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The river press. [volume] (Fort Benton, Mont.) 1880-current, August 30, 1882, Image 3

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Improvements to be Made at the Smelter-
Impressionfl of His Late Trip.
prof. N. A. Foss returned on Tuesday's
Sn,:º(ch from his visit to some of the min
irig c'aUIps of the territory, having been
(callcd homne somewhat sooner than he
expected on account of the late develop
rnIcts at Barker, his immediate ser'ices
}being required to superintend the pro
p,rosed improvements at the smelter and
o,ther work on hand. In response to an
ialuiry by a R.IVER IPRESS representa
five the 1,rofessor said:
"I shall begin preparations forincreas
inig the roasting capacity of the smelter
just , s soon as I return, and will order
,at( olnce the machinery and fire-brick
n:cessary, shipping by the railroad to
1;illings, so that. in seven or eight weeks
,e , an have all needed material at
\Vhiat it proveluents will you make?"
"1n1 the first place we will just dupli
,ate our present building which will re
nuir:e a addition. if you would call it
ve.,lh, 6-5x81 feet in dimensions on the
,;une pla l as ('I, V present building. We
will ~t ipu t iwo roasters, 14x635 feet,
vlwhich, wilt o;u. present one, will give
l-: a roasItiing capacity of from twenty to
tliity tons a(lda , and that will certainly
b,: iull, , lCi t !ior the present year. All
thir work will b, completed just as soon
, it i-. possilrl to do it, and i expect to
;;ie. .t works runniuti at their full
, ;a .'iy t}hi l winter."
"I ave you heard oiF the boom at Bar
r.. askedt the reporter.
"Y''es, and it. is right welcome news to
miWe. l'romi what, I can learn the Wright
-& l'1a'd i, '·owing sup nicely, and
thc).- a'tre other leads in the campi that
wiill produce ore this year. The question
of (r: supply fo, the smelter I think is
r)o"w settled."
"What have you to say to the readers
ol the IIVEu 1'iRESS ablout your trip to
other )Mining camps of the territory ?"
"1 could talk a week on the subject, i
tlhink, and not exhaust my experience,
i:ut have not time now to give more than
a geferal impression of my trip. I think
I never met more courteous gentlemen
than the mining men I came in contact
iwith at Helena, Butte and all other
caminp,; visited. In every case I was
given "the freedom of the gulch," and
never failed to make myself at home.
At Butte I made a thorough examina
tion of the min ties and works, and put in
two or three days there to good advan
tage. I am fully convinced that Butte
is one of the greatest mining camps of
the west, and of its permancy I have
no doubt. After the silver ore is ex
hausted, if it ever is, the copper interests
will sustain the town. I also visitedthe
mines about Helena, and while there are
not so many together at any one place
they promise equally as well, and their
development it can be said has but just
"Did you visit any smelting works
during your absence ?"
"Yes, I made a thorough examination
of the Wickes and Gregory works, in fact
they monopolized two days of my time.
Both of these smelters are now running
twenty-five tons of ore a day, and they
have some spier, did mines to back them
up. While they are good works, they
will not compare with the Barker smelter
when our contemplated improvements
are made. They are not arranged so
conveniently for handling ore. Our
works will have a greater capacity, and
at the same time the ore can be handled
more easily and at much less cost, an
item that must always be considered in
constructing reduction works. I am,
positive that before many months the
Barker district, young as it is, can claim
the best smelting works in Monlana,
and it is not likely to be a very long time
until it is recognized as one of the best
camps in the territory."
"In a general way, how were you im
pressed, from what you saw, with the
mining interests of Montana?"
"Very favorably indeed. This has been
a'y first visit to any of the camps of the
territory save Barker, and I must say I
caine back with an exalted opinion of
Montana as a mining field, and what I
have observed only increases my faith
in Barker and its future prosperity."
The professor had a great deal more of
interest to offer on the subject which
cadnnot be given, in this limited article.
ie d(id not return to Barker yesterday
morning as he had anticipated, but will
remain until the next coach in order to.
conclude his business in Bent n. He
expects Manager Burghardt to arrive
from Gold Run this evening.
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Another Good Indian.
We were informed last 'l ida3y th6
Hiram Baker had shot anI~ ld Ia i
dian near Sol Abbott's '4n 4he
Marias. It is said that the wo
has been living among th~, ~ t fir. .
numberofyears., ge nerna
Of as ahar4 %hapd b fo
team and was dHiving it
to stop. After sense w.¢asl th i
commenced shooting at Baker, who was
unarmed at the time. Baker ran back
to their camp in the bushes, a short dis
tance off. and got his gun, the Indian
banging away at him as he went. Baker
returned to the opposite side of the
wagon from the Indian and fired, the
ball hitting his Aboriginal Nibs in the
mouth, killing him instantly. The In
dian fired about the same moment, his
bullet going through the wagon box as
lie fell. Those who know Baker say he
is a very quiet man, and as one of them
expressed it, "It must have been a forced
A Masonic Hall.
Arrangements have been perfected by
the Masonic lodge of this city for erect
ing,. at once, a large two story brick
building on Main street. A lot of thirty
feet front has been purchased of W. S.
Wetzel north of Kennedy's meat mar
ket, and the work of construction will
begin at the earliest practicable moment.
The buildiiag will be 30x109 feet in di
mensions, two stories high, with a base
ment under the entire building. The
height of the basement will be eight
feet, and of each story fourteen feet. The
second story will be used as a Masonic
hall, and the lower room rented for some
business, the association having offers
fr it alrcady. It is proposed to make
this one of the handsomest buildings fii
the city, and it will certainly be an orna
juent to the town. If any town in Mon
tana, or elsewhere, can boast of more
enterprising Masonie and I. 0. O. F.
lodges than Benton has it is respectfully
invited to set forth its claims.
The Cochrane Ranch.
.g orge Houk returned last Tuesday on
the Fort Macleod coach from the far
north (the jumping off point, he says)
where he has been the past four months
in the service of the Cochrane ranch
company. George drove through to Bow
river the band of thoroughbred Polled
Angus bulls brought up the river some
months ago by that company, and he in
forms he got them through in good con
dition and without the loss of a single
V'When the band of cattle purchased
last spring of Poindexter & Orr reaches
the range the Cochrane company will
have 15,0)00 head on their "ranch," raany
of them thoroughbreds and all a fine
grade of cattle-without question the
finest large lot of cattle in the northwest.
George returns to Benton for. the pur
pIose of driving through another band of
thoroughbred Polled Angus bulls, now
en route up the river, and which are ex:
pected in Benton before many days. At
the same time a large band of native
cattie will be driven through'to be added
to the great' number already on the
range. James Cochrane, t.he young man
who is giving personal attention to the
interests of the company, is expected in
Benton in a few days.
Precocious Horse Thief.
The other morning a six year old lad
named Hanna took a horse from the
brick yard, bridled him and riding off
some distance to where a party of men
were at work, offered the animal for sale.
They wanted to know where he got the
horse, and he replied that he "had him
all the time and he wanted to sell him."
Knowing the animal, they made the
little rascal take him back to the stall,
and after imparting a lecture on the
probable consequences of selling other
people's horses, dismissed the young
thief with the assurance that if caught
at such tricks again he would not get off
so easily.
Mineral Soirings.
A gentleman who has just returned
from a prospecting trip up the river in
forms us he has discovered near Portage
coulee a mineral spring, or rather a
number of springs together, the Waters
of which, he thinks, have rare medici
nal properties. He rates the discovery
as a very important one and is fully con
vinced that the time is not far distant
when the spot will be a resort for health
seekers. They' are . located .'thirty-,five
miles fromBenton and but three miles;
below the falls in:a pleasant little vahley
of the Missouri. The ground has been
located by the discoverer.
The Big Bore in 1,000 i leet.
From a gentleman who came in from
Mullan Tunnel yeWray. ge ag we
learn that the blt t redff last
night in the face 4~t"tile bi ?ore would
throw out rock enough to c;bo letethe
tunnel a distance of one thea~nd feet
fpm the eastrn r 8oon, inthe
four different places in ork will
P Y .r :
The Barker Rload.
Editors of the River Pre-s:
At an adjourned meeting of the citi
zens of Hughesville and vicinity, held at
the UTmatilla house this inst. for the
purpose of making a road from Hughes
ville to the head waters of Otter creek
over the route known as Old Trail, the
following proceedings were had:
Mr. Foley, on part of the committee
of road viewers, made a verbal report of
the visit of the committee over the route
as cut out by Leifert and DeLorimer, and
the probable cost of making said road.
The following motions were adopted:
That John Kilillaly, M. Foley and
Martin Barrett be appointed a corm
inittee to let the contract for the work on
the road from the summit to the inter
section of the Fort Benton road.
That the name of Charles Rowe, of
Fort Benton, be substituted for that of
John Power on the committee of sub
scriptions appointed at a previous meet
ing, and that M. Foley be appointed to
go to Fort Benton and aid in obtaining
subscriptions for the completion of said
road. Also, that B. D. Phillips, of Stan
ford, be added to the same conmmitteee,
and the secretary notify him.
That P. H. Hughes and Judge Larkin
be appointed a committee to visit the
board of county commissioners at their
next regular meeting and lay before them
the necessity of said road and the bene
fit it will be to a large proportion of the
citizens of the county, and urge an ap
propriation .from them fir' the comple
tion of the road.
J. M. BIRD, President.
SrVr. McQ, Eu EN, Secretary.
The Wright & Edwards.
Advices by letter from Barker last
Wednesday say fair progress is being
made in driving the levels to connect the
tunnel in the Wright & Edwards mine
with the air shaft, and there is only
about eighteen feet yet to run. The ore
body has improved, the iron pyrites
giving place to copper pyrites, indicat
ing that at greater depth grey copper
will be found with less iron and a higher
grade of ore. All the p)resent indications
are favorable. Supt. Gray is making
preparations to handle the increased
quantity of ore which will be taken out
when the stoping is begun.
Annual Meeting of Stockholders, Benton
Hotel Company.
The regular annual meeting of the
stockholders of the Benton HIotel Com
pany, for the election of trustees and the
transaction of all other business required
by the by-laws of said Company, will be
held at the office of the Secretary at Fort
Benton, M. T., on Tuesday, September
5th, 1882, at 7 p. m. W. H. ToDD,
augl-dtd . Secretary.
Paints, Oils and Varnish,
Koep always on hand a full and most complete stock
of fine
Perfumery, Toilet: Articles,
Of the cho:c:st and most popular brands are kept
Scnstantvlyi tuc-k.
Real Estate Agent,
Tw Spietedid RUs'.e se IsLt -with three
bu - liugs on Main Street. near L G. Baker & Co.''
s-te -- e vey . reaso nable.
A tri*t*d a good he;se two lacte eutlose# With
ateat fed, frat-c c s property, very cheap.
A 1at p t r -tbree mile.' bdha from Ben.
t on. el tlat Me la copl e
A ss a asd Baticisa stan.an e
Lo-~~~ - sp- rst trto
4"NOW f35.
We have closed out our lines of Furniture, Hard
ware, and Queensware, and will devote
Dry Goods, Notions. Hats and Caps,
Boots & Shoes, Clothing,
- AN-
Gents' Furnishing Goods.
We keep a full line of Agricultural Implemento, and re:ntion ar.m)n orthre the famuous
Bain Wagons, Mitchell Wagons,
Milburn Spring Wagons, Top Buggies,
Champion Reapers, Champion Mowers,
Tiger Hay Rakes, DiedrIch Hay Press.
Fa-t. .t Bradley Breaking -nd Stirring Plows, 12 to 16 inch, Fn'rs, & 3radley and Jersey
ville Sulky Plows, Fanning Mill{ and ~co:ch Harruws.
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Ladd's Tobacco Sheep Dip always on hand.
We w'il ship the largest and most comp!ete line of Groceries that ever eame to Fort Benton for that tradT,
we have madt our requsitions for
very eiaborate and wiii undertake to furnish anything in th t lire that may he called for. Our facilities for
filling orders are greitly improved, and all orders w l. receive careful and prompt atrtention.
Elwning our own Steamboat rransportation, we will lay onu- goods down i,, Bentrv this year from Chicago
and St. Louis at I i cents per pound, and we propose to give our customers the benefit of this low rate, in
price- on our good,.
HT ving gone out of th. Indian Trading business we will davote ours Ives to th wants of the Farmer and
Stockmen. to who I, , e offer special induemen s. We have arrauged to fit all orders for Hardware, Tnware
and St,,ves at lowest mi' ket rates.
FORT BEN'TON, M. T., March I, 1882.
Wholesale and Retail Dealer in
The Finest and lost Complete Stock of Fancy
Groceries .ever brought to Benton.
Murphy, Neel & Co.'s old stand, cor. Front and Benton Sts.
Broadwater, McCuIloh & Co.,
Fort Assinaboine, Montana,
anch IHose: G Connection:
C. A. r4GAfWATIR A CO. Broadwater, Mcmormra o Co.
Wholesale and Retas, Dealers, P~OST TRADERS,
F3 I *iP.3 rchandise, .
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