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COMING TO AN END AGAIN.
_ YORK, Pa., Dec. 9.—December is * to be a strenuous month if the prophecies of Lee J Spangler oYrk's dteful prophet and soothsayer meet ' a with fulfillment. According Spang ler, no less a catastrophe than the end of the world is to take place the latter part of the month—probably on Sunday, December 27. However, ; it may take place a week earlier, Sun day, December 20, and thus afford an economical solution of the Christmas present problem. Some of the terrible things that w ll immediately precede the end of the world are described by Spangler in the following alarming fashion: Nation shall rise against nation. \ Kingdom shall rise aga'nst king dom There shall be famines and pesti lences and earthquakes. Rivers will dry up. The fish of the sea will de. The sea will boil up with a great noise The cities of the nations will fail. Mounta'ns will not be found. Islands will pass away. The city of Boston will sink. New York will go up in smoke. People will flee to the mountains. 1 he land will dry up to get ready for fire. I ! ! I j ; The crops will fail and p.wpeilty l ! vi iil be cut off. The banks will keep on failing, j This can not be stopped. Roosevelt will get rid o' 1 all his nn.ney. The treasury will go dry. People will carry their money in ibcir pockets and hide it in their houses. Families will steal it from one an oitur. This is the gold that is piled up for the last days. This gold will rust in your pockets. It will give you more trouble than good. Labor organizations will come un der one head and rule the land. There will be great wrath among the people. Hatred, killing one an other, hanging themselves and chil dren will rise against their parents, ' two against three and three against : two. Mother-inlaw against daugh ter in-law. j All plagues that are written in the Bible will he brought forth. The land will he full of lice, frogs, crickets and locusts. Whosoever will be stung of ! these locusts will die. There will he signs in the sun, in tiie moon and in the stars. In the end of time the sun will he black and the land will be in dark-. ucss. The moon will be as blood, the sors will fall and the heavens will be shaken. WASHINGTON-MONTANA MATTERS Army Affairs Occupy Some Attention —Society Notes—Postal Changes in the State. - WASHINGTON, Dec. 9.—Second Lieutenant Resolve P. Palmer, Sixth infantry, at Fort William Henry Har rison, has been granted a leave of ab sence for two and one-half onths. Tiie following members constitute an army courtmartial appointed to sit at Fort Missoula: Captain Law rence Halstead, First Lieutenants Wil liam G. Fleischhauer, John H. Page, .Tr., and Richard Wetherill, and Sec ond Lieutenants Joseph O. Mauborgne, Fred W. Pitts, William F. L. Simpson, DeWitt C. T. Grubbs and Ben W. Field, all of the Sixth United States infantry, the latter to he judge advo cate of the court. Captain Lawrence Halstead, at Fort Missoula, has been ordered to the Bit ter Root farm at Hamilton, Mont., to inspect some 5,000 tons of timothy hay 1 w'th a view to its purchase by the de- j partment for shipment to the army j posts in the Philippine islands. The captain is to render his report by tel egraph to the war department. j - Guest of Senator Carter. , On the occasion of the recent visit Î to Washington of Cardinal Gibbons, : Senator and Mrs. Carter entertained ! ' , ! i j i ! , 1 j the prelate at their residence, 1528 Sixteenth street, at which Lieutenant General and Mrs. Corbin, Representa tive and Mrs. Bourke Cochran and Mgr. Mackin were specially invited guests. Senator and Mrs. Carter were entertained on Thursday morning at breakfast by Sister Angelica at the Holy Cross convent. Young Lady as Postmistress. Kathryn Edell was today appointed postmistress at Apex, Beaverhead county, vice L. A. Asere resigned. - Other Postal Affairs. Postoffice at Diamond City, Broad water county, will he discontinued on December 31, instead of on Novem her 30, the previous order having been rescinded by the postoffice depart ment. The summer postoffice at Header son. Missoula county, will be closed by the department on December 15, after which the mail will go to DeBorgia. Mail niessengf r postal service will be established at Virgelle, Chouteau couut >'- 0,1 Member 31. j The foll °wing fourth-class postmas- 1 ters - mone >' order offices, have been a PP<>inted bv the postoffice depart -1 \ ment: Andrew W. Switzer, at Jef fers; Ben jam n T. low ton. Stevens, at Har-! I advised of Stockmen's National bank MONTANA SHIPPERS ARE LOYAL. New Cashier Chosen. j The treasury department has been j the designation by the of Fort I Benton of F. A. Flanagan as its as sistant cashier The Independent Mine Owners Ship Their Ore to the New Smelter at Ponderay, Idaho HELENA. Dec. 9.—"Montana ship- j I pers have supported the Panhandle 1 ! smelter in fine shape," said C. S. Titus ; ! today, manager of the plant, which is i situated at Ponderay, Idaho, and is | I controlled by the Montana Min ng as-1 sociation "The smelter is running ail right, and the proposition is a decided success. Owing to the low prices of j metals, the output has been consider ; ably curtailed, but T believe that "by next spring metal will be quoted at a l fl * ure which will make mining profita ! hie, and then the ore will begin to j ' sell in greater quantities." Mr. Tt'tus says he lias not yet heard of a single complaint from a shipper. All appear to be well satisfied with the treatment accorded them. While in the state Mr. Titus secured 500 tons of ore for treatment. NEALY TWO THOUSAND VOLUMES A. K. Barbour, state law librarian, j has submitted to the board of tins- j tees his report for tiie biennial period ! of 1907 and 1908. It is an interesting'! document, showing the additions to | the library, the exchanges effected, | calls attent'on to the necessity for more space, makes reference to the creation of a legislative reference bu : reau and the further fact that all vol unies have been catalogued and in j dexted. In part, it is as follows: During the period covered by this report there have been added to the ijprary. i )V purchase, donation and ex ! change 1.997 volumes, This number of volumes is 992 in PXCPSS 0 f the number received during j the last preceding biennial period, and ^ j las bPen accumulated by reason of ^ )e annua ] appropriation having been j ncreased bv the last legislative as sembly. During the period covered by this report the librarian has been paying especial attention to the collection and purchase of the session laws of the sister states, as well as those of Canada. Build Many Branches. HELENA, Dec. 9.— W. H. Penfield, en gi neer of construction of the Chi - NEW YORK, Dec. 9.—The New York World today took up the cudgels j n defense of Ed'tors Delavaa Smith of the Indianapolis News and Llaffan 0 f the Sun, who had referred to it as authority for the charges on which they based their attack upon President Roosevelt and Charles P. Taft, brother cago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, and chief engineer of the Montana railroad, with offices at Helena and Butte, is in the city. "Construction work on my division from Butte east to Mellstone is prac tically finished." said Mr. Penfield to day, and but few men are employed on construction. Many branch lines in Montana of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul are certain to be built, hut as to when construction work will be started on them we do not know. It is probable that if financial conditions were good this coming year, work might be started next spring, hut at present this is purely problematical." NEW YORK WORLD DECLARES UNCLE SAM WAS CHEATED of the president elect. It calls upon the national congress to take up the investigation of the alleged scandals in connection with the purchase of the Panama property from the French gov ernment, and declares that Mr. Roose velt lied deliberately when he de clared that the $40,000,000 which the canal franchise cost the United States was turned over to the French gov ernment. The World declares that this sum was paid by check to J. P. Morgan & Co. and that the French Panama Canal company, which was supposed , to have purchased the property from the defunct DeLesseps concern, -which first undertook the canal, work, was a New Jersey corporation with dummy directors. ' The Panama revolution, it is alleged, 1 was manufactured in New York by the orders of William Nelson Cromwell, who engineered the whole deal, and the United States government was forced to pay $40,000,000 for a property which could have been bought In the open n.aikit for one fourth that sum -- j Hoyt Defends President, 1 WASHINGTON, Dec. 9.—Sol'citor ! General Hoyt, in commenting yester- j day upon the president's letter to Mr. ' Fouike regarding the payment for the ! Panama canal, said: "I furnished to the president the | I facts concerning the method of pay- | appointed under the decree of the evil tribunal of the Seine, and the amount j j ment of the money for the Panama j canal to the French people. The presi dent's statements are absolutely true, j I The money was paid at the Bank of , France to the liquidator, M. Gautron, 1 was apportioned between the new and | the old companies in the exact pro j portion decided in this decree of the'cent civil tribunal of the Se ne. The action j ' of this civil tribunal was the action of the French government, just as any! j 1 ; i | decision of the courts here is the ac tion of the government. Any pretense to the contrary is a mere qu bble over [ names." MAY TURN DEMOCRATIC. ,. ! WASHINGTON. Dec. 9.—"Taft is ht about the tar'ff, and if this re- ■ j j ! | | publican congress we have just elected does not give us a revision of the schedules which will wipe out the in iquities of the tariff, there won't be any republican congress next time. ' This unquallified opinion was ex pressed today by Oscar H. Rob'nson of Des Moines, Iowa, and he said it was the opinion of the majority of the business men of the great middle west, the only ones holding to the contrary j belief be'ng a few mossback standpat ters. Mr. Robinson, who is one of the | ex lonents of the "Iowa idea ' and says ] a carload of Western business men in j coming to Washington to see Senators Cummins sworn in, is in a position to state the sentiment of the Middle West. His business is of a nature to bring h m into contact with representative business men and farmers in more than one of the states west of the Mis sissippi river. "But what do the people of the mid dle west mean by tariff revision?" Mr. Robinson was asked. "What in partic ular do they want done?" "They want the cost of production of commodities in this country ascer ta'ned, and the cost of making the same things abroad ascertained, and then they want the tariff held to the difference between the two. That tells it in a nutshell. They believe Ameri cans are able to meet the world when the conditions are equal, and all they want of the tar'ff is the equalization of conditions. That they believe will bring the highest measure of revenue to the government and give every in dustry all tiie protection it is entitled to. ! I j ! j ! I ! ! Want Tariff Removed. "What they want removed is the tar-1 iff which gives an American manufac turer or producer an absolute monop oly in his l'ne and they insist that it must be removed. What justice is there about a tariff which enables a producer to charge the American peo ple two prices, whereas when he sells abroad in competit'on with the rest of the world lie charges hut one price? I ran across an eloquent illustration of the way this works wherever you con fer a monopoly not long ago. I was in one of the smaller Iowa cities about 200 miles from Des Moines, and while waiting for my train observed some men laying brick pavement. I exam ined it and saw that is was ident cal with some laid before my home in Des Moines. " 'How much do you get : this pavement?' " 'The contractais 87 cents "'Who has the contract?' a I I I yard for \ he sa d. j ; br j ck rnd Des Moines contractors only "He named a Des Moines firm. And ! then wanted to know why I asked, j " T ask,' said I, 'because that very ! same firm is at this very time laying j this identical pavement in front of my, house in Des Moines, and is charging) me $1.35.' "You see, Des Mo'nes manufactures paving brick, and the city council has legislated that all paving in the city must be done with brick made in Des Moines and laid by Des Moines people. That, of course, shut out ali competi tion from outside, and the consequence w-as that I was charged $1.35 per square yard for a pavement laid by a firm which could afford to ship its brick 200 miles away from home and lay the same pavement of 87 cents a yard. There was a case of protection to home industries overdone. If our ity government had legislated that the preference must be given to Des Moines when they met the price of outside competitors, it would have been all j right. But to absolutely sew the city up and leave it at the mercy of its own brick men was neither justice to the rest of the population nor states manship on the part of the governing power. * Tariff and Monopoly. "In the* same way I hold that when the tariff permits any line of business to have a monopoly of the American market, with no opportunity for the consumer to get relief, It is going too far. I am willing, and I believe we all are willing, to have congress so legis late that conditions will be equal, as between our producers and those abroad, but when congress has done that it hns done all that ought to be asked. That much will protect Amer ican labor and squarely pit American ingenuity and enterprise aganst those of the rest of the world, and if we j can not "win under those circumtsances, ; then we ought to quit and acknowledge ourselves a failure ed and cheaper and quicker than anybody! ] else on the globe, I ask what in the j "But when manufactures csk for a ' 0 duty which is prohibitive on commodi ties which we brag we can make better j name of justice and right are we com tog to? Such a duty does not add one j the'cent to the wages of a single laborer, j The plea that it does help the laborer j is a canard which exposes itself j through the self-evident fact that noi [ man pays his labor more than he has to. But t does help the manufacturer ! to take an unreasonable profit and to pile up riches to which he is not en titled because he takes them from the rest of us by fraud. i : 1 ; ! "lt is the Des Moines paving brok ■ ° V<?r aga,n ' !t asks and a11 other l j | ] j consumers to pay $1.35 for an article ! upon which there is manifestly an am I pie profit if s<4<! at 87 cents. Yet the j laborer in the Des Moines brick yards ! does not receive any more pay than I j i j j laborers in brick yards elsewhere. The ; difference between 87 cents and $1.35 does not go to the Des Mo lies laborers Neither does the laborer in any of the i over-protected industries receive the overplus. It is a political fict'on that j he does, hut it is a practical fact that he does not. "Again, over production breeds insol ence. A rank example of it is to lie seen in the case of the lumbermen. They have bad duty to which they were never entitled to by any single rule of justice, but they want it con tinned, if not raised, although they are engaged : n selling to us a rapidly dis appearing commodity. They are chars ing us unusual prices for lumber on the ground that the supply is being ex hausted, and then have the sublime nerve to ask that we be taxed an ad ditionnl $2 per thousand on the trans action in order to make us bold still and take our med'eine. "This is nothing but pun insolence, ! and T am not overstating il a particle when f say that the people of the Mid dle West will subm't to it no longer, I but will go to the polls for relief at the ! very next opportunity if tiie new Jon ! gross does not give it to them." I STATE NEWS. Wool and mutton are up at present and unless congress proceeds to do things to the tariff, this coming year is going to be a good one for the Mon tana floekmasters, says a prominent Montana sheep man. Mutton wethers are quoted 50 cents higher than they were a few months ago bikt they nave gone ti)i between 10 and 15 cents since election. Most of the sheepmen of the state are well prepared to wthstaiun a siege of cold weather and, as far as I am able to judge, conditions could not well he better from our standpoint." Dr. F. J. Adams, secretary of the hoard of health, in a report for the fiscal year ended December 1, made to the Great Falls city council, declared that the death of 29 infants in Great Falls during the last year was due to milk infection, and that the lives of niosl of the babes could have been I I saved by inspection by a competent inspector. He recommended that a \ health and food inspector bo appointed j to act under the supervision of the ; city board of health. The matter is State Treasurer Rice has issued a call for $133,000 worth of so-called invalidated bonds, to be paid January 8. These bonds were issued by various congressional land grant state educa tional institutions and sold, only to he called invalid. To preserve the credit of the state the last legislature made ! in the hands of the public welfare j committee of the council ! shows that the death rate in Great j Falls for the past year was 7.65 per 1,000 inhabitants. --- The report provision for their payment from the general fund. Die university state agricultural college, normal school and other educational institutions issued the bonds. The miners at Gebo's Big Spring creek coal mines, near Lewistown, are again at work, ior the first time in three weeks. The men walked out because of dissatisfaction with the set j tlement of the wage scale made by the district officers and the company. Vice President White of the United Mine Workers of America came out from Indianapolis to try and adjust the trouble and after conferences with both sides succeeded in bringing about an agreement, based, it is understood, on mutual concessions. Proposition Is Considered. The proposition made Monday by President C. A. Duniway of the state universitv to his report to the state ing in June next. hoard of education, which recommend ed the unification of the different state-supported schools of thfe state, was considered in detail yesterday by the state board and was finally re ferred to a special committee of five. This body will prepare a report for presentation at the next regular meet ] and of which 3,257,497 have been ap- ' pra j SPd anc j classified. There are 3 - 1 Land Commissioner's Report. The annual report of the state board 0 f land commissioners, which has just been filed with the governor, that Montana has 3 570 975 acr shows of 022,154 acres classed as grazing and 235,126 as timber lands. The timber ou (.j le i an( i s -; s estimated at S94,S4S 000 fpet -p )l0 total va i up 0 f fbp j ands and the timber is $5,405,499. Of that amou]|t the land is valued at $3,615,75 and the timber, at $2 thousand. i amounts to $1,7S9,690. The grants of : land to the institutions of the state, 1 amounting to 668,560 acres, have all ; been filed. During the past two years ! ! $527,320 of the public school funds : liave bppl , j nves ted, $141,000 of the ! j I l state capitol fund, $101.000 of the uni- j I vors'ty fund, $69,500 of the deaf and j blind school fund, $134,700 of the i school fui.d, $131,700 of the school of j mines fund, $2S,6t2 of the reform j chool fund, $126,800 of the agricultural ; collpge ^ ^ ^ ()f the nor . | i il school fund. The total bond in-1 I vestments are $1,320,212. BTLINGS, Dec. 11.—-The high power transmission line being built by the Billings & Eastern Montana Power company front Billings to Laurel was completed today and as soon as a sub station now under way is completed and transformers installed, Laurel will bo supplied with electricity for light ing, lieat'ng and manufacturing pur poses. Arrangements are being made to string street lamps. The Northern Pacific railroad, which j j j ! has built a large roundhouse and ; s I constructing inach'ne shops between I hero and Laurel wil connect with the | high-power tension line and the works j will lie operated by electricity. A con , tract has been signed by tiie power company and the ra lroad. The com | ! letion of this line marks the finish of 1 the improvements contemplated by the power company for this year, the out lay having been close to $100,000. A largo area of land located in Southern Montana, in the Pryor moun tain country, which some time ago ■vas withdrawn from the Shoshone rec tarnation project, is restored, and will he subject to settlement after Febru ary 7, 1909. While these lands are withheld from the Shoshone project, they are st'll covered by the Pryor mountain reserve. Land so entered is subject only to tne wires and reguia t'nns within that reserve. Senators Dixon and Carter have rec otnmended to the president the ap pointment. of Charles L. Harris of Bill ings as reg ster of the land office at Billings and John II. Morrow of Red Lodge as receiver. There has been •i lively contest for these positions, with :i large number of candidates. SPORTSMEN FOR REVISION. Concerte!] effort w il be made by a number of Montana sportsmen to have the game laws revised at the coming session of the legislature. Tn different parts of the state the matter has been informally considered, and it is likely that a meeting of the Montana Fish and Game Protective association will before the session to take up the matter. Hardly a. sportsman in Montana but who believes that if the grouse and fool hens are to lie prevented from becoming extinct, it will lie necessary to have a closed season for at least two years, and a number of hunters are in favor of a closed season for at least two years, and a number of hunters are in favor of a closed sea son for five years. Where a few years ago it was no trouble for a hunter to I find and kill from 25 to 40 birds a da y > f b j S pas f season if ho succeeded j n k jj]j n g j wo or f br( >p , a da y ho was ; Pxceefl ngI y fortunate. There are a he called to meet in Helena shortly j number of causes which have oper ated to almost exterminate the birds in Montana, the principal one being the wpt, cold springs of the past two or three years, which kiljfid the young . chicks. Then the hunters killed the old birds the following fall, with the i result that the number of birds for | ! hatching the chicks became smaller each year. Another cause for the scarcity of grouse and fool hens in the state has been the wanton killing in the early • summer before the season opened by i the railroad construction gangs and the French rounders in the tenderloin districts. The French from the Hel ena district have been accustomed to go out early to August and to spend | that month slaughtering the birds In ; dlscriminately. This past season sev eral Helena persons who had occasion to go up on Lyons creek before Sep tember found the French eanfp there and around the camps were grouse feathers and scores of heads. The sportsmen will oppose all ef forts to re-establish the spring shoot ing of wild fowl. Since spring shoot ing was abolished by the legislature several years ago hundreds of ducks have summered in the state instead of going farther north, and the sup ply of native ducks for the fall shoot ing has been greatly increased. It is asserted that the spring wild fowl are not particularly Rood eating and that aince there has been no spring shoot ! that rnoro elk are slaughtered during : Hie last half of November than dur ! ir| g all the rest of the season. It is ing the fall season has been much improved. It is likely that an effort will he made to have the open season for the shoot'ng of elk. which now extends from September 1 to December 1, re duced hv 15 days, making the open j season end November 15. Tills change I is desired by hunters and game pro tectionists because it is their belief j explained that by November 1 the snows in the mountains where the elk range are very deep and the elk are such stupid animals that it an easy matter to slay them. The elk. it is said, unlike the deer when pursued. | w |„ dash up the first gulch on its flight and will stupidly persist in j f'ghting its way up toward the very j head, no matter how deep the snow, j Consequently In an ordinary season ! the snow has drifted so deeply in the gulches that the elk wallows help lessly in the big drifts and the hunter on snow shoes lias no more trouble in killing the brute than if it were tied up to a post. Before November 15 drifts are not so deep and the elk lias a better op portunity to oscapo. Then real ability is required to stalk the an'mals and the hunter who secures bis oik bead I may fee! a just pride in the achieve I THIS STATE FARES WELL. WASHINGTON. Dee. 10 . Estimates by tin 1 treasury department for the fiscal year June 30, 1909 to June 30, 1910, include for Montana: Pay of Indian agents, $5,400; support of In dians. Fort. Belknap agency, $20,000; Crow, $ 8 , 000 ; Flathead $9,000; Fort Peck, $50,000; surveying and allotting Blackfeet reservation, $100,000, irriga tion system Milk river, Fort Belknap reservation, $25,000; irrigation sys tems, Flathead, $250,000; surveying and allotting Fort Peek reservation, $50,000; incidentals of Montana In dian service, $2,500; fulfilling treaties with Crows, $6,000; Northern Ara pnlioes and Cheyennes, $99,000. Assay office at Helena, salaries, $5,400; wages, $11,500; contingent, $4,000. Internal revenue. $70,000: for pub lic building, postoffee, Billings, Mont., $45,000. DANGER OF SMELTER CLOS ING. WASHINGTON. Dec. 9.—Senator W. A. Clark stated last night that he had looked carefully into the situat'on in connection with the threatened clos ing of tin 1 Anaconda, smelters and the effort to compel the plant to install fume consumers, and is convinced that no radical steps will he taken tending to injure tiie smelt ng business of Montana. ator, will select experts who will inves tigate the actual effect of the smelter j fumes in Tennessee and probably at Anaconda. These investigations will he thorough and will take considerable time to complete. Pending the report of the experts it is believed nothing further will he done derogatory to the smelting in terests, and Senator Clark does not look for any injunction proceedings to be instituted by the government to prevent the operation of the smel ter. GERMAN ENVOY COMING. BERLIN, Doc. 10.—Count Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff, the new am bassador to tiie United States, will sail tomorrow on the steamship Amerika and will arrive in Washing ton next week. Until recently Count Bernstorff was . sta tionod at Cairo, Egypt, and th's w j]j be b j s fi rs t visit to America. He i w ju bp accompained by his wife, who | was Miss Luckmeyer, of New York, but who has not been in America in seventeen years. The ambassador says he is going to give up tennis for golf. The count Is tall ahd slen der, with a youthful appearance for his 46 years. He speaks English, which he learned as a hoy when at school In London. The count met his wife to 1887 on the continent. The countess was born in 1867. The count has two children, a daughter, Alexandra, 20 years old, and a son, who i3 17.