IN SOUTH DAKOTA
Happeninss of a Week Tbrauilt
out the Statu
*ELD UP BY MASKED MEN
Michael Meier, county treasurer of
Smboro county, was held up at Woon
soaket and robbed of over ?5,000 of
tee Bounty's money.
tate In the evening Mr. Meier went
•to his office in the courthouse and
«peped the vault doors. He was fol
lowed there by. two men who wore
masks. Each presented a revolver at
Meier and demanded that he give all
the cash he had on hand. They went
Into the vault with him and he was
"fescfid to turn over $5,000.
The men left Meier In the vault and
•closed the door on him, thus being
able to get quite a start on the pur
The door was not locked and Meier
was able finally to open it.
The men are described as one be
ing tall and the other short. Mr.
Meier has been the treasurer of the
county for the past four years and
his term of office expired with the
closing of the year.
(^S PLANT IS BLOWN UP
Citizens of Chamberlain Believed It
An explosion at the United States
Indian school In Chamberlain'com
pletely destroyed the gas plant of the
The gasoline from which gas is
manufactured was supplied so rapidly
as to cause a flood of oil about the
machinery. This became ignited,
causing an explosion which obliter
ated the building.
Four men were in the building at
the time and one of them was blown
through the roof. In some miraculous
way none sustained any Injury fur
ther than a slight burning of their
faces. The explosion blew splinters
Into surrounding buildings and glass
In the neighboring buildings was de
The school As one mile from the
city, but the shock was so severe as
to lead to the belief that an earth
-qxtake had occurred, as the rattling
of windows and other moveable ob
jects was very pronounced.
JOHNSON CONVERTS MANY
•ver 800 Added to Membership of
The series of evangelistic meetings
came to a close at lst3lscm with a
record of 812 public professions of
feith. Fully 05 or 70 per. cent of this
number were men, among them coun
ty officials, lawyers, old soldiers and
many railroad workers.
When Evangelist Johnson asked
how many men would stand and say
"no more saloons for MadlBon," al
most every one in the great taber
nacle, which was packed with people,
Instantly arose amid cheers.
The audience made a thank offer
ing to Mr. Johnson of $1,400. He then
took the platform and raised $4,000
for the establishment of. a Y. M. C. A.
SOUTH DAKOTA FINANCES
Qutstanctlng Debt of the State:,
ured at $600,000.
The total return of state taxes oii
the,December call has brought to the
state treasury $343,883.25. .Of this
$£61,339.56-goes into the state general
fend and out'of it there has been a
•call made of $180,000. The balance
will go into the hands of the new
treasurer. The twine plant revolving,
land is practically all In with this
call. It amounts to. $316,509.: Out of
this $170,000 is deposited to the credit
«f the state and draws 3 per cent in
terest for the fund. After the call of
this month the outstanding debt of
the state will be over $600,000 in gem
•eral fund and emergency warrants.
Range Cattle Suffer.
Not. for many years has lie early
•inter proved so severe in the Black
Hills country. There has been much
more than the wsual amount of snpw
and cold before the first of the year.
Cattle In the outlying sections are re
ported to be suffering. Ranchers are'
under heavy expense and in somas'
cases loss, owing to the extra: amount"
•of feed required, the ranges bging cov
ered with snow and the stockmen
..ft New Well a Bit Freakish.
*,:An artesian well just completed on
the ranch of David Hall near Blunt
is'a freak in its way. The well Is
feet deep and the water is 10
degrees warmer than the water in an
other well nearby which was drilled
about two years ago. Why there
should be this difference in the tem
perature of wells only fifty feet apart
Is a mystery. The new artesian well!
has a-flow of forty gallons a minute.
Traps Jacksnlpe In Winter.
Sam Mods, a Wesstngton' Springs
trapper, has- sprung into &me and in
cidentally haa helped advertise the
aUd South Dakota climate by captur
teg two ja&snipe Ixfa trap he. set for
aeksalpe axe iunuQ fer MmIb.
Treasurer of Sanborn County
Robbed of $5,000.
D»ol»Ion of State CourJ Affect* Man/
Ponding CkitotS ,J"""
By a 'decision rendered in the di
vorce case of Mrs. Paul Gilmore
against Paul Gilmore, an actor, Judjje
James H. McCoy of the Fifth judicial
district holds-that where the summons
was served on the defendant before
the new divorce law went Into effect,
Which was immediately After election,
the old law applies. The new law,
among other provisions, says an ap
plicant for a divorce must have re
sided In South Dakota at least one
year. Under the old law six months
was sufficient. Mrs. Gilmore had re
sided In the state, her residence be
ing at Sioux Falls, eight months be
fore commencing her suit. The peti
tion did not come up for hearing be
fore Judge McCoy, however, until the
November term of court, several
weeks after the new law went into ef
fect At that time the court reserved
bis decision and it has been awaited
with considerable Interest by lawyers
and by members of the various di
vorce colonies of the state.'
The allegation upon which the de
cree was granted was that of deser
LIVES WITH BROKEN BACK
Woman Survives Injury Sustained In'
Despite the fact that she sustained
a badly broken back -as a result of
Jumping from the second story win
dow. of a Bleeker street house at Iead
during the recent fatal fire Dorothy
Watson Is not only alive but has 'just
left the hospital and Is atye to walk
with but slight Impediment. Hers is
said to be the most remarkable case
in surgical annals in the Black Hills.
The fire happened eight weeks ago
and three people lost their lives, in
cluding Mrs. Watson's husband. She
herself suffered so severely from
jumping that the .vertebrae were
splintered and driven together as
though welded. The woman was
placed in a cast, from which she was
but recently relieved. An X-ray pic
ture of the fracture taken before the
cast was put on plainly shows the
break in the bone.
Mrs. Watson is \now two Inches
shorter in stature than before the
accident, but she has free use of her
SMITH RETIRES FROM BOARD
Robinson of Groton New Member of
At the regular monthly meeting of
the board of railroad commissioners In
Sioux Falls complaints were made In
reference to the station facilities at
Baltic and Plana. During the meeting
the commissioners were advised that
in both Instances arrangements had
been made which would 'be satisfac
tory to patrons of the railway com
panies at the places stated.
D. H. Smith of Miller, who for six
years has been a member of the board,
retired with the meeting just held,
having been succeeded by F. C. Robin
son of Groton, who will assume :fais
duties at the next regular filonthly
BADLY MANGLED BY TRAIN
Prominent Odd Fellow Meets Death
Peter Marquardt of Madison "was
run over by a switch engine Slid 'In
stantly killed ln-t the railway yards
sthere,- wherev he-went to mail a letter
in a mall car..:
While returning he was. struck from
behind by the engine In full view of
'the crowd On the depot platform.' The
body was literally groundtt'irfeces.
Marquardt was a pioneer settler of
Lake county and one of' the- most
prominent Odd Fellows of the' state,
having been "a past grand master,
MERGE THE WEAK CHURCHES
Methodists and Presbyterians to Con
An important interesting experi
ment In church consolidation is being
made at Parkston, where committees
have been appointed to arrange the
preliminaries for the union of the
Methodist B&iscopal and Presbyterian
church societies of that place. The
plan is to suspend the two organisa
tions and unite all, English Protestants
of ParkBton under one church organ
ization, employing .one pastor and
holding church services at,one. plaq^.
State Teachers Elect Officer*.
The South Dakota Educational as
sociation, in session at' Aberdeen,
elected the following'officers Presi
dent, General W. H. H. Beadle of
Madison corresponding secretary, J.
jJTred Olander of Pierre (re-elected)
'recording secretary, Miss Nina M.
Nash of Aberdeen treasurer, Joseph
Swenson of Parker (re-elected) 'mem
ber of programme committee, Ii. BJ.
Ackley of Vermillion. Lead was
chosen as the meeting placd in 1909.
Deadwood Business Man Dead.
John Wilson ot Deadwood, former
county treasurer and a prominent
business man, is dead, aged fdrty
seven years. Mr. Wilson succumbed
to a brief attack of typhoid fiver. He
had been for years a member of the
firm of Wilson, Kinney. & Co., hard
Would Amend Land Lawa.
O. C. Dokfcen, the estate commis
sioner of school and public lands, has
issued his t^ilth biennial report of tl?e
business of that department. He rec
ommends legislation modernising the
land laws of the state.
Blacksmith Crawford lsnow^at
Ms old stand on south Maple street,
Your dollar will buy big values
at the Golden Eagle during- their
big annual cleaning up sale.
5uly 4th falls oft Sunday
No doubt this will guartin^
tee a safe and sane celebration.
C. Kile left last Sundayf^y^n~
ing for Minneapolis where h$:|r*»ilh'
Bp end a few days on business^
James Gilchrieat left the (ftrat
the week for Los Angelos, Cal.,
where he will spend the remaihder
of the winter. ,s£-
If you are thfoiting if buying
new coat for this cold snap, or a
he&vy suit, now is the time while
prices are low at the Golden Eaglp*
E. E. Kneedy returned the first
of the week from Clark, where be
has been several days working in
Dr. H.C. Parsons, our new med
ic, has returned from Rochester,
Minn., where he has been attend
ing the 3urgica| dinica^ttheMgyo,
hospital. "i&pj fpi*
The mercury took a sudden drop
Monday night, and all day Tuesday
it stayed low, ranging from 15 to
20 all day, with promise of staying
John Wanamaker of Philadelphia
recommends Eljzabeth De Barrie
Gill, who will appear at the Union
lyceum concert at the Congrega
tional church next Monday even
ing. Single admission 35c.
Mrs. Burns of Storm Lake, la.,
has returned home after a very
pleasant visit with her sister and
brother, J. J. McBride and Mrs.
T. E. Reilly.
The Golden Eagle Clothing Co.
offers some splendid bargains in
heavy winter underwear and cloth
ing. Bargains like these don't
stay long, and you will have to
hurry if you want to take advan
age of them,
C. A. Tuck,' the old proprietor
of the Commercial House, was a
Watertown visitor the first of the
week, and this office acknowledges
a pleasant call. Mr. Tuck is now
engaged in business in Minneapo
Always have Kennedy's Laxative
Cough Syrup handy, especially for
the children. It tastes nearly as
good as maple' sugar. It cures the
cold by gently'moving the bowels
thru its laxative principle, and at
the same it is soothing from throat
irritation, thereby stopping the
cough. There is nothing as good.
Sold-by all druggists.:|^!gg.
At the meeting of thS^Maffl^of:
county commissioners held last
Tuesday Andrew Ristvedt was chos
en chairman. Resolutions were in
troduced to direct the sheriff to
take'active steps to collect delin
quent personal tgxes. The follow
ing bonds for^feotiiity officers were
fixed: the coroner's at, $500,. the
sheriff's at $2500, the treasurer's
at $50,000, the constable's at $§00
each and the justices at $1000 each.
Determined that Mrs. Emma
Kaufman shall be punished for the
alleged murder of h^r maid ser
vant, Agnes Poireis, of which she
was once convicted, a committee
of Parkston business men has writ
ten Congressman Frank M. Nye of
Minneapolis, asking him to takfe:
charge of, the prosecution of the
millionaire brewer's wife. The
trial of Mrs. Kaufman is set for
the March term of court at Flan
A great many peope have kidney
and bladder troule, mainly due
to neglect of the occasional pains
in the back,slight Rheumatic pains,
urinary disorders, etc. Take De
Witt's Kidney and Bladder Pills.
They are for weak back', bachacbe,
rheumatic pains and all kidney
and bladder trouble. Soothing
and antiseptic, and act promply.
Don't fail to get DeWitt's Kidney
and Bladder Pills. Accept no sub
stitute. Regular size 50 c. Sold
by all druggists.
The Ladies Aid society ox tne
Methodist church has just placed
the following books on the shelves
of the public library: The Spirit
Filled Life, John McNeill How to
Pray, A. Torry Kept for the Mas
ter's Use, Francis Ridley Haver
gal The Overcoming Life, D. L.
Moody Absolute Surrender, An
drew Murray Sowing and Reap
ing, D. L. Moody Christie's Old
Oragn.Mrs. O.F.Walton Up From
Sin, G. Bronghton The Way to
God, D. L. Moody Prevailing
Prayer D. L. JIoMy %cret P#r
D. L. Moody,
News comes from Deadwood of
the death of Dr. S. V. Groesbecfc,
a former Watertown physician, at
his home in the Black Hills. The
cauae of! death was an intestinal
trouble, caused originally by a
•^fOnndji received at||ick8burg du^r-
ing the civil war, and from which
the doctor sever wholly^recovered'
He was 65 years old, and leaves
a wife and some relatives in the
east to mourn his loss. The fun
eral service will be conducted by
the Masonic lodge at Hot Springs,
as the deceased gentleman was a
member of that ancient and honor
Rev. R. E. Olstead of Brookings,
pastor of the Unitarian church
there, and missionary for the state
of South Dakota, preached in the
Congregational church last Sunday
atfernoon. His sermon was explan
atory of Unitarianism. Altho a
large crowd was not present, the
results were very encouraging, and
Mr.Olstead will arrange for furth
er services here, and in the near
future hopes to establish a Unitar
The first of the we'lk there was
general exodus of those attending
out of town schools and colleges
who had come home to spend the
Christmas vacation. Henry Taeck
er, Traisius Touhy and Neil Tar
bell returned to Chicago, where
they are attending the Northwest
ern Dental c&llege Perry Lusk to
Grinnell Marie Williams to Olivet,
Mich Dora Addison to Lake Forest,
111. Flora Miller, Addie Johnson,A
Eva Wilson and Lillian Watkins
to Winona,Minn., where they are
attending normal Lucile Goepfert,
Anna Gilchriest, V^ra Nicbolsoja
and Roy Watkins to Vermillion
stale university Lyle Pritchard to
Pardue university, Indiana Gladys
Jones to Minneapolis. The young
people had a splendid time While
home and return to their studies
with renewed energy after the
The reports presented at the an
nual business meeting of the Dako
ta Mutual Insurance company last
Saturday show splendid progress
and a prosperity considered phe
nomenal in a company organized
so short a time. A suggestion to
change the company into a limited
stock company was introduced and
met with favor. This will be ren
dered necessary when the company
branches out into other states. The
following officers were elected:
J. B. Hdnten, president John W.
Martin,vice president D. M. Ban
nister, Doland. secon dvice presi
dent F. B. Smith, secretary Frank
L. Bramble, treasurer. The execu
tive board for 1909 is composed of
H. L. Sheldon, J. W. Martin and
F.B. Smith. The new members of
the board of directors are John
A good sized audience of men
greeted W. M. Parsons of Minnea
polis, traveling secretary for the
Y. M. C. A. at the Congregational
church last Sunday afternoion.
Mr. Parson's address was prepara
tory to the forming a Y.M.C.A. in
this city,and and from the size and
spirit of the crowd it looked as if
this were a step of the near future.
The nature of Y. M. C. A. Work
was touched upon, and the neces
sity of starting aright was empha
sized. Preliminary work was
agreed upon, and a committee con
sisting .of John Moodie, N. A. Nel
son, Dr. L. G.Hill, Perry Betts, P.
H. Kramer, S. H. Goepfert and J.
0. Roland was appointed to com
mence an educational campaign
leading up to the formation of a
branch Y. M. C. A. in this city.
A fund of about $100 was collected:
to' care for the preliminary work
of the committee.
rarl, Lnfiahl & Co^
VAL BLATZ BREWING CO .niLWAUKEE, WIS
,~JBy CASTON LEROUX
i-•: .. '.• jjf.
Copyright. 1906, by Brcntano'i
Owing" to lack of space we are
compelled to leave out this week's
instalment of our serial Btory.
We will give a bigger instal
next week to make upjijp
W A N S
FARMERS! I pay highest price
for first class milk. Farmers
Who have milk to spare see me in
toW^. P.jiJl beBoer city dairy.
For Rent—5 room cottage. Pos
session immediately,"^ Enquire
Miss May Schultz. 29tf.
House for Rent—Stirictly inod*
ern, 1 block from new post office.
Enquire of 409 s. Oak street. 29
For Rent—A six room cottage,
twef blocks east of Central school.
SAW THE AD
business. We trust for a continuance
T. A. AINSWORtfH, Mgr.
/Small Goods Department—
It. O. GOODELL, Mgr.
rooms for light
rooms for 5v
jQ.' Maple vSi'
Phone Blue 398.,
House B'or .Rent Ffoom
at Baptist church.
For Sale—Bay maTe
buggy, only ?100. A snap Also
disc, mower, binder and hay rack
cheap. Enquire C., A. Milum,
118 fifth Btreet s.
For Sale-rOne Ejtl'-* ^iy^'ress,
16xl8,full circfle,2 stroke,self fe^d,
used about 20 days. also some bal
ing wire,all in AJ. condition. En*
quire A. Slqogstad, J^raiicey &
D., JR. O. No.jl.
For Sale—75, pairs of roller,
skates 1 hot blast coal stove iC
teamjiorses.4 years |fl|ld. Inquire of
W. H. Ortwein. 22tf'
For Sale—Second hand org
good condition^ Will sell at
price. Enquire Poul&n's
ware Store, S. Oak st.
For Sale-—Two full blooded St.
Bernard male dogs. J. C. Shtile,
Clark, S. D. 28t#
Lost—A.little white bob-tailed|'|
dog Answers to the'' nam^
"Punch". Finder please return
Clifford Ski&ipr. ($8-29)
take this opportunity of thanking
ipthe public for their generous patron-
age during the year "that has just
fet closed, which has proven to be one
of the largest in the history of our
the same and wish all a very
I •. ..!
happy and prosperous New^-lTear.
Ainsworth Music Store
WATERTOWN, 8. D.
W. VanDusen & Company
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