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INTER MOUNTAIN PUBLISHING CO V. A. BERGER. Manager. B6 Weit Granite Street. Butte City. Mont. a Oil. SUBSCRIPTION BATES. Per year, by mail, in advance........$7.50 By carrier, per month ............75 Semi-Weekly, per year, in advance.. $.00 Subscriber» who do not receive the paper regularly are requested to notify this office. Official Paper of Silver Bow County. coussin __ SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1S99. Democracy and Silver. The Standard Is cne of the newspapers that have felt that an exact statement of the ratio Is not a vital factor in silver's restoration. T he ra'lo is a mat-i I ter of law; i' lias varied slightly In our own currency; our ratio has also varied slightly from teh one that has ruled in some other countries. The world's ex changes practically f.x the ra tio—Anaconda Standard, Janu ary 9, IS99. SIXTEEN PAGES. TUE ARMY BEEF QUESTION. General Miles' declaration that the beef furnished the American army in Cuba | vas tile and unlit for consumption, has caused no end of trouble outside as well as inside of army circles. General Eagan 1 put his foot in it by characterizing Miles' ' statement as false, and by using some ' Very vigorous, pointed language touching ! the charge which a court-martial de- | dared was unbecoming an officer and a ! gentleman. Eagan is now repenting his indiscreet words in sackcloth and ashes. In the meantime, however, the beef ques tion is not resting, it is being kept before the world and will be kept there until, liko the silver question, it be settled and "settled right." It has been determined that Miles must prove his charges. There are many who "'ant to know whether that beef was em- i balmed, or whether it gained its unsavnrv • .i-bamtu ua uuhd\nij ! r flavor from contact with Cuban air or some other unclean surroundings. There is a good deal depending upon the proper solution of that problem. The govern- | ment is interested in it to the extent, if ' not farther, of learning whether it was | swindled by conscienceless beef contrac tors and, incidentally, ascertaining whether our soldiers w r ere forced to eat unwholesome meat. The beef contractors take a lively interest in the solution of the beef question. If they palmed nasty, unhealthy beef upon the government they want to know, and that mighty quick, whether they have been found out in their swindle, and where to find the most secluded spot in which to hide. The peo ple, at large, are much concerned about the matter, as much of their peace of mind depends upon learning whether their dead soldier friends or loved brother, son, husband or father were killed by rotten beef or malaria. In order to set at rest ail these charges and counter charges which have grown out of this army beef question, the presi dent will take a hand in determining their truth or falsity, and if true of fixing the responsibility where ti belongs. To this end General Miles will be called upon to make his allegations good, but noL till after the report of the war investigation commission, now in session, shall be re ceived. In the meantime the general will occupy the anxious seat recently vacated by General Eagan. THE INCORRIGIBLES. Butte has its good people, its bad peo ple, its negative or indifferent people, •nd its incorrigibles. The three former •re grown, can take cars of themselves, or suffer the consequorees for abusing themselves or violating the law, the lat ter must be cared for by their parents, or by the county, or by the state. That is a self-evident fact. Butte will size up with western cities In the percentage of its intelligent, progressive, law-abid ing citizens to good advantage, and may, possibly, stand off any of them when U comes to enumerating the incorrigibles in the state, but it seems that its num bers of the latter offensively project themselves before the readers of the ter ritorial press about this time of the year. This fact may be due to certain conditions arising out of the struggle for an existence by the many, the efforts of as many for the comforts of life, and the race of others for wealth. But be the cause what it may, the fact remains that Butte has too many boys and girls who may be properly classed as "incorrigi bles." In too many instances the youths them selves are not to blame. If surrounded by proper influences they would, doubt less, select honorable pathways in life, but when tempted by prospects of tem porary gain, or when forced to yield obe dience to conscienceless guardians or parents, their sensibilities become dulled, their innocence is destroyed by intimacy with crime and they easily graduate from their unclean teachings to the inner walls of the prison or the reform school. The latter catch them in the long run. Who is at fault—the child or the parent? The answer Is learned at the hearth stones of the Indifferent, or the careless or the ignorant or the vicious parents, where the command is given, "Rustle boys! Rustle girls! Coal or wood must be obtained for the fire, oil for the lamp, clothes for the body and bread for the mouth!" And they "rustle" until some watchful patrolman hustles them to the city bastile, from which a sobbing parent rescues them, or a lenient judge releases them with an admonition to go and sin no more. This is not an overdrawn or fairy tale. The unwritten experiences of our city peace officers will verify the statement that many a child in Butte is being trained for the prison or the reform school. It is to be regretted that the parent should escape the penalty which the child, through its home teachings, or lack of proper teaching, has incurred, If the punishment were to fall where the blame lies. Butte would have fewer . incorrigibles and a less number of incipi ent candidates for the penitentiary. THE STOCK OUTLOOK. Recent reports from the ranges in the eastern portion of the state indicate that stockmen will suffer heavy losses from the effects of the blizzard, snow storm and biting cold weather which have pre , . . ,, vailed throughout Montana during the past few days. If the weather does not soon change for. ttye better, the unpre cedented losses of 1S&5-S7 will be repeated | to a large extent! The losses of that ' winter taught stockmen a lesson by | which they have profited, as is evidenced by their method of handling and caring for their herds and flocks. As equally discouraging reports come from Wyoming ranges. Heavy losses are predicted by well-informed cattlemen as the outcome of the recent storms, deep snow and low temperature. Idaho also reports anticipated losses from the same cause. Still the worst is not known, nor hae the mercury halted in its downward course. SOMEWHAT CHILLY. Old timers are having their innings now, and enjoying a sweet revenge. Dur ing the past decade or so many of them have been left talking to empty chairs and bare walls, by their listeners, when in the midst of some truthful story in which they related their experiences with storms and snows and Klondike weather in portions of the Rooky mountains. There has been some pretty cold weather in Montana—real cold weather—it is only somewhat chilly just now. If old Borias would give the mercury or spirits in our theremometers a solar plexus uppercut, and drop either down into the forty's or sixties and keep it there for a week or two, our erstwhile incredulous pilgrims will have the opportunity to enjoy some nince, cool, bracing weather. If only to verify the weather record of the past old times will be justified in wishing tjie blow will be struck. It is only a little chilly now« a a THE LEAVENIS WORKING. Coupled with the news that the rail road system in Cuba has been purchased by a syndicate composed of American and Canadian capitalists comes the sur prising announcement that the Spaniards of that island, numbering 600,000 strong, desire the annexation of Cuba to the United States. They hold that they are not alone in the desire; that many of the wealthier Cubans, who do not favor the ascending to power of the revolutionary party, join them in the wish to become a part of this great country, and that if a vote were taken on the annexation proposition the result would be largely in favor of a union with America. The wish may bo father to the thought as far as the Spaniards are concerned, but be it as it may, there is no question that the leaven of liberty is working in the hearts of the people of the Great Antilles. They have felt the prowess of Americans on the land and on the sea. They have witnessed the superiority of these children of free Institutions in scores of directions new to them, and have become impressed with the advan tages with which a liberty of conscience and of action clothe them. They want some of that pie themselves, and do not hesitate to declare their readiness to come into the American household and partake thereof. There may be quite a large number of Cubans who would oppose the annexation scheme, not because It is not feasible and is impracticable, but because they have, from the beginning of their war with their erstwhile mother country, cherished the hope that they could or would succeed to desirable positions in the new order of tilings which their suc cess would create. It is but natural that these men would oppose any departure from plans which promised the fruition of their hopes. But the leaven is working 3nd is be ing aided by the somewhat—to them— humiliating knowledge that their pov erty would, eventually, render them pow erless to act for good or for evil, if the United States did not come forward to help them bridge over difficulties which they could not, unaided, overcome. As they march along upon the lines marked out by this government they will, soonèr or later, become convinced that a much stronger hand than their own must lead them to a destiny which they cannot at tain single-handed and alone. When they learn this much they will seek what they now spurn—annexation to the most wealthy, most powerful, most progressive and most enlightened nation on earth. WHAT A WOMAN SAYS A woman, writing for the "special wo man's edition" of the Coming Nation, says very many good and pertinent tilings about her sex, many of which will bear reproduction, and, in view of the interest takc.n in the woman suffrage question, are worth remembering. "The highest ambition held out to wo man," says the writer, "used to be to renounce the world, today it is to capture it." Once she was expected to yield or give up everything. Today she is urged to take. She was taught to want little and be satisfied. Today she wants every thing she can think of, and to get more, if possible. This has a libelous flavor, but remember a woman wrote it, prob ably to institute a comparison between the woman of her youth and the woman of today. The maxim that "necessity Is the mother of invention" holds just as good today as it did a century ago, but that "desire is the mother of possesssion" is oftener repeated. If a woman has no longing to learn she will never accomplish anything. If ambition is simply a word she learned to spell when a child, she will sit idly by all her life and never know the meaning. If she considers "love" a well regulated emotion, strictly confined to the family circle, she is living in a cold cellar when she might be out under the broad expanse of heaven's own blue. In a word, a woman should do all she can. be all she can, desire all she can, and attain all she can. Read the highest, deepest, broadest meanings in life and reach out for the perfect fulfill ment of all she can think of. The unthinking world says many un kind things about woman's work and wages—woman in the industrial world. Some say she should stay at home, never have a care, worry about nothing, and never vote. Let the men attend to all that, they are the bread-wlaner Cor th^ family, and women should not enter into competition with men and thus lower the wage scale. This may be answered by asking another question or two. How can a woman stay in a home if she has no home? Who will win her bread if she has neither husband nor father? If we institute and maintain a competitive system, why should one-half the popula tion bo withheld from participating in that "incentive to action" which is the prime recommendation? There is no nat ural law that says a woman shall not work. If she wants work why not give her the opportunity? If she can work and accumulate property, who will say she shall not? If none, then why should she not have a word to say about its management and its rate of taxation? Why should she not have a voice in the government of her own affairs? If these questions be answered in the affirmative, why should she not be heard at the bal lot box? Why should she not vote? Is a woman who has tact and ability to acquire property quite as fully equipped to cast an intelligent ballot as the man who has shuffled along in life without his name appearing upon the assessment roll? Of course she is. Does a woman unsex herself if she is endowed by her Creator with the strength and brains to possess herself of property? No one will question her right to do so. Why should a woman be asked to take $40 a month for work a man cannot do better or faster and gets $75 a month? Is there any justice in this? No one will contend there is, yet this discrimination is being made every day right under our noses. This brings us again to the female suf frage and the asking of another ques tion or two which may thus be stated: If a woman's labor is as valuable in certain industrial lines as a man's in the same vocation, why is not her vote as valuable to the community at large as is her workmate's It is true a woman is held as a voteless creature, and as such is generally held as occupying an inferior position, but, measuring the vote of a woman and that of a man by the influence either may have for good or evil upon the community, they equally balance in the scales of justice; but, • measuring them by the assurance, noise and hurrah of man, the man's vote is esti mated at higher figures. And thatisabout the difference between the worth of the respective votes. But when it comes to the price of each, the man's may be pur chased for bills of three figures—the wo man's is not for sale. Who ever heard of a woman voter being bribed? Now and then a man may be. Let the woman vote. the gallant to its erstwhile dis There was a time in the memory of the youngest of Butte's citizens when fusion among political parties for the remoneti zation of silver at r ratio of lfi to 1, was a most beautiful creation, crowned with a tiara of gold and silver bedecked with rib bons, silken attire and flowers and eham/ pioned—by what it pleased to term itself— the democratic party. That beautiful creation lias been placed in cold storage by its escort, while the latter is now playin carded disavowed gold bug. Time works surprising changes. It now transpires that General Gomez was not authorized to accept Mr. Portor's $3,000,000 to dis'band the Cuban army and send the soldiers to their homes. Many of the generals, acting under the order of Commander-in-Chief Gomez, mount their high horses and declare that the $3,000,000 is a gift from the United States which it would be humiliating to accept. It is JULIUS ELLINfiER & CO'S Madge Lessing High-Grade Cigars H. L. FRANK DISTRIBUTOR BUTTE, MONT. quite likely, however, that if $60,000,000 were offered them the sum would be ac cepted "with thanks." That would not be ■ "humiliating." They also declare that the army cannot be disbanded without an or- ! der from the Cuban assembly, and that Gomez has no authority over the matter, oil of which may be true. But the aver- j age Cuban, who is holding no soft thing in the army and who wants to see the sol diers at home, and working to put the is land on its feet, will believe that Gomez did right in accepting Portor's money. It I seems, however, that the end is not yet. THE GRAKD OPERA HOUSE G, O. McFarland, Resident Mgr. Two Nights Only. Commencing Sunday, February 5, The Great Cuban War Drama, PRISONER OF SPAIN A vivid and realistic presentation of American patriotism, including comedy, pathos and heroism. Thrilling, exciting, stirring episodes during the campaign of our army under General Shafter at San tiago. A thoroughly American drama, full of comedy and excitement. PRICES—25c., 50c., 75e and $1.00. UNION THEATER DICK P. SUTTON. Mgr. - - - Phone, 13 Weefc Commencing Monday, January 30 Andrew McPhee's Big Dramatic and Vaudeville Co Military Band and Orchestra. 25-- PEOPLE--25 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday—"A Husband's Mistake." Thursday and Friday—"The Two Or phans." Saturday and Sunday "East Lynne." Matinees Saturday and Sunday. Week Feb. Gth. HOYT'S "BUNCH OF KEYS." GRAND OPERA HOUSE 3 Nights nml Saturday Matinee, Commenc ing Thursday. February 2d. MESSRS. SMITH AND RICE Present the Quaint Comedian WILLIE COLLIER In the Famous Farce THE MAN FROM MEXICO By H. A. Du Souchet. Author of "My Friend From India." Night prices—25c, 50c, 75c, $1.00, $1.50. Matinee—25c, 50c ,75c and $1.00. Sale of seats Wednesday Feb. 1st, 10 a. m. THE UNION FAMILY THEATER DICK P. SUTTON, Manager. 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To be frank with you its the only kind we care to do and we do it at prices that will pay you to have it done. TBE SCHATZLEIN PAINT CO 14 West Broadway vvwvvvyvvwvwvvwvvvwovv -n\ •• Under State Supervision. Interest Paid on Denosit3. 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. Hcinze. Henry Mueller. Frank Harkins. JOHN A. CREIGHTON........President G. W. STAPLETON......Vice President T. M. IIODGENS..................Cashier Stat9 Savings Bank Paid in Capital ...................$100.00® Surplus and Undivided Profits.... 50,00® 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. Iiodgens. THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF BUTTE. Andrew J. Davis................President James A. Talbot..........Vice President E. B. Weirlck......................Cashier George Stevenson......Assistant Cashier A General BauKim Ensinass Traasailil 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 th, world. Special attention given to collections. 27 N. MAIN STREET W. A. Clark. J. Ross Clark. W. A. Clark & Bro (Successors to Clark & Larabie.) ean:eceir-3 Tiansacts 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 g! 'en to collections. ALEX J. JOHNSTON, Cashier. Win. L. Ilogo. R. C. Chambers. Marcus Daly, M. B. Brownlee, F. E. Sai géant. Hoge, Brownlee & Co BANKERS Eutte City, Montam. Transact a General Faiitrir r mvA Collections promptly attended to. Ex change drawn on all the leading cities of Europe. HOGE, DALY & CO.. ANA ON JA CORRESPONDENTS: Wells. Fargo & Co.. Now York. Wells. Fargo & Co.. Fait Lake. Wells. Fargo & Co., San Francisco. Omaha National Bank, Omaha.