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Complete Repudiation of Attorney Smith'
Statements Reflecting Upon Thos. H. Carter's Desert Land Entry. Frank ?. Sterling Esq., Tells the Straight, True Story and Quiets Another of the Enemy's Roarbacks. Editor Herald: Upon arriving home Saturday morning, mv attention was called to an article in the Independent of the 26th inst., relative to a Desert Land Claim, entitled "A Missing Letter," "Some interesting reading for those who are fond of mod slinging and who are throwing it, etc. I cannot, knowing the facts in the case, and in justice to all parties concerned especially Hon. Thomas H. Carter, let this matter remain unanswered. On the last day of August, 1883, I was asked by a party from Beaverhead county if I did not want to take up a good section of land under the Desert Land Act, pointing out to me Section 5, Township, 8 south, Bange 9 west, the party stating to me that said section was unoc cupied, unclaimed and subject to entry. I stated to the party that I had already tiled for a tract of desert land, and therefore could not, and turning to Mr. Carter, who was then in my office, asked him if he did not want to file for the eame. He stated to ns that he could not hie for the land, having never seen the same. 1 then explained to him that personal knowledge of the land by claimant, was not necessary so long as the witnesses were personally acquainted with it (which at that time, under ruling of the land department, was true). This being the case, Mr. Carter said he would hie upon the land. I prepared the papers in the case, inserting in Mr. Ca ters application, as near as I can remem ber, these words: "That I became acquainted with said land by having the same de scribed to me by parties who have been upon the same and examined it." This at that time was usually customary, and a great many entries under the Desert Land Act were made in this manner, and by par ties who had never seen the land, and in fact ''Final Proofs" have frequently been made by applicants who have never been upon the land covered by their applica tions, and patents issued therefore. If there were other applicants for this land I certainly did not know it, and am confi dent Mr. Carter was not aware of it, for the Register »'lowed Mr. Carter's entm and I heard nothing further concerning ftie same until, I think, in the fall of 1883, or the spring of 1884, when Mr. Carter stated to me that there had been a contest filed against his entry by Wm. and Edward C. Smith, involving the validity of said entry, and asked me to attend to the case for him, as he was not familiar with the practice in the Land Office. Mr. Carter further stated to me at this time that he did not care to offer any testi mony in the case when the cause came up for trial, and if the testimony of the con testants showed that they had a better right to the land and were occupying the same when he tiled his desert land entry, viz, August 1st, 1883, he would relinquish his entry and make application to the commissioner for repayment of money paid ($160.00), and to have his right re stored to him. Now what could be possibly' more hon orable, more just and right between man and man than this? This is corroborated by Robert B. Smith in his sworn statement in said article referred to, when he states that Mr. Carter, in the "Missing Letter," says, "But I am not disposed to act wrong in the matter." Now as to that "missing letter:" My friend, Hon. Robert B. Smith, (and he has always been a warm personal friend of mine), whose doty it is to prosecute per jurers and other criminals, makes oath in said article to the following : "Mr. Langhorne demanded the papers of Mr. Adkinson (former register of the land office), and in a few days they were pro duced [, and I was informed by Mr. Lang home that Mr. Carter's letter was miss ing." How is this? It can hardly be possible, when the Hon. Robert B. Smith quotes Mr. Carter's letter from memory, that he had forgotten that the papers in said case, with the "missing letter" were, by mutual con sent between him and myself, as attorneys in the case, in the year 1885, with the con sent of Mr. Adkinson, then register of the land office, withdrawn, upon Mr. Carter filing his relinquishment to said land; and said papers with said "missing letter" have from that day until the present time been in my office. I have not as yet, since my return, seen Mr. Carter, but will take the liberty of quoting the last sentence of said "Missing Letter," which reads as follows: "This is in strict confidence," which no doubt Hon. Robert B. Smith had forgotten , or he would not have made the use of it he did, on the trial of said case, by attaching it as an ex hibit .to the depositions taken; neither would he have stated in his sworn state ment, that "in Mr. Smith's (meaning Wil liam or E. C. Smith) (deposition .he filed as an exhibit the letter of Mr. Carter." These being the facts in the case, may we not inquire, who are the "mud sling ers?" Query: Would the Hon. Robert B. Snùjh have made his sworn statement, an&rnshed into print with the same, had he At supposed that I, (the holder of the so-termed "missing letter" by mutual con sent between himself and myself, the at torneys in said case), would remain out of the Territory for several months, as stated, in error, by daily papers when I left the city? Yours very truly, F. P. Sterling, Helena, M. T., October 29th, 1888. Centennial Preparations. Washington, October 25.—At a meet ing to-night of the centennial exposi tion executive committee in chargé of the preparations for the centennial of the con stitution in 1889, and three of America's and the world's exposition in 1892, decided to hold a meeting of the national board of promotion at Washington, December 4. This board is composed of thp governors of thirty-eight states and territories, the mayors of fifty-three of the leading cities, 155 presidents and secretaries of boards of trade throughout the United States, and the officers of state and territorial granges and agricultural societies. Death of an Old Veteran. Baltimore, October 29. — Nathaniel Wattes, aged 93, died of pneumonia in this city yesterday. He was one of the patriots who, September 12, 1814, repulsed the British attack npon Baltimore. Appeal for Aid. Decatur, Ala., October 28.— -The Mayor issued the following to the people of the country: "We are supplying six hundred destitute white people and one thousand colored, and we are now out of supplies. We appeal to the people of the whole country for assistance for the nett three weeks. MONTANA. The Annual Report of Governor Leslie. Washington, October 29.—rreston H. Leslie, Governor of Montana, in his annual report to the Secretary of the Interior, esti mates the population of the territory at 140,000, an increase of 10,000 over the esti mate of last year. All the industries of the territory have been highly active and prosperous during the year. Agriculture has made rapid strides forward, and it can be stated in truth that the average yield per acre of wheat, oats, potatoes and cultivated grass in Montana for 1887 was not equalled by that of any other territory or state. The commercial operations of the territory dur ing the year aggregates $49,000,000, assessed value of taxable property of the territory, $69,000,000. Upon the subject of education the report says, in each of the cities and large towns are the very best and highest class ot graded schools, and every child of school age in the territory is on the school roll, and at school nine months of the year. The mines are more productive than ever before. WASHINGTON. Annual Report of Governor Sample. Washington, October 29. — Eugene Sample, Governor of Washington Territory, in his annnal report estimates the popula tion of the Territory at 167,982, an increase of about 24,000 daring the year ; taxable property of the Territory at $84,621,182, a gain of over $65,000,000 in ten years. Its financial condition is said to be in a healthy, prospérons condition. Coal mining is pros perous, the mines having a product of 1,133,801 tons, against 525,705 during 1887. Gold and and silver mining is also prosper ous. Salmon pack, 360,820 cases, a slight increase over last year. Neither canneries nor fishermen made anything on the year's work. The Governor urges the admission of the Territory into the Union ; recommends the allotment of lands in severalty to all In dians; a liberal appropriation for the en forcement of the Chinese exclusion act; the establishment of a port of entry on Gray's Harbor, and liberal appropriations for surveys of public lands. DAKOTA. Exaggerated Reports of Suffering iu the Territory. St. Paul, October 28.—Territorial Audi tor Ward, of Dakota, has just returned to Fargo from Devil's Lake, where he has been investigating the condition of the Jews and other destitute settlers of Eam-j sey county. In an interview he said he had found among the business men of Dev il's Lake tbe sentiment that the whole matter had been greatly exaggerated, al though residents of the northern part of the county had lost their wheat crop entirely and a portion of other crops. He made a thorough personal investigation and found that the Jews had sufficient hay, oats and straw to winter their stock, and teams enough to do fall work. They had com fortable houses, but lacked hour, clothing and fuel. A large quantity of supplies have already been shipped them by Jewish residents of St. Paul, Minneapolis and oth er points, who had promised to supply their wants. Many American families are in want, and will have to be supplied from the funds already devoted. A committee was appointed to make an equitable dis tribution of the funds, and if any is left in the spring it will be used in purchasing seed wheat. Utah Governor's Report. Washington, October 27.—Caleb W. West, governor of Utah, in his annual report to the secretary of the interior, esti mates the population of the territory at 210,000, an increase of 66,000 Bince 1880 The manufacturing industries of the terri tory are said to be in a satisfactory condi tion, and taken as a whole, the year has been progressing prosperously. In the course of his remarks upon the Mormon question the governor says, "Nothing can justify the despotism of the Mormon polit ical system to a people who have known and appreciated the blessings of a free govern ment. The unity of church and state is perfect and indissoluble. It is based upon a complete and absolute control of the priesthood."_ THE NAVY. Annual Report of Admiral Porter. Washington, October 26.— Admiral „ . , . . . « c Portor, in his annual report to the Secre tary of the Navy, says, in regard to the ap prentice system, if is one of the best features of the navy, and in that connection the re port runs thus : "The crews of our ships generally are made up of sailors from every part of the world, but mostly of the Scandinavian race. They are good, reliable men in time of peace, who care little un der what flag they sail. They have no sentiment for our flag or nationality, and possibly, if it came to action, with a ship of their own or neighboring nations, they would haul down the American colors and hoist their own. This is a contingency against which we should provide, and we have means of doing so through the vast number of American boys who are room ing the streets at will and who would con sider government employment a boon* What is required is a larger number of native born apprentice boys and an en largement of the conveniences for their in troduction into the service. On the sub ject of torpedoes the admiral says: "Tor pedoes no doubt can be made a powerful adjunct to other naval appliances, but as matten now stand torpedoes would be comparatively useless against heavily armored ships with powerful guns, which would hold their own notwithstanding they might be hampered with nets. Great ships with great guns will command the situation, and having once effected an en trance into a harbor can, by their electric lights send diven to the bottom and cut the wires connecting submerged mines. Our country, more than any other, stands in need of torpedo vessels of fibm 1,600 to 2,600 tons displacement until we get a new navy fairly started. This class of vessels could be built more rapidly than cruisers or iron clads. Their batteries to be not larger than 6 inch rifles and fitted with machine and rapid firing guns. No matter whether we bring dyna mite shells and torpedo vessels to perfec tion or not, our polrcy Res in building fast cruisers and heavy armed iron-clads like the Maine and Texas. These are the heavy artillery which in battle have decided the contest and will continue to do so, or the ingenuity of man will always contrive some means to protect the great ships from the annoyance of the small fry. Asphyxiated« New York, October 28. —Kirwin Stone and Ella Lane went to a hotel in Hoboken last night and this morning were found dead. They were asphyxiated by gas, which was turned on. Killed on the Track. Dubuque, la., October 28.—Herman Baade, a section foreman, Btarted to town to-day with his family on a hand car. The hand car was struck by a special pas senger train. Mrs. Baade and two boys were killed. Baade escaped. BRITAIN AND CLEVELAND. English and Scotch Papers Loudly Praise His Free Trade Policy. .ktfOfintry as in America, me tan: t^dch the President recommends Extracts From a Large Number of the Best Known Journals of the United Kingdom. London Globe. Mr. Cleveland has taken his stand on free trade. (Glaggow Herald. With President Cleveland, Grtat Britian knows where she is. London Daily News. The stone now set rolling will not stop until it has broken the idol of protection in pieces. London Daily News. The President feels compelled to chara . acterize the attempt to brand him as a free trader as a deception, but for all that the electoral conflict now in progress is a conflict between free trade and protection and nothing less. Glasgow Herald. President Cleveland may say to others and think what he chooses, but he has pre cipitated the inevitable straggle between free trade and protection in tbe United States, and that is tantamount to saying that he is on the side of free trade. Scotsman. If once the United States finds herself on the road to free trade she will hardly know where to Btop. For the principle which President Cleveland, as head of the Demcratic party, lays down is really that no import duties are justifiable which are not levied solely for purposes of revenue. London Pall Mall Gazette. English free traders would be well ad vised if they moderated the ecstacy of their jubilation over President Cleveland's message. Every word which they say in its favor will be used as a powerful argu ment against the adoption of its recom mendation. London Post We shall be much mistaken if the effect of this state commnnicatfon will not be to strengthen considerably the case of free traders in all parts of tbe world. It will be regarded as a step in tbe right direction by all who believe in the sonndness of free trade principles. L«ndon Iron and Steel Trades Journal. The facts set forth in the President's message, thongh by no means new, are now brought so prominently under the notice of tbe American Congress and of American citizens that a violent stimulus must be given to the party which advo cates entire freedom of trade. "A Member of Parliament'' to N. Y. Herald. To convert the United States is indeed a triumph. The Cobden Club will hence forth set np a special shrine for the wor ship of President Cleveland and send him all its publications gratis. Cobden founded free trade, Cleveland saved it. Such is the burden of tbe song all through England to-day. London Standard. Mr. Cleveland demands in effect that there shall be a tariff for revenue purposes only. No tinkering with the tariff will suffice: no readjustment of duties will do. Tbe only form that common-sense can ac cept is one whieh unaffectedly substitutes the principle of nnimpeded imports for that of tariff regulations. London Saturday Review. It may be taken for granted that the President has not acted without previous ly consulting the leaders of the Demo cratic party and securing their approval. He and they bave taken np again the old free trade policy of the South Carolina politicians, unconnected with what, in the jargon of American politics, was called the sectional question. Cable Dispatch to the New York World. London, Oct. !10.—The English papers continue to devote much space to what they call "Mr. Cleveland's déclaratian in favor of free trade." From the average English comment the public here has been led to believe that free trade is now as good as adopted in the United States. It is considered here (in England) that free trade with us (in America) is just what is needed to revive drooping English indus tries. People's Journal (Dundee). A great sensation has been created by President Cleveland's message, and if the policy which it indicates be carried out it will produce almost as much effect in this The tariff reform goes as far, at least, as tbe abolition or the redac tion of the duties on raw materials. Should Congress give effect to this proposal its im mediate result would be an enormous stimulus to English industry. London Times. As was to be expected, the protectionists have taken the alarm and, as oar corres pondent at Philadelphia informs ns, they are organizing for a determined resistance. They are, no doubt, right in believing that, whatever may be said of preserving the essence of protection and of ignoring free trade, the tariff cannot be reduced to the strict proportions of a revenue corres ponding to the limited and diminishing necessities of the federal government with out admitting a great flood of foreign com petition. Haddingtonshire Courier Cleveland's message will, no doubt, pro voke an immense amount of hostility on the part of many who have hitherto been favorable to him. This mach is certain, another fierce contest is impending in America over the principle at issue. If it terminates, as it may be hoped it will do, in the direction of a relaxation of those im posts that now so vexatioosly hamper commercial intercourse between Great Britain and the United States, we may look to an impetus being given to onr home trade that will go far to make np for the depression of late years. London Standard. To American ears the whole message most be redolent of Cobdenism in a slight ly modified form; more particnlarly the ennneiation of the principle that the ex action of more revenae than is really re quired for the public service "is an inde fensible extortion and a culpable betrayal of American fairness and justice." 'this re markable utterance will be certain to ex ercise an absolutely paramount influence on the next presidential election. Party names and party ties are thrown into hotch-potch. The governing issue at the contest will lie between protection and free trade. Saturday Review, It must be taken to prove that the Pres ide* and the Democratic leaders have fiMHy decided that they have nothing to gain by keeping measure any longer with the protectionists. They have, from what ever motive, resolved to adopt a free trade policy. Nothing can be more explicit than the President's language: "The simple and plain dnty which we owe to the peo ple is to reduce taxation to the amonnt requisite to meet the necessary expenses of the government and to restore to business and, to the country the money accumulat ed in the treasury." In America this means free trade. London Saturday Review. President Cleveland has devoted himself entirely txfcthe tariff. It is impossible to recast this without touching directly the pockets of every citizen of the United and indirectly influencing the commercial interests of the world. The President is careful to state that he frankly declared his indifference to the charge of favoring free trade. His policy, he says, may be called by that or another name, bat it is tbe policy he recommends to Cougress, and which, he does not affect to deny, mast alter the terms on which foreigners have access to the American market and ou which Americans must compete with foreigners abroad. London Globe. As a rule the presidential contest has very little interest for the old world. On the present occasion, however, an issue is involved which greatly (concerns Europe, more particularly Great Britain. Mr. Cleveland has taken his stand on free trade and, although the party managers have considerably planed down his platform, he is universally recognized in the States as pledged to initiate a new departure in fiscal policy. Nor can there be any donbt that be would act up to this standing were he elected. The central issue of the con test lies between the maintenance of the present fiscal system intact and its modifi cation in the direction of free trade. And on that broad question Mr. Cleveland's candidature naturally and necessarily car ries English sympathy. London Times. It would hardly be possible to put the free trade case more clearly or more strong ly, and yet, such is the force of words, President Cleveland shrinks from the ubo of the term "free trade," and in fact de clares that those who taunt him with be ing a free frader are deceiving the country. It is certain that the arguments which President Cleveland arges are those which Cobden need to employ forty-five years ago and which any English free trader wonld employ now. That import duties stifle production and limit the area of a country's markets is purely a free trade argument. As snch we are very glad to see President Cleveland nsing them,though we are sorry for the popular infatuation which makes it dangerous to give them their right name. Live Stock. Chicago, October 24.—Cattle—Receipts, 15,000; slow; 10c lower; beeves, firstname.lastname@example.org ; steers, 3.00@.5.00; stockera and feeders, 2.00 @3.40; Texans, email@example.com; western rangers, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sheep—Receipts, 9,000; dull, 10 to 15c lower; eastern natives, email@example.com; Texans, 2 firstname.lastname@example.org; western, 2 email@example.com. Chicago, October 25.—Cattle—Receipts 16,500; slow; 10c lower; beeves firstname.lastname@example.org ; stookers and feeders email@example.com; cows, bulls and mixed, 1.20@2 90 ; Texas cattle 1.50@ 3.50. Sheep—Receipts 9,500; steady; natives, 2.75 @3.85; westerns, firstname.lastname@example.org ; Texans, 2.50 @3.25. Chicago, October 26.—Cattle—Receipts, 12,000 ; steady; beeves, 3 email@example.com; steers, firstname.lastname@example.org; stockera and feeders, email@example.com; cows, bolls and mixed, firstname.lastname@example.org; Texas cattle, email@example.com; western rang ers, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sheep.—Receipts, 5,000; steady; natives, 2.75©3.90; westerns, 3.00@3 50; Texans, email@example.com. Chicago, October 29.—Cattle—Receipts 14,000; slow; steers, 3©5.25; stockera and feeders, firstname.lastname@example.org; western rangers, 1.80@ 390. Sheep—Receipts, 8.000; steady; natives, 2 75©3.85j western, email@example.com; Texans, 2.75 @3.25. Chicago, October 30.—Cattle — Re ceipts, 10,000; steady; choice beeves, $3.10 @$5 6 >; stockera and feeders, $firstname.lastname@example.org; cows, balls and mixed, $1 25@2 85; bulk, $email@example.com; Texas cattle, $1.50@4. Sheep—Receipts, 8,000; steady; natives, $2.50@4; western, $firstname.lastname@example.org; Texans $2 50@3 25._ ____ Wool Market. New York, October 26.—Wool firm and quiet; domestic, .23©.35; pulled, .23©.35; Texas, .14@.23. Philadelphia, October 26. — Wool firm; eastern Oiegon, .10@.20; valley Ore gon, .10@.26; New Mexican and Colorado, .13@ 18. Boston, October 20. — Wool firmer. The demand for Territory wool keeps up well with sales of 1,258,700 pounds at .15@.24 and on scoured prices are quoted at .48@ .57 for medium and .54@.55 for fine; spring California wool is selling at .14@.19, fall at 10@.14; eastern Oregon, .17@.18; western Washington and unmerchantable fleeces are in good demand, prices ranging from .17 to .24.__ Real Estate Tran sfers. The following deeds have been recorded this week : Samuel T. Hanser et al to John C. Bul litt, Jr., trustee, lots 4 and 5, block 1; lot 9 and 10, block 2; lots 7, 8,13, 14,15, 1(? block 3; lot 6, block 5; lots 5,15,16, bio - 6; lots 9 and 10, block —; lot 6, bloc.- 8; lots 7, 8, block 9; lots 3, 9, 10, block 10; lots 3, 9, 10,11, block 11; lots 5, 6, block 12; lot 6, block 13; lots 4, 5, block 14; lots 4, 5, 8, 12,13, block 15; lots 12, 13, block 16; lots 7, 8, block 17; lots 4. 5, blopk 19; lots 1, 2, block 20; lots 6, 7, block 21; lots I, 2, block 22; lots 1, 2, 6, 7, 12, block 24; lot 4, block 25; lots 10,11, block 26; Flow erree addition, $1. C. W. Cannon et al to the Montana Cen tral Railroad company, lot 11, blk 65, Cen tral add, $1. Gilman Riggs to Leonard W. Barrett, lots II, 12,13 and 14, blk 12, East Helena, $400. Richard Lockey, trustee to Wm. T. Allen et al, lots 14,15 and 16, blk 83, Northern Pacific add, $650. Gilman Riggs to David M. Balsar,lot 17, blk 12, East Helena, $125. Edgar C Richards to Reffie Barton, part of lots 2 and 3, block —, Maudlin's addi tion, $1. Reffie Barton and Z. T. Barton to Edgar C. Richards, part of lots 2 and 3, Maudlin 's addition, $1. J. Armitage et al. to Frank G. Calls, lots 35 and 90, block 27, Helena townsite, $300. Dent G. Lntt et aL to the Consolidate«! Ten Mile Mining and Redaction Company, the Lee Monntain mill site, $1. John C. Bullitt, Jr., to Lars Nelson, trus tee of city of Helena, lot 6, block 19, Pa cific addition, $400. James Blake to Anna M. Heaney, lot 11, block J, Blake addition, $650. Frank Calls to James Mason, lot 9, block 27, Helena townsite, $125. H. M. Pärchen et al. to Herman Lnh man, lots 1 and 2, block 4, Depot addition, $350. B C Jones and Sophia Jones, lot 10, blk 8, Marysville, $500. C A Broadwater and wife to Mai tin M Y Porser, lots 21, 22, blk 71, Broadwater addition, $250. Gilman Riggs to Isaac B Cutler, 1, 2^ 3, 4, 6, 9,10,11,12,13, blk 30, East Helena, $450' Albert Kleinschmidt v to Lonis Hille brecht, trastee, lots 1, 2/3,4,blk 25, North ern Pacific addition, $1. G Riggs to I B Caster, lot 10, block 11, East Helena, $150. Edwafld Blake to Bernard Kelley, the America quartz lode, Stemple district, $150. Fatal Bridge Accident. Du Quoin, HI., October 29.—At Blairs ville, to-day, the iron trass bridge across the Big Mnddy river collapsed while a gang of men were repairing it. The whole thing dropped fifty feet into the river. Wm. Thompson was instantly killed and ten other men very seriously injured. i THE DOCUMENTS. Letter of the Californian and the Reply o British Minister West. How Deeply Free Trade England is Inter ested in Tree Trade Democratic Success. Complete Text of the Correspondence. "Pomona, Cal., September 4,1888. To the British Minister , Washington, D. C .— Sir: The gravity of the political situa tion here and the duties of those voters who aie of English birth but still consider England the mother land constitute the apology I hereby offer for intruding for in formation. Mr. Cleveland's message to Congress on the fishery question justly ex cites our alarm and compels us to seek further knowledge before finally casting onr votes for him, as we bad intended to do. Many English citizens bave for years refrained from being naturalized as they thought no good would accrue from tbe act; but Mr. Cleveland's administra tion has been so favorable and friendly to ward England, so kind in not enforcing the retaliatory act passed by CoDgtess, so sound on tbe free tride question and so hostile to the dynamite school of Ireland, that by the hundreds—yes, by tbe thousands— they have become naturalized for the ex press purpose of electing him over again, tbe one above all of tbe American poli ticians they consider their own and their country's best friend. "I am one of these unfortunates. With a right to vote for President in November, I am unable to understand for whom I shall cast my ballot, when but one month ago I was sure Cleveland was tbe man. If Mr. Cleveland is pursniDg a new policy toward Canada, temporarily only and for the purpose of obtaining popularity and a continuation of bis office tour years more, but intends to cease his policy when his re-election is secured in November, and again favor England's interests, then I should have no further doubt*, but go for ward and vote for him. I know of no one better able to direct me than you, sir, and I most respectfully ask your advice in the matter. "I will further add that the two men Mr. Cleveland and Mr. Harrison, are very evenly matched and a few votes may elect either one. Mr. Harrison is a high tariff man, a believer on the American side of all questions and undoubtedly an enem y to British interests generally. This State is evenly divided between tbe two parties and a mere handful of naturalized coun trymen can turn it either way. When it is remembered that a small State (Color ado) defeated Mr. Tilden in 1876 and elect ed Hayes, the Republican, the importance of California is at once apparent to all. "As yon are at the fountain-bead of knowledge on tbe question and know whether Mr. Cleveland's present policy is temporary only and whether he will, as soon as he secures another term of four years in the presidency, suspend it for one of friendship and free trade, 1 apply to you privately and confidentially for information, which shall in turn be treated as entirely secret. Such information would put me at rest myself, and, if favorable to Mr. Cleveland, enable me on my own re sponsibility to assure many of onr country men that they wouid do England a service by voting for Mr. Cleveland acd against the Republican system of tariff. "As I before observed, we know not what to do, but look for more light on a mysterions subject, which the sooner it comes will better enable true Englishmen in easting their votes. "Yours very respectfully." The name of the writer of the foregoing is withheld for tu» present at his request, but can be p: duced at any moment if need be. Lora Sackville "West's reply is as follows : Beverly, Mass., September 13,1888. Sie: I ain receipt of your letter of the 4th ins ., and beg to say that I fully appreciate the difficulty in which yon find yourself in casting your vote. You are probehly aware that any political party which «.«penly favored the mother country at the present moment would lose popu lam , and that the party in power is fully aw» re of the fact. The party, however, is 1 etieve, still desirous of maintaining fri> ndly relations with Great Britain, and is trill dee irons of settling all questions with Canada, which have been unlortunately re opened (since (the rejection of the treaty by the Repnblican majority in the Senate, and by the President's message, to which yon allude. All allowances must, there fore, be made for the political situation as regards the Presidential election thus Created. It is, however, impossible to predict the course wh'>h President Cleveland may pursue in t ne matter of retaliation should he be elected; bat there is every reason to believe that, while upholding the position he has taken, he will manifest a spirit of conciliation in dealing with the question involved in the message. I inclose an ar ticle from the New York Times of Angnst 22d, and remain, yonrs faithfully, L. S. Sackville West. Grand Lodge I. 0.0. F. At the grand lodge of Montana Odd Fellows, held at Butte last week, the fol lowing officers were chosen and installed for the ensuing year : Grand Master—Andrew Logan, of Mis sonia. Deputy Grand Master— S. I. Stone, of Helena. Grand Warden— N. C. Kinney, of Walk erville. Grand Secretary—A. J. White, of Batte (re-elected). Grand Treasurer—J. J. York, of Batte (re-elected). Grand Representative—J. P. McCabe, of Helena. APPOINTED OFFICERS. Grand Master Logan then appointed the following officers: Grand Marshal—Phil Dodson, Boze man. Grand Chaplain—William Hamilton, Bntte. Grand Conductor—Robert B. Smith, Dillon. Grand Gaardian— W. W. Shipman, Fort Custer. Grand Herald—Benjamin Pizer, Phil lipsburg. Grand Instructor—Jacob Loeb, Helena. The next Grand Lodge meeting will be held at Great Falls the third Tuesday in Oetober, 1889. _ Massacred by Cannibals. London, October 29. — Advices from Bonny River, Africa, give a revolting story of savage atrocities and cannibalism. The Okrikan tribe in revenge for some injnry inyited a party of Ogonies to a friendly palaver, and then entrapped and massa cred them. A Cannibal/ festival of the most horrible and indeqofibable character followed. Then an attafp was made on the undefended villagers and the most bar barous outrages committed. Over 150 per sons, including women and children, were killed and eaten. Established 1864. A. G. CLABKE. THOMAS CONRAI). J. C. CliBTIN. CLARKE, CONRAD 4 CURTIN Importers of and Jobbers and Retail Dealers in Heavy Shelf and Building HARDWARE. SOLE AGENTS FOP. THE Celebrated 44 Superior" and Famous Acorn COOKING AND HEATING STOVES, AND W. G, Fisher's Cincinnati Wrongbt Iron Ranges for Hotels and Family Use. ---o--- Iron, Steel, Horse and Mule Shoes, Nails, Mill Supplies, Hoes, Belt ing, Force and Lift Pumps, Cutlery, House Furnishing Goods, Ü entennial Refrigerators, lee Chests, Ice Cream Freezers, Water Coolers Etc., Etc. Visitors to the City ar«\ respectfnlly invited to rail and Examine onr Goods and prices before purchasing. ALL 0BDBES EEOEIVE PE0MPT ATTENTION AND SHIPMENT. CLARKE, CONRAD & CURTIN, 32 ancL34'Main Street, Helena, M. T. ESTABLISHED 1866. GANS & KLEIN. Tlie Leading CLOTHING HOUSE o± Montana. Country Orders Solicited. Corner Main Street and Broadway. SANDS BROS. New Arrival of WALL PAPER, CARPETS, HOUSE F URNISHIN G GOODS. We carry the largest line of tlie above stock in Mon tana. Orders receive prompt attention. SANDS BROS. DWIGHT'S/ /SODA v THE COW BRAND. — TO MAKE — DELICIOUS BISCUITS or WHOLESOME BREAD USE Dwights Cow-Brand Soda^Saleratus, ABSOLUTELY PURE. ALWAYS UNIFORM AND FULL WEIGHT. Be eure that there is a picture of a Cow on your package and you will have the best Soda made. THE COW BRAND. DWIGHT /SAUERATUS Spencer Nye. Manufacturers and Dealers in HARNESS AND SADDLES. H ELENA, - - - - .... MONTANA Bend for Illustr»ted Catalogue, ARTHUR P. CURTIHL FURNITURE, CARPETS, WALL PAPER and HOUSE F URNISHING GOODS. Having leased the two upper floors of the Davidson Block and con nected same with our already immense Salerooms, we now occupy four entire floors extending through the whole block from Jackson to Main street, stocked throughout with goods of every grade and at prices that defy competition. Every purchase made STRICTLY FOR CASH direct from FIRST HANDS and shipped in CAR LOADS ONLY. An examination of stock and prices solicited. MUSIC DEPARTMENT. _Pianos, Organs, and Mufeical Merchandise. m muni MUST PATTERNS LO WEST PR ICES! We are now receiving our fall and winter stock of . o , CLOTHING In Sacks and Cutaway Suits, Pea Jackets, Boys and Childrens Suits. OVERCOATS i OVERCOATS ! OVERCOATS ! From the cheapest to the finest. Mens Furnish ing Goods ; Hats, Caps, Boots and Shoes ; Blankets, Quilts, Gloves, Etc., Etc., Etc. You will find our prices right and our styles correct. THE NORTHWESTERN, Opposite Grand. Central' Hotel-