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Vol. XXIV. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, November 18. 1903. No. 4. STRIKERS DEFY POLICE. Riotous Scenes Attend the Strike of Chi cago Street Car Employes. Chicago, Nov. 12. —Constant scenes of disorder over a district approxi mately fifty square miles in extent, re sulted today from inauguration of the strike by the employes of one of the two principal surface street railway companies in Chicago. All along the lines wherever cars were started, strike sympathizers made desperate onslaughts on the crews beginning at the dawn of day today and continuing as long as the cars remained on the tracks. The strike was ordered at a mass meeting of conductors and motormen and gripmen with only four dissenting votes. The strike is to en force a demand for a wage increase of 25 per cent, and recognition of the union. About 3,000 employes are in volved and 220 miles of surface track acge, part cable and part electric. That disturbances might be expected today was indicated by the wide dis tribution of a proclamation by Mayor Carter H. Harrison, warning citizens to keep off the streets along the lines of the city railway. With general or ders to remain in reserve and take no part in the strike unless ordered, and then only to protect property, details of police were sent to the various car barns. A number of cars were wrecked and that no person was killed is no fault of the rioters. One man had his back broken and the first shot of the strike was fired at Wentworth avenue and West Sixty-ninth street, where a mob of several hundred persons tried te hold up a train. Many persons, chiefly non-union street car men were injured by flying stones or splintered glass. Two women were among those hurt. Before nightfall President D. G. Hamilton and General Consul Bliss of the railway company, after endeav oring to operate cars in defiance of the strike of its trainmen, announced after a conference with Mayor Harrison that the attempt would be abandoned for the day. The railway officials de clare that 30 per cent, of their em ployes are loyal and if accorded suffi cient protection by the police depart ment they will be able to man and operate their cars. A further attempt to run cars, each car accompanied by a squad of police in patrol wagons, will, it is expected, be made tomor row. To Provide Homes for the Poor. Washington, Nov . 12.—For the purpose of "providing homes and em ployment for the homeless poor and making them self sustaining home owners, independent of being hired," Senator Hoar today by request, intro duced in the senate a bill to create a bureau of national homes to be placed under the direction of the secretary of agriculture. The bill authorizes the secretary to advise the secretary of the interior to withdraw from the mar ket and settlement 140,000,000 acres of government lands, grouping them together in as large tracts as possible. Under the bill the secretary of agri culture is directed to prepare the land for occupation as national homes for farmers and others who will till the soil and receive the proceeds of their labors with the exception of amounts which will be set aside to reimburse the government for its expense in pre paring lands and building homes for the tenants. It is planned to use the property for the benefit of all able bodied poor. The bill was referred to the committee on public lands. To Reimburse New York. New York , Nov. 12.— Efforts of the city of New York made anDually for nearly twenty years to have the United States government reimburse it for moneys expended "in defense of the national union" during the civil j war will be renewed during the present ' session of congress, when a petition ! will be again presented asking the na tional body to reimburse the city in the sum of 81,000,000 expended by it in arming and equipping troops to the number of almost fifty regiments. W ant Rifles at Hallot ii Denver, Nov. 12.— The citizens of Denver have been advised to use force at the charter election on Decem ber 10 next, to purify the ballot. At a public meeting called by the league for honest elections, facts and figures were presented showing that at recent elections in the city thousands of illegal votes have been counted. The speakers openly charged that the president of the fire and police board, chief of police and officers in that de partment, the majority of the city council, who approved the appoint ment of dishonest election judges were the parties responsible for the present deplorable state of affairs. Attorney Ralph Talbot declared in favor of having 100 men, armed with Winchesters, go to preciucts in down town wards, where crime on election days is rampant, ready to shed blood for the purity of the ballot at the next electiofi and his suggestion was warm ly seconded by Rev. Henry W. Pink ham. UNCLE SAM'S ARMY. Official Report States That It Consists of About 60,000 Fighting Men. Washington , D. C., Nov. 12.— The annual report of Acting Adjutant General Hall of the army, made pub lic today, deals with every phase of the military establishment. The aet tual strength of the army on October 15, 1903, was 3,681 officers and 55,500 enlisted men. A detailed account of the workings of the act to promote the efficiency of the militia passed at the last session of congress is given. Inspections of the several militia organizations were made and the total number of the or ganized militia, including officers, was ascertained to be 116,512. Regarding the dependable streugth of the militia in time of national peril, the adjutant general states that "al though the obligation of officers and men of the militia to respond prompt ly to a sudden call of the president has been on the statute books more than 100 years, and that of the organ ized militia or national guard for nearly 40, and the neglect to so res pond is punishable by such penalties as a court-martial may direct, ex perience has shown that this obliga tion is a theory rather than a fact. Without going further back than the late war with Spain, the proportion of the membership of militia organi zations who have actually responded to calls of the president has borne a very small proportion to those act ually borne on the company rolls." The report says about 30 of the ori ginal company is a fair estimate of the number of men of each company that were finally received into the ser vice of the United States. Explosion In Robbers' Nest. P hiladelphia , Nov. 12.—An explo sion of dynamite late last night wreck ed the house at No. 735 Wood street and seriously burned James Patton, aged 31 years, of St. Mary's, Pa. The police believe the house was the headquarters of a gang of safecrack ers, and arrested six persons who were in the room in which the explo sion occurred. Among those arrested was John Moore, aged 25, of St. Louis. The police found in Patton's posses sion four pocket maps of this and ad jacent states, together with a list of postoffices in this vicinity, some of which have recently been robbed. The postoffices at Spring City and Port Kennedy, Pa., which were visited by burglars last Saturday night, were marked. To Regulate Freight Charges. Chicago, Nov . 13.—The actual val ues of railroad properties, as repre sented by money actually expended in their construction, are to be taken in to consideration by the interstate com merce commission in the future when determining the reasonableness of ad vances made in freight rates. This fact developed today when the com mission took great pains to ascertain how much it had cost to build the In ternational & Great Northern railway, which is one of the properties con cerned in the advance of rates from St. Louis to Texas common points. The position of the commission is based on a recent ruling of the su preme court that a railroad is entitled only to a fair return of actual invest ment. Republican Committee Called. Washington, Nov . 13.—Senator Hanna, chairman of the republican! national committee, today mailed to i each member of the committee a letter ; calling them to meet at the Arlington hotel, Washington, on Friday, De cember 11. The call is also signed by j Perry S. Heath, secretary. The com-1 mittee will meet ou Friday for the purpose of appointing sub-committees, 1 and Saturday morning will hear the ' claims of cities aspiring to be selected I as the place of holding the 1904 con-; ventioc. Toy Pistols Are Outlawed. Chicago, Nov. 10. —The city council last night passed an ordinance pro hibiting the sale of toy pistols in Chi cago. The measure provides a penalty of 8100 for any one who shall sell, loan or furnish any toy gun in which nay explosive can be used. CHICAGO STRIKE GROWS. Street Car Company May Submit Matters to lioard of Arbitration. Chicago , Nov. 13.—Twenty-five cars run on the Wentworth avenue line without damage to the cars or injury to non-union employes operating them, was what the Chicago City Railway company was able to accomplish to day with the assistance of the police department. No stones were thrown, but there were jeers and cat calls for the police and trainmen. There were cries of "Carter Harrison will never dare face the south side again." The presence of the police on the cars, evidently with the approval of Mayor Harrison, appeared to greatly excite the anger of the crowds. At nightfall the officials of the street car company were inclined to view the day's work as satisfactory. They an nounced that cars would be run to morrow on the Wentworth avenue line and that attempts would be made to operate other lines, which were, however, not specified. Shortly after this decision was announced, the situ ation was complicated for the com pany by the sudden strike of the fire men employed in all the six power houses owned by the company. The calling out of the firemen involves oilers, water tenders, coal passers, ash handlers and coal supply men; two hundred and fifty in all. The real danger in this latest strike lies in the attitude of the teamsters. They may decline to deliver coal to the company if non-union firemen are em ployed and the company has only three days' supply on hand. Chairman Chauncey B. Geiger of the state board of arbitration, ar rived in Chicago today in response to a hurried call and the board at once went into session. Acting on the theory that the inconvenience to the public owing to the strike justifies it, the board will at once institute an in vestigation into the merits of the strike. Panama Envoy Visits President. Washington , Nov. 13.—President Roosevelt today formally received M. Philippe Bunau-V T arilla, the duly ac credited envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of Panama to the United States. The reception of the minister marked the birth of the new republic of Panama into the fam ily of nations and paves the way for negotiations between the United States and the infant republic precisely as they may be conducted between any two sovereign nations. Would liankrupt the County. Cheyenne , Wyo., Nov. 13.—The preliminary hearing of the Sioux In dians now held in the county jail of Converse county at Douglas, will be held on Saturday at Douglas. United States Attorney Burke leaves this morning for the scene of the hearing, and will appear for the Indians. The citizens of Converse eounty have become alarmed at the probable ex pense of the trial, and it is asserted that the actual murderers of Sheriff Miller and Deputy Falkenberg were killed in the fight, many of the most prominent jmeu of the county favor surrendering the Indiaus to the United States government and thus avoid a trial that will probably bankrupt the county. Cuban Treaty Reported. Washington , Nov. 13.—When the house met today Mr. Payne of New York, chairman of the committee on ways and means, reported the Cuban bill and gave notice that on Monday he would call it up for consideration. By unanimous consent the minority of the ways and means committee were given further time to submit a minor ity report. Representative Crumpacker of In diana has reintroduced his bill pro viding for a reduction in the congres sional representation of those states which have discrimiËated politically against the negro. It is understood that the action will hardly be taken on the bill prior to the presidential campaign. Senator Lodge has introduced a bill providing for the removal of all duties from all articles imported from the Philippines into the United States ex cept sugar and tobacco, and fixing the duty on those two articles at 50 per cent, of the rate on sugar and to bacco shipped from foreign countries. Killed by Crazy Negro. New York, Nov. 13.— Andrew Green, the father of Greater New York, was shot several times this af ternoon at Thirty-ninth street and Park avenue by Cornelius M. Wil liams (colored ), who has been arrest led. Mr. Green died almost imme diately. Five shots were fired at Mr. ' Green, four of which took effect. Wil liams was taken to a station house, where he said he shot Mr. Green be cause Mr. Green kept in his employ a negro girl to whom Williams had been paying attention. Five Thousand for an Ear. New York , Nov. 13. —The search by a local physician and surgeon for a human right ear of certain shape and size, the owner of which was will ing to part with the organ in return for $5,000, has been concluded. Hun dreds of persons applied in answer to the doctor's advertisement. Each was examined and the right man was found in the person of a German res tauraut keeper, whose turn of ill for tune recently has made him ready to sacrifice both ears, if necessary. The man to whom the ear will be trans ferred is a wealthy mine owuer, who lost his in au accident several years ago, and having acquired riches, now wishes to marry and wants his beauty restored. llaukrupted By Monument. New York, Nov . 13.—Practically reduced to poverty because the courts insisted on her spending her money to build her husband a monument, Mrs. Elizabeth Weisen has beeu compelled to file a petition in bankruptcy. Her liabilities are placed at $42,947 with no available assets. When her husband died it was gen erally thought that Mrs. Weisen would be able to live the remainder of her life in peace and comfort, but when his will was opened it was found that he had decreed that a magnificent monument be erected for him in Wood lawn cemetery and that he had the plans drawn. It was found that the estate would not only be eaten up but that the widow's own resources would be taxed heavily to carry out her late husband's wishes. Mrs. Weissen appealed to the court for relief. The court decided that so far as the estate was capable of bear ing the expense, his wishes must be carried out. The monument, one of the finest in Woodlawn, has been built and Mrs. Weisen is now worse than penniless. Severe Storm at Salt Lake. Salt Lake, Nov . 13.—For more than half an hour last night the sever est storm in years prevailed in this city. The rain fell in torrents and was driven by a wind that reached a velocity of sixty miles an hour. The lower sections of the city were flooded, signs were torn from their fastenings, trees were uprooted and sections of trolley wires were blown down, caus ing a complete tie-up of the street car system. Japanese Paupers Arrested. Seattle, Nov . 13.—Thirty Jap anese laborers, smuggled into this country from British Columbia, were arrested by United States immigra tion officers upon the arrival of the Great Northern coast line train yes terday morning. None of the Jap anese had the $30 requisite to keep them out of the pauper class. Some of them did not have thirty cents and some of the men admitted that they had surreptitiously entered the coun try liounders oil the Dry List. Nashua, N. H., Nov. 13.—Chief of Police Healey of Manchester, will to day post in the saloons another list of 450 citizens who are not to be sold liquor. This is done under the new state law. A week ago the chief post ed 150 names. He declares that any person who buys whisky for the pro hibited rounders will be added to the list. American Consul at Panama. Panama , Nov. 15. —United States Consul General Gudger arrived here this evening and was met at the rail way station by a great number of per sons, including the members of the provisional government, army officers and other prominent persons. As Consul General Gudger alighted from the train a military baud played the "Star Spangled Banner." Mr. Gud ger was welcomed by a committee com [ posed of Senores Arias and Espriella, j representing the junta. Senor Arias delivered a speech in j which iie expressed the gratitude of j the republic of Panama for the recog nition accorded it bv President Roose . velt, and also the pleasure of the peo | pie ol Panama at Mr. Gudger's re j turn. Consul General Gudger re turned thanks for his reception, and j said that he and Rear Admiral Walk j er would call upon the members of the ' junta officially tomorrow. FAVOR CUBAN TREATY. Very Little Opposition to Reciprocity Measure Now Before Congress. Washington, Nov. 15.— After dis cussing the Cuban reciprocity meas ure for three hours in caucus, the democratic members of the house of representatives agreed to a resolution by a vote of 95 to 15, pledging them selves to support the bill, after efforts have been made to secure its amend ment abolishing the differential on re fined sugar and eliminating the five year clause in the treaty. The bill making effective the Cuban reciprocity convention, reported by the ways and means committee, will be taken up in the house tomorrow and disposed of Thursday. It prob ably will be sent to the senate Fri d ay. It is the intention of the senate lead ers to confine as closely as possible the legislation of the present extra session to the bill to carry into effect the Cuban treaty, and with that end in view the daily sessions of the senate during the present week will be brief, and another adjournment will be takeu on Thursday or Friday uutil the fol lowing Monday. The work of intro ducing bills and of presenting peti tions will go forward, but with the ex ception of the Cuban bill, neither bills nor petitions will be taken up in com mittee nor discussed in the senate dur ing the week. Street Cars Were Blocked. Chicago , Nov. 15.— A victory, tem porary at least, was scored today by the management of the Chicago City railway against its striking employes. Twenty-five cars in all were put into service, but the schedule was frequent ly interfered with by delays caused by obstructions being placed on the tracks, and the inexperience of the men in charge of the cars. The most serious trouble occurred during the morning, when a number of arrests were made, but clashes between the police and the crowds that lined the streets were frequent during the after noon, and when darkness set in it was not considered safe to send more cars from the barns. More arrests were made during the day than at any time since the strike was declared. The most trouble was experienced between Twenty-second and Thirty-ninth streets. In the blocks bounded by these thorough fares crowds of men, women and chil dren congregated and as the first car passed hooted at the police and non union employes. This was soon fol lowed by more violent demonstrations. Huge barricades were piled upon the tracks, stones were thrown at the cars, and a hand-to-hand conflict between the police and the crowd followed in several instances. Several patrol wagons, which had previously been called, were filled with prisoners. Indians Returned to Agency Douglas , Wyo., Nov. 14. —The nine Sioux Indians who were arrested for participation in the fight in which Sheriff Miller and Deputy Falkenberg of Converse county were killed, were given preliminary hearing today and were discharged this evening. Testi mony showed that Eagle Feather and Fifty Years the Standard baking pöwd» Imçrem the flavor and ine boaKhfulness of the footi. paies eài;;r;a fowder co .. CHICAGO. Black Kettle, who were killed, fired the shots which killed the officers. One witness declared that Jesse Little War Bonnet shot at the white men, but none of the others could say that any of the prisoners took part in the fight. The Indians will be returned to Pine Ridge agency. May Cheat the Gallows. Cheyenne , Wyo., Nov. 14.—Gov ernor Chatterton this afternoon de nied the appeal of Tom Horn, the con* demned murderer of Willie Nickell, the 13-year-old Iron Mountain boy, for commutation of sentence to life imprisonment, and he will be hanged in the Laramie county jail next Fri day by Sheriff Smalley. Whether Horn is relying on the suc cess of an attempt to deliver him, or whether his attorneys have a winning card to play is not known, but cer tain it is that Horn's actions, and cer tain developments of the past few days, have caused a felling of anxiety in and about the county jail. Those who know of the strength of the defense and the completeness of the arrange ments to prevent the delivery of Horn cannot believe that his friends stand any show of getting the prisoner out alive, and those people are confident that if he is saved from the gallows it will be by some other method. Wrecked by Temperance Mob. B loomington, 111., Nov. 14.—A mob of several hundred men, women and children at Colfax organized this morning and, proceeding to a build ing just erected by F. D. Radeke, a brewer of Kankakee, known as "cold storage" plant, completely wrecked the structure, Threats had been made by the temperance element, but the contractor employed a large force of carpenters and planned to resist any attack. They were outnumbered how ever. Warrants have been sworn out and the trial is set for next Wednes day. On the Trail of Boodlcrs. Jefferson City, Mo., Nov. 14.— The Cole country grand jury, which has been investigating legislative boodlers, adjourned today, returning 106 indictments, but it is not made known as to the number that are for boodling. It is stated, however, that four indictments are returned against Prosecuting Attorney R. P. Stone, on allegations that he accepted a railroad pass, accepted a bribe for dismissing prosecutions, and also accepted illegal fees. Circuit Judge Hazell suspeuded Attorney Stone and appointed a spe cial prosecutor until Dec 3, when the case will be heard. St(|i|iKl Against a 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 and his mother could do nothing to pacify him. Re membering that she had a bottle of Chamberlain's Pain Balm in 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 than two weeks was well. Mrs. Benson is a well known resident of Kellar, Va. Pain Balm is an anti septic liniment and especially valuable for burns, cuts, bruises and sprains. For sale by D. G. Lockwood, drug gist.