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Fome Interestimn Values for vou tliis Week in Good
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.
Ladies* Wash Waists
Mode of lioftvv Winter Mercerized
cloth, handsomely made and perfect
$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
17.' cts broken lots of childrens Vests
and Pants, fleeced lined, Camels
hair aud part wool, choice por gar
17 1=2 Cents.
$1.50 men's heavy wool Sweaters
sizes 8<S to 44, for this week
Made of heavy Flannelette, well
$2 25 ones now.........
2 fO " " ........
....... 1 59
1 75 " " .........
1 50 " " .......
1 25 " " ........
1 00 " " ......
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.
Bitter Root Brevities. $
'1 i.o old timers are predicting an
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Deed—Thomas J. Ho't and wife to
Sarah C. Cleveland, loO acres near
Deed— F. H. Drinkenberg and wife
to I, en nah Treloar, block 21 in River
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.
BIO MINING SUIT.
Nelson Sues Wood Placer Co., For
$72,000 — Alleges Defendants
Couldn't Furnish Title to Prop
erty and Wants Money
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
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
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
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
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
Dated January 9th, 1904.
Administrator of the estate of John
T. Riddle, deceased. 12-4t
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.
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
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
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- ;
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.
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
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
Approved: HENRY GROVER,
C. M. JOHNSON,
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
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