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Wm. Blanchard,Well Known
in Bemidji, Commits a
SERVED AS CHIEF OF POLICE
UNDER MAYO DUDLEY.
Has Narrow Escape From Lynch
ing at Hands of Angry Mob in
According to a story received
in this city yesterday Win.
Blanchard,. who served as chief
of police in Bemidji under Mayor
Dudley, is guilty of the murder
of his wife at Swanton, Vermont,
about two weeks ago, and after
the terrible crime was committed
narrowly escaped lynching at the
hands of an angry mob of citi
Felix Fournet, of Crookston,
brings the information to this
city, and Mr. Pournet's account
is the first inkling of the affair
which has reached Bemidji.
Details are meagre, but it ap
pears that domestic trouble had
preyed upon the unfortunate
man's mind and prompted the
rash act which will probably cost
him his life.
Blanchard came to this city in
the early days and was for some
time employed in the woods in
this vicinity. He was appointed
chief of police under Mayor Dud
ley and served during all of his
first term and part of the second.
He was very reticent regarding
his past, and about two years ago
surprised his friends by stating
that he was a married man arid
had a wife and family of three
children living in the east. The
couple had then been separated
for seven years, and Blanchard,
when he left Bemidji, announced
his intention of returning to his
wife and family.
Since leaving he has quite fre
quently written to his friends
here, but all his letters were to
the effect that he was satisfied at
his old home and thathis domestic
relations were all that could be
Swanton is a small manufac
turing town in Vermont and had
been the early home of the family.
But little is known of his wife or
children here, and the news that
Blanchard committed the mur
der of his wife will occasion the
most profound regret and sur
prise to many Bemidji friends.
Many are disposed to doubt
the story,but Mr. Fuurnet claims
positive information. The crime
is said to have been the outcome
of jealousy and was committed
under the influence of intoxica
tion. Further details will be
awaited with interest.
Eagles to Have a Session.
The local aerie Fraternal Order
of Fagles have a regular meeting
tonight. The aerie will -consider
several new applications for
membership and other matters
of importance will be up. The
order has enjoyed a very rapid
growth this winter and has a
number of plans for the future
which will add to its popularity
and make it one of the strongest
of the local societies.
Died of Old Age.
Yesterday at the home of her
son about three miles south of
Wilton occurred the death of
Mrs. Z. Day, mother of Mrs. S.
N. Reeves of this city. Mrs.
Dav was seventy-nine years of
age and death was duo to a com
plication of maladies peculiar to
old age. She has not been in
good health for some time but
her death was quite sudden.
The funeral will be held tomor
row. Mrs. Day made her home
in Bemidji with her daughter,
Mrs. Reeves for some time and
is quite well known here. Her
death will be regretted by many
Sibley A Mover.
Dave McAllister, the genial
propretor of the Hotel Blakeley
at Farley, is in the city today re
turning from a visit to Bena and
some of the reservation logging
camps. Mr. McAllister spent
yesterday and last night at John
Sibley's camp on the reservation.
Mr. McAllister says it is one of
the best regulated logging
camps he has every visited. Mi-.
Sibley has has had seventy men
from the first of December and
will bank about seven million be
fore the close of the season. Per
fect discipline prevails at the
camp, not a man has quit his job
since the opening of "the season
and it is an ideal camp in every
Establish Agency Here.
Hans Nessne, of the Crookston
Marble Works, is in the city to
day. Mr. Nessne has been mak
ing Bemidji regular visits for
some time. The Crookston mar
ble works noAV has an agency
here and may in the near future
if the patronage warrants it open
up a branch manufacturing es
Sash and Door Factory Proposi
tion Will Be Laid Before
Citizens Monday Night.
Senator Swedback, who is tak
ing an active interest in the loca
tion of the sash and door factory
in Bemidji has arranged for a
mass meeting to be held at the
City liall tomorrow night which
will dispose of the matter in
some manner. The senator has
assurances of local support that
are highly encouraging and the
mass meeting will give the busi
ness public an opportunity to ap
preciate just what the sash and
door factory means to the city.
Men Laid Off.
As a result of the recent trip of
Supt. Howard to Crookston and
theinvestigations which followed,
three men on the Dakota division
were fired and one given a vaca
tion of sixty days. They were all
implicated in the recent Lcrigby
wreck. Conductor Willis was
given sixty da3rs'
his engineer, John Brooks, was
fired. Conductor Mewhirter. on
the other train which was
smashed up at Lengby, has also
lost his job, as has his engineer,
John Murray. As a result of
the wreck in the Carman yards
recently in which Brakeman C!uy
Carleton lost a limb, Conductor
Will Andrist and Engineer Watts
have also received their walking
papers, but it is understood that
Andrist stands a good chance of
Answers to AssanJt.
Jens Hanson, proprietor of the
Pioneer thirst parlor i in Judge
Reynolds courD this afternoon to
a ch .rge of assault preferred by
Donni. rough ton. rough ton
is the hot tamale man and the
altercation occurred early this
to any business man in the city for
$25 per month for 3 months.
We also supply stenographers with
a No. 6 Remington Typewriter.
The same offer holds good to business
men outside of Bemidji at $35 per month.
And in the end it don't cost as much
to have your work done at the
BAILEY CHAIRMA N
O CONVENTIO N
Beltrami County Man Pre
sides Over Congressional
STEVENS AND MARKEL ARE THE
Howard Dykeman, Wilkin County,
Makes Hard Fight But
The congressional convention
at Crookston this afternoon for
tne selection of delegates to the
Republican national convention
at Chicago selected Hon. A. D.
Stephens of Crookston and Amos
Markel to represent the Ninth
The convention was largely at
tended and a very enthusiastic
meeting. It endorsed President
Roosevelt and the^ime honored
principles of Republicanism and
was attended throughout by the
L. H. Bailey, of this oity, pre
sided as chairman. A. f). Steph
ens was the first delegate
selected. Mr. Stephens received
114 out of a possible 133 votes
and the delegation from Beltrami
and Clearwater counties were the
only ones to vote against him.
Amos Markel was chosen as
the second delegate over Howard
Dykeman, of Wilkin county, a
member of the state central com
mittee. Mr. Dykeman made a
hard fight for the place, but was
Says Its a Great Paper.
Hon. Alvah Eastman, one of
the ablest newspaper men in the
state and the present publisher
of the St. Cloud Journal-Press
pays the Pioneer a compliment
which it appreciates. Mr. East
man said: "The Bemidji Pioneer
is a wonder for its field a credit
to the town and one of the very
best papers we have in Minne
sota. Mr. Eastman has been in
the business a long time, has al
ways been connected with suc
cessful newspaper enterprises
and his opinions on. matters of
this kind are regarded as author
Takes Clark's Place.
H. L. West, who for some time
past has been connected with the
Bazaar store has taken a position
at McCuaig's and will succeed
Robert Clark, who goes to the
postofrice April 1, at the store.
Mr. West is an experienced sale
man, a very tasty window dresser
and will no doubt be popular with
the patrons of the Big store.
Smith a Delegate.
The First district congres
sional convention yesterday se
lected W. W. Heffelfinger and C.
A. Smith delegates to the Re
publican National convention.
Mr. Smith is the big Minneapo
lis lumbermau. who has large in
terests and many friends in this
section. His selection will be
gratifying to all.
Workmen to Organize,
Deputy Organizer, Olson, of
the A. O. U. W. is in the city and
will organize a lodge of workmen
here. There are quite a few mem
bers of the order here at present,
who are affiliated with other
lodges and Mr. Olson hopes to
start the local lodge out with a
Epworth League Entertainment.
The Epworth League will give
an entertainment at the M. E.
church at o'clock Friday even
ing. After a short program the
evening will be spent socially
with games, after which a light
lunch will be served. Admission
25 cents. Proceeds to apply on
The Retail Liquor Dealers will
give their second masquerade
ball tomorrow evening-. Music
will be furnished by the Bemidji
orchestra and four prizes will be
given for the best and most
amusing costumes. Supper will
be served by the Ladies of the
Enterprise circle at the old First
National bank building.
We Are Daily
making stttliifiS for people who have
been elsewhere for photographs and
have been disappointed botE iii Quality
and price. Slep in and see what we
can do for you.
Our studio is on tlie ground Hour, two
blocks north of the City Boat house, on
the lake front.
You is for Business,
M. J. MORSE,
The delegations elected yester
day at the county convention to
attend the congressional ar.d
state conventions left last night
and this mo ruing for Minneapolis
and Crookston. The Crookston
delegation left last night and the
Minneapolis bunch went over the
M. & I. this morning.
Subscribe for The Pioneer.
For hundreds of years our family
have been proud of our name, Leices
ter, claiming descent from the Leices
ter family whose best known repre
sentative was the favorite of Queen
Elizabeth. I was baptized Algernon
I was introduced to a girl whose name
I did not catch. If 1 had caught it I
doubt tbat I should so readily have fall
en in love with her. When 1 learned that
It was the singular and to ber entirely
Inappropriate name of Crosspatch I left
her for a week, at the end of which
time I caller! on her again, for I found
it impossible to drive ber out of my
"How did it happen," I asked her,
"that you, the perfection of amiability,
were born under such a name?"
"It is a corruption," she said, "of
Grossebach. The change came many
generations ago, and my grandfather,
who studied the family history, pro
fessed to have discovered that it was
made on account of the bravery of one
of our ancestors, a common soldier of
Cromwell's army, who in face of a gall
ing fire crossed a field or patch of
ground, carrying ammunition to a force
beleaguered by the Cavaliers. His com
rades dubbed him Crosspatch, and he,
being proud of his deed, retained it."
"Il'm!" I muttered to myself. "Doubt
less my ancestors were among the Cav
aliers who opposed the low bred Puri-
Despite ber name, 1 loved Miss Cross
patch so dearly tbat I could not give
her up, and, as my love was returned,
we became engaged. Besides my love
there was another reason for my mar-
riageI longed to regain some of the
social prominence for myself and my
descendants of the ancient Leicesters,
and Miss Crosspatch was possessed of
an enormous fortune left ber by this
same grandfather who had discovered
the origin of the name. After all. what
difference would it make? The wife as
sumes the husband's name, and she
and our children would be Leicesters
I had a fancy tbat the oldest son
should have for his surname his moth
er's family name, but in this case I
resolved tbat no son of mine should be
christened Crosspatch Leicester, ne
should be named for me, Algernon
Cecil. I would see that be inherited
the bulk of bis mother's fortune, and
in this way I would re-establish the
There was a brilliant wedding at
which I drank a trifle too much wine
and boasted that as one of our family
bad once been the favorite of a queen
now it would become the favorite of
the upper ten thousand of the United
States. We departed on our wedding
trip amid the usual shower of 'rice, and
on our return I settled myself down to
enjoy my newly acquired fortune. I
had been at home but a few days be
fore the solicitor for the Crosspatch
millions wrote me saying that lie would
like to see me in the city. I went to
bim and waa shown into bis private
"I have sent for you," he said, "that
a very important matter may be set
tledthe ownership of the Crosspatch
"My dear sir," I replied, "the proper
ty belongs to my wife."
"There is a condition attached to her
"A condition! What is it?"
"That her husband assume the name
of Crosspatch and the children if any
resulting from the marriage only in
herit under that name. Simon Cross
patch, having no children except your
wife's father, and be dying during her
infancy witli no other issue, left the
property to her with the above named
condition. He was very proud of the
manner in which the name originated
and desired to perpetuate the family
"And I," said I, "am desirous of per
petuating the family under the name
"The family can only inherit by as
suming the name of Crosspatch. Lii
case you decline to do so, the will
states that the property is to go to the
endowment of an institution to be
known as the Crosspatch university."
"My wife never told me this," I ex
"For the very good reason tbat her
grandfather stipulated in his will that
she was not to be informed of it except
through her husband. He desired not
to stand in the way of her marriage.
He preferred to leave it to her husband
to accept the terms or resign the for
tune. But In case you decline there Is
an annuity settled on her of 1,300 a
year to keep her from want."
I asked for the time allowed me by
the will in which to make my decision
and was informed that it was a month.
I was too much disgruntled to return
to my wife for a week, but by that
time had decided to accept the name
and the fortune. My wife, who was
and is amiability itself, bore with my
irritation and disappointment. I de
clared that I would break the will and
spent months trying to find a loophole
by which I could do so. Indeed I iiiiide
so much fuss that the matter gel out,
and it was commonly reported that
that ill natured Leicester was ill treat
ing Ills good natured wife, who de
served a better husband. Finally my
grumblings died away, and I peaceably
took possession of my wife's fortune.
And now I am known as old Cross
patch, my wife ns Mrs. Crosspatch, and
I have ten children all Crosspateh.es.
What we would do with such a name
were it not for our wealth and the pop
ularity of my wife and our sons and
daughters I don't know. As it is. all
except tue are known, respected and
beloved under the name of the Gross
JOHN JOUDAN VINCENT.
Solely trolling Bcmi
Stein-Bl and B.
Store open Monday.
DOW N TO GRIND
Grand ^Jury Returns Three
True Bills Since Opening
PETIT JURY ARRIVED THIS
MORNING AND IS SWORN IN.
John McGuain Pleads Tomorrow
Morning to a Charge of
The district court settled down
to grind this morning. The
petit jury which was summoned
for appearance today was sworn
in and the calendar taken up.
The prospective length of the
session will be hard to deter
mine. Judge McClenahan has
the reputation of being a worker
Famous Hats,new and
exclusive styles, ster
ling worth, at
$4 S & $4.50.
I W Hav Ha a Fire, but It's an
11 1 Win that Blows N On Good
of up-to-date DR GOODS principally new,
arrivals within the last few weeks, must
be sold regardless of cost.
and every effort will be made to
expedite the session.
No cases came up before the
court yesterday, most of the day
being given up to the jury, a
number of the jurymen not arriv
ing until the afternoon train. To
day three cases have been dis
posed of so far, and three indict
ments have been made and
turned in by the grand jury.
The first case to come before
the court was that of the Land,
Log and Lumber Co. vs. A. L.
God bout, in which the company
claims trespass. The case has
been before the court a number
of times before, a disagreement
of the jury resulting in each in
stance. On a motion by the
plaintiff it was placed at the foot
of the calendar. The next cases,
D.Dumas vs. C. Wright and C.
L. Kideer, was stricken from
The case of Michael Sullivan
vs. George Cook, in which the
plaintiff claimed damages for the
alienation of his wife's affections,
was dismissed in open court.
Damages for receiving pro-
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THE AFTERNOON RUSH.
perty under false pretenses are
claimed by Samuel W. Fisk
against J. J. Doran and the case
will be heard by Judge Spooner
at the present term of court.
The most important case be
fore the court so far is that of
John Enright vs. John W. Speel
man, both of Buena Vista, in
which the plaintiff claims dam
ages for false arrest and impris
onment. Enright had trouble
some.time ago with the town
authorities of Port Hope town
ship, which resulted in his arrest
and imprisonment, and claims
damages for bis injury. Mr.
Speelman, who is chairman of
the board of supervisors, swore
out the warrant, and is being
sued in his official capacity. The
Case was dismissed on motion of
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