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Fro» »»>• D * llv Her * ld of A, T ' 3 thE "THIRTEEN ' CLUB. A Numerically Unlucky Syndicate Gathers in Solemn Council to Decide the Fate of the Democratic Party. The Cosmopolitan Hotel Parlor the Scene of the Convention.....Who Were Present and What Transpired-— Remarks of Chairman Clark Together With the Plan of Action to be Pur sued—Conven tion Notes. Rumors were prevalent this morning that the Democratic Territorial Committee was to meet somewhere—no one knew ex actly where—for the purpose of nominating two delegates and a like number of alter nates. who are to proceed to the national convention, to be held at St. Louis in June, and voice their preference tor Grover Cleve land. The Herald reporter, ever on the alert for news, atter diligently inquiring as to the locality where the great meeting was to be held, accidently discovered that the delegation would meet "up the street." K now iDg that neither K. of L„ Encore or Mil ton hall, or the expansive court room were in that direction, the scribe was at a loss to ascertain just where the body would con vene. Dropping into the Cosmopolitan Hotel lobby, inquiry was made of mine genial host Schwab, in the hope that possi bly he might know something about it. Tremulously approaching the millionaire 'antilord, he asked : "Mr. Schwab, do you know where the Democratic Territorial Committee meets?" "Veil, I don't know exactly, but some yon said dey vouhl meet up stairs in der leetle parlor. You better go up stairs and a-k der chambermaid. She might tell you." . At last our reporter had gained a clue and with fear and trembling mounted the stairway of the popular hostelrie in search of the Democratic Territorial committee and the 'air house maid. Arriving at the head of the stairs he came face to face v.i'h one of the feminine rulers of the upper floors of that establishment, and of her made the same inquiry. She wasn't certain either, but tendered the informa tion that a lot of men and a little boy had gone into "Parlor A, in front." Parlor A was soon found, and therein, sure enough, stood the Democratic Territorial commit- , tee. thirteen in number, ready to proceed with business. Then, after all, it was not a dark-lantern caucus as so cruelly re ported, but on the contrary it was to be held in full light of day, with the bright April sun shining pleasantly through the windows, and the door open to all. Hut the fatal number present ! What did that portend? There were just thiiteen souls present including Mr. Marshal's little boy, \ and a sigh of relief was expressed when 1 the Herald reporter entered, adding one, thereby breaking the spell. Occupying a ! seat in the corner, he made a hurried count of noses, resulting as before—thir teen; just thirteen—represented by the ! following named : Clark and Brannigan, j sùeer Bow ; Myers and Irvine, Yellow- j • c/ire ; Yerkes nml lines, Uallafin ; Craves, ! ileaverhead ; Stuart. Fergus; Warner, Jefferson ; Malone, Meagher ; Davidson, Lewis and Clarke ; Marshall and Marshall, Jr., Missoula. After waiting some time for others to put in an appearance, and censuring the j Independent for its neglect in not announc- j ing in yesterday's issue where the meeting would be held, and damning generally that organ for its want of attention to the great party. Chairman Clark called the meeting to order. A. K. Yerkes. the blomle Adonis of the Gallatin, was elected secretary, after which Mr. Clark stated the object of the meeting to be the selection of delegates and alternates to the St. Louis Democratic ; national convention. "In making this call," he said, "I have been governed bv the past history of the Democratic party." j Here he diverged from the subject, leav- j ing a doubt in the minds of his auditors as to what is the past history of the party, or what reference or connection it. had with the present proceedings.) However, he continued: "I have consulted maDy Dem- ; ocrats in this matter, and the opinion is unanimously expressed that these selec- 1 ttons should be made by a committee If you gentlemen differ from me in these views, I would be pleased to bave you par- ; ticipate in the discussion." (Sotto voce and ironically.) "This may be a dark lan tern or star chamber caucus, as some have called it, yet I do not see as anyone is pro- ' hibited from participating in or listening to these proceedings. We mean to do the best we can for our party, and for that pnr- j pose this conven— meeting has been called. Incidentally I will state also that it should l>e in the province of this committee to decide a time and place for calling a con vention, and I ask the delegates to consider that matter." At this juncture one of the members, while looking out of the window, over heard some inquiries from the sidewalk below as to the place where the meeting was being held. This suggested the idea that an adjournment be taken until 5 o'clock this evening in order that other delegates could be informed through the columns of the Hkrai.d where the place of meeting could be found. 1 he chair man thought this a good suggestion, and inasmuch as other delegates were expected to appear (if they could find the place), he would adjourn until this evening. Mesirs. Brannigan, Myers and Malone were appointed a committee on credentials, after which the club adjourned to meet i this evening at 5 o'clock in parlor A of the Cosmopolitan Hotel. The Committee Outrage. Butte Inter Mountain : Every ballot box in Montana ought to be draped in mourn ing to day, for the Territorial Democratic committee is engaged in an infamous plot to overturn the principles of popular gov ernment which the ballot box was intend ed to perpetuate. The Democrats of Mon tana are to day being deprived by an arro gant and irresponsible committee of their dearest rieht —the right to vote for the highest officer of the land. It is a shame, a burning, glaring shame. But the com mittee have so bulldozed and cowed the Democratic newspapers that not one of them dare lift np its voice in protest. The idea of a government by the people, of the people, for the people, is a farce tu the light of such unhallowed proceedings. Now is the Time. Read the new advertisement of the Northwestern Clothing House and profit thereby. Mr. Landsman recently purchased >n New York an immense stock of goods, which are dow displayed in their hand some store. They have everything you may want in the cloth ing and furnish ing line. ! ! j j I , 1 From the Daily Herald of April 24. THE "CLUB ' 1 CONCLUDES And After Transacting its Business Indulges in a Love Feast in Which all Hands and the Cook Participate. The "Thiiteen" club concluded,'its labors last night at 10 o'clock, and after preparing its cut and dried slate, adjourned to the banquet ball, where speeches were made and resolutions passed, ratifying all that had been done daring the day and evening. A large consignment of Mumm's extra dry had been provided, which was partaken of freely, and to the popping of corks and the overflow of France's vintage the mem bers pledged their troth to Cleveland and the Democratic party. It wonld have made Brother Mills' eyes weep with sorrow too see the manner in which the sparkling fluid was consnmed, and would have af forded the diminutive prohibitionist an op portunity of seeing and knowing that at least the |Democrats were opposed to his principles. It was a veritable love feast ; Democrat wept over Democrat, and in lachrymoeian showers detailed how the party had been saved. "Cleveland is elect ed," said everyone, and all.due to the happy consummation of these proceedings. Butte will fall into line, now that she is to have the convention, and all the Repablicans there will vote the Democratic ticket. LAST EVENING'S PROCEEDINGS. Additional to those published in yester day's Herald, the following proceedings were had : At the reassembling of the committee at ! 5 o'clock, a vote for delegates was taken, resulting in the selection of Hon. Martin Maginnis, of Helena, and Thomas C. Marshall, of Missoula. Alter nates—A. J. Davidson, Helena; J. A. ! Savage, Livingston. Balloting for the place of holding the convention resulted in the selection of Butte City ;i 9 against Bozeman by a vote of j 9 to 7. Messrs. Conrad, Meyers, Collins, Graves, Marshall and Brannagan were appointed a committee on resolutions, who soon report ed a9 follows: Resolved , That the honest, courageous and conscientious character of President Grover Cleveland, as displayed in his ad ministrative acts commends him to the approbation of the best and most patriotic minds of the country. He has reformed the abuses of administration, introduced a high standard of industry and capacity in all departments of the government, has maintained the public credit and upheld the national honor, restored a more com plete national unity, and has advanced the interests of the whole country and has added to its reputation both at home and abroad. We believe that his administra tion commands the confidence of his conn trymen, which will be shown in unanimous re-nomination aud triumphant re-election. Un motion of Mr. Marshall the basis of representations in the next Territorial con vention shall be for each 100 votes, or fraction over fifty, cast for the Hon. J. K. Toole at the last election. Each county shall be entitled to one delegate, and, also, further, that each county-be allowed two delegates at large. A suggestion that a motion be made in structing the delegation for Cleveland wa9 lost. Capt. Brannagan remarked that he thought the delegation sufficiently intelli gent to act without the necessity of post ing written instructions in the crown of theirhats. At 10 o'clock the meeting adjourned, prior to which adjournment, however, Chairman Clark announced it to be the duty of the executive committee to fix the dato of the convening of the Terri torial convention at Butte. The matter was taken under advisement. The Butte Hotel Burned. The destruction by fire, at Butte this morning, of the Continental Hotel, wipes out one of the many dangerous fire traps of that rookery infested city. It is said to have been insured for $5,000, which will cover all loss, so far as the wiping out of the tenement itself is concerned. An un fortnnate matter is the circumstance that such a structure should stand through the years to endanger the lives of the occu pants. Two persons are supposed to have perished in the flames. Now, then, for a new hotel. Butte should make a supreme effort to bring that about. The Miner to-day says- It has been as certained that Jesse Glydden, who is known to all the people of Butte, was a victim to the flames. He retired about midnight in room No. 12, and his remains were not re covered until about 4 a. m., and then they were burned almost l»eyond recognition. There is a general belief that there are other victims, but it is impossible to locate them. Death of "Uncle Billy." Wra. A. Lackey, aged 75 years, died at the poor farm this morning from pneu monia. Deceased was at one time a prom inent man in California, being president of a bank aud holding a high office in the Masonic order. He came to Montana in the early placer mining days, bat misfor tune and sickness overtook him and for several years past he has been a charge upon the county. He was a man of intel ligence, and his good nature and genial disposition gave him the title of "Uncle Billy." He will be baried to-morrow at 10 o'clock. Rev. Mr. Britt, pastor of the Grand street M. E church, attended at the poor farm this morning ami in his ministerial capacity assisted in giving Christian burial to the venerable William Lackey, who yesterday passed from this life to the be yond. The W. C. T. U. was represented at the humble funeral by one of its members Reception of Delegates. Livingston Enterprise : A meeting of citizens was held at the rink Wednesday evening to take action with reference to providing for the proper reception of dele gates to the Republican Territorial conven tion, which meets in Livingston May 19th. The matter was placed in the bands of a committee consisting of the following gen tlemen : F. White, F. D. Pease, C. A. Berg, Jas. Thompson, E. Goughnour, J. Y. Nye and A. W. Miles. Our citizens generally should co-opeiate with the committee in their efforts to receive the delegates in a manner that will insure their comfort as well as prove creditable to the town. Musical Gems. v hook of songp, "Emerson's Male os," will please the average quar and choius club, and su pply a bas been manifest for some time. 3 is of a good grade without being alt. Mr. Emerson has selected t;ed such pieces as his experience sted as beiDg exactly snited to and abilities of male-quartettes who are desirous of improving (vhile eDjoyiDg good music. The life large, octavo size, contains and is filled with good things, ad original. Send for a descrip ar giving full particulars con iis and other books. The price k ("Emerson's Male \ oice Gem ) t will be sent by mail, post-paid, Iress, for the price, by O. Ditson iton, Mass. From the Dally Herald of April 15. MONTANA MINES. In the Lead of All Last Year—An Out Put of $40,000,000 Estimated For 1888. Cleveland Ohio, special: Mr. J. W. Bailey, vice-president of the Nevada creek placer mining company, of Montana, is a gnest at one of our hoteD. "How have the Montana mines been paying daring the past year?" "was asked of him by a Leader reporter. "Mining properties of any merit did splendidly all over the West in 1887. The ont put of mineral in Montana in 1887 was $25,000,000, and exceeded that of any other territory." "Of what metals did the oatpnt con sist ?" "Gold, silver, copper, and lead." "Do yon think that the yield will be as large in 1888?" "Yes. Bankers, who are presumed to have a better idea about the output than any other class of men, estimate that the yield in Montana this year will reach $40, 000 , 000 . "Are the copper mines doing well?" "Splendidly. The recent large advance in the price of copper has been a great thing for the owners of copper mines in Montana. When copper was ruling at 10 @10£ cents, the mines in the Far West were at a great disadvantage on account of freights, but the present price pays them handsomely. "Where are the largest copper mines in Montana ?" "In the vicinity of Butte City. The large smelting works at Anaconda turn out one hundred tons of copper daily." "Do you think that the output of the precious metals will continue to increase in the western country, or more particularly in Montana?" "I do not think that the mines have reached their maximum, nor will they tor many years to come. My impression is, from what I know and have seen of Mon tina, that the country is full of mineral 1 and rich discoveries will be made for fifty years to come." "What are some of your best mines in Montana ?" "The Granite Mountain, Drum Lummon, Bine Bird, Jay Gould, the Lexiogton, Ana conda, etc. There are many others which I cannot call to mind at present. The Granite Mountain is an exceptionally fine property, and is paying $200,000 a month regularly in the way of dividends." "Are there many good placer mines in Montana ?" "Yes, a great many." "Has there been much gold taken fiom placer mines in Montana?" "Yes, millions upon millions. Over twenty millions were taken from the Last Chance gulch, near Helena, and $60,000, 000 from Alder gulch, near Virginia City. California has been engaged extensively in placer miniDg for over thirty-five years, while in Montana it is in its infancy. There are thousands of acres of rich placer grounds there to be worked." Journalistic. H. T. Brown, former business manager of the Bute Miner , and latterly of the Spokane Falls Review, writes friends in this city from Butte that he will be iu Helena to morrow. The fact that he is following Dickerson up so closely bears more than ordinary significance,and curb-stone gossip is to the effect that the two old wheel horses of the profession are about to be hooked on to the traces of the rickety vehicle across the way. Editor Dickerson went to Butte this af ternoon to take temporary charge of the Mining Journal, Mr. Penrose, of that paper, having been suddenly summoned to X« w Vsrk, for which city he leaves this even ing. J. B. Walker, city editor of the Herald, accompanied by his bride, will return from their eastern honeymoon trip on Thursday or Friday next. Ex-Gov. Hauser, proprietor of the Inde pendent, telegraphs tdat he will leave New York to-day. on his way home. It is reported that Butte is to have an other evening paper with W. J. Penrose as its editor and proprietor. Verily the news paporial boom is upon us. The Independent employes are said to be the best paid ot any in the profession. The salaries of its editors, managers and re porters have been stated variously as beiDg Irom $30 to $50 per week, even the little Major Domo of the composing room receiv ing a similar amount for revising the edi tor's copy and shearing antiquated ex changes. The Butte Hotel Fire. The burning of the Centennial Hotel, at Butte, was distressing in the deaths of Frank Lincoln and Jesse Glidden, the for mer a brother-in-law of Postmaster Talent, and the latter in the employ of Dr. Beal, and at times actiDg clerk of the house. Of the hundred guests asleep in the old tin der-box at the time of the alarm, many narrowly escaped with their lives. The fire originated in the linen room, the the ory being that it originated through the carelessness of some person who had gone there to get additional covering for his bed, and bad left there an nnextinguished match or lamp. A sick patient, Dr. J. H. B. Foster, ill with pneumonia, was rescued with difficulty, he being helpless to assist himself. The loss on the bulling, furniture and private effects is estimated at about $20,000. Insuiance on the tenement $5,000. __ To Members of M. S. C. E. J. S. Keerl, secretary, reports that the following business will be considered at an adjourned meeting to be held at Helena, the 28th int., at 7:30 p. m„ at the office of E. H. Beck 1er, chief engineer M. C. Ry. : The election of a manager to represent this society in the Association of Engineer ing Societies, this society having been ad mitted to membership in the association. Members who now receive the journal of that association, through their member ship in other societies, will please notify him to that effect. The reading of the report of the com mittee appointed 21st iost, to suggest the proper action of this society, in connection with the movement looking to the "Reor ganization of National Public Works." Members who canuot be present at this meeting should write the secretary their views of this movement, so that the meet ing may know the sense of the society. In view of the importance of the above subjects, it is hoped the members will make every effort to be present. The papers to have been read on the 21st inst. will be presented at this adjourned meet mg.__ > __ An Expensive Bali Tosser. John G. Clark-oa will play for Boston during the season of 1888, and the New England city expects to win the pennant. Its enterprising club paid $10,000 to Chi cago for the release of the great pitcher, and is believed to pay him $4,000 a year salary. Clarkson was born at Cambridge, Mass., and his new engagement makes that city actually, as it has alway considered it, his home. The great pitcher first attracted attention with the amatenr Beacon clnb, Boston. In 1881 he was offered and accepted a position as pitcher on the Wor cester professional team, and has held sim ilar positions ever since. He is classed as one of the phenomenas of the dia mond field. IN HOT WATER. An Experience of Roscoe Conkling at Mammoth Springs. Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, April 22.—[Special corres pondence of the Herald.]—The death of Roscoe Conkling reminds yonr correspon dent of an incident that brought him into an intimate acquaintance with the emi ex-Seuator during his visit to the National Fark in the summer of 1883. The item was incorrectly reported at the time, and wtut the rounds of the press in a form that did him injustice. It is well known that he is very tond of hot baths, and having heard of the luxmiant and healthful properties of the natural sulphur baths of the National Park, he sent Charles Hobart to procure the key of my bath house, the only one then available. The bath honse was supplied from the CAPITOL HILL HOT SPRINGS, and as there was no cold water very near the last bather had to run off the water he had nsed and leave the tub half fall to cool for the benefit of the next bather. It so happened that the hot water had been left running into the tub, and Mr. Conkling supposing it to be all in readiness, stepped into it and im mediately sprang out with a cry, "Great God, I am scalded !" Some one heard him, and Charles Hobert ran for me as fast as he could. I snatched up a couple of pails, and on my way to the bath house scooped up some snow from one of the VERTICAL CONE PITS, where the snow lies on the northern slopes iu July. On entering the bath house I dashed the snow iDto the tub, shut off the boiling water, and told Mr. ConkliDg to step into the tub. He looked like a magnificent, roused royal tiger looking lor something he might devour, as he made the rounds of his enclosure with three grand strides. His Hyperion curls stood erect like "quills upon the fretted porcupine." I never saw a finer specimen of physical manhood. The fire flamed from his eyes aud tbe wrath from his lips as if a Vesuvius were pouring forth its molten lava, all of which enhanced his manly beauty. He would have been a model to represent Jupiter about to launch his thunderbolt. My order to "step in" was given in the imperative mood. He felt the agonizing pain and saw but the one providence and obeyed. Above the calves of his legs there was a well marked magin between the sound and the scalded surface at which SMALL WHITE BLISTERS were appearing. I had reduced the tem perature from 140°, equal to 212° at sea level, to about 90°. He moved his legs alternately out of the water like one walkings tread-mill. This lasted but a few seconds when he stood still, as I gradually increased the temperature, but so as to be imperceptible to him. A smile dawned and he exclaimed : "Heavens! this heals like magic !" "It is the similia similiabtis eurantur "My pain is all gone! You have taken me from hell to heaven in three minâtes !" "Ah ! Senator, I saved a beloved child once in a similar way. So I am not an ap prentice." "It was my good fortune that you were so near. But why did they give me no warning that the liquid was boiling hot from the palpitating heart of mother earth ?" "Senator, why did you not essay the water with your hand before stepping into it?" I did ; but it seemed just right, and as I am used to hot baths at high tempera tures, I supposed that I could do what others did and did it." "I explained to him one peculiarity of tbe Mammoth Springs hot water, in that it takes a few seconds to realize the intensity of the heat, after which there is a tingling sensation like an electric shock, which is most delightfully exhilerating. "I should say so ! I felt the shock up to the very roots of my hair and in every finger nail. I think a few degrees higher would have lifted my scalp and drawn every tooth. Exhilerating, indeed !" I had him kneel down, and as I had se cured his confidence in the loss of pain, we were on the best of terms. I had him realize the fact that had he walked into the tub when the water was at 60 or 70 degrees and then gradually raised the temperature to even 140 degrees, he would have felt the electric shock without in juring the skin in the slightest degree. Even then the blisters had vanished and all injury repaired. I went for two more pails of snow, dash ed ODe into the tub, manipulated his scalp actively with my fiDger tips, also covering his head with snow to prevent vertigo, after which he lay down to take one of the most delightful baths he had ever had in his whole life, and arose with au increased knowledge of a remedial agency through the similia similiabus eurantur that has saved maDy a life and soothed and eased many a paDg. I left him in a half slumbering condition to finish his bath so painfully begun, so pleasantly terminated. G. L. Henderson. THE WRONG MAN. He Made a Bluff, But He Mistook the Individual. Everybody who has been in Montana for any length of time knows Tom Irvine, of Miles City. He has been in the Territory since its infancy, and for many years occu pied the offices of sheriff and deputy U. S. marshal. Always cool, brave as a lion, he was, during the dark days in the Yellow stone valley, the terror of evil doers. Tom arrived in Helena yesterday morning, to attend the meeting of the Territorial Dem ocratic Committee—his first visit here for three years, and his white, stiff-brimmed hat has been visible on the streets and in the hotel corridors yesterday and to-day. Coming up on the train Tom met with an UDlooked for accident. A stranger came into the passenger car where Mr. Irvine and bis little daughter were seated, and loudly demanded a valise which he claimed W8s missing. Tom, raising his eyes from a newspaper, pointed to a seat on the oppo site side of the car, and said, politely : "There is a valise, my friend, that an swers the description of the one you aie looking for." "Who in h—11 are you ?" said the stran ger. "I'll give you to understand that I want no lip from aDy white-hatted, stiff brimmed-----!" and he made a motion to pull his gun. Probably he was never quite so surprised in his life, but he had his wits about him, got his gun out first and hit the stranger a blow on the head with it that brought the claret and laid him out across a car seat. The stranger, howevtr, got his gun out and it required another blow on the head to take all the fight out of him. He slunk out of the car, mattering that he guessed he'd tackled the wrong man, and was seen no more on the trip. Tom has the stranger's hat and gun as trophies, and if he wants them back he will have to address Mr. Tom Irvine at Miles City, Montana, enclosing a postage stamp for a reply. It is good news to hear of such spirited work ic contemplation in railroad construc tion in Washington Territory. It will make some eastern connection across Mon tana and give ns new outlets and inlets of business, wealth and population. LOCAL LYCURGUSES. They Hold a Special Meeting and Grant a Street Railway Franchise to Porter, Muth & Cox. At a special meeting of the city conncil, held last evening, there were present Mayor Fuller and Aldermen Lissner, Harrison, Clewell, Morris, Loeb, Simons, Howey, Washburn, Klein and Worth. After some discussion the ordinance was passed granting a franchise and right of way to Porter, Muth & Cox for a street railway. The ordinance is in terms and effect the same as heretofore published in the Herald. On motion of Loeb, the city clerk was in structed to furnish the city treasurer and mayor with a list of bills audited and ordered paid after each council meet ing, and that the treasurer be instructed to pay no bills until such list had been fi nished. PETITIONS presented. A petition from a number of residents asking that Sixth avenue from Hoback to Harrison street be graded was referred to the committee on streets and alleys. To the same committee was referred a peti tion asking for an ontlet from Eleventh avenue to Main street, and the grading of the same. A number of ladies presented a petition asking that an electric light be placed near the South Side school house. On motion the prayer ot the petition was granted. The name of Clore street, from Edwards to Wall street, was changed to Park avenue. A petition asking that the crest of the hill on Broadway be cut down, was refer red to the committee on streets and alleys ; also a petition from a number of residents in the vicinity, asking that a portion of Rodney street, near Fifth avenue, be con demned in order to straighten out the first named street. MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS. On motion of Alderman Loeb, it was re solved that a form ot licenses be adopted similar to that of the internal revenue office. It was also resolved that a committee of three he appointed to examine the books of tbe police magistrate and make a com parison of them with the city treasurer's books. Alderman Lissner moved that the com mittee on ordinances be instrncted to draw up an ordinance to prevent persons stand ing on the sidewalks. It was seconded and carried. THE HELMETED CREW. Mayor Fuller announced his readiness to appoint the police officials, whereupon the council went into executive session. Officers Flynn and La Rean, present incumbents, were unanimously confirmed. McCormick, Bashaw and Olsen, of tbe present force, were also retained. The new appointees are: S. N. Nicholson, sargeant ; G. A. Pey ster, Antone Kuntz, Henry Minnis (colored ) and E. J. Vanasse. A GARBAGE CREMATORY. After the executive session it was con cluded, on motion of Alderman Loeb, to appoint a committee of two to select a site for building a kiln with which to dispose of the garbage of the city. Alderman Loeb and Simons were appointed as the committee. The new marshal was in structed to purchase two horses and carts to be used iu collecting garbage. The city marshal was given the power to hire a man to work with the prisoners and supervise them. Adjourned. The Drinks are on Ben. A nattily attired English dude, possess ing an apologetic cough and a pair of eye glasses, has for several days been the guest of the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Yesterday tbe individual, desiring to leave for the east on the 1 o'clock train, stepped np to the cashier's window, presided over by our genial and urbane friend, Ben. Folk, and asked the amount of his bill. Ben is known to be one of the most affable gentlemen in the business, and his gentle urbanity has frequently disarmed an outburst of anger from irritable gnests, who were disposed to qaestion the correctness of their bills, and above all is one of the most popular ad juncts to any hotel in Montana. He po litely stated the amount of the bill, which was promptly paid, and after making tbe necessary arrangements for the conveyal of tbe luggage, the tourist, with the utmost euavity, asked : "Awe, awe, 'ave time to take a drink, sir?" "Thank you, very much, sir, thank yon," replied Ben ; "bnt we are not permitted to take anything daring business hours." "B-r-r-r; awe; who in 'ellasked you to take a drink, sir?" interrupted the now in furiated Briton. "I simply meant did I have time to take a drink before going to the train ?" Ben's strength failed him at this moment and he fell back utterly paralyzed. He had experienced a sensation, which for the time beiDg rather interfered with his nsual self control and official dignity. When he recovered sufficiently to speak the English man had disappeared, and he quietly whis pered to our reporter : "That was a pretty narrow escape ; what wonld have happened, I wonder, if I had accepted the invitation? Le's you and I go aud take a drink." RAILIIOAD SECURITIES. How Jay Gould Manipulated the Stock of Various Roads. New York, April 24. —The committee of security holders of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas road have drawn np a lengthy answer to Jay Gould's letter. Stress is laid upon the sharp decline in M. K. & T. securities, while no corresponding decline occurred in Missouri Pacific bonds and the inference is drawn that Jay Gonld has not managed the affairs of the former as well as those of the latter road, while the expenditure of $2,000,000 for steel rails laid, referred to by Gould, should have reduced the cost of maintenance aud operation, it increased from 58 per cent, in 1830 to 72 per cent, in 1887. The most important feature of the document is the assertion that the Missouri Pacific owed the Mis souri, Kansas & Texas over $1,000,000 in December, 1886, and since then this has been absorbed and a debt of $800,000 created, which claims are owed to the Missouri Pacific. The committee profess themselves at a lo'is to understand the crude statement that the Missouri Pacific made advances to meet current expenses, when the official statem-uts show that in recent years it had been in debt to the Missouri, K ausas & Texas. Tue committee refute the statement of Gonld, that the failure of the com crop caused a shrinkage in the earnings, and don't understand why the Missouri, Kan sas & Texas should fall into debt, while the Missouri Pacific merely reduced its dividend frome 7 to 6 per cent. A Deficit of 8230,000. Louisville, Ky., April 24. — The report of the commissioners appointed to investi gate Treasurer Tate's office was submitted to the Kentucky legislature to-day. It contained no sensational disclosures, tbe deficit being placed in the neighborhood of $230,000. TOWN AND TERRITORY. —The National Park branch road from Livingston to Cinnabar is being pnt in thorough repair for the coming tourist sea son. —Mayor Fuller should have consulted the pilgrims of the Independent before mak ing his appointments. They might have recommended some St. Paul teucierfeet for tbe police force. —Tbe Bozeman Democrats are disap pointed because they failed to secure the Territorial convention. They should re main content with the great prohibition mass meeting held there last week. —The Northern Pacific railroad will make one and one-fifth fare from points in Montana to St. Paul and return for those wishing to attend the Presbyterian General Assembly, to be held at Philadelphia May 17th to June 1st. —A raccoon, the first known to have been found in Montana, was killed at Big Timber last week. It is supposed to have been a pet animal brought from Ken tucky by the colony which recently located in Galatin valley. —The "court house" question was car ried by a large majority at the election held in Jefferson county on Saturday, and Boulder is now to have one of the finest court houses in the Territory, the sum of $40,000 having been voted for that purpose. —"What is the political pedigree of the 'St. Paul Globe attachment' to the Inde pendent asked a prominent Democrat to day. "J make this inquiry," he concluded, "because so far I have not been able to dis tinguish from its editorial columns just what side of the fence the importation is on." —A car tank is being contrived which is to be used iu sprinkling Main street. It will be run on the street railway track and so arranged that the water can be thrown on eitheir side of the track, reaching to the sidewalks. Water will be taken from the hydrants along the route, the city haviDg granted that privilege —The infant boy of Alderman Featherly died this morning after a brief illness. The little sufi'erer was barely a month old and its tenure on life so slight that all efforts to carry it through its sickly ordeal proved unavailing. It will be buried from the family residence on the West Side to-mor row afternoon at 2 o'clock. —A pleasant gathering of juvenile folks —a score or more in all—yesterday (24th) assembled at a Rodney street home, and under the motherly eyes o 'Mrs. Fisk, Mrs. Rumley and Mrs. Howard assisted Master James Kennett and Mistress Florence Rumley Fisk in the celebration of their sixth birthday anniversary. —"We got left, as usual," said a Bozeman man to-day, speaking of the dark lantern caucus held by the Democrats yesterday. "We were led to believe that the conven tion was to be held east of Helena, but when the time for ac ion came, Butte bagged the baggage. It was a cut-and-dried affair, and time will show the folly of the course pursued." —Livingston Enterprise : W. H. Lee sold, during the past week, eighty head of horses to J. Harrison, of Wyoming. Mr. Harrison also bought 220 head of J. Powers, of the Missouri valley, which were driven through Trail Creek Pass and consolidated with horses purchased of Mr. Lee. The whole band were then started for Wyom ing and will be driven to Mr. Harrison's range on the Big Horn. — Odo of the fire-trap hotels of Butte City bas been exterminated and though loss of human life occurred, which, of course, is to be greatly deplored, the catas trophe will be beneficial in more ways than one. The erection of a substantial fire-proof building will do away with any danger in the future and prevent the de struction of human and animal life— particularly the latter, so much of which is said to have infested the old structure. Committee Comments. Chairman Clark, on sober second thought, appeared more than half per suaded that the Herald was right in questioning the regularity of committee action and advising that the Democracy in representative convention be permitted to assemble aud make known the party's choice for delegates to St. Louis, as well as to have a voice in framing a declaration of principles. He submitted the matter to the Thirteen for their consideration, and the decision was that having proceeded so far, it was best to proceed a3 they had begun, and do up the business by committee. Marshall, of Missoula, (not a disinterested party to the decision,) strongly opposed the convention method.and was largely influen tial in persuading the committee to go head. Marshall got his reward. ■ Observed Hon. W. A. Clark toa Herald representative : "Do I approve of Cleve land's message and the Mills tariff bill as they affect the silver-lead and wool in dustries? I answer no. I will take issue with President Cleveland or any other president, with the Democratic party or any other party, whose policy is op posed" to the protection of the interests of Montana." Not only was Delegate Toole sat down upon with a good deal of vehemence, but his next best friend was forced to take a back seat over the tail board of the Dem ocratic dead-ax wagon. It was a double downing, as it were, of the local party or gan. Maginnis got there by that dismal num ber, Thirteen. Marshall worked his proxy for all it was worth. It enabled him to talk the "com mittee of thirteen" to death and get him self on the delegate roll. The fine Italian hand of Colonel Broad water got in its work in admirable style yesterday. His was a decidedly clever bit of political maneuvering by which "the Major, who is hired to talk for me by the year," was boosted into the St. Louis con vention and the Missourians relegated to the rear. Doctor Mitchell is to be resurrected from the political retirement to which Wash. McCormick so unceremoniously consigned him. At the instance of that astute lieu tenant of the Irish contingent, Tim Collins, the Doctor is to have that committee seat snatched from under him four years ago. Will it mollify the Doctor and make him a Maginnis man? Deputy Committeeman Yerkes was sore ly disappointed that he hadn't proxies enough to swing the convention abound to Bozeman. He was thankful, however, that Helena didn't get it. That thought con soled and comforted him. It was a select company, if small, were the committee. There were thirteen of them. Nearly every one of them wore a suit of black broadcloth and a shiny silk tile—in fall funeral dress, so to speak. The spectacle was something like that follow ing the recent Helena municipal election— a Democratic burial of the dead. Next to Col. Broadwater, Major Ronan contributed to the Maginnis victory. The time has come for the connty com mittee to act, and the chairman should summon his executive colleagues to meet and prepare the way for the Republican primaries and connty convention. Lewis and Clarke is behind most of the counties in starting the ball in motion. PERSONAL. —Mark W. Fay, St. Paul, is a visitor in Helena. —J. T. Murray, of Denver, is registered at the Grand Central. — F. C. Brewster and wife, Minneapolis are visitors in Helena. —Receiver Ives, of the Bozeman land office, is a visitor in tbe city. — W. J. Fuchs, of the Montana National Bank of this city, is visitiDg Butte. —Sheriff Irvine, of Custer county, is en joying the beauties of the metropolis. —A. A. Lathrop and wife, of Chicago, are spending a few days in Montanas me tropolis. —Lambert Eliel, one of Dillon's promi nent merchants, is registered at the Cos mopolitan. —Hon. D. G. Warner, wife and child, of Bonlder, are temporarily domiciled at the Merchants. —Jerry Collins, of Great Falls, is in the city. He comes as Choteau's candidate to the dark lantern caucus. —Billy Black, the well known VYickes mixologist, is shaking hands with his many friends in the city. —Capt. John Brannigan, of Bnt te one of the staunch pillars of the Montana Democ racy, is a guest in the capital. — Dr. W. S. Norcross, of Butte, accom panied by his family, arrived yesterday and will hereafter reside in Helena. —Jndge D. G. Warner, of Jefferson, is in Helena in attendance on the meeting ol the Democratic Territorial committee. —Hon. W. A. Clark, Butte's prominent mining man, banker and politician, came over from the West Side this morning. —Mrs. J. A. and Miss Alice Kanouse and S. M. Vaughn and wife, all from Town send, are sojourners at the Grand Central. —Major Peter Ronan, of the Flathead Iodian agency, is a guest in the city and temporarily domiciled at the Cosmopolitan. — W. J. Vickery, Washington, D. C., is the autograph found to-day among the signatures on the Grand Central Hotel register. —Mrs. Nick Gredell, genial hostess of the popular Silver City hotel, on the Mon tana Central railway, is visitiDg friends in the capital. — E. C. Whiting, representing the Butte Miner, is in the city on business connected with his journal. He is autographed at the Merchants. C. X. Larabie, Hon. Lee Mantle and Capt. Thomas Conch are amoDg to-day's visitors from Butte aud are registerd at the Grand Central. — D. R. McKine, superintendent of the Elkhorn Mining Company, accompanied by his wife, are sojourning in the city and housed at the Merchants. — E. P. H. Harrison and C. L. Merrill, well known residents of Miles City, are temporarily sojourning at the Capital aud domiciled at the Merchants. —Hon. Harvey W. English, ex-police magistrate, left to-day for Victoria, B. C., on a trip comprising business with pleasure. He will be absent about two weeks. —Enoch I lodson, of Bozeman, is in the city, a guest of the Grand Central. His Hancockonian signature on the register in dicates him as coming from the "Rocky Road" country. —Miss Mattie Atkinson, of this city, acquitted herself nobly at Butte on Satur day evening, at which place she appeared as the heroine in the cantata rendered— "Under the Palms." —Sheriff McMasters, of Deer Lodge, arrived on to-day's noon train from his valley home, and will this evening add one to the number of delegates to the ter ritorial conven— committee meeting. — W. G. Conrad, of Fort Benton, is in the city, accompanied by Mrs. Conrad. Mr. and Mrs. Conrad are en route to the moun tain region of Old Virginia, where they are to spend the summer and autnmn months in their picturesque Southern home. —J. S. Dickerson, former editor of "the only paper in Helena that publishes tele graphic report on Sunday morning," ar rived yesterday from Spokane Falls. It is currently reported that he is here to remain, haviDg been recalled to tue sanctum which he vacated about a year ago. —Moses Morris, President of the Gallo way Cattle Co., returned yesterday morn iug from a visit to the company's ranch and range on the headwaters of the Mussel shell. He reports the cattle in that section in the best condition, and the losses duriDg the past winter not worth mentioning. —Bros. Alderson and Yerkes, respective editors of the Bozeman Courier and Chroni cle, came up yesterday from the prohibition village on the Gallatin, and will remain in the city several days. The latter comes as one of the dark lantern delegates to the Democratic committee meeting, which con vened to-day. —Fred M Wilson, Montana's well known journalist-dairyman, is in from his butter factory on Nevada creek and will remain several days. He contemplates, after his spring crop of butter has ripened, to again take the road for "the only news paper in Helena that publishes telegraphic report on Sunday morning." — Col. F. M. Malone, traveling freight agent of the C., M. & St Paul, is in the city, a guest at the Grand Central. The Colonel, who is getting to be an old timer in the territory, is about to move up from Miles City and establish headquarters at Helena. He reports others ready to follow suit, and that all connecting roads of the Noitbern Pacific, Manitoba and Union Pa cific, east, will soon have their representa tives stationed here. —George A. Wells, in from the northern range, is shaking hands with a mnltitnde of friends. "Inscribe it on the outer walls," exclaimed George to the crowd gathered about him last evening ; "paint it big on the rocks of the everlasting mountains; proclaim it in double-leads every day in the broad columns of the Herald, that there is not a single wool grower in oil Montana to shont tor Cleveland and the free trade democracy in 1888." — W. C. Gillette, in from the "home ranch," Dearborn, reports the flocks pros perous and in good order, and a nice, clean wool clip in prospective. Mr. Gillette has 12,000 head of superior sheep, to the care ot which he has given much of his personal attention for some years. His losses the past and preceding winters have been comparatively light, the increase has aver aged well, and he may be said to have rea sonably prospered in sheep husbandry. He is of the opinion that the wool men in Montana are a unit in opposition to the Mills tariff .bill which proposes to place wool on the free list. Assignment. New Yolk, April 24.— F. D. Blake & Co., wool commission merchants, made an assignment to-day. Their liabilities are from $100,000 to $150,009. SORN. WRIGHT.—In Helena, April 17, 1888, to tbe wife of J. R. Wright, a son.