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THE RIVER PRESS.
Wednesday, October 26, 1881. 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 alg brethren are cordially in ed to attend. RUFUS PAYNE, W. M. I. P. ROLFE, Secretary. Choteau Lodge, No. 11, I. 0. 0. F. A regular meeting of the above Lodge will be held on Wednesday evening of each week, at their lodge oom in this city. Sojourning brothers are cordially invited to attend. RICHARD MEE. N. G. Wv. W. SCOTT. V. G. THE CHUROHES. ZPIBCOPAL. Episcopal Church services are'held every Sunday 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 Sunda of each month. Fort Assinaboin and Fort Shaw (al ternately)-Thlrd Sunday of each month. First Mass 8 a. m.; High Mass and Sermon, 10:30 a. m.; Sunday School, 2:30 p. m.; Evening Service and Lecture, 7:30 p. m. Rev. H. J. Camp, S. J All letters and communications containing matter in tended for publication in this paper, should be addressed to "The River Press," and the name of the writer must be given to insure attention. Local advertisements will be inserted in these columns at the rate of fifteen cents per line from tran;ent and ten cents per line from regular advertisers. IN TOWN AND OUT. .___.o..---. Castner's coal teams arrived in town last evening. W. S. Wetzel has received a large invoice of cigars this week. There has been a big emigration to Barker the past week, and still the demand is for more men. Anticipating a live trade, our merchants have already commenced ordering goods for the holidays. A swan committed suicide on the (ferry boat cable yesterday. The services of the Coroner were not called in. A sidewalk of some kind to the school house is badly needed. The School Board will please make a note of it. Our young folks are preparing to give a "sheet and pillow case hop" next week. It promises to be a pleasant affair. The Independent says it is again rumored that the celebrated Drum Lumon mine is about to be sold, and at big figures. Two Meagher county horse thieves named Sentro and Borden were "sent up"llast week, the first for five years and the other seven. The farmers should be at work these .fine days saving their root crops, or that portion that have escaped the ravages of the frost. Wm. 8mythe, of the Judith dasin, has taken 1,800 sheep belonging to Dr. Parberry on shares. Of the number 1,000 are lambs. Dave Brown's trains will be in from Whoop Up in a day or two loaded with coal. F. C. Roosfelt & Co. will receive the larger portion of it. Killally & DesChamps and Charley Black loaded Ed. Smith's train for Barker yester day, and they are now pulling in the direc tion of the camp. Gans & Klein received a large invoice of goods last week from both the railroad and river, and are now well supplied in every line for the w inter. I. G. Baker & Co. are receiving goods from down the river every day. : They will soon have their mammoth stores and ware houses "chock full." W. W. Austin, the successful Missouri river ranchman, took the stone boat up the river a few days ago and is due here to-day with a full cargo of vegetables. The ranchmen are now busy getting the crops out of the ground. They. report that the potato crop has not been injured to any great extent by the frost and snow. James Arnoux intends to open a store and hotel at his ranch, on Highwood, for the ac commodation of the people of the Highwood valley, and travelers between Benton and Barker. There are about 350 tons of freight at =Clagget, all of which must be wagoned to Benton in the next few weeks. I. G. Baker & Co, have the contract for transporting the entire lot to this city. A lot of Montana women have organized a mining company. If speech were silver. that company will strike the biggest bonanza ever seen at the first meeting of the stock holders.--Bismarck Tribune. Mr. W. B. Settle is pater-familias to a bran new boy, an eleven pounder, born last Fri day night. 'This statement will account for the perpetual smile that has played on Mr. 8's countenance the past few days. The .ailraud Register is autithority for the statement that if 2,000 abl ibdied men, of whatever race or color, will apply to thei 'Northern Pacific Company, on th Pe d'Oreille division, every one of them will get steady employment this winter, and for the next t'io fears if `ieyw..at it . Max Waterman and Mr. Brady, of De troit, left on Friday last for Barker to look up a location for the new smelter. Deputy Sheriff Talbert returned Monday evening from a little excursion North after Indian horse :thieves. He camped on the trail and all of that, but failed to make con nection with the raiding reds. Work on the new hotel was resumed last Friday and will be continued as long as the weather permits. The late cold wave has so delayed matters that it is hardly probable that the building can be inclosed this season. Mr. John Moffit will have his building on upper Front street completed in a week or .ten days, if the nice weather continues. His stock of goods is en route to Benton and it will not be long until he is ready for busi ness. The Shonkin round up party folded their tents and again invaded the range last Sun day. They will be compelled to do over again nearly all the work accomplished be fore the storm drove them into winter quarters. The Rr.ER PRESS has hung its banner on the outer wall, or in other words has put up a neat sign, the handiwork of those masters of the art of sign painting, Messrs. Lorey & Meinhardt, of Helena. It is a fac simile of the head of the RIVER PREss, and we be lieve there is not a neater sign in Benton. J. H. Freeser came up from the Mussel shell round-np a few days ago. He left it on:Hay Makers and expects it to complete work in a few days. The crop of calves has fallen far behind what was anticipated. He had 110 head of calves at the fall round-up last year, and only 50 this year. Other stock men report a similar result.-Husbandmacn. Henry Kennerly was in she city a few days the past week. He reports that just be fore he left home a number of Indians with a band of American horses camped near his ranch. He had not then heard of the Yel lowstone raid, and his suspicions were not aroused. He now believes that it was the same party of reds that stole Harrison, Mur ray and Young's horses. In the last few days Messrs. Gans & Klein have received a very large invoice of goods both by way of Helena and from down the river. Their goods have been selected with special reference to the Montana trade, and they are now fully prepared to meet the wants of the public in their line. The read ers of the RIVER PRESS are respectfully in vited to call and look over the new goods. All the old time Montanians appear to be prospering in the cattle business, notwith standing the squeezing they got from the se vere weather of last winter. Several 'of the stockmen are now at Bismarck shipping cat tle. Granville Stuart is there with 1,300 head for the Chicago market, and Con Kohrs also contributes a like number. If we had a rail road the cattle trade from that country would come here, as the drive is nearer, and the road from there here is through a splendid grazing country.-Black hills Inimes. The consecration of St. Peter's church, in Helena, will take place on the 6th of Novem ber, and it will be an exceedingly interesting event. Bishop Tuttle, whom Montanians remember with much affection, is to be pres ent, and will preach the sermon on that day. The next day the convocation of the Episco pal church of Montana begins its session, which will last, in all probability, several days. A large number of clerical and lay delegates are expected to be present from various parts of the Territory.--Herald. The Rev. W. A. James delivered some elo quent extemporaneous discourses at the Court House last Sunday morning and even ing. Mr. James is a graduate of Williams Cpllege (the Alma Mater of Prisident Gar field) and of the Union Theological Seminary of New York City. He has been preaching for about fifteen years with marked success, and when it was determined by the Board of Missions to send a minister to Benton, Mr. James was unanimously elected. Arrange ments have been made for services at the Court House twice every Sunday, and, as is customery, a general invitation is extended to everyone to be present. Yesterday Mr. O. B. O'Bannon, of Deer Lodge, and Mr. S. T. Hauser, of-Helena, en tered each 160 acres of coal land on the Dearborn, paying into the Helena Land Of fice $4,200 on their locations. The property lies contiguous to the branch line of the Northern, Pacific -fiomn Helena to Benton. Some years ago Mr. O'Bannon expended sev eral thousand dollars iný shafts and tunnels near the Dearbon Crossing, opening up a ten foot vein of bituminous coal of excellent quality. Fifty or more tons of the coal were hauled to Helena at the time and thoroughly tested for fuel, blacksmith and szmelting pur" poses. On this land coal tracings are dis tinct for a distance of two or more miles. Herald. "Down In a Coal Mine,; Is where, Jimmy Arnoux now spends a portion of his time, noting the progress of the men who are opening up -his store house of black diamonds. In' other words Mr. Arnox has struck a seven foot vein of ex ,ellent coal, easily worked, near his homne on Highwood, and he is now developing the: same as i~ rapidly as, possible: Mr. Pierce:i Thacer, an experienced Pennsylvania coal mner, is in charge of the work, and express-r es the opinion that the mine will be in all re spects an excellent one. °They have now a , 'shaft sunk thirty-five feet and propose to de velop the mine -on the most approved method, as they do in the coal fields of Penn sylvania. Mr. Arnoux is not certain yet whether or not he will be able to deliver coal in Bentoh the present season, but next year without fail he will be fixed to furnish all that is needed. It is forty miles to Cast ner's, the nearest coal mine to Benton, and as the new mine is but eighteen miles dis tant-it will be seen that Mr. A. has some thing in the way of a bonanza, if it pans out according to his expectations. Of course the opeiiing of this mine, if successful, will reduce the price of fnel in Benton to a great extent, and the reduction can not come too soon. ·- a . m- . The Biggest Yet. The Keystone lead at Barker is the one that is now creating the most excitement, and justly too. It is owned by Messrs. O'Brien, Meeks, Walley and Neihart and these gentlemen are worked up to believe it is a veritable bonanza. An assay ;recently obtained from the ore shows $4,730 of silver to the ton. The lead is six feet wide, well defined, and they claim there is two feet of ore similar to that from which the above as say was made. Prof. Foss, of the Mining and Smelting Company, announced after he had made the assay that he would give $2.30 a pound for all the ore of that character they would bring him. The mine is four miles from the smelter, but undismayed by dis tance or the roughness of the road, Joe Meeks at once started for the lead and on last Friday he arrived at Gold Run with $200_ worth of "rock" on his back for which he received the spondulix according to contract. As a man can make two or three hundred dollars a week carrying the ore on his back, the possibilities of the mine when worked on. a more extensive scale can be readily con ceived. If this high grade ore holds out for any length of time the boys have certainly struck it rich. It is like finding Fortunatus' purse. --4~ILIL_ A qCnange. Jim McDevitt has closed the Benton Sta bles until next May, having sold his hay, with the exception of fifty tons for his own stock, to Messrs. Harris & Strong, of the Park Stables. It is not Mac's intention to go out of the business, except for the time being This winter he will exercise his team hauling ore at Barker, and next season Will replace the adobe with one of the finest brick stables in Montana. Mr. Smith has also sold his hay to Messrs. Harris & Strong and the latter gentlemen will have the livery business in their own hands this winter. As they are enterprising, wide-a wake business men they will found equal to the emergency. The Judith Mines. Mr. John S. Atchison is in from Overland, the new town near Fort Maginuis, and he re ports wonderful mining activity in that vi cinity. Some excellent quartz leads have been struck in the Judith district and numer ous prospectors are searching the mountains for new ones. Messrs. S. T, Hauser and A. M. Holter visited the camp recently and in vested three thousand dollars in a mine, con ditionally. Since then a shaft has been sunk to the depth required by the contract and as the vein of quartz has improved rather than depreciated the sale will undoubtedly be closed. Mr. Atchison and F. M. Rodgers have one of the most promising leads in the district. It assays away up and as the ore is free milling and easily worked they are con fident they have in it a valuable property. Mr. Rodgers is an experienced quartz miner and it was from him that Judge Davis bought the Lexington at Butte that recent ly sold for a million. Rodgers received $1,100 for it. Mr. Atchison informs us that there has recently been quite an immi gration of miners from the Black Hills to the Judith District and that the camp is growing rapidly. Maidenville is the name of the town that has sprung up in the gulch. It is only a few miles from Maginnis. Rescuea From Death. Not for many months had the neighbor hood in the vicinity of Judge Tattan's resi dence been so excited and alarmed as it was yesterday just after noontide. And when we consider the imminent peril in which a life hung with but a shadow of hope of saving it, we can not wonder that the stoutest hearts should quail; that brave men who scarcely know what fear is should tremble with ap prehension; or that women and children should have become paralized with terror ! We have interviewedseveral who witnessed, the heart-rending spectacle and they all unite in the opinion that it was simply indescrib able ; that no tongue can express the hor rors of the situation, no pen describe them. We do not expect to reach the sublime heights essential to an accurate portrayal of the-scene. yet as an enterprising newspaper the RIrRa PRE8s can not pass it in silence. The sun had reached the meridian and journeyed on perhaps an hour beyond. The midday meal had been dispatched and the in dustrious man of businhes and the laboring train were jnst returning to their respective posts, when "the agofizing cry of "'He's drowning ! he's drowning-in the well -!" rang: out upon the affrighted air Iof upper Main street:. Jobnny Murphy, always ready to render succof where manly arms: and a hearty willean accomplish.aything, wasl the first to roepoldto the"ipiteous. apeal for help He cleared the new picket fence with a bound that would have been creditable to the India rubber man of a circus and in one half the time it takes to tell it was at the well, a dozen of the neighbors following as fast as they could. John took in the gravity of. the situation at a glance and without wait ing for an explanation, peeled his coat and rapidly descended to the bottom of the well. A life was at stake, and he did not think of "fire damps" or the danger of breaking his neck in the hasty procedure ! While Mr. Murphy was performing his mission of mercy below it is needless to say that the sus pense on the part of those who had gathered above was simply intense. They expected each moment to see Johnny emerge from the well with the lifeless body of a child in his arms and the exclamation, "Oh, h--l !" which came up from the depths tended to confirm their fears. But the worst would soon be known. The rescuer was slowly as cending. To the questions, "Is he alive?" "Who is it?" "Is he hurt ?" there came no answer, and the suspense grew more intense every second. At last the hero of the hour emerged bearing in his brawny arms the ch no, not a:child, but a little puppy belonging to the children of Sheriff Healy! The dog was alive. Murphy's language for the next few moments was entirely to emphatic for publication or we would give it in full. A New StriKe. On Thursday of last week the workmen at the Barker mine struck a new lead or spur of very rich ore about eighteen inches in width. It is a higher grade of ore than the regular lead, and in consequence the "strike" is an important one as it adds greatly to the value of that already valuable property. It is the general opinion of those who have examined this lead that Mr. Gib son, who has bonded the Barker, has an im mense fortune in it. One gentleman, who may be a little enthusiastic in the premises, confidently asserts that Mr. Gibson will get his $60,000 out of the mine before the bond ed term has half expired, and will then have a property worth millions left. So may it be. Buck Barker. This gentleman will leave in a few days for Odessa, Mo., his old home, and probably will bid good-bye to Montana forever and aye. As was stated last week, he has sold out all his interests in the Barker District, receiving for the same the handsome sum of $13,000, cash in hand. As is well known, Buck was the first discoverer in the now prosperous and promising camp that bears his name. It was with.much reluctance that he disposed of his interests there, as he has been closely identified with the camp since the first strike was made. He has always had an abundance of faith, in the future greatness of Barker, and even in its darkest o&Y s never grew discouraged. But for the fact that important duties call him borne, he would not have thought of selling out. Buck is an old timer in Montana, and has been a resident of Benton for many years, where has, perhaps, as many friends as any man in the Territory. He will take with him to "old Missouri" the well wishes of all. We are not authorized to make the statement, but the RIVER PnEss is of the6opinion that it will not be very long until Buck will lead his old flame to the altar, and settle down to enjoy the fruits of double blessedness. An Author. It is not generally known that we have an author in Benton, b'ht such is the case and C. M. Lanning the man. Mr. L. is pre paring an Indian-English lexicon, and has a greater portion of the work upon the same completed, the result of occasional- labor during the past six years. He spent five years at Fort McLeod and became thorough ly conversant with the language of the "no ble red man." It was then that he formed the determination to prepare a dictionery and ever since has been gathering material for the same. He gives Indian phrases and sentences with their translations, as well as the simple word, so that a person wishing to become familiar with ,the Indian language would find it a ready helper. Some five hundred subjects are treated and in an' ex haustive manner. It is the language of the Blackfeet, and the same that is spoken, with very slight variations, by the Bloods and Piegans. Mr. Lanning even goes further than the average author; he proposes to publish his own book. To that end he has purchased a Novelty press and a few fonts of type-and when business is dull will try his hand at the case. With the meagre fa cilities he-has at hand he will find it slow work and amay yet be compelled to call in the assistance of the IPivan PI.Ess book and job department. RIver Ripples. From the Bismarck Tribune of the 17th inst., we take the following concerning the whereabouts of the boats : :The Benton passed the Tobacco Gardens at 3 a. m. yesterday o:nher way up the river. The Butte passed Buford yesterday on her way down the river. She met the Black Hills Ct arroll and the Helena at Musselshel "on Thursday. W.:Th Eclipe leaves for Poplar creek to damy. The Bachelor will be in the river :again to morrow a :will. leave on Wednesdlay for Poplar reek ' PURELY PERSONAL. -W. P. Levens, of the Judith, is in the / city. -Al. Olden arrived in the city Monday' evening. -John S. Atchison leaves to-morrow morning for Overland. --'George Wareham, of the Slionkin, is registered at the Overland. -Col. Clendenin and family returned yes terday morning from a visit to Martinsdale. -Mr. John W. Power is back from a trip to the States and his familiar countenance is seen once more at the house of T. C. Power & Bro. -John Samples arrived from Oregon a few days ago with a thousand head of cattle which he turned loose upon the Sun River range: -W. J. Conway arrived in the city fromn his Arrow creek ranch Monday evening. He reports that the storm was comparatively mild in that region. -Ed. Higbee, the rustling clerk of the Rosebud, is in the city making final settle ments with our merchants for freight brought up by his boat. He will return to the States by stage and rail. -Mr. H. Miller, proprietor of the post res taurant at Ft. Magirnis, was in the city a few days the past week laying in a stock of supplies. Mr. Miller reports that he is hav ing a good business. -W. P. Turner, Jr., arrived in town yes terday from the Marias where their thor oughbred cattle are rounded up. He brought with him a nice lot of venison and presented it to John Hunsberger. -Mr. A. J. Hamilton departed for Barker this week to remain during the winter. To make sure of his happiness he left .a V with the RIVER PRxss and ordered the paper forwarded to the gulch. -Major Edwards is in from Barker. He reports unusual activity at the camp, and says it will be but a short time until the smelter is in operation. A scarcity of labor ers is one of the present drawbacks. -John Potter, one of the successful stock growers of Meagher county, left on Satur day for the East, to spend the winter. *He will return in the spring, bringing with him a choice lot of thoroughbred sheep-Merinos and Southdowns. -W. E. Clark,.one of the owners of the Silver Bell lead, at Barker, has sold his in terest in the same and this morning took his departure by coach for the states. Mr. Clark has other interests at Barker, and will return in the spring to look after the same. -Mr. Herman Gans, of Gans & Klein, and Miss Alice Marks were married at the resi dence Af the bride's parents, in Helena, on the evening of the 19th inst., Governor Potts officiating. In common with their many friends the RIVER PRESS extends congratula tions over the happy event. -Frank Deletraz returned to Benton last evening, having come up the river and across the country from Cow Island. Mr. Deletraz has come direct from the "vine clad hills of sunny France," and the best part of it is he brings a life partner along. The marriage occurred in Italy during the past summer. The RIVER PREss extends congratulations. -Captains Henry Compton Aitchison and A. Musgrave, of the Royal Navy, who have been guests at the Choteau House the past three weeks, left onthe stage yesterday morn ing for Helena en route for England via New York City. These gentlemen are on a leave of absence from the service and have been spending the summer in the new north west hunting. Theywere unfortunate, how ever, in visiting just such portions of the country in both Montana and the Dominion as afford very little game, and hence their hunt has not been a successful one. They are sociable, pleasant gentlemen and during their stay in Benton made many friends who wish them bon voyage to their native shores. Branch of the Pioneer Bindery. The RIVER PRESS has made arrange-. ments with George E. Boos, of the Pioneer Bindery, Helena, by which this office is prepared to furnish all kinds of book work, binding or ruling at prices that will make it profitable for the business men of Benton to' get their work of this character of us instead of sending east for it. By this arrangement we can furnish Record Books of every class and description as cheaply as they can be obtained anywhere in the Territory. Par ties having old books, magazines, papers, etc., they wish bound can leave their orders .with us and secure just the same prices as are charged by Mr. Boos at Helena. When you need commercial work of any kind call. at this office and look at the Pantagrapk binding, the neatest ththg out. Probable 1Turder. The Bismarck Tribune of the 17th inst. has the following account of an assault, probably with fatal results, upon the watch. man on the steamer NIobrara: At an early hour this morning messengers came from the landing in hot haste for a physician, and one was only procured after considerable trouble. The messengers re ported that a man serving temporarily as watchman of the steamer Niobrara had been assaulted and nearly killed, his skull being crushed aid having received other injuries that will probably prove fatal. While on duty a number of~ mei sneaked up and struck him over the head with, an eight pound sledge hammer. The assault was made for purposes of .robbery but'io:money was securedi '..He. t $60 de hiip frm the hiot bit he had