NE W TONNAG E TA
BIL HA S APPEARE
Old Friend of Range Country Legisla
lators Was Brought Up in the
House Wednesday Morning.
THE EXPENSES ARE BEING CUT
Only $100,000 Appropriated, Which
is $65,000 Less Than Wat Used
In the 1907 Session.
KNAPP WANTS MINERAL OFFICE
Asks for $50,000 to Construct and
Maintain One in HibbingIni
tiative and Referendum.
St. Paul, Minn., Jan. 16.Doubt-
less wJth the kindly intent to make
the Northeastern Minnesota members
feel at home in the legislature, Rep
resentatives Thomas Frankson of
Spring Valley and H. O. Bjorge of
Lake Park Wednesday morning in
troduced their tonnage tax bill in
the house. It was referred to the
committee on taxes and tax laws.
The bill is practically the same as
that introduced in the house in 1907
by Mr. Bjorge and defeated, that in
troduced in the house by Mr. Bjorge
in 1909 and vetoed by Governor
Johnson and that introduced in the
house by Mr. Frankson in 1911 and
As before, the bill proposes a grad
uated output tax of two to five cents
per ton on all ore produced in the
state, the tax to be for state purposes
only, and the localities in which the
mines are situated to get their reve
nues-if they canfrom the advalor
eum system of taxation. The grad
uation is so arranged that most mines
would pay the minimum.
Non-producing mines are also to be
taxed for state purposes on the ad
valorem or valuation system.
All mines are divided into two
classes, "A" and "B." Mines produc
ing 2,000 tons or more a year are
Class A mines, and are to pay a ton
nage tax. All other mines are Class
mines, and are to be taxed as at
present. Practically the only change
since the last bill is the reduction of
the minimum required to put a mine
in Class from 20,000 tons to 2,000
The tax commission is authorized
to employ a mineral expert to enable
it to obtain each year a list of all
mines belonging to Class A, together
with the owners and operators there
of. The tax is upon the "long ton of
the output of such mine or mines
based upon the percentage in metal
lic iron, when dried at 212 deg. Fah
renheit, as follows:
"Ore yielding less than forty-nine
per cent, two cents per ton1
"Ore yielding forty-nine per cent or
over, and less than fifty-four per
cent, three cents per ton.
"Ore yielding fifty-four per cent or
over and less than fifty-nine per cent
four cents per ton.
"Ore yielding fifty-nine per cent or
over, five cents per ton."
Contents of phosphorus or other
deleterious mater are not considered
in fixing the basis for applying the
The proceeds of the tax are to be
distributed as follows: "An amount
thereof equal to what would accrue to
the state school and university fund
on the valuation of mineral lands of
Class A, under the state school and
university tax shall be credited to the
state school and university fund and
the remainder thereof shall be credit
ed to the general revenue fund."
Persons engaged in mining are re
quired to keep account of the quan
tity and average yield in percentage
of metallic iron of their production,
and to make semi-annual reports in
November and May, the tax to be
payable Dec. 1 and June 1. The tax
commission may investigate if it
doubts the good faith of these reports.
Failure to make returns, involves a
penalty of ten per cent. The books
of mining companies are to be open
to the inspection of the tax commis
sion on demand. 4
Photo by Hakkorap.
WHEAT EXPENSIVE CROP
Cost North Dakota.Farmer $1,045 a
Bushel Unless Soil Fertility is
Kept Up Each Tear.
WORST'S FIGURES STARTLING
By United VXM.
Fargo, N. D., Jan. 16.The an
nual address of J. E. Worst, the
president, was one of the features of
the big Tri-State convention, in ses
sion here today.
President Worst has been connect
ed with the organization either as
secretary or president since the first
meeting was held a dozen years ago.
His annual address attracted a
great deal of attention. His subject
was, "More Farmers and Fewer Ho
bos LeBS Waste and More Prosper-
President Worst called atention to
the necessity of more farmers in the
three states of Minnesota and the Da
kotas, represented in the convention.
He wanted not only that the uncul
tivated sections should be put into
crops but also that the large farm
should be reduced to smaller hold
ings. He claimed that. with -an in-,
telligent farmer on every quarter or,
half section that crop failures could
be practically safeguarded by proper
methods of crop rotation, crop diver
sification and modern methods of till
ing the soil..
He deprecated the present machine
methods of farming on a large scale
and charged it with being soil rob
bery that future generations must re
He urged that the commercial
bodies of the cities and towns should
take up the problems of increasing
the rural population and pointed out
the great difficulties experienced un
der the present sysem in depending
upon the inefficient and unreliable
Some startling figures were shown
in the present method of robbing the
state of soil fertility. President Worst
claimed that one acre of land pro
ducing twenty bushels of wheat,
mined from the soil forty-four pounds
of potash worth five cents per pound
twenty pounds of phosphoric acid
worth four cents per pound and
forty-two pounds of nitrogen worth
fifteen-cents per pound or a total of
$9.30 of soil fertility.
This makes each bushel of wheat
raised on that acre of land cost-the
soil $.465. Where the wheat was
shipped out and the straw burned
there was just that much soil rob
With the cost of fifty-eight cents
per bushel for raising the wheat, the
federal estimate, each bushel of
wheat was costing the North Dakota
President Worst pointed out that
if the straw was converted into man
ure and returned to the soil it would
restore the equivalent of $.235 worth
of soil fertility per bushel. If the
bran and shorts of the grain were
kept at home and fed to the live stock
and that manure returned to the land
the cost per bushel of raising the
wheat and in soil fertility might be
still further reduced about fifteen
cents. Under the crude old-time meth
ods present prosperity was being
(Continued on last par*).
It is proposed that ihe bill, If
passe 1 shall be effective Jan. 1, 1914.
The house voted to appropriate
only $100,000 for the current
expenses of the session. This is
$25,000 less than was appropriated
at the beginning of the 1907 session,
although the session cost $165,000.
An appropriation of $50,000 is
carried in a bill introduced by Repre
sentatives Healey and Knapp to con
struct and maintain a state mineral
office and assayers' department at
FIRST TRAIN INTO NEW GREAT NORTHERN DEPOT
CROOKSTON HAS A FIRE
Store of Laliberte and Scully Burned
Out Early Wednesday With
Loss of About $6,600.
FLAMES SEEN BY HOTEL GUEST
Crookston, Jan. 16.Fire, discov
ered at 12:10 Wednesday morning, in
the basement of Laliberte & Scully's
furniture store in the Marin Block on
the North Broadway, just north of
I the Crookston State bank, resulted
in A total loss of everything in the
basement where most of the stock
The fire was confined to the base
ment by the department, the fire be
ing very hard to combat because of
the dense smoke from the mattresses.
What furniture was not burned in
the basement was totally ruined by
the four feet of water in which it
stood the balance of the night and
Wednesday morning, as the water
had to be pumped out, there being
no trap connection with the sewer.
The fire originated, as near as can
be determined, in the front portion of
the basement in a pile of mattresses.
A -traveling man sitting in the win-
woman running down the street,
peered out, saw smoke and after run
ning to investigate, phoned in the
alarm from the Hotel Crookston, the
department responding very quickly.
Mr. Scully had been at the Opera
House and had just gone to bed when
he was telephoned. He states that
the loss is between $4,000 and $5,000
with $4,500 insurance.
It is a hard blow. The firm has
been in business about a year, but as
soon as the insurance is adjusted
they expect to make a new start and
go after "business harder than ever.
The building is owned by Mrs. Poeh
ler of Minneapolis, and handled by
W. A. Marin. The force of the heat
wrecked the plate glass windows in
front and broke the partitions in the
front and rear. The loss on the
building is $1,000 or $1,5.00,. and
fully covered by insurance.""'
Mrs. S. E. .Barton of Bererdon, Ills.,
is visiting her brother-in-law, George
Deushane and family. She is much
impressed with this country..*^
Jesse Smith of Rabideau was'trad
ing in the village this week.
John McDougal of Blackduck, was
looking after his land interests near
Tenstrike this week.
S. E. Thompson was in Hagili
township this week looking after his
jack. Drewy went *-to the north
country this week to look over some
There will be a social hop at
iuild hall Saturday evening, 8 to 12.
There will be an old time speling
match at the village school house on
Friday evening at 8 p. m. _'
Paul Robinson has been numbered
with the sick this week.
L. J". Duer was trading in "the vil
Charlie Fleischman was in the vil
THE PROMISE IS HT1TOXED
In a speech dellv|red in the.*
armory In tne evenlttg of Aug
ust 24, |912, James Hill made
the following promise:
"I was down here looking at
the location of our tuition. We
have to give you station.
(Long Applause). ?'Well, now,
that is very nice, ail ^ery en
couraging, but I ^ijrqu that
you deserve it and lfc/we did not
think that you dogsfged It we
would not give it-to .you. But
you are sous* about'fourteen
years old and youthave done
well and we" want' pf ip feel
that we appreciate l^ojur enter
prise and ,we enjoy $ snare of
your prosperity. -ira^wUlltry to
put up a station that neither
you nor ourselves w3Jl have to
apologise for. $fcoud Ap
plause) ."-^-Frdm -stenographic
report taken by Lee^Ess/Baw. 'f^
HJk *^t jr*
FALUNS TRS KILL S
Torkel T. Hagen,
employed in one of tfie Crookston
camps at Island Lake,, was instantly
killed: yesterday by being hit by a
falling tree. Hagen was one of a
gang that was swamping -and becom
ing excited at the- cry of "Timber"
ran directly under the tree. His skull
was crushed and one leg broken. A
nephew worked In the same camp
but other relatives in this country
are not known*A*He will be buried
tomorrow* from Coroner Ibertson's
SKUNK SilN &K?'SMELL
Decatur, 111., Jan. le.^Sonfelrody
threw a wrench into -the smoothly
running parcel post machinery at
the Decatur postoffice yesterday. It
was a package of fresh.skunk hides,
mailed by a trapper On a rural route.
Because fresh breezes .were .blowing
in the country the nipral route car
rier was able.t^i^ring^the parcel'
Decatur,r but ^sooUrttV carried it
dbw-^ftf the. Hotel CrooJreton saw .into the building t^Toiw of Klerks ^Pi-
went out byanother door. The par
eel will be returned to th$ sender..
ZBVSZKO WON AGAIN
Duluth, Jan. 16.Zbyszko, chal
lenger of Gotch, defeated Jess West
ergaard last night.
The first fall was in thirty min
utes and forty seconds the second
fall was won on a foul. -_ 'i.'
ONE MORTALLY HURT AND FOUR
INJURED IN MILL CITY WRECK
Minneapolis, Jan. l6.-^-Mark Tom
ilson, driver of a hose. wagonr was
mortally hurt, lour firemen severely
injured, and two women severely
burned, as the resuit of a fire about
noon Wednesday in a rooming house
at 109 East Thirteenth street.
Three firemen and the driver were
injured when the hose wagon over
turned, at Hennepin avenue and
Twelfth street. A collision with a
fire engine that was coming full
speed behind was narrowly averted.
The damage was $2,000.
Tne firemen injured in the hose
cart spill are. Lieutenant Edward
Gammons, cut on head and arms
Davis Nuzille, cut and bruised Jos
eph Kline, back injured and face cut.
Arthur McGregor, another fireman,
was knocked down the steps of the
rooming house by a stream of water,
suffering injuries that necessitated
his removal-to a hospital.
Hose Wagon No: 4 was Jein driv
en at top speed when it swerved
around a corner into the car tracks.
It turned turtle completely, precipi
tating all aboard to the middle of the
street. Tomilson was rendered un
conscious, being thrown beyond the
horses. He was still unconscious
when he was removed to the city hos
pital. He suffered a wrenched back
and internal injuries fromwhich he
Defeated Bagley a Week Ago By
core of 71 to 55 and Are Tout
ed as Coming Champions.
WILT, PLAY BEMIDJI SATURDAY
The following clipping from the
Crookston Times will give the Be
midji people an idea of what the High
school team will meet when they
play Fosston next Friday:
LasD the Fosston, Highe
Bke ball,team defeated th
Bagley team by a 71 to 55 score. The
game was a clean, clever, snappy ex
hibition of basket ball. The Fosston
boys are out this year for- the cham
pionship of Northwestern Minne-
Fosston lias always brought a fast
team to Bemidji and last year de
feated the local team after a hard
game. Many of last year's players
are on the Fosston team this year
while on the Bemidji team, Captain
Bailey is the only last year's player.
The local boys practice every after
noon and are developing team work.
Coach Carson is watching the
team closely and expects Jto turn out
a winner. The last .few nights he
has been picking fast players from
the candidates for the first team and
playing them against the first team.
Some of hese games are too close for
the peace of mind of first team men.
and it is only by hard work that they
can win. Some of the members of the
second team are George Graham, Fred
Graham, Earle Riley/ O. Grisback,
Claude Bailey, Leslie Slater and W.
RIVERS OUTPOINTS CROSS.
New York, Jan. 16...-Joe Rivers,
the Mexican lightweight, outpointed
Leach- Cross of this city in a ten
round bout here Tuesday night.
Cross had the better of the first
two rounds. While the New Yorker
was showering rights and lefts to the
head in the first the Mexican slipped
to one knee at the ropes, but was up
in an instant. Cross' superior at in
In the second round Cross scored
the only real knockdown of the bout
with a left hook under the Jaw.-***1.
The funeral of Mrs. Sam Paquin
was held this afternoon in the FirBt
Scandinavian Lutheran churon, *t,ev.
T. S. Kolste officiating. The pall
bearers were Ray Schumaker, Tony
Sc^usser, Frank Schroeder, Garfield
Akerberg, George |g.?Donaldson .and
Robert Given, flv^t^l^r^yi^^-f
Scoop's Idea Didn't Meet The City Ed's Approval at2^By^HOH
NEW JURORS ARE NAMED
Those Who Must Report' for Service
at Next Term of Court Selected
This Morning. _-\,
FR0M~ COMMISSIONERS' LISTS
Twenty-three grands jurors and
twenty-four petit jurors were picked
this morning from the list of men
named each commissioner from his
^^r|cj|^^T^e bixors who must report
tor the next term are^^fclfi
tjrand jury: i Hf^MlderJlVil^
liams Ole Rensvold, v^Bante Geo
McTaggart, Turtle River A. Atwat
er, Myhre W. G. Schroeder, Bemidji
Chas. Warfield, Bemidji J. P. Rock,
Larmnero Chas, Johnson, Hines C.
W. Collins, Williams John Bickr
stadt, Bemidji Hans Imsdahl, Pitt
T. W. Bell, Bemidji Jacob Deling,
Langor John Moberg, Bemidji, Wm.
McCualg, Bemidji Charles Krahn,
Northroine Frajok Tagner, Buzzle
Rube teller, Bemidji R. H. Dicken
son, Puposky Thos. Williams, Bait
dette J. P. Duncalf, Bemidji Swan
Tell, Buch and Olof Bratvold, Buz
Petit jury: Henry Falk Battle
Erick Johnson, Quiring J. A. Wag
ner, Kelliher Louis Norquist, i,i.oose
Lake Beny Hovland, Hamre Anton
Zilhert, Port Hope Tom Moore,
Eland Geo. Newton, Hornet Mike
Kelly, Pitt Henry Berg, Summit
Math Myrhold, Spruce Grove J. Ky
ler, Spooner R. C. Cook, Kitichi
Harry Smith, Eland Cris Beck, Shot
ley Crist Olson, Maple Ridge John
Benson, Liberty Ole Gundersbn, Be
midji J. L. Williams, Baudette L.
F. Larson, Bemidji Math Berg, Alas
ka F. S. Arnold, Bemidji E. H. Win
ter, Bemidji, and Axel Sandberg, of
WISCONSIN SCHEDULE OUT.
Madison, Wis., Jan. 16.Six con
ference games and a preliminary
clash, with Lawrence makes up the
Wisconsin football schedule for 1913
as adopted by the faculty Tuesday
after receiving the sanction of the
athletic council. Ohio State will be
a new rival of the Badgers for con
ference honors. The schedule:
Oct. 4Lawrence at Madison.
Oct. 11Indiana at Madison.'
Oct. 18Purdue at La Faye'te.'
Oct., 25Northwestern at Evans
Nov. 1Minnesota at Madison:
Nov. 8-sT-Ohio State at Madison,
Nov. 22Chicago at Chicago^. r.T
J. J. HIL HONOR
Man Who Promised Bemidji a New
Great Northern Depot Here to
See Completed Structure.^
CHAMBERLAIN IS NOT HERE
Wired Secretary- Baer This Morning
That He Would Be Unable to
Arrive on Time.
'Our Honored Guest"
Judge C. W. Stanton
"Response" _... .Hon. J. J. Hill.
"City Development"... .P. J. Russell
"Empire of the West". W. H. Gemmel
"Tonnage"..........T. A. McCann
"Farm Development.. ...As E. Nelson
"Short Shoots" Hon. Wm. O'Neil
"Why We Are Here"..M. J. Brown
E. E. McDonald
.T. J. Burke
.A. H. Jester
J. J. Opsahl
"History". "Onions". "Sheep"..
James J. Hill, for many years the
executive head of the Great North
ern, and who until a few months ago
was chairman of its board of direc
tors, is In Bemidji today and this
afternoon is holding an informal re
ception in the new Great Northern
station Mr. Hill will be the guest of
honor at a banquet to be given in
the Markham hotel this evening at
Which the business men of Bemidji -"^i
will entertain officials^ of the Great #xi^i.
Northern and several other invited iy&ht
Mr. Hill's last visit to Bemidji
was on August 24,
BANQUET AT HOTEL MARXHAM\ S
Dinner to Be Served at 8 p. m. to
Over 100 MenProgram of
*^C r. Varied Toasts.- v1912.r^That
H.-Griffin, division freight agent, Mr^&#
id Forks. 1~. V-Mt:Si
E. A. Mills, master carpenter, ^"UJ^
R. h. Knebel,
L. L. La Rue, traveling passeiiger^^^'
ning he addressed several hundred
people in the armory and promised *t
them a new depot for which neither
they nor the Great Northern would
have to apologize. The banquet this
evening is to mark the completion of
the building and as Mr. Hill more
than kept his promise, he is the guest
of honor. _'~:
'ir. Professor Chamberlain, agricultur
al man of the Great Northern, tele
graphed this morning that he would
be unable to arrive in Bemidji in
time for the reception this afternoon.
He was to have met the farmers at
the depot and talked with them al
though the big meeting is set tor Feb
ruary 6. President Carl R. Gray is
also-unable to be present tonight as
he is in the west looking after a sup
erintendent who was taken seriously
ill. Louis W. Hill also sent his re
The banquet this evening will be
served in the dining room of the x^J
Mar&ham hotel and the guests will"
be seated at eight o'clock: While".
the dinner is being served, Remfrey's
seven piece orchestra will play a
program of ten selections. Following
is the guest list as compiled at noon
today: .rf. tt-1
The Guests of Honor.
James J. Hill. S
M. R. Brown, Mr. Hill's secretary. 4
W. B. Dean, director of the Great" ^-^l
Nortnern, St. Paul. J^^fl
Professor Crane, Great Northern ^J^^i
agricultural expert. 3T^^
agent, St. Paul. Ilfefel
E. H. Wilde, A. G. P. A. St. Paul.g^
W. H. Gemmel, general manager orf|jf|,
the M. & I., Brainerd.
Hon. William O'Neil, Cass Lake '^f
*&? Others at the Table*.u
Sam Simpson, Bena W. T. BlakeK^S^^,
ey, Farley Charles Carter, Hines S"
Geprge Anderson, Dr. Sanborn, E.
Netzer^ A. R. Erickson, S. A. Cutter,
G. M. Torrance, H. A. Simons, Jr.,
C. W. Jewett, Thayer Bailey^^ Dr.
Marcum, John Zeigler, H. M. Clark,
C. W. Clark, Wm. McCuaig, Sherm
Bailey, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Smith, Dr.'
Stanton, K. K. Roe, G. W. Campbell,
Harold Dane, H. Doran/Mj Phibbs^'*
Geo. Stein, M. B. Smith, W. Z. Robin-:
son, C. W. Warfield, Frank Koors^^
James Given, O. G. SchWandt, W. W?f7
Donovan, F^ M. Malsahh, R. H. Schu*
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