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Vol II. Benton, Mlontana, Wednesday, February 1, 1882. No.15.
--OF NORTHER.N MONTANA Transact a General Banking Business. Keep current accounts with merchants, stock men and others, subject to be drawn against by checks without notice. PAY INTEREST on TIME DEPOSITS We buy and sell Exchange on the commercial center of the United States. WE WILL GIVE SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE BUSINESS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL IMNTANA, And will make such loans to stock men and farmers as are suited to their requirements. Local Securities a Specialty. Collections and all other business entrusted to us wil receive prompt and careful attention. COLLINS, DUEIER & CO. FRONT STREET, FORT BENTON, M. T. MAX WATERMAN. H. G. McINTIRE. WATERMAN & McINTIRE, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, FT. BENTON, MONTAlNA. Will practice in all the courts of the Territory. Spe cial attention given to criminal practice. JNO. W. TATTAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW, FORT BENTON, - " MONTANA. Will buy and sell real estate and mining property of every description. Will turnish abstracts of titles of real estate in Choteau County. Commissions and terms reasonable. Conveyencing a Specialty. Office at County Clerk's Office, Court House building. J. A. KANOUSE, Attorney and Counselor at Law, J FORT BENTON, MONTANA. NOTARY PUBLIC AND JUSTICE of tWle PEACE, Main St., bet. Baker and St John, H. P. ROLFE, ATTORNEY and OOUN ELOR AT LAW (Associated with Sanders & Cullen.) U. S. Deputy Mineral Surveyor. Ten year's experience in government surve' i'g. The best inatruments used. Co:lections, in urance, mining,, homestead and all land claims attended to W B. SETTLE, Attorney all Conselorl' at Law, BE TON, MONTANA. Will practice in all courts of the Territory: buy, sell and convey real estate, mining and t wn property. Oollections of all ki.ds promptly attended to. SW."uflce in brick building opposite Court House. ARTHUR Ga HATCH. Attorney at Law -AND NOTARY PUBLIC. WHInE SULPHUR SPRINGs, : : : M.T. iSpecial attention given to collections, FIRE AND LIFE .INSURANCE -AND REAL ESTATE AGENOY. First-Class Companies pos.essing: assets of FOUR TEEN MILLION DOLLARS. Represented by H. P.ROLFE. DAVIS & BENlNETT. ASS A YERS Butte, Montana. Samples from a distance attended to immediately and returns made the follwing day. PRICES. Gold, Silvex and Lead, - - 53.00 nlver, . .---- -- - 0 Copper, - - * . 3.00 JOHN W. DEWEY, Civil E~ngineer, ARCHITEOT United States DepMlneral u8arveyor BENTON. 1IONTANA. C. M. LANNING, ---DRALER IN- Watches,Clocks,J iiJ ST. JOBl 8TR , .... Fort Benton, MIontzwa. enereal Reanrr of AWetpIm OI J THE RIVER PRESS. Terms,..........................$5.OO per Year COLLINS & STEVENS, Publish.sLonr. 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 wtriter must be given to insure attention. Local advertisements will be inserted in these columns at the rate o/fifteen cents per line from transient and ten cents per tine from regular advertisers. RATES OF ADVERTISING: One Column, 1 year............................$175 6 months...... ..............: 100 " 3- " ................... ......... Half Column, 1 year ................................ ...100 . ' 6 months .......... ...... ....... 75 " 83 " .................. .... 40 One-Third Column, 1 year ............. ........ 80 " 6 months ...................... 45 " S3 months ................... 0 Quarter Column, 1 year ........................... 75 " 6 months ... .......... ..... 40 " months ....................... 30 rhree inches, 1 year .............. .... 50 " 6 months....................... 3o " 8 months ........................... 25 Professional Cards, 1 inch, 1 year ................. 15 Rates for Transient Advertisements given at office. MONTANA MATTERS. Items of Interest Gleaned from Our Terri torial Exchanges. Seven prisoners languish in the Bozeman jail. Frank D. Carpenter dieJ at Helena on the 24:h inst. Helena shipped bullion valued at, $10,500 week before last. Butte is out $4,000 as the result of the small-pox visitation. The Glendive Times will soon issue a "boom" illustrated number. The distance from Bozeman to Miles City is 326 miles, and the stage time 76 hours. The Northern Pacific railroad bridge across Tongue river is approaching completition. A dressed porker which weighed 484 pounds was .on exhibition at Bozeman last week. A case of "pink-eye," the new-fangled horse disease, has put in an appearance near Bozeman. There are about a dozen moveable saloons en route to Coulson, the boom city on the Northern Pacific. A Chinese row at Bozeman on Satur4ay ilght a week ago resulted in the death bf one of the participants. Glendive has a Sunday school in a prosper ous condition. The boys adj,)urn from the fifteen saloons and attend regularly. There.are thirty children in regular attend ance at the Glenaive school. That is pretty good for a frontier town six months old. The Gagnon lead at Butte, which is the original discovery, continues to yield 1,000 tns of ore a month. The ledge is 100 feet wide. The earnings of the Northern Pacific rail road for December, 1881, were $434,331, an increase of $213,838 over the corresponding month of '80. Montana can beat Ireland for potatoes. A man near Ulendive netted $7,000 from his last season's crop, and it was not a very good year for potatoes, either. Rev. L. B. Woolfolk has arrived at Helena and proposes to make a lecture tour of the Territory. Rev. W. is a brother of Colonel Woolfolk of the Independent. On February 22d, King Carnival will rule the day at Butte. A grand Mardi Gras mas querade and carnival, with a masque ball in the evening, are the important items on the programme. A large colony of Germans, families hav ing each from $2,000 to $3,000, will settle on Lone Horse Prairie, near (lendive, early in the spring. No better or more progressive class of settlers are to be found. The Intei-Mountains' wants a paper gill in Montana, and thinks that cottonwood pulp would be just the thing for a good article of paper. If newspapers continue to multiply in the Teyritory a paper mill will soon be a necessity. The output of the Hecla Consolidated Mining Company, at Glendale, for the thir teen mdotbei ending with December, 1881, was $884,112 40 ; expenses for the same per iod, *686,882 78; net earnings, $237,72877. Quartz is king. We acknowledge the receipt of the first number of the Rockj Mountain Messenger, a very neat little monthly publication under the editorial ch.pg of Rev. WI. B. Reed, of Helena. The nihCb~oal work is done by the Herakd in its usal ~tiste mainer. Peter Ronan has been reappointed Indian Agent at lbe Plathead Agency and the ap poleitnij t conflrael y the Senate. Mr. Ronaai seens to t the right man for the $cee a, 4 b fP$&.d le tihregrreitory will ga1M so )ebt tltst e aseeure for an e.D Ut bmp1 aaqti bne s.p tiewatU#R I*4XI UPR N *Le ~31~-j~3Lpt49I4~iV ley. At present, however, Coulson is the place that is attracting the most attention, and apparently has the best prospects. The winter terminus of the Northern Pa cific railroad will be at Forsyth, a new town that has been laid out about twenty-two miles above Miles City. The location is a favor able one, and it is expected that a good town will be built up there. The track hWs already reached Forsyth. ' It is stated that in the spring the Northern Pacific company will have two light draft boats on the Yellowstone, and will utilize the river for moving forward material to Coul son, from which point track building east and west will be prosecuted. By this means they will be enabled so progres3 much more rapidly with the construction of the road. The citizens of Madison county have or ganized a stock company for the purpose of building a railroad from a point on the Utah & Northern to the National Park. The Madisonian says that $600,000 of the stock has been taken, enough to guarantee the com mencement of work in the spring. This makes two or three projected roads to Won derland. The initial number of the Gallatin News, Bozeman's new paper, has come to hand. It is a five column folio, and will be issued semi-weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Chas. A. Carson is the editor and proprietor, and he intimates that he has come to stay with the people of Eastern Montana. The News is a very creditable little sheet .for a starter. Politics, Democratic. Messrs. Crockett & Conrey sold last week, to- Messrs. Raymond, Harrington & Co.,, the placer claim in Alder gulch just above Vir ginia City for $16,000. The cash was paid and the transfer made on Thursday. This sale will have an important bearing on placer mining operations there, as over 12,000 feet in length of the gulch, which has been lying dormant for the last ten years on account of conflicting interests, will now be worked, giving employment to a large number of men. J. F. Taylor. and Chas. Sanford, wagon bosses employed by Broadwater, Hubbell & Co., while hunting their stock on the divide between the Rosebud and Bighorn, were fired upon by a party of Crow Indians and nar rowly escaped being killed, says the Yellow stone Journal. Heretofore the Crows have been very peaceful, but the advent of the railroad has made their hearts bad, and now they are getting quite dangerous to sm ill parties of hunters and others. This story would scarcely be credited wetre it not so well confirmed by the men who were shot at, as they do not believe in idle rumors. The Yellowstone Journal says the reports concerning the suspension of tracklaying and grading along the line of the Northern Pacific are entirely wirhout foundation, as also the report that the crossing of the river htras been changed from Coulson to Hundley. Work is still in active progress the entire length of the Yellowstone division, and no orders have been received from headquarters to suspend. A patent apparatus for facili tating tracklaying is now being tried, and gives great satisfaction. By means of its labor-saving character the work is being pushed forward, and will continue to be as long as the weather permits. A railroad authority who claims to be post ed supplies some interesting figures in con nection with the construction, operation and business of Montana's narrow-gnuge road, the Utah & Northern. He states that the grading, tieing, ironing and equipping of the line has cost less than $8,000 a mile. The total cost of 450 miles he places in round numbers at $3,600,000, which is above the actual figures, including the rolling stock. It is stocked on a basis of $20,000 to the mile, the total share issue now exceeding somewhat $9,000,000. Its operating expen ses are estimated to be the least of any piece of railway of equal length in the United States. Its earnings for the year closing December 31, 1881, are represented to have roached 60 per cent. of $3,600,000, i's coat, or a total of $2,160,000. These fijures, if correct or approximately so, are instructv. They show that few if any better investments can be made than in narrow-gauge railways, especially when such roads are built in the right places. A grand empire like Monitana, the richest of the Territories and developing the fastest, will require in the near future systems not only of narrow but standard gauge roads. Come on with them.-llerald. The North Paeiae Laands. WA~s·IGTON, January 14.-The attempt to break down the North Pacific road by at tacking it in Congress through the land office is one that is exciting a widespread interest It is stated in Washington that the same tac .ticse were reorted to at thie last session of Congress, an It is expected that they wil be repeated for tw years to come. The feetling upon the psrt- of the oflfcers Of the road is that Congress canniot possibly be brought to wre. tba 6ooW £ weakneers- o have put In the gaveraasentatBlMS. by taking from them the land irrevocably branded but not yet technically earned, through which they are now constructing the road with the aid of 7,000 men, and doing all in their power to finish it by September 1, 1882. There is a large lobby in favor of the pro ject which it is charged by the friends of the North Pacific is made in the interest of the Union and Central Pacific roads. Mr. Teller, who introduced the resolution of inquiry in the Senate, is said to be the counsel for the Union Pacific, and Representative Cassidy, of Nevada, who is fathering the matter in the House, is understood to be the counsel of the Central Pacific. Carl Schurz, in the Ev ering Post, takes occasion to explain that the decisions by him were judicial, and in main taining them the question is not whether this or that party is to be benefitted, but phat the law is without regard to persons or interests, and how the law is to be executed. THE WRIGHT & EDWARDS. What Judge Larkin is Doing, and How the Mine Is Shnowiug. The Smelter a Perfect Success. A RIVER PRESS representative was permit ted, last evening, to look over a letter from Mr. Larkin, foreman,of the Wright & Ed wards, in regard to the present working of the mine and the prospects of the camp gen erally. The '"Judge" does not allow himself to be run away with by enthusiasm, but writ;es in a plain, business-like style. The letter is addressed to one of the directors of the company, and the points of general inter est are as follows: The work on the tunnel contract is pro gressing favorably, the tunnel now being in sixteen feet, and Mr. Larkin speaks in the highest terms of the men engaged in the work of running it. The mine is looking well in all its *ork ings, and ore is coming out as fast as possi ble with the material at hand to do the work. A large amount of mining material is needed in the camp. With cars instead of wheel barrows the miners could do half as much again. A small shaft or winze is being sunk on the northeast level, exposing a fine body of ore which increases in width as depth is attained. There is no water to retard the sinking of this shaft. When completed it may be used as an ore chute or as an air shaft for the level to be run from the tunnel, Mr. Larkin says: "The Wright & Edwards is a good mine, and would sell for $1,000, 000 to-day were it in Butte." "The smelter started the blast going last Friday night, and everything worked like a charm. Prof. Foss is all smiles, and feels elated at the successful working of the m. chinery. He will make a run of 40 tons on Tuesday or Wednesday to test the full capac ity of the furnace. She will do everything he claims for her. The Barker baby is born, and it is a whopper. This means a boom for Benton." From Barker. CLENDE]'NIN, Barker District, January 29, 1882. j To the River Press: Everybody appears to-day to be in extraor dinary spirits. The blast furnace has started up and is turning out bullion at the rate of 30 tons per day. The furnace is running beau tifully; Professor Foss' face is wreathed in smiles, and be may well feel proud of his success, for everything, from the smallest de tail to the most important problem, has worked exactly as he said he was going to make it work. Besides thli.s, there is news of two or three more rich strikes in the camp, which is all further evidence of the great resources of this district. We buried poor unfortunate Finn last week. After twenty days of agony he passed away. Almost the entire population attend ed the funeral. We had the burial service and prayer, with some very appropriate re marks from Mr. Reed; the miners were un usually attentive and respectful. Take it all in all, we gave the poor fellow a good send off. I noticed some time ago in the Record a paragraph which stated that there were a dozen men here that would have done the same as Lynch with the ssme provocation; to this I wish to enter an indignant protest. Judge Larkin did his duty manfully and im partially. Immediately after Finn's death he ordered the rearr, st of Lynch, summoned a coroner's jury and held an inquest. He held Lynch in $10,000 bail, in default of which he was sent to jail in the custody of Deputy Sheriff Kilally. He acted to the per fect satisfaction of all lovers of justice. We have a dancing club here with a dance weekly, Judge Larkin being one of the offi cers. The Judge has not lost any of his youthful vigor. He appears tobe a general favorite with the ladies. The Barker mine is now running under the experienced supervision of Judge Grey. The Wright & Edward s is running full handed night and day, besides runnig a tun.; nel to tap the ore body at a depth of 180 feet. CoL Olendenin is erecting a large additiop to his residence; on all aidesnew buildings alre going up, sad everything is lively. TYors, etc., Mzu.rm Ii Is a Fact. That Benton will have a big trade this sea son. That Barker is as rich in minerals as any district in the Territory. That a milliner store would flourish in Benton. That the liberal advertiser is always the successful merchant. That the "skinflint" who never advertises does no business. That Benton is the cheapest market north of the Yellowstone, and will be until the Missouri river runs dry. That Northern Montana is the best cattle country in the world. That $500,000 will be put in buildings in Benton this season. That our de.lers should put up an abun dant suppiy or ice, and that this is the pro pitious time to do it. That a flo)uring mill here would be a regu lar bonanza. That those "niccly fiurnished rooms" in the Reaord building are not yet rented. That there are thousands of acres of bot tom lands, unsurpassed for agricultural or stock purposes, in Cnoteau county, still open to pre-emption or homesteading. That Beqton's new hotel, when completed, will be the finest in the Territory. That our citizens should subscribe the mo ney necessary to purchase a fire engine. That a movement in favor of upper river improvement should be set on foot. That tree planting should be general next spring. That a planing mill would fill a long felt want in Benton. That the RIVER PRESS makes a specialty of job work, ana is prepared to execute work of all kinds in the best style of the art. Swees tnharlsy. "A friend in need is a friend indeed." John McCabe and family, living a few miles from town, on the Teton, have abundant cause to acknowledge the truth of the old saying. For several weeks past they have been in need of the common necessities of life, hav ing lived most of that time on potatoes alone and were unable to assist themselves. 1 r Charles Rowe chanced to learn of their pitta ble condition, and he at once started out with a subscription paper for their relief, contrib uting iin a liberal manner himself. By Mr. R's efforts more-than $100 was raised, and for the present and near future the wants of the family are fully supplied. Mr. McCabe acknowledges his gratitude in the following note: TETON VALTEY, Jan. 281h, 1882. To Mr. Charles Rowe and others : It is with gratitude I expreis my thanks to you and others for the steps taken to re lieve myself and family in rour need. He us sured it shall never be forg(otten by me. I am, friends, very respectfully yours, JOHN MCCABE. Some (Correctlons 'I'he following is fromt the N.ew Northwzest, a Philadelphia publication: The supremacy of Northern Pacific beef is fast as· erting itself. Out of 1,100 steers shipped to Chicago this season by M. A. Pierce, from Bzeman, Montana. all but sev en head went direct to New York, being in as good condition as Illinois and Iowa stall fed beeves, and commanding as high a price. The itm is all right witti these exceptit ns: iM. A. Price, not M. A. Pierce, is the gentle man referred to; the cattle were Northern not SBouthern Montana cattle, and Mr. Puice is not a resident of Bozeman, but at preseLt is sojourning on Jefferson Island. A Murdered (Cblnaman. The Courier gives the following account of the m.urder of a Chinaman at Bozeman on January 21st : A Chinam~n named Sin Yee was murdered by one of his countryman on Saturday night last. The bloody deed was committed in one of the Chinese dens on lower Main street, and as there was no other witnesses of the crime than Chinamen, it is extremely difflicult to ascertain anything re liable regarding the circumstances of the affair. Lee Moon was pointed out as the murderer, and he was immediattly arrested by Sheriff McKenzie and lodged 'z, jail. A post mortem examination revealed the fact that Sin Yee had been shot in the breast, and that from its effect he died almost instan taneously; and what evidence was adduced pointed directly to Lee Moon as the murder er. The verdict of the jury was, of course, in accordance with these fac's. Persistent inquiry into the probable cause of the killing reveals the usual stereotyped phases of Chinese social life and chairacter opium, gambling and "two companies." It appears that the dead Chinaman and all the living ones in town, except two, beleng to one company, while Lee Moon and another Celeetisl belong to another company. Moon, of courSe, denies all knowledge of the crime, and insists that he is accused only becauae his accuseors want to get him out of the way. As none but Chitneae testimony will - be avail able at the tri 1, it will be a difficult matter to arrive at the guilt or linnocence of the party amcused. "For way that m dark and tricks that are vain, Th.uswthesn Chassoln parcnuar."