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Vol. XXIII. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, February 25, 1903. No. 18. MONTANA LAW MAKERS Seventh Week of the Session Closes With Slaughter of Many Measures. Helena , Feb. 19.—At noon the house of representatives adjourned un til tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock, out of respect to the bereavement of Governor Toole. His sister-in-law, Miss Anita Rosecrans, daughter of the late Gen. Rosecrans of Civil War fame, died this morning after a brief illness. Shortly before the usual hour for recess Representative Staple ton offered a resolution of condolence, to which was appended the resolution adjourning the house. It passed on a standing vote which was unanimous. Speaker White announced his steer ing committee immediately after the prayer by the chaplain. It is com posed of three of the republican floor leaders, who were selected at a repub lican caucus Monday night, while two democrats are members of the com mittee. It is made up of King of Fer gus, Beaver of Yellowstone, Cannon of Flathead, Swindlehurst of Park and Hilger of Fergus, the latter coun ty getting two members. Though the session lasted only two bourns, the house did a considerable amount of business. Six bills were finally passed, one was killed and one was sent back to the committee. In addition 21 bills were reported from committees, and four new bills were introduced. The total in the house is now 307. The following new bills were intro duced, read twice and referred: Amending the law relating to asses sors. The bill prohibits the employ ment of deputies, except during four months in a year. Amending the law relating to the state board of health. The bill fixes the tenure of office of the secretary at two years. Under the present law it is a life tenure. Exempting from taxes land used for public roads. To prevent train wrecking and train robbing. It provides that the penalty for successful train wrecking shall be death, and an attempt shall be pun ished by imprisonment for not less than ten years. The only business done at the sen ate's short session, which began at 2 o'clock was the giving of two import ant notices by Senator Hoffman, chairman of the committee on rules. They are notices of two amendments to the rules of the senate, it being re quired that notice of amendments to the rules shall be given a day in ad vance. The two changes are intended to change the existing intolerable condition of affairs by which the pre siding officer either of the senate or of committee of the whole by arbitrary rulings, false declarations of a result of a vote and other high-handed acts, may block all business. Helena , Feb. 20.—The senate spent almost the entire day, and the larger part of the night, in an endeavor to get action on the substitute for senate bill No. 71, the change of judge meas ure, and finally succeeded. At aboht 12 o'clock the bill was taken up and placed upon its final passage. It was not until nearly 1 o'clock, however, that a vote was reached, and then the bill was passed 16 to 5. The house put in a long day today, meeting in the morning at 10 o'clock, taking an hour and a half recess, and then continuing in session until after seven in the evening. During the day every bill ready for third reading was taken up and every bill on general or ders was disposed of except the bounty bill. It would have been acted upon also, but strong opposition to it de veloped, and to prevent the measure being amended out of its original form, the committee arose, aud the house adjourned, leaving the bill up in the air. Johnson offered an amend ment to the bill making the bounty payable by the counties instead of by the state, as now and as proposed in the bill, much to the surprise and dis gust of Rice, who was the champion of the measure. The Johnson amend ment carried. Before more damage could be done to the measure, the com mittee rose, leaving the bill to be acted upon later. For the first time this session the house split today on party lines. It came up ou two senate bills making a 90 day residence in a county a quali cation for voting and registration. The republicans were present in force, aud they voted solidly for the bills without amendment and the opposition voted for an amendment to reduce the time to thirty days. There was a long discussion over substitute for senate bill No. 12, pro- viding for the fees and mileage of jurors and witnesses in courts not of record. As the bill came from the senate it made the mileage 5 cents. Everett offered an amendment making it 10 cents and the amendment carried, but no mileage is to be collected for a less distance than five miles. The bill was concurred in as amended. The Mahon bill, senate bill No. 11, prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons, was up again after having been killed several days ago, Allen offering an amendment making the law apply to partially concealed wea pons as well. Thi9 was adopted and he offered another giving judges of district courts the right to permit per sons to carry weapons. The following bills were introduced: H. B. No. 308—Affairs of cities— Amending law on license moneys. H. B. No. 3u9—Affairs of cities— Saloon licenses in cities. H. B. No. 310—Cannon—On live stock killed by railroads. H. B. No. 311—Linderman—On con demnation of lands. H. B. No. 312—Lynch—Payment of stenographer in Colbert will case. H. B. No. 313—Beaudry—Payment of constables. H. B. No. 314 — Rice—Amending classification of counties. H. B. No. 315—Rice—On salaries and compensation of county officers. H. B. No. 316—Rice—Amending l,aw on deputies of county officers. Helena , Feb. 23.—The senate held a routine session this afternoon, lis tening to the reading of bills aud passing a number. A petition was presented by Mahon from the Brother hood of Locomotive Engineers, pro testing against the passage of the house fellow servant bill, declaring it was unconstitutional. Murray introduced a bill providing for the appointment of a commissioner of water rights to measure water where the rights of parties have been adjudicated by courts. The most important bill introduced was by Whipple, providing for an apportionment and representation. The bill cuts the total membership of the house from 72 to 53, and provides for one representative for each 5,000 of population, of each county, or fractional part thereof in excess of 1,500. In the house, the following bills were introduced today: By Wood, to protect trade against unlawful restraint. By Stapleton, amending the law re lating to injunctions. By Faust (by request), to prevent the sale of liquor within certain dis tances of school houses. By Swindlehurst, to regulate insur ance companies. By Faust, to extend the boundaries of Powell county and make the boun daries of Lewis and Clarke conform thereto. By committee on appropriation, making appropriation for the execu tive and judicial departments for two years. The following reports were made by committees and adopted: By ways and means, H. B. No. 309, amending the laws relating to licenses of retail liquor men, favorably. H. B. No. 315, fixing the salaries of county officers, favorably. H. B. No. 314, amending the law concerning the classification of coun ties, favorably. H. B. No. 316, fixing the number of deputies in county offices, favorably. The committee on state lauds made a favorable report on H. B. No. 261, providing for a deputy register of the state laud office. Senate bill No. 2, creating a su preme court commission, became a law at 2:10 o'clock this afternoon without the governor's signature. This measure provides for the cre ation of a supreme court commission, to consist of three members, who shall be appointed by the supreme court, aud also makes an allowance of $200 a month for clerical assistance. The members are to serve four years and at the expiration of this time the com mission goes out of existence, unless some future legislation shall make make provision for its continuance. The commissioners are to receive $4, 000 a year each. Kobbed By Confidence Men. St. Paul , Feb. 23.—Mike Sliaun nessey, a miner from Butte, Mont., complained to the police yesterday that he had been robbed of 8150. He says that Friday he wandered into a saloon near the Union depot and was inveigled into a dice game and re lieved of his cash, besides a check for $600. Shaunnessey says that he was afterwards taken to the Tivoli and the Empire theaters and lost by his friends. Shaunnessey told his experi ence to the police and Jack Quinu's arrest followed. It is said that the cheek for $600 has been recovered. ' Water right blanks—only correct form published—for sale at the River Press office. MEAT PACKERS ENJOINED. Federal Court Forbids Combination To Control Livestock Industry. Chicago , Feb. 18.—The demurrer of the packers in the so called "beef trust" case was overruled by Judge Grosscup in the United States court today and a motion granted for a temporary injunction. "There can be no doubt," said Judge Grosscup, "that the agreement of the defendants to refrain from bid ding against each other in the pur chase of cattle is combination in re straint of trade; so also their agree ment to bid up prices to stimulate shipmeuts, intending to cease from bidding when the shipments have ar rived. The same result follows when we turn to the combination of defend ants to fix prices upon and restrict the quantities of meat shipped to their agents or their customers. Such agreements can be nothing less than restriction upon competition, and, therefore, combination in restraint of trade, and thus viewed, the petition as an entirety makes out a case under the Sherman act. "It may be true the way of enforce-1 ing any decree under this petition is beset with difficullies and that a literal enforcement may result in vexatious interference with defendants' affairs, But in the inquiry before me, I am not at liberty to stop before such con-1 siderations. The Sherman act, as in terpreted by the supreme court, is the law of the land, and to the law as stands both court aud people must pay obedience. "The demurrer is overruled and the motion for injunction granted." T.'he packers did not announce what their next step would be. They have twenty days within which to make up their minds. If they dispute the facts upon which Judge Grosscup based his decision, the matter will go before a master in chancery, and be argued again before Judge Grosscup. The packers, however, may decide to take an appeal in order to hasten the final adjudication of the case. It is not thought likely they will let the 1 , , , , , , matter go by default and thus make the injunction permanent. Swindled By Confidence Men. Chicago , Feb. 18. Charles Bar tholomei, a confectioner, was robbed of $7,733 by confidence men, who led him to believe that he was arranging! for the adoption of a daughter of au Italian nobleman, which would event ually net Lim $.»0,000. The transac-. tion took place in a down town hotel last night and half an hour after the pseudo agents departed, the Italian discovered that he had exchanged a bag ol money for a bag of paper. The policemen searched the down town streets in vain for the perpetrators of the fraud. May Call Extra Session. Washington , Feb. 19.—President Roosevelt will call an extraordinary session of the senate of the Fifty eighth congress unless both the Pan-. ama canal aud the Cuban reciprocity treaties are ratified at the present ses siou. The president made this decla ration of his intention to several sena-1 tors to day, and lie made it as em P and unequivocal as he was ca pable of making it. It is deemed likely by officials of the; administration, aud by many senators, that both treaties will be ratified be fore March 4, but the necessity for, their early ratification is regarded by the president as so urgent that in the event of the failure of either one or both at the present session he will is sue immediately his call for an extra session. It is said that there are grave reasons ot state why both trea ties should be ratified as soon as pos sible. These have induced the presi dent to make to senators the an nouncement of his determination. Fences Will lie Removed. Washington , Feb. 19.—If congress fails to pass the bill permitting the secretary of the interior to lease all government lands in Nebraska at from 1 to ö cents an acre for a given number of years for pasturage pur poses, it is said at the interior depart ment that the law providing for the removal of the fences from all such domain will be enforced. In one case 65,000 acres were fenced in by private interests. Will liescue Starving Elk. New Yokk , Feb. 1'.).—Steps were taken here yesterday to save the 10, 000 starving elk on the »Teton-Yellow stone reserves in Wyoming. Snow is seven feet deep covering their feeding ground, aud the temperature as low as 40 below zero has beeu added to their sufferings. Advices of the critical condition of the elk herds reached here today coming from the chief of the United States rangers to A. A. Anderson,. superintendent of the Te ton-Yellowstone reserves, who spends his winters in New York. Mr Anderson at once ordered that a temporary supply of hay be distrib uted as soon as possible at convenient points by a force of thirty rangers. He then proposed that $1,500 to $2,000 be raised here by subscription to pur chase more wild hay, and it is believed prominent persons will support the plan. tie Could Not Resist Widows. Tacoma , Feb. 18. —George Little wood, a farmer, aged 26, residing near Olympia, says he simply cannot re sist the request of aged widows when they ask him to marry them. Within a few years Littlewood had become the husband of three widows aged from 60 to 80 years. He has therefore become stepfather to 20 children, sotue of them as old as himself. The last widow whom he married had 12 children. In December last he married Mrs. Mary Carrier and soon after gave her a gold watsh. She passed the watch to her eldest sou of about the same age as his vouthful stepfather. This angered ^"le'wood and when he requested the return of the watch his stepson assault him, with the result that Littlewood l °day asked i for his arrest on the charge of assault aud battery. He an nouDc es his intentiou of suing for a it'divorce. When Justice Giles asked him why he persisted in marrying aged women, Littlefield replied: "I guess it's a mistake, but 1 can't help it; when l h e y come to me and ask me to marry 1 can't refuse. That's all there is to it." Littlewood's first wife was 80 years old and did not live long, s °on after he met the widow of Harry Howard, who committed suicide in the state penitentiary, aud married her. She was nearly 70 years of age. vincennes , Ind7 Feb. 19,-High wW h has J .. J.. u 1 Y . the bitter cold, has brought intense Farmers Evicted By Floods. destitution and much suffering in scores of homes in the Emberraa bot toms, south of here. Thousands of acres of land which last week were under water are now covered with ice, and many homes are entirely sur rounded by it. The Wabash river continues to rise and add to the destitution in the deso late district. The farmers are fighting with hunger and cold, and those who have not moved out of the lowlands are prepared to do so on short notice, In some cases people are living in tents which they have pitched on the side of a hill or on top of the levee, Cremated In Hotel Fir« Cedar Rapios , Iowa, Feb. 20.— Nine persons lost their lives aud forty two were severely injured in a fire that destroyed the Clifton hotel here early today. The injured were scorched or forced to jump to the frozen street from the second aud third story win dows. After an all day search in the debris four bodies have been reeover ed. It is now believed that live more bodies remain in the ruins of the hotel, which is said to have been a flimsy structure filled with delegates to the state Young Men's Christian association convention and the dis trict convention of Knights of Pythias. The hotel register was destroyed, mak ing it difficult to ascertain the num ber of missing persons. Forty men have been working in the debris all day and will continue to dig for the remains of the buried persons all night. Pope Leo's Jubilee. Rome , Eeb. 20.—Pope Leo's jubilee, on the 2oth anniversary of his elect ion, was ushered in by ttie celebration of high mass today. Later the pontiff received the cardinals and other dig nitaries who presented him with agold tiara, the jubilee gift of the Catholic world, which cost $25,000. The pope first received 3,000 pilgrims and then accepted several presents, including the gold tiara. The ceremony ended with the apostolic blessing. un J led Insurance Companies. New n uric , Feb. 20.—Testimony of a ghastly nature was given by witnes ses iu the cxarriiucitiou of the six men under arrest charged with swindling life insurance companies by substitut ing bodies, which came up in the po lice court today. Francis B. Foster testified that he had agreed to swear to the death of men insured in the company, while he knew, he said, that the bony of someone else had been sub stituted. i'oster said he received sums ranging from $100 to $000 when the policies were paid in these cases. that an entirely new train each way w m be added "to the coast service. This train will leave St. Paul daily at 5 p. mi) au( j w jh run v j a Willmar and NEW TRAIN SERVICE. Great Northern Flyer Will Make Fast Time From St. Paul to the Coast. St. Paul , Feb. 21.-On March 1st the Great Northern railway will begin anew train service that will bring the Puget sound cities twelve hours closer to New York, the new schedule permit ting of a journey from coast to coast in something under 96 hours. The new train will leave Seattle at 8:30 a. m„ daily, reaching St. Paul at 10:30 p. m., on the third day, 60 hours from the coast. Close connections will be made at St. Paul with east bound trains, bringing passengers in to Chicago in ample time to make con nections with the fast eastern trains and landing them in New York at the end of the fourth day's travel. The schedule calls for the average running time of 30 miles an hour be tween Puget Sound and St. Paul. West bound, the train will leave St. Paul an hour later than the schedule of the present "Flyer," landing pas sengers in Seattle at the same time as under the present schedule, making 59 1-2 hours for the west-bound jour ney. In addition to improving the service of the "Flyer," the company intends Breckinridge, carrying a sleeper for Montana points aud arriving at Seat tle at 9 a. m., of the fourth day, mak ing connection with Puget sound steamers. Returning, the train, which will carry the mail, will arrive at St. Paul at 2:30 p. m., making close con nections with eastern mail trains. Cubans Favor Reciprocity. the commercial relationsof the United States aud Cuba, and clears the com mercial horizon and gives sure basis Havana , Feb. 20.—The committee on foreign relations this afternoon submitted to the senate its report, re commending ratification of the reci procity treaty with the United States without amendment. It will probably be ratified. Ihe report quotes the estimate of the secretary of the treasuryQto the effect that the reduction in'customs receipts under the treaty based upon Cuba's present tariffs, would be $1,300,000, but under the supposition that imports from America will increase from 39 per cent, the present figure, to 70, the decrease will be $2,800,000. The com mittee in conclusion urges the ratifi cation because the treaty defines the for a commercial policy. The Record Beef Price. at auction for $1.50 a pouud after the show, Mr. Sotham announced to the bidders that the Hereford champion Old Times had brought $1.50 per pound from a Kansas City butcher who, it is Kansas City , Mo., Feb. 20.—The celebrated suit of T. J. Sotham of Chillicothe, Mo., ex-president of the American Hereford Breeders' associ ation, iiirain.-t u local butcher for $2,.iS)2, the price of the Hereford steer Old Tinier, was ended today by a ver dict for tlic lull sum. The case grew out of rivalry between Hereford aud Aberdeen Angus breeders at the Chi go stock show of 1900. When the An us champion steer Advance was sold alleged, was present and confirmed the statement. Afterwards Mr. Sotham alleges the butcher sought to lower the price. Today's verdict, is looked upon as establishing the high beef price and giving the first honor t.o Herefords. Smoked Out and Shot. New holding Orleans , Feb. 20.—After half a hundred bluecoats at ' bay for several hours, during which a ! number of shots were exchanged, La fayette Simms, a desperate negro, was killed by the police early today in a } negro boarding house situated on South Rampart street. The J room in which he was besieged had to be set ou fire and the department cal led out before Simms could be driven j from his post. As he attempted to es cape, still carrying Iiis gun, he was j shot down. The origin of the trouble was trivial. Simms secured a room in the boarding house, in which there were seven beds On retiring 1 ast night he locked th door, and when the landlord early this j morning asked him to open it so that another lodger might be admitted Simms refused. Then the landlord sent for the police. Wealthy Criminal Sentenced. New York , Feb. 20. —George II. Fell, who some years ago was well known iu Wall street circles, and in fashioual society, was today seutenced to three years and six months in the state's prison for grand larceny, to which he pleaded guilty some days ago. Pell in 1890 was sentenced to seven years on charges arising out of the failure of a national bank and was pardoned after serving two years. His wife and relatives are wealthy. Bounty for Beet Sugar. Boise , Idaho, Feb. 20.— The house today passed a bill providing for a bounty on beet sugar for two years of 1 cent a pound the first year and 1 cent the second. The measure aroused much debate, which was largely direct* ed to amendments making the pay ment of the bountv conditional upon abstention by manufacturers from the employment of Chinese or Japanese in their works. It has been said the company in« tending to establish a plant in Bing ham county purposes to import a large number of Japanese. The amendment was defeated and the bill was passed. To Open Crow Reservation. Washington , Feb. 21.—The Crow reservation bill was reported to the house today from committee, with an amendment providing that the Indians be paid by the settlers and not by the government. An effort is being made to push the bill, but success is extreme ly doubtful, as the bill will have to go to the senate again. Senator Gibson's bill, giving the secretary of the treasury permission to throw open to entry certain lands withdrawn for reservoir purposes, passed the seuate today. To Create State of Montezuma. Washington , Feb. 21.—The state hood committee compromise, which is expected to unlock the present tangle in the senate and remove the blockade, proposes to admit two states, one to bo Oklahoma, according to its pres ent boundaries, with a proviso that Indian territory shall be added to Oklahoma in 1906, when the treaty ob» ligations with the Indians will not be in the way. The other state is to be composed of New Mexico and Arizo na under the name of Montezuma, with a proviso that when the present territory of Arizona has a a popula tion of 300.000 people, it shall become a separate state, providing that the people affected vote in favor of being divided from New Mexico. Strong Liquor Law In I'taU. Salt Lake , Feb. 20 — A compro mise bill regulating the liquor ques tion aud repealing the existing laws on the subject wao introduced in the house today by Representative Spry. The most unique feature in the bill is that it prohibits all parsons from treating or giving away auy intoxica ting beverage in any saloon or other public place where such liquors are kept for sale. Heavy penalties are prescribed for violations. Relief for Hungry Passengers. St. Johns , N. F., Feb. 22.—Relief parties with food today reached the trains which are snowbound in the in terior aud - u j ; pi i 1 d them with pro vision^. The nearest train was freed t lis afternoon and started backward f >r St. Johns, llie relief train is forcing its wny or.vard, trying to clear the 'rack o enable the other two blockaded train* to move east also. It is impo-s b'c to say when they will be released, as the drifts are verv heavy. A lloilicr"* It, 1 have used Chamberlain's Cough Remedy for a number of years and have 110 hesitancy in saving that it is the best remedy f ir cough», colds and croup I have ever used in my family. ! have not words 10 .-xpress my confi dence in this rem.'dv.— mks. J. A. 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