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le Vl ~J i?*. 4 r',-J i ^f'r( V ,JS ',?&i 8 ,""*3-i $& ~f-iA'~ $sif-&: JKwlT *Ws 8$ wm '.y' Special Correspondence. Bismarck, N. D., April 27.Every farmer and homeseeker in the north western and middle states has un doubtedly been reading from, week to week, the strong and able articles that have been prepared by W. C. Gilbreath, commissioner of agriculture for the state of North Dakota. We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gilbreath in Minneapolis last week and asked him to give us a few facts in regard to the state, that would appeal to homeseekers and' investors in different sections of the west, who are anxious to secure a new home. I also asked Mr. Gilbreath in regard to individual cases of people who have come into the state with very little capital, but plenty of energy and push, and what results they have achieved. Mr. Gilbreath said: The following regarding the state of North Dakota is well worthy of con sideration by the homeseeker and the investor. That this state is receiving & marvelous growth can be best appreci ated by an investigation. Thousands of people have" made their selection of homes in North Dakota this year and Btill there remain millions of acres waiting for the industrious husband man. It's a broad field and open to all. That it is a state where the tiller of the soil reaps a rich reward can be verij fied by thousands of new settlers who came to this state with hopes and fears, but who have realized far beyond their fondest expectations. There are no industrious poor men in this state. All are prosperous, and why not. where land is so cheap and yet so fertile and productive that one crop pays for the land with a sufficient sur plus to keep the producer until the, next vear's yield? That this is true is at tested by the fact that there are real estate dealers offering to pell land and take in exchange for the payment the first year's crop. You may ask, If the land is so productive, why is it that these real estate dealers are willing to dispose of it on such liberal terms'? J&y answer is that many of these propri etors own thousands of acres of land and are willing to demonstrate their confidence in the productiveness of the soil by making this generous offer. They want to show the public that the soil of this state is valuable, pro ductive and cannot be excelled for the same price in any part of the uni verse. The following are a few of the many letters reproduced showing what men have accomplished in North Dakota. This could be supplemented by thou sands of others which come unsolicited: W. L. Eichards, president of the Da kota State bank of Dickinson, who or ganized that institution a few years ago: I consider this section good for diversified farming, and am sure if any man will come here and work as hard as he would in the older states he will make more money. I don't know of a single instance where a man came here and attended to business but what he has made a success." Mr. Douglas of New Salem writes: "All my oats and about two-thirds of my wheat crop was on land broken in the spring. This land I worked thor oly, threshed, from it thirty-three bush els of wheat an acre, and from the six acres of oats received nearly 300 bush- els." Is it strange that men will offer to sell land and take the first crop pro duced in payment for the same? Henry Lesch came to Oliver county from Minnesota in 1903, and states: "My first crop was in 1903, and it paid for the land. My wheat averaged sev enteen bushels to the acre. This sea son was considered by old settlers one of the poorest years. On my old high priced farm in Minnesotaone of the richest in the farming portion of south ern Minnesotathe yield of wheat that season was also seventeen bushels an One acre of his Minnesota land was selling at' from eight to ten times the amount he paid for his North Dakota acres, yet the yield was no greater. The value of land should be measured by its proctucing qualities. Is it Rood financial sagacity to hold land which can be sold for say $50 an acre when you can buy equally as good in fertil ity and productiveness for $5 or $6? Frank Suchy says:. 1 came here in" 1890, landed in Mandan. Had enough moiHtey to buy one team and two cows, not enough to file on government land had to rent for two years before I made enough to file. Poor crop first year, but a fine crop in 1691, and then I filed on my homestead and from that on I have been raising crops every year. The lowest crop was fourteen bushels in 1903. I now own 640 acres of land paid for in full, am not in debt at all, have thirty head of cattle, twelve head of horses, ten working "horses and two colts, and all the machinery need to farm with. I have 135 acres broken, the balance is in pasture and hay land. "We raise good crops of corn every year, atod. I have never known it to fail raise about forty or fifty bushels to the -acre. I believe it is a good country to raise hogs, better than the eastern states, far better. I have good frame buildings and in "good condition. I believe my property is.worth $12,000 at least, and I would .not sell at that." John Kline of Bichardson states: "Of course we had very little money when J. B. Nji i Saturday Evening, Interview With W. C. Gilbreath, Commissioner of i Agriculture for the State of North Dakota, ~pu* Words From a Man Who Has Made Many Years' Study of True Conditions of the !Flickertail State*1[%yf we got here about' $1,600.' With -this I bought a half section of land, and you can think for yourself what good land this is, when,I tell you,we already.five years ago had everything" paid off/and bought another half, section of land, and now have in all a whole section, or 540-acres. Our land with the house, barn and granary, and stock is now worth in the market today $10,000. We have a comfortable house, built of stone, a barn also built of stone, which iB 80 feet long aWd 33 feet wide, a granary of-stone, which is 80~ feet, long and. 20 feet wide,. seventy-five .head of cattle, ten horses. This year we raised 2,188 bushels of avheat (of which I sold $1,900 worth, keeping enough for seed and family use)1,222 bushels of oats, considerable corn, 100 bushels of potatoes. In the meantime we have sold considerable butter and eggs, and this fall sold $25 worth of cabbage." BMT H. Smith gives his experience in tJHT following letter: I came to North Dakota from Minnesota Nov. 14, 1902, and filed on 160 acres. I first built a barn 14x24 for horses, and as soon as I could broke some ground and planted potatoes, corn and all.kinds of vegetables, and they surely never did better on the well-worked ground than here on the sod. 'In the fall I dug a good cellar and built our house, 16x24, and built a lean on the barn, 14x24 built a sod hen house, a sod cow barn 20x40, had a well dug and have splendid water. "In the spring I had forty acres ready for a crop and we were well pleased with the first crop. Our wheat yielded fifteen bushels an acre. Oats, thirty bushels and corn twenty-five bushels, and all ripened well. We have a splendid soil and it will produce any thing when well rotted and taken care of. "In the fall I hauled timber and built a barn for the cattle and horses, 28x40 a granary 10x24 a henhouse 12x14. We did all our own building, except six days I hired a man. Chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese do fine here we raised 115 chickens this year. The fuel question is simply wonder ful. We can buy coal for $1.25 a ton or we can dig it ourselves for nothing. What more can a man ask for? I cut and put up about two hundred tons of hay nired a man two weeks. Our stock will keep and fatten on this hay as well as cattle do in the east on timothy hay and clover and ground feed. "We have now twenty-four head of cattle and eight horses. The mail passes our house six days in a week. We can count about forty houses from our place now, and it is no un common thing to count from twenty to thirty teams in a day passing by. "fn conclusion, let me say to all the renters in the east, make a strike do it now pull out and get a home.# And to those that are looking for a.n invest ment, you can never find a better place, to invest your money than here. Our only regret is we did not come here ten years ago." L. J. Stoxen tells what a man of grit and energy can do in this state. He says: "Icajne to' North Dakota with but $2 in my pocket. I now own 1,600 acres, all practically clear of encumbrance, which, at the prices at which land is now selling, is worth at least $19,000. I have a comfortable home, a good granary, a commodious barn and cattle shelter for the accommodation of 160 head of stock. I located a good vein of lig nite coal on my land, from which I ob tain sufficient fuel to supply my own needs ever since settling here. Lig nite coal is used by every one in this section of the country." Government Land. There are thousands of acres of gov ernment land open for settlement. These embrace some of as good lands as can be found in the state. The cost for filing on these lands is nominal. No greater opportunity ever presented itselr to secure a home at so small a cost. Conclusion. Sworn statistics show the produc tiveness of the soil. Letters from resi dents with whom you can correspond, give their experiences and the result of their efforts. Cities, villages and farmhouses are springing up as if by magic, attesting the fact that the tide of immigration is turning to the fer tile prairies of JNorth Dakota. In vestors are realizing the increasing values of real estate: homeseekers are comiirg by trainloads .to secure new homes railroad companies are propos ing and building new roads wholesale houses are being established at differ ent cities and towns and manufacturers are seeing the importance and financial advantage of opening factories and supplying the people with' their prod ucts this growing, prosperous and rapidly populating state. Homeseekers and investors who read the foregoing can have absolute faith in^. anything that Mr. Gilbreath says, as'he is thoroly conversant with every condition that exists in North Dakota and is known thruout the great north west as a man of the strictest.integri ty, and one in whom absolute faith can be reposed. Ward D.. Williams." Best Investment on record is Land Advertising on North Dakota Are you Interested? Unimproved lands at $18 to $25 per acre. Highly improved farms, with complete sets of buildings, growing crops, close to schools, churches, rail- road towns, at $25 to $40 per acre. i -V^?_^ Now is the time to buy and secure the.benefit of the inevitable advance in values. Write me for-particulars and descriptions. ,.\v ,v ...._,., f-.'M4 jjii li1 HI 1 *m MANDAN, NORTH DAKOTA. RICHARDTON, NORTH DAKOTA. MR. MONEY MAN, do you want good safe investments? Just write me about Barnes County's first mortgages. They are gilt edged security and pay 5 per cent interest. Better look this up. Cass J. A Native Product of the Red River VaHey And a fair sample' of the happy faces found among 'purchasers of North Dakota farms. Coimty} ^orthDakota Cass county is the best known of North Dakota counties. It is in the heart of the Bed Eiver valley, and Fargo, its county seat, is the metropo lis of the state.' "WKeat oats, barley, flfix, .corn,, mil let and potatoes are the principal crops. Field and garden vegetables grow large and excellent in quality. Sheep-raising is carried on with marked Buccess, and is constantly in creasing in importance. Cattle are also furnished to .farmers to raise on shares. Fargo has the best railroad connec tions of any city in the valley the third largest machinery trade of any city in the United States, irrespective of size the largest manufacturing and jobbing- business of any city in the val ley the" finest buildings eleven, and one-half miles of electric street rail way, eleven miles of paved streets, six teen miles of water mains and fourteen, miles of sewers. The city is lighted by electricity and gas. Fargo is proud of its educational sys tem, which comprises the state agricul tural college, with an attendance of over 700, and the United States ex periment station Fargo college (en- dowed) Sacred Heart academy high school and six% other fine school build ings. The city employs a superintend ent and fifty teachers to look after the training of over 2,100 pupils. FRE E HOMESTEAD S ^Jgtle&iSSSF1*w ^L ^i(^'^^*^^-^^gg^ THE OLIS JOTJRN READ COMMISSIONER GILBREATH'S STRONG ARTICLE ON "FACTS REGARDING NORTH DAKOTA'S I Facts Regarding\Nort^tI^^L, ^One hundred and twelve eastern farmers and their families on three special cars, .bound for Richardton, Mandan and Mott, North Dakota, March.28th, 1905. This is o|Ay onejof the many farmers' excursion parties which WM. H. BKOWN COMPANY are taking to\North Dakota. -por detailed information, write 131 LA SALLE ST., CHICAGO. HARVESTING CORN IN THE RED RIVER VALLEY, NORTH DAKOTA. CAN RAISE ANY PRODUCT GROWN tf ILLINOIS AND A GREAT DEAL MORE. The Illinois land that once was slow sale at $5 per acre, now sells readily for from $100 to $150 per acre. THE RED RIVER VALLEY M^P^ A Ift THE TOITEfr STATER ARE BOTO^a^. INCREASE RAPIDLY IN VALUE, BECAUSE THEY ARE PRODUCING 3*CUC|r GREATER PJtpiPITS THAN $150 PER ACRE LANDS IN ILLINOIS. IN NO OTHER COUNTRY AND WITH NO OTHER COMPANY CAN YOU BUY LANDS WITH A CASH PAYMENT DOWN AND BALANCE PAYABLE HALF THE .CROP EACH YEAR UNTIL THE LAND IS PAID FOR, No chance of ever-losing1 J, B. Streeter, Jr., Co,, Bankers Capital and Surplus. $250.000 LARIMORE, NORTH DAKOTA. AGENTS WANTED EVERYWHERE, MR. FARMERrhere is a money-mak ing home for you. 600 acres, one mile from' Valley City, 350 under cultiva tion, balance timber and- meadow, 160 fenced, fair buildings of all kinds, spring, well and river water. R. F. D. and rural phone. Price $40 per acre. F. m. mcALLEH, Valley City, tf. B, This 160 Acres is already in crop. There is little to be done between now and harvest time, and still we offer you ONE-FOURTH THE OROP. WE HAVE TAKEN THE 0HANCE. just because we want a let more good farmers out here. 160 acres, four miles. from two rail roads, every acre culti vated and now in crop. ]We want $24.50 an acre for it. We will make agreeable terms. Write us. Wheelock & Wheelock, Fargo. 0 A 4% "TCbuys good halt section A &J_ HtIofarm, Carring- J% N.near WHICH ARE THE MOST PRODUCTIVE your land on a proposition of this kind, and the best guarantee we could give of our faitK in the land actually paying for itself. In Illinois you pay half the crop for xen% and at expiration of your lease are turned out5 without even "thank you," while here the half you turn over to us pays for the land. DID YOU EVER HEAR OF SUCH A CHANCE BEFORE? We are selling fine improved farms on this plan. YOU WILL NOT ALWAYS HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY. WRIE TODAY FOR OUR ILLUSTRATE LAND BOOKS, GIVING FULL INFORMATION AND STATISTICS. WE HAVE GRAIN FARMS, STOCK FARMS AND DIVERSIFIED FARMS, FINELY IM- PROVED FARMS AND CHEAP LANDS. Write us just what you want and amount of money you have to put into land. We can fix you out. LARGEST OPERATORS IN COUN- TRY AND OWN OUR OWN LANDS IS REASON W E CAN SELL LANDS ON TERMS WE DO. WRITE TO D. (count ^gV seat town), soil Al, fair buildings, 180 acres cultivated balance meadow and prairie. its a SNAP, it you want this you must burry. Write Traverte Land Co.,. Wbeatoq, -Mian. QpOB 800-acre improved 4WM.AM*. f?lrm 600 Nacres culti- ruryntOnWa vated, 200 acres feno *rif-miv meadow, \'m OT buildings goodsplendid' water fttStiiAt Arra 6 miles from town. #.9 per BST9 Now ^et this quick. and seS joa lands ttom $B to SIS Der.acrewheat, oats, barley, flax, laore crops. Coal for and haTuhut. The beat water In abaUt-w wells and sntuum. Heilis Elliot Land Co., W CUM:,YALlifiYCinfN.D. WW We will locate you on 160 acres frjee lands CHICAGO. April '29/-'i'90g. Special Correspondence, Lisbon, N. D., April 27.For a long time I have been impressed with the growth, of the stock and dairy indus tries of Ransom county, but until a few days since -had no data on which to base any figures. The Adams & Frees company of Lis bon, the largest owners of farm lands in southeastern North Dakota, havo been keeping very close tab on these lines, and from them I learn that the shipments of livestock for market from Lisbon in 190$ were only 30 ears in 1904 they were 85 cars, and in the first three months of 1905 have been 50 cars from Lisbon alone. They inform mc that in addition to these shipments, as many more have been shipped' from stations other than Lisbon. While these figures may not seem large to a man from Iowa or Illinois, they make a great showing for a sec tion of country generally thought of as strictly a wheat country, and a com parison of the figures for the three years given show the rapid increase. If SEPTe 240 acres of level land, 160 acres un- der culti- vation. Two good, springs of watef.spme small timber^" which makes a fine shelter for stock in winter. Located In a neighborhood of fine, high priced farms. One of our best bargains. Price .$16.00 per acre. Pull section of wild land, six miles south of Elliott, deep .black soil, over a clay subsoil, all level arid every foot Is plow land. Can be sold on easy cash payments or on crop payments, as desired. Here is a chance to get a fine farm, on such easy terms that anyone can buy.it. Price $24.00 per acre. TELL tVND'S,1MND RANSOM COUNTY AT THE FRONt In Stock-Growing and DairyingThe Growth in These Industries Has Been Phenomenal^ 160 acre farm located 12 miles northeast of Fargo one-half mile from the Buffalo river, three miles from a small station on the Great Northern every acre under cultivation rich blaek soil with yellow clay sub-soil a^nice, neat house, barn and granary good well of water in a first-class neighborhood, for $32.00 per acre terms, $1,500.00 cash, balance long time at 6 per cent, interest. 160 acres of land 3J miles from the City of Fargo all under cultivation, 80 acres seeded to tame grass small set of buildings. Price $31.00 per acre, $2000.00 cash. Write us for our monthly bargain list. We have got some snaps to offer. We Have Hundreds of Desirable famsjor Sale in This Section. *:#5ali Homeseekers and Investors Write tfpr Detailed Information to ^^^4 MINNEAPOLIS. Ellsworth & Jenkins, *1!SZ&SZ THE POINT IS That Ransom County is no doubt as good if not the best in the state that you are going to be done with your spring work in a few days. You have read and heard all kinds of statements about Ransom county and North Dakota. Now, if we cannot demonstrate the truth of our statements, we must lose. Take a chancecome and see for yourselfif you buy, we will rebate the price of your 'fare* Write us so we can se cure railroad rates for yon. A Day's Outing in Stutsman County due of the Garden Spots of North Dakota YOU FRIEND S ABOU IT. Sr-STtiia double your money. Renters buy improved farms on half crops. Aroid mistakes easy to make in the Northwest, by card to E. A. WAiSWORTH, LANGDON, N. D. m- "*V the shipments for the balance of the year are even normal, they will reach for the year 1905 125 cars from. Lis bon alone. Five creameries are in successful operation in this county, and the farm ers are fully appreciating the profit in cream. The history of all new states. has been that when its farmers cease.rais ing wheat exclusively and commence stockraising and dairying, its farmers grow wealthy and itd lands advance in value rapidly. Ransom countlands at that stage now -where its1 15, 1905, is the day you can get returns and celebrate if you boy th following before May 20th: 320 acres with buildings, and you get half of 200 acres crop, price $81*33 per acre, 320 acres with buildings, you get half of 175 acres crop, $27.50 per acre. Don't write unless you mean business. R. R. fund refunded to buyer. Thomas J. Baird Investment Go. WBKr Ellsworth & Jenkins, Fargo, Nort Dakota, Offer the following farms as a sample of some of the bargains they have for sale in the RED RIVER VALLY, lands that are in the vaUey proper: 320 acre farm, located 5 miles north of Fargo, good house, barn and granary, small pasture 300 acres plowed and seeded into crop. The land is a rich black loam with a black soil two and one-half to three feet deep,, underlaid with a yellow elay sub-soil rented for one-half of the crop 220 acres seeded to wheat, balance oats. Price $35.00 peracre, cash payment of $2500 down, balance on long time terms to suit purchaser. is just are stable in value and are increasing in price rapidly. The Adams & Frees company inform me that their business has been larger thus far this year than for the same period since they commenced business twenty-two years ago, and they look for a constant and rapid advance for years to come. I believe from my observa tion that they -are entirely right in their opinion, and that investments made now are safer and surer of a profit than at any time heretofore. I' 4 #fc i Fine-. 0 11 improv- ed section farm, three miles from Dawson, Kid-':, der Co., N. D. 500 acres under,. cultivation, all level tillable land, good water, and cheap range adjoining. About $3,000 worth of live stock, horses, cattle, and sheep, and all ne cessary farming machin ery, household furniture, and everything complete. All goes for $18.00 per acre. A great bargain. ROTJEKE'S LAND LOAN AND': INSURANCE AGENCY, Lisbon, North Dakota.