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Vol. XXIII. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, December 17, 1902. No- 8. CONGRESSIONAL PROCEEDINGS. Two Democratic Members Propose Reme dies for Trust Evils. Washington , Dec. 11. —Represent ative Sulzer, of New York, today in troduced a bill in the house, the pur pose of which is to give publicity to affairs of lary;e corporations, requir ing theui to make annual returns to government authorities. Representative DeArmond today in troduced a bill providing that it shall be unlawful to ship from any state or territory any manufactured articles sold for shipment or intended to be eold unless every article has been stamped on the cover containing it the words, "No monopoly product," "Produced in open competition," or other words of like import. ihe senate this afternoon passed, with several amendments, the bill fix ing the compensation in the anthracite coal commission and it now goe3 to conference. The sentiment of the sen ate was strongly in favor of allowing members of the commission, who are not In the civil or military service of the United States, a lump sum, and after considerable debate (£4,000 was settled upon as the proper amount, thus tak ing the responsibility out of the hands of the president, as originally pro posed. Coal Famine Causes Riot. Boston , Dec. 11.—Hundreds of res idents of the North End besieged the entrances to the yard of the Metropoli tan Coal company on Causeway street, and at one time there was a small sized riot. When the offices and yard were opened a crowd was gathered in front of the building, and as soon as the company's men began to arrive these people commenced the liveliest kind of a scramble to get inside. So much trouble was caused by them in their fight for a chance to get through the gates that the Metropolitan employes decided to haul a wagon load of coal in bags out of the yard and distribute from the opposite side of the street in order to draw a part of the crowd away. A large wagon was immedi ately filled and driven outside. Hard ly had the driver pulled up his horses before the crowd was upon his wagon. Men and women pulled one another and fought for a chance to get at the coal. The patrolmen who were on duty at the yard were called upon, and it was only with the greatest difficulty and by using force that they were able to keep the bags from being stolen. One pa trolman jumped on the wagon to save the coal and was thrown down and pulled about by the women. The trouble was checked by the arrival of other patrolmen, and it kept them busy holding down the bags until the wagon was again inside the gates. Thieves Secure Big Plunder. Chicago , Dec. 11.—Mrs. Charles L. Blackman, a wealthy widow residing in the Kenwood hotel, has been rob bed of $6.000 worth of diamonds. The jewels were taken from her in the hotel in daylight and while the hotel parlor, a short distance away, was filled with people. There is no clew to the thief. Oklahoma City , Okla., Dec. 11.— The postoffice at Yukon, in Candian county, was robbed early today of $300 in money and stamps by two men, who worked the safe with dynamite. In a fight with the robbers, Marshal Montfort was shot. The men escaped in a stolen buggv. Pat Crowe May Return. Chicago , Dec. 11. —Steven A. Crowe, a hotel proprietor in this city, and brother of Pat Crowe, asserted positively today that the latter is in Johannesburg, South Africa. He said further that within the next few weeks his brother may surrender him self to the authorities according to an agreement with Edward Cudahy when the $25.000 reward for his arrest was withdrawn recently. '•Except for the fact," he said, HÏÏSTMISSOT ^\H6 BOTTOJif PANTS San Francisco, Gau "that I lost my temper recently when approached by an agent sent by Pat, my brother might now be in the hands of the authorities and ready to face the accusations made against him when the Cudahy child disappeared under such sensational circum stances." THE VENEZUELAN TROUBLE. Great Britain and Germany Propose to Collect Big Damages. Washington , Dec. 11.—Represent ative Shafroth today introduced a resolution authorizing the president to propose to Great Britain and Ger many to submit claims against Vene zuela to arbitration and to guarantee payments of awards that may be made. London , Dec. 11. —Great Britain is practically at war with Venezuela, but there is no disposition here to regard the situation as particularly serious. No dispatches have been received as yet from the commander of the Brit ish squadron, who will be compelled to send dispatches from Wiilemstadt, Curacoa, but unofficial news of the seizure of the Venezuelan fleet and of President Castro's reprisals is re garded as quite untrustworthy. The morning papers, commenting on the situation, recognize the possi bility of awkward complications aris ing, but are disposed to believe that President Castro, after making a show of defiance, may be brought to reason without the allied powers having re course to the seizure of customs. Fuel Famine In Nebraska. Lincoln , Neb., Dec. 11.—There is a serious coal shortage in Nebraska. At a number of state institutions the supply is limited and the board of public lands and buildings is embar rassed. Twice this week, at the Lin coln hospital for instance, there was barely enough fuel for the day. In the other towns conditions are even worse. A dispatch tonight from Os ceola states that a coal famine exists and not a pound can be bought. Some of the business houses there are entirely out and must close tomorrow if a supply is not secured. Avenged Brother's Murder. StXTON, Tex., Dec. 11.—Five years ago Lige Button shot and killed young Wiggins, for which he was sent to the penitentiary. He served his time and returned to his home here. Today Jack Wiggins, brother of the man whom Button killed, walked up to Button and, without a word, fired two loads of buckshot into him, kill ing him instantly. Wiggins then sur rendered to a constable. Wanted for Many Crimes. Chicago , Dec. 12.—"Toronto Jim my," said to be the leader of a gang! of six men who entered the Exchange bank at Gardner, 111., October 28 and robbed it of $4,000, has been arrested in Chicago. The prisoner is thought to be the last of the gang, Edward' Honser, Hugh Blake, Charles Mitch-! ell, John Freeland aud Samuel Ritch ie, the other members having recently been arrested aud sent to Morris. The photo of "Toronto Jimmy" has been i dentified by several witnesses iu the Gardner bank case. The man is now under indictment in various states. Robberies of the bank of Diver, Minn., and a bank and postof fice at Neillsville, Wis., a bank at Milton Junction and another at Deer-1 field, Wis., are robberies iu which he is said to have had a hand. Hotel Guests Driven Out. Spokane , Dec. 12.—Flames and smoke drove 100 guests out of the ltid-: path hotel about 1:30 o'clock this j morning, some of the people fleeing in their night clothes. All escaped safe ly, the cooler ones having time to save 1 valuables. The firemen succeeded iu j confining the blaze to the air-shaft and ' the top story of the building, the lat ter being completely wrecked and the roof iu. A Big Irrigation Scheme. Boise , Dec. 12.—The state of Idaho is soon to be the sceue of the largest irrigation works in the United States, aud the third iu scope in the world. The laud to be reclaimed is along the Snake river, and the tract is 271,000 acres in extent. The scheme includes the building of two immense canals, the development of power at Shoshone Falls, and the building of an electric railroad forty-five miles long from the Oregon Short Line railroad at Shoshone to the two towns. The area to be reclaimed iueludes the tract which was ret aside several years ago for a National park because of its beautiful scenerv. REQUEST FOR ARBITRATION. Venezuelan Government Proposes Peace ful Settlement of Controversy. Washington , Dec. 12.—A cable gram received at the state department today from Minister Bowen, at Ca racas, states that the Venezuelan gov ernment has requested him to propose to Great Britain and Germany that difficulties arising out of claims for alleged damages and injuries to Brit ish and German subjects during the civil war be submitted to arbitration. In conformity with an understanding already reached with representatives of the British and German govern ments here, this proposition from President Castro will be duly laid be fore those governments, the state de partment acting merely as a channel of communication. Not much hope is entertained of favorable reception of the proposition, as it is felt that the difficulty has progressed too far for settlement by the peaceful methods of arbitration. The cause of the action of the Ger man and British governments is the refusal of the Venezuelan govern ment to pay what are alleged to be just pebts. The claim of Germany is for defaulted interest on debts amounting to $20,000,000 and for the liquidation of the principal. Presi dent Castro has repudiated some of these debts on the ground that the government cannot be responsible for money borrowed by his irresponsible predecessors. The British claims are based on Venezuelan interference on the island of Patos, which is claimed by both Venezuela and Great Britain. Great Britain has occupied the island for seventy years, but last year Vene zuela took possession of British inter ests and property there. France has also a claim for $3,000,000, loaned to Matos, leader of the rebellion against Castro, taking a mortgage on his property, which property Castro con fiscated. IT IS REAL WAR. British and German Fleets Bombard Ven ezuelan Fortress. Washington , Dec. 14.—Minister Bowen, in a dispatch received by the state department this afternoon, cabled that he had been informed by Presi dent Castro that the British and Ger man warships were bombarding Puerto Cabello. In an earlier dispatch re ceived by the state department at 3:22 o'clock Sunday morning, Minister Bowen said that the situation at Ven ezuela's capital, Caracas, was much quieter. The great excitement at the outset of the affair, he said, was caused by the precipitate flight of the British and German ministers, the arrest of all subjects of those two nations aud the seizure of the Venezuelan gunboats without first declaring a blockade, thus causing the people to fear a bom bardment which would follow at once. Aside from the dispatches from Minister Bowen, there were no further developments in the Venezuelan situ- ! atiou, so far as the state department | is concerned. The officials are watch-! ing the events with keen interest, so as to ! be able to act with promptness should | such a step be necessary, but nothing j was done today except to make repre sentations to the German and British ! governments in reference to the peace-! ful blockade now being maintained by those governments iu Venezuelan wa- ! terä " Congressional Proceedings. Washington , Dec. 12.—In its three-1 hour session the house cleared the calendar of 173 private pension bills, ! decided to consider the legislative, ex- j eeutive and judicial appropriation ! bill tomorrow and made the order of business for Tuesday, the bill carry ing $1,000,000 for the purpose of! stamping out the foot and mouth dis eases among New England livestock, i The house committee on judiciary ! today took up the joint resolutions introduced in the house proposing an amendment to the constitution to disqualify persons found guilty of polygamy from holding office aud to prohibit polygamy. By a vote of 7 to <1 it was decided not to report the measure to the house. Affects American Meat Exports. CHICAGO, Dec. 14. —The tariff bill passed by the German reieh&tag early this morning, Chicago packers say, j will deprive them of almost 25 per! cent of their provision export trade, i exclusive of fresh meats, and packers already are preparing to urge the United States government to take: some action that will irive them re lief. William C. Evans, of the for eign department of Armour t y Co., who returned to Chicago today from Berlin, where he haul been in the iu terests of the house he represents, said the bill would deprive the Ameri can packers of nearly all their Ger man export trade. It also reacts on the poorer classes in Germany. "The new law will robthe packers of a great part of the German export trade, which is 25 per cent of all our foreign busiuess," said Mr. Evans. "At present the outlook is not bright and if prices continue it will be prac tically impossible for us to win back any of the trade." CURRY MUST GO TO PRISON. Northern Montana Train Robber Cannot Secure New Trial. K.\ ox ville , Tenu., Dec. 13.—Feder al Judge Clark today refused Kid Curry a new trial, after proceedings which occupied the greater portion of the day. It so happened that today was the anniversary of Curry's shoot ing of the two policemen iu this city. When court was couvened Judge Clark stated that he was ready to hear arguments on the motion for a new trial. John C. Houck,. one of Curry's attorneys, stated that he desired to lile an affidavit iu the matter of S. M. Talleut, the juror charged by Cur ry with having expressed opinions in tho case. As the time limit has ex pired, Judge Clark refused to admit the affidavit, and to this ruling excep tions were taken by the defense. Gen. Myuate, for Curry, than made a long argumeut, urging a new trial. Excep tions were taken by the defense. Judge Clark then resentenced Curry to a total of 130 years, some of the sentences to run concurrently, leaving 20 years as the sentence, which begins today. The penitentiary at Colum bus, Ohio, was selected as the place of confinement. Curry's attorneys i-ead a stipulation to the effect that Carry be turned over to the Tennessee authorities as soon as his sentence is completed. This matter was referred to the United States court of appeals. Curry will be kept here until Dec. 28. The ap peal will be made to Judge Lurtoa of Nashville, by Gurry's attorneys. Death.of. Mrs. U. s. Grant. Washington ., December 14.— Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, wife of President Grant, died at her residence iu this city tonight. Death was due to heart failure, Mrs. Grant having suffered for some years from valvular disease of the heart, which was aggravated by a severe attack of bronchitis, aud her age prevented her rallying from the attacks. Her daughter, Nellie Graut Sartoris, was the only one of her children with her at the time of her death, her three sons, who have been summoned here, all being out of the city. Gambling Outfits Burned. Denver , Dec. 13.— a special to the Republican from Cripple Creek, Col., says the sheriff of Teller county burned more thau $5,000 worth of con fiscated gambling tools on one of the principal street corners last night. Thousands of citizens witnessed and applauded the act. The gamblers had offered to pay into the court, to be de voted to charity, $3,000, if permitted to remove the property from the county, but the judge decliued to consider the offer. Indian Tribe Disappearing. Guthrie , Okla., Dec. 14.—Dr. YVy mau, government physician at the Sac and Fox Indian agency, iu Oklahoma, announces that a large majority of the tribe is afllicted with tuberculosis, scrofula aud other iucurable diseases and adds that the tribe will be prac tically annihilated within a few years. The latest report says there are but 479 members of this once powerful tribe left. Woman Bandit Paroled. PhiEnix , Ariz., Dec. 13.—Pearl Hart, the female stage robber, was paroled by Governor Brodie today, on the recommendation of the board of eoutrol aud the prison superintend ent. She held up a stage in company with -1 oe Boot, between Florence aud Globe. The woman was sentenced to prison for live years in 189!). To Observe I lag Day. Helena . Dec. 11.—Governor Toole today issued a proclamation calling upon the people of the state to observe, as far as possible, December 20 a» Flag day, in commemoration of the actual transfer of title of the territory involved in the Louisiana purchase, which included Montana. That day will be the ninety-ninth anniversary of the event that was fraught with so much interest for the northwest. The governor urges a general dis play ot the national colors upon tne private houses and places of business of citi /.cus. MONTANA BRIEFLETS. SHORT ITEMS OF NEWS FROM OVER THE STATE. ALL What Has Happened in Montana During the Past Few Days. Butte , Dec. 10.—Justice of the Peace Nelson today bouud over C. E. Alsop aud George H. Casey in the sum of $1,000 each, charged with bribery iu the late election. The hearing took place last week, but only today was the decision rendered. Both defendants have furnished bonds. Glendive , Dec. 10.—W. F. Jordan is president and E. C. Leonard is sec retary of the Yellowstone Land com pany, which has been formed here. It proposes to settle aud colonize 100,000 acres of land iu Dawson coun ty recently acquired 5rom the North ern Pacific. Twin Bridges , Dec. 10.—As a re sult of a quarrel with her lover, Edith Hooker Of Rochester sought to end her troubles by taking poison. As soon as her condition became known, medical assistance was called from Melrose and heroic treatment was re sorted to and contiuueö for some hours. The girl is still iu a very critical condition. Miss Hooker was until recently employed at the Stark hotel in this city and was engaged to be married to Jack White at Christ mas. Helena , Dec..111.—Wm. W. Martin, the builder of the old Fort Logan gov ernment post in the Smith river val ley, aud an old pioneer of Montana, died yesterday afternoon at St. John's hospital after a long illness from asthma. Mr. Martin was nearly 70 years old. He came to this state about 1865. For years he was engaged in the sheep bus-iness, of which he made a success. Billings , Dec. II.—Searching par ties have been out since last night scouring the hills aud valleys in this vicinity for J. J'u Potts, who is de mented. He left his home last night. It is believed that he was seen this af ternoon near the old roadhouse about a mile and a half east of town, but disappeared soon afterward. Potts has been of unsound mind for some some time. Butte , Dee. 11.— C. E. Alsop, the Butte politician, aud George Casey, who was chairman of Senator Clark's democratic county convention, who were arrested here two days after the election ou a charge of bribery, aud who were yesterday bouud over to the district court by Justice Nelson, have been released upon bouda of $1,000 each. C.. W. Clark, second sou of the senator, who was arrested at the same time on a similar charge, is now in California, ill at his home near Los Angeles, but will appear here for trial, he says, when his case is called. Bossax , Dec. 11.—Mr. McKennan, wh<> i.i ■-<*. t lie la lid s of the West Gallatin G'aoal <"oir.puny in charge for the Uuiw'u Bank «Sc Trust company of Hel ena as trustee, reports the crop for 1902 to be excellent. Tho company has about 4,000 acres under irriga tion, which produced 94,717 bushels of barley, 72,909 bushels of oats (45 pounds to the bushel ), 04,423 bushels of wheat and 045 bushels of flax. The report shows what Gallatin eouuty lands will produce under irrigation. Helena , Deo. 12.—Sore because of serving a recent term iu jail aud full of raw alcohol, John Sheridan started out with a rille yesterday to murder Governor Toole, Justice of the Peace John Steinmetz, County Attorney O. W. McConuell aud the family ot his brother-in-law, Edwin Grigsby. Be fore he accomplished anything he was arrested. Red Lodge , Dec. 12.—Patrick Flem ing lies dead at the Elmer house as a result of a quarrel between him aud wife this evening. Whether he shot himself or was shot by his wife is at present unknown, lie has been gam bling considerably of late, and this evening his wife took him out of a gambling house at the point of a gun. He was found dead at Iiis gate and was carried to the Elmer house where an inquest will be held. Livingston , Dec. 12 — C. II. Harris of Spokane, who was lined $5 for dis turbance yesterday, claims that he was robbed of $500 a night or two ago in the tenderloin, lie spent the latter part of the day begging for carbolic acid to end his woes. A fake bottle was given him and he eagerly swal lowed the contents. He is in jail again for safe keeping. liL 'ttk, Dee. 12—The trial of E. J. Dailey on the charge of murder was begun in the district court here today. At noon eight witnesses had been ex amined. but up to that time no attempt had been made to establish the fact that Dailey had caused the wounds from which it was claimed Ray had died. Ray was a hotel detective form erly employed at the Grandon hotel in Helena, and was well known. The prosecution alleges that his death was the result of a knife wound inflicted by Dailey. Billings , Dec. 13.— Eastern Mon tana will have a woolen mill and a woolen clothes manufacturing estab lishment if plans now being negotiated do not mis-carry. Minnesota woolen mill men have been in Billings today consulting with a number of local cap italists with a view to installing such an establishment, or, rather, two sep« arate concerns in this city. They have visited Oregon and Washington cities, but have decided that Billings is a more suitable place for a woolen mill than can be found in any of the other northwestern cities. Butte , Dec. 13.—In Judge McCler nan's court today notice was served on Attorneys A. J. Shores and D'Gay Stivers to appear Saturday and make answer to the petition on file looking to their disbarment. Peter Breen, county attorney, was appointed as the friend of the court to conduct the prosecution of the case. Missoula , Dec. 13.— A verdict of acquittal was returned by the jury in the Ira Presley murder trial to Judge Webster shortly after five o'clock this evening. The trial has consumed the entire week's session, and was the most sensational ever presented in this county. Presley was accused of the crime of killing his wife a few weeks ago. Columbia Falls , Dec. 14. —Mining operations in Snow Shoe aud Fisher mining districts in Flathead county have been brought to a close at least thirty days earlier thau at any time in the history of the district, owing to the great depth to which the s-now has piled. There is now at least eight feet of snow entirely covering the district and it is impossible to get supplies to the mines. Those who have been at work have beeu compelled to come out on snow-shoes and the district is prac tically abandoned until next June and possibly late in July. Billings , Dec. 13. —It was learned by telephone from Red Lodge this eveniug that the coroner's jury in the case of "Paddy" Fleming, who was found dead at his own door last night, had brought in a verdict of suicide. Fleming was well known in Billings, where he had played baseball both for and against the Billings team, his services as pitcher being always in great demand. Stockmen Recover Taxes. Helena , Dec. 11.—Custer eouuty, through the legal representatives, to day paid into the federal court $12,« 500, the amount of a judgment which has been obtained against the county by the Western Ranchers company, limited. The plaintiff corporation several years ago ranged cattle on the Crow reservation. Custer county taxed the cattle aud enforced collection. The compauy contended that the county had no right to, impose the tax since the cattle were on federal and not on state soil. Finally the company made a demand upon the treasurer of Cus ter county for the money paid in tax es by it, and when the county refused to refund the amounts paid, the com pany beg au au action in the circuit court of the United States to recover. The cattle company claimed to be exempt from eouuty and state taxes, for the reason that its cattle were ranged ou a government reservation, for which privilege a yearly sum was paid to the Crow Indians. The com pany was given a judgment and its costs, auil the county gave notice of au appeal. When the county's appeal fouud its way to the United States circuit court of appeals it was dismissed on the ground that it had not beeu taken within six mouths, the limit in which appeals may be perfected. The result was that Custer county was compelled to pay the judgment. Succeeds J ud£c Holloway, Helena , Dec. 12.—Gov. Toole to day appointed W. R. C. Stewart, of Bozemau, judge of the Ninth judicial district, embracing the counties of Gallatin, Meagher and Broadwater, to succeed Judge W. L. Holloway, who has resigned ou account of hav ing been elected associate justice of the supreme court. The appointment was made this morning. Prior to coming to Montana Mr. Stewart had studied law, and in 1894 lie was admitted to the Montana bar. lu IS95 he became associated with the law firm of Hartman A Hartman and in 1898 he was elected eouuty attorney of Gallatin county. In 1900 he was the candidate for attorney general ou the independent democratic ticket. Ac present he is a member of the Boze mau school board.