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Vol II, Benton, Montana, Wednesday, March 29, 1882. No, 23. .~ _ ___, .mmm, nnrmwnmmnmm JNO. W. TATTA1, 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. Couveyeneing a specialty. Office at County Clerk's Ofce, Court House building. W B. SETTLE, Attorney and Couiselor at Law, BENTON, MONTANA. Will practice in all courts of the Territory; buy, sell and convey real estate, mining and to wn property. Collections of all kinas promptly attended to. IN"u ice in brick building opposite Court House. MAX WATERMAN. H. G. McINTIRE. WATERMAN & McINTIRE, ATTORNEYS AT LAW, FT. BENTON, MONTANA. Will practice in all the courts of the Territory. Spe. cial attention given to criminal practice. H. P. ROLFE, AT.R8nEY and COUN ELOR AT LAW (Associated with Sandtrs & Cullen.) U. S. Deputy Mineral Surveyer. Ten year's experience in government surve} iog. The best instruments used. Collections, in urance, mining,, homestead and all laud claims attended to J. A. KANOUSE, Attorney and Counselor at Law, FORT BENTON, MONTANA. NOTARY PUBLIC AND JUSTICE of the PEACE, Main St., bet Baker and Nt John, ARTHUR G. HATCH. Attorney at Law -AND NOTARY PUBLIC. WHI'E SULPHUR SPRINGS, : : : M. T. G'Special attention given to collections, JOHN W. DEWEY, Civil Engineer, AROHITEOT AND- - United States Deyp.Mineral Surveyor BENTON, MONTANA. DR. WILLIAM TURNER, SE. Physician & Surgeon, FORT BENTON, M. T. Office at Will E. Turner's Drug Store. 1R-tf FIRE AND LIFE INSURANCE -AND REAL ESTATE AGENOY. First-Class Companies, possessing assets of FOUR TELEN MILlION DOLLARS. Represented by H. P.ROLFE. Geo. P. Reeves & Co. Watchmakers, Jewelers, -ANR- Manufacturers of All Descriptions of Jewelry. Aud Inmperter of Fine Jewelry. Mii monds, hllver Were, Watches and watch Ylovements, HBLENA, MONTANA. A Four Ounce Silver Stem-Winding Watch fbr $18. -OF NORTHERN MONTANA Transact a General .Binking 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 ATbEITISU TO THE BUSINESS OF ITIEUI AID C1IAL And will make such loans to stock men and farmenrs as are suited to their requlsiments. \ Local Securities a Speoialty, Collections and all other bausines eatrwtta u I wI.i receive prompt a. easeful at tioda). COLLINS, DEER k CO* IReon musezr, @n3 umWmo, . T. THE RIVER PRESS. Terms, ..........................$5.00 per Year COLLINS & STEVENS, Publishers All letters and communications containiing matter in tended for publication in this paper, should be addressed to "The River Press," and the name of the writer must be given to insure attention. 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On the 20th the Vigilantes of Rawlins, Wyoming, lynched two men named James Lacy and Bob Roddock, who had burglarized several houses and planned to rob a bank, when a pal gave them away. Over 1,000,000 acres of land are already granted to ranch companies in the North western Territory of Canada. In future the government proposes to limit the grants for such purposes and colonization companies. The Manitoba road has tiever had so much to do in its whole history as it has this spring. Etrly as it is, the read is thronged with land seekers. Twice last week the through train from St. Paul to Winnipeg was cut in two and sent in sections, one engine being unable to pull the immense load of passen rers who boarded the train. One train had nineteen coaches, three of them being sleep ers, three baggage cars and the rest paessen ger coaches. It is a puzzle to good people living on the frontier to determine just how to play the noble untutored, according to the estimate ot the crank Indian reformers. Indian agent P'rkhurst in his report refers to the pioneers ot the west who recognize the Indians as human beings, and are willing to trade with them and grant such intercourse as they have themselves, as "border ruffians." It does not appear in this crank's report whether on account of the Indians' holiness or unholi ness that the pioneers are regarded as "ruf fi ins" for tolerating commercial relations with them.-Bismarek Tribune. There is a reign of terror at Laramie City, Wyoming. Incendiaries have been at work tor some time past and fires occurred every night, some of them very costly. There is no distinction as to the class of property, railroad buildings, hotels and dwelling houses suffering alike. The Vigilantes have been ratrolling the streets and run in about twenty five strangers, but fires would start up on all sides and the prisoners were roeleased. The terror is great, because people do not know what to expect next, for the reason that they d- not know whom to suspect. There will .be a neck tie party if Ghe offenders are caught. SThe report that Snipt. Samuel McMaster, of the Homestake mining company, had been asked to resign his position, or had even resigned, is now contradicted by the Deadwood times. "These stories," says the Times, "are all false, and gotten up undeubt edly to create a false impression. We are ofHicially informed that nothing of the kind Sexists, and that on the contrary the company that McMaster represents is more than pleased with his manner of conducting their interests here, and that he enjoys their lull conbfidence to act for them in any mannei that he may see fit." The report of Sir John A. MacDomld, SSuperintendent Generalof Indian Affairs, for the year ending December 31st, 1881, has been presented to Parliament. It is of a very encouraging character, as showing that the r.d men are giving up their nomadic habits and engaging in agriculture to a con. elderable extent. The total crop raised by the Indian bands in Manitoba and the North west is estimated by the Indian Commission Ser as follows: Wheat, 6,179 buskels; oats, 4.580; barley, 8,900; peas, 333; potatoes, 19 891; turnips, 24,855; carrots, 1,298. To Stal, 66,030 bushels, valued at $118,854. Hay cut and stacked, 2582 tons, vipned at $8 per too, $20,656. Land broken, 4,575 acres, at $5 per acre, $'2.875. There were erected on the Indian reserves, including instructor's farms, 7066 dwellinga, and other buildinge suffiecient to make a total of 1,080. The total expendituore for ladiass during the year is given at $7tVl,847, of wblaB $728,788 was in MamlStpl and the N~ttR ete and $49,818 in British oninbia. there were sold of I ms1rwse to '.e proIuaetqym alsg Indian tribes will ub1ub uioi4. BI.sMARCK, Daig., March 22.- The scene of the Mandan accident on the Northern Pacific a railroad is eleven miles west of Bismarck, in Soapstone cut, on Sweet Briar creek. The train was a working train, having a lot of n sleeping cars for the workmen and fifty men f in all, and was going at the rate of ten miles r an hour. A wheel on the front truck of the g fiat car broke, the truck jumped the track f and dragged along until the bridge was n reached, when the first sleeper, having a twenty-four men aboard, was precipitated in t the river, a distance of thirty feet, striking ii on its sides. The second sleeper followed in ib the same way, and then the dining and kitchen cars tumbled down and were broken t, into splinters. The bedding of sleeper No. 1 I caught fire at once, and the dying sufferers 1 were nearly roasted alive. All the deaths f occurred in this car, Those who escaped B tries vainly to put out the flames. It is be- a lieved that seven of the eight killed were F either dead or unconscious when the flames a reached them. Only one voice was heard o crying "help !" but no help could be given I and he gradually ioasted to death. The ii killed were: A. L. Johnson, Thos. Wilson, I Wm. Watson, Thos. Grady, Geo. Moses, Jas. o O'Brien, Wm McAndrews, and an unknown , man. Only two of the others were seriously c injured. The Coroner found that no one was to blame for the accident. The dead were buried here and the sick are being ten derly cared for. MONTANA MATTERS. Items of Interest Gleaned from Our Terri torial Exchanges. Miles City is to have a new court house. The Butte Inter-Mountains is a year old. Fort Ellis soldiers have their hands full suppressing the indefatigable tie cutter. The Helena schools will close in. a few days as the money to the credit of the dis trict is exhausted. Fred M. Wilson, the ttaveling man of the Herald, is establishing a dairy ranch on Nevada creek, near Deer Lodge. The Miner says that not a single case of small pox exists in the Bitter Root valley, rumors to the contrary nothwithstanding. Kench & Hummelt h.e bought.of Wm. Roberts his ranch of 160 acrts at the crossing of the Prickly Pear, on the Bozeman road, paying therefor $3 000. Three thousand head of cattle were pur chased hlst week by D. W. Flowers, in Leawhi valley. The cattle are purchased tar a new Montana company. The Democrats of Helena have. nominated the following ticket: For Mayor, E. W. Knight; Police Magistrate, W. D. Smith; Treasurer and Assessor, facob Loeb. Gen. Brisbin, the "Gath" of the North west, is trying to boom the Clark's Fork mines. He has spread their fame in. a lengthy letter to the New York Herald. The citizens of Jefferson county are agitat I ing the question of removing the county seat trom Radersburg to a more central location. SJefferson City is a candidate for the honor. The Brush Electrical Light and Power I company ot Haelena has been fully organized Sand before many months the Capital will be illuminated by the tlectric ray. The leading business men ot tne city are interested. Agent Armstrong of the Crow Agency has Sbeen intr.c~ted by the Secretary of the In e terior to send 100 Crow youth to 'ertain des e ignated furmers of Ohio, to be educated and initiated into the mysteries of agriculture. Mr. J. H. Moe, Register of the Land office, returned to Helena last week from a short visit to the States. Mr. Moe is one of the most efficient and popular federal officers in Montana and we cordially unite with thc Neuw North- West in the wish that "his days will be long in the land and the land office." The disease knotWn as "pink-eye" has de veloped among Deer Lodge horses. The dis ease only lasts five or six days. generally, and is not .as severe as the epizootic. It shows up in swelling of the head and neck, stiffness of the limbs, and lethargic condi tion. It is treated by relief from work and protection from cold, and soon disappears. New North- West. J. M. Thurmond, who was driven from Alder Gulch by the vigilantes because he acted as attorney for the road agents at theiz trial, was killed in Dallas, Texas, on the 16th inst. by Robert Cowant, a prominent lawyer. SThurmond had been mayor of the city, and Shad been removed by the council, Cowant acting as attorney for the latter body. The difficulty arose from this and similarcauses. - Newo North- WMt. Governor Pette is said to have granted the following pardons recently, viz : Frederick PF, of Gdlatin, seatenced in September, 1880, to three yetra Ia the penitientlary for grand larceny ; Tong. Ah At, senteneed at Deer Lodgel !n Iarcb, 1880, to seven years in the peiilteadiary for booting another Chl anat*s ; Pra sassidy, sentenced ia Ol . io 6 onety In ZIbvastper, 1981, to onrear In ta anPantentiay, for grand lareny The immigration to Montmna is booming already. We are informed by Mr. P. P. Worsham, who arrived here froni the East Wednesday, en route to his home in Boze man, that the road is literally crowded with passengers for Montana and the western ter ritories. When he left Ogden, sixty emi grants to this territory had to be left behind for lack of accommodations, and half that number were obliged to stay at Dillon to await wagon transportation. It looks as if there will be more pilgrim prospecting done in Montana this year than ever before in her history.-Madisonian. The Secretary of the Interior has designa ted Prof. R. H. Howey, Superintendent of Public Instruction, as agent for the Depart ment to select the seventy-two sections of public lands granted the Territory for uni versity purposes by act of Congress Febru ary 18, 1881. We understand that Mr. Howey will, as soon as the necessary blanks are received proceed to make the selections of these lands through the local land offices. Prof. Howey deserves much credit for press ing this matter upon the attention of the Department of the Interior, while portions of our best lands are still open for selection A university in Montana is now one of the certainties of the near future.-nldependent. RIVER RIPPLES The General Sherman left St. Louis on the 10:h. The steamers Big Horn and Rosebud, at Yankton, are receiving new boilers. There is a report in Benton that the Mon tana was recently sunk in the Ohio river, having collided with a barge. Commodore Coulson, who was in the city yesterday bound for St. Paul, says that two of his boats, the Rose Bud and Big Horn, will leave Yankton on the 25th for Benton. -Sioux Gity Journal. The river is rising rapidly at this point and doubtless the increased volume of water will soon take the ice out below. The indi cations are very favorable for the early ar rival of boats, probably by the 20th of April. Captain Grant Marsh got in yesterday from St. Louis. He says that his new boat, the J. W. Behen, is now on her way from New Orleans to St. Louis: that she will stop at the latter lauding to have her cabin enlarged, and leave for the upper Missouri early in April.-iSioux City Journal. St. Paul Pioneer-Press, 11 : "Mr. T. C. Power, of Helena, L. T., proprietor of .the Fort Benton line of steamers, was in St. Paul yesterday. He states that the river at Fort Benton is now about open. Last year it was open by February 2ad, and in 1880 on March 1. The river there is generally free from ice about the same date as at St. Louis, when that polt has a hard winter freeze. It is difficult to prophesy as to the time when the ice at Bismarck will be out. Montana is prospering. Steamboat business will probably increase 50 per ctent, this year over the business o, l.:t y(ar. The Chief Quartermaster recommends that the Government rivertransportation con tract from Yankton to Bismarck be given to John F. Charles, of Sioux City; from Bis marck to Benton to T. C. Power; and that no contract be made for the combined ser vice on the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers from Glendive to Benton, as the route is ex pensive, 1inpracticable and uncertain. John H. Charles is superintendent of the Benton "P" Line and as he has the contract from Yanktonto Bismarck, and T. C. Powes from the laiter point to Benton, the Benton Line has the entire Government business from Yankton to this city. We are pleased that the award has been made in this way a: Sno Line is more thoroughly identified witm our town than the old reliable Benton "P.' !A Tribune reporter, seconded by Captait Jas. A. Emmons, "rounded up" Capt. John Lemons yesterday, and forced him into an interview. The Captain entertains a holy aversion of a newspaper interview, and as a nataral consequence the more he tried to say nothing the more information and his torical facts he leaked. The first impression he made on this reporter's mind was that all river heroes were not wrapped in broatlcloth - he was never guilty of wearing it. The Captain began his steamboat experience in 1887. He brought the Win. Beard, the firset steamboat that came up the Missouri river, to Fort Benton. That was less than thirty years ago. The first steam "nigger" that was used on the boats was brought out by Captain Lemons. This, improvement was first nused on the steamer Pittsburg,. and the little hoisting apparatus employed in lifting spars was invented by him. These are mat ters of history and should entitle the old man to a pension. His race with.a sinking steasm boat-that is his ecorts to reach the hurri cane deck against the craft's efforts to reach the bottom of the Ohio river, was an exciting epitodel1 his eventful career. He got there, heowsvera, sad saved forty women and child. rnae. Yet he has never been known to for. toIe and to fame ntatl now.-BiaOmar Tribws&e Meagher's County Seal CANTON, M. T., March 18th, 1882. Editors of the River. Press: The news came in last evening from the White Sulphur Springs, our county seat, that we are going to have a court house forty by sixty feet and two stories high, to be fin ished and completed by the first day of next October. This afforded us quite a surprise; and furnished a topic for discussion throudh out the valley. It is true that at our last election a majori ty of the legal voters of this county express ed their wish, by their votes, that they want ed their court house and other county build ings to be built at the Sprinrs. We expressed our opinion at the same time by a vote of four hundred and twenty-one-against five hundred and sixty-two--that the removal of the county seat was premature. More than a year has passed away and we believe that a-majority of the voters of the county have come over to our way of thinking, and the petition that we spoke of in our last letter was only circulated around a few days be fore the meeting of the board of county commisstoners. It was found., when the names on the diff erent petitions were counted, that the number reached the exact amount of six hundred and seventeen, which is a majority of all the votes cast at o~ r last election. The official count of votes cast for Delegate the 2ad day of November, 1880, was one thousand and one. I am satisfied that had this petition been circulated two weeks sooner two hundred more n es could have been added to this list. Br' the Commissioners barely spent time to count the diames and pass their judg meat upon them as a fraud-so it is reported. If there was an attempt at fraud as stated we know that to obtain names without con sent is a forgery. But if such was the case the honors are easy. About the time this petition was put in circulation there appear ed somewhere a notice stating that sealed proposa's would be received to build a court house until March 7th. A very few if any of the gentlemen wto signed the petition ever saw the advertise ment until after the petitions had all been mailed, about the first of M ,rch. Had they seen the notice, and that notice authorized by the Board t6 be published, why the matter would have been dropped at once. But at no meeting of the Board was any such notice authorized to be published, and it did not appear so in tke notice. One of Board told the writer, before and since the meeting of the Board, that he knew nor heard nothing about the notice until he was shown the notice as pulished. Again, in Sep. tember, 1880, a petition was circulated which received something over three hundred siana tures, asking the county commissioners to call an election for the removal bf the coun Sty seat from Diamond City to the White bul phur Springs. Thty succeeded in getting Sba.rely a majority of the votes as polle~d at r the general election in 1878, although it was known ther.- was a thousand votes in the a county of Meagher. The law requires that a petition shall be o presented at least sixty days before the gen - eral election, when there were but fifty-six t days from the first day of the meeting of r- the Board and election day, the 2utl day s of November.. And the names appearet on .. this list just the same a· they appeared on the n last petition. It is strange that no fraud has n ever been found in Meagher county until a within a month ago. r During court week at Radetsburg the Dep n uty Sheriff of Jeffers, n county made sever s al trips bver here in our valley summloning d witnesses. We are first pulled one way and a then the other. Perhaps when the now sub. :n stantial bridge gives way in the-river we will " know where we belong, as the county line will be merevisible. Some of these queer happenings are about as legal as the other. Mr. Tal. Reed, a D.puty 8heriff of Meagher county, is paying our valley an official visit, summoning jurors for the next term of court Which meets at White Sulphur Springs on April 4th, next. There was quite an exciting time here yes 1 terday at the races. Four horses was entered Stor the six hundred yard race, for a purse of $100. The horses came through to the score bunched up as it were, Mr. Birch's horse Swinning the race by five feet. The social hop given by the dancing club on the night of the 17th, at Tierney's Hall, was a pleasant social affair. The hall is forty by forty-six feet in the clear and Spleasantly situated. The traveling public or visitors will always find as good accom mnodation at Canton as anywhere in the Ter itory. R. Carrie Cook, a frisky colored female of Miles City, has sued the Journ'4, of that place, for $1,000 damages, because the paper broadly hinted that Carrie, on a certu'n oc cision, tried to carve a butcher. Miss Cook does not place a very high estimate on the value of her shattered reputlaion. It t nobt popular now-adays to sue editors for any sum less than 910,000.