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SHORT ITEMS OF NEWS FROM OVER T1IE STATE. W liât lias Happened in Montana During the l J ast Few Pays. Bütte , July 21.—Fire broke out in Corktown this morning early and, owing to inadequate fire protection, five residences were burned to the ground, and three others badly dam aged. Loss. $10,000; insurance, $2, 300. Corktown lies just outside the eastern limits of Butte and is peo pled by miners and their families. Butte , July 21.—Thomas Cassidy, a miner, today dressed himself in the suit of clothing he wished to be buried in, laid down on his bed and drew a razor across his throat, slashing it open from ear to ear. Cassidy is well known among the miners ot Butte and the tragic suicide is supposed to be due to despondency following a pro longed spree. Great Falls , July 21.— Jacob Barth, aged 38 years, a repairer in the employ of the Montana Central railroad, was instantly killed today while at work in the repair yard on the west side. He was run over by a switch engiue. About one year ago his eleven-year-old son was killed only a short distance from the spot where his father met death today. Kalispell , July 20.— The farmers' telephone line in Flathead county is getting along at a rapid rate, aud the company has 150 miles of wire now up and expects to put up 150 miles more, making a total of 300 miles of wire which will be used in the line, con necting 200 farmers with Kalispell, and the telephone exchange, when it is fully completed. About 60 telephones are now in use aud the line is being hurried to completion. Butte , July 21.—F. A. Heinze and his agents are now charged with hav ing taken advantage of the under ground workings it) the Minnie Healv mine to loot rich ore bodies in adjoin ing mines belonging to the Boston & Montana company. The value of the alleged plunder is placed at $5,750,000 in a suit that was begun in the district court by the Boston & Montana com pany against F. A. Heinze, the Johns town Mining company aud the Mon tana Ore Purchasing company and E. H, Wilson. Kalispell , July 22.— A large for est tire is raging just west of Belton in the Flathead forest reserve, aud much valuable timber has been de stroyed. It is thought to have started from sparks from a passing engine Three other large forest fires are rag west of Kalispell, one near Athens, IT miles west, one east of the Haskell pass tunnel aud one west of the tun nel. Philipsuurq , July 22.— Burglars entered the Granite Miners' Union hall some time last night, worked the combination of the safe, where the funds of the union are kept, aud got between $150 aud $200. By some chance the burglars overlooked about $1,000, which was in au iron drawer in the safe. The discovery of the rob bery was made when the secretary of the union entered the hall this morn ing. Forsyth , July 22.— Nelson Olsen, a Swede, who had started to work on the North side ditch, was drowned this afternoon in the Yellowstone riv er ami the body has not been recov ered. Olsen started to swim across the river a mile above town. He swam to an island and started tu swim the main channel. When near the center he screamed and disappear ed . Big Tim her , .July 22. —The board of county commissioners, which has been in session this week as a board of equalization, lias raised the assess ment of railroad land to one dollar per acre The assessed value of all railroad laud in the county lust year was an average of 54 cents an acre, some being rated a* high as 70 cents, while other portions were on the rolls at less tlian 40 cents an acre. The Northern Pacific owns about 75,000 acres of laud in Sweet Grass county. Great Falls , July 22.— The cor oner's jury this morning in the case of Jacob Barth brought in a verdict to the effect that the man came to his death through negligence on the part of the switching crew, in their not hav ing closed the switch to the repair track. No individuals were named in the fixing of the responsibility for the death of Barth. The jury also recom mended that hereafter a lock be fitted to the switch to the repair track. Deer Loduk , July 23.— Twenty-live . men, masked and armed, yesterday surprised one of George Blutne's sheepherders at Willow creek, burned his tent and other possessions, driving 3,000 sheep off the range with the threat that it' they were returned they would be killed. The marauders are supposed to be cattlemen from the Bevent district. Missoula , July 23.—The flouring mill and one elevator of the Big Blackfoot Milling company, at Bon ner, were practically destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon, caused by spark it , . .,. ,,,,, . from the burner of the sawmill 100 feet away. At the time of the fire a strong wind was blowing from the west which is the only reason that the other mills aud lumber stock of the concern as well as the residence por tion of the place was left standing to day. Cascade , July 23.— James Travis, speaking of the present drouth, stated that it is by far the worst that he had experienced in his thirty years' resi dence in the Chestnut valley. He said there were but few survivors of the settlement of that time, and mentioned "Uncle" Charley Johnson, still a res ident; Henry Sieben, now of Helena, and Robert Coburn, Great Falls. He has witnessed the country develop from a wild prairie to its present con dition. Glendive , July 23. —The body of George Hoops, who shot bimseli yes terday, was brought to Glendive this afternoon. Hoops was a camp tender in the employ of Rife Bros., of Cabero creek, to whose ranch he was assist ing in the trailing of a band of sheep which had been sheared here. He and the herder had a sheep wagon, in which they lived and did their cook ing. In the afternoon Hoops went to put his gun in the wagon, the butt foremost, and the hammer struck the stove, discharging the gun. Butte , July 24. —Three men were drowned and three others narrowly es caped sudden death from the rush of water, mud and rocks into the Belmont mine at noon today. While the cause of the accident is uot definitely known, it believed the main bulk-head on the 200 foot level, between the Belmont and the Cambras mines gave way and the water from the latter property caught the miners before they were ible to get out. All attempts to take the bodies out tonight were futile and it was not until a late hour that a no ticeable headway could be made against the water. It is expected that the mine will be pumped out enough recover the bodies sometime tomor row afternoon. Butte , July 25. —Thirty-five dele gates, representing 1,560 members of the Hand and Machine Shearers' union, gathered today in Butte for the third annual convention of the union. Delegates from nearly every state in the western country, from Minnesota to Arizona, were present at the open ing of the convention this morning. The convention will be in session for three days, and important changes to the constitution are expected to be made. Miles City , July 25.— Sheriff Wil liams of Glendive passed through Miles City last night en route to Hav re, where, at his instance, Ed. Sim mous has been arrested, charged with two offenses. The first is of being im plicated in the wholesale horsesteal ing aud brand doctoring for which John Hidore and Bell Cherry have been arrested and taken to Glendive, and the other charge is of stealing and selling sheep pelts belonging to James Davidson. Livestock at State Fair Helena , July 25. —Stockmen of Montana will have an opportunity at the coming state fair to exhibit in what is called "steer classes." There has never been an exhibit class for steers at any of the northwestern fairs, aud the idea is a new departure. The Montana state fair has pat $300 into fat stock or steer classes. Added to this is $300 voted by the Montana Stock Growers' association. Classi fication in the Montana State Fair catalogue call for two head in each class or two head of each age. This gives the stockmen an opportunity to exhibit a pair of steers of any age. To these classes heifers aud spayed cows are eligible. The livestock division of the fair carries $2,000 in premiums this year. Added to the usual state fair funds for this class is $300 by the American Hereford Breeders' association, $300 by the American Shorthorn Breeder association. $300 by the Montana Stockgrowers association, $100 by the Montana llegistered Cattle. Breeder association, $50 by Clay, Robinson «S; Co., of Chicago aud $50 by Rosen baum Bros, of Chicago. In addition to these cash premiums are a number of articles offered by merchants and manufacturers in the livestock division. Youthful Bandits Arrested. C hicago , July 2~>.— Emulating the car barn bandits, four youths arrested hero have confessed to killing a man in a saloon aud the holding up of a score of others at di lièrent times. The murder was that of JohnLant, :-tage carpenter of the Illinois theater, who was shot in an attempt to hold up Gus tave Reigel's saloon on the morning of .1 uly 4th. The robbing of a freight car of the Chicago, Milwaukee Cv St. 1'anl at Fairfield, 111., la?t week led to the ar rest of the quartet. Besides robbing the freight car, the young bandits con fes-sed to many robberies prior to July I, most of which were saloons. The police believe the young men have not j confessed tu all the crimes and expect . at least two more murders will be ad 1 milted by them. • ^ ater right blanks—onlv correct f orm published—for sale at the Riveu Press office. OFFICIAL PROCEEDINGS Of the Hoard ot" County Commissioners of Chouteau County, at Their Regular July Session, 1004. first day. Fort Benton, Mont., .July 18, 1904. The board met at 10 o'clock a. in. as a board of equalization and to take up certain matters as per advertisement. Those present were Geo. F. Lewis, chairman; A. H. Reser and W. E. French, commissioners; the county assessor and the clerk. The board proceeded to the equal ization of assessments, fixing Friday, July 2!), 1004, as the time for hearing objections to the changes this day made. The following changes were ordered made: J C Abrogant, raised i>00 head sheep, at $2 $ 1,000 00 Alder Gulch Mining Co, raised on ma chinery 5,000 00 Geo E Barkley, raised 40 head stock cat tle, at $18 730 CK) Kenton L P Co, raised on machinery.. 2,000 00 Stephan Bowman, raised 34 head range horses, at $15 360 00 Bloom Cattle Co, raised 1500 head stock cattle, at §18 27,000 00 Bar Eleven Cattle Co, raised 800 head stock cattle, at $18 14,400 (X) Carroll cfc Mee, raised 100 head stock cat tle, at $18 1,800 00 Empire Cattle Co, raised 500 head stock cattle, at $18 9,000 00 Empire Cattle Co, raised on work horses (increase in value) 225 00 Fred Gloin, raised 500 head sheep, at $2. 1,000 00 Christian Volk, reduced 10 head range horses, at $15 240 00 Christian Volk, reduced 140 head beef cattle, at $25 3,500 00 Christian \ oik, raised 25 head stock cat tle, at $18 450 00 Cascade L & C Co, M C McLinch, Mgr, raised 500 head stock cattle, at $18 9,000 00 James Adams, raised 200 head stock cat tle, at $18 3,600 00 Bannatyne Bros, raised 200 head stock cattle, at $18 3,600 00 lohn W Friz/ell, raised 100 head stock cattle, at $18 1,800 00 W E Chase, raised 500 head sheep, at $2 1,000 00 Chase & Patterson, raised 1,000 head sheep, at $2 2,000 00 The board thereupon adjourned un til Tuesday, July 10, 1904. second day. Fort Benton, Mont., July 19, 1004. The board met at 10 a. m. with all members present, and continued the equalization of the assessment, fixing Friday, July 29, 1004, as the date for hearing objections to changes this day made. The following changes were ordered made: Jos Hirshberg, raised 2,000 head sheep, at $2.. .\* $ Martin Connolly, raised 50 head stock cattle, at IS ... \ O do Lorimier, raised 50 head stock catt le, at $18 Havre Commercial Company, raised on merchandise Mrs Jennie Jones, raised 30 head stock tttle, at $18 Oscar Johnston, raised 50 head range horses, at $15 William Morrow, raised 100 head stock cattle, at $18 Mrs T Neubert, raised 8 head work horses, at $50 Mrs T Neubert, raised on wagons, har ness, etc Mrs T Neubert, raised on machinery.... Mrs T Neubert, raised 50 head stock cat tle, at $18 Cyrus T Neubert, raised 50 head stock cattle, at $18 J O Patterson, raised ltM) head stock cat tle. at $18 I'reuitt «X Smith, 80 head stock cattle for 1903 T C Power & Bro, J W 11 use, Agt, raised I head sheep, at $2 11, raised 25 head stock cattle, it ,?H. ed 50 head stock cattle 4,000 00 900 00 900 00 2,000 00 540 00 750 (x) 1,800 00 100 00 150 00 50 00 900 00 1.00 00 1,800 00 1,840 00 0,000 00 450 00 900 00 450 00 2,700 00 4,500 00 Thomas Staff, i\ at $18.... J F Sullivan, raised 25 head stock cattle, at $18 Samuel Spencer, reduced 150 head stock cattle, at $18 Barney Marsh, raised 260 head stock cattle, at $18 Mission Peak Mining Co, J 11 Fraine, Agt, raised on machinery 1,050 00 Board then adjourned until Wednes day. July 20. THIRD DAY. Fort Benton, Mont., July 20, 1904. Board met at 10 o'clock a. in. with all members present. The plat of the Alonzo Smith addi tion to Elarlem was submitted to the board, and after examination was ac cepted and declared to be olticial by the board, and the same was there upon filed in the office of the clerk and recorder. The board proceeded to canvass the returns of the election held July 10, It<04. to determine the question of whether or not certain territory con tiguous to the city of Fort Benton shall be annexed to said city as per petition tiled Juneli, 1004, and found the result to be as follows: For annexation 4 Against annexation 0 Said election was thereupon dec]an to have carried for annexation, and the said contiguous territory as de scribed in the petition and plat is herein declared to be a part of the city of Fort Benton, and its inhabi tants and all property therein are sub ject to the ordinances and other regu lations of the city of Fort Benton. A request having been received from the mayor ot Havre that the board fix a date for considering a plat of an ad dition to the town of Havre covering certain territory contiguous to the town on the west side thereof, which said plat will be submitted to tiie board for approval within the next ten days, the board set Saturday, July 30. 1004, as the time for acting upon the same, and the clerk is instructed to adver tise the same. The board thereupon adjourned un til Thursday. Julv 21. KOL" KT it DAY. Fort Benton, Mont., July 21, 1904. Board met at 10 a. m. with till mem bers present and took up road mat ter.- as per advertisement. The action of the county treasurer in transferring $10,000 from the gen eral fund to the road fund was ap proved by the board. The board then took up road mat ters as follows: In the matter of a petition for a change in the county road from the MHitheast corner of the northeast quarter of the northwest quarter of ï-ection 32, township 33 north, range It' east, to a point in the present Chi nook- Y antic road about four miles from the above starting point, filed April 1. 1904. same was granted aud the road is declared to be a public highway and the road supervisor of road district No. 7 is directed to open the same to the public and the county surveyor is directed to survey and plat the same and file plat ami field notes with the county clerk. In the matter of a petition for couuty road from west terminal of the Clear Creek-l'hinook road to the Big I Sandy-Warrick road, tiled March 2!». ; 11»04. petition is granted and the road is declared to be a public highway. : The road supervisors of districts Nos. 12 and 14 were directed to open the same to the public. The county sur veyor is directed to survey and plat same and file plat and field notes with the county clerk. No damages al lowed. C\ A. Lovinger is allowed $80 for fencing and the county clerk is directed to draw a warrant on the road fund for that amount in his favor. In the matter of a petition for a county road from Chinook-Peoples creek road to Chinook and Clear Creek road, filed December 7, 1903, the petition was granted and the road declared to be a public highway. The road supervisor of road district No. 12 is directed to open the same to the public. The county surveyor is di rected to survey and plat same and file plat and field notes with the county clerk. The clerk is directed to draw war rants on the road fund for fencing, in favor of the following named persons for the amounts set opposite their re spective names: Nicholas Thies $240 00 Henry Maddux 30 00 John Maddux 320 00 Trustees Mt. View M. E. church 10 00 Chas. F. Maddux 240 00 Daniel.Murphy 520 00 Emil Mündt 240 00 Bernard Cain 120 00 C. C. Smith 120 00 Chas. J. Reis 40 00 W. H. Stearns appeared before the board and gave a right of way through his land and the lands of F.* W. Ken dall and H. G. Stearns, persons whom he is agent for, for the road from the west terminal of the Chinook-Clear creek road to the Big Sandy-Warrick oad. The board allowed said parties 45 cents per rod for fencing, the war rants to be drawn at the September meeting of the board, provided the number of rods of fence required is de termined. C. A. Lovinger's petition for dam ages for right of way was not granted, the board having allowed him 45 cents per rod for fencing. In the matter of a petition fo • a county road from the Valley county line to Wilder's Landing, filed March 0, 1004, the petition was granted and the road declared to be a public high way. The road supervisor of road district No. 10 was directed to open the same to the public. The county surveyor was directed to survey and file the plat and field notes with the county clerk. David Rae's applica tion for $300 damages was not granted. the matter of a petition for a change in the county road from Nine Mile coulee to Higliwood creek, filed September 9, 1903, the petition was granted and the road declared to be a public highway. The road supervisor of road district No. 3 was directed to open the same to the public. The county surveyor was directed to sur vey and plat the same and file plat aud field notes with the county clerk. In the matter of a petition for a county road from station 10 in the road from Nine Mile coulee to M. Martin's, to station 22 in the same road, filed April 5, 1904, the petition was granted and the road declared to be a public highway. The road su pervisor of road district No. 4 was directed to open the same to the pub lic. The county surveyor was direct ed to survey and plat the same and file plat and field notes with the county clerk. The clerk was directed to draw a warrant for $480 for damages in fav or of Sophie Lacey. In the matter of a petition for a county road from station 3(i in the Benton and Gulic crossing road, to the Cascade county line, filed June li, 1904, the petition was granted and the road declared a public highway. The l'oad supervisor of road district No. 1 was directed to open the same to the public. The county surveyor was di rected to survey and plat said road and file plat and field notes with the county clerk. The report of the viewers ou the county road from Chester to Alexan der Kicth's ranch, the petition for which was filed November 28, 1903, was examined and the board fixed the 8th day of August as the time for hearing the evidence for and against the proposed road. The county clerk was directed to notify any non-con senting land owners of the time set for such hearing. The clerk was also di rected to draw warrants on the road fund for $0 in favor of each of the viewers, Maurice Spangler and Peter Larsen. The report ot the viewers on the county road from Burnliam to Chester, petition for which was filed December 22. 1903, was examined and the board fixed the 8th day of August, 1904. as the time for hearing the evidence foi and against the proposed road, and the clerk was directed to notify any non -consenting land owners of the time fixed for such Hearing, and draw warrants on the road fund for $12 in favor of each of the viewers, F. J. Reichel and O. (1. Skylstead. The report of the viewers on the county road from a point on the road from Galata to Cold Butte and Whit lash, petition for which was filed April li, 1904. was examined and the board fixed the 8th day of August, 1904, as the time for hearing the evi dence for and against the proposed road. The clerk was directed to notify any non-consenting land owners of the time fixed for such hearing and to draw warrants on the road fund for $ti for each of the viewers, Maurice C. Price and Leonard B. Stark. The report of the viewers on tlie county road from Galata to Cold Butte, petition for which was filed April 0, 1904, was examined and the board fixed the 8th day of August. 1004, as the time for hearing the evi dence for and against the proposed road. The clerk was directed to notify any noil -consenting land owners of the time fixed for such hearing and to draw warrants on the road fund in favor of each of the viewers, Maurice C. Price and Leonard 15. Stark, for $0.00. The petition for a change in the county road from Havre to the mili tary reservation line near Havre, tiled July 19. 1004. was examined and O.G. Skylstead. Tlios. Scott and the county surveyor were appointed to view the same. The petition for a county road from Big Sandy to Judith road to Missouri river near James Conley's ranch, tiled II of of July 19. li>04. was examined and John Lehfeldt and M. \\ illiams and ti.e ! county surveyor were appointed to view the same. ! In the matter of a protest agmuct *losiiirf i'Oiui from .Tossinir ot Great Northern railroad to intersec tion with the county road running north from Chester, action was defer red until the September meeting of the board. The board reconsidered its action, taken on the 20th inst,. in the matter of considering the plat of an addition to Havre on the 30th inst.. and post poned the date for considering said plat until August 8th next, in order to allow the legal time to elapse between the time of filing of the petition for the abandonment of the present county road through the proposed addition and the time of hearing the objections to same. The clerk was directed to change the "advertised notice accord ingly. The board thereupon adjourned un til Friday at 2 p. m. fifth DAY. Fort Benton, Mont., July 22, 1904. The board met at 2 p. m .with all members present, for the purpose of receiving bids on the Marias bridge, as per advertised notice. The bids were opened and found to be as follows, for 16 and 18 foot road way respectively, including ap proaches : Name of Bidder. 16-ft. R'dway A Y Bay lie & Co. The Twin City Bridge Co The Midland Bridge Co OE Peppard H T Ward & Co Northwestern Bridge Co °. II S Weatheral & Co.. The Canton Bridge Co Massillon Bridge Co.. Missouri Valley B'dge Co Puget Sound Bridge & Drpdgin" Co Minneapolis Bridge & Iron Co 1.... Campbell-Flagler Bdg Co 18 ft R'dway $10,000 00 §11,000 üb 11,235 00 13,800 00 13,352 00 9,942 00 10,000 00 12,400 00 12,9,0 00 10,000 00 11,000 00 12,000 00 12,600 00 13,300 00 13,300 00 10,999 00 11,500 00 12,500 00 13,250 00 10,000 oo n,gi4 qo 13,900 00 14,100 00 10,000 00 10,7=0 00 The bid of O. E. Peppard of $9,942 for a 16-foot roadway bridge was ac cepted and the board entered into a contract with him for the construction of the bridge: bridge to be completed not later than January 1, 1905. Bridge to be paid for, one-half when the material is on the ground, the balance at the next regular meeting of the board after the bridge is com pleted and accepted. It is ordered that the clerk draw a warrant in favor of Edward Chappell for the sum of $030 on the general fund, when Chappell shall have given the county a deed for right of way through his land, as per agreement made in April last. At 6 p. m., board adjourned until Friday, July 29, 1904. È. Frank Sayrk Clerk. Thirty Thousand on Strike. Fall River , Mass., July 25.—The strike order issued by the textile work ers, calling for upwards of 30,000 op eratives to remain away from the mills, in protest against a reduction of 104 per cent in wages, became effec tive today, and the response was as general as the labor leaders had pre dicted. Practically everyone of the 27 mills involved shut down. There was no disorder. Both sides admit this is the hegiti ning of the most determined contest which Fall River has ever seen. The managers maintain they were com pelled to cut down the wages to save their business, while the operatives say conditions affecting the cotton trade here did not warrant such a re duction. Missoulian: The management of the Gallatin county fair offers a prize of $15 for the largest family. That wouldn't go far among some of the families in Missoula county. In one family at least there would be just one dollar for each child. Sheep on Shares. Wanted—To let on shares. 2,000 well-bred, heavy shearing Merino ewes, to responsible, ex perienced party, who understands running of sheep and has suitable facilities to protect dur inn winter and range for summer. For full par ticulars, address C. B. POWER, Helena or Sunnyside. WILL YOU NEED... A MOWER, BINDER, or IIAY 5 IF SO, BUY THE BEST! The MILWAUKEE justly claims this proud distinction. We carry the Chain Drive flower in 5 -ft., 6 -ft. and 7 =ft. cut. Also the Milwaukee Steel Junior No. 10. THE BINDER THAT NEVER DISAPPOINTS, Also the Milwaukee Steel Rakes in ail widths. Repairs for these machines are seldom wanted but we have them always on hand. COME AND SEE THESE 1*1 AC H INES. A glance will show their superiority over al! others, THE Fort Benton. This is our last month in Fort Ben ton, so in order to move goods as lit tle as possible, we offer everything in our line a good deal below our former low prices. And as a further induce ment we offer to purchasers of 85.00 or more A Discount of 33 1-3 Per Cent. of our former low prices. This is a good opportunity to lay in a supply of all kinds of DRY GOODS, CLOTHING and SHOES at less-than wholesale cost. FIRE INSURANCE. All Leading Companies Represented. F. A. FLANAGAN, Fort Benton. The New Overland HOTEL, FRANK McDONALD, Frnp'r. First-class service. Central location. Hot and cold baths. Furnace heat. Electric lights. §1.25 anil $1.50 per day. $7.00 per week. FRONT STREET, Tel, s M. FORT BENTON P. O. Box 107. JOHN ROOS, CITY SCAVENGER. Will run a Job Wagon and do kinds of hauling. ali Orders by Mail Receive Prompt Attention Fort Benton, Hont. A: BENTON LODGE NO. 25, A. F. AND A. M.—Regular communications of the above na med lodge are held at T :80 p. m. 011 the first and third Mondays of each month. Members of sister Lodges and sojourning, brethren are cordially invited to attend. WM. KO' WE, W M F . E. S tuanajian , Sec'y.