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The River Press.
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,
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"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.

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