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THE RIVER PRESS.
Vol. IV. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, November Ž8, 1883. No. 6. BEYOND REACH OF A KISS. "You are sad a d dejected, my treasure, Your fa.e ' ears a look of drear pain; Whnt is It that hinde rs your pleasure ? What dcth your enjoyments enchain ? Have thy: words I have spoken offended ? Pray tell me, my own chosen dove. And the hurt with a k:ss shall be mended A kiss - that physician of love. "Why sit you uneasy and sighing ? \ihat sorrow doth knaw at your heart ? I- my trcasured one p'ning and dying From tlhe rting of some keen, hidden dart ? Pray tell me the cause of the trouble Tihat in darkness your soul doth immure. And 'twill burst like a light, fragile bubble, For a kiss never yet failed to cure." "'Oh. darling " she ejaculated, "You shoe.d cure the deep pain if you could, But I fear 'tis so deeply located That a kiss wouldn't do any good. We had a mince pie for our dinner, An' ]'di het the durned thing wasn't ripe For it doubles me up like a sinner, With a dod-busted sociable gripe." AN INTEPRES:TING INTERVIEW. What T. 0. Power Has to Say of the Present and Future of Fort Benton. He Considers it a Little Too Early in the Campaign to Talk Politics. While T. C. Power's largest interests are at Fort lWenton, where he made the "start" in the successful business he has hIad in Montana, yet he does not visit our town mllore than once or twice a year, and event then his stays are not very plrotracted. From the first, away lack in the "buffalo period," Mr. Power ihas had unlimited confidence in Fort lBeiºton, and to-day he is as positive as ever that there is a great future before this city and northern Montana in gen eral. Mr. Power's opinions are always interesting, and for that reason our re porter waited upon him yesterday and put him through the usual course, with the following result: "HIow do you find Fort Benton this visit ?" was the first dash made by the scribe'. " Well, the town seems to be a little (lull, but I didn't expect ainything else. Under existing circumstances it couldn't b)e otherwise. But I want to say to you that this is the turning point. This will be the dullest season that Benton will experience, and if you get off with one season of comparatively dull trade, I should think you ought to be satisfied. There are few of the plresent prosperous cities of the country that have not had Ilucii worse experience. But when I look at the business our house has done here this season, I cannot see much ground for complaints.'" " What is to bring about the revival of business next year?" "Immigration, for one thin'g. There is going to be a host of people settle in the country tributary to this town next year and right along. The opening of t he reservation will be a great benefit to Fort Benton, in fact of itself will give it a big bboom, and I regard it as a fore gone conclusion that the reservation will be ol)elIed to settlement by the con tress that convenes next month." "'\What are our railroad prospects?"' "Your railroad prospects are good. 1 look ,for two connections flont the Northern Pacific -- one frion Helena and( the other 1robably front Billings -to be commuenced next season. I Iave no doubt at all but that they will he speedily built if the railroad copullany s':cures relief from their pres ent linanciat embarrassments and the st ocks of the comnpai y go up. There is al ready some iniprovemient in the affairs of the company and I expect it to be vastly greater before spring. Watch the stock q(uotations and you can come pretty near telling when the Fort Benton branch of the Northern Pacific will be started. then, besides, Jim Hill's road up the north side of the Missouri river'will get here before a good many of us think, and that is going to beFort Benton's greatest railroad." "But the present outlook fpr the farm era, with a big surplus grain crop, is not very encouraging. Can't you say some thing to brace them up a little?" "I regard this the hardest year the farmers will have. This matter of supply and demand of grain as well as other articles must regulate itself, and it is do ing it nicely. The experience of this year has effectually shown that north ern Montana can produce all the grain needed in her borders, and shipments from the states will now be a thing of the past. This year the government p)aid over $100,000 for grain at Forts As sinaboine and Maginnis, every pound ofwhich was shipped from the states, because the contractors had no assurance that they could secure it here. Next season, however, this grain will be bought of our farmers, and it will re quire all of their surplus and some of the new crop to supply the demand. Then in a year or two we will have a railroad and what grain is not needed at home can be shipped to other markets with a profit to the producer.' A flouring mill, too, will help out materially, so that al together I do not regard the outlook for the farmers of this section as anything like discouraging. It is probable that they will never again have 'bursting granaries' with no market for the grain. Prices may be lower but they will be in accord with the general change in val ues that is bound to come about with the advent of the railroad." "I see, Mr. Power,"' mildly suggested the reporter, "that the newspapers are again talking of you as a candidate for congress, have you anythingto say on the subject to enlighten the readers of the RIVER PRESS?" "Oh, no; nothing whatever! It is too soon yet to talk politics, with the elec tion nearly a year ahead. My election as delegate at large to the constitutional convention has revived this talk, which, as I said, is premature. While of course there was no contest, I nevertheless feel complimented with the vote I received at the late election, here and elsewhere." Mr. Power does not exactly "deny the "oft impeachment" that he is a candi date for delegate to congress, and we are certain his friends will insist on bring ing him to the fore and will secure him the nomination. Moreover, Mr. Power, if nominated, would obtain more votes at the polls than any other republican in the territory. Fort Assinaboine. We wonder if there is anyone who likes to roll out of a warnm bed at three o'clock of a cold, frosty morning to take the early coach for an all day's r4de. Bht that is what had to be done to get to our destination (Assinaboine) in one day. All is blank to the nodding pas senger from the city to the Marias, with the exception of a chance to stretch one's limbs by a walk up a hill as long as its jaw-breaking name-the Cra-con du-nez. For the rest of the twelve miles we consign ourselves to the tender mercy of Providence and the careful ness of the driver-Clark. We are all glad to roll out of the coach sleepy, cold and hungry, ready to be kvarmed and fed at Mose Solomon's. The proprietors were soon routed out of bed, and when we were thoroughly warmed were hand ed over to Madison, the dusky genius who presides over the culinary depart ment of the hotel de Solomon. Since the addition of Charley Miller to the firm they have built a new building and propose putting in a well selected stock of general merchandise, and the big rush through there that will follow the opening of the northern reseryation next spring will find them well fixed to do business. After crossing Maria's river, as it is named by Lewis and Clarke, in honor of some fair lady, we are in the Indian's country. The luxuriant bunch grass reminds us that dame nature evidently intended this country for a fine stock range, since the buffalo, the red man's cattle, have been wiped out by the steady inroads of the whites and the use of their weapon. the death-dealing rifle, by the imitative wild friends. Clear to the post the country is one long stretch of rolling upland, the monotony being only broken by a stop at the Coal Banks for refreshments and change of horses, and also at Box Elder. The only signs of game are the hides of coyotes and buffalo wolves stretched and tacked to the walls of stage stations. Game being so scarce these hungry animals seem to fall easy victims to the well strychnined bait which is put out for their special benefit. The paymaster's escort rolls past us and sets some of the passengers guessing as to how many of the gallant boys in blue have already "gone broke" through bad judgment in estimnatingthe size of the "hole card" or indulging in too much Milwaukee beer. Close upon the heels of the escort comes one of the characters of the country, "'Tangle-leg ged Ben," in a Red river cart. Ben is very glad to see us and is inclined to be sociable, so much so that he would take a drink with us, but we declined the honor, inasmuch as it was to be at our own expense, and whirled away, leaving the poor fellow gazing wistfully after us. We roll into the post promptly at six and are treated to a sight of Fort Assin aboine by lamp light. As it is built on a leyel plain and around a rectangular t)araide ground about a half mile long and a qluarter wide it look well from B.moad water, McCulloh & Co.'s store, which stands on one end of the parallelogram. The post traders here seem to be doing a rushing business and the room is throng ed from early morning until closing time at night with a motley crowd of custom ers, all with plenty of coin of the realm, showing that Uncle Sam had "loosened up," as he does bi-monthly for the boys in blue. The boys at the store are'all pleasant and accommodating and make a stranger feel at home in no time. The site of the post on Beaver creek, and six miles from Milk river, was se lected by Col. J. R. Brooks, who march ed here with six companies from Fort Shaw in the spring of '78. It was estab lished at this point to prevent the hos tile Sioux under Sitting Bull, who were thei camped at Wood mountains, from making raids into northern Montana and Dakota. The Rosebud massacre on the Yellowstone of the dashing Cus ter and his entire gallant band seems to have impressed the military authorities Shat Sitting Bull and his followers were bad men and needed watching. The buildings were commenced in the spring of '79 with Broadwater as contractor, Gen. Ruger being on the ground with the 18th infantry. Col. Lee, quarter mas ter, was in charge of the construction. As near as we can learn congress has ap p~ropriated $225,000 for the material and civilian labor used in the construction of the post. Ole Olesea the veteran brick maker informed us thatseven miflln of brick were used in the erection of the buildings. E. R. C.. The creditors of n. U. T`.,ing~uas8 a Co. are to meet in Chicago on the 4th of December. It will also be of interest to the Montana creditors oft the firm to know that the !assignee £h as ked :and has been granted permission to coptinue the business in the interest of the cred itors. This is supposed to have been on account of the firm hsatng, before the failures made purchses ni the northe west which have not yet ireaehed OC cago.-Independent. BAD FOR BARKER Everything, at a Staldstill at the Camp on account of the Embar rassments of the Smelting Company. All the Latest Available News in Refer ' ence to the Matter. It seems that the financial troubles at Barker are growing more and more com plicated every day. Lien alter lien has been placed upon the property of the company by the different creditors, and the firms of F. W. Reed & Co. and the Clendenin lumbering company are suf fering the same fate, and will naturally fall or rise with the smelting company. As soon as one attachment was mllade, others " followed fast and followed !uster," until now the matter is in a sort of a hopelessly mixed legal wess. F. W. Reed & Co. have made an assignment to Wim. McQueen, of Clendenin, for the benefit of their Fort Benton creditors, their assets being fully sufficient to cover their liabilities, and if the smelting conm pan y should resume operations soon they would have no difficulty in con tinuing thie business and meeting every obligation. Messrs. Burghardt and Emery left for Helena Monday morning with the view of securing such assistance, if possible, as would bridge the smelting company over the present difficulties, and it is to be hoped they will succeed in their mis sion. The company has just reached that point where they are in a position to make money, and if the failure of Til linghast & Co. had not occurred at this most inopportune time they would soon have been in easy financial circum stances. If some arrangement can be made by which work could be resumed at Cleudenin, everything would soon be running smoothly again, and all these debts-and they do not aggregate one tenth of the value of the Silver Belle mine alone-,would oe paid. It should be the desire of everyone interested to bring about such a result. At Barker there is naturally intense excitement over this affair. The checks of the smelting company and of F. W. Reed & Co. were about the only cur rency in the camp. If there should be a collapse nearly every citizen would be a loser, more or less, and many would lose their all. The last monthly pay roll amounted to $8,000, all in checks, and all have been protested, a fact of itself calculated to bring financial ruin, upon the little community. On Sunday the miners and workmen geperally of the camp held a meeting to consider the situation, and as a result Mr. M. D. Scott was selected to come to this city and learn the.condition of aflsirs. He arrived Monday evening and has since been prosecuting his inquiries and. tak ing such steps as he could to secure him self and fellow workmen. Prof. N. A. Foss ar ived from the camp yesterday afternoon and he confirms what has al ready been said in regard to the situ ation at Clendenin. There have been no disturbances whatever, but a feeling of gloom pervades the town, although many are still hopeful that' matters will vet work out all right. There are nearly 3,UOU bars .f bullion at the smelter, and on Sunday night some of the men who had been in the employ of the comnany took possession of the same and determined that none of it should be hauled away until they got their pay. Whether or not they are still guarding the silver bars we are not i n formed, but it is probable that they are. Col. Donnelly and Max Water man left for Clendenin yesterday to look after the interests of their clients. Mr. Waterman is the bearer of a letter from Mr. Scott that will doubtless do much towards restoring confidence in the camp. Nothing, we believe, has yet been learned as to the result of Messrs. Burg hardt and Emery's mission, but it is sincerely to be hoped that something will be done by which op'erations at Clendenin can be resumed. If not, it will be a severe blow to hundreds in this section of the country, including Ben ton, Barker and all the mining camps adjacent. THE CAUSE OF THEIR FAILURE. H. C. Tllinghast & Co.'s Money Said to, Have Been Sunk in a Montana Mine. "The firm of H. C. Tillinghast & Co. would have never failed," said a gentle man thoroughly conversant with the af fairs of the embarrassed concern to a reporter for the Chicago Daily News, "if it had kept its money in the legiti mate business of the house-hides and furs. The members of the house would have been wealthy to-day if they had let mining stock alone. The business of the firm has always been a paying one. This story about a certain Mon tana buyer for the house using a large amountof funds which he failed to ac count for, thus causing the present em barrassment, is all fiction, I believe. The outlet for theflrm's money has been its Montana mine, which has been call ing for more money for a long time. A large, growing business cannot be suc aestful eonduetediby men who are con trnually taking, its property r ,and placing it ,in outside speculations. Thi mining speculatfon of _Tilinghast ' Co.thas iuined them, just as it has a thousand other concernsP "Wihat will the fAlm's assets foot up?" "iNearly $2 000, I think. This is merely a sup tteon, however, as the -e otermines and ist ing stock itsvery tiult to esmateoi ad the inventory et .e ctk has t b lshied yet. ": tw# X)$,0(X0, and $f50,000. Yes, fPll ,0A00. I anot say positively wnetner tue nrm win resume PUSin[Ss or not, but the natural supposition is that it will on a smaller scale. A settle ment must be made first. of course, with the creditors. The outlook is not a very bright one for the embtarrassed concern, but its legitimate business has always been a profitable one and could again be conducted to advantageeven Or, a small er basis than formerly." The Outlook for Barker. H. D. Burghardt, superintendent of the Clendenin mining and ,nmelting company, returned Sunday fron Helena, where he has been for the past few days. He informed our reporter yesterday that the prospects for resuming work at Clendenin are bright and that in the course or a few wt-eks this result will be brought about. Upon representations made by Mr. Burglhardt, Mr. Hauser, of the First National bank of Helena, has taken an, interest in the matter ,and in the course of a few days will send an ex pert to Clendenin to make an examina tion of the mine, and if it is found as ex pected-and we have no doubt that it w.ill be, as the Silver Belle is looking better now than it ever has-financial assistance will not l)e wanting. It is hoped to bring about this result speedi ly, after which it will not take very long to place the company on such a basis that every dollar of their liabilities can be paid. We are certain that Mr. Burg hardt will find his creditors ready and willing to co-operate with him to any extent in bringing about this desired re suit. ABOUT THE .OOM. Fort Benton to be Abundantly Supplied With Wood and Cheap Lumber Next Year. A RIVER PRESS reporter was informed Saturday by Mr. Allen that the ar rangements for the lease of the boom have been fully consummated, and that the work of preparation for next season's operations will begin immediately. As soon as this storm subsides Mr. Allen will leave for the timber region, up the river, and select the most advantageous place to secure the logs and wood. This may be at some point along the Mis souri or up Deep creek. He knows there is abundant timber on the latter stream, in the mountains, and he regards it as a favorable river to drive. As soon as the base of operations in the timber is se lected a force of men will be set at work, sufficient to cut 5,000 cords of wood, and a large number of logs suitable to make lumber.. These will be delivered at the river bank this winter, and driven next season at a favorable stage of water and Mr. Allen has no doubt whatever but that every stick can be landed here in safety. With the success that he an ticipates-and, having spent a lifetime in the business, he ought to know some thing about it-the timber can be laid down here at very low figures. The establishment of an extensive saw mill will immediately follow the success of the enterprise, and thereafter fuel and lumber will not be such high priced ar ticles in Fort Benton. The RIVER PRESS trusts the project will be even a greater success than those interested are led to expect. The Rumored Sale of the Manitoba. The rumored sale of the Manitoba to the St. Paul system created much talk in railroad circles. While President Hill and other Manitoba officials pro nounce the rumor false, there were oth ers who give it some credence. They say that the road is owned by four or five men. who have made big money in buy ing the stock. Now that they have grown wealthy they are anxious. to un load. According to the rumor the af fair is of the nature of a consolidation. Mr. Hill is to retain a portion of his in terest in the road, and enter the direc tory of the consolidated lines. Messrs. Horten & Brown, the brokers, to whose presence the rumor may be ascribed, were in Winnipeg yesterday. They will return to St. Paul on Monday next. -Pioneer Press. THE KNOWLEDGE OF IT AT MILWAUKEE. MILWAJKER, November 20.-Alex Mitchell, interviewed to-day concerning the rumored purchase of the Manitoba road by his company, said: "There is not a word of truth in the rumor. The St. Paul company has no idea of pur chasing the Manitoba road." S. S. Mer rill said: "If the St. Paul company has purchas ed, or is negotiating for the Minneapo lis & Manitoba railway it is a matter of news to me. It is not likely that such an undertaking would be begun without it being known here, and we have not had the first intimation of such a pur chase, outside of what we have seen in print this morning." A New Bullion Producer. A notabte event occnrred last week in the production of the first bullion ever turned out in Missoula county, at the Bitter Root smelter recently erected by Bass Bros. There were six bars each weighing 110 pounds of what was said to be the finest silver bullion of the territo ry and estimated to be worth in gold and silver fifty cents per pound. The Missoula Times says : "The trial smelter recently erected near the Ste vensville'bridge is pronounced a big suc cess. The capacity of the works-is about twenty bars per twenty-four hou hrs. Six rhen are reqired to Qpeat~ e the emelter. The ore worked was a mtiure of the econd and third das grades from the tiza'beth, Cu rlew and. Paattt Vie mines. Contrary tos peete ns the ore was found to 1 easily werJ e d I ppealsthe tsuess "of the; vent al ready established beysond diY t A BOLD ROBBERY. f,. C. Starck, With T. C. Power & Bro., Knocked Senseless In His Office and the Money Drawer Relieved of About $700. One of the most daring robberies-in fact the first one of its kind known in the annals of our cotmmunity-occurred Wednesdaynight atT. C. Power & Bro.'s store. There being extra work on hand Messrs. T. C. and J. W. Power, together with A. C. Johnson, L. C. Starck, and perhaps other employes, remained in the ottice until 11 o'clock. when all but Mr. Starcke retired. The latter had vet about half an hour's work, and while engaged on the same a stranger came to the rear door of the store, and finding it open, walked in. He then entered the office and inquired of Mr. Starck the price of a ticket to St. Paul. The latter gave the desired information, and was plied with quite a number of questions in regard to the trip, the difterence be tween first and second class fare, etc., the stranger finally saying: "Well, there's nothing small about me ; I guess I'll take a first class ticket." Accordingly he pulled out a $100 bill and gave it to Starck, and the latter opened his drawer to make change, ex posing a number of bills to view, and just as lie did so, with his back turned to the stranger, he was dealt a strong blow back of the ear and knocked partly down, followed quickly by another that sent him to the floor in an unconscious condition. Meantime the robber delib erately proceeded to relieve the drawer of its contents, securing about $700, and made his escape before Starck revived. After probably ten minutes the latter came to, and in a half dazed condition he proceeded to John Power's room and aroused Mr. T. C. Power, who occupied the same. Others connected with the house were then awakened, when the circumstances of the robbery were learn ed. A physician was called to see Starck, when it was found he was pretty severely injured, and yesterday he was confined to his room. Sheriff McDevitt was soon afterwards informed of the occurrence, and he has been diligently at work on the case since, and is not without hope of getting his man. About two hours before the 'bbbery took place a RIVER PRESS re porter was informed by one who claimed to know that Davis, the horse thief and desperado, was in town, and if true, it may be that the daring and dastardly deed was done by him. From the dili gent work being done there is strong hope that the officers will succeed in capturing the culprit-and if they do, Fort Benton is likely to have its second case of hanging under the auspices of Judge Lynch. Such characters cannot be sent "over the range" too fast. Opening of the Reservation. It seems to be generally accepted as a certainty that the Indian reservation will be thrown open to settlement by congress this winter, and the indica tions areathat this much desired result will be compassed early in the session. We are informed by Mr. Thos. O'Hi-an ion, who was present at the conference of the commission with the Indian, at Belknap, that the Indians are perf, ,:ty willing to give up a portion of thei' re serve, but of course there was a differ ence of opinion as to where the dividing line should be. The Indians want the Little Rocky country, and a:re even loth to give up the Bear Paw region, but in this their wish is not likely to be gratified. Theinspector of Indian agencies who recently visited Belknap expressed the opinion that the agency would be moved before May next, and he is in favor of placing the Indians on lower Milk river and the Missouri and opening up all the country to the west, which vitws will be incorporated in his report to the department. There is no opposition to the scheme from any quar ter and if an effobrt is made by the friends of the measure the favorable action of congress can be had early in the session Then look out for a land stampede of big proportions ! From the Maiden Argus. The glass is all in in the Makiaen drug store front, and sheeting completed preparatory to a coat of kalsomine. Mr. D insmore will occupy half of the store with his large stock of clothing, while the other half will be filled with a l~rge and choice line of drugs. C. C. Snow returned Tuesday evening from his visit to the east and his boy- hood home. He reports a pleasant tj .m, but is glad to be in his mountaffi idfme again, rustling with the Collar silver rock. His many friends are as happy to have him with them again as he is to be here. Chet. Fowler, one of the old-timers of this camp, and now a resident of Fort Benton, has been shaking hands and talking over old times with the boys, during the week. Mr. Fowler is eon nected with the house of I. G. Baker & Co., of Fort Benton, and is ,here on bus iness for the firm. He thinks Maiden is improving with age, and is just a lit tle "mashed"' on the eld girl again. We would not be surprised to see him renew his old love ere long. In another year she will have discarded her "short dress es" and be crowned "Queen of the Ju dith Mountains.". Catch on, Chet., be 'fore she gets old and "sassy." . Undiatributed Mails. PowaTh.ii , Or., Novir ber 23.--A. other himdred iks of untdistrlbutec maill das:ýarIved here: . Griat compl t iba beenz mae of th .lsmi ntag 1'wlel ein y :of the lesta %ng ms ov'thaNVtbPr