Newspaper Page Text
SHE RIVER RESS.
Vol. Fort Benton, Montana Wednesday, March 12, 1884. V.l.. IV, Fort Benton, Montana. Wednesday,| Maroh 12, 1884. No.. 20. DI'MOND D1CK'S LARIAT.. Any more stories of Di'mond Dick, li'es.dts that yarn of the wolves at bay ? Whyv, bless your gizzard they crowd so thick That I might rattle them off all day. What was the mooniest thing he done? Well, Richard wasn't a moony man; Kept his wits handy, every one, Struck pay-dirt without wasting a pan. They called him rash, but he wasn't that t'ool he was as a gob of lead, Amld undtr that flopping yaller hat lie carried a wonderful level head. You've been down there on the Rio Grand', W\ here they've built the Espanola bridge, That skures acro-s the alkali sand And over the water to the ridge? Well, five years since the bridge wasn't there, The I)enver and Rio didn't run, Tie r was only sand and river and air, And a (ldobe pueb'o flat in the sun. DIick and I were herding it then For Sancho .limmy-rot his hide! ''hree hundred steers. and only two men, ion a ranch six miles and a quarter widle. The giarmma skirted the edge of the dunes, Aidc the river ran s x miles away ; I tell 3 on, boys, we had lively tunes l)riving to water twice a day. 'IThose wide-horned hrutes were an ugly lot; ('oulden', head them, we let them run And the way theyswooped, when tie day was hot, Down to the liver, was lots of fun. The'v were nslohirg along one scorchy day, Like wild hull buffaloes, over the sand, When we saw a baby right in their w y, Fast a-leep on the edge of the Grand. I knew it meant death, my heart flipflopped, I spulrred to turn them, but. true as I'm born, Th )se Mexican steers would never have stopped If I'.l been Gabriel tooting his horn. What did Dick do ? His spurs dug deep, Illis bronchoflews and I saw him wheel, With his lariat whirling the daisiest sweep, Hlis teeth set tight, and his eyes like steel The loop swung out thirty feet away, Hovered, and settled down on the sand, Making a noise where the baby lay, And then Dick reeled in, hand over hand, And yanked up the child and rode like steam, As the cattle rushed on, hot and thick; And the baby woke with a healthy screan, Safe in the arms of Di'mond Dick. Well, it was only a Pueb'o brat, A pi'son Mexican-Indian snake, But Di'mond Diek didn't think of that Ile'd saved a life, with his own at stake. And I somehow thought, with a choky wheeze, Ot Christ's own promise by Galilee "As you have done to the last of these, To a little child, you have done to me." -Billy Y. Buttes, the Colorado Cowboy. HELENA & BENTON R.R. The Proposition Submitted by V. Bausenwein, C. E. Facts and Figures Covering the Construction of the Road. A Paper Read at the Public Meeting at Helena Last Saturday Night. ( Saturday week a goodly portion of th apitalists and business men of Helena Inet in the city council chamber with a view to considering the question of fur nishing aid to aý r ýHelena to For Benton. udge Lockey w t(o the c air, and E. D. Edgerton, Esq., elected secretary. A letter from Col. V. Bauisenwein was read by the secretary, setting forth the feasibility of such an enterplrise, and the probable cost of con struction ofa broad-guage road to Ben ton, which was estimated at between two and three million dollars: HELENA, February 25, 1884. To all whom it may concern, especially to lthe nmerchants and business men of Helena and Benton. Having been informed of the desire of h.e people of Helena and Fort Benton to have these two points connected by a railroad, I have endeavored to make somue investigations, and have based cal cuiations upon them, with the view to promote said object. The Northern Pacific railroad engin eers made some time ago a preliminary survey from Helena to Benton, but this ine is entirely impracticable and too e:pensive. By conferring with many persons ac juainted with the country between Hel ena and Benton, I became convinced hat a good deal better and less expen sive line can be obtained. I understand that some time ago a Lompany, with Mr. Hauser as president, tad been formed at H:elena, and a char ter obtained for the purpose of building his Benton branch. I made a proposition to Mr. Hauser to uild this line for his company. Mr. tiauser referred the matter to Vice 'resident Oakes, who declined any and 11 assistance on the part of the North rn Pacific in the matter, declaring that he Northern Pacific was not in the con ition to do anything at present towards iny branches. I therefore present to those gentlemen f Helena and Benton, who are anxious ir a rail connection between the two oints, my proposition, to wit: First.--Tro organize a home company or the purpose of building a standard gauge railroad form Helena to Benton, Inder the laws of Montania, and by fll n.u the articles of incorporation with he secretary of the territory, acquire a harter therefor. Second.-To survey and stake but the laost practical and feasible route for uch railroad from Helena to Benton, tnd to have a map of suah survey f.fled s required by law. Third.-To make a contract with the Northern Patcifle railroad for special ates for transportation of supplies and laterial required in the constr tion of aid railroad., Fourth.-To subscribe and raidse a suffl cient amount of money to gradie, bridge, and tie the first twenty miles of said railroad ready for the iron; and *Fifth.-To negotiate with some syn dicate by mortgaging said first twenty miles of completed roadbed for the rails, etc. My long railroad experience in the construction as well as the operating de partment will carry me out in the fol lowing estimate: . Clearing and grading .......................3.50,000 hridging ................... ... .......2. 200,000 Cross ties .............. .................... 10.000 Steel rails ................... .............. 726,000 Spikes . .................... ......... 30,600 Bolts and nuts ............................. 15,750 Splices ......... ........................ 23,430 Frogs and switches ............ .......... 3,200 Headchairs, switchbridles, and connecting rods ..... ...................... 1,520 Freight on these rails, &c ............ ... . 210.900 Headblocks ............................... 160 Water stations ............... ... . 18,000 Station buildings, section and hand car houses ............................. 53,600 Hand car and track tools ................... 3,250 Track laying ................. ............... 45,000 Surfacing .................................... 22,500 Right of way.................. ........... 30,000 Engineering, superintendent, office, and in cidental expenses ...................... 58,500 Total................................ $2. 02,450 or $14,303 in a round sum per mile (140 mn.) Of course this is a wild e.iti mate inl regard to the clearing, grading, bridging, and right of way, as I have never been over the proposed route, and I have made these figures in accordance with what I have heard of the country between Helena and Benton, and I am satisfied that the actual cost will not ex ceed my estimate. Moreover, I claim that I can save on this total estimate at least 10 per cent., if not more. Mr. Oakes, who saw my proposition, considered it a good thing for private parties to undertake. The first twenty miles would be com paratively cheap in construction, and I estimate the grading, ýridging, tieing, &c., of the first twenty imiles north of Helena, including ibran~h line to Marys ville, at $85,000, and completed ready for operation at $200,000. This is a very liberal estimate. You gentlemen acquainted with the country and the business to be derived from the operation of said first twenty miles ought to judge if this first part of the line op erated would be paying from the first or not. In my own opinion, from my in formation, it must pay if it is properly managed. Having secured a paying road of 20 miles in operation, it would be an easy matter to make arrangements for means for the prosecution of the work towards Benton. A railroad from Helena to Benton is of the greatest importance to the mer chants of Helena, and it would secure to them a competing line by the Missouri river boats for several months during the year. A daily rail communication with Marysville and Silver City must also be of the greatest importance to the merchants of Helena. There is only one practical and feasi ble line from Helena to Benton, and Shis liiie ought Ito be secured by all eans as early as possible by the home ompany before any other company oc cupies the ground. In my opinion the Northern Pacific is not anxious to have the Benton line built, as it would open a conupeting route via the Missouri river boats for a good part of the year, as be fore stated. Of course, to make the enterprise a paying one, a very economical manage ment in the construction as well as in the operating must be inaugurated and maintained, and the receipts must not be absorbed by a large number of staff officials. Now suppose a home company can be organized for the construction of said road from Helena to Benton, with a cap ital of $100,000 for the commencement, the project with proper management rmust prove a success, and at the same time must pay profits to those who in vest money in the enterprise, by pro ceeds derived from lots and new town sites along said line of road, and mer chants who advance money towards the enterprise could ship their freight and have the charges applied to their sub scriptions until reimbursed. Gentlemen, I come before you with my proposition as a stranger, and proba bly assume too much in soliciting your confidence, but you can easily ascertain my standing, my ability, energy and integrity, as I have been con nected with the Northern Pacific construction de partment for the last four years, between Mandan and Livingston. If you feel inclined to take any inter-i sst in this project, please sign your mames hereunto, which will signify your willingness to attend a called meet ng for the purpose of taking this mat er into consideration. Very respectfully, V. BAUSENWETN. The following gentlemen were called pon in the order named, many of them esponding with excellent suggestions: layor Morris, Col. Bausenwein, J. T. lurphy, A. M. Woolfolk, E. W. Toole. I. Bullard, W. F. Wheeler, R. H. leinschmidt, E. b. Egerton, Chas. D. Jurtis, Dr. Cole, J. B. Sanford, Thomas )ruse, and Fred Lehman. 1 Upon motion a coimnittee of ive was ,ppointed to prepare a~tlilest oifncor. oration and an address. The chair ap ointed as such committee, E. W. Toole, . T. Murphy, A, M. Woolfolk, W. F. Vheeler, and E. D. Edgetton The followizgre~o'ution was offered 'y Moses Morls ai d a noe unani nously adopted : Oes~oed~ t s $e sense o rzeetingthtt rT r4d o b 'di~s :: The Coming Railroad. The Livingston Enterprise comments as follows on an article that appeared in the RIVER PREss a few days ago, which suggested the possibility of a branch of the Northern Pacific from Livingston, but argued that Helena's capital and enterprise would be certain to capture the prize. The Enterprise concedes the force of this argument and despairs of Livingston securing the branch: Referring to the above we have reason to believe that it is correct so far as can be known. While Vice President Oakes a was in Helena a few days ago he held 3 lengthy interviews with certain Helena 3 capitalists, the object of which was un derstood to be the formation of a conm ) pany to build a branch of the Northern Pacific to Fort Benton, and which should have the endorsement and cor dial encouragement of the Northern Pacific, if not its material aid. It is but reasonable to suppose that such a road built by Helena capital will be located with a chief view to the furtherance of Helena interests--will have Helena for its point of departure. We firnly be lieve that had the Northern Pacific tak en its own time and money to build the Benton branch, it would have chosen the most practicable and immediately profitable route-that from Livingston. But the Northern Pacific has no money to devote to the building of branchts. The Wickes branch was built by private enterprise. The Bull mountain road and the Benton road will be built in the same way. Our citizens have no capital to devote to the latter undertaking. Helena capital is counted by millions and its owners have enterprise co-exten sive with their wealth. This may seem like a jeremiad. But we can only bow grimly to the inevitable and acknowl edge that Helena is entitled to all she buys in open market, even though the price was much beyond our reach. But a railroad will yet traverse the natural route lying between Livingston and Benton. If not the Northern Pacific it remains for the Union Pacific to seize the opportunity and enter a region that possesses railroad resources equal to no route of equal length in the northwest. And if the Union Pacific branch is ex tendea to their recent coal purchases in this vicinity we may be confident that it will be pushed onward toward the Missouri. Indian Racket. Henry Linenkohl, who arrived from the Marias Thursday evening, brings a story, with Mose Solomon as authority, which would indicate that the murder ers of Bill Jones have made their escape north, and are now pretty safe on the other side of the line. A few lodges of Piegans are camped at Black coulee, and a party of them ,that came down to the crossing told Mose that last Sunday three bloods crossed the river at Three Islands and came to their camp, but did not stop to enjoy the hos pitalities of the same, as they were in a hurry to move on. They intimated that they got "hair" on the trip, but gave no particulars. Evidently they were the identical red devils who killed Jones, and the Indians at Black coulee express a willingness to accompany a party north and point them out. This information was imparted to Sheriff McDevitt Thursday night, and yesterday he and Deputy Healy pre pared to follow, but when they came to consider that the Indians had five days the start, they did not go any farther than the camp on the Teton. A telegram has been sent to the Crow agency for an interpreter, and a member of the tribe, who will arrive in two or three days, to identify the dead horses at Arrow creek and those taken from the Indians now in jail, by which it can be learned whether or not the prisoners were members of a war party. It is not unlikely that some of those captured will give the whole affair away before iong. A Gigantic Swindle. The following from the Independent will be of interest to many people here- 1 abouts: M. A. Leeson left for Chicago last' night. His visit to Montana was tfor the purpose of ascertaining what had be -come of his former partners in the Mon tana history. Mr. Leeson stated to our reporter yesterday that he had every reason to believe that the project of pub- t lishing the book had been abandoned, ( and that those who had paid money in < advance upon the work would never re- t ceive any return for it. These slick rascals have been in the territory nearly two years working their t racket, and have carried away a good t many thousand dollars of Montana ( money. The enterprise seemed to be a legitimate one-barring the "pay in ad vance" part, which ought to have put people on their guard. The bill seems to be a; true one, as no denial of the above has been made, although it ap- .z peared in print several days ago. 2 The New School House. lare glad to see f rtees have takenarly action in thle ter of hailcing a new school house. ids will ba reeeived up to the 20th inst., at which timii e the :! contem4t will be awarded--in ampl4time foiithe success *1 bldaei.to order , 148 mat.r.al, and Sby the e . dboati. Major Sof tle board, inform bass*-wh4nh will tirlve Fart Benton the finest graded school build ing in the territory. 'I he estimated cost s in the states is $20,000, but here, of 1 course, it will cost a great deal more, as materia " high r." 1 alrea y nd some f other material, which the successful bid der will be required to accept at cost. In addition to this they have funds to the amount of $20,000, so that the new structure. of which Fort Benton can well be proud, will be completed with f out imposing any additional tax upon the district. When work is commenced on the new school house and resumed on the new court house-not to say anything of other enterprises,-every mechanic in town can have employment, w4th good results all round. Supplement this with the opening of navigation on the Big Muddy, and the commencement of the Helena & Benton railroad-and we will all wake up ione of these mornings to find the river metropolis in the .throes of a mighty boom. Important Mail Routes to be Established. The following letters to the Hon. Mar tin Maginnis from the second assistant postmaster general explain themselves fully. The routes to be established are important to Fort Benton, and particu larly that from Ulidia by way of Sand Coulee to Castner, where connection, doubtless, will be made with the Billings and Barker line: POST OFFICE DEPA'RTMENT, OFFICE OF SEC. ASST. P. M. GEN., WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 1884 In reply to .\our recommendation you are informed that when established the post office at Shergold will be embraced on route No. 36,150, from Sun River to Chestnut. In reply to your endorsement of peti tion for service from Sun River to Great Falls you are informed that the route will be advertised to begin July 1, 1884. In reply to your endorsement of ap plication for service from Ulidia by Truly and Allen or Sand Coulee to Cast ner, you are informed that the service will be advertised to begin July 1, 1884. Very respectfully, H. D. LYMAN', Second Assistant Postmaster Gen. Hon. Martin Maginnis, House of Rep resentatives. * Fort Assinabaine News. Editors of the River Press: Lieut. Anderson, with six men of company C., 18th infantry, and five In dian scouts, started Sunday morning, the 2d inst., for Belknap, to intercept some Indians who were reported to have killed a white man. One of the party, Private Kenny, company C., lost his horse and gun by an accident which happened while crossing a ridge be tween Box Elder and Clear creeks. The horse slipped, rolled down the bank and broke through two layers of ice into Milk river, breaking its neck. Lieut. Hoppin, Sergt. Perkins, and three men of troop C., 2d cavalry, left the post with pack mules the same day far the Bear Paw mountains, to break up a whisky trading party, who were trading with the Indians and half breeds. But they were unsuccessful, as the party had left the place before they got there. Sergt. Perkins reports that the snow is very deep in the mountains in some places, and travelling is impossible with out the aid of snow-shoes. The Fort Assinaboine Varieties gave an entertainment to the boys in blue on the 4th inst., with a new star, J. C. Swartz, of Detroit, Mich., who is here for his health. The Assinaboine amateurs are going to favor us with another performance, entitled "Faucheon, the cricket on the hearth," a favori~e play of Maggie Mit chell's, which is eagerly anticipated. Every soldier is hoping he will be the lucky "'one," as there are nine non-com missioned officers to each company, and ten invitations. On March 4th, 1884, to the wife of Private Wmin. Volandt, troop C., 2d cav alry, a son. SBy a telegram received here we learn that Robt. E. Miller, late quarter-mra ter's clerk at this post, commnitted sui cide at Buffalo, N. Y. MIAGNUM BONUM. Fort Assinaboine, March 6, 1884. A Great Mine. From the Independent we learn that the Maskeleyne tunnel tapped the great ore body in the Drum Lummon mine on Wednesday, finding the ore richer than ever. This tunnel is 1,147 feet in length and has .been driven since last April-quick work, surely. It strikes the lead at a depth of 600 feet and proves that the Drum Lumnmon is one of the greatest mining properties in the world. Tommy Cruse will some of these days be as rich and great as Bonanza Mackey. Make Your Desert Land Filings Quiok. SThe Chicago Times' Washington cor ·respondent, in an article of February 28th, says the congressidinal committee to which was referred the bill for the re 1 of the desert land act has reported vorably to the repeal, and it is claimed Sthe bill will be pushed rapidly ough both houses under a suspension the rules. Assignoe's Notice. GClrWDENNL M. T , . March 1, 1880 .Notice is hereby given that F W & Co:, of thli plae, have8i madei ignment ome the&r the benefit ofthl ~ eeito~i. All persans indebted to them will gotv~ern themPselves cordingly. DIPBTHERIA. ome Interesting Facts in Regard to This Disease and a Series of Rules That Will Prevent Its Spread. This dread disease has not made its appearance in Fort Benton, nor has it ever been known to exist here, but as many of our neighboring towns and valleys are afflicted with it, it is well for us to be on our guard and know the consequences, and the steps it is best to take, if our community should be so unfortunate as to have a visitation from this evil genius of the little folks-diph theria. In conversation with one of our phy sicians yesterday we were informed that diphtheria is a disease of antiquity, dat ing back at least as far as the conmmenice ment of the Christian era. It is pre eminently a disease of childhood, a large majority of the cases occurring between the ages of two and ten years. Under the age of one year the younger the child the less the liability to it, and it rarely occurs prior to the fourth month. Though not universally known, diphtheria is a contageous disease, and during the prevalence of an epidemic every effort should be made to prevent its spread. Diphtheritic virus, like that of scarlet fever, may remain for weeks or months in a locality or apartment, and the greatest care and precautions are necessary to entirely stamp it out. Food, tonics and stimulants, with pro per local treatment, are the only medicines given, with effect, the object of the treatment being simply to main tain or build up the system until the disease wears itself out. The following are the regulations. which have been adopted by the board of health of New York and other cities of the Union, and which, if strictly followed, will confine the disease and prevent a spread of the epidemic. These rules should be cut out and preserved in every family in the city: The patient should be placed in a separate room, and no person except the physician, nurse or mother allowed to enter the room or touch the bedding or clothing used in the sick room, until they have been thoroughly disinfected. All clothing, bedding or other articles not absolutely necessary for use of the patient should be removed from the sick room. Articles used about the- patient, such as sheets, pillowcases, blankets, or clothes, must not be removed from the sick room until they have been disin fected by placing them in a tub with the following disinfecting fluid: Eight ounces of sulphate zinc, one ounce car bolic acid, three gallons of water. They should be soaked in this fluid for at least one hour, and then placed in boiling water for washing. A piece of muslin one foot square should be dipped in the same solution and suspended in the sick room con stantly, and the same should be done in the hallway adjoining the sick room. All vessels used for receiving discharges of patients should have some of the same disinfecting fluid constantly there in, and immediately after use by the patient be emptied and cleansed with boiling water. Water closets and privies should be disinfected daily with t:e same fluid, or a solution of chloride iron, one pound to a gallon of water, aduing one or two ounces of carbolic acid. All straw beds should be burned, and the same done with soft rags or handker chiefs used about the patient for cleans ing the mouth or: nostrils. The ceilings and side walls of the sick room, after removal of the patient, should be thoroughly cleaned and lime washed, and the wood work and floo.r well scrubbed with soap and water. Put a teaspoonful of a mixture of equal parts of turpentine and carbolic acid into a kettle of water, which should be kept simmering over a slow fire, so that the air of the sick-room will be im pregnated with the vapour of the two ubstances. Proposals for Erecting a New School House Sealed proposals will be received up to Ihursday, March 20, 1884, by the board )f trustees of school district No. 1, Cho ;eau county, M. T., for the erection of a ,ew graded school building. The board eserves the right to reject any or all >ids. The plans and specifications may e seen by applying to Edward Dqunne, 3hairman, who will furnish additional articulars as to bonds, payments, etc. By order of the board. PETER MACDONALD, Clerk. Notice. There will be a meeting of the stock iolders of the Wright & Edwards min ng company at the rooms of J. W. lower, at Fort Benton, M. T., on Satur Lay evening, March 15th, 1884, for the iurpose of electing new trustees, and for uch other business as may come be ore it. H. D. BURGHARDT, Tarch 1st, 1884. Secretary. Lost. A black and tan shopherd dog (female), rith white ring about the neck. She ras lost in Fort Benton and was last een near the Grand Union hotel. A ultable reward will be paid for the re overy of the animal. Leave informa [on at this Office.. Seeds. I. G. Baker & Co. are just in freceipt y m~l of a full line of D. M. Ferry &d fo.'s fr~h garden seedsof every desc~rip len; w lh they are prare to sell at ottom; i r*ies. Wone of thLese seeda l.ea ; '"'.1.-~~