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Vol. XXIV. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, December 9, 1903. No. 7. making new laws. Measures Relating to Trials of Civil Suits Amended by Committee. Helena , Dec. 3.—When the house reconvened this morning three reports from the judiciary committee, two of them majority reports, recommending substitute measures for House Bills Nos. 2 and 3. and one a minority re port recommending: an amendment to the language of House Bill No. 2, were immediately presented. The maj ority reports were adopted and the substitute measures sent to the com mittee on printing. The difference between House Bill No. 2, known as Self's bill, relating to the changing of place of trial of civil actions, and the substitute re ported for that measure, is contained in paragraph four of the bill. It stip ulated thirty days' time instead of twenty and makes other changes in the language of the document. The committee on appropriations reported favorably the bill appropri ating $10,000 for the expense of the session, and it went to the printing committee. Self gave notice of a bill appropri ating money for the payment of a clerk in the office of the state superin tendent of public instruction. Shannon gave notice of one for the operation of mines when closed down by injunctions. Lanstrum moved that when the house adjourn it do so until 2 o'clock Fri day afternoon. The motion carried. A motion to adjourn was lost, but af ter the house had indulged in consid erable sport at the expense of Repre sentatives Pearson of Cascade county and King of Fergus county, the body adjourned. The senate did nothing this after noon except to receive a few commun ications from the house saying what had been done there. Adjourned un til 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. H ill Arrest AU Suspects. Chicago , Dec. 3. —Emergency or ders, designed to rid Chicago of high waymen, were sent out last night by Chief of Police O'Neil. The four po lice inspectors were instructed to ar rest all members of what is known as the "floater class." Another precau tion was the formation of squads of policemen who are taken from their regular beats and put to patroling the residence districts in the capacity of night watchmen. It will be "work or get out of Chi cago" for every suspect arrested. To assist in the general movement a gen eral corps of picked men made up of the surest shots and the most active members of the force will be assigned to the work of checking crime. His New Ear Cost S5,000. New York , Dec. 3.— The western mine owner who procured, through the medium of $5,000, a new ear, which was grafted upon his head after being cut from another man's head, has re turned from the private hospital at Philadelphia, where the operation was conducted by a New York surgeon. Circulation has been established in the foreign flesh and apparently the operation was a success. The man who sold his ear has returned to his home near Pittsburg, where he has a wife and child. Steamships Are Crowded. New York , Dec. 3. —Fifteen hun dred steerage passengers sailed on the White Star liner Cedric which left here yesterday for Liverpool. This is the largest number of steerage pas sengers ever carried from a United States port on any steamer. The French line steamer La Touraine, which sailed today, carried 1,000 steer age passengers, and it was estimated that over 200 steerage passengers with tickets were left on the dock, owing to the overselling of accommodations. Evidence Against Postal Employes. Baltimore , Md., Dec. 3.— The trial of Columbus Ellsworth Upton and Thomas W. McGregor, postoffice de partment clerks, charged with conr spiracy to defraud the government in mail contract frauds, was resumed to day before Judge Morris in the United States district court. William U. Hayden, secretary oi the Warren Leather Goods company of Worcester, Mass., testified that his company had furnished 20,000 mail pouches to C'has. E. Smith, the leather merchant of Baltimore, who had secured the cou tract with the government through the aid of Upton and McGregor, on a promise to divide profits with them. He also testified that the Warren company had furnished the pouches to Smith at 37? cents each, for which he had received 'jo cents. Hayden said that his company had employed an agent to go to Washington to secure the contract for furnishing the pouch es, but had withdrawn from the com petition on account of threats, made by Smith, who declared he had strong official influence in the post office department. The Chicago Municipal Graft. chicago, Dec. 3.—Mrs. John Pow ers, the widow of an ex-police ser geant, testified today before the com mittee of aldermen investigating the municipal "graft" that she paid $1,300 to secure what she is entitled to under the law, a pension of $50 a month, the sole means of support for herself and children. This money, she testified, was paid direct to John H. Lee, an attorney, who told her that $500 was to go to himself for legal services and the balance to the pension board and John H. Brown, pension agent. Mrs Powers testified that Mrs. John Walsh, widow of a police officer, had paid $700 to get on the police pension roll. Secretary Brown entered a de nial of any complicity on his part. Bryan Makes Patriotic Speech. London , Dec. 3.—T. P. O'Connor gave a dinner at the National Liberal club tonight in honor of Wni. Jen nings Bryan at which a number of Irish and liberal members of the house of commons and several representa tives of the English and American press were guests. There were no set speeches, but Mr. Bryan, in a few elo quent remarks, told how he had profited by his visit and how he had been impressed by the way in which the people here devoted themselves to the welfare of their country. Mr. Bryan said the ambition and pride of the people of a country should not be in saying, "Our army and navy are the best in the world," but in having the best government in the world, in being able to say that "Our government stands for justice and humanity and is so recognized in all parts of the world." To that end, Mr. Bryan said he would devote his life and hoped to be queath his children a legacy greater than any accumulation of wealth. Murdered by Highwaymen. Seattle , Dec. 3.— Emil de Schmidt, a Hollander, was shot and killed by highwaymen last night in the Maple saloon at Vanassalt, a few miles south of Seattle. The hold-ups, two in num ber, entered the saloon and orc^red the twelve men in it at the time to hold up their hands. De Schmidt, and another man started for the robbers with chairs. DeSchmidt was shot through the brain. The chair was knocked from the other man's hands and the highwaymen then made their escape without seenring any booty. The Boston Wool Market. Boston , Dec. 4. —The Commercial Bulletin tomorrow will say: The week has been the most active in sales of wool that the Boston market has had since summer. Large sales of territory fleeces and pulled wools have been closed. Philadelphia and lead ing New England manufacturers have been buyers. The aggregate sales are estimated as high as 8,000,000 pounds. Individual houses have sold between •>00,000 and 1,000,000 in some in stances. Feeling is much better as the business has been accomplished without sacrificing prices. To Fight Mosquito l'est. New \'ork , Dec. 4.—Promoters of the great mosquito war which raged last summer about the marshes of Long Island and New Jersey have called a meeting for December It), when they hope to organize a national anti-mosquito association. PlaQs are to be formulated for a relentless cam paign on the pests, to begin early in the spt 'iDg. The governor of New Jersey will preside at the meeting and representatives of the department of entomology at Washington, as well as delegates from several states, are expected to attend. .Medals for Indian Research. Chicago , Dec. 4. — Prof. Frederick Starr of the University of Chicago has had a silver ireclal struck off which he offers to any person in the United States who each year most dis tinguishes himself in research work among American Indians. The medal is to be callled "The Corn Planter," in honor of Chief Corn Flauter, a great Indian chief, head of the Long house, the great council of the Five N ations. Professor Starr is having six of the medals made, which he will present to the six most prominent workers in In dian research at the present time. Hereafter the medal will be awarded annuallv. HELD SHORT SESSIONS. Montana Lawmakers Proceed Slowly In Matters I nder Consideration. Helena , Dec. 4.— The republicans in the legislature had an informal caucus last night to consider what ac tion they should take to expedite busi ness and save the taxpayers money. It lasted for about two hours and a half, There was a full and fair dis cussion of the situation, and while it was the opinion that this was a busi ness and not a political matter, it was proper that the republican members of the legislature do all in their power to help the business in hand along. A second caucus was held this afternoon, at which it was decided to support the two judicial bills Nos. 2 and 3. In the caucus, Everett, of Chouteau, proposed an amendment which pro vided that no more than live judges can be disqualified for bias or preju dice by either party; the Self bill pro vides that not more than two shall be. There was considerable debate, but the Everett amendment was indorsed aud as amended the republicans will sup port the change of place of trial bill. In the senate this afternoon, two bills were introduced by Maddox, of Cascade county, one relating to the disqualification of judges, and one re lating to change of venue. Both were sent to the judiciary committee. The Ralston public land joint me morial was reported to the senate by the committee on public lands, with the recommendation that it do not pass. To this report Senator Ralston moved as an amendment that it do pass, and on the vote of the body the amendment won the day. In the house the report of the labor committee excited considerable dis cussion. A substitute for house bills Nos. 1, 4 and 6, introduced by Lans trum, Axtell and Graham respective ly, was reported. This measure re lates to the constitutional amendment, the eight hour and the child labor laws. The bill was read a first and second time aud referred to the printing com mittee. It is the same as the one which failed because of a clerical omission. Helena , Dec. 5.—Everything that is possible for the house of represent atives to do in order to bring to pass the matters for which is convened was accomplished today. All the bills that were before the body have been passed, and all the matters that under the governor's call can be done have been done. There were passed today the Duggan disqualification-of-judge bill, with the Everett amendment; the Self bill, without amendment; the eight-hour constitutional amendment bill and the bill appropriating $10,000 to pay the expenses of the session. The vote on the Duggan bill was 52 to 13, aud the vote on the Self bill was 50 to 15. The Duggan bill, as passed, contained an amendment presented by Everett of Chouteau, it having been decided on at the republican caucus. The amendment specifies that the plain tiff and the defendant to an action may each have five challenges of judges, including the number of judges in the district in which it is proposed to make change. That is to say, in Sil ver Bow county, in case all three of the judges of that district may be ob jected to, a litigant may still object on the ground of bias or prejudice to two judges outside of Silver Bow. Shannon's bill to permit the work ing of mining properties when in the hands of a receiver was today ruled j out of order by Speaker White, inas- ! much as it is a matter not included in ! the message of the governor. Shan non appealed from the decision of the chair, and the chair was sustained by a vote of 39 to 10. Schwend offered a resolution to the effect that Montana is left in the pow er of corporations and requesting the governor to approve the passage of legislation compelling corporations to run their mines and smelters, j Speaker White ruled this out of order ! and an appeal was made by Schwend. J The chair was sustained by 39 to 15. ! \\ liitley offered a joint memorial i roasting corporations for closing) down their properties aüd declaring! that it is an outrage for the legisla-1 ture to be called together at the dicta- ! tion of any corporation. This was ! defeated by .34 to 10. Self introduced i House Bill 8, appropriating $2,400 for a clerk to be employed in the of fice of the superintendent of public in- i struction. Helena , Dec. 7.—The senate had ! the capitol all to itself today, the; house having adjourned on Saturday 1 to Tuesday. The session was longur i than usual and there was more work I than usual in the time used by the body. Two bills were put through the! final process during the session, the! first of them being the Hoffman bill : Iso 1, relating to the powers and du-i , ties of the supreme court on appeals, j which was passed after a slight amend ment by the judiciary committee. The i other was the measure providing for the submission of a constitutional amendment regarding child labor and j the eight-hour day. I Senator Meyer of Carbon county j introduced two bills by unauimou9 consent which provided that counties in which litigation originates and which may afterwards be transferred to another county under the change of venue law must be responsible for the costs in case they are not paid by the litigants. All of the house bills passed Satur day reached the senate this afternoon and were read and referred to the proper committees. Martial l.aw in Colorado. Denver , Dec. 4. —Governor Pea body at noon today issued a procla mation declaring Cripple Creek under martial law and suspending the writ of habeas corpus. He declares that the gold camp is in a state of insur rection aud rebellion aud that the civil authorities are powerless. Iu support of his action the govern or cites the blowing up of the portion of the Vindicator rniue and other acts ! of lawlessness, and he declares that it ! is impossible to control the turbulence of the camp by ordinary peaceable methods. The proclamation does not state in so many words that martial law has been declared and that the writ of habeas corpus has been suspended, but officials at the state house say that both these things are intended. The military will uow deal with all al leged offenders aud try to punish t'iem. Convicted of Manslaughter. Williston , N. D., Dec. 4.— Bert Benedict, who has been on trial here for several days on the charge of poi soning Pearl Taylor, or Pearl King, has been convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in the state penitentiary, the limit in North Da kota for that crime. Professor Ladd of the State Agri cultural college was one of the state's most important witnesses. He made a chemical analysis of the dead wo man's stomach and found unquestion able evidences of poison. Southern Ladies Are Sarcastic. Houston , Texas, Dec. 4.— The Tex as chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy yesterday adopted the following resolution: "Whereas, The president of the United States by his recent course to ward the republic of Panama, has shown to the world his indorsemeut of the principles of secession, and, "Whereas, The people of the north ern states, by their acceptance and ap proval of his course, have shown that they have been led by him out of the fog of ignorance to the bright realms of truth attained by the southern statesmen so many years ago, "Resolved, That we extend to the president the hearty thanks of the Daughters of the Confederacy of the State of Texas, for his endorsement of the principles and his vindication of the cause for which the southern peo ple fought so gloriously, but so dis astrously, iu the war between the states." May Pay Howie's Debts. CHICAGO, Dec. 4.—A middle-aged man, known to Dowie's followers only as the "Milwaukee millionaire," ar rived at Zion City today. A promi nent Dowieite, who refused to allow the use of his name, said, that the vis itor was the "deliverer" whom Dowie mentioned at his rally meeting Wed nesday as being willing to pay Dow ie's entire indebtedness if Dowie wished. Stronger proof that John Alexander Dowie's creditors are not a unit in the desire to have his estate adminis tered by bankruptcy court was given this afternoon. Seven creditors, rep resenting claims of more than $10,000, today asked Judge Kohlsaat to in quire into Dowie's solvency at once. They denied that Dowie was insolvent when the bankruptcy proceedings were begun against him and they also averred thai Dowie should not be de clared bankrupt for any cause .set forth in the original petition. Itli ot I.x-Congressman Springer. Washington , D. C., Dee. 4.— Former Representative William Springer of Illinois, a democratic leader conspicuous in the house of representatives during the Forty fotirth and Fifty-third congresses in clusive, and once chairman of the ways and means committee of the house, died at his residence in this city, r, -i years old. His death was due to pnrdmonia, contracted in Chicago Thanksgiving day. Tllli PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE. Congress Advised as to Many Subjects of National Interest. Washington , Dec. ".—The joint committee of the houses of congress appointed to notify the president that the regular session had convened, called at the executive office this after noon. The president requested the committee to convey his felicitations to the two branches of congress and to announce that he would communi cate with them immediately in writing. Upon the departure of the committee, Assistant Secretary Barnes left the capitol with the message. President Roosevelt's message con tains about 17,000 words. It opens with congratulations to the country on "the amount of substantial achieve ment which has marked the past year, both as regards our foreign and our domestic policy." Capital aud Labor—The creation of the department of capital and labor is commended at length, and the admin istration policy of demanding that both capitalistic and labor organiz ations obey the letter of the law is set forth in incisive language. Finance.—It is shown that the re ceipts for the last fiscal year were $560,396,674, aud the expenditures $500,099,007, leaving a surplus of $54, 296,(567. Reduced custom receipts may wipe out the surplus for the present fiscal year since "a large surplus is undesirable," Shipping.—In view of the diversity of opinion as to the methods of devel oping American merchant shipping, the appointment of a commission to devise a suitable plan is recommended. Immigration.—The necessity for a closer scrutiny of immigrants and a better enforcement of the laws on the subject is made clear. Corruption in Office.—The message has scathing words regarding frauds in the postal, immigration and land services. It recommends that the $500,000 appropriated last session to enforce the anti-trust law ba made available also for the attorney gener al to prosecute frauds in these three services. It also recommends that bribery be made an extraditable of fense. International Arbitration. — The message devotes much space to this subject, reviewing the satisfactory conclusion of the Alaska boundary commission's labors, and the refer ence of the Venezuela controversy to the Hague tribunal as instances of the growing use of arbitration as opposed to war. Expositions.—Generous aid to the St. Louis exposition is recommended. It is also recommended that the Lewis and Clarke Centennial exposition at Portland in 1905 "should receive rec ognition and support." Public Lands.—The policy of hold ing public lands for the actual home buildur is reiterated. Attention is di rected to need of reform iu the timber, stone and desert laud acts aud the commutation clause of the homestead act. No further changes iu national irrigation laws are recommended "un til the necessities for a change are more apparent." Protecting the source of water supply and forest preserva tion are urged. It is recommended Fifty Years the Standard BAKING POWDER the flavor and adds to healthfullness of the food. PRICE BAKING POWDER CO., CHICAGO. that these matters be consolidated in the bureau of forestry of the agricul tural department. Indians.—Keeping the appointment of Indian agents out of partisan poli tics and providing for public schools in Indian Territory are recommended. Safety Appliance Laws.—More rigid laws to protect trainmen and railway passengers are recomended. Pensions.—The pension bureau is dealing with nearly 1,000 claims a day and rapidly catching up with the busi ness. The Army.—The general staff law and the new national guard law are commended. It is recommended that the government secure permanent sites in various parts of the country for military maneuvers. It is also recom mended that the system of promotion in the line be changed so that a bril liant officer may be rewarded without having to jump him to general's rank as at present. The Navy.—A navy general staff, generous appropriations for the ser vice and the acquirement of a naval base in the Philippines are recom mended. Isthmian Matters.—By far the greater portion of the message is taken up by this subject. The presi dent cites the writings of Secretaries Cass and Seward and the history of the isthmian events, and shows the policy that has been adopted towards the Panama republic was the only one possible to this government in view of its pledge to maintain free traffic across the isthmus. l-irc Insurance Swindles. New York , Dec. 0.—As the result of investigations by the fire marshal and his assistants and members of District Attorney Jerome's staff, Dep uty Assistant District Attorney Gar vin said today that he expected dur ing the week indictments would be found against several public tire ad justers, fire insurance adjusters, three lawyers at least, and some members of the fire patrol, on charges of grand larceny. This follows the announce ment of District Attorney Jerome yes terday that the matter was under in vestigation. Mr. Garvin is convinced from con fessions in his hands that the fire in surance companies of this city have been swindled out of millions of dol lars through the submission of false claims for fire losses. Fatal Fire at a Wake. New York , Dec. 5.—Two lives were lost and a number of persons badly burned today iu a fire in First street, Brooklyn, where a wake was being held over the bodies of Mary Gilligan and Arthur Dougherty, a boy who died of hydrophobia a few days ago. An overturned lamp Is said to have ignited the window curtains. In an instant the draperies were in flames and the mourning relatives and friends were in a panic. Michael Stafford, 28 years old, and Charles Bur ley were suffocated. Better Than a I 'lUNter. A piece of flannel dampened with Chamberlain's Pain Balm and bound on the affected parts is better than a plaster for a lame back and for pains in the side or chest. Pain Balm has no superior as a liniment for the re lief of deep-seated, muscular and rheu matic pains. For sale by D. G. Lock wood, druggist.