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The Brightest, Newsiest and Best
Droning Newspaper In North Dakota.
VOL. 1, NO. 293.
Insurance Companies of United
States to Effect a
Called by President Paul
Morton of the Equitable Life Insur
ance Company—Object Is to Pro*
mote Joint Welfare of Insurance
Companies and Policy Holders.
Associated Press to The Breilig Time*.
New York, Dec. 21.—The presidents
-and other officers of many of the lead
ing life insurance companies of the
country met in conference here today
to take the initial steps for the forma
tion of a national association. The
conference was called by President
Paul Morton of the Equitable Life who,
in his call for the gathering, stated
it is his belief that it is just as es
sential for .the executives of the life
insurance companies of the United
States to have a national association
as it is for the fire underwriters, life
insurance actuaries, national bank
ers, and physlcianB of the country, or
any other body of intelligent men to
have similar associations.
The objects of the proposed associa
tion are stated to be:
To promote the welfare of policy
To advance the interests of life in
surance companies in the United
States by the intelligent co-operation
of officers in charge.
To prevent extravagance and reduce
•expenses by encouraging uniformity
of practice among life insurance com
panies in matters of general adminis
To consider carefully measures that
may be Introduced from time to time
in legislative bodies, with a view to
ascertaining and publicly presenting
the grounds which may exist for op
posing or advocating the proposed
legislation, according as the welfare
of the companies and their policy hold
ers shall point to the one course or
the other.
To consider anything that may be
auitably a matter of general concern
to the life insurance business.
President of "U." of Minnesota Had
Row With a Student
Anodated Press to The Ertilic Times.
Minneapolis, Dec. 21.—Because he
refused to obey the commands of the
president of the university, John
Gleason, student president of the ath
letic board of control of the state uni
versity, was yesterday threatened with
expulsion from the institution.
Believing that he was right in his
contention against faculty control of
athletics, and that the faculty, had ex
ceeded its authority, Gleason refused
to comply with the orders of President
Northrop, and a wordy war followed
between the two, with Prof. James
Paige, one of the faculty members on
the athletic board, an occasional
speaker in the conference*
The trouble started some time ago
when Gleason requested the resigna
tion of Prof. Paige from the ticket
committee and Prof. W. E. Brooke
from the auditing committee of the
athletic board. He appointed student
members in their places.
Dismissal of Those Against Wm. A.
Brewer, Jr. Asked In Court.
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
'New York, Dec. 21.—Wm. Rand, Jr.
appeared before Justice New burger la
the criminal branch of the supreme
court yesterday and moved the dismis
salof the two Indictments', charging
perjury found some months ago against
William A. Brewer, Jr. president of the
Washington Life Insurance company.
It is charged in the indictments that
In ,the annual report of the condition
of the Washington Life in 1903, Presi
dent Brewer caused to be marked oft
lapsed policies of the amount of $400,
000 so that the liabilities of the com
pany might stand within the limit
prescribed by the regulations of the
state department of Insurance for the
continuance of the company's business
this amount being restored to the
..books after the annual report had
been submitted.
Associated Press
Crooked Kansas Gty Banker
Says There is No Woman
in His Case.
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
Kansas City, Dec. 21.—W. C. Ander
son, embezzling assistant teller of the
First National bank, arrived in Kan
sas City today from Austin, Texas, in
custody of two officers. Anderson
denied that he had stolen as much as
$50,000, or that there is a woman in
the case, but said he was glad to
get home and get "the thing off his
mind." Bank officials have always
placed Anderson's shortage at $9,000
and have denied report sthat it far
exceeded this amount
Amusing Incident in Standard
Oil Investigation in New
York City.
Associated Press to The Brariig Times.
New York, 21.—Mr. Nichols in the
Standard OH investigation which is
being conducted here said the sale of
the Republic Oil company was nego
tiated through J. A. Moffet. For the
business outside of Missouri $231,
000 was received. This money is now
on deposit in a New York bank in
the name of the Republic Oil company.
"We are still doing a pretty strong
buslnes in Kansas City and St. Louis,
but we are cutting down our force and
are ready to get out if you will let
us. We are ready to sell the business
to the Standard Oil company.
Mr. Nichols said he believed that
the trade built up in Missouri by the
Republic Oil company can be held by
the Standard Oil company.
"Did you find any competitor in
Missouri for the wares of the Repu
blic company." he was asked.
"Yes, sir a vicious competition."
"From the Waters-Pierce company?"
"Yes, and just as marked a one from
the Standard Oil company of Indiana."
"You did not follow the biblical in
junction and turn the other cheek."
"You bet your life I did not."
"You kept up the fight?"
"I went after and instructed my
agents to go after the Waters-Pierce
company and the Standard of Indiana
tooth and nail."
"And, yet, you know that the Waters
Pierce company had an agent at the
rear entrance of the building at 26
Broadway the same address to which
you sen your mail and reported?"
"Yes, sir I did."
$300,000 HAUL.
Wells-Fargo Express Office at Reno,
Nev. Robbed Last Night.
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
Reno, Nev., Dec. 21.—A Wells-Fargo
express box said to have contained
$300,000, was stolen from the com
pany's office here, after the arrival1
of last night's train from Tonopah.
Edward Crofton, the messenger, con
tinued on his way to San Francisco.
6. N. WRECK.
Fatal Head-On Collision at HUllard,
Wash. This Morning.
Associated Press to The Cvnlig Time*.
Spokane, Dec. 21.—In a head-on col
lision between a light engine and a
Great 'Northern freight, two miles east
of Hilllard early today, Fireman Paul
Scbuppert and Brakeman Guy Salis
bury were killed. Howard, an engi
neer, was fatally hurt, and Fireman
Hansen was badly scalded.
LoulsviUe, Ky., Dec. 21.—Curtis
Jett was today found guilty of the as
sassination of James COckrell, at
Jackson, Ky. four years ago, and sen
tenced to life imprisonment. Jett con
fessed yesterday during the progress
of his trial at Cynthiana, that he alone
had killed Oockrell. Jett is now serv
ing a life sentence for complicity in
the murder of Attorney Marcum sev
eral years ago.
Russian Elections Will
Be Held on February 19
to The Bvealas
St Petersburg, Dec. 21.—An im
perial ukase will be issued this week
fixing the date for the meeting of the
provincial electoral colleges through
out the empire. The election of mem
bers of parliament will take place
Feb. 19, which leaves an interval of
only a fortnight between the election
and the convocation of parliament,
March 6, barely time for the Siberian
members to reach St Petersburg. The
preliminary elections of members of
the electoral colleges will begin Feb
ruary 2.
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times
Annapolis, Maryland, Dec. 21.—
Henry Davis, alias Henry Chambers,
colored, who committed a felonious as
sault on Mrs. John Reid, of Browns
ville, five miles from Annapolis, last
Friday, and who had confessed his
crime, was taken from the jail here
this morning by a mob of about sixty
masked men and lynched. He was
strung up and his body riddled with
The jail is situated in Calvert street
in the western section of the city and
is quite isolated. The mob had no dif
ficulty in securing the prisoner. Tak
ing him from his cell, they carried him
along the road leading to the scene of
his crime. The plans of the lynchers
were kept very quiet, as no one except
those who participated in it knew any
thing about what was to take place.
Their movements were carefully
In a statement made after the man
Minneapolis Board of Educa
tion Would Stamp Out
School Fraternities.
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
Minneapolis, Dec. 21.—A deathblow
to fraternities and other societies in
the high schools of the city has been
devised 'by a committee appointed for
the purpose by the board of education.
It is understood the committee will ad
vise that diplomas be withheld from
all high school students belonging to
"frats." The students will be given
a fair warning and a certain date will
be set for the new order of things to
go into effect, and if this measure
is not strong enough, a member of the
board stated, even stronger measures
will be devised to stamp out these so
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
Leadvllle, Colorado, Dec. 21.—A
masked bandit yesterday shot and
fatally wounded Joe. Dale, ticket
agent at Denver Rio Grande depot, and
robbed the cash drawer and escaped.
A posse is now after him.
Warsaw, Dec. 21.—The rabbis
throughout Poland have promised to
support energetically the National
Polish parties in the coming elections
as against the anti-national and so
cialistic parties. This decision means
that the Jews will leave the socialists
and ally themselves with the Poles.
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
Washington, D. C., Dec. 21.—When
Ponaker concluded his remarks on the
Negro troops resolutions In the senate
he received consent to modify resolu
tions so that it now directs seriate
committee to investigate circumstances
leading up to discharge of Negroes.
Resolution went over without action
until after holiday recess.
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
Washington, D. C., Dec. 21.—Sir
Henry M. Durand, the retiring British
ambassador, has arranged to sail for
home with his family the last of next
week. Mr. Esme Howard, who will
be the British charge d* affaires until
the appointment of an ambassador, .s
expected here within a day or two.
Though, ot course, there has been
no official expression of opinion, it is
pretty well known that this govern
ment would welcome the appointment
of James Bryce to succeed Sir Henry
M. Durand. It is but natural that Mr.
Bryce should be preferred to any of
the others who have been mentioned
as possibilities for the vacant post,
for the reason that none of them
Fargo, N. D., Dec. 21.—Both Mayor
Johnson and President Worst were
seen this morning regarding the state
ment made by O. G. Major. Both
President Worst and Mayor Johnson
"We are Informed that O. G. Major
has stated before the Valley City meet
ing of Independent shippers, that we
are prohibiting him and his trends
from exploiting the Independent eleva
tor interests before the Trl-State
Grain anjd Stock Growers' conven
tion to be held here next month. The
object of the Trl-State Grain and
Stock Growers was not to exploit any
thing, but farming In its various
Guilty Wretch Admitted Assault Upon Pure Woman
and Repeated to His Tormenters He Would Have
Done It) Living or DeadU—Mob Used Battering
Ram and Sledge Hammer to Gain Admittance to
Jail—Indentity of Men Unknown.
was taken from the jail, Deputy Sheriff
Ruben L. Small wood, said that about
2 o'clock a man appeared outside the
jail and rang. He said that he had
a prisoner. Deputy Smallwood saw
that he had no prisoner and refused
to admit him, whereupon he left.
Soon afterwards a mob of about 60
men appeared before the jaiil with a
whipping post and endeavored to bat
ter down the door. Unsuccessful with
that means, they procured a sledge and
pick and managed to break a hole in
the door, through which one of them
crawled and unlocked the door. Then
five or six men entered the building
and proceeded to the warden's room,
where they encountered Warden
George Taylor, Deputies Smallwood
and James Grouse, and the night
watchman, Frank M&rcellus. At the
point of a pistol the warden surren
dered the keys. In a few moments
more, Davis was secured and carried
out bodily. He made no resistance.
Alleged Insane Man Snot at
Chicago Judge of Probate
This Morning.•
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
Chicago, Dec. 21.—An attempt was
made by Frank E. Ellerbrock of this
city, to assassinate Judge Charles S.
Cutting of the probate court. The at
tempt was almost successful, and It
is difficult to understand how the
judge escaped injury. He was, how
ever, unharmed. When Judge Cutting
entered the court house this morning,
he was followed into 'the elevator by
Ellerbrock, who was disappointed by a
decision rendered some time ago by
Judge Cutting. Ellerbrock stepped
close to the side of the judge and
drawing a revolver, placed it against
the judge's side and pulled the trig
ger. The judge moved slightly at the
instant the cartridge exploded and the
bullet passed through his clothing
without touching him. Ellerbrock
made another attempt to fire the re
volver, but was overpowered before
'he could do so. He is thought to be in
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
Ottawa, Ont, Dec. 21.—The Domin
ion parliamnet adjourned today for
the customary holiday recess. It will
reassemble January 8.
Isaoclated Press Cable to The Bvealaa
Radom, Russian Poland, Dec. 21.—A
youth named Werner, 17 year's old
and a student at the technical school,
was tried by drumhead courtmarttal
here yesterday, convicted and shot to
death for having killed Col. Plotta,
commander of the gendarmerie of the
government at Radom.
is so well known on this side of the
Atlantic as the famous author of the
"American Commonwealth."
It is scarcely an exaggeration to
say that James Bryce, more than any
other person, has exercised his In
fluence in the direction of a closer
union between the United States and
Great Britain. Perhaps no man living
in foreign lands knows the American
people—their aspirations, their his
tory and their possibilities—so well
as does Mr. Bryce, who possesses a
peculiar talent for the philosophy of
Mr. Bryce is "an Irishman born."
He is a native of Belfast, and is in
his 69th year. His early education
was secured In Glasgow, but he-stud­
Fargo's Mayor Makes Statement on
Program of Grain Growers' Convention
branches, and last January as well
as in January, 1905, Mr. Major and
his friends were given an opportunity
to be heard.
For the coming convention, we have
speakers engaged that will take up
every moment of our time, or the time
we can have the opera house. Two
out of the four evenings we cannot
have It, we have suggested to Mr. Mac
fadden, who has represented the ln
dpendent elevators to us, that It would
be much better for their Interests if
they would secure a hall and hold a
meeting on one of the evenings that
the grain growers will not be In ses
I slon, the same as the butter makers
His appearance Wside the jail was
greeted with yel'ls He was kicked and
beaten by members of the lynching
party and in a few minutes was taken
to the brick yard hill on the Anna
polis, Baltimore and Washington rail
road. Here Davis was closely ques
tioned, and again admitted that he had
assaulted his victim, and repeated that
he would have done it living or dead.
As he made this assertion, those
who heard him raised a cry, the rope
was quickly knotted and the noose
slipped over his head and he was
hoisted up to the limb of a tree. Al
most before his feet had left the
ground, a revolver cracked and a bul
let cut a gash through his scalp It
was the signal tor general firing and
at least 100 bullets must have riddled
his body.
After a few minutes the body was
cut down and pieces of rope and
clothing were taken by many as sou
venirs. The mob then dispersed.
Uncle Sam Denies Use of Mail*
to "Kris Kringle" and
Santa Claus.
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
Washington, D. C., Dec. 21.—The
postoffice department is now receiv
ing its usual annual requests from
postmasters and various philanthropic
persons and associations, to have let
ters addressed to "Santa Claus" or
"Kris Kringle" delivered to them, so
that they can respond to the needs
and desires of children in connection
with the observance of the Christmas
holidays. Thousands of such letters
posted by little ones each year find
their way into the dead letter office.
Under a ruling of the attorney general
for the postoffice department, the let
ters cannot be given out.
Associated Press to The Bvealas Times.
Peoria, 111., Dec. 21.—While labor
ing under a halucination, due to
night mare as his parents believe,
John Webster, son of J. B. Webster, a
prominent grain merchant of Wood
land, 111, shot himself in the head.
He is expected to recover.
Kingston, Jamaica, Dec. 21.—The
wrecking steamer Premier has arrived
here from Grand Cayman and reports
that the cargo of the British steamer
Corinth, which went ashore there Nov.
26, is being removed. The Premier
will return shortly to resume opera
tions on the Corinth.
Vienna, Dec. 21.—The postoffice em
ployes of Austria numbering 25,000
men and women have voted to go on
strike December 22 as a protest
against the conditions under which
they are forced to labor. The govern
ment has attempted to avert trouble
by offering Increased wages but this
has been declined.
ied later at Trinity college in his
native land, and graduated with hon
ors at Oxford in 1S62. He has from
the first been a notable man. Even
in his college days he won scholar
ships and prizes for which hundreds
of others strove in vain, and in his
mature years, he provided his friends
with no disappointments. It would
hardly be fair to say that Mr. Bryce is
an ardent disciple of the Anglo-Am
erlcan alliance theory, but he has
presented the case of the United
States so well that the conservative
Briton has steadily advanced in his
desire for a reuniting of those racial
bonds which the American Revolution
rudely threatened.
and some other associations do. The
only possible difference to them
would be the rent of the hall, and,
considering the fact that they get one
fare rates to attend the meetings with
out any efforts on their part in secur
ing the rate, it seems to us that they
can certainly stand that, as It is
simply a business proposition on their
part We want to be fair with all if
we let one Interest in there is no rea
son why we should exclude others,
and by so doing more than half of the
time of the convention would be
taken up and the very object of the
meetings be curtailed to just that ex
Ten Convicted Russian Plotters
Swung Hemp" at Sunrise
This Morning.
Associated Press Cable to The Bvealas
Riga, Russia, Dec. 21.—Ten terror
ists were executed here at sunrise to
day. They belonged to a band guilty
of a series of robberies, bomb outrages
and murders, extending over months
and also were concerned In plotting
to kill Baron Moeller-Sakomelsky,
governor general of the Baltic pro
vinces, which was frustrated by the
arrest of two of the leaders on the day
fixed for his assassination.
Bearing Upon Fuel and Car
Shortage Made Public at
White House.
Associated Press to tke ttveaias thld,
Washington, Dec. 21.—The follow
ing is the text of the letter to Presi
dent Roosevelt dated Minneapolis,
Dec. 19, from Interstate Commerce
Commissioner Franklin K. Lane, who
is investigating the car shortage sit
uation in the northwest, which was
made public at the White House to
"The enclosed clippings will give
you a fairly correct idea of the fuel
and car situation conditions in the
northwest Harlan and myself on ar
riving sent telegrams to every town
in North Dakota, assing if they need
el coal. The answers show little pres
ent suffering, but a most dismal out
look. We then called the railroad
officials before us, and they promised
to carry coal to all distressed points,
This noon we wired back to all towns.
As there are plenty of ore cars now
available for handling coal, I think
the danger of distress from lack of
fuel may be said to be passed. It
takes a grain car on an average ten
days to cover 250 miles of Great
Northern railroad."
The recent convention of the Sea
men's International union, held in Bos
ton, adopted resolutions opposing the
admission of large numbers of Japan
ese to the United States.
The annual convention of the Na
tional Trades association, composed of
manufacturers of the principal cities
of the United States, is to be held in
Boston, beginning March 20.
The Chicago Hod Carriers' union
has its own labor temple, which cost
The International Lathers' union
has 201 locals in the United States
and Canada.
The dairy farmers in the vicinity
of Middlestown, N. Y„ have organized
a union.
The International Printing Press
men and Assistants' union of North
America is to establish general head
quarters soon in Indianapolis. The
Hoosler capital, by the way, is the
headquarters for more national and
International labor bodieB than any
other city in America.
The convention of the Carriage and
Wagon Workers' union of North Am
erica, held in Buffalo, decided against
a proposal to establish a sick and
death benefit fund.
Millinery trimmers in Chicago are
agitating a union movement. The plan
contemplates the union label in wo
man's hats.
Laundry workers in Fargo, N. D.,
are organizing a union.
Next year's convention of the United
Textile Workers will be held in Provi
Stands tor North Dakota at all Times
and Under all Circumstances.
Under Proposed Change Farm
ers Will be Able to Oper
ate Stills.
Senator Hansbrougli on Thursday
Introduced Proposed Amendment
Which if Passed Will Do Away With
Hardships and Curbs of the Old
Free Alcohol Law.
(By E. C. Snyder.)
Washington, D. C., Dec. 21.—For
several years past there has been a
very active movement in favor of the
passage of a free alcohol law. Last
year action in this direction was
greatly accelerated by the receipt by
senators and members of thousands
of petitions and letters urging legisla
tion authorizing the abatement of the
tax on alcohol to be used for com
mercial purposes. The demand for
legislation of this character came
principally from farming communi
ties, and was based upon the theory
that if tiie tax were removed farmers
would be able to manufacture from
their surplus grain, vegetables and
fruit, sufficient alcohol to supply
themselves with power, heat and light.
Congress responded readily to the.
demand, and when the law known
as the free alcohol law was approved,
the general impression was that the
United States had entered upon a
policy similar to that which is in
vogue in leading European nations,
and that the farmers of the country
would reap a great advantage. It has
transpired, however, that these ad
vantages are not so widespread as
was at first supposed. Soon after the
approval of the law many inquiries
were received at the agricultural de
partment from the farmers of the
country asking fc '^formation, and
there seems to be much disappoint
ment, especially in the agricultural
communities, over the fact, as ascer
tained by the department, that under
the existing law the advantages are
not to be realized.
Dr. Wiley, chief of the bureau of
chemistry of the agricultural depart
ment, in his report upon this subject
after a thorough examination of law,
"Any still for the distillation of
spirits must be registered and con
ducted under the supervision of the
internal revenue officers, and although
regulations on the subject exist, the
rules In regard to output practically
result in fixing the minimum size of
a registered still as one making from
7 to 10 proof gallons per days. It is
thus 6een that it will not be prac
ticable for the farmer to operate a
still on a small scale under present
A close examination of the law
shows that each distillery must be
supplied with a distillery from which
the alcohol may be withdrawn and
deposited in a bonded warehouse,
where by a rather tedious process it is
denaturized and then relieved from
the tax. This would, of course, ex
clude what are known in Germany as
agricultural and produce stills, where
special apparatus is eery generally in
use which enables the small producer
to manufacture alcohol for his own
use. A tank is attached to each of
these small stills which is locked and
sealed by a revenue officer, and when
the tank is full the revenue officer is
notified of the fact, whereupon he ap
pears upon the scene, unseals and un
locks the tank, and the alcohol is de
naturized in the presence of the gov
ernment inspector.
In order to carry out the original
intention of the law as understood
throughout the country, Senator
Hansbrough has introduced an amend
ment to the free alcohol statute. The
amendment is as follows:
"That, for the convenience of per
sons engaged in the distillation of al
cohol in quantities that would not
justify the additional expense of a
distillery warehouse or a bonded
warehouse for each establishment, and
who employ approved apparatus with
suitable alcohol tanks attached, de
signed to be locked and sealed by an
authorized government officer, the
commissioner of internal revenue,
with the approval of the secretary of
the treasury, shall, under rules pre
(COattaae* oa Pase 8.)
German War Vessels Soon
To Visit Southern Ports
Associated Press to The Bvealas Ttamo.
Washington, Dec. 21.—Baron Speck
von Sternburg, the German ambas
sador has notified the state depart*
ment that the German cruisers Pan
ther and Bremen will visit several
Southern ports during January, Feb­
ruary, March. The Panther will visit
Key West and the Bremen will call
at Galveston, Pensacola and at Tampa.
Both ships will touch at Newport
The state department has notified
the governors of the several states.

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