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Downik & Xkill. Publishers 9 A l'e«r in Advance. .io 8tcm-: I City. Dakota HI DAY, FEB. 9, 1883, THIS IS ELI'S CHICKEN GETS THERE! •ft-•, w HE THE HOi/IIKS ItlOATEX. Kicked Out. of the Legi^la turc aiil Sent Home in Disgrace. Recent event in the Dakota legis lature have take n an unpleasant turn lor th« bolter* of this district. Dur ing the ^\eek j.i^t passed Schafer and llauser have been ousted from the House, and Donaldson froui the Coun cil. Action was cM.iyert by obstruction tactics aa long a« possible, but the committee finally secured all the evi dence necossitry and the legislature made short work of the bogus claims. The u that they kept their seats for the first half ot the term is cheap re ward for months of deception, false claims and dishonored manhood. Men who will stoop to such small practices, will in future live in the execration of their fellow men. It is a proud day for Dakota when it can point to this publication of elec tion returns in the Seventh District, and the event will stand as a strong warning to all aspirants to legislative honors who possessed of more money than fitness for the position would purchase offices by money, fraud and cheek. Our proper representatives, Phillips, Lamb and MK auley enter upon their duties in the legislatature with active zeal, and we may expect to be ably defended in all interests affecting this district. The half of the session in which most of the work is to be done is still to come, and there is ample opportunity to procure all necessary legislation, for needful purposes. Ail honor these honest and perse vering gentlemen for the long, ardu ous and expensive struggle they have iuado for their own and the peo ple's rights. They have obtained an enviable position and a glorious tri umph th.it will long be remembered in the history of Dakota politics, but moxe esp'vially in tlu! Seventh Dis trict. The chief event of to-day In the housa war tlui admission of Lamb and i'hillips, tiie contestants for the seats vt IL'uiser and Schafer from the Sev enth legislative district, comprising the coun-ies of Hamlin, l)eul, Grant, 'oilingtop, Clark. Spink, Day and Brown. Tlws contest brought out a vitst amount of testimony, and the election com mi tee had a busy time w uliag through it since the •peii.iig of the session*. The ease was rice it led upon its merits, it appearing tiiat the contestants received a leytl majority all the votes cast in the district. The gentlemen who have occupied scatsduringthe past twenty lour days bad a most convincing pri ma facia case, and as their cirtiiieates were signed by si* out of eight coun ty clerks, were placed upou the house roll but investigation has shown that hey were not entitled to such cirtiii eates, and the duly elected members Jave come into possion of their rights. amble brothers weie- attorneys for the contestants and liarttet Tripp and !. E. West for the other parties. The speaker announced he had assigned Lamb to the positions on committees .•ecupied by llauser. and Phillips to lie places occupied by Schafer. The unseated members take their defeat philosophically, rejoicing in the fact that they have served nearly half the session. They have drawn their sal ary and will depart for home to abide their time. The above from the Pioneer Press .diows that justice has won the day in the House, and the same paper of a few days later relates the the closing scenes of Dishonorable Don's career in the Council. The legislature of I akota has done i* commendable act in r.dding itself of these political ad enturers and basset a virtuous exam pie in maintaining the rights of the popple as expressed at the ballot box. Three votes only were recorded in the Council in favor of the Gary fraudu lent product, viz Dewey. Roberts and Scobey. SPECIAL LEGISLATION SCIIEnE. Two efforts made by the bo gus representatives from this district before they were kicked out of the legislature, to repay tho Milbank "ring" lor its part in the dirty work ef making false counts at home and at Gary, were to introduce bills to bond and legalize the illegal debt of this county, and to secure a special electiou whereby the county seat could be re moved by a majority vote. A greater wrong could not well be conceived for a suffering people, and had the latter a voice in our legislative halls, we can well imagine them with united Sentiments recount the facts and in truthful pleadings lay before our leg islators this earnest protest Gkntlemen: We, as citizens and tax-payers of the County of Grant, Dakota Territory, desire to lay be fore you a few of the many and un varnished facts in regard to the long struggle for honest government that is going on in this county, and rela tive to which you are now called upon to legislate, perhaps unadvisedly. Suffice it to say at the outset that a vote upon the removal of the county seat from Big Stone City to Milbank was taken in the fall of 1881, and the vote resulted in the failure of Mil bank to secure the necessiry majority for removal. This fact was clearly proved in open court in a trial had before Judge J. P. Kidder, at an ad journed term of the district court, held in Big Stone City, in December last, when the question of the vote was imiKCTLY ix issue,and thorough ly investigated, and the poll-books in troduced in evidence. The results of the election were published immediately after the can vass, and have never been contradict ed or denied, either in court or through the public press. Notwithstanding the result of the vote, two of the county commission* ers, without an attempt to recanvass the vote, and in direct violation of the law, declared the county seat re moved to Milbank. Immediately following this declaration, a mob of 200 armed men attempted to remove the records by force. This attempt having been frustrated, these two commissioners, with the county treas urer and clerk of court opened their offices at Milbank, and proceeded to issue county warrants in open defiance of law, involving the people of tbe county in a debt amounting to nearly $75,000 IN 11 MONTHS. Over $2,000 was appropriated to these commissioners themselves, for services 83,000 for blank books ami stationery S3,(oo more for ofliee ex penditures £20,000 for lumber for bridges $20,000 for building bridges, which could have been built for one tenth this amount $3,000 has been paid as attorney's fees to liartlett Tripp, Judge West and others for de fending Treasurer Evans in a recent private suit. It is unknown 1m)w many more warrants of a fraud ulent nature may be brought against the county should you pass a law to bond the debt, as the late acting clerk refuses to turn over the order book in his keeping. It is generally believed that he awaits an action of yours in favor of bonding the county to enable him to present an unlimited amount of such bogus warrants. These are some of the items of th® debt which you, by legislation are now asked to legalize and bond upon this county, and against which the tax-payers enter a solemn protest. In no case has value been received in many instances warrants have been Issued for services never performed, and during most of the time, at a dis count of 25 to 50 per ccnt., the de crease in value being covered by a proportionate increase in the bills. The men who now ask you to legal ize, and bond these fraudulent issues are the men who thus wantonly creat ed, floated, and in a great measure hold these depreciated warrants ami inasmuch, as we believe that these war rants were fraudulently and reckless ly issued in violation of law and the rights of the people of this county, we therefore respectfully ask that no ac tion be taken by your body looking to the bonding or legalizing of this enormous debt, until tho people have had an opportunity of investigating the fairness and legality of the debt, according to existing laws. These are the salient points of thif costly and unfortunate controversy, in which the people of this county have simply nought to defend them selves against the acts and usurpations of a "ring" of unscrupulous men, act ing in self interest in their attempt to get control of the county govern ment and remove the county seat to Milbank. They lirst appealed to th® people at the polls to remove the county seat to Milbank, and lost. Having failed in this, they attempted to remove the the records by force, and again were defeated. They then set up a county government at Milbank in defiance of law. and when called upon to justi fy their acts in court, wholly failed to do so, and apprehending an adverse decision from the bench, they now ask of your honorable body special legislation to aid them in over-riding the voice of the people as expressed at the ballot-box to justify them in mob violence and official usurpation, and to traverse established law and insult the dignitv of the judiciary by taking the question out of the hands of the court after it has been fairly submitted, and before a decision has been rendered. The re-submission of the question of the county-seat removal at this time will not simplify or settle it. On the contrary, it would lead to greater confusion, and more complicated liti gation, for the reason that there are two separate and distinct county gov ernments, one at Big Stone City and the other at Milbank, both claiming to be legitimate. Returns made to either would only he partial, by rea son of local preference, and it would therefore be in)jossible to obtain a complete and satisfactory canvass of the entire vote of the county. The people have already expressed themselves in this matter, and there is no reason for special legislation contrary to the spirit of our laws as applied to other counties in the Ter ritory, and the reopening of another long series of litigations. A few weeks at most will bring a decision, which according to the in controvertible evidence given in court will decide the matter so. con clusively that even the instigators of this special legislation will be forced to quietly submit, and with the good people of this county acknowledge the legal and proper determination of the issue, at an early day. For your body to do otherwise than leave this matter on the honorable basis on which it now atands, and has been fought by the people of tbe county, would be an unwarranted e-neroaoh ment upon the sphere of our judiciary, an unjust discrimination in the affairs of our county as compared with tho the general laws that govern the rest of the Territory, besides making a loop-hole for the further continuance of fraud and discord by a band of des perate public plunderers, who, driven to the last ditch, now expect through some act of yours to continue in their lawless course. We cannot lelieve you capable of such action* and so in confidence enter our earnest protest. Tax receipts should be given fro the county seat to stand the test of law hereafter. "Where Judge Kidder has held his court and has decided to hold it is the only legal place to do county business. Farmers, take note and pay your taxes where you will be safe. Big Stone City Mills BIG STONE CITY, D. X. DIEBOLD & TUUtaL, Proprietors. Wheat, Corn or Buck wheat Ground at a small toll, or lor ex change in Flour, Jiran, Shorts, &c. We invito tbe farmers of the coun ty and of this section to give our mill a trial. ME BOLD & TUNNELL. F. J. REMEMBER!:: The Grant County Eei quarters are closing out :w gardless of cost. CAWARD & ST*w»- C. I. HOLMES k Continue to make Special Ind"acemertsoi,M*i winter goods. From 10 to 20 per cent.' count from regular prices FOR CASK. OVERCOATS OOS All other goods CHEAP! CHEAP! CALL AND SEE. Cornel! Ave., Big Stone City. The Largest, liest Selected and Most Complete stock of IT UMll'iy of the Mississippi, consisting of 1 Parlor and Bed Room £efe" A Large Assortment of Ph] Bed-Steads, bureaus, commoii.es, i*" Stands, Tables, "Wood and Cane Sea s*» Chairs. Mattress and Spring Beds.-~ Mirrors, Pictures, Picture Frames, Brackets, A WALL PAPER, and Ladies' "Work Baskets and Table 1 SEWING- MACHINES. and School Iosk» unci School lAxm We are offering our stock at prices that defy competition. C.ivi PAINTS. OILS. VARNISH, TOILET ARTICLES, A. Bit stoie Cilr Heat lariet. HENIiY SCIIAFER, Prop. All Rrntis of Fresh and Salt Meats Constantly on Hand, Special attention paid to Sarrsage Making. 1TI1II DYE STUFFS, SPICES, TOYS, FANCY ARTICLES, C0M1M IHAllii loot hint* imon 01 inect* AT iirdi i ornei Est! NES !KD s ,„ homp pus loi eek. w. C. L. HOI.MK3 5! C\ K Ren '0 V!!S— U iVnp-so il Uiuii ItIC] MONROE & COMPACT. L, W1 VIt i *i cly old. k pi. liKi STuN i: CITY. DRUGS -itll kin ne AINT rw LOWEST riUt id ueai ample 0th lor md, Iii a titt Webst Tamily ft ItotVDft rations, tensive] w*%n i man mjrtt* AWES & GIBSON, DMM OFFICE. Land Contem* an Heal Hstate and Loan Aneiitn. exchange. Abstracts of titl, inr! lands in Grant county. T»*( CxV mi residents. Conveyancing ly done. Office on Main stivtt, A. Kldredge's store, Hig Money furnished to pro re reasonable.