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CONFESSION San Francisco Boss and Boodler Enters Plea of Guilty and Begs for Mercy. WILL TELL WHOLE STORY Many Indictments Will Probably Come As Result of Revelations By Big Grafter. San Francisco, May IS.—Abraham Rucf, better known as "Abe" Ruef, the acknowledged advisor of Mayor Schmitz and once the recognized dic tator of municipal affairs in San Francisco, pleaded guilty today to the charge of extortion, in Judge Dunne's division of the superior court. Sentence will be pronounced upon him two weeks hence. After a private conference with his four attorneys in Judge Dunne's pri vate chambers this afternoon, and af ter they had withdrawn from his case because of the resolution he had tak en to change his plea and avoid trial, Ruef, to the utter astonishment of the prosecution, arose in court and announced, in a dramatic address, that, after long and earnest consider ation, he had determined to withdraw his plea of not guilty and enter ? plea of guilty. He asked that the jury be dismissed and the trial aban doned. Ruef read his statement from a manuscript which he had prepared in the presence of his attorneys irs Judge Dunne's chambers a few moments before court opened. He showed in his voice, in the ex pression of his face, in hts quiet and gestureless attitude, and by the tears that again and again overflowed his eyes, the great emotion and the ut ter humiliation he suffered. The pathos of the scene was com municated to the crowd that thronged the court room. Tears sprang to the eyes of veteran newspaper men who have been lifelong acquaintances and whose papers have conducted against him and his political associates a long and bitter campaign for the purifica tion of municipal affairs. The accused man was several times all but overcome by emotion. When he peached the final words of his ad dress, "I desire to withdraw my plea of not guilty and enter a contrary plea," his voice sunk into a whisper. But so intense was the silence that it reached the far corners of the room. Though Abraham Ruef has for mally declared himself to be guilty of the charge on which he was about to be tried, he nevertheless, pro claims his innocence. He confesses that he is guilty of having cannived at the corruption of municipal affairs, but he declares, with all the emphasis a man in his unhappy position can command, that he is guiltless of the crime of extortion charged against him. He declares that his sole motive in accusing himself in open court was to save the lives of those who are nearest and dearest to him, his aged father and mother, his maiden sister and a niece. In changing his plea in court to day Mr. Ruef spoke as follows: "If your honor please, I desire to make a statement. I do so after only a short conversation with my attor neys, to whom I have only within the' last half hour discolsed my determi nation, and against their expressed protest, 1 take this occasion to thank them for their services, their fidelity and friendship. "Notwithstanding the court's find ings yesterday that this trial might be safely carried on without serious injury to my health, physical or men tal. 1 wish to assure you that my per sonal condition is such that I am at the present time absolutely unable to bear, for two or three months daily, the strain of an actual trial in this case, the consequent continual night ly preparation therefor, the necessary consultations with my attorneys in regard thereto, to say nothing of oth er cares and responsibilities. "Moreover, the strain of these pro ceedings upon those whom I hold nearest and dearest on earth has been so grave and severe that, as a result of these prosecutions, their health has been undermined, they are on the verge of an immediate collapse and their lives are endangered—now ac tually in the balance. "I have occupied a somewhat prom inent position in the city of my birth, in which I have lived all my life, where are all my ties, whence, Kodol FOR DYSPEPSIA DIGESTS WHAT YOU EAT Stomach, Belching of Cu.etc For BiokiohoWuk Kidneys try Do Witt's Kidney ft Bladder Pillo Sure and Safe PREPARED ORLY AT THE LABORATORY OF r- c , . 5 * DeWITT * COMPANY. CHICAGO. ILL. For Sale by Phdlips' Drug Co. when the time comes, I hope to pass into the eternal sleep. 1 have borne an honored name. In my private and professional life, there has been no taint. In my public affiliations, un til the municipal campaign of 1905 and the election of the present board of supervisors, the abhorrent charges of the press to the contrary notwith standing, no action of mine ever gave just cause for adverse criticism or deserved censure. "But the assaults of the press and their failure to credit my honesty of purpose and the desire to hold to gether a political organization which had been built up with much effort (means of holding it together being otherwise impossible! did, in a measure, influence me and corrupt the high ideals for which I had hereto fore striven. "During the past two weeks I have thought deeply and often of this sit uation, its causes and conditions. To offer excuses now would be folly. To make an effort at some reparation for the public good is, however, more than possible. To assist in making more difficult, if not impossible, the system which dominates our public men and corrupts our politics will be a welcome task. "I have desired that whatever energy or ability I possess for the future shall be devoted, even in the humblest capacity, to restoring the ideals that have been lowered. "I shall, as soon as opportunity be afforded, re-enlist on the side of good citizenship and integrity. May it be allotted to me, at some time here after, to have at least some small part in the reestablishment, on a clear, sane basis, a plane of high civ ic morality, of just reciprocal rela tions between the constantly strug gling constituent elements of our governmental and industrial life. "In the meantime, I stand by an earnestness of purpose, a purpose to make the greatest sacrifice which can befall a human being of my disposi tion, to acknowledge whatever there may have been of wrong or mistakes, and so far as may be within my pow er, to make it right. "1 reached the final determination last night, after careful reasoning and deliberation. Where duty calls, I in tend to follow while here. T make this statement so that the court and the whole world may know at least the motives which have guided me in the step. "As an honest man I have deter mined to make a new beginning. I ask now that this jury be dismissed from further consideration of the case. I desire to withdraw my plea of not guilty and to enter the con trary plea, and at the proper time to submit to the court further sug gestions for tis consideration." Coughs and colds contracted at this season of the year should have im mediate attention. Bees Laxative Cough Syrup, contains Honey and Tar and is unequalled for hoarseness, croup and coughs. Pleasant to take; mothers endorse it; children like to take it. Contains no opiates. Moves the bowels. Sold by Phillips' Drug Co. Wheat Condition Unfavorable. Odessa, May 16.—The European wheat condition is regarded by com petent grain merchants here as be ing most unfavorable. The present prices are the highest quoted in Rus sia for decades past. The provinces where wheat is chiefly cultivated are gravely affected. Seventy-five per cent of the .winter crops have been damaged by the cold weather and dry spring. Owing to the sudden rise in tem perature a fortnight ago, from four degrees below freezing to intense summer heat the entire crop will be lost unless rain falls within a week. Yelizabetgrad, Russia, May 16.—A famine here is threatened by the en tire failure of the winter wheat crop. New York, May 16.—Excitement in wheat occurred on the New York produce exchange following reports from the northwest about crop con ditions, and heavy buying in Chicago. Prices bounded upward in the af ternoon an average of more than 3l4c per bushel. After the heavy trading prices took a downward turn and be fore the close had receded about lc from the highest. Gen. Kuroki at West Point. West Point, May 16.—The methods of training an American army officer were demonstrated to General Kur oki of the Japanese army and the of ficers of his staff today. The Japan ese were the guests of Col. Hugh L. Scott, commandant of the academy for four years. _ They watched a cavalry drill in the riding hall, witnessed a parade of cadets on the barracks piazza and vis isted the academy buildings. The Japanese party come to West Poink from New York on R. A. C. Smith's steam yacht Privateer. The trip from New York revealed little of the beauties of the Hudson river, for it was made, for the most part, in a ' dense fog. Legal Notices. || NOTICE TO CREDITORS. In the District Court of the Tenth Judicial District of the State of Montana, in and for the County of Fergus. Estate of B. Oriskobic, Deceased. Notice is hereby given by the un dersigned, S. W. Pennock, adminis trator of the estate of B. Oriskobic, Deceased, to the creditors of and all persons having claims against the said Deceased, to exhibit them with the necessary vouchers, within four months after the first publication of this notice, to the said S. W. Pen nock, administrator, at his law office in Lewistown, in the county of Fer gus, State of Montana, the same be ing the place for the transaction of the business of said estate. Dated at Lewistown, Montana, May 16, 1907. S. W. PENNOCK, Administrator of the Estate of B. Oriskobic, Deceased. First publication May 21 -5t NOTICE TO CREDITORS. _ Estate of Ellen Stubbs, deceased. Notice is hereby given by the under signed, administrator with the will an nexed of the estate of Ellen Stubbs deceased, to the creditors of, and all persons having claims against the said deceased, to exhibit them with the necessary vouchers, within four months after the first publication of this notice to the said administrator at his home on ranch near Stanford or to Blackford & Blackford, his at torneys at their law office in Lewis town, in the county of Fergus. Dated at Lewistown, Montana, May 3, 1907. CHANCY C. STUBBS, Administrator with the will annexed of estate of Ellen Stubbs, Deceased. First publication May 7-5t NOTICE TO CREDITORS. In the District Court of the Tenth Judicial District of the State of Montana, in and for the County of Fergus. Estate of Bert O. Kinser, Deceased. Notice is hereby given by the under signed administrator of the estate of Bert O. Kinser, Deceased, to the creditors of, and all persons having claims against the said deceased, to exhibit them with the necessary vouchers, within four months after the first publication of this notice, to the said S. W. Pennock, administrator at his law office in Lewistown, in the county of Fergus, state of Montana, the same being the place for the transaction of the business of said es tate. Dated at Lewistown, Montana. Mav 4, 1907. SAM W. PENNOCK, Administrator of the Estate of Bert O. Kinser, Deceased. First publica tion May 7-5t Notice of Stockholders Meeting of the Lewistown-Billings Mutual Telephone Company. Notice is hereby given that the regular annual meeting of the stock holders ^ of the Lewistown-Billings Mutual Telephone company, will be held on Tuesday, June 4th, at 7:30 o clock p. m., at the company's office or Fifth avenue, Lewistown, Fergus county, Montana, for the annual election of officers, and the transac tion of sitqh other business as may properly come up before said stock holders meeting. (Signed) E. O. BUSENBURG, Secretary. First publication May 21-2t Notice of Stockholders Meeting of the Grass Range Mercantile Co. Notice is hereby given that the reg ular annual meeting of the stock holders of the Grass Range Mercan tile company will be held on Tues day, June 4th, at 5:00 o'clock p. m„ at the office of Hilger & Busenburg on Main street, Lewistown, Fergus county, Montana, for the annual elec tion of officers, and the transaction of such other business as may prop erly come up before said stockhold ers meeting. May 15, 1907. E. O. BUSENBURG, Secretary. First publication May 21-2t NOTICE TO CREDITORS. Estate of Bernard McDonnell, De ceased. Notice is hereby given by the undersigned, Administrator of the estate of Bernard McDonnell, De ceased, to the creditors of, and all persons having claims against the said deceased, to exhibit them with the necessary vouchers within ten months after the lirst publication of this notice, to the said administrator at Lewistown, Montana, or to F. F. MacGowan, at his law. office in Lew istown, Montana, the same being the place for the transaction of the busi ness of said estate in the county of Fergus, Montana. Dated at Lewistown, Montana, .May 16th, 1907. Edward McDonnell, Administrator of the Estate of Ber nard McDonnell, Deceased. F. F. MacGowan attorney for admin istrator. ' First publication May 21-5t BU66IESI BUGGIES! BUGGIES! Spring Wagons, Surreys, Runabouts, Road Wagons, Park Wagons, Mountain Wagons and any kind of Wagon or Buggy you want. We have over one hundred and fifty different kinds; the largest and best assortment of vehi cles ever shown in our large and up-to-date show room. Come in and see the Great Wrot Iron Velie Lind. We are always glad to show you our handsome assortment whether you buy or net. Our prices are right. : Our Harness Stock is Complete. ::::::::: Montana Hardware Co. Leaders in Hardware Phone 2S Notice to Contractors. Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received at the office of the city clerk of the city of Lewis town, up to six o'clock p. m., of the third day of June, 1907, for the con ruction of the following sidewalk, on the northeasterly side of Third avenue, between Brassey and Bebb streets, along the property of L. W. Barrett; same to be of the width and dimensions as provided for in Ordi nance 54. Bids must be by the foot, and bidders furnish material. The city council reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Bid ders must satisfy the council that they are qualified to do the work, and will be required, if the council deems necessary, to furnish bond, and enter into a written contract for the performance of the work. Such contract will be drafted-at the ex pense of the contractor and bidders should bear this in mind when bid ding. Dated this 18th day of May, 1907 E. W. METTLER, City Clerk. First publication May 21-2t Notice of Stockholders Meeting. Notice is hereby given that the Bank of i-ergus County, a corpora tion, created, organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the Territory of Montana, acting through its board of directors, has decided to call a meeting of the stockholders of said corporation for the purpose of availing itself of the privileges granted by the laws of the State of Montana for extending the term of existence of said Bank of Fergus County, a corporation, for the period of twenty years from and after the 31st day of May, 1907, and for the transaction of such other business as may lawfully come before the meeting. Such meeting will be held in the Directors' room in the Bank of Fergus County building in Lewistown, Montana, on Tuesday evening, May 28th, 1907, at eight o'clock p. m. of said day and all stockholders of said Bank of Fer gus County are requested to be pres ent in person or by proxy. Dated at Lewistown, Montana, this 9th day of April, 1907. S. S. HOBSON AUSTIN W. WARR W. D. SYMMES JOHN D. WAITE L. W. EI.DRTDGE ARTHUR W. STODDARD, J. HOLZEMER Directors. First publication April 16-7t Stockholders' Meeting. To the Stockholders of the Barnes-' King Development company: A meeting of the stockholders of the Barnes-King Development com pany, a corporation organized under ] the laws of the state of Montana, is hereby called to be held at the office j of the said Barnes-King Development j company, at Kendall, Montana, on j Wednesday, the twenty-second day ■ of May, 1907, at eleven o'clock in the 1 forenoon, the object of which meet ing will he to consider and act upon the following resolutions: "Resolved that the stockholders of the Rarnes King Development company hereby ratify the issue heretofore made by the directors of said company of three hundred ninety-nine thousand nine hundred sixty shares of stock of the Barnes-King Development com pany in return for the stun of four hundred thousand dollars in cash and all of the stock of the Barnes-King Mining company and ratify the resol utions and acts of the board of direct ors as the same appear on the Minutes of the hoard relating to said trans actions, and further resolved, that the directors of the Barnes-King De velopment company are hereby di rected and authorized to take the nec essary steps to vest title to the prop erties now owned by the Barnes-King Mining company in the Rarnes-King Development company." Dated this sixth day of Mav. 1907. JOHN C. LALOR, President. WILLIAM H. McCALL, Secretary First publication May 7-3t STOCKMEN. Scrip location. Congress has losed, and the proposition to. lease the public lands has been defe ted, and cannot come up again until the next session. The president has instructed the secretary of the interior to strictly enforce the law against fencing the public do main, and the date set for the beginning of such action is April 1, 1907. Would it not be well for yau to protect yourselves and secure title to the government lands rather than take down the fences and construct new ones? But very ittle good is done to apply to pur chase the same as an isolated tract, the cheapest way being to pur chase scrip. By the use of lieu selection of the highest class, we caii procure title to public lands at a much lower cost than the same can be acquired in any other way. We guarantee the scrip. We would he glad to answer any inquiries. HILGER 6i BUSENBURG, The ''ioneer Agents. Agency lor •LIGHT RUNNING FOX TYPEWRITER.... Two Model. VIHIULB WRITINU NON.VmiBLE WRITINU . CATALOGUE ON APPLICATION ..... Edmund Wright AuccFSYer to Wriylil Bros. it ~ REAL ESTATE LOANS SURETY BONDS Fire, Life, Accident Plate Glass INSURANCE Corner 4th Av*. and Janraux St, Lewistown. Mintana Bell Phone 5-D JOHN DUGGAN Experienced Funeral Director and Embalmer Lewistown, Montana Mutual Phone 135 tt The following stallions will make the season of 1*H)7 at the DAY RANCH, near Lewistown: Dapple Gray Percheron Marshall," Reg, No. 10808 Fifteen Dollars to insure mare in foal Black Percheron "Retort," Reg, No. 43208 Twenty Dollars to insure mare in foal Thoroughbred "Cazadero," Reg. No. 10025 Fifteen Dollars to insure mare in foal .. All service fees due and payable when mare is known to be in foal. Marcs pastured at $1.50 per month but at owner's risk.