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Safe Blown Open with Nitro-glycerine
and between $6,000 and $7,000
ONE ROBBER WOUNDED
Steal Horse and Buggy and Get Away.
Officers and Posse in Hot Pursuit.
Four Suspects Captured.
The Scandia State Bank of Ste
phen was robbed of its cash funds,
between $6,000 and $7,000, on Tues
day night, between one and two
o'clock, by a gang of professional
safe crackers, and the whole town
terrorized by heavv explosions and
the discharge of fire arms. The
burglars had entered the bank
through a rear window which had
been forced open with a crow bar.
taken from the Great Northern ar
A least two of the robbers were left
jon guard in convenient Dositions out
side the bank, ready to intimidate
any one. who would dare apDroach.
whilp one or more of the bandits
were at work ODening the safe. The
first exdosion awakened those resid
ing in the immediate vicinity, but
as soon as any cf them poked their
heads out to find out what the
matter was. they were sternly ad
monished to keeD inside. Mr. Wm.
Merdink. whose store is next to the
bank, and who resides on tne second
story, realizing that the bank was
being robbed, grabbed his shot gun
and climbing to the roof of the one
story annex to nis store huildmg.
began to discharge \ollev after volley
at the two men who had teen left
outside to guard ihe entrance to the
bank. The Drotruding metal cornice
gave him Drotection against the
shots from the robbers wno were un
able to locate him. They hred about
half a dozen times at the windows of
the building, one of the shots hit
ting a few feet from where Mrs.
Merdink stood. The men in
side continued their work with the
safe, nevertheless. exDlosion follow
ing explosion in raDid succession,
there being at least five or six alto
gether before the strong box yielded
UD its contents. Mr. Merdink con
tinued his fusilade and must have
hit one of the robbers quite seriously
as there was considerable blood in
the position he had chosen behind
.some beer kegs. Th other robber
tired from behind a water tank
standing on the railroad right of
way. Had Mr. Merdink had a rifle
instead of a shot gun with shells
containing only No. 2 or 4 shot.
both robbers would in all probability
have had to bite the dust. After
securing the bootv.the robbers help
ed their wounded comrade into a
buggv. .whic'i, together with a horse.
thev had stolen from Mr Dickinson,
and then made their escape into tne
Thev headei south, but this is
supposed to have been oulv a blind.
and that thev siiortly after doubled
on their tracks. Derhaos separating
And going in different directions.
A soon as the robbers had left
town tbe citizens gathered amid
great excitement and discussed
plans for the aoprehension of the
bandits. Nothing could be done
though until morning when all tbe
neighboring towns were notified,
and sheriff Forsberg and County at
torney Brown, of this citv, Mr.
Forsberg left for Stephen on tbe
local and immediately started in
pursuit, following some clews which
be robbers had left.
I was reported to Stephen early
in tbe morning that an attempt had
been made by two men to take tne
horses and boggy away from Rev.
Bvden. of England, on the road be
tween Eoglund and Strandquist.
about 15 miles east of Stephen, but
that be bad whipped up bi horses
and gotten away from them. Evi-
dently these hold-ups were the same
gang. The sheriff and posse started
in that direction hot on their trail.
One susDect was in Karlstad last
evening but left the town shortly
before the arrival of the sheriff.
This morning Mr. Forsberg proceed
ed to Greenbush and is believed to
have rounded up two of the robbers
in that vicinitv todav. A least he
holds two susDects.
Countv attorney Brown keDt the
wires hot from his othce cautioning
the authorities everywhere to be on
their guard. Two other men have
been arrested on suspicion today at
Dominion Citv. just across the line
in Canada. Snould the susoects
now held Drove to be the real crim
inals, the countv authorities have
done a piece of work for which thev
deserve much credit, and for which
they nave the thanks of all law
abiding citizens. It will teach them
that Marshall county is too hot a
Dlace lor such gentrv to ODerate in.
No trace has as vet been found of
Mr. Dickenson's horse and buggy.
Still another susDect has been
rounded UD at Strandouist late this
How manv men were in the gang
is not known definitely. I is cer
tain there were four and there may
have been six or seven. The gang
is believed to have been in Warren
on Monday, as a DaDer sack with the
advertisement of the K. J. Taralseth
store was found in the rear of the
bank building, where they evident
ly rad eaten their lunch before
starting their nefarious work.
Several husky young strangers were
in the store that day buying a
suDplv of canned goods and crack
ers. Thev hung around the bank
corners here for a day or two but
nobodv paid much attention to
The robber who was wounded bv
Mr. Merdink dropped his watch
when crawling in the ditch to get
away from the position where he
had taken his stand, and it is now
in the possession of the authorities.
This morning a large number of
detectives with blood hounds proceed,
ed north on this line and on the
roads in the eastern part of the
county to assist in the capture, and
if the right ones are not now in cus
tody it is believed they will be in a
very short time.
The work of the gang was evident
ly that of professionals. Inside the
building was scattered about a
svrmge containing nitroglycerine,
fuses, metal wedges, soap and other
materials used in cracking open the
safe. The building was not greatly
The bank's loss, including tbe safe
and damage to building, will foot up
$7,000. fully covered by burglar in
Thomas Olson, the cashier of tne
bank, heard the reports, of the ex
plosions, and rushed to the street,
but immediately had three revolvers
pointed at him and told to get back
into the bouselat once.
Tbe Faikied Hotel is located
second door from the bank, but no
fire arms of any kind were found
there, bence nothing could be done
from tbattquarter to molest tbe rob
bers in their work.
When tbe large number of Stephen
ites who bad attended the Odd
fellow's doings at Warren re
turned on the morning flyer,
which arrives about 4 a. m.. they
Reorganize Two Banks.
Owensboro, Ky., Apr. 25.The
Owensboro Savings Bank aad Trust
Company, one of the oldest institu
tions in Kentucky, and the Daviess
County Bank and Trust Company are
declining to receive deposits and have
suspended cash payments pending a
proposed reorganisation of both insti
Warship Report Denied.
St. Petersburg, Apr. 25The report
published in England to the effect that
the Russian government had ordered
five warships from a firm of Clyde
shipbuilders is untrue The admiralty
has adopted the principle that all bat
tle-ships should be constructed in
Taft to Go to Panama.
Washington. Apr 25Secretary of
War William Taft is preparing to
make another trip to Panama some
time Mas How long the secretary
will be away is not know*.
Appreciated in His Home Town.
The following dipping from the
Courier, a Idaily paper of Poughkeep-I
sie. X. Y.. shows that the people of
that city appreciate the high charac
ter and ability of Mr. P. Frost
SDaulding and wish to confei great
honor UDOU him
'The Republicans are mentioning
the name of Mr. P. Frost Spaulding
as a candidate for Mayor next fall.
If Mr. Soaulding could be induced
to acceDt the nomination he would
make an active campaign. He is!
one of our best citizens and is
possessed of all the Qualifications to
make a good mayor.'*
It is no wonder to the people of
Warren, where Mr. SDaulding has
SDent a part of everv summer during,
the past 25 vears. that the citizens
of Poughkeepsie should wish to
honor him bv making him their
Mavor. flis character, ability,
Dublic sDint and business experience
will make him a valuable man at the
head of anv citv.
Oldest Canadian Dies.
Winnipeg. April 23.John McNabb.
the eldest man in Cnanada. died on
the shores of Lake Manitoba this
week. McNabb was born in Western
Canada in 1800 and would have been
108 years old in August. He had
been in the emoloy of the Hudson
Bay company from boyhood.
Illinois Society Will Meet.
The Illinois Society will hold its
next meeting on Saturday. My 2. at
8 o'clock p. m.. in the City Hall.
All Illinois people, whether members
or not. are cordially invited to be
present. A. A. Ayres.
Photo mailers, all sizes, at the
Sheaf Book and Stationery Store.,
WARREN, COUNTY, MINNESOTA, APRIL. 30, 1908.
Warren's Motto: "WARREN WILL WIN
Scandia State Bank of
Stephen Robbed Tuesday
were greatly surprised to find nearly i RIRF
tbe whole population of the village!
at the depot and in a state of excite
ment. Sheriff Forsberg with two or
three suspects is expected home on
the flyer this evening.
A ROYAL SCANDAL
KING CARLOS SAID TO HAVE SOLD
Gems te Amount of $750,000 Missing,
According to InventoryNew Men*
arch to Pay Back the Cash.
Lisbon, Apr. 25.When King Miguel
was deposed as ruler of Portugal in
18S4, the crown jewels, valued at
$2,000,000, were confiscated and de
posited im the Bank of Portugal as
the property of the state Recently
the republican press has charged that
absolute proof existed that a large
portion of these Jewels had been sold
without the consent of parliament to
meet the expenses of the royal house.
King^ Manuel thereupon ordered that
an inventory be taken, and this proved
that jewels te the value of 17*0,000
mere missing. Furthermore, the ad
ministrator of the royal house de
clared that the government, which at
that time was controlled by the "rota
tive" parties, had consented to the re
moval of tiie jewels. The governor of
the Bank of Portugal was questioned
and admitted the removal of the pre
cious stones, but he declared that
the sale had been made upon the urg
ent demand of King Carlos, who de
sired to meet certain pressing debts
of the royal household in order to
avoid a scandal After these facts
had come to light King Manuel sum
moned the minister of finance aad an
nounced bis intention of perseaally re
funding the value of the missing jew
els to the royal treasury. The atti
tude of the young king in this matter
has evoked universal admiration, even
i among the republicans
EFFORT TO DESTROY PLANT.
Desperate Attempt to Burn Alhs-Chak
mers' Factory at West Allls, Wis.
Milwaukee, Apr 25A desperate
attempt was made to destroy
the Alhs-Chalmers plant at West Allis,
or at least stop its operation for a
time AH that saved the big plant
from Seavy loss was the automatic
spunkier equipment which extin
guisfced the flames before they gained
enough headway to be dangerous. The
attack was directed on the pattern
shop the most vital part of the plant
With patterns destroyed work would
have to come to a standstill until oth
ers could be prepared From this it
appears the attempt was the work oi
men who are well acquainted with the
workings of the plant
Robbers Secure $3,000.
Bandana, Ky A.pr 25Four masked
robbers after taking possession of
the Cumberland Telephone exchange
and beating the operator into insensi
bility compelled Assistant Cashier
Hans of the Ballard County baak
of Bandana to unlock the bank and
open the safe for them The robbers
got away with $3,000
Engineer Drowned in Flood.
Alton, 111, Apr 25 A fast freight
tram on the Chicago, Peoria & St.
Louis road dashed into a water-filled
cut from which a storm flood had
washed away the tracks 15 miles
above here, and the engine and 11
cars turned over Engineer John F.
Walsh of Springfield was imprisoned
in his cab and drowned
A fine assortment of new postal
cards just received at the Sheaf Book
and Stationery Store.
DEFECTIVE PAGE $
I. O. O. Anniversary.
On Tuesday evening of this week
occurred an event long to be remem
bered by all interested in Oddfellow
ship. Invitations had been extend
ed to all 1. O. O. F. lodges to the
north of the city. About 100 mem
bers were present from said outside
The guests were met at the train
by the reception committee, the city
band, and about 50 or 75 members
of the local I. O. O. F. and Rebekah
lodges. After all visitors had been
greeted and presented with a badge,
the line of march was taken up.
The lodge goat, (a really, truly,
bluly goat), in the hands of sheriff
Forsberg, preceded the baud and all
those in the line of march. To say
that he was tbe cvnosure of all eyes
is putting it mildly. Like castoria
the small boys cried for it and the
older ones sighed for it. The line of
march ended at the I. O. O. F. Hall.
Here supper tickets were supplied to
he exercises of the evening were
held in the I. O. O. F. Hall, com
mencing at 8:45 p. m. The address
of welcome was delivered by Bro.
Aug. A. Johnson in a most appro
priate manner. The responses were
made by Bros. F. A. Green, of Ste
phen and Herman Meisch, of Argyle.
for their respective lodges. A most
voluminous and interesting program
of music, both instrumental and
vocal, readings, recitiations, reports
of lodges, was then rendered, being
in charge of Bro. E. T. Frank.
Supper was announced at the com
pletion of the program. The city
hall had been obtained by the com
mittee as a dining hall. About 200
Dlates were laid. To say that this
was indeed a sumptuous feast would
fail to carry the faintest idea of the
dainties there served in abundance.
The committee in charge was cer
tainly most appropriately chosen.
During the several courses of the
suDoer, a number of toasts were de
livered, the hit of the evening being
made by Sister May Frank, in the
response to tne toast. "The Odd
Following the supoer and during
the several courses, music was furni
shed bv the Citv Orchestra under the
direction of Prof. G. G. Johnson.
Following the supDer. cards and
dancing and other amusements were
indulged in until the wee sma' hours
of the morning. A large share of
the guests returned to their respec
tive homes on the north bound fiver.
Several returntdon later trains.
Representatives were present from
everv town within a radius of thirty
miles. All expressed themselves as
delighted with the manner in which
thev were entertained.
Thus ended the celebration of the
eightv-ninth anniversary of the
founding of the largest fraternal
society in the world.
Medical Men Meet.
Dr. T. Bratrud of this citv and
Dr. H. C. Stuhr. of Argvle. attended
the Quarterly meeting of the Red
River Valley Medical Society at
Crookston on Tuesday evening.
Many subjects of interest to the pro
fessi were discussed. The Drogram
was as follows: President's address.
Dr. J. C. Cummings. St. iliiaire.
'Pleurisy.'*' "Etiology and Path-
ology."' Dr. W. C. Wilson. East
Grand Forks: ''Symptoms and
Diagnosis." Dr. I. Lemieux. Red
Lake Falls: "Treatment and Progno-
sis." Dr. O. H. Olson. Erskine:
Talk on Wiener Clinics." Dr. fl.
To the owners and occupants of
lots within the limits of the Citv of
Warren: You are hereby notified to
have all unsanitarv refuse removed
from vour premises on or before the
11th da? of Ma?. 1908house slops
must not be thrown uoon the ground
and if same be placed in a close
covered barrel or metal can conveni
ently located they will be hauled
awav at expense of the City.
All persons who are using manure
or other unsanitary refuse for filling
must secure a written permit for so
doing from the Board of Health as
required b? Citv Ordinance No. 19.
Bv order of the Board of Health.
Warren. Minn. April 29th. 1908.
I G. S. Wattam.*
fSe*Sfi&. *\4V*%j*feHeaItii Officer.
Bead the Sheaf.
TOOK Peter Lindquist, Proprietor of the
Scandia House, Ends all in a
Fit of Despondency.
Following closely upon the excite
ment caused by the bold bank rob
bery at Stephen, the people of War
ren received a further shock last eve
ning, when they learned that Peter
Lindquist, proprietor of the Scandia
Hotel, had ended his life by hang
ing himself. As he had not been
seen around the hotel in the after
noon, the hired girl and one of the
children began a search for him on
the premises with the result that
his lifeless body was found suspended
from a wire noose attached to a
broken off studding in the wall.
The discovery was made at about
7:30 o'clock in the evening. A
physician was summoned at once,
but the body was then already cold
in death. Coroner Baker, of Stephen
was notified, and came down on the
evening flyer, but he deemed an in
What caused Mr. Lindauist to
commit the rash act and bring sor
row over his family, is somewhat of
a mystery. He was a very quiet,
mild mannered man. not given to
much talking and somewhat melan
choly at times. Of his wife and chil
dren he thought a great deal.
About a week ago his wife under
went an operation for appendicitis
at the hospital and from which she
has not yet fully recovered, but was
expected to recurn" home tne fore
part of next week. He went to the
hospital to see her one or more times
each day. sometimes bringing some
of the children along.
His domestic relations aDDarently
were happy, and his financial cir
cumstances were also verv satisfac
tory, his hotel DroDerty being free
from encumbrance, besides having
monev in the bank.
But Mr. Lindquist had one enemv
that during the past two or three
years had greatlv undermined his
health and tended to weaken his
mind, and that was his aDDetite for
strong drink. He was aDDarently
not a hard drinker, but those in
timately acquainted with his habits
sav that at times he drank very
immoderately. His friends had
warned him against the habit, and
it is Dossible that his inability to
quit drinking, taken in connection
with his wife's sickness, brought on
a feeling of desDondencv in which
the cowardly deed was done. Yester
day morning he had comDlained to
a neighbor about having been very
sick and unable to sleeD during the
night, and also deplored the fact
that he was drinking and that his
wife was sick. During the past
week or two his friends have noticed
that his mind was not aU right. A
noon he told one of his boarders that
he was getting into his right mind
again. After that he took a bath
and changed his clothing, and since
tuen no one appears to have seen
him until he was found as previously
Deceased leaves a wife and four
small children, who have the heart
fe't ^vmoathv of this communits*.
Manv other relatives in this state
alo mourn his unnatural departure.
Another suicide's grave is traced to
the liquor traffic.
Statement of Sandridge Creamery,
for the month of March. 1908.
Total cream received, 16429 lbs.
Average test. 28.52
Butter fat. 4685.94 lbs.
Price paid 27 cents.
Total receipt including
last balance. $1504.05.
Paid patrons. $1265.20
Expense fund and
"NUMBER 2 1
Those drawing $40.00 and over:
Ole J. Lunke.
M. L. Lunke,
A Bjerk, t^
J. A. Sorum.