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Vol. XXIV. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, July 20, 1904. No. 39. PREPARING TO ARBITRAT!:. Meat Cutters and Employers May Agree I'pon Settlement. Chicago , July 14.—The first step toward peace between the seven pack ing companies and their 50,000 strik ing employes was taken today, when President Michael Donnelly of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters' and Butchers' Union of North America held a conference with representatives of the packing- houses, in which the strike was discussed. Both sides are in favor of a peaceable settlement up on an equitable basis, and it is be lieved that an arrangement will be made for the men to return to work, pending an adjustment of the difficul ties by arbitration. J. O. Armour, for the employer.-!, and Michael Donnelly, for the work ers, have uuited in declaring they favor arbitration. The head of the union, in council with President Sam uel Gompers of the American Federa tion of Labor, was advised to make terms at once if he could secure what he deemed fair consideration. It is understood that in conference today the union leaders will insist that all strikers be reinstated. An other point on which the labor men will lay their stress will be that a wage scale for each class of workers in the packing plants be agreed on. This brings up one of the original difficulties. The packers have main tained that any contract made would not include the unskilled workers. Strike Affects Railroads. Chicago . July 14.—From a financial viewpoint, probably no one outside interested is more seriously affected by the stO'-'. yards strike than the railroads, particularly the lines oper ating east from Chicago. Fresh meat is one of the heavy articles of ship ment east from here and it takes a higher rate than almost any class of freight. An average of 200 carloads of fresh meat is shipped from Chicago to eastern points and for export every day. The remuneration to the rail roads averages $100 a car, the rate being 45 ceuts per 100 pounds. The business is pretty evenly divided among the ten competing lines, and amounts to $20,000 a day to the ten railroads. Officers of the east bound roads say that there has been a ma terial falling off in most shipments. Beyond a distance of 200 miles there is not much fresh meat shipped from west of Chicago, the western markets being supplied by the Missouri river packing houses. Exposition Company Robbed. St. Louis , July 14.—William H. Ellis, Henry Miller and Edward Ivie ley, all of St. Louis, employes of the admissions department of the world's fair have been arrested and taken to the world's fair police station, where they will be held pending an investi gation into what is believed to be a gigantic conspiracy to rob the exposi tion company by ticket irregularities. The indications are that a large num ber of the employes of the division of admissions have been in the conspir acy and that a large sum of money has been secured. The switching back and second sale of genuine tickets, and the wide circu lation of counterfeit admission cards are said to be two of the schemes which have been worked with success. The men under arrest are supposed to have had the co-operation of others in the ticket booths and of certain em ployes in the offices of the admissions in the administration building as well as inspectors stationed at the en trance. Suspected of Train Robbery. Spokane , July 14.—George Wilson, believed to be oue of the men who held up a Northern Pacific train near Bearmoutli, Mont., on the night of June 10 and dynamited the express car, was arrested here yesterday. On his person were found 17 small dia monds, believed to have been part of a consignment of S00 diamonds stolen iu the robbery and about $700 in cash. Wilson, it is said, was betrayed to the local police bv a former railroad man who went on a spree with him in Missoula, Mont., and accompanied him to Spokane. Bryan Oratory Not W anted. Chicago , July 14.—Mr. Sullivan., new member of the democratic com mittee from Illinois, declares it was! not considered desirable by members I of the national committee that \Y. J. i Bryan take the stump for the ticket. Some days ago Mr. Harrison invited j Mr. Bryan to speak at a ratification I meeting which is to be held in this ! city in a few days. Mr. Sullivan de clared when informed of the invita tion that had been extended to Mr. Bryan, the leader from Nebraska "must not come to Illinois to speak." Explanations were at once asked of Mr. Sullivan aud he declared that the , . national committee had decided not . as one of its to have Mr. Bryan speakers. The reason assigned by the committee for this decision, ac cording to Mr. Sullivan, he "would do the ticket more harm than good." Charged With Big Theft. St. Paul , July 14. —Wm. J. Stine, who was chief clerk to General Mana ger Walter A. Scott of the Omaha railway until the latter part of June, and who was arrested yesterday on a charge of having stolen $80,000 worth of Southern Pacific railroad bonds from the offices of the late general manager, shortly after Mr. Scott's death, has been held in the district court in the sum of $50,000. He is in jail. New evidence, which it is al leged fastens the theft of the bonds ou Stine, has been unearthed by the po-1 lice. Doukhobors Seek Redeemer. Chicago , July 14.— A dispatch the Chronicle from Winnipeg, Man., says that destination aud death for the Doukhobors is feared agaiu, as most of the sect have started on anoth er march in search of the Redeemer to and refuse all assistance, including food. Most of the women and child ren are even now destitute of every-' thiug except a few rags which cau hardly be called clothing, and it is feared that unless the journey can be stopped immediately many will die. Labor Troubles and Politics. Washington , July 14.— The Post, independent, this morning, prints a story to the effect that in the opinion of some of the public officials here, the strike of the packing house em ployes was connived at by some big men and the beef trust for the purpose, if possible, of encompassing the de feat of President Roosevelt for re election. McDevitt Arrested for Gambling. Portland , Ore., July 13.—James McDevitt who opened a gambling house in Portland last Monday was arrested today with his dealers aud the place closed by order of the chief of police. A few players who were iu the place were also taken to the police station. McDevitt is said to be a wealthy cattlemau formerly of Teton county, Montana. He is associated with Frank Simons, formerly of Mis soula, in whose premises the gambling were started. McDevitt and Simons declare that they will impeach the mayor aud chief of police if their place is not allowed to run. They announce that they will open as often as they are closed so long as other gambling houses are allowed to operate. They have en-! gaged able counsel aud will fight the case to a finish. Half a dozen large gambling houses are in operation in Portland. The mayor has declared that they shall have a monopoly of the business and that all others who attempt to operate will be arrested and their paraphernalia destroyed. McDevitt and Simons, after taking advice from able.lawyers decided that if others could run they could, and proceeded accordingly. Oom Paul Kruger Is Dead. Geneva , July 14.—Paul Kruger, former president of the Transvaal re public, died at Clarenz, iu the Swiss Cauto of Y aud, Switzerland, at three o'clock this morning. Death was due to heart weakness, resulting from an attack of pneumonia. The body will immediately be embalmed and later in the day the remains will be placed in a vault peudiug the result of an ap plicatiou to England for permission to take the body to the Transvaal for liual interment. The request is in ac cordauce with the wish often expressed by Kruger that he might be buried be — * British Politicians Reorganize. London , July 14. —Joseph Cham berlain was elected president and Lord Lansdowne vice president of the newly reconstructed liberalistic union ist convention, attended by 1,^00 dele gates from all parts of the kingdom. A resolution was passed in favor of a complete reform of the British fiscal system, approving the premier's de mand for increased powers to deal! with tariff and in express sympathy with proposal for arrangements be tween the colonies and the mother land. The resolution was adopted! unanimously aud Mr. Chamberlain, who presided, pointed out that it must fairly represent the views of the lib-1 eralist-unionists. STRIKE MAY CONTINUE. ! , . „ , . , i CHICAGO. July lo. ;, * j for an immediate peaceful settlement . of the packers strike was given a set Butchers and Packers I'nable to Agree I'pon Basis of Arbitration. -The prospects back at noon today when President Donnelly, of the Butchers' union, re jected the propositions submitted by the packers last night. Union offi cials were advised that it would be impossible to reach an agreement along the lines suggested by Mr. Don nelly. In their answer to Mr. Don nelly, the packers declared themselves willing to arbitrate, but stipulated that the arbitration should include the entire scope of the strike and not be limited iu any way. At the stock yards today the ex pressed opinion was that the strike would last well into next week. Com mission men and feeders who are gen erally in touch with the situation, j sent dispatches to shippers through out the country advising them to hold ! work, j sheep aud ho j their livestock until later aud warn : iug them especially from sending the ; usual heavy shipments Monday uiorn ; iug. One thousand more non-union men were imported into the yards this morning, making 4,000 iu all now at Every plant killed cattle, on an extensive scale. The receipts were larger than those of Friday of last week, consisting of 3,000 cattle, 8,000 sheep aud 8,000 hogs. The strike pickets aloug Halsted street iu the neighborhood of the ; stock yards caused a disturbance to ! day aud were dispersed by the police. Furniture drivers moving mattresses and beds from a boarding house were ordered by the pickets to desist, the piekets believing that the bedding was to be takeu into the packing houses. The police were called, but after the officers had departed the pickets re turned aud begau throwing the fur niture into the street. The police were again summoned and the loaded vans were escorted out of the neigh borhood. Strikers Surround Packing Plant. St. Paul , July 15.— A force of sev eral hundred strikers lined up in front of the main entrance of the Swift Packing company's piaut at South St. Paul today aud refused to let the office force aud other employes into the building. The striker's had learned of the operation of the plant and con cluded that the office men must have been employed on the killing iloor, and therefore determined to allow no one to enter the grouuds. Mayor Little was appealed to by J officers of the company. Ile cou sent ed to lead office men iu an effort to ' = et through the gates, but the strikers ! reused to admit the mayor and party, Parleying followed for some time with out ''esults. 1 he strikers said they I allow the office men to enter the j y al 'ds if the officials would give their VVOI 'd of honor that the men would uot ! be employed except upon their regular I duties. The officials declared that '' did not feel called upon to give troops to the stockyards any such pledge to auybody, and things were at a standstill. It is ex pected that the governor will be asked Pugilist Fitzsimmoiis Arrested. New York , July 15.— Robert Fitz simmous, the pugilist, has spent two hours under arrest iu a Coney Island police station because he refuses to return to the proprietor of an animal j show a small liou cub, asserted by the proprietor to have been taken j without his consent. Fitzsimmous" friends finally appeared and arranged a bond of $1,000 peudiug a settlement j of the case. Fitzsimmous recently visited the an imal show with several other meu, in | eluding one of the proprietors of the j place. While they were looking about a lion cub escaped from its cage and the pugilist, after a lively chase, cap j tu red it. He exhibited so much inter est in the animal that the man men tioned told him to take it home. When the rightful owner demanded its re turn Fitzsimmous refused aud his ar Identified As Train Robber. Spokane . Julv 15.—Gi Ham inoud, alias George Wilson, ali George Hamlin, suspected of beiug implicated in the Northern Pacific holdup at Bearmouth, Mont . is ideu tified by Special Agent McFetridge of the Northern Pacific as having been convicted of robbing a sheepherder's camp in Montana and also arrested in Montana last summer on suspicion of blowing upNorthernPacific bridges, but was released. McFetridge states: "I do not doubt in the least that he is the man we want.'' Hammond will probably be taken to Montana next week for trial. Montana Gamblers Eight Case. Portland , Ore., July 15.—Steps are . to be taken to impeach Chief of Police Charles H. Hunt, District Attorney Manning and all other officers whose : duty it is to see that all gambling in the city is stopped. That is the state . ment given out by Attorney Dan Mur phy, representing James McDevitt, formerly of Teton county, Montana, j who was arrested as .being the pro prietor of the gambling game which was conducted on the upper floor of the new Grpheum theater. When the place was raided by C'ap i tain Moore, Sergeant Carpenter and [Officer Maloney, four other men were arrested besides McDevitt. They were T. R. Carson, of Great Falls, charged with beiug a dealer of the faro game; W. B. Brown, as being one of the players at the table, and W. Fleming aud Walter Rouaiue, as beiug visitors of a gambling house. The proprietor was not arrested at the time of the raid, but gave himself up. The pro prietor is out on $200 bail, while the dealer is out ou $100, aud the others ou $50 bonds. Fair Pays Half a .Million. St. Louis , J a 1 y 15.—The first pay ment of $500,000 on the government loan of $4,600,000 to the Louisiana Purchase exposition company was de posited in the sub-treasury iu St. Louis today. "The best answer to any talk that the exposition company would have difficulty iu making the payment is the fact that the money is now in the sub-treasury," said President Francis. "Not only have we made the payment, but it has been doue a day ahead of time." Today's payment was the first of the $500,000 semi-monthly payments stipu lated by congress when the World's fair loan was authorized. There have been two previous payments, each one comprising a certain per cent, of the gross receipts of the exposition com pany from all sources. The total amount refunded to the federal gov ernment is $907,109.59. Dakota Stockmen Arc Alarmed. Dickinson , N. D., July 15.—The stockmen of North Dakota are much agitated over the action of the Mon tana growers in askintr the depart ment of agriculture to rescind the order for dipping scabby cattle. North Dakota cattlemeu aud state authori ties have made a strenuous effort to free the state from the disease and are in a fair way of being successful. If neighboring states are allowed to maintain scabby cattle on the ranges adjacent to North Dakota the latter state would be continuously threaten ed with a reinfection from that source. Defeat for Hill Interests. Trenton , N. J., July 15.— Judge Bradford today granted a preliminary injunction in the suit brought by Ed ward H. Harriman, Winslow Pierce aud others to restrain the proposed pro rata distribution of the assets of the Northern Securities company. This is a defeat for the Hill interests. about $79,000,000 Range War In I lie litigation turned largely ou the question as to the title to the Northern Pacific stock, which E. H. Harriman ciud W inslow S. Pierce put into the! combination and which amounted to! Baker City , Ore., July 15.—News reached here today that six armed men made an attack on the Miles Lee sheep camp on Baldy mountain last night. On hearing the shooting the herder in charge rushed from his tent to see the men shooting down the sheep as fast as they could fire. The herder attempted to drive the mar auders off but was himself forced to run for his life. He came at once to Baker City and this morning Mr. Lee sent out a party of several men to investigate Russians Report Jap l.osses London , July 15.—A Mukden dis patch this afternoon reports the Jap anese losses during the fighting on the right 11 auk defenses of Port Arthur, July 3 to ii, inclusive, were 2,000. The Russian loss was insignificant. The Russians drove back the Japanese and occupied the heights commanding Lun Sautan Pass. Liao Yang , July 15.—Ceneral Sam sonoll seriously checked the Japanese advance iu the direction of Yin Kow on July 11. His Cossacks ambushed the Japanese column aud put 1,000 out of action. The Japanese attempted to advance to Yin Kow along the coast, but'.hey were hindered by the marshy jountry which also increased their difficulties in carrying off their dead and wounded during the retreat. PEACE NEGOTIATIONS ARE OFF. Strike Leaders Hectare They Will Not Accept Packers' Offer. Chicago , July 16.—All chances of peace in the packer's strike has van ished for the time beiug at least. The j end of negotiations came late today after a conference which lasted nearly all of the afternoon between three j leaders of the strike and a number of packers. The final break resulted j wheu the union officials insisted that j all the men who had gone out on strike be taken back aud given their old placee. The packers declared that this would necessitate the dis charge of all the men they had em ployed since the commencement of the strike and they could not and would not consider it. St. Louis , July 17.—-There was no change noticeable iu the strike situa tiou in St. Louis and East St. Louis packing plants today. The engineers j and firemen were the only men em ployed about the packing houses to I day. Michael Donnelly arrived from Chicago today. He addressed a mass meeting of the strikers iu East St. Louis city hall. Several thousand meu were unable to gaiu admittance. President Donnelly received an ova tion. He said: "We shall never agaiu euter into arbitration unless every man, woman and child who has beeu discharged who is out on strike has beeu returned to their former positions without pre judice. This strike is only iu its ii fancy. It will be the most gigantic i the history of the country since the coal strike. The méat strike affects every working man. It enters into the personal life of every home, for meat is an absolute necessity. No riot shall take place iu Chicago or any other center and the union officials and the men must see to this even if they have to stand insult to avoid it." At the conclusion of the meeting President Donnelly, in au interview, stated that according to information which he had received from John Joyce, international secretary of the union, the packers killed between 500 and 1,000 cattle during the last week as compared with 96,000 to 12u,000 head during the same period one year ago. "In three mouths' time," said Pres ident Donnelly, "if the strike should happen to last that loug, the packers cannot get skilled men sufficient to kill over 5 per cent, of the regular run of cattle." Strikers Make Trouble. Chicago , July 17. —In an attack this afternoon on four colored strike breakers by a mob composed of spec» lators at an amateur baseball game in. the vicinity of the stockyards, two white meu, one policeman and the four strike breakers were severely in jured. Revolvers and knives were used at u three of the injured meu are iu a serious condition. St. Paul , July 1(5.—' The first clash between the oneriff's force and the striking butchers of Swift & Co. at South St. Paul occurred today when a spirited and partly successful effort was made by the company, assisted by Sheriff Grisim and deputies, to force about 25 men through a bitr j crowd of strikers, who were congre j gated about the entrance to the pack j ing house yards. A severe hand-to hand encounter ensued anil several ou both sides were badly bruised. One of the strikers, J. K. Banks, marshal of the striking pickets, was arrested later and lined $25. Populists Roast Bryan Indianapolis , July 17. -The fusion populists of Indiana have issued a j cal 1 for a state convention to be held j in this city September 14. The call is I addressed not only to populists but to j "Kansas City platform democrats and silver republicans." The call says: "Mr. Bryan's surrender to the re j organizers has conclusively proved ' that there is no hope of relief except through a new party. The people's j party now becomes a 'safe aud sane' refuge tained r all who have loyally sus r. Bryan in his struggle to rescue the democratic party from the control of the money power, repre ! seuting as it does the principles which * ' * ,<t 'P ,,b,icun ( i " " puis " »«»J*»uartcr.s. ! president be conduct, d large! v fn A , iu aud li.00,* W Chicago , July 16.—Although Chair man George 13. Cortelyou of the re publican national committee will spend the greater part of his time at the New York headquarters to be near the the coming campaign will om Chicago, main head quarters will be located in this city, rooms having been engaged at Audi torium Annex. Chairmau Cortelyou aud Secretary Dover are expected to arrive in Chicago on July 30 or 31 and open the headquarters on Mon day, August 1. Will Amend Dipping Rules. Washington , July 16.—Dr. Sal* mon, chief of the bureau of animal in dustry of the agricultural department, announced today that the department, with the approval of Secreary Wil son, will in a few days issue amended regulations for dipping cattle intended for export beyond, the limits of the states in which they are raised. The amendments were decided upon as it, result of a protest made by cattle shippers iu the Dakotas and Montana, who claimed that the dipping regula tions would work hardship, in that they would require all cattle to be dipped twice before shipment if strict ly enforced. The order will be general, as the de- partmeut does not make a special rule for any state. Dr. Salmon says- he believes the new regulations will be satisfactory to cattle raisers aud that they will prevent the spread of disease. .Montana Pictures at the Fair. St. Louis , July 16. —An official bul letin issued tonight by the world's fair press bureau follows: "Oue of the best collections of west ern paintings at the fair may be seen at the Montana state building. The pictures are the work of two Montana artists, C. M. Russell, of Great Falls,, and E. S, Paxsou, of Butte, and most of them are views of western life and scenes. The largest painting in the group is 'Custer's Last Stand,: by Paxsou, on which the artist spent seven years. The fac'al expressions in this picture are remarkable, each face representing a separate study. This work is valued at $20,000. " 'The Latest Arrivals,' another painting by Paxsou,. is remarkable for its coloriug. The picture repre sents the arrival of an Indian family at a trading post, their traveling paraphernalia being worked, out in minutest detail. Most of Mr. Rus sell'ä works are small, but they are noted for their correctness of detail. The best oue of these shows four cow boys in the act of roping a grizzly bear. The other pictures iu this group are Indian sceues aud concep tions." A New York Tornado. New York , July 18. —Of the half score injured in the tornado which de vastated the Quaker settlement near Chiappaqua, N. Y., Saturday night, all are now expected to recover except two. A search of the neighborhood shows the storm created great havoc during the few minutes it raged. In the tree tops for more than a mile around, clothiug of all descriptions were found. A carpet, which had beeu ou the lloor of a house which was destroyed, was ripped up aud car ried more thau a mile up the side of a mountain. There it was deposited in the top of a tree almost intact. Many curious effects noted iu western tor nadoes were observed. President Will Not Orate.' oyster Bay , July 18.— P. C. Knox of Pennsylvania, oue of the closest friends and advisors to the president, was a visitor at Sagamore Hill today. Mr. Kncx will take au active part iu the campaign and will deliver at least two important speeches. The president is working both day and night on his notification speech and his letter of acceptance. He will deliver no political speeches during the campaign, conteuting himself with a statement of his position and the results achieved iu his administra tion in the letter of acceptance. I.ootnis' Body Recovered. London , July 16.—A. body, sun posed to be that of F. Kent Loomis, was washed ashore this morning at Bigbury bay, Devonshire. The body was that of a well dressed man, five feel, six inches in height, attired in a grey overcoat and dark blue suit. In the pockets were found a caid with the name "F. Kent Loomis," Ameri can and English coins and notes, a gold watch, etc. Bigbury bay is ten miles southeast of Plymouth, where the Kaiser Wil helm II. arrived June 20 from New York, having on board F. Keut Loom is, brother of Assistant Secretary of State Loomis. Mr. Loomis was missed at 1 o'clock that morning and has not beeu heard from since. He was charged by the authorities at Washington to convey to Abyssinia the treaty of commerce, concluded be tween trie United States and Emperor Meuelik.