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THE RIVER PRESS.
Terms.................... ..... $5.00 per Yeas RATES OF ADIYERTISINM : One Colrmm, 1 year..........................1 7i ' 6 monlhs.I .......... .. . ....... ... 10( .month.......................... Liau Column, 1 year .............................. io 3 " ......... ..... ....... (ne-Third Column, 1 year ......... ..... ...... Sf 6 months ........... ....... : m onths ........... ... .... 3[ Quarter C(olumn, 1 year ........................... 7: 6 monflths ... ........... ....... 4 3 m oulth ...................... .. Three inches, 1 ytvr ............ .............. 5( + mrnonths................... ........... 3( "w m onths ........................... 2 .:'-.iollai (:ardi. 1 inch, i year ................ 1I R-a:ee bior Trai sicnt Advertisem entie given at office. NIEAiLY every palper in the territory has spoken in favor of a registration law. EDWlN BOOTH, the actor, miet with overwhelming success at Berlin. "UNcLE 1 RUFtUs" HATCH probably didn't know our new governor was loaded. IN 187;; there were but six newspapers published in Dakota. Now there are in the neighborhood of 150. THEI: very best thing the council can do is to adjourn .sinc (di. It's record from the start has been an odious one, and we see no signs of improvement. THE Maginnis voters in Missoula are not so numerous. Seven of them left by the elevated route in one day. For par ticulars see the WVeeksville news on our first page. THE.: Aira CourYticer talks about the work on the Benton branch of the Nor thern Pacific being abandoned. How cart this be when the company has not yet "struck a lick" on the proposed branch. AIt. URPAiXvr LLJE STUART has always been held in high esteem throughout Montana, but many of his friends will be surprised to learn that he was so easi ly made the tool to work out a partisan purpose. His action a, president of the council in appointing (on his own mo tion) a committee on credentials after permanent organization, and when such a committee was at the time in exist ence, was not only arbitrary but revolu tionary. THFE Courier is desirous of putting it self on record in favor of a good registry law. We need one that will protect the ballot in Montana by preventing aliens and non-residents from defeating the expressed will of the people. A regis tration law will work no ilnjury to any class. The ian who has a vote will take a pride in registering his name, and consider it no more of a hardship to ride a few miles to do so than he does to vote on election day.--Courier. JESSE SELIGMIAN, head of the banking firm of Seligman EBros., is reported in a New York paper as saying that Ameri can finances were never in a better con dition. The country is full of money, and its prosperity now is genuine, not fictitious. We are conducting our home improvements with home money. American credit stands at the head of the list among foreign and home capital ists. This is good authority and is far from being in accord with the doleful prophecies of a pending panic. THE democratic party of this territory cannot afford to seat a man in the coun cil who was defeated by the votes of the people. Mr. Back received a plurality of the votes in this council district, and unless the democrats now proceed to show that Hamilton was "fairly. and legally elected," as his friends in this county assert, they will certainly be making a bad record for themselves, one that may hereafter give them a good deal of trouble. We should think MIr. Hamilton would call for this investiga tion the first thing. He owes it to him self and.this county to show that he is not occupying a stolen seat. By all means let us have a committee to inves tigate the election in Dawson county. THE RIVER PRESS, one of the mos1t radical republican papers in the territe ry, says, in its issue of the 25th inst;, of the contest between Hamilton and Back: "If a registration system had been in vogue at the late election, Mr. Hamilton would have had a large plurality of, the I·tnes.: ., this district, and there would ni w be a deadlock in the council." :' s is a virtual confession that Ham Swas elected by the legal voters of ct.-iadepen.de t. lieve Mr. H~amilton was elected al voters of this council district, .also believe that Alex. C. Botkin elected by the legal vote. of ion ` There ought to he, aa we have . reglstrat°on system' to prevent subversIons of the will of the peo p d the leglature will be de0Uet rt y uty ifit adjourins without e+aet a Iiw among other things) and was cashiered, besides being sentenced to the U. S. penitentiary for a term of years. The latter portion of the sentence, however, was remitted, but the conviction by court martial stands against him,. Under our laws a man convicted of a felony is not entitled to vote, and certainly not to hold office, a fact that casts a cloud upon the title of Mr. Cox to a seat in the coun cil. The matter was brought up in that body Tuesday, and caused a good deal of excitement among the brethren. The full decision of the court mnartial, setting forth all the danlaging facts, was p)ublished in the i; raid received here yesterday. N.o PART of the alleged "counting in" of Hayes in 1876 received more violent copdemnation fromn the democratic press or was rated as such a "high-handed outrage" as the proceedings of the Lou isiana returning board by which Mr. Hayes was "counted in" for president while Packard was "counted out" for governor, "although the latter received by several thousand the larger majority. Even now, after the lapse of more than six years, the average democratic editor can not suppress his indignant feelings when the matter under consideration is brought to his notice. Yet we have to day in Montana a parallel case which has the approval of the democratic mem bers of the council, and is sanctioned and applauded by the democratic press. In Dawson county the vote was honest and legal enough to be counted for Ma ginnis, but as between Back and Hamil ton (when the services of the latter are needed for party purposes) the election was a farce, a fraud, a high-handed swin dle-such an outrageous wrong upon the rights of the people as to merit the con templt of the democratic members of the council, including Mr. Al. Hamilton, and the abhorrence of the democratic press. Democracy, thy other name is inconsistency. BACK WILL CONTEST. Wec are glad to see that Hon. H. S. Back will contest the seat in the council with Mr. Hamilton. He is evidently still of the opinion that if the vote of Dawson county wvas good enough for Maginnis it is good enough for him, which is the view of the situation taken by all who are not rabid democratic partisans. If the president of the council, under the strange and startling parliamentary rules by which he is governing his course, does not rule him out Mr. Back will eas ily convince the council that he received the greatest number of votes and ought to have the seat-or the council will show that the election in Dawson county was a farce and a fraud. The republi cans will be satisfied with either result. Judging by the way the present majority in the council have been carrying things with a high hand, however, the chances are they will give Back to understand he has no rights they are bound to re spect. They will be very slow about going into an investigation of the Glen dive election. It might bring forth results that would make Maginnis feel very bad. Following is Mr. Back's communication to the council on the subject, the result of which will be watched with interest: Mr. White offered the following. To the President and 1Members qf the Council of the Thirteenth Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Mtontana: I respectively give notice that I desire to contest the rights of A: B. Hamilton to his seat as a member of your honora ble body from the joint council district comprising the counties of Dawson and Choteau, in the territory of Montana. For that at the general election held in said joint council district on the 7th day .of November, A. D. 1882, I received the highest number of yotes cast for said office of councilmen as appeared by the official record of votes cast, counted and certified in the said counties of Dawson and Choteau at said election, and now on file in the offices of the respective county clerks of said counties and in the office of the auditor of Montana territo ry, and I respectfully ask that your hon orAble body take notice hereof and make such;,order herein as shall seem to you just and proper to the end that the evi dence, which I am prepared to offer, may be produced before you at the earliest opportunity. Respectfully submitted, H. S. BACK. Location of the Canadian Pacific Line. WINXIPEG, Jan. 20-Messrs Shaw `and Ferro, the surveyors who have been locating the- Canadian Pacific railroad line for the past two:years, returned to day..:The line isanow located definitely from the end of the trak ear through Horsepae to be de a a per tell. l y cou uh wkle4 telt a d; b dis l MONTAANA MATTERB. A second lodge of United- Workmen is being organized at Helena. The Cable mine at Butte is expected to produce $1,000,000 this year. Bozeman is thireatened with a coal oil famine-and the railroad st near, too. A. W. Moore, credited to :M ontana, testified in the Star Route trial recently. The track of the Northern Pacific has reached the cast end of the Bozeman tunnel. Stewart's History of Montana is to be a quarto volume of 1,2)3 pages. with il lustrations. Only thirty feet more will be required to Iknock daylight through the Little Blackfoot tunnel. A religious paper is soon to be started in Virginia City in the interest of the Episcopal church. There are now three dancing clubs in Bozeman, each having a membership of about fifty couples, and are composed mostly of young people. The Knights of Pythias of Deer Lodge contemplate a grand ball on February 19th, the nineteenth annsversary of the establishment of the order. There will be eleven bridges in Rocky Canon, five miles east of Bozeman. Three of the number will be built with trusses and eight will rest on piles. D. B. Howe's fur store, inIHelena, was burglarized a few nights ago, but the "crooks" only got a few dollars change, which happened to be in the drawer. The Bishop of Montana has authorized the organization of an Episcopal mission at Billings, and has appointed Rev. W. Horsfull, of Miles City, as missionary. According to information obtained by an employe of the Northern Pacific rail road there were 274,946 bushels of grain raised on the Missouri valley the past year. On the 19th inst., ayoung man named Tratton, was struck by some rock in the Cable mill and had his thigh broken. He also suffered, some slight internal injuries. John McKinney, forenfan for Alden & Hines, grading contractors on the Northern Pacific, was shot and Lkilled a few days ago in Rocky canyon by W. H. Abbott. Between seventy-five and one hun dred thousand ties will be floated down the West Gallatin for the use of track layers on the Northern Pacific as soon as the river opens in the spring. It is stated that property holders in Butte buy out more than $100,000 annu ally for insurance premiums, and that the losses paid by companies have never exceded $10,000 in any one year. John McKinney, a foreman on a U. P. grading contract, was shot and killed by W. N. Abbott, a workman, at Rocky Canyon, Gallatin count: last week. The murderer surrendered himrself to the authorities, and claims the deel was done in self defense. Charles A. Carson, the irrepre.si ble, is again to the fore, having secured the material formerly used in the publica tion of the Mandan Criterion, with which he will continue the publication of the Livingston Gazette, the initial number of which appeared some weeks since. A few days ago a peddler hired a horse and cutter in Bozeman, to be gone into the country for a couple of days. Not hearing from him, the "w'ter started to hunt hinm up, and found him at Gallatin City. The peddler had I)awned( th out fit for $20. He is now repenting in the Bozeman jail. I Missoula is the porkopolis of Montana. The county pays taxes on 1773 hogs, which is the largest number taxed in any one county in the Territory. If one half the deviltry laying around loose in the vicinity of Weeksville .was to enter into that drove of swine, there wouldn't be a porker left in the county. It is reported, and we believe with en tire truth, that all work in the National Park has been suspended. This action is probably in' consequence of the trouble experienced by the improvement com pany in getting their extensive privileg es sanctioned by the Congress at. Wash ington. The resumption of work will probably take place as soon as ths com pany's powers are defined without dan ger of revocation. John R. Thomas yesterday sold to Helena butchers a fine band of three year-old beves; colected since the re cent coldsnap fromi herds feeding north of Helena it th~iD rborn region. The catle,ownom. iy Mesrs. Thomas, Burk, n4 others, were tken dWrectly from the ainge and delvered to pb asers: in head, whl a pretty aaiagure aor three-yest tid, 1i'l oonti.A yo DRY GOODS ----,AND NOT IONS --A T-- BAKER & DeLORIMIER'S, Consisting of an elegant 'ine of Lawns, Pequets, Bunt ings, Nun's Veilings, PLAIN AND FIGURED SWISSES, Mulls, Jaconets, Etc. L-ovely novezllics 1i deck eaOr, " hColc JY;bi " eollars, JZCkis, Sabob, Plan (/Id Fncy Sull Yces, .a c'y .C':in Collar:, less variSerly. Call and See Us Before Purchasing 0Elsewhere. Call and See Us Before Purchasing .Elsewhere. FINE FURNITURE. F. C. ROOSEVELT & CO., Have opened on the Corner of Main and Bond sts., with a full line of Furniture. Fin'est Turkey Sets, ordinary; upholstered sets, in silks, velvets, reps, and hair cloth. Walnut cane bottom sets. Bed room sets. All styles and prices. Cheaper then you can ouv them East and pay freight. Call and Examine stock. W. H. BURGESS, Wholesale and Retail DI)aler in STAPLE AND FANCY ;RCERIES. The Finest and Most Complete Stock of Fancy Groceries ever brought to Benton. FINE CIGARS a SPECIALTY W. H. BURCESS, Murphy, Neel & Co.'s old stand, cor. Front and Benton Sts. LUMBER AND SHINGLES! BIG CASINO MILLS, ' Four Miles from Reedsfort. M. T. -0----" SPLENDID TIMB ER. =i .:,:iN1Vt FAIR PRICES. 1it gtock Oonstantly on Hand. tirmension