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JMUtorical Snr.inty nf Montana .'
YOlr. 1.
15, 1894.
NO. 1.
Great Fails,
The Leading Clothing
Firm of the Northwest.
i^Ca.il Orders IRecei-ve
Prompt -Attention..
TJ^e ßostot).
The Barker House,
The Table Always Suppled With tlie BeHt the Market Affords.
Furnishing Goods,
3? C3."W cL3?e,
PAT GREY, Proprietor,
1 ?lxe Airiest of "Wines,
Xjiqtxxors and Cigars
Always on ïiaxicL.
We carry the
Largest Stok in
Two Large Stores and Ware
houses containing 20,000 feet
square of floor space.
Lace Curtains,
Window Shades,
House Furnishings.
Special Cash Prices.
Reductions Have
Beetf lylacle
il? Every Depa±trx)et)t.
GiSEfIT FfllrXS, h - lylOIfT^Nfï.
Buying as we do for Spot Cash
in solid car lots, direct from the
manufacturer, enables us to make
JLouiet Prices
than our competitors.
Ti?e OUpUyet flcai?ti?a
An Independent Newspaper devoted to the
interests of Dupuyer und Surrounding
Subscription, $3.00 Per year.
The prime object in bringing in»
to existence The Dupuyer Acan>
tiia , more than to till a long felt
want, was to advocate Dupuyer for
the county seat of Teton county,
believing this to be the proper
place for it, and also to advance
the cause of Helena for the capital
of Montana. The Acantha is in
dependent politically. Its aim will
be the advancement of the inter
ests of Teton county and Montana
in general. It is a permanent fix-*
ture in Dupuyer and will always
endeavor to merit the support of
the people of this promising sec
tion of the state.
Dupuyer is situated near the
geographical center of the new
county of Teton, and in one of the
richest valleys in the state of Mon
tana. It has adjacent to it on the
north about 100 miles of the Great
Northern R. R. and on the east
and north-east about 120 miles of
the Great Falls and Canada R. R.
The ranches in the vicinity of Du
puyer and in the Dupuyer creek
villey are highly improved and
well stocked with sheep, cattle and
horses. The ranges in the vicinity
are the best. The Marias and
Birch creek valleys lying to the
north of us are well settled and the
ranches well improved and culti
vated. The mountains at the
heads of Dupuyer and Birch creeks
are heavily timbered and will afford
an unlimited supply for building
To-day the Acantha is launched
upon the journalistic world and the
fight for the county seat begins in
earnest. Dupuyer takes her place
in the arena, and she wiil emerge
from the contest wearing the laurel
wreath of victory. Next Novem
ber the voters of Teton county will
turn their thumbs down upon her
defeated antagonists. The young
gladiator, whose appearance is
hailed upon all sides with shouts
of welcome and encouragement,
whose claims are those of truth and
justice, will overthrow all op
ponents and in the fight.
* *
A central location is always de
sirable in a county seat or a state
capital. There is no just reason
to be assigned why the people who
reside in one end of a county should
be compelled to brave the heats of
summer and tfce storms of winter
in a long and weary journey to a
seat of government located at or
near the other end. In a small
county, with rapid transit, it is
bad enough to have a one sided
court, or rather, a court on one
side of the shire. But when one
has to jog along on a cayusc from
the Sweet Grass regiou to Choteau,
he is liable to use some gentle lan
guage and wish the court was — a
little nearer.
* *
The valley of the Teton is capa
ble of supporting a nice little town.
Choteau will be a good trading
post after the county seat is moved
to Dupuyer. No one will be in
jured by the change save a few
town lot sharps.
The tax-payers of the county will
be largely benefitted. It is folly
to ask the entire residents to sub
mit to all manner of inconveniences
and expense in order to enrich a
few. Population is gradual y con
centrating at or near the line of
the Great Northern railway. It is
but natural that the county seat
should follow them.
Pa, w)io is Andy Condor c
Andy Condor, my son, is a geu
tleman whose breath is reeking
with the fumes of sulphur, arsenic,
copper, lead and other deleterious
substances. He lives with Marcus
Daly and aspires to hob-nob with
our state officers.
* *
The best argument that has yet
been advanced in favor of Anacon-"
da for the state capital, is that it is
such an unhealthy place that our
law makers will rush their business
through as rapidly as possible and
go home. No one will voluntarily
expose himself to the danger of
contracting disease or remain in an
unhealthy locality longer than
necessary. Dead locks would never
occur because a dose of smelter
fumes would prove to be a very
efficient so'vent. It is a base slan
der on the medical profession that
they are eacouraging the Anacon
da boom in order to increase the
number of their patients.
* *
Helena for the capital, Dupuyer
for the county seat. Magic words!
Beautiful combination ! The sen
tence flows easily from the tongue.
The vo*es will flow easily from the
hand. The 6th. of next November
will see both of them accomplished
facts. Quill Driver.
The Peoples Party Convention.
It may not be generally known,
but it is true nevertheless, that the
populists have held a convention
and put as near a full ticket in the
field as was possible in view of the
limited membership in the party.
The convention was rapped to
order at 2 p. m. by S. F. Ralston,
jr., temporary chairman, and com
mittees were appointed but it was
not till 7 or 8 in the evening that
the populist gun was sufficiently
loaded to go off. There were in
the meantime very many harsh
words said in caucus which leaked
out afterwards, but in the end the
kickers wjre silenced and all nomi
nations went exactly as they were
planned beforehand. Following is
the ticket.
Senator—J. E. Erickson, whose postofflce
address is Choteau.
Sheriff—A. B. Hamilton, whose address is
Clerk and Recorder—J. E. Wamsley, whoso
address is Choteau.
Clerk Dlst. Court—S. McDonald, (rep) Cho
Treasurer—Al McDonald, Choteau.
Supt Schools—E. A. Hardin, (dem) Choteau.
Co. Att'y—James Sulgrove, (rep) Choteau.
Coroner—Jacob Schmidt, (dem) Choteau.
Co. Com'r—Frank Truchot, Choteau.
" " Joe Hilff*»y (dem) Shelby.
" " A. J. Van Buskirk, Shelby.
Public Adm'r—John Hobbins, Brighton.
Representative—J. K. Stauffer, Shelby.
The presence of so many Choteau
people on the ticket is explained
when it is u derstood that the
whole populist scheme emanated
from the brains of Choteau office
seekers. It might have been a
ticket composed entirely of Cho
teau people bad not Laborer Ham
ilton thought a think which show
ed him—astute politician and office
holder for twenty yea"s that he
is—that the ticket would look bad
ly balanced if the country should
not get something. So he made a
speech indicating his party's desire
to act fairly with its country breth
ren, and by way of insuring har
mony the country brethren were
given four out of the thirteen nom
inations that were made. This dis
tribution may have been fair after
all, as it is likely Choteau office
seekers will furnish nearly all the
votes the ticket gets.
The populist claim to be the peo
ple's party but when the dear peo
ple selected delegates to this con
vention is as much shrouded in
mystery as the identity of the man
who struck Biily Patterson. No
primaries were called, no bells were
rung, no banners waved—the dele
gates seemed to have had "a call"
to attend and vote for candidates
already selected. Is it possible that
this people's party convention was
packed beforehand by "those heav
enly twins" Samuel Frank Ralston
and Alfred Bull Hamilton.
Is it possible that this party,
whose mission is to hasten the mil
lenium, whose object is to banish
poverty from the earth, whose pur
pose is to make all men pure, whose
claim is that thev are nearer to the
hearts of the people than any
other—I say is it possible that this
party is to be controlled by a clique
of office seekers who, with an hog's
insatiable appetite, claim all the
paying offices.
The question naturally arises,
when do the dear people get their
whack; when do they get a chance
to stand at the public crib and fat
ten; when comes their turn to ban
ish poverty. Who are the candi
dates of the party whose platform
denounces both I of the old parties
for a lack of sympathv with labor
ing men. They promise much, but
do they expect us through faith in
their promises to support Laborer
Erickson, Laborer Hamilton, La
borer Wamsley, Laborer Ralston
and the other laborers they have
put on their ticket. Are these the
men who earn their bread by the
sweat of their own brows. Why
the spectacle of these laborers and
Laborer Truchot—the richest man
in Teton county—denouncing any
body for a lack of sympathy with
Pullman or any other strikers, is
ludicrous en <ugh to grow a smile
on the mug of a cast iron monkey.
Then, too, these worthies reso
lute further and declare that they
believe the railroads should be own
ed and operated by the govern
ment. Of course they believe it,
but why should they so often allege
that belief. No one has ever doubt
ed the truth *»f their assertion it
this matter. Read over the ticket
they have nominated, consider the
men, and think of the numberless
additional additional offices there
would be to run for with railroads
under government control, and if
you ever did doubt the honesty of
their assertions you will never
doubt again. Of course they be
lieve in the government ownership
of railroads.
The name they take, the people's
party, sounds well. The name im
plies that the party is composed of
the whole people—poor and rich,
rough and smooth, the high and
the low; that all are to have
chance to live and thrive and hold
office. But, alas, where is there a
man on the ticket who is uow or
ever will be willing to step down
and let somebody else, poorer in
this world's goods than they, have
a chance to enrich themselves with
county warrants
People's party it is called, but
what's in a name ; a cabbage pleases
the olfactory nerves no more
called a rose.
Bill Benson.
The all-ab3orbing question with
the political press and the leaders
of all three parties is the manifesto
of Senator John P. Jones of Neva
da renouncing allegiance to the re
publican party. His reas: ns are
vigoi'ously stated in a letter and
arc briefly that he "has become
convinced that the republican party
organization is unalterably opposed
to the free coinage of silver to the
ratio of 16 to 1 or at all except
with the consent of foreign gov
ernments and at a ratio to be die
tated by them." Senator Jones is
concededly one of the ablest of re
publicau members of the senate
and his action has created consteru
ation in the camp. In his lengthy
letter he does not indicate that he
will act with either the democrats
or the populists, but he boldly ad
vocates the creation of a new party
with free silver coinage as the par
amount issue by s-.ying: "We
should vote at the polls as one par
ty in our individual capacity. All
who believe in the predominance of
monometallism should, iu my opin
ion, come together on that issue
and for the time being hold in abey
ance their convictions upou other
questions, reserving to themselves
the right to readjust their party
relations when the mouey question
is settled and other issues come to
the front. In the immovable con
viction that the progress, prosperi
ty, and happiness of the people of
the entire country are more imme
diately dependent on monetaay re.
form than upon any other issue
that ca/i be presented for political
actio?, I shall henceforth vote and
act with the party that brings this
overmastering issue to the front."
Attorney General Haskell is pre
paring his opinion on the tenure of
o'fice of clerks of the courts in the
new counties. He decides that the
clerks appointed by the bills crea
ting the new counties only hold on
until their successors are elected
and qualify this fall. Those elects
ed this fall hold for two years
only, the same as for an unexpired
term. This will make their term
expire at the same time as those of
the old counties, who were elected
two years ago for full terms of four
years. The county commissioners
in the new counties, named in the
bills creating those counties, also
go out this year, regardless of
what the supreme court may decide
as to the tenure of those in the
older counties.
A Bozeman Man Gives Keasoitt)
for Keeping the Capital at
. Helena.
Correspondence Husbandman.
Bozeman, July 17, 1894.—I am
pleased to note your position on
the capital question and am moved
to say that having been a resident
and taxpayer of Gallatin sounty
for a number of years I am much
interested in that question. I must
say that I am a little surprised at
the attitude of the Courier and the
Chronicle in this matter. How
ever I would not impeach their mo
tives. This is a free country and
thev have just the same right to
favor Anaconda as the Husband
man has to favor Helena. But that
they voice any considerable part of
the voters in this countp I do not
believe. Their arguments savor of
grievance against Helena for
working so zealously in her own in
terest for the capital two years ago.
I suppose her right to do that was
just as good as that of any of her
competitors. If Anaconda and
Butte had turned in with Bozeman
results would have, been giving
Bozeman the capital. But they
chose not to do it, leaving Boze
man to fight her own battles. They
had a right to do just as they did
So had Helena. But why kick Hel
ena and hug and kiss Anaconda
when each worked for her own in
terest with all the power available
as against Bozeman. I think it
shows the poverty of real good,
substantial reasous in favor of An
aconda hence the resort to dust
throwing. It may be further said
that Helena has been "hoggish"
heretofore in political affairs, etc.
Well, what of it. I venture the
assertion that everything she lias
asked for and obtained would have
been taken by the objectors under
like circumstances. It is not from
principle they find fault but be
cause they were unsuccessful. In
other words they are not less sel
fish than Helena but less strong.
One is rominded of a contest be
tween two boys. It is friendly and
pleasant till the stronger gets the
best of it, then the other gets mad,
threatens to tell pa and perhaps
throws a parting salute in the
shape of a few stones. The peo
ple of Gallatin county, however,
have good sense and will uot be
caught "biting off their own nose
to spite their face," as they surely
would be doing in voting for Ana
The west side city is a neat town,
well laid oui, with comfortable
residences, and the people are very
kind and hospitable. However, in
large, substantial buildings no one
claims any comparison with Hel
ena, nor are the citizeus of auy one
town in Montana superior in kind
and hospitality to those of any
other town iu the state.
In determining the question of
location all personal prejudice
should be laid aside au-1 only such
questions considered as will be for
the best interests of the entire
stato for the next thirty or fifty
yearâ. It seems to the writer that
any unbiased person cannot avoid
the conclusion that Helena dis
tances her competitors clear out of
sight on every salient feature.
Reader, suppose you desired to lo
cate a business at some central
point in the state so as best to ac
commodate all parts, with the va
ried interests exactly as they now
are, where would it be. To ask
such a question is to answer it—
Helena. Anaconda could not be
considered for a moment under
such a propositiou. Then why
should you favor her for the capi
tal. Suppose a competent and en
tirely unbiased party were invited
from a neighboring state to come,
'view the ground and choose such a
location for the capital as would
best accommodate all portions of
the state, can there be a shadow of
a doubt that Helena would be se
lected. None whatever.
How many times in the course of
a year is the average citizen called
to Anaconda on business, banking
mercantile, law, etc., as compared
with Helena. Does he not go to
Helena ten to one oftener. Yes,
he does. Then would it not be the
height of folly to. locate the capital
in an out of the way place where
one scarcely ever calls on business
matters. If Helena is chosen then
one can attend to businpsi
with merchants, etc. atid
at the
same time look after any interests
i fact alone
Then Hele*
with state officials. This
ought to be decissive.
na will always be a prominent city.
Its location and surroundings are
such a3 to warrant it. Not so with
Anaconda. There is comparative
y nothing tributary that would
continue to keep her up when the
smelters close down, as they are
liable to do at any tim;. One of
the uncertain things in the world
is the length of time a npning camp
will live. Examples ar^ not want
ing of towns as ambitious as Ana
conda which bid fair tolive as long
or longer, in a few years becoming
almost entirely deserted. Perhaps
Virginia City, Nev., m4y serve as
an illustration. The people who
built up the city did not expect the
bottom to so soon fall out of the
Comstock mines. But their expec
tations did not postpone the col
lapse one day. Thecoétly piles of
brick and mortar, costing hun
dreds of thousands of dollars, are
now inhabited by bats and owls.
Imagine, if you please Stately capi
tal buildings representing a hun
dred thousand dollars situated in
Anaconda; smelters cflosed ; citi
zens removed, save state officials;
grass groivirg on the streets, with
the stillness of a "deserted village"
only broken by the plantive notes
of the mourning dove and the oc
casional jingle of a solitary cowbell.
Would it be good business sense to
select a capital location involving
such groat uncertainties as does
the west side city. Again, times
are very hard. There are no differ
ences of opinion as to the fact.
Montana is in no condition to build
capital buildings now. If it re
mains at Helena there will be no
necessity to build till prosperity
returns. The writer has conversed
with several residents of Gallatin
county and persuaded that when
the votes are counted they will
show a good majority in favor of
Helena. Tax Payer.
The strongest argument yet
made against woman suffrage and
office holding comes from North
Dakota, where Miss Bates, candi
date for state superintendent of
schools, side-tracked her opponent
for the nomination by agreeing to
marry him and make him her dep
uty. This opens up an appalling
vista of matrimonial and political
log-rolling.—Marysville Mountain
One of Daly 's Mistakes.
Deer Lodge Sliver State.
The p2ople of this great cam
mon weal th are broad awake now,
and are keeping this question in
full view. Abraham Lincoln once
declared tnat "it was possible to
fool some of the people all the time
and all of the people some of the
time, but it is impossible to fool
all of the people all of the time."
There was a t'me in the recent
past when Marcus Daly had the
people of Montana pretty nearly
all fooled, and had he been a
shrewd, far-seeing and cool headed
man, who understood the principles
of free government and the great
price paid for it; or had he sus»
pected tiiat thete were thousands
of patriots in our stafe who were
jealously watching his bold and
selfish maneuvers, he might have
practiced more caution and still
have an influential following. But
Mr. Daly's methods wjere his own.
He was not willing to wait for his
plans and purposes to ripen under
ordinary processes. His imperious
will could brook no delay, and in
order to taste the sweets of re
venge he dared, with the aid of his
paid lieutenants, to bbcfc the
wheels of legislation ; to set at de
fiance the fundamental principles
of our government; and with the
bold effrontry characteristic of the
demagogue, glorified }n the shame
he brought to our magnificent
young state.
The price he paid for the gratifi
cation of his revendre will cost him
more than he ever bargained for.
The calcium light of investigation
has been turned full upon him; the
steadfast gaze of thousands of our
liberty-loving citizens are scrutin
izing his movemeuts, and the fin
ger of indignation and scorn is
pointed at him from every quarter.
He is learning to his cost that he
cannot fool all the people all the
time. His schemes for the purpose
of self-aggrandizement are patent
to all, and mislead few.

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