The history of Montana's development in the 1880's as first-place copper producing center of the country was written largely by two feuding industrial magnates: Marcus Daly and William A. Clark. Daly, an Irish immigrant, rose from dockyard work in New York to become a multimillionaire, heading the most powerful mining association (appropriately named Anaconda) in America. Though he had no personal political ambitions, he spent millions in an effort to control Montana (admitted to the Union in 1889) politics and economy, earning the financial, political and bitterly personal opposition of William Clark. The copper barons prospered, but at terrible expense to their miners and the state. Miss Place's report is lively enough, but whitewashes Daly so completely that it cannot be considered sufficiently objective.