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Vol, IV. Fort Benton, Mdontana, Wednesday, April 2, 1884. No. 23. fII1LNA&FORT_B~NTON R.HB. The Demonstration at Stocking's Hall Last Tuesday. The Most Enthusiastic Mass Meet ing Ever Held in This City. Fort Benton Pledged to Do Her Full Portion Towards Making the Enterprise a Success. The railroad meeting last Tuesday was i grand success in every particular, sur 1,;. in in magnitude and enthusiasm HJ p)u1lic demonstration ever before ld 1 in Fort Benton. Stocking's large jal was fairly crowded, the number of people in attendance during the even i!I 1 being not less than three hujidred. Pr or to the imietting a large bonfire was i, It in front of the hall, and a credit able display of brilliant fireworks, to gether with music by the martia' band hi1eed very considerably to enliven the (,( a(ioin and attract the great crowd Sarticipated, Ji onstratio If there have been any do Fort Benton's zeal and enthusiasm in regard to this railroad enterprise last night's meeting puts them at rest. The capital of the city was fully represented, while the speeches made and resolutions adopt ed conveyed no uncertain sound. The meeting was called to order by Mr. T. E. Collins, who nominated Mr. Chas E. Conrad as. chairman. Judge Tattan and E. G. Maclay were appointed to escort the gentleman to the chair. On motion of Mr. H. R. Buck, Mr. R. A. Luke was chosen secretary. In response to calls Judge Tattan. stated the object 'of the meeting as he understood it and urged the necessity of Fort Benton doing something to pro mote the success of the enterprise. He for one would do what he could, and if necessary would give one-half of all he had to encompass the success of the en terprise. col. Donnelly being called said that in order to obtain an expression of the sentiments of the meeting he would move that a committee of three be appointed on resolutions. At the sug gestion of the chair the committee was increased to nine and the following gen tlemen were named: H. R. Buck, T. A. Cummings, H. G. McIntire, T. E. Col lies, Jos. A. Baker, J. J. Donnelly, J. W. Tattan, E. G. Maclay and J. H. Rice. The letter received from the Helena committee by T. E. Collins and E. G. Maclay was then read by the secretary, as also the proposed articles of incorpo ration. Mr. Collins said that in responding to this letter the Helena gentlemen were assured that the incorporators named for Fort Benton would unite heartily with them in the enterprise, and that t hey, pledged the support and earnest co-operation of the city of Fort Benton. This greeting was called to give further expression to that sentiment, and he was glad to see it so largely attended. '!le speaker expressed his belief that we can get a railroad speedily if a proper response is made on the part of our peo ple, and that it will prove one of the best paying lines in the northwest, as it will tap a country that is not excelled in the territory in the extentand variety of its resources. A recess of fifteen minutes was taken at this stage of the proceedings to give the committee pn resolutions time to prepare their report. Upon their return the following was submitted by H. R. Buck, chairman of the committee: WHEREAS, The citizens of Fort Ben ton have in mass meeting assembled in response to a call from the citizens of helena in order to give expression to the general sentiment of this city touching the matter of a proposed rail way between the cities of Helena and Fort Benton; and \WHEREAS, The citizens of Fort Ben ton are deeply interested in the proposed construction of such a railroad and fully realize the importance thereof, not only to the said cities and their tributary country but also to all Montana; there fore be it Resolved, That it is the sense of this meeting that a railroad between this city and Helena has become an absolute necessity, as well as a means of extend ing the beneficent influence of water communication throughout the territory and for the development of the vast late ent resources of northern Montana. That the people of Fort Benton send greeting to he t oUelna, 8 'd while heartily thaatking them for the energy and enterrrise displayed by them as shown by the Tltory steps already taken, we ourselvestosupport the movement to the *tent of our mns and will when the time cooa, show by acts what we pow agoodg lsz words. On motion of Coi1 Donnelly the reeo. lutions were adopted by a unanimous vote. Short but enthusiastic addresses. were then made by Messrs. Donnelly, Tattan, McIntire, Collins and others, when, upon motion of E. G. Maclay, the meet ing adjourned sine die. The articles of incorporation of the Helena & Fort Benton railroad were re ceived by mail yesterday, and were duly signed by the following gentle men : E. G. Maclay, T. E. Collins, Chas. E. Conrad, T. A. Cummings and F. C. Roosevelt. The document is now ,fully signed, and the next thing will be he election of officers. Then the sub icription books will be opened, and we 4rust there will be no difficulty in secur ing the funds necessary to begin opera tions before the season advances very nmuch farther. Mr. J. J. Hill, the proprietor of Great alIls and railroad king of the new orthwest, is daily expected in Helena, nd on his arrival he will give some consideration to this proposed railroad enterprise. If the project looks encour aging, and sufficient inducements are offered him, Mr. Hill will take hold of the enterprise and push it through to completion. If he agrees to take the lead there will be no temporizing, no delays, no foolishness. The railroad would then be built just as speedily as possible and the cars running into Fort Benton early next season. Con sidering these facts no effort should be spared to enlist Mr. Hill's aid, and if the people most interested at Helena, this city and along the line do the right thing it is certain to be forthcoming. We would much rather see Mr. Hill at the head of the enterprise than the North ern Pacific folks. One of the most important undertak ings that Helena can now engage in is the building of this read from Helena to Benton, through the rich mining and pastoral regions which lie between, and upon the route of which hosts of small towns must necessarily spring up and become tributary to Helena. The Falls of the Missouri, with its almost limit less water power, will certainly become at no distant day a great industrial cen ter for the manufacturing of the various products necessary to the advancement of Montana, and especially woollen goods, with Helena and Fort Benton as distributing points, and more so as the road must necessarily be extended to connect with the Canadian Pacific. Herald. Our reporter met Mr. Paris Gibson yesterday, who recently returned from Minneapolis, and the conversation nat urally drifted to that topic which is a popular theme of conversation when a Helena man meets one from Benton, viz: The Helena and Benton railroad. Mr. Gibson agreed with us that the road enlisted warm sympathy at Benton as well as at Helena. The enterprise only needed a head about which its friends could rally to make it an assured suc cess. That head, Mr. Gibson is inclined to believe, can be found in J. J. Hill, president of the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba railroad. Hill is a self made man, started as a steamboat clerk and is now worth twenty millions of dollars, although still in the heyday of life. He is a man of no ordinary capa city-far-reaching and full of enterprise, and we understand is already favorably impressed with the Helena and Benton railroad project. In fact, Mr. Hill in conjunction with Mr. Paris Gibson has already embarked in the enterprise of building up a city at the great falls of the Missouri, and a railroad to Benton would touch that point and add greatly to its importance. The title to large bodies of land embracing the greater portion of the falls has been secured, be sides other valuable interests in that vicinity. The valleys of the upper Mis souri Mr. Gibson regards as the finest in Montana, and in the production of wheat especially, are unequaled. His company propose to erect a first class grist mill this season at the falls, which will supply a long felt want in a region destined to become the Campania of Montana.- Lndepeadent. The Flood at Blknas. Major Lincoln, Indian agent at Fort Belknap, sent the following telegram to the Indian comimlSsoner at Wtmet on the 27th: Fort Belknap 1I par under wate We are camped on the hi near by, aimi are not in muchh danger as yet;bu there Isa aggedy river Is cuttv#a.. fort. Give m. pardoR to purchs tents HON. TROd. P. O waictEE, The Proposer of the Famous Lasker Res olution. There is probably no other representa tive in the forty-eighth congress whose name is more frequently mention d throughout the United States, and ev n in foreign countries, than is lhat of t e above congressman from Texas. Th s sudden notoriety has been gained Mr. Ochiltree's introduction a few wee ago, in the house of representatives, < the now famous Lasker resolutions which Prince Bismarck has thrust back upon our congress with the intimation that our country should attend to its own affairs. This insult stirs the Amer ican heart to resent it, and brings Mr. Ochiltree into a national prominence in connection with the affair which will perpetuate his name in our civil history. Mr. Ochiltree is a resident of Galves ton, Texp., and the first native Texan ever elected to our congress. He repre sents twenty-seven counties, which com pose the seventh district, and comprise over 37,000 square miles of territory, reaching from Galveston, on the gulf, to Eagle Pass, on the upper Rio Grande. He was elected to congress as an inde pendent by a majority exceeding 3,000 votes over Findlay, the democratic can didate. After receiving a limited education at the public schools of his state, at the age of seventeen he became a private in the Texas Rangers, and was engaged in the campaign against the Apache and Commanche Indians in 1884--5. When the war broke out Mr. Ochiltree went in with the Confederacy, and his war record on the staffs of Generals Green, Taylor and Sibley, is replete with in cidents of bravery that wlould have been more profitable in a better cause. But when the victorious armies of the north had suppressel the rebellion, Colonel Ochiltree accepted the new order of things in good faith, anI in time was appointed United States Marshal of Texas by President Grant, and there after was appointed United States com missioner of emigration to Europe, in which capacity he several times visited foreign countries, and when in Berlin had numerous audiences with Bismarek on emigration aiffairs. In personal appearance Mr. Ochiltree is one of the original freaks of human nature. Heavy set, with canary colored unkempt hair, and a heavy light-colored mustache, eyes twinkling with good nature, a ruddy complexion, protruding lips, and rather antiquated dress, he is a most striking oddity in the present congress; but he is very popular, and always the center of a group of attentive listeners. _____ Cceur d'Alene. Mr. J. R. Shelton has been kept pretty busy since his return telling what he knows about the new gold fields. Mr. Shelton is conservative in his state ments. In a conversation with a RIVER PRESS reporter yesterday he said that he believed there would be a good camp there and that a great deal of money would be taken out of the ground this season. His brother, who is in business at Eagle City, has taken in over $3,000 in dust, showing that there must have been some money taken out during the few weeks they were able to work last fall. Mr. S. showed us some samples of OCeur d'Alene gold, some of the nuggets pretty good size. All the gold taken out is very coarse, ahd no quicksilver Is needed to save it.' There is still front four to live feet sucrIn the gulch, and minings n lkely to begin until: pqn timae n . Untl then one cannot Teraan iaga - mateof the extOnt or richag ot e 4a one kIn ao s @ I 004 b U geareasts t oraoe n se o next two or three weeks half of them will have to come out, for the simple reason that there will not be any sup plies for them. The snow on the trails is now getting soft, and the pack mule cannot wallow. through it. For some weeks to come no supplies can be gotten into the gulch, except as carried in by men or hauled on sleds by hand power. As a result the men who are not "fixed" must get out to find grub, and they are already moving in that direction. The camp is full of "broke" men, and one is likely to be "struck" for a dollar on the streets at any time. Mr. Shelton thinks the Coeur d'Alenes is a good place to go, but he advises everybody to stay away until May or June. It is a good enough camp for him, he thinks, and he will return there in a short time. A Wonderful Coal Field. Samuel Dean of Sand Coulee informs us that the developments made at Sand Coulee this winter show that they have there the greatest and most extensive coal field west of Pennsylvania. Thir teen mines are now opened up and some of them show from twelve to fourteen feet or pure coal from to to hoitozi and of superior quality. 7e "ýn vaue o ds were not realized until this winter's work showed them up in all their glory. "I was born and raised," said Mr. Dean, "in Huntington county, Pa., in the heart of the coal fields, and I have never seen, even there, so extensive a body of mineral as there is in the Sand Coulee country, while at the same time it is of excellent quality. Why, if that coal field was anywhere else it would be traversed, not by one, but a score of railroads. But the time is not far distant when every railroad that enters Montana will tap this region of inexhaustible coal." Mr. Dean brought in an average sam ple of the coal, and it can be seen to-day at the RIVER PRESS office. It is this wonderful coal field, among other con-. siderations, that makes the Helena & Fort Benton railroad a dead moral cer tainty. A Mistake. We publish to-day a brief biographi cal sketch of Hon. Tom Ochiltree, the red-headed member of congress from Texas, whose capacity for perverting the truth is hardly equalled in the Un ited States. Accompanying the sketch is what purports to be a faultless picture of the Texan gentleman; but the read ers of the RIVER PRESS will at oiice see that the Naiional Press association has got a little mixed, and sent us instead a "cut" of the Hon. W. G. Conrad, the first mayor of this city, and one of our most prominent citizens, who is now with his family east, enjoying a respite from years of application and hard work in connection with his large interests at Fort Benton and in the Northwest Ter ritory. The likeness is a perfect one, and just how the National Press associa tion got Mr. Conrad mixed up with the celebrated Tom Ochiltree is more than we are able to explain.. Good Templars at Fort Assinaboine. FORT ASSINAAOINE,' March 26, 1884. Editors of River Press: There has been a Good Templar's lodge instituted at this post under the name of Budds lodge No. 16, in honor of J. C. Budds, formerly commissary sergeant at Fort Shaw, but now station ed at Fort Custer. No. 16 is now run ning in good shape with all the officers installed in due form and is now ready to receive all persons who wish to be come Good Templars and are ready to reform, as it is never too late to mend. I would recommend all hard drinking men to join the order at once, as I have been a member since 1878 and I can see that it is a good thing if a man will live up to the laws of the order. Our chief templar's name is Joseph Wilson, troop M, 2d cavalry. He is a member of long standing and understands all about how to manage the affairs concerning the lodge. I will send you more about how we are getting along. IN The Beatnson ao pa . Articles p(tIncorporatieR of t* eiin ton bridge company were filed with the county clerk Thursday. The incerpo raters are: E. G. Maclay, T E. Collin#s IA Myers, Clap. E. Duer, Chas. A Conrad, A. 0J4ohison and J. W. Tat ta4. Theca$i stock 1s76,000, divldd lMei 1 each. The ' Fort Ben very long, *ai You oreti' The Ciy Convention. The city convention met at the city hall last Saturday, and was called to order at 8:30 o'clock by Harry Hill, who nominated H. R. Buck as chairman. Harry Hill was selected as secretary. On motion of Ed. Dunne the following committees were appointed : Credentials-Chas. Crawford, John Keenan, D. G. Browne, Ed. Ddnne. Order of business-A. C. Johnson, M. J. Keith, Frank Lepper, and James Mc Devitt. A recess was then taken to await the report of these committees. When the convention reassembled the committee on credentials reported the delegates whose names are published below, as being entitled to seats. All were present. The committee on order of business reported that the temporary organization be the permanent one, and that nominations be in the following order: Mayor, clerk, police magistrate, marshal and treasurer. John Keenan moved that where more ian one candidate is nominated the t o receiving the highest number of v tes be declared the nominees, they to fi bt it out at the polls. The vote on t motion was a tie and the chair de cTared it lost. Mr. Keenan was heartily supported by the lobby and the justice of his motion must be generally con ceded. C. E. Duer and Riclg Bren nan were appointed tellers. F. C. Roosevelt and 3'*e Sullivan were nominated for mayor. The ballot resulted as follows: Roosevelt, 10; .Sul livan, 5; and Mr. R. was declared the nominee. H. R. Buck was nominated for city attorney and clerk by acclamation. For police magistrate, C. L. Spencer and J. A. Kanouse were put in nomina tion. Mr. Spencer was nominated by a 10 to 6 vote. George Houk, Chas. Rowe and Dan Holland were put in nomination for marshal, Mr. Houk scoring the victory on the first ballot, as follows: Houk, 10; Rowe, 5; Holland, 1. For treasurer and assessor S. L. Kelly, G. W. Crane and R. A. Luke were nominated, and then the fun began. It required eleven ballots to decide the contest, and during the time the inter est in the proceedings was intense. At the close of the third ballot it was de cided that the person receiving the low est number of votes be dropped, and this hard fate fell to the lot of S. L. Kelly, who afterwards became the nominee of the convention, as he came in again after the eighth ballot &n a motion that new nominations be made. The ninth ballot gave Luke 7 votes; Crane 5; and Kelly 4. In the tenth, Kelly got 6; Luke 6; and Crane 4; and the eleventh and crowning ballot stood, Kelly 9; Luke 6; and Crane 1-giving the victor a majority of 2. The fellows that knock the persimmons at the Chicago conven tions in June and July will not be bet ter pleased with the result than Sam was last night. There being no further business, the convention adjourned at 10 p. m. Following is a list of the delegates, with their alternates: FIRST WARD. Delegates. Alternates. C. E. Duer - F. Coombs Chas. Crawford W. 0. Dexter C. M. Lanning George Houk M. J, Keith " G. P. Fiske SECOND WARD. A. C. Johnson C. L. Spencer H. B. Hill R. S. Culbertson Richarg Brennan Patrick Murphy Edward Dunne Isaac Churchill THIRD WARD. Frank Lepper Jos. Jellica John Keenan John H. Evans J. R. Wilton A. B. Keeler H. R. Buck Jos. Conrad FOURTH WARD. J. J. Kennedy J. F. Murphy James McDevitt W. S. Baker Geo. W. Crane Samuel Houston D. G. Browne Charles Ayres NOTES. The sixteen have had their say; now what are the voters going to do about it. The chairman, otherwise fair in his rulings, Gutraged Jefferson, Cushing and Mr. Keenan when he ruled the latter's motion out of order. Mr. Kelly's nomination insures us a good alderman for the third ward in the person of Mr. Luke. The sucoesaful candidatee "did the usual thing." The speeches were short but rich in Smises. Kelly experienced varied ema II s lat nlght. When his name was pd from the list a sba4e of cim -e loom spread over his oontenano , after a few me t of dopbts feast, becsame firl latwith tit ihe the result om ballot was ann e was brokun, or ef e j obac e t # A.