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Vol. XXIV. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, November 4. 1903. No. 2. STATE LAND LAW IS VOID. Commissioner Richards Says Carey Land Act Must Be Obeyed. Nampa , Idaho, Oct. 29. — A circular letter from United States Land Com missioner Richards, in regard to the relation between the Carey act and Idaho lands has raised serious com plications in regard to settlers obtain ing patents from the state of Idaho under the Carey act. The facts of the case are briefly as follows: Under the Carey act the United States could give to each arid state arid land and make it a deed to the same free of cost, to the amoun not exceeding 1,000,000 acres, provid ing the state reclaim and irrigate said land, and providing said state should not grant said land until it was actu ally occupied and settled, allowing to each settler only 160 acres. In 1899 the state of Idaho passed an act accepting this grant, and in 1901 amended said act in such a way that the state's vendee could gain patent to said land from the state, although he had more than löO acres, and had not actually settled the land. This act Commissioner Richards holds to be void, in that it is in direct conflict with the Carey act, ana he refuses to allow further disposals of land to the state of Idaho until the conflict is re moved. It is claimed by'the Canyon Canal company that they have proceeded in good faith under the act and should be allowed to contract and finish the work already projected. The state land board having doubt as to this position refuse to contract further for the state until the matter is passed upon definitely. Investigating Land Frauds. Washington , Oct. 29.— Secretary Hitchcock today received a telegram from Portland, Ore., announcing the indictment of three more persons in connection with public land frauds in that state. So far most of the prose cutions have been directed against those engaged in fraudulent proceed ings under the timber and stone acts, and it now appears that many flagrant irregularities have been discovered in that connection. Innumerable instances of the inva sion of public land regions by people in large companies have been report ed to the department from day to day for the past year and more. In many instances people have gone"to Pacific coast states from states farther east to enter lands under the stone law. The arrival of carloads at a time have been' reported, and many of the mem bers of these parties were women. In one or two cases during the vacation period of last summer entire carloads of female school teachers, hailing from the middle western states, made tours to the coast and all entered lauds. In other cases entries have been made in names of purely ficti tious persons. Connivance of offi cials is necessary in proceedings of this character and this line of cases render them most easily of discovery and prosecution. It also appears that frauds extend eastward from the coast states into Idaho, Montana and Nevada. Labor Troubles in Chicago. Chicago , Oct. 29.— Fourteen hun dred brickuiakers have just been laid off in Cook county and when given their pay were told that there would be no more work until late next spring. Pour hundred will be discharged in December and the industry in this dis» trict will be closed down. The preva lence of strikes and the cost of build ing in Chicago practically has stopped all construction work. The brick companies have on hand enough stock to last for months and do not intend to increase the supply. Two Trotting Records Lowered. Memphis , Oct. 29.—The eight-day meeting of the Memphis Trotting as sociation was brought to a final cli max yesterday afternoon with the breaking of two additional world's trotting records. Lou Dillon went a mile to a wagon in two minutes flat, cutting a second aud three-quarters from the previous record, made by herself, aud The Monk and Equity, driven by Mr. Billings, their owner, lowered the world's trotting record of 2:09i for a mile to pole, to 2:08. The performance of Lou Dillon in the mile trial to wagon was even more spectacular than the trial against time last Saturday, when she trotted a mile in 1:58;. Business Men Swindled New York , Oct. 29.—Fully 1.000 business men in the upper section of Brooklyn and on the east side of Man hattan have been victimized to the probable extent of $25,000 by a gang of clever check swindlers. One of them opened a small account with a Brooklyn bank. By some means they got hold of a certificate stamp. Checks then were cashed at every small shop that would accept them and the gang disappeared. Killed In Railroad Wreck. Kansas City , Oct. 29.— Mrs. Booth Tucker, consul in America of the Sal vation army, wife of Commander Booth-Tucker, and second daughter of William Booth, founder of the army, was killed in the wreck of the eastbound California train near Dean Lake, Mo., last night. Colonel Thom as C. Holland, in charge of the Salva tion array at Amity, Col., was fatally injured. The dead and injured were taken to Fort Madison, Iowa. Chicago , Oct. 29. — Commander Booth-Tucker, who arrived in Chica go today, expecting to join his wife here, was prostrated by the shock of Mrs. Booth-Tucker's death. He was met at the railway station by Salva tion army officials and was taken in a carriage direct to headquarters. No mention of his wife's death was made on the way, however, and the news papers were withheld from him. Smallest Woman on Earth. Bloomington, 111., Oct. 29.— One of the most interesting little women in the world is Miss Florence M. Tate of Granite City. She is the smallest woman in the world, being but 34 inches in height, while her age is 34. She weighs but 36 pounds. He father was a soldier of the Civil war, being a member of Company I, Fortieth Illinois volunteer infantry. Miss Tate has an excellent education and is active in church work. She is an adept at fancy work, painting, em broidery and the like. Indicted by Grand Jury. Portland , Ore., Oct. 30.— The fed eral grand jury, which has been in session in this city for 11 days, pre sented its final report to Judge Bel linger this afternoon and was dis charged. Sixteen separate cases were inquired into, entailing the examina tion of 89 witnesses and resulting in 15 true bills being returned, among them being some of national interest. The inquiry of the jury into the matter of land frauds in this state re sulted in the indictment of six persons and the statement is made that false entry has been made on an aggregate of 1,000,000 acres of land. The matter of pension frauds was also inquired into and two indictments returned to day. Blooded Calves From Texas. Wichita , Kas., Oct. 30.— A special train of 25 cars passed through Wichi ta today containing 1,300 head of pure bred steer calves from the Pan Handle of Texas. This is the tlrst large ship ment of the kind tüat has ever been sent east on a special order. These calves are shipped by O. N. Nelson of Kansas City and consigned to Dan Black of Lynden. Ohio, for distribu tion among Ohio farmers. They will feed them for export steers and for cattle shows of 19U4 and 1905. Lunatic W anted to See President Washington , Oct. 30.—Edward Tanner, 33 years old, a native of Switzerland, and a "crank," tried to see the president today, but he did not get far beyond the doors of the execu tive office before his condition was discovered. He was taken to police headquarters and later to the St. Eliz abeth insane asylum. His delusion was that he was being continually pursued by airships. He thought the president would make them stop both et'iug him. Tanner said he had a wife in Memphis, Teun., but that he came direct from northern Montana to see the president. He has been in the city since Monday. Employers Form Association. Chicago . Oct. 30.—The conference for the purpose of forming a national federation of employers' associations to cope with labor problems voted to adopt the name "Citizens' Industrial Association of America." The orga nization is national in scope and in cludes representative manufacturers, tradesmen, other employers of labor, local general organizations and citi zens' alliances, having, among other things, as its objects dealing with the labor problem in all its phases. Dele gates' from 57 cities from San Francis co to New York, including several in I Canada, were present at the conven tion aud at the concluding session all I details of the plan of carrying on aad extending work of the organization ' were completed. .MEDIATION COMMITTEE MEETS. Efforts Being Made to Secure Peace Be tween Rival Mining Interests. Butte , Oct. 30. — President Hill, Senator Gibson and Governor Toole arrived in Butte on Mr. Hill's special train shortly before 10 o'clock this morning. There was a preliminary conference between Senators Clark and Gibson and Mr. Hill at Senator Clark's home. Theu the gentlemen were joined by Governor Toole and adjourned to Senator Clark's office, where they remained in conference un til about 1 o'clock when Senator Clark took them home to luncheon. The only thing done at the morning ses sion, according to the aanouocement they gave out, was the election of Mr. Hill as chairman of the body, com mittee or commission. In giving out th : s announcement Senator Clark stated that representatives of neither side had called upon them, nor had any committee presented itself. At 3 o'clock the gentlemen returned from Senator Clark's house and im mediately resumed conference behind closed doors in the senator's office. None of the four gentlemen would talk on the situation. They all said that they were anxious to do some thing to remedy existing conditions, but they were quite in the dark as to methods of procedure. The two con ferences that have been held today have been for the purpose of discuss ing the situation among themselves and deciding on a plan of action. Their announcement that neither of the contending parties had called up on them is considered significant as indicating that they may expect these parties to take the initiative. The committee appointed by the Sil ver Bow Trades & Labor assembly last night to wait upon the governor and request him to call an extra ses sion of the legislature, decided this forenoon to not press the governor at a time when he is engaged with the arbitration committee of which he is a member. They will probably call and request the governor to set a time when thev can be heard. Silver Statue Will Be Melted. Kansas City, Mo ., Oct. 30.— a spe cial from Topeka, Kan., says: The silver statue of Ada Rehan, the ac tress, in the Montana state exhibit at the Chicago World's fair in 1903, which has been in the basement of a dry goods store seven years, is to be melted into bullion. The statue was shipped today to the American Smelt ing & Refining company of Omaha, on order of the Shawnee county dis trict court. After the world's fair the statue was leased to a company organized to ex hibit it through the country. Seven years ago it was brought here and while on exhibition a dispute arose between its owner and the company which had control of it. A receiver was appointed and he stored it in the basement of a local dry goods store. Now it is to be reduced to bullion and the proceeds divided by the court. No one knows what the statue is worth, but at the time of its first appearance here it was asserted that the silver value of it was $40,000. They Want An Appropriation. j Portland , Ore., Oct. 3u.—At a ! meeting of the executive committee of the Lewis aud Clark exposition it was decided to ask congress, when it meets in extra session, for an appropriation ! ol $2,500,000 to help defray the ex ; penses of the exposition which is to ! be held iu this city in 1905. The com : mittee does not hope for action in the : matter of the appropriation before I next year, but the committee desires its early appearance before the con ! gress as it may theu give it more pre ; cedence. Convicted of Extortion. New York , Oct .'in.—For the second time within two months Samuel J. Parks, walking delegate of House smiths' < y Bridgemen's local union No. 2, was convicted of the crime of extortion in the court of general ses sions this afternoon. It took the jury just 12 minutes, during which time they took two ballots, to agree on the guilt of Parks in extorting $500 from the Tiffany studios, a firm of contract ors, under threat of keeping them from continuing work on buildings last January. It was shown at the trial that Parks had obtained $500 from the Tiffany firm as an "initiation fee.' ' Butchers May Strike. New york, Oct. 30.—General Or ganizer Eichelberger of the Amalga mated Butcher Workmen's Union of North America, asserts that (30,000 out of the iS.000 members of the union will in all probability go on a strike iu sympathy with the 2,000 sausage mak ers and canners who have quit in the packing houses in Chicago, for an in crease of 65 cents a day. The prin cipal packing centers to be affected by strikes are Chicago, St. Louis. Kansas City, St. Joseph, Omaha and South Omaha. Fifteen Killed in Train Wreck. Indianapolis , Oct 31.—Fifteen per sons were killed and over 50 injured, some fatally, in a collision between a special passenger train on the Big Four railroad and a freight engine with a cut of coal cars. The accident happened on the edge of this city. The passenger train of 12 coaches was car rying 954 persons, nearly all of whom were students of Purdue university and their friends on their way from Lafayette to Indianapolis for the an nual football game of the Purdue team and the university squad for the cham pionship, which was to have been fought this afternoon. Cannot Collect Taxes Portland , Ore., Oct. 31.—It is said by the best informed citizens of the state that Governor Chamberlain will call an extra session of the legislature for the purpose of relieving the state of the peculiar situation brought about by the decision of the supreme court, declaring that there can be no tax levy iu 1903 under existing laws. The effect of the decision, should Governor Chamberlain decline to con vene the legislature in extraordinary session to pass remedial measures, will be to deprive every city, county and district in Oregon, as well as the state itself, of all revenue from taxa tion for the current vear. Twenty-five Burned to Death. New York, Nov . 1.—Twenty-one men, three women and a 10 months old baby were burned to death or suf focated in a fire that started early this morning in the House of all Na tions, a five-storv tenement house at 426 Eleventh avenue, aud which the police and coroner believe to have been of incendiary origin. Some of the peculiar features of the disaster in addition to the startling loss of life, are that the tire was practically ex tinguished iu 20 minutes, that the po lice could learn of but one person be ing injured, other than those who lost their lives, and that the property loss was only $7,000. Indian Trouble in Wyoming. Douglas, Nov . 1.—Sheriff John A. McDermott of Converse county has just received word of a battle fought last evening between the sheriff of Weston county aud posse aud a baud of Indians they were out to arrest, in which the sheriff was fatally shot aud Deputy Sheriff Falkeuburg was killed. Three Indians were killed. A number of cowboys, armed with rilles left this morniug. Another posse, headed by Deputy Sheriff Cook, left this afternoon for the sceue of the trouble. Another posse left Luslc to night. There is great excitement here ! and all sorts of rumors are current. Murderer Appeals tojGovcrnor. Cheyenne , Wyo., Oct. 31.—Tom Horn, the stockmen's detective who is under sentence to be hanged Nov. 20 next for the murder of Willie Nickell, today appealed to the governor for commutation of his sentence to life imprisonment. Horn asserts his inno cence, aud expresses confidence that within a few years it will be shown that somebody else committed the crime of which he was convicted. Some persons who testified against Horn now swear that they were jobbed wit nesses, aud also swear that Horn's confession was a put up job, aud that he really made no confession at ail. Governor Chattertonjhas taken the matter under advisement and will ren der a decision next week. While the appeal is strong and has a tendency to create doubt, it is believed that the governor will refusé to interfere with the action of the courts, and Tom Horn, the friend of Genera! Miles and Colonel Cody, scout and trailer, must hang on November 2U. I ire in the Vatican. I R ome , Nov. 1.—Fire broke out at I half past eight o 'clock this evening iu I that portion of the Vatican containing I the hull of inscriptions, where the ; pope gives his audience and which is adjacent tu the famous pinacoteca, or gallery of pictures. The alarm caused much confusion and excitement in the Vatican. Strenuous efforts were made to control the flames aud the firemen I of Kon.'- were called to lend their help. 1 At a 'harter past eleven o'clock the fire was under control. No lives were lost. No idea of the damage can yet be obtained. MANY ENTRIES SUSPENDED. Commissioner Richards Reports Upon Operations of Land Grabbers. Washington , Nov. 1.—The annual report of W. A. Richards, commis sioner of the general land office, which was made public today, says that there is a large increase in the total number of supposedly fraudulent land entries over the preceding year. He attributes their discovery largely to an order, dated November 2, 1902, directing investigation of all entries made under the timber land stone act in the states of California, Oregon aud Washington. Under this alone 10,000 entries have been suspended, aud there are now 15 special agents of the land office in that field engaged in ferriting out fraudulent entries. Commissioner Richards also states that during the year there were re ported 125 unlawful enclosures of pub lic lands, covering an area of 2,605, 390 acres. Seventy-nine of these en closures have been removed aud pro ceedings are pending to compel the removal of the remainder. He says, however, that the total number here mentioned is only a fraction of the enclosures maintained in violation of law, special agents having found it impossible to give attention to many others because of the order for the special investigation of entries under the timber and stoue act. A Disastrous Drunken Freak. New York , Nov. 2. — Fourteen blocks of buildings in ruins, one life lost, two score persons injured, 500 persons homeless, and a financial loss of $1,500,000 is the outcome of au alleged drunken freak at Coney Island yesterday. Frauk Connolly and Peter Skelley, former waiters in the Alba tross hotel at Sheepshead walk and the Bowery, are locked up charged with arson on the strength of a state ment made by Barney Wolf, proprie tor of a Raines law hotel at the island. Wolf says that on Friday Connolly and Skelley in the presence of a crowd said that things were getting dull on the island and they believed they would liven things up with a fire. Wolf says he saw them start a fire which he put out. Again yesterday, he asserts, they started a second fire, but he arrived just as the flames shot up aud was unable to control them as he had doue on Friday and he gave the alarm. When he saw his own place go up like tinder and heard that his brother-in law, Albert Rubliu, had his skull fractured by leaping from a window to save himself, he told the police of Couuolly and Skelley. Wrecked By Dynamite Explosion. Crestline , Ohio, Nov. 2.— The Pennsylvania railway yards here pre sented a scene of ruin today as the re sult of the explosion of a car of dyna mite ou a sidetrack last evening. So far as cau be learned, no lives were lost, although tlie mass of wrecked freight ears has not yet been thor oughly searched. It is estimated that the financial loss will run from $100, 000 to $50U,0U0. Hundreds of freight cats were almost completely demol ished, while a number of houses iu the Fifty Years the Standard BAKING POWDER improves the flavor and adds to hoalthfulness of the food. PRICE BAKING POWDER CO.. CHICAGO. vicinity of the explosion were badly wrecked. A number of persons re ceived serious cuts and bruiseä from flying glass. Nearly every window in town was smashed by the terrific concussion. DESPERATE INDIAN BATTLE. Wyoming Authorities Have Fatal En counter With Sioux Marauders. New Castle , Wyo., Nov. 2.— Sheriff W. W. Miller, of Weston, county, and one of his posse, named Fossenberg, are dead as the result of a fight with twelve wagon loads of Sioux Indians Saturday, three mile9 below Beaver Dam, on Lightning Creek, Converse county. The Indiana were from the Pine Ridge and Rose bud agencies in South Dakota and were violating the same laws of the state. The sheriff's posse rounded up the red skins Saturday and demanded their surrender. The Sioux, who were from the Pine Ridge agency, opened fire and a sharp fight ensued, in which Fossenberg was instantly killed and Sheriff Miller mortally wounded, dying half an hour later. Denver, Nov . 2.—A special to the Times from Lusk, Wyo., says: In a second battle with the Indians Sunday afternoon near the scene of the first fight, ten Indiaus were killed and eleven captured. None of the posse was killed iu the second fight. There were about 75 Sioux in the band of Indians. It is estimated that 500 men are scouring the country in search of the remaining Indians. Cheyenne , Nov. 2.— Governor Chat terton is waiting for additional infor mation before ordering troops to the scene of troubles with the Indians. The governor has called on the com missioner of Indian affairs to assist in bringing the murderers to juslice. He will also insist that no more Indians be permitted to leave their reservations to hunt in Wyoming. Under the law every Indian outside of the state must take out a gun license which costs $50 and go with a profes sional guide when they do hunt. It is held that every Indian who fails to do this violates the laws and the general government as guardian of the red meu is responsible to the state for the payment of the license. Livingston, Nov . 2.—Charles Lar son, who is charged with stealing a number of horses in this vicinity more than a year ago, was arrested in Sweet Grass county this afternoon. The authorities of this county have beeu attempting to apprehend Larson for several months, but it was only this afternoon that Sheriff Robertson succeeded iu locating him. Mt «>|>|>cd .tguiiiMt u Hot Stove. A child of Mrs. Geo. T. Benson, when getting his usual Saturday night bath, stepped back against a hot stove which burned him severely. The child was in great agony aud his mother could do nothing to pacify him. Re membering that she had a bottle of Chamberlain's Pain Balm iu the house, she thought she would try it. In less than half an hour after applying it the child was quiet and asleep, and in less thau two weeks was well. Mrs. Benson is a well known resident of lvellar, Va. Pain Balm is an anti septic liniment and especially valuable for burns, cuts, bruises and sprains. For sale by D. G. Lockwood, dru« 1 - gist.