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A Striking Contrast Showin g- that Back­
biters have no Jus' Cause for Grumb
ling About Dakota.
Cast the Beam Out of Thine Own Eye Be
bere Thou Tackiest the Mote that is
in Thy Neighbor's Eye.
Excitement in Stutsman County Over
the Manner in Which Wm. Moore
Loses His Home.
The Prisoner in the Jail has the "Brace
lets" Put on His Wrists and Ankles
for Safe Keeping.
Jamestown to Have Plenty of Brick at an
Early Date—Work Begun on the
House River B. R.
Claim Jumping.
The country around Jamestown up to
the present time lias witnessed very little
claim jumping, and what has been done
lias usually been on tree claims, where
parties held them for speculation and 1 ad
not iriteudedto live up to the full require­
ments of the Jaw. The land agents and
attorneys of Jamestown have, with few
exceptions, acted fairly and manly with
claim holders, not advising contests on
homesteads or pre-emptions where the
parties holding them were doing the best
they could to fulfill the requirements of
thelaw and showing a disposition to im­
prove and cultivate as iast as means and
circumstances would permit. This lias
been satisfactory to ti.e people, and it is
with regret that the Alert is forced to
chronicle the loss of a claim by one of fur
oldest settlers, through technicalities and
an ignorance of the law. We refer to
Wm. Moore who, according to latest re­
ports, has lost his homestead through
its being scripped. The most of our readers
arc conversant with the facts in the case,
and it is not necessary to go into many of
the details. No man deserves his homestead
more than Mr. Moore, and no man's home,
stead is safe if this is allowed to go on
Men who expressed their opinion on this
question yesterday, while not upholding
any man who was try
lag to get a piece of
land through trickery, said it was wrong
for Mr. Moore to suiter this loss, and all
were willing to help Jiim financially,
and in fact, a petition will be got­
ten up and signed by nine-temhs of
our people requesting that the case be re­
opened and Mr. Moore be given a chance
io prove his rights.
Southern Dakota lias had some expe­
rience with clam jumpers this spring, and
•when the facts in the case proved that the
party holding the claim was doing as well
as he could to carry out his contract with
Uncle Sam, the junipers were given a cer­
tain number of hours to vacate the premi­
ses, and they invariably did so. When it
was rumored that Mr. Douglass' claim
had been or was about to be jumped,
twenty men in town agreed to go and
give the jumper a coal ol tar and feathers,
but happily the rumor proved false and
their services were not needed. In what­
ever way Mr. Moore's ease may end the
sentiment of the community is with him,
and it is hoped he may yet regain posses­
sion of the land which is so justly liis
Cyclone versus Blizzard.
One of the worst fabrications imagin­
able found editorial space in the Detroit
Post and Tribune of April 4tli last. Un­
der the heading of "A Dakota Blizzard"
it said:
"On Sunday, March 2", one of the pe­
riodical storms called "blizzards" marched
orer Dakota with its usual result. Spe­
cial dispatches from St. Paul say "the
blizzard extended fr.,ni southern Dakota
to Manitoba," and it adds "the facts are
generally concealed." This is true of all
the frightful boreal waves that sweep
over that region. The facts are concealed
at far as it is possible to conceal them.
The.owners of mines and lands, *ho are
concerned that emigration shall not be
deterred by unfavorable reports of the
climatc, control the telegraphs, and mod
ify the truth so that in the diluted form
in which it reaches those inclined to lo­
cate in that region it will not frighten
them away. This much of the facts of
the late blizzard has leaked out:"
Here it enumerated five deaths from ex­
posure gathered from the many reports of
the storm that were received at Si. Paul
from all parts of our very extensive terri­
tory. Included in the live reports was
the information that several isolated fam­
ilies had narrow escapes and that lifteen
land explorers who started from Aberdeen
and Watertown had been missing for a
few days. The article then continues:
"The St. Paul dispatch leaves no room
to doubt that the blizzard occasioned in­
tense suffering through all the
region over
which it swept, and that if the facts are
ever made public it will be learned that
many scores of persons were frozen to
If this was an extraordinary event it
would attract no more attention than any
other sudden and appalling calamity,
liut it is not an extraordinary occurence.
It is a thing to be looked for. It is an af­
fair of common occurence, proving that
Dakota lies in the immediate track of the
great polar storms. And this fact ought
1o be widely known. 31any people in
Michigan have or have had the Dakota
fever. Beautifully illustrated maps and
pamphlets give giowing pictures of the
soil of tl at region and its fertiliiv, while
th«y exaggerate the salubrity of its sum­
mer climate. But they are all deathly si­
lent about its nearness to the storm cen­
ter and about the freezing blasts which
cut down human 1'fe almost instantane­
ously. These books and pamphlets have
been widely distributed and many have
been lured by them from as delightful
a climate as can be found in the world to
a region where any hour of any day they
may lie frozen to death by one of Dakota's
familiar blizzards."
Such preposterous statements as these
show clearly that the writer is either a
fool or a knave. Insinuations like the
atovc never will—never can—be believed
by men of common sense. These imagin­
ings of fevered brain are too glaringly
false to have any efleet whatever. Tliey
Arc merely the winnings of discourage­
ment and an effort to deter Michigan peo­
ple from seeking the inexhaustible wheat
raising prairies of Norili Dakota. "Mam
scores of persons frozen to death." "An
affair of common occurrence." "Freezing
blasts cut down life almost instantaneous­
ly." "Any hour of any day people may
1m frorcn to dentil by one of Dakota's fa­
miliar blizzards." the many former rep
resentatives of Michigan, now residents
of Dakota, will, individually and collec­
tively, acknowledge that such assertions
•re ridiculously untrue, that Dakota win
fen yre generally more pleasant And more
agreeable than the winters of Michigan,
and that the "track of the great polar
storms" is a bugbear of theory. The
fifteen land hunters that were missing re­
turned to Aberdeen when their business
was attended to, aud throughout the Tcr
ritory the suffering from storms was com­
paratively lighter than what is experienc­
ed regularly in Michigan. The real in­
centive for sucli an article appears plainly
in one of the last paragraphs:
Why should any man leave Michigan
for a climate like that! Soil equally as
good, fully as fertile, quite as cheap,
with better water, cheaper timber, nearer
to market, where every farm prodnct
commands better prices can be found
right here in Michigan. Hundreds of
thousands of acres of such land can be
found on the upper peninsula or on the
lower. Taking all things into .account
these new Michigan lands are inGnitely
more desirable for the young and active
who desire to settle in a new country, and
everywhere in Michigan there is a climatc
the equal of Dakota at its best, and ab­
solutely free from the destructive bliz­
zards which sweep over that territory
freezing men and beasts to death almost
in a moment."
Dakota winters arc tempered by the
warm Chinook breezes aud the Ter itory
is really out of the line of heavy storms
No such catastrophe cau be found on re­
cord against Dakota as that which the
very same paper—the "Detroit Post and
Tribune" devotes two columns to on
April 8th but four days subsequent to the
appearance of the article which we have
quoted from. We extract the following
from the article of April 8tli:
"The tornado season lias set in rather
early this year, and with great violence.
Cyclones like those which visited Oakland
and Eaton counties in this state, and Rice
county in Indiana, on Thursday evening
are rare in this part of the country at any
season of the year, and they do not usual­
ly appear oven on the western plains,
where such things are expected once in a
while, until about a month later. There
was a hurricane in Arkansas, however,
on the last day of ebruary, which did
considerable damage in Jefferson county,
blowing down buildings and fences arid
killing at least one person, and another
terrific wind storm at Arkansas City on
the loth of March. On the 27tli a torna­
do passed into Georgia from Alabama
and killed a number of people, besides
destroying much property."
It then goes ou to give the details un­
der this heading:
"Three or Pour Counties Swept by a
Cyclone." "Several Lives Lost, and
$250,000 Worth of Property Destroyed."
"Devastation in Distant Places Caused by
Severe Storms."
"The tornado of Thursday afternoon
was the most remarkable which lias ever
occurred in Michigan for its extent."
In the lioirifying account that followed
ten Michigan people were named as kill­
ed and eight injured. In the same col­
umn was a telegram from Evart, Mich.,
saying: "High water in the big Muskegon
river. The approaches to both bridges in
the village were washed outyesterdoy and
the passage of teams was totally suspend­
ed." Another telegram from Kansas told
of loss of life and property by cyclones.
Thus did the Detroit Post and Tribune
show iip its own shortcomings in the mat­
ter of weather so soon after its malignant
drive at Dakota. It owes the Territory
an apology—it ought to know better.
Why—the same paper in its issue of
April 8tli published tlic following dis­
Yankton, D. T., April 2.—Territorial
Treasurer McVay to-day cashed the last
outstanding territorial warrant, and has
$33,500 casn on hand. Dakota's finances
are in better condition than ever before."
It shows a financial condition here that
would make Michigan blush and would
make her taxpayers, who hold tlicir dear
but poor Badger State dirt glad could
they but share the benefits of cheap lands,
low taxes, No. 1 hard wheat and a de
liglittut climate in the finest agrieulturrl
district of the continent—in famous North
No more let us have words derogatory
of our climaie from the Post and Tribune,
or any other paper, but let their troubles
be corrected at home before unjustly at­
tacking Dakota.
A Succesful Auction.
Saturday's auction of Billings and
Grand Kapids lots was a decided success.
The sale was conducted by Mr. L. llay
ward at Klaus ilall. A large number at­
tended among whom we noticed as buyers
Supt. llobari of the N. P., Hon. E." P.
Wells, Mr. Naramore, Supt. of the St.
Louis & St. Joe it. It. Geo. W. Vennuni,
our register of deeds, came to the front as
a buyer of lots in Billings. A. A. DooJittle
and Sam Matthews of the Dakota House
also took in a few. The prices obtained
were very satisfactory, most of the Billings
lots sold at froih $24u to $550 each and tue
major portion of the Grand Rapids lots
sola brought from $5i to $87.50 each.
Mr. \Y ells paid the highest price $550 for
lot number 7 of block number 133 of Bil­
lings. The terms were exceedingly favor
uljle being ten per cent down in ail cases
and on the Billings lots 25 per cent in 30
days, 35 per cent in six months, aud 30 per
cent in twelve mouths, with interest at
eight percent, while ou the Grand Bapids
lots 23^3 per ceut is payable to-morrow,
one third when the first railroad is in ac­
tual operation to Grand Bapids and the
final payment when a second railroad
reaches Grand ltapids. If the railroad
does not reach Grand Bapids by Novem­
ber 1st, 1883, a clear warranty ueed will be
given without further payment, it looks
as though a regular boom is setting in on
Graud uapids lots and atter the auction,
sale Mr. V* ells made an open offer to buy
back all Graud Kapids lots sold by him
last seasou at twenty hve per cent ad­
Damaged His Cage.
A visit to the jail Saturday showed the
prisoner sitting on his bunk with "brace­
lets" on his wrists and ankles. These
were put on yesterday morning because of
a desire on Ins part to leave uis present
quarters by tearing his cell to pieces. He
had knocked oil a portion of tue plaster­
ing on the top and to ensure his remain­
ing this precaution was taken with an ad­
ditional one of chaining liim to the wall.
Owii g" to a change tiie time of holding
court here his trial is indefinitly post­
poned. He was quite talkative and told
a rambling contradictor}" story of his
past movements and the cause ol his hav­
ing the chain"in his possession. He said
he expected to be found guilty but would
not squeal on anyone, lie had plenty of
food in his cell but didnt seem to have any
The Receding- Waters.
No particular damage has l»ecn done
here by the Hoods excepting to the bridges
and thv inconveniences caused by their
displacement. The water is going down
rapidly, the warm weather materially as­
sisting in melting the ice and preventing
the foundation of gorges. The river was
visited by many people §upday to view
Si*. 'Ik
the unusually quiet James when it was
raging. The railroad bridge is still firm
and in place, and this is owing in a great
measure to the efforts of Mr. J. II. Kcyes,
foreman of the section gang which goes
west of town, who remained up Thurs­
day night and cleared the bridge of ice as
it came down the stream. Mr. Iveyes was
on hand all day yesterday and gives the
ice no chance to accumulate. The bridge
will be put in position again soon, and the
high water of '82 will be a thing of the
From Anton Klaus the Alert yesterday
learned that Jamestown is soon to have
all the brick that is wanted, he having
purchased a steam brick machine in
Adrian, Micli., and a thirty-six horse
power engine and boiler in Chicago, all of
which will be here as soon as it is possible
to make brick. In addition to this he has
leased for two years the yard formerly oc
cupied by Hooker & Verdegam, arid is
putting it in shape for operation. Mr.
Klaus says lie will make all the brick that
is wanted and have them ready soon.
This is just what the town wants .and will
permit the brick blocks which have only
been built on paper thus far to become re­
alities and will enable every one who so
desires to erect buildings with brick in
preference to wood. Mr. Klaus always
seems to be the one to come to the front
and start enterprises the town requires as
in building such structures as the Dakota
House, Klaus block, the mill and the hall,
besides numerous smaller buildings will
Legal Lays.
With the opening of our spring boom
the attorneys are catching on. A. visit to
Allen & Dodges office yesterday showed
a dozen people inside and the two mem­
bers of the firm, together with Mr. Rich­
ards, more than busy. Their fees for yes­
terday's work would surprise many who
are unacquainted with the amount of
their business.
Attorney Nickeus is busy and spends
much of his time on the "cars between
Jamestown and Fargo attending to his
numerous land cases. W. B. Nichols at
tends to much of the routine work of his
office and is rapidly getting into the work
ings of Dakota laws.
Attorney Bill is not behind in having
plenty to do and can always be soen with
a pocket full of legal papers which
are mighty interesting to some parties.
The Alert is glad to note the prosperity
of these gentlemen and to see that the old
timers in .lamestown are getting away
with the baggage.
They Got Across.
Messrs. Gilman and Loop arc pushers.
They made up their minds Sunday that
they could get their teams across the
bridge, so they spiked planks together,
making two substantial approaches.
These were floated across to the bridge
and fastened firmly at each end of it. Mr.
Loop handled the ribbons himself as he
started the first team (with a load of lum­
ber) into the water, up the first approach,
then across the bridge and then down
in safety to the other side. This opened
the ball, team after team went across and
the starters received many praises for their
go-a-head-a-tive-ness. This morning they
were all ready on the west side for then
trip to the farm and started early. They
will put up good buildings and judging
by their movements, will make a grand
success at farming.
The Moorlicad News having become
tired of telling how the water was incon­
veniencing Fargo, looks over as far as
Jamestown and gets off the following, the
latter part of which is seasoned with much
Mr. E. W. Lewis, official engineer of
the Casselton branch of the Northern
Pacific railroad, who has been looking
after the interests of the Fargo Southwest­
ern road for some days, returned to the
city lastevening, accompanied by Mr. F.
Carr of the corps. He reports* that the
water is very high in tue vicniity of
Jamestown, all the bridges are either gone
or endangered, and people are greatly in­
convenienced in the Hooded districts, be­
ing unable to cross the river.
In Safe Keeping.
Sheriff McKeelinie intormed the Alert
last night that Hamilton, the prisoner,
was in safe keeping and so situated that
there was no possible chance of li'.s escap
ing. A guaril with loaded arms sleeps
by the cell door every night, the door also
having been double barred. His meals
are carried to him by the turnkey accom­
panied by a guard. Besides all these
precautions bracelets on his ankles have
been welded on, and it would seem that he
would rem ain a guest of the county unt
he is wanted for trial.
He seems in good spirits and spends
much of his time singing. His accom
plices if he had any have probably left
liim to his fate and the care of the coun­
Work Begins.
Charlie Hutchinson informed tlic Alert
Wednesdav that work was begun Mon­
day on the Jamestown branch with sixty
men and forty teams. Operations were
commenced about three nules from town
but the ground proved soft aud the outfit
will be moved out about twelve miles to
day were they will again go to work.
True to their promjse Messrs. Walker &
Bly have started on the line at the earliest
possible day and we shall look to see the
work go on at a rapid pace.
We Blash.
Fargo Argus.
McClure, of tlic Jamestown Alert, is
pusher and a boomer "from way lack."
In his excellent little paper of W edncsday
he makes this announcement of another
step forward for the future capital:
"The Alert has secured the Associated
Press franchise for Jamestown, and will
be able to furnish its readers with a full
press report in a few days."
The Argus congratulates the Alert on
the alertucss ot its editor, and the town
on the possession of so enterprising a pa­
Klaus, Fox & Co., being unable to sup
ply their celebrated brand of flour tlic
"Belle of Jamestown," owing to the im­
possibility of running their mill on account
of high water, have in place the brand
"Golden Northwest." This is considered
fully equal to the "Belle of Moorlicad
and can be obtained cheaper. The lower
part of their mill where much machinery
is situated is obstructed by water, so that
neither steam nor water power is availa­
Moorhead News: Mr. Man!ey, general
agent of the Equitable Aid Union, an in­
surance socicty, is in the city trying to es­
tablish a branch here.
We Have to Note, 'Tis but a Week Since
Last We Wrote of Loss of Life and
Damaged Train, This Time
the Last We Have
He Gets Away but Not to Stay, He'll Try
Again Another Day, He Had no Time
to Kneel and Fray Until He
Found Himself at
Now Spring- is Here, the Boys Flock in to
See the Sights and T^ke Some Gin, to
Fix Them Out in Shape, You Know,
Saloons Some Changes
Water, You SayP Just Come this Way, the
Floods are Down, the Bridges Sway
With Heavy Loads, a Few Dry*
Days Will Give Good
A Little Welch-Han Fills the Hall With
Fun, His Show Has Quite a Run, We
Hope He'll Make Another Call,
In Fact He'll Try. Again
Next Fall.
Another Serious Accident.
Tenth siding, three miles west of £1
dridge was the scene of quite an accident
to a Northern Pacific freight train on Sun­
day last. The train was running only
about fifteen miles an hour but the track
slid or spread and threw ten cars into the
ditch. There were*several passengers in
the caboose, three of whom were severely
injured. Their names are Addison J.
Smith, J. Robinson and Frank Kelly.
Mr. Smiths injuries were very serious lie
having jumped from the train when the
accident occurred and struck the side of
his head on a tie and besides was injured
internally. Conductor Tuttle in charge
of the train also got a benefit, his head
came in contact with a stove that was try­
ing to make its way out of the window.
He came near getting' his eye knocked
out but escaped with bad scalp wounds.
He immediately ran back to Hag a tfain
that was following and succeeded in stop­
ping it about forty rods from the wreck.
But for his prompt action a much greater
loss of property and most likely consider­
able loss of life would have occurrcfl. The
wounded were brought to Jamestown and
attended at the Dakota House by Doctors
Baldwin and Drake. Mr. Smith is from
Missouri and was traveling on a pass from
Montana. He had been here but a few
days ago and purchased the McKenzie
house and lot intending to bring his fami­
ly here at once. Mr. Kelly was in charge
of a lot of stock for our contractors.
Messrs. Lambert and Bill. Mr. Robinson
was just returning from Montana. They
are being well cared for at the Dakota
House and were reported a little better
last evening. Supt. Hobart was here at the
time of the accident hut proceeded at
once to the spot and took prompt measures
to relieve the sufferers and clear the track.
Our Bridges.
The condition of the bridges across the
ivers is of interest to all, and from Dep­
uty Sheriff Vennuni the Alert learns that
they rest in the following state:
The one near Z. Martin's place is in po­
sition, and with the exception of the
northeast corner, which is a little sliaky,
is all right. It can be crossed with teams
and as soon as the coolies across the river
are passable it will be firm again.
The bridge near the railroad track has
had approaches built to it and is being
used, tlic water holding it up. Several of
the bents have gone out but have been se­
cured and will be put in place soou. It
now rests some ten feet below its old po­
The bridge at the mill needs some tim­
bers in the center, which can easily be re­
placed, and this will be done before the
cooley ou the west side can be crossed.
The bridge at McKeelinie & Vennum's
place went out and is a quarter of a mile
below its proper place.
The briilge across the Pipestem was
taken up and will be put in again as soon
as circumstances will permit.
The bridge across Beaver crcek report­
ed as having gone out is in place..
The damage as a whole is considerable,
but considering the high water and the
way in which ilie bridges were built is not
near as severe as was expected.
A Short, But Lively, Sun.
True to his promise, our jail bird gave
us a little sport 011 Sunday last. He man­
aged to break his shackles, and when the
guard, Geo. Vreelaud, brought him his
evening meal lie turned gymnast, vaulted
over his back, rushed up the stairs and
sought the free aud wholesome air along
the banks of the Jim. Vreeland was soon
after him however with his revolver. He
fired several shots at the fleeting culprit.
Many were attracted to the scene and
Maj Lyon on one of his fleet ponies soon
overtook reeland who, taking the pouv, j'Ic ^.ould
soon ran down his man, who had succeed­
ed in getting about half a mile from the
jail. He was escorted back by a crowd of
about a hundred men, every one of whom
seemed to be armed and almost willing to
pour a deadly volley into the desperado,
tie seems to be made of just the kind of
stuff to break jail aud deiy the laws. Last
week, it will be remembered, he tore down
the ceiling of his cell, pulled the briclft
out of thc chimney and with a piece of
iron that he founu in the masonry tried
his hardest to pry loose the bars ot his
cell, and did succeed in breaking off a
portion ol the ironwork that holds them.
Extra vigilance will be used 111 guarding
this protessional footpad, and it is only a
pity that our new jail will not be ready
sooner tor his accommodation and to save
our sheriff extra trouble. When brought
10 bay thc prisoner thought he was shot,
but an examination by Dr. Clocs revealed
no serious injury.
which was followed by a side-split- I
highly but filled the parts with marked
ability. He is a good comedian and
pleases his audience immensely.
Sales of Soil.
Fuller & Dole to Wilcox & Clapp, li 8,
Dunstan's ad, 81,200.
ward to W Wetmore, lot
3,lb 40, $500.
Jas Witlierel to A McKeclinie, lot 80, &
V's ad, $100.
Mary and Jas McKenkie to A Smith,
ots 14 and 15' 34, $2,550.
Wells & Dudley to Wolff, lots 1, 2. 3,
10, Curtin's ad, $325.
Wells & Dudley to Henry Huelster, lots
10, 11 and 12, Curtin's ad, $25.
Wm Lloyd, Jr, to Marietta Pratt, lot
8, 11, $75.
Marietta Pratt to Wells & Dudlev, lots,
11, $125.
Mary Olander to Wm Lloyd, Jr, lot
11, 46, $1,000.
Ilayward so W Martin, lot 3,4, and
5, b41, $1,200.
W Martin to Wm S Henderson, lot 3
and lot 4, 41, $600.
W Martin to Harry Box, east 100 feet
of }4 lot 16, 39, $700.
Chas Dempsey to Mansfield, Foley and
Mueller, lots 7, 8 and 9, 29, 8800.
A A Allen to II Foley, lot 6, 42,
II Foley to Ilarrv Box, lot 6 42,
A W Johnson and heirs to Annie Van
Doren lots 12 and 13, 40, $300.
Paul and wife to A A Allen, lot 0,
42, $225.
N to Robt Hager, lots 5,6 and 7,
3,o, $120.
YVm and McK Lloyd to Mrs S
Plummers, lots 8 and !, b*16, $600.
Wm and McK Lloyd to Holbrook
& Baldwin, lot 2, 5, $400.
O Nelson et al. to Myers, lot 9,
70, $500.
Jones & Vennum to Wm A Anderson,
lot 30, & V's ad, $100.
Wm 31 Lloyd et al. to E White, lot
6, 30, lot 10, 26, lot 1, 20, lot 6, 9,
W W Thayer to Many, sw I4 sec
13, tp 143, 65, $850.
S to Malnight, sw
22, tp 0, 65, $120.
E Wells to Chas S Vincent, sec 31,
tp 143, 64, $4,4^0.
Mary F. Tarbell to .T Burke, uw '.t
sec 6, tp 13S, 63, s1.."7-".
S McGinnis aud wife to Taylor,
sees 5, 7, 13, 27 and 31, tp 137, 64, $16,
S Russell to A Morrow, sw sec 10,
tp 140, 62, $1,000.
Hannaford to Winslow, sw '4
and SW-J4 of nw j4 sec 19, tp 13S, 62,
The Clark's Fork Region.
iff,., fii^s
lot 3,
Edwina C. Goodhue to Flint
48, Klaus' ad, $.000.
Howard to Eager, lot 3, 40,
sec 6, tp
13S, 63, $377.
S to Miry Tarbell, nw J-4 see 6, tp
138, 63, $395.13.
it S to Catherine Wells, nw ^4
sec 24, tp 140, 64, $4.
S to Kclleher, nw l4' sec 24, tp
140, 62, $400.
Nelson Dade to W Fuller, nw
A special dispatch from Billings to
Bismarck Tribune says:
Parties just arriving from Benson's
Landing state that there are scores of mi­
ners on their way to the (-lark Fork mines
from Bozeman, and that those who have
been there before confirm the report of
bonanza quartz. They say they would
have been in there long ago but for the
fact of its being in the Crow Indian reser­
vation. Now that it is thrown open they
will go back and reclaim their leads. The
boom in town lots still continues, and 100
lots in the eastern part part of the town
were sold this morning to eastern capital­
ists. That makes 2,f)00 lots in all thus
far disposed of. Reservations have been
kept for school and church edifices, a li­
brary, masonic ball, and other public
buildings. A severe storm from Saturday
to Monday night interrupted btwiness,
but several structures are already nearly
completed. Settlers continue to "pour iii
from the Black Hills. The Ripon (Wis.)
colony of 150 families will locate on the
company's lands near Canyon Creek,
eight miles west from here. An order
was received from New York on Satur­
day for two entire sections at $10 per acre.
Mr. H. Clark left Saturday morning for
Miles City. He will visit New York be­
fore returning. Two large parks have
been set out on the north and south sides
of the town, and will be planted by the
company this season. The grading of
streets and sidewalks has begun. Owing
to the pressure for lots, forty blocks have
been added to the town, and are rapidly
being taken up.
The Jamestown Land District.
Grand Forks possesses a chamber of
commcrce, whose members meet to dis­
cuss subjects of'importance to their town.
At the last meeting the following report
was made in the Jamestown land district:
The report from the committee on the
Jamestown land district reported through
Geo. H. Walsh. He stated that he had re­
ceived a letter from Delegate Pettigrew
saying that he believed the bill would not
pass, but in case it did pass, he
would, as a precautionary measure, so
amend the bill as to remove the obnoxious
of th,g rt
sec thc
counties of Ramsey and Foster were not
included in the Jamestown district and
hoped that it would be satisfactory to the
people here if that was done. Mr. Walsh
reported that the bill had passed the
House and inasmuch as it had made so
much headway the committee was contin
ued with the understanding that it was
to continue bucking thc obnoxious feature
in the bill.
The Vineyard.
Thc following lias been sent to thc Alert
with a request to publish:
To tbt« Sunday School Workers of Da­
Dear Friends—The eighth annual meet­
ing of the Dakota Sunday School Associa­
tion will meet at Mitchell. June 27-2!\
1^2. It is with grateful hearts that we
send you noticc of our annual assembly.
The past vear has been one of blessed ex­
perience in gospel work. Our Sunday
1 v. Schools arc" penetrating thc destituc
Welch's Picmc Party.
fiolds. 0ur
A fair sized audiencc faced the storm this important part of religious work. We
last night to attend the entertainment expect to make this convention thc very
given by Mr. Welch at Klaus Hall. For 1 host one ever held in the Territory. W.
two hours merriment was in order. Mr. ]}. Jacobs of Chicago will act as enndue
Welch opened the entertainment with a 1 tor. His name is sufficicntguaranteethat
ting farce in which Mr. Welch taking the spiritual feast. Delegates paying full
character of an Irish servant had a slight fan-10 the convention will be returned at
misunderstanding with a ghost. His act- one-fifth regular rate. Delegates from
ing was appreciated as was also the danc-i the East and South will take tram at
ing of Mrs. Welch. The entertainment I Canton Tuesday evening at 11:57. A
closed with Mr. Welch's specialiry entitled sleeping car is attached to irain. Let
"The Picnic Party.'" In this he assumed
churcl.es afe fully awake to
meeting will be an intellectual and
characters representing several nationali- delegates. We hope cach school will not
ties &nd not only amused UIQ audience to SAND tbe wuau«i contribution oJ
Sunday School send at least two
ii. -i:
two ccnts per'member for paying the ex
peuses of the convention. Send the
amount by delegates or to D. P.Ward,
Sioux Falls, Dakota. The people ol
Mitchell will give free entertainment to
all attending the convention, and do all
in their power to make our stay pleasant
and profitable.
Yours in the work,
D. P. WAHD, Secretary,
Sioux Falls, Dakota.
Echoes from Fldridge.
Fifteen of the box cars wrecked a few
miles west of here last Sunday have been
placed on the side track in very good
Judson Ransom lias vacated the resi­
dence of 'Squire Jones and is now occu­
pying the white house awaiting the arri­
val of some blooded stock that he has on
the road now from Pouglikeepsie, New
J. A. Case & Co. have sent out fifty
seven wagon loads of truck to their farms
in township 142, range 65 west, and ad­
vise those that are in roquest of good ara­
ble lands to follow in their wake.
Isaac Penoyer and family, including
"Little Juvenile," the great American
Tom Thumb orator, arrived here sale on
the evening of thc 12th iust ., and have
takeu up their abode on the bonanza farm
Thursday afteruoon. The loss falls heav
lly upon him, as he cannot replace her
short of $200. This mare was an old
timer in this county and assisted materi­
ally in alleviating tlii sufferings of hun­
ger-stricken people in the winter of '7!,
by hauling provisions through unfathom-
able snow banks. She died of the disease
called "pink eye."
One Hundred More.
Business opened up at thc ZS". P. freight
house yesterday morning with one hun­
dred cars loaded with freight for James­
town, and although Agent Daily tried all
day to get as many unloaded as possible
but little headway was made. No sooner
would a few cars be put in place for un­
loading than a train would go on to the
side tracks to allow another to pass and
would knock the cars out of place again.
Of the one hundred cars twenty-one were
loaded with lumber, eighteen "coming in
Wednesday night and three yesterday
morning. The balance of the one hun­
dred contained a general assortment of
and after taking dinner looked the vard
over and will have more tracks put in at
once. The freight house is crammed full
and needs an addition built as large as the
present building. The amount of freight
arriving is proof positive that the boom is
upon us.
Some Changes.
With the advent of spring
come changes
among our saloon keepers as well as PeI7?.
other parties, as will be seen by the fol
D. M. Kclleher lias leased his saloon to
parties from Minnesota.
Mike Sehinitz has sold his interest in
the saloon at Eldridge to Wm. Lee, who
has been at work in Vessey's store.
It is reported that Geo. Braune will take
an interest with E. Elmer in his sa­
The Grand Central sample room will be
opened on Saturday evening.
Grand Rapids is'soon to "have a saloon,
and Jamestown parties will open it.
How It Is Again.
The troubles 011 tho Northern Pacifie
road are chiefly -it Jamestown. This side
of that point t.ie road is in good condi­
tion.—St. Paul Globe.
The above item would lead people who
are not acquainted with the facts to infur
that something was wrong with thc X. P.
at this point. The only trouble has been
and is now that Jamestown lias been re­
ceiving more freight than than the facili­
ties of thc railroad were capable of hand­
ling, and outside of that there has been no
trouble here.
Foster County.
Foster county is rapidly settling up. A
few arc going 111 from Jamestown, but the
majority of the setters arc starting from
Grand Forks. The Herald of a recent
date says: Yesterday Messrs. Walsh,
Maher & Cox, located an Iowa colony on
thc Sheycnne, fourteen miles north of
Fort Totten. About thirty colonists
comprise the first body of settlers. Mr.
Schlanberg, the leader of the party,
states that"twenty-five families will follow
Ho, for Mouse River!
A party are to leave Jamestown to-day
for the Mouse River region by the way of
Fort Totten. Thc party is "composefl of
Messrs. llanscom. artwright and family.
J. R. Law and brother and a friend of the
latter. They will take three ox teams
and a supply of provisions. Mr. Hans
corn will not leave to-day but will go up
on Friday's stage. The party will go to
Villard and will take a look up and down
thc river before they locate. They take
with them seeds and intend to remain
there permanently.
The First Nat. Bank Building.
R. E. Wallace, president of the First
National Bank, informs thc Alert that
work on the new block at the corner of
Fourth avenue and Main street will be l»e
gun soon. Ed Latlirop is preparing the
plaus, but the contract lias not yet'been
let. Thc buikling is to be of brick, 50x7."
feet in size and three stories liigh. The
work of excavating the cellar will lie com­
menced the middle of thc coming week.
Intelligence .Office.
mjjitiB jdM
Jamestown is always catching on to.
some new enterprise. This time it is an ^be papery published usual.
intelligence office, which will be conduct I
cd by Messrs. Inman & Marshall Mr. M. Qntmnt "—nam
is «iief clerk at the Northwestern and| l^mdon, April 1!.—Twentr
Mr. Inman is a young man of energy and killed l.v an explosion In the
ability. We wish thc gentlemen every! lev collferv.
tuttxw, ~&r Hearjr Cwfe is
mares last week. The animal took sick ,,"lc to the Pacific
on Wednesday morning and croaked on
is superintending the
R. R. Grilling
seeding of 120 acrcss of well cultivated
land on the model tree claim of Mr. C. B.
Tlios. Hayes lias taken a claim four miles
west of here and has contracted with
Judson Ransom for fifty acres of break­
ing during the present season.
Jerry Collins has got his oats all in and
will commence sowing wheat to-day.
Henry Vessey has just received rive car
loads of lumber and has orders for seven
more large houses.
Mr. Scripture arrived here safely last
night, and reports an encounter with two
edskins 300 miles north of here. He
says that everything is quiet between this
and Turtle Mountains.
A Proposed Convention Between the Uui
ted States and Mexico to Settle
the Dividins Line.
Belie Fiend Steals the Senate mhfo
Which has Been in Uaa Fifty
Three Years.
Cousins of Indian Hike and John
Cain in Arizona and Troops
Sent Out.
Reported Death in Europe of Jack Hav»
©rly, the Well Known Theat­
rical Managei.
Railroad in British Columbia Emigrants
Arriving in Baltimore—The Red
River's Rise.
Fixing the Boundary Line.
Washington, April 20.—The president
has transmitted to congress a letter ad­
dressed by our minister plenipotentiary at
Mexico to the secretary of state proposing
belonging to F. E. Jones. convention betwcjn the two countries
James Holmes had the misfortune to •°r^ -e PurP0S®°* definin
loose one of his celebrvted Buckskin
Jack Haverly Dead.
Chicago. Abril 20—The Ilaveriv people
here give 110 credence to the rumor from
London that Haverly is dead. J. McCon-
Taylor ,vc5, ycste,l„v S"'
At the theatre
this afternoon his brother bad no intim­
ation of his illness even, and did not
credit it.
Who Could Do It.
"W asliington, April 20—The Bible used
in the senate for swearing in senators has
been stolen. It had been in use fifty-three
years, and every senator admitted that
in upon that Bible and
had kissed it. It is supposed it was taken
by somebody as a relic.
The Raging, Rushing Kgd.
St. Vincent, April 20.—The Red Ilivcr
is now forty feet above low water mark
and still rising. The Red Wing mills'
elevator is in a critical condition. Tho
draw bridge at Everson, worth $70,000,
has been swept away. The water will
probably decrease now.
Dangerous Navigation.
Xcw York, April 19.—The steamship
Hermia reports that on her last trip from
Havre to this port she encountered im­
mense fields of ice, which at one time en­
tirely surrounded her and before she got
clear was in close proximity to huge ice­
bergs 500 or 600 feet high. The propeller
was somewhat injured and a large hole
was stove in her bow by the ice. "so that
the forward compartment was filled with
water. Her pumps had to be kept con­
tinually going to keep her afloat. About
150 tons of freight bad to be thrown over­
board to lighten the forward part of the
vessel. The Hermia steamed over 1,100
miles before she reached jjort in this dan-"
gerous condition.
Rule or Ruin.
Berlin, April 1!.—At the instance of
Bismarck the circulation of thc Mirror, a
comic paper, was prohibited for two years
and its editor, Togblatt, sentenced to
three month's imprisonment for libelling
Bismarck. He has also been sentenced
to an additional week's confinement for
inserting a letter in his paper a tout Gam
betta which the court held to be blasphe­
Country of the Shamrock.
Dublin, April 1!».— Parnell in accord­
ance with thc terms of bis jjarole notified
thc governor of Killmarnham jail that he
would be absent another week on aoconnt
of urgent family affairs.
A bailiff in "the employ of Load Bea
coiiKtield has been murdered at Kildepot.
He recently served several warrants upon
Land of the Czar.
St. Petersburg, April 1!).—Inratieff dis­
missed hi* secretary, Pubnichoff, for writ­
ing an anti -German pamphlet.
The council of emperor has been in­
structed to draw up a law defining tho
position of thc Jews in Russia.
Appointments Confirmed.
Washington, April 10.—Tlic senatefctfH
firmed Theodore Conins. of Illinois. I". s.
consul at A pea: General Thomas S. Allen
of Michigan, receiver of pi.biu- money at
Aberdeen. Dakota Vincent W. Bavliss,
receiver of public money.
"Working too Circa
Chattanooga, April ly.—'The Times
comp witors arc oa a strike for inert**.
rates from 2."V cents to 30 rents pet Wf
state proposing
LWO countries
the boundary
lines between the United States and Mex-
.1 er?.(:H°P
doable monu­
ment. He also Ja before congress a let­
ter 011 thc same subject with its accompa­
niment lrom the secretai^ of war, to
whom the proposition was referred by the
secretary of state lor the expression of his
views thereon.
he president states that
lie deems it of importance: that the bound-
States and
fisting treaties,
and as already survev ed, should be run
over again, thus defining as far as practi­
cable the true boundary line between the
two countries by the erection of perma­
nent monuments. He savs that by so
doing the uncertainty will" be prevented
as to the jurisdiction in criminal and mu 1
nicipal affairs, and questions be averted
which may at anj' time in the near futurs
arise between the governments Jwith the
growth of population on the borders
Moreover, I conceive that the willing and
speedy consent of the government of the
United States to the proposal will be giv­
en to thus determine the existing stipu­
lated boundary with permancnoe and pre­
cision which will 111 a. measure give as­
surance to Mexico that the suspicion
which of late seems to have gamed some
credence in that republic that the United
States has designs 011 neighboring territo­
ries is without foundation. Thc United
States only seeks a definite settlement of
the boundary. I have to suggest that in
accepting this proposal suitable provision
be made for an adequate military force to
protect surveying parties from hostile In­
dians. The troops so employed will at
the same time protect the settlers on the
border and help prevent nfeauding 011
both sides of the line by msmadic In­

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