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ij —V THE MISSOURI RIVER SLOPE KUBLKIQH COUNTY AND SURROUND INO COUNTRY. Inducements Offered to Immigrants—A Veritable Farmer's Paradise—The Finest Tract of Agricultural Land the Northwest. BISMARCK AND 8UBEOUNDING8. Bismarck ia the oonnty seat of Burleigh county, Dakota. It is a city of about 3,000 people, situated at the North Pacific railroad crossing of the Missouri river. It is sur rounded by a rich agricultural country, which is now being rapidly developed. Wheat yields greater returns than in any portion of Minnesota. The straw is shorter than in the Bed River country, the berry plumper and brighter, and the head heavier. The prairies are more undulating, while the climate west of the divide between the James and MisBoori rivers is milder. Daring the severest weather the past winter the dif ference was from 10 to 18 degrees in favor of Bismarck. The official weather report at St. Paul and Bismarck shows about six de grees in favor of Bismarck. Crops are sown or planted folly ten days earlier at Biamarok than on that portion of the Northern Pacific east of the divide, while frosts do not appear for some days after they have come on that end of the line. PECUIJABLY ADAPTED TO OEBEALB. Wheat yields from 25 to 40 bushels per acre, and oats from 50 to 65 bushels per acre. Corn planted on sod, turned over for the first time last year, yielded 105 bushels of ears to the acre. In no country are finer vegetables grown. Two and three pound potatoes are frequently produced, while the yield is from 150 to 300 bashels per acre. Parsnip roots, twenty-eight inches long, are common, as are also 20 lb. heads of cab bage turnips and beets weighing from 12 to 18 lbs. eaoh. Watermelons, tomatoes, etc., are grown successfully. Daring the pst six years on the 4th of July NEW POTATOES, new peas, and other vegetables have been in market from the gardens about Bismarok. The farmers can do no better than this in Northern Ohio or Southern Michigan. Last year new pota toes and peas from Bismarok gardens were in market June 15. People often wonder why the climate be comes more favorable as they go west. There is said to be a warm current similar to the gulf stream of the Atlantic, from the soast of Japan which strikes our Paoific aoast above Van Couvers Island. This gives to Alaska a climate along the coast where froBts never come. This warm atmosphere covers the Paoific ooast States and Territo res, and passes over the Rooky Mountains through the lower points or passes well to the north and follows down the Missouri valley, giving to this section the advantage of climate noted above. On the Paoifio coast stock does not need shelter except from the continuous rains of winter. In Montana and Northwestern Dakota they need protection from the occa sional blizzards, bat may and do feed, live rod keep in good flesh without a mouthful of food except that which they find on the prairies or in the bottom and timber lands. IMMENSE HEEDS OF BUFFALO, slk and deer have lived on these plains for iges, and wherever the buffalo flourish there will be found the Btockman's paradise. Suoh is the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone regions. The day has long since passed when Wes tern Dakota was rated as one vaBt desert, and ear lands are to-day producing the greatest returns for labor and money inves ted of any lands in the United States, and ire to day attracting greater attention than any other. Our prairies only need to be seen to be admired investigation proves their worth. In richness and depth of soil, timber and water, BUBLXIGH COUNTS is behind no other. It *s only behind Cass and other counties in the Red River oountry in development, because our people have been generally occupied in freighting to the Black Sills and in connection with military expe ditions, in filling wood, hay and other army i-ontracts, in steamboating, mining, etc. Burleigh county has fully 60,000 acres of limber and has vast beds of coal, more fully described elsewhere, and its farming inter rats looming up this year will fairly boom in ihe near future. PBESIDENT HAYES and associates own a farm of 640 aores, on which 320 aores of wheat has been sown this year,six miles north of Bismarck. Ghas. M. Cushman is manager of this farm. THE STABS FABH, three miles sonth of Bismarok, had 510 acres of oats on it last year which, though Injured by hail, yielded fifty odd bushels'to the acre. The Siark farm is operated by Messrs. Mo Lean and Macnider, Bismarck, Dakota, and has a full set of farm buildings. THE OIIABK FABH is situated seventeen miles east of Bismarok it consists of seven seotions of land of 640 aores eaoh—4,480 acres—of which 690 acre* was sown to oats last year. Three hundred and fifty aores is now being sown to wheat and 340 to oats. Nine hundred acres more will be broken this year for cropping next season. Forty head, of fine brood mares, reoently purchased in the Alleghany Mountains, have been put on the farm and blooded cattle will in due time be added. The improvements on the farm con sist of the finest barn on the line of the Northern Paoifio railroad, whioh oost. 94,000 a good.granary, carpenter and blacksmith shop and a nine room dwelling house is nearly finished. The farm is sup plied with straw burning engine, sulky plows spring-tooth harrows, etc. The farm is owned by Ghas. J. Clark, of Pitthrargh, Ea., and ihanaged by John J. frffifowly of £iitsburgh^ but for4he past few jtv* engaged in stook growing ia Colorado. Mr. Clark owns^ several large tracts of land on the line of the Norther* Pacific, some of whioh he offers for sale. THE STEELE FABH, near Fourteenth siding, about thirty mile* east of Bismarck consists of 6,400 acres oi land of which 1,140 aores is being sown to wheat and oats. One thousand aores more will be broken this year and more added from year to year until all is put under cultivation. Mr. W. F. Steele, its owner, commenced opsrations in June, 1878 and broke that year 530 aores and in 1879 610 acres. Five hundred and thirty acre was sown to oats last year, much of the ground yielding as high as sixty-four bush els per acre wheat was raised on this farm last year, but only a sample. It was all that could be desired, however, therefor* Mr. Steele is sowing most of his land to wheat this year. The illustration, published elsewhere, shows* the character of the im provements on this farm. Mr. Steele, how ever, will add a granary 30x40 and has the plans prepared for a new dwelling, 30x100, one and a half stories high, which he ex pects to build this season. THE MAINE SETTLEMENT is located five miles east of Bismarok and comprises about a dozen families, prinoi paly from Lewiston. The first to locate here was Mr. J. A Field, who was followed the next season by Cyrus Saribner, N. O. Skel ton, M. D. Downs and others. The set tiers in this neighborhood have made im provements ranging from ten to fifty acres eaoh, which is being largely sown to wheat. The farms were fiist opened in 1878, the set tiers buying their land that year and plant ing the newly broken prairie, but they had enough vegetables for their own use and much to sell. Last year, in addi tion to considerable corn and oats grown for market they sold 4,000 bushels of potatoes, 700 bushels of onions and had a fine lot of sugar cane. The oats averaged 41% lbs. to the bushel. Among the satisfactory tests of the capacity of the soil last year, was two bushels of wheat produced from two quarts of seed, by Mr. J. A. Field, who has sown seventy-five aores of wheat this year, Judge Bowen forty and others making an aggregate of fully 600 acres, The land is a second bench back from Apple creek: the soil is a black loam from sixteen inches to three and a half feet deep. Mr. £. E. O'Brien, of Thomaston, Maine, widely known because of his persis- SEEDING OS PBESIDENT HAYES' FARM. tent efforts to capture Jim. Blaine's seat in Congress, visited this settlement in company with V. G. Craig, of Farmington, Maine, on the 19 th inst., and does not hesitate to de clare that he regards the Missouri river slope far preferabe to the Red River valley, even, and yet when on the Red River ooun try he was* frequently told that there was nothing west of the Sheyenne that was worth considering. He finds it the old story, however the best was saved till the last. THE TBOY FABH is situated in Kidder county, Dakota, and embraces fifteen sections of land or 9,600 aores. It is owned by Van Deusen & Co., of Troy, NewYork, with John Van Deusen, resident manager. The'Northern. Pacific railroad passes through the center tier of sections and Troy Farm station is in the mid dle of tke tract. The permanent improvements oonsists of a substantial warehouse 20x60 feet, interior finished for temporary use as the farm board ing bouse, but laterwill be needed for freight. :Barn 60x100,, contains ample stabling for seventy-five head of stook, together with granary tool house and work shop, and large loft for hay. Connected with barn at north end is three hundred feet of well-bnilt sheds, forming three sides of quadrangle, barn completing fourth side, enclosing a large court in which stock is turned for exercise when not at work, finding shelter from winds and storms. Sheds will be used as needed for housing farm machinery. The COST OF PEBHANENT IMPROVEMENTS so far has been about $6,000, and to this will be added a thirty thousand bushel ele vator this season if crop now going in gives promise of fulfilling reasonable expectations. Not a nail was driven, or furrow turned prior to April, 1879. Building began in that month, and in May thirteen 3-mule teams started at plowing. Thirteen hundred acres was broken by July 5th and during the fell was thoroughly pulverized. On this Mr. Van Deusen will sow, wheat 1,050 aores oats 200 aores barley 40 acres, and the bal ance in roots. Seeding is now over and with sufficient moisture he hopes to give a good aooount in August of the capabilities of this portion of the "sandy desert." The Troy Farm has been much admired by visitors and others passing through it by rail for its topographical beauties-fthe gentle undulation of snrface and rich natural ver due, making it seem in summer all that could be desired for cropping or grazing. It cer tainly seems as though, in both respects, it ought to satisfy the average farmer. Hay iB abundant and convenient, oottmg from two to three tons per acre of superior quality* Water, is. had at. the buildings twenty feet below the surfaoe, abundant and as sweet and oold as a New England spring. Of stone, there iB not enough on the tract. to build a oellar wall but can be had in any: quantity among the bluffs a few miles away.' TIUB farm is situated midway between Jamestown and Bismarok, and from the' above it will appear that these are great in terests being developed outside of the Red River valley. Among these interests the SPXBXTWOOD FAB* should be mentioned. It lies ten miles east: of Jamestown and Is managed by B. 8. BUS- There are three full sets of buildings mi this farm and others will be added as land is broken sufficient to require them. This farm will be largely devoted to stock oulture. Several hundred head of sheep have already been put on. Of the lambs dropped in winter none were lost. Five hundred ewes will be added this summer. They already have forty head of cattle whioh were fed during the winter only on hay but came out in excellent condition this spring. At Spiritwood a hotel and store will Boon be erected. To accommodate the rapidly in creasing settlers, Mr. Adams has already put in an agricultural depot. SPIEITWOOD LAKES, a veritable hunter's paradise, are situated twelve miles north of Spiritwood Farm. They area sort ef ohain of lakes formerly connected, twenty miles long, with clear, crystal waters, gravel beaches and plenty of timber. Antelope, deer, elk and water fowls beyond the power of man to count are found here. Here the fowls bleed. The praotical mind will take in this series of lakes as being just the thing for a stock range, and that is what this region will be principally used for. BISMARCK ZAND DISTRICT. It Comprises About 52,000 Square Miles of Excellent Farming Land. The Bismarck land district, as established in 1874, comprises all that portion of Dakota Ter ritory north of the seventh standard parallel and west of the ninth guide meridian, embrac ing an area extending north to the British Pos sessions, about 216 miles, and west to Montana, about 240 miles, or a near approximation to 52,000 sqnare miles. At the date of opening the Bismarck land office not more than forty townships of this vast tract of country had been .surveyed, and these were confined within the 'limits of the Northern Pacific railroad grant, which extends forty miles each side of 'the road through the Territory. This grant gives to the NorthernPacific every alternate or odd section within the distance named, and as sections sixteen and thirty-two are reserved, to appropriated as ''school sections" whenever the Territory bee mesa State, it will be seen XXjXJTTSTEA.TBID EDITION. VOLUME VII. BISMAKCK, D. T., FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1880. NUMBER 50. NEW FIRE-PROOF COURT HOUSE AND JAIL UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT BISMARCK. sell with Cuyler Adams and Ghas. O. Fran cis, lessees. The farm is owned by capital ists in London, New Tork, and Philadelphia, and is apart of a lot of 80,000 situated in almost every county in Dakota along the line of the Northern Paoifio, all of whioh is excellent farming land, and is for -ale on favorable terms to aotual settlers. The Spiritwood farm embraces 10,000 aores, of which 500 was in crop last year, and 2,200 aores was seeded ths year. The prairie is gently undulating, the soil, deep, dark and rioh. Good water is found in gravel beds a few feet below the surface. Bide o£ the river, and a few townships were subdi vided in the easterly put of the district near est to the railroad, making in all, with the former surveys,91 townships and parts of town ships open to entry under the various acts of Congress providing for nffqniring title to the public lands. As all the entries that coald be made at the land office were confined to a narrow strip along the lino of the railroad, for most of the distance not more than two townships wide, and as Bis-! marek was, and is of necessity the oenter of all the settlements in these townships up to this it is not ani'piiB ing, taking into the aoooant, Ulae, BOM other circumstanoes, which it IB not necessary to mention here, that the record of the Bismarck land office shows no higher numbers in its lists of filings and en tries. Thus far there has been 391 preemption filings, 147 homestead entries, 154 timber cul ture entries, 46 cash entries "excess" payments, and 32 homestead final proofs. Bnt this is not by any means a fair showing of actnal, bona fide settlement within this land district, for it is believed at the land office, from information that is deemed reliable, that there are as many, if not more settlers on "an surveyed" than on "surveyed" lands. This is no fault of the land department at Washington, or of the^snrveyor general of the territory, but is owing to the narrow and impracticable views of thoBe who are responsible for the niggardly appropriations for this important work. The enterprising settler is far in advance of the surveyor, and hundreds are already upon the Kronnd, and some of them have been for sev eral years, waiting to have their "corners7" established, that they may go ahead with confidence, make substantial improvements and comfortable homes, adding to the prosperity of the community in whioh they live, and to the wealth of the general-government. We speak of this matter plainly, as we see the great necessity for mere extended sur veys in this part of the Territory. The fertili ty of the soil, its adaptation to raise the very nest quality and the greatest quantity of cereals and vegetables has been demonstrated, and the "boom" for Dakota lands in the vicinity, and both east and west of Bismarok, and for more than a hundred miles along the valley of the Missouri river below and above this point, has commenced in earnest, and all we now want is the surveyor. Settlements on the uusurveyed lands have been kept back by the fear that the settler might locate on railroad land anu be forced to remove after the survey. There are fully as many actnal settlers on the surveyed railroad lands agthere are on the government lands, and a greater acreage under cultivation. STANDING ROCK. A Military Post Surrounded by Fine Farm ing Lands. Standing Book is the land of the Sionx, and located on their old historic battle-grounds, rich in many ancient traditions of wars, vic tories, personal prowess and mementoes, events psst and gone. Few men who knew this agency a few years ago would recognize it now The tumble-down old log buildingB have been supplanted with fine brick structures the blanket and breech-cloth have been replaced by the coat and pantaloons the long hair and scalp look havemet the fete of the "Bape of the lock," and disappeared before the ton sorial shears. These are the lesser evidences of reform and progress, but the great wave that has swept over this agency bears on its crest the word "Agricnlture," and its fruits bear evidence of the tide. Statistics may be of interest, and a few are given, which may be considered accurate. Farming has been carried OR at this agency for a number of years, but prior to last year it 1 11 THE SHERIDAN HOUSE, BEST HOTEL. IN THE TERRITORY, AT BISMARCK. that, but fourteen out of the thirty-six sections in each township were open to settlers. In March,1876, the plats of three whole town ships and two fractional ones were added to the above list, the survey having been made the season before, and there was no more ''field work" until late in the fall of 1877. the result of which was a further addition of six' or seven townships and "fractionals" from the west side of the Missouri river, the plats being received at the land office in March. 1878, the land having been occupied prior to that time by settlers, to a considerable extent, in antici pation af the extension of the raUroad. Last season further surveys were proseeiited along the of the Northern Pacific on the west was what they call "squaw farming," that ia, in small patches. Last' year a great improvement was made on this, and fully 800 aeres of old land was plant ed in corn, potatoes and other roots vines were grown so extensively that pumpkins and squashes went begging at $1 per wagon load potatoes sold at 30 cents per. bushel and corn 50 cents this has been the ruling price. Last year's corn crop was estimated at 25,000' bush els and the yield of potatoes about half 'this amount. In addition to the old land that was in cultivation, last spring 120 farms, of ten acres each additional, were broken, were brok en, all or nearly all of which was planted. The yield on the sod, especially especially corn, was surprising, and was nearly equal to the crop on old No cereals were raised last year, bnt through the efforts of August Stephan, last fall, 1,200 bnshelB of hard, dry Bed Biver seed wheat were obttfned^whioh is how being sown •tlte acreage in wheat will be 600 aeres this sea son, 100 aores of oats for agency nse will also be sownthe balance of. the land will be planted in corn, root and vegetable crop* In.addition to the teams already .on the agency, forty joke of- cattle have been recently purchased%ana 600 head of native milch cows are under contract to be delivered by June 30th. ttrilmnc Invoices have been reoeived and the following farm machinery is expected on the first boat: Three hundred and thirty-five plows, fifty wag ons, three reapers, one ten hone-power thresh ing machine, eighty harrows, six seed drills and fifty sets double harness. This ia the beginning of the end, and in afew short years the Standing Book Indians' farms will cover an area that will rival the great Dal rymple and Or an din farms of the Bed River, last year's experience fully demonstrating the fact that not only the Indians will work when the proper incentive is given, but will, work well, and the time is not far distant when, if allowed to remain in the fruitful valley of the Missouri, they will not only become self-sup porting:, but producers, and the problem of what we shall do with the Indians will be solved. No finer climate and no more fertile soil than on whioh these Indians are located, exists. Two weeks earlier in the spring, two weeks later in the fall than in the Bed Biver valley balmy spring begins and autumn leaves re mains abundance of timber, healthy, invig orrting water are the characteristics of tins locality. The wise councils prevailing with the execu tive last fall has thrown open nearly the whole of the east side of the Missouri to immigration and there are now homes for whites as well as Indians on the second river of the world, whose landB are first in fertility. Gome one, come everybody, welcome to our Bhores, grow fat and rioh and thank Ood, that you are in thrifty America and not among the starving pour of the less favored climes across the Atlantic. T.MR OFFICIAL RECORD. The Rainfall and Iiength of Seasons at Bis marck. In speaking of this portion of Dakota, none question the value of the soil. All ad mit that it is rioh in the elements that make wheat, oats and corn, and yeftr after year since 1872 fine crops of vegetables have been grown, bnt, they say, you have no rain— your country is too dry. Below will be found an official statement from the United States signal station at Bismarok, showing the rainfall for March, April, May and June, (since 1874) the four months in whioh crops are made in the northern tier of States. It will be seen that the rainfall during these months was from 10.84 to 14.70 inches, while the closest observers concede that in countries where the rainfall for the entire year is but 15 inches, agricultural pursuits, other con- HARVESTING ON STARK FARM, BISM VRCK. ditions being favorable, may be safely fol lowed. THE OFFICIAL TABLE. 1875. 1876. 1877. 1878. 1879. 1880. March.... 2.06 April 4.22 May 3.40 June 5.02 B* 3.27 14.70 13.02 10.84 13.10 11.82 We challenge any oountry to show a more favorable distribution of moisture. Here, it comes just when it is needed, and in suffi cient quantities for all purposes. The very heavy dews in summer are also favorable to the growth of vegetation. The dews are sometimes so heavy that a stranger would conclude that a. shower had passed over dur ing the night. The olimate is also very favorable to the production of heavy orops. The days in summer are very long and' warm. During these four months day light will average fully 18 hours per day, and as a result crops ma ture in much less time than in States fur ther south. New peas and potatoes, grown in the fields, are always in the market as early as June 15th—two weeks earlier thin in northern Ohio. Referring again to the records of the United States signal station, we find that there was no frost from April 21st to Sept. 17th in 1877—five months without frost— more than the average in Michigan, Min nesota or Wisconsin, while we have known frost every month in the year in Ohio. In 1878 there was no frost from May 8th to Sept. 10th, four months. In 1879 none from May 6th to Sept. 7th, fonr months. Tomatoes and melons of every sort fully ma tured during eaoh of the years mentioned. The winters are usually pleasant, except ing a few days in each month. Of course, so far as the record is concerned thef weather is very cold sometimes. Last winter, it reached 38 degrees below one day, bnt a comparison with St. Paul, Minn., Grand Rapids, Mich., or Bangor, Maine', will not re sult to our disadvantage. For our own part, we have suffered more with the cold in Ala bama in northern Dakota. What a Man Can Do With $500. The Golden Northwest makes good point when it says that a man with $500 can make a good start on the government lands on the Northern Pacific railroad. His land office fees are 914.00 material for a house of single boards, which he can make as warm as a palace in the winter by sodding it outside, $35 stove, furniture and orockeiy, $50.00 oxen, breaking and backset ting plows and wagon, $225.00. This will leave him $176.00 to live on, and he can alsc. earn $150.00 by working for his neighbors, after completing his first year's work. The second year his land is improved, and his credit? estab lish^d'ao that he ban procure all necessary im plements or articles in anticipation of his wheat crop. The fifty acres which he will seed will give him a" capital as„ soon as the grain is threshed. THE BUSINESS OF BISMARCK" BMR FREIGHTING CAPACITY OTMM 133,000,000 FOUNDS A. YMAR. Commercial Industries and Steamboat Trafflc— A City that Does More Busi ness than all Other Towns on the N. P. Combined. XHB arrx or BIBWABOIT, as elsewhere stated, is a town of 3,000 peo pie, situated at the North Pacific crossing of the Missouri river. It is the western terminus of the Dakota -division of the North Paoifio railroad and the beginning of the Missouri division, whioh extends from the Missouri river to the Yellowstone. Bismarok has two newspapers, eight law yers, two banks, eight hotels, one of them, the Sheridan House, being the largest build ing in the Territory, ooeting upwards of $50,000. It is lighted by gas and heated by steam, and is first class in every particular. Among its'business houses will be found nine dealers in general groceries and mer chandise, six in clothing and gents' furnish ing goods, two in dry goods, two hardware stores, two drug stores, two boots and shoes, one furniture, two lumber yards, two baker ies, two markets, two flour and feed stores, one flouring mill, four wholesale, liquor houses, two breweries, blacksmith, wagon and gun shops and numerous saloons and bil liard balls, several barber shops, eto. THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS are graded into three departments, and the Benediotine Sisters also have excellent graded schools. The Presbyterian, Episoo pal and Gatholio people have built churches, and the Methodists will build this summer. The county commissioners have let a con tract for building A court house, an elegant fire-proof brick building, the best in the Territory, oosting $20,000. FIVE LINES OF STEAMERS make Bismarck their headquarters, plying on the Missouri river 1,200 miles above to Fort Benton 300 miles on the Yellowstone from Fort Buford to Fort Keogh, and 75 miles on the Big Horn from Fort Keogh to Fort Custer. The lines are the Coulson, Benton, Yellowstone, Peck and Kountz, in all forty odd boats, car rying generally about 250 to 450 tons each. The Gen. Sherman, a govern ment boat, should be added to the above also North Paoifio, transfer boat the steam ferry Union, the Eclipse, recently pur chased by Capt. Braithwaite, and the lied Cloud, owned by J. G. Baker fr Go., of Fort Benton. DAILY STAGES run from Bismarok to Deadwood, 240 miles from Bismarck to Fort Keogh, 320 miles from Bismarck to Fort Yates, 65 miles from Bismarck to Mandan, and Bismarck to Fort Abraham Lincoln, eaoh 5 miles, tri-weekly 6tages from Bismarok to Fort, Buford. Fully 2,500 teams are engaged in freighting from Bismarok to the Black TTiiij and other point6. Bismarok polls about 750 votes, and is met ropolitan in its tastes, habits and appearance. It is the center of a vast oountry rapidly im proving and must grow. As mail routes, Btage and transportation lines now lead out from Bismarok, all interests in this North western oountry centering here, so the In dian trails in times gone by used to center at this point. Here was the great battle ground of the Sioux and the allied tribes of Arriokaries, Gros Ventres and Mandans. Af ter the Sionx ooi quered their various tribes they gathered in this vicinity for their annual sun dance and other great occasions,showing it to be a natural center and where there will. be built a city that will be eminent in the future for its schools and oolleges and tor: its business relations. While this is true, trade of every sort ia fully represented, but there is room for the investment of money in loans, in farm lands and farming, in stock growing and in speculations of almost every sort. Money will bringanet return of 12 per cent above the boat of placing and collect ing and in many instances a muoh higher return. The country doesn't need men looking for soft snaps it doesn't need idlers without money, bat it does want men who will work at anything they can find to do, while those wbo have money which they want to use will find ibis ju6t tbe place for them. THE TBADE OF BIBMABGK comes from the concentration of interests heretofore mentioned. While thfe fr&de is not likely to die but, the country is speedily developing and in time from its agricultural resources alone Bismarck will enjoy as great a trade as any of the Red river towns, two or three years at most will bring a boom that will astonish those who have hoped for but little. For 1,000 miles north and west of Bismarok there is a rich country which is as certain to settle as that oountry lying be tween Fort Sully and Yankton which is now being so rapidly taken, and whatever the way of trade results from this will bring* grist to Bismarok mills. Other lines of road will soon oonnect with the North Pa oific at this point which in the near future is destined to become, in all probability, the capital of one of the grandest of the North western States. Some idea of its importance to day may be gained from the following statemem of freight delivered at Bismarok daring 1879: TONAOE STATEMENT BX MONTHS Loesl. Govt. Mo. Dir. TOUT* January... February.. March. April *»y June...... July....... August September October... November. December. 1,319,087 1,616,843 3,450,477 4,469,323 9,338,001 6,401,439 •4,279,803 3,637,028 3,847,191 6,483,179 4,106,163 3,000,000 January... February.. March. April *»y June...... July....... August September October... November. December. 8,738,420 8,466,330 666,070 fl.96l|670 '5 I,319,607 *8S8£» W.8064Q7 6,626,763 14,687,88a JMUJM 16.988468 H.964^,79 12,752,106 15,068^)24 II.803,322 12,000.000 "610,849 2,297,992 1,371,088 788,370 1,914,673 493,775 1,366,188 206,815 2,000,000 Total.... 11920.685 9,412,778 8,411,140 8,218,667 7,432,664 7,000,000 Total.... 51,047,214 10,938,246 71,702.030 183,687.489 The local inOlndes grain delivered foroon tractors on aooount of supplies for the gov eminent. The reoei oifioe of the North cAMi the Bismarck m4I railroad amount-. •& ifb Hr tik.