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THE RIVER PRESS.
Terms,......... .............5.00 per Year RATES OF ADVERTTISING: One Column, 1 year...... ................... .$17 S 6 month ........... ....... ....... 100 3 . ........ ..................... T5 half Column, 1 year... ................ .. .... 100 6 months .......... ....... ...... 75 3 " ................. ... .... 40 One-Third Co'umn, 1 year....................... SO 6 months ........... 45 3 months ......... ... .... 30 Quarter Column, 1 year ......................... 75 6 months .................... 40 " 3 months ....................... 30 Three iuches, 1 year ..... ..................... 50 6 months ............... .......... 30 :; month ............................... 25 Profe yional" Cards, 1 inch, 1 year..... ........... 15 Rates for Transient Advertisements given at office. \XVA':r MrrAN is close on Mr. JohIlson's he els. \1: have heard the report that 1U. S. soldiers from Keogh voted for Maginnis at Miles City scoffed at by some of our demiiocratic friends, but the following itells 'rooll the Vellowstonle Journal ought to convince .ncei: The fact of S. ,. soldiers voting at a local election rather surprised a good inaniy of those unlnitiated in the myste ries of politics. \'We certainly learn something new every (lay, said an old timer yesterday, on observing a line of soldiers depositing their votes in the box. No wonder the people of Montana, whose votes were nullified by the voting of those soldiers and the railroad gangs, are indignant, and talk about contesting the legality of Maginnis' election. 'i'rv certainly have a very loose way of conducting elections in Dawson coun ty. The Glendive Times says: There was no challenging. IBy agree mient in the morning, all who were will ing to claim citizenship under the laws were allowed to vote, and under this ar rangement we have no doubt, many pIersons not entitled to vote exercised the elective franchise, casting their ballots for the successful candidates. We are rather curious to know who made this agreement, and by what au thority it was nmade. The fact that the T'ime., which is a democratic paper, ad mitting that those people voted for the successful candidates-Maginnis, Back, and the rest-gives some color to the statement that the vote in the county was illegal. That the Times was well satisfied of this, itself, is shown by the following extracts: If challenging had been properly at tended to, it would have cut down the vote somewhat. The very latest election news is to the effect that Maginnis is slightly ahead. If he has not a majority in the territory outside of Dawson county, the election here will probably be contested. The dispatches published yesterday say that the German papers attribute the recent democratic victories in the states to the growing influence of the foreign elemerit in the population. At the first glance it would seem that they spoke without giving the matter serious con sideration, but there is really more in it than at first appears. No single foreign element in any of the old states is suffi ciently powerful, of itself, to elect its representatives over the votes of the na tive population, but in many of them they hold the balance of power, and as the foreign vote goes-if it goes any way solid-so goes the stte. . The most pow erful of these elements are the Irish and the German, one great reason for this fact being that they seem to be more clannish and stick closer together than any other, and another that their num bers preponderate over those of other na tionalities. Besides, their descendants seem to inherit most of their main char acteristics, and so the political influence of each element is continually growing stronger. And that this influence and power is felt and recognized by the two opposing political parties is evidenced by the fact that in every campaign can didates are nominated on either ticket who have little else to recommend them beyond their ability to control or catch the Irish or German vote. But we do not anticpate that any serious or detri mental results will follow the increase in the voting strength of those two elt ments, and the main reason for such be. lief is that their natural feelings and influence are diametrically opposed to each other--the Germans generally vot ing.with the Republicans and the Irish with the democrats-and even should the parties now known. by their .names follow in the footsteps of those which have gone before, and become, in name at least, mnentoi-ies of the pasty, these tw 'foreign elements will be found stilop posed to each other In the polittdal arena. Although by inluienue of numbers i-ia certain localities, either of these partiwe may govern the lotalor distkide ypotIstI in their localities, there i o ~goeao bBt apprehend that these or any dot 1o eign influence will ever gain supre~ e control of national adhlir. Tae nat*~ founded by theold revoluJatior a will not only ontinue to goern~M*lf tbut will, foit along te to n. Ike i ilot to a it hoires h eto a luraei ~te shrewith every confMidesiint4 h th atot r o T1W~~ vn *4··;: ' SCRATCHING. We h ae alw s advocated the Inde pendenci of the- voter, and as.erted his right and duty to scratch off his ticket any man whom he believed to be un worthy or incompetent.--indepenent. "The independendenece of the voter" has a very attractive and patriotic ring; but.it is just such patriotism as this that has proved the ruin of every political party that ever figured in the history of the United States. The principles, and not the candidates, are what every voter should aim to support, for candidates are pledged to support the principles orplat form of the party, and if they fail to carry out their contract the odium must and will rest with them ",nd not with the voters who placed them in office. Record. Without appearing to wish to join issue with our contemporary on every thing, we still believe that his arguments will not hold good in all cases. The principles and the platform of a party may be all right, but how well do the people know by sad experience that plat forms are often like the flaming adver tisements of traveling shows, made only to catch the public fancy and seldom lived up to. Of this we have had recent instance in Montana. The first plank in the democratic territorial platform demanded a "free and incorruptible bal lot," but how much figure platforms cut in the recent election may be judged by a glance at the returns from Custer and Missoula counties. Look, for instance, on these figures fromn Missoula: Horse Plains-Maginnis, 182 ; Botkin, 10. Thompsoin River-Maginnis, 300; Bot kin, 30. Thompson Falls-Maginnis, 200 ; Botkin, 0. If any sane man can believe that in 200 men, hi red at random, there is not one republican to be fouid, we want to hear him say so. Or in 300 nmen only 30 republicans. But these men voted for a candidate who was nom inated on a platform which called for a free and incorruptible ballot ! Further comment on this is unnecessary. Again, if the voters cast their ballots for men whom they believe to be un worthy and incompetent, they must share the odium attached to the conduct in office of these men with the body which placed them in nomination. When men have proved unworthy of the trust which has been reposed in them, and again, by the manipulation of nominating conventions, are put up for the suffrages of the people, it is not only the right but the duty of every man who has a true regard for the interests of his country to scratch him. In Penn sylvania this view was taken by more than 100,000 voters, althouitrh the plat form ani tne principles which the can didate was supposed to represent were all right. But the people knew that the candidate did not really represent those principles, but rather the ambitious schemes of one man, and by the exercise of "the independence of the voter," they placed the seal of their disapproval upon these scheme~s, an action which is applauded by the entire democratic press of the country and also by most of the republican journals. The Record says itis just such patiotism as this which has proved the ruin of every political party that has ever figured in the history of the United States. When any political party undertakes to deprive the voter of independence of thought, and seeks to make him a mere part of a machine which is to be operated in the interest of a chosen few, it deserves to go.to ruin, and always will. The United States might better go back to the old monar chial system-under which the citizen has some political rights, at least-than attempt to control the independence of the voter. Removal of the Seveinth Infantry. The assignment of stations for the companies of the Seventh infantry in the department of the Platte, has been received by GeQn. Terry, and orders have been issued for the :rmovement of the reg iment. Under the present arrangement the regimental headquarters will be at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, with Qpn. -Gibbon as post comnander, where also will be stationed cormpambnies D (Comba), F (Wiliame), I (Rawn), and K (Sanno). Companies A (Coolidge), C(Benham), and H (Freeman), to Fort Fred steele. Compainy E (Clifftrd), will take stfation at :Fort Budger, Wyo., to which post Lieut. Col. ,R. L. Chipnwa hba also ,bee- aeaigned.t The ontemplated moe meet of the companies atantmaueist not nd Ijanda n4 Forts Linal anad Ste venason, by earbat dw the Mlsspri cause pf t1e 1ategl o the seaoa n 4ubodA~lJ Frt 8ztefll al israt san ati&$4y. The sider Bseing ll kit, 4,d th~fpeb o FALL AND WINTER FACTS! FACTS FACTS! That we have the best and most complete lini of Men's, Youths', Boys and Children's Suits, O ercoats Ulsters, Ulster. ettes. Buffalo and Blanket Overcoats, Arctics Monitors Snow Excluders, German Socks, Gloves. Mittens, Wool Boots, Rubber Boots. Boots and Shoes. Hats and Caps,.Trunks, Valises. Blankets, Quilts, etc., etc., in this market. P". Everybody knows who has tried, and those who have not should call and be convinced, I V4 that we sell better goods, newer styles, and better fitting garments than any other I A house in Benton. ..............................Il'll Prices are always the Lowest. Please call and examine. Orders by mail or express will be carefully 'ilkd witho'It delay. HIRSHBERG & NATHAN. Front St., Fort Benton, M. T. of an officer and ten men of the present garrison. As soon as they arrive within the limits of the department of the Platte, officers in command of detach ments have been instructed to report their command by telegraph to the headquarters of that department, and also the time of their expected arrival in Omaha. Each battalion will be ac companied by a medical officer, detailed for the purpose. THE DRUM LUMOM. Thos. Cruse Sells the Famous Mine for $1,500,000 to an English Syndicate. The Independent states on positive au thority that the negotiations which have been pending for some time past between Thomas Cruse, owner of the celebrated Drum Lumon mine, and a London syn dicate, were brought to a close Monday, the syndicate purchasing the mine at tihe princely figure of $1,500,000. The English company is to be congrat ulated upon the acquisition of this mag nificent property, the mine being a fully and thoroughly developed one, with its vast body of rich ore intact, and all the facilities for easy and economic extrac tions of the rock. The ore vein of the Drum Lumon is eighty feet in width, by actual measurement, all pay ore. The ore surrounded and in sight is over 250, 000 tons. One peculiarity of the mine is that there is no waste rock, all being pay o re from wall to wall. This is abund antly proven from the fact that there is not a pound of waste-dump at the mine, all the ore extracted being run through Mr. Cruse's five-stamp mill, wnich, with its primitive methods, and lacking all modern improvements, has already made him a wealthy man. With large and improved machinery, including all modern appliances, the yield from the mine will be immense. For the erection of mills, etc., the Lon don syndicate is to have a working capi tal of $500,000. As soon as operations fairly begin, Marysville will be a perfect 'bee-hive of industry and life. The mine is well and fully developed, the shaft being down 150 feet, and levels run-on the vein for nearly 400 feet, the rock proving richer as the different lev els are driven in. In fact, the ore re cently uncovered in the face and on the bottom of the north level is the richest yet found in-the mine. Mining experts:who- hav'e examined the Drum Lun on, pronounce it the best mine in Moi~tana--the great mother vein-whos-rlolsess and extent will rival the. fotoutx Cemstock. 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