor ot the
division of the Territory and admission
into the Union. He think- "Congre— can
not refuse justice to 5UÜ.0UU jieople.
The two firemen who rushed to the
Tiger engiue house this uioruiug to get out
tbe "machine," lor the foundry tire saw a
man. a* they supposed, sleeping ou a
hoard, but they couldn't "wake" him up
The entire family of children, six iu
numlier. ol Mr. and Mr- Gillian», of New
Chicago. Deer Lodge county, have died ol
diphtheria At Philipsburg two children
of Mr. Bowe and one of Mr. Sprague died
of the same disease.
Anaconda Rrrieie : Caplice «X McCuue
have 175 men at work on Mill Creek : of
this numlier 183 are choppers. The uew
building has lieen moved into. It is six
miles from the mouth of the flume cud ten
utiles from Anaconda Belative to the
aiuouut ot wood on the creek aud its tribu
taries. Mr. McCune says he expects to ob
tain more than enough to till his contract.
Hirer Pré» : A note from Belknap
agency says : "Matters at the agency are
moving along quietly and harmoniously.
The Indian-are doing as well a- could lie
expected considering the severe weather.
They thiuk their niodicio* rather weak,
however, as it :* a longtime Ih-iwc.u
chinooks." There i- probably no agency
in the country where matters move along
a- smoothly and pleasantly as at Fort
HirerPre*s: Cattle have drifted in thi-
-ection in large numbers, for tbe most part
belonging to the Sun River range. A gen
tleman informed our reporter ye-terday
that on Saturday last he went down on
the Missouri river to look at cattle, and
drove through aliout a thousand head, aud
that nearly all of them were from Sun
River. He further stated that the cattle
were looking in a much lietter coudition
thau he expei'ted to find them.
Hirer Prêt»: The building of the («alt
railroad from Medicine Hat to the coal
hanks on Belly river, in the Northwest
territory, we think, is but a starter lor a
road from the Canadian Pacific to F'ort
Benton. Me have tiefore mentioned tbe
fact that a branch road to some point in
Montana is contemplated in the charter of
the Canadian Pacific. It was rumored last
fall that this road would in time be ex
tended to Fort Benton, and we were so in
formed bv parties who were in a position
to know.
Xetr Xorth- M \»t : Councilman Kennedy
has introduced a printing law which in
some of its features favorably impresses
us. But while competition ha* its merits,
we submit to the Legislature and especial
ly to Councilman Kennedy the inquiry :
Is there justice in the proposition, aud
would the best interests of tbe people lie
subserved, by placing a newspaper with
500 legitimate circulation in the county or
Territory, and another with 1 ,U<h> circula
tion, and another with 1,500 circulation on
precisely the same basis in considering
their proposals to do the legal advertising
for a county or Territory ? This bill would
so place them. If the object is to place
these publications before the people, cer
tainly a paper with 1,500 suliscribers is
more uæful than the one with 500 -uliscri
bers ; it costs it more to do the work and
it serves the purpose intended three times
as well. Other things lieing equal, the
four-horse, or six-horse team will do more
than the two-horse team If it is designed
to be j . ist. let the element of luma fide cir
culatiou in the county or Territory lie con
sidered in the award for the legal publiea
tioDS. Tbe bill as introduced does not d<j
A Card of Thnnks.
We desire to acknowledge our indebted
ness to the special patrol in discovering,
and the promptness and energy of them
selves. our employes and others in ex
tinguishing the incipient tire at our Works
early this morning. Also to tbe Fire De
partment for ther prompt appearance aud
readiness for action. Had the lire uot
l»een so promply discovered and subdued,
it would probably have resulted iu a total
loss of our Works. As it is, it is trifling,
will cause no delay, and scarcely any in
convenience. Very truly.
The Supreme Court.
A lull iiench of the Supreme Court w ill
meet to-morrow morning at the Court
House at lu o'clock for the purpose of de- j
livering opinions and hearing arguments.
Ki'purtrd b) Lockey's I,on» and Ab
stract Agency lor the Meek End
ing Jauntily 21*1.
Jan. 23—Building near capital concen
trator. on Bed Mountain, date«) Jan. 2A.
William Yideen to David Merrit : »Ms*.
Jan. 24—Undivided 1-24 of Nine Hour
hale Ottawa District, dated Jan. 24. W.
DeCaiup to S. K. Atkinson ; *15o.
Jan. 24—Undivided of Nine Hour
lode. Ottowa District, dated Jan. 24 Wm.
Bolnu-on t«* F! Sharpe aud S. 1 Atkinson;
Jan. 2»i—Lot 19. block 21». Northern Pa
cific Addition, south front ou t lark -treet,
It«! feet west of Third street, .Vixlll* feet,
dated Ib-cenilier 14, 1**4. Geo. M.Camings
Trustee: $325.
Jae. 2t*—Two lots aud part of a third
lot in Sun River, «lated Jan 1<». T. A.
Waues to D. A. F'ord : Jl.lHS* ^
Jan. 27— laits 1 aud 2, block 4*. North
ern Fai llie Addition, north, sooth and west
front*, on Bight of Way. Gallatin street
and F'ourth street, Denver House property,
dated Jan 3, George M. Cummings Trus
tee. to H. F'. Galen; $1,(100.
Jan. 27—Same as above, date«! Januaiy
2»i, H. F'. Galen to John Lam y : $1.
Jan. 27—8 arm about 11 miles west of
Helena, dated Jan. 21, B. C. Brook to Lizzie
B. Barrett : *•**»
Jan. 27—Strips of grouml on west suie
of new Masont« ball, for the purpose of
straightening Ja« k-«iu street, dated S*pt
15, l*s2, A. M. Wool folk to citizens of
—Hon. Samuel Word is in the city troui
—John T. Murphy ha* returned troui
the Fast.
— Hon. B. 1*. Yi\i«*n is in the city from
—J. K. l'ardee. of Philipsburg. arrived
from the West Side this morning.
—J. 1»'. Boyce, sr., arrived last night tiotu
Butte, and will lie in the city a week.
—Judge Galbraith, of Deer Lodge, has
returned to Helena lor a se—ion ol the
Supreme Court to-morrow.
—Major Blaine. Paymaster U. S. A . re
turned yesterday atternoou from F'ort Ma
ginnis. on tbe delayed traiu that wa* due
in Heleua ou Sunday last.
— B. H, Cleudennin, of Martinsdalc, is
in the city and reports the condition of
stock in that jioitiou of Meagher county as
good as usual at this season.
—George Bashaw, who was shot in the
hand yesterday in the capture ol Con
Murphy, is at St. John - Hospital, under
treatment of Doctor's Steel aud Morris,
aud seems to lie doing very well.
— H. P. Kenne», accompanied by hi*
sister. Miss Ann Kenne», left yesterday
uioruiug for tbe East, Kenne» will
meet Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Keuuett at Chi
cago aud go on with them to New \ork,
where she will remain at school.
—Bev. W. W. Van Orsdel, the successful
pastor of Gallatin circuit, i* in the city,
the guest of B.v. J. Jay G .rvdi. He will
tarry over the Sablatu and attend the
University committee meeting, which will
be held at the Broadway M. E. church ou
February 4th.
Another Eire.
The fire alarm was sounded thl* morn
ing abou» 3:30 o'clock from the watch
tower, and was promptly responded to by
the Fire Department. But the night
patrol and some employes of Tatern «X
Ellis quickly extinguished the bla/e in
their foundry by a few timely buckets of
water. It appears that the fire originated
by a drop that flew ofl' from a melt that
was poured yesterday evening and lodged
in the side of the frame building where a
batten had been torn off, and had smoul
dered there nearly all night. But for the
prompt discovery of the tire and the ap
plication of water the whole foundry of
Tatern «X Ellis would bave lieen in ashes.
The Salvage Corps.
. •
The Salvage Coqw of the Helena F'ire De
partment. a valuable auxilliary at the time
of tires, has a full numlier of active mem
bers of our young and enterprising citi
Remaining in the Pont Office si Helens, Lewis
snd Clark«- County, Montana Territory, on the
J-ili day of .iHiumry. 1*M. When called for
please aar "advertised.''
Ander*on J X
Amleregg P
Anih-rson Frank
ltacheld<-r Minnie
, Han 1er H
' Kt-alc Richanl
Jone- William
Jones T I.
.Ion-ton C M
Kenm-ly David
Kirk William
Lvon Brirthcr
Hurkhart I.a\ ina J MraLmehaiger A L
Carlyle Emma D
< haffe«- Burt
I Cleary P
Clark A C
Collin- Mar>
Cool berg Charles
Collin-.I T
Davis W A
Dickinson K A
I>enver Frank
l*ouhthutl J G
IHmye* Chari«-- F
Elton Mary Miss
Elton Ella
Falk J C
Fitzpatrick Michael
Finn Tbo
Fisher Tlioma
F«»-tcr Wm
Fox Albert
Frudwe < 'barley
Gebert Ix>uis
Harri* R I!
How«*s Chas M
Hedlimh Willie -
Hnntoon I H
Harris A II Mrs
Ha<i«hcan James
Hanock v
Irvine A
Maury f H Mr
M« • k SOMM Misa
M< 1 kinell Duneaii
MoCluskey John
McGurk Nelli«- Mr
Mi .Merehy Jotui
M< Xauiara Jam«-
MeClood Kotiert
Pen George
Randolph W L
Keepine Gilbert C
Ki«mil Rapheiie
Kolterta'Hi John
Roney W II
Sargent II II
S:ott J C
Shannon Kale Mis*
Shannon .* »
Mirny Dinue
sk«>r Nh-ls
r-|>« ar> M«>r«
Fpangle* Nathan
Smith Wm
Thompson —
Vandyke Bertie
Vaii-nliue Elizalieth
Vautour Frank t
Vrius-tit Fred
Yieaiill Arthur 2»
\V«*st Chas Aug
1). H. CUTHBEKT. Postmaster.
NAGLE—O'TOOLE -At >*t. Jo-epi., ttu-ouri
Jsiiiinrv I kh, 1*>-S. hy the Rev. Father < oil, Mr.
Ttioflui Nagle of II«-lrna, Moulant*. t<- Mi— Mary
O Toole of Mt. J««*e|»h. Mi-stinri
ROSENt 'RANH.—In Helena, January 24,1 ss5,
to the wife ot I. I. Ro*. liera ns, a «laught« r.
APPLE« KY.—At .»kalkaho, January 1. Is*.',
to thy wife of J. p. Appleh'iry. a <tn lighter.
LEHR —In Missoula, January (kit, ls»5. to the
wife of Herman I^-lir, a daughter.
HOWARD.—In Missoula January imh, lsA>
to the wife Harry Howard, a «laughter.
Tht reason tha' Tlunt ________________, .
XLMIXAL hama.v/.a.v. l»hh or
If't'Ht, antlthe rnn'ro/ a> f.d.srn
*.( on isy to a evm phratum rat Ini PA ' «.* 7'.-i
LULA Ut. HBBJO'H i V 1 I r
the OX l Teure fur VnhsTA TO ft RUE A.
F.' JK* per paetaye, 6 paetrrw «. fHOSS.
Health anil *></'- inulpst tent free. Attira*
HIV U4SPMXXAR y for lhtte,, tet uf Aim,
M Ueary St., Stu* E rauet**

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