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ITHE RIVER RESS.
Vol. IV. Fort Benton, Montana. Wednesday, December 19, 1883. No. 9. WRITE THEM A LE rTER TO-NIGHT. D .on't go to the thealre, lect re or ball, But stay in your room to- light; l)c')y iours-el to the i rieiids that call, And a good long letter wr te \- rite tot he sad od old ikt a home, \\ ho sit when the day is d ne, With folded hainds and dowr cast eyes, And think of the absent o e. Don't selfishly scribble; "Excuse my haste, I've scarcely the time to write," Letist their brooing thonug ts go wandering back To many a bygone night. When they lost their needed sleep and rest, And every breath was a player That God would leave their deicate babe To their tender love and care. Don't let them feel that younve no more need For their love and counsel wise: For their hearts grow strangely sensitive When age has dimmed the ey(s. It might be well to let them believe You nev.r forget them quite That you deemed it a pleasure when far away, Long letters home to write. Don't think that the young and giddy friends Who make your pastime gay, Have half the anxious thoughts for you That the old folks have to-day. The duty of writing do not put off, I et sleep or pleasure wait, Lest the eotter for which they looked and longed Be a day or an hour too late. For the sad old folks at home, With locks fast turning white, Are longint to hear of the absent one Write them a letter to-night. --- ---..-4 . GOOD NEWS FOR BARKER. The Smelting Company to Resume Opera tions in a Few Lays. .A telegram was received Sunday by T. A. \Wall from FH. D. Burghardt stat il.; thatt the arrangement had been fully ,::1tale fir a resulmptiont of operations at :i'irker by the smelting company, and titnmterolus messages received yesterday ,,, irtlm the report. Mr. Burghardt leaves Helena this liol'inlg for Benton and will arrive to ,,rrowW evening. He will probably be accompanied by a mining expert to ex :ºtinell the Si:ver Belle. If the latter's rep(trt is favorable the arrangements for resuimit ng operations are already corn plhted, and it will he only a few days Iltit the smelter is again running in full blist. That the report will be favor able c.annot be doubted. The mine never looked better than it does to-day, an imn i(ense deposit of high grade ore being exposed to view. The p)rogramme is to work tile inine and smelter for all there is in themt, at the least possible expense, in (Order to 1pay off the debts of the com ])'ftly, and it is confidently expected that t lis can be done in a few months, se tritý_ to every creditor the full value of hi,, ,lclim . Tiunler this arrangement the business of F. W. Iteed & Co. will also be re s~r-lietI, pro!'bably under the management of tile assignee, so that the prospects ate flist r:te that the creditors of that firm wil tom)e o()t even. This will he a welcome piece of news to every reader of the RIVER PRESS, as t lere is scarcely a section of northern Montana thf t is not interested in the welfare of Barker. Sun River News. I)yas & Murray's new store building is simply "immense."' It will soon be rely for occupancy as the painters are nw putting on the finishing touches. Murrayv's hall, with its imported seen .rl\, chandeliers and foot lights is good cenloughl for a city with 5,000 inhabitants. ''lie hall will be formnally openedi to the iblic by the Sun Rtiver minstrels. This r~oul.pe expect to make a tour of the lprin .iatal eastern cities, and appear by re j.iust before all the crowned heads of l;urope tlhis coming theatrical season. The old-timer, Bob Chestnut, is in towni spending a few days. He is tilhe godl-lather o0 Chestnut valley, on the Utpper Missouri, and he can regale any (oiie with a feast of old timers' stories. His personal appearance would make a lit hero for one of Finnimore Cooper's t:aies of frontier tragedy. Bob's remin is~cences of how he used to throw rocks at the deer to scare them away from his house is quite a novelty in these degen erate days when a deer is a rare sight in tmost parts of Montana. All the prominent Sun River men are doing everything in their power to have the Fort Shaw military reservation cut down to a circle of one and one-half miiles in diameter. Gen. Brooks will sign a petition to that effect, as with no cavalry at the post a larger reserve is unnecessary. This will open up the choice portions of Sun river valley to settlement and add another impetus to tile town's boom. G(eo. Steell reports that the flouring mill, under the new management, is now turning out some first class flour thalt will compare favorably with the Mlinnesota brands. Every one should give the flour a fair trial, as they can save lmoLney by'buying the home-made article. A Sun River newspaper is now an as tired fact, with 1). B. Hall and W. H. Hianks, lately of Bloomville, Ohio, as editors and proprietors. The presses and office material are probably on their way by this time. The upper floor of IFord Bros.' store has been secured for the offlice this winter. Mr. Hall says they will build in the spring. Col. Ilges' Lecture. There was a large audience in attend ance at the lecture of G01. Ilge , at Stocking's hall, Thursday, and ;they hIad the pleasure of Ustenippf to i oe of the most entertaining lectures ever de livered in Montana. Col. Donnelly oc cupied the chair of master of eeremno ties, and the speaker was happilyintro duced by W. H. Hunt, when heentered at once upon his subject-"Five years amnong thle Apaches." The clonel makes a fine appearance on the rostrum and his bearing is easy ad read14g 'ex- cellent, notwithstanding the fact that this is but his second appearance before the public in the capacity of lecturer. After a few general remarks about the army he at once takes his audience with him on. the trip to Arizona, the home of the Apaches, describing the journey and then the country in which his command was established and where he spent five years that he can hardly look back to as the pleasantest of his life. Then follows an account of his campaigns and skirmishes with that most hostile and bloodthirsty tribe of Indians, in which are included many most interesting narratives, among them the story of his rescue from the Indians of the boy Ernest, whom he adopted, and is now educating in Eu yope. The lecture concluded with a general reference to this tribe of natiyes their dress, habits, government, religion and present condition. The address was about an hour in length and was listen ed to throughout with marked attention and interest. In every respect the lec ture was a success and at its close Col. Ilges received the hearty congratula tions of his friends. It will be well re ceived wherever delivered. Embarrassment of W. S. Wetzel. On Wednesday 0ght an attachment was served upon .. S. Wetzel of this city by a local creditor to secure a debt of $25,000, the attachment covering the warehouses and contents and Mr. Wet zel's real estate. Immediately there af ter Mr. W. made an assignment of the stock in the store to D. G. Browne for the benefit of certain creditors, the same being afterwards attached by the Montana National bank of Helena for a large sum and on Friday morning the store ., as: closed, and is now in the hands of the sheriff. These facts which. .re known general ly in the city have not before appeared in print, as Mr. Wetzel hoped to makl such a settlement with his creditors as would enable him to immediately re sume business, as if nothing` had hap pened, but the delay, together with the circulation of so many absurd rumors, require from the press, foi' the best in terest of all concerned, a true statement of the case. A statement of the asset. and liabili ties can not be accurately given as yet. An invoice of the stock is being taken and when completed the exact condition of afhfairs can be arrived at. It is known, however, that the assets are far in ad vance of the liabilities. A meeting of the creditors was held last night and the showing is so favoiable that there is no reason whatever to doubt that a settle meat can and will be made, securing all the creditors and at the same time saving Mr. Wetzel from financial ruin. Every reader of the RIVER PRESS would be glad to hear 6f the a'tir tu'iin ing out this way. Mr. Wetzel has the hearty sympathy of this community. He is one of the old time merchants of Fort Benton and none have been more enterprising or have done more to ad vance the material interests of our town. Every important movement for the welfare of the city and county was sure of his hearty assistance, and generally he was the leader in these public enter prises. By his just and generous treat ment of all he has won the confidence of the community, and there is not one who for a moment doubts his honesty and integrity, whatever be the issue of this afihir. To see such a man strug gling to maintain his hard-earned place in the business world is indeed a sad picture! Possessed of remarkable pluck and energy, Mr. Wetzel extended his busi ness largely the present year, buying much greater stocks than ever before, and the comparativeiy dull season that followed naturally led.to the embarrass ments of this week, regretted as much, almost, by his friends as himself. For tunately, however, his large stock of goods and other valuable property, if judiciously managed, will bring a far greater amount than the sum total of his indebtedness, and if he is given a chance Mr. Wetzel will soon be himself again. We are pleased to be able to re port the outlook so favorable for him. A. Curiosity. -7 The following is a true copy of a letter received the other day by Mr. I. P. B.a ker from Wolf Chief, an Indian:of Fort Berthold, who, it seems, turns an honest dollar .in the summer season by selling wood to the steamboats. The epistle is written by himself, in red ink, in a fair ihand, and quite legible. The letter is published verbatim and doubtless is in telligible to Mr. Baker: FORT BERTHOLD Noy 27th 1883: My Dear friend I. P. baker Will you Please tell the steamer Ros bud, D. W. Moratta how many took My Wood 10.50 cords. Ash. Wood. cot fon Wood. and the steamer Black Hills and Helena how many took. I Want to know~the steamer Eclipse says. three steamers taking all Wood the st he know all My Wood We come back here hunting I tell sometime the Black Hills took Wood. My Dear friend I. P. Baker I Wrote to yNEwull titipp p. Pi. steamer Black Hills took 10 cords ash WOQod. In JOJal- g82. - 20 miles up here south. frinv*I I. IP. Baker. Willyou Plase tell me I would like to know. Which amount please send me and oblige ..FORT B oElR r J 2O1D. T, sept 26th 1883. go up Black Hills Oct 10 Rosebud--go Up Oct 10 Helena go u 1- Oct 23, Ecllpse go up-and be.L uie~· Ecipe The Sweet Bye and Bye ClUb. An extra meeting of the Sun River Sweet Bye and Bye club was called on Friday evening for the purpose of tak ing action and giving expression (as in structed by their constitution) to their views concerning the action of one of their members, who had forfeited all rights conferred upon him by the organ ization. It became the painful duty of the president to present the facts before the club, and there being no dissenting voice the following verdict and sentence was issued by him: "Brethren and fellow members of the S. B. & B. club-The extremely painful duty devolves upon me to pass sentence upon a heretofore honored member of our body, who has, contrary to our law (sec. 12, p. 22, vol. 1), taken unto him self a wife, thereby forfeiting and set ting at defiance our time-honored con stitution and making some other object paramount to this club. This, fellow members, we admit to be each man's privilege, but when exercised he be comes as one who never existed as far as the benefits of this club are concern ed; but in the every day walk of life it becomes our duty to treat him cordially and kindly, while wishing him all suc cess and happiness in his new life. But, as' I said before, as far as the club and its benefits are concerned, he ceases to exist. No more will his form darken our club room door; no more will his melodious voice be heard singing our sweet and beautiful hymns; no more will he be heard in our councils; no more will he stand outside the bar (of justice) while the chief cork puller dis penses the lemonade and soda water with which the members are wont to refresh themselves between each hymn ; no more will a committee of search be required to hunt up and return truant members who prefet empty boxes to their club room; and when the grand recorder, in stentorian tones, inquires, 'What does a new member do?' his voice, heretofore the loudest and first to be heard, will be missed and hushed forever in the rooms of the club. [The chaplain being moved to tears is escort ed out by the chaplain.] I trust, breth ren, we may all profit by this example, and out of it some good may coims. While to the outside world and the un initiated this sentence may seem unjust and severe, I am sure you will all agree with me that something must be done to check this rapidly spreading disease which is affecting our flock. Rumor has it (I trust unfounded) that other members of our club have been stricken by this fell disease and are about to do likewise. To these I would say, Stop! Pause! Hesitate in your mad career. The fate of your unfortunate brother will be yours if you continue." .h Th,"usual thin'g" Javing,been dorie by each of the tWenty-seven membeifs assembled, the meeting was adjourned until Sunday week, the intervening Sunday being allowed for reflection. REPORTER OF THE CLUB. Fire Department. The following named gentlemen should be placed on the roll of honor, as they appeared promptly at the call ot the fire bell yesterday afternoon. The capacity of the engine was well demon strated by its throwing water over the flag staff of the Grand\ Union. The namnes were furnished iGi by the kind ness of the secretary, Mr. Je Ethier: Samn'l Cline, T. J. Todd, J. H. Evans, P. Macdonald, Jere Sullivan, S. Genz berger, Joe Ethier, S. Borbeau, Sandy Cameron, J. C. Bourassa, Chas. HIackel, Daniel Holland, John Gamble, Nap. Authier, John Keenan, Harry Stalnford, Dan. Sloane, Joe Hirshberg, Bob Cul bertson, Mike Lynch, Joe Sullivan,T. A. Cummiings, T. E. Collins T. Finnegan. Reservation Racket. We are informed by a gentleman who has been on the Indian reservation every day for the last week that the rumors as to a threatened invasion of the country to the east of the Marias is not merely all talk, but that a quiet exodus is now going on towards the "promised land." Many small parties of adventurers are now quietly prospecting the country for choice locations, and probably before the reservation is thrown open by act of congress to settlement by the whites many .of the choice stock and grain raising ranches will be in the hands of these adventurous spirits. A squatter's title is pretty good just now for these valuable lands, and a better claim can be procured in due time. 'Off for California. An old-time and much esteemed citi zen, Mr. O. H. Churchill, accompanied by wife and little one, leaves Montana for California the last of the week. Mr. Churchill is one of the territory's early pioneers, and has attained here an ample oompetence in stock-growing. He has disposed of his large cattle inter ests in this and adjoining counties, and with the means to live comfortably and more at his ease than for a decade or more of years'has been his wont in the m agem~nt aof multiplying herds, he )a home, or at least a winter resi dnce, in a milder zone,and tirns his eyes to~was Los .Angeles, 'where he may pqrmanently loeatee The last cattle sale effeeted by M (: urchiU was between 4,)00 .and 6 O5,4head.which realized him ix thezeghbirbhod' of $150,000. Froin rey cas nMd means safely knd ad tnt .s i:npvested hd derivess arev g pro notd qe than ),a000 a ia s uitm . clen4 to:.answer waemti and rnf~leve hitrfr ll.:: .,. M ri~wr4'14e ebehind. him regret h ris v, any, rei- dence in other parts, even though his absence from the Territory may amoul()lnt to no more than the winter season of each year. The Herald most cordially commends this sterling gentleman to the good graces and hospitable reception of the people of Southern California. Herald. Montana District. (Hasbandman.) A consignment of Massachusetts ore will arrive from Neihart this week and be forwarded at the first opportunity to the Omaha smelter. An accident occurred in the Massa chusetts mine one day last week, w hicl came near resulting in the death of M. L. Lohmire. Mr. L. was holding a drill when the striker made a miss lick, hit ting him on the side of the head, causing an ugly gash, and probably fracturing his skull. The wounded man was do ing well at last accounts, but will be dis abled from work for some time. Anderson Bros. & Co. made the first shipment of ores from Montana district this week. They loaded it on Col. Kent's teams for Livingston, from whence it goes direct to Omaha. This is but the beginning of what promises soon to be come one of our leading industries. This shipment is all from the Montana Bell mine. An eight-inch streak has been struck in the Massachusetts mine, Montana dis trict, which samples 1,300 ounces of silver per ton. Work in the mine is being pushed with good success, and the owners are in the best of spirits. In fact it is proving a bonanza and all are high ly delighted that it escaped being sold to Hauser & Holter. Complimentary Notice. The attention of our readers is respect fully called to the advertisement, in another column, of D. M. Ferry & Co., Detroit, Mich., the celebrated seedsmen. They do the largest business in their line in the United states; raise the bulk of their seed on their own farms, by the most approved methods, and have ob tained a world-wide reputation for the quality and variety of the seed they put upOn the market, and their integrity in filling all orders entrusted to them. Their beautiful Seed Annual for 1884, sent free to all who apply for it, will be found of practical value to all who d(e sire to purchase seeds true to name. Abandonment of Mines In a recent issue of the Chicago MinU ing R]eview the legal department has the following relative to the abandon xient of mines, etc: The following is set forth in a recent publication of considerable legaV an thority. First. "An abandonment can only take place where the occupant leaves the land free to the appropriation of the next comer, whoever he may be, without any intention to repossess or reclaim it for himself, and regardless or indifferent as to what may become of it in the future. "Second.-Abandonment is a mixed question of law and fact. If in fact a person intends to give up his mining claim and quits paying assessments in pursuance of that intention, it is an abandonment in fact. "'Third.-abandonment in its conm mon law sense is purely a question of intention. "Fourth.-An abandonment takes place when the ground is left by the locator without any intention of return ing or making any further use of it, in dependent of any mining laws or regu lations." A Courageous Woman You know the famous live-stock re porter of the Times, Miss Middy Morgan, has during the summer had charge of the railroad station in the pretty New Jersey village which is at present her home. Her predecessor in charge had been much troubled by tramps, and had surrendered his position in consequence. Soon after entering on her duties, Miss Morgan was visited one day by two villainous-looking specimens of the or der. "Well, have you anything for us, old woman?" asked one of the fellows. "Oh, yes," was the prompt answer, "just wait and I'11 bring it down." Miss Morgan went quick up stairs, and in half a minute returned with a seven-shooter firmly grasped in her right hand. "This is what I have for you," said the brave lady, "how do you like it?" The trampsdid not wait to answer the question, but got out as fast as their legs could carry them. Accident. All will be sorry to hear that our es teemed friend, Mr. G. W. Choate, had the wrist and elbow of his right arm broken by falling from a buggy. The accident happened on Belt creek last Saturday evening, and the unfortunate man is now at Phil. Gibson's. Progress in the Boseman Tunnel. HELENA, December 17.-Engineer Brokler, in charge of the Bozeman tun nel, reports to Col. Dodge progress to the extent of seventy-eight feet, includ ing timbering, the past week. This is an extrabrdinary piece, of work for the titme' stated. At this rate the tunnel will be open through the mountains by the end of the present ,w eek ors at th. urthest by christmas day; followliig t~his there willbeoe some timeriug wirk tb be inished rand the tineli bed to be leveled up. Cotku Dodge expects trains to be adame tlr.~g.i the t'n - nel nIot later thianiMkinnor Wt MONTANA ITEMS. The Bozelnan tunnel will be complet ed about January 25th. Only 20)0 feet now remain to be tunneled through. The finances of Silver Bow county are in a plethoric condition judging from the last report of the treasurer, showing $114,000 cash on hand. On and after to-day the passenger trains on the Northern Pacific will leave Helena as follows: East bound Atlantic express daily at 5:25 in the afternoon and west bound Pacific express daily at 8:25 in the morning. Calfee & Smith with their panorama of the Yellowstone wonderland are now ready to make a tour of the principal cities of Montana and then Washington, Oregon and California. We hope they will come this way. John Easterling, an old time Montana miner and prospector, who has been prospecting at the head of Pioneer and Pilgrim bar, has found the feeder of the famous placers in a gold bearing ledge fifty-seven feet between the walls, and which averages $10 per ton all the way across. Picked samples have yielded as high as $72 per ton. Placer diggings have been struck on Fish creek, near the far famed Highland gulch. The new strike, it is thought, will discount the much talked of Cceur d'Alene mines. As high as one dollar to the pan has been washed from-the gravel, which is pay dirt from the grass roots down to the bed-rock. The gulch has a good fall and about 1,000 inches of water in the spring, so that hydraulic mining can be made a success. The ground is all taken up in twenty acre lots, so there is not much chance for a stamipeder to get his work in. A St. Paul dispatch of the 0th says: Mr. D. B. Berry, a prominent cattle man from Colorado, was at the Northern Pacific offices to-day. He drove up 3,5tr0 head of cattle from Colorado to the Little Missouri river in Dakota. He says the so called bad lands are the finest stock range he has seen. He will bring up next spring 2,000 head more of cattle. Hfe anticipates an extensive movement of cattle from Colorado and New Mexico. to eastern Montana and western Dakota, and claims that the largest stockmen will all desire to purchase" and own their ranches. An order was issued on the 7th inst., from the headquarters of the department of Dakota, convening a general court martial at Fort Maginnis, Montana, on Monday the 27th inst. The following officers constitute the detail: Captain William C. Rawolle, Second cavalry; Captain William A. Miller, Eighteenth infantry; First Lieutenant Edward J. McClernand, Eighteenth infantry; First Lieutenant Marlborough C. Wyeth, medical department; Second Lieutenant Lloyd M. Brett, Second Cavalry; Second Lieutenant Charles L. Steele, Eight teenth Infantry; Second Lieutenant Francis D. Rucker, Second cavalry; Scond Lieutenant Guy Carleton, Sec ond cavalry; First Lieutenant Charles B. Hinton, Eighteenth infantry ; judge advocate. Destroyed by Fire. HELrENA, December 17.-Yester:lay, albout 6 o'clock in the morning, the prop erty on north Helena avenue, near the dlepot, belonging to John I. Dean, was discovered to be on fire, and before a general alarm was responded to was en tirely consumed. The property consist ed of two new frame buildings, one oc cupied as a brewery saloon by a Mr. Johnstone, and the other as a black smith shop by a son of Mr. Dean's. The value of the buildings is not known and they were probably not insured. The origin of the fire is not positively known. A War of the Bonanza Kimgs. SAN FRANCISCO, December 15.-A sharp contest is being waged between Millionaires Flood and Senator Sharon, for the control'of Appeo stock; through proxies. It started this afternoon at a premium of $3 a share. Sharon secured a majority of the stock which, hsa risen from six to eleven and three-quarters. Dr. Franklin B. Hough, chief of for estry in the department at Washington, estimates that in 1870 our entire area of wood lands of every kind was 380,000,000 acres; that we were stripping om the wood from 10,000,000 acres annually. and were planting less than 10,000 acres. If this data were correct, the area of wood has since been reduced by 125, 000,000 acres and stands now at 255,000, 000 acres, or enough to last twenty-five years longer. Letter List. The following is a list of letters re maining in the Fort Benton post office for the week ending December 15, 1883: Bledsaw J B Matkin Miss Grace Burns Jas Martin W M Burns Mike Martin Henry 2 Cecil Allin Moore Miss Frankie Conklin Geo Nelson W H 2 Crowder Chas A 4 PetersonMrsMarg't Degan Thos Peters Cyrus Donahue Jno 2 Popejoy W R 2 Dunkin Geo - Sanders Sewell Emmett Jno Sampson Mason Gaugler F J Scott Tommie Heydt August 3 Stephens Chas SHenderliter Van 3 Swinrle C W. RHggiins:Jno 6 Turner Geo S 2 Johnson James 2 Wales Geo L 2 Landet Erik Willis Miss Fanny 2 tleightn'ai Jordan Wohmart Franil Idppineott EUgene WVoods N J Maddock Those Wren R 1 ersons caing .for. any of the aboveR B Q. N