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VOLUME 10. NUMBER 246.
State Immigration Commissioner
Has Received Many letters of
MAJORITY ARE HOMESEEKERS
Intend to Locate on Northern Min
nesota Lands and Build Their
Homes in Minnesota.
PROSPECTS NEVER BETTER
All Signs Point to Influx of New
People This SpringSome Lo
cate Near Bemidji.
tO SlM VlMMMr.
St. Paul, Feb. 13.There will be
the greatest movement of homeseek
ra to Minnesota this spring in the
history of the state, according to H.
J. Maxfield, commissioner of immi
"Every indication points to this,"
said Mr. Maxfield. "I do not draw
this conclusion from the activity in
this line last year, or from the splen
did reports of many prospects, sent
me'by local real estate dealers, but
froii actual correspondence received
by this office the past six months.
From a file of letters marked 'follow
ups' ahd amounting to several hun
dred the following extracts were
ii. A. Acree, formerly of Williams
burg, Connecticut, writes us from
Baudette: "We are here as a con
sequence of the books you sent us al
most a year ago, advertising your
state and are well pleased, and we
have gotten others interested in com
ing. Send them literature."
Carl Peterson, Grindstone, South
Dakota: "In reply to your letter, I
have picked out Koochiching county
and will attend the state land sales
Fred Pleggenkuhle, Cedar Rapids,
Iowa: "I now own 3,000 acres of
land in Cass county. My son will
settle in that county this spring."
Geo. E. Cole, formerly of Missouri,
writes us from Nevis, Minn., as fol
lows: "I have lately coma to Minne
sota from Missouri and am now lo
G. W. Chapman, Clarion, Iowa:
"Your last letter at hand. I was UP
at Mora, Minn., this fall and looked
the country over and I liked It very
much. I fully intend to locate in
Minnesota in the near future."
Was in Beltrami County.
C. D. Francisco, Shippenville, Pa
writes in part: "I have recently re
turned from a trip of inspection from
your state and find your letter upon
my return. In company with other
partiea I inade a trip to Roseau and
BoUrami counties and since my re
turn, I am advising some of my
neighbors about the opportunities
IM N. Bowman, Kings, Illinois: "In
reply to. your letter, I have decided
that Cass county Is about where I
want .to buy land, so send me in
formation about it."
Oliver Bailey, Luther, Okla.: "In
reply to your letter of January 3, you
may be surprise to know that I am
about to locate in Roseau county,
close to Roosevelt. I am trading for
a quarter section there."
Rud Dorgersrode, 330 N. Lawrence
street, Philadelphia, Pa., says: "Ex-
pect to locate in Minnesota in the
spring of next year. Give me ship
Chas. Dusell, Marmon,. North Da
kota: "I am in a deal for 800 acres
of land near Bronson in Kittson
county. Send me detailed informa
tion about that county."
Bought Near Bemidji.
H. E. James, Edgewood, Iowa: "In
reply to yours of recent date. While
1 have not decided to come to Minne
sota I may look your country over
next spring. I have shown the litera
ture to_my friends so much that it
is worn out with the following re
sults: Two parties from here, Bert
Dodds and J. Utter, went to Minne
sota and bought land near Bemidji
also a friend from an adjoining town
took up a homestead. Several o^her
parties are thinking seriously about
going up there next spring."
Geo. Ball, 1304 Main street, Des
Moines, Iowa, writes as follows:
-Through advice and literature sent
me, I am living at Big Falls, Kooch
iching, county. I have sixty acrea of
land and am well pleased.
are fair sample of the.
FRANK K. STURGIS.
Former 8toofc Exchange Head
Witness Before Pujo Committee.
Photo by American Press Aaeoclatloa
BECKER'S MOTHER WAITS
New York, Feb. 13.A little
gray haired woman, ninety
years old living in a Long Is
land town, receives every morn
ing a letter from her son, in
which he tells her that he is
getting better and that he ex
pects to see her just as soon as
his health is fully recovered.
The missive comes from for
mer Police Lieutenant Charles
Becker, who is awaiting electro
cution in the death house at
Mrs. Anna Becker hasn't seen
a paper for a good many years.
It's hard for her to make out
the characters, so there is al
ways some one good enough to
read all *he parts that might
interest her. In this way the
news that her favorite son has
been convicted and is under
sentence of death has been kept
from her. She thinks he is in
a hospital and all the letters are
*writte upbh_ the stationery of
hundreds of similar letters received
and now on file in this office. In re
sponse to a system of 'follow up' let
ters, which are sent out thirty days
after our first communication, every
mail brings, such letters as are quoted
above, either saying they have purr
chased land in Minnesota or are
planning to come in the spring.
Prospects were never better and I
look for the greatest movement in
Minnesota afrm lands in the history
of the state."
MANN LEADS FILIBUSTER
Washington, Feb. 13.Led by
Republican floor leader Mann of Illi
nois and Representative Garner
(Dem., Tex.) opponent of the Hon
lin measure appropriating $2,000,-
000 for the national exhibit at the
Panama canal exposition at San
Francisco in 1915, late this after
noon began a filibuster against the
bill which promised to last late into
Roll call was demanded by the
The annual banquet of the Alumni
association will be held in Minnea
polis Friday evening. Bemidji
alumni have been requested to send
greetings to the guests of honor,
Prseidents Folwel, Northrop and
Vincent. Alumni wishing their
names signed to the greetings call
679 between 6 and 8 tonight."'"'
FISHER PROTESTS TRANSFER
Washington, Feb. 13.Protest
against a transfer of the Alaska coal
land cases from the interior depart
ment to the court of claims for set
tlement was entered today by Secre
The Jones bill giving the claims
court this authority was before a
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WA.tTOeirV ON OUR.1
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s\o-caK^t our AKO lwei
STAY IS GRANTED
J. 0. Harris Allowed Ten Pays in
Which to Perfect Appeal From
District to Supreme Court,
Judge C. W. Stanton this morning
heard the prayer of J. O. Harris that
a judgment in the Moon-Harris elec
tion contest be entered for Mr. Har
ris and. that if. it was denied, that
Mr. Harris be given ten days in
which' to perfect his appeal to the
supreme court. Judge Stanton
denied the motion for judgment and
allowed Mr. Harris ten days for"the*
appeal. ROBBED OF $60.00
Walker Man Took In Strange Bed
Fellow and Awoke in the Night
With His Roll Missing.
Olaf Aede, of Walker, claims that
he was robbed of $60 last, night in a
room 'oyer "Big Harry'* jpKinsalus
saloon. Aede says that the money
was-' taken -from him while -he slept
by a lumber jack, whom he had' De
friended by allowing him to sleep in
the same room:
Police are looking for a man who
styled himself ''John Webber" to T.
A. Carlson yesterday and succeeded
in getting $18 casn from Mr. Carl
son on a bad check for $64.
Mr. Carlson said that the man re
presented himself to be a farmer
near Wilton and that he bought $46
worth of goods. "Webber" said that
he would like to have the goods
crated and ready so that he could
take them home this morning. He
tendered a draft for $64 drawn on
the First National Bank of Minnea
polis .by ''Thomas:.Luniham" and en
dorsed by "R. T. McWilliams" Carl
son, gave,the man $l/8 in cash and put
the draft in the bank .this morning.
It was returned as not good.
investigation developed that W^ L.
Bropks, cashier of the Northern Na
tional Bank had written., the draft
for "Luniham" as he represented that
he had money on deposit in Minnea
polis and wanted to send $64 to a
friends in Southern Minnesota. Mr.
Brooks: was looking for ."Luniham"
This is the second piece of bad pa
per to be passed in. Bemidji this week
as an Indian passed a bad check for
$20 on the Berman Emporium Tues
BAD $20 BILL
A bad $20 bill was passed on the
T. J. Crane store last week -The bill
was on a,New Jersey state bank.and
similar to 'the national bank notes.
The error jwa* not 'discovered until
the bill was taken to the bank this
week and it was then toOlate to trace
the person who passed.it.
BEMIDJI, MINNESOTA, THURSDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 13. 1913.*
Aede's watch and
some small change were not touched.
The police wjere
toid by Aede that
his lumber jackfrlend represented
himself destitute and that he had
bought drinks for both. The man
said that he had no money so Aede
invited him to share the room, for
the night. In order to protect his
money' Aede put his wallet in his
vest and wore the. vest toed When
he awoke, the vest was open and
the wallet and a inew.jq^erj^trinj^r'
ing. It is b^ieved the'thief escaped
oh a night train.
DEER RIVER HERE FRIDAY
Champions of the Range to Meet Be
midji in Basketball and Fast
Game is Predicted.
OH *TW* CflR- i
Friday night the High school, bas
ket ball team will play the Deer
River team in this cl^ Deer River f1?
haXjplayadXaW^^s&HaW^^ several of the cities on the range
and have wbn every game. Their
men are large and are apparently
capable of playing a.fast ame. If
Bemidji wins the game tomorrow, it
will mean a step toward the champ
ionship and will also put them in
line for the championship of the
range as Deer River is in the lead
there at present.
It is a big expense to bring the
Visitors here, as the train connections
are poor and the team will remain in
Bemidji a whole day at local- ex-
A game has been scheduled with
Brainerd for Feb. 21, but it is doubt
ful as yet as to whether or not the
team can obtain a hall for that date.
W. B. MacLachlan has advertised a
roller masquerade for that date and
as the .hall has been rented for Feb.
22, there will probably be no oppor
tunity for a game in that hall for
the last of. next week. Bemidji is
anxious to meet Brainerd as they are
now playing a fast game and have
deefated nearly all the fast teams in
line for the championship.
A large number of rooters are ex
pected to accompany the Deer River
team tomorrow night and dance will
be given in their honor after the
At a special meeting of the school
board yesterday afternoon, the list
of teachers recommended for re-elec
tion by the teachers committee of
Superintendent Dyer, and members
Brown" and Roe was passed. All
teachers but A. E. Nelson were re
elected, Mr. Nelson's election being
held up pending his report on the
school farm. No action was taken
on the creamery proposition as the
matter had not been brought before
Scoop Didn't Wait To Crank The Car Himself
Wisconsin Man Writes Series of Injunctions to MilkersNew* item.
TROOPS READY TO MOVE
Three Thousand Infantry and 2,500
Marines May Be Sent To 2r6-j
teot Americans in Mexico.
ANARCHY FEARED IN CITY
Vera Crux, Mex., Feb. 13Dis-
patches fromt Mexico City say that
in addition the battle raging in
looting htfcft^becoiae -general/ S*
Even the houses in the line of
fire are being plundered by mobs
that are.roaming .the streets and
anarchy is threatened.
Nearly all the stores that have hot
been plundered have been closed and
foodstuffs have become so high as to
be unavailable for the. poorer class.
Dispatches from Mexico City also
say that the Madero government is
expected to flee the before tomor
row night, unless the tide of battle
turns in the government's favor.:
Caimenera, Cuba, Feb. 13.-The
United States battleship Nebraska
sailed for Mexico 10:30 Wednesday
morning. The remainder of the
American fleet here is awaiting or
ders. -1 I
Washington, Feb. 13.-^Prepara-
tions have been made to move ap
proximately 2,600 marines from the
ships of the Atlantic fleet and the
Guantanamo naval station to Vera
Crux, to be held in readiness there
for landing, in case it should be
necessary to relieve the foreign lega
tions In Mexico City.
Washingtohr Feb. 13.The First
brigade of the First division of the
army, about 3,000 strong, has been
ordered prepared for "expeditionary
service." It is composed of the Third
Infantry, at Madison barracks and
Oswego, the Fifth infantry at Platts
burg and the Twentyrninth infantry
at Fort Niagra, all in New York.
Washington, Feb. 13.The Amer
ican Red Cross has transmitted $1,-
000 to Ambassador Wilson in Mexico
City, $500 to be used by the. Ameri
can Red Cross society and $50Q at
the discretion of the American am
bassador for the relief of wounded
and destitute American citizens.
ADDITIONAL LOCAL. 1~
A. E. Witting is in Minneapolis
attending the automobile show.
TWO FIRES IN BAUDETTE
Office of Cedar Company Burned and
Settler Loses HomeBoth Had
TO BUILD A NEW HOTEL
Baudette, Minn., Feb., 13.The
cedar company's office conducted
by U, ,S. Hicks, was found to
be on ih^alwMl^OarmrMoiidajri bttHpressed
the Baudette fire departme^^eaehed
it in time to put out the fire, before
much damage was done.
Peter Caveran, who lives north of
the Rainy River saw mil, on the
government road, about two miles
north of here, lost his home by fire
Monday morning. The fire was
started in the cellar from some un
known cause. Peter froxe his feet
while going, to ft neighbor for help.
He had no insurance.
The Duluth Brewing and Malting
company is going to build a $36,000
hotel in Baudette' during the next
summer. It will contain not less
than forty available rooms for
guests and will be as nearly fire
proof as possible. It will be three
stories high, constructed of rein
forced concrete and pressed brick,
and modern in every respect.
H. M. McCumber, electrician, of St.
Paul, who was called to Pitt last
week, on account of the death of his
father, was in town Tuesday with
his brother, George, of Pitt.
Marshal J. R. Dundas was ap
pointed deputy sheriff of this end of
the county last week by Sheriff John
son. Jack is well fitted for the job,
and no better appointment could
have been made.
JOHNSON BUYS A FORD.
Edward Johnson, of Irvine avenue,
bought a Ford automobile from the
Northern Automobile company yes
DENIED HE ASKED FOR MONEY
Washington, Feb. 13.Denial of
charges that he "illegally held up"
federal employes in. Arkansas for
contributions to theJRepublican cam
paign fund of 1912 was made today
to the Clapp committee by George H.
Campbell of Little Rock, treasurer of
the state committee.
He said he wrote many office hold
ers requesting donations, but denied
fixing the amount they were asked to
.^l|^^:^^^^TEN-CEN TS PER WEEK.
SHEEP TO FOLLOW
A FREIGHT RATE
Montana Raiser Waits on Great
Northern to Allow Him to Ship
in a Train Load.
WANTS TO THE TEST COUNTRY
Says if Venture Succeeds This Sum
mer Thousands More Will Be
Sent Following Season.
Will Go Over Ground Between Here
and Akeley to Chart the Shel
tered South Slopes.
A trainload of sheep, to the.num
ber at least 2,500. will be shipped to
Bemidji this spring and unloaded
here for summer grazing, provided
the Great Northern will make the
sheep men a rata of the through-rate
plus $5 per car. This is the an
nouncement J. J. Opsahl makes after
returning from a trip to Minneapolis
the latter part of last week.
In Minneapolis,'Mr. Opsahl met
G. P. Pope, of Miles City, Montana,
and Mr. Pope returned with him as
far as Walker and Akeley. Mr. Pope
is a sheep man and at present is
wintering about 60,000 head. He
says that he is in the same position
as other western sheep men who find
that- their ranges are being dimin
ished by the incoming homesteaders.
From Walker, Mr. Pope-and Mr.
Opsahl drove west, through the Lake
George country to Akeley. Mr. Pope
at first did not care to look over the
country in the winter but at Akeley
expressed himself as favorably im
with the range jKWibilitiea
of t&etcottntry. V".." I
"If the Great Northern will make
me a rate,? said Mr. Pope I will
ship in at least one trainload of ewes
this spring and try the range possi
bilities of the country. The ewes
will come in as soon as I can be as
sured that there is feed for them but
they must be here oy the first week
in May. They will be heavy with
wool and lamb at that time. In the
trainload, there will be from 2,600
to 4,000 head. I will pasture them
here in the summer and then ship
them all to the markets in the fall."
Mr. Pope commissioned Mr. Opsahl
to make a plat of the country be
tween Bemidji and Akeley showing
the hills and especially the south
slopes. He said that the ewes would
have no trouble in lambing if they
had sheltered spots on south slopes.
Mr. Pope will bring men to care tor
the sheep if the animals are shipped.
In Akeley Mr. Opshal found that
the business men went back from the
Bemidjf sheep meeting- enthusiastic
and are taking steps to assist the
Bemidji Commercial club to get the
sheep' into this country. The Ake
ley men Bay that they realise: that
when ti^e lumber mill is moved the
city will suffer a great financial loss
unless the surrounding country can
be built up In the meantime.
CR00KST0N BANK SOLD
The" Scandia-American bank of
Crookston has been sold to A. A.
Miller and J. P. Foote, doing a law
and loan business, in that city under
the firm name of Miller & Foote,
About a year ago the Scandia bank
was sold by Miller & Foote, who had
conducted it for a long time, to
Lewis Ellington and H. D. Reed
with whom were associated J. H.
Ruettell, Halvor Steenerson, Charles
Loring. C. C. Strander, G. S. Chester
man, H. Holte and some others. Mr.
Ellington was elected president of
the institution and H. D. Reed cash
ier. The bank was capitalised for
$60,000 and there was a surplus of
The announcement was made a day
or two ago that Mr. Ellington had
tee appointed postmaster of Crook
ston by President Taft and is ntfw
awaiting confirmation by the senate.