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Vol. XXIII. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, March 4, 1903. No. 19. IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE. Gambling License Measure Finds Many Supporters In the House. Helena , Feb. 26.—The senate today in committee of the whole favorably reported the initiative and referendum bill, every republican voting against the measure and the democrats but two voting for it. The bill went through the house by a unanimous vote. Another bill recomended was the state board clerkship consolida tion bill. The commissioners road law was also favorably recommended. The house did most of its work in committee of the whole. It recom mended for passage the new election law whereby names of candidates ap pear only once each on the official bal lot. It did the same with the gamb ling license bill. These two measures took most of the time but many others were disposed of. Miller's bill, introduced early in the session, house bill No. 3, was taken up. A substitute had been offered by a committee which provided that, in stead of sheriffs taking prisoners to the penitentiary, a guard Jat the pen itentiary should do so, and he was to be paid ten cents a mile and allowed $3 a day for expenses. Pelletier op posed the bill, saying it would cost more than under the present law. Conner denied the statement, saying that from his county, it costs now $27.90 to take a prisoner to Deer Lodge, while under the propose law it would cost $19.60. Rice favored the measure. "It seems to me," he said, "that our friends from Flathead are a little delicate about exposing the skeletons in their own closet. It is only a few years since a Flathead county sheriff took five convicts from Kalispell to Butte. He left them in jail there, and then one by one, he took them to Deer Lodge. Take the county of Valley. Under the present system it costs $143.10 to take a prisoner to the state prison. Under this bill it will cost just $42.93." The bill was ordered favorably re ported by a vote of 40 to 21. At the afternoon session the first bill taken up in committee of the whole was the substitute for house bills Nos. 100 and 116, the bounty' bill. Lender man offered an amendment, which was accexited. providing for the cutting off of the under jaw instead of the whole head for the purpose of preventing frauds. Johnson, of Broadwater, voted to offer an amendment provid ing for the payment of bounties by the counties. Before he could offer it a motion was put to dispense with furth er amendments. Hilger said that Johnson had had ample opportunity to offer his amend ment to the committee or at the meet ing held with the stockmen. John son's amendment was not received, and the bill was ordered favorably re ported. Helena , Feb. 27. —Failing to get the necessary two-thirds vote on final passage, being a constitutional amend ment bill, the initiative and referen dum bill, officially known as substi tutes for 2, 11 and 14, was killed in the senate this morning. Fourteen sen ators voted ave and eleven no on its passage, the eleven being sufficient to defeat the bill. Axtell's bill, H. B. No. 55, for a constitutional amendment on the eight hour law, got through, however, securing eighteen ayes to seven noes. H. B. No. 6, consolidating the clerk ships of the state boards, was also concurred in and now goes to the gov ernor. H. B. No. 135, the new road law. also passed in the senate this af ternoon. It was a bill-passing session in the house this morning. The bills which went through committee of the whole yesterday were taken up for final passage. As soon as these bills are cleared up today the house will take up about fifteen bills in committee of the whole. When that work is done about all the heavy work of the session will have been completed. When Colonel Rice's bill, H. B. No. 181, to change the spelling of Choteau county to Chouteau county, came up the house had some fun with the col onel, who is somewhat of a josher himself. One by one the members voted no. At fir=t the colonel began to rush about from desk to desk to learn the reason of this sudden change of heart. Presently he grew wise, sat down and became busy writing letters. Then, the roll having been completed, the house aroae as one man with the cry, "Mr. Speaker, I desire to change my vote from no to aye," and the bill was passed unanimously. H. B. No. 2Ù0 met with some oppo sition, but it finally received a favor able vote. It provides for the publi cation each year by the «county com missioners of the tax rolls in pamphlet form, to be distributed by the assessor to all taxpayers. Lanstrum said the bill was designed to assist in prevent ing tax dodging, so that a man could see whether his neighbor was paying his fair share of taxes and whether he had listed all his property. The following bills were passed by the house: To prohibit advertising to secure a divorce. Relating to the qualifications of teachers. To create county of Bear Paw. Rice said the question of the rounty seat had been amicably settled and the bill went through by a good ma» jority. Providing for the compulsory edu cation of children. Repealing the text book commission law. To protect birds and fur-bearing an imals. To punish the taking away of cer tain property belonging to a railroad company. Providing for the location of a state fair at Helena and making an appro priation of $10,000 for it. Amending the law relating to the apportionment of school monies. The county assessors to make re turns of personal property to cities and towns. Authorizing receivers and others to charge the cost of surety bond to the trust, either city, county or state. Providing for appeals from county boards of equalization. Helena , Feb. 28.—The senate today favorably acted upon, in committee of the whole, the world's fair bill, in creasing the appropriation from $35, 000, as fixed by the house, to $40,000. It also named the commissioners, the house leaving that duty to the gov ernor. Those named were VV. G. Conrad, o f Great Falls; Lee Mantle and H. L. Frank of Butte; Paul McCormick, of Billings, and Martin Maginnis, of Helena. There was a fight over the amend ment naming the commission, Kennedy and others opposed it on the grounds that it was a slap at the governor. Those who voted against the amend ment were Albright, Conroy, Hopkins, Johnson, Kennedy, Mahon, Murray, Alston, Sherlock, Yegen. Bourne and Tewey were absent. Ihe Bear Paw county bill was fav orably acted upon in committee of the whole, and so wa9 the bill annexing a potrion of Silver Bow to Deer Lodge. As on Friday, the house today spent a good deal of the time on bills in committee of the whole, dealing with the revenue of the state and with the county expenses. One bill that was acted upon favorably repeals the law taxing mortgages. Friday the house killed a bill making the mortgagee pay his pro rata of the taxation of a property on which he had a mortgage, and today it went farther and passed a bill relieving the mortgages from taxation on the ground that taxing mortgages meant double taxation. There were three bills introduced by Rice several days ago that caused much discussion, and they all got through as they came from the com mittee, after Silver Bow had fixed one affecting the salaries of officers in that county to suit the wishes of its repre sentatives. House bill No. 247, introduced by Lynch, was tabled. It provides that no lawyer, except one who has been admitted to practice, should be allowed to practice in courts not of record. Wilson of Lewis and Clarke said the bill would prevent litigants conduct ing their own cases in justice courts, and the bill was ordered indefinitely postponed. A favorable report was made on the house bill by Lanstrum, providing that where an appeal was made by an applicant for permission to practice medicine in Montana, from a decision of a state board of medical examiners, the appeal should be tried before a jury composed of physicians and not a jury of laymen. The following bills were passed: Providing for the leyvingof a tax of mills for state purposes. Providing for the submission to a vote of resident freeholders of appli cations for a franchise. To set apart a room in the capitol for the storage of the records of the Grand Army of the Republic. To further protect underground min ers. Providing that the name of a candi date shall appear but once on an offi cial ballot. Providing for the compulsory edu cation of school children. Authorizing the use of a fac simile of the seal of state on home grown products and home made goods. Providing for the creation of the office of milk and meat inspector. Making an appropriation for the soldiers' home; the managers of the home to provide for the accommoda tion, and admit the w ? ives of the in mates. Providing for the compensation of officers during the pendency of a con test for their positions. Providing that convicts. shall be taken to the state prison by peniten tiary guards instead of by sheriffs. Amending the law relating to the re newal of chattel mortgages. Provid ing that the entomologist of the experi ment station shall be the state entomol ogist and voting an appropriation for his expenses. Helena , March 2.—The senate to day killed the railway commission bill, after a long debate. The only advocate the bill appeared to have in the senate was Senator Kennedy. The senate also passed the bill annexing a portion of Silver Bow county to Deer Lodge county. Substitute for S. B. No. 71, com monly known as the change of judge bill, under which the supreme court may designate a judge to hold court in a district other than his own, is now a law, the bill having been filed by Gov. Joseph K. Toole with Secre tary of State George M. Hays. There was the belief on the part of some friends of the measure that the gov ernor would veto the bill, and during the afternoon a rumor gained cur rency to the effect that the governor's veto was about to be transmitted to the senate. Gov. Toole did not ap prove the bill. Instead he filed a com munication with the measure in which he stated his views regarding the bill. These were, in short, that while grave constitutional objections to the valid nies to deposit securities with the state ( treasurer; to establish uniform laws ! ity of the bill had been urged upon : him, he was not satisfied that it was a j proper case for the exercise of the veto ' power. I In the house the Pelletier bill to pay j sheriffs for the transportation of pris- j oners to the penitentiary came up for j final passage today, Miller made a motion to strike out the amounts ap propriated to the various sheriffs and j add a section to the effect that, if it is found the amounts are justly due, they j shall be paid, if it is found the state is ; liable for them. Pelletier and Rice opposed the motion, the latter saying j that, if adopted, it would kill the bill, i The Miller motion was defeated and 1 the bill went through as it passed the! committee of the whole. i At the morning session a petition was presented against the passage of ' a license gambling law, signed by ! Rev. Bovard and 151 others. j The following bills were passed: To | amend the board of medical examiners j law so as to have appeals heard b y j juries composed of physicians, and j not laymen; to require surety compa- j regarding negotiable instruments; ' amending the registration law so a8 I to require registration once every two years, and allowing voters to be sworn in: to pay sheriffs for transporting j prisoners to the state prison $21,177. 40: to reduce the salary of justices of the peace from $1,800 to $1,500 per an- ! num; providing for a uniform style of ! special ballot; to prohibit payment J for public printing done outside the j state; providing for the payment of a ; license of $500 iu each county by ped- j diers of agricultural implements and ranges; providing for the licensing of express companies and common car-! riers. I The house held a long night session this evening and took the Farmer li cense gambling bill in committee of the whole aud killed it by striking out the enacting clause. The vote was 34' to 22. The Dwight committee also made its report on the gambling in-1 vestigation. It was to the effect that! gambling was being carried on openly aud notoriously all over the state to the knowledge of officials, whose duty it is to suppress it. The committee recommended that an investigation committee, composed of senators, be appointed and introduced a bill to that effect, but the bill was killed by a vote of 30 to 13. . May Affect Wool Market. ; i 1 ! ! i boston, Feb. 26.—Confirmation of I the action of the cattle bureau in in cluding wool in the foot and mouth ; disease quarantine was received from Washington today. Officials of the bureau, by long distance telephone, ; took up the question with the agricul tural department at Washington and ! the interpretation put upon the "hairi I of ruminants," as used in the quaran tine order to include wool of sheep ; was absolutety upheld. The decision ' practically suspends domestic wool in | Massachusetts and Boston dealers say th at if the embargo is not modified so as to exemp wool many mills will have to be closed. Charges Against Utah Senator. Washington , Feb. 25.— Senator Burrows, chairman of the 9enate com , ' I mittee on privileges and elections, to day presented to the senate a protest ; signed by Rev. J. L. Leilitch, in the, case of Senator-elect Reid Smoot of j Utah, urging that Mr. Smoot shall j not be permitted to take his seat in the seuate. Mr. Leilitch is in charge of the Methodist missions in Utah, and resides in Salt Lake City. He is in Washington as the representative of the Ministers' association of Salt Lake, ttia statement is sworn to. Mr. Leilitch declares that Smoot is a polygamist aud now has a plural wife, although he deems it inexpedient to give the maiden name of the lady at this time. Mr. Leilitch also asserts that "Pres ident Joseph F. Smith, the president of the Mormon church, is living in po lygamy and has had a child born to him by his plural wife as late as 1898." And also that "Presideut Lorenzo Suow lived aud died in the practice of polygamy and polygamous cohabita tion, and that his plural wife, Minnie Jenson Snow, bore him a child as late as the winter of 1896." Confessed to Five Murders. Hamilton , O., Feb. 26.— Alfred Knapp, the Indianapolis man arrested yesterday, who confessed to the mur der of his third wife, today made a full coufession to five murders. Among them is that of Ida Gebhard, the West Indianapolis girl, who was found murdered in a stable July 3, 1895. Knapp's confession, which was sworn to before Mayor Bosh, is as f 0 u 0Ws; ,, 0q j anuary 2 1, 1894, I kiiled Em Lit tleman, in a lumber yard in I Q, esti street, Cincinnati. On August 1, j 1894) 1 killed May Eskert( in Walnut j 8treet| opposite the Y. M. C. A., in j Cincinnati. On August 7, 1894, I kill ed my wif6) Jennie Conners Knapp, undel . the canaJ brldge iQ Liberty j 8 t re et, Cincinnati, and threw her into the canal. j .. In i nd i anap olis in July, 1895,1 ; killed Ida Gebhard. On Dec. 22,1902, j killed my wife, Anna Knapp, at 349 j south Fourth street, in Hamilton, and i threw her into the river out by Linden 1 wa j dt .. This ia t he truth. I make this i statement by my own free will and not jjy the request of any officer or any one ' else." ! • °* 750,000. I he square is Vine, fourth, Walnut a lire Loss of Nearly $2,000,000. Cincinnati , Beb. 26. More than one "half of the best and most solidly built blocks in Cincinnati was des ' ,ro J' e( ^ by fire today, entailing a loss * " """ "" 1 bouuded and Third Ihe north half of Baker al ley • with the exception of the Carlisle building, is in ruins. While the prop ert y loss isthe lar & e9t in the hislor y j of Cincinnati by fire, it is believed that thui>e watj no loss of life . although two mea who lodged in the Pike opera ! h° uso building ai e still missing. It ! way ' P el 'haps, the greatest scare the J c ^y ever bad, audit was thought at j one tl ' me that the entire business sec ; ^ iou endangered^, and such ^ would j have been the case brisk winds. f there had been The Alaskan Boundary. Washington , Feb. 28.— Senator Turner of Washington, one of the members of the Alaskan boundary commission, called upon President Roosevelt today. He will retire from congress at the close of the present session. He expects to return immedi ately to his home to settle his private affairs, and then will proceed to Lon don, where the sittings of the commis sion are to be held. He will go prob ably with the other American members of the commission, Secretary Root and Senator Lodge. It is scarcely likely that the work of the commission will begin before the 1st of Julv and per hanat unt ji next fall ]t is thought here in official circles that the recent criticism of the appoint ment of Senators Lodge and Turner, ; said to have emanated from the Cana dian government, represents accurate i ly the feeling iu Canada. It is be lieved, however, that the commission 1 named by the president will meet with ! no objections, so far as either the Do ! minion government or Great Britain iare concerned. Insubordination on the Maine. Nkwort.I News , Va., Feb. 28.— ; Trouble on board the battleship Maine, ' which is lying in dry dock here for re pair-, culminated tonight in the shoot log of one seaman by a guard of ma rice*. It is reported that the wounded mcii died shortly afterward. All in j formation relating to the affair is re fused. It is reported that Captain Leutze has had difficulty maintaining discipline on the ship, but the officers on board her virtually isolated her, denying outsiders access to the ship yard. Twenty-three men have deserted the Maine in the past week. Three of the runaways were recaptured by the local police today. This evening a police sergeant and one policeman re turned the men to the ship. Sailors refused to go on board in custody and in a fight that followed both of the po licemen were badly beaten. All of the sailors bear scars of battle. While the fight was in progress the sailors and marines showered old eggs and decayed potatoes over the side of the ship npon the police. The dry dock in which the battleship has been cradled, the largest dock in America, was flooded tonight to pre vent the escape of seamen from the ship. While the warship is afloat in dock it will be impossible for anyone on board to make the shore surrepti tiously, without swimming about fifty feet. Labor Conditions at Dawson. Seattle , Feb. 27.—A special to the Times from Dawson says: The Dawson Trades and Labor council issued a circular letter to the labor unions of the Pacific coast, copies of which have been sent to all coast newspapers. The Dawson council warns workingmen to stay away from the Klondike and to disregard stories of high wages, call ing attention to the fact that when the expenses of going aud coming are con sidered aud the cost of living taken into account, the wages paid in the Klondike are less than auywhere on the coast. The Wool Quarantine. Washington , Feb. 28.— Secretary Wilson had a conference with the pres ident today respecting the quarantine which has been placed by the depart ment of agriculture on New England wool to prevent the spread of the foot and mouth disease. The quarantine will be continued in force but it has been decided by Secretary Wilson that foreign wool and wool grown in states outside of the zone of foot and mouth infection which now may be in New England warehouses, will not be subject to the quarantine, providing that it has not come in contact with wool which the agricultural depart ment officials regard as likely to be infected. Extra Session is Certain. Washington , Feb. 28.—Senatorial callers on the president today regard an extra session of the senate as prac tically inevitable. The determination of the advocates of both the Cuban reciprocity and the Panama canal treaties to secure their ratification continues firm. If they cannot ratify them I', f'ire the lira! adji.urnmv.nt of this congress hey v. ill do so at the extra se.-.si.iu i.f the senate, that will be called by the president, to meet probably at noon, March 5. It is said there is a clear majority in the senate in support of both treaties, aud no other business will be permitted to interfere with their consideration. Fifty Years the Standard BAKING POWDER Awarded Highest Honors World's Fair. Highest Tests U. S. Gov't Chemists PRICE BAKING POWDER CO., CHICAGO. Want Land commissioner. Denver , Feb. 28.—The following telegram was today approved by the Colorado Cattle and Horse Growers' association, now holding its conven tion here, and was sent to Washing ton. To H od . W. P. Frye, President of the Senate, Washington, D. C.— State convention Colorado Cattle and Horse Growers' association nrgently requests unanimous consent to incor corate Warren resolution favoring ap pointment of a special land commis sioner as recommended by President Roosevelt to report plans for a settle ment of controversies between the con flicting live stock interests on the gov ernment ranges in the west which, in our judgment, is of vital importance to the industry. Another Apportionment Bill. Helena , Feb. 27. —Representative Allen from the committee on appor tionment and representation intro duced a bill in the house today reap portioning the membership of the house of representatives. It provides for a membership of 77 as against 72 at present. A bill to the same pur pose, introduced in the senate by Whipple last Monday, provides for a house of only 53 members. The ratio of representation as pro vided in the Allen bill is one repre sentative from each 3,308 of popula tion of each county or fraction there of in excess of 1,000, based on the census of 1900, provided that each county shall always have at least one representative. It makes no changes in the present representation of Bea verhead, Custer, Dawson, Fergus, Flathead, Gallatin, Granite, Madison, Missoula, Park, Rosebud, Sweet Grass, Teton and Valley counties. It increases the representation of Carbon from one to two, Cascade from five to eight, Choteau from two to three, Powell from one to two, Ravalli from one to three and Yellowstone from one to two. Grund Jury Returns Indictments. Butte , Feb. 7.—The grand jury here this morning made a final report and adjourned after a session of three days. There were five indictments re ported, only one being made public. The one made public was against Au brey Wall, charged with using the mails for illegal purposes. He ad vertised to sell certain articles and did not live up to his agreements, He is under arrest here and pleaded guilty this afternoon before Judge Knowles, he will be sentenced tomor row. Of the four indictments not made public, two of them were for selling liquor on Indian reservations and two were for horse stealiug ou Indian res ervations. Well Again. The many friends of John Blount will be pleased to learn that he has entirely recovered from his attack of rheumatism. Chamberlain's Pain Liiiliu cured him after the best doctors in tiie town ( Monon, lud. ) had failed to give relief. The prompt relief from pain which this liniment affords is alone worth many times its cost. For sale by D. G. Luckwood, druggist.