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HE'S BEEN 'iKEl,CHiN, ,ESr; DEAD ;'R;-LrVE" FOR 46 YEARS ' .
Constable J. B. Blanchard.
Fargo, N? D., March 7. )Vhen
Shang shot Shemway and Shem
way shot Thompson, and Thomp
son shot -Shang, and they just
murdered each other into the
hereafter one April day in 1872,
the frontier town of Moorhead,
Minn., allowed as how something
like a constable or sheriff was
needed, for "next time there was
a shootin' one of the shooters
might be left to stick into a 'stout
house.' " A stout house is a jail.
So they up and elected J. B.
Blanchard, affectionately known
as "J. B."
"J. B." is 93 now, but he has
just been elected constable for
the ninth term, and has had 40
years' experience catching viola
tors of the law. - -,
Moorhead has 7,000 people.
For two months, spring and fall,
it arouses to full activity when
the lumberjacks of Minnesota's
woods or the harvest hands of
North Dakota's grain fields fill
the .Hundred brightly lighted saloons-which
face Fargo and the
dry state of North Dakota across
It is at these seasons of the year
that the constables of Moorhead
show of what stuff they are made.
Crimes are frequent and most of
"the kyjsitors are gun toters. The
for.ests are still dense and the
prairies are wide and trackless.
. For nearly half his life, Con
stable "J. B." has dtealt with just
such men. Never' has he gone
after a man and failed to bring
'him'indead or. alive." "Often it