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Published every Wednesday Morning by the River Press Publish ing Company. HOW DAVIS WAS FOUND. The nomination of Henry G. Davis, of West Virginia, as the democratic candidate for Vice-president, was one of the surprises at the St. Louis con vention, as he had not been publicly mentioued as an aspirant for the honor. The purpose oi the nomina tion was to capture the electoral vote of West Virginia which in recent years has been cast for the republican ticket. In the five presidential elec tions preceding 1890, West Virginia went democratic, but at the two elec tions in which Bryan was the demo cratic presidential candidate, the state has gone republican to the tune of 11,500 to 21,000 plurality. According to a correspondent of the St. Paul Dispatch, the nomination of Davis was first suggested by one of his business associates who is a prominent republican, and the sug gestion was approved by the political bosses and financial interests that controlled the democratic national convention. The story told by the St. Paul newspaper man is to this effect: Henry G. Davis, nominated for vice president ou the democratic ticket, was first mentioned at a dinner given by Ilichard T. Kerens, of St. Louis, last Wednesday night. Kerens is a strong republican and for years has been a member of the republican na tional committee. He is interested in many railroad and mining enterprises with Davis and Senator W. A. Clark, of Montana. Senator Stephen B. Elkins of West Virginia, is also con nected with the business ventures of Davis, Clark and Kerens. Elkins married a daughter of Henry G. Davis. Senator Clark, of Montana; ex-Sen ator Davis of West Virginia: David B. Hill, of New York, and David K. Francis, president of the St. Louis ex position, were guests of Kerens at a dinner given on the exposition grounds. It is said that Kerens during the course of the eveuiug suggested that Davis would be a good man for the convention to name for second place. The idea impressed Hill very favor ably and lie immediately began to sound his delegation from New York. To his surprise the Tammany men were enthusiastic and gave hearty approv al. Henry G. Davis is as well known in New York as any wealthy busiuess man in the country. He had been con nected with many of the enterprises and had so many transactions involv ing large interests that lie is strong with New York business interests. His latest ereat railroad exploitation is building a line from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, Cal., which will be com pleted within a year. Senator Clark and Senator Kerens are heavy stockholders in the new road. Davis is nearly SI years old, but Iiis intellect is clear and his work ing capacity unimpaired. Seuatoi Clark did great work for Davis in the convention. FOR STATE TUEASl KICK. C'ol. J. H. Rice, of this city, who is a candidate for the republican nomi nation for state treasurer, has receiv ed complimentary notice in several Montana newspapers of recent date. Among them is the following from the Butte Inter Mountain: Colonel J. LL. Bice, legislative rep resentative from Chouteau county, is a candidate for the office of state treasurer on the republican ticket. Colonel Rice in president of the North Montana Wool tJrowers' association, and is widely known throughout Cen tral and Northern Montana, where he has resided for the past twenty-five years. He represent» the stronghold of Montana republicanism entitled to recognition by the party. Thai his nomination for such an office would add much strength to the ticket i- due in part to the fact that few old-timers have more friends among all parties in the state than the affable "col ouol. 1 ' lf the republican manager are going to select the very best ma terial available for every office on the ticket in order to make a clean sweep of the state, and are going to make the campaign on that basis, they will give careful consideration to the candidacy of Colonel Rice, for lie tint only lias the ocnfideuce of the people, but his republicanism is unquestioned, and his ability to discharge the duties of the office is indisputable. Hi.-, long record in business has no -tain and his political and personal life has been without reproach. It is reported in a dispatch from Des Moines that a prominent Iowa capitalist has been sent to the insane asylum, his joy over the nomination of judge Parker having unbalanced his mind. No similar case is probable in Montana and other western states. In a non-partisan review of the po litical situation, Mr. Dooley remarks that: "The dimmyeratie convintion labored and brought forth a muss." That is the conclusion reached by the democrats who were gold-bricked by the Iiill-Belmont combine. STOCK MEN" OPPOSE LEASING. The proposition to lease the public domain is not regarded with favor by Montana stockmen. At a meeting held in Helena, and attended by represen tative stockmen from all parts of the state, the matter was discussed at length and resolutions adopted to this effect: "Whereas, a communication lias been laid before a meeting of the stock growers of the state of Montana from the National Livestock associa tion, inviting the appointment of dele gates to a meeting at Denver on Aug. 3. 4 and 5, held to consider the con ditions existing in the western states as to gra/.ing lauds and forest re serves, which communication, this meeting assumes, impliedly invites an expression of its wishes in that re gard; now therefore be it Resolved, that it is the sense of the stock growers of Montana that it would be unfair to disturb conditions that have existed for 25 years last past in this state under which the in dustry has grown to be the second largest industry in the state. That it would be impracticable to parcel out territory between cattlemen and sheepmen without fencing each leased area, which fencing would be a me nace to the safety of livestock in win ter storms because they would drift against fences and freeze and die. And further, because the scarcity of water would leave large areas un available for use if areas containing the water were fenced. To attempt to change the business as would be need ed if the unappropriated public lauds were to be leased would result in the destruction of the livestock business Montana except on an extremely small scale. While the stockmen themselves are not concerned in the following suggestion, it is undeniably true that every wouldbe homesteader depends as conditions now are in Montana, upon being able to use ad joining uplands not subject to irriga tion, for gra/.ing. Lf they could not count on this because the adjoining lands were leased, it would deter in tending settlers from making settle ment and would liave a tendency to thwart the policy of disposition of the public lauds that has beeu the fixed policy during the entire history of the administration of the laud depart ment. "As to forest reserves, it is the deliberate sense of this meeting.that the regulations already made by the department are operating satisfactor ily. It is the deliberate sentiment of this meeting that attempted leasing of unappropriated public domain or for est reserves would be impracticable, unwise, beneficial to none and de structive of the livestock busiuess." rOK.MEK DEMOCRATIC CONVENTIONS. A review of democratic national conventions in former years says the recent gathering at St. Louis was the nineteenth national convention in the the history of the party. Although no h allouai conventions were held prior to 1832, the party now known as the democratic party has maintained an organization since 1792, those who had acted under the general name of anti-federalists coming together under the name of democratic-republicans. The party maintained au organiza tion under different names for forty years, being known as democratic re publicans or republicans until 1S;52, when the first national convention was held and Andrew Jackson was nomi nated for president and Martin Van Buren for vice president. In lS;Sti the democratic convention at Baltimore nominated Van Buren and Johnson, and the ticket was successful, lu IS40 the same ticket went down to defeat before William Henry Harrison and John Taylor. Again at Baltimore, in 1SJ1, the democratic convention nominated James K. I'oik and George M. Dallas, who were successful over Henry Clay and Thomas lYeliughuyseti. In 1848, however, Lewis Cass of Michigan and William O. Butler of Kentucky, who ivcre nominated by the democrats at Baltimore, were defeated by Xachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore. In 1852 the convention was held at Baltimore and nominated Pierce and King. In 185ti ihe democrats held their convention in the west and nomi nated Buchanan and Breckinridge at Cincinnati. In 1 the convention adjourned from Charleston to Baltimore, and nominated Douglas and Henry V. Johnson of Georgia, while the south ern bolters put up Breckenridge aud Lane. Mcl'lellan aud Pendleton were nomi nated at Chicago in IStil, and Soy mour aud Blair at New York in IStiS. Four years later the liberal republi cans nominated Greeley aud Brown at Cincinnati and two months later the democrats iu Convention at Balti more ratified these nominations. ihe democratic convention met at St. Louis in 1^7ii and nominated Til den and Hendricks, in 1880 the con vention met at Cincinnati and named Hancock and Kuglish as the standard bearers, la Cleveland and Heu dricivs were nominated iu Chicago aud T!nT,° rï 01 " WUkiU " lhe fll ' St mUiouul •V . l s Iftoiy since lSol>. Mr. Cleveland was renominated in 1SSS at I St. Louis, his associate on the ticket being Allen G. Thurman. This ticket was defeated. He received his third nomination at Chicago in 1892, his running mate being Adlai E. Steven son, and they were elected. Bryan and Se wall were nominated at Chica go in 1896, and Bryan and Stevenson at Kansas City in 1900. The assessment roll of Silver Bow county shows that a mining property valued at ten million dollars is not listed for taxation, its owners claim ing that it lias not been operated at a profit during the past year. Farm lands in Montana that fail to produce a paying crop this season will pay taxes upon their appraised value. The injustice of this discrimination is ap parent, but the last legislative assem bly refused to give the people an op portunity to remove it. ACCORDING to a democratic news paper, the vice-presidential candidate of its party was a free silver advo cate when he was a member of the sen ate. A joint debate between Judge Parker and Mr. Davis upon the money question would prove an attractive feature of the campaign. In view of the radical changes in their party principles, democratic or ators will be compelled to prepare new speeches for the coming campaign. Those delivered four and eight years ago cannot be resurrected and used over again. The populist presidential nomina tion having been given to another as pirant for that empty honor, it is un derstood that State Auditor C'alder head would not be averse to spending another four years in Montana's capi tol building. It is announced that the middle name of the democratic vice-presiden tial nominee is "Gassaway." This information is given out for the bene fit of parents who wish to name their boy babies after him. The fact that Cleveland and Bryan can stand together on the democratic national platform, shows that modern political architecture has reached a remarkable stage of development. What an Old Maid Says. Men, monkeys aud facts are stub born things. The only thing that beats a good wife is a bad husband. Men who pride themselves on their own culture havn't any. The le?s a man knows the more anxious he is to tell it. Some men are born bald, some achieve baldness and others get mar ried. A woman can sharpen a pencil as quick as a man can thread a needle. The best thing about Adam was his rib, and that was removed to make a woman. A man never realizes how insignifi cant he is until he attends his own wedding. A man who has a good opinion of himself is often a poor judge of humanity. It is impossible for some men to screw their courage up without the aid of a corkscrew. liryan Will Continue Fight. Chicago , July 19.—William J. Bryan passed through Chicago today for Central Illinois. He said that iu this week's issue of his paper lie would fulfill the promise he made last week in "outlining a plan of continu ing the light for economical reform within the democratic party." Mr. Bryan said: "The election of Judge Parker, in stead of interfering with these reforms, will open the way for a successful fight by ridding the country of im perialism, by removing the race issue and by substituting the spirit of peace ful progress for the military aud war like spirit engendered because of the actions and utterances of President Roosevelt. My statement is to en courage the reform element in '.he democratic parly, by showing the light instead of being over, reality just begun." has Thousands of hand Seekers Y ankton, s . D.. July 19. —Seven thousand people registered for Rose bud land at Yauktou today aud the rush tomorrow will be still greater. The Milwaukee road divided its morn ing train into six sections and the evening train into two. The total registration at Yankton alone is now over 10,000, and will reach the ti0,000 mark before closing on Saturday. Fifty-six clerks are now employed and this force will be increased indefinitely to take care of ths people. The Hues of people in waiting were almost six blocks long. Men are making a business of going into the line and selling out when near the door for five, ten and even twenty five dollar?. V\ eel Supplx I> Short. ITlie American short, ami a general supply is conceded. B oston , July 21. —Estimates just completed of the world's wool supply I show that it is this year fully 300, 000.000 pounds short of the average. 'lip is 10 per cent. hortage in the STRIKERS ISSl'E ULTIMATUM. President Donnelly Threatens Further Labor Troubles In Stockyards. Chicago , July 19.— A final effort to secure as a basis for arbitration in the stockyards strike an agreement of the employers and strikers, that the strikers shall be reinstated within a special time, was made today by President Donnelly of the butcher workmen. In a letter to .J. Ogden Armour, President Donnelly declared that if this concession is not made a sympathetic strike of about 14,000 other workmen at the yards will be called. The packers continue to hire new men. They say they will be able to operate their plants, even if the sym pathetic strike is called. Operations at the yards have reached 50 per cent, of the normal business in the large packing houses, and the announce ment was made that the output in all departments will be increased daily Most of the non union workers sleep on cots in the packing houses and eat in roughly constructed restau rants on the grounds. Swift & Co. declared that 1,000 men are at work; Armour, 2,000: Nelson, Morris & Co., 1,500. The Swift company killed 1,000 cattle and 1,000 hogs today according to the statements of the officials. Weary of turmoil aud hardships en countered while struggling for a living in the face of strikes and lock outs, 62 families of the strikers left Chicago this afternoon to return to Austria aud Hungary. They will receive less pay, they say, but their employment will be more steady and devoid of peril. A Michigan Central train today conveyed into the stockyards a num ber of men whose appearance caused much comment, and about whom there was an air of mystery. The men were remarkably well dressed and most of them carried suit cases. Many wore eye glasses. It was said the men were intended for Nelson, Morris & Co. Pickets Blockade Stockyards. St. Paul , July 19. —More ominous conditions are present in the strike situation today than at any other siage since it started. President Wil lis and Business Agent Steep have been deposed from the management of the local strike for ordering the aban donment of the picket blockade after an interview of the former with Gov ernor Van Sant. The strikers appoint ed a committee to take charge and the committee ordered the pickets back on duty. The pickets this morning re sisted the police who were trying to force the men the lines. A fight fol lowed but there were no serious re sults. Business Agent Steep says the officers lost control of their men. Governor Van Sant still refuses to interfere, insisting that other means than the calling out of the militia can be utilized to secure order iu the pack ing house district. The business men of South St. Paul drew up resolutions demanding protection and order," aud both the governor and mayor of South St. Paul were presented with copies. These officials still hope to induce the strikers to abandon the blockade by making them realize the illegality of their action. Miners Meet Roosevelt. Oyster Bay , July 19.—President Roosevelt today received a committee appointed Sunday by the convention of the coal miners aud alied crafts of Wilkesbarre, Pa. The mission of the committee was to present personally to the president a petition reciting the conditions in which organized labor has beeu placed by the action of the authorities of Colorado, and request ing him to institute an investigation of the labor trouble m that stale with a view of remedying the conditions now existing if possible. The petition which was the express ion of 225,000 men of the union labor organizations of northeastern Penn sylvania was laid before the president. He read it carefully aud then informed the committee he would be glad to do anything he properly aud legally could to ameliorate the condition ex isting in the state of Colorado. He indicated that au investigation of the labor troubles in that state is now beiug made by agents of the depart ment of commerce and labor. Thus far ihe situation had not been such as would warrant interference by the federal government. i;i Order For Musviuito Netting W ashington . July 19.— General Davis, governor general of the Pan ama canal strip, has advised the Pan ama canal commission that he wants lOO.OOO yards of wire gauze to prevent mosquito invasion of the zone. Gen eral Davis says that this will be per haps the largest order for mosquito netting ever given. He recommends the use of steel wire screens not coars er than IT meshes to the square inch, galv aui.'.ed. Russian Authorities \\ ere Hoaxed St. Petersburg . Jaly W.-Waen the Official liazeue published a special edition stating that ihe staff ol the viceroy had informed the staff here that .'>0,000 Japanese had fallen in an attack upon Port Arthur, people who dismissed such news as being false and announced from irresponsible sources, finally believed it. Great was the feeling of pleasure that at last a victory for the Russian army could be announced. It appears now, though, tbat the whole thing was a miserable hoax on the part of the Japanese, suggested in order to mislead General Kuropatkin and cause him to advance. The con sequent mortification and disgust felt today had no limits. Notice to Taxpayers. In accordance with the provisions of Section 3T23, Political Code of Montana, notice ia herebv given that the assessment book of Choatean county for the year 1904 is now completed by the assessor ami delivered to the county clerk, and is now in his office open to inspection'!»- all persons interested. The board of countv commissioners will meet as a board of equalization on the third Monday in July (July 18, 1904,) at the court house in Fort Benton, to examine the aseessiuent of property in the county, and will continue in ses sion for that purpose from time to time until the business of equalization is disposed of, but not later than the second Monday in August (August 8, 1904). Any person having grievances or com plaints in regard to their assessments as shown by the assessment book compiled bv the assessor, will present them to the board of equalization during the period herein mentioned for that pur pose, Viz., from the 18th day of July to the 8th day of August, 1904, as they will be thereafter de barred from making corrections in their assess ments. Attention is called to the following sections of the Political Code in relation to the duties of the board of equalization : Section :i?8J. No reduction must be made in the valuation of property unless the partv affect ed thereby, or his asrant, makes and tiles with the board a written applicatu m therefor, verified by his oath, showing the facts upon which it is claimed such reduction should be made. Section 3783. Before the board grants the ap plication, or makes any reduction applied for, it must examine on oath the person or the agent making the application, touching the value of the property of such person. No reduction must be made unless such person or the agent makinsr the application attends and answers all questions pertinent to ihe inquiry. Section 37*4 Upon the hearing of the applica tion the board may euhpeena such witnesses, hear and take such evidence in relation to the subject pending as in its discretion it may deem proper. Section 3785. During the session of the board the assessor und any deputy whose testimony is needed must be present and may make any state ment or introduce and examine witnesses on questions before the board. The following matters will also be taken up bv the board at said meeting on the following dates, viz : July âOth: Gativ iss returns of election on an nexation of certain territory contiguous to Town of Fort Benton. Act on plat of "Alonso Smith Addition to Harlem." July 21st: Act upon all road matters that may be ready for action at that date. July 38d: Open bids for construction of a bridge across the Marias river. E. FRANK SAYKE, County Clerk. Fort Benton, Mont., July 11, 1904. WHENEVER YOU WANT Up-to-date Stationery, School and Office Supplies, The Freshest of Fruit and Candies, Tobacco and Cigars, The Latest Magazines or Novels, COME TO THE Post Office Store. LOUISIANA PURCHASE EXPOSITION I nine May ,st to - Ol« LliUlS December ist, 1904. The Largest and Grandest Exposition Ever Held. The GREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY Will sell Excursion Tickets at favor able rates, with suitable limits. For further particulars see your local agent of Great Northern Ry., or ad dress V. I. WHITNEY. Gen'l Pass'r and Tic net Agent. St. Paul, Minn. Burn GALT, LUMP and NUT In Stoves and Ranges. NELSON LUHP and EGG For Furnaces and Steam. A. L. LEWIS, Local Agent The River Press. 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