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BEMIDJI TO HAVE
Teachers From Twenty Surrounding
Cities and Towns to Attend Feb-
ruary Educational Meeting.
PROMINENT EDUCATORS SPEAK
Dean James, of Minnesota University,
to LectureManual Training
Class Will Give Exhibit.
W Dyer, superintendent of the
Bemidji schools, announced this
morning that all arrangements had
been completed for the meeting of
North Central Teachers' Association
which is to be held in this city on
Thursday and Friday February 9
and 10. Among some of the promi-
nent educators who will attend this
meeting will be, Dr George James,
dean of the college of education at
the University of Minnesota, Super-
intendent SelMg of the Crooks-
ton Agricultural school, State High
School inspector George Alton and
State Superintendent of Public In-
Teachers' from the following cities I
and towns will attend in a body In- i
ternational Falls, Blackduck, Noith-'
POSTAL SAVINGS BANK BUSY
Postmaster Erickson Feels That In-
stitution Will Be A Success.
ome, Tenstrike. Big Falls, Deer River, i
Cass Lake, Walker, Pine River. Park
Rapids, Akeley, Fosston, Bagley and
Thief Rner Falls Several other
towns are also expected to send dele
gates. It is expected that many
county superintendents from adjoin
ing counties will attend
A feature of the gathering will be
the music which will be furnished
throughout the convention
under the direction of Miss
Ethel Murray, Supervisor ot Music
in Bemidji schools.
The conxention will begin on
Thursday evening February 9 at
which time there will be a confer
ence of the superintendents and prin
cipals, the general topic for discus
sion being, How the schools of Min
nesota may work for its de^elop
ment The speakers at this meet
ing will be, State Superintendent
Schultz, Inspector B. Alton,
County Superintendent of Schools
Anne Shelland, of Koochiching cjun
ty Superintendent E Keenan of
Deer Rner and Superintendent A
Bank of Park Rapids
The general topic for discussion at
the Fridaj morning and afternoon
sesions will be, How schools may be
organized to be more ser\ iceable to
the people Speakers at these ses
sions will be Superintendent of
Schools, Hay, Thief River Falls,
Dr W A Shoemaker, of the St Cloud
Normal, Superintendent Selvig,
of the Crookston School of Agricul
ture Superintendent Larson,
of Cass Lake Professor S Kings
ford, of the Moorhead Normal and
Superintendent Mclntire of the
Crookston schools There will be a
round table discussion by the teach
ers of the grades and high schools,
after the meeting, during which they
will recommend improvements.
On Friday evening Dr. George
James, of the college of education at
the State University will lecture on
vocational training. Following the
lecture of Mr. James there will be a
reception, so that the teachers will
become better acquainted The people
of Bemidji are invited to attend.
Some time during the convention
the Manual Training class, Cooking
class and Sewing class will be in
session for the benefit of the visiting
The meetings are to be held in the
high school building.
Bemidji hotels have consented
to allow reduced rates to the visiting
teachers while the convention is in
session. Quite a number of Bemidji
ladies will give private rooms to all
the lady teachers who would rather
stay at a residence than at a hotel.
Anton R. Erickson, of the Bemidji
postoffice is very enthusiastic over
the showing which has been made
by the Bemidji depository station, of
the Postal pavings Bank.
Mr. Erickson said this morning:
"Of course the deposits hai not
been what I had expected them to be
at this time, but at the same time I
feel that had the weather not been so
cold since the office opened last Tues
day the deposits would have been a
great deal larger."
Mr. Erickson also said that he had
received no certificates for deposit
larger than $5, and that he will
have certificates for $10, $20 and
$50 deposits, in the near future.
The following are a few of the in
structions given out by the postoffice
department in regard to deposits.
Depository post-offices will be open
for postal savings business during
the regular postoffice hours
Any person of the age of ten years
or o\er may become a depositor.
The account of a married woman
will be free from any control or in
terference by her husband.
A person cannot deposit more tlhan
one hundred dollars in any calendar
month, nor can his account at any
time exceed five hundred dollars, ex
clusive of interest
In order to save small amounts for
deposit, 10c postal savings cards and
postal savings stamps may be pur
chased at any depository office A
savings card with nine stamps af
fixed may be deposited as one dollar
Before accepting a certificate of
deposit the depositor must-see that
both the certificate and the dupli
cate retained by tbe postmaster cor
respond with the amount deposited
No person connected with the post
office department or postal service
shall disclose to any person other
than the depositor himself the name
of any depositor, or give any infor
mation concerning his account unless
directed to do so by the Postmaster
Any depositor may, under certain
conditions, comert the whole or any
part of his deposits in sums of twen
ty, forty, sixty, eighty, one hundred
and multiples of one hundred dollars,
and five hundred dollars, into United
States coupon or registered bonds,
bearing interest at the rate of two
and one half per cent, such bonds to
be exempt from all taxes or duties
of the United States, as well as from
taxation in any form by or under
state, municipal, or local authori
Further particulars concerning
the postal savings system may be ob
tained at any depository office.
Week of Prayer Being Observd.
The attention of the public is called
to the gospel services which are be
ing held each e\ening in the Pres
byterian church. These services
are a union of the Methodist, Baptist
and Presbyterian churches. It has
been our custom to begin the New
Year with a special union gospel
service the first week. We trust
this year we may have the most help
ful and largest attended of any given
thus far Remember it means the
help of each one May we be all
with one accord one place
Chas H. Flesher,
PLEADS GUILTY TO FORGERY
Former Pennsylvania State Senator
Sent to Penitentiary.
Hollidaysburg, Pa Tan 5 Cham
bers O Templeton of Tyrone, Pa, for
mer state senator from the senatorial
district of Blair and Huntingdon coun
ties and a prominent attorney, plead
ed guiitv in the Blair countv court
here to the chaise ot forgery and the
embezzlement of monejs ot his cli
ents Judge Bald'idae sentenced Tem
pleton to pay a fine of $S(M) and to
be imprisoned the penitentiary at
Pittsburg for an indeterminate period
of not less than three years nor more
than twelve years.
AT STATE CAPITOL
Has Aided In Naming Members of
Committee Which Are to Pass on
ANDREW JOHNSON LANDS PLUM
Bemidji Man, However, Came Near
Losing His Appointment as the
Result of Someone's Error.
(F. A. Wilson)
Today the various committee ap
pointments will be announced in
both houses of the legislature and
the regular work of the lawmakers
wil begin. The first important
question to receive attention will be
William MacKenzie of Bemidji,
secretary of the Northern Minnesota
De^ elopment association, is on the
job, busier than a bee in the month
of June. He has had much to do
with the selection of the comittee on
reapportionment, both mthe senate
and in the house These committees
are made up. C. G. Congdon of Du
luth is to be chairman of the house
reapportionment committee, but far
ther than this nothing is given out
at this time.
In the lottery for seats in the
house northern Minnesota members
shared well D. P. O'Neil of Thief
River FallsBeltrami is in his dis
trictdrew one of the best seats in
the chamber, almost in the center
and only about half way back.
Andrew Johnson of Bemidji came
near feeing left out in the cold as
the result of an oversight on the part
of someone His name was supposed
to go in as an appointee for a house
position, either as an assistant ser
geant-at-arms or gallery door keep
er When the list was made up
his name was ommitted and Andrew
came close to being interested in the
sale of a railroad ticket to the me
tropolis of Beltrami county. The
last minute and Mr. Johnson
will be one of the house employes,
but just what his work will be has
not been decided upon. Despite
strong pressure brought in his be
half, A. G. Rutledge, also of Bemidji
and at present deputy sheriff, failed
to land an appointment. F. A.
Wilson was appointed clerk of the
senate committee on parks and high
ways, with Senator Rustad as chair
It is skidoo for the democrats in
the house at the present session.
There are just twenty-three of them.
All senators were present at the
opening and all but one of the 120
representatives, the absentee being
Alex McNeill of Minneapolis who is
at home under a quarantine for dip
M. & I. Delayed Six Hours.
Because the engine of the north
bound Minnesota & International
Railroad train Number 31, ran off
the track at Backus this morning,
the train did not arive in Bemidji
until after eleven o'clock, being over
six hours late. There was no one
All St Paul and Minneapolis mail
was delayed because of the mishap.
Pneumonia Takes Baby.
The infant child of Mr. and Mrs.
Andrew Thorsness died of pneumonia
yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock.
The funeral will take place tomor
row at 2 o'clock from the Thorsness
residence 206 Mississippi. Rever
end T. S. Kolste will conduct the
service Interment will be made in
Son Inherits Father's Title.
Washington, Jan a Announcement
was made at the department of the
interior of the appointment by the
president of David McCurtain as
principal chief of the Choctaw Na
tion in Oklahoma on i ecommendation
of Secretary Ballinger He is the son
of the late Green MjC-rtain, who died
THE BEMIDJI PIONEER.
VOLUME 8. NUMBER 262. BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 5, 1911.
TEN CENTS PER WEEK.
OF ARID LANDS
President Sends Special Mes
sage oo Subject
$26,000,000 FOX PROJECTS
Board of Army Engineers Recommend!
-This Sum and rt-rs*$Vpproved by thr
PresidentUrges Further Legisla
tion for the Disposal of Surplus Wa
ter for Irrigation to Persons, Asso
ciations and Corporations.
Washington, Jan 5.President Taft
sent a message to congress today re
lating to the reclamation of arid lands
He refers to the act which pro
vides for a reclamation fund to b
created from the sale of public land'
which amounted on June 30, 1910, tc
$65,715,179, of which $52,945,441 hat
been expended on thirty-two project!
in the arid land states of the West
The government was ready on Jun
SO to extend water to 876,884 acres
land. The total amount to be re
claimed under the projects is 3,100,
The president says that the receipt!
for the irrigation fund, amounting tc
between $6,000,000 and $7,000,000 an
nually, was insufficient for the com
pletion of existing projects with suffl
cient expedition and congress author
iased issuance of certificates to th
amount of $20,000,000 to be used ii
completing projects, but that no por
tion ould be expended upon them un,
tfl examined and reported upon by
board of army engineers and approved
as feasible and practicable.
After examination the board recom
mended the allotment of the $20,000,
000 to the following projects in th
Allotment Provided by Engineers.
Salt River, Arizona $ 495.00C
Grand Valley, Colorado 1,000,00(
Yuma, Arizona and Calif.... L200,00(
Uncompahgre, Colorado 1,500,001
Payette-Bo^se, Idaho 2,000,00(
Milk River, Montana 1,000,00(
North Platte, Wyoming and
Truckee-Carson, Nevada 1,193,0M
Rio Grand, New Mexico,
Texas and Mexico 4,500,000
Umatilla, Oregon 325,00C
Klamath, Oregon and Calif.. 600*000
Strawberry Valley, Utah 2,272,000
Sunnyside, Yakima, Wash.. 1,250,000
Teton, Yakima, Wash 665,000
The board also recommends that
the following amounts be expended
during the years 1911-1914, inclusive,
out of the general reclamation fund
upon the projects named, amounting
Grand Valley 500,000
Pa\ ette-Boise 4,585,435
Milk River 2,950,000
Sun River 3,278,000
Lower Yellowstone 576,000
North Platte 2,165^000
Truckee-Cai son 1,594,000
Rio Grande 1,855,000
Missouri Pumping 270,000
Belle Fourche 480^000
General System of Reservoirs.
No allotments are recommended for
Orland, Cal. Garden City, Kan Kit
titas, Waputa and Benton, Wash.
Carlsbad and .Hondo,, N, M. With re-
THE HIGHER HE GOES THE SHAKIER IT GETS.
gard to the Yakima project the board
recommends a geneial sjsteni of stor
age reservoirs, providing congress au
thorizes the sale of the excess of
stored water s that a return of the
cost of building the reservoirs -will be
The report of the board was ap
proved by the president, but the pres
ident urges further legislation, sav
"I earnestly recommend the enact
ment of a law which will permit of
the disposition of any surplus stored
water available for reclamation pro
jects to persons, associations or cor
porations operating systems for the
delivery of water to individual watei
users for the irrigation of arid lands
and the enactment of legislation which
will give executive authority for the
modification of conditions of payments
for water rigfets on certain of the
projects where, by reason of local con
ditions, the return of the cost of the
project to the reclamation fund will
not be secured unless settlers are per
mitted to make payments on terms or
conditions other than those specified
in the public notices heretofore is
The president closes with the state
ment that with funds now at the dis
posal of the government and the addi
tional legislation it is hoped work
upon the projects may proceed early
and settler* will soon be able to re
turn to the treasury the amount ex
pended in construction of the projects.
Tbe Odd Fellows entertained its
members and the Rebekah lodge at
an oyster sapper Saturday night
Ike Fullerton and Cbas. Shanger
who have been visiting here, have re
turned to Littlefork where they are
employed by Toe Grady.
Some of the young people here at
tended the masquerade ball given at
Blackduck Jan. 2nd. All report a
Miss Alyse Wilkins has gone to
Kelliher to visit friends for a few
George Booth returned Saturday
night from Gemmell, where he has
been visiting relatives the past week.
Wm. Brown spent a day in town
Willie Shulke left Monday night
to resume his studies at the State
Agricultural college after spending
the Christmas holidays with his
The sawmill at Farley was des
troyed by fire last Friday nigbt.
Chas. Carter was down from
Hines Wednesday morning on busi
Rev. J. C. Mapson is able to be
around again after being confined
to his bed for the past week.
Urges War on Bucketshops.
San Francisco, Jan. 5 Mayor Mc
Carthy wishes the city of San Fran
cisco to join forces with the postal de
partment in the war on bucketshops
He sent a letter to the board of super
visors urging the passage of an or
dinance making it an offense even to
enter such establishments.
Millionaire Held Up for $37.
Kenosha, Wis, Jan. 5.E. L. Rhem
hart, a son of J. C. Rheinhart of Roan
oke, Va., and who recently inherited
over $1,000,000, was held up and
robbed, but the robbers got only $37.
The holdup occurred within a block of
OUR FARMING IS
American Crops Keeping
Pace With Population.
MANY STATES SHOW GAIN
Chief of the Bureau of Statistic* of
the Agricultural Department, in His
Annual Reprrt, Cites Figures, to
Show Ability to More Than Meet
Normal Increase in Demand.
Washington, Jan. 5.The ability of
agriculture to maintain population in
this country is discussed at length by
Victor H. Olmstead, chief of the bu
reau of statistics of the department
of agriculture, in his annual report.
"Frequent assertions that the fertil
ity of the soil is washing into the
streams," says the report, "and that
the productivity! of cultivated land is
diminishing are tmisleading the public
into the belief that the agriculture ol
this country is decadent and that
there is life in the old formula that
population must tend to increase at a
greater rate than subsistence."
The mean production per acre ol
wheat increased in a greater degree
than the normal increase of popula
tion in twenty-six states, from 1886-
1895, and from 1896-1905, according to
the report, and in the case of corn
increased production per acre has ex
ceeded the normal increase of popu
lation in fourteen states, wlyle very
nearly the required increased produc
tion was made by five other states.
With regard to oats and barley and
potatoes production increased over
population also are noted.
"The ability of the soil and the ag
ricultural arts and sciences," con
cludes the report, "to produce crops
at a rate of increase greater than
either the normal rate of increase ol
population, or the normal as temporar
ily influenced by immigration, has
been demonstrated times innumerable
by the department of agriculture, by
the experiment stations and by the
intelligent farmers all over the coun-
try." OIL RAISE HELPS UNCLE SAM
Crude Product Advance Adds $500 a
Day to Revenue.
Washington, Jan. 5.Secretary ol
the Interior Ballinger has just been
advised that an approximate addition
of $500 a day has been made to the
government's revenue from the lease
of Indian oil lands in Oklahoma and
Kansas, through the advance in the
price of crude oil in those states from
40 to 44 cents a barrel.
The government's royalty on the
production of crude oil from Indian
oil lands under lease is one-eighth ol
the production. The lands produce
approximately 100,000 barrels a day.
ROBBERS BUSY IN KANSAS
Thirty Banks Entered in Past Three
Topeka, Kan., Jan. 5.Bank Com
missioner J. N. Dolley reported that
during the last three months thirty
banks have been robbed in Kansas,
one every third day, and that the safe
crackers have secured $100,000. Dur
ing this time not one robber has been
Attention is called to the fact that
while the robbers have their head
quarters in Nebraska and Oklahoma
their operations are confined to small
towns In Kansas.
Senator HansaTof this District Ap-
pointed a Member on Several Im-
HEADS IMMIGRATION COMMITTEE
Appointments Being Watched With
Much InterestNorthern Min-
nesota Senators Fare WelL
St. Paul, Jan. 5.(Daily Pioneer
Special Wire Service.)Northern
Minnesota senators fared well in the
appointment of committees by Lieu*
tenant Governor Gordon, president
of the senate today.
Senator A. L. Hanson of Ada was
made chairman of the immigration
committee and also a member of sev-
eral other important committees.
Progressive senators got all the
best of it in the appointments, as
nearly all the important committees
are of insurgent type.
The election committee watched
with special interest because it will
have to determine two election con-
tests, the one of A. D. Stephens of
Crookston against Senator John
Saugstad and the contest of Ray Far-
rington against Senator Proshaug.
Frank Claque of Lamberton was
given the most important assignment
today, as chairman of the fhwuroe
Senator Hanson was made a mem-
ber of the Claims committee, the en-
rollment committee, forestry and
fire protection committee, the re-
apportionment committee, and the
temperance and state prison
The all important reapportion-
ment committee is made up as fol-
Chairman, Hackney, C.L. Johnson
McGraf, Anderson, Works, Froshaug,
Lente, Rockstad, Holler, Rockney,
Nelson, Fosseen, C. E. Johnson and
another Johnson, Boyle, Cbeatle,
Gunn, Hanson and Sundberg.
The temperance committee, which
will have charge of County Option
legislation in the senate is as fol
Chairman Johnson, McGraf, Gund
erson, Holler, Ashland, Elwell, Pugh,
Odell and Hanson.
TO RECEIVE LARGER PRIZES
In last night's Daily Pioneer it
was stated that William McCuaig
had won the first prize in the Pio
neer's contest for the best estimate
of Bemidji's population as taken by
the recent census, and that Andy Mc
Nabe had won second prize and Karl
Bach third, which is true, but the
latter two men will receive prizes of
$3 and $2 respectively instead of $2
and $1 as was stated in last night's
Samaritans Install Officers.
The Modern Samaritan lodge of
this city will hold its regular meet
ing tonight in the Odd Fellows hall.
There will be installation of officers,
after which a turkey supper will be
served. John Christie, Imperial
Good Samaritan W. A. Hicken, Im
perial Scribe, accompanied by Mrs.
Lucy Purdy of Duluth, arrived in
Bemidji this afternoon and will be
present at the meeting tonight.
Mrs. Purdy will install the officers.
Courtney to Be Buried Friday.
The funeral of H. D. Courtney,
the Bagley resident, who died yes
terday, will be held in Bagley to
morrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock..