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The River Press.
Vol. XXVII.
Fort Benton, Montana, Wednesday, July io, 1907.
No. 38
NEW LAWS IN EFFECT.
Some of Them Promise Great Bene
fit If Properly Enforced.
W ashington , July 4.—Numerous |
acts passed by the legislatures of the i
various states during the past winter ,
and spring went into effect the first of .
this month. A number of them are of I
a more or less radical character, and j
many of them are directed against the
operation of trusts and bucketshops,
while others provide for the regula
tion of railways and insurance com
panies. Still others are decidedly of
the freak order.
In a half a dozen states the two-cent
passenger rate and maximum freight
rate laws come into operation today.
In Iowa an anti-pass law goes into
force.
The new local option law of Illi
nois, which goes into force today, is
expected to close hundreds of saloons,
especially in the rural districts.
In South Carolina, a new ten-hour
labor law affecting cotton mills goes
into operation. For the present the
mills will be permitted to maintain a
schedule of 62 hours a week, but on
January 1, the 60-hour schedule will
go into effect.
The measures enacted by the last
session of the Texas legislature are
not to come into force until July II.
The most important of the new laws
in the Lone Star state, or the one of
most general interest, is that which
requires the life insurance companies
doing business in the state to invest
75 per cent, of the reserve on Texas
business in Texas securities and de
posit them with the state treasurer. A
number of the big insurance com
panies have decided to withdraw from
Texas rather than comply with the
new law.
Another measure passed by the last
Texas legislature entitles a traveler
to have a top sheet of a "minimum
length" of nine feet, and any innholder,
lodging house keeper, or sleeping car
proprietor who fails to comply with
the law is liable to a fine.
The so-called public utilities bill,
which becomes a law in New York to
day, is one of the most far-reaching
reform measures ever passed by an
American legislature. It puts under
direct state control every public ser
vice corporation, great or small, with
the exception of the telephone and tele
graph. Under the new law four of the
most important state commissions
pass out of existence.
The same law prohibits the giving
of free passes except in a few limited
instances. It provides also that no
franchise shall be capitalized in excess
of the amount actually paid to the
state as consideration for the grant of
the franchise.
Stolen Mail Sacks Recovered.
Lander , Wyo., July 3.—Two mail
sacks stolen in a stage holdup near
Myersville in February, 1906, have
been recovered by postoilice inspectors
and letters, of which there were sev
eral hundred, have been sent on to
their destination. The pouches were
taken by robbers who held up the reg
ular stage. The registered letters were
hidden in a care. Inspectors have
worked upon the case ever since the
robbery. The outlaws are still at
large.
Millions For Fireworks.
New York , July 4.—It will cost be
tween fifteen and twenty million dol
lars for young America to show his
patriotism today. This for fireworks
alone, without the counting in the loss
by fires and the price of bandages
and arnica. The trade in fireworks
this year has been a record-breaker.
Representative fireworks dealers
along Park Place, who handle most of
the trade, said today that New York's
fireworks bill this year would come
close to 92,000,000, while the remaind
er of the country would bring the
total to nearly ten times that figure,
at a moderate estimate. While the
old-fashioned crackers still hold their
place of supremacy in the heart of the
small boy, there have also been in
vented in late years innumerable other
ways to burn up money.
Bank Funds Are Missing.
New York , July 3. — Detectives
throughout the United States are
searching today for Chester B.
Runyan, paying teller of the Windsor
Trust company who, the directors al
lege, is missing with #96,415 in cash.
The case is being handled by private
detectives. George Young, a director
of the trust company, confirms the re
ports of the defalcation which the de
tectives say is one of the most remark
able ever reported.
Runyan is accused of having placed
#W,415 iu currency in a suitcase last
Saturday and departed after shaking
hands with his associates. Kunyan,
it is said, did not even go to his apart
ment to bid goodbye to his wife, to
whom he bad been married for five
years. Runyan was a man of exem
plary habits so far as known.
New Lands In South Dakota.
O maha , July 3.— The passenger de
partment of the Chicago & Northwest
ern railroad was today advised that
the government reclamation expects
to turn water into the irrigation works
at Belle Fourche, S. D., in the Black
Hills, July 4. Townsites have been
selected by the government represen
tatives and the Belle Fourche valley
expects great developments under the
service which the irrigation project
now being completed will provide.
The first passenger train over the
new extension of the Northwestern line
into the Rosebud country reached
Gregory a few days ago. The new
town is very active and settlers are
coming into the new country and tak
ing up homesteads in large members.
Electric Power In Tunnel.
L eavenwotrh , Wash., July 4.—
The Great Northern railway has made
a start in the great enterprise of gen
erating electricity for use ia hauling
through the Cascade tunnel. Engin
eers and men are now on the ground
to arrange preliminaries, such as
camps, buildings and such facilities
as are required for building dams.
They are stretching a cable for use
with boats.
The two dams will be placed in the
Wenatchee, one at about one-half
mile up the Tumwater canyon, the
other about three miles above the first
at the foot of a small lake, thus im
pounding the waters of this rapid
river in two places. The heavy fall of
the river will give an immense power
at both places, opening many possi
bilities, not only for the utilization of
electricity in the present proposition,
but will doubtless open the way for
feeders to the railroad in the way of
manufactories.
She Is 120 Years Old.
Portland , Ore., July 4.— One of
the most interesting features of the
Fourth of July celebration in this city
today was naming Mrs. Mary Ramsey
Lemon Wood, "Mother Queen of
Oregon." Mrs. Wood, who is 120
years of age and well in possession of
her facilities, did not participate ac
tively in the exercises, it being deemed
an unnecessary hardship to bring the
old lady from her home in Hillsboro
into this city, but following appropri
ate exercises, General George Wil
liams, attorney-general under Presi
dent U. S. Grant, named her publier
as queen, applauded by hundreds of
people who had gathered to witness
the exercises. General Williams is
himself 84 years of age and a man of
remarkable preservation.
Mrs. Wood was born at Knox ville,
Tenn , May 20, 1787. In 1853 she
moved from Missouri to Oregon, set
tling in Washington county, where she
still makes her home, is a good con
versationalist, and remembers well the
historical events of her youth and
those who participated in them. Her
recollection of events of more recent
date is unusually accurate.
Chinese Pay Head Tax.
Ottawa , Ont., July 4.—The Chin
ese again are coming into Canada in
considerable numbers in spite of the
•500 head tax, deemed sufficient at the
time of its imposition a few years ago
to entirely bar coolies from this coun
try, and effective until recently, not a
Chinaman entering the dominion ex
cept merchants and a few others who
were exempt.
Now, however, the Chinese coolies
have found that the opportunity to
work in Canada is worth the payment
of 9500, and some employers of labor
on the Pacific coast also have con
cluded that the services of a celestial
are worth that amount. Consequently
for three months, the Chinese have
been entering British Columbia in
ever increasing numbers and paying
the big head tax. Last month 86 of
them came in, and 45 entered who were
exempt from the tax, they being mer
chants or Chinese who had previously
lived in the Dominion. It is expected
that owing to the great demand for
labor in the west immigration of the
Chinese will continue steadily to in
crease until further drastic legislation
is enacted.
Livingston , July 8.— Jesse Davis,
a laborer, who was trying to beat his
way out of the yards in this city this
afternoon, was instantly killed by be
ing caught between two cars of lum
ber. Three companions had a narrow
escape from death.
Q||_ MAGNATES SUMMONED.
Court Wants Information Regarding
Finances Of Their Companies.
C hicago , July 5.— Accompanied by
his brother, William Rockefeller,
John D. Rockefeller, president of the
Standard Oil company of New York,
will appear before Judge K. M. Lan
dis in the United States district court
at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. It
is supposed that H. H. Rogers also
will be in court. The addition of
William Rockefeller and the possible
addition of H. H. Rogers to the list
of representatives of the Standard Oil
company that will be questioned as to
the supposed secrets of the corpora
tion became known to District Attor
ney Sims and the other local agents
of the department of justice tonight.
A telegram announcing that William
Rockefeller was on his way to Chicago
and that H. H. Rogers had returned
from Europe and had been notified
that he was wanted in Judge Landis'
court, was received by the district at
torney from United States Marshal
Henkle of New York.
Washington , July 5.— If John D.
Rockefeller opens his mouth to talk
of the Standard Oil company before
Judge Landis in the federal court in
Chicago he will bathe himself in an
immunity bath and ever after he will
be immune from any criminal prose
cution which the department of justice
may desire to bring against him for
violations of the law committed by the
big trust.
This ia the statement made by a man
in the department of justice. It is
stated that Attorney General Bona
parte had even hoped that the search
for Rockefeller would be fruitless.
The department realized that before
Judge Landis could impose any part
of the possible #20,000,000 fine against
the company for its #4,000 rebates he
must find out the holdings and prop
erty of the company. It is for this
purpose that Rockefeller has been
summoned.
If he testifies he will be in the same
position as the packers who told of
their business and its conditions and
were granted immunity from punish
ment for violations of the anti-trust
laws. While the department of jus
tice and the trust busters were not in
sympathy with the chase for Rocke
feller they could do nothing, as it was
impossible to dictate to Judge Landis.
Fourth of July Casualties.
Chicago , Juiy •">.—Tne Tribune to
day says: Fortv-seven men, women
and childreu are Uead and 2,153
maimed, lacerated or burned as a re
sult of yesterday's excess of patriot
ism in the United States. Tne num
ber of dead di>es not include five
drowned during the day.
The roster of the dead is four more
than last year's mortalities. A year
ago thirty-three persous were dead on
the moruinsr after the Fourth of July,
not including five drowned.
Unfortunately, the death roll will
increase day by day, and even the
late days of August will witness addi
tions to it. Tetanus, that grim after
math of gunpowder wounds, claims
its victims by scores and even by hun
i dred? for weeks after the Fourth.
New York leads all the cities of the
United States in the number of killed
and injured. Ten persons are dead
I in that city, while six more are so
seriously hurt that it is expected they
will die within a few hours. At the
New York hospitals 423 injured per
sons were treated. No record was
made of the number of dispensary
cases cared for. The police doubtless
averted a greater casualty list by ar
resting 428 men and boys for carry
ing weapons. There were 116 fires in
Greater New York during the day.
These figures break all Fourth of July
records for the big metropolis.
Pittsburg, Pa., ran New York a
close second in the grim race, nine
teen persons yielding up their lives on
the altar of frenzied patriotism.
Chicago, although the second city,
added but two to the nation's total of
dead. Springfield, 111., supplied three
victims, Chatham, III., two,, and Ab
erdeen, S. D., two. No other town or
city in the country gave up more than
one of its own to death.
Menaced By Missouri River.
Kansas City , July 5. — Elwood
Kan., opposite St. Joseph, a town of
about 1,000 inhabitants, is in danger
of being destroyed. The homes of
nearly 100 persons have been moved
back from the water's edge and many
acres of ground have been swept
away.
Every mac, woman and child in El
wood became a house mover recently
and the supply did not equal the de
mand. Aid was summoned from St.
Joseph and half the houses in ElWVd
were upon improvised rollers, headed
toward the railroad right of way on
the opposite side of town. Most of
the families left their property in their
houses and continued to live in them
as they were rolled aloog. However,
some were given such a lively chase by
the encroaching current that their be
longings were taken to places of safety
while they were laboring to save their
buildings.
The work of rescue did not stop at
night or for rain. Some residents
worked without sleep for nights. Or
chards, gardens, trees, fences and
outhouses have tumbled into the
stream, but there has been no loss of
1Ife -
Would Exclude Japanese.
B ellingham , Wash., July 5.—A
special from Vancouver, B. C. says:
Labor men of this city and province
are up in arms over the threatened in
vasion of thousands of Japanese from
Honolulu. The labor market is al
ready over-stocked and they will not
stand for the coming of such numbers
of Orientals. Immigration records
show that 2,500 have arrived in British
Columbia since July 1, most of them
from Honolulu.
Dr. Alexander Monroe, immigra
tion inspector, declareslthat the inrush
must and will be stopped, if possible,
and that the law will be rigidly en
forced, and that all who cannot quali
fy will be refused admittance. The
requisite qualification is the posses
sion of 825 cash
Past experience shows that not one
Japanese in ten has this amount, and
it means that they will have to be re
turned by the steamship company.
The French steamship Admiral Jauri
berry is due here tomorrow morning
with 250 Japanese from Honolulu.
These must qualify or go back.
Railroad War In Alaska.
Seattle , July 5.—A special to the
Post Intelligencer from Valdez, Alas
ka, say-: Oae man is dead, another
is so badly injured that he cannot live
and nine more are seriously wounded
as a result of the first conflict between
the Guggenheim aud the Brunei* in
terests at Katalia da> before yester
protect
day. trie tight is over a right -of-way
which tiie Brunei - forces
ing.
The Guggenheim interests stationed
detachments of armed men on points
comuiaudingthe disputed ground early
in the day. Tony De Pascal, in charge
of a party of laborers, started out to
lay track over the Bruuer right-of
way uuder cover of a fire from these
camps. A brisk fire was opened from
the Bruner camp but De Pascal's men
succeeded in capturing the steel go
devil on which the Bruner camp had
relied to destroy the work done by
their opponents.
Representatives from the Bruner in
terests are making every endeavor to
have Governor Hoggatt order troops
to the scene of the hostilities.
Heywood Defense Nearing End.
Boise , July 5.—The defense in the
trial of William D. Heywood is near
ing tiie end of its case. Six witnesses
this morning closed up loose ends in
the net of contradiction in which it is
hoped that Harry Orchard may be en
tangled.
Written evidence was introduced to
show that a conspiracy existed be
tween the Mineowners' association,
the citizens' alliance, the governor
and militia of Colorado and the Pin
kertnn detective agency, all seeking to
destroy the Western Federation of
Miners.
The mysterious registered letter sent
from Denver to San Francisco and
which Orchard swore contained five
920 bills, sent to him by George Petti
bone, signing himself as "J. Wolff,"
was explained by Jacob Wolff, who
said he formerly worked for Petti
bone. Wolff said he sent Orchard a
masonic charm and a union card in a
registered letter.
Defy Nebraska Law.
~
Lincoln , July 5. —Nebraska express
companies' agents today were notified
by New York headquarters to disobey
the new rate law taking effect today
reducing rates 25 per cent. The notice
mean-! a legal battle^
Colony Is Breaking.
TaCOMA , July 5. —Home colony, es
tablished by anarchists on Henderson
bay. about ten years ago, is breaking
up. Members are reported to be quiet
ly leaving since Emma Goldman visit
j ed the colony a few weeks ago. The
colonly owns 219 acres, divided into
two acre tracts, but all of them have
never been occupied. There has been
j trouble several times, resulting
I me mbers departing, but they later re
'turned.
ROCKEFELLER IN COURT.
President of Standard Oil Company
Was An Unsatisfactory Witness.
C hicago , July 6.— John D. Rocke
feller, president of the Standard Oil
company of New Jersey, occupied the
witness stand in the United States dis
trict court today while Judge Landis
plied him with questions regarding the
financial strength and the business
methods of the corporation of which
he is the bead. Mr. Rockefeller was
a very willing, and an equally unsat
isfactory, witness. He was ready to
tell all that he knew, but he said that
he knew practically nothing. The net
result of his examination was that he
believed that, during the years 1903,
1904 and 1905, the period covered by
the indictments on which the Satadard
Oil company of Indiana was recently
convicted, the net profits of the Stand
ard Oil company of Indiana were ap
proximately 40 per cent on an out
standing capitalization of 9100,000,000,
The investigation held today by
Judge Landis was instituted by him
for the express purpose of determining
whether or not the Standard Oil com
pany of Indiana, which was convicted
of violation of the law, was really
owned by the New Jersey; whether the
Union Tank Line, whose cars were
used for the shipments made in viola
tion of the law, was similarly owned;
and also to obtain an idea of the
financial resources of the convicted
corporation, in order to inflict a fine
proportionate to the offense and the
assets of the convicted company.
It was stated by officers of the
Standard Oil company of New Jersey
that it owned the greater part of the
stocks of both the Union Tank Line
and Standard Oil company of Indiana.
Specific figures as to the earnings of
the parent corporation were given by
Charles M. Pratt, its secretary, and
they were close to the estimate given
by Mr. Rockefeller.
Freight Charges Are Unfair.
Washington , July 6.—Among the
petitions tiled with the interstate
commerce commission today were
three from the city of Spokane against
the Oregon Railroad & Navigation
company, the Northern Pacific rail
way and the Great Northern railway,
setting out substantially the same
statement of facts.
In tiie construction of its system of
waterworks the city of Spokane used
au immense amount of steel ànd rivets
which had to be shipped from Pitts
uurg. Pa., to Spokane. It is alleged
in the complaint that the different
railroads charged more for the ship
ment of the material from Pittsburg
to Spokane than their tariff rates in
dicated they would have charged on
shipments of the same material from
Pittsburg to Portlaud, Oregon, al
though Spokane is 300 miles nearer
to Pittsburg than is Portland.
The city demands reparation from
the Oregon Railroad & Navigation
company in the sum of #4,319, with
#750 attorney's fees: from the North
ern Pacific Railway company #3,700,
reparation and #500 attorney's fees
and from the Great Northern Railway
company #12,818 reparation and #1,200
attorney's fees.
The tiling of this complaint is a re
newal of ths old tight between the
cities of Spokane and Portland, which
recently was heard by the interstate
commerce commission in what is
known as the Spokane case.
Two Millions In Postoffice.
Portland , July 6.— A special to the
Oregonian from Seattle says that 92,
000,000 in gold from Fairbanks to
Seattle is lying in the postoffice at
Skagway because the Alaska Steam
ship company's Dolphin and the
Pacific Coast company's line City of
Seattle refused to accept it as regis
tered mail. Both boats sailed away
and left the gold in the keeping of the
postmaster, who is frantically endea
voring to find some way of getting rid
of his responsibility for the dust.
[There are two big truckloada of pack
j ages of gold in the Skagway post
! office.
Shippers Want Damages.

Portland , July 6.—From present
indications a large part of the next
term of the circuit court of Multnomah
county will be taken up with the hear
ing of suits against the Oregon Rail
road oc Navigation Warehouse com
pany brought suit to recover about
UOU because of the failure of this
raiiroad to haul the wheat crop of
1904. Later a great damage suit was
tiled by Kerr, Gifford & Co. The
company asks damages aggregating
! #60,000 from the Oregon Railroad &
' Navigation company for half a dozen
reasons.
The prayer for an award states that
the Oregon Railroad & Navigation
company ia 1904 and 1905 solicited
grain shipments and promised to bava
abundant facilities on hand to trans
port grain to the east and elsewhere.
Relying on these promises, the plain
tiffs state tbey sold large shipments to
eastern brokers, packers and elevator
men and millers and then found it im
possible to obtain cars for the deliv
ery of shipments as promised. It ia
also alleged the price of wheat de
clined before the Oregon and Wash
ington crop could be marketed nod
it was deteriorated by delays.
FIVE YEARS FOR SCHMITZ.
Mayor of San Francisco Gets Heavy
Sentence For Grafting.
S an F rancisco , July 8.—Superior
Judge Dunne at 10 o'clock this morn
ing sentenced Mayor Eugene E.
Schmitz to five years imprisonment in
San Quentin penitentiary for the
crime of extorting 91,175 from French
restaurant keepers of San Franeisco,
of which crime he was convicted by a
jury June 13. As the last words of
the sentence fell from the judge's lipe
the great crowd that had stood
throughout the dramatic scene sent up
a thunderous cheer.
"Good for you," shouted a man ia
the back part of the court room. His
ejaculation was echoed and re-echoed
by one after another of the spectators.
Several threw their hats Into the air.
Others scrambled upon chairs to look
over the shoulders of the crowd. The
greatest confusion prevailed.
In speaking of Schmitz'scase Judge
Dunne commented upon the fact that
the prisoner had been |raised to the
highest office within the gift of the
people of the city.
Schmitz interrupted him saying: "I
am not here to be humiliated." He
was trembling with rage and intense
hatred flashed from his eyes as he
continued: "I am an American citi
zen, not out here beggingl leniency
from your honor or any other man.
I am here merely to secure my sen
tence." Judge Dunne attempted to
proceed, but had not gone far when
Schmith broke in again.
Death List Is Increased.
Chicago , July 6.—With the grim
returns still coming in, the number of
Fourth of July casualties for 1907 has
eclipsed all records made by The Tri
bune in the last nine years. The total
number of dead is 50.
The total number of injured at mid-»
night is 3,807.
This total eclipses all records in the
nine years.
As usual, fireworks claimed the
largest number of victims, 1,724. The
victims of cannon, gunpowder, fire
arms and toy pistols are in relative
proportion.
The death roll promises to mount
higher as the days go by. Already
tetanus is beginning its deadly work,
the death of one victim from lockjaw
being reported.
Frauds In Coal Lands.
St. Louis , July 6. —Information of
the indictment of eight St. Louisaus
by the federal grand jury in Denver
for alleged participation in the fraud
ulent entry of extensive coal lands ia
Colorado and Montana has been re
ceived here by District Attorney Blod
gett, and the names of five were made
public today. Indictments were re
turned against ten others whose names
were not made public.
District Attorney Blodgett has no
tified each of those indicted to appear
and give bonds before United States
Commissioner Morrlssey for their ap
pearance for trial in Denver at the
next sitting of the federal district
court there. The charge under whicb
the indictments were brought alleges
that they participated in the fraudu
lent entry of laad, thereby defrauding
the goverameat out of a large amouat
of mouey.
Help For Kansas Farmers.
Topeka , Kan., July 8. —In answer
to an appeal for harvest hands from
the farmers of Kansas, General Man
ager Hurley of the Santa Fe issued an
order today which gives permission to
any of that company's trackmen to go
to the harvest fields and work. Mr.
Hurley says the men are welcome to
go if they choose and that they may
have their jobs back as soon as they
are through with the harvest.
The business houses of Dodge City
are practically going to shut up shop
for the next two weeks. Merchants
have signed an agreement which al
lows the clerks of practically every
house in town to go to the assistance
of the farmers, who assert that unless
harvest hands can be secured at once
the wheat crop of Ford county will go
to waste.

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