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ISTER MOUNTAIN PUBLISHING CO M. A. BERGER. Manager. 86 West Granite Street. Butte City. Mont. SUBSCRIPTION RATES. Per year, by mail, in advance........$7.50 By carrier, per month.................75 Semi-Weekly, per year, in advance.. 2.00 Subscribers who do not receive the paper regu'avly are requested to notify this office. Official Paper of Silver Bow County. MONDAY. JANUARY 2, 1S99. FIRST BLOOD. ! ; j ! ! ! j At high noon today the Sixth legisla tive assembly of the state of Montano convened in Helena, and the scroll of his tory will be treated to another invoice of statesmanship during the next two months. Last night the democratic ma jority in that body overcame its religious scruples and held a caucus. In the con test over speaker the anti-Clark men scored first blood in the election of Hon. H. C. Stiff of Missoula. The successsful candidate lacked five votes, however, of the number supposed to be in solid sena torial array against Mr. Clark. Hon. E. C. Day, the candidate of t'lie Clark con tingent, received five fewer votes than Mr. Stiff. While the selection of a speaker by the democratic caucus does not absolutely draw the lines on the senatorial fight, it is unquestionably a reliable index to the I present situation. On the face of things ! it shows a clear majority for the anti- I Clark men, but not so large a majority by : any means as lias been so freely pre- j dieted by that gentleman's enemies. The closeness of t'lie vote indicates that the Clark men are near the heels of their competitors and are likely to put up a pretty strong fight. The unti-Clark men used their slight margin to good advan tage, however, and secured the speaker pro tem in the person of Mr. Lamb of Silver Bow. If the Clark men go into a caucus on senate cd, but if they keep clear from entangle- j ments of thaï t>pe they will be in a posi- j tion to hold their own in good shape. The I contingent known as the Daly men will lor ob ably vote as a unit for the candidate to be put forward as soon as the veil of i secrecy shall have beeen lifted from the ! ark of the covenant. Nevertheless, it is believed those gentlemen will support r tlu > undoubtedly be worst-j the caucus nominee—unless he happens to be Clark. In that case they will bolt the legislative caucus, and play a lone hand as they did six years ago. The situation in Helena is getting inter esting, in that it shows that the senator ial toga is nobody's property just yet, notwithstanding the return of that cam paign check of $500. The conviction is growing that when the arena is finally cleared for action the gladiators will prove to be the two eminent leaders of the democratic party in this state—Mr. Clark the leader of the anti-fusion wing, and Mr. Daly the leader of the other anti fusion wing. THAT INVESTIGATION. The Anaconda Standard this morning expresses regret that it finds upon its editorial table unfinished business from last year. If we mistake not it will find a great deal of the political business transacted by itself and democratic con temporaries in the campaign of 1898 in an "unfinished" condition even as late as 1900. Preliminary to the political chickens which will then come home to roost, the Standard is making a desper ate effort to have it appear that the at titude of the democracy in this state, in repudiating the fusion plans of Bryan and Jones, meets the unqualified ap proval of the silver democrats of the United States. Having itself been one of the most prominent advocates of that plan, until it weakly surrendered a po litical conviction to a political greed, It leels the necessity of Justifying its course by seeking the tacit approval of public men of its conspicuous treachery to a great cause. Hence, it takes issue with the state ments of the Inter Mountain's Washing ton correspondent relative to the ex pressions of regret made by prominent democrats over the course pursued by the party in repudiating the plans of Bryan and Jones, looking to the co-oper ation of the silver forces. In challeng ing their veracity the Standard regist ered itself in favor of making an investi gation into the statements made. To such an investigation the Inter Moun tain readily assented, whereupon the Standard immediately proceeded to ar bitrarily dictate the terms and condi tions upon which such an investigation should he conducted. As the challenged party the Inter Mountain assumed the right to a voice in the matter, and in dicated what it believed to he the proper course of procedure in the settlement of a question of a purely political type. This morning the Standard again re turns to the question with the assump tion that the Inter Mountain lias hacked down and dares not investigate the mat ter. In making a demagogical by-play of this character the Standard betrays the same lofty type of journalism that it does when it offers to wager that it is right on some proposition, and feels the proud consciousness of victory when nobody accepts its bet! It is not the Inter Mountain but the Standard itself that betrays cowardice in the matters covered by our Washington correspond ent. In his own language that gentle man stated that prominent democrats had expressed their regrets that the democracy of the state of Montana had not followed out the plans of the na tional silver leaders and effected a com bination with the other silver parties, the cause of such regrets resting on the probable effect of this course on the in terests of the free coinage issue in 1900. In denying that any such regrets have been expressed by prominent democrats, the Standard wishes to confine its inves tigation of the facts to one proposition, 'shorn entirely of its qualifications. That jis. it wants to have prominent demo ! crats make a direct affirmation or denial ; of whether they did or did not say they j regretted the course pursued by the par ty in Montana, without reference to any ! qualifications made as to why such re ! grets were expressed. It wants to elim ! inate from the proposition regrets ex j pressed on account of the effect upon the I ! I : j j motion o£ the free coinage issue. It j wants to lay aside regrets expressed be I cause the action was one calculated to 'antagonize the silver men of other par 'ties and prevent future co-operation. In i short, it wants to put the matter in a ! technical form something like this: "The democrats of Montana elected a con 'gressman, secured an overwhelming ma influence of Bryan and Jones, through tbe rejection of their plans for the pro jority in the legislature, and will elect a United States senator. Now, sir. as a prominent democrat, do you or do you not regret their action?" • • • If the investigation was confined to the narrow limits prescribed by the Standard it is not hard to forsee how prominent democrats would "go on record," even though they had repeatedly expressed 1 their regrets that any portion of their ! ' party saw fit to administer a kick to the silver men of other parties, who had done so much to assist them in the campaign of 1896 and whose assistance would be in dispensable in 1900 were silver the dominant issue and the democratic party its champion. To any fair minded man the contention I , . . of the Inter Mountain, as expressed m I our issue of Saturday, is correct. To determine whether prominent democrats made the expressions of regret ascribed to them by our Washington correspond ent—to ascertain whether there are prom . . . ... . „r ment members of the party in Washing ton who still believe that Bryan and ' 1 Jones were light and the democracy of ... i Montana wrong in laying the foundation , for a fight for free coinage in 1900—let the ! ! atatements of men be taken w*ho have ' p I themselves along these lines. Quite like j ly no prominent democrat regrets the victory achieved by the democracy of I i this state, insofar as the present purposes j » I of the party are oonterned, and would express himself accordingly if asked to ■ * give a statement to the press. The Stand-land heard prominent democrats ard is altogether too cute in wishing to focus the issue on such a point. But that democrats who believe now as they believed two years ago, that the co operation of the silver forces in 190U is necessary to the success of the silver cause, have expressed regrets that t'he free coinage forces did not work together in the campaign in Montana, and thus strengthen the hands of the bimetallic leaders, cannot be successfully denied. The Inter Mountain repeats what it has heretofore stated, that it will leave no proposition of this kind open to doubt'. II ! Expressions of regret over the failure of co-operation in Montana were heard on all sides in Washington among the com paratively few democrats who still huç to their bosoms the delusion that their party proposes to accord honorable treatment to the free coinage question in 1900. Those mon know t'hat in repudiating the plans of the silver leaders ap to co operation, the democracy of this state administered a blow to the cause from which it will find it difficult to rally, for it served notice on the silver men in oth er parties, that their services were not required by the silver wing of the demo cracy in the next presidential campaign. The Standard knows t'hat this opinion prevails among silver men elsewhere, and that the democracy of Montana is look ed upon as having set the pace for a straight party fight in 1900—a proposition that suits the taste of the gold wing of that political organization to a dot. It is easy to understand the anxiety of the S tandard to have it appear * hat sil ver men abroad endorse t'he local action of the party, that its prestige may be maintained. But while prominent silver democrats would not care to go on record in apparent antagonism to any branch of the party that is professedly for silver, they nevertheless keenly realize that in sofar as the interests of the cause in 1900 are concerned the leaders of the democracy in Montana permitted their greed for office to load them nto an ir retrievable error. DIVJSION OF MINES. There has been a great deal of digita- tion throughout the west relative to the organization of a" mining bureau under national supervision. The Inter Moun- tain has discussed the subject at some -Si length, in the belief that steps of that kind would prove beneficial to the mining interests. Upon the occasion of a recent visit to this section of the country, Hon. Charles D. Walcott, who is at the head of the United States Geological Survey, ex pressed to the writer his warm sympathy with the movement. Unable to bring about legislation for the creation of a de partment of mines, he has .secured the in troduction of a joint resolution providing for a division of mines in connection with the department over which he presides. This is regarded as a long step in the right direction and entitles Mr. Walcott to the thanks of mining men. The reso lution referred to reads as follows: Joint resolution to provide for a di vision of mines and mining in the United States Geological Survey. Whereas the mining interests of the United States, which yielded during the calendar year eighteen hundred and ninety-seven an increase to the nation's wealth of five hundred ninety-four mill 1 i° n nine hundred a nd ninety-one- thous and dollars, have not a clearly defined ! representation in the organization of the ' government; and Whereas it is desirable that there should be such a representation for the purpose of gathering and publishing statistics relating to mines and mining, including the statistics of gold and sil ver as mineral products from each state and district, in addition to the statistics now gathered by the director of the mint, and statistics in relation to labor employed and wages earned In mines and mining, and for the purpose of com I piling and publishing the laws relating to prospecting, prospectors, and. mining I generally, and recommending Stevteidns of the same; and , Whereas mining and mineral gtatisnes of all kinds should be simplified and prompt publication be made at théfn; Therefore , ». Resolved by the Senate and Boused of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled. That a division of mines and mining be, and is h(>reby esta blished in the United States ' Geological Survey, to be organized by 1 the director of said survey, for the pur pose of gathering and publishing statis i tics of the mineral resources of the Uni , te(J gtates including the products of ! gold and silver, based upon the actual ! mined product of each state, and statis ties of labor employed and wages earned jin mining operations, and making Inves I tigations in relation to mines and mih ing generally, and publishing the results j thereof, and for the purpose of compil j nK and publishing the laws relating to I Prospecting, prospectors, and mining. i and recommending revisions of the j same; and that there be appropriated, I for the Durposes of this division one 'hundred and fifty thousand dolars; Ppo ■ y. ided ' st A t ' st !f s , and , " for * na ' tlon gathered by the division of mines mining and by the division of geol ogy of the geological survey may be published as a part of or a special ap pendix to the annual report of the di recotr of the survey, or as special papers where early publication is desired, the size of the edition of each such special paper to bo controlled by its economic importance and to be determined by the director of the geological survey .and ap proved by the secretary of the interior; Provided further, That the entire cost of composition, paper, printing, illustra tions, and binding of such special papers shall not exceed ten thousand dollars, the cost of which shall be charged against the appropriation for the divi sion of mines and mining: Provided further. That all statistics for each cal endar year shall be published and deliv ered to congress by the first day of De cember of the succeeding calendar year; Provided further. That the separate chapters on any given mineral product, such as gold, silver, iron, coal, building stone, and so forth, shall be printed as rapidly as transmitted for publication; that a pamphlet edition of any chapter shall be printed for distribution on re quest of the director of the survey, ap proved by the secretary of the interior, the size of the edition to be controlled by the economic importance of the mineral treated and to be determined by the di rector of the survey and approved by the secretary of the interior; Provided further, That the entire cost of paper, printing, and binding of all of such sep arate chanters shall not exceed five thousand dollars, and that this cost shall be charged against the appropria tion which bears the cost of the printing and engraving for the annual report of the director of the survey. This is the season when the pastoral poets of the country press write eulogis tic editorials on the passing of the old year. In half a column of sporadic spread-eagleism the Livingston Post decorates the retiring twelth-month. Hear it: "Loud and deep were heard the muttering thunders of war." This is bet ter than if it had said: "Hear the fear ful shriek of war's resentful whisper." The thundering mutter is more euphoni ous, although it means the same tiling. Referring to the tilt with Spain the Post adds: "The smoke rose from the hot altars of the battle gods." Had the bat tle gods used smokeless powder, or kept their altars reasonably cool, this thrill ing sentence would have been lost to the inhabitants of Park county. Finally, the Post accuses the passing year of be , . , „ ! gone but not forgotten. "Well, we | should say not. There were several freckles on. the countenance of the old year that will not be soon forgotten, some of which clustered painfully close to the ides of November. The Madisonian contains the following kind reference to Senator Mantle: "Hon. Lee Mantle will retire from the senate on the fourth of next March. That he lias been a faithful, loyal servant of the people of Montana no one will deny. Nn man, speaking without prejudice, can say that he has not been a credit to the state and to the northwest. He is a young man, as statesmen go, and he has the world before him, and in the years to come will again serve his people in high places. Just noiw ho is being mentioned as the possible successor of Governor Smith. His candidacy for this position would certainly meet with the cordial en dorsement of a host of friends in Madison county." Two years ago democrats in the legis lative assembly sat down hard upon the then reigning governor, a populist by tho name of Bob Smith. This year they will sing enconiums to the present execu tive, the Hon. Robert B. Smith. With a clear majority in the legisla ture of 54 votes, backed by a democratic governor and the Chinook winds of the Prickly Pear valley, the democracy of this state ought to see that public purity reigns supreme. The Livingston Post works itself up into a double-geared frenzy over the fears expressed by the Inter Mountain that the democracy will drop the free JULIUS ELLINQER & CO'S Madge Lessing High-Grade Cigars H. L. FRANK DISTRIBUTOR BUTTE, MONT. ! : coinage issue in 1900. It accuses this pa per cf a large and carefully selected var iety of crimes for harboring such an idea. Our cheerful, but painfully be whiskered contemporary, ought to realize that a good cause is never strengthened by shutting one's eyes to the trend of events. If the democracy of this state really intends to hold aloft the free coin age banner in 1900 it is high time it quit pushirg its head into tho sand like the ostrich and other idiotic bipeds, and pro ceeded to wage war on t'he gold wing of that party. It is too early to speculate as to what the present legislative assembly is likely to do in the way of legislation. After it has thoroughly digested Governor Smith's recommendations it is pretty safe to predict what it will not do. MAN'S ADVANTAGE. "I don't see why a man should worry about Christmas," she said. "Why not?" he asked. "Presents cost money, don't they?" "Of course they do," she replied, "but if a man only uses a little diplomacy and judg ment there is no reason why he should not give a very handsome present in such a way that he will get it back with inter est." "How?" he inquired. "Suppose his present should take the shape of a diamond ring," she suggested. "Well?" "Well," she explained, pouting to think he'should be so obtuse, "a man who can't present a girl with a diamond ring in such a way that he will get the ring back with the wearer of it thrown in hasn't any busi ness calling on her two or three evenings a week." WAS PREPARED. Bishop Potter presided at the meeting of the American National Red Cross Relief committee, held the other evening. He said that when he informed the relief committee that lie would lend his approval to a benefit for soldiers the committee put on a horrified expression, and he was asked if ho knew there was a ballet in tho show. "Air. Dodge promptly came to my res cue," said the bishop, "and assured the committee that if it were so he had a large supply of pajamas." LOVE WITH HOPE. The young doctor and his friend, the drug clerk, were sitting at the club window when a richly dressed lady passed by. "There goes the only woman I ever loved," remarked the young M. D. "That so," queried thé other. "Then why don't you marry her?" "Can't afford to," replied the doctor. She is my best patient." Don't Forget In a few days we will take Inventory. Our Stock of WATCHES, JEWELRY AND SILVERWARE.... Suitable for Wedding Gifts, is greatly reduced. You can SAVE FROM 20 TO 30 PER CENT. Our prices are always the lowest. No ' jig ret } ts ' no c r edi * ; \°ss°s, consequently our prices must be right. Our Watch and Jewelry REPAIRING DEPARTMENT has a reputation second to none In the city, and always for one half what you are charged elsewhere. Watch Cleaning, $1.50; $1.00 and warranted. Main Springs, RUBENSTEIN & CO. 73 East Park St. The Lowest Priced Jewelers in the State. DUGAN & JONES Agents.. No. I East Granite St (Rear S. B. National Bank.) BUTTE - MONTANA. THE ARTIST IN HIS STUDIO May give full play to his im ag.nation—he ruay conceive the ideal picture of his time, but lacking the proper material, his conception will dr. in t Co.'s Complete stock of Artists' Ma terials covers every known want of the artist and supplies every requisite—brains except ed—to produce a masterpiece. Prices Very Reasonable. 14 W Broadw'y, Butte Under State Supervision. Interest Paid on Deposits. Loans Made to Stockholders on Real Estate Security. Guaranteed First Mortgages for Sale. Trustees—Lee Mantle, president; Chas. Schatzlein, vice president; Fayette Har rington, treasurer; Charles R. Leonard, attorney; A. B. Clements, secretary; F. Aug. Heinze, Henry Mueller. Frank Haskins. JOHN A. CREIGHTON........President G. W. STAPLETON......Vice President T. Î.T. HODGENS..................Cashier State Savings Bank Paid in Capital ...................$100,000 Surplus and Undivided Profits.... 50.000 Corner Main and Park Streets, Butte. Under State Supervision and Jurisdiction, Interest Paid on Deposits. Sells exchange available in all the principal cities of the United States and Europe. Collections promptly attended to. TRANSACT A GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS. DIRECTORS—J. A. Creighton. Omaha; G. W. Stapleton, A. H. Barret, E. D. Leavitt, S. V. Kemper. T. M. Hodgens. THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF BUTTE. Andrew J. Davis................President James A. Talbot..........Vice President E. B. Weirick......................Cashier George Stevenson......Assistant Cashier A General Banning Basins Transact FOREIGN EXCHANGE We draw direct on all the principal cities of Europe and issue our own let ters of credit, available in all parts of the world. Special attention given to collections. 27 N. MAIN STREET. W. A. Clark. J. Ross Clark. W. A. Clark & Bro (Successors to Clark & Larabie.) Transacts a General Banking Business. Buy Gold Dust, Gold Bars. Silver Bul lion and Local Securities. Boxes for rent in the only Safety De posit Vault in the city. Sell exchange available in all of the principal cities of the United States and Europe. Special attention given to collections. ALEX J. JOHNSTON. Cashier. Wm. L. Hoge. R. C. Chambers, Marcus Daly. M. B. Brownlee, F. E. Sargeant. Hoge, Brownlee & Co BANKERS Eutte City, Montana. Transact a General Faulting T mv» Collections promptly attended to. Ex ! change drawn on all the leading cities of : Europe. HOGE, DALY & CO.. 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