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.'§t. SWT '."W ^-fS frKA A f?S& m. ^Jsffe'- 1 3 si '4. W fc« VV '4 CONE TO HIS REST Andrew Tofte, Evidently De ranged, Takes His Own'Life. PIONEER OF THE COUNTY Owned Large Farm in Fuller Twp.-Funeral Held Tuesday. Evidently mentally unbalanced at the time Andrew S. Tofte, a highly respected man and a pioneer of the community, caus.-r! a sli:j!t the people of this city by taking his life sometime between 7 and 8 o'clock Sunday morning by cutting his throat with a razor. Previous to committing the act Mr. Tofte had written a note which was later discovered, saying that he believed his mind was failing and that eventually it would be neces sary for him to go to an insane hns pital. He stated in the note that something awful wa,s inipendjijg. .. mends had ohstl-*.•?for a few •weeks past that he was disconsolate and that something unnatural was preyig on his mind, but never suspect ed anything of a self violent nature. -In fact, he was the i^st person that, would have been suspected of eommit ting suicide. He deprecated anything of that character whenever speaking on that subject. For that reason. his friends never anticipated anything violent, noiv- was there any eviiencer.' in his general demeanor- to in'dlca'te the commisison of such in act at any time. Deceased was discovered by his daughter in the basement, of the house when she went to the cellar to look after the furnace. There were no signs of life and iUis prabable that the act was committed some time befoi'j filler arrival. Coroner H. M. Freeburg wan. sum moned and after viewing the re mains was of the opinion that there was no cause for further investigation. as the cause of death was apparent. On Saturday evening previous to. the tragedy Mr. Tofte, in company, with some friends, played cards and he appeared in the most congenial mood. For some time it was a mat ter of conjecture where he outlined the razor with which the act was com mitted until one Of the family recol lected that a Chicago firm had pre -i ously sent him a razor on trial with the understanding that it was to be paid for at a later time. Mr. Tofte was a pioneer of Coding ion county and owned a large farm in Fuller township was one of the pros perous farmers of this section and financially well situated. He had made his home with his -aughter, Mrs. Tom Nicholson, 514 Second avenue S. E., for the past two winters, his wife having been dead for several years. He leaves three sons, Olof and Magnus residing near Florence Herman of South America and three daughters, Mrs. Tom Nicholson of this city, Mrs. Andrew Stormo of Pierre and Miss Mary Tufte. He was 77 years of age and had been a member oi the Scandinavian Lutheran church for a number of years. In his long residence in this section of the coun try he made friends Wi,» whom he met. r?# The funeral was held from the jhome of his daughter, Mrs. Tom -Nicholson In this city 'lues.- after aeon at 2 30. .- Building Era in Its Infancy in Watertown ter has clearly Illustrated the -^1- -..•.»rvVi' ^Already contractors are employing I^sed Lill Is hereto attached and her^ sity for more rooms of this nature in ceptions 'as one having knowedge.of this city. And there are men Hi this tho property at stake. a jr»i» this city. And there are men ill this enterprising place who have the brain's and money to anticipate that demand. Not only that, it is one 9f the best and safest investments It is the opinion of those best In formed on the subject that more build ings will be constructed- in the city of Watertown the coining year than any corresponding time in the his tory of the place. And the ogujitions warrent such movement. All machanics anticipate a bit sea son in new construction. Buildings Erected Jby Indian Oil Co. One of the buildings, the warehouse, 30x60, has been erected by the Indian Oil company on its ground out on its ground on Fourth street S. \V. Four additional buildings are to be erected as fast as the weather will permit. The power house will be 16x16 feet and will enclose the motor and pumps for pumping oil from the cars into the storage tanks and fin ally into the fillin reservoirs. The other additional buildings to be erect ed by the company will be a boiler house, 20x20, for supplying heat for the glue, kettle the cooper shop, 20x30, for coopering of the barrels and the wagon shed, 20x42 feet. It is the intention of the supervisor of •the construction gang that all the buildings shall have been completed within three weeks, provided the weather permits. The company will begin operation in Watertown with three teams and wagons, and as the business justifies more equipment jdll be added to the distributing' department. •The plant-being establish^ in this jtity is one-flf P.^chaipibeing/iagtabUs^ eA throughout the country." "The man agement of the local plant has not yet been named, but will receive his appointment as soon as the work of construction is completed. Accord ingly as the business increases suffi ciently to warrant additional build inKs-S(*litattfl2onstructed. DIED MINNEAPOLIS. Peter Mullen, a traveling man who made liis headquarters in this city for several years and was well known here,, died in Minneapolis Thursday evening. He represented t: Van Brunt Drill company. Deoia: 3d was about 50 years old. The fune-al was held „in Minneapolis Saturday. M. R. Baskervllle of this city attended the services. Sister's Insistancy for Dabbling in Law Files Bill of Exceptions Motion For New property at stake. In Making Not content with holding up a build- ing a good portion of last season by reason of a law suit with John Coplan over a small space of land Sister Eastwood has emerged from that nar row stairway long enough to stir up some more trouble for Mr. Coplan. Notice has been made of intention to wove for a new trial with the plain tiff's bill of exception as follows: "Newly discovered evidence mater ial to the plaintiif herein, which the Plaintiff could not with reasonable diligence have discovered and produc ed at the trial said newly discover ed evidence will appear in the pro posed bill of exception to be herein after settled by the court a copy of ich is served herewith. "Insufficiency of the evidence !to justify the findings of fact as found bv the court That the decision of tfao court is against law and that the find ings .f fact,, conclusicn of law att.1 judgment rendered therein are not supported by the evidence admitted in this action. "Errors of law occurlng at the trfjf and excepted to by the plafntW here in. tou are further notified "that *atr motiorfT«r new trial„w«l be mnd. Ujton newly discovered evidence anti A bill or exceptions said bill of ex ceptions to'be hereinafter settled by ,(he court aud a copy of which- pro- itlvetr frost cannot^lceep ^Water down, -evidences of which fact are apparent in all sections of the t.ity by the upheave! of dirt by the ,B^\ver, .cellar and other diggers who ^re early on the ground In anticipa tion of the coming spring rush. uiu ccuri aua a conv nf vt- i— '/^en to dig cellar for buildings to''with setvod upon you which said ^riB^L«r0? V%Cr/nEu8eaSOn' "/Lt"1"1 W earliest Unje con- peed bH, sets forth the newl dil Jw„ •%tmit wltji weather indications. Not ccvcwl evidence ^material to plaintiff'*^ .rn.y. one large flat but others are tr jejuce cf ncttcn felt enrly Te erected'during the comlnc ipA- 'V rfuiriot I ^re'^ Harper of the Nortli Amert scn. The demand f'r flate thla fTi' i'"»8watea neees- fed fa connection with rhte bil^^ja ®riate. Will South Dakota Stand for This? J. Plerpont Morgan, organizer of the Steel Trust, the shipping Trust and a' dozen other' gigantic combinations of capital, conceiving it to be good for the people of this state, aspires to merge its independent telephone lines, which he either owns or con trols with those of the Bell Company which he also largely owns and con trols. A man does not-have to be endow ed with an inordinate amount of: horse sense to perceive what is inevitable if the absorption of the independents by the Bell is allowed to go unchallenged. At conferences held in New York and Chicago a few weeks ago at which H. P. Davison, one of Mr. Morgan's partners, Theodore N. Vail, President of the Bell System, and representa tives of the independents were pre snt, it was openly stated that with -competition ended rates could be rais ed anil economies instituted that would enable the monopoly to place the stock of the independents on an 8 per cent basis. With both companies -operat ing between practically the same points, under one management it fol lows that one of them will cost IMP to pay dividends on the outsta^^g stock of the absorbed companies than to operate them under the circumstan ces. Thus, the monoply, which now owns the Western Union Telegraph Com pany and through that corporation has recently acquired six of the largest of the trans-Atlantic cables, will con trol every channel of communication on land except the .telepost automatio telegraph -lines, -ft would- -probacy buy this too, if the stock of that com pany was not tied up in a voting trust, with Rear Admiral Slgsbee of the "Maine" and others sitting tightly on the lid to prevent just such a con tingency. With the end of the autonomy of the independents, every advantage W^Ti^TOWN, SOUTH DAKOTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10,1911. way of "whipping the devil |8Tave- around the stump," and accomplish by indirection what he is legally pro scribed from doing directly. Have the people of South Dakota at whose pocketbook this move is aimed nothing to say? Have they no rights, which a Morgan must respect? Have they become so inert over the frequent, abuse ofr corporation privilege that they hesitate to assert themselves? If uot its time for them to get busy, be fore It is loo late,—National Serviceji'irt- .r„ estate ,SA|.E. ATT Me N^nghlln"has ^just confinmat e(i a sale of a cottage over in West Watertown. for ^2,000. Mr. Mc Laugh in was one. of the hehvy builders last season ^having completed about two 1,,iv 0t St°ra*e oti business trip to Engtosby is mention- Minneapolis ana .other Minnescttf '.• .., LU.. •_..• .•*•.. Make [Lincoln's: BirtH day A National Holiday, ^giis iJui.t* 38- cure'd by competition will be at once surrendered and every, section of the state that has heretofore profited by the keen rivalry for business that has existed between the two systems will experience the same arbitrary infla tion of rates as has followed the ter mination elsewhere. The butcher, the grocer and the doctor will pay the freight. The can protest and anathe matize the trust, call Morgan mean ~v—""" names and make the air heavy with *k&t nice precision that characterlz sulphurous maledictions but it wont do any good. In effect the trust will say: "If you don't like it, you need not have a telephone.' But i. you -are without a telephone connection in these days you cannot do business. The trust knows this. Will the great commonwealth of South Dakota stand idly by the roadside while Wall Street in its greed for added revenues im poses another burden upon "this con- uu u^u stit«ency, „r i„... tribute from every community in the state? When he acquired control Sf the independents, Morgan made an affida vit to the Supreme Court of Ohio that his purchase was for private invest ment and not for the Bell Company. .. -i# upuu mis aim whereby it may extort new To get around this he now proposes to turn the stock of the two systems I which is only j,he into a single company another way of Down Went McGinty to Bottom of Grave Watertown in her crude state was on the live wire, a condition which has continued to exist here. If only a burial ceremony was to be pulled off the stunt was accomplished with ed ed a simple business transaction. On one occasion which, ait least, those pre sent will hold a vivid recollection, a burial ceremony was being held ouf at the cemetery. By some Blight mis take in his cumulations the grave dig ger had failed to properly calculate the dimensions and just at the criti cal moment in the ceremony when the bos containing the coffin was be ing lowered into the grave and when only part of the way down, It was painfully aparent that the excavation was too small and it resisted the efforts of the bearers to raise or low er the box. The day was intensely cold, being accelerated at every guBt by the gentle zephyrs from across the prairies. The minister stood hes itatingly with his hook of rital readv to pronounce the last final rites when corPse was at the bottom of the Tlle situation was becoming critical and too aggravating for the Irish blood of the driver of the hearse. Finally, as a climax to the occasion he gave a spring and leaped down into the inclosure striking both feet squarely on the box, which yield ed to the sudden impact and dropped to the bottom of the grave. "There you— will you get down where you belong?" exclaimed the driver ai he climed out of the sepulchar. The minister shuddered, gave a few audi ble mutterings and the obsequefes .briefly terminated: KANSAS GIRL'S ADViCE. A: Lincoln county girl writes this advice: "Why do young men do so much loafing?to work! Push ahead! I am but a young girl but I clothe myself and hivd- money in the bank. I-iay up more moiiey w— oonterm^la*«s 8 fU,Ure ?**$ Ti .. Pierre, Feb. 6.—E. C. Issenhuth, the father of the bill to mske Lin coln's birthday a holiday in this state, has framed up the folowing which he is sending out overfithe. state, .for., that day: "To the mayor of every to,wn or city in South Dakota: It order to comply with the spirit of ithe legislative action of four years a®D, making Lincoln's birthday a legal holiday, I havo the honor to re quest you to appoint at once, a local committee of citizens to prepare a suitable program to be given in some public hall or place at 3 o'clock p. m. on Sunday, February 12, to fitting commemorate the life and service of our war president. "Most of the remaining Civil war veterans still with, us, are feeling the weight of years, and should from this time on be relieved from the Respon sibility tor the program on Memorial days, as a mark or respect we owe them, for what they have done for the nation, and placeB on high honor should be asigned to them. "All the world toyed Abraham Lin coln. He was near the hearts of the people of our nation because he lov ed tbem. His name furnishes the most precious of all subjects from which to teach our children the les sons of patriotism.' "The following program which can be amended ifi suggested to be help ful to your committee: "l-—Vocal or instrumental music. "2—Reading of Lincoln's address at Gettysburg. "3—Address on life of Lincoln. "4—Vocal or instrumental music. ^7-Readlng of LiacOIh's letter to "Mfsl BlxbjC "6—'America' by the audience. "Let the day be pblerved through out the state of South Dakota. •'—"E, C. Issenhuth, "State chairman Lincoln Memorial committee." •^|rj iwirt A boy may father. 44-.<p></p>IP fw 1 wat^?d hlm?And J! «v nwuejr year than any young man three mf,es of °f %VhGn go to a dance and go home a dollar out I advice- all- girls to cut clear of loafing boys. Stand by the boy Who works, and never put your arm through ttys handle of a jug."-*Kan. «as city Star, ne^ arm canvareroTin0^"6 1 to their fakf! every farmer' "No^lr On Si™ ZZ home. they get a dollar they 1 ^%'^-^r||! "fir' •»&>• IIIISSI1 (Sficr It makes us mad as a wot hen to see some skillet-faced one-galus gallot sitting on a goods box at a countrjt store with enough tobacco juice on. his shirt front-to kill a nTule, talking about the- "cup-per-a-tions" controlling tills counti-y, while at the same time his patient little wfe Is at home chopping the stove wood and doing other work that the SQp-jof^a-gun ought a —O—o—Q—o—O— In^he lauguage ot Ella Wheeler jur ft is easy enough to be haftiyV When the world goes on llke£s,songi, But the man worth while, Is the man that can emile, When everything goes dead wrong 1.I! O—O—0—0—O—O— Thefarmer business 1b now coming to a point WliEere if:ls generally recognized as the most prprperpus business going, offering the best future and the brightest prospects' Tiiii ^icing sa there will be no trouble about keeping the boy on the farm for he will be keen to see that it is the best place to make money, gain the respect of his Tjllowmeu and obtain thnt standing amongst men, which is the ambition of every right minded boy. it Js to gain these things that he has heretofore gone to the city ,'hereafter stay on the farm and that will send the youths of the cities to join him. All he wants to Zhat b68t ln the 8Um of IT WAS GOING TO BE A REAL HOG KILUING. When Sis and Charley jyent after Abe Sherin to dehora him they had planned a real hog-killlng." Did you ever see 'em take a nice fat emnHnfr i,„„ the knife into his throat? punting hog and put tttke.an" ChU,n Wm th6U d,6embowel him and And then hang him up to dry? And then cut him up? And then salt him and pack him? ^0Ulnal~t-he Northwest Farmer and BreeJlr PUb"C °Pin'0n lhe„°?, has "part' nf^t'b Sa'd 'h® iB '^"farmers bragTbout iLUn& ftirrnmrrryf '?.»-• -i,i nm PER YB AR Jft You can fool a toot the same waj three or four tlme^ —O—O—O—O—O— r-'f 'A. like liia look like hia mothjjr. btjt Jj© wUl-^t like ,*sM il.r\ r\ r\ via-* «****%&&- .•.•r-' •. •'—O—O—O—Orr-O-^-O— We wouldn't.^ Prodigal Son for tho little there is in it ofcfessfcfeM —O—O—O—O—O-^O— "s ---y If you hear anything good about, a man tell lt '~be tia,t sort of a gossip. -O—O—O—O—O—O— A parrot's talk seems to bo a gopd deal, like a, baby s^ intelligible only to its owner, 1 -O-^O-O-O^Os ^s'onnui daughters hang on too long she- says a girl *no marries before she is 30 is robbed of her girlhood, .|f|g The man who works as little as possible never gets along as well as the man who works as much as possiole —O—O—O—O—O—O— Wiat has become of the old-faaftioned man who said every boil was worth $5 because .it purified your blood? —O—O—O—0—o— The flowers that bloom iu the spring, tra IMS, will sOom be here, and the question arises, What are you going to do about it? 'k -o-o-o-o-o-ii tM certain medical experts want Insanity made the basi* ror divorce. And then the high-divers of the "upper-crust.'' ot society will'exclajm: "Ain't it great to be crazy. -0-0—0—0—0- PUt a C°Untry nothinS.inore nara® and 'f y°U obl.gedetoi8e °,,en 'mm hu™an and^omfort and success. It Is now being demonstrated that in all these things tho farm offers the best opportunities, '"7~ ~0—0—0—b—0—0— happiness' '"^a'birrel of scalding "ring him up and quarter numb#^ 10 try t0 get 0 their fake farm paper-but the farmers were subscrlifons rMi th°"ght as tl,ey were' ever farmer the solicitors visited they got about thi« ime of questions fired to them from the farmerJT New farm journal, c-h? 'r"* the Saturday News ,/Bli,y^btSni?rge-t farmer- Sis^«erfver8 T™9 Xost 8 Koing to print?" Th'8 P^i8^d '-TP*. •M by the ««t now is this tlmt it n.llf fA Saturlay News name and part of the Whilt are you 1 tryia* t0 aoJ! than the Daily Public Ranged. No, tarmeis a bunch of chaff like that Good day." Never you can't catch us JOSH BILLING'S GUIDE TO HEALTH. run info^debyf you can find anything efe#"to" houest if yo'tiL can,' it jou can't be honest, pray for make a hU' kCep C001 a weelt in 8011 wa*r 8lr,'bUt d°a,t ani kaste% B&W WS^ Laft every time you feel tickled/Snailfr ifnf0 ennyhow,, tK sm