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Bent ol t odge,No.25, A F.& A.M.
Regular communications of the above named Lodge are held at 7:30 p. m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month. Members of sister ledges and sojourning brethren are cordially in vited to attend. RUFUS PAYNE, W. M. Gao. W. CRANE, Secretary. CHOTEAU LODGE, No. 1 , 1. 0. O. F. A regular meeting of the abov Lodge will be aold on Wednesday 'vening of ea( h week at their Lodge room in this city. Sojournng brothers are cordiia;lv invited to attend. CHARLES CRAWFORD, N. G. PsTER McDoNALn. Secretar. IMYONTANA LODGE No. 9, A. O. U. w. The regular communication of the above Lodge convenes at the Masonic Hall every Thursday eve ning at 7:30 o'clock. By the order. CHARLES CRAWFORD, M. W S. GENZBERGER. Recorder. KNIGIHT OF PYTuaIAq. Crescent Lodge No. 4. Meets every Monday night 6 7:30, at Castle Hall in Masonic hall.) H. C. £. cINTIRE, C. C. W. C. RIDDLE. K. of R. and S. a Church seryVces. CONGREGATIONAL. trev. S. B. Demar&st, under the auspices of the Amnerican lHome Missionary Society, is holding serviceu ;t the Court House twice each alternate S tbb:.ta, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sabbath School at 12 m. The public g.encrallv are invited to attend. NOTICE TO ALL. The RI.conn has duly contracted under tie printing law to do all the legal adver ising and public printing for which Cho cau coiunty is chargeable, and has filed he bond required by law. LOC AL NEWS. From Friiay's Daily. Go to Wetzel's for boots and shoes. Chicken feed 5-cents a pound, at Bak er's. Theo. Martin will load for Calgarry at I. G. Baker & Co's. Try the celebrated Richmond Gem tobacco, at Wetzel's. The IIelena mail, due last night, reach ed here at 1 p. in. to-day. The Rosebud and Butte both passed Poplar river yesterday morning. 10,000 pounds of oats just received at I. G. Baker & Co's. John Castner took passage on the Bark er coach for his home on Belt Creek this murnia g. Che wing tobacco 40 cents a pound, at I. ,G. Baker & Co's. The Sun River stock association will bold a micthing at Sun River, May 5th, to :ai.ra4igei for the spring round-up. I. G. Baker & Co. sold to Northern parties 124 doors and 125 sets ofwfndow sash. The largest sale ever made in Ben ton in this line. A grading outfit from the western ter minus of the Northern Pacific is in Benton en route to Fort Walsh to work on the C(anadian Pacific railroad this summer. Mr. Spitzley, proprietor of the Grand Union Hotel, has hired white waiters for his dining room, discharging his colored help after supper last nIght. The North Western Mounted Police commenced moving their buildings at Ft. Macleod, about three miles west of town, as they are afraid of a flood. I. G. Baker & Co. have quite a novelty in the way of some canvass boats designed for hunting and fishing parties. They are 12 feet long, 3 feet wide, and weigh about 40 pounds, and when folded up can be car ried in a seamless sack. The morning reprint has no respect for the intelligence of its readers when it tries to palm off guess news for special de spatches. When the peoile of this burg are unable to do their own guessing, they will seek information from the repint. Was your Fort Peck Indian news a pri vate despatch, also? A Fine Catch. One of T. C. Power & Bro's. bull trains, J. W. Allison wagonmaster, is unloading at Power's warehouse one of the largest and finest lot of robes ever brought into Benton, they are the result of the winter's trade at Fort Belknap. More Theiving. Jack Harris reports that Sam Pippen has had four head of horses stolen from his ranch at Box Elder. Dick Maloney, on his way from Clagett to Benton, had his horse stolen from him at the Coal Banks, undoubtedly the work of Indians. PERSONAL. -Paris Gibson came back to-day. Jas. Gray of Highwood, is in town. -W. H. Kanouse left on to-day's coach for Macleod. -H. W. Neihotf, of Shonkin, is registered at the Chotean House. - W. G. Conrad and Charles Price left this morning for Sun river. -George Samples arrived in Benton last night an extended trip east. -J. H. Rice and Col. Lenning started this morning on a trip to Wolf creek, Ju dith Basin. Ed. Lewis came in on the Helena coach this morning. He will have his mule teams on the road again shortly. -J. W. Allison, Belknap; A. M. Kellar, Wmin. K. Craig, Missoula; Qhas. Lamer, Missouri; Jos. Norris, are registsred at the. Choteau House. Joseph Mason, Belt Creek; William Morrow, Ft. Assinnaboine; F. ,. Eybut, Cincinnati, Ohio; Jack Harris, WThos. Joliff, Marias, are registered at the Over land. -James Livin.ston, formerly Hospital Steward at this place, has aeepted a posi- 4 tion with M. A. Flansga w nd will be in Benton with his family th, the o80th. -W. J. Miar, the pop bagglet of Benton,,came in on the Helena coach to- 4 day. Mr. Minar has been to New York 4 buying g stock of goodis it bit rdg store 1 here. He is looking u~sarkably wlr toma 4 his many frieds will be0 g&d t 1o MM' 1I after his long abseno. i Presbyterian' Church Services Will not be held any longer in the store room on Front street heretofore occupied. Church services and Sabbath School will d be held in the front room of my house for r the next three or four Sabbaths, when we expect that a more permanent place will be made ready. My front room will be fitted up especially for the purpose, and I hope that all those who have been with us during the past two months will feel just as free to come here as to go to a more public room. Our morning service is at 11 o'clock, Sunday School is at noon, and a our evening service will be changed to 8 o'clock for the summer months. My house is directly across the street from the public school building. Everyone is most cordially invited to attend. May 4,1883. C. L. RICHAiDS. Burglary. A burglary was committed at Sun River a few days ago, three men breaking into the house of Frank Cooper and stealing two overcoats, a revolver, gold watch, a pair of boots and several other articles. Mr. Cooper traced the thieves to Benton, and Officer Finnegan succeeded in arrest ing them this afternoon, finding the great erpart of the property on their persons, and immediately started in company with Mr. Cooper after some teams that left town this morning, one of the prisoners having given information that he had disposed of some of the stolen property to some team sters, supposed to be the outfit that left for Fort Walsh this morning. Officer Finnegan deserves great credit for his prompt action in this matter. In the absence of the Sheriff and both depu ties the responsibility rested entirely with him. Indian News. Charles Thomas came to town this after noon from Fort Macleod. He reports that last Saturday night (April 28th) a party of Indians went into Jeff Davis' herd of work cattle, which were camped on Milk river -near the Macleod road, and drove two of the cattle off about three miles and shot them. One of the cattle they butchered, taking all the flesh and leaving nothing but the hide behind, the other one escap ed, but was shot in two different places. The night was very stormy and dark, thus enabling the Indians to do their work well and escape unseen. These Indians are supposed to be Piegans from Black foot Agency, as three Indians stopped Jack Lee the same morning and asked him for food, telling him that they were Piegans from Bllckfoot Agency and were starving. and that the agent would not give them any thing to eat and that they were going to Sweet Grass HIills to hunt. Davis' train is now at the Coal Banks en route to Benton. Telegrams were sent to Col. Ilges, commanding Fort Assinaboine and to W. G. Conrad who left this morn ing for Sun river. Two companies of In fantry from Fort Shaw, under the com mandof Lieut. Stough, are camped near Joe Kipp's place on the Mfarias. They in tend forci:g the Indians to cross the river to their reservation. BARON FOLEY. t His Opinion of the Barker District, and the Present Outlook for the Mines. Mike Foley came in town on last night's coach, from Barker, to purchase goods for his store at Hughesville, Barker District. Mike states that the camp is a little dull at present, but that the leads are looking splendid, and the more work done the i better the prospects are. There are about forty men at work in the Silver Belle, C under the direction of T. D. McCarty, an r old experienced miner from Nevada" This fine body of ore, over which there has been so much controversy the last few months, the smelter company paying $24, 000 to the parties who jumped it last Jan uary, is one of the best leads in the camp, and from the present outlook is liable to be one ot the best in the Territory. The lease on the Wright & Edwards, held by the Clendenin mining and smelt ing company, has expired, and no work has been done for some days, but this fine property will not be allowed to lay idle long. The Vanderbilt lode has had considerable work done on it the past winter, and shows up a magnificent vein pf ore six feet be tween walls, the lowest returns on ore being 30 oz. to the ton, and some of it run ning waq up. The sh a$ is down 40 feet on the lead, and work is being pushed on a tunnel that will tap the lead at a 100 foot level. They are in 75 feet and will strike the vein in a short time. The smelter at Clendenin is turning out more bullion than ever before, and of a better quality, but will probably have to shut down in a few days as the supply of coal is almgst exhausted. D. F. Rice, an experienced man from-Butte, is werking a large force of men, burning coal,-and in a short time will have enough ahead so that there will be no further trouble on that score. Mike is surprised at the marked Im prevements made in Benton since he was here last,,and winas' afraid otgetl s lapt the many hallways and crooks and turns in the Grand Union. Who Did *t One of the large panagbfgis1 thdoor of the County Clerk's office in the Racoan building, was broken out at an early 'hour this morning by some party or parties un known. Constable Scott was at the 4,fll8 shortly after day light and at that time the door was all right. Nothing is missing in theoffic, so that robbery w o 10 .t 0eob ject, and it can only be laid t? malCitous .mischief or accldentrS the"ii' t of some one. . 'A telegram was vroecil rp , Conrad yesterday dated at Ottw, sna 'here . id l i ill pl , t 1, From Saturday's daily. Helena mail, due last night, reaches here at 10 o'clock this morning. Ike Clark started after beef cattle fol l Kennedy & Kelley this morning. The French boys' bull teams rolled it from the Marias this morning loaded witl cord wood. The O'CONNELL O. K. WHISKY is not fraud, but a genuine article. W. S. Wet zel is sole agent for Montana. Frank L. Adkinson, of the Helena Land t Office, is expected in Benton about the 1 20th inst., to take proof in a land claim. Thomas Spellman was arrested last nighi on a warrant issued by Judge Tattan charged with petty larceny, in stealing $20 from John Kreig. One hundred dollars' worth of trees were shipped to Macleod to-day per coach by C. M. Young, consigned to Jonas Jones for his own and other ranches on Old-Man's river. J. M. Carroll, commercial traveler, started for Helena this a. m. and lost his way in the suburbs and had to return to the city and take a fresh start. The Martinsdale mail, due here Thurs day, has not made its appearance up to the time of going to press and no word has been received from it. The storm must have been very severe in the direction of Billings or some serious accident has happened to the coach. A Protitable Visit. Frank Bosworth, the genial traveling agent for Iler & Co., wholesale liquor dealers, leaves town this afternoon for Sun river, en route to Helena. Bos. has made many new friends in this his first trip to the River Metropolis in connection with Iler & Co., and has had an exceedingly good trade, making sales to asi amount far beyond his most sanguine expectations. Bad Roads. Ed. Lewis, who came in on this morn ing's Helena coach, reported the roads as in a terrible condition. The snow is still deep on the Bird Tail Divide and last night's storm will make it much worse. Ed. states that near the Lake station the road is impassable, the mud completely blocking the wheels, compelling the coach to stop every hundred feet to clean them. Progress of the Rou4d.Up. Jack Harris with a portion of his round up outfit came in town after provisions last evening. They have been working cattle up from the Coal Banks and out of the Missouri river bottoms, and will cross them to this side of the Marias before the June rise. Mr. Harris says that a large number of cattle drifted down into that section of country last winter, and that they have all wintered well and are in fine conditiou this spring. Bound Over. James Clark, Jahn Ryan, and Charles Mayo, the men arrested by Officer Finne gan yesterday afternoon, were taken be fore Judge Kanouse this morning and bond over to appear at the next term of the District Court. In default of the bond, $1, 000 each, they were committed to the coun ty jail. Thecrime of burglary was com mitted in Lewis and Clark county, but the statutes provides that a crime committed in an adjoining county can be tried in the county in which the goods are found. Real Estate Transfers. Chas. Brier and wife have sold to Lin coin and Riser lots 39, 40, 41 and 42, block 100. Consideration $200. Howell Harris and wife sold to Lincoln and Riser lots 19 and 20, block 116. Con sideration $150. Wm. Rowe and wife sold to Lincoln and Riser lots 15 and 16, block 110. Consider ation $150. F. C. Roosevelt and wife have sold to Frank M. Wilson lots 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14, block 31, Roosevelt addition--consider ation $900. Herman Brinkman, administrator, sold to Wm. Rowe lots 11 and 12 in block 29. Consideration $175. Got Them. Sherift James McDevitt reached town to day at 2 o'clock with four Piegan Indians, a warrant for whose arrest was issued by the last Grand Jury, charging five In dians with killing cattle belopging to Sol. Abbott. 'The Sherift leftBenton the 27th of April in ompanynvith°Sol. Abbott and two others and succeeded in finding four of the Indians he wanted at the Agency and arrested them without much trouble, the fifth, they were alnable to find. This prompt action on the part of the Grand Jury and the energetic and successful co operation on the part of the Sheriff, will strike terror into the balance of the Plegan tribe who have a wholesome dread of the white man's jail, and will go a long ways toward stopping the killing of cattle on the ranges, which has got to be a very serious matter. Time for Them. Packages shipped to parties in Benton bgqxpress over the overland mail route hbe formerly been held at Helena until chsrge&w~re paid, often dansing vexatious delays. Mr. Pow;.ea sgeatif Benton & Helena Stage Co., informs~s~s that arran gements have been perfected so that all packages will be sent through without de lay and iall eharges colected here at the Benton ofllce.-· .... This is all right, but why the express Ccodpany did not make similar arrange ments years ago is a mystery not easly explained. ,Wells, argo'a p ress ex de Y ny to Port Shaw, where all ex matter for Bent had to remain un.. consigiee could be r ot ed and the money forwr for 4ght$a goq4,. soited. veuf ohu ot lea I d hau $ , Eýt be lt' ,.&.j= ~~ I New StoCk, Gee. Samples' many friends Were pleased to shake hands with him again last evening, on his return after an absence of nearly six months from the Territory. Mr. Samples has made quite an extensive b trip East, and combining business with pleasure, has brought two carloads of fine a mares and a thoroughbred Bremer stallion. - The mares consist of 22 head of fine bred animals, from yearlings to three year old, I and it is Mr. Samples' intention to breed e exclusively for saddle horses to supply the constantly increasing demand for horses t to handle cattle on. His stallion is from a I fine family of running stock. We did not learn his record, but have no doubt it is a good one. Mr. Samples wintered his work cattle on the Juodith, and tells us they are all in fine condition. He will probably yoke up as soon as he returns to the ranch, and come to Benton for loading. From Monday's daily. Henry Niehoff swam his work cattle across the river yesterday. Oliver Pichett's teams are loading at I. G. Baker & Co's. for Big Spring creek to day. Ten thousand pounds of potatoes were received at I. G. Baker's to-day from Lacey's ranch on the Shonilin, The Calamaty Jatie started for Clagett this morning Dick Maloney and Bill Thompson captain and mate, respectively. T. C. Power & Bro's. have a fine selec tion of buffalo robes from those received from Belknap ,last week and are selling them at retail at a low figure. Call and examine them. Lieut. Harding with a detachment of twelve men, are stationed at the Coal Banks to guard the Goverment freight during the boating season. The mail from Billings, due here Thurs day night, did not come in until this morn ing. The coach that came in on Saturday night brought nothing but the Judith mail. Jere Sullivan has just received from the east by express the finest lot of imported cigars ever brought to Benton. Among other brands are the celebrated Elite De Havana, Upmann, Bachelor, and Pickwick Bouquet. Stetison & Makay have started driving their wood down the Teton. They have about 700 cords to drive, and have their boom at W. B. Settle's ranch, where it will be taken out of the water and hauled to Benton for use at their brick yard. Tellitson, the Martinsdale stageldriver, informns us that he saw a war party of some twei,ty Indians a few miles this side of Arrow creek on Saturday morning, they were heading up the creek in the direction of the Big Sag. At the meeting of the Sun River Stock Association May 5th, at Sun River, it was decided to start work on the spring round up on the 28th of May, and to begin work at the Elbow of the Teton river. The question of whether O'Donnell or O'Connell makes the best whisky, is be coming a serious matter in Benton. No one is able to decide which is the best, but good judges agree that both brands are c remarkably good. We understand that the hay and wood contract for Fort Assinn'iboine has been let. The prices being $12 per ton for hay and $11.70 per cord for wood. These are very low figures compared with former contract rates. Two horses were stolen out of the corral at Box Elder station twenty miles this side of Assinnaboine, on Friday night. A corporal and two soldiers are stationed there to protect the stage stock, but they failed to see or here anything of the thieves. Word has been received from J. Gal braith, of the Teton, who is at Fort Walsh in search of his horses stolen by the Crees in one of their late raids, that he has re covered one horse and has hopes of get ting the others. They have been taken to the railroad, but he has track of them and will follow at once. He also sends word to stockmei to look out for more raids, as a war party of fifty Crees have just left there. This is undoubtedly the party who I ran off Jack Harris' stock yesterday morn ing. Ek1IaU1AdL. -Jared Smith, of Highwood, is in town. -Richard Maloney left by boat this a. m. for his home at Clagett. --John LaMott, of Arrow creek, came in from his ranch this morning. -Hon. JosA.A Biker came in from his horse ranch on Highwood yesterday. -Jno. Steele, Lone Tree station, came in this morning on the belated Martins dale coach and is registered at the Over land. -Lieut. Geo. S. Hoyt. Quartermaster at Fort Assinnaboine, and wife, are regis tered at the Grand Union, and will spend .a few days in the city. -Capt. C. R. Piul and wife, of Feet Assinnaboine, arrived in the River Me tropolis yesterday and are stopping-at the Grand Union. -Geo. D. TPatterson has rented the building on Main street lately occupied by H. P. Hepler for his mother and two sis ters, who are expected on one of the first boats. Pcific arouse The Pacific Hotel, whose advertisement appears in another colam, is a large new two story brfck building well furnished, and does credit t.the city. Mr. I ulbert sor, the proprietor, is a first-class hotel nmaand gives bipersonil attention to all departments ofithe hose, aMiss e.. o heQ ullan was appointed Librarian of the Benton Public Library at amtg ot e ectors held yestrday fftrnok ~i Is *the' state d iort` Itrectors to baarthe Libr ppe 4 th+fm E af t Hotel Arrivals. John Eperson, Belt creek; Phil Whaley, Barker; H. W. Niehoft, Shonkin; and Frank Caffry, Ft. Assinnaboine, are regis tered at the Choteau House. Charles Thomas, Fort Macleod; Richard Maloney, Clagett; Sol. Abbott, Marias; Geo. [Clark, Helena; John Steele, Lone Tree; John LaMott, Arrow creek; Frank Warmer, Hughsville, are registered at the Overland. C. Hackshaw and wife, Beltane; J. C. McCord, Highwood; Geo. S. Hoyt and wife, U. S. A., C. R. Paul and wife. U. S. A.; W. D. Jones, N. C. Warner, Ed. D u gan, and C. J. Mcl4ran, are registered at the Grand Union. George Sample, Judith; Thus. Atkin son, F. M. Chambarlin, Missouri; Geo. M. Woods, J. Cobell, Shonkin; E. P. Woods, Centervill; James Gray, Highwood; and C. H. Gage, Wolf creek, are registered at the P~citic. From Tuesday's Daily. "House," the painter, is painting a large sign for the Riverside Cemetery. We learn from good authority that Fort Walsh will probably be removed to Maple creek in a short time. Barney Tierney's saloon is closed for re- 1 pairs, the club room up stairs is still open. Charlie Crawford sent a load of hay to- 4 day to the Assinnaboine Stage Co. ] Judge Tattan was presented with an ele- 1 gant meerschaum pipe this morning by Dick Brennan. Kelly's train, ffom Cypress, Ft. Walsh, came in this afternoon loaded with hides for I. G. Blaker & Co. Hirshberg & Nathan will have their new ] warehouse, on Main street, finished by the a time the first boats arrive. . The Atheletic Club of Fort Benton were ( on the river again last evening in their boat. They are getting to be expert ores men. Complete camping outfits and every thing you want, for sale cheap, at the C auction house of Robertson & Kendall, on C Front street. 700 cords of wood will be driven down the Teton for the brick yard at Benton. a An error in last night's issue caused the item to read 100 cords. C. M. Young, the irrepressible tree man, left for t;e Shonkin and Highwood creeks this morning on a delivery trip. He will probably retu.nl to-morrow. Charley Clay, of Rock creek, Wyoming, t who has the Goverment freight contract i for Fort)McKinney, Wyoming, caume in on yesterday's .IHelena coach, and left 1 again this morning for the East. The telegraph line is down, so Mr. c Wheaton informs us, and we are unable to give any information to-day of the where- > abouts of the Butte and Rosebud, but they v have, in all probability, passed Rocky f Point. s The only lively corner in town to-day is t the RECORD block. Issuing deeds for town t lots on the reservation addition, and the t meeting of the Commissioners, have brought about all the people into this neighborhood who feel like moving around. V. K. Goss, formerly of Sullivan and Goss, of Benton, has been seriously ill, and a short time ago was reported to be at the point of death. Mr. Joe Sullivan received word from Deer Lodge yesterday that he was better, but not out of danger as yet. There is nothing mean about Dick Brennan when he takes a notion to favor his friends. The pipe presented by Dick to Judge Tattan this morning would have been no mean gift for the President of the United States. How did you come to think about that, Dick e On the arrival of the boats, the finest stock of harness ever exhibited in this C Territory will be found at Joe. Sullivan's b Harness and Saddle Emporium, on Front street. The goods are not only handsome t but every article will be warranted by a I practical workman, who knows what he is talking about. Examine every piece of h harness in town and then call on Joe. ( Sullivan, and if he don't give you better material and better workmanship for less m.ney, he will make you a present of his whole establishment. W. B. Settle is arranging a very fine col lection of minerals and petrifactions at his a ofifice on Main street, which will, when fin- t ished, be as fine a cabinet as there is in Benton. Amongst other strange forma tions he has portions of a petrified snake, a branch of a pine tree turned into stone, and a mastodon tooth that he has been of fered as high as $75 for. Mr. Settle takes considerable pride in showing some snakes preserved in spirits, that he himself caught on the highest peak of the Blue Ridge mountains in old Virginia, several years ago. His collection of ores from our neighboring maning districtsis remarkably fine. Acildent at -lagett. A telegram was received by Dr. Kneed ler this morning from the Coal Banks to the effect that a man at Clagett had had his leg badly shattered above the knee, and wanted the doctor to come down at once, Matt Adams sends the telegram from the Coal Banks, but does not mention the par ty's name who is injured or how the acci dent occurred. Commia.ssmeris'Ileetin g. The Board of County Commissioners met a 3 p. m..to-ay at the County Clerk's office inthe BEeoRDibuilu ng. The old Martinsdale county, trade up then biggueposite Begtn, was abolished and tie. ECommissionor will to-morrow view inew road to,.b buti to croa s the Shonkin at falcomb Morrow's. A special Ar tagif l3 mills on the Ulla, opial cialy pro y, wroa d d. del, o o " f the new HO rs for Bad Weather for Lambs. A gentleman who left Fort Maginnis d Sunday last states that the late storm was very severe in the direction of Billings, and that the sheep men in that section of I country have sustained considerable losses. At Martinsdale the snow fell to a depth of two feet and at Ubet about eighteen inches. As the sheep men were in the midst of the lambing season, their losses of young lambs are heavy. The Montana Sheep Co., are among the heaviest losers, 50 per cent. of their lamb crop being killed by the cold deep snow. Other owners, by great exertion and expense, succeeded in saving many that would have died. A storm this late in the season, of so severe a character, is something unusual in this part of the country and the stock men were poorly prepared for it. Indian Beef Contracts. The government has awarded the follow ing Indian agency beef contracts, to wit: Standing Rock, A. G. Evans, $4.07; Fort Hall, G. T. Newman, $3.79; Shonshone, G. T. Newman, $3.99; Fort Berthold, W. E. Hughes, $4.30; San Carlos, H. B. Denman, $3.891"; Colorado River, H. B. Denman, $5.23; Santee, W. C. Connors, $4.29; Yankton, II. C. Slavens, $4.25; United Valley, tind White River, A. C. Slavens, $4.17; Crow'creek, If. C. Slavens, $4.17; Lower Burle, W. JI. Merriam, $4. 14; Pine Ridge, E. T. Newman, $3.79; Rosebud, Alexadder Frazer, $3.98; all In dian Territory, W. C. O'Briene, $3.73; Gort Belknap, T. C. Power, $5.69; Fort Peck, T. C. Power, $5.42; Sisseton School, Marcus Johnson, $4.99; Nevada, E. Gris wold, $9 net; Southern Ute, Z. Staat, $3. 80r Cheyenne River, A. G. Evans, $4.09; Devil's Lake School, E. D. C onnings, $5. 25 gross; Mescalero, A. J. Conriffe, $3. 43; Blackfeet, G. T. !Newman, $4; Crow, G. T. Newman, $4.19. P Plr D yq. Our city is at present in the dullest stage of the whole year. Business is almost at a comparative stand still, and a stranger in Benton to-day would wonder what there was to justify the mammoth stock of goods and the number of large business houses. In but a few short days all this stagnation will be gone like magic, and a bustle and activity succeed it that will surprise any one that has not been in Benton during the boating season. The last few days before the first boat arrives are always the dullest of the year. Buyers from out of town; ranchers, freighters and miners, knowing that all the stores are short of goods are all waiting. The first boat will hardly be tied up at the levee before they will begin to flock in from all points of the compass. Store keepers, whose supply point is Benton, to buy their spring goods; bull teams, mule teams and horse teams, will string into town from all directions for freight; ranchers for their summer supplies; stock men to outfit their round up parties, and men interested in mines, to obtain machinery to work them; and there will be people in town who are ex pecting friends or relations from the East. The magic first boat will start the boom. From Wednesday's daily. Straw hats at Wetzel's. The Butte reached Fort Hawley at 9 p. m. on May 7th. Straw hats, London styles, just received by express at Hirshberg & Nathan's. The river is rising fast, and there is a very good stage of water for the boats. The County Commissioners took a trip to the Poor Farm, on the Teton, to-day. Pete Labelle's teams went out to Ed. Keister's ranch to load oats for I. G. Bak er & Co. The County Commissioners go to Belt Creek to-morrow, to inspect the new bridge. Gisey's bull teams crossed the river yes terday afternoon, loaded with lime for Benton. Buck & Hunt have made a sale of fifteen lots to the Benton Building Association. Consideration, $900. We learn from the "rcprint" that Matt Adams broke his leg at the Coal Banks. Wonder if that was a "special despatch ?" The County Commissioners went to the Shonkin this afternoon to look out a location for the bridge on the new coun ty road at [alcomb Morrow's ranch. Jack Wilson has refurnished, painted and papered his saloon on Front street, making it one of the coslest resorts in town for a quiet, sociable, first-class'drink. Call and see Jack. The Martinsdale coach did not get in last night and had not arrived up to time of going to press to-day. The bad roads seem to be demoralizing this run. Jos. Sullivan has for sale some of the finest saddles ever exhibited in the Terri tory, made in his shop on Main street, for fine workmanship, strength and durabili ty, they cannot be excelled. The weather this morning was warm and pleasant. Ice men did a rushing business, and straw hats made their ap pearance on the heads of our citizens, and in the show windows of the stores. This af ternoon, rubber boots and overcoats came to the front. As usual, when important information is required, the Government telegraph wire is down, and no news of the boats can be obtained. This, however, will afford the morning reprint an opportunity to get in some more guess work, under the heading of "River News" and "Private Despatch es." W. S. Wetzel is fortunate in having .shipped his large stock of boots and shoes and dry goods via Billings, thus avoiding the lossothers will sustain by the wreck of the steamer Bighorn. They will be here day after to-tmorow. Ctty Marshal Charles CrawI4, lade th rounds of the iy s e ox g mi e the Bonditio of the streets and al eys4. It s advia* for eeveral pres to .lo .the plies of rubbish on their moo'tw o we r given fatl nt' aha stsrdq# "The superb energy of the Northern Pacific management" is the way the Miner speaksof the road and its manager, Henry Villard. while the Independent writes a leading article with a display head on the arrival of the "managenent" in Helena. About this time next year the columns of all the papers of Montana will be devoted to denunciations of "that souless copora tion, the Northern Pacific Railroad, man aged by Henry Villard." Ed. Traynor came up from the Missouri yesterday,where he has been wintering and getting out cord wood for his wood yard, about six miles above Clagett. Ile reports that he has seen no Indians, but is satis tied that they have been through his vici nity, but thinks they were River Crows and not Crees. A detachment of troops from Fort Maginnis are stationed across the river above Clagett. They have sent an Indian scout into Clagett to warn the settlers that a war party of Crees were in the neighbojhood. The Helena coach e:une in at a late hour lastnight and the driver was conmpelled to get down from his seat at the postoifce to throw off the mail, having no one to assist him, and his team took fright at the noisy laughing of some belated parties and ran away, dashing from the postoflice and down the road that leads to the lower ferry and into the river,[ the ferry boat being on the other side of the river. The cold water must have cooled them off, as they stopped before getting into swim ming water, and the driver, Tom llale,was able to get to theut an ] got them out. No damage was done beyond a good wetting for both driver, coach and horses, PERSONAL. -John Lepley left for his ranch in the Big Sag, this afternoon. --Cols. Rice and Leming returned last evening after quite an extensive trip to tihe Judith country. -Maj. Lincoln, Indian agent at Fort Belknap, is registered at the Grand Union. -F. A. Blckfordcame In with Major Lincoln this morning. -James Rowe is in from his ranch on the Missouri. -Frank IIasner left on the Barker coach to-day. -We understand that Mr. Nathan, of Hirshberg & Nathan, and his wife were on the ill-fated steamer Bighorn. -Lee Shackelford, the gentlemanly clerk of the Overland Hotel, returned from the Shonkin to-day. -Hon. J. A. Baker went out to his horse ranch, on Highwood Creek, this in orning. -0. C. Peterson, Little Pittsburg; and Malcomb Morrow, Jr., Shonkin; are reg istered at the Grand Union. Loss of the Rig Horn. A telegram was received by T. C Power & Bro. to-day, stating that the steamer Big Horn of the Coulson line had struck a snag and was a total loss. The news of the disaster caused considerable excite, ment in town, as almost all of our mer chants have consignments of freight on her. The telegram was very brief, and gave no particulars as to where the acci dent occurred, or how, and the wire being down, we are unable to give our readers any more information at present. Her cargo consisted of 173 tons of government freight, and an assortment df goods con signed to 1. G. Baker, Baker & DeLori mer, Hirshberg & Nathan, W. S. Wetzel, and Murphy, Maclay & Co. The Bighorn is the companion boat of the Rosebud and is comparatively new. She was built for the Yellowstone river, rand ran there dur ing the season of '76, and spade her first trip to Benton the spring of '78. Capt. Jno. A. Williams, the commatrider of the ill-fated Red Cloud that was wrecked last fall, was in command, and J. Q. A. Parr clerk. Additional particulars are anx iously looked for. As near as we can learn all of the Benton merchants interested are fully covered by insurance, so that their only loss will be the delay caused in the delivery of goods. Indian News, Major Lincoln, of the Fort Belknap Agency, arrived in Benton to-day by pri vate conveyance, en route to C. L. Fish's ranch on Highwood, where Mr. Lincoln's wife is visiting. The Major bririgs some startling Indian news. He states that information was received by Col. Ilges, command ing at Fort Assinnaboine, that the Crees were gathering their forces preparatory to a general war. Three hundred lodges un der the chief's Big Bear, Lucky Man, and Little Pine, are camped within 25 miles of Fort Walsh, preparatory to crossing the line into Montana to avenge the loss of the Crees killed in the late horse stealing raids. This Information was brought to Col. Ilges by trustworthy scouts who had been at the Cree camp, and rode directly to Assinnaboine to report. Col. Ilges at once despatched couriers to Fort Walsh to British authorities, demanding that they take immediate action in the matter and prevent the intended raid if possible. Couriers were also sent by Major Lincoln to the Belknap Agency to recall his In dians, a greater portion of them being out at the foot of the Little Rockies after buf falo. Col Ilges, the Major informs us, thinks that the first attack will be made on Assinabolne and ~Gros Ventres In dians, and that it will be a general war, in which case the stock interests of the coun try are bound to suffer and no man's life willbe safe on the prairie, Two com panies of cavalry under Capt. McAdams left Assinnaboine on Monday to intercept the raiding Crees who stole the horses of theBenton and St. Louis Cattle company Sujtday morning last, with orders to make a day and night march if necessary. The Indians at Belknap are contented and peaceable, and up to the present had heard no Indian news to excitetthet, 1he MAJor thinki this news will scare hite sortwhat and battbley will all be at the agenoy k a abori;at time, T *ave quita repti san will rnine abot S