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| Bitter Root Brevities.
V* i««ft€«€g«C « l«C<ICC «ICC W Oliver Blood was a Missoula visitor Tuesday. W. W. McCrackin went to Missoula this morning. James F. Torrence is a Missoula visitor today. J. F. Hunt went to Seattle Sunday on a business trip. J. E. Hauf of Woodside attended the Spokane apple show iast week. J. R. Faulds of Stevensville was a Hamilton visitor Thursday. G. E. Sullenger attended the big apple show in Spokane last week. J. E. Totman and George Walden were visitors at Victor Tuesday. Ben Thrailkill returned to Missoula Thursday after a short visit in town. Mr. and Mrs. Murray Grant return ed Tuesday from a visit at Spokane. Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Lord attended the National Apple show at Spokane last week. E. R. Hinnant and A. L. McDowell left Monday for Seattle to remain daring the winter. Wm. Poindexter and M. E. Stoops of Victor were business visitors in Hamilton Monday. Mrs. Oscar Crutchfield returned to Missoula Tuesday after a visit with Mrs. R. S. Wickersham. W. E. Hawley of Corvallis will leave tomorrow for Taylorville, 111., for a winter's visit with relatives. Mrs. Robt. Myers and daughters Misses Rea and Lenore of Coryallis were Hamilton visitors today. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Jones came up from Missoula Saturday to pass the holiday season with home folks. Mrs. George K. Dick and children returned Saturday from Anaconda, where they enjoyed a very pleasant visit with home folks. Mrs. Geo. Tillbury left Thursday for St. Paul in response to a telegram announcing the criliç&l illness of Jier mother. On Dec. 14 fifteen case* had been filed in the clerk of the court's office for disposition at the next term of court—more than one a day. Miss May Folsum, who has been em ployed at the Ravalli hotel, left yester day for Chicago, where she will be come a bride Christmas day. In planning your Christmas pleas ures, don't overlook the dance at Burns' hall Christmas night. Fine music and a fine floor will be at your disposal. 9-2t Dr. F. E. Buchen, W. I. Moody and Robert Peel returned from a hunting trip in the upper valley last week. They secured 7 deer during their out ing. Friday night—that's the date. The band boy's masquerade dance occurs at the rink then. They are ready for it, and have some very pleasing music to render. The Girls' Guild of the Catholic church will have a sale and lunch next Saturday, Dec. 19, from 2 to 7 o'clock at the home of Mrs. J. H. Jones on Seventh street. Harrison & Blakeslee will give dances at the rink Christmas eve, Christmas night and New Year's eve. This will conclude the dances under their management. 9-2t R. N. MacDonald of Missoula ex pects to re-open the Hamilton Busi ness college Jan. 1. He is now se curing students and intends to make the school a permanent institution. F. W. Kuphal of Missoula, state organizer of the Sons of Herman, WJ9 in Hamilton Sunday visiting the local brotherhood. On Jan. 10 there will be an installment of new members. C. E. Hoffman is here to establish a cigar factorv. He is located on the second floor of the Coulter building on south Second street, and expects to be making the aromatic weeds next week. The funeral of "Freddie," the 5-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Benj. Camer on, was held at Victor Friday. The-grief stricken parents of the child are unable to tell how the rifle with which the little fellow was killed was discoverd by the children. Hamilton stores are prettily decorat ed for the Christmas season. The big holiday trade has begun, and many people are every day picking over the stocks. Notice the holiday advertise ments in the Western News this week read them for they contain innumer able valuable suggestions. The Ravalli Abstract Co. last week sold the 30-acre orchard west of Ham ilton and known as the Richards place, owned by A. L. Johnston, to Wm. A. Palmer of Idaho for $10,000 cash. This agency also sold a 20-acre tract northeast of Hamilton to J. C. Espario of Missoula for $2000. E. A. Winstanley and F. H. Reeser, of the firm of Winstanlev & Reeser, have dissolved partnership. Mr. Reeser will continue the management of the Hamilton office, While Mr. Winstanley will remain in Missoula. The division of property here gives Mr. Reeser the W. & R. addition and the property lying west of Hamilton to Mr. Winstanley. Carpenters are making alterations in the interior of the Ravalli County bank building this week. Part of the space in the front of the building will be used for an office. Th» busi ness of the bank isexpanding rapidly, and these changes were marie neces sary by the urgent need of more room. The Star theatre, located on south Second street, is now ready to open for business. The m inagers have fit ted the buildings up for a p rmanent show house at a large expense. They have prepared to stay here and give a continuous performance show every evening from 7 to 10:30 p m. The Star will be a permaueut fixture in Hamilton. H. A. Chambers is busy with prep arations to engage in the retail lum ber business at Stevensville the first of the year. He has secured a location for a yard and warehouse at the Stevensville depot. The Stevensville district will doubtless grow rapidly in the next few years, and Mr. Chambers is just the type of progressive and en ergetic young man who can be expect ed to succeed in the lumber business there. E. H. Blakeslee resigned his position with the fl. R. V. I. Co. yesterday to become general superintendent of the T. J. White contracting firm. Mr. Blakeslee was one of the oldest mem bers of the engineering force of the ditch company and accepted the new offer only because it came in the line of promotion. Mr. Blakeslee is now an active manager of one of the larg est contracting outfits in the north west. The opera house was crowded Mon day night when Germain, the wizard, gave his pleasing entertainment. Many clever and confusing feats of legerdemain kept the audience ap plauding. Germain interspersed his tricks with decidedly witty remarks. Perhaps the prettiest trick was the gorgeous flag display and the best one growing of a pot ! j J j the growing of a pot of carna tions. But the whole entertainment was high-grade and every bit of it was enjoyed. LIKE SPECTRE, HIS E PURSUED BY REMORSE, SMITH SENDS BULLET THROUGH BRAIN. CONFESSION IN HIS NOTEBOOK Sought Refuge in Suicide, hut Life Clings to Him—Could Not Have Been Convicted for His Act. Pursued by a remorse which he could not escape, and desperate from fatigue and privation, Robert Smith, who killed Clarence Clark at White's construction camp last week, sent a bullet through his own brain Friday. His apparently lifeless body was found two miles west of Eddy in Sanders county near the track of the Northern Pacific railroad. A notebook in his pocket contained the confession: "My name is Bob Smith. I am the man who shot Clarence Clark near Stevens ville." The circumstances make it clear that, fleeing from the scene of his crime, he sought refuge from the murder he had committed—largely in self defense—and attempted to end his life by suicide. Smith shot himself squarely through the head with a 38-calibre Iver John son revolver, but the wound was not as effective as he wished. He was re moved to a hospital at Thompson Falls, where his identity was soon con firmed. Examination showed that his chance of recovery was small. Should he live, he will be an im becile, the attending physicians be lieve, as part of his brain oozed out of the wound in his head. He talks in coherently of his crime, repeatedly mentioning the name of the man he killed. Sheriff Ward went to Thompson Monday to establish the identity of the man, and there is little doubt he is Smith. There is a bit of mystery to where Smith shot himself. Both of his arms were broken, indicating that he might h ave attempted suicide in boxcar and, being helpless, w shaken out beside the tracx by the motion of the train. In an interview with a Western News reporter Monday, Turn Wh the contractor, told of the habits the men who figured in the tragedy at his camp. Both were in his ploy, and he freely commended their industry and sobriety. Clarence Clark was 33 years of ag.:, and one of the most trusted men in the camp. He has relatives in Missouri. Smith, too, had worked all summer at the camp, and was a reliable, conscientious worker. He was 56 years of age. Had the trouble occurred between any two other men in his employ, Mr. White would have been less surprised. A poker game in which the men had engaged, and in which Clark borrowed money from Smith, was the cause of the tragedy. Both men at the time of tl e shooting were sober. Smith a short tiine before, having no foreboding of the trouble, remarked: "I am 56 years old and expect to live another winter j at least " It is probable he would j have realized this l elief if he had not j left the county, as his act was clear ly in self defense, and it would have been impossible, no doubt, to have convicted him. Born. Boucher—To Mr. and Mrs. Benj. Boucher, Dec. 8, a son. Myers—To Mr .and Mrs. Roy Myers, of Corvallis, Dec. 11, a girl. Printz—To Mr. and Mrs. Frank Printz, of Corvallis, Dec. 11, a girl. Hoblitt—To Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hoblitt, of Corvallis, Dec. 12, a girl. Kid body sleeping dolls at Roberts' for 25c. 8 3t LOST. Lost—Pocketbook containing about $40 and two gold rings. One is set with opal and one with ruby; sets loose. Reward for return to this office. 9—4t Lost—Between Torrence ranch and Daly residence, a plain gold clasp bracelet set with ruby and two dia monds. W'ill pay suitable reward if re turned to The Western News office. 8-3t Lost—A ring of keys. Reward of $1 will be paid for return to this office. 5-tf For sale—Green wood. Prices rea sonable. Apply to J. F. Greenfield, Victor, Mont. 7-tf MISCELLANEOUS. While you are buying Christmas gifts remember that the ladies of the Baptist church give a bazaar next Saturday in the Smith & Brown build ing. It Patronize home talent and buy your Xmas gifts at the bazaar in the Smith & Brown building Saturday. It Arrange to eat oyster stew Satur day evening in the Smith & Brown building. It The back room of Roberts' store is where you get the bargains in rem nants of dishes. Come and see. 8-3t The ladies of the Baptist church will hold a bazaar next Saturday in the Smith & Brown building. In the evening an oyster supper will be served. It Holiday presents—For gentlemen young and old get a box of Gen. Ar thur or Van Dyck cigars. Put up in small boxes especially for gifts. R. C. Brooks' Billard Parlor. For sale—New milch cows. Call or write P. D. Francis, Como, Prärie, j l()-4t Dolls! Dolls! Dolls! Come and see our immense stock and get prices. Twenty-two inch kid body, jointed, sleeping for $1. Roberts 8-3t Hunting on the Bitter Root Stock farm strictly prohibited. Trespassers will be prosecuted. 50-tf BITTER ROOT STOCK FARM. Dr. Rinehart, the old Anaconda dentist, is at Stevensville. 48-tf Be loyal to the Bitter Root valley. Smoke McIntosh Red cigars. For sale at Hotel Hamilton. 48-tf For a good smoke try the Green Seal cigar. 29-tf Posts and poles for sale—Post 6'/z feet long and poles 16 feet long. Ap ply to L. A. Green, Harper'ssawmill. 6 Wanted—Stock to winter, horses or cattle. Inquire of Andrew Carlson, Mason ranch. Grantsdale. 5-4t Japalac, the Home Beautifier. New and complete stock at Corner Drug store. 24-tf Japalac, the Home Beautifier. New and complete stock at Corner Drug Store. 24-tf When you purchase property insist on an abstract marie by the Security Title & Abstract Co., Hamilton, Montana. 20-tf. We carry a full line of wall paper, ready mixed paints, alabasline, glass and mouldings. Peterson Bros., Hamilton, Mont. 29-tf If you want to do a bigger business pursue the proper methods—advertise. Lorriaux's Rheumatic prescription for sale at Corner Drug Store. 5-tf. Lorriaux's Rheumatic Blood and Kidney medicine for sale at Corner Drug store. 5-tf. When you purchase Real Estate, in sist on an Abstract, made by the RAVALLI COUNTY ABSTRACT CO. Incorporated 1898. Leave or ders for Abstracts at Main street office, Hamilton, Montana. We have in our employ the best Abstractor in Ravalli county. 34-6m TEA Moneyback means that the tea is good and well worth the money. Can't mean anything else. Your *roctr returns yonr money If yee do»*t ^•tolling* Best; we pay tom. 52^ 1 Put Yourself His Place« The most generally acceptable holiday remem brance this year will be something to wear. The recent depression made a lot of fellows economize in some way or ither, usually on the smaller needs of their attire. And so nowadays, these men find their ward robe uncommonly hare of new I Neckties, Handkerchiefs, Waistcoats, Mufflers. Gloves, i and the other accessories that one can get along without replenishing for a while, hut which mean so much to the tout ensemble. Then there are such always acceptable and useful remembrances as Smoking Jackets, Bath Robes, Pjamas and other wearables of that sort. When you are thinking about a holiday re membrance for him, put yourself in your man friend's place this year. Good times are here again, but he has a lot to pay just now. Buy His PRESENTS of Us This Year. i ien GUY WELPTON Company. We'll Be HAPPY, So Will You. ^lUiiuiiiüiiuuuiiiitiuiuifiiiuiuutUiiiiuifiuuiUiUiuiUUiumiiUUiiuauuiümiùuiuiUiiG' THE FAVORITES RETURN. Mr. Dick P. Sutton responds to tlie petition issued by the merchants of Hamilton last May in which they ask ed him tosend his excelU nt company to Hamilton for a return engagement This clever company, which so rie lighted the theatre goers here last May, opened Monday night to an en thusiastic and appreciative audience. Woman Against Woman" was the, ffering, and was excellently rendered by the clever company. Tin company will close its engagement here next Tuesday night Dec 22, with a change of play, and new specialties between acts every night. The manager states that he has prepared a surprise and treat for the people of Hamilton, in the way of a new play, which at present has no title. He is going to offer a prize, which will be awarded to the person suggesting the most appro priate name for the play after wit nessing the production of the same. Here's a chance for the theater goers to get busy. Due announcement of the date will be made. Watch out for it. Too much praise cannot be given Mr. Sutton, or "Uncle Dick" as he is familiarly called by the members of his company, for sending such a clever and versatile company to Ham ilton, and we trust that he will keep a warm spot in his heart for this city, and favor us frequently by sending more good companies up to the stand ard of this one. P Ye s , thîvnk you^ 'Tm very fond ofi q^weet breads: iS Fish r Game and all kinds of MEATS In Season CENTRAL MEAT MARKET, PERCY H. EDWARDS, Prop. I ? TVEMJHKSSR&Wli YOU WONT HAVE TO ASK A You favor if Have cash IN TOE bank I_ I citizens; STATE n k MY HAM ill ON, O TANA Capital aad Su pl:is,JM,200 j. L. Humiile - - President K. A. O'Hara - - Vice-Pres. O. C. Cooper » Cashier MARSHALL FIELD clerked in a sforo whi n ho wan s hoy Ho put in the hank enough out of his salary to start a small business of his own. To-day his establishment is the finest in the world. His two grandsons will get 400 millions each when they are given their share of his estate. V rWTOZOM A Few Ideas for Christmas FOR TU E LADY—Gold locket, necklace, chain, diamond ring, brooch or fancy pin. FOR THE GENTLEMAN—Gold or silver watch, ring, chain fancy fob, pin, lodge emblem or a pair of cuff buttons. THE BEST FOR THE LEAST AT flvTC'» The Jeweler jgtgiwi«iaiiBawwen«gi The Only Light For the Family Circle ANN ARBOR Lighting System A gasoline lamp that gives a Brilliant Soothing Light Equal to electricity The same as haying electric lights in your country home. Bights installed, $20.00 and up. Special orders for stores, church es, etc. Bheaper than kcrosine lamps. W rite CHAS. WOLFFS Hamilton R. F. D. 2. Advertise the Bitter Root by having McIntosh Red apples printed on your stationery. A. ROBERTSON General Rlacksmithing Wagon Malting and Repairing At Wylie's Shop North Second St. Hamilton, Mont, -CITY CRAY KLEINOEDEU & HOBBS All work entrusted to our care will be speedily and satisfactorily done. Prices reasonable. Phone 5 f Notice. All persons indebted to the mercan tile department of the Anaconda Cop per Mining Company are requested to make settlement at the company's office, Ravalli County Bank building, ANACONDA COPPER MINING COMPANY MERCANTILE DEPT.