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VOLUME 13, NO. 1.
FIGHTIN IN FRANCE
STOPPED BY STOR
Paris, Dec. 30. Rain, snow,
squalls and wintry gales sweeping in
from the sea are reported to have
almost checked fighting along the
Belgian and northern France front.
For forty-eight hours the winds have
Petrograd, Dec. 30.Fighting in
Caucasus has resulted in the Russian
occupancy of Merdenek, where the
Turkish trenches were carried after
a series of bayonet charges. Rus
sian cavalry divisions are now oper
ating in the direction of Khorassan.
London, Dec. 30.British observers
of the progress of the war point to
the admission in the Austrian official
announcement that Russia is once
more master of the Carpathian passes
and that troops along the Austrian
front from the Biala river to a point
northeast of the Dukla pass seem to
be falling back, as marking another
surprising reversal of form on the
part of the Austrian soldiers, whose
battle fortunes since the outbreak of
the war have been conspicuously er
The Petrograd war office states that
the Germans who have been pressing
forward in Poland have been repulsed
with heavy losses, and adds that the
Austrian defeat in Galioia breaks up
the maneuver aiming at a combined
Austro-German attack on the southern
forces of the Russians, which if suc
cessful would have imperiled the Rus
sian left wing.
The Petrograd reports admit, how
ever, that they have not crossed the
Dunajec river in Galicia or the Nida
river in Southern Poland, and the Rus
sians seem to be directing their heav
iest blows at the Austrian armies at
the foot of the Galician Carpathians.
Berlin, however, views the situation
in the East with optimism, intimating
that important developments in Po
land may be expected shortly. Prog
ress is reported in German attacks on
the Bzura and Rawka rivers.
Violent Storm in the West.
Fighting in the western theater has
been interrupted by a violent storm.
Notwithstanding this hindrance fur
ther progress has been made by the al
lies, according to the French war of
fice. The British press concedes the
importance of the trenches near Hol
lebeke, south of Ypres, which have
been taken by the Germans and points
out that the strategic value of these
positions lias been emphasized recent
ly in a dispatch from Sir John French,
the British commander.
These trenches command an impor
tant crossing of the River Lys, to
which the Germans have been hold
ing tenaciously. The taking of the
British trenches gives the Germans a
stronger foothold in this regfon.
The French official announcement
refers to comparatively minor French
successes and mentions violent bom
bardment of certain French positions
by German artillery. The French have
occupied St. Georges, Belgium, and
report gains in the Argonne and suc
cess in the movement to invest Stein
bach, in Upper Alsace. German bom
bardments are reported from the Lys
to the Somme rivers, in the vicinity
of Rehelle, at St. Aubin, at Le Ques
noy and at Pouchoir, to the northwest
of Roye. Calm is reported on the
front between the Somme and the
Argonne. On the heights of the
Meuse German counter attacks were
repulsed northeast of Troyon.
(By American Press)
San Antonio, Texas, Des. 30.Two
masked men boarded the Southern
Pacific passenger train between Sline
and Spofford early today and robbed
every passenger on it. The express
car was not molested.
HEAD GOES TO ST PAUL.
Nat Head, one of the best known
of the Red Lake Indians, was in Be
midji yesterday afternoon enroute to
St. Paul where he has been called
to testify in the Mille Lacs reserva
tion timber matter. Head just re
turned from Mille Lacs where he in
spected the work of the scalers, and
a settlement between the Indians and
the government as to the amount due
for timber cut forty years ago, is
hoped for. Head was the first sec
retary of the Minnesota Chippewa
List of advertised letters "UN-
CLAIMED" at Bemidji, Minn., for
week ending Dec. 28, 1914, at post
office department: MenW. H. C,
Granger, Mr. Arthur, Hall, Mr. Clem
ent, Hatcher. Lew, Halsen, Mr. Har
ald, Johnson, Mr. Oscar Christian,
Lee, Mr. Birt, McConnell, Richard,
Prince, Mr. J., Ritchke, Mr. Paul,
Rfelly, Mr. F. L., Ruane, J. W., Rehn,
Mr. Henry, Soder, O. J., Weils, Mr.,
Wilson, P. E. WomenBrandland,
Miss Alma, Dahl, Miss Clara, Fair
banks, Miss Pauline, Hansen, Mrs.
Lulu, Hergus, Miss Leona, Jagusch,
Miss Paulina, Kennedy, Mrs. Mary,
McClatchie, Mrs. Elizabeth, Rivet,
Gladys, Smith, Miss Emma, Towle,
Mrs. May, Vonn, Mrs. Delia.
Russian War Minister Says Ger
=ns Will Not Take Warsaw.
General W. A. Soukhomlinoff, Rus
sian minister of war and adjutant of
the czar, claims all information given
out by the Germans about their so
called recent brilliant yictory in Po
land is sheer invention. He says the
partial displacements o'f the Russian
armies, recently effected between the
Vistula and Warthe rivers, have and
can have no bearing upon a check
that might have been inflicted by the
enemy in the course of a battle ex
tending over an enormous front. He
claims the Russians will be able to
STEWART HAS NEW PLAN
Contracts for Regular Space in Pio
neer and Will Run Ad Each
MondayWatch For Them.
TO OFFER INTERESTING SPECIAL
Determined to impress upon the
minds of the people of this city and
country, that his is "The store of
good taste," S. T. Stewart who re
cently purchased the Roe & Markusen
Grocery store, hag Jiootjraeted jsjs#e
in the Daily Pioneer every' Monday
evening for 1915.
The line of advertising adopted by
Mr. Stewart is unique, catchy and at
tractive. Each and every ad during
the entire year will contain a recipe
for something good to eat. Already
women are planning to cut these ads
from the Pioneer each Monday with
a view of securing material for a
modern cook book.
The recipes will include puddings,
soups, salads, cakes, meats, pies, etc.
and will be well worth saving.
Mr. Stewart's first advertisement and
recipe will appear in the Pioneer
next Thursday, New Year's eve and
after that look for it each Monday.
"I expect to offer some interesting
specials from week to week, in addi
tion to our regular groceries and be
believe the plan will work out well,"
said Mr. Stewart today. The store
is still using auto delivery in spite
of the cold weather and snow, all of
which adds to the service efficiency.
MUST WALK 40 MILES.
Camp Fire Girls Will Try for Mem
The Camp Fire girls made a seven
mile hike yesterday, starting from
Bemidji at 10:30 in the morning and
returning to the city at 2 o'clock, in
the afternoon. They took their lunch
and went to the C. N. Shannon farm.
In the party were Misses Olive Cun
ningham, keeper of the camp fire,
Margaret McGee, Lucile Moritz, Edna
Buckland, Jane Hayntr, Lucene Mc
Cuaig, Dorothy Carson, Edna Ander
son and Milre Achenbach. The mem
bers have begun to win honors and
are required to walk forty miles
within ten days, not necessarily con
secutive days. Another hike is plan
ned for this week.
Something like a chain hoist is a
new device to enable one man to exert
power enough to pull an automobile
out of a mud hole.
LYCAN OH COMMITTEE.
liBemidji Man Assists in Framing Reso
lutions at G. 0. P. Meet.
Frank S. Lycan, of this city", a
member of the state efficiency and
economy commission, and vice-pres
ident of the Northern Minnesota De
velopment association, was yester
If day selected as a member of the reso
lutions committee at the St. Paul
meeting of prominent Minnesota Re
publicans. The committee was named
from the congressional districts, Mr
Lycan representing the sixth. The
meeting was called for the purpose
of reorganizing the Republican party
in Minnesota and to again make it
a factor in state politics. Protests
against the primary law, the Wilson
administration and various "isms"
which have been injected into politics
during the past ten years were feat
ures of this first session of the con
ference. BEMIDJI AGAIN WINNER
Minneapolis Independents Fall Before
Attack of Local Basket Tossers and.
Lose by Score of 23 to 11.
LAST HALF WAS HARD FOUGHT
Invasion into Bemidji territory by
a basketball five, reputed to be one
of the best Minneapolis organiza
tions, the Independents, proved un
successful last evening, and as a con
sequence another victory is marked
to the credit of "Big Bemidg," the
score being 23 to 11.
The local champions began. the
game- with a rush and at the end
of the first half had piled up a score
of 20 to .3, Miller, Howe and Bran
don doing the counting. The for
mer, playing running guard, netted
four baskets, several being of the sen
sational order. Brandon threw two
Brandon and Captain Howe, at
forwards, played excellent basket
ball, following the ball well and tak
ing a prominent part in almost every
play, while Jacobson at guard, again
starred. Trafton, handicapped by be
ing switched from his position at
guard to center, and Miller, played
The Independents, although com
pletely outclassed^ in the first half,
strengthened in the last period and
cut down the Bemidji lead, scoring
eight points to three for Bemidji.
The last half ushered forth some of
the best basketball ever witnessed by
Bemidji basketball enthusiasts. Both
fives fought hard and three times
was Barry, of the visitors, able to
score. This player counted nine of
the Minneapolis eleven points.
Howe (C) rf. Jones
Brandon If Barry
Jacobson rg. Haskins
Miller lg Hanson
Field goalsBarry 4, Glass, 1,
Brandon, 3, Howe, 3, Miller, 4. Free
throws, Brandon, 3, Barry 1. Scorer,
Wilbur Lycan. Timekeepers, B. Rus
sell and J. O'Conner. Referee, Stan
St. Cloud will play here tomorrow.
FAST GAME TOMORROW.
St. Cloud, Champs of Central Minne
sota, to Play "Big Bemidg."
Two speedy games of basketball
will be played on the Armory floor
Thursday and Friday evenings when
the St. Cloud C. C. quint meets "Big
Bemidg." With a record of having
defeated the Minneapolis Independ
ents, the five which gave Bemidji a
hard game of last night, and of win
ning over the fast St. John's Univer
sity team, the St. Cloud boys are com
ing to Bemidji with the expectations
of winning at least one of the two
contests. Although Bemidji will be
without the services of Bestul in the
games, Peck will be back at center
and the team should be able to
lengthen its string of victories.
To enable a woman to speedily dry
her hair after washing it, a Pittsburg
inventor has produced a wire fence to
be placed on the head that spreads
ition Doing Business in
One of Northwest's Most Complete
ve Banking Houses..
ROOMS RATELY FINISHED
demonstrates* Enterprise and Public
Spirit of Management and
County's Financial Solidity.
Wher banks thrive and steadily
increase thefr volume of business,
there is no n$ed for added assurance
that the cityflin whieh they are lo
cated and tins1
nlghboring country is
thrifty and nroaperous, no business
institutions fttrnisfting such sure
index of the^progress of the com
For this fe|son it is gratifying to
every resident an property owner in
Beltrami couifty to note that its
banks have attained recognized stand
ing among thVgood and substantial
financial institutions of northern
Minnesota, and that they have grown
in resources ^pd in the confidence of
the people eaeb day since their es
tablishment. *JfThis growth is con
vincing evidence of the county's in
telligent citizenship and of its value
an .agricultural district.
^The Northern National.
'Among th^| first and foremost
banking institutions of Beltrami
county stands ijie Northern National
Bank of Beafjdji. Established in
1901, as the Ijlumberman's National
Bank, this institution has kept pace
with the development of the county
and now rank&liigh among the na
tional banks of the Northwest. A
splendid testimonial to the prosperity
and sound financial condition of the
people of the county, is found in the
deposits of this\bank, approximately
$400,000, with^corresponding loans
and discounts. |k
Supervised by Government.
Under government supervision, this
bank alms to oner the most liberal
accommodation^ consistent with
legitimate banking. Its stockholders
and officers ar^ men of recognized
standing in the^tommunity and in the
state, each ontfeiselng Iteenly inter
ested in the growth and development
of Beltrami county.
In J.908 the name of the bank was
changed to Northern National, this
being about the same time that the
banking rooms were moved to their
The officers of the bank are: A. P.
White, president W. L. Brooks,
cashier George W. Rhea, assistant
cashier. Oscar Nelson is teller
Paul Howe, bookkeeper, and Miss
Gertrude Malone is in charge of the
insurance, also being the bank's
Has Been Remodeled.
Because of increased business the
bank management several months
ago decided it necessary to enlarge
and remodel the banking rooms. This
work has just been completed and
provides a splendidly equipped new
The building front is formed of
Buff Bedford limestone, which with
attractive copper bronze entrance
doors, make the institution, .with its
elaborately finished banking rooms,
a demonstration of the enterprise and
public spirit of the bank management
and to the financial worth and soli
dity of Bemidji and Beltrami county.
A. Moorman & Company of St.
Paul, perhaps the most widely known
and successful bank architects and
outfitters in the northwest, framed
the plans'for the new structure and
expert workmen of the same firm
have been in charge of the decorating
and installing of the magnificent fix
tures and furniture.
No Feature Omitted.
The architects omitted no feature
which might add to the attractive
ness or convenience of the large bank
ing rooms and, with its marble-coun
ter front, baseboards and trimmings,
the effect could not be improved up
on. The floor is of tile.
On entering the new bank a vis
itor passes through a spacious vesti
bule, finished along lines similar to
the main room. Next comes the
Judge William Louis Kelly, of
Ramsey county, late Monday, stayed
until February 1, the order of the
railroad and warehouse commission,
which compelled the Great' Northern
Railway company to reinstate by Dec.
27 the Sunday train on the Fosston^
line between East Grand Forks, and
Duluth. 'The commission's order is
made inoperative until a decision has
been made after a hearing of the ap
peal of the case in district court. In
a memorandum attached to his order.
Judge Kelly questions the jurisdic
tion of the railroad and warehouse
commission in the issuance of the
order for reinstatement of the Sun
day trains. This means that the
train will not be replaced, if at all,
before February 7.
DORAN IS AGAIN CHIEF
Re-elected Head of the Volunteer Fire
Department With Burgess as As
sistant and Stewart as Secretary.
BAILEY LEADS RELIEF SOCIETY
Herbert Doran was re-elected as
chief of the Bemidji Volunteer Fire
department at the regular meeting
that organization held in the City
nail Tuesday evening. He has been
at the head of the organization dur
ing the past several years and so suc
cess! ul has been his term that he was
R. Burgess was named as as
sistant chief, and Scott T. Stewart
was re-elected secretary, with John
Goodman as treasurer.
Officers for the Firemen's Relief
association were named, the election
resulting as follows: Charles S.
Dailey, president R. E. Miller, vice
president John Falls, secretary
John. Goodman, treasurer*
An auditing committee comprising
M. F. Cunningham A. Halverson and
Charles Dailey, was appointed.
large lobby and this runs the entire
length of the counter to the rear of
the room where a door leads one into
the customers' room, from which ac
cess to the private safety deposit box
The safety deposit boxefe are *yf the
latest design and are equipped with
two locks,'the double key system.
On.entering the banking rooms of
the new building one cannot resist
a temptation to thoroughly inspect its
contents, so attractive are the fix
tures and furnishings, all being in
perfect hamony with the architec
The baseboards are of marble, eight
inches high, and the die which runs'
from that point to the counter-front
top comprises that beautiful stone
known as English Vein Italian mar
ble. Greek Tynos, a marble of a
green tint, is used for the trimmings,
lending added enchantment to the
The Private Offices.
In the immediate front, to the
right of the entrance, is found the
president's private office then comes
the cashier's private and bank
ing room offices. Five windows open
from the working department into
the main lobby, being those of the
paying teller receiving teller sav
ings department, drafts and certifi
jcates, collection and insurance and the
All of the woodwork and furniture
is of mahogany. At the rear of the
banking room and at the left of the
bookkeeping desks is found the large
vault, which is equipped with the
American Banking Protection asso
ciation's alarm system.
The electric lights to be used in
the bank will be the semi-indirect,
alba glass bowls being used.
E. J. Ryan Here.
E. J. Ryan, of the Klauer Manu
facturing company, Dubuque, Iowa,
was in Bemidji today and submitted
a bid for the culvert work on judicial
ditch No. 21. A large number of
other contractors are also here today.
Mr. Ryan was awarded a $4,000 con
tract for the providing of Koochi
ching county ditch culverts, at Inter
national Falls yesterday.
Not The Modern Method For Bagging Bears By "HO P'
General August von Mackensen,
who is in command of one of the Ger
man armies operating in Poland for
the purpose of capturing Warsaw, is
fifty-five, years old. He became a
colonel in 1895, \was made a noble in
1899, became a lieutenant general in
1903 and made a general commanding
the Seventeenth army corps and gen
eral of cava'.ry in 9S:S.
100 SETTLERS COMING
Charles Carter Says That Number
Will Re Minimum for Hines Dur
ing Next Few Months.
PLACE DEMONSTRATION FARM
No part of Beltrami county is be
ing populated at a faster rate, or with
more sturdy farmers, than is the vic
inity of Hines, and it is the opinion
of Charles Carter, the land man, that
another year will find every farm ob
tainable being improved and prepared
for farming and dairying.
This statement was made by Mr.
Carter, following his declaration that
100 settlers have purchased land
within a radius of six miles from
Hines, and will locate there pe^man-
Another indication of Hiries's pros
perity is the fact that where the
school there had but seven pupils In
1907, 110 students are now enrolled
ii the consolidated school, which is
proving a great success.
The school has eight acres devoted
to agriculture and five of these have
been turned over to the Northern Pa
cific railroad for agricultural demon
stration purposes. Mr. Carter has
Wged the railroad to place a demon
stration farm at Hines for several
years even going so far that he offer
ed to donate eighty acres for such
H. C. Cuff, field manager of the
railroad, recently made a trip to
Hines and arranged to take charge
next spring, co-operating with the
school. Demonstrations in vegeta
bles and grain crops of all kinds will
be made, and it is planned by Mr.
Cuff to give lectures on each of his
regular visits to the station, at which
various subjects will be explained to
the scholars. All scholars will have
It is believed that the farm will
prove of much value to the country
surrounding Hines, as it will bring
knowledge along agricultural lines
to the pupils as to the necessary care
of the soil and the proper crop rota
tion. This will be the only demon
stration farm of the Northern Pa
cific in this section of the state.
ANDRIST NAMED AS
St. Paul, Dec. 30.(Spe-
cial to the Pioneer.)Gov
ernor-elect Hammond today
announced the following ap
Charles M. Andrist, of Min
neapolis, to be secretary to
Herman E. Samuelson, St.
Paul, to be executive clerk.
Right Direction and May Follow.
PLAN ADOPTED IN CLASSROOMS
Effort is to Establish a Single Admin
istration of State's Business
Being Generally Approved.
(By J. S. Pardee.)
St. Paul, Dec. 30.(Special to thV
Pioneer.)The Minnesota efficiency
commission's final report is being
studied in a number of states. Gov
ernors have asked for copies as a ba
sis for recommendations in their mes
sages to the legislature. Sponsors
for legislation of this sort in several
states have written that they were 1g|
studying the Minnesota report with "Sji
a view of proposing something sira- 1
ilar for their own states! The list
so far includes, Alabama, Oklahoma,
Colorado, Washington Iowa and one ^t ^f1
or two others. ^-V,
Adopted in Classrooms. 1
Not only that, but the Minnesota
report has been adopted for class- 1
room purposes by James E. Boyle,
professor of economics, state univer
sity, Grand Porks, N. D., and Clyde
L. King, assistant professor in poli- '-$
tical science, University of Pennsyl
vania, Philadelphia, Pa.
According to the political scien
tists, the Minnesota report, if noth
ing else, is a good study in the draf%
of a legislative plan. -^.^J
Benefit of Experience.
Minnesota today is on a compare^
lively good basis. For example, HU-.
nois and Massachusetts are trying to
frame legislation that will put the,
institutions in as good a position as!
was gained for them in Minnesota in
1901, when the board of control plan
was adopted in this state. Minne
sota, nearly fifteen years ago, got to
the point which other states are try*
ing to reach now. With the benefit
of that experience, Minnesota, in its
efficiency plan is trying to taiga an
other long step forward and esjba^lUh.
a single administration for all th%K
The way we have been handling
these things in Minnesotathe same 11
is true in every other state-^-every"
time a new activity was proposed,
a separate little government has
been set up to take charge of it. The
opposition to the new plan cornea
mainly from people, who, like the
board of control or the state board
of health, wish to retain a separate
government for the field now under
Perhaps that should be done. Per
haps there are valid reasons why
there should not be a business or
ganization of the state's business.
But if a business organization is
really wanted, it must, to be effec
tive, take in the care of the institu
tions, the administration of health
work and every other state activity.
To do that, it will be necessary to
adopt the plan of the efficiency com
mission or its equivalent. Business
men who have examined the plan al
most invariably agree that the busi
ness form of organization is desirable
NEW TRIAL IS DENIED
Judge Stanton Rules That George C.
Payne Verdict Must Stand-
Claimed Jury Prejudiced.
WAS CONVICTED OF KIDNAPPING
Motion for a new trial in the case
of State of Minnesota against George
C. Payne, convicted of kidnapping in
Crow Wing county, was argued be
fore Judge C. W. Stanton last even
ing. Attorney H. A. Brown,' of Min
neapolis, appeared for Payne, and G.
S. Swanson, county attorney of Crow
Wing county, represented the state.
Payne and others were prosecuted
for kidnapping and abducting one of
the strikers at the time of the Cuyuna
mine laborers strike in 1912. He was
tried and convicted last June.
The motion for a new trial was
made on the ground that the jury
was prejudicial against Payne and in
duced to return a verdict of guilty
because of his failure to testify in
his own behalf at the trial.
Judge Stanton denied the motion.