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THE RIVER PRESS.
RATES OF ADTEITI81IG: One (olumn,1 year ...............................175 ." months........... ..o............. 100 '4 S « ............................ T5 Half Column, 1 year.............................. 1OQ 6 months .......... ....... ....... 75 8 "...... ... .40 One-ThirdColumn, lyear........................ 80 "' 6 months ................. 45 "s S months .................... So Quarter Column, 1 year........................... 75 *' 6 months ............... ....... 40 .month .....................SO Three inches, 1 year .............................. 50 "6 6 monthe ........................... 30 " 8 months.............. 5 Professional Cards, 1 inch, 1 year................. 15 Rates for Transient Advertisements given at office. THE RAILROAD. We publish some interesting railroad news to-day-the proceedings of a meet ing at Helena on Tuesday night. While only the first steps have been taken those looking to the organization of a company,-the interest and enthusiasm manifested in the subjct by the citizens of Helena show that the good work is not likely to cease until arrangements are perfected for building the road, and its construction is actually commenced. If Fort Benton joins in the enterprise with like enthusiasm this result will not be long delayed, and before the end of the present season the construction of the Helena & Benton R. R. will be far advanced. The' opinion of those best informed on the subject is that this road will be built, if sufficient encourage ment is given, and built immediately. The benefits to be derived by our city are so great that there should not be the least hesitancy on the part of all inter ested in the welfare of Fort Benton about contributing, in accordance with their means, to assist in getting it under way. With this 'enterprise even started, Fort Benton will become at once an active, busy, growing city, and every man who has a dollar invested here will be benefited to a great extent. The road will be, if lanything, a greater ben efit to Fort Benton than Helena, and if our citizens hang back and show no in terest in the matter, the desired end is likely to be postponed many a day. If the road is built, others will at once push for the rich fields of northern Mon tana, and Fort Benton is certain to soon become a railroad center. The after effect will not be the same with us as at many of the towns along the line of the Northern Pacific, as our city will be a terminal pbint, and as such cannot help king benefited by the railroads. Besides we have the navigable Missouri at ourI doors, and with this check upon the railroads are insured the very lowest freight tariffs. This is what in time I will make Fort Benton-and the sooner the first railroad is started, the sooner that time will come-the chief jobbing and wholesale city of the territory. But the first step towards achieving this great distinction is to get a railroad, and stow that the long delayed opportunity is presented, our people should not be slow about doing what is in their power to secure it. THE RESERVATION BILL. The reduction of the great northern Indian reservation, which now includes more than half of Choteau county-and the best part of it,-is more important to Fort Benton just now than the building of a railroad, or anything else. The publication in the RIVER PRESS of the bill agreed upon 'at Washington, and introduced in both houses, made this suIbject the engrossing one yesterday. The Helena & Benton R. R. is forgotten for the time being, while all interest centers in the reservation. The bill provides two permanent re servations for the Indians of northern Montana-one for the Blackfeet, Bloods and Piegans, in the upper Marias re gion; the other for the Gros Ventres and Assinaboines, in #n excellent por tion of the Milk river country, between that stream and the Little Rocky moun tains. All the rest of the reservation, which includes that magnificent part of Montana north of the Marias and Mis souri rivers, from the Rocky mountains to the Dakota line-a realm out of which several states might be carved-Is 40 stored to the public domain, and opened to occupation and settlem ena under the land laws of the United States. It will be a great acquisition to Monthna an one that will add thousa~de t e poy ulation and millions tp hew w t p the next few years, while xrt ,eteg will come In as the firsl ad *Ief beiv - The Blackfoot and PIege tion revided bythe tAl#lej -aO Maglnnis said It Ibeunday Ia a~north ap4 th went bh* w~eeOt Gm the laternatloua* f r t~ :.~ to settlement, including all that vast stock range north of the Marias to the international boundary line. On this virgin range, when the bill passes, cat tie, horses and sheep will be driven in quick order by the tens of ;thousands, and Fprt Benton will become pre eminently the headquarters in the ter ritory for stockmen., But this is not by any means the most important part of the restored domain. In providing a permanent reservation for the Gros Ventres and Assinaboines, s the whole of the magnificent Bear's Paw country is opened, including the big military reservation, the great scope of country between the Missouri river and the Bear's Paw and Little Rocky ranges, and all that vast section north of Milk river. Here is a region rich in minerals, much of it adapted to agricul ture, and all a magnificent stock coun try. While we do not claim that the whole of this vast empire which is about to be added to the public domain will be tributary to Fort Benton, yet much of it will be for many years, and with its development-which will begin at once -our city is certain to reap a rich har vest. Some dissatisfaction is expressed with the location of the proposed reservation for tne Gros Ventres. Undoubtedly it would be better for Fort Benton if these Indians were established further down on Milk river-say east of the 108th de gree of longitude,-so that the Little Rocky country and Milk river above that meridian would be wholly opened to settlement, but when it is not in our power to secure the whole loaf we ought to be reasonably well satisfied with nine tenths of it. By the provisions of the bill all the country north of Milk river and east of the Dakota line is restored to the public domain, snd the field is entirely opened for the advent of a railroad u'p the Mis souri and Milk rivers to Fort Benton, and on across the continent, which is bound to be the greatest of the trans continental routes. The opening of this northern country insures to Fort Benton a direct eastern railroad outlet inside of two years. A good feature of the bill is the liberal appropriations provided for the Indians for a number of years, or until such time as they shall be able to support theni selves. If they are supplied with herds, farming implements, seeds, etc., and in structed in the science of "rustling" for. themselves, it will not be many years until the Indians of northern Montana will be self-sustaining. We regard it as absolutely certain that this bill will become a law before the ad journment of congress. It has the ap proval of the commission that visited the Indians of Montana and Dakota last year, besides many other warm sup porters in and out of congress. There is no opp~osition to it from any quarter, and we may reasonably look for it to go through both houses any day under a suspension of the rules, without waiting for its reguzlar order. ,Then we shall see a Fort IBentofl boom and a rush of miners, prospectors, stockmen, farmers, and every other class to northern Mon tana, such as no other section of the territory has ever experienced. THE wool growers of Montana should send one or more delegates to the con vention at Chicago in May. JUDGING by our telegraphic reports from time to time, Montana weather this winter has been a luxury compared with the article that prevailed both east and west of us. THE Longfellow memorial association held a meeting at Boston on the 10th inst. The treasurer has received nearly $12,000, and holds land for the monu ment worth $15,000. Six thousand dol lars additional are desired. THERE is a good deal of money spent for printers' ink. Orders received by Ayer & Sons, of Philadelphia, alone, during the last September and the first week of October armonoted to $234,646.41. This money brought back to the adver tisers many times that amount. THE Canadian Pacific railway auth* aJties expect a heavy immigration to the northwest this year. They propose, as fr as possible,, to keep them from iotg throgh the states, so that none a €tejn es got away. They have well grounded fiers of the seductive ialu MM of the Yankee land or immigra THE Indejbefl4et baa ma4e another and abolder ad ce upon the "Groat Y Reart,'~ ad~ w ate ploased to I€ b 3msstrdek pIt In a more pro pIha. W rTco anrep whileO0 -A ICL. DOTHINGI C u~g..3*****3'UUSUg**US~gU3UU3U*****************U'U~ We wish to inform our Customers and the general Public that our stock*of FALL and WINTER CLOTHING' FOR MEN, BOYS AND CHILDREN IS NOW COMPLETE. WE ARE PREPARED TO SHOW YOU THE LARGEST STOCK IN STYLISH DRESS \ND BUSINESS SUITS, OVERCOATS, ULSTERS AND ULSTERETTES IN THE MARKET, ALL OF WHICH HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED WITH GREAT CARE, AND) PERFECT FITTING GARMENTS ARE THEREFORE GUARANTEED. Our Stopk of Racoon, Buffalo, Lyns, and Wild Oat Overcoats is full and complete. In Gloves, Mittens, Fur Caps, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes, Arctics, Snow Excluders, Monitors, Rubber Boots, Rubber and Oil Clothing, Wool Boots, German Socks, and Home-made Socks, we have a large assortment. OUR STOCK OF GENTLEMEN'S FURNISHING GOODS ' Is very large and has been selected with special care; it embraces all the novelties of the season. WE HAVE IN BLANKETS, QUILTS, LAP ROBES AND DUCK CLOTHING ( LINED AND) UNLINED ) FULL AND COMPLETE LINES. *ti ALL OF THE ABO yE-NAMED GOODS HA VE BEEN MAJKED LO WV DO WN. QUICK SALES AND SMALL PROFITS WILL WIN THESE HARD TIMES!! Front St.. Fort Benton. M. T.h& _______________ convictions and who could be relied on as an earnest, unfaltering opponent 6f our present carpet-bag government, than some politic democrat, who would carry water on both shoulders, and would zo to Washington as the secret ally and confederate of the "powers that be." Let the Independent change its line of attack, from the "carpet-baggers" to Maginnis, and it will be certain to find the "G. P. H." in full accord with it. MANITOBA wants to be independent of the confederation, that is, a British colony with a constitution and govern inent of its own. The general &6lven tion held at Winnipeg last week decided to appeal to England for this permission. Manitoba ought in realit o be attached to the United States, as ifs natural con nection is with this country. The people of that province will. never be happy until this result is achieved. THE extreme cold weather that fol lowed the break up of the upper Mis souri, Yellowstone and other tributaries, was a great blessing to the dwellers in the lower Missouri valley, as it renders it almost certain that there will not be a repetition of the disastrous floods of 1881. Had the warm weather contin ued, and the full volume of the waters of Montana and Dakota been released, the loss and devastation in the lower Missouri country would probably have been unparallelled. PATTI has been telling tales out of school about Gov. Crittenden, of Mis souri. She said : "I had just finished singing 'Home. Sweet Home' last Thurs day evening, when a nice looking old gentleman, who introduced himself as Gov. Crittenden, began congratulating me; and all of a sudden he leaned down, put his arms around me, drew me up to him, and kissed me. He said: 'Madame Patti, I may never see you again, and I cannot help it!' and before I knew it he was kissing me. When a gentleman, and a nice old gentleman, too, and a governor of a great state, kisses me so quick that I have no time to see, and no time at all to object, what can I do ?" " Hello I Old Sport ! What is the Matter with you9" "Oh, I am all broke up; I have got ain in my back and side." "Your liver and kidneys are affected; the next thing you know you will have Bright's dtsease of the kidneys. Go to the drug store and get yourself a few bottlesof Dr. Halliday's Blood Purifier." "Is it any account?" " You bet! It is the boss of the business." S. Blaekford, proprietor, 274 east Seventh street, St. Paul, Mimi. W. J. Minar, wholesale and retail agent, Fort Bentoa, Montana = he3 a a~low .osagaa. A men But 14w J Dr. Ualli a $@4 dt rerrmedles Id Y ro BAKER & DeLORIMIER, MAIN STREET, FORT BENTON, M. T., JWholesale and Retail Dealers in . NOTIONS; . Hosiery, Corsets, Gloves, / FANCY TOILET ARTiCLE9, 4 LADIES' AND CHILDREN'S . SUITS AND SHOES, MILLINERY, / / \Y/// ETC., ETC., ETC. 4' "" ' H ` CARPET , , u4 TAmN "" SHADES, ."''.. ALNUJT and EBONY POLES 0` p justable Cornices, Stair IRods, ""'" AND EVERY DESCRIPTION OF House Fujr ni hi'ng Good s Agents for all kinds of Sewing !Macshines Broadwater, ,Mc,,C ullo0h & C POST -TRAES *0 -/ AT.RSIN nea Mecanie 900 4d 4o4IT 00O LLIR 4lAIa vv sg gggy