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Color-Number Scheme of Badger
ite May Revolutionise Vot
ing System.
Special to The Journal.
Marahficlcl, Wis., Oct. 13.Moncena
Punn, an .optician of this place, has
.insc rer.ned lotters patent on a new
form of ballot invented by him, which
he sayj will ic \o'ut: nize the whole vot
ing systems ff thi country,
The b.Ulot CM \$U of seveia' sheets
of thin ca ibour!. perforated into cou
pons, and stapled together at the top.
Ech sheet coitjins the roupons of one
partv onl\. f- sheet has a different
color, and the coupons of each sheet
a numbered const cuOvely. Each cou-
7o boars ilic name of one candidate
for office. There is also an envelope or
folder, which may be sealed, having
spaces or pockets, designed to receive
the coupons voted and numbered to
correspond to the coupons. Still wothr
er envelope receives the portions of the
ballot not used.
The voter to vote a straight ticket
tears off the whole sheet of coupons
of his chosen party, and places them in
the folder. If he splits his vote, he
tears from the several sheets the cou
pons of his choice, and places them in
the pockets corresponding to them in
Its Advantages.
The advantages claimed for the new
ballotcalled the "pocket ballot and
coupon voting system"are that it
absolutely eliminates all fraud from the
polls that independent voting is as
easy as voting a straight ticket that
it safeguards the illiterate voter, by
enabling him to vote intelligently, and
by making it impossible for him to
make such a mistake as will cause his
ballot to be thrown out at the count,
and, in addition, that it will cut down
the expense of the elections to at least
one-tenth of that of the voting ma
chine, and to many times less than that
of the present ballot.
The illiterate voter is aided because
he can easilv distinguish color and num
ber, which is all he needs to do to vote
the new ballot. He cannot put two
coupons in the same pocket, and when
all the pockets are filled with coupons
corresponding to them in number, he
knows he is done. Color and number
being the guides, he has a check on his
work, which he can intelligently exer
Counting Made Easier.
The ballot is about one-tenth the
size of the present balloteach sheet
of coupons being six by eleven inches.
It costs no more than the present bal
loV^xpTrimenl 'has" ehownTh"at The *g I^SSJ1
voter can vote with ease in forty-five
seconds. When the count begins, the
.judge finds the choice of the voter ar
ranged compactly in order before him,
and he has but to read it off, a fea
ture which will, it is asserted,* enable
him to count from 100 to 125 votes an
hour, and save at least one-tenth, in
counting, over the present ballot.
When the cost of the voting machine,
interest, insurance, depreciation, stor
age, drayage, to and from polls, extras,
etc., are considered, it is estimated that
the adoption of the new ballot will
save a city of 300,000 inhabitants at
least $15,000 for every election over
the next cheaper meansthe voting ma
Accepted by Wisconsin.
Without waiting for his patent, the
inventor had a bill introduced at the
last session of the Wisconsin legisla
ture providing for the use of the bal
lot in Wisconsin. The bill passed, was
signed by Governor La Toilette, ana
ratified by the people in a popular ref
erendum in April, 1906. It will first
be used in the general elections next
New Dam Over the St. Croix Will
Make Fine Body of Water
I for Resorters.
Bpecial to The Journal.
Taylors Falls, Minn., Oct. 12.The
best guest season Tavlors Falls and the
dalles of the St. Croix have ever
known has only recently closed. More
persons from the cities spent their vaca
tions here than ever before. And as a
general thing they remained longer than
guests of other years were wont to do.
Thousands have enioved the pictur
esque scenery of the dalles and the in
terstate park. W'hile little work has
been done upon the Wisconsin side, its
very primitiveness and wildness appeal
to "the romantic nature and give a
charm all their own to the wonderful
getting of the deep-gorged river.
This era of increasing popularity,
citizens believe, has hardly been en
tered upon. They expect it will expand
till the region is fully appreciated by
the citizens of the two states at least.
With full appreciation of the natural
beauties of their river, Taylors Falls
and St. Croix Falls, on the Wisconsin
aide, have felt the need of a more ex
tensive and more restful body of water
for the amusement of their summer visi
tors. This thev will have another year
by reason of the construction of a dam
and power station on the St. Croix for
the generation of electricity and its
transmiasion to Minneapolis. To hold
the water which will accumulate above
the dam, the power company purchased
a large acreage of the adiacent low
lying ground and built a dyke of solid
masonry a mile in length so that the
highest flood cannot threaten any part
of the town with inundation. Engineers
and experts assert that a lake of a half
mile or more in width by ten or twelve
miles in length will be permanently
This lake will increase immensely the
attractiveness of the park region. Boat
and club houses will be erected and it
is expected that Taylors Falls will
speedily become one of tbe most popu
lar summer resorts in the west. The
prospect is certainly pleasing to the
residents of this slow-going ancient
St. Croix Falls Improving.
The magnificent new power station
and dam have not been of much finan
cial benefit to Tavlors Falls. The im
Erovements here for several years have
een rather insignificant. The power
project has, however, been help
ful tft St. Croix Falls which is a
more convenient headquarters for the
company and its army of officials and
laborers. The 'company has built two
fine buildings in the Wisconsin town
an oifEie* building and a beautiful resi
denoe for its local superintendent. A
bank, ^fhich will be the fin&t in all the
region, i& being erected, and the village
is putting up a fire department and
office building.
Postal Authorities and Geograph
ers Can't Keep Up with the
Builders of Towns.
Speoial to The Journal.
Watertown, S. D., Oct. 13.The mak
ers of geography in South Dakota are
hopelessly distanced. New towns are
springing up so rapidly that even the
all-knowing postal authorities are be
hind the game. Where a few weeks
ago only riotously rich grain fields ex
isted, may now be found handsome brick
blocks, as shown in the accompanying
illustrations. In addition to the new
towns on the Milwaukee and North
western extension, the Minneapolis &
St. Louis railroad has added about
twenty to'the map.
The St. Louis towns have the ad
vantage over the other new towns in
that they are located in a country al
ready thickly settled. One of the most
about twenty miles northwest of Water
town. Early last spring, Thomas A.
Way, townsite agent for the Minneap
olis & St. Louis, the advance agent of
the approaching railroad, inspected a
wheatfield, the property of one Chris
"This will make a good townsite."
said Mr. Way, and straightway the
property wag bought by the railroad
ana the wheatfield was platted. Stakes
/were driven to show where the streets
were to be located, and shortly after
the building of the town commenced.
Town's Evolution.
The progress of the town aptly illus
trates the romance of town building in
South Dakota. Excavations commenced,
building material was hauled laborious
ly overland and, in some cases, build
ings were moved bodily. Now, Florence
has its handsome brick blocks, its
cement sidewalks, its postofflee, its
newspaper and all the other appurten
ances of a full-grown municipality.
The same thing was done at Wallace,
then at Brentford and Cresbard, and
the same thing will continue until all
of the other fifteen towns on the main
line of the Missouri river extension
have been brought into existence. The
wheatfield soon loses its identity un
der the manipulation of the townsite
man and magically evolves into a city
all this because South Dakota is grow
inggrowing as it has never grown be
New Methods Succeed.
The success of the Minneapolis & St.
Louis towns is a marvel in town build
ing. One explanation given by South
Dakotans is that the towns are being
built conservatively and the lots sold
by private sale entirely, a unique de
parture in the methods usually adopted
in new town building.
The Minneapolis & St. Louis is push
ing its grade work to completion on the
western end of the line and its big
track-laying machine will soon have the
steel laid as far as Conde. From this
point the machine will work in the
direction of Aberdeen on the Leola
branch and another machine will work
westward on the main line. It is
lanned to have trains running into Le
the western terminus of the road,
by Jan. 1.
Speoial to The Journal.
ILLINGS, MONT., Oct. 13.An
elk hunt in an automobile. An
elk hunt on foot or on horse
back is sufficiently exciting, but to
hunt down the noble antlered animal by
means of a big touring car is a novel
experience indeed. This, however, was
undertaken by a party of five here re
cently, and a magnificent specimen of
the elk family was bagged as the result
of an exciting chase.
The party, consisting of the chauf
feur, two hunters, a camera man and
a reporter, chartered a big White
Steamer and were off before daybreak
for the reservation, where elk were
ranging. Many years ago Paul McCor
mick, a prominent resident of Billings
and a pioneer of Montana, put several
elk in this pasture, and since that time,
under the rigid protection enforced, the
animals have multiplied and are scat
tered in goodly numbers over the im
mense preserve. They are by no means
tame on the contrary, some of the old
er bulls are exceedingly vicious, and it
was for this latter class in particular
that the autoists were looking. The
purpose of the hunt was to secure veni
son for a big barbecue given at the
Montana state convention of Elks in
this eity.
After arriving on the hunting grounds
the party spent several hours in fruit
less search, but suddenly, while bowl
ing along over the open range, five
magnificent specimens of the elk family,
headed by a big buek, sprang out of
a small coulee, by the side of the trail,
and made a break for the hills, run-i
ning straight ahead of the party a a
distance of several hundred yards to
the good. c
Altho the big maefune flew after .the
animals at the best^ate of speed pos
sible'to make, no perceptible gain wi
made upon them, and they disappeare
down a narrow defile in the rocks with*
out being struck by any of the shots
iflred at them.~M, & ^,Jm^o|sibJ(|
RIVER EXTENSION. (Wheat Field In Foreground.)
Big Colonization and Townsite
Scheme for the Peace River
Special to The Journal.
Winnipeg, Oct. 13.E. E. Beagle, of
the Montreal Land & Investment
company, of Minneapolis, is in the city,
the first of a party of twelve to reach
here on their way to the Peace river
country. The remainder will be along
in a day or two, when preparations
will be made for the journey.
The party will go to Athabasca Land
ing and from there will take boats for
some 400 miles. The remainder of the
.journey, with the Peace river pass aa
its objective point, will be traversed
with packhprses.
The object of the -journey is to be at
the pass when the nght-of-wny gangs
from the Canadian Northwestern rail
road and Grand Trunk Pacific, who
are each making determined efforts
to be on the ground first, arrive.
"We have thirty-five square miles of
territory close to the mountains," said
Mr. Beagle to a correspondent yester
day. "We will survey a townsite and
locate lands for prospective settlers
whom we intend to take there. We ex
pect both transcontinental lines to enter
our site. The Canadian Northwestern
right-of-way gang is now about 150
miles from the site, and it is vevv nec
essary that our party be on hand when
the right-of-way men arrive.
"We secured this strip of country
from the government some time ago, and
its location is such that both roads are
compelled to run thru it. To do other
wise they would have to go out of
their present course about seventy-five
miles, and they will hardly do that.
"The climate in that country is
simply delightful. Last winter the
thermometer never went below twenty
below zero, and this on two occasions
only. The climate is almost identical
with that of Calgary. Our party was
organized in Minneapolis. We have two
guides who know the district thoroly."
RIVER. (New Town of Florence In the Background.)
Many Citizens of North Dakota
Personally Interested in
Emery's Fight.
Special to The. Journal,"
THE "MINNEAPOLIS JOURNAL." Sunday,- October 14, 1905*
Grand Forksr NV D.. ^dct. 16\It is
not always that pliblic scandals helps
a man, politically or otherwise, but this
appears to be the case in Pennsylva
nia, where Lewis Emery, Jr., a former
resident of North Dakota, is the fusion
candidate for governor.
Mr. Emery founded the village of
Emerado, in this county, and still owns
a large farm adjoining its limits. For
several years he has made annual pil
grimages to North Dakota, and there
are many persons in this immediate
section who are watching the Pennsyl
vania campaign with great interest.
North Dakota friends of Mr. Emery
believe he will make the kind of gov
ernor that Pennsylvania needs.
Special to The Journal.,
Cheyenne, Wyo., Oct. 13.Practical
sheepmen who have been in the busi
ness twenty years or more, say that
never in their experience was the sheep
industry as profitable as it is today.
W. W. Gleason of the Warron Live
Stock company, who has felt the ebb
and flow of sheep and wool prices al
most since frontier days, says:
In 1893 we shipped 5,000 head of
sheep to Aurora, 111., some of which
netted us but 75 cents each. The aver
age was about $1 a head. Good ewes
are now bringing $5 and up, while
lambs are in demand at $3.
"In 1869, I think it was, Wyoming
wool was bringing as low as 5 cents.
We simply could not afford to sell it
at such a figur, and we could hardly
afford to hold it, but we did until the
following year and sold it for 8 cents
a pound. The wool clip of 1906 brought
something like 24 cents a pound."
S -4
Special to Tbo Journal.
Lake City, Iowa, Oct. 13.Nine-
year-old Jerry Spauldlng of this
county, is perhaps the most remark
able child In Iowa, In that he pos
sesses a moat retentive memory, one
so trained that he can commit read
ily long passages of printed matter
and recite It off-handed without a
break or hesitation.
He has committed the first twen
ty-three Psalms, as well as the sec
ond and third chapters of Matthew
In the New Testament. Then he
can recite nearly the first four chap
ters of Genesis.
What a mind he will have devel
oped by the time he Is fully grown
can only be conjectured. He Is per
haps the only 9-year-old child In
Iowa who can retain so definitely
such long and difficult passages as
those he has committed.
He possesses the faculty naturally,
and the first his parents knew of It
was one day when, after coming
from church, he was heard to say al
most the entire prayer delivered by
the preacher before the sermon.
Charge of Inhumanity Placed
Against a Stearns County,
Minn., Mother.
Special to Tie Journal.
St. Cloud, Minn., Oct. 13.A case of
an inhuman mother, who ran awav from
home and left, twq small children, who owld
nearly starved to death, is reported at ^LTL^V ES
Brockway, a small town near here. The
father and husband, Fritz Frudenfelt,
was called to North Dakota about a
week ago by the death of his father.
When he returned yesterday and en
tered his modest home on a farm at
Brockway instead of being greeted by
a loving wife, he faced his two little
children half starved. The tots, as near
as can be learned, had not had a bite
to eat for two days. It is thought the
missing wito went to her old home in
The case of J. Henry Zitt of Chi
cago against Andrew Preiss, a local
brewer, was decided in favor of the
plaintiff in the United States court of
appeals \eslerday afternoon. Zitt, who
is a real estate agent, closed a deal on
Oct. 15, 1904, by which Preiss' prop
erty was sold. The next day Preiss
changed his mind and decided not to
sell. The suit was for the recovery of
$2,030 claimed to have been' due as
Lake Lumber Eegion Willing to Pay
for Good Men.
Special to Tbe Journal.
Iron Mountain, Mich., Oct. 13 Labor
is becoming increasingly scarce in the
Lake Superior region. The mines have
been hampered all season by the lack
of men, and now with the logging sea
son opening, work in the woods prom
ises to be even more seriously retarded.
Some of the larger operators are of
fering $35 a month and excellent board,
with a bonus of $5 a month to men who
will remain in the camps all winter.
These wages are the highest ever known
in the lake lumbering industry.
Adams, congressman
city district.
Madison, Wis, attorney nominated
republicans to succeed the late H.
from the capital
Falls Into Hands of Fergus
Falls Man.
Special to The Journal,
Fergus Falls, Minn., Oct. 13.E. J.
Oxley of this city has a rare curio&ity,
a Burmese Bible that is unquestionably
worth a small fortune. The book, if
such it may be called, is about eighteen
inches in length, and the leaves are
two and a hlf inches in width and a
trifle thicker than ordinary still paper.
When fastened together thev make a
volume about five inches thick. The
leaves are sections of palm leaf,.
Loot Of Ancient Eastern Temple bandsaw machine at the entrance of
the mill is so arranged that the flatted
Discovers Its Value.
The first intimation that Mr. Oxley
had as to its real value was given him
by a Burmese lecturer, to whom he
showe it a felw monthtso ago. Theo man,
?bUy that^ he never camSe an sucVh book
as that honestly that it could not be
held as private property in Burroah,
and that it was kept sacred and never
handled except bv the higher orders of
the priesthood. He stated that it had
taken at least one man a life-time to
carve the curious characters, and that
the book was at leait 6,000 vears old
He offered Mr. Oxley $200 for it, but
he had already told him too much about
it and the offer was promptly declined.
He then offered $400, and this offer
was also declined.
The lecturer, before leaving town,
told some friends that the book would
sell for several thousand dollars if it
were offered to the right person. Local
ministers and others have had some of
the leaves photographed and are send
ing them to the Smithsonian institution
at Washington and to eastern scholars
with a view to having them translated.
The lecturer, who wished to purchase
the book, stated that it was the onlv
one of its kind in America, and prob
ably the only copv of that particular
section of what may be termed the Bur
mese scriptures, in existence.
Special to The Journal.
Billings, Mont., Oct. 13.Arrange-
ments are being made for the construc
tion of a Masonic Temple in this city
which will cost something like $85,000.
A site has been purchased at a cost of
$16,000, and a committee has been ap
pointed for the purpose of negotiating
with architects. In Red Lodge, a tem
ple, the foundation of which was laid
a year ago, is to be constructed bv Ma
sons of that place, and will cost $35,000.
to follow the quarry except on foot, it
was decided to go by a circuitous route
of several miles to the mouth of the
canyon, down which the elk were head
ing, in the hope that they would con
tinue their course to the range on the
opposite side of the hills.
After their first fright had subsided,
the animals proceeded slowlv, for when
the party arrived at the selected spot
they were nowhere to be seen. It was
decided to wait for them, and, con
cealing themselves behind the rocks,
the members of the party lay quietly
with everything in readiness.
In about forty minutes,,which seemed
to the anxious huntsmen several hours,
the herd was seen coming slowly down
the canyon, right in the face of the
camera man. who succeeded in getting
several good snap shots. When the
animals were within 300 yards of the
automobile they scented danger and
stopped to reconnoiter.
The leader, a magnificent bull with
high and wide spreading antlers, sniffed
the air suspiciously, and when he hesi
tated a moment and turned aside to
make off, the big 303 Savage, which
was resting on a boulder, cracked spite
fully, and the handsome beast made one
wild leap into the air and stretched out
quivering on the rocks, while his fright
ened companions broke for cover.
The bull was one of tbe finest speci
mens killed in this vicinity for sev
eral years. The antlers, which were
of the twelve-pointed 'variety, will
grace the halls of the order which is
named for the animal which wore them
so proudly fM~
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Product of Improved Modern
Sawing Plant Is Consumed
in Canadian West.
Special to Toe Journal.
Keewatin, Oct. 13. The Backus
Brooks company of Minneapolis has
rust completed one of the most up-to
date lumber sawmills on the continent.
The concern has incorporated in Cana
da as the Keewatin Lumber company,
limited. W. H. Flanagan, from Min
neapolis is the general manager Don
ald McLeod of Keewatin manager of
timber and steamboats department, and
William Lyon, Keewatin, manager of
the financial department.
The main building of the new mill
is 44x211 feet, and there are two wines,
one 27x50, for machine shop, and the
other 27x80'feet, for lath and edging
department. The sorting shed is 30x
272 fc-^L The boiler and engine room
is 64x86 and contains two 600-horse-
power boilers. The furnaces are fitted
with automatic fuel feeders.
All the machinery is as nearly auto
matic thruout as possible, and the plant
is designed with a view of handling all
timber, especially the smaller class of
logs, in the most economical manner.
As the log enters the mill it is received
by a twin band machine which takes
off two slabs at one run, and then
passes it to the main bandsaw. A steam
dog quickly places the squared log on
the carriage, and the big bandsaw rap
idly converts it into lumber. The twin
log can be carried around from its back
to its front and squared if desired, and
this can be repeated to convert the log
into lumber if need be, when the big
bandsaw has sufficient material to
work on, so that one or both machines
can be kept continuously in operation
without depending on the other.
Nothing Lost.
To utilize the slabs fully, a horizon
tal bandsaw receives them or parts
of logs and reduces them to the last
possible board. Slashers cut the slabs
and edgings into four-foot lengths, and
a 24-foot automatic trimmer cuts off
the waste ends, finishing the lumber
.paper to uniform lengths. Automatic carriers
being unknown until several Ihousand then convey it to the sorting shed.
years after this particular book was After going over the slashers the
slabs and edgings pass on a carrier made, and the characters are delicately
cut into the leaves, so that there is no
such thing as fading.
The book was given Mr. Oxley by
Sergeant Fred Stokes of the English
armv, who took it from a Burmese tem
ple in the English-Burman war of twen
ty-five years ago. Mr. Oxley, who is
himself an Englishman, had occasion to
visit his native land five or six years
ago, and Sergeant Stokes made him a
present of the book as he was returning
to America. The sergeant had taken
a small Burmese god from the same
temple and the temple and village were
then burned by the soldiers. Neither
he nor Mr. Oxlev regarded the book as
anything more than an ordinary curi
osity at the time the present was mide.
along the edge of the lath wing. Here
boys are kept busy sorting out the four
foot lengths suitable for lath or fuel,
and the shorts are fed into a "hog."
which chews them up into verv fine
small bits for immediate use in the
boiler room.
New Carrying System.
The lumber from the mill is carried
along the sorting shed and the differ
ent classes are loaded on buggies and
conveyed to the piling ground. The
bugev system is a recent innovation in
handling lumber. Carriage wavs of
sufficient width are covered with planks
laid straightaway, no rails being re
quired. The buggies are three-wheeled,
the front wheel turning on a kingbolt.
They are so balanced on the two rear
wheels that twenty or any number of
them attached to each other in tandem
will turn a square corner, the hind one
following in the same track as the front
ibuntlv-ff 'th wer one with one horse attached. It is an
wv, odd sight to see them traveling in a gh
perfect square without any side
other guide.
The capacity of the mill, when in full
operation, is 150.000 to 200,000 a dav.
The market for the lumbar is the
Canadian west, the rapid settlement of
which has created a big demand for all
kinds of building material.
Only a Slight Increase in Upper
Michigan Despite the High
Price of the Metal.
Special to The Journal.
Calumet, Mich, Oct 13.Notwith-
standing the present high price ot cop
per metal and the strenuous efforts be
ing exerted by many ot the producers
to increase their production as largely
as possible, there has been no material
gain in the output of the Lake Superior
district for the first three-fourths of
this year as compared with the same
period of 1905. While the demand for
lake brands of refined copper has stead
ily increased and the price advanced be
cause of the scarcity of the metal, there
has been no increase of any importance
in the output of the mines. For the
first nine months of the current year
the production of the Lake Superior
mines was approximately 170,000,000
pounds, or only 3,000,000 pounds more
than the product tor the same period of
last year.
In September the Lalce Superior
mines turned out in the neighborhood
of 18,500,000 pounds of refined copper,
a slight increase- from the production
of the previous month, because of the
labor trouble, fire in the Osceola mine,
and the scarcity of labor. Based on an
average selling price of 20 cents a
pound, which was approximately the
average price for lake brands of re
fined copper last month, the September
production of the Michigan district was
worth $3,700,000.
Winona a Producer Again.
After two years of vigorous develop
ment work the Winona is ready to re
sume production and in a few aays will
begin shipping rock to the Adventure
Consolidated company's mill, where one
head has been leased. The Winona dis
continued production two years ago,
after having been a shipper with credit
able results for two years. It was the
object of the Stanton management,
which was then in charge of the prop
erty, to explore and develop the mine
upon a broad scale. This work was
carried forward a year under the direc
tion of John Stanton, and after his
death- the St. Mary's Mineral Land
company secured control.
While producing the Winona secured
its output entirely from the openings
south of No. 2 shaft. Since then, how
ever^ all preparations have been com
pleted for securing a large production
from No. 3 shaft, and No. 4 will shortly
be in shape to ship to the starapmilL
No. 3 shaft has been provided with a
steel rock and shaft house, which con
tains the moat economical axrangeioentt
for handling the output, Ihinjg the
period in which the WSaiarna mine was
formerly a producer, the average yield
Special to The Journal.
Cass Lake, Minn.* Oct., 13.Thfe elge
th for the iror&one of voting on. toe
proposition tb bond the village in a
sum not to exc^df^l2,Q0Q,jfor jtJw pur
pose of erecting a halt and: fail result
id, in th**defeat,,oiI the pmnosttioiu.^4 wi hijjhly minexalfced territory.?*
'^^'f^^r/HiV? TVS.
pounds of copper to the
ton of rock, stamped.' JEbfi* is a highly
creditable periormaira, bnt better re-^
suits are expected from the forthcoming-^
production, as the openings which will
supply the product axe in far richer

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