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SOLID STUTSMAN. What the New Northern Pacific Publica tion has toSay of Jamsstown and Stutsman County. How tha Proprietor of the Coat of DZuny Colors Got a Big Corner on No. 1 Hard. Fruit Culture to be an Important Feature In the Land That Flows With Milk and Honov. Annual Report of the Treasurer of School ^District No. 1—A Term of Court to be Held this Month. Stutsman County. The Northern Pacific railroad lias jnst issued a publication descriptive ot the country through which it pusses. It says of Stutsman county: Stutsman county bounds Foster county on the south, and Barnes county on the west. It is traversed through the south ern part of its middle range of townships by the main line of the .Northern Pacific. The southwestern townships are broken by the low chain of the Co tea us. The mid dle portions of the county are traversed by the winding .James river from north to south. The Pipestone rises in the north west part, and, crossing seven townships, meets the James river near the crossing of the Northern Pacific. Beaver creek and other smaller feeders of the James are in the southern and southeastern townships. The valley of the James river varies from three-quarters to two and a half miles in width. The varieties of the timber on the wooded belt of the James, are the elm, box elder, oak and hack berry. Here, as in Barnes county, are flue natural mead ows, from which are cut one and a half to two tons of wild hay, Strawberries, raspberries and gooseberries grow wild on the prairie. There appears to be no doubt of the successful culture of the small fruits. The feasibility of the or chard fruits in the county is now under going trial. Excellent well water, supe rior to that ot the Shcyenne and the Red river countries, is louud at an average depth, in both uplands and val lays, of 3U feet. In both localities the wells vary in depth from 12 to 50 feet. The depth of surface soil over the county is, on uplands, from 15 to 2-1 inches, in the James Itiver valley, from 12 to 40 inches. The subsoil, varying in depth from 10 to 20 feet, where it rests on 1)1 ue clay, is variously composed, a conglomo rate, united in a body of yellow clay. Both soil and subsoil carry a large ad mixture of the mineral saits, lime vari ous forms, and silex, which distinguish the lands of the great northern wiieat belt. The yield of wheat in Stutsman county in the year IsitsO, was inisncls to the acre of oats, 50 bushels to the acre, and of barley, 40 bushels to the acre. And generally the average production was considerably higher 111 the upland coun ties than in the lied liiver valley. The causes of the decline in the production of of 1S81 were, as stated at the outset of these exhibits of Dakota counties, an un commonly wet seeding season, and cmeUy, the pravalence, when tiis grain was ripen ing, of injurious hot winds, a caprice of climate not before known in the northern climate. The fair statement of the com mon average production in the belt of Dakota counties" along the Northern Pa cific, would be from 20 to 22 bushels of wheat to the acre, and 45 bushels of oats to the acre. Jamestown, handsomely situated on the James river, is the county seat, and one of the most promising towns in North Dakota. The branch of the Northern Pacific to the Mouse river country, now being built, meets the main line at James town. Wu. O. White, Attorney. The following communication we take from the last issue of the North Dakota Capital: Editor Capital: I rarely care to answer the petty atta'cks of an irresponsible man, yet they sometimes do liann if unnoticed. The editor of the Alert, this inorniug, asks himself a question and answers it with a falsehood. The proceedings of two of the last three of tne meetings of the village trustees were ready for publi cation before last week's issue of the Alert, and Mr. McClure called to get them, and was handed the book contain ing them. In one half of them the or dinances were stated in full and I request ed Mr. McClure to save the tax payers' money by condensing them to a mere statement of their contents as 1 had al ready given them to him to publish else where in full. He said he could not take the time to condense, which would be about two minutes, but asked me to re copy the proceedings, which would take over an hour, and 1 promptly refused. 1 will be pleased to give you the proceed ings for your paper, which the official pa per has refused to trouble itself with. The Alert called upon Mr. White as stated above. Mr. White said lie would toot copy the proceedings and that wc must pick them out from among the ordi nances, all of which were copied in book. We simply told him t-iat we would not do so. W were not getting paid for doing his work, consequently did not pro poae to do it for him. When wc are paid for editing the the proceedings of the vil lage council from a book, and more es pecially when they are mixed up with a nuipber of ordinances, we will do so with pleasure. Mr. White said nothing about saving money for the village and lies wWftc WW* Tfe Alert had no desire to print the ordi nances. It only wanted the proceedings which he, as a faithful otlicer, should have furnished in proper form some weeks ago. Again, he has no authority to give the proceedings to any other paper unless he can show that he constitutes the en tire board of village trustees. The Alert is almost constrained to use the words o£R. E. Wallace, president of the First National bank, who said at the school meeting last Tuesday that he could not find words in the English language to express his contempt for him (White) and later in the week said that he never ex pected to find the words Our Fruits. In this land of pure delight, where strawberries grow all round the year, wnere luscious peaches daily grace the Dakota house tables, and where the guests of the Northwestern and Commer cial are fed with pomegranates and figs, here in this marvellous milk and. honey Canaan of the new world we must raise apples if wc don't raise the other kinds of fruit. The soil of our valley is really par ticularlv wull adapted to the raising of apple trees. Shrewd tree culturists have frequently called attention to this fact and some of our people are going into the orchard business quite extensively. Mer rick Moore who was so successful in his valley garden last season has purchased several varieties of app.e trees and has set out an orchard on a portion of lus land Among the varieties secured by him are the the Duchess of Olden berg, Tetofsky, Fame use Aucu baf ol ia, and Weatherby, all hardy varieties of the original fruit—the same with which Eve got us all into trouble. Col. Jerome J. Flint, late pro prietor of the Dakota house has also gone into the business, and recently sent quite a 11 urn iter of young trees to his farm on the south side of the James, from iVliich can be had such a commanding view ol the valley and town. Col. Flint has had much experience and among his selections is the Transcendant crab, a variety which lie considers not only hardy but which, will also yield a very prolific crop. Col. Flint will be only too glad to furnish any information that may be desired upon this subject. Two or three years hence the golden Pippin, the mellow Russott and the famous Spitzenberg will greet the eyes of wayfarers and tlie schoolboy will be tempted to shake the limbs and gather the first fruits of the apple harvest. Suc cess to Flint and Moore and others who thus endeavor to fill a long felt want, who thus seek to furnish food and cider and to stimulate us towards raising the only kind of fruit now lacking in this magnificent domain, namely: the succulent and juicy apple. School Treasurer's Report. The following is the annual report of Mr. J. A. Atkinson, treasurer of our school district. it must be remembered that the large balances in the school house and teachers' funds arise from the money recently received from County Treasurer Collins this week that previous to this time all funds were exhausted. In deed, several orders on both teachers and conliugen^l'unds have been paid by Mr. Atkinson out of his own funds. His books are in first class order and show that he lias faithfully attended to his duties and deserves the tlianks of our citizens lor the eiticient manner in which he has dicliarged his public trust: IN ACCOUNT WITH'i'llK SCHOOL HOUSE FUNE Dr. Amount on liund ot last ruport $1,404 47 lieceived Iroui district lax a,315 37 Total. WM. C. W KITE. What Mr. White lacks and needs most is good horse sense, backed up by a rea sonable degree of manhood and honesty. The practice of attempting to cover a black and villainous heart with a mantle of religion and respectability will work wonders in a country made up of unsotis ticated citizens, but whenever the game is attempted in a frontier town, it proves too thin, and the party who practices it, is despised more sincerely than the most outspoken villain that treads the earth If Mr White has any desire to continue a public controversy with the Alert lie can be accommodated and we will give him the free use of our columns for one week for that purpose. I'aid for other purposes. Amount on Imud Total IN ACCOUNT WITH .$3 Cr. $551 03 8,1US 71 83.71!) 74 COKTIKOET FL'TnU. THE Dr. Amount on hand at lant report $70 50 Kecuivud trom district tax 1,4*5 3s Total $1,495 88 Cr, l'aid for repairing school houses f-144 2«! I'aid for fuui 448 Bu Paid lor records, school supplies, etc 056 511 Amount on hand 149 Total #1,495 88 IN ACCOUNT WITH T11E TEACHEliS' FUND. Dr. Amount on hand at lust ruport $510 9U iiecenert trum district tax fc,5S3 IK Keceived from semi-annual apportion ment 450 S? Total 3,544 15 Cr. Paid teacherU sincc last report Amount on hand Total $1,375 00 2,10'J 10 $3,544 15 A Term of Court. Judge Hudson has ordered the clerk to call a term of court on the 21tli of this month, at jyliicli term will be tried by court and jury some very important and interesting cases, in preparation of which the members of our bar are busily en gaged. At this term will be tried the savory and romantic case entitled Mary McDonald vs. E. \V. Brenner, for breach of promise and seduction, bill for plain tili Allen iV Dodge lor defendant also the celebrated Vennum divorce suit, same at torneys the replevin suit of Matliew JiyricK vs. ltose A. Bill et al. Powell A Lfuuglass t'unip \Y orks vs. A. McKcohnie botii ol which involve some very nice law points, and are represented by Messrs. vVhile llewit anil Allen & Dodge. J. C. Nickeus is also interested in several important matters, and our spring term bius fair to be a lively one. It will un doubtedly be held iu the old couit house, as the new one is not yet completed. Location for the Court House. To the Honorable Hoard of Court House Construction, Stutsman County, D. T. Messrs. Klaus, Curtin and Goodrich: We, the undersigned residents aud tax pavars of ^Stutsman county most respect fully petition your honorable body to lo cate and build the court house and jail for Stutsman county upon the hill just west of the James river aud north of the Northern Pacific railroad. We preferring this location to the block seventy-one now selected !v vour body, the object of this petition being based upon the fact of a free offer of a block of land for this pur pose by the owners of said land and thus save to the county the cost of block sev enty-one and receive a preferable location in our opinion thereby. Jfor vour favorable consideration of tins location we will ever pray. JAMESTOWN, D. T., April «, ^82. We, the undersigned, owners of the land above described, hereby offer to the county of Stutsman cue block of land of the size of block seventy-one for the sum 1 aBfi 4oiiv» tree iron all incumbrances, in consideration of the court house and jail being located thereon. GEO. W. VENNUM, JOHN MCGINNIS. A Great Benefit. Immigrants appreciate what the citizens of Jamestown have done for them in pre paring the immigrant buildings and giv ing them such good accommodations. Many are the praises that are bestowed upon our peaple on this account and they are due not to a few but to many through out the town, and to farmers as well as business men, who put their hands in their pockets and subscribed liberally so that new settlers should have good shelter. Fifteen hundred dollars have been ex pended to good advantage in this manner on these buildings which occupy a de lightful site in a pleasant grove on the river bank and extend from east to west two hundred feel. The location is indeed a good one, and Agent Daily of the Northern Pacific deserves a large meas ure of enconiuiu for making such an ex cellent selection. The rooms for fami lies are 16x18 feet each, and as most of the settlers bring their bedding and cook ing utensils they manage to live comforta bly for a few days until locations are se cured. Our hotels are overcrowded, our houses are so filled that it is hard to find stopying places even at high rents. New buildings are going up in every direction but not sufficient to meet all the demands. The immigration buildings are therefore of great value and furnish settlers just what they need—temporary shelter until they can make arrangements for houses either iu town or on their claims. Sown South. There have been many surmises as to the course of the Northern Pacific rail road in the country south of Jamestown, and the following ould seem to throw some light on the subject and lead to the belief that the road would start a town in the vicinity of Columbia: The Ordway Times states that the Northern Pacific Kail road company last week scripped at the land office in Wa lertown, 320 acres in township 126, of range 62, on the west side of the James river and about thirteen miles northeast of Ordway, near Sand Lake. There have been many rumors during the last few months that the Northern Pacific com pany had made a proposition to the Chi cago & Northwestern to go no farther south than Ordway if they would build no farther notli the scripping of this land at Sand Lake by the Northern Pacific for a town site, taken in connection with 240 acres scripped and partially surveyed on the other side of the t-ack here, and ad joining the plats of the Chicago & Northwestern seems to confirm these ru mors. Side Tracks. The Northern Pacific officials having such striking proofs of the need of more side tracks in Jamestown at once took de ive action toward increasing them. The spur which formerly stopped by the depot is to.be extended to the river, and work on it was begun yesterday by a gang of ineu. Walker iVs Bly's grading outfit was removed and it will take but a short tune to put the track in. On the south side of the main track Jim Winslow is to have a spur built beside the track ne now uses, capable of holding seveu cars. These additions when completed will help the blockade whic.i now exists and nable trains to pass each other without hacking a mile or so towards Spiritwood which lias to be done at present. The Calico Ball. The calico ball Monday eve was a success in attendance, financially and socially. There was a larger crowd in attendance than at any previous dance, and the hall and music was all that could be desired. The calico dresses were neat and tasty, as were also the neck ties, which were pretty generally worn by the gentlemen, supper was served at the Northwestern House, at twelve o'clock, after which the dancing was continued until dawn. Tony goes east on a visit to-day, and takes with mm tne thanks of all wiio attended the dance, and their best wishes for a pleasant trip. Up Again. The rain of the past few days has seiv ed to raise the James aud Pipestem rivers again, and they are even higher than they were last week. The water was over the bridge at the foot of Main street Monday and the planks and some of the timbers were taken up from the bridge at the mill in order to let the ice out and if possible save the structure. The Pipestem is up and can be readily seen from here, look ng like a vast lake. Old settlers say there has been no liign water the equal of this since 1&76, when it reached the stringers on the railroad bridge. The School Board. It has been suggested that our school board meet once a month to audit bills, transact business and present reports. The suggestion is a good one, for it is general ly gratifying to have reports from those iu charge of educational matters, and the people should see and know what is going on. No reflection upon the board is in tended in this, however. Such action would only be following out the well es tablished practice of keeping the citizens posted. The proceedings should be pub lished just as are those of the county com missioners. laot 'Em Come. The following telegram, addressed to the editor of the Alert, was received yes tcrdny, will be interesting to our Grand Kapids subscribers: Thomas, 111., April 6.—Eighteen car loads ot emigrants' outfit start to-night for Grand liapids via Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad to the end of the track, north of Aberdeen. Notify C. W. Davis. UM N. FRENCH. High Water. Orrin Seaminort, who returned from Grand Kapids Thursday evening, report ed the roads heavy and the river very high. He could not ford at either cross ing, as the water is twelve to fifteen feet deep. The crossings were made by boats, and rigs were changed througout in order to OMfce trip. JAMESTOWN WEEKLY AIERT. LOST IN THE FLOOD. One of Our Young: Settlers Engulfed Be neath the Raging- Waters—His Body Not Found. A Bit of History—A Beauty Spot Changed From a Fort Site to a Delight ful Capital Site. The Body of the Drowned Man Recovered and Proves to be J. F. Hunter—The Coroner's Inquest. Synonsis of a Lecture Delivered by B. S. Russell Before the Literary Society Tuesday Evening-. Drowned. Soon after noon Monday a rumor reached town that a man had been drown ed in the creek between the river and bluffs down by the mill. An Alert re porter was soon on the ground with Sheriff McKcchuic ana learned the particulars. The water is some three feet above the bridge which spans the ereek, but teams have been crossing. Between 11 and 12 yesterday forenoon Mr. Weideman's ox team, from Eklridge, came down the hill and was coming to town in charge of Win. Lockwood. A stranger, who was waiting at the foot of the lull, requested to be allowed to ride across, and getting into the wagon asked permission to drive the oxen, which was granted. Morgan's team was just ahead, and rlie oxen fol lowed all right until about half way over, when they gjt out of the road and the force of the water lifted the body of the wagon off the lore axle and carried it over into the creek, or slough, the oxen going safely over. Lockwood and the stranger were in the wagon body at the time and both jumped out, the former getting back safely to the west shore and the latter after struggling in the water a short time sank under. As soon as apparatus could be got ready grappling for the body was begun and continued until 6 o'clock, but without finding the body. The work of search will be continued, but as apart of the water is covered with ice it will be slow work. Mr. Severn's son and one or two others witnessed the drowning, but none of them knew who the stranger was, though it lias been thought from the des cription given lie may be John Hunter, formerly employed on the Northern Pa cific, but who recently went on a farm south of town with his parents. Old Fort Seward. As old land marks pass out of existenco the records of their history possess an in terest and are frequently valuable. Old Fort Seward, that held the hilltop com manding the beautiful panorama of river and valley at Jamestown, Dakota, is prob ably the most interesting laud mark of the tames river valley. But ten years ago. in February, 1872, Companies and of the 20th regiment moved up from Fort Abercrombie and chose this location —the most desirable and the most delight ful in the vicinity. No neighbors had the soldiers, save the red men, aud they pro ceeded with the construction of their fort, little thinking how soon they would ap pear upon an important page of the records of Jamestown, which now plays so con spicuous a part in the affairs of" the North west. Civilization came slowly at first, but the little hand ot soldiers stood their ground through the exciting early days. Game was plentiful, aud with good water and a dry, healthy location, they enjoyed their pleasant quarters aud bade defiance to the menaces of tlieir enemies. At iirst they called their fortification Fort Cross, tnen they, changed the name to Seward, ltepresentatives of the North ern Pacific railroad-and the Puget Sound Land Company added a few to tne coura geous white men of the place. Soon came the iron lines ot ilie great Northern Pacific route across the conti nent which reached Jamestown in the fall of 1&72, when the population was in creased to l,5w by the railroad workmen. Ill October, 1?77, the fort was abandoned and its buildings were moved to the town near by. On the vacation of the fort wishful eyes turned 10 us s.te which, situated so near Jamestown, would become very val uable. Among those who coveted the spot were the lion. D. M. Kelleher, then territorial representative and the honored Henry F. Eihott, late Judge of Probate of Stutsman county. Li igations followed this conflict between these men of fore sight which, settled but a short time ago by the payment of $6,W0 for two small tractions of the property, have decided the question of title, aud now what Jamestown people have chosen to call Capital Hill because of its admirable grounds for capital buildings, has come into the possession of men who will develop its beauties. A few days ago the Register of Deeds of Stutsman county, Geo. W. Vennum, bought a half interest in the most valuable part of this property, which will soon be added to Jamestown excepting such part as Mr. Vennum will have reserved for government buidings. Should the scheme of this energetic citizen, who has done so much to develop North Dakota, be carried out the old set tlers of Jamestown will look with pride upou the site of the fort and more than ever give credit to those who made such an excellent selection. of the whole of reads JAMESTOWN, STUTSMAN COUNTY, D. T., FRIDAY, APRIL 14,1882 NO. 38 feezing, and 25 to 30 at Ordwa\'. Some land explorers have not been heard from several cases of neighbors passing from one house to the next were frozen. 1 take it that this thing is overdrawn and you will confer a favor by reporting the truth about it, as quite a number of people from this place are preparing to go out to Dakota. They are rubbing it in very hard, as this "blizzard" don't agree with my report brought from there direct a month ago. Yours very truly, W. li. WHIDDAN. Antigonisli, Nova Scotia, April 3. John Hunter's Death. In the pond near the mill the body of the young man who was drowned Mon day was discovered Tuesday morning. The body was recognized as that of John F. Hunter. His body had been carried under the ice by the current several rods from where the accident occurred. Justice Steinbach, acting coroner, impanneled a jury consisting of Wm. H. Dunne, Jos. Mason and Geo. Foster. They viewed the body at the scene of the accident. It was then removed to Decker's Fifth Avenue Hotel, wlieie the inquest was held. The testimony of Wm. Lockwood was to the effect that lie met Hunter near the bluff west of the flouring mill on his way to Jamestown. Hunter got into the wagon and offered to drive the oxen, as Loek wood was timorous about crossing. He drove on the road until they got to the center of the pond when the oxen went sideways into a hole, the wagon box was displaced and floated down the current. When the box seemed to be sinking the young men jumped into the water ana Lockwood succeeded in gaining the shore after great exertion, lie saw Hunter's hands above the water for a moment, and only for a moment, then he was carried under the ice and nothing could be done for him. The oxen swam across and were secured. Mike Hein testifiad that lie stopped the oxen after he saw nothing could be done to save the man. Hein, with Mr. Mor gan, had crossed the same place in safety only a few minutes before the accident, although the water came up to the wagon box. There was no evidence of anything like foul play, and the jury found a verdict of accidental death by drowning. On Hunter's person there was found $186 in money, besides his watch and chain, letters and papers. He formerly had been a conductor on the Northern Pacific railroad and was 22 years of age, active and bright. Many' friends will miss him. He was returning from his claim near town when this misfortune overtook him. A Pleasant School Sleeting. Harmony and good sense marked the proceedings of the adjourned school meet ing held at the court house Tuesday The efforts of the participants in the de bates were towards economy in carrying on our schools, although not to such an extent as to impair tlieir work. The re port of the committee appointed to col lect facts concerning school matters was received with satisfaction, and the meet ing decided to levy a tax as follows: 5 mills for building fund, 2 mills for con tingencies,. and 1 mill for teachers, which will equal only about one-half the levy of last year. The treasurer, Mr. Atkinson, submitted his report, which was ac cepted. The vouchers, having all been examined and found correct, the board was, on motion, instructed to can cel them, and the thanks of the meeting were tended the treasurer and the clerk, Mr. A. McKechnie, for the faithful man ner in which they had performed their du ties. Mr. Atkinson had objected to a mo tion to remunerate for services rendered. A motion to thank the director for liis services was carried. In every instance the questions were carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned in the best of humor, and with a prevalent feeling that the business had been transacted pleas antly although decisively. What Are You doing To Do For Us Is the question the people of Bismarck ask the Northern Pacific railroad through a committee of their chamber of com merce. This committee has prepared a long address to the company, reciting the past history of the town, its advantages, etc., aud concluding as follows: A glance at the map will enable you to see Bismarck's commanding position to see that the trade of the northwest will naturally concentrate to that point, and be distributed from there. You will see the importance of early constructing a line of road extending up the Missouri valley and encouraging of a line of road from Bismarck to Winnipeg, which will give you the California travel and traffic, to and from that country. The certaintv of other roads coming into Bismarck from the south should lead you to cultivate friendly relations with the business inter ests of Bismarck. The encouragement given our people by the president of the road in 1SS1 en abled us to arrange this season for the construction of several brick blocks, and for other substantial improvements, and has developed a disposition on the part of our people to 'eave no means* within their reach untried to settle the conntry and develop its resohrces. While not asking you to grant special privileges or special considerations, we do ask that early steps be taken towark mak ing whatever permanent improvements yeu may find necessary to make at Bis oiarck. We ask that every possible en couragement be given to immigration Overdrawn with the view to turning the tide now so ... •. stronglv setting into Canadian provinces As will Ue seen by the following letter t0 th*}ine of the territory we can learn =our Eastern papers have taken advantage of Missouri valley. our late storms to prejudice their readers We ask you to regard tlie commercial acainst Dakota. But for the benefit of importance Bismarck has already attain ed, and to take cognizance of the fact we those who are willing to learn the truth the Alert will siv that our worst storm came in the latter part of March was of short duration and free from fatalities ex cept in very rare instances. In and around Jamestow no one suffered, and marck now ships moie freight than your of the instances reported of people freez- entire business at this point in 1875.," in ing, it was from sheer carelessness. and eluding cijy, river and military freight. foolhardiness, in starting out when the storm was ot its worst. Not a single per- The Wex With Xexico. son was frozen in going from their houses n. s. IU SSELI/S LECTFRK. to their bams, or vice versa: and from a -Tiie nineteenth century has been pro ven* large list of exchanges covering own road an£ t0 the have already built up a large wholesale trade, reaching Fort Benton, 1,200 miles above, Fort Sully, 300 miles below, all western lnkota and eastrn Montana, and points on the Northern Pacific as far east as Jamestown. A single firm at Bis ereat ,inc 01 events, and thev have fol- g^ai ee„u of no jwrtifs who went out and have lowed one another with sometimes start not been lu*:ird from. The letter referred jing rapidity.'' to as follows: nCre the speaker presented some recollec-» w£kwas ntt to h^d on 1 l.o^e Hons of the thrilling events of the penod that the blizzard was not as bad as report-. between 1S36 and 1? 1, and continued: ed in our provincial papers. A telegram "I propose to speak for a short time Iron St Paul reports several deaths by tfais evening ol oae of those important .mu me toi '"'•y events which mark the progress of the English speaking race on this continent, aud which placed our nation very far in advance of any position she had hitherto maintained among the nations of the world 1 refer to the war with Mexico." Reviewing the feeling in the south pre vious to this war and to the hostilities that had existed between Texas and Mexico, said continued: "Of Mexico at that period but little can be said in its praise. To anyone who lias read the pages of our American writer, Wm. H. Prescott, and learned the char acter of the Spaniards who behaved with such perfidy to the natives who received them with open generosity, it will not be surprising that the modern Mexican should be sunk so low, for what can you ex pect of the posterity of such a race"? In her intercourse with other nations Mexico was regarded as a power of tlie fourth or fiifth rate its government was unstable revolution followed revolution, and scarce years, then a revolution would occur and the king would be an exile. The speaker then referred to the annex ation of Texas aud admission of Missouri. He related an anecdotc showing that President Tyler believed that Gen. Taylor would secure the presidency by going to Mexico. He then continued": In 1846 Mr. Polk, as predicted bv Mr Tyler, refused the proffers of Mexi- war was declared reinforcements were at I once sent to Col. Taylor, who was soon promoted to brigadier general, and on the 8th and 9tli of May, 1846, were fought the battles of Palo Alto and Kesaca De la Palma. The whole country was ablaze with excitement and the war became very popular. Early in the summer Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott, at the head of a strong force and supported by a well equipped naval force under Com. Connor, landed at Vera Cruz and beseiged the castle of San Juan de Ulloa, and after a few months compelled it to surrender. Then while Gen. Taylor operated in the north Gen. Scott took up the line of march for the City of 3Iexico. At even* point where the Mexicans disputed his march, he ob tained decided victories." During the progress of the war the Wilmot proviso was proposed to congress. I knew David AVitmot well and esteemed him highly. He was a member of the Democratic party, winch was in the ma jority in congress. The proviso was to the effect "that in any territory acquired from Mexico in tlie war neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist in any part of said territory except for crime", whereof the party "shall be duly convicted." It was not adopted, and the war was prosecuted vigorously until Feb ruary, 1848, when by the treaty of Gua daloupe Hidalgo it was closed, and Mexi co ceded to the United States all the teri torv now embraced in California, Arizona, New 3Iexico and Colorado." The speaker showed that as the slave power was about to take possession of the newly acquired territory the emigration to tlie west was so great that new states were rapidly ad ded to the Union. He continued: "But Mr. President and ladies and gen tlemen, while I have endeavored to show you the political events that for a series of years led on up to war with Mexi co, there is yet a much higher view* to take of it." With telling illustration the gentleman here enlarged upon the workings of provi dence, particularly in the affairs of Koine, Greece and Great Britain, and in conclud ing his lecture, said: "Mexico was conquered by Spain in the sixteenth century, and held as one of her dependencies. The native Mexican had become mixed with the Spaniard and a mongrel race had risen who possessed The Literary Society. t"ofi™ ?Swv5?» woold one chieftain be fairlv seated in fiats near the ra'lroad br do-e and by 10 power .jefore attacks would be made upon by he an iv a a in an it was almost continuously in a state ot an dinary water maik. the ice jammed arcliy. Sometimes the government would auioad bi a force ol some be a kingdom and would last for several none of the elements of wise government silver taken besides a gold chain valued or civilization. In 1S20 the authority of at $tiO, which was to be rallied off to-mor Spain was thrown off, and from that time to the present Mexico has been the scene of successive revolutions and anarchy. When therefore in 1846 the war broke out between this country and Mexico it was because the time was ripe for another stately step in the plans of the 3Iost High, aud in looking back after more than 30 years have passed, we see that in the short space of five years, in the middle of the century, the American blanch of the Sax on took astride which set themselves far ther forward than at any time in the pre vious fifty years." "The seas shall waste, the skies to smoke decay, Rocks fall to dust, and mountains melt awav, But fixed flis word, His saving power re mains Thy realm for ever lasts Thy own Mes siah reigns," Another interesting meeting was held by our Literary Society Tuesday eve at the Presbvterian church. Mrs. li. A. Bill favored the meeting with a lively in strumental solo. Two recitations by W H. Dunne were well received. Mr. Fow ler and friend sang a duet ^luch T\a» highly appreciated. The leading feature ot the evening was the lecture on the Mex ican War by B. S. Russell, which was so excellent that we will give an extendea report of it to-morrow. Mr. Will H. Burke used his melodious voice to good advantage in the solo "Come bacu to Erin." Some may have thought that lus chorus was not quite strong enough, but altogether his singing was delightfully sweet and was listeueil to with intense in terest. During a recess business was transacted. A committee on programme was elected consisting of Mrs. Lloyd, Mis* Lizzie Wells, Mrs. R. A. Bill, with Messrs. Nickeus and Fowler. Several new mem bers were also elected. Still Booming-. The freight trains Monday brought a large number of loaded ears from Illinois for immigrants and a dozen cars were un loading in the yard Tuesday morning. Twentv-eight cars were unloaded Mon day and promptly sent east. The loaded cars in the yard at noon yesterday num bered seventy, all destined for this place with the exception of one, which was loaded with wood and was to be sent to Dawson. Meeting of the School Board. JAMESTOWN, April 11,18M. Proceedings of the Board of Education of District No. 1, Stutsman county, I). T. All members present. Moved and carried that the new build ing be the same width and height as th? present buildtng, and to be sixty feet in the clear. Moved and carried that the clerk le m ttroctfid to authorize H. Grove to nuke vi, ••*& »w4#W' m.,n tasif-» '^l1 a^eS eo to negotiate for the territory be tween the Neuces and the Kio Grande, ,, aud ordered Col. Taylor to march to the I tACCi" f(j |jle expectations of old settlers Iiio Grande and take up his position on )\i° -r* l'k l),10 Bold Burglary, John Dole's saloon was broken into be tween the hours of closing and opening Thursday night. Entrance was gained from the rear through the transom, which was not locked. 1'he money draw er was cut open on the side and about $23 row evening. As soon as the^av of the burglary was made known Sheriff Mc Kechnie, Dept. Sheriff Vennum and Vil lage Marshal Miller were on the alert and soon had a party "spotted" who was taken in charge and found to have the chain in his possession and some §15 in mone\. The man arrested caine here last Monday aud registered at the Dakota House, attended the uance the evening and had since been staying in town doing nothing. He was bio ignt before Judge Allen and plead lus own case, Attorney Dodne appearing for the Territory. He gave the name of O. B, Hamilton and showed some knowledge of law, but had but one witness, who aui no good, for he was bound over under bonds of $750 to appear at the next term of the district court. In appearance he is dark com plcxioned, between 25 and 30 years of age, medium height and weighs about 150 pounds. He was put in a cell under the court house and did not seem to be greatly exercised about his condition, saving he had been in the same place lefore. He also said lie had worked for Beaupre, Al len & Keogn for three years, leaving them on the first of January "last. He acknowl edged having a pal, but would not di vulge who he was. Evidently he is A "crook" and will probably go" over the road to Detroit. His "trunk went west Thursday, but Sheriff McKechnie has the check for it and it will be sent for. In the meantime the prisoner will remain in jail until the court opens, which will bo in the latter part of this month. Grand Bapids Backet. This county is having the largest boom ever known these parts. Lewis, assistant engineer of the N. P., lias been in town locitmg the branch of the N. P. It is now established fact that we are to have a railroad. Fifty-two land hunters took breakfast at the Revere house yesterday morning, and nearly as many at the La Moure. A large percentage of the land broken in this county will be seeded with oats, and the land generally win line condition. The county commissioners meet Mon day and once more we shall hear of the bridges. ounty orders are still at ninety cents. IPS' certain improvements in plan of the pres-%¥-% ent building, and make necessary speciti~JS3|| cations. Moved and carried that the board have the necessary arrangements made for heating the*building by .steam. Moved and carried ina the school' 'a board meet monthly tiie last Saturday ia-':^ each month to audit bill*. Moved and carried iii.it llie proceedings' of the board be published in. the Daily Alert, Moved and carried ill .t the meeting" adjourn until April lsth, I»82, at 7:30* p. m: A. Mt KEOBKIE, Clerk. The James i^ivor /p. At 4 o'clock this morning the ice, which' had gorged the James river, three miles above Jamestown, loosened and came down with a rush, bringing a large vol ume of water with it, that, spread over the a. m. raised the river lul]v°en feet al)0ve i. lfis an(' |ce oOrS1Dg ciowbars cakes into MnaJer ^ces so that I they swept on past, the piL.ig down the iiivei. 1 lie cih budge near by stood the I stiam until about lb cluck, when it slulttd etiouud and shu ..ed down tne nver but was stopped by nicar OL ropes and hawser. Part of the v.oivr.v,oriiyavc wav, howevei, and floated witJi tins strong cur lent. But lew families ia/e !louses on the fiats but these lew louud the water so I close that UK-Y vacated their premises and sought dryer quarters. The flood lleY'). its north bank opposite ihetown of Mata-'. 7?r( rapid.use -was due mainly moras. Hostilities at once began and saw ltb e'iual hero near the dam and back- Near the Hour mill of Klaus, Fox & Co. is a third bridge that stood a heavy strain in the morning which was relieved by Koad Commissioner McKechnie, who had the centre of the bridge taken out which permitted the icy torrent to How through more freely. Iu fact Messrs A. McKechnie and Jno. Vennum were active in tlieir efforts to relieve the pressure upon the bridges and succeeded in pre venting serious loss. Of course, the worst may not be past, but it is believed that the rise cannot exceed to-day's height this season. At one time it was thought that the immigrant buildings would all be llooded, and some of the families moved out, but the actual damage done was not of any moment although all precautions weie taken to save froiu loss and Klaus' Hall was placed at the disposal of any that lelt unsale in the buildings. The K U. budge swayed sideways as tlie large cakes ot ice struck it, but the piling held firm and trains iouiid no ditlicultv in crossing but were run slowly over it. Laigc numbers of people s:ood on the banks and watched the rushing waters, boats moved about carefully lor the cur leut was very strong and with the ice made navigation dangerous. Tlie dam at Klaus, 1 ox 6s Co's. mill was intact at latest accounts and promises to resist the heavy strain. The bridge at ilcKcchnie's and Ven num's lann, a mile somji oi town, gave way this morning and at iast accounts was half a mile below us proper place. At 1 ai bells the river is very nigh and those contemplating going uown uiere with lumber and outtus had bener hold oil a daj oi two. North ot nure tne James river is leported gorgea wiui Ice at several places within a few m.les. \V hile we are inconvenienced great]by fin want of bridges, jet we are fomunue not having our streets Hooded, for the sown is built very little upon the inuiiuateu strip. The effects of the ice to day will be watched with interest. irvSLi1}. The Last Klte3. Funeral services over the Itodv" of Jolin F. Hunter were held at Deckers Fifth avenue Hotel Wednesday p. m., at one clock Rev. W. L. Demurest officiated and delivered a touching address froaatbe text "The Lord gave and the Lord taken away. Blessed re the name off tfce Lord." The choir of the church led the singing. A large number of friends were present. They filled the jiarlors and hallway* and accompanied t&e remains to the Highland Home oeowtarr. With "ashes to ubetr' the casket WM lowered and soon was covered from view and the mourners with bowed hnaifi turned ntrowfuHy homeward.