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VOLUME 5. NUMBER 207.
Last night's meeting of the local
lodge of Elks was of more than
ordinary interest, as a class of six
candidates were initiated as members
of the order, and incidentally there
was "something doing" all the even
The "victims" who "took their
medicine" unflinchingly were E. R.
Dampier of Akeley, county attorney
of Hubbard comity E. R. Bell, a
prominent business man of Akeley
Dr. Setwart of Baudette Scott
Stewart of this city George C.Boone
of International Falls and A. A.
Goodrich of this city, the general
manager for the Carpenter-Lamb
The "goat" had not been in
action since Dr. Palmer took his,
and the latter gentleman was on
hand, prepared to assist in handling
the unruly cuss, should Exalted
Ruler Decker need assistance.
Attorney Dampier "stood pat"
Eve Store Will Be
Open Until 10
SIX CANDIDATES TAKEN
INTO ELKDOM LAST NIGHT
Initiatory Ceremonies Duly Impressive.Dr. Stuart
Openly Reveals Secret Encounter With the Goat.
Flashlight Photo of "Doc" and "Whiskers."
E. R. Bell Got It All
through the whole ceremony and
gave evidence, from the first re
quirement, that he will make a
strong member of the order, although
he balked at one stage of the game.
The other members of the class
passed through the ordeal nicely.
In fact, Dr. Stewart is enthusiastic
over the reception given him and
this morning the doctor handed in
the followiug communication con
cering his first interview with the
male member of the goat family
that officiates at the Elk meetings:
"This degenerate of the sheep
tribe is at once useful and obstinate.
It is the worst thing you can say
of a person, when you describe him
as being as obstinate as a goat,
because there is nothing upon the
earth half so contrary or mean.
There is nothing more exasperating
to human kind. My friends
invited me to ride a goat last night,
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O'LEARY & BOWSER
desirable Gifts in this department.
LADIES' COATS AND FURS
can buy seasonable presents at a
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erything from a top to a steam engine.
ment of China and Cut Glass. You'll find many
Mocha Gloves $1.25 to $1.75 Kid Gloves $1,00 to $2.00
For the Men and Boys
25 per cent off. $30 garments now $22.50. $25 garments now
$18.75. $20 garments now $15. $15 garments now $11.25.
$12 garments now $9. $10 garments now $7.50. $5 garments
now $3.75 i
THREE BEMIDJI YOUTHS
FIRE THE ROSBY DEPOT
Charles Clark, Edward and John Ber
rigan Will Be Tried on Serious
Edward and John Berrigan and
Charles Clark, three youths of this
city whose ages range from 16 to 18
years, were this morning taken to
Park Rapids in the custody of
Special Agent Britt, of the Great
Northern railway, to be arraigned
before a justice of the peace at that
place on the charge of having com
mitted a felonysettihg fire to the
Great Northern depot at Rosby.
Young Clark and the two Berrigan
boys went to Rosby Tuesday night
and, after getting off the train at
that place, entered the depot, which
is never locked, and staid in the
building all night. Wednesday
morning the boys broke all the win
dows in the depot building and after
hunting about for more mischief to
do, the oldest Berrigan boy, at the
suggestion of Clark, placed some
paper in a hole in the wall of the
building, throwing a live coal from
the stove into the papers.
After the boys had seen that the
papers became ignited from the coal,
and that the flames would undoubt
edly get such headway that they
would destroy the building, they
started up the track on their return
Several people at Rosby noticed
the flames coming out of the depot,
and by concerted efforts the build
ing was saved from entire destruc
tion, but not before a considerable
portion of the interior was badly
Word was sent to Cass Lake and
Bemidji concerning the fire, and
Store Will Close
All Day Christmas
on devoted en- secti
show a large assort
to Children's Gifts. Ev-
part of store.
In this department you
Kid Cloves for a few
days, but just received a shipment.
Overcoat, or Pair of
Trousers in the store at a discount of
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, FRIDAY,|JVENING, DECEMBER 20, 1907.
Special Agent Britt, who was in Cass
Lake, went to Rosby and made an
investigation. Hp came to Bemidji
Wednesday and jirrested the Berri
gan boys and young Clark. The
special agent gave the boys a
gruelling examination, with the
result that they confessed having
set fire to the depot.
The young incendiaries were taken
to Park Rapids this morning and
tried for the offense they committed.
Mr. Jones of Minneapolis bought
a McDougall kitchen cabinet for his
wife's Christmas present several
years ago and they lived happy
ever after. You can find the Mc
Dougall cabinet at The Bargain
Ike Black, the traveling represen
tative for the Kelly-How-Thomson
Hardware company of Duluth, left
this morning for Duluth on his
end-of-the-year visit to his "parent"
house. Mr. Black will go from
Duluth to the twin cities, where
Mrs. Black is visiting. Mr. and
Mrs. Black will return to Bemidji
some time,after the first of the new
year. ODD FELLOWS WILL HAVE
A BIG MEETING TONIGHT
Grand Master Shearer Will Be Present
and There Will Be Work in
The members of the local lodge of
Odd Fellows are anticipating no
little pleasure at the meeting of the
lodge which will be held this even
ing, when Mr. Shearer of Maekato,
grand master of the Grand Lodge,
I. O. O. F., of Minnesota, will make
an official visit to Bemidji.
The Bemidji lodge I. O. O. F.,is
one of the strongest Odd Fellow
lodges in north-central Minnnesota,
and the work of* the local degree
team in exemplifying the various
degrees is a matter of pride to all
members of the lodge. It is the
intention,to initiate four new mem
bers this evening and also give the
first degree work to a class of six
It is more than likely that the
business session will be supplemented
by a social session and a "heap big''
All members of the local lodge as
well as all visiting Odd Fellows are
earnestly requested to attend the
meeting this evening.
BROTHER OF W. P. WELCH
IS DEAD AT BRAINERD
J. H. Welch, Well Known in This City,
Succumbed to Fever Last
J. H. Welch, brother of W.
Welch of this city, died at St.
Joseph's hospital at Brainerd yester
day evening of typhoid fever.
The news of the death of Mr.
Welch was conveyed in the message
received by his brother here last
night. Mr. Welch left for Brainerd
this morning to take charge of the
funeral and burial of the body of his
brother, and the body will undoubt
edly "be taken to Grand Forks, N.
D., for interment.
J. H. Welch, who was 50 years
old, was born at Holton, 111. He is
survived by his wife and a daughter,
who reside at Minneapolis.
J. H. Welch was well known in
Minnesota, North Dakota and the
northern part of Wisconsin. He
has for several years acted as an
organizer of lodges for, several
fraternal orders, including the Mac
cabees and the 'Woodmen, and he
has made many friends throughout
The deceased was very well known
in Bemidji, having visited in this
city many times during the past
five years. He wrs frugal and in
dustrious and his genial disposition
made him universally popular. &
Sincere sympathy is extended do
the wife and daughter of the de
ceased and especially to W. P.
Welch, brother of the deceased,
THIS CITY CAN HAVE A
"MILITARY COMPANY, IF-
Adjutant General Bert Wood Insists on
Certain Conditions Before Allow
If the city of Bemidji will provide
and maintain suitable quarters, and
you can give me assurances that there
will be enough interest taken in the
organization,that it will at all times
have an active membership, I will
consider favorably, an applica ion
for membership in the Minnesota
National Guard by mustering into
the service a company organized
Such was the answer given by
Adjutant General Bert Wood, at St.
Paul, Wednesday, when asked by A.
G. Rutledge of this city if there was
a possibility that ^Bemidji could
secure one of the new companies
that will be n.usteied into the
Continuing, Major Wood said:
We want to be certain that a
company once stationed in your city
will be permanently sustained. It
costs about $6,000 to equip, arm and
uniform a company, and we cannot
be censured for insisting that this
valuable paraphernalia is properly
taken care of and sufficient interest
manifested to insure the permancy
of the organization.
'Whoever" might be chosen as
captain of a company located at
Bemidji would find the position to
be anything but a 'snap.' The
captain must be a wide-awake person,
who will take sufficient pride in his
work to keep his company at all
times filled with the required number
of men, who should be well drilled
and their condition such as to be in
readiness for an official inspection at
Talk the matter over among
yourselves and if you can assure me
of the fulfillment of these require^
ments, I will be pleased to consider
Miss Alvina Weidiger and her
sister, Miss Emma Wiediger, came
over from their home at Park Rap
ids yesterday and spent last night
in the city.
Rev. Frank Higgins, the 'lumber
jacks sky-pilot", arrived in the city
last evening. He has but recently
returned from an extended trip
through the lumbering camps as a
missionary of the Lumbermen's
Evangelistic Council. Asked re
garding his work, Rev. Higgins
"l am glad to speak regarding
our work in the lumbering camps.
I now say oursf-for I am pleased to
say it is no longer a local work, but
a work that is fast spreading over
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LUMBERJACK SKY PILOT
TELLS OF WORK IN CAMPS
Rev. Frank E. Higgins Writes Concerning Enlarging of the
Work Which He Started, and Which Is Now Almost
National in Character.
REV. F. E. HIGGINS,
The "Lumberjack Sky Pilot"
FORTY CENTS PEB MONTH
all the states, where logging is car
ried on. As many readers of your
paper well know, for a number of
years I was alone with my assistants,
trying to do some good for the men
of the forest.
I now often think of the difficul
ties and obstructions I had to over
"First there was a prejudice on
the part of many of the logging
firms, who did not understand my
plans. Many thought it would dis-
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