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Win. B. Myers. a Renegade Husband
Arrested for Adultery-a Tender
Hearted Mother Has Him
Something About Bloody, "Big' Nose"
Smith -uIndians Return to Their
Old Haunts.
A Saloon Frolic Results in a Badly
Fractured Arm for One,
\1 ad e.
Monrtana vs. Myers.
Mary A. Myers came down from Helena
last Tuesday, and swore out a warrant
against her son W\\. . Myers, who has un
til recently been in the meat business
here. The charge stated in the affidavit
of the complaining witness was adultery
-.ithone Bell Shields, who a little while
ago figured quite conspicuously in the
Helena courts under the name of Bell
Williams. Mrs. Myers is a very fine ap
pearing lady and seems broken hearted
over the irregularities of her unworthy
son. The scene in the justice court be
tween mother and son was affecting. The
lady said that Mr. Myers wife was as
good, true and faithful a spouse as ever
man had and that even now the injured
wife was willing to receive back her err
ing husband, if he would return to his
home and promise to be true to his mar
riage vows.
Mrs. Myers upbraided' her delinquent
son for leaving his good wife and aged
mother to shift for thewselves while he
basqued in the smiles of a strange woman
and lavished his money upon her. It is
not within our province to discuss the
merits of the case, but simply give the
facts as they publicly appear in court,
Like all inothers, however, Mrs. Myers'
.maternal affection got away with her in
dignatiori and she dismissed the actior
and Mr. Sweeney, the deputy sheriff, whc
had arrested M-yers, was instructed to
let him go. Myers may or may pot hI
guilty. If he is, his case would makt
pretty good material for the grand jury
to work on.
Sun River Letter.
Sus RivEln, Montana, August 3, 'S6.
To the Great Falls TsIrxrE.
Sun River and the valley had a very
refreshing rain Tue hy, which rejoiced
the hearts af all
Sometime ago 'tock detective Landers,
of Benton. while in the South Fork coun
try reported having a gun fight with a
man known as "Pig Nose" Smith, whom
it leas reported had killed a number of cat
tle which did no;t belong to hism. Landers
story for some reason did not gain much
credence, but late developements point
toward the truth of his statement, as "Big
Nose" and his son recently skipped the
country and now are residents of the N.
W. T., but are likely to be returned.to
answer for numerous heinous crimes
which Smith's half-breed wife says they
committed. Her statement is to the ef
fect that Smith and his son at different
times have murdered six men, besides
having stolen a large number of horses
and killed a great many cattle. The
woman's story may have been exaggerat
ed, but two or three men have mysterious
ly disappeared from the country about
the head of Sun river within a compara
tively short time. The name of the parties
who have so mysteriously disappeared
are-Carpenter, LaPeyre, and a french
man, by the name of Baptiste. "Big
'Nose" Smith has lived in Montana for a
number of years and has always been
considered the "chiefest- among ten
thousand" for genuine toughness, but the
depth of his depravity was never dream
ed of until his wife made this statement.
If he is as bad as she paints him, some
new, diabolical punishment will have to
be meted out to the wretch.
A party of Indians from the far north
returned to St. Peters' mission this week.
They are the same outfit that accompani
ed Riel on his disastrous revolutionary
expedition two years ago in the N. W. T.
The roads are in prime condition, the
weather fine and travelling enjoyable.
Fun Breaks an Arm.
MIr. Wade and Sandy Carr were engag
ing in a friendly scuffle last week in a
saloon. They had lots of fun until Sandy
thoughtlessly jerked Wade off from a
table. A very badly fractured elbow is
the unfortunate result. Wade is in in
digent circumstances and loss of work at
this time will .cause, I)is family distress.
He may lose the use of ,the-arm. A, sub
scription paper- is being circulated for his
A Heroine Gone Home.
BU'r'rE, July 31.--A letter from Judge
Armstrong of the upper Sun river, gives
the particulars of the drowning of Miss
Jane McArthur, formerly of this city in a
heroic effort to save the lives of others.
Miss McArthur, a year or two ago, went
into the cattle business in the section
named, and at the time of the accident
was encamped on the bank of Sun river
with her old mother and two hired men.
The men were gone fishing.
Judge Armstrong, with his wife and
daughter of fifteen, a son of twelve, and
his spinster sister, attempetd to ford the
the river with a four-horse team. Coming
down the bank the horses became un
manageable and run into deep water, up
setting the wagon and spilling the family
into the rapid current. Armstrong couldn't
swim and held to the lines, while the
other four were left struggling in the
river- Miss McArthur, who was an ex
cellent swimmer, saw the accident and
ran to their assistance, throwing off her
heavier clothing by the time of reaching
the bank. She plunged into the water,
seized the boy and swam ashore with him,
then went back and brought the girl
ashore, and next Mrs. Armstrong.
Though very muck exhausted, she swam
out again to rescue the sister who was
a woman about fifty pounds heavier than
herself. The woman was already
and seized her rescuer, resulting at length
in both sinking and losing their lives.
Montana Central Wins.
HELENA, Mont., Aug. 2-This morning
Judge Wade rendered his decision upon
the suit for injunction brought by the
Montana Central Railway Co. vs. The
Helena & Red Mountain R. R. Co., in
favor of the plaintiff.
In the course of his decision the Judge
said: Eminent domain is the right of the
people or government to take private
property for public use. Before such
property may be so taken, it must appear
that the use to which it is applied is au
thorized by law, and that thl taking is
necessary to such use. Public property,
that is preperty once taken for a public
use, may also be taken for another public
use,but before it can be taken, it must ap
pear that the use to which it is to be ap
plied is a more hecessary public use.
All property is subject to this sovereign
prerogative right, which can only be exer
cised by the supreme power of the people,
acting through the legislature, or by indi
viduals or corporations to whom authority
has been delegatetd by law. Statutes so
delegating this authority, being inderoga
tion of common right, must be strictly
Primarily the legislature, subject to re
view by the courts, is the judge of the ne
cessity for taking private property for
public purposes, or it may, directly or
by necessary implication delegate such
authority to corporations or individuals.
If the incorporation acts is silent oa this
subject, such necessity must be made to
app ear.
-~---- -*--
Timberline Troubles,
TrClrERLINtE, July 31.-The lockout is
still in statu quo. The miners are as reso
lute as ever and their enthusiasm gathers
as time passes. It is contagious too.
This afternoon the women of Timberline
formed into procession, marched to a
place where three men were at work and
held a parley with them. One of the men,
John Stevenson, drew a revolver and
threatened to shoot any one who dared
approach him. lie was on his way to the
mine to go to work. The women were
about thirty strong and before disbanding
marched to Supt. Graham and addressed
him on their grievances. After that they
escorted one man home and told his wife
to look out for him as he was a "blackleg."
The women say they can treat to a ride
on a rail the man who drew the revolver.
Great enthusiasm prevails, but the people
are orderly and peaceable.
To-day the locked out miners marched
in a body to the depot, 150 strong. While
there a saloon keeper rolled out a keg of
beer to them but they refused to take it.
WILCOx, Arizona, Aug. 1.-Bill Wil
liams, a cattleman of Arrivipa, shot and
instantly killed J. B. Collins, a prominent
merchant and government contractor,
this afternoon. The deed was the result
of a dispute over some unsettled busi
ness matters. Williams escaped.
Paul Rumsey is building a neat house C
on.lst Ave. S. ti
Wallace Taylor, son of Jesse, was in 11
town Tuesday.
Go to Murphy, -Maclay & Co. with I
your produce. It
Geo. Budington made a trip to high
wood thi, Week.
Highest market price paid for oats by
Geo. I). Budington. tf
Mr. HIanks left Tuesday on a business p
trip to Helena and Butte.
Sash and doors, all sizes, just received
by Murphy, Maclay & Co. It
C. J. Anderson has just arrived from a
Michigan, whence he came overland. f
Mr. Kennedy, a well-known stockman
was looking over Great Falls this week. s
Messrs. Rolfe an-t Carter are out on a
surveying trip. They are now near Fort
"Uncle" Jesse Taylor left for home last
Wednesday. He has enjoyed a pleasant
week at Great Falls.
Bert Huy gave a progressive euchre
party Wednesday evening The head t
prize was won by Mist Ball and the foot
prize by Mr. J.icKerman.
Rev. Mr. Wilson will preach at Sand
Coulee next Sabbath at 10:30a. m. and at
the Falls at S p. m. In the evening a
collection will be taken up for the pur
pose of getting additional seating and
lights. It is hoped that all will come
prepared. The sum of $25 is needed.
E. R. Clingen is over from Belt. He
reports the crops very poor. He says
that most of the farmers are cutting their
grain for hay. He does not think there
will be a hay famine as ranchmen are
taking special precautions to gather
every blade of grass within their reach
and store it up against a possible evil day.
A thumper came down from Sun River
a few days ago to work out some fancied
grudge against a Great Falls gentleman.
The latter returned his attacks with conm
pounded interest Qaddeu. The Sun River
avenger gathered up the fragments of.
himself and dracged them back home, a
sadder but probably not a wider man.
Several of our young ladies and gen
tlemen had a delightful time last Sunday
evening. It is often more pleasant than
funny to get lost and be obliged to hunt
all over the prairie for the home road un
til "rosey fingered Aeos, daughter of the
morning has left her ambrosial couch."
But the boys say that they stared starva
tion out of countenance with an abundance
of butter-milk. Wonder if they took
that butter-milk straight.
The Observer.
I notice a good many buildings with
out any paint. This indicates short-sight
edness on the part of the owners. It don't
cost much to paint a house and even one
coat adds a great deal to the good looks
of a place. Besides this nesthetic feature
paint preserves a building from the ele
I have made the acquaintance of two
young men in Great Falls who are little
appreciated now, but the time will come 1
when they will -not be unknown to fame.
One is an ornithologist the other a botan
ist. Each is authority in his specialty.
They. modestly keep themselves from
public notice but are using each hour of
the day, and robbing sleep of its dues, in
the pursuit of those great truths in
nature which are hidden from common
I have been considerably amused by
the vernacular freaks of Ilontanaians.
Many of their expressions abound in
homely similes, expressive if not beauti
ful. If a man takes an advantage of
another he "sinches" him. If a listener
agrees with what you state he will in
variably say "thats what it is." If he dis
sents he signifies his disapproval by "dif
ferent here." A bum is called "rounder"
and a fellow who stays up late nights is a
"night-herder." When a rounder is in
limbo he is "corraled." A "rustler" used
to be a horse thief, but now that term is
applied to anyone who gets around lively
and pushes business with energy. If
anything is up to the standard it is "pret
ty lucky." If a fellow licks another "he
gave it to him plenty." A leader of any
opposing political faction is favored
with the beautiful epithet of "i*l-mule,"
because in every mule train here is a
leader which wears a bell. If a politician
gained a roselyte he says "I've branded
so & so." They don't have any of those
dude politicians, the mngwumps, in this
country. If there were any of that class
they would he dubbed "mavericks." A
fellow who gets into a scrape gets it "up
his neck." There is no end to the orig
inal phrazes which ones hears every day.
It is wonderful how soon a person falls
into using them himself. At first they
sound strange, but before he has been
here a month they become a part of his
Great Falls holds over any small town I
ever saw in general appearance. New
places are apt to look so dreary with their
proverbial one street lined with shanties.
Not so here. The place is beautifully
surrounded and has been laid out with
perfect taste and the buildings are neat
and substantial. The stranger doesn't
feel lonesome when he strikes Great
Falls, whether there is anyone on the
streets or not.
I went over to the "cooler" the other
day. It will soon be ready for occupancy.
It is the only first-class "cooler" in town,
and will doubtless receive the patronage
which it deserves. Judge HIuy was there
behind the bars, evidently to set an ex
ample to the boys. He has pushed this
matter through with energy and is en
titled to credit for it.
In my menderings I run across a good
many summer overcoats which have been
discarded by the rattle-snakes who are
getting ready for the new fall styles.
I visited Horton's ranch, about three
miles up the river, the other day. He has
a splendid vegetable garden and is doing
web with it financially. Gardening and
dairying will pay big at Great Falls next
year and thereafter.
Choteau County Democratic Con
Pursuant to the order of the County
Central Conmmittee the Choteau county
Democratic convention will be held at the
court house in Fort Benton on Thursday,
August 19, 1b86, at 11 o'clock a. m., to
elect delegates and alternates to the Ter
ritorial Democratic convention to be held
at Helena on August 24, 186, to place in
nomination candidates tor the several
county and precinct offices andtotransact
such other business as may be necessary.
The democratic voters of the several
precincts hereinafter named are requested
to meet at the place designated at 2
o'clock p. m., on Saturday, August 14,
1886. and elect delegates and alternates
to the county convention, the several pre
cincts being entitled to one delegate for
each fifteen votes cast at the last election
for delegates in congress, the appoint
ment being as follows, to-wit:
Fort Benton. City Hall, 15
Choteau. Smith's. 6
O reat Fals, New Hotel, 1
Sun River, A. M. Rowles', 2
Hihghwood, Upper SchoolHouse, 2
Shonkin bchool House, 2
Birch ('reek, Store, 2
Sand (oulee, BywatLr's 1
Belt and Willow, Hiobbs' 1
Marias, Solomon's, 1
Willow Rounds, Abbott's, 1
Teton, Nelse's. 1
Flat ('oulee, Trannm's, 1
Bynum, Store, 1
Dupuyer, Store, 1
Pen d'Oreille, Wright's, 1
Judith, Store. 1
Rocky Point, Store, 1
Belleview. Postoffice, 1
Lower Highwood, Sheppard's, 1
Total representation, 46
No proxies will be allowed and none
but delegates or alternates, residents of
the precinct they represent and regularly
elected by the democratic electors at the
time and place heretofore designated,
shall be allowed in the convention.
In the absence of a delegate and his al
ternate the majority of the delegation
present may cast the vote of the precinct.
It is earnestly desired that the several
precinct meetings be largely attended so
that each precinct will be represented in
the convention by leading citizens, to the
end that a ticket be selected that will
represent the WHOLE country.
By order of the County Committee,
Jos. ALuN, Chairman.
Tailor and Repair Shop.
Chas. Geshwend, late of Sun River,
has opened a tailor and repair shop, over
Devine & Sellew's saloon, on 1st Ave.
South. tf
For Rent.
One store-room 25x70 feet, in a stone
building. Inquire at TRIBUNE office. It
A well-to-do Montana, rancher wants a
wife. Address B. W. H. care TRIBUNE.
For Sale.
A quantity of bran and shorts for sale
at the Cataract mill in this place. tf
The Em.Tryo City on thl' Cataracts of
the Missouri-Montana's Future
Its Natural Advantages and Varied
Resources--A Prominent Center
of the Northwest--Notes
of Interest.
The regular travelling correspondent
of the Helena Independent, in the course
of an interesting letter to that paper,
gives his impressions of Great Falls in
the following well chosen language:
"A visit to Great Falls, a rising city
that is now attracting much attention
abroad, impresses the beholder with the
rapid advancement that the town has
made in the short space of a few months.
The city is situated on the east bank of
the Missouri :,er, at a spot where the
majestic current forms a natural and
beautiful harbor, and but a short distance
above the falls which Lewis and Clarke,
the great discoverers, have made famous.
Unlike most new localities, Great Falls
has advantages and offers inducements
which are rarely found even in more
favored places. Its undulating, though
comparatively level surroundings, its
magnificent water power, its easy acces
sihility from toe country at large, and
above all
coupled with its close proximity to the
mineral and timber of the mountains, the
stock and agricultural resources of the
prairies and the interminable fields of
coal but a few miles distant, makes the
spot one sought for and coveted when
found. Its climate is unsurpassed, its
river scenery picturesque and attractive,
thereby offering pleasure as well as busi
ness to its inhabitants. The town pro
per is beautifully laid out; bread and
straight avenues meet the eye at every
turn, most of which, adorned as they are
on each side with now young though
hardy trees, Will in the near future be
shaded by the mass of foliage as the
trunks become aged. Already numerous
fine and costly structures are dotted
throughout the premises, 'others are
rapidly building and numberless more
are approaching completion. The Park
hotel, a credit and a pride to the city, is
about ready for guests, and standing, as
it does, on one of the principal avenues,
is strikingly discernible to the visitor and
noticeable for its architectural beauty.
The various business houses are con
structed with a view to permanency, and
what was begun but a few months ago
with lumber and cloth is being rapidly
Add to this the indomitable will and en
ergy of its inhabitants, the pluck of its
more wealthy citizens in indiscriminate
ly investing their fortunes at this place,
exhibiting undaunted courage and confi
dence as to its future, the near approach
of two railroads, and it is not to be won
dered at that the embryonic city
on the cataracts of the great
Missouri is looked forward to as the
future metropolis of Montana,
and the situation is more precisely ex
plained in quoting from the ThIRuNE the
'It is now an established fact that Great
Falls is to be the hub of one of the
greatest railway systems in the country,
as through the Montana Central, the
Montana Northern and other projected
railroads, the ores of some of the richest
silver and copper districts in Montana
will be poured in for treatment, and it is
conceded that at no other point adjacent
to the Rocky mountains are combined
such advantages for the cheap reduction
of ores as here. An immense water power
reinforced with coaKing coal, iron and
lime, situated at a comparatively low alti
tude and in close proximity to the ore
fields, the inevitable conclusion is that
Great Falls will become the .Swansea of
the Rocky mountains.'
from Helena a distance of about 120
miles, by Root & Negus' line of coaches,
passing through the beautiful Sun river
country, landing the traveler at his des
tination after-twenty-four hours' of a not
laborious stage ride. The visitor, whether
he be bent on pleasure or business, is
taken in hand by the hospitable citizens
and is soon impressed with the magni
tude and importance of the locality. In
a stroll through the streets can be seen
the attractive hotel heretofore described,
the cosy TRIBmUI office, publishing a
weekly unequalled in the Interidr, the
First National Bank building, Murphy,
IMaclay & Co.'s imposing stone structure
and the massive Cataract Flour Mill. As
evidence of the amount ef business trans
acted a detailed description of the vari
ous firms and their mercantile pursuits
will not here be amiss."

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