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MURDER IN MEAGHER.
G. N. Nelson Shot and Killed by J. W. Hanna. Full Particulars of the Tragedy as Related by a River Press Correspondent. CLENDENIN, March 24, 1884. A terrible affair took place at the house of George N. Nelson, on Lone Tree creek, three miles north of Wolf butte, about 5 o'clock on the evening of March It seems that George N. Nelson (the (leceased) had been to the mountains after wood, arriving back at the house about 5 o'clock. His wife was preparing supper at the time. He said he had lost his coat somewhere and was going back to find it, at the same time opening his pocket knife to eat. His wife told him to wait a minute, as supper was nearly ready, and they would all eat together. 1I1e got sulky at these words, and while iw was putting the dishes on the table Ili, passion seemed to increase. Finally Ibe made a remark to the effect that he would finish her, at the same time dart il,,r toward her with the knife. She nhlled out of the door. He then turned towaird Ilanuia, who was standing near hlw window, calling him a G-d-s-b-, mnd saying he would finish him. Joe Ilatina told him to stop, but he did not do it, and Hanna raised his revolver and tired. This shot did not stagger him, oiidl Hanna fired again when Nelson fl (lead on the floor. Hanna imme diately after gave himself up as prisoner to Mr. Frank Bain. An inquest was held at 3 o'clock yes terday, the verdict of which I inclose you. Hanna's examination will take place to day before Judges Larkin and Mc Sweeney. The deceased, George N. Nelson, is an old-tinier well known. He formerly lived in the Gallatin valley, afterwards on the Shonkin, near Benton, when he removed to his present residence. I believe he leaves a wife and two chil dren. His funeral will take place to-day at Stanford. Joseph W. Hanna, who did the shoot ing, is well known around Fort Benton and Barker, having been about the Belt mountain district the last eight years or more. As is usual in cases of this kind, you hear mane rumors of difficulties be tween Nelson and his wife at various times, but the foregoing account is as nearly true as possible, as I left the scene of death last evening, and have gathered these particulars from the priacipal parties in the affair. M. At an inquisition holden at the house of George Nelson, Lone Tree creek, M-agher county, "Montana territory, on the body of George .N. Nelson deceased, March 23, 1884. The jury having view ed the body, and heard the evidence, do find that the cause of the death of de ceased was a bullet which entered the the neck, half-way between the back of the neek and the ear, ranging through the head and lodging in the right cheek; that the body had an open pocket knife, with some greasy substance on it, held loosely by the right hand, the blade out; and that the deceased received his death wound at the hands of Joseph W. Hanna. CONRAD OMMERMAN. MERRITT FLANAGAN. IRA D. SEATON. ROBERT TUINER. JAMES ELLIS. ISRAEL OWENS. J. P. MCSWEENEY, Justice of the Peace. The Railroad Meeting. As a result of the enthusiastic railroad meeting held Tuesday evening, the con fidence of our people in the coming of the Helena & Fort Benton road has been greatly increased, and the "doubting Thomases" begin to enroll themselves on the other side. All that is needed to insure the success of the enterprise Is the hearty support and assistance of Helena and Fort Benton, and both have now spoken in a way that surely means business. As matters stand now, we re gard the Helena & Fort Benton railroad project as good as started. Anybody who has faith and a little loose cash can make 100 per cent. within a year by in vesting in Fort Benton dirt. Former Railroad Projects. FORT BENTON, March 26, 1834. Editors of the River Press: The railroad demonstration on Tues day evening reminds me that this is not the first railroad meeting ever held in Fort Benton. In August, 1878, a mass meeting was held In John Emvas' saloon, that being the only place of any size whete such a meeting could be held. The attendance was large for that time. Dr. Will. E. Turner was alled to the chair and CoL J. J. 'onne ly acted as upec~et .y" W. G. Cora1W 'Tatta , Cot lonnelly, 3. H. o ý othsro addressed they ,tng. T were but few who beliow tht a wotild be =o any mawtea atpto Fort Benteior the Lien during the costW tioned a system o or,- RW France by which grades were easily overcme, the building of which would retuire little if any grading. 11 dm ot not describe how it was operated; it wits known as the one rail system. After i the colonel's remarks Mr. J. H. Conrad jumped to the floor, and in an impas sioned speech of three minutes duration declared that the people of Montana did not need a one wheel railroad; if it was so that a railroad was an imperative ne cessity, which he very much doubted, we wanted one of the old-fashioned kind, and he did not believe in going to France for information on the subject of railroad building. Col. Donnelly in formed Mr. Conrad that he entirely misunderstood him; that the system he mentioned was the one rail system which had been successfully used in the moun tainous regions of Europe; that a rail road of this kind could climb a moun tain and could be -constructed so as to follow che stage road. It was roughly estimated that the road could be built for one- half million of dollars. Nothing, however, was done further than to get an expression of opinion, which was decidedly averse to a rail road. In 1878, I believe, the subject came up again in a different form. Then the people were called upon to vote on the subject of bonding the different counties to induce the Utah & Northern railroad to extend its line to Helena and Benton, but the vote was against it. Then the Utah & Northern wanted us to exempt them from taxation for a period of 20 years, and under that condition would build the road. But on both these oc casions the sentiment of the territory was: "We do not want railroads, but if they wish to come we cannot prevent it, and by our votes we will defeat any measure towards granting them help, or exemption from taxation.". As, in deed, they did. The streagest argument against rail roads in Choteau county was that it would throw so many bull-whackers out of employment, and seriously affect the prosperity of Fort Benton. The people seemed content to go plodding on as they had done for fifteen years, whilst the material development of the county was entirely lost sight of. Fort Benton was prosperous, and the freight of the territory passed through here. The fur trade was immense, and the en tire northwest territory came here for their supplies. At that time a railroad would have operated directly against a few, and hence the opposition. Now these same men, with railroads coming on all sides of us, have arrived at the conclusion that a railroad to Benton is needed, and I imagine they now wish that they had not in the past been so much opposed to a railroad to this city. City Council. The council met in regular session March 26, the mayor and aldermen Sul livan, Coombs, Collins, Cummings and Dunne being present. The drainage question was discussed at length and the ordinance adopted providing for the issuance of bonds to the amount of $5,000, the proposition to be submitted to a vote of the tax payers. The question of salaries for city offi cers then came up, and after much dis cussion the following report of the com mittee was adopted: To the Hon. the Acting Mayor and Mem bers Qf the Council : GENTLEMEN :-Your special commit tee on revision of ordinances, etc., beg leave to report that the time is so short until the new council comes into office that we leave the matter of such revision to the new officers, and that their atten tion be particularly called to adopting and following rules. We recommend that amendments be made to the ordinances and that the clerk be instructed as soon as practicable to draft amendments to ordinances to fully cover the recommendations, viz: 1st-That the services of night watch man and policemen be dispensed with and that the marshal be invested with all necessary police authority and in case of urgent necessity that the mayor be temporarily authorized to employ policemen or watchmen. " 2d-That ordinances be so amended that the committee on streets and alleys have general supervision of all road work, and authority tinder council of road officers, and that the marshal be ex oMelo road supervisor. 3d-That the salary of the city attor ney be reduced to $250 per year, and that he be allowed a docket fee of $10 In all cases in the city court when- he appears for the city, provided the city is not liable for any docket fee. 4th-That the ary of pollee amagl trate be Aied Vper annuap. 5th-That the .tresr, collector an aessor be allowed for thep rFvies in full the sam of $800. 6th-That the s f :ma = be fixed at $85 pe :in and trat .` council be to redu e salary at end oftmoth anyeas noth than P6 peionth bespeetfl st 390 Of An Unwilling Trip Down the Missouri. [AR1A CaRO881~1G, MaW?6i27tr 4 Editors of River Preas: Mt half past five o'cleok Lb is evenuing the cgble of the ferry boat broke. There were six men n board the boat at the time. All got :whore but ,Mr. Wolf, Wilson and Texas Bob, who are going down the Missouri as fast as the current can take them. I have not time to send further particulars, as the bearer of this is waiting to start. Yours, etc., MOSE SOLOMON. A Barker Budget. Mike Foley arrived from Clendenin Thursday. He tells us that the smelter in probably closed down now for a short period, as the coal supply gave out. The run has been by far the most successful ever made, and they have now on hand over 3,000 bars of bullion. They will start again just as soon as a sufficient supply of coal is in hand. The mine (the Silver Belle) is looking better than ever it has. They recently struck a very large hody of ore, much of it grey carbonates, which is very rich. Mr. D. Rice, the coal man, has just completed another kiln, and with one or two more will be able to keep ahead of the blast furnace on coal, so that no more stoppages on that score would be necessary. The Bishop of Helena. It has been announced by the London Tablet and Catholic Mirror of Baltimore that the new diocese of Montana hay been created, and that the Right Rev. John Baptist Brondel, Bishop of Van couver Island, and Administrator Apos tolic of the vicarate of Montana, now becomes Bishop of Montana, with the title of Bishop of Helena. In a short time the, fact that a new diocese has been created will be officially announc ed, and the title assumed, when the church at Helena will become a cathe dral. Back Prom Barker. J. R. Wilton returned from Barker on Thursday's coach. The purpose of Mr. Wilton's trip was to secure the signatures of interested parties to the bond of the Queen of the Hills, O'Brien and Home stake, at Neihart. In this he was not fully successful, but the negotiations are still in progress with every assurance of success. It will be a red letter day for the Montana district when this bond is executed and the great mining company represented by Mr. Kingsbury secures a foothold in the camp. From the Judith." The many friends of Mr. J. D. Weath erwax, mayor of Utica, are pleased to see him in the city again and have kept him-busy "swapping lies" since his ar rival. Mr. Weatherwax reports every thing lovely on the upper Judith. Stock of all kinds wintered well and are in good condition at the present time. No losses at all are reported except in two bands of sheep where the scab got the mastery last fall, and even here the, loss was not as great as one might expect. Business at Utica has been fair this winter and of course J. D. proposes to do an immense business the coming season. 'Rah for the Grand Union Line. The contest for the location of the military telegraph line has been settled, operator Bennett having received in structions yesterday to move the office to the Grand Union hotel. The change will be made April 1st-next Tuesday. An office will be set apart for Mr. Ben nett in the east side of the hotel lobby, while his observations will be made from the roof of the building. Puepar ations for the removal will begin at once, and soon this will ýe one of the settled questions of the day. Affairs at Barker. When the smelter at Clendenin was started up under the new arrangement it was understood that the first run would be in the nature of an experiment to see what could be done. Having ex hausted the coal supply the first run was concluded a 'few days ago, and it was by far the most successful ever made by the smelter. Messrs. BOrghardt and Blatner Will arrive in ta city to-day tp make their zeport to the reditose aa4 top conclude Mrtraen<ennter. furabor operations. M eantime, until theil ret ra, all work partsentk The lacb~of q4J wrpi oause dela anyhow, ;a thomges-lemen In w . to, ao __wort. For TEN DAYS only. ALL AT COST. SUITS _AT Opposite the Grand Union Hotel - - FORT BEN TONr M. T NEW STORE.. RARE BARGAINS. 8TJi.? RKIPER, .1M. T7., Wholesale and Retail Liquor Dealers, 'Dry Goods, Crocerier Drugs, Glassware and Crockery, Wines, Liquors, Tobacco and Cigars, and a complete line of General Merchandise Clothing, Gents' Furnishing Goods, Boots and Shoes, Notions, Etc. -0 HIDES, PELTS AND FURS BOUGHT. -0-- Having purchased at Sherif's sale all the stock of the late firm of Steele & Co., we will sell the same for the next Sixty days at cost, to make room for our new spring stock, which is now arriving. Buyers will find it greatly to their interest to give us a call before going elsewhere. Your patronage respectfully solicited. FORD BROTHERS. OUR NEW GOODS ARE ALL AT HAND. THE FINEST DISPLAY OF Dry GoodsDress Goods FANeY GOODB, Ladies' and Children's Furnishing Goods, EVER SEEN IN FORT BENTON, CALL AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES. .1. G. BAKER A CO. " The Best is the Cheapest.' 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