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VOL. XIV. RED LODGE, MONTANA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 1902. NO. 25 She Latest News From All Over Carbon County IBRIEDGERI ..NEW WILD WEST SHOW Buffalo Bill's Mantle Has Fallen Upon Shoulders of 0. P. Hanna of Sheridan. -I BIG PROJECT PLANNED Reminiscences of Eearly Western Life f By Mr. Hanna-Plentycous' Swift Revenge. Another "Wild West Show is in process of organization and no less a personage than the well-known O. P. Hanna of Sheridan is the promoter. One show of this kind has toured the country from the Atlantic to the Pa cific, presenting to thousands upon thousands of wondering spectators the romantic mysteries of stirring life in the wonderful west-and is gone. The famous Colonel Cody has now left this country to present his galaxy qf western attractiotli to..European audi ences and in all probability that fam ous showman will never bring to the United States again, the organization that is now with him. It is peculiarly fitting and appropri ate as well as pleasing to Buffalo Bill's friends here and elsewhere that the mantle of dashing western life should fall upon the shoulders of one so eminently qualified to wear it as is Mr. Hanna. This gentleman now proposes to tour the country with a troupe of western-born, western raised and trained, bronco-busters, who will exhibit to eastern people life as it actually exists and has ex isted in days gone by on the far reaching, limitless ¶plains of the west. To a Picket reporter Mr. Hanna said: "The details necessary to the launching of a show such as we pro pose to organize are of necessity slow in accomplishment, but arrangements have already progressed so far that its certainty is no longer in doubt. A Mr. Davis of Minneapolis, Minn., is the main financial backer, and of the $150,000 necessary to properly fi nance this enterprise, $100,000 has al ready been subscribed. "I have called upon F. D. Jennings, one of your well-known cattlemen who has had much personal experience in the handling of a show such as I speak of, relative to the securing of proper horses and men to ride them. None but the best riders with large experience of western life will be se lected, as we propose to eclipse, if that be possible, the "Wild West Show" so long engineered by Colonel Cody." To The Picket man Mr. Hanna be came reminiscent, narrating tales of pioneer western life, to which the writer listened in open-eyed interest and increasing wonder, forgetting to push his pencil, but rather listening with closest attention to the adven tures of one whose experiences have been so varied and so real. The first actual settler in what is now Sheridan county, Wyo., he has had enough startling experiences to more than fill the lives of a dozen men in the ordi nary walks of life. To such men as Mr. Hanna was assigned the task of blazing the trail for those who were to follow, and, though accompanied by many hardships, it is chiefly remem bered for its long list of exciting events, always fresh in the mind and a contsant source of interest to those fortunate in being favored with his stories. "The recent visit here of the old Crow chief, Plentycous,, reminds me of that Indian's daring exploit, when he avenged the death of one of the squaws belonging to his family," said the narrator. "It was back in the early fifties, when the savage Sioux, whose hunting grounds were north of the Yellowstone, were encroaching on the preserves of the Crows, extend ing in a wide stretch of country from that river to the Big Horn. "One of the Sioux braves had ma liciously killed a squaw belonging to the housebald of Plentycous while hr was still a mere boy. The tragedy made such an impression upon the mind of the lad that he proclaimed his intention to avenge the woman's death by taking the life of a Sioux squaw. Time rolled on and the Indian boy became a young brave, but he remembered his vow and only awaited a day when circumstances should give him his long-looked-for opportunity. "A band of Sioux were encamped in the vicinty and young Plentycous gathered a number of bucks to accom pany him to the camp of the enemy. When darkness had fallen, all but he gathered upon a small knoll some miles from the Sioux bivouac to wait. Plentycous took with him two of the swiftest horses, his gun and scalping knife, which dangled from a belt. Leaving one horse tied to a sage brush some two miles from the camp, he cautiously approached, riding the other. Late supper was being pre. pared by the squaws and, watching his chance, he detected one of them pass outside the wigwam to secure fuel. Stealthily approaching the fig ure he suddenly pressed his gun against her breast and fired, and, with his knife, quickly scalped her. His horse carried him at break-neck speed away from the maddened pur suers and the fresh horse, which he so wisely picketed behind, soon car ried him safely to his comrades. Es cape was then an easy matter and his popularity among all the young men of the tribe was at once assured. Many more daring adventures of this sort won for him his title, which means 'many daring deeds.' " In this connection it will be inter esting to know that our ownL George Town was at the camp of Plentycous when that Indian returned with the Sioux squaw's scalp. "If I were in the right mood" said Mr. Town, when visited by The Pick et, "I could relate tales of early fron tier life, from '69 on to the days when civilization was thoroughly establish ed, taken from my own experiences. the like of which I have never seen penned and which would surpass the wildest flights of imagination. Often a man has supposed himself a true frontiersman, and has been in a sense correct in that supposition. From his standpoint many a story of thrilling adventure with the savage red man has been told, but to those who were the real pathfinders in the mountain fastnesses, who trapped the wild creatures in their native haunts, spending month after month in the depths of the forests and on the ro'l ing mesas; who hunted the buffalo and cached the pelts against the rav ages of intruders; who met the real Indian of the early day beside his own campfire, to those, I say, the ex periences of frontiersmen at the trad ing posts as compared to the real ex perience is as water to wine-stale, flat and unprofitable. "Lord! a man would risk his life and spend months in labor and priva tion, hunting and trapping and when all was said and done and he had a nice roll of money as the fruit of his labors, he would blow it all for a Stet son hat, a colored kerchief and a good time." "The most interesting part of a Wild West show is the broncho bust ing," said "Shorty"' Jennings, who t was the next one seen. Nobody seems s to know just how Mr. Jennings ac quired title to the cognomen of "Shor- a ty," and the general impression seems to be that he grew up with it. With a stature of six feet his nickname fits him about as well as a four-dollar suit I of gunny-sack clothes made for a 12 year old boy would fit a step-brother to the Cardiff giant, but "Shorty" is neither proud nor vindictive and ac knowledges his nickname as a distinc tion conferred upon him by his fellow men for some meritorious act. Fact is as most Bridgerites freely acknowl edge, if any other name could be found that' would fit Jennings it would be conferred instanter, but everybody is familiar with the "Shorty" of old and no one wishes to rob him of any thing that would throw a cloud upon his title. "I am reminded of an exhibition along this line given by Gardiner,'The Wyoming Boy' one Fourth of July in Dayton a number of years ago," said "Shorty." "Gardiner was given 'Buck i skin Bess' to ride, and when the lit;lu mare was turned loose it actually seemed as if the entire town turned f loose with her. Did she pitch? Well. i no, I guess it was some other man's - horse. If there was any particular lo 1 cality she did not visit during her thirty minutes freedom of the town I am not familiar with it. As Captain Stockwell said of Gardiner: "East side, west side, all around the Y town, a He rode the buckin' broncho and he d fairly took 'em down, s All the people shouted, and still you'd hear 'em talk, e (Continued on Eleventh Page.) GEB0 THIS IS A GOOD HOMILY A Philosophical Rancher Makes a Few Excellent Observations That Mean Something. STORY WITH A MORAL Preachment That Deals With Differ ent Dispositions and Different Points of View. Editor Red Lodge Picket: While waiting for the train to leave Red Lodge the writer noticed a few things from "different points of view." Four young men entered the car. Two were leaving and two were saying farewell. They talked of a friend called "Joe." No. 1 said Joe is a good fellow, but like a broken heart, he is poor company. No. 2 said, he reminds me of toothache in false teeth. You want to back away from them. Wish ing to learn their ideas of good com pany, I listened. No. 3 sang a few bars of "I'll Never See Attle Again." No. 4 suggested that all go to Billings and have an old-fashioned time. No. 1 claimed the honor of having been drunk more often than the gang had fingers and toes. While the conversa tion waxed fast and furious my thoughts wandered to "friend Joe." I found him a tall, awkward fellow, not inclined to mixed talk on mixed drinks. One who would at times look at the stars and wonder at the mean ing of life and the mighty whirling universe. Joe was all right and I mentally exclaimed, "Different Points of View." A PICKET READER. Gebo, Mont., Dec. 24, 1902. HOLiLANH 1AS BIG SNAPY Simply Has to Roll Rich Ore Down Convenient Hill Into an Ocean Steamer. GETTING RICH IN SITKA 1 Expects to Go East to Purchase Ma chinery for His Bonanza in the Far North. James Holland has returned from "the icy north," as the people in this banana belt of Montana are wont to say. Mr. Holland brings favorable re ports from his Alaska visit. He was absent about a month and in that short time found a fortune. He is interested in a copper and 9 gold mine a short distance from Sit t ka, Alaska, situated on an island. The ore of this mine has the decency to r be on the top of the ground, forms what is commonly called a rim rock - and all the proprietors have to do is to blast it off and roll it down the hill onto a tram car. t The water is deep add the car can 1- be loaded directly on the steamer, e which conveys the ore to San Fran d cisco where it is smelted. The ore Y yields about $32 per ton in gold and d copper. It will cost $13 per ton to r- put it into the smelter at San Francis n co. Mr. Holland contemplates a trip n east in January, where he will pur e chase the necessary material to equip n cars and tramway. Mr. Holland's .d friends here wish him all kinds of k- success but do not like to hear him Lu talk of moving away, as it is under ly stood he contemplates moving his d family to Sitka in the spring. 's John Caswell and family returned o- Tuesday from Illinois, where they er have been visiting the past month. in Miss Mar,' 7sathwig and cousin, Ma in rie Johnson, have returned home from Helena to spend the holidays. he Mrs. Anthony McCuen and Mrs, Mi chael Johnson and three children ar he rived from Chesnut Monday to spend the holidays. 'd M. V. Chaffin, who left Gebo some time ago, has decided to locate at - Springfield, Mo., where he has pur chased a farm. Prof. M. Emmett went to Bozeman Tuesday to attend the State Teach ers' associat'.n, which will be held there, beginning next Monday. John Cowan has been shipping hay to Yegen Brothers of Billings. Miss Kate Pruitt of Joliet is visit ing her sister. Mrs. E. C. Hill. John Thurston, the well-known cat tleman and rancher, made a business trip to Billings and Red Lodge, re turning overland from the county seat with C. H. Gregory in time to spend Christmas at home. CHRISTMAS PROGRAM GIVEN. Two Rooms of Gebo School Join in Most Pleasing Entertainment. The Gebo public school closed with appropriate exercises last Friday. The entertaining program, the com hined effort of the two rooms, was as follows: Opening Song ...."Merry Christmas" School. "Christmas Carol" ...... Joe Holland "Christmas Bells" .... Bessie Logan Song ......"'Tis the Good and True" School. "Ring, Ye Merry Bells"........ ................ Josephine Holland "Christmas Turkey".. Annie Lebrun "Santa Claus" .... Raymond Welch Song-"I've Looked Everywhere for Santa" ........ Myra Bowker New Saloon Going In. The vacant room in the Ringwalt building has been rented and it is said that a new saloon will be run ning full blast before long. James Holland was registered at the Grand hotel in Billings the latter part of last week. J. W. Johnston made a business vis it to Billings last Friday. Prewetts Will Prove Up. S. C. Prewett and E. T. Prewett will prove up on their homesteads before Commissionerl Lyle in Red Lodge on Jan. 31. Johnston Will Commute. James W. Johnston will commute his homestead entry before Commis- sioner Stone at Bridger on Feb. 2. PERSONALS. James Johnson's parents are spend ing the holidays in Gebo. Onarles Enochs, living on the up per Clarke Fork, was a caller Satur day. Steve Dill is having his house plastered. "Stucco" Smith is doing :he work. Samuel Burkhart has returned from Seattle, where he went with a ship ment of cattle. Miss Anna Johns;:n is spending the holidays with her umother and sis ters at Red Lodge. Miss Cunningham went to Billings Tuesday to spend the holidays with her aunt, Mrs. Ed. Hu.ngerford. Miss Agnes Johnson has been quite ill for a few clays past with an attack of la grippe, but is now improving. The Pride of Heroes. Many soldiers in the last war wrote to ay that for Scratches, Bruises, Cuts, Wounds, Corns, Sore Feet and Stiff Joints, Bucklen's Arnica Salve is the best in the world. Same for Burns, Scalds, Boils, Ulcers, Skin Eruptions and Piles. It cures or no pay. Only 25e at Armstrong's drug store. 41 Durability and Sty . We do not i;.,tr-:'i ie Irrer glrades of Vwoolens thit ':; .c oDly a wh t1 Hld . It costs as lr'li for the makiik g of poor godsri as it d.s i h. ttlr gr.': . TI here fore we cn rc.oormietul : ai. hr. ri's iu our stock as d.rrrdae;,bnl-. re rn fit you rerfect ly and:i i: ," rrrmerntswith , style to tIhfl t! 't yur rarely -ce outside the fa.sh!uol crnti;cls. We have been m kl:ng clothes for years for the mo-t styli;;l men in ChicagrC. The largect and most exclusive fabrir's are found in the samples of cloth from I Murphy Brothers, Merchant Tailors, CHICAGO. Do notbe persuaded to try any other line. We are represented locally by F. C. BYRNE. Red Lodge, - Mont. JOLIET ACCIllD)N ATTHE MilL t Engineer Frank McCullough Has a Clost Call, But Escapes With 11 His Life. STEAM FILLS THE ROOM Other Employes Flee When Safety Steam Cock Blows Off, Fearing a Terrible Explosion. An accident nearly resultingseriotn ly tol one party concerned occulrr'ed in the engine room of the Carbon Mill ing comon..ny's mill below town. While Frank McCulloug was attend ing to narious duties around the en- 4 gine, the safety steam cock, becom ing in some manner deranged, blew off with great force, knocking Mr. McCullough to the floor and filling the room with clouds of super-heated steam. Retaining his presence of mind, Mr. McCullough lay flat upoin the floor for a time, and was then able to crawl slowly and with great difficulty to the fire box, near which stood a bar rel of water with which he thought the fire in the fire-box mnight be extin guished. However, that was not a success and, creeping painfully back again to the engine room, Mr. McCul lough was enabled to attach the hose to a water pipe and finally extinguish the fire, thus saving the boilers from burning out. Meanwhile news of the accident spread through the mill annd men left as quickly as possible, expecting to hear an explosion at any moment. Great clouds of steam were seen to belch forth from the windows of the -engine room and the worst was fear I ed for Engineer McCullough. But his presence of mind had save l him from death and the boilers from ruin. I With the exception of being slightly burned by the hot steam and the shock to his nerves, Mr. McCullough is no worse for the experience. TIME OF GAY FESTIVITIES. But Joliet Wakes from Christmas t Dreams With Sober Mind. Christmastide at Joliet was cole brated as in "ye olden time," and, but for the "Yule log" one might have thought himself in "merrie old Eng land," so lavish were the festivities. L On Christmas eve the celebration began at the schoolhouse. This part c consisted of recitations and songs by 1 the little folks, which showed training by a master hand. Then the songs by the male quartet were well receiv ed by the crowded house. A few ap propriate remarks were made by Dr. Seaman. Finally sleigh bells were heard in the distance and Santa Claus himself, wrapped in furs from tip to toe, put in an appearance, and distrib uted gifts to the eager, anxious chil dren. The tree was decked in dazzling or naments, while great strings of pop corn were gathered and festooned among branches of deepest evergreen, and there tiny candles glistened and sparkled. Much praise is due Mrs. McCul lough and Mrs. Fowler, as they were the leaders all the way through, con tributing liberally of their time and patience. Then the good people of Joliet never stand back when the la dies want funds for such an enter prise. The masked ball on Christmas night was the crowning event of the year. The masks and costumes were unique and grotesque to a degree. At the unmasking, were many surprises and much merriment over mistaken identity. After this supper was served at the City hotel. Such turkey and such cooking! Well, nobody but Mother Young could set such a feast of good things and have it all a success. "The light fantastic" was tripped till the "wee sma' hours." The Head ington Brothers furnished the music and they are too well-known, as mu sicians to need farther comment. But there must be an end to all fes tivities. This morning Joliet displays no evidence of having been on a spree for so long a time. New "Order of Red Men" Formed. At the opening of the Red Top sal-r oon Monday night a new Order of Red Men was formed with a large charter membership. Those wishing. to join this renowned order should lose no time in doing so, as the initia tory fees will increase with the size of the order. Cottage Is Nearing Completion,:. The new five-room cottage, which has been in course of erection this fall for Mrs. Charles Young, is now receiving its finishing touches and.;i will be occupied as fast as furniture can be placed in the rooms. Mrs. Young says the hotel business is food. Miss Means Chosen Teacher. The new teacher selected by the school board to succeed Mr. A, D. McVey, recently resigned, is M'!,s Means, who has belen teaching on Red Iodge creek. Constable Prevents Bloodshed as a Result of the Trouble in the City Hotel. GROVER MENACES YOUNG : Case Comes Into Court and Series of Changes of Venue Delays the Final Issue. The trouble at the City hotel last. week, recounted in this paper, took on a more serious aspect Saturday, when a warranlt for the arrest of Charles Young was issued by Justice Oliver, the charges preferred being : the use of indecent language before women. Mr. Young furnished bonds in the sum of $50 to appear for trial at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, at which, time a change of venue was taken to Justice James E. Blanding's court at Carbonado. The Carbonado justice was objec tionable to the complaining witness, Mrs. Miller, and finally it was decided to have the whole case transferred to the court of Justice Wolfe in Gebo. The cause was set for hearing Wed nesday afternoon and the witnesses subpoenaed were George Boothby, Fred Frieman, Willie Hill and Wil liam Petrie. After the testimony of these witnesses had been taken, Jus tice Wolfe postponed the case until Monday afternoon. In connection with this trouble, Frank Grover, a relative of the com plainant and Charles Young met in the saloon of Tom Collins. Grover drew his gun, poking it into the face of Young and, for a few moments, it looked as though a killing might re sult, but luckily Constable Rooney was present, and both men were in duced to p)ut up their guns. PERSONALS. John McCullough was a visitor in Billings last week. 'Mr. and Mrs. Farrell's little baby (Continued on Tenth Page.) Farm For Sale 160 Acres. 25 ACRES IN ALFALFA 100 ACRES PLOW LAND 30 Acres Pasture, Good Water Right, Fine Orchard. Only $4,000 THIS IS A GOOD y+, BARGAIN! y' Call on, or address J. C. MYERS. Joliet, Mont.