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to HOLIDAY GOODS HALF PRICE On Most of Them. F. FREIMAN & CO. a y Red Lodge. THIE RED LODE PICKET. OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF CARBON COUNTY 9 AND THE CITY OF RED LODGE. WALTER ALDERSON, Editor and Manager PUBLISHED EVERY FRIDAY BY The Picket Publishing Company SUBSCRIPTION RATES. One year, in advance ....... ..........$2.50 Bix months........................1.25 1 Three months............................ ,,o Single copies ................................. 00 Credit rate, one year .................. 3.00 ADVERTISING RATES. From and after April 28, 1899. the advertising rates of this paper will be as follows: Display, per inch, per month...............$1.00 Reading notices, per line, per issue......... .15 Government notices, per line, per issue..... .15 Entered at the Postoflice at Red Lodge, Mon tana, as second-class matter. Publisher's Announcement. Located in its own new brick block, estab lished in 1889, fully equipped with the latest labor saving machinery and material, and hav ing a sworn circulation of 1500 copies weekly, The Picket presents its claim to prospective advertisers as one of the best-if not the best advertising mediums in eastern Montana. and its rates are low compared with advantages offered. It will bring results. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1902. CALIFORNIA CAN'T BEAT IT. With the fairest of Italian skies bending softly down to caress the ea ger mountain tops; with laughing brooks sprung from eternal beds of purest snow tumbling down the hill sides to join the resistless flow toc ward the sounding sea, and with a fairness, freshness and beauty born in the morning of creation and lent to earth only on rare occasions, Red Lodge and Carbon county on Christ mas day basked in a warmth almost equaling that of the summer sun. It was one of the most perfect days im aginable, and none but the gifted pen. of the immortal "Sunset" Cox could do justice to it. As a matter of fact the mercury stood at 70 degrees in the shade at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, while today the weather has been almost as .balmy as that of Christmas. When it is considered that Red Lodge is 5,548 feet above sea level, almost within the shadow of towering, snow capped mountains, and that this is the season known as the dead of win ter, such wonderful weather is most remarkable. FRIEND OF THE NORTHWEST. The newspapers of the United States, and especially of the west. have said a good many things about James J. H-ill. president of the Great Northern and Northern Securities company, during the past few months. Some have been inclined to harshly criticise the well-known railway mag nate, and have accused him of enter taining- all sorts of malign intentions in the direction of monopolizing the traffic of the northwest. But Mr. Hill's most carping crit ics, among, westerners at least, must for a time be silent in regard to his alleged towering commercial ambi. tions, and give him credit for a stroke of policy which means more to the stretch of country from the Mississippi valley to the Pacific coast than almost any great commercial de velopment since the building of the Northern Pacific. Last week Hill's Boston Steamship company won a great victory in Wash ington. D. C. The culmination of a great battle for supremacy between the northwest and the southwest came when Secretary of War Root de cided to award to the Boston Steam ship company the contract for trans. porting soldiers and officers, as well as military supplies, from Seattle to Manila for a period of six months. Heretofore all of this transport ser vice has been done by steamship lines with headquaters in San Francisco, and, with the knowledge that a prize was slipping from their grasp, all classes of merchants of the Golden Gate city united in a sup' oe effort evc to circumvent Hill's plan' get But their every effe" was futile. Silt The Santa Fe. Union Pacific an I pri Southern Pacific railroads. even more gat vitally interested than the San Fran- ale cisco merchants, threw all of their im- Bri mense power into the threatened pal breach. 13ut the doughty HI-ill was Bri too much for all of them. tol In every sense of the word it has an? been a battle royal, with every con- Pic ceivable commercial and political in- the fluence exerted on Secretary Root. It un means that the United States will soon go out of the transport business . tio entirely. of When the war department first ad- po vertised for bids, the southern and ett southwestern lines were possessed of a false sense of security. They did not believe any transcontinental road of the northwest was in a position to compete for this great business. Then 15 Hill stole a march on them while they slept. On behalf of the Great North ern and Northern Pacific he purchas ed a controlling interest in the Boston pa steamship company, which owns four co splendid ocean greyhounds clearing Mt from Seattle. When Hill finally con sented to waive the condition that "' the government should award his in- rat terests a full three-fourths of all the transcontinental traffic of the war de- ti partment, victory was his. He lost s nothing by this waiver, for in due th season it will all be his. th As an evidence of the resources at his command, it is said that Hill's bid th named com .tions which will enable ar the government to transport its troops and supplies from extreme at eastern points clear to the Philip- h` pines at practically the same cost as has previously prevailed from San cc t Francisco to Manila, or, in other words, Hill virtually agreed to carry a. the troops and supplies across the el d continent free of charge. The people of San Francisco are Y down-hearted at the result; no won It der they are. Residents of Seattle e :re jubilant: they have reason to be. , The student of northwestern condi- it I tions cannot fail to see in this vic- h is tory an infallible prophecy of the fu- A t ture. It is the first nationally ob v- served evidence of the waning of the i supremacy of the Golden Gate and n- the rising of the star of the north t west, which points a way to a won drous commercial pathway across the broad Pacific. t It cannot fail to come. Seattle has d every advantage over San Francisco. I t. It has the finest harbor on the coast. u It has splendid trans-continental serv- 1 at ice over two of the greatest railroads es in the world. It is hundreds of miles 1 is. nearer the great far-eastern markets, ly just beginning to demand the manu g- factured products of the western r- world. The present conditions pres ns age the building of such a commer he cial empire on the Pacific coast as the world has never seen. it- The enthusiast might go even fur ist ther. Seattle's tributary territory is will eventually extend further east bi ward than the Mississippi. It will a take in all of the Mississippi valley. re The commercial supremacy of New .he England is no longer secure. It can ast not compete with western energy. Se de- attle and Tacoma will lose their spir the it of rivalry. They will eventually unite into one great city. A second UP New York will rise as if by magic on lt- Puget sound;,. "THOU SHALT NOT STEAL." This page has no objection to its kid contemporary at Bridger making use of the items contained in our county news department, but it would be more honorable to give The Pick et credit for them. It is now plain to be seen why the Bridger paper, whose regular day of issuing is Fri day, does not make its appearance until Monday. Otir contemporary, in order to fill its local and alleged "cor respondence" columns, waits until The Picket reaches Bridger Saturday evening with all the news from Brid ger. Bowler, Gebo. Fromberg, Joliet, Silesia and Rockvale, and then appro priates by wholesale the news items gathered with so much labor by the alert and hustling manager of our Bridger bureau. It costs this news paper more money to maintain its Bridger branch than is paid out all told by our Bridger contemporary, and we have a right to ask that The Picket be given the proper credit for the news filched bodily from its col umns by our infant contemporary. This matter is mentioned in no cal tious spirit, but simply in the shape of a gentle reminder to our contem porary of its wanton violation of the ethics of journalism. Among the contributors to the stockgrowers department of the Butte Miner's mammoth Christmas edition is J. N. Tolman of this city, who, as the Carbon county member of the df state stock commission, furnishes a al short and interesting sketch of the past and present environments and condition of an important industry. ci Mr. Tolman refers to the changes d: that time and settlement have in wrought in the way of curtailed is ranges and consequent elimination of B large +cattle outfits. He speaks of the K time, fifteen years, ago when fiv' or six big outfits ownel practically all the cattle in this section and asserts ii that what is now Carbon county was b then one of the finest cow ranges in g the west. But things have changed b and now cultivated ranches and vast h stretches of wire fences everywhere P abound. The cattle-raising industry e has gravitated from the hands of the a few into the hands of the many, the b county at the present time contain- v ing some 25,000 cattle divided among about 500 ranchers. Most all the own ers now are breeding up their cattle, using both the Hereford and Short horn strain. On another page of this paper ap pears a splendidly prepared article reflecting in an accurate manner the illimitable natural resources of Car. I bon county. It is from the pen of Assistant United States District At- l torney George H. Bailey of Helena, I e formerly one of the prominent law- I yers of this city, and was contributed by that gentleman to the Christmas edition of the Montana Daily Record. Mr. Bailey gives a faithful and in tensely interesting pen picture of the 1s county, and the article makes an im portant contribution to the volumes that have been written by this news V pafler about the resources and pictur is esque environments of a superlative s ly rich and important section of the s grand commonwealth of Montana, 11 n Butte this winter more than ever udeserves the name of the "Smoky" ," city. Life is one long sneeze and a as cough for the people who never see a sprig of green grass or a leafy tree. 1r- A pall hangs over the city and only ry at Walkerville can the sun be seen. st- Even a frisky chinook that tried to da ill business in Butte gave it up as a bad y. job, clapped its hand to its nose an:l left zero in charge of the field. It is stated that an effort will be made at the coming session of the legislature to repeal the present boun ty law, or at any rate to secure its modification, because of gross trans gressions. Why not conduct more vig orous prosecutions and, retain the bounty? There is a law against mur der, but it wouldn't look well to re peal it or modify its penalty just be cause it is transgressed. No wonder the people of Russia and frozen Siberia are talking about Jim Hill and looking forward to the day when they will be able to ride in palace sleeping cars owned and oper ated by Hill interests. The railroad which will girdle the earth is a cer tainty of the future. Who is better able to conceive and execute such a grand project than Hill? The Picket acknowledges the re ceipt of a handsomely printed copy of the address delivered by Hon. Leo Mantle, former United States senator, at the annual memorial service of Helena lodge of Elks, Dec. 17. Sena. tor Mantle's address was acknowl edged to be one of the most eloquent ever delivered before a Helena lodge. The Sheridan, Wyo., Post last week issued a very creditable special Holi day number, giving a glowing descrip tion of the wonderful resources of Sheridan and its tributary country. Montana Press Comment Butte Miner: Why should Presi dent Roosevelt object to the nude in art? Is he not a bear hunter? Western News: Montana has re ceived up to date $72,500 from An drew Carnegie as gifts for the estab ulshment of free libraries. The' cit ies to benefit thereby are Dillon, Bozeman, Miles City, Great Falls and Kalispell. - - _ -. . Anaconda Standard: Emperor Wil liam of Germany is fond of billiards, I but is too impetuous to play a good I game. If he misses an easy shot he becomes "rattled" and can be easily l beaten by the most amateurish of the palace guests. But it is not consid ered good form to beat his majesty and no matter how bad his game may be his adversary contrives to play a worse one. Dillon Examiner: Sportsmen are agitating a change in the present game law relating to the killing of grouse and sage hens. The law al lows the killing of the latter after Aug. 15, while the law for killing the former opens Sept. 1. They claim that owing to the similarity in ap pearance of the two birds, that before Sept. 1 grouse are often killed for sage hens. This law will probably receive some consideration at the next legislature. Fergus County Argus: The demo cratic press is worrying greatly be cause Mark Hanna does not come out and declare himself a candidate for the presidency two years hence. In a recent interview Mr. Hanna stated positively for the third or fourth tim. that he would not be a candidate. While Mr. Hanna would be a safe man in the presidential chair he i: shrewd enough to know that the man who occupies it now stands first in r the hearts of the American peop-le who only await an opportunity to a make him his own successor. Livingston Enterprise: Col. Cal Lewis, a former resident of this city, has been arrested charged with brib. ery in Fergus county. The spectacle of anybody being arrested for bribery in an election contest is so uniqu.e in Montana as to call for comment. May we not hope that now the ball has been set arolling the law will be in voked to punish the principal crimi nals in this respect instead of the mere tools. Who is the prosecuting attorney in Montana who is going to for this state what Circuit Attorney Folk is doing for the state of Missou ri in St. Louis? There have been mil lionaires sent to jiil in Missouri for bribery; when are the guilty million aires of this state going to be made to pay the penalty prescribed by law for the crime of bribery? Dozeman Courier: The first an nual meeting of the industrial depart ment of the National Civic Federa tion was an important occasion and should have an influence in establish ing a reign of industrial peace. Dur ing one of the sessions Archbishop Ireland, one of the nation's grand pa triots, expressed bright hopes of what the Federation might do. In referring to the coal strike he said, "Patriotism d demands there shall never again be t such a strike as the one just ended." Some speakers favored compulsory arbitration, but Mr. Charles ,F. Ad ams declared he believed only in com pulsory investigation. He also ar gued that the civic federation if prop- 1 erly conducted could settle-nine out of ten controversies between labor and capital and that the tenth case should be fought out to a settlement. Compulsory investigation has been 'successful in settling many a dispute in Boston. Anaconda Standard: For the first time in sixty-two years, according to the dispatches, a grand jury in Lon don has been called upon to deal with the grave charge of high treason, the highest crime known under the Eng lish law. The case was that of Col. Arthur Lynch, member of parliament for Galway, who is accused of trea son in that he took up arms against England, of whose sovereign, it is claimed, he is a subject legally, if not in sentiment. He commanded the Irish brigade during the Boer wat, from which fact it is to -be inferred that his feelings were not with Eng land, even if his citizenship may have been. Now that the grand jury has returned a true bill against Colonel Lynch charging high treason, that question of citizenship becomes very important indeed. In England, con viction of high treason means death, unless the ruler should pardon. Col onel Lynch's defense will be that he was a citizen of the Boer republic when he was fighting against Eng e land. It is to be hoped the gallant Irishman may be able to make his defense stick. People We I . Read About Big Timber Leader: Thomas Flan agan and F. E. Runner were here from Absarokee Wednesday. Billings Gazette: Matt Driscoll, for merly proprietor of the Driscoll in this city, but now conducting a lead ing hotel at Livingston, arrived from the westthis morning. Billings Times: The family of H. B. Segur is in receipt of a letter from the gentleman in which he states that he is receiving relief from the West Baden, Ind., springs, and that he hopes to be able to return home for Christmas. He feels greatly improv ed, but thinks it may be necessary for him to return to the springs later in order to receive entire relief. Special to the Butte Miner from Anaconda: George E. Mushbach, the popular attache of the local. postof flee and a member of the civil service commission, will leave his present position to accept a berth as postal clerk in the Montana railway service. His withdrawal from the local serv ice will be regretted by all patrons of the postoffice, with whom he is a general favorite. Y - - ,- - Livingston Post: "Billy" Hofer, who was in the city this week enroute to his winter quarters at Gardiner, has been making an investigation of the charges filed with the president concerning the slaughter of game in the Park and mismanagement of Won-. 1- derland by Major Pitcher. Mr. Hofer t- went to Red Lodge to look up the ,- record of James Fullerton, the man d who made the charges, and he returns i- satisfied that Fullerton, while not dis r- honest, was over-zealous and a bit bf p a crank on the subject of game. STATEn 0 Omo, CfTY or TOLEDO, a.. the sum of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS for alls atah Cure istaken internally and act Hall's Catarrh Cure istaken Internally and acts directly on the blood aod mucous surfaces of the system. Send for testimonials, frees F. J. CHENEY & CO., Toledo O. wor 'n1t by Druarists, 75c. Hall's Family Pills are the best. Advertised Letters. The following letters remained un called for in the postoffice at Red Lodge, Mont., Dec. 22, 1902: Anderson. Alex Mill, Mrs. Frank Amedo Gianoli Magnusson, Edward Brownsnu, Chas Murray Patrick Brown, Carl P. Moore, E. D. Beadle, Joe, Miller, Mettie Bausch Eugene Niemi, Maikki Eddy, John Nelson, Mr. Green, Thomas Newell, Mary Henry, Wi. Ojatalo, Nikolai Hammond, Thos. Pallari, alex Jauppi. Matti Stevevens, Johno Kliknay, Antonuy Saari, Mrs. Susanna Kiehl, J. Gi. Witkusz,.Chas. Marco, Jesse White. John The above will be held for two weeks, and if not called for in that time will be sent to the dead letter office. When calling for any of the above won't you please say advertis ed. WALTER ALDERSON, Postmaster. Foils a Deadly Attack. "My wife was so ill that good- phy sicians were unable to help her," writes M. M. Austin, of Winchester, Ind., "but was completely cured by Dr. King's New Life Pills." They work wonders in stomach and liver troubles. Cure constipation, sick headache: 25c at Armstrong's drug store. RICHARDSON' N HEW SIAN. R. S. RICHARDSON, Prop'r Is now located in Budas' old store, three doors North of Finn Hall. Carries a Fine Line of Fruits, Confection ery, Blank Books, Sta tionery, Tobacco and Cigars, Etc., Etc. .We handle Lownov's Famous Confection E.C. Root HEADSTON ES AND MONUMENTS Sold at Eastern Prices. IL ..VMB. 1N And General Contractor. T5L.EHONE NO. 4,. STheOoUnCI" si i1| ..... Best of Wines, Liquors and Cigars. POOL PARLOR & CLUB ROOMS IN CONNECTION, SJ. H. PRINTZ, Prop. Opposite Sppofford Drug Store. Red Lodge, Mont.