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THE RIVER PRESS.
Wednesday, Mareh:9, 1881. J. E. STEVENS, - - --- - LOCAL EDITOI Choteau Lodge, No. 11, I. 0. 0. ., A regular meeting of the above Lodge will be hehc on Wednesday evening of each week, at their lodge oom in this city. Sojourning brothers are cordiallJ 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 o: each month. Members of sister lodges and sojourn ing brethren are cordially in ed to attend. UFUS PAYNE, W. M. H. P. ROLFE, Secretary. THE CHURCHES. EPISCOPAL. Episcopal Church services are held every Sunday a the Court House, at 11 a. m. and 7 p. m. Sunda, School at 2:30 p. m. Rev. S. C. Blackiston Pastor. CATHOLIC. Catholic Church services will be held at the severs churches as follows: Fort Benton-First and lae Sundays of each month. Sun River-Second Sunda; of each month. Fort Assinaboin and Fort Shaw (al ternately)-Third Sunday of each month. First Mas 8 a. m.; High Mass and Sermon, 10:30 a. m.; Sunda; School, 2:30 p. m.; Evening Service and Lecture, 7:3 p. m. Rev. H. J. Camp. S. J All letters and communications containing matter in tended for publication in this paper, should be addressea to "The River Press," and the name of the writer mus be given to insure attention. Local advertisements will be inserted in these column at the rate of fifteen cents per line from transient ant ten cents per line from regular advertisers. IN TOWN AND OUT. ----t-oI-- Guthrie's mince pies are just "too nice.' Try them. Purchase your queensware and lamps of Kleinschmidt & Bro. Ladies' and gentlemen's underwear at bar gains, at Kleinschmidt & Bro.'s. Frields & Neehoff are getting their freight ing outfit in readiness for spring work. Kleinschmidt & Bro., offer their entire stock of dry goods and notions at cost. Five hundred dozen gloves and mittens, positively at cost, at Kleinschmidt & Bro.'s. Kleinschmidt & Bro. have all sizes of the celebrated Jackson wagons ready for spring trade. Attention, sheep men. Kleinschmidt & Bro., have the reliable Mallinckodt sheep dip for sale. J. W. Miner is now completing arrange ments to open a drug store in Benton during the coming spring. The Insurance Companies represented by H. P. Rolfe were the first to pay the losses by the late Helena fire. Breakfast bacon, sweet and fresh at Mur phy, Neel & Co.'s new building, corner of Front and Benton streets. Kleinschmidt & Bro. is the only firm in the Territory who sell the celebrated Buford plows, the best in the world. We acknowledge the receipt of a polite ir vitation to attend a hop to be given on the 17th inst. by the boys in blue. In consequence of Mr. Isabel's death, tL performance of the Ethiopian Minstrels has been postponed until Saturday evening. Crane & Green have remodelled their store, giving them considerable additional room, and vastly improving the looks of the stock. Rev. Mr. Blackiston leaves for Assinaboin Friday morning, and in consequence there will be no services of the Episcopal church next Sunday. A few I arrels of Jas. MI. O'Donnell's Blut Ribbon O. K. whisky (the only genuine) a Murphy, Neel & Co.'s, corner of Front and Benton streets. Buildings are going up in every direction in Barker District, and Hughes City, Galena City and Leadville are flourishing like a green bay tree. Kleinschmidt & Bro. are selling clothing hats, caps, boots and shoes, away down, to close out their present stock. Examine their goods and prices. Freght is four cts. per pound to Sun River, and transportation very scarce at that, owing to the high water in that direction and the muddy roads.--Herald. One thousand pounds of fresh garden seed from the well-known firm of D. M. Ferry & Co., Michigan, just received and for sale at Kleinschmidt & Bre. SC. B. Clary is prepared to do all kinds of house cleaning and carpet laying. Work done to order and at reasonable prices. Leave orders at City Lunch House. Storer & Storer will resume work on T. C. Power & Bro.'s new' brick building Monday, and will keep it going until completed. They expect to have the brick work finished by the 1st of May. We understaid that one of Benton's enfer.. prising merchants contemplates securing the services of a housekeeper next summer. He has already opened a correspondence with a lady in the East. The overland stage makes good tide, not.. withstanding ihe ::melting snows, .and even the :road scross the Park to Buitte is quite pasisable. ile stages connect regularly at :Boidaer.-Herat "E. H. Taylor, Jr,, & Co.'s" and "Hume' hand-made sour mash whiskies, the finest and purest goods made in the United States, at - Murphy, Neel & Co.'s new store, corner of Front and Benton streets. Messrs. Yard & Flanagan, of the Eata phone restaurant, are taking in additional room behind their present premises, and will use the same for a kitchen, thus giving them Id room for several more tables. ,e E. R. Wilton has been making some new y counters for I. G. Baker & Co., and part of them are now in. They have walnut tops, and present a very fine appearance, adding much to the looks of the store. In another column will be noticed the death of Lee Isabel, which occurred yesterday morning after a brief illness. Mr. Isabel was go a good citizen, and his death will be felt by Of many as a loss to the community. Beef is getting a little thin in our market, and the butchers are killing the smallest calves we ever saw. They are merciful in not letting them suffer long in such a world and weather as we have.-Herald. A difficulty occured in town Sunday night in which one of our colored citizens was ser iously cut in the head by his mistress. We understand that the man is in a precarious « situation, and possibly may not recover. ay A very pleasant little surprise party came al- off Thursday evening. The invited guests Ss assembled at the residence of Judge Tattan, and from there repaired to Mr. McIntyre's, where the remainder of the evening was spent most enjoyably. ed C. D. Storer has commenced the erection .st of a building near the brick yard. It will be 14x50 feet. The front part will be used as a d dwelling by Mr. Storer, and the rear as cook ing and sleeping rooms for the men employed = by Storer & Storer. One of the indications of coming spring is that the small boy has brought out his bat and ball and is preparing for a harvest of broken fingers and bloody noses. Already has our ear been saluted with the familiar cry of "Foul, out." r- If the Yellowstone Journal had not changed the gentleman's name from Tom to Harry, t- and the scene from Benton to Miles City, and had credited the whole thing to the ,e RIVER PRESS, they would have had the local they stole from us fairly correct. We have our ore cabinet finished, and al ready have specimens of ore from the Wright e & Edwards, Vanderbilt, Barker, Homestake, Summit & DeSoto, Oxide & Boss, and Pil grim leads. The cabinet is the work of W. G. Jones, and is a very handsome piece of furniture. The inaugural address of President Gar field, which we lay before our readers in full, takes up so much of our space that, in order to furnish the usual quota of general news and editorial comment, we are obliged to Sbreak in upon our notices of Benton's busi ness houses. Invitations are out for a ball to be given on the evening of the 17th inst., the anniversary of the natal day of Ireland's patron saint. Some 175 invitations have been issued, the Smanagement of the affair is in experienced i hands, and with pleasant weather and good music, the attendance will no doubt be large - and the evening enjoyable. S A sudden lurch of the incoming Raders burg stage, last evening, threw Judge Conger, who was a passenger, from his seat, beside Sthe driver, down among the horses' heels. Fortunately, the horses were going at a slow gait and were stopped before the Judge had sustained any other damage than a shock and the soiling of his clothes.-Independent. S From careful inquiry, the loss of sheep this Swinter from snow and cold is put by sheep men at about 33½ per cent. Beaverhead has lost less than any ether county. Pilgrim sheep have suffered heavily. It will be diffi cult to sell them to our sheep growers here after until they have passed one winter at least, in our climate.-Herald. A telegraphic) rumor has it that our cor. respondent at New Chicago was to have joined the Benedicts Wednesday evening. "Well, really, my dear boy,"- - - - - .New North- West. The editor evidently started off with the intention of dissuading his correspondent by relating a portion of his own experience, but probably had a grudge against the man, and on second thought, let him "go ahead." The RIVER PRESS man seems to agree with us in our estimate of a publication at Butte which was advertised in the New North West. Thank you. How do you like the pictorial ?-Northwest. We" think the makeup was incomplete. They ought to have wound up that silly arti cle with the cut used in an advertisement in the next column. It would have illustrated so well Freeman's style of canvassing for his paper. And don't you forget it. We call the attention of the public and the County Commissioners to the fact that a short dyke shoull be built above Mr. Roosevelt's ranch, with a view of protecting the town from possible overflow of the river through the sag which runs from there behind the town. Trie, no, trouble has yet occurred frem this weakness, but it is liable to at any Shigh water period, :and this liability carries with it such a weight of possible disaster that iit should :be prevented at once. Should a good current ever getstarted aronund this town it would make an island of it if it did not cariy it away. The cost of making a dyke at that point isso small, that no time shpuld of possible danger. .e' Tong Hop Lang Foo received a telegram ad from Virginia City this week, stating in sub at stance that his Celestial brethern of the "So of cial City" had a big fight on Sunday, and that two of their number were killed. We endeav :a- ored to interview Tong in order to obtain al some information of the sad affidr, but with ill Ionly moderate success. He explained, how m ever, that, "Teleglass lesterday had big fightee over there. One fleemason, dam kille two Chinamen, all samee Melican man. Me no sabee, me see bymeby."- Courier.. ) A gentleman from Benton tells us that the feet of the ladies in that place are so large ng they cannot stoop over to pick up any article which has dropped and they may have need th of. He says, and the "statistics show," that the smallest lady's shoe ever sold or manufact a ured for sale in Benton was two-that is, it as took two full-sized calf skins to furnish the )y leather.--Northwest. Deer Lodge ladies never have to stoop. Bt, They go on until they reach a derrick with est which to raise their feet, and then pick the in article off them, for nothing they drop ever cld reaches the ground. We acknowledge that it only takes one calf-skin to measure the ht imprint of a Deer Lodge damsel's shoe in the mud, but it must be manipulated in the same Pe manner as the bullock's hide which tradition us has it was used in laying out the town-site of ancient Carthage. The recent incursion of the noble red man ne Sts in town has caused more or less uneasiness on the part of some of the fairer sex who have decided to call the river metropolis s home. A good story is told of one lady who expressed som( fear of being left alone in her rather secluded residence. She was told on by husband, however, to take a rifle that hap be pened to be in the house, and point it at any a aborigine that might appear, and that they k- would vanish like mist before a June sun. ed Happy thought, and after the departure of her liege lord, the lady double locked and is bolted the doors and window. Shortly after, at two Indians stuck their inquisitive but classic of features up to the window and smiled in upon IY their captive. The lady, with that rare cour ar age women so often develop in the midst of imminent danger, calmly picked up the dead 3d ly weapon, and putting the muzzle of the y, rifle to her shoulder, took deliberate aim y, with the stock of the gun at the intruder. se The red man, seeing his danger, fled to the al Bear Paw mountain leaving the lady victori ous and happy. Such rare presence of mind 1- is seldom shown by the hardy frontiersman. it On Sunday evening last occurred a case of e, mysterious disappearance, which so far has 1- eluded every attempt to elucidate. There is T. a belief, however, more or less well founded, >f that some of the maurauding bands of In dians were connected with it, and many have r- gone so far as to locate the participant in the , lonely crime among the Piegans, whose r camp is not far off. There has been great a consternation in the family where the event o occurred, and thelittle ones are kept close to i- the mother's fold for fear that they may be spirited away. It was while the tones of n merry voices and the loud hugag were ming y ling with the musical quiet of ;the ebbing ev t. ening, and joyous hearts were giving vespers te praise for blessings profuse and sorrows few, d that the destroyer came, and while two d little ones were resting out on the doorstep, e enjoying with quiet zest the spirit of the scene, the destroyer came and spirited them away, and they were never heard of more. While the patient youth, who was erst mak 'e uing devoirs to lovely maidens, took his leave with sorrow in his heart, and vengeance in his brain, for it was his overshoes they had Staken. k From Centrevllae tso Benton. * Among the important bills which were not s lost during the recent session was the one to p enable the people of Meagher county to build s a wagon road from Centreville, via the White n Sulphur Springs, to Benton. Centreville is i- situated on the upper Missouri valley, almost - directly across the river from Bedford and t the Springville Mills, which are very near the Helena and Bozeman road. The road will take in a good portion of the Missouri valley, e one of the most fertile and flourishing agri * cultural valleys in Montana, will cross the Belt mountains probably at the head of Gray son creek, running through the Smith river valley to the White Sulphur Springs. From this point it will take an almost direct north d erly course to the Barker mines, and from thence to the Choteau county line. The importance of this road to the people Sof Meagher county and of Benton can be i. readily seen and its advantages appreciated. e The people of Meagher county whom this road would accommodate now purchase the • bulk of their supplies in Helena, but by this - route they will be enabled to get them direct 1 from Benton and so save the profit which the o Helena merchant must have to enable him to 1 * handle the goods, besides the freight from Helena. The wool of the Smith:river valley, e part of which now goes to Helena, would all t be shipped to Benton and down the river, a should this road become an established and a substantial fact, while that portion of the I road lying this side of the Barker district will e be of no little service towards advancing the a development of the mines of that district, v and which cannot help benefiting our town i s to no incousiderable extent. The county ( t sat of Meagher county hasbeen located at a the Springs,:and as manyof the citizens of I a Choteau county have interests in our sister ( t county which will firequeatly compel their . attendance atthe coupty seats this direct road I :will prorep a great cnveanience. C : :These are only a. few of the many benefits hich iwould beiderived fronm thie completion I m of this road to Benton, and we hope soon to ib- see some steps taken by the people of Cho o- teau looking to the building of the short rat stretch of this road which would pass through IV- our county. Lin =I1.'.4".181. )· $B----- ith The Cattle Men Aroused. W A few days since Messrs. Jas. Root, Jessie Phelps and E1. Simpson, cattle men on Ar le row creek, Judith Basin, caught two men, J. N. Jones and - Flem, in the act of kill ing a beef steer belonging to M. A. Price & he Co. They arrested the men, brought them e to town, and, informing the stock men here ed of the fact, a court was held across the river at at which the cattle men were judge and jury. Et- After deliberation they decided that the pris he oners-who were pretty badly scared-should be let off this time, on condition that they ,p, leave the country, a condition which they Lth were extremely willing to agree to. Jones, he who has a ranch and an estimable wife and 'er family in Meagher county, is said to have oat been concerned in the killing of cattle before he this, but it is the first time positive proof has he been found against him. He is said to be a ne worthless sort of a fellow, and the stock men on of the vicinity have been compelled to sup of port his family through the winter. Flem has been working for Harris & Strong this an winter, until about two weeks ago, when he is said to have been discharged for stealing. ho The community will be well rid of both, and lis if they have any regard for their personal 10 safety they will keep on traveling. Our stock in men have lost enough through the severe Id winter without having added to it the addi tional loss involved by the action of wretches like these. They are thoroughly aroused, are determined to put an effectual stop to D. such proceedings, and should any more cases of of the kind occur it is hardly probable that id the people will be called upon to pay the ex r, penses of their trial and punishment. ic PURELY PERSONAL. ir- -Granville Turner is in from the Barker district. - -Doc. Frields is getting ready for a "high ie lonesome," preparatory to "a slow time" on m the road. r. -John Largent and A. B. Miner came in le from Sun River yesterday, and will remain for a few days. --Mike Burns arrived yesterday from the °. Barker district, where he has extensive and Af valuable mining interests. as -Herman Gans, representing the extensive is clothing house of Gans & Klein, Helena, ar i, rived in town this morning, and will remain 1- with us for a few days. Herman is a thor re ough good fellow, and has many friends Le among our citizens. -e -N. Gauthier arrived here on Saturday's it coach, and has taken a position in the dry at goods department of T. C. Power & Co. Mr. o Gauthier comes from Chicago, where he oc le cupied a similar position in the large house )f of Mandel Bros. He has already gained the - esteem of those who have met him, and we 7- predict that he will become popular among I a the patrons of Power & Bro. and Bentonites r, generally. Board of 'Trade Mleetiug. e Pursuant to call the Board of Trade met t n Monday evening last, and after the reading * of the minutes, Mr. Collins spoke at consid- 1 ~ erable length on the indifference displayed e e by members and business men in the work s n of the Board and the advancement of the town. Mr. Hughes again advanced the subject of c the Barker road, and discussion ensued I Sthereon which showed its necessity, and ad Svised as to means of carrying it out, eliciting s d that Mr. Castner would complete a portion of ' e the road, from the Coal Banks to Gibson's 1 ranch; that the people of Meagher county wt ould contribute $2,000 towards their por- I d tion of it, and that the portion to be built by t e Benton capital was about $1,000. t 11 It was moved and carried that a committee be appointed to consult with the commis- c sioners on the matter of a bridge over Belt i; e creek, and to take such action as they should i see fit. Messrs. Gibson, Todd and Payne r were selected as such committee. Mr. Gibson addressed the Board relative to ii Sthe railroads whidh were naturally interested f Sin Montana. He said that in conference with a the managemeht of the St Paul and Manitoba e road, he was definitely informed of its inten Stion to put the road to Buford as fast as the work could be done; that it was his belief; tl Sgathered from the expressions of the man e agers, that the road would not stop until Ben ton was reached. He also referred to a con vt ersation with Mr. Sargent, of the Northern SPacific, and stated that it wasthe desire of the road to come by the Musselshell and t SSmith River road to Helena, and that it would so do if a practicable pass could be B I found near that point, B Mr. Waterman was elected a member of the Board, which then adjourned. SCorrespondence from Across tile River. C S Tothe Riyer Press: , Seated here, under the folds of a torn and i smoke-frescoed tepee, with the flag of my r country floating in plain sight across the riv t er and marking the close proximity of our J1 f brave boys in blue, I feel a gentle compla r cency in my security. Yet I am in the midst L r of the noble red man, and closely environed L i by his seeming solicitations. imagination iconjures up the scenes that might follow s were I to resent their protestatone--or hold I my nose to escape the nidorous essences that :::::::::: ::::::~ ' ========== === -:" -· - ··· : o float up in vitreous waves from the tents of the nomads below. Experience is the prophet 't of future events, and I may be an ,extmple h of a silent and uncomplaining victim to their wanton sacrifices. Quein Sabe ? While thus ruminating and pondering, the sweet strains of music come welling upon me, and the low, guttural chant unmistake ably tells me that the primitive children of the plains are being whirled through the terp sichorean m.zes, and I am brought back to the practical lessons of the wigwam sanctu ary. My curiosity is aroused, and with cau tion and purpose I repair to the s :ene. The r camp fire fitfully burns, the pale moon lends a silent ray, the stars twinkle ditmly. A soli tary coyote from the dark outlines of the hillside lends an iambic chorus, which, with the primitive music of the Indian drum, makes a harmonious blending of sound. But the promises made the fair one left behind forbade participation in the festivities, and, e like the medicine man from the adjacent lodge, I could not remain long as a silent s spectator, and of course could only partly en joy the grand affair. How tastily dusky maidens can dress in blanket attire it has never been my lot to know until I attended this reception. Could a queen look more s charming dressed in her silks and satins than one lovely creature we espied in that happy throng of merry makers in blanket attire. At this period the writer leaves the joyous scene 1 and retires to rest, and sleep, still thinking (but not dreaming) of that lovely form so beautifully arrayed in a blanket robe. PILGRIM No. 2. OUR SUN RIVER LET"''EUR. SUN RIVER, M. T., March 7, 1881. To the River Press: Since my last there has been but little of t note to interest or amuse that has transpired in this section. You will observe that Pil grim, who wields a fluent pen, has given in his letters all that a morbid appetite could crave. Yet it has been a little amusing to some of us how the boy's credulity has been wrought upon. He seems to think that Sun River could not (outside of his prescribed circle) produce so able a correspondent as "Punjaub." Well, we know whereof we speak when we say that Punjaub was and is still a citizen of Sun River valley, and, by the way, a prominent and influential citizen too. And it is nothing when we come to consider the number of first-class correspon dents that this section of the country is pos sessed of, and in my opinion some of the principal papers in Chicago and New York are losing a golden opportunity when they don't secure their service. The last few days of fair weather have en livened business in all directions. George Steell is pushing the bridge forward to com pletion. The piers are already done, and will soon be put in. The river is sufficiently low to be forded. A stone walk is soon to be laid from B. W. Murray's shop to the hotel. Murray has leased his undivided interest in the arm chair behind George Steell's store, and taken up his quarters in his new shop. J. M. Rasin has resigned the books of I. A. Milot and has been superseded by Winm. Ulm. Mr. Rasin will come into the posses sion of quite a little fortune soon, left him by his father who died the past winter. The Undaunted Dncing Club gave a calico ball on Friday night last which was well attend ed, and a general good time was the univer sal verdict. At the appointed time the show, which had been advertised so long came off, the comedian, C. A. Stag, taking an active part and acquitting himself very credibly. Mr. I. S. Corson is doing quite an exten sive business in painting buggies "by the way." He understands his business in that line thoroughly. Therehas been one hundred and fifty do! lars raised to prevent an overflow of the river this spring. It is to be used in strengtheuning the banks of the river above town. Our townsman, John Largent, intends opening a street running south, and the build ing of several tenement houses. A good idea which will benefit the town materially. The weather is fine and roads getting good, but Mr. Kerley says he is not going to have it so long. But Kerley's predictions have failed so often we don't think very seriously about them. PILnRIM No. 3. L. T. Marshall keeps all sorts of refresh ments for the inner man which petrtain to the condition of a semi-aqueous solution of fermented and spiritous cereal symposium. ADVERTISED LETTERS. Remaining in the Post Office at Fort Benton, M. T., for the week ending March 5, 1881. Parties calling for them will please ask for "Adver tised" letters. Aspling, Thos P Loceher. Paul Blackenbaker, RN Loughlin, Dennij Brithrigham, Joseph McCabe, Martha Breaneau, Mons Syfroud McConnell, Wm Braun, Simon Marcotte, Isidore Brown, Miss Minnie Martin, Thos H Boyer, J J McCormick, Charlie Bynum, Chas Moore, Geo W Blevins, Dan Mulrin, J F Braithwaite, Joseph (2) Mondel, John Culver, WM Miller, Mrs L Delong, C A Melins, PO 0 Dent, H T Potts, Hilda Dewitt, Mag ie Powell, Mathias E Idwards, B F Parsons, B E Galan, P W Schopp, William Hadley, Geo W Stoner, S L Hnmmeberry, Tague, Amos Jackson, Charlie Tarrant, WJL (2) Jones, J N Warren, G T Kilborn, Robert M Woods, J H Ladd, CD Wiley, AC Laborre, Alfred Werner, Emil Laroek, S Welsh, Robert Lebeau, John Wa-ner, Wm Lambert, John Wilsey, Frank S M. A. FLANAGAN, P. M. DIED. In Benton, March 8th, at 6:30 a. mn., Lee Isabell, aged about forty years.