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mi VOL. 3. ER, Attorney Jamestown, J. C. NICKEUS. 1st /X JAMES n. WHTSLOW, Wboleaale and Retail Ee&lcr in LATH AMD 8ash, Doors, Blinds, Mouldings, Building Paper, &c. Building Juppliss Furmshefl to Contractors. JMS3STOW, DAKOTA. Largest, Best and Only Complete Stock of ca-earLera! M!eic3a' ^2^,c3-ise In Stutsman county, which he will sell at the lowest £ash price. 3E3. m£Lm and -S.XT2D sror.a.sr5r BILL,. Counsellor Contested Land Claims be+ore the Local mid General Land Offices made a Specialty. EOCEBIE Teas, Coffees, Sugars and Syrups, Canned and Goods BM Baals, woodenware. FLOUS," PORK AMD HAR3S. 'jToloa.ccos and Oigrais. s,ra.c3. Oils, tatioisr/, Lamps ani I & W E S E S Klaus's Block, J. W. BAYMOND, President. 8. K. McGINNIS, V. President. R.E* WALLACE,«Cashier. Bank of Jamestown, —555 JAMESTOWN, DAKOTA- —zzGEftcRAL BANKSK3 DU3WES3 TnA^SACTED.n- Buy and Sell Exchange on all Principal itics. Will Attend to Purchase and Sale of Fleal Estate, Fay Taxes,Exchange, And Pertsct Titles. ^Particular ^lientica. "Given To Collections N. Y. Correspondent, Donnell, Lawson $ Co. St. Paul Correspondent, First National Bank, "STo~c,z ZE3"ia.sl:a.ees Soliicted- WHITE, Notary Public. JOHNSON C. NICKEUS. WffiTIS 1TICSSTO, «A.ttoxxLe3r?3 a.t XJ&-s*7\, U. S. LAND OFFICE ATTORNEY'S. lEGAL BUSINESS AND COLLECTIONS PROMPTLY Land OHice and Real Estate Business. Money Loaned c-n Good Security. Office Ground Floor. Front, Masonic Temple. NICKEUS & (^Successors to Henry Vessey) dealer in Groceries aid Meats of all ails, Flour aal Feel, Boots ail Sloes, 3-e?a.ts* G-oods, Crockery Stone and China Ware, And in fact, everything usually found in a store of DEALER Iff £jESS3SRA£i MERCHANDISE, A complete a**-rtmfr-t "f Grcerirs, Dry Goods, Hardware, Tinware. etc. I also keep fall pappiy of Flour. Feed, 0»'a Corn, potatoes, and al! kind:, of Meicliantable pro duoa. In fact, I have everything that cal eulated to make the world ppj Lylju. SHINGLES, Law, at rvmn ia. Legal Business Promptly Attended to, Dakota. isys. ID. T. J. D. HILLS. MILLS, ID. "X. /i: 5 *w&4 Mr. Wells is not, neither has he been, in liivor of repeiilin^ the pres ent exemption hi w. lie has, on the other hand, put forth every ell'orl to defeat such a motion IT. Many :ire disposed to think thai it is necessary fur them to stop either at St. Paul or Fargo an 3 make ar rangements for desired lands before coming through. By ao doing they make a great mistake besides putting themselves to needless expense. Our laud agen-ts here have not on'y the authority to *ell all the government and railroad lands for sale in thin vi cinity, but have all the means of in formation that the general ofiiee has. "Wells'incorporation bill provides that Messrs. Jonathan Bush, Louis Lyon, ,Tames Lees, J. J. Fiint and Anton Klaus, shall constitute the first board of trustees of the villajie'of C5 Jamestown, and that their term of office sh ill hold over until the first Tuesday in April, 1882. A more worthy and intelligent board could not have been selected, and if called upon to serve, we are sure that they will do honor to themselves and prove a ciedit to our coming me tropolis. Jamestown is young yet, 6he is also comparatively small, and we might exercise frankness enough to remark that within herself she is merely nothing. 8he exists not so much,to-day as she hopes to to-mov row. Her chief virtue lies in the grand country that surrounds her. The thousands and hundreds of thousands of acres of golden grain that is being annu iliy gathered into her graneries and elevators will give her character, standing, and eventu ally prove eilectu il iu placing her at the head of the list. People coming from a distance are apt to make a mistake iu trying to bring too much with th»:n. While it may be true that there are many articles that are worth shipping sev en or eight- hundred mile", it is als. true that there are a greater number that are not of suliicient value to pay the expenses- of transportation. There is scarcely anything iu the line of merchandise that cannot be purchased of our merchants here. The greater portion of them purchase their goods iu car load lots and have the advantage of special rates. A private individual would be com pelled to pay full local rates, which would, as a rule, bring the goods up to a much higher figure than the same article can.be purchased at here- The Pros and Dakoiainn of the 15th inst, states that Mr. McBramcy, of the jji.ick il-iIs, has introduced a bill for a constitutional convention to be convened on the 4-th of July next. The bill provides that the convention shall be composed of one hundred and seven delegates, who are to be elected by the people at at a special election to be held on the 8t?4 day of n«*xf. June. The delegates are apportioned among the counties upon the tsis of the census. Pro vision is made in the bill fur a thirty lay's session after which their acts are to go before thi people for ratifi cation. All these preliminaries ac complished Dakota will be ready to step into the union as soon as con gress grants permission. This is the first step that has been ti'.ken by our present legislature towards .state or ganization and the 'measure is being favored by a huge majority of the members of both houses. It is alto gether probable that the eilbrt will prove successful. Not a day passes that The Alert does not receive letters from parties at a distance making inquiries re garding the price of land in the James river valley. A portion of these inquiries are answered either by letter or through the columns of The Alert. For the benefit of those who may read The Alert we would state that there are thousands of acres of choice farming lands to be had iu the James river valley at prices ranging from §2.50 to §10 per acre, the price depending to a very large extent upon the location of the land. Land, whether a short distance, say three or four miles from town, cannot, as a general thing be bought fr less than §3 fo $10 per acre. Wild lands out from seven lo eight miles from the village can be purchased at a more moder ate price. Most of the land now for sale in this county is government and deeded lands, the Northern Pa cific having sold the most of their land grant, though they have a few thousand acres Mill remaining. Those desiring to invest either in government or deeded lands can do so through our local land office, which is supplied with all the latest plats. JAMESTOWN. STUTSMAN COUNTY, D. T., FEB. 25, 1881. It is more than probable that dur ing the coming summer, the perplex ing question—^"iH the coal under us V" will be solved. The experiences of the past few months have been sufficiently servere to awaken any live commu nity to action. It it is true that coal exists beneath us, and it the general opinion of our people that it does, there should bo a vigorous effort made obtain it. BBWIUJ the Heed. Seed sowing time is almost upon us. Our husbandmen will soon com mence laying the foundation for an other testimonial of Dakota's great ness, her hidden wealth and future prospects. Thousands are to-day scanning her with profound interest and noting every«|ep she takes. Like Peter of iy are slow to believe, and nothing but a practical demon stration will convince them that Da kota is all that she claims to be—the burner wheat country of the great west. For three harvests in succes sion she has produced more wheat to the acre than any other state or ter ritory in the west. For three suc cessive seasons her wheat has grad ed, with few exceptions, No. 1 hard. Last year the total yield «*f wheat along the line of t'nfc Northern Pa cific alone was over 7,400,000 bush els, and it is not unsafe to predict that the yield of 1881 will more than double it. A great responsibility is resting upon the shoulders of our husbandmen. A failure on their pirt to do their duty means a failure in crop. It.is hoped that the same care manifested last year iu preparing the soil and sowing the seed will be repeated. Fargo liepublic.ui: The Vermil lion Iiepubiican and other papers in Southern Dakota, are discussing the fuel question with great earnestness, inspired by the long continued snow blockade. The i'epublican says ''In many places it is rumored that railroad ties, not in use, have been cut up for fuel, ai when these are gone, telegraph poles and ties on the road-bed will have to sutler the same fate. Nor are ties the only railroad property made use of for fuel. The bridge across the Sioux, at Water town, is reported to have been torn down and hauled away to keep men. women and children from freezing The deep snow which has fallen in Dakota this season has cut off the use of hay, (which has in previous winters, been accessible at this time of the year) as a fuel except to those who have it in the stack. The"peo ple of this county are not having a rosy time of it, although timber is plentiful, and at ordinary times, easy of access. Dry wood is out of the question, and green wood is the fuel line, and not a few are burning corn and more will have to ibiluw suit. Dakota is not the only section that is stifle ring from the effects of the severest winter known ia the Northwest for many years. The same amount of sufl-rmg will be found elsewhere, and will not oper ate against the besf interests of the country, but will have a tendency to make tt,e people cautious and on their guard against being caught in a similar predicament, unprepared to battle successfully with the elements. Dakota winters have been proverb ially mild and the people careless, but the lesson now being learned will not soon be forgotten, we trust, and the li.ral result be productive of good. All should learn to reason cause from effect. Will theyThese remarks are pertinent, and to a certain ex tent, applicable to North Dakota, al though we have heard of no eases of tearing down bridges for fuel. The question of fuel, however, is an im portant one, and farmers will do well to consider the question of planting a few acres of corn for fuel. It seo ns like reckless extravagance to burn corn, but if corn will go farther than the wood it will pay for, why not buru it and save money. We would burn wheat if it would be cheaper than wood or coal. Who will try the experiment this year.? Yesterday we referred to the bene fits derived from the establishing of building associations in a town. As a further illustration we will give a practical example of their workings.. A man owning stock in the associa tion des-ires to build. He borrows $500. Interest on $500. 10 per cent., "years $350 00 20 jv_t cor.t. "mnn« 100 00 Dues for 7 years 210 00 Total cost to stock owner 660 00 Now we will suppose that a man has to rent a house for 7 years at $10 per month. Kent for 7 years at $10 per month JAW 00 Cost of $5iV in baiidiDg association C60 U0 Difference 130 00 Iii the above illustrttion we have shown the advantage derived from au association by a II poor man unable to build, or compelled to rent. We will endeavor to prove it equally pro/fitable ti the capitalist, or any person desiring to invest their -sav ings. A company having 1,000 shares at a par value of $100, with a system of 50 cents per month on each share, will have the first month $500. The same is loaned at the rate of 10 per cent., compounded monthly, and a bonus of 20 per cent. The first month's earnings will be as follows: Iionus $100 00 Interest at 10 pur cent 4 The Ii vision of Dakota. Washington, Feb. 20—The following letter appeared in the New York Tribune this morning: To the- Editor of the Tribune: Silt.— I like jour idea of the way in which Dakota should be divided, except that, insieud of a division on the forty sixth parallel of latitude, I would prefer the seventh standard, which is about sev en miles below the fortv*six parallel of !atihide. This line would uot interfere with the present count} township or 3ec tion lines, while a division on the forty parallel would run through sections, throwing a part of a section in South and a part iu North Dakota. Yankton, the capital of thic territory, is iu the south east corner, md ir, more difficult of access by the people of North Dakota than is the city of Chicago. To compel us to re main connected with South Dakota is a wrong for wi:ich we shall long remember the present democratic congress. South Dakota would undoubtedly be a republi can state, sending two republicans to the senate a one to the house. It is a shame and an outrage that these people numbering as they did on June 1, over 100.000 souls, should have no voice in the law-making body of our land. Dakota, as it now s'ands, extending from the Brit ish posses.-ions on the north to the state of Nebraska on the south from the states of Iowa and Minnesota "n the east to the territories of Wyoming and Montana on the west, contains 151,000 square miles, which could be divided into thirty-one states as large as the state of Connecticut and have enough left to make two states as large as the state of Rhode Island. Oue glorious advantage we Dakota people Siave over most of our fellow citizens of the older sections of our country, viz. two sections (a section contains 640 aerea) of land in each township, or one-eighth ot all the lands in the territory are pre served for a school fund and can never be used for any other purpose. The land so reserved in Northern Dakota would, if brought together, make three states as large as Rhode Island. This vast land is fertile and being rapidly populated by industrious people. North Dakota in a fe\^ years will be a thickly populated land, and a land that wiii return ample reward for labor, producing csitbasm the past seassn, twenty-Sve busheis of No. 1 hard wheat for every acre properly cultivated. The time has come when North Dakota should be set apart asp territory, and Sonth Dakota admitted to the sisterhood ot states. But we object to the name by which YOU seem to think it should be known—Pembina. Pembina is in the northwest corner of the proposed territory, and while the people who re side in Pembina county might prefer that name, no one else does. We want the name North Dakota, for by that name we are known in every part of the civilised world. Very respectfully yours, »ms. the man building a for 7 years for less $180 in his favor—and at the expiration of the 1 years has a deed to the property. Rali'jta tVate: ins i'lare So much lias been written and said about the Yellowstone Park, in Montana, that the public are disposed to regard it as the only piaee iu the Northwest that comes anywhere near bcinr a celebrated resort for invalids and tourists. But the time is coming when another locality, equal iy beautiful, and possessed of more natural advantages will rise before the public vision and Eratlier unto itself a pat ronage tiiat will make it notorious for all time to come. We refer to Devil's Lake. This h'ke is situated near Fort Totten, about r-i^'ntv-four milts from this cilr. The water iu this lake is as salt as that of the ocean and is inhabited by fish of ahno.i e-ery kind. It is said by those who are familiar with it and its surround ings hat a more beautiful sheet of water does not giace the American continent. It is surrounded bv a thick forest, while its beach is adorned with beautiful peb bles and shells of almost every 1escrip. tion. The. Milwaukee & St. Paul com pan? have abeady nearly completed a branch lir running troui Grand J'oiks to its northern shore, and it is understood that as soon as the line is completed the oom.jHny will proceed at once to erect a magnificent hotel near the water's edge. There is also a strong probability that the Ohi&'.g'j & Northwestern, now heading up tlie valley toward this city, will not r^st until it shall have reached the south ern shores of this lake. With two roads, one coining up the valley, and one com ing from Grund Forks, Devil's Lake will grow famous and thousands will be made to gaze upon its placid waters. E. WALLACE. Jamestown, D. T, Feb. 5, 18^1. Mrs. B. Powell, dress mnktr, residence ou 5th Ave. and cloak tf iPIPS^Pl rSiZ&Mt* IT Total earnings on $500 for one month... 101 17 This is more than 20 per cent, the first month, and if the bonus should run up to -10 per cent, as it does in many societies, the earnings would reach 30 per cent.—or-about 45 per cent, the first year—a pretty good in terest on an investment. While in the first case house gets it money than he could rent for—a dif ference of Si KfSffi Will 8"me one start a meat market? Moon says that "stock" is going down A boat j^r inches of snow fell last Wallace often wishes be could eat by telephone. Mr Barbour informs us that he is ex» pcctmg Mr. Learned to arrive next Wed nesday. Major Lvon mourns^the loss of his pet lien which died yesterday noon with its boots on. Two magnificent new tables grace the ready made clothing department of D. Curtin's store. JohuVennum is expected home next week. He will bring a new dray aud a car load ot horses. Two parties are figuring on the brick business and the probabilities are that the field will soon be occupied. Passenger train No. 3 from the east was two or three hours late to-day. Cause, too much snow on the Minnesota divis ion. The Bismarck Daily Tribune will ap pear on or about the 1st of April If Lounsberry gets out as good a daily as he does weekly no one will have just cause for cpmplaining. The snow is yet too deep in certain portions of the rural districts to permit our country friends to visit the city in wagons or sleighs. Those taking the daily Alert can have their weekly seat to any part of the Uni ted States or old countries, direct from ibis ofiiee, by leaving address. The Daily Alert is under many obliga tion to the daily Argus for courtesies ren dered. The Argus has ever shown a dis position to grant us favors when asked. The material for the new bridge across the James river is on the ground and will be erected at once under the able supers vision of architect Aubertin. It will be located just south of the railroad bridge. Mr Klaus informs us that the little gun will be fired tomorrow in honor- of that goo 1 man, Washington, and add* that in his opinion Washington was as good a roan as St. Patrick. We neglected to state in Friday even ing's daily that the weekly Alert would be put into the posfoffiee, and not deliv ered by special carrier as heretofore. Nearly every one that takes the weekly in the city, takes the daily, and it would be. hardly reasonable to de iver the s-uue news twice. J. J. Flint, proprietor of the Dakota House, has commeuced the erection of a f-atnple room expressly for the accommo dation of traveling salesmeo. The build ing will be 16x24 feet in size and 16 feet high and is to be located nearly onpoiite Mr. Wells'land office. It is f:rtLer un derstood that the upper story will be dene off in an elegant manner and used for a barber shop. Verily, the town be gins tojioom. The pound sociable at the residence of Mnjor I. on ld&t evening was a decided success The people began to gather at an early hour and at 8 o'clock the house was filled to its utmost capacity. The exercises were opened by music on the piano by Miss Minnie Ljon, this was ilower! bj a duet by Miss Wells and Mrs. R. A. Bill, which ivas loudly applauded. Af ter several songs find a little preliminary work among the deaconesses the auction began. There was everything to be sold from a prize package to a pound ot poor sugar, dry goods, boots, cigars, confection ery, and other things to numerous to mention. Quite a neat 6Um was realized from the sale. The people dispersed about 10 o'clc^k and all went home feeling that they had been highly interested Special notice is due ijor Lyon and his pleasant family for the pains taken by them to make each feature of the evening's entertainment enjoyable to all. The Jamestown incorporation bill, which has recently passed the lower house of our territorial legislature, is exciting considerable attention among prominent citizens of this place. It is plain that a majority of the better class are very much in favor of the measure and are very anx ious that it should be successful. Some are of the opinion that should Jamestown be organized as a village it wuld be compelled to pay tor the building of county buildings and other county im provements made within the corporation. This idea is wrong. The whole couoty is taxed for county improvements and not the locality alone in which the improve ments are made. The amount received fiom fines, licen. es, etc., will go a long way toward making up for the extra ex jiense brought upon 'he tnx payers of the village by a vill \ge cliaiter. Some opp. se the measure, not because it is not just and proper, but simply because they did hap pen to get "fixed" on the board of trus tees. Washington's Birthday in James town. The demonstration of patriotism began early thus morning. Great prepa tions had been ide to celebrate the birthday of 'George" in a becoming man ner and at 4 a. m.a salute of 13 guns was fired from Klaus' battejj by that able commander, the Elder, who has already performed that dnty on the two greatest occasions Jamestown has ever yet known, viz.: The reception to Gen. Sherman and the launching of the steamboat At 1:45 p. a grand proce sion formed in frout of Dole & Elmers and was headed by the Jamestown band. A short march was made around town, another salute being fired in the meantime. The celebration will close with a masquerade bnl) at Lam bert Smith s. An eoteriainmiDt will also be tjven at Major Lyou's residence, and an opportunity will be offered the voting deacons to kiss the young deacou esses and home with some brother dea con's sweetheart. And ao will end tb« day that we celebrate ia honor ot the pat riot, George Washington, TP.i *T .i -R, The Grand ^Forks' measures—commia It the _iorthcrn I aeifio yard-master at sioners and school district acts—were this place would cxercise a little more pains iu keeping the crossing near the Jamestown Iluiise clear, he would'confer a iavor upon the people ot this place. NO. 31 Tj^GJAMS TO THE ALERT. Special to The Daily Alert. AHOTHER GOOD JTAN GONE. Washington Feb. 24—Senator Carpen ter died at O :30 this morning. MITCHELL THE MAN. Harrisburg, Feb. 24—John J. Mitchell was elected United States senator from Pennsylvania yesterday. 7HE SEW CABINET. Washington, Feb. 24—A Cleveland special says that Garfield's cabinet willfr consist of the following persons: State,p Iilaine treasury, Folger navy, GofF postmaster general, Foster interior, AIli-| son or Wilson War, Davis, of California HOUSE. Washington, Feb. 24—Bragg, of Wis consin, aud Blackburn had a tilt in the house to-day over a clause appropriating $20,000 to buy paper. s, The bill reinstating the rebel generals, Bragg and PolK, was rej cteri. There is no doubt of the funding bill as it comes from the senate being passed, though forty millions of circulation have already been retired by the banks under the Sects of the bill Secretary Sher man thinks it will all return. The republican caucus decided list night, with Hawle? and Robinson voting no, to stand by 319 as the number of con gressmen. SPUAGUE DIVORCE. New York, Feb. 24—In the Sprague di-1 voroe c-ise the respondent has filed nn an- jf swer denying the petitioner's alligation. NEW YOKK ASSEMBLY. Albany, Feb. 24—The assembly has dircc ed the attorney general to institute suit and prosecute telegraph companies watering stook. passed ovw the governor's veto. The council p-issed an act legalizing the action of the city of Fargo in regard to street railways. Also authorizing school districts to is- I sue bonds for school houses. The Black Hills delegation gave the legislature a big blowout at the Mer» chints' Hotel last night to de.eat the bul I lion tax bill. I, WASHINGTON. Washington, Dec. 25—The house had an all night session on the apportionment bill—the republicans fiilibustering. v.L 4 attorney general. Howe. Republican sen-..] ators claiming to know say that Robt Lin-f: coin will be secretary of war Sargent, ia" the navy and Wayne McVeigh, for at torney general. 3 sL YANKTON. 1 Yankton, Feb. 24—The honse spent I yesterday foier.oon discussing the bill taxing the net income of mines. $ The supplemental bill incorporating I the city of Fargo was killed iu the coun cil. Dickey's bill providing for alien on personal property was kiilid. Action on the registration bill was postponed until to-day. STROKGER MONEY. i' New York, Feb. 25—Money was stronger to-day than any time since the panic of '73, per cent, being charged on call loans. The cause for this is the withdrawal of $12,000,000 from the New York market by the banks giving up cir culation in consequence of the refunding bill. The secretary of the treasury gave notice that U. S. 5 and 6 per cent, bonds would be redeemed at par with accrued interest, which somewhat eased the mar ket. SCHURZ DENIES. Washington, Feb. 25—Schurz says that he did not mf-au his criticisms on the ikota land offices to imply a whole sale sweep. Toe business has been loosely conducted and as fast as the pres ent imcuuiS«*nt i-'m? expired he would recommend the ppnointnient of new men NO MOKE ECU. Washington, Feb. 25—-The sale of intoxicating liquoii, has been prohibited at all military posts. RUMORS oy A CHANGE. St. Paul, Feb. 25— Ri.mors of the ab sorption of the Northern Pacific Railroad by the Oregon Navigation Company still exist founded on some apparent truth. Certain fiice changes here confirm ru mors ot an impending change in the road itself. YANKTON. Yankton, Feb. 25—The council passed a bill over the governor's vtto redisrict ing Grand Forks county. A bill was passed amending chapter 3t political code, and section 667 civil code: House passed a bill increasing the salary of the territorial treasurer to $1 200. Authorizing the commissioners of Kingsbury county to issue bonds to build a court house. Providing a board of education for Dead wood and Bismarck. Memorializing congress for an increased appropriation for public lands. Enabling Grand Forks, Walsh and Pi-mbina counties to issue bonds for the construction of railroads. Providing for general and uniform system of schools. Repealing section 3, chap. 20, law of 1879, relating to fees of county treasur era. Amending sub-divison 14, sec 2, chap. 28, political code. To locate and endow normal schools. Regulating the duties of county asses sors. Appropriating $20,000 to rnnt^ent Dakota at the International exhibition in 1883. Saturday evening's mail bfr&ghtfn a copy of Mr. Wvlla' international exhibition bill. Th«j bill provides that it shall be the dnty of the gov ernor of the territory to appoint five representatives from the variona sections of the territory, whose duty it shall be to prepare aud arrange all exhibits made by the territory. That the five persons thus appointed #hal! be known as the Board of Com missioners of the Territory of Dakota to the International Exhibition, to be held at New York in 1883. 3 of tbe bill provides thst the board referred shall receive no tiou for their «ervktm aa «aeh board over and above their actttal expeuses* a im S««hou ME* Hj mi®!