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«**»; •*,•■- trS '*+* ■+?" ft ft Fome Interestimn Values for vou tliis Week in Good SEASONABLE GOODS. ft ft ft ft ft ft ft ft % ft ft ft Would advise you to make early selections as quantities are not large. There is one fact that you have fourni from past experience that our Specials are JUST AS ADVERTISED in every respect, quality, price and quantity. ft ft ft Ladies* Wash Waists Mode of lioftvv Winter Mercerized cloth, handsomely made and perfect fitting. $3 85 ones now..................$2 90 3 50 " " 2 60 3 00 *• " 2 15 2 75 *• " 1 95 2 50 " " 1 89 2 00 " " 1 45 1 50 " " 1 10 1 25 *• " .................. 89 15 duz. Men's Heavy Fleeced lined Shirts and Drawers, garment only 25 Cents. 17.' cts broken lots of childrens Vests and Pants, fleeced lined, Camels hair aud part wool, choice por gar ment. 17 1=2 Cents. $1.50 men's heavy wool Sweaters sizes 8<S to 44, for this week 95 Cents. Ladies' House Wrappers. Made of heavy Flannelette, well made. $2 25 ones now......... 2 fO " " ........ ....... 1 59 1 75 " " ......... ........1 29 1 50 " " ....... 1 25 " " ........ ......... 95 1 00 " " ...... Rubber Goods. One lot Childrens Arctics for.... 49 c One lot Ladies' Arties for....... 69 c One lot Men's Arctics for......1 00 Small lot about 1U0 yards, 8J,c outing for........... 5 Cents Yd. ft Ravalli Co. Mercantile Co. i|\ Hamilton, ... Montana. ft W S» w so Sl> so so so so so so so so so so so so so so 15 Bitter Root Brevities. $ '1 i.o old timers are predicting an early spring. P. H. Cone arrived home from Lew iston, Idaho, Saturday. A. N. M'ttower and Fred Marks were up from Victor Monday. G. C. Tidwell is here from Oataldo, Idaho, fora few days on business. Dr. Howard visiUii r .itnily at Missoula several day s the past week. Attorney E. C. Mulroney of Mis soula attended court here Monday and 'Tuesday. A. F. Hobbs was dodging the trolly cars and autos in the Garden Citv one day last week. R. C. Carpenter gives another of those successful dances in his new hall on Friday evening. Sheriff Pond, with Ralls the convict ed bigamist in charge, left for Deer Lodge this morning. "Bob" Howley returned home last week from Salt Lake where he has been for the past year. Mrs. Eliza Chambers has been grant ed letters of administration in the es tate of Henry Chambers, deceased. F. M. Lockwood departed Wednes day for Los Angeles. He expects to remain several months in California. der ed of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Byrne and Mrs. G. W. Solledcr were among the Darby visitors to the county capital yesterday. Mrs. Sallie Cleveland arrived from Seattle Saturday and is visiting her parents Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Holt of Grantsdale. E. C. Nelson, of San Francisco, ar rived in our city Monday evening for an extended visit with his old friend and schoolmate, Leroy Carpenter. A special train load of mutton sheep, shipped by the Bitter Root Stock Farm and other local parties, pulled out from Hamilton yesterday for Seattle. The ladies of the Presbyterian church will serve an afternoon coffee at the home of Mrs. Rutledge, Thurs day, Jan. 21st from three to 6. Every one invited. Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Barcus arrived Thursday evening from Baker City, Ore. After spending a year on the coast they are glad to return to the Bitter Root and their many friends here are all glad to welcome them back. A test of the constitutionality of the milk and meat inspection law is this week being made in the supreme court. This is the law that compels every' farmer who butchers and sells meat to pay a big yearly license. As the Boul der Age sagely remarks, "It does not seem unreasonable that the meat offer ed for sale by a rancher should pass inspection, but to make him pay a license for selling a few pounds of meat is unreasonable." Pine Cone Camp No. 754, Woodmen , of the World at the last meeting in stalled the folio wing officers: Counsel commander, A. L. Bank; A. L., Will Grow; Banker, Chas. Waddell; secre tary, L. J. Watson; escort, Henry Lowenberg; managers, F. J. Morris, Jacob Helwig and Victor Lanstyak; T. S., H. South; O. S., D. Howard. Following the installation one of those social sessions, for which the Wood men are famous, was held and which proved a most enjoyable event. Win. Reinkeh has charge of 866head of cattle, yearlings and two-year-olds, belonging to the Bitter Root Stock Farm, which were driven down Trail creek the first week in December. After feeding out the hay on his own place, near the battle grounds, Mr. Reinkeh drove the bunch to the Ajax ranch, where nearly 900 tons of hay had been secured and is being fed. The stock will be driven to the Cen tennial valley in the spring. Harry Nixon ot Hamilton is assisting in the care of the cattle.—Big Hole Breezes. M. Dwyer has brought suit against Win. Costello, of Victor, for $1,165 and costs. His attorney is R. Lee McCul loch of this city. Mr. Dwyer states in his complaint that he and Costello en tered into a partnership to conduct a farming enterprise. The partnership continued until Sept. 1, 1903, when it was dissolved. At that time it is al leged in the complaint there was prop erty amounting to $2,550 belonging to the partnership while the debts of the partnership amounted to only $133. Mr. Dwyer brings suit to recover half the amount claimed as joint property after deducting the liabilities. At the annual meeting of the stock holders of the Ravalli County bank the following officers were elected: W. W. McCrackin, president; Dr. Geo. McGrath, vice-president; J F. Hart en berger, cashier; O. C. Cooper and R. A. O'Hara, directors. A dividend of 10 per cent was declared and the animal report issued indicates that Hamilton's only banking institution as well as the county at large is pros perous. The only efiange in the , a it bank's officiary, was the election of Dr. Geo. McGrath to the vice-presi dency to succeed John A. Summers, who has withdrawn from the bank. The band is greatly indebted to R. C. Carpenter for the use of his spac ious hall as a rehearsal room in the future. The boys "moved in" last Friday night and were much delighted with the change. The council room, which has been at the service of the boys for the past two years free of charge, and which has been fully ap preciated by them, has been rather small of late owing to the increase in the number of pieces and also to the great conglomeration of sound waves that they produce when they are all present and feel like "jamming wind" to one of those Sousa-like, air-cutting pretzel-shaped gestures elicited by Director Hartenberger. Hence the change. After a married life extending over a period of almost 30 years, Mrs. Elizabeth Cole yesterday secured a decree of divorce from her husband. John A. Cole, and within two hours after the decree was signed, she had been granted a license to wed Jacob Goft. Mr. and Mrs. Cole were mar ried in Washington county, Wiscon sin, June 30, 1865, and a few months ago Mrs. Cole filed suit for divorce, alleging that her husband had de serted her in 1894. The default of ihe defendant was entered and after list ening to the testimony of witnesses Judge Smith yesterday morning signed the decree. A short time later j the marriage license was issued, j Both Mr. Goff aud Mrs. Cole are well into the afternoon of life, the former being 72 years of age and the latter 61. Helena Record, Jan. 9 Born. Fortiner—To Mr. and Mrs. James Fortiner, Jan. 6, a boy. Filed for Record. Deed— G. D. Gorus to D. V. Bean, timber on 160 acres of land near Como. $4500. Deed—Thomas J. Ho't and wife to Sarah C. Cleveland, loO acres near Grantsdale. SI. Deed— F. H. Drinkenberg and wife to I, en nah Treloar, block 21 in River view. $10,000. Deed—Frank McCarty and wife to Ed Curson, 4 lots in Riverside. $90. Deed—J. L. Humble and wife to Caluiouo Orchard Co., 160 acres on Eight Mile. SI. a BIO MINING SUIT. Nelson Sues Wood Placer Co., For $72,000 — Alleges Defendants Couldn't Furnish Title to Prop erty and Wants Money Refunded. R. A. O'Hara, local counsel for the Wood P.acer Co., went to Butte today to look aller the interests of his clients in the big mining suit institut ed in the federal court bv J. A. Nel so >. The case will come up for hear ing on Feb. 23 The Wood Placer Co. has already retained Woody & Woody to assist iti the defense and it is also understood ihnt they will secure the services of a prominent mining lawyer of Butte. J. A. Nelson, the- Minneapolis min ing man, last week through his attor neys, Marshall & Stiff, of Missoula, filed suit in the federal court at Butte to recover $72,000 from the Wood Placer Mining Co. As grounds for action Mr. Nelson alleges a breach of contract in that the Wood Placer Co., on Jan. 1, 1904 could not furnish him title in the form of patents to two of the group of five placer claims on Hughes Creek con templated in his purchase of the Wood Placer Co. A Missoula dispatch contained in Wednesday evening's Standard gives the following account as to the filing of the big suit: The recent sweeping decision of the secretary of the interior to the effect that patents will not be issued on min ing claims unless they have been laid out in a legal rectangular subdivision has been the direct and unfortunate cause of a suit of J. A. Nelson against the Wood Placet Mining company for $72,000, filed in the federal court at Butte this afternoon by Attorneys Marshall & Stiff. Nelson brings suit on account of an alleged breach of contract. Still fresh in the public mind is a contract executed in October, 1902, in which the Wood Placer Mining Co., agreed to sell to J. A. Nelson what is kuown as the Hughes creek placer property, in Ravalli county. On the payment of $10,000 the property was turned over to Mr. Nelson, and he has since been working it to a considerable extent. The time came Friday for him to make final payment, which he refused to do because the company could not give him good title to two of the claims. Patents had been applied for on these claims before the property was contracted to be sold, and owing to the decision of the secretary, the land department refused to issue them. Nelson alleges that at the time he secured the promise of the Wood Placer Mining company to sell him the claims the first of last year he paid them $10, 000 on the purchase price, and on June 1st, 1903, still believing that the com pany would live up to its contract, he oaid them $30,000 more, leaving a bal ance due of $60,000. After paying the $40,000, the plaintiff says, he discover ed that the company had not secured title to two of the claims. During the season just closed he placed upon these claims numerous improvements, which he intended to use in the extraction of ore during the ensuing year. These improvements, he says, amounted in the aggregate to an expenditure on his part of $32,000. He learned later, he affirms, that the applications for pat ents to the Discovery and Annex placer claims had been denied and re jected by the secretary of the interior July 16, 1903, on account of the decis ion referred to. On the first day of the current month, the date when the remaining payment of $60,000 was due, the plain tiff alleges that he refused further pay ment because the company did not own the claims, and that he also gave them notice in writing that he rescinded the former existing contract, at the same time restoring to them possession of the property, with a demand that they repay him his $40,000, and also the $32,000 he had expended on permanent improvements. The plaintiff endeavors to show that, without possession of these two big claims, covering 99 acres, to which the government refused patents, the ottier four claims of. the property would be of but little value to him. He further endeavors to show how, under the laws of the state of Montana, he has a lieu upon all the claims to which patents were issued until such time as the $72, 000 he prays for may be paid. Notice to Creditors. Estate of John T. Riddle, deceased. Notice is hereby given by the under signed administrator of the estate of John T. Riddle, deceased, to the cred itors of, and all persons having claims against the said deceased, to exhibit them with the necessary vouchers, within four months after the first pub lication of this notice, to the said ad ministrator at the office of W. P. Baker, attorney for administrator, the same being the place for the transac tion of the business of said estate, in the county ot Ravalli, state of Mon tana. Dated January 9th, 1904. HENRY GROVER, Administrator of the estate of John T. Riddle, deceased. 12-4t of a is of in of THE BIG SLU 1 P IN CATTLE. Annual Report of Secretary Pruitt Discusses Live Stock Situation. Secretary W. G. Pruitt, of the state board of live stock commissioners, tiled his annual report last Friday. The report shows that this has been a disastrous year for-the cattlemen, one of the worst in fact ever experienced. Apart of his report dealing with the cattle situatiem is as fol'ows: Owing to the slump in prices and the extremely unsatisfactory market conditions the number of cattle shipped out ol the state during the year was considered less than in former years— especially to the eastern markets, which were glutted with cattle from the corn states to such an extent that the market was the worst ever known. The Pacific coast market is becoming somewhat ot a factor with Montana stockmen—11101 e than three times as many cattle going westward in 1903 than in any previous year—and the western buyers are beginning to look to Montana for a considerable portion of their beef. Eastern markets re ceived less than 60 per cent of the total output for the year from Montana. The total shipments out of the state for 1903 aggregated 140,573 head— while the estimate for home consump tion is placed at 70,000 making the total output for all purposes 210,573 head. Of this number the inspectors recover ed li,279 strays, while 131 more ani mals were found and restored by the local inspectors to the respective own ers. Out of the total number of strays recovered the proceeds of 1,077 cattle and six horses were paid through the Montana stockgrowers' association, while the balance were paid direct to owners from the market points. The output of horses from Montana was almost the same as duriug the, previous year—the total number in spected being 57,266. The horse mar ket has been strong and as horses be come more scarce the market seems to be strengthening and the demand for good stock is active. The horse in spection law is enforced strictly and the railroads will not receive any stock for shipment without it has first been inspected by the proper official. Imports Into the State. 000 of is of The price of stock cattle was main tained at the high prices which have prevailed for the past two or more years, until the beef market dropped, so disastrously to the range men, but indications are that the prices of all kinds of cattle will decline in sympathy with the market for beef cattle. The number of cattle brought in the state during the year is slightly in excess of the previous year or any other year since the big year of the eighties. We have been unable to obtain strictly ac curate figures as to the number brought in, but a careful estimate places it at about 138,000 head from all sources. Most of these cattle were southern steers which were shipped northward for range purposes, and this influx of stock from other states has resulted in greatly over-crowded ranges in Montana, which accounts in a measure fur the inferior quality of beef shipped from Montana during 1903. The bounty law has been working more satisfactory since its amend ment by the last legislative assembly and the bounty on coyotes was reduced -—as it is evident there is far less fraud under the present law than under the old one, owing to the fact that the in ducement for bringing in pelts from neighboring states is not so great. The rules governing the recording and use of brands remain unchanged aud there continues to be an active demand for new brands, probably due to the rapid settlement of the state and the establishment of small herds. The Montana Stockgrowers' asso ciation continues to be a valuable aid to the board in furthering the work of protection to the live stock interests, for which the board has had occasion for several years past to express its gratitude. Stockmen generally appreciate the good service rendered ,by the United States weather bureau, particularly during the winter season, when storm warnings and reports of temperature in the various portions of the state are of exceptional interest. CO.TITISSION flEN BRING SUIT. They Want the Remainder of Their $10,000 Commission Fee. Missoula, Jan. 11.— L. J. Knapp and T. S. LettermaH filed in the dis triet court a suit for $6,000 against the Wood Placer Mining company ! Saturday, In the complaint it is al- ! leged that the plaintiffs constitute the mining brokerage firm of Letterman & Knapp; that this firm arranged for the sale for the defendant corporation of the Hughes Creek placer property; that according to agreement, they ; were to receive 10 per cent of the pur- ; chase price. The complaint states that a con- j tract was drawn up between the Wood company and J. A. Nelson, whereby Nelson agreed to purchase the property for the sum of $100,000 aud that $40, 000 has been paid on contract. It is. stated also that the plaintiffs have re ceived ouiy $4,000 of their commission and that they are still entitle 1 to $6,000. L. J. Knapp and H. H. Par sons are attorneys for the plaintiffs. Mr. Knapp states that the suit was brought on account of the recent suit of J. A. Nelson against the Wood company, brought in the federal court. Nelson claimed that the company could not furnish him with a good deed to two of the claims of the pro perty, and asks to have the amount paid 011 the property and the amount spent in improvements, returned. Mr. Knapp says that the suit now brought is for the purpose of protecting the in terests of his firm. He says that him self and Letterman negotiated the sale of the property to Nelson and are en titled to tile commission on $100,U00 re gardless of the amount that has been paid on the property thus far, and re gardless of points at stake in the suit of Nelson against the Wood company. The Hughes creek placer property is by far one of the richest properties in Montana, and there are many in Ham ilton who are watching with much in terest this mining litigation. Commissioners' Proceedings. The Board of Commissioners of Ra valli County, Montana, met in Special session, pursuant to adjournment and published call, on Tuesday, January 5th, 1904, at 10 o'clock a. m., present Henry Grover, chairman, G. L. Satter lee and J. B. Overturf, Commissioners, and C. M. Johnson, County Clerk. The Annual Financial Report of the County Clerk, was submitted, exam ined, approved and ordered printed. The agreement of T. P. Pilon, for the care and maintainance of the Poor and Infirm of the county, for the year, 1904, was signed, approved, and order ed filed. The contract and bond of F. E.. Buchen, for the medicine and medical attendance on the poor of the county, for 1904, were received, examined, signed and approved. No other business appearing before the board, on motion it was ordered adjourned. Approved: HENRY GROVER, Attest: Chairman. C. M. JOHNSON, County Clerk. of in of ! ! ; ; j FRllTGROTO TO MEET (Continued from Page One.) requested to purchase regular tickets, taking receipt from the railroad agent for same. This will insure a return fare of one-third regular rates. The exhibits of fruit and agricul tural • products promise to be the largest and most complete of any previous year. I have now in storage over 20 individual exhibits of fruit, from various parts of the state. T. A. McClain, the Bitter Root orchardist. promises over 60 varieties alone. Good & Ramsey of Thompson, A, L. Tieat, H. M. Pierce, Isaac Sears, C. C. Willis, N. Mildron and T. Wilson of Plains, all promise exhibits. The Bitter Root will, of course, bring a whole show. The Missoula Nursery Co., will have a magnificent exhibit of their products and all their novelties in the fruit line. We are going to make this meeting a record-breaker, both in program and exhibits. W'hen bilious try a dose of Chamber lain's Stomach and Liver Tablets and realize for once how quickly a first class up-to-date medicine will correct the disorder. For sale by Corner Drug store. * Î NOTICE! I You want a loan at 9 or 10 per cent for 2, 3, 5 years come and see us before you borrow and it will pay you. IF You want to buy a good ranch or a piece of town property we have them for sale at any price or terms to suit the customer. IF 5 You want your house, barn or 5 life insured, we represent all old jg reliable companies and will write 3 it immediately. I . ,F 5 I ou want a deed, mortgage, qj agreement or any other legal ïg writing done we will do it correct 3; and cheap as we are Notary Public. I IF ;| You want an Abstract of your property we will make it for you £ cheap. 1 IF 1 \ou want to sell your ranch, or ; town property, list it at once ; with us as we are preparing our ! new list and we will do our best ; to sell for you. We respectfully ; solicit your patronage, and your ! business will be appreciated ; and promptly done. Ravalli Abstract Co., Second Street, Hamilton. |