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PH IL IBSON,
Real Estate and Insurance Agent. Teprese.nting thbe .ollowing Cozx=z~.paies: North British and Mercantile. Fireman's Fund. Hartford. Niagara. California. Commercial. Fidelity and Casualty. Lands Bought and Sold on Commission. Housesfor Rent. OUR ARABLE LANDS. .Montana An Agricultural as Well as a Stock Growing Country.-The Bench Lands the Coming Wheat Fields of the West [Paris Gibson in Tribune, May 14, 1885.] So much has been written of the live stock interests of Montana, and so little has hitherto been known of its best agri cultural lands, that it is generally under stood in the East that Montana has no re sources worth mentioning as a farming country. The valleys of the upper 3Mis souri, the Gallatin, the Jefferson, the Madison and also the Deer Lodge, have been known for a number of years as fer tile agricultural sections, bnt it is only within a short time that the immense agricultural capacity of Northern MIon has begun to be appreciated. In fact it has just ceased to be an Indian and buf falo country.. Four years ago, five or six different tribes of Indians were chasing buffalo in the Judith Basin, where today, are the homes of hundreds of prosperous farmers anti stockmen. That part of Montana. bounded on the west by the Rocky and Belt mountains, .and extending as far east as the 100 0 of longitude, and lying between the Missou ri and Marias rivers on the north, and the Musselshell river on the south, possesses more and better agricul tural lands than can be found elsewhere in Montana. This area embraces about 30,000 square miles of territory, and is t but little traversed or broken by mount ain ranges. It is divided into valleys and t bench lands. The valleys though rich t and fertile, like the other valleys of Mon- j tana, cannot generally be successfully i cultivated without irrigation. This terri- s tory, however, more than any other, is 3 favored with large streams and an abund ant supply of water. The important feature of this part of Montana, is its extensive table lands which have been found within the past p two or three years to be excellent wheat tl lands without the aid of irrigating canals b and ditches, when cultivated the e; same as the wheat lands of Dakota and c Minnesota. The old timers of this sec- h tion, like the old settlers of California and m Washington territory, have been slow to or believe that any land in MQntana can be di cultivated successfully without irrigation. bi It is now, however, a settled fact that hi vast stretches of bench or table land ut in this part of Montana, will, one year an with another, produce wheat averaging from twenty-five to fifty bushels to the as :cre. The Highwood farmers on the benches twenty miles from this place, has grown large crops of wheat during the past two or three years. Last year, which was not particularly favorable, gave them a yield of about forty bushels to the acre. A farmer of large experience from that sec tion told me last fall that he considered the benches of this part of Montana the best wheat land he had ever seen in any coun try, and that his experience had demon strated that they would produce large yields of wheat and oats with only the natural supply of moisture. Let any man driving from Great Falls to Fort Benton, on either side of the Missouri river, note everywhere the rich soil and abundant grasses. He will see no sage bush and no alkali land. If he examines the soil he will find it mellow and well mixed with silica, the "grist of the mountains,"-so essential to the rapid growth of grain and to the retention of moisture. These are some of the fine wheat lands of Northern Montana. Because you see no cultivated farms or fields of grain, do not condemn these lands the same as we condemned the .rich prairies of Northern Minnesota and 4 Dakota, a few years ago. Remember that l ;the wave of immigration is still moving 1 westward, and will soon cover this coun- I try, and that these unoccupied lands will become the homes of thousands of indus :trious people. I am aware that my state- t anents are contrary to the traditions of this c -.ountry at the bas of the Rockies, and at I varmerous accounts given c by c. I t those, who have n w ires r know little. t or not.II of Montana whose c The tUroha from Sand C. A. BROADWATER, Pres. H. O. CHOWEN, Vice-Pres. L. G. PHELPS, Cashier. A.E.DICKERMAN, Ass't Cashier. FIRST NATIONAL BANK Of G-zree"t "~11,s e-A-.~PI'I.L '- $5,Ooo0 A GENERAL BANKING BUSINESS TRANSACTED. Coulee to Belt creek and to Ilighwood creek, and also from the Highwood to Fort Benton, cannot fail to become great grain-producing sections. For immediate settlement, those lands lying within a convenient distance of the Sand Coulee and Belt creek coal districts are especially desirable, cheap and abundant fuel being always an important factor in successful agriculture. Farmers who take up and occupy these lands can not only raise large crops of grain and vegetables, but they can, from the unlimited summer and win ter pasturage, make stock growing an imi portant branch of their business. These valuable lands can now be taken under Pre-emption and Homestead acts, some of the choicest tracts being within five or ten miles of Great Falls, the coming milling center of Montana. Colonies of settlers looking for homes in the New Northwest would do well to send agents to carefully examine these unoccupied lands. It will be but a short time before railroads will enter this country, attracted by the great coal fields and the rich mining districts of the Belt mountains. There will never again c be as favorable a time as the present for ' securing these choice lands of Northern i Montana. i A COWBOY'S REVENGE. a I am not fond of railroad traveling, es t pecially on a cattle train, and my last trip t to Chicago was rendered worse than usual a by the fact of my nearly dying from the B effects of a light lunch-consisting of a 1 cup of coffee and a doughnut, eaten in a hurry at a lunch counter at "N." A brake 1 men who had served a short time as see ond asssistant bottle-washer in an Arizona drug store assured me, that, if my cere brospinal-diaphram (or words to that effect) had not got stuck in my throat, I should undoubtedly have thrown up my boots; any how I felt "retch-ed." On my return I stopped off at "N," and as I sauntered up and down the platform meditating vengeance, I saw a Sioux brave begging of the lunch-counter fiend for a hand out, only to be "curse"orily dismiss ed; and the idea flashed across my mind that here was. a chance to wreak venge ance on one of my natural enemies-for I hate an Indian as only a western man who has suffered at their hands can-so step ping forward I displayed a five-dollar note and told the astonished 1-c-fiend to feed poor Lo at my expense. I retired to watch -Oh! but it was fine-he drank 6 cups of coffee, ate 9 doughnuts, 13 sandwitches, and the 1-c-f only knows how many pieces of pie-he was death on pie, and pie was -but I will not anticipate. The bill was $4.05, how the I-c-f got in that 5c was al ways a mystery to me, as everything cost 10c, and Mr. Indian did nothing by halves -but I did not kick, as I was in a hurry to follow my protege - - di-ln't follow himi far, however: for, though I had no rela- t tions to mourn my loss :tad no scruples I about disappointing my creditors, still I never was very fond of hunting. The next day, times being dull and fees I scarce, the coroner held an inqu,'st 'ver t the remains. (I hear since that his p:uliti- t cal enemies are making ctrpital out of this t reckless waste of public funds.) Th:jury s being unable to agree as to who was to v blame-and the foreman having left a t friend of doubtful skill to play his hand- a quickly brought a verdict of '-death from t) the effects of injuries received in an attack ti on a railroad lunch counter"-and recom- ti mended legislation regulating the sale of e cellulold pie. The justice of the peace, n not to be out-done-Isstied the warrant for it the arrest of the proprietor of the lunch 1i counter and; after a preliminary examina tion, he washeld for trial at the fall term oftauirt, and Sbeing nnajle to furnish bail, U ALBRECHT & KNIGHT, Great Falls, Mont. Dealersn FURNITURE BEDDING, MIRRORS, CHROMOS. CABINETWARE. &OC Complete Stock, Low Prices, MAILORDERS SOLICITD )al he which was placed high at the ;instigation in of a long-haired Indian lover from the or "Hub"-he was (to my intense delight) put rn in jail. The said long-haired individual introducing himself to me as the secretary of the society for the protection of Indians, and, after condoling with me on the con sequences of my misdirected charity s- pointed out that I should have been saved [p a lifelong remorse had I exercised my be al nevolence through the proper channel i. e. to the secretary of the S. F. P. . I.; and pro a ceeded to ask for a contribution to the fun a eral expenses. I told the prcoer channel that I was poor and should confine myself to erect a ing a suitable head-board--accordingly the next night, I made a real handsome one i) out of the top of a cracker-box, and on it I wrote "Gone to the Happy Hunting I; Grounds" followed by the name of the In dian and the date of his death; and under I neath those touching and appropriate words 1 of the Psalmist; "None but the braves de serve the fare." Then having pinned up over the door leading to the lunch counter a paper on which I had written these lines I -(after Dante) "All hope abandon ye who enter here The fare is bad and most infernal dear." I folded my tent like the Arabs and si- A lently stole away. My whole being pre vaded by an unutterable sense of peace C and happiness, such as is seldom vouchsaf ed to us poor mortals. This episode has just been brought to a close by the trial and acquittal of the I. c. f. The jury prob ably thinking that it was a pretty clear case of "Sioux-icide."--Northwcest Maga FAQUERO. Roundup, M. T., Nov. 13, 1886. Central Avenue. All the lots on Central avenue between 1 the Park hotel and 4th street, with the exception of three, have been sold, and all of them for business purposes. A large number of foundations have already been laid for buildings to be erected early in the spring. The contracts under which these lots have been sold require the erec tion of buildings upon them of brick or stone before the 1st of next August. This will insure the erection of about forty 1 buildings in which will be represented t all the different branches of trade. Among them omne of the very'.leaviest mercantile firms in the north-west. These substan tial improvements guarantee the permnps ericy of Central Ave. as the principal busl ness street of Great Falls, lined with build ings, substantial, ornamental and practical. a ly fire-proof. A good inwestment for coming year would bhato send i$;tor sthe Taura. g First National Bank, rIy OF HELENA, MONT. ;", Paid-Up Capital - $500,000 1 Surplus and Profits - $300,000 Individual Deposits $2,300,000 I Government Deposits 100,000 d S. T. HAUSER, President, A. J. DAVIS, Vice-President e- E. W. KNIGHT, Cashier. T. H. KLEINSCHMIDT, Ass't-Cash. ASSOLIATE BANKS: FIRST NATIONAL, Fort Benton, Montana, MISSOULA NATIONAL, Missoula, Montana. FIRST NATIONAL, Butte, Montana. A General Banking Business Transacted. R. S. Hale & Co. (HALE'S NEW BLOCK), Wholesale and Retail Dealers in MO TA .1 Dms, Cieicals a Medicines, Fancy Toilet Articles, Paints, Oils & Brushes. And all goods to be found in a thoroughly stocked drug store. Particular attentiongive to orders from country physicians and customers. All medieines warranted freshend genuine and of the best quality -orse ..nCd Cattle condition powders; sheep dip, &a. Orders by mail will receive prompt attention. ESTABLISHED 1877. JAS. XoMILLAN & CO., PROPRIETORS OF THE Minneapolis Sheepskin Tannery, zDES, SE EPPELTS,F'TE,WOOL, TAZLL0 Ginseng and Seneca Root. SHEEP PELTS & FURS A SPECIALTr. 101, 103 ; 105 Seesad St. N.ort .MINUEAPOLSr, Ml~m. Shipments Solicited. Write for Ciroulars. Manufacturing JE W E L E R And repairer. Orders by mail promptly attended to. HELENA, MONT. CASCADE HOTELi The OlI~ First-Olass Restaurant in the Qity STEVE SPIT ZLEY, Maf.ager tF" t ealshed Ro bu Oomnec, . 1st ,!lEe . 5Ai'.