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VOL. 10 NO 48.,
More Than One Thousand People
Hear the Next Governor of
South Dakota
Hearty Reception Given Sioux Falls
Man-by Open Hearted Citizens
of the Capital City
(From Pierre Copitol Journal)
Two years ago when George W.
Egan made a speech ia the opera
houBD in this city it was a common
subject of conversation for some time
as to the large number of people who
were out to hear him, but the meeting
•held last night by the samb speaker in
the same hall eclipsed by far that of
two years ago, and in fact no gather
ing has ever packed the opera house
so full except, perhaps, the meeting
•of Eugene Debs who held forth in the
same place when a candidate for presi
dent four years ago.
Mr. Egan, who arrived in the city
yesterday morning, showed evidences
of a hard campaign, but nevertheless
this experience did not detract from
liis making a most successful appear
ance in the capital city last night.
Shortly after 8 o'clock the speaker
of the evening entered the opera
house with C. W. Humphrey of this
city and J. H. Johnson Of Ft. Pierre,
both of whom were class mates of Mr
Egan In the state University of Iowa.
Although the house was well filled
when the party entered the crowd kept
coming until the rear part of the room
was crowded by men and women
standing. )•,.
Mr. Johnson appeared before the
audience a-d tpoke for fjowe
fifteen minutes chiefly on the subject
of Mr. Egan's personality, his progres
sive and persistent manner and told
of many experiences of the speaker
of the evening during college life. He
dwelt on the subject for fully quarter
of an hour relating frequent exper
ineces in which the candidate for gov
ernor was always Bhown up as making
good, whether in class exercises, ath
letic meets or society organizations.
Mr. Johnson paid a high tribute to
the ability and stability of the candi
date from Sioux Falls. Following
him Mr. Humphrey spoke for two or
three minutes and thjen Mr. Egan
took the platform receiving a hearty
response In the.way of applause as he
came before his hearers. He very
graciously referred to the kindly treat
ment given him here two years ago
and the endorsement, given him at the
polls, and then stated that he was
pleased to receive so hearty a recep
tion as it was his intention to come to
Pierre in January, 1913, and make this
his home as governor of the state.
Mr. Egan did not deal in any abuse,
of anybody during his entire talk and
this was somewhat disappointing per
haps to a number of people who were
perhaps hoping that he would appear
^ridiculous, neither did he take any
-time in telling of his experiences as
a citizen and attorney since coming
to the state. His talk was chiefly an
arraignment and indictment of the
state administrations during the past
years, and In this he made goi^d
^from start to finish, and the frequent
•-f-^'prolonged applause, which was given
the speaker, Bhowed that his talk was
only appreciated, but coincided in
by his listeners. Mr. Egan used the
*«w|*is®iittfe black book, or volume two of
,. j|.he state auditor's report for 1912 as
text bok and
to be wilted out at the time Crawford
took the oath of office of governor.
Mr. Egan referred to the matter of
increased assessments and expendi
ture of money and compared the pop
ulation and property growth making it
plain.to till that the present system,of
things IB a burden on the pocket book
of the common people for the benefit
of a bunch of pie-eaters under the
fostering wings of the state adminis
tration. He alluded to the fact that
the state railroad commission had ex
pended $117,000 in litigation on .the
two cent passenger fare case which
is In reality a straw man so to speak
erected to attract the attention of
the people frpm the live nigger to
the wood pile, the freight rates. He
said that if elected governor he would
recommend to the legislature that they
immediately pass a resolution direct
ing the railroad comission to reduce
freight rates from 17 to 33 per cent in
this state. This promise was greeted
with'evident approval on the part of
nearly every one present, and the fact
that he promised directly to do this
thing no doubt made him many votes
among his listeners, as th-3 exorbitant
freight rate west of Pierre Is something
that the working men appreciate near
ly as well as the business men. He
ridiculed the management of the state
immigration, department and the head
of that office, and., also called atten
tion to the fact that tb,e game warden
and his sixty or more deputise are a
big tax on the people of the state. He
referred to the many and mighty Cre
ations on the part of the reformer? in
the way of official patronage. Spoke
of the state fire marshal whom he
said could not track a circus, through
a swarap, of the scale inspectors, bee
Inspectors, hotel inspector and the
many- Other, kind of inspectors that
we have had foisted upon us by the
reform administrations. It tfbuld take
a whole newspaper to repeat the prin
cipal points that Mr. Egan made, and
all that Is'necessary, fop us to say is
that his talk was oiie continuous pleas
ing address devoid of personalities or
individual egotism which his oppon
ents i&S^ititillnufiiiy ^feargiftis "hlin
sermon that he
t"tJ^/?gave the tax payers was something
•more convincing than the general re-,
vival meeting of any church .or,jPolitl
,cal management.
The fact that South Dakota as a
state inherited debt of $860,000 from
territorial days with an assessment
roll of less than 1100,000,000 was a
topic that justified him in scoring the
reformer coterie for plunging the Btate
iiray million dollars In debt during tlie
ijjjast six years when therew&s over
4200,000,000 taxable property on which
to raise reveifoel»y direct taxation.
In early statehood days beginning with
1893 state bonds were paid oft every
j«ar when the tax levy was hilt two
mills with only an occasional defic-
lency sauajng the ontire^i^deU debt -resting^
There were several hundred ladles
present as well as practically all the
voters of Pierre, a large delegation of
people from Ft. Pierre and a bunch, of
admirers from Presho, Winner and
other points southwest of here y, who
came to attend his meeting and. join
iti the enthusiastic reception which
was given him- last night.
At the conclusion of the meeting
scores of people greeted the speaker
and.lt was some time before he could
make his way fro'm the opera house to
the St. Charles where a banquet had
been prepared for Mr. Egan at which
twenty-five friends partook. This
gathering was an Informal one In the
main and at the conclusion of refresh
ments several short speeches were
made by a number of the guests and
Mr. Egan. At this function Mr, Hum
phrey presided as toastmaister and the
program throughout was a fitting trib
ute to any candidate for the exalted
position of governor of this state. Mr
Egan will not receive a more hearty
welcome any place in the state than
he received here last night, and if his
health permits he will continue the
campaign until June 3rd, and it is
needless to say that every talk makes
him votes. It was not expected that
he would make many votes here as
the sentiment in his favor is so large
anyway, but from the expressions on
the streets today It is certain that
he not only created renewed enthu
siasm on the part of his friends but
made new supporters for the cause
which is to make him the next gover
nor of South Dakota.
S. D. Missionary
Ijliilks 2,000 Miles
A missionary working In the west
ern part of the state, by the name of
Rev. E. C. Miler, has the distinction
cf being a great walker.: He lives at
Fort Pierre,- During the past two
years, it Is'claimed, he has walked
over' 2,000 miles aiintially. Many days
he^nralks on an average of 40 to 50
miles and preaches at some place
While resting two or three times. He
swings alongat 'about: four to four
and one-half miles to the hour. The
most rapid time 1b about 40 miles la
seven and one-half hours. -The: far
thest In one 'day 54 miles. He has
been known to walk- 40 fnlles on Sun
day, preaching three tiines while he
Four Young Men Drowned While
Attempting to Go Over the.
Dam at Sioox F*U». 1
One of the Young Men" Drowned
Was an Expert Swimmer and.
Carried a Lifesaver's Medal.,
Four young men were drowned at
Sioux Falls last Sunday afternoon at
about four o'clock, In the Sioux river
Their names were Guy Beck, Mat
Tost, John Meehan and Willanin Dahl,
their ages running from 19 to 26.'
Dabl and Meehan In the second boat
seemed to hesitate, a few. seconds but
finally started on the perilous trip.
They were going ail right until just on
the brink of the fall, over the dam
when the frail craft swung around and
went over the pitch sldewist, unset
ting and dumping, the two occupants
into the river.
An alarm was given at once and
those on the shore ran to give all as
sistance possible, and Beck, witness
ing, the upsetting of the craft, con
taining his companions,, turned and
pulled back as hard as he could.
It is claimed by those who had a
full view of the upsetting of the small
er boat that Dahl never came to the
surface. Meehan came to the surfacc
and struggled through the turbulent
waters until he reached the boat pro
pelled by Beck. Meehan was pulled
Into the larger boat which in some
manner was drawn into the many
whirlpools and' eddies made by the
large body of water pkssing over the
dam, and in an instant it was drawn
dangerously near the dam. Yost and
Beck each having an oar. in their
hand realized their danger and tried
to push away .from, the,dam, but with
out avail. .They were drawn up under
the dam where the boat capsized,
dumping the three men Into the trea
cherous water.
The people on the shore saw that
the three young men were battling for
their lives and they looked abeut for
anything which might aid them. A
rope was found but it was too short to
reach the men. The boat had floated
out of the immediate vicinity of the
dam ond it was hoped that the three
men could reach it and hold on until
they could be rescued, but with their
clothing on it was impossible to do
much if anything further than go with
the rapidly whirling water. A plank
was thrown into the water and Mee
ban reached this- and it looked as if
fTe might* be saved, but the whirling
waters drew man and plank up under
the dam and down they went, Meehan
came up but he was unable to do any
thing: towards aiding himself. In fact
he seemed in a dazed condition. His
arms were-seen to move, but he cooli
not raise his head out of water and he
soon, disappeared*. It is believed that
while beneath the .water Meehan was
hit by the plank.
All this time'Beck and Yost were
having a desperate fight. Yost man
aged to reach the larger boat and got
hold, of It He was given Words of en
couragement and told to keep bis
(Continued an Page 6.)
of Watertown and Cod­
ington Connty Propose to Build
Part of Meridian Road.
The Committee Submits lts Report
and Plans to the Watertown
Commercial Club.
The following is the report, out
lining the plan for building the Me
ridian road in Codington county, sub
mitted to the Commercial club, by the
good roads committee of which W.
JJ Stokes is.chairman: '|f.
Watertown, S. D., May-' 1, -1912.
Mr. C. M. Lyon, President Water
town Commercial Club, Watertown*
S. D., Dear Sir: During your ab
sence from a meeting of the Water-
Early in the afternoon the four meji
had embarked in two boats for a ride
on the river. All were quite skillful
in handling their boats and while the
river has been high and the water
i-unnlng'swift no one thought that 'town Commercial club held at the
any mishap woiild befall them. The ^Annex Monday, April 22, 191?, your
four were Been to converse with each .Meridian Road committee, as per its
other, but what was said will no^ev be
promise at previous meeting, -was glv
po. practically the entire hour during
the Noonday lunch, In which to make
a report of the progress made by the
Meridian Road committee. This hour
Was occupied by your committee thru
the chairman, and the progress made
ip to that time, was presented quite
tolly In verbal report. Ex-Miyor J.
W- Martin, ably presided in your stead
Careful attention was given to the
report by ail present, and at the re
quest of the speaker, and consent of
|he chairman of the meeting, nu
merous' questions were -propounded
and answered, and apparently tlie
plan presented waB understood and ap
predated by all.- Blue print, showing
The Sioux Falls Argus-Leader of
Monday, in writing up the affair says:
It was about 2:20 when the skiff
with Beck and Yost In it passed un
der the temporary foot bridge and
pulled in along side the bank about
half way between the bridge and dun.
In a few minutes the lighter boat with
Dahl and Meehan, each using a pad
dle, came under the bridge. The occu
pants of the two boats took up a con
versation to which no special atten
tion was paid. Finally. It was observ
ed by some of the spectators that Beck
was pulling straight for the dam. He
managed his boat so skillfully that
they passed over the dam In satetj^cross sections of the working plan ot
ie" Meridian road as formulated and
sent -1^ by State:Engineer Lea, was
presented and briefly explained tiy the
speaker, after'which a diagram show
ing' the detailed plan of grading and
building In two dayB, the entire twen
ty-four miles of Meridian road through
Codington county, was submitted and
rt n*A r***
building of one mile ot toad, drawing
their resouftes laterally east and west
from the Meridian road foltoirtng the
section line to tb? quartey line. (Nec
essary help from teserve force in Wa^
tertown—-See section S and dlagram.V
Watertown Reserves
Section 3:1 Your committee basing
their estimate on the .recent city elec
tions, place the conservative estimate
of the votets for Watertown, ai l,400'
—men above 21 years ot age. Young
men between the ages of 16 uid 21*
might be estimated at 460 Deducting
from this estimate those "that ar6 in
capacitated from sickness or old'
not more than 280, leaves an avail
able force of practically 1.S20, From
this force, must be drawn the 24 com
mittees of 5—120, leaving an available
force of 1,400, from which reserves
may be drawn "as necessity requires
for each respective mile of road. Team
force in reserve at Watertown 36
lit 1. M.
explained' and elaborated upon by the
speaker, as per diagram attached,
which is made a part of this report.
This plan may be briefly explained
as follows:
Section 1. Competent men, togeth
er with the city engineer, shall go
over the entire twenty-four miles at
as early a date' as possible and es
timate the requirements—plows, grad
ers, scrapers, hones, men,: etc., nec
essary to grade and build each mile
of road in two days, carefully making
record of same and presenting and
making their report to the Meridian
road comittee, who In turn will sub
mit to the committees of five, as here
inafter mentioned.
Section 2. That^-committee ot five
be chosen 'by "the Watertown Com
mercial club,. with the approval of tho
Meridian road committee, for each
and ever/ mile of road^: commencing
from the north line of the county, and
enumerated- .one to twenty-four inclu
sive. Bach committee Of five Is to
be responsible, tor the grading
Section 4. It is understood that
the advice and help of the board of
county commissioners and township
authorities Is desired—also their full
co-operation in 'the way of furnishing
tools for grading and constructing the
road. The county commissioners have
already pledged themselves to put ini
the necessary bridges forthwith and
they have promised to have them all
completed before the day Bet for grad
ing of the Meridian road. It Is alio
earnestly desired that they fui-nlsh
and place in position, all culverts that
may be necessary to make adequate
provision for drainage.
Co-operation of City Officials.
.2. It is the earnest desire of your
committee, to have the hearty co-op
eration of the mayor and commission
ers, and to have one day at least a
galaday or work day—made so by pro
clamation of the mayor—witK'ftll the
stores and shops closed, and everyone
on the road to work. The committed
have no donbt, that they will "receive
the support of the city officers—from
the mayor all through the elective and
appointive offices of the city.
Croperisttan, of the Military Men
3. It is further des^l}: that hear
ty co-operation In this Work be ex
tended by the military men, of which
Adjutant General C. H. Englesby is
head, to help do the actual work in
hand—and "«lso to help In the pub
licity movement. (See section 6,
clause 4. Publicity and Utility Plan.)
Cooperation of Machinery Dealers.
4. Your committee also wish the
support and co-operation of the deal
ers In farm machinery—especially
those handling, threshing engines, (See
section 7, clause 3.)
Co-operation of Boy Scouts..
6. We would like also to have t.no
co-operation of the offlcera of the
Boy Scouts—to have the boys In evi
dence both as to publicity and util
ity. (See section 5, clause 1, shovel
brigade. See section 7, clause 2.)
Publicity and Utility Plan,
Section 6.. .1. Plan suggested for
publicity—that a mass meeting be
called by the Watertown Commercial
club at an early date in the largest
available place—at which time the
cross section, as shown by State En
gineer Idea's blue. pxint, be explained,
an dthe plan of building the Meridian
road,,as set. forth by the committee,
be explained and elaborated upon,
,-bri^Jly discussed any ot
Taft and UFolleHe WiU fnMA,
Also Vint the Suihine State
in the Near Fst»re
Colonel to Male* Addresm In Sioax
Falb and Mitchell. May Abo
•Com to Watertown
ilili 1Hi
Theodore Rooeevett wlii visit South
Dakota the first week lu June, and
make several" speeches if the Colonel's
plans do net miscarry. Re will mafcO
hls first speech at Sioux Falls, one at
Mitchell and possibly will go^to Ab«
erdeen, Steps will be made to got
him to .come to Watertown If it is at
all possible.. It Is Intimated that tho
one. thing that got Mr. Roosevelt to
come to the state at the last minute
was on account of his old friend Col,
Qrigsby, who is an out and out Roose
velt candidate for United States seno
tor from this district The two Col
onels, have been fast friends and it
Is the Damon and PhythlaB love be
tween them that moved,Mr. Roo^evety
to come T^est.
., It. ie also thought that the 'cemlngr
Of Colofiel Roosevelt to South Dakota
will mean that President, Taft and
Senator LaFollette will also almost, bo
compelled to make a few calls In the
Sunshine State.
The ,ten delegates from this stated
may mean very much at the conven
tion to be held at Chicago in June and
each. candidate is very anxious to
land them'/s*'
The old building,that has been used
for a depot by £be St Louis andL-the
C. R, I. ft P. railways, tor mfcny yeera
aild whioh has racently lM^n replaoed
by the erection of a new and modems
brick building a block west of the old
Btruoture, is being moved across the
street east where It will be remodeled
and fined no to be ueod as a freight'
present who desire to do so, and atT^'
this time, there might be a call- fo#*&3
volunteers to make up the committees
of five. It was also suggested as a
means of publicity, that a shovel
gade be organized—composed of all^'"
the' available men of the county and
city, carrying banners—the mottoes
setting forth the Importance to the'
city and county, of building the road
making the connecting link
through^ ...
Codington county for the Great M0®$#
ridian road extending from Galveston™"
to Winnipeg, and the benefits derived""1'''
to all concerned in the enhancing of
values throughout the county.
2. As Bet forth In the verbal re&^
port, these shovels can be procure*^'
through our hardware dealers at
practically cost possibly about 60c
per shovel thus giving those who
have not a shovel the privilege ot
buying a shpvef at -about wholesale
trice. -Mi A' ,f.
3, It would he desirable to ltave
the ladies .throughout the county
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