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OPPORTUNITY OFFERED O
DEMONSTRAT E OU NORT
The proposed visit to this city of
Secretary of State, Julius Schmahl,
and State Immigration Commissioner
George Welch on Saturday, October
12th, is creating consideiable inter
est among the citizens of Bemidji
Representative J. J. Opsahl and
others ha\e been active in propos
ing this meeting, and the prospects
are good'for a rousing demonstration
in behalf of north-country develop
Yesterday, Mr. Opsahl received
the following letter from Mr. Welsh:
Will Use the Skating Rink and Are
Arranging for Some Good
Arrangements have been made
whereby the Bemidji basketball boys
will be able to use the skating rink
for the winter, and the work of
equipping the men and arranging
the schedule of games for the winter
is well under way.
According to present indications
there will be about fifteen games
played during the winter, and most
of these can be brought here, by
proper management. Several of the
neighboring towns are on the list, as
well as some of the fastest teams
this side of Minneapolis.
The team of last year played the
season through without losing a
game, and now claims the champion
ship of northern Minnesota, which
Trip to Be Taken From Bagley Through Country to Be-
midji.Immigration Commissioner and Secretary of
State Can See Wonderful Growth.
"St. Paul, Oct.- 4.
"Mr. J. J. Opsahl, Bemidji, Minn.
"Dear SirReplying to your
favor of the 2nd inst., will say, Mr.
Schmahl and I will be with you on
the trip from Bagley, October 12th.
"it may be possible we will have
Senator Cook of Wabasha county
with us, although that part is yet
unsettled. If he decides to go I will
write you as soon as I have received
"i will look forward with a great
deal of pleasure to the trip, as it will
give us a lot of valuable information,
and I would particularly like to have
Senator Cook with us, as it will open
the eyes of at least one of the south
ern senators as to the possibilities of
Thanking you very much for
THE BASKETBALL PAYERS
WILL HAVE STRONG TEAM
New, nobby styles in men's and young
men's shoes in both button and lace
patents and plain leathers just in.
Our Line of Work Shoes
is complete and from the $1.75 shoe to the
hand made Chippewa at $4 you will find
something suitable to your wants that will
wear and please you.
Hunting Boots, Drivers and Cruisers
A Complete Assortment of
Shoes and Rubbers
for both sexes and for all ages here
Bemidji Cash Shoe Store
i V-* &Vt
your kindness in this matter, I am,
Commissioner of Immigration."
In response to Mr. Welsh's letter,
Mr. Opsahl wrote the Immigration
Commissioner to the effect that he
was co-operating with Mr. Welsh
and Secretary Schmahl in making a
trip frfai Bagley to Bemidji, and
continued as follows:
"i bincere'y hope that you will
arrange to go to Bagley and also
go with us the next day for a drive
through a part of Clearwater county,
in the vicinity of the state park and
part of Hubbard county and thence
to Bemidji for supper on the even
ing of the 12th.
We are anxious to have you
officers see our northern country in
its true light, and to note what the
settlers are doing in the line of crops,
roads, etc.," and also to observe the
conditions of the cut-over wild lands,
as to what they are in the natural
state, after the pine is removed, and
also what they can be made into by
the intelligent farmer.
We shall show you over as much
territory as possible, Saturday, but
we would be greatly pleased if your
party could spare more time so as to
see more of the country."
No definite arrangements have at
this writing been made in connection
with the proposed meeting, but steps
will at once be taken to make the
meeting a success.
Wan en has heretofore held, as that
team was repeatedly challenged, and
for some unknown reason always
refused to meet our boys, probably
because they did not wish to partake
of the "lemons" handed out to the
teams that did meet Bemidji. War
ren will very soon receive another
challenge which will mean play or
'forever hold their peace."
With the exception of one man,
the last years team will be intact,
and the acquisition of three or four
very promising new players will un
doubtedly make the squad stronger
The skating rink will make the
best kind of a hall to play in, and
the sport loving inhabitants of our
city will have an opportunity to
enjoy to the full the most popular
winter game of recent years as well
as of rooting for a winning home
team, if the present outlook is
The rink, when finished, is to be
lined with steel and will be warm,
and every spectator will be able to
see all the plays, as its arangement,
gives a seating capacity of 300
VOLUME 5, NUMBER 143. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 7, 1907.
Since the sentence of death was
passed upon Martin D. Munn and
Peter Mathieson, last Saturday
afternoon, both have been confined
in the same cell in the northwest
corner, on the second floor of the
Beltrami county jail.
A watch has been placed to care
fully guard the cell and this watch
will be maintained, at all hours of
the day and night, until the time set
for the execution of tbj condemed
men, or until they may have been
reprieved or granted a new trial and
subsequently freed or given a lighter
To Julius Dahl and Andrew John
son has been assigned the duty of
watchmen. Each will take his regu
lar hours as watchman, eight-hour
After sentence was passed on
Munn, he gradually broke down,
and when taken from the court room,
he grew weaker. As he entered the
door of the jail, he collapsed and
was carried to his bed in the cell,
where he lay until a late hour Satur
day night, sobbing and moaning,
being unable to eat any supper.
Since Saturday night, however, 1
has braced up" somewhat, and is
Mathieson's actions are entirely
differenr*from those of Munn. The
man who was sentenced to hang on
the charge of killing Johanson was
of the best seats. It aslo gives
ample room for the players, and has
a much better floor for ball playing
than the City Hall floor, making it
certain that the game will be played
at its very best.
Music will be furnished and the
skating will go on as usual, up till
the time to call the game.
"A Country Kid,"
"A Country Kid," H. B. Whitta
ker's successful drama, comes to the
City Opera House, Tuesday evening,
The play deals with life as seen in
small Indiana towns and is said to
be one of strong morals and an inter
esting plot, enlightened by better
dialogue than is usually found in the
ordinary run of comedy dramas. It
will be made notable by some pretty
stage pictures and will be inter
preted by a company of well known
actresses and actors in their particu
lar line of work. Wm. Zuhn, who
assumes the title role has at once
jumped to the front rank of success
ful stars. Since its initial perform
ance the play is said to have met
with favor in all of the cities visited
and will doubtless duplicate what
ever measure of success it has had
Isewhere when it is seen here. Al
ready many theatre praties are got
ten up and this attraction promises
to be one of the theatrical treats of
In presenting "A Country Kid"
this season, Mr. Whittaker has
spared neither expense or pains to
make the production more preten
tious than ever before. It is today,
without doubt, the best play of its
kind en tour. Patrons of the City
Opera House will make no mistake
when they purchase tickets, as the
company appears under a positive
guarantee of satisfaction or money
Baptist Annual Business Meeting.
This eveninng the Baptist church
will hold its annual business
meeting. Supper served from
6:00 to 7:00 p. m. All the
members and congregation of the
church are cordially invited to
attend. Business transacted after
THE BEMIDJI DAILY PIONEER.
MATHIESON COMPOSED MUNN
COLLAPSED, AFTER SENTENCE
Both Men Confined in Same Cell at County Jail.Watch has
Been Provided, as Ordered by CourtTerm Adjourned
composed after being taken back to
his cell, and beyond crying for a
few moments, appeared to be but
little affected by the seriousness of
his condition. He eats regularly
and heartily, and one would never
think that the innocent-looking in
dividual who is a cell mate of
Munn was condenned for murder in
the first degree.
After Judge McClenahan had pro
nounced sentences on Peter Mathie
son and Martin S. Munn, Saturday
afternoon, he adjourned all jury
cases for the term until December
31st, when the balance of the cases
will be taken up and disposed of.
There will probably be a term in
chambers before December 31st, to
dispose of other court matters than
the jury cases.
Judge McClenahan will preside at
the term of court for Koochi
ching county, beginning October
15th, at International Falls. This
will be the first term of court for the
new county of Koochiching, and
promises to be quite an extended one.
Among other matters which will come
before the grand jury at the Koochi
ching county term of court will be
the case of the state vs. James
Godatte, who is bound over to the
grand jury on the charge of having
killed a colored man at Big Falls,
two months ago.
The term of court just closed in
WALTER HARRIS FUNERAL
Remains Brought to Bemidji Yesterday
Afternoon.Funeral from Resi
dence of J. 0. Harris at 2.
"We saw not the lift of the curtain.
Norneard the invisible door.
As he passed where life's problems, uncertain
Will follow and vex him no more.
We linger and weep on the thieshold
The threshold each mortal must cross
Then we lay anew wreath down upon it,
To mark anew sorrow and loss
The news of the death of G. W.
Harris (known familiarly by his
friends as "Walt") came over the
telephone wires Saturday afternoon,
as a shock barbed with pain and
Walter Harris had many friends
in this north countryin fact, all
his acquaintances classed him as be
ing one of their very best friends,
and when a later telegram announced
that the body of the deceased would
arrive in this city Sunday afternoon
from Superior, accompanied by his
two brothers, J. O. Harris of this
city and John Harris of Superior,
everyone who had known him ar
ranged to meet the train.
A delegation from the local lodge
of Elks (of which J. O. Harris is a
member) met the train and the"pall
bearers were taken from the Elks
who were personal friends of Walter
Harris in his lifetime. Elegant floral
offerings were strewn on the coffin,
which was taken from the train and
borne to the waiting hearse and
taken to the home of his brother, J.
O. Harris, 1206 Dewey avenue.
Walter G. Harris was born in
Calles, Maine,, thirty-four years ago
on the 19th of this month. In his
early years he followed the vocation
of a woodsman, the industry of that
time of the section in which he was
At an early age he came west and
spent the best years of his manhood
in Wisconsin and Minnesota, coming
to this state in 1902, engaging in
the hotel business at Tenstrike with
his brother, and had the personal
management of the Hotel Richards
there until last winter, when the
hotel was destroyed by fire.
The only relatives Walter Harris
this city has been a remarkable one,
in many ways. There have been
many complicated matters brought
before the court for consideration,
and Judge McClenahan's patience
and nerve have been severely tried.
There have been two long murder
trials, in both of which the juries
returned a verdict of guilty of mur.
der in the first degree.
It is doubtful that if, in the history
of the state, it has ever fallen to the
lot of any judge of a district court
to be compelled to pronounce sen
tences on the same day to two men
who have been convicted of the
charge of murder in the first degree.
That Judge McClenahan broke
down while pronouncing sentence
on Munn, Saturday, is not to be
wondered at, as he alone knew the
nerve-racking ordeal through which
he would have to pass.
Few who witnessed the sentenc
ing of Munn and Mathieson will
never forget the dramatic scene on
that occasion, and when the con
demned men were removed from
the court room, there was evidently
a loosening of the nervous tension
to which every one present had
been subjected for nearly an hour.
Judge McClenahan is to be con
gratulated on the thorough manner
in which he conducted the term of
court just closed here.
had in this neighborhood is his
brother, J. O. Harris, who is register
of deeds of this county, and a
brother living in Superior. His
father and mother and three other
brothers as well as two sisters who
live at Portland, Oregon, will be
unable to be present at the funeral,
which will be held tomorrow after
noon at 2 o'clock from the residence
of J. O. Harris, 1206 Dewey avenue.
Interment will be made in Green
wood cemetery, Rev. Fr. O'Dwyer
of the St. Phillip's Catholic church
With a heavy heart we would drop
a tear to the memory of G. W.
His death has brought the cup of
sorrow to the lips of relatives and
His was a heart of gold. He was
one of nature's noblemen in its
truest sense-brave, generous, manly.
He was the soul of honor, and his
friends and friendships were sacred
To the broken-hearted mother,
sister and brothers, who sit in sor
row where his footsteps will never
again find echo, we extend the sym
pathy of one who knew and ad
mired him as a strong and true
friend. When they have drained
the cup, may the peace that passeth
all understanding come to them
from One who cares for each little
sparrow that falls.
Buys Wonzor Shop.
A deal was completed today
whereby M. C. Longballa purchased
the J. Au Wonzor barber shop, 308
Beltrami Ave., and has taken pos
session of the same.
Mr. Longballa has been employed
in the city for some time and is con
sidered an excellent barber. He
will devote his entire time to his
work and has already commenced
some improvements and will build
an addition to the shop of pressed
stone and the inside to be finished
with steel sheeting, i
Thee Wonzor, who has had charge
of the shop for some time will retire
from the shop and will devote most
of his time to taking care of his
father, who is quite feeble with
Much interest is being taken loc
ally in the forth-coming Clearwater
County fair, which will be held at
Bagley on Next Thursday, Friday
and Saturday, October 10-11-12.
L. Jensen of Bagley, president of
the fair association, has been nntir
ing in his efforts to make the fair a
success, and he has been assisted
by valient work on the part of the
memhers of the Bagley commercial
A splendid program has been
arranged, including some very good
speeches every day of the fair.
Arrangements have been made
which insure some very fine exhibits
of dairy and agricultural products,
livestock, vegetables of all kinds,
poultry, fancy work, not to mention
"the go ahead citizens" of Bagley,
who are "boosters" of the 33rd
degree, and who will also be on
exhibition, and at the services of
the visitors at the fair.
President Jensen says of the fair:
We have no fast horse races to
show you, but we will have a good
stock exhibit, and we will tell you
INCREASE IN PENSION
POSTOFFIGE AT REDBY
Congressman Steenerson Tells of
Official Notification of Department
Orders from National Capital.
Anton Erickson of this city has
received notice from Congressman
Steenerson of Crookston. as fol"
"Mr.Steenerson has been officially
advised that the claim for pension
of William A. Oakley of Bemidji,
Minnesota, formerly of Co. A., 55th.
111., has been allowed at $15.00 a
month. This is under the age pen.
sion law, passed Feb. 6, 1907,which
grants soldiers 62 years of age a
pension of $12 those over 70,
$15.00 and those over 75, $20.00.
Mr. Erickson has also been notified
by Mr. Steenerson that the officials
of the postoffice department at Wash
ington have granted the petition for
the establishment of the postoffice
at Redby, the terminus on Red Lake
of the M., R. L. & M. railway, in
Beltrami county. The officials also
informed Mr. Steenerson that W. O.
Newman has been appointed post
master at Redby, in accordance
CLEARWATER COUNT FAIR
A BAGLEY OCT. 10-11-12
Prominent Speakers Will Be Present, and There Will Be
Fine Exhibits.Bemidji Should Send a Large Dele
gation to Bagley During the Fair.
FORTY CENTS PER MONTH
about the good points, and show us
all what to breed for. He will also
lecture on dairy and other agricul
You will also have a chance to
hear and meet with your representa
tive of congress, the Secretary of
State, the State Immigration Com
is i on and Senator A. D.
The Commercial club rooms will
be at the disposal of the ladies and
children from the country, during
the three days of the fair."
Addresses will be delivered by
prominent men as follows:
Congressmen Halvor Steenerson,
Thursday, October 11th Secretary
of Stare, Julius Schmahl, State Im
migration Commissioner, Welch,
Friday State Senator Stephens of
Crookston, and A. J, McGuire of
Grand Rapids, superintendent of the
state northeast experiment station,
Arrangements are being made for
a large delegation from Bemidji to
attend the Bagley fair on at least
one day, and probably two, Thurs
with the recommendation of Mr.
Steenerson, the appointment having
been first advised by Mr. Erickson.
Three Months' work.
During the quarter ending Sep
tember thirtieth, the New York Life
Insurance Company paid about nine
million dollars in death losses, en
dowments, annuities and tontines.
The number of claims was 4100.
Th^-death losses ,alone- were over
The famous "Kilties Band" at
Grand Opera house Monday eve.,
Oct. 7. Tickets on sale at Barker's
Additional local matter will be found
on fourth page.
Program for Kilties Band.
1. March"Buffalo" Brook
2. Overture"Zanetta" Auber
Hon. Pipe Major Angus Fraser.
4. Concert Waltz"Wedding of the
Mr. Angus Fraser.
Selection from' Gioconda" Ponchiello
Selection"Scotch Airs" Kappey
The "Kilties" Dancers.
Scenes from "The Tattooed Man" Herbert
The "Kilties" Choir,
Cb) "Bells of St. Malo" Rimmer
We notice there is one thing the people of Bemidji are
particular about and that is theflourthey use.
For that reason we sell only the best. By the best
It has many superior qualities and is not made to com-
pete with any flourit is in a class by itselt and is an
exceedingly pure atd wholesome flour. We reach this
conclusion by the many testimonials of praise our cus-
tomers give us for bringing to the Bemidji market so
good a flour as
We have the exclusive sale of this flour
ROE $ MARKUSEN
Mr. Angus Fraser.
13. "American Fantasia" Herbert