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IMY SUMMER VACATION.
Wi-rtsne f£r dhe TrIBU5E. Will my readers kindly ascend Irspect Hill with me, for a few min A-es,, while I point out where I spent .-.y vacation this summer'? As we reBch the summit and look towards the south-east our eyes are instantly att-racted to a huge triangular moun sin, which seems to stand out'boldly .r~m its fellows, like a gigantic senti net jealously guarding the repose of bi; comrades as they lie slumbering, `.wrapped in the delicate purple and bHAae mist which distance lends the v~~w; or, in the words of "The Pro seetors Gems," an unpublished work, Sauthor unidentified). "The mountains are just far enough away to look grand. Around their snow-clad tops fleecy ehlans circle and hover in graceful a.nd imposing attitudes; now they farm a feathery coronet, through rh.ich the white top of some high ounatain appears, or they range in i!ass and columns, and stand guard ~aer those majestic natural pyramids. :Relow all this the mountains are veil ed in a purple haze, which relieves an i softens the rough and rugged ..ues, and through which the forests ,p.ear, as in a dream." This tri a=gular mountain is Tiger Butte; a vnAe or so to the east of it runs Belt .rier through as grand and pictur *e.que a.canyon as can be found al a any where. That canyon was my last camping place before coming hcome. I loft (ireat 1 alts whe t)tn or o u.y, the morning after our wonderfully :.ms.cessful and patriotic celebration. IMy route lay along Sand Coulee, up ast the coal mines, and past Nat. H-tGiffin's out on to the broad ex .nse of prairie beyond. As many times as I have passed through Sand Conlee, I always find it possessing the same power of' impressing my mind with an acute sense of its magnitude. rn:h a broad, unbroken valley, girt by hills on every hand, with soil as _ _ as could be desired, and, in the rainy season, grass, as green as can ha found in the Emeald Isle. Three or four years ago this grand -Aaley was almost void of human habi atien, but now comfortable, and in -me instances, commodious houses ars seen at almost regular intervals, wherever the eye can reach. As I neared the vicinity of the coal fields I could see indications of the coal enmpping out from beneath the strata ,of rock covering it. The immens iti of this coal field only dawns upon t.e mind after repeated examinations. Aftsr passing Mr. McGifiin's ranch t€e coulee takes a bend, and a mile sir so from the bend I came across the hand of cattle recently imported from the States by Mr.. McGiffin. These 4rattle looked fine, and good breeding was the physical stamp of the whole hand. At last I reached the top of th1e hill, and.glancing around. I notic e.f the Highwood Mountains to the left, and the long chain in front of re comprising the Little Belt and Belt range. I travelled in a south easterly disection, and on for miles; .new I crossed rich sags, and again. I would find myself traversing some long divide, from the top of which I had a commanding view of the sur riunding country. On I went, and aill farther; not a house to be seen; a few bunches of cattle away off in the =distance, and a little band of horses nearer at hand. Never had a plough .hare struck into this sod, it was still i a state of virgin strength; the wild grasses in their careless luxurience sported their dancing heads in the amorning sun, and hundreds of wild b-ircas, as they flitted about, sent for th a carol of praise to Him who made all things of earth for the comfort and enjoyment of man. WVhile passing over this extensive .able-land, the richness of the vegeta tion was forcibly brought home to me. 'This is an extremely dry year, no one fs ool enough to deny it, and yet I saw grasses ranging in height on these prairies from two to three feet, grow T.g thickly, tossing their heads with erery little breeze that swept along, - s much as to say "'What do we care 1or the drouth? our roots are well watered." And, indeed, such must be the case; for I have noticed acres at a time looking, apparently, quite moist; jist pick a little hole with a pen-knife .and the soft, damp loam presents it self. It is usually in the hollows, be tween opposing hills, where this rich ness is mostly decernable, and such hollows are often several miles in dia meter. Who will be foolish enough to deny that cerel:s and other crops can be grown without fail in places where, even, the wild grasses attain wonderful maturity in a season as dry as this one has been? After I had travelled a good many miles, thinking all the time of the wonderful ILZsources of Northern Montana, I c:nml to a long grade which descends into that valley known as Main Sand Coulee. Here, the rank growth of vegetation posi tively astonished me. The grasses varied from three to seven feet high, and the many hues of the flowers al most bewildered me, at first sight. I rode along the excellent road that leads up the valley, passing gushing springs of cold. clear water at nearly every coulee until I arrived at the ranch of Mr. Jimoson. This gentle man is an old timer and treated me with old time hospitality. He has a splendid ranch, and a beautiful spring flowing right past his door. One thing he told me is worth relating as indicative of the prolicacy of that section. He said that he was in the habit of mowing down the greater part of his vegetable patch and feed ing the mown vegetables to his stock, as they grew so fast as to qucikly cover the ground. I told him to bring his truck to Great Falls instead of throwing it to the hogs. He laugh ed and said he had never thought of that before, but guessed he'd try it next time. The following morning I left iMr. Jimison, turned into Ming's Coulee, going from thence into the mountains. Without much difficulty I found the mines located by Dr. Pottle. I ex amined these mines and their neigh borhood, coming to the conclusion that a big camp might 'be located there some day. How soon that day will be depends on the activity of prospectors. If that section is thoroughly prospected by competent men there is no telling what good re sults may not obtain. If no earnest endeavor is shown, why, nothing need be expected. The body of ore as shown in Dr. Pottle's lead, is large, and is of a character said to be, often, very rich. I am no judge of mines myself, but the prospects of this camp are said to be first rate; and, I say, All success to the doctor! I do know, however, that the scenery is grand in many portions of the Belt Mountains. Dr. Pottle's mines are located in a gulch along whose bottom courwses a small stream of spring water: this stream flows into another gulch below, and within a quarter of a mile of the confluence a man can quickly catch all the trout he cares to eat. One mountain in the vicinity is par ticularly large. One day I was sit ting in theshade of a large Douglas fir at its summit, having a good view all about me, when suddenly my reverie was broken by a snapping of twigs, and a sound as of something forcing its way through the under brush. I prepared to flee; for, I have a peculiar, nervous dread of bears. Still, 1 felt ashamed to flee from a sound only, so I waited to see what was coming. Presently, something emerged from the bushes. Thought I, "It is a man. No, it cannot be. Yes. It is. But see how he walks? Who'd think he was walking up a steep mountain, at the rate he is go ing it? Who is it? He stopped from time to time, stooping and' apparent ly, grubbing in the soil. Very soon I saw something I recognized--a bun die of papers iheld y a stirap I)etween two boards. That was a clue to the mystery. In a few moments I con vinced myself that it was Fred A- caught in the very act of collecting botanical specimens. I withdrew be hind a bush and watched. Up he came at a great rate, the perspiration dropping off the end of his nose in little beads. Coming within two or three yards of my retreat he stopped, kneeled down and clawed the earth. I thought something was the matter and was about to rush forward when he spoke aloud, saying, "Yes, this is undoubtedly Lewisia rediviva; how glad I am to have found it!" Then he put some red flowers with enor mous roots and no leaves, that I could see, between his papers and started HARRIS THE CLOTHIER Is now offering the largest and finest stock of Boots and Shoes CLOTHI 0 T Furnishing Goods,. Hats and Trunks ever offer ed before in this market. Give us a call. All goods marked in Plain Figures. HELENA. Great Falls New Hardware Store. BUPRCH & HOTCHKISS, Have just opened the finest assortment of Shelf and Heavy Hardware, In Great Falls, at prices which defy Competition. All kinds of tin work done to order Call and get prices. orward again. He saw me, stopped :o shake hands and say "How do you lo?" He was about to start off again, gut I told him to sit down and take a rest. He did so, and we had quite a :hat; that is, I kept talking and he Eurnished the ayes and nayes as the uase required, Now, I am fond of nature myself although I never have studied it, and, naturally enough, I isked him many questions about the wild flowers and such things. Final [y I asked why he seemed always to :o ranging about the prairies or mountains alone. He looked at me 3uriolisly for an instant, and then told me why. He said, "The prairies in their natural state are wild and free. Their gentle swells remind me of the waves of the ocean, upon whose bosom I have so often nestled. When I get within hearing of the falls, in im agination, the foam-flecked surf and there on the horizon I nee the white winged ships passing to and fro', re- I presenting the great international commerce of the Nineteenth century. The mountains, on the other hand, impress and subdue me with their grandeur. Walking through their shady glades, my voice is hushed; I hear the tinkling rill, and my heart is glad: it beats in unison with all its surroundings. I see the high, bold craigs and observe the eagles borne on powerful pinions soaring above their summits. My spirit soars with them; this earth is forgotten in the trance of the moment. A feeling possesses me that has never been de scribed; it may be felt but not ex pressed. Then, the birds, the flowers and the insects all tend to set me thinking. I think how good and great must be the Maker of all these things to have given them freely to man; to have endowed him with a soul, and and an intelligent mind, to enjoy and understand the hidden mysteries of the Universe, and, in so doing, hold a sweet, and soul inspir ing communion with his Creator. Surely man is not a mere creature of the hour; he is something more; he must be more-'a little lower than the angels' When I am in solitude I can drink in these beauties to the full; my heart feels too large for my body; it comes up into my throat and caus es a suspicious moisture in my eyes. Well! Goodbye," and he was off. A few days after my meeting with Mr. A-- I went over to Belt Creek canyon to do some fishing and take in the scenery. I predict that this can yon will be one of the greatest pleas ure resorts in Northern Montana a few years hence. What with its beautiful scenery, splendid fishing and natural accessibility it will soon attract public attention. On the way home again I passed several haying outfits near the foot hills, as well as the old Castner lime kiln. Dick Norris is running this kiln now, in which is burned the whitest and purest lime found in all Northern Montana. The prairies ap peared to me just as boundless com ing back as going. For many square miles there are no ranches, and not even stock of any kind, to speak of, to consume the vast amount of grass that grows and dies every year upon these ranges. The time is not far distant when all those rich and, undoubtedly, fer tile bench lands will be taken up and converted into farms as good as the best. GILBERT DEBOYCE. Robbery at the Opera House. IIELENA, Mont., Aug. 1.--Last night after the performance at the opera house, the discovery was made that some of the actors and actresses had been robbed. It appears that the dressing room is a separate apartment from the main build ing and is just in the rear. While the performers were on the stage, it is sup posed that the robbers entered through the back way and picked up what jewelry they saw lying around. Mrs. Charles lost a handsome pipestone set, inlaid with diamonds, which is valued very highly. Mr. Charles lost a ruby cross which he says is very valuable, while Miss Belle Douglass is minus an elegant gold bracelet. The Daily Independent at Great Falls. Mr. Alex. C. Lux. postmaster :.t Johns town, has notified this office that the Daily Independent will be delivered from his office to Great Falls without any delay. This is a great concession (being without any communication from the postotfice department) on the:part of Postmaster Lux and it is highly appreciated by the Inde pendent and, we are sure, will be welcom ed in an equal degree by our Great Falls readers.--Independent. Train Wrecked. EAGLE ROCK, Idaho, Aug. 1.-At 4 o'clock this morning the south bound passenger train met with an accident at a point four miles south of Camas. The sleeping car was thrown from the track, probably on account of a broken rail. It was filled with passengers, all of whq/. were more or less injured, though none seriously enough to interrupt their journey. The O. R. & N. Controlled by the U.P. PORTILAD, July 31.-Private advices from New York leave no doubt of the truth of the report that the Union Pacific people have secured control of the O. R. & N. lines, but the Northern Pacific folks claim that they have a traffic lease, and that the Union Pacific was forced to take the action reported for their own protec tion. --J. GBIBONS,- PRACTICAL -AND Saddle Maker. Rcpairiog Neatly an" Promlpity Attended to HUY'S BUILDING, GREAT FALLS, - MONT [No. 35251 COMPTROLLER'S NOTICE. TREASURY DEPARTMENT, OFFICE OF COMPTROLLER OF THE CURRENCY. Washington. July let, 1886.-Whereas by satis fact pry evidence presented to the undersigned, it has been made to appear that the First National Bank of Great Falls, in the town of Great Falls, in the county of Choteau and territory of Mortana. has complied with all the provisions of the statutes of the United States, required to be complied with before an associa tion shall be authorized to commence the busi ntss of banking. Now ttherefore, I, William L. Trenholm, comptroller of the currency, do hereby certify that the First National Bank of Great Falls. in the town of Great Falls. in the county of C('htean and territory of Montana, is authoriz ed to commence the business of banking as pro vided in section fifty-one-hundred and sixty nine, of the revised statutes of the United States. In testimony whereof, witness my hand and seal of ol.ice this 1st day of July 1888. W. L. TRENHOLM, Comptroller of the Currency. i a [No. 3525] NOTICE OF FINAL ENTRY. LAND OFFICE AT HELENA, MONT., July 22,1886. N OTI('E is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before Charles L. Spencer, Probate Judge, Choteon county, Mont., at Fort Benton, Mont., on Septemberi4,1886, viz: William B. BeachlW who made Preemption D. S., No. 8843 for the SWMi Sec. 3 Tp. Io N. Range 4 East. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon, and cultivation of, said land, viz: James E. Walker, Josiah Peeper, Phillip Gib son and Herbert O. Chowen, all of Great Falls, Mont. 8. W. LANGHORNE. Register. NOTICE OF FINAL ENTRY. LAND OFFICE AT HLENA MONT., July 22, 1886. $ Notice is hereby given that the following nam ed settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before Chas. Spencer, Pro bate Judge, Choteau county, Montana at Fort Benton, Mont., an September 4. 1886, viz: Josiah Peeper. who made Preemption D. 8., 6806 for the Lots 1 & 2 and 8S' NEa Sec. 2, Tp. 20 N Range 4 iast. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon, and culti vation of, said land, viz: William P. Bea:hley, James E. Walker, Albert J. Huy and William Warnamer, all of Great Falls. Montana. - g. W. LAxeHONGE Register DISSOLUTION NOTICE. Notice is hereby given that the co- artnerehii heretofore existing between W.B. Myeres and C. N. Dickinson, has been dissolved by mutual con sent. The business will be coatianed by Mr. Dickinson. All bills due from the late frm will be settled by Mr. Dickinson and all accounta owing said firm are to be collected b him. W. B. MYERS, C. N. DICKINSON.