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Vol. XXIV. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, .July 6, 1904. No. 37. THE PROHIBITIONIST TICKET. General .Miles Concluded Not to Accept the Nomination for President. I ndianapolis , June 30.—The pro hibition party in national convention today nominated Silas C. Swallow of Pennsylvauiafor president and George W. Carroll of Texas for vice presi dent. The platform was adopted with out argument, after a long deadlock in the resolutions committee. In addition to the planks on the lig'uor question it declares the party to be in favor of international arbi tration, a suffrage law, based on men tal and moral qualifications, uniform lasvs for the country and dependen cies, popular election of senators, civil service extension and the initia tive and referendum. The trust ques tion was recognized by a demand for a rigid application of the princi ples of justice to all organizations of capital and labor. A reform of di vorce laws was demanded and polyg amy denounced. General Miles put an end to the movement to nominate him for presi dent by sendiug a telegram to John G. Wolley which reached him shortly after noon, asking that his name be not presented. This was considered final and the movement to nominate Mr. Swallow was unanimous, no other name being considered. Over 816,001) was raised by subscription pledges from the floor of the convention, which with $11,000 in the treasury will be the nucleus of the campaign fund. liig Increase In Postal Recipts. Washington , June 30.— The official figures regarding the business of the postoffice department for the fiscal year ending today are awaited with considerable interest, owing to the prevailing belief that they will show an unprecedented increase. The re ceipts for the year are approximately estimated at $144,100,000, which is al most double the receipts of a decade ago. No less amazing are the figures in regard to the rural free delivery service. Today there are over 25,000 rural routes in operation, as against 200 five years ago. These 25,000 routes furnish a daily mail service to more than 12,500,000 people residing in rural districts. Land Commission Coming West. Denver , June 30.—The special land commission, consisting of W. A. Rich ards, Gifford Pinchot and F. H. Ne well, appointed by President Roose velt last December, on the request of the National Livestock association, have notified the officers of this asso ciation that they will meet at its head quarters at Denver on August 3, 4, 5, for the purpose of discussing the grazing upon arid lands, with a view of making a report to the president which will be the basis for the draft ing- of a bill, which will settle these questions to the satisfaction of all parties concerned. Secretary Hitch cock of the department of the interior and Secretary Wilson, of the depart ment of agriculture, have indicated their intention of being present. The officers of the association have noti fied the stockmen in western states who are interested in this matter, to meet the commission at this time. a Rush l or Reservation Lands. Bonesteel, S. D., June 30. —The government has ordered three com panies of regular troops to Bonesteel to assist the local authorities in pre serving order during the rush inci dent to opening the Rosebud reser vation, whichwill occur July 5. The first serious incident in connect ion with the rush occurred last night when "Kid" English, a cook, was fa tally shot by Police Captain Aull. English became boisterous and the of ficer ordered hiui to move on. He re fused, and in an altercation wuich followed Aull shot him. The officer was arrested and taken to Fairfax for keeping. About 6,000 persons are quartered in tents and temporary buildings awaiting an opportunity to register. Locators estimate that 35,000 persons will be here during the registration period. Millionaire Politician Indicted. St. Louis , Juue 30. —An indictment has been voted by the grand jury against Colonel Ed. Butler on the charge of compounding a felouy and being aa accessory after the fact to the bribery committed by Charles E. Kel ly. Colonel Butler is charged with aiding Kelly to escape and with fur nishing him money for travel in Eu rope to avoid "turning up" the men who furnished the money for the light ing bill steal. Colonel Butler is a millionaire democratic boss who has furnished bonds for alleged and con victed boodlers. He has surrendered Chas. Gutke, who confessed implica ting Butler in alleged boodle deals. A Riotous Republican Convention. S t . P aul , June 30. —The Collius adherents have control of the organi zation in today's convention. The doorkeeper barred the Dunn dele gates. Rough tactics were used and many delegates were knocked down. Five thousand people outside the Met ropolitan theatre clamored tor admis sion. One Dnnn delegation, 113 strong, rushed through the door and gained an entrance. Wheu quiet was restored Senator Clapp requested the delegates not to break up the furni ture. Several Contesting Delegations. S t . L ouis , June 30.—Notices of con tests among delegates to the demo cratic national convention are begin ning to reach Chas. A. Walsh, secre tary of the national committee, at the headquarters iu this city. Up to to day contests in fourteen districts had been reported to him. Rumors have reached the headquarters that the en tire Illinois delegation is to be con tested, but the only notice received so far is from the Twenty-third district. Japanese Claim Victory. L ondon , July 1.—The Japanese, the Shanghai correspondent of the Daily Chronicle says, occupied Wolf moun tain after desperate fighting in which a Russian regiment was almost anni hilated. T okio , June 30.— Detailed reports of the capture of Fen Chui pass on June 27 show that the Russians were driven from an exceedingly strong po sition on the Shi Mu Cheng road. In this engagement the Russian losses were again heavier than those of the Japanese. The Japanese out-maneu vered the Russians by working around the enemy's right Hank, and attacking in the rear. The People's Party Convention. S pringfield , 111., July 1.—J. A. Parker of Louisville, Ky., chairman of the national committee of the people's party, arrived here yesterday to see if all arrangements had been completed for the national convention of the party which will convene on Monday, July 4. Mr. Parker said he thought if the democrats nominated Hearst he might be indorsed by the people's party. He stated thut Thom as E. Watson of Gaorgia probably would be the nominee of the people's party for president and Samuel Wil liams of Viceuues, Ind., for vice president. Republicans Open Campaign. New York , July 1.—At a mass meeting in Cooper Union, the Repub lican club has formerly opened the local campaign. The meeting was called ostensibly to ratify the ticket nominated at Chicago. Former Sen ator Thurston of Nebraska made the principal speech. He reviewed the re publican administrations of the last eight years in all the various depart ments of the government and summed up their achievements by declaring that the American people in looking over the history of those years must admit that the "party has clone toler ably well." A Iiis Naval Engagement. Chee Foo, July 1.—What should prove to be a decisive naval engage ment was in progress this afternoon between Chee Foo and Port Arthur. The steamer Chee Foo, which has ar rived here, passed within 15 miles of the J apauese fleet, consisting of two battleships and four cruisers, all ac tively engaged. The Russian fleet was not seen, but the distance of the Japa nese from land precludes the possibil ity of any attack on the land bat teries. T okio , Juiy 2. —Vice Admiral Kam imura evidently trapped and attacked the Russian Vladivostock squadron oft' the islands of Tsushima in the southern entrance to the sea of Japan last nisrht. The result of the encoun ter is unknown. Vandals at the Exposition. St. Louis , July 1.—It is learned that an attempt has been made to wreck the big organ, the largest in the world, in Festival hall at the World's Fair by catting the secondary bellows. This will not affect the working of the organ, which can be operated with the primary bellows. As a result of this attempt of vandalism the company that is building the organ, which is only partially finished, wiil hereafter exclude from the stage ail but those working iu the construction of the in strument. TOO SHG3T. m '.:-V M m m 1 KL ; It begins to look as if Willie's ladder will hardly reach. — Kansas City Joun CLEVELAND BOO.M IS LAUNCHED. Former President Will Have Strong Sup port In Democratic Convention. St. Louis , July 1.—Talk in the in terest of Mr. Cleveland for the presi dency constitutes the most prominent feature of the ante-convention gossip heard today, and the publication here of a Washington dispatch quoting John R. McLean in advocacy of the former president's nomination has added somewhat to the volume of pre diction. There is no definite movement dis cernible as yet in Mr. Cleveland's in terest and the few delegates in the city generally decline to discuss the prob abilities, saying that all predictions would be premature at this time. The discussion is, therefore, coufined to politicians other than delegates, and with reference to the Cleveland nomi nation these are divided into two classes—those who favor him and those who fear him. lu a general way eastern arrivals are favorable, on the ground that Mr. Cleveland can carry eastern states, such as New York, which they say no other man can carry. Practically every detail has been arranged and the finishing touches are being made to the Coliseum for the democratic national convention. The democratic hosts are already eu route to St. Louis. Tomorrow the party leaders from east, west, south and north will come flocking in to at tend the various conferences and com mittee mettings, preparatory to the work of the big convention itself. There will be an emergency hospital in the building large enough to ac commodate all of those who may be overcome by the warmth of the pro ceedings. A large corps of physicians and nurses will be constantly on hand to care for possible heat prostrations aud for any who may be injured in the jam that necessarily attend» a meeting of a national political convention. In the exposition building are the headquarters of the national commit tee and of the committees on resolu tions, credentials and permanent or ganization and order of business. Each of the rooms used as committee headquarters is capable of seating several hundred persons. Cabinet Officers Sworn In. Washington , July 1.—Paul Mor ton, who obtained a nine-months' leave of absence from his dutis as sec cond vice-president of the Santa Fe railroad, iu order to serve in Iloose ; veit's cabinet during the remainder of i the President's term was sworn in this ! morning as secretary of the navy. He is entering upon his new work imme j mediately by attending the regular j Friday meeting of the cabinet. Secre ' tary Moody was sworn in as attorney ; general, the principal officers of the department witnessing the ceremony, which was preceded by a short speech ! bv Mr. Knox. Life Preservers for Steamboats New York , July 1.—About 25,000 new iife preservers are estimated to have been put in service on New York excursion boats since the Slocuui dis aster. All the manufacturers are! working overtime, and the preservers are being added to the boat equipment at the rate of 1,000 to l,5uo a day. Re inspection orders by the federal offi cers will begin within a few davs. ANOTHER STEAMSHIP HORROR. Over Six Hundred Immigrants Drowned Off the Coast of Scotland. London , July 4.—More thau 600 Danish and Norwegian emigrants, bound for New York, are believed to have been drowued in the North Atlan tic on June 28, on the Danish steamer Norge, which left Copenhagen on June 22, and which ran on Rockall reef, during a storm. Only three boatloads got safely away from the ship. One was picked up by the trawl er Silvia. A dispatch from Lloyds' signal sta tion at butt of Lewis, Scotland, this morning, states that the German tank steamer Emegie, which passed there this morning, signalled she had aboard some of the castaways. The survivors are probabiy those who got away in a second boat, which was sep arated from that picked up by the trawler Silvia. Early on the morning of last Tues day, the Norge, which was out of her course in heavy weather, ran on the Rockall reef, 200 miles off the west coast of Scotland. The Norge quick , ly began to go down by the head. ! Eight boats were lowered aud into j these the women and children were j hurriedly put. Six of these boats I smashed against the side of the Norge I aud their helpless inmates were caught I up by the heavy seas. I London , July 5.— Of 774 souls on the Danish steamer Norge, 128 are known to have been saved up to thi I hour. One of the children died in a life boat which brought others to ; safety. For the missing 646 persons • small hope is entertained, iu addi j tiou to the 26 persons who landed at I Grimsby, 102 persons were landed at ! Stornowav. They were all in a piti ! able condition. Many were taken to I a hospital and most of them had to be carried ashore. Senator Clark lias Returned. New,York , July 1.—W. A. Clark, I senator from Montana, has returned from his Mediterranean cruise aud is ! said to be improved in health. Iu an interview ou national politics today. Mr. Clark stated his preference for Judge Parker as the democratic nomi i nee, and said that he believed he ! would receive the nomination at St. ■ Louis. Mr. Clark will atteud the con j vention as a member of the Montana delegation. Damaged By Cloudburst. Salt Lake , July 1.—A cloudburst iu Dry Canon tonight sent a wall of water six feet high down upon the northeastern section of the city. The torrent came down the cannon with terrific force, carrying fences and debris before it. For several blocks in the finest residence section, cellars were flooded. Lawns were destroyed and streets rendered impassable. Street car traffic was stopped. The daniiige will be thousands of dollars. Payment on Government Loan. ; j j i Pur paii u ry iu p <fo v 40 j cov and und t. Louis, July 1. —The Louisiana chase exposition company has d into the United States sub-treas *213.303 as the second installment ; ay ment of $4.600,000 loaned by the eminent. This paymeut represents <ei cent, or the total admissions ering the period from June in to including June 30, as required •' the act of congress authorizing loan. I I LOOKS LIKE PARKER. New Vork Jurist Will Probably Secure Democratic Nomination for President. St. Louis ; July 4.—Parker on the second ballot, perhaps on the first. That is tonight the claim of men who are in charge of the political affairs of the New York candidate. All day long the Parker opponeuts have tried to perfect a program which would pro long the balloting and afford an op portunity to name another candidate, but apparently they have uot suc ceeded. Gorman, Gray and Cleveland: have been suggested, but no one is pre pared to give assurance that either could receive the nomination. The meutiou of Cleveland has a tendency in some quarters to solidify the Par ker strength, for many delegates say they do not want to take even the slightest chance of allowing Cleveland a fourth nomination. While there is a very friendly feeling for Gorman among the southern delegates, includ ing those who ure uuder instructions or bound by the unit rule to vote for Parker, yet the predominant expres sion from this element is that the ef fort now making in behaif of the Maryland senator is too late. The opposition to Judge Parker iu its effort to tighten the lines and make sure of holding the delegations now counted as opposed to him have brought out two new candidates in the persons of former Governor Pattison of Pennsylvania, and General Miles. The opposition leaders appreciate to the utmost the difficulty iu preventing a stampede to Parker should his lead become pronouncedly manifest, but they are counting upon doing this by appealing to the local pride of the dif ferent favorite sou delegations to hold on as long as possible. An even 1,000 delegates will as semble Wednesday to name a candi date to run as the democratic party's choice for president of the United States. The delegations represent 53 political divisions—45 states, 4 terri tories, Alaska, Porto Rico, Hawaii and the Philippine islands. The num ber of delegates exclusive of the terri tories aud insular possessions is twice the number of United States senators and members of the house of repre sentatives. There is no doubt that the national committee will decide that six delegates from Porto Rico are en titled to seats in the convention. Each delegate to the national con vention represents a section of the country peopled by approximately 80,000, of whom at least 16,000 are male adults of the voting age. So the whole convention represents the democratic party of approximately 16,000,000 voters, or 80,000,000 people. l ew Populists at Convention. S pring field , 111., July 4.—When the pom; ,ist nation. il convention was call' h i.. ' .rder this afternoon, there were few »• than 20U delegates in the hall, some 600 delegates failing to ap pear. There were not more than 75 citizens present besides the delegates. Mayor Deveraux, who was scheduled to extend a word of welcome did not atteud nor did he send a representative or an explanation of his absence. There were hundreds of empty seats in the state arsenal. Only 23 states were represented in the convention. Tomorrow nominations will be made. The ouly names mentioned now in con nection with the nomination for the presidency, W. V. Allen of Nebraska: Samuel Williams of Indiana, and r ! ho m as Watson of Georgia. Mr. Al len refused to enter into a scramble for the nomination and tonight inti mated that he would uot accept the honor if there was going tu be any contest over it. He wants the nomina tion to come to him unanimously. Casualties On the Fourth. ; Ogden, July 4.--By the premature 'explosion of a fireworks mortar to I night at Glenwood Park, two persons ! were killed and five injured, in the presence of about 3,000 people. The j display of fireworks was given from a pontoou erected in a small lagoun in one end of the park and the spectators were seated around the banks of the lagoon. A small mortar for the pur pose of throwing bombs into the air was being used and a bomb became fastened in it and exploded and pieces of the steel were hurled several hun dred feet across the lagoon among the spectators. Tacoma , July 4.—The fireworks which were to have been set off here, this evening in Wright park as a fin ish to the big Fourth of July celebra tion, caught fire from almost the first rocket that was sent up and in an in stant the entire heap of explosives was flying iu every direction. About four dozen eight pound rockets flew through tile audience of 30,0u0 persons, ■•••e ating a panic in which many were in jured. Others were struck by the fly ing explosives and it is estimated that as many as 50 were more or less in jured, none fatal I v. Many Killed In Train Wreck. Litchfield , 111., July 4.—The Chi cago limited on the Wabash, one and a half hour's late, and running 50 miles and hour, w'as wrecked last night inside the city limits. The en gine ran into an open switch and struck a freight train on a siding. The engine and the first three coaches were piled in a heap across the track, caught fire and were consumed. The last car on the train, a special from Wisconsin, was pushed back and saved. Nearly all the passengers were bound for St. Louis and many of them were delegates to the democratic national convention. The officials of the road who have investigated the disaster, declare that the train was wrecked according to a deliberate scheme of ghouls and train robbers. They declare that uegli gence was not the cause of the dis aster. The revised list shows that 18 were killed and 37 injured. Important, If True. Tokio , July 4.—It is reported that Russia has, through France, offered to surrender Port Arthur to Japan, together with its ships and arms there providing the garrison is freed. Holdup Artists Get $1,000. B utte , June 30. —The holdups who have been operating! in South and East Butte for some timejipast with more or less success have evidently shifted the scene of their operations to Walkerville. At an early hour this morning the saloon of Invernezzi & Massa was entered by three masked men, aud they left with somewhere in the vicinity of $800 or $1,000 more money than they had when they en tered. One of the proprietors, Mr. Inver nezzi, with three other men, were ia the card room just off the bar, wheu the men walked in. They had revol vers in their hands and immediately covered all those present, one of the hold-ups taking charge of the three men at the card table, while the other two commanded Invernezzi to come aloug with them. Marching, one on either side, they led the proprietor behind the bar to the safe, which was open. They took all the money to be found and left checks behind them, amounting to about $786, the checks being all pay able to order. They searched all the drawers behind the bar and took all the money in sight. The job was fin ished in ten minutes and the robbers wished Mi 1 . Iuvernezzi a pleasant good morning and melted into the cold gray dawn. Not the slightest clue re mains as to their identity. Equalizers Are to Meet. Helena , July 1.—Oue of the most important proceedings at the state house tii i s mouth wiil be the annual meeting of the state board of equaliz ation, when the governor, secretary of state, attorney general and auditor will joiu the state treasurer in perus ing the assessment rolls of the 26 counties of the state to see what the assessors have been doing toward furnishing revenues to run the state government and will tlx the valuation of the roadbeds of the i.Montaua rail roads. The board last year fixed the valu ation of all the railroads iu the state at $35,442,186: this was $34,626,982 for main lines and $815,924 for sidings. The total mileage last year was: Main lines, 3,131 tuiies, and sidings, 666 miles. There will be a small gain this year. The board placed a valu ation of $14,080 per mile upon the main lines of the Great Northern, the Northern Pacific, the Oregon Short Line aud the Butte, Anaconda and Pacific. The valuation of the side tracks runs from $169 to $1,408 per mile. The state board of equalization will meet July 19 to fix a date to hear the representative of the railroads who are always on hand to look after their interests. Usually the board devotes a day or more to hearing the railroad men, then it goes to figuring aud an nounces what the valuation will be. There are reports current that this year the board will make a slight in crease over last year's figures, but this is only heresay. It is no idle prediction to say there is little possi bility of the board making any reduc tions. " Prints AU tlie .News." 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