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Vol. XXIV. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, flarch 30, 1904. No. 23. DAMAGED BY STORMS.' Hurricanes and Floods Cause Loss In Many Western States Chicago . March 25. —Farther de tails of the damage caused by last night's storm in the suburbs of Chica go were obtained today. At Wash ington Heights several persons were injured and houses were blown down or unroofed. In Morgan Park and Feruwood the storm reached the high est proportions. Five bouses were unroofed, another blown from its foundation and miles of telephone and telegraph poles were blown down. Reports late today from the storm swept area in and about Chicago indi cate that the havoc wrought is even greater than at first believed. Tl, property loss fromlthe wind which was of a tornado character in several dis tricts was augmented later by a heigh tened flood which had partially reced ed from previous heavy rain falls The town of Indiana Harbor, 20 miles southeast of Chicago, was the heaviest sufferer. L. Barker, pro prietor of a dry goods store, was killed and 15 people who were in the store when the storm struck were in jured, some of them seriously, al though none is expected to die. Bar ker's store was completely demolished. Grand Rapids , Mich., March 25.— The flood situation here today is very serious. Owing to the rapid rise of Grand river 40 of the largest factories in the city have been obliged to close and thousands of men are out of work. Basements of all the large buildings in the wholesale district are flooded. The entire southwest section of the residence district is under water and people are using rafts to go about. A man floating down the river on a tim ber was rescued and two boys were taken from a drifting cake of ice. Fort Smith , Ark., March 25.— Pas sengers on a belated train on the Ar kansas Central railroad report a destructive tornado in a strip of country near Springhill, Ark. Sev eral persons are reported Injured, but so far as can be learned no one was killed. A passenger says that as far as the eye could reach the destruction appeared complete. Not a tree was left standing and houses were razed. Short Stories of the War. Seoul , March 25. —Two detach ments of Russian troops, one esti mated to number 500 and the other 2l)0 men are reported to be pillaging the country around Anju. The natives, in fear are fleeing south. Anju is forty miles north of Ping Yang and about sixty miles south of the Yalu river. London , March 25. — The Daily Telegraph's circumstantial report from its Tokio correspondent that the Japanese succeeded iu bottling up Port Arthur on the night of March 22 is not confirmed from any other quar ter. Special dispatches to the other papers announce no new developments in the situation, but throw a few side lights upon the operations. St. Petersburg , March 25.—When General Kuropatkin reaches Mukden it is understood that the emperor's forces at the the seat of war will be divided into three armies. Any idea that General Kuropatkin's arrival will be signalized by aggressive tac tics is discouraged io the highest mili tary circles. He expects to force the .J apanese to fight him on grounds of his own choosing. There will be no forward movement in Korea. A New Pugilistic Champion. San Francisco , March 25.—James Britt of California, was given the de cision tonight over Wm. Rothwell, better known as "Young Corbett," of Colorado, in a 20-round contest at Woodward's pavilion. Up to the seventeenth round Corbett's advant age was apparent, but in that round Britt rallied and rained rights and lefts on various portions of Corbett's anatomy, forciug the champion to clinch to save himself. The styles of the two boxers were entirely distinct ive. Britt fought for the body most of the time, while Corbett devoted himself to the face, head and jaw. Britt weighed just 129 pounds, but Corbett's weight was not made public, though it is understood that he was at least a pound and a half below the agreed weight, 130 pounds. Texas Cattle for Cuba. Houston , March 25.—The Southern Pacific is preparing to handle a ship ment of 20,000 cattle to Cuba via Gal veston. The cattle will be gathered from Texas points and shipped from the Sunset docks at Galveston on Southern Pacific ships. The move ment will begin within a few weeks. Eighteen thousand bovines are being rounded up in central and west Texas now for this shipment, and will pass through Houston in train loads as soon as the preliminary land move ment begins. The cattle will be con signed to Silvera & Co., of Havana, who are now engaged in dealing ex tensively in Texas cattle. DEBATE ON LAND LAWS. Senators Discuss the Proposed Repeal of Measures Affecting the West Washington , March 25.—Senator Hansbrough charged in the senate to day that the movement to secure the repeal of the desert land law, the tim ber and stone act, and the commuta tion clause of the homestead act, was due to the efforts of a lobby composed mainly of holders of lands bought in large tracts from railroad companies, with a desire thereby to in-crease the demand for their property. Senator Gibson advocated repealing the laws in question. Senator Hans brough and Dubois contended that the repeal would be unwise. Senator Newlands favored modifications of the law. Monopoly of lands, asserted Mr. Newlands, had been the cause of most of the series ot European wars. He said concentration of lands in California had interfered with the proper development of the state. Mr. Dubois said the charges of fraud in the public land states were a sweeping indictment of the adminis tration of the land laws, and that he for one resented them. He never had known a case of fraud under the oper ation of the desert land law in Idaho, and, in view of the fact that it was the only law under which the public land states could be settled, he thought its repeal would be a calamity. He de clared that the time for large hold ings of land had passed away, and said the only legitimate complaint to be made against the execution of the land laws at present was in connection with the use of forest lieu scrip, most of which, he said, was held by railroad companies. EVICTED by FLOODS. Thousands Driven From their Homes In Michigan Flood District. Grand Rapids , March 2".—On the west side of Grand Rapids 2,500 resi dences are surrounded by water and the citizens are being compelled to use boats in getting from place to place. Conditions in the city and towns along Grand river are very grave tonight as a result of the un precedented floods. At 9 o'clock to night the river guage here was three feet above the previous high water record, that of 1884. The work of rescuing inhabitants of the flooded houses continued all Sun day, a squad of the local militia as sisting the rescuers. It is conserva tively estimated that the loss to prop erty and business on account of the flood will exceed $2,000,000. Fifteeu thousand men will be unable to work tomorrow owing to factories being compelled to close. Interurban cars are running only over portions of the roads out of Grand Rapids. Many of the west side churches are surrounded by water and were unable to hold ser vices today. Saginaw , March 27.—There is no indication tonight of any mitigation of the flood troubles and more serious times are expected with the first thaw. The water here tonight is several inches higher than ever known. A large portion of the business district of Saginaw is Hooded and thousands of dollars' damage has been done. There has been no communication with Milwaukee, four miles north, in two days, and 1,300 people there are re ported to be living in the upper part of buildings and suffering from cold and lack of food. At the mouth of the Flint river ice is piled 60 feet high. Vincennes , Ind., March 27.—The levee along the Wabash river near Oaktown broke today, and the water rushed through, covering thousands of acres and driving the people from their homes. Many left barely in time to save their lives and consider able livestock was destroyed. The water in the Wabash is 21 feet and still risintf. Will Distribute Prize Money. Washington , March 28.—Justice Gould, of the district supreme court, today signed the final decree in tne long litigation over prize money and stores at Manila on May 1. 1898. The suit was instituted by Admiral Dewey aud others of the captors. Under the decree the 5828,077, the amount at which the captured vessels and stores was fixed, will be divided after the cost of litigation is deducted, one-half to go to the captors and one-half to the navy pension fund. The only step now left in the litigation is the fixing of the amounts of the costs to be charged. W mmm m ms ONE OF RUSSIA'S FORMIDABLE FORTS AT PORT ARTHUR. Since the Japanese were compelled to evacuate Port Arthur by several of the powers the Russians have worked diligently on its fortifications, and the forts are supposed to be very powerful. During the war with China the Jap anese captured Tort Arthur after a hard fight. The channel leading from tlte harbor is a tortuous one, and when the Russian fleet ventured outside recently, only to suffer severely from Japanese torpedo attack, the ships were three days In effecting the change of position. JAPANESE ATTACK REPULSED. A Russian Account of Another Attempt to Close Port Arthur. St. Petersburg , March 24 —Under cover of darkness this morning Vice Admiral Togo made another desper ate attempt to bottle up the Russian fleet in Port Arthur, but he failed again. An official dispatch from Port Arthur to the emperor says the Rus sian searchlights disclosed four large merchant steamers making for the en trance of the harbor, supported by six torpedo boats. A heavy fire was opened ou them by the batteries and some warships. The torpedo boat Stilni turned the mer chant vessels from their course by blowing up the prow of the first and then boldly attacking the enemy's tor pedo boats. In the fierce fight which followed the chief engineer of the Stilni and six marines were killed, her commander and 12 men were in jured. The Japanese plan to block up the entrance to Port Arthur was frus trated however, and the channel is still clear. Polygamist Rilled Himself. London , March 26.—Polygamy and its influence over George Crossman, who had eight or more wives, and the developments following from the suicide of Crossman, are absorbing public attention. On the night of March 23d Crossman killed himself to avoid arrest by the police, whose sus picions had been aroused regarding the contents of a trunk which Cross man was sending away from his house. On opening the trunk the body of a woman was found encased iu cement. An investigation proved that she was murdered about six months ago, aud that she was one of Grossman's wives. The police believe it possible the investigation may prove that Crossman adopted a simi lar method in ridding himself of other superfluous wives, of which it is sus pected he may have had several who have not yet been traced. At the time of his suicide Crossman had five known wives living aud several child ren. Filipinos Wore Blankets. St. Louis , March 26. —Three hun dred members of the savage tribes of the Philippines have arrived here and have been placed in that section of the World's fair known as the Curatel de Filipino. On the way from Tacoma they gave the railway crews consider able concern by the manner in which they divested themselves of clothing. The semi-civilized natives persisted in throwing their articles of clothing from the car windows, and when they arrived in Saint Louis many of them wore blankets which were hurriedly furnished by the railroad. The sud den vigorous change in the weather had developed symptoms of pneumonia in a large majority. One member of the tribe was taken to the hospital in a serious condition. Oil I'sed for Fuel. new \ ork, March 27.—The Ameri can Hawaiian line steamer Nebraskan arrived today from San Francisco and San Uiego with a large cargo of wine, etc. The Nebraskan is fitted with an equipment to burn oil for fuel. She left San Francisco January 23d and used the oil continually and suc cessfully throughout the voyage, en abling her to steam direet to New York without making the usual stops at coa! ports. Omaha , March 27.—Coal* strikes will not in future be one of the worries of President Harriman, of the South ern Pacific. Before long all the en ; gines on the system will be converted I into oil burners, and coal, with its c uders and smoke, aud its scarcity in I time of labor troubles in the mines ! will no longer be used on the lines of i the Southern Pacific, The new en gines ordered for the road will be oil burners, and the work of converting those now in use into oil burners has been in progress for some time. Oil fuel is now used exclusively on the coast line and the overland route, and Harriman's recently acquired oil lands in southern California are a large source of supply. Snow Blockade Is Broken. St. Paul , March 27.—The first traus-continental train to get through the snow blockade in North Dakota, reached St. Paul over the Great North ern road at 10 o'clock today. An other train came in during the after noon and two more are expected to reach the city some time tonight. The officials report that the line is again open and traffic has been resumed al though there is still some delay. P f «sengers on the delayed trains state that they were well cared for and be yond the inconvenience of being tied up, there was no suffering. Officials of the Northern lines state that this has been one of the fiercest battles with snow drifts they have ever experienced and that even the immense rotary plows which were sent against the drifts pushed by three heavy en gines, were almost powerless to cope with the huge mountains of ice and snow, aud that in many instances blasting was resorted to. Col- Bryan Talks Peace New Haven , Conn., March 27.— Wm. J. Bryan delivered an address this afternoon before the Peoples' church iu the Hyperion theater ou "The Price of Peace." Mr. Bryan eventually took up the question of war and inveighed agaiust the present war between Japan and Russia, say ing that he hoped there would be a general demand made to lind out the cause of that warfare. Knowing the exact cause, the world would then be enabled to form a judgment as to which side has justice in its conten tious. He deprecated the prevalence in this country of training boys and young men in the arts of warfare. The only warfare that man ought to wage, said he, is the warfare against evil iu all its forms. The Joint Statehood Bill Washington , M arch 20.—The states of Oklahoma and Arizona are created in a bill which has been completed by the republican members of the sub committee of the house committee on territories. The two states mentioned are composed of Oklahoma and Indian territory as "Oklahoma," and Arizo na and New Mexico as "Arizona." The admission of the latter two ter ritories is not delayed by any restric tion of law, but may be effected as soon a» a convention can be called to form a state constitution. The bill provides, however, that Oklahoma and the Indian territory shall not be admitted as a state until the year 1906. By this time all the Indian lauds will have been allotted. 1 ifiliting May Soon Commence. P aris , March 29.—The Echo De Paris St. Petersburg correspondent! says the war office general stall' ex pects that the first land engagements in the far east will take place in about a week, it is estimated that the first I Japanese army in the Ping Yang re j giou has a total of 70,000 men, includ ing brigade of cavalry and 18o caunou. DAMAGE REACHES MILLIONS. : Enormous Amount of Property Destroyed and Several Lives Lost. j Indianapolis March 28.—Northern aud central Indiana, including the capital city, have seen the worst of the flood and are now repairing the heavy damage. Eight lives have been lost in the flood in two days and the total property loss in the state has been estimated at from $5,000,000 to $8,000,000. Cities and towns at the headwaters of the Wabash and White rivers have only slime and mud left by the receding flood to contend with, but southwestern Indiana has yet to see the worst. The crest of the flood will reach the Ohio river in two days. In this city 1,200 families were driven from their homes. The city authori ties have resolved today upon issu ing $100,000 flood bonds to repair the damage to the public utilities but it is expected the loss iu this one feature will be more than double that figure. Detroit , March 28.—Encouraging reports from Lausiug, Battle Creek, Flint, Kalamazoo aud other towns where flood damages have been esti mated up in the hundreds of thous ands of dollars, show that tonight the danger and distress are largely cen tralized in the Saginaw valley and around Graud Rapids in the valley of the Grand river. At Graud Rapids a marked improvement is noted tonight, yet it is estimated that 14,000 persons are iu distress. On the Shiawasassee river today, near Chesaning, two men were rescued on a sugar beet farm just in the nick of time before their houses were almost entirely submerg ed. Gilbert Bertram, a foreman in the sugar camp, lost his life trying to save some of the property. Grand Rapids , March 28.—Al though the water in the Grand river above this city has receded, it has re mained stationary here and the resi dents are still suffering great priva tions. The city was in total darkness last night, but the work of rescue was continued all night and hundreds of persons, hungry and shivering with cold, were taken to places of refuge. It is estimated today that $2,500,000 worth of houses are in water, iu some places 12 feet. The loss in this section will reach several millions. Thirteen Negroes Murdered. Dewitt , Ark., March 28.—Still two more negroes have been killed iu the clash between whites and blacks at Saint Charles. This briugs the total of dead negroes up to thirteen, all of them being killed within the past week. The la»t two negroes killed were the Griffin brothers, wh > were reported to have escaped, but it is known that they are dead. In the Saint Charles neighborhood the negroes largely outnumber the whites, and the trouble has been brew ing for a loug time. It is said that the negroes for the past two years have been getting insolent and bellig erent. It is believed that the leaders of the unruly element have been killed aud that further trouble will be avert ed. Kansas Senator Convicted. St. Louis , March 28.—J. Ralph Burton, United States seuator from Kansas, was convicted by a jury iu the United SLates court today ou the charge of having accepted compensa tion to protect the interests of the Rialto Grain and Security company, of St. Louis, before the postoflice de partment. The jury deliberated 41 hours. A motion for a new trial was im mediately filed by the counsel for the senator. .Judge Adams thereupon or dered that Senator Burton appear in m W. 0 s '4 M ■$' f '-T} "C * :y ! I ' >1 y. ;•> t , wy f > aSL KÉ ski A baking; powder of highest class &&i highest leavening strength. W food purer, sweeter and more wh t <1*2 Tested and Approved by the Government court, either in person or by proxy, at 10 o'clock from day to day until the court has heard the argument for a new trial, and if decided against him to fix his punishment. If this verdict is sustained, Seuator Burton will lose his seat in the senate and forever be prohibited from hold ing any office of public trust. Each count constitutes a single offense, and Senator Burton should receive a sen tence of two years or a fine of $10,000 on each count. Senator Burton's conviction is the first under this sec tion of the statutes which was enacted by congress in 1864. Washington , March 28— Members of the senate committee on elections have informally discussed the convic tion of Senator Burton, but until he conies before the committee the mem bers are loath to give their personal views. It will take a formal action by the senate to declare Burton's seat vacant, and this will not be done until a court of last resort has passed on the case. New Pension Order Discussed. Washington , March 28.— The sen ate today for three hours discussed the recent order of the pension bureau making old age an evidence of disa bility. The discussion was based on the resolution offered by Mr. Car mack directing the committee on ju diciary to inquire into the authority of the executive branch of the govern ment to make such an order. Mr. Carmack contended that no such au thority exists, but several republican senators argued that the order was in line with the regulation issued by Judge Lochren, commissioner of pen sions under Cleveland, fixing 65 years of age as an evidence of infirmity. They also declared that the new order would have only the effect of afford ing prima facie evidence of disability, aud not that of giviug a pension solely because the age of 65 years had been reached by the pension applicant. Mr. Carmack admitted that the first step fixing old age as an evidence of disability had been taken by Mr. Cleveland. "But." he added, "that does not help the case. I admit that the first violation of the law in this respect occurred at that time. The order in that case was, however, com paratively reasonable and the prece dent has been violently seized upon by the present occupant of the White house to extend the practice." Japunese Claim Success. Tokio , March 28.—A telegram re lived from New Chvvang says that at 3 o'clock yesterday morning the Jap anese succeeded in sinking four steam ers at the mouth of Port Arthur. A flotilla of destroyers conveyed the merchantmen, which were subsequently sunk, and rescued the volunteer crews. Later the Japanese battle ships bombarded the town and its de fenses. Cambridge Wilis Boat Race. London , March 26. —The sixty-first annual boat race between crews repre senting the universities of Oxford and Cambridge was rowed today over the usual course from Putney to Mortlake, about four miles and a quarter, and was won by Cambride by four lengths. Mob Law In Missouri. St. Clair , Mo., March 25.—Forty masked men, many of them carrying shotguns, broke into jail here early today aud, securing Winn Davis, ar rested ou the charge of highway rob bery, took him from the jail, whipped him nearly to death and then turned him loose.