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Vol. XXIV. Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, August 3, 1904. No. 41. PACKERS EXPECT TO «TN. They Believe Many of the Strikers Will Soon Return to Work. Chicago , July 28. —With the refu sal of the packers to further negotiate with the strikers the situation at the yards this morning resolved itself in to a long pull. Assertions are made by the packers that a stampede will probably come within a few days, while Donnelly claims it will be im possible to profitably conduct the packing enterprises without the skilled help. The men now out are to remain until a settlement is reached. There were 17,000 men at work iu the big packing plants here today, taking the places of more than 25,420 strikers. According to President Skinner of the Union Stockyards and Transit company 000 stock handlers became disatistied with the prospects of the strike today and returned to work in the yards. All the railroads entering Chicago have become involved in the butchers' strike. Lawrence J. Curran, presi dent of the Freight Handlers' union, today ordered all members of the union employed by the various rail roads throughout Chicago to refuse to handle any freight whatever for the packing houses, where the thousands of employes are now on strike. If the freight handlers live up to the order of their president it will work a severe hardship on the packers as the notifi cation to the men states explicitly that no freight delivered by or billed to the packing companies, whether de livered at the freight houses by the teams or in cars, is to be touched by the members of the union. What the railroad officials will do has not been decided. Strikers Assault Workmen. Kansas City , July 28.—A riot oc curred tonight in front of the Fowler Packing plant, when a mob of 500 strikers attacked a gang of non-union men who were leaving the plant. Stones were thrown and two of the strike-breakers were injured. The po lice rushed into the mob and arrested several of the strikers. The strikers surged around the officers, who had difficulty in getting their prisoners to the station. Riotous scenes in the Armour-Fowl er district were numerous touight. Hundreds of rocks were thrown and dozens of revolvers were flourished. No shots were fired, but there is a feeling tonight that more serious trouble may be expected tomorrow. Land Seeker Draws a Prize. chamberlain, S. D., July 28.— William McCormick of Lancaster, Neb., a veteran of the Spanish war, today drew first choice for a home stead in the Rosebud reservation. Then 999 names were drawn and re corded. All these persons, if they wish, may take a claim in the reser vation. Tomorrow more names will be drawn and the drawing will continue until all envelopes have been taken from the barrel. The first 2,500 or 2,600 will get all the claims. Unless some of these refuse to file ou their claims the remaining 103,000 recorded persons will not be eligible. Fewer than 1,010 persons watched the day's drawing. After the excitement attending the announcement of McCormick's name as the winner of the first claim had died away, the drawing continued rapidly. After the first 100 names had been drawn and announced the re mainder were displayed on a bulletin board. Réclamation Fund Increased. V Washington , July 28. --An in crease in the arid laud irrigation fund, held by the treasury, to approx imately $25,000,000, is announced in the report of the interior department for the fiscal year ending June 30 last. This is the fund accumulated from the proceeds of public land sales in California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, the Da kotas, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming and set apart under the act of congress of June 17, 1902, for the construction and maintenance of irrigation works for the reclamation of arid lands in these states. Tne funds thus accumulated aud set apart for the three fiscal years ended on June 30, 1903, aggregated $16.444, 339. An Immense Tunnel Project. New York , July 29.—An idea of the immensity aud cost of the Penn sylvania railroad's project of tunnel ling the North river to gain an en trance into this city may be gained from the statement that the railroad company, through its contractors, has this week awarded a contract for 8,000 tons of bolts to be used in construct ing the tunnel. The Cambria Steel company obtained the contract. The price is, it is understood, 2 cents a pound or $40 a ton, which makes the order aggregate $320,000. KISSIAN OFFICIAL ASSASSINATED. Minister of Interior Meets Sudden Death on Streets of St- Petersburg St. Petersburg , July 28.— Minister of the Interior Von Plehve was assas sinated this morning while driving to the Baltic station to visit the emperor at the Peterhof palace. A bomb was thrown under the minister's carriage, completely shattering it. Von Plehve was terribly mangled. The coachman was killed and the wounded and maddened horses dashed wildly away with the front wheels of the carriage, the only portion of the vehicle remaining intact. Immediate ly there ensued a scene of the wildest confusion. The police and gendarmes hurried up from every direction and vast crowds gathered about the spot where the mangled body of the minis ter lay weltering in his blood. The assassination is believed to be the outcome of a widespread plot, the existence of which has been suspected for several days. Numerous arrests have already been made, including that of the assassin, a young mau, who is believed to be a Finn of the name of Leglo, and who is now in a hospital, perhaps fatally injured by the explo sion of his own bomb. An accomplice of Leglo, also apparently a Finn, but whose name is unknown, has been ar rested. He had in his possession a bomb which he tried to throw, but he was overpowered by the police just in time to prevent a great loss of life. Von Plehve was appointed minister of the interior April 18, 1902, succeed ing M. Sipiaguine, who was assassi nated April 16, 1902, by a student named Baimashoff. Early in his career he was employed in the outly ing provinces of Russia, where he ob tained notoriety for the extreme meas ures he advocated. Plehve was head of the secret po lice—the spies of the Russian govern ment, and was accused of the many cruelties and persecutions perpetrated by the "secret division." It was he who instigated the fearful massacre of Jews in Kischineff. He caused to be issued inflamatory literature which in cited the lower classes to the uprising. He has always been a Jew baiter and the unhappy lot of the race in Russia is due to his policy. Spokane Needs Water. Spokane , July 28. —Combined pro testations of the fire insurance com panies and the clamorings of the people for water for lawns have brought a response from the city au thorities on the water question, and the city engineer has prepared plans and estimates for the huge reservoir that will cost anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000. The present water system of the city is by direct pressure, aud is inadequate in every way. The in surance companies have recently rais ed their rates 20 per cent, and say they will not decrease them until a water supply of 15,000,000 gallons is prepared. Alleged Land Grabbers Acquitted New York , July 28. —John A. Ben son, of California, who was under in dictment in Washington on a charge: of conspiracy to defraud the United States by the acquisition of govern j ment lands known as the forest re i serve lieu lauds in Oregon and Cali fornia by fictitious affidavits and fic titious persons, was discharged in the j United States circuit court today by ; Judge Lacombe, who in his decision i said: ! "Open to the broadest construction j which can be given to the indictment, : it does not set forth facts tendiug to j show a conspiracy to commit any of I fense against or to defraud the United j States and the petitioner should there fore be discharged." Police Refuse Protection. I Victor , Colo., July 29.—Patrick ' McCarvet, one of the men who were j deported to the Kansas line by the ' military in June, returned to Victor, where he owns property, in cluding a large hall and business , block valued at $25,000. When McCarvet disembarked from ' the train he was taken in charge by ■ Major Haynalor, acting city marshal. McCarvet was allowed to attend to j seme business affairs and was placed on board the first outgoing train, with j a warning that in future police pro : tectiou would not be afforded him ! should he return. McCarvet was ! originally deported for openly ex pressing sympathy with the miners' union, and denouncing acts of Gov ernor Peabody and his military sub ordinates. STRIKERS USE VIOLENCE. Several Employes of Packing Plants Are Victims of Assault. Chicago , July 29. —Through the ar rest of George F. Golden, president of the Packing Teamsters' union, this morning, on the open charge of in timidation. by Police Inspector Hunt, the claim is made by the union that an attempt is thus being made to break the strike. Golden stopped a teamster with a load of meat which he suspected was bouud for a Swift branch house. He ordered the man, who was a uuion driver, to take it back. Hunt was nearby, and he promptly placed the labor leader un der arrest. Attempt to smuggle out non-union meat from the stock yards through subterfuge today resulted in an excit ing chase and the complete failure of the plan. The meat had been loaded by Armour Co. into a wagon of the Great Western Freight company, and eluding the vigilance of the pickets the driver had passed out of the yards. The pickets shortly after learned the facts. They mounted a street car, overtook the driver aud compelled the man to turn back to the yards, where the meat was unloaded. Disorders at Nelson Morris & Com pany's branch in South Chicago to day caused the arrest of live men who had attacked retail meat dealers going for supplies, and overturned two wag ons. The leaders were arrested. Kansas City , July 29.— Pat Lan ester and Matt Sullivan, union strik ers, who, with a crowd of associates, offered violence to L. King, colored, as King was going to work at Ar mour's this morning, were shot down by him, each being wounded in the leg. King was arrested and two others were arrested by the police, who responded to the riot call. Many packing house employes were molested on their way to work and it is feared that riots equal to those of 1884 may break out. Omaha , July 29.—A small distur bance occurred this morning during an attempt to get 20 strike breakers into the Swift plant. Pickets inter fered and a fight ensued. Federal Judge Garland cited 150 strikers for alleged contempt of the injunction re cently issued. Preparing for Active Campaign. New York , July 29.— It is evident from plans now being matte that the j democrats intend to carry on the most i active campaign this fall that has ! 1 j been seen since 1884, when Senator ; Arthur P. Gorman, as chairman of j the national committee, made the light i that resulted in making G rover Cleve i land president. Entire floors have ■ been secured in several buildings in the vicinity of Madison Square, to be used as work rooms for the clerical force of the campaign body. Upward of 15,000,000 documents were sent out in the Cleveland 1884 cam paign, and these same methods will be duplicated this year. In order to do j this effectually along the old lines, it has beeu arranged that John B. Trainor, who had charge of this work under Senator Gorman in 1884, shall ! be in charge of the same work for the ' national committee this year. Indicted for Slocuiu Disaster. New York , July 29.—Captain Van Shack and Federal Inspector Fleming aud former Inspector Lundberg were indicted today by the federal grand jury iu connection with the disaster to the General Slocum on June 15 last, when nearly 1,000 lives were lost. Van Shack was the commander of the steamer. United States District Attorney Bur nett said that indictments also were reported against President Barnaby, Secretary Atkinson and Treasurer Dexter of the Knickerbocker Steam boat company, and Captain John Pease, the commander of the steamer. General Burnett said that when these ' men aud Captain Van Shack and In spectors Fleming and Lundberg are arraigned for pleading on Monday, he will insist upon bail being fixed at $25,000 in each case. llnmmond Tried to liribe Sheriff. Spokane . July 29.—Robert Prit chard is the name of the Northern Pa cific brakeman who gave George F. Hammond away to the authorities. City Detectives Bailey and Burnes, Northern Pacific Detective Joel Hind man auu Pritchard will divide the $2,300 reward offered. The governor of Montana will give $300 and the Northern Pacific will give $2,000. The penalty in Montana for train robbery is sentence for life, but it is believed Hammond may get off with a lighter sentence. Hammond is not his 'true name, but he refused to disclose j his real identity. He is 28 years of I age and his parents are said to reside in Syracuse, N. Y. It is now said that Hammond tried to bribe S ( heritl' Doust with $15,000 worth of diamonds, $265 in money and a sold watch, at the same time proposing a new scheme whereby he could break jail aud hold up another train. HAS PORT ARTHUR FALLEN? Unconfirmed Report That Japanese Cap tured Russian Fortress. Shanghai , July 29.—A telegram received here from Wei Hai Wei con firms other telegrams received here to day from Chinese that Port Arthur has been captured. The Wei Hai Wei telegram says also that the Brit ish fleet which has been cruising, will return there tomorrow. Chefoo , July 29.—A junk contain ing 30 refugees from Port Arthur, who are all foreigners of the better class, arrived here touight, having left Port Arthur on Thursday. The refugees report that exceedingly heavy fighting by laud and by sea, to the east and to the northeast of Port Arthur, occurred on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, and they express the be lief that a general assault was begun on Thursday. They say that this bombardment was the heaviest ever experienced since the beginning of the Will Use New Cut Off. St. Paul , July 29.—In sixty days the Great Northern railway will aban don 100 miles of its present main line in Montana iu favor of a new route, covering the same distance, which strikes north from Columbia Falls to a junction with the Fernie, B. C., branch at Rexford, thence back again over the Fernie branch to the main line at Jennings. The existing main line will become a branch to all intents and purposes and 14 prosperous main line towns, La Salle, Kalispell, Batavia, Sedan, Athens, Mat'iou, Haskell, Lucerne, Pleasant Valley, Lake view, Mel bourne, Atlanta, Sterling and Fisher River, will be cut off from the princi pal channel of the through business. By the abandonment of the 100-mile section President J. J. Hill will se cure a minimum grade for the Great Northern which he claims to be slight ly less than that of any of the Ameri can trans-continental routes. Ticks Cause Spotted Fever. j Portland , Ore., July 29.—That the germs of spotted fever are carried by wood ticks and thus transmitted from animals to human beings is the con clusion reached by the Oregon state board of health, after an extensive in vestigation of the subject. Dr. Ralph Mattson, bacteriologist of the board, has proved that the germs of spotted fever are animal protoga. Ticks which live upon the bodies of ground squirrel or gophers carry the disease germs into the human body through their bite, and 90 per cent of the cases will prove fatal. Dr. Mattson is now searching for some anti-toxine which will nullify the bite of the tick. Ions of Tariff Literature. New York , July 29.—The American j Protective Tariff league is preparing j to distribute an enormous quantity of I protection literature among the voters j of the county during the presidential I campaign. Secretary Wakeman states j that the league's distribution of docu ; meuts direct to voters will amount to more than 1,000,000 copies. A catalogue of several hundred thousand voters who will cast then ballots for the first time in November, has beeu procured, and no efforts are being spared by the league to convince the new voters in all sections of the country that President Roosevelt should be supported at the polls. liussia Will Make Good. London , July 28. —The tension in the I lusso-British relations has been relaxed and no rupture is now prob able. M. Beuckendorf, the Russian ambassador, informed Lord Lans downe this morning that if Russia had committed a wrong she was ready and willing to make full reparation, but before any action could be taken in the Knight Commander case the Rus sian government wished to have the opportunity of examining the report of the commander of the Vladivostok squadron. Butte . July 29.—The body of Philip Franklin, one of the victims of the Belmont mine disaster of last Sun day, was recovered this morning. All the bodies have now been taken from the shaft. The men were drowned by a sudden influx of water. BOTH SIDES ARE STUBBORN. Packers and Strikers Determined to Fight To a Finish. Chicago , July 30.—The conflict be tween capital and unionism, which has been going on in the packing in dustry throughout the country for nearly three weeks, shows no signs of abatement. Both of the opposing in terests seem as determined as ever on a fight to a finish. The packers de clare they have practically won their fight and that the strikers are.becom ing demoralized. In direct opposi tion to this statement of the employers, the strike leaders assert that the vic tory is with the workmen and that it will be a matter of but a short time until the packers will be compelled to ask for peace. More than 1,000 new men were added to the number of men already at work in the different plants. Among to day's arrivals were many skilled la borers, something the packers have beeu sadly iu need of ever siuce the strike started. Because of the lack of skilled labor the by-products of aui mals killed have beeu let go to waste. Enough skilled men have been pro cured in the past 48 hours, however, to justify the belief that all the by product plants (would be in full opera tion before the end of the week. The strike leaders spent the greater part of the day iu preparing a state ment to the public. In this statement the unionists explain their side of the controversy, declaring that it is the packers and not the men who are re sponsible for the present state of af fairs in the packing industry. The public is asked to be lenient with the men during the strike, it being de clared by the uuion leaders that it will be impossible for the men to work under the conditions which existed be fore the strike was called and that, up to the present time, the packers have shown no disposition to treat the strikers in a fair manner. According to this statement, the men will stay on strike until their unions are dis rupted or until the packers surrender. World's Fair Finances St. Louis, July 30.—The second $500,000 installment to liquidate the $4,600,000 government loan will be paid promptly on Aug. 1, according to Secretary Stevens, of the world's fair. This will constitute the fourth payment, making the entire amount paid to the government $1,408,149, or nearly one-third of the entire loan. A rumor beiug current that the World's Fair management is negoti ating for a loan of $1,000,000 from various financial interests of St. Louis, President D. R. Francis has made the following statement: "The Exposition company does not owe one dollar to any finaucial institution in St. Louis or elsewhere, nor has any I money >> -en procured since the federal loan o; *4.600, OUI) in February last. To provide ag iiusi. emergencies, how ever, negotiations have been in pro gress with certain banks aud trust companies of the city, aud the option of a loan to the extent of $1,000,000 in the event it should be required has been secured." An Arizona Cloudburst Kingman , Ariz., July 30.—Heavy rains iu the mountains east of Trux tou last night sent down a wall of water 30 feet high through thecauyon, washing out the Santa Fe railroad j track, embankments, bridges, tele graph poles and everything movable for a distance of 12 miles. Great steel bridges wore taken from their foundations and piled up against the walls of the canyon. Massive stone abutments were crumbled aud carried away. At Crazier everything mov able, including the station signal, telegraph poles and boxcars, were piled upon the big steel bridge to the west of the station. .Martial Law at Bonesteel. Bonesteel , S. D., J uly 30.—Troops j have been requested by Sheriff'Taylor | and Governor Herreid lias agreed to! send them. From Aug. s until Sept. ! 10 the filing period, the place will be! under martial law. The militia will ; arrive next week and be on hand when | the filing begins. The guards are j considered necessary to protect $300, 000 which will be brought to town each day. It has beeu planned to; meat every train during the filing j period with soldiers. Every passen- i ger will be stopped at the town gates! aud made to prove that his business i in legitimate. Governor Peabody Explains. Denver , July 30. —Gov. James 11. Peabody today issued an address ex plaining aud defending his acts iu the labor troubles in Colorado. In clos ing he refutes the contention that the strike inaugurated by the Western Federation of Miners at the Ore Re duction works in Colorado City was called because of the failure of the legislature to enact an eight-hour law, pointing out that it was called on Feb. 14, some five or six weeks before the adjournment of the legislature, which then had under consideration an eight hour law. Later a sympathetic strike was declared by the federation in Cripple Creek to cut off the ore sup ply of the mill. Governor Peabody goes into the history of the Western Federation of Miners, which, he de clares, has been replete with assaults, dynamite outrages and murders. Pima Indians In Distress* Washington , July 30.—An appeal was made to President Roosevelt to day by a committee representing the Presbyterian board of home missions in behalf of the Pima Indians in Ari zona. who are said to be perishing be cause the waters of the Gila river have been diverted from their reserva tion. The committee stated that no water was available for the irrigation of the Indians' lands, and the Indiaus, who number 5,000, are said to be on the verge of starvation because of the failure of their crops. The president promised to investigate the matter, which has been before the interior de partment for a long time. Japanese Surround Port Arthur. Chee Foo , July 31.—A Japanese merchant has received word from a Chinese whom he trusts to the effect that the Japanese have captured every position surrounding the besieged fortress of Port Arthur with the ex ception of Golden hill. The Chinese stated that both sides suffered tre mendous losses in the operations uecessary to bring about this state of affairs. The members of the Russian intelli gence bureau here, while denying the report that Port Arthur has been cap tured, are inclined to believe the re ports due to the extent that the Jap anese have made great progress in their operations about the besieged fortress. Discussed Labor Conditions. Washington , July 30.— Labor con ditions generally throughout the country were the subject of a confer ence which the presideut held at the white house today with Attorney Gen eral Moody, Secretary Metealf of the department of commerce and labor, aud Commissioner of Labor Carroll D. Wright. Several matters which have been appealed to the presideut were considered aud action upon them will be announced latter. Regarding the strikes iu various parts of the country, the president and his advisers agreed that at no point had any of these passed beyond the scope of local treatment nor was the administration called upon at this time to take action. As for the pend ing meat strke, although it was not specifically discussed at the confer ence, it can be staled that the admin istration does not consider that a uatioual emergency has beeu precipi tated, as was the case iu the coal strike. Until such an emergency has beeu created there will be no official consideration of it by the administra tion. I Missoula , July 25. —William Pow er began suit today against the Big Blaekfoot Milling company for $10.500 for injuries received on the logging road of the company near Potomac last June. Power alleges that he was employed by the company as a labor er ami that while engaged in his duties shoving a push car he was forcibly struck by a logging train and severe ly injured. He is still in the hospital. Hüft IB or. Price s CREAM Baking Powder HIGHEST IN STREN6TH AND PURITY Improves the flavor and adds to the healthfiilness of the food. Price Baking Powder Co>