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Fort Benton, M. T.
CASH CAPITAL, (Paid up) 8100,000
ScUiPJUS, - - s55,000
W. G. CONRAD, President
JOS. S. HILL, Vice-Prest.
E. G. MACLAY, Cashier.
WE1 TRANSACT
A General
BANKING BUSINESS,
DIRECTORS:
W. G. CONRAD. T. C. POWER.
S. T. HAUSER, E. G. MACLAT,
.JOHN HIUNSBERGER. JOS. S. HILL,
R. A. LUKRE.
NOTICE TO ALL.
The RiECORD has duly contracted under
he printing law to do all the legal adver
ising and public printing for which ( ho
eau cou:nty is chargeable, and has filed
he bond required by law.
CITY AND VICINITY.
Iloosevelt is selling furniture at bed
rock prices.
The business house of Ilirsliberg & Na
than was beautitied to-day by the addition
of a coat of paint.
The Macleod coach yesterday brought
in Will. . J. inckley and Mr. Sinclair, of
the Fort. Both gentlemen will make quite
a lengthy visit.
A. J. l)avidson, the well-known sad
tiler, is disposing of his stock with the in
tention of going out of business. Great
bargains can be obtained at his place.
T. C. Power & Bro. improved the ap
pearance of their counting room to-day by
laying down a beautiful oil cloth. Power
& Bro. are always enterprising.
Kleinschmidt & Bro. have now one of
the best arranged grocery houses in the
Territory. Under the fostering care of
Mr. Theodore Fuhrkin their business must
raplidly improve.
Police items are scarce. Under the in
ltuence of the river press the morality of
the community at large is becoming very
wearisome. That organ of godliness is
spoiling the business of the news hunter.
There will be a meeting of the fire de
partment this evening at which all mem
bers are requested to be present. Busi
ness of importance is to be transacted, in
cluding the election of a chief.
Joseph Sullivan, the leading saddler of
the Territory, is constantly making im
provements. His latest move is a new
coal house, which is now being built next
to his shop.
A great many residents of surrounding
districts are coming into the city and
bringing much trade with them as a mat
ter of course. £he harvest will soon be
over and a great boom may be looked for
:in business in Benton before many days.
The river press is as religious as it is
worthless. When a corrupt mortal is sud
denly possessed of a "'stricken conscience"
he bellows his love of morality with the
startling emphasis of an enraged bull, and
to the ordinary observer his goodness is
perfectly startling. Really religious ad
vice from either of the God-fearing pro
prietors of theorgan of morality up the
street, however, seems to be so totally de
void of weight that it goes through the
public mind without causing a tremor, and
their "medicine talk" to the city editor of
this paper this morning will be generally
taken, as it should be, with a large grain
of allowance.
DDaPTiIaai PRFVENTIOM.
Safety from Conflagrations Insured
by the Arrival of the N9ew
Fire Engine.
The heart of the "fire laddie" is glad to
day and the average citizen feels very
good internally over the safe arrival of
the new fire engine, the "Choteau." The
new machine is of the Button manufac
ture, made in Waterford, N. Y., is num
bered 685, was built this year, and pur
chased in St. Paul in May last. It is of
the newest pattern, of course, and, al
though a hand-engine, will undoubtedly
Ado all the work required in a city the size
of ours. The City Council, when the
'question of ordering an engine was being
agitated, very wisely chose the cheapest
and most practical machine to be had.
The city fathers are certainly to be con
gratulated on their judgement and the
fire department will agree with THE
RECORD that the council's choice was a
wise one.
Tom [J. Todd, forman of the Engine
company, No. 1, together with C. B.
Fowler, assistant foreman, Jere Sullivan
and George McCormick went down to the
mouth of the Marias yesterday morning
and, takiqg the engine from the steamer
Black Hills, brought it safely to the city.
It is now quartered in the Park stableson
Baker street, and it is the object of much
curiosity. The new machine will be put
in thorough order by Frank Lepper, the
well known machinist, and the fire de
partment will give it a trial Wednesday
.evening. The engine company meets to
morrow evening to make arrangments for
the trial.
With the engine was ordered one thous
and feet of hose, which will be ample to
protect the business portion of the city.
The water for fire purposes will be obtain
ed from the river. The only feature lack
ing now, in order to render the city almost
absolutely safe from fire, is the building
,of a few cisterns in the residence portion.
Benton has a great many beautitul and
costly private dwellings and it seems the
-duty of the city fathers to give them all
the protection, possible, as THa RaooxD
presumes they will,
The new engine, together with the
ibook and ladder truck and the "bucket
,,brigade," will ceftalnly give uualptnty of
protecton and' e fear ofTdis mtT
flagrations which may have been present
in the mind of the property owner hereto
fore can now be put away forever. Benton
has a fire department which will soon be
noted througout the Territory and, under
the direction of such men as Tom J. Todd,
Jere Sullivan and C. B. Fowler, the pro
perty of every citizen is almost absolutely
safe. Let every mant give them the en
couragement they are entitled to.
From Saturday's daily.
James Guill came in from Helena this
afternoon.
The new sidewalks on Front street are
worth their weight in gold.
Mr. Jacob Medary, of Helena, left for
home on the morning's coach.
Bourassa & DeChamp will sell fourteen
pounds of bread for one dollar.
O. W. Kelly, Esq., is on the sick list,
but no serious results are anticipated from
his illness.
J. A. Manly, with the J. M. W. Jones
Lithograph Company, left for Helena this
morning.
The Odd Fellows had a special meeting
last night at' which much business was
transacted.
There will probably be no service at
either of the churches to-morrow, all min
isters being out of the city.
This has been another remarkably quiet
day and even John Hunsberger didn't
know enough news to keep him busy talk
ing.
Sheriff W. D. Cameron, of Meagher
county, came in from White Sulphur
Springs last night and is registered at the
Overland.
A number of T. C. Power & Bro.'s
teams arrived this morning from the Big
Casino Mills, Reed's Fort, each loaded with
lumber to be used in the construction of
sidewalks.
Charles Roeth, of Big Falls, is in the
city. He has recently disposed of his in
terests there to Mr. A. Chandler, of Far
go, D. T., who is also quartered at the
Grand Union.
City Engineer Griffith left this morning
for the ranch of the Benton & St. Louis
Cattle Company, on the Marias, forty miles
from the city, where he will be engaged
for five or six days.
Henry Kennerly, County Assessor, left
this afternoon to look after property on
the Marias. His deputy, Ed. Flint, went
out on the Shonkin. Arrow creek and ad
joining territory this morning.
Quite a number of freighters came in to
day, and their presence had a tendency to
liven up business. The festive freighter
is a power in the land, and he can scarcely
make his visits too numerous.
George P. Schenck, representing the
Geneva Nursery, of Rochester, N. Y., is
in the city, quartered at the Overland.
He is determined to supply everyone
around Benton with trees from his cele
brated nursery.
A number of business men who will be
required to move their awnings, are not
expressing much fatherly regard for the
City Council as a body. The fault-finders
are not chary with their talk, either.
James B. Quinn, chief engineer of the
department of Dakota, came in on the
Helena coach this afternoon. He arrived
too late to be interviewed, but his visit is
presumed to have something to do with
river improvements.
The Chinese must go. Ah Hay, or Gee
Whiz, or some other euphoniously titled
Celestial, left by the Helena stage this
morning to make his home hereafter
among his Mongolian brethren at the
Capital.
Mr.Morgan,the military operator, has re
turned from his trip in search of the break
in the line between here and Helena,with
out, however, having found what he
sought. IHe thinks the men sent out from
Fort Shaw must have found the break ere
this.
The steamer Black Hills reached the
mouth of the Marinas this afternoon and all
freight will be discharged there and
brought to this city by wagons. The ar
rival of the steamer has been anxiously
awaited by many merchants, who have 1
goods on board.
Mr. Morgan, the operator on the mili
tary line at this place, left this morning to
look up the break on the line between here
and Helena. It is expected the line will I
be in working order by the first of the
week, as the break is not considered very 1
serious.
Mme. Cappiani, accompanied by her
husband, Dr. Chas. von Holzschuher, and
her son Alfred, arrived from Belt creek
yesterday. Mme Cappiani will leave for
New York this morning. Dr. Holzchuher 1
will remain in Helena where he will en
gage in the practice of his profession.-In
dependent.
Hirshberg & Nathan tore down the awn
ing in front of their store this morning and
proceeded to lay a new plank walk, which
will be a decided improvement. The awn
ing, too, will be rebuilt in nmuch better
shape than formerly. The firm of Hirsh
berg & Nathan are nothing if not enter
prising.
Attention is called to the advertisement
in another column, having reference to a
ranch for sale. The property is situated
five miles from Benton and is said to be
the best location for a dairy in this section
of the Territory. Persons desiring a rare
bargain should not fail to call upon Mr.
Settle and investigate the matter.
We are glad to say that the engine com
pany are all ready to receive their machine,
which will arrive to-morrow. Their new
uniforms are very neat and their drill is
perfect. (The above is, as Artemus Ward
would say, "written sareastikul." The
company has never drilled nor, s far as
we know, perfected an organization.]
eadville 1i one of tmhe most eccentric
and peculiar towns in the world, and the
sights to be seen there can be witaeasedi.
no other city in Aih world, 4 l
who pant t hree months I l $ ool
+ofexcitementa$ l tnaraliy whi char*
actries the place, willoc c pmenceshefrst
of the* week tov
~.i~i;; ;~ F 'I
his impressions and experiences through
these columns. The reminiscences may
prove interesting reading.
HIRSHBERG'S HOUSE.
What a Well-Known Business Firm
Has Done and Will do in the
Future.
One of the leading business houses of
Renton and in fact, the Territory, is that
>f Hirshberg & Nathan, the clothiers.
rher house on Front street is noted far
ind wide for its large stock and liberal
prices to everyone. The stock of clothing
tnd furnishing goods carried by the firm
is the largest in the Territory and their
shipments into and out of the city are con
stantly luncreasing. Five years ago Mr.
Elirshberg and his partner came to Benton
rrom New York determined to build up a
)usiness in the clothing line which
should be simply unapproachable if
lard work and fair treatment would ac
complish the ends. How well they have
Succeeded is evidenced by their constant
.y increasing sales and the unpreedentedly
arge shipment of goods they are making
nto the city. They are supplying a ma
ority of the residents of the city and
surrounding districts with clothing of all
lescriptions, and the people generally
tre highly pleased with their fair prices
Lnd generous treatment of all callers.
A RECORD reporter dropped into the
tore of Hirshberg & Nathan Saturday for
he express purpose of looking over their
tock with a view to letting the readers of
his paper know something about the
acts. Mr. Hirshberg, with his usual
nodesty, was very reticent and gave the
"eporter little information, but euough
was gleaned while in the store to enable
he news gatherer to tell something that
vill certainly interest persons whc intend
o purchase clothing.
Hirshberg & Nathan carry the largest
stock of clothing and gents' furnishing
roods in the Territory and make prices
hat seem almost incredulous they are so
ow. Their stock embraces everything
•rom ascarf-pin to a dress suit of broad
loth, including hats, caps, shirts, boots,
hoes, and furnishing goods of all kinds.
['heir stock is so large they are constantly
)ressed for space, and in consequence
nust make prices very low in order to get
*id of their goods to make room for the im
nense shipments on the way. It seems
o be the general impression in Benton
hat the cheapest and best place to buy
lothing and gents' goods is at this house,
end THE RECORD is obliged to fall into the
)opular channel and agree wiih the public.
l'he firm of Hirshberg & Nathan is one of
he most enterprising in the Territory
mnd as such have earned and deserve pub
ic confidence. The RECORD iS most happy
o notice their great success and hopes it
nay continue as long as they remain in
>usiness.
A special meeting of the City Council
was held last evening. Mayor Conrad pre- b
aiding, and all members present except a,
Alderman Cummings, who was absent 01
from the city. C. L. Spencer acted as al
Alerk pro ten. h
A charitable feeling seemed to have ta- tl
ken possession of the members of the body. ,
and all fines assessed for absenteeism were
remitted.
In the matter of the petition of C. M. t,
Lanning & Co., to allow their awning on t4
Front street to remain as it now is, there g
was some contradictory action and the ti
matter remains as though never acted t4
upon. fi
The Press' printing bill was allowed as l(
presented, and that of James McDevitt, ,
sheriff, for boarding prisoners on account e
of the city, was referred to the auditing t,
committee. tl
The petition of J. A. Kanouse and oth. n
ers, asking a change in the west line of i,
Main street, was reported on adversely by n
the special committee to whom it had been f,
referred, and was rejected by the coun- tl
.il. A
The petitions of Jere Sullivan and Gans o
& Klein, asking to be permitted to retain h
their awnings, were laid on the table. V
The judges and clerks who served at the b
last city election were reappointed to serve r
in the same offices at the approaching elec
tion on the 25th inst.
The extension of all sidewalks on Main d
street to Fourth, was ordered by ordi- tl
nance. 0
The resignation of Marshal Crawford
having been accepted it was ordered that a u
new Marshal be elected at the same time g
the bond question is voted on, the 25th tl
inst. t1
Ordinances Nos. 21 and 22, were adop- p
ted. The former levies special taxes, and to
the latter provides for the condemnation
of property, the opening of streets, etc. c
The map of the old townsite just finished a
by City Engineer Griffith, was referred to u
the committee on streets and alleys. It is e
understood to-day that the map was found i
in accordance with contract, and will be 8
framed at once and turned over to the e
proper officers. 1
Council then adjourned until the next s
regular meeting. a
Blackfoot Agency is now very quiet, a r
resident of that vicinity reports to THE I
RECORD to-day, the Indians having all I
gone North. The rumor that Major t
Young, the Blackfoot agent, has resigned
is wholly false. He is at present attend- C
ing to duty and denies any intention of
leaving the agency. Major Young doesn't I
bear the best reputation in the world, and I
there are many persons at the agency and i
in the vicinity who would be glad to see t
him removed, but it seems that pleasure is I
o be denied them.
oeKipp, theproprtor of the Marlas
11eh Will soon brhtigintofthe city a large
lot of spre.e shngles wic are now being
sawed at- the mills. These shingles are
almost worth their wei t in gold, on m.
count of their rayity iwd persoen desir
ing to build shoul4 11 to purchase
whil taey an ,be bd.$- r.K app's mills
othe
SOMEWHAT SENSATIONAL.
A Ruamor that Kept a Reporter BuSy
anda Large Number etf Persons
Talking.
The business portion of the city was very
quiet to-day, most merchants taking life
very philosophically with their feet ele
vated upon red hot stoves. The busy
newspaper man while on his rounds found
nothing to vary this monotony until, no
ticing a little more than usual stir in a
well-known business house, he dropped in
and found a little knot of gossipers round
the stove very much exercised over a
rumor that Madame Green, the widely
celebrated proprietress of a bagnio at the
corner of St. John and Main streets, had
attempted to put an end to her existence
by casting herself into the raging Missouri.
rhe attempt was said to have been made at .
late hour last night, and one of the group
laimed to have seen the man who had res- t
ned the Madame from the watery grave I
lt which she seemed to yearn. This bi
)f conversation awoke the reporter's sensa
ional instinct, and he simply flew through r
pace in his efforts to run the rumor down I
nd capture it alive. Nobody seemed to t
now anything definite, however, and I
othing further could be learned foi t
he time being. The rumor gained '
urrency as the day advanced and there c
•as very much speculation over the affair. I
)uring the height of the excitement THE r
ECOR)D's special artist happened to fall N
Lgainst a prominent business man who a
rnew more than anybody about the matter.
'I know all about it," he said. "The fact c
s, the whole thing is a hoax. You see, a (
nan fell off the ferry last night and come
a here to dry himself. When we asked c
jim what made him so damp around the a
Adges he said he had rescued a woman s
lamed Green from a watery grave in the
Iissouri. There happened to be a town 1
ossip in the store and before we could c
atch rand kill him he started to spread the
umor. He did it- in great shape, too, for t
dozen people have been in here this morn- t
ng looking for the man who did the les- i
uing. They were all armed, too, and I t
,uess it's just as well they didn't meet him. s
!o, sir, there's no truth in the rumor. It's t
iothing more or less than a story concocted p
y Madame Green's political opponents--a
lasted campaign live." b
And thus was the reporter's long wished
or sensation knocked into smithereens
mnd his foind hopes ruthlessly blasted.
A New Saw mill.
The new saw mill on the Marias, about
eventy miles from Benton, recently es
ablished by Joe Kipp will prove of great t
)enefit to Benton. Joe deserves a great f
ecal of credit for his enterprise. Birch c
reek, which bears the logs down from the b
nountains, is not nearly so well adapted
o the purpose as is the upper Missouri
vhere the boom eompany have failed, so P
ar, to make a successful drive. The shear 0
o-om placed in the creek is 600 feet long, f
and the catch boom sixty feet. The cost a
f placing these booms was very great, n
end Joe assures us that if the enterprise a
lad failed at any time up to the moment
he logs were taken from the creek he n
vould have lost at least $4,500. c
Mr. S. R. Harley, a resident of the Mon- d
ana district, who is now in the city, states c
o a RECORD reporter that there is a more r
lowing future in store for his section than
he most sanguine resident has ever dared
o expect. A number of mining experts ,
rom different portions of the West are now t
ooking over the mines and prospects, and
,ithout exception, Mr. Harley states, they
xpress the opinion that the Montana dis- I
ict is more rich in mineral than any of
he new discoveries in the northwestern c
nineral belt. The output of the district 1
s, of course, not very large as yet, but I
lew claims are being located daily and as I
ast as they are developed the richness of
he camp must become more apparent. I
Ir. Harley is very much pleased with the I
utlook and says that the few persons who
iave expressed skepticism as to the real
aorth of the Montana district will soon t
ecompelled to admit that it is one of the e
ichest mining camps in the country.
t
t in f matter of much wonder to the or
linary observer how easily and rapidly
he festive Chinaman takes on the ways
)f civilization. Our Mongolian brothers
m) arriving in America soon give over
he habits that characterized them while w
under the Mikado's watchful eye and ft
rasp with startling tenacity the ways of it
he "Melican man." They fall into all la
he bad habits first and take chances on
kicking up the good ones later. The little ti
own of Maiden, whose boom has been
watched with much interest from this di
:ity, seems to have been the proud posses- T
for of a slant-eyed heathen of more than
usual acquaintance with the white man's
axcentrciities and one who exhibits them
in a most practical manner. Having had g
some little misunderstanding with a broth- b
er rat-eater the first of last week, the high
ly civilized celestial fell upon him and
smote him unto death. Not feeling quite tl
satisfied with this, however, he am
putated the head of his offending country
man and cast his carcass into a prospect
bole, probably to save burial expenses. A i1
glad feeling of conscious power then stole r
over him, and he followed up the murder r
by going into town and filling his saddle- a
colored hide with fusil oil. During his b
exhibiion of bibulous bestiality he gave Y
himself away, as many Americans have d
done before him, and will probably be I
forced to asweir for his crime to the out- e
raged law. It seems rather hard, though, f
that just as he was becoming a little familar 1
with the habits of his adopted country he t
should be cut offit the flower of his youth a
for simply hurrying one of his kind into 4
theb presence of the great and almighty
Joes. -
Cottonwood is worth $16 a cord at Ben- I
Our neighbos, who has -a ficut for
drop g tltat der, sf respoosibl for'
Sabove tes. +Woodla*orthfrom $S to 4
Sare ý#
ýRD wil
GOT TO GET OUT.
! Rumor that the People of Mlaiden I
have been Ordered off the
Reservation.
As is generally known to readers of THE
RECORD, the new town of Maiden, which
las become somewhat celebrated for its
,apid growth, is located in the Maginnis i
nilitary reservation about 160 miles south
ast from Benton. A number of quite rich
nines are located near the city and the
)lace boasts a population of about 600. f
'he townsite is within the limits of the
eservation and property holders have no
itle whatever to the ground they occupy,
vith the exception, perhaps, of a few per- I
ons who settled in the place before it 1
vas set aside as a reservation and have
,ested rights. The people of Maiden have e
ever been interfered with by the military r
uthorities and, although tresspassers in a
he sight of the law, have been allowed to n
emain unmolested. Rumors have fre- c
uently prevailed that the military would a
oon remove the people from the govern- b
sent land, but so far have proven unre
iable. A gentleman from Maiden stated V
a reporter to-day, however, that notice
as been served upon all persons now on
he reservation to leave within sixty days. e
'his, the gentleman stated, is a very severe
rder, as there are a number of costly U
uildings in the town of Maiden and
luch property that will be rendered d
rorthless if the people are compelled to
bandon it.
The townsite embraces forty acres,
riginally located by Eugene Erwin and
. C. Snow as placer claims. When peo
le began to come into the country these
Laims were laid out into lots, and Erwin n
nd Snow gave quitclaim deeds to those
rho desired to purchase. These deeds g
,re the only thing the holders of property R
tave to show for their occupancy, but are r
f no value whatever.
Now that the edict has gone forth and ai
ie people of Maiden will have to remove,
ie eagle eye of the speculator will be cast
i the direction of the deserted town and P
ie moment the opportunity presents it- 15
,It, sonme lively fighting for property may g'
e looked for. The government should be
etitioned at once and some action taken at w
Vashington to preserve those persons who al
ave settled at Maiden from loss. h
PERSONAL PARAURAYPHS. cc
-N. C. Smith, formerly government n(
perator at Helena, whose arrival in the te
ity was noted yesterday, has accepted a
osition in the Lavina store of T. C. ct
'ower & Bro. and will be a resident of hi
iat place hereafter. Mr. Smith has many m
liends in the vicinity, all of whom will E
-ngaatulate he and Power Bro.'s on the pc
usiness connecticn they have formed. D
-Charles Fox, who is at present occu
ying the place of B. L. Powers as agent
f the Helena stage line, is winning many ci
riends by his courteousness and careful di
ttention to business. It does one good to p(
feet such efficient men in public positions
nd those who have had business with Mr. c.
'ox will agree with THE RECORD that he
Lust undoubtedly rise still higher in the M
ompany's service. er
-John LaMott, an enterprising resi- th
ent of the Arrow Creek district, is in the
ity attending to business. The gentle
lan has many friends who are pleased to is
relcome him.
-T. C. Power & Bro.'s business mana- th
er at Reedsfort, Mr. Erickson, came in si:
uis morning on a business trip. ed
-T. C. Power and son Charley, are ex- hi
ected home on to-morrow's coach. N
-J. W. Power leaves Saturday to pur- pl
base goods in the markets of the East. of
ir. Power proposes to buy the finest, as
yell as the largest stock ever shipped to aS
lenton, and those who know his superior m
bility as a buyer and the reputation of vi
is house for enterprise, will agree that his H
rip will result in much good to the many ec
vho trade with T. C. Power & Bro. w
-N. P. Langford, bank examiner for c
his district, left this morning in the Hel
na coach on his way home to St. Paul.
-- S. C. Edgerton and Paris Gibson leave
a-morrow morning for a visit to the Great P
ialls. They will be gone several days. is
- "--- -- -- st
A long man with a celluloid collar, a
rhose Christian name is not made nm ani
est, took upon himself the task of crawl- B'
rg outside of the entire stock of tarantu
sr juice which Benton saloons cariry, last el
vening, and his numerousness was some- i
hing perfectly startling for a time. He K
ranted war, and wanted it bad. His insane is
lesire was soon gratified, however, and
CHE RECORD news fiend had the exquisite na
leasure of seeing him rebound from an B
nsulted man's fist in a manner just as .
ratifying as it was ungraceful. As the n'
varlike citizen was seen asleep on a lum- Ii
ºer pile afterward, it is safe to presume he P
vas not run in and that drinking men will n
ind plenty of the intoxicating fluid behind a'
he numerous bars to-day. tl
o
There has been considerable agitation f
n business circles for a day or two over the d
eport that George Overfield, the genia
-epresentative of I. G. Baker & Co., had
net the Grim Reaper in the East and a
een mowed down in the prime of his fi
routh as suddenly as the Colorado burro tl
lestroys the unsuspecting thistle. The ti
principal ingredient of the report, howev- n
)r, seems to have been air, for Mr. Over- b
leld is at present busily at work in the
East purchasing goods for his well-known
house, and writes his friends that he nev- tl
r felt less like dying in his life. BIenton b
-oesn't care to lose such talented young
men as George Overfleld, and' his determi
nation to let nickle-plated harps and angel v
wings go by the board will give his many a
friends a great lealofpl)easure. i
There seesna t be a boom on Btrnt
up aa4 # 're are cinng in very rapids I
wlaud *pj ~iech Creek is vry
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POWERS' POWER.
Vhat a Great House Carries in the
Way of Stock, and the Business it
Does.
Some sixteen years ago, T. C. Power
nd J. W. Power, commenced business in e
lenton, inn very unpretentious building n
n Front street, carrying a stock which
avoiced but a few hundred dollars. and
tom this small start has grown up a busi- a
ess that is certainly not equalled in the ti
Tnited States. Benton business men are tU
•oted for their modesty, and the news A
end who hungers for. the festive item,
ads it almost a moral impossibility to un
arth the least thing concerning them ex- M
ept what is observable from the outside. m
Lmong the most modest of these is T. C. ti
'ower & Brother, who, while handling a d
rger amount of staple and fancy articles
aan any of their competitors, do their «
usiness with wonderful quietness and tol- sl
rate no meddlers, not even newspaper rt
men. A RECORD hired man, filled with t
imiration for the firm, succeeded this ,
morning in penetrating the sacred pre
incts of the house, however, and learned ai
great deal which will surely interest the 01
eneral public.
Major Dunne, who has beeni a highly
slued employe of thle firm for about
velve years, was persuaded into showing p
me news hunter through the mammoth al
tablishment ai:d, commencing at the
3sement, a general tour of the house was I
Lade. To a tenderfoot, as the reporter is, P1
me large stock of goods carried by Power Pm
Brother seemed positively marvelous. tb
i the north cellar was stored a supply of is
cned goods, sugar, etc., ,which would bJ
rnish a years' business to the average W
astern wholesale grocery house, and in tl
uth division of the basement is a stock of th
ines, liquors and cigars which is simply
arvelous for its magnitude. of
On the second floor is situated the retail
ocery and dry goods rooms, each of th
hich are the best appointed in the Ter
tory. The dry goods room, especially, is cl
'orthy of notice, being one of the best fo
'ranged and carefully cared for stores tp
est of the Mississippi. This department w
under the charge of N. Authier, a very bi
)pular and valuable man, and his work w
noticeable everywhere. In the dry th
)odsdepartment can be found everything sh
at can be purchased in New York and, m
hat may seem more strange to the aver- f,
,e buyer, prices are very little, if any, m
gher than in the Metropolis. The busi- d(
ass of this portion of their trade would m
ing Power & Brother a much larger in- as
-me than is usually enjoyed, but as will
seen by the following report they are
)t satisfied with this alone, and their en- R
rprise has led them to greater things. in
The south room and ground floor is oc- Ti
pied with groceries, boots, shoes and m
Lrdware, together with a large line of gi
iscellaneous goods, all under the care of tr
Liward Dunne, Esq., who was the re- PC
irter's guide through the house. Mr. th
unne stated that the trade of the firm in M
Is department alone was a fortune and be
at it was constantly increasing. A large iS
ty business is done in both this and the re
y goods room, the latter being the most
ipumar place to trade in town.
On the second floor is the shipping and in
'rpet rooms, the former under charge of
r. H. J. O'Hanlon and the latter under
r. Authier. At the time of the report
's visit Mr. O'Hanlan was busy filling a
ge order for the country and Mr. Au- se
ler had a great deal of buhsiness in the th
'pet department. ca
T'he whole store, firom cellar to garret, m
filled with merchandise of evelry desrip
)n and an intended purchaser can find in
e stock any article modern man can de
e. In addition to the business transact
I in the Benton store Power & Brother
ve no less than twelve branches in the th
orthwest, one of which is located at I Ma
e Creek, in Canada, and is under charge
E. W. Marah.
Mr. A. C. Johnson, the business man- fo
,er at this point, is a young man of far gr
,ore than ordinary ability and his ser- It
ices to the firm are almost invaluable. er
:e is ably assisted by a highly accomplish- lai
1 force of book-keepers, etc., among rit
hom is L. C. Stark, a stenographer and so
zrrespondent having few equals. Mr. B(
tark uses a type-writer in his correspon- ati
ance and is a most expert operator on pt
his almost invaluable machine. do
Still another bit of enterprise for which
ower & Brother have become celebrated
the establishment of steamboat and em
;age lines which are now maintained in of
highly credible and popular manner. cle
he firm owns a number of the finest boats gc
a the river and their stage lines run from th
Benton to Barker, Billings, Assinaboine, sti
tc. Mr. Stark is the agent for the stage ru
nes and has proven both popular and he
'orthy. The business done by these lines at
simply enormous. st
Columns could be tilled with interesting cu
otes concerning the business of Power & dE
rother, which certainly reaches a million to
year, but these condensed and random vc
otes are compelled by lack of space to suf- lib
ce. THE RECORD, as well as the general as
ublic, is perfectly familiar with the mag- of
itude of this business, and no words are d(
dequate to paint the pride the people of el
be northwest take in the men who have cc
uilt it up. This paper has often spoken R
f them and will ever keep their names be- fe
)re the people. Their business is a won- st
er and their enterprise proverbial. ii
Despite the disparaging remarks made m
bout the "Dudes," it was a noticeable
act this afternoon that every member of
he Hook & Ladder company present at
he drill took a turn at the brakes, while lt
lot a member of the hose company lent a tl
and in running the engine. The reason a
robably was, that the "Dudes" sent the fe
rater through the hose with such velocity tc
bat it required the full co4nplement of the sc
lose company to hold the nozzle steady. t
As will be seen by :otice published else- b
there, bids are wanted by the City Engi- tl
neer for the construction of an engine
louse for the city of Benton. The build
ngIa tbe atl tedon St. John street and tl
vill be 2fSi freet. The material to be v
seed ItrItns I otuction wil be ..letermined y
ythe ids, tspr , buit wiUo& lest
ikely be akbr i 'e style of architecture a
s v aewt tnd bhacompletedtete lpus
Olmsb1 0itU
~.*-p·~ # ~ ~' :~-. ,· :
THE FIRE FIGHTERS.
bhorough Trial of the Engine 1i
made and the Fire Boys are Well
Satisfied.
Ever since the arrival of the new tire
agine there has been much interest
lanifested, and the trial set for to-day has
een anxiously looked for. Early this
lorning the fire depar'tment commenced
make arrangments for the trial and
ley were made as thoroughly as possible.
.t 2 o'clock this afternoon the new
re fighter was brought forth, together
,ith the hose and other apparatus and,
'ithout many preliminaries, the work of
ying the engine commenced. Under the
irection of the proper olficers the hose
.as first laid to THE RECORD office and a
ream was soon sent over the mansard
)of that would have been very unfriendly
any conflagration that might have start
1. This test was very satisactory
id was followed by a similar
ie on the buildings of T. J. Todd & Co.
Id T. C. Power & Brother. All of the
sts were most satisfictory and it is the
vneral belief that the new engine will
rove of far wore worth than was at tirst
iticipated.
,enton's fire department is now in a.
ost flourishing condition and the many
;rsons who have any money invested in
operty can feel much more safe
an at any time heretofore. There
a spirit of determination exhibited
the members of the department and it
ill be phenomenally frigid day when
ey get left in their endeavors to conquer
e lire fiend.
The selection of a fire marshal or chici
the department, seems to be a very
orrisome subject with the members and
e general public. Mr. Jack Maclay,
[lo was appointed to the place, has de
ined to serve and a new man must be
und. As is usual, every member of
e fire department has a candidate
honm he would have the council appoint
it, nevertheless, it is persutmed there
ill be no very great trouble in bringing
em toan agreement. The city council
ould allow firemen to select their own
an, is customary in all cities, and con.
m their choice without a word. There
ay be a little fun In the meetings of the
apartment, but the result will be far
ore gratifying to the fire boys, just the
me.
Owing to a lack of time yesterday Tin.
ECORD was forced to omit the proceed
.gs of the hose company at their meeting
uesday evening. The boys met and
ade arrangements for taking part in the
,and firemens, display to-day, besides
ansacting there business of a more im
>rtant nature. It is the general belief
tat under the fostering care of Foreman
eDonald the hose company will shortly
-come one of the most celebrated organ
ations in the Territory and this paper is
ady at all times to assist it.
Major Bartlett's company of the Third
fantry, which has been stationed on the
arias, near Birch Creek for the summer,
is been moved to Fort Shaw. The re
oval of the company leaves the country
holly unprotected from Cree raids and
ttlers up there, although confident of
eir ability to take care of themselves in
se of Indian troubles, think the govern
ent should allow them some military
'otection, at least.
Mr. Theodore F'urhkin, mana:ger of the
isiness of Klienshmidt & Brothers at this
)int, desires the REtconn to correct the
iwarranted statement made by the I'ress
is morning. The Lfirm of Kleinshmidt
Brother is not going out of business in
alton,but is simply shippings few lines of
iscellaneous goods in order to make room
r a complete line of fancy and staple
oceries, which they will open at once.
is intended by the film to have in op
ation here just as soon as possible the
rgest exclusive grocery house in the Ter
tory, and the RecoRD is pleased to hear
. ir. F'hrkin anld his :associatas in the
?nton store feel very mtuch Iirt at the
tack imade upoI them by the morning
tper and think, very justly, too, that they
not merit any such treatment.
There seems to ben great deal of feeling
,hibited by merchants who carry stocks
goods exclusively in one line-such as
othing, groceries, saddlery, etc.-that
meral merchants will not drop the goods
e exclusive dealers handle. For in
ance, a leading clothier said to a RECORD
istler this morning, "I find my business
?re considerably hampered by grocers
id other general dealers who carry small
ocks of clothing and, in some eases they
it prices below what I can afford to make,
,pending on their profits in other goods
make them even. When one house in
,sts as much money as I do in a single
ne it seems to me that other merchants
could give it all possible show to dispose.
its goods at a fair profit. It certainly
Desn't pay a general store to dabble in
othing, but they will do it." The same
)mplaint is made by others, and the
,ECORD is led to believelthat a much better
ellng would be created were exclusive
ores allowed to have full sway in hand
ng the line of goods they undertake to
trry. Let Benton merchants give the
latter a careful thinking over, and much
ood may come of it.
Sheriff McDevitt went on the war-path
ist evening and had a war-dance around
ne proprietors of the catch-penny games
rhich have held forth on the streeteorners
r a day or two. The men were notified
Sleave town at once and, as they were
sen to engage a buggy at an early hour
uls morning, it is saf.t to presume they
ave left the classic shades of Benton far
ehind. Their room Is far preferahle to
fetr company,.
A young uan 1eary Coffer, of
be Bitter RooQat 0lophd laM 1eek
rith Christi on
ears of age. ;iT o =
inht edCoterfortieprrposeofp iart
ny interf ce witi Bis scheiaet:
each this orni; L t. nI:.
gen q buins libdt pleasuere. ·

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