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BARKER'S BUJILDING BOOM.
The Advance Guard of the Stampede Ar riving at the Oamp. Good and Wholesome Advice Given to Pros pectors. GOLD RuN, April 8th, 1882. On reaching the camp the first thing that surprised the RIVER PRESS correspondent was the great number of buildings going up on every hand, and'not mere shanties, but good, substantial buildings of good siz , and the largest proporti ,n of hewn logs. It is only about six weeks since we left the camp and what a change ! Coming up the gulch, on ascending the hill to the plateau upon which the smelter is located, the first change we notice, was upon the right hand where a fine hewn log building with iron roof met our gaze, and in the large transome light over the door the word "Bank" is seen. About fifty feet in the rear a well built ware house for storage has been erected. Step ping inside the bank, hoping to borrow a couple of hundred, we find it is only a bank of deposit, where we are expected to deposit twenty-five cents every time wQtget thirsty. No t having the required quarter, and hearing one after another of several persons sitting around a table at one side of the room 'cry out, -'pass," "pass," we concluded they wanted us to move on, so we pass out and pass on to the new building on the adjoining lot above. This is a fair sized building, be ing erected for George Houk, of Benton,the agent of the new stage line from Benton to Bhrker and the Yellowstone. The building is probably intended for an express and staEge office. A few rods above John C. Guthrie has erected a fine building 24x36, with a wing 18x22 for a boarding house. Across the street and just below the drug store, J. T. Boothroyd, the young and enter prising lawyer of the camp, is now eng-ged in building a nice double office 18x28 feet in siz", to accommodate his fast growing busi ness. Retuining again to the right hand side of the street, we come to a fine store buil. ing, 52x25 feet in size, to be finished in good style, with an open front, which is owned by Messrs. Johnson & Ford, of your city, and when completed will be filled by a well se lected assortment of everything needed in a mining camp. Opposite the last named building, we must not forget to mention the improvements of our enterprising young friend, Peter J. McDermott, who has had his building raised up three feet and an ex tention of 20 feet added to the rear. He al ways keeps the very best of liquors and ci gars and although his place is usually crowd ed with miners, yet Pete can keep them all quiet and orderly. A few months since he c tme into the camp with only his hands and an indomitable will, and now he owns his lot, with a fine building on it, and has a good stock on hand, besides some other valuable property on Main street. On the next street back of Main we note a neat residence just completed by H. C. Mad ison, the jolly caterer at the restaurant of Courtney & Madison. Mr. M. has justtaken the smuelter company's boarding house, Courtney continuing the old business. Thos. Maddock has sold out his store and stock to F. W. Reed. Going above the smelter to Gold Run creek we find that McDevitt & Wright have soldtheir stables, and near by a new lime kiln has been built just up the run, while on Maia street a new blacksmith shop built by Gotham Bros. has gone up; opposite a brewery is being built, while just above the blacksm'th shop Messrs. Scott and Thomp son have erected a comfortable dwelling house. From this point up the gulch towards HIughes City we count twenty-six new buildings. Upon the right and left hand nearly every lot has a house either completed o' in couse of construction for a distance of at out two hundred yards. Upon the right hand sidle Frank Gauthier has erected a nice two story lualing, in the lower story of which he keeps a saloon and above he has his residence. A short distance up the gulch, and on the left, Mrs. G. M. Watson has opened a board ing house, and adjoining the building now occeuied by her she is having another large large building put up which, when complet ed, will give her four times the room she no v has. As to the purpose for which the other buildings in Central City were erected we did not learn in a business way, as we make it a practice never to find out in any o her manner. Euffice to say this is the new addition to Gold Run called Central City, connecting Hughes City and Gold Run. The build ng boom seems to have structk here wIih great force and energy. Professor Foss having returned from Ben ton, where he has been to recuperate his ex hausted energies upon eggs and other luxu ries unknown in the camp, business at once revives, and to-night the blast furnace is ex pected to be fired up. He has about 200 tons of ore which has been run through thi~ roast ing furnace, now in the form of Galena matte, ready for smelting, which he expects will take about six, to eight days to reduce to bullion. Strangers are seen upon the streets fleasa:a sid'erable numbers every day, but where: from or by what conveyance they come , ua one can tell They are undoubtedly the ad vance guards of the plgr~ims cooI to l Mecca of their hopes. Oaur eotttiri~el receive them with a weloome, aim berin the days when taey.too were, pl1 s, uaboy ed up with btit bOpeeln g61dies dresas, ;~:·l·,~;~;~j 1~Or kI~~ ti~ i7s each one flattering himself with the idea of soon striking a bonanza, and, presto! to be come an Astor or Vanderbilt ! Most of our old prospectors have a large number of locations already, and instead of spending their time in further prospecting for new leads, and then peddling out a few feet to this one and a few feet to another, let them develop what they have by sinking on them so as to put them in shape to sell. The advice given by the Arizona Democrat is so apropos that we give it entire : "My friends, if you own a mine and want t) dispose of it for anything like a respect able figure, open it up. You may be as poor as an Arizona editor, but if you have health and strength, you have the capital which nature gave you, and which you can always apply. Don't forget the pertinent fact, that because you have discovered a ledge and sunk a 'pot hole' on it, that it is a mine by no manner of means. Unless it shows extraordinary richness, it is a propo sition of very indefinite value; and even a merchant, looking at it from a business point of view, might object to advance a sack of flour and take it as collateral. But if you should use a little muscle and go down from 80 to 100 feet, you might strike some thing that would enable you to patronize two bits saloons, go to 'Yurrup' and move in the very highest circles the rest of your days. "Remember that you've got to eat grub while in camp, and the polishing of the head of a drill will give you a good appetite. But above all things remember that you can hardly give a prospect away in the eastern market. If you think you have got a mine, open it up and our word for it if you can show a fair property with reasonable devel opments, you will not have long to wait for a buyer. "Therefore We advise our mining friends to give up the insane idea which some of them possess of selling their prospects for thousands of dollars. You can't do it; and you might hang on to them until you see the century out, before you find a inan who will give you a small fortune for a coyote hole. We have had some experience in that line ourselves, and reliable data from the mining centers of the east enable us to as sert as sample facts what we have written. So, boys, pitch in; develop your mine and muscle at the same time, and in the good days coming, when the 'solid men' from the East comes to look at your claim, you can show him a mine and not a gopher hole." A description of the improvements in Hughes City and the mines there will be de ferred until our nest letter. TRAVELER. A Tenderfoot's Tale. Fditors River Press: Will you let me, a new comer who has ap plied for natualization papers, occupy space enough in your columns to tell a little story that has recently come to his ears ? It is not fi:tion, but fact, and relates to a bit of his tory. It touches upon a general theme, and one sometimes undervalued and made light Sof, but yet well worthy of human attention. Without business a town could not long survive. Without schools it would soon be Scome unjnhabitable. And in like manner, if churches were altogether absent an essential factor, even a social and financial well being, would be wanting. These latter, important as they are, for various reasons are often late in making their advent are of slow growth, ana like all b:s' things doomed to the tug of long endurance if not the struggle for very existence. Benton's church history fills, as yet, only a short chapter. This is but the era of Sbreaking the sod and of seed sowing, or of · setting the corner stone in place and gather 1 ingmaterial for the future structure. The 1 Roman Catholics were first in the field, Sfinrding this spot, as to church institutions, t literally a desrt. With commendable zeal 3 and push, in a sightly location, they planted p the cross and reared a house of prayer. The s Episcopalians followed hard afte.r, and two years since with Rev. Mr. Blackiston, a sa 3 gacious and untiring master builder, raised - other sacred walls and gathered a second con , gregation; and ever since, week by week, , has been calling this community to a better life-to riches that bless forever. Then last, and as yet least, in order that SBenton might be supplied with the neces I saries of life in ample and healthful variety, , .the Congregationalists appeared upon the r scene to undertake their part of the business Sof car ying on the Kingdom. In October last Rev. W. A. James was sent out by the ' *American Home Misriovnary Society as pio 3 neer. He opened services at once in the Court House, and in November a Sunday Sschool was started, His efforts to bring to gether and organize were limited only by his . strength. In spite of the dull season and r hindrances incident to winter weather the work thus inaugurated made good headway. The Sunday School in particular became a ralying point of Jteaesa4ani teadla y in. cresse4 in size. e FP tf t hte weirrea.y f on friends in the States, which now con titus more thatlsO: avkeilae ba and is tillaSguwhig I.ust month Mr.iames was i unmpeled by IU Ii ta.tak his deait're r(grd by seanling bita oa well freighted kt ~ vP s4 0I~ 'a,' exert himself building up all that is good in and about Benton. It is hoped and expected that his name and the date of his arrival can soon be given. Meanwhile there ia a brisk rustling about for first class building lots. The building society is ready to invest a good round sum in a neat, substantial struc ture. The Home Missionary society will any day back a subscription started here with an amount large enough to insure a live man a living salary. As the spring opens and the boats begin to stir Benton blood the prospect are excellent that this church enterprise will be thoroughly on its feet. Will the readers of the RIVER PRESS be ready to help it for ward with all merited kind words and'foster ing deeds to match. So mote it be. ," TENDERFOOT. Big Hats. All his life, says an exchange, he had toiled and saved and scraped, and pulled every string that had a dollar at the end of it. And now all his hard earned wealth was gone, and a great, hateful, interest-eating mortgage spreads its black wings over all that he owned and loved on earth. He sank into a chair, and folding his arms upon the table before him, bowed his grey head upon them and groaned great groans from groan ville, groan county. His heart seemed break ing. "Did you mortgage the farm ?" asked his wife anxiously, stealing softly to his side. "Yes," he growled, "both farms, and sold the wood lot over on Big Island." "And did you have to mortgage the town house, too ?" she asked, with quivering lips and glistening eyes. "Oh, yes," said the man in hollow tones. "Oh, yes, and sold all my stock in the North ern, and hypothecated what I had in the Sixth street bridge." "And was it enough ?" she asked, tremb ling with eagerness. "Was it enough ?" " Not quite," he growled, and then, as he saw the ghastly pallor of deathly disappoint ment spread over her, he added, "but the milliner let me have it on ninety days' time for the balance at 8 per cent. "And you've brought my new hat home then ?" she caroled joyously. "Oh, Philip you dear old duck !" "Well, no; not all of it," he said. I brought the plume and one of the bows down with me in the express, but the hat itself is coming down from Chicago on a flat-car. Annoyance Avoiced. Gray hairs are honorable but their prema ture appearance is annoying. Parker's Fair Balsam prevents the annoyance by promptly restoring the youthful color. MEE BROS, BLA CKSMITHS, BENTON, - - MONTANA. All work In onr line executed with dispatch and in workmanlike style. Freighters who want their wagons re paired, or animals shod, will find it to their interest to call anud see us. A general line of Blaeksnallthing done in the best style of the art. MEE EROS, C~ORNER MAIN AND ARNOUX STREETS. 28-MILE SPRINGS, The undersigned has leased this well known and popular station on the Helena & Benton Stage Rioad Recently kept by A. J. Vance, and will spare no pains to make it the best and most comfortable of all the stopping places between Benton and Helena. Will always have the VERY BEST ACCOIMODATIONS For stage passengers, travelers'and ireiwhters. 1T H. C. CROWDER. W. C. JONES, Carpenter and Joiner GENERAL JOBBER. Saws Filed and Furniture Repaired. SCREI.i DOORS AIb WIDOWS TO ILDEB . All orders promptly filled. Shop on Franklin Street, above T. E. Collins' residence. FT. BENTON, .- M[ONTANA. The co".ost, .ost 'comfortabl and bet stopping pLaco on th Barker road. Bplendid accommodations, igood rooms, a welr stocked br and evry- attentdon 8ren. to lye spls T b.a fouas. 6tas uiaseted auto mn eat al SULLIVAN & GOSS, Harness and Saddle " MANUFACTU RERS, Front Street, Benton. Mont. 3"'We keep a full line of Saddlery Hardware, Cellars, Whips, Blankets and Coronas. Saddle-Trees of every description, including the celebrated IRON FORK and LIVE OAK TREES. Particular attention paid to the manu facrure of TEXAS, COLORADO, CHEYENNE AND IONTANA STYLE STOCK SADDLES. Also all grades of Harness, from the Lightest to the Heaviest, suitable for Stock men, Ranchmen, Freighters and others. No Machine Stitched Work in our Stock I Ladies' SRddles always on hand. Highest Cash Price paid for Hides, Furs, Wool and Peltries. Prompt atteniion paid to orders by mail and satisfaction guaranteed. 1881. ESTABLISHED 1876 L. H. ROSENCRANS, -:MANUFACTURER AND DEALER IN:- SADDLES, ARNESS, SADDLERY HARDWARE. Black Saak(e Whips, Hobbles, I California Lashes, Halters, Curry Combs, Riding Bridles,: Hdrse Brusbes, Side Saddles, iieXiCan Spurst Horse Blankets,] Block StirrUps, Surcingles,: Slipper Stirrups, Horse Collars, Iron B tu id Stirrups Harness Soap, Plaited Bridle Reins, Feed nags, Packet Swivels, Whip Stalks, GI ves and Ilittens, Tents, 's Harness Oil, . Cillices, Mills, Leak & Co.'s lovesanll Mittens. Cor. Front and Bond Sts., - Fort Benton, Montana. DAVIDSON & MOFFITT, Manufacturers and Dealers in HARNESS, SADDLES Saddlery Hardware, Etc., Etc. WOOL SACKS, TWINE, SHEEP SHEARS, TENTS, ETC. o Agent for Hill's CONCORD BUGGY AND TEAM HARNESS. -0 Cash Paid for Hider, 'urs, Peltries, 'Wool, E c., Etc. Repairing Neatly ,.c2 Promptly Done. OVERLAND HOTEL Front Street, Fort Benton. This popular Hotel is situated in the centre of the town, convenient to the business houses, and opposite the steamboat landing. A number of New Rooms have been recently added, and nothing is left undone which will contribute to the comfort and convenience of guests. JOHN HUNSBERGER, P BOPRIETOR. ALL COACHES RUNNING INTO FORT BENTON ARRIVE AT AND DEPART FROM THIS HOTEL. WRIGHT & EDWARDS, MINING COMPANY OFFICE, FORT BENTON, MONTANA. CAPITAL, $1,000,000. 500,000 SHARES. Ownu thb Wright & Edwards Mines and Mill Site Attached. S-0 .TRUSTEES: J. J. DoY4nwax.LL JO8IsEP 8. Preesut. 3.3 &. DONNELLY, tiecretary. HL , ItM9at. TE. COLLINS, TresUarer.