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THE RIVER PRESS
Wednesday, April 19, 1882. JERRY COLLIN. - - - - - - EDITO SECRETARY HUNT will take his departure for St. Petersburg on May 1st. ALL reports are to the effect that the Fort Benton, Barker & Yellowstone railroad will be commenced this year. FRANK JAMES is now said to be the sole rmale survivor of that notorious family, and it it claimed that he is a hopeless invalid. THE fund fot "Betty and the Baby," Ser geant Mason's wife'and child, now amounte to $7,000. That was 'a paying shot at Gui teau, even if it did miss the mark. A NEW YORK telegram of the 8th inst. states that over 10,000 immigrants arrived at that port in the preceding forty-eight, hours. How "the oppressed of every nation" are coming! GENERAL POPE vigorously protests against starving Indians on the Agency system in vogue in the southwest. He might have said in vogue throughout the west, for the rule is general. ARTICLES Of 'ncorporatlon of the Mon. tana, Idaho and Pacific railroad were recent. ly filed with the Secretary of the Territory. If all of these projected roads are construct. ed Montana will not lack rail facilities. THE Memphis Appeal publishes a letter purported to have been written by Frank Jaltes in which he expresses a determined purpose of wreaking vengeance on the mur derers of Lis brother. The epistle is doubt less a fabrication. SENATOR MILLER, of California, has not given up the good fight and has offered another Chinese bill identical with the other except that the period of prohibition is only ten years. A half a loaf is decidedly better than no loaf at all. MR. SECEETARY HUNT has surrendered the navy portfolio to William E. Chandler, a notorious political schemer and persistent office-seeker. Something had to be done for Mr. Hunt and he was accordingly made Minister to Russia. THE army appropriation bill which has passed the House has a "rider" providing for the compulsory retirement of all comrn. missioned officers at the age of sixty-two years. This provision met with considerable favor in the House and there is do doubt but it will pass the Senate as well. The effect of the bill be to retire on or before the 4th of July, 1882, forty-four officers. Among these would be included Generals Sherman and McDowell, and Surgeon-General Barnes with others of lower rank to the number of forty-four, and annually thereafter some twenty oificers would step down and out. The provision is certainly a good one. It will infuse new and younger blood in the army, and the result cannot but be beneficial. The Captains and Lieutenants will have a fairer chance for promotion, where under tie present system it requires a life time to advance a single s'ep. It is only right that this opportunity should be offred the de sterving. Delegate Maginnis has warmly supported this bill and his efforts have tend ed in no small degree to insure its success, WELCOME THE PILGRIMS. In his story of "The First Settler" Will Carlton tells by way of introduction of the hardships with which the western pionecrs are coiopnlled to contend : "It ain't the funniest thing a man can do Existing in a country when it's new; Nature, who moved in first-a good long while Has things already somewhat in her own style; She carries in her pockets bags of seeds As general sgent of the thriftiest Beds; She gives him rain beyond any duck's desire Then maybe several weeks of quiet fire. She sends mosquitoes-leaches perched on winge- To poison him with blood devouring stings; With thoughtful, conscientious care she makes These travellin' poison bolttles, rattlesnakes; She finds time 'mongst her other family cares To keep in stock good wildcats, wolves and bears; She spurns his offered hand with silent gibes And compromises with the Indian tribes, (For they who've wrestled with his bloody art Say Nature always take an Indian's part), In short her toil is every day increased To scare him out and hustle him back East; Till finally it appearJ to her some day That he has made arrangements for to stay; Then she turns round, as sweet as anything, And takes her new made friend into the ring." The picture is scarcely overdrawn. It is not the pleasantest thing in the world-to live in a country when it's new. There are many hardships and privations that must be endured, and those who are already in the field, who have been taken ilnto Dame Na ture's "ring," should spare no efforts to make easy as possible the lot of ne wcomers, coad j tors in the good work of building up the country and making the wilderness blossom as the rose. It is safe to say there are now en route to Benton, or preparing for the journey, from 500 to 1,000 people, nearly two hundred of whom will sarive on the steamer Red Cloud. We believe there is room for all of these, andmany times more, in Beton and' the great country tributary. We notice that the Butte papers and some others ia the Terrn tory are fearful that they will get too masny "pilarime" on their hands and are crying ort against their coming. We have no app. hension of that character in this qcarter. With the great Judith Basin and the several valleys tributary to Benton almost untouched by the plow, there is plenty of room for all who wish to become husbandmen; to those who have a small share of capital to invest in stock a tempting field opens before them ; and the more eager ones, bent on following the yellow phantom, have the great tributary mining districts within easy reach. For all classes who are willing to endure for a brief period the privations of the frontier and who are not afraid of work there is ample room in Northern Montana. The immigration to Benton this year will be many times greater than ever before, and our citizens should take some steps in proper season to receive the new comers and assist them as far as possible in securing homes and directing them as their inclinations may lead. They will arrive here strangers in a strange land, and any acts of courtesy or kindness will be fully appreciated. This ap plies specially to the colony directed to Ben ton by Mr. Patrick. Where so many arrive at once it is more imperative that their wants be looked after, and an immigration board should be organized at once to assist them as far as necessary. Every one who settles within the trading limits of Benton aids in building up the town, and certainly it should be the policy of our citizens to aid in every legitimate way in peopling the valleys adjacent. To this end the coming pilgrims should be welcomed, and ways and means devised to encourage and assist them. THE iOL1TICAL POT. The Fires have been Lighted and It be. gins to Boil and Bubble to Some Eff cr. THE CANDIDATE IN GENERAL. Political matters are beginning to engross the public mind in Benton. The candidate, life size, is abroad in the land and his friends and allies can be found on every conven ient store box, or around the cheerful stove when the elements are not favorable for out door chin music. Just yet there have been no formal announcements on the part of can didates but the number of our worthy citi zens, who, at this particular and critical junc ture, are "in the hands of their friends" is large indeed. It is passing strange that men who, in business matters, or in the perform ance of any ot the ordinary duties of life, would scorn to call on their friends and neighbors for counsel, invariably place them selves entirely in the hands of others when they want to run for office. They may be possessed of the ability, energy and perse verance to conduct successfully a gigantic business, but if they have a hankering for the meanest office in the gift of the dear pe - pie they at once throw themselves on the tender mercy of their friends. This is one of the characters of the candidate that is pe culiar and philosophers have failed to explain it in a satisfactory manner. Another notice able tact is that as soon as a man gets it into his head that he must be a candidate his friends spring up with the rapidity of mush rooms aftera warm April shower. He may be the meanest man in the community,-a crusty, crabbed old wretch who is despised by everybody-but the minute he becomes a candidate he cin name you the names of scores of warm and attached friends (in his mind) in every nook and cranny of the county. But these delusions, if they may be so called, are not more noticeable than the change that comes over the spirit of his phy sical demeanor. Ordinarily he might pass you by on the street without a nod of recog nition, but as soon as the office bee begins to buzz in his bonnet his face is one perpetual wreath of smiles and he shakes your band with a vim that ma, not be altogether appre ciated. His solicitude ror your health and bhat of your family is also noticeable and if your "influence" is particularly desirable he will invite you to have a smoke or something more exhilerating. These are some of the characteristics by which the candidate may be picked out of a crowd, and you can meet him every day in Benton. At the present juncture, however, our home talent have not the field to themselves. Judge .. S. Wade is in the city and Hon. JosephK Toole is ex pected. In addition to the legal matters that claim their attention they may incidently look up their prospects f or SECURING THE NOMINATION from their respective parties for Delegate to Congress. It may be in the cards that they will be the opposing candidates this fall. Worse things cbuld happen the Territory than the selection of either of these gentle men to represent her at the national capital. Mr. Toole and the jest of the Democratic can didates are a little troubled as to what Major Maginnis will do. They want to hear fromr Washington before they shie their casters into the ring. It is a marvel what a dread the Democratic aspirant has of Delegate Ma ginnis. His good record this term added to lus achievements in the interest of Montana in pastyears make him a formidable candi date for a sixth term, if his Congressional am bition has not yet been satisfied. Until he has come out in a letter swearing "by the eternial" and all the other Democratic oaths t't he will not mnake the race this time, the other aspiratts will not cease to tremble In their boots. Judge Wade has not a clear field by aiy means. The large addition to the vole of the Territory has, to say the least, rendle'the b contest a doubtfulone, and for the flrtiite Sinany yinr, auspicious hope, "I'jwhosesweet garden grow, Wreash for @*ada ttlf, ieafiPin for vmeryg woo" has found lodgement in the Republican breast. The fact that there is a chance for success will bring out an array of candidates and an interesting contest will be the result. The RIVER PRESS is, however, of its former opinion that T. C. Power is the only man whose nomination by the Republican con vention would be equivalent to an election. DISTRICT ATTORNEY. Mr. T. J. Lowry is not, we understand, a candidate for another term, and by common consent the candidate is conceded to Choteau county. We have heard the names of Col. J. J. Donnelly, W. B. Settle and H. R. Buck mentioned in connection with the nom ination. Mr. Donnelly or Mr. Settla would make creditable District Attorneys and would probably be elected in this Democratic dis trict, but of Mr. Buck we can't say as much. As Choteau county is to have the nomination we would like to see a man put forward who could win the race, and it is hardly necessary to add that H. R. B. is not thi individual. We don't say this because he is temporarily editing the Evening What-is-it? but because it is a granite-based, rock-bound, mountain byttressed fact. THE COUNTY CONTESTS The contest for the county offices promises to be a particularly interesting one and prob ably the battle will w sx hottest in the scram ple of the Democratic patriots for the nomi nations. A nomination in Choteau county is considered equivalent to an election but it will not be so this time if there is any taint of the "ring" about the ticket. Judge Tattan will be a candidate for the nomination of Probate Judge and will prob ably have no opptsition in the convention. We have heard of no candidate on the Re publican side and there may be none. It would take some energetic rustling, however, to beat the Judge, who has made an Eficient and pains-taking cfficer. John F. Murphy, Joe Rasin, Perry Asplin and probably some others would be willing to sacrifice their time and talents serving in the capacity of clerk. On the Republican side we have heard Prof. Clingan mentioned. We had intended to give a list of the can didates for Sheriff but on account of a rush of advertising find we can not surrender so much valuable space this week. A special telegram from the Teton, however, informs us that Mr. J. D. W, atherwax could be in duced to take the race if his services are needed in squelching the "ring" fellow°. As usual, it seems, John Hunsberger will h.ve a walk over for Treasurer. John's pop ularity is absolutely without limit and he can manipulate the purse strings of the county as long as he likes. If it were not for that Milk river expedi tion Mr. J. J. Healy might have had some show for Assessor. But his chances have gone glimmering. We will not be surprised if Henry Kennerly gets the nomination. Dick Mee's term as commissioner expires this time and he will not be a candidate again. There isnothing little about Richard. He believes in the principle of rapid rotation in the civil service and is willing that others shall share the honors and emoluments of the position. Not a single person, so far as we have heard, has announced himself as a candidate for the Legislature. Positions that offer honor without emoluments are not much sought after. The gentleman is not in the Territory to answer for himself but we un derstand that it is t1e wish of many of the stock growers that 14r. M. E. Milner should represent their rapidly growing interests in the Legislature next winter. He would be an active, earnest, intelligent legislator. Renew Your Lease. There are times in every one's life when energy fails and a miserable feeling comes over them, mistaken for laziness. Danger lurks in these symtoms, as t~ey arise from diseased organs. Parker's Ginger Tonic will restore perfect activity to the Stomach, Liver and Kidneys, purify the blood, and renew your lease of health and comfort. Advocate. First National OF Fort Benton. W. G. CoNRAD, President Jos. S. HII.L, Vice-President R. A. LUKE, Cashier Authorized Capital .........................$250,000 Capital (paid in) ............................ 100,000 Surplus Proits............................... 28,000 WE TIANMACT A GENERAL BANKING BUSI ESs. Will issue Exchange or Telegraphic Transfers, available in all parts of the United States, Canadra and Europe. Buy at the highest rates, Gold Dust, Coin, Gold and Siver Bulliox and Local Scuritles. Keep current a'conrms with merchants, stockmen freighters and others subject to sight drafts. Will pay special attention to collections, and al other business entrausted to our care. Wll pay interest on time deposite, and discount notes or bankable paper. Will make advancesto merchants, e*ock dealers and others, as are suited to their requirements. Will give freight stee on wool to all Eastern cities, and make iberal advances onsame at a low rate of Interest. ,. DIREKTO3I5 : . T. HIUSER JOS. 8. HILL, T. C. POWER JNO. HUNSBBRGE.R W. G, CORAD, R. A. LUKB, Tremendous CRASH IN PRICES! AT To make room for the immense stock of goods now enroute from the East by the first boats. Be sure and call on the Clothiers of Montana, GANS & KEN Upper Front St., Benton, M.T. NEXT DOOR TO BANK NORTHERN MONTANA. T. C. POWER & BRO. HEADQUARTERS FOR arming Implements, heep Men's Supplies, Miners' Supplies, Dry Goods,'Groceries. 0------ Being agents for the celebrated WOOD'S FARMING MACHINERY, we have constantly on hand MOWERS, REAPERS AND EXTRAS, ALSO THE BEST HAY RAKES IN USE. -o - Wool Sacks, Twine, Sheep Dip. --0--o Garden Seeds, We have now on hand a large and varied assortment of Garden Seeds, fresh from the old established house of D. M. FERRY & CO. -o Dry Goods, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes AND NOTIONS. Our stocks in the above lines will be complete on the arrival of the first boats, and is large, selected with great care, and shipped direct from Eastern markets. Being large buyers, our goods come from first hands, which accounts for ths rep utation we have for Low Prices and First-Class Goods. -0---- LIQUORS AND CIGARS. ---0-- We can furnish low figures on application on all kinds of Hardware, Glass Ware, Queens ware and Wooden Ware. FURNITURE AND CARPETS OP ALL GRADES.