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kA Fewir Words about the
-City of Great Falls.
Great Falls is the future Minne
aipolis of Mo'0tana. Her water
power isapronounced unequaled on
the continent of America. The
grain-producing capacity of its vi
cinH a will soon astonish the coun
try, and 'the stock-growing and
grazing resources of this region are
admitted to be superior to those of
any other section of the Union.
The accepted philosophy of cli
'mate and temperature are wholly at
sea in this locality. Though far up
toward the Canadian boundary line,
the winters are not so severe as at
Chicago, the inean temperature be
ing considerably below that of the
S llinois metrpolis, and the wiater's
duration av erhging about one month.
flowing commences in February,
with rain fall and humidity in the
-atimosphere sufficient to mature
grain crops, even, on they uplands,
the general land office at Washing
ton, almost the entire area of Cas
cade county, but recently orgsanied,
has been withdrawn from the pera
tion of the Desert Land Aet.
The fervency and seal of the soil
here in the prodnction ofp ngia is
at. tested by the statement, fully ver
ifled, that the wheat will ihrage 682
to 65. pounds to the bushel,s the
yield per acre being 25 to 40 bush
eldi Of oats the yield 'is 70 to 100
bushels perecue, and `weighiiI 45
0 pounds ush: 'the bushel Per
fectly sonndinealy.lpotatoes were
exhibited here last tall we ighing as
high as 16 pounds and 5 ounces
eath, si nle potatoes weighing 8 to
10 pouidt being bon6imon. Cabbage
grows unusual sae, frhequetntly
whiglag 4 pounds peri head, 20
pouqds'bbing tomonAmos. Same, also,
rioy be ilark of the igllower.
Ttiaro go and'New Yo oki in
i¶ t a Biefarb-at'e.ab`hi =thl
s regdilesi the o ulOhig p hblow, ore
n he C thell, ust beyeond ethanire
k it withi sight of t own,
i· eein self caring stae pateri
antib f!h ma surface solu otely
e . , ie atvltht aot ie wnitfrom
this region brallin s the highed st prices
in the i higo and grNew Yoka , hmar
Besides t he sprit water powter
availabule from the Missouri hove
1eainbow falts, below town, is isex
Ranbow falls, rjust beyond thetpres
area of 30 acres ofand will e te most
cancontinent, i torrent ofn waters
teboiing upfrom the world. There are
ito be r's blast forming a cascae68or
15 0 feet abov its s rurface. isach
at isee 2thed pgrest and. ebt
sprongLof I water suep r aeri
can continent, if not on the' gobe.
the oasting building to be 80xinspring
seet; capabeity per d, if any1,000 tens or
to f wllle volumei opf the Missis-,0
sippi enwill cost th leason at ,000;
tobo bbilt in four. setions, each8
thony's fralls! Its unvaried 8pere
stre isat b52ase, 1der0 feet high, and
feet square at spring of flue t. Th
thl stockholder of theing company's
orek Anton in operation. Whenbram
fully Edwarted they will coter an
are of w Yorkres and will be the most
extensive inof theiscity, who is lThere are
Th be Belt mountains consist 168x
roastinge having a granito be 80x1core, 50
Surfeet; capaci porphyry dykes carryings of
• either on the contact or the centry
rich veins ofgold, silver and iroW .
Tiey otlying mountains and Hoot.
hills mcousit a of carloiferous an0
stluibae limestones, often tilted to
an ngle f 5 de graees. These lime
stones have also the porphy dykei
rwhich renderthe veins or and aol.bea.
illuing, resulting often in the deposi
tion of rich and thick carbonate
Neihart is a. granite formation,
overlaid on the east and south by
granite. Many of the lodes here
are very rich in silver, gravitating
into copper and gold on the north
side about four miles from the town.
Among so many promising lodes it
is hard to select any as the best,but
the Queen of the Hills, Montana
Belle, Dakota, Florence and Moun
tain Chief may be named, besides
nearly 600 other locations round
about. Some two miles north lies
the Snow Creeks camp, a continu
ance of the Neibart lodes, rich is
silver ores of very high grade. The
Carpenter Creek, close by, is a clus
ter of mines carrying gold and cop
per. Further up the creek are num
erous silver-lead mines.
About nine miles north is the
Barker camp, which is par excel
lence the carbonate camp of the
Belt mountains. A smelter plant
of 45 tons capacity has been idle
here for about four years, owing to
costly transportation. It is impos
sible here to give an adequate ides
of the number and excellence of the
lodes in this camp. Mines of every
class are found here, containing sul
phates, sulphides, and carbonates
of silver, good mines of copper, also
some of gold. One mine alone, the
Silver Belle, kept the smelter run
ning one year from its sole product,
and yet it was not fully developed.
Of the coal measures of the Sand
Coulee no less can be said than that
they are of the most extensive and
valuable character, being so far of
two grades, the coke and steam
coals, situated about eight miles
from the city of Great Falls. The
field consists of one vein averaging
from 8 to 22 feet in thickness. It
is in the Dakota group No. 1 of the
cretaceous period and is essentially
a.bituminous coal, having good cok
ing qualities and possessing extra
ordinary heating powers. It is un
derlaid by a stratum of carbonate of
iron which ranges from 2 to 8 feet
in thickness. Below this, in many
places, is exposed a large body of
very pure limestone suitable for
either building or fluxing purposes.
The total area of thib Sand Coulee
coal field is already known to cover
360 square miles. The output of
she machinery being set up will be
OO000 tone per day. Prior to this
season no railway had penetrated
the broad belt lying between the
Northern Pacific and the Canadian
Dominion. Indeed this whole coun
try was believed to be practically
uninhabitable. Beyond Dakota lay
the great Milk River Indian reser
vation. Here was hidden and un
known, in a genial clime, an im
mense tract of grazing and arable
lands. Following onward to the
west were the Marias, the Teton and
the Upper Missouri rivers, with
their wide basins and extended
table-lands, all courting settlement
and possessing rare advantages for
the stock-grower and farmer.
lome adventurous spirits had ex
plored and found a way hither,
amassed wealth in herds and focks
and, to hold their almost undis
puted control, had industriously re
ported the country for the more
part cold, rocky, barren, inhospit
able, only here and there a grazing
spot or summer range and, of
course, wholly unadapted to culti
vation-the very reverse of the facts.
This babbling, however, being really
applicable to and in accord with
the well known characteristics of
t'e lands lying contiguous to the
Union Pacific and other existing
overland routes for at least 500
miles on either slope of the Rocky
mountain ranges, it was generally
taken as conclusive of the sterility
and irreclaimable character of this
northermost Montana belt of the
public domain.
It was reserved to the' enterpris
ing projectors of the St. P., M. & M.
railway, led on by the inspiration
of Paris Gibson, the indomitable
American pioneer and founder of
Great Falls, a former resident of
Minneapolis, to dispel this gloomy
horoscope and reveal to his wonder
ing. countrymen the pure climate
and bright firmament of this gar
den spot of Northern Montana.
In their newly-found faith and zeal
to disclose the hidden wealth of this
comparative terra incognita, they
achieved the almost incredible task
of laying eight miles of track per
day, thus distancing the herculean
feats of the Casements, of Union Pa
cific fame, and all other competitors.
Its easy grades and fline roadbed
are a marvel of engineering and con
structive skill.
Simultaneous with the opening
of their road to this point in De.
cember last, negotiations were be
gun looking to an extinguishment of
the Indian title to the valleys of the
Milk, Marias and Teton rivers; and
in May of this year, by proclama
tion of the President, this great In
dian grant was declared open for
The march of improvement on
and in the vicinage of the terminus,
upon the consummation of these re
sults, has outdone all precedent.
The flourishing town of Great Falls,
present western terminus of the
road, with a population of 2,500
people, has suddenly sprung into
being. -An elegant hotel, costing
$70,000, having a, capacity for 300
guests, even now too strait for its in
creasing patronage, has been erect
ed. Several other good hotels are
prospering. Substantial two and
three story brick and stone blocks
rear their fronts along Central av
enue, the main business street, 90
feet in width and running from the
river on the west to the gently ris
ing slopes of the eastern limits.
Handsome frame and brick resi
dences and churches mark the right
angled street lines of the well-plat
ted site; and many more of both
stores and residences are in pro
gress. Besides the two school
houses already built and occupied,
a handsome academy, to cost $20,
000, is in process of construction, to
be opened about December first. As
an educational edifice, it would be
an ornament to any city. A mag
niflcent lron wagon bridge has been
put up spanning the Missouri, a
quarter of a mile across, costing
$50,000, und Just.above it the rail
road bridge. A wool warehouse
300 feet long, built by the railway
company, has been several times
filled with this season's wool clip.
Immediately above the railroad
bridge a dam has been put in across
the river for the Cataract Flouring
Mill company, and their fine system
of roller mills is located at the east
end of the city bridge. This dam,
backing up the river about forty
miles, forms at the very heart of
town, a dashing sheet of water for
boating and for bathing and is
called Broadwater bay. A little
steamer and innumerable pleasure
boats dance upon its bosom and a
fine steam launch will be there the
coming season. Commodious and
permanent establishments have been
erected carrying stocks of agricul
tural implements and machinery
that would do honor to Chicago. A
system of parks and drives hasbeen
inaugurated, already neatly in,
closed, ornamented with elm, wal
nut, birch, silver-leaf maple and
other choice foliage, skirting along
the river's edge for miles and lined
with thrifty growths of the most lux
uriant nonlar and cottonwoods.
Building material costs about the same
as at Chicago. Good carpenters average
$4.0 per day; masons $6 and $1; com
mon laborers $2 and $2.50. Family flour
$2.50, best roller-milled $).75 per cwt.
Beef and mutton lower than at Chicago.
Fresh eggs 50 cents per dozen, fresh
dairy butter 50 cents per pound, imported
half price. Coal will be supplied 'the
coming winter retail at $8 per ton, per
haps $2.50. Dry goods and groceries a
shade higher than at Chicago. Our red,
white, brown, purple, blue and mottled
sandstones are unequaled anywhere.
This is no fairy dream or fancy sketch.
The bulk of all of this is the achieve
ment of a single year! Approaching the
railway bridge from the east, obtaining a
first glimpse of the town, with the broad,
clear waters of the Missouri laying its
gently sloping borders on the west, north
and east, gracefully sweeping around it
with a horseshoe curve, the oft-repeated
exclamation is, "Surely the Gods formed
this for a town sitel" and this must have
been the impression of Paris Gibson, who
discovered it.
To the eye of the transcontinental trav
eler, accustomed to looking out upon the
attenuated hundred mile stretches of
desert and rugged rocks of the Union
Pacific, the blinding, buring sands of the
Southern Pacific, or the wearying wastes
and grim solitudes of the Northern Pa
cific lines, these
'"Pslds arrayed in lins ggreen'
present a scene almost transporting, and
the bewildering wight would fain believe
himself traversing some unknown, unex
plored portion of some almost seml-tropi
cal clime.
We have said that here is to be the em
porium of Montana. From its most di
rect and central position enroute and
midway between the Pacific and the
great lakes, it must inevitably become
also the distributing point of the empire
of the Northwest. The St. P., M. & M.
railway, with its Pacific extension to
ocean navigation on Puget Sound, al
ready partially surveyed, its lateral lines
stretching northward to Calgary on the
Canadian Pacific, and southward to Salt
Lake, must as inevitably also absorb the
trade of East India China and Japan, in
cluding the tea traffic, for which the C.
P. and N. P. are now contending. The
"Star of empire northwestward takes Its course."
The physical conditions and conforma
tions of the continent are the inevitable,
and have affixed their seal upon Great
Unanswerabl eArguments.
Hon. Thomas Carter's speech on
Monday night, which is presented
on the first page of our paper, is one
well worth perusing. Its arguments
are unanswerable. Clearly and
skillfully he sketched the opera
tions of protection as opposed to
free trade since the establishment
of this country as a nation. He
showed that free trade measures in
America were in the early days of
the Republic, as now, of British ori
gin. He showed that such patriots
as Washington, Jefferson, Andrew
Jackson, and others of the most
noted Americans in the history of
our country, were friends of protec
tion and, during the periods when
American industries were protected
by a proper degree of tariff, our
country was prosperous, its indus
tries were increasing, its laborers
were well paid, money was plenty
and everybody was content. While,
on the other hand, every period
when free trade obtained the ascen
dancy, there was depression, scarcity
of money, suffering and want among
the laborers, and a terrible stagna
tion in all industrial pursuits.
Skillfully he demonstrated the effect
of protection upon wool in 1837, and
how that industry increased and
wool flocks multiplied in the United
States and in Montana. And he
showed the effect of free trade upon
wool and how in the present year
the fear of the passage of the Mills
bill, which would place wool upon
the free list, had caused this staple
to drop down to 16 and 17 cents per
pound, but immediately upon the
rejection of the bill in the Republi
can senate, the price of wool com
menced to advance. He showed,
also, that if the Mills bill had
passed, this industry would be ex
terminated in Montana territory
and in the United States; that we
could not survive the competition
of Australia, Spain, South America
and Africa, where sheepherders are
hired at a nominal price, and fur
ther that its extermination would
carry with it not alone the destruc
tion of the sheep industry, but other
industries which are more or less
dependent upon that. That the
same was true in regard to lead,was
also fully demonstrated. And the
inference can be readily drawn that
to send a delegate to congress who
will use his influence in opposition
to some of the leading industries of
the territory of Montana, would be
such an act of folly, that no one,
unless he was completely bound
down by party shackles, would be
foolish enough to attempt.
That this thoughtful and careful
argument meets the approbation of
the wool growers and thinking men
in this section, is evident. Mr.
Clark and his coadjutors may en
deavor to withdraw attention from
these points at issue, and seek to
mislead the voters of Montana, but
the arguments themselves are un
answerable, and if the voters of Mon
tana territory look well to their own
interests, Mr. Carter will be elected
delegate by a tremendous majority.
Mr. Carter's appearance on the
platform was greeted with repeated
rounds of enthusiastic cheers; and
upon closing his magnificent ad
dress, the audience wept almost
wild with tumultuous applause.
Republicans Organizing.
On Friday afternoon LEADER pos
ters were scattered in town giving
notice of a meeting to be held at
the Republican headquarters for
the purpose of organizing a Repub
lican club. As the notice was given
late, it was not expected that many
would be present, and it was a sur
prise when it was found that there
were a hundred voters there. The
meeting was called to order by
Chairman Webster, of the county
central committee, and he was elect
ed temporary chairman, and Will
Hanks temporary secretary. It was
voted to hold the next meeting at
the Republican headquarters Mon
day evening at 8 o'clock. On mo
tion the chair appointed MDessrs.
Taylor, Frame, Hanks, Meek, Dick
erman and Burns a committee to
circulate papers and obtain signa
tures of those desirous of joining.
Judge Race, Judge Rolfe and A. E.
Dickerman were selected as a com
mittee to provide constitution and
A very carefully prepared and
eloquent address upon the tariff was
given by Mr. C. C. Pay, who sur
prised his friends by the fitness of
his remarks, and they called out
much hearty applause. Brief
speeches were made by Messrs. Web
ster, Judge Race, Judge Rolfe, Clin
gan, Hanks, Taylor, Downing, Dick
erman and Frame. Much enthu
siasm was displayed, and there was
an evident purpose on the part of
the organization to keep up the ma
jority in Cascade county to fully 500.
Active measures will be taken at
once to secure a flourishing organiz
ation in Great Falls. As was re
marked by one of the speakers,
Great Falls is more interested in
the present campaign than any
other town in the territory. Great
Falls is destined to be a great man
ufacturing centre, and the success
of the free trade movement would
prove a death blow to its enter
It is expected that the hall will
be filled on Monday evening next.
The unregenerated Democrats will
doubtless be excluded at that time.
The Democratic Meeting.
For days and days the Democrats
of Great Falls have been scouring
the country canvassing for men to
march in the procession in honor of
the Democratic candidate. Their
enterprise is commendable but it was
displayed in a wrong cause. After
much discussion it was thought men
could be hired in Great Falls and
sufficient procured outside to make
a respectable appearance. But after
scouring the whole country and get
ting in the Helena contingent it was
a slim showing compared with the
Republican gatherings. As if to
rebuke the Democratic nominee
the clouds gathered in the after
noon and the heavens became
obscured, the wind rose and it seem
ed as if the elements were aroused
to repel the attack made upon Mon
tana and its prosperity. By a ter
rible blunder the wool warehouse
had been chosen for the addresses
and it seemed that the very walls
would lift up their dumb voices
agaihst those acts which would de
stroy the leading industries of MIon
tana and make the wool warehouse
an empty mockery.
Sixty-two persons with white hats
including men from Kibby, Arrow
Creek and Cascade and small boys
were all Great Falls could furnish in
the procession from the depot.
Among the arrivals were A. J. Da
vidson, Major Maginnis, Maj. Dav
enport, Colonel Wolfolk, Ed. Zim
merman, S. C. Ashby, Charley Curtis
the Helena Postmaster and Auditor
Sullivan. W. E. Fredericks, J. U.
Sanders and John Bean held down
the Republican ranks.
W. A. Clarke had not come at 7
p. m. and it had been suggested by
a wicked Republican that the Dem
ocrats had cached him in the woods
of Belt Mountains to prevent the
unfortunate breaks he is so liable to
The Flambeau Club numbering
fifty made a very good appearance.
In the evening the procession
formed at 7 p. m. There were just
84 in the procession, outside of the
the Band and Flambeau Club, and
15 were boys.
There were several transparencies,
one of which rehashed the stale lie
about Harrison's saying $1 a day
was good enough for any man, which
has been proven false a dozen times.
The Wbol warehouse was well filled
with people, two thirds of whom, were
Republicans. Jerry Collins called the
meeting to order and called upon Mr.
Gibson, a pronounced protectionistby the
way, to preside. A male quartette at
tempted to sing, but their music was like
the Democratic party in Cascade county,
full of discord. Their false notes were
loudly applauded. Martin Maginnis was
the first speaker, and gave his old speech,
which he has delivered for 16 years,
tuned, patched, mended and brushed up
for the occasion. He paid a pretty trib
ute to Great Falls; spoke highly of the
leaders of the Republican party,like Abra
ham Lincoln, which called out enthus
iastic applause. But his whole speech
seemed to those who had heard it often
as strained; and when he spoke of the
folly of sending a man to Congress who
had not been experienced in legislative
work, it was suspected that he meant to
hit Clarke a stab in the back. He said
very little on the free trade question and
so talked around it as to cause the suspi
cion that he was not an enthusiastic free
trader by any means. He spoke of his
contests with several Republican candi
dates; evidently forgetting they were not
running for office, and that he couldn't
hold a candle to any of them in debate.
It was felt that he had missed a great op
portunity. He said nothing of the wrongs
Ireland had suffered from this same Eng
land, now in active sympathy with Grover
Cleveland. It must have been hard for
him to say a word for Grover after the
treatment he and the Democracy had re
ceived at Cleveland's hands; but Martin
swallowedthecrow and took his medicine
like a little man. He told several comi
cal stories which were well received.
After the Great Falls band had rendered
Columbia in an inspiring manner, W. A.
Clarke was announced. Mr. Clark is a
small man, decidedly Parisian in appear
ance. He had evidently committed his
piece; but his delivery is poor and he had
the manner of a man who had been gull
ed into accepting a nomination, only to
be slaughtered. Very few people in
Northern Montana had ever heard of him
before, and he was quite a curiosity. Mr.
Clarke's speech was made up of the plati
tudes of Cobden club pamphlets and
compared but poorly with his opponent,s
able arguments of last Monday night. A
large number of the audience left, but a
respectable number stayed out of cour
tesy to the speaker. After talking all
around the subject of free trade, he
wound up with the old chestnut that
Montana's admission as a state depend
ed on his election. This has been the
old argument of Maginnis and Toole, but
as there is a dead certainty of Harrison's
election this year, it is another strong ar
gument for the re-election of Carter. At
about eleven o'clock Mr. Clarke ceased,
and soon the people were marching up
town to the good old Republican air of
marching through Georgia.
THAT was a bad break Major Maginnis
made when he referred to Hancock's de
feat on account of his talking about tar
iff; the audience quickly applied it to
Carter At Fort Benton.
On Tuesday last a special train was
procured through the efforts of Messrs.
Hirshfleld and Rolfe, to take down a por
tion of the residents of Great Falls who
were anxious to hear Carter's speech at
Fort Benton. Although only two hours
were given for circulating a notice of the
special train, sixty persons were aboard,
ncluding the Great Falls band. The
trip was made in the short time of an
hour and fifteen minutes, and the party
reached Fort Benton at 5 o'clock p. m.
Upon their arrival they were met by Jere
Sullivan, Charles Rowe, John W. Power,
Thomas A. Cummings, W. J. Minar and
other prominent Choteau county Repub
licans. The party were taken to the city
of Fort Benton, and marched up Front
street to the music of "Hail Columbia"
and other patriotic airs. After supper
the booming of cannon and the display
of bonfires and sky-rockets announced
the time for forming into line. About
two or three hundred Republicans bear
ing torches formed a procession and
marched down Front street and up Main
street to the court house, which was
quickly filled to overflowing by ladies
and gentlemen. Mr. Carter was intro
duced by a few well-timed remarks by
Jere Sullivan, the chairman of the meet
ing. Mr. Carter proceeded to make
of two hours and a half in length, during
which period he held the close attention
of everyone in the room. He was greet
ed at intervals with enthusiastic applause,
and everybody present was carried away
by his masterly and logical presentation
of the subjects of interest to the people
of Northern Montana. Democrats stated
that they couldn't conscientiously sup
port the Democratic ticket after hearing
the skillful address of our next delegate.
It was stated by those whohad heard Mr.
Carter several times, that he made the
best speech he had delivered since he
entered upon the campaign. The River
Press editors had inserted a list of ques
tions which they evidently regarded as
pertinent to the issue, which Mr. Carter
proceeded to answer skillfully and com
pletely, and covered the two editors, who
were seated in front, with blushes of
mortification. At the close of his re
marks, Col. Dodge, of Fargo, was intro
duced and spoke eloquently and briefly.
Owing to the lateness of the hour, no
other speakers were announced. After
adjournment the party proceeded to the
train, reaching Great Falls in the wee
sma' hours of the morn. Carter's pre
sentation of the issues in the campaign
were felt by all to be
and that he made a deep impression upon
the residents of the good old town of Fort
Benton. On Wednesday morning Mr.
Carter left for Sun River, where he spoke
at noon, and proceeded thence to Choteau,
where he delivered an address in the
evening, going from Choteau to Augusta,
thence back to Helena.
Patrick Ford's Reply.
In his Missoula speech Mr. Clark at
tacked the bravery of Patrick Ford, the
proprietor of the Irish World, who has
been dealing some killing blows against
the English free trade policy. We have
before us a copy of a letter from every
surviving officer of the Ninth Massachu
setts regiment of volunteers, of which
Mr. Ford was a member, which testifies
to the bravery and worth of Mr. Ford,
and denounces the dastardly attempt to
malign him. Mr. Ford in January, 1863,
was taken prisoner of war and was re
ported as among the missing. This is
the only ground of the charge of deser
tion against him. As a matter of fact, he
was a brave and worthy soldier, and was
honorably discharged. When Mr. Clark
made this attack upon Patrick Ford, he
put his foot in it emphatically.
Mr. Ford devotes a full page in the last
Issue of the Irish World to his detractors,
in which he exposes the senseless char
acter of the Democratic tirade against
him and shows, besides, that they have
"got the wrong bull by the horn." That
some other fellow by the same name did
actually desert from the army during the
war, is probably true, with whom these
fishmongers have purposely confounded
Mr. Ford, the distinguished champion of
Irish nationality in this country. This is
about as near an approach to the truth
as the free-trade yelpins ever get.
But this does not matter with the
Democrats when they are in a di
lemma. They are not dealing in princi
ple. Defamation is now their chief
stock in trade. Mr. Ford deals them
some deadly blows. The mud-slinging
corpse will be buried by the voters inl
November. Here is a sample of Mr.
Ford's talk to them:
"The management of the Democratic party
seems to think it necessary for its purpose that
the personal character of even so humble an in
dividual as myself should be fouled, and to this
end they have without scruple subsidized the dirt
lest menof dirty work that could be found. These
men of dirty work were engaged at the same work
and in the pay of the same masters four years
ago. They have hunted up the record of the life
of one Patrick Ford and they have discovered
that he is a 'thief,'a 'swindler,' a 'deserter' from
the United States army, a 'traitor to Ireland,' anid
an 'apostate' from the Catholic church. These
things, and more to the same effect, have been
printed in newspapers mid in leaflets and at an
expense of thousands of dollars to the Democrat
le campaign fund are circulated throughout the
Home Again.
Mr. Paris Gibson returned last evening
from a two weeks' business trip to St.
Paul, Minneapolis and other places in
Minnesota. He reports tl: Manitoba
road bed in fine condition, and speaks in
glowing terms of the new coaches, din
ing cars and sleepers of that road, to be
put on the entire line from St. Paul to
Great Falls on the 28d inst. He says
they are daisies and cap the climax thus
far in the elegance, comfort and ease of
railway passenger equipment. The seats
are of the latest and most unique high
back reclining design, luxuriously up
holstered. He says the Manitoba block.
for its general offices, just completed and
occupied, is one of the most imposing
and substantial structures in St. Paul. It
is built of brick, fire proof, six stories,
and will be an ornament to the dual cities
for all time to come.
The Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M.
The Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M[. had a
splendid time at Missoula. A grand ball
and banquet was given at the Florence
Hotel on Thursday evening of last Week
and was largely attended. On Friday
a special train was prepared by the
members of Missoula lodge for an
excursion up the Bitter Root Valley.
Nearly two hundred and fifty people
were on board. They left Missoula at 9
o'clock in the morning, half of the
excursionists stopping at Victor for
dinner and the other half going
on to Grantsdale, about fifty miles
up Bitter Root Valley and the present
terminus of the Bitter Root railroad.
The Bitter Root Valley is one of the most
beautiful and productive valleys in Mon
tana. It has acres and acres of splendid
farming land on one side of the road, and
miles of heavily timbered country on the
other. Aout twenty or thirty saw mills are
at work constantly sawing timber. Twenty
carloads are sent out of the valley every
day. Next year the road will be ex.
tended to Big Hole, the scene of the Nez
Perces battle.
H. P. Rolfe, W. M. of Cascade lodge,
presented the attractions of Great Falls
so forcibly to the Grand Lodge, that it
was unanimously resolved the next ses
sion should be held at Great Falls. The
various members expressed their deter
mination to visit the Cataract city next
October, and we may expect to see from
100 to 200 of the Masonic fraternity here
at that time. Their visit to Great Falls
will be like the visit of the press gang
last spring, an interesting and profitable
event for our growing city.
The new arrangement in regard to the
Montana Central road is a very satisfac
tory one to its patrons. The train leaves
Great Falls at 9 o'clock, a. m., reaching
Helena at 12:30. Stopping half an hour
at Helena, it leaves at one o'clock and
reaches Butte about 4 o'clock. The
morning train from Butte arrives in
Helena about 12 o'clock and leaves at one
o'clock for Great Falls, arriving there at
4:80. This enables a business man in Great
Falls to go to Butte in about the same
time formerly occupied in going from
Great Falls to Helena., When the tunnel
is completed, about the 20th or 25th
of this month, still better arrange
ments will be made; through dining cars
will be put on from St. Paul to Butte and
trains will be run on much better time
than hitherto. We are informed by Mr.
Shelby, general manager of the Montana
Central, that round trip tickets will be
sold from Great Falls on Sundays at half
rates, so that parties in Great Falls can
have an opportunity of going through the
gate of the mountains to Mitchell's in the
middle of Prickly Pear canyon and spend
two or three hours viewing the beautiful
scenery of the canyon or fishing, and re
turn to Great Falls by 4:30 the same day.
Returned from The Exposition.
Prof. Mortson has returned from hiii
sojourn in Minneapolis, where he faith
fully and strenuously described the mer
its of the Montana exhibit... He tells how
the numerous products from the vicin
age of Great Falls created much wonder
ment, surprise and admiration. That the
grand exhibition so ably superintended
by the Prof. has wrought advantageous
results for Montana and Great Falls, is
generally conceded. The single fact that
the finest specimens of wheat on exhibi
tion formed a part of the meritorious
Montana exhibit, and was grown near
Great Falls, will be conducive of good
to this section of the Territorv. Thie
many other wonderful products will add
materially to Montana's benefit.
To Arrive To-Night.
We are pleased to learn that C. E.
Dickerman, Esq., a leading citizen of St.
Paul, will probably arrive at Great Falls
this evening, if not unexpectedly delayed
at the National Park. Mr. Dickerman
is father of A. E. Dickerman, Esq., treas
urer of the Towusite company, also
county treasurer, and one of the most
courteous and excellent gentlemen; is
which estimation, we are sure, he is also
held by the host of people with whom
he has almost daily business intercourse.
A Candid Statement.
As Judge Rolfe staled .in the Republi
can club Friday, Great Falls is more de
pendent upon protection than any other
town in Montana. If our city is to Ise a
great metropolis, as we believe, it will
be due to our unlimited water-power and
our nanufaictories. Let free trade pre
vail, and Great Falls would receive a
bitckset from which it could not recover
PAxTRtICK FORD, in the Irish World issue
of September 29th, takes up the article
from the London Times to the effect that
"the only time an Irishman is of any use
to England is when he emigrates to
America and votes for free trade," andl
gives the London Times a terrible lash
ing onil account of its service to the D)em
ocratic party.
Miu. CIAIRKE may be good in making
loans on mines, a lucky speculator, and
shrewd manipulator of stocks and yeast
powders; but he is neither a diplomatist,
a politician nor a statesman. Such at man,
witll his "bar'l," is a good thing to have
in a campaign; but in Washington, he
would be a mere puppet.
'I'rtE IIELENAlndependent,after mnaking
charges against one of the oldest banking
firms in Hielcna, completely withdraws
its charges and apologizes for its con
duct. The next time the Independent
slings its mud it will be more careful
whom it hits.
IT is highly probable that the Repuli
cans in Butte and Helena may visit Great
Falls at a big ratification meeting before
the campaign is over.
The Cascade county Republican ticket
is first-class in every respect and should
be elected.
This issue of the LEADER will be
perused in the homes of 10,000 Moatat

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