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THE RIVER PRESS.
Wednesday, February 16, 1881. J. E. TVENS,. - - - - - - -- LOCAL EDITOR Ohoteau Lodge, No. 11, I, . ,0. F. A'regular meeting of the above Lodge will be held on Wednesday evening of each week, at their lodge oomin this city. Sojourning brothers are cordially invited to attend. JNO. F. MURPHY, N. G. J. P. McCABE, Secretary. Benton Lodge, No. 25, A. F. & A. M. 'Regular Communications of the above named Lodge are held at 7 p. m. on the first and ,third Saturday of each month. Members of sister lodges and sojourn ing brethren are cordially invited to attend. EUFUS PAYNE, W. M. IH. P. ROLFE, Secretary. THE CHURCHES. EPISCOPAL. 'Episcopal Church services are held every Sunday at the Court House, at 11 a. m. and 7 p. m. Sunday School at 2:30 p. m. Rev. S. C. Blackiston, Pastor. CATHOLIC. Catholic Church services will be held at the several churches as follows: Fort Benton-First and last Sundays of each month. Sun River-Second Sunday of each month. Fort Assinaboin and Fort Shaw (al ternatcly)-Thsrd Sunday of each month. First Mass 3S a. inm.; High Mass and Sermon, 10:30 a. m.; Sunday School, 2:30 p. m.; Evening Service and Lecture, 7:30 p ,m. Rev. IT. J. Camp. S. J IN TOWN AND OUT. 'Guthrie, the popular bakery man, has nice, fresh eggs for sale. See proposals for the care and mainten ance of the county sick. ,Kleinschmidt Bros'. clerks have been rustl ing this week, taking inventory of stock. L. T. Marshall, at the "Elite," has an im provement on his famous hot ,drinks. Try it. The local of our Deer Lodge exchange darkly hints that Benton belles are not all "culchured." Murphy, Neel & Co. having got settled in their fine new store, will be busily engaged during the coming week taking stock. Statistics show that the smallest ladies' shoe ever sold at Deer Lodge was number seven, and that the average demand is for nines and a half. O Lawd ! The snow in the Milk river country is two feet deep, and yet the grass stands so high that the tops are seen sticking up above the snowy covering. St. 'Valentine's Day has come and passed, and the only valentine we have had the pleas ure of reading was pinned to the coat tail of one of our friends. The Chop House, under the immediate su pervision of. Miss Douglass, is becoming a popular resort for those in search of susten ance tor the inner man. The Stook Growers' Association of Lewis and Clarke, Choteau and Meagher counties, District No. 2, give a grand ball at Sun River on the evening of the 22d. Elaborate pre parations are being made, and a good time is anticipated. The Eataphone will have to enlarge their diming-room to accommodate the increasing ·number of guests, who daily congregate around their well-loaded tables. Almost every paper in the Territory copied our.item about the approaching marriage of Miss Sue H. Clagett, and not one gave us credit for the trouble of hunting it up. Bob. Fisk and Major 1Blaine have gone East to see that Garfield is duly and properly inaugurated three weeks from next Friday, and to . Turn 'em over, gentlemen, turn 'erm over ! The R1EvE PREss people acknowledge the present, from Mr. Deiatraz, of half a dozen bottles of !fine old sherry wine. We all sam pled it, and the verdict was unanimous in fa vor of its excellence. W. E. Twrner has, at his drug store, a full and fresh supply of Landreth's reliable gar .den seeds, which he will sell at latest Eastern prices. He has also in stock the largest and best selected stock of wall paper in town. Everybody shoull go to the ball to be giv en by the Rowie Brothars on the 22d inst. at their Hall near the Overland Hotel. It was gotten up for the fun there is in it and not to make money out of it, as the low price for admission and supper, $3, will show. A literary society has been formed on Highwood this winter which meets at the various houses once a week. We are told that it has as many as fifty members. They have readings, essays, charades and debates, and the meetings are said to be very enjoy able affairs. One of the beauties of a daily paper in Benton just now lies in the fact that when the mail from Helena is in on time, the subscribers to the daily can get telegraphic news from the East at least half an hour be fore they can read dispatches in the Helena papers of 24 hours later. Messrs. Storer & Storer, the enterprising brick manufacturers and contractors, have closed a contract with Hirshberg & Nathan for the erectibn of a fire-proof warehouse in the rear of the latter firm's clothing store. It willibe of brick, '20x25 feet.-Messrs. Hirsh- berg & Nathan will also put up a brick store"; (on the site of their present one in the near:l future. And so the ehterprise of -Bernton.:. er)tchants .keeps step with the time. ::: . The gentle zephyr from the golden Pacific is doubtless detained by the stock men of Fort Shaw and Sun River to brace up their - shivering cattle. Or perhaps Messrs. Floyd, Warwick, Steell and McKnight are holding it for the purpose of having a dress parade at the Post, and to listen to sweet strains of heavenly music from their very excellent band. The Index very modestly advises the peo ple of Butte and vicinity to drop the North y West and subscribe for the Index. Without desiring to flatter our Deer Lodge cotem. we must admit that there is as much difference in the pap:=rs as there is between an ordinary mole hill and a mountain. For grandeur of cheek and idiocy of expression Freeman "tips the wheel." e Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Storer will open a first 't class boarding house, on the 1st of March, in Geo. B. Hammond's house, on Front street, opposite Col. Clendennin's. Mr. and Mrs. Storer kept the Ocean Oyster House in Helena last winter, and had a most excellent reputation there for setting a splendid table, a reputation which they will undoubtedly ,y fully sustain in Benton. The Helena Morning Capital,departed this life last week, having been in existence nearly a year. The paper was started under favor able auspices, and' was quite popular and re ceived a very gratifying support at first, but 1- bad management and the lack of journalistic !s experience on the part of its proprietors, '" caused its early demise. We notice that some of our Territorial con - temporaries, while jealous of getting credit for items clipped from their columns, some times fail to observe the rule they would lay down for others. An item from the RvEnR PREss was copied verbatim even to the head, - in one of the Helena dailies last week, and no credit given to this paper. Last Thursday's coach to Helena broke down near Frozen Hill, a considerable dis I tance from any station, and the driver was Scompelled to go to the Leavings for another e vehicle, leaving the passengers to encounter the chilling blasts of a winter's night on the dismal and open prairie. Dr. Wheelock and 2 family were on the stage, and we learn suf fered severely from the exposure, reaching Fort Shaw in an almost exhausted condition. The Rev. Father Camp, who has been on one of his periodical visits to Assinaboin, re I turned to Benton last Monday. Father Camp had a pretty hard trip in, being obliged, with a number of others, two of whom were ladies, to pass one night in a stage stable on the road. The stock tender gave up his room and the fire to the women folks, and the men slept in the stable with the horses. They were three hours making one mile and a half, and from 7 o'clock in the morning until 7 at night-twelve hours-going from one station to another, a distance of eighteen miles. Parties from that vicinity are very earnes in their desire for the establishment of mail 1 service to Highwood, and steps will be taken very soon to petition the department for the t same. Now, the people of that neighbor hood are unable to get their mail matter with out coming to Benton for it, necessitating a 4 journey, in many cases, of twenty or more miles. Sometimes, when mails are taken out, letters and papers, often important, are car- I ried around or lay at houses for weeks before the owners receive them. The Highwood t region is settling up rapidly, and a weekly mail, at least, has become a necessity. The suit of Mr. Delatraz, which has been dragging its weary length along in the Inter- t ior Department, has at last been decided in his favor, and that gentleman yesterday t morning received the patent, which places I him in possesion of 104 acres of land immed iately below the town site, and worth many thousands of dollars. We congratulate him in his fortunate possession of this valuable property, for.he has fought hard for it, and spent his entire earnings for several years in the effort to secure it, and during the time E has shown a perseverance and the quality de nominated "sand" to an inordinate degree. t Jas. Fitzgerald, whose cabin is located on some valuable land just above the present town limits, reports that during his absence from home, between Sunday night and Tues day morning, some parties from town visited I his place and, after reconnoitering the prem ises through the window, broke down the i door and entered the house, but left without carrying anything off. This is the third visit of the kind Mr. Fitzgerald has had paid him this winter, and, as the property has been much sought after, and the owner's business keeps him away from home a good share of the time, it is suspected that other motives than simple burglary are at the bottom of t these visitations. About 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon, a cow a looking for water broke through the ice into T the river, near the residence of Mr. Oker- 1 man, on the other side. The inmates of the I house had their attention drawn to the cir cumstance by cries from the spectators on this side of the river.. Another cow, which was about sixty feet away, drew near to its struggling compan!on, and while Mrs. Oker man was trying to drive it away from the dangerous place, the ice gave way, precipit- e ing the lady and the second animal into the 1 ice cold water. Fortunately the water was f: notover two feet deep at that place, and the lady was rescued without more serious conse quenes. than a fright and probably the cold- n e~st bath she had ever taken. By chopping 13 and :breaking the ice in the direction' of the u shor. :the onws were got out in a short time. V NEWS FIROI FORT CLAGETT. The Indians Comning In-Deathl of White Eaile, the Big Chief of the Gros Ventres-The Flood. J. P. Hamilton (Bob Tex), came in from Clagett on Tuesday, and to him we are in debted for items of ipterest from that sec tion. Mr. Hamilton is one of the oldest of old timers, having been in this country for 26 years, and he tells us that this has been the hardest winter, so far, he has ever exper ienced in Montana. He left Clagett Friday morning, and had a rather severe trip of it, owing to the deep snow and intense cold. The first night out he camped with Bushy Head's band of Gros Ventres Indians, num bering 15 lodges, at the mouth of the slough, above Arrow creek. He spent the next two nights with the Piegans, at the mouth of Eagle creek; there were 58 lodges there, un der a chief whose name signifies, in English, "Bird that Flies High." Monday, while six miles below the Coal Banks, his horse gave out, and he was forced to leave him on the prairie, and, packing his saddle, etc., foot it to the latter place, from whence he took the Assinaboin coach to Benton. There are between 300 and 400 lodges of Piegans, Bloods and Gros Ventres Indians in the vicinity of Clagett, and more are coming in, and from what he knew of the num ber near there and moving in that direction, Hamilton estimates there must be at least 600 lodges in by this time, numbering as many as 2,400 souls. The Indians are out of provi sions, they have lost many of their ponies this winter, and have very few robes. An Indian Commissioner from over the line ar rived at Clagett last week. He will endeavor to get the British Indians back to the Cana dian side, to receive their annuities, but if the weather is too severe for them to travel, will contract for their feed until spring, when they will be moved, and the cost of such sup plies will be deducted from the next install ment of annuities. The winter thus far at the post has been very severe, and in consequence trade with the Indians has been much lighter than usual. Contracts had been let for getting out and hauling timber, etc., but could nut be filled on account of the deep snow. While we in Benton have had the benefit of several chinooks, the people there have seen nothing of a thaw. The snow fall there has been unprecedented, and their first inti mation of warmer weather in any part of the country came from the flood caused by the breaking up of the river above, and which caught them entirely unprepared. Mr. Ham ilton, who occupied a cabin between the old and the new posts, was roused daring the night by an Indian boy, and had barely time to catch up some blankets and his gun, and get to a place of safety, before the flood of ice and water swept away the cabin and its entire contents. The water rose at least 20 feet higher than it was eer known to get be fore. The site of the old post was entirely covered, and the water rose until it touched the houses of the new post, but no damage of any consequence occurred there. The ice gorged a mile below, and the water spread over the banks for a distance of 500 yards on either side of the river. About a mile and a half below the post, Charles Carter's wagon provisions, bedding, and everything he had, were carried away by the flood, and Joe Gan ty and Voge lost their cabin and provisions. At Dick Smith's wood yard, ten miles below Clagett, two of the government engineer boats-a number of which were hauled up there-were carried down, but no further damage done. Five miles further dclown, at the Dauphin yard, Estes lost his cabin, stove, provisions, a boat, about 15 cords of wood, and other things, being pretty well cleaned out. Jas. Wells' cattle, some 200 head, which are ranging near Clagett, have done very well, as yet, considering the weather, not a single hoof having died. They are all young and hardy, and have stood up against the cold and the snow thus far, but are pretty thin now, and fears are entertained that un less warmer weather comes very soon many will go under. There has been considerable sickness at the post this winter. Some of Mr. Wells' family have been quite ill. and Jim, himself, has been laid up. Sam Dustin's little girl died about the last of December, and Geo. White's infant child since then. White Eagle, the main chief of the Gros Ventres, died at Clagett last Wednesday. He was about 30 years old. White Eagle was the last of the big chiefs, has been chief of his tribe for over 20 years, and was a strong friend to the whites. The Indians are pre serving his,body, and say that they intend burying him in the earth, like a white man, as soon as the ground thaws out. We under stand that Bushy Head was next in rank to White Eagle, and will probably succeed to his place in the tribe. He is also very friend ly. The people at Clagett have had no mails since the first of November, and Jim Wells wants to know who is the next President. Letter from Paris Gibson. We are permitted to publish thefoLlowing extract from a letter received by Mr. W H. Todd from Paris Gibson. The letter is dated from the Palmer House, Chicago, Jan. 25: "Ihave been quite busy since I reached the 'States,' and shall, on the whole; I think, makea pretty good wiiter's work. The ear y cold weather in Montana, and the contin ned reports: of cold weather from- the far West, make me rather uneasy. I hope Mon tana will not get a bad set-back this winter. Everything is so prosperous throughout the States that we are bound to feel the good ef fects in Montana this season, unless some thing very disastrous happens to that coun 1 try. People are beginning to talk a good - deal about Montana, and I have many inquir - ies about Fort Benton, to which I do not fail f to give due attention. Fort Benton, I think, r has a promising future, and is bound to grow I rapidly, if those interested in it will do their duty. I cannot see why a town possessing ? the commercial advantages of Fort Benton should not improve and build up its trade rapidly. I believe it will become a prominent r railroad center, and that, too, much sooner - than we expect. From this time forward the settlement of the Territories will be rapid." f PURELY PERSONAL, -Jack Harris is in from the Highwood ' country. --Geo. Woods, from Highwood, has been spending several days among friends in Ben ton. -Mrs. Nick Welsh has been seriously ill within the past few days, but is now out of danger. -W. S. Wetzel will leave for the East on Saturday, where he will visit the principal cities on business connected with his house. -Mrs. A. B. Snell and children are spend ing the winter in Kansas, but will return to their Benton home on one of the first boats in the coming spring. -W. H. Patrick, who has charge of Col. Clendennin's teams at Fort Assinaboin, is spending a few days with his parents in town. Mr. Patrick will read the RIVER PREss weekly hereafter. -Supt. Rowe returned last evening from a trip up the road. Mr. R. says the roads are at present passable, but that a sudden thaw or protracted chinook would leave the high ways in a horrible condition. -Mr. Neehoff dropped in to see "the pret tiest printed paper in Montana" worked off. Henry left the office firmly convinced that our printers know how to use the machinery properly to print a clean and readable sheet. --Mr. Ringwald, one of Helena's energetic and successful young business men, is mak ing his Benton friends quite an extended visit. Mr. R. thinks of starting a branch house here in the spring, and will doubtless open up in a line of goods not yet introduced in this section. -John Brooks, a prosperous miner of Sil ver creek, is in town on a visit to his brother Gov. Wm. Brooks. Mr. John Brooks came through Benton in 1863 with Capt. Fisk's Minnesota expedition, when there was noth ing here but a trading post of the American Fur company. He expresses great surprise at the growth o'f our town since that time. -Even condemned murderers are niot un grateful for the attentions bestowed upon themby the members of the press as the time of execution approaches. When Pelkey was about to be turned off, last week, it is said that the only emotion he exhibited was when the local reporter of the Herald went to bid him a last farewell. The unbidden tears started to theldoomed man's eye as he affec tionately grasped the Faber shover's hand, and, in broken accents, mournfully ejaculat ed: "Good bye, Wiison, old fellow; 1'1l see you Zater." -Madisoniacn. Meeting of the Board of Couny Connmns sloners. The Beard of County Commissioners met on Friday the 11th inst. Present, J. 8. Hill, Chairman, Richard Mee and J. D. Weather wax. The object of the meeting was to pro vide for the care and maintenance of the sick and poor of Choteau county. The Beard de cideA that a contract be let, and the necessary steps taken to advertise for proposals for the care, support and nursing of the sick, poor and infirm of th'e county, and that the con tract be awarded at the next term, in March. The Board had under consideration the state of the streets of the town, and the con dition of the drains, and decided that work commence at once upon the drains, begin ning at St. John Street, and that the Road Supervisor report to and act under the direc tions of Commisssioner Mee. A petition to turnpike Arnoux street was presented, but the Board, having in their opinion made all the preparations for drain age, etc., as rdquiredin the petition, it was laid on the table. A communication, referred by Sheriff Healy to the Board, concerning expenses of prisoner Carey, was returned, the Board be. ing of opinion that the expenses were not chargeable to Choteau couhty. The purclhase of Sun River bridge by Cho teau and Lewis and Clarke counties was sug gested by Commissioner Weatherwax, which met the approval of the Board. The follow. ing preamble and resolutions were adopted: WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners of Choteau county, M. T;, recognizing the time ]y and valuable assistance rendered by Capt. Edward Moale, U. 8. Army, to the people of Fort Benton, in furnishing them with wood, frpm the military post, at a time when it was impossible to otherwise obtain fuel, therefore be it Resolvid, That the thanks of the Board of County Commissioners, and of the people of the town of Fort Benton, are hereby ten dered to Captain Edward Moale, U. S. A. commanding Post, for his action of kind ness as above recited. And be it further Resolved, That a copy of the above pream ble and resolution be forwarded to Captain Moale, U. S. A., commanding Fort Benton. There being no further business the Board adjourned ine die, Letter fIrom RocR Creek. ROCK CREEK, February 8, 1881. To the RIVER PREss. It seems that nature has determined to keep our surroundings under cover. After a res pite of three days we had a snow-fall of one inch this morning, but the weather has brightened up, and we look forward to some good weather. The cattle are beginning to leave the brush and climb the hills in search of grass, which the deep snow has denied them so long. The loss of stock, judging from the number of dead animals we find about here, is not so great as expected. H. B. McDonald lost seven head of his fine Dur ham cattle from the extreme cold. The road through Prickly Pear canyon is very heavy, but better than a few days ago. All the bridges are safe above. Both bridges at Dearborn are washed away, and it will be a week at least ere they will be ready for use again. In and near the river we find blocks of solid ice, three feet thick and many feet long, containing tons of very clear ice of beautiful freshness. Supt. Wim. Rowe, of the Helena & Benton Stage Co., passed through here yesterday, on his way to Helena. He reports the roads, though passable, in such a condition as to try the strength of the stock and the endurance of the drivers to the utmost. There never has been a season when the expenses and loss of stock of the stage company were so heavy as this winter. C. M. Scott, l ately from Missouri, has op ened a cigar and tobacco store at this place, and keep on hand a var-ity of choKce cigars and tobacco. He invites the traveling pub lic to call at his store when passing through here. Mr. Scott is a highly respected gentle man, and thoroughly acquainted with the business, and we hope he will succeed and be pat:ronized by everybody. CLAYTON. Burnled Ih a Mine. [Independent.] About noon, Friday, the startling intelli gence was received in Helena that a fire had occurred in tunnel No. 3 of the Belmont mine, and that six men were in the mine who, it was believed, were burned. Later in the day the sorrowful tidings were confirmed. Very meagre particulars had been received up to a late hour last night, but from the best information we could-get, the facts appear to besubstantially as follows: At about one o'clock Friday morning, the blacksmith shop belonging to the Belmont mine caught fire, which was speedily com municated to a magazine containing Hercules Powder. The magazine exploded with terrif fic force, the jar which it occasioned resembl ing, it is said, the shock of an earthquake The fire rapidly spread to the shaft near the blacksmith shop and from thence to tunnel No. 3. There were, at the time, eight men working in the mine. Two of the men es caped with but little, if any., injury. The re maining six, however, were imprisoned and( burned to death before any assistance couldi reach them. At last accounts five dead bodies had been taken from the mine, and there was no doubt the remaining iman was dead, although no traces of his body had been found. The names of the six men who were caught in the awful furnace are JT. Shorter, H. McDonnell, Thos. Woods, James Kugur, - - Braslaw, and Pat Loughlin. Several of the men were well known in Helena and have many friends here. Thos. Woods was maimed in this city less than a year ago. The origin of the fire was not certainly known, but it is said that some men had eaten their supper Thursday evening in the blacksmith shop and the supposition was that the flames caught from the fire which they left. The damage to property, we understand, trifling, as the fire occurred in a worked out portion of the mine, and will not occasion any stoppage of the mill. The sincerest sS mpathies of our people are extended to the bereaved families of the men who met with such a sudden and awful death. LosT.- Ai brown carf about inine feet long, with a purple stripe down each end. The finder will be liberally rewarded by leaving it at this office. BENTON RETAIL MAIRKET. FoRT BENTON, M. T., February 16, 1851. SueAn-Belcher's Yellow, 13%3c; Brown, 14c; C, 143 c; Granulated, 15c. SyRvrs-B & W, half-gallon cans, 75c; 1 gal, p1.25; 5 gal keg, $5.00; 10 gal keg, $9.50; Maple, $2.00 per gal. COFFEE-Old Gov. Java, 33c; Rio, 22@28c; Roast, 35c; Ground, 30@50. TEA-Japan, 55@85c; Imperial, 75c@$1.00; Young Hlyson, 85c@$1.00; Gunpowder, 75c@$1.15. CANDLEs-Star, 40 lbs boxes $7.500; Stearic wax, $L.5 . SoArs-Schaeffeis, $5 per box; American family. $3.75; Kirk's W. R. $8: Castile mottled, 25cts per lb; Cas tile, white, 40c. CoAt OIL-Elaine, 150 test, 50c; Headlight, 50; Head light, 112 test. 45. ToBAcco, Chewing-Fine Cut, 85@90; Cable Twist, 80; GoldBlock, 75; Black Nlavy, 45@55; Lorillard, Ton.Acco, Smoking-Durham, 7Cc; Vanity Fair, $1.25; Perique, $2. HAxMs-State, 20c. BAcoN--State, 20c. LARD-20c. LIQuois-Sour Mash whisky, $firstname.lastname@example.org; Bourbon, $2@4; Brandy, $4@8; Sherry wine, .3@4; Port wine, $8@4: Gmin, 3@4; Milwaukee and St. Louis beer, $3 per dozen quarts. SUxDREs--Matches $6 per case; Zante Currents, 15c; Pitted Cherries, 30c; Boneless Codfish, 12@15; Prunes, 15@20: Alden Apples, 25; Raspberries, 40; Blackberries 20; Oat Meal, 9; Concentrated Lye, $6.50 percase; California can goods, $email@example.com; Jellies $9; 31b Tomatoes, $5.50; 21b Tomatoes,$4.50; Caxrned Corn, $5@6; Oysters 14.50@6; Rice, 15ic; Hominy, 8e; Beans, 1Oc. PRoDucE-Flour, States, S5@T; Montana, Ai.firstname.lastname@example.org; Corn Meal, 5@6c; Butter, ranch. 6ts75c: Eggs, ranch, St.50 per doz; Wheat, 3c; O.Ats, 3X@4c. FUEL--Wood, $l0@12 per cord: "Coal, $14 per ton. Proposals for Care of Poor. L EAL;ED PROPOSALS for the care, support, nurs Oing and maintenance of the sick,poor and intirm of Choteau County, M. T., per capita, by the week, for one Year, will be received at the office of the Clrk of the Board of County Cormmissioners, until March 10Ith, A. D., 1881, JNO. W. TATTAN, Clerk of Board.