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VOLUME 9. NUMBER 50.
SEE DUMAS HAND
IN CRIMES AT BENA
Chief of Police Tells How Incendiary
Fire and Robbery Was Traced
to Cass Lake.
OIL FED FLEMMING FLAMES
Never Was Any Doubt' But That
Building' Destroyed Had Pur
posely Been Ignited.
NITRO USED TO BLOW SAFE
More Than $240 Taken, Guilty Per
sons Making Escape on Handcar
Found at Pike Bay.
Bena, Minn., June 26.An inves
tigation into the allegations made in
connection with the arrest of Mayor
Dumas of Cass Lake, charged with
complicity in the attempt to burn
the postofflce at Puposky, wherein
reference is made to the burning of
a store building in this place be
longing to Ernest Flemming, a local
merchant, brings to light the fact
that not only was Mr. Flemming's
old store building burned to the
ground and the contents totally des
troyed by a fire of undoubted in
cendiary origin, but that one year
later the safe in the postofflce de
pal tment of Mr. Flemming's new
store was blown and later an attempt
was made to burn the large new
building which Mr. Flemming con
structed on the site of the burned
Chief of Police Talks.
Mr. Flemming is away in the
Third River country, northwest of
Bena looking after a big drive of
logs and could not be interviewed,
but Al. Nason, chief of police at
Bena, was well informed in all mat
ters relating to Mr. Flemming's
losses and attempts to destroy his
property, and conversed freely there
Said Chief Nason:
"Mr Flemming's old store build
ing, which was one of the best and
contained one of the most complete
lines of general merchandise in nor
thern Minnesota, was burned three
years ago, and that the fire was of
incendiary origin there is not
least doubt. There were .signs of
oil having been poured on parts of
the building that were not already
in flames which the fire was dis
covered, and boards and other com
bustible material had been piled
against the rear, insuring a quick
Burned While Saving- Books.
'Mr Flemming was badly burned
trying to save his books and valu
able papers. No positive proof
could ever be obtained as to who set
the fire, but there has always been
a suspicion that certain men who
have lived in Cass Lake and Deer
River were responsible, and that the
men who actually 'torched' the place
were hired to do it.
"Two years ago," said Mr. Nason,
the postofflce safe in Mr. Flemming's
store was blown with nitro glycerine
and a considerable amount of cash
and $240 worth of stamps were
taken. There was no real clue to
the identity of the robbers who blew
the safe, but there were unmistake
able signs that the safe-blowers had
made their get-away to Cass Lake.
The night of the robbery the section
house was broken into and crowbars
and other heavy tools were removed,
which were found in the rear of the
Found Near Cass Lake.
"The handcar was stolen, and the
next day the car was found ditched
beside the track, at the east end of
the Great Northern railway bridge
which spans Pike Bay, half a mile
east of Cass Lake.
"I have seen Martin Behan, the
fellow who is in jail at Bemidji, in
Bena quite often and I, from the
picture I see in the papers believe
I recognize Davis as a man who has
been in Bena several times."
The inevitable always takes care of
itself, so don't spend any time on it.
The dragon fly's appetite is never
satisfied, although that amazing in
sect, with its 50,000 microscopic
eyes, eats continously from daylight
until dark, capturing thousands up
on thousands of flies and other nox
ious inescts during the day. But the
digestive apparatus of the dragon
fly is such that all it takes into its
long stomach is digested Instantly.
TEND GARDEN OR LOSE IT
Children Warned By Professor Bergh
Failure to Report for Work
36 TRACTS UNDER CULTIVATION
Professor Otto I. Bergh, in charge
of the demonstration farm being cul
tivated as part of the agricultural
course of the Bemidji high school,
informs the pupils of the fifth,
sixth and seventh grades who have
36 garden tracts planted, that those
who fail to properly attend to their
gardens by the end of the week will
lose their standing in the garden
contest. Prizes are to be awarded
this fall for the best garden and for
the best product ot each plant.
Mr. Bergh also gives the children
some valuable advice. He says:
I want to say a few words
through the Pioneer to the Children
regarding the school gardens.
"We have had a splendid rain.
Just what was most needed for our
growing plants. They look bright
and strong and fresh today. But in
order that they may receive the
most benefit from the freshening
rain they must be cared for at once,
maxim that all good gardners fol-
lowAFTER EACH AND EVERY
RAIN THE SOIL OF THE GARDEN
SHOULD BE STIRRED AS SOON AS
THE SURFACE IS DRY ENOUGH
"Come out tomorrow and see how
your garden has grown,pick the
weeds and stir the soil. Many of
your gardens are in excellent shape.
But even the best need care. A few
gardens have been sadly neglected.
"The owners of these should get
busy at once. Any garden left neg
lected at the end of this week will
be considered abandoned and turned
over to others who are eager to care
"We also wish to announce here
that Mr. E. Battles has presented
to the school an "Iron Age" garden
planter with hand cultivator attach
ment. This is a most useful garden
machine and the best of its kind.
It will be at your service at all
times Come and see it
Boys and girls have gardens on the
Schuch tract, some of the more am
bitious having two tracts each. At
the present radishes and lettuce are
being harvested. Other things
planted are potatoes, corn, beans,
cucumbers, melons and tomatoes.
During the present week tomato
plants ha\e been set out with splen
did results. About thirty children
are assisting in the garden work
a record of each garden is daily
kept by Mr Bergh.
BURIED UNDER $9,000,000 GOLD
Sacks in San Francisco Mint Topple
Over on One of its Employes.
San Francisco, Cal. June 26Lit-
erally buried under $9,000,000 in
gold, Wadsworth S Williams, an
employe of the San Francisco mint,
was so badly injured that his reclergy
covery is doubtful. The gold in
sacks, toppled in one of the mint
vaults and overwhelmed Williams,
who was wheeling a truck.
When a Spanish duchess marries
one of the common people the man
takes her title.
Dedication of the first hospital
took place in Caesarea, Syria, in the
latter part of of the fourth century.
Alligators often lay from thirty
to sixty eggs in a single nest. The
eggs are similar in shape to those
of a duck and about three inches in
length. When they first appear the
young alligators are about the same
size as lizards and almost as lively.
Until within recent years there
had been ascertained no trustworthy
way of finding out the age of fish.
It has been shown that mere size
does not indicate age. Reibisch,
Heincke and others have discovered
that many of the bones, scales and
atilities of fishes have annual age
rings resembling those in tree
Dewarra, a currency of New Bri
tain is an instance of how the spoils
of the chase may be turned to account
as the outward and visible sign of
wealth. Dewarro is made by string
ing the shells of a dog whelk upon
the ribs of palm leaves. These
strings may be retailed at so much
a fathomusually the price is equi
valent to about 75 cents a fathom
lengthor they may be made into
various articles of personal adorn
ment to be worn on great occasions.
In New Britain the dewarra hoard
ed up by a rich man is produced at
his funeral and divided among this
heirs in much the same kind of way
as personal property is divided
DOG FEAST ON FOR
JULY 4 AT RED LAKE
Starts Celebration of Country's Natal
Day By Indians of the Beltrami
SIOUX AND CHIPPEWAS TO FIGHT
This Will Be Followed By Canoe
Racing Contest and Baseball
LACROSSE GAME ARRANGED
Bow and Arrow Tests, Pipe of Peace
and Display of Fireworks on the
There is to be a Fourth of July cel
ebration at the Red Lake Indian
agency, north of Bemidji such prob
ably as no other town in the country
The first thing to be done at Red
Lake in commemoration of the day
marking the establishment of a new
country in the nations of the world
will be a dog feast.
This display of patriotism on the
part of the red men will take place at
the hour when in other places can
nons are booming outsunrise.
Canoe Races and Other Sports.
During the Day there will be
canoe races, lacrossee gamesa sport
at which the Red Lake Indians are
expertand bow and arrow con
The crowning feature of the day
will be a sham battle between bands
of Chippewa and Sioux Indians and
if there are any survivors there will
be a tepee raising contest.
Pipe of Peace at Sunset.
Then comes a baseball game and
at sunset, according to the bill,
"the pipe of peace" will be smoked.
The day's festivities will close with
a display of fireworks, but-,no fire
Arrangements Being Completed.
The arrangements for the day are
in charge of John Morrison and pre
parations at the agency are being
made for the biggest crowd ever
gathered there. Suitable prizes will
be offered for those winning the var
CATHOLIC EDUCATORS GATHER
Discuss Carnegie Foundation at
Meeting, in-Chicago Today.
Chicago, 111., June 26.Many of
the most distinguished educators of
the Roman Catholic church, includ
ing presidents and professros of the
Catholic colleges of the country and
and laity associated with edu
cational work, gathered in Chicago
today to take part in the eighth an
nual convention of the Catholic Edu
cational Association. The purpose
of the association is to bring about
closer co-operation among Catholic
educators and a yearly interchange
of plans and suggestions for pro
moting the ideals of the church.
The principal questions selected for
consideration at the present meeting
are the Carnegie Foundation and its
relation to Catholic institutions, the
relation of seminaries to other edu
cational work, and the courses of
study in Catholic high schools.
FOUR CHILDREN ARE BAPTIZED
Feature of Children's Day Service at
Children's day was observed by the
Methodist church yesterday and a
program was given. The church
baptism was bestowed upon four
children and the cradle roll, number
ing 91 names was read. The volun
tary was given by Margurite Ander
son. Several songs by the school
opened and closed the program, and
a song was sung by the pupils of
Miss Woodruff's Sunday school class,
with Messrs. Anderson and Shannon
singing the duet part.
In making dried apples the. French
use the cores and peelings for sauces
A goat lives about ten years and
will give a yield on an average of
a quart of milk a day.
Lewenhoek, a great naturalist, who
lived years ago, is authority for the
statement that cod spawns about 9,-
000,000 in a season. He adds that the
flounder usually produces more than
1,000,000 and the mackerel more
than 5,000,000. k&u ^^j^u
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BEMIDJl, MlNNESOTA,JfONDAY EVENING, JUNE 26, 1911.
CREAMERY STARTS SOON
Farmers in Session Here Name Offi
cers and Rent Building for
Bemidji will have a farmer owned
creamery in operation sometime
This was decided upon at the
meeting of the association Saturday
afternoon, when articles of incor
poration and by-laws were accepted
and the permanent officers elected,
A. E. Rako, president.
W. L. Morris, vice-president.
Morris Pendergast, treasurer.
A. P. Ritchie, secretary and man
The proposition of the Fitzsim
mons-Baldwin company to rent to
the association that company's Be
midji creamery building at the rate
of $40 a month, was accepted.
The building will be repaired, and
put in first class running order at
The creamery will be known as
the Bemidji Co-operative association.
A. P. Ritchie, elected secretary
and manager of the association said
"I am corresponding with a butter
maker and expect that arrangements
can be made for his coming soon. I
now expect that we can be in run
ning order by not later than the
middle of July and possibly before
that time. The farmers are taking
much interest and their attitude is
encouraging to the members of thewhere
association who have pushed the
The meeting Saturday was large
The butter output of the cream
ery will be expected to take care of
all the cream that the farmers of
the surrounding country can supply
tor a long time.
FOLLOWS DAUGHTER TO DEATH
A. D. Djonne, 14 Years Resident of
Liberty, Buried Yesterday.
A. D. Djonne for 14 years a resi
dent of Liberty township died sud
denly Friday, June 23. Mr. Djonne
was buried Sunday afternoon in the
Pony Lake Cemetery There was a
large attendance of neighbors with
whom Mr. Djonne was highly es
teemed. Mr. Djonne is survived by
the following children: Michael,
town clerk, Liberty Eihlert of
Maple Ridge Mrs. Thyer of North
ome Mrs. Guy Adams of Dickinson,
N. D. Pearle and Ellen at home.
Rev. Mr. Rossland of Nymore con
ducted the services. The pallbear
ers were M. Lande, H. Nelson, A. P.
Blom, M. Rygg, H. O. Bjoring and
Ole Fraaget. Ten days ago a
daughter of Mr. Djonne died in thein
hospital at Rochester.
Richard Pockrich, an .Irishman,
was the inventor of musical glasses
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CHICAGO GETS A POSTAL SAVINGS BANK
NESTE MURDER TRIAL DELAYED
Damage Against Lumber Co., Causes
Postponment of One Week.
Lloyd Carlton and wife will not
be placed on trial for the murder of
Peter Neste until Wednesday, July
5, one week later than the date
originally agreed upon. Postpone
ment is made by Judge McClenahan
at the request of E. E. McDonald of
this city, who is to defend the ac
cused couple. Mr. McDonald is at
Bagley for the Crookston Lumber
company which is being sued by 11
Clearwater county farmers who
damages as the .result xf .an--over-
flow from the Clearwater river,
which the farmers allege was caused
by a blockade of logs.
TELLS OF WILD RIDE HERE
St. Cloud Banker Goes Home With
Wierd Tale of Trip in Forest
DODGESTREESAT 60 MILES HOUR
The St. Cloud Journal-Press runs
"Major O. H. Havill, who is some
thing of an automobilist himself, re
turns home from Bemidji with the
"It was along about midnight
when Col. Shaw of Clearwater, Sena
tor Works of Mankato and I were in
vited to take a little ride and get
cooled off before going to bed. In
our innocence we accepted. The
driver took us about 16 miles out
through a dense foresi of tall pines,
the road was bardly a blazed
trail, and the track was very crook
ed and sandy. The man at the
wheel turned on the juice and we
went skating through those pine
trees, at about 60 miles an hour.
Part of the time we were going side
ways, and most of the time up in
the air, and Col. Shaw wanted to
know whether we were riding in
aeroplane or an auto. We knocked
the bark off several trees, ran over a
hedgehog, killed two woodchucks,
and outran every jack rabbit that
got into the race There Was an
automobile ahead of us, and four be
hind us, and when we were not in
danger of bumping into the head one
we were afraid of being run over by
the trailers. All we could see in
front was a cloud of dust, and be
hind four great streaming lights,
and we could only see the pines
when we were thrown up in the air
going over bumps. We returned
home at 2 o'clock in the morning,
and I consider it toe best evidence
that I have lived a correct, honest
and upright life, and that I am alive
to tell the tale. No wicked man
could ever come through un
The deepest well in the world is
Germany and is 6,572 feet deep.
The deepest well in the United
States is near West Elizabeth, Pa.
Its bottom is 5,575 feet beneath the
surface. A more remarkable well,
pechaps, reaching a depth of 3,600
ordinary drinking glasses tuned feet, was drilled for petroleum in
Western China by primitive methods
and by means of such crude appli
ances as a cable made of twisted
strands of rattan.
by selection and played by passing
wet fingers over the brim. He show
ed his invention first in Dublin and
took it to London about 1750.
S 00 LINE BOOSTS BEMIDJI
New Publication, "A Competence
From 40 Acres in Northern Min
esota" Cites Beltrami.
NICE THINGS SAID ABOUT CITY
Bemidji and Beltrami county
in for~boosts in a new and
handsomely printed Soo booklet un
der the title "A Competence from 40
Acres in Northern Minnesota."
Photographs show scenes in this
vicinity and the phamplet says of
'Bemidji is a city of about 6,000
people and is a marvel of activity
and prosperity. The majority of
the residents own their own homes.
The city owns its own water plant,
miles of sanitory sewer and a splen
did fire department.
'Lake Bemidji, on the shore of
which the town is built, is an ened
largement of the Mississippi river,
which makes it historical, and is a
splendid sheet of water. The lake
is appreciated by the townspeople,
as evidenced by the large number of
launches and small boats which line
the docks and boat houses along the
town side of the lake. The town is
surrounded by a heavy growth of
timbercedar, hemlock, spruce and
pine and there are some very pretty
drives about the city, which are be
ing greatly improved by graveling.
"The city has at present fifteen
hotels two parks ten miles of lake
shore drives four sawmills (one of
them the largest in the northern
part of the state) four wholesale
houses three banks and eight
churches. The town has organized
a commercial club, which is doing a
Of Beltrami county the booklet
has this to say:
"Soil clay loam and sandy loam
with rich vegetable mold. The sub
soil is usually clay. Plenty of hay
for stock. Along the line
will be found magnificent growth of
pine, maple, ash, birch, oak, bass
wood, elm and tamarack timber.
Dairying, live stock, and poultry are
carried on by the settlers and rich
harvests of potatoes, onions and mis
cellaneous vegetables can be grown
with ease and certainty."
BABY SHOT BY 6-YEAR-OLD
Mother's Sister Told it is Her Child
and Faints From Shock.
While playing bear with his six
year-old brother at Deer River, Earl
Watkins, son of William Watkins, 4
years old, was shot through the body.
The eldest boy had discovered his
fathers rifle and playfully pumped a
shell into the chamber and pulled the
trigger, killing his brother instant
ly. The body was taken to Grand
Rapids for interment. Mrs. J. M.v.
Jones, a sister of Mrs. Watkins was
notified that it was her son that was
dead and that he had been drowned.
This shock caused Mrs. Jones to be
come seriously ill and a physician
was necessary to bring her to con
sciousness following a fainting spell.
Miss Grace Fleckenstein is ill atbe
her borne on Minnesota avenue.
TEN CENTS PER WEEK
Detective at Regina Arrests Man
Believed to Be "Mike" Davis, Al
leged Puposky Bandit.
NO U. S. WARRANT FOR DUMAS
United States District Attorney at
St. Paul, However Admits Inter
est in the Case.
MUNHALL, HELD HERE, SILENT
Bartender Put in Jail Here Saturday
Refuses to TalkBehan Hear
ing July 3.
Regina, Sask., June 26.Detec-
tive Cobble today arrested a man
here believed +o be "Mike" Davis,
the escaped Puposky robber. The
detective has spent several days here
on the trail of persons believed to
have been implicated in the Puposky
robbery. The name given by the
man placed under arrest has been
kept secret and the officers refuse
to discuss the arrest.
No Postoffijce Warrant for Dumas.
St. Paul, Minn., June 26.Chas.
A. Houpt, United States district at
torney denied this morning that any
warrants had been issued from his
office for the arrest of Dr. D. T.
"Wte are all interested in this case
cause some postofflce robberies
have been committ d," said Mr.
Off on Mysterious Mission.
Three men left Bemidji today on
an important and mysterious mission
in connection with the Dr. Dumas ar
rest and Puposky robbery. They were
Detective Fielding, assistant fire
marshall, Sam Fullerton and Deputy
It is understood that Mr. Fullerton
has gone to Cass Lake but the des
tination of Fielding and Helmer is
secret. There has been a pronounc
change in the attitude of the de
tectives and nothing is being given
out for publication.
Dumas' Father Coming.
The father of Dr. Dumas is ex
pected in Bemidji this afternoon to
remain until after his son's hearing
here before Court Commissioner
Simons on Wednesday.
Dr. D. T. Dumas makes frequent
visits to Bemidji to consult his
counsel, Judge Marshall A. Spooner
and Attorney A. A. Andrews. He
declares if public sentiment has ever
been against him it now is turning
in his favor.
The current issue of the Cass Lake
Times has this to say:
What His Home Paper Says.
"The general opinion of our people
is, that if Dr. Dumas or any others
have been guilty of the crimes
charged they should be punished as
the law directs, but every one who
ventures to express an opinion open
ly demands full and convincing proof
before they are willing to condemn'.
"Dr Dumas has been president of
our village council for something
more than a year he has given com
plete satisfaction and if his admin
istration has not been the best it has
been ae good as we have ever had.
We are willing to suspend our opin
ions until such developments have
been made that will convince."
Munhall Says He is Innocent.
Repeated assertions of innocence
were today made by William Mun
hall who is charged by Sam F. Full
erton, deputy state fire marshal, who
arrived in Bemidji Saturday, with
being one of the members of the
party alleged to have attempted to
set fire and burning the building
connecting the United States post
office at Puposky.
Munhall was arrested at seven
o'clock Saturday evening by Deputy
Sheriff Helmer, and taken before H.
Simons, court commissioner, for
arraignment. Munhall's case was
continued until Saturday, July 1 and
bail was fixed at $5,000. Munhall
declared that he would not try to get
any bonds and in default of bonds
was committed to the county jail.
Bartender at Larson Saloon.
Munhall said that nothing could
gotten out of him relative to the
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