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THE RED LODGE PICKET.
VOL. XIII. RED LODGE, MONTANA, FRIDAY, JUNE 6(, 1902. NO. 48
An Unlimited Co-partnership Consisting
of W. F. MEYER and J. W. CHAPMAN.
F. H. ALDEN - - Cashier.
FRANK LYLE - Asst. Cashier.
Banking House of
Red Lodge, - Montana.
On Dec. 10, 1901
Capital, Surplus and Undivided Profits
Deposits - . - $217,739.40.
Yielding to a demand on the part of valued
patrons, we will hereafter pay interest on
term deposits when the term is not less than
By the Day, Week or Month.
OVER POSTOFFICE RED LODGE.
-: Rates Reasonable. :
HARRY LEIGHTON, - - Manager.
`7N F. MEYER
COUNSELOR AT LAW
Red Lodge . . Montana.
I)R. GEORGE DILWORTH
Graduate of University of Michigan College of
Crown and Bridge Work a Specialty.
Permanantly Located at Red Lodge, Montana.
GEORGE W. BURKE,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Office at Residence, opposite the Elmen House.
Billings Ave., Red Lodge.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
AND NOTARY PUBLIC
Billinga Avenue . Red Lodge.
BLANCHE M. HYDE,
Law Reporting a Specialty. 1Mss. Pre
pared for Publication.
BRIDOER, : " MONTANA.
EORGE H BAILEY
Red Lodge Improvement Co.'s Block.
Red Lodge . . Montana.
SYDNEY FOX FRANCIS ST. J. FOX
FOX & FOX,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Office in Spofford Block
Red Lodge . Montana.
C L. MERRILL
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Bridger . . . Montana.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Second Floor Carbon County Bank
Red Lodge . Montana.
LUTZ RYBURN R. T. LUTZ, M. D.
PHYSICIANS & SURGEONS
Office in O'Shea Block
Bed Lodge Montana.
L B. RENO
ATTORNEY AT LAW
Chance . Montana.
JOHN L. PRICE,
ATTORNEY AND COUNSELOR.
Damage and Water Right Suits a Specialty.
Office, Room 9 Improvement Company's Block,
Red Lodge, Montana.
DR. CARL SCHULIN.
OCULIST AND AURIST.
First National Bank Building,
F;lT nn Wishes to secure some good and d
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CARBON COUNTY BANK
(Incorporated under the state banking laws)
RSd .odge, Monrt.
Paid Up Capital, - $50,000
W. A. CLARK ..................President
GEO. L. RAMSEY........Vice President
B. E. PAILL...................Cashier
L. H. YERKES........Assistant Cashier
Money to loan at all imes at reasonable
raLes of interest.
County warrants bonds and bounty cer
tificates purchased at highest market
General banking business transacted.
WHEN IN BLLINI S STOP AT
J. S. MATHIESON, Prop.
Steam Heat, Electric Lights,
Rates, - - $2.00 Per Day.
The new management desires the patron
age and good will of visitors to the city from
and Carbon County.
We strive to please; we will treat you
OUR RUNNERS MEET ALL TRAINS.
OSE KAMIP'S.... i
the Place Where You Get
ONE HUNDRED CENTS
the people of Carbon
SCounty and vicinity has made
Their headquarters in Bil
lings. The store has
never been better
First-Class Line of Goods at
Lower Prices Than Now.
Everyone should know
that it is the best place to
buy Guaranteed Clothing,
Warranted Shoes, Stetson
Hats, California Wool
Shirts and Blankets, Bed
ding and all other requisites
AT REASONABLE PRICES.
JOHN D. LOSEKAMP
The Famous Clothier and Outftter
BILLINGS, : MONT. !
" Your Mall Orders Taken Care of.
CITY MEAT MARKET
.RICKETTS & ARMISTEAD, Props
FRESH AND SALT
Fish, Game and Oysters in Season
Free Daily Delivery.
We shall be pleased to meet you.
BILLINGS AVE. :- RED LODGE.
JOHN P. ARNOTT,
ATTORNEY AT LAW.
Business at Cody, Meeteetse Hyatt
ville and Thermopolis will
a. BASIN, WYOMING.
RANCHERS BRING SUIT
Farmers of Rock Creek Valley Want Rocky v
Fork Coal Company Perpetually
TOO MUCH COAL SLACK
Complaint Filed In District Court Yester
day in Name of Pippenger
The long contemplated suit by injunc
tion against the Rocky Fork Coal coin
pany was on Wednesday commenced in
the district court. The action is brought
in the names of B. F. Pippenger and W\
R. Mahan and contemplates an issuance
by the court of an injunction perpetually
restraining the coal company from
emptying coal refuse into the waters of
The action is backed up by nearly all
the ranchers who have property along
the valley of the creek and it is stated
that the sum of $2,000 has been sub
scribed by them for the prosecution of
the suit and that they have already paid
a retainer fee of $500 to their attorney,
T. J. Walsh of Helena.
The complaint, as filed in the district
court, sets up the facts to be that B. F.
Pippenger and W. R. Mahan took up
lands in Carbon county (describing the
ranches owned by the two plaintiffs
directly north of the city,) the former in
1888 and the latter in 1885, and that they
in time proved up upon their properties;
that there is a stream flowing through
the valley in which their ranches are
situated and which makes such valley
especially adapted to agricultural pur
suits and stock raising and that such
valley extends for forty miles; that it is
necessary to irrigate these lands from
the stream described and that for that
purpose ditches have been dug into the
ranches in order to direct the waters of
the stream; that when the waters were
first used they were clear and well adapt
ed for domestic purposes, irrigating and
the watering of stock, and that they were
filled with fish which the plaintiffs and
the other residents along the stream
were in the habit of taking out; that the
defendant company for a period in ex
cess of ayear has been dumping into this
stream and has permitted to be dumped
into it screenings from the coal and
mine, together with washings, slack and
other refuse, until the waters of the
creek are no longer fit for domestic use;
that its value for watering stock and
irrigating lands has greatly deteriorated
and diminished, and that the fish have
been Killed and driven away. It is also
alleged that the irrigating ditches and
their laterals have been clogged and the
passage of water through them ob
The complaint ends by asking for the
perpetual enjoining of the defendant
company from further dumping screen
ings, washings, etc.. into the stream and
for a decree allowing plaintiffs the costs
in the case.
The suit will not come up at this term
of court, but it will appear on the Sep
BOLD BUROLARY AT BOWLEN'S.
The Mayor's Lumber Yard Office Broken Into
and the Till Tapped.
A bold burglary took place on the
afternoon of Decoration day, when
Mayor C. C. Bowlen's lumber yard office
was broken into and the till touched for
its contents, between 812 and 815 in silver,
about half of which was in nickels which
the city's chief magistrate had been say
up with which to supply the cravings of
Tom Pollard's capacious slot machine.
It is supposed that the burglary was
perpetrated by the same gang of youth
ful scoundrels which recently operated
at the confectionery stores of Ed Clem
ents and R. S. Richardson.
The burglars timed their unlawful
visit to the lumber yard at an hour when
everybody was away from the place and
effected an entrance into the office by
breaking the locks on the two rear doors.
Then, with a hatchet which they picked
up on the outside, they broke open the
money drawer and pocketed the con
tents. They also ransacked Mr. Bowlen's
private desk and left the papers strewn
The burglary was discovered about 5
o'clock and the officers notified. Two or
three suspected parties are under sur
veillance, but thus far no arrests have
MARITAL TROUBLES BEING SETTLED.
Mrs. Samuel Oweas (ets the Stock and a
Thousand Dollars i Cashb.
The trouble existing between Samuel
Owens and his wife of Joliet, which cul
minated two or three months ago in his
arrest on a charge of assault in the first
degree, preferred by Mrs. Owens, is in a
fair way of being amicably adjusted out
of court. The lady was in the city the
first of the week, having relinquished
her right to the homestead entry, and,
in addition to receiving 81000 worth of
cattle and other stock, was paid 81000 in
cash, and the final proof contest which
was to have come up before Commis
sioner Whitney at Carbonado will be
dismissed. As a result of her relinquish
ment the tiling made on the homestead
by James Owens, a cousin of Sani Owens,
has been accepted by the Bozeman land
oltice and James is now in possession of
the ranch, which he has leased to T. II.
Smith of Joliet. These matters having
been settled, it is not expected that Mrs.
Owens will make it a point to appear
against her husband when the assaultl
case comes up for hearing at the forth
coming term of the district court. Pend
ing a suit for divorce Mr. Owens will
allow his two youngest children to re
main with their mother and permit the
eldest child, a boy of 13 years, who is
now stopping on the Chapman ranch,
to choose between his father and mother
as to which one ho prefers to live with.
NO POOR HOUSE FOR H1ER.
Calamity Jane Would Not Satpd to Become aL
Public Charge at Livingston.
A dispatch from Livingston says: t
Calamity Jane, the well-known character
of the west and the dime museum hero
ine of the east, was brought down on the
park branch Monday night at the ex
pense of the county, to be taken to the t
county poor farm. She has been ill for
the past week at her shack in Gardiner
and the county commissioners decided t
to send her where she could receive med
ical assistance and be taken care of.
Friday morning, however, Calamity came
to the conclusion that the poor farm was
not the place for her and she refused to
be taken there, so she borrowed enough
money to buy a few drinks of whisky
and a ticket to Lombard and left for
that place by the first train.
Calamity Jane was taken east last
summer by Mrs. Josephine Winifred
Brake of Buffalo, ivho proposed to give
her a home, but instead she was set to
peddling a blood-curdling tale of west
ern life written by her friend and bene
factor. Calamity persuaded Buffalo
Bill, her old-time friend and companion
in many an Indian fight, to furnish her
with a ticket and expense money for her
return to Montana, and made things
lively at several points where she stopped
off on her way home.
She arrived at Livingston about a
month ago and was preparing to follow
her usual vocation during the summer
of selling a small book, giving a sketch
of her life and adventures, to the tour
ists who pass through here on their way
The commissioners will place no ob
stacle in her way if she wants to leave
EXODUS OF SCHOOL MA'AMS.
Nearly All of the Red Lodge Teachers Are Go
Ing Away for Vacation.
The teachers of the public schools will
spend their summer vacation as follows:
Miss M. M. Brashear will visit friends
at Lander, Wyo., for which place she
will leave in a few days. Next year Miss
Brashear goes to Anaconda to teach
Miss Van Housen will attend the
training school at the Nebraska state
normal, at Fremont, Neb.
Miss Johnston will spend the summer
with relatives at Billings.
Miss Ida Brashear will go to her home
at Kirksville. Mo., for the summer.
Miss Osborne will go to her home in
Miss Ross and Miss Feely are contem
plating taking a course at some summer
training school, but have not progressed
with their plans so far as to decide what
institution of learning they will go to.
Principal Kay will remain in Red
Lodge for the summer.
A SAD DEATH.
Bride-Wife of George J. Scharff Surrenders
Her Life in Motherhood.
After less than a year of domestic
happiness, Mrs. Melvie Scharff, the
bride-wife of George J. Scharff, a ranch
er at the Butcher creek crossing, died at
2 o'clock last Tuesday afternoon from
childbirth, following an unconscious
state extending for a period of thirty-one
hours. The deceased was a daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Kime and a sister of
Elder Stewart Kime, pastor of the Sev
enth Day Adventist church of this city.
Hardly 18 years of age, her death under
the attendant circumstances is particu
larly distressing and hard for her hus
band and parents to bear. In addition
to these the deceased leaves four broth
ers and four sisters to mourn her early
The funeral was held at 2 o'clock
Thursday afternoon from the Adventist
c'lurch in this city, the obsequties being
conducted by Elder W. D. White of
Missoula. The interment was in the
I city ceme'tery.
Billings Times: S. G. Reynolds, the
t new agent of the Crow Indians, who
a went to Crow Agency a week ago, has
t not yet been sworn in, but will be in
e about a week.
IlS IS FIRIST ShtiFT
Michael Fleming Had Only Been Working ti
a Couple of Hours When Fatal b
Explosion Came, o
BROTHER BRINGS BODY 1
Remains Reached Red Lodge Last Satur- t
day and Funeral Was Held Sunday,
Roger J. F.leming arrived 'home last c
Saturday from 'ernie, 13. C., with the
remains of his Ibrother, Michael Fleming, t
who was among the victims of the lrit
ish Columbin coal mine explosion. t
Mr., Fleming was not long at Fernie, I
arriving there on Monday evening of last <
week and leaving with the body the next
morning. During the brief space of I
time he was in the stricken city he
learned that his hinrother had just en
tered the employ of the mnne, was on
his first shift and had been underground
but about two and a half hours when I
the explosion occurred. Michael and
about thirty other miners, together with
the mining boss, had evidently tried to
get to the surface, as their bodies, the
first ones discovered, were found in posi
tions which would indicate that they
had been made aware of the explosion
and were hastening together to the slope
when overtaken by the fatal afterdamp,
all dying together. Like the others of
this group, Mr. Fleming's body was not
burned nor the features disfigured. The
number of victims was placed by the
mining company at 133, but the miners
themselves think that there were fully
200 of the dead.
Mr. Fleming found that Will Davis,
son of Daniel Davis of this city, who
was an employe of the mine, was safe.
The young man, luckily for him, was
laid up at the time of the explosion with
a sore foot. Since returning home in
iquiry has been made of Mr. Fleming as
to the safety of Thomas Miller, a former
oemploye of the Rocky Fork mine who
went to Fernie about a year and a half
ago. Mr. Fleming found nothing about
him, neither has his name appeared
among the list of the dead.
The funeral of the late Michael Flem
ing occurred last Sunday afternoon from
the Fleming residence in this city. The
remains were followed to their last rest
ing place in the Catholic cemetery by a
large concourse of citizens, there being
twenty-seven carriages in the sad proces
sion. The services mere exceeding sim
ple,,it being impossible to secure the
attendance of either Rev. Father Stack,
the resident priest, or any other clergy
man of the Catholic faith, as they were
all in attendance upon the annual re
treat at St. Ignatius on the Flathead
The pall bearers were Alderman Bar
ney Hart, Hugh O'Donnell, M. M. Don
oghue, Thomas Skelly, James McAl
lister and Thomas Conway.
CORONER'S JURY INVESTIOIATION.
The Coal Mine Disaster in British Columbia
Is Being Officially Probed.
Yesterday Roger Fleming received a
copy of last Sunday's I)aily News, pub
lished at Nelson, B. C., containing a
special from the ill-fated coal camrnp of
Fernie and giving the story of the pre
liminary investigation instituted by the
coroner into the disaster in which
Michael .1. Fleming, together witlh some
one hundred and lifty other miners, met
his death. On the examination of one
witness the inquisition was adjourned to
next Monday, after which another and
different investigation will probably fol
low. In this latter investigation, the
special dispatch says, the government
and the miners each will nominate a
commissioner, a third being found in
one of the supreme court judges. This
commission will attempt to analyze the
disaster and make use of the terrible
lesson in suggesting desirable amend
ments to the coal mine regulations in
the matter of more effectually protect
ing the lives of workers in the provincial
The coroner's investigation finds the
Western Federation of Miners, the Do
minion government and the company
represented by attorneys. The witness
examined was Michael Finnen, a shot
firer employed in the Crow's Nest Coal
company's mine from May 2 until the
date of the explosion. His testimony
was largely the story of what he had
seen of the work during his short em
ployment in the mines. He declared
that he had never encountered any gas
in the No. 2 mine, neither had he ever
seen gas reported on the books. He
said, however, that the mine was a
particularly dry and dusty one and that
he had seen dry dust along the road
ways from six to eighteen inches deep;
that there was no provision for syste
matic waterings, and that the practice
was to drill a center hole as well as two
side holes in the face, the center hole
being intended to lessen the resistence
and render the danger of "blow-out
shots" infinitely less. lIe said that these:
center shots worked satisfactorily ands
acknowledged that the direct cause of!
the disaster was to him a mystery. He,'
testified that the practice of himself arid
others was to water back a distance of
only twelve feet from the face, although;
the rule was to extend the watering
back sixty feet. Upon being asked why,
if the law and safety demanded watering
back sixty feet before firing, he had only
watered twelve feet, the witness replied
that if he had brought water and water
ed this distance he would never have
gotten out the amount of coal expected
of him, and probably would not have
held his job. lie said that sometimes
there would be two or three tires in a
day and that the flames from the shots
frequently ignited the dust lying about
On the day of the explosion, testified
the witness, only one machine was work-'
ing, and he had never had any "blown
out shots" nor had he been troubled
with gas. Just prior to the explosion.
he had noted nothing wrong with thei
air while in the workings, but on going"
outside had found the atmosphere grow
ing heavy and bid remarked that there
would be much gas made in the mine as
HUNTERS HOT SPRINGS.
Substantial Improvements Contemplated for
This Popular Health Resort.
Judging from the improvements which
are outlined for this season at Hunters
1ot Springs, the building of the. muchi
talked of new hotel at that popular re
sort is not to be delayed longer' than
next year at the outside, says the"Living-:
ston Post. F. S. Hornboock expects to
go to the Springs in a few days to comrni
mence the construction of two reservoirs,
which are intended to supply the new
hotel when it is built, as there is no,
present need for them. The proposed
reservoirs will confine cold as well as hot
water and will lhave an elevation of at
least 100 feet above the proposed hotel;
site. The latter is supposed to be near::
the Mendenhall lake, about two miles
east of the present hotels. The lake is -
to be dredged and oenlarged and its
banks will be houlevarded and planted '
with shade trees. Altogether it appearg,
as if Hunters Springs will be heard from i
in the matter of substantial improve
ments next year.
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SECTION BOSS KILLED.
His Life Was Crushed Out by a Burlington
Billings Times: When the Burlington
freight train, which arrives in Billings
about 0 o'clock in the morning, stopped
at Crow Agency Sunday night, the crew
noticed for the first time that the engine
pilot was bespattered with what was un
mistakably human brains. Word was
immediately telegraphed to Sheridan
for the next train to keep a lookout for
1 the body of a man. The next train,
which was also a freight, found the body
of the dead man just as they pulled into
Little Horn, The man was horribly
mangled, but the crew was able to iden-"
tify him as a section boss named Dresser.
Pieces of a velocipede scattered along the
track indicated that he was riding, prob
ably in the same direction that the train
was going and was probably too much
under the influence of whiskey to hear
the coming locomotive, as a sack con
tamining pieces of a jug smelling strongly
of liquor was found near the dead man.
CHESNUT STRIKE SETTLED.
h Western Federation of Miners Decides That
e Men Had No Grievance.
The trouble at Chesnut between the
a miners was settled last week and all
a hands returned to work, says the Liv
d ingston Enterprise. The trouble orig
i- nated over a complaint of the miners
a that certain shafts were not safe and
t that they would not return to work until
a repairs were made. The company denied
n the charge and after considerable wran
s gling a committee from the Western
e Federation of Miners at Butte was se
e lected to come to Chesnut and inspect
I- the mine. The committee made a thor
n ough inspection and sustained the com
t- pany in its stand that no danger existed,
it and when this had been done the miners
withdrew their demands and returned to
DR. OWEN GETTING TO THE FRONT.
's Son of a Carbon County Rancher Weds a
t Butte School Marm.
i1 The following from the Livingston
to Post refers to a son of Mr. and Mrs. A.
y E. Ower, ranch residents near Laurel:
d The marriage of Dr. George B. Owen,
ý- and Miss Kate McCarthy of Calumet,
d Mich., took place at Butte, at the home
of the bride's sister, last Saturday. The
groom is one of Anaconda's best known
er physicians, and the bride has been a
le teacher in the Butte public schools for
a the past two years. Dr. Owen is well
known in thid city and has many friends
here. He is a graduate of the Livingston
d- high school, '95, and received his medical
p; education at the university of Minnesota.
e- Dr. and Mrs. Owen will spend a few
weeks in visiting San Francisco and
other Pacific coast points, after which
no they will take up their residence at the
le Montana hotel in Anaconda.
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