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TOW N IS"CLOSED"
City Council Orders Suspen
sion of Gaining Houses
BIG EXODUS OF SPORTING FRA-
Order Effective at 2 O'clock This
Morning Closes all Resorts
Bernidji is a "closed" town to
day. Shortly after midnight last
night Chief of Police Bailey, act
ing under instructions from the
city council, visited the various
gambling houses and resorts
and notified them to suspend.
The order was received without
much protest and was promptly
obeyed by all whom it affected.
Gaming layouts were removed
from the saloons and put in stor
age and an exodus of the sporting
fraternity to greener fields and
pastures new has been going on
all day. A large contingent left
on the early morning trains for
the Twin Cities, a considerable
delegation went to Walker, an
other will go to Blackduck to
night and the close is the most
effective in the history of the city.
At the regular meeting of the
council last night the petition
which has been circulated by the
W. C. T. U. was presented to the
conncil. It bore about four hun
dred signatures. The council
was asked to close the places im
mediately. A somewhat lengthy
discussion, which was at times
decidedly sensational followed
and the meeting adjourned by
adopting a motion to the effect
thatjhe petition be received and
placed on file and that action be
taken at the earliest practical
moment. Mrs. Trask on behalf
of the W. C. T. U. withdrew the
petition before the motion could
The W, C. T. U. then with
drew and the council went into
executive session, the outcome of
which was the promulgation of a
general closing order.
The W. 0. T. U. committee had
intended to ask the county attor
ney' to close the places this morn
ing and in the event that he found
himself unable to do so the mat
ter was to be taken before the
governor and to the grand jury.
New Year's and Chop Suey.
Yesterday was the Chinese
New Year's and there was great
gladness in Chinatown last night.
Chop suey was on tap at the
Chinese restaurant and all the
celestials of the city gathered to
do honor to the occasion with
Sing Lee, proprietor of the place.
After the chop suey had been
disposed of the Chinese fiddles
were produced and there was
music by all the Chinamen pres
ent. Wednesday Al Lee and
Sam Wing leave for Minneapolis,
where they will attend the state
convention held annually by Min
Chapter Three Ready.
Chapter three of the proposed
charter of the city of Bemidji
will be ready for the charter
stenograpner tomorrow morn
ing. It is the second section
prepared and covers the duties
of village officers.
To the Public:
Kentucky Relatives of Charles
Frost Believe He Net With Foul
Play in Bemidji.
of Deeds Phibbs is in
receipt of a letter from Fred C.
Frost, of Platmouth, Kentucky,
asking for information regarding
his nineteen-year-old brother
whom he last heard from in this
vicinity in November, 1903. Mr.
Frost believes his brother has
met with foul play. He states
that he had a considerable sura
of money realized from the sale
of some land about three miles
from Bemidji. An investigation
of the records at the register of
deeds' office does not show any
recent transfer under the name
of Frost. No one in this section
seems to know anything of the
Bad Wreck on N. P.
A bad wreck occurred on the
Northern Pacific Sunday morn
ing about six miles from Grandin,
a small station a short distance
from Grand Forks. A freight
train became stalled in a snow
drift and one of the brakemen
was sent back to flag and wire
for a snow plow. He boarded
the plow when it came and started
back to the train, but misjudged
the distance and the rotary
crashed into the caboose, in
stantly killing Conductor Mongo
van and seriously injury Brake
man Cameron. Mongovan was
one of the oldest men on the line
and was employed as a trainman
on the old Brainerd & Northern,
when the road was first built.
Rev. Clark's Claim Contested.
Attorney D. H. Fisk went to
Blackduck last night to appear
today before the United States
commissioner in a contest case
started against the stone and
timber claim of the Rev. Allan
Clark, of this city. Mr. Clark
has lived religiously up to the
requirements of the laws and it
is a matter of regret to his many
friends that he is not allowed to
make final proof without this an
Van Praag Will Manage.
Alex Van Praag, the well
known traveling matt, is to man
age the Duluth base ball team in
the northern league this season.
Mr. Van Praag is an enthusiatic
fan and a sportsman who is well
known all over the state and his
many friends hope he may have
a successful season. A meeting
of the northern league officials is
being held in Duluth today and
among other things it will pro
bably decide the statusof Bemidji
so far as the northern league
games proposed for this city are
i Tendered a Surprise.
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Clark, who
for some time past have con
ducted the palace hotel at Black
duck and who are about to re
move to Iowa were tendered a
very pleasant surprise by their
many friends at. Blackduck last
night. The guests came pre
pared for an evening of genuine
enjoyment, ar.d they carried it to
a very successful realization.
Mr. and Mrs. Clark were much
Subscribe for The Pioneer.
BEMIDJI, Minn., Feb. 9, 1904.
During the past few months we have-
made more fine photographs than any other
gallery in Minnesota outsiiTe the big
cities. You are" cordially invited to
visit our new studio and see them.
REED'S ART STUDIO.
Moose and Deer Exhausted With
Severe Winter and Heavy
The deep snows of the present
winter make it one of the hard
est for years on deer and moose
in northern Minnesota. The deer
will come out of the rigors of the
winter weak and emaciated. The
same thing applies to moose, but
if anything they will be even
poorer than the deer.
Moose feed on swamp grass,
now buried, beneath two feet of
snow in most places, and on pop
lar sprouts and twigs. Before
they can get at this food it is
necessary for them to paw away
the snow. In the spring they
are often so weak they can walk
only with difficulty, and many
will die from tho unusual ex
posure, just as the range cattleof
Both deer and moose are fall
ing a frequent prey to bands of
timber wolves. Deer are com
paratively an easy prey, but the
hungry timber bandits encoun
ter an enemy worthy their mettle
when they assail a*monarch bull
moose. They are well aware of
this fact, and when they find one
that is weak from hunger they
dog his footsteps day and night
until he falls a prey to their con
stancy. In open a battle they
will kill a wolf with a single
stroke of their hoofs.
A cruiser for the Beltrami
Timber company recently came
upon a moose standing in the
middle of a small slough, knee
deep in the snow. At a safe and
conveniet distance arouud him
was a pack of eight wolves.
How long the moose had been
surrounded is a question. A
few shots from the woodman's
Winchester dispersed the band.
The moose was so weak that it
gained the shelter of the under
bush nearby with difficulty.
Man Who Writes "Thoughts on
Things" Advertises Bemidii
as Divorce Resort.
Ralph W. Wheelock whose
"Thoughts on Things," a daily
feature of the Minneapolis Trib
une, have gained him quite a
reputation in the northwest, has
this to say of Bemidji and the
divorce resort proposition:
An enterprising Bemidji attor
ney suggests through the Pion
eer of that town that its attrac
tion as a divorce resort should
receive more attention. He points
to the fact that there were 30
divorces in Beltrami county lasi
year and he doesn't sae why,
with judicious advertising, east
em divorcees should not "come
here in numbers that will exceed
the palmy days of either Grand
Forks, Fargo or Sioux Falls, and
litigation in the divorce line will
flourish like horseradish on a
sunny side hill.
John Switzer squatted on his
claim a few miles from Big Falls
after receiving assurances from
the Duluth office that the land
wa"vacant. When his town was
opened to settlement last month
he lerrned that his claim had
been scripped for years. If the
'Blackduck Times which tells the
following story is correct, Mr.
Switzer can still secure his orig
inal claim by amending his filing.
The Times says: "He has three
buildings on the land and consid
erable clearing and had made a
comfortable home and was nearly
crazed with grief after he found
the land was taken. He was in
formed at the Duluth office that
nothing could be done, but word
na way got to Washington
he officials telegraphed back
lie-would be entitled to his
tiling. But in his dispair and
desperation he filed on apiece of
swamp land adjourning his old
claim and did not know until too
late that he was entitled to his
IT IS PERMANEN
T. B. Walker Obtained Permits to
Load on Our Lakes During
the Coming Summer.
Mallard Call: Last week T. B.
Walker obtained a charter from
the state, granting him privilege
to put two hoists on Mallard lake
and two on Itasca lake for load
ing logs on the cars in summer.
Some have formed the impres
sion that the railroad will be
taken up, but it is a permanent
thing. The above mentioned
move on the part of Mr.' Walker,
is enough to convince the most
skeptical of its permanency.
More than that we are authori
tively informed that Walker &
Akely company have purchased
four hundred millions of pine on
the reservation near Mallard, and
that forty million feet of it will be
logged next winter, and the bal
ance, each succeeding winter un
til it is out. This will take at
part of the city south of Third
street will constitute one ward
and Beltrami and Irvine avenues
will be the dividinglines between
much of the outlyina: territory of
A Short Letter from Kansas.
Tredick & Co., of Kingman,
Kansas, write:We have known
Warner's White Wine of Tar
Syrup for a number of years.
It is a standard remedy and a
good seller, and where once tried
a steady customer is obtained.
For sale at City Drug store.
The charter commission com
mittee on ward divisions and
elections held a meeting last
night. The matter of dividing however, that Mr. Stoner is ex-
thecity into wards was discussed.' ceptionally well qualified for the
The plan of division which will position and so much pressure
probably be adopted will divide] has been brought to bear upon
the city into four wards. All the'him' from all classes of citizens
the other three. The ward be- haps none are better qualified to
tween Beltrami and Irvine be mayor of the city. He is one
avenues will probably include of the heaviest tax payers of the
city but represents also in a
$1 men's colored laundried shirts,
sizes 14 1-2 to 16 1-2, cut to
Short lines and discontinued lots
of 25c and 35c neckwear cut to
Odds and ends in men's 75c fleeced
lined,underwear cut to
WAN STONE O
Many Friends of the Popular
County Surveyor Urge Him
to be a Candidate.
UNDERSTOOD THAT MR. STONER
HAS GIVEN HIS CONSENT.
Would Make a Most Excellent
Mayor Representing all
Thus far candidates for mayor
have been very backward in de
claring themselves. Many names
haye been mentioned but no one
has consented to accept the posi
tion. Among those who have
been prominently mentioned is
M. D. Stoner, the popular
county surveyor. Mr. Stoner
has large business interests in
Bemidji and in other parts of the
county and has been loathe to
give up the time that it will b
necessary for a mayor of Bemidji
to devote to his public duties. It
has been felt in many quarters,
that he has finally consented to
stand as a candidate.
Few men in the city are more
popular than Mr. Stoner and per
peculiar degree the laboring
classes and under his administra
tion the various interests of the
city would be represented to a
degree which would not obtain,
perhaps, in the case of any other
of the numerous' availalbe can
The city is to be congratulated
1 he last week of our great
S A E
MEN'S FURNISHING S PRICED A MARVELOU S SAVINGS
CAMP S CLOSED
Winter's Cut at Hinchy's Camp
Near Tenstrike Is
John Hinchey's logging camp
which has been in about four
miles from Tenstrike and has
given employment to 100 men
ever since the opening of the log
ging season was closed down yes
terday after having completed
its winter's cut in the neighbor
hood of 4,000,000. It had one of
the most favorable seasons in.
years and the contract was fin
ished in much better shape than,
had been hoped for at the open
ing of the season.
Dan Rack's camp about a mile
and one half from Tenstrike will
be closed down some time this
week, having also completed its
winter's cut. The camps are the
first to suspend work in this
vicinity. that so acceptable and so capable
a man as Mr, Stoner has con
sented to run. Whether Mr^,
Stoner will have any opposition,
or not cannot be said at this time
but no one is at present willing
to declare himself a candidate.
Leap Year Club at Blackduck.
Blackduck young ladies have
organized a leap year club, ac
cording to reports which reach
this city. The members of the
organization are bound by an
oath when admitted to member
ship that before the end of the
present year they must make a.
proposal of marriage to at least
one eligible young man.
Free to All Ministers.
I will send one bottle of War
ner's White Wine of Tarthe
best cough remedy on earthfree
to all ministers who will recom
mend it to their friends after giv
ing it a fair trial. Address, Dr-
C. D. Warner, Coldwater, Mich.
For sale at City Drug store.
Schneider's clearance sale will
continue this entire week. W want
to begin the spring season with all
fresh and up-to-date goods.
A GREA PANT S SALE!
Actual $3, $2.75 and $2.50trousers
in worsteds, thibets, cassimeres
and cheviots in all sizes and all
manner of colorings, short lots and
odd lots from our
regular lines, all
AMAZING FLANNEL SHIRT VALUES
Over 20 varieties, representing most cele
brated makes and qualities, in plaids,
stripes and solid colors, plain fronts, corded
pants and double breasted styles with non
shrinkableneck bands, $1.50, $1.25 f&SZp
and $1 .values for.this sale cut to vHJv