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Vol. XXX. Port Benton, Montana, Wednesday, August 24 1 1910. No. 44 FLEE FROM FOREST FIRES. Residents of Western Montana Towns Seek Safety. Missoula , Aug. 22.— The general fire situation in this district As far as •early reports show, is still dlscourag* ing. No word can be obtained from any point on the Coeur d'Alene line further west than St. Regis. Intermit tent communication which was In ef fect with Wallace early this morning, was later entirely cut off and fears are entertained that the fires have again broken out in that place. Saltese is still safe but surrounded by walls of flames. The Northern Pacific officials' special is still at Saltese, but cannot be moved as bridges are burned on either side. A report was received by Manager Pavey of the Rocky Mountain Bell Telephone company at 11 o'clock this morning from St. Regis advising that the wind was blowing a gale directly from the fire zone to the town. The report declares there is little chance for the old town now as the flames are circling and will soon come in from at least two sides. At the time the re port was received, the Blackfoot Lum ber company had 150 men fighting the fire but the hope of overcoming the flames seems a forlorn one. While the greater force is attempting to subdue the fire another smaller crew is engag ed carrying out all of the company's books and clerical property from the office to a place of safety. A late report from Hamilton receiv ed by the Bell Telephone company tells of a big fire with a wide frontage which is raging seven miles west of the town and men are being secured to fight the on-coming torrent of flame. The Northern Pacific officials are making a desperate effort to push their trains through as far as possible and will send passengers as far west as Plains. Farther than that no trains can be operated on account of the bad condition of the wooden trestles and bridges on the Cabinet cutoff. A bridge 955 feet in length is burned out at Tuscor and others have been ren dered unsafe by the fire. The towns of Rivulet, Superior and Iron Mountain have been abandoned this morning and the Iron Mountain Mining company's properties located near Iron Mountain caught fire early today and were completely destroyed. Some minor personal casualties are reported. A relief train is to be started out of Saltese over the Milwaukee railway this morning for Borax carrying a large searching party which will try to find a company of soldiers unac counted for since Saturday morning. Many Dead In Forest Fires. Spokane , Aug. 22.— Twenty persons are known to be dead as a result of the forest fires within a radius of 150 miles of Wallace. The death list for the entire fire-swept district of north ern Idaho is certain to reach 100 and probably more. It is impossible at the present time to make an ac curate reckoning of the missing. From Wallace come reports that the town of Burke is in flames and certain of destruction. The fire rangers in that territory are so exhausted that no effective battle against the flames can be made. The 300 residents of the town are in flight toward Wallace. The negro soldiers of the 25th infan try, who have done heroic service and saved many lives and much property in the vicinity of Wallace, are now resting, having been engaged in con tinuous battle against the flames from 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon until early today. Forest Ranger Gulaski reports to Supervisor Weigle that six of his men are dead, five having been smothered in the War Eagle tunnel, where the entire crew took refuge. Ranger Bell reports twelve dead, three perman ently blinded and thirteen with broken legs. Would Make Law Odious. Chicago , Aug. 22. —Plans for ren dering odious the administration's railroad bill, which became effective today, are believed to have been agreed upon by the principal railroad systems of the country. One of the methods, it is alleged, will be a cut in the wages of employes, which will force them in self protection to vote for congressional candidates approved by the railroads as not inimical to their interests. The great army of railway workmen is no small factor in the result of the elections. Rumors of general and widespread reductions in wages are now heard in railway circles all over the west. It is likely that concerted action will not be taken until fall, when the dwindl ing earnings from grain shipments will begin to reduce the income of the railroads. That the railroads are intent upon a general and sweeping increase in freight rates has already been made evident.' Accused of Big Graft. CHICAGO, Aug. 19.—Three former officers of the Illinois Central Rail road company were arrested today in connection with the alleged huge frauds by means of which the railroad asserts it was defrauded out of 91, 500,000. The men arrested are: Frank B. Harriman, former general manager of the road. Charles L. Ewing, former manager of lines north of the Ohio river. John K. Taylor, formerly general storekeeper of thejroad. The warranta were «worn to by President Rarahan of the railroad concerned. They charge the three men with conspiracy to cheat and de fraud the railroad by false pretenses and with operating a confidence game. Harriman and Ewing were taken to the Harrison street police station. Their bonds of 910,000 each were signed by a professional bondsman. FRIGHTFUL FOREST FIRES. Town of Wallace, Idaho, Destroyed and Others In Danger. Spokane , Aug. 21.— At 1 o'clock Wallace, Idaho, is a solid mass of flames and the whole town is doomed. A wall of flames from the forest fires raging outside the town all afternoon, fanned by the high winds, swept over the hill Into the city shortly after 8 o'clock, and at 10:15 the whole east side was totally destroyed. The fire chief ordered all Inhabitants of the city out. Women and children are running, screaming hysterically, through the streets toward the trains assembled to hurry them away to safe ty. All rolling stock of the railway was ordered removed from yards by the higher officials and a special bearing the complete fire equipment from Spo kane was dispatched to the scene. The loss Is already millions. The fire-fighters were driven back by the intense heat. Their hands and faces were burned to blisters and their clothes scorched and smoking and they were compelled to flee with the others to the north and west. The buildings burned like timber. At 6 o'clock Mayor Walter Hanson ordered every available man out to backfire up the hillsides around the town, threatening imprisonment for all who refused. As the flames drew closer to the telephone office the girls fled with a hasty cry to the Spokane office that the town was a fire. At 3 o'clock in the afternoon the demand of the people for trains to leave the town became so great that both the Oregon Railway & Naviga tion company and the Northern Pacific made up special trains which left at sundown, bearing hundreds of women and children, with their valuables. The Oregon Railway & Navigation train pulled down the Coeur d'Alene valley to Osborne, out of all possible danger, while the Northern Pacific train proceeded toward Missoula. Others who did not wait for the trains or who desired to carry more of their household goods than they could take by that means, secured every availa ble vehicle or started on foot for Os borne. At midnight many of the principal buildings had been destroyed and the last message from the stricken city before communication was cut off was that there seemed to be no hope for any of the structures. Wallace, 125 miles west of Missoula, is densely built in a small cup-shaped basin, the only exits being three narrow can yons. These are now hemmed in by fire. Inspect Milk River Project. Glasgow , Aug. 18.— The board of United States army engineers arrived at Glasgow this morning. Five au* tomobiles bore the party over the south end of the Milk river project, who were shown where the government eanal would terminate. The party is traveling in the special train of Presi dent Louis W. Hill and a number of lesser officials of the Great Northern. United States Senators Carter and Dixon are with the party. Senator Dixon intimated that the Milk river project will receive ap proximately 92,000,000 for its comple tion. The engineers left for the west at 9:30 o'clock and will make a short stop at Tampico to visit the Lohr Bros.' farm, these brothers being the best farmers along the Great North ern says President L. W. Hill. The board will proceed thence to Dodson dam and to Great Falls. Senator Carter was sick with tonsilltis and unable to leave his berth while here. THE SONG OF COUNTRY. THE mi\f $5 MAP CUOUÜ m HO* ORY 1/t/ AM m v.?: m liS' fmi îvi CORK MA ». "tut* y Ï*Â Mi m 'A.Z. PL SOMf WATK "O o° o 'HOW DRY I AM, HOW DRY I AM! WESTERN CONSERVATION. Conference of Governors Adopted Platform On Important Issue. Salt Lake , Aug. 19. —The confer ence of governors of the Rocky moun tain and Pacific coast states called to consider a proper representation at the conservation congress to meet at St. Paul September 5, adjourned to day after the adoption of the resolu tion reciting that inasmuch as assur ances had been given that a full and free discussion of the subject of con servation could be had, the Pacific coast and Rocky mountain states would cordially take part In the con vention and delegates would be ap pointed in such force as wonld im press upon the convention the sincer ity and justice of the demanda to be presented by the western states, which were most affected by the national conservation policies and laws. These demands were set forth in the following platform of principles: 1—That in legislatively solving the problems of conservation the national congress adhere to the doctrine of Abraham Lincoln that the public lands are an important national possession, held in trust for the maturing states. 2—That state government, no less beneficiently than national govern ment, is capable of devising and ad ministering laws for the conservation of public property: and that the na tional and state governments should legislatively co-operate to the end that within a reasonable period of time the state governments be conceded the full and complete administration of such conservation laws as may be found adaptable to the varying conditions of the several states. 3—That the experience of the conser vation states demonstrates that dispo sitions of public property under exist ing national conservation laws and regulations' have tended to intrench monopolies and interests menacing the common welfare; and the modifica tions of such laws and regulations should be protected by the conserva tion congress. 4—That the elimination from the national forest reserves of all home stead and untimbered grazing lands Is immediately expedient. 5—That the use and control of all water power Inheres right In the states within restrictions insuring perpetual freedom from monopoly. 6—That the privilege of American citizens to seek and develop mineral wealth wherever it may be found should be fully amplified and secured by laws. 7—That the idea of deriving federal revenue from the physical resources of the states Is repugnant to that ad justment of constitutional powers which guarantees the perpetuity of the union. A resolution was also passed en dorsing the Panama-Pacific interna tional exposition at San Francisco in 1915 and pledging support thereto. Will Open Crow Lands. Washington , Aug. 18.— The in terior department is preparing for President Taft's signature to a pro clamation opening to entry about 700,000 acres of grazing land on the Crow Indian reservation, being the undisposed portion of the ceded lands opened under the act of 1904. Under that law reservation lands were to be sold at a minimum price of 94 .50 per acre, and any lands un NOBODY KN0W8 HOW DRY I AM." —McCutcheon In Chicago Tribun«. disposed of after five yèars, were to bo reappraised and sold by the order of the president. These remaining lands probably will be sold under sealed bids or at public auction, but it is not yet determined whether the minimum price will be fixed at $1 or $2.50 per acre. When this is agreed upon the proc lamation will be forwarded to the president for his signature. Funds For Montana Militia. Washington , Aug. 18.— The war department today announced an al lotment of $21,775 to the militia of Montana, being its apportionment of the $4.000,000 appropriated by con gress last session. Of this amount $8,802 is for arms and equipment; $2,^34 for rifle practice; $3,896 for ammunition, and Î6,l..>2 for supplies. The enlisted strength of the Montana militia is reported to the departmant as (394 men. More Troops For Fire Districts. Washington , August 19.— Forest fires in Montana are spreading and ten additional companies of troops are needed to meet the situation ac cording to a joint telegram received today by the interior department and forest service by their field agents. Supervisor Logan of the Glacier national forest, and Supervisors Haines and Bunker of the Flathead and Blackfoot national forests, re spectively reported that the old fires are practically under control, but new ones are constantly appearing and more troops are needed to meet the emergency. They ask that four com panies be sent to the Glacier park and three companies each to the Flathead and Blackfoot forests. Chief Clerk UcKcr of the interior department, who is in the Glacier na tional park assisting in the fighting of fires, today telegraphed Acting Secretary Pierce that he believed the fire situation could be met and the liâmes kept under control with addi tional troops, but that the conflagra tion could not be entirely arrested until the advent of rain. Alleged Wool Thieves Arrested. Boston , Aug. 19. —Two more ar rests were made today In connection with the alleged wholesale theftB of wool from the Boston and Maine rail road and various Massachusetts wool en mills. The men arrested, Edward Parkins and John Ross, are team sters. If is alleged the wool will ag gregate 50,000 pounds. Cities Show Growth. Washington , Aug. 18.— The popu lation of Milwaukee is 373,857, an increase of 88,542, or 31 per cent as compared with 285,313 in 1900. The population of Des Moines, Iowa, is 86,368, an increase of 24,229, or 39 per cent as compared with 62,139 in 1900. Davenport, Iowa, shows 43,029, an increase of 7,774, or 22.1 per cent as compared with 35,254 in 1900. Woolen Mills Are Busy. Providence , R. I., Aug. 18.— The thousands of operatives in Olney ville, the largest woolen mills center in Rhode Island, were notified today that the mills of the American Wool en company, which have been on a four and five days' schedule for sev eral months, will run on full time. The river mills have opened after be ing closed for three weeks. j JURORS WERE APPROACHED. The Illinois Bribery Scandal Develops Court Sensation. Chicago , Aug. 17.— Declaring that practically all of them had been "ap proached" in connection with the trial of Lee O'Neil Browne, Judge Kerston yesterday dismissed a panel of 75 ve niremen who had been subpoenaed in the work of selecting a jury. Judge Kersten pronounced the situation "de plorable." The veniremen were immediately taken to the office of State Attorney Wayman, where Judge Kersten asked each man by name If he had been called upon by anyone in connection with his possible service as a juror. Nearly all answered in the affirmative. They weere instructed to report in court for further investigation. It is possible that they will be re lieved of further duty in the case and the laborious process of selecting others begun all over again. An other possibility is that the case may be taken to another county if it is found impossible to get an impartial jury here. The first trial Browne charged with bribing State Representative White to vote for Lorimer for United States senator resulted In a disagreement, four for acquittal against eight for conviction. The work of selecting a new jury for the retrial began three weeks ago. No Deadhead Telegrams. New York , Aug. 17.— Under a fed eral law taking effect today, It Is un lawful for any telegraph company to issue franks for the transmission of telegrams to any persons except offl cials, agents, employes and their families, of common carriers, and a few other classes specifically mention ed in the act. All complimentary, business and half-rate franks held by persons oth er than those excepted by law become null and void today and will be taken up by the companies and cancelled whenever presented. The law affects both the Western Union and the Post al companies. It is understood that many men of prominence, including several congressmen, »re deprived of their telegraph franks by the new law. Woolen Mills Form Merger. New York , Aug. 17. —A great mer ger of woolen mills to include over a score of factories with a total capital ization of $25,000,000, is being organ ized by New York capitalists. The mills included are located in Massa chusetts, Rbode Island, Utica and Syracuse, N. Y., Philadelphia and New Jersey. The combination is be ing underwritten from this city and the headquarters of the new company will be located here. A selling com pany will distribute the product of the mills direct to the retailers, elimin ating the middleman and jobber. Great Airship Flight. Deal , Eng., Aug. 17. —With every prospect of success in completing the aerial trip from Paris to London, which since the crossing of the Eng lish channel by Bleriot and others has been the great aim of the bird men, Moirfsant, the young Spanish aviator, descended near here today, having accomplished the flight from Paris to Calais and the journey across the channel to Deal with an ease and bril liancy rarely surpassed. He is now preparing to continue the trip to London, the completion of which will bring the cup and prize of fered by a London newspaper for the course and the proceeds of the Gra ham E. White, which the unsuccess ful competitor in the London-Man chester flight generously offered as a prize for the Paris to London competi tion. Fall of Manila Celebrated. Manila , Aug. 17.—American resi dents and not a few natives joined Saturday in the celebration of the 12th anniversary of the fall of Manila and the hoisting of the American flag over the city. The Philippine department of the United Spanish War veterans held its annual reunion today and the veterans were given a banquet. To Experiment In Beets. Denver , Aug. 17.—According to William A. Orton, in charge of the beet sugar investigation bureau of the department of agriculture, who has just arrived here, the government will establish a station in the Arkansas valley for experimental purposes, with a view of teaching farmers the best method of increasing the percentage of sugar in their beets. Indians Were Swindled. Sulphur , Okla., Aug. 17.—Details of a scheme by which "land grabbers" organized systematically to enrich themselves at the expense of minor Indians were related at the congres* slonal investigation into Indiaç land affairs today. In one instance it was asserted that the cost of disposing of the property of one 18-year-old Indian was $2,075 more than the property brought, and the conditions which per mitted this and similar deals were de clared to be a "disgrace to Okla homa." New Railroad Law In Effect. Washington , Aug. 18.—At mid night the new railroad law became effective. Immediately upon the pas sage of the act, sixty days ago, sec tions of the law relating to the sus pension of rates went into effect. Since that time the interstate com merce commission has been operating under the law. In a conference held by the commis sion with the representatives of the telephone and telegraph companies, the companies expressed a desire to do all in their power to facilitate the work of the commission. Hereafter telegraph and telephone companies must file reports with the commission concerning their business just as rail roads do now. The officers were also informed that hereafter no franks could be legally used, except as gov erned by the anti-pass provision of the Hepburn act, which is comprehen sively In effect. The long and short haul provision of the recently enacted law while it be comes effective at once, actually will not be operative for six months as that time is allowed for the carriers to adjust their tariffs. PRIZES AT STATE FAIR. Liberal Premiums Offered For Vari» ous Farm Products. Helena , Aug. 18.—It seems safe to predict that the prizes offered by Jas. J. Hill for dry farm products at the forthcoming Montana state fair, Sep tember 26 to October 1, inclusive, will create one of the keenest, though good-natured, rivalaries known to the Treasure state, so varied are the of ferings of the railway magnate. In fact, the prizes offered by Mr. Hill Include not only everything raised in Montana, but there are collective gifts as well, such as for the best county exhibit, the greatest individual dis play and the most presentable offer ing from Montana experiment sta tions. To make his donation complete, Mr. Hill has likewise included prizes for fruits grown without irrigation. The prizes offered by Mr. Hill aggregate several thousand dollars and are, in fact, quite on a parity with those made for displays at the recent Omaha ex position. First, second and third prizes have been offered by him for the best dis plays of threshed grains and seeds as follows: Red and white fall wheat, red and white spring wheat, macaroni wheat, fall rye, barley, two-rowed, six-rowed and hulless; oats, peas, beans, flax, corn of several varieties, alfalfa, tim othy, brome, orchard grass and millet seed. Similar purses have been hung up for the best displays of forage crops and sheaf exhibits. Tampered With Jury. Chicago , Aug. 18.—Judge Kersten, in whose court L?e O'Neill Browne is being retried on a charge of obtaining votes for Senator Lorimer, was com pelled to dismiss six more veniremen today. This makes 111 veniremen dis missed from the last three panels on their own statements that they had been "approached" on their services as jurors. "I don't know who is tampering with the veniremen, " said the oourt. "I don't take sides, but some one is doing corrupt work. I sincerely hope we will find out the guilty persons and that they will be brought to the bar of justice. They are making a travesty of the administration of the law." The court's remarks were addressed to the lawyers and veniremen gener ally. Homeseekers Coming West. St. Paul , Aug. 17.—The annual fall movement of homeseekers began today, and will continue until snow is on the ground. From present in dications it is evident that the number of settlers to northwestern states will be larger from Minnesota to the ooast. About one thousand homeseekers passed through St. Paul today. The usual excursion rates will be in effect every first and second Tuesday of each month. Those passing through here today are from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and other states in the middle west.