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Vol. IV1 Fort Benton, Montana. Wednesday, November 21, 188a. No.5. THE STOPPING OF THE CLOCK. Surprising falls the instantaneous calm. The sudden silence in my chamber small; I, starting, lift my head in half alarm The clock has stopped-that's all. The clock has stopped! Yet why have I so found An instant feeling almost like dismay? Why note its silence sooner than its sound ? For it has ticked all day. So many lives beside my own go on, And such companionship unheeded keep; Corpanlionship scarce recognized till gone, And lost in sudden sleep. And so the blcss-ngs heaven daily grants Arc in their very commonness forgot; We little heed what answereth our wants Until it answers not. A strangeness falleth on familiar ways, As if some pulse were gone beyond recall Somethinit unthought ot, linked with all our days Some clock has stopped-that's all! ABOU BEN BUTLER. Abou Ben Butler (may his tribe decrease) A woke one evening from a drehmn of peace, And saw within the dim light of his room A demon writing in the rathering gloom. Rising before him with his art,:, afold, (Exceelrints hecr had made Ben Butler bold) "What writest thou, vile imp from Ilades'gate?" The 'lemon slowly raised it horn-crowned pate And answered in a tone of fiendish glee: "'l'he names of those who will elected be." "Aid is mine one?" The demon soft poohponhed. "Look here!" cried Ben, "you darned satanme dude, Just put my name amongn the winning crew; My name is Iii, and IT git thar, too " The demon faltered. 'Look ye here!" cried Ben, "Y'ou imp of darkness, give me the pen!" Then wrote he in a hand precise and firm: "Ben Butler, Governor, a second term." The demon vanished with a hideous izrin, And late election night came back again, And pointed to the list with fiendish laugh A snow drift covered Benny's authograph! NOTES FROM THE NEW COUNTRY. An Interesting Panoramic Pen-Picture of the Country Traversed by the Northern Pacific Railroad, as Seen from a Car Window. The return journey, with its better op portunities for seeing and learning, con firmed first iripressions as to the value and great promise of the country over which we traveled. It is not an Arctic belt. It is not a strip of desert. On the other hand it is not a continuous Eden from the lakes to the Pacific ocean. There is good land, middling land; poor land for the farmer. But the middling land for the farmer is often a fine field for the stock raiser, and regions that are utterly hopeless in an agricultural way ofler the richest returns to the miner or luimibernan. A great variety of terri tory, with widely diversified resources; as I certainly believe, no considerable regien any where along the two thousand Miles of steel track which is not habit able, which has not in store rewards of some sort for the industrious settler, and which will not in due time support its quota of the prosperous population of the northwest. Let me try to present the Northern Pacific in brief; and remember that the Prevailing color in the picture is brown, not green. Minnesota: Lakes, forests, farms, New Englan l thrift, and a quick sue cession of villages ; toward the western border the level bottom of the Red river b~asin. Crossing into Dakota at Fargo, the oilher slope of the Red liver, towns of yesterday bright at night with the elec trie light, miles of gigantic prairie farms cultivated by armies of men withstea in engities ; then an undulating prairie, with smaller farms and flourishing little Uowhis, to Bismarck and the Missouri river. Across western Dakota to the Little Missou i, a naked, broken, brown prairie, with buttes ; few water courses, m( trees, few settlements. Everywhere Lunch grass, which cures into hay as it stands. Good grazing land, ranches inortli and south of the line. Under the surface of the prairie an inexhaustible supply of imperfect coal. At the Montana border, the so-called Bad Lands, in which Nature gone crazy has produced a vast agglomeration of fantastic hills of vividly colored ash and burnt c'ay-a landscape which seems to the new comner as unearthly as if a piece of the moon had dropped upon this spot. Nearly four hundred miles along the valley of the Yellowstone, close all the time to the clear river, with its islands and fringes of cottonwood, and shut in ow either side by the cliff edges or ter raced slopes of the uplands beyond. Cat tle and horses in great herds all along the line. Here and there infant cities, which have come to stay. The scenery of the Yellowstone valley is pleasing in all respects save that of color; in the early summer it must be charming. All of Idakota, as seen from the railroad, is prairie; all of Montana is mountain, val ley and canyon. The landscape in each territory is destitute of green. The eye becomes aceustomed to the prevailing russet, but it does not cease to long for the living hue. At Livingston we come to the Belt range, the first spur of the Rocky Moun tains. Snow peaks appear cver the foot lills. The road climbs .the range, and Dasses the summit at the altitude of the top of Mount Washington; then descends through a- fine canyon into the Gallatin valley, one of the garden places of the continent. Up the Yellowstone the gen eral course of the railroad has been south of west. After crossing the Belt range it nmakes north latitude fast. With he Belt range on the right hand and the mountains ot the main divide on the left, we rnn up the Missouri valley to Helena. This valley, too, is Joharming in every respect but that of color. We (cross the Missouri again, 1,200 miles above the point where we passed it at Bismarck. Beyond Helena another climb ovei the Rockies. The mountain scenery 18 on the whole disappointing. The east ern front of the main divide is bold and rugged, but not particularly imposing. The scenery on the western slope, as the road descends from the Mullan pass, is hilly rather than mountainous. lIn a few miles we have passed from the waters of the Missouri system, flow ing to the Gulf of Mexico, to those of the Columbia, and the streams that are now followed for nearly a thousand miles are of the color -9f pale green quartz, and they rush to` the Pacific. The Bitter Root, Clark's Fork, Snake river and tie main stream of the Colum bia itself seem to have sucked the green out of the country which they drain. The extreme northwest of Montana and the little strip of Idaho crossed by the railroad is a region of picturesque scenery, great gorges, mountains, rush ing streams and tall forests. Skirting the beautiful Pen d'Oreille lake, the road turns southward again into Wash ington, and cuts the corner of that ter ritory through 200 miles of sage brush and sand, dismal beyond description to the eye, but which will speedily be de veloped into one of the richest winter wheat regions on the continent. At the Oregon line we join the main stream of the Columbia, and accompany to Portland and the Pacific a river which is nobler than the Hudson and finer than the Rhine.-New York Sun. Barker. * The failure of Mr. Tillinghast, of Chicago, who is one of the principal stockholders in the Clendenin mining and smelting company, has naturally created a little alarm in regard to the latter company among local creditors, but we are pleased to be able to say, upon authority, that the assignment of H. C. Tillinghast & Co. is nowise affects the Clendenia mining and smelting com pany. A telegram received from Mr. Tillinghast yesterday contained this statement in nositive terms. This fact assured, it now rests entirely upon our own citizens as to whether or not the operations of the smelting com pany at Clendenin shall stop for an in definite time or go on in the successful way they have for some months. How can there be but one course of action? If the works of this company at Clen denin cease, that camp, now the center of life and business activity, will be literally deserted and every one in busi ness there will be ruined, financially. Not only that, but the business men of Fort Benton, the principal supply point, will feel the blow almost as severely. It is not alone tho business men who would suffer by such a result, but hundreds of others who have financial relations with the smelting company and others at Clendenin. The shutting down of the smelter and other works in connection would cause widespread disaster, and the banks and merchants of this city must prevent it, as the power is in their hands. A meeting of parties interested should be held at once, so that a settle ment of the present difficulties can be effected without further delay. The smelting company is just now prepared to make a "stake." The strik in the Silver Belle last week proves tha mine to be a veritable jonanza. Ther are thousands of tons of $150 ore i sight which can be taken out in an quantities desired almost, and turne into bullion without roasting, and coim sequently at small expense, at the rat of 30 to 40 tons a day. With such an outlook before the company it would be suicidal on the part of our business men I not to render all the assistance in their power to prevent the embarrassments that have unnecessarially arisen on ac count of the failure of a firm in Chicago, one member of which is interested in the smelting company. To do other wise would be literally killing the goose that lays the silver egg. A Big Strike in the Cone Butte District. BATCHELOR, Mt., November 5.-The citizens of our little hamlet are wild with excitement over the new strike in the Baron lead, owned by Dunton Bros., Manning & Fuller. These gen tlemen have been working, for some time on the contract, which has shown a very high grade of quartz and sup posed that it was the main lead into Elk mountain, but at the depth of 30 feet they came upon spar cap that closed the lead to within about four inches of the hanging wall, but when the cab was shot off it showed a 3j foot bed of soft carbo nate of a very superior quality and to all appearances of a very high grade. It is to be hoped that this is no small bed or deposit. But all indications show that it is a true and permanent lead, and by this time next week it will be known whether the boys are million aires or not. The Baron tunnel acss the gulch and on the same lead as the Salvator has at present 2j feet of lead of same ore but not as high grade, assaying only 115 ounces of silver. The fraction on the north of the Baron, and the one on which the , cave was found, is the same lead but shows a larger nody of mineral at the point of discovery. The al ove from the Maiden Argus tells ef a iiew strike in that vicinity. Cone Butte district has a bright outlook from all accounts we have heard of their rich mines. A Big Buxs. A letter receiived from Barker last evening states that the, smelter was run ring on the high grade ore from the silver Belle and doi ng better work than syer before. On Thursday 85 1bars of buhllon were run out d rlbygone eigjht tuour shift, the best record ever made, and probably the rich* buliliel fat pro inced. At this rat, wldbe burned out in one h 1hile the biggest razn bee The Silver Belle Mine. While at Barker, a few days ago, a RIVER PRESS representative was shown through the Silver Belle mine, and un der the guidance of F. D. McCarthy, the foreman, we groped our way into nearly every tunnel, shaft and drift in the ex tensive workings. Before entering we were led to believe we would see some thing worth looking at, and our expec tations were more than realized. In the' south level of the upper tunnel they have struck an immense body of high grade ore, the extent of which is not yet known, and this is but one of many ore bodies exposed to view. The recent strike in the upper workings, referred to above, presented, when we saw it, a breast of five feet of high grade ore, and its width was entirely unknown. The next day we were informed by Mr. Mc-. Carthy that the ledge, or ore body, was °mnore extensive than ever, while the in dications plainly pointed to the fact that an immense chamber of ore had been struck. The men are now running the level with ore on both sides and above them-from which statement one can easily understand that something big has been struck. But in addition to the large body of ore exposed comes the other pleasing fact that it is of much higher grade than has heretofore been found in the Silver Belle, the ore assay ing, on an average, $150 to the ton in silver. When we take into considera tion the fact that there are thousands of tons of this kind of ore literally in sight it is apparent that the mine is one of the best in the territory and worth plenty of money to-day. The first of last May there was but very little work done on the Silver Belle, scarcely more than the represen tation work to that time. In May the Clendenin mining and smelting com pany leased the mine and have worked it constantly since then, under the di rection of Mr. F. D. McCarty, a practical miner of many years' exper ience. Mean time the company has purchased the in terests of several different parties and are now the fortunate owners of the greater part of the mine-which has fur nished them already thousands of tons of ore, and with enough in sight, if turn ed into bullion, to insure big dividends in the near future. During Septemnber and October the output of the mine was 1,192 tons, and if it were required now that amount could be taken out in twp] weeks without increasing the f . Taking into consideration the a of ore in sight, its high grade and ease with which it is mined and reduced, we believe there are few mines in the territory to-day that promise better than the Silver Belle, and it will soon take its place in the front rank. The Alberta Mine. o n . y`w"vv` u has t reurned from New York, intbrms us that the Al berta company (in which he is largely interested) is making preparations to extensively develop their property in the Northwest territory the coming spring. It is an extension of the Al berta in which Andy O'Connell, Al. Hamilton, and other Montanians are interested. The Alberta company is incorporated with a capitalization of $2,000,000, but competent experts who have examined the mine say that $10, 000,000 would not be an exorbitant fig ure, as it is one of the most remarkable copper discoveries in the world oth a re~ar extent and richness. he com pany has pure su cient machineryl of the latest make for mine working, and proposes to run a tunnel the coming season to tap the vein at a depth of about one thousand feet. Owing to the peculiarly precipitous character of the ground this can be done by running a tunnel less than four hundred feet in length. Machinery for concentrating and reducing the ore to matte has also been purchased, and will be landed at the mine in May or early June. The Canadian Pacific railroad will run with in a short distance of the property and before another year they expect to begin shipping copper matte in large quanti ties from the Alberta.=-Independent. Notes from Sun River. SUN RIVER, M. T., Nov. 13. The skeleton of a man was found about seven miles from Sun River Crossing, near the square butte, by Mr. Nelson's sheep herder on the 13th inst. A coroner's jury was called by Mr. Bur cher and an inquest held over the remains this morning. Everything is lively at Sun River and the carpenters' hammers can be heard from morning until night. Main street is full of teams and pedestrianp. The villagers keep costly carriages and drive fine matched teams. The presiding elder from Helena has been around this district endeavoring to raise a salary for Rev. Mr. Mills, and the generous citizens subscribed liber ally as far as the opportunity was given them; the stewards will continue the work. The building committee have purchased the rock for the foundatioh of the M. E. church, and the work of hauling the same onto the church lots was commenced to-day. It is expected that two lots will shortly be purchased for a parsonage site. The Escaped Convict. Davis, the horse thief who escaped rom, the White Sulphur Springs calmr e about two months ago and who as been skulking around in the vicin tyof Barker for so l ng, has been heard fagain. Last e he was down' at ose Solomon's p on the Marias for o days. While there he sold his horse a ighboring r cher for [5, and nxt morning came tohe o muse, it Isnsd, to seM _r omoe from ,the purchaser. But the rancher happened to be in Benton that day with the horse, so Davis was out of luck that time. His next move was to start for Assinaboine; he bought a ticket and loaded his saddle on the coach, but wglked all the way to the post, for what reason cannot be sur mised unless he was afraid of being stopped on the road by an officer of the law. He stayed around the fort a couple of days, gambling a little and otherwise amusing himself, until one morning he turned up missing, and also a couple of horses belonging to Jack Brown, the Gros Ventre interpreter. Some soldiers started north on his trail, but could not overtake him, as he had so much the start of his pursuers that he had crossed the line before the soldiersgotanywhere near him. Sheriff McDevitt heard of his being at the Marias and his flight to Assinaboine, so he telegraphed to the post to have him detained, but the bird had flown before the message was re ceived. Davis has had a wonderful streak of luck or else he is a good one to elude capture for so long. Fort Benton Library. A meeting of the association was held Friday in the library room. The re port of the treasurer, L. H. Rosenerans, was read and accepted. This report showed receipts from subscriptions of $600.25, disbursements the same amount. Miss McQuillan, the librarian, reported receipts of $214.70; cash paid out, $189.20; cash on hand, $25.50; number of vol umes on hand, 557. The report was ac cepted. The following officers tendered their resignations, which were accepted : S. Dutlin, president; Miss Rose McQuillan, librarian, and M. D. Chambers, direc tor. The following persons were then elected to fill the vacancees caused by said resignations: H. G. McIntire, president; Mrs. W. Turner, director; D. Dutro, librarian. It was moved, and carrikd, that the librarian be allowed a salary of $25 a month for his services he to keep the library open from 9 to 12 o'clock a. m. and from 1 to 4 p. nm. every day except Saturday when it. should be kept open the additional time of from 7 to 10 p. m. The library to be kept in the same room as at pres ent and the librarian to furnish the room and all necessary fires and lights. It was carried that the other officers hold over until the next general election, in nuary. Mrs. Duffin was presented ith a fine volume of "Bryant's Poetry nd Song" for the good work she had done in raising funds for the organiza tion. Finally, all the outgoing officers were given a vote of thanks for their hearty co-operation in the work and the able manner in which they had dis charged their duties. Great Falls City. thas. Wegner, of Rock creek, has jusi rrived from the new city, where he ha, een to pick out a suitable point for olter & Bro.'s proposed saw mill and laning mill. The new machinery will onsist of a planer and ripper, as the ogs will be all squared of the slabs be ore running them down the river in afts. Only dressed lumber such as ooring, clapboards and finishing lum er will be worked up at their lower mill-therough Inmber to be all cut in the timber. Their lumber last year has all been cut up in the Belt mountains, seven miles from the Missouri, then hauled to the river and rafted down to the different lumber yards along the stream as far down as the mouth of Sur 'riverJ The season of l88one raft got aWy from them and went oyer the falls, owing to the men getting frighten ed and leaving it as soon as the raft got over the first riffle, several miles above Black Eagle falls. This last season they have run down half a million feet of lumber in seventeen rafts. There has been a good market for the lumber this year, but little of their stock is left. The site-selected for the new mill is at the upper end of townsite, as it is thought it will be easier to land their rafts there than further down the river. The Miles City W ell. The pressure in the artesian well seems to increase by the length of time it has been running. Yesterday a col umn of pipe fifty feet above the surface was put on and an effort made to plug up the pipe with a ten-foot wooden plug driven in by the 500-pound hammer which is used in sinking the casing. The workman had about finished driv ing in the plug, and Superintendent Ullmaný was congratulating himself on the success of the undertaking, when this plug was suddenly thrown into the air, lifting, in its ascent, the heavy ham mer, and the water gushed out with fearful force.-Journal. A Helena Boy's Tumble i4to the Sea. A letter informs Helena friends of the safe arrival of Mrs. Samuel Neel, chil dren and mother, in California. They are domiciled at Oakland, making their home with Mrs. Wilson, formerly of this city. On the way from Portland to San Francisco Mrs. Neil's son Sam, a lad of pine years. tumbled overboard. A sailor, seeing the boy pitch into the sea, leaped after him, grabbed him as he rose to the surface, and lad and res cuer were quickly lifted' from the water and landed 4n the deck of the steamer, none the worse for their bath. For some moments great excitement prevailed on board the vessel, and not for some time after the accident did Mrs. Neel recover from the shock It t use4 her. The brave ellor 'was rewarded by a mother's heart-burdened tbiik a and a suta t # a1 tesimonial fr° hierola ced,--,-1* TILLINGHAST'S TRIBULATIONS. A Statement of the Assets and Liabilities of the Chicago Firm. We find the following statement in reference to the affairs of H. C. Tilling hast & Co., who rocently made an as signment, in the Pioneer Press of the 14th : CHICAGO, November 13.-H. C. Til linghast & Co., dealers in hides, leather and buffalo robes, made an assignment to-day. The failure caused much sur prise and regret among the trade, as the house is one of the oldest, heaviest and most honorably conducted in the west. The immediate cause of the downfall was the protest yesterday afternoon of an acceptance of a sixty days' draft for $10,000. The firm has no preferred cred itors, not even its own bank, to which the firm is said to be indebted about $30,000. The causes leading to the fail ure were that the firm borrowed money with which to pay cash for hides and leather, and sold on one to four months' time, and the fact that its purchasing agent in Montana has overdrawn $50,000 on stock which has not arrived. Their assets are estimated at $375,000 to $400, 000, including a $50,000 interest in a sil ver mine and smelting works in Mon tana, the stock in hand and in transit, branch leather houses in Dubuque, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Col., and book accounts. The latter includes a claim for $60,000 against Putnam, Phelps & Co., of Leominster, Mass. The liabili ties are ,estimated at $40,000. The pa per of the firm is tde d t be wide ly distributed. DUBUQUE, Iowa, eVtMber 13.-Great surprise was manifested in this city to day by the announcement that H. C. Tillinghast & Co., of Chicago, had made an assignment, and the surprise was further augmented by the fact that at 11:30 o'clock last night an attachment had been issued on the stock of the con cern in favor of the employes in the Dubuque branch ot the firm to the ex tend of $3,946 back wages due them. The Dubuque branch was ably managed by Wnm. McDonald, and the firm was supposed to stand on a solid foundation. A later statement sent out by the asso ciated press is to this effect: CHICAGO, November 16.-Later devel opments in regard to the failure of H. C. Tillinghast & Co., leather dealers, in dicated that their assets will only reach about $150,000, instead of $400,000, as at first stated, and their liabilities $370,000, instead of $300,000. Exonerating Mr. Emery. The following dispatch has been hand gd us by E. G. Maclay, cashier of the First National Bank of this city : CHICAGO, November 16, 1883. First National Bank, Fort Benton: Newspapers have cast reflections upon as. H. Emery. We have the utmost onfidence in him and will not see him 4bused. H. C. TILLINGHAST & CO. The item which cast reflections upon Er. Emery, who is-the agent of Tilling iast & Co. in this territory, was an as ociated press dispatch sent out from Chicago. We are pleased to publish this positive denial of the statements it contained, although no one in Montana believed Mr. Emery was in the least espect guilty "as charged in the indict ent." !A Deserved Compliment to Mr. Paris Gib son and Montana. The Quarterly Journal of the Nation al Association of Wool Manufacturers publishes entire the fine address of ex President Gibson of the Mentana Wool Growers' association, delivered before that body at their annual meeting in this city last summer. In referring to the address the editor pays a high com pliment to Mr. Gibson, as well as to our "attractive territory," as follows: We feel called upon to republish -the following address, because it is in some measure the complement of a paper published in our columns in 1880 on "Wool Growing in Montana." Besides, the completion of the Northern Pacific railroad, passing through Montana, is again bringing public attention to this attractive territory. The address of Mr. Gibson deserves the special notice of manufacturers, because it indicates a new departure in sheep husbandry in a most desirable direction, namely, the aim to attain in American fleeces all the best qualities of the English colonial wools. It is fortunate that one who has beerl so experienced and skilled as a manufacturer should be in a position to influence the wool production of the most promising region of the north west. - Firemen's Meeting. 'he meeting of the engine company last Friday was well attended, some twenty-five members being present. The object of the gathering was to consider the matter of adopting a uniform, and after some discussion it was -decided to secure a s iirt and belt, each member to purchase his own outfit, the cost of which will not be greater than five dol lars. All present signified their will ingness to invest and the other mem bers will be waited upon in reference to the matter to-day, so that before very long, doubtless, the engine company can appear on parade in the simple but pleasing uniform adopted. It is pro posed to give a grand fireman's ball dur ing the holidays, and altogether, it seems, the fire laddies-are taking a good. deal of interest in their organization. 1fotooe. Parties wishing to secure turkeys A r Thanksgiving should leave their o4WeS