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THE RIVER PRESS :
Wednesday, January 25, 1882.
JERRY COLLINS. - - - - - - - EDITOR
WE publish to-day an interview with Mr.
T. C. Power chiefly in reference to the im
provement of the Missouri river, a subject I
of vital importance to Montana and more 1
particularly to Benton-and surrounding Coun
try. Some action should be taken at once to
impress upon Delegate Maginnis the necessi
ty of working for a liberal appropriation'for
the Upper Missouri. The initial steps in the 1
movement should be taken at Benton and
we hope our people will be equal to the
emergency. If there is one spark of life re
maining in the Benton Board of 'Trade a
meeting should be called at once to inaugu
rate a movement in favor of an appropria
tion for the upper river. If the Board of
Trade is beyond all hope of resurrection let a.
meeting of the citizens be called for this pur
pose. The matter is of too great importance
to neglect. Helena and other towns of the
Territory should do likewise as they are in
terested as well as Benton in the matter of
cheap freight rates.
THE report of the Guiteau trial will make
a volume of 2.000 pages.
IT is reported that the Uuiteau case will
get to the jury next Monday.
THE Barker boom will' soon be due.
Everybody is anticipating a prosperous sea
son at the camp.
THERE are 463 "suspects" in the prisons
of Ireland. Their only crime is a love of
the land of their birth.
JUDOE HUNT will be e r. ed from the su
preme bench owing to inability to discharge
his duties by reason of age and disease.
Jaiis F. WILSON has been elected Sena
tor from Iowa for the long term, beginning
March 4tih 1882. J. W. McDill will serve
the short term
THE stock interests of Choteau county will
advance rapidly this season. We under- I
stand there will be'quite an accession to the
number of cattle kings.
NINETY men were hung "according to law" I
in the United States during the past-year. In I
addition to this number Judge Lynch can
claim a good many victims.
GENERAL ANDREW JACKSON SMITH is lia-*
ble to return to Montana some of these days
with a commission in his pocket. Blow
would Governior Smith sound ?
A THOUSaJD or more immigrants from
Europe have already arrived this year. They t
are starting early, and it is probable the ag- t
gregate for the year will be greater than ever
THE Moorhead (Minn )' Daily Argonant, a
neat and interesting publication, has found
its way to our table. The towns of the New
Northwest beat the world for newspaper en- i
SEVEIRAL MOntanians are hanging around
Washington, button holing Senators and
Representatives in the hope of getting an
office. It is exceedingly doubtful whether a
single one of them will succeed. i
EVERY few days the report goes out that
the star routes are to be prosecuted, but it is
not probable that anything of the kind will
be done. At least the big thieves will not be
molested by the "'strong arm of law."
DEbApWOOD is taking an active part in fa
vor of the division of Dakota and the ad
mission of the southern half as a State. A
delegation of fifty Deadwoodians are at
Washington urging the project. Doubtless
Deadwood wants the capital.
MAJOa J. W. WALKER's boom for Gover
nor has gone glimmering. That story about
his $400 board bill, which reached Washing
ton before the valiant Major did, has effect
ually squelched his hope. An hundred Billy
Mahones, with as many Riddlebergers
thrown in, couldn't pull him through .
THE Washington correspondent of the
Inater .Aountrain says Maginnis is one of the
prolific members-in bills-and gives the fol
lowng resume 6 these Ind ...ed by our
Delegate: "*1e 1keps a sharp eye foiotthe in
terests'of*f ae'~F bs constituents at least.
He has introduced a bill to pay Paul McJor
mick for loese iactrred by reason of ~chtlge
madeby the offeers of the Unaited States as
to the place dl.4 @k ..g te w after the
Scontract was made .This caIs for $1,000.
! U". . "°for the l.f tbeir rernul
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tives, $1,085, in payment of the'draft on the I
United States Treasury, issued by Thomas u
Francis Meagher, as Secretary of Montana, i
which draft is now in the possession of said E
Dahler. Also a bill to accept and ratify the t
agreement submitted by the Crow Indians in t
Montana, for the sale of a portion of their
reservation An said Territory, and for other
purposes, and to make the necessary appro
priations for carrying out the same. Alse a
bill to restore Fort Benton military reserva
tion to the public domain,"
From what we can gather from our Terri
torial exchanges it seems to be established as
a fact that the Northern Pacific and Utah &
Northern railroad companies hive come to
an agreement by the terms of which they
parcel out the Territory between them and
pool the profits accruing. The arrangement
is, ws believe, - substantially as follows:
(1) The N. P. will withdraw its projected
branch to Butte; (2) the U. & N. will ex
tend its branch from Silver Bow to the
mouth of Little Blackfoot and stop; (3) the
U. & N. will extend its trunk line from Dil
Ion north to the Three Forks and stop; (4)
the U. & N. to supply the N. P, this year
with 20,000 tons of rails to be delivered at
Little Blackfoot and Three ,Forks. By this
nice little arrangement the Utah & Northern
will control the Bntte traffic and that of the
West Side, while the Northern Pacific will
have the Helena business and that of the
East Side. The terms as to the proper divis
ion of the profi a of course have been agreed
upon. It can be readily seen that this plan
gives these roads a monopoly in their re
spective territories and will allow them to
charge whatever rates they see fit. The suf
fering public can have no redress --except to
come to Benton and get cheap goods, deliv
ed by river, God's higTway, on which pools
and combinations are unknown. In discus
sing the subject the Neb .Northwest says :
This simply means districting off the Ter
ritory, and giving t:. each company a nmonop
oly of bisiness, with rates to suit itself in the
district it traverses. To break this requires
the construction of a new road or roads,
whereas if competitive roads were built andP
a pool then made, we could reasouably antic
ipate a break of the pool sometime. To
Butte, and Helena especially, this combina
tion is a disaster. Butte will have but one
route to ship machinery and supplies. Hel
ena will have no inside margins on rates
and with but one road thereto Benton will
have great commercial advantage in supply
ing the rapidly developing north.
This impending danger shows clearly the
advantage. Benton enjoys by its location at
the head of navigation on the Missouri river,
The river will be a perpetual check to rail
road monopoly, and will enable our mer
chants at all time to undersell those of all
other towns in the Territory. It will insure
to Benton the trade of Northern Montana,
rapidly developing, and render it beyond
doubt the commercial metropolis of the
Northwest. While Helena, Butte, Deer
Lodge and the West Side generally are agi
tated over this question, Benton looks upon
the majestic stream that flows by her and is
as serene as you please. 'Rah for the Big
NO RBAOE DISTINOTION.
The Heratld unites with the RivEr PREsS
in its demand for equal and exact justice to
the negro as far as school privileges are con
cerned, as will be seen by the following edi
torial from a: turday's issue:
Elsewhere in this Territory no objection
that we have ever heard of has interposed to
prevent the attendance of children of colored
parentage at the public schools. ID this city
alone, for the past several years, have the
school authorities felt it incumbent upon
them to yield to the prejudice of the few
who have demanded the exclusion from our
public schools ot colored pupils and their
separate instruction. Now that sickness has
taken three of the five colored children from
the "'race" school, it. is proposed to deny the
other two instruction except as it can be
found convenieht for their teacher-who has
had part of the pupils sent to her from one
of the regular schools-to attend to them at
some irregular and uncertain hour of the day.
We submit now, in all soberness, that the
time .sk come for prejudlce to be relegated
to the rear, and the two or three, or what
ever number of colored pupils there may be,
admitted to the schoolrooms of the whites.
The otrjectldus raised will be scattering and
will disappear altogether in a day, or a week
at most. ~ lena is on a line about 86.de
grees notq; it is a Republican city; it has a
rRepublican School Board. Here, if any
Swhere in our broad Territory, should be a
toprant, enlightened and civilized spirit. If
the sense of this people is sought on the ques
of permtting two or three poor little colored
- girls and boys to ~oter our school rooms to
, be tauRghtrwith children of our own or any
other race, there would be few indeed to say
e. 'T~h spirit of prejudice has held sway
Slong enbug.: Let thb spirit of fairness, of
Sjustice jibw pevrsil.
We do not believe politics should enter into
-the question. Here in Benton the Trustees
8 Boa is composed o three Democrats. It
is not a ct9Ea Iue~:,it Fi. orta nth
endment to the constitution determined
itbht matter years . ;.We are not of those
S bie that thenro ao s any deep
the Republlt 18"4b86 and journals
, eome to, p distribptlon
Z.r. iihe d racles of
right and justice, and Republican's can claim
no special credit for it. Put the question at
issue has been determined by the constitution,
and it is fully time that the letter and spirit of
that document were acknowledged in Mon
A RAILROAD TO THE NATIONAL
A St. Paul special dispatch to the Chicago
Times, dated Jan. 16, gives the following im
portant bit of information :
Six prominent capitalists of St. Paul and
Minneapolis, including Senator Windom and
J. B, Uiifillan, of Minneapolis, O. H. Bly,
of Bismnarck, and Mr. Hobart, of the North
ern Pacific, have agreed with the Northern
Pacific to build a railroad-standard guage
from the point on the Northern Pacific near
est the Park, to the geysers and National
Yellowstone Park, or to speak more definite
ly, 40 miles of road outside of the Govern
ment Park reservation and forty miles with
in it, the cost to be twenty thousand dollars
per mile, and allowing for contingencies
nearly tWo millions, ana sixty thousand dol
lars to be put up by the six as assurance of
good faith, and the Northern Pacific will
then furnish the money to build and equip
the road, taking a mortgage as security. The
six men will build a large hotel, being as
sured by the Government of the monopoly
therein. A large influx of summer visitors
is expected annually.
It is not unlikely that the statement is
founded on fact. The time can not be far
in the future when the great National Park
will be.the first in favor as a summer resort
in the United States, outranking all resorts
in the East. It is only in the last two pr
three years that tourists could enter the Park
in perfect safety, and the difficulty of reach
ing it has been so great that but comparative
ly few have ventured. But with a railroad
entering the very heart of the geyser country
there will be a thousand visitors during the
season for every one under existing circum
stances. If the gentlemen above mentioned
can secure a monopoly of the hotel business
within the confines of the Park, and pro
cure the construction of a railroad to the
same, they are, without doubt, on the royal
road to fortune. We think, however, it
would be a grevious wrong on the part of
the Government to give any persons, or
company, such an exclusive privilege, as
they could, and being mortals, would,
charge exorbitant rates and in other ways
render it unpleasant for the tourists. The
fact that the annual number of visitors to
Niagara Falls is on the decline can be at
tributed to the inordinate greed of the resi
dents in business, who seem to think that
they live for no other purpose than to
"bleed" tourists. This status of affairs
should not obtain in Wonderland, but it will
unmistakably if this company, or any other,
secures a mojopgly of the leading business.
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who exect to take advantag;e of it should act soon:
tiWill deliver Lumber to order at any point along thb
Miso.)ri River froem 8t(oki~ey Creelk to Fort
Benton. Partii wfsi ing nlumnber
TO THE PUBLIOc
r belonging to 4llBbrt=b4pt, hope by close
attlon to business and the sape or quality of milk
i m.[. gMBLETON,
· APfi.of I~~jEp
Upper Highwood, on the most direct road to the
famous Barker Mines. Every accommodation for
man and beast may be found at this place, Partie'4
should make it a point to maie this place the fire
day, as the drive either way from here is one easily
D. McCORD, Prop.
One Bay Mare, bald face, two white fore legs. left
hind leg white, hoof off left fore leg, no brands. The
owner can have the same on proving property and
paying charges. JACK BROWN,
Fort Assinniboine, M. T.
We continue to act as Solicitors for Patents, Caveats
Trade Marks. Copyrights, etc., for the United States,
Canada, Cuba, England, France, Germany, etc. We
have had tblrty"Yfve years experience.
Patents obtained through us are noticed in the Sce
ENTIoIC AxERICAN. This large and splendid illustra
ted weekly paper, $8.20 a year, shows the peogress of
Science, is very interesting, and has an enormous cir
culation. Address MUNN a CO. Patent Solicitors,
Publishersof Scientific American, 31 Park Row, New
York. Hand book about Patents sent free.
DANIEL KELLY, Lessee.
The underseigned'has leased this well'known business
place from J. C. Ward, and will keep on
hand the best brands of
Wines, Liquors& Cigars
And bespeaks from the ;people of Benton a continu
ation of the liberal patronage heretofore ex
tended to "Dixie." No pains will be
spared in serving the public.
Main Street. opposite Kennedy's Hall.
W. G. CONRAD, President
Jos. S. HILL, Vice-President
R. A. LUKE, Cashier
WE TRANSACT A GENERAl. BANKING
Will issue Exchange or Telegraphic Transfers,
available in all parts of the United States, Canadas
Buy at the highest rates, Gold Dust, Coin, Gold
and Silver Bullion and Local Securities.
Keep current accounts with merchants, stockmen
freighters and others subject to sight drafts.
Will pay special attention to collections, and al
other business entrusted to our care.
Will pay interest on time deposits, and discount
notes or bankable paper.
Will make advances to merchants, stock dealers and
others, as are suited to their requirements.
Will give freight ates on wool to all Eastern cities,
and make iberal advanceson same at a low rate of
8. T. H..USER
T. C. POWER
W. G, CONRAD, Directors.
JOS. S. HILL,
JNO. HUNSBERGER i
R. A. LUKE, J
Sun River Leavings.
This House is situated on the Helena and Benton
road just a nice day's drive from Benton, making it
the most convenient stopping place on the road. It
is kept in first-class style, and has the very best of ac
(cnmmodations for travelers on the road.
1. G. BAKER, St. Louis, Mo. W. G. CONRAD, FORT BENTON.
C. E. CONRAD, FORT MACLEOD.
I. G, BAKER & CO.
FORT BENTON, M. T.
BANKERS, FREIGHTERS, INDIAN TRADERS
Wholesale and Retail Dealers in
We are in receipt of a Larger Stock of Assorted Merchan
dise than any other House in Montana. and offer
Special Inducements to Cash Buyers.
WILL PAY THE HICHEST RATES FOR ROBES AND FURS
BAKER & CO.'S BONDED LINE,
FROM EASTERN CANADA TO THE N. W. TERRITORY.
Will Contract Freight from all Eastern Cities in Canada and the United
States to all points in Montana and the Northwest,
WILL INSURE COODS via MISSOURI RIVER.
Eastern Office, No. 219 Olive St., St. Louis, Mo.
KLEINSCHMIDT & BRO,,
Wholesale and Retail Dealer in
GroceriesWies Wines, Liquors, Cigars, Toacco,
Shelf Hlardare, Sheep Tobacco, Woos '8aks and Twine, Tents and Wagon Covers
Stockmen's, Miners, Freig ers' and Farmers' utpplies,
Clothing, Dry Goods, Boots, Shoes
HIats, Caps and Furniture.
We keep constantly on hand large and complete lines of the above named goods, and
carly all~kindb of Furuishbi G~ip ds fp the Farmer, Freighter and Miner.
F suwlilB wi do ~lloicalU aid .tiamine our goods and obtain
o " , oitfr wpi efarepaitss1 ' elsewhere. We also
do a General Btorage and Commission
business. Consignments •
We EPay thi Wighest Market Rates for
ROBES, BEEF ~XJDES AND PELTRIES.
We control si df.the IXt~ar$gt Mercantile Houses in the Tertitory, shd our shipments
are so eitensIve that we can give buyers fi~r better ratee on atl classes of
merchandise that any other firm in M~ptana.. E£.peciJ stFWetion
is given to the Wholesale and Jobbinig trade, and.a
'" i' . ef lisp. tion of our eormotis
S " " ....stocks will prove .
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