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THE RIVER PRESS.
All letters and communications containing matter in ended for publication in this paper, should be addressed to "The River Press," and the name of the writer must be given to insure attention. Local advertisements will be inserted in these columns at the rate of ffteen cents per line from transient and ten cents per line from regular adverttsers. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1s84. For President JAMES G. BLAINE, OF MAINE. For Vice-President JOHN A. LOGAN, OF ILLINOIS. For Delegate in Congress HIRAM KNOWLEs, OF SILVER BOW. For District Attorney, 3d District WM. H. HUNT, OF CHOTEAU. Choteau County Republican Ticket. Council........................ROBT. VAUGHN House ............................... . F. PARKER Commissioner................. CHAS. H. BOYLE Clerk and Recorder ................... S. L. KELLY Treasurer ................... .......... W. J. MINAR Probate Judge ......................C. L. SPENCER Sheriff .........................0....... G. COOPER Assessor ..................... F. C. ROOSEVELT Supt, Public Schools......MISS M. E. JOHNSTONE Public Administrator....... ..... G. E. INGERSOLL Coroner.................................DR. FAIRFIELD Justice of the Peace ...............B. L. POWERS Constab!e .....................SAM HOUSTON Road Supervisor...............CHAS. BOURASSA REPUBLICAN MEETINGS. The following announcements are made by the republican central commit tee: Messrs. Hunt, Spencer, Parker, Leani ing and others will speak at the High wood school house, Saturday, Novem ber 1 and at the Shonkin school house Sunday evening, November 2d. It is requested that the republicans at these several places make arrangements for the meetings, and a general invita tion is extended to all to attend. THE -two great, political parties are now getting down to work again, New York and Indiana being the battle ground. THE tide is in favor of the republicans in this county, and with good, earnest work from now until the 4th prox., a great triumph can be achieved. IT is to the interest of the tax payers of this county to elect the entire repub lican ticket. The "stand by the old party" theory is a vicious one as regards local affairs. BELVA LOCKWOOD has taken the stump. She addressed an audience of 500 persons in New York, Iecently, set ting forth what would be her policy if Selected president. ~HAs. H. BOYLE is just the man Cho y county wants for commissioner. : aommon.-q ense, lwvel-headed Sand his success inr managing 'i afirs is good evidence of his cabMitjr the very important office he se __ __ SAIt. - , the republican can didate for oi and recorder, is now interview ud4 in the country and we ard tmI make votes every day. is elected he will attend f the duties-of the position * n4 excellent of ficer. ~W.J. .Ade a dignified a:t:h a of the county n"3 thdly and favorable r n evriytwhere. There .are a rtmany democrats who believe Mr. .funsberger has been treasurer long enough, and they will take this very favorable opportunity to vote for a change, The prospects of Mr. Minar's election are most encouraging, and his friends will rally for him heartily on Tuesday of next week. THE local election is really of more importance to the citizens of this county than the territorial or national contests. Whether it is Blaine or Cleveland or Knowles or Toole can make but Itttle difere4ice toiBapy of us-but there is nott a t payerJn then lb County whalhourd: not be deeply interested in the selection ..of good men for.. the several localyosi ton th. depends the~" prasperity and fair fame of the county, and no vo er eean A&md to be dsitnterebted itn the i steady Arease in the business the -- Pc Ptlo railroad, at a e nearly... every other road in a sihows a deerease, Is note rS·i·~," VOL. 5, NO. 1. This number of the WEEKLY RIVER PRESS marks the beginning of a new vol ume, and a few words in reference to the paper are in order. Four years ago, the 27th of this month, the first issue of the RIVER PRESS was sent out upon its mis sion, meeting with a favorable impres sion on every hand. Since then, year after year, it has kept full pace with the development of northern Montana, gradually widening its circle of influ ence, until to-day it has a much larger ci.rculation in the great territory tribu tary to Fort Benton than any other pa per published. Everywhere it is re ceived with a favor that is gratifying to the riublishers and augurs well for the continued prosperity of the paper. The circulation of the WEEKLY RIVER PRESS is greater now than it has ever been, despite the "hard times," and our lists are constantly growing. It shall be our aim to make the present volume an improvement on all preceding ones, and we hope to receive the continued generous support of the citizens of north ern Montana. THE ISBUE. The issue in this election is not a party one and politics should have only the remotest bearing on the result. What is chiefly desired is to secure an efficient, economical and honest administration of the affairs of the county for the en suing two years. It makes but little difference to the tax payers whether a democrat or republican is installed in office, so that he is a man competent for the position and who will faithfully perform his duties. This, then, should be the issue in the local election-the selection of the best men for the several offices. That it is necessary to eliminate political feeling and look simply to the qualifications of the candidates is best shown by the last grand jury report, which presents in a forcible manner the necessity of a change in the administra tion of this county. On the republican ticket are the names of some of the best men in the county, and if the people by their votes call upon these men to ad minister the affairs of the county for the next two years, we can assure them that the work will be faithfully and honestly performed. The success of the republican ticket would give us the best administration Choteau county has ever had and inaugurate a new era in county affairs. It is to the interest of every taxpayer to consider this question from a non-partisan standpoint and vote for the men who arebest qualified to per form the duties of the offies foer which .they are csantiduates. "THE OLD PARTY." The democratic managers of this county, who have been in a paralyzed condition for some weeks, have recover ed sufficiently to cry out, "Stand by the old. party !" Having regained voice this is the full burden of their song: "Stand by the old party, the old gang! Keep the republicans from getting a single foothold by electing the whole democratic ticket!" This is the only democratic- argument offered; the only democratic appeal made-and the voters in response are expected to march up to the polls and do the bidding of the fel lows who want to maintain their places at the public crib. They offer no satis factory explanation of the deplorable financial condition of the county under democratic rule; they do not attempt to explain the report of the democratic grand jury that denounced in such scathing terms democratic methods in this county and pilloried in public print some of the candidates on the demo cratic ticket; they do ntt promise a re form administration ; they. do not pledge themselves to reduce expenses and cut doWn as fast as possible the burdensome 'countm debt. These things are of see nondary importaniee as compared with the proposition: "We must stand by tbe old party and keep the republicans dowil! " The chairm;as of the demno cratio cent al committe swears 'by heavens" that this must be done, show ig :.ithe state of desperation he has re~. hed. Will the tax, payers of this county, who must .bear the burdens of mal-administrtion, be deeeived by eaip ~Itp of this kind ? ,e eertMtly think not. They have, or at east oqght to have,. asuffeit of d.ekatke .lcal aule, Si4 # ih hope of .tr tonp will vote for to repulin ca wes. For atelt e i ervi ofte rdil port of erye fetof Sountr. They are pledged to reform. pleasant reminiscences of maladminis tration, they have but to-vote the dem ocratic ticket and the wish is granted. If, however, good government, reduced taxation, faithful and courteous officials are considerations worth attention in this contest, they will vote the republi can ticket and give us the benefit of a change. The "old party," as it stands in this county, is not worthy of contin ued confidence and support. VOTE FOR MEN. If the citizens of Choteau county will vote for men and not party next Tues day they can select a thoroughly capable and deserving set of officials--men who can be relied upon fora faithful perform ance of duty and an economical admin-. istration of county affairs. We are pleased to note that the "old party" is not "solid" in a single precinct in: the county and that the prospects of the de feat of that ticket are most encourag ing. Democratic rule in this county has been unbroken since its organiza tion, and, as a result, we have sad dled upon us an immen'se debt with nothing to show for. more than half of it. The only two counties that have a larger indebtedness than Choteau are those that gave bigger democratic majorities two years ago, viz.: Missoula and Custer. Is it not time to call a halt and get back to faithful and economical local rule? Does any one imagine that the way to do this is to continue thle old crowd in office? Nobody can reason ably hold such an opinion. The true solution of the problem is to vote foir the best men next Tuesday without regard to the ticket they may be on, and in this way a change can be brought about that will be of inestimable benefit to the county. It is the inalienable right of every American citizen to scratch his ticket according to his own sweet will, and we trust that the pencil will be freely used by the voters of this coun ty next Tuesday. A change in county administration is necessary, and it rests with the voters to bring it about. Shonkin Shots. The beautiful weather of the past two weeks has been well improved by all in getting ready for winter. Nearly every one has finished digging potatoes and gathering vegetables, and very few farmers willhcomplain this fall of being behind with their work. C. W1 Thrailkill, with Morrow & Son's machine, is on the upper Shonkin threshing grain, of which it is estimated there are from 8,000 to 10,000 bushels yet in the stack. These gentlemen were so unfortunate as to preak an important casting connected wi th the power, and were obliged to send to the factory for repairs, thus losing considerable time, but now all is solid and Cal. will make ier buzz. It is hard to tell which are the most r~umerous this fall in this locality, bears or politicians. The former generally are on thQ rustle for grub and do not care to be interviewed, but the latter: will just freeze right to you. They are nearly aN armed and carry their muni tions in a jug and a small box with Spanish hieroglyphics on the cover. The first named "varmints" are fre quently seen near the mountains. Dan Buchanan was coming over the divide the other day from McDonald's, and rode close up to two monstrous fellows, who were busy turning rocks over. Not having any gun he ran them some dis tance, when they took to the timber. Another was seen near the foot of the mountains last Monday night, but so ar our Nimrods have failed to kill any of them. Many of the farmers who have no other source of income except that de reved from grain and other ranch pro ducts cannot sell their crops at any price, thus making it difficult to obtain every day supplies. Quite a large num ber of this class are taking their wheat to Sun River to the flouring mill of Ellis & Steell, and thus get their flour with out paying any cash. Fully 35,000 pounds of wheat have already been drawn to this mill, and there is all of 50,000 pounds moreto go. All who havb returned and are using the flour are well satisfied and say that the bread made fromrit is equal to that made from any of the popular brands inb the mark et. Now if this is not a 'significant pointer to what this part of the country is lacking we don't want a cent. Wm. Witt and Robert Klae have been having their ranches surveyed by C. G. Griffith of late. Wm. Fox has nearly completed a very fine residence, -which with' his other well appointed improvements adds greatly to the appearance of his place. The electibn in this precinct will prob ably be held at the schoc!t ouse this year. `Heretofore ther&.w ws 'polling place except at ýthe resideoc 'of some one. Several prominent farners: have in vested quite larketl in swine thia f11 intending to raise their own, bacn here after Several men engged i getng out logs, posts and -pole I the' itouttains sgy thee is no imarket fo r ~timer. ,: The contesti of ispecI n nt4 `ia .ewis beor tEn FALL AND WINI iA, 1884-5. We are just in receipt of the la st styles of CLOTHING, FURNISHING Boots and Shoes, Hats and Caps, ETC., ETC., Which we are selling at Eastern Prices. Call and examine our Goods and Prices before purchasing elsewhere. GANS & KLEIN, Opposite Grand Union Hotel. FORT BENTON, M. T. I. G,6 BAKER & CO., -: DEALERS IN : General Merchandise FORT BENTON, M. T. Our stock is complete in every line of every department, and we respectfully invite inspection of the goods by the public. II $50,000 WORTH OF FALL AND WINTER CLOTHING, OVERCOATS, ETC., For Men, Boys and Children. ----o- Fur and Buffalo Coats, Cents' Furnishing Coods, Boots, Shoes, Hats, Caps, Arctics, German Socks, Wool Boots, Lined-Cloves, Mittens, etc. etc., AT NETT COST, TO REDUCE STOCK. HIRSHBERG & NATHAN'S, Opposite. Grand Union Hotel. FORT BENTON, M.3T S. J.. WAQKERLIN. T. C. POWER & B1RO. I. G. BAKER & CO H. J. WACKERLIN & CO., Front. Street. Benton, M. T. WHOLESALE AýND R1ETAIL DEALSER.3 Bar Iron, Wagon Timbers, tIPa Shoes and Nails Ti ware, Stovsrb, arl Wfre. T.in a. , Sheet #ron Raooin ad Sheet Iron Qred of A ~~ 4~·