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THE SAME DEAR HAND.
The bells ring out a happy sound, The earth is msntled o'er With white, It is the merry Chrjstmas night, And love and mirth and joy abound. And here sit you and here sit I; I should be happiest in the land, For, oh, I hold the same dear hand I've held for many a year gone by ! It is not withered up with care, It is as fresh and fair to see, As sweet to hold and dear to me, As when with chimes upon the air, On Christmas nights of years ago, I held the same dear little thing And felt its soft caresses bring Th. flushes to my throbbing brow. Ah, we were born to never part! This little hand I hold to-night And I; so with a strange delight I press it to my beating heart, And in the midnight's solemn hush I bless the little hand I hold. In broken whispers be it told, It is the old-time bobtail flush. CATTLE ON A THOUSAND HILLS And In the Grass-covered Coulles of Mon tana and Daneota-the Present Out look for the Terio'torial 8tock Better than Ever Before. [Pioneer-Press.] It will be remembered that early last spring, when the Pioneer-Press gave inform ation of the immense losses of cattle and sheep in Montana, a cry of indignation was raised, and short-sighted dwellers on the frontier cried, "Do you want to ruin this country by such exposures ?" forgetting that nothing was ever gained by trying to conceal news, and that the causes of the terrible losses were both unavertable and mandatory -the first since the winter was the most se vere and accompanied with the deepest snows ever known in that country, and the second that the stock owners were warned that they must take the simplest precaution, at least, and not trust solely to the sheltering coulies and the usual absence of heavy snow storms. Happily, so far, this winter, the picture is as bright this year as that of last year was shadowed, to the len of the stock raiser. Never has Montana stock-and the same will of course apply to that of Dakota -looked sco well at this season of the year as now, and it must not be imagined that they have been as much strangers to the cold on the upper plains as we of the more sheltered Mississippi valley. Snow, in large covering bodies, has been absent, and it does not seem likely that it will enshroud the plains and fill the depressions, while, better than all, learning wisdom by experience, the ranchmen have put up many hundred tons of hay, which, ricked in quadrilateral fash ion, serves at once as shelter and food. But little of it seems likely to be used this win ter for the latter purpose: but it will keep well enough and be on hand for next year. Another good point is that every year's lengthened residence by the cattle in Mon tana, adds by the process of acclimazation which is recognized as i necessary to their hardihood. Among the many dead of last year an overwhelming major,ty were Oregon, Texas or Nebraska cattle, the calves of which perished by thousands, thogl:i as will be remembered, they did the same in their native habitats, while the home born Montana animals weathered the terrible storms in great numbers, and even gained a fair subsistence by digging through the snow, like their cogeners the bisons, to the succulent bunch grass beneath. This whiter will serve to give the necessary vigor to the thousands upon thousands which were driv en to Montana last summer, both from the west and southeast. The sheep alse became somewhat inured to the climate, the dry air of which conjoined with the marvellously nutritious grasses, seem to give them a strength foreign to their natures in so-called genial climes. But sheep must always have some provision made for their care that in the cattle may be dispensed with without foolhardiness, and the huge ricks of hay are more in behalf of the greater thnn the lesser quadrupeds. Figures cannot be given with sufficient ac curacy to make them valuable, but converea tion with unbiased and intelligent non resi dents, whose opportunities for observation have been good, leads to belief in the just ness of the assertion that nothwithatanding the losses of the winter of 1880 81, there are many more thousand of sheep in Montana and Dakota to-day than ever before; and that more care in the selection of good strains has been exercisedl of late is too pa tent to be open to question. Our NtuAve Leasd. [Salt Lake Tribune.] 4nd now the pnroposition is to run a rail road into the National Park. That reads like a dream. The headwaters of the 'el lowstone have always been in thought some thing like the sour ce of the Nile, a place al most unapproachable, a sotnething hid in the jungles and guarded .by impregnable a6untainas. But now the veil is to be tore away, a trail is to blazed for the iron horse, and the shriek of the locomotive is to blend with the roar of waterp that have in soltitude been makIun raitnbows since the birth of the world. Evidently there is not ulehk more frontic. The Utnrted Stttes are pretttiyw - .fenced in " Much that has been roatltl pra Ae tMhb0he which it forever ~.a'4~·CebL ' IS. ~ of the great lakes ; speed on across the Mis sissippi and Missouri; sweep, up and down the Rocky Mountains; look upon the won ders of the upper Yellowstone, and finally be driven down where the incomparable Ore gon-flows between her mountain walls to Portland, and can accomplish the whole in one short week. By that time, too, he may continue his journey up the Willamette, and, finding beyond, in the shadow of Shasta, the source of the Sacremento, may follow down that stream to tide-water ; may remain a day in San Francisco, and then visit the big Trees and go to sleep in the valley of the Yosemite in the midst of the Sierras-all within two weeks from the time he left New York. Where else in all the world can a a mortal find such an accumulation of splen dors of the physical world as in that jour ney ? It ought to become a most fashion able route. We hope it will and that Amer cans will ere long look forward to making that journey with more interest than they now manifest in going to Europe. We hope so because the young of our country should make this journey before they go abroad. They will have a better idea ever after of their native land, and if is given them, later, to visit Europe, all their sriprises would be in the form of art. Nature will h'ave none, for old Shasta will lose nothing by comparison with the Alps, while the continent has noth ing to offer to offset Niagara, the Mississip pi, the Yellowstone and Yosemite. And they will return from Europe, not as Americans now often return, with an affected regret, but rather with a renewed reverence for na tive land, with a swelling pride at the thought of her glories, and with a just belief that of all the earth there is no place so worthy to live for, and, if need be to die for, as the country of their birth. ~- I ~-' ~.-------- Diagnosing His Own Case. As a Woodward avenue car was on its way down town it was halted by the vigorous shouts and gestures of a man nearly a block away. He finally reached the car, puffing and blowing, dropped into a seat for a min ute, and then began feeling for his nickel to pay fare with. He went through every pock et twice over, stood up and shook himself, and then bolted out of the car and dropped off into the mud, saying to a man on the platform : "If you hear of the sudden death of a fool you may know it's me. How so be Miserable. You can destroy every possibility of hap piness or peace of mind by taking it for granted that every man's hand is against you. Be corstantly afraid lest some one should encroach on your rights; be watchful against it, and if any one comes near your posses sion resent it fiercely. Contend earnestly for everything that is your own, although it may not be worth a pin. Never yield a point. Be very sensitive, and take everything that is said to you in the most serious manner. Be jealous of your friends, lest they should not think enough of you; and if at any time they should seem to neglect you, put the w.e't constructioa oh their conduct. Make no allowance for their private woes or per plexities, which may divert their thoughts from your important self; act on the belief that, though their hearts are breaking, they should be smiling and courteous to you, and immediately be "on your dignity" if they seem grave and pre-occupied. By this means you will be sure to lose their friendship fin ally, and thus add another to your many reasons for being unhappy. A Tnme-Honored Remedy. "Uncle Pomp," said Col. M. to a former slave, "I hear that some of you darkies down on the lower place are afflicted with the itch" "Bein' as it's you, boss," replied old Pom pey, hesitatingly, "I mus' confess dat de Lawd has seed fit to afflick us dat way, fer a fac'." "Ah ! Doing anything for it ?" "Yes, eab; oh yes, sah !" "Wat ?" "Why, we-er-we am scratchin' fer it." Wbht le Hada't. A certain rich man possessed of great wealth was wont to be prond of his' posses sions, and to refer to them often, but, withal he was not a man of intellect. One day he hadan old Irishman working for him, and he went out to oversee the job. He looked at Pdt a minute, hard at work, and said: "Well, Pat, it's good to be rich, ain't it ?" "Yis, sur," said pat, who had the wit of his nation. "I am rich, very richi, Pat." "Yis, sur." "I own lands, and houses, and bonds, and stocks, and railroads; and-and-and-" i"Yis, sur," said Pat, shoveling away. "And what is it, Pat, that I havn't got ?" "Not a bit of einse, sur," remarked Pst, as lie picked up his wheelbarrrow and trundled it ~Of faull of dirt; and the rich man went into the house'and sat down behind the door. ¶W]asa r sa on11 ]] atcstle a as News and Novelty Depot STATIONERY AND BLANK BOOKS, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, PICTURE FRAMES AND CHROMOS, FINE CANDIES AND NUTS IMPORTED & DOMESTIC CIGARS, BIRD CAGES, PERAMBULATORS, TOY WAGONS, TOY CARTS AND GIGS, A Fine Stock of Wall Paper, MEERSCHAUM GOODS, FINE WOOD AND BRIER PIPES, GCHOICE SMOKING TOBACCOS CHOICE CHEWING- TOBACCOS, VELVET CARD, PHOTO AND CABI NET FRAMES AND EASELS, In Great Assortment. CRANE & CREEN, Front Street, Bet.Bond and Benton. FORT BENTON JOHN H. GAMBLE, Front Street, a few doors above postoffic. PROPRIETOR OF THE STAR BAKERY Fort Benton, Montana. CONFECTIONARY CAKES AND PASTRY, Of all kinds always on hand. We make a specialty of turning out the B~EST BREAD I - BIENT.N, and customers can always rely upon getting Fresh Bread at all times. ORDEasa FOR Weldit[ Cafes anl Pastry Goods Will always receive prompt attention. OYSTERS, AND ALL KINDS OF FRUITS In Season. Goods Delivered Promnptly. THE GREAT BURLINGTON ROUTE ! c. B. & Q. R. R. The People's FAVORITE ROU 'E, is cknowledged by the Press and the traveling public. on account of its uperir equipments, smooth steel laid track, iron bridges, and obliging train officials, to be the most de sirable route from M ONT ANA And the Great Northwest to CHICACO And the East via Omaha. Thi' is the only line run ning the 16-wheel Pllhman Palace SleBginl Cars. Palace Dining Cars, luxurious Day Coaches, throug. fr-m Omaha to Chicago withonut Change. This popular route makes a specialty of carrying their second class and emigrant passengers on fastex pre's traini, in ell ventilaetd aid cusl-ioued coaches, equal to cars used for first class passengers on other roads. Emigrant passent; ers are carried through from Omaha to Chicago and St. Louis without delay. The Chicago Burlington & Quincy h. R, Is the Best an Quica est Route fromn Omaha to Nt Louts and south ern Polnts. Pullman Sleeping Cars are run through from Omaha to St. Louis without change, arriving in St. Louis eoe *eon in advance "f tra ns bycomp. tinglines. Tickets by this popular rout for sa e at all the offices in the Northwest to Chicago and St. Louis, and to all points East and South Ask for your tickets by the Chicaro Burlington & Quir.cy K· ilroad. All info.ration ab mnt rates of fare, sleeping car ac cowmodarions time tables, etc. will be cheerfully given by appl tng to JA%,ES R. WU. D, General Passenger Agent, Chicago. T. J. POTTER Manager Chic.go. FISHER'S HALL: Front Street, Corner of St. John, FORT BENTON. The undersigned has refitted the well known stand, formerly Lilly's Hall, and has stocked the Bar with the choicest Wines and' Liquors, And the beat brands of IIFPO1TED All) DilESTIC CIGARS.. And cordially Invites his old friends and.cuastomers to visit him at his new place. 1o pains will be spared to make this the most popular resort in Bentoan. JOlHlN IslER. BntO Wash Hose OD$. MAIN AIND ST. JOEn sTRXZTS. WASINIIM Ad RBOWING * Don wit as Mine.siM tspmas FAmILY WArAw ImN e ESJCITRR. FORT BENTON, MONTANA, Wholesale and Retail Grocer AND DEALER IN Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots and Shoes, Furs and Peltries. WINES, LIQUORS AND CIGARS. Our Grocery Department Embraces a Full Stock of Fancy and Staple Articles. FISH BRO'S, FREIGHT AND FARM WAGONSI McCormick Reapers and Mowers, Taylor's Hay Rakes, and a full line of Farming Implements. CUTLERY, CROCKERY AND GLASSWARE. We have in store one of the best selected Stocks ever imported into the Territory, and the trading puplic will find it to their advantage to get our prices befo e buying elsewhere, STORAGE AND COMMISSION. Corner of Front and Bond Sts., Fort Benton. A CARD TO THE PUBLIC. - o We wish to announce to the people of Bentou, and to the general public, that our stock o Winter Goods is now complete. We extend a cordial invitation to all to call and examine our Stock and Prices. We carry the largest stock of 4CL THIN GENTS' FURNISHING GOODS, HATS, CAPT, BOOTS, SHOES, Trunks, Valises, Rubber and Gum Boots, Rubber Clothing, Arctic Shoes, Monitors, Snow Excluders, Lined Gloves and Lined Mittens of all kinds, German Socks, Shoe and Boot Packs, Wool Boots, Etc., in Benton, and make it a special point to sell cheaper than any other House in the trade in Montana. A full line of Chinchilla, Beaver, Casinere, Worsted, California Blanket and Buffalo OVERCOATS AND ULSTERS, ing opened. We have marked them low down. They must be all sold out by the 1st of January. Our Wholesale Department is Always Complete. "'LStrictly Honest Treatment and One Price for All," is our motto. Orders by mail or, press will be carefully filled without delay. HIRSHBERG & NATHAN, Front St., Fort B3enton. M. T. BAKER & DeLORIMIER, WHoLEsALE AND RETAIL DEALERS IN Dry Goods & Notions MAIN STREET, BENTON. We call particular attention to our SHOE STOOK, which is the most complete in town. We are now showing an elegant line of al ir.. ub"aan& - ,n ic:~-eJi ~d e trw'' Si l celsior iRoyal, 8.t Jo hns and U1W i AeS~: D.thrfper Patternb &Stantplag to Order. Mtos tTkea fo~t elk etaitadWiig Bro's. Shirts. ORDERI OAREFULLY IJLED.