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Vol. XXIII. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, October 21. 1903. No. 52. INDIAN* MURDERER CONEESSES. He Tells the Story of His Crime and Says Whisky Crazed Him. According to a Browning dispatch to the Great Falls Tribune, the mur derer of seven persons on the Black feet reservation last week was the work of an Indian who was crazed with whisky. The dispatch says: James Little Plume was brought be fore United States Commissioner Ar noux charged with the murder of seven Indians and the wounding of auother on Two Medicine on Sunday. Little Plume entered a plea of not guilty'. The prosecution introduced evident • proving conclusively his guilt. Little j Plume thereupon confessed dramatic ally and in detail, going over the minutest particulars of the tragedy. Saturday afternoon three young In dians went to the town of Cut Bank, procuring whisky from a boot-legger named Williamson. On their return they went to Little Plume's house, where a drunken orgy ensued. The party broke up about midnight, leav ing Little Plume and his wife alone with suffcient whisky to last them un til daylight. Little Plume then sad dled a horse and rode to Wake-Up Last's house, just across Two Medi cine river, taking with him a Winches ter carbine belonging to Running Owl, who lives close by, and who was a participant iu the drinking bout at Little Plume's. After a short visit at Wake-Up Last's Little Plume went out at the door, leaving it slightly ajar. Through the crack he shot Wakes-Up-Last, who was in bed, the ball taking effect in the left eye. Re-entering the house he killed Mrs. Wakes-Up-Last and her three children. All except Wakes-Up Last were badly powder burned, show ing that the shooting was done at close range. Remounting his horse, Little Plume crossed the river. Passing the house of Running Owl, he shot to death Susan Big Road, and seriously wounded her sister Alice. He then went to his own house, about 100 yards distant. Here he attempted to shoot his step-daughter, but she escaped into the brush. He then turned upon his wife, firing one shot at her, and the cartridges then became jammed in the gun, rendering it useless. He and his wife then grappled. He finally over powered her, cutting her throat with a case knife. This was followed by an abortive and half-hearted attempt at self-destruction, by stabbing himself in the arm and indicting a surface wound upon the neck. Little Plume speaks and writes Eng lish fluently. Has for years attended the reservation boarding school. When asked his motive he declared he had none, but ascribed the act to Cut Bauk whisky. He admitted further that his intentions were to kill 14 other people, and would have done so had not the shell stuck in his gun. Mistook Husband for Burglar. Chicago , Oct. 15. •—While searching for burglars last night, Herbert L. Butler of Austin was shot and serious ly wounded by his wife. The couple had armed themselves, Butler with a revolver and his wife with a shotgun. Upon discerning the outlines of a per son in the darkness the wife opened fire and her husband dropped to the floor in agony. There were no bur glars in the house. Always Room at the Top. Chicago , Oct. 15.—Former Presi dent Grover Cleveland was received with lusty cheers by the students of Armour institute today. He made a speech in which he said: "1 am a great stickler for higher education, but I want to tell you this--the oppor tunities today are greater than ever for boys to get practical education and industrial education—and I would rather my own boy grew up able to build a great bridge like the Brook lyn bridge than to receive the highest honor the people could bestow upon him. 1 hate to hear persons talk in a pessimistic strain to the effect that the day of opportunity in this country has gone by, and that the chances for a young man to rise by his own effort have passed away. There is room at the top, and there always will be." Sherman Statue I nveiled Washington , Oct. 15.—To the memory of William Tecumseh Sher man, an equestrian statue was uu veiled this afternoon by a little boy, William Tecumseh Sherman Thorn dyke, grandjon of the dead chieftain, in the presence of official Washington, the president, the diplomatic corps and the cabinet at its head. Thousands of veterans, members of the societies of the army of the Cum berland. the Tennessee. Ohio and the Potomac, all the regular troops in the vicinity of Washington, a battalion of marines, two battalions of seamen and the district national guard were reviewed before the unveiling cere monies. Object to Senator Smoot. Blooming ton , 111., Oct. 15.—The convention of Indiana Baptist churches today adopted resolutions against allowing Reed Smoot to be seated as United States senator from Utah, and asking for a constitutional amendment to prevent a polygamist from being elected to the national con gress. Tilltnan Acquitted By Jury Lexington , S. C., Oct. 15.-- The trial of James H. Tillman, who was charged with the murder of N. G. Gonzales, editor of the State, in Col umbia, on January 15 last, ended to day in an acquittal. The jury before which Tillman has been on trial since September 28 brought in a verdict of not guilty, thus ending a judicial hearing which has engrossed the at tention of the public of South Caro lina as none other has in the last quarter of a century. Petition For Grand Jury. Kansas City , Oct. 15.—A grand jury to investigate the charges of boodling made against the board of education of Kansas City, Kansas, is assured. Today over 400 citizens had signed a petition drawn up last night by the Mercantile club, asking Judge E. L. Fisher of the district court to call a jury. The jury will not only be asked to investigate the charges of boodling, but to stop gambling and close the dozens of illicit saloons run ning in violation of the law. Good Shooting By Japs Victoria , B. C.. Oct. 15.— A Peking dispatch tells of a shooting competi tion between picked teams from the British, American and Japanese. The Japanese won, with the Americans second. The officer commanding the Americans complimented the Japanese on their good shooting. Washington Town Destroyed. Aberdeen , Wash., Oct. 1(5.—One of the most disastrous fires which ever occurred in the state of Washington, aside from the great fire in Seattle in 1899, started in this city today, and is continuing to rage unabated. Three or four lives are reported to have been lost. The fire has destroyed forty business houses, including both of the bank buildings, the Pacific hotel and Crescent hotel, two Gray's harbor hospitals, and many residences. Hur on, the principal business street of the town, is wiped out completely, with the exception of a few buildings. The total loss is estimated at $1,000,* Oijp, with possibly one-fifth of that sum covered by insurance. The insurance companies have refused to carry any greater risk on account of the inflam mable material of which practically all the buildings in Aberdeen are con structed. Every business man in the city is a loser, either by fire, water, removal, breakage or loss by theft. l ive .Mutineers Convicted Leavenworth , Kan., Oct. 1(5.— All five leaders of the Fort Leavenworth prison mutiny of November, 1901, charged with killing Guard Wald rupe, were found guilty of murder by a jury in the United States court here this morning and will be giveu life sentences. The prisoners are Gilbert Mullins, Labor Barnes, Frank Thomp son, Fred Robinson and Robert Clark, all desperate men and ali from the In dian Territory. Mullins and Robin son had practically finished their terms at the time of the outbreak and the others were short term men. In the mutiny 28 prisoners escaped after a fierce fight with the guards, during which one guard, Waldrupe, was killed and several of the convicts were shot. All but one of the con victs were finally captured, although three of them were shot in engage ments with posses. Accused of Naturalization Frauds. St . Louis, Oct. 10.—Constable John McGillickuddy. locally known as "Cuddy Mac," was arrested this even ing on an indictment returned by the federal grand jury, charging him with having aided in the recent naturaliza tion frauds. He is accused of aiding and abetting aliens residing in St. Louis and not entitled to the rights of citizenship in securing fraudulent papers of naturalization. McGillic kuddy was immediately taken before Judire Ames of the federal court and gave loud in the sum of ïiO.ÙUO. His ea-e was set for trial on November THE DOWIE campaign. The Zionist Army Begins Its Attempt to Reform New York New York , Oct. 16.— The "restora tion host," under the leadership of John Alexander Dowie, garrisoned Madison Square garden today and completed preparations to attack the works of the "enemy." The first de tachment, numbering about 400, ar rived early iu the morning and the re maining trains followed during the day and evening. Leaving the ferry boat, the crusaders boarded special cars which were in waiting, and pro ceeded direct to the garden to the music of their bands and the singing of hymns. The men were all dressed in a uniform resembling that worn by the United States infantry, but the women did not wear uniforms. After lookiug things over at Madi son Square garden, Dr. Dowie gath ered the reporters together and talked to them for over an hour. He said his mission here was one of peace and that during the three weeks that the followers of the Christian Catholic church are here they expect to visit every family iu this city at least twice. He said also that he comes in the capacity of the Prophet Elijah and in accordance with the revelation he made in 1901 to an audience of 7,000 people in the Auditorium at Chicago, and promises to explain more fully what that revelation means. He said that he is a law abiding citizen of this country, is opposed to secret societies and only asks for fair play for himself and his people. He said further he has fought many bat tles against wrong aud has always won: that his coming to New York is not a money-making scheme, and he does not care if the people here do not pay his gas bills. On the authority of Mrs. Carl F. S tern, wife of the chief of police of Zion City, it was learned that Mrs. Dowie had been robbed of a $1,U00 diamond and pearl brooch in the pri vate car attached to the special train in which the Dowie party reached the city. The theft occurred at the Grand Central station during the confusion of leaving the cars. Busy Bank Burglars. Sioux Falls , S. D., Oct. 16.— The bank of Viberg was robbed last night ! of $5,000. The thieves were seen by citizens, who did not dare to venture on the street, which was patroled by armed robbers. Half the money stol en was in gold. The robbers escaped on a handcar. Woonsocket , S. D., Oct. 16.— Four strangers arrived here last night aud one of them offered the city marshal $200 if he would keep quiet, saying i they intended to rob the Citizens' bank ; and then steal a horse, drive to Wash- ! ington Springs aud rob the bank | there. The officer arrested the four ! men. Discussing Labor Problem. Chicago , Oct. 10. —Views by labor aud capital in regard to the "open shop" were agaiu presented today be fore the National Civic Federation, holding a three days' conference here. President Sam Gompers of the Am erican Federation of Labor called the meeting to order. One of the first speakers was Henry C. Hunter, chair man of the Metal Trades association of New York. He spoke iu opposition I to the closed shop, he said, on ac-! count of the methods pursued by labor | organization for the accomplishment j of their ends. The speaker spoke of i acts of violence on the part of labor, ! which, lie asserted, were done with the knowledge and approval of the | uuion. A statement by Mr. Hunter regard- j ing the expulsion of organizations ; from the central federated union of' New York was challenged. Mr. Arch- i ibald denounced it as untrue, as did ! other labor leaders interested. Big Robbery at Nome. Seattle , Oct. 10.—A dispatch to the Post-Iutelligencer from Nome states that two masked men entered the camp of R. D Hunter, of the Northern Light company and robbed him of more than $7.0U0, three hun dred aud seventy-five ounces of which was iu gold dust. The men were both heavily armed, lu their hurry, they overlooked 400 ounces of gold which lay in plain view ou the table. Sluice box thieves have appeared on Anvil creek aud are making small hauls nightl v. Howie Could Not Hold Them New \ork , Oct. 18.—John Alexan der Dowie, who calls hitr.self "Eiijah, the restorer," faced his first New York audience today, aud although Madison Square garden was thronged at the afternoon aud evening meetings aud thousands were turned away from the doors, he fouud himself confronted with what he called a new experience when thousands, having evidently satisfied their curiosity, threw the meetings into confusion by their sud deu exodus before the ceremonies had more than fairly begun. Commands to close the doors aud prevent exit were unavailing aud the prophet gave vent to displays of considerable petu lance on finding that it was one thiug to gather a great New York crowd but quite another affair to command its interest after the first demauds of curiosity had been satisfied. Fifteen Killed In Wreck. Trenton , N. J., Oct. IT.— Fifteen persons were killed and about 40 in jured in a collision which occurred to day ou the Belvidere division of the Pennsylvania Railroad company near Washington crossiug. Tue persons killed aud injured were laborers, who were on a work train aud were on their way to work at Washington Crossiug to repair washouts along the i'oad. Fourteen bodies have been taken from the wreckage aud one more body is known to be under the debris. Oulv two or three of those who are in jured will be permanently maimed. HONEST FILINGS NOT AFFECTED An Official Statement Relating to With drawal of Public Lands. ! Washington , O.-t. 18.—Commis sioner R'ehards, of the general land office, gave out the followiug state ment regarding the policy and practice of the land office iu the matter of the withdrawal of public lauds from set tlement: "There seems to be apprehension respecting the withdrawal of public land from entry uuder certain of the land laws, and suspension of final ac tion on certain classes of entries al ready made. Generally speaking, the land was withdrawn from entry in or der to prevent its appropriation in a manner or for a purpose not coutem plpied by law. lu the case of a pro po ed forest reserve, withdrawal is made of all land that will probably be included in its boundaries, in order to guard against speculative entries made for the purpose of obtaining lieu laud. Withdrawals under the irriga tion act are for the purpose of reserv ing laud for homestead entries, the ouly kiud permitted by the act, and to prevent speculative entries. Lauds containing oil or minerals are with drawn from agricultural entry as min eral lauds, aud are sold in smaller quantities aud at higher prices than farming lauds. Occasionally certain areas are withdrawn from entry uuder the desert land law upou evidence that the lauds are not arid laud, beiug pro ductive without irrigation, which can not be taken uuder said act. "Final action is often suspended upou individual entries or a class of entries iu certain localities peudiug in vestigation as to whether or not there has been compliance with the require ments of the law. There is no with drawal of land in this connection nor any suspension of law or interference with entries properly made." High Prices at Dawson. Vancouver, B. C\, Oct. 17.—A special from Dawsou says: Winter is closing iu quickly and several thous and tons of freight will not reach Dawson this season. Freight charges are phenomenally high and prices on certain staples are going skyward. Today hay iu Dawson is selling at $130 a ton. Not ouly is freight from up-river being delayed on account of the low water, but lower river steam ers. which were bringing St. Michael shipments of hay, feed, etc., will not reach here. Many other articles be sides those enumerated are going up ou the expectation of a pending short age. Successful Airship Test. San Francisco , Oct. 18.—Dr. Au gust Greth, who, for a year past, has been unostentatiously working on au airship, today surprised the residents of Sau Fraucisco by sailing over their h .-ads for two hours, directing his ma chine almost at will aud demonstrat ing that iu many essentials he has solved the problem of aerial naviga tion. Dr. 'ireth had previously tested his airship by making ascensions with a balloon held captive by a long rope, but today was the first time that he had gone skyward free. The ascen sion was made from a lot almost in the heart of the city aud Dr. Greth at tempted to encircle a towering news paper building about a mile eastward, but found the high currents too strong for his power aud then turned in an opposite direction. Till: ALASKA BOUNDARY. Arbitration Board Renders Decision Fav orable to the United States. London , Oct. 17.—The Alaskan boundary commission has reached a decision whereby all the American contentions are sustained, with the exception of those in relation to the Portland canal, which Canada wins. All that now remains to be done is for the commissioners to affix their signa tures to the decision and complete the map which will accompany it. On the map will be marked the boundary line, definitely fixing the division of Ameri can aud British territory on such a basis that no American citizen will lose a foot of land he already be lieved he held, while the United States will get all the waterways to the rich Alaskan territory with the exception of the Portland canal, which gives Canada the one outlet she so much needed. The effect of the decision is to leave the Alaskau boundary practically where it is now. The main point of the Canadian coutentiou involved the outlet from the Klondike gold fields at the head of Lynn canal, including the ports of Skagwav aud Dyea through which the Klondike business is trans acted. These ports remain American territory. The decision is taken to concede the American claim to a strip of territory 10 leagues iu width from tidewater aud extending from the head of Portland canal to the 141st meridian of west longitude. The Am ericans laid especial stress upou their contention that this strip should be measured from the head of estuaries or bays, while the Canadians argued that the measurements should be from the main water of the ocean. The con trol of the sites of Skagway and Dyea were involved in the controversy. Robbers Loot Banks. Eustis , Neb. Sept. 1".—Six masked men robbed the Farnum state bank early today, securing $4,000. One of the men was arrested and the officers, with bloodhounds, are on the trail of the others. Dynamite was used aud the safe and the bauk furniture were wrecked. St. Andrew's , N. B., Oct. 17.— Burglars entered the Bank of Nova Scotia here early this morning, dam aged the safe with explosives and es caped with all the funds, estimated at several thousand dollars. The rob bers got away on a handcar seized iu the yard of the Cauadiau Pacific rail road. Gives Names of Lynchers. Cody , Wyo., Oct. 19. —Great excite ment exists throughout the Big Horn basin over the fact that W. H. Smith, one of the participants iu the lynching that occurred at Basin last July, has made a confession aud given to the attori.i . - a lis' of '.lie persons who form -u tue party on that occasion. It will he j't c u 1 ild that a party of 35 men rode into the county seal at midnight and after firing into the structure—a courthouse and jail combined, killing Deputy Clerk Price aud wounding Deputy Sheriff Meade—gained en trance into the jail proper. Being un able to unlock the steel cage wherein the two convicted murderers—Gorman Fifty Years the Standard BAKING POWDER tss« flavor and adds to of the food. price 5AKING POWDER CO,, CHICAGO. and Walters—were confined, they shot them to death. The names given by Smith embrace some of the most prominent and sub stantial citizens in the eastern portion of the county, and the information given by Smith has created a pro found sensation and will doubtless cause more trouble. In the meantime Smith is being closely guarded for fear he may be killed by some of those implicated. CANADIANS DISAPPROVE. The Decision of Alaska Boundary Com mission Was Not Unanimous. London , Oct. 19. — The Alaska boundary commission will have one more meeting. It will be a public one and will be held tomorrow at the for eign office. At that time and place the arbitration decision which was verbally agreed upou Saturday will be read. The draft of the decision reached by the Alaskan boundary commissioners was signed by a ma jority of the commissioners this even ing. Messrs. Aylesworth and Jette, the Canadian commissioners refused to sign. The decision grants all American contentions with the exception of the one relating to the Portland canal. The signatures were Lord Chief Jus tice Alverstoue and Senator Lodge, Senator Turner aud Secretary Root, the American commissioners. They constituted a majority and insured finality. Messrs. Aylesworth and Jette carried their outspoken disapproval of the decision to the point of refusing to sign even that section of the decis ion giving the Portland canal to Can ada aud they emphasized their atti tude by walking out of the cabinet room in the foreign office before sig natures of the others had been affixed to the historic document, which has already been printed aud ijs ready for the session to be held tomorrow. Fugitive Defaulter Arrested. O akland , Cal., Oct. 19.— City Mar shal Rammage of Haywards, has ar rested Willian George Carthew in that place on a charge of being a defaulter in the isum of $100,000. The arrest was made on evidence submitted by H. D. Erickson, of San Francisco. It is stated that Carthew was a con fidential clerk in a bank in New York, and while acting in that capacity, stole $100,000, which was squandered on a woman. It is claimed that he tied from New York and came to Cali fornia. Erickson had done busines with Carthew in New York and recog nized him as the missing bank clerk. He is certain that this is the man who is wanted in New York and for whom a reward of $5,000 dollars has been o ffered. lie a (irrat Truth. It is sait! of John Wesley that he oucu said to Mistress Wesley: "Why do you toll tiiat child the same thing over and over agaiu?'' "John Wes ley, because once telling is not enough." It is for this same reason tha'. you are told again and agaiu that Chamberlain's Cough Remedy cures colds aud grip: that it counter acts any tendency of these diseases to result in pneumonia, and that it is pleasant and safe to take. For sale by D. (j. Lockvvood, druggist.