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Benton Lodge, No. 25, A. F. & A. K.
Regular Communications of the above named Lodge are held at 1 p. m. on the first and third Saturday of each month. Members of sister Jodges and sojourn ng brethren are cordially in ed to attend. RUFUS PAYNE, W. M. H. P. ROLFE, Secretary. Ohoteau 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. CHAS. CRAWFORD, N. G. Joax F. MURPHY, Secretary. THE BOOK That Benton Needs is a Boom Across the River, And an Extensive Saw, Lath, Shingle and Planing Mill. "Why don't you talk up a saw mill for Benton as well as a flouring mill ?" asked a prominent citizen of a BrvER PPxss maun Itn other day. "I don't see what you would do with a saw mill here-and timber forty miles away," was our response. "Why, bring the timber here. It is the easiest thing in the world, and only requires the capitol to carry out the project with the greatest ease and safety. ' "Please explain yourself," said the report er, becoming interested in the matter. "The timber must be floated down the river and in my humble opinion it can be done with the greatest of ease and safety. In the first place the river must be boomed just above town, where the saw mill and other machinery could be planted. The lo cation is a favorable one for such an enter prise. The timber can be secured in inex haustible supply any place along the river above the Falls. The logs are simply to be cut and rolled into the river and the current will take them down to the boom." "But in going over the Falls will they not be split and battered up ?" "To some extent, probably. The logs can be cut say twenty feet in length, and then if the end is battered or split a few feet, the damaged part can be sawed off and used for fire wood, for which their will be ready sale. I have seen a great many logs that have pass ed over the falls without being in the least injured, and think it would be safe to calcu late that two thirds of them would be in this condition. The damaged logs would sell ior fuel and pay a nice per cent. on the cost of getting tuem out." "What amount of capital would it take to g~; into this enterprise ? "Not a vast amount. One-tenth of the money inve ted by some of our general mer chants would insure its success. I have given the subject some thought and have figured it out in this way: A boom that will be irre sistible can be put in for $5,000; the mill machinery can he secured for $15,000; and $10 000 more for incidentals will put the project on a money making basis. If a com pany would take hold of the enterprise and carry it through to completion I feel assured that it would be a better thing than a stock of merchantize, a new hotel or even a 'bonan za'in Barker. Besides, see what a great benefit it would be to Benton. The mill could furnish lumber and fuel at half the present prices and make good profits in the opera tion. It would inaugurate a building 'boom' that would soon place Benton in the front Tank of Montara towns. Until this enterprise is in successftil operation I do not expect t.J see Benton make the progress that her natur al facilities and extensive trade warrant." We were qlite convinced by the arguments of the gentleman. If his premises are true, that the project is safe and feasible, 'here is no doubt but the investment would be a profi table one, and of immeasureable benefit to Benton. Some of our capitalists should ."look the matter up" and ascertain the pre cise facts in the case. If pronounced feasi ble by practical men, we believe that the capital essential woul, be forthcoming. A Iew beool HeOaUse. At their meeting last daturday evening the Trustees discussed the new school house questioni and expressed themselves uInani. mnously in favor of building. A committee was appointed to see about securing addition al real estate, and the prospects are fair that betore the snows of next wREtsr come there will be a new and elegant school building in Benton. The people will heartily indorse this movement on ~ae part of the Board. A laelebratel U.se. Neubert vs. Middendorf is concluded. a8 far as the taking of evidence is concerned. The matter-in dispute is a tract of land,. which, witht,,mbinprovee~uet. is not worth mooe than 4100, hi~lethe thcost to date will exceed $1,000 Bot the ears has only fairly •got sturted. The buge mass of testimony now taken joes to the Register and Receiver at Helena who is expected to red~t~bt i slot. -T his il1 pile up the costs WI*r . 1a-y will g4·- sntb ei ·.anh·onStW 8ythetlr.·i --- -- j~~iE*--";~l,~u·· ?~~ declsion is reached in the Court of final juris diction the costs will reach several thousand dollars and some one of the parties to the suit will come out of the contest with shat tered means. Even the successful claimant will be loser to a great extent.. We cite these facts and probable results to show the folly of lawing over such minor affairs. How much better it would have been for all par ties concerned if they had compromised the matter or called in three disinterested per sons to determine the question in dispute ? The "PietOrial." A copy of the Weekly Pictorial is before us. It is the first we have stumbled ontp for a good many weeks, and is a marvel in its way. It looks as if it might have been print ed on Johnny Kennedy's sausage grinder, and in general make up and appearance is the most horrible specimen of a newspaper we have ever seen., One glance of it is enough to give a printer a case of-sea sick ness. Turning to the pictorial department we find that the boat ads., dead and ordered stopped at the close of the year's boating season, are still running and even "doubled up," the same ad. appearing on more than one page to fill up with. There is one three column display ad. for the Baker Line in which it is announced in big black type that "the steamer Red Cloud will positively leave St. Louis on the 25th of March, 1880." Another ad. for the same line announces that this boat will leave St, Louis in March, 1881. The same inconsistency of dates prevails in reference to a dead "Power Line" ad. in the paper before us. A glhnce through the sheet, wherever it can be read, will show dczrns of ads. and notices that have been ''dead" for months, dumped in for the single purpose of filling the big thing up. Of course these ads. bring in no revenue, and their presence show what Record space is worth. Whenever it comes to pass that we cannot fill the Rivea PRESS with reading matter and live ads., we will either shut up shop or hire the "devil" to brain us with the shonting stick. PURELY PERSONAL. -John W. Power will go East in atout ten days. -J. L. Lee, of Sni Coulee, was in Ben ton to-day. -Mr. A. J. Vance, late of Twenty-Eight Mile Springs, will return to the States. -W. A. Turner representing Dyer & Howard, music dealers at St. Paul, is in Ben ton again. -Mr. W. G. Conrad leaves for the East this week to make his purchases for the en suing season. -Robt, Blankenbaker, one of the prosper ous wool.growere of Box Elder, is registered at the Overland. -Steve Stoner was in from Highwood this week. BH reports the road in places badly blockaded by the snow. -W. H. Burgess left for a trip to Barker and the Judith country yesterday morning. Lie will be gone two weeks. -Mell J. Keith left this morning for Price's ranch on the Teton where he will re main, in the service of Mr. Price,; about two months. -Ed. Mann, proprietor of Mann's Ranch, on Otter Creek, was in Benton Monday. Mr. H. is now a.U. 8. official and has the privi lege of writing P. M. after his name. -Miss Flora Caldwell, the fair book fiend, has taken her departure for Helena, having made a successful canvass of Benton in the interest of the Encyclopedia Britannica. -Major Comegys, who succeeds Major Arthur as Paymaster, left Helena on the 25: h inst., on his first trip. Hie carries greenbacks to the boys at Fort Shaw, Maginnis and As smaboin. -Col, Moale came over with the Paymes ter last week and has been smiling upon his many friends in Benton ever since. He will return to Fort Shaw to-morrow accompanied by Mr. T. C Power. -Mr. F. A. Churchill, of Oregon, brother of O H Churchill, of Sun River, has been loking over the Judith, Musselshel and Flat Willow countries with the view of lo-. eating a stock ranch. -Mr. J. C. Tutt has accepted the position of book.keeper for Murphy, Neel & Co. at this place. Mr. 'P. is not only an agreeable gentleman but one of the mostefficient book keepers in t he Territory. -Mr. L. H. Rosencrans. of the Pioneer harness shop, leaves in the morning for a three aonthe' tripi east. He will purchase an immense stock of goods in his line and see that they get through early in the season. -Mr. a~n Mrs. Mike Lynch have settled right dowi in the enjoyment of domestic .bliss, having commenced housekeeping in Paris Gibson'aslevee residence. Mike doesn't care now whether the river remains closed oe not. -- AVU1 Pesvie. writes froni Wabts 8ul phur Spings thathe het reached his destina tion anid is piasantly siituated. His first im pressions of his new location are very favor ~bi.. tpiba t lampreesiona ae generally cor. ---Whwedding of Mr. mas. Stanford and Mr kr. Statmor4 bave omnCn n1 iiz·*tssif2~-*R~~E~i: r;~Er'*Yrr l?*1e~O~* IF house keeping in their residence on lower I Main street and are as happy as there is any e occasion for. --Dick Harley, one of the firFt discoverers t of the Montana district, has just returned e from a prospecting tour along the foot hills Y of the Judith mountains, and he brings back ' some nice specimens of gold quartz. He ex - pects to return when the snow is off and lo e cate some good gold leads, of which he thinks there are not a few. Harley is a rustling prospector when he gets started. -H. C. Crowder, of Benton, has leased the Twenty-eight Miles Springs of Edward e Kelly and on Monday took possession of the r same. He will endeavor to make this the a most popular stopping place on the Helena road and will spare no pains or expense to effect that result. Mr. Crowder is.a pleasant sand affable gentleman, and we predict will r become a popular "mine host." --Charles Miller, Master of Transporta tion at Assinaboin, arrived in Benton on Saturday afternoon with seven six mule teams after coal oil for the post, and started g on the return trip Sunday. As Master of Transportation Mr. Miller fills the bill to a dot. He does his* work promptly, and e efficiently and is very popular with his team e sters and all, under his authority. S -Judge R H. Williams died last week at the asylum at Warm Springs. The deceased t was widely known throughout the Territory, having been at one time a most brilliant member of the Helena bar. Inthe early days of California heat so distinguished himself in e the profession his talents adorned. He died of softening of the brain, but the fact that his last days were parsed in a hospital for e tha insane may be attributed to that bane of f many a bright mind-whiskey. -Mr. W. H. Todd who has recently re tired from the firm of Murphy, Neel & Co., B has no intention of becoming just now a gentleman of leisure. In a short time he will open an office at this place and branch : out into the real estate business together with that of forwarding and receiving. Mr. Todd is largely interested in town property and has the most implicit confidence in the future greatness of Benton. :He has, too, the ener t gy to make a success of whatever he under takes and doubtless will assist in no small degree in building up our town. The RIVER PREss wishes him unbounded prosperity. 1. 0. 0. F. Iustallastln, Deputy District Grand Master, J. W. Wheelock, installed the following officers of Choteau Lodge; No. 11, on Wednesday even ing, Jan. 25: Charles Crawford, N. G. Charles Peterson, V. G. John F. Murphy, Secretary. Herman Brinkman, Treasurer, Gus. Senieur, Warden. Richard Mee, Sitting P. G. Don's Fall To see the display of ladies' and childrens shoes, slippers and hosiery at Murphy, Neel & Co.'s. DISSOLUTION NOTICE. The firm of Murphy, Neel & Co., of Fort Benton, Mo.tana, is this day dissolved 'y mutual cousent, Win. H. Todd retiring I om *taid firm, the remaining mtmbers, to whom all debts due said firm are payable, assuming all liabilities. JOHiN T. MUJRPY. SAMUtL NisEL WILLIAM W. HIGGINS. WILLIAM t~ TODD. Fort Benton, M. T., January 23, 1882. The business of the late firm will be continued un der the old name and Lnder the direct management of Mr. James I, Rice, who is d, ly authorized to m.ke all col ections and receive all monu~ys due the late firm MURPHY. NEEL & CO. Fort Benton, M. T., January 23, 1882. STRAY MOR1SE. Taken up by the undersigned, a brown horse about 9 years old, 14 hands high, weight about 750 pounds, no brands that can be seen. The horse is at n'y ranch on Highwood, where the owner can secure the same by paying the necessary expenses. STEVE J. STONER. First National OF Fort Bento n. W. G. CONRAD, President iJos. S. HILL, Vice-President R. A. LUKE, Cashier WE TRANSACT A GENERAL BANKING bU~SINEM. Will issue Exchange or Telegraphic Trinsfers, I available in all parts of the United States, Canadas iand Europe. Buy a' the highest rat.s, Gold Dust, Coin, Gold and Silver Bullion and Loeal Scarities. Keen current accounts with merchants. stockmen freighters and others suibject to sight drafts. SWill pay special attention to collections, and al other business entrusted to ourcare. Will pay interest n time depositse, and discount Snotes or bankable paper. Wil make advaacee to erhapt, s 'ock dealers and others, as are uittied to theit. reqbflrements." Will give freight ate. on wool toall Eastern cities and make iberaladvancesonune.ast a low rate of interest. 8. T. HAUSUR T. C., POWUR I JRE8. SH. , ,1U . J JQ. IIUNSI EI - RIENICkE UIT~ K ,.I , -c@ the ao.4i TRADE TOPICS. For fine underwear go to Gans & Klein's. A large stock of miners' tools just received at Wackerlins. The finest stock of boots and shoes in the city at W. S. Wetzel's. A full assortment of gentlemen hlisle thread underwear, silk handkerchief, and hosiery at Hirshberg & Nathan's. Go to Wetzel's for boots or shoes of any kind from the finest kid to the coarsest bro gan. They can fit you out and give you a bargain. Gans & Klein are the only first-class cloth iers in Benton. Give them a call. Building hardware of every kind just opened at Wackerlins. A new lot of children and misses' shoes just received at Wetzel's. A large stock of blankets, quilts and In. dian blankets at Hirshberg & Nathan's. W. S. Wetzel has just received a lot of clothing from the States, and is now pre pared to suit very body in both California and States clothing, and that . the very low est prices. Messrs. H. J. Wackerlin & Co. have just finished stock taking and now are engaged in opening an immense invoice of goods re ceived only a few weeks ago, delayed on ac count of the unfavorable boating season. These goods consist of almost everything in the line of hardware. If they came too late for last season's trade they will certainly be in good play for the early spring trade. Among others will be found a most complete line of building hardware and miners' tools, the largest stock of these goods ever brought to Benton. The delay in the delivery of the goods has another pleasing aspect. Since ' their purchase there has been a general ad vance in the prices of Hardware and the goods could not be bought now for anything like the low prices paid for these. This will enable Messrs. Wackerlin & Co. to offer goods to the public at lower figures than any other dealers. The purchasing public should bear the fact in mind. White, fancy and colored shirts of all styles and prices at Hirshberg & Nathan's. Business and dust suits at Gans & Klein's at prices that defy competition. Measures taken for suits at Gans &Klein's. Fit guaranteed, and 1,000 samples to select from. The best hats and caps in town at Gans & Klein's. Quadruple plated casters at Wetzel's, some thing very nice and not too expensive. Look at them. Did you know that Wetzel has a full lin of trunks for sale cheap ? If you have any use for such an article you had better inves tigate the matter. All well dressed men buy their clothing from Gans & Glein. GIRANiD EXNTRAL RESTAURANT Opposite the Court House, mAIN STREET, FORT BENTON. ON THE EUROPEAN PLAN. This houae has no equal in the Northwest. Its table is filled with every luxury which epicures may desire. The interior of the diiing-room is admirably arranged. Styles and prices to suit every taste. BULLETT & MARTIN, Lessees. IAX KkBAKER, Dealer in TOBACCOS, CIGARS, Stationery, A full assortment of ala classes of pa peru, me ovels and books of all descritlion always on hand. CONFECTIONEhiY, NUTS, CANDIES FRUITS, NOTIONS, ETC. ICE-COLD LEMONADE * New on hand. FRONT ST., FORT BENTOWN. A NEW SALOON. The ndereigned has openud a saloon at Mlann's Ranch, on the B !rker road, and is prepared to serve the public with a superior quality of Wines, Liquors, Beer, CIGARS, &c., Everything as good as can be had at Benton. 'STOP AND SEE ME. O. C. WILLIAMS. "THE ELITE' Corner Front and Benton Sts. FORT BENTON, - MONTANA. A CHOICE LOT OF Whiskies, Wines and Cigars ALWAYS ON HAND. MARSHALL & WILSON, Prop'rs. TheElit- is the most popular resort in the upper part of town. Drop in and have a friendly chat NEW AND FRESH GOODS! Just received and in transit greatly exceed former purchases, in low prices, quality and quantity. T. C. POW ER BRO. Will present during the season the finest lines of Stock for the Retail and Jobbing Trade in DRT GOODB Ever brought to Benton. It is complete in every department, and close buyers will find it to their interest to give it careful examination. we make a specialty of fancy groceries a P" ' , Ities, as we" as carry the staple ,tneb the wholesale market demanded in the Territory. Our putchases this season as the largest ever made for Montana, and are especially Heavy in Canned Goods, Fancy Groceries, Cigars and Tobaccos. WAGONS AND AGRICULTURAL IMPLEMENTS! All the styles of wagons and carriages used in Montana, of the very best make and mate rials, from the heaviest freight wagon to the light carriage or pbaeton. We are the Largest Dealers in the Territory In every variety of FARMINGC MACHINE OW IMPLEMENT including threshing machines, reapers and mowers, bay rakes, sulky plows, beam plows, wind mills, and all the tools and machinery used in modern farming, And Can' Sell Cheaper Than Any Other House Ladd's Tobacco and Hill's Extra Tobacco Sheep DiT We are making a specialty of sheep dip and recommend the above as the cheapest, safe and most effective. Also other dips, of which sheep men can get what they want cheaper than anywhere else. CENERAL MERCHANDISE, iCobslting :f 'Cotblng, boots and shoei, and every article required in the Indian and for trade, a lrge supply of thebeet grtades. The most diversified stock in Bentoo. Ee1ýti s Sto 4 ri igr ,Rt or Xechaide Wants, at the Very Lowest R~tes. . p .f fgh t for) Hdes,. Fra d Peltries . T. 0. POWER a BRO. |- , -;.. l-T~ ,]- i- i- --- i I.•