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The River Press.
Vol. XXIV.
Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, July 13, 1904.
No. 38.
Nebraska Politician Gets Liberal Applause
But Iiis Opponents Have the Votes
St. Louis , July 7. —The democratic
national convention resumpd its ses
sions promptly this morning, listened
to a report of the rules committee, be
came entangled in a discussion of the
colonial policy in recognition of dele
gates from the Philippines while seat
ing those from Porto Rico, and took
recess until 2 o'clock because the com
mittee on credentials had tied itself
into a kuot, and announced it would
be unable to make a report until that
The committee on permanent organ
ization which met just before tl e
morning session of the convention,
accepted the formal declination of
Senator Bailey as permanent chair
man. Champ Clark of Missouri, was
then elected and accepted the position.
During the day several speeches were
made, chief of which was William J.
Bryan's effort to overthrow the report
of the credentials committee and seat
contesting delegates from Illinois.
The controversy was ended bv the re
jection of the minority report of the
committee by a vote of 647 nays and
299 ayes. Though Mr. Bryan's speech
and his appearance on the floor of the
convention was cheered far beyond
any previous demonstration, it made
few votes. The alignment of delegates
proved the correctness of previous es
timates of the division between those
who favor the radicals and those who
are supporting the conservatives which
are now in control.
When the result of the contest was
announced the report of the commit
tee ou permanent organization was
made. Representative Champ Clark,
who was chosen permanent chairman,
addressed the convention. He had
prepared and furnished to the press a
speech of great length. The hour was
so late when he gained the platform
however, that he spoke about 300
words and left his audience to read
the remainder.
The ovation given to Mr
was one of the greatest ever witnessed
at any of the notable eveuts for which
the immense Coliseum is famed. It
was begun before the afternoon ses
sion of the convention had been called
to order and lasted for 12 minutes
with so much furore that temporary
Chairman Williams and all of his as
sistants, including 100 policemen were
unable to restore order. Quiet came
from the confusion only after the Par
ker forces joined in and by persistent
efforts turned the tide by a great coun
ter demonstration for the New Yorker,
so that the favorite candidate for the
presidential nomination reaped the!
harvest of enthusiasm sown for Mr.
The inconsistencies of a great unor
ganized body such as is formed by the
spectators and alternates making up u
great political convention was aptly
illustrated in today's gathering.
Thousands of throats cheered Bryan
as lustily as they did when he was
chosen four years ago as the demo
cratic candidate for president. The
great tumult to the uninitiated would
have been proof positive that the Ne
brasltan, more than ever, was the he
ro of the party. And with the banner
bearing the inscription "Georgia's
Parker delegation was taken to the;
platform and held aloft where all could
see it, the applause was directed that
way. Without pausing in their enthu
siasm the great throng of men andj
women shouting the name of Bryan
switched to Parker as if their onl^
ambition was to cheer and make a
great uoise.
The committee ou resolutions met
immediately after the adjournment of
the convention and after effecting an
organization and transacting consid-J
erable parliamentary work, adjourned
to meet at 7 o'clock. James Fullerton
of Montana, appeared before the com
mittee and demanded a plank looking
to the impeachment of President Roos
evelt on the alleged ground that the
president condones unlawful sale of
liquor iu the Yellowstone park, and
refuses to remove Superintendent
Pitcher, who is held responsible for
the alleged violation of the law.
Masked Men Take Prisoners
Victor , Colo., July 7. —Consider
able anxiety is felt here for the safety
of five men who were deported from
this district by the military but have
returned within the last week. The
men were placed under arrest by the
civil authorities as soon as it was
learned that they had defied the order
given them at the time of their depor
They were kept under guard at a
hotel until last night when two deputy
sheriffs started presumably to escort
them out of the camp. At a point
west of the city near the Santa Rita
mine, the deputies were suddenly eon-j
fronted by half a dozen masked men j
who were heavily armed. The prison-1
et-s were taken from the deputies as j
were also their guns and they were!
ordered to return to town. This or- ;
der they obeyed.
The Eastern Wool Market.
Boston , July 7.—An activity in
trading has appeared in the Boston
wool market more marked than any
noted in a year or more. The largest
consumer in the country has been buj - |
ing heavily aud the transactions have
culminated in purchases by the Ameri
can Wool company estimated at be
tween eight aud ten million pounds.
The prospects for the woolen industry
are considered better than for many a
day, and all values are very firm aud
Mining Stampede In Oregon.
Medford , Ore., July 7.— This town,
and the whole southern part of the
state for that matter, are in a state of
the wildest excitement over a remark
able gold discovery made recently on
Sacker creek near here, which has
alreadv vie]ded $i S ,000 bv the crude
method Qf shovQ] and pan- Suorea uf
pe0])]e ape llockin? to the gcene of the
diac0vervj traveling- horseback, in
wagon8 aud oü foot .
The question uow asitaling the mi _
ners is whethei . the fiad is morely a
pocket or whether it is a ledge with
greater treasures hidden in its depths.
Thus far there has been no indication
of the wonderful find being exhausted,
and assertion is made by many that
the find will develop a new Eldorado.
The discovery is owned by David
Briggs ana his two sons. It was ac
cidentally stumbled upon by one of
the sons, 18 years old, while on a deer
hunting expedition.
A Lake of Oil On Eire.
Lander , Wyo., July 7. —A reser
voir of oil belonging to the Belgo
American drilling trust is burning
a heat that makes approach im
| pro aching the
possible and covering the country foi
miles around with black smoke.
feared. The lowlands of
and Rosedale, other suburbs, also are
Hooded and hundreds of laboring peo
ple have left their homes.
West of Kansas City, along the Kaw
that stream is bank full and doing
great damage. There have been al
most incessaut rains in this part of
the southwest for five days and for
a month past heavy rains have fallen
Hundreds of wagons were engaged
busily all day today removing house
j hold goods from the suburbs of Kan
j sas City, Kas., along the Kaw, while
j ; n t ] ie west bottoms near the Missouri
Kan9as i iue thousands of dollars
; worth of goods were either removed
: from the district or placed upon upper
! floors. Over 3,000 people lied from
| Armourdale, many of whom were
i forced to leave their belongings. Com
j munications between Armourdale and
! Argentine is shut off except by boat
and ouly a f ew boats are being used
j because of the swift current.
1 •—•
! Japanese Besiege Port Arthur,
j ^ te secrecy. Since the occupation of
Nearby are two other lakes or pools
of oil which contain nearly a half
million barrels of oil. Should these
take fire it will cause the loss of over
Thousands Flee I ron; Floods.
$5,000,000 worth of oil, machinery,
derricks, etc. The wells are gushers,
but have been capped, awaiting the
building of a railroad by the company
for the transportation of the product,
I Kansas City , Mo., July 7.—One
j half of Armourdale, the packing house
I town in the suburbs on the Kansas
i side, is underwater from over-flow of
the Kaw river. The water is still ris
j ing at a rapid rate and conditions ap
^reat flood of 1903 urtî
Tokio , July 7. —Operations of para
mount importance are going on within
the war zone, but the government suc
ceeds in veiling them in almost abso
■ ing the city. The fleet of
j Togo is in motion day and ;
j is frequently engaged, but the forces
: and number of guns of the besiegers,
j as well as their positions, details of
: past operations and future plan- are
Daluy, the government officials have
been silent concerning conditions at
Port Arthur. It is generally known,
however, that the Japanese army and
navy are daily tightening their relent
less grip on the besieged city and that
a final assault followed by the fall of
the fortress is now only a matter of a
few weeks. It is known that engage
ments of varying importance are con
stantly occuring in the hills surround
ght and
secrets which probably will never be
revealed until the final and decisive
nominations delayed.
Trout,Ie «ivcr Platform Prolongs Procecd
It was something-rarely paralleled at
ings of Democratic Convention.
St. Louis , July 8.—The democratic
national convention was called to or
der soon after 10 o'clock this morning,
but as the resolutions committee was
not ready to report, it was decided to
adjourn until S p. m. The crush of
visitors around the doors atid inside
the convention hall at S o'clock was
greater than at any previous session.
° ^ ei
any national convention. Extras had
spread the news over town that a nom
ination was to be expected tonight and
the crowd was greater than at
previous sessiou. The pressure on
the doorkeepers and policemen was
great aud persons without tickets
forced their way into the hall.
Chairman Clark was unable to make
himself heard when he attempted to
call the convention to order aud intro
duced Senator Daniel, who presented
the report of the platform committee.
Senator Daniel proceeded with the
reading of the platform regardless of
the fact that not one soul iu the hall
except perhaps the stenographer, who
stood at the steps just beneath him
heard a word. Senator Daniel con
cluded the reading of the platform at
8:55 o'clock. When it was observed
that he had ceased reading, the con
vention broke into cheering. The
platform was adopted by an almost
unauimous vote.
The chairman then announced that
the nomination of a candidate for
president was in order, and the roll
of states being called, Alabama yield
ed to New York. Martin W. Little
ton, of the Empire state, in an elo
quent speech, placed Judge Alton B.
"arker in nomination. The mention
name was followed by a
wild demonstration, in which several
state delegations marched around the
halt amid a hurricane
dU } j
of applause
aud general uproar. After the excite
rnent had continued about 12 minutes
liiere was a preceptible abatement aud
the band struck up "America."
Thousands of voices joined in the
song. The lull speedily passed away
; for the bands struck up "Dixie," and
this was oil on a fire already fiercely
! blazing. With a spasmodic yell, the
| applause started ail over again rising
Miles, was also placed in nomination,
| and falling in a huge overwhelming
j wave of sound, the outpouring of
; thousands of throats, it was kept up.
i At the expiration of 22 minutes, ef
forts were made to still the demon
stration. A megaphone shout near
I the platform was begun for "Parker,
Parker," however, and things broke
' ' 00se a s 'ain. The demonstration last
j eu :mnutes •
x ^ e nomination of William Ran
; dolph Hearst by D. M. Delmas, of
j California, was followed by an en
i tléiiîOListriiLioLi. Ocutii'til
and shortly after 2 o'clock Richard
Olney, of Massachusetts, and Judge
Gray, of Delaware, were added to the
list of contestants.
Suit Against Labor Unions
VICTORIA, B. C., July 8.— The trial
of the case of the Center Star Mining
i Miner's union et al., is on before Jus
tioe Duff and a special jury. Ihe case
: arises out of the strike at Rossland in
1901. At that time five suits were com*
j menced by the mining corporations.
All entered action against the union
; for $50,000 each and an injunction
i against the unions'.
The defendants include the Miner's
union, officers of the body, trustees
and executives of the union, the Car
penters' and Joiners' union, the
! Blacksmith and Helpers' union, the
I Kossland Cooperative association and
15 individuals. It is claimed by the
I plaintiffs that a reign of terror was
i initiated to force the companies to in
crease the wages and that a conspir
■ acy was formed against the mining
Kansas Moods (lost Millions
river continued to ri
Kansas City , Juiy 8.— Not less
than $16,000,000 is the figure named by
the experts calculating the loss to
Kansas on the wheat crop to excessive
moisture this season. The Kansas
j here this morn
ing, and no appreciable relief from
flood conditions is expected before to
morrow. Day dawned with another
torrential rain. Seven thousand ref
ugees are objects of systematic relief
work in Kansas City, Kaus.
May 11- Moatana Train Robber:
Chicago . July 8.—Three men are
being held by the police here while an
investigation is being made of au as
sault and robbery of which the prison
ers are accused. The existence of the
] band whose members say they are
"The original automatic trio" became
known through the confession of one
of them,' Truman H. Wilkinson, who
lies at the point of death from a bullet
wouud received after he and his com
panions had held up aud shot J. C.
Meiier, secretary of a labor union.
Suffering from a mortal wound, Wil
kinson made a confession implicating
his two companions, Charles Pljelyou
and William Ewing, who were sur
prised and captured in a room.
The prisoners admitted the robbery
of a Northern Pacific train at Bear
mouth, Mont., recently but said noth
ing of a shooting which took place iu
{coQoeetioD with the hold-up.
Bryan und His Opponents Have a Bitter
Controversy In Committee.
St. Louis , July 8.—After a continu
ous session of lli hours the committee
on resolutions perfected the platform
and adjourned just before noon, in
structing its sub-committee to arrange
the draft for submission to the general
committee at 6 o'clock this evening
for report to the convention two hours
later. The platform is a compromise
acceptable to all of the interests in
volved aud was adopted unanimously
by the committee.
It was said in a general way to be a
concession to the Br.yan wing of the
party without in any way stilling the
declarations of the conservatives.
The absence of any pronouncement on
the financial question is most signifi
cant aud disc.loses the utter impos
sibility of finding any declaration
upon the subject acceptable to all.
The struggle continued through the
night and at 10 o'clock it was clear an
agreement on the document as a whole
could not be reached immediately.
During the watch of the long night in
the committee room there were many
dramatic scenes, not the least striking
u f which was a verbal encounter be
tween Senator Hill and Mr. Bryan
over a proposed money plank, declar
ing in favor of the gold standard.
Mr. Bryan introduced an income
tax amendment aud made a speech in
favor of it. He asserted that while
votes might be lost among the very
rich, the democratic party ought to
consider the great mass of people who
bear the burdens of taxation and the
expenses of the government. Senator
Daniel replied to Bryan and was very
vigorous in his denunciation of the
course the Nebraska man was pursu
ing. Ile said that he wanted to win
and desired a platform which would
bring to the democratic party the
voters who had left it when pursuing
a course which Mr. Bryan had shaped
and advocated.
"By what right," said Daniel; "uu
der what pretense does this man come
here to instruct us upon au issue which
led us to defeat twice: this man, whom
jj e f that
the democratic party has twice highly
honored, who has seen fit to pick flaws
in every candidate proposed for office
to which he twice unsuccessfully as
pired. I say, if we are going to wait
for a presidential candidate until we
lind an angel, we had better adjourn
and go home."
Bryan, who sat on the opposite side
of the table, Hushed deeply. His
tightly compressed lips bespoke the
effort he was making at self control.
"The gentleman is out of order, "
sharply interrupted Acting Chairman
Ben Tillman. "We cannot. permit
such personal allusions, such vituper
ations. ' '
Daniel persisted he meant no dis
respect. He said lie thought the time
had arrived when all loyal democrats
should be actuated by the purest mo
tives and their actions open to the
fullest criticism and declared his be
•ouutry stood upon the
brink of calamity.
Jjc ported Miner Kills Himself.
Denver , July ft.—W. H. Morgan,
ass aver and president and general
manager of the ( ; rouse Mountain < 1 old
Mining company, was found dead yes
terday in a lodging house in this city.
He had committed suicide on July 4
by taking poison and shooting him
self. He was one of the first parties
deported from Cripple Creek. Letters
left by him show that he had been
threatened to desperation.
sa \ e J From .Sl-.ipwreek.
Glasgow , Scotland, .July 8.—
Another boat with Norge survivors,
11 passengers, eight sailors and one
child, has reached the Shetland is
lands. This boat, which is in charge
of the second mate of the Norge, was
eight days on the open sea. The party
rowed the entire distance to the is
lands. Ali on board the boat was
much exhausted.
Parker Causes Sensation By Stating His
Views Upon Money Question.
St. Louis , July 9. —Amid scenes
unparallelled in any national conven
tion in history, the democrats at 5:40
o'clock this morning nominated Judge
Alton B. Parker, of New York, for
president. It was a case of Parker on
the first or second ballot or Parker
beaten, so it was that Belmont, Hill
and Sheehan brought together the
forces organized during the arduous
campaign of months in supreme efforts
to land the New Yorker.
Eight names were presented to the
convention, and the first ballot gave
Judge Parker 658 votes ( nine less than
necessary to nomiuate, ) Hearst 200,
the remainder being divided among
the minor candidates. Several states
immediately changed their votes to
Parker and effected his nomination.
\ mm
St. Louis , July 10. —The closing
hours of the uatiouul democratic con
vention which reached final adjourn
ment at 1:30 o'clock Sunday morning,
were full of dramatic interest. In the
preceding sessiou, at which Judge A.
B. Parker, after 10 hours of stirring
speeches was nominated, the most
notable incident of which was that by
W. J. Bryan, seconding the nomina
tion of Senator F. M. Cockrell, the
intensely dramatic scenes of the final
hours will long live in the memories
of all those who were present.
When the convention reconvened
the startling announcement was whis
pered around in different circles that
a sensation was to be sprung in the
convention at the eleventh hour. It
developed that .J udge Parker had tele
graphed his views upon finance, in
which he declared for the gold stand
ard, an -ugges'.ed that the convention
j shou!.: s i-jw tiii- lac., that it might be
[glvvu an tu:.i:y to select some
one else for tht- parly '« nominee
j should his viens i.ut be in accord with
'those of tne ol lier delegates. The
j telegram was as follows: "I regard
the gold standard as forcibly and ir
Irevocably established, and I shall act
j accordingly, if the convention today
! is ratified by the peoule. Inasmuch
as the platform is silent on the sub
ject, I deem it necessary to make this
communication to the convention for
its consideration, as I should consider
it my duty io decline the nomination
except with that understanding."
The action of Judge Parker was ta
ken to mean dictation to the conven
tion and aroused the greatest auger.
Governor Yard aman, speaking for
Mississippi, said that the delegation I
of that state would not consent that I
any gentleman shall dictate to the
convention as to what should be its j
platform and would join an effort to'
reconsider the nomination if such ;
dictation should be attemptod.
Senator Tillman, talking with other j
delegates asked if the "committee on i
resolutions was to be kicked about as j
though it was nothing." Ile senti
word to Senator Daniel that any at- ;
tempt to reconsider the action on the|
platform and insert '.he gold standard ;
plank would raise a storm in the con- !
vention. Several other speakers ex
pressed indiguation that the presi
dential nominee of the convention had j
raised a controversy at this time.
It was finally proposed that tbeeou-l
vention wire a reply to .Judge Parker, !
and after a short' debate it was voted .
by an overwhelming majority to wire i
him the following message:
"The platform adopted by this con-1
vention is silent on the question of !
the monetary standard because it is
not regarded by us as a possible issue j
in this campaign and only campaign
issues were mentioned in the platform.
Therefore there is nothing in the views
expressed by you in the telegram just
received whicn would preclude aman
entertaining them from accepting a
nomination on said platform."
Shortly after one o'clock Sunday
morning, Senator Henry G. Davis, of
West Virginia, was nominated for
vice-president. The first ballot re
sulted: Davis 654, Williams 165, Tur
ner 100, Harris 58. The nomination
of Senator Davis was made unani
mous after which the convention ad
Identified As Kid Curry. ,
K nox ville , Tenn., July 10.—To well
F. S pence, a detective employed by a
Chicago agency, has returned to that
city, after securing identifications of
two pictures which he had in his pos
session, supposed to be photographs of
the famous Montana bandit aud train
robber Harvey Logan, alias "Kid
Early on the morning of Juiy 8, a
gang held up a Denver & Rio Grande
train near Parachute, Colo., but
after blowing two safes and shoot
ing one railroad employe, they se
cured only $10. A posse of cowboys
was at once organized aud chase was
given. In the chase one of the ban
dits was shot from his horse by a cow
boy and as soou as he fell was seen to
shoot himself through the head. Pic
tures were taken of the dead man.
Believing the photographs to be those
of Logan, Spenee came here to identi
fy the bandit through jail officials,
where Logan had been confined for
more than a year. Sheriff Fox from
whom Logan escaped, positively iden
tified the photographs as those of Le
gan. So did Jailer Thomas Bell,
whom Logan held up at the poiut of a
pistol while escaping from jail. The
outstanding reward for the bandit is
variously estimated at between $18,000
and $30,000. It is probable that the
bandit's body will be exhumed and
further identification established as
Logan had many bullet marks on his
Bryan Surrenders Leadership.
St. Louis , July 9.—Bryan's last
stand in the convention was made with
hollow but blaziug eyes, aud iu a
voice so husky it seemed to tear the
very flesh of his throat. Dawn shone
iu upon the sickly lights of the con
vention hall where thousands of peo
ple, weary to the verge of collapse,
sat aud listened to the proud justifica
tion of the beaten leader.
"I return to you the standard you
gave me to bear!" he thundered.
"I may have failed in wisdom, and
1 may have lost fights, but I defy any
man to say I have been false to my
trust or untrue to democracy."
For the fifty hours Bryan had slept
less than half au hour. He had led
the fight against the Parker men in
the committee and on the floor. In
committee he was more successful than
on the floor. A great demonstration
followed Bryan's speech, aud as the
roll was called the Nebraskau left the
hall on the arm of his brother, and iu
live minutes after his arrival at the
hotel was fast asleep.
Hill Is Proud of His Work
St. Louis , July 9. —Ex-Senator
David B. Hill was seen as soon as the
convention adjourned and said:
"Of course I am delighted with the
result, and the more so because of the
two facts—first, that Judge Parker was
uamed ou the first ballot, aud, second,
because, with one one exception, uo
personal abuse or vituperation was
indulged in. Each state was allowed
to put in nomination its favorite son
aud vote for him as we had planned.
Judge Parker will, I believe, make au
ideal candidate, and will lit the plat
form, which is also ideal."
lliy Wool SalesïlnîBoston.
Boston , July 9. —Another big wool
sale took place yesterday, the second
largest to be closed ^within a week,
when the Wauskuk mill of Providence
took 4,000,000 pounds, mostly Mon
tana. Oregon and Idaho. The range
of prices is from 18 to 22 cents, a large
line of Oregon staple selling around
19 cents, or on a second basis iu the
neighborhood of 57 cents. This
brings the week's business up to near
ly 45,000,000 pounds, although exact
figures are not easv to obtain.
A Colorado Hange War.
Asi 'KX, Colo., .July 10.—Word has
reached here that 1,500 sheep, owned
by H. H. Lawson, of Salt Lake City,
had been killed by Gunnison county
cowboys. Lawson had several thous
and sheep on the ranges in this vicin
ity. One bunch was iu Taylor park
in charge of three herders. The cow
boy- swooped down upon the herders
and disarmed them. They then cut
the throats of about 1,500 of the sheep.

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