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THE RIVER PRESS.
V01o II. Benton, Montana, Wednesday, February 15, 1882. No.17. -OF NORTHERN 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 II.NTANA. 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, DUERI & CO. FRONT STREET, FORT BENTON, M. T. MAX WATERMAN. H. G. McINTIRE. WATERMAN & McINTIRE, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, FT. BENTON, MIIONTANA. Will practice in all the c'urts of the Territory. Spe. cial attention given to criminal practice. JNO. W. TATTAN, ATTORNEY AT LAW, FORT BENTON, - - MONTANA. 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Full Particulars of the Accident, and a Sketch of the Memorable Life of the Deceased. Thursday evening last, about half-past six o'clock, a courier from Barker arrived in our city with the news that Col. Geo. Clendenir, Jr., was dead, having received mortal injar ies by an accident in the Wright & Edwards mine. The sad intelligence spread rapioly through the city, and was received every where with sincere sorrow and regret. Nev er, we believe, has the death of a citizen been as deeply felt in this community. For hours after the news was received it was the single subject of comment, and every tongue was busy sounding the praise of the deceased and relating incidents of his remarkable career in Montana. It is rarely, indeed, that an an swer to Death's roll call causes so deep a feeling of gloom to settle, like a pall, upon a community. Every one seemed to feel it as a lose affecting himself, as if in his own family--a feeling prompted by the wide bus iness relations of the deceased, his public spitit and his untiring efforts to advance the welfare of the mining camp so closely iden tified in interest with Benton. THE FATAL ACCIDENT. From Mr. Louis Heltman, who stood by the side of the Colonel at the time of the ac cident, and who narrowly escaped injury himself, we learn the following particulars in detail: Mr. Heitman, accompanied by Mrs. Clendenin, arrived at the camp from Benton on Tuesday evening, and on Wed nesday, directly after dinner, Messrs. Clen denin and Heitman started out m a sleigh to visit some of the mines. They first went to the Barker, and after going down into the shaft to the depth of seventy-five feet and ex ploring the various levels, started back to IHughes City. They next proceeded to the Wright & Edwards, walking up the moun. tain side and leaving the team in the gulch below. Arriving at the W. & E they first entered the tunnel and walked through to where the men were at work; then the middle level and other parts of the mine, finally drawing up at the ore house. The Colonel wished to see kSuperintendent Larkin, but as that gentleman was not about they were on the point of returmng when Billy Qameron entered with threc candles in his hand. "The trio taiked aPvhile, after which Camerhon a!.ed Col. Olendebiim if he had vis ited the uppcr level. The latter said he had not, and the invitation to look through it was acejpted. Ia walking through the partykept close together, Caiaeron in the lead, "len dethia next and ileitmaa bringingup the rear. When about fifteen feet tfrom the end, where tw~e - three mni wetre at work, and just a few feet beyond the timbered portion of the level, Cameromn caled the attention of his ompuailos to some carbonate ores overhtead. All the took positkr eloee together, and held their cndles up to examine the ore. WhMp la adestihtgd itrage iense of ore and dirt fell t om' abxwe to beblud tlteea, tbe grter iportion ft tiftttng upon Vol. O!ea dra4 , faiha bhim to the 8 wr ofItSm tonnel ildmksat 4 Veameron stedaa bhatequlekly, avg stolded the fillsatea slwis ea taitely. th 0a0ma4 wee -truc ann. the beck Iralt and forced to the fl,or, turning as he fell, so that when his companions rushed to his as sifitance, almost instantly, they found him r half buried in the debris with a piece of car bonate, weighing probably 100 pounds, rest mg upon the lower portion of his abdomen. So great was the weight of this solid piece i that Mr. Heitman removed it with difficulty t atter making two or three ineffectual at , tempts. The workmen came to their assist I ance as soon as the situation was realized, and in a short time the dirt was removed, a rude litter obtained and the wounded man re moved to the ore house. At first he com plained only of his legs and desired to be lifted up so that he could determine whether or not they were broken. He could not stand, however, but seemed much relieved when he ascertained by the movement of his limbs that no bones were broken. It was but a few minutes, however, until he suffered great pains across his abdomen, where the huge piece of rock had crushed him, and this agony continued, only increased in in tensity, until death releived him. A sleigh was procured and the injured man conveyed home. When nearing the house he asked Heitman to go and break the news to Mrs. Clendenin, saying, "She is a tender-hearted little woman, and we must not shock her." When taken into the house he endeavored to endure his p,ins without murmur, but the effort was vain. The agony was too intense. Col. Clendenin was a than of wonderful nerve and power of endurance, but so great were his pains that he gave way entirely once expressing the wish that he had been killed outright. Everything that could be done for him under the circumstances was done, and no one believed that his injuries were fatal. The Colonel did not think him self that he would die, and it was only in his last moments that tie exclaimed, "My God i This cannot endure much longer; I must die." The accident occurred at half past three o'elock Wednesday afternoon, and at fifty minutes after nine he breathed his last, while those surrounding his bedside were little ex pecting the end was so near. Immediately after his death it was seen that the lower part of his abdomem became biack and swol len, showing that internal hemorrhage had taken place. PRESENTIMENTS. It is a strange fact connected w'th the ac cident that both Col. Clendenin bnd Mr. Heitman had presentiments of evil that day. The latter did not desire to visit the mines, and it was almost at the command of his friend that he started out. While at the Barker he was unusually nervous and did not desire to enter the mine at all. This nervousness increased after arriving at the Wright & Edwards and it was only out of courtesy to Col. Clendinia that he accom panied him through the mine. Mr. Heitman tells us he never before felt so clear a pre sentiment of impending evil. Cdl. Clendenin had like feelings. Mr. Larkin informs us that while the former was down in the shaft of the Barker. with Jim McDevitt he said to the latter, "Jim, let us get out of here; I have some sort of a feeling on me to-day that I can't shake off." After getting on top the ground again, however, he seemed in his natural mood. It was only a short time af ter this that he met his fate. BARKER'S TRIBUTE TO THE DEAD. Whtn it became known at the camp that Col. Clendenin was seriously injured, al though it was not believed fatally, much solicitude was exhibited and many of the miners gathered at his residence inquiring anxiously as to his condition. The announce ment of his death was a sudden and unex pected blow and was received with profound sorrow on the part of all. A correspondent writes us: "The death of Col. Clendenin was a blow both to the people and prospects of the camp. The Col. was the central figure here. When his death was known all work suspended and the whole camp gathered around his home. There were tears on many a rough cheek and gentle words from many a heart at the remembrance of some timely aid or kindness rendered by him who now lay cold in death. About 150 men gathered about his house and after a simple service, conducted by F. W. Reed, grouped about the cofflin, they followed his remains to the edge of the camp and returned bewildered by their great loss. A general aspect of loneliness settled down upon the camp and theface of ml." On Thurday morning they left Barker with the body, attended by a del egation of nine citizens, arriving at this place at 11 o'clock a. m. Saturday. iMrs.ClendeniP, almost broken down by her great bereave ment, came in on thecoach, arriving Satur day,evening. Both at the camp and Jn this city, where she Ikaown .o wenl, this ladI has the eartfIt sympathy of iaL. BITON's TRIBUTrE. On Friday evening a meeting of the citl zens of BeUt~ s was held at Judge Tattra's "ffiee for the purpose of makoing arrange. manen to rec.IFe l body aed pyig a prop ir tribute of respL to10 the deceased. 0.3 Conraedwasll te to Bthe :bir and T. A. Cltmmlgo wat .patu d seeretary. A co-' gpitlte to wai aen M jlaAdilu pupo herj aralv~I and asoa hiw "lsMB Whacas suwgieS 3o the burial was appointed, and also a commit s- tee of twelve on arrangements and a com in mittee on resolutions. On motion it was r- unanimously expressed as the sentiment of t- the meeting that memorial services should be n. held by the citizens at the court house or :e some other public building, the details of the ty meeting to be arranged by the committee t- appointed. Adjourned. t- On the arrival of the little cortege from 1, Barker it was met on the opposite side of a the river by a large delegation of citizens e- and escorted to the Episcopal church, where 1- the body remained until buried on Tuesday. ie On Sunday appropriate funeral services were :r conducted at the Church by the Rev. Mr. )t Blackiston, the attendance being very large. d THE FUNERAL. is The funeral occurred at two o'clock Tues ýs day afternoon from the Episcopal church d and was very largely attended by citizens of e Benton and Barker. The following was the d order of the procession: Band. h Escort of twenty-four citizens. d Pall-bearers. o Pall-bearer. i. d Clergymen in carriages Family and friends. Citizens of Barker. e Carriages. Covered wagons. Ll Opened wagons. t Citizens on horseback. The remains were interred in the old cem a etery and in the spring will be removed Erst j and find final rest in the family burial ground. a The funeral cortege was the largest ever seen B in Benton, if not in Montana. Our people turned out almost en masse, showing the high a and universal respect in which the deceased was held. Most of the business houses were a closed during the funeral and we observed a the emblems of mourning on many doors. No greater respect could be shown the dis e tinguished dead by the citizens of Benton. BIOGRAPHICAL. y George Clendenin was born in New York r city January, 31st 18.38, being at the time of his death but a few days upwards of 44 years j of age. At the breaking out of the war he was at Port Huron, Michigan, where he as sisted in raising a regiment and received the - appointment of 2J Lieutenant of one of the companies. The regiment was ordered on to Washington, but young Clendenin remained I, at Port Huron to arrange some business af a fairs, with the understanding that he was to e be notified when his company was ordered to d the front so that he cotuld join it. The of r ficers, however, failed to do as they agreed, e and another person was appointed in his f stead. Clendenin hastened to Washington, however, where his parents then resided, and aI being determined to enter the service be at o- nce enlisted as a private in the 2ad Rhode Si sland, at that time stationed but two or three _ miles from the Clendenin homestead at t Washington. He remained but three days a , private when he was appointed by Colonel I Wheaten, in commrund of the regiment, I Master of Ordnance, the Col. taking a special a liking to him from the first day. Within : three weeks he was advanced to Sergeant -Major of the regiment, and before his coin pany went to the front was commissioned Lieutenant by the Governor ot Rhode Is t land. The warm friendship with Col. Whea Ston was steadfast throughout the war, and 1 when the latter was promoted to Adjutant s General of the Sixth Corps Lieut. Clendenin was made his Assistant and really performed Sthe duties of that onerous position. For val - iant service on the field he was brevetted I Lieut. Col., and just prior to the muster out t was on the staff of Brevet Major General 3 Wheaton as Chief of Staff and Assistant Ad e jutant General. He was complimented on several occasions for bravery on the field, and has received more than one special men Stion in the reports of his superior offlicers. In Sthe army he was the same zealous, intrepid, r determined worker that we all have kown r him to be in civil pursuits. UPS AND DOWNS. SIt rarely falls to the lot of man to receive severer treatment at the hands of Fortune than has Col. Clendenin. The summing up .of his career since the close of the war would be simply a series of mishaps and misfortunes. There seemed to, be a fatality that prevented him, let him strive never so hard, from gaining the gnoal of his ambition wealth. At the close of the war he was ap pointed Post-Trader at FortSedigti k, -buta Shardly had he arrived at the post until it was abandoned by order of theproper authorities. He then applied for and reeeived tleppoint meat of Post-Trader at Fort Bemton, expect ing tofully retrieve bhisfortufnb Inthefall of 186 be ~arved here and fouad that by w I error of the depaetmes he was selgaed to Ft. Cook luttead, whence he proceeded only to tad that there was already a PTrd~ ader there and thathis room at the puat was more acceptable thea htieompany. fio thee t tarad to P~rt Breton whereb.he wiia-jne 'byhs brab her; Rieba4 wrho at prestt IrC side t Maniirsstea en obetd apm'igge - ytiw thrket.Iebs agbt # Aip* -nan sad twlgeod xm~as wsd the t- river to Grand Island, where they cut wood i- for the steamboats. While there they were is corralled in a dug-out four days by Indians f and compelled to tunnel to the river for ie water. The next summer, 1868, George ºr Clendenin received a small stook of goods ie from T. C. Power and established a trading e post at the mouth of the Musselshell. Here he undertook the work of building up a n town known as Kerchival City, there being ºf probably a dozen frontiersmen with him. In is the winter of '69 and'70 they were attacked e by Indians and some fourteen of the latter r. killed. The whites defended themselves e without serious loss, but after that Kerchival r. City was not the safest place in the world to reside. The Indian trade, too, dwindled down and one by one the inhabitants took i- their departure for other fields. Col. Clen i denin was the last one to desert the post, f having remained there three or four years in e constant peril of his life. His adventures and hair-breadth escapes during this period would fill a goodly volume. But he was never known to quail before danger; in fact, he seemed to court rather than avoid it. His next move was to Carroll, where he again commenced business and was in a fair way to realize a fortune when the floods came and washed the town away. At Carroll as at Kerchival City he was the last to leave and then not until all prospects of success had faded away. In 1877 he came to Benton again arid assumed control of the business of the Coulson idie and has since been closely identified with steamboat affairs and the a general interests of the town. His ups and downs during this period are well known to a majority of our readers. But he e has suffered domestic as well as business h losses. His first wife died soon after the war, while he was at Fort Sedgwick, and but e a year or two ago his only son, fourteen years of age, died at Chicago while en route ; to Benton on a visit to his father. He was a lad of bright promise and his death was a severe blow to the;father. Last fall, it will be remembered, Mr. and Mrs. Clendenin k buried their only child. This is but a brief f and very imperfect sketch of Col.Clendenin's s career but it will give the reader an insight e into his character and indicate in a manner ' the many vicissitudes of fortune he has suf e fered. e AT BARKER. o The Barker mining camp is indebted to d Col. Clendenin more than any one else for the rapid progress it has made in the past 0 year. He was chiefly instrumental in se a curing the organiz ition of the Clendenin Mining & Smelting Company which has erected the first smelter in the camp, now in a most successful operation. He took hold of this project when no one else had confidence d enough in the district to invest their money and but for his efforts Barker would have e made but little progress as yet. Last fall he e moved to the camp and took general control t of the business of the company, giving new a life and energy to the district. He became I largely interested in the mines, both person ally and in behalf of the company. He was I in fact the central figure at the camp to 3 whom more than any one else the miners t came for advice or assistan:e, and it was - rarely they were denied either. No wonder I the citizens of Barker wore deeply affected - by his death! Here, as usual, that strange - fatahlity referred to did not desert him. He 1 jest had things shaped to make money rap t idly; was within sight of the goal he had I labored so long and hopelessly to reach, I when death struck hint dow n in the vigor - of his manhood! It seemed as if Fortune, I determined not to be conquered, was com t pelled at last to call to his aid the ruthless I destroyer. SMEMORIAL SERVIOES. SAt 7 o'clock last evening the people began Sto gather at the court house, and by half-past - 7 the court room was filled with those who I had known and esteemed the deceased dur Sing life and who had come to join in the Slast earthly tribute to him as a man and a friend. The services were opened by the choir with the anthem, "Oh, the Lost, the Unforgotten,' followed by prayer by Rev. S. C. Blackiston, after which the choir sang an appropriate hymn. Mr. T. E. Collins, presiding, spoke of the pa pose for which the people of Benton and many from Barker and other points had as sembled together, in the following appropri ate words: Inundsaid INegkbere : The suddea, sad and unexpected death of our friend· and neighbor, Colonel George Clendenis, Jr., ino te full vigor and strength of hdi asnhbood w4a while fighting life's bat tles with the energyv, perseverance and cour. Se of a here w a great shook to this Som But i0Fw dys be I amnog W oin twe eniyppeat of healthfull, of cnpo ap qu4 hOpea f thie 8sugeu ui the gr eatd prw Sof Wh.icehe was the head ai.id tioet, 4d n Swhibh .MtstentniL&aa 4 vki·tsl e to S R . hWbi~ he was with blthe ver portat~ e tf the gureat $ta e hAe; 1ife-Jt, as irnths of labor, ftl * radi ce uver-cs i. dustry. desM. t'ha fell ,lswt yest.c'r.me uTr . suspected, and pasununnced, and ent hia fauawLcarim.as ·mwm ?anAsh D iJ PLI