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At the convening of the court of
investigation, this morning, it was
found necessary to adjourn until 1
o'clock this afternoon.
The adjournment was necessitated
by the fact that P. J. Russell, at
torney for Messrs. Wright and Sib
ley, is trying a case in the district
court and could not be present at
the hearing this forenoon.
The examination of the charges
filed by Anton Scheaffer, public
examiner, against F. O. Sibley, A.
W. Danaher and Wes Wright, mem
bers of the board of county com
missioners of Beltrami county, was
commenced shortly before noon
Saturday. Assistant Public Exam
iner M. F. Kain conducted the
examination together with Assistant
Attorney General L. A. Smith who,
as adviser to the governor, is seeing
that the evidence is properly brought
E. E. McDonald appears as attor
ney for A. W. Danaher and P. J.
Russell as attorney for Wes Wright
and F. O. Sibley.
In addition to the personal testi
money given their defense, F. O.
Sibley and Wes Wright have each
filed separate answers to the charges
as made by the public examiner's
F. O. Sibley, in his answer,
admits that in the year 1908 the
amount levied for the revenue fund
was #33,000 and that the expendi
tures of the board exceeded that
amount, giving as his reason that
the sum of $33,000 was not a suffi
cient amount to defray the expenses
of the county.
He alleged that the district court
expenses far exceeded the amount
apportioned for that fund.
Regarding Count 2 Mr. Sibley
denied the allegations therein con
tained, stating the sum of $1*5,000
was levied for road and bridge"
purposes and in addition thereto
there was the sum of $2,425 appor
tioned by the State of Minnesota to
Beltrami county for that purpose
(Chapter 405, Laws of 1907).
Answering Count 3, Mr. Sibley
admitted that no such statement as
required by the statute had been
made, alleging that he was not aware
of the existence of such a law. He
further stated that during the three
terms he has served as county com
missioner he has never been advised
by the county attorney or county
auditor that such was the law, alleg
ing further that he presumed this
was the duty of the public exmamin
er's office, or their deputies.
Mr. Wright in his separate answer,
stated that he has been a resident of
Beltrami county since its organiza
tion, twelve years ago, and that nine
of these years he has been county
commissioner from the first com
missioner district, that he has seen
the county struggle for existance
when its revenue by taxation could
not, by law, exceed $12,000 per an
num, and this at a time when the
county had not a mile of fairlv pass
able road, no court house, no jail, or
public buildings, though it had a
set of county officers to pay and an
annual term of district court to main
Mr. Wright admitted that the
taxes extended in the year 1908 for
the county revenue fund amounted
to $33,000 and that the expenditures
of the board and the pecuniary lia
bilities incurrrd from the different
sources amounted to more than that,
but alleges, most emphatically, that
such excess expenditures were in
curred only after the most persistent
demands therefor from the people
of the different commissioner dis
tricts. He alleged that no other
county officer is so frequently con
fronted with problems and situations
which call for judgment along the
OFFICIA EXAMINATIO N
IS NEARIN COMPLETIO N
Temporary Adjournment Was Necessary, This Forenoon,
Because of Case in Court Necessitating Absence of*
Attorney Russell.Good Progress Made.
line of expense. He alleged that
half the homestead lands in this
county have not yet been proved up
and are not taxable neither are the
owners paying any taxes that the
assessed valuation of the county is
Mr. Wright alleged that the pres
ent bond issue will take up the out
standing indebtedness and that
those who now have homesteaded in
the county will in the fifteen years
(the time which these bonds run)
pay their porportionate share of the
improvements of Beltrami county
for its public buildings, roads and
bridges. He denied that the board
exceeded its authority on expendi
tures on the road and bridge fund,
and the amount used was a trifle
less than the appropriation.
Answering the third charge Mr.
Wright states that the board did not
examine the accounts and vouchers
of the auditor and treasurer and
make a written statment required by
law, but alleges further that the re
cords in the auditor's office, back to
the organization of the county, show
no such reports to have ever been
made or filed by the county board,
that no loss or injury to the county
or the people therein has beem
shown by such failure or neglect of
the county board.
County Auditor Wilmann was
called as the first witness on behalf
of the commissioners and stated that
the revenue fund January 1, 1908,
was overdrawn $110,122.27, that
during that year there was collected
from all sources and placed to the
credit of the revenue fund $3,408.21,
that on December 31 of that year
the outstanding warrants issued
against the revenue fund amounted
to $131,036.90 that at their meet
in July, 1907, the commissioners
levied for use of the revenue fund
$41,400, that owing to the 5-mill
levy limit but $30,194.01 of this
amount was actually extended and
placed on the tax list.
E. E. McDonald, attorney for A.
W. Danaher, imposed an objection
to any testimony being taken on
this count, for the reason that, owing
to the number of appropriations
fixed by law and over which the
commissioners had no control what
ever, it was utterly impossible for
the commissioners to comply with
this statute, and the fact that the
funds were overdrawn on this show
ing, the charge did not state the
fact sufficient to constitute mal
feasance in office on the part of the
Mr. Russell, on behalf of Mr.
Wright and Mr. Sibley, imposed
further objection and stated that
they were charged with spending
the 1908 tax levy, which in fact,
should have been in 1907.
The commissioner overruled this
Mr. Wilmann again took the stand
and stated that the collections of
back taxes during the year of 1908
amounted to $1559.87.
Saturday afternoon the state,
together with the respondents, made
careful examination of the 1998
financial statement and found that
of $53,547.90 expended out of the
revenue fund $44,479.28 was fees,
salaries and expeditures fixed by law
and over which the board had no
control whatever, leaving the small
sum of $9,068.62 worth of claims
which the board were required to
pass upon, the several items being
Miscellaneous justice court ex
Books, blanks and stationery,
Court house and jail (material and
Sundry miscellaneous expenses,
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VOLUME 7. NUMBER 95. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, MONDAY EVENING, AUGUST 9, 1909.
6AS0LINE FIRE CAUSES
NEARLY FATAL RESULTS
Gasoline Had Leaked in V. L. Ellis'
Launch.Was Ignited, and Five
Through the igniting of fumes
of escaping gasoline from the
tank in the gasoline launch owned
by V. L. Ellis, last evening, Mr.
Ellis and the other occupants of his
boat narrowly escaped being burned
to death, and but for the cool pres
ence of mind of Mr. Ellis and his
prompt action, it is certain that at
least one person would have perished.
As it was, Miss Beulah Brannon was
quite severely burned, as was also
the little baby daughter of Mr. Ellis.
Mr. Ellis had filled the large tank
in his boat at 5 o'clock in the after
noon and he states that he probably
spilt about a quart of gasoline in
the boat while filling the tank.
Another party in an adjoining stall
had also filled the tank in his boat
and the boathouse had become
pretty well surcharged with the
fumes from the gasoline.
Mr. Ellis, accompanied by his
wife and two little daughters, and
Miss Beulah Brannon, went to the
boat house, shortly before 7 o'clock
last evening, for the purpose of tak
ing a ride on Lake Bemidji. All
were seated in the boat, and as the
engine did not start readily, Mr.
Ellis unscrewed the spark plug to
look at the igniter. There was a
sudden sheet of flame which envel
oped Mr. Ellis and started fire on
Miss Brannon's clothing.
The rush of the flames knocked
Mr. Ellis down, but with great pres
ence of mind, he grabbed Miss Bran
non and threw her into the lake
thereby extinguishing the fire on
her clothing, at the same time yell
ing to his wife to escape through the
door of the boathouse.
Mrs. Ellis and the children safely
made their way out of the boathouse,
but in so doing, the little baby was
THE BEMIDJI DAILY PIONEER..
quite severely burned.
Mr. Ellis managed to get Miss
Brannon out of the lake and sank
the boat before it was very badly
damaged by the flames.
An alarm of fire was turned in,
and the firemen responded, but their
services were not needed.
Miss Brannon suffered quite se
verely from the shock and burns
which she sustained while her cloth
ing was on fire. She was taken to
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gullick
son, where her burns were attended
to by a physician.
Mr. Ellis and his party narrowly
escaped being instantly killed or
burned alive. It was only through
his cool actions that one or more of
the party were not burned to death
as it was.
Moral: Insure with the T. J.
Miller Insurance agency. They
write motor-boat insurance.
Gun Club Shoot.
The members of the Bemidji Rod
& Gun club held a shoot Satur
day evening and also Sunday,
at which fairly good scores were
made, which will be given in the
The Ladies' Aid of the Presbyter
ian church will hold an ice cream
social at the home of Mrs. A. E.
Smith, Tuesday (August 10) after
noon and evening.
TO MAKE COUNTER CHARGE
Mrs. Castle Will File Complaint
Against Man She Shot.
New York, Aug 9Mrs Mary S
Castle of California, the former ac
tress who shot at William Craig, a
New York lawyer, In the elevator of
the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria last Tues
day, attempted to prefer a counter
charge against Craig when she was
arraigned on a charge of felonious
assault The nature of the proposed
complaint was not announced and the
magistrate adjourned the hearing
While testifying. Mr Craig started
to say "I have believed that this de
fendant was mentally incompetent
and now I know But the magis
trate stopped him by saying that such
evidence was Improper at this time
The magistrate promised to entertain
Mrs Castle's charge Accordingly
Craig was subpoenaed to appear
LOCAL BASEBALL TEAM
Defeated the Chicago Ladies' Baseball
Team by a Score of Nine
The ungallant members of the
Bemidji City Baseball Team, yester
day afternoon, defeated the "Chicago
Ladies' Baseball Team," in an exhib
ition that gave considerable amuse
ment to a fair-sized crowd that had
assembled to see the contest, the
final score being 9 to 3, and Bemidji
could have gotten a few more, had
the boys so desired.
Miss Birdie Carlton is the owner
and captain of the team, and she
also plays first base, doing quitewell
with the assistance of a large mitt
that received the ball with a re
There are four male players with
the Ladies' team, the pitcher and
cather, the shortstop and an out
fielder, and these players give
enough strength to the team to make
the games interesting. The pitcher
in yesterday's game is being tiied
out and he was fairly good, but
Bemidji got to him when necessary,
and with a weak-throwing catcher
made runs enough to easily win the
All of the ladies did their best
and some of them can really play
good ball. The team is weak as it
played here, and Miss Carlton has
sent for additional players to take
the place of the men who have been
playing with them, and it is certain
that within a few days the team will
be strong enough to give any of the
semi-professional players a hard
Baumgardner and Eckel were the
battery for Bemidji, and "jiiaum"
had a fine time "tossing 'em" in to
The members of the ladies' team
are well-behaved and conduct them
selves in an unapproachable manner
at all times.
We are moving from our old place of
business to our new store in the O'Leary-
Bowser block, and we will be closed until
Wednesday, Aug. 11,8 a. m.
when we will be ready for business in
our new quarters
Pipers and Dancers Added to Patriotic Enthusiasm.
The Band Played, Judge Stanton Delivered Fine
Speech, and Everything Lovely.
The second annual Scotch picnic,
given by the residents of Bemidji
who are of direct Scotch lineage or
are of Scottish decent, was held yes
terday, on the east shore of Lake
Bemidji, at the Mississippi river out
let, and the affair was largely-at
tended and thoroughly enjoyed by
The affair was of a strictly Scotch
character, and the manifestations of
loyalty to Scotch traditions was very
A feature of the picnic was the
presence of Lachian Collie and his
band of pipers and dancers from
Winnipeg, who had been especially
engaged for the occasion. They
included Mr. Lachian Collie and
Robert McCall, pipers, and Duncan
and Allen Collie and Willie David
son, dancers. The Bemidji band,
under the direction of Prof. Harry
Masten, was also present and
rendered selections throughout the
On account of the treatening
weather in the morning, many who
had intended attending the picnic
where kept away but a small damp
ness has little effect on the en
thusiasm of a genuine Scotchman,
and the members of the committee
were astir early, getting matters in
readiness for the day's enjoyment.
The band and the pipers appeared
on the street about 9 o'clock and a
crowd quickly gathered at the dock
aad were taken across the lake to
the picnic grounds.
At the grounds, the committees
had prepared stands, etc., where
sandwiches, beans, and other eat
ables were served free of charge to
those who had purchased tickets.
FORTY CENTS PER MONTH.
TH E SCOT S HA SPLENDID
TIM E A ANNUA PICNIC
Mr. Lachian and Mr. McCall got
busy with the pipes as soon as
they reached the grounds, and when
the Collie boys and Master David
son began to dance they were greeted
with cheer after cheer. The pipers
were in excellent tune, and the little
dancers gave Scotch reels, strath
speys, sword dance, etc., with great
frequency, exhibiting the greatest
good nature in responding for em
phatic requests for "more, more."
In the afternoon, the exercises
were held, F. A. Jackson acting as
The band rendered a selection
and the pipers played a patriotic
Scotch air, after which Chairman
Jackson introduced Judge C. W.
Stanton as the speaker of the day.
Judge Stanton spoke most elo
quently, and his words were so
patriotically Scotch that they elicited
cheers at many points in his address,
being both historical and humorous.
The judge told of the intense
loyalty of the Scot and asserted that
residents of the United States who
were Scotchmen made most excell
ent, steadfast American citizens. He
alluded to the picnic as an indica
tion of the unity of Scotch people
During the day F. A. Jackson and
J. J. Conger won the team quoit
pitching championship, defeating all
contestants in average number of
The crowd was decidedly informal
everyone doing just as his or her
desire moved them, and the result
was a happy, contented bunch of
picnickers who had the times of
David McMeekin sang a number
of Scotch songs in so able a manner
as to win for him round after round
The last of the crowd did not
return to Bemidji until late in the
night, and the general verdict of all
was that it was by far the best-con
ducted and most enjoyable out-door
picnic ever given in this vicinity.
Much credit is due the following
committees for the universal success
of the picnic.
PresidentJohn A. McDonald.
SecretaryFrank A. Jackson.
Soliciting 1 tt eHugh
Dickie, Naish McKinnon, Andy
McNabb, Charles Knopke.
McMeekin, Frank A. Jackson.
cis Egan, John A. Armstrong.
The grounds, which are very
prettily located, are the property of
Theodore Snyder, who donated their
use to the committees, free of charge.
Bids for Plastering Schoolhouse.
Notice is hereby given that the
clerk of School District No. 6, Bel
trami county, will receive sealed bids
for the plastering of the school
house in said district, also to build
chimney, 12x16 inside, the district
to furnish all material.
Bids will be received up and to
the 10th day of August, 1909, until
6:30 o'clock p. m. of that day. Bids
to be opened at the school house in
The board reserves 'the right to
reject any or all bids.
Dated at Bemidji, Minnesota, this
30th day of July, 1909.
Band Dance Friday Nigfet.
The Bemidji Band will give the
first of a series of prominades and
dances in the armory, Friday night,
August 13, commencing immediately
after the concert at city dock. The
music for the dance will be furnished
by the full band. A cordial invita
tion is extended to all.
V. L. Ellis,