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In review 11rg iet appllication of Mary .Milier tor a licensCe to conmmiand steam ves eels, ecrutary Folger says that any woman who caiu paddle her own canoe has a right to be examined tor the position. - --.~- ------ - The 11elena Iidl:nddet suigess that if Sherman and 1aione desire, to see some real southern outrages and bloody shirts, they shouldi write Fred Douglass to make a bridal tour through the southern states. lie :tnd Oid b '.' iiY 1iAetr states that a 1 man was ex hi bitinii spvccimens of quartz anrd a a ti.v 1s t:itiiiieate showing that :he rock wct.L thiirty-two thousand dollars to the toll. 5t,,L)(" )'tLiI.. away.- Thie prize lii(ht at Butte, an account of whicih, copiedi from tlhe lt nor, will be fllund , ;11 our local ipage, seems to have been a gmie a:Ihira. The tmen appear to have bereti in lead earnest and would prob ably hallve fioughlt to a draw if Rodda had n lot twon by- a foull. 1Od Carlos, chief of the F atheads, don't propose to leave his reservation. Small blame to him. Ills land is valuable and .:is people are happy and contented under the management of agent Ronan. It is different in this section. The Piegans and Blackfcet are obliged to eat diseased and putrid carcases to keep life and soul to gether. The Lice Stock Journal asserts that Buchloc Dactyloides is the most nutriti outs of all grasses grown in the Rocky }hountains. After many hours of careful rearcuh through the different departments of our one hundred thousand-dollar library we discovered that Buchloe Dactyloides means buffalo grass. We are nothing if we not classical. If Arthur is shaping himself for another te'rm he willi probably adopt the Grant irvoramnine and keep his mouth shut. Af ter the nomination, however, he will re uire Grant's horse, sword and whisky bottle, and these are not transferable. lie s:ight, however, mount behind Grant and .o the spurring while the old man held the reins and waved the sword. Our friend Alex. C. Botkini is a strong advocate for statehood. We were just ;abou. to. w:ite a forcible article on the oibjeet twhn'l we received a copy of the holiday Inter-Mountain containing his es :ay, and discovered that he had stolen all :,ur ideas about the matter and published them as his own. We are sorry for this, -ut shall not demand an investigation. The advantage offered by northern MIon :ana for cattle raising have often been des canuted upon, but a short presentation of :acts relating thereto may prove interest :hg to the uninfor;mee(. Jocularly called ih, "b:w:ana ..~it, ' metaphorically the "goldn ( En ,l:.'' it is iin its climatic condi o:i thc teni est'rial paradise of horned ik. 'iThe supremacy of Texas in the ,:ttle iC1u stry has successively been dis puted by Colorado and Wyoming, and now hle sceptre is passing from the middle dis Stricts of the more benign region of the Snorth.--Lice ,-tjck .1Jurn,1rl THI E SISTERS' iIOýPITAL. to It is a great disgrace to Benton that her u ci-izeuls did not complete the Sisters' hos- F pital before the winter set in. Having d carried thie enterprise so far, there should 'ti certainly have been energy and money 1( enough to plaster and furnish it. The o fearful cost to the county should have been t] inducement enough, but people outside of our town will soon begin to assert that there is no enterprise in Benton, and that i will have more to do with preventing rail- r road communication than anything else z that could be said about us. There is al- i: ready considerable indifference on the part 9 of our citizens and the withholding of t caiital where a small loan on good security a would result in great public benefit. It t :;5 r., so a few years ago, when there I was less money and fewer a c:apitahiisrs, and there appears to be a self is"i St1ipic,,on. creeping over our people that f W-; formei ly unknown in Fort Benton. 1 ileesna Phas been sustained for many years i by the liberality and einterprise of wealthy iaezi and uort i3seton has been safely brought thli lr Ogh several critical periods of ivher te. ece by timely inve1tmelnts for i S;i (:pent olf .. er resources. We have th; iie; t na, tural advantiages of anly r tI\\: ill Molttlana, but it we have not en ergy en~ough to complete so small an ent trp ri e as this Sisters' hospital what is i Stli u.e of t:tlking about developing a town 1 n or building a railroad ? We have endeavored to show in preced ing issues of TUE RECORD that the com mercial depression now felt in Benton is universal throughout the Territory. Deer L lodge two years ago was like a deserted village and it hts never revived to any ex tent since; Bozeman is complaining bitter y ly of dull times; Missoula has not even ,- had a railroad boorm, although every res in ident of the place expected to make a for it tune and skip the country as soon as the iron horse arrived; Butte has held her own to some extent by booming her mines and 1 encouraging prize fights, but not e one of her wealthy men have ' had the courage to build a respectable e hotel for the accommodation of the large tioating population with which the town ,e has been favored since the complexion of a the Utah and Nort:hern road. It is hardly :z necessary to mention Virginia City for that it ancient burg died a sudden death the mo rs ment the capital of the territory was re moved to Helena. And what of Helena, the former, and it may be said the present ut commercial centre of Montana? Why, be when Benton made Helena a distributing ve point for all freight via the Missouri river, to lier business men made money and they " had the wisdom to secure the future pros d perity of the town by investing their means in every public and private enter 't prise that could attract capital and popu -ll lation to her doors. And they have had ad their reward. Poorly located, surrounded ler by a few uncertain natural advantages, al is most consumned by three great fires, the ud town struggles on until it becomes a popu nld lons and wealthy community. Lo- And yet, even Helena with all her wealth and enterprise, is feeling severely the same depression that now hangs like a at pall over Fort Benton. Not to the same extent, perhaps, that all other towns of Ly Montana feel it, yet it is certainly taxing ul the ingenuity of her people to carry them its selves safely through it. Fort Benton, ry heretofore has had no special reason to s complain. She has natural resources pos if sessed by no other towns, and it remains only for her residents to put their er slhoulders to the wheel and make the best nt use possible of time and money for her f benefit. Turning the screws upon those in e- distress will accomplish nothing but ruin. Weak heartedness, cowardly distrust, Ie seeking by treachery to undermine your ud neighbor willnever build a town. Never in the history ot Montana, since it became recognized as the greatest grazing ground in the west, was there so favorable a season for cattle to rustle on the range. Although this is the finest range in the country, and as a rule is open and invit ing, this season thus far has been excep tionally mild. And it is fortunate that it is so, for 42,000 head of young cattle have been shipped here this year from the east ern states or have been trailed through from the territories, and from Texas, Colorado and Nebraska. The only cattle that have come in this year that are in any danger from the rigors of a region to which they are not acclimated, are 3,000 head sent. out to Crow agency at Grey Clifl, by the in terior department. These were brought out too late to be acclimated before the advent of cold weather, and may suffer, in tact, may serve only as a feast for the ever-gaunt and hungry coy ote. Favoring conditions, however, may save them from this fate. There were no late, cold, fall rains to destroy the nutri tive quality of our grasses, which are noted to be better cured this season than for many in the past. The vast herds on the ] upper Tongue river,along the Powder and Rosebud ranges, are in fine, fat sleek con dition. Even across on the hitherto un 'tried ranges on the north side of the Yel lowstone, heretofore the stamping ground of the buffalo, come glowing accounts of the condition of stock.-Livestock Journal. In a recent interview, W. II. Vander- E bilt told a Commercial reporlr that rail road stocks had reached their lowest fig ures and that a reaction would soon set in. William's opinion might be worth a t great deal of money if he would only tell the truth, but he is about as likely to give a candid view of the stock market as a storekeeper is to explain the cost mark on his goods. What he really thinks or knows about railroad stocks is probably never re vealed until speculators have paid dearly for the information. But the great man likes to be interviewed and has always an interesting story to tell. Important changes in the National park are again proposed. They will soon have I the hills leveled, the grounds laid out in flower gardens and the geysers removed to the Smithsonian institute. % Ben Hogan, the great Evangelist and ex- I pugilist, will not visit Fort Benton, al though he has tackled about every other town in Montana. We are either too wicked to hope for reformation or too good torequire it. Which is it, Hogan ? The Cheyennes have received some rations. Whenever this rare event occurs the Associated press telegraphs it to every small village in the country, every re publican newspaper publishes a two column editorial and every leading clergy 1 man announces it from the pulpit. The Marquis de Mores reports a new e sheep disease. The animals swell up and then get the nose-bleed. The Marquis I himself was recently afflicted with similar ' symptoms after one of his herders had put a head on him. e Butler says he is out of politics altogeth a er now and has no political ambition in or f out of Massachusetts. The chief issues in y the coming campaign will be the failure of .t the civil rights bill and the tariff question. imimm , . . .. . -- . - -t ,. According to Henry Ward Beecher it is a great crime to print newspapers in small type; because, although God might wink at such a crime, a man who continually reads such type would soon be deprived of the pleasure of winking at all. The people of San Francisco are prepar ing a bill to present to congress requiring all Chinese residents of the city to have their photographs taken, and all the pho. tographers in the Union are getting ready to move to San Francisco in a body. President Arthur to a Tribvne reporter: "No, thank you; I am not even indisposed. Do I look like a sick man ? I feel less like one. I have seldom been in better health. I cannot imagine where or how the annoy ing rumor could have had its origin, but I am sick of being talked to death about it." Arthur's chances for the Republican nomination seem to be growing thinner every day. Prominent Republicans say that he cannot carry either New York or Ohio. The President is now in the foimer state canvassing his prospects, and he will probably return to Washington wiser but not less satisfied. The unusual number of 18 postmasters of the presidential grade have resigned re cently because of dissatisfaction with the recent readjustment, resulting in some cases in lowering of salaries, and with the small allowances made by the department for clerk hire, office equipment and other items. c. TJ. I$NNINf, DEALER IN Watches, Clocks, JEIWILRY, SILVER WARE, Sewing Machines, Eto. General Repairs of Watches, Clocks Pis tols, Sewing Machines, Etc., promptly attended to. Orders by mail promptly attended to. FRONT STREET, FpORT BENTON. Next door to Hirshberg & Nathan's. NINE-MILE HOUSE. First-Class Accommodations N For Man and Beast FINE3TOF WINES, LfVUORS AND CIGARS. Situated at the forks of the Belt Creek, Sand Coolee and Barker roads, nine miles from Benton, a pleasant drive for pleasure-seekers from Ben ton. A well of clear, cold spring water at the house. [jylStfI GEORGE A. CROFF. HOTEL SALOON Billiard Hall! (Next door to Largent House,) SUN RIVER L ROSSING, M. T. All the best and mostpopular brands of WINES, LIQUORS, SEGARS AND TOBACCO J Constantly on hand. Sandy Cameron s SALOON L Front St., 3d door above pPstoffice, t FORT BENTON, M. T. Wines, Liquors, Cigars. n All kinds of Mixed and Fanoy Drinks 12/1c. BENTON STABLES. The undersigne1 has opened up the Benton Stables which have been refitted in good04 style, and is now fully prepared for all business in his line. Je Sale, Feed and Livery Stables 7 The stables are centrally located, with a good corral, and parties wishing to buy or sell horses will find it headquarters for that businessa. d. jestt HEN1RY WRIGH T. Atlantic SalooN Cor. St. John and Front Sts,, BENTON . - M[ONTANA. GilKrs on & Bur e, Proprietors Wines, Liquors and Cigars. CHOP HOUSE, Front street between Baker and St. Jonn. Mrs. DENA MURRAY, Prourietress! -OPEN DAY AND NIGHT. It'mFresh Oysters served in any style.. BOARD BY DAY OR WVEEK. BANK OF NORTIERN MONTANA We Transact a General Banking Business. ep current accounts with merchants, stcckmen and others, subject to be drawn against by check without notice. WE BUY NOTES AND PAY INTEREST ON TIME DEPOSITS Make loans of money secured .,y personal ea dorsement. Webuy and sell exchange on the commercial centres of the United States. We will give Special Attention to the Business of Northern and Central Montana, will make such loans to ;e m: e r- n ers as are suited t; t i* ' r , ..r:l:. .. Collections and all other 1)buemess entru.=,i ' will receive prompt uind careful attentPi (OLLINS. DUUEl'II & d,. FIRST ATIONAL BANIi' -OF .i'ort Benton, M. T. CASH CAPITAL, (Pald up'; $100,000 SURPLUS, - " - . $S,o000 W. G. CONRAD, Presiddnt JOS. S. HILL, Vice-Prest. E. G. MACLAY, Cashier. WE TRANUACT A General BANKING BUSINESS. DIRECTORS: W. G. CONRAD, T. C. POWER, S. T. HAUSER, E. G. MACLAY, JOHN HUNSBERGER, JOS. S. HILL, R. A. LUKE. PACIFIC HOTEL, BENTON, M. T.; New Two-Story Brick r. (Built 1SS2.) WELL FURNISHED TERMS.-$2.OO PER DAY. Special rates by week or month. FIRST-CLASS BAR IN CONNECTION, "E:N TERPRISE" Hair Dressing, Shampoo ing and Shaving Parlor ! J. A. 1TEINBACH, Proprietor. Four doors above Postoffice, FORT BENTON, M5. T. HAIR CUTTING AND SHIIAVING. g Satlsfaction Guaranteed. NOTICE TO CREDITORS. Estate of 0. H. Mlorgan, Deceased. N.OTICE is hereby given by the undersigned, acl L1 ministrator of the estate of O. HI, Morgan, de ceased, to the creditors of, and all persons having claims against the said deceased. to exhibit them with the necessary vouchers, within four months af ter the first publication of this notice, to the said ad ministrator at the law office of Buck &, Hunt, the, same being the place for the transaction of the business of said estate, in the city of Fort Benton, in the county of Choteau. IIORACE R. BUCK, Administrator of the estate of O. H. Morgan, de ceased. Dated at Fort Benton, M, T , December 5th,lS:8, dec5w4t