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Vol. XXIII. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, February 18, 1903. No. 17. IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE. Over Three Hundred Hills Introduced Since First Day of the Session. Helena , Feb. 12.— The senate today killed two of Kohrs' smoke bills, No. 51 and No. 37. The bills were unfa vorably reported from the judiciary committee, and the vote came on the adoption of the report. The first bill was killed by a vote of 13 to 9, and the second by a vote of 15 to 7. The change of venue bill also came up on the report of the judiciary com mittee, which ordered it favorably re ported, Kennedy, making a minority report. The minority report was re jected by a vote of 40 to 14. The house put in another full day, and the result was the transaction of a large amount of business. The fol lowing bills were introduced: H. B. No. 260—Labor committee— On employment of mill hands. H. B. No. 261—Dwight—Amending law on assistant register in land office. H. B. No. 262—Insurance commit tee—Amending licensing of insurance companies. H. B. No. 263—Stapleton—Humane society law providing for state bu reau. H. B. No. 264—Allen—For payment of salaries to state officers while con tests are pending. H. B. No. 265—Dempster—Prohibit ing advertising to secure divorces. H. B. No. 267—Benson—Making at torney's fees part of costs in actions for recovery on contracts. H. B. No. 268—Wilson of Lewis and Clarke—Amending contract law. H. B. No. 269—Bever—Amending election law. H. B. No. 270—Graham—Establish ing board of architectural examiners. Allen introduced a resolution to the effect that whereas this day is the an niversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, that out of respect to this statesman the house do hereby make suitable entry on the journal. This was passed unanimously. A committee of three is to be ap pointed by the speaker to examine the journal and see that it is correct and the reading of the journal will be dis pensed with after this appointment. Helena , Feb. 13.—The senate today but in a good afternoon and did lots of business and when it had concluded it quit until Monday afternoon. The senate named its steering committee, which will consist of the committee on rules and Whipple and Anderson The senate put the quietus on the bill creating the office of state deputy superintendent of public instruction. The bill gave the deputy a salary of $2,400 a year, within $100 of the salary of the superintendent. Anderson's game warden bill was passed. It cuts the salaries of deputy game wardens to $900 a year, and trives them the same fees as deputy sheriffs. Mahon introduced a bill requiring railroads to plow a fire guard ditch on either side of the grade; Anderson, one to authorize county commission ers to purchase blank books, station ary and office supplies where they can be bought to the best advantage. The fusion members from Silver Bow will keep their seats unmolested, for the balance of the session, such being the verdict of the committee on privileges and elections, reported to the house this morning. The report was adopted unanimously. Everett's bill for the creation of Bear Paw county was formally intro duced this morning and uumbered 275. It makes Harlem the temporary coun ty seat of the new county. Other bills introduced in the house this morning were as follows: H. B. No. 271—By committee on ways and means, making the cus tomary levy of 2i mills for state pur poses, known as the bill for the sup port of the state government. H. B. No. 272—By Rice, creating Pioneer day. H. B. No. 273—By Faust, making it a misdemeanor to hunt in enclosed premises. H. B. No. 274—By the ways and means committee, permitting the court to require a cost bond for the plain tiffs in civil actions. Bray, of Rosebud, gave notice of a bill to amend the penal code in rela tion to the prohibition of the use of frying pan and sash brands. These brands are of a character calculated to lend themselves to the covering up of other brands and the new bill pro poses to make the penalty for using them more severe. Helena , Feb. 15.—With only six teen more working days, the close of the eighth legislative assembly may be said to be in sight. So far there have been introduced in the two branches 36S bills. Of that number 87 are sen-' ate bills and 281 house measures. , The house will easily pass the 300 mark, and for the number of bills in it troduced will make the record for a Montana legislature. Of the house bills 55 have been killed, while 15 sen ate bills have met a like fate. Out of this great mass of bills but four have become laws, having received the sig nature of the governor. The gov ernor now has in his hands four or five bills that have passed both houses, but he has not signed any of them yet. So far as the lower house of the leg islature is concerned, there will be little need of a steering committee this session if the present slaughter of bills keeps up. The standing committee turned down a long list of measures yesterday, and the house promptly, without any comment, proceeded to bury them. Then the judiciary com mittee met after the house had ad journed until afternoon, and knifed a large number of other bills. During the morning session the house adopted a resolution by Miller saddling the expense of the Silver Bow contest on the contestants, who are, according to the resolution, to pay cost on pain of contempt. A number of bills were introduced. Among them was one providing a high license for gambling and repealing the present anti-gambling law, and another imposing a license upon single men. The latter is one of the jokes for which the house is becoming celebrated. It imposes a license of $10 quarter on unmarried men more than 25 years of age, and also taxes certain old maids. The ways and means committee is sued a substitute for pending bill on convicts' mileage, making the state pay such expenses, and making pris on guards do the work. The bill ap plies in a like manner to insane asy lum patients and attendants. These bills were passed: To reduce board of prisoners to forty cents day; requiring signs at cross-roads; extending time to pay for state lands; providing for burial of dead soldiers, sailors and marines. Helena , Feb. 16.—But two weeks and a half of the legislative session remain. During that time both houses will wind up their business and ad journ sine die for another two years. All except eight of the present senate will hold over until next year, and the next house will, as usual, be an entirely new body. TÄe close of the session will probably see in the neigh borhood of 400 bills introduced. Near ly 90 have been introduced thus far in the senate, and in the house 275 have made their appearance. This morning the house went at things with a rush. It started the week by passing eight bills, including the two measures calculated to pull the city of Helena out of its financial hole, and all of the committees got busy at the noon adjournment. In addition a number of committee re ports were received. Altogether the house has taken on an air of brisk business. The senate did not meet until 3 o'clock, but then it plunged in to the third readiüg and passage of a number of bills. A number of bills were introduced in the house, among them the new gambling bill, by Farmer, one by Hil man, exempting old men from paying an occupation license: by Everett, to encourage the legislation of county, co-operative irrigation; by Mullins, appropriating $10,000 for the estab lishment of a home for crippled and disabled citizens. The following bills were passed: To enable cities that have exceeded their legal limit of in debtedness to liquidate and pay off the bond; enable cities that have ex ceeded the limit of indebtedness to pay expenses by making the levy for each fund a special one. Limiting the hours of labor of hoist ing engineers in certain counties. For the protection of certain em ployes of street railway companies. Prohibiting the malicious destruc tion and tearing down of fences. Providing for the extension of the in to i ! boundary of Cascade county and the j alteration of those of Choteau to con form thereto. j j s j ac ^ Defining who may be witnesses. Providing for the investment of land graut funds. The governor today signed the bill prohibiting the dumping of refuse in! the streets; that defining the duties of the state board of sheep commission ers; that prohibiting the dumping of treams; that providing m „ . The Weekly River Press is a good newspaper to send away to y our friends in the east. It will save you the trou ble of writing letters. for the safeguarding of funds ih poses sion of county treasurers, the bill au thorizing the appointment as registry ageuts of notaries public and post masters. He also signed the house joint memorial relating to the Absaro kee forest reserve. Worst Stonn In Years. Laramie , Wyo., Feb. 12.—Train men between Laramie and Rawlins re port the present snowstorm the worst in years. It is said to be something terrific between Medicine Bow aud Lookout. Big rotary snow plows are kept constantly at work clearing the main line between the points mentioned and a big force is employed shoveling snow in the various cuts. bonesteel, S. D., Feb. 12.—Stock men from the range country report that cattle are perishing by the hun dreds. Arthur Crouse, living in Tripp county, has lost over 300 steers out of a bunch of 600. The deep snow begins about thirty miles west of here and the entire range for over 100 miles west of that point is covered with snow to the depth of two feet, making it im possible for stock to secure feed. Idols for the Heathen. Tacoma , Wash.,Feb. 12.—H. Krone kin, of Seoul, Korea, arrived here to day on his way to New York and Phil adelphia to contract for idols to be used in the heathen temples of his country, as well as for China. He is sent by a wholesale firm and has models with him. He said a few years ago an American firm sent a few idols to one of the sacred orders and a de mand for them has resulted. Canadian Pacific W ants Land. Montreal , Feb. 12.—The Canadian Pacific is asking the Dominion gov ernment to give it 2,500,000 acres of land from 3,300,000 acres still due the company in the arid lands between Medicine Hat and Calgary. The com pany was granted 2t>,000,000 acres at the outset and has generally received it in alternative blocks. As the terri tory it now seeks will have to be irri gated, the company wants a conces sion like that given to irrigation com panies. It has been estimated that it will cost from $8,000,000 to $10,000,000 foi irrigation and this is provided for. The remaining $800,000 acres are ask ed from government lands in Mani toba. Elkins Anti-Trust Oil! Passed. Washington , Feb 13.—Under the operation of a special order which cut off opportunity to offer amendments, the house after a debate of one hour today by a vote of 241 to 6 passed the Elkins bill to prohibit rebates to ship pers. The six members who voted against the bill were democrats. Mr. Littlefield, of Maine, was present but did not vote on either the rule or the bill. The democrats protested against, the rigorous terms of the rule. It has been their purpose they said to offer the provisions of Mr. Litilefield as, amendments. Mr. Dalzell, of Penn sylvania, Mr. Overstreet, of Indiana! and Mr. Hepburn, of Iowa, practical ly announced that with the passage of the Elkins bill anti-trust legislation for this sessiou of congress would be complete. Senator Elkins today consulted me mbers of the committee on inter state commerce and secured an agree ment to concur in the amendments of i the Elkins anti-trust rebate bill pas sed by the house today when it is re ceived by the senate. This action will ! send the bill to the president. General liooth Offered Prayer. îssion all the senators were on the many members of the house Washington , Feb. 13.—The senate was crowded today as it has not been since the opening of the Nealy lloor, were present, while the sides of the chamber were lined with employes. The galleries were filled, many vis itors standing in the aisles aud corri dors. The attraction was General William Booth of the Salvation Army, who delivered the prayer at the open of the session. He made an earn est prayer and quite extended, occu pying six minutes. In the gallery was his chief assistant and son-in-law, Booth Tucker. Many other members of the Salvation Army were present. Strike Commission Will Decide, i ! P hiladelphia , Pa., Feb. 13.— The anthracite coal strike commission, af ter being in continuous session for more than three months, closed its open heariner today with an all day argument by Clarence S. Darrow in behalf of the miners. The commis sion will meet in secret in Washing ton next Thursday and begin consid eration of its award. It is expected that by the end of this month the ar 1 bitrators will be ready to make their announcement. If an increase of wa ges is determined upon, the increase is to date from the first of lastNovem her, the commission having decided upon that date on October 31. After the session today the commis sion held a short conference with law yers for several interests, and asked them to hold themselves in readiness in case they are called upon by the commission. Coldest Day of the Winter, Salt Lake , Feb. 13.— Bitterly cold weather prevails over Nevada, north ern Utah, southern Idaho and western Wyoming. Wells, Nevada, reports a temperature of 42 degrees below zero last night and 33 degrees below was recorded at Winnemucca. A number of freight trains are reported stalled off the siding across the Nevada des ert, the cold being so extreme that it is impossible tor engine crews to keep up sufficient steam. It was 2 above zero in Salt Lake last night, the coldest of the winter, aud the temperature moder ated but little during the day. A llig Vaccination Job. Uniontown , Pa., Feb. 13.— The great prevalence of smallpox in the coal regions has caused the Frick compauy to issue an order calling for the free vaccination of all its employes and their families. As the Frick com pany has about 50,000 men on its pay rolls, this order will affect about 300, 000 persons. Ten thousaud dollars have been expended in vaccine virus and contracts have been made with doctors in every district to prick the arms of the employes. Fifty physi cians in all have been engaged and they will begin their stupendous task next Saturday. Alarming News from the Runge. Cheyenne , Wyo., Feb. 14.—Last night the temperature went to 16 below at Cheyenne, 25 below at Laramie and 35 below at Evanston. Two more days of this cold weather will surely result in heavy stock losses Trains are moving, but are greatly impeded by snow. Fort Morgan , Colo., Feb. 15.—It is estimated that fully 5,000 cattle are starving to death on the range in this county. The humane society agent is gathering in all the starving cattle in this vicinity and is trying to take care of them along the river and where hay can be had. Stockmen are bringing in [corn and hay from Nebraska to keep their cattle alive. The loss will be great. Hundreds of horses are dying from the effect of eating sage brush. llryun Not a Candidate. New York , Feb, 15.—The Evening Telegram printed yesterday afternoon an interview with William J. Bryan in which Mr. Bryan said he would not be a candidate for the democratic presidential nomination next year "I have said on many occasions that I am not and will not be again a can didate for renomination," said Mr Bryan, "and you cannot make that statement too emphatic. Under no consideration would 1 again go into the field, and I say this now for the benefit of my friends in the east. Iam a plain worker in the ranks aud am content to democratic •emain such." A New Cabinet Position. Washington , Feb. 14.—President Roosevelt this afternoon signed the bill providing for a department of commerce, thus concluding its enact ment into law. The signing of the j measure creating what promises to be i one of thö most important departments of the government was attended by no ceremony. In due time notice was sent to congress that the president had signed the bill. It is understood that George B. Cortelyou, secretary to the president, will be appointed secretary to the new department. His appoint ment will be sent to the senate early next week, and it is likely there will be nodelav in its confirmation. Coal Miners on Strike Victoria , B. C., Feb. 13.—The strike which had been declared in the coal mines of the Crow's Nest Coal company at Fernie, Michel, Morris sey and Coal Creek, will, it is feared, be grave in its direct effects, which threatens to close every smelter in the Kootenai and Boundary country. Re cently the miners of Natiaimo affili ated with the Western Federation of Miners, in direct antagonism of Ralph Smith. M. P., who warned them in so doing, that they would be imperilling the good relations which have existed between them and the New Vancouver Coal company. It is now considered likely that if the strike is not settled in Fernie, not only will there be great suffering there, but the miners of Na naimo may be called out. Approves Anti-Trust Law. Washington , Feb. 15.—Attorney General Knox, who is known to have prepared the important features of the anti-trust bill now enacted into law, on being asked as to how they were re garded by the administration, said: "The legislation affecting the trusts passed at this session of congress is satisfactory to the administration and the prompt response to the president's request is highly gratifying. A very long stride in advance has been ac complished and the promises of last fall have been made good." To Amend Land Laws. Washington , Feb. 14.—The senate committee on public lands today, af ter an animated controversy, decided to report favorably Senator Quarles' bill, repealing the desert land law, the timber land and stone entry law and the commutation provision of the homestead law, leaving only straignt five-year residence homestead law unâer which the public lands may be taken up for homes. Passed Many Pension Hills. Washington . Feb. 14.—The house today passed the sundry civil bill, which was under consideration since Tuesday, aud then broke all previous records in the matter of private pen sion legislation. It was the last op portunity for passing pension bills at this sessiou aud the calendar was cleared, not only of the house but of the senate bills, 325 in all being pas sed. Two hundred is the highest pre vious record, made in the fifty-first congress. A Fugitive From Justice. Minneapolis , Feb. 15.— Sheriff J. W. Dreger is on his way to New Hamp shire with papers for the return of A, A. Ames, former mayor of Miuneap' olis, who defaulted his bail of $10,000 and fled to New York and later to Hancock, N. H., where he has been for some time. The authorities have known of bis location for some time, but it was not until peremptory order was given by Judge Harrison that Bteps were taken to have him returned to Minneapolis for trial. He is accus ed of offering bribes to the county commissioners in order to have his secretary, E. R. Brown, elected sher iff, to succeed former Sheriff Megaar den, who was removed by the govern or. Ames is charged with malfea sance and accepting money from aban doned women. There are four of these indictments. A sixth charges him with conspiracy. To Open Crow Reservation. Washington , Feb. 16.—The C'row reservation bill will not pass this ses sion. Congressman elect Dixon had a long talk with "Uncle Joe" Cannon cone.'.." th" nv.t-ure. He was as sured tli al 'h li '• could not pass without am m.m. jr., for wliich there was no time in the remaining days of the session. The amendment will probably provide that settlers pay the Indians as locations are made. Repre sentative Cannon, who will be speaker Fifty Years the Standard BAKING POWDER Awarded Highest Honors World's Fair. Highest Tests U. S. Gov't Chemists PRICE BAKING POWDER CO., CHICAGO. of the next congress, practically prom ised Mr. Dixon that the bill as amend ed would have his support and pass the house at the next session. Winter Weather at Dawson. Seattle , Feb. 14.—The weather has been extremely cold at Dawson for the past fifteen days, the thermometer go ing as low as 66 degrees below zero. The country is covered with a thick, dry fog, making it almost impossible to see even in the middle of the day. A fuel famine adds to the discomforts of the situation. There is plenty of cordwood near Dawson but the team sters will not haul it during the cold weather. Washington News Notes. Washington , Feb. 16.—The house disposed of a number of bills today under suspension of the rules, defeat ing two. The most important measure J passed was the senate bill to amend the railroad safety appliance law. A special order was adopted which prac tically will make the Fowler currency bill a continuing order for thé remain der of the session, not, however, to interfere with conference reports, ap propriation bills and other privileged matters. Queen Wilhelmina, of the Nether lands, may be requested by the Wash ington government to name the um pire who shall pass on the claim of the United States again9t Venezuela, in the event that persons named by the United States and Venezuela can not agree. Losses Will Be Heavy. Rawlins , Feb. 16.—The loss to shee p ou the Red desert, where 500 ,000 graze, will be heavy as the result of the intense cold. The weather is the coldest which has been experienced for many years. At Medicine Bow, in the center of the vast sheep-grazing country, the temperature registered 24 to 32 degrees below zero. In spite of the storm the Union Pacific, by extra ordinary efforts, has kept its line clear, although all passenger trains are running behind time. A score of snow plows are working day and night from Cheyenne to Ogden. WILLISTON, N. D., Feb. 16.— Wil liston is the coldest spot in the United States today. The mercury registered 42 below. Ciuqyenne , Wyo., Feb. 16.—Re p orts from nearly every section in Wyoming are to the effect that the weather throughout the state is in tensely cold. It has ceased snowing» Stock on the ranges, especially that which started the winter iu poor con dition, is suffering severely and heavy losses are predicted. The open coun try is covered with snow to an unusual depth, and cattle and sheep are slowly famishing, being too weak to paw the snow from the ground. A 11 other 's Recommendation. I have used Chamberlain's Cough Remedy for a number of years and have no hesitancy in saying that it is the best remedy for coughs, colds and croup L have ever used iu my family. I have not words to express my confi dence in this remedy.— Mrs. j. A. Moore , North Star, Mich. For sale by D. G. Lockwood, druggist.