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VOLUME XV. NO. 70.
(By United Press)
Washington, March 19. The
United States and Germany are closer
to the brink of actual war than at
any time. Officials of the United
States today expressed themselves
that the kaiser has forced the issue.
The navy may be called upon to hunt
The call for the army will await
the convening of congress, which
may be called into session before
April 16, the date of the special con
London, March 19.Twenty-two
of the crews of three American ships,
sunk by German submarines, are
missing, it was announced today.
The ships are Vigilancia, City of
Memphis and the Illinois. The crew
of the latter is safe.
._, The Vigilancia was not warned.
Expected to Act.
Washington, March 19.It is ex
pected that President Wilson will im
mediately announce the course of ac
tion he intends to take in replying
to Germany's latest affront on the
FRIDAY'S TRAIN ARRIVES
TWENTY-SIX HOURS LATE
Friday's train on jthe Great North
ern, No. 33, from St. Paul, arrived in
Betaidji this morning at 6:15 o'clock,
26 hours late, delayed by the heavy
snows to the south of Bemidji.
The. train was stuck in the snow
two miles south of Clear Lake, for
18 hours and was stalled behind a
wreck at Jenkins for seven hours.
The Bemidji sleeper had among its
passengers Dr. Shannon, H. Shavitch
and R. E. Fisher for Bemidji and al
so a couple of passengers for St.
PREMIER WILL MOVE
(By United Press)
London, March 19.Premier Lloyd
deorge indicated in the House of
Commons today that he will move
that the British government extend
congratulations to the Russian duma
for the establishment of a new gov
"With the opening of the March
term of district court tomorrow, with
Judge Stanton on the bench, the
trial of Billy Polak of Spooner is
scheduled and it is expected to re
quire "several days. Polak is charged
with the murder of Nick Sobstyczson
in Spooner Christmas eve. The un
usual length of the trial will be due
to the necessity of using interpreters.
Polak and Sobstyczson were neigh
bors. Their houses were on the same
lot and the trouble arose as to who
should pay the taxes, it is alleged.
A fight started during which Polak is
alleged to have drawn a gun and
fired four shots at his neighbor, three
of which took effect, any one of
which was fatal. Polak fled across
the Canadian border but returned to
Christmas Eve MurderCase
On Call TomorrowAtMarch
Term of the District Court
Order to First
(By United Press)
Minneapolis, March 19.The First
Minnesota infantry was today order
ed to prepare for inspection. It is
believed the tension with Germany
is responsible for the issuance of the
Mustering Out Halts.
Chicago, March 19.^The muster
ing out of the militia throughout the
Central division has been discontin
ued, it was admitted today at the
office of the adjutant general.
AT COUNCIL TONIGHT
Tonight is the regular meeting
night of the city council, the second
under the new administration. In
cluded in the matters to come before
the council will be the naming of the'
standing committees for the ensuing
year by President H. M. Clark of the
WHITE SELLS RESIDENCE
D. Domas has purchased the A. P.
White residence on Bemidji avenue
and will take possession in a short
time. Mr. Domas moved here from
Littlefork soirie time ago.
FRENCH TAKE HUNDRED
TOWNS AND VILLAGES
(By United Press)
Paris, March 19.One hundred
towns and villages have been occu
pied by French troops in the last
three days in the advance on the
western front, is the official an
ROYAL RCH TONIGHT
There will be a regular meeting of
Bemidji chapter, Royal Arch Ma
sons, tonight. Every officer and
member is earnestly requested to be
present. There will be work and
school of instruction.
A. M. BAGLEY, H. P.
the states and was captured and
brought to Bemidji and placed in the
Beltrami county jail, and held with
out bonds for trial.
It is said Polak admitted the kill
ing, giving self defense as the cause.
A few days after the killing, Mrs.
Sobstyczson took another matrimon
ial chance and when the January
term of court opened, with the mur
der case docketed she was present as
a bride of scarcely a week and was
accompanied by her new husband.
The trial was continued until this',
term and a large number of witnesses
will be heard.
State's Attorney G. M. Torrance
will prosecute and J. G. Hegland of
Roseau and George E. Ericson of
Spooner will represent the defend
Photos by American Press Association.
In the Menah?a Journal, published
by Charles T. Kelley in Menahga,
in Wadena county, issue of March 16,
under the caption "IS IT FAIR?" ap
pears the following relative to the
proposed state normal school in Be
"There is a plan on foot in certain
quarters, to delay, if not deprive Be
midji from enjoying the fruits of its
normal school that the state of Min
nesota, under and by virtue of two
certain contracts, agreed to build and
maintain on the beautiful site so lib
erally donated by the energetic and
progressive citizens of the metropolis
of our Northland.
"Pour years ago a committee ap
pointed by a joint resolution of the
House and Senate, after viewing the
several sites offered by various
towns in the territory outlined by
the legislature, decided in favor of
Bemidji and at the following session
of the legislature $25,000 was appro
priated to begin the work of con
struction. In view of these promises
contracts if you pleasethe citi
zens of Bemidji were perfectly justi
fied in publishing to the world that
their city had been designated by the
state of Minnesota as the sixth nor
mal school site.
"Numerous people, depending on
the state to fulfil her part of the
contract, bought vot tributary to the
FROM TEACHERS' MEET
W. P. Dyer, superintendent of the
Bemidji schools, returned yesterday
morning from St. Cloud where he at
tended the annual convention of the
Central Minnesota Teachers' associa
tion. Mr. Dyer had expected to at
tend the championship basketball
game between Bemidji and St. Cloud
high schools at Crosby Friday night
but was unable to do so.
ON THE N. P. TODAY
(By United Press)
St. Paul. March 19.Embargoes on
Live stock, perishables and explosives
were lifted today at all points on the
Northern Pacific railroad. Other
lines with headquarters here are ex
pected to follow.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PASSED
QUIETLY IN IRELAND
Dublin, March 19.St. Patrick's
day passed quietly in Dublin. Many
country people came into town but
there were no processions.
The church services were largely
Up.to-the-Minute Dispatches by the United PressGreatest Afternoon Paper Service
Meet Demand After American Ships Sunk
MAY CALL NAVY TO
22 CREW MEMBERS
GETTING FOOD TO FIRST LINE TRENCHES
How Tommy Atkins is fed at the front. Above a British officer is seen
inspecting a canister of stew destined for the men in advanced trenches
while below are food carriers just delivering a meal for the fighters.
Menagha "Journal" Editor
EMIPJI DAILY PIQ^KR
BEMIDJI. MINNESOTA. MONDAY EVENING. MARCH 19. 1917. -Tf^R\C^
location selected, built homes and
made valuable improvements. The
city in figuring on permanent public
improvements made plansas they
were justified in doingproviding
for larger outlays in anticipation of
increased population as a result of
the new state educational institution
"It may be that the 'old man' has
been misinformed as to the intent of
the present legislature and we hope
we were, but we want to say right
here and 'out loud' that any legisla
tor or executive who would be a
pirtv to repudiating tho normal
retool contract with the people of
rtemidji, has a mighty queer concep
t'on of a square deal
FIRST MARRIAGE RITE
Judge Gibbons performed his first
marriage ceremony this morning in
his court when Paul Levern Vaneps
of Grand Rapids and Miss Matie Pres
cott of Beltrami county were made
husband and wife.
The judge was a trifle nervous at
the outset but soon retained his com
posure and when he had pronounced
the final words he had cemented the
martial tie as securely as if under
more pretentious auspices. The wit
nesses to this momentous step in the
lives of the principals were Municipal
Court Clerk Fenton and the editor
of the Pioneer.
Mr. Vaneps is proprietor of a liv
ery in Grand Rapids and it was his
second venture on the matrimonial
sea, his first wife being dead.
ROUNDUP OF ALL I. W. W.
ORDERED AT DES MOINES
Des Moines, Iowa, March 19.
Sweeping orders for the arrest of all
I. W. W. in the city have been issued
by Chief of Police Jackson, follow
ing a clash between two officers and
alleged members of the I. W. W., in
which Charles Crill, a special detec
tive, was killed, and W. -P. Blaius,
a patrolman, was wounded. Five
men are held for examination in con
nection with the shooting.
Patrolman Blaius, who is in the
hospital, told the chief that he recog
nized several members of the gang of
10 or 12 discovered trying to rob a
box car as I. W. W. members who
had been picketing in a strike in
BRITISH VIEW DUMA.
AS DEFACTO REGIME
(By United Press)
London, March 19.The British
government Is dealing with the Rus
sian duma as a defacto government.
(By United Press)
Washington, March 19.
The United States supreme
court this afternoon handed
down its decision that the
Adamson 8-hour law was
Vote is 6 to 3.
Washington, March 19.In its de
the court also held that con
gress had the right to legislate
Justice Day read a dissenting opin
ion Justice White's decision said it
was authority begotten of public in
terest in the action of congress. The
vote of the judges was six in favor of
the law and three against, Justices
Pitney, Day and Vandeven dissent
Justice McKenna read a separate
opinion giving slightly divergent
views and Justice McReynolds con
curred, but not flatly, in favor of the
law. He conceded the power of con
gress to fix wages. Justices Pitney
and Day read dissenting opinions.
GERMANS GET TWO
London, March 1.German de
stroyers have sunk one British de
stroyer in the Straits of Dover and
torpedoed another, the admiralty
JUDGE HARRIS GRANTS
REQUEST OF COUPLE
John Siack of Batinue, N. D., and
Miss Emma Halvorson, of Beltrami
county, called upon Judge of Pro
bate Harris this afternoon and asked
him a question.
The judge was obliging and after
giving an extra touch to his hair and
adjusting his necktie the judge pro
ceeded to answer the question pro
pounded of him and wished Mr. and
Mrs Slack much happiness and pros
perity in the future.
When Ole Anderson, proprietor of
the Lake Shore hotel, goes to Fergus
Falls to answer to the federal grand
jury in May to another violation of
the liquor laws in government terri
tory, he will be accompanied by a
gallon of alcohol found in the hotel
safe after it had been "arrested" by
P. Brandt, head of the Indian
agents of this district, immediately
after a visit of two of his men,
Thomas Wold and G.* E. Keenan,
The safe was ordered taken from
the hotel to the county jr.il and An
derson was later arrested He was
released on bonds of $2,000 to await
the federal grand jury.
Safe Forced Open.
Mr. Brandt had R. E. Miller tackle
the safe, when Anderson steadily re
fused to open it and the safe was
forced. It is said that inside was
Gallon of Alcohol Found
In Hotel Safe After It
Is Forced, It Is Alleged
CENTS *EB MONTH
U. S.-GERMNY ON
VERGE OF WAR BY
(By United Press)
-New York, March 19.The rail
ways have met the fullest demands
of the Adamson law, was the an
nouncement sent broadcast early to
day, and as a result the nation-wide
strike has been averted.
Patriotism, swayed to its fullest
height by the sinking of three Amer
ican ships by German submarines,
brought the announcement at an
early hour after the news of the sink
ings reached the United States.
The railways announce they will
aocede to the demands of the brother
hoods rather than create the impres
sion of dissension abroad.
The railways will leave the matter
entirely with the mediation board.
CITY TREASURER NEAR
COLLAPSE COURT CLERK
DEPOSITS $200 CHECK
City Treasurer George Rhea, of
the Northern National bank, experi
enced a most severe shock this fore
noon and for awhile his condition
was considered serious.
It was shortly after 10 o'clock that
Municipal Court Clerk Fenton en
tered the bank and tendered a de
posit of $200 to the credit of th* city
of Bemidji as last week's receipts
from Judge Gibbons' court.
This action on the part of a mu
nicipal court clerk was so novel that
it was with difficulty City Treasurer
Rhea was prevented from jumping
into the lake
RUSS SOLDIERS ARE
WEARING RED RIBBONS
i By United Press)
Moscow, March 19. Russian
troops and the populace are today
united under the red flag. Soldiers
are wearing red ribbons.
JOHN LEASE ARRESTED
Brainerd, March 19.John Lease,
a resident of this city, was arrested
by Leo Meyers, Indian agent, as he
was leaving a train from St.-Paul,
which he had boarded at Little'Falls.
It is alleged that he carried a bundle
containing three quarts of whisky.
The advanced teachers' training
class, which was to have met at the
home of Mrs. Given-McGee this eve
ning, has been postponed on account
of the illness of the teacher, Mrs. M.
found a gallon of alcohol, which is
heing held as evidence.
Anderson had been freed Thursday
of a charge of having sold alcohol in
his hotel to William Black, Black
having no corroborative evidence to
substantiate his allegations. Ander
son lost no time in celebrating his re
lease from the charge and that same
afternoon when the Indian agents vis
ited the hotel they allege they saw
Anderson thrust a bottle of alcohol
into the safe and turn the combina
tion He refused to open the safe
and the agents sent for their chief.
Takes the Safe.
Again Anderson is said to nave re
fused to open the safe and Brandt
ordered the safe removed from the
Anderson is also under bonds on
another charge of law violation
awaiting trial in the Federal court.