OCR Interpretation

The river press. [volume] (Fort Benton, Mont.) 1880-current, March 29, 1882, Image 1

Image and text provided by Montana Historical Society; Helena, MT

Persistent link: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85053157/1882-03-29/ed-1/seq-1/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for

Vol II, Benton, Montana, Wednesday, March 29, 1882. No, 23.
.~ _ ___, .mmm, nnrmwnmmnmm
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
Attorney and Couiselor at Law,
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.
Will practice in all the courts of the Territory. Spe.
cial attention given to criminal practice.
(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
Attorney and Counselor at Law,
Main St., bet Baker and Nt John,
Attorney at Law
G'Special attention given to collections,
Civil Engineer,
AND- -
United States Deyp.Mineral Surveyor
Physician & Surgeon,
Office at Will E. Turner's Drug Store. 1R-tf
First-Class Companies, possessing assets of FOUR
Represented by H. P.ROLFE.
Geo. P. Reeves & Co.
Watchmakers, Jewelers,
Manufacturers of All Descriptions
of Jewelry.
Aud Inmperter of Fine Jewelry. Mii
monds, hllver Were, Watches
and watch Ylovements,
A Four Ounce Silver Stem-Winding
Watch fbr $18.
Transact a General .Binking
Keep current accounts with merchants, stock men
and others, subject to be drawn against by
checks without notice.
We buy and sell Exchange on the commercial center
of the United States.
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).
IReon musezr, @n3 umWmo, . T.
Terms, ..........................$5.00 per Year
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.
Local advertisements will be inserted in these columns
at the rate of fifteen cents per line from transient and
ten cents per line from regular advertisers.
One Column, 1 year ............................. $175
" 6 months....................... 100
" 3 " ....................... 75
Half Column, 1 year ............................. 100
" " 6 months .......... ....... ....... 75
' " ............. .. .... 40
One-Third Column, 1 year...................... 80
c 6 months .................. 45
c" 3 months ................... 0
Quarter Column, 1 year.......................... 75
" 6 months ... ........... ....... 40
c" 3 months ..................... 30
rhree inches, 1 year ............................ 50
" 6 months ......................... 30
" 3 months.......................... 25
Professional Cards, 1 inch, 1 year ............... 15
Rates for Transient Advertisements given at office.
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
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.
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
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.
The General Sherman left St. Louis on the
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
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
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
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.

xml | txt