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g'*ytK* 1ARCH OF AN ARMY ON NORTH DAKOTA IAlready the Invasion of Home seekers Has Begun, Allured by the Cheap Lands and Opportun ities for Wealth in the State. AMAZING DEVELOPMENT DUBING THE PAST DECADE Towns Springing Up with Magical Rapidity, Railways Pushing Their Branch Lines and Prairies Becoming Vast Wheat Fields. BY HERBERT VANDERHOOF. The spring tide of immigration to North Dakota has already begun To be sure, the movement so far this year has been slight But the season has only opened, and in a few weeks more the flood of homeseekers will ha\e swelled into thou sands, and the railways running into the state will be taxed to their capacities to take care of the men and women with their household goods and live stock, who are going to start new homes on the virgin prairies of the state There was a time when the great flood of immigration to North Dakota con sisted of the hard* Scandinavians, prin cipally, with a smattering of other Euro pean races and a few Americans from the older settled states Today these con ditions are re\ersed In the last eleven ears over 110 000 immigrants have been taken into North Dakota from the states of the central West and the East There must be some strong inducement to lead men and women to break away from the old surroundings and to venture into a new countrv with, which they are un familiar They are all Americans and with the natural American pride in the sections of the country where they were born and brought up What lure has been sufficient to draw them to the boundless West? Land' Land, and the desire for homes of their own and homes for their chil dren. Land, with the abundant crops that are raised with the /slightest effort on the prolific soil of North Dakota and which will soon raise men from compara tive povertv to wealth and independence The men who were pioneers in this move ment have sent back word of their suo cess, or have \islted their old homes in person and given visible evidence of it, and the leaven thus placed in thousands of western and eastern communities is now working In traveling through North Dakota I have been impressed with the atmos phere of hope and faith that is every where met with The air is surcharged with it Every man with the disposition and the energy to work knows that it is only a few years until he shall have achieved independence If he has money to start with so much the better, because fortunes multiply here with a rapidity that would be satisfactory to even a Rockefeller or a Carnegie But even if a man has nothing the same opportunities are there waiting for him to garner them. Land Plentiful and Cheap. Land is plentiful in North Dakota and it is cheap There are vast quantities that can yet be obtained under the home stead laws, and it is to these lands that the great movement of the past few years has gravitated The new settlers ha\e taken up their habitations miles away from any railway line, and as they have prospered have bought adjoining section after section of land, until their farms have numbered thousands of acres But even where lands have to be bought, the prices they bring are so insignificant compared with the prices of lands in the older settled states as to be insignificant I was talking with one husky young farmer whom I met up there and who is the owner of over 1,700 acres of land, all under cultivation, and whose yearly in come runs up into the thousands of dol lars. He has built himself a fine house, has every modern comfort and conven ience in it, has fine blooded stock, owns one of the latest makes of auto mobiles and is an enthusiast about his state, which he declares is destined to become the greatest in the entire North west "All that I possess," he said, as we sat on the porch of his house after dinner one day, and smoked our cigars "is the result of ten vears' work My home was in Iowa and father had a good farm theie and was counted a prosperous man But there was a big family of us. and when I was twenty-one I figured it out that there was no chance for me at home I could not buy land there, for land was worth $100 an acre and more, and I had no money and no means of acquiring It. I knew how to farm, and that was all "A man came to our section one day and circulars were distributed all around the community telling that he was going to give an address at the schoolhouse about North Dakota and the opportunities it offered farmers I went to that meet ing and found that I could get a home stead for nothing Father said the chance was worth taking and gave me J100 to start out with "I came here filed on my claim, and then went to work for the man who owned the adjoining one After working for two vears I went to work for myself on my own land and lived in a sodhouse I had put up. My first year's crop of wheat put me on easy street I bought the adjoining quarter section of land that year and have added to my holdings every year since I have never had a crop failure Pleasure Follows the Work. "I don't have to work so hard now." he continued "In the winter my wife and I with the children generally take a trip somewhere We go to the East and take life comfortably Next winter we are going to take a trip to Cuba "And my experience is nothing out of the common. All about me are men who have made just such a beginning, and they are all wealthy today I tell you, this is the land of promise The railroads that traverse North Da kota are responsible for the amazing de velopment of the state in recent years, to a great degree The main lines of road have been conducting extensive building operations in the shape of branch lines, that serve as feeders to the parent stems In many cases these branches have been pushed fifty and sixty miles into country that was apparently nothing but brown and unproductive prairie But as fast as the roads were constructed, and even sometimes in advance of the track lay ers, towns have sprung up. Today North Dakota is being dotted all over with towns, and the lands adjacent to them are being taken up rapidly In the history or most western com munities, the first business to be estab lished is the saloon They don't have roons in North Dakota, as the state prohibition. Here the first business Is generally a bank, and the second is an elevator to take care of the farmer's wheat. And some of these little towns of only a few weeks' existence do an enor mous business In one place that I visited the railroad office was in a box car that had been run onto a siding, and here the agent and telegraph operator combined had headquarters In the Nation's Granary. "Much business here?" I inquired, more as a matter of conversation than any thing else. There were only a half dozen or so of houses in the town, although building- was going on briskly "Pretty fair for a new beginner," he responded. "You see, the road only opened up business here two weeks ago. but in that time I have taken and shipped Out wheat on which the freight alone was $10,000." And then my attention was taken to the scores of big wagons with four horses to each of them, that were lined up in front of the elevator waiting their chance to unload wheat, and others that were coming over the prairie roads to town. It was all cash to the farmers, for as fast as they received the elevator's che of measure they would go to the lit bank and get their money. And then I realized that I was in the granary of the United States. Wednesday Evening, City News PDBLIG IS WEARY OF INANE COMEDIES ^TWKYTVjmrtWO* \(tVrT"(TWWPV9WS*Wl! 5 KATHERINE BELL, 3 3 Who Flays Jane in Babes in Toyland. 8 JCJF jrsx VJf f.*- 1' The present season has brought pro ducing managers of musical plays to a crisis and to a realization of the fact that there has been something wrong in their methods of procedure," says Katherine Bell. "Many of them ha\e at once -jumped to theAConclusion that the public has tired ow that form of amusement, some of them even going so far as to declare that they will make no more produc tions of that nature. Critics and news paper writers have gleefully pointed to the passing of the chorus girl, and have not been ^backward asserting that her days of usefulness are over. For my part, however, I do not believe that any such deplorable state of affairs ex ists. The fault lies not in that the pub lic has grown tired of good music and pretty women, but that so much has been foisted on them that is in no sense worthy. "Musical plays of the proper sort will last as long as the theater exists. The trouble has been principally with the librettists who have failed to pro vide interesting books, but perhaps even they are not wholly to blame, and the real fault probably lies with the managers themselves who insist on subordinating the story to scenic dis play and garnish litter. This is all wong, and as soon as this fact is recognized the better it will be for all concerned. The librettist must provide the story, the situations, and the characters, and all that the actors should be allowed to do is to develop them.'' K. OF P. BAUD CONCERT Friends of the Knights of Pythias band gathered in force last evening at the Auditorium to give the band a lift in its plan of going to the coming convocation at New Orleans and inci dentally en-joy an evening of unalloyed pleasure. They were not disappointed either way, for if the audience was not quite as large as it should have been, the band program furnished a deal of entertainment and enthusiasm, and before the evening was over the band numbers had been more than doubled. B. H. Ayres, as conductor of the band, has done wonders in grooming his organization into shape. He is a good disciplinarian and keeps the band in line so that it plays with unusual precision and with a fine attack. He follows Creatore's methods somewhat, altho his appearance on the stage would not warrant such a comparison. The band itself presented a fine appear ance and played with great spirit. In deed there would lie the principal line of criticism. There is too much indi vidual effort and not a sufficient sub ordination of the individual to the en semble effect. Each player makes his particular instrument stand out prom inently instead of making it a part of an entire conception. With a more careful attention to shading and phras ing on the part of some of the soloists, the band will take high rank. Miss Frances Vincent was the soloist of the evening, accompanied by Anna DeWitt Cook. Miss Vincent, while not in the best of voice, gave a good ac count of herself. She did better with her encore numbers, Jessie Gaynor's "L'Enfant," d'Hardelot's "Mignon" and "Just a Wearin' for You," than she did with the solos, "In Spring time" and "Oh, That We Two Were Maying." Miss Vincent's singing shows constant improvement toward more artistic standards, and she is re gaining those peculiar qualities of timbre, especially in the mezza voce register, which have always made hi singing so enjoyable. The 'L'Enfant -Howard Boardman. Railroads COFFINS MAY BE CHECKED General Baggage Agents Will Discuss Subject at Annual Meeting. The question of checking coffins, in stead of requiring an escort thru, IB# to be discussed March 15 at the meeting of the American Association of General Baggage Agents at Los Angeles. Some eastern roads use this system as well as the southern transcontinentals. The northern cross-country lines oppose the checking system, but will not be represented at the meeting. The northern lines prefer to let the express companies handle bodies, the custom which has always been fol lowed on the Mobile & Ohio. Minot Loses Shops. Minot haB lost the Great .North era shops to Devils Lake, N. D. Citi zens failed to arouse to the necessity ot building homes for the employees until too late. Four hundred and nfty shares were subscribed to a building and loan association, with the idea that the situation would be solved. RAILROAD NOTES. The commercial travelers will meet with the Western Passenger association tomorrow in Chi cago on the mileage question. Rates to some of the summer conventions at St Paul were considered today. C. Wilbon, Jr has been appointed west bound agent at Minneapolis and St Paul of the Anchor line, the Brie and Western Transporta tion company He succeeds S Mead, pro moted to agent at Milwaukee. The change Is effective March 15 O Pearce, storekeeper for the Rock Is land, has been appointed to the same posi tion with the Southern Railway Mr. Pearce was formerly storekeeper for the Soo line, and lived In Minneapolis Increase in gross earnings of the Great West ern road for February over last year was S153,- 223, or $629,765 Since the beginning of the fiscal year the road haB earned nearly $6,000,- ,000, or $871,874 more than last year for the same time. NEW INCORPORATIONS. Minneapolis Engraving company cap ital stock, $6,000 Incorporators, Julia S McKinstry, Hal L. Obrist and Albert Wicklundj COKAT0, T:Burglars i a8 night robbed] The new things. THRUOUT our large store you can see many evidences of the near approach of Spring and Summer. New Mil linery, New Cloaks and Suits, New Silks' and Dress Goods, New Wash Goods, New White Goods, New Lacids and Embroideries, New Gloves, New Eibbons, New Neckwear, New Shoes, New Waists, New Petticoats, and many other lines, including all the essential dress accessories. COME I N AND LOOK AROUND. **v Corset Covers Muslin Covers"V" neck, neat em broidery edge, 29c cov ers special, each 19c iace and Embroidery trimmed cov ers of cambric, made very full sold elsewhere at 39c special, each 24c Fine Cambric and Nainsook covers several rows of fine Torchon and Cluny insertions with beading and ribbon regular prices to 59c, special sale price.... Better Covers of fine nainsook with dainty lace and ribbon trim mings worth 75c AAr9 special sale price T*f v Fine Nainsook Cover, elaborately $2.25 trimmed, Q8c each WILL SUE NICARAGUA Two Iowa Men Begin Proceedings for $20,000 Damages. IOWA CITY, IOWAHenry Albers, recently released from a prison cell at Jalapa, Nic aragua, is letting bis cousin, Mrs. M. CooTer, In this city. He and his brother were imprisoned last June, and they propose to seek redress by claiming $20,000 damages each. They allege that they were falsely accused of re sisting officers, and were thrown into jail. Their sentence was for three fears. This was cut to twenty months, and finally the United States minister secured their release during the winter They will prosecute their suits against the government and work the big silver mine in which they are largely Interested when they return to Central America. The Albers broth ers are former residents of Muscatine. Gordon. That six-letter word has come to mean more Hat Quality and more Hat Style than pages of type could tell. $3.oofc the stores owned by Matt Lofbrect, -where they' got $5, and Chris Krlmbring, where they iecured W.OROVE'S AloitatiirAnn hn-ir-'l^n *irw 'Entrance was made thru back doors. ""WO lS3wir00DOIK 4&Q f30th of the entire Quinine production of the World ft consumed every ycHr by the makers of Laxative Bromo Quinine "Cures a Col In One Day' Defective Page THE MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL. 4 1 ,&*+- ^86^. Drawers Fine Muslin Drawers closed and open, tucked flounce and hem stitched tucks, made full worth 39c special sale price A boon to mothers. Children's Underwear at unheard of prices. All made in a sanitary factory by clean American girls. Seams felled and some double' stitched. DRAWERS, SKIRTS, WAISTS. Short and Long Dresses Lot 110c In above assortment will be found sale garments to fit children from 1 to 14 years of age. All made of good muslin, and well made. garment fine hemstitchedCambricneck yoke, and Lot 215c per garment. sleeves, lace trimmed: worth 59c Lot 320c garment. Lot 425c Per garment. 0 75c Wall paper and paints. 24c Cambric Drawers closed and open full tucked flounce with inser tion and lace edges several styles others' price A. As* 69c special price T'T'C Very Fine Muslin Drawers five tucks, hemstitched hems, full ruf fle of heavy embroidery closed and open regular 69c special, while they last, A Better Drawers of fine nainsook and cambric, very full, lace and em broidery trimmed, at 75c 98c $1.25 to $2.25. Special sale CHILDREN'S UNDERWEAR 49c Lace Trimmed Christening Robes, at $1.50 $2 $3 $4. THIS SEASON we have a much larger stock of high-grade papers than we ever carried before, marked at prices that will sell them. Before you set- tle on buying look through our great stockit will pay you. We are prepared to do any and all kinds of work. Let us give you figures. Every 30b has its guarantee. We aim to carry in our very large assortment papers for allfrom the very low in price to the best imported novelties. Try our "Minnehaha" brand of ready-mixed paint* Every gallon guaran- teed. If not satisfactory, you can return it. *"\f\ Per gallon ej) 1JC\J China-LacFor changing old furniture into new, use China-Lacit is best. Faint Brushes, Floor Brushes, Kalsomine Brushes, Paste Brushes, Smooth- ing Brushes, Bronzes, Stains, etc., great assortmentLOWEST PRICES. Third Floor.... First Avenue. SMITH & WYMAN, WHOLESALE Doors, Sash, Blinds, Etc pedalties- Stair Work, Office Fittings and Interior Hardwood Finish. Comer 8d Avenue and 8tk Street. ZAST SIDE, XiaaeapoUi, Minn. STRONG & NOETHWAY MFG CO. FLOUR MILL MACHINERY. 251 and 253 3d av S. ALFRED ANDRE8EN ft 00., Importers SWEDISH STEEL GOODS. 1300-1302 Washington Ay. S. NORTH STAR SHOE CO. Manufacturers. Corner First av N and Filth st. Minneapolis, Minn. WINSTON HARPER FISHER COMPANY. WHOLESALE GROCERS Minneapolis, Minn. "SODA' FOUNTAINS'' We manufacture the moat complete line of "Sanitary Fountains," in all styles and at priceB to salt the buyer. We also carry in stock a desirous line of "second-hand fountains," in all sixes, at moderate prices. Tell UB yonr wants on a postal and we will call on you. A most complete line ot Fountain Supplies. BEBGSTEDT BBOS. CO., 537-39 Lafayette av.. St. Paul, Minn. Nicollet Av. First Av. S. Fifth St. Our great annual March sale of Surplus stock from the most noted manufacturers at less than manu facturers' prices. Women's Muslin Skirts, full length, hemstitched, tucked flounce, deep hem others' price 75c, A A our price, this sale 'I'lC Women's Fine Muslin Skirts deep embroidered flounce regular $1 qualities our /LC\/v special price O Great Variety of Muslin and Cam bric Skirts, deep embroidery and lace trimmed flounces with dust ruffles good at $1.50 fiO/ special price CjS^C Beautiful Lace Trimmed Skirts, 20- inch flounces, with tucks and in sertions worth A $2.25, special 4 1 4*0 Better Skirts elaborate lace and embroidery trimmings $2.25 $12.00. S'.^ 10c PearsBartlett Pears, in 3- lb cans, at per, can PrunesFancy California Prunes 5 pounds for 2Bc 10c WHOLESALE DRY GOODS. First av N and Fourth st. PITTSBURG PLATE GLASS COMPANY MINNEAPOLIS. Largest producers of Plate Glass In the world. We carry a complete stock of WINDOW AND ORNAMENTAL GLASS. Northwestern Distributing Agent* of PAX TON'S PAINTS( and carry a fall line of Painters' Sundries. BEMIS BROS. BAG COMPANY. 612, 614, 616 Fourth St S. FURS WRITE 7, igq$:A %arch orerunnersl ofspring shown I in, all departments. MUSLIN UINDEQWEA Muslin Skirts ON OUR GEEAT SECOND FLOOR... .FIRST AVENUE SIDE. HE SPRING and Summer season is about to open. Your thoughts on matters of dress are predominant. Just at the right time comes our Annual March Sale of Muslin Underwear, giving you an opportunity-to look to your needs and supply yourself with the best that is to be had in foreign and domestic manufacture at prices you will admit are the lowest You have ever paid for goods of quality, tastefulness and general desirability. Made of the popular and standard fabrics selected for their quality,trimmed with sheer German and Italian Valenciennes laces, duny and linen laces, Hamburg, Swiss and English em- broideries of dainty patterns. Every garment cut in generously full proportions, and gotten up with the idea to please the fancy. All grades from the most economical but serviceable kinds up to the finest imported French hand-made lingerie will be shown at this great sale in larger and broader assortments, and withall at prices that mean a greater allowance for other buying than were ever quoted at any other like salewe believe. Nainsook Chemise dainty lace, Swiss and embroidery edges priced elsewhere at 75c Sf\ our price, each i5^C Fine Nainsook Chemise several pretty styles of lace and embroidery and ribbon trimmings regular prices to $1.50 special, while they last, O A choice O^C* Grocery dept. specials. Sweet CornChoice Minne- StrawberriesExtra fancy, 5c sota pack, special, per can JamRed Raspberry or Strawberry Jam abso lutely pure sugar and fruit 1-lb cans, while Gowns Muslin Gowns tucked and lace trimmed yoke, neck and sleeves, high and "V" neck sold else where at 75c A A special price T"T"C Nainsook and Cambric Gowns solid yoke of tucks, fine laces and em broideries also dainty slipover gowns, short sleeves and low neck, with ribbon and headings. Three lots Lot 1 Elsewhere $1.25, our price..89c Lot 2 Elsewhere $1.75, our price $1.19 Lot 3 Elsewhere $2.25, our price $1.49 Beautiful Lace Trimmed Nainsook Gowns fancy slipover styles and short, fancy sleeves worth $3.50 sale price, ULO each $A&9ACSJ Better grade gowns and full trous seau sets, from $2.98 upwards. Special reduction sale French and hand-made Underwear Slightly soiled from window and table display, at 1-4 off. in heavy sugar syrup al ways 25c can o/i^-r special AC\JC SalmonFancy blood red Alaska Salmon 1-lb tall cans special, -g can 11C CocoanutSchepp 's Long Shredded Cocoanut, spe cial, per pound Best Rolled Oats Special 1 rw lbs. sale...lll for ZoC PhonesT. a 162202. N. W. Main 47001234. WYMAN, PARTRIDGE & CO. -& COON and all other kinds. Top market prices and quick cash returns. Trap per* Quids free to those who ship sad mention this ad. McMILLAlf FUI W00I CO. MINNBAPOUS, MINNt FOR CIRCULARS C. F. WITT, Manager. Witt's 3-lb pail Pure Lard, each. 1256c CITY SASH & DOOR CO. Wholesale Dealers in All Kinds of Sash, Doors, Mouldings and Millwork. 4th St. and 3d Av. So. MINNEAPOLIS FLORAL CO. Wholesale Growers and Deal ers in Plants and Flowers, Special Attention to Funeral Orders. 36th St. and Calhoun Boulev'rd THE JOBBING, MANUFACTURING AND WHOLESALE INTERESTS OF MINNEAPOLIS Are the Greatest in the Whole Northwest. GLUEK BREWING CO. Brewers and Bottlers of HIGH GRADE BEERS. Minneapolis, Minnesota. The money value :c OF SECURITY Merchandise Stamps. They can be trsed the same as money when your book is filled. One Stamp given witfr each 10c spent in all departments-ex cept patent medicines, Eastman Kodak goods and res- taurant500 axe worth $1.501,000 are worth $3, in merchandise in all departments except restaurant, grocery, meat market, patent medicines. If you have a book full and make a $5.00 purchase you pay only $3.50 in cashwe accept the book for the balance. Long and Short Chemise with flounce on skirt, dainty nainsook with deep lace yoke wortlh /K^ $1.75 special each *h| |Cj Better grades with very finest lace and embroidery trimmings can be used as combination skirt, cor set cover or gown, at $1.50, $1.75 to $3.50 each. Meat dept The Largest and Best Equipped Market West of New York City. 30c 15c S- J. H. Kerrick. Engines, Boil ers, Wood and Iron Working Machinery. %i 126 Third Av. N. Large Fowl, figs very fat, lbv...lZ5aC 8cPicnic Hams, the very best at the price, lb8c Fancy Ohio Swiss Cheese, pound.. Sweet Navel Or- anges, sp'l, peck. Phones-N. W. Main 4500-1. T. O. 86116. 35c JANNEY, SEMPLE, HILL ft, COMPANY, Wholesale Hardware. 30, 32, 34, 36 Second avenue S. Corner First Avenue S. Buyers of Hides, Purs, Wool, Etc NORTHWESTERN HIDE & FUR COMPANY, Established 1890. 200-202-204 First Street N. GEO. R. NEWELL & CO. Wholesale Grocers, Cor. First av N and Third st. STOVES GREAT WESTERN STOVE AND REPAIR CO. Stoves and Repairs. 312 Hennepin Av. Minneapolis. WILLIAMS HARDWARE CO. 100-2-4 Second Avenue N. Wholesale Iron and Steel Carriage and Wagon Stock, etc IS a LINK BELT SUPPLY CO. Manufacturers Flour and Saw Mill' Macninery. Complete Elevator Equipment a Specialty. Salesroom 418-420 Third st S. Factory, 200-204 Lyndale av N.