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THE RIVER PRESS
THE RIVER PRESS. It ought not be considered vain to say something about ourselves in this con nection. The RIVER- PRESS is but a year and a half old, but during the short period of its existence it has made some rapid strides in the way of pro gress. It is rarely that a paper is com menced under more embarrassing cir cumstance , and its patronage at first was necessarily limited. But month by month its influence has extended and its support has become more generous, un til now, we think, we can justly claim a larger advertising patronage (omitting legal work) than any other paper in the Territory. The circulation of the RIVER PRESS has been constantly increasing, as has, we feel safe in saying, the num ber of its friends. Last Tuesday morning the first num ber of the Daily was issued, and so well has it been received by the good people of Benton that we are now, at the end of the first week, compelled to enlarge to a five column folio in order to meet the demands on our advertising space, and furnish such a paper as the patronage awarded merits. We have also put on a new dress com plete, and added sonic forty fonts of job and advertising type to the office-at a total outlay of over $500. Hereafter we will be enabled to present our readers a paper as neat in typographical appear ance as any in Montana, and no new country can boast of better papers as a class. Our Weekly will hereafter contain a much larger amount of reading matter, and will be essentially a local paper,con taining all the news of Benton and the country tributary. The price of the Daily will remain the sanie-twenty-five cents a week-and we hope to make it a welcome visitor in every home in Ben ton. BUILD BUILDINGS. There is not a residence or a business room in Benton that can be rented. It is impossible even to secure a sleeping room, as a gentleman who made an un successful search in this direction the other day, inormns us. Strangers who come to our town to locate find it one of the greatest drawbacks that no tenement houses can be had. As a consequence rents are high, in fact, out of all propor tion with other values. What is needed here more than anything else, as shown by this demand, are houses that can be rented at moderate prices. If several such were erected, Benton's population would increase materially, and the boom that has struck the river metropolis this year swell in propor'ions. But while the erection of buildings of this char acter would be a good thing for the town, would it not also bring big returns to the owners of the same? What better in vestment for capital is there in I en ton to-day? We do not believe a gen tleman with "cattle on a thousand hills," or sheep in a dozen coulees would in the end of the year realize a bigger per cent. on the investment than the proprietors o0 neat, rentable residences in Benton. We trust that as soon as ma terial arrives, and it will be plenty in a short time, our capital ists will turn their attention to this subject and supply the long felt want. The Building Associa tion is doing a good work but it is not eval to the emergency. Private capital must come to the rescue to supply the demand. LOCAL POLITICS. There has been a dearth of interest the past few weeks in the coming "cam paign," but the time is near at hand when the battle will be waged in earn est. We have already heard some anx ious inquiries as to when the conventions will be called, and doubtless in the very near future the leaders will begin getting their lines in readiness for the fray. There will be, of course, an interesting contest for the various territorial posi tions at the gift of the people, and it be hooves the electors to call the best men to the front; but with the people of Cho teau county the principal interest should center in the local contest. It comes nearer home. The taxpayer is more in terested in seeing that the county com missioners are progressive, enterprising men, whose judgment may be relied up on; that the treasurer is honest and capa ble; that the sheriff is 'a man who will perform the duties of the office well and faithfully and at the least expense, and so on through the entire catalogue-they are interested in these offiers and offices musch more than in the Delegate to con gress or any other. If they are not, at least they should be. Politics should not be permitted to en ter as a factor in selecting men to fill these places. Because you are a demo or t ,you should not vote for a democtat for & county office when you know he 'is not worthy, and that his competit~or, al tiough 'of opposing politics, would per form the duties required more accelita bly. It is sheer nonsense to give your suffrages to a person that you know is not worthy, and for the simple and only reason that he beloi. gs to the same party. Such action has foisted many an incom petent man upon local governments, re sulting in most evil consequences. We are not certain but that Choteau county has suffered some from the same cause, and trust the error will not be repeated C this fall. If your party does not make good nominations, teach the leaders a lesson by defeating the men put up. It is time to. give this subject consider ation. The place to begin selecting good men is in the conventions, and if it is not done there, the people should take the work in hand and make the proper choice at the polls, without any reference to party brand.. Choteau county is now at that peculiar stage when it is essential that her officers should be men entirely competent, and worthy of the fullest trust. We want no "rings' or persons who seek official places for the sake of undue gain. There are plenty of men possessing the Jeffer sonian qualities who will take the places, and the voters should see to it that only such are chosen. It doesn't make so much difference about party-what is needed is honest, competent, worthy men to fill the places. Let us make up our minds now to select none other. THE Record says there has been no dishonesty in office in Choteau county since the election of John W. Tattan. Judge Tattan has certainly made a good officer, but the inference from the Rec ord's article is that dishonesty in office was rampant before that time. GEORGE, the republican candidate for congress from Oregon, has been re-elect ed by a majority of 2,000. The legisla ture will also be Republican. The Chi nese question did not cut such a big fig ure as it was supposed it would. GOVERNOR Porrs states positively that under no circumstances will he be a candidate for congress. Consent, Gov ernor. RIVER NEWS. EThe steamer Black Hills, of the Ben ton "P" line, arrived at Benton at 1:30 p. m. Sunday, John M. Gilham, master, James B. Keenan, clerk* This is the second trip this season of the Black Hills. Following is the passenger list and manifest: PASSENGERS. C J M Laren, George Quick, * W B Grubb, J Wachter, C Wachter. Frank Hughes and wife. Mast= r J hn Hughes. To Coal Banks- Lieut ('Brien, Lieut Harding, Lieut Warwick, Mips F Gebhai dt MA IFEST. Consignee. Destination Pkgs. Quartermaster's Agent.... Benton ................ 1 J Hezekiah............... d ................ 2 Milner & Boardman...... do ................ 2 Horace Clark............. do ................ 3 J A Harris................ do ................ 5 CM Young.... ........., do ................ 6 M A Flanagan............ do ... ............ 8 H J Wackerlin & Co...... do ................ 10 F S Stinson. ............. do ................ 33 JC Walker............... do ................ 49 TC ower & Co... ...... do ................36 5 J H Shipperd............. do ..... .......... 3 W Wilder................. do ................ 139 O H Churchill............Sun River... ...... ... 5 George Ste .ll ............ do ............... 57 D J Armstrong.........M..Missoula............... 2 McAdow & Dexter .......Andersonvil'e.......... 3 N Bi lenharg.............l eer Lodge............. 6 1 Horsky ........ .......Helena................. 0 Santord & Evans....... . do ........ ....... 10 U S Indian Agent.........Belknap................ do do .........Black oot ............. 64 do do .........Flathead ... .......... 96 J H McKnight & Co......Fort Shaw.............. 301 Brainard, Gardner & Co. .Maiden...:............. 455 Spencer & Co.............White Sulphur Springs. 631 CA Broa Iwater & Co.... Coal Banks............1661 do do ......Rocky Point.......... S2T W C Ravalla.............. do ............. 101 W E O'Brien.:.............Coal Banks............ 148 RIPPLES. The river is still on the rise. The Josephine passed Buforrib on the 12th, up the river. The Red Cloud left Bismarck on the 11th with a big load of freight. Several boats are now stemming the current on their third trip. The "D. G. Browne," of the Benton "F" line, is doing a big business. The Daeotah will take down over a hundred head of cattle for Asa Samples. The Rosebud will pull out from Bis marck to-day, third trip, with a big load for Benton. The Black Hills, which arrived on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, un loaded 200 tons of freight and turned her head Bismarckward at one o'clock yesterday, having completed the work in less than twenty-four hours. This record has never been beaten in Benton, and Dick Talbert, the mate, can take his crew and go up head. W. 3. DeGarno, the mnate of the Da cotah, is one of the best rustlers on the river. He had only twenty-three men, and after loading and unloading over 500 tons of freight three or four times on the trip up and reaching this place with a tired crew, he got the "Big D." un loaded and ready for the down trip in less time than it takes to unload some smaller boats. At Nick Wall bar, i~s we are told ky parties who canme up on her, he had sparred the boat within her own length of being over the bar when the order was given to back and lighten. There was but 3 feet six inches of water on the bar, while the boat was drawing 4 feet. If they had got her over it would have saved four or five days' time. Al together Billy has made a good record on this trip, and the Coulson line will doubtless appreciate his efforts in their service. W. J. MlINNAR, - AND * Pharmacist, FRONT STREET, FT. BENTON, *- MONTANA. DEALER IN Paints, 0ils and Varnish, Keep always on hand a full and most complete stock of tine STATIONARY, Pe'rfuinery, Toilet A rticles, AND NOTIONS. FINE CICARS Of the choicest and most popular brands are kept constantly in stock. W M. H. TODD, Real Estate Agent, OFFERS FOR SALE Two Spleumded *tus'**e s Lots-with three buildings, on Main Street. near I. G. Baker & Co.'s store. Price very reasonable. A Rt'wedet .c -good house two lots, enclosed with neat fence, first-claes property, very cheap. A +_. .c . ocatE.i ""n-on th . Teton, 3l miles of Benton, covering 50'1 acres of desirable land. A aria y f'- trn-three miles and a halt from Ben ton. on the Teton t liable land, splend d stream of water, gover meat title, 160 a res. A %t st.o es-Bent n and Helena stage road, good spring of water, near bo h the Mismouri and Teton rivers, sp!endid horL-e and cattle range. Otte *s+u ti*.#.s Haouse-on Front Street, bring ing a good rent. Huss *"s -* d Its sideuce iwots-in various locations and at prices to suit customers. tune kuggy-double and single set of harness, very cheap. M9 trble l'op ~deboeard -black walnut, with larire glass, fine piece ot work. Clie WVind ilill-force purnp and hose "omplete If you want tr buy or sell Real Estate go to Win. H. Todd's Real Estate Aie c -Office, Front >treer. bet ween Mur hy, Neel & Co 's and D .vidson & Moffiti's. CENTENNIAL HOTEL BENTON, MONTANA. R. 3. CUTLBERTSON, PROPH U ETOI. REW AND Co FO TABLE OOMS, With or without fire The house has been recently enlarged and new aleeping reoinrm added. Board by the d .y or werk. Special rates given regular boarders. Coach Po.ss-ngers washing to stop at this Hous wilt please inform .he drivers. Cross Fhe River AT THE Benton Ferry Upper Crossing. Our boat has been put in first-class order and we are prepared to cross the travel ing public without delay DAY OR' NIGHT. The crossing of heavy freight teams and loose stock a specialty, the boatleing supplied with railings and gates, and fully adapted for any kind of work. D. C. Browne & Co. MANN'S RANCH,I The cosiest, most comfortable and best stopping place on the Barker road. Splendid accommodations, good rooms, a well stocked bar, and every attention given to Transient Stock. Make it a point to reach this picturesque and attract ive place. The house is so situated as to make it an easy drive either to Benton or Barker in one day. 28-MILE SPRINGSS, The undersigned has leased this well known and pop ular station on the Helena & Benton Stage Road Recently kept by A. J. Vance, and will spare no pains to make Vtthe best and most comf rtatle of all the sto ing places between Benton and Ie ena. Will always have the VERY BEST ACCOIODATIONS for stage passengers, travelers and freighters. 17 II. 0. CROWDER SULLIVAN & GOSS, Harness and Saddle MANIUFACT IJ RERS, Front Street, Benton. MVont. gF,"We keep a full line of Sa.:dlery Hardware, Collars, 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 TEIAS, COLORADO, CHEYENNE AND MONTANA STYLE STOCK SADDLES. Also all grades of Harness, from the Lightest to the Heaviest, suitable for Stock men, Ranchmen, Freighters and others. No Mach no Stitched Work in our Stock I Ladies' Saddles always on hand. Highest Cash Price paid for Hides, Furs, Wool and Peltries. Prompt attention paid to orders by mail and satisfaction guaranteed. 1881. ESTABLISHED 1876 L. H. ROSENCRANS, -:MANUFACTURER AND DEALER IN: SADDLES, ARNESS, SADDLERY HARDWARE. flack am.ke Whip . , Ho flrbbles, j California Lashes, Haliers, Curry Combs, fR; diisg Bridles,: worse liruslies '- ! e 5addl.s, ,Mex'can spa, , Horse at ankets, Bloik Stirrups. Surcingles, lmapper Stirrups, Horse Collars, Ira 1 I. +ia4 itiralps IHarness Soap. Plaited Rrl Ile stems, Feed Iags, Picket *wivets. Whip %talks, GE ves a..a TMittens, Tengt*, Harness Oil, Cinches, Mills, Leak & Co.'s -ovs au Yittlls. Cor. Front and Pond Sts., Fort Benton, Montana. WRIGHT & EDWARDS MINING COMPANY1 OFFICE~, FORT BENTON, MONTANA. - 0 - CAPITAL, $1,000,000. 500,000 SHARES. Own the Wright & Edwards Mines and Mill Site Attached. -0-o TRUSTEES: JOHIN W. POWER. Fl. L. WIIIGIIF, JO.EPH S. HILL, T. E. COLLINS J. J. DONNELLY. J')SEPFI S. HILL, President. J. J. DONNELLY, siecretary. H. L. WRIGHT, Vice-President. T. E. COLLINS, Treasurer. A limited number of shares of Treasury stock is offered for sale at 50 cents per share until further advainced withoui' n'mtice. DAVIDSON & MOFFITT, Manufacturers and Dealers in HARNESS, SADDLES Saddlery Hardware, Etc., Etc. WOOL SACKS, TWINE, SHEEP SHEARS, TENTS, ETC. -0 Agent for Hill's CONCORD BUGGY AND TEAM HARNESS. --o Cash Paid for Hides Frs, Peltries, Wool, E c., Etc. Repairing Neatly aC 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, PROPRIETOR. ALL COACHES RUNNING INTO FORT BENTON ARRIVE AT AND " DEPART FROM THIS HOTEL.