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From - aturdayt'1 Daily. Lee Smith has rented Mike Foley's saloon at Barker, and will take possession of the same at once. Rev. D. L. Leonard, who has been at Billings a few weeks past, has a good ,1ieal of confidence in that boomed burg. The 1ltah & Northern reached Warm Springs on the 22d, and will probably he complºet'ed to Deer Lodge between the tle 5th arnd ll 1tl prox. The TºtiLgue River irrigating and ditch c(-oilN.oany filed articles of incorporation with the territorial secretary August 22. ('apit.l, . l(00,.00; location of the ditch, 'T'ongue river: ,pr!icipal office, at Miles c'ity. Th'l'hre liha beeni something of it stam lpede to Siiow ereek in the Montana dis trict, where several very promising leads have been discovered and located. Dan L)utro was the first prospector in this field, where he staked off" six or seven goo(d leads. General Freight Agent Vinning, of the Union Pacific, announces the follow ing rates for special contractors: Canned goodts, green coffee and rice from Chicago or St. Louis to Dillon, Melrose, Silver Bow or Butte, $1.50 per hundred. From Omaha, $1.25 per hundred. The republicans of Beaverhead have nominated the following ticket: For eouncilman, B. F. White, of Dillon; house, Jas. I'Parbet, Hecla City; sheriff, I). F. Reinhardt, Dillon; clerk, B. H. Cook, Glendale; assessor, 0. Willis; pro bate judge, A. F. Sears, Bannack; treas urer, .1. C. Metlin, Glendale; commis sioners, George M. Brown and John Wills. It proves that the reported case of smallpox at Wickes was in reality the searlet feiver. Mrs. Yaeger, wife of the engineer at the Comet, is the person aftlieted. )Dr. S;teele was summoned front Boulder Springs and pronounced the disease not simallpax, to the no little relief of the Wickesites. The doctor's three patients at the Springs are now so far recovei'ed that he will return tJ Hel Prom Sundaiy's DaLiy. John Bowman was quite badly hurt last WVeinesday by his horse falling on him. 'he animal fell across his hip, and at list .aW(outlis lt was laid up. 'The lria'nk ]iall dramilati company 1 layeed1 to a f'ull House last night, and again won11 the coIunlmendation of the uhlie. 'They .leave for Fort Assinaboin to-day, :andl o their return will favor lienioln witi ai few more entertainm-ents. T. A.. ( Cunllirings' building on Bond st.-reet will ic ~eoillileted in a few days, and will he quite a handsome structure. Th(e west room will be occupied by ( riflith z& Ingersoll, civil engineers, and the east roomn by. Mr. Cummings him self(.The ini(dle room is yet for rent, and will m Ike a desirable office. From Tue'-cday's Dally : The mininug ;ad ssmelting colmpaniy and Oscar Olinger have purchased the May Wilson and Amnador leads, in the iBarker district, of William Rowe. The First Congregational church of BIenton, organized Sunday evening, cx liects to Ibuildt a church before very long. A favoralle start has been made. We understand that the Masons, at a umeetin, held last night, reconsidered iheir aclion in the choice of ground for the erection of their hall, and decided to buill on Front street, opposite the new hotli. JI. W. Caldwell, assayer, inserts his card in this issue of the RIVER PRESS. Mr. Caldwell has given every satisfac as an assayer in Maiden, and will, no doubt, have his hands full of business in his new quarters at Clendenin Rev. Mr. Leonard gave an interesting discourse to a large congregation at the court house last Suaday evening. ,.At the close of the services an organization was made which received the namae of the First Congregational church of Fort Benton. A constitution was adopted for the management of its affairs. Let all the good people of Benton welcome and encourage this enterprise. Institu tions of this character will help to pro tect us against the perils of the frontier. John Neubert, who sold 150 head of cattle to Mee Bros. when he had but 52, and got the cash for the former number, is mad because the RIVER PRESS pui b lished the facts. We are not likely- t get offended at what a man of that calibre says of us--not more than :we would at the frothings of tBo A¶y r crank. We wish to ay to M.. 1 etriih however, that if the RIVER PR him anything all he has to do is to w. i Ilaiden Mura tsw. North Star, the Silver Tip, the St. Paul and three or four other mines. The officers of the company are Chas. Wil liams, president; C. L. Eaton, vice-pre sident; Chas. BoiAsonneault, secretary, and, L. Belanger, treasurer. The Dun can Bros. will go east shortly to attend to the business of the company. The other is known as the Consolidated Silver mining company, which will de velop the Monte Christo, Mother Green and several other lodes near ?ieAdow & Dexter's. We are unable to learn the officers of this company. A new strike is reported in the Mon tana mine of a large body of ore, three feet of which assays $165 to the ton. It is reported that A. M. Esler has put on a force of thirty men to dig the foun dation for tlhe erection of the new twenty stamp mill which is expected to be put up this fall. Word has been received from C. C. Snow, part owner of the Collar mine, who is now in St. Paul and Minneapolis, that the prospects "are very bright for placing the stock of that mine and erect ing a mill this fall. Maiden is rather quiet at present, but expects quite a boom when the mills are begun. J. W. Caldwell, the assayer, has moved his office from Maiden to Barker, and will open up in the latter camp in at few days. ---- - ---~~* --~----- - Water Works. A meeting of several prominent citi zens of Benton was held a few days ago to canvass the subject of erecting water works at this place, and a committee was appointed to have , survey made and determine the probable cost of the same. The fundsnecessary for carrying out the preliminary work are guaranteed and in a few days the survey will be made by Mr. Griffith, who has had ex tensive experience in such work in the east and judging by the enthusiasm mani fested by the gentlemen interested in the movement, a water works company will be organized in Benton in a very short time. It is estimated that the works complete will not cost over $35,000, as the situation of the town with refer ence to the river and bluff is favorable for their construction. If the cost would not be greater than this estimate a stock company can be organized without the least difficulty, and next season will see the water works completed. The Benton Branch -urvey. The B3enton Branch Survey. A. K. Yerkes, writing from Stillwater, M. T., to the Yellowstone Journal, says: "Col. Pike, resident engineer located at Billings, arrived here to-day to make ar rangements for starting a preliminary survey to Benton from this place. This will be a matter of surprise to many, as it has long been conceded outside of railroad circles that Billings was to get this branch of the N':)rthern Pacific rail road without a doubt. Col. Pike informs me, however, that several routes will be surveyed, and from what can be learned the route from this point will be the one established. The Indians in going to the northern country have made large, well defined trails from here, and for several years buffalo hunters have trans ported their hides to the Yellowstone, down the valleys leading to this place. The proposed route will follow up Keizer creek and strike the American Fork; it will pass directly through the center of the rich Judith country to the famous Maginnis mines, and from thence to Benton. From a glance at the map it can be seen that the route will be con siderably shorter than that from Bil lings, and we are assured by the old settlers that wagons can travel with ease from here to Benton." Letter List. The following is a list of letters remain ing in the Bentonpostoflice for the week ending August ,41882: Buckman; Geo H Lawrence, John Brown, A M Lange, Gus" Boatman, W I Larance, 3 R Bowfkea , Ed Mhiller, J B Bowerg Wit MDoioe, Miss .M Bte~ , jS G M&Ier, Miss Mamie Browne, Mr&J- W McMillan, Joseph Casey, R J 4 MBceil(d, JI Farmer, Wiley P• e , `i:..h, Fields, Miss Jose 6 Ryan, Thos Greenlaw, J3. 2 ~obb,Edwaarr G rifn, Cb is e; Tea, W : Godfrey, A 8mithl, Wnm, Gahan, Mrs Era Ste, Step Gomani , M# Ada $f fiss Annie2 Hoyt, "W' MS , . . .Leee "-4 n4 THE FIRE FIEND. The Prairie on Fire in all Directions-250 Tons of Hay Burned Near High wood-Sand Coulee a Coulee of Flames. For the past two or three days prairie fires have been raging in almost every direction about Benton with most dam aging results. On Highwood the fire has been burning since Saturday and is moving rapidly toward Belt creek and the Missouri. A courier arrived yester day afternoon bringing the information that 250 tons of hay, cut and put up by Messrs. James McDevitt and W. H. Wright, has been burned to the ground, and that nearly all the good hay land has been burned over. The loss to Messrs. McDevitt & Co. is a serious one, amounting to probably two or three thousand dollars, and the fact that the hay cannot be reproduced renders the calamity so much greater. If the most desirable hay fields in that section had not been burned over the loss could be soon replaced, and Messrs. McDevitt and Wright have the necessary pluck to do it, but under the circumstances there is no such recourse. At Sand Coulee we are informed the fire is licking up the grass and as there are no streams to check its maddening cot .rse it will probably do great damage to other property as well as the range. No personal losses have as yet been re ported. A fire is also raging on the Marias, and Sunday evening its red reflection was plainly visible from the city, presenting a rather sublime sight. But when one thinks of the damage being done the range he would much rather seek else where for the sublime in nature. The fires to the north and northwest of us hdave oeen burning several days, and the damage will be very great. It seems useless to warn the people to be careful with fires on the prairie. All these fires have doubtless resulted from the carelessness of travelers. Men seem to forget what havye may be created by neglecting to extinguish a camp fire, as in most instances this is the origin of the destructive prairie fires. Although the territory imposes a heavy penalty for the offense of starting a prairie fire, and stock associations have offered lib eral rewards for the conviction of any, such person, arrests are rarely, if ever, made, and year after year the destruc tive fires rage about us. An example ought to be made of some of the careless ones and2 the effect wvould probably be most eslutory. .. ...... . . wA· l I.-4 .q l . . 1 m- ..... ..-- PERSONAL. From Saturday's Daily. -Ed. Dennis, of Old Agency, is in the city. -Jamnes (Cochrane and Mr. Browning, secretary of the Cochrane ranch com pany, are expected in Benton in a day or two. -Mr. Ira-Myer , of Old Agency, is in the city, and will mix politics with busi ness by attending the democratic con vention to-day. -Bob Blankenbaker leaves for his ranch on Box Elder this morning, and in a few days will take his departure for the States on a short visit. Rumor has it that he will bring back a Missouri girl. From Saturday's Daily. -Adolph Odenwald, of the Judith, is in the city. -J. W. and Ford Caldwell and Chas. G. Griffith camne in last night. -H. D. Burghitrdt, manager of the Clendenin mining and smelting com pany, arrived from Barker last evening. -A. E. Hummer, formerly in the Benton post office, is in the city, repre senting Greenhood, Bohm & Co., Hel ena. -Perry Westfall, B. D. Phillips, J. L. Root, E. F. Tuttle, Ole Thorsen and Jews: Phelps, of the Juditro.tnd uip, are at the Overland; From 'tam'eds Dafy: -The mother and sister of Jesse Philp, t( Arrow Creek,. are on their way to pay him a visit. -Mr. Chas. T. Weidman and Miss Ftene , Marston .were; united in the bonds of matrimony a short time ago at IQtden. The RIVER PRESS sends con --Major DangerfieId€ P ker, accom [panied by Mrs. Parker and Lieut. Henry, arived in -the city last evening by ambulance from T.ort Shaw. The Majora beetorded et od - I -71u;4 been selected, and to render the RIVER PRESS one of the most complete news paper offices in tle territory. The paper will move along as heretofore without change of management. Admitted to the Bar. Judge Wade has issued an order that on the filing of his certificate from one of the:Iowa courts, Prof. E. R. Clingan's name be placed on the roll of attorneys in Montana. iBut few in Benton, out side of the legal fraternity, were aware that Mr. Clingan was a lawyer, for, with the modesty which ever accompanies true merit, he has refrained from blow ing his own horn. The fact is, however, that he has not only been admitted to the bar in Iowa, but has practiced his profession there, and has creditably filled the office of city attorney of Vinton, Iowa, a town of over 3,000 inhabitants, to which office he was elected by the votes of his fellow citizens. We take pleasure in chronicling the fact of his admission to the Montana bar, and feel confident that he will be a credit to the profession. JHICUTTING & CO1 DEAL iRS 13 CENERAL MERCHANDISE UTIC.I, ;IO.4'T' A`0.4. Hotel, Stables, and Billiard Room run in connection. BEST STOPPING PLACE In the Judith Basin. SHEEP FOR SALE! AT A CREAT BARCAIN. Three thousand acclimated sheep, on good range near Benton. Will be sold in lots to suit. For particulars address S. N. Dickey, Box Elder, or WMV. H. TODD, Fort Benton. HEREFORD BULLS FOR SALE. At Fort Benton, from the noted Hill hurst herd of M. H. Cochrane. Can be delivered at once. Apply to JAs. D. COCHRANE, care of I. G. Baker & Co., Benton. JNO. T. MURPHY, W. W.HIGGINS. SAM'L NEEL. E. G. MACLAY. URPHYV, NEEL & CO. WHIOLESALE AND RETAIL DEATLERS IN SIGROCERIESI Crockery and Queensvyare, Wines, Liquors and Cigars, Bar Furniture, Tents and Wagon Covers, SHELF AND HEAVY HARDWARE IRON AND STEEL, Wagon Timbers, Miners' Tools, Scutts' 4 point Barbed Wire, Tinware, Horse and Mule Shoes, Cooking and Heating Stoves, Iron and Wood Pumps, Sheep Dip Tobacco, Wool Sacks and Twine, SCHUTTLER WAGONS, Buckeye Machines, Harrows, Drags and Plows, and the Genuine Singer Sewing Machines. Tin Goods of very Description lade to Order. -0 Our stock is complete i every deneartmet, andi we ase prepared to give our cuatomess everry advit. t oe mer at Ier in mind tbt we eoary the Largest 8toe~ of Striely PrsiQ.7lathe Terrfity. A full suppl o otfesmbrated Carlisle, Hume, and woY soUR ASH wHKm, an io 'se Ribto. "0. K." Wsky, a d 8eit's Milwa. Beer always on and. We he the t 1~ty R es s4i MEE BROS1 BLACKSMIT HS, BENTON, - - MONTANA. All work in our line executed with dispatch and in workmanlike style. Freighters who want their wagons re paired or animals shod, will find it to their interest t4) ctall and see us. A general line of blacksmith ing done in the best style of the art. MEE BROS., Corner of Main and Arnoux streets. EAGLE BIRD SALOON And Billiard Hall. Main Street. BENTON - " - MONTANA. This popular resort is always found stocked with the choicest goods, purchased in the East and shipped expressly for this house, and comprising the very finest brands of Whisky, Wines, Brandies MILWAUKEE BOTTLED BEER, and the finest brands of IMPORTED & DOMESTIC CIGARS The bar is the finest in Benton, and you can always got any kind of fancy drink you call for, mixed in first-class style, and with the choicest and best variety of liquors. WM. FOSTER, Prop. THE Grand Central RESTA-URANtT, Opposite the Court House, BULLETT & MARTIN, Proprs. The only first-class Restaurant in the city where everything can be had in season. OPEN DAY AND NIGHT Board by the Day and Week; also first-class Lodging.