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The River Press.
Published every Wednesday Morning by the River Press Publish ing Company. TI1EY ARE INCONSISTENT. An eruption of Senator Clark's newspaper mud geyser at Butte indi cates that any reference to the sen ator's land grabbing record is viewed with displeasure and regret. It ac cuses the River Press of vindictive ness and other crimes because the ac quisition of an enormous tract of tim ber lands by Senator Clark was re cently the subject of comment and comparison. The court decision that Clark had a legal title to this vast area of land was announced by the senator's newspaper organs as "a great victory." No amount of newspaper mud will cover up the fact that Senator Clark has secured possession of an immense acreage of land under certain condi tions which, in the eyes of the law, made him an "innocent purchaser." The remarkable feature of the inci dent is that newspapers owned by the senator, and which have denounced stockmen and others as land grabbers, look upon the transaction as a purely business proposition that does not concern the public. These newspapers have contended that the stoekmau and farmer should not be allowed to ac quire more than 160 acres of the pub lic domain, but when their wealthy proprietor succeeds in getting posses* sion of eighty times that area they ap plaud the grab as a shining example of benevolent assimilation. To de plore the acquisition of land by stock men and farmers and rejoice over the purchase of|an immense area of tim ber lands by Senator Clark is an ex hibition of inconsistency that explains itself. A western Montana view of this timber laud case appears in the Ra valli Republican under the heading, "Justification of the Just," to this effect: A decision handed down by Judge Know les in the United States circuit court completely exonerated Senator W. A. Clark from all taint or suspi cion of fraud in his big timber laud ■deals in western Montana. The deci sion of the court was not necessary to convince the public that Mr. Clark was guiltless. For years this great and good man's life has been as an open book read by an admiring peo ple. From each spotless page admir ing throngs have drawn their inspira tion. No court decisiou could add to or detract from the immaculate purity of his spotless character. No matter what evideuce was before the court: no matter what witnesses may have been bribed to perjure them selves and swear falsely against this man, his majesty of character remains unimpeached, the imputation of base vai'lets falling harmless as rain upon a tin roof. For, look you, this man's bank account is of large and generous proportions; his supply of $1,000 bills is large enough to choke the biggest white elephant in the land. Such a man can do no wrong. It is pleasing to note that this great and good benefactor of the state has been vindicated; that the im maculate purity of his character re mains unquestioned: that he still re mains in the public eye as a benevo lent mau, one who gives in charity rather than in bribery, whohassruided his bark by the light of the north star of rectitude, his feet by the lamp of justice, his life by the beacon of the nine beatitudes. Now let the groveling hirelings who have attempted to drag this sanctified spirit through the dust of iniquitous courts "go bury their pates in unap preciative dust and rot where no root can reach." If Governor Toole complies with all the requests for legislation at the ex tra session of Montana law makers, the latter will be called upon to con sider a large assortment of proposi tions. The governor is asked to rec ommend that the eight-hour law be made a part of the state constitution, and other petitions request the enact ment of laws of more or less benefit to the general eommuuitv. It is understood that Hon. \Y. \Y. Welch, state superintendent of public instruction, is the possessor of an LL.D. degree for which lie has no fur ther use. It was conferred by a graft er named Farr, who represented him self as the president and dean of the Nashville College of Law, and who has been arrested by the federal au thorities ou a charge of fraudulently using the United States mails. The fact that a large number of Missouri politicians have been indict ed for boodling does not imply that the law makers of some other states are above suspicion. They have ea car 1 investigation at the hands of a gru i jury that might have made some sensational discoveries. Accohding to a recent dispatch, the reclamation of arid lands in Idaho under the Carey act has not met with the success anticipated. The cost of reclamation is said to largely exceed the price at which the laud can be sold. IT WAS QUICK WORK. The swiftness with which the author ities at Washington recognized the new government set up in Panama al most takes one's breath. It looks as if the revolutionists had a narrow es cape from being recogni/.ed before they revolted. However, inasmuch as this action had to be taken sooner or later it is better that it has been taken quickly. Colombia now understands that it will be useless for her to put forth any measures of opposition to the rebellion, and consequently will be saved the trouble and expense of attempting to suppress it. In short, the whole affair has been executed with a suddenuess and rapidity which gives it the semblance of a grand coup. The government at Washington, while it will be charged with conspir acy to rob a small neighboring re public of a part of its territory, has acted strictly within its rights. Any nation has the right to recognize a de facto government whenever it pleases to do so. The United States has ex ercised this unquestioned privilege with respect to Panama. The treaty with Colombia already existing bi^pds this country to preserve order on the isthmus and protect trans isthmian traffic from disturbance. This makes it impossible for Colombia to exert any effort to subdue the rebellion and assures peaceful victory to the evolutionists. Colombia's hands are effectually tied by her own treaty stipulations. Thus the greedy little Central Ameri can republic has fallen a victim to its own trickiness. In the attempt to hold up and bleed the great friendly nation that has undertaken to perform a vast work for the world's advance ment Columbia has forfeited the op portunity to make a handsome profit for herself. She loses her most valu able asset and gets nothing in return but humiliation. The civilized world will approve the course of the United States. Or if any foreign power should not approve, it may butt its head against the hard end of the Mon roe doctrine until it grows tired of the exercise.—Kansas City Journal. TIIE ST. LOUIS EXPOSITION. The press bureau of the St. Louis exposition is certainly an expert and energetic advance agent of the big show. For several months past it has been issuing bulletins in which the at tractions of the exhibit are described, the information thus given publicity relating to many unique features that excite the interest and wonder of the reader. That the exposition will be the most remarkable as well as the largest on record, is guaranteed by the description of some specialties given in these bulletins. According these advance notices, one of the most interesting and elab orate features of the exposition will be a huge map of the United states, which is now under construction. Those in charge of the work announce that the map will cover three acres, and will be the largest ever made in the history of the world. The boundaries of the states and territories will be marked by gravel paths three feet wide, and the Mississippi and Missouri rivers» will for most of their course be repre se uted by paths five feet wide. The Atlantic and Pacific oceans and the Gulf of Mexico are in place, and made of sand that at a distance and in pho tography closely resembles water. Officials of the department of agri culture, who have this matter in hand, intend that it shall be an instructive exhibit. They announce that in the space representing each state and ter ritory will be raised small areas of the staple crops produced in each re spective state and territory. Large placards will explain to spectators the kinds, amounts and values of these crops. For instance, the state of Illi nois will cover a space of thirty-live feet wide and ninety feet long, and in this area will be raised corn, wheat, oats and similar cereals to illustrate the enormous output of each that the state produced according to the twelfth census, The space allowed Delaware and Rhode Island, peculiar as it may seem, although only five or six feet long, is ample to illustrate the agri cultural productions of those states. Another unique attraction of the big show will be a mammoth llower clock, the mechanism of which is now being constructed by a firm at Milwaukee. A description of this exhibit says the minute hand is 70 feet long and the hour baud 50 feet. The framework of each |is of bridge-truss steel, and this will lie covered with roofing tin. A hundred people might easily prome nade on tlie minute hand. The whole will be about seven feet above the ground at the center, with the minute hand on top. Mach hand is about two feel thick and weighs about .,500 pounds. At the broadest point they measure nine feet across. The dial for this clock is to be a monster (lower bed 120 feet in diameter. Lach hand is equipped with a three-inch steel counterbalance rod to carry a weight of • >00 pounds. The hands will have both roller and ball bearings, these to be one and one-half inches in dia meter. The works are ot phosphor bronze, and the gear wheels which constitute the working apparatus of the clock are twenty inches in diame ter. These will be buried under ground and only the hands will be exposed. The press bureau promises that the exposition will contain many exhibits equally as attractive as those de scribed, particulars of which will probably be given in due course. In a recent Washington dispatch, Senator Paris Gibson is credited with the statement that tracts of land, rang ing from 5,000 to 90,000 acres in ex tent, have been acquired by 9tockmen and others in the Great Falls district under the desert act and commutation clause of the homestead law. This is a very large allegation, and the sena tor will be required to submit proof of its truth before it is accepted in this part of the country. Who Owns the Railroads? (Mail and Express.) Slason Thompson of Chicago, au thor, journalist and railway special ist, ha9 done the public a service in bringing out authoritatively the fact that the railroads of the country are not enterprises tucked away in the pockets of a few men, but are directly owned by hundreds of thousands of people, representative of all classes. Mr. Thompson shows that the 200,000 miles of railroad in the country are owned by about 400,000 registered stockholders. That is to say, it takes two persons to own every mile of rail road the country over. There has never been anything more impressive in the history of commerce than the way in which the American people, with money they have earned in their myriad affairs, have con structed this vast network of level iron highways for their own and the universal convenience. Rome bent the backs of slaves and captives to beat out paths for its conquering leg ions, who, after all, could not make the world stay conquered. Americans have built with their own wealth a thousand great roads which do not all "lead to Rome," but to the people's farms and workshops, here, there and everywhere; which are strategic only in the business sense and which serve the purposes of an everlasting peace, not those of war. Add to the 400,000 owners the 1,189, 315 employes of the roads, the hun dreds of thousands of persons who are indirectly interested through the ownership of stock by insurance com panies, savings banks and so on, and it is apparent that the stake of the people in the railroads is an immense one. They are not going to relin quish it. Brief and Pertinent. » Philadelphia Press: There is room under the mothering wing of the Unit ed States for all three of those rather lonesome chicks—Canada, Cuba and Panama. Cincinnati Enquirer: Professor Langley wants $50,000 more for ex perimental purposes. He should put his next machine on runners and start it in the winter time. Omaha Bee: A Jersey bachelor plunged into matrimony the other day by eloping with a woman and her sev enteen children. He wasn't looking for trouble either. Dallas News: Raymond Piittersou, the Washington correspondent of the Chicago Tribune, in writing of the negro question, says that whiskey and laziness are the only bars to the negro's prosperity. That is a com bination which many white men find hard to beat. Atlanta Constitution: We are glad to see that the Amalgamated poultry association has decided that, one egg per day per lien is enough. A hen that would lay two eggs per day is simply throwing some other hen "out c)f a job. Mav Arbitrate Strike Trouble. Chicago , Nov. 17.—Peace negotia tions looking to an amicable settle ment of the struggle between the Chi cago City railway and its striking em ployes were begun this afternoon and indications tonight are that both sides of the controversy will agree to submit their differences to arbitration. After a conference which lasted several hours Mayor Harrison declared that the outlook for settlement of the strike by arbitration was decidedly llatter iug. Another move, said to have been made with a view to ending the strike, was made when George F. Harding, Jr., in a supplemental and amended bill filed before Judge floldom, asked that a receiver be appointed immedi ately for the Chicago Street railway and that tlie receiver proceed at once to operate the road under the old agreement with the strikers, or settle the present trouble by arbitration. Mr. Harding, in making the applica tion, alleges that the railway has been operating since last June without a franchise, and makes this allegation the ba-ir of his application. 1 renting Is Prohibited. renting Prohibited. J kfi-T.KSOX CITY, M o .. N ov . 17.— The supreme court today held that the statute prohibiting the giving away of liquor in local option counties is con stitutional and lined two men for giv ing" a iirin iv to third person. DIETRICH ANSWERS HIS ACCUSERS. Nebraska Senator Says lie Is Innocent of Charges Made By Grand Jury. Washington, N ov . 17.—Senator Dietrich said today of his indictment at Omaha, on the charge of conspir acy and bribery in connection with the appointment of Jacob Fisher as postmaster at Hastings, Neb.: "There is absolutely nothing to have warranted the indictment. I have never received a dollar or any property from Mr. Fisher or any other person in exchange for my in fluence. I have some bitter enemies. As governor, I refused to pardon Joe Bartley, defaulting ex-state treasurer. I have it from reliable authority that Mr. Summers, present United States district attorney, is largely responsi ble for securing the pardon of Bart ley. It has been intimated to me for a long time that Summers would make me trouble, if I did not cease my en deavor to have him ousted from his present position. I do not know, of course, the testimony given to secure my indictment. It must be absolutely false or I would not have been in dicted. "The charge that I had accepted di rectly, or indirectly, money or any thing of value for my influence for securing the appointment of Jacob Fisher as postmaster at Hastings, Neb., is absolutely false. I shall waive the protection afforded a sen ator by the constitution while con gress is in session and shall go to Nebraska and insist upon an immedi ate trial with perfect confidence that my innocence will be established. At no time in my life has there been any desire to shield those who have been guilty of wrong doing." Boodle Fund Is Confiscated. St. Louis, N ov . 17.—It has been known that Circuit Attorney Folk will in the course of a few days file a peti tion in the circuit court, asking that final disposition be made of the 875, 000 boodle fund which played such a prominent part in the recent grand ury investigation by turning it over to the city of St. Louis for use in some public enterprise. The money was held in escrow in the safety vaults of the Lincoln Trust company pend ing the passage by the house of dele gates of the measure giving to the St. Louis & Suburban railway the right of way over certain thoroughfares in the city, together with other important franchises. The money which was deposited two years ago was to have been paid over to members of the "boodle combine" after the bill became an ordinance. But the grand jury investigation and indictments and trials prevented. Mr. Folk has not yet determined in what manner the petition will be drawn. lie Squandered a Fortune New York , Nov. 17.— James J. Johnston, alleged by the police of Eu rope and America, to whom he was known as "Jersey Jim," to have been oue of the cleverest thieves in the world, is [dead at Trenton, N. J. He was born there and grew up in the church, but suddenly forsaking his Christian associations, he went to California with the ' 40ers," and open ed a gambling house in San Fran cisco. In a year or two he amassed a for tune and moved to Paris, where he lived in luxury. When his money was nearly gone he returned to Amer ica and three months ago was arrested for stealing a pair of shoes. Caused lly Careless Juryman. Fargo , N. D., Nov . 17.—Cass coun ty court house here burned tonight, entailing a loss of $175,000, fully in sured. The sheriff's residence and jail, which adjoined the court house were saved by a sudden change in the wind. There was great excitement among the prisoners in the jail, but noue was removed and guards were doubled to prevent a panic. The fire started in a jury room shortly after 11 o'clock and was soon beyond cou trol of the department. It is sup posed the blaze originated from a cigar let fall among some paper by a juryman. Indian Witnesses Cause Riot. Omaha, Nov . 17.—Forty Indians who have been in this city for a week to testify before the federal grand jury iti the liquor selling cases man aged to secure a large amount of whisky today and started a riot in the Klondike hotel, where they were being quartered. They began with a war dance and euded in a bout with the police. Before being pacified a num ber of show eases aud all the furni ture in the office of the hotel was shat tered and the guests were frightened away. Two chiefs, Morning Star aud Spotted Horse are in jail and others are being guarded at the hotel. l uel 1 amine In Colorado l uel 1 amine In Colorado lH:x\ kr, Nov. 17. —Advices from over the state show that the situation in many towns is becoming serious. The town of Greely is almost out of coal and order? have been sent to Illi nois for live cars. Coal will cost con sumers $10 per ton. The output of the I a Eaton and White Ash mines, a few miles from Greely, is being taken by farmers who camp at the mines while waiting for their turn. At Pueblo the street car service has been curtailed and at Boulder it has been suspended entirely. Vigilantes Search for Kisser. New York, N ov . 17.—Armed with revolvers and clubs a vigilance com mittee composed of men and women is patrolling some of the streets of Bay onne, N. J., in the hope of capturing a man known as the "Kisser." The operations of the latter have terror ized the female contingent of the New Jersey suburb so greatly that they fear to go into the streets after night fall. Red Lodge , Nov. 18.— A. S. Pills bury, the millionaire flour manufact urer of Minneapolis, is said to have acquired the Bridger stucco fields and to have announced his intention of putting in a plant for the extensive manufacture of stucco, which is used in building. .11ST WHAT VOI XKKII. Cliamlierlaiu's Stomach and Iii ver t ablets. 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