DESTRUCTIVE FIRE AT BROOTEN.
Mrs. Ellin*boa and Childran Barely Es
cape With Thalr Livas. Financial
Loss Amounts to Over $5,000.
One of tike most disastrous fires in
the history of Brooten Tuesday morn
ing about two o'clock. At this time
the people were aroused by the vigor
ous ringing of the fire bell and on
turning out discovered the old Weng
er store, now occupied by Moses John,
general merchandise, and Sam Olson's
harness shop to be on fire. Flames
were shooting out from all sides. The
fire department acted promptly and
soon had several streams qfi water on
the burning building. It was soon
seen that it could not be saved, so
their attention was turned to the store
of Gandrud & Co. to the north and a
vacant building to the south. The
wind was from the northwest and so
kept the flames away from the near
buildings. After working steadily for
two hours the fire was finally subdued
and danger past. The origin of the
fire is unknown. It was first discov
ered by Mrs. Ellingboe and family
who lived upstairs and who barely
escaped with their lives. The losses
are: Moses John with insurance
•4,000, Balsam Bros., with insurance
on building, 1800. Mrs. Ellingboe
lost everything with no insurance and
the Gandrud Co. lost about $300 from
breakage and damage by water. Too
much praise cannot be given to the
fire department for their prompt and
most efficient action and we are sure
the town fully appreciates their endeav
A purse was started in the morning
for the benefit of Mrs. Ellingboe and
family and at last reports over 9100
had been secured to tide them over
their troubles.—Belgrade Tribune.
Talk of a Front Street Park.
The old rumor of a park to be es
tablished by the Great Northern on
Pacific avenue has again been revived.
Let us all hope that it is not a "pipe
dream," but a living reality. We
are firm in the belief that if the village
would confer with the officials of the
road in the proper maoner, the result
would be that there would be some
improvement at least in the appear
ance of that street. During the summer
nothing would afford more pleasure
for transients—and they are many
coming through the city than to enjoy
a seat in a spot surrounded by trees.
Not only this, but it would give the
traveling public afar better impres
sion of our city to see well-kept
grounds on its front street. We have
often heard it remarked by people
going through Willmar on trains, that
the city presented such a dirty appear
ance, and how could they be blamed
for such a remark? The first street
they catch a glimpse of is Pacific
avenue, with all its beautiful sur
roundings. A trip through the city
will of course convince the stranger
that we have one of the prettiest cities
in the state. There are well-kept lawns,
a large number of shade trees, and
some pretty residences. Our public
buildings are also a pride to the city,
especially the court house with its
well-kept grounds. Let us try to im
prove the most prominentjpart of our
city, and the stranger will not be ob
liged to resort to the suburbs tofindanA
Roadmaster Mayer Dead.
The citizen's of Delano were shocked
by the announcement that John Mayer
died on Wednesday evening. He was
injured in a wreck some time ago and
came home last Saturday, feeling bad
ly, but no one was loosing for his
death. He has been a strong, rugged
man andone of the most active offici
als of the G. N. for years. He will be
sadly missed by a host of relatives
and friends. The funeral is to be from
the Catholic church on Sunday after
Deceased was well known here in
railroad circles, having been connect
ed with the Great Northern as general
roadmaster for a great many years.
Owing to his sudden death a post
mortem was held Thursday by Delano
physicians. The cause of the death
was pronounced to be typhoid fever
and dilation of the heart. Mr. Mayer
was 50 years of age. He leaves a widow
and several children.
Their Annual Fair.
The ladies of the Presbyterian
church will have their annual fair at
Bonde hall, Friday evening, Nov. 23.
There will be a sale of fancy work and
useful articles, also of dressed dolls.
Supper will be served from six
o'clock throughout the evening.
Roast Turkey Cranberry Jelly
KscaUoped Oysters Mashed Potatoes
Pork Baked Beans Brown Bread
Cold Boiled Ham Cabbage Salad
A cordial invitation is extendedto all.
The Traek Craws Leave.
Nearly 300 men. comprising the
different craws who have been at work
along the Sioux Falls line the past
season, were sent from here to St.
Paul last week. The railroad com
pany will finish their improvements
in the spring, when-a large force of
laborers will again be required.
Will Receive Hia Reward.
Sam Nelson, of Svea, has been se
lected to fill the position of deputy
county auditor during the next term
Of Auditor Johnson's administration.
Mother Earth is enveloped in her
white blanket and the farmers are rig,
ging up their sleighs. Most of the
people are busy husking corn and get*
ting it under shed for the winter
Miss Emmeline Lindqirlst spent Sun
day with her parents, returning in the
afternoon to her school in Holland....
Rev. Peterson of Lake Elizabeth con
ducted services in the schoolhouse in
Dist. 64 last Sunday afternoon and
Monday and Tuesday evening .. .Mr.
Salander's house is now well under
way. Johnny Johnson is helping
him Eric Ericson left last Satur
day for Minneapolis, where he intends
to strike a job The scholars in
Dist. 64 are planning for an entertain
ment to be held Thanksgiving eve,
Nov. 28 We are informed that a
basket social will be given Tuesday
evening, Nov. 27, in the Nord school
house. Miss Desmond is the teacher.
Ernest Haglund has been work
ing for his brother-in-law, Peter Ren
strom, for a few days The repub
lican newspapers took a lay-off after
election but have now commenced to
make their appearance again. PAT.
A republican, "landslide" with
"prosperity" on top marks the cam
paign of 1900. The "dinner pail" ar
gument went right home to the stom
ach but look out for an "upheaval."
So the TRIBUNE has "grave
fears for the future"—well, maybe
there'll be too many "rough riders.''
But comfort yourself: a majority
rules, but the minority is generally in
the right—that's what history says
Quit your work, grubbers: winter is
here, and everybody talks of sleigh
ing The school boys in Dist. 97
are wild with delight: we have had a
visit from the smiling man who is to
succeed himself, and the. windows have
curtains to protect the eyes of the
future citizens The spelling match
last night was a real nip and tug, and
Sophie Seeland holds the champion
belt but—look out for our next Fri
day afternoon—there's music in the
Mrs. James Sanderson was down
from Willmar Saturday... .Miss Anna
Anderson is working for Mrs. B.
Freeberg... John Wicklund and his
daughter Amy were in Willmar one
day last week—Miss Hannah Ander
son came up from Minneapolis last
Wednesday and will make an extended
visit at the home of her brother, A.
E. Anderson The choir of the M.
E. church met at J. Wicklund's home
last Friday evening C. Glader's,
A. Hedberg's, P. Norman's, and Miss
Cora Peterson were entertained at J.
Enblom's place last Sunday Miss
Helga Broman returned from Willmar
last Wednesday Mr. Louis Nor
man accompanied by his sister Lydia
attended asocial gathering at Rosen
quist's in Lake Elizabeth Saturday
evening K. Backlund and Geo.
Jones were around buying cattle last
Miss Annie Anderson is visiting with
friends in Hancock, Stevens county.
party of young people were pleas
antly entertained at Brouwer's home
Friday evening Olof Mattson has
completed a large barn Frank
Blecka made a bicycle trip to Svea
last Sunday Miss Christine Gran
quist of Fahlun was dressmaking at
Olof Walin's last week. Bengtson
Bros. & Co. commenced corn threshing
last Thursday. They expect to have
their feed mill in running order next
week John Damstra is building
an addition to his barn... .Anderson's
folks spent Sunday at E. Christenson's.
Book agents and grocery agents are
oanvassing in our neighborhood
Mrs. Simon Dykema is visiting rel
atives and friends in Chicago John
Bu is in Polk county looking up a
suitable place to settle in. DEXTER.
Miss Mary Finstrom returned from
Willmar Monday Miss Selma
Dahlsten came up from Willmar to
spend the Sabbath at her home in
Pillsbury Mrs. O. Backlund and
daughter Euphamie, and Mrs. W. H.
and Mabel Merryman visited with
Willmar friends last Saturday
Misses Minnie Bergin and Emma Ol
son visited with Willmar friends last
Wednesday afternoon and Thursday
forenoon. Misses Cornelia Hough
and Carrie Gordhamer accompanied
them back to Kerkhoven Wilbur
Moe of Carlson died last Friday of
typhoid fever, His brother Louis and
two of C. W. Johnson's children are
now quite ill with the same disease.—
Mr. Christ Soljeld called on friends
at this place yesterday Miss Ida
Erickson, who is employed at the
Willmar steam laundry, spent Sunday
at home Mr. Schwartz, the geni
al nursery man from Willmar, trans
acted business here last Saturday....
Per Erickson made a business trip to
New London last Friday.. .Mr. Ed
ward Embertson spent a eonple of
days at home this week..... .Mr. Em
bertson is at work improving and en
larging his orchard.
Vol. 6. Willmar, Minnesota Wednesday, Nov. 21, 1900.—EIGHT PAGES.
FALLS FORTY-FIVE FEET.
Oaear Corbul la Seriously Injured While
Climbing a Wind-mill. Later Ha
Suocumbs co His Injuries.
A most distressing accident occurred
last Saturday afternoon on the farm
of Martin Knudson, who resides about
three miles west of Willmar. The
victim is a young man 23 years of age,
who was visiting at the place. His
name is given as Oscar Corbul and his
home is near Renville.
He was climbing a windmill with
the intention of fixing it, and when
about forty-five feet up one of the
rounds broke. He fell to the ground,
striking with such force as to break
his thigh-bone and five ribs. An ex
amination revealed the fact that he
also suffered severe internal injuries
and the chances were very slight for
his recovery. Dr. MacLaughlin has
been attending him, and he has been
receiving the best of care. On Moo
day, at the request of the family, Dr.
K. Hoegh of Minneapolis was called,
being anold friend and former physi
cian. He returned the next morning.
At this writing (Tuesday noon),
the patient is still in a very critical
LATER—Since the above was put
in type, we learn that the young man
passed away at 2:35 yesterday after
noon. A brother of the deceased, Ole
Corbul, was in Willmar last evening
to make arrangements for the funeral,
which will take place the last of the
week at his home near Renville, De
ceased would have been 23 years old
the 7th of January. The heart-broken
parents and surviving members of the
family have the sympathy of the com
munity in their bereavement.
The wedding bells are ringing,
Joy to oneof our youngmen bringing.
We wish him a long and happy life
In company with a loving wife.
John Bengtson is building a butcher
house on the farm, where he will do
the butchering. Edwin Bengtson will
attend to the business in New London.
Jesse Larson has returned from
Willmar, where he has been doing
carpenter work Signe Peterson
went to Willmar Friday, returning
Saturday....Mr. and Mrs. Nels B.
Johnson went to Litchfield Wednes
day to attend the wedding of Charles
Malmqvist of Grove City to Miss Hil
ma Nystrom of Greenleaf Miss
Hulda Carlson has gone to Willmar
where she has secured employment....
The marriage of one of our young
men, John Thome, to Miss Adelia
Dahlberg will take place Thursday,
Nov. 22, at the home of the bride's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Erick Dahl
berg, of Colfax. We wish them all
possible happiness.... Remember, la
dies, if you want anything in the line
of butter for your Thanksgiving par
ties go down to our cheerful butter
maker, Joe Hanson, and get the best.
John and Alfred Thome visited
at Willmar Saturday.
The Parish Helper, which for the
past four years has been published
here as the organ of the Episcopal
parishes at Willmar, New Paynesville,
Benson and Appleton, ceases its pub
lication with the November issue. The
managing and editing of the magazine
has been conducted by Rev. D. T. Booth
in a very creditable manner. Lack of
time and financial support are the
prime causes for its suspension, as
announced by the publisher in its last
issue. As a parish paper it has ful
filled its mission most ace ptably, and
will be greatly missed especially by
the parishioners of the respectivetrade
Died at the Homo of a Brother.
Edwin Osmundson died last Sunday
at 1:50 p. m., of diabetes, at the home
of his brother, Samuel Osmundson.
Deceased was 24 years of age. He
returned home about a month ago
from Havre, Montana, where he had
been in the employ of the Great North
ern as fireman. Ever since, he had
been gradually failing in health, but
was not cpnfined in bed more than a
few days. The funeral takes place
to-day (Wednesday) at 2 o'clock p. m.,
from the Free Lutheran church.
Was Poorly Attended.
Misses Maude and Elsie Lochren,
who were in the city last week with the
view of organizing a dancing school,
did not meet with much success here.
The social danoing party which was
arranged for Thursday evening, was
poorly attended. We understand the
ladies will give another party at the
Bonde hall on Thursday evening of
this week, when they expect that
there will be a larger gathering of
Change of Management
The Glarum hotel changed manage
ment last Saturday. The new lessee,
Martin Bigg, has removed his family
here from Glenwood and they are now
in charge. Mr. Glarum and family
will apend the winter on the farm.
They retire from the hotel business
after a most successful management of
it for over twenty-five years.
Wood is an expensive necessity these
days. Maple wood, aawed and de
livered, now sells at 17.00 per cord.
IT IS TOLD alOUT TOWH
That might is notalways right.
That it is sometimes folly to bewise.
That the TRIBUNE prints the news
That the wood and coal dealers are
That falsehood travels faster than
That Thanksgiving will be here in
That Willmar's population is grow
That trust stock is rising and wheat
is going down.
That the small boy is trying his
skates and coaster.
That Willmar will have a new bank
building next summer.
That it is up to John whether there
is to be a contest or not.,
That this is the week when the marks
men compete for the turkeys.
That the railroad men living in the
first ward are looking eastward.
That this is the time when the elec
tric light meter gets in its heavy work.
That several new additions will be
platted adjoining our growing city in
That Van has dodged into Iowa for
a breathing spell away from hungry
That several church societies are
planning for improvements during the
That Willmar wants the new freight
schedule for distributing, points ap
plied to herself.
That every humble home in Will
mar ought to have roast turkey, etc.,
on Thanksgiving day.
That no one works hard to get rid of
a good thing, although some people
would have you think so.
That Willmar will sustain her rec
ord as an educational centre during
the school year of iaOO-01.
That many of our citizens have been
in the banking business—with wheel
barrows—to meet the draughts.
That the Great Northern engines
snort with pride at their new accoma
dations in the east end of town.
That the person who hopes that the
populists and democrats are "dead"
is not a good citizen of the republic.
That the turning on of the street
lights every morning at train-time is
appreciated by our traveling citizens.
That there will be a contest two
years from now, and that the princi
pals may be Van Sautapd Lind again.
That the people who believe that the
devil is gradually reforming are them
selves merely sliding down to his own
That lots will sell at a rapid rate
over in expansion town when the
bridge over the railroad yards is com
That holding down a job is of more
importance to many politicians than
what brand of politics they use in se
That candidates will have to file their
expense accounts by Dec. 6th. To be
absent on an excursion up Salt creek
excuses no one.
That all voters who expect to vote
at the village election should be re
quired to register at least a week be
fore the election.
That the person who wishes to keep
posted on local affairs reads the
WILLMAR TRIBUNE, either at home or
at his neighbor's place.
That some of those who were beaten
by the prosperity racket are awaiting
the returns on their statements of ac
count with a grim curiosity.
That Willmar merchants want the
of farmers for twenty-five miles
around, and that the best way to reach
them is advertise in the TRIBUNE.
That indications point to a consid
erable snowfall this winter, for the
railroads to buck and to worry the
farmer who is shy on fodder for his
That those who talk loudest about
the dangers of creating class prejudice
are generally by their political intol
erance doing more than anyone to
That Raymond is to have a news
paper. And that certain Willmar
printers who enjoy making trips to the
place rather hate to see theirfielden
That the farmer who expressed sur
prise at the Republican headquarters
in this city on the day after election
because wheat had not advanced is
still holding his breath in suspense.
That furnishing the stuff for a fewmarriage
substantial Thanksgiving dinners to
deserving families would give more
true satisfaction than stuffing rich
foods down the critical throats of the
people of one's set.
That the forty-year hunger of the
democrats about which so much was
said two years ago pales into insigni
ficance in comparison with the condi
tion of the victims of the two-year re
publican famine of which tangible evi
dence is becoming manifest.
That some of our retired farmers
are figuring on selling their farms and
buying more city property. That they
cannot realize enough from the rent of
their farms to pay them a good rate of
interest on money invested, but that
with present demand for houses city
property pays well.
i—l«linnnii«ii I -n,~ ... jf*"
DEATH O NELS BRATTLUND.
One of the Early Settlers and Respect
ad Citizens of the County Passed
Away, Stricken by Paralysis.
Nels Brattlund, an old and re
spected citizen of this place, died yes
terday morning at 3:30, of hemorrhage
of the brain. Deceased was stricken
with paralysis last Wednesday and
his death was momentarily expected.
He was 81 years and 7 days of age.
Mr. Brattlund was one of the early
settlers of the county, and removed
here from Lake Andrew to make his
home with his two daughters, Mrs. A.
E. Rice and Mrs. C. C. Selvig. The
demise occurred at the home of the
latter, with whom Mr. and Mrs. Bratt
lund have resided for a number of
years. The deceased leaves a widow
in feeble health, besides four daugh
ters, to mourn his departure. The
two daughters residing at outside
points are Mrs. Marie Beckstrom of
Oakland, Nebraska, and Mrs. Johan
na Olson of Clinton, Minn.
The funeral will take place to
morrow (Thursday) at 9 o'clock a. m.,
from his late home. After a brief
service at the house, conducted by
Rev. Anderson, the remains will be
taken to Lake Andrew for burial.
Services will be held in the Swedish
Mission church at that place, Rev.
United in Wedlock.
The marriage of Miss Laura John
son to Henry C. Traue, was solemn
ized last evening at St. Luke's Episco
pal church. The wedding ceremony
was performed at 8 o'clock by Rev.
D. T. Booth in the presence of imme
diate friends and relatives of the con
tracting parties. Miss Amiee Acker
man presided at the organ and played
the wedding march as the bridal pair
entered. The bride was attended by
Miss Matilda Bonde as bridesmaid,
while Mr. Ole Rogan officiated as
groomsman. After the short but im
pressive ceremony, the company re
paired to the home of the bride's
siBter, Mrs. J. C. Free9e, where a re
ception was tendered the happy couple.
About thirty guests were present to
partake of the wedding supper and ex
tend their best wishes to the newly
married couple. A number of very
pretty and useful gifts were received.
Both the bride and groom are highly
esteemed among our people and the
TRIBUNE joins their many friends in
extending congratulations. They have
gone into housekeeping in the C. M.
Johnson residence, in the first ward.
Miss Serena Botnen, saleslady at
the McLaughlin store, was tendered a
very pleasant surprise party last Wed
nesday evening at her home in the 1st
ward. The company numbered about
thirty of her young friends, who gath
ered to celebrate her twenty-third
birthday anniversary. Refreshments
and music were the order of the eve
ning. Miss Botnen received a pretty
toilet set among other articles as hap
py remembrances of the occasion.
A Special Wire.
The Edwards, Wood & Co.'s com
mission house has commenced the work
of stringing a .special wire from St.
Paul to its Willmar office, and it is
expected that everything will be
readiness this week for the new ser
vice. Continuous market reports will
be received from the cities over this
private wire, which will be of great
advantage to the local office and its
The Foresters are making elaborate
arrangements for their annual Thanks
giving ball, to be given on Wednesdav
evening, Nov. 28tb, at the Bonde hall.
They inform us that they have secured
the Leffingwell orchestra of four
pieces from Minneapolis, which is a
guarantee of good music for the event
Supper will be served in the banquet
room by the ladies of the Episcopal
Will Be Married.
Mr. Oram Geeland, of Eden Valley,
and Miss Minnie Hagerman, of this
city, will be united in marriage next
Sunday evening at the Presbyterian
church. The ceremony will be per
formed by Rev. C. H. Johnson at six
o'clock, after which a reception will
take place at the home of the bride's
sister, Mrs. A. M. Anderson.
A Quiet Wadding.
Lucien A. Can field was united in
Thursday evening to Lillian
Doble, Rev. D. T. Booth officiating.
The wedding was a quiet affair, only
immediate relatives being present
They are occupying the residence of
Mrs. Carrie Nyren, on South Fifth
street, into which the groom recently
moved with his family.
Married at Minneapolis.
Joseph Cleary and MissElinoreRan
sieure Carruthers, of Willmar, were
married at Minneapolis on Monday,
the 12th instant, Rev. Father Arctan
der of St. Johns church officiating.
The contracting parties are well known
here and wishes for a happy married
life are extended to them bytheirmany
Some mild cases of small-pox are
reported at Raymond.
Nov. 11.—Wedding bells will ring
for one of our young ladies the 15th
inst. Further particulars next week..
Miss May Trulson and Mrs. A. Trul
son visited relatives in Willmar last
Saturday and Sunday....L. P. Felt of
Fahlun, was doing some corn thresh
ing for some of our farmers last week
—You can't imagine how dissatisfied
Kid got when he heard that the reform
forces had suffered defeat at the polls.
The thing that displeased him the most
was that Gov. Lind got defeated. He
thinks it is indeed too bad that the
common people which are considered
to be an intelligent class of people, are
so ignorant as not being able to decide
what party and men stand for their
welfare. We populists ought now to
make it an important matter of duty to
closely watch the state affairs of our
next governor, and compare them with
Lind's. We can thereby prove which
of them do the most good for the com
mon people. Let us for instance* pay
good at ention to how the railways and
big corporations are being treated....
The Rude Threshing Co. have pur
chased acorn thresher for their engine
and are now doing a considerable lot
of corn threshing for the farmers in
this vicinity Next Saturday, the
17th, our merchant ends his special
sale of shoes. If you want a pair of
good Bhoes at a low price, you had
better get there quick Miss Annie
Westlund is in Willmar learning the
dressmaking trade It is reported
that Ole Nordstrom is so low that
doubts are had for his recovery. It is
said that the doctors have given up
hope for him Kid was well pleased
indeed to learn that his friend, Bryan
esque Populist, was yet a staunch
friend of reform. He now believes it
was only a story started up by un
known little yap. He hopes that you
as well as all the other true friends of
reform will not feel disappointed over
the recent defeat we suffered. But you
should bear in mind that every person
that represents a righteous cause will
many a time meet with strong opposi
tion. And the same here. Cheer up,
comrades, our mission is not fulfilled.
We'll rally round the party. Yes,
we'll rally all again, shouting the
battle-cry—REFORM. KID MCCHEE.
S. Anderson was seriously ill the
first part of last week, but according
to latest reports.he is recovering.
Emil Olson is at present janitor of the
schoolhouse in Dist. 66 Miss Lou
ise Olson returned from Pennock last
Monday. ... Supt. Fink called at Ir
ving last week H. Stromme has
purchased another 40 acres of land..
.Mr. Johnson is at work on a large
building in Paynesville. ... The West
Irving school was closed part of last
week on account of the failing health
of the teacher, Mr. Larson. We how
ever havt reason to hope for a speedy
restoration and to find him again im
planting the seeds of erudition into
the juvenile minds Charlie Wer
melin has purchased 40 acres of land
on the west shore of Otter Lake The
blacksmith shop at the Irving cream
ery is being enlarged Cordwood is
now in great demand and prices are
very high Frank Wermelin has
erected a blacksmith shop ou his
mother's farm and will in a short time
prepared to do horseshoeing and
general blacksmithing. From his
past work at various places we feel
assured that he will give his customers
the best possible satisfaction, especial
ly in the farrier's line.
PAYNESVILLE PRESS, Nov. 15—Mel
vin Van Vorst, who has been sick with
typhoid fever, has so far recovered as
to be allowed to sit up Sheriff
Schilpin was in town Monday, on his
way home from Lake Henry, where
he had gone earlier in the day, in re
sponse to a message from Jacob Neut2
ling, informing him that a span of
horses had been stolen. After arriv
ing there the sheriff found that a son
of Mr. Neutzling had sold the team to
a farmer in Kandiyohi county, the son
claiming his mother had previously
given the team to him. The son ap
peared to have the best of the bargain
and the sheriff returned with nothing
but thoughts that cannot be expressed
in words concerning family jars
Mrs. A. VanVorst died at her home
in this village last Thursday morning.
She had been sick for several months
and her demise was not unexpected.
The funeral was held from the Metho
dist church on Saturday. Mrs. Van
Vorst was one of the pioneer settlers
of this section of the state. She
leaves a large family of grown chil
dren, all of whom are well known.
A Lecture Recital.
Miss Marie Railson is arranging
for the appearance here at an early
date, of Prof. W. M. Crosse of Minne
apolis, the celebrated pianist. A
lecture recital will be given, in which
Chopih, the tone poet, will be taken
up, and his works played on the piano.
The professor has gained quite a re
putation as a brilliant performer and
a musical treat is promised to our
people. Miss Railson is meeting with
good success in the subscription sale
of tickets and expects to have the
entertainment take place the first week
in December. It will be given at the
Willmar opera house,
ACQUITTED O MURDER.
Chas. Campbell, a Bartender, Who Shot
Henry Scott in a Saloon at DeGraff
is Pound Not Guilty of Murder.
Chas. Campbell, who was indicted
for the murder of Henry Scott, which
took pla.-e in Kielty's saloon at De
Graff on Sept. 8, was acquitted last
Saturday in the district court at Ben
son. He set up the plea of self-de
fense. Scott was drunk and unruly
and refused to leave when ordered to
do so and an altercation took place
which ended in Campbell, who was the
bartender, pulling a gun and shooting
at Scott an I a companion. Scott was
wounded and died at a hospital at
Minneapolis on the following day.
Among the witnesses for the defense
was Ole Lundquist of Willmar. The
Benson Times says, "Ole Lundquist
of Willmar, a deputy sheriff, testified
that Scott lived there a year ago and
was quarrelsome and threatened to
kill several men. The county attor
ney admitted that he had been a bar
tender there, and the statement was
made and not contradicted that he was
convicted of blind pigging there." In
regard to the close of the trial the
Times says: At the conclusion of the
evidence Mr. OJney occupied thirty
five minutes in presenting the state's
side of the case to the jury, after
which Mr. McCune spoke in all two
hours and tea minutes, making the
plea of self-defense. Judge Qvale's
charge to the jury took forty-three
minute-, and the jury tnen retired to
their room for deliberation and after
twenty hours rendered a verdict of not
guilty, about nine o'clock Saturday
morning. Upon the first ballot, we
are told, the jury stood six for acquit
tal and six for some punishment. The
second stood eight for acquittal' and
the next ten for acquittal, and at last
the last two united with the others in
making the verdict unaminous in the
morning. The defendant was dis
charged, but after about an hour's
liberty was rearrested upon the charge
of shooting at Kielty, and unless bail
is secured, which is notprobable, will
be obliged to lie in jail till next March,
when another grand jury meets.
Off For The Coast.
A large party of Kandiyohi county
people left Tuesday night for New
Whatcom, Wash., in a special tourist
car over the Great Northern, under
the care of P. W. Strand, of Pennock,
who has been instrumental in urging
the people to make the change. Hs has
been out there himself several times
and ia very favorably impressed with
the location and confident that it offers
exceptional opportunities for settlers.
The party consisted of P. W. Strand
and family, V. A. Williamson and
family, M. Martinson and family, Mrs.
Albert Lindberg, Mrs.John Hogmoe,
Miss Hannah Erickson, Edward Erick
son, John Jacobson, J. B. Olson, John
Gregor and Nels Horgen, all from
Mamre and St. Johns townships, and
they expected to be joined at Benson
by a party of eight. The party will
have the use of the sleeper to their
Some of the party will locate in
business at New Whatcom, and ethers
will buy land in the vicinity. They
have the best wishes of their Kandiyo
hi county friends for abundant success
in their new homes.—Gazette.
An Overhead Bridge.
The village council held a special
meeting last Thursday evening to con
sider a petition relative to the con
struction of a wagon bridge at the
east end crossing of the Great North
ern. The petition called for the open
ing and extension of Bertha street,
which now runs diagonally from a
point on Litchfield avenue. It is pro
posed to make the necessary changes
in survey so that there will be a direct
road leading to the wagon bridge,
which will be an overhea wood struc
ture. The petition was signed by twenty
citizens, owners of abutting property,
and .permission has been granted so
that the preliminary work will proceed.
F. B. Walker, ciyil engineer for the
railway company, has that part of the
work in charge, and we understand
the surveying has commenced. An
overhead crossing at this point is
realized as an actual necessity, owing
to the great deal of switching of trains.
No Mora Small-pox.
Small-pox seems to be a thing of the
past in Atwater. No new cases have
developed, and there is no reason to
believe there will be any more cases.
The quarantine has been raised in the
other cases reported except one and
in that case it will be raised immedi
ately. The schools have been in
session during the past week and all
other public meetings and gatherings
have been resumed.—Atwater Republi
Change at the Merchants.
A. O. Bryant, formerly of Monti
cello, and for a number of years in
the hotel business at that point, has
bought a half interest in the Merchants
hotel here. Mrs. Minton retains her
interest in the hotel and the business
will be conducted under the firm name
of inton and Bryant. Mr. Bryant
has had charge of the management of
the house for some time, and is well
known to the traveling public as an
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