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pIDLIHRDt KVRIIY TIIT.1INDAY AT Sun River, Montana Territory. P'i;OFE-;SIONAL CARDS. J g.NEWMAN, pmySIECIAN AND BURGEON. La River, " Montana. IIAA0 D. MoOUTOHEON. ATTORNEY.AT.LAW, Wll loe gpeilal attewnrtion to ro1binessaoing, the UuOti d ttun Lan Office. ,lIgI OALUK OLOOC. UCLRNA. THOMAS H. OARTEA, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW, e: Main St., Footof BDroadway, eleaa, M.T, DR. A. F. 001, DENTIST, readW,. Helena, Meot. (Alova HERALD OFiIcz) JOHN W. WADE, g, I. 3parTT LAND AND MINEUAL rinTEom. Ordes for land surveylng at Bun River and vi 0lt ill reeive prumpt ttentlon. Co. roedwa JaLac , ele 0. WOODS. NOTARY PUBLIC A U. 8. LAND ATTY. Isrvolla promptly attended to. Florence, Montana. aBAaTUa D. RDOIrTON. RLIRT D. WID . EDOERTON & WEED, ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW, the'law of .m. a, sltat and water rdllhts made a specialty. NPAROUE SWLOK--COR. MAIN AND gORADWAT, HELENA, M. T. O O. MORTSON, L3 Notary Public, HAND COOLE., M.T. Lepaulostrments of every deecrlption proper. y ezeauted. DR. WA ALLEN, Surgeon Dentist The doetorahu at Ihe soliitatilon of nnmheor of our itisens, decided to makeo ,eriudrial velti to Bun iver. Due notice will be given. TEXAS RIFLEMEN. [Texs 81ftinf l,.1 During the war for Txas indepeln dance, there was no battle or fight in which the Mexicanns did not suffer losses in killed and Wounded out of all proportion to those which they in flicted. Some writers have intimated that the Texan-s exaiggerated the losses of th, MIexicaus, Ilbut in this they are r;i tll. 'The grie:ttlosses sustained by the M.xiciu,.; ar,, tapable of a very imple explanation. The Texans wore men, for the most part, from the south ern and western states. They were unerring marksmen. They were ac customed to handling the rifle from boyhood up. Meon who rarely missed shooting off the head of a squirrel, or a wild turkey, were not apt to miss when they fired at Mexicans. On the other hand, the Mexicans know nothing about the rifle. They were armed with bell-mouthed blun derbusses, called nesopetas, which bore wide of the mark, even at a short distance. When they came into con flict with the Americans they did not fare any better than did the British veterans at New Orleans, or more re cently in the Transvaual. This explains why some of the Mexicans ran, and also why some of them did not run. When Gen. Cos, who was captured at San Jacinto, was asked, when a prisoner, at Galveston, how he came to surrender a fortress with 2,500 reg ular troops at San Antonio to less than 850 American civilians, without discipline, and almost without oflicers, he replied: "Why, sir,- what could I do? We could not even show a finger but it was shot off. My men could not stand it any longer. They would have as soon fought the devil himself. I had to surrender." Some of the old inhabitants of San Antonio still remember the pile of skulls in the Mexican eameo santo, west of the San Pedro creek. They were the skulls of the Mexican sol diers who fell in the fight on the Sal ado with Capt. Caldwell's men. Al-, most every skull was perforated with a rifle ball. The following graphic description of one of the many battles that were fought around San Antonio, will con voy an idea of what a terrible weapon the rifle was in the hands of the men who made the names of San Jacinto and the Alamo immortal. "But of all the fights that over I was in, give me the battle on Concep tion, or, as it was better known at the tim~e, 'the battle of the Horseshoe.' It seeous now to be quite forgotten at hoam, and was never known of abroad. The capture of the Alamo made eo mnuch noise as to completely swalrp the glory of my pot scrimmage. "The truth about the battle is this: Ilurlison,with eight hundred men, had t:tkon post on the San Autoneo river, '"lnr dlistance below the town, and '" 'A' he lay waiting for reinforce nmots before he should attack a place that, defended, by as many Americans as it had Mexicans. would have boon imprlnegnablo, "It was deemed advisable to ad vatlce nearer upon the town, and ac cordingly volunte.rs woere called for to'reconnoitre the country about the enemy's position, and toysearch for a safe and convenient spot for the army to advance and encamp upon. "Ninety-two men stepped forward, and I among them. We were ordered to proceed up the river until within six or seven miles of San Antone, and after selecting a proper spot, to return before night. The army was to march and take up their new position on the next daty. So off we started, every man upon his own hook, for although we had those among us who after wards distinguished themselves as of ficers, yet with the exception of an old Indian fighting general, no one assumed any particular command. We had special orders to avoid any col lisiotn with the enemy, and to retreat at any symptom of danger. As the men, however, were fairly 'froze for a light,' there was little chance of their orders being obeyed, if fortune should send the Mexicans our way. "Not finding any within the pre scribed distance, we determined to ad vance nearer upon the town, and push ed on until we found, near the old Mission Conception, and three miles from Bexar, as lovely a camp-ground as ever fell to the lot of weary soldiers. A bend in the river, known as the 'Horse-shoe,' had upon its shore a piece of bottom land, above which the prairie rose like a line of wall, so as to form a perfect breastwork, and al though the latter was no more than four feet higher than the 'bottom,' yet, as it curved around on either side un til it met the river, a better position could hardly be conceived of. Wood and water on the spot, the river for our rear defense, and the prairie wall for our front, no wonder that we gave a cheer when we found it, and no won der, either, that we determined not to return to the main body, but to send back two messengers, and for our solves, to camp for the night and await Burlison's arrival. "All notion of fighting passed away, and we foolishly imagined that our present situation was unknown to the enemy. We were about as wise as the silly bird that hides her head in the hush, and thinks herself perfectly safe until a fire in the rear convinces her too late of her error. We had not been in our now camp more than an hour before Mbexican women began to come in, with 'polonces' and 'tortilas' for sale. We bought of their ware:s, and they immediately after leaving camp, went up to Boxar and reportedo our exact number. I found after: wards that they had stated our force at ninety-two, which it was at the time, although two men were subso qunottly sent back to Burlison. "Night drew on. We made our fires, cooked our suippers, eat, drank, mnoked and waor merry. A guard was set, and one by one the rest departed for the land of Nod. Although camped on i 'bottom,' I slept like a top. To wards morning my neighbor--I al most said bed-fellow, for our blankets touched- grasped my log gently, and woke me uip. "Ill ;t!' he said in a low voice. "'What is it?' inquired I, in a half sleep and thoroughly cross tone. "'Hush, for your life!' he replied in a whisper; 'listen, do you hour any thing?' "Like Bottoms, I was all ears in a moment. Above the noise made by the rushing waters at our feet, I hoard a mournful and dismal sound, as like the low -noan of a dog as anything that I could compare it to. "'Pshaw!' said I, 'its nothing but a wolf or a hound.' "'Yes,' replied my companion, who was no other than the noted Colonel Bowie. 'Yes, you are right; there are wolves about, but the sound you hear is the creak of artillery wheels.' "'Let us alarm ourmen immediate ly,' said I. "'No such thing,' he answered; 'keep still; those rascals are on the opposite side of the river and they ex pect to surprise us. Let them think so, if possible, until they make the at tack. That wheel has saved us. You 1do not hear it again, and you will not, for if they have no means of quieting it, they'll send back for grease. I'll bet now that those wheels are bound round with straw or rags, sand that the horses' foot are covered with cloth or buckskin, to prevent any sound from reaching us. Unless something goes wrong with themr when they ford the stream, you will hoar nothing further until the artillery speaks.' "It was a fortunate thing for us that they were obliged to cross not more than '200 yards below the camp, for had they come down on the prairie side, we would probably not have hoeard them, as we would have boon to the windward. "Bowie went cautiously about the canp, and arousing a few old scouts to help him), soon had every man in camp awake and prepared, without the least noise being made in the premature reveille. "We spread ourselves entirely atounid our small piece of bottom land, facing the prairio, knowing that thence must come the attack. iros ently we heard the enemy cross the I river. Had our senses not been sharp ened to the utmost by a knowledge of the impending and imminent danger, we probably could not have distin guished the slight noise attending i their crossing, from the rushing sweelp of the river; but so preteornaturally ! acute did our hearing hecomn,,. that the low -toued words of omnmand could be distinctly separated from the other surrounding sounds. 'The.re was just air enough to convey the slightest noise to us without there being suf ficient to disturb even a leaf. "At last they were all over, and then slowly and carefully did they march round to take post on our front, pre paratory to their intended attack. We could hear them range themselves, but a thick mist was rising from the river and everything was by this time con cealed from our eyes. We could even hear them unlimber the cannon, and were very sure that they were in reach of our rifles. What weary moments were those, as we lay, silent as the grave, expecting every instant to hear the roar, and feel the hurling storm of their artillery. But the fog had disconcerted them, and although it was but little past 8 when we were first alarmed, the ruddy tint imparted t, the dense mass of vapor, now told us plainly that the sun was rising. "Never can I forget that weary watching, but its prolonged anxiety was as nothing tothedreadful feeling of suspense we experienced when the fog commenced lifting, and we could see the feet of the horses and the lower part of the wheels of the artil I lery. At this moment word was whis pered cautiously through the ranks for each man to pick out his mark, and to fire from a rest, at the word of command. Higher and higher the fog drew up. It was evident that the I decisive moment was at hand. Offic ers passed in front of the line of horses, issuing orders. "'Take a tree.' whispered Bowie to me; 'take a tree, the nearest one to our breastwork that you can.' "A cool breeze fans our fevered cheeks; dense mass of vapor rolls up as a curtain; there stands the horse fully revealed, there are the cannon, there the gunners whirling their matches, there the trumpeter with his instrument already at his lips to sound the charge. All this we saw, but only saw it, for at this very instant the matches were extended towards the cannon, the horsemen drove their long rowels deep into the horses' sides, but ore the iron storm hurst forth, ere the horses had made the first leap, or the trumpeter blown his first note, a sten torian voice from our ranks shouted 'Fire !' "Down went horse and rider, d(own gunner and trumpeter, and riloe hall and grape shot met careering in mid air. The confusion in their ranks was indescribable. Checked in full career, the horses wheeled and ran; every man at the guns was shot down, and for a mothent we thought the contest was over. But no; they know our numerical weakness too well, and hav ing again formed, here they came dashing up in splenldid style. The strife was now to obtain the mastery of the artillery. We dared not take them, and determined that they should not. "'Fire it to them in the face and eyes, boys,' shouted Bowie, 'neverl mind their backs.' "Up they came, and just as the lead ing squadron reached the guns, down went every mian of the front rank, and away went the rest. "Another charge, and the same re sult; then came a bold attempt to withdraw the cannon without our line of fire, and here more courage was exhibited than I have ever seen in Mexicans since. They surrounded the guns, dismounted some men, and absolutely gave us a harmless salute; but again every artillery-man bit the dust. "The enemy, forced to abandon their field-pieces, once more retreated, and their officers evidently held a long and warm consultation, in full sight, but out of our line of fire. Some of our men wished to make a rush for the cannon, but to have been caught on the prairie would have been de struction, and the proposition was de cidedly overruled. "The enemy were in trouble; the men had apparently had quite enough of it, and we could see the officers whipping them into rank with their swords. "On they came again, and as they draw near, Bowie's voice is hoard once moro: "Steady, boys, steady! Wait your time!' "We did; and I firmly believe that throe out of four of our shot told. The destruction was awful; no Mexi can could stand it. As they broke in confusion, a man-the sergeant major -dropped from his horse, hammer in hand, and endeavored to spike one of the guns. He fell, shot through the head. Our men, no longer to be re strained, now dushled out up)on the prairie, seized the guns, and the tight was over. "Had they donothi.; before the enoe my were thoroughly dishoertened and cut up, not one of us would have lived to have told the tale, but all the light was fairly taken out of our foes. 'iThe field was won, with no greater loss upon our side than two men slightly wounded. Bowio approached I me: "'Colonel,' said he: 'I believe this is your first light. What tree did you "'I could aot tell fortho life of me, said I. "'Come with me, and I'll show it to you,' he answered, and taking me a few steps pointed out a sapling about six inches through. 'A pretty shield for a full-grown man,' said he, and I thought so, too. "We did not wait for another visit from our Mexican friends, but, hav ing spiked the cannon, we threw them into the river, carried off the aumu nition, and made the best of our way back to Burlison's camp,." The Tramnp and the i'oker. A good story comes from Troy, Lin coln County, which is told at the ex pense of a landlord whose love forthe exciting game of poker caused him to part with a well filled wallet one night last week. Having ordered a load or two of cord-wood from a farmer, the latter in due time delivered the same in front of his customer's residence, when not long after a seedy-looking individual ecane along armed with a saw and buck and securing the job went to work in dead earnest, for which he was to receive the muniflcent sum of $1. Accomplishing the task just as the bell rang for supper, he was asked to partake of the meal, which invitation he accepted without much pressing. Supper over, he was paid the dollar for the wood job, and loitering around the store he heard his benefactor invite several friends there to join him in a friendly game of poker, to which they readily as sented. The heaver of wood looked complacently on the game for a time, and addressing himself to the host requested the privilege of taking a hand, saying that although apparent ly destitute, he would blow in the dol lar, and adding that cards were the cause of his present degraded position in society. All advice on the part of the play ers for the follow to hold on to his only dollar proved unavailing and filally he was admitted to the game. In a short time he found his winnings swelled to 850, when, exasperated, one of the party raised the pot to $200, thinking by that means to freeze the fellow out. Going down in his boot-leg he pulled forth a roll and covering the bet, soon found, to the dismay of the crowd, that the "boo die" was again his. A scone followed which at onu time promised to become a cause colobre at Troy, but tre cheek of the wood-sawyer carried himi suc cossfully out of the woods. ieo was sarrounded by the crowd and threat etied with death, arrest, cremation, pulveriziang anttd even a dose of dyna mnite did he not return their money. Did he do it? Not at bit of it, but drawing a pair of Smith & \V'essons he defied themt all and threatened the "whole crew" with arrest for running at gambling house. No arrests were made, and the tramp taking the train for St.. Louis bade the Trojans at gon tlo "ta-tat, au revoir," until next time. - St. Louis;'lobe-Domoernlt. lie Let Go. The janitor of the Dimo Museum, on Market street, was dusting oil the anacodlllas early this morning, iwIhen a woman appeared leading a man who had evidently just finished tinting the bailiwick a dark purple. "Come in here a moment, dear," said the wo man, coaxingly. "Ain--hic-got 'imo," hiccoughed Ihe frightful example; "got ter-hic -- moot man down town --him--in or important biz." "But I want you to look at some bologna sausage before I buy it," and dexteri ously paying the door-keeoper, she steered her worse half up in front of the boa-constrietor case. "Those look nice, don't they, George?" The rat tied citizen glared at the serpents, clung to his wife's arm and muttered huskily, as he wiped his brow with trembling hands: "Are--hic--are those sausages--hic--Maria?" "Why, of course, dear. How many shall we get?" With a hollow groan the mis erable man started for the door. "Take me home, Maria---take me home and send for the doctor! I'm going to swear off this time for good! It's time for me to lot go!"--San Francis co Post. Agreed at Last. A well-dressed gentleman on Madi son street car was invoighing against roller-skating rinks, declaring that they were devices of the devil and that he would like to see them broken up. He would head a subscription for the purpose of making war upon them at any time, and if $100 was not enough he would double it. Pretty soon another gentleman standing near him joined in and said he held the same opinions himself. As he was starting a movement against the rinks he was glad he met him and would like to have his name. The other accomtmodatod him. "W\hat is your businoes?' asked the ,oons refornier. "I'm a salouon keepor. WVhat's your business " "\ oei ahoom-! I'm proaching just now."--Chlicago Herald. European business circles are very much disturbed over the strained re lations Ibtween England Russia. Ex. T. J. Edwards of Sterling, Kansas, sixty-seven years old, was shaved for the first time in his life on inagurntion day. He still lives. The Savannnh, Ga., people paid 1 i thousand for their gas a few years ago, and now they got it for 50 cnuts a thousand. Competition. Joseph Mansfield of Orandin, Dak., chairman of the farmers' committee of the lRed river valley, nud editor of a farmers' paper called the Investiga tor, has become insane. He fled from Bismark to Valley City, because he feared somebody was going to kill him. WILL HANKS, NOTARY PUBILIC Deeds, Mortgages, Contracts, and all Le a Instruments Carefulfy Executed, Colloct0los lade For Non.Resldent. Authorlisd to take Final Proof in land case and naturalist foreign born citizens. BUN RIVEIR SUN OFFICE Ursuline Convent -OF THE- HOLY FAMILY. Near Ft Shaw, M. T.. The Ureullne Nuns have lately opened a schoeol tlntt. Petor'Mst dion for the youngut rIr of the plete educatIon is ao'loed by tisl inuttutl'on Terms: 810 per molth; Tuition free. Music Lessons U5 a month. For further particulars apply to Rev Mother M, Amadeno Superlior, FT ISAW, MoI.N A borrdinse'sbool for bo.s has slso been oato n at t ise in under dlrectlnoftle Tes±.it F'athers The object of this institution is to afford means of solid mental and moral educ. TElWtM Tui tion free. Board $t per month, Apply to REV J. DAMIANI, , o. J r "OLD AND TRIED" .Ashby's INSURANCE Agency, HELENA, : MONTANA. Aggregate assets represented over $225,000,000. Among other companlia- Mutual Life of New York. Travelers' (Aceident) of Ilartford, A Ilrrpooland London arni lobes (Fire) Insurance Co. of Norh America, a uom of New York. J. P. DYAS Loatl agentL. Agut t&E Exch.tge ('raig & 'Sturman, Prope. [Finst Brands of Liquos, Choice Imported ('igars, Fine Old Brandy and Whisky, Extra XXXX Wines, Etc., Etc. Good Billiard Table And Private Club rooms. Auota, Mont. J. l,. c(1OTIIELL'S RESTAURINT I Meals at all Hours. T'ables Suplllied with the best the iatirket affords at all seasons. ('attering to Balls and Partices Spe cially attended to. John Devine's Block, Sun River. THE EXCHANGE Finest appointed establishment in Northern Montana. None But te Finest Goods Kept In Stock. Recognized Heodquarteas of the Sporting Fraternity. ELEGANT CLUB ROOMS 3oext door from lotell & Co. J. M. WOOD, OENEIIAL CARPENTER, CON RACTOR, and BUILI)DER. 1 All work entrusted to me will be sa ithfully done. SUN RIVER, MONTANA. H. L. HULL, Sarpenter, Contractor & Builder. lWihe to, inform the pulhii' that Iln will ron Ontlo to |+@ c'Oiiah t itlald other gtnoradl Jihlo ig. SPlhano ad op',iticntlo u furoisldd nds ttl/furc tion gunrutued. A rr. ., 1M . Snow F!akE e Laundry, Wnashing and Ironina doito on short notice. Y FAMILY WASHING A SPECIALTY; SA tir.ion (I;uartaltood. Prices ltRemnnolll U*I5Ht W W IEVANH, INtrg.nt Ht., Pulln Rivr. GREAT Reduction in Prices. I THE - MontanaNational SBANK Having Charge Steell & Co.'s Store, a Offering Goods at Special Prices JNO. T. ATHEY, AGENT. Livery, FEED &SALe Stables! J. W. Nixon, Prop. The finest Turnouts in the Territory will be found at these Stables. Charges Reasonable Give me a Call, TBpteal! ondneo nte offered to the Truetwortb Driver wllbe r mleed with ie Travolng t'ulbiti, and'f Tornoute furnl out. when ired. by the day, week or mouth. Hlorse boarded at reasonable rate. Cor. Ilerkflr Ave. & Carroll t. Bas rvle, L . LUMBER. LUMBER. Ktsselpaugh, Carter & Co., Would announce to the people of Sun River and the surrounding coun. try that they have opened a Lumber yard here. First-Class Lumber and Building Material at $30. per m. Contractore and Builders will do well to examine there stock DO 3T'T Make any contracts for Lumber until you have figured with these r. gentlemen. Remember they will not be undersold. "- -- - -. ,.., g S 16e4. 15<. Clarke, Conrad AM Curtin, HEAVY, SHEL I w AND BUILDIN IARDWARH Solo Agents for (le Prie Sliver, Superior ' ooking stovws. FISHER'& CO.'8 AC(TIV E WIHOUU TIRON RANOG Ordo on licited, whichl will re. eiv- prompt uad ounrful arran. 52, 54 & uMAIN UT. Helena, Mont. Has all kinds of Lumaber, Lath and Shfinges SConstantly on hand and for sale at his mill on the South Fork. Or filled and belivor at the lowest figures. P. O. Address, Florence, M. T. WHOLESAL A RETAIL DEALIRS IN W5 H. U1M & .O.,.,, .U, 111 Ul,G RO CES1 IB , yFlour, Grain, Tobacco & Geueral Merchandise, All kindsl nf farm products hought and sold.