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The Jury In the United States Court
Pi4n't Take Any Stock In the Cbarg
es Against Major Murphy*
HeWas Acquitted and Received the
Coii^ratulations of His FjrfcpdB"
Court Adjourned
!prand Forks, N. D., Dec. 14.—Maj. J.
S, Murphy, prominent politician and
pioneer settler, who was indicted by the
federal grand jury on a charge of per
jury in connection with a pension
voucher in favor of Mrs. Josephine Grin.
nell, was acquitted by a United States
grand jury.
The jury was charged at the forenoon
session of court by Judge C. F. Amidon
and the charge was pronounced the most
able that has ever been delivered by a
court in this state in a criminal case.
At the conclusion of the charge the
jury retired and the attorneys who
heard the charge took occasion to con
gratulate Judge Amidon on the effort
he had put forth to interpret the law
in a most fair and impartial manner.
At 4 o'clock it was announced that
the jury had reached an agreement and
the federal court room was soon filled
with an expectant audience. Judge
Amidon was found at the university,
where he had gone to visit President
Merrifield and there was some delay
while he made the trip to the city.
.The verdict of the jury was not guil
ty'-, and Judge Amidon took occasion to
thank the jurors for their attendance
and close attention to the trial of the
cose and the promptness which had
been shown in arriving at a verdict.
There was a coterie of Major Mur
phy's friends in court at the time and
they hastened to tender their congratu
lations, while others intimately ac
quainted with Major Murphy and his*
family hastened across the street to the
Dacotah to inform Mrs. Murphy, who
was anxiously awaiting some word
from the court room.
The trial of the case required five
full days and owing to the prominence
of Major Murphy and the seriousness
of the charge, it attracted considerable
attention. Prominent residents of Mi
not and the western section of the
tatv* bfeen in attendance during
the trial of the case and they were the
first to congratulate Major Murphy on
his exoneration by the jury of twelve
men who listened day after day to the
testimony presented by the government
and by the defense.
At the close of this case Judge Ami
don adjourned court for the term.
James McDonald of Cando, pleaded
guilty to failure to post a government
license, and was sentenced to thirty
days in the Cando jail and fined $100.
Charles Wilson, also of Cando, on a
similar charge, was fined $75.
Washington, D. C., Dec. 14.—The
suit of the government against the
Northern Securities Co. came up for
argument toclay in the United States
supreme court. This suit, like that
brought by the state of Minnesota, is
for the dissolution of the Northern
Pacific and Great Northern merger.
Argument in the Minnesota cause has
been postponed until Jan. 4.
AT FR0GM08^},.S^
Dec. 14.—Today b'cirtgATrtie
anniversary of the deaths of the Prince
Consort and Princess Alice, special
services in their memory were held at
Frogmore Mausileum, near Windsor
Castle. The services were attended by
King Edward and Queen Alexandra,
the Prince and Princess of Wales and
other members of the royal family.
After the services the mausoleum, by
command of the king, was opened, and
was visited by many of the residents of
Daagfcter. Attacks Last WU1 of the Railroad
New York, Dec. 14.—Mrs. Helen VU
tkra Beli, the only daughter of tlie latfc
Henry Villard, has brought suit in the
supreme court in Westchester County
to set aside the will of the millionaire.
She names as the principal defendants
her mother, Mrs. Fanny Garrison Vil
lard, and her two brothers, Oswald and
Harold Villard. The defendants alto
gether number fifty, including education
al and charitable institutions to which
Mr. Villafd Iflt about $aso,ooo.
In her complaint, to Which she made
oath 'befo|^'dL|^|i^S^a2€bilMil Gen
eral Frank H.
lh fieinin on Nov.
5 ls& id«, Jl$ll savs:
"0$t ii^t^Rfliion and belief said will
fras not executed by said
Heiti^fMUard in conformity with uift jMfc
quittnfcfr£& of law. At the time of the
Preparations Are Beta* Made For the Holiday*
At the Roosevelt Home.
Washington, D. C., Dec. 14.—At the
White House, as in nearly all the
homes throughout the land, the prin
cipal theme of interest is the selection
of Christmas gifts and the preparation
for the holidays. President Roosevelt
believes in keeping the holiday in the
good, old fashioned way and as a con
sequence Christmas is always a joyous
occasion for all the members of his
family. It is strictly a family celebra
tion. The children are home front
school and for two weeks the executive
mansion resounds with their shouts
and laughter, the president himself
often taking part in their romps.
Of course the strictest secrecy is
maintained* as to what the Roosevelt
children are likely to find in their
stockings Christmas morning, but the
tastes of the youngsters are so well
known that it is not difficult to guess
the nature of the gifts they are likely
to receive from their parents. Miss
Ethel has not yet outgrown her doll
days and a handsome addition to her
family of make-believes will probably
delight her eyes Christmas morning.
Little Quintin, also, will be the re
cipient of a variety of toys and play
things, among them a number of the
mechanical sort, of which he is especi
ally fond. Archibald scorns such
knickknacks, and Christmas is not
Christmas for him unless he finds
something alive among his presents.
He has expressed a desire, it is said,
for a bear or an alligator, but it is
hardly likely that these additions will
be made to his menagery, which al
ready includes ponies, dogs, sheep and
a variety of other pets.
Theodore, jr., is rapidly approaching
the grown-up age. He is fond of out
door sports, including hunting, fishing,
football and boating, and his Christ
mas gifts will be such as to gratify his
tastes in this direction. Being natural
ly devoted to reading and study, he
does not allow his taste for sport to
interfere, and books are always wel
come presents for him. It is not
known just what Miss Alice Roosevelt
is to receive, but it was noticed that
Mrs. Roosevelt, during her late visit
to New York, was a visitor at a large
Broadway jewelry establishment.
Mrs. Roosevelt is an exquisite
needle woman and is also an adept in
fashioning vari-colored embroideries.
She has a store of daintily initialled
handkerchiefs, filmy lace^ collate? and
little articles whose value will be
greatly enhanced by the fact that the
work is the product of her skilful
fingers. During the present week a
number of packages will be despatched
by Mrs. Roosevelt to friends or in dis
tant parts of the United States. They
will be carefully timed to reached their
destination at the opportune moment.
Following the established precedent
the cabinet women will present Mrs.
Roosevelt with a handsome gift. None
of the ladies feels free to disclose its
nature, but it is sure to be something
beautiful and costly. The members of
the cabinet will probably make indi
vidual gifts to the president.
London, Dec. 14.—The Atlantic trans,
port line steamer Menominee, from Lon
don Dec. 3 for New York, which put into
Falmouth, reports that she encountered
ljeavy gales and that when 560 miles
west of the Scilly Islands Dec. 7, she
had a terrible experience. Huge waves
broke over the vessel, one wave smash
ing rudder head and rendering the ship
totally unmanageable. After the storm
had somewhat abated the crew endeav
ored to make temporary repairs, but the
Menominee drifted at the mercy of the
sea for seve-al days, it being impossible
to steer her and she was driven back
within 260 »miles of the Scilly Islands.
Temporary repairs were eventually ef
fected and Captain Lucas decided^? f«
turn to the nearest port.
Fredericksburg, Va., Dec. 14.—In
pursuance of a custom established sev
eral years ago a delegation represent
ing Masonic Lodge No. 4, of this ci\y,
today Visited Mount Y«rftoa and plac
ed a wreath pf evergreens on the tomb
of Washington. This was the .ie hun
dred and fourth anniversary 01 Wash
ington's death and the tribute to his
memory was paid in recognition of
the fact that the Fredericksburg lodge
was his mother lodge. The records
showing his initiation, passing and
raising and bearing his signature to
the constitution and the bible on which
he was obligated are sacredly preserv
ed among the treasured relics of t}ie
lodge and are objects of great- inter
est to visitors to the city.
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Montgomery, Ala., Dec. I4-Ala
bama was admitted to the union eigh
ty-four years ago today and the anni
versary was celebrated throughout the
state. It is the first time the anniver
aaiT: hat been and today's
wad' to the ef
icational As-
todiy to
the stat#
Secretary Root Did Not Say There
Would Be a War At Aft
Early Date.
He Merely Spoke of the Prospects At
£ome Indefinite Time_.^»^. ..,,
.Hie Future.
comment was
Dec. 14.—Considerable
occasioned here by re­
ports that Secretary Root at a dinner
held Saturday night by the Caraboa
Society, an organization of army and
j-navy officers who have seen active ser
vice in the Philippines, had predicted
that a war would come "soon" between
the United States and some foreign
power, but the interest displayed in the
report and the speculation it aroused ^s
to what the secretary had in mind
were dissipated when it became known
that the word "soon" was a misquotation.
Secretary Root himself said that he had
not predicted a war would come soon,
but in his speech merely had stated
what he has given utterance publicly on
several occasions, namely that ".when tl^e
time comes, as we know it will come
some time, we do not know when, ami
do not know whence, but we do know it
will come some time, when you (refer
ring to both the army and navy) are
called upon to defend your country, you
will do it with mutual helpfulness and
Harvey Van Bine
Gustave Marx
Oeneral Carter, ol the (Jolted Statea Army, Is
Investigating the British Reriaunt System.
London,-Dec. 14.—-Gen. William H.
Carter, of tfic United States army, who
has been investigating the remount
system of the British army with a view
to reporting to the general staff of the
United States army, left England today
for the Transvaal. Everv facility has
been afforded General Carter here and
he expresses his appreciation of thie
friendly Spirit of the war office officials
and especially the remotiint bureau,
which arranged for his investigations.
At Aldershot a squadron of the cel
ebrated Fourteenth Hussars and a
battery of horse artillery were paraded
for General Carte*, who highly prais
ed these organizations and particularly
the quality of their horses. The gen
eral thinks the excellence of the Brit
ish cavalry and horse artillery is due
to the system of supplying remounts
and to the efficiency of thfe corps of
riding niasters.
Gfitetai Carter visited Woolwich and
SanfWwHit. He does not think that
thef# ^iiiM})iA^i|i^t9^compare very fav
'"Wvlpttaty academy of
w says the results
are most satisfactory considv
brief period of attendance of
The Chicago Pressfeeders Stuck For $1,000
Ftor Violating An fh|unction.
Chicago, Dec. 14.—One thousand dol
lars fine for illegal acts as a corporate*
body was imposed upon Franklin Union
No. 4, press feeders, by Judge Jesse
Holdom. The court found the union as
a corporation guilty of contempt of court
for violating the injunction restraining
its as an organization from interfering
with the business or employes of ten
printing firms, members of the Chicago
typotheate. It is- the first time in the
history of trade unionism in this country
that a court has fined a ufnion as a cor
New York, Dec. 14.-—Tonight wit
nesses the premiers of a number of
new plays in the metropolis, but it is
safe to say that the old guard of first
nighters will be conspicuously absent
from the playhouses where the new
pieces are to be seen. The Herald
Square Theatre, where "The Girl
From Kay's" has been running for
some time, will be their Mecca. The
occasion is to be the stage debut of
Mrs. Abbott Louis Einstein, the 18
year old daughter of Lillian Russell,
who, despite the protests of her motb
er, has determined to seek histrionis
honors. She has adopted the stage
name of Dorothy Russell. Her part in
the play is but a small one, but the
legion of admirers of Lillian Russell
have determined to give hor daughter
a rousing reception.
I miI Roeshi
retet weaemeiee
Gustave Marx, Harvey Vttn Dine, Peter Niedevmeler and Einil Roeskl, nc
one of whom is yet twenty-one ^years of age, constituted the gang which for
mouths has been terrorizing Chicago by Its holdups and murders. They have
been Indicted for several murders, and the s*tate attorney declares that not a
moment's delay will be tolerated in the sending of these young desperadoes tc
the gallows. Inasmuch as all four have confessed there is little likelihood that
any one of them will escape the hangman's noose. Van Pine's mother and
BWeetheart have entered a museum for the purpose of raising money for his de.
fense. The girl asserts that she still loves tlie self confessed murderer and
will, if necessary, wed him 011 the gallows.
The Revolutionists In San Domingo Are Al
ready Scrapping Among Themselves.
Washington, Dec. 14,—According to
advices received at the state depart
ment from United States Minister
Powell at San Domingo City there al
ready is dissension in the newly found
provisional government," with prospects
of another revolution: It is said there is
dissatisfaction with General Jiminez,
who was at the head of the recent revo
lution which deposed the government of
Getl. Wos y Gil. General Jiminez and
some of his followers are now away
from the capital city and it is said that
the probability is operations will be con
ducted against him. General Jiminez ex"
pected to be the president of the republic
when the new government wa* giye^«a
permanent form.
Jeffersoh City, Mo., Dec. 14.—1The
of $$najtpr Frank Farris on the charge
of accepting a bribe of $1,000 from D.
J. Keriey. for his vote to defeat th«
passage of the alum biking powder bill
in the legislature of Missouri of 1901,
the cireuit eourt today for.
former l*i*i» two moftthl
a hufoi^sMry. .,
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Miners In Indiana Attempt to Lynch
A Town Marshal Who Had
Killed cidentally One.
The Prisoner Recognized the Men
Who Were Impersonating Officers
and Saved His Neck.
Brazil, Ind., Dec. 14.—An unsuccess
ful attempt was made last night to take
Town Marshal Harmon from jail for
the purpose of lynching him. While
trying to quell a riot at Diamond, a
mining town, Thursday night, Harmon
accidentally shot Dennis McCann,
miner, who died later. Harmon gave
himself up. Men came to the jail rep
resenting themselves as officers come
to take Harmon to Rockville for trial
but Harmon recognized them as
friends of McCann.
Minot Reporter: A few days ago a
Kenmare man named Oldham arrived
in Minot with troubles of his own,
which he truthfully imparted to the po
liceman. Oldham had gone to Canada
to look up some land business, and
left behind a wife and two children.
During his absence, it appears, the
wife became enamoured with a man
named Nels Sweeney, and they con
cluded, to vamoose from the up county
village and go into hiding before Mr.
Oldham's return. This they did and the
man traced his truant wife and the two
children together with the man to this
city, but although Chief Kimball has
made every effort to locate the quar
tette nothing of their whereabouts has
so far been learned.
Oldham claims he cares little for the
woman, but would like to get in pos
session of his little ones.
LaMoure Chronicle: In connection
with the popular demand for a new
courthouse auid jail, it may not, be put
of pltce to recite briefly some history
along that line. A good many settlers
have established themselves in the
county within the past year or two who
may be at a loss to understand why the
county has no courthouse, and why the
county business is transacted in an old,
dilipidated fire-trap.
Originally the county seat of La
Moure County was located at Grand
Rapids. But along in the early '8o's a
campaign was begun which had for its
object the removal of the county seat
from Grand Rapids to LaMoure. The
issues were joined in 1886, and the
great question was submitted to the
voters of the county. The contest was
exceedingly bitter, and many wounds
were made which have not fully healed
to this day. By a very slender majori
ty the "LaMoure faction" came off
victorious, and the county scat—but
not the courthouse—was removed to
LaMoure. As a matter of fact, there
were no logical grounds for removal,
and the sinister designs of a coterie of
LaMoure politicians could not have
been accomplished had. not special leg
islative aid been invoked. But during
the session of '84 a bill was "railroad
ed" through the territorial legislature
repealing the act which required a two
thirds majority vote to secure removal,
and providing that a mere majority
vote was sufficient. Under this provis
ion three county-seat-removal fights
were successfully waged in the state.
Later, when the state constitution was
adopted, the provisions of the former
law were enacted, since when the busi
ness of removing county seats has
been "on the bum."
To give come color of plausibility to
the scheme to remove the county seat
from Grand Rapids. LaMoure obligat
cditself to provide a courthouse for a
term of twenty-five years at its own
expense, and in 1886 a building was
erected at a cost of some $4,000. Need
less to say, the building was small and
unsubstantial but LaMoure County
was young in those days and her needs
were very modest. This building was
destroyed by the great fire of 1894, and
the town purchased the building form
erly owned and occupied by Lloyds
Bankers. This was tendered to the
county, and accepted.
This is courthouse history up to
date. It explains the unique fact that
LaMoure County owns no courthouse,
and also explains how it happens that
the official business of one of the most
prosperous counties in the state is car
ried oh in a building wholly inade
quate iti the matter of room, unprepos
sesing in appearance in great danger of
destruction by fire, with all its price
less contents. The Chronicle has called
attention to the fact that the jail is un
sanitary, and there can no longer be
any doubt that for the pupose of con
fining criminals or detaining suspects
it is a profound failure. It is, as The
Litchviile Bulletin observes, "easily
gotten into—and as easily left. The
LaMoure County jail is a joke."
The Chronicle believes the time has
come Arjfch these conditions should be
remedil& The county can well afford
to itivest a generous sum in a new,
handsome, contiftbdious and substan
tial btuldinq. Otherwise the building
now used will have to be so remodeled
enlarged ^s to meet present neces
Strange Ideas Concerning Washington In
of Farmers.
Washington Post: In the days of Ir^i?
ish immigration to America a story/
which had some foundation in fact, usd)
now and then to travel the rounds of the
press, to the effect that such was the ex
aggerated notion of wealth of this court*
try in the minds of the Irish peasants
that on landing in New York many 6f
them expcctcd to pick up gold dollars
from the streets. That day, however,'
has passed, and nowadays the immigrant
from as far east in Europe as Southern
Russia, knows pretty well what lie will
encounter upon reaching this countrjjr.
Judging, however, from certain factii
that are of every day occurrence, Wash
ington has changed places with Nd#
York and the American countrymen ol
the south and west, and, for that mattcgy
even the backwoods part of New En£-'
land and the Middle States, has changod
places with the Irish peasant of 1857 tij
the matter of unbounded credulity,
Somehow, and for some reason, the great
mass of the rural people of the region*
north and south of this city look upoil. I
the capital as a sort of dumping ground
for almost any kind of old juk, from a 1
double-headed calf to a hen egg bearing
the letter "W." Whenever anything
turns upon the fafrlhi that Uncle Hank or
Cousin Rube cannot explain and have ,1
never seen, it is certain to find its way
to Washington, or else some Washing
tonian is sure to hear of it. The curatcMT
of the National Museum, the members
of the geological survey and the bureatt
of ethnology are all anxious, and would'
be thankful, to hear of anything new or
strange, but for all that they are ncit
prepared to pay fabulous prices for de*
formed squashes and ingrowing cow#':
horns to the extent desired by the woifr i
der-luinting farmers. The following is &
fair sample of dozens of letters that
reach people in this city every month*
The letter, which follows, was written
to a well-known bird and animal dealct
of this city.
"Hagerstown, Md.
"oct. 2, 1903.
"Mr. S. Dear Sir as you air in nor
vility Business I have A three Lag Rail
bit it tis three months Old and Well .!
growd he has two hind Lags and One
front the is no nub Or Sign of the Other
Lag it gits around in the Coop as quick
as the Rist if you cant use it and now of
Enny One in Washington Please giv^
me there name and address this Rabbit i
Outo Be in Washington I have all Kinds,,
o i v i i k e e i a n a e o
gian the austrailian Blue White & Blacfe^,^
angoar. Mr. S I am sure you Can git
me A good Price for this Rabbit if you
can use hrm Let me hear from you and
W. H. D„ no. 404 mechanic St. Hagers- §5
town D."
Rabbits, chickens, cats and other ani- i
mals, with one or more limbs absent
from birth are so common as to be prac-N /j
tically worthless as curiosities, but
this W. H. D., like many others of his
class, is in ignorance, and like thousand#
of others is doing what he can to urt» •!*.
load it the caital.
Grand Forks Herald: The hearing
of Chris Seims, the Grand Forks bar
ber, on a charge of robbing Lawrence'
Carr,a Langdon, N. D. farmer, of $300^
was concluded in Judge Sullivan
court yesterday afternoon, and Seims
was held for trial in the district courts
bonds being fixed at $500. He was un*
able to furnish a bond and will have
to stay in the county jail at Crookston
until next June unles he should de
cide to plead guilty io the charge,
which is unlikely.
Jules Wright and a young man
named Bly, both colored, gave some
unimportant testimony. They were
called to testify in behalf of Seims. and
told something about his movements
011 the evening the robbery occurred.".,
Seims testified that he was with Carr
on the evening of the robbery. They
visited a number of saloons and about
it o'clock they went across to Grand
Forks to a hotel. There Carr told
Seims that he had no money and ask*»
ed Seims for some to pay for a roomt
Seims then went through Carr's pock
ets to verify the statement and found
that the farmer had told the truth.
Dickinson Press: Alphonso Hilliard
who has been president and the con
trolling stockholders in the First Na
tional Bank of Dickinson, N. D., since^.
its organization in 1890, left recently for
Seattle, Wash., where he is to assume
a position in the active management of
the Washington National Bank of that
pltcc, he having purchased an interest
in its affairs. Mr. Hilliard has sold his
interest in the First National Bank of
Dickinson and will be succeeded a&
president by R. H. Johnson who haS
been a prominent stockholder and
cashier of the bank since its organiza.
tion and in the future will represent
the controlling interest.
The First National Bank of Dickin
son went through the panic pf 1893
without losing a depositor or forcing
the payment Of a loan.
Mr. Hilliard is a Vermontcr and lik^
David Harum does his work "without
thinkin" and when loans are applied
for it is. either "all right" or "we can1^
spare the money today."
Starting in i$p with $TO,OOP de
posits and $50,090 paid up capital
when Mr. Hilliard retired the bank had
flAQOo capital.
$143,231 .o6tttdivid
missed payitig a lii
posits NOv. 17
terests remain ttt
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