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BARfciSES A BIT
Possibilities for Mayor All
Declare That They Couldn't
Think of It.
SEVERAL ACTIVE CANDIDATES
FOR OTHER POSITIONS.
Street Commissioner Pogue Said
to Aspire to Be Chief
Village election is six weeks
away, but already there is begin
ning to be a good deal of gossip
as to candidates and probable
The new charter will not be
ready for submission in time to
hold a city election before March
14, when the village election will
beheld, so that it is probable
that Bemidji will have two muni
cipal elections this spring.
A number of prominent citi
zens have been mentioned for
mayOr but no one has been found
who will at this early day ac
knowledge himself a candidate.
A good many people a"re anxious
to have W. H. Roberts at the
head of the village government.
W. N. Bowser is also a 'favorite
while many would like to see
Mayor Ludington chosen again.
Thus far there has been more
talk of these gentlemen than of
anyone else, although many
.others have heen "mentioned".
There has sprung up within the
past day or two a bit of a boom
for E. J. Willits. Mr. Willits is
a hustler and has many of the
qualities which would make him
invaluable as mayor. L. H.
Bailey is accused of being a can
didate but denies the impeach
ment. M. D. tttoner has a host
of friends'.who think that a better
man for mayor would be hard to
find. Altogether it is evident
that the city will have plenty of
material from which to choose its
With speculation as to the
mayorality naturally goes gossip
as to the chief of police, one of
the most important offices in any
municipality. Street Commis
sioner Pogue, it is said has as
pirations to suceed Chief Sherm
Bailey while it is generally un
dersto&d that the latter is con
tent to let things run along just
as they are now.
Altogether it looks as though
Bemidji would this spring do her
part toward sustaining the repu
tation of Beltrami county as pro
lific of more politics to. the milli
meter than other counties can
produce to the square mile.
[Bill Posting Plant Burned.
The bill posting plant of the
Gross Opera house at Little
Falls wair destroyed by fire
Thursday night. The paper of
the "Man From Sweden" com
pany was among the other stock
burned. The company were un
able to get up any paper so de
cided to put in the open night at
Bemidji. The performance is
excellent and in every way
worthy of patronage.
To Enlarge Depot.
The announcement comes by
the way of a Brainerd paper that
improvements are to be made to
the Minnesota & International de
pot at this point. The platforms
are to be widened, the building
moved back a trifle from its pre
sent location and more commo
^tiousTwaiting rooms put in. This
.-much was decided upon after a
recent visit of officials to Bemidji.
To Engage in Business.
C. S^Boss, who for some time
past has been engaged as entry
clerk at the Minnesota & Inter
national depot, has resigned his
position and yesterday left for
Detroit, Minn., where he will en
gagein business with his brother,
who is a successful contractor
and builder at that city, with a
'large and growing business.
Successful and Novel Social
Given by Presbyterian
The young people of the Pres
pyterian church gave a novel and
pleasant entertainment fast even
ing in their shadow social and
basket supper. The ladies came
prepared with lunch baskets con
taining lunch for two. The room
was then darkened and the
shadows of the young ladies were
thrown on a screen. The gentle
men bid on the shadows and the
highest bidder ate supper with
the lady whose shadow he had
purchased. The auctioning of
the shadows caused no end of
amusement. The attendance was
not as large as had been hoped
for but the social was one of the
successes of the season lor the
Last June a lad named Theo
dore Laguee, living at Detroit
left home and wandered on foot
out to Montana. Recently he re
turned and made his way to the
logging camp of the Brainerd
Lumber company at Kabekona
bay, where he remained for sev
eral days doing odd jobs. A few
days ago Foreman Frank Bush
received a letter from the boy's
mother, who is ribw residing in
Cass Lake and who had heard of
^her son's arrival in the camp,
asking that he be sent home.
The boy was not at all anxious to
go, but Mr. Bush insisted and
gave him a note to his wife in
Walker to procure trim a ticket
for Cass Lake, and he left for
home on Tuesday evening's
Round House Moved to Kelliher.
The Minnesota & International
round house has been removed
from Northome to Kelliher The
road made an agreement with
the people of the town thab if the
expense of moving the round
house would be borne by the
Kelliher citizens it would stop
the day accomodation at theplace.
The money was raised by.popular
subscription and in the bill filed
by the road for the' moving no
thing was omitted in the way of
expense. It is even said they
were compelled to pay for a joint
of stovepipe damaged in moving.
At Fort Sam Houston.
John Casey, a former well
known character of this city who
recently enlisted for cavalry ser
vice and was one of the first re
cruits to be shipped from Be
midji, writes his friends here
that he has been assigned to duty
atFort Sam Houston.San Antonio,
Texas. He likes army life, he
says, but he fears the govern
ment mules and horses more than
he does the Apaches and believes
the greatest, danger in being a
trooper at the present time lies
in this source.
To Take Charge of Store.
George Fleming, who has been
employed at the hardware de
partment of E. H. Winter & Co.'s
for some time past, has gone to
Mountain Iron, on the range,
where he will look over a hard
ware store, the management 3
which has been offered to him.
He is not yet decided whether he
will accept or not. Mr. .Fleming
is one of the best hardware men
in the city and has many Bemidji
friends who would regret to see
him leave the city.
W. F. Hilligbss, special agent
of the Great Northern railway,
and in charge of their timber
lands in this vicinity, yesterday
visited some of the company's
land in the town of Grant Valley
and found a wood camp in active
operation. The firm of Farris &
Hannah had been cutting there
for some time. Mr. Hilligoss re
plevined 40 cords of wood which
they had cut and piled from
Great Northern lands.
MRS. CHENARD IS
Woman Who Was Shot By
Her Husband Expires
HUS&AND HELD TO ANSWER
CHARGE OF MURDER
In Ltqur When the Fatal Shots
Were FiredCries Like
Child When Sobered.
Shortly after 10 o'clock yester
day, Mrs. Wm. Chenard, who
was taken to Duluth from Cass
Lake, with three bullet wounds
in her body, died from the effects
of the wounds at St. Luke's hos
pital. Mrs. Chenard was shot
by her husband in Cass Lake.
One bullet entered the abdomen
and the other two in her back.
An operation was performed yes
terday morning, but there was
little prospect that the woman
would live. Any ore one of the
three wounds might have proved
fatal, and the long ride on the
train in the bitterly cold weather
left her in a completely exhaust
The Cass Lake correspondent
of The Duluth Herald sent the
following account of the tragedy:
While under the influence of
liquor late Tuesday night, Wm.
Chenard fired three shots from
a revolver at his wife. The
woman was standing but a few
feet from the gun at the time it
was discharged, and all three of
the shots from the weapon took
effect in her body. Chenard and
his wife had charge of a house of
ill-repute on the south side of the
track, and Mrs. Chenard was the
landlady. It is sajd, that of late,
that Chenard had become vio
lently jealous of his better half,
and that he had taken to drinking
heavily. On Tuesday afternoon
he visited several saloons in the
village, and drank freely of
whisky. In the early part of the
evening he was over town with
his wife, and they left for the
house atabout 11 o'clock. It was
near the hour of midnight when
the shooting occurred. Chenard
and his wife were standing in the
middle of the dance hall of the
house, the former being exceed
ingly intoxicated. They had a
few words, when Chenard pulled
a gun from his coat pocket and,,
leveling it at his wife pulled the
trigger. She was facing him, and
the bullet struck her in the pit of
the stomach. She gave a loud
scream and started*for the door,
Chenard fired twice more before
the woman reached the door,
both shots struck her in the
lower part of the back. Mrs.
Chenard in spite of the fact she
was terribly wounded, ran into
another house close by and fell
to the floor. Drs. Rodwell and
Smeallie, village physicians,were
attending a sick woman in the
house at the time and they
dressed! Mrs. Chenard's wounds.
The police were called by tele
phone, and Chenard, who made
no attempt to escape, was arest
ed and taken to the village jail
and locked in a cell. He was so
intoxicated that he apparently
did not realize the seriousness of
the act he had committed. When
seen in the jail the next morning,
he was still confused from the
liquor and stated that he did not
mean to hurt anyone, and that he
was justshootingforfun,in order
to scare his wife. When he had
regained his sober senses hebegan
to understand what he had done
and cried like a child.
Chenard was confined in the
city jail at Cass Lake until the
woman's death yesterday when
he was arrainged and bound over
to the grand jury on a charge of
murder. He has been taken to
the Cass County jail at Walker.
To obtain the best and quickes
results, use the Daily Pioneer
Public School Children to Sing at
Opera House For Library
An entertainment is to be given
at the City Opera house in the
near future by the pupils of the
public schools for the benefit of
the school library fund. Several
choruses will be under rehearsal
next week and an evening's en
tertainment is promised that
will no doubt draw a large at
tendance. There are now about
four hundred volumes in the
school library and substantial
additions are proposed. The en
tertainment will be for the pur
pose of raising funds.
Blackduck Store Goes to Kelliher.
The Kelliher Mercantile com
pany, which has been operating a
large store at Blackduck for
somo time past, has moved its
headquarters to Kelliher. The
store was one of the largest in
Blackduck, but had a large pat
ronage in the vicinity of Kelliher,
and deemed the move advisaWe
A Stepper Conies to Town.
Hubbard Jr., Thos. Nary's six
year-old trotting horse, has been
bought by A. F. Crawford, of
Bemidji. The horse has a good
mark and has been entered at
several of the race meetings in
this section. He is a thorough
bred and undoubtedly one of the
finest piece of horseflesh in this
Died of Pneumonia.
The five-months-old child of
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Dudrey, who
has been quite ill for the past
week,'died this morning at 6:30.
The little one had been suffering
from pneumonia. The remains
will be taken to the home of the
family at Perham for interment.
Months of Toil in a Fruitless
Effort to Impeach Dunn's
STATE HAS SPENT $1,000 AND.-.passed
FOUND OUT NOTHING.
Reported Attempt to Forge an Un
John Barry, expert accountant
of Minneapolis, who spent seven
months as an assistant of Sam T.
Johnson, public examiner, in in
vestigating the records of the
state auditor's office during the
administration of Robert C.
Dunn, is not on the payroll of the
public examiner's office this
month, says the St. Paul Daily
He began June 1 at $100 a
month, and after Aug. 1 his sal
ary was raised to $150, so he re
ceived $950 for his services up to
P, M. Kerst, deputy public ex
aminer, has taken his place in
the inspection of the auditor's
Mr. Johnson says that Mr.
Barry has returned to Minne
apolis to take care of some regu
lar clients whom he has served
annually for a long time. Mr.
Johnson intimated that Mr.
Barry would return to the ser
vice of the state when his private
labors were finished.
Gossip at the statehouse, how
ever, has it that Mr. Barry re
ceived his walking papers uncer
emoniously and that he will not
According to the current talk
at the capitol, Mr. Barry refused
to sign a report which was drawn
MONEY ALWAYS CHEERFULLY REFUyDED|
Our jfemi-Annual Clear
ance Sale conies as a bless-
^sT to prepare for the vigorous
-^^L*~~'m|j weather. Take advantage
of it while you may.
$12 and $15 Suits and Over
coats reduced in price to
|P| $25, $22, $20 and $18 Suits
irand Overcoats reduced in
Boys' Clothing Reduced in Price.
FirsLVillage Election at Funkley
Wednesday Polls Forty
The new village of Funkley
held its first election of officers
last Wednesday. The election
off very Quietly.. Th^
election was not characterized
by any contests. The newly
elected officers took the oath of
oificeonthe evening of election
day. They are as follows:
PresidentM. H. Fisher.
TrusteesGeorge Dent, Gust
Weberg and Lewis LatterelL
RecorderH. P. King.
TreasurerG. H. Newton.
Justice of the PeaceL.- Lat-
terell and G. Dent.
ConstablesJ. T. Johnson and
up as showing the condition.of
affairs in the auditor's office.
The paper had been prepared by
Examiner Johnson and F. H.
Griggs, who has been assigned
as attorney for the public exam
iner, but it did not accord with
what Mr. Barry found.
Mr. Kerst is now looking for
what Mr. Barry in his seven
months' labor did not find.
Ill at Perham.
C. W. Baumbach, president of
the Lumbermens State bank of
this city, is ill at a private hos
pital in Perham, Minn., and will
be confined at the institution for
the next 10 days at least. Mr.
Baumbach was returning from a
trip to Crookston and vicinity
where he had been looking after
his interests when he was taken
ill. He has but recently been re
leased trom a Twin City hospital
where he took a course of treat
ment for a throat affection, and
through exposure suflered a re