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Vol. XXIV. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday,. July 27, 1904. No. 40. STRIKESS RETURN TO WORK Employes of Packing Houses Will Obey Verdict of Arbitration Hoard Chicago , July 21.—Fifty thousand butcher workmen who quit work July 12, paralyzing the meat industry of the country, will go back to their posts tomorrow morningr. While they continue peacefully at work a board of arbitration will pass judgement upon the contentions of the laborers for higher wages and less arduous working conditions—and the decision of the arbitrators will settle the issues of the great strike. Around the Chi cago stock yards today there was re joicing among the strikers as well as the stockmen and packing interests. During the day nearly 500 of the strike-breakers employed in the vari ous plants ceased work and were paid off, the men quitting apparently fear ing to work with the union men who will return tomorrow. Thousands of laborers who have been on strike ap peared at the yards today with their lunch pails and applied for work, thinking, since the strike had been de clared off, there remained nothing to be done, except to go back to their old places. They were told at the timekeepers' offices of the different plants that they would not be taken back until tomorrow. The unionists, who had looked for ward to seeing the strike spread today in a sympathetic movement, involving all the mechanical trades, and per haps the teamsters and firemen, learn ed with relief that instead of the great er strike there was to be peace in the packing town. Many strikers, how ever, expressed disappointment that the strike, after causing them to lose ■eight and a half days in wages, had resulted in the reference of their de mands to arbitration. Non-Union Men Assaulted. St. Joseph , Mo., July 21.— A riot call was turned in from the stockyards at 9 o'clock tonight, and every avail able policeman is on duty endeavoring lO cuQtrui Xreu^leU membcra fcho la bor unions who went out on strike sev eral days ago. The packers are not discharging the non-union men fast enough to suit the strikers. Tonight the managers of all the packing houses •in South St. Joseph notified the union men that but 60 per cent of the strikers will be put to work tomorrow. The strikers say the packers are endeavor ing to hold all non-union men, and that all of the union* men cannot get back to work if the packers are per mitted to carry out their plans. Many non-union men who appeared in the streets tonight were assaulted and apparently there was a concerted effort to drive them from the plants. .Missouri Democrats Nominate folk. Jefferson City , July 21.—After an all night session, marked by intervals of disorder and commotion that could not be quelled by the gavel, the demo cratic state couveution unanimously nominated Joseph W. Folk, circuit at torney of St. Louis, for governor and adopted a platform which promises a vigorous crusade against corruption and boodling in Missouri, iu event of democratic supremacy at the polls. The platform pledges support to Parker: favors the initiative aud re ferendum aud the assessment of fran chises: equal rights to labor aud capi tal, separating the police from poli tics: the eradication of the granting of railroad passes to legislators and the building of good roads. The political plank in the platform is in regard to bribery, iu part as follows: "The democratic party of Missouri not only stands for material and in tellectual progress, but for moral ad vaneement and declares that the para mount issue before the people of Mis souri is the eradication of bribery from public life iu this state. We hereby declare unremitting warfare against corruption and pledge the democratic party to hit corruption and hit it hard, whether iu our own ranks or in the ranks of the opposi tion party." Mine Closed By Military. Victor , Col, July 21. —The Port land mine is closed again iu conse quence of the action of the military authorities. The mine was giving em ployment to about 500 men. Squads of soldiers have arrested 117 of these, including the entire mechanical force at the three working shafts. This comprised engineers, firemen, masters mechanic aud skilled men in other de partments. The men thus summarily removed from their labors are accused of no crime, the only accusation be ing that they refused to sacrifice their membership in the Western Federa tion of Miners and take out Mine Owners' association working cards, After being tried before the military tribunal, if they still refused to take out working cards, they will probably be deported from the district. Cleveland Praises Parker. New York , July 21. — "Steady! democrats, steady!" is the title of an article by Grover Cleveland, which will be printed in Colliers. In it Mr. Clevelaud lauds the action of Judge Parker in sending his gold telegram to the St. Louis convention and ex presses his satisfaction with the plat form. After quoting Judge Parker's mes sage to the St. Louis convention, Mr. Cleveland says: "Those democrats who have been impatient of the silence of the party's candidate ought to be satisfied with the effectiveness of his first utterance. It filled the blank in a disabled platform. It gave leader ship to the democratic cause and ral lied supporters by thousands and tens of thousands to the democratic stand ard . ' ' Want a Jîig Campaign Fund. New York , July 21.— If Senator Gorman will not take the chairman ship of the democratic national com mittee, the men who have been push ing him for the place will turn their attention to William F. Sheehan, and try to secure his election by the na tional committee. Ihe reason why either Gorman or Sheehan is pre ferred over Thomas Taggart of Indi ana is understood to be because of the belief that either of them would be able to command the attention of business men in the east and secure a large campaign fund. Grafters Hun the Town. Bonesteel, s. D., July 22.— After being for 24 hours in the hands of the grafters, the town authorities have capitulated upon the terms of the law less element. The police who have been retained to protect the gamblers doing business with the gang of graft ers, assaulted the policemen and took away their clubs and stars. An ap peal for troops failed and to prevent bloodshed Mayor Erb gave in. The registration for homesteads at the four land offices—Bonesteel, Chamberlain, Fairfax and Yankton— up to date is upward of 97,000 and im mense crowds continue to arrive on every train. Little excitement attend ed the registration, the authorities to day getting control of the crowds and briugiug concessionaries under the aw. a liig Crop of Convicts. Walla Walla . July 21.—The : problem of what the state of Washing ton will do with its convicts is one j that is beginning to worry the state i authorities and the Walla Walla pris ! on officials. During the past six 1 mouths the prison has been rapidly | filling up, until now the limit of ac i commodations is practically reached. I Few, if any more can be cared for at the btate prison. The total popula tion of the state penitentiary is rang ing a few more than the 700 mark. The highest record was 706. Almost every cell has two prisoners in it. It is predicted that another six months will see all the available cell space j taken. If an additional wing is con | structed a state appropriation is neces ; sarv. As ihe legislature does not meet till next January, the disposal of prisoners until additional cells are provided is a serious question. Russians Sei/e liritish Vessel. ' London , July 21.—A Lloyds dis ! patch states that the British steamship j Packling, with a general cargo and 3 several passengers, has been captured i by the Russians. She sailed from ; Gibraltar J uly 7 and is supposed to I have beeu taken in the Red sea near I the point where the Malacca was held j j up. It is an extremely valuable prize, j ! The news created a sensation here. ! ! Jingoism is rampant throughout I Great Britain today, and the Balfour! j ministry faces a situation which will i j require the exercising of the most! j careful diplomacy, if the nation is not ! to be plunged into a war involving all I Europe. The majority of the people ! j want the steamer Malacca taken by j force from the Russian prize crew if ! she is not instantly released. Lewistowx , July 21.—a record j was made here today for the convict j ion of a criminal. W. J. Tiernev i broke into the store house of the Oc cidental saloon last night and stole i three bottles of whisky and two boxes of cigars. He was arrested at 7 ; o'clock by Deputy Sheriff Martin. He i pleaded guilty this afternoon and was I sentenced to the penitentiary for one year. His sentence caaie just nineteen hours after the arrest. BUTCHERS' STRIKE RENEWED. Workmen Claim Packers Failed to Carry Out Terms of Agreement. Chicago , July 22.—The stockyards . strike was declared on again this morning. When the butchers return- j ed to work they fouud conditions which prevented many getting employ : ment aud other alleged discrimina tions, and President Donnelly prompt ly called the strike on asraiu. Today 3,000 cattle butchers reported at the stockyards here for work. Only ; half of them were given places. There upon all refused to work. They re ported in a body at their headquar ters. j The strikers, when they appeared at the packing houses, carried their i tools and overalls and were in fine: humor. When the men found that the j packers expected to take back only a small proportion of the men, the smiles changed to frowns. A commit- ! tee was quickly appointed aud was sent to interview the packing house superintendents. The committee re- j turned with lorni faces aud reported the situation. Howls of rage went up and the packers were cursed roundly. Then the great army of strikers turned and filed out of the yards. Reports were circulated this after noon that that the packers had de cided to yield not a whit to the strik ers and to meet a continued shutdown in the killing department until un skilled non-uuion men can be obtained to operate on a large scale. The reason for this action is that the packers have found it too expen sive and wasteful to attempt operating : small killing gangs and have deter mined, if the strikers insist on hold ing out, to suspend killing operations in all the plants affected by the strike. The packers, it'is stated, will continue handling products on hand. Work in : the smoking and canning departments . will also be continued, but no killing , be done under the adverse conditions which have existed since the beginning of the strike. The first rioting of the day came when Frank Mil lei- was set upon by a crowd of strike sympathizers. They beat him so badly that at the hospital where he was taken there was little chance of recovery. Strike Order Is Obeyed. St. Paul , July 22. —The butchers in Swift & Co.'s plant iu South St. Paul were called out again today. Business Agent Steep of the union stated that the packers had violated their agreement from the start. He said that only about 60 per cent, of the strikers had been taken back, and intimated that there were other unsat isfactory features. St. Joseph , July 22.— The 1,500 striking packing houses employes who returned to work this morning walked out again at noon. The order was re ceived this morning, but business agents of the uuious were refused ad mittance to the plants by the packing house managers. All of the saloons in South St. Joseph have beeu closed by order of the mayor, aud large forces of policemen aud deputies have beeu called out. Federal Troops Requested. Bonesteel , S. D.. July 22.— The federal troops have beeu asked for aud are being held in readiness to be sent here pending a promise by the gamb lers that the grafters will leave the city today. Last night the mayor, in a signed statement, notified Superin tendent McPaul of the government registration office that he was unable to cope with the situation aud request ed that troops be called for. Two hours later the request was withdrawn. At midnight the request was renewed by the city authorities. Mr. Paul issued an ultimatum to the city authorities, saying that the riot ing and disorder of last night posi tively would not be permitted again and that he would remove the regis tration office from Bonesteel to anoth er town if it occurred. Later Mr. Paul notified the government officers that the town was still unsettled and advised the sending of troops. The 100,000 mark in the registration will have been passed before the day closes, and the one remaining day un doubtedly will swell the lints to much larger proportions. The registration line in front of the local federal build ing is of considerable proportions. Suspect Says He Is Innocent spokane, July 22.—George Ham mond, the man who is believed to have been implicated in the Bearmouth train robbery in Montana, is still in the county jail, being held under the charge of bringing stolen property into the state. He says he is ready to go back to Montana and face the music, and believes that he can show to the satisfaction of everyone that he was not in the gang that held up the Northern Pacific. Deputy Sheriff Doak stated that nothing whatever, had been heard from the sheriff in Montana and if he is coming after Hammond the office here knows noth ing of it. Mutier Charged With llribery. St. Louis , July 22.—Col. Edward Butler, a prominent local politician, was indicted today by the grand jury on the charge of bribing a witness. The indictment grows out of the con fession of Charles F. Kelly, former member of the house of delegates, who says that Butler gave him $15,000 for leavinar the country aud staying away until the bribe givers, against whom he had damaging evidence, were pro tected by the statute of limitation. It is understood that Butler has already given bond to answer to the charge. The expected indictment against a politician close to Butler and against "the man higher up," who also figured in the confessions of Kelly aud former Delegate Charles A. Guttke were nut returned. Thieves Visit Montana lluilding. St. Louis , July 21.— The latest theft from the Montana building at the world's fair occurred yesterday. Miss May Kolbe of Helena, private secretary to Executive Commissioner Buskett, losing an emerald ring which, for its associations, she prized highly. Miss Kolbe removed the ring from her finger while in the woman's retiring room. She was called away to answer the telephone, aud when she returned a few minutes later the ring was gone. No one was in the room with -her, but during her absence a porter saw three women enter aud stay but a minute. The Montana building seems to be the especial target for those visitors who are inclined to commit petty thievery, for in the last few weeks personal property of officers and em plo es and that belonging to the state of Montana has been disappearing with alarming regularity. Wanted on Charge of lligamy. Fort Collins , Oolo., July 22. With the sudden disappearance of George Fertig, a wealthy cattleman from his rauch near here, comes word that he is wanted by Montana author ities to explain alleged matrimonial tangles. He is now in a small town over the Canadian border. Besides his wife, whom he left behind with a 16-months-old baby, another woman with three children, living in Moutaua, claims to be Fertig's wife and was the cause of his sudden leave taking. Fer tig left the ranch oue week ago with out warning. Later it was learned he had transferred part of his property here to a brother for $12,000. Word from Montana says he is wanted ou the charges preferred by another Mrs. Fertig, but that he had reached Can ad a. Proliib Candidates Notified. Indianapolis , Ind., July 22. —In Tomlinson Hall this afternoon, before an audience that taxed the capacity of the iloor aud galleries, Silas C. Swal low, of Pennsylvania, and George W. Carroll, of Texas, were formally noti fied of their nomination as prohibition candidates for the presidency and vice presidency respectively. "Freed from bunco, boodle aud booze" is the battle cry of the pro hibitionists in this campaign as laid down by Silas Swallow in his speech of acceptance after his notification. Swallow expressed confidence of being elected to the presidency aud was loudly cheered. Nominee Carroll also spoke. A Giant of the Forest Chicago , July 22.— a dispatch to The Tribune from Fresno, Cal., says W. IL Hart, a well known millman, claims to have found a giant sequoia measuring 36 feet iu diameter and 100 feet around the base. This is said to be the largest tree on earth. Hart says the tree is in Eshon valley in a secluded spot. The mammoth he fig ures. is 400 feet iu height. Japs Claim Victory. Tokio , July 22.—General Kuroki, after a severe fight, occupied Kiao Tung on July 19. The place had been fortified by the Russians, who defend ed it stoutly. Iu the fighting General Kuroki's troops drove the Russians ; from their strongly fortified position, : inflicting upon the enemy more serious ! iosses than they sustained themselves. • The Japanese lost 424 men and the Russian losses are estimated at 1,000. prepare for long strike. Labor Troubles at Stockyards .May Con tinue For Several Weeks. Chicago , July 24.—Determined on a fight to a finish to enforce the de mands of the striking butchers, a sympathetic strike of all the union workmen employed in the meat pack ing industry throughout the country, with the exception of the teamsters, will be delivered tomorrow morning. Instead of joining in the sympathetic strike tomorrow, the teamsters will make another effort to bring about an adjustment of the controversy by ar bitration. Whether or not the packers will make any concessions to the demands of the labor leaders in order to pre vent a general walkout of the trades at the stockyards would uot be discus sed by any of the packing house rep resentatives, but from the prépara rations going on at the different plants during the day it was plainly evident that the packers intend to fight for their independence. Preparations for the struggle were being made at the different packing plants all during the day and far into the uight. Dozens of representatives of the packing houses were scattered all over the country today in search of men to fill the places of the strikers. Four trainloads of new employes were taken into the yards before darkness set. in to join the non-union men al ready established inside the plants. Clerks were being initiated into new duties and employes who had beeu promoted from trades were returned to their former work to take the places of the regular workers who are ex pected to quit work. Stockades have been erected at all the different plants to protect men whose work exposes them to dauger from mob violence. Warehouses are being filled with per manent kitchens, bunks, etc., to ac commodate a total of 5,550 men, who, it Is claimed by the packers, will be inside the plants Monday morning. In addition to the four trains tilled with non-union men brought into the yards under police protection, many other trains loaded with men who had been secured during the last 24 hours were scheduled to arrive before day light. With the number of men al ready installed within the stock yards aud the addition of clerks and office men to the killing rooms, work will be resumed in all the plants tomorrow morning on as extended scale as pos sible. Strikers Want to Work. St. Paul , July 23.—Today's situ ation is interpreted by the packing in terests to mean that the strike at Swift's plant, in South St. Paul, has been broken. It is alleged that great dissatisfaction exists among the mem bers of the unions because of the sec ond strike order, and that a revolt agaiû.v. President Donnelly's author ity l.as o:.vi!ived. Between 500 and 600 union ui'.-u are as.-erted to be at work at the Swift plant. The picket system seems to be disorganized. Will Notify Roosevelt. Oyster Bay , July 24.—The ar rangements have beeu made for the notification ot Theodore Roosevelt of his nomination for the presidency, by the republican party. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday at 1:30 p. m. Following custom, the notifica tion will be at Mr. Roosevelt's home, Sagamore Hill. The members of the notification committee, appointed by the Chicago convention, have been re quested to assemble at the Waldorf Astoria hotel, in New York on Tues day evening to make preliminary ar rangements for the ceremony of the day following. on account of the isolation of Presi dent Roosevelt's home only about 125 persons will be in the party, includ ing the members of the notification committee and relatives and friends of President Roosevelt, who reside in the vicinity of Sagamore Hill. Carrie Nation Iu Trouble. E lizauethtown , Ky , July 23 — Carrie Nation's career was temporar ily but violently interrupted last night when A. 1J. Neighbors, a saloonkeep er, struck her twice with a chair, knocking her down and producing a scalp wound. The assault occurred at Neighbors' saloon, after Mrs. Na tion had berated Neighbors. Will Cud Mi!itar\ Rule. Denver , Jdly 23.— Before the end of the present week, there will be no military rule in the state of Colorado. The troops :n Teller, San Miguel and Las Anima- counties will be with drawn and the administration of af fairs in these counties left to the civil authorities. The withdrawal of the troops will also bring about the dis solution of the military commission now in existence in the Cripple Creek district. The result above referred to will be effected by orders from Gov ernor Peabody, who has arrived at the conclusion that the conditions in the three counties named have become so peaceful as to no longer require the presence of the military. Attendance at World's Fair. St. Louis , July 24.— -The following statement of the daily attendance is sued today by the department of ad« missions of the World's fair: Monday, July 18 75,636 Tuesday 77,159 Wednesday 79,975 Thursday 91,485 Friday 85,334 Saturday 102,411 Total 512,150 Recapitulatiou: April, 1 day 137,793 May, 26 days 1,001,391 June, 26 days 2,124,836 July, 21 days 1,791,715 Total 5,015,735 VIGILANTES AT BONESTEEL. Police Unable to Prevent Lawlessness In South Dakota Town. Bonesteel , S. 1)., July 25.—Five persons were shot during the last day of registration for Rosebud home steads at this place, one of whom is dangerously hurt. Two officers and an unnamed man were shot in a fight with the police, iu an attempt to rid the town of bad characters. The citi zens aud police had formed a vigi lance committee, rounded up about 30 members of the undesirable element and run them out of town, some of them returning during the night. While officers Harrison and Stau« brough were making the rounds of the town, they were attacked and shot by a gang of thugs. The officers drew their revolvers and shot two of the at tacking party, whom they arrested. During the roundup of grafters, law less characters and other undesirable persons, the police captured a wagou containing a large quantity of a com plete kit of burglar tools. These were confiscated and three men placed un» der arrest. They refused to give their names and are in jail awaiting a hear ing. About forty of those gathered in during Friday night were deported today. Another squad of special police were sworn in touigh, and the local authorities believe that they will now be able to control the situation and dispose of the lawless element. An order was issued closiug all places of business at 12 o'clock and quiet reigns tonight. The registration books were closed promptly at 6 o'clock. More than 106,000 persons have had their names enrolled. There are 2,600 quarter sections to be drawn, giving each person about one chance in for ty-oue to secure a homestead. The drawing will occur July 28 at Cham berlain. Pierre , S. D., July 24.—Adjutant General Conklin, of the state militia, has ordered Company B, of Sioux Falls, to be in readiness to march to Springfield on their way to Bouesteel. The order was given at the sugges tion of Lieutenant Governor Snow, Governor Hurried being out of the state. ltinler Charges Conspiracy. Colorado Springs , Col., July 23. — lu au interview Edward Butler of St. Louis said concerning the grand jury indictment against him for the bribery of a witness: "It is all a conspiracy for political purposes on the part of Fol it against me. 1 am charged with bribing a wit ness, aud it is not true. I knew all about the indictments before I left St. Louis aud made arrangements in ad vance for the furnishing of a bond." Mr. Butler declares that he is through with politics. Parker Ueady for Notification. ICS opus , N. Y., July 23.—Judge Parker has fixed August 10 as the date for the ceremony of notifying him of his nomination by the democratic na tional committee as a candidate for the presidency. Judge Parker reached a decision concerning the date in a consultation with William F. Sheehan yesterday, and a telegram was at once sent to Champ Clark, of Missouri, chairman of the committee named by the democratic national convention to notify the nominee for president. Butte , July 23.—Andrew Chris ti anson, who was arrested here on ad vices from Salt Lake to answer to the charge of counterfeiting, has made a confession in which he is said to im plicate several people iu Salt Lake. He will be taken to the Mormon city for trial.