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The Prevalence of Rustlers in
South Dakota Arouses
the Settlers.
•Have Association fop Protection Whiob
Offers Reward for Thieves—Many
Bad Men Give Evidence
Against Their Pals.
Topbiir, S. D.. Sept. 14.—Angered by
the continued iheft of cattle and horses,
the ranchmen residing in this part of
Stanley county have adopted a new
method of tracing the "rustlers" so
they may be brought to justice.
In the past it has been customary
for cattle and horse raisers, when their
herds have been raided, to offer min
imum rewards for the detection of the
thieves and recovery of the stolen ani
mals. These rewards have not been
large enough to tempt weak-kneed
members of the gang of thieves to be
trav their pals, and the result has been
that the thefts have continued.
It is conservatively estimated that
during the past year a sufficient num
ber of horses alone to mount a small
army have been stolen from the ranch
men living in this and other parts of
Stanley county.
Under the leadership of A. J. Hauge,
one of the most prominent ranchmen in
the county, a new method is now to be
adopted, which it is hoped will have
good results. Recently Mr. Hauge had
three head of horses stolen, and instead
of offering the customary paltry re
ward of $25 or $50 for information which
would lead to the recovery of the ani
mals and detection of the thieves, he
has offered a reward of $500 for the
arrest and conviction of the person or
persons who stole the horses.
It is believed that the offering of a
reward of this size will encourage some
of the "rustlers" to give away their
pards, and that by this means horse
and cattle "rustling" in Stanley county
will become a thing of the past as in
Lyman county, where a vigorous and
persistent crusade against the thieves
has reduced thefts to the minimum.
The legitimate cattle and horse rais
ers will also endeavor to discourage the
practice of some of the ranchmen, who,
when called upon, have not hesitated
to furnish bonds for those who are ar
rested on the charge of stealing horses
and cattle.
Bui in Other Parts of State Corn Wa.
Huron, S. D., Sept. 14.—The report of
the bureau of crops and weather for
the past week says:.
The weather during the week was
generally dry, the showers that oc
curred being light. Aside from some
fogginess on several mornings, which
slightly retarded threshing from shock,
the conditions were favorable for field
work, except that in the southern coun
ties it was rather dry for plowing.
There was fairly general frost on
Monday, the 4th inst., but It was light
and injurious only locally to tender
vines, except in a part of Hand county,
where the foliage of corn was injured.
Threshing is now general, prin
cipally from shock in the northern
counties. Stacking is about completed
in the southern counties. Returns indi
cate. so far, mostly favorable yields of
wheat but of variable quality, with
considerable smut. Wheat yields are
disappointing in some localities. Oats,
spelt and barley are generally yielding
•well, but considerable barley is discol
Corn ts maturing very favorably,
much of the early planting is now past
danger from, frost and some is being
cut, and reports indicate that a week
or ten days of favorable weather will
place the bulk of the late corn beyond
danger of injury from frost. The crop
promises very good yields.
Potatoes, flax and millet are very
good, except that locally in some north
eastern counties potatoes are rotting
on low land. Millett cutting is also well
The securing of a very good crop of
hay is being pushed. In the southern
counties haying is nearly finished.
Range grass is curing favorably and
the outlook is good for ample winter
pasturage. It is rather dry for pas
ures in some southern counties.
Stricken with Paralysis, a Farmer Falls
.r'fii Across Mower.
*ll|Jll|Sioux Fals, S. D., Sept. 14.—Henry
Goldbeck, a prominent Deuel county
farmer, had a terrible experience while
engaged in mowing. He started work
early in the morning, but soon had to
stop to make slight repairs to his mow
er, which did not work satisfactorily.
While engaged in making the repairs
he was stricken with paralysis. He
fell across the mower. Fortunately he
had tied his team, or he would have
been cut to pieces had the team
started. Goldbeck was, of course, un
able to move or summon assistance.
Not until after noon was he found, aft
er having been lying across the mower
for many hours. He was yet alive
when found, but it is feared he cannot
Secretary of Agriculture Addresses a
Large Crowd.
Huron, S. D., Sept. 14.—Hon. James
•3. Wilson, secretary of agriculture, ad
dressed an immensQ crowd at the state
fair grounds yesterday.
Governor Elrod also made a brief talk
in the dedicating of the grounds and
buildings for state fair purposes.
United States Senator Kittredge and
•other distinguished visitors occupied
seats on the platform.
Crowds were present from all parts
of the state. The exhibits In all de
partments -.tar exceeded expectations
•and are the Hnest ever shown in this
"*art of the northwest. ,,
Did Not Kill Many Prairie Chickens
While Hunting in the State.
Mllbank, S. D., Sept. 11.—August Bel
mont and a party of friends who have
been hunting at Peever for a week
passed through Mllbank last night
bound for New York. The party had
poor luck as birds were scarce.
Mr. Belmont is planning on leasing
a township of land for next year and
having it carefully protected by ward
ens, he thinks South Dakota too well
settled for the best shooting without
thorough protection.
Asked as to the continuance of good
times and he referred to the splendid
crops of the northwest as the best an
swer to that question. The question as
to the position of the eastern democ
racy in case Mr. Bryan was nominated
met with a smile, a deprecatory ges
ture and a refusal to talk politics. Mr.
Belmont was traveling In his beautiful
rivate car, Mineola. He was attended
his valet, several servants and his
Vrench chef.
•Engineers of Reclamation Service Ex
pect Construction to Begin in Spring.
Washington, D. C., Sept. 11.—It is be
lieved by the engineers of the reclama
tion service In charge of the work that
,so far as the engineering features are
concerned, the Williston, Nesson and
'Buford-Trenton pumping projects in
INorth Dakota will be ready for con
struction next spring.
During the latter part of August a
[party of engineers visited North Da
jkota to locate feasible pumping proj
ects. An examination was made and
'Chief Engineer F. H. Newell directed
that preliminary surveys be pushed to
completion as soon as practicable, that
land owners whose properties would
come under the works might have clear
^understanding of the plans of the re
jclamation service and full knowledge of
cost of water right.
The banks of the Missouri river, be
tween Fort Buford and Bismarck, 300
miles, have been carefully investigated
and it is believed to be feasible to lift
the water of the river to the low flats
by pumping.
Extremely favorable features are
found in the abundance of water atid
in the cheap and plentiful supply of
•fuel. The Buford-Trenton project as
planned will cover approximately 18,
700 acres, the Williston project 39,000,
and the Nesson project 28,600 acres. A
board of consulting engineers will con
vene at Williston, N. D., September 18,
to consider designs for these systems.
Black Hills Forests Being Made Sub
ject of Sale.
Washington, Sept. 11.—An appli
cation for the sale ot a very large
amount of bull pine in the Black Hills
forest reserve in South Dakota has
been made to the forest service by the
I-Iomestake Mining company. This
company has a bid for for 12,000,000
feet of green timber, 1,300 cords of
green wood, 3,000,000 feet of timber
killed or injured by insects, 3,000 cords
of wood similarly affected, and 5,000
cords of other wpods. The application,
whihe is now under consideration by
the forest service, will, if granted, re
sult In one of the largest wood and tim
ber sales so far affected under pres
ent resulations. vt
Farmer Millionaire's Estate to Be Ad
ministered by Irving C. Smith.
Madison. S. D., Sept. 11.—As the re
sult of a hearing in the matter of the
application for the appointment of a
guardian for Irving' D. Smith, the farm
er millionaire of this city, Irving C.
Smith, the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs.
Smith, has been appointed guardian
of his father. This will take from Mr.
Smith the responsibility of managing
the remainder of his estate, which is
said to now consist of real and per
sonal property to the value of about
$75,000. During the past few years Mr.
Smith has given away to relatives and
others nearly 30,000 acres of land,
worth over $600,000.
Crop Is Already Mature and Will Yielo
40 Bushels Per Acre.
Pierre, S. D., Sept. 11.—W. H. Harris
is In from western Sully county and re
ports a number of the farmers in that
section putting their machines to work
in their corn fields, and pushing the
work as rapidly as possible, the crop
being fully matured.
The corn yield In that section is es
timated at 40 bushels an acre.
Threshers are at work on the small
grain in that section and showing a
machine yield of from 15 to 20 bushels
an acre for wheat and an average of
about 60 bushels for oats.
The hay crop is exceptionally fine
and a large amount of forage has been
secured in first class shape, putting
Sully county farmers in easy circum
stances for this year.
County, Like Others in State, Has
Bumper Crops.
Gettysburg, S. D., Sept. 11.—Threshing
lhas started in full force in Potter coun
ity, seven steam rigs and a number of
horse power machines doing their best
to thresh the bumper crop. Mr. A. W.
Clark, who lives three miles north of
this place, threshed twelve acres of
wheat, that gave him 440 bushels ma
chine measure and 510 by weight, or
{41.17 bushels to the acre. From a fifty
acre field he got 36% bushels to the
.acre. Mr. James Gidley, who lives six
miles south of town, got 50 bushels of
Ispeltz to the acre. Such are the re
ports that come in from all parts of the
county. Our corn is out of the way of
frost and it a good crop. ,,{
Beresford, S. D., Sept. 11.—At the W.
C. T. U. meeting here yesterday the
following delegates were elected to the
.state convention at Sioux Falls, to be
.held September 20-24: Mrs. C. H.
Jamison, Mrs E. M. Skinner, Mrs.
Amelia Hegstrom, Mrs. J. W. Jones.
Mrs. T. W. Tinling, Mrs. M. L. Hyde
alternates, Mrs. J. Frinkman, Mrs. W.
Kundert, Mrs. A. Lambertson, Mrs. B.
addes and Mrs. L. Williams.
•.V —f~ V3
Aberdeen, S. D., Sept. 8.—William
Barker, alias Doddes, was held this
morning to the circuit court for killing
Let Zook at Hecla on a charge at
murder In the first degree.
May Bunning's Clothing
Caught Fire While Pre
•,:,. paring a Meal.
Then Encircled It Three Times'in Vain
Endeavor to Extinguish Flames
—Her Body Was Literally
Sioux Falls, S. D., Sept. 13.—Miss May
Bunning, daughter of prominent resi
dents of the little town of Humboldt,
situated west of Sioux Falls in this
county, met a horrible death as the re
sult of her clothing catching fire while
getting the family meal.
Her clothing in some unaccountable
manner caught fire and instantly she
dashed for the outside of the house
in a wild endeavor to extinguish the
flames. Before she pould be stopped
and the fire extinguished she had made
three complete circuits of the building.
It was found when physicians arrived
that the body of the poor girl had been
literally baked. It is slated by one
of the physicians that there was not
a space four inches square on her en
.tire body, aside from the face, that had
not been burned to a crisp.
The unfortunate girl lived for many
hours before death ended her suffer
Sioux Falls Establishments Experience
a Walk Out Over Eight Hour
Sioux Falls, S. D., Sept. 13.—The
printers employed in the big printing
establishments of Brown & Saenger, H.
C. Sessions & Sons, Will A. Beach and
W. G. George went on strike this morn
ing. From twenty to twenty-five men
are affected. There is a possibility that
the strike may extend to the printers
employed in the weekly newspaper of
fices of this city.
The walkout followed the presenta
tion of a demand l'or an eight-hour day,
to go into effect January 1 next. The
managers of the printing establish
ments rejected the demand. A fight
to a finish will now result. This is the
first strike of any importance in the
to S a
Wife of Well Known Farmer Drank
Deadly Acid.
Arlington, S. D„ Sept. 13.—Mrs. John
Weddell, wife of one of the best known
farmers of Kingsbury county, commit
ted suicide at her home northwest of
this city Sunday afternoon, dying be
fore a doctor could reach the place.
Carbolic acid was the means used, she
having been found to have drank about
two ounces of the fluid. It is sup
posed that she committed the deed
while suffering from a temporary fit of
insanity, as there was no domestic or
other trouble to account for the act.
Company Being Organized at Marion
Junction for Developing Enterprise.
Marion Junction. S. D., Sept. 13.—
Some twelve or fifteen years ago a flow
of natural gas was discovered on a
farm eight miles west of Marion Junc
tion. At that time for some unknown
reason the report of the discovery was
silenced and was thought by many to
have been one of those boom agitations.
During the past few weeks there
have been reports of the finding of
natural gas in large quantities in the
Silver Lake region of Turner and
Hutchinson counties, and while it has
been rumored that numerous strangers
have recently visited and investigated
that region, still but few thought of
taking the matter seriously until last
Secretary of State D. D. Wipf, a
resident of Hutchinson county, and a
number of Pierre people came to Dol
ton last Friday and after giving the
matter careful investigation concluded
that there is natural gas in that vicin
ity and that its development was pos
sible, in fact it is assured by specialists
that it can be secured without any
very great expenditure of money. A
number of capitalists, headed by Mr.
Wipf, after making the preliminary
arrangements with a number of the
land owners, organized a company and
have incorporated under the laws of
South Dakota, with the intention of im
mediately sinking wells and securing
It is rumored that the company in
tend to have a supply of the gas ready
for commercial use during the next
thirty days, and as soon as possible it
will be piped to the adjacent towns,
where it may be secured very cheaply
for lighting and heating purposes.
Since a number of able men have tak
en hold of the enterprise it is certainly
genuine and Its success is assured,
which will materially aid the people of
this section.
South Dakota Millionaire Betrothed on
ThW Day After Meeting Woman.
St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 12.—Mrs. Sadie
Rohr and Harris Franklin of Dead
wood, S. D„ partner of E. H. Harri
dan, have announced their engagement
after an acquaintance of only six
weeks. The romance has its beginning
at Atlantic City.
Mrs. Rohr and Mr. Franklin were
quests in the same house.
The first day after Mr. Franklin's
arrival he saw Mrs. Rohr in an ele
vator. It was a case of love at first
sight. He sought the assistance of a
.friend and three days later the Dakota
(millionaire and Mrs. Rohr were be
itrothed. Mrs. Rohr returned to St.
'Louis today.
Mr*. Rohr is a daughter of Mrs.
Amelia Arnold, one of the most prom
inent and fashionable of St. Louis'
•Jewish women. She has been prom
!lnent in the west end social circles for
several years.
Clark County Authorities Art
Searching for Frank
Relieved Smith Planned to Kill Viol
i" Order to Secure Team Which
Was a Valuable One—Officers
in Pursuit.
Madison, S. D., Sept. 12.—The local
authorities have been advised by the
authorities of Clark county to appre
hend, if possible, a man giving his
name as Frank Smith, who is wanted
in Clark county on the charge of at
tempted murder.
The attempted murder was commit
ted at what is known as the old Perry
Robinson farm, situated in Woodland
township. There are several buildings
on the place, which is deserted. The
neighborhood is a lonely one, is over
grown with dense thickets of weeds,
and as it is unfrequented it was just
the spot for an attempt at murder.
Smith and a companion named John
Vick, both of whom were traveling
overland through the country, camped
there the night preceding the attempted
murder. Vick owned a team, which
was driven by them, while Smith had a
bicycle. Vick states that he first met
Smith only about two weeks ago.
Vick's home is at Tripp. He first
met Smith at Mitchell. Smith claimed
his home was at Yankton. Soon after
they had started out after camping
over night at the old Robinson place in
Clark county, Vick announced his in
tention of proceeding to the town of
Without a word Smith drew a revol
ver and commenced shooting at the
astonished driver of the team. One of
the bullets took effect in Vick's right
shoulder and.the other in his left side,
striking a rib just below the heart
and glancing somewhat. By a miracle
Vick escaped with his life.
He abandoned his team and suc
ceeded in making his escape from his
assailant. Vick fortunately was not
dangerously wounded. His theory is
that Smith planned to kill him and
hide his body in the bushes surrounding
the old Robinson place, or in one of the
old wells in that vicinity, thus cover
ing up all traces of nis crime, the se
curing of Vick's team being the object
of the attempted crime.
Officers at once started in pursuit of
the fugitive.
Burglars Loot the Bank at Custer,
South Dakota Today, Securing
All the Funds.
Custer, S. D., Sept. 12—The First Na
tional bank was entered by burglars to
day and several thousand dollars, all
the bank had on hand, was iaken. The
safe was blown to pieces.
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"Dead orse" Wears Too Flashy
Clothes on Reservation.
Pine Ridge Agency, S. D., Sept. 12.—Be
cause Dead Horse, lately returned from a
trip to Europe, made his reappearance in
Sioux Indian society in a pair of check
ered trousers, bought in Paris, he was
threatened with expulsion by the tribe.
Dead Horse and his family were with
Buffalo Bill's show in Europe, and during
his tour of the continent took great pride
in display of his feathers and beads and
painted legs. But on returning to this
country and just before he took the train
from Omaha for his reservation in South
Dakota he donned his Paris clothes. In
place of his beaded chaps were a pair of
trousers with checss so large they fairly
crackled. His moccasins were discarded
and in place appeared highly figured
brown hose and bright yellow Oxfords.
His blue army shirt resigned in favoi^ of
a lavender and pink silk affair. But he
retained his blanket and the green and
scarlet ribbons that bound up his hair.
He wanted to spring his new clothes upon
his fellow tribesmen as a surprise.
The first the tribe knew of the return
of Dead Horse to his tepee was when he
burst in upon a circle of Indians in the
fervor of a native dance. Now, it Is the
height of rudeness, in Indian etiquette, to
attend these dances with any more clothes
than the laws of the white man absolutely
require. The at,tire consist largely of eagle,
tails and ochre and green paint, in alter
nating splashes.
The indignation of his tribesmen can be
understood then, when he suddenly leaped
into the circle, checked trousers, pink
shirt, yellow, shoes and all, and began
dancing to the incantation. The effect was
electrical. It promptly broke up th'a fes
tivities. The offended Indians ga ed in
disgust at the returned traveler, and then
retired into a council, to which all the
chiefs of the tribe were called.
It was decided Dead Horse should be
notified that if he should appear In these
strange garments he would be excluded
•rom all future meetings and dances. '•'.
Banks of Streams Are Loaded witl.
Pierre, S. D., Sept. 12.—The wild hop
vines along the streams In the central and
western part of the state are this year
bearing prolifically, and to those who have
Investigated these vines it is believed that
the state -has In them a source of wealth
and profit to the men who will devote their
attention to their raising. The fact that
they grow wild and bear abundantly with
out any care whatever is an indication
that the'country Is suited to their culture.
Every stream In this section of tb£ -state
shows a growth of hops, many of the
smaller streams being lined with them.
So much Interest is being taken In the
matter thaw the quality of the hops will
likely be tested, and if they prove all right
the culture will be looked into.
Vines growing wild have lately been
picked in the vicinity of this city, which
are as well loaded with hops as any cul
tivated vine would be. The wild hops are
smaller than the cultivated varieties, but
the probabilities are that they could b«
Improved in this by proper care and -at
Suspect of Box C»r'. .j':t|
to Aberdeen ft ,'re MtBrCSlS
Trial. a
Aberdeen, S. D., Sopt® HBIP"
Doddes, who was arre
suspected- of the boxcifni"
been identified by tv
the murdered man
fired the fatal shot.
to Aberdeen for pr ranpa Avar
tion. The murder*.
ClltC UVCf
Morrisvllle, Mo., dl
yesterday. His far j| llmiipr.
Morrisvilie to get
Charged He Mad
Game and
Made a Fine
the Occa-
Sioux Falls, S. 1
damages on the
and another suit
legal seizure of ga.v
ability result from
by Game Warden L. 'Cllfll
county, of Ralph W. Pa
known Sioux Falls attor:
Mr. Parliman has ret
home in this city and 4111 I
institute the suit. mer",tt®'
highly indignant ov 1
shipped ten prairie ch
ducks strictly in accoK_j„_„„,
terms of a decision re3®30*"®"
Jones, of the state circ,
city. «u
The birds whlcl
were shipped fr.:..i Fr
county, that being the
point to where Mr. PaJ^'lOiSOtl re
gaged in shootin. At omewhat ex
Warden Linnet zed
procured a warraiu for tPlacK "'ii®
alleged offender. The & visited.all
went to McPherson count
jurisdiction—and arreste.
man. delivered a
Mr. Parliman asked to
to finish his hunting trlr
furnish any sort of securit' "6 8180
his appearance, but the JSpwortb
would not consent, so ..
accompanied him .to Aberdee,
standing that lies detected tlrch on
the warrant and that the gani,|.n_-y.
could not legally serve It In
county. 1 long
Upon being told of the circum., j)»
Judges Campbell and Crofoot, of
deen, volunteered their services iiP6
\efense of Mr. Parliman. 5
Farmer Living Near Sioux Falls Meeti
Instant Death.
Sioux Falls, S. D., Sept. 8.—John Ol
son, a promipent farmer residing about
a mile from Lyons, one of the new
towns on the South Dakota Central,
railroad northwest of Sioux Falls, met!
his death as the result of an accident.l
While engaged In repairing the roof
of his barn Olson's feet slipped, and
before he could recover himself he slid
over the edge of the roof and was
dashed to the ground.
Although he did not fall from a very
great height, he struck the ground In
suijft m-wnsr,. as to break hla neck,
"causing instant death.
Major Hatch Keeping Close Tab oi!
Pierre, S. D., Sept. 8.—Some time ago
an Indian, writing from the Cheyenne
river country, biterly criticised an In
dian agent at the Cheyenne river!
agency for allowing the Indians to at
tend celebrations off the reservation Co
the Fourth of July, where they indulged'
in dances and secured liquor. The
agency peopie state that a number of
Indians did secure passes to attend a
religious gathering, and attended
dances, and that the leaders In this
trouble are even yet doing time In the
guard house for their misdoings, and
that on account of such action, a squad
of the Indian police was sent along
with the party which is now attending
the convocation at Lake Andes, to see
that nothing of the same character oc
curred on the present trip.
Complete Figures Show Total of
Pierre, S. D., Sept. 8.—The annual
census of Indians on Cheyenne River
reservation has been completed, show
ing a total of 2,526. This is an Increase
of 53 over the census of last year, but
of this increase but four has been that
of births over deaths. The other '49
was in transfer of Indians from Pine
Ridge, which rightfully belonged on
Cheyenne River reservation, who went
to Pine Ridge at the time of the out
break in the winter of 1889-90, and who
have remained there ever since:
A party of 105 Indians from tht
agencies at Santee, Neb., and Yankton
passed through Aberdeen on their way
to Devil's Lake, N. D., to attend a
gathering of Presbyterian, Indians.
They were Joined here by a party from
Standing Rock reservation and an
other party from the 'Sisseton reserva
tion1 will join them at Sisseton. The
Indians were Un charge of Rev. Dr. Wil
liamson, the'Tjastor in charge of the
work of the Presbyterian church on
the Yankton reservation, and were ac
companied by a number of mission
aries. Many of the Indians were ac
companied by their wives and children.
A leak in the artesian well at the
mill of Ashton Is causing the residents
of that town some uneasiness. The
leak was first discovered through a
spring which gushed forth at a dis
tance of 400 feet from the well. The
water In the well is heavily permeated
with natural gas, and It is supposed
the leak is due to this cause. As the
well has a great pressure some un
easiness is felt lest the leak become
more extensive and cau'Se serious dam
In the summer of 1904 an artesian
well was sunk on the ranch of the
Iowa Live Stock and Investment com
pany, eight miles southwest of Bangor,
,ln Walworth county. At the time it
was noticed that the water was strong
ly impregnated with gas, but no at
tempt was made to utilize until re
cently. Last week the manager of the
ranch piped the gas into,his house and
it furnished enough light and heat to
run the building.
The farm of Dr. D. W*. C. Fowler In
Rondell township. Brown county, gave
a yield of 25 bushels per acre of No. 1
northern wheat. John Engals, living
three miles south of Aberdeen, threshed
381 bushels of No. 1 northern wheat
from, ten acres of ground and is be
lieved to have beaten the South
kota record for this year.
plant a school of seminary or acad
emy grade ont Inhere under tiie con
trol and management of the Board of
Directors of D. W. U., thus making
a feeder of college students and an
advertising medium. Ibis will give
a strong educational system for the
Methodist church in South Dakota.
The representatives ot the church
and many outsiders were exceedingly
cordial and expressed their profound
confidence in the future of Mitchell
and its Univeisifey and confidence In
its management. Congressman Mar
tin and Dr. C. ti. Clark, the Black
Hills trustees of the University, at*
doing some splendid work for it
that region. All hail [South Dakota
and all hail to Mitchell's ereat and
growing University.
Cordially Received.
A year's steady application at any
thing is bound to .bring favorable re
sults, when one's heart is in the
work and tbere is natural taient be
hind it. Such is tbe case of Mlsa
Lilah Older who gave an elocution
recital at the Methodist church Fri
day evening under the auspices of
the Ladies Aid Society. Previous to
her departure for Chicago a year ago
Hiss Older had studied to some ex
tent in this city, and tbe time she
spent in the Soper School of Oratory
has worked a marvelous change in
ber ability aB an elocutionist. She
graduated from the institution a
month ago.
There was a very good audience
attendance and Miss. Older waa vefy
kindly received in all the
she gave. Her first number mm
Cuban Tea," a light
period. "18 Of the
Eei^Work as an Elocutionist Was:
Very Pleasing and She Was
n^paved the way for a more
cuifece taken from "If I
King" wen
andJn then»
attended by» Plane Of work. A
leaders of thSll modulated, a Dim-
liberations of bought, aotlon ao#
^r^ip^tbsfeaT 'wWch^lOT#
will swell the number of delegates to
more than 3,000. In addition there will'
be many hundreds of other Indians who
&re interested in the work of the church
and who will be present.
The little Indian chapel of St. Philip,
at White Swan, which Is presided over
by Key, F. Lambert, haVBSen placed
In csadiness fof IRS gSthering and a
substantial fund has been subscribed'
for the proper entertainment of the
thousands of Indians and others who
will attend tha invocation.
One of the features of the gathering
will be the contributions to be made by
the Indians for home as well as for for
eign missionary work. The Indian
members of the church are devout
Christians and liberal contributors.
They have prepared themselves with
funds and the aggregate sum contrib
uted by them for the purposes stated
will reach into, the thousands of dollars.
Announcement of Professor Griffith's
Resignation Unexpected.
Yankton, S. D., Sept. 9.—The announce
ment of the resignation of Dr. Elmer C.
Griffith from the chair of history and po
litlcal science of Yankton college and prin
cipal of ,the academy has come as a sur
prise tp the public. The trustees have
known'for several week that other col
leges were endeavoring to get his services
and Yankton increased his salary, but
William Jewell college, near Kansas City,
purchased his release from Yankton for a
money consideration and raised their of
fered (alary to Dr. Griffith.
Professor Gri/hth cam*, to Yankton col
lege three years ago as the successor of
President G. W. Nash who had been prin
cipal of the academy. In addition Dr.
Griffith has been the college professor
of history and political science and the
past two years the principal of Yankton's
successful summer school.
Believed Organized Gang of Swindler*
Are Operating in Wsst
Chamberlain, S. D., Sept. 8.—The author
ities of Buffalo county are Investigating
two cases of forgery in the transfer' of
farm land situated in that county and it
is feared that an organised gang of swind
lers have commended'' operations with
fraudulent deeds''to Buffalo county farm
land as their stock in trade.
It is possible the swindlers have taken
advantage-of the brisk demand for farm
land In all parts of the state to extend1
their operations to other parts' of South
Dakota, but, if so, their fraudulent work
has not yet been detected except in Buf
falo county.
Recent inquiries developed the: fact that
a bogus abstract of this land was in ex
istence, and that the land had been trans
ferred to innocent purchasers by means
of a forged title. The abstract has been
sent to the authorities of Buffalo county
for Investigation. It bears the signature
of Dora E: Newhouse an alleged bonded
abstractor and shows that one George E
Hickman received a United States patent
to the land.
The patent to Hickman purports to haw
bee^ issued under a military bounty land
warrant and by a series of three trans
fers by warranty deed without Sny other
entries, purported to'pass into the
of Claude/A. Miller. It ts signiflQant that
the abstract hat

Tho cdunty records shows a transfer
from MUler to-H. t. Hamilton: ftom
Hamilton to John H. Augustine
It' U"t
quertlon whether Hamilton is an'innocent
purchaser or whether ttif&Orst real vic
tim of the bold: piece, of forgetyW^s *"g-'

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